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 Six Athletes to be Honored on February 4

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Wilkes community will celebrate the outstanding achievements of the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Wilkes’ rich athletic history shines with this group of athletes. Click on the name of each inductee to read more about their outstanding athletic accomplishments. 

Meghan Conway '98 was a four-year letter winner on the women's soccer team and is one of the most decorated players in the program's history. Jay Reimel '71 starred in the backcourt with fellow Wilkes Hall of Famers Bo Ryan '69 and Herb Kemp '70. Reimel led the Wilkes offense playing point guard for the up-tempo Colonel attack. Steve Schannauer '90 wrestled as a heavyweight and was a four-year letter winner on the Wilkes wrestling team serving as a co-captain during the 1989 season and a quad-captain in his senior season in 1990. Margo Serafini '92 was a three-sport star for Wilkes. She played basketball, softball and field hockey during her four years as a Lady Colonel and was named the Wilkes Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 and 1987. The 1971 Wrestling Team is one of five undefeated teams in Wilkes wrestling storied history. This 1970-71 squad finished a perfect 13-0 in dual match play including three shutouts and an average margin of victory of 23 points. The squad won the Middle Atlantic Conference team championship with a tournament record of 116 points and saw six wrestlers win individual titles. 

Join us in celebrating these athletic achievements with a ceremony in the Marts Gym. Register here

Submit Your Sweetheart Story!

Each February, we share the love stories of Wilkes sweethearts with the alumni community. Tell the alumni office the story of how you fell in love at Wilkes. If you’ve submitted your sweetheart story in the past, give us an update or share a photo. We'll post your stories on our website and our Facebook page for Valentine's Day. This year, we are choosing one lucky couple's photo to be featured in our Valentine's Day website banner & Facebook cover photo. Submit your story today! For inspiration, check out last year's sweetheart stories & our Facebook photo gallery.

Wilkes in the News
Here are some recent articles featuring alumni, professors and President Patrick Leahy:
For America's Top Spy Catcher, A World Of Problems To Fix — And Prevent: William Evanina ’89 discusses his 27-year career as the national counterintelligence executive and director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and formerly, an FBI agent. 
A Trump Swing Voter Looks Ahead: Listen to a story from NPR's Weekend edition, which features Dr. Thomas Baldino, about Pennsylvania as a swing state and the region’s political influence.
tecBRIDGE Radio Episode 3 ft. Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy, Ed.D.: Should engineers read Shakespeare? Listen to find out why President Leahy thinks so.

Save-the-Date for Founders Gala 2017

Please join us for Wilkes University’s premier event, Founders Gala 2017. Together we will celebrate our rich heritage while supporting our mission of serving first generation students by raising money for the First Generation Scholarship Fund.  This year we will recognize and honor Mr. Frank M. Henry with the President’s Medal for his extraordinary commitment and service to the University and our local community.  The Founders Gala will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Ciarimboli at (570)408-4953 or

Alumni Invited to Athletic Events in 2017
Alumni, parents and friends of Wilkes Athletics are invited to various events throughout the spring semester.
- On Friday, Feb. 3, wrestling alumni & friends of the program are invited to join us at the match against The College of New Jersey at 7 p.m. in the Marts Center. Let us know you'll be there.  
- Save the Date for Softball Alumni Day on Saturday, April 29. Former softball players are invited to join us for an alumni recognition ceremony prior to the MAC Freedom game vs. Manhattanville College at the Ralston Athletic Complex.
- Save the Date for the Wrestling Reunion & Coach Reese's 90th Birthday Celebration, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 2017. Let us know you're interested.

Nominate Your Favorite Professor for the TREC Mentoring Award
The Alumni Mentoring Award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in maintaining Wilkes' mentoring culture with University alumni. All current faculty members are eligible for the award. The deadline for nomination is February 17, 2017. Nominations should be submitted via web or emailed to

Performing Arts Announces 2017 Schedule
This semester, the department of performing arts will host two shows: "You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown" on Feb. 17-19 and Feb.  24-26 "We Shot JFK" on April 6-9…more 

Alumni Scholarship Available to Legacy Students
This scholarship is awarded annually to a current Wilkes undergraduate student (freshman, sophomore or junior) who has had a parent or grandparent attend Wilkes and has at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 24, 2017. Encourage someone you know to apply today!

Jeanie Cronin Coomber ’90 has more than 25 years of experience as executive and leadership coach. Her motivation for her business comes from her own life experiences and her great skills in developing relationships. After returning to the United States from a financial career in London, Jeanie had a realization. "I should make a career out of making people hone their skills," she thought. When she began coaching, she was focusing on helping college students, but then, in 2005, she began coaching at a management and executive level. "I've been doing this for 12 years and I haven't looked back," Jeanie says. 

Jeanie is very focused on being open with her clients. She's known as very honest and "compassionately confrontational." Through being transparent with her clients, she's created even more powerful and beneficial discussions. 

When asked what she would tell someone looking to advance their career, Jeanie says, "You have to want it and know why you want it. Think about what help you will need to get you there."

In her spare time, Jeanie practices yoga, exercises at her local CrossFit gym, and reads, mostly business and spiritual books. She lives in Monmoth County, New Jersey with her husband, Ross, and two daughters, Sloane, 12, and Shannon, 8. 

Learn more about Jeanie by visiting her website:

Jeanie was the keynote speaker for Women’s Life Experiences for Prudential Insurance in Newark, New Jersey.


Admissions Open House
January 21

Winter Commencement
January 22

Wrestling Alumni Night

February 3

Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony
February 4

Allan P. Kirby Lecture ft. Steve Forbes
March 1

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Eighty-Five Wilkes Student-Athletes Named to MAC Fall Academic Honor Roll


Wrestling Set for 2017 MAC Championship

DeSales Upends Wilkes Women’s Basketball 78-50

Men’s Basketball Claims 78-74 Win over DeSales with Huge Second Half

Women’s Swimming Falls in Double-Dual to Cabrini and Widener

Men’s Swimming Defeats Cabrini 99-69 before Falling to Widener in Double-Dual

Did you get married or receive a promotion? Maybe you had a baby or bought a new home! If your contact information is incorrect, please update it

We want to know what you've been up to!  Share your news with your fellow alumni by emailing information to Jacki Lukas at and it will appear in the next e-newsletter.

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Kathleen Edwards
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Michael Panko
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