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A Note from Alumni Assoc. Board President...
As we enter into the start of the holiday season, I am reminded how grateful I am to be a part of the Wilkes alumni community. As president of the Alumni Board, I have the opportunity to visit campus frequently and am so excited to know that Wilkes has plans to enhance campus in the near future. For those of you who haven't returned in a few years, there have been many positive changes, including President Patrick Leahy's plan for the South Campus Gateway.

At Wilkes, our recruiting efforts are very strong. In August, we welcomed our largest first-year class ever. Our students enjoy excellent academic offerings, including our new Honors Program. President Leahy's leadership has been instrumental in our collective success. He has inspired the campus community and challenges us all to help improve Wilkes.

This year, the Alumni Board focused on alumni engagement and involvement. We look forward to presenting you with more opportunities and ways to stay connected with your alma mater. 
As a group of volunteers, we have accomplished so much and I thank our alumni who assisted in many projects at Wilkes throughout this past year. 

As you gather with family and friends later this month, take a moment and remember that you will always have a family at Wilkes University. On behalf of the Alumni Association board of directors, thank you for the work that you do, the contributions you make and the pride you show in our alma mater. 
Best wishes for a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving! 
Cindy Charnetski ’97

Wilkes in the News
Some different Wilkes initiatives have been making headlines lately. Here are some recent articles featuring the great things happening at Wilkes:
- Wilkes-Barre shift toward a ‘college town’ fuels downtown comeback – This article illustrates Wilkes’ commitment to the region.
- ‘Passport to Science’ event at Wilkes University provides fun, learning – Several Alumni Association Board members volunteered at this annual event.
- Wilkes University “Educator of the Year”: Award made him a better teacher – This article featured the Celebration of Education Event. Kevin Sickle ’03, MS ’09 received the “Educator of the Year” award. Dr. Jillian Mullen EdD ’16 and Dr. Dawn Sutton ’74, EdD ’16 received the Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award.
- A Heroes Brunch – View coverage from the 5th annual Heroes Brunch, hosted by Wilkes in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Wilkes pharmacy program celebrates 20th anniversary with lab rededication - The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy rededicated the Care Lab on Oct. 22.

Scientists for A Day
Wilkes turned more than 200 children into scientists at Passport to Science on Nov. 5. The community open house at the Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center welcomed students in grades 4 through 10 who participated in interactive laboratory projects and demonstrations with Wilkes faculty, staff and students. Some of the hands-on labs worked with planarians to study repair of the central nervous system and Alzheimer's disease, explored how some plants can move, catch light and eat bugs and the popular “Wizards of Physics” where students wielded their own powers of magic within gravity, electricity and magnetism.

Make Wilkes Your Philanthropic Choice for Giving Tuesday!
At Wilkes, we are thankful for all of our alumni donors. Each year, you make it possible for students to receive scholarships, participate in mentoring programs and many other student activities that make the Wilkes experience special. On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, consider making Wilkes your philanthropic choice and give the gift of a Wilkes education. Make your tax-deductible gift online at or you can send a check made payable to Wilkes University to this address: Office of Advancement, 84 West South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. If you have questions, contact Margaret Steele, at 570-408-4302 or

Students Say "Thank You, Donors!"
For many students, a Wilkes education would not be possible without our donors, specifically those who give to scholarships. More than 170 Wilkes students received scholarships for the fall 2016 semester. As a gesture of gratitude, students who received scholarships were invited to write thank you letters to their donors, pictured below. To give to a scholarship, visit

Upcoming Campus Theater Productions
- Little Shop of Horrors: This deviously delicious sci-fi smash musical will devour your heart! Meet meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “the Audrey II.”
Last Performance Date:
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: Join all the Peanuts gang: Charlie, his sister Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and of course his best pal, Snoopy, as they sing and dance their philosophy of life in this updated version of the 1967 classic.
Performance Dates:
Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 19, 26 at 2 p.m.

Open Enrollment is Happening Now!
Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), open enrollment runs from Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017. If you need coverage or just want to explore your options for 2017, ACA-compliant policies are available to alumni and their family members via the private health insurance exchange portion of our alumni insurance program. Click here for more info:

Introduce a Young Person to Wilkes University
Have a relative, neighbor or friend starting the college search process? Introduce him or her to your alma mater!  Wilkes University will host an open house for undergraduate students on Saturday, Jan. 21. You or the student can learn more by visiting You can always schedule a personal tour with a prospective student by calling (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4400 or clicking here. Make sure to mention that you’re an alumnus/a!

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.

Robert Bhaerman
Bob Bhaerman '54 has been serving as...
Jonathan Perloff
My 4th patent with Globus Medical was pr...
Christopher Horn
Chris Horn '11 and Theresa Scaramast...
Theresa Horn
Chris Horn '11 and Theresa Scaramast...
Nancy Stinger
Nancy Stinger '69 was recently accep...
Stefanie Taylor
Ellyson Jo Taylor was born 8/21/16 weigh...
Justin Lewis
Justin D. Lewis ’02 was recently promote...
Corinna Sowers-Adler
Actress/Singer Corinna Sowers Adler Prem...
William Dodge
Bill Dodge ’83, received his Phd in Biol...
Jeanine Albert
Jeanine Albert MS '15 is an adult nu...
Andrea Powell
Andrea Kinal Powell '06 is now the e...
David Jolley
David A. Jolley, APR, ’78, recently earn...

Graduate Information Sessions
There are multiple upcoming graduate information sessions. Whether in person or online, join us to chat with faculty and staff, and to learn about our academic programs, student services and financial aid.

Accelerated Nursing Visit Day
Wed., Nov. 30, 8:45 to 10 a.m

Education Open House
Sat., Dec. 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

A message for Air Force Detachment 752 alumni from current cadets
As a growing detachment, we are building a legacy for future cadets and we are interested in reconnecting with our alumni. We are looking for alumni who are able to visit campus, offer networking opportunities, be guest speakers, and see how the detachment has changed over the years. If you are interested, contact Cadet McKenna at

Visit for the latest athletics news!

Wrestling Match Notes at NY/PA Duals

Women’s Basketball Selected Eighth in MAC Freedom Preseason Poll

Men’s Basketball Chosen Fourth in MAC Freedom Preseason Poll

Women’s Soccer has Five Named All-MAC Freedom

Field Hockey Falls in MAC Freedom Semifinals at FDU-Florham 4-0

King’s Takes Back Mayor’s Cup with 42-14 Win Over Wilkes Football

Tennis’ Murphy, Vasarkovy Named ECAC Corvais Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Month

Three First Half Goals Lead Manhattanville Past Wilkes Men’s Soccer 5-1

Mikovich Named All-MAC Freedom Selection

Jones Qualifies for NCAA Championship as Women’s Cross Country Competes at Mideast Regionals

Men’s Cross Country Concludes Season at NCAA Mideast Regional

Women’s Swimming Defeated 177-33 by Arcadia University

Men’s Swimming’s Win Streak Ends at Three with 164-72 Loss to Arcadia

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