Alumni Spotlight

From education to art, Wilkes alumni are making fantastic things happen in their fields! Here's a look at the accomplishments of some of our outstanding alumni who continue Wilkes' tradition of excellence and exemplify the Colonel spirit.

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Corinna Sowers-Adler '99
Corinna Sowers-Adler '99 is an award-winning cabaret artist and graduate of the Wilkes theater department. In this Q&A, Corinna tells us about upcoming performances, what is was like to direct theater for the Wilkes Conservatory and where she finds inspiration.
Joe Weinkle '63
Joe Weinkle '63 is an independent insurance professional and Pittsburgh sports fan who serves as a mentor to a current business student. Joe tells us why he enjoys the Alumni Association's alumni/student mentoring initiative and shares a few very memorable stories about his antics as a boy of Butler Hall.
Ellen Stamer Hall '71
Ellen Stamer Hall '71, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and longtime educator, shares her experiences with Wilkes both now and during her college years. Last year, Ellen helped to coordinate one of the most successful Homecoming reunion groups, bringing former residents of Doane and Weckesser Halls back to campus for the first time in 40 years.
Michael Liberski '04
Michael Liberski '04, a manufacturing engineering manager at InterMetro Industries, Inc., talks about his involvement as a member of the Colonels football team and tells us why it's important for alumni to support Wilkes.
Frank (Mike) Burnside, '05
Frank (Mike) Burnside, a 2005 alumnus of the Master of Arts in Creative Writing program, is the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Luzerne County, a photographer and arts advocate. Learn about Mike’s experiences in Wilkes’ Creative Writing program, the great advice he’s received from another Mike (Wilkes’ Dr. Mike Lennon) and his vision Luzerne County’s cultural community.
Drew Amoroso '06
Drew Amoroso '06, Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Law Review talks about how Wilkes has helped him in his career, saying, “I rely on things I learned at Wilkes every day… My exposure to a variety of subjects — history, sociology, political science, anthropology, and others — has given me a rounded perspective and an open mind, which is an invaluable tool for a law student.”
Matt Beekman '89
Matt Beekman '89 is Creative Director at Deluxe Digital Studios and Partner/Designer at Jump Motion Design. He creates interactive design for DVD, Blu-Ray and web based applications for all the major Hollywood studios.
Gary S. Taroli '76 is not your typical lawyer. A partner in the heavy-hitting Northeastern Pennsylvania law firm Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald, LLP, Taroli is also known for his "Monty Pythonesque" sense of humor and talents as a competitive swimmer. Voted Most Valuable Player of the Wilkes College swim team in 1976, Taroli is still expanding his collection of awards.
English teacher Bonnee L. Breese '93 empowers students through her passion for words. Recently, she received the prestigious Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
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