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Make Wilkes University your philanthropic choice on #GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as a worldwide day of giving to celebrate the holiday season by making a charitable contribution to non-profit organizations. Your gift will allow us to provide student scholarships, mentoring programs, campus improvements, provide to student initiatives and so much more. You can give to any specific designation, to the general Wilkes Fund, or in memory of someone. This year, our goal is to increase our alumni participation number, so any amount makes a difference! On November 28, visit our website to become a #GivingTuesday participant.

Greater Lehigh Valley Alumni, We're Coming to You!
Join your fellow Wilkes alumni in the greater Lehigh Valley area at the ArtsQuest Center on Thursday, Nov. 30. Come and enjoy an evening to meet and network with friends, students and alumni of Wilkes. President Patrick F. Leahy will share recent news and progress about Wilkes University. We will meet in the Bethlehem Steel Stacks building from 5:30-7:30 and enjoy drinks and hors d’ouevres. All attendees will receive complimentary tickets to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem so you can enjoy the festivities at your leisure during the holiday season...more

Wilkes in the News
Here are some recent articles featuring things happening at Wilkes:
Wilkes students get to know veterans at Heroes Brunch - About 250 veterans, students and guests attended the Heroes Brunch, hosted by the Wilkes freshmen who are in First-Year Foundation classes.
#WilkesWS Senior Michaela Oliverio's Bicycle Kick Goal on espnW - Micaela's goal was the No. 1 play on the espnW weekly top 10.
Wilkes University Recipient of 2017 Pride of Place Award from Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce - Wilkes University was honored for their newest campus facility, which enhances academic programming while extending the campus footprint into downtown Wilkes-Barre.
People in Your Neighborhood Featuring President Patrick F. Leahy - Learn more about Dr. Patrick F. Leahy in this article from The Times Leader

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 150 Wilkes students received scholarships for the fall 2017 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
- The Crucible: A servant-girl in love with a young farmer maliciously causes his wife to be accused of witchcraft in this exciting drama of bigotry and deceit. Set during Old Salem’s Puritan purge of witchcraft, it is the perfect play for our post-truth times.
Performance Dates:
Feb. 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 24, 25 at 2 p.m.
- A Chorus Line: This 1975 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical captures all the spirit and ambitious tension of dancers auditioning for the chorus line of a Broadway show with a sensational score and riveting real-life stories.
Performance Dates:
April 12, 13, 14 at 8 p.m.
April 14, 15 at 2 p.m.
Learn more about Wilkes University Theatre.

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. 27. You or the student can learn more about our open houses here. Can’t come in January? You can always schedule a personal tour by calling (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4400 or clicking here. Make sure to mention that you’re an alumnus/a!

Open Enrollment is Happening Now
Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2018 is only available for a short time…make sure you evaluate what you have and what you need while you can make a change!  Open Enrollment runs for just six weeks—from November 1st through December 15th for coverage in 2018.  After that, you’ll need a special situation in order to qualify for enrollment, such as a pregnancy, a move from one state to another, or the loss of employer coverage. Read more. The Alumni Insurance Program has options available via

Do you have expertise in a specific subject or industry? Do you know a fellow Wilkes grad who does? Let us know and it could be featured in a future newsletter! 

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.

Bryan Zellmer
New Director Takes the Helm of KU Presen...

Brian Switay
Brian Switay '10, '12 married Co...

Courtney Malast
Brian Switay '10, MBA '12 marrie...

Leslie Jenkins
Leslie (Toby) Tobias Jenkins ('65) a...

Danielle Vindigni
Danielle Vindigni MS '10 married CJ ...

Christopher Noll
CJ Noll '09 married Danielle Vindign...

Donald Murray
Donald Murray '60 is writing a book ...

David Koranda
David Koranda of University of Oregon to...

Joseph Sekusky
Joseph Sekusky '77 retired in Decemb...

Shelley Pearce
Shelley Pearce '91, MA, LMFT is an i...

Kathleen Herpich
Dr. Kathleen Herpich '79 recently ac...

Rob (Richard) Burns '64 and his wife...

Giving Tuesday
November 28

Lehigh Valley Alumni Event
November 30

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
January 20

Wilkes University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit

Visit for the latest athletics news!

Seven Wilkes Student-Athletes Named to Fall MAC Sportsmanship Team

Field Hockey Has Three Named All-MAC Freedom; Gayoski Named Defensive Player of the Year, Myers Named Coach of the Year

Trey Brown Departs as Head Football Coach at Wilkes University

Men’s Cross Country Closes Season at NCAA Mideast Regional

Women’s Cross Country Finishes Season at the NCAA Mideast Regional

Women’s Soccer’s Historic Season Ends with 2-0 Loss at #11 Johns Hopkins

Mikovich Named Second Team All-MAC Freedom

Men's Swimming Posts Best Finish at Diamond City Invitational

Women’s Swimming Finishes Ninth at Diamond City Invitational 

Five Finish in Double Figures as Wilkes Men’s Basketball Defeats Elizabethtown 86-75

Women’s Basketball Defeated by No. 19/13 Scranton in Cross County Challenge Action

Wrestling Goes 2-3 at Mount Union Duals

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