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Six Athletes to be Honored on January 20

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Wilkes community will celebrate the outstanding achievements of the 25th class of Wilkes 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. 

Denise Carson '92 was a three-sport standout for Wilkes, and starred for the basketball, softball and soccer teams during her four years in the Navy and Gold. Barry Gold '68 continued the fine legacy of Wilkes wrestlers as a two-time college All-American, two-time MAC finalist, and finished his career with a 23-5 dual match record. Laurie Agresti Mirra '07 dominated at the conference and regional level, and her performance in the circle remains a legacy at the national level to this day; she finished her career as one of the greatest strikeout pitchers in the country in NCAA Division III. Anthony Serafin '07 proved to be one of the best defensive linemen helping lead the team to a 33-11 record over his four-year career; he was a member of the 2006 team that finished undefeated in regular season play capturing the MAC Championship and a win in the NCAA Tournament. Jason Turner '96 was a key contributor in the middle of back-to-back berths into the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight as well as a MAC Championship in 1996. In two years with the program, Turner totaled 987 points, 593 rebounds, 84 assists, 102 steals and 89 blocked shots.

We will celebrate these athletic achievements with a ceremony in the Marts Gym. Can't attend the ceremony? We're broadcasting it live for the first time! Click here for more details

Share Your Wilkes Sweetheart Story

Each February, we share the love stories of Wilkes sweethearts with the Wilkes 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 share your stories on our website and our Facebook page for Valentine's Day. Submit here. Read last year's sweetheart stories.

Save-the-Date for Founders Gala 2018
Please join us for Wilkes University’s premier event, Founders Gala 2018. 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. Larry Cohen '57 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 2, 2018, at the Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre. For more information, please contact Margaret Steele at (570)408-4302 or

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!

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 16, 2018. Learn about criteria here. Nominations should be submitted via web or emailed to

Performing Arts Announces 2018 Schedule
This semester, the department of performing arts will host two shows: "The Crucible" on Feb. 22-25 and "A Chorus Line" on April 12-15…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. 23, 2018. Encourage someone you know to apply today!...more

Next month, we'll feature Gail Wallen '68, who is a hospital chaplain in Arizona and has also worked with Holocaust survivors for more than 20 years. Her volunteer work with Holocaust survivors has led her to provide information on the Holocaust and commemorate the Holocaust to thousands of soldiers in the U.S. Military and the German Military. 

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! 

Did you move, get married or have a baby? Maybe you got a promotion or finished a degree. Tell us what's new and update your contact information with our office! 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
January 20

Admissions Open House
January 27

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

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72 Wilkes Student-Athletes Named to MAC Fall Academic Honor Roll

Men’s Swimming Comes up Just Short at Misericordia

Women’s Swimming Competes at Misericordia

Robinson, Evans Spark Wilkes Men’s Basketball to 72-66 Victory Over DeSales

Women’s Basketball falls at Home to DeSales

Men’s Volleyball Drops Season Opener 3-1 at Lancaster Bible

Wrestling Set for 2018 MAC Championships Saturday

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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