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What a Year!

As we approach the conclusion of 2014, the alumni and advancement offices extend our appreciation to our family of Colonels. Over the past 12 months, we have evolved as a university because of your dedication and support. Campus events, visits around the country and personal interactions provided us with the privilege of spending time with hundreds of alumni. We thank you for sharing your time, memories and talents with our students through our mentoring program. We thank you for your philanthropic support to the Wilkes Fund and to the First Generation Scholarship Fund, both of which pave the road to success for our students. This fall, we came together to share our Wilkes spirit at Homecoming by seeing classmates, friends and faculty. We also celebrated the new location of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business & Leadership. We could not have enjoyed these accomplishments without you and look forward to the endeavors this upcoming year will bring.

Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year,
Angela, Bridget, Evelyne, Jacki, Janice, Jerry, Krista, Lauren, Lisa, Mary, Mike, Mildred, Nancy, Rebecca and Sue 

Alumni Invited to Athletic Events in February
Alumni, parents and friends of Wilkes Athletics are invited to events in February. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 7, during which six individuals will be inducted as the 22nd class. This ceremony follows a Freedom Conference basketball doubleheader at the Marts Center. The inductees include David Kaschak '94, baseball; Holly (Shiber) Sowcik '03, women's soccer; Dave Macedo '96, men's basketball; Ron Fritts '72, wrestling; Richard Marchant '76, swimming; and Pam Snyder '81, field hockey. To join us, register here.

The baseball team will hold the 3rd Annual Diamond Dinner on Sunday, February 8. Join alumni, current players and parents for dinner and an auction while you listen to this year's speaker, Hall-of-Famer Dave Kaschak, Sr. '71, MS '81. Register here.

Wilkes Visits Hershey, PA on March 14
Join Wilkes alumni at Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, PA on Saturday, March 14. You'll enjoy drinks, appetizers, self-guided tours of the brewery and great conversation with classmates and friends...more

Did you know that the Division III Wrestling Championships will be held at the Giant Center in Hershey on March 13-14, 2015? Join many members of the Wilkes athletics family at the championships, including head coach Jon Laudenslager '99 and former head coach John Reese, and attend the alumni event at Tröegs, by registering here. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase 2-day championship passes at a discounted rate.

Save the Date for Florida Alumni Events

If you live or vacation in Florida, save these dates because we’re coming to see you! During the week of February 1, Wilkes will visit Southeastern Florida, including the Boca Raton area, and Coral Springs, where Stelios Patsiokas '75 will host alumni & friends at his home. Patsiokas is the chief innovation officer and corporate vice president of Sirius XM Radio, which is located in Deerfield Beach, FL. We will also visit Southwestern Florida, including the Orlando and Tampa areas, during the week of March 1. We look forward to telling you about the exciting progress that has recently taken place on campus and share our "Gateway to the Future" plans with you. Watch your mailboxes & inboxes for more information on these events. We hope to see you there!

Tell us your Wilkes Sweetheart Story
Each February, we share the love stories of Wilkes sweethearts with the Wilkes community. Tell the Wilkes 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. If you've already taken a photo at our photo station during Homecoming 2014, please be sure to submit your story to correspond with your photo. We'll share your stories on our website and our Facebook page for Valentine's Day. Submit here. Check out last year's sweetheart stories.

Give to Wilkes this Holiday Season

Make your tax-deductible gift through our website before the end of this year. If you haven’t already given, you’ll receive the 2015 Wilkes calendar, filled with your favorite photos of campus and fun facts about Wilkes. Give today.

Enroll in a Long Term Care Plan through Wilkes
Long term care (LTC) is becoming a national crisis as more of us are living longer with limited resources. Did you know that no-risk LTC consultations are available as part of our Alumni Insurance Program? Click here to schedule a free appointment with an LTC Insurance Specialist to learn about the increasing array of options and which might be a good fit for you. To learn more about all of the insurance coverages available through this program, click here or call 800-635-7801.


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

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Southeastern Florida Events
Week of February 1

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
February 7

3rd Annual Diamond Dinner
February 8

Southwestern Florida Events
Week of March 1

Wrestling Alumni Event
March 14

Hershey, PA Alumni Gathering at Tröegs
March 14

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