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Alumni Association Elects New Leaders 
The Alumni Association Board of Directors recently held its annual election in conjunction with the Board's quarterly meeting. Cindy Charnetski '97 was named president and Ellen Stamer Hall '71 was elected to the position of vice-president. Three new directors, Tony DaRe '00, Matthew Berger '02 and Cheryl Jaworski MBA '09, were also elected. Outgoing president Tom Ralston '80, who has served the Alumni Association in this role for the past three years, will remain on the board as historian and Kathy Heltzel '82 MBA '85 was appointed to the role of secretary. These individuals will begin their terms in June 2014.  Read more about the new members of the Alumni Association in the June issue of Wilkes magazine.

Third Generation Colonel Receives Alumni Scholarship
On March 27, more than 200 members of the Wilkes community gathered in the Henry Student Center for the University's annual Scholarship Luncheon. Tara Giarratano, a freshman English major from Mountaintop, PA, was this year's recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship.  A third generation Colonel, Tara was joined at the luncheon by her mother, Barbara Michael Giarratano ’89, and her grandfather, Anthony Michael ’74.  Currently, Tara lives in Waller Hall, which is the same mansion her mom lived in when she was a Wilkes student.  View photos from the luncheon... 

Bo Ryan '69 Takes His Wisconsin Badgers to the Final Four
Congratulations to Wilkes athletics Hall of Fame member, Bo Ryan '69, who will coach the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team in the NCAA March Madness Final Four tonight, Saturday, April 5.  Ryan holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Wilkes and was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team as a point guard. View photos of Bo during his time as a Wilkes Colonel.  Tune in to the game and help cheer your fellow Colonel on to victory.  Let's go Bo!  

Alumni Invited to Volunteer with Students at The Big Event
On Saturday April 26, Wilkes University Student Government will hold its third annual community service effort, The Big Event. This year, students are asking alumni to lend a hand.  "We feel that volunteering during The Big Event is a great way for alumni to stay connected to the university and a great networking opportunity for our undergraduate students," says Kassi Bugg PharmD '16, event coordinator.  Alumni and students with similar interests will be paired-up for the day, which will end with a barbecue celebration on the Greenway.  For example, alumni who hold degrees in the sciences can work side-by-side with students in the biology club.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the alumni office.  

Tom Bigler Journalism Conference Features Alumni 
Communication studies alumni will come back to campus on April 11 to share their experiences with students at the 14th Annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference.  Andrew Seaman '10, a reporter covering healthcare and healthcare policy for Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, will give the keynote address.  Other alumni presenters include Donna Talarico-Beerman '00 MFA '10, director of integrated communications at Elizabethtown College; Michael Cignoli '11, reporter at The Citizens Voice; John Plucenik MA '07, publisher of The Independent magazine; Danielle Hritzak '10, PR manager at DeLuca Frigoletto Advertising, Inc.; Jamie Gywnn '09, assistant to the manager of Northampton Township, Richboro, PA; and Michael Noone '97, First Assistant District Attorney, Chester County District Attorney’s Office.  
 
Semester in Mesa Program to Conclude with Special Event
Since arriving in Mesa in January, ten Wilkes students have gained valuable professional experience through internships with several Arizona-based companies. On May 5, Wilkes' first-ever "Semester in Mesa" program will conclude with a celebration featuring presentations by these business and engineering students. Alumni in the Mesa area are invited to join us for the event.  To find out more, please contact the alumni office. Can't make it to Mesa?  Read a firsthand account of one student's Arizona adventure in the "Wilkes In Mesa" blog.     

Make your Reservations for the Founders Gala 

The inaugural Wilkes University Founders Gala is just two months away. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate our heritage of educating first-generation college students with President Patrick F. Leahy and many other members of the Wilkes family. Don't worry if you are unable to come to Wilkes-Barre for the event - you can be our virtual guest! Make your reservations now by clicking here.  
  
Robert Jackson of Duke U. to Deliver Kimball Lecture
Robert B. Jackson, Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change in the earth and ocean sciences division at Duke University, will deliver the Wilkes University Kimball Lecture on Monday, April 7. Jackson will speak about “The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Shale Gas Development.” The lecture is free and open to the public... more 

Max Rosenn Lecture Series ft. Senator Richard Lugar April 27
Distinguished former senator, senior statesman and authority on foreign affairs, Senator Richard Lugar, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities on Sunday, April 27.  Senator Lugar will speak on his primary areas of expertise - foreign policy and arms reduction, as well as agricultural and energy independence issues. He is the President of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security, and other critical issues. To register for this free event, click here


Wilkes presents the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 
Already making plans for the summer?  Mark your calendar for the KIDS FIRST! film series at Wilkes, which will bring a mix of short and feature length children's films to campus free of charge. This award-winning program is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media... more 

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


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