Wilkes University

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

Live the Life of a Wilkes Student…before you become an official Wilkes student.

Accepted students are invited to tour campus, eat lunch and attend sample classes taught by actual Wilkes professors.  You can choose from more than 40 mini classes and even bring your parents or friends along with you.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at VIP Day!

VIP Day Is Scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018

Registration is now CLOSED. However, If you have questions, please contact us. (800) 945-5378 Ext. 4400 or admissionsopenhouse@wilkes.eduIf you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 945-5378 Ext. 4400 or admissionsopenhouse@wilkes.edu.

VIP Day Schedule
Chase Hall8:30 a.m - 9:20 a.m.
Check-In | Henry Student Center

9:20 a.m
Welcome | Arnaud C. Marts Center

10 a.m. - Session 1 Presentations
11 a.m. - Session 2 Presentations
12 p.m. - Session 3 Presentations
1 p.m. -   Session 4 Presentations
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch available | Cafeteria, Grille Works, Which Wich, Greens-to-Go

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Information Fair | Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
Accepted Pharmacy Students |  Faculty/Staff Meet & Greet, Pharmacy Information Center, Stark Learning Center
Marching Band Uniform Fittings - Savitz Lounge, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center

Session Information & Descriptions

(Alphabetical List by Class Title)
Please note: mini-classes may close due to room capacity and demonstration needs.

Academic Make-Over: From Surviving to Thriving

Presented by: Katy Betnar | Director, Learning Center
Description: Not yet available.

Amazing Utility and Beauty: Two Mathematical Gems

Presented by: Dr. Brent Young | Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science
Description: In our modern, digital world, mathematics is everywhere.  Certainly we have to balance our checkbooks, but even washing machines are capable of performing millions of arithmetic computations per second these days!   Given the prevalence of numbers in our society, most people have no trouble accepting that math is useful.  Yet according to philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.”  In this mini-class, we will explore two relatively simple, and extremely beautiful, mathematical problems.  The first is an older problem (from the 1700s) whose elegant solution opened up a new and increasingly useful branch of mathematics – graph theory.  The second problem was first written down in the mid-1930s and is purely arithmetic in nature.  However, it has remained unsolved for almost 80 years!

Are Knowledge Poor Methods Enough? The Rise of Big Data

Presented by: Dr. M. Anthony Kapolka | Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science
Description: "Classic AI involves knowledge representation and search within that knowledge space. Today, AI methods increasingly lean on big data and reach solutions that provide little by way of meaningful explanation. Should we be satisfied with this success?"

Are They All Freaks, Geeks, and Crazies?: Understanding Crime and Deviance in the United States

Presented by: Dr. Andrew Wilczak | Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Description: Crime and criminal behavior is one of the most popular subjects and misunderstood topics in the United States.  Are all criminals evil?  Are they all crazy?  In this presentation, we'll discuss some of the reasons why crime happens in society, the realities of different types of crime, and some of the problems facing the modern criminal justice system.

Behind Television Special Effects

Presented by: Dr. Mark Stine | Chair & Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Description: This session will examine television special effects through an interactive, participative experience.  You will have the opportunity to learn about chroma-key technology and its uses throughout the television, video and film industries.  The use of this technology spans from your local news affiliate to major films like "Titanic" and "Forrest Gump."  See how our eyes can be fooled into believing in what actually doesn't exist.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain 

Presented by: Dr. Edward Schicatano | Associate Professor, Psychology
Description:What is the difference that makes a difference in people’s lives?  Why are some people happier or more successful than others?  The answer is often in how one controls their mindset and emotions.   The strategies necessary to produce these changes are simpler than most people realize.  In this talk, Dr. Schicatano will give you tools and techniques for improving your life.

“Cutting-edge” Satellite Technologies for Student Environmental Projects

Presented by: Dr. Dale Bruns | Professor, Environmental Engineering & Earth Science
Description: This presentation will be held in our Geographic Information System Laboratory [GIS] and provides a short “hands-on” GIS exercise with prospective students’ participation.

Digital History: Not Just the Future of History But A Key to Unlocking Your Future Too

Presented by:Dr. John Hepp | Associate Professor of History and Pre-Law Advisor
Description: Not just the future of history but a key to unlocking your future too! The History Department is proud to announce its latest innovation: a Concentration in Digital History. This concentration involves hands-on work in a variety of fields. Your senior capstone will vary with your individual interest: it can be a historic video or web site, an actual or virtual museum display, a video project or a research paper on an appropriate topic. Evidence from Wilkes graduates who have pursued careers in public history indicates that often digital skills that were developed in passing have helped them secure employment. This concentration will allow a student to develop a well-rounded group of skills that will help them secure entry level positions in fields beyond traditional public history. Today’s presentation will look back at what students in history have done in the past and consider what you can do at Wilkes in the future. Find your future in digital history at Wilkes!

DisAbility Awareness

Presented by: Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry | Assistant Professor, Education
Description: During this session, participants will be invited to experience simulation activities related to several educational disabilities. Discussion will focus on strategies for adapting and modifying instruction to accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom, building on strengths to address areas that require growth. This session is especially pertinent to anyone who is considering a career in education.

Engineering Design

Presented by: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III | Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Description: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III graduated from Wilkes University in 2001 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for 12 years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Army before returning to his Alma Mater to teach Mechanical Engineering fulltime.  Dr. Bednarz will talk about how the Wilkes Engineering curriculum will prepare students for a successful career as a Design Engineer in the real world.

Green is Good for Business

Presented by: Ruth Hughes | Assistant Professor, Business • Dr. Marleen Troy |  Assoc. Professor, Environmental Eng. and Earth Science 
Description: Sustainability is smart management of natural resources toward the end results of efficiency and profitability and is becoming a growing focus for many organizations that strive to be more environmentally conscious and socially responsible.  Leaders in every industry have recognized the value sustainable measures bring to the world, and to their bottom line.  In this presentation current business practices in sustainability management will be reviewed.  Examples from real-world applications currently being implemented in an interdisciplinary class (Sidhu School of Business Leadership and the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences) in small business sustainability consulting will be discussed.

Going for Gold: The Evolutions of Metal-Based Therapeutics

Presented by: Megan Youmans | Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Description: For centuries precious metals such as gold have been exploited for their purported medicinal properties. While the metallic forms of these elements are generally biologically inert, metal-containing small molecules have proven useful in the treatment of a variety of diseases: from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer. In this mini-class the development of metal-based therapeutics will be discussed. Additionally, new ways coordination complexes are being used to enhance the selectivity of existing drugs will be addressed.

Hands Only CPR 

Presented by: Dr. Joyce Victor | Assistant Professor/Director, Undergraduate Nursing
Description: Not yet Available.

How to do better research to impress faculty and get better grades

Presented by: John Stachacz | Dean of the Library and Information Technology
Description:  Dean of Library Services John Stachacz will show you ways to find the type of information that College and University faculty expect you to use when writing research papers.   He will demonstrate a variety of resources, beyond Google, for you to use that will impress the faculty and enable you to achieve better grades.  

International Law and Institutions

Presented by: Dr. Andreea Maierean | Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of International Studies
Description: The presentation will list the major means for establishment and enforcement of international law and will explain how principles of human rights have become recognized in international relations. It will also discuss how international law and organizations address the major themes of conflict, cooperation, fragmentation, and globalization.

Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic

Presented by: Dr. John Gilmer | Professor, Electrical Engineering
Description: This session will introduce students to digital logic by seeing logic "gates" operate in the laboratory.  Students will connect the gates that perform "invert," "and," and "or" functions to logical "0" or "1" and will see what they do.  We will then connect two inverters to form a simple one bit memory cell, capable of storing a single "0" or "1."  Millions to billions of such cells form a computer's memory. Three inverters form an "oscillator" with zeros and ones chasing each other to give a waveform of pulses.  These are the basic building blocks on which digital technology rests.  More complex functions such as arithmetic, coding messages, and computation are made up of these basic functions.

Major in Success, Career Development Strategies

Presented by: Carol Bosack Kosek | Director, Career Services
Description: Learn career success strategies as your explore and develop your career plan, starting Day One at Wilkes. Students who graduate from Wilkes and attain great jobs and graduate school admissions utilize the career development resources we will cover in this presentation.

Mass Media and Everyday Life

Presented by: Dr. Evene Estwick | Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Description: In the past two decades, new media forms have emerged, including satellite radio, direct satellite transmission, high definition television, and the World Wide Web.  Furthermore, the level of mass media saturation is constantly increasing.  Mass media influence the way you vote, how you spend your money, what you eat, and the way you talk.  This session will explore the significant role that mass media play in our everyday lives.

Memoirs of a Kidney, written by I.P. Daily

Presented by: Dr. Edward Foote | Chair and Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Description: The goal of the presentation is to demonstrate unique teaching techniques such as case-based learning and pre/post testing.   A secondary goal is to learn important information about maintaining healthy kidneys.

Mesoscale Chemistry - the design and self-assembly of complex systems

Presented by: Dr. Donald Mencer | Chair and Associate Professor, Chemistry
Description: Mesoscale systems are assemblies that have sizes that reside "in the middle" between large molecular assemblies (like individual proteins) and millimeter scale objects. These assemblies can be nano-materials, but larger systems are also possible.  The subunits in mesoscale systems can be electrostatic attraction and in molecular systems frequently involve non-covalent bonding. These forces are weak; often comparable to thermal energies. Self-assembly is the spontaneous generation of order in systems of pre-existing components. Information for self-assembly is encoded in the components in the form of shape, topology, sequence, surface properties, etc. Self-assembled mesoscale systems are not uncommon in nature but it is only within the past decade that these have been exploited effectively to create man-made mesoscale systems. This presentation will provide a review of the background, current state of the art, and future possibilities for self-assembled mesoscale systems. 

Music at Wilkes 

Presented by: Dr. Steven Thomas | Chair & Associate Professor, Performing Arts
Description: An overview of the opportunities for music study and performance that are available to all majors at the University. The session will also feature a performance by the Wilkes University Chamber Singers.

Oh The Places You’ll Go

Presented by:Dr. Jacqueline Stewart | Associate Professor, Nursing
Description: Few professions offer the new college graduate with so many choices of where to work, when to work, and how to use your knowledge and skills to make a difference in people’s lives.   Come and explore all the exciting places you can go and what you can do as a professional nurse!

Room & Never Bored: The On Campus Experience

Presented by: Elizabeth SwantekDirector, Residence Life • Jamie Miller | Assistant Director, Residence Life
Description: Ever dream of living in a mansion? Wilkes University offers a variety of housing options for our residential student population, ranging from traditional halls to apartments to mansions. What does each type of housing offer?  What is a Resident Assistant and what do they do? What are the benefits of living on campus at Wilkes University? Come find out the answers to all of your housing questions.

Sim U Later

Presented by: Dr. Joyce Victor | Assistant Professor/Director, Nursing-Undergraduate
Description: Using simulation to develop and evaluate clinical judgment.

Special Effects: Making Reality after the Shooting is Finished

Presented by: Eric Ruggiero | Chairperson & Associate Professor, Integrative Media
Description: This session will explore the post-production phase of the Visual F/X industry.  See what happens after the Shooting is done incorporating green-screen/background plates, the technology and techniques.  See why the visual f/x blockbuster needs a multi-million dollar budget.

Stress Makes Me Sick

Presented by:Dr. Carl Charnetski | Professor, Psychology
Description:  If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed and uttered the phrase, “I’m sick and tired,” you weren’t kidding.  Dr. Charnetski will show you how stress has an adverse effect on your immune system, which can cause you to get sick when you’re under the gun.  All you “night owls may have heard Dr. Charnetski’s research featured in two of Jay Leno’s monologues, and “early risers” may have seen him on Good Morning America.

Ten Thousand Years Will Give You Such a Crick in the Neck!

Presented by: Dr. Thomas S. Franko, PharmD, BCACP | Assistant Professor, Pharmacy
Description: This will be a general overview of common head and neck pain issues including headache and muscle soreness.  We will discuss assessment of these conditions, use of over the counter (OTC) medications used in treatment, and various non-pharmacologic methods of care.  The focus of the discussion will mainly be on how pharmacists can help patients select safe and appropriate therapy through interactive experiences and role playing. 

The Actor at Work: An Acting Workshop

Presented by: Jon Liebetrau | Assistant Professor, Performing Arts
Description: Here's your backstage pass to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. Our dedicated faculty who produce Wilkes University's theatre performances will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Edward Darling Jr. Theater. They also invite you to participate in a brief and enlightening actor’s workshop.

The Chemistry of Death

Presented by:Dr. Amy Bradley | Associate Professor, Chemistry
Description: Not yet available.

The Educated Nurse – Degrees and Careers

Presented by: Dr. Maria Grandinetti | Assistant Professor, Nursing
Description: There are many degrees offered in the profession of nursing. This has led to some confusion of the roles and responsibilities of nursing professionals holding different degrees. Colleges and universities offer Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degrees in Nursing. Nurses holding these degrees often collaborate with each other when advancing the profession through scholarship, teaching, practice, research and service. Graduates who are Registered Nurses, Nurse Educators, Nurse Practitioners, and  Researchers can be found employed at a variety of healthcare, educational, and business settings. This presentation will provide an overview of the degrees and careers aspiring nurses can pursue based on their individual career goals.

The Evolution of Infectious Disease  

Presented by: Mr. Kenneth Pidcock | Professor, Biology 
Description: You can’t always get what you want, but you always get what you select. Over the past several decades, medical practice, in treating bacterial infectious disease has selected antibacterial drug-resistant lineages. This session introduces the major groups of these so-called “superbugs”, presenting their emergence as an evolutionary process, and discussing management strategies.  Lecture and laboratory demonstration.

The Geologic History and Formation of NEPA and Wyoming Valley

Presented by: Dr. Brian Redmond | Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Science
Description: Learn about how the Marcellus Shale and the anthracite deposits of eastern PA were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, how an ancient mountain range as high as today’s Himalayas rose and was eroded completely flat.  See how the Susquehanna River and other regional rivers developed on that flat plain, changing their courses as they cut down through the roots of the ancient mountain range.  Understand how recent glaciation further shaped our regional landscape and how, for a few thousand years, the Susquehanna River drained an early Lake Erie, the end of which led to the creation of the buried valley of the Susquehanna River in Wyoming Valley.

The Power of Sport: Introduction to Sport Management

Presented by: Dr. Woojun Lee | Assistant Professor, Sports Management
Description: This mini-class session is an introduction to the field of sport management, describing current trends, best practices, and future trends of sport management.

The Power of Teacher Motivation

Presented by:Diane M Polachek, E.d.D. | Professor and Chairperson, Education Department
Description: Effective teachers motivate and actively engage their students in the learning process. What are the secrets to this motivation and engagement? How do teachers convince their students they can succeed? What strategies do teachers employ to encourage intellectual curiosity and an innate desire to learn? This session focuses on exploring answers to these questions. Come to this session and expect to be motivated and engaged!

The Simpsons, the Three Stooges, and the U.S. Supreme Court  

Presented by: Dr. Kyle Kreider | Chair & Associate Professor, Political Science; Pre -Law Advisor
Description:Why is it that a majority of Americans can rattle off the names of the three stooges and characters on "The Simpsons" but are unable to even mention one Supreme Court justice?  Find out why Americans know little about the Supreme Court, whether we can change this unfortunate fact, and what the lack of knowledge of the Supreme Court means for U.S. democracy.

Toying with Composition: Self-Articulation in Play and Writing

Presented by: Dr. Chad W. Stanley | Associate Professor, English
Description: This mini-class will focus on the analysis of images, toys, games, and various modes of self-articulation (as related to ways of moving and to ways of writing/speaking). Material is drawn from in-class work, and student writings, from ENG 101: Composition.

What Makes a Society Modern?

Presented by: Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison | Associate Professor Global History and Languages
Description: This class session is taken from a new History Topics course entitled “Malaysia’s Alternate Modernity,” a 3-credit course that looks at alternate views of modernity and culminates in a two-week study abroad tour to Malaysia with the instructor. In this session, we will discuss what our assumptions about a “modern” society, and we will ask if there is anything missing in those assumptions. This session will be participatory, rather than lecture-based, as participants will be encouraged to work first in small groups to generate a list of characteristics of modernity. Then, as a class, we will compile a general list of characteristics and ask what else might be added to that list. The instructor will provide some information and images from Malaysia during the general discussion and will answer specific questions about the course and the study abroad component of the learning experience.

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers

Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 Noon, 1 p.m. (by online registration only)
Description: Members of the Financial Aid staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Lunch Available:
    • Henry’s Dining Hall, 3rd Floor, Henry Student Center
    • Rifkin Café (Which Wich & Grille Works); 1st Floor, Henry Student Center
    • Greens to Go; 1st Floor, Stark Learning Center

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Information Fair; Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
  • Marching Band Uniform Fittings; Savitz Room, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
  • Accepted Pharmacy Students: Faculty/Staff Meet & Greet; Pharmacy Information Center, Stark Learning Center

Information Fair

  • Admissions
  • Advising and Academic Support
  • Adventure Education
  • Air Force & Army ROTC
  • Athletics
  • Alumni
  • Bookstore
  • Campus Interfaith
  • Center for Global Education and Diversity
  • Cooperative Education/Internships
  • Community Service
  • Dining Services
  • Family Business Alliance
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Intramurals
  • Leadership Programs
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Public Safety
  • Residence Life
  • Student Development
  • Study Abroad
  • Various Student Clubs & Organization

Live the Life of a Wilkes Student…before you become an official Wilkes student.

Accepted students are invited to tour campus, eat lunch and attend sample classes taught by actual Wilkes professors.  You can choose from more than 40 mini classes and even bring your parents or friends along with you.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at VIP Day!