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Washington Monthly Ranks Wilkes University Among Top Schools Contributing to Public Good Ranking Measures the University's Impact on the Nation

Wilkes University is among the nation's top colleges and universities included in Washington Monthly's annual rankings of higher education institutions and what they are doing for the country.

Wilkes University Student Pharmacist Taylor Hodle Attends Primary Care Progress Annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit Aug. 18-20 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Wilkes University student pharmacist Taylor Hodle of Dallas, Pa., was selected to attend the Primary Care Progress annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit Aug. 18-20 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Wilkes University Introduces Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree In Digital Design and Media Art

Wilkes University's department of integrative media, art and design has introduced a bachelor of fine arts degree in digital design and media art. The degree is the highest standard, professional degree for undergraduate art and design programs.

Wilkes University Recognizes Faculty and Staff With 2017 President's Awards for Excellence

Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2017 President's Awards for Excellence. The awards, which were presented by President Patrick Leahy at the University's fall convocation, recognize individuals who reflect excellence in their work at the University based on the University's core values. This is the second year for the awards program.

Wilkes University Hosts Blood Drive to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Wilkes University is supporting the American Red Cross in their efforts to replenish critical blood supplies. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Henry Student Center Lounge, located on 84 W. South St. in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

Wilkes University has announced faculty promotions and recognized faculty who have been awarded tenure.

Wilkes University Theatre Presents Theophilus North Sept. 28-Oct. 1

Wilkes University Theatre presents the opening production of the 2017-2018 season, Theophilus North. The performances will take place on Sept. 28, 29, 30 at 8p.m. as well as a Sunday matinee performance on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m The production will occur at Wilkes' Dorothy Dickson Center for the Performing Art, 239 S. River St.

Wilkes University Student Pharmacist Kayla Hiryak Awarded AFPE Gateway to Research Scholarship

Wilkes University student pharmacist Kayla Hiryak of Boyertown, Pa., was awarded the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarship for her research. Hiryak worked with mentor Adam VanWert, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, on her project entitled, "Synthetic Biological Approach to Treating Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones." Hiryak was one of 16 winners out of hundreds of nominees from across the country and the first Wilkes student to receive the award.

Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Honors Local Businessmen at Sept. 13 Breakfast

Celebrating the role of mentors in nurturing entrepreneurial endeavors, Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is hosting a mentor breakfast honoring four executive mentors. The event will occur on Sept. 13, from 8-10 a.m. in the Henry Student Center. The Kirby Center features a Kirby Mentor Program and maintains a network of advisors who offer their services on a limited pro-bono basis. In conjunction with the academic resources of Wilkes University, these business and industry leaders offer years of experience and mentorship to students and prospective start-up businesses.

Wilkes University Holds Summer Commencement Ceremony on Sept. 10, 2017

Wilkes University will hold its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. More than 403 graduates will receive bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the event.

Hospitality Leadership Major Introduced In Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University

Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is introducing a new major in hospitality leadership for students interested in careers in hotels, restaurants, tourism and gaming management.

Wilkes University Welcomes New Faculty for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Wilkes University welcomed 25 new faculty members at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. New faculty included new tenure-track faculty, as well as visiting professors and faculty of practice.

Wilkes University Graduate is a Semifinalist in International Design Competition

Nicole Kutos '17 of Northampton, Pa., is a semifinalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Faculty Member Jennifer Malinowski Wins Innovations in Teaching Competition Sponsored by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Jennifer Malinowski, Pharm.D., a faculty member and an assistant dean in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, has won the 2017 Innovations in Teaching Competition sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Wilkes University Kirby Scholars Presented at International Conference in Dublin, Ireland

Wilkes University Kirby Scholars Taylor Baker '17 of Dallas, Pa., and Michelle Lehman of Mountain Top, Pa., can now officially add "international conference presenter" to their resumes.

Wilkes University's College of Science and Engineering Pre-Professional Society Presents Check to Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic

Members of the Pre-Professional Society in the College of Science and Engineering at Wilkes University raised money in support of the Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic. The student-run organization presented the clinic with a $500 check on June 30, 2017.

John Anthony "Beno" Borzell Golf Tournament Benefits Students At Wilkes University and Wyoming Area High School

The Borzell family has presented Wilkes University with a check for $12,000 and awarded $6,800 in scholarships to four Wyoming Area High School graduates. The gifts are proceeds from the 2016 John Anthony "Beno" Borzell Golf Tournament. The 2017 golf tournament will be held on Sept. 16.

Wilkes University Student Work Accepted Into Influential Educational Exhibition

A recent Wilkes University graduate will have his work displayed at one of the world's largest conferences for computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Announces Program for Pennsylvania Writers Conference Aug. 4 - Aug. 5

Get your pens ready! Wilkes University's Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing has announced the full program for the third annual Pennsylvania Writers Conference. The two-day event is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 4 and Sat., Aug. 5.

Students In SHINE of Luzerne County Become College Students For A Day On July 12 and 13 At Wilkes University

Students in the Luzerne County SHINE Program at Wilkes University will observe National Summer Learning Day on July 12 and 13 when they experience being a college student for a day.

Wilkes University Honors Faculty and Staff With Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Awards

Wilkes University recognized 12 faculty and staff members with nine awards for excellence in teaching and advising at the 2017 Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) Awards Ceremony.

Wilkes University Awards Degrees at 70th Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Awards Degrees at 70th Spring Commencement

Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy To Speak at International Council on Small Business Knowledge Summit May 11 at United Nations

Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy To Speak at International Council on Small Business Knowledge Summit May 11 at United Nations

$1.65 Million Gift From Wilkes-Barre Native George W. Bierly Creates Student Fellowships at Wilkes University

$1.65 Million Gift From Wilkes-Barre Native George W. Bierly Creates Student Fellowships at Wilkes University

Wilkes University Offers Accelerated Path To Law Degree With Penn State Law, University Park

The path to law school will be shorter for some Wilkes University students thanks to a new agreement with The Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law at University Park. Called a 3+3 accelerated bachelor's/juris doctor degree program, it allows exceptional students in their third year of study to apply for early acceptance into law school.

Wilkes University To Host Runway Show For Local Teens In Need Of Prom Attire

Wilkes' AmeriCorps VISTA, Office of Civic Engagement and Office of Diversity Initiatives is collecting gently used prom clothes. Donations should be lightly used formal attire and accessories such as dresses, gowns, tuxedos, dress shirts, pants, ties and shoes. The goal is to collect at least 200 articles of clothing. The deadline for donations is April 3.

Poverty Simulation- Cancelled

The Poverty Simulation that was scheduled for November 15, 2016 has been cancelled.

Wilkes University Celebrates the Family of Colonels for 2016 Homecoming Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

Wilkes University will welcome alumni back to campus for the 2016 Homecoming weekend from Sept 30 - Oct, 2. The event celebrates the "Family of Colonels," the close-knit campus community at Wilkes.

Wilkes University Poised To Become National

Wilkes University Poised To Become National

Wilkes University Announces Gifted Letter of Endorsement Program For Teachers

Pennsylvania teachers seeking to develop their expertise in educating gifted and talented students can now enroll in Wilkes University's online Gifted Education Letter of Endorsement Program.

Wilkes University Professor Michael A. Steele Wins NSF Opus Award

Wilkes University Professor Michael A. Steele Wins NSF Opus Award

Wilkes University Unveils Plans for Clayton and Theresa Karambelas Media Center

Wilkes University unveiled plans on Saturday for the Clayton and Theresa Karambelas Media Center, which will house its communication studies program. The center, which was announced at the University's Founders Gala 2016 at the Westmoreland Club, honors the Karambelases for giving Wilkes one of the largest gifts in its history. The new center at 141 S. Main St., adjacent to the campus Gateway, will further enhance Wilkes' presence on Wilkes-Barre's South Main Street.

Wilkes University Holds 69th Annual Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Holds 69th Annual Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Doctor of Education Student Recognized With Medal of the British Empire

Wilkes University doctor of education student Mona Nashman-Smith will receive the prestigious Medal of the British Empire on May 6 in London. The medal is presented by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of meritorious civil service.

Wilkes University Students Inducted Into Teacher Education Program

Wilkes University inducted 15 education students into its teacher education program at a pinning ceremony attended by faculty, parents, friends, and students on March 15. Students were presented with "Proud to Teach" pins by faculty presenters.

Panama Minister of Education Visits Wilkes University To Sign Partnership Agreement

Panama Minister of Education Visits Wilkes University To Sign Partnership Agreement

Wilkes University Opens NeuroTraining and Research Center

Wilkes University Opens NeuroTraining and Research Center

Wilkes University President Signs Agreement With Vice President of Panama

Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy has signed an agreement with, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, vice president and minister of foreign affairs for Panama. It paves the way for the University to offer English language training and other academic offerings to that country's diplomatic corps and other staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Wilkes University Accounting Students Offer Free Income Tax Assistance

Accounting students at Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership will offer free tax assistance to the public through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Wilkes University Reschedules Jan. 23 Admissions Open House

Wilkes University is rescheduling the admissions open house scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23 due to the impending winter storm expected in the region. The open house will be held on the snow date of Jan. 30.

Starbucks Opens At Wilkes University

Wilkes University announces the opening of a full-service Starbucks on campus. Located in the University Center on Main at 169. S. Main St., Starbucks at Colonel Gambini's Café brings the largest and most recognized coffee brand in the world to the University and to downtown Wilkes-Barre. The addition is part of the campus dining options offered by Wilkes University Dining/Aramark.

Wilkes University Honors Borton-Lawson As Its Business Partner of the Year

Wilkes University honored Wilkes-Barre architectural and engineering firm Borton-Lawson as its 2015 Business Partner of the Year. The firm was among five finalists for the honor. The award was established to recognize partner organizations that demonstrate outstanding quality, value and service to Wilkes University.

Wilkes University Flute Ensemble Presents Concert on Dec. 13

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

Wilkes University Choral Ensembles Present In Dulci Jubilo

Celebrate the holiday season with a night of Christmas choral music. The Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present In Dulci Jubilo, a program of Christmas choral music, on Friday, Dec. 11 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Civic Band Presents "Solos and Ensembles: A Celebration of Wind and Percussion Music" on Dec. 6

The Wilkes University Civic Band will host its annual winter concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

Wilkes University Offers Creative Writing Master's Degrees in New, Convenient Weekender Format

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing program is offering master's degrees in a new, convenient weekender format. The weekender format combines online distance learning with the traditional campus experience.

Wilkes University Earns 2016 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Wilkes University has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. This is the sixth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.

James Jones Literary Society Hosts Symposium at Wilkes University

The James Jones Literary Society is hosting its 2015 Symposium at Wilkes University on Nov. 5-7. The society honors the life and work of American novelist James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line among other works. The symposium features panel discussions and book signings by nationally established authors and writing fellowship winners. The symposium is presented in partnership with the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program.

Fourth Annual Empty Bowls at Wilkes University on Nov. 15 Benefits Local Food Banks

Wilkes University, in partnership with King's College, Luzerne County Community College and Wyoming Seminary, will hold its fourth annual Empty Bowls event to benefit local food banks. This year's event will be on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.

National Counterintelligence Executive William Evanina Delivers Economic Espionage Lecture Nov. 12 At Wilkes University

Wilkes University alumnus and National Counterintelligence Executive William "Bill" Evanina will discuss issues of cyber security and theft of personally identifiable information on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the University's Henry Student Center. Evanina's lecture, "Economic Espionage: Don't Be A Victim," will provide business owners and individuals with information on the threat to our national security and how to better protect themselves from this threat. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Wilkes University Announces $3.3 Million Gift To Nursing School

Wilkes University has received a $3.3 million gift - the largest in the institution's history - to support its School of Nursing. The gift, given by local businessman and philanthropist John J. Passan of Wilkes-Barre, and his wife, Ann, will be used to create a dedicated, permanent endowment for the school. The gift will transform nursing education at Wilkes for both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, enabling expanded opportunities for technology and professional development experiences.

Peter J. Stang of University of Utah to Deliver Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry Oct. 21 at Wilkes University

Peter J. Stang, distinguished professor and David P. Gardner Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah, will deliver the 2015 Catherine H. Bone Lecture at Wilkes University on Wednesday, Oct. 21. He will speak at 7 p.m. in Stark Learning Center 101. He will deliver the lecture "Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Metallacages via Coordination."

Wilkes University Creative Writing Alumnus Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize For Novel

Wilkes University alumnus Marlon James has won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The international prize, one of the literary world's most prestigious, was presented on Oct. 13 in London.

Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts At Wilkes University Observes 50th Anniversary With Oct. 24 Celebration

The 50th anniversary of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University will be celebrated with an evening of dance, music and theatre performances on Oct 24 at 8 p.m. Select scenes from this year's plays, including Our Town and Shout! The Mod Musical, will be performed, along with a modern dance offering and a ballet selection. The Wilkes University Chorus, Chamber Singers, Civic Band and Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

Wilkes University Announces Recipients of 2015 TREC Awards

Wilkes University recognized 12 faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching and advising at the 2015 Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) Awards Ceremony.

Wilkes University Professor Publishes Findings on Impact of Marcellus Shale Extraction Practices on Streams

A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Public Library of Science says that streams in the Marcellus shale region of Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia are at an intermediate risk due to unconventional oil and gas (UOG) development. The study, "Stream Vulnerability to Widespread and Emergent Stressors: A Focus on Unconventional Oil and Gas," is co-authored by Ken Klemow, Wilkes University professor of biology and geoenvironmental science. It addresses the vulnerability of streams to potential impacts from UOG development, which includes extracting energy from shale, other dense rocks and coal gas. The researchers obtained and combined data from available sources to predict the potential for UOG to impact streams in different regions of the country.

Student-Sponsored Tanzanian Orphan Visits Wilkes University

Wilkes University communication studies students will meet a Tanzanian orphan they have sponsored for the last four years when he visits campus from Oct. 6-20. Kihinga George, 21, will arrive in the United States for the 15-day visit sponsored by Linda Winkler, Wilkes University professor of anthropology and sociology, and donor Ed Meehan.

Wilkes University Dedicates Campus Gateway

Wilkes University formally dedicated its new $1.7 million Gateway - which joins the heart of campus with South Main Street -- in a ceremony that kicked off its annual Homecoming weekend on Oct. 2. The dedication, attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni and elected officials, celebrated the completion of a project that opens a new era for the University.

Canine Cadet: Wilkes AFROTC Det. 752 pioneers new program

Wilkes University Air Force ROTC Detachment 752 recently launched a new initiative where the members will help train a psychological service dog.

Family of Colonels Is Theme for Wilkes University Homecoming From Oct. 2-4

Wilkes University will welcome alumni back to campus for the 2015 Homecoming weekend from Oct. 2-4. The theme this year, "Family of Colonels," celebrates Wilkes' close-knit campus community.

Wilkes University Hosts "Passport to Science" Oct. 10 Community Open House

Wilkes University will hold a community open house at the Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The science center is located at 140 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre. Refreshments will be served.

Michael Reagan, Son of Former President and Best-Selling Author, Delivers Kirby Lecture Oct. 7 at Wilkes University

Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan and best-selling author, delivers the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Reagan speaks at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center on Wilkes University's campus. His topic will be "Know Your Audience." The event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University's Veterans Council Awarded $10,000 VetCenter Initiative Grant

Wilkes University's Veterans Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the VetCenter Initiative grant program, a partnership between Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation to renovate a center for veterans on campus. A space in Conyngham Hall has been designated as a veteran resource center, and will serve as a focal point for veteran's activities on campus.

Wilkes University Summer Commencement to be Held September 13

Wilkes University will hold its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center.

Wilkes University Provost Anne Skleder Announces Appointment of Four New Deans

Wilkes University Provost Anne Skleder has announced the appointment of new deans to lead the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering and the schools of Education and Nursing.

Wilkes University Adventure Education Receives Grant, Will Compete in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

The Wilkes University Adventure Education program will compete in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge to win the title of National Outdoor Champion. Wilkes joins 58 other schools representing 30 states in the challenge, which kicks off Sept. 6 and runs to Oct. 17. It's a six-week Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness-style competition, and Wilkes is asking the community to get involved.

Wilkes University Theatre Announces 2015 -2016 Season Schedule

Wilkes University Theatre announces its 2015-2016 season. The season presents a variety of shows from thought-provoking classics to musicals featuring songs of the swinging sixties. All performances will be held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. General admission is $10, students and seniors are $5, and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call the box office at 570-408-4540.

Wilkes University Biology Professor Kenneth Klemow Appointed to Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

Kenneth Klemow, Wilkes University professor of biology and geo-environmental science, was appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the state Department of Environmental Protection's new Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce.

Wilkes University Holds 68th Annual Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Holds 68th Annual Spring Commencement

Wilkes University to Host Veterans Career and Education Boot Camp on May 11

Wilkes University will host the Veterans Career and Education Boot Camp on Monday, May 11 in the Henry Student Center, located at 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre. The event will begin with a registration and networking session at 8 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. All current and former military personnel are invited to attend.

Wilkes University Honored by NEPA Rainbow Alliance at Annual Awards Gala

Wilkes University was honored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Rainbow Alliance with a Rainbow Award at the 2015 Rainbow Awards Gala, held on April 25 at POSH at The Scranton Club. The annual awards gala recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped to make northeast Pennsylvania more inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Wilkes University Breaks Ground For Campus Gateway

Wilkes University broke ground today on its campus gateway project that promises to transform both its campus and the South Main Street area in the city of Wilkes-Barre.

VIP Day To Be Held As Scheduled March 21; Wilkes University Closing At 2 p.m. March 20

VIP Day To Be Held As Scheduled March 21; Wilkes University Closing At 2 p.m. March 20

Wilkes University Offers Summer Undergraduate Classes At Reduced Tuition

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Allen P. Kirby Lecture Series and Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University to Host Harvard Business School Professor Cynthia A. Montgomery on April 16

Cynthia A. Montgomery, Harvard Business School Timken Professor of Business Administration, will speak about "Where Leadership Begins" at the Allen P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Thursday, April 16 at Wilkes University. The lecture, which is being co-hosted by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, will take place at the Arnaud C. Marts Center Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University Running Club Holds Relay for Heat to Raise Funds to Ease Home Heating Crisis

The Wilkes University Running Club will hold its 11th annual Relay for Heat to raise funds to help the Commission for Economic Opportunity (CEO) assist local families in need with heating costs.

Empty Bowls Raises $10,000 for Area Food Banks

Volunteers from the Empty Bowls committee recently presented a $10,000 check to representatives of the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, the Commission on Economic Opportunity and the food bank at Luzerne County Community College. The funds were raised at the third annual Empty Bowls event in November 2014 and will be divided among the three organizations. The event is sponsored by Wilkes University, King's College, Wyoming Seminary and Luzerne County Community College. The next Empty Bowls event will take place at Wilkes on November 15, 2015.

Wilkes University Founders Gala 2015 Set for May 30

Wilkes University Founders Gala 2015 Set for May 30

Kane Is Able Vice Chairman Dick Kane Reveals Best Practices for Family Businesses at Wilkes University

Family business owners can learn the keys to success at the seminar "Eleven Best Practices of Successful Family Businesses" at Wilkes University, Thursday, February 26. The event is presented by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance.

Wilkes University Receives $40,000 From UGI Utilities, Inc. for Women Empowered by Science Program

UGI Utilities, Inc., recently made a gift of $40,000 to Wilkes University through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. This gift will support the Women Empowered by Science program at Wilkes University.

Wilkes University Honors Veterans At Feb. 7 Event

Wilkes University Honors Veterans At Feb. 7 Event

Wilkes University Scientist Leads Research Team Awarded $1 Million National Science Foundation Grant

Ned Fetcher, scientist and coordinator of the Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability at Wilkes University, is the principal investigator on a research team that has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of climate change on plants. The team will study the effect of a changing climate on tussock cottongrass, a plant indigenous to tundra ecosystems in Alaska. The grant funds research entitled "Collaborative Research: Local adaptation in a dominant arctic tundra sedge (Eriophorum vaginatum) and its effects on ecosystem response in a changing climate."

Wilkes University Launches Eighth Year of Poetry in Transit at Dec. 19 Event

Area bus riders can look forward to a new year of words and images to brighten up their daily rides when the eighth year of Poetry in Transit launches on Friday, Dec. 19. Eleven new placards showcasing the original work of 11 area poets will be unveiled at a special event at Barnes & Noble in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The free event will include a poetry reading by featured poets and is open to the public.

Wilkes University Veterans Programs Ease Transition To Campus Life

Wilkes University's veterans' counselor Lt. Col. Mark Kaster leads programs that help veterans make the transition to college life. The Times-Leader featured Wilkes' programs in support of veterans in this story that appeared in the Nov. 16, 2014 edition.

i2M Presents Donation to Support Science Programs at Wilkes University

i2M recently made a gift to Wilkes University through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. This gift will support innovative programming at Wilkes, including Science in Motion, Women Empowered by Science and Adventures in Science. These programs exemplify the University's commitment to providing multiple opportunities for strengthening engagement with science among students in public schools.

Wilkes University Holds Military Appreciation Week From Nov. 10-14

Wilkes University will observe Military Appreciation Week from Nov. 10 -14 to support and honor veterans.

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski to be Guest of Honor at Wilkes University "Celebration of Education"

Wilkes University is hosting a "Celebration of Education" to mark American Education Week with guest of honor Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. The event will be on Thurs., Nov. 20, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom and the cost is $25 per person.

First National Community Bank Presents Donation to Support Science Programs at Wilkes University

First National Community Bank, locally-based for over 100 years, recently made a gift to Wilkes University as part of its Educational Improvement Tax Credit commitment for 2014.

Empty Bowls Raises Money For Area Food Banks At Wilkes University Nov. 16

Handmade bowls bring people together to help fight hunger in the third annual Empty Bowls event. It will be held at Wilkes University from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Dedicates New Home of Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership

Wilkes University dedicated the new home of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at a ceremony that kicked off Homecoming Weekend festivities on Sept. 25. The event marked the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Sidhu School and ushers in a new era in the school's unique approach to business education.

Wilkes University Receives $3 Million in State Funding For Engineering Laboratories

Wilkes University has received $3 million in funding from the State of Pennsylvania that will allow it to revolutionize the engineering education experience for its students and provide engineering laboratory support to regional industry.

Wilkes University Honors Faculty, Staff with 2014 TREC Awards

Seven Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored for their work teaching and advising students at the annual TREC Awards Ceremony. The awards are presented by the university's Teaching Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC).

Wilkes University Earns 2015 Military Schools® Designation

Wilkes University has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. It is the fifth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to support America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students to ensure their success on campus and after graduation.

Wilkes University Holds Homecoming and Reunion Sept. 26-28

Wilkes University will "Share the Spirit" and welcome more than 600 alumni and friends back to campus for the 2013 Homecoming weekend held Sept. 26-28. The celebration will be highlighted by the "Share the Spirit" Celebration with Wilkes Hall-of-Famer and University of Wisconsin head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan '69 as the guest of honor on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Center Gym.

Michael Reagan, Son of Former President and Best-Selling Author, Delivers Kirby Lecture Oct. 1 at Wilkes University

Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan and best-selling author, delivers the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Reagan speaks at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center on Wilkes University's campus. His topic will be "Know Your Audience." The event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University Hosts ASME Car Show on April 27

Wilkes University's Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will host its eighth annual auto show on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be held in the Wilkes University Henry Student Center parking lot, located at 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Entrance fee for cars is $10 if pre-registered by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The pre-registration link can be found on the wilkes.edu website by searching keywords "8th Annual Auto Show." Entrance fee at the door day of is $15.00.

Former U.S. Senator and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Richard Lugar to Deliver Max Rosenn Lecture at Wilkes University

Former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar will deliver the 33rd Annual Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities at Wilkes University on Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. Lugar will speak on foreign policy, arms reduction and agricultural and energy independence issues. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University United Nations Speaker Series Hosts U.N. Ambassador Ahmed Sareer on April 24

The Wilkes University United Nations Speaker Series will feature Ahmed Sareer, permanent mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, on Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Miller Room. Sareer will speak about climate change and the Maldives. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Christopher Breiseth and Stelios Patsiokas Are Wilkes University Spring Commencement Speakers

Wilkes University alumnus Stelios J. Patsiokas, corporate vice president and chief innovation officer for Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and Christopher N. Breiseth, Wilkes University president emeritus, and will deliver the addresses at the University's 67th annual commencement. The University's spring 2014 commencement ceremonies are on Saturday, May 17, at the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, 274 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Holds Founders Gala To Support First Generation Fund

Wilkes University will celebrate 81 years of educating first-generation college students at its Founders Gala on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The black tie gala, which will become an annual event, will be at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre at 6 p.m. Proceeds will support the new First Generation Fund, established to provide additional scholarship funding to first-generation students.

Wilkes University Holds 67th Annual Spring Commencement

More than 700 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees were awarded as Wilkes University held its 67th spring commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students on May 17. The 10 a.m. ceremony for graduate students and 3 p.m. ceremony for undergraduates were held in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports & Conference Center. Graduates marched down South Franklin Street and entered the center to the music of bagpipers leading the procession.

Wilkes University Raises Record Amount for Scholarships For First-Generation College Students

Wilkes University affirmed its commitment to educate first-generation college students with a highly successful event that raised more than $250,000 for scholarships. The inaugural Founders Gala, held June 7 at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre, benefited the newly established First Generation Fund, which provides scholarships for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The amount raised is the highest from a single event in University history.

Wilkes University Promotes Faculty, Awards Tenure

Wilkes University recently awarded tenure and promoted nine members of the faculty to associate professor. In addition, one faculty member was promoted to full professor and another was awarded tenure. The faculty receiving promotions and tenure were as follows:

Wilkes University Announces New Program To Support Veterans

Wilkes University has announced two initiatives to support veterans in their return to civilian life and ease their transition to higher education. The University is creating the Inter-Organizational Veteran Educational Support Team (INVEST) and has hired AmeriCorps VISTA worker Emily McGaha to help carry out its work.


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