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Wilkes University Awards Degrees at 70th Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Awards Degrees at 70th Spring Commencement

Wilkes University Presented 2017 Multicultural Awards

The Center for Global Education and Diversity at Wilkes University recently presented its 2017 multicultural awards.

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

Wilkes Professor Morgan Clevenger Hosts Book Signing at Barnes & Noble on May 4

Morgan Clevenger, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business & Leadership, will sign copies of his book, Toward Entrepreneurial Community Development: Leaping Cultural and Leadership Boundaries on May 4. The event will be at Barnes & Noble on Public Square, 75 S. Main St., on May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

$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

Elementary School Students Enjoy Adventures in Science on April 28 at Wilkes University

Two-hundred and fifty Berwick Area fifth graders will make scientific discoveries when Wilkes University hosts Adventures in Science 2017 on Friday, April 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Joby Warrick Delivers Keynote At Wilkes University's Bigler Journalism Conference

The Washington Post reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner author Joby Warrick will be the keynote speaker at Wilkes University's 17th annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poetry In Transit 2017 Seeks New Verse

Poetry In Transit, an award-winning community program, invites writers to submit poems to be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) buses. The submission deadline for this year's program is April 28. The theme for the 2017 program is Migration, and poems should reflect some aspect of this theme.

Wilkes University Presents Creative Writing Community Workshops Spring 2017

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Program is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops for Spring 2017. All of these workshops are open to adults and will be held on the Wilkes campus. The cost for each workshop series is $65.00. Advance registration is available through the university's Continued Learning website wilkes.augusoft.net.

Novelist Valeria Luiselli Closes Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series April 11 at Wilkes University

The Wilkes University English Department welcomes Valeria Luiselli as the last distinguished author to visit campus for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series. Her reading will take place Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the salon of Kirby Hall, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. This event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University Invites Local High School Students To Earth and Environmental Science Day on April 21

Wilkes University invites high school students to celebrate Earth Day at Earth and Environmental Science Day on Friday, April 21. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Registration is from 9 to 9:15 a.m. in the Henry Student Center or can be done in advance by visiting www.wilkes.edu/eesday.

Wilkes University Senior Kevin Schiel of Wyoming, Pa., Wins Award From Pennsylvania Consortium on Video Games

Wilkes University senior Kevin Schiel, of Wyoming, Pa., won the College Tabletop award at the Pennsylvania Consortium on Video Games at Harrisburg University, a statewide competition. Schiel, who is an integrative media major, developed "Planets: The Game," an innovative non-digital tabletop card game. He designed the cards for the game in his Integrative Media Projects 2 class.

Wilkes University Integrative Media Seniors Win Gold Awards At Regional American Advertising Awards

Wilkes University seniors, Kevin Schiel, of Wyoming,Pa., and Delmis Machado, of Berwick, Pa., won Gold Award Placement in the 2016-2017 American Advertising Awards - Student Division - AAF District Two. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category. Both are integrative media majors at Wilkes.

Faculty Research Highlighted At First Scholarship Symposium March 28-30 At Wilkes University

Wilkes University holds its first Scholarship Symposium from March 28-30 celebrating the outstanding faculty research and scholarship taking place in all of its academic disciplines. The event highlights Wilkes' unique position as a small research university within the intimate environment of a liberal arts college. Research presentations will begin at 4 p.m. each of the three days of the symposium in various locations on campus.

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.

Wilkes University co-sponsors first Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference

The Wilkes University History Department is partnering with King's College History Department to present the first Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference. Thirteen students from Wilkes, King's and Marywood University will present their research papers.

Wilkes University Presents Creative Writing Community Workshops

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Program is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops. All of these workshops are open to adults and will be held on the Wilkes campus. The cost for each workshop series is $65.00. Advance registration is available through the university's Continued Learning website wilkes.augusoft.net.

Brian Dalton Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wilkes University

Brian Dalton Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wilkes University

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 Participates in National Voter Registration Day Sept. 27

Wilkes University will participate in National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. Students from the women's and gender studies program will help register students and members of the community in the non-partisan event. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

Wilkes University Poised To Become National

Wilkes University Poised To Become National

Wilkes University Ice Hockey Announcement Receives Media Coverage

Wilkes University Ice Hockey Announcement Receives Media Coverage

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 summer undergraduate classes offered at $520 per credit

Summer session at Wilkes University offers quality education at an affordable price. Undergraduate students from any college or university are eligible to register for classes and take advantage of the personal attention and mentoring they will receive from Wilkes' award-winning faculty.

Order of the Engineer Ceremony at Wilkes University

Wilkes University and the Keystone Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers conducted the Order of the Engineer ceremony, inducting 55 Wilkes senior engineering majors into the order on April 3, 2016. The students will receive Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering, environmental engineering or mechanical engineering at the University's spring commencement ceremony. As part of the ceremony, graduating engineers are presented with a stainless steel ring that serves as a symbol of membership. The order emphasizes ethics in engineering projects and the partnership and teamwork required by engineers in the profession.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Tenth Anniversary Car Show at Wilkes University on April 17

The tenth anniversary of the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) car show at Wilkes University will be held on Sunday, April 17. The event will take place in the parking lot behind the Henry Student Center, 84 West South St. Gates open for cars at 8:30 a.m. and judging will begin at 11 a.m. with prizes being awarded at 2:30 p.m.

Passan School of Nursing Hosts Community Blood Drive April 18 at Wilkes University

Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing will host a blood drive with Geisinger on April 18 from 7:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Henry Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St. This event will support local patients, with all blood donations remaining in the community for friends, family and neighbors.

Saturday Morning Classes Cancelled On April 9 At Wilkes-Barre Campus

Saturday Morning Classes Cancelled On April 9 At Wilkes-Barre Campus

"Women, Politics, and Activism" Is the Theme of Women's and Gender Studies Conference April 11-12 at Wilkes University

Politics in this election year is the theme as Wilkes University, in collaboration with King's College, presents the Women's and Gender Studies Conference Program on April 11-12 on the Wilkes campus. The conference is free and open to the public, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. on April 11 on the second floor of the Henry Student Center, 84 West South St.

Wilkes University Theatre Presents Twelfth Night for Shakespeare Anniversary

Wilkes University Theatre presents Twelfth Night, or What You Will, on April 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts.

Wilkes University Hosts 68th Annual Mathematics Contest

Wilkes University hosted the 68th Annual Mathematics Contest on March 7, sponsored by the Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (LCCTM). High school students from 13 area schools participated, with two full four-year scholarships awarded by Wilkes University to senior Brendan Drusda from MMI Preparatory School and junior Spencer Yacuboski from Berwick High School. LCCTM also awarded prizes for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in each division.

"Marilyn's Lunchbox" Examines Role of Female Coal Miner in Women's History Month Lecture March 29 at Wilkes University

Marilyn McCusker, one of the first female coal miners in Pennsylvania, overcame gender discrimination in order to pursue work in a mine located in Rushton, Centre County in 1979. McCusker's lunchbox will serve as the focus for a Women's History Month lecture, "Marilyn's Lunchbox as a Teaching Tool for Pennsylvania History." It will be presented by Linda Ries, retired archivist for Pennsylvania State Archives on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in Breiseth Hall, Room 107. The lecture is sponsored by the University's Global History and Languages Division.

Christine Walsh of Lebanon Twp., N.J., Creates Video Application for Campus Job That Went Viral

Wilkes University freshman Christine Walsh applied to be a resident assistant - and became a bit of an Internet sensation in the process. As part of her application, Walsh, a Lebanon Township, N.J., native, created a video to the tune of the Grammy Award-winning "Uptown Funk." It has garnered more than 11,000 views - and counting. You can view the video here.

Wilkes University Holds Farewell Ceremony for Panamanian Teachers on March 2

Wilkes University bids farewell to 20 Panamanian teachers who have been studying on campus with a special ceremony at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 w. South St. Media are invited to cover the event and interview the teachers about their experiences during the eight weeks they have spent here. The teachers return to Panama on March 4.

Wilkes University Honors Freshmen with Alpha Lambda Delta Induction Ceremony

Wilkes University honored freshmen students for academic excellence with induction into the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society on Feb. 6. Eligible students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher during their first term or year of college while enrolled full time are invited to join.

Wilkes University Announces Dean's List for Fall 2015 Semester

Wilkes University Provost Dr. Anne Skleder announced the Dean's List for the Fall 2015 Semester. To be named to the Dean's List, students must obtain a minimum 3.4 grade point average and carry at least 12 credits.

Activist, Artist and Author Mary Fisher Delivers Allan P. Kirby Lecture on March 16 at Wilkes University

Mary Fisher, activist, author and artist, will speak on "Freeing the Entrepreneur for the Global Good" at the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on March 16. The lecture will be in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is c0-sponsored by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, and is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University's Contemporary History Project Presents "Metropolitan Battlefields: Urban Conflict in Iraq Before and After the 'Surge'" on Feb. 29

Wilkes University's Contemporary History Project will present a lecture, "Metropolitan Battlefields: Urban Conflict in Iraq Before and After the 'Surge', " on Feb. 29. It will be given by Dan Bisbee, a doctoral candidate in security and intelligence studies at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs. Bisbee will discuss major trends in urban conflict and provide an analysis of warfare and governance in the cities of Iraq over the past decade. The lecture will be held in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Wilkes University Holds Feb. 18 Grand Opening for Starbucks

Wilkes University will mark the grand opening of its full-service Starbucks on Feb. 18. The grand opening will be highlighted by an 11:30 a.m. ribbon cutting with University President Patrick F. Leahy and Aramark Vice President of Operations Dan Palumbo. The opening also will be marked throughout Starbucks' hours of operation with free tall coffees, food samples and giveaways throughout the day. The public is invited to attend.

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 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.

Kathy Price Kautter '72 Scholarship Awarded to First Recipient at Wilkes University

Shelby Petro of Catawissa, Pa., a junior psychology major at Wilkes University, is the first recipient of the Kathy Price Kautter '72 Scholarship. Petro is a research assistant to Dr. Ellen Newell, assistant professor of psychology, and is a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. She has been on the dean's list since the fall of 2013 and currently has a GPA of 4.0.

Sigma Tau Delta Book Drive a Success

Members of Wilkes University's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, gathered 2,033 books to donate to Ruth's Place House of Hope, Inc. and St. Hedwig's Veterans Village in a book drive.

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 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.

Wilkes University Ranked 25th In The Nation for Economic Value By The Economist

Wilkes University is ranked 25th in the nation for economic value by the international newspaper The Economist. The ranking was announced in the publication's first-ever college rankings.

Sordoni Art Gallery Performance and Reception at Wilkes University

Wilkes University presents a performance and reception at the Sordoni Art Gallery, 150 South River St., on Nov. 5. The event showcases the gallery's new exhibition, New Mythologists: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse & The Little Mermaid. The artist's reception is from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., with the live performance at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Dec. 12.

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.

Wilkes University Theatre Presents Shout! The Mod Musical Nov. 13 - 22

Wilkes University Theatre presents Shout! The Mod Musical on Nov. 13-22. Performances are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. curtain on Nov. 15 and 22 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts.

Wilkes University Observes Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 19-23 With Awareness Walk And Educational Demonstrations

Wilkes University will observe Alcohol Awareness week from October 20-23. The highlight of the week will be the annual Alcohol Awareness Walk on Tuesday, October 20 at noon.

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.

Gardner Educational Forum at Wilkes University Examines Rural Education at Oct. 8 Event

The Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University examines the topic "Rural Education: Impressions and Perspectives" on Thursday, Oct. 8. The guest speaker is Dorinda McHenry, adjunct instructor at Wilkes University. The discussion takes place in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, Room 214, from 4:30-6 p.m.

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 Theatre Presents Our Town Oct. 1-4

Wilkes University Theatre opens its 2015-2016 season with a production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Performances are Oct. 1-3 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts.

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 Announces Strong Commitment to the Arts With Relocation of Sordoni Art Gallery to South Main Street

Wilkes University has announced plans to relocate the Sordoni Art Gallery to South Main Street and bring national and internationally known art exhibits to downtown Wilkes-Barre.

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.

The Family Business Alliance Presents: The Rise and Fall of a Dallas Family Dynasty

Join the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance on Sept. 9 to hear the tale of the family firm rumored to have inspired the popular 80s TV series "Dallas." Doug Box details the rise and fall of the Box Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas giant, and a family dynasty believed to be too big to fail. Box will also discuss their partnership with one of the largest and most famous construction companies in the United States, George A. Fuller Construction, and their cement conglomerate including Oklahoma Cement Co., Louisiana Cement Company and Box Crow Cement Co.

Wilkes University Opens Academic Year With Largest Undergraduate Student Body In History

Wilkes University Opens Academic Year With Largest Undergraduate Student Body In History

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.

Poetry In Transit 2015 Launches With Aug. 28 Event

Poetry In Transit, an award-winning community program, announces the 2015 contributing poets whose work will be featured on Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) buses. The poems stay up for one year, with a monthly rotation so that riders can see all poems over time. The theme for the 2015 program is River, which is reflected in the selected poems.

Wilkes University Students Study Health Care During Study Abroad In Tanzania

Three Wilkes University students gained hands-on experience recently during a study abroad trip to Tanzania. Nursing student Ariel Velez and pharmacy students Sarah Brozena and Erica Chambers spent two weeks volunteering with grass roots organizations, learning about global health, and enjoying local customs.

Wilkes University Freshmen Help Community During Summer Orientation

Members of Wilkes University's incoming freshman class will pitch in to help the Wyoming Valley community as part of their summer orientation on Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 13. About 300 students at each orientation session will volunteer at locations that include senior centers, youth centers, parks, the CEO's Weinberg Food Bank, and many other organizations.

Ugandan Pharmacists Completing Summer Study With Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Faculty Member

Two Ugandan pharmacists are spending the summer at Wilkes University to complete an advanced pharmaceutical care experiential training program under the supervision of KarenBeth Bohan, associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program Marks 10th Anniversary June 19-26

Wilkes University's graduate creative writing program is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gala, a ceremony dedicating its building, alumni readings and special workshops for program graduates. The anniversary will be observed during the program's annual June residency, held from June 19-26 on the University campus.

Maslow Salon Reading Series Features Alumni From Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program

Maslow Salon Reading Series Features Alumni From Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program

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 Announces Young Scholars Gateway Program

Wilkes University Announces Young Scholars Gateway Program

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.

Brian Greene, Scientist and Author of The Elegant Universe, Delivers Rosenn Lecture At Wilkes University On April 26

Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Brian Greene is known for bringing cutting-edge scientific concepts to the public in entertaining ways. On Sunday, April 26, Greene visits Wilkes University as guest speaker for the Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities. Greene's lecture, "Science Matters: Inspiring the Next Generation of Maverick Thinkers," will be at 7:30 p.m, in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

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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Wilkes University Family Business Alliance Offers New Tuition Discount Benefit To Its Members

The Wilkes University Family Business Alliance has announced an important new benefit for its members. All member companies will receive a tuition discount on undergraduate and graduate tuition at Wilkes. All full-time employees and their immediate family members of Family Business Alliance member companies and sponsor companies qualify for the tuition discounts, depending on their level of membership.

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.

Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University Addresses Diversity, Sensitivity and Multiculturalism in Schools

The Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University will examine the topic "Addressing Diversity, Sensitivity and Multiculturalism in Our Schools" on Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, Room 214. The presenters will be Beth Anne Owens and Jennifer Welgosh, psychologists in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

Wilkes University Family Business Alliance Hosts Author and Leadership Coach John Engels

The Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University will host author and global educator John Engels, president of Leadership Coaching, Inc., Wednesday, March 11 in the Henry Student Center Ballroom on the Wilkes campus. Engels will present "Relationship Realities: Emotionally-Mature Leadership in an Age of Avoidance." Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.

Wilkes University Founders Gala 2015 Set for May 30

Wilkes University Founders Gala 2015 Set for May 30

Wilkes University Announces Dean's List for Fall 2014 Semester

Wilkes University Provost Anne A. Skleder announces the Dean's List for the Fall 2014 Semester. To be named to the Dean's List, students must earn a minimum 3.4 grade point average and carry at least 12 credits.

Wilkes University Honors Veterans At Feb. 7 Event

Wilkes University Honors Veterans At Feb. 7 Event

National Book Award Winner Phil Klay Opens Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University on Feb. 10

Phil Klay, whose short-story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction, will open the spring writers series on Feb. 10. The series, which features writers reading from their work, is presented by the Wilkes University English Department and sponsored by the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund.

Wilkes University Presents "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" Feb. 13 - 15 and 20 - 22

With a title like "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," Wilkes University's latest theater production isn't playing coy. It's exactly what you think it is.

Wilkes University Pharmacy Students Assist With Affordable Care Act Signups

Wilkes University Pharmacy Students Assist With Affordable Care Act Signups

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.

Wilkes University Flute Ensemble Presents Concert on Dec. 7

Wilkes University's Flute Ensemble presents a concert at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra Presents Three Centuries of Classical Music In Nov. 23 Concert

Wilkes University's Chamber Orchestra presents a concert at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Wilkes University Bands Make History, Play First Ever Concert Together on Nov. 22

History will be made on Nov. 22 when all three Wilkes University band ensembles perform together for the first time at Wilkes University Band Night. The Jazz Orchestra, The Civic Band and The Marching Colonels present an evening of big band jazz, concert band and marching band music at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Sustainability the Focus of United Nations Lecture at Wilkes University on Nov. 13

Wilkes University's United Nations Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Nov. 13, when Matthias Klettermayer, presents "The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - A New Approach" in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center, at 4 p.m. Klettermayer is the sustainable development officer responsible for communication and outreach in the United Nations' Division for Sustainable Development.

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 Marks National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 20-24

Wilkes University will participate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week from Oct. 20-24, a national initiative on college campuses to raise awareness about the dangers of underage and excessive drinking. The week at Wilkes is highlight by the annual Walk Towards Awareness on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at noon on the University Greenway. The University's chapter of the BACCHUS club sponsors the annual event with the help of Campus Health Services.

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.

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.

Hanada Taha Discusses Women's Empowerment In The Middle East During Jan. 28 Lecture at Wilkes University

Women's empowerment in the Middle East will be discussed at a lecture given by Hanada Taha, acting dean of Bahrain Teacher's College at the University of Bahrain. Taha will discuss her experiences on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Wilkes University Hosts Community Health Fair Feb. 15

Wilkes University is sponsoring a Community Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 15, to provide information to members of the community about healthy lifestyles and health-related topics. The health fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Henry Student Center on the University's campus. The event is free and registration is not required.

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

The Wilkes University Running Club will host the 10th annual Relay for Heat to raise funds to help the Commission for Economic Opportunity (CEO) assist local families in need with heating costs.

Wilkes Names Muhlenberg Assistant Trey Brown as New Head Football Coach

As the quarterbacks' coach/special teams' coordinator at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Trey Brown was instrumental in helping the Mules program to one Centennial Conference championship, one NCAA Division III National Playoff berth and two ECAC South Atlantic bids. Brown will now have the opportunity to run his own program as he has been named the new head football coach at Wilkes University.

Wilkes University Hosts Community Health Fair April 5

Wilkes University is sponsoring a Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 5, to provide information to members of the community about healthy lifestyles and health-related topics. The health fair, rescheduled from Feb. 15 due to inclement weather, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Henry Student Center on the University's campus. The event is free and registration is not required.

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 Civic Band Presents Band Music from Around the World, Vol. 2 April 27

The Wilkes University Civic Band will present Band Music from Around the World, Vol. 2 on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra Presents Broadway, Our Way April 30

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra will present Broadway, Our Way on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

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.

Summer at Wilkes Presents Kid's Film Fest

Wilkes University will host the award-winning KIDS FIRST! film festival on select Sundays this summer. A series of age appropriate movies will be shown at 3 p.m. on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17 in Stark Learning Center, room 101. The Sunday film events are free and each lasts no more than 90 minutes.

Wilkes University Announces Drum Majors

Wilkes University recently selected students Martina Barna and Sofia Soares as drum majors to lead the University's new marching band. The band - the only collegiate marching band in northeast Pennsylvania - will debut at the Colonels' first home football game in fall 2014.

Wilkes University Celebrates Successful Semester In Mesa Program With May 5 Event

Wilkes University affirmed its commitment to the City of Mesa and the Mesa business community with an event celebrating the successful completion of the University's first Semester In Mesa program. Semester in Mesa brings students from the University's Pennsylvania campus to Mesa to study and complete internships.

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 Announces Decision To Arm Public Safety Officers

Wilkes University announced today that it will begin to arm some members of its public safety department, creating a hybrid force that is better equipped to act as first responders on campus and coordinate with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.

Wilkes to add men's lacrosse program in 2015-16

Wilkes University announced its plans to add men's lacrosse to its list of intercollegiate sport offerings.

Wilkes University Leads Northeast Pennsylvania Schools In Money Magazine Rankings For Great Value To Students

Wilkes University is ranked highest among northeast Pennsylvania's colleges and universities on Money magazine's Best Colleges list of schools delivering great value for students. The Money ranking is based on factors such as graduation rates, affordability and average earnings after graduation.

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski to Speak at Wilkes University Summer Commencement

Wilkes University alumnus and Pennsylvania State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski will deliver the address when the University holds its summer commencement on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Wilkes University Opens 82nd Academic Year With Welcome Weekend Aug. 22-24

The arrival of the freshman class and the opening of a new home for the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership highlight the opening of Wilkes University's 82nd academic year. Classes begin for the 2014-2015 year on Monday, Aug. 25.


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