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20 "Lighter" Things You Should Know About Wilkes
  1. Wilkes students, staff, and faculty volunteer about 29,000 hours each year.
  2. Each year, more than 500 freshman take their seats in Wilkes classrooms.
  3. More than 90% of Wilkes faculty hold the highest degree possible in their discipline.
  4. Wilkes is named in honor of John Wilkes, a Colonial sympathizer who was often poked fun at for his severely crossed eye.
  5. Including faculty, Wilkes employs more than 375 people.
  6. The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy & Nursing is one of only six named schools of pharmacy nationwide.
  7. The Wilkes campus spans 27 acres.
  8. Dean George Ralston, "the Father of Wilkes athletics," was the first coach of the football, basketball and baseball programs.
  9. Wilkes opened in 1933 as a two-year campus affiliated with Bucknell University.
  10. The Henry Student Center opened in 1999 and cost $7.7 million.
  11. Wilkes President Dr. Joseph Gilmour is known as Tim because his parents didn't agree on what to name him.
  12. The ratio of male to female undergraduates at Wilkes is practically 1:1.
  13. Wilkes students come from more than 21 states and four foreign nations.
  14. At Wilkes, you can participate in no fewer than 73 clubs and organizations.
  15. Award-winning bodybuilder Frank Zane is a 1964 Wilkes alumnus.
  16. 1991 Wilkes graduate John Robert McLaughlin tussled with Joey Tribbiani in a 1998 episode of NBC's Friends.
  17. There are more than 24,000 living Wilkes alumni.
  18. The Wilkes library contains more than 220,000 books.
  19. The campus bell tower is 61 feet high.
  20. You can still find remnants of "flood mud" from the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood if you look carefully through the basements of Wilkes buildings.
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