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Wilkes University Accepted Students Day Program

Wilkes University Accepted Students Day Program

Live the life of a Wilkes Student...before it becomes official.

Accepted students are invited to tour campus, eat lunch and attend sample classes taught by actual Wilkes professors. You can choose from more than 40 mini classes and even bring your parents or friends along with you. Full campus tours as well as residence hall tours will be available throughout the day.

Accepted Students Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019.

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If you have questions about Accepted Students Day, please contact us.
(800) 945-5378 Ext. 4400 or admissionsopenhouse@wilkes.edu.

Accepted Students Day Schedule

Time Event Location
8:30 - 10 a.m. Check-in Karambelas Communications and Media Center
8:30- 10 a.m. Academic & Information Fair University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
9:40 a.m. Pep Band Welcome University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
9:55 a.m. Welcome & Presidential Introduction University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10 a.m. Presidential Remarks University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10:15 a.m. Welcome Announcements University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10:20 a.m. Family Dismissal to Sessions University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10:30 - 11:25 a.m. Session 1 see "Session Presentations" below
11:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Session 2 see "Session Presentations" below
11 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Available Cafeteria, Grille Works, Which Wich, Greens-to-Go
1 - 2:30 p.m. Accepted Pharmacy Students: Faculty/Staff Meet & Greet Pharmacy Information Center,
Stark Learning Center 105
1 - 2:30 p.m. Marching Band at Wilkes. Meet the students and staff of the Marching Colonels. Savitz Lounge; Henry Student Center
1 - 2:30 p.m. Honors Program Reception Weckesser Hall

Session Presentations

Amazing Utility and Beauty: Two Mathematical Gems

Dr. Brent Young
Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science

Most people have no difficulty believing that mathematics is useful. In a world increasingly driven by technology and big data, it's difficult to argue otherwise! Despite its utility in our lives, many people get the impression that mathematics is a dry, sterile subject. Surprising as it might seem, mathematicians generally regard their subject as quite beautiful. In this session, we will explore two fascinating (and easily accessible) problems. One of them led to the creation of an entirely new area of mathematics that has since become crucial to computer science and many other disciplines. The other involves nothing more complicated than basic arithmetic. Yet the solution to this problem has eluded every mathematician who has studied it!

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

Dr. Andrew Wilczak
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Crime and criminal behavior are two of the most popular subjects and misunderstood topics in the United States. Are all criminals evil? Are they all crazy? In this presentation, we'll discuss some of the reasons why crime happens in society, the realities of different types of crime and some of the problems facing the modern criminal justice system.

Behind Television Special Effects

Dr. Mark Stine
Chair and Associate Professor, Communication Studies

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

DisAbility Awareness

Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry
Assistant Professor, Education

During this session, participants will be invited to experience simulation activities related to several educational disabilities. Discussion will focus on strategies for adapting and modifying instruction to accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom, building on strengths to address areas that require growth. This session is especially pertinent to anyone who is considering a career in education.

Do You Think You Can Predict Weather?

Lt. Col Mark Kaster, USAF Ret.
Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Science/Veterans Counselor

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why meteorology?
  • What is meteorology?
  • What do meteorologists do?
  • What tools do meteorologists use?
  • Where do meteorologists work?
  • What is the process of weather forecasting?
  • Why is your local weather TV personality sometimes wrong?

Weather impacts our lives 24/7/365. The success and failure of nations, businesses, military operations, etc. often hinges on the weather. If you have ever asked these questions or would love to learn more about the weather, you owe it to yourself to attend this seminar. Don’t be left out in the cold!

Engineering Design

Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III graduated from Wilkes University in 2001 with his B.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked for 12 years as a senior mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army before returning to his alma mater to teach mechanical engineering full time. Dr. Bednarz will talk about how the Wilkes engineering curriculum will prepare students for a successful career as a design engineer in the real world.

Engineering in the Professional World: Creativity with Constraints!

Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Chair, Electrical Engineering and Physics Department

You are about to enter the world of engineering. You probably have the knack to understand how things work. You can fix and modify things that do not work. You can create things that presently do not exist. What should you, as a new engineer, expect to find out in the real world? What are those enterprises like and what are they looking for? How will you fit in? And most importantly, what can you expect to be doing? This lecture offers a view of the engineering world from the vantage point of a hiring engineering director in industry and now an instructor at Wilkes. You will learn about notional enterprises with careers from invention to design to production. You will learn about work environments from freelance opportunities to those which are highly constrained. After all, where else can you be a part of the excitement of creating products and processes and have fun with equipment that someone else is paying for!

Hands-on Robotics at Wilkes

Dr. Yong Zhu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

This presentation focuses on what robotics is, how to design a robot, how robots are changing our society and how people are benefiting from robot technologies. We will also cover how we teach robotics in the engineering program.at Wilkes, including some live demonstrations.

How to Fix a Broken Heart

Dr. Judith Kristeller
Associate Professor, Pharmacy

This presentation is an overview of heart disease. Attendees will learn what causes heart disease, how to prevent it and how it can be treated. We will discuss lifestyle modifications, medication management and surgical options for treating heart disease.

Introduction to Sports Marketing

Dr. Samuel Schmidt
Assistant Professor of Sports Management

This presentation offers a brief look at sport marketing. We will examine what makes sport unique and why organizations would market through sport. We will examine a SWOT analysis of an organization/event and look at common sport promotions.

Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic

Dr. John Gilmer
Professor, Electrical Engineering

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

Minor Steps to Major Decisions

Thomas J. Thomas
Executive Director, Student Affairs

Surveys show that more than 50 percent of students in college change their major at least once, and more than 50 percent of college graduates do not work in the major in which they graduated. If you have not had the opportunity to develop a plan for making this important decision, this session will provide the guidance you need. Using concepts from the career decision-making course at Wilkes, you will learn how to avoid the mistakes others have made when selecting a college major.

Producing History

Dr. Christine Muller
Assistant Professor, Global Cultures and Director of the Honors Program

Ultimately, history is a story. When we want to tell that story, we can do it through the no frills version of a nonfiction textbook, which will give us the definitive facts of the time, the place, the events and the people involved. But the stories of history are not only lists of definitive facts. Because history involves people, these events also include emotions, beliefs, misconceptions, reliable and unreliable memories, and other factors that fiction is better able to communicate. In this sample class, we will watch a scene from Stephen Spielberg's 2006 film “Munich,” then discuss what that film can tell us about the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, the 2006 U.S. War on Terror, and the 2019 viewers who watch it today.

State of the Universe: Unlocking the Secrets of Plasma

Dr. Joshua Blechle
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

The majority of science courses and ongoing scientific research projects focus on the terrestrial states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Plasmas, however, are believed to be the most common state of matter in the universe, existing within stars and filling interplanetary space. This lack of investigation is significant and it leads to a number of pressing questions:

  1. What makes a plasma unique?
  2. How do we study a system not generally found on Earth?
  3. How can we characterize plasmas and their behavior?
  4. What secrets do plasmas hold that will help advance our understanding of the universe?
  5. How can we harness the power of plasmas to advance technology?

In this talk, Dr. Blechle will provide a background on plasmas, current areas of research and what his lab is doing to help unravel the mysteries of the fourth state of matter.

Stress Makes Me Sick

Dr. Carl Charnetski
Professor, Psychology

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

The Actor at Work: An Acting Workshop

Jon Liebetrau
Assistant Professor, Performing Arts

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

The Constitution and the Politics of Presidential Impeachment

Dr. Thomas Baldino
Professor, Political Science

This presentation reviews the Constitution’s provisions for the offenses necessary to pursue an impeachment and the procedures required to conduct an impeachment and trial. The discussion then proceeds to review past examples of impeachment and how politics, not law, factor into the prosecution and trial of a president.

The Use of Plants in Medicine: Overblown Hype or Untapped Potential?

Dr. Kenneth Klemow
Chair and Professor, Biology

When we get sick, we want to feel better. Throughout human history, people have tried many approaches to healing their ills. One approach has been the use of plant extracts. Plants produce otherwise toxic chemicals to deter predators. But in the right doses, many of those chemicals can make us feel better or even cure disease. In this presentation, we will discuss the usefulness of plants to treat disease. Some people view botanical remedies as being useless and even harmful. Others view plants as having superior healing properties to synthetic medicines. The validity of each viewpoint will be examined, especially in regard to the need for future research.

Thinking Like a Nurse

Dr. Susan Malkemes DNP, CCRN
Associate Professor, Nursing

Being a nurse requires paying attention to many details in order to attain good patient outcomes. Beginning to think like a nurse to “Connect the Dots” in patient care will be discussed.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain

Dr. Edward Schicatano
Associate Professor, Psychology

The science of neuroplasticity has taught us that we can change our brains. Physical change occurs in addiction, rendering the brain less effective at making decisions. Likewise, neuroplasticity can be powerful as brain changes occur when one recovers from a stroke or head injury, or during the learning process. All of these examples are represented by morphological changes in the structure of the nerve cells within our nervous system. In this talk, Dr. Schicatano will describe and explain the mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity.

Chemical Contaminants in Food: Is Anything Safe to Eat Anymore?

Dr. William Biggers
Associate Professor, Biology

Chemical pollutants seem to be appearing in almost everything these days, such as the degreaser trichloroethylene that has been found in suburban wells, flame retardants, plasticizers that have been found in almost everyone's blood, and mercury and PCBs that have shown up in salmon and tuna. In recent research, Dr. Biggers has detected the presence of chemical antioxidants used in the rubber and petroleum industry in the blood of lobsters. These chemicals are bioactive and are endocrine disruptors.

Dance at Wilkes: A Broadway-style Dance Class

Lynne Mariani
Faculty of Practice; Dance Director, Performing Arts

Experience an open-level class in jazz dance, which is just one of the many disciplines offered by the dance program in the Division of Performing Arts. Following the class, we'll have a short Q&A with the instructor and current students so you can gain further insight into our program's offerings.

Engineering Design

Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III graduated from Wilkes University in 2001 with his B.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked for 12 years as a senior mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army before returning to his alma mater to teach mechanical engineering full time. Dr. Bednarz will talk about how the Wilkes engineering curriculum will prepare students for a successful career as a design engineer in the real world.

Engineering in the Professional World: Creativity with Constraints!

Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Chair, Electrical Engineering and Physics Department

You are about to enter the world of engineering. You probably have the knack to understand how things work. You can fix and modify things that do not work. You can create things that presently do not exist. What should you, as a new engineer, expect to find out in the real world? What are those enterprises like and what are they looking for? How will you fit in? And most importantly, what can you expect to be doing? This lecture offers a view of the engineering world from the vantage point of a hiring engineering director in industry and now an instructor at Wilkes. You will learn about notional enterprises with careers from invention to design to production. You will learn about work environments from freelance opportunities to those which are highly constrained. After all, where else can you be a part of the excitement of creating products and processes and have fun with equipment that someone else is paying for!

Epigenetics: DNA is Only Part of the Story

Dr. Ryan Henry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

While many people know that DNA is responsible for encoding our genetic information, DNA doesn’t work alone. Within the last few decades, we have become more aware of the signals and codes that exist outside of DNA and how they regulate which part of our genetic information is used at different periods throughout our lives. These codes are maintained through the chemical modification of DNA and DNA interacting proteins, and can alternatively turn off or on the expression of different proteins encoded in our DNA. The study of the sum total of these chemical modifications make up the field of epigenetics — literally meaning outside or in addition to genetics. We’ll discuss some of the fundamentals of epigenetics and some of the mechanisms the body uses to work with DNA that help to make you, you.

Exploring Media Studies Through Harry Potter

Dr. Kalen Churcher
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

This presentation uses the Harry Potter franchise to explore the media phenomenon and its relevance to advertising, broadcast, public relations and journalism industries. It also addresses the fandom surrounding Harry Potter and the societal and cultural interpretations that are drawn from it.

Green is Good for Business

Professor Ruth Hughes and Dr. Marleen Troy
Assistant Professor, Business Law; Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

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

Hands-on Robotics at Wilkes

Dr. Yong Zhu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

This presentation focuses on what robotics is, how to design a robot, how robots are changing our society and how people are benefiting from robot technologies. We will also cover how we teach robotics in the engineering program.at Wilkes, including some live demonstrations.

How to Do Better Research to Impress Faculty and Get Better Grades

John Stachacz
Dean of the Library and Information Technology

Dean of Library Services John Stachacz will show you ways to find the type of information that college and university faculty expect you to use when writing research papers. He will demonstrate a variety of resources beyond Google for you to use that will impress the faculty and enable you to achieve better grades.

Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic

Dr. John Gilmer
Professor, Electrical Engineering

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

Lotions and Potions: The Art of Pharmaceutical Compounding

Dr. Harvey Jacobs
Associate Professor, Pharmacy

In the old days, pharmacists prepared all medications from individual ingredients. Pharmacists are increasingly called upon to prepare specifically compounded medication to meet the needs of the patient/physician. The demonstration will show simple techniques to prepare medications intended to be applied to the skin, such as ointment, creams and gels, and to discuss the science behind the preparations.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Dr. Jacqueline Stewart
Associate Professor, Nursing

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

Pharmacy Practice: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Dominick Trombetta
Associate Professor, Pharmacy

The last 50 years have seen dramatic advances in medicine and pharmacy, with the largest being the change in focus away from a drug product to a focus on the individual. In the past, pharmacists needed to prepare tablets, capsules, liquids and suspensions, as well as suppositories. Today, pharmacists focused on individualized care promote the safest and most effective use of medications. In the future, pharmacists will use the results of genetic testing to further individualize medication selection and choices based upon pharmacogenomics. The education and training of pharmacists has evolved to prepare student pharmacists for current and future practice.

Powering the Future of History

Dr. Jonathan Kuiken
Assistant Professor, History

The history department at Wilkes University has always sought to provide innovative and diverse ways of understanding the past. We have partnered with other departments, developed unique study-abroad programs and broken out of old educational paradigms. We are continuing that trend with a series of new initiatives that will allow our history majors and minors to develop important and marketable skills in areas such as public and digital history, as well as in interdisciplinary programs such as our new energy studies minor.

Evidence from our recent graduates has shown that the types of skills developed in these news programs are essential in the 21st century workplace. Whether our students pursue careers in education, public history, law, academia or a wide variety of other professional positions, the ability to present information orally, through writing, and now through a host of digital media, has proven to be crucial to both successfully acquiring a job and excelling in that position.

This presentation will briefly explore some of the new approaches being used by historians particularly in the field of energy history. Come use modern technology to see how old energy technologies powered the innovations of the past. Come see how a degree in history from Wilkes University can power your future.

Special Effects: Making Reality after the Shooting is Finished

Eric Ruggiero
Chairperson and Associate Professor, Integrative Media

This session will explore the post-production phase of the visual F/X industry. See what happens after the shooting is done incorporating green-screen/background plates, the technology and techniques. See why the visual f/x blockbuster needs a multimillion-dollar budget.

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

Dr. Kyle Kreider
Chair and Associate Professor, Political Science; Pre -Law Advisor

Why is it that a majority of Americans can rattle off the names of the Three Stooges and characters on "The Simpsons" but are unable to even mention one Supreme Court justice? Find out why Americans know little about the Supreme Court, whether we can change this unfortunate fact, and what the lack of knowledge of the Supreme Court means for U.S. democracy.

Toying with Composition: Self-Articulation in Play and Writing

Dr. Chad W. Stanley
Associate Professor, English

This mini-class will focus on the analysis of images, toys, games and various modes of self-articulation (as related to ways of moving and to ways of writing/speaking). Material is drawn from in-class work and student writings from ENG 101: Composition.

What it Takes to Teach

Dr. Suzanne Galella
Chair and Associate Professor, Education

This presentation will focus on best teaching practices in our PreK through 12 school system. Interactive participation is encouraged. The presenter will ask participants to share their educational experiences. Participants will complete interactive activities to determine their individual learning style and discuss how we use this information to promote best practices in the classroom.

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers

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

Lunch available

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Henry’s Dining Hall, Henry Student Center, third floor
  • Rifkin Café (Which Wich and Grille Works), Henry Student Center, first floor
  • Greens to Go, Stark Learning Center, first floor

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