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Wilkes University Honors Lawrence E. Cohen '57 at Founders Gala 2018

The chairman of Benco Dental was the recipient of the President's Medal at the University's annual event on June 2

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

Wilkes University recognized 16 faculty and staff members with nine awards for excellence in teaching and advising at the 2018 Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) Awards Ceremony.

Wilkes University Running Club Raised $1,800 with Relay for Heat Event To Help Ease Home Heating Crisis

The Wilkes University Running Club raised $1,800 at its annual 100-mile Relay for Heat to assist local families with their heating bills.

Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University Features Novelist Jean McGarry On April 17

Novelist Jean McGarry will be the featured author when the Wilkes University English Department hosts the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series on April 17.

Wilkes University Students Celebrated as Local Heroes by the American Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania

Two Wilkes University nursing students were recently awarded the Medical Emergency Services Award by the American Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania for aiding a bicyclist hit by a car last year.

Wilkes University Professor Publishes College-Level Spanish Language and Literature Textbook

Paola Bianco, Wilkes University professor of global cultures, published a college-level textbook for students of Spanish language and literature.

Wilkes University Introduces New Major and Minors

Wilkes University is increasing opportunities for its students with new majors and minors that expand career options after graduation.

Hall of Fame Pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden Delivers Keynote At Wilkes University Pain and Addiction Summit

Leaders at the forefront of battling the opioid crisis will present at Wilkes University's Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit on Friday, April 20 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with Dwight "Doc" Gooden delivering the keynote address.

City of Wilkes-Barre Applauds Wilkes University For Campus Improvements

The City of Wilkes-Barre applauds Wilkes University for its recent reinvestment in the community, which will benefit both students, downtown residents, and the community at large.

Wilkes University Introduces Executive Advisory Board In The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership

The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University is pleased to announce members of its newly formed executive advisory board.

Wilkes University Public Safety Department Hosts Active Shooter Training For Area Law Enforcement

The Wilkes University Department of Public Safety is hosting over 40 officers from three states to attend a four-hour course addressing civilian response to active shooter situations. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 8 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The course is designed as a train-the-trainer seminar, allowing attendees to share their knowledge across police departments and in their communities.

Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Hosts Inaugural Sidhu Research Day, Dec. 1

Undergraduate and graduate students in Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership will present their research at the inaugural Sidhu Research Day on Dec. 1. The event - a first for the Sidhu School - celebrates academic achievement and mentorship. It will take place from 3-6:30 p.m in the University Center on Main, 169 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Student presentations will follow the judges welcome at 3 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. Award presentations recognizing the winning research follows at 6 p.m.

The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University Presents 2018 Winter Creative Writing Community Workshops

The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops beginning in January. All workshops are open to adults and will be held on the Wilkes campus.

Wilkes University Civic Band Chamber Ensembles Present Concert Dec. 6

The Wilkes University Civic Band Chamber Ensembles will perform a concert of music for winds and percussion on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Wilkes University Civic Band Presents Concert Dec. 10

The Wilkes University Civic Band, Chamber Ensembles and Marching Colonels will present a concert on Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra Concert Dec. 4 Music of Mozart and Grieg

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert of music of Mozart and Grieg on Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The concert will be conducted by John M. Vaida, adjunct faculty in the conservatory at Wilkes University. Selections will feature Mozart's complete Symphony No. 40, and Grieg's complete Holberg Suite. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Wilkes University's Celebration of Education Honored Alumni Educators

Wilkes University awarded Sandy Pesavento the Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award and named James Casey the Educator of the Year at the fourth annual Celebration of Education event on Nov. 7 for their outstanding contributions on campus and in the community.

Wilkes University alumnus Bo Ryan Inducted Into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Wilkes University alumnus Bo Ryan, former University of Wisconsin head men's basketball coach and 1969 Wilkes graduate, was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 21. The 2017 Induction Celebration took place at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wilkes University Choral Ensembles and Arcadia Chorale Present Christmas Joy, Dec. 2-3

Wilkes University Choral Ensembles will join with the Arcadia Chorale to present Christmas Joy: Music for Chorus, Brass and Organ on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3. Saturday's performance will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St.,Wilkes-Barre, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday's performance will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members and free for students.

Wilkes Partners with County, Kings to Enhance Programming at River Commons

Wilkes University has committed $100,000 over a five-year period to the River Commons in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Recipient of 2017 Pride of Place Award from Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce

Wilkes University was honored for their newest campus facility, which enhances academic programming while extending the campus footprint into downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University Students Named 2017 Guthrie Clinical Scholars

Eight Wilkes University students were named to the Guthrie Clinical Scholars program. The Guthrie Scholars program is designed to give qualified juniors and seniors at Wilkes University who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine the opportunity to earn 15 credits while gaining first-hand knowledge of the life of a physician.

Wilkes University Hosts Heroes Brunch for Veterans Nov. 14

Nearly 250 veterans, students and guests will gather at Wilkes University on Nov. 14 to participate in the 6th annual Heroes Brunch for Veterans. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The attendees represent military who have served in conflicts from World War II to the Gulf War.

Wilkes University Student Jennifer Borton Recognized by Greater Pittston YMCA as Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year

Wilkes University senior Jennifer Borton of Harding, Pa., was awarded the Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year award by the Greater Pittston YMCA. The award was presented on Nov. 8 at the 2017 Greater Pittston YMCA Annual Dinner and Community Awards ceremony at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Wilkes University Screens "Gerrymandering", Hosts Panel Discussion with League of Women Voters on Nov. 28

Wilkes University will screen the 2010 documentary "Gerrymandering" on Nov. 28. Sponsored by the political science department at Wilkes University and the Wilkes-Barre Area League of Women Voters, the film explores the history of redistricting in the United States by both major political parties when drawing legislative maps. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in Breiseth Hall, 137-159 S. Franklin St., in room 107. A panel discussion with professor of political science, Thomas J. Baldino Ph.D., along with representatives from The the League of Women Voters and Fair Vote will follow the film.

Wilkes University Air Force ROTC Program Installs Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann As New Commander

Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann has joined Wilkes University as the new commander for the Air Force ROTC Program, Detachment 752.

Wilkes University Students Are Game-Show Hosts in "Clash of the Colonels" on Nov. 9 and 16

Wilkes University communication studies students are becoming game-show hosts on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 as they produce their own minute-to-win-it style television program, "Clash of the Colonels." Students enrolled in the communication studies class "Broadcast Production" are creating and recording their own 30-minute game show to be broadcast on WilkesNow, the student-run television station. It will be the first program to be recorded in the television studio since the opening of the Karambelas Media and Communication Center.

Wilkes University's Celebration of Education Honors Alumni Educators on Nov. 7

Wilkes University's School of Education holds its fourth annual Celebration of Education event. Faculty, staff, students and fellow educators will honor alumni educators.

Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Professor Nicole Pezzino Receives "Ten Under Ten Award", Installed to Board of Practice Directors

Nicole Pezzino, Pharm. D., an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, was awarded the Ten Under Ten Award at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference. At the same conference, she was also installed as the 2017-2018 academia practice director for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association's board of practice directors.

Wilkes University Awards Guidance Counselor of the Year to Michelle Zapotoski, Hanover Area

Wilkes University awarded Guidance Counselor of the Year to Michelle Zapotoski, an eleventh- and twelfth-grade guidance counselor at Hanover Area Junior Senior High School.

Wilkes University Theatre Presents Pippin Nov. 10-12, 17-19

The Wilkes University Theatre presents the musical Pippin. The performances will take place on Nov. 10-11, 17-18 at 8p.m. with a Sunday matinee performance on Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Performances are at Wilkes' Dorothy Dickson Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St.

Wilkes University Student Awarded Collegiate Marching Band Festival Scholarship

Senior English major Rebecca Voorhees of Tobyhanna, Pa., was awarded the Collegiate Marching Band Festival Scholarship. The award was presented at the 22nd Collegiate Marching Band Festival on Oct. 1 at the J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. Voorhees is the first assistant drum major for the Marching Colonels.

Empty Bowls Raises Money For Area Food Banks At Wilkes University on Oct. 29

Nothing warms up the soul like a hot bowl of soup and helping those in need. Wilkes University, in partnership with King's College, Luzerne County Community College and Wyoming Seminary, will hold its 6th annual Empty Bowls event to benefit local food banks. This year's event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Since being established in 2012, more than $50,000 has been raised.

Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Holds Brown Bag Medication Review on Oct. 24

Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, sponsors Brown Bag Medication Review during American Pharmacists' Month. The event will occur on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17 centers across the region. Wilkes will send 106 students and 21 pharmacists to conduct brown bag medication reviews and blood pressure screenings. Attendees participating in the medication review are asked to bring all medications or a list of medications including over the counter medications and vitamins. Pill boxes, disposal bags and health trackers will be available at the event.

Bernard Graham, Dean Emeritus of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, Honored by Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

Bernard Graham, founding dean of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, was awarded the Mortar and Pestle Award at the 2017 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association annual conference on Sept. 23. The conference was held at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center, Pocono Manor.

United Nations Diplomat Donald Lee Speaks About Sustainability at Wilkes University on Oct. 19

United Nations diplomat Donald Lee will speak about the United Nations sustainable development goals during his presentation, "A Roadmap to Global Sustainability" at Wilkes University on Oct. 19. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m in the Miller room of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. The event is free and open to the public.

Students in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Win Big at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference

Wilkes University student pharmacists are doing more than preparing for their professional path -- they're bringing home awards too. At the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference on Sept. 23, the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy earned two student awards, the Student Public Relations and Awareness Award and the Achieving Independence Competition. The conference was held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Manor.

Wilkes University Professor Thomas Franko named "Distinguished Young Pharmacist" by The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

Thomas Franko, Pharm. D., an assistant professor in Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, was awarded the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist award. It was presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Conference on Sept. 23. The annual conference was held at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Pocono Manor.

Wilkes University Welcomes Campus Royalty to Homecoming 2017 from Oct. 6 to 8

Wilkes University welcomes alumni back to campus for Homecoming Weekend 2017. The event, held Oct. 6 to 8, celebrates old friends, new memories and exciting campus improvements.

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.


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