Wilkes Travels the Country this Spring
Wilkes is on the move this spring, with events planned for Boston, Ma.; Washington, D.C.; Morristown, N.J.; Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif.; Harrisburg, Pa.; the Lehigh Valley, Pa.; and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Would you like to host or help coordinate an event in one of these areas? Let us know!
Congratulations to John Pilosi ’67!
John Pilosi ’67 of Easton, Pa. correctly answered all of the questions in the Wilkes trivia quiz that appeared in the last issue of the magazine. He will receive a prize pack filled with Wilkes goodies.
Meet Your Match!
John Sickler ’65 is the Man Behind the Colonel Challenge
For the past several months, an unnamed alumnus has been challenging Colonels to make a first-time gift to Wilkes. To show his belief in the University, this generous individual will match contributions up to $1,000 dollar-for-dollar.
John Sickler ’65 is the man behind the “Colonel Challenge”, which he hopes will encourage more alumni to support Wilkes. “I’m counting on you to take my money.” In the following Q&A, Sickler talks about his reasons for giving.
What made you decide to initiate a matching gift program for first-time donors?
About a year and a half ago, I had an enjoyable meeting about the early stages of the University’s new science building. After that session, ideas and data were exchanged on a broader list of subjects including the strategic vision for 2015. It was during that time that I came to appreciate that an education at Wilkes was well regarded by the rating agencies. The qualities of programs and faculty, the student satisfaction experience and the prospective use of technology received high marks.
High school students often refer to these ratings, such as those in US News and World Report, when selecting a school. Colleges and universities with higher rankings can become more attractive options for future students. How did this rating system factor into your decision?
The one area where Wilkes trailed its peers was in alumni giving. The current participation rate is 14%, with a goal to reach 20% by 2015. I was intrigued that these results were not comparable to our other ratings. I agreed to match contributions by first-time donors as an incentive to improve our rating.
Did you learn anything while developing this matching gift program with Wilkes?
What a learning experience! For most of my career, I was trained that the best road in fundraising was to target the most money with the least effort. Given a choice of 10 alumni contributing $50 each or one alumnus contributing $1,000, I would always lean to the latter choice. Not this time. From a rating perspective, 10 alumni are much more important when viewed as goodwill ambassadors. So, it’s the people, not the money that raises the score in this case.
Why should someone who has never given take advantage of this opportunity?
Personal satisfaction, University recognition, attraction to new students and faculty are all part of the benefits. Plus, you get double the credit. My personal goal is to help add 1,000 new donors to the club and we are on our way there. I am counting on you to take my money.
If you’ve never made a gift to Wilkes, there is no better time than now! Donate online at www.wilkes.edu/challenge or call (570) 408-4331.
Save The Date For Homecoming 2013
Share your news with the alumni community!
Did you know that the alumni office will share more than just wedding, career and birth announcements in class notes? For example, you can let us know if you recently gathered with friends from Wilkes, performed in a show or received recognition in your community. We love to see photos, too! Just send your personal and professional updates to Bridget in the Office of Alumni Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org.