The Online Edition

Alumni News – Spring 2020

Save the Date for Homecoming 2020

October 2-4!

Class years ending in 0s and 5s, get ready for your class reunion! Other reunions include Grissom Hall, lacrosse, cheerleaders and the A-List. In coordination with Homecoming weekend, the Third Annual Ralston Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit athletics wil be held on Monday, October 5.

Homecoming is currently planned for October 2-4, 2020, and we are onsdierig many options including moving forward with modified reunion celebrations and/or providing a virtual experience to encourage connections.

Stayed tuned to http://www.wilkes.edu/homecoming for updates! For questions, email alumni@wilkes.edu.

Alumni Association Connects with Colonels During Pandemic

The Family of Colonels remained strong during the pandemic. Early in April, the Office of Alumni and Development surveyed alumni with the goal of finding ways for Colonels to support and inspire each other. The survey collected stories of Colonels involved in fighting the pandemic, asked if alumni would like assistance in promoting their businesses and sought alumni experts to offer webinars. 

One result was the launch of Wilkes Wednesday Webinars to share the expertise of Wilkes faculty, staff and alumni. Presentations have included faculty such as Ed Schicatano of the Psychology Department offering strategies for beating stress, Jane Blanken-Webb of the Doctor of Education faculty on cybersecurity and Marianne Rexer of the Sidhu School educating on the topic of financial planning. Kirby Scholars from the University’s Alan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship presented a webinar about marketing businesses.  

Alumni Ruth McDermott-Levy ’82, associate professor and director for the Center for Global and Public Health at Villanova University, and Chris Woolverton ’82, professor of environmental health sciences in Kent State University’s College of Public Health, presented a webinar about the virology and public health implications of COVID-19. Jeanie Coomber ’90, consultant and executive coach, spoke about “Communicating with Impact,” and attorney Wayne Lonstein ’82, presented on “Social Media Disinformation and Crime during COVID.” Past webinars are available on Wilkes University’s YouTube channel. 

Other pandemic-related initiatives include the establishment of an alumni business directory, gathering supportive messages from alumni for members of the Class of 2020 and spotlighting alumni on the frontlines on the Alumni Association’s social media channels. Look for stories of alumni involvement in the fall 2020 issue of Wilkes magazine.

Alumni Association Open Board Meeting

Are you interested in learning more about the Alumni Association? Participate in our open meeting on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. You can call in to the meeting and get a firsthand look at how our board of directors works with its campus partners to provide programs for the alumni community. At the meeting, we’ll review our goals and discuss future opportunities for the upcoming fiscal year.  f you are interested in participating, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@wilkes.edu. Stay tuned for the next issue of the magazine to read about our new class of board members and officers!