Alumni Association Welcomes New Board Members
The Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes four new directors elected to the board during the February 2015 meeting. They began their three-year terms in June.
Emilie Gino ’60
I believe the most memorable and meaningful thing about Wilkes for me is the caring, helpful, knowledgeable and understanding staff and faculty. In the fall semester of my sophomore year, I missed many weeks of class while ill. I went on to graduate on time because of my two professors, Dr. Eugene Hammer and Dr. Catherine Bone, who helped ensure that I was able to complete my coursework. I have not forgotten the extra effort of those two individuals.
I look forward to an expanded involvement with the University through the Alumni Association. Although I have been able to contribute to the school financially for a fair number of years, that is only one way to pay it forward. Time, effort and active involvement are equally as important as financial support. Although I live 3,000 miles away from campus, technology today has effectively erased that distance, at least most of the time. We all need to give back, to pay it forward and leave the campus better than we found it.
Kristin Hake Klemish ’04
My favorite part of my Wilkes experience is becoming part of the Wilkes family. My connection to Wilkes has extended beyond just attending and graduating from Wilkes. As an alumna, I love coming back to campus for Homecoming, to mentor current students or just catch up with friends I have met and stayed connected with over the years. Wilkes is home for me! As a member of the board of directors, I love getting to hear first-hand about the exciting programs and projects that Wilkes is planning!
Lisa Hartman Ninotti ’02, MBA ’08
One thing that I believed helped me to succeed academically and grow as a student at Wilkes was the personal connection with faculty and small classes. The small-class environment made me feel comfortable to participate during class discussions and made me feel valued as a student. I am still in contact with many of my professors to this day and feel that is a true testament to the success of the small-class environment offered at Wilkes. Wilkes has had a very special place in my heart since the day I stepped on campus for freshman orientation.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to give back while serving on the board by reaching out to prospective and new students. The school has impacted my life tremendously both academically and personally, so to have the opportunity to be part of that process for new students is very exciting and something I am very much looking forward to.
Michael Noone ’97
Wilkes is the best of both worlds. It is small enough to allow students to participate in a wide variety of experiences but large enough to give students access to first-class educational opportunities. Interning on Capitol Hill and covering sports for WCLH and The Beacon were opportunities that shaped my Wilkes experience and helped prepare me for my career.
We are alumni of Wilkes much longer than we are Wilkes students, and we are all part of the Wilkes family. The Alumni Association serves a vital role in supporting alumni and the University. I am grateful for all that Wilkes has done for me, and I am looking forward to giving back to Wilkes as a board member.
Meet The 2016 Alumni Scholarship Recipient Alyssa Mursch
Alyssa Mursch ’17, daughter of Judy Morgan McDonough ’87 is the 2016 Alumni
Association Scholarship recipient. Alyssa is a communication studies major with a concentration in journalism and minors in political science and women’s and gender studies. She is from Scranton, Pa., and her dream is to work for National Geographic. In addition to her studies, Alyssa spends time speaking with alumni as a member of our phonathon staff.
Learn more about Mursch at http://www.wilkes.edu/AlumniScholarship