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The Class of 1969 Makes an Impact in 2019

The class of 1969 celebrated its 50th Reunion during Homecoming 2019. The Office of Alumni Relations recruited a committee of six class members, representing a range of majors and interests, to help plan a reunion event that would create unique and lasting memories for the Golden Colonels. Pat Burke ’69, George Pawlush ’69, MS ’76, Bob Catina ’69, Nancy Wanczyk Stinger ’69, Bob Zeglarski ’69, and Mike Glancey ’69 were members of the Class of 1969 50th Reunion Committee. The group reflected on their time at Wilkes and what it means to be a member of the committee.

Glancey says the opportunity to join in committee is a good way to “help catch up with friends, both old and new, in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.”

“The more input there is, the better the chances there are for great results,” he says.

More than 20 alumni from the Class of 1969 returned to campus to celebrate their Golden Anniversary in Weckesser Hal on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event was made possible through the involvement of members of the 50th Reunion Committee.

The committee members agreed that the same opportunities they had in 1969 should be available to today’s Wilkes students. To help support current Wilkes students and the progress at the University, the group fundraised around the occasion of their 50th Reunion. Gifts made between June 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, of any amount, to any area of Wilkes, count as part of the Class of 1969 reunion campaign.

Stinger, a first-generation college student, says that staying involved in the Wilkes community is important. “If you were fortunate enough to receive assistance from Wilkes, you should consider giving back. It’s also a way to help others succeed and achieve their goals.”

Glancey added that, “Opportunities like the Wilkes experience do not happen by accident. The experience should be continued and shared.”

Having fond memories of their time at Wilkes encourages graduates to participate as alumni. Burke, Catina and Zeglarski all look back fondly on their time at Wilkes and reminisce about what things that impacted their lives.

Burke, also a first-generation college student, says, “My professors made a lasting impression for more than 50 years and serving on this committee is a way to say thank you to Wilkes.”

Catina, a retired educator, says that the liberal arts education received at Wilkes is so important. “My exposure to many things at Wilkes that I had never been exposed to before in my life made me a better educator and a better professional. Wilkes epitomizes what it means to get a liberal arts education.”

“Well, I don’t have any great memories of studying for my history exam,” jokes Zeglarski, recalling the challenges of academics. “I dormed with my classmates in tight quarters before the new men’s dorm was built, and that made for some great, long-lasting memories and friendships.”

Pawlush, who is also a member of the University’s  Board of Trustees, is grateful for Wilkes and attributes his successful career in health care marketing and public relations to his Wilkes education. “I am grateful to the faculty and administrators who mentored me and the experiences gained from my involvement in extra-curricular activities. I feel that I was well-prepared to meet the many challenges during my career,” Pawlush says.

Do you have a reunion coming up in 2020? Get involved by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations.

Email: alumni@wilkes.edu, Phone: 570-408-7787.