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Meet our Counselors

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  • Mike Fox '06
  • michael.fox1@wilkes.edu
  • (800) WILKES-U ext. 4466
  • Territory: Lackawanna County, Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, Broome County, N.Y. & Connecticut
How do you make yourself available to your students?

Email, phone, Facebook, Text, Foursquare and Google Latitude — any method that a student prefers, I'm here to offer advice and answer questions.

Name one of your most memorable moments as a Wilkes counselor.

I worked with a refugee student who was struggling to gain citizenship to the US, which also complicated her financial aid and application process. She is particularly memorable and inspiring because after graduation she plans to return to her native country and help those trying to flee from persecution.

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes?

We really encourage students to explore programs outside of their major. This freedom to study different facets beyond their required courses makes a degree from Wilkes a unique experience—an experience not available at a lot of schools!

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As an alumnus, can you share something personal about your experience here?

Yes, I have my BBA and MBA from Wilkes, thanks in part to the first friend I made at Wilkes: Dr. Dean Frear. I transferred to Wilkes from PSU where I had over 200 people in many of my classes and couldn't even get an appointment with my professor if I had questions. Imagine my surprise when Dr. Frear called out my name in class based solely on the quizzical expression on my face. Not only were my questions answered, he became a source of great encouragement and inspiration to me during my time at Wilkes.

How is a Wilkes counselor unique from most other school counselors?

We rarely transfer a call. We work hard to learn as much as possible about everything a student may need. I have found that we become the face of Wilkes for most of our incoming students and we stay with a student until they are here as a freshman and often after they are here for years. We also are the primary financial aid counselors whereas most schools hand students off to another person or team for this phase of the process.

What do you love about Wilkes?

Personally, I was reborn at Wilkes. I came here as a college dropout, and was given a second chance to succeed. It required a lot of hard work and long hours, but with all the support and encouragement from classmates, administrators and professors I managed to turn my life around for the better.

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As an alumnus, can you share something personal about your experience here?

If it wasn't for football coach Frank Sheptock building the personal relationship while he was recruiting me, I would have never come to Wilkes. I grew up in New Jersey and really didn't know much about Wilkes University and the area. I took a visit to campus one Saturday on a football visit and fell in love with the place. The campus was beautiful, it fit my needs academically, and when the day was over, I knew I was going to Wilkes. Many years later, I still am here, hopefully giving students the same opportunity that I had.

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes?

You might be surprised that the head basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bo Ryan, is a Wilkes University graduate. And the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, Butch Jones, began his coaching career at Wilkes. On a lighter note, comedians such as Adam Sandler, George Carlin and Carrot Top have performed at Wilkes, and Bill Cosby has been the keynote speaker at graduation.

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes counselors?

You may be surprised that a Wilkes counselor will be there for you during the entire college process from the counselor visiting you at school or a college fair, to meeting with you on campus, assisting you through the application process, and even walking you through the financial aid process. We do not pass you off. We are going to build a relationship with you. You will be sure to see me on graduation day with a big smile.

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  • Amy Shuleski
  • amy.shuleski@wilkes.edu
  • (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4409
  • Territory: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Chester counties; western Pennsylvania; Maryland; Delaware; and southern New Jersey
What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes counselors?

Wilkes counselors are here to help you through the admissions process, but we also take pride in our student's academic and professional success. We understand that those first steps can be stressful and we take the time to build personal relationships to help determine the right path for YOU. We take pleasure in continuing those relationships throughout a student's entire collegiate journey.

What do you love about Wilkes?

The welcoming, energetic atmosphere. It's refreshing to know that you will always see a friendly face!

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes?

How diverse our student population is. Whether you are from the area, an international student, or decide to study abroad, Wilkes' Center for Global Education and Diversity focuses on efforts to enrich your education experience and professional development.

 

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  • Tilde Casserleigh
  • tilde.casserleigh@wilkes.edu
  • (800) WILKES-U Ext. 5532
  • Territory: Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties in Pennsylvania; eastern New York; and other states EXCEPT Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut
What has surprised you most about Wilkes?

        When I first started here at Wilkes, I was told about how Wilkes is a family-oriented University. It really has proved to be that and so much more. Everybody is very friendly, works together, and it’s great to see the students interact with each other. It really does seem to be a big family on campus.

What do you think is Wilkes' best-kept secret?
        The food. Not that it is a secret, but they do an excellent job at Henry’s Food court. The staff is extremely friendly, they go out of their way to accommodate you, and the actual food selection is always changing and delicious.

 

Name one of your most memorable moments as a Wilkes counselor?
        My most memorable moment as a counselor was finally meeting a particular student in person that I had been working with very closely for a couple months. She had some tough times with family issues during her application process, and to see her here, very happy, at orientation was a great feeling.

 

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As an alumna, what impact did Wilkes have on you?

As an international student, not only the language barrier was hard on me at the beginning, but also the new culture as a whole. Wilkes made the transition for me very smooth, and it made me feel like home. With the four years I was here, I become more confident, my English improved a lot, and the school really helped me fit into the new culture. .

Why is Wilkes a great choice for international students?

Key words: friendly; great living and study environment; small but very personal study environment; opportunities to really learn about the culture in U.S.

Name one of your most memorable moments as a stude?

When I was competing at the Freedom Conference Championship tennis finals, before I started the match I was upset. I didn’t have my parents there to support me or cheer me on. My teammates spotted that I guess, so all of a sudden all their parents came over, everyone sat behind me. One parent came up to me and told me, “Good luck. You have your American family here to cheer you on.”

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As an alumna, can you share something personal about your experience here?

I received my MBA from Wilkes. I often reflect on what I learned about leadership from Dr. Anne Batory's marketing class. I love James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, so when asked to think outside the box while exploring leadership, I wrote letters between the main character in the novel and myself. This not only earned me an "A," but an inspiring note from Dr. Batory about novel ways to approach leadership.

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes counselors?

We celebrate each student's success as they grow and develop at Wilkes, going beyond the admissions process. Counselors often keep track of a student's progress by email, phone or just by chatting with them in the cafeteria.

What do you love about Wilkes?

The students! There's a very friendly, energetic feeling on campus. Wilkes is a place where you can relax and be YOU.

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How is a Wilkes counselor unique from most other school counselors?

The counselors at Wilkes go above and beyond, and even to the airport! I've given students rides to catch planes home, pick them up from the airport and have even gotten a student his books when he was away playing professional baseball. And it's not just me—all the counselors at Wilkes are willing to take that extra step to help their students.

Name one of your most memorable moments as a Wilkes counselor.

I interviewed a high school student who had a C-average and low SAT scores, but as I spoke with him I had a strong feeling he could succeed at Wilkes. He didn't let me down: he made the Dean's List every semester and graduated with honors. I was extremely proud of him, and we still keep in touch.

What might an incoming student be surprised to learn about Wilkes counselors?

We have a special insight when it comes to Wilkes students—we can put ourselves in their shoes because we've walked in those very same shoes.