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VIP Day

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Wilkes University VIP Day
 

If you have been accepted to Wilkes, VIP Day is just for you!

Attend "mini classes," tour campus, and meet with representatives of many campus organizations. This year's VIP Day is on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. It's a great way to spend a Saturday (and get a free lunch).

Registration is now CLOSED - Walk-ins welcome!

Lodging Information
Directions
Virtual Campus Tour

Time: 8:30 a.m
Check-In | Henry Student Center

Time: 9:30 a.m
Welcome | Arnaud C. Marts Center

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Session 1 Presentations

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Session 2 Presentations

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Session 3 Presentations

Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m
Lunch,  Information Fair, and Marching Band Uniform Fittings
 


 

Session 1 Presentations (10 a.m.)


Topic: Full Campus Tour
Time:
10 a.m.
Description: Tour the Wilkes University campus.

Topic: Resident Halls Tour
Time: 10 a.m.
Description: See our resident halls first-hand.

Name of Topic: Financial Aid: Questions and Answers
Time:
10 a.m.
Description: Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Name of Topic: Philosophy: An Essential Aid to the Good Life | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter's Name: Dr. Linda Paul
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Philosophy
Description: The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus argued that only pleasure and the absence of pain have value, and that philosophical study is needed in order to maximize pleasure in one’s life. Even if one believes that pleasure is not the only value, philosophical study aids one in achieving the good life by helping one avoid mistaken views such as the idea that the pursuit of happiness will yield the most satisfactory life or that virtue is irrelevant to the optimal life. Furthermore, some philosophers offer pithy suggestions for dealing with everyday occurrences (the Roman philosopher Epictetus advises us to respond to criticism along the following lines, “Clearly he does not know me well as I have more serious flaws he neglected to mention”). In this session we will explore a few philosophical ideas that can aid us in living optimal lives.

Name of Topic: Behind Television Special Effects
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Mark Stine
Presenter’s Title: Chairperson & Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Description: This session will examine television special effects through an interactive, participative experience. You will have the opportunity to learn about chroma-key technology and its uses throughout the television, video and film industries. The use of this technology spans from your local news affiliate to major films like "Titanic" and "Forrest Gump." See how our eyes can be fooled into believing in what actually doesn't exist.

Name of Topic: Chemical contaminants in food: Is anything safe to eat anymore?
Time:
10 a.m. & 11 a.m. (10 a.m. session closed)
Presenter’s Name: Dr. William Biggers
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Description: Chemical pollutants seem to be appearing in almost everything these days, such as: the degreaser trichloroethylene that has been found in suburban wells, flame retardants, and plasticizers that have been found in almost everyone's blood, and mercury and PCBs that have shown up in salmon and tuna. In recent research Dr. Biggers has detected the presence of chemical antioxidants used in the rubber and petroleum industry in the blood of lobsters. These chemicals are bioactive and are endocrine disruptors.

Name of Topic: Deceptive Advertising: You Be The Judge
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenters’ Names: Dr. Anne Batory and Prof. Ruth Hughes
Presenters’ Titles: Professor/Chair and Professor, Sidhu School of Business
Description: An interactive session that uses current advertising to discuss advertising that is deceptive, or potentially deceptive, from both a legal and marketing point of view.

Name of Topic: Do You Think You Can Predict Weather
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Lt. Col Mark Kaster, USAF Ret.
Presenter’s Title: Lecturer, Earth & Environmental Science/Veterans Counselor
Description: Have you ever wondered:

  • Why meteorology?
  • What is meteorology?
  • What do meteorologists do?
  • What tools do meteorologists use?
  • Where do meteorologists work?
  • The process of weather forecasting?
  • Why is your local weather TV personality sometimes wrong?
     

Weather impacts our lives 24/7/365. The success and failure of nations, businesses, military operations, etc. often hinges on the weather. If you have ever asked these questions or love to learn more about the weather, you owe it to yourself to attend this seminar. Don’t be left out in the cold!

Name of Topic: How Are You Smart?
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Names: Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner
Presenter’s Titles: Instructors of Education
Description: Is intelligence a single factor, are there multiple intelligences, or how about emotional intelligence? In this workshop, the Gardners will guide you through some of the research by Howard Gardner, Daniel Goleman, and others on what it means to be smart or to have a high I.Q.

Name of Topic: Organisms: Living Entity to Chemical Elements | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Terri Wignot
Presenter's Title: Interim Senior V.P./Provos
Description: All living matter is organized and highly complex. This presentation will described the hierarchical structure of living systems from just few elements from the periodic table to a complex living organism.

Name of Topic: Promoting Health with the Use of Animal-Assisted Therapy Interventions
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Cherie Ann Soprano, PhD RN, PMHNP-BC, LNC
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Nursing
Description: If you love animals and are interested in how animals promote wellness, come and meet Kibbles, my therapy dog. The human-animal bond offers unique opportunities to provide low-risk, cost-effective interventions that meet many of the needs of patients. There is an accumulation of research evidence to illustrate the many health, social, and emotional therapeutic effects provided by animals. Florence Nightingale (1859) understood the value of pets in therapy. She wrote: ‘A small pet is often an excellent companion for the sick.’ Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meets specific criteria in an integral part of the treatment process. You will feel better after leaving the session.

Name of Topic: “Rip Van Winkle" and "Origin of Stories": Myth, Memory, and the Making of American Identity.
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Sean Kelly
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, English and Philosophy
Description: The presentation examines Washington Irving's classic tale "Rip Van Winkle" alongside the Native American Seneca legend, "Origin of Stories." Through an intertextual analysis, I consider the ways in which Irving's tale appropriates elements of Native American myth in order to establish a mythic point of origin for the fledgling nation while also establishing an essential role for nineteenth-century American writers.

Name of Topic: Student Panel | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
10 a.m.
Description: Come and ask questions of current students. What is student life like? Are you happy with the food services? Do you have enough room in the dorms? What are the classes like? These are only a few of the questions that can be answered by our panel.

Name Of Topic: The Directing Process
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Joseph Dawson and Ms. Naomi Baker
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor/Director, Theatre and Assistant Professor, Performing Arts
Description: Here's your backstage pass to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The faculty in charge of putting together all of Wilkes University's theatre productions will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Edward Darling Jr. Theater and the directing process from how to direct an actor to what impact direction has on a production.

Name of Topic: The Entrepreneurial Journey – Creating Tomorrow
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Jeffrey Alves
Presenter’s Title: Dean and Professor, Sidhu School of Business
Description: Is entrepreneurship just about starting a business, the fuel that feeds our economic growth? Or is it a contagious passion? Join a brief, but hopefully tantalizing discussion on the entrepreneurial process and why it is so relevant and critical for our future.

Name of Topic : The Simpsons, the Three Stooges, and the U.S. Supreme Court | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED. Time: 10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Kyle Kreider
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor of Political Science/ Coordinating Pre -Law Advisor
Description: Why is it that a majority of Americans can rattle off the names of the three stooges and characters on "The Simpsons" but are unable to even mention one Supreme Court justice? Find out why Americans know little about the Supreme Court, whether we can change this unfortunate fact, and what the lack of knowledge of the Supreme Court means for U.S. democracy.

Name of Topic: The Evolution of Infectious Disease | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Kenneth Pidcock
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Description: You can’t always get what you want, but you always get what you select. Over the past several decades, medical practice, in treating bacterial infectious disease has selected antibacterial drug-resistant lineages. This session introduces the major groups of these so-called “superbugs”, presenting their emergence as an evolutionary process, and discussing management strategies. Lecture and laboratory demonstration.

 


Session 2 Presentations (11 a.m.)
Registration is now CLOSED - Walk-ins welcome!

Topic: Full Campus Tour
Time:
11 a.m.
Description: Tour the Wilkes University campus.

Topic: Resident Halls Tour
Time: 11 a.m.
Description: See our resident halls first-hand.

Name of Topic: Financial Aid: Questions and Answers
Time:
11 a.m.
Description: Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Name of Topic: Are They All Freaks, Geeks, and Crazies?: Understanding Crime and Deviance in the United States | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Andrew Wilczak
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Description: Crime and criminal behavior is one of the most popular subjects and misunderstood topics in the United States. Are all criminals evil? Are they all crazy? In this presentation, we'll discuss some of the reasons why crime happens in society, the realities of different types of crime, and some of the problems facing the modern criminal justice system.

Name of Topic: Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Edward Schicatano
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Psychology
Description: What is the difference that makes a difference in people’s lives? Why are some people happier or more successful than others? The answer is often in how one controls their mindset and emotions. The strategies necessary to produce these changes are simpler than most people realize. In this talk, Dr. Schicatano will give you tools and techniques for improving your life.

Name of Topic: Chemical contaminants in food: Is anything safe to eat anymore? 
Time:
10 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. William Biggers
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Description: Chemical pollutants seem to be appearing in almost everything these days, such as: the degreaser trichloroethylene that has been found in suburban wells, flame retardants, and plasticizers that have been found in almost everyone's blood, and mercury and PCBs that have shown up in salmon and tuna. In recent research Dr. Biggers has detected the presence of chemical antioxidants used in the rubber and petroleum industry in the blood of lobsters. These chemicals are bioactive and are endocrine disruptors.

Name of Topic: Engineering in the Professional World: Creativity with Constraints!
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Presenter’s Title: Director and Instructor, Engineering Management Programs.
Description: You are about to enter the world of “Engineering” You probably have the “knack” to understand how things work, to fix things that do not, to create things that do not exist. The next few years will offer opportunities to learn engineering design and analysis techniques. After all the sleepless nights in college solving seemingly unsolvable problems---and there will be a few---, an engineering student will look to enter the technical workplace. What should you as a new graduate engineer to find? What are those enterprises like and what are they looking for? How will you fit in? And most importantly, what can you expect to be doing? This lecture offers a view of the engineering world from the vantage point of a hiring engineering director. A description of notional enterprises with careers from design to invention and working environments from “free-lance” to constrained is presented. After all, where else can one be a part of the excitement of creating products and processes and have fun with equipment that someone else is paying for!

Name of Topic: History, past, present and future: Restoration London as the model for William Penn’s Philadelphia
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. John Hepp
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, History
Description: How does the past influence the present? How do current concerns affect how we view history? These are two of the questions that frame how John Hepp will explore urban history in this presentation. William Penn’s Philadelphia has long been recognized as a model of early urban planning in America. Scholars have found elements of the civic plan devised by Penn’s surveyor general Thomas Holme in cities and towns throughout what is now the United States. Few, however, have considered the roots of this plan in post Great Fire London. How and why these links have largely been forgotten is as fascinating as the initial narrative and both stories will be considered in this presentation.

Name of Topic: Living it up! What is it like to live on campus? | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mrs. Elizabeth Swantek
Presenter’s Title: Director of Residence Life
Description: Wilkes University offers a variety of housing options for our residential student population, ranging from traditional halls to apartments to mansions. What does each type of housing offer? What type of safety features does each hall have? Which type of building is best for you? What is a Resident Assistant and what do they do? Come find out the answers to all your housing questions.

Name of Topic: Minor Steps to Major Decisions
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter's Name: Mr. Tom Thomas
Presenter's Title: Executive Director, Student Affairs
Description:

Title: Music at WilkesSESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter's Name: Dr. Steven Thomas
Presenter’s Title: Chair for Division of Performing Arts
Description: An overview of the opportunities for music study and performance that are available to all majors at the University. The session will also feature a performance by the Wilkes University Chamber Singers.

Name of Topic: New Learning in the Digital World
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter's Name: Dr. Jin Joy Mao
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Graduate Education
Description: The presenter will introduce the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement and summarize 10 important things college students should do in learning to help them succeed in the digital world.

Name of Topic: Planning a Sporting Event: An Interdisciplinary Approach (For Sports & Event Management majors)
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter's Name: Dr. Marianne Rexer
Presenter's Title: Professor, Sidhu School of Business
Description: Are you considering a career in accounting or sports and event management? This interactive class will simulate the planning for a major sporting event while discussing some of the accounting, sport, and event management skills necessary for careers in each field.

Name of topic: Study Abroad & Global Education at Wilkes  | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Ms. Erica Acosta
Presenter’s Title: Associate Director, Diversity Affairs
Description: As the world becomes increasingly interdependent there is the need for institutions of higher learning to prepare their graduates to handle tasks that are becoming increasingly global in nature (commerce, environmental degradation, spread of disease, climate change, and issues of war & peace). This presentation aims to articulate the value of study abroad to Wilkes’ education mission and to present various study abroad options available to Wilkes students.

Name of Topic: The Evolution of Infectious Disease | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Kenneth Pidcock
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Description: You can’t always get what you want, but you always get what you select. Over the past several decades, medical practice, in treating bacterial infectious disease has selected antibacterial drug-resistant lineages. This session introduces the major groups of these so-called “superbugs”, presenting their emergence as an evolutionary process, and discussing management strategies. Lecture and laboratory demonstration.

Name of Topic: Thinking Like A Nurse | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
11 a.m.
Presenter’s Name: Susan Malkemes DNP, CCRN
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Nursing
Description: Being a nurse requires paying attention to many details in order to attain good patient outcomes. Beginning to think like a nurse to “Connect The Dots” in patient care will be discussed.

 


Session 3 Presentations (12 p.m.)
Registration is now CLOSED - Walk-ins welcome!

Topic: Full Campus Tour
Time:
12 p.m.
Description: Tour the Wilkes University campus.

Topic: Resident Halls Tour
Time: 12 p.m.
Description: See our resident halls first-hand.

Name of Topic: Financial Aid: Questions and Answers
Time:
12 p.m.
Description: Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Name of Topic: A Guide to College for First Time Parents | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Michael McCree
Presenter’s Title: Associate Director of Admissions
Description: While it’s your child who is entering college this fall, your life is in for big changes, too. This presentation will help YOU during this transition…learn how to navigate your way through Wilkes, what you can find out and what you are not able to find out, who or what FERPA is, and how to help your child be successful in this first step toward their future.

Name of Topic: Getting Rid of that Pipe
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Marleen Troy
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Description: Waste materials (liquid, solid, and/or gaseous) are typically generated during the manufacturing of any product. In addition to environmental problems, these wastes represent significant losses of valuable materials and energy from the production process and require a substantial investment in pollution control. Traditionally, pollution control focused on "end-of-the-pipe" technologies. This presentation will present an overview of an important current application of environmental engineering, sustainability, and will discuss current strategies and techniques to “get rid of that pipe.”

Name of Topic: Government in Gridlock: Exploring the Causes of America’s Divided Government
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Thomas Baldino
Presenter’s Title: Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Description: We will examine the electoral factors that contribute to a Congress whose control is split between Republicans and Democrats and a presidency controlled by Democrats as well as the manifestations of the gridlock, e.g. incivility and unproductivity.

Name of Topic: How to make a small fortune in the stock market – what Wall Street doesn’t want you to know
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Justin Matus
Presenter’s Title: Associate Dean, Professor, Sidhu School of Business
Description:

Topic: How to do better research to impress faculty and get better grades | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter's Name: Mr. John Stachacz
Presenter’s Title: Dean of the Library and Information Technology
Description: Dean of Library Services John Stachacz will show you ways to find the type of information that College and University faculty expect you to use when writing research papers. He will demonstrate a variety of resources, beyond Google, for you to use that will impress the faculty and enable you to achieve better grades.

Name of Topic: In a Leadership Moment
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Matthew Sowcik
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Director of Leadership Education; Department of Ent. & Leadership Studies
Description: Leadership development is made up of different moments, in which one can choose to practice leadership or not. This class looks at leadership, leadership development, and the idea of a leadership moment. If you have any interest in leading or were ever thinking about becoming a leader, this class can help you develop skills and competencies that will grow both your personal and professional life.

Name of Topic: Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic | SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. John Gilmer
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Electrical Engineering
Description: This session will introduce students to digital logic by seeing logic "gates" operate in the laboratory. Students will connect the gates that perform "invert," "and," and "or" functions to logical "0" or "1" and will see what they do. We will then connect two inverters to form a simple one bit memory cell, capable of storing a single "0" or "1." Millions to billions of such cells form a computer's memory. Three inverters form an "oscillator" with zeros and ones chasing each other to give a waveform of pulses. These are the basic building blocks on which digital technology rests. More complex functions such as arithmetic, coding messages, and computation are made up of these basic functions.

Name of Topic: Making Sense of Antisense: Genomics Research at WilkesSESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. William Terazhi
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Biology
Description: A number of Wilkes undergraduates are conducting research in gene regulation and genomics. One group is studying why so many plant genes are copied in both the sense and antisense directions. In the presentation we will describe some of the ongoing research, and we will also get some hands-on experience at DNA extraction and analysis by gel electrophoresis.

Name of Topic: Over-the-Counter Drugs; From Aspirin to Zinc
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Arthur Kibbe
Presenter’s Title: Chairperson/Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Description: Has this ever happened to you? You’re sick. You want the headache, stuffiness, aches and pains to go away. You run to the store for something to make you feel better, only to find that once you get there, you’re faced with a sea of confusing choices. He’ll tell you what most commonly used over-the-counter medications and topical creams are best to treat certain symptoms and what ones might not be good for you.

Name of Topic: Special Effects: Making Reality after the Shooting is Finished
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Mr. Eric Ruggiero
Presenter’s Title: Director of Integrative Media
Description: This session will explore the post-production phase of the Visual F/X industry. See what happens after the Shooting is done incorporating green-screen/background plates, the technology and techniques. See why the visual f/x blockbuster needs a multi-million dollar budget.

Name of Topic: Stress Makes Me Sick  |  SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Carl Charnetski
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Psychology
Description: If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed and uttered the phrase, “I’m sick and tired,” you weren’t kidding. Dr. Charnetski will show you how stress has an adverse effect on your immune system, which can cause you to get sick when you’re under the gun. All you “night owls" may have heard Dr. Charnetski’s research featured in two of Jay Leno’s monologues, and “early risers” may have seen him on Good Morning America.

Name of Topic: What does Statistics do?
Time:
12 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Fanhui Kong
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor of Statistics
Description: First, we will talk about what Statistics is and the relationship between Mathematics and Statistics. Then we will show the applications of Statistics to different disciplines. Finally we will look at career opportunities in Statistics.

 


12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch and Information Fair

Registration is now CLOSED - Walk-ins welcome!

  • Advising and Academic Support
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Athletics
  • Bookstore
  • Center for Global Education and Diversity
  • Cooperative Education/Internships
  • Community Service
  • Dining Services
  • Information Technology
  • Intramurals
  • Leadership Programs
  • Marching Band
  • Public Safety
  • Residence Life
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
Marching Band uniform fittings will be in the Henry Student Center, Savitz Lounge (2nd Floor) from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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