20 "Lighter" Things You Should Know About Wilkes
- Wilkes students, staff, and faculty volunteer about 29,000 hours each year.
- Each year, more than 500 freshman take their seats in Wilkes classrooms.
- More than 90% of Wilkes faculty hold the highest degree possible in their discipline.
- Wilkes is named in honor of John Wilkes, a Colonial sympathizer who was often poked fun at for his severely crossed eye.
- Including faculty, Wilkes employs more than 375 people.
- The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy & Nursing is one of only six named schools of pharmacy nationwide.
- The Wilkes campus spans 27 acres.
- Dean George Ralston, "the Father of Wilkes athletics," was the first coach of the football, basketball and baseball programs.
- Wilkes opened in 1933 as a two-year campus affiliated with Bucknell University.
- The Henry Student Center opened in 1999 and cost $7.7 million.
- Wilkes President Dr. Joseph Gilmour is known as Tim because his parents didn't agree on what to name him.
- The ratio of male to female undergraduates at Wilkes is practically 1:1.
- Wilkes students come from more than 21 states and four foreign nations.
- At Wilkes, you can participate in no fewer than 73 clubs and organizations.
- Award-winning bodybuilder Frank Zane is a 1964 Wilkes alumnus.
- 1991 Wilkes graduate John Robert McLaughlin tussled with Joey Tribbiani in a 1998 episode of NBC's Friends.
- There are more than 24,000 living Wilkes alumni.
- The Wilkes library contains more than 220,000 books.
- The campus bell tower is 61 feet high.
- You can still find remnants of "flood mud" from the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood if you look carefully through the basements of Wilkes buildings.