Wilkes University

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

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 21, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. It's a great way to spend a Saturday (and get a free lunch).

Register for VIP Day


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

Time: 9:15 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

Making Sense of Antisense: Genomics Research at Wilkes 

  • Presenter’s Name:  Dr. William Terzaghi
  • 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.

Building Competitive Advantage through Faculty Design

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Jennifer Edmonds
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor / Chair, Sidhu School of Business

Description: Have you ever walked into a store that made you want to leave immediately? Or how about one that made you want to stay for hours? Sometimes, choosing the right layout can make all the difference in the customer experience. What about offices? There are office layouts that are said to make employees more productive! There are also classrooms and meeting rooms that are said to stimulate collaboration and creativity! Let's discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various layouts, to develop a strategy for success in every environment!

How to make a small fortune in the stock market – what Wall Street doesn’t want you to know 

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Justin Matus
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Dean & Director MBA, Sidhu School of Business

Description:

Mesoscale Chemistry - the design and self-assembly of complex systems

  • Presenter Name: Dr. Donald Mencer
  • Presenter Title:  Chair and Associate Professor, Chemistry

Description: Mesoscale systems are assemblies that have sizes that reside "in the middle" between large molecular assemblies (like individual proteins) and millimeter scale objects. These assemblies can be nano-materials, but larger systems are also possible.  The subunits in mesoscale systems can be electrostatic attraction and in molecular systems frequently involve non-covalent bonding. These forces are weak; often comparable to thermal energies. Self-assembly is the spontaneous generation of order in systems of pre-existing components. Information for self-assembly is encoded in the components in the form of shape, topology, sequence, surface properties, etc. Self-assembled mesoscale systems are not uncommon in nature but it is only within the past decade that these have been exploited effectively to create man-made mesoscale systems. This presentation will provide a review of the background, current state of the art, and future possibilities for self-assembled mesoscale systems.

Are They All Freaks, Geeks, and Crazies?: Understanding Crime and Deviance in the United States

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Andrew Wilczak
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

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.

Dance at Wilkes

  • Presenter’s Name: Lynne Mariani and Kristin Degnan Boonin
  • Presenter’s Title: Faculty of Practice; Dance Director, Performing Arts

Description: Experience an open level class in jazz dance, which is just one of the many disciplines offered by the Dance program in the Division of Performing Arts. Following the class we'll have a short Q&A with the instructor and current students, so you can gain further insight into our program's offerings.

How Are You Smart?

  • 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.

Do You Think You Can Predict Weather?

  • 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!

Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic - Session CLOSED

  • 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.

Robotics - Session CLOSED

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Yong Zhu
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Description: It is going to be about what robotics is, how to design a robot, how robots are changing our society and how people are benefiting from robot technologies. We will also cover how we teach robotics in the engineering program at Wilkes, including some live demonstrations in SLC238.

Toying with Composition: Self-Articulation in Play and Writing

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Chad W. Stanley
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, English

Description: This mini-class will focus on the analysis of images, toys, games, and various modes of self-articulation (as related to ways of moving and to ways of writing/speaking). Material is drawn from in-class work, and student writings, from ENG 101: Composition.

The Nuts and Bolts of Film Production at Sony Pictures Imageworks

  • Presenter’s Name: Eric Ruggiero
  • Presenter’s Title: Chair & Associate Professor, Integrative Media

Description: An inside view of the production process of making completely animated, v f/x and animation/live action (hybrid) feature films.  My presentation would be a breakdown, as a high level overview, of the: creative areas (art department, layout, 3D, compositing, lighting), also the technology, people, and pipeline.  Also, discussion on what is expected as an employee/student and where the industry is heading.

Thinking Like A Nurse - Session CLOSED 

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. 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.

How to Fix a Broken Heart

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Judith Kristeller
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Description: This presentation is an overview of heart disease.  Attendees will learn what causes heart disease, how to prevent it, and how it can be treated.  We will discuss lifestyle modifications, medication management, and surgical options for treating heart disease.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain 

  • 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.

Minor Steps to Major Decisions

  • Presenter Name: Thomas J Thomas
  • Presenter Title:  Executive Director, Student Affairs

Description: Surveys show that more than 50% of students in college change their major at least once, and more than 50% of college graduates do not work in the major in which they graduated.  If you have not had the opportunity to develop a plan for making this important decision, this session will provide the guidance you need.  Using concepts from the Career Decision-making course at Wilkes, you will learn how to avoid the mistakes others have made when selecting a college major.

How to do better research to impress faculty and get better grades

  • Presenter: 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.

Study Abroad & Global Education at Wilkes 

  • Presenter’s Name: Jonathan Summers
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant 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.

Engineering Design: So You Want to Be an Inventor?

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Description: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III graduated from Wilkes University in 2001 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for 12 years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Army before returning to his Alma Mater to teach Mechanical Engineering fulltime.  Dr. Bednarz will talk about how the Wilkes Engineering curriculum will prepare students for a successful career as a Design Engineer in the real world.

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers


Description:
Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Campus Tour


Description:
 Full campus tours and resident hall tours will be available during each session.


 

Session 2 Presentations

Aim High – Leadership & Career Opportunities through Air Force ROTC

  • Presenter’s Name: Lieutenant Colonel Andy Greenfield
  • Presenter’s Title: Commander, Aerospace Studies

Description: Presentation will cover Air Force ROTC program at Wilkes University to include scholarship and career opportunities.

The Evolution of Infectious Disease - Session CLOSED

  • 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.

Business 2030: Enabling Innovation, Changing the Workplace

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Kathleen Houlihan
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Sidhu School of Business

Description: Business 2030: Enabling innovation, changing the workplace. This workshop is designed to inspire and delight students when they think about the future.  Ideas are very easy to generate, but the difficult part is learning a process of implementation.  Students will leave this session with a lasting capacity for innovative thought and action.

Six Hats Thinking

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Samuel E Ferrara
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Finance Accounting and Management 

Description: Have you ever run into a roadblock in completing an individual or group assignment or project?  If you have, you may want to attend and participate in this interactive session.In this session, you will be introduced to the Six Thinking Hats™ methodology developed by creative thinking guru Edward de Bono. The Six Thinking Hats™ method will provide you a framework that will assist you in completing assignments & projects more effectively and efficiently by separating thinking into six different think modes: information (White), feelings (Red Hat), caution (Black Hat), benefits (Yellow Hat), creativity (Green Hat), and managing the thinking (Blue Hat) each of which will be represented by a current Wilkes University student. Join us and learn how to put on a different “hat” when you are at your wits end completing an assignment or group project. In other words, you will learn how to step back and look at solving problems in different ways.  

Organisms: Living Entity to Chemical Elements - Session CLOSED

  • Instructor’s Name: Dr. Terese Wignot
  • Presenter’s Title: Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering

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.

“You can’t say that…or can you?!”: Free speech in public schools, online and in the workforce

Presenter’s Name: Kalen Churcher
Presenter’s Title:  Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Description:  The First Amendment tells us, among other things, that, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” but what exactly does that mean in 2015 or the future? In the media-saturated world in which we live, what rights do we have to say and publish what we feel? Similarly, what rights do we have to keep things about ourselves private? We’ll chat about free speech and privacy and if what you say/post/text/snap really can be used against you in landing or keeping a job, finding an internship or getting into college. We’ll also discuss the future outlook for media-related jobs and what a communication studies major – or minor – can offer.

Are You Motivated to Learn: How Do You Know?

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Rhonda Waskiewicz
  • Presenter’s Title: Interim Dean, School of Education

Description: Attendees will be able to: identify their intrinsic motivation to learn and achieve (goal orientation), determine how learning situations can modify motivation behavior (importance and effort), and potentially use this information to make informed choices about academic performance.

The Geologic History and Formation of NEPA and Wyoming Valley

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Brian Redmond
  • Presenter’s Title: Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Science

Description: Learn about how the Marcellus Shale and the anthracite deposits of eastern PA were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, how an ancient mountain range as high as today’s Himalayas rose and was eroded completely flat.  See how the Susquehanna River and other regional rivers developed on that flat plain, changing their courses as they cut down through the roots of the ancient mountain range.  Understand how recent glaciation further shaped our regional landscape and how, for a few thousand years, the Susquehanna River drained an early Lake Erie, the end of which led to the creation of the buried valley of the Susquehanna River in Wyoming Valley.

Laboratory: Introduction to Digital Logic

  • 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.

System on a Chip

  • Presenter’s Name: Mark Kuzawinski
  • Presenter’s Title: Professor, Engineering

Description: Over the past 25 years, digital systems have evolved from filling a large room while providing limited performance, to being a hand-held while providing many performance intensive apps. Electrical systems have shrunk by many orders of magnitude to make this happen. Today we have smart phones, touch-screen tablet computers, smart televisions, and the like, all enabled by various Systems on a Chip.

This class will explore three topics pertaining to digital system design and the System on a Chip: System Timing, Electronic Circuit Packaging and System Reliability Calculations. We will explore how these three topics are interconnected and how they affect the system design process. One thread throughout this session is how mechanical reality affects electrical design. Think about your smart phone: Is it Electrical? Mechanical? Both? Neither? At the end of this session, you will be able to determine for yourself what the System on a Chip is.

Robotics - Session CLOSED

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Yong Zhu
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Description: It is going to be about what robotics is, how to design a robot, how robots are changing our society and how people are benefiting from robot technologies. We will also cover how we teach robotics in the engineering program at Wilkes, including some live demonstrations in SLC238.

Spinning Yarns: the Connection between Fiber Arts and Literature

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Marcia Farrell
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, English

Description: The class will focus on how fiber arts, such as spinning wool, knitting, embroidery, and quilting are intimately related to the storytelling.  I was thinking of sharing two poems about the spinning wheel by Wordsworth and Barrett Browning with the group, discussing how Queen Lilioukalani's crazy quilt is actually a text that explains the forced abdication of the Hawaiian throne and annexation of the islands, and then the prevalence of contemporary literature about fiber arts.

Designing computer adaptation for flashcard learning games

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. M Anthony Kapolka
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science 

Description: We've all used flashcards to study material.  How can we blend psychology and computer adaptive testing to maximize both enjoyment and learning?  By quantifying card difficulty and modeling the learner's ability.

Music at Wilkes 

  • Presenter: Dr. Steven Thomas
  • Presenter’s Title: Chair & Associate Professor, 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.

Living it up!  What is it like to live on campus? 

  • Presenter’s Name: 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.

Thinking Like A Nurse    

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. 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.

Student Panel

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.

Major in Success, Career Development Strategies - Session CLOSED

  • Presenter’s Name: Carol Bosack Kosek
  • Presenter’s Title: Director, Career Services

Description:

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers


Description:
 Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Campus Tour


Description:
 Full campus tours and resident hall tours will be available during each session.



Session 3 Presentations

The Evolution of Infectious Disease  

  • 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.

Green is Good for Business

  • Presenter’s Name: Ruth Hughes and Dr. Marleen Troy
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Business; Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Science

Description: Sustainability is smart management of natural resources toward the end results of efficiency and profitability and is becoming a growing focus for many organizations that strive to be more environmentally conscious and socially responsible.  Leaders in every industry have recognized the value sustainable measures bring to the world, and to their bottom line.  In this presentation current business practices in sustainability management will be reviewed.  Examples from real-world applications currently being implemented in an interdisciplinary class (Sidhu School of Business Leadership and the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences) in small business sustainability consulting will be discussed.

In a Leadership Moment 

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Matthew Sowcik
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Sidhu School of Business

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.

Mass Media and Everyday Life

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Evene Estwick
  • Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Description:

New Learning in the Digital World 

  • Instructor’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.

System on a Chip

  • Presenter’s Name: Mark Kuzawinski
  • Presenter’s Title: Professor, Engineering

Description: Over the past 25 years, digital systems have evolved from filling a large room while providing limited performance, to being a hand-held while providing many performance intensive apps. Electrical systems have shrunk by many orders of magnitude to make this happen. Today we have smart phones, touch-screen tablet computers, smart televisions, and the like, all enabled by various Systems on a Chip.

This class will explore three topics pertaining to digital system design and the System on a Chip: System Timing, Electronic Circuit Packaging and System Reliability Calculations. We will explore how these three topics are interconnected and how they affect the system design process. One thread throughout this session is how mechanical reality affects electrical design. Think about your smart phone: Is it Electrical? Mechanical? Both? Neither? At the end of this session, you will be able to determine for yourself what the System on a Chip is.

Robotics

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Yong Zhu
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Description: It is going to be about what robotics is, how to design a robot, how robots are changing our society and how people are benefiting from robot technologies. We will also cover how we teach robotics in the engineering program at Wilkes, including some live demonstrations in SLC238.

Engineering Design - Session CLOSED

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Description: Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III graduated from Wilkes University in 2001 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for 12 years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Army before returning to his Alma Mater to teach Mechanical Engineering fulltime.  Dr. Bednarz will talk about how the Wilkes Engineering curriculum will prepare students for a successful career as a Design Engineer in the real world.

Digital History: Not just the future of history but a key to unlocking your future too

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. John Hepp
  • Presenter’s Title: Co-Chair & Associate Professor, Global History and Languages

Description: Wilkes University has long offered innovative programs in history. We have concentrations in pre-law, teaching and Public History. For a decade we have taken classes to London every year on study tours and for twelve years we have sponsored projects that have resulted in student-produced video documentaries.  In the past, many students have done combinations of history majors or minors with other programs like Communication Studies and Integrative Media to create their own unique digital

The History Department is proud to announce its latest innovation: a Concentration in Digital History. This concentration involves hands-on work in a variety of fields. Your senior capstone will vary with your individual interest: it can be a historic video or web site, an actual or virtual museum display, a video project or a research paper on an appropriate topic. Evidence from Wilkes graduates who have pursued careers in public history indicates that often digital skills that were developed in passing have helped them secure employment. This concentration will allow a student to develop a well-rounded group of skills that will help them secure entry level positions in fields beyond traditional public history. Today’s presentation will look back at what students in history have done in the past and consider what you can do at Wilkes in the future. Find your future in digital history at Wilkes!

The Educated Nurse – Degrees and Careers

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Maria Grandinetti
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Nursing

Description: There are many degrees offered in the profession of nursing. This has led to some confusion of the roles and responsibilities of nursing professionals holding different degrees. Colleges and universities offer Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degrees in Nursing. Nurses holding these degrees often collaborate with each other when advancing the profession through scholarship, teaching, practice, research and service. Graduates who are Registered Nurses, Nurse Educators, Nurse Practitioners, and  Researchers can be found employed at a variety of healthcare, educational, and business settings. This presentation will provide an overview of the degrees and careers aspiring nurses can pursue based on their individual career goals.

Over-the-Counter Drugs; From Aspirin to Zinc

  • Presenter’s Name: Dr. Arthur Kibbe
  • Presenter’s Title: 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.

The Simpsons, the Three Stooges, and the U.S. Supreme Court  

  • Presenter’s Name:  Dr. Kyle Kreider
  • Presenter’s Title:  Chair & Associate Professor, Political Science; 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.

Stress Makes Me Sick

  • 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.

Living it up!  What is it like to live on campus? 

  • Presenter’s Name: 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.

Academic Make-Over: From Surviving to Thriving

  • Presenter’s Name: Katy Betnar
  • Presenter’s Title: Director, Learning Center

Description:

The Actor at Work: An Acting Workshop

  • Presenter’s Name: Jon Liebetrau
  • Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Performing Arts

Description: Here's your backstage pass to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. Our dedicated faculty who produce Wilkes University's theatre performances will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Edward Darling Jr. Theater. They also invite you to participate in a brief and enlightening actor’s workshop.

Student Panel


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.

How to do better research to impress faculty and get better grades

  • Presenter: 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.

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers


Description: Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions.

Campus Tour


Description: Full campus tours and resident hall tours will be available during each session.


 Information Fair

  • Advising and Academic Support
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Alumni
  • 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

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