Wilkes University

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

Wilkes University VIP Day Program

Live the Life of a Wilkes Student…before you become an official Wilkes student.

Accepted students are invited to tour campus, eat lunch and attend sample classes taught by actual Wilkes professors.  You can choose from more than 40 mini classes and even bring your parents or friends along with you.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at VIP Day!

VIP DAY is March 19, 2016

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome.
Registration is from 8:30-9:20 a.m. in the Henry Student Center.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 945-5378 Ext. 4400 or admissionsopenhouse@wilkes.edu.

Chase Hall8:30 a.m
Check-In | Henry Student Center

9:20 a.m
Welcome | Arnaud C. Marts Center

10:00 a.m.
Session 1 Presentations

11:00 a.m.
Session 2 Presentations

12:00 p.m.
Session 3 Presentations

1:00 p.m.
Session 4 Presentations

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch - Rifkin Café and Dining Hall, 1st and 3rd Floors, Henry Student Center

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 
Information Fair - Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
Marching Band Uniform Fittings - Savitz Lounge, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center


Session Information & Descriptions

Please note: mini-classes may close due to room capacity and demonstration needs.

 Session 1

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Six Hats Thinking

Presenter: 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.

Major in Success, Career Development Strategies

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

Description: Learn career success strategies as your explore and develop your career plan, starting Day One at Wilkes. Students who graduate from Wilkes and attain great jobs and graduate school admissions utilize the career development resources we will cover in this presentation.

Behind Television Special Effects

Presenter: Dr. Mark Stine
Presenter’s Title: Chair & 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.

Do You Think You Can Predict Weather?

Presenter: 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!

DisAbility Awareness

Presenter: Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Education

Description: During this session, participants will be invited to experience simulation activities related to several educational disabilities. Discussion will focus on strategies for adapting and modifying instruction to accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom, building on strengths to address areas that require growth. This session is especially pertinent to anyone who is considering a career in education.

Toying with Composition: Self-Articulation in Play and Writing

Presenter: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.

Financial Aid: Individual Family Consultations


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

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.

What Do You Know About Calculus?

Presenter: Dr. Sofya V. Chepushtanova
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Description: In this mini-class you will learn about the history of Calculus, why we study it, and how we apply it.

Jazz and the Fundamentals of Dance

Presenter:Lynne Mariani
Presenter’s Title: Faculty of Practice, Performing Arts

Description: An introduction to jazz dance and the basics of jazz dance technique. Following the class there will be a short Q&A with the instructor and current students.

How to Fix a Broken Heart

Presenter: Dr. Judith Kristeller, PharmD, BCPS
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Description: This is an interactive discussion to learn about heart disease. We will discuss the causes of heart disease and how it can be treated. Most importantly, we will discuss modifiable risk factors and how heart disease can be prevented. Lastly, we will discuss the role of pharmacists in improving the care of patients with heart disease and also counseling people about heart disease prevention. 

Government in Gridlock: Exploring the Causes of America’s Divided Government

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Baldino
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Political Science

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.

Room & Never Bored: The On Campus Experience

Presenter:Elizabeth Swantek and Jamie Miller
Presenter’s Title: Director, Residence Life; Assistant Director, Residence Life

Description: Ever dream of living in a mansion? 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 is a Resident Assistant and what do they do? What are the benefits of living on campus at Wilkes University? Come find out the answers to all of your housing questions.

Campus Tours

Description: Where do I find…? Explore and learn about our campus and buildings with a current Wilkes student as your guide. Freshman residence halls are toured during this time.

Residence Hall Tours

Description: Looking to live on campus? Explore and learn where you can live on campus freshman through senior year with a current Wilkes student as your guide. A few of our residence halls including traditional, suite-style, mansions, and apartments will be showcased. This tour will not include other campus highlights or buildings.


 Session 2

11:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Lunch

Description: Lunch will be available in our cafeteria.

IPO Valuation: The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Model

Presenter:Dr. Shaokang Wang
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor of Business

Description: Description is not yet available.

Six Hats Thinking

Presenter: 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.

Major in Success, Career Development Strategies

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

Description: Learn career success strategies as your explore and develop your career plan, starting Day One at Wilkes. Students who graduate from Wilkes and attain great jobs and graduate school admissions utilize the career development resources we will cover in this presentation.

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. 

Behind Television Special Effects

Presenter: Dr. Mark Stine
Presenter’s Title: Chair & 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.

''She's Making History, Working for Victory": Communicating Gender via Rosie the Riveter

Presenter:Dr. Mia Briceno
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Description: Rosie the Riveter is an enduring symbol in U.S. popular culture. Because humans use symbols to communicate, it is relevant and necessary to analyze and evaluate communicative "texts" like Rosie the Riveter. In this session, we will do just that, by examining multiple interpretations of Rosie the Riveter in popular culture and engaging in a discussion about how Rosie, as a symbol, influences and is influenced by our ideas about gender and patriotism in the United States

Marketing cannot be accomplished in isolation

Presenter: Dr. Grace Xiao
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Marketing

Description: Even though the marketing function resides with marketers, the concept of marketing must permeate the entire society. The topic of this lecture is marketing and consumer behavior. In this lecture, we will learn major concepts of marketing and consumer behavior, as well as why everybody needs to study marketing.

Are Knowledge Poor Methods Enough? The Rise of Big Data

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

Description: Not yet available.

The Myth of the Criminal Mind

Presenter: Dr. Michael Garr
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Sociology/Anthropology

Description: Not yet available.

DisAbility Awareness

Presenter: Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Education

Description: During this session, participants will be invited to experience simulation activities related to several educational disabilities. Discussion will focus on strategies for adapting and modifying instruction to accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom, building on strengths to address areas that require growth. This session is especially pertinent to anyone who is considering a career in education.

Engineering in the Professional World: Creativity with Constraints!

Presenter: Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Presenter’s Title: Director and Instructor, Engineering

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!

Toying with Composition: Self-Articulation in Play and Writing

Presenter: 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.

Financial Aid: Individual Family Consultations


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

Music at Wilkes

Presenter: Dr. Philip Simon
Presenter’s Title: 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.

The Educated Nurse – Degrees and Careers

Presenter: 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.

Ten Thousand Years Will Give You Such a Crick in the Neck!

Presenter: Dr. Thomas S. Franko, PharmD, BCACP
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Description: This will be a general overview of common head and neck pain issues including headache and muscle soreness. We will discuss assessment of these conditions, use of over the counter (OTC) medications used in treatment, and various non-pharmacologic methods of care. The focus of the discussion will mainly be on how pharmacists can help patients select safe and appropriate therapy through interactive experiences and role playing. 

Philosophy and the Good Life

Presenter: 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. 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”). We will explore a selection of these ideas.

Government in Gridlock: Exploring the Causes of America’s Divided Government

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Baldino
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Political Science

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.

Women’s Participation in Post-communist Politics

Presenter: Dr. Andreea Maierean
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Political Science

Description: Not available.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain

Presenter: 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.

Stress Makes Me Sick

Presenter: 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.

The Actor at Work: An Acting Workshop

Presenter: 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

Campus Tours

Description: Where do I find…? Explore and learn about our campus and buildings with a current Wilkes student as your guide. Freshman residence halls are toured during this time.

Residence Hall Tours

Description: Looking to live on campus? Explore and learn where you can live on campus freshman through senior year with a current Wilkes student as your guide. A few of our residence halls including traditional, suite-style, mansions, and apartments will be showcased. This tour will not include other campus highlights or buildings.


 Session 3

12:00 p.M. - 12:45 p.M.

Chemical contaminants in food: Is anything safe to eat anymore?

Presenter: 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.

“Cutting-edge” satellite technologies for student environmental projects

Presenter: Dr. Dale Bruns
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Environmental Engineering & Earth Science

Description: This presentation will be held in our Geographic Information System Laboratory [GIS] and provides a short “hands-on” GIS exercise with prospective students’ participation.

Green is Good for Business

Presenter: 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.

From Organism to Element

Presenter: Dr. Terese Wignot
Presenter’s Title: Associate Provost

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: Dr. Kalen Churcher
Presenter’s Title: Associate 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.

''She's Making History, Working for Victory": Communicating Gender via Rosie the Riveter

Presenter: Dr. Mia Briceno
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Description: Rosie the Riveter is an enduring symbol in U.S. popular culture. Because humans use symbols to communicate, it is relevant and necessary to analyze and evaluate communicative "texts" like Rosie the Riveter. In this session, we will do just that, by examining multiple interpretations of Rosie the Riveter in popular culture and engaging in a discussion about how Rosie, as a symbol, influences and is influenced by our ideas about gender and patriotism in the United States

Marketing cannot be accomplished in isolation

Presenter:Dr. Grace Xiao
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Marketing

Description: Even though the marketing function resides with marketers, the concept of marketing must permeate the entire society. The topic of this lecture is marketing and consumer behavior. In this lecture, we will learn major concepts of marketing and consumer behavior, as well as why everybody needs to study marketing.

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

Presenter: 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.

The Nuts and Bolts of Film Production at Sony Pictures Imageworks

Presenter: 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.

How Are You Smart?

Presenter’s Names: Drs. Robert S. Gardner and Judith A. Gardner
Presenter’s Titles: Associate Professor; Instructor, 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.

Financial Aid: Individual Family Consultations


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

Powering the future of History

Presenter:Dr. Jonathan Kuiken
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, History

Description: The History Department at Wilkes University has always sought to provide innovative and diverse ways of understanding the past. We have partnered with other departments, developed unique study-abroad programs and broken out of old educational paradigms. We are continuing that trend with a series of new initiatives that will allow our History majors and minors to develop important and marketable skills in areas such as Public and Digital History as well as in inter-disciplinary programs such as our new Energy Studies minor.

Evidence from our recent graduates has shown that the types of skills developed in these news programs are essential in the twenty-first century workplace. Whether our students pursue careers in education, public history, law, academia or a wide variety of other professional positions, the ability to present information orally, through writing, and now through a host of digital media, has proven to be crucial to both successfully acquiring a job and excelling in that position.

The presentation for VIP Day will briefly explore some of the new approaches being used by historians particularly in the field of Energy History. Come use modern technology to see how old energy technologies powered the innovations of the past. Come see how a degree in History from Wilkes University can power your future.

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.

What Do You Know About Calculus?

Presenter: Dr. Sofya V. Chepushtanova
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Description: In this mini-class you will learn about the history of Calculus, why we study it, and how we apply it.

Thinking Like A Nurse

Presenter: 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.

Lotions and Potions: The Art of Pharmaceutical Compounding

Presenter:Dr. Harvey Jacobs, Ph.D.
Presenter’s Title: Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Description: In the old-days, pharmacists prepared all medications from individual ingredients. Pharmacists are increasingly called upon to prepare specifically compounded medication to meet the needs of the patient/physician. The demonstration will show simple techniques to prepare medications intended to be applied to the skin, such as ointment, creams, and gels; and to discuss the science behind the preparations

Stress Makes Me Sick

Presenter: 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.

Room & Never Bored: The On Campus Experience

Presenter: Elizabeth Swantek and Jamie Miller
Presenter’s Title: Director, Residence Life; Assistant Director, Residence Life

Description: Ever dream of living in a mansion? 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 is a Resident Assistant and what do they do? What are the benefits of living on campus at Wilkes University? Come find out the answers to all of your housing questions.

Minor Steps to Major Decisions

Presenter: 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.

Campus Tours

Description: Where do I find…? Explore and learn about our campus and buildings with a current Wilkes student as your guide. Freshman residence halls are toured during this time.

Residence Hall Tours

Description: Looking to live on campus? Explore and learn where you can live on campus freshman through senior year with a current Wilkes student as your guide. A few of our residence halls including traditional, suite-style, mansions, and apartments will be showcased. This tour will not include other campus highlights or buildings.


 Session 4

1:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.

Lunch

Description: Lunch will be available in our cafeteria.

IPO Valuation: The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Model

Presenter: Dr. Shaokang Wang
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor of Business

Description: Description is not yet available.

“Cutting-edge” satellite technologies for student environmental projects

Presenter:Dr. Dale Bruns
Presenter’s Title: Professor, Environmental Engineering & Earth Science

Description: This presentation will be held in our Geographic Information System Laboratory [GIS] and provides a short “hands-on” GIS exercise with prospective students’ participation.

Green is Good for Business

Presenter: 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.

“You can’t say that… or can you?!”: Free Speech in Public Schools, Online and in the Workforce

Presenter: Dr. Kalen Churcher
Presenter’s Title: Associate 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 Knowledge Poor Methods Enough? The Rise of Big Data

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

Description: Not yet available

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

Presenter: 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.

The Nuts and Bolts of Film Production at Sony Pictures Imageworks

Presenter: 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.

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers (by online registration only)

Description: Members of the Financial Aid and Admissions staff will be available for private appointments with families to answer financial aid questions during all sessions. This is available only to those who register online. Depending on registration, walk-in appointments may not be available.

Powering the future of History

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Kuiken
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, History

Description: The History Department at Wilkes University has always sought to provide innovative and diverse ways of understanding the past. We have partnered with other departments, developed unique study-abroad programs and broken out of old educational paradigms. We are continuing that trend with a series of new initiatives that will allow our History majors and minors to develop important and marketable skills in areas such as Public and Digital History as well as in inter-disciplinary programs such as our new Energy Studies minor.

Evidence from our recent graduates has shown that the types of skills developed in these news programs are essential in the twenty-first century workplace. Whether our students pursue careers in education, public history, law, academia or a wide variety of other professional positions, the ability to present information orally, through writing, and now through a host of digital media, has proven to be crucial to both successfully acquiring a job and excelling in that position.

The presentation for VIP Day will briefly explore some of the new approaches being used by historians particularly in the field of Energy History. Come use modern technology to see how old energy technologies powered the innovations of the past. Come see how a degree in History from Wilkes University can power your future.

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.

What Do You Know About Calculus?

Presenter: Dr. Sofya V. Chepushtanova
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Description: In this mini-class you will learn about the history of Calculus, why we study it, and how we apply it.

The Educated Nurse – Degrees and Careers

Presenter: 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.

Philosophy and the Good Life

Presenter: 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. 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”). We will explore a selection of these ideas.

Women’s Participation in Post-communist Politics

Presenter: Dr. Andreea Maierean
Presenter’s Title: Assistant Professor, Political Science

Description: Not available.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain

Presenter: 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.

Room & Never Bored: The On Campus Experience

Presenter: Elizabeth Swantek and Jamie Miller
Presenter’s Title: Director, Residence Life; Assistant Director, Residence Life

Description: Ever dream of living in a mansion? 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 is a Resident Assistant and what do they do? What are the benefits of living on campus at Wilkes University? Come find out the answers to all of your housing questions.

Minor Steps to Major Decisions

Presenter: 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.

Campus Tours

Description: Where do I find…? Explore and learn about our campus and buildings with a current Wilkes student as your guide. Freshman residence halls are toured during this time.

Residence Hall Tours

Description: Looking to live on campus? Explore and learn where you can live on campus freshman through senior year with a current Wilkes student as your guide. A few of our residence halls including traditional, suite-style, mansions, and apartments will be showcased. This tour will not include other campus highlights or buildings.


11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Lunch Available; Dining Hall, 3rd Floor, Henry Student Center; and Greens to go, 1st Floor, Stark Learning Center
  • Available to register for during Sessions 2, 3 & 4

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Information Fair; Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
  • Marching Band Uniform Fittings; Savitz Room, 2nd Floor, Henry Student Center
  • Pharmacy Meet & Greet – Pharmacy Information Center, 1st Floor, Stark Learning Center

Information Fair

  • Admissions
  • Advising and Academic Support
  • Adventure Education
  • Air Force & Army ROTC
  • Athletics
  • Alumni
  • Bookstore
  • Center for Global Education and Diversity
  • Cooperative Education/Internships
  • Community Service
  • Dining Services
  • Family Business Alliance
  • Information Technology
  • Intramurals
  • Leadership Programs
  • Marching Band
  • Public Safety
  • Residence Life
  • Student Clubs & Organization

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