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Wilkes University Accepted Students Day Program

Wilkes University Accepted Students Day Program


Due to international concerns about coronavirus, Wilkes University has canceled several events for the next few weeks. At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Wilkes University, but we are taking every precaution to protect our campus community. This is a developing, dynamic situation that will be met by the resolve rooted in our values and our care for one another. For the latest information, please visit wilkes.edu/coronavirus.

In the meantime, please explore our virtual tour and social media channels to get a feel for campus life. We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon. 

Live the life of a Wilkes Student . . . before it becomes official.

Accepted students are invited to meet future classmates, tour campus, residence halls, or specific departments, eat lunch in the dining hall and attend sample classes by actual Wilkes professors. You can choose from 30 classes and even bring your parents and friends along with you. If you have questions about Accepted Students Day, please contact us.

Accepted Students Day Schedule

Time Event Location
8:30 - 9:50 a.m. Check-in Karambelas Media and Communication Center
8:30- 10 a.m. Student Experience Information Fair University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
9:40 a.m. Pep Band Welcome University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
9:55 a.m. Welcome and Remarks from Alumni McHale Athletic Center
10:15 a.m. Welcome Announcements University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10:20 a.m. Family Dismissal to Sessions University Center on Main (UCOM),
McHale Athletic Center
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Session 1 See "Session Presentations" below
11:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Session 2 See "Session Presentations" below
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Financial Aid Questions and Answers Capin Hall
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Available Cafeteria, Grille Works, Which Wich, Greens-to-Go
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Campus Tours Available: Full Campus Tour, Residence Halls only, Honors Residence Halls Campus wide
11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Major-specific Department Tours Select Majors
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Accepted Pharmacy Students: Faculty/Staff Meet & Greet Pharmacy Information Center,
Stark Learning Center 106
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Marching Band: Meet students and staff of the Marching Colonels Savitz Lounge; Henry Student Center
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Honors Program Reception Weckesser Hall
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Parents-only Reception McHale Athletic Center
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Future Colonel Reception Ballroom

Amazing Utility and Beauty: Two Mathematical Gems

Dr. Brent Young
Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science

Most people have no difficulty believing that mathematics is useful. In a world increasingly driven by technology and big data, it's difficult to argue otherwise! Despite its utility in our lives, many people get the impression that mathematics is a dry, sterile subject. Surprising as it might seem, mathematicians generally regard their subject as quite beautiful. In this session, we will explore two fascinating (and easily accessible) problems. One of them led to the creation of an entirely new area of mathematics that has since become crucial to computer science and many other disciplines. The other involves nothing more complicated than basic arithmetic — yet the solution to this problem has eluded every mathematician who has studied it!

Thinking Like a Nurse

Dr. Susan Malkemes, CCRN
Associate Professor, Nursing

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.

The Use of Plants in Medicine: Overblown Hype or Untapped Potential?

Dr. Kenneth Klemow
Chair and Professor, Biology

When we get sick, we want to feel better. Throughout human history, people have tried many approaches to healing their ills. One approach has been the use of plant extracts. Plants produce otherwise toxic chemicals to deter predators. But in the right doses, many of those chemicals can make us feel better or even cure disease. In this presentation, we will discuss the usefulness of plants to treat disease. Some people view botanical remedies as useless and even harmful. Others view plants as having superior healing properties to synthetic medicines. The validity of each viewpoint will be examined, especially in regard to the need for future research.

How to Fix a Broken Heart

Dr. Judith DeLuca
Chair and Professor, Pharmacy Practice

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.

Engineering Design

Dr. Edward T. Bednarz III
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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 full time. 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.

Stress Makes Me Sick

Dr. Carl Charnetski
Professor, Psychology

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.”

Minor Steps to Major Decisions

Mr. Thomas J. Thomas
Dean, University College

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.

Engineering in the Professional World: Creativity with Constraints!

Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Chair and Faculty of Practice, Electrical Engineering and Physics Department

You are about to enter the world of engineering. You probably have the knack to understand how things work. You can fix and modify things that do not work. You can create things that presently do not exist. What should you, as a new engineer, expect to find out in the real world? 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 in industry and now an instructor at Wilkes. You will learn about notional enterprises with careers from invention to design to production. You will learn about work environments from freelance opportunities to those which are highly constrained. After all, where else can you be a part of the excitement of creating products and processes and have fun with equipment that's paid for by someone else!

“I Just Think He’s So Interesting:” Serial Killers and the American True Crime

Dr. Andrew Wilczak
Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology

American fascination with true crime is at an all-time high. There is an entire industry centered on the creation, production and distribution of true crime books, movies, docudramas and podcasts. But what is the real significance of these cases? How does this violence fit into the world around us? In this session with Dr. Andy Wilczak, we'll discuss cases of major significance in American history, why they matter, what the consequences of them were and why people can't get enough of these stories.

State of the Universe: Unlocking the Secrets of Plasma

Dr. Joshua Blechle
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

The majority of science courses and ongoing scientific research projects focus on the terrestrial states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Plasmas, however, are believed to be the most common state of matter in the universe, existing within stars and filling interplanetary space. This lack of investigation is significant and it leads to a number of pressing questions:

  1. What makes a plasma unique?
  2. How do we study a system not generally found on Earth?
  3. How can we characterize plasmas and their behavior?
  4. What secrets do plasmas hold that will help advance our understanding of the universe?
  5. How can we harness the power of plasmas to advance technology?

In this talk, Dr. Blechle will provide a background on plasmas, current areas of research and what his lab is doing to help unravel the mysteries of the fourth state of matter.

Behind Television Special Effects

Dr. Mark Stine
Chair and Professor, Communication Studies

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.

Hands-on Robotics at Wilkes

Dr. Yong Zhu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

This presentation focuses on 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 and include some live demonstrations.

Do You Think You Can Predict Weather?

Lt. Col Mark Kaster, USAF Ret.
Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Science/Veterans Counselor

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why meteorology?
  • What is meteorology?
  • What do meteorologists do?
  • What tools do meteorologists use?
  • Where do meteorologists work?
  • What is 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 hinge on the weather. If you have ever asked these questions or would love to learn more about the weather, you owe it to yourself to attend this seminar. Don’t be left out in the cold!

Introduction to Weapons Systems

Dr. John Gilmer
Professor, Electrical Engineering

Military weapons have been in use since the dawn of civilization. They can be studied as applications of physics. But at the beginning of the 20th century, a remarkable change occurred: the development of weapons systems. Large guns had been developed with a maximum range of more than several miles, but how could they hit a target that could not be directly seen, or even more difficult, was moving? Aiming by eye was no longer possible. A system including means of observation, communication and computation and control of how to aim was needed. The earliest practical computers were analog mechanical devices used to aim big naval guns. They were supported by optical rangefinders and electro-mechanical control systems. Then came radar, networked systems and guided weapons, all within the span of a few decades. This brief introduction gives an overview of this historical development and some of the key challenges that were met along the way and continue to be issues today.

Producing History

Dr. Christine Muller
Assistant Professor, Global Cultures and Director of the Honors Program

Ultimately, history is a story. When we want to tell that story, we can do it through the no frills version of a nonfiction textbook, which will give us the definitive facts of the time, the place, the events and the people involved. But the stories of history are not only lists of definitive facts. Because history involves people, these events also include emotions, beliefs, misconceptions, reliable and unreliable memories, and other factors that fiction is better able to communicate. In this sample class, we will watch a scene from Stephen Spielberg's 2006 film “Munich,” then discuss what that film can tell us about the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, the 2006 U.S. War on Terror, and the 2019 viewers who watch it today.

DisAbility Awareness

Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry
Associate Professor, Education

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.

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Brain

Dr. Edward Schicatano
Professor, Psychology

The science of neuroplasticity has taught us that we can change our brains. Physical change occurs in addiction, rendering the brain less effective at making decisions. Likewise, neuroplasticity can be powerful as brain changes occur during recovery from a stroke or head injury or during the learning process. All of these examples are represented by morphological changes in the structure of the nerve cells within our nervous system. In this talk, Dr. Schicatano will describe and explain the mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity.

Chemical Contaminants in Food: Is Anything Safe to Eat Anymore?

Dr. William Biggers
Associate Professor, Biology

Chemical pollutants seem to be appearing in almost everything these days. The degreaser trichloroethylene has been found in suburban wells. Flame retardants and plasticizers have been found in almost everyone's blood. Mercury and PCBs 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.

Epigenetics: DNA is Only Part of the Story

Dr. Ryan Henry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

While many people know that DNA is responsible for encoding our genetic information, DNA doesn’t work alone. Within the last few decades, we have become more aware of the signals and codes that exist outside of DNA and how they regulate which part of our genetic information is used at different periods throughout our lives. These codes are maintained through the chemical modification of DNA and DNA interacting proteins, and can alternatively turn off or on the expression of different proteins encoded in our DNA. The study of the sum total of these chemical modifications make up the field of epigenetics — literally meaning outside or in addition to genetics. We’ll discuss some of the fundamentals of epigenetics and some of the mechanisms the body uses to work with DNA that help to make you, you.

Green is Good for Business

Professor Ruth Hughes 
Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Business Law 

Dr. Marleen Troy
Professor, Environmental Engineering

Sustainability is smart management of natural resources toward the end results of efficiency and profitability. It 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 will be discussed.

Lotions and Potions: The Art of Pharmaceutical Compounding

Dr. Harvey Jacobs
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Science

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 discuss the science behind the preparations.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Dr. Jacqueline Stewart
Associate Professor, Nursing

Few professions offer the new college graduate so many choices of where to work, when to work and how to use your knowledge and skills to make a difference in people’s lives. Come and explore all the exciting places you can go and what you can do as a professional nurse!

Pharmacy Practice: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Dominick Trombetta
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

The last 50 years have seen dramatic advances in medicine and pharmacy, with the largest being the change in focus away from a drug product to a focus on the individual. In the past, pharmacists needed to prepare tablets, capsules, liquids and suspensions, as well as suppositories. Today, pharmacists focused on individualized care promote the safest and most effective use of medications. In the future, pharmacists will use the results of genetic testing to further individualize medication selection and choices based upon pharmacogenomics. The education and training of pharmacists has evolved to prepare student pharmacists for current and future practice.

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

Dr. Kyle Kreider
Chair and Professor, Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor

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.

Esports: What Is It and How Does It Impact Traditional Sports?

Dr. Sam Schmidt
Assistant Professor, Sports Management

Electronic sports (esports), defined as competitive video gaming, is an emerging sport around the globe. According to a Newzoo report, 2019 marked the first time that esport revenues eclipsed $1 billion, with a +26.7% growth from 2018. The viewership of global esports continues to grow too from 335 million viewers in 2017 to 454 million viewers in 2019. With the rapid growth of esports, traditional sport organizations are starting to take note. Athletic departments around the U.S. are welcoming cyber student-athletes. Twenty-three of the 30 NBA teams have created sister "NBA 2K teams." Even the Olympics are considering adding esports to the Games in 2024. This lecture is designed to provide the audience with an introduction of esports and discuss the relationship between esports and traditional sports.

Studying Genes that Break the Rules: Genomics Research at Wilkes

Dr. Will Terzaghi
Professor, Biology

Leadership in Business

Dr. Kedir Tessema
Assistant Professor, Sidhu School of Business

Breaking Boundaries: Creative Thinking for a 3600 Design World

Eric Ruggiero
Associate Professor/Chair, Integrative Media

The Social and Economic Power of Reading and Writing Mastery

Dr. Helen Davis
Associate Professor, English

What it Takes to Teach

Dr. Suzanne Galella
Associate Professor/Chair, BS Education Bachelors

Financial Aid: Questions and Answers

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Financial Aid staff will be available to speak with families to answer financial aid questions.

Campus Tours

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Full campus tour, residence hall only tour, Honors residence hall tours

Department Tours

11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Take an in-depth look at your major by touring specialized areas such as the TV studio and radio station, dance studio, scene shop and the NeuroTraining and Research Center.

Lunch available

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Henry’s Dining Hall, Henry Student Center, third floor
  • Rifkin Café (Which Wich and Grille Works), Henry Student Center, first floor

Parent Reception

11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Family members are invited to a Q&A session with Wilkes staff members and a meet-and-greet with fellow parents. Bring your questions!

Future Colonel Reception

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Students attending Wilkes in Fall 2020 are welcome to meet and greet with your future classmates at a NEPA-themed reception

Honors Program Reception

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Students joining the Honors Program are invited to meet with your future classmates and current Wilkes Honors students.

Pharmacy Program Reception

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Students accepted into the Pharmacy program are invited to a meet-and-greet with your future classmates, current Wilkes pharmacy students, and pharmacy faculty and staff.

Marching Band Program Reception

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Students interested in joining the marching band are invited to a meet-and-greet with the Marching Colonels.