Wilkes University Opens 82nd Academic Year With Welcome Weekend Aug. 22-24
The arrival of the freshman class and the opening of a new home for the Jay S. Sidhu
School of Business and Leadership highlight the opening of Wilkes University’s 82nd academic year. Classes begin for the 2014-2015 year on Monday, Aug. 25.
The new year is officially kicked off on Friday, Aug. 22 with the arrival of freshmen
for the University’s Welcome Weekend. Freshmen move in to residence halls from 6 a.m.
to noon that day. The approximately 575 members of the freshmen class will be formally
welcomed at Freshmen Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday. The event, which is in the Arnaud
C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, includes addresses from Wilkes President Patrick
Leahy, Provost Anne A. Skleder, and a talk by alumnus Jamie Gwynn, a member of Wilkes
Class of 2009. A reception for students and parents follows.
Students in the Sidhu School of Business return to classes in the newly renovated
University Center on Main. The facility at 169 S. Main Street has been transformed
into a state-of-the-art business school building with new classroom space, faculty
offices and a financial market trading room that simulates a New York Stock Exchange
trading floor complete with an electronic stock ticker. The building project was announced
in March 2014 and was completed during the summer months. The rededication of the
building will held during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 26-28.
Other highlights of the new year include the debut of the University’s marching band,
the Marching Colonels. The band is the first collegiate marching band in northeast
Pennsylvania and includes a color guard and drum line. The band’s first performance
will be at the Wilkes’ first home football game on Sept. 6 against Muhlenberg College.