Wilkes University


Family of Colonels Is Theme for Wilkes University Homecoming From Oct. 2-4

Wilkes University will welcome alumni back to campus for the 2015 Homecoming weekend from Oct. 2-4. The theme this year, “Family of Colonels,” celebrates Wilkes’ close-knit campus community.

“There are greater opportunities here to cultivate that culture of a ‘family of Colonels’ because everyone can come together more frequently than at a larger school,” Director of Alumni Relations Bridget Giunta Husted said. 

The weekend will be highlighted by the dedication of the campus Gateway at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with food and beverages served on the Gateway, a new $1 million entryway to campus that leads from South Main Street across South Franklin Street and into the heart of the Fenner Quadrangle. 

A new feature this Homecoming is the Colonel's Kids Corner at the annual Tailgate Tent, held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Ralston Athletic Complex. In addition to food, drinks and camaraderie for returning alumni, the Tailgate Tent will now feature a variety of activities for children up to 12 years of age, including face painting, a bounce house and activities hosted by student groups.  Alumni can register their children or grandchildren for the Colonel’s Kids Club, with benefits that include receiving a birthday card from the Colonel every year. 

Other homecoming highlights include: 

Friday, Oct. 2 

  • Pints with Professors - 6-8 p.m. at the South Main Street Gateway to Campus. Attendees can share a few memories and drinks with their favorite professors.  Communication studies, business/Sidhu School and political science alumni and faculty will hold their reunions here.   
  • "Twist & Stout” downtown bar tour - 8:15-10 p.m. Departs from the UCOM lobby. Participants will sample different bars on South Main Street. The $15 price covers one drink and snacks at each bar. 

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • Football game vs. Widener University - 1 p.m. at Ralston Athletic Complex. Right before kickoff, the men's 1975 championship lacrosse team will be recognized on the field. At halftime, the Ancestral Colonel Award will be presented to George Pawlush ’69, MS ’76.   
  • “Share the Spirit” athletic celebration - Recreation and Athletics Center in the University Center on Main. Former Colonels baseball player Kevin Gryboski ’95, who was a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, will be the guest of honor. $20 admission includes food and drinks.