Wilkes University


Incoming Freshmen at Wilkes University Help Community During June 27 Summer Orientation

Members of Wilkes University’s incoming freshman class will pitch in to help the Wyoming Valley community as part of their summer orientation on Monday, June 27. About 290 students will volunteer at locations that include parks, Osterhout Free Library, Building Blocks Day Care, and many other organizations. Students will be at the work sites between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Wilkes faculty are joining their students this year to share their interest in working with particular community organizations. Those faculty members include: Dr. Hernando Trujillo, associate professor of pharmacy; Dr. Amjad Nazzal, associate professor of physics and Dr. Jennifer Malinowski, associate professor and assistant dean of pharmacy practice.

Commitment to the community is part of the University’s mission and values. Incorporating the activities into the orientation introduces the commitment to first-year students.

The following are some of the sites where students will be working:

What: Games and activities with children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Where: 160 Market St, Wilkes-Barre.

 What: Gardening at St. Ignatius Church.   

Where: 339 N Maple Ave, Kingston.

What: Restocking used bookshop at the Osterhout Free Library.

Where: 71 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre.

What: Painting at Building Blocks Day Care.

Where: 1082 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre.

What: Gardening and indoor activities with children at YMCA.

Where: 40 W Northampton St, Wilkes-Barre.

What: Outdoor projects at The Lands at Hillside Farms.

Where: 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown.

What: Kennel cleaning at Blue Chip Farms.

Where: 974 Lockville Rd, Dallas.

For more information, please contact Vicki Mayk, director of public relations, at (570) 466-5532.