Wilkes University Celebrates the Family of Colonels for 2016 Homecoming Sept. 30 – Oct. 2
Wilkes University will welcome alumni back to campus for the 2016 Homecoming weekend from Sept 30 – Oct, 2. The event celebrates the “Family of Colonels,” the close-knit campus community at Wilkes.
Wilkes will honor alumni and a coach inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Hall of Fame. Honorees are Wilkes alumnus Marv Antinnes, a 1961 graduate, and former coach Doris Saracino were inducted in 2016. Ted Yeager, a 1972 graduate in 2014, also will be recognized. Wilkes’ inductees will be honored prior to kick-off at the 1 p.m. football game between the Colonels and Fairleigh-Dickinson University – Florham.
Antinnes twice earned Male Athlete of the Year at Wilkes. In football, he gained 1,300 rushing yards in two years as the Colonels’ feature back, earning him ECAC All-East Team recognition as a senior in 1961. As a wrestler, he compiled a near perfect 36-1 overall record and was crowned the first National Champion in Wilkes history, when he won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship in 1961.
Saracino is often referred to as the “mother of Wilkes women’s athletics.” In 1960 she became the first full-time coach of the women’s basketball program, and in 1962 she started a field hockey program. Saracino started the Wilkes volleyball program, and for 15 years guided the Lady Colonels volleyball team, reaching the MAC tournament in 1982 with a 16-6 record. She was inducted into the Wilkes Hall of Fame in 1995.
Yeager is an eight-time letter winner in football and baseball. He is the fourth all-time leading rusher (2,869 yards), fifth all-time in scoring (158 points) and tenth all-time rusher in a single season (1971 – 952 yards) in football, earning him an Honorable Mention All-American in 1969. On the baseball diamond, Yeager received the First Team All-MAC honors in 1971, and is one of only four individuals to have their uniform retired in Wilkes history.
Class of 1975 graduate Michael DeVincentis will be honored with the Ancestral Colonel Award at halftime of the football game. The Ancestral Colonel Award recognizes accomplished athletic alumni and friends who have achieved personal and professional excellence. DeVincentis orchestrated alumni gatherings with the group that became known as the “A-List” and includes graduates from 1971-1979, which spans the time both he and his brother Anthony attended Wilkes University. DeVincentis sits at the helm of his own electrical contracting business, Tony D Electric Inc.
For the second year, student clubs and groups will sponsor the Colonel’s Corner at the Tailgate Tent. There will be a variety of activities for children up to 12 years of age, and alumni can register their children or grandchildren for the Colonel’s Kids Club, with benefits that include receiving a birthday card each year from the Colonel.
Other homecoming highlights include:
Friday, Sept. 30
- George Ralston Golf Classic – 9 a.m. registration at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, Pa. The $100 price includes breakfast, with shotgun beginning at 10 a.m. The game is held in honor of the late George Ralston, legendary dean of students and the “father” of Wilkes. The golf classic will be held in conjunction with the Wilkes-Barre Rotary, with proceeds benefiting the Osterhout Library’s children’s programs.
- Pints with Professors – 5-8 p.m. at the South Main Street Gateway. Attendees can share a few memories and drinks with faculty and friends. The $15 price includes food and drinks. Communications studies, business/Sidhu School, education, environmental engineering and earth sciences, nursing and political science departments will hold their reunions here.
Saturday, Oct. 1
- Tailgate Tent – 11 a.m. through the end of halftime at the Ralston Athletic Complex. The $15 pre-sale cost ($20 day-of) includes two food tickets per person, beverages and beer. Many reunion groups will gather there, including classes ending in 1s and 6s, the A-List, nursing and psychology.
- Football game vs. FDU-Florham – 1 p.m., Schmidt Stadium at Ralston Athletic Complex. At halftime, the Ancestral Colonel Award will be presented to Michael DeVincentis ’75. Entertainment will be provided by the marching Colonels.
- 1971 Football Team Reunion – 6 p.m. at Donahue's Irish Pub, 215 South Main Street. Players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, fans and friends of the team are invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 1971 football season.
- “Twist & Stout” downtown bar tour – 7 p.m. departure from University Center on Main,169 South Main Street. The $20 price includes drinks and appetizers on campus, and then participants sample different bars on South Main Street.
For more information and to register, visit www.wilkes.edu/homecoming.