Wilkes University


Wilkes University Celebration of Education Honors Student and Alumni Educators on Nov. 18

Faculty, staff and students honor fellow educators during Wilkes University's virtual Celebration of Education event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Honorees are recognized by the School of Education for their outstanding contributions on campus and in the community.

This year's event will take place via Zoom. Awards and honorees include:

Joseph and Barbara Bellucci Distinguished Graduate Award – Sakita Tinsley '21 and Juan Soto '21. The Joseph and Barbara Bellucci Distinguished Graduate Award honors students pursuing an educational master's degree from Wilkes and demonstrate courage in the face of adversity, dedication to academic success and selfless commitment to their school and community.

Educator of the Year Award – Stacey Molino '03. The Wilkes University Educator of the Year Award celebrates excellence as demonstrated by a competent, caring and ethical educator who is a graduate of and embodies the mission of the Wilkes education program. The award recognizes a teacher who is a lifelong learner, reflective practitioner and an effective communicator who continues to grow academically and professionally while presenting the ethic of service and dedication to all students within the learning community. Molino is a teacher in the Wyoming Area School District.

The Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award – Jonathan Joseph, Ed.D. '20. The Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award honors Wilkes graduate students who exhibit perseverance in completing doctoral studies, commitment to lifelong learning, resilience in the face of adversity, strength of character to advance in life through education, collegiality with peers, leadership in education, and excellence in academics. Joseph is a teacher in the Central Columbia School District.

About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation's finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility. In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing.