A simple meal of soup in a beautiful handcrafted bowl became a way to help feed the hungry through the Wyoming Valley’s first annual Empty Bowls event held in October 2012. Organized by Wilkes pottery instructor Jean (Reiter) Adams ’78, the event brought together four colleges and universities — King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University and Wilkes – to raise money for hunger relief. For a donation of $15, attendees received soup, homemade bread and a pottery bowl. The event raised $11,000 for four Wyoming Valley food banks.
Kenneth M. Klemow Named Fellow of Ecological Society of America
Kenneth M. Klemow, professor of biology and director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research for Northeast Pennsylvania, was named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Klemow is among the first group of scientists to be awarded the prestigious designation, which is granted to members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the society. It recognizes Klemow’s many contributions to the field of ecology and as an ecology educator.
In being named a fellow, Klemow is among a group of distinguished scientists and environmental researchers. They include such environmental luminaries as Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich, author of “Population Bomb” and president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, and E.O. Wilson of Harvard University, world-class researcher on biodiversity and global environmental change.
Adam Welch is Pennsylvania’s 2012 Pharmacist of the Year
Adam Welch, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Wilkes, was named the 2012 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). Welch was honored with the award during the PPA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Scranton, Pa.
The Pharmacist of the Year award is presented to the pharmacist who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, contributed time and effort to the various professional organizations, furthered the profession of pharmacy through community service, and embodied those qualities, which exemplify the profession.
In presenting Welch with the award, the PPA noted his passion for his profession and the state of pharmacy practice within Pennsylvania. “His desire for the betterment of Pennsylvania pharmacists above his own personal goals and ambitions are an inspiration to his colleagues and his students,” the association stated.
Student Documentary Details Plight of AIDS Orphans
Communication studies senior Kirstin Cook brought back more than memories from her study abroad trip this summer to Tanzania. The aspiring broadcast journalist from Windham, Maine, gathered video footage and interviews that she shaped into a 33-minute documentary about children orphaned in the AIDS epidemic, “It Takes A Village.”
Cook gathered material when she and political science major Christine Shaneberger of Bath, Pa., accompanied Linda Winkler, dean of Wilkes College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Evene Estwick, associate professor of communication studies, on a month long study trip to Karagwe, Tanzania. Winkler has worked for more than a decade in cooperation with the AIDS Control Project there, which provides social programs that concentrate on disease prevention and treatment, community service, and enabling the education of gifted and motivated orphans left in the wake of the disease.
Cook estimates that she spent 200 hours editing the video, which does not include the time she spent transcribing the hours of interviews that she filmed. “Doing the interviews, it was really rewarding to talk to people who are really passionate about what they do there,” Cook says.
Among the people interviewed were the AIDS orphans — Kihinga, Ananais, and Benitha — sponsored by Zebra Communications, Wilkes student-run public relations agency. Zebra created the “Embrace A Child in Tanzania” campaign to raise money to “adopt” the trio, helping them with educational expenses via the group’s contributions. To date more than $3,000 has been raised by students for the cause. Cook’s documentary premiered at a November fundraiser in the Henry Student Center, which also included music, food and a silent auction.
Students Line Up To “Pie Your Professor”
The old saying that revenge is sweet took on new meaning at the second annual “Pie Your Professor” event sponsored by Wilkes’ Chemistry Club. Students had the chance to toss pies made of sweet whipped topping right in the face of Chemistry Department faculty – for $2 per shot. The event was a fundraiser, with proceeds split between Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the club’s trip to the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting. Click on an image below to view pictures from the event.
Family Business Forum Affiliates With Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
The Family Business Forum has joined with the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. The forum is a resource for northeast Pennsylvania’s family-owned businesses.
The new affiliation was launched at a meeting of the forum held on Dec. 12 in the Henry Student Center at the University.
According to Jeffrey Alves, dean of the Sidhu School, synergy between the business school and the forum will benefit both organizations. “The members of the forum will be able to leverage the expertise and resources provided by the students and faculty in the Sidhu School,” Alves says. “At the same time, our students will benefit from interaction with the family business owners and the speakers sponsored by the forum.”
The forum previously was housed at King’s College and its William G. McGowan School of Business.