November/December 2019 Alumni E-News:

We are THANKFUL for our many volunteers!

Closed for the Holidays

Wilson College is closed 11/27, 11/28 and 11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Christmas Break 12/23 – 12/27 and January 1, 2020 for New Year’s.

Wilson College Sesquicentennial

To view calendar of events visit: Sesquicentennial Calendar of Events

Sesquicentennial News

Lisa Turchi, Wilson Choir director, has lent her amazing voice to a newly created video featuring the Alma Mater and our beautiful campus. You can also view a special video created for the Sesquicentennial entitled “Boldly Believe.” Both videos were debuted at the Sesquicentennial Gala and can be found at

Did you join us for the Sesquicentennial Gala October 19? A gallery of photos from the event is now online. Click here to view some of the fun moments.

And, in case you missed it, here’s a link to the press release about Homecoming weekend and all the Sesquicentennial activities that took place. Hope you were able to join us!

**We have a few items in lost and found from Homecoming/Gala. If you are searching for something please call us at 717-262-2010 or**

Christmas Vespers


Save the date for these campus events: Please Join Us



Reunion Planning

Reunion 2020 6/5-6/7   All are welcome - celebrating classes ending in 5 & 0.

Alumni Relations (AR) staff are happy to assist in class mailings or provide sample letters.

Please review the 2019 updated volunteer handbook (available online at or hardcopy). There is a reunion section, as well as, class officer position specific pages that outline responsibilities.  If you would like the handbook in hardcopy, simply notify the office at the email or phone numbers listed.

For AAWC Award Nominations- AAWC Awards Nomination & Description Form

Never too early to mark your schedules. Help us spread the word.
Reunion 2021 6/4-6/6    All are welcome - celebrating classes ending in 6 & 1.

Wilson College Store

Facebook:  WilsonCollegeStore
Instagram: @wc_store_cafe_

Don't forget the holidays are coming up!  Please take advantage of the savings on merchandise from our 150th Anniversary Collection! There are several new items available for purchase. Order Online



Presidential Search

The Wilson College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Wesley R. Fugate as the 20th president in the 150-year history of the college on October 28. To learn more visit here.

Common Hour:

In honor of the College's sesquicentennial, this year's Common Hour will explore the theme of Living Boldly. Common Hour is held Mondays at 12 noon at the Wilson College Library.

To learn more about the Common Hour view here.

Sarah’s Cupboard (campus food pantry) 

Please assist the Campus Food Pantry (Sarah’s Cupboard) by bringing along a few items to campus to donate (donation boxes available at the Alumni House or at security in Lenfest).

Items requested: (boxes or plastic only - glass is not allowed)- canned or boxed pasta, peanut butter and other nut butters, crackers, jelly, pasta sauce, rice (not industrial sized), canned meat (i.e. tuna, chicken), oatmeal and cereal (individual serving sizes), condiments, now accepting small toiletry items (plastic or cardboard packing only)

Monetary donations may be made to Wilson College with “food pantry” in the memo line.

Aunt Sarah / Uncle Wilson Program – Volunteers Needed!

At Wilson College, alumni have the unique opportunity to adopt a new relative by participating in the Aunt/Uncle Program, named in honor of our namesake Sarah Wilson.  Alumni volunteer as “Aunts or Uncles” and students sign up to be “nieces or nephews”.  An Aunt/Uncle will be in contact with their niece/nephew through a letter/email or an occasional package to brighten a student’s day and to provide encouragement. The program builds bonds between former and current students. Some of the pairings last a semester, some through commencement and others, a lifetime.  There are currently 105 pairings.  Traditionally, “Aunt Sarah” was a secret connection with hints and clues to discover identities. However, over the years with new technology, many decide to email, text, Facetime, Skype or even meet face to face for ongoing interaction.  A secret connection is still possible with letters or packages going back and forth utilizing staff in the Alumni House. For many, the real tradition is that someone provided this connection to you as a student and now, as an alum, you keep the program alive. We have added “Uncle Wilson” to be inclusive of our Wilson Community.

On October 11, we hosted an Aunt Sarah/Uncle Wilson table outside the dining hall to explain the program, collect additional student applications and offer students an opportunity to write notes to their Aunt/Uncle. New applications translate to more volunteers needed! If you would like to be an AUNT/UNCLE or need additional information, visit and fill out the online form or contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 717-262-2010. Please share this need with your classmates.

Important Dates:

December 7 -White Dinner

December 9-13- Finals Week

January 27-  Start of Spring Semester

Wilson College proudly carries the designation of having Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program graduates among our staff and alumni. When you click on the CTA icon on the Alumni Relations webpage, it links you to Explore Franklin County, our local visitor’s center website. Accredited through the Tourism Ambassador Institute®, the Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM (CTA) program is an industry-recognized certification and run by the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. Its goal is increase regional tourism by inspiring CTA volunteers to make every visitor encounter a positive experience.


Career Development

Making Wilson Career Connections

Contact us:

Linda Boeckman, Director Career Development,, 717-262-2616

Marybeth Famulare, Director Alumni Relations,, 717-263-2048

Conococheague Society

One phone call does it all- if you are at least 70.5 years old!

Or an email.  If you are at least 70 ½ years of age, you can make a gift to Wilson College from your IRA.  A Qualified Charitable Distribution is an easy way AND it counts towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) by December 31. 

  • Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift (check payable to Wilson College) directly from your IRA to Wilson College. Wilson College's Tax ID is 23-1352692.

  • Your IRA funds will be transferred to Wilson to help continue our important work.

  • Please note this gift will not qualify as a charitable deduction.

  • Contact Denise McDowell, Director of Development at 717-264-2111 or if you plan on making a gift this way so we can ensure proper designation.

*This is not intended to be legal or tax advice. We encourage you to consult your own legal or tax advisor.

2020 Alumnae Association Trips

JANUARY 19-28, 2020 “Land of Cultural Treasurers” in Israel
FEBRUARY 1-17, 2020 “Outrageous Outback” Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand
MARCH 19-24, 2020 “Land of Fire & Ice” Iceland
APRIL 14-22, 2020  “Tulips, Windmills & Belgian Delights” in Amsterdam
APRIL 27- MAY 8, 2020    “Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast”
MAY 19-28, 2020 “The Pilgrim’s Way” in Spain
JULY 30- AUGUST 10, 2020  “Forests & Fjords” of Alaska and Canada
AUGUST 13-23, 2020 “Kenya Wildlife Safari” in Africa
OCTOBER 28- NOVEMBER 4, 2020 “The Galapagos Islands”

Click here for more information

The Hankey Center and Boyd Archives Update

The Hankey Center staff is hard at work on Sesquicentennial projects! The College History Timeline has been updated and moved to a new user-friendly platform. We have also added the college’s historic buildings to a mobile app called Clio. This app lets you use your location and your cell phone to locate and learn about historic sites near you. Check it out at

We have received the digital files of The Billboard and are speedily (actually, not speedily – it is a really slow process!) uploading them to our website. Stay tuned for an announcement when the collection is available.

We are in the middle of a redesign of our webpage to showcase a ton of new (and old) digitized content. We have photograph collections of student organizations like Orchesis and Kittochtinny Players, plus People and Places and “Things that aren’t here anymore”. We will also have several oral history interviews and vintage film clips from the 1930s. We will have a collection of historical narratives from previous anniversary celebrations and there will also be content from previous Hankey Center exhibits reformatted for online viewing. The newest Hankey Center exhibit will feature historic photographs from the early years of the college as well as some early furniture and memorabilia.

Lectures for the upcoming year include a fall lecture on the founding and early years of the college, and four special Women’s History Month lectures in March 2020 highlighting Wilson’s history in the context of US History. Lectures will be filmed and available online.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding the release date of all of these collections and lecture dates and updated links!


Volunteer at the Hankey Center and Boyd Archives
Join the staff and other alumni volunteers for a walk down memory lane. Volunteers are needed to help with scanning photographs and documents, transcription of hand-written letters, and other basic archival processing tasks. General hours are M – F 9:00 – 4:00 pm. Contact Kiri McGhee at for more information.

Which Wilson College tradition are you? Find out here: Traditions Quiz

Follow Alumni Relations on Facebook

Stay up to date with campus news and photos, event announcements, and other office updates. Like and follow us on Facebook @arofficewilsoncollege

Wilson Magazine update

Wilson Magazine is going digital!

The Office of Marketing and Communications is pleased to announce the launch of Wilson Magazine online beginning with the latest issue – Spring/Summer 2019.

While we are still producing the publication in paper format, going digital will allow the College to reach more alumni, current students, faculty, staff, prospective students and members of  the greater Chambersburg community. We are excited to share the “good news” of Wilson with a broader audience!

You can find the latest magazine issue with coverage of Commencement 2019, Reunion 2019, a synopsis of the first 50 years of the College’s history and so much more at  Future issues will be posted to the same link.

Please note the following Class Notes deadlines:

Winter Issue- January 6, 2020

Spring/Summer Issue- June 17, 2020

Do you have new employment, did you finish a degree, did you get married or have a child, did you recently get together with Wilson friends?

Send your news and updates to your class correspondent or

Purchase with purpose all year round

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Alumnae Association of Wilson College on Facebook and Instagram!

Stay connected with the Alumnae Association of Wilson College by following us on Facebook and Instagram. Learn about upcoming events, interact with alums across generations and around the globe, share your Wilson stories and discover how you can support Wilson students. Alums from all disciplines and programs are welcome and encouraged to join. Click here and follow the instructions listed.

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Alumni Admissions Referrals

The Admissions Office welcomes referrals of current high school juniors or seniors from Wilson College alumni. An Admissions referral button has been added to the main alumni webpage for your convenience. Just fill out the form, hit submit and Admissions will make contact. Have a student in mind now! Click here to go straight to the online form.

Transcript Request

To request a copy of your Wilson College transcripts, click here.