July 2019 Alumni E-News:

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Save the date for these campus events: Please Join Us!

July 20- MFA Program Events:

  • 3:30-4:00 P.M. in Laird Hall: The students of the MFA Program will present a multi-disciplinary collaboration created during this year’s Summer Intensive. The event draws inspiration from 150 years of Wilson’s history. The work will features visual art, creative writing, and movement. (Please arrive via the parking lot entrance in the back of the building.)
  • 4:00-7:00 P.M. in the Barn at Fulton Farm: Shawn Heiges will open her thesis exhibition titledCommunity, Connection, and Shift. There will be an Artist Q&A at 6:00 P.M. 

August 23 & 24- The Wilson College Field Hockey Team Yard Sale- If you would like to donate anything, please feel free to email Shelly Novak-Associate Athletics Director/Head Field Hockey Coach at snovak@wilson.edu.

Common Hour:

In honor of the College's sesquicentennial, this year's Common Hour will explore the theme of Living Boldly. The Common Hour series kicks off on Monday, Sept. 9 with two talks by Robert P. Jones, the author of the award winning The End of White Christian America.The first talk will take place at the 12 noon Common Hour, while the second take will be hosted by the newly renovated Coyle Public Library. This will be the first of three special Common Hour talks at Coyle at 7pm, as Living Boldly spills over into Chambersburg.

Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics, culture, and religion and appears regularly in a “Faith by the Numbers” segment on Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio. He is frequently featured in major national media, such as CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He is the author of The End of White Christian America

Alumnae Association Fall Weekend

Sept. 27-29, 2019

  • Reunion 2020 Planning
  • Class Officer Session with updated Volunteer Handbook
  • 1979 Book Update Session
  • And more- watch for details more coming soon

Save the dates:

Fall Weekend 2019 Sept. 27-Sept. 29 - Come help us plan for 2020!
Reunion 2020 June 5-June 7 -  Celebrating Classes ending in 5 & 0
Reunion 2021 June 4-June 6

Class Officers
Alumni Relations is always trying to keep our master list of class officers as up to date as possible; we send updates and other materials. Please help us ensure we are communicating with the correct class representatives. If you have not already confirmed with us, please reply to ARoffice@wilson.edu

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Sarah’s Cupboard (campus food pantry) 

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

Items needed: full boxes of cereal, heat and serve single serve food, mac & cheese (microwavable), peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars), pasta sauce (plastic jars), pasta (boxes), canned chicken, crackers, disposable salt and pepper shakers, Chicken flavored Ramen noodles or granola bars. We will not use Cupboard money to buy dessert treats or juice boxes, so those are appreciated as ‘special treats’ when they do appear.

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

Wilson College Sesquicentennial

To view calendar of events visit: Sesquicentennial Calendar of Events

Homecoming Weekend- Save the Date!
October 18-19, 2019

Friday October 18

4 p.m.              Home Volleyball game – Field House

8 p.m.              Invincibles/Defenders Basketball Game (current women’s players and alums) – location TBD

9:15 p.m.         Men’s Basketball Alum game – Field House


Saturday October 19

10 a.m.            Softball Alum game 10 am – Kris’s Meadows

11 a.m.            Home Field Hockey game – Field Hockey Field
Alum FH game to follow

12 p.m.            Home Women’s Soccer - Kris’s Meadows

2 p.m.              Home Men’s Soccer - Kris’s Meadows


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 https://www.explorefranklincountypa.com/home/, 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

Fall Career Events:

Career Week October 28 – November 1.  Looking for alums who might be interested in serving on a panel or speaking about their careers.  Especially Business, Psychology and Sociology

VMT Career & Internship Fair  -  Thursday, November 7th.  Let Linda know if you are interested in participating.  There is no charge involved and may include tours of the new VEC!

Contact us:

Linda Boeckman, Director Career Development, linda.boeckman@wilson.edu, 717-262-2616

Marybeth Famulare, Director Alumni Relations, marybeth.famulare@wilson.edu, 717-263-2048

2019- 2020 Alumnae Association Trips

AUGUST 3-14, 2019 “Celtic Kingdoms Cruise” Sailing on Oceania’s Marina
SEPTEMBER 16-25, 2019 “Symphony on the Blue Danube” featuring Prague
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 theclio.org.

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 www.wilson.edu/hankeycenter 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 kieran.mcghee@wilson.edu 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

A  reminder that the magazine has a new publication schedule:

Winter issue - March

Spring/Summer issue - July

Fall issue - November

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 classnotes@wilson.edu

Please note that the next deadline for the submission of Class Notes is September 2.

Conococheague Society

Most people fondly recall the “good ol’ days” when they were in college.  Within the supportive environment of classmates and faculty, Wilson College offered a personalized and transformative academic experience.  You have an opportunity to offer tomorrow’s students a similar experience.  Some of the easiest ways to make a planned gift through your estate are via a bequest in your will or naming Wilson as a beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance.  Consider becoming a member of our Conococheague Society and join the many others who have already done so by visiting wilson.edu/gift-planning or call John Ross, Director of Major Gifts, at 717-713-7145.

Purchase with purpose all year round

Shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1352581 and Amazon donates to Alumnae Association of Wilson College. Proceeds raised help to support alum student activities.


 The Parthenon: Picture taken by Bonnie Rock-McCutcheon on her recent trip to Greece.

Revisit your student days and visit Greece with the Greek Art and Archaeology Study Abroad Trip in January 2019! Experience the land of myth and legend when you join us on a tour of the major sites of mainland Greece, including the Agora and Acropolis in Athens, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi!

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Athens – Walking Tour of Plaka; Eat dinner in the shadow of the Parthenon!

Day 2: Athens – The Agora, the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus and the Acropolis Museum

            *We will also tour the new “neighborhood” below the Acropolis Museum, an archaeological excavation which only opened to visitors in June 2019!

Day 3: Athens (am) – Kerameikos Cemetery, the Tower of the Winds, and the Roman Agora

          Corinth (pm) – Ancient Corinth; Enjoy the fabulous hospitality of Rooms Marinos in Ancient Corinth.

Day 4: Visit the archaeological sites of Isthmia andEpidauros.

           At Isthmia, we will get a personal tour from Dr. Timothy Gregory, director of the OSU excavation.

Day 5: Olympia – Experience the location of the original Olympic games!

Day 6: Delphi – Explore the sanctuary that was home to Apollo’s legendary oracle and considered the center of the world for the ancient Greeks.

Day 7: Athens (am)– Archaeological Museum

            Cape Sounion (pm) – On our last evening in Greece, experience the majesty of the view from the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion located to the southern tip of Attica.

Trip Dates: Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 26, 2020

Cost for Alumni: $3500 (includes round trip transportation from Wilson College, lodging, breakfasts, dinners, admission to museums and archaeological sites, and tours)

Cost is based on double occupancy; a single room is available for a supplement of $150.

Interested? For more information or to request an application form, email Bonnie Rock-McCutcheon at brock@wilson.edu.


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.

Wilson College Store

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20% off Everything  (Yes everything  ----- That includes the Clearance Merchandise) in the Wilson College Online Store during the Christmas in July Sale now till midnight July 31st!



At checkout enter JULY2019 as discount code then click on REDEEM to activate. Happy shopping! Thank you for supporting the Wilson College Store.


Order Online https://bookstore.wilson.edu

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Aunt Sarah Program – we appreciate our volunteers!

Thank you to just over 160 volunteers who are paired with students or contribute random items to assist our coordination of the Aunt Sarah Program.

Please let us know if you need a new pairing for the fall semester. Thank you for keeping this tradition alive.

Learn more about the Aunt Sarah Program here. 

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 alumnae/i 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

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