To view calendar of events visit: Sesquicentennial Calendar of Events
• On Friday, attend classes and info sessions, participate in Phoenix Friday activities, enjoy our “BBQ and Brew” event and cheer as we bring back Wilson’s first basketball competition: the Invincibles vs. the Defenders.
• On Saturday, visit downtown Chambersburg’s annual Applefest, support Wilson student athletes and cheer on alums as they relive the good ‘ol days and compete in basketball, softball and field hockey games. Families join your student for dinner on the patio outside of Sarah’s Coffeehouse.
• On Saturday, alums who spent their time in student media organizations and WCGA are welcome to join us for a reception and opportunity to mingle with current students in these organizations.
• Tour the new Breakefield Veterinary Education Center 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Friday and join us for the Ribbon Cutting Saturday at noon.
• Shop at the College Store 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information and registration, visit
The Wilson College English program is hosting the Wilson College Colloquium on Creative Writing. There budding writers can attend lessons on writing technique, ask questions about the publishing process, and rub elbows with published authors. The event is free and open to all, advanced registration preferred. For more information or to register, please visit: https://www.wilson.edu/wilson-college-creative-writing-colloquium.
October 26 & 27 -Wilson VMT Club Dog Wash- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VEC. The dog washes are open to the public. The cost is $10 for small dogs, $15 for medium dogs, $20 for large dogs and $25 for extra-large or double-coated dogs. The price includes ear cleaning, nail trim, bath, blow dry—all of which will be performed by VMT Club members—and a bandana. Owners must present a paper copy of their dog’s rabies vaccination. For more information, contact VMT Club President Sydni Berkihiser at email@example.com.
November 15 & 16- Orchesis Fall 2019 Performance- Friday, 11/15 | 7 p.m. Saturday, 11/16 | 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Appenzellar Buchanan Dance Studio- Free to Students and Seniors (Donations Welcome) | $10 General Admission *Seating is Limited*
November 24- Choir Fall Concert- 3 p.m. - Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall
December 8- Vesper's Service - 6 p.m. - Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall
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 https://www.wilson.edu/volunteer-opportunities-0 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.
There are several new items available for purchase! Order Online https://bookstore.wilson.edu
The Wilson College Board of Trustees is currently engaged in the process of searching for the 20th president of Wilson College. To learn more visit here.
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. There will be three special in-town Common Hours at 7 pm at the Coyle Public Library as Living Boldly spills over into Chambersburg.
To learn more about the Common Hour view here.
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.
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.
If you would like to be an AUNT/UNCLE or need additional information, visit https://www.wilson.edu/aunt-sarah-program and fill out the online form or contact the Alumni Relations Office at ARoffice@wilson.edu or 717-262-2010. Please share this need with your classmates.
Making Wilson Career Connections
Linda Boeckman, Director Career Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-262-2616
Marybeth Famulare, Director Alumni Relations, email@example.com, 717-263-2048
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.
*This is not intended to be legal or tax advice. We encourage you to consult your own legal or tax advisor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Which Wilson College tradition are you? Find out here: Traditions Quiz
Stay up to date with campus news and photos, event announcements, and other office updates. Like and follow us on Facebook @arofficewilsoncollege
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 https://www.wilson.edu/wilson-magazine. 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 email@example.com
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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.
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.
To request a copy of your Wilson College transcripts, click here.
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 our webpage, it links you to Explore Franklin County https://www.explorefranklincountypa.com/home/, our local visitor’s center website.