May 2019 Alumni E-News:


NCAA Division III Softball Championships:

Cheer on our Colonial States Athletic Conference Champion Phoenix as they head to Kentucky for their first round game against Thomas More University. This is the first ever NCAA appearance by any team at Wilson College. Live stats and video are available at: 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship - Crestview Hills, Ky. Regional

Game Information
Fri, May. 10, 2019
4:30 PM EDT

$10 - Adults
$8 - Senior Citizens
$7 - Students
$5 – Children

Thomas More University: 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, Kentucky 41017
(859) 344-3536



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

May 19 - Commencement - Blue and Silver Line- The Blue and Silver Line will be composed of representatives from classes who will process with students, faculty, administration, Trustees and honored guests in and out of the Commencement ceremony. Our goal is to have multiple classes in every decade represented. Each year alums tell us that this is a very rewarding and heartwarming experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alumni Relations at 717-262-2010 or

Last Call Reunion 2019 registration!

If you need a ride or if you are driving and could bring another alumna/us from your area, please indicate this on your reservation form. Contact our office by phone 717.262.2010 or email We will work to assist in coordinating arrangements for all those wishing to attend. We regret we are not in a position to make guarantees.

Current Requests for Travel Assistance: Contact us if you are able to help.

Easton, PA or from Harrisburg Bus Station

Allentown, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Harrisburg International Airport

Share Your Wilson Story:

Become a part of the official archives at the Hankey Center. Share your fondest memories of Wilson College and help preserve the rich history and traditions of your alma mater.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Go to and look for the “Share My Story” button to sign up for an appointment. Then join us on campus June 1 for an audio and visual recording of why Wilson matters to you. Don’t worry. If you are not able to attend Reunion 2019, there will be more opportunities at Homecoming 2019 and Reunion 2020. (All recordings become the property of Wilson College and may be used in future promotional and historical materials.)
  2. Do you have special letters, diaries, photographs and/or scrapbooks from your time at Wilson? The Hankey Center would like to add these items to its permanent collection to better illustrate the personal stories of students and their experiences at Wilson College. Go to for details.

Calling all VMT graduates- Join us at Reunion 2019!

We are nearing completion of the Veterinary Education Center (VEC) and it will be spectacular!  We have separate kennels for our surgical patients for dogs and cats.  Our own kennel dogs have a beautiful kennel area with a very pleasant indoor play area.  Our cats will now have two rooms with windows and ledges for them to relax and sun themselves as they watch the world outside.

We have a very modern surgical suite with built-in technology for viewing purposes, a large brightly color-coordinated surgical prep room, a new built-in dental unit with two dental tables with more than adequate room for the students to move around, a large clinical skills laboratory fitted with new cabinetry, and so much more.

However, do not rely on my bragging alone but please come to see it.  I know you will be just as impressed and proud of it as we are. VMT faculty will all be here to share stories with you and catch up with things that are happening in your lives.

We will be happy to update you on our other concentrations and new equipment that we have been able to purchase for the education of our students.  The VMT faculty will also be able to provide you with more innovative styles of teaching and tell you about how the program continues to grow.

Please come visit with us!

Freya S. Burnett, Director of Veterinary Medical Technology

For more information visit: Reunion Weekend

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

Wilson to Host Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage

As part of our Sesquicentennial celebration, Wilson College is proud to host the annual conference of Preservation Pennsylvania June 19 – 21, 2019. Preservationists from across the state will attend "Preservation Summer School" on our historic campus, explore concepts from the statewide preservation plan and enjoy greater Chambersburg’s many historic and cultural amenities.

The conference will include workshops focusing on:

  • Using the POWER OF PLANNING to transform Pennsylvania’s historic places into vibrant and diverse communities
  • POSITIONING PENNSYLVANIA to better respond to new preservation challenges and opportunities in the 21st century
  • INVESTING IN THE FUTURE of Pennsylvania through the Commonwealth’s historic places and the people and programs that protect and celebrate them.

In addition, winners of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards will be announced at a special ceremony. These awards recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by both individuals and organizations.

Portions of the conference will be open to local residents, free of charge. As details are finalized, information about the conference can be found at



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

Spring typically brings increased search for internship and employment connections. We are currently working with two international students - one needing housing assistance or suggestions in the Harrisburg, PA area for a summer internship. The other looking for employment networking in financial mathematics. The student prefers a large city environment and is particularly interested in Seattle or New York City. We appreciate any suggestions or feedback!

Contact us:

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

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

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 talk on Hannah Patterson and Women’s Suffrage during Reunion 2019, 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

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

Wilson Magazine update

A  reminder that the magazine has a new publication schedule:

Winter issue - March

Spring/Summer issue - July

Fall issue - November

In addition, a new publication, an annual report for the College, will publish in September/October to coincide with the reconciliation of the College’s fiscal year. This document will incorporate elements of the College’s traditional Donor Recognition Report with highlights of the past year told through profiles of students, alumni and faculty, key data points, infographics and more.

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

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

Make a gift here.

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 or call John Ross, Director of Major Gifts, at 717-713-7145.

Purchase with purpose all year round

Shop at and Amazon donates to Alumnae Association of Wilson College. Proceeds raised help to support alum student activities.


Visit Greece and be a student again 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!

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

Cost for Alumni: $4000 (includes round trip transportation from Wilson College, lodging, breakfasts, dinners, admission to museums and archaeological sites, and tours)

Deadline to apply: May 20, 2019

Interested?  Watch the video of our on campus info session here.

Details about the trip and tentative itinerary are also available here. (There will likely be some slight changes to the itinerary; we are still working on finalizing it.)

For more information or to request an application form, email Dr. Bonnie Rock-McCutcheon at

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.

2019 Alumnae Association Trips

JUNE 13-21, 2019  “Flavors of Chianti”
AUGUST 3-14, 2019 “Celtic Kingdoms Cruise” Sailing on Oceania’s Marina
SEPTEMBER 16-25, 2019 “Symphony on the Blue Danube” featuring Prague

Watch for the 2020 announcement of new trip options.

Click here for more information

Wilson College Store

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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

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