March 2020 Alumni E-News:

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Common Hour

This year's Common Hour: Living Boldly resumes on Mon. Feb. 3 and runs through Mon. March 31. Common Hour is held Mondays at 12 noon at the Wilson College Library. For more information, please visit

The Hankey Center invites you to attend four special Common Hour lectures in celebration of the Sesquicentennial and Women’s History Month.

Please carefully note the dates and locations.

Each lecture features the impact of Wilson women during different periods of history.

For more information contact Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center: or (717) 262-2562.


Orr Forum:

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will be visiting campus on Thursday, March 26 for this year's Orr Forum. Dr. Levine is a renowned scholar of early Judaism and biblical literature. She will deliver a lecture on "Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories" at 10:30.  Then at 1:30 she will lead a two-hour workshop on "Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism," The latter is designed for clergy, religious educators, and interested persons. For more information, please contact

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

Orchesis Spring Performance

Friday, April 17th, 7 p.m. | Saturday, April 18th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Laird Hall    General Admission: $10 | Students and Seniors:  Free Admission (Donations Welcome)

(photo credit: Sami Heckendorn)

Spring Choir Concert

April 26- Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall





Show your support today of Wilson College and help ensure the next 150 years of boldly inspiring and preparing students for a meaningful life of work and service!

You can help guarantee future generations will have the resources needed to achieve a Wilson education. And, thanks to Wilson Trustee Margaret Hamilton Duprey, your generosity will be matched on a one-to-one basis, up to $150,000.

The campaign’s main objective is to make sure the “everyday” category, which refers to the College’s Wilson Fund, meets its $1 million goal. You can also support the restricted and a unrestricted endowment, as well as make a commitment to estate planning by making provision in your will to support the College.

It’s easy and convenient to make a gift, but Margaret’s match ends when the $150,000 is reached. So, don’t delay, simply click here, then click on the “Give” button on the right-hand side of the webpage. Or you can contact Denise McDowell, our director of development at 717-264-2111 or

Thank you in advance for supporting Wilson College!  


Reunion Planning

Reunion 2020 6/4-6/7   All are welcome - celebrating classes ending in 5 & 0.

The Reunion Brochure is now online and can be found on our Reunion webpage  The printed brochure will be arriving in mailboxes soon. Online registration is now open via Eventbrite  If you have any questions or need help with a class mailing, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

The Alumnae Association of Wilson College announced the 2020 award recipients and honorees.
Join us on campus for Reunion 2020, June 4-7, for the presentations and to share Wilson pride in the following:
Faculty Award — Kathleen L. Kaminski, retired associate professor of education
TIFT College (Service Award) — Ellen Van Looy Reed '53
Outstanding Young Alumna — Jennifer Robinson Detrisac ’05
Distinguished Adult Degree Program Alumna — Dorothy M. Van Brakle '06, '09
Distinguished Alumna — Beth Oehrig Lange '70
Honorary Alumnus — Donald F. Bletz, former president, faculty emeritus
Honorary Alumna — Amy M. Ensley, director of the Hankey Center for the History of Women's Education
Legacy Scholarship — Pierce Thompson Peiffer ’21  (Mother – Bernadette Thompson ’99)
In Gratitude:
We will purchase a bench in A. Richard Kneedler’s name to enhance the campus landscape and to thank him for his service as interim president.

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.

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.

Blue and Silver Line

Be part of the Wilson College’s 2020 Commencement Blue and Silver Line on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Each year alums tell us that this is a very rewarding and heartwarming experience. Please join us and help spread the word to grow our line. Contact Alumni Relations for additional information and to sign up by calling 717-262-2010 or

Wilson College Alumni Group Page

AR Wilson has moved – the Facebook page, that is. Our main goal is to keep alumni connected to both the college and the alumni relations office.  To better facilitate that goal, we’ve established the Wilson College Alumni group off of the Wilson College Facebook Page (@wilsoncollegepa).

The group will still be managed by the Office of Alumni Relations and as a member you’ll get information and updates about alumni volunteer opportunities, news and events. To join the group, visit the Wilson College Facebook page, and click on “Groups” on the left side of the page, then click on “Wilson College Alumni.”

We’ll see you there.

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 114 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.

New semester means new student applications- 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.

Spring Dates that may be helpful for attendance or planning your Aunt Sarah/Uncle Wilson interactions.

Spring Break - week of March 16

Juried Student Art Exhibition - March 25-April 24

Orr Forum - March 26

Orchesis Spring Performance - April 17 & 18

Student Research Day - May 1

Annual Spring Fling - May 2

Finals - week of May 11

Commencement Weekend - May 15-17

Reunion 2020 - June 4-7

Wilson College Sesquicentennial

To view calendar of events visit: Sesquicentennial Calendar of Events

Wilson College Store

Facebook:  WilsonCollegeStore
Instagram: @wc_store_cafe_

2020 is here and so is new merchandise! Order Online


Fulton Farm


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, microwaveable macaroni and cheese cups (Can’t keep them in stock), crackers, jelly, pasta sauce, rice (not industrial sized), canned meat (i.e. tuna, chicken), oatmeal and cereal (individual serving sizes), healthy nutritional bars like (Lara Bars or Kind Bars), 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.

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

Thank you to our Alum volunteers who participated in the recent Sophomore Symposium. We appreciate your time and expertise shared with the students.

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

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

Watch for "Travel Thursday" postings coming on the AAWC Facebook Page.

The Hankey Center and Boyd Archives Update

Through a generous $6,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges & the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all issues of The Billboard which date from 1924 to the present are now widely available to researchers and others from virtually anywhere. Explore the collection here:;size=48;page=1;sort=3

A user’s guide to assist those who have any issues navigating the site is in the works.

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 Annika Dowd at for more information.

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

Wilson Magazine

Please note the following Class Notes deadlines:

Spring/Summer Issue- June 17, 2020

Fall Issue- September 4, 2020

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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.

Be Sure to Follow Us on Social Media for the most up-to-date information:
Twitter: @Ignite_the_Fire
Facebook: WilsonCollegePhoenix
Instagram: @phoenixathletics

Check out spring sports schedules here: Wilson College Athletics

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.