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 hope is that students will respond in return. The program builds bonds between former and current students. Some of the pairings last a semester, some through commencement and others, a lifetime.
For decades students have enjoyed developing a relationship with their paired alum; hearing and sharing Wilson stories/traditions, as well as, career and other personal life adventures. For alums, it is an opportunity to remain connected to campus life and give back in a personal way. This connection is perfect for those alums local, regional or a far distance.
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.
Thank you all for your participation.
Ideas that do not cost a lot of $$:
- postcard or letter once a month - send riddles or jokes, share stories, encourage and wish them well
- send activity - Sudoku, puzzle or coloring book, pens or pencils in fun colors, silly putty
- choose some novelty or festive socks
- items such as candy, lip balm, magnets, key chains, laptop/water bottle stickers, coffee or hot choc packets
- small amount gift card to a national chain
- place a $5 in a card with a note
2021 Semester Dates
Classes Begin - Aug. 30
Fall Break - Oct. 18-19
Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-26
Final Exams - Dec. 13-17
Marybeth Famulare Honorary ’17, Director of Alumni Relations
Katie Shank ’19, '21M Alumni Relations Associate
Cynthia Fink Barber ’73, Volunteer Coordinator
Be an Aunt Sarah or Uncle Wilson!
If you would like to be an AUNT/UNCLE — sign up here. Be sure to include your home address if you want to hear from your pairing directly. New applications from students are pouring in. Spread the word!
Prefer to print and mail click here.
Did you know....
I keep a small "stash" of small gifts or gift cards which allows me to be responsive if I learn of a student who is having a rough time or even deserves a congrats of some kind. Faculty or staff give me a heads up on occasion and with your help, I fill a need. If being paired is too much a commitment or you would like to just do something extra. I accept goodies on behalf of my private stash ... I sign from Aunt Sarah or Uncle Wilson Thank you. -Mb
Click this link, Aunt Sarah / Uncle Wilson Guidelines, based on the questions from past years.
If you are a returning AUNT or UNCLE and have not yet indicated if you are remaining in the program and which student(s) you are keeping, please email Marybeth Famulare, Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org If you prefer not to continue at this time, that is important for me to know as well.
Interested in giving a Wilson Bookstore gift certificate?
Go to http://bookstore.wilson.edu/; gift certificates can be found in the products section under miscellaneous. If you would like the gift certificate given to a current student and put in their mailbox on campus, please mark "in store pick-up" and indicate the student's name in the special instructions section.
- Wilson College Transcript Request Form PDF - Registrar's Office 717-262-2007
- Alumni Student Activities Overview (DOC)
- Aunt Sarah / Uncle Wilson Program
- Wilson College Pen Pal Program
- Tours and Travel
- Videos and Links for Alums
- Archival Donations (PDF)
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.