Summer isn’t sleepy at Wilkes University. Residencies for master’s and doctoral degree programs, students and faculty engaging in research, camps and more kept campus busy during June, July and most of August.
Summer was also a time of transition, with the official departure of President Patrick F. Leahy on July 31. Paul Adams, vice president for student development, became interim president effective August 1.
At fall convocation on August 21, the event that is a prelude to the start of the fall semester, Terese Wignot, interim provost and senior vice president, highlighted summer at Wilkes by providing a “by the numbers” summary of activities:
467 – The total number of course sections offered during the summer on campus and online for both undergraduate and graduate students.
1,463 – The number of undergraduate students registered for summer classes.
3,169 – The number of graduate students taking summer classes.
604 – Individual prospective students who visited campus during the summer to learn more about Wilkes.
97 – Doctor of education students who attended the program’s residency in August.
450 (and counting) – The number of hours spent by crews working to create the new Bruggeworth Field at the Ralston Athletic Complex.
65 – Students from Panama studying on campus this summer as part of Wilkes’ partnership with that country.
74 – Students who spent the summer working on research with faculty.
46 – Mentoring grants were awarded to fund the students doing research and attending conferences with faculty during the summer.
698 – People who visited the Sordoni Art Gallery on campus in June and July.
Other summer activities that kept campus lively during the summer included the Upward Bound Program’s classes, the annual Women Empowered by Science Camp for younger women in middle and high school, reading and arts camps offered to the community by School of Education, and the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing’s residency in June.