Beacon Briefs: Old Hollywood Gala, ‘Check Out Checkov’ on tap

‘Hollywood Gala’ benefits orphans

Zebra Communications, the student-run public relations agency at Wilkes, in collaboration with Integrative Marketing Communications, will host “An Old Hollywood Gala,” 7 to 10 p.m. April 10 in the lobby of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

The fundraising event will benefit the Embrace a Child in Tanzania campaign to raise money to support four children who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in Karagwe, Tanzania.

Tickets for the event will be $10 in advance or at the door. Tickets will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the Henry Student Center up until the day of the event.

The gala is a “black tie” affair, with carving stations, pasta and hors d’oeuvres donated by a community businessperson. Desserts will be donated by the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

With the purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive a raffle ticket entered to win a $50 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University student, John Scalese, will be providing the evening’s music from Hollywood movies classic and contemporary, as well as a vocal performance by Macey McGuire and Brandon Schmeer on guitar.

The event is intended to increase awareness of AIDS at global and local level. The money raised from the event will help pay for necessities and schooling for children whose lives have been altered due to HIV/AIDS.

For those who cannot attend the event but are interested in helping, donations are accepted. Contact Anthony Bartoli at [email protected] or 570-313-2959.

Grad paperwork needed by April 15

Any level student planning on completing their degree requirements and graduating on May 17 should be registered for GRD 000 and have their completed graduation paperwork which includes diploma order, cap and gown order.

The paperwork should be turned into Student Services no later than April 15. If not done already, students should notify the Registrar and meet with their advisers as soon as possible.

Students cannot be added to the May graduation list after this date without penalty.

Writers Series presents Curtis Smith

The English Department, sponsored by the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund, hosted Curtis Smith, whose stories and essays have appeared in more than 70 literary journals.

His work has been named to the Best American Short Stories Distinguished Stories List, The Best American Mystery Stories Distinguished Stories List, and the Notable Writing list of The Best American Spiritual Writing.

The presentation was at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 in the Kirby Hall Salon. For more information contact Deb Archavage, [email protected]

‘Check Out Chekhov’ opens April 3

There will be an evening of one act plays by Anton Pavlovich Chekovat at 8 p.m. on April 3 in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

Russian physician, dramaturge and author, Chekhov’s career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.

General admission is $10, seniors/students $5, faculty/staff/students can get in free with Wilkes ID. Reservations are encouraged. Contact the Box Office at 570-408-4540.

Lenten series continues to April 16

The Office of Campus Interfaith and the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Downtown Ministerium will be hosting a Lenten Luncheon Series. This year, the theme is “Finding Your Way Home.”

It will continue each Wednesday through April 16, and is held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (across from Boscov’s).

The service begins at 11:30 a.m., with an organ recital, the ecumenical/Interfaith Service begins at noon.

Following the service is a soup and sandwich lunch, sponsored by one of the local churches.

The suggested donation is $4 with proceeds this year benefiting the Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic. Contact Caitlin Czeh in the Interfaith Office at ext. 5904 or [email protected]

Big Event registration is under way

Wilkes University Student Government will hold its third annual community-wide Big Event Saturday, April 26.

Wilkes student volunteeers will descend upon the surrounding neighborhoods, dedicating a day to community service.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the conclusion expected at 3 p.m. For questions or concerns please contact Kassi Bugg at [email protected]