Beacon Briefs: Big Event, Old Hollywood Gala, Lyric Consort, grad paperwork

Staff reports

Big Event registration is under way

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

Wilkes student volunteers 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]

‘Old 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” from 7 -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.-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 on a 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.

Lyric Consort presents a free concert

The Lyric Consort, a largely renowned professional vocal ensemble from Northeast Pennsylvania will end its 2013-14 concert season on April 6 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre. The program is free to the public in celebration of the ensemble’s 20th Anniversary, entitled Corpus Christi and will feature a variety of Renaissance motels pondering Christ’s incarnation and passion, as well as the complete Requiem of Eustache Du Caurroy.

The program is supported by The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pocono Arts Council. For more information on The Lyric Consort, visit the website at

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 and 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.

Lenten series continues to April 16

The Office of Campus Interfaith and the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Downtown Ministerium will host 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] for more information.

RailRiders basball game tickets for sale

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball game tickets are being sold in the Henry Student Center at the information desk until April 11th. The costs of tickets are $5 and include transportation by the Wilkes Shuttle and free food in the form of a party deck.

Color wars postponed

Colors Wars has been rescheduled and moved to at 5 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Baltimore trip tickets still on sell

IRHC, Programming Board and Commuter Council will be selling Baltimore Bus Trip tickets for one more week, on both April 8 and April 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 the Henry Student Center.

These will be the last two days to purchase tickets as there are only a limited number of seats left. If one cannot make those times and would still like to purchase tickets, contact the Commuter Council president at [email protected] and arrangements can be made.

The bus trip includes a trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and various attractions. The cost for this bus trip is $25 and is open to anyone.