Beacon Briefs

$5 Unlimited Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s

Contact a Wilkes University Cheerleader to purchase your $5 tickets to an unlimited pancake and sausage breakfast to be held at Applebee’s in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Nov. 16th. Those interested can also email [email protected] or call extension 3331. (Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are included.) This is a fund-raising event for the cheerleading squad.

Alcohol Awareness Week

The Alcohol Awareness Walk 2014 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 12 p.m,, rain date Thursday, Oct. 23. Join the walk to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive and underage drinking. Wilkes University will be sponsoring a one-mile walk starting at 12 p.m. from the Greenway to Kirby Park and back. A free long sleeve T-Shirt will be distributed to every person who walks for Alcohol Awareness. Email [email protected] to register, give your name and your shirt size. All participants must register by Oct. 15, at noon.There will be Maers BBQ after the walk.


According to the University’s Academic Calendar, no classes will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, due to Fall Break. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 a.m. with a regular Monday schedule.


Sign up for Professional Development Week Sessions to Prepare for the Oct. 16 Internship Fair!

RSVP online for a variety of sessions intended to help  prepare for the Internship Fair on Oct. 16th.


The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas

The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas with Dr. Alan G. Robinson will be held on Oct. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penn State Worthington Scranton, Business Building, Hawk Lecture Hall.

Organizations may be overlooking, or even suppressing, a powerful source of growth and innovation. Frontline employees who interact directly with customers, make the products, and provide the services have unparalleled insights into where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact. In this presentation, Alan will explain how to align every part of an organization around generating and implementing employee ideas and offer dozens of real world examples of what a tremendous competitive advantage this can offer. A high performing idea system can enable leaders to build organizations capable of implementing 20, 50, or even 100 ideas per employee per year. Light reception & registration from 5:30 until 6 p.m. Presentation begins at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, contact Lorna Galliford at [email protected] or call at (570) 408-4590 for more information.


Maximizing the Power of Corporate Creativity, Lean & Idea Systems

Half Day Workshop: Maximizing Improvement, Lean, and Innovation in Your Organization with Dr. Alan G. Robinson on Oct. 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Benco Dental 295 CenterPoint Boulevard, Pittston, PA 18640. This event is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is required.

A key core competency for any leader to create and build an organization that continuously improves and innovates. Whatever your goals as a leader – whether to save money or time, improve productivity or responsiveness, or to come up with more innovative new products and services – you need your employee’s ideas to attain these goals. Idea-driven organizations are directed from the top, but are driven by large numbers of ideas from the bottom. Data from organizations with high-performing idea systems show that roughly 80 percent of overall performance improvement comes from front-line ideas, and only 20 percent from management-initiated projects. It is impossible to be truly lean, or excellent in any aspect of performance, with the ability to tap these ideas. Learn how to increase the impact, creativity and innovativeness of the ideas that come in. It will cover the six elements of corporate creativity and how to implement them. Managers will walk away with a roadmap for turning creativity in their areas of responsibility from a sporadic hit-or-miss proposition into something consistent they can truly count on. Registration from 8 until 8:30 a.m., presentation begins at 8:30 a.m.

To RSVP, contact Lorna Galliford at [email protected] or call at (570) 408-4590 for more information.


On Oct. 14, at 5 p.m., in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Bridegroom”. This documentary explores the life of a man who is refused the right to see his dying companion or attend his funeral. The creator and executive producer, Shane Bitney Crone, will be in attendance. There will be a question and answer forum after the screening, as well as a reception. For more information, or to reserve your spot among the limited number able to attend the reception, contact Anthony Bartoli at [email protected]

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn: Iron Age Theatre

On Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the  Henry Student Center Ballroom, a production by the Philadelphia-based touring theater company Iron Age Theatre, “Marx in Soho” features actor Bob Weick in the role of Karl Marx, returned to life for one hour to defend his ideas and challenge audiences to consider issues of social justice. “Marx in Soho” is written by playwright and historian Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University and author. The event is open and free to the public. For more information, call (570) 408-4306 or contact Dr. Baldino.