The Wilkes class of 2020 meets its alma mater


Gabby Glinski

Incoming freshmen and their mentors pose during the second orientation.

The 2016 summer orientations brought hundreds of freshmen to Wilkes University to learn about the campus, register for fall classes and meet other students.

After hours of exploring, hearing welcome lectures and meeting with advisers, incoming freshmen gathered in the student center for bingo, ice cream and casino games.

Incoming freshman Domingo Franciamore, of New Milford, Conn., plans to spend his four years studying secondary education to meet his goal of being a history teacher.

Domingo sat in the lounge outside of the ballroom while casino night was taking place, explaining that he’s “not very good at card games.”

“I’m having a good time in my groups. I like the people,” Franciamore said, adding he feels many of the people he met will probably be his friends this fall.

Jacqueline Gallo, a junior, spent this year’s orientation as a mentor for her second time.

“It’s been fantastic. Lots of fun,” Gallo said. “The freshman class is amazing. They’re friendly and spunky… they definitely have the Wilkes spirit.”

Freshman Samantha Lisk showed plenty of spirit, despite being on campus for only one day.

“I love Wilkes,” said Lisk, of Mt. Pocono, Pa. “I love meeting so many different people who are enthusiastic to meet each other.”

Lisk has yet to choose a major, but has her priorities for her future at least vaguely in line.

“Leaving with as little debt as possible… that’s my goal.”