AAWC News – Winter 2020

AAWC News – Winter 2020

Reunion 2020:

Materials for Reunion 2020 have been sent and should be arriving in your mail soon. Updates will be posted online at www.wilson.edu/reunion-weekend. If you need assistance with class mailings, contact the alumni relations office at ARoffice@wilson.edu or 717-262-2010.

Start Your Reunion Weekend Early! Join us for these special activities on Thursday, June 4:

Visit the Hankey Center or Fulton Farm to take a tour, ask staff questions and participate in a guided activity.

Then take part in a discussion with Associate Professor Jill Abraham Hummer following her presentation on modern first ladies, First Ladies Behaving Boldly. The talk tells their stories in the context of the changing rights and roles of women in America.


AAWC Announces Award Recipients & Honorees

Join us on campus for Reunion 2020, June 4-7, for the presentations and to share Wilson pride in the following:


Faculty Award – Kathleen L. Kaminski, retired associate professor of education

TIFT College (Service Award) – Ellen Van Looy Reed ’53

Outstanding Young Alumna – Jennifer Robinson Detrisac ’05

Distinguished Adult Degree Program Alumna – Dorothy M. Van Brakle ’06, ’09

Distinguished Alumna – Beth Oehrig Lange ’70


Honorary Alumnus – Donald F. Bletz, former president, faculty emeritus

Honorary Alumna – Amy M. Ensley, director of the Hankey Center for the History of Women’s Education

Legacy Scholarship – Pierce Thompson Peiffer ’21
(Mother – Bernadette Thompson ’99)

In Gratitude

We will purchase a bench in A. Richard Kneedler’s name to enhance the campus landscape and to thank him for his service as interim president.


AAWC Tours & Travel

Family and friends are welcome to participate. Bon voyage!

Did you know?

Whenever you purchase a tour directly from our partners, be sure to mention you are a Wilson graduate and the company will make a donation to the Alumnae Association.

Partner Companies:

AHI Travel: www.ahitravel.com 800-323-7373

Discover Europe: www.discovereuropeltd.com 866-563-7077

GOHAGAN: www.gohagantravel.com 800-922-3088

GO NEXT: www.gonext.com 800-842-9023

Orbridge: www.orbridge.com 800-639-0079

The Barge Lady: www.bargelady.com 800-880-0071


April 14-22 “Tulips, Windmills and Belgian Delights” — Netherlands

April 27-May 8 “Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast” — Balkans

May 19-28 “The Pilgrim’s Way” — Spain

July 30-Aug. 10 “Forests and Fjords” —  Alaska and Canada

Aug. 13-23 “Kenya Wildlife Safari” — Africa

Oct. 28- Nov. 4 “The Galapagos Islands” — Ecuador

View full details  at


Representing Wilson

During fall 2019, seven alumnae represented their alma mater at college or university presidential inaugural events:

Sept. 13, Mount Saint Mary College, Joellen Doyle ’72

Sept. 27, Endicott College, Sandra Simonsen ’72

Sept. 28, Gettysburg College, Judy Kreutz Young ’63

Oct. 11, Santa Clara University, Deborah Nelson Matthies ’69

Oct. 18, Queens University of Charlotte, Susan Whitmore Brooks ’63

Oct. 18, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Marsha Haley Lamson ’66

Oct. 24, Elizabethtown College, Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66

RELATED: AAWC President’s Report Spring/Summer 2020 AAWC 2020 Awards and Recognition AAWC News – Fall 2019