Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy, seated third from left, along with Wilkes faculty and staff, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the steps of the Farley Library on campus Friday in honor of Wilkes professor of sociology and anthropology James Merryman, seated second from left. Merryman, a Bear Creek resident, has been diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Leahy and the Wilkes community received the ice bucket challenge this week from Keystone College President David Coppola and the Keystone community. Leahy accepted the challenge at Wilkes’ annual fall convocation on Aug. 20, and invited the campus to join him in honor of Merryman. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral on Facebook, challenges participants to videotape themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads to draw attention to the need for ALS fundraising for research. At the end of the challenge, participants nominate others to take the challenge in 24 hours and donate $10 to ALS, or decline the challenge and donate $100. Many participants take the challenge and donate $100 as well. Donate at www.alsa.org.