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Winter/Spring 2010 | Vol. 23 | No. 1

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athletic successes, learn about our latest endeavours and inspiring alumni. Our popularity is growing dramatically on a national and international level. I encourage you to stay up-to-date on

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Table of Contents


Cover Story Edinboro University Receives Largest Gift in 152-Year History

44 Athletics Lou Rosselli Inducted into

Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame Dana Webb Named Edinboro’s First Softball All-American Wedding Bells Ring for Former Hoops Stars Return of Men’s and Women’s Tennis Three Fall Teams Reach NCAA Competition French National Wheelchair Basketball Team Visits Edinboro University Cross Country Course Named in Honor of Doug Watts Jim Glatch Leads U23 Team to World Title Trevor Harris Concludes Record-Breaking Career

News 16 Advancement New Scholarships Established Third Annual Ken Kopin Awards Reception

News 21 Campus Accessible College: A Case Study Homecoming 2010...Save the Date Great Things Happening Here Peers as Old as My Kids

Activities 26 Alumni Columbus, Ohio Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumni Homecoming Raffle Alumni on the Move Award Splash Lagoon Homecoming Weekend 2009 Classmates of the ’60s & ’70s Carrying on the Edinboro Tradition Alumni Visits Homecoming 2009 Alumni & Friends Golf Outing Lambda Chi Alpha Golf Outing Dr. Louella Bucho

36 We Hear From… 40 News Notes


Feature Stories Necklace for G-20 Summit Maureen O’Connor Adams, ’77 Kim Stucke, ’74 Sonya Rose Atkinson, ’94 Randy McElwain, ’86 William Finch, ’75 Beating the Odds

One of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Edinboro University is committed to affirmative action for all persons in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices.

Address correspondence to: University Communications and Marketing Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: 814-732-2193 Fax: 814-732-2342 University President Jeremy D. Brown Executive Editor and Assistant Vice President, University Communications and Marketing Amy Neil Editor and Art Director Ronald E. Cox, Sr. Vice President for University Advancement Bruce Q. Whitehair Director of Alumni Relations Jon J. Pulice Contributing Editors and Photographers Marilyn Goellner Anita Joslyn John Mitchell Jeff Pinski Robert Shreve Brenda Tucci

Edinboro University Magazine is published twice a year by University Communications and Marketing, with support from the Edinboro University Alumni Association. The views expressed by subjects of articles are not necessarily the views of Edinboro University and its Alumni Association.



Joseph and Eleonora Buba

Edinboro University Receives Largest Gift in 152-Year History Meadville facility and computer laboratory named after donors by Amy Neil

Alumnus Joseph, ’69, and Eleonora Buba met at Edinboro University in December 1969 on a blind date set up by Joe’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity brother and a high school friend of Eleonora’s. The rest, as they say, is history. In fact, they recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. But on a December day 40 years later, the Bubas entered the record books when they announced their multi-milliondollar estate gift to Edinboro University. The gift is the largest gift in Edinboro’s 152-year history. In announcing the gift, President Jeremy D. Brown said the seven-figure commitment was made during a recordbreaking year at Edinboro. “We have record student

numbers, record retention, and now, a record-breaking gift. Joe and Eleonora’s extraordinary act of philanthropy will have a far-reaching impact on Edinboro University and the people and communities it serves.” Joe and Eleonora have been loyal friends of the University, offering philanthropic support for many years. In recognition of the largest estate gift in University history, President Brown officially renamed the Meadville facility “Edinboro University in Meadville – The Joseph T. Buba Center.” In addition to the renaming of the Meadville facility, the Ross Hall computer lab – the largest computer lab on

“It is also our hope that our support will not only provide financial assistance to deserving students, but also encourage and motivate charitable responsibility in others.” Joseph T. Buba, ‘69

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degree from Edinboro in 1969. He credits his father and mother for encouraging him to pursue higher education, while also instilling a strong work ethic. Eleonora graduated from Ohio University in 1971 with a degree in Spanish & Latin American Studies. Joe began teaching at North Braddock Junior High School after graduation but discovered teaching was not his calling. Instead, his career has focused on the manufacturing and engineering sector where his creative talents, management skills, and innovation led to increased responsibilities at a variety of corporations, including Boeing, Textron Aerostructures, and McCulloch Corporation. He retired as Senior Vice President of Operations at Generac Power Systems, Inc., leaving a legacy of leadership and commitment to manufacturing excellence and customer service. While at Ohio University, Eleonora remembers using a typewriter, as computers were not common on campus. In Seattle, she began her career in information technology, and computers were being introduced in the workplace. She continued her career, advancing in positions at


Edinboro’s main campus – was named “The Eleonora C. Navari Buba Computer Laboratory.” Prior to unveiling the signage designating the new name of the Meadville facility, Joe remarked, “Words cannot express what it means to have this building dedicated in my honor. Eleonora and I believe that engineering and technology programs are the key to creating job opportunities of the future. It is also our hope that our support will not only provide financial assistance to deserving students but also encourage and motivate charitable responsibility in others.” The Bubas have long been advocates and supporters of Edinboro University. In 2006 they established the Joe and Eleonora Buba Scholarship for Manufacturing Engineering & Technology. The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman pursuing an A.E.T. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, a B.S. in Industrial Trade and Leadership, or a B.A. in Physics. “This latest act of generosity demonstrates the Bubas’ unwavering support of Edinboro University and their shared vision for our educational goals,” said President Brown. Joe grew up in Braddock Hills and earned a teaching



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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Deloitte & Touche, and First Union National Bank and retired from Ingersoll-Rand after 13 years as an application analyst. Her career allowed her to travel extensively, including Latin America, where her degree and fluency in Spanish complemented her work in the information technology field. The day following the Meadville event, Eleonora toured the computer laboratory named in her honor where she was greeted by staff from the University’s Technology and Communications unit. The Bubas were also honored during the 2nd Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala, a fundraiser supporting the President Jeremy D. Brown Millennium Leader Scholarship. “The Bubas’ philanthropy serves as an inspiration to other alumni and friends as they consider their own ways of giving to Edinboro University,” said President Brown. “On behalf of our entire Edinboro University community, I extend sincere gratitude to you for this transformational gift. We’re extremely proud that your names will be identified with this campus and the computer laboratory in Ross Hall.” This year’s gala raised more than $37,000, bringing the total raised since the scholarship was created two years ago to over $900,000.

“We have record student numbers, record retention, and now, a record-breaking gift. Joe and Eleonora’s extraordinary act of philanthropy will have a far-reaching impact on Edinboro University and the people and communities it serves.” President Brown

Staff from Technology and Communications celebrate the naming of the largest computer lab on campus after Eleonora.

The Bubas and President Brown admire the new sign at the Meadville campus.

The unveiling of the sign for The Eleanora C. Navari Buba Computer Laboratory.

Francioni’s now-famous leaf and tendril necklaces are being worn in the capitals of the world’s top industrialized and emergingmarket nations – and perhaps most notably, even at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

Aileen Lampman-Francioni Alumni Artist


Necklace for G-20 summit


Edinboro University President Jeremy Brown’s mantra of taking Edinboro to the world has become well-known. Edinboro University alumna Aileen Lampman-Francioni, ’93, can attest to it. She’s practiced that mantra in a major way. Francioni, owner of Ai Jewelry in Pittsburgh and a 1993 Edinboro graduate with a BFA degree in arts, crafts and metals, submitted the winning design for exquisite leaf and tendril necklaces that were part of the gift packages given to world leaders in Pittsburgh last September during the international G-20 economic conference. In early September, Francioni was asked by the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts to submit sample designs for necklaces that would be given to the female spouses of world leaders, as well as to the female heads of state of Germany and Argentina. When her leaf and tendril design was selected, initially Francioni was asked to create only two necklaces. But a few days later the request increased to 18, and then, on the day the global summit began, September 24, she was asked to make five more. Undaunted, she was up for the job – although she admits “this required a lot of rushing on my part!” Always loyal to Edinboro University, Francioni uses Edinboro grads as interns, the most recent being metals graduate Eileen Vilonia.

Ai Jewelry’s website tells Francioni’s story best: “Very few can see beauty and art in a piece of discarded electrical wire, but around the age of 13, Aileen Lampman saw something in the scraps her father left behind from his many household projects. Using his pliers, she bent, cut and twisted then accented that otherwise useless material with some beads and dismantled vintage jewelry she and her mother purchased at local flea markets. Voila! She had found her calling. A few months later she was selling this handcrafted jewelry at galleries and taking orders from friends, classmates and teachers.” Francioni’s now-famous leaf and tendril necklaces are being worn in the capitals of the world’s top industrialized and emerging market nations – and perhaps most notably, even at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

Edinboro University Alumna Aileen Lampman-Francioni designed this leaf and tendril necklace for the spouses of 18 world leaders attending last September’s G-20 Conference in Pittsburgh, as well as the heads of state of Germany and Argentina.

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Educator chosen as one of The Pathfinder 7 Edinboro University Alumna Maureen O’Connor Adams, the principal and fifth grade science teacher at West Ward Elementary School, Killeen, Texas, is prepared to assume her teacher-in-space leadership role as a member of the new Pathfinder 7, a group of dedicated science educators who will pave the way into space for other teachers who will follow. by Jeff Pinski

As a Texas elementary school principal and accomplished Equity actress, alumna Maureen O’Connor Adams, ’77, might soon become as much a household name as any of Tom Wolfe’s seven original “Right Stuff” astronauts. That’s because Adams, a 1977 Edinboro graduate, is one of only seven educators chosen nationwide as Pathfinder Astronauts for the Teachers in Space program. As one of the Pathfinder 7, Adams will be among the first astronaut teachers in suborbital flight, thus paving the road to space for many more educators who will follow.

Maureen O’Connor Adams, ’77

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Occupat i o n:

Elementary school principal/actress Av ocat i o n:

Space exploration/teacher astronaut R esidence:

Lampasas, Texas Sp o use :

William; retired colonel, U.S. Army S on :

Thomas; Texas Christian University junior H o meto wn:

Renova, Pa. Parents:

Lois O’Connor and the late Vincent O’Connor G raduated from E di nboro:

1977; degree in education/library science E xtracurri cular acti vi t i es at E dinb or o:

Women’s track; theater; Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority; Lawrence Towers Residence Assistant Add i ti onal educati o n:

MFA degree from Ohio University

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A joint project of the Space Frontier Foundation and the United States Rocket Academy, the Teachers in Space program utilizes suborbital flights both donated by and purchased from five suborbital rocket firms to launch members of the Pathfinder 7 into space. The arguably ambitious goal of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization advocating and advancing the new space frontier through private enterprise, is to put 200 teachers a year aboard private suborbital flights during the next decade. Why educators? That’s a no-brainer. Because teachers have always been pathfinders! With a solid background in education and acting, Adams’s now fervent interest in space exploration began when her then 10-year-old son, Thomas (now a junior at TCU), returned from Huntsville, Alabama’s famous Space Camp a decade ago with brochures describing Space Camp for Educators. Once enrolled in the camp’s teachers’ program, Adams was more than hooked – especially after receiving the Right Stuff Award from the U.S. Rocket and Space Camp. And, for the past nine years she has served as a guest instructor there. “I’ve always been an adventurous person,” Adams said. “And this was just an extension of that adventurer’s spirit that began way back at Edinboro. I proudly look to Edinboro as the starting point in my life. I not only received the most wonderful education at Edinboro, but that’s where all this fun began!” Indeed, it’s clear that Adams not only enjoys and embraces her multiple roles, but also has a great deal of


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Edinboro Alumna Maureen O’Connor Adams, ’77, (seated, right), poses with other members of the Pathfinder 7, all teacher-astronauts selected from across the country and now in training for privatelysponsored suborbital space flights.



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fun in her meaningful career as educator and avocation as thespian launched in Pennsylvania’s awesome northwestern corner more than 30 years ago. As principal and fifth grade science teacher at the West Ward Elementary School in Killeen, situated in central-Texas adjacent to Fort Hood, Adams’ contagious enthusiasm for science and space exploration was instrumental in establishing a partnership with NASA that resulted in West Ward Elementary’s recognition as a “NASA Explorer School.” But what about sending teachers into space, even suborbital space (about 50 miles above Earth’s atmosphere)? Isn’t it dangerous? After all, the horrific Challenger disaster still weighs heavily in the memories of many who recall how Concord, New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe and her six crewmates perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle explosion. Yet Adams, who is expected to fly in space within the next two to four years, eyes any potential personal jeopardy philosophically. “Of course there’s always a risk when it comes to exploring new frontiers,” she said. “Historically and presently, all explorers face a certain danger. But in this case, there is a lot less danger in reentry than with the shuttle. Besides, these suborbital vehicles don’t travel as far and are much safer.”

“I’ve always been an adventurous person,” Adams said. “And this was just an extension of that adventurer’s spirit that began way back at Edinboro. I proudly look to Edinboro as the starting point in my life. I not only received the most wonderful education at Edinboro, but that’s where all this fun began!” Adams has discussed the risks and benefits with her family, including husband Bill, a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and recently retired colonel. “They’re okay with it,” she said, “and always supportive.” Underscoring the educational value of putting teachers in space, Ed Wright, project manager for the Teachers in

Doug Goforth, of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Program, gives Edinboro University Alumna Maureen O’Connor Adams a spin aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder,” or, as it’s popularly known, the “Vomit Comet.” Adams, a 1977 Edinboro graduate, was recently chosen to be one of the Pathfinder 7, astronaut-teachers who will fly in suborbital space as part of a privately sponsored program, then train other educators to follow.

Space program, said, “We want to make teachers heroes in space and in the classroom.” Wright announced the Pathfinder 7 some 50 years after Mercury 7 and 40 years after the first Apollo moon landing. “We’re rebooting the American space program,” he said. “The Pathfinder 7 are now training to fly on suborbital spacecraft under development by private companies. They will be the first astronaut teachers to fly in space and return to the classroom.“ Even more, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Rick Searfoss, a former Space Shuttle commander and chief test pilot for XCOR Aerospace, one of the suborbital rocket companies, added, “The road to space doesn’t start in an aerospace factory. It starts in the imagination, and the best place to fire up young imaginations is in school.” On recent training flights, Searfoss flew Adams and other members of the Pathfinder 7 at Skylark North, a glider school that trains Air Force test pilots and shuttle astronauts. Glider flight, however, is only part of the training Pathfinder astronauts are receiving. Recently, they toured facilities at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, and the Mojave Air and Space Port. These teacher astronauts also completed High-G and Zero-G aircraft flights.

Prior to her selection as a Pathfinder astronaut, Adams flew student robotic experiments twice aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder,” metaphorically widely known as the “Vomit Comet.” “I handled the flights very well, thank you!” she laughs while pointing out others unfortunately did not fare quite as well. Adams also has received national awards and recognition from both the Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA headquarters for excellence in Aerospace Education and for her work with the NASA Explorer School program at her elementary school.

Before the launching of suborbital flights, Adams and the Pathfinders will meet periodically for additional training. They will also help develop the training curriculum for the astronaut teachers who will follow them. Rounding an outstanding life of giving back, Adams is an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 199 in Lampasas, Texas, and is active in her church and the Killeen Heights Rotary. The awards lining her office walls also attest to her life success, the most notable being the U.S. Army 1st Cal Division Volunteer of the Year Award, the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the Governor’s

Of course there’s always a risk when it comes to exploring new frontiers...

Edinboro University Alumna Maureen O’Connor Adams tests her new-found weightlessness aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder,” popularly known as the “Vomit Comet.” Officially called the KC-135, it’s actually a military version of the Boeing 707 that’s used to explore microgravity and simulate the zero gravity experience for astronauts-in-training. Adams survived several flights without any ill effects!

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Yellow Rose of Texas Award, and inclusion in the Order of St. Joan. That Adams would excel in stewardship and trusteeship, meeting both personal and professional goals, should come as no surprise to anyone who knew her during her Edinboro days. Active and recognized by Edinboro’s then honorary educational, theater, and library science societies, she was featured in Who’s Who in American Colleges, belonged to the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and was one of the first women on the women’s track team. Topping it all off, Adams served as an RA at Lawrence Towers for two years. No wonder she possesses such fond memories of Edinboro. “My background began at Edinboro in education and acting. I never sought then to become an astronaut person. But I found that Edinboro was the right place for me and at the right time.” And now, Maureen O’Connor Adams surely has the right stuff, proving once again that with an Edinboro education, even the sky isn’t the limit.


She’s studied with NASA at the Johnson Space Center, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the Maury Project at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. And, last year Adams visited Alaska as part of NASA’s Heliophysics Educators Ambassadors program. She’s proud of the 19 aerospace heliophysics credits she has already earned on top of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. When she applied for Pathfinder 7 status, she was required to submit either an experiment or lesson plan. She chose a micro-gravity experiment involving a baseball. “I guess I was the most surprised of all when I was picked along with teachers from Ohio, New York, Arizona and Connecticut,” said the graduate of Bucktail Area High School in Renova, Pa., where she grew up. In addition to her Edinboro undergraduate degree in education and library science, she also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. As a veteran Equity actress, she’s appeared in theater productions throughout the United States and Central Texas. Her most recent project was a guest artist role in Killeen’s Vive Les Arts production of Pride and Prejudice in December.

Kim Stucke Women’s Roundtable 2009 Woman of the Year


by John Mitchell

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As Director of Housing Consultation Services at Stairways Behavior Health in Erie, Kim Stucke, ’74, has made a career of helping those in need. For more than 37 years, Stucke has focused on the neediest members of our society: the poor, the homeless, and persons with mental illness. At Stairways, she helps troubled individuals get the help they need, be it mental Kim Stucke health services, jobs, housing, educational opportunities, or rehabilitation. She is there to listen and counsel. In her 10 years as chair of the Northwest Regional Homeless Advisory Board, Stucke has facilitated the development of over $15 million in affordable housing projects in northwestern Pennsylvania. She has made developing housing and services for the homeless and mentally ill a personal priority and currently serves on the PA State Homeless Steering Committee, where she works to influence statewide policy and directs the Continuum of Care process for Pennsylvania. In recognition of her tireless devotion to others, Stucke was recently named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Roundtable of Erie. Founded in 1987, the Women’s Roundtable is a networking organization for female entrepreneurs, professionals, and all women interested in helping other women to attain their life goals. The award honors women who have become role models for not only women and girls, but all humankind. Stucke was also recently honored with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania’s Partnership Award for her work with nonprofit governmental entities in advancing affordable housing opportunities for persons with mental health care needs. “I am incredibly honored and humbled by receiving these awards,” said Stucke. “They represent the progress we have been able to make in achieving the hopes and dreams of people with mental health concerns.” In what little free time she has, Stucke enjoys sports car racing, reading, cooking, and the outdoors.

Master of Arts in Communication Studies (MACS) Program Goes Online By Victoria Oyesiku (MACS Graduate Student) This spring, the MACS Program will offer 36 credits of courses online over a two-year period, including summers. Although courses are still being offered through the traditional, faceto-face medium, the initiative to offer more courses online comes as demand increases and as part of the Graduate School initiative for more web-based programs. MACS web-based development began during the 200809 academic year, with the introduction of the Certificate in Conflict Management online program, which includes four courses: Managing Conflict, Intercultural Conflict & Communication, Crisis Management Communication, and Negotiating Intractable Conflict. In addition to these courses, MACS has offered Technology of Communication online, and now will offer four courses from the Managerial and Leadership program emphasis: Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Consulting, and Managerial and Leadership Communication. To complete the degree, online students will also be required to take three Core courses: Communication Theory, Communication Research, and Communication Ethics. Each semester students in the MACS program will be able to choose from campus-based courses and online courses. Students on campus will have more elective options, but the addition of the online version of the program offers flexibility and ease of scheduling for both traditional and non-traditional students. A student can take two courses each semester online, including summers, and complete the program in two years or less. For program information, go to the MACS website: macs/, or contact Andrew R. Smith at For application information, go to the Graduate School website: departments/graduate_ studies/School_of_Graduate_, or contact Jessica Albert at

Alumna finds Hollywood’s Bright Lights

Sonya Rose Atkinson by John Mitchell

First Annual Tuition Raffle

City,” and music videos. Even as her fortunes rose in the entertainment industry, her art was never far from her mind. Atkinson enjoys photography, painting, and mixed-media art. She is a premier artist for the Wireless Developer Agency, an agency that places her creative images with telecommunication companies around the globe, including AT&T Wireless and Nextel.

Having recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue better acting opportunities and agency representation, Atkinson is also working on her first collection of poetry and artwork. She is also an active member of the California State Parks Foundation, which aids in the protection and preservation of state parks, and enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.


While many Edinboro University students scrounge to make ends meet on the infamous college student budget, one lucky student has a semester’s tuition paid in full. Freshman Natalie Gardner of Washington County, Pa. was the winner of the first annual tuition raffle sponsored by the Edinboro University Foundation and Edinboro University Athletic department. The drawing was held at halftime of the Homecoming football game against Lock Haven University on October 3. Gardner received $2,800, the amount equivalent to one semester’s in-state tuition. “My mom mailed the tickets in three days before the raffle. For once in my life, procrastination helped me,” laughed Gardner, a member of the Fighting Scots Marching Band. Over 4,000 tickets were sold for the raffle, with proceeds benefiting the student-athlete scholarship fund. Anybody could enter the drawing, and purchasing a ticket was not necessary to be eligible.

Over $15,000 was raised through this first annual raffle, which will be held again in the Fall 2010 semester, assisting a lucky winner, as well as an aspiring student-athlete!

Terry Carlin, ’74 & ’81, and Andrew Lawrence, ’08, were assisted in drawing the name of the lucky winner by Magnus, (’28!), and his mother Meighan Lloyd, ’99 & ’00, at halftime of the 2009 homecoming game.

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Fine Arts. As it long has been for so many burgeoning artists, the draw of New York City, with its bright lights and innumerable possibilities, was impossible for Atkinson to resist, so she relocated to the city in 2000, beginning what has turned into a very successful career in modeling and acting. She has appeared in several independent and short films as well as television shows, including “Sex and the


Famed poet Amy Lowell once said that art is “the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” For actress, visual artist, and poet Sonya Rose Atkinson, ’94, this quest for selfexpression has led her on an incredible journey. An Aliquippa, Pa. native, Atkinson came to Edinboro University to study art and later earned a Bachelor of



Randy McElwain

Randy McElwain

Swims Lake Erie in Record Time by John Mitchell

day thereafter. He swam 82 miles in May, 86 in June, and When Randy McElwain, ’86, entered Lake Erie’s chilly 120 in July. Hard work and exhaustive training have long waters on August 24, 2009, he was expecting the worst. “This was a horrible day to try to swim across the lake,” he been part of McElwain’s routine; he has competed in Ironman Triathlons, the Highmark Quad Games, and the said, watching 3- to -4-foot waves crash against the shores Presque Isle Bay Swim. He also coaches other triathletes in of Long Point, Ontario, where he was set to begin the 24.3mile swim across Lake Erie to Freeport Beach in North East swimming at his local YMCA. The father of three – Grant, 14, Cassie, 12, and Jamie, Township. Despite the conditions, McElwain soldiered on, 10 – has made athletics and living a healthy lifestyle a and 11 hours, 23 minutes, and family priority. “My entire family, including my children 33 seconds later, he became only since age 4, also participate in the annual Quad Games,” the 11th person ever to swim the he said. When he isn’t busy setting long-distance lake. That he also set the record swimming records, McElwain is hard at work as a GMAC as the fastest to accomplish the Relationship Manager to General Motors. He, his wife, feat was just icing on the cake. Laurie, and their children reside in Lake Orion, Michigan. McElwain, who was a longdistance swimmer for Edinboro, began to train for the swim last February, logging 2.5 miles on his first day and increasing the The McElwain family at mileage little by little every the end of the swim.

William Finch Website touts all things “green” by Jeff Pinski

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energy resources. Edinboro University Alumnus William Finch, ’75, a longtime The Mercury environmentalist, was recently reported last year that honored by PennFuture, a Finch’s business has statewide environmental “caught the attention advocacy organization, with of environmentalists,” the Citizens’ Choice Green Power Hero Award. Finch, with including PennFuture, a his headquarters in eastern statewide environmental Pennsylvania, uses his webadvocacy organization based business to make “going that recognized Finch green” easy, affordable and fun! with its “Citizens’ Choice Green Power Hero Award.” “He’s showing that you can make money and at the same time help fight global warming,” said Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of PennFuture. “We always said there was a market (for alternative energy products) and we’re glad to see there are people out there bearing it out. It’s a great demonstration that you can be committed to a cause and that you can make a profit for further advocating for that cause.” “Going green” is nothing new for Finch. “I’m a longtime environmentalist,” he says. A former corporate fellow of the National Governors Association, Finch served five years on the Governors’ Environmental Advisory Committee. He also served as Chester County’s recycling coordinator and over the past three decades helped establish community recycling, composting and environmental education programs. As the newspaper reported, “Even those who are skeptical that ‘living green’ has a significant impact on the environment will be interested in his products when they see they can lower their utility bills without sacrificing comfort … ” Finch also practices what he preaches. Politically active, he works with state and congressional campaigns in support of moderate and environmentally focused candidates of both parties.


Alumnus Bill Finch, ’75, was an environmentalist long before “going green” was cool. Statewide recognition in Pennsylvania is coming his way as a PennFuture “Citizens’ Choice Green Power Hero Award” recipient. And now he’s proving that living green can save practitioners money as well as help the environment. As founder and president of southeastern Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy, Inc., Finch produces a wide range of products that perform tasks from recharging all your electronic gizmos to cooling your attics. Finch, 56, earned his Edinboro undergraduate degree in geography and environmental studies in 1975 before later being awarded a master’s degree in communications from West Chester University. For the past two years, Finch has been wowing the growing-in-popularity “green” community with his web-based business after working with HewlettPackard for 15 years in marketing, communications and government relations. In a recent interview with the Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury newspaper, he said, “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” The newspaper pointed out that products on Finch’s website include “solar-powered lighting, ventilation and portable power, energy-efficient LED lighting, electrical monitoring devices, water conservation procedures and a range of green gadgets.” “I’m a gadget guy,” he told the newspaper. “As a kid, I loved to go to Radio Shack. But these are useful and green gadgets.” His home-based business, for example, features a hand-held portable power station utilizing sun and wind “to recharge iPods, cell phones, BlackBerries, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPSes – just about any kind of electronic device,” the Mercury said. His products can be marketed for many outdoor uses like camping or hiking and, in particular, in emerging nations with plenty of cell phones but little electrical


Paralyzed Alumnus

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Beating the Odds

Although Mike and Carla met at Edinboro, she did not graduate from here. They live in Marysville (Pa.) with Buddy, their 100-pound shepherd mix “puppy.” Photo is from their wedding day. by Jeff Pinski

The split second it took Elgard to dive into a swimming pool, life as he had known it changed forever.

Back during the summer of 1988, Michael Elgard, ’97, was pretty much your average 18-year-old. He had the same hopes, dreams and aspirations of most young men his age. Elgard even had a year of college under his belt at Kutztown University, and, while a general education major, he had pretty much made up his mind to focus his creativity on art. Suddenly, in the split second it took Elgard to dive into a swimming pool, life as he had known it changed forever. He dove shallow, but not shallow enough. He smashed his

forehead on the pool’s bottom, breaking his fifth and sixth vertebrae, resulting in permanent paralysis from the chest down. Whether quadriplegia, as it was then called, or the more recent term, “tetraplegia,” the meaning was the same: paralysis of all four limbs. “Pretty much all my established goals went out the window,” he recalls now of a time so dark few can comprehend the horror of such a diagnosis. Yet Elgard refused to give up. An August-December stint at the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Rehabilitation

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Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1997, Mike, with Carla, an LPN, eventually moved to Harrisburg where his broad-based education and technical savvy – along with a little help from his proud mom, Jackie Whitcomb of the Pa. House Republican Leader’s Office – landed him a 90day try-out with the House GOP information technology office. Within a month, however, his hard work and competence was awarded with a fulltime position. Elgard followed his career path of computer programming and website development. Four years later, as a qualified Civil Service employee, Elgard found a home with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and has become an Application Development Administrator, supervising a team of nine computer programming positions. Although he’s in the technology field, Elgard says he’s “proud of my Edinboro education.” “I look back on it as some of the best moments of my life. I was inspired by many professors and the education I received from them shaped my philosophy of life. This English degree actually provided me with a well-rounded education that prepared me for any situation. That English and literature background helps me every day. Not only has it helped me for formal communications, but being a good computer programmer requires creative problem solving, and the liberal arts education that I received at Edinboro has introduced me to many inspirations for creativity.” While Elgard’s success came from his own inner drive and coming-of-age more than two decades ago, he was not alone at Edinboro. He represents one of hundreds of such success stories, and he’s quick to recognize the important contributions of Edinboro’s nationally renowned Office for Students with Disabilities.


Hospital convinced him that while his life had been drastically altered, it was not over. First, he was contacted by an acquaintance from his days as a summer worker with the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department. An architect with the county, she connected Elgard with her architect husband at Harrisburg’s Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates firm. The firm was willing to take a chance on Elgard, offering him work with then emerging computer technology, specifically Computer-Aided Design. It was an offer he couldn’t refuse. “I was in a wheelchair, and I wasn’t even aware of my own physical capabilities, yet,” he said. “But, I tried it, and I could do it, and I found I could also learn about computers and information technology, too, while I was there.” About a year later, he made the decision to return to school. “I enjoyed working as an architectural draftsman, but I wanted to go back to school and earn a degree. I had heard of Edinboro and its accessibility through discussions with social workers at Elizabethtown. So, I went up to Edinboro and was actually very impressed with what I saw. It was even better than I had hoped. I was impressed with the automated doors in every building, the accommodating bathrooms and the attendant care program.” With his new-found freedom at Edinboro, Elgard went from introvert to an active social life. Too active, if you ask him now. It took four semesters to better prioritize his life’s goals, but during this coming-of-age process, he met Carla, his future wife, and found his liberal arts niche as an English major. “At the time, I thought I could use my creativity in different ways, perhaps as a writer or editor.”

New Scholarships Established Alumni and Friends Making a Difference


Kathleen (Graff) and Keith R. Finger Scholarship



Coloradans Kathie and Keith Finger are committed to providing support to their alma maters. Kathie graduated from Edinboro State College in 1971 with a degree in Education. In 1981, she received her Master of Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Keith graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Business and Economics (1969) and MBA (1973). He went on to earn his Master of Taxation from the University of Denver. The Fingers are Keith and Kathie Finger active supporters of the arts in Colorado, contributing to the Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Art Museum, along with numerous donations to the local libraries and non-profits. The establishment of this scholarship represents the couple’s belief that education is the key to unlocking a rich, rewarding life and their commitment to ensuring the opportunities they enjoyed are available to future Edinboro students. The scholarship will be used for freshmen recruitment, with preference to a student from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Thomas C. Heard Physics Scholarship and Barbara J. Heard Reading Scholarship

The Heard family has a historical relationship with education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth provided the opportunity for seven family members to receive baccalaureate degrees from state-owned colleges and universities. Five of these family members became full-time teachers and, as of 2008, have provided Pennsylvania with over 155 years of

elementary-, secondary-, and university-level teaching service. Thomas Heard, his father, mother, sister, and wife received undergraduate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With a passion for physics and higher education, Thomas Heard served as a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Technology of Edinboro University for over 35 years and retired in June 2003 as Professor Emeritus. He was an officer of the local Edinboro University Association of State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) for 32 years, and these experiences inspired him to create a scholarship for students. Barbara J. Heard graduated from Quaker Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Westminster College, and pursued graduate work and reading supervisor certification from Edinboro State College. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, and for years was an alumni adviser for the Edinboro chapter. Their children, daughter Cheryl Heard and son Dr. John Heard, received their undergraduate Tom Heard and President Brown degrees from Edinboro University. Cheryl earned a degree in Natural ScienceMathematics in 1985 and John earned a degree in Physics in 1987. In honor of their mother and father, and following their parent’s wishes, Cheryl and John have established these scholarships to provide financial assistance for students pursuing higher education – a passion of the entire Heard family.

Gifts to scholarships may be made to the Development Office, 210 Meadville St., Edinboro, PA 16444, online at, or by contacting 814-732-2992. 

Dr. Eric Wiser Honors Scholarship for Biology or Pre-Med

Patricia R. Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Jacqueline Christine Newsome Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor and memory of Jacqueline Christine Newsome, a diligent single mother raising three children who enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at Edinboro in 2007, but tragically passed away at the age of 35. She was also a student worker at Edinboro University in Meadville and was awarded the Student Employee of the Year Award in 2008, while maintaining a 2.8 GPA. Jacqueline inspired countless individuals to enroll at the University, and personally touched many single-parent women. She would have been proud in knowing that a scholarship award in her name would support other single mothers as they pursue their higher education degrees at Edinboro University.

President Brown with Rev. Berta Newsome, Melissa Burnett, and Jaqueline’s three children, Demarius, Diandra, and Kiashiah

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This scholarship was created in loving memory of Patricia Jarvis, a beloved wife and mother, by Capt. Arthur Jarvis, USPH-Ret., her husband of almost 62 years, and their four children (Robert, Karen, Richard, and James). It was Patricia’s wish to provide financial support to deserving students to succeed in art education or science education. Mrs. Patricia R. Jarvis Art and Patricia Jarvis on their was born and raised in the wedding day, May 31, 1947 Pittsburgh area, and served in the U.S. Navy WAVES during the latter part of WWII. Pat met Art Jarvis in the registration line at Edinboro State College in September 1946. Art worked as a busboy at the Crossroads Dinor and while dating, the couple had to adhere to the strict nighttime curfew for all Edinboro students. They were engaged that Christmas, and married May 31, 1947. In 1949, Patricia graduated from Edinboro State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Although she did not pursue a teaching career after graduation, she continued to exercise her artistic talents over many years, in media as diverse as oil and acrylic painting, pottery, Southwest style silver-smithing, hooked and woven rugs, and stained glass.

Drs. Amy and Eric Wiser and their daughter Elise with President Brown


Dr. Eric Wiser and his wife Amy are both family physicians practicing together in Sublimity, Oregon. Eric, originally from Philadelphia, has established this scholarship for deserving students so that they may experience the exceptional benefits he received as a former student of Edinboro University. His undergraduate experience prepared him for the demands he faced at Temple University Medical School. He credits his Edinboro professors for laying a solid foundation in biology and pre-med that allowed him to perform on a level playing field with his Ivy League educated colleagues. Eric chose Edinboro University for his undergraduate degree because it was affordable and he found the admissions department to be on top of all the requirements for pre-med students. Following medical school, Eric completed his residency in family practice at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, as did his wife. Today, he and Amy enjoy rural medicine because both are able to practice obstetrics in addition to family medicine. Eric and Amy have a one young daughter, Elise.

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Irlbacher Family Scholarship



The Irlbacher name has been a familiar name on the Edinboro University campus for many years. David Irlbacher received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro in 1973 and earned his master’s degree in 1978 and principal certification Front row: Kitty Irlbacher, President from Duquesne Brown and Dave Irlbacher; back row: University. Dave Vice President Bruce Whitehair and has been an Alumni Affairs Director Jon Pulice active member of the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1987 and received the distinction of Lifetime Member. Dave is an enthusiastic volunteer for the University and graciously assists with recruiting, fundraising and athletic events. His wife, Katharine (Kitty), is a 1974 graduate of Edinboro. They have three children: Jennifer, Scott, and Rebecca. Scott is a 2004 and 2006 graduate of Edinboro and Rebecca is a 2007 graduate, making her the eighth member of the family to graduate from Edinboro University. They have established this scholarship because of their belief in higher education and so others may continue the Edinboro University tradition of commitment, loyalty and service.

Katelyn Nicole Martibello Memorial Scholarship

Katelyn N. Martibello was a freshman psychology major at Edinboro University and tragically passed away on February 14, 2009. Katelyn was a Daryl Schlottman, Nicole’s father, graduate of North and his wife, Bonnie Schlottman with Pocono High School President Brown and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority at Edinboro University. Katelyn’s family established this scholarship fund to not

only honor and cherish her memory but also encourage the same commitment to education and family and enthusiasm for living that Katelyn demonstrated during her short life. The award will provide financial assistance to a deserving psychology or music student.

Edinboro University Guitar Achievement Award

Erik Mann joined the faculty of Edinboro University in 2005. He teaches Applied Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, and Class Guitar. Erik received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and his master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to his position at Edinboro University, he teaches Guitar Literature and Guitar Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music and serves on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Erik, driven by dedication for music, established this annually funded award to inspire and motivate students of guitar toward academic excellence at Edinboro Dr. Gary Grant, Professor Erik Mann and President Brown University.

Dr. Randy Rodak Speech/Language Pathology Memorial Award

Dr. Randy Rodak obtained his undergraduate degree from Edinboro University in 1976 and completed his master’s in Speech Pathology in 1979. He earned a medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. Randy and his advisor, Dr. David Potoker, former Edinboro University faculty member, recently renewed their friendship. When Randy passed away in October 2008, David, a speech pathologist in private practice, generously created an annual award in Randy’s honor to a provide Dr. David Potoker and Dr. Roy financial assistance to Shinn near the construction students in the Speech/ of the new Human Services Language Pathology Building which will be the home of the Speech, Language and graduate program. Hearing Department

New Scholarships Benefit Student-Athletes Craig Troyer Family Wrestling Scholarship

Cliff Moore, assistant coach; Craig Troyer; Tim Flynn, head wrestling coach; Kyle Cerminara, assistant coach; and Bruce Baumgartner, athletic director

For over 20 years, Craig Troyer and his family have provided support to the Edinboro University athletic program and student-athletes. Craig has exhibited exceptional generosity and civic responsibility to his community, providing financial support and leadership to many non-profit organizations. As an advocate and supporter of Edinboro, Craig is creating this scholarship to provide increased support to deserving student-athletes.

Anthony and Angela Rinella Wrestling Endowment

Eberle’s Physical Therapy Scholarship

Athletic Director Bruce Baumgartner, Mark and Michelle Eberle and Wheelchair Basketball Coach Jim Glatch

Mark and Michelle Eberle have exhibited exceptional generosity and civic responsibility to the Edinboro community. They are advocates and supporters of Edinboro University and its athletic programs. They have established a new scholarship to provide financial assistance to deserving student-athletes and believe wheelchair basketball is an excellent way to bring attention to the needs of students on campus and disabled people within the community. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman or upperclass student who is a member of the Edinboro University Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Dr. Carolyn J. Merry Geosciences Scholarship

Dr. Carolyn J. Merry, a zealous and proficient leader in the field of Geosciences, received her Bachelor of Science in Geology from Edinboro State College in 1972, a master’s degree in Geology from Dartmouth College in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from President Brown with Dr. Carolyn Merry and her husband, Robert Redfield

the University of Maryland in 1988. Carolyn is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science at The Ohio State University (OSU) and serves as the Director of the Center for Mapping. Her scientific service includes publication of over 100 technical articles, authorship of several chapters of books, service on proposal review panels for federal agencies, and serving as a reviewer for technical journals. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Geosciences and will be awarded in furtherance of the University’s diversity mission with particular attention to, but not limited to, female students matriculating in the field of geosciences. … continued on page 20


Anthony Rinella with Athletic Director Bruce Baumgartner


Anthony Rinella is no stranger to competition. As a former wrestler, Tony has fond memories of his years on the University Wrestling Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Edinboro University in 2000, with a concentration in Financial Services and a minor in Speech Communications. Today Tony is currently a successful Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, New York and is dedicated to serving individual and institutional investors worldwide. Anthony’s goal in establishing this endowment is to ensure continuing success of deserving Edinboro University studentathletes on the mats and in today’s competitive job market.

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Semler-O’Malley Award for Single Mothers

Jessica Semler and Heather O’Malley, recent graduates of Edinboro University, met and became good friends as a result of the June 2008 PASSHE Women’s Consortium Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Institute. Selected as Edinboro representatives, the retreat provided learning opportunities about empowerment, leadership, and how to implement change in themselves as well as their communities. During Women’s History Month, countless women are honored who endured struggles and hardships in order to pave the way for others. Jessica and Heather recognize

that many women today continue to demonstrate that same strength and spirit. They are establishing this award to honor single mothers working toward a degree. Often Left to Right: Heather O’Malley, Marilyn Goellner, President Brown, these women juggle Patricia Semler and Jessica Semler difficult schoolwork, multiple jobs, and the responsibilities that come with being a parent. This award not only will provide financial assistance, but will serve to celebrate the student’s hard work and help her to continue to work toward her goals.

Third Annual Ken Kopin Awards Reception



JuliA Weber (middle) recently was honored with Edinboro University’s Ken Kopin Art Memorial Scholarship during a reception at Mi Scuzi Ristorante Italiano in Erie. Tom Halmi, Julia Weber and Barry Grossman

Julia, an art major who graduated in December with a Bachlor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics, was presented with the scholarship and a print of a Ken Kopin piece reproduced from an original painting owned by Tom Halmi (left), class of ‘64, who studied with Ken at Edinboro some 40 years ago. Also pictured is Barry Grossman, Mi Scuzi owner and another Kopin friend

who helped establish the scholarship. The late Ken Kopin, who graduated from Edinboro in 1961, was a beloved art teacher in the Erie School District for many years, receiving the district’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1989. He also coached girls’ basketball at Strong Vincent High School and developed the visual arts program for Erie’s School for the Performing

and Visual Arts. Always true to his own art, he participated in many local and national juried shows throughout the years. His work appears in permanent collections at colleges and universities, more than 50 private collections, the Erie Art Museum and the American Kennel Club in New York City. Ken died in 2002, but was posthumously awarded the 2003

Edinboro University Distinguished Alumni Award in Education. This art scholarship was later established to honor and remember Ken while providing financial assistance to students, encouraging their commitment to education and art as demonstrated by Ken during his lifetime.

Accessible College: A Case Study Edinboro University campus featured in August 2009 issue of Paraplegia News by Scott Speser, AIA

Edinboro faculty, students, and staff have commitment to students with disabilities.

Homecoming 2010 Save the Date September 24-25, 2010 Edinboro Fighting Scots vs. Gannon Golden Knights


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The college years are a transition between childhood and adulthood. It is an exciting time, but also a difficult one. It can be even more difficult for people with disabilities, as they must overcome physical and cultural barriers in order to maneuver through the challenges of everyday life as a college student. Some colleges do a better job of addressing the special needs of students with disabilities than others, and Edinboro University is an excellent example of how a school can provide for the special needs of students with disabilities, programmatically and in the physical environment. Of Edinboro’s 8,200 plus undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 100 use wheelchairs, and the University has implemented a comprehensive program to promote “independence, individuality, and determination” for all students enrolled. The school maintains a fully accessible campus and an Adapted Intramural and Recreational Sports Center that supports wheelchair basketball and football, adaptive snow skiing, and adaptive bowling. The University also sponsors wheelchair basketball and power-lifting teams. Delta Alpha Pi, an honor society for students with disabilities, is active on the campus. Oversight for these programs is conducted by the Office for Students with Disabilities. OSD addresses the needs of not only students who use wheelchairs but those with other disabilities as well. Major services include personal care, van transportation, wheelchair maintenance, learning-disability support, a living-skills center, an academic aide system, a tactile laboratory, and an assistive technology center. Most important for the success of these programs, however, is the support of the entire University faculty, staff, and student population.


Latest campus news



Edinboro University’s enrollment increase #1 in PASSHE

In addition to surpassing the all-time record for enrollment in the institution’s 152-year history, Edinboro University’s enrollment increase of 8 percent over last year is the largest increase of all 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Edinboro’s fall 2009 freeze numbers reveal a total enrollment of 8,287 students, an increase of 616 students compared to last year’s freeze numbers. “Affordable post-secondary education is more critical than ever,” said President Brown. “Students and parents appreciate that we can provide the students of the Commonwealth with excellent and affordable education.” Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked Edinboro fourth in the north region among universities offering undergraduate and master’s degree programs for students who graduated with least amount of debt.

University named ‘Military Friendly School’

Edinboro University has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, a nationally celebrated veteranowned magazine and website that provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities

for military personnel. The annual rankings honor the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools doing the most to recruit and retain America’s veterans as students. Edinboro is renowned for the services provided by its Office for Students with Disabilities, and Director Bob McConnell feels these services may have secured Edinboro’s place on the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly campuses list. “I think we were included because of the services for veterans with disabilities and our ability to provide the necessary support services they need to attend and be successful at the University,” McConnell said.

‘Going Green’ more than mere talk at Edinboro Clean, renewable energy has long been more than a mere catch-phrase at Edinboro University. It has become a recognized fact of life that not only helps manage and stabilize the University’s multi-million-dollar economy but also contributes to reduction of the institution’s carbon footprint in northwestern Pennsylvania. The latest development in Edinboro’s drive toward a “green” and highly sustainable University environment is the announcement by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell that Edinboro will receive

$474,000 for a 210-kilowatt solar array to be constructed atop McComb Fieldhouse. According to Rendell’s announcement, besides generating electricity for the University, the array will allow Edinboro to market and sell solar renewable energy credits. Slated for completion by September 2010, the Edinboro array’s .21-megawatt solar capacity will not only annually generate 227 megawatt hours of electricity but also reduce carbon emissions by some 272 tons. “At Edinboro, we all take pride in the many initiatives we’ve launched toward energy conservation and reduction,” said President Brown. “All have resulted not just in the energy savings, cost efficiency and solid monetary savings, but also in off-setting carbon emissions by countless tons.” For example, President Brown pointed to the multi-million-dollar/ multi-year energy reduction and conservation partnership between Edinboro University and Honeywell Building Solutions that has been ongoing since 2007, resulting in guaranteed cost and energy savings campuswide. “It’s also important to note that the new solar array is in addition to the many geothermal wells being drilled for the heating and cooling at all new and renovation campus building projects,” he said.

Edinboro University launches Cooper Hall expansion & renovation

Cooper Hall wall-breaking team.


Architectural rendering of Cooper Hall.

Edinboro first State System institution to go “Green” for commencement

A decorated “Green” cap.


It wasn’t a ground-breaking. It was a wall-breaking! Edinboro University and state officials on January 22 launched the $29 million Cooper Hall renovationexpansion project with a unique ceremony in which participants smashed a wall – bearing a tartan bulls-eye, no less – to smithereens! While the original 90,000 square feet is being totally renovated, the facility will also be expanded by some 30,000 square feet. “We know that Cooper Hall will soon become the region’s finest academic science building and one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced in the state,” said President Brown.

Construction, including implementation of a geothermal heating and cooling system and creation of a new greenhouse, will take about two years. The building is expected to be fully occupied by January 2012. Cooper Hall, when completed, will house departmental offices for various science faculty, lecture halls, classrooms and instructional laboratories. It will also house the planetarium, observatory and a new greenhouse that will contribute to a Living-Learning environment designed to facilitate teaching and research opportunities related to sustainability. View the wall-breaking video on YouTube: Bqo31Kv2-H8

Edinboro University has taken its dedication to protecting the environment to the next level. In December, Edinboro graduates were decked out in December 2009 graduates and GreenWeaver graduation their “Green” caps. caps and gowns made of 100 percent, postconsumer recycled plastic bottles. Edinboro was the first university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to have its graduating class wear the “green” caps and gowns. Each GreenWeaver gown keeps an average of 23 plastic bottles from winding up in a landfill. More than 530 Edinboro students graduated on December 19. That equated to more than 12,300 recycled bottles being kept from landfills. The new graduation gear is produced ... continued on page 24

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by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a Virginia manufacturer of academic apparel. To create the material for each gown, recyclable bottles are processed and chopped into fragments called “flakes.” The flakes are then melted and solidified into uniform pellets called “chips.” Chips are melted and converted to filament yarn, which is woven and dyed.



Professor’s work with disabled students gains NASA recognition

Professor David Hurd, of the Geosciences Department, has been on

the cutting edge of education and public outreach with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for over 6 years. Recently, the work done by Hurd and his wife Robin, a nationally recognized expert in working with students with disabilities, was detailed in an extensive article on NASA’s Website. The article can be found at http:// foreducators/a-feel-for-astronomy. html. David, who is also director of the University’s planetarium, and his wife Robin, in association with tactile engineer John Matelock, have

worked through Edinboro and NASA to develop tactile, or textured, products that can be used in teaching about space to students who are visually impaired. The star product of their work is the guidebook “Tactile Guide to the Solar System.” The guide illustrates the comparative size and distance of the planets in the solar system and also details the individual characteristics of each planet. The objects in the guide are not smooth, like a ball, but textured so students can understand that planets have unique surface features.

PMI and Edinboro University bring unique partnership to Erie Edinboro University and Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) have entered into a collaborative agreement that brings PMI’s successful Meadville workforce-based training programs to the University’s Porreco Center. Through this unique partnership, Edinboro and PMI will help educate Erie’s workforce in technical disciplines required in today’s job marketplace, providing participants with greater access to rapidly changing and evolving technology. The partnership, which has flourished in Meadville, is seen as a positive step forward in Erie’s job and economic development. “Having a skilled workforce is presently a challenge, and it will become even more so in the future,” said President Brown. “By partnering with PMI at our centrally located Erie facility, we will meet a need that has long been recognised. Whereas, in the past, adequate resources to conduct such training for our local businesses and their employees have been limited at best or simply unavailable.” He said the partnership with PMI will work closely with local businesses to ensure they have the well-trained workers they need for their continued viability and success. “Our workforce in Erie and in northwestern Pennsylvania is our most precious asset,” he said. “We have some of the best and most willing workers in the country. What’s needed is training. The education we will now be able to provide will help companies sustain themselves with this most important resource – our skilled workforce; by offering the programmes we are, in essence, manufacturing manufacturers. It’s a shared vision which has brought our two institutions together, a win-win proposition for Erie residents and businesses.”

Now if only they’ll teach me to ‘tweet.’

Peers as Old as My Kids By Mary Amidon Murray


A Non-Traditional Student Looks Back

25 It was during group work, when I was forced to engage with my 20-something peers, that I developed friendships. Kelly, 22, and I have made a pact to stay in touch. It doesn’t seem to matter that I am 10 years older than her mother. Keri, who I have nicknamed “my honey bun,” says I make her day and make her laugh. She is filled with energy and wit, and she makes my day, too. My peers have filled me with hope for their future and my own. I cheer them on and encourage them in their job pursuits. These grad students have provided me with a safe haven, a place where I, too, can grow. They’ve also taught me that people in their 20s have more substance than I previously had given them credit. Who cares if they don’t remember Watergate and Vietnam? Those are not exactly sterling moments in our nation’s history. Instead, they’ve got their eyes on the future. Now if only they’ll teach me to ‘tweet.’

Mary Amidon Murray graduated in August 2009 with an M.A. in Communication Studies from Edinboro University. A longer version of this article appeared in the National Communication Association Spectra June/July 2009 issue


Few people can say they are living the good life, but that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 18 months. I took the bold step of enrolling in the Master’s program in Communication Studies at Edinboro University. While I was banking on an advanced degree, what I didn’t anticipate was developing a new set of younger friends, most of whom I could be their mother. Eight years earlier, I had left my 20-plus-year career in daily newspapering to become a taxi-driver to my three young children. As they entered their teens and their college educations loomed on the horizon, I figured the best way to re-enter the job market would be to arm myself with some new skills. I had no qualms about sitting in the classroom again, but what I did not anticipate was that my peers would be 30 years younger than me. Initially, I found friendship with another non-traditional grad student who worked as a graduate assistant in the same office where I was lucky enough to land. Tracey, 37, generally helped me to navigate this new, exciting but foreign terrain. I had a false sense of security but got my comeuppance when the class discussions turned to new media. I’d never been on YouTube, never texted and clearly didn’t have a Facebook page. My classmates were more than kind, helping me set up a Facebook account and walking me through myriad other techie tasks for which I sheepishly sought help.


Alumni Activities



Members of the Host Committee include: Allison Bressler, ’03, ’05 Jamie (Luby) Lenzo, ’99 Bryan Lenzo, ’00

New Albany Country Club was the setting for the July 18 Alumni Gathering. Those in attendance included: President Jeremy D. Brown and Rebeca Acuña, Allison Bressler, ’03, ’05, Aileen Clark, ’57, Brian, ’97 and Kelly Decker, Donna Deeter, ’01, Julie Fedders, ’69, ’70, Mary, ’82, and Jeffrey Foster, Kristen, ’94, ’07, and Michael Garcia, Michael, ’70, and Michelle, ’69, ’70, Higgins, Daniel, ’70, and Delores Higham, Dawn, ’85, and Ken Hodges, Ingrid Jacobs, ’86, Susan Kahrl, ’70, Kathleen, ’75, and Clayton Kie, Jason Law, ’00, Bryan, ’00, and Jamie, ’99, Lenzo, Carolyn Merry, ’72, Kenneth, ’59, and Peggy, ’60, Miller, Jon Pulice, ’90, ’92, Niaz Shaikh, ’91, Herman Tomer, ’71, Lynda Waring, ’66, Noel, ’71, and Juanita Watson, Bruce Whitehair, ’73, Sharon Zielsdorf, ’73.

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(L-R) William Spoonhoward, ’65, Patrick Santelli, ’62, Pamela, ’65, and William Golla, ’64, Carmen Violi, ’57, and Joseph Lodge, ’62, enjoy spending an afternoon together playing bocce at the Santelli home located in Allison Park, Pa. The background sculpture is the work of alumnus James Myford, ’62.


Every summer the sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha from the Pittsburgh area meet for lunch. Sisters pictured include: (back row) – Patti (Kubinac) Wall, ’72, Judy (Stoecklein) Davis, ’72, Kathi (Jarzynka) Green, ’72, Connie (Mac) Karrs, ’72, (front row) – Becky (Quinn) Olechnowicz, ’72, Joanne (Zappa) Yingling, ’72, Donna (Schneider) Berger, ’72.

Alumni Homecoming Raffle


And the winners are . . .



(front row): Becky Stafford, ’72, and her husband Bill, ’70, owners of Subway Sandwiches in Edinboro. (back row left to right): Paul Belosh, ’69, and Jon Pulice, ’90 and ’92. The Stafford’s won a two-night stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites (Edinboro) for Homecoming Weekend 2010.

Alumni Board Member Paul Belosh, ’69, Todd Rebich, president of Rebich Investments in Edinboro, and Director of Alumni Relations Jon Pulice, ’90 and ’92. Rebich was the winner of the Splash Lagoon (Erie) Get-Away Package.

(left to right): Alumni Board Member Paul Belosh, ’69, Michelee Curtze, ’72 and ’75, Fritz Curtze, and Jon Pulice, ’90 and ’92. Michelee and Fritz were the proud winners of 12 gift certificates for local and national chain restaurants.

Alumni on the Move Award

Sue Alex

Sue Alex received the Alumni on the Move Award at the 21st Annual Speech and Hearing Alumni Conference held on the campus of Edinboro University for her extraordinary achievements over the past 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Disorders in 1988 and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1989, both from Edinboro. Sue then took a position as a speech-language pathologist in the Palm Beach County (FL) School District. She advanced through several positions in the school district to her current one as Exceptional Student Education Program Planner for Speech, Language, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Pre-Kindergarten Programming. Now in her 20th year with the district, Sue oversees 307 speech-language pathologists in 186 schools. Those schools serve over 173,000 students, with over 15,000 receiving speech-language services. She has arranged for several Edinboro graduate students to intern in her district over the past few years, where they have provided services to children from very diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Splash Lagoon 2010



Alumni attending this year included: William, ’93, ’97, and Barbara (Warhold), ’93, ’95, Adair Aamir, ’92, ’97, and Cheryl (Ashbaugh), ’94, Anwar John Aufman, ’70 Michelle (O’Brien) Beddick, ’04 Matthew Beighley, ’97 Kelly (Nee) Bongiorno, ’88 Michelle Crowther, ’95 Daniel Flatt, ’98 Leighann (Williams) Forbes, ’88, ’94 Harry, ’70, and Maureen (Beighley), ’70, Fry Joseph Gavio, ’89 William, ’64, and Pamela (Santelli), ’65, Golla Marie Hayes, ’00 David, ’79, and Teresa (Skalka), ’80, Huzinec Beth Kendra, ’95 Barbara (Boeh) Kralik, ’75 Richard, ’92, Malinas and Rebecca, ’94, Rowell-Malinas Gary Marches, ’64 Monica (Cartwright) Mathers, ’93

Lock Haven, PA Pittsburgh, PA Allison Park, PA West Springfield, PA Whiteford, MD Fairview, PA Youngsville, PA Warren, PA Waterford, PA Munhall, PA Fairview, PA Pittsburgh, PA Irwin, PA Girard, PA Concord Twp, OH Verona, PA Concord, OH Carnegie, PA North Warren, PA

Trisha (Zappitelli) Obermiyer, ’88 Conneaut, OH Wesley, ’99, and Kimberly (Schmid), ’99, Palmer Erie, PA Ryan Post, ’97 North East, PA Paul, ’89 and Laura (Nee), ’90, Robinson Pittsburgh, PA John, ’90 and Debra (Harayda), ’83, ’85, Seneta Albion, PA Kim (Headlee) Shawley, ’85 North Versailles, PA William Spoonhoward, ’65 Freedom, PA Scott Stiteler, ’03 Pittsburgh, PA Jeffrey Thimons, ’97 Brackenridge, PA Kristen (Duray) Watson, ’99 Monroeville, PA Jennifer (Schneider) Woolstrum, ’97 Pittsburgh, PA Traci (Sobol) Zassick, ’93 Sewickley, PA Katharine (Mersek) Zusman, ’89 Willoughby, OH


On January 15 and 16, Edinboro University’s Office of Alumni Relations hosted the 5th annual Family Fun Event at Splash Lagoon in Erie, Pa. Over 150 alumni and family members enjoyed a tropical weekend of swimming, water slides, and a complimentary pizza party!

This was our 1st time at Splash Lagoon, and the great deal offered through the Alumni Association was the major reason for us to try it. We will definitely go again as long as it’s offered! Wes ’99 and Kim (Schmid) Palmer, ’99, Erie, PA

Save the Date!

Plan on January 14 & 15, 2011. d n e k e e s are w underw tropical d n a n ay for next year’s family fu

homecoming weekend




Classmates of the ’60s and ’70s



Classmates of the ’60s and ’70s gathered at the Edinboro Hotel on August 26, 2009 for a day of reminiscing. This event was organized by Mike Chriest, ’66.

Carl J. Barto, ’69 Paul M. Belosh, ’69 John Buchko Jerry E. Cass, ’67 Michael J. Chriest, ’66 Joseph C. DiFiore, ’65 Daniel B. DiTullio, ’70 William H. DeDionisio, ’67 William P. Dunbar, ’67 and ’70 Dennis A. Ewing, ’67 and ’93 Bernard W. Frohne, ’70 Charles Gallagher, ’69 Frank G. Gentile, ’69 and ’71

Darrell L. Gettys, ’75 John W. Hilka, ’69 Bruce A. Hockensmith, ’66 John D. Horrell, ’68 Douglas Isaac, ’66 John S. Jones, ’67 David W. Korenich, ’66 G. M. Kovacs, ’66 Neil L. Leslie, ’65 David E. Maraden, ’70 and ’74 Richard B. Massucci, ’70 and ’74 James B. McGowan, ’66

James A. Moran, ’70 Robert Oglevee, ’65 Paul J. Perowicz, ’67 and ’73 James Prokell, ’72 Henry T. Rish, ’67 and ’73 Stephen A. Samol, ’65 Raimondi (Ron) Tate, ’69 and ’73 Keith E. Thimons, ’69 William H. Thompson, ’73 Bill Yoder Melvin V. Zachetti, ’70 and ’73 Thomas J. Zahorchak, ’71

MISSING FROM PHOTOGRAPH: Gary E. Boyle, ’64 Kenneth P. Brandt, ’69 and ’72 Jack L. Case, ’65 and ’71 Domenic DiVito Thomas D. Halmi, ’64 and ’70 Thomas P. Hargest, ’70 and ’96 Thaddeus A. Kiesnowski, ’64 Frederic A. Krehely, ’64 Dennis L. Merritt, ’66 James P. Mullaugh, ’70 Edward J. Stotsky, ’64 and ’66 Kenneth R. Walker, ’70 Michael R. Zahorchak, ’64

Alumni Activities Carrying On the Edinboro Legacy The staff at the Johnsonburg Area Elementary School in Elk County, Pa. take a few minutes to pose for a group “Boro” photo. J.A.E.S. has the distinguished honor of having 17 Edinboro graduates on their current staff. In addition, the staff can boast that 9 of their children, 8 spouses and numerous other relatives carry on the Edinboro tradition. EDINBORO

These Edinboro Alumni are proud to have contributed to the distinction of their elementary school having achieved adequate yearly progress for five consecutive years now.


Front Row: Joann (Smith) Castle, ’77, Jim Primerano, ’74, Tim Raubenstrauch, ’00, Rick Zeigler, ’75, Barb (Beichner) Pistner, ‘73. Row 2: Lori (Shrefler) Oknefski, ’83, Elaine Steis, ’72, Becky Pistner, ’05, Karen (Trumbull) Cline, ’68, Sue (Bizzak) Stitt, ’70, Sylvia “Cindy” (Cherry) Carnessali, ’71, Lois (Storrar) Kneidel, ’74, Debbie (Chadwick) Bressler, ’71, Dennis Crotzer, ’79, ’07. Back Row: Judi (Novosel) Cook, ’72 ,’75, Gina (Hartle) Schreiber, ’98, Melinda Lindberg, ’08. Submitted by: Debbie (Chadwick) Bressler, ’71, granddaughter of Lulu (Galey) Brenneman, 1910, mother of Allison Bressler, ’03, ’05, Lori (Shrefler) Oknefski, ’83, wife of Kevin Oknefski, ’84, sister of Larry Shrefler, ’75, ’94, Rick Zeigler, ’75, husband of Elizabeth (Walker) Zeigler, ’75, father of Dan Zeigler, ’09.


Alumni Visits



Gary and Margaret Hertweck, ’77, returned to campus for the first time in more than 30 plus years and met with Bruce Whitehair, vice president for university advancement. Margaret was a philosophy major who has enjoyed a successful career in healthcare administration. She is currently director of marketing for Psychological Skills Press. Her husband, Gary (aka Garret Hart), has worked professionally as program director of WMDI (now JET FM), PD/OM for WAPL/WHBY in Appleton, Wisconsin, program director for WDVE in Pittsburgh, and format manager for Sirius Satellite Radio.

Bruce Whitehair, vice president for university advancement, had breakfast with Nils Schroder, ’64, and his wife, Karen, during a trip to California last July.

The winning foursome (by drawing) of the 18th Annual Alumni and Friends Homecoming 2009 Golf Outing (left to right): Brady McFadden, ’07, Corry Lino, ’99, Chris Rudd, ’98, and Jason Keller, ’96.

Lambda Chi Alpha Golf Outing Lambda Chi Alpha held a golf outing at Lindenwood Country Club in Canonsburg, Pa. on August 1 to raise money for Lambda Chi Alpha’s scholarship program.



Dr. Louella “Bunny” Bucho, ’62, Faculty Emeritus, was elected as a lifetime member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Pictured are: (first row) Matt Dewe; (second row, left to right) Gary Mack, ’97, Jim Ackelson, ’82, Jim Kirk, ’74, Doug Vizzini, ’80, Jon Prestia; (third row) Frank Pizza Purrachio, ’82, Jim Bennett, ’78, Steve Greco, ’80, Ray Yeager, ’79; (fourth row) Matt Fregly, John Junker, ’77, ’90, Vic Perri, ’75, Matt Smith, Rick Bray; (fifth row) Jay Conley, ’75, Mike Ondovichik, John Ernst, Doug Boyer, ’78, Mike Brzozowski, ’74, Carl Ulmer, and Dave Yundt, ’75. Members of the winning team include John Ernst, Jim Kirk, ’74, Dave Yundt, ’75, and Matt Smith. Missing from photo: Chip Young


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Homecoming 2009 Dear Alumni Association, I am a 1972 graduate of Edinboro University. My degree was for elementary and special education. After returning from my first homecoming this year, I decided that it was about time that I made a donation to the university that helped me to have such a wonderful life. Sincerely,

Brenda Tucci, Alumni Event Coordinator, Wayne Ligato, ’72, and the Flying Scotsman just prior to the start of the parade.

Just a quick note to say hello and give you an update! Just finished my first year in Temple University’s Music History Masters Program where I have a full assistantship with a Teaching Assistant position. I’m preparing to write my thesis in the summer/fall, which deals with the interconnectedness of Irish “Art” and “Traditional” music, with a particular focus on

energy at this years Homecoming. I was able to attend for the first time in many years. It was a treat and your efforts were evident. Best regards,

Wayne A. Ligato, ’72 President, CMI-Promex, Inc. Pedricktown, New Jersey

urban settings during the 18th and 19th centuries. I was recently awarded a substantial grant through the Presser Foundation to travel back to Ireland (I spent winter break there as well) to continue my research and attend conferences. Just wanted to say thank you for everything and let you know what this proud Edinboro Alum is up to! Sincerely,

Alisha Nypaver, ’08

Thanks for the birthday wish. Last month I was up for homecoming with the expressed purpose of meeting Bob Palmer, my freshman/sophomore roommate. Bob and I haven’t seen each other, probably since the very early ’70s. It was wonderful to be back at Edinboro, where I spent some of the best years of my life, and to spend a day with my old roomie. Thanks for the memories and the birthday wish.

Charles Lucas, ’62

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Dear Alumni Office Friends,

I would like to thank all of you for your hard work and


Laura Leete, ’72

We Hear From... Cussewago Alumni Gathering Dear Alumni Office – Thank you for being so helpful and for accommodating us in our efforts and endeavors to bring together the former staff members of our wonderful little Cussewago School. Memories of times past keep the present vibrant.





Judy (Weber) Van Zandt, ’68, and the Cussewago Retirement Group A gathering was held at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa. on June 26 for former staff members of Cussewago Elementary School (Penncrest School District). Edinboro Alumni in photo include: First row (left to right): Judy (Weber) Van Zandt, ’68, Judy (Luikart) Vanderwende, ’72, ’79, Robert Braymer, ’77, Jean Michalski Maas, ’69, ’74. Second row (left to right): Betty (Spicer) Litke, ’81, Nancy (Peterson) Stover, ’72, ’76, ’81, Phyllils Giewont, ’69, ’72, Elaine Rudy, ’86, ’87, ’88, Jean (Osborn) Clausman, ’73, ’78, Marguerite Anekite, ’66, Michael Nageotte, ’77, ’83, Marilyn (Fucci) Filipos, ’79, Judith (Bosnjak) Guth, ’69, Ronald Guth, ’71. Third row (left to right): Patti Fiely, ’94, ’03, Shani (Newark) Kingsley, ’93, Kathleen (Chamberlain) Cole, ’79.

N ews N otes 1957 – Richard Siegel Retired from Kean University in Union, N.J. and relocated to Cape Harwich, Mass.

1963 – Dr. Thomas Jambro was awarded the Merchant Mariner License by the United States Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Thomas is the owner of the Harriet, a 43’ yacht located in the Niagara River, Buffalo, N.Y.

Barbara Hauck, ’96, completed her first book, “A Picture Palace Transformed: How Erie’s Warner Theatre Survived a Changing World,” which is based on the writings by the late EUP professor, Dr. John Marsh. Hauck also received the Applause Award of 2009 for her dedication and contributions that have supported ArtsErie and arts in the community. She resides in Fairview, Pa. with her husband, Tom.


1965 – Jean Smith was honored by



Cambridge Who’s Who for Excellence in Elementary Education. Jean retired from the General McLane School District after 44 years of teaching. She resides in Union City, Pa.

1971 – Phyllis (Hohman) Hartman, founder of PGHR Consulting, Inc., located in Ingomar, Pa., co-authored “Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career,” which was published by the Society for Human Resource Management and released at the national conference in New Orleans. Phyllis is also an adjunct professor at La Roche College and Slippery Rock University. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.

1972 – Richard Conwell earned a doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He received the Jefferson Award for Public Service for his participation in multiple volunteer activities throughout Western Pennsylvania. He resides in Cranberry Township, Pa., with his wife Cecelia.

1975 – Deborah (Reddinger) Suhrie received the Golden Apple Award. She is a first grade teacher in Cape Coral, Fla. and has been teaching for 33 years where she resides.

1976 – Michael Kane is the associate administrator for management and administration at National Nuclear Security Administration. He received the senior executive service development program’s “North Star Award” for his leadership in developing the Nation’s next generation of federal senior executives. He was also recognized for his support of continuing professional education in leadership and decision sciences. The award was presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

1987 – Maj. Harold “Nevins” Parkinson, former Army Captain, was promoted to the rank of Major on June 21, 2009 during a ceremony in Coraopolis, Pa. Harold, his wife, Lori, and daughter, Amanda reside in McKee’s Rocks, Pa.

1990 – John Kreeger was promoted to the post of Assistant Director for Procurement at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. John resides in Canton with his wife, Maxine.

1976 – Kim (Hopkins) Bender retired

1990 – Wayne Gizzi recently relocated to

after 33 years of service as a speech and language pathologist for Crestwood School District, Mountain Top, Pa. Kim and her Edinboro roommate, Mary Beth (Moyer) Wilson ’76, celebrated their friendship, milestone birthdays, and Kim’s retirement with a fabulous Caribbean cruise in July.

Tarentum, Pa. and works for MS Refreshments; a supplier for vending machines.

1978 – Dawn (Hamlin) McCombs, Ed.D., former classroom teacher of 23 years, accepted a new position as Literacy Specialist for the Akron Public Schools. She and her husband reside in Akron, Ohio.

1978 – Sharon (McDuff) Monas, Health and Physical Education teacher at Perry Elementary School will be inducted into the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Sharon spent 24 years as the coach at Perry, retiring following the 2002 season.

1972 – Rick Showman completed one

1980 – John Fannin was named by

year touring the friendly roads of Iraq as a civilian convoy driver for the U.S. Marines. He notes that this is good mental therapy for a 57-year- old with a mid-life crisis. Wife Bonnie ’88 agrees and adds that it was a cheaper alternative to an expensive rehabilitation hospital. They reside in Orange Park, Fla.

the Kentucky Music Association as the State of Kentucky’s College/University Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009. John is an associate professor of music at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

1990 – Capt. Stephen “Rich” Libicer, was appointed June 22 to take command of the Las Cruces state police district in New Mexico. Rich is working toward his master’s degree at New Mexico State University and enjoys history, hockey, family, hunting and motorcycles. He resides in Las Cruces with his wife, Michelle (Ratti) ’91, and their two teenage sons. 1990 – Alexander Humanick is the regional vice president of the Lehigh Valley/Pocono Division of Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania. He resides in Fogelsville, Pa. 1994 – Lt. Mark Flanigan, resident of Arlington, Va., has been selected to join the US Delegation to the Federation of United Nations Associations Plenary Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

1995 – Cherrell (Nicholson) Williams received an MBA in Human Resources from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Charlotte, N.C.

1996 – Lonee Lona is an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Cali. where she also resides.

1996 – Harold Holmstrom

Alexander Bard, ’03, serves as the New Hazlett Theater’s Operations Manager, located in the north side of Pittsburgh. The New Hazlett Theater has been awarded Best Practices in Arts Management by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council because of a unique model individuals developed that allows aspiring performing artists and performing groups to cultivate their ideas in a professional performance venue.

his two daughters enjoyed “Tartan Tuesday” and touring the campus. Campbell hopes to make this annual event a daughter and dad tradition. Glenn resides in Apollo, Pa.

2001,’07 – Brent Jernigan received a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University and is the team leader at The Neighborhood Academy – a college preparatory school whose mission is to serve low income students and families from a cross-section of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Prior to joining the academy, Brent was an elementary teacher in Baltimore, Md.

2002 – Drew Carlin, DMD practices Pediatric Dentistry at Beautiful Smiles, Children’s Dental Health in Erie, where he and his wife, Nadia (Iutcovich) ’04, reside.

2002 – Anthony Williams earned a

2009. Jenna teaches secondary Government and Economics with Troy Area School District. They reside in Wellsboro, Pa.

1998 – Jon Kirk and Julie

2005 – Kathryn Hanlin and friend Russ Stachewicz opened U Pick 6 Beer Store on upper Peach Street in Erie, Pa. The store features twelve beers on tap and casual dining, as well as the opportunity for customers to mix-and-match their six packs. Katie is the creative director for Paragon Print Systems and resides in Erie, Pa.

2005 – Aubrae Matthews graduated with honors from Portland State University, earning a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Adult Outreach Education. She is employed in the Adult Education Department at Portland State.

Sara Bressler, ’07, participated in the 56th Presidential Inauguration as part of the largest ever contingent of National Guard members to serve in Washington. Bressler is a photographer and member of the 171st Air Refueling Wing based in Coraopolis, Pa.

Masters in Information Management and an MBA following graduation from Edinboro in 2002. He is the Dean of Student Affairs at The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bruniany, September 5, 2009. Jon is manufacturing manager for Erie Specialty Products. The couple resides in Edinboro, Pa.

1999 – Tiffany (Harris) and Glover Jackson, July 24, 2009. They reside in Owings Mills, Md.

2003 – Kristen (Powell) and Michael Casby, July 25, 2009. Kristen and Michael are elementary school teachers and reside in Bath, Mich.

2003, ’05 – Natalie (Bonavita) and Matthew Spencer ’04, July, 28 2007. Natalie is a speech-language pathologist and Matt is finishing law school at the University of Buffalo.

2004 – Jenelle (Laird) and Thomas Henry, June 13th 2009. They reside in Breinigsville, Pa. and anxiously await their new home to be built.

2002 – John Tice, a 5th grade math teacher at Northern Shores Elementary School was named the city’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. His wife, Sheree (Johnson) ’02, is a 3rd grade teacher. They reside in Suffolk, Va.

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1997 – Glenn Campbell and

1997 – Jennifer (Kronenwetter) and Stephen Sporer, March 7,


had several of his Shaker chairs accepted by the Buffalo Creek Gallery in Shelby, N.C. and the Cat Water Who Signature Gallery in Edinboro. Hal operates the Raspberry Woods Studio, located in Edinboro and Lincolnton, N.C.


N ews N otes … continued from page 41

Family Additions 1990 – Kellie (Chuba) and Lt. Col. Richard Sposato, a son, Kyle Richard, March 5, 2009. He joins his three-year-old sister, Haley. The family resides in Mountain Home, Idaho.


1994 – Dawn (Lohmyer) and husband Michael McArdle, a son, Max



Daniel, October 2008. He joins brother Reilly. The family resides in Farmington Hills, Mich.

1996 – Jessica (Sturtevant) and husband, Kirk Decker, welcomed a son, Milo Kurtis, April 30, 2009. He joins sister Olivia Priscilla. The family resides in Titusville, Pa.

1996, ’01 – HeatherLee (Machacek) and husband, Brad Baron, twins, Danika Lynn and Frank Bradley III, February 27, 2009. They join their sister Nicole Angelique. The family resides in Edinboro, Pa.

1997 – Joan (Rager) and Vincent Marangoni ’96, a daughter, Olyvia Rae, March 21, 2009. She joins big sisters, Ada and Vi. They reside in Apollo, Pa.

1997, ’00 – Gina (Zanghi) and husband, Salvatore Mazzara, a daughter, Adriana

1998, ’03 – Stefanie (Melani) and Michael Trudnowski ’98, twin girls, Sofia Rose and Tessa Lynn, February 9, 2009. Stefanie is a 2nd grade teacher with the Fairview School District and Michael is principal with the Girard School District. The family resides in Erie, Pa.

1999 – Phillip Godak and wife Stacey, twins, Mya Rose and Alexander Chase, July 20, 2009. They reside in Throop, Pa.

’41 – Katherine (Artello) Cherry, August 4, 2009

’43 – Lucille (Marti) Billig, February 20, 2009

’43 – Frank Felice, December 20, 2008

daughter, Piper Kennedy, March 12, 2009. The family resides in Richmond, Va.

July 22, 2009

2002 – Joseph and Destinie Bogda welcomed

April 5, 2009

a daughter, Kammie Elizabeth, June 30, 2009. She joins big brother Kaiden. The family resides in Erie, Pa.

2006 – Megan (Peganoff) and Greg Zimmerman, a daughter, Kendall Jo, April 9, 2009. The family resides in Lansdale, Pa.

’46 – Ruth (Sheldon) Taggart, ’49 – Dorothy (Johnson) Grosch, ’49 – James Fordenbacher, December 26, 2008

’51 – Reno Anderson, January 22, 2009 ’51 – James Hamilton, March 17, 2009 ’51 – June (Leopold) Manchester, April 28, 2009

’53 – Ralph Bertram, February 19, 2009 ’57 – Joseph Iacovetta, May 10, 2009

In Memoriam ’26 – Faye (Perry) Knapp, April 27, 2009 ’27 – Grace (Cardot) Seyboldt Heyl,

1997 – Tony Gigliotti and Deborah (Callan) ’97, a son, Joseph Vincent,

June 12, 2009

April 13, 2009. She joins brother Ethan, 4. They reside in North East, Pa.

September 21, 2009

’45 – Ruth (Jones) Miller, June 22, 2009

July 1, 2009

1998 – Phillip and Tara Elton, a daughter, Kaylee Rose,

’39 – Robert Scarpitti,

1999 – Amy (Antonik) and husband, Greg Spence, a

Josephine, December 4, 2008. She joins big sister Lucia. The family resides in Henderson, Nev.

October 1, 2008. He joins sister Callan Marissa. The family resides in Warren, Pa.

’36 – Alice (Scott) Campman, March 25, 2009

’27 – Mary (Flanigan) Hamilton, ’30 – Sophia (Kowalski) Zilcosky, April 22, 2008

’33 – Alice Salen, March 4, 2009

’58 – James Beck, January 20, 2009 ’58 – Douglas Salmon, April 12, 2009 ’60 – Charlotte (Schenker) Hann, July 16, 2009

’61 – Wanda (Filipkowski) Luce, May 22, 2009

’62 – Doris (Bemis) Ashton, August 26, 2009

’62, ’68 – Mary Straneva, April 9, 2009 ’64 – Sharon Cerami, Ph.D.,

’34 – Harold Mallery, March 30, 2009

April 19, 2009

’34 – Virginia (Hays) Haven,

’64 – Joseph Ondrey, January 26, 2008

April 22, 2009

’36 – Reba (Billings) Pierson, July 14, 2009

’65, ’70 – Wayne Cable, April 21, 2009 ’65, ’71 – John Hamilton, April 25, 2009

’66 – Deane Lint, May 1, 2009 ’66 – Terry Hart, November 16, 2008 ’66, ’71 – John Check, April 5, 2009 ’68 – Jacqueline (Albanowski) Laughlin, May 29, 2009

’77 – Debra (Myers) Spiller, September 18, 2009

’79 – Paul Lane, June 13, 2009 ’80 – Robert Thralls, April 26, 2009 ’84 – R. Gene Trunzo, February 10, 2009

’68 – Michele Deprille, January 31, 2009

’85 – Andrew Sorensen, March 24, 2008

’69 – Sharon (Stark) Belan,

’86 – Lisa (Lobasso) Whorral,

September 24, 2009

September 28, 2008

’69 – Mary (Wolf) Haile, July 20, 2009

’90 – Robert Seaberg, August 13, 2009

’69, ’72 – Margaret “Marge” Karl,

’90 – Edward Mehalko, July 22, 2009

September 9, 2009

’92 – Scott Gates, July 31, 2009

’69, ’73 – Sherleen (Whittenberger) Fiorina, September 22, 2007

’93 – Linda (Emig) Field, July 30, 2009

’71 – Herman Joyner, April 5, 2009

’93 – Deborah (Hunter) Sweeney,

’71 – Edmund Quinn Jr., November 17, 2008 ’71 – David Knowlton, March 14, 2009 ’72 – Mary (Louis) Rosenfeld,

April 30, 2009

’94 – Rebecca Beynon, April 21, 2009 ’95 – John Gilmore, March 27, 2009

September 7, 2009

’97 – Kathryn White, July 11, 2009

’72 – Donald Walbridge, Sr.,

’01 – Tracy (Loper) Calabrese,

April 24, 2009

’73 – Larry Deep, February 28, 2008 ’73 – Rae Ann Hollander, April 30, 2009 ’73 – Patricia (Posa) Moore,

June 13, 2009

’01 – Julie (Prenatt) Higgins, March, 31, 2009

’02, ’08 – Susan Esper, May 30, 2009

February 16, 2009

’03 – Richard Gribenas, March 17, 2009

’73 – Regis Uram, February 19, 2009

’07 – Molly Stanton, March 7, 2009

’74 – Earl Fuller, June 5, 2009

’08 – John Trocki, August 13, 2009

’74 – Rev. Byron Oakes, August 6, 2009 ’74 – Kathleen (Fulmer) Valco, August 24, 2008

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Lou Rosselli

Inducted into Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame


Former Edinboro wrestling standout and assistant coach Lou Rosselli, ’93, was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on October 29. Rosselli was one of ten members of the class of 2009. He currently serves as the associate head wrestling coach at Ohio State and was named the 2009 NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year. While in his fourth year as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes, he served for 11 years as an assistant coach at Edinboro after completing an illustrious career with the Fighting Scots.

In addition to his coaching career, Rosselli established himself as one of the top lightweight freestyle wrestlers in the United States before retiring after the 2000 Olympic Trials.



Lou Rosselli (photo by Mike Gallagher)

On the mats, Rosselli was a two-time All-American while competing for the Fighting Scots from 1989-93, earning All-American honors with a fourth place finish at 118 lbs. in 1991 and a third place finish at 118 lbs. in ’93. He was named the EWL Freshman of the Year in 1989 and became Edinboro’s first freshman to earn a trip to the NCAA Division I National Championships. He was named the EWL and PSAC Wrestler of the Year following his senior season. The Middleport, N.Y. native graduated from Edinboro with a bachelor’s degree in health & physical education in 1993. That same year he was named winner of Edinboro’s Sox Harrison Award, presented to the top senior male athlete. He departed with a 136-25-4, and still ranks fourth in career wins. Rosselli was a three-time PSAC champion. Off the mats, he earned Academic All-American honors. He then joined the Fighting Scots as an assistant coach. In his 11 seasons he helped Edinboro become a force in the EWL and PSAC. In his final season the Fighting Scots won their eighth EWL Tournament crown in nine years under head coach Tim Flynn and also came away with their seventh PSAC title in the last nine years. In addition to his coaching career, Rosselli established himself as one of the top lightweight freestyle wrestlers in the United States before retiring after the 2000 Olympic Trials. He won the U.S. National Championships in 1995, ’96 and ’99, earning a berth on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team with a dramatic victory in the finals of the Olympic Trials. At the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Rosselli competed along with former collegiate coach Bruce Baumgartner. He was in contention for a bronze medal before suffering a broken arm during his second victory, forcing him to withdraw from the competition. This marked the third Hall of Fame induction for Rosselli. He previously was inducted into the Edinboro and Eastern Wrestling League Hall’s of Fame.

Dana Webb

Named Edinboro’s First Softball All-American

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Dana Webb in action (photo by Mike Gallagher)

She had 19 games with multiple hits this season, and 14 games with two or more RBIs. That included five RBI games against Gannon and Lake Superior State, along with three four-RBI games. In terms of career records, Webb departs as the career leader in home runs (33), RBIs (135), doubles (34), and games played (160), along with ranking second in batting average (.370), hits (179), runs (96), and at bats (484) and fourth in stolen bases (30). Edinboro finished the season with a 26-19 record and qualified for the PSAC Tournament. The 26 wins is a school record.


Dana Webb became Edinboro’s first softball All-American after a record-breaking 2009 season. She was accorded Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-American honors, landing a spot on the third team at second base. In addition, she was named to the Daktronics All-American Softball Team, earning a spot on the first team. Webb, who was earlier named the PSAC West Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region first team, was previously accorded first team Daktronics All-Atlantic Region honors and second team NFCA All-Atlantic Region honors. She had earned first team NFCA accolades in 2007 and 2008. Her PSAC West Player of the Year honors marked the first time an Edinboro player had received that award. Webb didn’t just rewrite the Edinboro record book, she shattered it. The senior second baseman hit .448 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs, all school records. Edinboro’s previous record in a season for home runs was eight, which Webb tied a year ago, and the record for RBIs was 34. She also set school records for runs (39), hits (60), doubles (12), and base on balls (19). In addition, her 16 stolen bases was tied for sixth in a season. She led the PSAC in hitting and finished second in runs batted in and home runs. She stands sixth in the Division II in slugging percentage (.948), seventh in home runs per game, 11th in RBIs per game, 12th in home runs, 23rd in on-base percentage (.525), and 26th in batting. Webb also excelled in the field, making just three errors in 189 chances for a .984 fielding percentage. In fact, in four years as Edinboro’s starting second baseman she made just 16 errors.

Daren Tielsch (photo by Mike Gallagher)

Kelly Calderone (photo by Mike Gallagher)




Wedding Bells Ring for Former Hoops Stars Kelly Calderone and Daren Tielsch walked down the aisle on May 9. Wedding bells were ringing for several former Edinboro basketball players during the summer. And years from now, sports agents may be lining up at their doors. Not one, but two pair of former Fighting Scots men’s and women’s basketball players were married, and we’re talking four of the premier players to roam McComb Fieldhouse. When we say it’s in the genes, we mean it. For starters, Kelly Calderone and Daren Tielsch walked down the aisle on May 9. Calderone played three seasons for Stan Swank’s women’s basketball team, from 2004-07, departing as the fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,460 points. She also holds the school record for career free throw percentage at 85.6 percent. The guard was a three-time All-PSAC West selection. Tielsch also played three seasons for Greg Walcavich’s Fighting Scots. His career spanned from 2004-07, as well, and during that time he accumulated 1,377 points, which ranks ninth all-time, and 739 rebounds, which also stands ninth. The forward earned All-PSAC West honors in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The Tielsch’s now reside in McKees Rocks, Pa. Kelly works as a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital, while Daren works for the Cigna Group and is also an assistant boys basketball coach at Montour High School. The head coach at Montour is another Boro great, Adam Kaufman.

On July 6, Maria DiVecchio and Duke Gartrell tied the knot. Maria DiVecchio was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team, concluding her career with 1,214 points and 590 rebounds while playing from 2002-06. She ranks 14th in career scoring and 11th in career rebounding, and earned All-PSAC West accolades in 2003-04. Duke Gartrell is one of the top long-range shooters to play for the Fighting Scots. While playing from 1999-2003, the left-handed guard accumulated 847 career points. He ranks second in career three-pointers made (176) and career three-pointers attempted (518). DiVecchio teaches third grade at Burton Elementary School in Erie, while Gartrell is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Daiichisankyo. The newlyweds reside in Erie.

Edinboro announces return of men’s and women’s tennis

Fall Teams Reach NCAA Competition

The football team, under the direction of head coach Scott Browning, made its first appearance since 2004 in the NCAA Playoffs and was the fifth seed in Super Regional One.

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Three Edinboro programs were either selected or qualified for the NCAA Playoffs this fall. Leading the way was the men’s cross country team, which reached the NCAA Division II National Championships for the 30th straight year, the longest streak in Division II. The squad, under head coach Doug Watts, qualified thanks to a second place finish in the Atlantic Regional. Ben Hahn led the way as he won the individual crown at the regional. The Fighting Scots would go on to finish 12th at the national championships. The football team, under the direction of head coach Scott Browning, made its first appearance since 2004 in the NCAA Playoffs and was the fifth seed in Super Regional One. The Fighting Scots were forced to go on the road and play at fourth-seeded East Stroudsburg in the first round. They rallied from an early deficit to win 31-16. A week later Edinboro would drop an 84-63 decision at West Liberty, the number one seed, to finish the year at 9-4. That tied the school record for wins in a season. Finally, the volleyball team made the NCAA Playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons under head coach Missy Soboleski. The Fighting Scots, seeded sixth, knocked off third-seeded Clarion in five games in the first round of the Atlantic Regional. The next day they fell in three games to Lock Haven, the number two seed, in the regional semifinals. Edinboro finished the year with a 23-13 record.


A once renowned sports program is returning to Edinboro University. President Brown has announced that tennis, once one of the top programs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the NAIA, will be reinstated beginning in 2010-11. “The nation’s economic troubles have significantly impacted higher education. As a result, many institutions are eliminating athletic programmes,” said President Brown. “Through the support of our generous alumni, we are able to bring tennis back to Edinboro University.” The men’s and women’s tennis programs were dropped at Edinboro following the 2003 season. Budget cuts necessitated the move at that time, which included the dropping of baseball, as well. The decision did not sit well with a loyal group of tennis alumni, and that group pledged to raise the necessary funds to return the sport to Edinboro. Since then, tennis alumni and friends have raised $1.1 million, allowing for the return of a sport which captured PSAC men’s championships in 1964, 1974 and 1978, along with a women’s crown in 1978. “The tennis program enjoyed a rich tradition at Edinboro at one time,” related Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner. “The addition of men’s and women’s tennis helps diversify our offerings for prospective studentathletes. We look forward to fielding a team that will be competitive in the PSAC and the region.” Edinboro men’s tennis ranked among the top programs in NAIA District 18 back in the 1970s, and included trips to the NAIA National Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1974. Former men’s tennis players Arnold Bradshaw, Fred Casoli, Jim Flynn, Joe Iacovetta, Delbert Lemmon, Dennis Ranalli, Ted Robinson, and Jerome Simon were inducted as members of the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame. The women’s team is represented by Kim Wright and Mary Ann Chilcott. The search for a coach of the two new programs has already begun, and Edinboro expects to name that individual in the near future. The addition of men’s and women’s tennis gives Edinboro ten varsity women’s sports and seven varsity men’s sports.



French National Wheelchair Basketball Team Visits Edinboro University Team Trains with Edinboro’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and World Champion Coach The French Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team came to the campus of Edinboro University in February to train closely with Edinboro’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and, in particular, under the watchful eye of Edinboro head coach Jim Glatch. Glatch led the United States to the U23 World Championship this past summer. Additionally, Glatch has been selected as the head coach of the United States men’s team in the 2010 IWBF World Championships in Birmingham, England. Prior to this summer’s World Championships, Glatch and members of Edinboro’s Wheelchair Basketball Team held a wheelchair basketball clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded veterans. “Coach Glatch’s success working with wheelchair basketball players transcends the borders of not only Pennsylvania but the United States,” said President Brown. “His work with Edinboro’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and the United States World Championship Team has amassed international attention and

“The French coach really liked the way we played the game and was very interested in training with us.” Jim Glatch



respect for our institution. We are very proud of him and his players” The U23 World Championships took place in Paris, France, and afforded Glatch the opportunity to get to know the French coaching staff. “The French coach really liked the way we played the game and was very interested in training with us,” said Glatch. “They qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1994 and felt this would be a valuable training experience, along with the educational factor while spending time on a college campus. We were very excited to host the French team. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our team to work out with them, and I’m honored that they would want to train with us.”

The French team held a week of training camp at Edinboro University from February 1-7. Glatch kept the French team very busy during their stay at Edinboro. In addition to practices and scrimmages with the Edinboro Wheelchair Basketball Team, team members visited a few high school French classes and made a day trip to Cleveland.

The French National Team also joined a contingent of seven other teams taking part in the Intercollegiate Division Tournament hosted by Edinboro. The tournament ran from February 5-7. Contests took place all three days in McComb Fieldhouse and the Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center.


French wheelchair basketball team practicing inside the Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center.


Doug Watts at banquet in his honor (photo by Mike Gallagher)



Cross Country Course Named in Honor of Doug Watts

Doug Watts (Edinboro Sports Info photo)

Cross country was at the forefront at Edinboro the weekend of October 31 November 1. It all began Saturday, October 31, as Edinboro hosted the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

On Sunday, November 1, Edinboro recognized long-time head coach Doug Watts for over 40 years of success as the Fighting Scots’ cross country and track & field coach. The Doug Watts Celebration Banquet proved a huge success, with a large number of former and current cross country and track & field athletes sharing memories with Watts. The culmination of the event was the official naming of the cross country course by the University as the Doug Watts Cross Country Course. Located across from Lawrence Towers on Perry Lane, the course will now feature a large finishing gate with the course title. “Doug Watts has served Edinboro University as a coach

and educator of young men and women for over 40 years,” related Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner. “His success in the sport of cross country is unparalleled, with six national champions and a current NCAA Division II record of 29 straight years qualifying for the National Championships. Doug has trained nine national champions in cross country and track & field, along with over 200 All-American certificates. Finally, Doug’s students have always excelled in the classroom. This is a fitting tribute to a gentleman who has helped make Edinboro athletics what it is today.” Added President Brown, “Doug has received many well-deserved accolades for

his commitment to the excellence of student-athletes inside and outside of the classroom. It is now our opportunity, and honor, to recognise him for his four decades of success at Edinboro.” Following the Doug Watts Celebration Banquet, the dinner attendees were given a tour of the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome. The dome marks the first time Edinboro will have an indoor practice facility for track & field training and is expected to greatly boost Edinboro’s track & field prospects in the future. The dome was the site of the PSAC Track & Field Championships in late February.

Jim Glatch

Leads U23 Team to World Title

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Defense played a huge role in the win, as the United States came up with 24 steals in the game. Jenifer led the way with five while playing just over 28 minutes. He made 2 of 4 field goals to finish with four points, adding three rebounds and three assists. Gray played just under eight minutes in the final, ending the day with four points while making both of his field goal attempts. He had two rebounds, an assist and a steal. The United States advanced to the finals with an 86-43 win over Australia in the semifinals. The first meeting with Australia was one of the few close games they played, a 67-53 decision, but this time around they jumped out to a big lead and coasted. Jenifer played just under 16 minutes, finishing with six points and five rebounds. He made 3 of 4 field goals and was 0 of 2 from the line, adding two assists and a pair of steals. Gray missed both of his field goal attempts and pulled down four rebounds, adding in a steal in 16:32 playing time. In addition, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) announced that Glatch will serve as the head coach of the United States men’s team in the 2010 IWBF World Championships in Birmingham, England.


Edinboro University wheelchair basketball coach Jim Glatch, along with Fighting Scots Trey Jenifer and Tommie Gray, led the United States to the IWBF U23 World Championship this summer in Paris, France. With Glatch serving as the head coach, the United States completed a perfect showing at the championships with a 77-54 win over Spain in the title game. It left the United States with a perfect 8-0 record. The United States had defeated Spain, 81-40, in its first game, but Spain had gone on to win its next six games to reach the finals. The United States led 37-27 at the half, then rode a huge 31-8 advantage in the third quarter to coast to the championship.


Trevor Harris Concludes Record-Breaking Career



A two-time Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and three-time regional finalist, Harris finished his career with 11,899 yards passing, good for second all-time in the PSAC and fifth all-time in Division II.

Trevor Harris (photo by Mike Gallagher)

Did we mention that Harris received his degree in Mathematics in December, and was named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 for the third straight year?

Continuing the tradition of great Edinboro players, Harris competed in the Cactus Bowl, the annual Division II All-Star game, in January. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 97 yards. The numbers are indeed impressive, but the only numbers that really matter to head coach Scott Browning is wins. Edinboro tied the school record for wins the last two years with nine wins each season. Did we mention that Harris received his degree in Mathematics in December, and was named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 for the third straight year? The PSAC Top Ten recognizes the finest student-athletes in the conference, with Harris compiling a 3.50 GPA. After his four years as Edinboro’s quarterback, it will be hard to get past the Harris Era. It may also be unnecessary. One of Edinboro’s backup quarterbacks this year – Cody Harris, Trevor’s younger brother. Only time will tell.

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A two-time Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and three-time regional finalist, Harris finished his career with 11,899 yards passing, good for second all-time in the PSAC and fifth all-time in Division II. In addition, his career total of 12,691 yards in total offense is also second all-time in the PSAC and sixth in Division II. Harris totaled 100 career passing touchdowns, second in the PSAC and 15th in Division II. He set a new PSAC career record for completions (966), while standing third in career pass attempts in the PSAC with 1,464. This past season Harris completed 269 of 402 passes for a school-record 3,304 yards, with 24 TDs and 8 INTs. He also finished as the second-leading rusher with 370 yards on 112 carries with 6 TDs. Harris broke his own record for total offense in a season with 3,674 yards. He became the first Edinboro quarterback to throw for at least 2,500 yards all four seasons, and also to throw for at least 20 TDs all four seasons. Harris earned All-PSAC West first team honors for the third straight year, and was a second team choice as a freshman. The PSAC West Rookie of the Year in 2006, he was named the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.


When Trevor Harris was being recruited to Edinboro, a former Edinboro assistant coach described him as the type of quarterback you win championships with. Unfortunately for the Fighting Scots, they never won a championship with Harris at the helm, but what a run they enjoyed during his four years. Edinboro finished in the national rankings his last two years, and the 6'2", 225 lb. quarterback capped his career by helping the Fighting Scots reach the NCAA Playoffs for the first time since 2004. They would hand East Stroudsburg a 31-16 defeat in the first round of the playoffs before dropping an incredible 84-63 decision at West Liberty the following week. While the disappointment was great following that loss, it typified the type of numbers Harris put up in his four seasons. In that final game he completed 50 of 76 passes for 630 yards, all school records. In fact, the 630 yards are a Division II playoff record, breaking the standard of 595 set by Keith Null of West Texas A&M in 2008. He threw for five touchdowns to tie his own school record, and finished with a school record 647 yards in total offense. He added two touchdowns rushing to account for seven touchdowns in all. The Waldo, Ohio native concluded an incredible career this past November that saw him break every school record for passing and total offense. Along the way he climbed into the top five in most Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rankings and placed his name among the NCAA Division II career leaders.

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