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Annual Report 2013


From The President Programs with a national reputation for quality, first-rate facilities and the many superb people of Edinboro University – our faculty, staff and especially our students – make me profoundly optimistic about the University’s future. Edinboro University’s human and physical resources position it well for excelling in this transformational time in higher education. We face the same challenges with which many other universities struggle, yet we meet the reality of a smaller pool of high school graduates and reduced state allocations with great clarity about our fundamental mission. Our focus is not simply on meeting the challenges of today, but on attaining uncompromising excellence and setting a course for higher achievement tomorrow.


We are committed to enhancing quality, to greater success in recruitment and retention, and to expanding opportunities that enable students to excel academically. We are equally dedicated to ensuring that students complete their degrees on time and are prepared to create better lives for their families and their communities. The student success that these commitments represent is at the center of all we do at Edinboro University. Every day, seeing our students meet challenges and exceed expectations inspires the University’s faculty, staff and administration to also excel. Through the faces and voices of students and faculty on the following pages, you’ll learn more about how the University is accomplishing the very important work of encouraging and supporting them in their goals.


To ensure Edinboro University students continue to be inspired, engaged and prepared during their years at Edinboro and are well-qualified for accomplished lives, we have mapped the way forward in a new five-year plan. The 2013-2018 Strategic Plan was developed over the past year by the University-wide Core Planning Team made up of faculty, students, staff, alumni, administrators, trustees, and community stakeholders. The goals and the plan for achieving them ambitiously point the way and set an aggressive pace toward a future of high engagement, high standards and highest recognition for Edinboro University. Specifically, we will: • • • • •

Ensure Program Quality and Student Success Inspire Faculty and Staff Excellence Enhance University Reputation and Resources Foster a Respectful and Diverse Campus Community Influence the Development of a Thriving Region


The world of higher education is changing, and the only way forward is by fulfilling the commitment we have made over the past year to becoming an extraordinary University. Regardless of how circumstances challenge Edinboro University, we challenge ourselves more. We must, and we will, pursue our unrelenting focus on excellence. On behalf of the Edinboro University trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and supporters, I welcome your input, participation and support in that pursuit.

Dr. Julie E. Wollman Edinboro University President

ON THE COVER: EU students who worked on campus this summer enjoy a sunny day photo shoot. From left are Shaquan Walker, Carly Stuart, Kaitlyn Cooney, Lacey Frownfelter, Jeremy Long, Que Wilson, Samantha Schohn, Kathleen McCarthy, Micah Reed, Sarah Valore, Megan Kupniewski and Jasmine Jones.


Animation Career Review rated Edinboro’s programs in animation and game design among the top 100 in the country, and named EU’s animation program No. 1 in Pennsylvania.


Source: Maguire Associates, PASSHE Pricing and Value Study

dinboro University offers students the region’s widest choice of academic programs, but the University’s reputation as the first choice for excellence in higher education is built on quality, not merely quantity.

More than 90 members of the faculty were honored at the Spring Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration for their publications, presentations and other forms of scholarship that generate knowledge and inform their teaching.

Among the University’s numerous accolades in the past year, its online graduate programs in education and nursing were ranked in the top 20 percent of programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. Inspired work by the University’s outstanding faculty members also earned national recognition for scholarship and artistic achievement.

Numerous faculty members enhance their expertise by remaining active in their professions beyond the classroom in fields as diverse as art and criminology. Professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Cappy Counard has exhibited her work in Finland, Greece and the Netherlands, as well as in juried and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States. Dr. Theodore Yeshion, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, has testified nationwide as a DNA expert and crime scene reconstructionist. Many others are active researchers who involve students in their work whenever possible.

Prospective students visiting Edinboro University for the first time find classrooms and labs equipped with the latest technology to enhance their learning and prepare them to fulfill their career aspirations. Renovation of the Cooper Science Center, completed for the start of the 2012-13 academic year, transformed an aging science facility into the most up-to-date in the region, and the state-of-the-art Human Services Building continues to receive updates such as a new Adult Human Simulator which was purchased through a recent $100,000 grant from the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust. Edinboro University’s greatest educational asset, however, is its people. The University’s faculty members serve as inspiring mentors, enabled by small class size and empowered by their own academic accomplishments.


More than three out of four students enrolling at Edinboro University in 2012 – 77 percent – report that Edinboro was their first choice for higher education.


An outstanding professor and leader, Dr. Roy Shinn, chairperson of the Speech, Language and Hearing Department and head of the Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology graduate program, inspires students in his classroom and beyond. Seldom does a campus event occur without Dr. Shinn as an encouraging presence. And, as Faculty Athletic Representative, he combines ardent support of the Fighting Scots’ performance in competition with an unrelenting focus on the academic success that is central to the University’s mission.



EU’s greatest educational asset is its people, including professor and chairperson of the Political Science and Criminal Justice department, Dr. Elvage Murphy


Edinboro University students participated in faculty-led trips this summer to Poland, China and South Africa, supported in part by $400 in University scholarships. International learning experiences now being planned will expand EU’s global reach to Mexico, Scotland, Ireland and again to South Africa.


aVianna Davis traveled this summer to China, where she impressed the Chinese with her self-taught language skills and made a major leap toward the career of her dreams. LaVianna, a Chemistry and Criminal Justice major who plans to teach English in China after graduation in December, was one of four Edinboro students who participated in the trip led by Dr. Baher Ghosheh of the Geosciences Department. Patrick Nuzzo, a Broadcast Journalism major, has “been on cloud nine” since learning earlier this summer that he was accepted for a coveted internship at ESPN in Connecticut. Patrick is spending his fall semester editing on-air content for the leading sports network. Study abroad and internships keep students engaged. These and other high impact practices expand Edinboro students’ horizons professionally and personally in life-changing ways. International travel opens up the world to Edinboro students and helps them gain an appreciation for America’s place in our increasingly global culture and economy. Closer to home, internships put students into workplaces and provide opportunities to learn through doing, apply classroom concepts in real-world situations and make professional connections that will help them launch their careers following graduation.



“After participating in research I feel more confident and knowledgeable in my field. I feel prepared for my future after Edinboro.” - Brittney Oleniacz, senior, dual major in Geology and Biology

The value of high impact practices is so great that embedding at least one in every program and engaging all students in internships, practicums, research, international travel or other experiential learning are among the measures for ensuring program quality and student success identified in the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. According to the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement, nearly a quarter of EU seniors in 2012-2013 participated in a high impact practice such as an internship, practicum, clinical assignment or capstone course. Our goal is 100 percent participation by April 2015. It’s an ambitious objective, but one that is essential to preparing all Edinboro students for taking their places in the workplace and the world. We’re off to a good start. Nearly 53 percent of the 2012-13 freshman class was introduced to high impact practices through the influential and engagement-promoting First Year Experience program. The program’s special courses incorporate lessons meant to help new students acclimate to college, develop study and research skills, and achieve a great potential to remain and excel. Such experiences are part of what makes an Edinboro education such a great investment – recognized by as a top college in Pennsylvania – and lay the groundwork for a bright future for students and the University.



Senior Communications Media major Jacklyn Schnauber’s hands-on news experience during her summer internship at WJET-TV in Erie included an opportunity to report from the EU campus


Academic Fast Track: EU’s women’s and men’s track and field teams earned PSAC Top Team GPA honors for the 2012-13 season, leading the conference in cumulative grade point averages with 3.54 and 3.23, respectively.


dinboro University’s scholar-athletes exemplify the University’s commitment to excellence. They are not alone among the University’s students in this distinction, but their dedication in the pursuit of academic as well as athletic achievement provides a model for the ideal of student success. Outstanding Fighting Scots like Dustin Thomas of the cross country and track teams demonstrate why scholar comes first in the term scholar-athlete. His laurels include the ROTC Superior Cadet Award, Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Champion Scholar, and the President’s Award for Service to the Community, and he runs 85 miles a week to train for his sports. Yet, as a physical education major in the teacher certification track, Dustin remains intent on maintaining his near-perfect grade point average. A total of 108 Edinboro athletes earned PSAC ScholarAthlete honors in 2012-13, many while also performing athletically at highly competitive levels. Their success is achieved with the help of wise mentors such as Coach Doug Watts. “Winning is not the only thing,” Watts said as he retired this spring. “All I ever aspired to was trying to create an environment where kids had the support to achieve the best they could be.”



May 2013 graduate Kerry Schutte was a runner-up for PASSHE’s Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. In addition to earning a 3.87 GPA, she received numerous other awards, including the President’s Award for Service to the Community. She is now enrolled in the School Psychology doctoral program at Duquesne University, where she is engaged in research related to children with reading disabilities.

Similar support exists for students in academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs across the Edinboro University campus. Dedicated faculty members such as Dr. Jerra Jenrette, chairperson of the Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages, lead trips, encourage students’ academic achievement, and enliven classroom discussions by sharing their own scholarship. Though on sabbatical this fall, Dr. Jenrette has taken an active role in the five-day Gettysburg and Beyond 200th anniversary Civil War observance planned on campus in September and is making final arrangements for The Maya Experience study-abroad trip to Mexico during Winter Session. Without even leaving Erie County this summer, senior BFA-Drawing major Hannah Schurr gained unique intercultural experience. Through her museum studies internship with the Erie Art Museum, she became part of a team that taught basic art to elders among Erie’s large community of Bhutanese refugees. Hannah, a dedicated participant in the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program who previously worked with young children through an art education internship at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, said she was 100 percent satisfied with her experience with the Bhutanese. “I absolutely loved everything.”



Student athletes at EU know the value of preparation and hard work, both on the playing field and in the classroom


“Scholarships mean more than a smaller tuition each semester. They are also a powerful token of confidence and faith in the recipient’s talents.” - Brittany Kaltenbaugh, School Psychology graduate student and EU alumna


cholarships change lives. Financial awards provide tangible support for students who might not otherwise have the resources to pursue or persist in higher education. They also extend a priceless vote of confidence to a student whose struggle for affirmation or motivation may be as great as the need for money.

“Words cannot describe the positive impact scholarships have on a student’s life and on his or her sense of selfconfidence,” Kyle Protho told donors and other guests at the President’s Club reception for donors in April. Kyle knows very well the many ways that scholarships aid students. The recipient of multiple financial awards during his time at Edinboro, he earned simultaneous bachelor’s degrees in May – in Criminal Justice and Political Science – and was accepted into the master’s degree program in Political Science at the highly regarded Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. Seventy-eight percent of Edinboro University students received some form of financial aid in 2012-13. In addition to government grants and loans, more than $1.6 million in scholarships and awards helped students to bridge the gap between financial reality and their educational dreams.



Since the productive relations between Edinboro University and The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation began in 1981-82, the foundation has provided more than $700,000 in grants, enabling scholarship awards to 982 Edinboro students with disabilities and creating the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation Endowment.

Additional endowments enriched the educational experience of Edinboro students by funding research, lectures and other opportunities. Despite lingering effects of the recession in the region, the University exceeded its fundraising goal in 2012-2013 and hit a milestone in its endowment. Private support for the University totaled more than $4.3 million, and the endowment now totals more than $20 million. This was achieved through contributions of all sizes, including many small gifts. All of them produced results for students, but more help is needed to keep college affordable as expenses rise and state appropriations cover a dramatically shrinking percentage of the cost of higher education. Among many other ways in which the University worked during 2012-2013 to develop more resources to help Edinboro students succeed, the Women’s Philanthropy Council was established. The council is intended to help develop future women leaders by providing scholarships, funding research, enabling travel and study-abroad opportunities, and supporting academic initiatives that advance the success of female students. To date, the endowment has raised nearly $127,000, and continues to grow.



Scholarships and awards provided financial aid to 78 percent of EU students in 2012-13, allowing more individuals the opportunity for higher education at Edinboro’s Meadville and Erie locations, and 585-acre picturesque main campus


Two times prepared: More than 4,700 Edinboro University alumni have both undergraduate and graduate degrees from EU.


he value of an Edinboro University education cannot be overestimated. For undergraduate and graduate degree recipients, the experience is transformative.

which the University prepares its students affirm the value of higher education in general and an Edinboro education in particular.

A dual major in Computer Science and Criminal Justice enlarged the world of Tom Stuczynski before he even graduated in May. During winter break of his final year at Edinboro, Stuczynski took his first trip by air, saw the West Coast for the first time and landed his first post-college job – a coveted position at computer giant Microsoft.

While rising college costs and student debt are real concerns that the University is addressing through many of the measures in its 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, the fact remains that higher education prepares students to create better lives for their families and communities in both intangible and tangible ways. The rate of unemployment among college graduates was about half that of high school graduates through the recent recession, and Pennsylvanians with a bachelor’s degree earn about 71 percent more than high school graduates, according to the latest U.S. Census data.

Edinboro alumnus Stacey Turner’s world continues to be transformed as she pursues a Master of Arts in Social Science at the University while working as a teacher in the Fort LeBoeuf School District. This summer, she was accepted into a seminar with a renowned scholar at the University of Minnesota, which she knows will be instrumental in her research into the experience of Italian-American women in Erie, Pennsylvania. At a time when many in politics and the media question whether a college education is worth the cost, the experience of these and countless other Edinboro students tell a much different story. The achievements and opportunities for


Edinboro University’s nursing programs have 100 percent full-time job placement to date, and graduates have a 96 percent nursing licensure exam pass rate.

New Edinboro University graduates in May 2013 represented 70 academic programs. The programs with the most graduates: Business Administration: 59; Fine Arts – Applied Media Arts: 50; Criminal Justice: 40; Nursing: 39


When President Wollman confers degrees in commencement ceremonies each December and May, the act recognizes the hard work of hundreds of Edinboro students. It fulfills the commitment the University made to those students at the time of admission to challenge and support them in their pursuit of success. And it affirms that they are truly prepared for challenges and successes yet to come.



“The wonderful professors were there to support me through each and every course, question, and assignment.” - Rachel Freund, December 2012 Graduate Student Commencement Speaker, Online M.Ed. in Reading Program


An EU animation alumnus has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in each of the past five years. Four of them won.


ighly successful alumni illustrate unequivocally the quality and value of an Edinboro University education. Through the skills and dedication to lifelong learning fostered here, Edinboro graduates have developed their natural abilities and become exceptional leaders in many fields. Some, like David Filoni, ’96, become well-known in popular culture. He directed the animated film “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and continues to create a buzz among fans in the Star Wars blogosphere as an animator and developer of new projects for famed filmmaker George Lucas. Many make their names in education, like Dr. James A. Troha, ’91, M’93, who this year became president of Juniata College. And still others, like Iheanacho Emeruwa, M.D., ’76, use their professional success as a platform for pursuing humanitarian efforts. A successful California physician, this former Edinboro international student also shares his medical expertise with needy people in his native Nigeria. In fact, our graduates give back in many places and many ways – through leadership in their communities, application



“It was at Edinboro that I began to craft a vision for making a difference in the lives of persons with need. That vision … launched me onto a path leading to my life’s work in international HIV/AIDS research, education and advocacy.” - Dr. Tanya Perry, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, 2004

of their expertise in the workplace, and gifts that enable Edinboro University to enrich the lives of new generations of students. This summer, Xavier Williams, ’89, Senior Vice President of AT&T Operations, Inc., and his wife, Tina, added to their record of service to the University by underwriting the first summer business academy for high school students organized and led by the School of Business. Twenty-four students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Washington, D.C., enjoyed an immersive look at the business world as part of the Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Business Academy. Through scholarships valued at $895, provided by the University with the Williams’ assistance, future Edinboro business majors and future business leaders – like Xavier Williams – were fostered at no cost to the students. And that is the way it’s always been. From its founding as Edinboro Academy in 1857 through its growth as the institution we know today, Edinboro University has been a bridge between generations, uniting each new class with those who came before through the core mission of excellence and student success embodied by more than 60,000 alumni in all 50 states and 85 countries.



Edinboro Alumni (l-r) Gus Trauth, Adam Calfee and Jordan Held have created an innovative and highly successful animation studio at MoreFrames in Erie, Pa.


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Edinboro University Annual Report 2013  

Edinboro University Annual Report 2013

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