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2009 President’s ANNUAL REPORT

Feel the confidence • Over 8,400 students enrolled for the fall 2009 semester, the largest enrollment in the university’s 152-year history • For the second consecutive year ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five universities in the North region for students carrying the least amount of debt at graduation • $50,000 in funding secured for Erie Philharmonic concert series on campus • 932 students graduated in May 2009, the largest class in eight years

• Experienced one of the largest application pools in the last 20 years and had an unprecedented pool of transfer applications • New university website with virtual campus tour launched • Ashley Jones, women’s soccer player, earns All-American honors from ESPN The Magazine • Tartan Day, honoring the university’s Scottish roots, celebrated for the first time on campus and by alumni across the country

You can feel

the confidence

and belief in what we’re doing

There is no denying it…change is happening at Edinboro University. Sometimes it seems to occur overnight; in other instances, it is more deliberate. But in the past 24 months – and most significantly this past year – Edinboro University is changing. These changes are not for the sole purpose of reinvention, but the result of dynamic initiatives shaped by a shared aspiration of the great things we can accomplish together. Equally important, our new directives are grounded in Edinboro’s outstanding traditions and historic milestones. This annual review celebrates the exciting advances and achievements that our collective efforts have produced – from record-breaking student numbers and philanthropy to major investments in new facilities and innovative educational experiences. More than anything, my message is one of student success, academic excellence and the future promise of Edinboro University!

Dr. Jeremy D. Brown, President

President Brown, Council of Trustees members and Edinboro staff break ground for $5 million Human Services building.

Lou and Debbie Porreco with President Brown and his wife, Rebeca Acuña, at the Presidential Scholarship Gala, which raised nearly $50,000.

President Brown and Associate Vice President Terry Carlin meet with representatives of the University of Jinan, Shandong Province, China.

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The entire

university is helping to define

our voice

As president of this dynamic institution, I relish the unique role of engaging our students, faculty and staff, encouraging them to implement new ideas and forge new concepts. I equally enjoy the privilege of sharing our vision with Edinboro’s trustees, alumni and community leaders. During the past year, we embraced the challenge to again raise the bar. Working together, we are changing the way people perceive Edinboro University. Our students and faculty are garnering regional and national recognition for their academic, professional and athletic accomplishments. In turn, those who are considering our university for their education or their career, express the determination that will ensure our ongoing success.

Already a familiar presence on campus, one-year-old Andrew Jeremy Brown, held lovingly by President Brown’s wife, Rebeca Acuña, is all decked out in his Royal Stewart tartan.

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06 President Brown with the Rev. Berta L. Newsome, center, and Melissa Burnett of Edinboro in Meadville, during ceremony creating a scholarship for the late Jacqueline Newsome, an Edinboro student and daughter of the Rev. Newsome. In the second row are Jacqueline’s children, from left, Demarius, Kiashiah and Diandra Newsome. 2





Freshman Applications *As of 8/28/09

09* Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, center, meets with President Brown and Harold Shields, Edinboro University Council of Trustees chair, during Rendell’s visit to Edinboro University.

De fin e our vo ice

Michael Uslan, creator of Batman films, is keynote speaker at second annual Dr. Jeremy D. Brown Millennium Leader Scholarship Luncheon

• Professor emeritus Dr. James F. Drane delivers inaugural lecture at International Bioethics Congress at Bogota, Colombia • U.S. News and World Report recognizes Edinboro University as one of the nation’s largest online graduate programs in education • 21 new endowed scholarships created, a five percent increase • Community Music School receives first accreditation from National Association of Schools of Music • President’s Commission on the Status of Women presents “Passport to Leadership” symposium to standing-room-only audience • Inaugural Presidential Scholarship Gala raises nearly $50,000 for Dr. Jeremy D. Brown Millennium Leader Scholarship 2 0 0 9 P R E S I D E N T ’S A N N UA L R E P O R T


E duc atio n that suppo r ts success • Departments of Geosciences and Social Work unveil “East Erie Neighborhood Atlas,” the final project of a five-year, half-million-dollar federal grant • Adam Sullivan, director of university TV station, presents at Broadcast Education Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas



• 44 students present at first Student Research Symposium • $238,000 awarded to Political Science and Criminal Justice Department from U.S. Department of Justice • Model NATO team earns several first-place recognitions in national competition

Edinboro must offer an education that supports


throughout life There are many metrics for academic success – and I believe we have been very successful this year. From grants received and research presented, to programs accredited and graduation rates, by every measure the achievements of our faculty and students are significant. Of course, academic excellence is the very core of our mission as an institution of higher education. One of my primary objectives as president of Edinboro University is to provide the resources for our faculty and staff to continue to elevate these initiatives and provide even more opportunities. Every day we must remember that a university is designed to be challenging yet rewarding, questioning more than answering, demanding whilst giving, and freeing while nurturing.

Led by Nicole Mashingaidze, junior psychology major from Zimbabwe, Edinboro University’s international students proudly carry their nations’ flags at 2009 Spring Commencement.


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Overall Enrollment *As of 8/31/09


08 Edinboro students Christopher Bess and Vanessa Herring are all smiles after receiving Ebony Excellence Awards at annual ceremony.


Average Freshman High School GPA

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Our facilities are an


in our students and faculty

The new Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center, the region’s largest, free-standing domed facility, transforms the campus skyline.



Top 10% Top 25% Top half


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52 08


Freshman High School Class Rank


Perhaps the most visible evidence of the changes that are happening at Edinboro is the $200 million in campus development. These investments in where our students learn, live and play encourage pride and participation in all aspects of the university experience. Edinboro’s new facilities and rejuvenated campus also provide a wonderful stage for bringing the world to Edinboro – prospective students and their families, visiting faculty and accomplished alumni, renowned performers and world leaders. With the recent completion of a new master plan, we envision a vibrant, ever-evolving campus that will support Edinboro’s growing role as a preferred destination for education, athletic competition, cultural events and social activities.


The state-of-the-art physical fitness room at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center offers great workouts and spectacular views.

I nvestm e nt in stude nts an d facult y

Students have enough room to spread out, hang out or study in the spacious, suite-style apartment units at The Highlands at Edinboro University. With the first four buildings of the $115 million housing project now complete, plans are underway for construction of an additional four buildings. Eventually, the complex will house 1,600 students.

• Recent campus development surpasses $200 million • First phase of The Highlands at Edinboro University, an eight-building, suite-style student housing complex, opens • Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center, the region’s largest free-standing domed structure, inflated • The university’s first building solely for music and music education, the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center, celebrates first year • Construction begins for the Institute for Human Services, the new home of the departments of Nursing and Speech, Language and Hearing 2 0 0 9 P R E S I D E N T ’S A N N UA L R E P O R T


Th e i r E d in bo ro e xpe r ie nce

• Four-time All-American wrestler Gregor Gillespie completes final season as leader in career wins with 152 • Academic and athletic scholarship awards totaling $1.3 million made to 566 students • Cross country runner Ben Hahn named All-American after finishing 17th at NCAA championships • Football quarterback Trevor Harris named one of eight finalists for Harlon Hill Trophy, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy • Wrestler Jarrod King, Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Year, wins national championship at 165 pounds at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 8


Four national pre-season polls ranked Edinboro’s Fighting Scots football team among the top 25 NCAA Division II schools, including a number 5 ranking by Sporting News 2009 College Football. The team also was ranked second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s PSAC-West pre-season poll. In this Homecoming 2008 photo, co-captains prepare to take the field along with a special guest honorary captain, President Brown’s eldest son, Lucas.

Students are

making the most of their



Amongst the most notable barometers of the change that is happening at Edinboro is the growth and involvement of our student population. For the fourth consecutive year, student applications and admissions have increased significantly. At the same time, the SAT scores of our incoming freshman have reached new heights. Equally exciting is the involvement of students at every level. From new student orientation, through expanding homecoming activities on campus, to vociferous throngs at exciting athletic competitions, Edinboro’s students let everyone know that they are proud to wear the tartan and be one of the Fighting Scots.

President Brown presents the coveted “President’s Award” trophy to cheerleader Meghan Bruno of the Tri-Sigma sorority which teamed with the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity to win the award for best float in the comic book-themed homecoming parade.

A warm, friendly and casual setting welcomes students to the common lounge areas at the new, $115 million Highlands at Edinboro housing complex. The Highlands provides students with many of the amenities of home, including bathrooms in every suite-style unit.

Greek life is still a vibrant part of Edinboro’s social calendar, especially during the annual homecoming parade.

Edinboro University’s wheelchair basketball players and Coach Jim Glatch were featured in the Washington Post after working with wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Alumni support indicates that they want to be a part of

our success

When we speak to our graduates, whether from five years ago or 50, they are excited about the changes they see at Edinboro. Our alumni’s growing participation in university events, as well as their increased level of financial support strongly attest to this. In fact, the past two years of alumni contributions are the highest ever on record. The sustained involvement of alumni, trustees and other supporters of Edinboro University is essential. With the benefit of their experience, insight and philanthropy, we will remain true to our vision and mission whilst evolving to meet the challenges of the day.


$ 2,957,535

$ 3,187,725

$ 2,509,447

$ 2,692,179

Mike S. Zafirovski, an Edinboro alumnus and athlete known for giving back to his alma mater, returns for alumni soccer game.



Philanthropic Giving



09 Alumni, from left, Andrew Baird, Brian Morris, Terry Donnelly and Craig Christensen are decked out in tartan for the annual homecoming golf outing at Culbertson Hills.

Members of Edinboro’s classes of the decade of the 1960s line up to march behind their banner during the 2008 homecoming parade.

Sculptor Michael Kraus, second from right, receives a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. From left are President Brown, Director of Alumni Relations Jon Pulice, Mr. Kraus and Edinboro University Alumni Association President Herm Tomer.

Alum n i par t of success • 2008-09 contributions total second highest ever in university history • 250 university supporters attend black-tie- optional Presidential Scholarship Gala • Yi Min Wu, former Edinboro track and field and cross country athlete, inducted into NCAA Division II Cross Country Hall of Fame

• $18,000 pledged during the WQLN Collegiate Challenge, first among northwestern Pennsylvania universities • Regional alumni events held in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida

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Edinboro University students are all smiles at Chichen, Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, during their recent travel abroad educational trip to earn college credits.

Tak i ng E d in bo ro to the wo r ld • Exchange agreements renewed with Poland’s University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, China’s Shandong University of Technology, England’s Nene-University College Northhampton, Japan’s Sapporo University, Spain’s Lleida University and other major international institutions • Edinboro students compete for the first time in National College Bowl, placing fourth



• Dr. Brown travels to China, Panama, South Korea and Taiwan to explore new educational partnerships • Fifty education majors participate in three-week residential program in Philadelphia schools

We’re taking

Edinboro to the world Throughout northwestern Pennsylvania, people are talking about Edinboro University. Business leaders invite our leadership, civic groups request our support and community residents enjoy our family-oriented entertainment. On another level, we have begun a long-term initiative of bringing the world to Edinboro and developing new opportunities for our students and faculty with renowned universities in China, Poland and other countries. All of these global relationships are vital to our university’s continued academic growth and diversity. We are confident that the great things that happen here at Edinboro are ready to be shared around the world.

President Brown and Associate Vice President Terry Carlin meet with students in the library of the Shanghai University of Engineering Science.

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06 President Jeremy D. Brown and Associate Vice President Terry Carlin pose with officials of the Zibo (China) Education Bureau after signing a cooperative exchange program agreement.





Graduate Online Enrollment *As of 8/28/09

Edinboro University’s international students display the championship trophy they won at the 10th Annual International Friendship World Cup Soccer Tournament at Slippery Rock University.

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Aspire with


savour every experience

The Frank G. Pogue Student Center includes a running track as well as a fully equipped fitness facility, cyber café, cafeteria and movie theater.

Progress is often defined by very subjective opinions. Our goal is to ensure that when it comes to describing Edinboro University, all agree that great things, indeed, happen here. The university’s master plan points to a campus of distinction, one that is integrated with the natural environment and promotes sustainability. Key features of ongoing campus development will be the creation of academic “neighborhoods,” improved space utilisation and opportunities for global partnerships.








Graduate Enrollment *As of 8/29/09



09* The Highlands at Edinboro University is at 100 percent capacity for the fall 2009 semester. There are plans to break ground for Phase II of The Highlands as early as this fall.

th e e xpe r ie nce

• New campus master plan approved • Council of Trustees member and state representative John Evans delivers check for $1.75 million to help complete funding of Cooper Hall expansion • Edinboro receives $500,000 federal grant to install geothermal wells at The Highlands at Edinboro University student housing complex • Annual Honors Program scholarship awards total $102,000

• University faculty and staff total 800, making Edinboro 15th largest employer in Erie County • Jim Glatch, men’s wheelchair basketball coach, leads the United States Under 23 Wheelchair Basketball Team to win the 2009 World Championships in Paris, France • For every dollar the state invests in Edinboro University, it sees a return of $11 in economic impact in northwestern Pennsylvania 2 0 0 9 P R E S I D E N T ’S A N N UA L R E P O R T


Architectural Concept:

Baron-Forness Library

An architect’s view of what the dining hall addition to the Baron-Forness Library and the covered walkway could look like within the next decade.

DRS Architects of Pittsburgh offer a vision of the proposed addition to the Baron-Forness Library, highlighted by a weather-protected, serpentine walkway connecting the Frank G. Pogue Student Center and the Baron-Forness Library, with Ross Hall.

The le ve l be yo n d • A pedestrian link from Ross Hall to Pogue Center is a part of the new campus master plan • Planning initiatives include the Center for Global Leadership and Innovation & Graduate Studies • Plans are ready for construction of the remaining phases of The Highlands student housing complex • An alumni village and outdoor amphitheater also are part of the proposed concepts 16


• Specific “neighborhoods” are envisioned for the academic fields of arts, computer science and math, nursing and speech/ hearing, psychology and communications, science and physics and sociology and business • McComb Field House, Sox Harrison Stadium and several campus athletic fields are targeted for exciting additions and renovations

Our goal is not the next level, but the level


As I noted at the beginning of this report, the change that has been happening at Edinboro University is dynamic. In the next year, we will begin work on the next phase of Edinboro’s campus master plan. We also will focus energy on forging relationships with more of the world’s leading academic institutions. These and other key initiatives are critical to our vision for this university.

Bringing international students to Edinboro University for English language and cultural studies has already begun. Creating a unique, visionary Center for Global Leadership and Innovation & Graduate Studies is a part of the university’s master plan.

Architectural Concept:

Center for Global Leadership and Innovation & Graduate Studies

The Center for Global Leadership and Innovation & Graduate Studies could one day become the signature, welcoming structure on Edinboro’s campus. Situated where Centennial Hall now stands, the center would combine the latest advances in architectural design with state-of-the-art energy conservation systems.

Mission Edinboro University, a community where intellectual engagement and opportunity challenge and empower individuals. We are inspired to serve and lead as active citizens of our global society through collaborative learning experiences emphasizing campus activities, community outreach, and practical applications. These factors combine to ignite the excitement of discovery and create a thirst for life-long learning and a pursuit of excellence.

Vision To become an internationally recognized university known for its innovation, leadership, and commitment to excellence.

Values Opportunity, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Leadership

Compliments of Dr. Jeremy D. Brown, President For additional information, contact: Office of the President Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 (814) 732-2711 One of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or other prohibited bases in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA.

President's Annual Report 2009  
President's Annual Report 2009  

There is no denying it…change is happening at Edinboro University. Sometimes it seems to occur overnight; in other instances, it is more del...