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June 2012

“it’s about the students”

Page 2 Edinboro’s 17th President, Dr. Julie Wollman Edinboro President Julie E. Wollman takes time to chat and pose with students (clockwise) Renee Brown, Tina Yi and Chris Downing.

Also in this issue


Dr. Moran says goodbye

12 A leap forward for honors students


June 2012 | Vol. 24 | No. 1

Edinboro University cheerleaders gather for a photo op with “C. Wolf” and “Macato” during “Boro at the Ball Park,” a Sunday afternoon event at Erie’s Jerry Uht Park on April 29.

Table of Contents

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On the Cover: “it’s about the students” Edinboro’s first female president, Dr. Julie Wollman: It’s about the students.

Feature Stories Interim President for a Year; Fighting Scot for Life! A Family Portrait Commencement James McMurray Creates Presidential Portraits

20 Alumni Alumni Visits Around the Country Edinboro Makes Its Mark

Campus 21 On Event Calendar 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series

Dr. Don and Patricia Kaufman Create $100,000 Scholarship Jacqueline Christine Newsome Memorial Scholarship Reaches Goal Annual Spring Open House A Record-Breaking Year! Ways to Give Xavier D. Williams Gives to School of Business

University Communications and Marketing Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: 814-732-2193 Fax: 814-732-2342 University President Julie E. Wollman Executive Editor and Vice President for Advancement

Military and First Responders Appreciation Night

Tina M. Mengine

Annual Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer Night

Contributing Editors and Photographers

Read to Compete

Bill Berger

Wall of Fame Hall of Fame Bruce Gallery Schedule


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Address correspondence to:

Scots 24 Fighting Chris Honeycutt – Wrestling Elite

Julie Chacona Marilyn Goellner Anita Joslyn Julie Kirk

Tabitha Bemis – Track & Field

Jeff Pinski

Upcoming Athletic Events

Jon Pulice

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees Campaign for Football Excellence Julia’s Jets Women’s Basketball Team Makes History

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.

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Interim President for a Year; Fighting Scot for Life!

Thanks for the memories! Dr. James D. Moran’s fond farewell It has been a long time since I thought of Bob Hope, but as the time approaches for me to end my stint as interim president the classic “Thanks for the Memories” popped into my head along with waves of emotion, images of people, and the recognition of how many of you so easily fall in love with Edinboro and form a life-long bond. I am right there with you. I certainly want to express my appreciation to the Council of Trustees for providing me the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally; professionally in

the role as interim president; personally through the many attachments I have developed at both the University and in this incredible community, both of which welcomed me with lots of opinions about this and that, but with open arms and, more importantly, open hearts. I continue to say, “great things happen here,” because great people happen here. It is the character of the students, faculty, staff and community supporters that will be my most treasured and lasting memory. At the same time I take a

look back over the past year, I am also excited about the future at Edinboro. Over the past several months, I have come to know Dr. Julie Wollman and can say with confidence: You have a winner there. Edinboro will continue to be focused on the success of each and every student we touch and will continue to be a focal point for the social, economic and cultural vitality of the region. Edinboro University will be the place to be – a place where so many people care about our students and about each other.

Like you, I am now inevitably part of the Edinboro culture. I know that I will be back and I hope to see many of you at homecoming in October. As I head off onto the “Road to Harrisburg,” the rich experiences of Edinboro will always be a part of me.

Thanks for the memories; thanks for enriching my intellect and my spirit.

In her own words


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Edinboro President Julie E. Wollman

Growing up in Philadelphia, who were those you chose to emulate? I didn’t emulate a single person but I deeply respected people who used their professional lives to make the world better and fairer, especially for those who are disenfranchised in our society because of their socioeconomic class or racial or ethnic background. When I went to college I initially wanted to major in Political Science and become a lawyer who worked on behalf of underrepresented and disempowered people. Unfortunately, my first Political Science courses were more focused on war and abstract theories of power than on public policy and strategy, so I decided to take a different route. I was very interested in women’s rights, too, and some of my favorite classes at Harvard were on gender issues. I always focused my research projects on gender issues in schools and among children. This was at the time when a teacher wanting something in the classroom moved always asked the boys to do it, even if the girls were bigger and stronger!

What or who initially inspired you to pursue a career in education? I love learning. Even as a self-directed and highly motivated learner, I’ve always valued good teaching for its ability to not only expand knowledge but also to help learners see an issue from a new perspective or discover connections across ideas. Good teaching helps learners understand what seemed incomprehensible, exceed their own expectations, and develop compassion and respect for others. Personally, I love the complexity of intellectual problems and the joy of breaking through that complexity to understanding. I love school and I guess I never wanted to leave it! I also had some wonderful teachers at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and they were a great inspiration. I wanted to be as interesting a person as they

were. I decided as a junior in college that I wanted to be a teacher. That was, at the time, a very unusual decision for a Harvard student and there was no undergraduate program in education, but I was determined to do it and I got permission to take a few classes in the Graduate School of Education as an undergraduate.

When and why did you transition to higher education, and ultimately to higher-ed administration? I taught elementary school for six years – grades 2, 4 and 6. I guess I only teach the even numbers! In my first year of teaching I also started a master’s degree program in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. There I was inspired by another role model – Dr. Marilyn CochranSmith. At the time she was a newly minted Ph.D. teaching at Penn. Now she is an internationally renowned leader in teacher education and she holds a distinguished position at Boston College. I knew when I took my first class with her that she was amazing! Incidentally, she was also the first woman professor I had, and one of the very few I ever encountered, even in my doctoral program, who also had a family. It could be done! I wanted to be like her – a brilliant professional who also had a family.

What do you see as your greatest strengths? Weaknesses? My greatest strengths are intense passion for my work, unbridled commitment to excellence in all that I do, the energy and discipline to work very hard and rapidly to get things done, dedication to doing what is right and ethical, and compassion for and deep interest in engaging with other people. In terms of my work at Edinboro, I also bring deep knowledge of higher education, and appreciation for the perspectives of faculty, staff and administrators. My weaknesses are probably too many to list but they include impatience – I’m not very happy when I’m

in a line for anything! And, I like to get things done as quickly as possible. I try to remember that not everyone moves at my speed. Another weakness is that I am so detail-oriented that I seek perfection and that can drive people crazy! I also have to work to stay focused on the big picture and balance that with my attention to detail.

What excites you about becoming Edinboro’s 17th president?

I’m not sure I have anything to offer here that our readers don’t already know – the greatest challenge is the drastic decline in state support which means that more costs are passed on to students. We need to find ways to maintain our commitment to access for students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend our great university. The challenge for us on campus is to rethink how we do things to become more efficient and effective with fewer resources. Of course, like all challenges, by pushing us to consider new practices this is a great opportunity for us to think deeply about how to become more responsive and better at educating students and at contributing to knowledge in the many disciplines represented on campus.

Constantly dealing with questions of what it’s like to be the first woman to ascend to Edinboro’s presidency must be a source of great pride. How do you respond to the initial question, while at the same time avoiding gender-based clichés and moving the conversation of university leadership and stewardship forward? I’m thrilled to be the first woman president at Edinboro but really the focus needs to be on what I do. I hope that people very quickly forget I’m a woman and think only about my leadership in advancing the University. I hope and expect that I will be judged on the job I do, regardless of my gender. At the same time, I appreciate that I’m a role model for the young women on our campus and I hope to support their aspirations.

What contributions are you hopeful women alumni and community leaders will make to Edinboro University? I hope that women who are associated with the university and our local communities will be partners in our student success focus. They can partner with us in this effort by volunteering their time as professional mentors for our students; they can share their support for our university in all of their interactions with people in the state and beyond; and they can offer their financial support for our mission of access, excellence, and success. I also want to pay careful attention to what we can contribute to the lives of all of our alumni and community leaders. I want them to come to campus frequently for the many special cultural, athletic, intellectual, and just plain fun events we host! I’m on a mission to meet as many alumni and community leaders as possible. I really look forward to that.

How would you describe your leadership style? I could go on and on in answer to this question, but let me try one sentence: I am a strong, thoughtful, and determined leader who is inclusive of diverse voices and deeply committed to transparency and collaboration.

What will the Wollman Administration be like? On the one hand, it will be dynamic and there will be some quick action where it’s needed; I will set a standard for excellence and I think my expectations will be clear right away. On the other hand, there will be equal attention to a less visible but very important focus – building relationships with members of the campus and wider communities. … continued on page 4

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At the same time, what challenges are cause for concern?

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The opportunity to work with a team of leaders to move Edinboro forward and establish a new standard for excellence and engagement. There’s so much work ahead of us in these challenging times for higher education as we honor the past and shape the future – I can’t wait to begin! I’m also excited about becoming part of a close-knit community and building a network of relationships in a brand new place. After so many years living with big city crowds and traffic, I’m really looking forward to small town living.

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Describe your philosophy for interaction with faculty, staff, administration, and especially, students.

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I’m a very down-to-earth, open and transparent person and I love people – I’m eager to get to know every single employee at Edinboro. With respect to students – they’re what it’s all about. They will be some of my most important “advisors.” I want students to see me as approachable and I will be engaged in our student success efforts. I’d like to regularly host students at my home and I want them to feel welcome there. I have two daughters, 21 and 17, and I thoroughly enjoy being around them and their friends. I’m hoping that the Edinboro students will serve as my second family!

What most impresses you about Edinboro University? Its heart – the spirit of the people, their deep sense of care for students and for each other. And, of course, I think Edinboro has the potential to be a model for comprehensive state university education. I want people to think “Edinboro” when they think of the best state universities.

What are your immediate goals and objectives for Edinboro? A primary goal is to increase both enrollment and retention. Linked to this goal is the enhancement of our image as a leading state university, which is a longer-term goal. I want to establish our focus and develop coherence around some core values that all stakeholders can agree upon: Access, Excellence, and Student Success. All decisions should flow from our core values. In addition, I want it to be clear immediately that transparency is central to our work together and that all voices are valued.

Median-range and long-range goals? As I noted above, one important goal is to enhance Edinboro’s recognition as a leading state university and a premier destination for undergraduate and graduate students from outside the region as well as those who live closer to our campus. We also need to develop our data gathering and planning functions so that we anticipate and stay ahead of demographic and higher education trends. As much as possible, we must be pro-active rather than reactive. I am further committed to the goal of developing and maintaining relationships with our local and regional communities and making sure that we contribute to those communities and meet their needs for education and workforce development. Another important goal is to substantially increase

giving to the University. Philanthropy is an important part of citizenship and “paying it forward” is a responsibility for all of us with the means to do so. To summarize my long-term goals, here is how they’ll be evidenced: I want alumni to come back to campus and see that this isn’t the Edinboro they attended – so much has changed – but at the same time it’s exactly their Edinboro – the spirit, the dedication of faculty and staff, the quality of students, and the heart of the campus are carried on out of deep respect for our past.

As an adult leader in higher education, who or what now inspires you? My husband, Dan King. He is an incredible higher education leader whose deep and broad knowledge and creative ideas I always find enlightening and well worth considering. He has been a constant inspiration for me to become a better leader Edinboro University Photo and to trust my instincts while also maintaining a healthy level of self-questioning. He has inspired me to be not only a better leader but also a better person. That’s a lifelong job, of course, and I’m always learning and improving! I also have to say that Dan’s faith in me has been a constant that sustains me and motivates me to be better every day. He is my mentor, my colleague, my greatest advocate, my truest critic and my best friend!

What would the Edinboro community be surprised to know about you? I can’t survive a day without chocolate. I believe my dogs, Leila and Logan, are my children. I even list them that way on my Facebook profile along with my other two children!

In terms of talent, which would you most like to have? I wish I could sing. I love to sing along with songs on the radio and to sing the hymns in church, but no one else loves it!

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? I still feel like a young person – in my early thirties, I’d say – but I can be very persnickety and set in my ways about details, which I guess is like a much older person! So, maybe that balances out just where I am at 52!

How do you relax with your family?

I’m reading The Social Animal by David Brooks and recently finished Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I haven’t read any straight fiction in a while but I’m reading a memoir right now, Picking Cotton, and having loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I am eagerly awaiting Rebecca Skloot’s next book which is on one of my favorite topics: human-animal relationships. I intersperse this leisure reading with a heavy dose of professional reading which I also find interesting and very enjoyable.

I’m the only one who’s not much of a television fan – I don’t watch it often, except to see the news in the morning while I’m working out, but I do love the Food Network competitions and the old Britcoms on PBS like Keeping Up Appearances and Are You Being Served?. I also love National Public Radio, including all of the humorous shows like Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk (both of which the entire family enjoys), and the news offerings each day.

Which historical person do you admire most and why? Which fictional character?

What do you do for quiet time?

I admire those who stood up to injustice and did what was right even when it wasn’t popular.

Which living person do you most admire?

What’s your favorite form of recreation? I work out every morning and that is very important to me. It provides balance and a healthy routine in my life. I’ve always been physically active. I played tennis, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse in my youth and I need physical activity to feel well and think clearly.

What do you most enjoy doing with family members? I love eating out at good restaurants, attending the symphony, playing family games, and traveling to islands that resemble paradise.

Favorite book? Author? Movie? Play or musical? CD? Musical group or individual? College or professional sport? Professional sports team? I love music from the 60s and early 70s, especially old Motown music, and I love jazz. But I also like many other kinds of music from classical to the latest hits of this decade. One of my favorite musicals is Chicago. I still love the movie The Sound of Music (one of the first movies I ever saw). Putting those three together I guess my tastes are pretty eclectic! Favorite professional sport: Basketball.

How do you envision your role in ensuring the institution is creating a campus community working toward supporting an equitable and just environment? My role begins with modeling. I can’t ask others to do what I don’t do myself. I also feel that I need to make my expectations clear not only in public forums but also in my interactions with every individual on campus. I want to nurture a community of respect and engagement on campus and beyond and that means I need to live those values all the time! I think that will come pretty easily to me.

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My daughters, Sara and Rosa – they are incredibly resilient, focused, beautiful, and brilliant young women! And, my father and mother – they have stood by me and my sisters through everything and supported us in every way possible.

I like to read. It’s calming and it centers me. I also attend church almost every Sunday and this, too, centers me and reminds me of what’s most important – right relationships and caring for others.


What non-fiction book are you currently reading? Fiction?

A Family Portrait “… we are very proud EDINBORO

of each other’s accomplishments …”



, daughters Wollman’s t en d si re rs: P 1. al daughte Bonilla, 2 Presidenti and Sara , ft le , 7 1 illa, Rosa Bon

For Julie Wollman, the road from Fort Washington, Pa., social studies teacher to becoming the 17th president of Edinboro University has been an extraordinary journey of academic and leadership accomplishments. Yet, despite the many past professional successes during her voyage to Edinboro, her sense of pride is most evident when she speaks not of herself, but with comfort and ease about the finely interwoven fabric of her family life. From her husband and children to her parents and siblings, each member of Dr. Wollman’s family is important in her life – and each is successful in his or her own unique way.

For example, her husband, Dr. Dan L. King, is the provost of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and the executive director of the American Association of University Administrators, a national professional organization. Underscoring his wife’s – and his great satisfaction upon learning Dr. Wollman would become president of Edinboro University – he tells the story Contributed Photo of making reservations at a favorite restaurant to celebrate the occasion. “I was asked on the phone whether this was for a special occasion,” Dr. King explains. “Well, it wasn’t a birthday or anniversary, or anything like that, so I said it wasn’t.” But at the restaurant, after making their selections, the waiter, who had checked the reservation details, just to be sure asked again, “Is this a special occasion?” When they told him that actually, yes, it was special, that Dr. Wollman had just been named president of Edinboro University, he replied, “I knew it just had to be! You two had such grins on your faces!” “The waiter picking up on this simply speaks to how excited she is – and I for her – about this job,” Dr. King said. “It’s a dream job come true, a career goal, the kind of place she’d always liked to be; a state university and the kind of place that gives students the opportunity to elevate themselves, giving incredible personal gratification.”

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glad for every moment I have with her. My mom is a lot Dr. King said Edinboro is “the perfect spot for her – of amazing things, but to me she is an amazing woman and the perfect spot for her is the perfect spot for me because of her patience and love, not just for her family, to be to support her.” but for her work and her students, too. She’s always there, Dr. Wollman has two daughters. Sara Bonilla, 21, a even when things are hard, and she never gives up on recent graduate of Wesleyan University who majored in anyone. I hope Edinboro is as excited about her as she is Neuroscience and also concentrated in Studio Art, landed about them!” her first professional position at The Walker School in Rosa was equally candid. Needham, Massachusetts. Wollman’s youngest daughter, “My mom is obviously a really important person Rosa Bonilla, 17, is entering her senior year at Canton High in my life, and I am thrilled that she’s been given the School. With an early interest in the Sciences, and with opportunity to advance her career and bring her skills the ambition of becoming an astronaut, Rosa has already to Edinboro,” Rosa said. “One of the things that stands launched her college search. “This is a personally and out most to me about my mom is that she is, without a professionally interesting experience for me,” President doubt, my number one problem solver. She is a quick Wollman acknowledges, “because I’m again having the thinker, and can turn a seemingly complicated situation opportunity to see the admissions process from the ‘other’ into something easily side, from the side of students resolved, no matter what and parents.” it’s about. Both of Dr. Wollman’s “My mom is a lot of amazing “She’s also an daughters have also studied things, but to me she is an incredibly hard worker,” dance since they were very amazing woman because of Rosa continued, “and young children and each her patience and love, not just always urges me to continues to perform in dance for her family, but for her work be as on top of my events and competitions. school work as she is “Watching the girls dance is and her students, too. She’s with her work. I think always a source of joy and always there, even when things the nagging, ‘Do your pride for me,” President are hard, and she never gives homework’ thing is Wollman explains. up on anyone. I hope Edinboro pretty much universal The feeling is mutual. is as excited about her as she to moms, but my mom Neither Sara nor Rosa needed is about them!” adds another dimension much persuading to tell us to it in that she has a about their mom. positive attitude toward “My mother is many her indefatigable work things to me,” said Sara. ethic, and she tries to induce this feeling in the people “She is an inspiration, a motivation, a problem solver, a who surround her.” wonderful hugger, and most importantly, a best friend. Dr. King has two sons. Joshua, 33, is a doctoral student “I have been through a lot of ups and downs with my at the University of Connecticut who teaches Italian mom, but I wouldn’t trade any of our difficult moments language and film at Trinity College in Hartford. Andrew, because it really makes me appreciate our relationship 32, is a trained yacht restoration craftsman who now uses now. I never hesitate to go to her for her help or opinions. his professional talent working with the firm A Piece of “Being a daughter is difficult, and I feel the pressure of Cleveland, a company that designs and creates high quality my family’s big shoes to fill, but even when I disappoint furniture and other products out of raw materials with a myself, my mom is there to support me. Throughout my local history. He is married to Natalie, a nursing student. life I’ve never felt pressured to be something that I’m not, Julie E. Wollman was born and raised in southeastern but I’ve always had the push I need to go just a little farther. Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia region. Her parents were “I’m proud to be a part of my mom’s life, and I’m


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Wollman is a tax attorney and partner in the renowned successful professional role models for the future international law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell in president of Northwestern Pennsylvania’s largest and Manhattan, where she lives with her husband, Attorney most comprehensive institution of higher education. Bruce Cohen. Emily Wollman is Senior Director with Her physician dad, Dr. Harry Wollman, was Chief Huron Consulting Group, whose work focuses on of Anesthesia at the Hospital of the University of assisting hospitals, health systems and managed care Pennsylvania. Now retired from that work, he is a organizations with performance improvement. She lives partner in a Philadelphia-based academic medicine in Walnut Creek, California. executive search firm. He and Dr. Wollman’s mother, “Our family now lives in seven different states, but Anne C. Wollman, now live in Woodstock, Vermont. we’ve always made an effort to get together,” Dr. Wollman President Wollman’s mother has a decades-long explained. “And we do have a lot of fun when we’re involvement with the visual arts as a curator, board together. There is much laughter, and we are very proud member and widely recognized collector. In 2010, of each other’s accomplishments, the most recent being the Anne C. and Harry Wollman personal collection of Sara’s graduation. We’re a 20th Century art was very close family, and I’m highlighted in a special proud of each of them.” exhibit at the currier “Our family now lives in seven Indeed, it is a close-knit Museum in Manchester, fabric! New Hampshire. different states, but we’ve always But, as many pet When asked to made an effort to get together,” owners will easily comment on their Dr. Wollman explained. “And we understand, there are daughter for this article, do have a lot of fun when we’re still two more “almost” Dr. and Mrs. Wollman together. There is much laughter, family members to point responded jointly: and we are very proud of each out: Leila, a four-year old “Growing up, Julie was other’s accomplishments, the most Cocker Spaniel, and threesteadfast in her thinking recent being Sara’s graduation. year-old Logan, a Great about fairness, but she We’re a very close family, and I’m Pyrenees – both great was not rebellious,” they sources of joy in President wrote in an e-mail. “She proud of each of them.” Wollman’s life. As she was always willing to describes them, “Leila is protect and care for her an energetic little dog who two sisters whenever always has something to say; sometimes when she ‘talks’ necessary. Constantly pragmatic, studious and seeking you can’t hear yourself think. Logan, on the other hand, challenges, she pursued AP level courses while serving as is a quiet, gentle giant; while he may never qualify for editor of her high school newspaper. membership in the canine chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, he’s “Later, working constantly, she raised two one of the most lovable dogs I’ve ever seen.” daughters and was always ready and available to take The Edinboro Community will have the opportunity them to all their extra-curricular and social activities. to meet, welcome, congratulate and get to know many “We are very proud of our daughter, the president. in the new president’s family during Dr. Wollman’s We wish the very best for her and Edinboro University as, inauguration celebration planned for November 7-9. together, they approach what we are sure will be a bright It would be a safe assumption that they future for both.” are just as proud of her as she is of them. There are two Wollman siblings as well. Diana

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

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With all the pomp and circumstance reflective of Edinboro University’s rich and storied history, Interim President James D. Moran conferred degrees upon 925 graduating students during Spring Commencement ceremonies May 12. Spring 2012 marked the first time Edinboro held separate ceremonies for Master’s and Undergraduate Commencements. In the morning ceremony at historic Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall, Dr. Moran conferred upon students 284 master’s degrees. During the afternoon ceremony at McComb Fieldhouse, following the ceremonial procession of faculty and graduating students, Moran conferred upon students 604 bachelor’s and 37 associate’s degrees. At the Master’s Commencement, the student address was delivered by Rosa Gerber, who earned a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology. During the afternoon undergraduate ceremony, former Congresswoman Kathleen A. Dahlkemper, an Edinboro alumna, delivered the commencement address and received the honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service (Doctor Beneficiorum Publicorum, Honoris Causa). In her address to the Class of 2012, Dahlkemper said, “I am asking you to be open to the opportunities that will come in front of you in the years ahead. I am asking you to push fear aside, dig deep within yourself and determine if that opportunity is the one that will make a

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Pomp and Circumstance: Edinboro University’s first Master’s Commencement drew a capacity crowd to Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall on May 12 as Interim President Moran conferred 284 master’s degrees.

difference for you and the world … we are at a crossroads and the question is do we choose self-interest over the greater good? I urge you to choose the greater good because I guarantee you, if you do, you will serve your own interests in ways far deeper and more satisfying than had you not.” The student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony was Ryan Delong, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude. At the conclusion of the afternoon ceremony, Joseph Mineo, president of the Edinboro University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, welcomed the University’s newest alumni to the growing alumni network of some 60,000 graduates. A total of 78 academic majors were represented by the spring 2012 graduating class, with the most popular being education, art, business administration, nursing, psychology, social work and criminal justice. A meaningful event associated with Commencement was the spring Commissioning ceremony held by the Cadre and Cadets of the Fighting Scots U.S. Army ROTC Battalion. Four graduating seniors took their oaths as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army prior to deploying to active duty. The keynote speaker was the highly-decorated U.S. Army Brigadier General (Retired) Mark Bellini, previously the Army’s 49th Quartermaster General and a 1979 graduate of Edinboro University.


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Edinboro University graduates 925 students during Spring Commencement Ceremonies

The long, long line: Undergraduates and faculty marshals take part in the traditional Spring Commencement processional from Van Houten Dining Hall to McComb Fieldhouse on May 12.


Retired Edinboro Art Professor



James McMurray delights in creating official presidential portraits Sixteen presidential portraits and counting!

Using live subjects and photographic materials, retired Edinboro University Art Professor emeritus Jim McMurray has painted the portraits of every Edinboro leader, starting with Joel R. Merriman, the first “principal” of the Edinboro Academy in 1857. The collection of 16 McMurray portraits is displayed today in the Presidential Suite in Van Houten Dining Hall. The portraits begin with Merriman, the 1st, and include all who followed. And now, McMurray is looking forward to soon painting Edinboro’s first female president, Dr. Julie E. Wollman. McMurray, now retired from teaching after more than three decades, but still painting on a daily basis, credited the idea for a gallery of presidential portraits to Edinboro’s 14th president, Foster Diebold. “He had observed similar displays at other institutions and thought it might be a good idea to have a visual historical record of Edinboro’s leaders at what was then Edinboro State College,” McMurray said. “He approached the Art Department and the word went out for volunteers – anyone who was interested in the project. I picked up the challenge,

providing that the administration would gather resource materials from family members, such as old photos.” A native of Akron, Ohio, Jim McMurray received his first BFA degree from the Akron Art Institute. He went on to earn more degrees from Kent State University, including a BFA, MA and MFA in painting. Earlier in his career, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Ohio University in Athens, coming to Edinboro State College in the late-1960s and teaching until 1998. “During my teaching career, I’d periodically hire models,” he said. “I guess my claim to fame is that just before she got that big contract in New York City, Edinboro student Sharon Stone was one of my models!” McMurray, now 74, said it was probably in the early-to-mid-1980s when the presidential portrait project began and that Diebold’s office was more than willing to help gather the required materials. “I also did research,” he said, “and found the wonderful book, ‘A Portrait of Edinboro’ by Russell Vance, to be invaluable in that a number of images of Edinboro’s leaders only appear in that book.” He began by submitting a series of six compositional drawings of the most recent presidents, and then

James worked back to the earlier leaders. “Those earlier portraits are smaller and not as compositionally complex,” he said. For this project, however, McMurray needed studio space for himself between classes. Eventually, he was permitted to set up his own studio on the second floor of Academy Hall, which could no longer be used for classes because it was considered unsafe in accommodating large numbers of people. “It could not be used for anything else, but it was perfect for my purposes,” he said. He was compensated for this ambitious commission by receiving some “release” time from classes to allow him to complete the project. He also undertook another endeavor during which he painted portraits of many building namesakes, such as


Butterfield, Hendricks, Compton, the Reeder brothers, and Earlley. While McMurray usually worked from photographs, Presidents Pogue and Brown sat for students whose drawings were then used to determine composition, lighting and likeness. “President (Chester) McNerney was an interesting example. I worked with his image in the studio for a long time. But there was something I just could not capture, something about it was just not right and I couldn’t nail it. Then, one day it hit me: I had slightly misplaced the dimple on his chin. I know it sounds absurd, but even something that small can change a portrait dramatically!” “President Frank Pogue was perhaps the most difficult subject for me to get right. I did two or three drawings first, but it was tough. I would get so far along, but just wasn’t comfortable with it, so I

decided to do an entire new painting that I was more comfortable with. It took a considerable amount of time, but I ended up with two finished paintings, and then he and Dorothy selected the one for official use.” McMurray – married to Barbara, also retired from Edinboro where she served as support staff in the office of the former dean of the School of Science, Management and Technology – finds it difficult to estimate the exact amount of time he devoted to the project over the years, most likely in the hundreds of hours. “In painting, time becomes irrelevant. Some projects go nicely and fast; others take two or three times as long. Success is what counts, not time.” It’s obvious that Jim McMurray takes great pride in his presidential portraits, and hopes to continue the project through future presidents as well.

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Meanwhile, he continues to paint daily in his large LeBoeuf Township studio, just south of Waterford, Pa. Since retirement, he continues to work on commissions, including portraits for Erie Insurance and a more recent painting of Connex, Inc. founder Walter Bucher. He also works on landscapes, including the Grand Canyon and other national and state parks. As for the original drawings that led to the finished presidential portraits, McMurray plans to donate them to the University, where they will be kept in the Baron-Forness Library’s archives as historical pieces. “It’s been not only interesting, but an honor to help create images that are becoming a part of the school’s history,” he said.

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12 Don and Patricia Kaufman

Paying it forward:

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Distinguished alumnus Dr. Don Kaufman creates $100,000 scholarship for honors students Giving back and paying forward. That’s what it’s all about for Dr. Donald G. Kaufman. And that’s his message to fellow Edinboro graduates of the 1960s, and those who came before and followed. To the double Edinboro degree holder – a BS in Biology in 1966 and an MS in Education in 1968 – “Edinboro was a wonderful place for me. It gave me a great start and I want to give back. Hopefully, others will consider the same thing.” Kaufman, currently the director of Miami (Ohio) University’s Hefner Zoology Museum and professor emeritus of Miami’s Department of Zoology, does more than simply talk about giving back. He and his wife, Patricia Barnhart Kaufman, a world traveler and retired social studies teacher from Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, recently established the

Donald and Patricia Kaufman Honors Scholarship at Edinboro University, fully funding the endowment with an initial gift of $100,000. It is anticipated that their endowment in support of Edinboro honors program students will continue to grow with the help of their friends and fellow alumni. Why establish a fully endowed honors scholarship? “Good honors programs at universities are essential to recruiting the best students you can get. Over the years, I’ve worked with Edinboro people to figure out where I could be of the most help.” After helping to start a scholarship in the name of his former wrestling coach, Fred Caro, Kaufman was approached by an Edinboro official about establishing an honors scholarship, which he considered, especially since he had a successful past affiliation with the honors

Honors graduates say thanks!

how important is edinboro university’s honors program? Just ask any of the many successful graduates who were enrolled in Edinboro’s Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program and the answers likely will be glowing testimonials, just like the two below.

Neither were bashful in sharing their experiences. “The opportunity to participate in the Edinboro University Honors Program is one that I found resulted in many returns,” said Amy, a 1991 graduate who majored in Computer Science, with minors in Math and Environmental Studies. “As I reflect back on the honors program, the benefits that I realized were felt in all aspects of the undergraduate program and the years beyond. “In the honors program, I was able to pursue advanced coursework in a variety of studies both within and outside of my computer science major, which resulted in greater personal challenges and adding an additional valuable depth to my studies. Within these honors courses, I found encouragement through professors who inspired me to think differently and challenge myself in new ways. “In addition to the honors curriculum,” she continued, “scholarship opportunities helped ease financial concerns and through the honors program lasting friendships were formed. With my honors degree and Edinboro University education, I was well prepared to both obtain a master’s degree and have enjoyed a successful career of leadership positions in the insurance and health care industries.” Tressa, who graduated in 2000, was also delighted to respond to our inquiry: “I have a special place in my heart for the honors program at Edinboro University,” she began. “The program helped me to thrive as a student and has opened many doors for me, especially in getting my first job right out of college and into graduate school. I appreciated the freedom that I had to create my own honors classes and tailor the program to fit my needs. “I have great memories of going to England with a Shakespeare Honors class over spring break 1998. Traveling and learning through the honors program was an awesome experience. “Living in the ‘honors dorm,’ which at that time was Reeder Hall, or four years with other honors students, I loved the learning and social environment that Reeder provided. I married David Snyder, also in the Edinboro University class of 2000, and an honors program graduate. We have two daughters, Isabella, five, and Gabriella, two. “Currently, I am employed as a reference/instruction librarian at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.” Of course, we could fill your magazine with such testimonials – but we just wanted Edinboro alumni to better understand the meaning of honors program scholarship assistance to students and to their successful lives after Edinboro. To become a part of that living legacy of giving back and paying forward so eloquently advocated by two-time Edinboro degree holder Dr. Donald Kaufman, or for more information, just log onto www. or phone, 814-732-1779.


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We asked honors program graduates Amy Thompson and Tressa Oddi Snyder to tell us the impact the honors program had on their lives.


program at Miami University. But it wasn’t until he was visited by Provost Phil Ginnetti, Honors Director Dr. Jean Jones and Julie Chacona of the Advancement Office that “I saw their passion for this program and realized that’s how we want to give back.” Yet, the commitment to the honors program goes even further than the couple’s generous gift. Dr. Kaufman has also volunteered three years of his life to helping Edinboro grow the program. “I do want to give back,” he said. “And I hope others will consider the same thing. That’s why I’m reaching out to others to join me in this effort. I pledged three years of my time to however Edinboro wants to use it. I’ll be making visits, meeting with alumni, and calling people personally.” Kaufman understands that while money is valuable, personal time can be just as valued. In March, he co-authored a letter to alumni with Harold Shields, also a two-time Edinboro grad and now member of the University’s Council of Trustees and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors. “Do you remember how you felt when you arrived on Edinboro’s campus as a first-year student?” the letter begins. “Can you recall the excitement and anticipation in the air? The energy and enthusiasm all around? Remember the hours spent ‘studying’ at the Student Union, cheering on the football team, and grabbing a bite at ‘The Dinor?” We were supported by a fine group of faculty and friends who helped us define who we are

Several honors students, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate Donald and Patricia Kaufman’s major gift to the Edinboro honors program including, from left, Sean McPherson, Hannah Schurr, Melanie Davidson, Dr. Jean Jones, Director of the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program, Julie Chacona, Director of Major Gifts, Caden Feldmiller, Kerry Schutte, Melanie Robinson, Patricia and Don Kaufman and Dr. James D. Moran, Interim President of Edinboro University.


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Dr. Don Kaufman creates $100,000 scholarship … continued from page 13 today. This sense of inclusion is what makes Edinboro University special, and this feeling continues today especially among students enrolled in the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program.” The letter goes on to explain the University’s ambitious goal of raising $5 million in five years to provide scholarship support for honors students. “We’re asking that you join us in this important effort,” they wrote to their former classmates. "We hope that you will invest in the Honors Program Endowment Fund. Your gift will make a difference for honors students now and for generations to come.” Kaufman grew up just north of Pittsburgh in Shaler Township. In high school he visited a number of state colleges, as they were called at the time. Edinboro had the right feel: A small town with a lake and a small college that gave him opportunity. After graduating in 1966, he took a teaching job at Waterford Elementary School. He taught there for two years while also serving as an assistant wrestling coach for Fort LeBoeuf High School and completing

his master’s degree. Next, he taught biology subjects for two years at Erie’s Villa Maria College before earning his doctorate in biological sciences, with a double minor in higher education and natural resources management from Muncy, Indiana’s Ball State University. From there, he began his long and distinguished career in Miami University’s Zoology Department, teaching and becoming the assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences for Student Academic Affairs. In 2001, he became director of the Hefner Zoology Museum, a natural history museum with community outreach and an extensive collection for research purposes. Although he retired from being a classroom teacher in 2003, he found an irony in creating the honors scholarship. “When Phil, Jean and Julie visited me and we met with our honors program director, she convinced me to teach an honors course, so now I’m working with honors students again!” Yet, his years at Edinboro are what Kaufman recalls with great fondness. “It was the overall atmosphere at

Edinboro that allowed me to develop as a scientist and teacher, and it was a big part of why I have enjoyed a career as both. I’ve had a long, wonderful career in education that I owe to my start at Edinboro. It could not have been any better. That’s why I have such a strong feeling to give back and hope others will also share that feeling of giving back to places and people meaningful to them such as Edinboro.” Kaufman and Shields perhaps best sum up their hopes and passion for the honors student scholarship fund in the conclusion of the letter to their classmates of the 1960s: “We’re grateful for the successful careers we’ve enjoyed, careers made possible by the education we received at Edinboro. We want to ‘pay forward’ our debt of gratitude by supporting the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program Endowment Fund and by reaching out to you, our fellow classmates. Together, we can ensure that bright, young, talented students will have the opportunity to write the next chapter in their own lives, in our collective future, and in the unfolding story that is Edinboro University.”

Luisa Sonnek is first recipient

Diandra and Kiashiah Newsome, daughters of the late Jacqueline Newsome.

Dr. DaNine Fleming, featured speaker at the Jacqueline Christine Newsome Scholarship Gala.

a student worker at Edinboro University in Meadville when she tragically passed away. Being a successful student is the legacy Jacqueline Christine Newsome leaves to others. The planning for the scholarship gala was led by Jacqueline’s dear friend and mentor, Melissa Burnett. It was Melissa’s fervent hope that this scholarship would be funded at the endowment level. Melissa accomplished her goal, as witnessed by over 100 family members and friends who gathered to celebrate Jacqueline’s legacy and honor her memory by awarding the first scholarship in her name.

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Edinboro University students help staff the registration desk during the Annual Spring Open House April 28. Open House attracted hundreds of prospective students to campus.

Dr. Susan Hegel (center), of the Speech, Language and Hearing Department, is surrounded by students and parents during the Annual Spring Open House April 28.


A scholarship dinner gala was held in support of the Jacqueline Christine Newsome Memorial Scholarship in Meadville. The first scholarship award in the amount of $500 was made to Luisa Sonnek, a graduate student in Edinboro’s counseling program. This scholarship was established in honor of Jacqueline Christine Newsome and commemorates her relationship with Edinboro University dating back to her participation in Project Success in 1986. Although Jacqueline was a single mother raising three children, she enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at Edinboro in 2007 and was

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Rev. Melissa Burnett presented the first scholarship award.


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Jacqueline Christine Newsome Memorial Scholarship reaches goal

More than 100 new annual student scholarship awards


Thanks to you, a record-breaking year!



This year turned into a record-breaking 12 months for major gifts at Edinboro University. Among the many donors who contributed to various scholarship funds, nine in particular combined to help raise more than $5 million. In addition, several dozen new Edinboro scholarships were established, further helping Edinboro students meet their financial needs while realizing their educational aspirations. “Despite the economic downturn in recent years, Edinboro alumni and supporters have continued their

generosity throughout 2012,” said Interim President James D. Moran. “Scholarship aid to students is extremely important at any time, but in recent years such gifts have been vital to our ability to continue to attract and retain the brightest students. Without this kind of assistance, many of these students simply would not have the wherewithal to attend college.” Moran extended his gratitude, and that of the entire University community, to the many donors who during the previous year made contributions large and small to myriad endowed scholarship funds.

Among the largest contributors were: Anonymous Estate Gift

This gift will establish a permanent endowment of over $1.9 million, providing scholarships to students with disabilities.

The Estate of Sukhbans K. Dhillon

The fund will cover scholarships for study abroad for students with disabilities, and to help maintain Edinboro University’s Office for Students with Disabilities in the Crawford Center.

The Estate of O.E. Bertrum Shaffer

Mr. Shafer graduated in 1938 from Edinboro State Teachers College, worked as an art instructor in the Butler Area School District at the beginning of his career, and served as an assistant principal there before beginning a long tenure with Butler County Community College.

The Elva Elder Reither Family Scholarship

The Elva Elder Reither Family Scholarship is restricted to students majoring in the arts or sciences. Mrs. Reither attended Edinboro State Normal School from 1920 to 1922.

The Hill/Skelton Scholarship

The Hill/Skelton Scholarship, established in 1996 to honor James R. Hill, Jr., and his wife, Frances Jeanne Skelton Hill. This scholarship is restricted to General McLane High School graduates pursuing education degrees in secondary math, social studies, elementary or elementary/special education. The Hill and Skelton families have rich histories related to the Borough of Edinboro and Edinboro University. Other gifts include a donation from the Roth Marz Partnership architectural firm to provide honors scholarships, a gift from the Estate of Attorney Will J. Schaaf, and a gift from the Estate of Edward Doucette to provide financial assistance to deserving Edinboro students.

One of the greatest needs at Edinboro University is providing financial assistance to our students, helping them meet their financial and educational needs. Scholarships help attract students, retain students, and recognize student achievement. We are pleased to announce the following new scholarships, and express our sincere appreciation to our alumni and friends for understanding the importance of scholarship support and for making a difference in the lives of our students.

Railsback Family Scholarship C&J Industries Scholarship in honor of C. Richard Johnston 1LT Eric Kline Memorial ROTC Award Council of Trustees Scholarship Donald and Patricia Kaufman Honors Scholarship Fund

Colonel John W. Walker ROTC Scholarship Bill Rohde Endowment Beverly and Don Smith Scholarship Award Speech/Language Pathology Citizenship Award David Ginnetti Honors Scholarship in Education John A. Boylan, Jr. Award

Matt Furey Wrestling Scholarship Kegarise-Starr-Everhart Football Scholarship Ron Simmons Football Scholarship Harry K. Thomas, Esq. Scholarship Ted and Carolyn Erion Scholarship

Dr. Ruth N. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

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Margaret (Marge) Karl Scholarship

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Jack Culbertson Award

Dr. Roy Shinn and Richard Rodak at the scholarship signing for the Dr. Randy Rodak Speech, Language and Hearing Memorial Endowment.

Attorney William J. Schaaf Memorial Scholarship

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Jim Ross, ’90, seen here with Athletic Director Bruce Baumgartner, has created the Ross Family Quarterback Scholarship.

A 1982 graduate of Edinboro University, Frank ‘Pizza’ Purrachio was an active member of the University’s Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and continues to be an active and proud alumnus. He has established two scholarships: the Frank ‘Pizza’ Purrachio Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship and the Frank and Rose (Mannino) Purrachio Family Scholarship.

from left: Dr. Nomsa Geleta, dean of the School of Education, Richard Thompson, Dr. Mary Jo Melvin and Interim President Dr. Jim Moran. The Dr. Ruth Nash Thompson Memorial Scholarship was created not only to provide financial assistance to students in the Early Childhood and Special Education Program, but also to honor Dr. Thompson’s commitment to higher education and her students.

Faculty member Joel Erion has established a scholarship for the school psychology master’s program in honor of his mother and father. Pictured at the scholarship signing are: (back) Dr. Alan Biel, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Joel’s children Rebecca and Matthew, Dr. Nomsa Geleta, dean of the School of Education, Dr. Joel Erion; (front) Mrs. Carolyn Erion, Diana Schaney, University Foundation, and Mr. Ted Erion.

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Rhonda (Rodak) Kurczewski and Aimee (Doucette) Rodak sign the newly created Dr. Randy Rodak Speech, Language and Hearing Memorial Endowment.

LaRue Taylor Scholarship for Veterans


Ross Family Quarterback Scholarship

Dr. James D. Moran Women Athletics Award for Academic Excellence

Frank Purrachio Scholarship

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Dr. Nancy S. Rung Medical Arts Scholarship

Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Show


Judy Husted, of the Erie County Wolves Club, and Dr. Philip Ginnetti, Edinboro University provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, right, congratulate Edinboro University students Nicole Chandley and Cody Tomlinson, recipients of this year’s Wolves Club Scholarship.


The fourth annual Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Show was held in the Bruce Gallery at Edinboro University on February 29, 2012. Abby Diamond was awarded the $2,200 in cash for her fabulous drawings of mythical creatures with human characteristics. She is pictured here with Jan Gmitter, mother of Michael Gmitter.

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Kopin Scholarship

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Wolves Club Scholarship

Your gifts help students succeed!

Are you a philanthropist? It’s not just a moniker for the rich! If you give any charitable donations – of time, talent, or treasure – you can still call yourself a philanthropist. And it might be time to change your mind set about giving. The meaning of philanthropy is love, not money. The only thing you need to become a philanthropist is generosity and a special moment in which you feel called to give. Private giving is now vital to our university and maintaining our standard of excellence. Your gift is more important now than ever before, given the fiscal challenges facing the Commonwealth and its public universities. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, please take this moment to show your support for Edinboro by making a gift to the Annual Fund.

Ways to Give

You can make a one-time gift, set up a recurring gift or pay an existing pledge. Online Our online giving site allows you to give to Edinboro in a safe and secure environment with easy to follow steps. You can use a credit card, debit card, or enter your checking account information:

Julie Chacona, director of major gifts, and Tom Halmi, ’64, congratulate recipients of the Ken Kopin Art Scholarship, Katherine Nevinsky and Mackenzie Cherban.

By Phone Call 814-732-1296 and have your credit or debit card information ready. Edinboro University Photo

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Due to the caliber of entries this year, it prompted the jurors to present two more awards. Benjamin Mark and MacKenzie Cherban each received a $300 cash award for their fine work in metalworking and graphic design. Each of them will graduate with a fine arts degree with an emphasis in metalworking.

By Mail Edinboro University 210 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 To mail your gift, simply use the giving envelope enclosed in the magazine. Planned Giving Include Edinboro University in your estate planning and receive significant tax and financial benefits. Visit our Planned Giving webpages for more information or contact us at 814-732-2992. Memorial Gifts Honor a family member, friend, classmate, or faculty member with a gift in support of an area or program of importance to that person. You can also choose to leave the gift unrestricted for use at the University’s discretion. You can make this gift online, by mail or call 814-732-1296 to make arrangements.

Giving Back:

Mr. Williams was clearly impressed with the many physical improvements to the campus since his college days of more than two decades ago, and especially with the quality of presentday Edinboro students. That’s why he was delighted to generously give back to his university by establishing the Xavier D. Williams Business Speaker Series Endowment. The endowed speaker series will provide Edinboro students with the opportunity to meet outstanding business leaders, while exploring issues affecting business today. The Xavier D. Williams Business Speaker Series will bring to campus

Solutions, and as vice president for human resources training, where he led the company’s Global Learning strategy. Xavier began his career with AT&T in 1990 and has held a variety of positions in business planning, corporate staff, finance, human resources, product management and sales. He received numerous honors and recognition for his contributions both inside and outside of the company. For example, in 2009 Xavier was listed as one of the most influential African Americans in Business by Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2008, he received the Eagle Award from the National Eagle Leadership Institute for his outstanding leadership achievement. In 2003, he was recognized by USA Freedom Corps for his dedication to volunteerism in the community, while also being named the first recipient of the AT&T Corporation Chairman’s Diversity Award.

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The Distinguished Alumni honor he received from Edinboro University in 2010 was awarded as a tribute to an extraordinary alumnus who has used his Edinboro University education to bring excellence to his professional achievements, vocational accomplishments, and his community service to others.


Distinguished alumnus Xavier D. Williams was recently honored by his alma mater when he returned to Edinboro as the December Class of 2011’s Commencement speaker.

experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs to share insights and wisdom with students, providing a rewarding educational experience. Xavier created this endowment and is continuing his involvement with Edinboro to help our students learn the best ways of approaching business opportunities, and how they can make a difference in the business world. His own experiences are sure to inspire Edinboro students, and his commitment to excellence, integrity, civility, diversity and service will serve as stellar examples for future graduates. A native of Washington, D.C., Xavier graduated from Edinboro in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He was honored with the Edinboro University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. A past member of the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors, he also served as a member of the Foundation Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He and his wife Tina are the parents of a son and daughter. Currently the senior vice president of GEM Markets, AT&T Operations, Inc., Xavier is responsible for state and local government, education and medical sales across the country. He was appointed to his current position in March 2008. Previously, he served as senior vice president of Business Communications Services for AT&T Southwest, where he was responsible for enterprise market sales and customer service in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He also served as federal sales vice president for AT&T Government


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Edinboro graduates and retired faculty emeritus now living in the West Palm Beach, Florida area attended an alumni reception at Duffy’s on Hypoluxo in Boynton Beach, Florida. Class years for those in attendance ranged from the 1950s to 2007.

Edinboro graduates with class years ranging from the 1960s to 2011 now living in the Buffalo, New York area attended an alumni reception at the popular Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Interim President James D. Moran was present to meet and greet those in attendance.

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Former Edinboro University students are all smiles after attending the Graduation Fair held at the Alumni House. The Graduation Fair was created to make the Graduation and Commencement preparation process fun and convenient, while providing students with useful information and resources as they become alumni for life.

Dr. Philip Ginnetti, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, addresses those in attendance at the annual Sebring, Florida luncheon.

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Edinboro graduates now living in the Chicago, Illinois area attended an alumni reception at the Courtyard by Marriott located in Chicago’s Downtown Magnificent Mile.

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Alumni Visits

Michael Barnes, ’93, served as the host during a recent Edinboro Football Alumni Gathering at the Old Whedon Grille in Hudson, Ohio. Members of the Edinboro University football staff were on hand to meet and greet those in attendance while promoting the Edinboro football program.

Event Calendar Highland Games & Scottish Festival . . . . . . . . . Fri/Sat, September 7-8 11 AM @ Student Center Multi-Purpose Room

Homecoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fri/Sat, October 5-6 Golf Outing, 9 AM @ Culbertson Hills Friday, October 5 Tartan Brunch, 9-11 AM @ Reeder Lawn Saturday, October 6 Parade, 11 AM Saturday, October 6 Football Game vs. Gannon Golden Knights, 2 PM Saturday, October 6 For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit

Fall Open House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, October 20 1-3 PM @ Student Center



Family Weekend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fri-Sun, October 26-28 Inauguration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, November 9 Holiday Reception. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday, December 6 3-4:30 PM @ Student Center Multi-Purpose Room

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Winter Commencement & Brunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, December 15

Edinboro Makes Its Mark at Slippery Rock

Jim Myford, a distinguished alumnus of Edinboro University and art faculty emeritus from Slippery Rock, was honored recently when the new sculpture building at Slippery Rock was named in his honor. On hand at the dedication were several Edinboro alumni, faculty and staff including (from left) Don Fee, ’80, Linda Fee, ’79, Bill Lukitsch, ’63, Pat Santelli, ’62, Jim Myford, ’62, Julie Chacona, Lee Rexrode, D.W. Martin, Heather Hertel Polatas, ’03, Sean MacMillan, ’00 and Dr. Kurt Pitluga, ’83.

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Fall Convocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, September 14

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PRESIDIO BASS December 6, 2012 Concert: 7:30 PM

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Edinboro held its “Annual Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer Night” in February, with the proceeds benefitting the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. Edinboro University Associate Director of Athletics Todd Jay presents the check for more than $1,500 to Edinboro’s Shellie Barbich, representing the Kanzius Foundation.

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ROMEO AND JULIET November 15, 2012 Performance: 7:30 PM



MR. JACK DANIELS October 16, 2012 Concert: 7:30 PM

Military and First Responders Appreciation Night was marked when members of the Fighting Scots Division I wrestling team wore special camouflage singlets for their match against Michigan State. All military and first responders were honored, and a large crowd took in the match.

CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY February 14, 2013 Concert: 7:30 PM

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BRIAN SANDERS’ JUNK March 14, 2013 Performance: 7:30 PM

THE CASHORE MARIONETTES April 16, 2013 Performance: 7:30 PM

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Performing Arts Series

Alumni who attended the unveiling of the Edinboro University Friends of Communication Donor “Wall of Fame” included, from left, Pat Kennedy, '85, Lou Baxter, '77, Kim Thomas, '06, Mary Timashenka, '80, Alyson Amendola Cummings, '93, Matthew Cummings, '00, Jim Wertz, '02, Josh Tysiachney, '99 and Emily Sinsabaugh, '88.

The Edinboro University Athletic Department instituted its “Read to Compete” program last fall:

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Student-athlete, basketball player Renee’ Brown, visited Edinboro Middle School and read to the students.

September 6-27, 2012, 5-7 PM Travis Townsend and Felicia Szorad EDINBORO

October 31-November 20, 2012 5-7 PM Nathan Sullivan – Solo Exhibition Morgan Craig – Explorations in Architecture and Identity


Student-athlete, basketball player Ben Swank, visited Edinboro Middle School and read to the students.

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October 5-25, 2012 Fran Schanz, ’79 – “Heart of Art” Alumni Homecoming Show 5-7 PM, Friday, October 5, 2012 25

December 5, 2012-January 31, 2013 5-7 PM Annual Faculty Show February 6-21, 2013, 5-7 PM Kay Knight – “Displaced” Mathew Derezinski – Solo Exhibition

The Wallace Family had the opportunity to meet the student recipient of the Dr. Bob Wallace Scholarship at the Edinboro University Friends of Communication donor appreciation event. From left are: Doug Zimmerman, Alan Phillips, Keri Wallace, Marjorie Wallace, scholarship recipient Jess Kunz, Brian Wallace and Mikhail Ferree.

April 3-25, 2013, 5-7 PM Ceramics Invitational

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March 11-15, 2013, 5-7 PM Celebrate the Artist, Annual Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Show

May 1-14, 2013, 5-7 PM Annual Student Show

Chris Honeycutt’s performance at Nationals


propels him into Fighting Scots wrestling elite



Chris Honeycutt joined the small legion of multiple wrestling All-Americans at Edinboro University at the NCAA Division I National Championships in St. Louis in March. The senior fell just short of becoming Edinboro fifth Division I national champion. Thanks to Honeycutt’s strong showing at 197 pounds, however, the group of six Fighting Scots wrestlers who qualified for Nationals helped Edinboro to a 17th place finish. It marked the seventh straight year that the Boro finished in the top 25. Honeycutt’s quest for a national championship began as the number two seed. He won an 11-3 major decision over Keldrick Hall of Oklahoma, then defeated Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals. In the quarters he upended tenth-seeded Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 9-4, assuring Honeycutt of All-American honors for the second time and setting up a rematch with Pittsburgh’s Matt Wilps in the semifinals. Wilps, a third seed, was responsible for Honeycutt’s lone loss of the season just two weeks earlier in the finals of the EWL Championships. Honeycutt prevailed in the semifinals, 6-3 in a tiebreaker, as he reversed Wilps from the down position then turned him for two near-fall points. It marked the third win in four meetings against Wilps in 2011-12, and vaulted Honeycutt into the finals against top-seeded Cam Simaz of Cornell. When Honeycutt jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the finals it appeared he would join Sean O’Day, Josh Koscheck, Gregor Gillespie and Jarrod King as Edinboro’s lone Division I national champions. Unfortunately, Simaz rallied to defeat Honeycutt, Edinboro University Photo

7-5, sending him to the list of eight Boro wrestlers to finish as runners-up. The loss concluded a brilliant career in which he went 40-2 this year, and at the end of the night was presented with an award by the NCAA for most technical falls and major decisions. Honeycutt is now one of just 14 wrestlers to earn All-American honors more than once, and with a 130-22 career record, he stands seventh in career wins. Honeycutt was joined in the round of 12 by a pair of redshirt freshmen who fell one win short of All-American status. A.J. Schopp came in as the number seven seed at 133 pounds, and impressed early with his 18th fall of the season in his first match at Nationals, needing just 2:23 to pin Matt Nelson of Virginia. Schopp would lose in the second round in a mild upset to tenth-seeded Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, and finished his first trip to Nationals with a 3-2 record. He came back to win twice, with a fall and then a stunning 7-5 decision over Jordan Thome of Army, winning with a takedown and three near-fall points in the final seconds. A win shy of AllAmerican status, Schopp suffered a 9-5 loss to eighthseeded Zach Stevens of Michigan in the Round of 12. That left him with a 39-6 final record. Fellow redshirt freshman Mitchell Port also reached the Round of 12 at 141 lbs. before being eliminated. Following a 5-4 decision over Lehigh’s Stephen Dutton in his first-ever match at Nationals, he had to battle his way back through the wrestlebacks after a 6-1 loss to third-seeded Montell Marion of Iowa. His first match resulted in a 17-2 technical fall over Luke Goetti of Iowa State, followed by a 5-4 decision over Justin LaValle of Old Dominion. The unseeded Port faced fourth-seeded Mike Mangrum of Oregon State with All-American status on the line. He would suffer a 6-4 loss to end the year at 30-10. Six Edinboro wrestlers made the journey to St. Louis. Redshirt freshman David Habat came in as the ninth seed at 149 pounds. He finished at 1-2, but still posted an impressive 36-8 record during his first season. True freshman Vic Avery also went 1-2 after earning a trip to Nationals at 184 pounds. He ended the year at 24-15. Heavyweight Ernest James made his appearance at Nationals, and had the misfortune of drawing top-seeded Ryan Flores of American in his first match. He lost to Flores, then fell in his next consolation match, but still ended with an impressive 30-12 record.

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First women’s home soccer match August 30 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio)


First home volleyball match September 11 vs. Ursuline


Edinboro indoor track & field athlete Tabitha Bemis enjoyed an outstanding season both on the track and in the classroom. Coming off the best indoor field season ever enjoyed by a Fighting Scot, she broke many school records en route to earning All-American honors in two events at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Championships. She placed fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 12.20 meters, a school record. That came one day after earning a sixth place finish in the long jump with an effort of 5.88 meters. Bemis previously won both the long jump and triple jump at the PSAC Championships. Her distance in the long jump was 5.92 meters; in the triple jump it was 11.99 meters. In addition, she captured second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.80. The outstanding efforts earned her plenty of awards in addition to the All-American honors. The sophomore was named the PSAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and was also recognized as the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. She was named both the Most Outstanding Overall Athlete and the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Her work in the classroom earned PSAC Winter Top Ten accolades. The Top Ten recognizes five men and five women in the spring, winter and fall for excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. The nominees must have minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point averages. Voting is conducted among the PSAC’s sports information directors. Bemis is a Health & Physical Education major with a 3.82 GPA.


Volleyball vs. Cheney and Kutztown Family Weekend


October 27: Football vs. Mercyhurst


Tabitha Bemis leaps her way from Edinboro to All-American honors

September 15 vs. California (Pa.)


Track & Field

First home football game Homecoming October 6: Football vs. Gannon;



First men’s home basketball game November 13 vs. Penn State/Greater Allegheny


First home wrestling match December 16 vs. Northwestern & Clarion


First women’s home basketball game December 18 vs. Cheyney

Complete Fall 2012 Football Schedule Saturday, September 8, at Bloomsburg Saturday, September 15, vs. California (Pa.) Saturday, September 22, at Lockhaven Saturday, September 29, at C.W. Post Saturday, October 6 (Homecoming), vs. Gannon Saturday, October 13, vs. Indiana (Pa.) Saturday, October 20, at Slippery Rock Saturday, October 27 (Family Weekend), vs. Mercyhurst Saturday, November 3, at Clarion Saturday, November 10, vs. Kutztown

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2012 Hall of Fame Inductees



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Campaign for Football Excellence

The Campaign for Football Excellence is on target to raise $1 million. The Campaign for Football Excellence is a scholarship campaign designed to increase scholarships for student-athletes. New scholarships that have been established through this Campaign include: Charles Lodge Football Scholarship Endowment, Dick Dixon Football Scholarship Endowment, Fred Caro Memorial Football Endowment, Tom Hollman Football Endowment, Matt Gillette Memorial Football Endowment, and the Joe Shesman Football Endowment.

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Eight new members were enshrined in the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame on April 28, bringing the total number of inductees to 211 during the past 31 years. Pictured from left to right are, former volleyball coach Lynn Theehs Atherley, former football standout Bernard Henry, former volleyball star Mandie Moyer Koch, former team physician, Dr. Richard Rahner, former basketball star Meghan Miller Meabon, former cross country and track & field star Lisa Petsche Crone, and former swimming standout Dave Lechler. Missing from the photo is former wrestling star Josh Koscheck.

clockwise: Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner, Bill Yoder, Dick Dixon and Chuck Lodge

Julia’s Jets

The Edinboro University women’s basketball team took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk last fall. Head Coach Stan Swank, Assistant Coach Callie Wheeler and the members of the team walked as a part of Julia’s Jets. Julia Bradford, daughter of Wayne Bradford, the defensive coordinator for Edinboro’s football team, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes several years ago. Wayne Bradford reported that the Julia’s Jets team had 27 members, including the Edinboro women’s basketballers, and raised over $2,500. Edinboro University Photo

Most wins ever

Edinboro women’s basketball team makes history

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In many respects it looked like the PSAC Tournament all over again, with five PSAC outfits in the field. Edinboro was the number one seed and drew West Chester in the first round in a rematch of the PSAC semifinals. An incredible defensive effort gave the Scots

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they were matched against West Chester University, a team which put a big scare in the Fighting Scots in December before losing 80-76. This time around Edinboro jumped out to a 46-27 lead at the half, and the Golden Rams never challenged in the second half as Edinboro prevailed 74-58. Edinboro was paired against PSAC East champion Bloomsburg University in the finals. The Fighting Scots would grab a 12-point halftime lead and ultimately win by the identical 74-58 score from the semifinal win. The big difference was a career-best effort by Renee’ Brown, who was named the Most Outstanding Player in the PSAC Tournament after dropping in a career-high 29 points and adding 13 rebounds in the title game. With its second straight PSAC crown in hand, Edinboro was chosen as the host for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional for the second straight year.


A year ago the Edinboro University women’s basketball team finished with a 26-4 record, falling one win shy of the school record for victories. The Fighting Scots won their third-ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship while hosting the NCAA Division II  Atlantic Regional. This year’s team, however, didn’t just match last year’s finish, the 2011-12 squad exceeded them! Head Coach Stan Swank, in his 25th season as the head coach of the Fighting Scots, proved he had plenty of talent on his roster. The 2011-12 Fighting Scots enjoyed their winningest season in school history, finishing with a 30-2 record and claiming the PSAC West regular season title for the second straight year. Along the way the team set a new school record for consecutive wins, jumping out to a 24-0 start before suffering a 59-58 loss in overtime at Mercyhurst University. Wins during that period included a 74-57 win over 18thranked Gannon University, a 67-48 win at 21st-ranked Indiana University (Pa.), plus an earlier 72-62 win at Gannon that validated the Scots as a true national force. The Fighting Scots slowly climbed up the ESPN/USA Today NCAA Division II national rankings, and spent much of the season in the top ten, including several weeks at number two. Edinboro’s journey for a second straight PSAC Championship began with a contest against old nemesis California University (Pa.). As was the case throughout much of the second half of the season, Edinboro jumped out to a 44-23 lead at the half and coasted to a 77-58 win over the Vulcans. That victory gave Edinboro the right to host the PSAC Final Four. In the semifinals



Most wins ever … continued from page 27 a 34-20 lead at the half, as West Chester made just three baskets in the first twenty minutes. West Chester put a scare into the Fighting Scots, closing to within 63-60 with just over two minutes to play. A pair of Kiara Brown layups gave the Scots some breathing room and they went on for a 69-65 win. Samantha Blazetic led four players in double digits with 18 points and 10 rebounds, with Kiara Brown adding 17 markers. Edinboro moved on to face another familiar foe in Indiana in the semifinals. This marked the third meeting between the two PSAC West rivals, with Edinboro winning the first two by 26 and 19 points. The Crimson Hawks battled Edinboro on even terms for a good portion of the first half, but Edinboro would still hold a 40-32 lead at the half while missing All-PSAC West performer Renee’ Brown for much of the half due to foul trouble.

The Fighting Scots came out fast in the second half, jumping out to a 16-point lead and finally winning 70-56 over the 21st-ranked Crimson Hawks. Kiara Brown led a trio of Fighting Scots in double figures with 21 points. Samantha Blazetic added her fifth double-double of the season and second of the regional with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The 6’3” junior also blocked six shots. That left one game standing between Edinboro and the Elite Eight – a rematch with second-seeded Shaw University. A year earlier the Lady Bears came in as an underrated eighth seed and defeated the Scots in the first round. Edinboro got off to a great start this year, holding a nine-point lead in the first half before Shaw closed to 28-24 at intermission. The Lady Bears turned it up a notch to start the second half. A late Shaw run made the final score hardly indicative

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of the game, as Edinboro suffered a 70-53 loss to end the year at 30-2. Yet, Edinboro ended the season with its highest ranking ever as the Fighting Scots finished ninth in the final ESPN/ USA Today NCAA Division II Top 25. The heroes were many for the 2011-12 edition, with no fewer than four players earning All-PSAC West honors and Stan Swank recognized as the Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Renee’ Brown, Kiara Brown and Samantha Blazetic were chosen to the first team, while Raven Metz was not only voted to the second team, but was also named the Defensive Athlete of the Year. Kiara Brown and Blazetic would go on to become the eighth and ninth Edinboro players to earn WBCA All-American honors, with Brown named to the first team and Blazetic an honorable mention choice.

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Edinboro University Magazine June 2012  
Edinboro University Magazine June 2012  

Feature article in this issue is "In her own words: Edinboro President Julie E. Wollman." Dr. Wollman is the first female president for Edin...