Alumni Herald Fall/Winter 2017

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fall/winter 2017

ESU USES cutting-edge helmet technology

CampusSnap Back to campus events this fall included Dance Floor Theory by SwiftKick, a program that encouraged Warriors to get involved and maximize their potential. Photo by Susie Forrester

Warriors, Welcome

to another jam-packed edition of the Alumni Herald! As football season comes to a close at ESU, our feature story about concussions and the value of placing all Warriors in helmets using InSite technology certainly lets you know that we continue to take the health and welfare of our students seriously. It also indicates that your alma mater follows the important trends of well-being for our student-athletes as we tie their performance on the field into data that is used by graduate students in exercise science to further student/faculty opportunities for research. As we move closer to the holiday season, we look back gratefully to our friends and family who are near to us as well as those from seasons past. To that end, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the photos and stories from Homecoming 2017, the reunions held for graduates from 1957 and 1967, alumni award winners and our Hall of Fame inductees. And as these images trigger memories of your time at ESU, I ask that you share your fondest memories, photos, and stories about those who inspired you as we prepare to kick off the 125th anniversary celebration of ESU. We’ll share your photos and stories on a webpage specifically devoted to ESU’s anniversary (esu. edu/125) and will ask you to visit it often for updates and detailed information on events and exhibits on campus as they are planned. It’s a great time to be a Warrior! You’ll also hear about some other great things happening at ESU including the grand opening of Sycamore Suites, phase II of our suitestyle housing initiative; the opening of the Warrior Food Pantry for our students in need; our new agreement with EPA Enterprises, Inc. and the launch of the Cutter™ Lyme Disease Tick Test; and great study abroad opportunities for our students including a student internship in China. I’ve only scratched the surface of the many good things that you’ll uncover in this issue. Despite the flurry of activities and demands on us all during this holiday season, I hope you’ll find some time to sit back and enjoy your copy of the alumni magazine from cover to cover; let it bring you home again. I hope it inspires you to continue your support of ESU and to make your way back to campus, joining us in ESU’s 125th anniversary celebration. Thank you for all you do – and happy holidays!

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inside University President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. Design and Production Office of University Advancement Office of University Relations Ideal Design Solutions Photography Michael Cuff Susie Forrester Leon John, Jr. Cole Kresch Phil Stein Bob Weidner

Contributors Nancy Boyer Debbie Burke Caryn S. Fogel ’12 Brenda E. Friday, Ph.D. Lori Gilio Tom Housenick Leon John, Jr. Frank Johnson ’74 Greg Knowlden M’04 Stacey Marshall The Morning Call Leah Morrison Margaret Peterson Elizabeth Richardson Jessica Schultz ’16 Beth Severson Shelley Speirs ‘92 Caryn Wilkie

Cover Story Warrior safety 6 Putting first, ESU is one of

nine Division II schools to implement Riddell SpeedFlex football helmets with InSite impact response system. The head impact technology includes sensors to register significant hits that could lead to concussions and other head and neck trauma in players. Learn how this cutting-edge technology is being put to use and the difference it can make for every Warrior on the field. Cover photo by Phil Stein

Features up for 14 Gearing ESU’s 125th Plans being made for historic anniversary.

17 No Warrior goes hungry

ESU, local church partner on food pantry.

20 Homecoming Coverage Star studded events at Hollywood Homecoming 2017.

30 Hall of Fame Honorees Warriors induct new members into prestigious circle.

Alumni Herald The Alumni Herald is the official publication for East Stroudsburg University’s alumni and is produced online two times a year. Alumni may receive a hard copy of the magazine by notifying the alumni office. Please address all correspondence to: ESU Office of Alumni Engagement Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center 200 Prospect Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 570-422-7000 800-775-8975 Fax: 570-422-3301

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Campus News

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Stay connected with your alma mater @WarriorAlumni ESUAA East Stroudsburg University Alumni Mail Bag Have something to say about ESU? Let us know what you think! Office of Alumni Engagement Attn: Mail Bag Henry A. Ahnert Jr. Alumni Center 200 Prospect Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Please include your name and contact information. Submissions may be edited for clarity or space.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal opportunity for its students, employees and applicants. The university is committed to providing equal educational and employment rights to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status. Each member of the university community has a right to study and work in an environment free from any form of racial, ethnic, and sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault. (Further information, including contact information, can be found on the university’s website at In accordance with federal and state laws, the university will not tolerate discrimination. This policy is placed in this document in accordance with state and federal laws including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 as well as all applicable federal and state executive orders. 3

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Greetings Fellow Alumni,

My first message to everyone concerns Homecoming 2017, the largest annual gathering of ESU Alumni anywhere! If you were there, you have already enjoyed the fantastic number of campus events that had been planned just for us - celebrating past accomplishments and friendships, present day university pride and a bright future for “Where Warriors Belong!” Homecoming 2018 is just around the corner - YOU NEED TO BE HERE! It is never too late to make plans to reconnect with the place and people that were oh so important to you not so long ago. My main purpose this issue is to take the Homecoming experience and spread it around to regions where ESU Warriors gather and live. Yes, I am talking about creating and participating with local ESU alumni chapters. The Alumni Association Board of Directors is a group of dedicated alumni who truly believe in our mission statement - to engage, connect, support and celebrate alumni and friends of ESU. Each member’s name is listed to the right of this article and can be utilized as a resource or a starting point for information regarding alumni chapters. Specifically, the major goal of our Outreach Committee is to create new chapters and support the existing ones. Enthusiastic members of this committee include co-chairs Dawn KettermanBenner ’70 and Maury Molin ’76, Rhonda Miller ’16, Christine Rohr Thompson ’73, Cara Miller ’01, and the recently created alumni sub-committee comprised of Michael Quick ’10, chair, Ashley Swartz ’09, Demetrius Lindsey ’12 and Corey Wimmer ’03. If you have any ideas or questions about starting an ESU alumni chapter where you live, give us a call. The Office of Alumni Engagement is responsible for coordinating and supporting our chapters and they do a GREAT job. The office must follow specific steps to create new chapters or support existing ones. These include and are not restricted to: • Identify ESU alumni to host the event • Conduct an informal survey of alumni who live in the area • Create an event proposal • Procure a location and/or place of interest • Establish an event budget • Negotiate a successful approval process through the ESU Foundation 4 the alumni herald

Alumni Association Corner • Submit a data request for ESU alumni in that particular region to create and distribute event publications including e-blasts, save the dates and social media • And, finally, attend the event, distribute ESU information, giveaways and pay the bill. Whew! Yes, it is an involved process but, honestly, 95 percent of it is taken care of by the Office of Alumni Engagement, while active support is supplied by the Outreach Committee and the chapter hosts. Fellow Warriors who wish to create an ESU alumni chapter simply need to contact us at alumni@esu. edu and your ideas will become reality! If you would like to help plan a chapter event, or if there is a chapter close to you, please refer to the same email address to contact us. The chapters and their contacts are: Washington, D.C. Metro Area - Tom Leshko ’57 and James Viola ’94 Florida: Gulf Coast (West Coast) - Dick ’57 and Joan ’67 Merring Palm Coast (East Coast) - David ’76 and Moira Porteus ’77 Hair The Villages (Orlando) - Pinky O’Neill ’57 DelCo/ChesCo counties - R. Griggs Levy ’87 and Cara Feehan Miller ’01 Lehigh Valley - Rhonda Miller ’16 and Dawn Ketterman-Benner ’70 Philadelphia - Scott Higgins ’06, Natalie Weingartner McCrea ’05 and Ashley Johnson ’08 Monroe County, newly formed this year - Maury Molin ’76 and Betty Hay Kruk ’91 Chapters in the planning stages include: Bucks County - Christine Rohr Thompson ’73 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - Jason ’03 and Corey Hair ’03 Wimmer As you can see, there are a number of alumni spreading Warrior pride and reaching out to connect with you. I hope to see you at the next ESU alumni chapter meeting near you! Frank Johnson ’74 President, ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors

ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors

2017-2018 Board Officers Frank E. Johnson ’74 David A. Super ’80 Ashley L. Puderbach Swartz ’09 M.Ed. ’10 general Members George Bennyhoff ’65 Jack P. Childs, III ’67 Edward J. Curvey ’63 Kelly E. Dries ’08 Joseph B. Fite, III ’76 Glenn Gottshalk ’72 Ernest R. Gromlich ’60 William J. Horvath ’70 M.Ed. ’79 Dawn Ketterman-Benner ’70 Deborah A. Kulick ’80 Demetrius Robert Lindsey ’12 R. Griggs Levy ’87 Johanna Mazlo ’91 Cara Miller ’01 Carol Miller ’81 Lori Weinstein Miller ’77 Rhonda Miller ’16 Maury J. Molin ’76 Thomas Petro ’72 Michael R. Quick ’10 Ritchey J. Ricci ’65 M.Ed. ’72 Shelley Speirs ’92 Ronald D. Steckel ’71 Christine Rohr Thompson ’73 Corey Wimmer ’03 Emeriti Virginia M. Sten ’71 Bryan L. Hill ’71 Eugenia S. Eden ’72 M.Ed. ’76 Frank Michael Pullo ’73 M.Ed. ’76 Faye D. Soderberg ’58 Phyllis M. Kirschner ’63 John E. Woodling ’68 M.Ed. ’76 John T. Lambert ’54

ESU Alumni Association Board Member Spotlight

Ernie Gromlich ’60

Ernie Gromlich ’60 graduated from West Scranton High School on June 13, 1952. His family did not have the funds for him to attend college, so he attempted to get a job to help with his college expenses. The Korean War was still in progress and employers would not hire young men of draft age. His only choice was to join the military. He joined the Navy and went to the Great Lakes Naval Recruiting Station on June 27, 1952. Upon being honorably discharged in 1956, he used the GI Bill to attend East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. While attending, Gromlich accomplished his three goals of playing football, obtaining a teaching degree and pursuing coaching. After graduating in 1960, he taught physics and geometry at Milton High School from 1962 to 1993. He also coached football, track and field, cross country and girls’ basketball with his wife, Shirley Gromlich ’60. He was also a PIAA official in football, basketball, softball, baseball and track and field for 35 years. During the 1972 floods caused by Hurricane Agnes, Milton High School had an enormous amount of flooding and damage. The Army National Guard rescued individuals that were stranded, moved people to higher ground and helped with the clean-up. This encouraged Gromlich to join the Army National Guard. He retired in 1995, having served since 1973, with the rank of Master Sergeant. He earned many awards and decorations throughout his military career which include: Navy Good Conduct, Army Achievement, Army Commendation (2), Army Meritorious Medal (2), and the PA Meritorious Medal. Gromlich comes from a military family. He is honored to have relatives who served their country with distinction. “My Great Grand Uncle Jeremiah served in the Civil War. My father, Howard, served with the 26th Yankee Division in France during WWI, and my brother Earl was a member of the Coast Guard and served on a destroyer in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. My son Richard also spent 33 years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a two star rear admiral.” Gromlich’s passion for the Alumni Association stems from having attended the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony in 2011 during Homecoming to honor his late wife, Shirley Gromlich ’60. Having also attended other events such as the Legacy Lunch and Pinning Ceremony during Family Weekend, he was impressed with the scope and variety of the alumni programs offered at ESU. At that point, he decided the time had come for him to dedicate some of his time to his alma mater. It was in 2012 that he applied and became a member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Gromlich has served on several boards, including the NCSCFU Credit Union, and the American Red Cross, but his time with the Alumni Association board means a lot to him. He is proud to be part of an organization with so many dedicated members. “All of ESU and all alumni are fortunate to have such a valuable asset. They are hard-working and always seek to improve programs at ESU,” Gromlich said. Gromlich and his late wife, Shirley, have three children: Richard, Randall, and Ellen Gromlich Stauffer ’90. He resides in Milton, Pa. 5

ESU implements concussion detection technology

The technology is particularly important as studies have shown the long-term impact concussions or head trauma have on football players.

East Stroudsburg University senior linebacker Mike Wiand wasn’t aware two Mifflinburg High School teammates had suffered concussions six years ago from hits they took on the football field, but he saw the symptoms.

Fifty percent of concussions go unreported or undetected, according to statistics compiled by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program. With only two full-time athletic trainers responsible for 20 sports at ESU, Riddell’s latest technology is a valuable resource, though it does not offer a medical opinion.

“They just seemed down, depressed,” he said. “They couldn’t focus in school. They didn’t do as well. They were different socially. They were stressed, which only compounded all those issues.” Eventually, those two seniors were diagnosed and sat out the rest of the season. Now in his third season as a starter on ESU’s football team and an All-PSAC East selection last season, Wiand and his teammates have the sort of technology that should help diagnose potential head trauma earlier, without waiting to see the effects. ESU is one of a handful of schools using Riddell SpeedFlex helmets with InSite impact response system, head impact technology with five sensors to register significant hits that lead to concussions and other head and neck trauma. 6 the alumni herald

A recent study of 202 former football players — from the NFL, college and high school — found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head blows, in nearly all of them. With the Riddell helmet, all top 5 percent hits, the ones with the greatest force, are recorded and alerts are sent to devices the size of a cell phone carried by ESU’s athletic trainers and equipment manager.

“It is not a diagnostic tool,” said Jayme Galdieri, ESU’s athletic trainer for football. “It’s another tool in our toolbox. It’s the same as having another set of eyes, to see something we don’t.” ESU is one of nine Division II schools with Riddell helmets and InSite technology. Seton Hill is the only other Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference program to have them, though it has just six helmets. The decision to make the significant purchase ($405 per helmet, $150 per InSite technology) originated during a meeting this spring between 44th-year head football coach Denny Douds; Colleen Shotwell, coordinator of athletic training services at ESU; and Wendy Wheeler Dietrich, former ESU athletic trainer for football.

Athletic trainers monitor head impacts on the sideline with a handheld device that reads five sensors in the helmet. Photo by Susie Forrester 7

Colleen Shotwell, ESU’s coordinator of athletic training services, and Jayme Galdieri, athletic trainer for football, analyze data obtained through concussion detection helmets worn by Warrior football players. Photo by Susie Forrester

INSIGHT ON INSITE TECHNOLOGY ESU is using Riddell’s SpeedFlex helmets with InSite Impact Response System, designed to help monitor players who may have suffered a head or neck injury. Who has the helmets: All 87 players on the ESU roster. Who is using this technology: (Division I) Texas, Tulsa, Arkansas, Wyoming, Marshall, Marist, Colgate, Duquesne, Stetson, Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Wofford, South Dakota, Butler, Savannah State, Samford; (Division II) ESU, Winona State, Grand Valley State, University of Indianapolis, Davenport University, Wayne State, Azusa Pacific College, Quincy University, Seton Hill.

“We want to give our kids the best opportunity to play the game and keep their health and welfare at the highest level available to us,” said Douds, who ranks seventh in NCAA all-division history in career games coached and set the PSAC record for career wins nearly a decade ago. “Looking to save money in our budget, we don’t necessarily need socks with the school logo on them, but we’re not going to make cuts when it comes to the shoulder pads and helmets with the newest equipment that’s been tested,” he said. Virginia Tech first tested Riddell’s latest helmets, which then were put into use at 16 NCAA Division I football programs. InSite technology was developed based on Riddell’s Head Impact Telemetry System and Sideline Response System, which have studied more than 6 million impacts in the last 15 years. There are five sensors in the helmet — one on each side, one in front, on top and in the back. The top 5 percent of hits, based on force produced, trigger an alert. In addition to the possibility of a concussion, the technology alerts the staff to the likelihood that improper technique is being

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used by a player, or that a certain drill conducted at a certain time in practice is leading to more registered hits. It can help coaches set up practice plans as well as provide information on which players may need additional coaching on blocking or tackling form. “If a linebacker is lighting up [the InSite system], is it a technique thing or too much hitting in practice that could lead to a concussion or a neck injury, an annoying injury or career-ending?” Galdieri said. The alerts grab the athletic trainers’ attention to monitor something they may not have seen, to talk to a coach or pull aside a player. The InSite technology also offers significant long-term potential, according to Shotwell. Data is being collected on every player. ESU’s athletic training staff is hoping to begin registering all hits, not just the top 5 percent blows, beginning next year. Starting with this year’s freshman class, every hit players take will be charted to give the training staff a more complete picture in diagnosing a player’s injury.

Head Football Coach Denny Douds coaches a player during a recent game. Photo by Phil Stein

This collection will be added to every player’s medical history in addition to the evaluation done by the athletic training staff before the season begins. “Next year, the software will have the capability to register all hits,” Shotwell said. “Right now, the evidence does not indicate that only a [top 5] percent blow leads to CTE.”

For the last seven years, she has been showing a 15-minute video excerpt from an ESPN “E:60” show about Preston Plevretes, a former La Salle University football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury following a concussion a month earlier that had not fully healed.

Certain football positions, including running back and linebacker, are at higher risk for head and neck injuries because of the speed and force of the hits they endure and deliver.

Plevretes’ case is a prime example of second-impact syndrome. He is a painful reminder to young athletes that failing to report concussion-like symptoms, as well as other head and neck trauma, or failing to allow the injuries to fully heal, can lead to permanent disability or death.

InSite technology helps players take the guesswork out of whether they should get checked out.

“There are tears every year,” Shotwell said. “The video is not meant to scare them, but to report that this could be the reality.”

“The sensor going off leads to a player getting a concrete answer,” Wiand said. “The player doesn’t have to worry about being too soft or too easy on himself. It’s OK to get checked out.

Wiand’s high school teammates were fortunate they didn’t suffer Plevretes’ fate.

“It’s a reassurance that you’re not leaving teammates out there to dry. It’s no longer a judgment call.” Shotwell understands the internal workings of athletes, so she takes it a step further before the first drill of the first practice.

With Riddell’s latest technology — and Shotwell’s preseason video — ESU’s football players are safer and better informed. – By Tom Housenick The Morning Call. All Rights Reserved

THREE STATISTICS ABOUT CONCUSSIONS Statistics collected by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program: 1. A pproximately 300,000 footballrelated concussions occur each year. 2. F ifty percent of concussions go unreported or undetected. 3. O ne in five high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year. 9

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The 1893 Legacy Society


The 1893 Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who have included the ESU Foundation in their estate plans. All planned gifts to the ESU Foundation qualify for recognition in the 1893 Legacy Society.


Joseph G. Ashcroft* Hamilton H.T. M’77 and Mary B. and Jean C. Lee Whalen ‘78 Judith A. ‘76 M’86 and John L.C., Jr.* and James H. Leiding Mary L.* Bachofer Kenneth E. Maclary Neil N. ‘96 and Randy S. ‘78 and Gladys Baksh Valerie A. ‘79 Maugle James R. ‘05 and Ann E. ‘82 and Kenton Kathryn Barchiesi R., Jr. McGinnis James L. Borger ‘59 Maury J. Molin ‘76 Richard N. ‘60 and Frank M. Montano ‘69 Jean M. ‘89 Brewer Clarence J. and Susan C. Elizabeth Murphy Brink ‘72 M’87 Patricia S. Neidorf Robert P. Brunet Sandra Jone J. Bush O’Neil-Seiler ‘57 Jack P. ‘67 and Anne Patricia A. Ori ‘61 L. Childs Trudy M. Piatt Gertrude Q. ‘70 and Frank M. ‘73 M’76 Bruce A. Denlinger and Nancy Pullo Jean M. DeSchriver ‘74 Sara M. Rand ‘61 Eugenia S. Eden ‘72 Deborah A. M’76 Raykovitz ‘75 William C. Eves ‘71 Rosina J. Bob H. ‘55 and Louise Richards ‘59* L. ‘56 Fabel Michael J. Sue C. Falvello ‘60 Romano ‘74 M’79 ‘83 Bernice Ernest E. and W. Franchino ‘43 Sandra L. Rydell James P. ‘52 and Larry M. ‘58 M’64 Barbara A. Frawley and Barbara Rymon Donna R. Gray ‘63 Arthur R. ‘62 and Donald L. ‘56 and Fannie A. ‘62 Schisler Marge E. ‘59 Griffith Glenn E. Schultz George D. ‘58 and Scott F. Simonds ‘90 Harriet D. ‘56 Hall and Patricia Fonzi Noretta S. Herman ‘59 Barry E. ‘62 and Angela J. Herrlinger Norma Slemmer ‘92 M’98 Grace Smith Sandra J. Hoeffner Patricia J. Snyder Richard and Nancy M. Joan Sommer Johnson Ray J. Starner ‘69 Andrew E. Johnson Kathryn A. Waltz ‘70 Stephen and Gail Diana E. Weaver ‘57 Kalman Evelyn W. Robert A. ‘71 and Werkheiser ‘44 Sandra Kelley Carol A. Wolf ‘68 Edward C. Kimes and Faith H. Waters Richard A. ‘60 and Constance R. Krick ‘60 Sandra L. ‘60 Zimmer *Deceased

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George R. Bennyhoff ‘65 Annual Scholarship Angelo F. Borzio, Jr. ‘95 Wrestling Annual Scholarship Chet ‘67 and Winnie ‘67 Dalgewicz Wrestling Annual Scholarship Stephen ‘49 and Ramona ‘48 Domovich Endowed Scholarship Coach Denny Douds 50th Anniversary Celebration Annual Scholarship ESU 70s Socialites Annual Scholarship ESU Exploratory Studies Annual Scholarship ESU STAR Student Annual Scholarship ESU Student Meal Plan Annual Scholarship ESU Women’s Basketball Annual Scholarship Dr. Gere B. Fulton ‘60 Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship Christopher Hartman ‘98 Annual Scholarship Mary A. Henning ‘45 Memorial Annual Scholarship Jazz Ensemble Annual Scholarship Gary A. Kessel ‘77 Wrestling Annual Scholarship Smeaton-Lane Endowed Scholarship Jacob T. Llewellyn ‘72 Wrestling Annual Scholarship Thomas and Jean Lobb Academic Endowed Scholarship Kenneth and Evelyn Long Women’s Basketball Annual Scholarship Chris MacIsaac ‘02 Annual Scholarship Master of Public Health Annual Scholarship McMunn Family Wrestling Annual Scholarship Miles Montague Football Annual Scholarship G. James Purdy, Jr. ‘68 Wrestling Annual Scholarship Ritchey J. Ricci ‘65 M’72 Nursing Annual Scholarship Robert Shebelsky Baseball Annual Scholarship Dr. Gregory Shoemaker ‘80 Wrestling Annual Scholarship Willard Stem Football Endowed Scholarship Willard Stem Men’s Basketball Endowed Scholarship Upward Bound Annual Scholarship Brent Voynar ‘95 Family Football Annual Scholarship Wrestling Annual Scholarship Rory J. Yancheck ‘84 Annual Scholarship Rory J. Yanchek ‘84 Endowed Scholarship

President’s Gala 2017

President’s Circle donors, 1893 Legacy Society honored at annual celebration

East Stroudsburg University’s most generous donors and members of the 1893 Legacy Society were the guests of honor at the Annual President’s Gala held Oct. 6, 2017, at Kemp Library. More than 100 guests attended and were thanked for their generous contributions in 2016-2017. Hosted by ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation, the gala celebrates individuals, businesses and organizations who have given at the President’s Circle level of $1,500 or more over the last fiscal year. Members of the 1893 Legacy Society - those who include the ESU Foundation in their estate plans - also attended. Financial support to annual and endowed scholarships, academic and athletic programs, and the Warrior Fund culminated in the third highest fundraising total in the ESU Foundation’s 31-year history, said Executive Director Rich Santoro, raising nearly $3.2 million in support of ESU and its students.

ESU President Marcia G Welsh, Ph.D., chats with guests at the Annual President’s Gala held in Kemp Library.

From left, Chris Merli, head coach for ESU’s Women’s Track and Field Team, and Bryan and Bernadette O’Neill socialize at the Annual President’s Gala.

Tremendous growth was also seen in the ESU Foundation’s scholarship program resulting in 27 new annual and seven endowed scholarships being created in the same year. In total, $1.4 million was received in scholarship support in 2016-2017. “These achievements and more are a direct result of your charitable contributions,” said Santoro. “This wonderful celebration is one small way to show our gratitude.” President Welsh provided updates on campus happenings to guests and expressed her pride in the philanthropic strides ESU and the Foundation have taken in the past several years. “We’re proud to know the philanthropic work done over the past year continues to grow the ESU Foundation Warrior Fund, that hundreds of student scholarship recipients are getting the resources they need to reach their academic goals, and that we have created partners on campus, and within the community, who value and support our mission,” said Welsh. “Most of all, we are proud to have connected and built a relationship with you, our donors. Thanks to your incredible generosity, the ESU Foundation can continue providing support to the university and its students who really are amazing human beings.” To learn more about becoming a member of the President’s Circle or the 1893 Legacy Society, visit the ESU Foundation at or call 570-422-3333.

President’s Circle Members Millennium Circle ($50,000+) ESSA Bank & Trust Charitable Foundation Gere B. Fulton ‘60 Estate of Lois L. Hargreaves Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono Estate of Jean Lobb Kenneth E. Maclary Stephen M. and Sharon D. Somers The R. Dale and Frances Hughes Foundation Julia Circle ($10,000 - $49,999) William B. and Barbara Cramer Stephen M. Domovich ‘49 Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Bryan E. and Colette L. Hughes Hughes Foundation, Inc. Shala E. Davis and John F. Kochmansky Sam J. and Lucy Kuykendall Mattioli Foundation Charles A. ‘69 and Patricia ‘68 McMunn Ryan A. McMunn and Alexandra Wilcox Estate of Kathryn T. Montague Robert M. Moses Mountain Valley Orthopedics, P.C. R. Sam ‘82 and Linda ‘83 Niedbala Niedbala Family Foundation Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Susan Z. ‘85 and Robert A. Shebelsky Patricia S. and John W. Smeaton The William T. Morris Foundation Tricam Industries, Inc. Estate of Jeanne M. Turtzo Marcia G. Welsh and Louis Terracio Founders Circle ($5,000 - $9,999) Anonymous ARAMARK Services, Inc. David B. “Toby”* ‘65 and Florence “Peachy” Barkman George R. ‘65 and Judilee Bennyhoff Easton Coach Company Ann R. Edinger ‘73 ESU APSCUF

Individuals, businesses and organizations who have given $1,500 and above.

Gary A. ‘77 and Debra G. ‘81 Kessel Richard B. ‘69 and Wendy H. Koch Henry C. Kunkel ‘73 Joshua and Jenna Looney MacElree Harvey, Ltd. J. Douglas ‘67 M’69 and Marilyn McNamee Sanofi Pasteur Robert T. Sweeney ‘62 The Ann and Joseph Farda Foundation The Haverford Trust Company The Kirby Foundation United Way Greater Twin Cities Jeffrey A. and Audrey Weber WSBG/WVPO Rory J. ‘84 and Diane E. Yanchek President’s Circle ($1,500 - $4,999) Adams Outdoor Advertising All Sports Enterprises, Inc. Anonymous Rodney W. ‘65 and Eileen R. ‘64 Applegate Rick Armitage Kenneth A. ‘62 M’65 and Donna W. Benner Donald R. and Dolores B. Bortz Angelo F. Jr. ‘95 and Jennifer Borzio David R. Bousquet Braveheart Enterprises, LLC Elliot H. and Victoria E. Brown Chili’s Grill and Bar Patricia M. and David W. Crotty Chet W. ‘67 and Winnie H. ‘67 Dalgewicz Cynthia Defidelto Vincent and Concetta DeFranco Patricia A. Desmond ‘70 MaryEllen ‘80 and Kevin J. Dickey Dennis C. and Judith G. Douds Ethnic Beauty Store, LLC Robert P. Fleischman James E. and Betty B. Gilbert Patricia Graham Thomas J. Grayuski ‘84 Donald L. ‘56 and Marge E. ‘59 Griffith Ernest R. Gromlich ‘60 David A. ‘76 M’84 and Moira A. ‘77 Hair

George D. ‘58 and Harriet D. ‘56 Hall Raymond L. ‘86 and Zoraya Hamlin Patricia G. ‘62 and William C. Hibschman Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley Wendy Jankoski ‘82 and Paul Lapinski Eileen P. ‘79 and James G. Kaiser Robert A. ‘58 and Anne E. Kearn Gerald D. ‘59 and Gloria J. Keyser Judith A. ‘76 M’86 and James H. Leiding Douglas S. ‘94 and Melissa A. Leonzi William J. ‘63 and Sandra F. ‘64 Lewis Francine S. ‘65 and Robert H. Lewis Liquor Factory Inc. Jacob T. Llewellyn ‘72 James M. and Jane A. Looney Lloyd L. ‘72 and Sharon C. ‘73 Lyter Martz Trailways Mary-Carol Mason ‘62 William R. McFadden ‘81 Ann E. ‘82 and Kenton R. McGinnis Marilouise R. McNally Richard C. ‘57 and Joan R. ‘67 Merring Clavertis D. Miller Maury J. Molin ‘76 James E. and Constance G. Moyer Robert W. ‘66 M’67 and Claudia ‘65 Naismith Annette A. ‘87 and Kevin M. O’Malley Bryan M. O’Neill ‘04 Jerry and Hedy Orodenker Trevin J. Panaia ‘97 and Kari L. Yodice-Panaia ‘95 Paradise Tanning Anthony F. ‘00 and Amy L. ‘01 Pasqua Pocono Lions Club Renee A. ‘89 and John M. Pope Mary Frances Postupack ‘93 Deborah E. Prince Frank M. ‘73 M’76 and Nancy Pullo

G. James Purdy ‘68 Lois E. ‘78 and Richard J. Rawson Glenn F. ‘69 and Sue Ann Reibman Kevin P. ‘83 and Candace A. ‘81 Ruddy William A. ‘57 and Marilyn M. Ruddy SAJE Enterprises LLC Rich and Katee Santoro Sarah Street Grill Arthur R. ‘62 and Fannie A. ‘62 Schisler Paul and Judy Schuchman Michael ‘59* and Rosemary ‘58 Sentelik Gregory E. ‘80 M’93 and Lauretta A. ‘81 Shoemaker Sigma Sigma Sigma Ski Shawnee, Inc. Howard L. Soloway St. Luke’s University Health Network Adam S. ‘00 M’02 and Erin Stauffer George C. ‘66 and Ida Stockman Stony Acres Robert G. Sutton and Linda DeRenzis-Sutton Takeda California, Inc. John R. ‘69 M’73 and Pamela J. ‘70 Thatcher The Auxiliary of the Pocono Medical Center The Inn at Pocono Manor Doreen M. and John C. Tobin William G. Tobin Mark S. Turner and Gina J. Bertucci Robert W. Veneziale Craig S. ‘99 and Jill K. ‘99 M’01 Vondercrone Richard D. ‘67 and Danna ‘68 Vroman William D. and Ellen Walker Mark N. ‘58 and Marie R. Walp Kathryn A. Waltz ‘70 Nancy L. Weaver ‘74 M’78 Diana E. Weaver ‘57 Robert H. ‘75 and Julieann Willever Phillip A. and Heather L. Williams Jeffrey I. Wilson ‘86 M’92 Wenjie Yan *Deceased

esu foundation East Stroudsburg University Foundation

2017-2018 Board of Directors Robert Willever ’75, Chairman President, Willever Wealth Management Dr. Frank M. Pullo ’73 M’76 Vice Chairman Faculty Emeritus, East Stroudsburg University Chris Yeager ’74 M’81, Secretary Retired Principal and School Superintendent

Douglas Leonzi ’94 Vice President – Investment Counselor BB&T Investment Services, Inc.

four new members

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation welcomed four new board members to its Board of Directors. East Stroudsburg University alumni Douglas S. Leonzi ’94 of Allentown, Geoffrey M. Roche M’15 of Annville, David A. Super ’80 of Stroudsburg, and Christopher Yeager ’74 M’81 of Bangor were appointed on May 18, 2017. The announcement was made by ESU Foundation board chair and alumnus Robert Willever ’75. Their terms began on July 1, 2017.

Anthony Pasqua ’00 Chief Operating Officer, Snow Park Capital Partners

Geoffrey Roche M’15 Director, Legislative Affairs Office of Public Information and Legislative Affairs Robert A. Shebelsky, Treasurer Pennsylvania Higher Chairman, Deputy Real Education Assistance Agency Estate Holdings LLC. Dr. Elizabeth Leigh Smith, William B. Cramer, Esq. Faculty Liaison Attorney, Cramer, Swetz, Associate Professor McManus & Jordan, P.C. of English, East MaryEllen Dickey ’80 Stroudsburg University Senior Vice President Adam S. Stauffer ’00 M’02 of Advancement Executive Director of Principal Diakon Senior Gifts and Planned Giving Living Services Lafayette College Diakon Child, Family and David Super ’80, ESU Alumni Community Ministries Association Liaison Raymond Hamlin ’86, Esq. Deputy Commander Attorney, Hunt, Defense Contract Hamlin & Ridley Management Agency Harry F. Lee, Esq., Louis Wein, Council of Trustees Liaison ESU Student Liaison Attorney, Lee Law Offices Class of 2018 Members Emeriti William B. Cramer, Esq. Attorney, Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan, P.C. Past chair, served 1987-2001 John T. Lambert ’54 Retired Superintendent East Stroudsburg School District Served 1989-2000 Rosemary Driebe Olofsson Executive Vice President Pocono Pro Foods Past chair, served 1987-1999 12 the alumni herald

Douglas S. Leonzi ’94

Geoffrey M. Roche M’15

David A. Super ’80

Christopher Yeager ’74 M’81

Leonzi currently serves as vice president – investment counselor for BB&T Investment Services, Inc. While at ESU he played football for the Warriors and currently co-chairs the ESU Foundation Football Campaign. He graduated from ESU with a Bachelor of Science degree and studied health and physical education. He serves on the advisory cabinet for the United Way of Lehigh Valley and as president for the Andre Reed Foundation. Roche is the director, Legislative Affairs for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and brings experience in public relations and government affairs to the board. Previously, he served as the director of public and government affairs for Lehigh Valley Health Network (formerly Pocono Medical Center). Roche earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Moravian College and his Master of Science in public administration from ESU in 2015. Within the Monroe County region, Roche has served two appointments from the County Commissioners as Chairman of the Homeless Advisory Board and member of the Aging Advisory Council. Roche also served as a board member for the United Way of Monroe County. He is a current board member for the Alzheimer’s Association in Pennsylvania. Super was recently appointed as the Alumni Association liaison to the Foundation board. He has been a member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2013 and has been the board’s vice president since 2015. Super is the deputy commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency in Springfield, N.J. His previous assignments were as an army civilian, the most recent being the deputy project manager for Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Super is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy. He also holds an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. While at ESU, he studied sociology and criminal justice, and was a member of the Liberal Arts Honor Society. He is actively involved in the Stroudsburg Rotary Club, and the Order of St. Maurice from the National Infantry Association. Yeager was recently appointed secretary to the ESU Foundation Board of Directors and held this position in a pro tem role for four years prior. Yeager was also an active member of the East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association for nine years and served as vice president and chair of the Alumni Awards Committee for four years. He has been a life-long educator who began his career as a teacher and coach and then retired as a principal from Wantage Elementary School in New Jersey. Yeager served as assistant superintendent and superintendent to the Great Meadows Regional School District in New Jersey and elementary school principal in the Allentown and Palmerton school districts. He completed all coursework at Penn State University in the educational administration doctoral program. He is a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity and served as an officer of the fraternity’s alumni board. Active in the community, he is a member of the local school board, American Legion, and a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years. He also volunteers in Nazareth, Pa., and LaBelle, Fla., elementary schools.

philanthropy program

ESU students Olivia Schneider, Alicia Kakakios, Veronica Wright and Matt Manning at the Student Philanthropy table at the Welcome Back Picnic during Warrior Welcome Week activities in September. Photo by Leon John, Jr.

This year, students at East Stroudsburg University will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of giving back to ESU through a pilot student philanthropy program, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the ESU Foundation. The student-run Philanthropy Awareness Council (PAC) was formed in September 2017 to educate students about the impact that donor gifts have on their education and help them see how they can make a difference. Through campus-wide events, presentations to student groups, and peer to peer conversations, the members of PAC hope to promote the understanding of philanthropy and increase giving among the senior class. Advisors Leon John, director of alumni engagement, and Nancy Boyer, annual giving coordinator, will work with the group to develop programs and spread awareness. “This program is especially important for the longevity of ESU,” said Rich Santoro, executive director of the ESU Foundation. “Our graduating classes are growing in size and becoming an increasingly larger portion of our alumni base. We are counting on these students to be the philanthropists of the future.” The group’s first events have been aimed at education, but will eventually focus on giving. “This is a great opportunity for students to begin talking about giving back,” said John. “The members are enthusiastic about the possibilities.” During the welcome back week celebrations, PAC members were

visible on campus, distributing materials that explained the meaning of philanthropy to incoming freshmen and returning students. The group hopes to host their first fund-raising event in November. Student-based philanthropy programs have become increasingly popular on campuses around the country, as colleges and universities work to capture the attention of the next generation. National organizations, including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) are stepping up to support these initiatives with programs geared specifically toward student philanthropy. Every February, for the last five years, CASE has brought together more than 100 student programs for national Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month, during which these institutions organize events and activities to engage students in higher education fundraising. ESU will be among the schools to participate this year.

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ESU is turning 125 Planning under way for grand celebrations Whether you remember your alma mater as East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, East Stroudsburg State College, or East Stroudsburg University, it’s time to celebrate 125 years of incredible people, connections, and traditions. A committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members has been busy preparing for an exciting celebration.

the ESU Foundation and the Office of University Advancement, the event will welcome all alumni, friends, and the ESU and regional communities to celebrate the impact the university has had on so many over the past 125 years. Ticket and sponsorship information for the event can be obtained by calling 570-422-3333.

The campus will be host to a variety of historical photos and exhibits, a founder’s day social, a community dinner, and much more. The 125th anniversary year will officially kick off on January 22, 2018, with the opening of ESU’s centennial time capsule and a food drive to support the new Warrior Food Pantry. Plans are also being made to collect items for the 125 anniversary time capsule to be buried at the end of 2018.

Would you like to be part of this historic yearlong celebration? We want to hear from you! Be sure to visit to submit your stories and photos highlighting what you remember about ESU and who inspired you while you were here. These memories will be considered for inclusion on the 125th anniversary celebration website,, where you can view the schedule of events and reminisce about the old days.

The 125th community dinner and fundraiser will be Be sure to visit frequently as events, held October 25, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor exhibits, photos and memories are added Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa. Coordinated by throughout the year.

Share Your ESU Memories and Inspirations! Do you have a favorite memory from ESU? Maybe you had a blast attending athletic events or concerts with friends. Or maybe your fondest memories were in the classroom, library, or dining hall. Or perhaps a professor, administrator, or another student inspired or influenced you in some way. Whether you’re a current student or someone who attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, East Stroudsburg State College, or East Stroudsburg University, we want to know what or who made an impact!

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East Stroudsburg Normal School

Snapshot: ESU’s 125 Years September 4, 1893 East Stroudsburg Normal School opened its doors to 320 students 1920 With a transfer of ownership to the state, the school’s name became East Stroudsburg State Normal School 1927 The school name was changed to State Teachers College at East Stroudsburg 1960 The college’s name was changed to East Stroudsburg State College July 1, 1983 The college officially became known as East Stroudsburg University

Sycamore Suites opens its doors to students Sycamore Suites, the latest phase of the revitalization of on-campus student housing at East Stroudsburg University, opened in August providing living accommodations for 496 students in four different suite styles. The residence hall has two spacious lounges on the ground floor for student programs and co-curricular activities. The building was constructed using sustainable practices, with individualized heating and air conditioning controls. Another interesting feature is the building’s monument made of reclaimed bricks from the former Hawthorn and Hemlock residence halls.

ESU officially opened Sycamore Suites on August 18. From left, Robert Moses, director of Residence Life and Housing, Abigail Soto, Council of Trustees, student member, Doreen Tobin, D.Ed., vice president for Student Affairs, Patrick Ross ’67, Council of Trustees chair, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., ESU president, the ESU Warrior, Julie Skolnicki, senior vice president for University Partnerships, Ed.R., William Hibschman, chairman, University Properties, Inc., Steven Keener, vice president, P. Agnes Construction, Tyler Day, on behalf of State Representative Jack Rader, and Maureen Madden, state representative. Photo by Susie Forrester

Alumnus Sam Niedbala ’82 brings experiences back to campus

Photo by Susie Forrester

Dr. Sam Niedbala ’82, CEO of CryoConcepts, LP, was the featured speaker at ESU’s President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series held October 24, 2017, in Beers Lecture Hall. Based in Bethlehem, Pa., CryoConcepts is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the field of cyro-based products for esthetics and medical use.

A graduate of ESU’s chemistry program, Dr. Niedbala began his entrepreneurial endeavors in 1989 by launching his former company, OraSure Technologies, Inc., which developed the first rapid HIV test in the United States that was approved for use with blood and saliva. He was responsible for development of new products and technologies as well as over 70 approvals of new medical devices by the FDA. Niedbala earned his Bachelor of Science from ESU and his Master of Science in clinical chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Lehigh University. He was previously on the faculty in the Chemistry department at Lehigh University and holds professional memberships in several science-related organizations. He has published numerous articles in technology and science publications and holds 19 U.S. patents. ESU launched the President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series in April bringing entrepreneurs to campus to talk about the various challenges they’ve faced in their careers as well as life experiences and educational opportunities that have guided them on their journey. Photo by Susie Forrester

Solar eclipse draws hundreds to viewing party ESU welcomed the community to view the August 21, 2017, Great American Eclipse from the front lawn of the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center on Normal Street. Faculty of the Physics Department provided two land telescopes to view the phenomenon while many brought their own protective eye wear and homemade viewing boxes. 15

campus news Leah Morrison studied at Shenyang Normal University last fall. This summer she returned to China for a second study abroad experience, this time for an internship made possible through BRIC Language Systems. BRIC was founded by Ryan McMunn, son of Charles A. “Tony” ’69 and Patricia Lythoge ’68 McMunn. Photo provided by Leah Morrison

Warriors Intern Abroad

with Help from BRIC Language Systems This summer 88 East Stroudsburg University students participated in Study Abroad programs. Many traveled in groups on faculty-led trips, while others set off on their own to take classes or complete an internship overseas. “During a spring or fall semester, we typically see five to 10 students study abroad,” said Steve Ives, interim director of international programs at ESU. “But this summer was an exciting time for our students. There were so many opportunities.” The opportunities were diverse in everything from region of the world to courses of study. Leah Morrison, a senior from Erie, Pa. was in Shanghai, China for two months this summer. The computer science major and Chinese language minor returned to China for her second study abroad experience, this time for an internship with Sonner, a software and technology company based in Akron, Ohio with offices in India, Europe and Asia. “Last fall I studied at Shenyang Normal University in Shenyang, China,” Morrison said. “I only took language courses and that helped me fulfill my minor.” During that time Morrison took classes all day and spent most of her free time traveling and immersing herself in the Chinese language and culture. During her most recent trip, she spent two months interning in her field of study. Morrison’s internship was made possible through BRIC Language Systems, an online language training company. The company’s founder, Ryan McMunn, graduated from the University of Colorado in 2002 and then moved to Shanghai, China to work for his father’s company, Tricam Industries. “I made a commitment to learn Mandarin while I was there. I tried and failed several times during my first few years in Shanghai,” McMunn said. “Then I met Kassey Wong. She asked what I want to learn and what I need to learn.” Wong’s method teaches how to discuss your wants and needs as opposed to being forced generic content. This learning method changed McMunn’s life, helping him advance from a quality control inspector to making multi-million dollar deals as Vice President of Asian Operations. Upon his return to the United States in 2012, McMunn and Wong teamed up to start a company that offered online classes on how to learn Mandarin. “I jumped at the idea and we got started developing online content and added Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese,” said McMunn. And, thus BRIC Language Systems was born. As BRIC grew, McMunn began speaking at college campuses. “One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is about how to get into an international career path,” McMunn said. “One of the best ways, in my opinion, is to get an international internship.” With this in mind he expanded his company to include international internships and Teach

in China programs. The internship program helps American students coordinate internship opportunities in China and Brazil. The Teach in China program helps people find jobs teaching English in China. McMunn’s parents, Charles A. “Tony” ’69 and Patricia Lythoge ’68 McMunn are proud ESU alumni, and he is very excited to build a new partnership with his parents’ alma mater. Including Morrison, 11 students studied overseas on their own this summer in Armenia, Germany, Belize, Italy, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Faculty-led trips took 77 students to Beijing and Kaifeng, China; Cuba; Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; Ghana; and Sweden. – By Elizabeth Richardson

Moses receives service award Robert Moses, director of residence life and housing at ESU, received the Dr. Suzanne S. Brown Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 Pennsylvania Student Affairs Conference. In his 42-year tenure at ESU, Moses has engaged in philanthropy both on and off campus. His dedication to quality housing programs led to a seamless transition with the university’s housing management vendor. Moses participates in 61 campus-wide committees.

HRTM agreement with College of Philadelphia ESU and Community College of Philadelphia signed an articulation agreement for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. The agreement, signed in July 2017, is intended to benefit Community College of Philadelphia students who may be considering transferring by showing course sequences for students’ junior and senior years. “The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest, most dynamic industries in the world. Students of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Program at ESU are introduced to this exciting industry and will be prepared to enjoy a successful career in the hospitality industry,” said Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at ESU. “The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Department is enhanced with activities supported by the hospitality industry. Students working toward a bachelor’s degree participate in hotel and restaurant shows, tour hospitality facilities, interact with industry professionals, attend career days and conduct special projects for the industry.”

Smith named to assistant VP post Robert E. Smith, Ed.D. has been named the assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness, planning and assessment for ESU effective August 7, 2017. Dr. Smith brings more than 23 years of experience in resource and data management, business intelligence and analytics to ESU. Prior to accepting a position with ESU, Smith was the assistant vice president for institutional research, planning and chief data officer for Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Smith will oversee ESU’s institutional data collection and management and coordinate strategic planning and assessment activities.

Seigart selected as Health Sciences dean Denise Seigart, Ph.D., has been selected as dean of the College of Health Sciences at ESU, effective August 21, 2017. Dr. Seigart has more than 30 years of teaching experience in nursing and brings more than 10 years of administrative experience to her new role. Prior to accepting a position with ESU, Seigart was the associate director of undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing of populations program at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Seigart earned her B.S.N. in nursing from Niagara University, her M.S. in community health nursing from Binghamton University and her Ph.D. in human service studies/program evaluation with minors in education and public policy from Cornell University.

Weber announced as associate provost Jeffrey A. Weber, Ph.D., became associate provost on August 19, 2017. Weber has more than 12 years of experience on ESU’s campus in roles ranging from associate professor of public administration and chair of the political science department to associate dean of the college of arts and sciences. Prior to his employment at ESU, Weber was the deputy director of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Policy Development and Research Office in Harrisburg, Pa. for about eight years. Dr. Weber also served in the United States Army for 10 years. He held a number of positions while in the Army, his highest rank being Major. Dr. Weber earned his B.A. in history from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, his M.P.A. of in public administration from Western Kentucky University and his Ph.D. in public administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Shuey, Dillmuth-Miller co-write book chapter Elaine M. Shuey, Ph.D., professor and chair of communication sciences and disorders, and Susan Dillmuth-Miller, Au.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, have been published recently. Dr. Shuey and Dr. Dillmuth-Miller co-wrote a chapter in the book “A Hands-On Approach to Teaching about Aging.” Published by Springer Publishing Company, the book is intended to help individuals teach about various aspects of aging. Their chapter, Hearing Aids and Pizza, documents an activity the professors conduct each year with the Communication and Aging class that helps students learn about aging related hearing loss, how to use hearing aids, and the benefits and problems of hearing aid use with older adults. “A Hands-On Approach to Teaching about Aging” can be purchased on Springer’s website /a-hands-on-approach-to-teaching-about-aging.html

ESU and St. Matthew’s Church

Offer Food Pantry for Students who are “Food Insecure”

In the spring of 2016, some staff and administrators at ESU began hearing, anecdotally, of students who were going without meals; foregoing food in order to pay rent or other necessities.

Weber will provide operational management and coordination for programs and services associated with academic affairs.

Naturally this raised concern, and Nancy Weaver, Ph.D., assistant to the vice president for student affairs and office of student conduct and community standards, met with Doreen M. Tobin, D.Ed., vice president for student affairs, to look deeper into this situation.

ESU partners with Milton Hershey School

“We asked a bit more and found that even though they may have a job and are going to college, once a student prioritized his or her expenses, sometimes food was on the bottom of the list,” said Dr. Weaver.

ESU established a formal partnership/agreement with Milton Hershey School (MHS) to provide focused and sustained support to low-income, first generation college students from the school. “The main objective of this partnership is to assure MHS students that ESU will give them the tools and structured support needed to succeed in college and beyond,” said Cornelia Sewell-Allen, dean of student life at ESU. “We will welcome MHS graduates to an early start program that will help them ease into college life. The students will also get academic coaching to help set solid study patterns in this new, less-structured, life style,” she said. MHS provides K-12 education to disadvantage youth. The partnership between MHS and ESU will continue the tradition of giving first-generation college students the tools they need to become leaders.

Last June, administrators and faculty developed a survey about food insecurity. This speaks to either not having a sufficient amount of food each day, or not having nutritious choices for meals, as cheaper foods are easily available but nutritionally vacant. The survey went out to the entire student population via email blast.

The Warrior Food Pantry food pantry at St. Matthew’s is now open two hours each week exclusively for ESU students in need of food. Photo by Susie Forrester 17

campus news “We got tremendous feedback and found that there are some students who do not have the financial means to eat regularly or nutritionally. It’s disturbing,” added Weaver. “It’s extremely important that we do what we can to support them.” The light bulb went off when ESU administrators realized that the nearby Church of St. Matthew had been seeking to interact more with students. The new ESU Catholic campus minister, Joe Sudano, said, “Throughout the summer, university administration and the office of student affairs had been meeting with us at St. Matthew’s Church in an effort to create and implement a partnership and plan.” The existing food pantry at St. Matthew’s was able to be utilized, and starting September 15, the new Warrior Food Pantry is open on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. during the school semester, exclusively for ESU students. Those who need food who are not on campus on Fridays can also use an emergency food pantry which will be established shortly at the University Center. For the sake of confidentiality for the students in need, the pantry will be staffed by volunteer retired faculty. The pantry is not sponsored or underwritten by any funds; in fact, said Sudano, “it runs solely on donations of nonperishable food items and volunteers’ time, and God’s grace, of course.” The pantry itself is completely non-denominational and students do not need to be a member of the parish. It’s anonymous, and students can avail themselves of the food by showing their ESU ID; this is not to identify themselves, but just to show they are eligible, and for administrators to gauge student need. “So far, we have boxes in 20 different buildings on campus, including residence halls, to collect non-perishable food,” said Weaver. “We asked everybody to bring one food item. It could be a can of soup or green beans, a box of macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter.” Anybody who wants to help can collect food items or provide donations of funds or gift cards. “We don’t need people to sign up. We just need to get the word out,” Weaver said. – By Debbie Burke For more information, please email

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From left, State Senator and member of ESU’s Council of Trustees, Mario Scavello; Forensic Scientist at the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at ESU, Nicole Chinnici; ESU President, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; President and CEO of EPA Enterprises, Inc. and member of ESU’s Council of Trustees, Edward P. Abraham. Photo by Susie Forrester

ESU and EPA Enterprises launch Cutter™ Lyme Disease Tick Test In the Pocono Mountains the importance of checking for ticks after spending time outdoors is critical. Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases and Lyme disease is the most common vector borne infection in the United States. Ticks, however, do not just seek out people and pets in Pennsylvania. In fact, has found Lyme disease-carrying ticks are found in half of all U.S. counties. But today, with the support of EPA Enterprises, East Stroudsburg University will make the detection of Lyme disease easier – and faster – for people and their pets everywhere.

“The Cutter™ Lyme Disease Tick Test kit,” explained Chinnici, “has everything you need – an easy to use tick remover, an alcohol wipe, a specimen bag, labels, a test submission form and a pre-addressed mailing label. Its simplicity makes the kit a great tool to keep in your medicine cabinet, backpack or car.”

On July 20, 2017, ESU and EPA Enterprises, Inc. announced the launch of the Cutter™ Lyme Disease Tick Test – the first nationally-recognized brand-name product developed at ESU. This new, affordable and convenient test kit provides individuals who find a tick on themselves, their children, or their pets with fast, 99.9 percent accurate DNA test results determining if the submitted tick is a carrier of Lyme disease.

Because early detection of Lyme disease is paramount to a good recovery, this product offers a critical advantage by offering speedy and 99.9 percent accuracy of the DNA test results.

“We have received ticks from 22 states, Canada and Central America,” said Nicole Chinnici, forensic scientist at the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at ESU. “I expect those numbers to increase as people begin to realize how accessible these kits have become.” The kits may be purchased online at for $24.99, and will be available in stores in the near future. This cost includes all laboratory testing fees.

The tick, once removed from the bite victim, whether human or pet, is mailed to ESU’s Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory where it is tested for Lyme disease. Results are delivered within three business days via email, phone or mail.

The original tick test kit concept was developed by an ESU student and professor in 2010 as a submission to ESU’s Student Business Plan Competition. At that time, ESU student Melissa Shaw and Dr. Jane Huffman, distinguished professor of biology, were researching ticks and their relationship to Lyme disease in northeastern Pennsylvania. Together, they developed a business plan for Lyme-Aid, an earlier version of the tick test and Melissa won first place. Winnings from the competition were invested in the prototype of LymeAid. A year later, Melissa and Dr. Huffman received an additional grant to support the commercialization of Lyme-Aid.

In 2012, ESU commercialized Lyme-Aid with the signing of a nonexclusive license agreement with Garrett Hewitt International — the very first commercialization of a student/faculty initiative at ESU and within the State System of Higher Education. In 2014, EPA Enterprises, Inc. assumed the responsibility of manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of the kit. This included a licensing agreement with United Industries Corporation enabling the use of the Cutter™ brand name.

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ESU hosts Chinese students for Sport Science Symposium Twenty-five students from two universities in China came to the United States for a program called the East Stroudsburg University Sport Science Symposium. The symposium, now in its third year, is designed for the college students and professors of sportrelated majors. The three-week program in July offered a unique opportunity to learn advanced knowledge and research from a group of professors in the fields of physical education, exercise science, athletic training, health education, and sport management. This year the students came from Beijing Sport University and Chengdu Sport University.

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown ’84 “The Beloved Community” $40 per person • $15 per student • $300 table for eight Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Juanita M. Jenkins, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 570-422-3896 or email at

Proceeds benefit the Gertrude Mary Smith Boddie 1904 Endowed Scholarship for students of diverse backgrounds. To register, visit

Students attending the ESU Sport Science Symposium in July 2017 have fun during a talent show held on campus during their three-week stay.

It takes a lot of planning to bring the symposium to fruition each year. Professor of Physical Education Gene White, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Exercise Science Peng Zhang, Ph.D., plan and coordinate the curriculum with ESU faculty and staff. Sarah Goodrich, coordinator of conference services, arranged housing and meals for the group of visiting students. Steve Ives, interim director of international programs, coordinated the students’ visas and arranged their international travel. The coursework included topics such as introduction to American football, advanced recondition and corrective exercise, sports management in the U.S., and sexual education in American schools. “You’ve spent over 30 hours traveling to get here,” Dr. White told the group during an opening ceremony. Dr. Zhang translated. “You are not just here to learn from us; we expect to learn from you too.” Three ESU students also partaking in the program hoped to do just that – learn from their peers. Rebecca Rutkowski, a senior majoring in physical education from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. reiterated White’s sentiment. “I want to learn from

you while you learn from me,” she told the students from China. Matthew Trout, a sophomore majoring in physical education from Port Carbon, Pa., saw his involvement as a chance to prepare for his future. “To be a part of this group is an example of how ESU is preparing us to teach in any city or state in America or any country in the world,” he said. Wenxiao Shang, a graduate student studying professional and secondary education, gave everyone a piece of advice. “Alvin,” as he is called in America, is from Beijing, China, and came to ESU to further pursue his education. “It’s all about the experience,” he told the students in Chinese. Then, in English, he told them, “take this experience in. Take it all in and enjoy it.”

Economic Outlook Summit draws record attendance In collaboration with East Stroudsburg University, business representatives of Monroe County met at ESU’s Mattioli Recreation Center for the fifth annual Economic Outlook Summit on September 8, 2017. This year’s event brought the largest crowd in the event’s history, 290 people. The keynote address was given by Senator Mario Scavello, 40th District, and Senator John Blake, 22nd District, and outlined critical issues facing Monroe County.

George Roberts of George Roberts Productions interviews Matt Connell, Ph.D., Dean, Monroe Campus, Northampton Community College, at the Economic Outlook Summit in September. Photo by Susie Forrester

alumni news

ESU sophomore Kobi Nwandu of York, Pa., participates in Midnight Madness during Homecoming Week. Photo by Susie Forrester


More than 20 events held across campus for East Stroudsburg University students, alumni and their families took place during Hollywood Homecoming 2017, Oct. 18-22, 2017. Class and affinity reunions, campus tours, athletic events, tailgates and more filled the schedule that attracted more than 1,500 alumni back to campus. Winning the tailgate award for best adaptation to the theme “Hollywood Homecoming” was Phi Sigma Sigma, taking the title for the third year in a row. See more photos from Homecoming

Students enjoy the Homecoming carnival held on campus. Photo by Bob Weidner

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Sonia Petruncio Grabish ’67 and Pamela Hoot Hoy ’67 reminisce with a yearbook during the All Alumni Champagne Brunch and Planetarium & Wildlife Museum Tour held at the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center. Photo by Susie Forrester

Members of Delta Sigma Phi connect at the All Alumni Annual Tailgate held behind Eiler-Martin Stadium. Photo by Susie Forrester

Alumni gather at the 1968 Football Champs reunion held at the Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center. From left are Ed Hawrylo ’69, Lynda Rudelitch Wolfe ’74, Ed Csencsits ’69, Bonnie Csencsits ’74, and Diane Hawrylo. Photo by Michael Cuff

Marilyn McNamee, Doug McNamee ’67, Dr. John Connelly ’68, Jane Butler, Arleen Lewis Whelan ’67, Len Butler ’67, Chet Dalgewicz ’67 and Jody Hughes ’67 attend a mimosa brunch reception at the home of ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. Photo by Susie Forrester

Thank you to our Homecoming 2017 sponsors The Homecoming bonfire rages at Whitenight Field. Photo by Susie Forrester

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Class of 1957 returns for 60th reunion Members from the Class of 1957 returned to ESU for Hollywood Homecoming October 20-22, 2017, celebrating their 60th class reunion. The class committee, led by Shirley Neas Merring ’57, planned a weekend of activities. A class party was held on October 21, 2017, followed by dinner at Sycamore Grille. After brunch and a tour of the planetarium with President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., on October 21, 2017, guests visited in the Warren E. ’55, & Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center conference room which they dedicated during their 50th reunion. Celebrating the Class of 1957 class reunion are, back row, from left, Pauline Gearhart ’57, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., president of ESU, Tom Leshko ’57, Mary Sue Harvey Mitke ’57, Joan Sabatini Tirrell ’57, Marilyn Ruddy, Bill Ruddy ’57. Front row, left to right, Shirley Neas Merring ’57, Guido Ditorrice ’57, Diana Weaver ’57, Floyd Eilber ’57 and Sandra “Pinky” O’Neil Seiler ’57. Photo by Bob Weidner

Roy Miller ’67 and Dick Merring ’57 share memories at the Class of 1967 Tailgate Party. Photo by Michael Cuff

Class of 1967 reunites for Hollywood Homecoming 2017

Members of the Class of 1967 reunited during Homecoming Weekend to celebrate their 50th reunion. Activities were planned in conjunction with the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement and the 50th Reunion Committee that included Joan Stanley Merring ’67, Patti Staley Alleger ’67, Richard Vroman ’67, Jack Childs ’67, Randy Polinski ’67, Pat Ross ’67, and Pamela Hoot Hoy ’67. More than 50 classmates attended the festivities, including the class reunion dinner at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, a class tailgate party, and a special brunch at the home of ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. The group also presented President Welsh with a check in the amount of $13,375 to create the Class of 1967 Endowed Scholarship. The group will continue fundraising to reach its $25,000 goal.

Members of the Class of 1967 at the Alumni Awards and All Alumni Reunion Banquet on October 20, 2017, at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Photo by Cole Kresch

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awards banquet Gerard Forrester, Sr. ’64 of Powder Springs, Ga., received the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given to graduates whose achievements in their field have distinguished them on a national or international level. Forrester is a retired supervisory special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has over 30 years of experience investigating criminal and foreign counterintelligence matters with 25 years of coordination multi-agency, multinational law enforcement operations in the Caribbean.

Uriel Trujillo ’83 of Fountain Hill, Pa., received the Dr. George Thompson, Jr. Award. This award is given to an individual that demonstrates achievement in the areas of community and human relations and promoting the mission of ESU. Trujillo is the director of ESU’s Upward Bound program which helps struggling high school students prepare for college by offering rigorous academic instruction and individualized tutoring and counseling services.

Kathleen Walker deMarrais ’71 of Duluth, Ga., received the Excellence in Education Award. This new award is given to an educator who has demonstrated superior teaching ability and extraordinary commitment to students at the elementary, secondary or college level. deMarrais is a professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.

Patrice Weiss, M.D. ’88 of Roanoke, Va., received the Technology Award. This new award is presented to an ESU alumnus or alumna who has distinguished themselves and brought credit to ESU at a state, national, or international level by their work in the fields of science, physics, chemistry, economics, medicine, physiology or other technical field/ information technology. Weiss is executive vice president and chief medical officer at Carilion Clinic and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Outstanding alumni and friends of ESU recognized Alumni and friends of East Stroudsburg University who have reached excellence in their field or have gone above and beyond in their support of the university were honored by the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors on October 20, 2017. Part of the Homecoming weekend festivities, the Annual Alumni Awards and All Alumni Reunion Banquet was held at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort at Shawnee On Delaware, Pa.

The late Diane Davis Marinchak ’74 of Scranton, Pa., received the Helen G. Brown Honor Award. This award is given to a graduate whose accomplishments honor the university. Marinchak was a former member of the Upsilon Psi sorority and was responsible for securing a $25,000 grant to turn a concrete courtyard at West Scranton High School into a nature sanctuary. This posthumous award was given to her husband, George Marinchak, who accepted on her behalf.

John “Mike” Terwilliger ’78 of East Stroudsburg, Pa., received the Jim Barniak Award. This award is given to a graduate who has achievements in athletics post-graduation. Terwilliger has been an assistant football coach at ESU for 44 seasons. He was also inducted into ESU’s Hall of Fame in 1994, and was the first Division II coach honored by the American Football Coaches Association as the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Trudy Piatt of East Stroudsburg, Pa., received the Conrad “Skip” Idukas Service Award. This award is given to a graduate or friend who has made a significant contribution to ESU and/or the ESU Alumni Association. Piatt is a retired educator and an active volunteer with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Regina Sayles ’03 M. Ed. ’14 of East Stroudsburg, Pa., received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. This award is given to a graduate that demonstrates exceptional ability and made significant strides in their chosen profession. Sayles is currently part of a singer/ songwriter duo, Porter & Sayles. In 2016, Porter & Sayles released a full-length, all original album and have played shows across the United States promoting their music. 23

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I started with the New York Red Bulls in January 2013 as an inside sales executive. I led Major League Soccer in promotional pack sales that year and knew that a career in sport sales was where I would succeed. I earned my first promotion to an account executive, which was a full time position with more responsibility. I kept working hard and earned another promotion to be the inside sales supervisor. I got my chance to manage a team at the same time as selling our product which made me feel like a complete asset to the organization. As a supervisor, I instructed inside sales representatives in the proper ways of selling and helped them receive promotions to full-time positions. I later became season ticket sales supervisor where I supervised a team of account executives and ticket sales representatives. During this time, I led the team in season ticket sales, skybox sales and we had our most successful year of selling season tickets in team history. This was a great accomplishment for the team and me because it was a result of hard work all year. After having success in selling premium products to corporate accounts, the Red Bulls created a new position for me called premium membership executive. I am now responsible to sell and work with corporate business accounts as well as manage and improve the premium areas. I have been in this position for over a year and I am looking to take what I am learning now and help the organization become more successful. I have been involved with ESU since graduation. I was asked to serve as a guest speaker in classes. This was an honor I never would have thought was possible as I was able to speak to the students about my time at ESU as well as the successes and struggles of starting out in sports. The students were very responsive and I was even able to meet with and offer internship opportunities. One such student was fortunate to land a full-time position. I was a panel member at the ESU S.C.O.R.E. Symposium for the last two years where I was able to talk to the students and answer questions. This is a great event that allows the students to hear from professionals in the sports industry and answer any questions they may have. I am presently a member of the ESU Sport Management Alumni Advisory Board, where our mission is to help students with internships, find full and part-time positions, and to provide mentorship and guidance. Being in this position allows me to network with other alumni that are sport professionals and speak with them about ways to enhance the Sport Management program.

My name is Joseph Delchop and I am a graduate of the East Stroudsburg university sport management program. I have been working with the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer team for over four years. My dream was always to work in professional sports, and by graduating from ESU in 2010 and going through the sport management program, I was able to learn the business side of sports. The best part of my time at ESU was going to class and discussing current topics with professors and students. It was a great feeling knowing that if a significant event occurred in sports, we were going to discuss and debate in detail the next day. 24 the alumni herald

My advice to prospective, current, and recently graduated students looking to work in the sports industry is to keep trying until you succeed. Working in sports is one of the toughest professional fields to enter. The sport management degree has been growing in recent years and most colleges and universities now offer it as a major. This means job opportunities have become much more competitive. You must work harder and learn more to stand out next to that competition. I hope students understand that their goals and dreams in the sports industry are possible, and very rewarding once achieved on any level. There is no greater feeling than working for a team; only those working in the industry get to experience this whole new aspect to sports. ESU gave me the skills and tools I needed to get my opportunity. I owe so much to the university and this program because they gave me the chance to live my dream of working in professional sports. I look forward to continuing to give back any way that I can.

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in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area When the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement held an event at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders game in Moosic Pa., in July 2017, alumni and friends in attendance were thrilled that ESU was hosting a gathering in their backyard. More than 45 Warrior alumni, friends and family attended. A few weeks later it was followed up by the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors who held their annual golf “fun-raiser” in Tunkhannock, Pa., bringing together nearly 50 alumni at the Shadowbrook Golf Resort. The enthusiasm of alumni who connected in the region last summer has organizers on the move, taking the lead to form an active chapter in the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area. “We really are hoping to host more family-friendly events so that alumni can bring their friends and families and reconnect with other alumni from the region,” Corey Hair Wimmer ’03, member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors said.

Upcoming Events Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, February 22, 2018


ESU ALUMNI THE VILLAGES EVENT Dinner The Villages, Fla. Time and prices to be determined

Alumni Holiday Reception and explore Christmas Village in Bethlehem, Pa. Lehigh Valley Campus, 60 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pa. | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

ESU ALUMNI FLORIDA EVENT Golf Outing and Luncheon


Myakka Pines Golf Club, 2550 South River Road, Englewood, Fla.

More than 3,700 alumni live in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region, said Leon John, Jr., director of alumni engagement. Providing this niche of ESU Warrior alumni the opportunity to reconnect with one another through chapter events is high on the priority list in 2018.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. Rochester Americans

“We cannot do it without alumni input and support,” said John. “We’re looking for interest from those who live in the region along with ideas of the types of events they want to attend.”

PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. Game time 7:05 p.m. | Pre-event gathering time to be determined

Last year, the Office of Alumni Engagement added two new chapters for a total of six across the East Coast. Among them are the Delco/Chesco counties, Monroe County, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and the Suncoast Chapters in Florida. If you are from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area and would like to assist with getting a chapter started, please contact Corey Hair Wimmer ’03 at or Leon John, Jr. at



Wednesday, March 21, 2018 COBM NYC ALUMNI EVENT Breakfast Time and place to be determined

Army/Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, Va. | Time to be determined



ESU PALM COAST EVENT Cypress Knoll Golf & Country Club 53 Easthampton Blvd., Palm Coast, Fla. Time and prices to be determined

Dick ’57 and Joan Stanley ’67 Merring: (941) 276-1548



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

8 a.m. golf, 1 p.m. lunch

Sunday, March 25, 2018



Friday, February 23, 2018


Check and frequently as events are added throughout the year. For more information, or to host an alumni event, contact the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement at or (570) 422-3194. 25

alumni news Students sign a banner and update their information at the ESU Alumni Board’s Zipper Pull Distribution during commencement practice in the Koehler Fieldhouse lobby.

wa r r i o r s Alumni Association welcomes new graduates

Group photograh of COBM alumni and faculty reconnecting at Ron’s Landmark restaurant.

Members of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors and other alumni volunteers greeted over 750 undergraduate and graduate students at commencement practice on May 5, 2017. The alumni presented the class with Alumni Association Zipper Pulls to be worn on their graduation gowns. They also offered them the opportunity to sign a Class of 2017 banner which was displayed during commencement the following day. This has become a tradition for the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors as it has served as a welcome to graduating seniors and graduate students to the ESU Alumni Association.

COBM alumni and faculty reconnect at dinner On June 22, 2017, alumni gathered at Ron’s Landmark in Netcong, N.J., to reconnect with their classmates and some of their favorite COBM professors, Dr. Sheila Handy and Carol Miller ’81. The dinner was family style and among some of the conversation was past travel and professional careers. A group photograph was taken with the attendees to commemorate the day.

alumni and friends gather for a Railriders game Over 45 Warrior alumni, friends and family attended a Scranton/WilkesBarre Railriders game on July 9, 2017, at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. The event was the first of several planned for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., was on hand to throw out the first pitch and to greet alumni. To help with planning future events in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, please contact Leon John, Jr. at (570) 422-3194.

ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., poses with CHAMP at the ESU Alumni Day at PNC Field.

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connecting ESU alumni at Shadowbrook Golf Resort, Tunkhannock, Pa., following the Northeast Pennsylvania ESU Alumni Annual Summer “Fun-Raiser”.

Summer ‘Fun Raiser’ brings ESU alumni together Fifty-two golfers made up of ESU alumni, friends and family members took part in the Northeast Pennsylvania ESU Alumni Annual Summer “Fun-Raiser” on August 11, 2017, at the Shadowbrook Golf Resort in Tunkhannock, Pa. The event, organized by Paul Scheuch ’71 and Frank Johnson ’74, raises funds for an annual scholarship established by the group. Next year’s event is set for August 10, 2018, at Shadowbrook in Tunkhannock, Pa. For more information, contact Johnson at

Alumni and friends gather on the field for a pre-game tour of Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Alumni connect at Red Bulls game Twenty-three alumni, friends and family members gathered at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 17, 2017, for a New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union game in Harrison, N.J. Alumni and their guests had an opportunity to have a pre-game tour of the field and access to the Audi Club for the duration of the game. Joseph Delchop ’10, who works for the New York Red Bulls, gave the tour and spoke about the history of the team and facility.

Legacy Families return to ESU More than 100 alumni, family and friends attended the Annual Legacy Lunch and Pinning Ceremony held Sept. 23, 2017, during Family Weekend. Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors presented Legacy Pins to members of more than 20 families in attendance. ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., addressed the group along with Brandi Salomone ’14, this year’s Legacy keynote speaker. Dave Super ’80, vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors served as the event’s host and also welcomed returning Legacy families to the event. Emma Skilton ’18 closed the event with a rendition of the alma mater.

Lauren Levy ’19 and Griggs Levy ’87 welcome families to the Annual Legacy Family Lunch and Pinning Ceremony held in a tent on the Koehler Fieldhouse lawn during Family Weekend 2017. Photo by Susie Forrester

Philly chapter meets at World of Beer On September 28, 2017, several ESU alumni and friends gathered at World of Beer in Exton, Pa. The event was organized by ESU Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter leaders Scott M. Higgins ’06, Ashley L. Johnson ’08 and Natalie M. McCrea ’05.

From left, Scott Higgins ’06, Melissa Neves ’85, and husband, Alan Neves, Ashley Johnson ’08 , Frank Newby ’75 and wife, Doreen Newby, at the World of Beer in Exton, Pa. 27

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athletic updates WARRIORS SOCCER PROGRAMS WIN PSAC CHAMPIONSHIPS The Warriors won a pair of historic Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference soccer championships to highlight the fall 2017 season. ESU’s women’s team won its fourth straight PSAC title, becoming the first program to achieve that feat in conference history, and the men’s team won its record-tying 20th championship and first since 2007 - with both teams lifting trophies under head coach Rob Berkowitz. The women (15-4-4) reached the Atlantic Region final in the NCAA Division II Tournament, completing a four-year run in which they posted a 65-17-9 record, won the first PSAC regular season title in program history in 2014, won four straight PSAC tournament championships, won the school’s first Atlantic Region title in 2015 and reached at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. Senior goalkeeper Jules Harris and senior midfielder Sammi Ortiz both repeated on the All-PSAC first team and were joined on the D2CCA All-Region team by sophomore back Hannah Saggese and freshman midfielder Haley Skove, who scored the winning goal in the PSAC championship game. Saggese was first team All-PSAC, junior forward Alex Pickett was on the second team and Skove on the third team. Harris tied the PSAC record with 35 career solo shutouts, extended her ESU record with 41 career overall shutouts and was the PSAC Tournament MVP with a pair of shutouts in the PSAC semifinals (1-0 vs. Kutztown) and championship game (1-0 vs. West Chester).

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Ortiz made 91 career starts, second-most in conference history, and is the only PSAC player to start four straight conference championship games in which her team won the title. ESU has won a conferencebest six championships. The men’s 20th PSAC title matches Lock Haven for the most in conference history. The Warriors (14-4-2), in the tournament for the first time since 2010, advanced past top-seeded West Chester on penalty kicks in the semifinal and topped Gannon 1-0 in the final on a free kick by junior midfielder Jo Panuccio in the fifth minute. Junior goalkeeper Will Boerema was named PSAC Tournament MVP, and junior Steven Robak was the hero in goal in penalty kicks in the semifinal. Senior back Keelby Espinola was named PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year and earned first team D2CCA All-Region honors, with senior midfielder Christian Bukowski and junior forward Eddy Enowbi on the second team. All three were named first team All-PSAC, with Boerema, Panuccio and junior midfielder Brandon Levano on the second team. The Warriors made their 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2008. The 2017 Warriors are the fourth group to win the PSAC “double” in men’s and women’s soccer. ESU also did it in 1994, the first year of the women’s tournament, and again in 1997, followed by Slippery Rock in 2005. Berkowitz is the second coach to win both titles in the same year, joining ESU’s Jerry Sheska in 1994.

FIELD HOCKEY REACHES PSAC FINAL, NCAA DII FINAL 4 Senior back Sydney McCarthy, the PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, led ESU to a PSAC runner-up finish and a spot in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament semifinals in Louisville, Kentucky.


The Warriors (17-5) posted a 3-1 win vs. Millersville in the PSAC semifinals to reach the championship game for the second time in three years before falling 3-0 to West Chester in the final.

Redshirt junior tailback Jaymar Anderson, who had ESU’s ninth 1,000-yard rushing season, and redshirt junior return specialist Marquis Fells were named first team All-PSAC East in football. Senior linebacker Dakota Everett, redshirt senior linebacker Sekou Jones, senior wide receiver Tim Wilson and junior offensive tackle Michael Fleming were named to the second team. Fleming was honored for the third straight year.

ESU was the No. 2 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, dropping a hard-fought 2-1 decision to eventual national champion Shippensburg in the semifinals.

Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Smith was named third team All-PSAC in women’s volleyball, ESU’s first all-conference honor since 2012.

McCarthy, the only remaining starter from ESU’s first-ever PSAC and NCAA DII championship teams in 2015, was joined on the All-PSAC team by two second-team selections - senior midfielder Ashley Chioda and junior forward Bailey Quinn - and three on the third team in senior forward Melanie Shambaugh, junior back Amanda Crampton and senior goalkeeper Halle Frisco.

Seven Warriors earned All-PSAC in cross country, led by senior Kaylyn West, who repeated on the first team. Senior Samantha Young and sophomore Rachael Davalos gained second team spots.

ESU head coach Sandy Miller, in her 34th season, became the fourth PSAC and DII coach with 400 career wins, finishing ESU’s 17-win season with 408 victories.

The men placed fifth and the women sixth at the PSAC Championships.

Four men - freshman Casey Ellis, senior Dan Buccino, sophomore Jeremy Smith and sophomore Mike Sheptuk - were second team All-PSAC.

West was 14th for her first career All-Region honor at the NCAA DII Atlantic Regional.

WARRIORS GAIN ACADEMIC HONORS Sydney McCarthy (field hockey) was named the NCAA DII “Elite 90” award recipient for the second time in three years as the student-athlete with the top GPA at the national championship site. McCarthy and sophomore Nicole Abbott (women’s soccer) were named their sports’ respective PSAC “Champion Scholars”. ESU had four Academic All-District selections in redshirt senior offensive lineman Devon Ackerman and redshirt senior linebacker Mike Wiand (football), junior forward Alex Pickett (women’s soccer) and senior back James McMahon (men’s soccer). Ackerman was also named a national semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation, and can become ESU’s first three-time first team Academic AllAmerica selection. ESU’s 103 Academic All-District selections in the last 10 years are tied for second-most in the 18-member PSAC. To read more about the Warriors, please visit and follow @ESUWarriors on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

From left: The ESU Warrior, Rich Santoro, ESU executive director, Jacqueline Calicchio, co-owner Mountain Creek Grill, ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and Jim Ertle, owner of Ertle Subaru Photo by Susie Forrester

East Stroudsburg University Foundation and Ertle Subaru entered a historic athletic sponsorship agreement which makes Ertle the “Official Car Dealer” of Warrior Athletics. The four-year, $100,000 agreement marks the largest athletic sponsorship in the history of Warrior Athletics. The partnership began in spring 2017, with media rights extending to cable, radio, digital, print, and Ertle signage in Eiler-Martin Stadium and Koehler Fieldhouse. The partnership was agreed upon in June 2017 and extends through July 2021 and includes other Ertle-owned businesses, Mountain Creek Grill, co-owned by the Calicchio family and Baymont Inn and Suites located in Bartonsville, Pa. “We are extremely pleased and excited to be part of a partnership that will benefit hundreds of local student-athletes and make their dreams of competing at the PSAC and NCAA levels come true,” said Jim Ertle, owner of Ertle Subaru. Student-athletes and fans alike stand to benefit from this sponsorship, with support strengthening athletic programs and providing resources to compete for championships. The partnership was officially revealed at the 2017 home opener football game on September 16, 2017, vs Mercyhurst at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

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Head coach Maryanne Schumm is joined by members of the Warriors’ 1975 team which won the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships national mixed team title. Photo by Cole Kresch

Warriors Induct 40th Class into ESU Athletic Hall of Fame Mike D’Alessio ‘73 D’Alessio was an NSCAA All-America selection at back as a senior in 1972 to complete his twoyear career for the Warriors’ men’s soccer team. He was named All-PSAC and All-Region in both seasons, and competed in the 1972 Senior Bowl along with goalkeeper Bob Rigby, making ESU and Harvard the only two schools with multiple selections. He helped his team to a 22-6-4 record in 1971 and 1972, allowing just 20 goals in 32 games, including 14 in 28 regular season games. The Warriors won the 1972 PSAC championship with a 4-0 win vs. Lock Haven. Both teams reached the NCAA Division I Tournament, with the 1971 team advancing to the national quarterfinals. Shavanna Ross ‘02 Ross earned All-America honors in the indoor high jump, placing sixth in Division II, and was a national qualifier in the high jump and 400m hurdles outdoors as a senior in 2001. She graduated with seven school records, setting marks in the indoor 400m, 500m, 60m hurdles and 4x400m relay, and outdoor 400m, 4x400m relay and shuttle hurdles. She was a two-time PSAC champion in the 4x400m relay as a junior and senior, and was a three-time ECAC indoor champion, capturing the high jump, 500m and 4x400m relay in 2001. She was a three-time PSAC runner-up in individual events. Jorge Chapoy ‘03 Chapoy was a first team NSCAA All-America selection at forward as a senior in 2003, completing a career that ranked second in PSAC history in career goals (71) behind ESU’s Mike Feniger (1993-96). He ranks third in PSAC history in career points (178) and tied for third in career 30 the alumni herald

Hall of Fame inductees are, from left, Shavanna Ross ‘02 (women’s track & field), April Mellott ‘03 (women’s volleyball), Jorge Chapoy ‘03 (men’s soccer), Mike D’Alessio ‘73 (men’s soccer), Ashley Kocis ‘07 (field hockey), Shannon McCracken ‘03 (field hockey), Anthony Carfagno ‘06 (football), Jeremy Sluyter ‘05 (wrestling) and Jimmy Terwilliger ‘07 (football). Not pictured is Evan Prall ‘07 (football). Photo by Cole Kresch

The 40th Class of the Hall of Fame was inducted on Sept. 22, 2017, at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The celebration was held in conjunction with Family Weekend on campus.

assists (36). He was a four-time first team AllPSAC selection (1999-00, 02-03), the 2003 PSAC Athlete of the Year, and a four-time NSCAA AllRegion selection, landing three spots on the first team (2000, 2002, 2003). The Warriors had a four-year record of 72-115, winning all four PSAC Tournament titles, four PSAC regular season championships and playing in the NCAA Division II Tournament each season. The 2000 team reached the NCAA DII semifinals, the 2002 team made the quarterfinals and the 2003 team reached the second round. Shannon McCracken ‘03 McCracken was a two-time All-America and AllPSAC field hockey selection, earning first team honors as a senior in 2002 and second team as a junior. A four-year letter winner, she contributed 12 career goals and 19 assists as a midfielder for the Warriors. She was a starter on the 2001 team that was both PSAC and NCAA Division II runner-up, and the 2002 team that reached the PSAC semifinals. The Warriors also played in the ECAC Tournament three times (1999, 2000, 2002) and won the ECAC title during her senior season. April Mellott ‘03 Mellott was a four-time All-PSAC East first team selection in women’s volleyball at outside hitter and was named PSAC East Athlete of the Year as a sophomore in 2000, when she led the Warriors to their only NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. She set school records for career kills (1,578), kills per set (4.23) and attacks (4,068), ranked second in school history in attack percentage, digs (1,302) and digs per set (3.49) and was fourth in blocks (198) upon graduation. She had three straight years with at least 250 kills and digs, including 506 kills and 417 digs as a senior.

Jeremy Sluyter ‘05 Sluyter was a four-time NCAA Division I national qualifier for ESU’s wrestling program from 1997 through 2000, competing at 118 pounds his first two seasons and 125 pounds his final two years. He won eight total matches at the NCAA Championships, including four as a junior in 1999. He was EIWA champion at 118 pounds as a sophomore, and PSAC champion at 125 pounds as a senior. He had a career record of 108-32, ranking second in school history in careerxa wins, and a dual record of 59-8, including 45-4 over his final three years. He is one of two wrestlers in program history with at least 20 wins in all four of his seasons of competition. A four-time PSAC placewinner, he was conference champion at 125 as a senior and was fourth as a freshman, third as a sophomore and second as a junior. He recorded 48 career wins by bonus points with 16 falls, 11 technical falls and 21 major decisions. Anthony Carfagno ‘06 Carfagno was a Football Gazette All-America first team selection at fullback as a senior in 2005 and set the PSAC record for career touchdowns (67). He was a four-time All-PSAC East selection, including three straight on the first team from 2003-05. He set ESU’s career record for yards from scrimmage (3,933), compiling 1,508 rushing yards and 40 TD, and 2,425 receiving yards and 27 TD, as a dual threat in the running and passing game. He graduated ranked first in school history in career rushing TD and tied for second in career receiving TD. He scored 23 total TD (14 rushing, 9 receiving) and gained 1,297 yards from scrimmage on the 2005 team that won the NCAA Division II Northeast Region title to reach the national semifinals. He also helped ESU to the second round of the 2004 NCAA DII Playoffs.

Ashley Kocis ‘07 Kocis received the Honda Broderick Award as the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Player of the Year as a senior in 2006. She was a two-time first team AllPSAC selection (2004, 2006) and was the 2006 PSAC Athlete of the Year, when she led DII in goals (29), goals per game and points per game. She set school records for season goals and points (59), and career records for goals (56) and points (125) that stood until the 2015 national championship season. Evan Prall ‘07 Prall was a two-time Associated Press Little All-America first team recipient as a wide receiver and all-purpose (wide receiver/returner) in 2005 and 2006. He set PSAC records for career receiving yards (4,093) and touchdowns (50), and ranked fifth in career receptions (236) upon graduation. He finished his career with school records in all three categories. He still holds PSAC single-season records for receiving yards (1,766) and TD (23) in 2005, helping ESU to the NCAA DII Northeast Region championship and national semifinal. A two-time first team All-PSAC East selection, he had 164 receptions for nearly 3,000 yards and 40 TD over his final two seasons. Jimmy Terwilliger ‘07 Terwilliger, the 2005 Harlon Hill Trophy recipient as the top player in NCAA Division II football, was a three-time All-America selection at quarterback for the Warriors. He graduated with 18 DII records and two NCAA all-division records, for career TD passes (148) and pass efficiency (170.1). His DII records included career marks for total offense (16,064), passing yards (14,350), TD passes, pass efficiency, total TD (161) and points responsible for (966). He was the first quarterback in DII history with 3,000 yards total offense in all four seasons. He threw for 4,571 yards and 50 TD, and ran for 389 yards and four TD, for 4,960 yards total offense and 54 TD during the 2005 NCAA DII Northeast Region championship season, leading the Warriors to the national semifinals. He also led ESU to the 2003 PSAC East title as a redshirt freshman, and the national playoffs in both 2004 and 2005. He was a three-time PSAC East Offensive Player

of the Year (2003, 2004, 2006), four-time All-PSAC East first team quarterback, and three-time CoSIDA All-Region first team honoree (2004-06). He earned consecutive AP Little All-America second team honors as a junior and senior, was twice on the Football Gazette All-America team as a sophomore (3rd team) and junior (1st team), and was also recognized by in 2005. 1975 Mixed Archery Team The Warriors, under head coach Maryanne Schumm, claimed the first national title in East Stroudsburg archery history at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships, held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. The quartet of Glenn Daily, Joel Lecker, Darlene Sedlock and Janet Kemmerer scored a total of 7392 out of a possible 8880, out-pointing runner-up San Bernardino College by 13 (7379) and third-place Riverside City by 120 (7272). Daily placed third in the men’s individual standings with 1965 out of 2220, and Lecker was 11th for the men with 1879. The Warriors were third in the men’s division overall with 5626, also gaining from Keith Kleckner (29th - 1782) and Dave Forney (34th - 1761). Sedlock was fourth in the women’s standings with 1797, with Kemmerer 12th with 1751 after placing fourth the previous two years. The women placed fourth in their division with 5069, with Carol Stoltenborg 34th (1521) and Paula Terry 48th (1304). The Warriors had finished third in the mixed division in 1974. Daily improved nine spots, from 12th to third, to pace the men’s team, and Sedlock climbed from 43rd to fourth from the previous year for the women’s team. Along with the eight archers listed above, other letter winners were Carolyn Francis and Carol Pierce for the women, and Scott Lebo and Ray Morris for the men. A total of 82 men and 52 women from 16 colleges took part in the three-day national tournament. The national championship was just the second overall in school history, joining the 1962 NAIA champion men’s soccer team. It has since been joined by national titles in men’s archery in 1976 and 1977, NCAA DII men’s gymnastics in 1983 and 1984, and NCA DII field hockey in 2015.

Warrior Trivia Challenge

How strong is your Warriors athletics knowledge? As the 125th Anniversary Celebration of East Stroudsburg University approaches, we want to highlight the memorable feats of our Warriors athletes and teams. We’ve put together a little athletics trivia contest to test your memory. The entrant who submits the most correct answers by January 31, 2018, will receive an ESU hoodie. And unlike most of your exams, this one is open book - so feel free to use and any other reference sources! 1. Three ESU teams have qualified for NCAA Division II Tournaments this fall (field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s soccer). Name the only other season (i.e. fall 2017) that three Warriors teams qualified for NCAA postseason action, and the teams which advanced. 2. Name the two Warriors sports that have won the most PSAC championships in the history of their respective sports, and their number of championships. 3. ESU has two national players of the year in school history. Name the athletes, sports, name of the award and year in which the award was received. Entering the 2017 postseason, Warriors teams had 4. won 7 national championships in school history. Name the sports, level of competition and years in which the Warriors received national hardware. Name the two ESU teams that won regional 5. championships in 2015, and the scores and opponents of their regional title games. 6. Two Warriors head coaches hold PSAC records for the most wins in conference history in their respective sports. Name the coaches, sports and their career win totals. 7. Two ESU athletes hold NCAA Division II career records. Name the athletes, their sports and at least one record that they hold. Two ESU teams won the first PSAC championship 8. awarded in their respective sports. Name the sports and years they lifted the trophy. 9. Two ESU teams have won PSAC championships already in 2017-18 - men’s and women’s soccer. Name the three years in which ESU teams won three PSAC on-field championships, and the sports that were crowned champions. 10. 46 ESU student-athletes have been named Academic AllAmerica. Name the five who are three-time selections to this prestigious squad. Email your answers to or mail to: Warriors Athletic Trivia, East Stroudsburg University Office of Alumni Engagement, 200 Prospect St., East Stroudsburg, Pa., 18301-2999. 31



Thomas Mann ’70, a native of the Lehigh Valley, has been presenting workshops continuously since 1989 for schools, universities, guilds, art councils and art centers all around the U.S. and Canada. A notable collection, “Storm Cycle” – is Mann’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Mann’s sculptures, featuring his signature collage style, were created in the wake of the hurricane which devastated New Orleans, his adopted home of many years. Fred M. Richter ’71 of Coopersburg, Pa., is in his 28th year at DeSales University coaching women’s basketball. Last season the team won 20 games, including Richter’s 500th DSU career win while making it to the NCAA The Big Dance for the 10th time. Fred retired from teaching at Quakertown Senior High School in 2005 after 34 years. Dr. Bernard Leo Remakus ’72 of Hallstead Pa., published his seventh book “Keystone.” The main character, Peter Kaminski, recounts his uphill battle through life on the night before his medical school graduation. The novel’s early five-star reviews have called it, “beyond impressive,” “a powerfully moving book” and “a great story written extremely well.”

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Gary Kessel ’77 of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame –New Jersey Chapter in September 2017. Kessel attended Hopatcong High School and in 1973 was named district champion, regional champion and the school’s male athlete of the year. He went on to ESU where he became a two-time NCAA Division II All-American wrestler. Fred Barletta ’78 was named Pennsylvania Athletic Director of the Year for 2017 by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association. Sandra L. Smith ’80 is vice president of U.S. Oncology Research/ McKesson Specialty Health located in The Woodlands, Texas. Smith leads a site management organization of over 170 locations in the U.S. and partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers in the development of new cancer treatments. Avram “Seth” Friedman ’81 was recognized by the promotional products industry as one of PPB’s 2017 Best Multi-Line Reps for Friedman’s Corporate Apparel. Earlier in his career, Friedman managed a college bookstore and spent 11 years as a multiline representative in the golf, resort and college bookstore industries. Friedman was later offered a job with supplier Cutter and Buck when it formed a promotional products division in 1996. Jeff Wilson ’86, ESU men’s basketball head coach will represent ESU for a second consecutive year as the national chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2017-2018 season. Kristin Corrado ’87 is a Republican senator representing New Jersey in the 40th District and previously served as the Passaic County clerk. Corrado first won the clerk’s seat in 2009, and was re-elected in 2014. Corrado has been an attorney for over 25 years. She previously served as a partner in the law firm of Corrado & Corrado, as well as the borough attorney of Totowa, purchasing agent, and contract administrator for the North Jersey Water Supply Commission and law clerk to Judge Amos Saunders in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Paterson. In addition to her role as clerk, Corrado was the section chief of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey, a member of the Passaic County Bar Association, and a member of the Supreme Court’s District Fee Arbitration Committee.



Gayle Wildoner ’69 of Bethlehem, Pa., began her 39th year in education as the instructional support teacher for grades three and four at St. Thomas More School in Allentown, Pa.



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Chic Hess, Ed.D. ’67 was inducted into the Lebanon High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In eight seasons, Hess guided the Cedars basketball teams to a 15857 record. He served as the president, executive director, and board of director of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, America’s Southwest District. While coaching on the collegiate level, Hess was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Coach of the Year award. His biography, “Prof Blood and the Wonder Teams: The True Story of Basketball’s First Great Coach,” is popular with coaches and sports historians.





Philip Stewart ’57 of Clay, N.Y., has been retired 25 years from a teaching career in general science, regents biology, and non-regents biology. He started the advanced placement biology program at his school.

James W. Emert ’74 of Stroudsburg, Pa., will be retiring in May 2018 after teaching at East Stroudsburg University for 37 years. He will be pursuing his third career in photography, digital art and authoring books on the National Park System.

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Frank DiSimoni, Jr. ’94 has been named the interim director of ESU’s Marching Band. DiSimoni is also the adviser for the University Bands student organization. In this role, he assists students as they decide to participate in a wide variety of performing ensembles, such as concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, pep band, and color guard. Krystal Geyer Slivinski ’97, executive director of Alpha Sigma Alpha, was elected as president of the Fraternity Executives Association board of directors



at the association’s recent annual membership meeting in Tampa, Fla. As president, she will assist with the implementation of the FEA strategic plan. Slivinski has been on the Alpha Sigma Alpha staff for 18 years and has served as executive director for 11 of those years. She graduated from ESU with Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Randy Trumbower ’97 has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. He will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in teaching, research, rehabilitation, biomedical engineering, and clinical research. Dr. Trumbower has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years. Personal experience first inspired him to venture into the field of physical therapy. He obtained a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He completed his fellowship at the Rehab Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. Ron Slagle ’00 joins GMH Mortgage with over 15 years of experience in banking, investments, residential, and commercial lending. He is known for his expertise across different channels in the financial industry. Most recently, he has focused on residential lending holding multiple positions with Wells Fargo.



Elwood “Woody” Hungarter ’91, R.N., has been named VNA Philadelphia’s new chief operating officer. Hungarter will also serve as the director of Clinical Operations overseeing all aspects of home-health, palliative, and hospice care provided by VNA Philadelphia. He lives in Quakertown on a 10-acre farm with his wife, Donna, their Australian shepherd puppy, Rylee, and an assortment of horses, cats, fish, and other wildlife.



Dawn Townsend Tyler ’90 will begin working as an elementary assistant principal in Jefferson County, W. Va. She taught at the college level for six years, earning her Ed.D. and working closely with a variety of educators in Virginia and West Virginia.

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Gene Christopher Hunt ’02 is the new dean of equity and inclusion at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He previously served as associate dean of students and director of intercultural advancement at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Earlier in his career Hunt was associate director of residence life at Lafayette College. He holds a master’s degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from ESU.

Mike Rogusky ’06 and Kim Lilge Rogusky ’07 LeMoyne, Pa., welcomed son Clayton Michael Rogusky in February 2017. Clayton’s parents were active in the music and theatre groups during their time on campus and he is very excited to cheer on the Warrior Marching Band this fall.

John Enright ’09 of Lansing N.Y., recently completed his first semester as an adjunct professor in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Enright also serves as assistant director of Athletic Communications at Cornell University. Dr. Lenore Malone Schaffer ’10 has been named as the deputy coordinator of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Title IX office. The deputy coordinator position enables the university to greatly expand and increase services offered to the entire university community. She is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, earning her doctorate in higher education administration with a minor in student affairs in May 2017. Prior to stepping into her new role, Schaffer served the Title IX Office as a graduate assistant during the 2016-17 academic year and an intern during 2015-16. Hunter Fogel ’15 set off in April to hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans from the northern border of Mexico to the southern border of Canada and reaches elevations above 13,000 feet. He began his 11-week trek in southern California, completing 958 miles, more than onethird of the trail. Next summer he plans to finish what he started.



Sarah Haage ’02 earned her master’s degree in education in instructional technology last May from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches the English half of third grade dual language at Westchester Elementary in Broward County, Fla. She is also a supervisor of the school’s aftercare and summer camp programs.

Gina Romeo ’08 and Steve Sando ’09 welcomed their new baby, Gianna Josephine, born July 7, 2017. The family lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Kyle ’11 and Megan ’12 Pezoldt of Boyertown, Pa., welcomed daughter, Laurel, in December 2016. Baby was named after the residence hall at ESU where her parents met.

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in memoriam ALUMNI Sharon D. Boggs M’82 James J. Boyle ’49 William M. Brown ’40 Darcy J. Chamberlain ’83 M’04 Edward C. Christman, Sr. ’37 Bernard H. Cole ’66 Anthony J. DeAngelo ’94 Vincent N. DiRenzo ’55 Patrick J. Donahue ’72 Jean E. Duddy ’76 John H. Ettinger ’52 Geraldine R. Felver ’44 Thomas J. Franks ’58 Robert E. Garland ’72 Margaret A. Gasink ’97 Allan A. Glass ’58 Jane Hanna ’55 Robert A. Hawk ’67 Manfred E. M. Heidorn ’67 Larry E. Helwig ’66 Margie T. Howlett ’51 Josephine L. Inglese, ’68 Robyn A. Jones ’78 Joan M. Kanavy ’80 Angelina Kasperkoski ’78 Elaine O. Kleintop ’63 Nancy S. Meehl ’51 Elaine S. Newhart ’66 Thomas W. Paciga ’59 Bernard E. Patynski ’63 Michael B. Pollard ’67 Richard J. Postetter ’51 John H. Powers, III ’57 Patricia M. Prezelski ’69 Dr. Frank A. Pullo, Ed.D. ’72 David E. Rehrig ’72 Helen Z. Reinhold ’52 Mary H. Riley ’53 Mark J. Rinaldi ’85 Elizabeth Schatz ’45 John P. Skiptunas ‘62 Joan A. Tercha ’68 Edward J. Watto ’62 M’68 N. J. Weller ’50 Evelyn W. Werkheiser ’44 FACULTY & STAFF Dr. R. Squier Ball Ruth Y. Decker Friends Michael Donnelly David L. Perrine Anne M. Robertson Charles N. Saunders

remembrance JANE EVA HUFFMAN-ROSCOE, PH.D., M’07 July 25, 2017 Jane Eva Huffman-Roscoe, Ph.D., M’07 of Knowlton, N.J., was a member of the ESU family for 29 years. She was born in Derby, Conn., to Jane and George Huffman on January 16, 1952. Huffman graduated from St. Joseph’s in 1970 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut while playing for the women’s basketball team. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from Rutgers University. Huffman began her career at ESU in 1986 and established the Northeast Wildlife DNA Lab at ESU. The lab has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for forensic analysis in state wildlife crimes and the larger community with the in-home tick Lyme disease diagnosis kit. Huffman is survived by her husband, Doug, and son, Eric. PATRICIA NEWHART May 10, 2017 Patricia Newhart of Tannersville, Pa., was a member of the ESU family for 41 years. Newhart retired as supervisor of printing and duplicating services in 2011. Newhart is survived by her daughter, Laura D. Newhart ’03, and her sister, Ann Prezkop Frehulfer.

Thomas C. Meo July 13, 2017 Former ESU student, Thomas C. Meo of Plumstead, Pa., attended ESU during the 2014 – 2015 academic year as an undeclared major. Meo graduated from Bensalem High School in 2014. Meo is survived by his parents, Melissa Fratanduono-Meo and Charles M. Meo III; and two sisters, Gabriella and Faith. He is also survived by his grandmother, Joan M. Fratanduono; his uncles, James, and wife, Lori, and Anthony, and wife, Melanie; and his aunt, Kellyann; and many cousins.

Demetrias Johnson September 21, 2017 Demetrias Johnson, of Philadelphia, Pa., was a senior business management major. Demetrias was an active member of Lenape Hall Council for the past three years. He began fall 2017 semester as a resident of Sycamore Suites and was expected to graduate in June 2018. Johnson was the son of Yolanda Johnson and Milton Ricardo Johnson. He graduated from Frankford High School in 2014. He is survived by his siblings, Turquoise, Duvon and Darius; his paternal grandmother, Velma Johnson; his maternal grandmother, Rose Cade; his paternal uncle, Troy Johnson Sr.; his cousin Troy Johnson Jr; and his aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends.

CAROLE C. EVERITT June 20, 2017 Carole C. Everitt, 72, of Stroud Township, Pa., retired as a registered nurse from ESU. Everitt graduated in 1962 from Stroudsburg High School and then from Methodist Hospital Nursing School in 1965. An active member of Business and Professional Women’s Club, Everitt served as president for six years. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” in 1989 for her contributions to the organization. She was a longtime volunteer for Monroe County Meals on Wheels. Everitt enjoyed spending summers at Bethany Beach, Del. where she fished, crabbed, knitted, made jewelry, and watched her grandchildren play sports. In addition to her husband, Richard C. Everitt, she is survived by two daughters, Amy Everitt of Salem, Mass., and Beth Hart and husband, Jason of Hamilton, N.J.; three grandchildren, Hannah, Morgan, and Alexander Hart, all of Hamilton, N.J.; two sisters, Phyllis Kulp and husband, John of Bethlehem, Pa., Lori Peck and husband, Brett of Pocatello, Idaho; a brother, Duane Cruse and wife, Julie of Helena, Mont.; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; and her granddogs, Middy, Gracie and Cira.

BARBARA MICCIO, PH.D. August 10, 2017 Barbara Miccio, Ph.D., of Blairstown, N.J., was an ESU associate professor of academic enrichment and learning. Miccio began her career at ESU in 1997 and achieved the rank of associate professor in 2006. Miccio was born in Red Bank, N.J., to Margaret C. and John W. Savage. She attended Rutger’s University for her undergraduate studies and obtained a master’s degree in psychology from Radford University before achieving a Ph.D. from American University in counseling and human development. She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises with her family. Miccio is survived by her daughter, Jessica; her siblings John Savage of Berkley Heights, N.J., Robert Savage and wife, Cathy of Clinton, N.J., and Margaret Harak of Southampton, Mass. She is also survived by her former husband and friend, Anthony Miccio.

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In the late 1880’s, when the idea of founding a normal school in East Stroudsburg was being formulated, one of the ‘selling points’ was the proximity to the Erie Lackawanna railroad station on Crystal Street as a means of attracting students from Lehigh Valley and Scranton/WilkesBarre area. Railroad passenger service had begun in 1856 and continued until January 1970.

Circa The area in the front of campus now occupied by “Arch Homage” (Stroudhenge) was originally swampland. It was filled in during the 1920s with soil from the Knapp farm located where Koehler Fieldhouse presently sits. One legend has it that students were given time off from classes to assist in the task.

Seniors on the East Stroudsburg State Teachers College lawn From left: Douse, Janet, Stitz, Fae, Moe, Suzy, Mike, Thel, Bob and Mimi

All through the 1970s, students fought for 24-hour visitation in dormitories. In 1979, student demonstrators took to Normal Street for their cause which was approved by the Council of Trustees in April of that year.

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In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Student Enrollment Center and Student Veterans Center of ESU honored veterans and service members of all branches on Nov. 9 during a wreath laying ceremony at the Julia statue in College Circle. Alumni veterans can obtain more information about programs at (570) 422-2812 or at Photo by Susie Forrester

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