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Alumni Herald Fall/Winter 2015

Volume 26, No. 1


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Dear Warriors, It’s been a great semester for East Stroudsburg University, and I’m pleased to share a few of our stories with you in this edition of the Alumni Herald. Our feature story focuses on the classroom, or shall I say, our biomechanics lab, where students majoring in fields associated with exercise science are learning how to help our athletes avoid injuries while maximizing on their performance. Like other narratives we share, this is an example of how our faculty continues to prepare students for the next generation of jobs where they will use this technology out in the field to help soldiers, hospital patients and future athletes. Technology and student preparation like that being used in the biomechanics lab does not come easy or without significant cost, and we could not achieve such greatness without the constant support of our generous donors and loyal alumni. This fall was the perfect opportunity to acknowledge those who have initiated new scholarship opportunities for our students and who have otherwise offered financial support to ESU by joining (or remaining in) the President’s Circle or Legacy Society. We are grateful for each and every dollar that helps our students succeed in the pursuit of their dreams. On the pages that follow, you’ll read about scholarship recipients on the Warrior football team who met with their donors to personally thank them for their support after a hard-fought win against the Huskies of Bloomsburg this fall, and about other scholarship recipients who took time from their busy class schedules to write notes to donors to share their deep appreciation. Speaking of thanks, it was great to see so many of you “come home” to your alma mater this fall to enjoy Homecoming festivities. Thank you for making the trip and adding your enthusiasm to an exciting weekend. It was an honor to welcome the Class of ’65 back to campus for their 50th reunion and celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni award recipients

and Hall of Fame inductees whom you’ll read about in this edition of the Alumni Herald. While on campus, I hope many of you had an opportunity to meet new members of the University and ESU Foundation leadership teams, including the Foundation’s new executive director, our new major and planned gifts director, our new alumni relations director and our new museum curator, as well as many new Warrior coaches and additions to the alumni board of directors. For those who didn’t make it back to campus, you can read about each of these new faces, Coach Douds’ 50th year of coaching, junior cross country runner Allison Decker who qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships, and NCAA accomplishments made by our National Championship Field Hockey team and Atlantic Regional Champion Women’s Soccer team. What a great semester it’s been! As we prepare for December’s commencement and wrap up another semester of academic success for our students, I want to personally send my thanks to all of you who have shared your time, your talents and your treasures with us throughout the year. For those of you who are still making out your holiday shopping lists, know that there is still time to make a year-end donation to the ESU Foundation. Your tax-deductible dollars will enable us to help today’s students get a great education and life experiences that will prepare for the global society they’ll soon enter. Wishing you and yours a warm, safe, memorable holiday season, and may 2016 be your year to “come home” to ESU.

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Alumni Herald The Alumni Herald is the official publication for East Stroudsburg University’s alumni and is published two times a year.

Cover Story SCIENCE IN MOTION The 3D motion analysis system is a major part of ESU’s biomechanics lab, giving students and faculty a leg-up on research and practical experience.

Please address all correspondence to: Office of Alumni Engagement 200 Prospect Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 570-422-7000 800-775-8975 Fax: 570-422-3301


Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. University President

Design and Production Office of University Relations BGA Studios

Photography Susie Forrester Leon John Jr. David Kidwell Bob Weidner Caryn Wilkie

GENEROSITY President’s Gala celebrates ESU benefactors in the President’s Circle. WILDLIFE MUSEUM Catherine Klingler is the new curator of ESU’s Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History, which she hopes to open to the public next year.


Contributors BGA Studios Val Caval ’14 Caryn S. Fogel ’12 Brenda E. Friday, Ph.D. Mandy Housenick Greg Knowlden M’04 Deborah A. Kulick ’80 Margaret Peterson Linda St. Cyr ’15 Amelia Tognoli Caryn Wilkie Notice of Nondiscrimination

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.

TEACHING STAR Michele Herrmann ’81 integrates technolog into her classroom as she pursues her masters.

NEW ALUMNI LEADER Leon John Jr. is on board as the new director of Alumni Engagement, and you can expect to hear more soon about affinity group reunions.

Features Celebrating legacy of family..............2 Economic summit draws crowd.........3 Enrollment up again........................11 ‘One Book, One Campus’................11 Homecoming 2015....................16-18 Alumni Awards................................19 Departments Alumni Association..............................................2 ESU Foundation............................................. 8-10 Campus News...............................................11-14 Alumni News................................................ 15-22 Upcoming Events.............................................. 23 Warrior Spirit............................................... 24-27 Class Notes.................................................. 28-29 In Memoriam............................................... 30-32

ON THE COVER: Gavin Moir, Ph.D., left, and graduate student Meredith Smolen apply reflective markers to Michael Grieco’s feet and legs to analyze his body movements in the biomechanics lab. Photo by Susie Forrester



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Celebrating the legacy of family at ESU By Deborah A. Kulick ’80 Recently I had the privilege of speaking at an event which allowed me to celebrate and acknowledge a great achievement for my family: the East Stroudsburg University Legacy Family Brunch. For our family, this was a chance to weave a common thread through generations at what is today known as ESU. A Legacy Family has had more than one generation or family member attend East Stroudsburg. Ours started with my dad, Joe Kulick ’39. His parents were immigrants to this country, arriving around the turn of the century to a land that offered great opportunity. My grandfather was a coal miner and my grandmother worked in a boarding house. They had six children. One died in early childhood, but the other five were instilled with the idea that in America you had the opportunity to do great things and to really find the “American Dream.” Four went on to complete college and one followed my grandfather’s footsteps in the coal mining industry. Imagine that, the first generation Americans completing college! My father was the first to attend what was then known as East Stroudsburg State Normal School, and of course his studies were in education. I spoke about how the school prepared him to take his first teaching position in the one-room school at Arlington in Stroudsburg. He then went on to the two-room school in Analomink, and a four-room school in Middle Smithfield. His sister, my aunt Edna Kulick Reilly, also received much of her education at East Stroudsburg, which by then was called East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. She prepared for a career as the only special education

Jack P. Childs, III ’67

Board of Directors Collette L. Ryder ’96 President Christopher S. Yeager ’74 M’81 Vice President Joseph B. Fite, III ’76 Secretary

teacher in her district. She returned again and again for more classes, allowing her to keep current with education’s new trends. I attended East Stroudsburg State College — another new name — which was growing. Although my degree is in education, there were so many opportunities that I ended up with six minors. My sister, Gail Kulick ’88, now principal at Resica Elementary School, also graduated from East Stroudsburg, starting at East Stroudsburg State College and graduating from ESU. The university allowed even more offerings, and she completed both her master’s and principal’s certification. I am proud to say that my son, Joe Bolger ’11, also is an ESU alumnus, graduating with a degree both in biology and philosophy. As a pre-med student, a course of study my dad would never have imagined, Joe prepared to go on to earn a degree in clinical bioethics — surely an area no one would have imagined 25 or 30 years ago. Finally, a sixth family member, Gail’s son, Jonathan Cummings ’11, was able to bring his associates degree from Northampton Community College to ESU to complete studies in criminal justice. What a diverse number of careers have grown from our first generation of Americans to today. Right here in our community, anyone can get an education that will meet today’s career needs and achieve the “American Dream.” I want to thank ESU for allowing me to share our family’s history and to allow me to weave together the generations with a common thread.  Kulick is a member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Johanna Mazlo ’91

Edward J. Curvey ’63

Maury J. Molin ’76

Kelly E. Dries ’08

Michael R. Quick ’10

Glenn Gottshalk ’72

Ritchey J. Ricci ’65 M’72

Ernest R. Gromlich ’60

Paul E. Scheuch, Jr. ’71 M’77

Kristin M. Hanahan ’05

Kristin M. Schnell ’09 M’11

Dr. William J. Horvath ’70 M’79

Paul E. Shemansky ’96 M’01 M’04

Earl W. Hulihan ’71 M’81

Shelly A. Speirs ’92

Frank E. Johnson ’74

Robert B. Shoudt ’64

Dawn Ketterman-Benner ’70

Ronald D. Steckel ’71

Deborah A. Kulick ’80

David A. Super ’80

Demetrius R. Lindsey ’12

Richard D. Vroman ’67

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Board Emeriti Eugenia S. Eden ’72 M’76 Bryan L. Hill ’71 Phyllis M. Kirschner ’63 John T. Lambert ‘54 Dr. Frank M. Pullo ’73 M’76 Dr. Faye D. Soderberg ’58 Virginia M. Sten ’71 John E. Woodling ’68 M’76



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Largest crowd ever for annual Economic Outlook Summit A record crowd of Monroe County business representatives met September 11 at ESU’s Mattioli Recreation Center for the third annual Economic Outlook Summit, hosted by President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. Keynote speakers were Stan Silverman, guest columnist for the Philadelphia Business Journal, and Adam Sacks, founder and president of Tourism Economics. For the second year in a row, Monroe County’s

economic scorecard was presented and discussed. Erik Pages, president of EntreWorks Consulting, presented during a working luncheon that discussed ways the community can reach its business potential. “ESU plays an active role in the economic development of our community. The summit provides a forum for candid conversations on the future of Monroe County,” said Mary Frances Postupack M’93, ESU’s vice president for economic development and research support.

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3D computer analysis sparks research at biomechanics lab

Science in motio By Margie Peterson With his torso and legs sporting reflective markers from the 3D motion analysis system in the biomechanics lab, graduate student Mike Grieco looked like a character undergoing some futuristic medical test in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But this is 2015, not 2364, and Grieco was having his body’s movements analyzed by a computer hooked to infrared cameras that pick up the markers to look at a person’s motions, such as their gait and how they land when they jump. “We can actually create a model of his lower body,” said Gavin Moir, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science. “We can analyze the forces acting on him, forces acting on the joints, ankles, hips.” It detects the potential for injuries that can develop by the way a person walks, runs or jumps. “We can start to develop an intervention to mitigate injuries,” Moir said.



n Exercise Science (B.S.) with concentrations in: Exercise Physiology Sport and Exercise Conditioning Therapeutic Sciences

n Clinical Exercise Physiology (M.S.) n Exercise Science (M.S.)

BIOMECHANICS STUDY: Jason Hauer, a graduate student studying exercise science, demonstrates the 3D motion analysis system in ESU’s biomechanics lab, as Gavin Moir, Ph.D., monitors him.

The 3D motion analysis system is central to ESU’s biomechanics lab, which along with the human performance lab is located on the second floor of Koehler Fieldhouse. These state-of-theart facilities are heavily used for everything from student and faculty research to clinical coursework to helping ESU athletes improve their performance and avoid injuries. Students can climb into the “Bod Pod” or body composition analyzer, which uses air displacement to calculate body composition or look to the metabolic analysis system which helps endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, assess their ability to use oxygen to fuel their performance. ESU is known in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as having cutting-edge technology in the exercise science field. The labs and the research and clinical work they enable are key to the growth and success of the exercise science department, which is the fifth largest undergraduate program and the second largest graduate program at the university. “This gives our students real hands-on practical experience, which you usually don’t see at the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Shala Davis, Ph.D., chair of the exercise science department and faculty liaison to the provost for the graduate college. Using the advanced technology makes students in the discipline more marketable, according to ESU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D. “The incredible range of research opportunities for both the graduate and undergraduate students and faculty brings us to a different level,” Bruno said. “That leads to our students having a competitive edge whether they go into higher education or the private sector or go with a sports team or a medical center.” Continued on Page 6

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Cover Story Continued from Page 4 Over the last decade, the exercise science programs have doubled in size, with 317 undergraduates and 64 graduate students this year. Students working with professors in the labs have conducted studies chosen for publication in professional journals and presented at regional and national conferences. Chad Witmer, Ph.D., ’95 M’98, associate professor of exercise science and graduate coordinator, said the faculty is open to students’ ideas “The diversity of research that comes out of our lab is really one of our strong points,” he said. David L. Bennett ’11 M’12 used the technology to study how soldiers can develop injuries from carrying heavy packs and rifles on long marches and how those might be prevented. A former Marine, Bennett presented the thesis he wrote on his research at the national conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis in 2013, in front of an audience that included military experts who study such issues. Jessica Knurick, Ph.D., M’12, now an assistant professor in the school of Allied Health Sciences at the

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, used the ESU lab for her master’s thesis on how a vegetarian diet might affect an athlete’s power and body composition. She presented her study at the national conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Francisco in 2012. “It was just a really great experience for me to get into research,” Knurick said. “The lab is run very well and we’re trained well.” Max Mueller M’15, vividly recalls doing experiments with the 3D motion analysis system that simulated how the body reacts to exercising in extreme cold while using an oxygen bag to mimic the atmospheric changes of mountain climbing. Mueller, whose master’s in exercise science took the clinical track, now works at Pocono Medical Center as an exercise physiologist. The labs, the ESU faculty and his clinical experiences working with patients in hospitals and other settings made his transition to his job seamless. “I was so well prepared to get out there and start working, and I attribute that to getting in there and using all that equipment to practice,” Mueller said.


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HUMAN PERFORMANCE: LEFT: Jason Hauer gets a workout in the Human Performance Lab as fellow graduate students watch his physiological signs under the guidance of Shala Davis, Ph.D., center. Mark Zhorov and Samantha Fessler watch the monitor at left, while Connor Saker gets a blood pressure reading. OPPOSITE: Hauer sits in the body composition analyzer (“Bod Pod”) with, from left, Fessler, Zhorov and Saker and associate professor Chad Witmer, Ph.D., ’95 M’98.

ESU’s athletic teams have benefited. Baseball pitchers with elbow problems use the 3D motion analysis system to look at their throwing motion, and volleyball players analyze how they land when they jump. “One of the big interventions with females is making sure their knees come out when they land,” Moir said.

mpetitive edge “Females’ knees tend to fall in, which is why they get ACL injuries. So one of the things that’s done is showing them videos of their landings.” For Jason Hauer, a graduate student who hopes to become a college strength and conditioning coach, the technology allows him to put into action what he’s learning in class. “All the professors are amazing,” Hauer said. “All the equipment is top-notch. There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom, but here we learn things hands-on.” No doubt that was Frank Sills’ goal when he arrived on campus in 1959 and set up the college’s first human performance lab. Sills, who would later become college president, created the lab for the physical education department with equipment that measured how the body reacts to various types of exercise. In the decades that followed, ESU kept up with new technology in recognition of the enormous growth in the field as Americans of all ages realized the benefits of exercise and how it can increase the quality of their lives, and sports on all levels grew exponentially. As part of their clinical rotation, some exercise science graduate students work with residents at the Grace Park assisted living facility in Stroudsburg, where they do workout routines with residents and assist them

with proper breathing, balance and flexibility, which helps to reduce falls. Karen Bruch, director of arts and entertainment at Grace Park, said the grad students benefit from learning how to interact with older adults and the residents enjoy the students’ vitality. “The students are very in tune with how to handle the residents,” Bruch said. “They love it and they have a really good rapport with the residents.” Some of those soft skills likely come from students helping with stress tests periodically administered at the ESU human performance lab for interested faculty and staff. With guidance by professors, students conduct the screenings using the treadmills and EKG equipment. Such practice gives ESU students a leg up, according to Linda Breen ’83 M’96, who works with grad students in her role as clinical supervisor of cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation and stress testing for Pocono Medical Center. Under hospital staff supervision, the students work with PMC patients on their way to rehabilitation. “The patients enjoy having the students around,” Breen said. “The patients talk to them and suddenly a 40-minute exercise class goes by in no time.” The field is expanding as baby boomers age and require more medical care and rehabilitation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for exercise physiologists and athletic trainers will increase by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. Some exercise science undergrads, including Sydney Englemann ’15, go on to train as physical therapists, a profession that is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2012 to 2022. Englemann, who is studying for her doctor of physical therapy degree at DeSales University in Center Valley, said ESU prepared her well for the intensive graduate work and Davis advised her about going into the field. “I wouldn’t be in grad school right now if it wasn’t for Dr. Davis,” Engelmann said. 

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Maury J. Molin ’76 dances with Trudy Piatt during the annual President’s Gala.

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Matthew Festa, a pitcher on the Warriors baseball team, talks to Donald ’56 and Marge ’59 Griffith about the Community Athletic Complex Improvement Project, which includes installing artificial turf that will expand the field’s usage for the baseball and softball teams and the Stroudsburg Little League.

President’s Gala celebrates generous donors The annual President’s Gala on September 25 honored ESU’s most generous benefactors, who have given at the President’s Circle level of $1,500 or more over the last fiscal year. Hosted by President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation, the gala was held at the Sterling Strauser Gallery in the Innovation Center. Along with dinner and dancing, more than 100 university supporters, alumni and friends enjoyed displays of ESU Foundation Board of Directors Robert Willever ’75 Chairman John J. Sickler, Jr. ’93 Vice Chairman Chris Yeager ’74 M’81 Secretary Alumni Association Liaison Robert A. Shebelsky Treasurer Harry F. Lee, Esq. Council of Trustees Liaison William B. Cramer, Esq. James Evans ’07 Marilouise McNally Gary S. Olson ’76 Dr. Frank M. Pullo ’73 M’76 Dr. Elizabeth Leigh Smith Faculty Liaison Adam S. Stauffer ’00 M’02

Board Emeriti John T. Lambert ’54 William B. Cramer, Esq. Rosemary Driebe Olofsson

programs that their gifts helped make a reality. Represented were the 3D Art + Design Lab, the Community Athletic Complex Improvement Project, and the DNA Testing Lab. The Foundation also has seen a remarkable growth in its scholarship program, with 38 new annual and endowed scholarships created in 2014-2015, according to Rich Santoro, executive director of the ESU Foundation.

“You are examples of what charitable giving is all about,” said Dr. Welsh. “You care. You carry within you the desire to help and nurture. You recognize the need to ensure East Stroudsburg University continues to be a place where young men and women can — and will — achieve all of their academic dreams.”  To learn how to join the President’s Circle, visit or call 570-422-3333.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS 2014-2015 n Aysha Begum International Student Annual Scholarship n Borden-Perlman Insurance Agency Annual Scholarship n Boyer Family Annual Scholarship n College of Business and Management Dean’s Annual Scholarship n East Stroudsburg High School South Coaches ESU Annual Scholarship n ESU Broadcasting Annual Scholarship n ESU Suncoast Alumni Chapter Annual Scholarship n ESU Track Alumni Joe Ahouse ’71 Annual Scholarship n ESU Warrior Marching Band Annual Scholarship n ESU Women’s Soccer Annual Scholarship n Jonathan A. Goldner Annual Scholarship n Dr. Patricia Graham Men’s Basketball Annual Scholarship n Kathy Grayuski ’82 M’88 Memorial Annual Scholarship n Jakubowski Family Annual Scholarship n Betsie Kunkel Memorial Annual Scholarship n Doug Leonzi ’94 Football Annual Scholarship n Bill ’63 and Sandy ’64 Lewis Annual Scholarship n Barbara Mayfield ’81 Men’s Basketball Annual Scholarship n Shawn N. Munford Baseball Annual Scholarship

n Musical Theatre Annual Scholarship n Timothy Michael Murphy Baseball Annual Scholarship n Pocono Lions Club Annual Scholarship n PSECU Non-Traditional Student Scholarship n Jessica L. Ras ’13 Softball Annual Scholarship n Bob Richey ’73 Football Annual Scholarship n Naomi “Brownie” Reed Women’s Basketball Annual Scholarship n Nancy Whitley Sisson ’68 Nursing Annual Scholarship n Social Work Annual Scholarship n Mike Stambaugh ’76 Football Annual Scholarship n Adam ’00 and Erin Stauffer Annual Scholarship n Sterling and Dorothy Strauser Annual Scholarship n Robert Tonkin ’65 Family Football Annual Scholarship n Leslie Wilson Annual Scholarship n Women in Computer Science Annual Scholarship n Wrestling Annual Scholarship n Yeager Family Annual Scholarship n Cramer Family Men’s Basketball Endowed Scholarship n Gretchen Fee Jackson ’02 Communication Studies Endowed Scholarship

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2014-2015 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Millenium Circle | $50,000+ Cherry Lane Foundation ESSA Bank & Trust Charitable Foundation Estate of Roger and E. Ruth Dunning Hoeffner Foundation Mrs. Sandra J. Hoeffner The R. Dale and Frances Hughes Foundation Sanofi Pasteur Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Schisler Julia Circle | $10,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Bryan E. Hughes Hughes Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. McMunn Niedbala Family Foundation/ Dr. and Mrs. R. Sam Niedbala Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D and Louis Terracio, Ph.D. Vesta Fund The William T. Morris Foundation Sunoco, Inc. Founders Circle | $5,000+ Aramark Services, Inc. Awe Management LLC Mr. and Mrs. William B. Cramer, Esq. Cramer, Swetz, & McManus, P.C. Connoisseur Media Mrs. Ann R. Edinger Patricia G. '62 and William C. Hibschman Mr. and Mrs. Doug McNamee Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Pocono Cup Soccer LLC

PPL Electric Utilities Ms. Deborah Newlin Smith Mr. Robert T. Sweeney Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Weber Ms. Leslie Wilson and Mr. Pat Wear, II Wilson Resources, Inc. The Honorable Margherita Worthington and Mr. W.A. Worthington President’s Circle | $1,500+ Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Abraham Mr. and Mrs. Rodney W. Applegate The Auxiliary of the Pocono Medical Center Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Benner Mr. and Mrs. William R. Bergen Dr. and Mrs. Donald R. Bortz Braveheart Enterprises, LLC The Frick Cardelle Family Mr. and Mrs. Grey Carter Creekside Pipeline Support Company Dr. David and Dr. Patricia M. Crotty Dr. and Mrs. Vincent DeFranco Mr. Roger L. DeLarco Ms. Patricia A. Desmond Coach and Mrs. Dennis C. Douds James Diamond Jewelry ESU APSCUF Dr. Walter A. Feller and Professor Judith Feller Dr. Robert P. Fleischman, J.D. Dr. Patricia Graham Mr. Thomas J. Grayuski Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Griffith

1893 Legacy Society Through June 30, 2015 Joe Ashcroft ’77 and Mollie Whalen John and Mary Bachofer Neil ’96 and Gladys Baksh James ’05 and Kathryn Barchiesi James Borger ’59 Richard ’60 and Jean ’89 Brewer Susan Brink ’72 M’87 Robert Brunet Jone Bush Trudi ’70 and Bruce Denlinger Richard and Jean DeSchriver Eugenia Eden ’72 M’76 Helene Eisemann ’46

Mr. and Mrs. George D. Hall Mrs. Lois Hargreaves Ms. Kelly J. Heffner Holiday Inn Express and Suites Mr. and Mrs. James G. Kaiser Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Kearn Mr. Bob Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Bruno S. Klaus Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Kunkel Mr. Jeffrey E. LaGueux Dr. and Mrs. James H. Leiding Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. Leonzi Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lewis Mr. Kenneth E. Maclary Dr. Eugene L. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Masenheimer Ms. MariLouise R. McNally Dr. Fred D. Misurella and Dr. Kim McKay Dr. Irene Mitchel Mr. Maury J. Molin Mr. Robert M. Moses Mount Airy Casino Resort Mountain Valley Orthopedics, P.C. Dr. and Mrs. James E. Moyer Northeast Chapter PSPA Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Orodenker Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Plousis Pocono 96.7 Pocono Lions Club Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Mr. and Mrs. John M. Pope Ms. Mary Frances Postupack Dr. Deborah E. Prince Dr. and Mrs. Frank M. Pullo

Mrs. Sara M. Rand Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Rawson Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Reibman Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Rogers, III Mr. and Mrs. L. Patrick Ross Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuchman Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Shebelsky Sickler Foundation Neal Simpson and Dr. Joyce Simpson Ski Shawnee, Inc. Mr. Howard L. Soloway Mr. and Mrs. Adam S. Stauffer Stony Acres Student Activity Association, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Sutton Mr. and Mrs. John R. Thatcher Theta Chi Fraternity Dr. Doreen M. Tobin and Mr. John C. Tobin Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Tonkin Mr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Trapasso Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Walp Ms. Kathryn A. Waltz Ms. Diana E. Weaver Dr. Nancy L. Weaver Weiler Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Welch Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Willever Dr. Wenjie Yan Mr. and Mrs. Christopher S. Yeager Mr. and Mrs. Trevin Yodice-Panaia Ms. Kathryn Zervos

The 1893 Legacy Society recognizes the generosity of 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.

Robert ’55 and Louise ’56 Fabel Sue Falvello ’60 Bernice Franchino ’43 James ’52 and Barbara Frawley Donna Gray ’63 Donald ’56 and Marge ’59 Griffith George ’58 and Harriet ’56 Hall Noretta Herman ’59 Sandra Hoeffner Richard and Montae Johnson Stephen and Gail Kalman Robert ’71 and Sandra Kelley Edward and Faith Kimes Constance Krick ’60 Hamilton and Jean Lee

Dr. James and Judith ’76 M’86 Leiding Randy ’78 and Valerie ’79 Maugle Ann ’82 and Kenton McGinnis Maury Molin ’76 Frank Montano ’69 Clarence and Elizabeth Murphy Patricia Neidorf Sandra O’Neil-Seiler ’57 Patricia Ori ’61 Trudy Piatt Frank ’73 M’76 and Nancy Pullo Sara Rand ’61 Rosina Richards ’59 Michael J. Romano ’74 M ’83 Ernest and Sandra Rydell

Larry ’58 and Barbara Rymon Arthur ’62 and Fannie ’62 Schisler Glenn E. Schultz Scott ’90 and Patricia Simonds Barry ’62 and Norma Slemmer Grace Smith Patricia Snyder Irving ’50 and Joan Sommer Ray Starner ’69 Kathryn Waltz ’70 Diana Weaver ’57 Evelyn Werkheiser ’44 Carol Wolf ’68 Mildred Wood ’42 Richard ’60 and Sandra ’60 Zimmer

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Football team touches down with their donors

Robert A. Kearn ’58 and Anne Kearn meet Warrior offensive linebacker Jerry Peralte, recipient of the Robert A. Kearn ’58 Football Endowed Scholarship.

More than 30 student-athletes met their scholarship donors in a post-football game reception on October 31 in the lobby of Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall. The reception included parents, coaches and team staff. Sponsored by the ESU Foundation, the firsttime event took the place of a pre-game sideline introduction and photo. The reception allowed donors, scholarship recipients and parents a chance to connect in an informal setting and share with each other what it means to receive a gift of scholarship. The Foundation administers 33 football scholarships, seven of which were created this year. In 2015-2016, $71,270 was made available to studentathletes in football scholarships.

More than 50 students stopped by the Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center on October 27 to write a note of thanks to their scholarship donors. The ESU Foundation hosted the “thank you party” by providing notecards, paper, pens and refreshments. In the photo at right, two students take pen to paper: Avize Batalova, left, recipient of the Communication Studies Endowed Scholarship, and Alesha Janes, recipient of the Biological Science Endowed Scholarship and the William T. Morris Foundation Annual Scholarship. 

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Taking time to say ‘thanks’

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Prince Hall Educational Golf Classic provides ESU scholarships for 25 years

The winners of the 25th Annual Prince Hall Educational Scholarship Golf Classic were, from left, Larry Williams, Gene Little, Dave Thomas and Chris Miller. Also pictured, at right, are committee chair Wayne Bolt and honorary chair Russell Scott III.

The Prince Hall Educational Scholarship Golf Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary on August 3, welcoming 94 golfers to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee-On-Delaware. The golf outing benefits a scholarship which enables students from the Prince Hall School in Philadelphia the opportunity to further their education at ESU. Since the partnership with the Prince Hall School and ESU began in 1988, 15 Prince Hall scholars have gone on to graduate. Honorary chair of the event was Russell Scott III of Dunbar Enterprises, Inc. Special thanks go out to the Philadelphia Masons and event sponsors Abeloff Buick GMC KIA Nissan, Arthur Fennell, Citizens for Jewell Williams, ESU professor emerita Dr. Patricia Graham, The Haddon Family, Pocono Medical Center, Yutz-Merkle Insurance, and Bob and Sue Shebelsky.  Planning for the 2016 event is now underway. For further information, contact the ESU Foundation at 570-422-3156. To support the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship through the ESU Foundation, call 570-422-3333 or visit givenow.

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Enrollment at 6,828 – Up second year in a row

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The university’s enrollment increased this fall for the second year in a row, announced President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. The fall 2015 enrollment of 6,828 included a freshman class of 1,313, up 2.1 percent from fall 2014 and ESU’s largest freshman class since 2011. The entering freshman class represented the most diverse in university history, with more than 39 percent minority students. The number of African-American freshmen increased by 40.7 percent to 256 students. Hispanic freshmen enrollment increased by 12.6 percent to 175 freshmen. Graduate student enrollment increased 6.8 percent over fall 2014 and is at its highest level since fall 2011. ESU continues to enroll increasing numbers of Pennsylvania residents at both the graduate and

undergraduate level with increases of 10.8 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively (58 graduate more students and 24 more undergraduate students). “This is the second year in a row that ESU has experienced an enrollment increase, due once again to the outstanding efforts of the entire university community,” Dr. Welsh said. “It reflects the positive impact of a team effort made by the students, faculty and staff to showcase the campus and our academic offerings complimented by the numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings available to our students. We are especially pleased with the enrollment increase given the keen competition for students in our key recruitment territories.” 

This year’s “One Book, One Campus” initiative features the theme “Diversity: Where are we going?” The book that the campus community has been discussing takes readers on a thought-provoking journey through a fictitious world of cultural and racial alienation. “Your Face in Mine” by Jess Row is the story of Martin Wilkinson, who pays a hefty sum to undergo something called racial reassignment surgery to transform him from a white Jewish man to an African American. The university welcomed Row to campus on October 27, and the author entertained questions and posed for photos during a VIP reception in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Following the reception, more than 100 guests attended Row’s address as he spoke about his work. This is the third year ESU has asked students, faculty and staff to take part in “One Book, One Campus.” Book discussions are being held through the academic year. 

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ESU News JAZZCENTRIC Bill Crow, left, and Bill Goodwin perform at Zoot Fest 2015 on November 8, featuring distinguished jazz musicians and commentary on the history of jazz greats Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. Musicians included Bill Dobbins, Jerry Dodgion, Don Friedman, Lew Tabackin, and Sherrie Maricle’s Five Play. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU, founded in 1988 to preserve jazz from all eras, and honoring the life and legacy of Al Cohn – legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor, and long-time Pocono resident.

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Richard D. Santoro began work as the executive director of the ESU Foundation in June, responsible for providing strategic leadership and management for the joint fundraising efforts of the Foundation and the Office of University Advancement. Santoro, who reports directly to the Foundation Board of Directors, was most recently the interim chief advancement officer for Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Previous he worked in the advancement office at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing. He is a professional member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Shelley A. Speirs ’92 has been the director of major and planned gifts at the ESU Foundation since August. She joins ESU with 14 years of experience in fundraising, community outreach, and program creation within higher education, nonprofit social services, and state government. Speirs was most recently the director of Annual Giving at Moravian College in Bethlehem. She worked as a coordinator of annual funds at ESU from 1999 to 2003. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Moravian College, and a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from ESU. She serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is a co-vice president of programs for the American Association of University Women Bethlehem. 

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President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., congratulates Sarah Khan M’15, right, who earned her master’s degree in professional and secondary education and served as the graduate student commencement speaker in May. The keynote speaker for the graduate ceremony was ESU Provost Joanne Bruno, J.D. Two undergraduate ceremonies featured student speakers Cadia Woods ’15, who earned degrees in French and economics, and Marisa Pagán-Figueroa ’15, who earned degrees in English and Spanish. Steve Somers, owner of Vigon International, Inc., served as the keynote speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies. A record 1,164 students earned degrees including 970 bachelor’s degrees, 190 master’s degrees, and four doctorates.




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TO CAMPUS ESU recently installed six BigBelly waste and recycling stations around campus. These solar-powered units have compactors that reduce the number of times they need to be emptied and allow the Facilities Management Department to monitor each unit’s available capacity remotely. New Mind Design, a student-run organization within ESU’s Business Accelerator, created posters (such as the one shown on the front of the machine) to remind people of the value of recycling and suggest some iconic “green” venues near campus that are impacted by the university’s sustainable efforts. The students took the photographs and developed all of the artwork associated with each design. 

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Catherine Klingler is the new curator for ESU’s Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History and McMunn Planetarium.

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New curator taking museum and planetarium public By Amelia Tognoli Are you aware that the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center houses a state-of-the-art planetarium as well as a museum with over 100 taxidermy exhibits? Catherine Klingler, new curator at ESU’s Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History and McMunn Planetarium, has made it her responsibility to see that everyone is able to fully take advantage of what these facilities have to offer. But her training never led her to think she would end up working in the museum world. “I studied languages in college. I had always loved nature and science, but that wasn’t really part of the plan,” said Klingler. Klingler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and German, while minoring in paleontology and music. She then earned a master’s in

translation from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Klingler said she accidentally got into museum work when her passion for wildlife carried her to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for 20 years. “Surprisingly, my range of experience was something museums really needed.” Then the curator position opened up at ESU. “I was very excited to get this position,” she said. “It’s everything I love, from education to exhibits, in one place.” Her main goals include regularly scheduled visiting hours and establishing ongoing programs. She is also working with the College of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences to ensure that the programs are aligned with teaching standards and are scientifically accurate. ESU students are also getting hands-on coursework. It’s a tall order, but Klingler knows the benefits.

“We are all residents of this planet. We have to learn quickly how to coexist with our surroundings,” she said. “Working at a museum allows me to provide others with an understanding of our interconnectedness — it gives people a sense of personal responsibility.” Since they opened, the Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium have offered tours for prospective and current ESU students, faculty and staff. Area schools and youth groups can also book group visits. Nearly all of the taxidermy exhibits were donated by Arthur ’62 and Fannie Greene ’62 Schisler, who have been longstanding supporters of the university. The McMunn Planetarium is named in honor of generous ESU supporters Tony ’68 and Pat Lythgoe ’68 McMunn.  Anyone interested in museum activities can contact Klingler at

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Grad student finds PASSION IN TEACHING By Linda St. Cyr ’15 Michele Herrmann ’81 was surprised when the results of a career placement test listed teaching as the job most suitable for her. “At 18 and just getting out of school,” said Herrmann, “I did not want to be a teacher.” College wasn’t in her plans either — until she saw what ESU had to offer. As a member of the Media Club at Scranton Technical High School, she took field trips to ESU’s TV and production studio. A few years later, Herrmann decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in media communication and technology at ESU. After graduation, Herrmann worked for some media organizations and ran her own photography business, then stayed at home to raise four children. When her youngest started kindergarten, she starting teaching phonics as a volunteer at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. “That is when I decided I wanted to go back to school to be a teacher,” she said, and began working toward her early childhood certification with the Educational Communications class. “It was the first time I realized that my degree in media communication and technology was a perfect match with teaching,” she said. She now is pursuing her master of education degree in instructional technology at ESU. She is also a first-grade remedial math teacher and technology coordinator at Pleasant Valley Elementary, and was nominated by Principal Erica Greer to take part

in the Keystones Technology Innovators’ STAR program, which took her to a week-long summit at Shippensburg University in July. Keystones Technology Innovators is a Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology program that helps teachers integrate technology into the classroom in new ways. To be selected for the program, Herrmann submitted two essays and a digital comic strip created by her second grade summer reading and math camp students. The comics explained concepts such as odd and even and the retelling of a story. “The classes I have taken have helped me implement technology in my every day teaching,” she said, noting that her ESU classes have helped her use technology to introduce math concepts, practice math fluency and accuracy, and review for assessments. “With each class, I am able to bring back innovative ideas to be used by our elementary school for math remediation,” she said. “As technology coordinator, I am able to show other teachers what equipment is available.” Once someone who swore she would never teach, Hermann has found her passion in the classroom. “I really have my dream job,” she said.


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MIDNIGHT MADNESS: Chuck Seese, ESU basketball announcer, was master of ceremonies for the annual Midnight Madness event, which included games, prizes, scrimmages and the slamdunk and three-point shooting contests.

SCHOLARSHIP GIFT: The Theta Chi Fraternity presented the ESU Foundation with a check for $1,974 to benefit student scholarships.

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GOURD ART: Students get creative painting pumpkins during the Fall Festival at Homecoming.

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BEST TAILGATE: Phi Sigma Sigma/Pi Lambda Phi won the Best Tailgate Award at the annual Homecoming competition. Bob Weidner

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MEETING, GREETING & EATING: An aerial view of the 2015 Homecoming Tailgate event held on the basketball courts next to Eiler-Martin Stadium.

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BAND & BONFIRE: The Warrior Marching Band took part in the Homecoming bonfire festivities held at the Old Rugby Field. From left are snare drummers Amanda Amodeo and Evan Tudge, both Class of 2017, and Nakiya Robley, Class of 2016.


‘WILD WILD WARRIORS’ was the theme for Homecoming 2015 as students, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated with festivities that took place October 13-18. Student activities included a chuck wagon picnic, the Wild Wild Drag Show, the Residence Life Olympics, Midnight Madness, Casino Night, a Fall Festival, Remembrance Day, and the Warrior Bonfire and Pep Rally. Alumni events kicked into action Friday with Alumni Check-In at the Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center, the Annual Alumni Awards and Class of 1965 Reunion Banquet in the Tent on the Quad. (See next page) On Saturday, the Annual Tailgate was held before the big football game against Millersville University at Eiler-Martin Stadium. The Tailgate drew a record crowd of more than 1,200 alumni and guests and the celebration was capped with a Warriors win, 34-2.

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TREE OF REMEMBRANCE: A campus tree serves as a place to remember those in the ESU family who have passed away. A community Remembrance Day ceremony is held every year during Homecoming week. ESU lost four students this academic year, as well as a former president, a former member of the council of trustees, 123 alumni and a number of former faculty, staff members and friends of the university.

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The East Stroudsburg State College Class of 1965 reconnected during Homecoming Weekend for their

“Golden Grad” Reunion. Jane Kressler Bullock ’65 and Ernest C. Kovacs ’65, co-chairs of the Reunion Committee, led weekend activities that included a reunion banquet, a tent at the Annual Tailgate, and a brunch with ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

FRONT ROW from left: Rosemary McMullen Wilson ’65, Dorothy Santore Patterson ’65, Pinky Chamberlin ’65. SECOND ROW: Ernest Kovacs ’65, Linda Bear Groh ’65, Carol Lane ’65, Mary Ann Leiby Seagreaves ’65, Barbara Bioren Beavis ’65, Alego Bartolacci ’65. THIRD ROW: Eric Hupp ’65, Lynn Ashworth Peters ’65, ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., Judith Cioffi Yamashita ’65, Mary Ann Mesics Crosbee ’65, Robert Butterworth ’65. FOURTH ROW: Linda Brown Pfeifer ’65, Bernice Mann-Farris ’65, Carol Hooper Stewart ’65, Jim Tiernan ’65. FIFTH ROW: Sandra Cann Miller ’65, Diane Tomczyk ’65, and Carl Yost ’65. Attending reunion, but not pictured: Jane Kressler Bullock ’65, Constance Kressler Liming ’65, Sandra Falcone Marozzi ’65 and Ann Marie Argiro ’65.

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Reunion Committee Chair Ernest C. Kovacs ’65 welcomes the Class of 1965 to their 50th Reunion.

Enjoying the Class of ’65 Farewell Brunch, from left, are Sandra Falcone Marozzi ’65, Ann Marie Argiro ’65, President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., Constance Kressler Liming ’65 and Jane Kressler Bullock ’65.

The Homecoming Tent on the Quad, venue for the Class of 1965 Reunion and Alumni Awards banquet.

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President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., center, with the 2015 Alumni Association award winners. Back row, from left: Raymond L. Hamlin ’86, and Brittany Washington. Front row: Robert Rigby ’74, S. Elaine Rogers, D.Ed., M’08, Laura Canfield ’81, and John Gudikunst ’63.

HELEN G. BROWN HONOR AWARD n Laura Canfield ’81, Langhorne, worked for the United States Tennis Association for 25 years, including a 13-year stint as executive director of the Middle States section and seven years at the national office. Award recognizes a graduate whose accomplishments have brought honor to the university and pride to its alumni.

CONRAD ‘SKIP’ IDUKAS SERVICE AWARD n John Gudikunst ’63, Allentown, taught health and physical education before retiring in 1997, was the swim coach at Trexler Middle School for 27 years, and was an assistant coach at Emmaus High School for 28 years without a losing season. Award recognizes contributions to the university or the Alumni Association through volunteer service.


A W A R D S The Alumni Association honored its most prestigious alumni and university supporters during the Alumni Awards and Class of 1965 Reunion Banquet held during Homecoming in October.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD n Patrick Flaherty ’78, Oakland, N.J., has been the offensive line coach of the New York Giants professional football team since 2004, directing one of the NFL’s best offensive lines. Award honors graduates who have distinguished themselves on the national or international level.

DR. GEORGE THOMPSON JR. AWARD n Raymond L. Hamlin ’86, West Orange, N.J., has been practicing law since 1991 and is a founding member at Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley. His main areas of practice are education, criminal, civil rights, labor and other areas of litigation. Award recognizes accomplishments in community and human relations, and a commitment to promoting the university’s mission.

n Robert Rigby ’74,Turnersville, N.J., is a retired goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, where he earned six caps for international competition. He played 12 seasons in the North American Soccer League, three in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and one in Wester Soccer Alliance. Award recognizes a graduate for athletic achievements after graduation, and recognizes those who might qualify for the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame.


n S. Elaine Rogers, D.Ed., M’08, Stroudsburg, has taught at ESU since 1978 and helped the Department of Recreation Services Management develop its curriculum and earn national accreditation. She served as chair of the department for a total of 23 years, and has more than 30 publications and conference presentations to her credit. Award is presented to a professor who has demonstrated superior teaching ability and commitment to students. The recipient, active or retired, must have at least 10 years teaching at ESU.

GEORGE OCKERSHAUSEN STUDENT SERVICE AWARD n Brittany Washington, Summitville, N.Y., is in the Class of 2016. She has served as head orientation leader, head resident adviser at Hawthorn Suites, a Recreation Center official, and chair of the Student Senate’s Extra Curricular Affairs committee, as well as president of the Warrior Elite student ambassador club. Award recognizes a student who has volunteered exceptional service to the Office of Alumni Engagement or the Alumni Association. 

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ALUMNI/STUDENT WATCH PARTY DRAWS WARRIOR FOOTBALL FANS Twenty-four alumni and students gathered at Common Grounds in the University Center with President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., in September to watch the Warriors football team play Slippery Rock University in a nationally broadcast game.

YOUNG ALUMNI GATHER AT XFINITY LIVE! Xfinity LIVE! in Philadelphia hosted a young alumni event on November 7. Demetrius Lindsey ’12, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, helped to plan the inaugural event that welcomed 25 alumni and friends. Lindsey plans for this to be one of many events for young alumni. Attending the event were Edwin Leon ’12, Elizabeth Madden ’14, Kristina Perri ’13, William Reilly ’13 and George Green ’08. 

COBM HOSTS AFFINITY EVENT Twenty-four alumni, faculty and staff gathered at the Hilton-Penns Landing in Philadelphia for a November 5 event hosted by the College of Business and Management (COBM). Carol Miller ’81, associate professor of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Sheila Handy, Ph.D., professor and chair of Business Management, helped plan the event that focused on alumni from the COBM program. Plans are underway for New York City and Washington, D.C., events. 

The event, hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, was an opportunity for alumni and students to get together. “We want to continue having events like this so that alumni and students have an opportunity to interact with one another and show their Warrior pride,” said Leon John, director of Alumni Engagement. “This will be the first of many alumnistudent events of its kind.” 


COBM PARTY: Back row, from left, are Al Moranville, Walt Rogers III ’77, Robert McMullin ’81, Ed.D., M’94, Alison Hayes, Rob Marrow ’81. In front, from left, Drew Pearsall ’78, Shelley Speirs ’92, Carol Miller ’81, Sheila Handy, Ph.D., James Borden ’78, Scott Higgins ’06, Shane Baglini ’10, Marquise Watson and Natalie McCrea ’05.

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ALUMNI GATHER FOR GOLF ‘FUN-RAISER’ More than 50 alumni and friends gathered at Stonehedge Golf Club in Factoryville on August 11 for the Northeast PA ESU Alumni Summer FunRaiser. Frank Johnson ’74 and Paul Scheuch ’71 coordinated the golf tournament, and plan for it to become an annual tradition. “It’s a chance for alumni who don’t really see each other that often to get together and have fun on the golf course,” Johnson said. The committee hopes the tournament continues to grow in popularity so that proceeds can be contributed to a scholarship fund. 

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Deborah Kulick ’80 shares her Legacy family story during the annual Legacy Brunch. At left, Voices of Triumph, the ESU student gospel choir, perform.

LEGACY FAMILY BRUNCH HONORS MULTI-GENERATIONS OF WARRIORS The Office of Alumni Engagement hosted the Annual Legacy Brunch and Family Pinning Ceremony on September 19 at ESU’s Innovation Center. The brunch was held in conjunction with the university’s Family Weekend celebrations. Eight legacy families were pinned following remarks from Deborah Kulick ’80, member of an extended legacy family.

Voices of Triumph, the ESU gospel choir, performed and senior Katie Rose Reardon sang the ESU Alma Mater. The Legacy Family program honors families with a multi-generational tradition of attending East Stroudsburg University. Notify the Office of Alumni Engagement of your family’s tradition of attending ESU by calling 570-422-3194. 

BE AN ALUMNI HOST! Interested in hosting an alumni event? The Office of Alumni Engagement can help. Email or call 570-422-3194.

ESU NIGHT AT IRONPIGS August 1 was a great day at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, as alumni, staff, faculty, friends and family members celebrated ESU Night at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball game. ESU handed out special edition IronPigs bacon hats to the first 3,000 entrants while game tickets, courtesy of the Office of Alumni Engagement, were offered to 50 ESU alumni and their families. ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., also was at the game, and threw out the first pitch.  GO IRONPIGS! Pictured with President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., are seven alumni who are all either employees or interns with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs organization. From left, Brock Hartranft ’08, Rob Cvetan ’10, Ryan Beck ’13, Jason Kiesel ’08, Steve Carhart ’12, Kyle Walbert ’12 and Ryan Hines M’10.

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New leader charts the way for Alumni Engagement office Leon John Jr. was appointed director of Alumni Engagement in August. His responsibilities include developing strategies to engage alumni, including the revitalization of alumni chapters, as well as volunteer management. He also serves as the chief liaison between the university and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Before coming to ESU, John served as associate director of Alumni Engagement at Marywood University in Scranton for eight years. John plans to reach out to alumni and encourage them to plan events to reinvigorate chapters around the country. He also plans to collaborate with university divisions to encourage more volunteer opportunities for alumni and more networking opportunities for students with alumni. He noted that alumni are looking for all kinds of opportunities to be involved, and that he

plans to collaborate with Career Services, Enrollment Management and Student Life to establish opportunities. “One of the most important things for alumni is to reconnect with their passions that they have for the university,” John said. “We have a vast network of alumni who want to share their expertise and network with each other, and with students.” Young alumni engagement, class reunions and affinity group reunions are also integral to building an alumni program, he said. By establishing focus groups and working strategically with the Alumni Association board, he plans to create more exposure for alumni engagement, giving those three areas top priority. “Alumni are the foundation of any institution. Expect to see and hear a lot more from the Office of Alumni Engagement in the months to come,” said John. 

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ALUMNI BOARD New member highlights The ESU Alumni Association welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors in August: Demetrius Lindsey ’12 of Glenn Gottshalk ’72, of Philadelphia graduated with a Branchburg, N.J., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication Bachelor of Science in health and physical Education and is a retired studies and works for Techtronic Industries as a national field marketing elementary school teacher. A tight manager. Lindsey is also the vice end on the Warriors football team president of the Sigma Pi fraternity from 1969-1971, Gottshalk is in the alumni chapter. ESU Athletic Hall of Fame, and is also a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity. Michael Quick ’10 of Parlin, N.J., graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English, and teaches English at Colonia High School in the Woodbridge Township School District. Quick is also the head cross country coach and head spring track coach at the school.

Shelley A. Speirs ’92 of Bethlehem Township graduated with a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management and is director of major and planned gifts at the ESU Foundation. Speirs is a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and was a member of the women’s gymnastics team. 

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U p co m i n g E v e n t s TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23


Alumni Florida The Villages Dinner

5 p.m., Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m. Dinner Legacy Restaurant, Nancy Lopez Country Club, 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, Fla. Pinky O’Neil ’57: | 352-350-6455


Happy Hour at St. Pete Beach

6-8 p.m., The Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach, Fla. Bob Sauerwine ’89: 727-369-4924

Check out and frequently as alumni events are added throughout the year. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28

Alumni Florida • Don Pedro Island


Alumni Florida • Englewood Golf & Lunch 8 a.m. golf, 1 p.m. luncheon • Myakka Pines Golf Club, 2550 S. River Rd., Englewood, Fla. Dick ’57 and Joan Stanley ’67 Merring: | 941-276-1548

1:30 p.m. luncheon 540 South Gulf Blvd., Don Pedro Island, Fla. Office of Alumni Engagement: | 570-422-3194

Cherry Blossom Brunch, Arlington, Va.

Location and time to be determined Office of Alumni Engagement: | 570-422-3194


ESU Alumni Philadelphia Flyers Event

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa., 3 p.m. Office of Alumni Engagement: | 570-422-3194

President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. cordially invites you to attend the 19th Annual

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast Featuring Keynote Speaker

Joetta Clark Diggs Four-time Olympian and Critically Acclaimed Author

Monday, January 18, 2016 8 a.m.–10 a.m. Mattioli Recreation Center East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 2015 Julianna V. Bolt Art Award Winner, Kristan Lai, Pleasant Valley High School

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Seats: $40 per person, $15 per student $300 for table of 8 (payment in full) Checks should be made payable to ESU Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Gertrude Mary Smith Boddie Endowed Scholarship for students of diverse backgrounds Register at For further information, please call 570-422-3156 or email

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NCAA Division II Championship ESU’s field hockey team won its first NCAA Division II championship with a 1-0 (OT) victory over Merrimack on November 22 at Bloomsburg University. Senior forward Ally Roth converted FIELD HOCKEY a penalty stroke 4:48 into the overtime session, giving ESU its first national title in any sport since winning NCAA DII men’s gymnastics championships in 1983 and 1984. The Warriors also won three national championships in archery in the mid1970’s (1975 - mixed; 1976-77 - men’s). The Warriors, under 32nd-year head coach Sandy Miller, captured their first PSAC championship with a 1-0 win over Millersville on November 8 at Whitenight Field. ESU set a school record with 19 victories against only three defeats, and won its final seven games of the year. The Warriors posted a 3-1 win vs. West Chester in the PSAC semifinals before winning the title vs. Millersville, and also had a 6-2 win vs. West Chester in the NCAA semifinals. ESU was seeded No. 1 in the Atlantic Region and ranked No. 1 in the NFHCA DII poll entering the NCAA Tournament. Roth, a two-time All-America selection and likely

honoree again this fall, finished her career with school records for goals (74) and points (172), both ranking in the top 10 in PSAC history. She was one of three first team All-PSAC selections, along with junior midfielder Desiraye Mack and junior back Emily Howell, who was named PSAC Tournament MVP. Senior midfielder Rebecca Snyder was second team All-PSAC, and senior back Amanda Wnorowski and junior back Morgan Firestine were named third team AllPSAC for the Warriors. 

Atlantic Region Championship ESU’s women’s soccer team won its first-ever NCAA Division II Atlantic Region championship with a 2-0 victory over Edinboro on November 20 at the University of Bridgeport (Conn.). The Warriors won their second WOMEN’S SOCCER straight PSAC championship this fall, part of an unlikely run through the postseason that saw ESU advance through six straight games as the lower seed. ESU won the PSAC Tournament as the No. 7 seed (of eight teams that qualified), and was the No. 6 seed (lowest possible) in the NCAA DII Atlantic Regional. The Warriors were the first No. 6 seed to win a regional title and advance to the Elite 8 in at least five years. Under ninth-year head coach Rob Berkowitz, ESU is 34-8-3 in the last two seasons, winning the 2014 and 2015 PSAC Tournament championships, the 2014 PSAC regular season title, earning the No. 1 seed in the 2014 Atlantic Regional and winning the 2015 Atlantic Regional. Junior midfielder Shea Neal, junior back Laurel Neira and sophomore midfielder Sammi Ortiz were all named to the All-PSAC second team. Neal and Neira were both All-America selections on ESU’s record-setting 20-1-1

squad in 2014. ESU opened the postseason advancing on penalty kicks at West Chester, followed by a 2-0 win vs. Slippery Rock and 2-1 (OT) win vs. Edinboro in the PSAC championship game with Neal scoring the game-winner to secure PSAC Tournament MVP honors for the second straight year. In the NCAA Tournament, ESU edged West Chester 2-1 (OT), won 3-0 at WV Wesleyan and bested Edinboro 2-0 in the regional championship game. Their season ended with a 2-0 loss to East Region champion Bridgeport. 

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Coach Douds celebrates 50 years at ESU By Mandy Housenick Denny Douds owns a lot of records. Those numbers alone — including having coached 429 Division II football games entering the 2015 season — earn him respect throughout college football. There’s much more, though, to Douds, who is in his 50th year at ESU, 42 as head coach. “From the time he talks to you as a recruit until years after you’ve played, Denny Douds is always there for you,” said ESU Hall of Famer Pat Flaherty ’78, New York Giants offensive line coach. “I’m blessed to have been associated with such a fine man.” “He put us in a position to be successful in life,” said James Franklin ’95, head football coach at Penn State. As the all-time winningest coach in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference history, Douds is one of 16 men to coach more than 400 NCAA football games, and one of just 20 at any NCAA level with 250 victories. He is one of 15 to reach 40 seasons as head coach in college football history, the ninth to coach 40 years at one school, and fifth to spend all of his 40-plus year career at the same institution. Douds continues to bring the same love and enthusiasm for coaching as when he became head coach in 1974. He started in 1966 as the Warriors’ tight ends and linebackers coach under Charlie Reese, then became defensive coordinator in 1968. After eight seasons assisting Reese, Douds was named the school’s eighth head football coach. 

DECKER IN TOP 100 NATIONWIDE Junior Allison Decker qualified for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and placed in the top 100 in the country this fall. Decker was an individual national qualifier, ESU’s third in the last four years, with a sixth-place finish in the Atlantic Regional at Lock Haven. She was also the region’s sixth-best finisher at the NCAA Championships, placing 91st of 247 runners. She finished eighth at the PSAC Championships and ESU was conference runner-up for its best-ever finish. The Warriors were fourth in the region, their best showing since placing third in 2003.

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ELLISON ’09 PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH Rashone Ellison ’09 has been appointed to the position of head women’s soccer coach at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Ellison served on the IIT soccer staff for two seasons, helping lead the Scarlet Hawks to a 16-20-1 overall record in 2014. Ellison played for the Pocono Snow of East Stroudsburg, and the Sonics of Lehigh Valley in the National Premier Soccer League. A lead scorer at ESU, he was named an All-American and four-time AllConference player. Ellison was also named the Daktronics Division II Men's Soccer Atlantic Region Player of the Year in 2008.  THE OLD HATS, an early 1990s ESU fooball alumni group, returned for their ninth annual spring gathering on April 25. Kneeling, from left: Coach Jimmy Terwilliger ’07, Bobby Swift ’95, Dave Hahn ’95, Jake Hlavac ’94, Head Coach Denny Douds, Doug Leonzi ’94, Carmine Duncan, Roger Straub ’94, and Ed Myers ’94. Standing: Bret Comp ’93, Mike Kuhns ’95, Greg Garzio ’94, Scott Higgins, Steve Hynes ’96, Matt Giarretta ’95, John Catalano ’94, Marc Scotti ’94, Desmond Hussey ’94, Coach Mike Terwilliger ’78, Coach Mike Santella ’94, Derrick Deburow ’99, and Coach Frank Lupin ’62.

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New and familiar faces join Warrior ranks WOMEN’S LACROSSE COACH XENI BARAKOS ’11, a former All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference defender at ESU, has returned to campus as women’s lacrosse coach. Barakos, who earned a bachelor’s degree in media communications and technology, most recently had stints as an assistant coach at Millersville (2015) and Albright College (2013-14). While she was at ESU, the lacrosse team posted a 16-8 win at nationally-ranked Gannon in the 2011 PSAC quarterfinals for ESU’s first postseason win since 1986. She was part of a senior class that set a program record with 39 wins in four years. The Warriors played in the PSAC Tournament in three of her four seasons and reached the semifinals in 2008 and 2011.

HEAD SWIMMING COACH BRIANNE GLOBIG is getting her first shot at being a collegiate head coach as she takes over as ESU’s head swimming coach. She assisted head coach Lisa Pizzuto a season ago. Globig, a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University, was a graduate assistant coach in 201314 at California University of Pennsylvania, where she received her master’s degree. She helped coach 13 PSAC qualifiers and one NCAA Division II national qualifier.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH DIANE DECKER has been selected as head women’s basketball coach. She was an assistant coach at ESU in 2005-06 and 2006-07, and interim head coach in 2007-08. Decker was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University for seven seasons and helped BU to five PSAC East regular season titles, one PSAC Tournament title and four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. Decker was a two-time, first-team all-state selection at Marian Catholic High School where she scored a school-record 2,377 points. She played at Villanova, where she was second team All-Big East as a junior and helped the Wildcats win two conference titles.

HEAD SOFTBALL COACH JAIME WOHLBACH has been named head coach of ESU’s softball program. She has eight years of experience at the Division I level, serving as head coach at the University of Delaware for five years and at Iona College for three years. She is a 2000 graduate of Kutztown University, where she

earned All-PSAC honors as a catcher in her junior and senior years, and All-Region recognition in 2000. She was a three-time team captain and KU’s team MVP in 1999. She has also competed and coached professionally in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JIMMY TERWILLIGER ’07, recordsetting quarterback and 2005 Harlon Hill Award winner as the most outstanding player in Division II football, has returned to ESU as the defensive backs coach. Terwilliger, quarterbacks coach at Parkland High School last year following five years as head coach at Pleasant Valley High School, joins his father, Mike Terwilliger ’78, who is ESU's offensive coordinator. Jimmy Terwilliger graduated with 18 NCAA Division II records and two NCAA all-division records as part of an All-America career at ESU from 2003-06. He guided the Warriors to two NCAA DII playoff appearances (2004 and 2005) and won the Northeast Region title in 2005, advancing to the national semifinals. He tied the NCAA alldivision record for touchdown passes (148) and set DII career records for total offense (16,064 yards), passing yards (14,350), pass efficiency (170.7), touchdowns responsible for (161) and points responsible for (966) during his four years at ESU. 

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Five join ESU Athletic Hall of Fame The university inducted its 38th class into the ESU Hall of Fame on October 17. The Hall of Fame now includes 289 individuals and 17 teams spanning the nearly 100-year history of Warriors athletics. n Karen Hansen ’97 was a three-time All-PSAC and two-time All-Region selection in women’s soccer. As a sophomore in 1994, she was first team All-PSAC, first team NSCAA All-Region and ESU’s team MVP with 15 goals and 11 assists. She was PSAC championship game MVP, scoring both goals in the final 17 minutes of a 2-1 win over Bloomsburg. She ranks fourth at ESU with 36 career goals, third with 29 assists and fourth with 101 points. n Tina Vosper Losey ’00 earned All-America honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field in 1998-99, President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., left, and Chris Monasch, interim and was named ESU’s Women’s Senior Athlete of the Year in director of athletics, right, with representatives of the late Leo Reimer 1999. ’66: his teammate Glen Ray ’66 and his sister Kay Newbaker. She placed 14th at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships. Indoors, she placed sixth in the 5,000m (17:36.08), and eighth outdoors in the 10,000m (37:37.72) to post All-America finishes. She was also a national qualifier in the 5,000m outdoors in 1999 and the 10,000m in 1998. Vosper was a four-time All-Region runner in cross country, and a three-time PSAC runner-up in track and field. n Leo Reimer ’66, who passed away in 2007, was a fouryear letterwinner at running back, a starter on the Warriors’ 1964-65 PSAC championship teams and was MVP of the 1965 State Game, a 26-10 win over Indiana. He ran for 167 yards in the championship game. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry for his career, third in school history. He also was a four-year member of the golf and gymnastics teams.

New Hall of Famers, from left, Tina Vosper Losey ’00, Barry Gilmore ’73 and Karen Hansen ’97.

n Barry Gilmore ’73 was an All-America diver and a two-time PSAC champion. He won conference titles on the one-meter board in 1972 and 1973, and captured three AllAmerica honors. He placed third on the one-meter board at the 1972 NCAA College Division Championships, was 10th on the one-meter and 12th on the three-meter in 1970. n Steve Hynes ‘96 was named to the Associated Press Little All-America first team at offensive tackle in 1994, helping lead the way for an offense that ranked sixth in DII with 464.8 yards per game. Quarterback James Franklin was a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award for DII’s most outstanding player. Hynes was a three-time All-PSAC East selection, earning a spot on the first team as a junior and senior. Hynes is one of just eight first-team AP Little All-America selections in program history. 

President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., left, and Chris Monasch, interim director of athletics, with the family of Steve Hynes ’96, who was unable to attend the ceremony. Representing him are Owen Hynes, Jennifer Garver Hynes and Zackary Hynes.

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1960s Chet Dalgewicz ’67 received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. Dalgewicz, a 1988 inductee into the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame, was a PSAC champion in 1966 and 1967 and NCAA Division I All-America as a junior. He is one of five multiple-time PSAC champions in program history.

1970s Judith Carberry ’70, firm administrator of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, has been named the president-elect of the South Carolina Association of Legal Administrators, a chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Paul Scheuch ’71 M’77 was awarded the Distinguished Merit Award by the Pennsylvania Athletic Association after a 38-year career as a teacher of health and physical education and athletic trainer for the Abington Heights School District and Marywood University.

Allan Calarco ’78 received The Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumnus Award from Shippensburg University. For 14 years, Calarco has worked in training and development for the Center for Creative Leadership in Brussels, a global leadership and development firm. He has designed and delivered programs and workshops in more than 20 countries. Marsha Grant-Ford, ATC, Ph.D. ’75, is the first AfricanAmerican woman to be certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a teacher in the accredited athletic training program at Montclair State University. She has published a children’s book entitled, “Do You Want to be an Athletic Trainer?”

1980s Renee A. Ethier Pope ’89 was promoted to executive director of risk management at KPMG LLP, a global auditing and professional services firm. In her new role, Pope

is responsible for improving riskevaluation processes and information and is the risk subject matter professional for social media and digital properties related to the firm.

1990s Tom LoBasso ’90, was named president of Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he previously was chief operating officer and provost. He has worked more than 20 years in higher education, primarily in strategic planning and supervision for academic affairs, accreditation, student development, college marketing, institutional effectiveness, regional campus operations and facilities services. Lisa Phillips ’90 has been named dean of students at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Phillips previously worked for seven years as the director of the office of diversity at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Alumna wins seat on Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Christine Donohue ’74, an ESU political science graduate, was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November and will begin a 10year term on the state’s highest court in January. She is the first graduate of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education elected to serve on the state Supreme Court, the oldest continually sitting appellate court in North America.

The court consists of seven justices, each of whom serves a 10-year term. Donohue has been a Pennsyslvania Superior Court judge since 2008. She is a former member of both the Judicial Conduct Board and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is the former chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and a former judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline. Born in Coaldale, Donohue was raised in Lansford and was a graduate of Marian Catholic High School. After earning her undergraduate degree from ESU, she earned her law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1980.

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Evonne Rouzer Loomis ’91 has been appointed as acquisitions librarian at Northampton Community College. Previously she was a reference librarian at the Pottsville Free Library and a branch manager at the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg. Melissa Reed ’91 has joined the faculty of Immaculata University in Malvern as chair of the Division of Education, where she oversees the graduate and undergraduate education programs and supervises 10 full-time faculty members. Samantha Beebe ’94 was promoted to associate professor of biology at Northampton Community College. A health education specialist, she joined NCC as an adjunct professor, worked as a developmental chemist for Revlon, a biology instructor for Project Upward Bound, and as an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College in New Jersey. Jessica Leitzel Aquilina ’97 is superintendent of the Forest City Regional School District. After teaching in the East Stroudsburg area, Leitzel-Aquilina held various positions in the Scranton School District, including elementary and high school teacher, elementary and assistant principal, and supervisor of elementary education. Elizabeth DiLullo Brown ’98 was honored as a 2015 SportsBusiness Journal Game Changer. Brown is vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Little League Baseball and Softball.

2000s Karen Anderko ’01 is an associate professor of biology at Northampton Community College. She had taught biology at Liberty High School and worked at several universities and colleges. Stephen Hoelper ’02, is vice president of marketing and product development at MediScripts, a clinical management and pharmaceutical marketing company. Belinda Anderson ’03 earned a tenured teaching position at Northampton Community College. She has worked for Easton Area Academy, Kutztown University, Bangor Area Middle School and Cheyney University. Tracey Smith ’03 will become chief executive officer at Merchants Bank in Bangor in July 2016 after the current CEO retires. She now is the executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jennifer Altemose Schron ’07 teaches fifth grade in a Title I school in Osceola School District in Florida. She has been a member of the school’s literacy committee and lead coordinator for Education in the Park.

Amanda Lodge ’09 and Joseph Caviston ’09 were married October 25, 2014, in Carbondale. Michael Maher ’09 and Megan Brown ’09 were best man and maid of honor, and Laura Saladino Gardner ’09, Samuel Hudson ’09, Ashley Puderbach Swartz ’09, and student Brooke Caviston were members of the bridal party. The groom is a digital media coordinator at Central Penn College, and the couple lives in Enola.

2010s Jolee Bovender ’10 joined the law firm of Rawle & Henderson LLP in Harrisburg, concentrating on the defense of commercial motor vehicles and their insurers. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law. Danielle Simcic ’12 is a residence hall director at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. While at ESU, she was involved with the orientation and new student programs, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Senate. 

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IN MEMORIAM Eric Jamar Bryan ’14 MEMORIAL GIFTS Memorial gifts may be made through the ESU Foundation at givenow

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August 6, 2015

Eric Bryan '14, a Communication Studies graduate was a senior on ESU’s 2012 PSAC championship basketball team, starting 30 games. He played in 113 games in four years for the Warriors, among the top 10 in program history. He was involved with several service projects while at ESU, including fundraising for the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center, reading to elementary students at J.M. Hill School in East Stroudsburg and participating in clinics with the East Stroudsburg Youth Association. Following graduation, he worked with children who have autism at Northwest Human Services. Bryan graduated from Roxborough High School, where he was named to the Philadelphia Daily News All-Public League fifth team as a senior. He is survived by his mother, Alaysia Carpenter; father, Hopeton “Richard” Bryan; “Meezy” Regina Fagans; and his grandparents Cassilda Bryan and Eugene and Carol El. He also left behind five brothers, Mustaffa, Hasan, Jonathan, Malachi and Michael and six sisters, Kadijah, Precious, Zakaira, Cassilda, Natasha and Hannah.

Stephen E. Marion October 10, 2015 Stephen E. Marion of Wallingford, was a junior majoring in biotechnology. He was a 2006 graduate of Strath Haven High School, and while he was only in his first semester at ESU, he had made a wide circle of friends. Originally from Vineland, N.J., he is survived by his parents, Michael Marion of Wallingford and Deborah Magnin of Bradenton, Fla., and his brother, Phillip Marion of Philadelphia.

Alyssa M. Oxenford August 22, 2015 Alyssa M. Oxenford, 22, of Hatfield, was a daughter of Lynn PlawaOxenford and Michael E. Oxenford of Hatfield. Alyssa completed her junior year at ESU, majoring in health and physical education. She was a starting varsity player for three years on the women’s lacrosse team. In addition to her parents, Alyssa leaves behind five siblings, Jessica Hartshorn (Greg), Ashley Reiss (Justin), Jason Plawa (Ashley Bierman), Zachary Plawa (Ashley Groff), Ryan Oxenford; niece, Olivia Plawa; nephews, Landon and Elliot Hartshorn; grandparents, Joan and Gus Lattanze; step grandmother, Helen Barr; dear friends, Amanda Simms, Casey Leech; and a large extended family, 19 aunts and uncles, and 28 first cousins.

Samantha C. Agins August 11, 2015 Samantha C. Agins, 22, of Tannersville was a student at ESU majoring in biology/pre-med. Born on September 18, 1992, in East Stroudsburg, she was a daughter of Bruce G. Agins, Jr. of Stroudsburg and Paula L. (Wahrmann) Agins of Tannersville, and was a lifetime resident of Monroe County. She was involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, was a nationally certified emergency medical technician and worked at the Minisink Hotel as a bartender. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Sara E. Agins and, Kayla N. Agins, both of Tannersville; maternal grandfather, Paul Wahrmann and his wife, Marianne of East Stroudsburg; maternal grandmother, Lois Wahrmann of Stroudsburg; paternal grandparents, Gary and Edna Agins of Bartonsville; maternal great-grandmother, Violet Kromer of Bangor; boyfriend, David Shaw of Marshalls Creek; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Richard L. ‘Dick’ DeSchriver June 19, 2015 Richard L. “Dick” DeSchriver, 82, of Silver Spring, Md., and formerly of Stroudsburg, was a faculty member and coach at East Stroudsburg University. Born in Moline, Ill., on Nov. 19, 1932, he was the son of the late Marshall and Della (Houvenagle) DeSchriver. DeSchriver was a graduate of East Moline Consolidated School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in health and physical education and earned his master's degree in those disciplines at the University of Illinois. He was a letter-winner in track and field and cross country at Notre Dame. He began his teaching and coaching career at Miles (Iowa) Consolidated School, where he met his wife, Jean Marie (Fishburne). He taught and coached at Aquin in Freeport (Ill.) and at St. Catherine's in Racine (Wis.). At Miles he started the track and field team at the school. While at Aquin he coached the football team to its first conference championship. In 1966, he returned to school, attaining his doctorate in health sciences and physical education at the University of Minnesota. While there he was the assistant coach for the track and field and cross country teams, and helped

ALUMNI Roy H. Adelmann ’75 Paul A. Albert ’49 John C. Alleger III ’78 Roger E. Arnold ’61 Margaret V. Bancroft ’77 John G. Bleich ’81 Shirley D. Bowers ’50 Clifford R. Brown ’49 Kathleen R. Buckley ’54 Maurice Burke ’53 Howard L. Case ’59 John M. Cassebaum ’62 Dorothy M. Clark ’48 Lynn P. Davies ’80 Margaret J. Davis ’90 Peter A. D’Nicuola ’62 Linda J. Doney ’68 Rita H. Downey ’72 Susan G. Edwards ’75 Damon D. Eppley M’87 Thomas A. Frable ’74 Deborah A. Geiger ’85 James J. Gerrity ’74 David C. Goodman ’84 Mary Alice S. Gross ’72 Gregory A. Gumm M’69

Joseph F. Haenn ’66 William A. Hamlen ’67 Maurice C. Haney ’90 Marian L. Hardgrove ’71 John W. Harford M’73 Ruth R. Hartman ’48 Joseph H. Heiney ’50 Ken M. Hendricks ’62 Ruth A. Henry ’50 Herbert H. Smith ’59 Charles W. Horvath ’74 Hobart B. Hutchins ’53 Cynthia S. Jones ’73 Frank Kelly ’78 Franklin R. Kennedy ’54 Thomas P. Kilduff M’68 Roy P. Kleinle M’65 Richard E. Klinger ’68 Ruth A. Kneiss M’74 Paula J. Kovarick ’78 Harriet A. Lea ’53 Douglas D. Lindenmuth ’58 Arlene M. Linderman ’47 Jean E. Lobb ’74 Margaret Lotus Carroll ’43 Inez J. Lyne ’47 Anthony Marchakitus ‘47


lead the Gophers to the 1968 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship. In 1969, he came to work at East Stroudsburg to teach health and physical education, and became the head coach for cross country and track and field. He served as the dean of the School of Health and Physical Education, and from 1989-1992 was the interim athletics director. He retired from ESU in 1992 and took a job at the U.S. Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., teaching overseas on several occasions. Jean and Dick lived in Fairhope, Ala., during this time, and then lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., before moving to Silver Spring, Md. Among the highlights in his life were receiving an award from NAACP of the Poconos, being honored by the Greater Philadelphia Area Track and Field Coaches Association and working the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a track and field official. He was a founding member of the Poconos Chapter of the Notre Dame Club and also won their Man of the Year Award. The annual DeSchriver Track and Field Indoor Invitational at ESU is named in his honor. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Tom and his wife, Joyce, and their children Adam and Kelsey; Meg and her husband, Jimmy Mason, and their children Noelle and Brady; Gypsy; and Tim and his wife, Kerry Cortelyou.

Kathleen A. McDonald ’76 John S. McKinney ’56 Florence G. Miller ’62 Michel L. Miller M’95 Calvin F. Morgan ’61 Kenneth T. Moyer ’51 Judy E. Mulderig ’64 Warren E. Munoz ’80 James T. Naizby ’57 Dorothy A. Nealon ’59 Jane Nevins Roman ’66 Edward D. Obidinski ’92 Barbara A. O’Keefe ’61 Robert G. Piatt ’61 Joseph T. Piazza ’65 Donna A. Prego ’87 Kevin G. Rake ’05 Gerald F. Reed ’74 Jonathan M. Rusk ’96 Geraldine D. Schoonheim ’40 Barbara L. Schwartzfisher M’89 Phyllis L. Seems ’71 William A. Shafer ’86 Joyce L. Shann M’76 Linda K. Shemery ’68   Robert L. Sheroshek ’68 Stuart W. Slocum ’70

Charlotte A. Slocum ’71 Gilbert A. Smith ’78 Herbert H. Smith ’59 Karen E. Smith ’78 Lillian A. Smith ’70 Sabrina Somogyi Muthard ’95 Mary J. Starner ’55 Byrd J. Stoudt ’58 Todd E. Trudgeon ’82 Karen A. Vanish ’74 Margaret J. Vath ’59 William F. Wash ’51 Brenda J. White ’77 Robert S. Williams ’53 Patricia A. Williamson ’79 Catherine J. Yocum ’47 Edward Zalesky ’54

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IN MEMORIAM Lawrence A. ‘Larry’ Zaccaro Jr. ’77

May 22, 2015

Lawrence A. "Larry" Zaccaro Jr. ’77, of East Stroudsburg, was a former member of the ESU Alumni Board and ESU Foundation Board of Directors. He was the husband of Linnette (May) Zaccaro. He was a graduate of the 1973 class of East Stroudsburg High School and of the 1977 class of East Stroudsburg State College, where he was a Phi Sigma Kappa. Zaccaro had been employed with Banko Beverage for 33 years as a sales representative. He was a member of the BPO Elks 319, where during many years of membership he held a number of different positions including three times as Exalted Ruler. He was also a past member of the IMBA and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 1106. He belonged to the J. Simpson Africa Lodge 628 F&AM, was a Consistory member and member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Wilkes-Barre. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Francis A. Zaccaro; daughter-in-law, Katherine Whitley; grandchildren, Benjamin and Olive Zaccaro; Godson, Sam Zaccaro; and a host of close friends.

E. Craig Sweeten August 7, 2015

in 1981.

E. Craig Sweeten served on the ESU Council of Trustees. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1937. He went to work for the University of Pennsylvania two days after graduation, and was a member of the administration until his retirement

A lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, he served in the Pacific and other stations for four years during World War II. Following his retirement, he spent the next 20 years in the Pocono Mountains in Skytop, serving as a trustee at ESU and a director of the Pocono Medical Center. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Pocono Chamber of Commerce.  He was married for 37 years to Nancy Rafetto Sweeten, vice dean of the College of Women and a member of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph M. Cavanaugh, Ph.D. September 16, 2015 Joseph M. Cavanaugh, Ph.D. was a professor of mathematics at East Stroudsburg University from 1974 to 2011. Even after his official retirement, his commitment to ESU continued as he contributed valuable institutional memory and assisted with data interpretation. During his tenure at ESU, Cavanaugh served in many vital capacities in addition to math professor. He was also chairman of the math department, served as delegate to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, coordinated several Middle States Accreditations, and was associate provost for two years. He was a graduate of Siena College and earned his Ph.D. at Syracuse University. He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren. They include, son, Daniel CollinsCavanaugh, his wife, Alethea and son, Connor of White Plains, Md.; daughter, Rebecca Barger, her husband, William and children Charlotte, Billy and Ryan of Exton, Pa.; daughter, Amy Cavanaugh, her husband, Alvin Rentsch and daughters Eleanor and Finnuala Cavanaugh of Reno, Nev.; and son, Matthew Cavanaugh, his wife, Danielle and daughters Jade Erin Thorning and Mackenzie Cavanaugh, of Stroudsburg. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Cavanaugh of Albany, N.Y. Joe was predeceased by his brother, Ret. Col. C. Gerard Cavanaugh Jr.

Ruth Hartman ’48

November 9, 2015

Ruth Hartman ’48, a former professional baseball player whose league inspired the movie “A League of their Own,” died November 9, 2015, following an automobile crash. A resident of Berks County, she was 89 years old. Known as Ruth “Rocky” Kramer, Hartman pitched for the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1946-47. She played in the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. Hartman became a teacher and coach. She was also known as a champion breeder of Corriedale sheep. 

He leaves behind two daughters, Barbara Lynn Schabel and Jane Elizabeth Gillis; a stepson, Douglas Leach; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

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The Fall/Winter 2015 edition of the Alumni Herald, the campus magazine of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania