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East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Alumni Herald Spring 2015

Volume 25, No. 3

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK What we have accomplished Page 4

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16 | Plan Now for Homecoming 2015 32 | Remembering Dr. Dillman

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Dear Warriors, It is such a joy to see daffodils in bloom and the flowering trees on our campus finally beginning to bud; signs that a new day is upon us at East Stroudsburg University. With the change of seasons and the implementation of the new strategic plan, Students First: Innovate ESU, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished for our students since my arrival in July 2012. The cover story for this issue of the Alumni Herald outlines just a few of the exciting, innovative initiatives that are now in place including the development of a new first-year student orientation program, the opening of a Student Veteran’s Center, and the establishment of a new testing center for students with disabilities. On the enrollment front, ESU has seen an increase in the freshman class and has expanded its recruitment of out-of-state students. We also now provide an array of online services for the convenience of our students, including advising, change of major, and parking permits. Other changes this spring involve Dr. Van A. Reidhead’s decision to return to the classroom after serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs since 2010. As a result, we welcomed a new provost to the university, Joanne Zakartha Bruno, J.D., who brings with her a wealth of experience in higher education. ESU’s athletic training program celebrates its 40th year in 2015, and the professional practice graduate program recently received five-year accreditation. In the story on page 9, you’ll read about the positive impact this nationally recognized program has had on current students and alumni. We are pleased to share with you the stories of some successful ESU alumni, like Commander Robert Windom M’98 and Lieutenant John Pesce ’98, who used their expertise to lend a hand to fight Ebola in West Africa (page 20).

And shortly after graduation, Robert McIntyre ’12, Michelle Tuite ’12, and Kelsey Pulzone ’14 traded the ESU stage for the big stage in New York City (page 18). A few blocks away, James Oshse ’77 ’87 raced to top of Empire State Building for the eighth time, finishing first in his age group (page 17). Meanwhile, Caitlin Stuetz ’14 raced for equality as a member of the only all-female bobsled team in the North American Cup (page 23). Your alma mater is proud of your service and your achievements. As the 2014-2015 academic year comes to a close, know that we are proud to bring you these stories and share with you the details of many exciting events coming your way this year, especially the world premiere concert of the latest arrangements by the legendary Phil Woods (page 11), golf tournaments to benefit ESU athletics, the annual Prince Hall Educational Scholarship Golf Classic and initial plans for Homecoming 2015. Be sure to visit and for updates. Lastly, I hope that you will take an opportunity, soon, to come back to campus and see for yourself all the great things we do for our students, our community, our campus and our graduates. You may also show your continued support of your alma mater and current and future generations of students by making a financial contribution to ESU when you can. Your gifts enable us to continue to make impactful change for generations to come.

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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

STUDENTS FIRST AS ESU INNOVATES The university’s ambitious Strategic Plan puts student success at the top of ESU’s “to do” list.

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 Darlene Farris-LaBar Susie Forrester David Kidwell Tory Stella ‘14 Bob Weidner

PHYSICAL CONNECTIONS Athletic Training Department celebrates its 40th year. MARK THE DATES Homecoming 2015 will be here before you know it, so get it on your calendar now.

Contributors BGA Studios Val Caval ’14 Joe Fite ’76 Caryn S. Fogel ’12 Barbara Marshall Brenda E. Friday, Ph.D. Greg Knowlden M’04 Margaret Peterson Mary Frances Postupack M’93 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 titleix.) 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.



Features New provost joins ESU family............8 The sax heard around the world......11 Racing to the top............................17 Careers on the NYC stage...............18 Grads fight Ebola in West Africa......20 Bobsledder pushes for equity..........23 Departments Alumni Association..............................................2 ESU Foundation...................................................3 Campus News................................................ 9-15 Alumni News................................................ 16-22 Upcoming Events.............................................. 16 Warrior Spirit............................................... 23-28 Class Notes....................................................... 29 Marriages.......................................................... 29 In Memoriam............................................... 30-32

ON THE COVER: Taking a closer look at the Strategic Plan, Students First: Innovate ESU. Photo by David Kidwell

REMEMBERING DR. DILLMAN The ESU community gathered in January to remember retired ESU President Robert J. Dillman, Ph.D., who passed away in November. Dr. Dillman served as president of ESU from 1996 to 2012.


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Help a student — Fund a scholarship By Joe Fite ’76 If you look back at your days as a student at East Stroudsburg University or East Stroudsburg State College or East Stroudsburg State Teachers College (I don’t think we have any alumni who go back to the Normal School days), you no doubt have many fond memories of your time in the Poconos. Maybe it was skiing at Camelback, grabbing a hamburger at Buck’s, catching the Earth, Wind & Fire concert at the fieldhouse, or hanging out at everybody’s favorite bar, Rudy’s. But those things took money, which I didn’t have a lot of during my college days. I have to say I wasn’t aware of on-campus employment opportunities, other than kids pushing mops at the fieldhouse for Dr. Frank Pullo ’73 M’76 or scooping mashed potatoes as food service employees at Dansbury Commons. I wish I had been aware. It might have made life a lot easier. Good thing I had an understanding girlfriend who slipped me money throughout my college career. (We got married, and now I slip her my paycheck every two weeks!) Anyway, if you can remember struggling to make ends meet, you can make it easier for our current students. Please consider funding a scholarship. For as little as $500, you can fund an annual scholarship for a deserving student. Working with the ESU Office of University Advancement and the ESU Foundation, you set up the criterion as to how the scholarship will be awarded. Perhaps the student can use the money to offset the cost of books or tuition and fees. If you would like to contribute to an existing scholarship, simply indicate on your check where you would like the money to go. This is especially useful

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

BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED Are you looking to become more involved with your alma mater? Do you want to help connect ESU alumni across the country? The Alumni Association seeks new members like you! The 29-member board represents a range of classes and meets at least four times a year. The board supports the university by engaging, connecting and celebrating ESU’s alumni, friends and supporters. The board also promotes programs and events through the Office of Alumni Engagement and alumni chapters throughout the country. Apply at if you would like to help our athletic teams that lose athletes to other schools because they are able to offer scholarships and we are not. There are all kinds of opportunities through the ESU Foundation, from estate planning to endowment and beyond. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 253 endowed scholarships totaling $259,624 and 235 annual scholarships totaling $292,397 were awarded to ESU students. Let’s work together to see that number grow. Contact the Advancement office at 570-422-7000 and someone will be glad to help point you in the right direction. Help make a student’s experience at ESU more enjoyable with one less thing to worry about.  Fite is the Communications Committee chair for the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Jack P. Childs, III ’67

Dr. Ronald W. Prann ’84

Edward J. Curvey ’63

Ashley L. Puderbach ’09 M’10

Kelly E. Dries ’08

Ritchey J. Ricci ’65 M’72

Dan H. Gale, Jr. ’06

Thomas L. Sabetta, Jr. ’09

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

Ronald D. Steckel ’71

Frank E. Johnson ’74

David A. Super ’80

Dawn Ketterman-Benner ’70

Richard D. Vroman ’67

Deborah A. Kulick ’80 Johanna Mazlo ’91 Maury J. Molin ’76

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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 Michael Pullo ’73 M’76 Dr. Faye Soderberg ’58 Virginia Sten ’71 John E. Woodling ’68 M’76

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The Seventh Annual Scholarship Luncheon drew its largest crowd in history, welcoming more than 350 student scholarship recipients, donors and parents. Trudi Denlinger ’70, member of the 1893 Legacy Society, spoke on the importance of giving back to ESU.

Scholarship Luncheon connects students to donors For Emily Creveling, every scholarship she is awarded is another step toward her dream. If it were not for financial assistance, Creveling could not aspire to be a catering director who travels around the world. She is not the only one whose dreams live through scholarships. “There are so many students who would not step foot on campus if it were not for those who donate to the university,” she said. To acknowledge the donors, ESU hosted its seventh annual Scholarship Luncheon on April 19 at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg. More than 350 guests attended, a record number. Held in collaboration with the ESU Foundation, the event honored the 242 donors who provided scholarship support to more than 360 students, and provided a way for recipients and their families to thank their donors in person. “Sometimes all a college student needs is someone who believes they can succeed,” said William Merring, a senior majoring in biology. “I think every donor believes in the future of their recipients — to me that means more than anything.” The university awarded more than $626,884 in scholarships this academic year, an increase of more than $100,000 from last year.

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For some donors, giving back just feels like the right thing to do. “I was blessed to be raised in an environment where my parents, though of moderate means, gave whatever they could — time, service, a smile, or money — to others less fortunate,” said Nancy Weaver, ’74, Ph.D., assistant to the vice president of student affairs.”I have learned to give when possible.” Weaver, an ESU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, is passionate about basketball, so it made perfect sense for her to invest in the coaching staff and their players. She sponsors the annual 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Men’s Basketball Scholarship, among others.“The luncheon gave us an opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students, and to thank the parents who have made tremendous sacrifices and put their trust in the value of an ESU education,” President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., said.

The crowd heard from keynote speaker William Walker, creator of the Robert C. Walker III ’97 annual and endowed scholarships; Trudi Denlinger ’70, member of the 1893 Legacy Society, and scholarship recipient Brittany Washington, a senior speech-language pathology major. The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) underwrote the cost of the luncheon for family members. “I continue to be deeply humbled and inspired by the many students I meet on our campus who tell me of their personal challenges and the impact scholarships make on their ability to pursue a career path that was once just a dream,” said Welsh. “Thanks to our donors, these students will lead successful lives and they will always remember the scholarships that helped them to achieve a high quality education.”

ESU Foundation Board of Directors Robert Willever ’75 Chairman

Harry F. Lee, Esq. Council of Trustees Liaison

John J. Sickler, Jr. ’93 Vice Chairman

William B. Cramer, Esq.

Chris Yeager ’74, Secretary Alumni Association Liaison Robert A. Shebelsky Treasurer

Roger L. DeLarco ’80 James Evans ’07 Marilouise McNally Dr. Frank M. Pullo ’73 M’76

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


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Students first. Innovation. Reaching higher on all fronts under

By Barbara Marshall When President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., was asked to summarize her accomplishments at ESU since she took office July 1, 2012, it turned out to be a very long list. From a new strategic vision for the university to using Twitter to keep in touch with students, nothing has been too large or small for review, evaluation and improvement. And while Dr. Welsh is quick to say there is still much to be done, the achievements are impressive.

Strategic plans A major accomplishment has been the creation of a new strategic plan. The title of the plan, “Students First: Innovate ESU,” is also an apt summary of the work of the past three years. The first principle that drives ESU forward, Welsh stresses, is the recognition that “Everything we do is for our students.” Hand-in-hand with student focus

comes the push to innovative programs, partnerships and services, and the engagement of the entire ESU community in positive change. The five-year strategic plan is designed to be dynamic, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and its development involved all ESU constituencies, including students. A corollary to the university’s strategic plan is a new strategic plan for the division of academic affairs. (Both are available to read online.) According to Alberto Cardelle, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences, who chaired that effort, input from 120 faculty members created 19 initiatives in areas of synergy with the university’s plan. Goals include creation of a collaborative center for interdisciplinary studies, a new center for community engagement to increase alumni involvement in academic areas, and an online process for curriculum approval.

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. Community. President Welsh Students come first Along with strategic visioning, many tangible improvements have been made across campus, many designed to directly impact student satisfaction. Doreen Tobin, D.Ed., vice president of student affairs, ticks off an impressive list of changes: n A “much more robust” First-Year Student Orientation n New technology and a new testing center to better assist disabled students n Increased student participation in the Women’s Center following new programming and the move to a new location n A new Student Veteran’s Center n Ongoing efforts to improve programs and raise more funding for 500 student-athletes in 20 ESU sports.

In academics, ESU launched a new, completely online master’s program in professional and new media writing. ESU and The Commonwealth Medical College received a $1.5 million grant to create a collaborative M.D./Master of Public Health dualdegree program focused on improving community and rural health care in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Matching resources to needs With the goal of making “resources match what our students need,” Dr. Welsh says ESU took a hard look at majors and departments, eliminating several majors and combining several departments and programs. Continued on Page 6

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Focus on enrollment

The digital media technologies program (formerly media communication and technology) moved from the College of Education to the College of Business and Management to maximize connections with the current business environment. A new interdisciplinary minor in geographic information systems (GIS) capitalizes on the geography department’s overlap with history, business, economics, public health, and more. ES

After several years of overall enrollment declines, caused chiefly by decreases in the graduate program in education, fall 2014 saw the largest freshman class since 2011, a 6.2 percent increase over 2013 and a 4.38 percent increase in Pennsylvania residents. ESU has also expanded its recruiting of out-of-state students and has the most diverse student body in the PASSHE system, with a rate of 28 percent. David Bousquet, vice president of enrollment management, cites improvements including the opening of the ESU Lehigh Valley Center as well as increased efforts to accommodate campus visits at nontraditional hours and “Instant Decision Days” at high schools. New articulation, or transfer, agreements were signed with several community colleges, including a novel “reverse transfer” so students who transfer before completing an associate degree can also earn that credential along with their bachelor’s degree. Other significant improvements in campus systems and services that impact both students and faculty include:





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In touch with the community Alumni engagement has also made strides, and last fall’s revamped Homecoming celebration was a huge success. Mary Frances Postupack M’93, vice president of economic development and research support, says ESU has worked on building relationships with alumni and stakeholders “to identify internship, externship and mentorship opportunities for our students.” New community partnerships have emerged, including the “Made in the Poconos” campaign to promote economic development in the region. ESU established Innovator of the Year and Faculty Innovator of the Year Awards with the Greater Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce (see Page 12), and ESU’s new Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History is a resource to both students and the region. With an eye to improving town and gown relationships, Welsh and teams of ESU staff knocked on the doors of some 200 residences in the area. In an effort

to get to know the university’s neighbors, the president and staff advised students living off campus on ways to be a good neighbor, and discussed any concerns that local community members may have “We hope to double the number of neighbors we meet next year,” Welsh says. “We all have a role to play,” says Bousquet about campus engagement in the focus on students, noting that it involves everyone from groundskeeper to president. Tobin notes that Welsh “doesn’t just express ‘students first.’ She lives ‘students first.’” And students agree. Staci-Jo Palek ’15, notes that the president “actively wants to listen to students, getting feedback and making changes. I’ve seen nothing but positive changes.” Drew Johnson ’16, president of Student Senate, who was part of the strategic planning process, adds, “We were definitely listened to. I see my thoughts on that paper.” And Johnson says about ESU what President Welsh loves to hear. “It’s very, very student-centered.” 

Photos above, from left: The Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History, located in the Science and Technology Center, is a community resource. The new 3D printing lab is all about innovation. The Warriors Marching Band is an integral part of the revamped Homecoming activities on campus each year.

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New provost joins ESU family By Val Caval ’14 Joanne Zakartha Bruno, J.D., was named provost and vice president of academic affairs in January. “East Stroudsburg University is fortunate to have someone of Provost Bruno’s experience and academic background,” said President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “We welcome her to our university and we look forward to her fresh, innovative methods.” In early March, Bruno replaced Van Reidhead, Ph.D., who served ESU as the chief academic officer for all educational activities related to undergraduate and graduate programs since August 2010. Bruno looks forward to “sustaining the momentum at ESU to meet the president’s vision to really focus on students first and make ESU the best university in the State System.” With an overall mission to provide excellent education for students in mind, Bruno looks to help provide the landscape where faculty and students can engage in exciting, learning opportunities. “It takes an academic village to really provide a successful learning experience for our students so that they find success in their futures,” she said. “We need to work together and I hope to play a role in strengthening and

enhancing our academic village.” Before she came to ESU, Bruno worked in the office of academic affairs at New Jersey City University for close to 20 years. There, she had the opportunity to lead two successful Middle States Commission on Higher Education self-studies; coordinate three Periodic Review Reports; support grant initiatives through federal and state grants; recruit and hire faculty with an increased emphasis on research backgrounds; and lead the university’s recent strategic plan initiative. Bruno’s journey to her position as provost and vice president of academic affairs was not the usual path of faculty to dean to provost. Academic affairs sparked her interest while preparing for an academic paper, focusing on sociology of law in simpler societies, as a graduate student at Columbia University. Having earned her law degree from Rutgers University Law School, Bruno admits that she entered academics with some apprehension, since she does not hold a doctoral degree. But she says she ended up finding great acceptance in the academic community and was able to “appreciate, recruit and retain highly qualified faculty over the years.”

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HOORAY FOR 40 YEARS: Kneeling in front, from left, are instructor Sara Burgos, Ashley Winkelspecht and Thomas Oswald. Standing, from left:Gerard Rozea, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair; Ellen Pieper, Steven Malvasi, Joseph Roth, Melissa Frixione, Lauren Terpak, Kelly Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor, Kevin Casebolt, Ph.D., professor, Cameron Angstadt, Robert Beach, Deryck Snyder, Michael Trotta, Tyrell Thompson and Mark Victoria.

PHYSICAL CONNECTIONS Athletic Training celebrates 40th year By Val Caval ’14 When East Stroudsburg University senior Steven Malvasi was 14 years old, he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. A rough afternoon at track practice led a teenager with a scraped up knee to his first visit with an athletic trainer. Among the hours spent with his athletic trainer, along with a fascination for the human body and love for sports, Malvasi was hooked on the profession. “In those moments, I discovered what athletic training meant and knew I couldn’t do anything else,” he said. After a few years, Malvasi decided to pursue his passion for athletic training at ESU. “I wanted to go to a university with a national reputation for athletic training where I would not be just another statistic,” he said. Four years later, Malvasi is

confident that the department, which has been preparing athletic training students since 1975, was the perfect fit for him. The Athletic Training Department, founded by John R. Thatcher ’69 and Lois E. Wagner ’71, along with Mertice Shane, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and has seasoned with age. Both nationally recognized and accredited, the department is home to more than 200 undergraduate and 40 graduate majors. “Even with all the students in our major, the faculty wants to get to know every single one of us,” Malvasi said. noting that he has made lifelong friendships among professors, classmates and alumni. “As president of the athletic training honor society, I strive to connect current students with alumni who are out and employed within the field,”

he said. ESU’s athletic training alumni have become some of the profession’s strongest leaders in education and research all over the country. Erik Nason ’96 headed to Illinois State University after ESU. Shortly after receiving his graduate degree in athletic training, Nason landed at NASA, where he spent 17 years. “My time at ESU had the greatest impact on my career,” Nason said. “When I look back, I see that the department taught me the value of education and provided many hands-on learning opportunities.” Now serving as president of the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Nason is the full-time athletic training manager at First Medical Group in Florida. He advised his last intern to apply to ESU. “There aren’t too many Continued on Page 10

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Athletic Training presents research in Dublin John M. Hauth, Ed.D., distinguished professor emeritus of athletic training, and Brian Gloyeske and Ashley Winkelspecht, both temporary instructors of athletic training, presented their original research at the 2014 World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) meeting in Dublin in September. To present at the conference, all abstracts underwent a peer-reviewed submission process. Based on the topic, submissions were accepted for either oral or poster presentations. Authors of posters made informal, two- to three-minute presentations of their work to examining judges at an appointed time. Oral presentations were shared during parallel or main conference proceedings. For Dr. Hauth, attending this conference was a “way to connect with people across the globe to strengthen ESU’s athletic training program and provide students with additional opportunities to travel and engage in exchange programs.” He presented the findings of his co-authored study titled “The Effectiveness of Selected Tools on

Facemask Removal Time and Efficacy of the Riddell QRS Facemask Attachment System,” a recent football facemask innovation designed to allow for fast and easy access to an athlete’s airway. Gloyeske presented his clinical case study, “Neck Pain in a 24-Year-Old Indoor Professional Football Player” during the delegate scientific presentations section on the first day of the conference. “It was great to represent ESU on the international level and present some of the research we’ve been conducting,” he said. “More importantly, we met some wonderful colleagues, and established some exciting relationships that will provide more international opportunities for our students in the future.” Winkelspecht presented her original research, “The Effects of Yoga and Pilates on Dynamic Postural Control” during the conference’s sports injury and rehabilitation session. She was honored during the closing ceremonies with first prize for her presentation during the adjudicated parallel sessions. 

Athletic Training celebrates 40th year Continued from Page 9 schools that have 40 years of athletic training behind them,” he said. “ESU’s program just shows sustained excellence — I would send students there any day.” Felicia Twiford ’12 echoes those sentiments. “Our athletic training department always felt like one big family,” she said. “Professors and students helped each other — we did whatever it took to make sure we would all succeed.” Twiford is a full-time athletic trainer with Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, N.C.— a job she was offered during her last semester at ESU. “I am so grateful to my clinical instructors at ESU and the amount of hours I spent in clinical rotations,” she said. “I have no doubt that after 40 years, our department will continue to exceed expectations.” Gerard Rozea, Ph.D., ’96 M’97, department chairperson and associate professor of athletic training, intends to make sure the department keeps up with expectations. Rozea say he grew up in the athletic training department when a student at ESU himself, and noted that he came here because the university shared his vision. “Even then I was impressed with the legacy and integrity of the program,” he said. “Over the years,

I’ve watched it evolve and stay ahead of the curve in education.” Most recently, the department’s Professional Practice graduate program received the maximum five-year accreditation, under the direction of Associate Professor of Athletic Training Keith Vanic, Ph.D., ’94. “We will continue to be innovative and creative in our effort to sustain the tradition of excellence in athletic training,” Rozea said. With a proven track record, it’s safe to say the athletic training department at ESU at 40 won’t be suffering from a mid-life crisis any time soon.

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THE SAX heard around the world By Val Caval ’14

Comforted by shelves filled with hundreds of books, racks crowded with CDs, and natural oak walls that display photographs and art, Phil Woods, 83, takes a seat on his couch and reflects on his life to date. “Every day inspires me,” he said. “I get up every morning and give myself a round of applause.”Woods knew he would spend his life playing music when he was 12. His first teacher, Harvey LaRose, taught him almost everything he knows, he says, and is because of LaRose that Woods fell in love with jazz and playing the saxophone. His career took full force during World War II. In those days, Woods remembers singing along to all the songs on the radio with his family and appreciating music as a powerful force that brought families together. The world-renowned musician has been playing saxophone for over 60 years, nominated for seven Grammy awards and won four. He was honored as a composer by the National Endowment for the Arts with the prestigious Jazz Master Fellowship Award. He will make his next appearance at ESU’s Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on May 17, which will be the debut of the World Premiere Saxophone Celebration.

“I am excited about this concert with some of the best Pocono saxophonists in the business-and having Phil Markowitz, an international jazz musician, is the cherry on the top,” Woods said. All the music played will be his original work. The hardest and best part of being a musician is composing, Woods says. He started writing music shortly after learning to play the sax, immersing himself in the process of creating a unique sound. Woods’ career has taken him far beyond the Poconos. He lived in France for five years,has traveled all over Europe, and has visited many other countries, including Iran and Japan. “My wife could never afford to pay me to be a musician at home, so traveling the world became a normal lifestyle,” he said. In 1973 he returned to the Poconos, always one of his favorite places for music. Woods credits the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, billed as the oldest continuous running jazz club in the world, as the venue that brings the vibrant local music community together. Whether performing in the Poconos or across the world, 60 years of experience doesn’t mean he doesn’t still get nervous before every show. “If you’re not nervous, you’re not doing it right,” he said. “I am an old man playing the saxophone — I have to remind myself to not fall off the stage.” Spending most of his life marching to the sound of his saxophone, Woods says he’s been blessed with having had a “magnificent” journey. “I treat every day like it’s my last and every gig PHIL WOODS: like it’s my last because A SAXOPHONE CELEBRATION I’ve learned that every May 17, 2015 moment is sacred and VIP Reception 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. sweet,” he said.  Concert 1:30-3 p.m. Tickets:

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ESU meant business at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Bizzy Awards last fall. From left: Innovator of the Year Antoni Jakubowski, president of Integnol, LLC, one of ESU’s Business Accelerator companies; President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; Innovator of the Year David Good ’11; and Faculty Innovators of the Year Joni Oye-Benintende and Darlene Farris-LaBar, both associate professors of art + design.

FOUR ESU INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS were presented by President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., in September at the ninth annual Bizzy Awards, a competition among the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce member businesses.

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Sterling Strauser’s Pocono Mountains

With a Special Tribute to Dorothy Strauser Friday, June 5, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Sterling Strauser Gallery at East Stroudsburg University ESU Innovation Center 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 w Wine w Food Sampling from the Pocono Region w Live and Silent Auctions w

$50 per person

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ESU Faculty Innovators of the Year — The first Faculty Innovator of the Year Awards were presented to Joni OyeBenintende, associate professor and chair of art + design, and to Darlene FarrisLaBar, associate professor of art + design, for their work in planning and developing the G3Design Lab, a 3-D printing, design and fabrication lab. ESU Innovators of the Year — The third annual award for entrepreneurs participating in the ESU Business Accelerator Program went to David Good ’11, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He founded “The Good Project,” a nonprofit company that promotes fairtrade initiatives to remote indigenous groups. Good and his mother, Yarima, are members of the Yanomamo tribe of southeastern Venezuela. The tribe is one of the last societies living with almost no contact with the outside world. The second Innovator of the Year Award went to Antoni Jakubowski, president of Integnol, LLC, one of ESU’s Business Accelerator companies. The company provides proprietary business management solutions for many industry sectors — including renewable energy, woodworking, and advanced manufacturing. Integnol has completed more than 2,000 projects in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Jakubowski has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry in the U.S., Sweden, Japan, Canada, Dubai, England, and Germany. 

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Record crowd attends Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast received third place; and Zackery Rodriguez and Maggie Brower of East Stroudsburg High School North were awarded an honorable mention. The Gertrude Mary Smith Boddie Scholarship recipients were Raymond Ocasio, a senior majoring in biology from Allentown, Marisa Pagan-Figueroa, a senior majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in International Studies from Bethlehem, and Aalih Hussein, a senior majoring in social work and sociology with a minor in women’s studies from East Stroudsburg. Sarah Batool Khan, a graduate student studying professional and secondary education, received the East Stroudsburg University Student Award. Like Khan, Community Member Award recipient Faith Waters Kimes,

Ed.D., spent a lot of her time on ESU’s campus. Waters came to ESU’s department of professional and secondary education in 1989 after serving as principal of Pocono Mountain High School. She was co-founder and co-director of ESU’s Center for Teaching and Learning and spent most of her life engrossed in the betterment of education. The second Community Member Award recipient, Kevin Hughes, took the business route post earning his MBA from Temple University. In his lifetime, Hughes was a businessman at the Hughes Printing Company and later an entrepreneur. Currently, he spends his time focused on “improving the quality of life of Monroe County citizens through the Dale and Frances Hughes Foundation.” 

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The ESU community celebrated its 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast with the largest crowd in history on January 19. David Crosby Jr., founder and lead pastor of Community Church in Tobyhanna, and the keynote speaker for this event, addressed approximately 430 people. The recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and the Gertrude Mary Smith Boddie Scholarships and the winners of the Julianna V. Bolt Art Contest were announced at the breakfast. There were 61 entries to the Julianna V. Bolt art contest this year. Kristan Lai of Pleasant Valley High School earned first place; Sierra Davis of Stroudsburg High School landed in second place; Shannon Simpson of Pleasant Valley High School

Artwork by Kristan Lai of Pleasant Valley High School earned first place in the Julianna V. Bolt Art Contest held in conjunction with ESU’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast, which this year attracted its largest crowd in history.

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PROFESSOR NAMED TO AAUW PANEL Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., professor of political science, is serving on the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships Selection Panel for 2015-2017. Adams served as a guest panelist last year. AAUW panelists identify promising scholars and advise the organization on developments in graduate education.

READING PROFESSOR PUBLISHES 17th BOOK Maureen McLaughlin, Ed.D., professor of reading, is publishing her 17th book, focusing on motivating and teaching struggling readers in grades 3 to 8. McLaughlin, a nationally renowned literacy expert, is past president of the International Reading Association, an organization that promotes literacy worldwide.

ROGERS EARNS ENVIRONMENTAL HONOR Elaine Rogers, D.Ed., chair and professor of recreation services management, won the 2014 Rose Schoch Award from the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund and the superintendent’s award for her service on the Citizens Advisory Commission to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 

From left: Erick Garcia’14, student commencement speaker for the December 2014 ceremony; Elaine Shuey, Ph.D., professor and chair of speech-language pathology who was the grand marshal for winter commencement; President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and Northampton Community College President Mark Erickson, Ph.D., the keynote speaker.

ESU GRADUATES 529 AT WINTER COMMENCEMENT East Stroudsburg University awarded 446 bachelor’s degrees and 78 master’s degrees at its winter commencement ceremony in December. Five students earned the doctor of education through collaboration with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Leading the procession at the ceremony for both graduate and undergraduate students was grand marshal Elaine Shuey, Ph.D., professor and chair of speech-language pathology. The keynote speaker was Northampton Community College President Mark Erickson, Ed.D. Erick Garcia ’14, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and applied mathematics, was the student speaker.


PROVOST BACK IN CLASS Van A. Reidhead, Ph.D., stepped out of the administrative hub to finish out his career where it all began: inside the classroom. In August he resigned from his position as provost and made a decision to go back to teaching. “There are not many people who have that special opportunity to work with young adults and help build their knowledge and skills,” Reidhead said. “Being a faculty member is an extraordinary privilege that allows you to use your knowledge and play a role in the development of a rising generation.” 

Why do humans act the way they do? Robert McKenzie, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of communication studies, wrote147 columns for the Pocono Record focused on human behavior. He never found the answer to his question — he published all of his columns in a book instead. “Rounding Some Corners” also serves as a fundraiser for the newly established ESU Broadcasting Scholarship.

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ESU News BIOLOGY PROFESSOR STUDYING RATTLESNAKES Biology professor Thomas C. LaDuke, Ph.D., was awarded a $221,329 grant from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to conduct a three-year population study of the state’s timber rattlesnakes. LaDuke and his team set up a monitoring program to watch for population decline. Two students, Kevin Juchno, a biology graduate student from Yardley, and Corey Janusz, a senior majoring in Biology from Basking Ridge, N.J., are part of the team for this study. They will join Shixiong Hu, Ph.D., professor of geography, and other volunteers who will monitor the rattlesnakes.

SAVE THE DATE Linda Wisner, right, and her daughter Heather with a photo found in the alumni archives of Linda’s grandfather, Coach Frank P. Maguire.

SEARCHING FOR THE ESU CONNECTION Linda Wisner of Hummelstown recently accompanied her granddaughter Heather Wisner on a campus visit, as Heather is considering enrolling this fall. While on campus, they stopped by the Alumni Center to see if they could find any information on Linda’s grandfather, Frank P. Maguire, who was the men’s basketball coach in 1919. The two were thrilled to find a photo in the alumni archives of Maguire and the team.  The Office of Alumni Engagement welcomes alumni, and friends of ESU to drop by the Alumni Center to search for treasures in the archives. Call 570-422-7000 and we’ll do our best to help locate that sentimental piece of history.

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Bring that ESU Warrior spirit to Coca Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs IRON PIGS VS. NORFOLK TIDES Saturday, August 1, 2015 u Game time 6:35 p.m. Connect with ESU students, alumni, faculty and staff. ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., will throw out the first pitch. Special alumni seating section will be offered. Pre-registration available beginning in May. Call 570-422-7000 for details. Be among the first 3,000 entrants to receive a special edition Iron Pigs BACON HAT, courtesy of ESU! Coca Cola Park 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown, PA


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stroudsburg, Pa.

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Mark these dates, and check online for details and as events are added.


The Class of 1965 celebrates its “Golden Grad” anniversary at the Alumni Awards & Reunion Banquet on Friday, October 16. Serve on the CLASS of 1965 REUNION COMMITTEE Contact or 570-422-3332

Friday, October 16 n Remembrance Day Ceremony n Warrior Bonfire and Pep Rally, Old Rugby Field n Annual Alumni Awards and Class of 1965 Reunion Banquet, 5 to 9 p.m.. Saturday, October 17 n Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony n Alumni Tailgate, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., behind Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall n Homecoming Football Game ESU vs. Millersville, 2:05 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium.

U p co m i n g Events


Sterling Strauser’s Pocono Mountains with Special Tribute to Dorothy Strauser

6 to 8 p.m., Strauser Gallery, ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg | 570-422-7000

Athletic Golf Tournament to benefit ESU Women’s Sports

Pocono Farms Country Club, 7000 Lake Rd., Tobyhanna 570-422-7000


Athletic Golf Tournament to benefit ESU Soccer

Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Rd., Mount Pocono | 570-422-7000


Athletic Golf Tournament to benefit ESU Baseball

Great Bear Golf Club, One Great Bear Way, East Stroudsburg | 570-422-7000

Check and frequently as events are added throughout the year.


ESU Night with the Iron Pigs 6:35 p.m., Coca Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way, Allentown | 570-422-7000


The 25th Annual Prince Hall Educational Scholarship Golf Classic

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee Inn Dr., Shawnee-on-Delaware | 570-422-7000


Athletic Golf Tournament to benefit ESU Men’s Basketball

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee Inn Dr., Shawnee-on-Delaware | 570-422-3689

ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED Every year during Homecoming the ESU Alumni Association recognizes 11 alumni for their professional and service achievements at the Annual Alumni Awards and Reunion Banquet. Nominations are being accepted until May 31, 2015. Read more about the awards and submit nominations at:


Monroe County Economic Summit 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg 570-422-7920


Annual Legacy Brunch and Pinning Ceremony

10 a.m. to Noon Strauser Gallery, ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg | 570-422-7000


Athletic Golf Tournament to benefit ESU Football

Wolf Hollow at the Water Gap Country Club, 288 Mountain Rd., Delaware Water Gap 570-422-7000

NOVEMBER 10, 11 and 12

12th Annual Warriors Athletic Auction 6 to 10 p.m., McGarry Communications Center Broadcast live | 570-422-3642

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By Val Caval ’14

As a boy, James Ochse ’77 ’87 chased his grandpa’s cows around the farm. He loved the feeling of his feet hitting the dirt road and the freedom of running in a wide open space. “Back in the day, we did not have a lot of hightech gadgets,” he said. “Running was my form of entertainment.” On February 4, Ochse completed his eighth Empire State Building Run-Up, where runners race 1,576 steps to the top of the iconic skyscraper.. He won the inaugural event in 1980, clocking a time of 12 minutes, 19 seconds. He won again in 1982, with a time of 11:42. This year, Ochse finished first in his age group (6064), and says this race was his last. Ochse says ESU prepared him for his

victories and the rest of his life, as he learned from professors with philosophies that helped him steer toward his goals. Ochse ran on the cross-country team, and met legendary track coach Dick DeSchriver, who became a mentor. He graduated with a degree in environmental studies in 1977, and returned to college to earn a second degree in physical education and athletic training 10 years later. Ochse says his classes were a little different the second time around. “I felt like a big brother to most of my classmates,” he said. “I had grown up a lot and it allowed me to bring a new perspective to the classroom.” After working in athletic training in spots around the country, he

returned to Pennsylvania in 1999 to work at DeSales University. After 11 years, Osche left to open his own personal training business, James W. Ochse Fitness and Consulting, to coach runners and develop programs specific to their skills. Among Ochse’s own influences were New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard and Olympic marathoner Ted Corbitt. “I met Ted Corbitt in 1976 in New York City — he saw my potential and became my mentor,” he said. “Arthur Lydiard also gave me a lot of good advice and helped me become a nationally ranked ultra-marathoner from 1980-1985.” With the Building Run-Up now behind him, Ochse intends to concentrate on being “an ordinary person who does extraordinary things.” 

James Ochse ’77 ’87, a nationally ranked ultramarathoner in his youth, won the first Empire State Building Runup in 1980 (shown) and won the event again in 1982. This year he completed the run for the eighth time, and took first place in his age class.

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Three managing careers on NYC stage By Val Caval ’14 Bright lights and big cities called the names of three ESU theater graduates — giving them a shot at life in the city that never sleeps and a few stories to tell. Why would a theater major move to New York City? For sheer amount of work available in theater and dance, according to Robert McIntyre ’12. While pursuing his dual degrees in theater and business, McIntyre discovered the position of stage manager. All theatermajors take a course called stage management, taught by Margaret Ball, D.M.A., associate professor and chair of the Theatre Department. “Stage managers are the unsung heroes of the theater — a play truly does not ‘go on’ without the guidance of a stage manager,” she said. McIntyre’s interest and training in this field led him to internships at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. McIntyre now works as a production stage manager with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, a moderndance touring company. In the past few months he has traveled to Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont and Ireland. On top of that workload, he freelances with Stephen Petronio Company of New York, and has toured with that dance company to the West Coast. Living a fast-paced lifestyle with long work hours is something McIntyre learned to get used to. “I’ll admit it’s sometimes hard to juggle my schedule,” he said. “But I am young, and I love everything about my life at this time.” He’s not the only one enjoying big-city living. Michelle Tuite ’12 saw her first Broadway play when she was a freshman at ESU, and just a few months ago headed to New York to seek opportunities in stage management. Tuite spent the last two seasons at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., where she was a stage management resident in the 2012-2013 and able to work with professional actors and stage managers. She returned for the 2013-2014 season as production assistant.

Last fall, after joining the Actors’ Equity Association union, Tuite returned to Long Wharf to serve as the substitute assistant stage manager for a production of “Our Town.” She decided to take the next step and head to New York. While she immediately got a job working backstage on Playwright’s Horizon production of “Pocatello,” Tuite admits the opportunity did not come cheaply. “The biggest challenge I am facing right now is the cost of living,” she laughed. “New York City is not the most affordable place to live, so learning how to budget becomes crucial.” Tuite credits her time at ESU for giving her the experience she needed to succeed in her post-grad life. “The theater program at ESU allowed me to develop relationships with professors who really want to see their students succeed,” she said. During her time at ESU, Tuite completed several internships with professional theater companies like People’s Light and Theatre in Philadelphia and several summer stock theatres in Pennsylvania and Maine. These experiences helped to cement her passion for the field. Yoshinori Tanokura, associate professor of theater who teaches Scenic and Costume Design, is in charge of helping students find the right internships. Tanokura, a nationally recognized designer with a thriving career in professional theater, says that there are many exciting career choices in the technical side of the business, such as lighting, sound, technical direction, scenic painting and carpentry and hopes more young people realize the job potential in this field. ESU is located so close to both New York and Philadelphia – it makes this an ideal school to attend. Kelsey Pulzone ’14 echoes Tuite’s view of the role ESU played in her success. “The ESU theatre department provides handson learning,” she said. “You’re not just sitting in a classroom and watching someone work —– you’re shown how to do something and then given the opportunity to try it for yourself.” While a student, Pulzone won a national Stage Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. After graduation, she head-

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➤ Alumni entrepreneurs

The ESU Business Accelerator, Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, and Alumni Engagement Office are looking for innovative, creative, entrepreneurial alumni for the ESU ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR NETWORK, which will connect ESU entrepreneurs to other alumni, students, faculty and the community for mentorships, internships, graduate assistantships, research collaboration and entrepreneurial programs. Contact Michael Gildea, director, Business Accelerator and Entrepreneurship, at 570-422-7953 or

➤ Career Development mentors From left on Broadway are theatre alumni Robert McIntyre ’12, Michelle Tuite ’12, and Kelsey Pulzone ’14, who all moved to New York City shortly after walking off the graduation stage at ESU.

ed to New York to intern at the New York Fringe Festival, and has since worked with the New York Deaf Theatre Company and the Present Theatre Company, Inc. She recently finished working on a film and working as assistant stage manager on an off-Broadway production for the Abington Theatre Company. Pulzone says her life in the city has been filled with amazing people in an amazing industry. All three of these students had the chance to polish their skills working on shows designed by Professor Tanokura, and directed by Dr. Ball, Susan O’Hearn, professor of theatre, and Stephanie Daventry-French, professor of theater. “All of us are incredibly proud of the success these hard working theater alumni are experiencing — we look forward to watching them develop in the exciting career paths they have chosen,” she said. McIntyre shared some advice that might help future ESU theater alumni engage in equally amazing opportunities. “Put your all into everything you do,” he said. “You never know who is watching you or what opportunities might pop up out of the smallest things — take advantage of it all.” 

The ESU Career Development Center invites alumni to: — Gain access to job postings designed specifically for ESU alumni. Contact Luke Zeigler at 570-422-3035 or to set up your Warrior Careers Account. — Volunteer your time at networking, speaking, and job shadowing events. Help current students achieve professional success tomorrow, by providing mentorship today!

➤ 90.3 WESS alumni Were you involved with 90.3 WESS when you attended ESU? Current students and recent graduates would love to network with professionals in broadcasting or communications. If you would like to share your experiences with future broadcasters, please contact Mike Cuff, WESS alumni director, at

➤ ESU Legacy families If a member of your family (child, parent, sibling, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or grandparent) attended ESU, and you are either a current student or an alumnus or alumna, then your family is an ESU Legacy Family. If you are part of an ESU Legacy family, let us know so we can update our records and make sure you are invited to the Legacy Family Brunch & Pinning Ceremony on September 19, 2015. Register your Legacy Family at or call 570-422-7000. 

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Cmdr. Robert Windom M’98, left, and Lt. John Pesce ’98, are members of the Monrovia Medical Unit, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which is fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Behind them are the flags, from left, of Liberia, the United States, and the UPSHS.

ESU grads fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa It’s hot and humid, the kind of day when you sweat through your socks before lunch. The days were long and exhausting for Cmdr. Robert Windom M’98 and Lt. John Pesce ’98 as they fought the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, Liberia, in West Africa. They were honored to be part of a specialized, hand-selected unit of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) Team-1. The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. According to the World Health Organization, the current outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases

and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined. Doctors and nurses responding to the crisis from around the globe are among those most at risk to become infected. Pesce and Windom helped run a 25-bed Ebola treatment unit designed for healthcare workers who have contracted or been exposed to the disease. Their mission: to provide hope through both care and working with the Liberian government to build capacity for additional care. The USPHS Commissioned Corps, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has more than 6,800 uniformed public health professionals serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations both at home and abroad. Windom and Pesce have served together on sever-

The 25-bed critical care hospital, staffed by U.S. medical professionals — that Cmdr. Robert Windom M’98 and Lt. John Pesce ’98 helped establish in Liberia last fall to treat all Ebola health care workers in that West African country.

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A look inside one of the patient wings of the critical care hospital built by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Public Health Service near Monrovia, Liberia. The tents that make up the hospital are connected by covered passageways inside the “hot zone.”

al missions, including response to Hurricane Sandy. It wasn’t until Liberia that they discovered they studied at ESU at the same time. Pesce, 39, with an ESU degree is in biology, went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology, and joined the corps in 2012. He works for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a product development project manager for the parasitology and international programs branch, where he is responsible for early clinical development of vaccines, particularly malaria. Windom, 44, earned his Master of Public Health from ESU in 1998. He served in the Navy for nine years until joining USPHS six years ago as a senior public health analyst, overseeing federally-funded community health center programs in California, Hawaii and Micronesia. Windom credits his graduate assistantship at ESU, along with his internship and graduate research, with helping prepare him for the realities of public health. At MMU, Pesce’s role was largely logistical, coordinating supplies and services with multiple partners. Windom handled electronic medical records and data and supported the clinical team. While neither man had significant interaction with Ebola patients, their work was critical to the operation. “The Liberia mission is made up of the best of the best from all the USPHS officers” says Pesce. “There has never been a mission like this ... who knows if there will be one like this again?” Pesce and Windom completed an intensive training conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before flying to Monrovia.

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USPHS public information officer Lt. Mike Muni says that it was “through their calm yet confident demeanor and professionalism that the USPHS Commissioned Corps knew these two officers were the right officers to handle this mission.” Although their families were concerned for their safety, Windom said he understands “the magnitude of this crisis,” both from the perspective of his personal safety but more importantly, he realizes “the positive impact that the USPHS team is making in the fight against Ebola.” He laughs that his 7-year-old son Caiel’s biggest worry is “making sure Daddy doesn’t get eaten by a lion while in Africa.” “The biggest challenge I face is in supporting team members and trying to help with maintaining team morale and an overall positive attitude and energy to continue meeting our mission,” Windom says. “Our team strongly believes that our presence there had a strong impact on building capacity to address the spread of Ebola,” Windom adds, noting that their efforts are helping healthcare workers feel more confident about their own care should they contract the disease. The two returned from West Africa in December 2014 and Pesce is grateful to have represented the U.S., taking part in a mission so much bigger than himself. Both men are hopeful the Ebola epidemic can be contained. Since the completion of the MMU in the beginning of November, several patients have already been released after recovering from Ebola and are now virus-free. 

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ALUMNI EVENTS RECONNECTING IN FLORIDA ESU representatives hit the road this winter, visiting and connecting with alumni in the Sunshine State.


ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and Mary Frances Postupack M’93, vice president for economic development and research support, brought the Warrior spirit south February 21-27, meeting alumni and friends at events in The Villages, St. Petersburg Beach, Englewood and Don Pedro Island.


Don Pedro Island Bruno and Cheryl Klaus welcomed alumni and friends to their home on Don Pedro Island on February 25. “Brats and Burgers at Bruno’s” was a new event added to the Florida itinerary and provided alumni another beautiful spot to gather. Bruno Klaus is member of the ESU Council of Trustees.


The Villages Gathering before dinner in The Villages on February 21, from left, Mary Frances Postupack M’93, vice president for economic development and research support, Sandra ‘Pinky’ O’Neil ’57, Lt. Col. Mary M. Yatsko-Sanders ’64, and ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.





Katie Neesham ’08 and her parents stopped by to say hello in The Villages.

Englewood The annual Golf Outing and Luncheon in Englewood is a long-time favorite event of ESU alumni in the area. Hosted by Dick ’57 and Joan Stanley ’67 Merring, the event welcomed more than 40 alumni, friends and guests for the day at Myakka Pines Golf Club.



St. Pete Beach Alumni connected at the Postcard Inn Bar and Grill in St. Pete Beach on February 22. Hosted by Bob Sauerwine ’89, the event drew more than a dozen alumni and friends of ESU.


WARRIOR HOSTS The ESU Office of Alumni Engagement thanks Florida event hosts Sandra ‘Pinky’ O’Neil ’57, Bob Sauerwine ’89, Bruno and Cheryl Klaus, and Dick ’57 and Joan Stanley ’67 Merring. Interested in hosting an event for Warriors and friends? Contact the office at or 570-422-7000.


Cherry Blossom Brunch in Arlington RIGHT: Alumni and friends gathered March 29 for the Annual Cherry Blossom Brunch at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. Generations gathered for social hour, a buffet brunch and to hear campus news from ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and Mary Frances Postupack M’93, vice president for economic development and research support. Special thanks to James Viola ’84, Metro D.C. chapter president, and Thomas Leshko ’57, former chapter president, for coordinating the event.

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From left, Brittany Reinbolt, Leslie Stratton, Shelby Williamson and Caitlin Stuetz M’14 made history in February when they were one of only two all-women teams in the North American Cup to compete in bobsledding internationally.

MAKING TRACKS By Margaret Peterson

Caitlin Stuetz M’14, helped make history this winter when she joined seven other women in international bobsled competition. Two four-woman sleds, one American and one Canadian, broke the gender barrier by racing in the North American Cup in Park City, Utah, in February as the only allfemale teams racing. “It was an honor and privilege to be the first ones to accomplish this, but we did it for those who fought for this before us and those who can benefit from it after us,” Stuetz said. The final day of racing was very emotional. “There was a news story and that brought fans out to the race,” she says. “When we were at the starting line on the second day, there were little girls yelling, ‘You can do it, you can do it.’ ” The only Olympic bobsled event for women is the two-person competition, which started in 2002. Stuetz and her teammates hope to see the four-woman bobsled get Olympic recognition, perhaps in 2018. While Stuetz spent most of her life in sports, she hadn’t spent any time on a bobsled track until January. A standout hurdler in track and field

Pushing for bobsled equity

as an undergrad, she enrolled in the master’s program in exercise science at ESU in 2013, and then looked for a way to continue competing at a high level. She decided she could transfer her track abilities to the running and pushing skills needed for bobsledding. She looked to Chris Fenelon M’14 to train her for a shot at national competition. Fenelon, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Toledo at the time, has just started an internship with the New York Jets. “His strength and conditioning program and constant encouragement is what got me to the next level,” Stuetz said. That training took her to Lake Placid, N.Y., in August for the USA Bobsled “combine test,” which measures power, speed and strength. She scored well enough to get invited to return for the U.S. National Push Championships in October, where bobsledders use a sled on wheels to simulate the experience. Stuetz was asked to race in the U.S. team trials, but hurt her back and had to go home to Glenside, Pa.,

for two months of physical therapy. With her back healing, Stuetz went to Park City this winter for the North American Cup. There driver Brittany Reinbolt asked her to be the brakeman on the first four-woman bobsled team for the February races. She competed with Reinbolt again in March, taking fourth in the two-woman bobsled at the Nationals in Lake Placid. She loves the power and speed of hurtling 80 miles per hour down the track. “There’s a lot of trust involved because you’re relying on this driver who you’ve known for about three days to take you down the wildest ride of your life, and she’s trusting you to brake,” she said. She’s now considering switching to skeleton, the one-person sled, which should be easier on her back. She hopes to learn more riding the sled this year, then head back to Lake Placid for training next January. Stuetz said her graduate work contributed greatly to her new path as a bobsledder. “I cannot thank ESU enough for challenging me to step outside my comfort zone,” she said.


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Men’s basketball reaches 6th straight PSAC Final 4 ESU continued its remarkable men’s basketball run with its sixth straight appearance in the PSAC Final 4 in March. The Warriors are the second school in the last 35 years to make six straight semifinals, joining California from 1992-97. Head coach Jeff Wilson ’86 M’92, in his 13th season, led the Warriors to a 19-10 record and their third straight PSAC East regular season title. ESU is the first PSAC East school to win three straight outright divisional titles since Cheyney won five straight from 1976-80. Senior guards Matt Tobin and Whis Grant earned AllAmerica honors from Division II Bulletin, becoming the first All-America teammates in program history. Tobin was named PSAC East Athlete of the Year, was a first team Daktronics and NABC All-Region selection and was named the Lehigh Valley’s Pete Nevins Player of the Year for the second straight year. Tobin set an ESU record with 546 career assists and was the first player in program history with 1,000 career points (1,042) and 500 assists. Grant joined Tobin on the All-PSAC East first team and NABC All-Region first team. Grant led ESU in scoring all four years, finishing with 1,860 career points

(2nd at ESU) and 268 three-pointers (1st). He was a three-time All-America selection and the 2013 PSAC East Athlete of the Year. Grant and Tobin were the first ESU teammates named All-Region in program history. Grant, Tobin, guard Muhamadou Kaba and forward Lamont Tillery comprised ESU’s winningest senior class - going 91-31 with three PSAC East titles, four PSAC Final 4’s, two PSAC championships (2012, 2014) and three NCAA Tournaments in their four years. Sophomore forward Rasheed Moore, the 2014 PSAC East Freshman of the Year, earned All-PSAC status for the second straight year. In the last six seasons, ESU has 131 wins, the second-most in the PSAC and third-most in the Atlantic Region, along with four PSAC East titles, two PSAC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament. Early in the season, Wilson set ESU’s record for career wins and has 232 victories, including 16+ wins in each of the last 10 seasons. 

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Senior guard Matt Tobin was named the 2015 PSAC East Athlete of the Year, and also earned first team All-Region and honorable mention All-America honors.

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PSAC CHAMPS Women’s soccer team wins conference title

Tory Stella ’14

ESU’s women’s soccer team won the third PSAC championship in program history with a 1-0 victory over Kutztown on November 8. The Warriors, led by PSAC Coach of the Year Rob Berkowitz, finished the season with a 20-1-1 record which included a 20-game winning streak, the secondlongest in PSAC history. Sophomore midfielder Shea Neal scored the game’s only goal in the 78th minute to earn MVP honors, as ESU added to its PSAC championships won in 1994 and 1997. The Warriors were selected to host the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional, where they fell on penalty kicks to WV Wesleyan after a scoreless draw in regulation. ESU

played in the NCAA Tournament for the third time. ESU had three All-America selections in Neal (NSCAA 1st team), senior back Lexie Peveraro (NSCAA 3rd team) and sophomore back Laurel Neira (Daktronics 2nd team). Freshman goalkeeper Jules Harris, freshman back Amanda Vojta and senior forward Courtney Keller also earned AllPSAC and All-Region honors. Vojta had a school-record 16 assists, ranking second in DII. Sophomore forward Brielyn Hackett (8), Neal, Keller and junior forward Sammi Jo Hughes (7 each) and Neira (6) were the top goal scorers. Harris and freshman Jess Hetrick shared time in goal as ESU held opponents to just 11 goals in 22 games. The Warriors were ranked No. 2 in the final NSCAA DII poll of the regular season and were listed in the Top 10 for six straight weeks.

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Scholarship support makes all the difference For four years, Whis Grant has led the men’s basketball team in scoring, ranking second in school history with 1,860 points. In his time at ESU, the Warriors won two PSAC championships and three straight PSAC East championships. He is the first player to lead ESU in scoring in four straight seasons in at least 50 years. What if he had never enrolled? “If I did not get a scholarship, I would not be here,” he said. “I am so blessed that someone believed in me and gave me the chance to go to college and play a part in building the men’s basketball program.” Financial help made all the difference — when the ESU senior was 18 he didn’t know if he could afford an education. Now he’s about to turn his tassel from right to left. “When alumni give back to the university it helps students become who they are today,” he said. “I want to better the university and I want to give a student a chance at their future like someone did for me.” Christina O’ Connor, an AllAmerica high jumper, agrees that athletic scholarships provide the chance for a better future.

“There are a lot of talented athletes who rely on their abilities and these scholarships,” she said, noting that athletics help students stay focused and disciplined everywhere on campus. The three-time All-American and four-time NCAA Championships participant has won four of the last five PSAC outdoor high-jump championships, and earned many Athlete of the Year honors during the indoor season. (See next page) At ESU, O’Connor was selected as an Academic All-American, the highest honor a student athlete can achieve. A biology major, she boasts a 3.746 GPA. Student-athletes must maintain NCAA eligibility requirements including grade point average and credits toward graduation to remain in good standing. An effort to increase financial help for student athletes at ESU is gaining momentum as the number of athletic scholarships awarded continues to grow. In fiscal year 20142015, 132 ESU Foundation athletic scholarships totaling $201,027 were awarded, up from 97 in 2013-2014 ($120,185) and 75 in 2012-2013 ($90,900).

While that increase is encouraging, more scholarships are needed for competitive recruitment and retention of Warrior athletes. These students depend on scholarship support as they pursue their academic and athletic goals Athletic scholarships represent about one-third of the total scholarships awarded at ESU. “Scholarships make all the difference in the educational and athletic pursuits of our student athletes,” said Jeff Wilson ’86 M’92, head basketball coach. Donors can create an annual scholarship with a gift of just $500 to the ESU Foundation. An endowed scholarship can be created for $25,000, with payments spread out over five years. Either can be named in honor of a friend or loved one. Student-athletes at ESU continue to impress. But behind every Warrior victory is someone who helped make it happen. They cannot do it alone. Support ESU athletics and give someone a chance at their future. Learn more about scholarships at or call 570-422-3658 for personal assistance.

DOUDS COMPLETES 49th YEAR, SOLTES REPEATS AS HARLON HILL CANDIDATE Warriors football head coach Denny Douds completed his 41st season as head coach and 49th year overall at ESU last season. He now has 250 career wins, extending his PSAC record and ranking third in NCAA Division II history. Redshirt junior quarterback Matt Soltes earned a spot on the list of Harlon Hill Trophy candidates for the second season. The award for the top DII football player was won by ESU record-setting quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger in 2005. Soltes led the PSAC in total offense, passing and pass efficiency before missing the final 3.5 games due to injury. The Warriors were 6-1 before dropping their final four games, including Bloomsburg, West Chester and

Gannon, among PSAC’s top programs. Soltes will enter his senior season ranked eighth in PSAC history in career total offense and 10th in career TD passes. He has five career games with 500 yards of offense, tied for the DII record. ESU had two All-Region selections in redshirt senior defensive lineman Bryan Thomson and senior punter Jordan Bair, both named to the Daktronics second team. Redshirt senior defensive end Brandon Gattelli also gained Football Gazette All-Region status. Gattelli, Thomson and Bair were All-PSAC East first team selections. Second team selections were Soltes, redshirt sophomore tailback Robert Healy, redshirt junior wide receiver Jon Schnaars, redshirt senior tight end Steven Jones, senior linebacker Cody Simcox and junior cornerback Teron Dobbs. 

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John Glenn ’05 coached in the Super Bowl for the second straight season as an assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Glenn completed his third year in Seattle, working as a quality control coach and linebackers coach after two years as an assistant special teams coach. ESU has had an alumnus coach in the Super Bowl in six of the last nine years. In February 2014, Glenn joined Pat Flaherty ’78 as Warriors with Super Bowl rings when the Seahawks upended the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Glenn was a starting linebacker on ESU’s 2004 and 2005 NCAA Playoff teams and helped the 2005 team capture the Northeast Region title.

Santiago Restrepo ’86, a men’s volleyball AllAmerica selection at ESU, has been inducted to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame. Restrepo was a four-time first team All-EIVA selection, and as a coach, he guided ESU’s women’s program for three seasons and the men for four years. His women’s team was 32-2 (10-0 PSAC East) in 1996, his second season as coach, and Restrepo was named PSAC East Coach of the Year. He was 75-32 as women’s head coach with three PSAC semifinal appearances, and 73-40 as men’s head coach, winning the EIVA DII title in his first season in 1995. Restrepo has been head women’s volleyball coach at Oklahoma since 2004, leading the Sooners to the NCAA DI Tournament for six straight seasons.



Senior high jumper Christina O’Connor earned All-America status for the third time at the NCAA DII Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. O’Connor was named PSAC Field Athlete of the Year, PSAC Field Athlete of the Meet at the PSAC Championships and USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year for her performance this winter. She cleared 5-10, tied for the conference record, to win her fourth career PSAC title and surpassed the ESU record of 5-9¼ that was set by Karen (Way) Gaita in 1991, and tied by Lynn Mayer in 2011. Gaita, who coaches ESU’s high jumpers, was named the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year for the second year.

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SMITH WINS 8TH CAREER PSAC TITLE Senior Danielle Smith won the 60m dash at the PSAC Indoor Championships, her school record-setting eighth career PSAC title. Smith broke a record of seven PSAC titles set by distance runner Sue Carden from 1979-82. She was also second in the 200m, and sophomore Allison Decker was third in the 3000m. Christina O’Connor (high jump) and Decker earned All-Region status for ESU’s women’s team. Senior Damien Boham won the 800m and sophomore Steven Morgan won the 60m hurdles, both claiming their second career PSAC championships. Junior William Berry was second in high jump and freshman Zach Dillon placed third in the long jump. All-Region honors were earned by Boham, Morgan, Berry and senior Mike Smith (weight throw, shot put).


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DECKER TAKES SECOND IN PSAC IN CROSS COUNTRY Sophomore Allison Decker placed second, ESU’s top finisher in 10 years, at the PSAC Cross Country Championships in November. Junior Chelsea Conover placed sixth for the Warriors, and both earned AllRegion status.

DeLUISE, RICHARDSON ADVANCE TO NCAA DII WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Redshirt senior Luke DeLuise (184 pounds) and sophomore Tyler Richardson (197) earned trips to the NCAA DII Wrestling Championships in March. Richardson was the runner-up at the Super Region 1 championships and was ranked No. 1 for the second half of the season. DeLuise placed fourth in the region. Both wrestlers finished one win short of All-America status at the NCAA’s, held in St. Louis. ESU has had 11 wrestlers combine for 14 national qualifying spots in its first six seasons in Division II (since 2010).

ROTH, PSAC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, LEADS ESU FIELD HOCKEY Junior forward Ally Roth was named the PSAC offensive Athlete of the Year and earned All-America honors for the second straight season for ESU’s field hockey program. The Warriors reached the PSAC semifinals for the first time since 2010 under 31st-year head coach Sandy Miller. Roth led the PSAC in points (53), tied for the PSAC lead in goals (22) and had nine assists. She ranked third in DII in points per game. She set ESU’s career record for points (128) and ranks third in goals (53) with one season remaining. Senior forward Jessica Lawville and junior back Amanda Wnorowski were second team All-PSAC selections, and senior midfielder Gabrielle Seibert and sophomore midfielder Desiraye Mack were named third team All-PSAC.


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WARRIORS RECOGNIZE STANDOUT SCHOLAR-ATHLETES ESU recognized six student-athletes who have gained Academic All-America or Academic All-District honors during the final home game of the basketball season in February. The Warriors have two Academic AllAmerica selections so far during the 2014-15 academic year in football players Jon Schnaars and Bryan Thomson. Christina O’Connor earned Academic AllAmerica status in track and field. Other honorees were junior William Berry and senior Damien Boham (men’s track and field) and sophomore Shea Neal (women’s soccer).

MARTIN EARNS 4TH ALL-PSAC HONOR Senior forward Jessica Martin is the third four-time All-PSAC East selection in ESU women’s basketball program history. Martin gained a spot on the first team for the second straight year, after being named to the second team her first two seasons. She was also the 2012 PSAC East Freshman of the Year. Martin finished her career with 274 career blocked shots, fourth in PSAC history. She is eighth at ESU in career points (1,213) and fourth in rebounds (848). She joined Jackie Yandrisevits (2006-09) and Stacy Perryman (1993-96) as ESU’s four-time All-PSAC selections. ESU advanced to the PSAC Tournament for the third straight season.

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CLASS NOTES 1970s Judy Oelschlager Formalarie ’75 retired from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in September after more than 35 years of service. She has since founded JL Formalarie Consulting LLC in Annandale, N.J., which consults in workforce development, grant attainment/ management/evaluation, policy development, program implementation and events planning. Walt Lessun ’70 has retired as director of the Learning Resources and Instructional Technology Centers of Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.

1980s Scott Bruce ’83 earned his doctoral degree in education in learning and leadership last May from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His dissertation was titled:“Prediction modeling for graduate athletic training education programs.” He started working at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, in August as an assistant professor and director of research for the athletic training program.

1990s Blaise Alan Dente ’95 was honored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization, as its 2014 UNICAN of the Year, recognized for promoting the image of Italian Americans and his service to the community. “Al

MARRIAGES Amiee Eckrote ’05 married Steven DiFebo on July 2, 2014, in Maryland. They reside in Bloomsburg.

Dente,” as he is known and remembered by his classmates during his years at ESU, is a chef and owner of Dente’s Catering and Rental in Pittston. David L. Richards M’94 authored a book called “Violence Against Women and the Law,” which was published in January. He is an associate professor of political science and human rights at the University of Connecticut and a co-founder of the Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Data Project. Michelle Dunn Wescott ’98 was hired as director of group sales for the new Camelback Lodge scheduled to open at the base of Camelback Mountain in Tannersville this spring. The lodge will feature 453 guest suites, meeting and event space, restaurants and 170,000 square feet of indoor entertainment center.

Gordon Brile ’06 married Lauren Mittl Brile on November 15, 2014. Lauren is a 2006 graduate of Kutztown University and is an administrative assistant for Fisher Clinical Services in Allentown. Sheila Chase ’96 married Dennis Mills on February 14 in Marion Landing, Fla. The couple live in Ocala, Fla. 

2000s Kelly Bradley Hashway ’00 recently published two young adult novels under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. The first is “Into the Fire,” a romantic fantasy about a phoenix about to be reborn for the first time. The second is “Perfect for You,” a contemporary romance about a girl who is torn between two boys. Kevin Fleming ’09 was promoted to director of sales and marketing with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, based in Bridgewater Township, N.J.

2010s Sean Ann Kelly ’13 is an advancement specialist at Johnson College in Scranton. 






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In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM Ted E. Martz ’47 MEMORIAL GIFTS Memorial gifts may be made through the ESU Foundation at givenow For personal assistance please call: 570-422-7000

September 24, 2014

Ted E. Martz ’47, 90, of Bethlehem, was a former member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education at East Stroudsburg, and received his master’s degree in education from University of Pennsylvania. Martz was a Navy corpsman during World War II on Iwo Jima, and received the Purple Heart. He taught physical education, swimming and health for more than 30 years at Liberty and Freedom high schools in Bethlehem, and after retiring coached soccer at Muhlenburg College and taught at the Gateway School. He is survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and by a companion, Margie Williams, of Stroudsburg. In addition to his wife, the late Elizabeth A. (Sage) Martz, he was preceded in death by a son and a daughter.

Irving ‘Itch’ Sommer ’50

February 24, 2015

Irving “Itch” Sommer, 88, of East Stroudsburg and White Heron Lake was a past president of the ESU Foundation, the East Stroudsburg School Board and the Pocono Medical Center Board, and among his other community accomplishments was mayor of East Stroudsburg, an Exchange Club Golden Deeds award recipient, East Stroudsburg School District Meritorious Hall of Fame member, and ESU commencement speaker. He also headed the Pocono Medical Center Auction. Owner and operator of I. Sommer Narrow Tape Corp., he was a 1943 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School and a 1950 graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Melick) Sommer, with whom he had celebrated 63 years of marriage. He is also survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

John C.. ‘Jack’ Gregory ’52

December 4, 2014

Former football coach John C. “Jack” Gregory ’52, was also a former member of the ESU Foundation Board. Coach Gregory guided the Warriors to a record of 49-11-2 from 1959-65, culminating with two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship teams in 1964 and 1965. He was inducted to the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983, and his 1964 and 1965 teams were inducted in 2012. The Warriors had an 18-1 record in his final two years, including an undefeated (10-0) record in 1965. He also coached his team to the PSAC East championship in 1962, falling in the State Game at Slippery Rock, which was captained by current Warriors head coach Denny Douds. Gregory’s contributions to ESU were commemorated on October 30, 2010, with the announcement of “Gregory-Douds Field at Eiler-Martin Stadium,” with the two legendary coaches (Gregory and Douds) honored with coaching pioneers John Eiler and Gene Martin. A 1952 graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Gregory became an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966. He was head football coach at Villanova (1967-69) and Rhode Island (1970-75) before serving as assistant athletic director at Yale (1978-82) and athletic director at Bowling Green (1982-94). He also served as an NFL scout for the Green Bay Packers. Gregory was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret A. “Peg” Gregory. He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

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In Memoriam

Richard Schumacher ‘70

October 21, 2014

Richard Schumacher ’70 was an ESU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee who was the NCAA College Division national champion heavyweight in 1970. Schumacher was a four-time All-American during his ESU career. He placed fifth in the NCAA University Division in 1968 and 1970, and was fourth in the NCAA College Division in 1969 before winning the national title in 1970. He also won PSAC championships at heavyweight in 1968 and 1970. Schumacher was inducted to the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He was a member of the 1967-68 PSAC championship team inducted in 2009, one of five PSAC champions on that team. He was head coach at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga., since 2009. He was head coach at Bucknell from 1971-73 before going into business. He survived by his wife and two children.

Willard Stem ’76 December 9, 2014 Willard Stem ’76 was inducted to ESU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, and co-captain of the undefeated 1975 team that was inducted in 2014. An All-America selection as a defensive back, he was named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He helped ESU lead small college football in pass defense in 1973. Willard was a four-year letterwinner from 1972-75, playing his final two seasons under current head coach Denny Douds. He is survived by his wife and four sons, including Drew, a four-year letterwinner for the Warriors from 2005-08.

ALUMNI Joe W. Battisto ’56 Dennis D. Bedics ’77 Laura M. Beekman ’94 John F. Brazill ’04 Hilda C. Brown ’63 Robert A. Burns ’91 Margaret K. Candrick ’45 Cristen J. Cervellini-Calfo ’94 Justin R. Christian ’10 John C. Davey ’72 Barbara J. Davies ’55 Louis A. DiGiacomo ’58 Evelyn M. Duke ’67 Robert J. Ealey ’56 Anita B. Gaughan ’54 Debra L. Gelatt ’85

Rose E. Gentile ’46 Nancy Gould ’44 Frank C. Henderson ’50 Charles R. Hollenbach ’50 Mary E. Hosier ’36 Janet L. James ’53 William J. Jones ’52 Cynthia S. Jones ’73 Ashleigh J. Jorgenson ’87 Nancy C. Lane ’52 Michael G. Luna ’74 David B. Malkin ’72 Margaret A. Martone ’94 Millidene K. McFadden ’84 Gene A. Minor ’49 Marise Monticciolo ’47 James F. Morgan ’90 Linda S. Orben ’69

Todd Painton ’93

December 11, 2014

Todd Painton ’93 was inducted into ESU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 and was a member of the Warriors’ 1990 PSAC championship basketball team that was inducted to the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a first team All-PSAC East forward and ESU’s co-Men’s Senior Athlete of the Year in 1992. He led the Warriors to the 1992 PSAC East regular season title and was a starter as a sophomore on the Warriors’ 1990 PSAC championship team that reached the NCAA Division II regional final. He set a program record with 117 games played that stood until 2013. His career included two 20-win seasons and 75 total wins. Painton was a 1,000-point scorer for the Warriors, scoring 1,144 career points and recording 703 rebounds, fifth-most in school history. Painton was a 1988 graduate of Downingtown High School and followed his brother, Tim, also a member of the Warriors’ basketball program, to ESU. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Gabrielle De Rossi December 13, 2014 Gabrielle De Rossi, 20, of Lehighton was a sophomore majoring in psychology and a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She is survived by her parents, John De Rossi of Clifton, N.J., and Kathleen (McHenry) Wolfe of Lehighton;  stepfather Joseph Wolfe; three brothers and a sister.

Marguerite H. Osborn ’30 Carmen D. Pantuso ’63 Margaret J. Person ’59 Patricia A. Pressmann ’73 Earl R. Rader ’49 Mary Ann I. Salmi ’62 Barbara G. Samet ’57 Robert C. Sauerzopf ’82 Joyce C. Sheridan ’67 Samuel A. Smith ’52 Perma B. Snyder ’40 Robert D. Spagna ’49 Nicholas G. Stelmak ’92 John J. Trama ’59 Gail S. Wagner ’56 George K. Waters ’54 Kenneth R. Weidner ’06 Willard T. Werkheiser ’67

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ESU bids farewell to President Dillman January 31 was a somber day on campus as members of the ESU and regional communities, alumni, family and friends gathered in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the life of retired President Robert J. Dillman, Ph.D. Dr. Dillman served as president of ESU from 1996 to 2012. He passed away on November 25, 2014 at the age of 73, just two years after he retired to Lewes, Del., with his wife of more than 50 years, Roseann (Morris). He is also survived by four children: Deirdre, John, Siobhan and James; their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, James. Participants in the memorial program included President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; Vice President of Student Affairs Doreen Tobin, D.Ed.; Council of Trustees Chair L. Patrick Ross ’67; Wayne Bolt, community member and longtime friend of ESU; Tony McMunn ’69; the Honorable Chris Cerski ’98; Professor Emeritus Patricia Graham, D.Ed.; and state Sen. Mario Scavello. Brittany Winfield, a communication studies major from Newton, N.J., presented a slide show, and daughters Siobhan and Deirdre shared memories of growing up in the Dillman household. In honor of his love of jazz and musical theatre, Dr. Dillman was also celebrated with performances by Matt Vashlishan, D.M.A., Spencer Reed, and Michael Lloret, a theatre major from Shawnee-on-Delaware. “All of the presenters expressed such profound

respect and gratitude for President Dillman,” said Caryn S. Fogel ’12, who was executive associate in the president’s office for nine years. “It was a fitting tribute to a wonderful man.” Pat Ross concluded by recognizing Dr. Dillman’s compassion: “What you do for yourself dies with you; what you do for others will live forever.” Ross, who was appointed to the Council of Trustees shortly after Dr. Dillman was hired, added, “This fits you well, Bob. What you did for ESU, the community, all the students and employees, will live in our hearts and minds forever.” During his tenure, Dr. Dillman demonstrated extraordinary leadership, having served on a number of boards in the region and playing a key role in formalizing a partnership with the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, Va. He established campus initiatives such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, the Legislative Fellow Program, the Distinguished Professor Awards in collaboration with APSCUF, and the University Authors’ Reception. Major campus improvements under his leadership include the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, the Mattioli Student Recreation Center, the Henry A. Ahnert Jr. Alumni Center, and the new suite-style residence halls.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Dillman/ Morris Endowed Scholarship at the ESU Foundation at or for personal assistance, call 570-422-7000.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015 Remembrance Day Celebrating the lives of those from the ESU community we have lost during the past academic year. Warrior Bonfire and Pep Rally Old Rugby Field Annual Alumni Awards and Reunion Banquet The Alumni Association recognizes alumni for their outstanding professional and service achievements. ‘Golden Grad’ Class of 1965 Reunion Celebration Celebrating 50 years, the Class of 1965 will enjoy reconnecting with one another at their class reunion and other special events. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony The 38th Class of ESU’s most talented and prestigious athletes and coaches will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Annual Tailgate Join us in our new and expanded location behind ZimbarLiljenstein Hall and adjacent to Eiler-Martin Stadium. This year, more reserved spaces will be available! Homecoming Football Game ESU vs. Millersville, 2:05 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium Other events to be announced More events and details to come at Direct questions to the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement at (570) 422-7000.


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The Spring 2015 edition of the Alumni Herald, the campus magazine of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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