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Highlights of 2018-2019

Golf classic benefits Prince Hall Scholarship Fund

The Educational Scholarship Golf Classic to benefit the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship celebrated its 28th anniversary on August 6, 2018, welcoming more than 90 golfers to Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee On Delaware, Pa. The golf outing benefits the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship which enables students who attend the Prince Hall School in Philadelphia, Pa., the opportunity to further their education at ESU. Since the partnership with the Prince Hall School and ESU began in 1988, 18 Prince Hall scholars have gone on to graduate because of this scholarship.

Honorary chairs of the 2018 classic were Ginny and Charlie Kirkwood.

Warrior spirit is field level at annual President’s Tents

Football season gives President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation an opportunity to steward donors at the President’s Tent and the Dr. Jake Piatt ’61 President’s Box at Gregory-Douds Field at Eiler-Martin Stadium. Each of the five games welcomed a different segment of donors and friends, including board members, the Council of Trustees, corporate and foundation partners, and reunion and legacy alumni.

Endowed fund lecture series focuses on dementia

The Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was held in the Niedbala Auditorium on October 19, 2018. The keynote address by Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D., was titled “Past, Present, and New Horizons in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research.”

In its sixth year, the Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was developed by graduates Linda (Troiani) ’83 and Sam Niedbala ’82 to honor Linda’s sister, Yvonne Troiani Sweeney ’78. Yvonne dedicated her life to her nursing career that spanned 30 years until she was diagnosed with a form of early onset dementia called posterior  cortical atrophy.

Entrepreneur speaker series welcomes McMunn, Paradysz

Ryan McMunn, CEO and founder of BRIC Language Learning and CEO of Tricam Industries, and Chris Paradysz ’84, Co-CEO and founder of PMX Agency, were the featured guests for East Stroudsburg University’s President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Oct. 17, 2018, and March 27, 2019, respectively.

BRIC, which stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, is an interactive online language learning program that accelerates fluency in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian Portugese, and other languages. McMunn encouraged ESU students, faculty, staff, and community members to abandon the fear of failure, to learn the culture and subculture, to guard against making preconceived judgements, to be creative with employee incentives, and to network as frequently as possible.

Paradysz, along with Mike Visceglia, bassist in Kinky Boots on Broadway, discussed “The Power of Creativity to Solve Problems” and led the audience on a musical journey to discover their inner creativity. Paradysz’s company, PMX Agency, is headquartered at One World Trade Center, New York City.

The President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series was launched in April 2017 and is supported by The Dr. Gere B. Fulton ’60 Lectureship Endowed Fund.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse

Alumni and donors congratulated the teams and coaching staff of the Warriors field hockey, women’s soccer and lacrosse programs for successes and championships won over the past several years. Held on March 30, 2019, in the Lenape Residence Hall Lounge, the event was hosted by ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., Gary Gray, Ed.D., director of athletics, and the ESU Foundation.

The reception gave supporters of all three programs the opportunity to connect with the coaching staff, team members and alumni to celebrate their accomplishments. Over the past five years, the three women’s programs have achieved numerous championships and had significant success at the national level.

Football networking event connects players with alumni

The Warriors football program joined forces with the ESU Foundation to hold a Networking Night on April 29, 2019, at the Innovation Center. Supporters and alumni of the football program had the opportunity to meet with current players to foster camaraderie and give team members a chance to network professionally with alumni in a variety of backgrounds.