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Highlights of 2019-2020

Prince Hall Scholarship Fund grows with 29th Annual Golf Classic

Golfers at the 29th Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic

East Stroudsburg University and the ESU Foundation celebrated its partnership with the Prince Hall School in Philadelphia, Pa., holding the 29th Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic on August 5, 2019, at 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.

The event concluded with awards and remarks, featuring Wayne Bolt, committee chair, Kevin Hughes, committee member, and Nadiyah Jordan, ESU student and Prince Hall Scholar.

Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series features Harvard professor

The Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was held in the Niedbala Auditorium on Oct. 31, 2019, featuring keynote speaker Brad Hyman, M.D., Ph.D. Hyman is the John B. Penney, Jr. Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He directs the Alzheimer’s disease research unit at the Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND).

In its sixth year in 2019, 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 is a 1978 graduate of ESU who 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.

Football season gives donors, sponsors a time to connect with ESU

From warm, summer-like temperatures to a frigid arctic blast, the weather didn’t deter football donors and sponsors from coming out to support Warriors Football during the 2019 season.

Hosted by former President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation, the President’s Tent events are held prior to home football games and give donors and sponsors the opportunity to connect with ESU and the football program. Guests spend time prior to the game at the sideline tent at Gregory-Douds Field at Eiler-Martin Stadium before heading up to view the game in the Dr. Jake Piatt ’61 President’s Box. Each of the five games welcomes a different segment of donors and friends, including board members, the Council of Trustees, corporate and foundation partners, and reunion and legacy alumni. Parents of senior players are also invited to the last event of the season.

Guests enjoy the President’s Tent prior to the Sept. 21, 2019, football game.

Silverback Distillery takes the stage for entrepreneur speaker series

Christine Riggleman, CEO and master distiller of Silverback Distillery, along with her daughters Lauren Riggleman, assistant distiller and general manager, and Abby Riggleman, general manager for Silverback’s Poconos location and the media director for the company, were the featured speakers at the ESU President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Nov. 19, 2019, in Beers Lecture Hall.

The Riggleman “Women Who Distill” shared their story on how they developed a women-owned internationally-recognized distillery with locations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and East Stroudsburg, Pa.

The President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series was launched in April 2017 and continues to bring engaging speakers to campus. Support for the series is provided by The Dr. Gere B. Fulton ’60 Lectureship Endowed Fund.


President's Circle donors, 1893 Society members celebrated for their generosity

The Fine and Performing Arts Building provided a stunning backdrop for SPHERE, the Annual President’s Gala with former East Stroudsburg University President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation welcoming and thanking members of the President’s Circle and the 1893 Society for their leadership support during the 2018-2019 year.

Themed SPHERE, the gala was held on Sept. 13, 2019, and recognized individuals, businesses, and organizations who have provided gifts of support of $1,500 or more over the last fiscal year. Individuals who included the ESU Foundation in their estate plans or established an endowment also enjoyed the celebration.