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ESU Foundation establishes $50,000 STEM annual scholarship with support from Sanofi


ESU Foundation establishes $50,000 STEM annual scholarship with support from Sanofi

Sanofi Community Annual Scholarship student recipient Kiara Joseph, left, pictured with Sanofi U.S. CSR & Community Relations Lead Phillip St. James, at the ESU Foundation’s 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner on April 6, 2022.

Thanks to the generosity of long-time donor, Sanofi, East Stroudsburg University students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM curriculum) will be eligible for the Sanofi STEM Annual Scholarship beginning the 2022/2023 academic year.

“Sanofi’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy centers around equity in STEM education, access to healthcare and addressing critical needs within our local communities,” said Phillip St. James, Sanofi U.S. CSR & Community Relations lead. “Sanofi has always valued the power of education, as does East Stroudsburg University, and we share in our commitment to service and sustainability of our neighborhoods, our communities, and our region. We are proud to partner with the University, and together we will continue to build unity today and for generations to come.”

Since 1990, Sanofi has supported the East Stroudsburg University Foundation and its students.

“Sanofi’s support of the ESU Foundation over the past 32 years has impacted the lives of countless students,” said Rich Santoro, ESU Foundation executive director. “We are grateful for this partnership.”

Sanofi’s scholarship support has made an impact on Kiara Joseph, Class of 2024. She is the recipient of this past academic year’s Sanofi Community Annual Scholarship, which supports students majoring in biological science or chemistry. “This scholarship is very important to me and my family because I do live with a single mom of three kids and this scholarship helps a lot with our financial struggles,” Joseph said. “I’m blessed to receive a scholarship that’s going help me pursue my dreams.”

East Stroudsburg University Foundation receives first cryptocurrency gifts


The East Stroudsburg University Foundation has begun accepting cryptocurrency and recently received a pair of gifts from two generous donors: ESU Foundation Board of Directors Treasurer Alfredo Garcia ’03 and Alumni Association Board member Adrian Neves ’07.

“Cryptocurrency is here to stay. The Foundation’s acceptance of cryptocurrency shows how they truly embrace technology,” Garcia said. “This is another way for the Foundation to generate donations, in turn impacting ESU’s deserving students.”

The ESU Foundation is the first foundation in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to accept cryptocurrency gifts.

“With its ever-growing popularity, we are excited to be accepting cryptocurrency,” said Rich Santoro, executive director of the ESU Foundation. “Every donation the Foundation receives directly impacts the lives of our students and enhances their educational experience.”

The IRS classifies cryptocurrency as property for tax purposes. Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, which means, donors do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can typically deduct the fair market value of the donation on their taxes. Please contact a crypto-savvy tax professional or financial advisor for more information. To make a cryptocurrency gift, please visit Please use the "donation notes" field to designate your gift. Questions may be directed to the ESU Foundation office at 570-422-3333 or

East Stroudsburg University Foundation names new, emeriti board members

East Stroudsburg University alumni Christopher R. Paradysz ’83 of Saint James, N.Y. and Anthony V. Ruiz, Esq. ’16 of Falls Church, Va. were appointed as new members of the East Stroudsburg Foundation Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting held on May 12, 2022.

Paradysz is the Co-Founder of Adventure Explorations and Ruiz is a corporate attorney for AARP Services, Inc. Their terms begin on July 1, 2022. The board also elected new officers who will begin their terms in July: Adam S. Stauffer ’00 M’02, chair; MaryEllen Dickey ’80, vice chair; Alfredo Garcia ’03, treasurer; and Chris Yeager ’74 M’81, secretary.

Also announced at the meeting, was the granting of emeritus status to Robert H. Willever ’75, chairman, and Robert A. Shebelsky, treasurer, as their terms will end on June 30, 2022. Both Willever and Shebelsky have served on the board since 2014.

The ESU Foundation Board of Directors includes 18 active members who serve in support of the organization and its mission. Returning members of the Board of Directors are Glenn W. Clark ’74, Alumni Association Liaison; MaryEllen Dickey ’80, Vice Chairman; Alfredo Garcia ’03; Raymond Hamlin ’86, Esq.; Wendy Jankoski ’82; Elizabeth Leigh Smith, Ph.D., Faculty Liaison; Douglas Leonzi ’94; Robert Moses; John J. Pekarovsky III ’07, Council of Trustees Liaison; Stephen Somers; Adam S. Stauffer ’00 M’02; Leslie L. Wilson ’74; Eric Wyatt ’85; Rory Yanchek ’84; and Chris Yeager ’74 M’81, Secretary. William B. Cramer, Esq., and Rosemary Driebe Olofsson sit on the board as emeriti members.

Dr. Faith Waters and Reverend Edward Kimes strive to better the lives of those less fortunate

By Susan Field

Dr. Faith Waters

Spirit of Giving: Professor Emeritus and husband establish annual and endowed scholarships to support members of the Women’s Basketball Team, help others achieve their full potential.

Throughout their lives, Dr. Faith Waters and her husband Reverend Edward Kimes have been dedicated to giving back to the younger generation.

In her 38-year tenure at East Stroudsburg University, Waters was a secondary education graduate program coordinator, department chair, professor emeritus, and distinguished faculty member. Kimes was pastor at the United Methodist Church in Effort for 12 years and at East Stroudsburg United Methodist for 15. Both strongly believe in the importance of education: the opportunity to experience higher education without struggling to pay it back and being generous with those in need.

When Waters and Kimes were considering ways to give back to ESU, creating scholarships to help students pay for their education was an easy decision

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Ribbon cutting showcases new locker room for Warrior Football program

Football Locker Room Ribbon Cutting

Fundraising campaign garners more than $860,000 for dynamic new space

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the new Warriors football locker room in Koehler Fieldhouse.

The You WIN In the Locker Room First campaign, a $750,000 fundraising initiative, was launched by the ESU Foundation and the Department of Athletics on Oct. 8, 2020. The campaign kicked off with a virtual event that invited more than 100 alumni and friends of the program to learn more about the project. A 17-member fundraising committee was tasked with reaching out to alumni and friends, led by co-chairs Pat Flaherty ’78 and Mike Terwilliger ’78. The campaign surpassed its goal and raised over $860,000 in six months.

Rich Santoro, executive director of the ESU Foundation, said the swiftness of the fundraising shows the dedication and loyalty of ESU alumni. "To hit our goal at the six-month mark is pretty much unheard of. The football program is close-knit group of alumni and we had more than 200 former players donate from every generation, the 1960's through recent graduates in 2020, helped make this new locker room a reality.”

Located in what was the visitor’s locker room, the upgraded facility includes 30-inch wide, open cherry-wood lockers with LED lighting, replacing the existing grey metal lockers, a cell phone charging station, an equipment drying system on top of each locker, and a speaker system. The entire facility is named the Coach Jack Gregory ’52 Football Locker Room in honor of ESU’s former head coach. The space also includes eight named areas, including the academic center where players can work on assignments, and coaches' space. All the lockers have been sold and contain a plaque bearing the name of a campaign donor.

"Everybody involved with this project was committed to creating a space that reflects both pride of place, and pride of people who occupy that place," said Warriors head coach Jimmy Terwilliger ’07. "The football alumni are extremely proud and will do what they have to do to help our team contend for championships."

The reveal of the new locker room took place before the Warriors Football spring game at Gregory-Douds Field at Eiler-Martin Stadium later Saturday.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.

$1 million grant secured for new ESU soccer complex

Sheska Soccer Stadium

East Stroudsburg University’s already successful soccer programs scored another critical goal this week by securing a $1 million grant to upgrade the Warriors’ soccer facility, state Rep. Maureen Madden announced on April 25, 2022.

Madden, D-Monroe, supported the request for the $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded to the East Stroudsburg University Foundation. The new soccer complex, Sheska Soccer Stadium, will be built in the heart of campus adjacent to Eiler-Martin Stadium and will include a new NCAA regulation turf soccer field, perimeter fencing, spectator seating, field lighting, a press box, scoreboard and sound system.

“I know how badly the East Stroudsburg community as a whole, and specifically the soccer programs, want – and deserve – a facility worthy of the outstanding women’s and men’s teams,” Madden said. “I would like to thank Governor Wolf for recognizing the importance of the project and for awarding this money to ESU. This is welcome news for not just students, alumni, and coaches, but for the region as a whole.”

Additionally, Madden announced a $500,000 RACP grant awarded to the Hawthorne Mount Pocono Luxury Resort. The Paradise Township project will entail the development and construction of new family friendly suites, cabins, and hotel rooms. It will also serve as a center for special events including organization dinners, conventions, conferences, weddings, graduation parties, concerts, camps, reunions, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.

As for the new soccer facility at East Stroudsburg, the new turf and lighting will allow for increased field utilization, and the facility itself will allow for greater community and collaborative engagement opportunities.

“Within East Stroudsburg University’s long and proud athletic history, there is a renowned legacy of accomplishments in both men’s and women’s soccer,” interim ESU President Kenneth Long said. “The immense support provided by this $1 million RACP grant will enable us to get closer to building a stadium that is reflective of the many achievements of our student-athletes, our alumni and our coaches while also providing immense opportunities for community engagement and collaboration. We celebrate this funding award knowing that we still have much work to do to make a soccer stadium at ESU a reality.”

The funding from RACP translates to opportunity for ESU’s student-athletes, said interim Athletic Director Dr. Nancy Jo Greenawalt.

“Our hope is that the foundational funding ignites an enthusiasm among soccer fans throughout our community to envision the potential that a new soccer stadium could bring to our campus and the Pocono region,” Greenawalt said. “I see potential beyond the brick and mortar. Continued support of this campaign will enable us to attract student-athletes who long to become part of our historic soccer programs, which own the most men’s (20) and women’s (6) soccer championships in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which the grants were awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities.

INSPIRE, 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner celebrates academic success


INSPIRE, East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner, connected scholarship recipients with their donors on April 6, 2022, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa. Nearly 240 guests celebrated 630 scholarship awards totaling more than $994,433 administered by the Foundation this academic year.

Kirstin Hendershot, a sophomore majoring in early childhood education from Pen Argyl, Pa., was the mistress of ceremonies. Hannah Strausser, a sophomore majoring in early childhood education from Birdsboro, Pa., and David Akinwande, a senior majoring in nursing from Levittown, Pa., were the featured speakers. They shared their inspirational stories of how their scholarship support has impacted their education at ESU. The event program also included performances from ESU musical theatre students. The event was sponsored by PSECU and The Haverford Trust Company.

“We named this year’s celebration INSPIRE in recognition of the stories we hear from students who overcome incredible obstacles to complete their education,” said Rich Santoro, executive director of the ESU Foundation. “They inspire us to work harder at the Foundation, as we connect with alumni and friends who are also inspired by students’ stories of perseverance and academic success.”

To see the full list of 2021-2022 scholarships awarded and their student recipients, please visit

CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.

Watch the highlight video here.

With a passion for philanthropy, Adam ’00 M’02 and Erin Stauffer give back to future generations of ESU students

Adam ’00 M’02 and Erin Stauffer

By Susan Field

Adam’s Stauffer’s experience at East Stroudsburg University was transformative.

Adam ’00 M’02 and Erin StaufferWhen he arrived on campus in summer 1996, Stauffer, ’00 ’02 M.Ed., a sport management major, had never been on his own and didn’t know anyone. Within weeks on the Warriors football team, he had “80 friends” and was a part of a community. The close relationships he formed with his teammates made his college experience meaningful and continue to be important in his life today.

The discipline and structure that football provided also contributed to his success in the classroom, helping him to become a more focused student with goals for the future.

“When I landed at ESU, I really embraced the overall academic and football experience. I found an academic background that merged with sports, education, business, and the real world. My success in the classroom helped to open career opportunities. It was a very positive experience in my life and propelled me to where I am today,” said Stauffer, associate vice president for development at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Stauffer’s gratitude for his experiences, coupled with his desire to give back and help students in the next generation have access to higher education, is the impetus behind his recent bequest commitment, naming the ESU Foundation as a beneficiary of a portion of his retirement fund for the Adam ’00 and Erin Stauffer Endowed Football Scholarship. The endowed scholarship assists ESU students who are members of the football team.

“I want someone to have the doors open to the same opportunities that I had, and I don’t want money to be a barrier,” said Stauffer, who is the youngest member of The 1893 Society, and a member of the ESU Foundation Board of Directors.

Stauffer, who resides in Coopersburg, came to ESU by way of his high school football experience at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster. His coach was Jim Cantafio,’76, a physical education major. Every summer, Cantafio, took his teams to a week-long summer Warrior football camp at ESU. After three summers of camps, in which he got to know legendary Warrior head coach Denny Douds, and Assistant Coach Mike Terwilliger, playing college football at ESU seemed like a natural progression.

In Stauffer’s five years as a Warrior linebacker, the relationships forged, and lessons learned were more important to him than the team’s record.

“It wasn’t only about the wins and losses; it was about the friendships in the locker room. I learned about hard work, dedication, and commitment,” said Stauffer, who keeps in regular touch with his former teammates. “I have seen their families grow. I’m the godparent of one of my teammates’ children. I was the best man in one of their weddings, and one of my teammates was the best man in mine.”

Professors and faculty members that had a positive influence on Stauffer, in addition to Douds, were Dr. Richard Lally, Dr. James Pooley, Dr. Robert Fleishman, and Dr. Chad Witmer ’95 M’98. Standout undergrad classes were his Sport Business Law class and Contemporary Sport.

After earning his undergraduate degree, Stauffer earned his Master’s in Education with a concentration in sports management. Though his original goal was to become a college athletic director, he secured a different sports-related job in development and fundraising at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. In that role, he led fundraising for athletic initiatives. Stauffer climbed the ranks at Moravian, becoming the Director of Athletic Development/Director of Leadership Giving. After four years, he took a new position at Lafayette College, where he’s worked since 2006. In his current role, he oversees major gifts, gift planning, and leadership pipeline development.

Stauffer is passionate about giving back to his local community. Over the years he’s been involved in various non-profits, including the Upper Bucks County YMCA board for six years, and the campaign committee of the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way for the last seven. He and his wife of 16 years, Erin, who works as a national account executive for CVS Health, have three children: Kendall 14, Cole, 11, and Carlee, 7. The family enjoys attending football games at Penn State University, from which his wife is a graduate, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the beach at their condo in Ocean City, Md.

As someone who works in fundraising, Stauffer understands many people view donating to a college or university as transactional, but he believes it is a return on investment.

“If you can find something you’re passionate about, and align it with the needs of the university, that is when the magic happens. It’s a great way to make opportunities that were afforded to you available to someone else, and to honor someone’s legacy,” he said. “My gift will have an impact on football players at ESU long after I’m gone.”

ESU Athletics Announces Fall 2021 Spectator Policy


Masks are required for all indoor events.

EAST STROUDSBURG -- In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and East Stroudsburg University, ESU athletics has announced its Fall 2021 spectator policy on Tuesday morning.

Per ESU policy, all members of the ESU campus community and visitors are required to wear masks inside buildings, including hallways, classrooms, public spaces and common areas. Masks are required at all times during indoor events inside Koehler Fieldhouse (volleyball), regardless of vaccination status.

Social distancing, masking and other preventative measures are encouraged for outdoor events at both Eiler-Martin Stadium (football and men's and women's soccer) and Whitenight Field (field hockey).

The spectator policy is subject to change. The athletic department will continue to abide by CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health and ESU regulations.

ESU will stream home events for the 2021-22 academic year on Stay tuned to for links to streams and live stats.

Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The 30th Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic benefiting the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship Fund was held on August 2 at the picturesque Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. This year’s theme was 30 Years of Impact.

For three decades, East Stroudsburg University has shown its commitment to higher education for students from the Prince Hall Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa. ESU adopted the school in 1988, establishing the scholarship fund awarded annually to Prince Hall scholars who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and strong civic engagement. Since being created, 18 Prince Hall scholars have gone on to complete their degrees at ESU.

With last year’s event being cancelled due to COVID-19, this year’s support was more important than ever. Golfers gathered to change the lives of young scholars who dream of a college education. Prince Hall Scholars and ESU alumni Latoya Edmond ’07 M’08 and Marquis Simmons ’17, spoke at dinner about how the scholarship has helped shape who they are today. Their journeys are truly inspiring.

 Thank you to every golfer, sponsor, and donor who supported the event. The life-changing impact of this scholarship is immeasurable. To support the endowed scholarship, please visit:

CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA supports Swim and Gym

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA supports Swim and GymRonald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA supports Swim and Gym Thanks to the generosity of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Pennsylvania, children with physical disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in East Stroudsburg University’s community-based Swim and Gym Program. The $5,998 grant awarded to the East Stroudsburg University Foundation will be used to purchase adaptive sporting equipment.

“The primary goal of this program is to provide children with disabilities with a great opportunity to learn fundamental sport skills, improve social skills, and enjoy physical activity in the community,” said ESU professor Dr. Mihye Jeong, director of the program. “This is a great opportunity for both children with disabilities and our future educators and professionals.”


ESU Student Trustee Takes Oath of Office

ESU Student Trustee Takes Oath of Office

The newest member of East Stroudsburg University’s Council of Trustees (COT), William Green, received the oath of office on Monday, June 14 from COT Chairperson, L. Patrick Ross ’67 of Bartonsville. 


Through a chance encounter, Walter ’77 and Nancy Rogers create life-changing scholarship for lacrosse student-athlete

Walter ’77 and Nancy Rogers

For Walter “Walt” Rogers III, '77, relationships are at the center of his life. He is still friends with people he met on his first day at ESU in the summer of 1973.

Walt sees some of his Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity brothers monthly. He talks to one of them on the phone every morning. He’s also an active member of the ESU '70s Socialites, and still returns to Homecoming almost every year. Walt and Nancy, his wife of 39 years, have already made plans to attend this year the weekend of Oct. 8-10, 2021.

“My fraternity experience and the friendships I developed at ESU were at the center of everything I did in college, and after college, too,” Walt said. “I was in many of my friends’ weddings and vice versa. Nancy and I are godparents of the daughters of a good friend, who was the president of Theta Chi when I was the president of Phi Sigma Kappa.”


Lambert, longtime alumni and foundation board member, dies

In Memoriam
ESU mourns the passing for John T. Lambert, 88, of East Stroudsburg and Sarasota, Fla., who passed away on August 12.  Born in East Stroudsburg, he was the son of the late John E. and Carrie M. (Frank) Lambert.  He was a 1950 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School and a 1954 graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College.
Many from the campus community knew John well; he was a member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 40 years and was the first alumni to become President of the ESU Foundation Board in 1995.
John served the East Stroudsburg Area School District in many capacities ranging from teacher, teaching principal, principal, director of elementary, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction K12, acting superintendent and superintendent during 38 years.  He also served as an adjunct professor at ESU for graduate studies.  John credited his success as an educator to ESU.  He also served his community in many capacities beyond his years as an educator, but his first love was the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army where he was a Board member since 1975.  For additional details about John’s service to the region, visit
John is survived by: his son, J. Douglas Lambert of Sarasota, Fla.; his grandson Luke J. Lambert of Sarasota, Fla; his companion Sara Beth Dilworth, Sarasota, Fla,; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn L. (Kostenbader) Lambert and his daughter Susan A. Lambert.
The family invites those who knew John to attend a graveside service on Saturday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at the Prospect Cemetery in East Stroudsburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg or the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army.  Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this difficult time.

East Stroudsburg University Foundation appoints five new members to its Board of Directors

Robert Willever ’75, East Stroudsburg University Foundation board chair, has announced the appointments of five new members to its Board of Directors. Glenn W. Clark ’74, Leslie L. Wilson, ’74, Rory Yanchek ’84, and Eric Wyatt ’85 were appointed during the board’s last quarterly meeting held on May 14, 2020. John J. Pekarovsky III, ’07, Council of Trustees liaison, was appointed in March 2020.

Just Released! The Spring-Summer 2020 Alumni Herald

Alumni Herald (Spring/Summer 2020)Set to retire July 31, 2020, ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., hopes she leaves behind a university that sets itself apart, one that stands together as a WARRIOR family, and is poised with a promising trajectory. As ESU’s first female president, Welsh is proud of the legacy she forged through program and department collaboration and always placing students’ needs on the forefront. Read about her eight years as president – the accomplishments, challenges and memories of a dynamic leader.

Golf Classic to benefit the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship cancelled

30th Anniversary celebration to take place in 2021

The Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic to benefit the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship at ESU Foundation has been cancelled.

While it was a difficult decision, the golf classic committee has decided to cancel The 30th Annual Educational Scholarship Golf Classic to benefit that Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship at the ESU Foundation which was scheduled for August 3, 2020. The 30th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in 2021.

ESU Foundation, Alumni Engagement events cancelled

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation has cancelled two of its major spring events due to the recent concerns around the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Leave Your Mark, the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • Curtain Call, the 1893 Society Theatre Event, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Please direct any questions regarding these events to Emily Brennan at or call 570-422-3156.

The ESU Office of Alumni Engagement has cancelled the following events:

  • ESU COBM Wine Tasting at Blue Ridge Winery scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • ESU Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni Happy Hour scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Annual Cherry Blossom Brunch scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020

Direct questions for alumni events to Leon John, Jr. at or call 570-422-3194.

Apply now for 2020-2021 scholarships

Go to to find information on available scholarships and, in many cases, apply online.

Don’t delay – application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Important Message to ESU Alumni from President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

Dear Warriors,

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to you today to officially announce my retirement from East Stroudsburg University on July 31, 2020.  For the last eight years, some of my fondest memories and greatest joys have been interacting with you, whether it was when you returned to campus for a visit, at an alumni chapter event, or simply in passing.  It has been my honor to serve as President, and I want all of you to know that I have enjoyed being part of the Warrior family.

Continue reading message from President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

The Alumni Herald Fall-Winter 2019

The Alumni Herald Fall-Winter 2019Meet some of ESU’s wonderful GOLD alumni! These Graduates of the Last Decade are making us proud with all they have accomplished since graduating. They are also a segment of Warrior alumni the Office of Alumni Engagement looks to connect with as they lay the foundation for a robust GOLD alumni program. See if you come across any familiar faces and sign up to be included on announcements and events.


Holiday bakers crowned

Nicole Rogai, Judge Favorite Winner 2019Approximately 75 East Stroudsburg University employees and friends celebrated the holidays with a cookie bake-off at the ESU Foundation’s Annual Open House on Dec. 9 at the Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center.

This year’s winner in the Judge’s Favorite Category was Nicole Rogai, ESU Foundation Regional Gift Officer, who made Holiday Bark.

President’s Circle donors, 1893 Society members thanked for their generosity

ESU SPHEREThe Fine and Performing Arts Building provided a stunning backdrop for the Annual President’s Gala with East Stroudsburg University President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation welcoming members of the President’s Circle and the 1893 Society for their 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. Members of the 1893 Society, those who include the ESU Foundation in their estate plans, also attended.

ESU Foundation names three new board members

ESU Foundation board chair, announced the appointments of three new members to its Board of DirectorsRobert Willever ’75, East Stroudsburg University Foundation board chair, announced the appointments of three new members to its Board of Directors. East Stroudsburg University alumni Alfredo Garcia ’03 of Bethlehem, Pa., local businessman Stephen Somers of Hackettstown, N.J., and student liaison Emily Jimenez, Class of 2022, were appointed during the board’s quarterly meeting held on May 13, 2019.

Plymouth Rock partnership announced to provide alumni with discounted car insurance.

Plymouth Rock assurance

The  East Stroudsburg University Foundation and Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to provide ESU alumni with discounted car insurance through its new partnership with Plymouth Rock Assurance. The discount program is currently available to ESU alumni in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“An important part of the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement’s mission is to provide our more than 45,000 alumni with exclusive benefits and discounts that only come with being an ESU graduate,” said Rich Santoro, Executive Director of the ESU Foundation. “Partnering with Plymouth Rock gives our Warrior alumni a discounted option in car insurance and we’re pleased to further both our missions of supporting alumni in their lives beyond campus.”

Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute, Honoring an ESU educator, biologist, colleague and friend

The Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics InstituteThe Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute was dedicated on April 24, 2019, honoring its founder and visionary and celebrating a $150,000 fundraising campaign for the institute that serves students, the community and region.

Former Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Jane Huffman, Ph.D., M’07, who passed away in 2017, was a member of the ESU family for 29 years, retiring in 2015. She began her career at ESU in 1986 and from the start was a powerful influence on students studying biological sciences, particularly those in wildlife microbiology and parasitology.

11th Annual Scholarship Dinner celebrates the gift of scholarship

Angelica Ramirez, Class of 2019, performs at the 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner.Mosaic, the East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner, connected scholarship recipients with donors on April 17, 2019, at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa. More than 278 guests celebrated the 636 scholarship awards totaling more than $930,000 administered by the Foundation this year.

“Everyone here tonight is unique and special. Whether you’re a student working on your degree, or a donor who understands the value of a college education, you are a crucial piece to our complete and full mosaic,” said ESU Foundation Executive Director Rich Santoro.

East Stroudsburg University Dedicates Enhanced Creekview Park Complex Following $1.8 Million Fundraising Campaign

University representatives cut the ribbon at the Creekview Park dedication.The ribbon cutting follows the East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s $1.8 million fundraising campaign that provided for the installation of artificial turf on two fields, two sets of bullpen areas for each field, construction of home and away dugouts at both fields, permanent and accessible bleacher seating for fans, designated hitting cages for each field, and overhead netting to protect fans from foul balls. Construction was completed in March.

East Stroudsburg University, the Stroud Township Board of Supervisors, and the Stroudsburg Little League announced a partnership in June 2016 for the enhancement project. On May 3, 2018, ground was broken for construction to begin. The three ballfields at the complex are now named the R. Clinton Hughes Jr. Field (baseball), Vigon International Field (softball), and the ESSA Bank & Trust Field (Little League).

Chris Paradysz Presents at President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 27

ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., with Chris Paradysz '84 and Mike ViscegliaChris Paradysz, Co-CEO and founder of PMX Agency, a consumer-first performance marketing agency for today’s leading global brands, was the featured speaker at the East Stroudsburg University President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 27. Mike Visceglia, bassist at Kinky Boots on Broadway joined Paradysz for the evening as a special guest presenter. Chris and Mike discussed “The Power of Creativity to Solve Problems” and led the audience on a musical journey to discover their inner creativity.

Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute dedication set for April 24

Dr. Jane HuffmanYou’re invited to the dedication of East Stroudsburg University’s DR. JANE HUFFMAN WILDLIFE GENETICS INSTITUTE Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3 p.m. Reception and tours of the Institute to follow ESU’s Innovation Center 562 Independence Road East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Celebrate the culmination of a campaign that honors late ESU Biology Professor Jane Huffman, Ph.D., M’07.


The Fields of our Dreams Have Come True

Aerial view of Creekview Park. ESU, Stroudsburg Little League, Stroud Township to celebrate project completion on April 5. East Stroudsburg University’s new baseball and softball fields will be formally dedicated at 11 a.m. on April 5, 2019, at the Creekview Park Complex in Stroudsburg, Pa. Following the dedication ceremony, the ESU baseball and softball teams will host West Chester University in doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m.

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s $1.8 million fundraising campaign provided for the installation of artificial turf, dugouts, batting cages, and bleachers. The enhancement project was completed this March and will provide athletes of all ages a state-of-the-art facility in which to play

2017-18 Annual Report recognizes donors, shows increase in awarded scholarships, provides updates on special campaigns

Cover image of Breaking Ground.The East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s 2017-2018 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors, “Breaking Ground,” has been released, reflecting a successful year as the Foundation continues to build upon its commitment to provide the best educational experience to ESU students at a reasonable cost.

The ESU Foundation fosters lifelong relationships with alumni and friends of East Stroudsburg University, securing philanthropic support to advance the University’s mission and to enhance every student’s University experience. “Breaking Ground” is a comprehensive record of donors and how their gifts have opened doors for students, projects, and programs at ESU.

Make your end of year gift to the Warrior Fund by Dec. 31st!

Calendar graphic to make your gift.Make your end of year gift to the Warrior Fund by Dec. 31st! As you plan your year-end charitable giving, we hope the East Stroudsburg University Foundation is on your list of philanthropic priorities. Please support the Warrior Fund by giving the gift of education to an ESU student today.

The continued success of ESU is largely made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends like you. When you give your support, you enable East Stroudsburg University to provide students and faculty with experiences that positively affect lives for generations to come. No matter how much you give, your support makes an impact.

Memories Captured: 125th Anniversary Celebration video

Portal to view scholarship dinner video.East Stroudsburg University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 25, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. This once-in-a-lifetime event raised more than $175,000 in support of student scholarships and provided a magnificent backdrop to honor Robert M. Moses, William B. Cramer, Esq., and the R. Dale and Frances M. Hughes Foundation with inaugural President’s Distinguished Medals.

Presidential Medals Awarded at ESU’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

Close-up photo of a Presidential Medal award.East Stroudsburg University Foundation and ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., hosted the university’s 125th Anniversary Celebration at Stroudsmoor Country Inn on Thursday, October 25.

The event intended to bring alumni, friends and the campus and regional community members together to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the institution.

Donors thanked at annual President’s Gala

Detailed image of Creating a Masterpiece event invitation.ESU Foundation Executive Director Rich Santoro reminded the guests that their generosity was responsible for the $2.8 million in support of ESU and it students during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Thirty-five new scholarships were created, and ESU saw great success in the Baseball-Softball Turf Field enhancement project as well as the Wildlife DNA Lab project.

Golf Classic benefits Prince Hall scholarship

In 1988, ESU adopted the Prince Hall Elementary School serving the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Pa. The partnership established the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship Fund at the ESU Foundation, which is awarded to Prince Hall scholars who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and a strong civic responsibility. Since its inception, 16 Prince Hall scholars have graduated from ESU thanks to this scholarship.

1893 Society members recognized at tea

President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., welcomed members of the 1893 Society to her home on College Circle for an afternoon tea on May 25, 2018, when they were presented with recognition pins for their philanthropic commitment to ESU. CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.

Mount Airy Foundation Awards $20,000 Grant to ESU

East Stroudsburg University and the East Stroudsburg University Foundation have been awarded a grant of $20,000 from Mount Airy Foundation to support the Community Athletic Complex Improvement Project at Creekview Park in Stroudsburg. The funding will assist with renovations and improvements to the ESSA and Hughes Field Complex at Creekview Park.

ESU Foundation names three new board members

Collage image of new board members.Robert Willever ’75 , East Stroudsburg University Foundation Board Chair, has announced the appointments of three new members to its Board of Directors. East Stroudsburg University alumna Wendy Jankoski ’82 of Englewood, Fla., retired staff member Robert Moses of Shawnee On Delaware, and student liaison Danielle Turner ‘20 were appointed during the board’s last quarterly meeting held on May 10, 2018.

Annual dinner celebrates the gift of scholarship

Students displaying Scholarship Dinner sign.Scholarship donors were inspired to hear how student scholarship recipients would make their mark on the world during the Tenth Annual Scholarship Dinner. Held April 19, 2018, at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa., the East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s signature event drew more than 300 guests and gave students the opportunity to thank their donors in person.

ESU, Stroudsburg Little League break ground on new fields

Groundbreaking shovels lined up in sand at Creekview Park.

East Stroudsburg University and the East Stroudsburg University Foundation have been awarded a grant of $20,000 from Mount Airy Foundation to support the Community Athletic Complex Improvement Project at Creekview Park in Stroudsburg. The funding will assist with renovations and improvements to ESSA and Hughes Field Complex at Creekview Park.

ESU, the Stroud Township Board of Supervisors, and the Stroudsburg Little League broke ground for new baseball and softball fields at the athletic complex on May 3, 2018. The project was launched in June 2016 when the ESU Foundation kicked off a $1.8 million fundraising campaign to help pay for it.