Anniversary Celebration raises $175K for student scholarships

Community comes out to recognize ESU, honor three Presidential Medal winners

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the President’s Distinguished Medals to
Robert M. Moses, William B. Cramer, Esq., and the R. Dale and Frances M. Hughes Foundation

For East Stroudsburg University, providing a quality education to students for 125-years is a significant milestone - one that’s been celebrated across campus throughout 2018. Recognizing ESU’s continuing growth and achievements, the festivities over the past 12-months culminated with the 125th Anniversary Celebration held Oct. 25, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa.

Hosted by ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation, the celebration raised $175,365 for 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.

The President’s Distinguished Medal is the highest honor the university can award to an individual or organization and is presented at the discretion of the president. Honorees are selected based on their commitment and work that has exemplified the values of ESU.

Honorary Chairs for the event were Pat ’67 and Joan M. ’64 Ross with Pat Ross presenting the unique awards designed by Darlene Farris-LeBar, professor for ESU’s Art + Design program. It was produced using a metal 3D printer from ExONE, the metal printing facility in Pittsburgh, similar to the printer recently acquired at ESU.

President Welsh, echoing the theme of the celebration, A Proud Past, A Bold Future, said just as it was 125-years ago, ESU continues to pride itself in putting students first.

“I stand here today as ESU’s 13th president and our student body, more than 6,600 strong, is now one of the most diverse within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with core strengths in many areas, including the health sciences, business management, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, and art + design, to name just a few,” said Welsh. “We now offer our students so many different and strong programs - 57 undergraduate, 21 masters, and one doctoral program in the fields of health sciences, business and management, arts and sciences, and still… in keeping with our roots….education.”

She noted this year has been a time to pause and look back, to know where ESU came from as an institution and as Warriors, and to look ahead to what’s next.

“Academically, we are rich with opportunities for students to learn while providing “game-changing” entrepreneurs with the support of ESU’s Business Accelerator Program and the newer Warrior Launchpad. We have a Bloomberg Lab, arguably the most sophisticated 3D or additive Manufacturing Lab in the Commonwealth, about 20 Professional Development Schools that partner with us in training teacher candidates, and Health Science programs that are high tech, high touch,” said Welsh.

“The growth of our campus, the diversity of our students and the various offerings of all of our academic programs have shown how far we have come in 125 years.”

Learn more about ESU’s 125th Anniversary festivities and the Presidential Distinguished Medal honorees at