ESU and Northampton Community College are Stronger Together with Announcement of New Dual Transfer Partnership

East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Interim President Kenneth Long and Northampton Community College (NCC) President Dr. Mark Erickson, announced a new premiere partnership today during an agreement signing on NCC’s Monroe campus near Tannersville, Pa. The new partnership, NCC-ESU Pathway to Success: Stronger Together, will facilitate enhanced and seamless access for NCC students to ESU’s upper division undergraduate and graduate programs through 2+2+1 pathways.

“President Erickson and I are aligned in our passion and dedication to make this a seamless process for students transitioning from the community college to a four-year institution in order to best meet the educational needs of the northeast region,” said Long. “The thing that sets this agreement apart is that we envision NCC to hold occasional classes on ESU’s campus, and have ESU faculty teach at NCC. We want to continue to put all students first.”

NCC’s President Erickson echoed Long’s enthusiasm for the partnership. “As a college of the community, expanding affordable access to higher education is core to our mission,” said Erickson. “This new partnership guarantees admission to ESU for our graduates with significant available scholarship dollars that will allow them to take advantage of the same excellent and affordable education at ESU as they did at NCC.”

ESU is already the top college transfer destination for NCC students, with more than 300 graduates each year enrolling at ESU. “What makes this partnership even more compelling is that NCC students thrive once they arrive at ESU,” said Carolyn Bortz, NCC’s vice president of Academic Affairs. “Students who earn a two-year degree at NCC before attending ESU, graduate at a higher rate than other ESU students and they graduate more quickly than their peers who did not attend NCC.”

“In this post-COVID time when students are uncertain about when or how to come back to higher education, we wanted to create viable pathways for students to obtain an associate degree at NCC while simultaneously supporting them in a transition into parallel academic programs at ESU,” said ESU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D. “We have had a number of successful partnerships with NCC through the years, but this one truly promises to provide  NCC students ultimate access and affordability to a two-year degree,  a four-year degree and further, if they so choose.”

According to the agreement, participating NCC students must obtain an associate degree or approximately 60 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 prior to entering a four-year program at ESU. Eligible students will enter ESU with junior status dependent upon the number of transfer credits and appropriate sequencing. These students will not be required to complete more than 60 credits at ESU in order to earn a bachelor’s degree unless they are transferring into a program with accreditation or licensing/certification standards that may require additional credits.

If the NCC student transfers to ESU without an associate’s degree but with 60 credits or more, ESU will coordinate efforts for the student to transfer back to NCC the general education or major credits earned to satisfy the requirements and support the awarding of an associate degree.

To financially help students achieve a four-year degree, ESU Transfer Scholarships will be available to any NCC transfer who meets GPA requirements:

ESU Transfer
Amount per
Platinum$6,000 annually$3,000/semester3.50 to 4.00
Gold$4,000 annually$2,000/semester3.00 to 3.49
Silver$2000 annually$1,000/semester2.50 to 2.99
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2021 ESU Football Schedule

“I’m excited to see the ’21 Warriors back on the gridiron,” said head coach Jimmy Terwilliger. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to coach these young men, and continue to develop this team. It is an exciting time to be a WARRIOR. This year we will unveil the opening of the Jack Gregory ’52 football locker room, Eiler-Martin stadium upgrades and a new look to WARRIORS Football. There is a lot to look forward to this upcoming year, a lot of new faces, facilities and uniforms, but our values remain the same: WORK HARD-COMPETE-Do. It. Right. Our schedule is extremely competitive and it starts Thursday night, September 2 against Pace University. Can’t wait to bring Football back to Where WARRIORS BELONG!”

2021 ESU Football Schedule:

Thurs., Sept. 2PACE7:05 PM
Sept. 11at Slippery Rock6:00 PM
Sept. 18MERCYHURST (Family Weekend)1:05 PM
Sept. 25at Lock Haven*6:00 PM
Oct. 2at Kutztown*    12:05 PM
Oct. 9MILLERSVILLE* (Homecoming)2:05 PM
Oct. 16at West Chester*Noon
Nov. 6at Shepherd*Noon
Nov. 13      PSAC Championship/Gannon1:05 PM
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Thomas Edison Film Festival at ESU

East Stroudsburg University (ESU) will open its campus to the Pocono community for an evening of entertainment under the stars on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. ESU, in cooperation with the Thomas Edison Film Festival, will host a free screening of the Animated Short Films from the Festival’s 2021 40th Anniversary Tour on the University’s Main Quad, located at the center of campus at 8:00 p.m.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for ESU to invite our neighbors to pack up their lawn seating and come to campus for a relaxing evening of film under the stars,” said ESU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D. “A number of our academic departments will also have representation on hand to showcase some of our outstanding fine arts programs – from 3D printing and musical theatre to digital media. We hope this will be a magical night for families, especially after the past 17 months of pandemic uncertainty.”

Participants attending the event will be required to follow the University’s COVID guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus. Masks are required outdoors in situations when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. However, wearing a mask outdoors is not required for individuals who are fully-vaccinated. ESU will continue to require indoor mask wearing in public areas of buildings, encourage social distancing, and restrict facility access to the public until the threat of spread of the virus on campus and the neighboring community is measurably reduced.

Download accessible transcripts of the short films.

Attendees may also enjoy some light refreshments provided by students and faculty from ESU’s hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program. Individuals may opt to bring their own snacks but must remember that ESU is an alcohol-free campus.

According to event organizers Andra Basu, Ph.D., dean of ESU’s College of Arts and Sciences and William Bajor, Ph.D., director of Assessment, Accreditation and Academic Planning, the Animated Short Film screening will begin at 8 p.m. and will run about an hour and fifteen minutes without intermission. A rain date for the event will be Wednesday, August 4.

According to the Festival program, the Thomas Edison Film Festival (formerly known as the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film festival) has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form for more than 40 years. The Festival was founded in 1981 and was originally named for Thomas Edison’s West Orange, NJ, film studio, whose resemblance to black-box shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria.”  The Festival’s relationship to Thomas Edison’s invention of the motion camera and the kinetoscope and his experimentation with the short film is at the core of the Festival. Thomas Edison Film Festival is an international juried competition celebrating all genres and independent filmmakers across the globe.

The Festival’s touring program reaches out to diverse audiences in diverse settings with screenings of cutting-edge, cross-genre films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary. Films in the Festival’s collection include issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and much more. These exceptional works range from animation, comedy, and drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video.

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ESU Virtual Book Club: August 2021


Join the ESU Alumni Virtual Book Club to connect with fellow Warriors and continue learning. Enjoy books on business, communications, leadership, productivity, fiction, leisure, and more.


The ESU Office of Alumni Engagement has partnered with ESU Communications Professor Andi McClanahan to create a Virtual Book Club for alumni. The club members will connect through ZOOM where all can participate, discuss the book and connect with one another. Membership is free but you will need to obtain a copy of the discussed book on your own.

This month’s book is The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Book Discussion:


6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Once registered, an email will be sent on the day of the event with the ZOOM link to join the discussion.  

This event is planned by Professor Andrea McClanahan and the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement. Questions should be directed to the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement at or (570) 422-3180.


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ESU Alumni Phillies Baseball Game

Join fellow alumni and friends for a Philadelphia Phillies game as they take on the New York Mets. A small social will be held at Pass and Stow located inside third base gate prior to the game.


ESU Alumni Philadelphia Phillies Day
Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets

Saturday, August 7, 2021
4:05 p.m.
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148


$23 Per Ticket
Section 310, Rows 13-17

A representative from the Office of Alumni Engagement will be in touch with you regarding your tickets.

For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (570)422-3180 or e-mail at

This event is planned by the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement and volunteers from the Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni Chapter. For more information on how to get involved, contact Christine Rohr Thompson ’73 at

Buy your tickets today!

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Poconos Music Festival

The 12th season of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival has something for everyone –including a roof-raising tribute to Aretha Franklin starring two-time Grammy winner Tamika Lawrence and “Hamilton” star Blaine Krauss. “RESPECT: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” plays the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg on Friday, July 24th!

Check out all the Festival has to offer and purchase tickets today!

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Where Warriors Go

July 7– August 9

Summer is finally here; it is a time to relax with family and friends. Have you planned your dream vacation or stay-cation for summer 2021? We want to know where your favorite destination is.

Share a photograph of your favorite destination. Include your name, class year, and the destination for a chance to be featured on ESU’s alumni website, social media, and a chance to win ESU alumni swag. Please let us know why you love this destination. All submissions should be sent to Submissions may be edited. One submission per person. Winner will be announced on August 9, 2021 on social media.


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My ESU Story: Jamil Joseph ’16

My ESU Story series highlights current and former ESU students who share their journey to ESU, what impacted them the most, and their dreams for the future. In this episode, theatre major Jamil Joseph shares his story.

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Homecoming 2021



Save the Date for ESU’s biggest alumni celebration. From the Class of 1971 to 2021, events promise to be bigger and better than ever. Details coming soon.

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Memorial Day Virtual 5K…you can still participate!

Memorial Day may have passed, but there’s still time to support the track & field and cross country teams. The virtual 5K time has been extended through June 13, so lace up those sneakers and head outside for some fresh air. Help Coach Justin Germani and his talented athletes while celebrating the unofficial start of summer. Register today: Track & Field and Cross Country Virtual 5K (

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