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SAVE THE DATE!
REGISTRATION COMING SOON
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.
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 (communityfunded.com)
ESU alumni can make a difference in the lives of students by supporting the ESU Foundation Warrior Fund. Financial support from alumni is essential for sustaining the high-quality education and positive student experience that makes ESU unique. Our students depend on the entire ESU community, from peers to professors, to help them succeed. You can play your part by making a gift to the ESU Foundation Warrior Fund today. Gifts of every size provide our students with the resources they need to succeed, but also enhance valuable programs that promote confidence, leadership skills, and teamwork. The next generation of Warriors are counting on you. Make your gift.
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Join Coach Justin Germani and the ESU Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams for the first annual Memorial Day Virtual 5K.
Friends, families, supporters, alumni, coaches, and athletes from across the country…we want you to join us! Run or walk from anywhere to participate.
It’s the perfect way to enjoy the official start of summer while supporting ESU Warriors! Register today: www.esufoundation.org/memorial-day-5k
Want to make a tremendous impact? Join us on August 2nd to benefit the Prince Hall Endowed Scholarship. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available! 2021 – 30th Annual Prince Hall Scholarship Golf Classic (Event Registration) – ESU Foundation
Please keep checking our EVENTS PAGE for new times, rescheduled events, and virtual opportunities. Events are subject to change.
|JUN 16||Alumni Virtual Book Club|
|JUN 25||Warrior Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Soccer|
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
|JUL 2||Bill Bergen Memorial Golf Tournament in support of Warrior Football|
|JUL 23||Jeff Dailey Memorial Golf Tournament|
Green Pond Country Club
|AUG 13||ESU Alumni Annual Summer ‘Fun-Raiser’|
Mountain Laurel Golf Club
|AUG 14||Warrior Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Wrestling|
Bethlehem Golf Club
|AUG 28||Warrior Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Softball|
Bethlehem Golf Club
|SEP 24||College of Business and Management Golf Fundraising Event|
After extensive renovations, East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse is ready for the best of times – graduations, basketball games, concerts — and the worst of times, including 2012 when Koehler was used as a mega shelter for people in the region who needed temporary housing following Hurricane Sandy, or more recently in 2020 when the facility was setup to serve as a COVID-19 field hospital.
That’s what the Monroe County Commissioners had in mind when they earmarked $1.3 million of the $15.4 million the county received from the federal CARES Act to pay for an air conditioning system at Koehler Fieldhouse that will enable ESU students and the greater community to have clean, fresh, cool air when necessary – especially during warm spring and summer months, when the facility is used on excessively hot days for athletic practices, to welcome large groups for commencement ceremonies and other community events, and in regional emergency situations. The new air conditioning unit adds additional value in light of the pandemic; it has the capability of increasing the rate of air change, reducing air recirculation and increasing the amount of outdoor air to thwart the spread of COVID-19. A new 550-kilowatt generator, funded by a $360,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), ensures the Fieldhouse will retain electricity during power outages like the one that left Monroe County residents without power for three days in March of 2017.
“The addition of a generator and air conditioning system to Koehler Fieldhouse maximizes the functionality of the building, not only for the campus but for the community,” said Mary Frances Postupack, ESU vice president of economic development and entrepreneurship, who spearheaded the effort to obtain funding for both initiatives.
Sharon Laverdure, chair of the Monroe County Commissioners, agreed, saying Koehler’s location, size and facilities make it a logical shelter for large emergencies, in part due to its proximity to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, the downtown, bus routes and major thoroughfares, such as I-80.
“In case of an emergency, Koehler Fieldhouse can impact virtually every citizen in Monroe County,” Laverdure said. “If something terrible happens, it is there for the community as an emergency shelter.”
Early in the coronavirus pandemic, the nearly 85,000-square-foot fieldhouse built in 1966 was designated as an “alternate-care site” that could accept 200 patients recovering from COVID if the region’s hospitals became overwhelmed. Because air conditioning was not available, temporary units were rented and installed.
Fortunately, Koehler wasn’t needed but having the permanent COVID-filtering air conditioning and ventilation system plus the generator will ensure its readiness for future emergencies.
Thomas Hughes, PEMA state hazard mitigation officer, said “the PEMA investment in a generator in Koehler Fieldhouse expands the functionality and reliability of the fieldhouse for potential emergency situations. It is important to maintain a statewide inventory of state-affiliated and supported locations.”
The renovation of the 46,000-square-foot arena includes a new four-sided scoreboard with high-definition video screens, flooring and a fresh painting of the ESU Warrior.
NCAA college basketball now requires arenas to have scoreboards that are more technologically sophisticated than Koehler’s previous 1994 scoreboard with its analog technology.
“The scoreboard upgrade was a must,” said Dr. Gary R. Gray, ESU director of athletics. “It was a heavy financial lift for the University, but we anticipate recouping the cost through scoreboard advertisements, sponsorships and facility rentals. Restoration of the arena floor became necessary after the COVID field hospital was on site.”
ESU Interim President Kenneth Long stated that the upgrades will benefit not just University students and teams but also members of the public who use the fieldhouse for activities ranging from voting poll stations to basketball tournaments to fitness testing for law enforcement.
“There are various first responder and military agencies, not just in our county but in surrounding counties, that do their fitness testing at ESU,” he said. “The indoor track in January is indispensable when there are 10 inches of snow outside.”
Popular community events regularly held at Koehler include the Perryman Keglovits Foundation’s annual basketball game for all-stars from area high schools. Event proceeds go to the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono. There are also long-standing camp contracts with organizations that use ESU’s facilities for youth programs and other community events.
Additional updates to Koehler are in the works, including the installation of a new sound system that will improve the quality of sound throughout the arena for important events like graduation, and will also aid in providing effective communication with large groups in the course of an emergency. Also planned is a life-cycle renovation and upgrade of the football locker room, which is the focus of a fundraising campaign led by head coach Jimmy Terwilliger and a committee of current and former coaches and athletes, with help from the ESU Foundation. The locker room project is expected to be completed before the 2021 season begins.
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