Northeast PA ESU Alumni Summer ‘Fun-Raiser’

On August 13, the tradition continued as 80 golfers gathered at Mountain Laurel Golf Club in White Haven Pa. to support the annual NEPA ESU Alumni ‘Fun-Raiser’ Golf Tournament. Thank you to all who attended and supported the outing!

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Alumni and friends gather for Philadelphia Phillies game

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 50 ESU alumni, family and friends gathered at Phillies stadium as the Philadelphia Phillies battled the New York Mets. A tailgate event was held at the Pass and Stow before the game. Alumni were able to share memories about their time at ESU and their excitement for future on-campus events.

This event was planned by the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement and volunteers from the Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni Chapter. To stay connected on future events, please visit our Alumni calendar: Alumni Events – ESU Alumni.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.

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ESU, NCC Partnership Set Career Path for Student

East Stroudsburg University (ESU) interim president Kenneth Long and Northampton Community College (NCC) president Dr. Mark Erickson recently announced an exciting transfer partnership between the two institutions. NCC-ESU Pathways to Success: Stronger Together will facilitate enhanced and seamless access for NCC students to apply to ESU’s upper-division undergraduate and graduate programs through 2+2+1 pathways.

“For many years, ESU and NCC have worked together to provide our region with high quality, affordable public education,” President Long said. “With this partnership, we are taking these efforts even further by not only enhancing the pathway for students to seamlessly transition between our institutions, but to also provide the financial support that is necessary to ensure that students are able to achieve their educational goals in a timely fashion.” He added, “East Stroudsburg and Northampton share a common belief that higher education should not only be accessible, but also affordable. This premier partnership provides just that—accessibility and affordability.”

ESU Provost Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D. said the partnership provides NCC students with the resources they need to transfer to ESU easily and graduate on time. “Many students take a significant amount of time to complete a 4-year degree and in the process, incur an increased amount of debt. We want to blur the lines between NCC and ESU courses, so students have this pathway of ensuring success. We have worked in a transfer scholarship, as well as an incentive to NCC employees if they want to continue their education at a 4-year school. We’ve given them an institutional discount to come to ESU.  We really want NCC students to know they will be ESU students. In the near future, we will have NCC courses taught on ESU’s campus and ESU courses taught on NCC’s campus,” she said. “The whole package is having an alignment of majors—the goal of transferring is to have NCC students come to ESU as juniors, complete another 60 credits at ESU, and get their degree as a junior or senior. This was really an academic village effort.” To make the transition even easier, for NCC students who transfer to ESU without the degree but are close to completing their NCC degree, Bruno said ESU will do a “reverse transfer,” working with the student to make sure their credits from ESU transfer back to NCC to satisfy the award of an associate degree.

ESU has long been a top transfer destination for NCC students, with more than 300 graduates enrolling at ESU each year. Elizabeth Reeves is just one student who can speak to the strength of the schools’ partnership. Reeves graduated with honors from NCC in 2017 and ESU in 2019. While attending school, Reeves raised two daughters as a single mother and tutored students at NCC’s learning center. “I tried to go back to school several times throughout my life,” Reeves said. “My goal was to go to NCC—I thought, if I don’t go any further, at least I’ll have my associate degree. My goal was a bachelor’s.” Reeves’ hard work and commitment to her studies was obvious. Christine Armstrong, professor of communications at NCC, referred Reeves for a tutoring position in NCC’s Learning Center. “It just seemed like the natural next step,” Reeves said. When it was time to transfer to ESU, Reeves said she was a bit nervous. “How would I measure up against the students who were already there? NCC really did prepare me. They have writing-intensive courses, and it did help. I would get a little overwhelmed with some of the big assignments [at ESU], but my grades always reflected good work. When I first started at NCC and got to know some of the other students, I heard ‘not everything is going to transfer.’ That didn’t happen for me—everything counted. I would imagine it’s really frustrating to have to take some of the same classes because some class didn’t count.”

Because of her busy schedule, she took classes at both NCC and ESU year-round—opting to take one or two classes per semester rather than a full load of five classes in a single semester. Since graduating from ESU with her bachelor’s in communication, Reeves has not looked back. She continued on to the master’s program at ESU, where she expects to graduate this summer. “My plan wasn’t always the master’s. I just let the world open up, and that’s where it led,” Reeves said. She also works as a part-time public relations coordinator at Strong Mountain Media, a public relations and digital marketing agency founded by ESU alum Laurie Monteforte. As if Reeves’ schedule was not busy enough, she is also scheduled to teach at NCC this fall. Reeves said her experiences at both NCC and ESU were nothing but positive. “I found everybody to be really supportive. Working in the learning center, it was my supervisor there who recommended me to teach a class. Then going on to ESU—those recommendations are what got me the job in the PR firm. I can’t say enough about how supportive the professors were. They were very understanding, but still had high expectations.”

Dr. Armstrong is not surprised Reeves has done so well at both schools. “The thing that made Elizabeth memorable is the thing that makes a lot of students really successful. Elizabeth wasn’t just working for the grade or to get the class done. She really wanted to gain the knowledge. She would do the reading ahead of time, would come to my office hours and ask lots of questions, and would discuss the material to make sure she understood how the material was working.” Armstrong also has high hopes for the NCC/ESU partnership. “There are a lot of students who transfer from Northampton to ESU. For most of our students, it’s the best fit and value. Previously, there may have been little hiccups with credits transferring. This agreement smooths over those pieces and students don’t have to worry about those hiccups.”

The ESU/NCC Stronger Together partnership officially takes effect in fall 2021.

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2021 Annual Legacy Family Brunch and Pinning Ceremony


If a near member of your family (child, parent, sibling, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or grandparent) attended East Stroudsburg University, and you are either a current student or an alumnus/a of ESU, you are invited to the Annual Legacy Family Brunch and Pinning Ceremony with Interim President Kenneth Long during Family Weekend 2021.

September 18, 2021
10 a.m.
Main Quad
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Please RSVP by September 9, 2021.

This annual event is exclusive to Legacy families who have a multi-generational tradition of attending East Stroudsburg University.

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Just released: Spring-Summer 2021 Alumni Herald

Brimming with alumni news, Class Notes, campus happenings and Warrior athletic updates, the Alumni Herald keeps every Warrior in touch with their alma mater. READ THE ALUMNI HERALD.

We are always looking for stories from ESU alumni about their career, travels and success. If you have a story to share, whether it be about yourself or a fellow alumni, consider sharing it with us! Submit your story idea. 

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ESU Announces Reopening of Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium

After being closed for 16 months on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium at East Stroudsburg University has reopened. Both the museum and planetarium will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be limited to 50% capacity, with 20 guests inside the space at any given time.

Housed in the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, the state-of-the-art planetarium and world-class museum offer something for everyone. Nearly all of the museum’s 130-plus taxidermy exhibits were collected and donated by ESU alumni Arthur ’62 and Fannie Greene ’62 Schisler. The museum also boasts a 300-gallon aquarium and insects from around the globe. The McMunn Planetarium is named in honor of ESU supporters and alumni Charles A. “Tony” ’69 and Patricia Lythgoe ’68 McMunn.

“We are excited to welcome the community and explorers of all ages back to these spaces to experience the wonder of discovery at ESU,” said Catherine Klingler, curator.

Walk-ins are welcome. Guests who prefer cashless payment over the phone may call 570.422.2705 before visiting. Guided tours must be booked in advance. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status, guests’ visits will be limited to two hours, and surfaces will be sanitized between each group. Admission is free for ESU students with current ID; Schisler Museum & McMunn Planetarium members; children two years old and under; and special needs aides. Admission for the general public is discounted to $5 per person while the planetarium is undergoing maintenance. 

For more information, visit or contact Klingler at 570-422-2747 or

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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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