ESU Foundation names three board members

Robert Willever ’75, East Stroudsburg University Foundation Board Chair, has announced the appointments of three new members to its Board of Directors. ESU alumni Alfredo Garcia ’03 of Bethlehem, Pa., local businessman Stephen Somers of Hackettstown, N.J., and student liaison Emily Jimenez ‘22, were appointed during the board’s quarterly meeting held on May 13, 2019.

Garcia is a financial advisor for Wells Fargo. Somers is the owner and president of Vigon International, Inc. Jimenez is a business management major from Byram Township, N.J. Their terms began on July 1, 2019.

“On behalf of the ESU Foundation Board of Directors, I wish to express our gratitude to these three new members for agreeing to serve in these important roles. I am confident that they will make immediate contributions to the ESU community by furthering the goals of the ESU Foundation,” said Willever.

The ESU Foundation Board of Directors includes 17 members who serve in support of the organization and its mission. Returning members of the Board of Directors are Dr. Frank M. Pullo ’73 M’76, vice chairman; Christopher Yeager ’74 M’81, secretary; Robert A. Shebelsky, treasurer; Harry F. Lee, Esq., council of trustees liaison; Dr. Elizabeth Leigh Smith, faculty liaison; David A. Super ’80, alumni association liaison; MaryEllen Dickey ’80; Raymond Hamlin, Esq. ’86; Wendy Jankoski ’82; Douglas Leonzi ’94; Robert Moses; Geoffrey Roche M’15; and Adam Stauffer ’00 M’02.

The mission of the ESU Foundation is to secure philanthropic support for scholarships, academic and athletic programs, student activities, and capital improvements. Key initiatives for 2019-2020 include increasing the number of annual and endowed scholarships, funding for athletics, and fundraising for the Community Health Education & Simulation Center. For more information on the ESU Foundation, call 570-422-3333 or visit

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Homecoming Weekend registration is now open!

Welcome to ESU Homecoming 2019: Ignite your Spirit

ESU looks forward to seeing everyone at Homecoming 2019.  This year, we have made some enhancements to ensure that you, your classmates, family members, and friends have a time that they will never forget.

As we lead up to Homecoming 2019, keep your eyes open for e-mails and social media that will update you on our schedule.

We are also asking that you visit our Facebook page and post photos of ESU memories, and past Homecomings using the hashtag #esuhomecoming2019. We will be displaying these pictures throughout the weekend at our events.

The Classes of 1954 and 1969 will be celebrating their reunions on campus during Homecoming. For details, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (570) 422-3194. SEE THE SCHEDULE.

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Have you seen the new athletics website?

The East Stroudsburg University sports information department unveiled the redesigned on Wednesday, debuting a new look and updated features for the official athletics website of ESU.

The redesign, which debuted Wednesday afternoon, was revamped in a collaborative effort with college athletics website provider SIDEARM Sports and the ESU sports information office. The new-look home for ESU’s 22 varsity athletics programs features a modern design, easier navigation, and integration with Warriors athletics social media platforms.

Additionally, the new layout now boasts a responsive layout that will automatically adapt to a user’s custom screen resolution and browser settings, as well as mobile devices and tablets.

“We look forward to growing our partnership with SIDEARM sports for this upcoming athletic year and beyond as we continue to enhance and grow East Stroudsburg University’s presence online,” said Doug Page, ESU Assistant Sports Information Director. “SIDEARM has been awesome to work with throughout this entire process and we look forward to continuing to provide an outlet for our student-athletes, fans, and supporters who follow Warrior athletics to stay up-to-date.”

Among the improvements, visitors will now have quicker access to schedules and rosters, a more comprehensive all-sports calendar, and a static ticker that scrolls through recent scores and upcoming games. Other improvements include easier access to photo galleries and video highlights as well as fan zone content.


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The latest edition of the Alumni Herald is here

The Spring/Summer 2019 issue of the Alumni Herald connects you with Dr. Deborah Gebhardt ’69, a Warrior whose professional and personal journey has been far from ordinary. She’s a scientist focused on issues related to health, fitness and workplace safety, an entrepreneur, accomplished educator as well as coach who has led women’s collegiate teams to the playoffs. This year, she returns to ESU as part of the Class of 1969 reunion celebration.

CLICK HERE to read online.

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Where are you going this summer?

We want to know where ESU alumni go on summer vacation! Share a photograph along with your name, class year and the destination of the photograph for a chance to be featured on this page and on social media. Please let us know why you LOVE the destination. 

All submissions should be sent to All submissions may be edited, featured and will be entered to win an ESU t-shirt. One submission per person. Submissions will be accepted until August 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on August 10, 2019 on social media.

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Participants wanted for research study

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Stroudsburg University is seeking participants for a research study on the effects Rheumatic Disease and Inflammatory Arthritis have on hearing, cognition, and language. Volunteers will be asked to complete a survey and have the option of participating in a comprehensive hearing assessment and/or comprehensive language and cognitive-linguistic assessment. Participation would involve one to two sessions, each of which is 45 minutes to two hours long, depending on the number of components of the study in which participants choose to participate. Volunteers with and without Rheumatic Disease/Inflammatory Arthritis are needed.

The research study, which will help further understand the diseases and explore potential therapy and treatment techniques, will take place at the Speech and Hearing Center located in Monroe Hall on the campus of ESU.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer as a participant please contact LuAnn Batson Magnuson, Ph.D., associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at 570-422-3311 or, or Susan Dillmuth-Miller, Au.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at 570-422-3684 or

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Connect with a Warrior alumni chapter

Alumni Chapters and Contacts:

Bucks/Montgomery County
Christine Rohr Thompson ’73

Tony Casciano ’82

(Delaware County/Chester County)

R. Griggs Levy ’87

Florida East Coast 
David Hair ’77

Suncoast (Florida West Coast)
Joan Stanley Merring ’67

Lehigh Valley
(Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem Area)

Rhonda Miller ’17

Philadelphia Area
Scott Higgins ’07

Monroe County 
Frank Johnson ’74

Metro Washington, D.C. 
James Viola ’84

Wilkes Barre/Scranton 
Corey Hair Wimmer ’03

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It’s golf season! Support Warrior athletic programs

ESU’s athletic programs are hosting golf outings this summer. Check out the summer schedule and sign up to support your program.

Proceeds Benefit ESU Athletic Programs & Scholarships

June 21, 2019
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Soccer
Split Rock Golf Club

June 28, 2019
Bill Bergen Memorial Golf Tournament
Shawnee Inn

July 15, 2019
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Baseball
Great Bear Golf Club

August 24, 2019
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Softball 
Bethlehem Golf Club

July 26, 2019
The Jeff Dailey Memorial Golf Tournament Benefitting Men’s BasketballShawnee Inn

September 14, 2019
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Wrestling
Shawnee Inn

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Congratulations to our Hall of Fame members

East Stroudsburg University inducted 10 individuals and two teams as the 41st class to enter the Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn.

Individuals present for the ceremony were Bob Ruckdeschel ’66 (football/track & field), Joao Luiz Ribeiro ’85 (gymnastics), Jeanne Martin ’88 (volleyball), Mike DelGrosso ’92 (basketball), Rob Stone ’98 (track & field), Kelly Wagner ’04 (field hockey/lacrosse), Vanessa Andes ’06 (cross country/track & field) and Jen Veronesi ’07 (softball). Also inducted but unable to attend were Eric Wilckens ’90 (soccer) and Kamar Samuels ’04 (soccer).

The 1968 football team, which finished 8-0-1 and shared the PSAC trophy, and the 1969 men’s tennis team, which swept all six singles and three doubles matches at the PSAC Championships, became the 20th and 21st ESU teams to enter the Hall of Fame. READ MORE.

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Join us for a golf ‘fun-raiser!’

Friday, August 9, 2019
Shadowbrook Inn & Resort
201 Resort Lane Tunkhannock, Pa.

12 Noon Shotgun Start
$75 per golfer

CLICK HERE to register and for CLICK HERE sponsorship opportunities. For more information or questions, please contact the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement at (570) 422-3194.

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