ESU Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month with Yai Vargas

To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, East Stroudsburg University will welcome Yai Vargas, a career and diversity consultant, as she delivers a virtual keynote address on Thursday, October 7 at 6 p.m. The program will take place via Zoom and is open to the public at no cost.

ESU’s Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education will host Vargas’s presentation, “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Personal and Professional Branding – Leveraging Your Culture & Authenticity.”

Yai Vargas has 15 years of professional experience as a career and diversity consultant, designing inclusive programs for increased productivity, employee engagement and culture change via employee resource and business resource groups.

She has expertise in developing & delivering training for career and leadership development including topics like: allyship, cultural intelligence, diversity, equity vs. equality, intersectionality, microaggressions and more.

Vargas also focuses on leadership skills like executive presence, professional branding and thought leadership. She has led the Financial Women’s Association Emerging Leaders Network of New York, has worked to develop money investing workshops for women with Ellevest, and has been featured in MakersMoney and on CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Forbes and Nasdaq for her work on Latina Equal Pay.

Vargas also founded The Latinista, a national organization for Latinas and Women of Color invested in career and leadership development. The Latinista has chapters in Chicago, Miami, NYC and Los Angeles, serving as a resource for thousands of women focused on inclusion, professional development and financial literacy.

The link to attend the virtual Latinx Heritage Month keynote presentation via Zoom is: https://esu-online.zoom.us/j/92491709878. For more information contact L. Jamila Fleming, director of ESU’s Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education, by emailing lfleming@esu.edu.

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ESU Names Peter Schweyer Fellow for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Pictured from left to right: Andrea McClanahan, Ph.D., professor of communication and member of the ESU Legislative Fellow Committee; State Representative Peter Schweyer, 22nd Legislative District; Kenneth Long, interim president of ESU; and Andrea Jackson, a sophomore majoring in athletic training and president of ESU’s Student Government Association from Newark, N.J.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced the selection of its 2021-2022 Legislative Fellow, State Representative Peter Schweyer, at a breakfast held in his honor on Friday, September 17. ESU Interim President Kenneth Long introduced Representative Schweyer at the event to university faculty, students, staff and special guests from the community.

The Legislative Fellow program, established in 1999, is designed to bring state legislators to campus to participate in a variety of campus activities and to meet formally and informally with students, faculty and staff throughout the year. As part of the program, ESU Legislative Fellows may also request a student intern. 

The program is co-sponsored by the university administration and the local chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Fellows are selected by a committee of faculty and administrators, and jointly appointed by the university president and the president of APSCUF at the beginning of each academic year.

Representative Schweyer was elected to represent the 22nd Legislative District in 2014. He serves as a deputy whip in the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the House Appropriations, Committee on Committees, Consumer Affairs, Ethics and Professional Licensure Committees. He is also Vice-Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and also serves as the Minority Chair for the House Consumer Affairs Subcommittee on Utilities. 

Representative Schweyer’s legislative priorities include protecting and expanding access to health insurance, appropriately funding PA’s public schools and supporting policies to spur the creation of more family-sustaining jobs in the Lehigh Valley. He supports increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, continued criminal justice reform, investment in sustainable, alternative energy and initiatives to better serve our veterans.

Schweyer also serves on several community organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in Allentown and surrounding communities. Most notably, Schweyer is a past board member and past chairperson of the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA).

Born and raised in Allentown, Schweyer is a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School and the Pennsylvania State University, State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Schreyer’s Honors College. He went on to study elementary education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia at the post-graduate level. Prior to being elected to represent the 22nd district, Schweyer worked as director of community and government affairs for Sacred Heart Hospital in Center City Allentown, directing the hospital’s community health and community development initiatives. Immediately prior to his service with Sacred Heart Hospital, he served as chief of staff to former state Rep. Jennifer L. Mann for eight years. He had also served as legislative assistant for two other members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and had been a schoolteacher in the Philadelphia School District as a cohort member of the Teach Philadelphia program.

Schweyer and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of Sarah and Erin, who both attend Allentown public schools.

For more information on the Legislative Fellow program, contact Miguel Barbosa, chief of staff in ESU’s Office of the President at 570-422-3545.

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ESU Welcomes Families to Campus

Photo: A family poses during ESU’s Family Weekend in 2019. The event was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. This year’s Family Weekend is scheduled for September 17-19 on ESU’s campus.

East Stroudsburg University invites community members to campus for its annual Family Weekend activities, Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19. The weekend is designed to bring campus and community together, and introduce students’ family members to the campus and surrounding Pocono Mountains region. Families can learn more about their students’ lives at ESU, as well as participate in fun events held by ESU and local businesses.

The weekend will host events on campus for all ages and interests. Legacy families are invited to a breakfast reception on the Main Quad with Interim President Kenneth Long for the annual Pinning Ceremony and their induction into the ESU Legacy Program. The Schlisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History and McMunn Planetarium will offer tours and a film, free for ESU students. President Long will also host a reception with first-generation students. On Sunday, ESU will welcome the community as it hosts the Pocono Latin Fest.

Some events on campus throughout the weekend that will be open to the general public include:

Highlights:

Drag Bingo

Friday, September 17

7-9 p.m., Main Quad

Drag Queens Sharon Ann Husbands and Carol Ann Carol Ann will call BINGO.

Classic Car Show

Saturday, September 18

9 a.m.-1 p.m., College Circle, ESU

Monroe County Cruisers will provide a great show of collector cars for classic car enthusiasts.

Esports Room Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, September 18

10:30 a.m., Mattioli Recreation Center

The new esports room features 10 gaming stations that include Alienware Aurora gaming PCs, Dell monitors, Alienware gaming mice and Alienware RGB keyboards.  There are three console stations with Xboxes and Nintendo Switches, gaming chairs and headsets and much more.

Warrior Bash

Saturday, September 18

3-5 p.m., Main Quad

Celebrate your ESU pride with sand art, stuff-a-plush, and more.

Family Movie Night

Saturday, September 18

8 p.m., Main Quad

The whole family can enjoy a screening of Raya and the Last Dragon

Pocono Latin Fest

Sunday, September 19

12-6 p.m., Pit Parking Lot

ESU is proud to host a day of authentic Latin food, music, and fun

Athletics

Field Hockey

ESU vs. Lindenwood

Saturday, September 18

11 a.m., Whitenight Field

Football

ESU vs. Mercyhurst

Saturday, September 18

1:05 pm., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Women’s Soccer

ESU vs. Mansfield

Saturday, September 18

7 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

For a complete schedule of Family Weekend events and event ticket prices please visit esu.edu/family-weekend. For more information about Pocono Latin Fest visit poconolatinfest.com.

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ESU Honors Two Faculty as Distinguished Professors

Photo, left to right: Kenneth Long, ESU interim president; Dr. Shala Davis, professor of exercise science; Dr. Nancy VanArsdale, professor of English; and Dr. Margaret Ball, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania presented its annual Distinguished Professor Awards to Shala Davis, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, and Nancy VanArsdale, Ph.D., professor of English, at the first All-University meeting of the academic year, on Tuesday, September 7.

The Distinguished Professor Award – the highest honor for ESU faculty to receive – is presented based on outstanding contributions to the academic life of the University and its reputation. The award of Distinguished Professor is conferred upon an individual by the ESU Interim President, Kenneth Long, in recognition of exceptional achievements in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities, and service.

Dr. Davis, a professor of exercise science at ESU, has been chair of the Department of Exercise Science since 2011, and she has been with the university as a professor of exercise science since 1996.

Davis earned a B.S. in physical education and health from the University of Delaware in 1987, an M.S. in health and sport science with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation from Wake Forest University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia in 1994.

Davis has dedicated her considerable talents to serving ESU across many areas of the university. She developed ESU’s doctorate (D.H.Sc.) in health sciences, and she serves as the program’s coordinator. She also developed ESU’s Master of Science (M.S.) in exercise science. In addition, she has served as chair of the Institutional Review Board at ESU since 2001, guiding to fruition most of the research studies undertaken by faculty and students at the university. She has also served as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences. Through her active participation on a regular basis at all levels of university deliberations, she has been a reliable source of information and perspective for formulating university policy.

Davis is especially dedicated to serving needs of doctoral students in the College of Health Sciences, who she regularly communicates with and advises. For example, she meets with her doctoral students on weekends before the start of courses that other professors are teaching in case any issues need addressing.

Davis has a prolific publication record. Her research interests include weight maintenance strategies and training, and nutrition knowledge. She has over 70 referred publications that she has co-authored with a variety of scholars from ESU as well as other universities. The title of her most recent co-authored publication in 2019 is “Upper Body Training Methods and Their Effect on Lower Body Performance Tests.” She also has published five book reviews, and she has delivered 45 presentations while collaborating with other scholars on more than 130 presentations at professional conferences.

Davis has secured over $500,000 in grants for her research, including an $84,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, for her study to “Enhance Exercise Self-Efficacy and Improve Fitness Among Black and Hispanic College-age Women.”

Davis has served her profession as a peer reviewer both for the journal of Medicine Science Sports Exercise and for the journal of Gerontology, and she was a reviewer for three guidelines and professional standards books by the leading organization in her profession, The American College of Sports Medicine. She also regularly advises NCAA Division I teams on educating athletes to eat for performance.

Through her teaching of nine undergraduate courses, 13 graduate courses, and three doctoral courses, Dr. Davis’s dynamism and organization continue to be integral to the conferral of three levels of degrees
at ESU.

Dr. VanArsdale, a professor of English at ESU, joined the university in 1990.

She earned a B.A. in English from Bucknell University in 1979, a Graduate School Business Administration Certificate from New York University in 1983, an M.A. in English from NYU in 1981, and her Ph.D. in English from NYU.

VanArsdale has dedicated her career at ESU to collaborating with faculty, administrators and students to help set the direction of the university. In her capacity as the president of the faculty union APSCUF, a position she has held since 2000, as well as her position as a member of the APSCUF negotiations team, her leadership has been crucial in guiding the university through contract negotiations, scholarship fundraising, recruiting students, communicating with statewide APSCUF, and implementing new instructional modes necessitated by the pandemic.

As the chair of the Department of English from 1999-2014, VanArsdale oversaw implementation of the ESU Writing Studio, as well as the English department’s Professional Writing Master of Arts degree, for which she developed coursework. In addition, she collaborated with the Department of Communication to create a concentration in public relations sharing coursework from both departments.

VanArsdale is an internationally recognized scholar and she is widely admired as a teacher by her students and peers. She has taught 15 courses at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level. She has 19 publications, and she has delivered more than 80 presentations at professional conferences. She is an expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, having co-authored a book called Approaches to Teaching The Great Gatsby. She is a Fulbright Scholar Award recipient, which she received to teach English literature in Belgium and Luxembourg. As a teacher, she has a reputation for effectively blending classroom knowledge with workplace experience in such courses as Workplace Writing, and Professional Writing: PR. Students in her courses have benefited her role as a consultant for Time magazine, which she worked for full-time as a manager and writer prior to coming to ESU.

Dr. VanArsdale has generously served in leadership roles on many committees significantly impacting university operations including chairing the Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, chairing the Middle States Task Force on Publications, and chairing the University Calendar Committee.

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ESU Welcomes New Students to Campus

On Friday, August 27, 2021, students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers helped 1,100 freshman and transfer students planning to live on East Stroudsburg University’s campus this year move in to their residence halls.

Among the volunteers was Interim President of ESU, Kenneth Long.

Approximately 1,725 students will be living on ESU’s campus, their home away from home for the academic year.

Classes began, today, August 30.

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Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Joni Maya Oye: 25>

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will feature Joni Maya Oye: 25>, a survey of work by artist Joni Maya Oye, August 30-October 1. 

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.  

A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, September 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the gallery, located in the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

The work will include sculptures from Oye’s major series: window, niche, and dwelling as well as vessel forms. Her work is primarily raku and sawdust fired, and often incorporates other materials. Her work is a meditation on the constantly changing impermanence of life. 

Joni Maya Oye was born in Philadelphia. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis School of Fine Arts and received her masters of fine arts from Tama Fine Art University in Tokyo, Japan. She has participated in numerous group shows, invitationals, and has had several solo exhibitions. 

Oye recently retired from the faculty of ESU where she taught for 25 years. Much of the work displayed at this exhibit will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting scholarships for ESU art + design students.

For more information about the exhibition or reception, email esuarts@esu.edu or call 570-422-3483.

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ESU Welcomes Two Frederick Douglass Scholars for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Photo: left to right: Wesley T. Brown and Dr. Hanif M. Bey      

East Stroudsburg University will welcome two Frederick Douglass Scholars to campus this academic year, Hanif M. Bey, DSW, instructor of social work in the Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice and Wesley T. Brown, instructor of ceramics in the Department of Art + Design. 

Dr. Beyis a licensed social worker with a Doctor of Social Work degree from the joint program at Kutztown-Millersville Universities. He has taught part-time at ESU for the past seven years, which has included coursework in Crisis Intervention, Child Welfare Services, Helping Philosophies and Methods for Social Work, and Human Behavior & the Social Environment. Dr. Bey’s research interests and passions include dismantling white supremacy and racism, social and economic justice, and social work education. In addition, for the last 17 years, he has been a full-time hospital social worker at Lehigh Valley Health Network-Pocono. His three decades of practice experiences include the NYC Child Welfare Administration, specializing in child sexual abuse protection, NYC Legal Aid Society-Criminal Defense Division as a forensic social worker, and preventive services supervisor at the Lower East Side Family Union. He is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a member of the Emerging Baccalaureate Social Work Educator-Scholars Initiative with the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). He was born and raised in the South Bronx, is a husband, father, and loves to read and cook. 

Brown is a ceramic artist from Dayton, Ohio. He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Sinclair Community College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Fine Art from Indiana University-Bloomington. During his schooling, Brown sought out and worked for such potters as Mark Goertzen, Daniel Johnston, Alex Matisse, and Daniel Evans. Since graduating from Indiana University, Brown has worked to develop bodies of work from large-scale ceramic sculptures weighing several hundred pounds to everyday functional pottery. He has exhibited work both at the national and international levels. He has been a long-term resident at Baltimore Clayworks and a short-term resident at East Mitchell Clay. Through clay, Brown conveys both struggles and triumph through cracked surfaces, striking silhouettes, and bold compositions. 

The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) at ESU is a collaborative organization with a mission to enhance and support diversity through the recruitment of graduate students from underrepresented populations. It also provides opportunities for FDI graduate student scholars to participate in diversity research, outreach, to involve the greater community in diversity programming, and to sponsor an annual diversity forum. In addition, FDI encourages faculty diversity through collaborative initiatives to recruit visiting scholars/artists who are committed to the ideals of the institute.

For more information about the Frederick Douglass Institute at ESU contact the office of the provost by calling 570-422-3539.

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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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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 esu.edu/museum or contact Klingler at 570-422-2747 or cklingler@esu.edu.

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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
Scholarships
Total
Award
Amount per
Semester
GPA
Requirement
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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