Dr. Allen G. Snook, Jr. Named Director of Athletics at East Stroudsburg University

Allen G. Snook, D.H.Sc., director of athletics, wellness and recreation at Cedar Crest College, has been named director of athletics at East Stroudsburg University.

Dr. Snook brings nearly two decades of experience with him to ESU as an athletics administrator, athletic trainer, and adjunct professor in numerous athletic areas.

Snook has been director of athletics, wellness and recreation at Cedar Crest College since 2015, following 12 years at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. where he began as the director of sports medicine before taking on positions as associate/assistant director of athletics and senior associate director of athletics.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Allen Snook to East Stroudsburg University,” said ESU Interim President Kenneth Long. “His extensive and impressive experience made him an excellent candidate to lead our intercollegiate athletics program of 22 varsity sports.”

“I am excited for this new opportunity to work with the students and staff at ESU,” said Snook. “I look forward to continuing to move the athletics department forward and even more to becoming a Warrior.”

Dr. Snook is a product of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Bloomsburg University and his master’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University. He received his doctorate in health sciences from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.  He is certified by the National Athletic Training Association, is a licensed athletic trainer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and certified by the American Red Cross in CPR/First Aid/AED.

In his role at Cedar Crest College, he supervised and managed all aspects of the College’s varsity athletics, recreation center and wellness programs. Snook was responsible for increasing athletic department retention to 93 percent, added diving, and track and field, and wrestling to the College’s sports offerings, developed athletic corporate sponsorship and fundraising programs, increased the winning percentage of the athletic teams by 51% in six years and spearheaded the development of a new turf facility with 6,000 foot fieldhouse construction. Prior to his role at Cedar Crest College, Allen was the senior associate director of athletics at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina when the institution was a member of Division II. 

Allen is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He has also attended and presented at a number of local, regional and national conferences and has served the local community by participating in activities associated with the American Red Cross, Be The Match and the March of Dimes. He served as interim commissioner for the Colonial States Athletics Conference (CSAC) for five months.

At ESU, he will provide leadership, strategic direction, policy development and management of all programs, staff and facilities while in compliance with rules and regulations for the University, NCAA and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). He will be the chief fundraiser for the department in addition to managing department funds, budgets and accounts. He will also maintain the department’s commitment to ESU’s mission, strategic priorities and the University’s responsibility to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Snook will be begin his new role of director of athletics at ESU on Wednesday, July 6.

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ESU Awarded $2.5 Million To Help Low Income, Potential First Generation College Students Access Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced that East Stroudsburg University will receive a federal Upward Bound grant of $2.5 million to help more low income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees to prepare for and enroll in college.

One of the federal TRIO Programs, Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. At least two-thirds of the students in each local Upward Bound program are from low-income economic backgrounds and families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

Many national Upward Bound alumni have gone on to great success, among them Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, correspondent for ABC News John Quiñones and Hall of Fame NBA player Patrick Ewing.

“Upward Bound program is the longest consecutively funded grant at ESU, and we have built a highly successful program with that funding,” said director Janine Hyde-Broderick. “Upward Bound is entering its 48th year on ESU’s campus and we’ve seen hundreds of students graduate from the program in that time.”

Campus-based Upward Bound programs provide students instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and foreign language during the school year and the summer. Upward Bound also provides intensive mentoring and support for students as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admission applications, financial aid, and scholarship forms.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 86% of Upward Bound participants enroll in postsecondary institutions immediately following high school graduation. In FY21, more than 70,000 students enrolled in 966 Upward Bound TRIO projects in the United States.

In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act established Upward Bound as a pilot program in response to the War on Poverty. It was the first of seven federal “TRIO” programs to later be authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education. It recognizes that students whose parents do not have a college degree have more difficulties navigating the complexity of decisions that college requires for success, bolsters students from low-income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their college peers have had and helps remove obstacles preventing students from thriving academically.

“Upward Bound prepares students for college who may not have ever realized college was a very real path for them,” said Margaret Ball, D.M.A, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This grant will help us continue to allow young people to see their potential, become the first in their family to earn a college degree, and give them the power to elevate their lives.”

“As systemic inequality and financial hardship discourage students from succeeding in college, TRIO programs like Upward Bound take on new importance because they continue to help students who are low-income and first-generation to earn college degrees,” said Maureen Hoyler, president of the non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, D.C. COE is dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities nationwide.

As of 2021, over 3,000 TRIO projects serve approximately 855,000 participants yearly. TRIO projects are in every state and territory in the nation.

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ESU Sport Management Graduates Return to Campus for S.C.O.R.E. Symposium         

Earlier this semester, East Stroudsburg University’s department of sport management welcomed eight alumni currently working in the sport industry back to campus for the S.C.O.R.E. (Sport Careers: Opportunities, Recruitment, and Employment) Symposium.

The alumni served on a panel discussion sharing their experiences and insight with current students on diversity and inclusion issues in the industry. Following the discussion, students participated in a networking session with the speakers and representatives from local industry leaders including the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Living Sport, and Pocono Raceway.

The alumni panelist included: Kyle Jimenez ’18, group sales specialist at Madison Square Garden; Victoria Gurdak ’17 M’19, coordinator of athletic facilities at the University of Pennsylvania; Sophie Coy ’16 M’17, academic counselor for softball, volleyball, and men’s tennis at the University of Mississippi; Jenny Owens M’09, assistant dean and associate professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore; Brandon Lawrence ’07, director of business development at Tyson Group; Michael Rucker ’06, senior manager, sales enablement at BSE Global; Brooke Powers ’17, leagues and communications director, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy; and Deanna Repollet ’09, manager of premium sales at the Intuit Dome, Los Angeles Clippers.

To learn more about studying sport management at ESU contact Jaedeock Lee, Ph.D., professor of sport management and department chair by calling 570-422-3340 or email jaedeock@esu.edu.

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ESU Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Student Exhibit

Photo- left to right: Emma Brooks, Samantha Wertman, Brianna Vongmany, and Ryan Ackerman, members of ESU’s Student Art Association, helped to organize, curate and install an exhibition that in the Madelon Powers Gallery. The exhibition will run March 30 – April 13.

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will feature art works from the Student Art Association March 30 – April 13. The exhibition will include a range of media including digital illustrations, graphic design, product design, 3D modeling, traditional drawing and painting, and sculpture.

Hours for the gallery, located in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A reception for the artists will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. The gallery and the reception are open to the public at no cost.

At the reception, prizes will be awarded in three categories: graphic design and digital illustration, product design and 3D design, and traditional art and sculptures.

For more information on the exhibit or reception, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Center at kdevine5@esu.edu or call 570-422-3694.

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ESU Alumnus Returns to Speak to Political Science Class

Eli Downie, a 2018 criminal justice graduate of East Stroudsburg University, returned to campus on March 23 to speak with a group of students in an American Government class. Downie is currently the acting deputy director in the Office of Advocacy and Reform for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Downie, who minored in political science at ESU, explained his role as a policy specialist and what calculations he makes as he drafts policies. He explained he has to consider who the policy will help, who it will hurt, and who may be impacted but is uninterested.

The class, taught by Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., professor of political science, is a freshman level course that includes students from a variety of majors.

Downie encouraged the students to be hard working, patient, and good listeners. He reminded them that he has sat in the same exact seat just a few years ago, and challenged them to seek opportunities to work for the state, even if they were not interested in government work. For those students majoring biology, criminal justice, social work, psychology, and other programs, he talked about opportunities for them to work with the Commonwealth and suggested that they visit pajob.gov.

“Eli’s presentation to our students was energetic, engaging, and insightful. The students really enjoyed his energy and I believe that several of them will reach out to him seeking internships and career advice,” Dr. Adams said. “I am so proud of Eli and thrilled that he is so eager to share his time and talents with our current students.”

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Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Transfiguration: Woven Forms

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will present Transfiguration: Woven Forms by Jennifer Zackin from February 2 – March 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

A reception for the artist will take place Wednesday, February 2 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the gallery located in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

Transfiguration: Woven Forms presents new sculptural works created by Jennifer Zackin during the pandemic. In this body of work, Zackin takes a deeper dive into her Vortex Weavings. Mathematically speaking, a vortex is a three-dimensional ring or doughnut shaped-object around which energy can flow. As it spins, a vortex forms through its central axis. This pattern can be found throughout the universe in hurricanes, galaxies, and atoms.

In the 7 Chairs series, featured in this exhibit, Zackin uses late 20th century lawn furniture and three tractor seat stools as armatures for imaginary 3-dimensional landscapes woven from materials including colorful rope and scraps of fabric and become gravity-defying underwater-like worlds, mountain ranges, escape hatches, and refuges.

The artist’s ongoing Vortex works are woven with various materials – often cotton rope – on large cube-shaped looms. For the current exhibition, Zackin has created Phoenix, a 44”x44” loom onto which she has woven a fabric made from her own old clothing, piecing together bits and scraps to create a new, cohesive, multidimensional form. 

Visitors to the gallery are invited to bring an article of clothing to be woven into a community Vortex project. Over the course of the exhibition, through the interweaving of parts of our personal history, a unique collective fabric will begin to emerge. 

For the last 22 years, Jennifer Zackin has been integrating public art, sculpture, installation, performance, collaboration, ceremony, photography, video, collage and drawing into acts of reverence and reciprocity. Her work has been exhibited in national and international museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Conn.; Spertus Museum, Chicago, Ill.; Rose Museum, Mass.; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.; and the Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. For more information about Zackin including commissions visit jenniferzackin.com.

For more information about the exhibition or reception, email Darlene Farris-LaBar, professor and chair of art + design and gallery director at dfarris@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3813.

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East Stroudsburg University Assistant Professor Receives Book of the Year Award

Margaret Mullan, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication at East Stroudsburg University, received the Single Authored Book of the Year Award for the National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division. Dr. Mullan won the award for her book Seeking Communion as Healing Dialogue: Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy for Today.

“It is a great honor to have received this award for this project,” Mullan said. “Everyone continues to struggle to find places and words for dialogue. In this project I was simply trying to identify some ways to start the dialogue.” Her book received high endorsements from significant scholars in the field of communication in the study of communication ethics, philosophy of communication and of dialogue. Among top national scholars who reviewed Mullan’s book for endorsements before publication, Dr. Michael Hyde, who stands out in the NCA Communication Ethics Division for his many contributions to and publications in the study of ethical dimensions of communications, notes “This book is a valuable addition to the growing scholarly literature in communication ethics.”

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, Seeking Communion as Healing Dialogue: Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy for Today, discusses society’s problems with interpersonal communication, arguing that these issues are more deeply rooted in problems in “being.” Dr. Mullan draws on the work of Gabriel Marcel to explore the meaning of body, of being with, and of being at all in today’s world, answering questions about why we are often unable to dialogue with the people around us, why we feel disconnected and alone even in an increasingly technological world, and how these changing technologies expose and sometimes exacerbate our weak connections to others. Engaging Marcel’s reflective method and theory of communion, Mullan explores how we seek communion amid technology and proposes that Marcel’s reflections are generative contributions to the understanding and study of communication, offering a way to seek healing dialogue in present day. Scholars of communication, philosophy, conflict studies, and media studies will find this book particularly useful.

The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. The purpose of the NCA Ethics Division is to promote research and teaching relating to ethical issues and standards in all aspects of human communication and to encourage educational programs that examine communication ethics.

To learn more about studying communication at ESU visit esu.edu/communication.

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ESU Honored Scholarship, Award Winners at Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Event

Photo from left to right: Carly Adams, Taylor Black, Keichelle Lewis, and Tammy McNeil.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 2022 Boddie Scholarships, Juliana V. Bolt Art Contest, and Martin Luther King Jr. awards. The recipients were recognized during the 25th annual virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 17.
Boddie Scholarship Recipients

The Mary Gertrude Smith Boddie Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate students of color at ESU. In 1904, Ms. Boddie was the first African-American student to graduate from what was then known as East Stroudsburg State Normal School, which ultimately became East Stroudsburg University in 1983. The students who apply for this scholarship are asked to describe, in essay form, their commitment to social justice through community and university involvement.

The Mary Gertrude Smith Boddie Scholarship recipients are: Carley Adams, a sophomore psychology major from North Wales, Pa.; Taylor Brielle Black, an undeclared sophomore from Abington, Pa.; Keichelle Lewis, a senior exercise science major from Philadelphia, Pa.; and Tammy McNeil, a senior psychology major from Easton, Pa.  Each of the four students will receive a $3,460 scholarship award for the spring 2022 semester.

Adams, a student-athlete on the women’s basketball team, attributes her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to her parents, an interracial couple who raised their children in a place where differences were beautiful. She chose to attend ESU because of the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion knowing it would be an extension of her family’s values. In high school she attended a service trip to the Dominican Republic and says “it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.” Adams says her goal during her time at ESU is to gather the necessary skills to find a career that will allow her to advocate for the underserved.

Black moved around a lot as a child, and her stability came from her mother who did whatever she had to do to provide for her children, even if that meant moving from the suburbs to the city. Upon reflecting on her childhood, Black says, “I had become adaptable, flexible, and resilient. I learned important lessons that I will benefit from in the future.” Now at ESU, Black is determined to make the most of her college experience by participating in student organizations, attending events, volunteering, and keeping good grades.

Lewis, a first generation college student, has a passion for medicine and helping others which she attributes to her grandmother, a nursing aid. “I remember as a young child going to work with her and how compassionately she cared for her patients,” Lewis recalled. She has attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Baltimore and works at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. At Jefferson she has worked in a variety departments and with several programs including the hospital call center, OBGYN, a mommy and me program that helps pregnant women with opioid addiction, and the exercise and sport medicine department.  At ESU, Lewis is the head resident for operations, treasurer for the Black Student Union, and the vice president of the National Council of Negro Women. Upon graduation this May, she hopes to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner.

McNeil began her college journey at ESU. She was a member of the University Honors Program and involved in several student organizations. But she missed her family. She returned to the Lehigh Valley and attended Northampton Community College where she became a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List. Her father passed away shortly after she returned home. He taught her about education, leadership, and as a federal police chief, about community service. His death, along with the work her mother does in the mental health field, inspired her career path. After completing her associate degree, McNeil came back to ESU to study psychology. McNeil is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, PerfectKnits club, the Women of Color Initiative, the Psychology Association, and Psi Chi Honor Society. She’s a research intern at the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education, a peer tutor, and a large classroom assistant.  Through her co-curricular activities, McNeil says “ESU grew my passion for working with young adults.” McNeil plans to continue her education upon graduation this May. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Award Recipients

The Martin Luther King Jr. Award recipients exemplify characteristics of Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violence, equality, justice, cultural diversity and respect for humanity. Awards were presented to an ESU student, faculty member, and a member of the local community.

Faith Dorsey, a senior majoring in English with a secondary education concentration from Easton, Pa., has been selected to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Award. Jessica Santiago, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Warrior Success Advising and Retention programs, is the recipient of the 2022 Faculty/Staff Award, and Dr. Marilyn Brown, community outreach coordinator at the First Baptist Church of East Stroudsburg, is the recipient of the Community Award.

Dorsey is a leader who fights for social justice with her intellect and actions in a way that influences others with her respect for humanity and willingness to embrace a challenge. While writing lesson plans for her future English class, Dorsey encouraged her students to explore their identity while also integrating deep and difficult concepts for young people in the public education system. She wrote her lessons in a way to fully educate the students so they can be internally and externally emancipated while staying within the alignment to the structures of her discipline.

Dorsey is a member of the College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council, a tutor in the ESU Writing Studio, a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and a student representative on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and has served as a tutor for the Upward Bound program. She presented a paper, “Exploration of African American English,” at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Fall 2020 Conference, and her University Honors Program thesis is titled “The Newest Edition of Oppression: Examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

Dr. Santiago has committed herself to the support and advocacy of underrepresented students at ESU since 2010. She has served as a counselor in student support services, an academic success coach (assisting in coordinating the Early Start Summer Bridge Program), and advised exploratory studies students (conducting my success seminars, and supervised, trained and monitored all FYE mentors). She taught in the First Year Experience program and her current position includes identifying at risk students who face institutional and attitudinal barriers to success and assists with retention initiatives. Her dissertation title supports her passion and interest in serving these important students, “Latino Student in Higher Education: Correlations Between Campus Resources, Reliable Factors and Gender.” She presents at national conferences on the topic of student success and student mentoring development.

One of her greatest impacts comes from her work with student peer mentors. She finds ESU students who themselves have a calling to be of help, who understand from personal experience the challenges of entering university-level education, but who have had success and can serve as role models to their younger peers. Dr. Santiago personally trains, develops, and closely supervises these mentors. As a result, they have turned out to be a tremendous resource for student success.

Dr. Brown is the community outreach coordinator at the First Baptist Church of East Stroudsburg, the CEO of Mrs. Dr. Marilyn M. Brown LLC, a consultation company that facilitates workshops and promotes spiritual, emotional, and academic education, and a community activist.

While living in Staten Island, New York she was a member of Community Board #1 as well as Youth Services Chair for eight years and she founded Girl Scout Troop #5363 – the first troop within Staten Island to have a woman of color as a troop leader. Brown was an active participant in establishing Eagle Academy School for Young Men of S.I., the only all male public school in District 31.

Having been raised in a single-parent household, Brown has a deep passion for children as well as single parents.

She has worked for the City of New York for the last 20 years; five as an NYPD police officer, and 15 as an appointed certified special education teacher. Currently she serves as the peer mediator facilitator/behavior specialist focusing on conflict resolutions. Brown’s educational expertise is attributed to working in Title I schools, with students with disabilities, and facilitating workshops regarding courageous conversations. She initiated and facilitated multiple groups to address concerns from families and teachers for social and emotional support during COVID-19 remote learning.

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from Medgar Evers College, a master’s degrees in special education, childhood education, and second master’s degree in school building and school leadership from Touro College, and a doctorate in special education with an emphasis on childhood and adolescent trauma and PTSD from North Central University. She counsels adults and children who have suffered traumas due to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

Juliana V. Bolt Art Contest

Entries for the Juliana V. Bolt Art Contest were received from 26 students representing Pocono Mountain High School East, Pocono Mountain High School West, and Stroudsburg High School. The first place award was given to Emma Strauch of Stroudsburg High School; second place was given to Emma Zauck of Stroudsburg High School; and Sampson Metzgar of Stroudsburg High School received third place. Orion Flelix of Pocono Mountain West High School and Abigale Bunje of Pocono Mountain East High School each received honorable mention. 

To watch the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, to see this year’s Juliana V. Bolt Art Contest submissions, and to make a donation to the Boddie Scholarship visit esu.edu/mlk.

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ESU Awarded $5 Million National Science Foundation Grant for Continued Scholarships and Research

Photo: left to right: Dr. Margaret Ball, ESU interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Kristin Noblet, ESU associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Olivia Carducci, ESU professor and chair of mathematics; Kimberly Maricle, 2021 ESU biochemistry graduate; Dr. Danielle Ringhoff, NCC assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Karen H. Bearce, NCC interim vice president of academic affairs.

In 2016, East Stroudsburg University (ESU) received its largest single grant ever awarded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $4 million to help transfer students complete their education at ESU in the fields of Science Technology and Math (STEM). 

Today, at a press conference with community college partners, ESU announced a second NSF grant of nearly $5 million ($4,982,181), the largest grant in the University’s history, to continue the University’s work on that original grant which was dubbed Clear Path. This new iteration of the grant –Clear Path 2 (CP2) – provides scholarships of up to $10,000 a year for 135 students to support the timely completion of their STEM associate and subsequent STEM bachelor’s degrees through the implementation of an evidence-based, sustainable, transferrable program that maximizes student success. The grant is a partnership among ESU and Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne Community College, and Community College of Morris.

In addition to millions of dollars in scholarships, the Clear Path grant supports students with proactive developmental advocacy holistic advising, cohort activities, peer mentoring and tutoring and mentor mediated online education that fosters development of traits associated with academic success.

“ESU is proud to note that 79 students have graduated in STEM fields thanks to the initial Clear Path grant,” said Margaret Ball D.M.A., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at ESU. “To receive this award again, in an increased amount, is a reflection on the professors’ collective and individual commitment to recruiting and supporting students, including women and students of color who are often disenfranchised from pursuing a career in the sciences.”

Scores of community college students going into STEM fields will be able to transfer to ESU and graduate on time with minimal debt, according to Dr. Ball. 

“Building upon the success of CP1, CP2 has selected successful program components that can be assessed and scaled and applied beyond the Clear Path team,” said T. Michelle Jones-Wilson, Ph.D., professor and department chair of chemistry and biochemistry at ESU and principal investigator for the grant. “Through CP2 programing and intervention we will increase associate degree completion to greater than 90% with effective advising and scholar support. We’ll maintain a 90% program retention rate with a 2.8 GPA minimum, reduce the transfer deficit through Clear Path programming, and increase underrepresented populations by employing methods that support diverse populations.”

“This grant will allow our team to better understand how identified success predictors affect STEM student retention and degree completion,” said Olivia Carducci, Ph.D. professor and department chair of mathematics at ESU and a co-principal investigator of the grant. “We will mathematically model what we deem a causal path towards success and create research-based student support structures building upon and advancing the science of teaching and learning.”

The principal investigators for CP2 are Dr. T. Michelle Jones-Wilson, professor and department chair of chemistry and biochemistry at ESU; Dr. Olivia Carducci, professor and department chair of mathematics at ESU; Dr. Danielle Ringhoff, assistant professor of chemistry at Northampton Community College; Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D., ESU’s former provost and vice president of academic affairs; and Dr. Kristin Noblet, assistant professor of mathematics at ESU.  For more information about the Clear Path scholarship visit esu.edu/clear_path.

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ESU’s Autism Education Center wins John Wilson Memorial Award

East Stroudsburg University’s Autism Education Center was honored with the John Wilson Memorial Award of Excellence during the Pennsylvania Council for Exception Children (PaCEC) annual conference in October. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, faculty were not able to attend, and so on December 9 a small ceremony was held on ESU’s campus. Dr. Gina Scala, professor and chair of the special education and rehabilitation department, represented PaCEC and presented the award to Dr. Rachel Wolf, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders and director of ESU’s Autism Education Center, and Dr. Rachel Chapman, coordinator of the ESU Autism Education Center.

The award, named in memory of Dr. John Wilson, a lifelong special education professional and exceptional member of PaCEC, recognizes an educator, parent, organization or institution that represents the contributions of Dr. Wilson, educating children and youth with exceptionalities and/or gifts and talents.

ESU’s Autism Education Center was selected as this year’s award recipient because of the extensive programing and resources the center continued to offer during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many places were only able to do the very minimum during such challenging times,” Dr. Scala said. “ESU’s Autism Education Center continued to be a leader in engagement. They have earned this honor.”

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