ESU LEAP Program Offers Two Free Courses to Local Alumni Teachers This Summer

For the second year in a row, East Stroudsburg University is offering tuition-free courses to local educators to support the development of online instructional delivery. Professional and Secondary Education (PSED) 522: Foundations of Online Learning and Digital Media Technologies (DMT) 510: Online Tools and Strategies for Learner-Centered Instruction are two of the four courses in the ESU PDE-approved Online Teaching Endorsement (OTE) series that will be offered online this summer. The purpose for offering free coursework to local educators is to support our local K12 district partners as they continue to navigate instruction through the pandemic.

Summer 2020 saw the origination of the Local Educators Alumni Program (LEAP) as a way to achieve this goal.  “LEAP was instituted Summer 2020 to help local teachers “leap” into online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Brooke Langan, Acting Dean of the College of Education at ESU. “It was a great way for us to stay connected with our alumni and help teachers adjust to online and hybrid learning methods. It was a great opportunity for teachers to get a jump start on a Master’s degree while learning skills that could immediately be applied in their classrooms.” Students who took the first two courses, offered through the LEAP program, were able to take the remaining courses during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters if they chose to do so.

Laura Householder, a 12th grade English teacher at East Stroudsburg High School North, started the OTE program during the summer of 2020, taking advantage of the free courses offered. This semester she will complete the PDE requirements. “The courses worked around my full time teaching schedule and offered me opportunities to create lessons that could be immediately implemented in my classes.  The concepts, theories, and design practices elevated my teaching by allowing me to create material directly related to my content and students,” Householder said.  “The ESU classes provided flexibility and independent work, but there was never a time that I felt unsupported or alone.  Feedback and sharing of ideas are what pushed our thinking and daring to new levels.  Each class had a level of contagious enthusiasm and excitement that carried through in our work.”   

This summer ESU will expand its LEAP program by offering 50 slots to local teachers in newly established PET school districts in both classes, PSED 522 and DMET 510 to continue supporting the online teaching needs of K12 educators during these unprecedented times.

For more information about LEAP contact Dr. Langan by calling 570-422-3377 or email

Share Button

Alumni, Submit Your Class Notes Today!

Warriors, what’s new with you? Career achievements, engaged, married, or have a new addition to the family? We’d love to know!

Share your news with your classmates through Class Notes. They will be published on our online community and in an upcoming edition of the Alumni Herald magazine. Please send to and include a photo as well. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Share Button

ESU Alumni Invited to Pick Up the Poconos

Calling all Warriors! Help keep the Pocono Mountains beautiful by volunteering to Pick Up the Poconos on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Registration deadline is Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 570-422-7920.

Register to volunteer!

Share Button

2021 Warriors Golf Outings

This spring and summer, East Stroudsburg University will host golf outings to benefit East Stroudsburg University Warriors Athletic programs and scholarships.

By supporting these events, you are positively impacting the student-athletes who proudly wear Warrior black and red.

For more information, contact Caryn Wilkie at the Office of University Advancement at or call 570-422-3332.

Friday, May 14, 2021
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Women’s Basketball and Volleyball
Pocono Manor Golf Course, Pocono Manor, PA

Friday, July 2, 2021
Bill Bergen Memorial Golf Tournament in support of Warrior Football

1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA

Saturday, August 28, 2021
Athletic Golf Outing Supporting Softball

Bethlehem Golf Club, Bethlehem, PA

Share Button

ESU Alumni Virtual Book Club

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 other. Membership is free but you will need to obtain a copy of the discussed book on your own.

April’s book of the month is “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. The next Book Club meeting is Wednesday, April 14, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Click to learn more and register today!

Share Button

ESU Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Panel Discussion “Living with Worlds…As They End”

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will present a virtual panel discussion, “Living with Worlds…As They End” on April 7 at 4 p.m. to accompany the virtual exhibition that is currently on view through the gallery’s website. The panel discussion is open to the public at no cost, and can be accessed via Zoom. Learn more about the event!

Share Button

Interim President Kenneth Long ‘Ideal Person’ to Take the Helm During Volatile Time

Just months into her tenure as East Stroudsburg University’s 13th president, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. began searching for a chief financial officer for ESU. One name kept coming up.

At the time, Kenneth Long was assistant vice president for administration & finance at Kutztown University and his stellar reputation in the field was widely known.

“Everything I heard was he was the best CFO in the state,” Dr. Welsh says. “I met him and he was so genuine and so intelligent that I thought he would be just perfect for ESU.”

Mr. Long started as ESU’s vice president of administration and finance in 2013 and quickly lived up to his reputation, according to Welsh and others who have worked with him. Three months after Welsh announced her retirement, the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted unanimously to appoint Long to serve as interim president of ESU on April 10. He officially takes the helm on July 31.

Read the full story.

Share Button

Time fillers while staying at home!

Show your Warrior spirit by downloading an ESU themed background for your video calls, meetings and virtual get-togethers. Entertain your future and current Warriors with our activity sheets! Visit our new Just For Fun page for Warriors of all ages!

Share Button

Alumni Board nominations being taken

Did you know?

The Alumni Association Board of Directors consists of a 26-member panel of individuals that represent a wide range of graduating classes and who live across the United States. The board meets at least four times annually and works to engage, connect, support and celebrate alumni and friends of ESU. The board also promotes programs and events through the Office of Alumni Engagement as well as the various national chapters throughout the country. READ MORE AND MAKE A NOMINATION.

Share Button

Whose pet has the most spirit?

Share Button