ESU Lehigh Valley Alumni and Friends 5th Annual Holidays in Bethlehem

Celebrate the holidays in downtown Bethlehem by joining the ESU Lehigh Valley Chapter for the annual Holidays in Bethlehem event. Prior to the event, the ESU Music Theater Organization student group will be performing nearby at the Downtown Bethlehem Association’s Annual Live Advent Calendar at 5:30 p.m. at the 1810 Goundie House.


ESU Lehigh Valley Alumni Annual Holidays in Bethlehem
December 2, 2021
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

$15 per person includes soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

This event is planned by the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the ESU Alumni Association. For more information about the chapter and ways to get involved, please contact Rhonda Miller ’16 at


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ESU Mourns the Loss of Athletic Hall of Fame Member Kathy Flores ‘77

The East Stroudsburg University campus mourns the loss of Kathy Flores ’77, a former standout javelin thrower, guard and member of the Athletic Hall of Fame, who passed away on October 21, 2021.

Flores was a two-time Eastern Champion in the javelin throw as she won the event at the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women meet in 1976 at Penn State and 1977 at ESU. At the time in 1977, Flores set the school record with a throw of 148-0. Her mark still ranks third in program history to this day.

Flores was inducted into the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and she was a two-year letterwinner at guard for the Warriors.

A 2016 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Flores spent the last eight seasons at the helm of the Brown program following an illustrious playing and coaching career across the country. She was the third female inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame.

Prior to her time on College Hill, Flores served as the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2002-10, the first female and first woman of color to coach a national team. She was named the International Rugby Board’s 2003 International Women’s Personality of the Year for her contributions to the game as a player and administrator.

After graduating from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1977, Flores began her rugby career on the club team at Florida State University as a graduate student. From there, Flores competed on the United States National Team and the Berkeley All-Blues.

Following her illustrious career, Flores retired as a player in 1998. The 1991 U.S. Women’s Team was inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in 2017. Individually, Flores was named a 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement award winner, a 2006 Rugby Football Union Pioneer of the Women’s Game, and honorable mention on the list of the ten Greatest North American Rugby Players.

Joan and Paul Sorensen have established the Kathy Flores Head Coaching Chair for Women’s Rugby at Brown University. The Kathy Flores Coaching Chair recognizes and honors Kathy for her contributions as a pioneering coach and educator.

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ESU, Martz Unveil New Co-Branded Buses

Coming to a highway near you, the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Department unveiled two new buses co-branded with ESU Warriors branding and Martz Group logos on Wednesday morning, October 27.

The ESU Athletic Department and Martz recently agreed to a three-plus year contact, continuing as the official ground transportation provider for the Warriors. When not in use by ESU, the new co-branded buses will act as a traveling billboard for the University with regular passenger bus route services to New York City and Philadelphia.

The bus launch event featured remarks from ESU Interim President Kenneth Long, ESU Director of Athletics Dr. Gary R. Gray, and Chief Revenue Officer for Martz Group, Brian Satola.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Martz. Our student-athletes are thrilled to travel to competitions on buses that represent them,” Long said. “The added value of having these buses regularly travel to and from New York and Philadelphia with ESU branding is a tremendous opportunity for the University as we spread the message that ESU is Where Warriors Belong!”

After students and media had a first look at the new rides, the buses got their first taste of the area, with a “tour” through Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg and Main Street in Stroudsburg.

“We really value our long-term partnership with ESU,” said Bob Chepalonis, general manager of Martz Trailways. “The relationship has always been there. It’s been probably 30 years that we’ve been doing business with ESU. To do something to this level, to showcase the buses with the ESU and Martz co-branding, I think is awesome.”

The new buses were immediately put to work, with one taking the ESU field hockey team to their game at Millersville, and other set to transport the men’s soccer team to Shippensburg on Wednesday night.

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Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series Held at ESU

Pictured, front row, from left to right: ESU Interim President Kenneth Long., Sam Niedbala ’82 and Dean of the College of Health Sciences Denise Seigart, Ph.D.

The Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was held in the Niedbala Auditorium on Thursday, October 21.

This year’s keynote address Mary S. Millelman, DrPh, was titled “The NYU Caregiver Program: A Journey from Clinical Practice to Research to Community Implementation.”

Now in its ninth year, the Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was developed by graduates Linda (Troiani)’83 and Sam Niedbala ’82 to honor Linda’s sister, Yvonne Troiani Sweeney’78.

Yvonne is a 1978 graduate of ESU who dedicated her life to her nursing career that spanned 30 years until she was diagnosed with a form of early onset dementia called posterior cortical atrophy.

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Madelon Powers Gallery to Present The Polka Dot Exhibition

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will feature The Polka Dot Exhibition, a collection of oil paintings by Pocono artist Jill Swersie, October 7-27. 

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

A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, October 20 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.

Swersie has been oil painting professionally for over 35 years. Her work has been exhibited in numerous art galleries and shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado.  Her paintings have been seen at many local art venues and she has earned a multitude of awards for her work.

A mural she created, “Art of the Dance”, can be seen in downtown Stroudsburg. In 2016 a larger-than-life copy of her oil painting “Man’s Best Friend” was seen on billboards throughout the Pocono region when she was one of five artists selected for Adams Outdoor Advertising’s ArtPop Exhibition.

Swersie has taught art at Northampton Community College and the Pocono Arts Council.  She is currently teaching weekly oil painting classes at the Dunmore Senior Center in Dunmore, Pa.

Notable past exhibitions include her “Hat Series” at the Dutot Museum in Delaware Water Gap and her “Black & White Exhibition” at ESU. Swersie welcomes all attendees to dress accordingly for her exhibits and is encouraging all guests to wear polka dots for her latest work.

For more information about the exhibition or reception, email or call 570-422-3694.

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ESU Interim President Wins BIZZY Award

East Stroudsburg University Interim President Kenneth Long received top honor as Best Business Leader of the Year during the Pocono Chamber of Commerce BIZZY Awards ceremony held on September 22 at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pa.

Winners of the BIZZY Awards are selected by Pocono Chamber of Commerce members who vote independently for individuals and businesses in 14 separate categories.

Interim President Long was unable to attend the awards ceremony, but thanked his colleagues and community partners “who commit their time, energy, and resources to improving the local economy and refining the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Pocono Mountains” in a taped message that was shared with those in attendance.

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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: For more information contact L. Jamila Fleming, director of ESU’s Center for Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education, by emailing

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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:


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


Field Hockey

ESU vs. Lindenwood

Saturday, September 18

11 a.m., Whitenight Field


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 For more information about Pocono Latin Fest visit

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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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