Warrior Promise initiative guarantees tuition rate

New students enrolling at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) for fall 2018 are getting a promise – the promise of a guaranteed, fixed, four-year tuition rate.  This new initiative, the Warrior Promise, guarantees students they will pay the same tuition rate, without an increase, for the next four years.

The Warrior Promise will establish a guaranteed tuition rate for four academic years or eight consecutive semesters.  This fixed tuition rate will allow students to complete as many undergraduate degrees, minors and certificates as they choose within their four-year window. A Warrior Promise tuition rate will be established by the Board of Governors for each new entering undergraduate cohort of degree seeking freshmen and transfer students. READ MORE. 

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ESU 125th Anniversary Celebration set for October 25!

East Stroudsburg University invites the community to its 125th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pa. Hosted by ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., and the ESU Foundation, the event will feature the awarding of three Presidential Medals to individuals and a business/organization that exemplify the values of ESU.

Nominations for the awards are now being taken from members of the campus and Pocono community.

The President’s Distinguished Medal is the highest honor the university can award to an individual or organization and is presented at the discretion of the president. Established by Dr. Welsh, the university medal will be awarded in three categories: a community leader, a corporation/foundation, and a current or retired faculty/staff member.

“We welcome nominations regarding outstanding individuals for the President’s Distinguished Medal,” said Welsh. “There are many wonderful, giving people and businesses that make a defined positive impact on the lives of others. We feel the 125th anniversary of East Stroudsburg University is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge them with the highest honor that ESU can award.”

Nominees should exemplify the values of ESU and demonstrate commitment to the principles of intellectual integrity, freedom of expression, the fair and equal treatment of all, good citizenship, and environmental stewardship. They should be individuals and a business or organization whose work has enhanced the community, state, nation or world.

To nominate an individual or business, go to www.esu.edu/125.


The East Stroudsburg University 125th Anniversary Celebration at Stroudsmoor will begin at 6 p.m. and include a cocktail reception, dinner, awards, a champagne toast and dessert reception. A VIP cocktail reception will be held for special guests at 5 p.m. in Auradel at Stroudsmoor.

Honorary chairs for the celebration are Pat ’67 and Joan M. ’64 Ross, long-time community leaders and philanthropists. Pat Ross is also a member of the ESU Council of Trustees.

Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarship. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 to sponsor a table of eight and will be available for sale in early summer. To be added to the ticket waiting list, contact Event Coordinator Emily Brennan at ebrennan8@esu.edu or by calling 570-422-3156.

Sponsorship opportunities for the celebration are also available. Contact Lianna DeSantis ’08, director of Corporation and Foundation Relations, at ldesantis1@esu.edu or by calling 570-422-3179.


The 125th Anniversary Celebration is one of many events taking place during the year. A committee of staff, faculty, alumni and community members has been coordinated to commemorate ESU’s founding in September 1893 as the East Stroudsburg State Normal School. The campus will be host to a variety of historical photos and exhibits, as well as a founders’ day social, a community dinner, and much more. Alumni and friends are also asked to share their stories and highlights of their time spent at ESU.

Visit www.esu.edu/125 to share your story, see the full schedule of events, and learn more about ESU’s glorious 125-year history.

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125-Year Anniversary kick-off includes capsule unveiling

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., president of ESU, launched the 125th anniversary year by showcasing items that were buried in the centennial time capsule, announcing events that will take place throughout the year, and encouraging everyone to visit esu.edu/125 to share their memories.


Go to esu.edu/125 to read more and see a full listing of upcoming events.

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Catch up with ESU in the Sunshine State!

Join ESU President Marcia Welsh, Ph.D., the ESU Foundation, and the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for the upcoming 2018 Alumni and Friends Florida Events Tour. CLICK HERE to take a look to find which of these events is close to you.

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Meet up with Lehigh Valley alumni at the Phantoms game

Join Lehigh Valley alumni and friends for the Lehigh Chapter Alumni Night at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.

ESU Lehigh Valley Alumni Night at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. Rochester Americans

Saturday, February 10, 2018
7:05 p.m. Pre-alumni gathering TBD.
PPL Center
701 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101


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Enjoy the latest edition of the Alumni Herald!

This edition, up to 31,000 alumni will receive the latest magazine as ESU returns to printing and mailing the publication to alumni across the country. If you didn’t receive your copy, let us know!


WARRIOR SAFETY FIRST: ESU is one of nine Division II schools to implement Riddell SpeedFlex football helmets with InSite impact response system. The head impact technology includes sensors to register significant hits that could lead to concussions and other head and neck trauma in players. In this issue of the Alumni Herald, Learn how this cutting-edge technology is being put to use and the difference it can make for every Warrior on the field. We’re also proud to share compelling alumni features, news from campus, Class Notes, athletic updates and so much more. VIEW THE DIGITAL VERSION. 

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Congratulations to our MLK art winners!

ESU selected the winners for the 2018 Boddie Scholarship, Martin Luther King Jr. awards, and the Julianna V. Bolt Art Contest. The winners will be recognized at the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast, which will be held on January 15 in the Mattioli Recreation Center on ESU’s campus from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE ANNUAL BREAKFAST.

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ESU looks forward to incoming Director of Athletics

EAST STROUDSBURG – Dr. Gary Gray, formerly Director of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been named Director of Athletics at East Stroudsburg University. Gray brings 22 years of experience as director of athletics to ESU, and more than four decades in athletics and education – as an administrator, coach, tenured faculty member and primary and secondary educator. READ MORE. 

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ESU graduates more than 400 at winter commencement

It sure is quiet on campus now as winter break is underway. But take a look at these great photos from commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16. Congratulations graduates! Good luck and welcome to the ESU Alumni Association! SEE PHOTOS.

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MLK, Jr. Breakfast to feature alumni speaker

Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown ’84 is the featured speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast on Monday, January 15, 2018. The event will be held from 8 – 10 a.m. in the Mattioli Recreation Center at East Stroudsburg University. Tickets are still available for this special event. LEARN MORE. 

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