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Nov. 19 - 25, 2018
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Edinboro launches Speaking and Presentation Center

Sweaty palms. Shortness of breath. Increased heart rate. These are just a few of the symptoms of public speaking anxiety, also known as glossophobia.

Speech and presentation apprehension affects an estimated 73 percent of the population – a staggering statistic considering 70 percent of employed Americans stated that they consider presentation skills critical to their success at work. Luckily, research has shown that practice and preparation can significantly reduce pre-speech anxiety.

In order to help students prepare for presentations and improve speaking confidence, Edinboro University has launched a Speaking and Presentation Center (SPC) in room 243 of Baron-Forness Library. The center offers consultation services for students seeking help with individual speeches, group presentations and interview assignments.

"The SPC allows students to receive personalized assistance," said Dr. Melissa Gibson, faculty advisor who helped launch the center. "Many people have high speaking anxiety, and having coaching to help them through the process is very valuable."

Staffed by Makayla Murray and Corey Wefing, graduate assistants in the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media, the SPC is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Students can sign up for appointments through Starfish in myEdinboro.

“It takes practice,” said Murray. “My public speaking in high school didn’t go that well, to be honest, but that’s because I didn’t practice.”

Similar to EU’s Writing Center, the SPC is open to students from all academic disciplines. Individual guidance is available to students as they research, outline and construct presentations, as well as specific feedback on delivery and visual aids.

“It’s a very judgment free zone,” Wefing said. “We love meeting students, and we just really want to help."

For more information, contact the Speaking and Presentation Center at (814) 732-1243 or email

Thanksgiving break, end of semester reminders

Students are reminded that Thanksgiving break begins at the close of classes Tuesday. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.

The residence halls will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday and re-open at noon on Sunday. Please plan accordingly. For more information, email

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, students are also reminded that the last day of fall semester classes is Friday, Dec. 7, with the final exam period beginning on Monday, Dec. 10. The semester concludes on Friday, Dec. 14, and fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Center for Career Development announces bagel bar

Blood Drive

The Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning and the Speaking and Presentation Center will mark the final Walk-in Wednesday of the semester with a free Bagel Bar on Dec. 5.

Financial planning programs ranked among best in U.S.

Edinboro University means business when it comes to Personal Financial Planning. And as a result, the School of Business has earned national accolades for student preparation.

Financial Planning magazine, a national network for financial planners, registered Edinboro University among the top 102 Schools for Financial Planning – a listing derived from Certified Financial Planner (CFP) board-certified degree programs.

“This recognition is a result of the hard work of our students who have achieved outstanding success in the financial planning field after taking courses from the expert faculty in the personal financial planning program,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s School of Business.

The publication recognized Edinboro’s bachelor’s degree program for its 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and career guidance for students in the program.

Under the guidance of program co-directors Dr. Michael Engdahl and Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer, the programs allow students to learn about the history of the profession and listen to presentations from practitioners and other experts in the field.

Students interested in careers such as personal financial planner, wealth manager or investment advisor can learn in small classes taught by faculty with professional experience through Edinboro’s Personal Financial Planning program.

Faculty help students gain a sound understanding of topics such as banking, investment analysis and federal income tax regulations and provide insight into the diversified functions of business, from accounting and economics to finance, marketing and business law.

“The experience and mentoring that our faculty provide to our students is unparalleled,” said Miller, who has served as dean since 2012. “Our students’ strong work ethic coupled with the ethical culture established by Edinboro’s excellent faculty have grown this program to the point where our students and our programs are receiving recognition for their great work.” Read more.

Resources for students available at Ghering

Food and hygiene items are available to students through Edinboro University's Student Health Services in the Ghering Health and Wellness Center. Students who are in need of these resources should contact Student Health Services at (814) 732–2743. Appointments are available through Tuesday at 9:20 p.m.

Ghering Health and Wellness Center will be closed Wednesday through Sunday. Normal hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

Tell us what you're thankful for this year

On behalf of Edinboro’s Marketing and Communications Office, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday break.

We are honored to serve as your No. 1 source for University news and upcoming events and thankful for the opportunity to tell the stories of our outstanding students, faculty and staff.

What are you thankful for? Tweet at us @Edinboro with #EUthanks2018 and tell us!

UPB to sponsor New York City trip

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Student feedback needed regarding Highland Games

Tartan Edge

Edinboro wants student feedback on the Highland Games and Scottish Festival, an annual celebration of EU's Scottish heritage.

Take this short survey to help the University continually improve student experiences. The survey will be available until Friday.

EU website launch

In case you missed it: EU in the news

The achievements of Edinboro University’s students, faculty and staff are always making headlines. Here are several recent news stories about excellence at EU:

Edinboro leads area cross country teams into regional [ | Erie Times-News]

Edinboro’s Fletcher leads Erie-area all-PSAC players [ | Erie Times-News]

Edinboro Women's Basketball Blasts Wheeling Jesuit [ (WJET/WFXP-TV)]

Fraternity brothers experience what it's like to be homeless in winter [ (WJET/WFXP-TV)]

Edinboro University Honors Veterans [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV)]

’Boro men aim to exceed expectations again [ (Erie Times-News)]

Mover of the week, Nov. 4 [ (Erie Times-News)]

Oh-so-fun ‘Harvey’ appears at Edinboro this weekend [ (Erie Times-News)]

On Campus: Edinboro 4th in D-II in Make-A-Wish donations [ (Erie Times-News)]

What's happening in the community 

Holiday Extravaganza
The Light in the Woods
12270 Edinboro Road, Edinboro
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

34th Annual Festival of Trees
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Winter Wonderland Art & Craft Show
Warner Theatre
811 State St., Erie
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Drop-in and Discover
Asbury Woods
4105 Asbury Roads, Erie
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

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Men's basketball vs. Penn State Shenango
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