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July 17 - 30, 2017
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Edinboro University students, faculty travel the globe

Edinboro University strives to build cross-cultural connections and to offer students unique opportunities to become active citizens of the world. Several EU groups have spent time abroad this summer.

From May 17-27, 15 Edinboro travelers explored sites in Ireland, with highlights including the Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone dolmen, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Newgrange and the Hills of Tara. Led by Drs. Jerra Jenrette and Lenore Barbian, the students studied the rich history and culture of Ireland.

A second Edinboro group (pictured above in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii) embarked on a sightseeing adventure through Rome, Vatican City and the Isle of Capri in the Italian region and Athens and Delphi in Greece from May 18-27. Drs. Melissa Gibson and Timothy Thompson led 31 travelers on the trip, which featured educational opportunities and self-guided exploration.

Faculty members Shelle Barron and Brigette Davitt led a group of 18 travelers from May 16-25 to London, Paris and Amsterdam for an exploration of European art and design. Highlights of the 10-day trip included visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Anne Frank House.

Through EU’s sister-university relationship with Shandong University of Technology, 11 Edinboro travelers spent four weeks in China completing coursework for General Environmental Chemistry and studying Chinese language and culture. Led by Dr. Qun Gu, the group visited Beijing, Jinan, Zibo, Shanghai and Nanjing from May 17 through June 16.


Hannah McDonald and Colleen Michaels (pictured right) joined honors students from other schools in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) on a 15-day adventure to discover the history, lifestyle and culture of Belize. From May 20 through June 12, McDonald and Michaels conducted research in the country and also canoed down the Sibun River, explored Mayan sites at the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave and danced at a Garifuna drum circle.

Members of the Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies Department traveled to Belize from July 3-16 for an archaeology field study instructed by Dr. Joshua Kwoka. During this two-week extensive field experience, the group participated in an archaeological excavation of monumental architecture and elite household groups at Xnoha and took a day trip to Lamanai.

For more information about studying abroad, visit EU's study abroad page, or contact the Global Education Office at

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Stratton nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team


Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have announced 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. Among the nominees is Edinboro University standout Ryan Stratton.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others.

In February, Stratton was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Joseph Laythe Award, presented by President H. Fred Walker in recognition of his dedication to championing justice through both on- and off-campus contributions.

More information about the nomination is available here.

Visit the EU Alumni Association tent at 8 Great Tuesdays

Concert Series

Join the Edinboro University Alumni Association on Tuesday, July 25, for 8 Great Tuesdays, a summer music series in the heart of downtown Erie. Pittsburgh-based rock and soul band The Commonheart and Erie’s own funk and R&B band The Groove, which features Edinboro University alumnus Tony Ferrara, ’85, and EU student Brittany Morton, are scheduled to perform.

Presented by the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, 8 Great Tuesdays begins at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday from July 11-Aug. 29 at Highmark Amphitheater at Liberty Park, just off West Bayfront Parkway in Erie.

‘Movies Under the Stars’ outdoor films continue Thursday


The outdoor screening of the animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings,” originally scheduled for July 13 at Porreco College was postponed due to rain. The second offering of the annual “Movies Under the Stars” series has been rescheduled for Thursday at 9 p.m.

“Pete’s Dragon,” the third and final film in the series, will now be shown on Thursday, July 27, at 9 p.m.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and relax on the beautiful campus of the Porreco College of Edinboro University, 2951 W. 38th St., Erie.

Wertz named associate dean of College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


Dr. R. James Wertz, a faculty member since 2005, has been named the associate dean of EU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Wertz, who most recently served as an associate professor of journalism and digital media and the director of the Honors Program, will assist with course, schedule and program development, promote recruitment initiatives and act as the primary link between the arts, humanities and social science programs and the Dean’s office.

Wertz earned two bachelor’s degrees from EU – in Speech Communication and History. He then earned a Master of Arts in History from American University and a Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Make a life-saving blood donation on Tuesday

American Red Cross

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? A single pint of blood can save as many as three lives, but less than 10 percent of eligible Americans donate each year.

You can help local patients by donating at the American Red Cross Blood Drive being held Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room. Appointments can be made by clicking here or by going to and using Sponsor Code “Edinboro Scots.”

Prior to making a donation, please review the donor eligibility guidelines and donation tips on the American Red Cross website. Remember to drink plenty of water, and don’t forget your ID!

EU to host free concert featuring international musicians

International virtuoso musicians will present a free concert on Friday, July 28, at 8 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center Recital Hall. These musicians will have participated in a week-long workshop to acquire cutting edge techniques to connect with their audiences.

The concert is the culminating event of the music workshop “Mindfulness, Confidence & Performance: A Transformative Program for Musicians,” which is being held on campus July 22-29.

Musicians from across the United States as well as from Canada and Israel are participating in the workshop. It is led by pianist Madeline Bruser, a Juilliard School graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 30 years.

EU graduate counseling program ranked regionally

Edinboro University’s graduate-level counseling program earned a top affordability ranking among higher-education institutions in the northeastern United States.


Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource and ranking system that researches schools with accredited counseling programs, awarded EU the No. 16 rank among the Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s Degrees in Counseling in the Northeast for 2017.

Schools on the Best Counseling Degrees list are ranked based on affordability of out-of-state graduate tuition, accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Concert Band of NWPA to play free concert

Under the direction of John Fleming, the Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania will present "A Knight of Music" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Diamond Park, 903 Diamond Park, Meadville.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Porreco to hold final summer Open House

Do you know anyone in the Erie area who would be interested in Porreco College’s affordable, high-quality associate degree programs? Porreco College will host an Open House on Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.

No registration is required for the information sessions, which will take place in the lobby of the red barn classroom complex. Porreco College is located at 2951 W. 38th St., Erie, on bus Route 21/28.

Support football scholarships at two upcoming events


Welcome to Edinboro University

Edinboro University is happy to welcome new employees Elliot LaPlaca of Facilities and Joelene Games of Admissions.

The University also wishes the very best to retiring employees Paula Warner of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department; Norma Jean Ward and James Parraway of Facilities; Shaun Taylor of the Music and Theatre Department; Charles Cross of the Middle and Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership Department; David Warner of the Art Department; Henry Lawrence of the Geosciences Department; Susan Hegel and Helen Bamberga of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Department; and Richard Schofield of Information Technology Services.


What's happening in the community 

Farmers Market & Open Jam
Goodell Gardens
221 Waterford St., Edinboro
Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

"Travels in the Americas"
Kelly Run Gallery & Framing
264 S. Main St., Cambridge Springs
Wednesday & Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday from 1-5 p.m.
Click here to learn more about the exhibition, which features the work of EU alumna Jan Lutz.

Christmas in July
Sunview Miniature Golf Course
12246 Edinboro Road, Edinboro
Tuesday, July 25, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Discover Presque Isle Days
Presque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Dr., Erie
Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30.
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

Reminder: The Borough of Edinboro began milling asphalt on Darrow Road today. The work will continue through Wednesday. Please use alternate routes to access and travel around campus.

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