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Congratulations, December 2014 graduates!

Edinboro University congratulates its December 2014 graduates on the completion of their undergraduate and graduate studies. What a fantastic achievement!

December Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday. The undergraduate student ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse, with the graduate student commencement ceremony to follow at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall – Cole Auditorium.

Students and their families are encouraged to share their best Commencement photos and shout out their best wishes on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #boroUgrad. The University will do its best to share the happy messages that come our way using the hashtag.

Residence hall closures for semester break

Residence Halls will close for the semester break on Friday at 9 p.m. (for students not participating in commencement). Students requiring housing for the semester break due to restricted travel or academic schedule may fill out a break housing request form in the Residence Life & Housing Office in McNerney Hall, Room 235. All semester break housing request forms must be turned in no later than Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Residence halls will reopen for the spring 2015 semester on Sunday, January 18, at noon. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 20. For additional information, contact the Residence Life & Housing Office at 732-2818 or via email at boroliving@edinboro.edu.

NOTE FOR STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS: The Borough of Edinboro arranges bulk trash pick-up dates to coincide with student move-in and move-out dates. The next bulk trash pick-up will be conducted on Saturday.

The Laugh Half presents: Under Pressure

The Laugh Half, the resident improv group for EU is back with “Under Pressure,” a fun night of games, laughs, and a way to take a breather between studying for finals. Join the Laugh Half at the improv lounge at the Diebold Center for Performing Arts at 9 p.m. tonight. Admission is free for EU students with ID, and $3 for general admission.

'Alice in Wonderland' continues in Diebold

Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” continues Thursday through Sunday in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for EU students with ID, $5 for non-EU students, senior citizens and University faculty and staff, and $10 for general admission.

StARTup Incubator dedicates gallery in honor of Terry Smith

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StARTup Incubator honored an influential figure in its development on Friday by naming its art gallery in honor of Dr. Terry L. Smith, who retired a year ago as dean of EU’s former College of Arts and Sciences.

The lobby of the former Biggers House, 148 Meadville St., will now be known as the Dr. Terry L. Smith Art Gallery. It is being used to showcase the work of EU graduate students.

The incubator, which moved to its first permanent home this summer, supports the creation and growth of art-based businesses in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Nora, are now living in the Washington, D.C., area and made their first visit back to Edinboro for Friday’s event. Friends and former colleagues enjoyed catching up on the couple’s activity since retirement in August 2013.

Above, Dr. Smith (second from left) is pictured with Jonathan D’Silva, left, and Rick Novotny, right, StARTup Incubator board members, and EU President Dr. Juile E. Wollman.

Volunteers sought for United Way VITA tax prep program

The United Way of Erie County is looking for student volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) & Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program, which allows qualifying individuals to have their income tax returns completed and filed for free.

No previous experience needed. Volunteers receive specialized training. Each year, trained university student and community volunteer tax preparers help tax filers keep more of their hard-earned money. They do this by preparing their income taxes for FREE at the Wiley Arts and Science Center on the EU campus and at other county locations, and by helping them claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

For more information, visit www.unitedwayerie.org/ErieFreeTaxes/volunteer and/or contact Cheryl Bates at (814) 456-2937, ext. 236 or cheryl@unitedwayerie.org.

Laser Christmas and Late Night with Jupiter!

Join the EU Planetarium staff for a fun laser program highlighting the Christmas season tonight. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Plan to say late that evening if clear skies prevail for telescopic viewing of a Jupiter and its moons. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required.

Campus blood drive set for Tuesday

The Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania will be holding a blood drive on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room. Donors must present photo ID, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health, and must not have received a tattoo or piercing from a tattoo parlor in the last 12 months

Edinboro Excellence: Congratulations to Marilyn Goellner

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Calendar of Events

The final exam period begins today and continues through Friday for all students. If you need help preparing for a final, consult the Academic Success Center, located on the second floor of Baron-Forness Library. Get the details about other upcoming events on the new and improved online calendar at www.edinboro.edu/calendar.

To submit an event to the calendar, please fill out the Submission Form here.

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Athletic Events

Wrestling takes on Clarion University at McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday at 7 p.m. Find out who else is playing by checking out the winter sports schedules at www.gofightingscots.com.

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