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EU metalsmithing students earn accolades and scholarships

From earning awards for their academic research to setting records in athletics, Edinboro University students go above and beyond every day in their quest for excellence. Recently, several students working toward BFA and MFA degrees in Studio Arts-Jewelry/Metalsmithing have been honored with accolades celebrating their work:

Nash Quinn (MFA) received a fellowship to attend “Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials and Creative Process” at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

Peter Antor (MFA) received a scholarship to attend a workshop at the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh. Peter's work also has been juried into the Materials Hard and Soft Exhibition in Denton, Texas.

Heather Nuber (BFA) had her work showcased in Metalsmith magazine to announce her SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship. She has been chosen as one of the ten emerging artists to showcase work during the ACC Craft Show in Baltimore. Heather also received a scholarship to attend a workshop at Peter’s Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey.

Alex Rocco (BFA) received a scholarship to attend a workshop at Peter’s Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ.

Dustin Clark (BFA) received a two-month residency in the blacksmithing studio at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

Alison Pfaff (BFA) received a scholarship to attend a workshop at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.

In addition to these achievements, fifteen undergraduate and graduate students attended the Keystone Metals Forum held at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pa. Students were given the opportunity to see technical demonstrations and lectures, as well as receive individual critiques from presenters.

Megan Kuntz wins big at National Collegiate Honors Conference

The Robert C. Weber Honors Program received national recognition on Nov. 8 in Denver when Edinboro honors student Megan Kuntz was awarded first place for research in the category of Visual Arts at the National Collegiate Honors Conference. Kuntz was awarded first place for her project, “Using Mathematical Perspective,” which brought linear perspective to art through the use of mathematical formulas.


“This is Edinboro’s first-ever win in at NCHC, and Megan is to be commended in that she faced high-level competition from fellow honors student presenters from across the country,” said Dr. Jean Jones, director of the Robert C. Weber Honors Program. “Also to be commended are Edinboro faculty members Terry McKelvey, Art, and John Hoggard, Math, who worked with her on this project.”

Five students from Edinboro’s honors program participated in the event. EU has only been participating in the National Collegiate Honors Conference for two years, as part of the expansion of the honors program. Under the direction of Dr. Jones, the honors program has continued to see record growth, and is now comprised of 260 student-scholars. Edinboro’s honors program provides opportunities for scholarships, special programs and study abroad trips. For more information on the program, click here.

String ensemble concert

EU’s Music Department will host a special string ensemble concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center-Recital Hall. Students, faculty, alumni and the public are invited to attend this free concert.

UPB Movie of the Week

The UPB movie of the week is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Johnny Knoxville. The action-packed thriller screens Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center. All UPB movies are free for EU students with ID. All non-students have an admission fee of $1. Popcorn is $.50 for everyone.

Student Health Services sets Great American Smokeout rally

Student Health Services will again participate in the national Great American Smokeout on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. The American Cancer Society-organized Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to use this rallying date to make a plan to quit or to plan ahead and make this their quit date.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this event to learn about the dangers of smoking and the importance of quitting now. Demonstrations will show the effect smoking has on the human body and the damage it can cause over time.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in quitting smoking, please contact Ghering Health & Wellness Center at (814) 732-2743 to receive information and tips to help you quit.

Edinboro Excellence: Congratulations to Dr. Mary Jo Melvin

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Graduate Art Association presentations planned

Students from EU’s Graduate Art Association will present their new works and discuss the inspirations behind them on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Doucette Hall, Room 119.

This year, four graduate students will be presenting: Ceramics students Austin Wieland, Benjamin Lambert and Didem Mert, and metalsmithing student Nash Quinn. Each student will present a unique piece, while discussing the influences and meaning behind their artwork.

This event is free and open to the public. Art students, particularly those considering graduate school, are encouraged to come out and support these young artists and see the quality of work produced by students in EU’s graduate art programs.

Interested in Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity and getting started is easy. The offices of International Student Services and Financial Aid offer Study Abroad 101 sessions to provide you with a basic overview of the process of studying overseas. The next session of the semester will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Reeder Hall Third Floor Conference Room.

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Surviving Finals

When should you start preparing for my exams? How much time should you spend studying? Come to this workshop to learn successful test preparation strategies. Students will learn techniques for maximizing their success on final exams. Presented by the Academic Success Center, “Surviving Finals” will be held Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Baron-Forness Library, Room 201.

Friends of the Library Research Grant award winners

EU students continued to impress with their academic excellence during a special recent dinner where the first Friends of the Baron-Forness Library Research Grants were awarded. Six student projects earned grant funding to begin or continue research in a variety of academic areas.

Graduate students Julia Hammond and Andrea Velez each earned grant awards. Hammond’s research, titled “Measuring Creativity in College Students: A systematic Literature Review (1984-2013),” is being supervised by Dr. Heather Snyder of the Psychology Department. Velez will research “Informal Communities of Practice in an Audience Context.” Her supervisor is Dr. James Wertz of Journalism and Public Relations.

Four undergraduate student projects were also chosen to receive grant funding. Jordanna Wallace will conduct research on the behavior of spiders and how certain parts of their bodies work. “Searching for Novel Inhibitors of Angiogenesis in the Hemolymph of the Spider, Dolemedes triton” will be supervised by Dr. Matthew Foradori of the Department of Biology and Health Services. Bernice Markley plans to research ways of improving language and reading skills in “Improving Language and Reading Outcomes with Literacy Speaks,” which will be supervised by Dr. Skye Raupp of Speech, Language and Hearing. Leeanna Golembiewski, Nikole Niemeyer and Elaina Gogin will work together to research the creativity level of college students. “Self-Assessment of Creativity in College Students” will be supervised by Dr. Heather Snyder of the Psychology Department. Kate Fisher and Sarah Parfitt also will work together to research persons with disabilities and their interaction the criminal justice system. “ADA & CJS: The Utility of Persons with Physical Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System” will be overseen by Drs. Deborah Vegh and Elvage Murphy of the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department.


Get ready for Commencement at Graduation Fair

EU and the Office of Alumni Relations will host a Graduation Fair for December 2014 graduates on Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Tickets for the December Commencement ceremony will be available for pickup, and undergraduate and graduate students will also be able to complete their required exit interviews with University Financial Aid staff. In addition, students can speak with career counselors regarding resume preparation and searching for employment, obtain information about graduate school and receive post-graduate financial services and discounted auto insurance information from representatives from PSECU.

Graduating undergraduate students will be able to record their 10-second self-introduction videos for the Commencement Ceremony with no appointment needed. The make-up date for introductory video recording will be Nov. 25 from 1-5 p.m. in Compton Hall, Room 109.

Destination Erie to gather input at EU workshop

Thousands of Erie County residents have participated in Destination Erie's efforts to design a 25-year plan for creating a more sustainable, resilient and successful future for Erie County. After three years of hard work, the Destination Erie strategy is nearing completion.

The public’s input has been shaped into DESTINATION ERIE KEY RECOMMENDATIONS and the group is now asking for input once again – to provide feedback before the plan is finalized.

An open session is planned Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the R. Benjamin Wiley Center, Lecture Hall 117 to present the recommendations and accept feedback. Additional meetings are being held throughout the week at locations countywide. Please check for details.

EU’s draft hazard mitigation plan to be reviewed

Edinboro University has been working with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) over the past year to update the University’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The HMP will help the university reduce its risk to hazards; better protect its students, faculty and staff; and reduce long-term costs.

A review of the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan will be held on Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m. in Seminar Room 143 of the Pogue Student Center. If your schedule does not permit you to attend the meeting, the draft plan will be available for download and review at, beginning December 5. Please contact Jim Dahle at or (814) 732-2709 with any questions.

Calendar of Events

An art exhibition by K.S. Bach will be on display through Nov. 29 during regular gallery hours -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-5 p.m. -- at the StARTup Incubator. Get the details about other upcoming events on the new and improved online calendar at

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

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Athletic Events

The women's basketball team takes on California University of Pennsylvania at home at McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday at 1 p.m. Find out who else is playing by checking out the spring sports schedules at

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