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Edinboro to honor retired track coach Doug Watts

Edinboro University will honor longtime cross country and track and field head coach Doug Watts with an alumni event on August 23. The event will begin with an alumni cross country race, followed by a chicken barbeque lunch and social. Watts retired in 2013 after 44 years of service at Edinboro, where he coached over 200 All-Americans.

The alumni race begins at 10 a.m. at the Doug Watts Cross Country Course behind Lawrence Towers. A chicken barbeque luncheon will follow on the McComb Fieldhouse lawn at 12:30 p.m., and the day will conclude with a social, beginning at 4 p.m. at Culbertson Hills Golf Resort.

According to, "Edinboro cross country set the standard of excellence in the region under Watts. His men's teams won 29 PSAC championships and 22 regional titles, with four cross country national champions. On the women's side, his teams finished in the top five at Nationals on five occasions, including a second place showing in 2004, along with 15 PSAC crowns and 11 regional titles."

To register for the event, contact Denise Dobos at The deadline to register is August 15. Please direct any questions about the alumni race to Cross Country Head Coach Rick Hammer (814) 732-1870.

Erie Gives Day set for August 12

Your gift to Edinboro University on Erie Gives Day, Aug. 12, will go even further in aiding the University and its students.

The Erie Community Foundation, GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, and Presque Isle Downs & Casino have provided $200,000 that will be used to make a prorated match for each donation made to Edinboro University and other participating nonprofits. The minimum gift is $25.

Donations can be made between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on that day only, and only through the Erie Gives website,

The website also has a reminder feature – sign up today, and it will remind you to make a gift to Edinboro University on Aug. 12.

Seven Fighting Scots earn All-Academic honors

Seven members of the Edinboro women's track and field team were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Seniors Tabitha Bemis, Kat Faller and Sarah Krolick; juniors Emily Ahrens, Brianne Dietrich and Allison Gibbens; and sophomore Sophie Zielonka each earned the distinction.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Several alums featured in new fiction anthology

Edinboro alum Zachary T. Owen edited, compiled and contributed to the anthology Easy Reading for Difficult Devils. The collection of dark genre fiction is available for Kindle through Amazon and Nook via Barnes and Noble.

Devils features works by several Edinboro alumni, including Neil Peters, Philip Gorski, Brandon Lewis, Ben Rutkowski, Jamison VanLoocke, Jonathan Persinger and Marjorie Lord. The cover was also designed by an Edinboro student: Steve Zaffino. Also included are other authors from around the U.S., as well as a few public domain classics.

Alumni gather in Edinboro to reminisce

Two groups of alumni recently gathered in Edinboro to reconnect and reminisce about their college days.


Fourteen alumni and many of their spouses from the classes of 1954-1958 returned to Edinboro on July 23 for their summer reunion and kicked things off with lunch with EU President Dr. Julie Wollman and Vice President for Advancement Tina Mengine in the President’s Dining Room in Van Houten Dining Hall (above).

Reunion 2

Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity held its annual alumni reunion at the Hotel Bar in Edinboro on July 12. Sixty alumni brothers from over 50 years reunited to reminisce and celebrate the fraternity's years of participation in collegiate and community activities at Edinboro University.

Gala in the Orchard a major success


More than 300 people attended the July 19 Gala in the Orchard, a special event to raise money for the Porreco Promise, the scholarship that makes attending the Porreco College affordable for Erie County residents. Guests enjoyed music, specialty cocktails, food stations with a farm-to-table theme, hand-rolled cigars, Texas hold ‘em poker and much more.

With this year’s event proving a smashing success, plans are already being made for next year’s fundraiser. For more information on the Porreco College, visit Check out photos from the Gala here.

Travel to Ireland in summer 2015


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