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March 18 - 24, 2019
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EU celebrates 10th annual Gmitter Scholarship Exhibition

The opening reception for "Celebrate the Artist: The 10th Annual Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Exhibition" will be held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. in Bruce Gallery of Doucette Hall.

The Edinboro student who is selected to receive the $4,000 Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship will be announced during the awards reception at 6 p.m.

Edinboro students selected as scholarship finalists are Allison Dipofi (illustration), Amanda Anstett (illustration), Madison Morrow (graphic design), Megan Ciafre (pictured above) (film/video) , Mary Kate Noonan (painting/ceramics), Kathryn Broach (sculpture/printmaking), Amelia Trettel (metals/jewelry), Luke Kiefer (ceramics), Billy Jo Molinari (graphic design), Jericho Barkley (ceramics), Tyler Podomik (ceramics), Levi Colton (painting), Sarah Hnatin (illustration), Shoniece Mercado (drawing) and Alex Ho (cinema).

The Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship was created to honor and cherish the memory of Michael V. Gmitter, who passed away on July 25, 2006, at the age of 22, and to celebrate his passion for art. Michael was expected to graduate from Edinboro University with a degree in fine arts with an emphasis in jewelry design/metalsmithing in the spring of 2007.

Created by Michael’s late father, Rich, along with his mother Jan and brother Devin, the first Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship award was established on April 4, 2007, and awards a student pursuing a major in Art (jewelry/metalsmithing, ceramics, cinema, drawing, illustration, graphic/interactive design, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, wood/furniture, art education, film/video). Read More.

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Women's History Month celebration continues at EU

This month, Edinboro University experts are highlighting the unique legacies, accomplishments and struggles of women who have impacted our society.

This week's presentations include:

All Women’s History Month events at EU are free and open to the public.

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Staff Member of the Year nomination deadline is April 1


Many outstanding staff members devote their skills, energy, work ethic, positive attitude and drive to support student success and raise the level of excellence at Edinboro University.

Each year, we recognize the outstanding achievements of one exceptionally dedicated individual with the Staff Member of the Year Award. The recipient will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 18.

All faculty, staff, students, Trustees, alumni and retired faculty and staff may submit nominations for this recognition. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 1.

To nominate a staff member for the Staff Member of the Year Award please use the online registration form.

Dodgeball event benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Celebration of Scholarship

Mock Trial team earns multiple tournament awards

Financial Planning

It has always been a dream for Emily Maziarz to become a lawyer.

The Buffalo, N.Y. native pictured herself in a courtroom, prosecuting an alleged criminal or representing someone who was wrongly accused. Now as an Edinboro University student, Maziarz is beginning to realize her dream as a student attorney.

The vice president of Edinboro’s Mock Trial team, Maziarz joined eight of her classmates and advisor Dr. Joseph Conti for the sixth season of competition in the American Mock Trial Regional Intercollegiate Tournament.

Thirteen teams competed with Edinboro in the annual competition that pins students against each other in a real-world courtroom scenario. Participating Edinboro students include:

Attorneys: Julia Mutranowski, Emily Maziarz, Tarae Price, Madison Lawrie and Josh Hudacky

Witnesses: Julia Mutranowski, Emily Maziarz, Josh Hudacky, Taylor Szuchon, Mary Lindeman and Josh Carpeno

“All of the Edinboro team members displayed exceptional talent and spirit throughout the competition,” said Conti, an assistant professor in Edinboro’s Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies Department. “Each student dedicated countless hours on weeknights and weekends preparing for the tournament. To say the least, I am very proud of each and every team member.” Read more.

Mark your calendar for Graduation Fair


Edinboro University will host Graduation Fair for May 2019 graduates on Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10, from noon until 6 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Tickets for the Undergraduate Ceremony will be available for pickup, and undergraduate and graduate students will be able to complete their required exit interviews with University Financial Aid staff.

In addition, students can purchase a cap and gown at a discounted rate, obtain information about resume preparation, connect with representatives from the Alumni and Advancement teams and much more.

For more information, contact the Office of Records and Registration at (814) 732-3501.

RSVP TODAY for ATHENA Connections program reception

Edinboro University faculty and staff are invited to attend a celebration honoring the 15 participants of the ATHENA Connections College Leadership Program on Monday, March 25, from 5-7 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center Atrium and Recital Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Special guests will include Joe Schember, mayor of the City of Erie; Linda Stevenson, director of ATHENA Erie/ATHENA Powerlink; Dr. Michael Hannan, interim president of Edinboro University; and Dr. Melissa Gibson, professor in the Communication, Journalism and Media Department.

The event is hosted by the Women's Philanthropy Council and the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning. Please RSVP TODAY on TartanEdge or by calling the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning at (814) 732-2781.

ATHENA Connections College Leadership Program is a leadership initiative designed to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.

Planetarium to present 'What's up Wednesday'

What's going on in the sky? Visit the Planetarium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to explore current constellations and other objects visible in our backyard.

The show is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP using the online registration form.

Cookies and Careers set for Thursday

Stop by Rose Hall for a free cookie and chat about careers with representatives from the Center for Career Development on Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m.

Contact Peter Ostrander, assistant director of career development, for more information.

Student scholarship spotlight: Nicole Wiercioch

Financial Planning

Through financial support from Edinboro faculty and staff, strivers like Nicole Wiercioch are able to dream big.

Nicole is a senior student majoring in Psychology with a custom focus in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Throughout her time at Edinboro, Nicole has been an active member of Chi Alpha, a faith-based student organization. Since joining the group during her first semester, she has held a variety of leadership roles. In the fall of 2018, Nicole also completed an internship at SCI Cambridge Springs.

Following graduation this May, Nicole has her sights set on a bright future. She plans to stay in the Erie area, hoping to find a job in recruitment, community outreach or human resources. She also hopes to stay involved with her church and remain an active volunteer throughout the Erie area.

Nicole cannot say thank you enough for the financial assistance she received.

“This is such an encouragement to get through my last semester of college with passion and grit,” she said. “Thank you kindly for your generosity and your belief in me.”

Please consider making a payroll deduction in support of the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund for Students, which provides funding to students who are experiencing financial hardship in a given semester and cannot otherwise afford to continue their education.

Boro Rec Sports to host kickball tournament

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EU Program Spotlight: Aeronautical Science

Financial Planning

Did you know that it’s possible to become a commercial pilot in just 16 months? Edinboro University has partnered with two FAA-approved flight schools (Buffalo-based Prior Aviation and North Coast Flight School in Erie) on an accelerated 60-credit program that allows students to complete all academic coursework and flight training in just 16 months. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared for a job as a commercial industry pilot (non-passenger), a private charter pilot or as a flight instructor.

EU’s Associate of Applied Science in Aeronautical Science program provides broad knowledge through applicable general education and major courses. Our flight school partners provide the ground and flight training needed to prepare for a career in this high-demand field (ground and flight training have additional costs). The training requirements may be satisfied with a current license or appropriate certification.

Anyone wishing to go a step further and pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot will have the opportunity to complete additional flight training and earn a bachelor’s degree with a commitment of just two additional years.

Boeing projects a need for 635,000 commercial pilots and 96,000 business pilots worldwide by the year 2037, and the median annual pay for a U.S. pilot is $113,709. (Sources: and

If you know any students that would be interested in this program, be sure to share with them! Students can apply or learn more at

Explore the world with EU study abroad opportunities

Summer Session

Psychology Department hosts Brain Awareness Day


When your elbow bends or you wiggle your toes, your body interacts with the organ responsible for all of these functions: the brain.

Weighing on average around three pounds, the spongy mass and network of cells allows humans to breathe, love, remember and think.

This fascinating and complex organ was on display Saturday during Brain Awareness Day, a hands-on, family-friendly exhibit hosted at the Millcreek Mall by Edinboro University’s Psychology Club and the Psychology Department.

Children of all ages and their families participated in the free events, which included games, hands-on activities and crafts.

The goal of Brain Awareness Day is to increase understanding of the brain with relation to behavior, inspire careers in neuroscience, improve awareness of mental health issues and promote healthy lifestyles.

Faculty, students invited to attend PACE Palette Seminar

Summer Session

Innovation Erie Competition deadline is Friday

Have a great idea for a product that can be manufactured in the greater Erie area? Want a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash and assistance?

You have until this Friday to submit your idea online for the 9th annual Innovation Erie competition.

Innovation Erie was initiated in 2008 by CIVITAS, Edinboro University, Penn State Behrend, the Erie Art Museum and other stakeholders to support a community of scientists, artists, manufacturers, engineers and designers (SAM & ED). It calls for individuals to submit original product ideas that could be manufactured or created in the Erie region, with the possibility of creating new small businesses.

An independent panel of judges will select up to fifteen semi-finalists to exhibit their ideas at the Idea Lab in the Erie County Public Library this spring. Four top finalists will be chosen to compete for over $10,000 in cash and assistance prizes.

The competition is open to individuals or teams, 18 years old and over, whose product design could be manufactured in the Greater Erie Area. The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019.

Apply online at Questions? Email:

What's happening in the community 

Fish Dinner
Our Lady of the Lake Social Hall
128 Sunset Dr., Edinboro
Friday from 5-7 p.m.
Call (814) 734-3113 for more info.

Erie Home and Garden Expo
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie
Friday through Sunday
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

Interested in traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, to explore Edinboro's Scottish heritage? Join Dr. Tim Thompson and Dr. Melissa Gibson for an information session on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. about the Scotland 2020 program. The session will be held in Compton Hall, Room 206.

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

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Athletic Events

Lacrosse vs. East Stroudsburg
Saturday at 11 a.m.

Tennis vs. Millersville
Saturday at 1 p.m. (Erie)

Tennis vs. West Chester

Sunday at 4 p.m. (Erie)

Get the latest news from the Athletics Department and access the spring sports schedule at

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