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Sept. 24 - 30, 2018
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Break out your tartan for EU Homecoming 2018

The first signs of fall are beginning to appear in the region, but don’t pack away your flip-flops just yet.

Boro at the Beach,” a tropical take on Edinboro University’s annual Homecoming celebration, will land at Edinboro Friday and Saturday. Music, art, reunions and activities for all ages will fill the campus and the Edinboro community throughout both activity-packed days.

The festivities get underway Friday morning with the 27th Annual Alumni & Friends Homecoming Golf Outing at Culbertson Hills Golf Resort. Traditionally a sell-out, proceeds from the outing support programs for Edinboro students.

That same morning, the University’s 30th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Conference will be held on campus at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Distinguished speakers include renowned speech-language pathologists Deborah A. Dixon and Edgar V. Clark.

The Fighting Scots Battalion will honor current and former military personnel with a special Flag Retreat Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. outside Hendricks Hall.

Edinboro University’s talented Art Department faculty members will showcase their work in Bruce Gallery of Doucette Hall from noon until 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Saturday morning’s main event, the annual Homecoming Parade, will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. by the running of the Kilted Mile. The parade will step off at 11 a.m., following the traditional route from Darrow Road and down Meadville Street into downtown Edinboro.

After the parade, a family-friendly festival will fill the campus lawns bordering Meadville Street with children’s activities, local vendors and student art club demonstrations and sales. A complimentary lunch for the community will begin at noon on the lawns in front of Doucette Hall.

The fun will continue downtown as the Borough of Edinboro hosts its second annual Edinboro Community Party featuring live music, food trucks and games from 1 to 6 p.m.

And, because no Homecoming would be complete without a football game, the Fighting Scots will host the Golden Knights of Gannon University at 2 p.m. The halftime show will feature the crowning of the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen.

University Programming Board to host Boro Pregame


Nationally recognized poet to speak at Edinboro


A world-renowned poet and associate English professor at Johns Hopkins will bring his literary expertise to Edinboro University on Thursday.

David Yezzi, whose poetry and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal and Best American Poetry will speak and read selected works at 7:30 p.m. in the Reeder Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

An associate professor and department chairperson in Johns Hopkins Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences, Yezzi is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and executive editor of The New Criterion and The Hopkins Review.

“Aside from his easy, impressive skill in traditional forms, David Yezzi's poetry displays mastery of a carefully modulated voice,” said Edinboro professor Dr. Robert Hass, the 2017 Scholar of the Year. “One only needs to read Yezzi's poem ‘Spoils’ to see how the language of everyday speech, yoked to a blank verse line, creates a music all its own without ever sacrificing the authenticity of what is being said.”

In Yezzi’s “Spoils,” a young man hired to clean the apartment of someone who recently died marvels at the junk and clutter hoarded in the small apartment.

In 2008, Yezzi’s poetry collection “Azores” was selected as one of Slate Magazine’s Best Books of 2008. In his critique of “Azores,” contributing author Adam Kirsch credits Yezzi for providing insight and elegance in the lives that we actually lead.

“The sophistication of Yezzi's language perfectly suits the sophistication of his understanding, and he displays a civilized mastery reminiscent of Philip Larkin and Donald Justice, which no poet of his generation can match,” Kirsch wrote.

Additionally, Yezzi’s libretto for chamber opera, “Firebird Motel” composed by David Conte, premiered in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis in 2007.

Yezzi is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.

Dr. Sullivan to present as part of lecture series

Lecture Series

'One Act Roulette' takes center stage

University Players will present "One Act Roulette," an interactive event that allows audience members to select the lineup of short scenes from a pool of possibilities, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts.

Additional performances are planned Oct. 4-7.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, faculty and staff and non-EU students and $3 for Edinboro University students. For more details, call (814) 732-2555.

Check out the new addition to the library

The Center for Branding and Strategic Communication will be open to Homecoming visitors from 2-4 p.m. on Friday.

The center, located in room 232 of Baron-Forness Library, is part of the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network, a grant-funded collaborative between Edinboro, Gannon, Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend to provide services to start-up businesses in the region.

Planetarium celebrates 50 years of entertainment

Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon during the historic NASA flight in July 1969.

One year earlier, Edinboro University already had its eyes to the skies with the expansion of the campus planetarium. In 1968, Cooper Science Center was expanded to include a brand new planetarium and observatory.

“For the last five decades, we have been providing informational entertainment to all audiences, from curious children to lifelong learners,” said Jacob Salis, Edinboro geosciences student who presents the Planetarium shows with Dr. David Hurd, the planetarium director. “All of the knowledge and history from the last 50 years will be on display during another exciting season.”

Reminisce with us as we look back on 50 years of history with two special Planetarium shows on Saturday at noon and 5 p.m.

All Edinboro Planetarium shows, which will be held in Cooper Science Center Room 169, are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please use the online registration form or call (814) 732-2493 and indicate the number of seats you need, your last name and email address.

Erie Philharmonic offers free tickets for EU students


Edinboro University students are invited to attend an upcoming concert from the Erie Philharmonic for free with their student ID. On Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. musicians will perform a collection of classical pieces with Marc-André Hamelin, one of the most sought-after pianists of our generation.

All Erie Philharmonics performances will be held at the Warner Theatre, located at 811 State Street in Erie.

Featuring Daniel Meyer as the Erie Philharmonic conductor, the concert will take you through pieces from four legendary Russian composers. Hamelin will join the Erie Philharmonic crew on piano during “Piano Concerto No. 2” from Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff. Also included in the concert will be “Capriccio espagnol,” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Tahiti Trot,” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Francesca da Ramini” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Ticket vouchers must be redeemed for tickets, either in person or over the phone. To receive your complimentary ticket voucher while supplies last, contact Edinboro’s Office of Marketing and Communications at or (814) 732-1793 or call the Erie Philharmonic at (814) 455-1375. Remember to bring your Edinboro ID to the performance.

Additionally, Edinboro University students can receive a complimentary ticket voucher to any Erie Philharmonic 2018-2019 Symphonic Concert Series event with their Edinboro student ID. The next concert on the schedule is “Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss” on Nov. 3.

Note: Complimentary vouchers are not redeemable for tickets to the Pops Series or special holiday events.

Film series, discussion sheds light on opioid epidemic

From giant, bustling cities to quaint, sleepy small towns, the opioid epidemic has touched nearly every corner of the U.S., with the problem growing at an alarming rate.

To shed light on this epidemic and its impact on American families, Edinboro University’s Social Work Department and the Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting a 5-part viewing and discussion of SHOWTIME’s original “The Trade” – a 5-episode docu-series that spotlights the crises through growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement.

Elizabeth Gillette from the Nursing Department will act as moderator for episode two, which will be shown Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center's Multipurpose Room.

Representatives from Erie-based non-profit organization Gaudenzia, Inc., a co-dependency and chemical dependency treatment center, will also be on hand during the series to lend perspective from local officials.

Al Stone Lecture Series features Dr. Gerry Gendlin

Al Stone

Mark your calendar for Graduation Fair

Grad Fair

Edinboro University will host a Graduation Fair for December 2018 graduates on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, 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 speak with Financial Aid staff regarding the mandatory online exit interview.

In addition, students can purchase a cap and gown at a discounted rate, obtain information about resume preparation and receive post-graduate financial services from PSECU representatives.

Graduating undergraduate students will have the opportunity to record their 10-second self-introduction video for the Commencement Ceremony with no appointment needed. For more information, contact the Office of Records and Registration at (814) 732-3501.

Noe Ortega to speak at Edinboro

Edinboro University will host Noe Ortega, deputy secretary of Postsecondary and Higher Education with Pennsylvania’s Department of Education, for an invitation-only social hour on Thursday.

Following the meet and greet, Ortega will assist the University in recognizing students in the School of Education for obtaining Teacher Candidacy status – the gateway to completing upper-level courses and becoming a certified teacher. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Van Houten - South Dining Hall.

EU alum to detail HIV research

Dr. David Montefiori will present "Path to a Vaccine for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)," a Facebook Live event, on Thursday at 3 p.m. in Cooper Hall, Room 172.

Montefiori is a professor at Duke Medical Center and the director of the Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine Research and Development. His research interests include viral immunology and HIV vaccine development, with a special emphasis on neutralizing antibodies.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die each day in the United States from motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

In an effort to prevent future alcohol-related accidents, EPIC Outreach Edinboro University Lead & Seed will host a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” challenge event on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center. Students and employees will have the opportunity to test their driving skills while using a DUI simulator.

The presentation, which is promoted by NW Regional Highway Safety and the Erie County Department of Health, is free.

Interprofessional event to be held Wednesday


What's happening in the community 

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

Light the Night: Erie
Erie Insurance Arena
809 French St., Erie
Thursday at 6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Tamarack Wildlife Center Open House
Tamarack Wildlife Center
21601 Stull Rd., Saegertown
Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Heart to Home Fall Festival
24994 Drakes Mill Rd, Cambridge Springs
Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

The University Programming Board will sponsor screenings of "Ocean's 8" on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 5 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Scot Cinema.

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Athletic Events

Soccer vs. West Chester
Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Football vs. Gannon
Saturday at 2 p.m.

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