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BORO Weekly
Dec. 9, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
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Congratulations, December 2019 graduates!

Edinboro University will celebrate the academic success of nearly 400 students in the Class of 2019 during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies Saturday.

Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse. Lucas Hershelman, a Saegertown, Pa., native, will provide the student address during the undergraduate ceremony. Hershelman will graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications. Additional speakers include Kyle A. Hurysz, who serves as the student trustee on the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, and Mark Eisert, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Graduate Commencement will follow at 2 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium - Memorial Hall. Julianne Lanich, of Erie, Pa., who is receiving a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, will deliver the student address during the graduate ceremony. Lanich, an English and Language Arts teacher in Erie’s Public Schools, will also be honored with the Outstanding Graduate Student award in her program. Attorney Pat J. Kennedy will provide a greeting on behalf of the Council of Trustees.

Leading the academic procession and representing her faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Professor Diane Crandall of Edinboro University’s Art Department. Dr. Kevon Bruce, Edinboro’s Frederick Douglass Scholar and member of the Department of Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education, will be the Mace Bearer for the Graduate Commencement ceremony.

The distinction of mace bearer emphasizes the importance of faculty in Edinboro’s academic environment and the central role that faculty play in the academic and personal development of Edinboro students.

Mia Harvey, a music and strategic communication double-major, will deliver the national anthem at each ceremony. Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Pipes and Drums, directed by Sean P. Regan.

Information for graduates is available on the University website. Both commencement ceremonies will be filmed and streamed via Edinboro Now’s YouTube channel at

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

Edinboro University winter break hours

The University's administrative offices will be closed Saturday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Normal hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Residence Halls
Residence halls close Friday at 8 p.m. for winter break and will open at noon on Sunday, Jan. 12, for returning students.

Ghering Health and Wellness Center
Monday, Dec. 16, through Tuesday, Jan. 7: Closed
Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 9: Noon until 4 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11: Closed
Sunday, Jan. 12: Resume normal hours (3-10 p.m.)
Monday, Jan. 13: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Rexrode wins national teaching excellence award


Edinboro University professor Lee Rexrode, who teaches ceramics in Edinboro’s Art Department, was named as a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes individuals that have demonstrated excellence in teaching and in their own creative work, have previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching and have highly visible former students in the field.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for my reputation in teaching ceramic arts at Edinboro University,” said Rexrode, who was unanimously selected by the NCECA Board of Directors. “This – in no small part – is due to all of the successful Edinboro alumni we have working in the field of ceramics and making a positive impact.”

Edinboro University graduate Stephanie Craig (MFA, 2004) submitted Rexrode’s nomination with letters of support written from Ben Lambert (MFA, 2015), Didem Mert (MFA, 2017) and Edinboro University’s Chuck Johnson, professor of Ceramics. Read more.

Extended library hours continue

To meet the needs of students preparing for exams and completing final projects, the Baron-Forness Library will be open extended hours through the end of the semester.

Today - Thursday: 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Dec. 16-20: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Dec. 21-31: Closed

Final Boro Weekly of the semester

Please note: This newsletter will be the final Boro Weekly of the fall semester (and the decade!).

Look for the next Boro Weekly on Monday, Jan. 13.

On behalf of Edinboro University Marketing and Communications, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Don't forget to register for the spring semester


Expand your horizons by studying abroad

Study Abroad

In today’s society, a global education is more important than ever. Seize the opportunity to build cross-cultural connections and become an active citizen of the world through a university-sponsored study abroad program.

EU will sponsor a spring break trip to Costa Rica and summer 2020 trips to Italy and Greece; Iceland; London; Scotland; and Africa.

To learn more about travel study opportunities at Edinboro University, contact the Global Education Office.

Graduating seniors: Take advantage of career services

If you are graduating this December (or May 2020!) and have not yet utilized the services and resources provided by the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning, you are potentially missing out on valuable career assistance.

These resources include:

  • Assistance with job searching, including access to a members-only database of jobs that employers send specifically to our career center.
  • Job interview preparation assistance and mock interviews with feedback sessions.
  • Resume and professional writing assistance, including building an online portfolio and/or LinkedIn profile.
  • Data and current information about the job market in your desired field specific to geographic areas.

Current undergraduate students are entitled to unlimited services as long as they are enrolled. Alumni receive unlimited digital resource access for life and limited in-person or virtual appointments. Recent alumni have access to up to three appointments in their first year after graduation. Seniors graduating in December have unlimited appointment access through May 9, 2020. To schedule an appointment, contact the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning at (814) 732-2781.

Celebration of Scholarship entries due by March 16

Celebration of Scholarship

Apply for May 2020 graduation by Jan. 28

Planning to graduate in May 2019? If you are expecting to finish your degree during the spring semester, you must submit a graduation application via your SCOTS account by Friday, Jan. 28. After this date, a late fee of $100 will be applied to your student billing account.

Contact Alyssa Baer in the Office of Records & Registration with any questions.

Explore the benefits of joining PSECU

PSECU is a not-for-profit credit union that offers a suite of money-saving opportunities for members, including discounts on TurboTax® and perks from other brands like Sprint® and SimpliSafe™. Faculty, staff, students and relatives of Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union (PSECU) members are eligible for membership.

Learn more about the member benefits and consider opening an account.

Help those in need by donating gently used items

Edinboro University has launched a friendly competition to help those in need this holiday season. The Everyone Upcycles campaign runs through Dec. 13 and Jan. 13-31. Teams of up to five individuals are encouraged to collect gently used items and drop them off at Ghering Health and Wellness Center. The team with the most points at the end of the competition will receive a prize.

Medical Equipment and Unexpired Diabetic Supplies – 20 points
Wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and other medical equipment are distributed by Chosen International Medical Assistance at no cost.

Hearing Aids – 20 points
The Lions Eye Bank distributes hearing aids to individuals who cannot afford to purchase their own.

Cell Phones – 10 points
Cell phones are provided to local domestic violence organizations and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients by HopeLine from Verizon.

Coats – 10 points
The Erie City Mission collects gently used, clean winter coats to warm the bodies and hearts of those in need this winter season.

Blankets – 5 points
The Warming Center at the Mental Health Association is open from 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. for men, women and families who are homeless or otherwise unable to have shelter through the night when temperatures are 20 degrees or below.

Sandwich Bag of Pull Tabs – 5 points
Pull tabs are the little aluminum tabs from all kinds of cans. They are recycled in exchange for funds to support families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

Eyeglasses – 5 points
The Lions Eye Bank distributes eyeglasses to individuals who cannot afford to purchase their own.

Hats and Gloves – 5 points
The Erie City Mission collects gently used, clean hats and gloves to warm the bodies and hearts of those in need this winter season.

New or Gently Used Shoes – 5 points
Ramps of Hope utilizes shoes to raise funds to support outreach services for those affected by homelessness and disability.

Non-perishable Food Items – 1 point
Edinboro University’s campus food pantry collects and distributes desirable food items for college students such as granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, soup and crackers. Expired food cannot be accepted.

Teams can join the competition at any time. For more information, contact Ghering Health and Wellness Center at (814) 732-2743 and ask for Darla Elder.

Get ahead with EU Winter Session courses

Winter Session

Nomination deadline for MLK, Laythe Awards is Tuesday

Do you know of someone whose contributions to society reflect the spirit, philosophy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? If so, consider nominating this individual to become the recipient of Edinboro University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

EU is now accepting nominations for the MLK Award, which will be presented during the University’s annual award luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 27. Several prominent citizens from Northwestern Pennsylvania have been honored by the University since the awards luncheon began in 1997.

In celebration of Dr. King’s contributions to society, a second award is available to current Edinboro University students. This award is named after the late Dr. Joseph Laythe, a 2014 recipient of the MLK Award who believed in equality across races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses and gender identities. His obvious commitments to social justice emulate Dr. King’s teachings.

To nominate a candidate, please submit the nomination application no later than Tuesday. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of select campus students and leaders and approved by President Guiyou Huang. If selected, nominees and their nominators will be notified in early 2020 and asked to attend the awards celebration in-person to be recognized.

For more information, contact Terrence Mitchell, chief diversity and inclusion officer.

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In case you missed it: EU in the news

The achievements of Edinboro University’s students, faculty and staff are always making headlines. Here are several recent news stories about excellence at EU:

Barnes leads Lady Scots in rout of Cheyney [ (Erie Times-News)]

Not giving up: Despite injuries, Hoehn eyes All-American status in last year at Edinboro [The Eagle Tribune ]

Gift to Edinboro will fund scholarships [ (Erie Times-News)]

Justin Kasmerski Continuing Family Business of College Athletics [Western PA Sports Blog]

Edinboro safety Anderson named to D-II All-America first team [ (Erie Times-News)]

Presque Isle photos: November 2019 [ (Erie Times-News)]

Pietrocarlo takes 18th, paces Edinboro women at NCAA D-II meet [ (Erie Times-News)]

Business in brief: Edinboro offers student business hub [ (Erie Times-News)]

What's happening in the community 

Breakfast with Santa
Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department
125 Meadville St., Edinboro
Saturday at 8 a.m.
Click here for full event details.

Self-Publishing Workshop
Erie County Library - Edinboro Branch
413 W. Plum St., Edinboro
Today from 2-3 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Al-By Farms Meet and Greet
Edinboro Market
109 Erie St., Edinboro
Friday from 4-6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

2019 Barber Ball
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie
Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Click here for full event details.

Calendar of Events

The final exam period begins today and ends Friday. Best of luck, Fighting Scots.

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

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Athletic Events

Wrestling vs. George Mason
Friday, Dec. 20, at noon

Wrestling vs. Gannon
Sunday, Jan. 5, at noon

Wrestling vs. Buffalo
Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.

Basketball vs. West Chester
Monday, Jan. 6, at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Basketball vs. Pitt Johnstown
Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Swimming vs. Shippensburg
Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m.

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

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