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Feb. 11 - 17, 2019
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Alpha Psi Omega presents John Bishop musical comedy

Edinboro University’s honors theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, will bring John Bishop’s play "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" to life Thursday through Sunday in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Additional performances are scheduled Feb. 21-24.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes before show time.

The comedy follows a group of theatre workers who become snowed in and (unbeknownst to them) trapped with an infamous serial killer known as the “Stage Door Slasher.” Mix in a maid with multiple personalities, secret passageways and other pandemonium, and you get a night full of comedic misadventures.

The cost of admission is $3 for Edinboro students with a valid University ID; $5 for EU faculty and staff, non-Edinboro students and senior citizens. General admission is $10.

For more information check out the event on Facebook or contact Torie Witherow.

Edinboro faculty and staff campaign kicks off this week

Move Mountains

At Edinboro University, students collaborate with world-class faculty who choose to be here because it is the place where they can do their best work — where, as teachers and scholars, they shape the next generation of leaders. Our students are motivated to achieve, while working alongside faculty on research that solves society’s greatest challenges and creates a healthier, more vibrant, more innovative and sustainable world. Together they move mountains.

Your support to the Faculty and Staff Campaign enables our students to seize opportunities and run with them. Our focus throughout the campaign is the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund for Students, which provides funding to students who cannot afford to continue their education in a given semester when all other avenues have been exhausted.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Irene Fiala

Irene Fiala

Dr. Irene Fiala, associate professor of Sociology, is no stranger to mountains. She has trekked Mount Kilimanjaro (pictured), Mount Fuji, the Mount Everest base camp and Mount Tai. Here's why she supports Edinboro students:

“The reason I donate is because, when I was in high school, my elementary school's PTA (at Thoreau Park Elementary in Parma, Ohio) awarded me a $500 scholarship through their PTA's geranium sale. I never forgot how it felt to be remembered and recognized by my childhood school as I was leaving for college 12 years later.

"I felt that someone else, someone unknown to me, had faith in me. To follow a dream, to accept challenges and to take that leap to pursue one's far-reaching goals, means to have confidence in oneself. But confidence doesn't grow on trees – its original source is outside of us; it is found in family, friends, and, yes, even strangers. My desire is for students, those whom I may never meet, to know that someone 'out there' has confidence in them and wants to see them achieve their goals and chase those dreams.

"One of the things that I try to have my students consider is that growth comes from challenge; it is taking on challenges that allow us to grow, and it really doesn't matter if you are successful in the challenge since you learn not only from success, but also from failure. So, one personal motto is that 'growth comes from challenge.' A second personal motto is 'Dream big. Live larger.' This reflects my belief that we should pursue our dreams and we shouldn't be afraid to dream big. We should also strive to go beyond whatever we dreamt was possible. I want my students to go out of their comfort zone and discover.

"As for my students, I want to encourage them to do more than they thought was possible, to not be afraid to fail, to 'grow where you are planted but reach to the sky.'"

To make a payroll deduction in support of the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund for Students, visit

Share your #EdinboroLove story for Valentine’s Day

Edinboro Love

Did you meet the love of your life at Edinboro?

Maybe it was in the student center before a concert. Or maybe it was at Sox Harrison Stadium during halftime of the football game.

If you met your special someone at Edinboro, please share your story with us. We are collecting photos and stories of Edinboro couples for our social media campaign #EdinboroLove.

If you'd like to share a photo of you and your mate (boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, fiancé(e), partner, etc.), tag us on social media with #EdinboroLove or email your story and photo to

Please indicate the names of the individuals in the photo and keep your story to a maximum 150 words. Help us spread the #EdinboroLove.

Roses are red. Love is dandy. Visit Pogue for free candy.

Candy Bar

Students invited to join Highland Ambassadors

Highland Ambassadors

The Highland Ambassadors lead students as role models and advocates for all things Edinboro. They perform various acts of community service, and you've probably seen them at campus events in their signature red blazers. Most importantly, they are a group of students who are proud to call Edinboro University their home.

If you are a student who maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, no judicial record and have one or more academic year to complete at Edinboro University, we encourage you to apply.

Applications and recommendation forms are due Friday by 4:30 p.m. and can be sent electronically to Kristin Brockett or delivered to the President's Suite in Reeder Hall.

Traveling museum showcases African-American history

Black History

A collection of rare and authentic artifacts from generations of African-American families will be on display Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Van Houten North Dining Hall. The official True Black History Museum was originally established to preserve Black history and educate society on the contributions of Black culture to mankind.

Featuring more than 150 artifacts, the collection spans from the 18th Century through today and includes highlights from the Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the original Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights, Black Power movement and modern day.

Transgender language panel planned for Feb. 26

Transgender Language

Academic support services available on campus

Seize the opportunity to get ahead in your classwork and realize your academic goals by utilizing the academic support services available in Edinboro University’s Baron-Forness Library.

The Academic Success Center provides individualized attention to students, fostering holistic growth in a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment. Located in the Learning Commons, the center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until noon and 1-4:30 p.m. To schedule a meeting with your academic success coordinator, use the STARFISH icon on the myEdinboro Launchpad. Not sure who your coordinator is? Call (814) 732-2218 or stop by the Learning Commons on the second floor of the library.

Need help with a writing assignment? The University Writing Center offers a variety of services, from brainstorming help to citation tips and proofreading. Located in Room 275 of the library, the Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, stop by the Writing Center or call (814) 732-1493.

The newly establish Speaking and Presentation Center (SPC) offers assistance with individual speeches, group presentations and interview assignments. SPC staff provide guidance in researching, outlining and constructing speeches, as well as giving feedback on delivery and visual aids. Use the STARFISH icon on the myEdinboro Launchpad to schedule an appointment or call (814) 732-1243.

EU also offers departmental peer tutoring in the following areas: Anthropology, history, political science, Spanish, biology, chemistry, geography and geology, math, psychology and physics. Times vary per department and can be found here. Online tutoring is also available through the SmartThinking icon in D2L. Through SmartThinking, students have 24/7 access to tutoring resources in the following areas: Math, science, business, writing, Spanish and IT.

Edinboro seeks participants for June business academy

Business Academy

Edinboro University is looking for high school students who are interested in participating in its annual Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy June 9-13.

The seventh annual event, hosted by the University’s School of Business, is for students entering grades 10-12. Scholarships will be available through Edinboro benefactor Xavier Williams and his wife, Tina.

Seminars will focus on team building, business strategy, management and other areas. School of Business faculty and local business leaders will be available for assistance.

During the camp, students will work in groups to create a product or service that solves a common problem in society. Each team will then devise a plan for building and marketing their product or service. At the conclusion of the Academy, each group will pitch their product in a venture capital-style presentation to a panel of judges comprised of EU faculty and regional business leaders.

To be considered, students must complete an application form by March 22. A teacher or guidance counselor must also nominate the student. The Student Application Form and link to the teacher/counselor recommendation can be found at

Past participants of the Summer Youth Business Academy are invited to participate in the newly established Fellows Program. Fellows will enhance their leadership skills by assisting Academy coaches and serving as mentors to first-time participants. The application for the Fellows program can be found here.

For more information, call Dawn Dillen or Kim Zimmer at (814) 732-2460.

Support EU's Clay Club at Valentine's Day sale


University Programming Board movie series continues

UPB Movies

University Programming Board’s spring 2019 movie lineup continues this week with the action-packed, animated adventure “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Take a seat in Scot Cinema in Pogue Student Center and watch as videogame bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s videogame, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on citizens of the Internet, the netizens, to help navigate their way.

Movies are shown Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 5, 8 and 11 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Admission and POPCORN are free for Edinboro students with a valid University ID. General admission is $1 per person, per movie.

Interested in bringing the whole family? UPB offers $20 family passes (up to five people) that can be used to attend unlimited showings. Single passes (up to two people) are also available for $10. Passes, which also include unlimited popcorn, can be purchased at the C-Store on the second floor of Pogue Student Center.

“We started these passes with the hope that the community would become more involved with the University,” said Alie Woodward, UPB’s graduate assistant. “People will be able to attend multiple showings each week, with free unlimited popcorn with their pass.”

What else is new? Closed captioning will now be offered Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m.

“We introduced closed captioning with the goal of assisting students who may not have been able to attend movies in the past,” Woodward said.

Upcoming Movies:

  • March 13-17: “A Star is Born”
  • March 27-31: “Aquaman”
  • April 10-14: “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • April 24-28: “Isn’t it Romantic”

Please contact or (814) 732-1455 for more information.

Early Childhood Club announces craft night

The Early Childhood Club invites EU students to join them for a night of crafts on Tuesday. The club will be decorating clipboards with quotes, pictures and other fun things. Supplies will be provided, but clipboards will not. Don’t own a clipboard? You can purchase one at the door for $1! Crafting starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. in Butterfield Hall, Room 300.

For more information, contact Amanda Johnson.

EU to host Academic Decathlon

More than 200 high school students will visit Edinboro this weekend to compete in the Western Regional competition for the Pennsylvania Academic Decathlon.

Best of luck to these talented students as they take part in the 10-event scholastic competition.

The winning qualifiers will go on to compete in the state championships in March in Carlisle, Pa.

Printing tips from Piper Press

Piper Press

UPB comedy series continues with Derrick Knopsnyder

Derrick Knopsnyder

CFE to host Critical Thinking Workshop

The Center for Faculty Excellence will host a Critical Thinking Workshop on Tuesday from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Faculty members Dr. Janice Carello and Dr. Michael Morrison will lead the workshop, which is designed to spark conversations about critical thinking across the curriculum.

The session is open to all faculty members. Contact the Center for Faculty Excellence for additional information.

Planetarium presents 'The Stars are Ours'

Spend an early Valentine’s Day with the Edinboro University Planetarium. The show, “The Stars are Ours,” will explore mythic love stories that are written in the stars on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

All planetarium shows are free to the public, but seating is limited so reservations are required! Contact Dr. David Hurd for more information.

Faculty, students face off in basketball game

Students vs. Faculty

What's happening in the community 

Read to a Therapy Dog
Erie County Library - Edinboro Branch
413 W. Plum St., Edinboro
Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

WQLN's Red Sweater Member Party
WQLN Public Media
8425 Peach St., Erie
Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Athena Speaks: On Law
Jefferson Educational Society
3207 State St., Erie
Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

Psychology Club will discuss Brain Awareness Day and make Valentine's Day cookies on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Compton Hall, Room 114.

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

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Athletic Events

Basketball vs. Seton Hill
Wednesday at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Track & Field at Edinboro Invite
Friday at 3 p.m.

Tennis vs. Daemen
Friday at 5 p.m. (Erie)

Tennis vs. Davis & Elkins
Saturday at 4 p.m. (Erie)

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