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April 22 - 28, 2019
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Edinboro to celebrate ‘A Taste of Paris’ on Thursday

The sound of a baguette crust crackling after being removed from the oven. The majestic scenes of the Eiffel Tower and the pyramid at the Louvre – standing tall for awestruck onlookers. A black wool beret crowning your head as you stroll the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

These are all the sights and sounds of Paris, and soon the Edinboro University campus will adopt the essence of France’s historic capital city during a day-long festival on Thursday.

Edinboro University’s Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting “A Taste of Paris” from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. for all local Francophiles and Edinboro campus community members.

The lawns of the Baron-Forness Library, located in the heart of campus, will transform into the lyrical streets of Paris – starting at 8 a.m. with morning yoga courtesy of Jill Murphey from yogaErie. Guests will also be treated to complimentary tea, coffee and croissants to start their day.

At 10 a.m., SGA invites guests to a build-your-own crêpe station, where students can create magical French pancakes – or munch on popcorn and cotton candy. Edinboro University student clubs and organizations will line the sidewalks with tables and games, with Boro Campus Rec providing Kan Jam and cornhole boards.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the parking lot next to Baron-Forness Library will be converted into a French bistro, with two food trucks scheduled to provide lunch for the community. Sticks & Bricks Wood Fired Pizza will provide a build-your-own pizza station, while Angry Chicken will offer their fried chicken menu. Lunch will be provided at no cost for the first 800 students.

Clubs and organizations will be back in action from 2-8 p.m., with more opportunities for faculty, staff and students to mingle and celebrate another successful academic year.

Parisian nightlife takes over at 8 p.m. as the Baron-Forness lawns become an outdoor movie theater. SGA members will distribute blankets for students, who will relax in the lawns and watch film projects from Edinboro University senior cinema students on an outdoor projector.

Second annual Boro Fest comes to downtown Edinboro


Around 170 days remain until downtown Edinboro is packed with tartan-clad students, alumni and community members for EU Homecoming 2019. Luckily, you won’t have to wait that long to celebrate.

Boro Fest, a “Halfway to Homecoming Celebration” featuring a unique mix of community and University events, will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Friday in the streets adjacent to John’s Wildwood Pizzeria.

Boro Fest was the brainchild of Edinboro University faculty member Dr. Tim Thompson, who then transitioned the event to his colleague Dr. Melissa Gibson and students in her Event Planning classes. Dr. Gibson’s students planned the main portions of the event, including contests that benefit various charities.

“The students have planned a wing-tasting contest to benefit Boro Women and Family Services, kid’s games to benefit the ANNA Shelter, and a cornhole tournament to benefit Shriner’s Hospital,” said Gibson.

Students enrolled in General McLane’s Ice House Entrepreneurship Program will be partnering with the Flying Scots Disc Golf Club to host a disc golf putting contest in the Nature’s Outlet area.

Edinboro alumnus Jason Lavery will be on hand to serve up a variety of beer choices from Lavery Brewing Company, located in Erie, PA. Several food trucks, including The Chameleon and Clark’s Concession Italian Ice & Ice Cream, will be on hand to offer up tasty treats.

DJ Dylan Baumgartner of Baumgartner Lights and Sound will provide music throughout the evening.

For more information about Boro Fest, email Dr. Melissa Gibson.

Conneaut Lake Park joins forces with EU ‘Beehive’

What do you get when you combine the vintage appeal of Conneaut Lake Park with the cutting-edge creative services offered through the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network?

Individuals interested in having that question answered are invited to a news conference being held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Edinboro University’s Center for Branding and Strategic Communication, located on the second floor of the Baron-Forness Library. Speakers include Edinboro University Interim President Michael Hannan and Jim Becker, executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County, the park’s current management group. Faculty and students who work at the center will also be on hand, as will samples of their work.

Conneaut Lake Park has struggled financially for decades, and its Trustees filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2014. The Economic Progress Alliance, Crawford County’s lead economic development agency, subsequently took over management responsibilities, and the park’s financial situation has improved significantly. Wristband sales for amusement rides and for the Splash City water park have increased, as have sales to the park’s gift shop. Debt owed to secured creditors has dropped from $2.9 million to $1.3 million.

The collaboration with Edinboro’s “beehive” is designed to accelerate those positive economic trends. Various projects generated by the center’s faculty and students will be unveiled at the news conference, as will a major announcement regarding an important addition to the park’s 2019 summer season.

The NWPA Innovation Beehive Network is a grant-funded collaboration between Edinboro University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Penn State Behrend and the Erie County Public Library aimed at fostering economic development in Northwest Pennsylvania. Edinboro’s Center for Branding and Strategic Communication offers services in public relations and marketing communication, including graphic and interactive design, social media management and digital media production.

Azucar Latin Jazz Band to perform in Van Houten North

Health Fair

PA Art Educator of the Year to join Edinboro faculty


Mary Elizabeth Meier, Ph.D., who was awarded PA Art Educator of the year in 2017 by the National Art Education Association, will join Edinboro University as assistant professor, effective August 2019.

A former elementary and middle school art teacher, the Arizona native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Florida State University before pursuing a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University. She served as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State and Penn State before being hired at Mercyhurst University in 2012 as an assistant professor of art and program director of art education. Read more.

Dr. Andrea Wyman to discuss teaching in Bhutan

Al Stone Lecture Series

Edinboro to break ground for Boro Pit

Edinboro University’s Advancement Office and Student Government Association invite the community to the groundbreaking ceremony for “The Boro Pit,” a new outdoor venue and green space behind Van Houten Dining Hall, on Thursday from 1-1:30 p.m.

The “Boro Pit” will feature fire pits, patio furniture, a small stage, shade sails, cornhole, Giant Jenga sets, hammocks and an area for Art students to display their work.

Therapy dogs to visit campus Sunday

Feeling stressed? Take a short break from studying and hang out with licensed therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs United on Sunday from 2:30-6 p.m.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Wellness Peer Educators and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), will be held in the lobby of Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Community invited to Kids Fishing Day

Children and families are invited to attend Edinboro University’s Kids Fishing Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Mallory Lake on Edinboro’s campus. The event is hosted by the Edinboro University Fly Fishing Club, Dr. Melissa Gibson’s Event Planning class and the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

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Kids Fishing Day will be a FREE, fun-filled event for the whole family to enjoy. Pastries, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee will be provided in the morning by Chartwells Dining Services, followed by various raffle baskets, games, prize giveaways and a bake sale.

Mallory Lake will be stocked with trout provided by Laurel Hill Trout Farm. Kids 15 and under can fish for free; anyone 16 and over will need a Pennsylvania fishing license. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Limited fishing equipment will be available. Families are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

The Edinboro Fly Fishing Club was created by two avid fly fishermen and EU students, Hunter Klobucar and Tyler Waltenbaugh, in October 2017.

“Edinboro University has given our fly fishing club the opportunity to teach students a passion for fishing that will transfer over generations. It was only fitting that we host an event that will engage our youth and benefit a deserving charitable organization,” said Waltenbaugh, president of the Edinboro Fly Fishing Club.

All event proceeds will go to Project Healing Waters, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing.

Funding for the event is provided by Edinboro University Student Government Association, the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Chartwells Dining Services.

Office of Social Equity to host Denim Day

Health Fair

Register for the 5K Walk/Run for Warriors

Health Fair

Planetarium presents 'Apollo Remembered'

Fifty years ago this summer, we landed on the moon. Edinboro University's Planetarium will detail the amazing mission today at 7 p.m. with the presentation of "Apollo Remembered."

All shows 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.

UPB movie series continues

University Programming Board’s spring 2019 movie lineup continues this week with “Isn't it Romantic.”

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.

English students to present original works

English Thesis

Twelve students from Edinboro University’s Department of English and Philosophy will read excerpts from their culminating projects during the 15th Annual Thesis Seminar in Writing Presentations today and Tuesday. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. both days, the presentations are free and open to the public..

Today (Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center - Recital Hall)

  • Callie Marshall - "Home of the Red Devils" (Novel)
  • Titus Christner - "As I See It" (Poetry)
  • Piper Dorris - "Purging" (Poetry)
  • Mary Lindeman - "Nova" (Novel)
  • Jessica Little - "Sincerely, Effie" (Novel)
  • J.T. Andrews - "Shift" (Novel)

Tuesday (Reeder Hall Lecture Hall)

  • Abigail Grottenthaler - "Bringing the Worlds Together" (Novel)
  • Alexis Catalone - "Little Honeybee" (Poetry)
  • Molly Meeker - "Thicker Than Water" (Creative Nonfiction)
  • Kathryn Dolecki - "Erie County Community College Feasibility Study" (Technical Writing)
  • Adam Amann - "Aurora" (Novel)
  • Gianna Leone - "Becoming" (Short Stories and Personal Essays)

For more information about the English and Philosophy Department or minor in professional writing, contact Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden.

Edinboro to host screening of 'Paris to Pittsburgh'


Donate blood for a chance to win an Iron Throne

Blood Drive

Nursing students earn induction into honor society

The following students were inducted into the Nu Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Edinboro's honor society for nursing students, on April 6.

One Acts

Senior Nursing Students
Sahara Louise Blair
Michaela Hill
Alyssa Wygant

Junior Nursing Students
Kaitlyn Dunn
Noelle Mallory
Megan Rajecki

Innovative Nursing Students
Nichole Beebe
Aimee Duda
Halle Fisher
Amanda Jean Lambert
Hailey Leask
Jordan P Leask
Kyle Minns
Raven Rozantz
John Wolfe

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students
Holly K Brennen
Jennifer Sheaffer

Originally founded in 1922 by nursing schools at Indiana University, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing exists to advance world health and to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join STTI after demonstrating excellence in the classroom and as nurse leaders.

Ultimate throwback party planned for Wednesday

Jewish Student organization

What's happening in the community 

Highmark QUAD Swim
McComb Fieldhouse
455 Scotland Rd., Edinboro
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Click here to learn more.

Annual Road Clean-Up Day
Edinboro-McKean VFW Post 740
10613 Route 98, Edinboro
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Click here to learn more.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Grace United Methodist Church
49 Franklin St., Albion
Saturday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Annual Lasagna Dinner
Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department
125 Meadville St., Edinboro
Thursday from 4:30-8 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

Edinboro University will launch the 2019 issue of "Chimera," Edinboro’s award-winning student-run journal of art and literature, on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center Recital Hall.

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

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Athletic Events

Men's tennis vs. Mercyhurst
Today at 1 p.m.

Softball vs. IUP
Wednesday at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Lacrosse vs. Mercyhurst
Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Softball vs. Gannon
Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.

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