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Nov. 30 - Jan. 25, 2021

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Congratulations, December graduates!

Edinboro University will celebrate the academic success of December 2020 graduates during virtual undergraduate and graduate ceremonies on Saturday.

Sarah Watson, an Honors Diploma recipient, will provide the student address at the Undergraduate Ceremony, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. The Cambridge Springs, Pa., native will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Reading.

Graduate Commencement will follow at 1 p.m., featuring student speaker Danielle Kepner of Carlisle, Pa. Kepner will earn a Master of Arts in Counseling - Art Therapy.

Additional speakers include President Guiyou Huang; Dr. Michael Hannan, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Daniel Higham, member of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees; and Mark Eisert, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Singers and Chorale and Pipes and Drums ensemble.

Information for graduates is available on the University website. The ceremony will be broadcast on the University's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Best wishes to our December graduates and their loved ones as they celebrate this monumental accomplishment!

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. 25. 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.

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

Get ahead with EU Winter Session courses

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Support the community through Edinboro gift certificates


Looking for the perfect gift? Edinboro Community and Economic Development (ECED) has launched a community gift certificate program in support of local businesses.

Gift certificates can be purchased online or at the Borough Office, 124 Meadville St., and may be redeemed at participating locations in the General McLane School District. Enrolled businesses include Flip Café, The Crossroads Dinor, Edinboro Market, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, Sunview Golf and many more. For a full list of locations and to purchase an Edinboro Community Gift Certificate, visit

Self-care resources available to students through CAPS

Useful Mental Health Apps

Spring 2021 graduation forms due by Feb. 8

Fighting Scots who are planning to graduate at the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester must submit a graduation application by Monday, Feb. 8.

The application is available in S.C.O.T.S. through the myEdinboro portal. Applications submitted after Feb. 8 will result in a $100 late fee.

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

Final Boro Weekly of the semester

Please note: This newsletter will be the final Boro Weekly of the fall semester.

Look for the next Boro Weekly on Monday, Jan. 25.

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

Students learn from psychological expert James Garbarino

Listening to Killers

On Thursday, Nov. 12, students from Dr. Kevin Courtright’s CRIM 272 – Criminology classes were afforded a unique opportunity to chat remotely with noted author James Garbarino. In partial fulfillment of course objectives, students read Garbarino’s “Listening to Killers” book, wrote reaction papers on the book and developed questions for the author.

"Listening to Killers" offers an inside look at 20 years of murder files from Dr. Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who interviews killers so that he can testify in court. In this book, the author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path leading from childhood to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood.

Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and is senior faculty fellow with the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to numerous awards, titles and previous teaching and research positions at Cornell University, he has served as an adviser to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect and the FBI.

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Virtual career, internship events continue

Edinboro University's Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning offers valuable career-related services and resources – even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Over the next few weeks, check out a series of virtual career and internship opportunities:

For more information about the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning and additional upcoming virtual events, visit or follow @careersEU on Twitter.

Find out what PSECU can do for you


PSECU's Financial Education Center in Frank G. Pogue Student Center is closed now through Sunday, Jan. 17, and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 18. During the spring semester, the office will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Virtual appointments will continue to be available with Katie Krasa, PSECU's community business development manager. To schedule an appointment, please email Katie at

If you have any questions about your account, PSECU member services is available to assist you. To reach a member of our team, please call 1-800-237-7328 ext 3838.

If you would like to open a FREE, no minimum balance checking and/or savings account, please visit Select Edinboro University and complete the online application with the promo code GET50 to earn $50 for joining PSECU. Visit the PSECU website for eligibility details.

English students recognized with new program awards

The Department of English and Philosophy has instituted two new awards to recognize the outstanding work of capstone students.

From students enrolled in the seminar capstone courses, departmental committees selected Jennifer Wellington for the Outstanding Thesis Award in Literature, and Mary (Rosie) McMullen was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award in Writing.

The department’s literature and writing concentration seminar courses are semester-long, professional-level projects.

“We hope that the awards will emphasize the importance of the capstone courses and the significance of the work students produce in them,” said Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden, chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy and English professor. “The awards will help students to understand that the Thesis Seminars are more than just another class.”

Both McMullen and Wellington will receive certificates. According to Carden, the department is also ordering plaques to display in their lobby, with plans to include a cash reward in the future.

Support the Student Hardship Fund this holiday season

Season of Giving

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season, filled with joy, warmth and the spirit of giving, please remember to support your Fighting Scots Family.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Student Hardship Fund during the month of November. The Student Hardship Fund supports students who have experienced unexpected loss, financial challenges, food insecurities, technology inefficiencies, the elimination of student work-study jobs and much more. Your gift means more than ever to our students. This fund has significantly impacted 40+ students, and we’re hopeful to touch more lives this holiday season.

Lindsay Freeborough

Open your heart to students like Lindsay and make a gift to the Edinboro University Hardship Fund.
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