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New dining options coming to campus this fall

You’re running quickly from your biology lab to your art history class, and you need a hot cup of coffee. Or you need a place to study while you enjoy a vegetarian pizza.

Edinboro University’s new dining options will feature these traditional culinary experience. However, with a new academic year comes a new dining provider and expanded options for all your food and beverage needs.

Aramark Food Service is set to offer Tartan Dining for the Edinboro University campus this summer. Starting June 1, the new dining-service provider will present customary meal options with a blend of choices for the allergy-cautious, vegetarian and vegan diners and locally-sourced food.

New this year: Meal zones have been eliminated, giving students an opportunity to use their meal plans up to six times each day.

As we transition to a pre-COVID dining program, Tartan Dining will offer new meal plans and retail brands, exciting special events and the following dining stations.

In the Celtic Court, located right inside the Scotland Road entrance of the Pogue Student Center, we will continue to offer a traditional home style diner experience through the renovated MacCato’s Counter dining experience. You can also select traditional sandwiches and chicken tenders from Tenders Love and Chicken or opt for the international flavors of Bento Sushi cuisine.

In Van Houten Marketplace, not only can students and employees enjoy new dining experiences from a wide array of stations, but we can also enjoy new experiences such as dining theme nights, chef tables and culinary classes. Food trucks and guests restaurants will also transport you from college dining to a metropolitan culinary experience. Read more.


Courtright named Faculty Member of the Year

Kevin Courtright

Dr. Kevin Courtright, associate professor in Edinboro University’s Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies Department, was recognized as the 2021 Faculty Member of the Year.

The annual award honors a tenured professor who demonstrates outstanding excellence in teaching.

Courtright, who joined Edinboro University’s faculty in 2001 after nearly a decade as a probation officer in New York, described himself as the professor who takes students outside of the classroom – visiting criminal justice facilities such as the State Correctional Institute at Albion and the Erie County Prison system.

“Sometimes bridging the gap between the classroom and a potential job is more challenging,” said Courtright, whose teaching philosophy relies on connecting criminal justice theory with practical applications. “These activities have parlayed into internships and jobs for some participating students.” Read more.


Congratulations spring 2021 graduates!

Recognition Event

Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of 673 students in the Class of 2021 during four ceremonies on Saturday. 

The virtual Undergraduate Commencement and Graduate Commencement ceremonies began at 9 a.m., followed by a pair of in-person recognition events in the afternoon. Despite chilly weather conditions, Sox Harrison Stadium was filled with warmth and excitement as we marked the conclusion of another successful year at Edinboro University. View additional photos in the Spring 2021 Recognition Event Facebook album.

Congratulations to all of our spring 2021 graduates! May your tartan never fade.


Explore your backyard with the Edinboro Planetarium

Explore the Backyard

What planets and other celestial objects await your discovery? Explore the night sky from your own backyard with Edinboro University’s Planetarium on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. In this virtual program, you will learn how to identify current planets and constellations. No telescope is needed – just an inquisitive mind!

Join Planetarium Director Dr. David Hurd as he “Zooms” into the night sky. Using an innovative desk-top planetarium, Hurd utilizes unique teaching techniques to highlight significant viewing opportunities in northwest Pennsylvania. 


Edinboro honors Richards as Scholar of the Year


Dr. George Richards, associate professor in the Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies Department, was recently recognized as Edinboro University's 2021 Scholar of the Year.

The annual award honors a tenured professor who demonstrates outstanding excellence in scholarly research.

In his nomination letter for Richards, Edinboro University faculty member Dr. Del Rounds outlined the peer-reviewed journals, higher-education publications and articles Richards has published during his time at Edinboro. In addition to his service within the academic department and Edinboro University, Richards has served on five different community-level committees and task forces dealing with criminal justice-related issues such as emergency management and suicide prevention. 

"Through his service and devotion to his field of study, Dr. Richards makes important contributions to his field," said Rounds, chairperson of the department. "Dr. Richards has widened his research agenda in recent years to address mental health self-care for first responders."

In his research, Richards has focused on the role that physicians, counselors and other first responders play in identifying stressors before implementing self-care strategies. This work also leads to the connection between mental health and police and fire personnel. Read more.


Broadband discounts available to Pell Grant recipients

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Beginning Wednesday,  eligible households can enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount on broadband service from an approved provider. 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide eligible households — which include those with a Pell Grant recipient or that have experienced significant income loss since February 2020 — with discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet. Additional information and full eligibility guidelines are available here

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting


Baron-Forness Library temporarily closing

Baron-Forness Library

With construction set to begin in August, the Baron-Forness Library building is now closed to visitors.

Construction on this space is expected to last eight to 12 months, with renovations including significantly expanded seating, more than 20 group-study rooms equipped with technology, large flex-space for workshops and events, larger windows for more natural light, expanded cafe seating and a reconfigured entry to allow for much better foot traffic flow through the building.

During the building closure students and library users will still be able to borrow physical materials. Requests for materials may be submitted via the library catalog, by emailing, or by calling (814) 732-2273.

Access to all electronic resources will remain in place 24/7. Library services such as interlibrary loan, E-ZBorrow and electronic reserves will remain fully functional throughout the entire process.

By fall semester of 2021, library faculty and staff will move to temporary space on the first floor of Lawrence Towers, where they will be available in person or through technology to assist students, faculty and staff with information needs.

Recognizing that the library is a great place for group project work, individual quiet study and for access to computers and printers, suitable space will be identified on campus for these activities.

Other offices housed in the library will also relocate temporarily. Information about these offices – such as the Writing Center, Global Education, Honors College and Academic Success Center – will follow once those temporary moves have occurred.

Additional information and communication will follow later this summer.


Skelly selected as Advisor of the Year

Michael Skelly

Dr. Michael Skelly, professor and assistant chairperson in the Psychology Department, recently was named Edinboro University's 2021 Advisor of the Year. Skelly was recognized for his advising skills and prolific contributions to campus programs, events and committees.

Skelly, who has taught cognitive psychology, research design, psycholinguistics and experimental psychology since his tenure at Edinboro began in 2008, said that advising students is the core of his work at Edinboro – and one that he finds most rewarding. 

With his advisees, Skelly shares his understanding of academic programs, Edinboro University policies, and the goals and structures of the general education curriculum. But to Skelly, effective advising goes far beyond policies and procedures.

"Effective advising should inspire students to explore, identify and achieve their career and life goals," said Skelly, who won an Excellence in Teaching Award from Edinboro's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2018. "It should foster personal growth. It should encourage critical thinking when making important academic and life choices. It should be a relationship that can be called upon for years after leaving campus." Read more


EU Shield provides storm warnings wherever you are

EU Shield

Summer is a season of potentially volatile weather in the Edinboro area, and timely warnings about possible tornadoes and other dangers are important.

The University’s EU Shield Mass Notification System can alert students, faculty and staff with text messages on their cell phones. Time-sensitive instructions can go wherever you are. In addition to texts, EU Shield enables the University to also send important information simultaneously via email, desktop alerts, the campus cable TV system and the University’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The EU Shield service is voluntary and free, but your phone service provider’s messaging rates will apply.Students are automatically enrolled to receive text and email notifications and can opt out if they choose. Employees who have not already done so should sign up for text and email alerts through the myEdinboro launchpad.

The Technology Help Center in the Ross Hall lobby can provide assistance with access to EU Shield by calling (814) 732-2111 or using the Tech Help icon on the myEdinboro launch pad.


There's still time to register for EU Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

With convenient scheduling and a wide range of course offerings, Edinboro summer sessions are a great way to catch up, keep up and get ahead. First summer session classes begin May 17, and registrations are currently being accepted for all three sessions. The registration deadline is the first day of classes.

Summer Session Schedule:

First Session (3 weeks - 13 class days) 
Monday, May 17 - First day of classes 
Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday (No Classes) 
Thursday, June 3 - Last day of classes 

Second Session (5 weeks - 19 class days) 
Monday, June 7 - First Day of Classes 
Monday, July 5 - Independence Day (No Classes) 
Thursday, July 8 - Last Day of Classes 

Third Session (5 weeks - 19 class days) 
Monday, July 12, - First Day of Classes 
Wednesday, Aug. 11 - Last Day of Classes


Best wishes to the Class of 2021 from Edinboro faculty

Class of 2021


ShelbyIn 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:

Edinboro University Honors Class of 2021 [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV)]

Edinboro University holds virtual commencement [ (WJET/WFXP)]

UPMC Hamot's Jennifer Wolfram helps others give the gift of life [ (Erie Times-News)]

Edinboro Claims PSAC Men’s Team Tennis Championship [ (WJET/WFXP)]

Edinboro University teams up with Walmart for COVID-19 vaccine clinic [ (WJET/WFXP)]

Rootstown great Caleb Edwards commits to wrestle at Edinboro [Record-Courier]

Rep. Bizzarro: Local highway one step closer to being named in memoriam of John A. Pulice [ (WJET/WFXP)]

Westfield native to give Edinboro graduation speech [Observer Today]

Edinboro community takes to the streets to hold Saturday clean up [ (WJET/WFXP)]


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