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Constitution Day

Free speech panel opens Constitution Day events

In recognition of Constitution Day, Dr. Andrew Smith, PennWest professor of Communication and Journalism, and Anthony Sonita, PennWest social media manager, will discuss free speech and its limitations under the 1st Amendment. 

The virtual discussion, “Can You Say That? A Constitution Day Exploration of 1st Amendment Rights,” is set for 11 a.m. Friday via Zoom. Dr. Debbie Goh, PennWest assistant professor of Communication and Journalism, will serve as moderator. 

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and recognition all U.S. citizens, whether by birth or by naturalization. 

Get out the vote! Those who are not registered to vote may do so at National Voter Registration Day tabling events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Frank G. Pogue Student Center. First observed in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. To date, nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday. 


Uncomfortable Conversations series returns

Uncomfortable Conversations

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and opened the door to the criminalization of abortion and the reconsideration of other rights of personal autonomy. 

Dr. James Fisher, interim dean of PennWest’s College of Social Sciences and Human Services, and Dr. Rhonda Matthews, associate professor in PennWest’s Department of Sociology, Political Science and Law, will examine the shifting landscape of reproductive politics during discussions at the Edinboro and Clarion campuses. 

Part of PennWest’s Uncomfortable Conversations series, “Abortion and Autonomy in Post-Roe America” is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Compton Hall room 107A and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in PennWest Clarion’s Hart Chapel.

Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.


X-TREME AIR coming to campus Thursday

Extreme AirDon't miss your chance to soar! Stop by the back lawn of Frank G. Pogue Student Center to check out X-TREME AIR at 5 p.m. Thursday.


Raven Clark kicks off Jefferson satellite lectures 

Jefferson Satellite series

An Erie-based nonprofit institution that promotes civic enlightenment and drives community progress for the region will host a series of three satellite lectures on campus at PennWest Edinboro.

 Raven Clark, an urban agriculture and food policy activist and the satellite program coordinator at JES, will kick off the satellite programming at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall.

Clark’s presentation, “Urban Agriculture and ‘Green’ Cities,” will cover the basics of urban agriculture in northwest Pennsylvania and the future of “green” cities.

An Erie native who studied music, political science, law, public policy, economics, history, French, Arabic, math, geology and environmental science at Allegheny College, Clark spent two years actively participating in independent and group research of urban agriculture and food policy.

Her undergraduate research examined the ways in which Erie and Meadville, Pa., have begun to embrace urban agriculture on a policy level – and ways that other cities in the region have made advancements in urban agriculture. Read more.


NAMI Erie introduces Pride Peer Support Group

Pride Support Group

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Erie will offer a Pride Room Peer Support Group for PennWest students at 5 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 - Dec. 9. Held via Zoom and in person in Pogue Student Center room 308, the group will discuss mental health and wellness topics in a safe, welcoming and confidential environment.

Questions about the support group, which is sponsored by the Erie Community Foundation's LGBT Community Endowment, should be directed to


Stories of Strength wellness event happening Sept. 20

Stories of Strength

As part of ongoing efforts to promote wellness and to educate the community about available resources, PennWest Edinboro's Wellness Task Force is hosting Stories of Strength (S.O.S) Day on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in and around Pogue Student Center.

Wellness activities focused on holistic health, mental-health awareness, education and self-care strategies will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Highlights include:

  • Outdoor activities and games
  • Therapy dogs
  • Live music (3:30-6 p.m.)
  • Memorial walk (6 p.m.)
  • Food drive for the on-campus pantry

Edinboro provides mental-health services for all students through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program. For more information, contact Ghering Health and Wellness Center at

UPB clothing swap set for Saturday

Clothing Swap

University Programming Board (UPB) will host a clothing swap from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday. Stop by the front of Frank G. Pogue Student Center for some refreshing homemade lemonade.

Get involved in Homecoming 2022
Homecoming 2022

The Campus Life Office is excited to announce ways that students can get involved with the 2022 Homecoming celebration! 

1. Run for Homecoming King or Queen 

If you are interested in running for Edinboro Homecoming King or Queen, please register using the candidate application form by noon on Friday, Sept. 16. 

2. Register Your Club/Organization for the Homecoming Parade 

Your organization can enter the parade as a judged float or themed walking unit and have a chance at winning up to $1,000 in prize money! 

Funding is available to student organizations for float-building materials. For full details and to register, visit the parade registration form.

The Campus Life Office will host float-building workshops in R. Benjamin Wiley Arts & Sciences Center room 104 on the following days:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-noon 
  • Friday, Sept. 9, 3-4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

The sessions will also be available via Zoom.

Email if you would like to set up an individual time for you or your organization to discuss getting involved with Homecoming.

Join UPB Saturday for Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons and Dragons

University Programming Board (UPB) and the Student Government Association are sponsoring a Dungeons & Dragons event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Hosted in Pogue Student Center room 143, the free event will include snacks, drinks and giveaways.

Volleyball dominates Edinboro Invitational

The Fighting Scots volleyball team went undefeated Saturday, beating East Stroudsburg University and West Virginia Wesleyan College to win the Edinboro Invitational. Edinboro stands at 9-2 overall.

Check out the full stats and game info at


Calendar of Events

Athletic Events

Join Boro Campus Recreation for free yoga sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in the aerobics room located in Frank G. Pogue Student Center. Mats are provided.

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

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Volleyball vs. D'Youville
Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Slippery Rock
Friday at 6 p.m.

Football vs. Bloomsburg
Saturday at noon 

Get the latest news from the Athletics Department and access live stats and updates at

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