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Michele Lapchak Gresh graduated from ESU in 2001 with a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services Management and a concentration in therapeutic recreation

March 2022 Alumni Spotlight

After graduating from ESU, I accepted a position as a creative therapist in adolescent psychiatry for Northeast Counseling Services in Nanticoke, Pa., as part of their inpatient and outpatient programs. I married Jeremy Gresh ’02 in 2002 and we moved to the Philadelphia area. I spent the next 10 years in the subacute rehabilitation unit at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, working as a recreational therapist specializing in neurological rehabilitation as part of the brain injury team.

My love of neurological rehabilitation later led me to work as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for ReMed Recovery Centers in Paoli, Pa., on both inpatient and outpatient levels, doing community reintegration with traumatic brain injury. In 2016 I accepted my first managerial role as a CTRS with Fox Subacute, a ventilator-dependent nursing home in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., as their Recreational Therapy Director. That same year, I discovered I was pregnant with our daughter, Henley. After a very difficult pregnancy, I decided to take a step back from my career and focus on being a mother.

During my years at ESU, I struggled with obesity and developed a genuine love and passion for fitness and wellness. Having directed myself through a weight loss journey and overcoming the battle of postpartum recovery, I decided to take a turn with my career. In 2018 I became a certified personal trainer.

While continuing as a CTRS on a per diem basis, I accepted a part-time position as the group fitness coordinator at our local community center in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. When Covid 19 hit and the world shut down, I made it my mission to help people continue to stay both mentally and physically healthy. For nine straight weeks, I went live every day on social media, offering free fitness classes.

Realizing the lockdowns weren’t about to end anytime soon and receiving the news that I had lost my job, I took the biggest chance of my life. The fitness classes I started had a solid following and they developed into my own virtual fitness program called G-Fit. This online fitness community now has over 400 members across the country many of whom are ESU grads. More than 1,600 pounds have been lost within the group since the start of the pandemic.

I am still able to tie my love for fitness and recreation into my career and thanks to Brad Seid and his commercial recreation classes at ESU, I had the tools I needed to start my very own business. From a therapeutic standpoint, it was Angela Vaute, who gave me the knowledge that it takes to confidently accommodate people with underlying conditions into my wellness program. I am forever grateful to East Stroudsburg University for helping me become who I am today—a successful CTRS, a business owner and, most importantly, an influencer within the community.  

Reasons why I Give- Meet Alumni Association Board Member Thomas Petro ’72

The Petro Family Football Scholarship has provided an opportunity for me to lighten the load for a fellow Warrior and his family. Creating this scholarship has been an action that has traveled full circle, coming right back to me and feeding my wishes and needs to continue being an essential and contributing member of the Warrior team even though fifty years have passed since “hanging up” the cleats. It was a chance to put my Christianity into practice, giving back for the joy of giving, and for the celebration of having received so much from family, coaches, and teammates. It is a “Family Scholarship” in honor of my parents, who provided my scholarship, through hard work and sacrifice and perfect parenting. They were always there for me.

I always wanted to play college football. It was a passion for me. East Stroudsburg began influencing my life at an early age. It was through coaches and teachers like Helene Hospodar ’50, supervisor of the Allentown Summer Playground Program; Dick Bleam ‘59, my first scholastic football coach and high school swimming and diving coach; and Donna Strauss ’64, who crossed my path as a first-year physical education teacher and gymnastics coach, that I began to set my sights on being a Warrior.

Following in Coach Bleam’s footsteps, I matriculated to ESSC in 1968 and fulfilled my dream to play college football. Following my freshman football season, I headed for the swimming pool that winter and fell under the leadership of another young, exuberant and “up and coming” coach by the name of Denny Douds. The following year, I moved up to the varsity football squad and continued my relationship with “The Coach.” His influence and mentoring took me to the next level and helped prepare me for my future.

I graduated in 1972 with a degree in Health and Physical Education, having played four years of football, three years on the Varsity Swimming/Diving team, three years on Mary Jane Wolbers’ Contemporary Dance Club, three years in Student Government, and serving as an officer in both Sigma Pi Fraternity, and Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Fraternity. 

I was honored in 2013 with receiving the East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. I was elected to the ESU Alumni Board of Director’s in 2017 and continue to serve the University in that capacity.

Mid Valley School District - Home to ESU Alumni

By Elizabeth Luchansky O’Brien ‘01 and the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors Communication Committee

East Stroudsburg University alumni

Located about 45 minutes north of East Stroudsburg, Mid Valley School District is a small public school located in Throop, Pa. The school is home to students in Dickson City, Olyphant, and Throop. In this tiny little district, there are about 27 East Stroudsburg University alumni educating young minds. I had the honor to talk to some of the faculty members and the superintendent about how all of these alumni are nested into one district.  

Rosann Luchansky Merrifield ’99, Patrick Sheehan ’00 and Matthew Skrobiszewski ’14, represented the group during a Zoom call with members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Of course, the question we all wanted to know was how they all got there! Is it that small town kids, all wanting to experience college life, went to college in a small town, then returned back to their small-town roots to teach? Was it the university’s reputation of being a school known for producing teachers? No one really knows what exactly drew these aspiring teachers to ESU and back to our school district. According to Sheehan, there really is no special recruitment process the district uses when hiring that specifically looks for ESU alumni. The district always attempts to find the best candidates; it just so happens that many of them came from ESU.

It seems that the various age groups in the district had a mutual bond from their time at ESU. Each of the individuals on the call had specific ESU memories to share. When Luchansky Merrifield was asked who she remembers from her years at ESU, without hesitation she named Dr. Rogers and Dr. Walker. She stated they were most influential in her education classes and in her student teaching placements. Luchansky Merrifield clearly remembers the amazing working relationships that ESU had with the local schools, and how much she learned from her various teaching experiences.

Sheehan didn't bat an eyelash when asked about someone who had an impact on his life while at ESU. He fondly remembers the late Dr. Ralph Vitello, who passed away in 2007, from the Foreign Language Department, and Dr. Doug Lare from the Education Department. Skrobiszewski cites Dr. Garrison, in the Special Education Department, as his ESU mentor.

All three educators agreed on one very important thing—if you are going into education, make sure you do it for the right reasons. As an educator, you need to realize that you absolutely make a difference in children’s lives. You need to be a positive role model, stay current in the ever-changing world of education, and be flexible. Make connections with the children in your class. It will be rewarding for both of you. Sheehan still carries a card he received from a cooperating teacher. The card reads, “The student who is the most difficult, is the one that needs you the most.” Everyone agreed that sentiment holds true in education. Education is truly “all about the children.”

Sheehan also shared with us the importance of professional development and how many people rely on the university for that. He reminded us that Mid Valley is willing to work with future educators in any way.  Luchansky Merrifield stressed that her door is always open for future educators to observe and ask questions.

We wrapped up our Zoom call reminiscing about our years at ESU. The friendships we made, the dorms we lived in, what we would eat at Rudy’s, where we would sleigh ride during a snowstorm, how we arranged our dorm rooms to utilize the limited space, and homecoming were just a few of the memories we discussed. Reflecting on the interview with the Mid Valley Educators, I came to realize how important it is to remember where you came from, and to always remember how ESU has impacted your life and career.

The call ended with a group of alumni, ranging in ages and professions, but all smiling and forgetting about the uncertainties of life at the moment, as shared memories brought everyone back to the wonderful days spent at ESU.

As alumni, we all have the same goal, helping future Warriors succeed and write their own success stories, just as we all did. For eight strangers on a Zoom call, it is as if we were connected at some level, and that is thanks to ESU. It’s that one place that can bond so many. 

ESU Athletics Announces Fall 2021 Spectator Policy

Athletic Communications Press Release For Immediate Release


EAST STROUDSBURG -- In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and East Stroudsburg University, ESU athletics has announced its Fall 2021 spectator policy on Tuesday morning.

Per ESU policy, all members of the ESU campus community and visitors are required to wear masks inside buildings, including hallways, classrooms, public spaces and common areas. Masks are required at all times during indoor events inside Koehler Fieldhouse (volleyball), regardless of vaccination status.

Social distancing, masking and other preventative measures are encouraged for outdoor events at both Eiler-Martin Stadium (football and men's and women's soccer) and Whitenight Field (field hockey).

The spectator policy is subject to change. The athletic department will continue to abide by CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health and ESU regulations.

ESU will stream home events for the 2021-22 academic year on PSACSportsDigitalNetwork.com/ESU. Stay tuned to esuwarriors.com/coverage for links to streams and live stats.

Alumni and friends gather for Philadelphia Phillies game

 Alumni and friends gather for a Philadelphia Phillies game

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 50 ESU alumni, family and friends gathered at Phillies stadium as the Philadelphia Phillies battled the New York Mets. A tailgate event was held at the Pass and Stow before the game. Alumni were able to share memories about their time at ESU and their excitement for future on-campus events.

This event was planned by the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement and volunteers from the Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni Chapter. To stay connected on future events, please visit our Alumni calendar: Alumni Events - ESU Alumni.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the event.

SAVE THE DATE! Homecoming 2021 (October 8-10)

Registration coming soon

Homecoming 2021

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Kelsey Tompkins ’18 - GOLD Highlight (February 2021)

 Kelsey Tompkins ’18

Kelsey Tompkins ’18 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. While at ESU she was a member and Secretary of the Health and Physical Education Club and a mentor for both the Rockets and the Swim and Gym Programs. Tompkins’ favorite memories of ESU were when she attended The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc. (PSAHPERD) conventions with her professors and peers. ESU is where she created lifelong friendships.

Tompkins believes that being an ESU alumna means that you must have grit. You must show courage, conscientiousness, perseverance, resilience, and passion. This term is something she constantly heard from her professors within her major. Her passion for health and physical education continues as she is pursuing her master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Advanced Physical Education at ESU.

Tompkins is a health and physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley high and elementary schools. She continues to share her knowledge and values that she learned at ESU to her students. A fun fact about Tompkins is that she owns over 25 pairs of athletic sneakers.

Warrior Alumni Give Back

Alumni Board 2020

The ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors represents alumni by engaging, connecting, supporting and celebrating alumni and friends of ESU.  As colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania and across the country vie for the brightest students, financial aid and scholarship offerings are often the deciding factor in the college selection process. To keep ESU competitive, the ESU Foundation raises funds to create and build scholarships. It is understood that alumni are continually sought out for providing financial support for students. Your ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors leads by establishing, supporting and providing students with scholarship assistance.

Each alumnus/a in the twenty-six member board provides support for the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors Annual Scholarship which is awarded to two students each year.  As a group, the board has created the Northeast ESU Alumni Summer “Fun-Raiser” Golf Outing which has grown to support two additional annual scholarships.  Individually, past and present members of the board have created and supported over twenty annual or endowed scholarships.  Not only do members of the Board solicit classmates in support of the great strides being made by the ESU Foundation, but they also make their own personal commitments. “Yes, volunteering our time and efforts to the board cannot be expressed in a dollar amount, but scholarships speak volumes of our pride in the University.” Frank Johnson ’74, past President and current ESU Alumni Board member says.  

Individual or group scholarships are created for a number of reasons. They can be as a memorial to a loved one, or an affiliation with an affinity group, an athletic team or an organization that you were once a part of.  They provide a sense of pride and acknowledgment to the institution which prepared alumni for a successful career. It also acts as a means of expressing gratitude to those who made an impact on them during their student years at ESU.  By paying it forward alumni enable members of the next Warrior generation to realize their dream and achieve their goals.  Members of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors feels that they have walked in those shoes and are grateful for the foundation for success that ESU has provided them.  .

   Your gift can provide students with the skills, knowledge and opportunities needed to compete in an ever-changing world and a competitive work environment. Even better - every year donors have the chance to meet their scholarship recipient and hear personally how the award has enhanced and made the student's educational experience a possibility. It's a powerful moment of connection, creating bonds of gratitude that can last many years. 

In upcoming updates, past and present members of the ESU Alumni Board of Directors will be spotlighted with stories as to why they give. We are positive that you will see yourself in many of these stories.  GO WARRIORS!! 

Rob De Los Santos ’16 - GOLD Highlight (January 2021)

Rob De Los Santos ’16 - GOLD Highlight (January 2021)

Rob De Los Santos ’16 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. During his time at ESU he was a member of the Health and Physical Education Club, and the Sports Management Club. De Los Santos was chair of the long distance and running competition for the 2016 Special Olympics of PA Eastern Fall Sectional which was hosted on ESU’s campus by the Sports Management department.

De Los Santos also volunteered for the “Swim and Gym” after-school program. During his free time he frequently participated in ESU’s Intramural Recreational Sports leagues where he made some of his best memories.

“Being a graduate of ESU has been one of the biggest motivators in my life to succeed,” explained De Los Santos, “To be an ESU Warrior means to be courageous, resilient and resourceful.” De Los Santos is currently the Director of Content Marketing/ Recruiting Assistant at Army West Point Academy for its football team. He continues to share his warrior spirit and takes his old ESU hoodie wherever he travels.

ESU Alumnus, Student work the Army-Navy Football Game at Michie Stadium

Last week, Rob De Los Santos ’16, the director of content marketing and recruiting assistant for the Army Football program, and George Zutell, a senior sport management major from Long Valley, N.J., an intern in the football operations area, had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To read about their preparation leading up to the big Army-Navy Football game, visit the ESU Insider page on the ESU website.

Cait Fallon ’11 - GOLD Highlight (December 2020)

Cait Fallon '11

Cait Fallon ’11 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media Communication and Technology. While a student, Fallon was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and on the ESU Women’s Swim Team. She loved going to training camps with her swim team, celebrating Homecoming with her sorority sisters and friends, recruitment week, hanging out on Main Street in Stroudsburg, and living with her roommate on Elizabeth Street.

“I’m proud to be an ESU alumna because of the community and opportunities that ESU presented to me.” During her time as a student, she took a required media course which resulted in an internship that ultimately turned into a career. Fallon is a senior producer for ABC News Live, a streaming platform that delivers news context and analysis 24/7. Before working for ABC, she was a producer at Good Morning America and ABC World News Now.

A fun fact about Fallon is that she has three Daytime Emmy Awards from her time at Good Morning America. She is currently engaged and planning on getting married next year. Two of her best friends who she met at ESU will be her bridesmaids.

NEPA ESU Alumni Golf “Fun-Raiser” raises funds for ESU students

NEPA GOLF 2020On Aug. 14, 2020, the annual Northeast PA ESU Alumni Summer “Fun-Raiser” Golf was held at the Mountain Laurel Golf Club in White Haven, Pa. The event was restricted to 10 foursomes due to policies of the venue and to ensure a safe, successful outing.  Forty Warrior alumni and friends attended and had a great day of golf, memories, camaraderie, and a steak dinner. Co-chairs Paul Scheuch ’71 M’77 and Frank Johnson ’74 were pleased with the level of success as those who participated raved about the course and the service provided by the staff. Huge thanks also goes to the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for their support.

This was the first year the event was held at Mountain Laurel Golf Club after almost two decades at venues north of Scranton, Pa.  Located right off Route 80 at exit 274, the event was approximately 45 minutes from the ESU campus, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton and parts of the Lehigh Valley.  Though this year’s outing was held to 40 participants, the co-chairs look to double that number in 2021.

The co-chairs indicated that the Northeast PA ESU Alumni Summer “Fun-Raiser” Golf Outing has proven itself to be a victory for everyone involved.  The price per golfer is set to attract golfers from all regions in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Seventy-five dollars covers greens fees, cart, lunch, a beverage at the turn, prizes and a New York strip steak dinner. These fees, and $50 hole-sponsorships help provide two $1,000 scholarships to two incoming ESU freshmen who require financial assistance to attend ESU.  Due to this year’s scaled-back response, numerous individuals, ESU offices and departments, businesses and 12 directors of the ESU Alumni Association Board participated with over 30 sponsorships. This year’s event raised $2,455 for scholarships after proceeds and expenses.

The committee wants to spread the word for next year as they hope to expand the number of Warrior golfer participants and increase the amount raised.  The partnership between Mountain Laurel Golf Club and ESU looks to be a very positive one based on location, the beautiful venue, and the opportunity to share Warrior Pride with all alumni, family and friends. 

Save the date for next year, Friday, August 13, 2021. GO WARRIORS!

Garrett Gillin ’11 - GOLD Highlight (October 2020)

Garrett Gillin ’11

Garrett Gillin ’11 graduated with a degree in Biotechnology and minor in chemistry and business. He later went on to complete his MBA at Drexel University. Gillin currently owns a digital marketing agency called 215 Marketing, located in Philadelphia, Pa. They are recognized as one of the leading agencies in the region, a Google Premier Partner, and were just listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the US for 2020 (#1,582). He is also an adjunct professor at Brandeis University where he teaches graduate courses on digital marketing.

While at ESU Gillin was a member of the biotechnology club. He was fortunate enough to win an academic scholarship and internship with Sanofi Pasteur. Gillin was nominated for this opportunity by Dr. Jane Huffman, who was one of his professors at the time. “That internship was a really important experience in my life and without her confidence in me and recommendation, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity,” explained Gillin. Bing an ESU alumnus means to be driven, resourceful and ambitious, while staying true to the values of ESU.

Tina Hennessey ’15 - GOLD Highlight ( September 2020)

GOLD Tina Hennessey '15

Tina Hennessey ’15 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and English. While on campus, Hennessey was president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), staff writer for The Stroud Courier, member of the Warrior marching and concert band and a member of the Lambda Pi Eta honor society. She also worked for both the communications studies department and the Office of University Advancement. After graduation, she became the associate director of Alumni Networks at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

“I’m so thankful for my four years at ESU, and the opportunity to meet and learn from so many incredible people.” Hennessey said. One of her favorite memories was the communications studies major bar crawl. She also enjoys coming back to campus for Homecoming.

A fun fact about Hennessey is that she also received her MBA in marketing at Saint Joseph’s University.

Dominique Washington' 15 M'17 GOLD Highlight (August 2020 )

Dominique Washington '15M '17

Dominique Washington ’15 M’17 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in management and leadership. While on campus he was Student Senate vice president, and a re-charter member of the Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Washington’s favorite ESU memory was Late Night at the Mattioli Recreation Center. He also enjoyed watching ESU athletic competitions. After graduation, Washington became a student specialist at Albright College. He has also published four books of poetry.

Lambert, longtime alumni and foundation board member, dies

In Memoriam
ESU mourns the passing for John T. Lambert, 88, of East Stroudsburg and Sarasota, Fla., who passed away on August 12.  Born in East Stroudsburg, he was the son of the late John E. and Carrie M. (Frank) Lambert.  He was a 1950 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School and a 1954 graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College.
Many from the campus community knew John well; he was a member of the ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 40 years and was the first alumni to become President of the ESU Foundation Board in 1995.
John served the East Stroudsburg Area School District in many capacities ranging from teacher, teaching principal, principal, director of elementary, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction K12, acting superintendent and superintendent during 38 years.  He also served as an adjunct professor at ESU for graduate studies.  John credited his success as an educator to ESU.  He also served his community in many capacities beyond his years as an educator, but his first love was the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army where he was a Board member since 1975.  For additional details about John’s service to the region, visit https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/17870251/John-T-Lambert.
John is survived by: his son, J. Douglas Lambert of Sarasota, Fla.; his grandson Luke J. Lambert of Sarasota, Fla; his companion Sara Beth Dilworth, Sarasota, Fla,; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn L. (Kostenbader) Lambert and his daughter Susan A. Lambert.
The family invites those who knew John to attend a graveside service on Saturday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at the Prospect Cemetery in East Stroudsburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg or the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army.  Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this difficult time.

July 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight

Asia Wright '16

Asia Wright ’17 graduated with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. While at East Stroudsburg University, Wright was a group fitness instructor and fitness supervisor at the Mattioli Recreation Center. She also held the publicist and president e-board positions for the Contemporary Dance team. While being on the Contemporary Dance team and working at the Recreation Center, she met some of her best friends.

After graduation Wright became the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellbeing at ESU. Wright’s responsibilities consisted of, but were not limited to, overseeing all of the personal training, group fitness and wellness programing that comes out of the recreation center. Wright has recently accepted a job as a Group Fitness Coordinator at the University of South Florida.

Wright is a proud Warrior. “Working on campus was important to me because I got to connect with students and understood their needs so they can have the best possible experience.”

A fun fact about Wright is that she was an extra in Miss Congeniality 2 and Law & Order: SVU.

Just Released! The Spring-Summer 2020 Alumni Herald

Alumni Herald (Spring/Summer 2020)Set to retire July 31, 2020, ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., hopes she leaves behind a university that sets itself apart, one that stands together as a WARRIOR family, and is poised with a promising trajectory. As ESU’s first female president, Welsh is proud of the legacy she forged through program and department collaboration and always placing students’ needs on the forefront. Read about her eight years as president – the accomplishments, challenges and memories of a dynamic leader. 

May 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight

Valeria Echeverry ’16

Valeria Echeverry ’16 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. During Echeverry’s time at ESU, she was the Feminist Alliance president, Warrior Elite secretary, member of the marching band and Pre-Med Club member. She was also on the Women’s Rugby team and held the role of match secretary. Echeverry’s favorite ESU memory was participating in the “Take Back the Night March against Sexual Assault” in 2014. Over 120 campus and community members joined and marched the streets from Main Street to the front of Stroud Hall. She thought it was amazing to see so much solidarity.

After graduating from ESU, Echeverry moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., to complete her master’s degree in human biology at Chatham University. Once she received her graduate degree, she was employed for three semesters as an adjunct instructor for introductory biology labs and was an anatomy and physiology lecturer. She simultaneously served as an AmeriCorps volunteer assigned to a shelter for unaccompanied minors. Echeverry worked as a case manager for a grantee program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is pursuing her second master’s degree in Health Sciences, Pathology Assistant studies.

“ESU provided me with the community and foundation I needed to learn in order to serve others. Being an ESU alumna means putting your heart in everything you do. It means to persevere in improving our communities and ourselves,” said Echeverry.

A fun fact about Echeverry is that she worked during the “Zero Tolerance” parent separation border crisis. She successfully reunified over 65 families during her career as a Case Manager.

ESU Alumni and Students Prove to be Warrior Strong During Pandemic

Caitlyn OConnell and Rylee Jade Legreide

With ESU’s strong health services programs, it’s not surprising that Warriors are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But alumni with criminal justice, social work and other degrees are also responding to this unprecedented national crisis.

Here are just some of their stories.

April 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight

Jack Morris ’18

Jack Morris ’18 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. While on campus, Morris was involved in the Students Activities Board for Minsi Hall where he planned successful events such as pool tournaments and movie nights.

Morris is currently employed by Street2Feet located in East Stroudsburg, Pa. He works as an Outreach Case Manager. His role consists of going out into the community to engage with current clients, attempt to locate new clients, and build relationships with other agencies and community members to better serve the homeless population.

Morris loves being so close to campus because he feels that being an ESU alumni means giving back to a university and community that has given so much to him. His favorite ESU memory was receiving his diploma and being able to share that success with his mother. “Graduating after a lot of bumps in the road, and having a job that I love is something that I am thankful to ESU’s amazing Social Work program.”

In Morris’s free time he enjoys going back home to N.J. and surfing. A fun fact about him is that he accidently went surfing with stingrays in Long Branch, N.J.

Melodie Warner ’95 Embraces Breaking News at CNBC

Melodie Warner '95

Melodie Warner ’95 started her new job at the business news network CNBC on February 18 — six days before the U.S. stock market plunged into its worst week since the financial crisis of 2008.

Talk about trial by fire. Hired as a news editor at CNBC.com, Warner had to get up to speed quickly as stories about the plummeting Dow Jones Industrial Average were interspersed with updates on the spread of coronavirus and how it might affect the economy.

“Today the Fed just decided we’re going to drop interest rates,” Warner said in a March 3 interview. “So it’s a scramble to get people who have expertise to cover it. Then I coordinate with all the different teams and make sure everything is getting covered…as quickly as possible and, more importantly, as accurately as possible.”

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March 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight

Brandi Salomone Lynch '14

Brandi (Lynch) Salomone  ’14 has a degree in Psychology. As a student, Salomone was a member of the National Honor Society, Psi-Chi Honors Society, and ReInventing Student Konnections (R.I.S.K.). She was also a resident advisor for building 3 at University Ridge, and a teacher assistant for Dr. Renee Boburka. Salomone is an operations manager for a human resources software at called ViziRecruiter based out of Detroit, Mich. One of her favorite memories while at ESU was going to see “War Horse” in New York City with all of her friends from the honors program.

“Being a Warrior means so much to me because I was given many opportunities to plan events, be resourceful and make an impact in the community. All of these skills are things that I use in my professional life every single day. I am grateful for the real-world experiences. I am proud to say I went to East Stroudsburg University!”

A fun fact about Salomone is that her dog, Steve, @stevesalboxerdog, has more Instagram followers than she does.

ESU Foundation, Alumni Engagement events cancelled

The East Stroudsburg University Foundation has cancelled two of its major spring events due to the recent concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Leave Your Mark, the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • Curtain Call, the 1893 Society Theatre Event, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Please direct any questions regarding these events to Emily Brennan at ebrennan8@esu.edu or call 570-422-3156.

The ESU Office of Alumni Engagement has cancelled the following events:

  • ESU COBM Wine Tasting at Blue Ridge Winery scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • ESU Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni Happy Hour scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Annual Cherry Blossom Brunch scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020

Direct questions for alumni events to Leon John, Jr. at ljohn2@esu.edu or call 570-422-3194.


ESU Alumni Pets with Warrior Spirit

Submit a picture of your pet showing their Warrior Spirit to mkoerber@esufoundation.org and be entered to win the ESU Alumni Pets with Warrior Spirit contest.


ESU Grad’s Mite Fight Seeks to Protect Honeybees

Mite Fight

A local beekeeper’s new business has taken flight with an aim to help apiary aficionados and amateurs alike.

Just over a week ago, beekeeper and entrepreneur Erik Diemer celebrated the launch of his new business venture, Mite Fight, with a party at East Stroudsburg University’s Innovation Center.


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February 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight

Desiree Brown ’16

Desiree Brown ’16 has a degree in early childhood education pre-K-4. As a student, Brown was involved in all parts of campus life. She was a member of Phi Sigma Pi, Kappa Delta Pi, president of student PSEA, and vice president of the Moses Society. Brown was also on the Cheerleading team and a resident advisor for 3rd floor Shawnee. She loved working as an RA. “Being an RA provided a lot of insight and allowed me to grow and become a mentor to residents on my floor. It provided me friendships that I still have today”, Brown said. She is continuing to use her degree in early childhood education and experiences from ESU in her daily work as a kindergarten teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District and junior varsity cheerleading coach. Brown says that being an ESU alumna means “to continue to grow and develop yourself while becoming an adult. In addition, to reconnect with those who may still be there and help them along the way.”

A fun fact about Brown is that she loves Justin Bieber and wants to visit Barcelona, Spain, one day since watching the Cheetah Girls 2 movie on the Disney Channel.

Alumni come out for ESU Men’s and Women’s Basketball reception

Alumni come out for ESU Men’s and Women’s Basketball reception

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, 43 alumni and friends gathered at the annual  Men’s and Women’s alumni basketball reception following their respective alumni games. After the reception, the men’s and women’s ESU teams played the Millersville Marauders, winning their games.

To view photos from the basketball event, go to our Flickr album

January 2020 GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade Highlight


Alexander C. Figueroa ’11

Alexander C. Figueroa ’11 graduated with a degree in sociology and minor in criminal justice. While a  student, he was a member of the East Stroudsburg University Football Team. After graduation, Figueroa was a patrol trooper and public information officer for the City of Philadelphia Troop K Belmont Barracks. He also served as the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Director for the City of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Figueroa is now a Pennsylvania State Trooper in charge of recruitment in southeast Pennsylvania.  He loves spending time with his family and traveling with his wife and daughter.


“Being a Warrior is important to me because I always felt at home while on campus. While playing football at ESU, I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself. ESU develops leaders, and once you are a Warrior, you are always a Warrior.”


Warriors: Did You Snow Trivia Giveaway (Week 3)

Warriors: Did You Snow Trivia Giveaway

Every Monday at 10 a.m. during the month of January, join the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for our Did You Snow Trivia Giveaway competition.

How to Win:

1. Follow esualumni and esufoundation on Instagram.
2. Be the first to answer the most questions correctly and message esualumni with your answers.
3. Post trivia questions on your InstaStory.

The winner and correct answers will be announced on Thursdays!

ESU Wrestling Alumni Reception

ESU Annual Alumni Photos

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, over 30 alumni and friends gathered at the Annual Alumni Wrestling Reception following the men’s wrestling match against the Muhlenberg Mules. Alumni, coaches, friends of the program and wrestlers had an opportunity to speak with each other during the reception and speak about the season, and upcoming rivalries.

To see photos from the wrestling event, go to our Flickr album.

Important Message to ESU Alumni from President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

Dr. Marcia Welsh

Dear Warriors,

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to you today to officially announce my retirement from East Stroudsburg University on July 31, 2020.  For the last eight years, some of my fondest memories and greatest joys have been interacting with you, whether it was when you returned to campus for a visit, at an alumni chapter event, or simply in passing.  It has been my honor to serve as President, and I want all of you to know that I have enjoyed being part of the Warrior family.

Continue reading message from President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

ESU Alumni and Friends Florida Events 2020

ESU Warrior Alumni Florida

Join fellow ESU alumni, friends and family, the ESU Foundation, and the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for the upcoming 2020 Alumni and Friends Florida Events Tour.

For more information, please contact Leon John, Jr. at the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement at 570-422-3194 or ljohn2@esu.edu.

We looking forward to seeing you there!

Take a look to find which of these events is close to you.

Welcome to week two of Did You Snow Trivia!

 Did you Snow Trivia?

We are looking forward to giving away more cool prizes simply do the following:

1. Follow esualumni and esufoundation on Instagram.
2. Be the first to answer the most questions correctly and message esualumni with your answers.
3. Post trivia questions on your InstaStory.

The winner and correct answers will be announced on Thursday at 2 p.m. Good luck everyone!

Warriors: Did You Snow Trivia Giveaway


Did you Snow Trivia Giveway


Every Monday at 10 a.m. during the month of January, join the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for our Did You Snow Trivia Giveaway competition.

How to Win:

1. Follow esualumni and esufoundation on Instagram.
2. Be the first to answer the most questions correctly and message esualumni with your answers.
3. Post trivia questions on your InstaStory.

The winner and correct answers will be announced on Thursdays!

The Alumni Herald Fall-Winter 2019

The Alumni Herald Fall-Winter 2019Meet some of ESU’s wonderful GOLD alumni! These Graduates of the Last Decade are making us proud with all they have accomplished since graduating. They are also a segment of Warrior alumni the Office of Alumni Engagement looks to connect with as they lay the foundation for a robust GOLD alumni program. See if you come across any familiar faces and sign up to be included on announcements and events.

The Fall-Winter 2019 edition also features Homecoming Weekend 2019 wrap ups, alumni awards honorees and exciting news from the athletics arena…check out their new website! Brimming with alumni news, Class Notes, campus happenings and Warrior athletic updates, the Alumni Herald keeps every Warrior in touch with their alma mater.


Plymouth Rock partnership announced to provide alumni with discounted car insurance.

Plymouth Rock assurance

The  East Stroudsburg University Foundation and Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to provide ESU alumni with discounted car insurance through its new partnership with Plymouth Rock Assurance. The discount program is currently available to ESU alumni in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“An important part of the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement’s mission is to provide our more than 45,000 alumni with exclusive benefits and discounts that only come with being an ESU graduate,” said Rich Santoro, Executive Director of the ESU Foundation. “Partnering with Plymouth Rock gives our Warrior alumni a discounted option in car insurance and we’re pleased to further both our missions of supporting alumni in their lives beyond campus.”

Read more about Plymouth Rock partnership

The Alumni Herald Spring/Summer 2019

Breaking barriers

The Spring/Summer 2019 issue of the Alumni Herald connects you with Dr. Deborah Gebhardt ’69, a Warrior whose professional and personal journey has been far from ordinary. She’s a scientist focused on issues related to health, fitness and workplace safety, an entrepreneur, accomplished educator as well as coach who has led women’s collegiate teams to the playoffs. This year, she returns to ESU as part of the Class of 1969 reunion celebration.

This edition also brings news of fundraising milestones as ESU’s new baseball and softball fields are completed and the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute is dedicated honoring its founder.

Brimming with alumni news, Class Notes, campus happenings and Warrior athletic updates, the Alumni Herald keeps every Warrior in touch with their alma mater.

Click here to read Alumni Herald online.

Chris Paradysz Presents at President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 27

Chris Paradysz Presents at President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 27

Chris Paradysz, Co-CEO and founder of PMX Agency, a consumer-first performance marketing agency for today’s leading global brands, was the featured speaker at the East Stroudsburg University President’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 27. Mike Visceglia, bassist at Kinky Boots on Broadway joined Paradysz for the evening as a special guest presenter. Chris and Mike discussed “The Power of Creativity to Solve Problems” and led the audience on a musical journey to discover their inner creativity.

Love is in the air at East Stroudsburg University!

Love is in the air at East Stroudsburg University!

It’s time to share our stories of love. The ESU Office of Alumni Engagement received more than 50 love stories that began at ESSC/ESU. On Cupid’s special day, we’re smitten, too, and are happy to share these wonderful stories with you.


Do you want the title as the ESU Alumni sweethearts of 2019?

Do you want the title as the ESU Alumni sweethearts of 2019?

Do you and your significant other want to be named as the first ever ESU Alumni Sweethearts? Did you meet at ESU, or were college sweethearts? Couples that are both ESU alumni, are eligible to enter!  Make sure to get your submissions in by February 13, 2019 for your chance to win a package with ESU items and for the title as ESU's Alumni Sweethearts.


ESU Alumna takes on Shark Tank

ESU alumna, Jenni-Lyn Clark Williams ’09  first appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in November 2017 when she landed a deal with two sharks. Jenni-Lyn returns to the show this Sunday, January 27 for a Shark Tank Update! Be sure to tune in to see the latest from her business Snarky Tea.


2017-18 Annual Report recognizes donors, shows increase in awarded scholarships, provides updates on special campaigns

2017-18 Annual Report recognizes donors, shows increase in awarded scholarships, provides updates on special campaignsThe East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s 2017-2018 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors, “Breaking Ground,” has been released, reflecting a successful year as the Foundation continues to build upon its commitment to provide the best educational experience to ESU students at a reasonable cost.


Congratulations to Vic Fangio '80 on becoming the new head coach for the Denver Broncos!

Vic Fangio, a 1980 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, was announced Thursday as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Fangio, who spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, becomes the second ESU graduate to lead an NFL team. He joins Fred O'Connor '62, who served as interim head coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1978.




The passing of First Lady Barbara Bush had a unique impact on this ESU alumnus

It was a short flight from Andrews Air Force Base to the Naval Observatory Landing Zone.  Marine II was bringing Second Lady Barbara Bush back to her new home in Washington, DC.  Tom Petro ’72 was a Special Agent with the U. S. Secret Service and assigned to the Vice-Presidential Protective Division.


The countdown to Florida has begun!

The countdown to Florida has begun!

Join ESU President Marcia Welsh, Ph.D., the ESU Foundation, and the ESU Office of Alumni Engagement for the 2019 Alumni and Friends Florida Events Tour. Take a look to find which of these events is close to you.


NEW EDITION! The Fall/Winter 2018 Alumni Herald

NEW EDITION! The Fall/Winter 2018 Alumni HeraldAs the first African-American to graduate from East Stroudsburg Normal School, Mary Gertrude Smith Boddie’s education reached far beyond her own life, positively affecting others, including her own children and step-children. In this issue of the Alumni Herald, step back in time with Mary Gertrude’s granddaughter, Cynthia Boddie-Willis, and discover a family legacy that transcends decades.

This issue also features ESU’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, says farewell to a longtime Warrior, plus plenty of alumni features, news from campus, Class Notes and athletic updates. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and nestle in with the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of the Alumni Herald magazine.


Make your end of year gift to the Warrior Fund by Dec. 31st!


Make your end of year gift to the Warrior Fund by Dec. 31st!


As you plan your year-end charitable giving, we hope the East Stroudsburg University Foundation is on your list of philanthropic priorities. Please support the Warrior Fund (link to Warrior Fund page?) by giving the gift of education to an ESU student today.

3rd Annual Holidays in Bethlehem event in Bethlehem


3rd Annual Holidays in Bethlehem event in Bethlehem


ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.,  alumni, faculty and friends of East Stroudsburg University gathered to celebrate the 3rd Annual Holidays in Bethlehem event at ESU’s Lehigh Valley Center in Bethlehem, Pa. The evening kicked off with a performance by the East Stroudsburg University’s Musical Theatre Organization (MTO) as part of the Downtown Bethlehem Association’s Live Advent Calendar at the Goundie House.


Memories Captured: 125th Anniversary Celebration video


Memories Captured: 125th Anniversary Celebration video


East Stroudsburg University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 25, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. This once-in-a-lifetime event raised more than $175,000 in support of student scholarships and provided a magnificent backdrop to honor Robert M. Moses, William B. Cramer, Esq., and the R. Dale and Frances M. Hughes Foundation with inaugural President’s Distinguished Medals.

Warriors of all ages return for Homecoming 2018

Warriors of all ages return for Homecoming 2018

Warriors of all ages were invited to celebrate Homecoming 2018, “Our Legacy,” Oct. 5-7, 2018. The weekend began on Friday with a campus bus tour, the annual remembrance day program, the Annual Alumni Awards and All-Alumni Reunion Banquet, and the traditional warrior bonfire. 

Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series Held at ESU

Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series Held at ESUThe Troiani-Sweeney Endowed Fund Lecture Series at ESU was held in the Niedbala Auditorium on Thursday, October 19.

This year’s keynote address by Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D., was titled “Past, Present, and New Horizons in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research.”

ESU Partners with Community Groups to Map Places of the Heart

ESU Partners with Community Groups to Map Places of the Heart

Geographical maps can give people the lay of the land and road maps tell them how to get to where they want to go. Now East Stroudsburg University has launched a project creating maps that show the places people in the Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg area care about.

Alumni to be honored on Homecoming Weekend

The East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 2018 Annual Alumni Award and Reunion Banquet is scheduled for October 5, 2018, at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. This event, open to all alumni and hosted by the ESU Alumni Association, will honor alumni who have achieved excellence in their field. Read about the award winners and their accomplishments. 

ESU Alumni Association names five new board members

Frank Johnson ’74, East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association president, has announced the appointments of five new members to its Board of Directors.

Kathleen Kirkwood ’95 of Shawnee On Delaware is currently a substitute teacher at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem. Caitlin Ord ’07 M’08 of Stroudsburg is the assistant field hockey coach at ESU. Glenn Clark ’74 of Claymont, Del., is the owner and president of Rockwood Programs. Clark is also owner of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks indoor football team. Keith Fisher ’91 of Washington, D.C., is a senior financial management analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Avram Friedman ’81 of Chalfont is the owner of Friedman’s Corporate Apparel. Their terms began on June 23, 2018.

ESU graduates become cultural ambassadors

ESU graduates become cultural ambassadors

It may be a little intimidating. There may be some nerve-racking moments now and then.

But nearly every East Stroudsburg University student who has been recruited by the Ministry of Education and lived and worked in Spain, where they served as cultural ambassadors, describes the experience as life-altering.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Alumni Chapter holds first event

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Alumni Chapter holds first event

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the ESU Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Alumni Chapter kicked off their first and very successful event at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, Pa. 


Enjoy the Spring/Summer 2018 Alumni Herald

Alumni Herald

Happy Birthday ESU!

ESU Celebrates 125thEast Stroudsburg University crossed a historic milestone in 2018 and is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in a big way. Historic displays, special events and more are on tap as the university revisits its remarkable past and sets sights on a bold future. This issue of the Alumni Herald takes a look back more than a century to a campus that’s evolved with the times and strives to set itself apart from so many others.

Also in this issue, we’ve got compelling alumni features and event wrap ups, news from campus, Class Notes, athletic updates and so much more.