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Student, Faculty Accomplishments
  • Drop SAT ESU introduced a pilot approach to student recruitment for spring 2017; it’s eliminating the mandatory submission of SAT and ACT scores, a long-standing requirement of the admissions process. ESU will be the first university within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to introduce test-optional admissions for all applicants. Read more
    Enrollment Increase Enrollment at ESU has increased for the third consecutive year. While the final enrollment number, 6,830, is only a few more students more than last year, ESU is one of three universities in the State System that saw an increase in enrollment in 2016. Read more
    Graduation Rates
    In a report issued by The Education Trust in March 2016, ESU ranked third nationally and first in Pennsylvania among 232 institutions that have improved overall graduation rates during the past decade utilizing an average three-year graduation rate cohort size of at least 30 first-time, full-time black students and 30 first-time, full-time white students in 2003 and 2013. Read more
    ESU earned a Best Value Top College standing by Educate to Career, Inc. (ETC), a California-based nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by persons with distinguished careers in academic administration, human resources and business management. According to Educate to Career, ESU is ranked in the top third of the annual outcomes-based, ETC College Rankings Index for 2016. The Index, produced by ETC, ranks 1,182 schools. This index is unique as it places major emphasis on the workforce preparedness and the improvement in earnings and employability that grads derive from attending a particular college. Read more
  • J-1 Visa ESU is the first and only institution in Pennsylvania to offer a newly expanded J-1 Visa that now allows not only visiting scholars and researchers but also international entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. for up to five years to develop new businesses. The project was initiated by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter as a part of the Global Access PA soft landing program, in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Read more
    Cristi Marchetti
    Cristi Marchetti M’04, a Lehighton Area High School English teacher, was chosen for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program which will enable her to work with students and conduct research at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for four months in 2017. Last year (2015), Sarah Khan, who earned her master’s in education from ESU in 2015, was chosen for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student program. Khan’s grant allowed her to spend nine months teaching at a university in Turkey. Read more
    Nursing ESU/NCC In February 2016, the presidents, provosts and deans of ESU and Northampton Community College (NCC) finalized a new partnership that will fast track the completion of bachelor degree programs in business administration and provide a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) completion program option right on NCC’s Bethlehem campus. This partnership will enable students in NCC’s business administration program to earn both an associates degree in business administration from NCC and a bachelor’s degree in business management from ESU in just three years by taking courses year-round. Read more
    Military Friendly School
    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.Read more
  • DNA Lab East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory continues to provide tick testing for Lyme disease, tick identification, and the length of time the tick has been attached. Recently the laboratory became the only location in the area to do so, following the suspension of the Tick Identification Program at Monroe County Vector Control. Read more
    DNA Lab In June 2015, ESU partnered with Kutztown University to form the State System Northeast Regional Procurement Collaborative (NERPC), a shared procurement services division that will enable both universities to create efficiencies, economy of operations and cost savings opportunities to benefit each institution as well as the students they represent. Read more
    ESU Goes Green
    The university went “green” with commencement ceremonies beginning in winter 2015, providing all graduating seniors with regalia made of recycled plastic. Read more
    The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in Scranton, in partnership with East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU), has enrolled four students of the class of 2017 interested in pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and either a Master’s Degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) or a Public Health Certificate (P.H.C.). The dual M.D.-M.P.H. degree was developed in an effort to fully integrate public health training into the education of primary care physicians. Read more
  • Stuttering Support Lacy Jones, a graduate student at East Stroudsburg University, decided to form a support group at ESU for those who experience the life-altering impediment of stuttering. She made a commitment with Ann Millet, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, to help others. Read more
    United Way Partner East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania was selected 2015 Partner of the Year by United Way of Monroe County (UWMC). The award was presented by Michael Albert, executive director of UWMC on June 9 at The Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville, Pa. Read more
    Radio Podcast In October 2015, WESS (ESU’s student radio station) announced that it would provide free podcasts of all the WESS shows for two weeks after they air on East Stroudsburg University’s 90.3 FM WESS radio, thanks to Radio Free America. To hear a broadcast, listeners can go to and enter the station’s name. They can search by the date of the broadcast or by a specific DJ. Read more
    Blaise Delfino
    Blaise Delfino, an ESU graduate student who developed “Fader Plugs,” designed to protect the wearer from harmful noise, won the $10,000 first place prize in the fifth annual Student Business Plan Competition sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education in 2016. This is the second time that ESU won first place in the competition with Jonathan Weber ’15, winning $10,000 in 2011 for eDentified. In 2012, Thomas Rounsville M’12, won the $5,000 second place prize for his company Wildlife Integrative Forensics. Read more
  • Project Turkey In 2015, over 300 ESU students representing the Greek student organizations teamed up with the Salvation Army of Monroe County and raised more than $9,000 for Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Read more
    Relay for Life East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania hosted its sixth Relay for Life in June 2015 and officially became a Relay for Life campus. The university is frequently a top fundraising team and this year raised $18,139.19. Read more
    David Good
    David Good, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from ESU in 2011, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning in May 2014 to discuss his journey into the Amazon jungle that reunited him with his mother and other family members within the Yanomamo tribe. Good is the president and founder of “The Good Project,” a nonprofit humanitarian endeavor which serves as a trustworthy bridge between remote indigenous groups and the influences of increasing contact from outsiders. The organization collaborates with existing, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social programs and local government bodies, to provide social services such as humanitarian aid, health care assistance, and access to fair-trade initiatives. Read more
    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is among the top 40 colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as an inaugural member of the Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. Read more
Warrior Athletics
  • Emily Howell Senior back Emily Howell was named the Division II field hockey nominee for the Honda Collegiate Woman of the Year. She helped the Warriors win a share of their second straight PSAC regular season title and reach the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. A two-time NFHCA All-America first team selection, she was named PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year as a senior and helped the Warriors to their first-ever PSAC and NCAA championships as a junior. Read more
    ESU had six Academic All-America selections in 2015-16, tied for the most in the PSAC - senior wide receiver Jon Schnaars and sophomore offensive lineman Devon Ackerman (football), senior forward Ally Roth (field hockey) and graduate student Travis Toth and seniors William Berry and Alex Zubko (men’s track & field). ESU had 12 total Academic All-District selections, the most in the PSAC. In the last nine years, ESU ranks second in the PSAC in Academic All-District selections (95) and tied for third in Academic All-America selections (36). ESU also led the PSAC with five PSAC “Top 10” selections in 2015-16 - Ackerman, Schnaars and Emily Howell (field hockey) in the fall, and Toth during both the winter and spring seasons. Read more
    Cross Country ESU’s women’s cross country team placed second in the PSAC Championships in 2015, its best finish in program history. Junior Allison Decker was an individual national qualifier. Read more
    James Franklin ESU alumnus James Franklin '95 became Penn State's head football coach in 2014. While at ESU, Franklin was a two-time All-PSAC quarterback and a regional candidate for the Harlon Hill Award in 1994. He also set or tied 23 school single-game, season or career records as signal caller for the Warriors. Read more
  • Denny Douds ESU head football coach Denny Douds celebrated his 50th anniversary at ESU in 2015, and entered his 51st season in 2016 - his 43rd as head coach (1974-2016) following eight seasons as an assistant coach. Douds holds the PSAC record, ranks second in NCAA Division II history and 18th in NCAA all-division history with 256 career victories, and holds the DII record and ranks ninth in NCAA all-division history with 440 career games coached. He has led the Warriors to nine PSAC championships and four NCAA Division II Playoff appearances, including the 2005 Northeast Region championship and a spot in the national semifinals. Read more
    Robert Healy ESU's record-setting running back Robert Healy was named to the D2CCA All-Region first team after setting ESU records for single-season rushing yards (1,163) and rushing touchdowns (18). Healy set Warriors career records in a number of categories, including rushing yards (3,993), yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards (5,908) and 100-yard rushing games (16). Read More
    Travis Toth Graduate student Travis Toth set a PSAC record in the hammer (206-11) to finish fifth at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. Toth earned his third career All-America honor to add to his four career PSAC championships. Read more
    ESU had 10 All-America selection in 2015-16 - senior quarterback Matt Soltes and senior wide receiver Jon Schnaars (football), senior forward Ally Roth, senior midfielder Rebecca Snyder, junior midfielder Desiraye Mack and junior back Emily Howell (field hockey), senior high jumper William Berry and graduate student thrower Travis Toth (men’s track & field) and senior pitcher Matt Festa and junior outfielder Robert Bennie (baseball). Read more