ESU Success Stories

ESU Celebrates the World with First Ever Global Week

One hundred students from 21 countries around the world walk the campus of East Stroudsburg University every day. Inside a Stroud Hall classroom, individuals of many different ethnicities work alongside one another, including Hispanic, African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Caucasian.

“It’s like a big potluck in a small university,” Binetou Fall, a senior majoring in business management who is originally from Senegal, Africa, said.

With a desire to laud the diversity on campus, East Stroudsburg University will host its first Global Week from April 2-8.

March 25, 2016 - 5 Comments - Read more

Art + Design Students Gain Professional Experience with New Mind Design

For Cameron Maher being a part of New Mind Design (NMD) is like riding a bike with the training wheels on it.

“It really let me get a feel for what a design job is in the real world.” he said.

NMD is an in-house design agency that works with businesses throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. It is made up of East Stroudsburg University art + design students and is housed in the Innovation Center. The faculty team started NMD as a pilot run by integrating the agency in the classroom during spring 2014. The official doors for the agency opened in fall of 2014.

March 17, 2016 - One Comment - Read More


Warriors Fight Back with Relay for Life

This April, ESU will be hosting its annual Relay for Life Walk to help raise funding for cancer research and give individuals a better chance at beating their diagnoses.

Three years ago, Ashley Sudol’s mother had a difficult conversation with her doctor. She was told that she had lung cancer.

“I received a phone call from my father,” Sudol said. “He told me that my mom had a massive heart attack and that she might not make it.”

March 7, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


Psychology Class Takes on Clients to Measure Success

How do you accurately measure whether a program or special initiative works? That question is at the heart of what students grapple with in psychology class called “Measurement and Evaluation in Psychology” where they help outside agencies and groups gauge the effectiveness of their work.

February 29, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


Gardner ’74 Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Pakenas Gardner had a plan. In the spring of 1974, the two most important weekends of her life were just a few days away. She was to graduate from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) first and then a week later she would walk down the aisle on her wedding day. After the wedding, she and her husband, Dean Gardner, were all set to pack their bags and leave for the Peace Corps.

She never expected that a phone call would change her life. A few days before graduating from ESU, Gardner received a call asking if she would be interested in interviewing for a teaching and coaching job at Bloomsburg University.

February 22, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


ESU Alumni Association to host Annual Alumni and Friends Cherry Blossom Brunch

The East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association will host the annual Alumni and Friends Cherry Blossom Brunch on Sunday, April 3, at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The reception begins at 11 a.m. and brunch begins at noon.

February 19, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


Criminal Justice Professor Awarded National Grant

At 19 years old, Carrie Maloney sat in a lecture hall at Pennsylvania State University listening intently to a woman who had been exonerated from death row.

February 17, 2016 - 10 Comments - Read More


Graduate Student Blazes Path to Success

Blaise Delfino is a busy man. If you’re lucky enough to run into him on ESU’s campus, he’ll either be studying for a speech-language pathology exam, writing a song, or working on his latest invention. There is a lot going on in the young professional’s life, and he is managing to make it work flawlessly.

At a young age, Delfino was immersed in the musical arts. His father taught him how to play the drums at five years old. As he got older, Delfino intensely practiced his instruments, discovering new ones along the way. Eventually, he learned how to play the saxophone and guitar. His abundant knowledge of music and instrumental skills helped him to become a self-taught pianist and singer/songwriter. Though music was a crucial part in his life, he gravitated toward other hobbies.

February 9, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


Love for Animals Leads ESU Junior to Volunteer in Thailand

Sweat running down her face, Renee Joyal struggled to sleep her first night in Thailand. Used to the comfort of her air-conditioned home, she found herself sleeping beneath a mosquito net in a room over 8,000 miles away from her family and all the comforts her home provides.

February 1, 2016 - No Comments - Read More


Theatre Alumna Finds Career Opportunities in Los Angeles, Film to Premiere at Pocono Cinema and Cultural Center

Moving to Los Angeles wasn’t something Jenell Manzi ’09 ever thought she would do when she graduated.

December 24, 2015 - No Comments - Read More