ESU Faculty Members and Students in the News
Nicole Smith, Ph.D., a research professor and senior economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, visited ESU on November 15. Smith visited with various groups of students, faculty and administrators throughout the day and discussed with them the long-term projections of various occupational areas and their educational requirements.
Doreen Tobin, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs at ESU, has received the Suzanne S. Brown Distinguished Service Award, which is named for Suzanne Brown, a long-time PASSHE official working in academic and student affairs and was created to honor an outstanding student affairs individual from the state system of higher education. The award is presented semi-annually by the Council of Chief Student Affairs Offices to a professional who has shown to be innovative or creative in ways that have benefited his or his university or to PASSHE.
Tobin has spent 35 years at two PASSHE institutions, including the last seven at ESU. In 2009, she led a coalition of individuals from the PASSHE universities and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the writing of a U.S. Department of Education grant for the Prevention and Reduction of Underage and Binge Drinking at the state system universities. The grant, which was originally for two years but was awarded a no-cost extension for a third year because of its effective administration and focus on defined outcomes, was for $497,971. The basis for grant was to develop a system-wide coalition aimed at the implementation of evidence-based strategies to reduce high risk and dangerous drinking practices by college students. Now, PASSHE has a state-wide strategic plan that guides the coalition in its efforts to provide proven strategies for AOD education, prevention and intervention at each of the State System universities.
Ken Long, vice president for administration and finance at ESU, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). EACUBO is the regional affiliate of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). EACUBO is a membership organization with 630 higher education institutions spanning from Maine to Virginia. As defined by its mission, EACUBO provides a culture in support of the instructional, research and public service missions of higher education and exists to promote effective and ethical business and financial administration in colleges and universities in the Eastern region.
Mary Frances Postupack, the vice president for economic development and research support at ESU, was recently named president of the board of directors of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA).
Established in 1976, UEDA is a national organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. UEDA’s mission is to serve its members by enhancing members’ abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education. UEDA assists universities nationwide to promote economic development; showcase best practices for university-based economic development; and to expand economic opportunities in communities by leveraging research, community resources, talent development and technology commercialization.
At ESU, Postupack manages the division of research and economic development (RED), which includes an award-winning business accelerator program, the office of workforce development, entrepreneurial leadership center, and the office of sponsored projects and research. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, business, community and economic development.