ESU’s Homecoming Week Embodies the Spirit of the Warrior

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“Spirit of the Warrior” is the theme of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Homecoming week festivities, which begin on Sunday, October 27. This year’s theme will give alumni, students, and other visitors a chance to show the Spirit of the Warrior. Homecoming highlights include a dance mob on October 31 and a home football game against Lock Haven University at Eiler-Martin Stadium on November 2. All activities listed below are open to the public at no cost unless otherwise stated, and the schedule is subject to change as more events are added. For more information on any of the homecoming events listed below, please contact Brooke Donovan, director of alumni engagement, at 570-422-3530, or visit or

REC-EX Annual 5K Run and One Mile Walk
Sunday, October 27
Eiler-Martin Stadium
Race check-in and on-site registration at 7:30 a.m.; race will start at 8 a.m.

This sixth annual event will kick off the Homecoming week. For more information and to pre-register, contact Jill Harper at 570-422-2978 or

Paint the Town Red and Black
October 28 – November 1
East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg Businesses

This collaborative program will allow ESU students to create window displays for participating local businesses throughout East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg to show their “Warrior Spirit.” This collaboration was made possible thanks to the Eastburg Community Alliance and The Jacob Stroud Corporation.

Zumba Costume Party
Monday, October 28
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Mattioli Recreation Center

Come ‘shake’ it in costume! This Zumba party is free for all attendees, including ESU alumni, with ESU ID. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Homecoming Pageant
Tuesday, October 29
8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Keystone Room

The Homecoming Pageant is an opportunity to recognize students who have made significant contributions to the ESU campus and the local community through volunteer efforts. The nominees for ESU’s Homecoming king and queen are presented at a judged pageant. Each candidate is evaluated through four separate phases during the week of homecoming, including the homecoming pageant, a campus-wide “text vote,” a video submission, and fundraising for his or her respective charity. The scores of these components will be used to select the finalists. The winners will be recognized at Warrior Spirit Night on Nov. 1, at Eiler-Martin Stadium. The pageant is open to the public at no cost.

Wednesday, October 30
Warrior Men’s Soccer: ESU vs. Lock Haven
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Come cheer on the ESU Men’s soccer team during their homecoming match as they take on the Lock Haven Bald Eagles. The soccer match will be free to ESU students with ID; $3 for children and seniors, and $5 for adults.

Wednesday, October 30
6th Annual Drag Show
8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Keystone Room

Join Sharon Husbands and her crew of professional and student Queens and Kings for a fabulously entertaining evening of glitz and glamour! Help the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally Program Center and ESU’s LGBTQA student organization, PRIDE, raise funds to benefit the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Monroe County. Tickets will be $2 and available, in advance, from the LGBTQA Program Center in Shawnee Residence Hall, or at the door.

Thursday, October 31
Thriller Dance Mob
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Crystal Street

Take part in one of NEPA’s largest dance mobs reenacting Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video! The dance mob will take place on Crystal St., East Stroudsburg, Pa. “Zombie” costumes are encouraged! Practice the dance by visiting to view the practice video.

Thursday, October 31
Movie: Nightmare on Elm Street
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Pocono Community Theater

Join the ESU family for movie night at the Pocono Community Theater and enjoy the classic horror film, Nightmare on Elm Street. There will be no cost for ESU students, alumni, and staff with ID. The cost for community members is $3. For more information, call General Manager Courtney Tolino at 570-421-2036.

Friday, November 1
Remembrance Day Program
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Keystone Room

ESU’s sixth Remembrance Day program will honor the memories of university students, faculty, staff, and alumni who passed away during the 2012-2013 academic year (September 2012 – May 2013). This year’s program will include readings, musical selections, and reflections by ESU students, faculty, and staff. Families of some of those who have passed will also attend and participate. This event is open to the public at no cost.

Friday, November 1
Alumni Awards and Reunion Banquet
5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Stroudsmoor Country Inn

An annual event recognizing those individuals receiving this year’s Alumni Awards and the reunion classes of 1958 and 1963, this year’s award winners are: Distinguished Alumni Award – Sherry Salway Black ’74 and Thomas Petro ’72; the Helen G. Brown Honor Award – Bettyann Fischer Creighton ’74; Conrad “Skip” Idukas Service Award – Patricia Alberts Hibschman ’62; Dr. George Thompson, Jr. Award – Julio Guridy ’84; Jim Barniak Award – Gilbert “Gib” Romaine ’66; Great Teacher Award – Denny Douds; George Ockershausen Student Service Award – Melanie Hand ’13; and Young Alumni Achievement Award – Matthew Semcheski ’03 and Melissa Owens ’06 M’11.

A cocktail hour, buffet dinner, and formal program will conclude in time for guests to view the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium. Tickets for the banquet are $50 and reservations may be made by contacting the Office of Alumni Engagement at 570-422-3530 or by visiting

Friday, November 1
Warrior Spirit Night
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

ESU students and Warrior fans are invited to attend the Spirit Night event held at Eiler-Martin Stadium. The event will include performances from the university marching band, the crowning of homecoming king and queen, and all homecoming week contest award winners.

Friday, November 1
Homecoming Fireworks Display
9:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

A brilliant fireworks display will be held at the ESU football stadium to kick off the weekend events. As a reminder, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the stadium. This event is open to the public at no cost.

Saturday, November 2
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Keystone Room

This annual event pays recognition to the outstanding athletic accomplishments of ESU alumni. The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are: Steve Mummaw ’72 (Football), Jim Vargo ’80 (Wrestling), Men’s Gymnastics Team ’81-’84, Dawn Strunk ’93 M’02 (Field Hockey & Lacrosse), Kevin Nagle ’00 M’04 (Football), Cheryl Griffin Birmingham ’01 (Track & Field), and Sean Stewart ’03 (Soccer). Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized at halftime during the Warriors’ football game vs. Lock Haven, which kicks off at 3:05 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony are $30 for adults and $15 for children and include a ticket to the football game. Reserve your tickets by contacting Cara Bell, assistant to the athletic director at or call 570-422-3578.

Saturday, November 2
The History of ESU Presentation
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., 113 Stroud Hall

Please join us for an informative and interesting presentation by Dr. Ian Ackroyd-Kelly, who retired from ESU after 35 years of teaching and chairing the geography department. This event is open to the public at no cost.

Saturday, November 2
LGBTQA Program Center Open House
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Shawnee Hall

Visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) Program Center in its new location in Shawnee Hall. Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday, November 2
Alumni Tailgate and Hospitality Tent
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center

While all of the tailgate parking spaces for alumni have already been sold, ESU alumni and their families can still attend this annual event where they can enjoy the FREE food and music at the hospitality tent, in addition to visiting various tailgating groups around the parking lot. The tailgating festivities run from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to enter the tailgate area and will be asked to provide valid identification. Free child care services and activities will be available during the festivities at the “Warriors Kid Camp” from 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Lenape Hall for children of all ages (must be potty-trained). Activities for children will include an inflatable bouncer, crafts, video games, activities, and more. Please pre-register your children at: Please visit for a list of tailgate rules and groups.

Saturday, November 2
Tell Us Your ESU Alumni Story
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Henry A. Ahnert, Jr. Alumni Center

Alumni are encouraged to stop by the video booth during the alumni tailgate to document their favorite ESU memory for a promotional video.

Saturday, November 2
Homecoming Parade
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., ESU Campus and East Stroudsburg Borough

Join us in celebrating ESU pride and tradition at this year’s Homecoming Parade. There are two wonderful ways to enjoy the parade this year! You can watch the parade curbside anywhere along the route that stretches from the ESU campus to Crystal Street, OR you can participate in the parade and promote your organization to the loyal ESU community. Either way, we want to celebrate the parade together! The route begins in the parking lot behind Dansbury Commons, traveling through campus, down Analomink Street, across Crystal Street, and ending back at the starting point. Visit to register your group for the parade.

Saturday, November 2
Veterans’ Center Open House
1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall

Join this open house event to view the new Veterans’ Center located on campus. This event is open to the public at no cost.

Saturday, November 2
Football Game: ESU vs. Lock Haven
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Lock Haven Bald Eagles. Prior to the game, meet the 2013 Homecoming king and queen, ESU’s mascot Burgy, hang out in the Fan Zone, and visit with other sponsors! Halftime features recognition of the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and a marching band performance. General admission tickets for the game are $10, tickets for reserved chair back seating area in front of the Eiler-Martin Stadium press box are $15, and tickets for seniors aged 65 or older and children under 12 are $5.