Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
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|President||David J. Werner (Interim President)|
|Location||Edinboro, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Campus||585 acres (237 ha)|
|Fight song||Scotland the Brave|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – EWL
NCAA Division II – PSAC (West)
|Sports||1 Division I
13 Division II
Not to be confused with the University of Edinburgh.
Edinboro University is a public liberal arts university located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, United States, and one of 14 schools associated with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The town is named after Edinburgh in Scotland. Edinboro University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). It has more than 8,000 enrolled students spread between the 585 acres (237 ha) main campus as well as the Porreco Center in Erie and a temporary campus location at Parkside Commons in Meadville.
The main campus is located 20 miles (32 km) from Erie and within 5 miles (8.0 km) of the educational and major population centers of McKean, Waterford, and Albion. The main campus has 42 buildings on a 585-acre (2.37 km2) campus which includes a 5-acre (20,000 m2) pond, open fields and woods, 11 on-campus residence halls (Highlands 1~8, Earp Hall, Dearborn Hall and Lawrence Towers) for approximately 5,000 students, and the modern seven-story Baron-Forness Library with more than 490,000 bound volumes, 1.4 million microform units, and Internet access. Edinboro University offers 100 degree programs and 57 minors. More than one-half of the faculty members at Edinboro University have earned doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their field. Many of them have been recognized nationally and internationally for their outstanding research and scholarly accomplishments. In addition, a number of faculty members have held state and national leadership roles in their professional organizations. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1.
Many facilities on Edinboro's campus are new, recently renovated, or have plans for renovation. In fall 2007, Academy Hall, the first building on Edinboro's campus, was reopened after a complete renovation in honor of the university's 150th Anniversary. Major renovations to Sox Harrison Stadium were completed by a gift from the Student Government Association, giving the football and track facilities Sportexe artificial turf, a new scoreboard, and lighting. A new state-of-the-art facility for the music program, the William Alexander Music Center, and a major renovation to the Frank G. Pogue Student Center were completed in early 2008. The Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center, a large domed indoor recreation and event facility, was completed in 2009. The university completed a $115 million partnership between American Campus Communities and the Edinboro University Foundation to construct eight suite-style residence halls. More recently the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania funded major renovations of Cooper Science Hall, Ross Hall with a climate controlled pedestrian bridge to the library, and making the president's home ADA compliant.
Edinboro students may also choose to complete coursework toward workforce-related associate's degrees at The Porreco College in Erie (the Parkside Commons classroom in Meadville was closed in 2014). The Porreco Center sits on the former Louis Porreco horse farm and estate in Millcreek Township and allows students to complete a community college-like education without leaving the Erie area. The Porreco Center consists of 10 buildings and a small pond.
Students with exceptionally high academic aptitude scores and excellent high school records are eligible to participate in the University’s Robert C. Weber Honors Program.
Edinboro University has the largest liberal arts undergraduate degree program in Art in the Northeast. It is continually recognized for providing conservatory quality at an affordable cost. The Art Department has approximately 1,000 students in four undergraduate programs (Art History, Applied Media Arts, Fine Arts/Crafts, and Art Education) as well as two graduate programs (Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts). The department encompasses four buildings, and houses two on-campus galleries, the Bates and Bruce Galleries. The undergraduate program allows for specialization in art education, art history, cinema (Animation and Film), graphic design, photography, ceramics, drawing, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, print making, sculpture, textile design, weaving/fibers, and wood/furniture design.
The Office for Students with Disabilities provides support services dedicated to enhance the university’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students with disabilities. The campus maintains the largest community of resident students with severe disabilities attending higher education in Pennsylvania as well as one of the largest in the United States.. Visitors and all members of the campus community benefit from these services that provide high levels of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Edinboro also serves as the beta chapter of Delta Alpha Pi, a relatively new national honors society for students with disabilities.
An international education program provides educational opportunities for students from 37 other countries. Visiting scholars from around the world serve as resource individuals for area schools, businesses and industries, in addition to providing special lectures, seminars and workshops for Edinboro students and faculty.
Edinboro University was founded as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers in 1857, by the region's original Scottish settlers. It is the oldest training institution west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in all of Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Edinboro modestly consisted of one two-story building, six classrooms, three instructors, 110 students and a principal. That original building still stands—Academy Hall—the home of the undergraduate admissions office. In 1861, the Edinboro Academy affiliated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to become the second State Normal School in Pennsylvania, occasionally known as the Northwest State Normal School. In 1914, the state purchased the school from the original stockholders and renamed the Edinboro State Normal School. By 1927, the advancement of academic programs to include liberal arts study required the school to rename itself Edinboro State Teachers College. Further development of the liberal arts to include degree programs outside the field of education result in Edinboro becoming Edinboro State College in 1960. Continued development of undergraduate liberal arts programs and advanced graduate degrees earned Edinboro university status in 1983.
Edinboro now has more than 40 buildings on 585 acres (2.37 km2) and locations in Erie and Meadville. Edinboro University celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006-07. Today, the academic focus at Edinboro goes well beyond the training of teachers. It has been transformed into what is now northwestern Pennsylvania's largest university.
Scottish heritage and traditions
As of Spring 2011, Edinboro is the first school in the world to offer a music education degree (BAME) that is open to students with a focus in bag-piping. The university and town that share the Edinboro name were founded by Scottish immigrants. Holding to its tradition, Edinboro University has a pipe band (a band that consists of bagpipes, snare drums and a bass drum) that performs alone and also with the "Spirit of the Scots" marching band for school related functions. Each year, Edinboro hosts a three-day highland games festival complete with Scottish games; dancing; bagpipe band; and cheese-based frying competitions. The University's fight song is a unique [sic] version of Scotland the Brave.
Edinboro University offers 14 intercollegiate sports: football, women's soccer, men's & women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's & women's basketball, men's & women's swimming, men's wrestling, women's softball, and men's & women's track and field. All but wrestling are NCAA Division II programs and members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Wrestling competes on the NCAA Division I level, and is not only a member of the PSAC, but also competes in the prestigious Eastern Wrestling League. Edinboro was the first college in Pennsylvania to offer women's athletics when it formed the Girl's Athletic Association in 1897. Edinboro also had programs in men's soccer, men's golf, women's field hockey, men's & women's tennis, women's synchronized swimming, and men's baseball.
Edinboro University has more than 100 student organizations encompassing academic clubs and honor societies, professional organizations, general student interests, music and theater organizations, and Greek Life. Edinboro's Student Government Association manages a budget of over $1 million, and provides many student services. The student activity fee provides funding for student organizations, athletic programs, and campus programming. The University Programming Board plans and contracts for student activities such as sightseeing and shopping trips, free movies, concerts and comedians, notable guest speakers, and activities in the University Center.
Fraternities and sororities
Social fraternities and sororities at Edinboro include:
- Alpha Kappa Lambda (fraternity)
- Alpha Gamma Delta (sorority)
- Alpha Sigma Alpha (sorority)
- Alpha Sigma Tau (sorority)
- Delta Zeta (sorority)
- Kappa Delta Rho (fraternity)
- Lambda Chi Alpha (fraternity)
- Phi Kappa Psi (fraternity)
- Phi Mu Alpha (fraternity)
- Sigma Sigma Sigma (sorority)
- Zeta Tau Alpha (sorority)
Edinboro is also home to many Greek honors, service, and professional organizations. All of these organizations, with the exception of Sigma Alpha Iota, are co-ed. Edinboro's academic honorary and professional Greek letter organizations and clubs include:
- Alpha Chi - Honors Society
- Alpha Phi Omega - Service Organization
- Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society
- Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre Honor Society
- Alpha Sigma Lambda - Honor Society for Non Traditional Students
- Beta Beta Beta - Biological Sciences Honor Society
- Chi Alpha Epsilon - Honor Society
- Delta Alpha Pi - Honor Society for Students with Disabilities
- Delta Mu Delta - Business Honor Society
- Iota Iota Iota - Women's Studies Honor Society
- Kappa Delta Pi - Education Honor Society
- Lambda Pi Eta - Communication Studies Honor Society
- Phi Alpha - Social Work Honor Society
- Phi Alpha Theta - History Honor Society
- Phi Epsilon Kappa -
- Phi Sigma Iota - Foreign Language and Literatures Honor Society
- Phi Sigma Pi - Honor Fraternity
- Pi Mu Epsilon - Mathematics Honor Society
- Psi Chi - Psychology Honor Society
- Sigma Alpha Iota - Women's Music Fraternity
- Sigma Alpha Pi - Honors Society
- Sigma Gamma Epsilon - Earth Sciences Honor Society
- Sigma Tau Delta - English Honor Society
- Jack R. Anderson, former director of the University of Pittsburgh bands
- Leo Bemis, former head coach of the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team, 1954-1983
- Ryan Bizzaro, member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 2012-Present
- Karl Boyes, former member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1981-2003
- Samuel Myron Brainerd, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1883-1885
- Robert Carothers, President of University of Rhode Island, 1991-2009
- Henry Alden Clark, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1917-1919
- Kathy Dahlkemper, U.S. Congresswoman from Pennsylvania, 2009-2011
- Mark Corey, professional baseball player
- Jakim Donaldson, professional basketball player
- John Evans, former sportscaster at WJET-TV in Erie, PA, now representative in Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Dave Filoni, American film writer, and animator; director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and series
- Teresa Forcier, member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1991-2006
- David Green, former NFL and CFL football player
- Trevor Harris, former NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars and starting quarterback in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts
- James T. Harris III, President of University of San Diego, former president of Widener University and Defiance College
- Josephine Brawley Hughes, early women's rights advocate
- L. C. Hughes, newspaper editor, lawyer, union organizer, and politician who served as the eleventh Governor of Arizona Territory
- Kenneth Jadlowiec, member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1987-2002
- Mike Kelly, football coach for numerous NCAA, CFL, and NFL teams
- Miles Brown Kitts, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania (1916-1924), Pennsylvania State Senator 1924-1932
- Christian Kocinski, filmmaker, animator, photographer, and blogger
- Josh Koscheck, NCAA D-1 Wrestling Champion; professional mixed martial artist and currently competing in the UFC
- Pat Monahan, lead singer of alternative-rock band Train
- Andrew Muldoon, retired professional pair skater
- Sean O'Brien, member of Ohio House of Representatives, 2011–Present
- Jeremy O'Day, current Canadian Football League player, Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Joseph Newton Pew, founder of Sun Oil Company, now Sunoco
- Frank Polaski, former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1964-1970
- Tara Seibel, cartoonist, graphic designer, and illustrator
- R. Tracy Seyfert, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1997-2000
- Milton William Shreve, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1913-1915,1919-1933
- Keith Skelton, former member of Oregon House of Representatives, 1957-1973
- Danny Smith, special teams coach for the Washington Redskins
- David Steadman, curator of ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida
- Sharon Stone, actress (attended briefly; honored with honorary degree in 2006)
- James Troha, President of Juniata College
- Vicki Van Meter, Youngest female pilot to cross the continental United States
- Justin Wilcox, professional mixed martial artist formerly competing in Strikeforce, currently fighting for Bellator
- John Williams, CFL football player
- Mike S. Zafirovski, former CEO of Nortel Networks and former President of Motorola
- Mari K. Eder, Major General, Retired, U.S. Army
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