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Jonathan Weber

Stroudsburg, Pa.
Computer sciences Computer security
Junior

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College is about far more than just classes. The experiences and opportunities I’ve found at ESU go above and beyond anything I had expected.
For many of us tax time means gritted teeth, slogging through forms, and juggling dozens of different tax rates. And afterward? Forget it until next April. Innovator Jonathan Weber, though, frustrated as anyone, decided to take action.
Just 18 and filing for the first time, Weber went toe to toe with state and federal tax regulations; and decided to help make the process easier for others in his situation. As a freshman, he created his first website – a free portal of easy-to-understand information on filing taxes.
 
Weber, now a junior, has worked his way from freelance web developer to business owner, and now boasts almost a quarter million visits to his websites every week. Now 21, and a double major in computer sciences/computer security at East Stroudsburg University, Weber finds himself on the cusp of taking some major strides in the business world.
 
Weber entered PASSHE’s first Business Plan Competition last fall with a plan for a new web startup. He took first place, winning $10,000 to support business development, and a year’s office space in ESU’S Business Accelerator Program located in the ESU Innovation Center.
 
His new startup, e-Dentified People Search, is a powerful people search engine. Weber developed proprietary search algorithms that can create a full profile of an individual's internet presence and internet identity by using a single piece of information about the individual – such as an email, username, handle, etc. His algorithms link pieces of information until it finds the true identities behind an online persona. As with his tax site and all of the sites owned by him, the emphasis of Weber’s newest venture is to help educate others with practical information.
 
The $10,000 certainly helps, but what truly excites Weber is his office at the ESU Business Accelerator, and connecting with the CEOs and entrepreneurs he meets through it. 
 
“I know there are many other students who have ideas like me,” says Weber. “And the ESU Innovation Center and Business Accelerator program provide great opportunities for people in just about every field.”

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EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY PROFILE

Community

East Stroudsburg University’s location in the heart of the scenic Pocono region provides students with convenient access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including the Delaware River; pristine streams, ponds and lakes; historical venues; family attractions for all seasons; and so much more.
 
Visitors to the region also may enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing at premier ski areas, rafting on the Delaware River and hiking in the Poconos.  Quaint local shops and antique stores and great entertainment at local theatres and concert venues are also close by.  New York City and Philadelphia are within easy driving distance for those who wish to enjoy major cultural venues and sports, and of course, theater and other big city entertainment.

Profile

East Stroudsburg University is home to nearly 7,000 students, with 6,355 undergraduate and 588 graduate students. Females outnumber males, 55 percent to 45 percent. Undergraduate students come from 19 states and 22 foreign countries.  ESU offers 59 bachelor’s degree programs, one associate’s degree program and 22 master’s degree programs as well as a doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Administration in partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In Fall 2011, the university’s faculty totaled 321, with  91 percent of the full-time instructional faculty holding the doctorate or other terminal degree.  Student/faculty ratio is 17 to 1. ESU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by a variety of discipline-specific accrediting agencies. The university is continually expanding, with two new residence halls opening in January 2012, and plans for a new student center and library. There are more than 100 organizations and activities officially recognized by the university, ranging from social, cultural, multicultural, recreational, and community-service programs, with nearly 50 of those funded by the Student Activities Association.

Most Popular Programs

​Education; nursing; speech pathology; computer security; media communications and technology; athletic training; business; and hotel, restaurant and tourism management.


Highlighted Programs

Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Middle Level Education –These programs offer general education and professional and early childhood or elementary education theory, application and practice. The courses and field component develop knowledge, skills and dispositions relevant to content, the learner and the learning environment, teaching and the learning process. Graduates of the Early Childhood Education major are certified for pre-K to grade 4 and graduates of the Elementary Education major are certified to teach kindergarten to grade six. Middle Level Education majors are certified for grades 4 to 8.

Athletic Training – The undergraduate degree program  is nationally known and prepares graduates for successful entry-level positions as certified athletic trainers who specialize in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and assessment, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning  of athletic injuries and illnesses. The program was among the first approved in the nation and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education. Alumni pursue advanced and professional degrees and  become leaders in research, education and clinical practice or serve in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics and professional sports. The Master of Science degree in Athletic Training is also offered.

Business Management -  Business Management degree from ESU offers the skills to qualify for professional opportunities or to pursue an entrepreneurial path.  Business management is offered on its own or combined with Finance, Accounting or Marketing. The degree program offers professional training that can lead to a career in business or graduate level education.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Men's - Baseball, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, football, soccer, tennis and wrestling.

Women's - Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.