Distinction in Public Service
State Senator Don White received the 2012 President’s Medal of Distinction for public service in March. The medal, the highest nondegree award IUP presents, honors service of national significance or of special significance to IUP. White has played a key role in advancing university projects including the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex and the Residential Revival student housing project.
Young Alumni Achievement
Each of IUP’s six colleges honors one graduate of the last 15 years with the Young Alumni Achievement Award in November. Pictured speaking to an IUP Chemistry class the day of the ceremony (below) was the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ honoree, Stephanie Britton ’02, a former Cook Honors College student and now principal research chemist at Air Products and Chemicals.
The other recipients were Rebecca Brenner ’98, College of Fine Arts, editor, nutritionist, and yoga instructor with Park City Holistic Health; Joel Goodling ’04, College of Education and Educational Technology, freelance television producer, writer, and director at MTV Networks; Joseph Kopko ’04, College of Health and Human Services, safety director at large, Scalise Industries, Mechanical and Electrical Construction Organization; Mileah Kay Kromer ’03, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, assistant professor of political science, Elon University; and Lindsay Rosenfeld ’00, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, senior manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Friends and Fellows
IUP presented Jim Wansacz ’94, Lackawanna County commissioner and former state representative, with its Friend of Higher Education Award and named Representative Frank Dermody its 14th Legislative Fellow. IUP and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the union representing the faculty, began the program in 1998. The Friend of Higher Education Award recognizes a legislator’s continued support and advocacy for higher education, and the Legislative Fellow, who serves as a guest speaker in classes, is selected based on leadership at the state and local level.
Two IUP-TV programs earned Region One first place awards from the National Broadcasting Society in 2011: The Week in Review, a roundtable debate, for Best News/Documentary/ Public Affairs Program, and Indie Rocker’s Ball, a music video and news show, for Best Music/Entertainment Program. National Broadcasting Society Region One includes 20 universities throughout the Northeast.
Honor Society Excellence
Two IUP honor societies were recently recognized by their national organizations for excellence:
- IUP’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for all disciplines, was the only Pennsylvania chapter and one of only 11 in the nation to be named a Chapter of Excellence based on activity and applications for scholarships, grants, and fellowships.
- The Zeta Lambda chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nursing students was one of seven Pennsylvania chapters recognized in three areas: creating welcoming environments, contributing to global health, and enhancing knowledge, resources, and network.
More from the Spring 2012 Issue of IUP Magazine
Professor Adrian Wisnicki finds the lost words of the legendary explorer David Livingstone.
In pursuit of his quests, this lawyer doesn’t stop at the U.S. Supreme Court.
As David Werner's tenure as IUP’s interim president nears completion, his focus turns to welcoming IUP's new president, Michael Driscoll.
Bringing Phi Delta Theta back to life. Leading his cohort in the Eberly business honors program. It’s all about friends.
Alumni gave students in business, hospitality management, and fashion merchandising a taste of city life.
A former boxer pulls no punches as a successful entrepreneur.
How did students contribute more than $1 million in free community service in 2010-11?
The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts takes a unique, small-batch approach.