After her retirement from the Theater and Dance Department last year, Barbara Blackledge recently returned to the IUP stage for a tribute performance in the Noel Coward comedy Hay Fever, which opened Theater-by-the-Grove’s fall season. Her colleagues and students also celebrated her 31-year career with a reception at the Artists Hand gallery downtown preceding her Homecoming-day performance. Blackledge was in the lead role of Judith Bliss, an actress recently retired from the London stage.
Michelle Bruno, of the Counseling Department, received a $45,000 grant from the FISA Foundation to continue an empowerment program for adolescent girls in regional schools. Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) is a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the pressures in young girls’ lives and equips them with skills to negotiate challenges. Body issues, bullying, academic and career development, and friendships are among the topics ROX lessons cover.
Monitoring Drilling Effects
Faculty and student researchers from Geography and Regional Planning, Geoscience, and Chemistry are continuing to sample and monitor drinking water from the Beaver Run Reservoir, near Marcellus shale well pad sites. The project, directed by Brian Okey, Geography and Regional Planning, and Nate McElroy ’94, Chemistry, entered its second year, following a $77,000 contract renewal with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. “This project continues to be a great opportunity to train our students on how to do very relevant work,” Okey said. In the project’s first year, samples did not detect a threat to the public water supply, although the water contained silt from construction.
Studies in Street Theft
Supported by grants from IUP, Criminology professor Tim Austin has been researching street theft among youth in the Philippines, where “children turn to the street, Oliver Twist style, to learn ways to survive by begging or conning outsiders.” He wrote, “Thievery may be viewed almost as a sport-like activity or tradition and is in the process of becoming embedded in the culture.” Beginning with many Fulbright grants to Southeast Asia in the 1980s, Austin has published work on a variety of issues in Filipino culture.
Extending the Promise
The Heinz Endowments awarded IUP another $150,000 for its Promise Plus program, bringing total support to more than $600,000 over four years. IUP Promise Plus, directed by Developmental Studies professor Melvin Jenkins M’92, expands on the Pittsburgh Promise, which helps students in Pittsburgh schools to plan, prepare, and pay for education at an accredited Pennsylvania postsecondary school. Through the initiative, high school students come to campus during the summer for mentoring activities and special courses taught by IUP faculty members.
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania selected the One Island: Art as Environmental Remediation project as a recipient of the Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Award, which recognizes outstanding practices in recycling and waste reduction. The research project, coordinated by Art faculty member Steve Loar, explores methods for reusing plastic in the creation of art, architecture, and art education.
Club Gets a Boost
The National Wild Turkey Federation has donated a $20,000 annuity to the IUP Rifle Club, advisor Tom Campisano ’66, M’73 reported. Campisano’s history with the club spans more than half a century. He shot for the rifle team as an undergraduate in 1956 and took over the team as coach in 1967, the same year he started his career as an art teacher at Indiana Area Junior High School. Campisano led the team to several top-10 finishes nationally before rifle went from a varsity sport to a club sport in 1991.
In recent months, the following former IUP faculty members died.
- Ida Arms, a professor emerita and a member of the Mathematics Department from 1959 to 1987, died August 24, 2012.
- Joseph Bianco ’63, a professor emeritus and retiree of the Technology Support and Training Department who taught from 1974 to 1999, died July 4, 2012.
- Dorothy Lingenfelter ’54, M’62, a professor emerita who taught at the University School from 1957 to 1985, died September 18, 2012.
- Peter Narusewicz D’99, who taught in the English Department in 2001 and 2002, died June 20, 2012.
- Bill Shane, a Criminology faculty member in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died October 4, 2012. He also was a member of the IUP Council of Trustees and a borough, county, and state government official.
More from the Fall-Winter 2012 Issue of IUP Magazine
IUP leads a coalition addressing the national shortage of African American male schoolteachers.
Susan Snyder ’85 on winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
Several principles will guide us as we formulate together our vision of the future IUP.
Students are boosting their IUP philanthropy. What gives?
In 1979, the soccer team was sinking. Then came Trevor.
50 years of computing at IUP.
Alumni Association Board Officers, and how they got that way.
Bob Henger ’63 devotes a chapter of his book to his years at Indiana State College.
Some of the more unusual memorabilia that alumni have lovingly donated to IUP.