As you read through this edition of IUP Magazine, you will find articles that are seemingly unrelated. Yet, I see a wonderful connection. You might wonder how a professor’s exposure to a Nobel Peace Prize winner is related to the experiences of a World War II nurse who returned to school well after her service. Likewise, what do the adventures of two students who are studying abroad under the steam of a scholarship have in common with citizens who have benefited from a federal job retraining program?
To me, the stories in this edition provide focus. They provide a snapshot of what IUP has been and what we must become next.
The faculty members of our community of scholars have always strived to continue learning and to pass along a love of lifelong discovery to students—to ensure they are creative, informed, and agile and are equipped to succeed. As one of the alumni who gained a degree through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program said, IUP’s participation in this program shows the university cares about the community.
In IUP Magazine, you have read articles about our research activities. We will pursue more such projects—because it is our duty to do so as a part of our doctoral research mission and because the region, nation, and world need our expertise more than ever. It’s just good business. Our university has a long tradition of providing an excellent education; the next step in our metamorphosis is to make a more concerted effort to engage with those outside our walls to apply our diverse and expert knowledge to enrich the world around us.
If you need proof of what we have accomplished so far, please be sure to take a look at the Distinguished Alumni Award winners’ biographies and all that they have accomplished. They are living proof that when we put all the qualities I just mentioned together, IUP is, right now, making life better, and we are capable of doing even more.
More from the Summer 2013 Issue of IUP Magazine
Program puts area residents on path to promising careers
Men's rugby had one of its finest seasons in program history, played out on a national stage
Ten alumni were honored with 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards at an April gala.
Nurse Eva Jane Savel Bolents treated survivors of the most tragic naval event of World War II
IUP celebrated the start to its new chapter with the inauguration of President Michael Driscoll
The benefits of study abroad are vast, but the cost can be prohibitive. A scholarship fund was established to help.
IUP professors visit Guatemala City to witness the prophesied end of the world