Commencement Keynote: Suzy Kuhn Teele ’82, of Pittsburgh, was keynote speaker at the May commencement ceremonies. Teele is chief operating officer for software solutions company SnapRetail. She is a 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and former president of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. Her son, Michael Nicastro, was among the graduates present. In the background, from left, are President Michael Driscoll, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean Deanne Snavely, and Susan Snell Delaney ’64, chair of the IUP Council of Trustees. Photo: Keith Boyer
Ruth Podbielski, a leader in gender equity in athletics, received the President’s Medal of Distinction for professional achievement in April. During her 32 years at IUP, she served as a faculty member, coach, and director of athletics for the IUP women’s intercollegiate program. The President’s Medal is the highest nondegree award the university presents, honoring contributions of national significance or of special significance to IUP.
Council of Trustees
Glenn Cannon, a 1971 IUP graduate, has been appointed to the IUP Council of Trustees, responsible for financial oversight of the university and ensuring compliance of university policy with state law. He is director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and is the governor’s homeland security advisor. Aaron Douthit, a sophomore nursing major from Stump Creek, was appointed as the student trustee.
Hall of Distinction
The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology inducted five alumni into its Hall of Distinction during the 35th annual Business Day in April:
- Michael Carlson ’73, retired president, Wayne, a GE Energy business
- James Leda ’95, managing director, Debt Restructuring Group, PPM America, Inc.
- Malisa Dunn Sommers ’87, managing director of transportation, U.S. Steel Corporation, and president, Transtar, Inc. Sommers also visited campus in February as part of Eberly’s Executive in Residence program.
- Tom Wallace ’80, chief executive officer, VectorLearning, Inc.
- Mauro Wolfe ’90, partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Distinguished Family Business
The IUP Center for Family Business honored the Sheetz family in April with the 2013 Distinguished Family Business Award. The award is presented annually on the basis of business success, contributions to the community, and succession of ownership and management to the second generation or more. The Sheetz family owns a chain of about 440 convenience stores in the eastern part of the country, with headquarters in Altoona. Randall (Louie) Sheetz, executive vice president for Marketing, is a 1977 graduate of IUP and a member of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors.
Dan O’Hara, a geoscience and computer science double major from Ebensburg, was selected for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Awarded to 271 students this year, the scholarship aims to support the training of high qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
Education without Borders
A team of communications media students led by faculty member Luis Almeida and doctoral student Ahmed Yousof won top prize for a video game proposal at the Education without Borders conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The proposal for “ HERO 1,” an educational game designed to teach English language and American culture to Arab students, was one of 32 papers selected for presentation out of 3,600 submissions worldwide.
For the fifth consecutive year, IUP was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Recognition is based on the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation, and incentives for service. The campus community recorded more than 150,000 hours of volunteer service during the 2011–2012 academic year.
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
“The stories in this edition provide focus.... a snapshot of what IUP has been and what we must become next.”
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