Honors College Chronicles

Summertime Honors Exploration

Arts, sciences, and humanities will fill a two-week session of learning and fun for high school students who participate in the Robert E. Cook Honors College’s summer honors program, scheduled this year for July 10 through 23.

Honors College staff

The Robert E. Cook Honors College staff (from left: Kevin Berezansky ’90, Cindy King ’03, Rick Kutz ’94, and Janet Goebel) plan the upcoming Summer Honors Program for high school students.

Participants reside in the Honors College’s residential facility, Whitmyre Hall, and attend two classes a day. For their morning classes, students have chosen in past years from a list of courses consisting of Journalism, Biochemistry, Dance, Education, Philosophy, Music Performance, Media Analysis, Chemistry, Studio Art, and others. For their afternoon class, students attend an abbreviated version of the Honors Core Course.

During evening hours, after homework, students participate in activities, which have included in past years field trips, dinner with faculty members in their homes, talent shows, and more. A team of IUP student counselors coordinates the activities.

In the past, students have traveled from as far as Texas and California to participate. The cost of the two-week session is $750.

More information may be obtained by contacting the Robert E. Cook Honors College at 1-800-487-9122 or by sending e-mail to honors@iup.edu. To learn more about the Honors College itself, access www.iup.edu/honors.

No Dozing, Missy

The question isn’t so much when senior Missy Swindel finds the time to sleep. It’s if she sleeps at all.

Missy Swindel and Donna Dickie Putt '69

Missy Swindel with Donna Dickie Putt ’69, president of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, after Swindel received the Foundation’s Community Volunteer Service Award last fall.

Swindel, a student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, maintained her cumulative 4.0 grade-point average in the fall semester while starting for IUP’s conference-champion soccer squad and devoting considerable hours to volunteer work. Her stellar play as a sweeper back enabled coach Adel Heder’s Indians (19-4) to set a school record for victories and advance to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time.

“I think it’ll be hard to replace Missy,” Heder said. “Her presence had a big impact on the team. She has good speed, she’s strong, aggressive—she’s a talented, sound soccer player. She’s an outstanding student, too.”

Indeed, Swindel has posted her 4.0 despite a challenging course load: majors in political science and history, minors in pre-law and Latin American studies.

The honors she’s collected for excelling both in the classroom and on the field are almost as numerous as the As on her transcript. For example, Swindel was named an ESPN the Magazine College Division first-team Academic All-American; was a first-team selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-District II squad, which includes players from non-Division I schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia; and received a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Top Ten award, which recognizes excellence in athletics and academics.

What’s more, Swindel was presented the Foundation for IUP Community Volunteer Service Award for her role as founder and president of Access IUP, a program designed to motivate struggling ninth-grade students.

“We bring in underprivileged youths from within a two-mile radius of IUP,” she said. “They choose between either English or science lessons, taught by college students. And we have skills-building workshops. These are kids that wouldn’t normally apply to college. So we get them to think about their goals and doing well in high school, so they will end up going to college.”

Between volunteering, academics, and athletics, Swindel’s to-do list is longer than Methuselah’s beard.

“I also play rugby, I ran track for two years, and I’m a member of a sorority, too,” she said. "So I don’t really sleep much.”