Mentors

Victor Garcia is a professor in the Anthropology Department at IUP. Incorrect information appeared in the Winter-Spring issue of the magazine. As a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, he participated on a research team that studied barriers that discourage some first-generation Latino students from pursuing higher education opportunities beyond community colleges. The team of researchers was invited to present its findings at a conference at Harvard University last fall.

Retired religious studies professor Thomas Schaub was honored at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the field. The meeting featured two back-to-back sessions that celebrated the work of Schaub and Walt Rast, who over the course of thirty years directed the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain, which focuses on the Early Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries on the southeastern Dead Sea Plain in Jordan.

During spring break, a special education professor, Joseph Nolan, and two students, Marilyn Bearer of Patton, Pa., and Jillian Lindsay of Riegelsville, Pa., traveled to Oshewken, Ontario, to bridge the gap between technology and native traditions. They visited an elementary school on the First Nations Reserve of the Six Nations of the Grand River. “The goal of this project was to assist teachers with the integration of native traditions and assistive technology for special-needs students,” Nolan said. “Also, this provides IUP students the opportunity to witness diversity beyond inner-city schools.” The program was funded by a grant from the Center for Advancing Partnerships in Education. A follow-up teleconference is scheduled for later this year to evaluate the program and the teachers’ continued use of the software. The program may also turn into a research study.

Eileen Glisan of the Spanish Department has been named by the U.S. Air Force Adacemy as a Distingished Visiting Professor for the next academic year.

According to an article in the Washington Post, IUP music professor Jack Stamp ’76 was chosen to compose a piece for band, choir, and orchestra in honor of a Maryland high school teacher, Rosemary Walters, who along with her husband was killed in an auto accident. Called “Strength in Weakness,” the piece was commissioned by the teacher’s students, who held square dances to fund Stamp’s work. The premiere performance of the piece occurred during a memorial concert in Greenbelt, Md., in the spring. Stamp was acquainted with the teacher from assisting her in church thirty years before. “How the students felt about this teacher and their willingness to make this happen—it’s a strong statement,” Stamp said. “When you write a piece like this, you’ve got to serve a purpose. After I started writing, I got really excited about it, and I really think it’s going to have an impact on the audience and on the students.”