Inaugural Performance: In January, the IUP Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Eisensmith, performed in a Celebration of the Arts for the inauguration of Governor Ed Rendell and Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll (below). The event took place at the Whitaker Center of Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. Among numbers the ensemble performed was Back Home Again in Indiana.
Big News with Cello Accompaniment: The announcement of IUP’s designation as an All-Steinway School was a highlight of IUP Night at Heinz Hall in February. Before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra program that featured visiting pianist Edgar Bronfman, both the university’s full cello choir and a smaller quartet performed in the hall’s lobby. Left to right: Faculty member Linda Jennings, the choir’s director; Audrey Fairchild; Laura Kessler; and John Thorell. More about the All-Steinway achievement will appear in the Summer issue of IUP Magazine.
Cool Advice:Don Asher, nationally known writer and speaker on college and career issues, visited IUP in late winter. He consulted with McNair Scholars Heather Humphries, left, and Chardae Bowe and made a Six O’Clock Series presentation on “How to Beat 1000-to-1 Odds to Land Your Dream Job.” The second edition of Asher’s book Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different is due for publication this month by Ten Speed Press. Like its predecessor, it is expected to include IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College among the “innovative and unorthodox” schools it profiles.