Updates from campus and beyond...
On the Road: With Congress in its August recess, Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator, Arlen Specter, undertook an ambitious schedule of town meetings across the commonwealth. Speaking in IUP’s Eberly Auditorium, he acknowledged there are “a lot of tough problems in Washington. We need to tackle them during the waning days of the Bush Administration.” He gave as an example illegal immigration. “I don’t think Congress can let it sit,” he said. President Atwater is at left. (Photo: Keith Boyer)
Dukes Leads a Prince: Charlene Mickens Dukes ’80 is congratulated by a student on her assumption of the presidency of Maryland’s Prince George’s Community College in July. With master’s and doctoral degrees from Pitt, Dukes was dean of students at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh before becoming vice president for Student Services at PGCC twelve years ago. (Photo courtesy of PGCC)
Horses That Help: Both Kim Eckman McCutcheon ’87, left, and Cathy Schmidt ’85 have founded nonprofit organizations involving horses. McCutcheon’s endeavor, REACH Riding Adventures, Inc., offers character education using Pennsylvania Department of Education academic standards. Her clients for Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on a farm near Homer City are youth who display at-risk behavior. Schmidt is executive director of Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., which offers riding lessons and horse-related activities to individuals with special needs in Harford County, Md. With the women is Socks, one of three horses at Schmidt’s facility. More information is on the web at www.reachriding.org and www.chesapeaketherapeuticriding.org. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Schmidt)
Super Coaches: As a result of their teams’ success, five IUP coaches garnered PSAC Coach of the Year honors during the 2006-07 school year. Adel Heder (soccer), left, guided IUP to its second-straight PSAC West title and first-ever win in the NCAA tournament. Fred Joseph (golf), between Heder and President Tony Atwater, led the Crimson Hawks to an eleventh consecutive NCAA regional appearance and within three shots of a berth at nationals. In his first season at IUP, Lou Tepper (football), second from right, saw his team win eight of ten games and a share of the PSAC West title. Cindy Martin (women’s basketball), right, directed the Crimson Hawks to their first PSAC tournament championship since 1988 and two NCAA tournament victories for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Liz Ramsey (lacrosse), not shown, steered IUP to within one win of the first PSAC playoff berth in the ten-year history of the program while winning six conference games. (Photo: Keith Boyer)