Mentors

As a 2006 Fulbright Scholar, Robert Boldin, a member of the Finance and Legal Studies Department faculty, has joined the ranks of the educational, political, economic, social, and cultural leaders of the world. Boldin’s award is among the nearly sixty Fulbright awards earned by IUP faculty members since 1959, the most Fulbright of any institution in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It is the seventh Fulbright award won by a faculty member of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology in the last ten years. Boldin will use the award to teach and conduct research in Macedonia, a small Balkan republic, during the next academic year. He plans to research methods for economic development and teach courses on finance and entrepreneurship. One of his top goals is to identify key factors that can be put into immediate use by policymakers to further Macedonia’s development.

The Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh has presented Harvey Holtz with a New Person Award, given to several Pittsburgh area activists in recognition of a commitment to peace and justice. He has been responsible for the creation of a variety of groups, including the Indiana Progressive Alliance, has worked with the IUP Women for a Change, and was advisor to the IUP/NAACP for five years. He has also been involved in anti-nuclear groups, has worked with campus groups struggling against heterosexism and a variety of other activist groups through the years, and initiated Indiana Voices for Peace prior to the invasion of Iraq. Holtz helped form and advises the “leftist” Liberation Ground and the “rightist” Students for Free Speech.

An impressively high number of faculty in the Educational and School Psychology Department have been invited to contribute chapters to Best Practices in School Psychology, which is published every five years by the National Association of School Psychologists. “This really demonstrates that the IUP school psychology program is a nationally and internationally recognized program,” said Edward Levinson, interim chairperson of the department. Contributors are chosen based on their expertise in certain areas of school psychology. From IUP, Joseph Kovaleski (the author of two chapters), Levinson, and Mary Ann Rafoth, interim dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, will contribute to the book. Rafoth will coauthor her chapter with Becky Knickelbein. 

When Kuwait called, IUP answered. Carmy Carranza, director of IUP’s Center for Learning Enhancement and chairperson of the Developmental Studies Department, was invited to Kuwait City for a ten-day visiting professorship to serve as a consultant for the university’s new academic support center and deliver workshops on college learning skills. “Kuwait University is very interested in developing a learning center and was looking for the best model,” she said. “We have an exemplary model here, one that integrates three areas—academic courses, advisement, and learning services.”