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IUP Journalism Department Mourns Loss of Alumna Kristen Stormer

Posted on 6/26/2009 6:47:19 PM

Journalism Department graduate Kristen Stormer '09, of Hollidaysburg, was killed on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in Ocean City, Md., when she was hit by a soft drink delivery truck while crossing the Coastal Highway at 33rd Street on her bicycle.

After graduating cum laude, Kristen moved to Ocean City and was working as a beach photographer for Scopes Photography.

“In my thirty years of teaching in the IUP Journalism Department, where I’ve worked with nearly two thousand students, I’ve never known a student who was more filled with life than Kristen Stormer,” said Randy Jesick, professor and department chairman. “She was so uplifting to talk with because she had such a wonderful enthusiasm for her career and her life.

“Every time I ever saw her in our classrooms and in my office, she had the broadest and most sincere smile on her face,” he continued. “She always impressed me as a hard-working student who really was destined for professional success. Plus, she seemed like a truly, genuinely happy young woman. She was always aglow with life.”

Friends, faculty, and staff are already discussing plans to hold a memorial service when students return in the Fall. They are also anxious to begin a memorial scholarship within the department.

Kristen’s obituary, published 6-25-09, can be viewed at the Altoona Mirror website.