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Business Students Sweep IUP's Common Freshman Reader Contest

IUP's Fall 2010 Common Freshman Reader Essay Winners with Barbara Ehrenreich

IUP students Joshua Hughes, Jamie Czech, Megan Morris and Ryan Egan (L to R) pose with "Nickel and Dimed" author Barbara Ehrenreich Monday, October 18.

Students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) swept all five categories of IUP’s Fall 2010 Common Freshman Reader Essay Contest.

The two first-place winners escorted and introduced Ehrenreich at the Six O’Clock Series on Monday, October 18, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Fisher Auditorium as part of their reward.

Essays for the campuswide contest were based on the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, which documents the author's failure to provide for herself as she takes on various minimum wage jobs across the country, according to the author's website.

Jamie Czech, a freshman undeclared Business major from Butler, Pa., won first place in the freshman category for an essay titled “The Unproclaimed Heroes.” Joshua M. Hughes, a senior finance major from Lancaster, Pa., won first place in the upperclassmen category for “A Greater Hope.” Both students are also members of ECOBIT'S business honors program, and both agreed that the experience was worthwhile.

“It was a lot of fun to introduce Ms. Ehrenreich,” Hughes said. “She may be an activist, but she has a very down-to-earth personality, and it was a pleasure interacting with her prior to her presentation.”

“I hope that more students get involved with the contest and realize how rewarding their participation will be,” Czech said.

Second-place winners include Ryan Egan of Robesonia, Pa., freshman, Management; and Megan E. Morris of Lockport, N.Y., sophomore, Accounting.

Meritorious Mentions for freshman submissions include Ashley Creighton of Pittsburgh, Accounting; Casey Hood of Shrewsbury, Pa., Marketing; Janelle Stayt of Shnecksville, Pa., Marketing; and Kurt Stridinger of Valencia, Pa., Marketing. The Meritorious Mention for upperclassmen submissions is Grey Berrier III of Pulaski, Pa., sophomore, Finance.

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