Seth Carlson, a junior-level student majoring in Health and Physical Education, received the first Carolyn Wilkie Fund award from the Department of Developmental Studies.
The Carolyn Wilkie Fund, through the Foundation for IUP, is in memory of Dr. Carolyn Wilkie, the former director, professor, and researcher in IUP’s Developmental Studies Department. As recipient of this award, Seth Carlson embodies the characteristics that Dr. Wilkie demonstrated during her long and distinguished career in developmental education: dedication, perseverance, and high achievement.
In his position as a peer advisor, Seth has worked with freshman students at the Punxsutawney campus last year and at the main campus this year. In addition, Seth worked for two consecutive years with CUSP: Early Entrance Experience program for incoming freshmen. Seth has received superior ratings from his faculty supervisors and from students with whom he has worked.
After graduating from IUP in Spring 2013, Seth hopes to obtain a position as a secondary health and physical education teacher. He expects to pursue his education by obtaining master’s and doctoral degrees in the area of exercise science, with a career goal of teaching at the college level.
Besides maintaining a high cumulative quality point average and his job with Developmental Studies Department, Seth gives guitar lessons in Punxsutawney area and enjoys weight lifting and physical conditioning.
Seth's family includes his parents, Mark and Kim Carlson, and older sister, Megan Carlson-Reed (who also graduated from IUP and is an elementary school teacher), all from Punxsutawney, Pa.