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“Mike’s Hike” Chronicled in HawkEye

Mike BriggsThe HawkEye, the online newspaper published by the Journalism Department, inaugurated a new series on February 6, 2013: “Mike’s Hike.”

The first installment in this serial reports on the progress of Chemistry professor Mike Briggs as he walks the Appalachian Trail. Briggs, 66, a wounded Vietnam War platoon commander and former tire-plant manager in Morocco, retired from IUP in 2012. On January 6, he set out from Flagg Mountain, Ala., to reach the trail’s end 2,185 miles north in Baxter State Park, Maine, by Oct. 10—a rate of 15 miles a day, by his reckoning.

For more information about “Mike’s Hike” and the HawkEye, contact editor David Loomis, Ph.D., in the Journalism Department, or e-mail him at

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