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IUP Continues “IUP Cares” Programming With Conference on Economic Issues

Indiana University of Pennsylvania continues its IUP Cares programming with IUP Cares: Economic Crisis: Bracing for Change on March 25.

It will be held at the IUP Hadley Union Building from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s program is designed for small business owners trying to survive in a distressed economy, displaced workers, parents and students trying to cover college expenses, persons trying to accumulate for retirement and those living on diminished retirement funds, and graduates seeking first jobs. Presenters are a mixture of IUP faculty and administrators and community professionals.

The event is free and open to the community and includes a buffet luncheon. Registration by March 24 is requested and can be made by e-mail at or by calling the IUP Office of the Provost at 724-357-3001.

Event sponsors are Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., Eagle Strategies LLC, First Commonwealth, and PNC Bank.

The IUP Cares program is an initiative of  Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP’s president.

Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates, will be the event keynote speaker. He will present during the luncheon, which is planned from 12:05 to 1:30 p.m.

The first program begins at 9:15 a.m. and will provide an overview of the economic crisis and policy response to the crisis. This session will be presented by Dr. David Yerger, professor of Economics.

Three sessions will be offered during the morning:

  • “Business Survival Strategies for 2009,” designed for businesses that are experiencing a decline in sales revenue or that need to regain sales or control costs. It will be copresented by Tony Palamone, director, Small Business Development Center at IUP; Dr. Eric Palmer, director, IUP Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Center; Mike Price, president, First Commonwealth Bank; and Dr. Willard Radell, professor of Economics.
  • “Hanging on Financially and Emotionally,” designed for those who feel that the financial situation has become hopeless due to loss in asset values, mortgage foreclosures, or other changes. Presenters will also discuss the implications of the economic crisis for state and local governments and will identify safety nets that affected families can use to cope. It will be presented by Dr. Robert Boldin, professor of Finance and Legal Studies; Dr. Valarie Gunter, professor of Sociology; Tim Kronenwetter, president and CEO, Indiana First Bank; Dr. Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt, professor of Political Science; and Dr. Stephanie Jozefowicz, professor of Economics.
  • “Will There Be Any Jobs When I Graduate?” This program will explore the short- and long-term outlook for jobs, and discuss how graduates should prepare themselves to get a job in a sluggish economy and what will it take to start a business right out of college. Presenters are Mark Anthony, director, IUP Career Development Center; Dr. James Begany, associate vice president for Enrollment Management; Sherry Bender, director of Human Resources, Indiana Regional Medical Center; Tracey Missien, interim director, IUP Workforce Development and Economic Development Center; and Ellen Ruddock, director, IUP Center for Family Business.

Sessions offered from 1:30 to 2:55 p.m. are:

  • “Business Ideas for Gaining Ground in a Slowdown,” designed to help persons grow their business during an economic downturn. Presenters are Walt Lewis, partner, Smith Lewis Chess & Co. LLP; Palamone; Palmer; Dr. Will Radell, professor of Economics; and Ruddock.
  • “Investments: Danger Ahead? or Opportunity of a Lifetime?” This program is designed for retirees and those trying to accumulate or rebuild retirement assets. Presenters are Dr. Ibrahim Affaneh, professor of Finance and Legal Studies; Boldin; Malcolm Polley, S&T Wealth Management; and Yerger.
  • “How to Pay for College During an Economic Downturn.” Presenters are  Begany; Eileen Bowman, director of Financial Aid; and Shannon Rummell, S&T Wealth Management.

The inaugural IUP Cares programming was held in 2007. The program, IUP Cares: Diabetes in the Media—Understanding the Crisis, Speaking a Common Language, addressed the issue of diabetes awareness, treatment, and prevention.

Programming in 2008 focused on the issue of childhood obesity.

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