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IUP Journalism Department Mourns Loss of Alumna Kristen Stormer

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.

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