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December 2009

Volume V No. 12
Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

Celebrating the Season

IUP’s annual tree-decorating contest, a project initiated by Beverly Roberts-Atwater, raised funds for an IUP scholarship fund to recognize students who exhibit leadership and take part in community volunteer service. This project is in its fifth year at IUP. Fifteen fir trees, donated by the Indiana County Bar Association, are being sponsored by IUP and community groups and businesses. IUP students who are members of fraternities and sororities, the Mortar Board Honor Society, and the IUP Ambassadors decorated the trees. Spectators voted for a favorite decorated tree with monetary donations. Those who vote are eligible to win the tree sponsored and decorated by Roberts-Atwater and President Tony Atwater. The remaining fourteen trees and decorations are donated to families in the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program.

Carter Selected as University Relations Vice President
Terry Carter has been selected as vice president for University Relations and executive director of the Foundation for IUP. Carter, who will begin January 1, 2010, has more than thirty-four years of experience in fundraising, development, and advancement.
Chancellor Visits IUP
John Cavanaugh, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, visited campus December 3 and 4 for open forums with students and faculty and staff members.
Norris Named Teacher Educator of the Year
Dr. Linda Norris of the English Department has been named the 2009 Teacher Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
On the Promise Path
IUP hosted students from Pittsburgh’s Lincoln Elementary School as part of the IUP Promise Plus initiative.
Commencement Celebrates Completion of 886 Degrees, Presents Honorary Doctorate to Alumnus
More than 880 students are eligible to participate in the university’s commencement ceremonies on December 20, 2009.
Shellenbarger Chosen for National Mentoring Program
Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger of the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department was one of five nursing educators in the nation chosen to be a mentor in the Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program of the National League for Nursing and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
Atwater Receives “Men of Excellence” Recognition
IUP President Tony Atwater was one of fifty people selected for the 2009 New Pittsburgh Courier’s “Men of Excellence” recognition. The program recognizes African-American male executives based on their professional success, contributions as a role model, and community involvement.
Making it Possible at IUP
Bill Strickland, author of the 2009 Common Freshman Reader, Make the Impossible Possible, was on campus to share his personal story in an evening lecture Wednesday, November 17, 2009. See photos from his classroom visits earlier in the day.
Safety Sciences Recognized
On November 18, 2009, the Safety Sciences Department received recognition for the Alcoa Partnership Grant from Alcoa’s Corporate Health and Safety director and the EHS training manager.
Outstanding Researchers
The IUP Research Institute and the School of Graduate Studies and Research cohosted a reception in November in recognition of externally funded projects at IUP.  The 2009 recipients of the Outstanding Researcher Award, as selected by their deans, were honored during the event.
Outstanding Alumni Return to Campus
IUP’s Student Alumni Association (the IUP Ambassadors), in cooperation with the  Alumni Association, hosted last month the annual Young Alumni Day, recognizing outstanding alumni from each of the colleges.
Sociology’s Swauger Selected for “40 under 40”
Dr. Melissa Swauger, an assistant professor of Sociology, has been selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project for its “40 under 40” recognition. This list recognizes forty individuals under the age of forty who are making a positive impact on the region’s development.
IUP Hosting Kennedy Center Theater Festival
IUP will host the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival on January 12–16, 2009. An IUP production, A Year with Frog and Toad, has been selected for inclusion in the festival.
Celebrating a Heritage
In celebration of IUP’s Native American Awareness Council and the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement sponsored the third annual Native American Festival.
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