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What They Said: June 2008

According to business owners, the revitalization of downtown Punxsutawney is a big success. They said nearly all the storefronts downtown are full. Two more projects could bring more people downtown. Several buildings on North Findley Street will be torn down to make way for a new A.T.A. bus terminal. In addition, a historic building will be restored for an expansion of Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Punxsutawney's culinary program. ‘These projects will definitely bring more people downtown,’ said Diane Lellock, who works downtown. “It’s exactly what we need here in Punxsutawney.’ Along with those projects, business leaders said state grants have allowed them to spruce up their buildings.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown, PA)
June 18, 2008, 5 p.m.; June 19, 2008, 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m.

Lorna Vite, ICCAP executive director, said generous donations from local churches, Indiana University of Pennsylvania students and individuals has allowed Circles to provide a weekly friendship meal, which precedes the workshops. The meals and workshops are held at Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana. Numerous volunteers have prepared meals, provided child care and helped with transportation to support the weekly gatherings.

—“Circle aims to help low-income families,”
Blairsville Dispatch, June 6, 2008

Three local Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media majors received awards during IUP’s fourth Indiana Video, Animation and Multimedia Production Awards. The awards are sponsored by IUP’s communications media department, College of Education and Educational Technology, and Digital Media Institute. The area students are:
• Brian Buchanan, son of Jeffrey and Dorothy Buchanan of Cloud Road, Leechburg, won third place in the audio production category. He was home-schooled and graduated in 2002. He is a former president of Amplify, a Christian outreach group at IUP.
• Amber Miller of Forest Drive, Apollo, a graduate student in communications media, won first place in the long-form video category. A 2003 graduate of Kiski Area High School, she won first place in the IVAMP music video competition in 2007. She works with WIUP-TV and WIUP-FM, the university’s student-operated television and radio stations.
• Brandon Roudebush, son of Scott and Sherri Roudebush of Main Street, Kittanning, won second place in the interactive media category. He is a 2006 Lenape Tech graduate and a dean’s list student. Submissions were received from students in these categories: short-form video, long-form video, animated brief, animated short, interactive media or Web site, radio spot, audio production, documentary or event photograph, and portrait or scene photograph. Erick Lauber, IUP communications media faculty member and director of the IUP Digital Media Institute, coordinates the IVAMP program. 

“Area media students earn honors at IUP,” 
Kittanning Leader-Times, June 3, 2008

‘Such mandates have ‘dampened the dialogue’ between phonics and whole-language partisans, said Anne Creany, associate professor and coordinator of the master’s in literacy program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Creany is a whole-language advocate. One camp in the reading wars has argued for specific phonics instruction. The whole-language camp says phonics skills can be acquired in the course of a child's exposure to text, something that ‘happens in a more opportunistic way rather than a systematic way,’ Dr. Creany said. Some current research is focusing on how to improve achievement in fourth grade, when some children are having problems with vocabulary and comprehension, and how science might be integrated with reading instruction. At IUP, Dr. Creany said, she continues to expose would-be students to the whole language view, in part to document the history of reading instruction and in part to hedge against another pendulum swing.

—“Phonics vs. whole-word battle gives way to what's best for child,” 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2, 2008