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What They Said: March 2008

Charles McCollester, a professor of industrial relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who works with union members, says he is ready for a woman president, ‘just not this woman.’ He supports Sen. Obama. ‘Several of my really close female friends feel this is unleashing some kind of antiwoman sentiment. But I don’t see it. We love women. I just never cared much for Hillary. She has set out to become as male as all the rest of the boys.’

—“At the Barricades in the Gender Wars,”
Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2008

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, entering their sixth years, haven’t stopped the military from reaching or exceeding recruitment goals each year since 2003, according to data provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Yet the war on terror is irrelevant to Western Pennsylvanian recruits such as Cynthia Sekscinski, 20, of Leechburg. She’s a sophomore and Army ROTC cadet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who will deploy to Iraq in the fall with the Army Reserve. After a year there, Sekscinski will return to graduate and be commissioned as a second lieutenant. ‘I did this for myself,’ she said. ‘It’s just something I did. I just wanted to join the Army. A couple people said I’d never make it, that I was too girly, that I was dumb. I proved them all wrong. Now younger girls who are joining the Army are like, ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’’

—“Military Recruits Talk Little About Wars, Fighting,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 24, 2008

About eight years ago, Indiana Regional Medical Center took 18 months to work out its first contract with newly unionized registered nurses. The next contract took three months, and the most recent just a few hours — illustrating an increasingly comfortable relationship between management and the bargaining unit for registered nurses — all of whom pay dues in an arrangement called a ‘union shop.’ Indiana’s experience should be a lesson to Altoona Regional Health System as it confronts a strike threat by RNs, triggered by management insistence on an ‘open shop’ — in which nonunion members wouldn’t contribute to union support, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor said. Charlie McCollester, director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Labor Relations at IUP, and three other Pennsylvania labor-management professors said Altoona’s insistence on an open shop is unusual for a non-right-to-work state and probably counterproductive.

Experts Claim ARHS Stance on Union Rare,”
Altoona Mirror, March 23, 2008

‘One of the reasons it seems important to us is it’s the first time in modern political times that Pennsylvania gets to participate when it’s still an open question,’ said Gwen Torges, assistant political science professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The reason is simple: Under former President Clinton, the country was in better shape economically, said Cambria County Democratic Party Chairwoman Helen Whiteford, a Hillary Clinton delegate. ‘Let’s face it, this is a depressed area,’ she said. ‘The population is senior citizens. They see what’s happening. They’ve lived through bad times. It’s frightening.’ While Obama’s camp has been subtly trying to downplay the importance of Pennsylvania in an attempt to keep expectations low, both candidates are expected to campaign heavily throughout the state in the next five weeks. ‘I think they’re both going to make a big push,’ Torges said. ‘In the end, it may be a case of be careful what you wish for.’ Torges said it will give voters a chance to study the issues more closely than they have in the past. ‘We’ll be campaigned out,’ she said.

—“Different Pa. Strategies, Missions for Obama, Clinton,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, March 15, 2008

Now comes the first Pittsburgh Conference on Mothering Studies, to be hosted at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Monroeville Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on April 6. The IUP Monroeville Center is located on the ninth floor of Building 4 at Penn Center East. The conference was developed by Jen Primack, a stay-at-home mom herself who holds a master’s degree from IUP’s Adult and Community Education program.

—“A Training Conference Just for Moms,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 11, 2008

Education: Bachelor’s degree in home economics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; enrolled in a master’s program in adult education and communications technology at IUP. Occupation: Director and chief professional officer of the United Way of Indiana County. Background: Former vice chair of the IUP Research Institute; former board member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Pennsylvania; member of Kiwanis Club; served as a member of the Indiana County Boys & Girls Club steering committee; has been a member of the Children’s Advisory Commission and the Human Services Council; secretary of the IUP Alumni Association, Indiana County chapter; president of the Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority. Noteworthy: Recently named major gifts officer for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Development Team. Quote: ‘I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges offered in this position at the university, and to helping achieve success in IUP’s fundraising priorities. I’m looking forward to bringing new scholarships into the women’s athletic program.’

—“Newsmaker: Patricia Klausing Simmons,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 6, 2008

Marilyn Hravnak, an acute-care nursing professor at the University of Pittsburgh, is excited about a new technology that may tell nurses which patients are vulnerable to reversals much earlier than in the past. Education: Bachelor’s in nursing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1974.

—“The Thinkers: Technology Helps Patients Recover After Intensive Care,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 3, 2008

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Applied Psychology will host a one-day camp-like experience for families with children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the death of someone very close to them between six months to five years ago.

—“Grief Support Program for Children Planned at IUP,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, March 3, 2008

Johnstown native Lynette Horrell didn’t grow up with aspirations of a business career. But through some parental nudging toward college and specifically, accounting, she landed as an intern at Arthur Young, a national accounting and auditing firm that later merged to become Ernst & Young, one of the industry’s Big 4. Ms. Horrell joined the firm full time after college, rose through the managerial ranks and last July was named the first female managing partner for Ernst & Young’s Pittsburgh office. She oversees about 270 employees who are in the midst of their busiest stretch of the year leading up to the April 15 federal tax filing deadline. Education: Bachelor’s degree, business, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984.

—“First Woman Managing Partner at Ernst & Young’s Local Office Knows Much is Focused on One Day: April 15,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2, 2008

Drop into the Artists’ Co-op in Washington this month, and you’ll be able to see an exhibit honoring Frank Ross, a teacher and artist who mentored and greatly inspired some of the region’s most respected artists. ‘Frank Ross was an extraordinary teacher and individual who had a tremendous influence on the hundreds of students he touched as a ceramics instructor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,’ said ceramist and co-op member Linda Winegar. ‘He not only imparted the skills, techniques and knowledge for many people to carve a career in clay, but, by his example, conveyed to his students the idea that a life within the arts and in service to the arts was one of personal fulfillment and of significant value to our communities.’

—“Artists’ Co-op to Pay Tribute to Inspirational Teacher,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2, 2008