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What They Said: September 2008

To Ellen Bedell, chairwoman of The Ellis School history department, it’s like planning a battle. Every year, she stages an all-day ninth-grade archaeological dig, complete with ground-level radar, global positioning systems and a 4-ton capacity sandbox stuffed with historical artifacts. Students at Ellis—an all-girl private school in Shadyside—get introduced to archaeology in the third grade. Once items are uncovered, students must map their location—using a GPS device on loan from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania's archaeology program—before washing and identifying the artifacts. For the first time this year, she borrowed a three-wheeled ground-penetrating radar machine from IUP and tried to map the foundation without disrupting the grass. “I think we found the wall,” shouted Beverly Chiarulli, an archaeologist and associate professor of anthropology at IUP. The radar technology is so new that IUP, which has one of the largest archaeology programs in the state, just got the machine in January. While other schools in the state do archaeology activities, Ellis’ is the longest-running and most extensive, said Dr. Chiarulli.

—“Ellis School's Budding Archaeologists
‘Learning How History Gets Written’
,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 29, 2008

INDIANA - Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate Jeff Neral was recently inducted into the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Neral, a 1986 Hollidaysburg graduate, earned all-American honors in track and field as a javelin thrower all four seasons at IUP from 1986-90 and was a national champion in the javelin his senior season. Neral placed sixth nationally as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and third as a junior before winning the national title with a throw of 227 feet, 11 inches on his final try as a senior. At Hollidaysburg, he placed second in the PIAA state meet as a junior with a throw that still stands as a Golden Tiger record. Neral, son of Gene and Barbara Neral, graduated from IUP with a degree in criminology and works for the Baltimore County Police Department. He was one of 10 athletes inducted during IUP's 13th ceremony. Past inductees include Altoona basketball player Randy Allen and Hollidaysburg swimmer Tawney Nardozza.

—“Neral Honored by IUP,” 
Altoona Mirror, Sept. 25, 2008

Two Kittanning residents were awarded $10,000 scholarships from the II-VI Foundation to continue pursuing a postsecondary degree in the areas of science, mathematics, or engineering for the 2008–09 school year. Joel D. Metz, son of David and Cynthia Metz of Kittanning, is a junior at Grove City College studying mechanical engineering. Tyler W. Ochs, son of John and Janice Ochs of Kittanning, is senior studying electro-optics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to these awards, 17 other students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas received scholarships. The II-VI Incorporated Foundation scholarship program was established to ‘encourage and enable student scholars to pursue an engineering, mathematics, or science-related degree at a postsecondary educational institution.’ 

—“Metz, Ochs Receive $10,000 Scholarship,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Sept. 24, 2008

‘Everything is right there,’ said Mike Lemasters, Indiana University of Pennsylvania housing director, of one reason for the increase. ... IUP opened a 1,100-bed, suite-style residence hall this year after unveiling a 700-bed facility last year. The suites average $1,200 to $2,000 more per semester than typical dormitories, according to university officials. IUP had nearly 4,000 of its 14,300 students living on the Indiana campus at the start of the fall semester. Lemasters said university officials decided to build the suites because of the demand to stay on campus and after students were asked about their wishes. ‘We kind of joke that a person can roll out of bed at 10 of 8 and ... still be at class by 8 o’clock,’ he said.

—“More College Students Opt to Stay on Campus,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 23, 2008

A generous donation to IUP has allowed for a new museum exhibit to open on campus. The exhibit features replicas and real fossils arranged in order so that visitors can walk through the earth’s history. And the exhibit isn’t only for students and faculty. In fact, people involved say they’re especially excited to show the exhibit to children in the community. ‘It’s a chance that we have to reach out to the community, to bring them onto campus, to show them the fossils that are around them and tell them a little about science while we’re at it,’ according to Dr. Steve Hovan, IUP professor of geoscience and co-curator of the exhibition.The exhibit will be open through early December.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown/Altoona), Sept. 17, 2008
Noon, 10:00 p.m.; Sept. 18, 2008, 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m.


KITTANNING — When Armstrong County government officials needed to collect data for a countywide asset mapping project, they didn’t call on a high-priced consultant. They called AmeriCorps instead. Now, AmeriCorps worker Nicole George of Ford City will get an opportunity to participate in a learning opportunity that relates to her college education while helping the county. George, 19, a Ford City High School graduate and a full-time accounting major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Northpointe Campus in South Buffalo, has started collecting data for the county, working three days a week at the commissioners’ office in the courthouse annex building. ‘We knew no county workers were available to do the research and we weren’t going to hire another employee,’ Kirkpatrick said. ‘We saw it as giving an opportunity to someone for community service. That’s what AmeriCorps is about. An education. Nicole fits it well. It will expose her to a broad array of leaders coming together to find solutions in this county.’ 

—“IUP Student Maps Future of County,” 
Kittanning Leader Times, Sept. 17, 2008

The impact of the economy on the race for the White House will be one of the things political operatives and husband and wife team James Carville and Mary Matalin will talk about at IUP next month. ‘This is a great opportunity for our students, and we already have some student classes who are coming to the event and are taking advantage of some individual opportunities with the speakers,’ said IUP Media Relations spokesperson Michelle Fryling. The lecture at IUP will be held on October 1 at 7 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown/Altoona, Pa.),
Sept. 16, 11:00 p.m.; Sept. 17, 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., noon

Indiana County, Pa.—The chancellor of 14 state-owned universities is snuffing out cigarettes on campuses, even outdoors. Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of the state campuses affected by the change, but it may not be sinking in. WJAC found several cigarette butts lying all over the ground because the smoking urns have been removed. Students said the change is doing nothing but creating a litter problem. The new policy went into effect on September 12 and since then it’s sparked protests around the state, not only from students, but angry campus employees as well. The days of stepping out for a quick smoke break are over, as long as they are on campus property. Chancellor John Cavanaugh said he interprets the new smoking ban to include all campus grounds, such as courtyards, parking lots and athletic fields. IUP officials admitted they have had several complaints so far. ‘We’ve also had just as many people say we are so happy about this,’ said Michelle Fryling with media relations. ‘They think it’s a great thing for their health and the health of the community.’ Some student smokers told WJAC they don’t plan to follow the new rules, saying there is no way to enforce no smoking outside.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown/Altoona),
5:30 p.m., Sept. 16, 2008

Sharp students: A couple of alleged drug dealers got a lesson in modesty from Indiana University of Pennsylvania students: After failing to solicit business on campus, the pair left the scene, firing a gun into the air, authorities said. Big mistake. Quick-thinking IUP students, who got a good look at the suspects, their car and license plate, contacted authorities, who in short order had the duo under arrest. Only in the movies do lawbreakers typically get away with reckless gun play.

—Editorial, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Sept. 16, 2008

In Indiana County, IUP is having a remembrance program tomorrow morning to reflect on the terrorist attacks seven years ago. The event will be held at the university’s World Trade Center monument at 8:30 tomorrow morning. The event will include a remembrance of three IUP alumni who were killed in the attacks.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown, Altoona, Pa.),
5:00 p.m., Sept. 10, 2008;
—WWCP-TV (Johnstown, Altoona, Pa.),
10:00 p.m., Sept. 10, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present an anniversary remembrance program on Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. to reflect on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The program will be held at the university’s World Trade Center monument in the Oak Grove between Sutton Hall and Stapleton Library. The university’s World Trade Center monument includes a 13-foot remnant of the World Trade Center, on long-term loan to the university from the Kovalchick family of Indiana. The event will include a remembrance of three IUP alumni lost in the World Trade Center attacks: William Moskal, a 1979 graduate; Donald Jones, a 1980 graduate; and William Sugra, a 1993 graduate. Both Jones and Sugra worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center. Jones was a bond broker from Bucks County. Sugra lived in Manhattan and worked for e-Speed, Cantor Fitzgerald's electronic trading unit. Sugra’s family, of Allentown, has established a memorial scholarship in his honor for an IUP student from Allentown majoring in finance. Moskal, a Safety Sciences graduate and Johnstown native, was a risk consultant for Marsh and McLennan in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in heavy construction. He was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, for a meeting at the World Trade Center. The event will include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., in observance of the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. During September, the IUP library is offering a special exhibition about the attacks. The display, located in the first floor lobby, includes memorabilia from IUP alumni who participated in the cleanup of the site. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Gorell Recital Hall.

—“September 11 Events Planned at Campus,”
Connellsville Daily Courier, Sept. 8, 2008

On the brink of adulthood, Ruby Marin has enjoyed more freedom and shouldered more responsibility than most 17-year-olds. In the year leading up to college, she had a job, arranged her own transportation, bought groceries, cooked her meals and made her doctor appointments. The Liberty High School graduate has learned to budget and to temper the desire for instant gratification. When a shirt in a trendy Bethlehem store caught her eye, she walked away, knowing that if she were to buy it, she’d have to do without something more important. “There is more to life than hair and clothes,” said the wise-beyond-her-years Marin, now a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

—“For Foster Teens, Self Sufficiency is Tough Lesson,”
Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 8, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania plans to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a memorial service on the anniversary, Thursday. The program will take place at the school's World Trade Center monument, which includes a 13-foot piece from the former Trade Center buildings in New York City, which were destroyed in the attacks. Three IUP graduates were killed in the terrorist attacks: David Jones and William Sugra worked for investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center. William Moskal, a safety sciences graduate and Johnstown native, was a risk consultant for Marsh and McLennan in Cleveland, specializing in heavy construction. The anniversary event is scheduled to include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first of two planes hit the World Trade Center. Throughout September, the university library is featuring an exhibition about the attacks, including memorabilia from alumni who participated in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site.

—“IUP Program to Remember Victims of 9-11,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 7, 2008