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What They Said: November 2008

When back-to-back hurricanes slammed into the Gulf Coast in September, Meredith Sortwell felt the full weight of life as a disaster-relief worker settle on her shoulders. ‘It was a really tough time and it was very stressful,’ says Sortwell, 23, of Green Tree, one of several AmeriCorps workers from the Pittsburgh region who helped in the recovery efforts after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike ravaged the Louisiana and Texas coasts. After Sortwell graduated form Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, she was uncertain about the direction she wanted her life to take next. ‘I had a feeling that I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector. Now I know that for sure,’ Sortwell said. ‘This was a great way to see my own country and help out other people.’ 

Woman’s AmeriCorps Experience Profound,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 27, 2008

A set of keys to a new home opened the door to a lifelong dream for an Indiana County girl battling a rare and serious disease. Amiee Ickes and her parents, Mike and Cheryl, were presented the keys to their new Blairsville house Wednesday afternoon, making for a Thanksgiving that none of them will ever forget. Amiee also was thrilled with her new bedroom designed in a Japanese decor by Indiana University of Pennsylvania students because she is a fan of anime comics, a form of Japanese animation.

—“Family, Seriously Ill Teen Given Indiana County House,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 27, 2008

But a raid is a dangerous proposition at any time of the day, and even more so if drugs are involved, said Paul McCauley, a criminology professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‘It’s almost a guarantee if you’re going to go after drugs, you’re going to find guns. And if there are guns, you should expect someone could pull the trigger,’ Mr. McCauley said. That’s why so much planning goes into the process of organizing simultaneous arrests in a multiple defendant case. ‘You try to collect intelligence for these raids to figure out who’s there,’ Mr. McCauley said. ‘I would think it’s highly unlikely a guy’s wife would shoot at them.’ But when you walk in that door, everyone’s a potential assailant.

—“Police Know Danger Can Defeat The Best Planning,” 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 21, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Family Business will present a seminar, ‘Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining the Best Employees,’ from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology auditorium. The event is co-sponsored by the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana County Area Society of Human Resource Management. The event is open to the public. Cost is $25 per person or $15 for members of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce or Indiana County Area Society for Human Resource Management. There is no cost to IUP students. Registration is required by contacting the IUP Center for Family Business at 724-357-4818 or by completing the form on the Web site.

—“IUP Family-Business Center Plans Seminar,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 9, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is breaking ground on a $60 million sports arena and hotel complex funded, in part, by a local family and one of the founders of YouTube. The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex is named for a local family that contributed $2 million to it. YouTube co-founder and 1999 IUP grad Chad Hurley will also be honored at Thursday’s groundbreaking when he’s scheduled to make a seven-figure donation to the project. The complex includes a 4,000 seat arena, athletic department offices, and conference facilities. The IUP Foundation is paying for the $20 million hotel. The state and the university are splitting the remaining $40 million cost. The project is expected to open in 2011.

—“Ground Broken for IUP Sports, Hotel Complex,” 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Nov. 14, 2008

In response, schools are casting their nets wider — going west and, in some cases, fishing overseas for students. Schools are luring them with alumni who live in those areas, online tools and fatter financial aid packages. Last year, Indiana University of Pennsylvania received permission from the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to charge out-of-state students with a 3.0 grade-point average 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate. Out-of-staters with lower GPAs continue to pay 250 percent of the Pennsylvania rate.

Colleges Cast Wider Net to Offset Smaller Enrollment Pool,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 19, 2008

Bridget Mayak, the art teacher at Eagle View Elementary School in Somerset, has been honored with a state award. Mayak received the Pennsylvania Outstanding Elementary Art Teacher of 2008 award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.Mayak has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also the coordinator of the Somerset Area School District art department and manages the artist in residence and student teacher programs. She has been an instructor for Laurel Arts in Somerset. She is the manager of the children’s studio at the Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, the state’s only residential craft school and studio.

—“Somerset Art Teacher Wins Education Award,” 
Somerset Daily American, Nov. 18, 2008

A new book about Pittsburgh written by Mount Washington resident Charles McCollester has a happy ending - Bill Mazeroski’s home run to win the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees. ‘Pittsburgh was at the height of its happiness then. Its industries were strong and vital. Its people were generally strong and optimistic,’ said Mr. McCollester, who is a professor in the department of Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The book written by Mr. McCollester, a former Union Switch and Signal machinist and chief steward for a labor union there, is titled ‘The Point of Pittsburgh: Production and Struggle at the Forks of the Ohio.’ 

—“Mount Resident Pens Pgh. History Book,” 
South Pittsburgh Reporter, Nov. 18, 2008

There’s great excitement on the campus of IUP. Officials broke ground for a new athletic complex, the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. It will be a $40 to $60 million facility with a 4,000 to 6,000 seat arena and an attached six-story hotel. Also honored at the ceremony was 1999 IUP grad Chad Hurley, the co-founder of YouTube, and he made a generous $1 million donation.

—WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh, Pa.),
Nov. 14, 2008, 5 p.m.; Nov. 15, 2008, 7:30 a.m.

Chad Hurley, one of the founders of YouTube and a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is giving $1 million toward an athletic and conference center being built in Indiana, Pa. Mr. Hurley, a 1999 graduate, is asking that the arena inside the building be named for his former track coach, Ed Fry, who is retiring this year, IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said. The gift was announced at a groundbreaking Thursday for the $40 million to $60 million development adjacent to IUP that will include a six-story hotel. The project is expected to be finished in 2011.

—“YouTube Co-Founder Gives $1 Million to IUP,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 15, 2008

Chad Hurley, one of the YouTube founders and an Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumnus, is giving the university $1 million to name a new arena after his former track and field coach. The announcement came during groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, a $40-million to $60-million center that will house a 5,000-seat arena, offices and conference facilities, with an adjoining hotel. Hurley, a 1999 IUP graduate and a member of the track and cross country teams, made the gift to honor Ed Fry, a coach and a member of the university’s music department who is retiring. ‘While some view the KCAC as just another university building for entertaining major events, others see the project’s true significance and import. The KCAC that will be the engine, the missing link, and the catalyst for economic and cultural revitalization in the Indiana region and beyond,’ said Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP’s president. The complex is set to be completed in 2011.

—“YouTube Co-Founder Gives $1 Million for New IUP Arena,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 14, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is breaking ground on a $60 million sports arena and hotel complex funded, in part, by a local family and one of the founders of YouTube.  If you were driving into the town of Indiana a few years ago, you might have passed a scrap yard. Now, a big part of that yard has been cleared, where the new sports complex will sit. Owner Joseph Kovalchick said he wanted to help create something his grandson would enjoy for decades. His family donated the land and $2 million for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. ‘Although it’s beautiful to me piles of rail and steel scrap is not aesthetically pleasing. Ao it was the moral thing to do. And it was a way to memorialize my parents’ efforts for having a company that was 80 years old,’ Kovalchick said. Along with a hotel, the complex will also boast a 5,000 seat arena named in honor of Ed Fry, the track coach who convinced YouTube founder Chad Hurley to attend IUP. Hurley said his life was so touched by his former coach that he decided to donate $1 million to the project. ‘I wanted to run. I wanted to concentrate on some art. That's what I was interested in. IUP let me combine both of those worlds,’ Hurley said. ‘I always was proud of him because he tried as hard as he could when he was here. And he told me he doesn’t remember this, but before he left, he said, ‘You’ll see, I’m going to do something. I guess he did,’ Fry said. Hurley and his partner sold their video sharing website to Google for $1.76 billion. 

 —“The Project is Expected to Open in 2011
WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Nov. 13, 2008

INDIANA (KDKA) ― Indiana University of Pennsylvania broke ground today on a major development project that’s expected to benefit the entire region. The Kovalchick Convention Center and Athletic Complex will be a state of the art center built on Wayne Avenue near IUP.  It will include conference facilities, a 5,000-seat arena and a new hotel. ‘This is a very historic occasion,’ said Dr. Tony Atwater, president of IUP. ‘It will spur a renaissance for the entire Indiana Region. I’m so proud of KCAC being launched and what it will mean for the citizens of western Pennsylvania.’ The center is named for the Kovalchick Family. Indiana businessman Joe Kovalchick donated $2 million as well as family land to help make the project happen. ‘It’s very pleasurable to see it and I’m very honored,’ said Joe Kovalchick. ‘I’m glad to be a part of it and glad I can memorialize my family’s name on the building. Everything looks good to me.’ Also at today’s ground breaking was YouTube creator and IUP alumnus Chad Hurley. Hurley announced he would be donating $1 million to name the 5,000-seat arena at the complex after IUP Track and Field Coach Ed Fry. Fry recruited Hurley out of high school and coached him at IUP. ‘I’m not only happy for IUP and the university, but also for the community,’ said Hurley. ‘I’m also happy I could honor Ed Fry like this. He’s given over 40 years of his life to the university. I think it’s only fitting in his final year to name the arena after him.’ Fry expressed his happiness that Hurley went on to find success with YouTube and is now using that success to give back to his alma mater. ‘I’m very proud,’ said Fry. ‘I was always proud of him. He tried as hard as he could when he was here.’ Fry recalled a day when Hurley told him he was going to be successful someday. ‘Before he left he said, ‘You’ll see, I’m gonna do something.’ And I guess he did,’ said Hurley. The Kovalchick Center is expected to be complete in 2011. It’s projected to bring more than $12 million dollars a year to the local economy. 

 —KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Nov. 13, 2008

INDIANA, Pa. — (Associated Press) Indiana University of Pennsylvania is breaking ground on a $60 million sports arena and hotel complex funded, in part, by a local family and one of the founders of YouTube. The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex is named for a local family that contributed $2 million to it. YouTube co-founder and 1999 IUP grad Chad Hurley will also be honored at Thursday's groundbreaking when he's scheduled to make a seven-figure donation to the project. The complex includes a 4,000 seat arena, athletic department offices, and conference facilities. The IUP Foundation is paying for the $20 million hotel. The state and the university are splitting the remaining $40 million cost. The project is expected to open in 2011.

—“IUP Breaking Ground on Sports, Hotel Complex,” 
Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), Nov. 13, 2008

Chad Hurley, one of the founders of YouTube and a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is giving $1 million toward an athletic and conference center being built in Indiana, Pa. Mr. Hurley, a 1999 graduate, is asking that the arena inside the building be named for Mr. Hurley’s former track coach, Ed Fry, who is retiring this year, IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said. The $40 million to $60 million development along Wayne Avenue adjacent to IUP will include a six-story hotel and is to be finished in 2011.

—“YouTube Founder Gives $1 Million to New IUP Center,” 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 13, 2008

INDIANA, Pa. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania is breaking ground on a $60 million sports arena and hotel complex funded, in part, by a local family and one of the founders of YouTube. The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex is named for a local family that contributed $2 million to it. YouTube co-founder and 1999 IUP grad Chad Hurley will also be honored at Thursday’s groundbreaking when he’s scheduled to make a seven-figure donation to the project. The complex includes a 4,000 seat arena, athletic department offices, and conference facilities. The IUP Foundation is paying for the $20 million hotel. The state and the university are splitting the remaining $40 million cost. The project is expected to open in 2011.

—“IUP Breaking Ground on Sports, Hotel Complex,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 13, 2008

Richard Lamberski, professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, received the 2008 Alumni Society Award for Leadership and Service from Penn State’s College of Education.

—“Business Gallery,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 11, 2008

Students at IUP flocked to the streets last night to celebrate Obama’s victory. [Pictures of hundreds of IUP students watching as Barack Obama made a victory speech; pictures of Indiana County.] No problems were reported.

KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, November 5, 2008, 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m.