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Achievements: Summer/Fall 2019

New Vice President

Thomas Segar started in June as IUP’s vice president for Student Affairs. Previously, he was vice president for Student Affairs and Information Technology at West Virginia’s Shepherd University, where he worked eight years. He has both a PhD in college student personnel administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University.

Student Honors

Last spring, Anna Manges, a senior majoring in biology, became IUP’s ninth student to win the Goldwater Scholarship. Named for late US Senator Barry Goldwater, the scholarship encourages pursuit of careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. An Indiana native, Manges is a student in IUP’s Cook Honors College.

Two students recently received support for study abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Adama Kouyate, a fashion merchandising major from Reading, is at the Paris College of Art, and Kailyn Provitt, an Asian studies major from Pittsburgh, is at Korea University’s Sejong campus.

In August, Abigaelle Vertil of Philadelphia, a junior majoring in psychology, became the new student member of the IUP Council of Trustees. She will serve until her graduation.

Celebrating Hood

The College of Fine Arts dean’s suite in Sprowls Hall has been named in honor of Michael Hood, who retired last year after two decades as dean. Colleagues, family members, and friends made gifts to the university to mark his service. Curt Scheib ’77, M’78 has filled the dean’s role since July.

New Faculty Emeriti

The following retired faculty members were granted emeritus or emerita status in the spring:

Timothy Austin, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 34 years; Carol Caraway, Philosophy, 31 years; Stanley Chepaitis, Music, 26 years; Carol Connell, IUP Libraries, 48 years; Lon Ferguson, Safety Sciences, 24 years; Dighton “Mac” Fiddner, Political Science, 16 years; Arden Hamer, Developmental Studies, 20 years; Joann Janosko (awarded posthumously), IUP Libraries, 18 years; Amy Labant, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, 22 years; David Loomis, Journalism and Public Relations, 15 years; Phillip Neusius, Anthropology, 31 years; Sarah Neusius, Anthropology, 32 years; Raymond Pavloski, Psychology, 34 years; David Pistole, Biology, 35 years; Jay Start, Communications Media, 31 years; and Dey “Whit” Watts, Geography and Regional Planning, 23 years.

National Recognition

  • Forbes recognized IUP among America’s top colleges for 2019, based on academics, student experiences, career success, and student debt level.

  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation recently accredited IUP’s teacher preparation programs.

  • Washington Monthly recognized IUP in its 2019 College Guide and Rankings, based on contributions through social mobility, research, and public service. 

  • The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program renewed the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP’s Level 1 accreditation. Encompassing the entire 374-acre campus, the arboretum has been accredited since 2014.

  • EdSmart.org ranked IUP among the top 20 online colleges and universities for 2019-20.

  • EduRef.net ranked IUP among its 10 most affordable accredited online colleges for 2020.