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Mentors: Summer/Fall 2019

Distinguished University Professor

Scott Moore

Scott Moore, chair of the History Department, is IUP’s 2019–20 Distinguished University Professor. An IUP faculty member since 2002, he is highly respected for his archaeological study of the Eastern Mediterranean. Moore both directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project—a survey of the region around the modern village of Pyla, Cyprus—and serves as its lead ceramicist and historian. Six IUP graduate students and 23 undergraduates have assisted with the project. Moore also helped develop a new system for the classification of artifacts. During his IUP tenure, he has received more than $1 million in external grants and $90,000 in internal grants to fund his research. As Distinguished University Professor, Moore will create a model that shows how trade and commerce functioned on Cyprus during the time of the Roman Empire. Faculty members honored with this designation hold the title for life and receive a grant and a reduced teaching load for one year to assist with research and scholarship.

Senate Awards

The University Senate presented four faculty and staff awards in May:

David Martynuik

David Martynuik, associate professor of music, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Arts. He joined IUP’s faculty as director of the marching band in 2001. His compositions have been featured in on-campus productions by groups such as the IUP Symphony Orchestra and Theater-by-the-Grove, as well as in performances across the country. Currently, he is working on a short film and on a horn concerto and ballet score based on paintings of Henri Rousseau.

Gail Sechrist

Gail Sechrist, associate professor in the Geography and Regional Planning Department, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. In her 33 years on the IUP faculty, she has been cochair of the University-Wide Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for nearly two decades and a member of the University Planning Council for 17 years. She also advises IUP’s social studies education majors. In the community, she is active on the Indiana Borough Shade Tree Commission and in her church.

History professor and department chair Scott Moore (see above) received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

Jessica Mulvihill

Jessica Geletka Mulvihill ’02, D’16, assistant director for Education Abroad, received the Distinguished Staff Award for Service. She has helped students present their research internationally, planned a National Study Abroad Day, and researched practices that increase student success. Her other roles have included being a mentor for international educators and a national reviewer for study abroad scholarships. A member of the University Senate, Mulvihill has served as IUP’s president of the state university administrators’ union.

Triceratops Relative

When University of Pennsylvania scientists bestowed the name Auroraceratops rugosus in 2005, all they knew about the small, bipedal dinosaur was based on a single skull. Fourteen years and many fossil discoveries later, the team has gotten to know the dinosaur better. IUP Biology faculty member Eric Morschhauser, who completed his PhD at Penn, is lead author of a recent Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology article that characterizes the dinosaur based on remains of more than 80 individual Auroraceratops. The authors say their research shows the transition of ceratopsians, or horned dinosaurs, from bipeds in the early Cretaceous period to large, rhinoceros-like quadrupeds—such as the better-known Triceratops—in the late Cretaceous. Morschhauser joined the IUP faculty in 2016.

Finding Edith

Edith Mayer Cord, a member of the IUP Foreign Languages faculty in the 1960s and ’70s, has a new book, Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight. Published by Purdue University Press, it details her experiences growing up in Europe during World War II and evading religious persecution, often by living under a false identity.

Faculty Deaths

The following former faculty members died in recent months:

  • Charles Bertness, who retired from the Mathematics Department in 2001 after 30 years of service, died April 9, 2019.

  • Carl Davis, a professor emeritus who retired from the Health and Physical Education Department in 1994 after 25 years of service, died April 16, 2019. He coached the IUP basketball team for 14 years and the baseball team for three.

  • Vincent Ferrara, a professor emeritus who retired from the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in 2002 after 33 years of service, died November 25, 2018.

  • Donald MacIsaac, a professor emeritus who retired from the Communications Media Department in 1982 after more than 21 years of service, died July 11, 2019.

  • Robert Saylor, a professor emeritus who retired from the Counselor Education Department in 1983 after 22 years of service, died May 7, 2019.

  • Carl Schneider, a professor emeritus and former chair of the Psychology Department who retired in 1999 after 28 years of service, died April 13, 2019.

  • Lawrence “Rudy” Tucker, a professor emeritus who retired from the Health and Physical Education Department in 1990 after 22 years of service, died June 3, 2019.