Meet the Crimson Guides

  • These are the students who assist the Admissions Office with a variety of programs throughout the year. We’re proud of our Crimson Guides, who provide tours of campus and share their love of the university with prospective students and their families. Learn more about their experiences as students at IUP.  

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    Allie Gerber


    Hometown: Tamaqua, PA
    Major: Music Education 
    Involvement: Marching band, university wind ensemble, treble choir, university chorale, IUP flute ensemble, Coalition for Christian Outreach, Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educator’s Association, American Choral Director’s Association
    Accomplishments: Sutton Scholarship recipient, Academic Success Scholar
    Future Plans: Hopes to educate and encourage future generations in the joy and excellence of music

    Becca Grundy


    Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
    Major: Hospitality Management
    Involvement: Sigma Kappa sorority, Sisterhood chair, vice president of Recruitment of Panhellenic, member of Minithon Club
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Looking forward to graduation and starting her career in hospitality management 

    Blaise Erzar


    Hometown: West Wyoming, PA 
    Majors: Criminology/Psychology
    Involvement: Criminology Honors Society    
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List; Sutton Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Hopes to work in federal law enforcement

    Brad O’Hara


    Hometown: Patton, PA
    Major: Biology
    Involvement: Resident Assistant, National Residence Hall Honorary - National Representative, the Penn (student newspaper) - staff writer
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, Biology Undergraduate Research Experience participant
    Future Plans:  Pursue a PhD in either sustainability or science education

    Brianna AdkinsBrianna

    Hometown: Indiana, PA
    Majors: Art Education/Dance Arts 
    Involvement: IUP Dance Theater Company, National Art Education Association, Cook Honors College, Alpha Psi Omega, study abroad
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List , Provost Scholar
    Future Plans: Interested in becoming either an art or dance teacher


    Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
    Major: Nursing
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors Student Engagement Chair, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Latino Student Organization (LaSO)
     Selected for leadership role in student organization 
    Future Plans:  Hopes to become a travel nurse

    Courtney Buchler


    Hometown: Boyertown, PA
    Major: Nursing 
    Involvement: Alpha Tau Delta (nursing fraternity)
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List 
    Future Plans: Hopes to become an emergency room nurse

    Dafni Pratt


    Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
    Major: Mathematics 
    Minor: Computer Science 
    Involvement: IUP Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Women in STEM, IUP Math Club, Spirit of the Oak Club
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Promising Scholar, Scholarships–Creating Opportunities for Applied Mathematics (S-COAM) member
    Future Plans: Plans to gain work experience and then pursue a PhD in mathematics

    Davey BeyerDavey

    Hometown: Ebensburg, PA
    Major: Art Education
    Involvement: National Art Educators Association member, TOST & Turned (independent student theater company)
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Sutton Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Plans to become a high school art teacher and eventually earn a principal certification


    Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
    Major: Hospitality Management
    Involvement: Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Accomplishments: Elected to the executive committee for Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Future Plans:  Obtain a job with the operations department of a Marriott resort


    Hometown: Altoona, PA
    Major: Social Studies Education
    Minor: English
    Involvement: History Department Ambassador, Social Studies Education Club Secretary, participates in on-campus theater productions
    Accomplishments:  Dean's List, Board of Governors Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans:  Hopes to be a high school history teacher and run the school's drama program

    Kayla Mikesell


    Hometown: Clymer, PA
    Major: Marketing 
    Communications Media/Theater
    Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi (national honor fraternity), Women’s Choir, Cook Honors College
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, Provost Scholar
    Future Plans: Plans to work for the marketing and public relations department of a theater company

    Kyle Varone


    Hometown: York, PA 
    Major: Marketing 
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors, American Marketing Association, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Club Soccer
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Board of Governors Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Plans to work in a large city and see where life takes him


    Hometown: Indiana, PA
    Major: Social Studies Education, History
    Involvement: History Club, German Club, Phi Alpha Theta (academic honor society), Phi Sigma Pi (national honor fraternity), student worker in the Career and Professional Development Center, New Student Orientation Student Success Leader
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, holds several leadership positions in various student organizations
    Future Plans: Hopes to someday teach secondary education in Oregon


    Hometown: Breezewood, PA
    Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
    Minor: Deaf Studies
    Involvement: President of Council for Exceptional Children, Activity Chair for Phi Eta Sigma (national honor society), member of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) & Summit U (student led ministry organization)
    Accomplishments:  Dean’s List
    Future Plans:  Plans to work as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

    Matt FieldsMatt

    Hometown: Spring City, PA
    Major: Management Information Systems
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors
    Future Plans: Looking forward to graduation and starting a career in his degree field.

    Meg RyderMeg

    Hometown: Holbrook, NY
    Major: English: Literature, Textual, and Cultural Studies 
    French Language and Culture
    Involvement: TOST & Turned (independent student theater company) - Publicity Director, Office Manager for the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, study abroad
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List 
    Future Plans: Hopes to be a Foreign Service officer with the State Department


    Hometown: Altoona, PA
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Minor: Deaf Studies
    Involvement: Kappa Delta Pi (international honor society in education), Sign Language Club, Best Buddies
    Accomplishments:  Dean’s List
    Future Plans:  Hopes to be a kindergarten teacher in her local community


    Hometown: Ashburn, VA
    Major: Computer Science
    Minor: Criminology
    Involvement: IUP Men's Club Soccer, the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Computer Science Club
    Accomplishments:  Dean’s List, two published papers relating to the field of computer science
    Future Plans:  Plans to work as a scientist for the Department of Defense