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.

Want to connect with the Crimson Guides?

Follow @iupcrimsonguides on Instagram and email questions to crimson-guides@iup.edu.

AbbyAbby Williams2

Hometown: Liberty, PA
Major/Minor: Chemistry/Mathematics
Involvement: Cru, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Medical Student Association, Student Success Leader
Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholar, Ronald L. Marks Scholarship recipient
Future Plans: To attend optometry school upon graduation, obtain an OD, and become an optometrist.

Bethany JacobsBethany

Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Major/Minor: Hospitality Management/Marketing
Involvement: Meeting Professionals International, Eta Sigma Delta (national honor fraternity)
Accomplishments: Dean's List, IUP Scholarship recipient
Future Plans: Work in event planning and coordination after graduation

BriannaBrianna Adkins

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

Casandra Marrero-RodriguezCasandra

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

Christine SpielerChristine

Hometown: Penn Hills, PA
Majors/Minor: Criminology/Psychology and Homeland Security
Involvement: Cook Honors College, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Catholic Student Association, Colleges Against Cancer
Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, Board of Governors Scholarship recipient, Officer Stephen J. Mayhle/ KPMG Memorial Scholarship recipient, John H. Armstrong Scholarship recipient, Jacquelin A. Watson Scholarship recipient, 2017 Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship State Finalist
Future Plans: Plans to pursue a master's degree in criminology and then start a career as a criminal investigator

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

Exie

Hometown: Sandy Lake, PA
Major/Minor: Hospitality Management/History
Involvement: Ultimate Frisbee team member, Meeting Professionals International, Eta Sigma Delta
Future Plans: Hopes to move to New York City after graduation to pursue a career

Hannah BurtnerHannah

Hometown: Greensburg, PA
Major: Psychology
Involvement: Cook Honors College, Sigma Kappa sorority, Sutton Scholar, Promising Scholar, Psychology Undergraduate Research
Future Plans: Plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in psychology before becoming either a clinical psychologist or an industrial organizational psychologist

JacobJacob Wilt

Hometown: Altoona, PA
Major/Minor: Social Studies Education/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

Jon SingerJon

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major/Minor: Political Science-Homeland Security/Criminology
Involvement: Cook Honors College, Ultimate Frisbee team member, Club Baseball team member
Accomplishments: Dean's List
Future Plans: Hopes to work for a government agency after graduation

KaylaKayla Mikesell

Hometown: Clymer, PA
Major/Minors: Marketing/Communications Media and 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

Lauren PizziniLauren

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA
Major: Criminology
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Criminal Justice Association
Future Plans: Hopes to become a paralegal after graduation

LillianLillian Rauss

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

Lydia MillerLydia

Hometown: Butler, PA
Major: Nursing
Accomplishments:
Sutton Scholarship recipient
Future Plans: Plans to become a nurse anesthetist or a nurse practitioner

MaddieMadison Spade

Hometown: Breezewood, PA
Major/Minor: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology/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 and Summit U (student-led ministry organization)
Accomplishments: Dean's List
Future Plans: Plans to work as a pediatric speech language pathologist

Meg RyderMeg

Hometown: Holbrook, NY
Major/Minor: 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

MorganMorgan Bailey

Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Major: Spanish Education
Involvement: IUP Ambassadors, ndale Spanish Club, Ultimate Frisbee team member, United Campus Ministry, Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)
Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, completed summer study abroad program in Cuernavaca, Mexico
Future Plans: Would like to teach English abroad and serve on global mission trips. Then, return to the United States to be a Spanish teacher and coach.

Olivia ThompsonOlivia

Hometown: Allentown, PA
Major: Interior Design
Involvement: Alpha Sigma Tau sorority
Future Plans: Hopes to move south after graduation and find a job at a residential and commercial firm. Eventually, she plans to start her own firm.

RachaelRachel Piotti

Hometown: Altoona, PA
Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education/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

Rohith GattuRohith

Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Major/Minor: Computer Science/Criminology
Involvement: IUP Men's Club Soccer, the National Society of Leadership and Success, 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

SamuelSamuel LaRocca

Hometown: South Fork, PA
Major: Biology Education
Involvement: Biology Club, SEEDS Club, TOST & Turned (independent student theater company)
Future Plans: Intends to pursue a graduate degree in biology and teach high school biology

Shelby HaflerShelby

Hometown: Schnecksville, PA
Major/Minor: Nursing/Psychology
Involvement: Alpha Tau Delta (national fraternity for nursing professionals), Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania
Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholarship recipient
Future Plans: Plans to become a registered nurse in a NICU

SydneySydney Huston

Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Major: Art Education
Involvement: Resident Assistant, National Art Education Association
Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, Board of Governors Scholarship recipient
Future Plans: Plans to work as a high school art teacher