Virtual Family Weekend

  • two students in masks stand with norm in the Oak Grove
    While we wish we could welcome you on campus this fall, our 2020 Virtual Family Weekend still offers plenty of opportunities to be a part of our community. From a gift pack to fun and informative sessions, join the IUP family this September!

    Virtual Workshop Sessions

    In our virtual workshop sessions, you’ll learn more about the many pieces that make up the IUP community. These sessions are interactive, so come prepared with your questions!

  • Are You an IUP Tradition Keeper?
    An Alumni Legacy Event

    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

    Registration required.

    Register for the Alumni Legacy Event.

    Did you spend time in the Oak Grove, visit the Co-Op’s College Lodge, attend a football game, or enjoy midnight pancakes when you were on campus?   

    Join fellow IUP Legacy Alumni parents, your college student, and members of the Alumni and Friends team as we discuss some of IUP’s most tried and true traditions, while connecting with members of the IUP family.   

    Prizes will be available!  


    • Mary Morgan '91
      Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Friends 

    • Sara (Barnett) Lawer '06, M'08 
      Director of Alumni Relations 
      Office of Alumni and Friends

    • Nicole Bukoksy '08, M'12 
      Associate Director 
      Office of Alumni and Friends

    Mapping Your IUP Career Game Plan

    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Registration required.

    Register for Mapping Your IUP Career Game Plan.

    We want students to start thinking about their career goals sooner rather than later, because we know that it helps them to find success in college and ensures that once they graduate, they know what happens next.

    In this session, you’ll learn about the IUP Career Game Plan, developed by the IUP Career and Professional Development Center. It’s a checklist of activities to complete from the start of a student’s freshman year to when they join the ranks of IUP alumni. Learn what tasks/services/events we recommend to students every year they’re at IUP, along with the services and programs available to students to help them make the transition from college to the professional world as seamless as possible.



    • Kelsey Thompson
      Assistant Director, IUP Career and Professional Development Center 

      Kelsey Thompson is the Associate Director of the IUP Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC).  Prior to her role as Associate Director, she served as the Assistant Director for the CPDC and also worked in the department as a Graduate Assistant.  A majority of Kelsey’s work is focused on career education and career readiness programming.  She oversees the department’s programming and event calendar, serves as the Campus Liaison for The Washington Center, and provides career coaching to current undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, among other responsibilities.  Kelsey received her Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from IUP and her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University.

    • Dr. Tammy Manko 
      Director, IUP Career and Professional Development Center

      As the director of IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center, Tammy Manko cares about and believes in IUP and our students! She is an award-winning higher education professional with experience and expertise in the areas of body language, professional networking, relationship building, leadership, career and workforce readiness, etiquette, positive psychology, and various professional development topics. She holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She has three sons, two at IUP and one at Mercyhurst University. She enjoys interacting with other professionals and students and, and she appreciates the follows and engagement on Instagram and Twitter: @TPManko! Tammy strongly advocates #itsallaboutourstudents! 

    Can they really say that?
    Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Obligations of Public Universities

    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration required.

    Register for Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Obligations of Public Universities.

    In this session, we will discuss what the First Amendment’s protection of speech means at a public university. What does the First Amendment say about the freedom of speech, and what does that mean? Who or what is the First Amendment aimed at? – i.e., the 1st Amendment limits the power of government entities only. Are you aware that IUP is a government entity?

    Hate speech is protected by the 1st Amendment. The government/IUP can’t discipline someone because they’ve said something offensive. But not all speech is protected. Nor can you say whatever you want at anytime, anywhere. Government/IUP can regulate certain aspects of speech so that it can fulfill its core mission. Furthermore, speech that amounts to harassment or represents a true threat is not protected. Although we have a legal right to express offensive ideas, that doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea. Speech has consequences. We have an obligation to be thoughtful in our speech and sometimes censor ourselves. 


    • Adam Jones
      Director of Student Support and Community Standards

      Adam Jones is the Director of Student Support and Community Standards. He has been a Student Affairs professional for 15 years and has worked at IUP for 10 of those years. In his current role, he holds the IUP community accountable and upholds their constitutionally guaranteed rights, including their right to free speech.

    Fraternity and Sorority Life at IUP

    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Registration required.

    Register for the Fraternity and Sorority Life at IUP presentation.

    The Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life (FSL) and Student Engagement, located in the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, would like you to join them to learn about what FSL has to offer for undergraduate students. Going Greek at IUP provides opportunities for students to develop in areas such as, academic success, leadership, philanthropy, character, and many more. Our session will include: an introduction to FSL and the four student governing councils, various opportunities IUP chapters provide for students, how to join, debunking stereotypes, and a Q&A session with student leaders in the FSL community. 


    • Betsy Sarneso, MA
      Assistant Director
      Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement
      Fraternity/Sorority Life and Student Engagement
  • Virtual Events During Virtual Family Weekend

    Looking to have some fun and engage with your IUP family? Join one or both of these events hosted by STATIC, IUP’s student-run events programming board. You can learn more and sign up on the STATIC website.

    Live at IUP: An Evening with Issa Rae

    Thursday, Sept. 24, 8:00 p.m.

    This event is limited to IUP students, but families can listen in on the same screen.

    Netflix & Chill: The Photograph

    Friday, Sept. 25, 8:00 p.m.

    Instagram Takeover: Student Life

    Friday, Sept. 25.

    Family members can tune into our Instagram channel as one of our Residence Directors, Tori Campbell, showcases student life on campus.

    IUP Family Photo Contest

    Throughout Family Weekend.

    Show your IUP Pride! We will be hosting an IUP Family Photo contest during Family Weekend. Students and family members are asked to show their Crimson and Gray #IUPproud photos by tagging us on social, using #IUPFamilyWeekend or commenting on our Facebook post to enter to win. Winners will be randomly selected.

    Family Weekend and homecoming virtual spirit sale, September 26 through October 11

    Co-op Store Family Weekend Virtual Virtual Spirit Sale

    From September 26 through October 11, grab some IUP gear! All IUP gifts and apparel will be 20 to 50 percent off.

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