Graduates from Humanities and Social Sciences go on to make contributions to business, academia, and their communities in Pennsylvania, across the nation, and throughout the world.
Paula Reed Ward ’96 is part of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette team that won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. Ward, the author of Death by Cyanide: The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein, has been a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2003. The IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department is beyond proud to now claim four Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni: Ward (2019); Susan Snyder ’85 (2012); Alysia Burton Steele ’97 (2006) and Madelyn Ross ’71 (1986 and 1987). “I am so humbled and proud to chair a department whose current work and legacy helped to grow four Pulitzer Prize-winning women; but more importantly, I’m thrilled to know and work with these women to create future, stellar journalists,” says department chairwoman Michele Papakie.
Dr. Maria McCollester (PLSC and HIST ’07) was recognized by IUP President Michael Driscoll for career achievement at the 2018 Young Alumni Achievement Award Ceremony in 2018. After earning IUP BAs in Political Science and History,
McCollester earned her MA from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Boston College. While at IUP, McCollester was a member of the Cook Honors College and was selected to serve as the IUP representative to the competitive Harrisburg Internship
Semester Program. McCollester currently serves as an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Hall of Distinction recognizes and honors alumni and friends who have demonstrated illustrious professional accomplishments, outstanding character, and a commitment to community service
and philanthropy. Through their extraordinary achievements, they have established a lasting legacy of excellence. The Hall of Distinction serves to inspire our current students. It is a symbol of the respect and admiration held by the College of Humanities
and Social Sciences for these celebrated alumni and friends. (Read more about the Hall of Distinction.)