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Each summer, the campus is home to a number of activities that offer learning opportunities to students from elementary through high school while giving valuable experience to IUP student helpers.

In addition to the programs pictured here, IUP hosts the Cook Honors College’s Summer Honors Program, which gives high school students a taste of being in the honors college, and camps focusing on sports, robotics, two-dimensional gaming, electro-optics, drum major skills, and more.

For campers, the lawn in front of Zink Hall often doubles as a playing field.

For more than 30 years, the Health and Physical Education Department— now Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science—has run the Children’s Physical Activity Camp under varying names for students ages 5 to 12. Professor Eugene Lepley M’60 started the day camp, now coordinated by Ron Trenney ’84 with help from six to eight students or recent graduates. In addition to offering children a full plate of activities, the camp acts as a lab, giving IUP students hands-on experience teaching health, physical activity, and swimming, Trenney said. For campers, the lawn in front of Zink Hall often doubles as a playing field.

Students working on a green roof project atop Weyandt Hall.

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program at IUP aims to strengthen the math and science skills of low income and potentially first-generation college students. Now in its seventh year, the program includes a five-week summer experience in which Indiana County students in grades 9-12 take classes and stay on campus. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with Calvin Masilela and Hilary Staples ’98, M’02, D’14 as principal investigators. As part of biology faculty member Holly Travis’s field science class, students worked on a green roof project atop Weyandt Hall.

Francisco Alarcón at the workshop

Since 2009, the Pittsburgh Promise Plus program, funded through a grant from the Heinz Endowments to the College of Education and Educational Technology, has allowed students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools to experience life at IUP. It includes a weeklong summer program, run by Melvin Jenkins M’92, for high school juniors and seniors. This summer’s program was a math-intensive workshop led by Francisco Alarcón, with help from Celeste Catalano and four other undergraduates.

Rehearsing for the Footlight Players

Footlight Players is a summer theater-for-youth program founded in 2004 by theater professor Brian Jones and then-student Zac Campbell ’05. Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the United Way, this four-week day camp culminates in a festival of plays, and campers learn about costume and set design, dance, and play writing along the way. Each summer, several students and alumni assist Nick Hrutkay ’11, producing director (shown working with the cast of Bunnicula: The Musical), and Jones, the executive director, in running the camp. This year’s alumni helpers were Brett Mack ’05, Samantha Fabiani ’11, Kyle Hawk ’14, and Derrick Shane ’14.

More from the Summer 2014 Issue of IUP Magazine

Reining In the Party

Reining In the Party

Members of the campus community, including President Michael Driscoll, talk about the challenges IUP and other universities face with excessive partying and what they’re doing to combat it.

Exploring the Cold, Creating a Spark

Exploring the Cold, Creating a Spark

For more than 20 years, alumnus Rick McMaster has shared his passion for science with hundreds of thousands of children in central Texas.

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