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Best Nursing Schools

NurseJournal.org ranked IUP in the top 10 percent of nursing schools and colleges in the eastern United States as part of its “America’s Best Nursing Schools” listing. Nearly 1,200 schools in the East were evaluated on quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value. Targeting nurses and other health care workers, the journal is an open, online forum for articles, manuscripts, unpublished theses, and letters.

A Leader in Cybersecurity

An HP Enterprise Security study conducted by the Ponemon Institute ranked IUP in the top quartile of schools offering cybersecurity programs. The study rated more than 5,000 schools, ranging from community colleges to doctoral-granting institutions, for the “Best Schools for Cybersecurity” listing, released in October. Also this fall, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security named IUP a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. IUP has been a Center for Academic Excellence since 2002. The university’s cyber defense program offerings include the BS in Computer Science/Information Assurance and the Information Assurance minor.

Promoting Women in STEM

Deanne Snavely, dean of IUP’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is part of a consortium of western Pennsylvania and northern Ohio universities working to increase the number of women in full-time, tenured professorships in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The National Science Foundation funded the project, known as IDEAL-National, through a three-year, $750,000 grant. Snavely is among the project’s principal investigators, along with two faculty members from Case Western Reserve.

Arboretum Admired

The Allegheny Arboretum at IUP is 10th on a Best College Reviews list of “The 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums.” The ranking service compiled the list using these criteria: arboretum and collection size, year established, opportunities for students, and community connection. IUP’s 354-acre campus is home to 1,320 trees. Reviewers wrote, “This living museum not only provides beauty, but an outdoor classroom where each specimen is carefully labeled, maintained, cataloged, and mapped.”

More from the Fall-Winter 2015 Issue of IUP Magazine

A Hell of a Ride

‘A Hell of a Ride’

For more than 30 years, IUP safety alumni have boosted the U.S. space program by filling a number of roles at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Early Bird Research

Early Bird Research

A Natural Sciences and Mathematics program is equipping undergraduates with research experience as well as general career-building skills.

Message from the President

Back in the early ’80s, the stereotype of engineers as lone geniuses was prevalent.... Only later did leaders in engineering practice demand that teamwork, communication, and leadership skills be part of the core education.

Namedroppers | Photo Gallery | Mentors

Milestone Generosity | Letters to the Editor

Web Exclusives

Photo Galleries: The Oak Grove and Thomas Sutton Hall

From Wartime to ‘Wild Hour’

The IUP campus is far different from the one Marian Templeton Brown ’45 knew at the height of World War II.

The Haunted Halls of IUP

With Keith and Leonard halls slated for demolition, IUP’s Paranormal Society looks to the future of ghost hunting, minus two campus hot spots.

Vantage Point

Selected IUP faculty respond to the question:"How has electronic communication affected society, and how will it continue to do so?"

Dining Innovations

After more than a year of renovations, Folger Hall reopened in October, completing Phase II of IUP’s $37-million dining master plan.

Miracle on the Streets

A peace movement started by an IUP alumnus cut the homicide rate in Boston by nearly 80 percent and has since been emulated around the world.