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A Career Distinguished

Maureen McHugh

Psychology professor Maureen McHugh is the Distinguished University Professor for 2015–16. This lifetime title is awarded to one professor each year, based on contributions in teaching, service, research, and other scholarly activity. McHugh is known for her research on the psychology of women, a subject she has taught to more than 3,000 students. She founded the IUP Women’s Studies Program in 1986 and served as its director for a dozen years. Her leadership at the national level has included the presidency of the Association for Women in Psychology. Active in curriculum design at IUP, McHugh is developing a new course, Gender and Violence, and is collaborating on a new minor in violence education. Her research has also focused on the history of feminist psychology, older women, size bias, sexual scripts, and sexual assault. She is currently integrating her work on women’s sexuality into a book. [Photo: Keith Boyer]

Fresh Approach

Dietetic interns during a tour at Giant Eagle

Dietetic interns during a tour at Giant Eagle. Photo by Keith Boyer

What better place to encourage eating more fruits and vegetables than right in the produce aisle? Last spring, students in IUP’s Dietetic Internship program began taking low-income families on grocery store tours at the local Giant Eagle. Food and Nutrition faculty member Jodie Greene Seybold ’06, M’07 started the tours after receiving a grant last year from the Produce for Better Health Foundation. The interns focus on including more produce in meals, finding the best deals, checking for freshness, and keeping produce fresh. Kim Jones ’08, M’11, a dietitian with Giant Eagle, helped train the interns on giving tours.

Dual Retrospective

Art professor emeritus Paul Ben-Zvi accepted the invitation of a former student, Pittsburgh artist Richard Claraval ’77, to join him in a student/teacher retrospective at the Spinning Plate Gallery in East Liberty in May. Ben-Zvi’s Mixed & Mache’d, a retrospective of his more than 45 years in Indiana, featured sculptures inspired by children’s stories, cartoons, and folk art. Claraval exhibited drawings, etchings, paintings, and mixed media works. “I attempted to pick work that was most directly influenced by things I learned from Paul,” he said, “although almost nothing I’ve done is not.”

Making History

When the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building opens next spring, it will include a room named for history professor emeritus Irwin Marcus. Family, friends, and former students honored Marcus through gifts to establish the Dr. Irwin M. Marcus Public History Room. Marcus’s contributions over his 37 years at IUP included developing history courses focused on Jews in America, the automobile, anarchism, and organized crime.

In Good Company

Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in April. The organization’s roughly 130 members comprise actors, directors, playwrights, educators, and other theater professionals distinguished for their service, creativity, or scholarly research. In addition to his career in higher education, which includes 17 years as dean, Hood has worked as an actor, director, and fight choreographer.

Faculty Deaths

The following former faculty members died in recent months:

  • Frank Fazio, a professor emeritus who retired in 1996 after 26 years in the Chemistry Department, died May 24, 2015. He was also a Visiting Scientist program volunteer and a tutor for freshman football players.
  • Charles Mawhinney III, who retired from the Finance and Management Information Systems Department in 1986 after 12 years of service, died March 24, 2015.
  • Ruth Shirey ’65, a professor emerita who retired in 2007 after 37 years of service, died February 20, 2015. A 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award, she served as chair of the Geography and Regional Planning Department, interim associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and executive director of the National Council for Geographic Education.
  • Frances Cunningham Stineman ’76, M’79, a professor emerita who retired in 1998 as director of the Eberly College of Business Advisement Center after 20 years at the university, died February 26, 2015.
  • Robert Thomas ’50, a member of the Geography Department faculty from 1960 to 1969, died May 8, 2015. He was a 2007 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.