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Young Achievers

Young Alumni Achievement Award winners for 2015

Young Alumni Achievement Award winners for 2015, from left: Michael Moyer, Erin Lambert, David Andrews, Andrew Melhorn, Rebecca Mir, and Tom Baker. Photo: Keith Boyer

Six graduates of the last 15 years were honored in November with Young Alumni Achievement Awards. The IUP Ambassadors, a student group that supports the Office of Alumni Relations, sponsors the awards program.

Each recipient represents an academic college:

  • College of Health and Human Services:
    David Andrews ’05, M’08
    , executive director, YMCA of Greater New York
  • College of Education and Educational Technology:
    Tom Baker M’05, Allegheny County councilman; chief community affairs officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences:
    Erin Lambert ’05, assistant professor of history, University of Virginia
  • College of Fine Arts:
    Rebecca Mir ’10, associate manager, Digital Media and Online Learning, Guggenheim Museum
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
    Michael Moyer ’04, chief operating officer and partner, Environmental Services Laboratories and Environmental Land Surveying Solutions
  • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology:
    Andrew Melhorn ’08, senior account manager, Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Student Trustee

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in March appointed Erika Fenstermacher to the IUP Council of Trustees. She is an IUP junior majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and a concentration in gerontology. Fenstermacher, of Corry, will serve as student trustee until her graduation in 2017.


  • The Best Counseling Degrees website ranked IUP’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program among the top five programs of its kind in the nation.
  • For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked IUP’s online Master of Arts in Criminology program among the top 10 online graduate criminal justice programs in the nation.
  • The Princeton Review has selected IUP for the 16th year in a row for its annual college guide, The Best 380 Colleges, 2016 edition.
  • For the fifth year, publisher Victory Media selected IUP for its list of Military Friendly Schools.
  • Washington Monthly selected IUP for the seventh year in a row for its national ranking of schools based on contributions to society. In The Other College Guide, Washington Monthly also ranked IUP a “Best Bang for the Buck” university. 

Zooming Onward

Michael Korns ’81, M’03, D’09, associate professor, lecturing via Zoom

Michael Korns ’81, M’03, D’09, associate professor, lecturing via Zoom. Photo: Keith Boyer

Faculty members in the Department of Employment and Labor Relations have been using an unusual technology that enables them to give the personal touch of a class lecture, no matter where the students are seated.

Called Zoom, the technology brings together students seated in the lecture room with the professor and students seated in front of their computers and webcams in remote locations—home or workplace. A dual-screen setup enables all remote participants to see the activity in the classroom, while classroom participants can see all remote participants.

At present, the department is using the technology in the Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations program and in the Master of Science in Health Services Administration program, which it offers jointly with the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

More from the Spring 2016 Issue of IUP Magazine

Race: The Next Step

Race: The Next Step

A racist photo that went viral on social media has brought an age-old problem—at IUP and across the nation—to the forefront of campus business.

Open Spaces, Modern Graces

Open Spaces, Modern Graces

IUP’s new academic building, replacing Keith and Leonard halls, houses the space, the technology, and the minds to prepare today’s students for tomorrow.

Namedroppers | Achievements | Mentors

Photo Gallery | Milestone Generosity | Letters to the Editor

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Losing the Original Leonard
When the original Leonard Hall caught fire, two Indiana State Teachers College students, back early from Easter break, happened by and contacted authorities. Now in their mid-80s, those students share their memories.

“Aunt Jane”: IUP’s George Washington

Considered Indiana Normal School’s guiding spirit, Jane Leonard inspired thousands of students and, perhaps, a U.S. president.

Giant Leap

Ben McAdoo ’00 is the first IUP alumnus to play or coach in the NFL without having played a down for his alma mater.

Changing Corporate Culture

Dick Macedonia '66, former CEO of Sodexo, reflects on his efforts to make Sodexo a more inclusive company.

Vantage Point

Selected IUP faculty respond to the question:"What is one thing you teach or have taught that you think will be gone from lesson plans 15 years from now?"

Seeing Campus from Afar

The recently redesigned IUP website shows off the campus with two new features: a set of virtual tours and an interactive map.