Solutions Now and Later
In a world filled with change and challenge, the best investment we can make is in those who will lead us and our heirs to solutions. IUP has a long history of producing solutionists, because we know that opportunities don’t, in and of themselves, transform the world, and problems certainly don’t solve themselves. People are what make it happen.
I am very fortunate because I have a front row seat to observe the creation of our world’s hope. After all, IUP is in the perfect position to create solutions to ensure our communities are safe, healthy, and improving.
In this edition of IUP Magazine, you’ll find an extensive story on projects related to making life better for people with autism, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Take, for instance, Joann Migyanka’s work with a Pittsburgh hospital to create protocols for managing emergency room patients with autism. It has caught the attention of her counterparts at New York University and several hospitals, which are using her materials to create their own protocols.
Innovative thinking at IUP is not unique to Dr. Migyanka’s work. We have a network of centers and institutes that tackle issues related to drug use, cybersecurity, psychological issues, education, nutrition, and so much more.
When we collaborate across disciplines to examine questions and answers and integrate the student experience into our faculty’s research and service, we create a powerful combination that provides solutions now and in the future.
If you need proof of that result, take a look at our Distinguished Alumni Award winners, also featured in this issue, from Terry Yosie ’74, a national leader in economic development, environmental protection, and social responsibility, to Dave Reed ’00, whose work in the Pennsylvania legislature has focused on issues surrounding poverty, to Almar Latour ’94, who affects the way the world receives information. They are a modest sampling of the type of solutionists IUP produces.
When news about violence, drug addiction, environmental safety, and floundering schools tempts me to despair about the future, I need only glance at the remarkable success of IUP’s alumni and at the high-impact work of our community. I am filled with hope, and I am, indeed, fortunate to be able to invest my talent in this great university. I hope you feel the same way.
Michael A. Driscoll