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Mentors: Winter 2017

Panel discussion at the annual conference of the Women’s Consortium of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

STRONGER TOGETHER: Women and minority faculty members as leaders in science and technology fields was the topic of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Women’s Consortium of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Leading the discussion, at right, from back to front, were IUP’s Edel Reilly D’07 (Mathematics), Laura Delbrugge (Foreign Languages), Deanne Snavely (standing, dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), and Tara Johnson (Psychology). IUP hosted the conference in September.

Fat Shaming Harms Health

Criticizing or mocking someone’s weight—even with the intention of motivating the person to drop a few pounds—can be harmful to physical and emotional health, according to IUP psychology professor Maureen McHugh. At the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, McHugh and her colleagues presented research to raise awareness—particularly among health care professionals and psychologists—about the negative effects fat shaming can have.

McHugh said the medical community often incorrectly assumes that a person’s weight is under his or her control, that obesity is the result of poor health habits, and that weight loss will make the person healthier. Rather, “research demonstrates that weight stigma leads to psychological stress, which can lead to poor physical and psychological health outcomes,” she said.

An IUP Distinguished University Professor, McHugh founded the Women’s Studies Program at IUP in 1986 and served as its director for a dozen years.

All That Jazz

The complete library of music composed and arranged by the late faculty member John Morris ’66 is now housed in the IUP Music Department. Over the summer, Morris’s brother, Ralph, presented a collection of more than 200 works to Kevin Eisensmith ’78, director of the IUP Jazz Ensemble. Music alumni Mike Bodolosky ’72, M’78 and Dick Gardenhour ’69 helped assemble the works in preparation for the gift.

John Morris taught at IUP for nine years until his death in 1987. He founded the Johnstown Jazz Workshop, which played Big Band music from all eras and performed with acts that included Les McCann and Bob Hope. The Music Department is planning a concert featuring Morris’s work later this academic year.

Muslims in the US Military

After the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, life became more complicated for Muslim Americans. Many felt unwelcome in this country; some became targets of harassment and hate crimes. At the same time, thousands of Muslims chose to serve in the US military. In her new book, Service in a Time of Suspicion, Sociology Department faculty member Michelle Sandhoff shares the experiences of 15 of those service members. The book was released by the University of Iowa Press in September.

Sandhoff holds a PhD in military sociology and has served two years as coordinator of an IUP faculty research group that focuses on the reintegration of veterans into civilian life. She has also served as a faculty advisor to IUP’s Muslim Student Association.

Faculty Deaths

Deaths of the following former faculty members have been reported:

  • Christopher Benz, who retired in 1986 after 12 years of service as dean of Fine Arts, died June 15, 2016. He was also a founding officer of the Indiana Arts Council.
  • William Culp ’57, a professor emeritus who retired from the Counselor Education Department in 1993 after 18 years of service, died June 29, 2017.
  • Kristi Dearing, who retired in 2012 after teaching in the Music Department for eight years, died August 10, 2017. 
  • Kurt Dudt, a professor emeritus who retired in 2011 after 29 years of service, died October 18, 2017. He served as chair of the Communications Media Department for 25 years and as interim chair of the Foundations of Education Department for seven years.
  • Joseph Gallanar, a professor emeritus who retired in 1995 after 24 years of service, died August 28, 2017. He joined the university as dean of the Graduate School, served as dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and taught history for more than a decade before his retirement.
  • Helen Brown Hovis ’51, a professor emerita who retired from the Home Economics Education Department in 1988 after 29 years of service, died July 18, 2017.