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Young Alumni Honored

In November, IUP awarded six graduates of the last 15 years the Young Alumni Achievement Award. The IUP Ambassadors, a student group that supports the Office of Alumni Relations, sponsors this annual awards program. Recipients each represent a different academic college:

Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients

With IUP President Michael Driscoll, standing at left, are the 2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients. Front row, from left: Karen Marr Sudders, Jonneé Tonsel, and Kimberley Miller. Standing: Phillip Chavira, Robert Kervin, and Jennifer Swartz. (Keith Boyer)

Jonneé Tonsel

While on campus, Jonneé Tonsel answered questions from students about her work at Comedy Central. (Keith Boyer)

Find more information about each recipient at the Alumni Relations website.

New Trustee

Nathan Spade ’01, of Mechanicsburg, was appointed to the IUP Council of Trustees in December. His term will extend through December 2022. Spade is Governor Tom Wolf’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs.

Leadership Role

Dean of IUP’s College of Fine Arts, Michael Hood was elected to a two-year term as president of the National Theatre Conference, a 92-year-old support and advocacy group for the American theater community. Membership is limited to 150 of the field’s most influential leaders. Hood was part of the group’s 2002 class of inductees.

Teacher Educator of the Year

The Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators selected Sue Corbin Rieg ’81, M’82 as the 2016 Teacher Educator of the Year. A member of the IUP faculty since 2001, she is dean’s associate for educator preparation, director of Professional Development School Partnerships, and a professor of education.

William Penn Fellow

Elizabeth Shotwell, of Mifflinville, a student in IUP’s Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program, was one of 10 people selected from more than 250 applicants for the inaugural class of William Penn Fellows. Started by Governor Tom Wolf, the fellowship program aims to improve the effectiveness of state government. A social studies teacher with a cyber-charter school, Shotwell will spend the two-year fellowship focusing on charter school public policy.

Top Arena

Hero College Sports News ranked IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex among the top NCAA Division II basketball arenas in the country. Open since 2011, the Kovalchick Complex was third, behind the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center and Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Events Center in Missouri.

National Recognitions

  • For the 13th year, IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology made the Princeton Review’s annual ranking of best business schools. The 2017 guidebook and list feature 294 schools.
  • For the third year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked IUP’s online Master of Arts in Criminology program among the top 10 online graduate criminal justice programs in the nation.
  • For the sixth year, publisher Victory Media has selected IUP for its list of Military Friendly Schools.