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In Brief

Changes at Punxsutawney

Starting next fall, the IUP Punxsutawney campus will return to its earlier mission of focusing on the educational needs of students and employers in the Jefferson County region.

To determine which programs may be best suited for the campus and county, Rich Muth, IUP’s director of Regional Campuses, has been talking with local and regional stakeholders and looking at studies about the gaps between the region’s employment needs and the educational opportunities it offers.

Muth said serving those needs will involve providing learning opportunities at all levels—including certificates, certifications, and complete degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and graduate level. “IUP has the knowledge and expertise to provide these opportunities,” he said. “Bringing everything together leads to the really fun part of helping people and making a positive impact on their lives and the prosperity of the community.”

In addition, IUP and the Punxsutawney community are trying to make it easier for area high school students to take classes at the Punxsutawney campus as part of the dual enrollment program. The Punxsutawney Area College Trust is helping cover the cost for high school students to participate, and campus officials are working with the local school district to improve scheduling and to generate more interest.

Muth said plans are also in the works to enhance opportunities for students in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts by creating applicable associate degree programs that can be completed right on the Punxsutawney campus.

Art in the Arboretum

Legacy Marker unveiling

Legacy Marker, the winning project in the Art in the Arboretum contest, was unveiled in December in the sculpture studio in Robertshaw.

The winning project in the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP’s first Art in the Arboretum contest will soon be installed in the ginkgo planter in front of Sprowls Hall. Teams of students in associate professor Sean Derry’s Public Art class drew up proposals for the project, and a contest committee selected a design by Jennifer Blalock, of Smackover, Arkansas, Anthony Bookhammer, of Altoona, and Bill Brown, of Shenandoah. Derry’s entire class then helped create the Legacy Marker project, which combines several vertical sculptures with words associated with the ginkgo: vitality, endurance, hope, and peace.

Blalock said she hopes the project will help community members gain an appreciation for both natural and manmade beauty. “I also hope it inspires them to walk around campus and notice the other trees and plants that surround them,” she said. Colorado resident Ray Kinter ’67, M’68 suggested the project to the Allegheny Arboretum board and provided funding for materials and for the winner’s prize.

Detecting Earthquakes

Last fall, IUP’s Department of Geoscience installed a seismometer to measure ground motion caused by earthquakes and other seismic events. The instrument is part of a Pennsylvania State University network of 42 stations that help identify the magnitude, location, and timing of earthquakes. Although Pennsylvania is not a hotspot for earthquakes, hundreds of smaller events, many related to underground mining or blasting activity, occur each year.