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Achievements: Summer 2017

Selena Gonzales West and Darrell Cameron

Selena Gonzales West and Darrell Cameron collected food for the Stuff the Van drive. [Keith Boyer]

Akane Hanson

The Food Recovery Network’s Akane Hanson packaged leftovers at Folger Dining Hall. [Keith Boyer]

Fed Up with Hunger

IUP students have devised many ways to address local hunger issues. During Hunger Awareness Week in April, students held a seedling distribution for low-income families, a poverty simulation, and a Stuff the Van food drive benefiting local pantries. The previous fall, students started a local chapter of the national Food Recovery Network. Since that time, the chapter has collected more than 500 pounds of leftovers from Folger Dining Hall for distribution at the food pantry at Indiana’s Zion Lutheran Church. This coming fall, IUP will participate in a survey to assess hunger among college students—a topic of growing national attention.

New Programs

In July, the State System’s Board of Governors approved two new IUP programs: the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, open to students this fall, and the PhD in Business, which is accepting students for a 2018 start.

Board of Governors Selection

Last spring, Brian Swatt, a political science major from Jermyn, became a member of the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The 20-member board oversees the operation and policies of the State System. Swatt was the 2016 president of IUP’s Student Government Association.

Trustee Changes

Caleb King, a student in the Cook Honors College with majors in applied mathematics and economics, became the new student member of the IUP Council of Trustees in May. King, of East Brady, will serve until he graduates in 2019. Gealy Wallwork was honored as he left the council in May after 26 years of service.

Jane Leonard Award

Kay Snyder, professor emerita of sociology, was the 2017 recipient of the IUP Jane Leonard Women’s Leadership Award. As a college student during the civil rights era, Snyder helped African American students in the South gain admission to and succeed at newly desegregated colleges. On the IUP faculty, she was a pioneer in the teaching of gender studies courses and cowrote the proposal for the women’s studies minor in the early 1980s. She retired in 2011 after 36 years of service.

Hall of Distinction

The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology inducted four alumni into its Hall of Distinction during the 39th annual Business Day in April:

  • Jeff Gaus ’81
  • Stephanie Perry ’88
  • Howard Puterman ’86
  • Carol Daniels Washington ’91