Chair of the IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department and a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Michele Dougherty Papakie ’93 received the Octavius V. Catto Award last fall for outstanding public service. Inspector general of the 171st Air Refueling Wing at Coraopolis, she has served in at least a dozen countries, including a six-month tour in Afghanistan in 2010. A faculty advisor to five IUP clubs, she teaches a summer journalism workshop for high school students and led the first phase of the campus-wide Strategic Visioning Project in 2013. She is also a township supervisor and a domestic violence shelter volunteer.
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