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Summer 2011: Mentors

Lynn Botelho

History professor Lynn Botelho is IUP’s 2011–2012 University Professor. In announcing her selection, David Werner, interim president, said, “The University Professor is an individual that exemplifies excellence in all areas of teaching, research, scholarly activities, and service. Dr. Botelho has a documented record of dedication to IUP’s teacher-scholar model.” Botelho joined the IUP faculty in 1996 and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2005. She also serves as a core course professor for IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College. Botelho is at work on a monograph that offers a historical perspective on aging as it was viewed during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book promises to be the first wide-ranging study of old age during this period of European history. She is also creating a new dual-level course that combines the history of medicine with the history of the body.

Thanks to an endowed program created by Florence Helwig in memory of her husband, Wilfred E. Helwig, the College of Fine Arts will welcome Bernadette Peters as the 2011–2012 Helwig Distinguished Artist. She will appear at 8:00 p.m., May 4, 2012, in IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Janet Blood, assistant professor of fashion merchandising in IUP’s Human Development and Environmental Studies Department, won top prize, Best Overall, in the 2010 Association of Sewing and Design Professionals “Suit Your Style” design challenge. The garment produced from her prizewinning transformation of a commercial sewing pattern appeared in the April/May 2011 issue of Threads magazine, which sponsored the competition.

Lynda LaRoche, associate professor of Jewelry and Metals in the IUP Department of Art, was named Art Educator of the Year by NICHE magazine. The award was established to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their careers to nurturing and guiding the next generation of craft artists. Two of LaRoche’s students were selected as finalists in the 2011 NICHE Awards competition.

The National Science Foundation is providing nearly a million dollars to renovate and upgrade twelve spaces in Weyandt Hall that are used for student biology research and student research training activities. According to chairperson Carl Luciano, “The Department of Biology stresses active learning through an emphasis on research and research training. We strongly believe that doing biology is the best way to learn biology, and these renovated spaces will directly support research-active faculty of the new generation and their students.”

IUP English professor emeritus William Betts has produced his eleventh book—a biography of the Seneca war chief Cornplanter. The Hatchet and the Plow is the first full-length examination of the chief’s life and his influence during the American Revolution. It follows Cornplanter’s journey as a chief on wilderness rivers and as a warrior for the British and highlights the Indians’ loss of land and their overall way of life. That loss continued for centuries. In the 1960s, Cornplanter’s grave was moved when construction of the Kinzua Dam to create the Allegheny Reservoir flooded the tract the chief had been given in 1796. Published in both hardcover and softcover, Betts’s book is available at the Book Nook in Indiana; from the publisher, iUniverse; and on Amazon.com.

In recent months, the following IUP faculty members and former faculty members died.

  • Natalie George M’09, a faculty member in the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department, died February 18, 2011.
  • Lillian Martin, who taught at Keith School and the University School from 1954 to 1986, died March 17, 2011.
  • Richard McAfoose, a faculty member from 1971 to 1992, died January 14, 2011.
  • Timothy Murphy, who held a number of temporary positions from 1971 to 1986, died January 24, 2011.
  • Jack Reed, a Safety Sciences faculty member from 1978 until 2000, died February 12, 2011.
  • Ruth Spinelli, who taught from 1965 to 1971 in the Nursing Department and was the widow of longtime faculty member George Spinelli, died May 8, 2011.
  • Robert Strock, an IUP faculty member who also organized and directed the university’s Homecoming parades for twenty-seven years until his retirement in 1999, died March 7, 2011.