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61st Fulbright

Patrick Bizzaro, English, has won a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to assist in the development of a writing program at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He is IUP’s 61st Fulbright Scholarship recipient. His wife, Resa Crane Bizzaro, also of the English Department, will accompany and assist him.

Theater Excellence Honored

Recently retired theater professor Barb Blackledge received a Gold Medallion Award at the Region 2 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January. The award honors extraordinary contributions to theater and the theater festival, as well as a commitment to excellence in educational theater. Her contributions to the festival have included many years of managing its Irene Ryan Acting Award. This year’s festival, which IUP hosted, drew more than 1,000 students and faculty members from an eight-state region.

At Home in Appalachia

Faculty members James Dougherty, Sociology, and James Cahalan, English, coordinated the 35th annual Appalachian Studies Association national conference at IUP in March. It was the association’s first national conference north of the Mason-Dixon Line, which reflected the theme, “the wide reach of Appalachia,” as the region spreads well into Pennsylvania. The conference featured more than 500 presenters from across the country on topics including Marcellus shale, Appalachian literature, and food of the region.

Teaching Diversity

Robert Millward, Professional Studies in Education, authored a grant for a program designed to increase the number of African-American men in teacher-preparation programs at colleges and universities and in the teaching profession. The Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh awarded IUP a grant of $361,500 for the three-year program.

Exploring Emotional Manhood

Mixed martial arts fighters have an unusual way of managing fear that enables them to exhibit confidence, according to Christian Vaccaro M’05, Sociology. Vaccaro coauthored an article, “Managing Emotional Manhood: Fighting and Fostering Fear in Mixed Martial Arts,” published in the December 2011 issue of the American Sociological Association’s Social Psychology Quarterly. “By signifying masculine selves through evoking fear and shame in others, such men are likely to more easily secure others’ deference and accrue rewards and status,” Vaccaro said. His research involved two years of fieldwork and interviews with more than 100 mixed martial arts fighters.

Contributions to Criminology

Rosemary Gido, who retired from the Criminology Department in August, was twice honored recently—with the Irish Penology Symposium and Network Award for her contributions to criminology and penology and at the North/South Irish Criminology Conference for her retirement from IUP. She held teaching and research posts in 1997 and 2011 at the Irish Garda Police College and is editor of the Prison Journal.

Indiana in the Civil War

Indiana County may not have been a focal point of the American Civil War, but many local photographs, letters, and journals still exist that vividly document life in that era. Faculty members Theresa McDevitt M’89, IUP Libraries, and Jeanine Mazak-Kahne, History, set out to digitize those documents and make them accessible to all via the Internet. They expect the website to be live this summer and hope it will be the start of a broader digitization project, Historic Indiana. Learn more at the IUP Research website.

Counseling Service Awarded

Holly Branthoover ’93, Counseling, received the Pennsylvania Counseling Association President’s Award for 2011 in recognition of her dedication and record of service, including as a former president and membership committee chair. She is also chair of the North Atlantic region of the American Counseling Association.

Simulating Home Care

A nationwide shortage of nurses in recent years has led to a growing number of home health care patients. Faculty members are helping to prepare nursing students with a new laboratory in Putt Hall that simulates a home-care setting. Leading the project are faculty members Elizabeth Palmer and Julia Greenawalt, who received a grant of nearly $300,000 to establish the lab. It features talking manikins who mimic rural patients with common chronic illnesses and who are monitored at home with telehealth equipment. Learn more at the IUP Research website.

Promoting Leadership

The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America named Sally McCombie ’74, M’78, Human Development and Environmental Studies, its National Honorary Member for 2011 based on her service to the organization. McCombie was keynote speaker for the western region meeting of the organization, which promotes personal growth and leadership through family and consumer sciences education.

Faculty Deaths

  • Barbara Balsiger ’50, a professor emerita and member of the Art Department from 1966 to 1988, died October 15, 2011. She was founding director of the University Museum.
  • Janice Heckroth, a professor emerita and member of the Human Development and Environmental Studies Department from 1989 to 2002, died December 15, 2011.
  • P.D. Lott ’37, a professor emeritus who served in roles such as supervising teacher at Keith School and chair of the elementary education department, died February 21, 2012. He retired in 1979, after 30 years at IUP.
  • Richard Peduzzi M’85, who taught sociology at IUP, died January 18, 2012.
  • Dorothy North Schrock ’40, a faculty member from 1968 to 1976 who started at the Punxsutawney campus, died November 3, 2011.
  • L. Katherine Stahlman ’58, who taught nutrition classes at IUP from 1969 until her retirement in 1978, died February 6, 2012.
  • Leonard Tepper, a professor emeritus and member of the Geography Department, died February 23, 2012. He taught at IUP for 25 years, retiring in 1994.
  • Jane Bosley Whisner ’68, a faculty member from 1980 to 2002 and director of the Center for Career and Technical Education Personnel Preparation, died January 9, 2012.
  • Halley Willison, a professor emeritus and member of the Mathematics Department from 1966 to 1980, died February 9, 2011.

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