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Young Alumni Achievement

IUP’s six undergraduate colleges each honored an accomplished graduate of the last 15 years during the Young Alumni Achievement Awards, organized each fall by the IUP Ambassadors and the IUP Alumni Association. In addition to taking part in a reception and awards ceremony, the alumni spoke to classes within their respective colleges. The 2012 award recipients are as follows:

  • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology: Bryan Moore ’07, senior private equity officer, South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission
  • College of Education and Educational Technology: Mary Weidner ’07, M’09, speech-language pathologist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • College of Fine Arts: Justin Polyblank ’09, saxophonist, U.S. Army “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band
  • College of Health and Human Services: Scott Rhoades M’06, coordinator, Prehospital Medicine and Aviation Medicine, Indiana Regional Medical Center
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Jessica Bush Warman ’03, young adult fiction author
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Jennifer Franko Vasquez ’01, associate professor of mathematics, University of Scranton. Vasquez also was a student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College.
Justin Polyblank

While on campus to receive a Young Alumni Achievement Award in November, Justin Polyblank ’09 talked with members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble in Cogswell Hall. [Keith Boyer]

‘Best for Vets’

Military Times, an international publication for members of the military, selected IUP as one of the nation’s “Best for Vets” universities following a national survey of more than 650 institutions. Only 68 four-year schools were part of the listing. IUP was recognized for its Veterans Affairs office and its willingness to accept American Council on Education credits, which convert military training into academic hours.

University Top Stop

Venues Today ranked IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex fourth in the nation among university venues its size in the trade journal’s “2012 University Top Stops.” The rankings were based on capacity, total gross sales, total attendance, and number of shows in 2012. The Kovalchick Complex, managed by Global Spectrum, is home to IUP basketball and volleyball and has played host to shows from Toughest Monster Trucks to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to B.E. Taylor. Open since 2011, it features the Ed Fry Arena, Toretti Auditorium, and 23,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Mortar Board Honors

The IUP chapter, known as the Sutton chapter, of Mortar Board national honor society received the Silver Torch Award at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago. Chapters are chosen for the award based on their timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Chartered in 1997, the Sutton chapter has 36 members.

Theater Fellows

Two IUP Theater majors were awarded fellowships to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in April following their performances at the regional festival at Towson University in Maryland. Josh Gallagher was selected for his set design for the play In Quietness, by Anna Moench, and Morgan Chase was recognized for his direction of a scene from The Caucasian Chalk Circle featuring IUP actors. Twenty-seven IUP students attended the regional festival in January.

More from the Spring 2013 Issue of IUP Magazine

On Top of Marcellus Shale

On Top of Marcellus Shale

IUP expertise is tapped in shale gas boom

There for Life’s End

There for Life’s End

Bob Anderson ’67 helps people who are dying, whether it’s at the bedside or disaster site


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