Seated, from left: Seth Mitchell, Heidi Hezlep Higbee, and Brian Urban. Standing: Sandra Koeppl Barsotti ’87, IUP Alumni Association president; Matthew Whited; Trisha Rae Stahl; and Melissa Leiden Welsh.
Young Alumni Achievement
IUP’s six academic 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. The 2013 award recipients are as follows:
- Eberly College of Business and Information Technology: Brian Urban ’09, health educator and case manager specialist, Cigna Behavioral Health, Inc.
- College of Education and Educational Technology: Heidi Hezlep Higbee ’05, author and third-grade teacher, East Pike Elementary School
- College of Fine Arts: Trisha Rae Stahl ’98, actress on the cast of Glee; program coordinator, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
- College of Health and Human Services: Melissa Leiden Welsh ’99, secretary and tri-owner, Leiden Land and Cattle Company, Inc.
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Seth Mitchell M’11, manager of cultural resources and senior archaeologist, AK Environmental
- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Matthew Whited ’03, psychologist and assistant professor, Department of Psychology, East Carolina University
Friend of Higher Education Award and Legislative Fellow
The annual Friend of Higher Education Award went to Jay Costa ’79, of the Pennsylvania Senate, and the Legislative Fellow honor to Joseph Markosek, of the state House of Representatives. The awards program was started in 1998 by IUP’s faculty union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, with help from the university’s administration.
Distinguished Family Business
The IUP Center for Family Business honored the Reschini family in March with the 2014 Distinguished Family Business Award. In 1938, the family founded the Reschini Insurance Agency, which has expanded into the Reschini Group, a 75-employee firm serving clients across the country. Two of the agency’s former locations are now part of the IUP campus. The award is presented annually on the basis of business success, contributions to the community, and succession of ownership and management to the second generation or more.
Support of Veterans
IUP was recently recognized for its support of students who are veterans. Military Advanced Education and G.I. Jobs Magazine both named IUP to their lists of Military Friendly Schools, and U.S. News and World Report included the university on its Best Colleges for Veterans list.
Best Business Schools/Colleges
The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology is listed in the Princeton Review’s The Best 295 Business Schools. This is the 10th consecutive year the business college has been selected for the guidebook. IUP is part of the Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges; it has been included in the guidebook each year since 2001.
More from the Spring 2014 Issue of IUP Magazine
In need of a shared vision to guide its future, the university turned to the Journalism Department for help
Alumnus John Gilly is on a quest for vaccines to prevent some of the world’s most threatening diseases
IUP offers an excellent return on investment—for the students it serves and for the alumni who generously support the university.
Raymond Carroll was guilty of thievery the evening of January 31, 1914, but he was no lawbreaker—just a record breaker
Lasting bonds have been forged in IUP student groups and programs
Two major construction projects are under way on campus: the Crimson Café and a new building for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
A $1.25-million gift from an alumni couple offers a powerful start for a new science building
Twenty-five years have passed since the gymnastics team’s mad dash to the podium marking its second straight national title