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Class Act

IUP’s performance at the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival last semester was a class act, culminating in three awards.

Attending the three-day festival were, among others, Brett Mack of Indiana, who earned the Region II Irene Ryan acting scholarship; Andrea Myers of Hatboro, who earned first alternate for the stage management award; Cory Bishop of Greensburg, who earned the Region II makeup award honorable mention; and Phil Keeling of Fort Bragg, N.C., whose ten-minute play We and the Queen was performed.

Mack is the first IUP student in twenty years to earn the award, which was established by the late Irene Ryan, perhaps best known as Granny Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. He and his acting partner, student Johnny Smith of Blairsville, appeared at the Kennedy Center’s national festival in April.          

In Association

The IUP Alumni Association started its program year at the beginning of July with the following newly elected members: Sandra Hoover Diefenderfer ’67; Matthew Konetschni ’95, M’98; Ellen Sylves Ruddock ’66; and Michael Staub ’80.

Officers for 2005-2006 are David Mawhinney ’86, David Reddecliff ’82, Cate BurgerLeister ’78, and Gregory Steve ’88.

Activities sponsored by the association include award programs for Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Ambassadors, admissions recruitment, career mentoring, and reunions and gatherings across the U.S. In contrast to some big universities, alumni at IUP automatically become association members upon their graduation.

(A Few) Vital Statistics

IUP has the largest international student population in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In the 2004-2005 academic year, nearly seven hundred students from more than seventy countries studied at the university. The top six countries from which students come: Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and China and India (tied).

Some two hundred IUP students are expected to study overseas in the coming academic year. Their destinations (in order of popularity): Spain, Australia, United Kingdom, Mexico, France, and Germany.