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The Company We Keep

  • Chicago and the Pat Metheny Trio perfomed during the same week in Fisher Auditorium as part of the OnStage Series. The tours of Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Blast also came to campus as part of the series.
  • Wayne Brady, known best for his work on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? served as the Helwig Distriguished Artist last fall with a performance in Fisher Auditorium as part of the OnStage series.
  • Paul Rusesabagina, recipient of Amnesty International’s Enduring Spirit Award whose struggle was portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, presented “The Lessons Yet to Be Learned” for the Six O’Clock Series. The series also featured Mark Nesbitt, author of the Ghosts of Gettysburg series and The Ghost Hunter's Field Guide: Gettysburg and Beyond.
  • The Inauguration of President Tony Atwater brought several people of note to campus. National Public Radio’s Corey Flintoff was the keynote speaker at a journalism symposium that served as a pre-inaugural event. The Magnificent Collage Concert featured jazz pianist Joe Augustine; Patricia Prattis Jennings, the Pittsburgh Symphony’s principal keyboardist; and World Soul violinist Owen Brown M’96, known to audiences as Fiidla. Brown also performed with IUP musicians at the inaugural ball.