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IUP’s Story Is Many Stories

Message from the President

President Tony Atwater

President Tony Atwater

In this issue, you will learn of some recent accolades where IUP is indeed going “beyond expectations.” However, you are able to obtain continuous and instantaneous updates on IUP by visiting our website. If you have not visited IUP’s new website, I encourage you to do so. This new site is the result of significant research, study, and thousands of hours of diligent work, all with this fundamental question in mind: How can we best tell the IUP story?

The answer: Allow our outstanding students to tell their stories. It is impossible not to feel IUP pride when you learn more about these extraordinary young men and women. When you visit the website, not only will you see a written profile of these students, but you will have the chance to watch a video that allows them to tell their story in their own voice. Meet the “Get My Story” students:

  • Donovan Daniel, a senior exercise science major from Philadelphia, spent last summer as a volunteer strength coach for IUP’s football team. During the 2007–2008 academic year, he served as head community assistant in the Suites on Grant. His outstanding contribution to the living-learning program led to his selection as the student speaker for the Phase III Residential Revival groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Communications Media major Jason Heckman from Brookville, Pa., volunteers in the Communications Media Department’s Applied Media and Simulation Games Center. His classwork has included producing several video programs that have been aired on WIUP-TV and honored with Telly Awards in an international competition for broadcast, electronic, and multimedia professionals.
  • Qiana Lightner, an Anthropology and Sociology double major in the Robert E. Cook Honors College from Hellertown, Pa., would like to be a community activist after she graduates. A McNair Scholar, she has plans that also include earning a Ph.D. degree and concentrating on researching the obstacles students face in a college environment.
  • Goldwater Scholar Elizabeth Paladin, a senior in the Robert E. Cook Honors College from Penn Hills, Pa., has been involved in an independent study on polymorphism in organic molecules—research that may result in the refinement of drugs by modifying certain physical properties. According to Paladin, this medical research is “so rewarding,” not only in its scientific aspects, but also in the end goal of the study—helping people.
  • Janelle Porter, a Dietetics major from Pittsburgh in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, completed an internship with Food for the Hungry in Bolivia, in which she surveyed mothers of young children. Her experience has inspired her to use the knowledge and understanding of nutrition she has gained at IUP to help people in need.
  • Christie Ritchey from Bedford, Pa., is a student in the Biology honors program and a McNair Scholar who recently completed an independent research project on why certain biological processes occur at different times. Ritchey also makes sure to pay it forward: In her spare time, she tutors students in her major and also has tutored high school students who attended IUP for the Upward Bound Science and Math Program.

IUP continues to generate and share outstanding success stories about its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Collectively, these stories form the substance of a compelling novel, destined to be on the bestseller list for generations to come. Thank you for being part of the IUP story of success and distinction.