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Haider Mullick holds a photograph of IUP’s September 11 memorial in the Oak Grove. As an undergraduate, Mullick was instrumental with another student, Patrick Coulson ’03, in the memorial’s creation.

Learn from Success—and Failure

As emphatic as he is about learning to be prepared for life’s failures, Haider Mullick has a lot of success to his name. His most memorable success stands outside Sutton Hall, in the heart of the Oak Grove.

The September 11, 2001, memorial that Mullick helped to conceptualize stands tall as a tribute he hopes he can proudly bring his grandchildren to see someday. The memorial consists of a piece of debris from the World Trade Center, accompanied by a granite piece in honor of those lost in the 9/11 attacks.

“It really made me connect to the people at IUP,” Mullick said, “and will always have a very special place in my heart.”

Beginning as a transfer student to IUP from Islamabad, Pakistan, Mullick joined the Robert E. Cook Honors College as an Economics major during the fall semester of 2001. An ’04 graduate of the Honors College, he also received an M.A. degree in Public Policy from IUP in December.

Through a whirlwind of projects during his graduate school career, Mullick was part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Hudson Institute and currently works with the Brookings Institution. In his downtime, he has met Vice President Dick Cheney and Illinois senator and presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Mullick spent the first twenty years of his life in Pakistan. Along with his father, a Ph.D. economist and the chair of the Economics Department at a university in Islamabad, and his mother, a candidate for the Pakistani parliament in the 1980s, Mullick has long had a fascination with politics. “I felt that, if I got involved, I could really make a difference.”

And make a difference is what Mullick plans to do. His work in the name of the Muslim world allows him to express his hopes for Pakistan’s future.

“I truly believe that Americans and Pakistanis can become long-lasting friends. Not just government-to-government based. I’d rather be here and say that I put my two cents in, and yes, everything failed in the end, but I can live with a clear conscience.”

Failure is what drives Mullick and what he advises others to focus on in life. “Failure in the sense of sending out an application for a scholarship and not getting it; applying for a highly competitive internship and not getting it; taking the Law School Admissions Test and not getting the score you want,” he said.

Mullick said he knows that the best way to make it to the top is to find something you’re passionate about, focus, and never give up. How else will you ever meet the U.S. vice president?

Editor’s Note: More about Mullick appears in IUP Magazine’s Web Extra.


Jaci Rodgers

Practical Politics

With U.S. politics gathering speed before the 2008 presidential election, it’s not hard for someone to develop an interest in how the nation operates. Robert E. Cook Honors College senior Jaci Rodgers has had such an interest for a long time.

“I deeply enjoy studying a variety of things and working with many different disciplines,” she explained. “At the same time, I am fascinated by the government as a human construct and by seeing how it is affected by the interactions and choices of the people in the government and those that it serves.”

A Colorado native, Rodgers has been a Robert E. Cook Honors College member since her freshman year, when she also joined Honors Connection, a group that plans social events and social service opportunities for the Honors College community.

The Political Science major serves as office assistant at the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security, where she is learning about Homeland Security, and “helping the institute’s staff advance its goals,” she said.

“I [have] the responsibility of designing and producing the monthly newsletter for the institute,” she said. The newsletter provides updates about national and local homeland security issues along with a list of events and opportunities in the institute’s policy areas.

In past internships with the office of state representative Dave Reed (a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College’s first graduating class) and the U.S. Department of Education, Rodgers found that the work experience “has only strengthened my interest in politics and public policy.” Her aim is to study these subjects in graduate school.

Early in her college career, Rodgers was a member of the IUP Marching Band and has volunteered for the Indiana Arts Council for four years. She and a colleague have also created EdgeWise Magazine, an all-student, all-volunteer, on-line publication. Rodgers and her coeditor hope to turn the project into a business. Rodgers is also a member of Delta Epsilon Iota, a national academic honor society fraternity.