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Thomas Linzey '92

Revolutionary: Last spring, Thomas Linzey ’92 was identified by Forbes.com as one of “Ten People Who Could Change the World.” Head of the nonprofit Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Linzey has asserted the rights of local governments against those of corporations for more than a decade. But, according to Forbes, “only recently did he fuse the principle of government with the so-called ‘wild law,’” which gives ecosystems legal rights of their own. As Linzey told Forbes, “When majorities in communities can’t make decisions, we don’t have democracy anymore.” Linzey graduated from Widener University School of Law, which has bestowed on him a number of awards. (photo: Barry Reeger)

Cornell West

Race and Democracy: Before an overflow crowd in Eberly auditorium, Princeton professor Cornel West lectured in late January as part of the university’s eighteenth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., commemorative program. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received twenty honorary degrees. His best-selling book Race Matters (1993), is credited with changing the course of America’s dialogue on race, justice, and democracy. His lecture was only one event in a crowded schedule of King observances that included film presentations, a blood drive, a march, luncheons, receptions, and an exhibit in Stapleton Library. (photo: Keith Boyer)

Sen. Robert Casey, Jr.

On Campus: U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., engaged in a roundtable discussion with university, government, and economic leaders in Sutton Hall’s Blue Room in February. He stressed the importance of extending health insurance coverage to all children in Indiana County and said 133,000 children statewide are still not covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (photo: Adam Borodach)

Sunflower Studio

Engines and Yoga: As director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, Tony Palamone oversees an operation of as many as one hundred clients a year. Among them are Jill Fiore M’97, D’03 and her Sunflower Yoga Studio on Indiana’s Philadelphia Street. “Tony was very helpful in showing me how to write a business plan and how to acquire funding and account for expenses,” Fiore said. “He offered a lot of practical advice about how to open a new business.” Over the years, three of the SBDC’s clients, most recently Slowboy Racing, have made Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing privately held firms in the U.S. (photo: Keith Boyer) 

Delphine Douyere

Tragic and Senseless: In 2000, the year after she completed her doctorate in Paris, writing her dissertation on street children of Rio de Janeiro and nongovernmental organizations to aid them, Delphine Douyère ’92 founded her own NGO, Terr’Ativa. Located in Rio near Copacabana beach, it sought to improve education for children and adolescents from Brazil’s poorest communities. In February 2007, she was brutally murdered, along with her husband, Christian Doupes, and their colleague, Jérôme Faure, in the organization’s office. One of the three assailants was a former street kid she had helped years before and had later hired as an accountant. Among her survivors is her son, Max, now three. A friend from her time at IUP, Dana Letzter Lugassy ’93, took this picture of Douyère in 1989. She said she has heard from Douyère’s IUP friends in Cypress, Turkey, Holland, Venezuela, Brazil, and Japan. “They are all mourning her tragic, senseless death, too,” she said. Those wanting to extend condolences to Douyère’s mother may contact Lugassy at DLetzter@aol.com. (photo: Dana Letzter Lugassy)

Homeless Simulation

What it's Like: For two and a half days late last fall, students in faculty member Caleb Finegan’s First-Year Experience pilot course inhabited a makeshift tent city in front of Keith Hall that simulated homelessness. Cassidy Pittman, left, and Genna Chilson gained perspective on what it’s like to be homeless in Western Pennsylvania with winter closing in. Finegan is also the founder and faculty advisor behind IUP’s Alternative Spring Break program, which this year sent more than eighty students to work at four sites in eastern Tennessee, central Texas, New Orleans, and Vermont on projects related to trail building, hurricane relief, and animal rights. (photo: Keith Boyer)