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IUP President’s Medal of Distinction
To Rodney Ruddock ’65, M’75 and Ellen Sylves Ruddock ’66, in recognition of their dedication, support, and service to the university, community, and nation.

Kennedy Center Regional Competition Selection 
An IUP Department of Theater and Dance production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane was selected for regional competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It was the fifth time in six years an IUP production had been so honored.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships 
Awarded to three IUP students for study abroad this semester: Student Trustee Chad Buckwalter (China); Natalie McCauley (Russia); and Chad Shelly (Australia). The three were among only four hundred scholarship winners nationwide.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia 
Given to four IUP students for study abroad this semester: Student Trustee Chad Buckwalter (China); Caitlin Howgard (Japan); Erin Knisley (Japan); and Christopher Peperato (China). Only five hundred students are selected nationally for the awards.

Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Awards 
First- and Third-Place Undergraduate and Second-Place Graduate to IUP’s Small Business Institute for faculty-guided, student-based field case projects in 2006-2007 with clients Four Footed Friends, Seeds of Faith Christian Academy, and OnStage, respectively.


English professor Lynne Alvine was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Rewey Belle Inglis Award, a national award presented to a recipient judged an outstanding woman in English education by the National Council of Teachers of English. For Alvine, it reflects a lifetime of achievement in teaching and mentoring women in the field of English education.

A wall display on the first floor of Stouffer Hall was dedicated last fall to Robert Murray, who retired in 1987 from the IUP Communications Media Department. Hired in 1956 as the first and youngest faculty member with media training and experience, he was instrumental in creating the Department of Learning Resources and Mass Media, a precursor to the current Communications Media Department. He also founded Instructional Resource Services.

Throughout this academic year, IUP faculty members and students have taken part in a host of activities connected with IUP’s 2007-2008 Common Freshman Reader. The book’s author, Elizabeth Kolbert, was scheduled to visit campus in early March to discuss Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. A few weeks earlier, artist Ann Rosenthal lectured on “Climate Change: Can Imagination Save Us?” Her lecture coincided with the Kipp Gallery exhibition Four Degrees: Artistic Views on Climate Change. Also in February, a panel comprising the following faculty members discussed “The Impact of Global Warming on Society and Our Response to It”: University Professor Steven Hovan (Geoscience), Brian Okey (Geography and Regional Planning), David Yerger (Economics), and Timothy Nuttle (Biology). Clips from a British film, The Great Global Swindle, were shown and introduced by Hovan the week before the panel discussion.

Anthropology professor Miriam Chaiken was one of nine finalists in the Chicken Recipe category of the Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown. The segment in which Chaiken appeared aired in mid-February. She told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that her recipe for African Ground Nut Stew was inspired by years of living in Africa. The winner in her category (who, unfortunately, was not Chaiken) was to take home $25,000 and perhaps have his or her recipe featured at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants nationwide.