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Awards and Recognitions

Fulbright Faculty Scholarship

Awarded to Computer Science Department faculty member William Oblitey for work in Ghana during the 2009-2010 academic year

Appointed to the State System Board of Governors

IUP Student Government Association President Jessica Carson, a Sociology major from Quarryville


For the eighth consecutive year, IUP selected for inclusion in a Princeton Review “Best” Guidebook, appearing in Best 368 Colleges, 2009 edition


William Oblitey

William Oblitey

Computer Science faculty member William Oblitey will go to Ghana next year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He will work at Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Science and Technology, helping the institute to build a computer science program and to incorporate information assurance and computer security into the curriculum. As director of the Institute for Information Assurance at IUP, Oblitey has been instrumental in establishing partnerships between the university and several community colleges and some four-year colleges. An IUP faculty member since 1984, Oblitey has been involved in IBM University since 1998 and has taught courses on the IBM System 390 mainframe.

A music education classroom in the recently renovated Cogswell Hall now bears the name of Olive Fornear, who taught for seventeen years in the Department of Music until her retirement in 1974. An alumna of Indiana State Teachers College in the Class of 1933, Fornear was awarded the President’s Medal of Distinction in 2003 for her outstanding dedication as a teacher and for her longstanding devotion to the Department of Music. Support from family members, friends, and colleagues made possible the classroom naming, which was approved at the September meeting of the IUP Council of Trustees.

Playwright Ed Simpson taught at IUP from 1980 to 2006, when he retired and moved to North Carolina. Now he has accepted a post as professor of theater and chair of the Department of Performing Arts at High Point University. According to the university’s media relations coordinator, “At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people.” There are 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem.