All-Mozart and All-Steinway
An all-Mozart concert by the IUP Orchestra with soloist James Staples in Gorell Recital Hall celebrated the official recognition of IUP as an All-Steinway School in April.
Ray Rotuna, Steinway & Sons northeast senior district manager, represented Steinway president Bruce Stevens. He read a letter from Stevens that praised the university for its investment in eighty-two new Steinway pianos as part of the Cogswell Hall renaissance. “Clearly,” he said, “students will choose to invest their talents at IUP, because IUP has invested in them…Excellence begets excellence.”
Robert Wilburn (left), who served as IUP’s president in the seventies, spoke at May’s Commencement ceremonies in Miller Stadium and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kristina Butz, a Hospitality Management major from Larksville, Pa., was the student speaker.
Currently the first president and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation, Wilburn was the youngest president in IUP’s history, assuming the post in 1975 at age thirty-two and serving until 1979.
At Home in a Renaissance-Style Roman Palace
Paul Arpaia (right), faculty member in IUP’s History Department, will spend the coming academic year at the American Academy in Rome. He received a Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies to continue scholarship centered on “Luigi Federzoni, Standardbearer of italianità from Liberal to Post-Fascist Italy.”
Arpaia will also issue dispatches to IUP Magazine, describing what life is like at the academy for him and his thirty or so fellow scholars from a variety of fields. What all have in common, “besides professional distinction or the distinct promise thereof,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “is the importance to their work of the rich and ancient city on whose highest hill they sit.”
Congressman John Murtha was kickoff speaker at a daylong symposium on diabetes at IUP in April.
Called “IUP Cares: Diabetes in the Media—Understanding the Crisis, Speaking a Common Language,” the event was sponsored by Diamond Drugs and Diamond Medical Supply and First Commonwealth Bank and was a component of WTAE-TV’s “Healthy for Life” viewer initiative. WTAE health reporter Marilyn Brooks was keynote speaker for the symposium’s afternoon session.
Celebration of Student Research
More than two hundred IUP students participated in the university’s second annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in April.
Events at the Hadley Union Building (shown) and Sprowls Hall’s Kipp Gallery featured poster presentations and discussions and presentations of research papers, art, and music. The conference began last year as an initiative by President Tony Atwater to recognize and stimulate undergraduate research and encourage collaboration of students with their peers, professors, and other professionals within the university. It was sponsored by the president and by the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Left to right: President Tony Atwater, 2007 Scholar-Athletes Nicole Blaesser and Dave Mazza, and Chris Villarrial ’95, featured speaker at the All-America and Championships Banquet in April. Villarrial retired last year after an eleven-year career in the NFL.