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2006 Outstanding Organization of the Year for a Student Alumni Association

Presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education to the IUP Ambassadors at the national conference of the Association of Student Advancement Programs

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival PlayLabs Fellowship

To Emily Fargo, a Theater major and student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College from Marion, Ohio

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Based on recommendations from the University Senate and awarded during the university’s Honors Day celebration last spring, the awards were bestowed on the following faculty members:

Sally McCombie

For Teaching, Sally McCombie, Department of Human Development and Environmental Studies

Narayanswamy Bharathan

For Research, Narayanswamy Bharathan, Department of Biology

Ramesh Soni

For Service, Ramesh Soni, Department of Management

Outstanding Business Professional Award

Given by the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology at its annual golf classic in July to Norm Fornella ’70, Dick Corporation executive vice president and chief financial officer

Awards for Publication Excellence

Presented to IUP Magazine in the Magazines and Journals category and to The Perfect Fit video in the Marketing and Public Relations Video and Electronic Publications category 


Before she came to IUP, Sociology professor Betsy Crane played a key role in implementing a Family Development Credential program in New York State and also helped start similar programs in several other states. Now, FDC credentials are being awarded through IUP, and nearly fourscore Western Pennsylvania human service workers were expected to receive them in late September. The training and development program gives front-line workers skills and competencies they can use to help families identify and reach their goals. September’s ceremony in Pittsburgh was planned by statewide FDC director Barbara Mooney of the Pennsylvania Community Action Association and by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Scheduled keynote speaker was Evelyn Harris, who, Crane said, originally funded the FDC program’s creation at Cornell University; the program has now been adopted by eighteen states.

Although seven weeks of IUP Religious Studies professor Stuart Chandler’s most recent summer vacation were spent on the road, he gave hardly a thought to the price of gas. Chandler and his thirteen-year-old son, Evan, covered more than two thousand miles on a tandem bicycle, traveling through New York State to Quebec and then back through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. According to the Indiana Gazette, they “took only a tent, two sheets, enough clothes for five days for each of them, a bike repair kit, a makeshift ‘stove’ made from cat food cans, and extra water.” When it started to get dark, they knocked on doors and asked surprised householders for permission to pitch the tent on their property. Many times, they were offered food and a chance to shower as well as tent space. Twice during the trip, Chandler’s wife and younger son met them—once in New Hampshire, where they celebrated the younger son’s birthday, and once in Cooperstown, N.Y.