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Mentors and Achievements: Fall 2009

Two months before her death on July 9, eighty-eight-year-old professor emerita Jane Washburn was able to enjoy the Department of Counseling’s celebration banquet in Sutton Hall’s Blue Room. Also recognized at the event were other faculty emeriti James Wilson, one of the department’s 1965 founders, and John Worzbyt. Dotsy Spinelli Gigliotti ’70 represented her late father, George Spinelli, the department’s first chairperson.

Journalism Department chairperson Randy Jesick was the subject of an August 9 feature story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It turns out Jesick was practically born in a newspaper: “The building that included our home also housed for a number of years a newspaper called the Belle Vernon Enterprise,” he told writer Ron Paglia. “Isabelle Hurley was the editor, and she later became one of the major figures in the newspaper profession in the Mon Valley.” Jesick has been at IUP for forty years, and, at the time of the article, ranked third in seniority on the university’s faculty. He is also a member of the IUP Magazine Advisory Panel.

In late September, a memorial concert took place in Fisher Auditorium to honor the life of Music Department faculty member Daniel DiCicco, who died February 3. Performance groups included the Alumni Jazz Band, Alumni Wind Ensemble, IUP Wind Ensemble, and Faculty Chamber Ensembles. There were also premiere performances of works composed by IUP alumni. A Beaver Falls native, DiCicco graduated from ISTC in 1954 and joined the faculty two years later. He was professor of clarinet and director of Bands, conducting the IUP Marching Band and the Concert Band. In 1961, he founded the IUP Wind Ensemble and in 1973 took over direction of the Mellowmen from Charlie Davis. He received an IUP Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in 1986 and a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. The DiCicco Rehearsal Hall in Cogswell Hall is named in his honor.

On November 4, Lois Blair will celebrate her hundredth birthday. Blair came to ISTC in 1946 to teach English in the junior-high grades of Keith School. (The editor of this magazine was one of her students.) In 1961, she was appointed director of laboratory experiences for what was by then Indiana State College, and she retired ten years later from what had become Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She continued to live in Indiana and to play active roles in many organizations. Today, she lives at St. Andrew’s Village on Indian Springs Road.

U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Colleges 2010

For the sixteenth consecutive year, IUP was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 216 national doctoral universities in the rankings for Best Colleges 2010.

Notable Awards and Honors

New Appointments, IUP Council of Trustees

  • Jonathan Mack, an Indiana attorney long active in community affairs
  • Raymond Edwards, a junior International Business and Economics double major from Wernersville and a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College

IUP Center for Teaching Excellence Recognition

  • Fredalene Barletta Bowers ’70, M’73, Human Development and Environmental Studies, recognized for academic advising and mentoring
  • Lori Lombard, Speech-Language Pathology, recognized for content pedagogy
  • Kelli Reefer Paquette ’93, Professional Studies in Education, recognized for content pedagogy

2009 Outstanding Business Professional

  • Presented by the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology to Chuck Leyh ’80, board chairman and president of Enterprise Bank, Allison Park

2009 Outstanding Entrepreneur

  • Presented by the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology to David Bluemling ’85, CEO of Malin Bergquist, a public accounting firm with offices in three Pennsylvania cities

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

  • Daniel Spratt, a junior Asian Studies major from Butler, selected for the scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education for study in China this year

Pickering Fellowship

  • Sarah Flewelling, a junior from Pittsfield, Me., and a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College, chosen for the fellowship offered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation


  • For the ninth consecutive year, IUP selected for inclusion in Princeton Review’s flagship college guide—The Best 371 Colleges, 2010 edition. IUP was also named among the “Best Northeastern Colleges.”
  • For the sixteenth consecutive year, IUP selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 216 national doctoral universities in the rankings for Best Colleges 2010