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At the Core

IUP President Tony Atwater

Message from the President

This issue of IUP Magazine includes exciting news of ongoing and transformational capital projects that are changing the landscape of the IUP campus.

One of the most visible changes to the campus is the $270-million Student Residential Revival, which will be completed with the opening of the Crimson Suites this coming fall. IUP also is contributing to a face-lift for the Indiana community with the construction of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, which will be open in the spring of 2011. IUP and community members alike are enjoying the beautiful new Performing Arts Center, which was achieved through the renovation of Fisher and Waller halls.

While these are the most recent and visible landmarks for the Indiana campus, many other significant physical plant projects have been completed in the past decade or so. The university has renovated three classroom buildings—Uhler, Wilson, and Cogswell—and its student services center, Clark Hall. The Student Cooperative Association has greatly expanded and reenergized the Hadley Union Building, making it a destination for the university community.

On the South Campus, IUP has honored the late Owen Dougherty, a longtime baseball and football coach, with the creation of Owen Dougherty Field, and Ruth Podbielski, a champion for women’s sports, with new softball facilities—Podbielski Field. We have also added a soccer field for our varsity women’s team. The regional campuses offer new facilities, including a renovated IUP Fairman Centre in downtown Punxsutawney.

We have reestablished our commitment to the continued health of the “heart” of our campus, the Oak Grove, and to increasing green space on campus with the establishment of the Allegheny Arboretum as a campuswide, living museum.

While important and impressive, progress at IUP is not limited to physical plant improvements. In the last fifteen years, we have established the only endowed honors college in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education—the Robert E. Cook Honors College—and celebrated more than $10 million in gifts from its namesake and benefactor, a member of the Class of 1964; achieved unconditional Middle States reaccreditation; developed a comprehensive long-range strategic plan; established the Common Freshman Reader program, Freshman Convocation, and the Center for Student Success; introduced the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership; and carefully and strategically enriched our academic offerings, including three new master’s programs and two new doctoral programs.

We truly are moving forward on many fronts. This fall, we broke all previous admissions records, with a student enrollment of 14,638. Ten students and fifty-nine faculty members have been selected for Fulbright Scholarships since the program’s inception. In the last decade, thirty students have won international awards and scholarships, ranging from Goldwaters to National Science Foundation fellowships. For the first time in IUP’s history, an IUP student has been selected as the top ROTC cadet in the nation.

We also realized a 110 percent fund-raising increase in new gifts and pledges this past year and a 14 percent increase in corporate and foundation giving.

We continue to be recognized by prestigious guidebooks and publications. IUP has been featured, for nine consecutive years, in Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook and last fall appeared in its listing of Best Northeastern Colleges. In 2008, IUP was selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the listing of “colleges that make a difference” compiled by Washington Monthly. Both honors were new to IUP.

While change is necessary and inevitable, we will continue to hold true to the core values IUP has developed over its 135-year history. These include a high standard of academic excellence, outstanding research and scholarship, student-centeredness, community partnerships, and civic engagement.

I continue to be honored to serve as your president, and I take great pride in the outstanding accomplishments of IUP students, faculty, and alumni. I can also assure you that we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that your pride and affection for this wonderful institution remain steadfast.

More from the Winter 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine

South Eleventh Street

Then and Now

A lot has changed at IUP over 135 years. These photos compare a few campus vistas of today with how they looked in the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties.

Lauren Fisher

Saved by the Bell

When her life was in turmoil—when she had neither a home nor hope—Lauren Fisher desperately needed salvation. She found it in the strangest of places. A boxing ring.

Above the Caption

Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Woodward, and Bill Strickland, and more

Mentors and Achievements

Faculty highlights; awards and honors


IUP’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and more athletics news

IUP Magazine Web Exclusives

Professor N. Bharathan speaks with a student

The Academic Experience

January 15, 2010
Faculty, staff, and administration at IUP share one vision: academic excellence.

Melissa Rogers reads a comic book

Serious about Comics

December 15, 2009
For Melissa Rogers, comic books are serious business.

Scott McGuire ’90

Band of Brothers

November 14, 2009
Scott McGuire’s diagnosis of ALS brought his TKE brothers together again.