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A licensed and nationally certified counselor, Holly Moore of the Department of Counseling was recruited by the Red Cross through her affiliation with the National Board of Certified Counselors to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Moore was deployed to Baton Rouge for two weeks and applied her specialization in crisis intervention and prevention in an evacuee center in Baton Rouge. The faculty in the department supported her deployment by agreeing to cover her classes in her absence.

Under the direction of faculty member Tom Lord, a graduate Biology student has earned awards. Matthew Newcamp won the Outstanding Student Poster competition at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers. His presentation stemmed from research he conducted in association with his degree and in consultation with Lord.

Elsewhere in this issue of IUP Magazine is coverage of the inauguration of President Tony Atwater. Many on campus were responsible for making the events successful, including Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Donna Griffith ’74, M’77, assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, who served as chair and co-chair, respectively. Health and Physical Education faculty member Christine Black coordinated the inaugural ball, while Music faculty member Lorraine Wilson oversaw all the music associated with the event. Kevin Eisensmith ’78 and Jack Stamp ’76 were instrumental in orchestrating the Magnificent Collage Concert. Tom Slater of the English Department planned a Western film festival as part of the event. Ed Simpson of Theater and Dance auditioned and coached actors to portray figures of significance in the university’s history for a special picnic. The list could go on for many pages.

IUP’s first research conference for undergraduates is taking place in April and is being planned by a group led by Steven Hovan in Geoscience, Kelly Jo Kerry Moran in Professional Studies in Education, and Ramesh Soni of Management, who currently is serving as interim vice-provost for Research and dean of Graduate Studies. The group’s plan is to extend participation for future conferences to undergraduates from other institutions.