Central Calendar

Friday, April 2, 2021

Exhibit: Department of Art and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibition

University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

This ever-popular exhibition is an opportunity for the Art and Design faculty at IUP to share their work that showcases the forefront of contemporary art.

  • Tuesday–Friday, April 2–30
  • 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

After a well-received and dynamic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 2018, the Lively Arts is delighted to invite the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for a return visit to perform “We Sing America,” a patriotic salute highlighting the contribution of female composers.

Designed to complement a gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of women composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning American composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the evocative music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of Beethoven.

All spring 2021 Ovations events are Pay-As-You-Can.

Visit the Lively Arts Ticket Site to upload your video.


This young driving force in Nordic world music draws inspiration from folk and traditional Scandinavian music and reshapes it with an endlessly innovated and contemporary approach. The Dreamers’ Circus trio musicians Nikolaj Busk (Denmark, piano and accordion), Ale Carr (Sweden cittern), and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Demark, violin)—display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances.

Based in music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland, Finland, and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands, they view these traditional roots merely as a point of departure from which to expand. In playing, they seek to unlock imaginations and allow the mind to wander to a place where stories unfold. The name of the band is no accident. The magical feel upon entering the circus tent, surrounded by vividly colored memories… Dreamers’ Circus strives to engage your senses and invoke a place of freedom, somewhere for our imagination to play in and a space for dreaming.

All Ovations events for the spring 2021 season are Pay-as-You-Can. Visit our ticket site to rent this video.


Health and wellness are at the forefront for most of us! All members of the IUP family are invited to join us in the 2021 IUP Wellness Challenge, April 1–30, 2021.

Everyone who completes the IUP Wellness Challenge will receive a Completion Certificate and the chance to win additional IUP prizes.

  1. Register, and download the Wellness Challenge Calendar.
  2. Start the wellness challenge on Thursday, April 1, completing the activity checklist each day.
  3. Finish the wellness challenge on Friday, April 30.
  4. Share your wellness challenge photos to your favorite social media platforms using #iupwellnesschallenge or email photos to alumni-relations@iup.edu for additional chances to win exciting IUP prizes along the way and to be highlighted on the IUP Alumni Association channels.
  5. Email alumni-relations@iup.edu by May 15, 2021, with a copy of your IUP Wellness Challenge Tracker confirming your challenge completion.

IUP Wellness Challenge Calendar

We encourage you to follow a sound nutritional plan, practice mediation, yoga, or other mental wellness activities too!

Visit: www.alumni.iup.edu/iupcares for an on-demand library of additional resources!

Note: You should consult your physician before beginning any exercise routine. We encourage you to practice safe social distancing during the IUP Wellness Challenge. If you have any questions, please contact us at alumni-relations@iup.edu.

#IUPproud #IUPWellnessChallenge

Learn all about the 2021 IUP Wellness Challenge.

Current events, finals, Zoom fatigue, or anxiety stressing you out? Come to MCSLE in Elkin Hall and express yourself as part of the MCSLE Collage. We bring the paper and art supplies, you bring the creativity.

Fill our your piece of the collage from Wednesday, April 28, to Friday, April 30, 8:00–noon and 1:00–8:00 p.m. in Elkin Hall. The finished product will be displayed in Elkin and posted on our Instagram, @iup_mcsle.

Chalk on the Walk

Oak Grove

College of Fine Arts

Do you have something to say? Something you want to express, or just share with other people? Join us in the Oak Grove for the annual Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Chalk contest. We’ll provide the chalk (and prizes!), and you can make any social, political, or other comment that you want.

Start creating comments at 9:00 a.m. and judging begins at 4:00 p.m. This year, the first prize is $100. Awards are given for communicating an idea, and all registered IUP students are eligible. Free t-shirts from IUP MarCom for all participants!

“What have you missed? What do you look forward to?” We want to ask you this question, and everyone can join in around the giant chalk IUP logo and help us with the answer. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and we hope you’ll take the time to come out and express yourself.

Event is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, National Art Education Association, STATIC, and IUP MarCom.

Come to North Dining and enjoy the annual pig roast party on the patio!

Join us fora delve into comic books and graphic novels. Featuring comic books and source materials found in the IUP Special Collections and University Archives and presentations from Gian Pagnucci, Marquel Sherry, and Jamie Polnau of the IUP English Department, this is sure to be a fascinating event! 

Contact University Archivist Harrison Wick (hwick@iup.edu) for Zoom information.

Meet BEACJoin this online session with the Black Experience Alumni Committee and share your Black student experience at IUP.

The Black Experience Alumni Committee is a new alumni committee that advocates for improvements IUP can make to improve Black students’ academic success and social experience. Help them understand the needs of Black IUP students and how they can best communicate with them.

This event will be hosted by members of the Black Experience Alumni Committee and IUP students Davis Kazako, Annika Philippe-Auguste, Rachel Pettiford, and Theodore (Malik) Turner. It is open to all IUP students.

Join via Zoom. There is no need to preregister. You will be in a waiting room prior to the start of the event.

Meet faculty, students, and admissions counselors during this virtual visit. Learn about the culinary and baking degree options, job placement, student life, and more! Register at Register for a Culinary Visit.

Carl Rahkonen, music librarian, will present a virtual session on Samuel Bayard and his work collecting fiddle tunes of Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Join us on Zoom for this fascinating presentation!

Recital: IUP Saxophone Studio (Online)

YouTube Live Stream

The Lively Arts

Join the saxophone studio for their spring recital! You’ll hear a mix of saxophone quartets, large ensembles, and a solo work or two.

There will be no live audience permitted. This event will be livestreamed only on the Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

DIY Spa Tutorials 2 (Virtual)


Student Cooperative

DIY Spa Tutorials Spring 2021Listen. We get it. This semester has completely stressed out every single one of us. Don’t you deserve to treat yo self? We think you do. Thats why STATIC is bringing the spa to you with DIY Spa Tutorials.

Join STATIC to unplug and relax with DIY spa kits and relaxation tips and tricks pre-finals! The event will virtually take place via Facebook and Instagram Live and stories. No preregistration is required to join.

Want a pre-assembled DIY spa kit? Register here. You can pick up your kit from the STATIC office (HUB 215-216) prior to the event beginning on Monday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you can’t stop by to pick up a kit or if all kits are distributed, feel free to check out the official DIY Spa Tutorials Recipes and Ingredients List instead.

For more information, visit the STATIC website or STATIC on Twitter and Instagram.

Location Change: Sex on the Big Screen

HUB Susquehanna Room

Haven Project Events

Health and Wellness Promotion, the Haven Project, and ATOD invite you to their event: Sex on the Big Screen.lets talk sex

The location has been changed from the Miller Practice Field to the HUB due to expected rain. 

Watch movie and television clips. Join in on a discussion about what we see in movies and television about sex, alcohol, consent, and sexual violence.

T-shirts and free stuff will be available for attendees.  

Questions? Email haven-project@iup.edu