2015

December

IUP Office of Human Resources Organize Donation to Pathways Shelter

The Office of Human Resources organized a donation to the Pathways homeless shelter, resulting in 620 items being donated.

IUP to Hold Commencement Ceremonies December 12

Graduate and undergraduate winter Commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, December 12, 2015. The ceremony for graduate students will be at 9:30 a.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

November

Bouchat's Piece Accepted to Mathematical Art Gallery

Dr. Rachelle Bouchat, assistant professor in the math department, had an art piece accepted into a juried art exhibit at the Mathematical Art Gallery that is held in conjunction with the Joint Mathematics Meetings this January in Seattle.

Student Firefighters Receive Scholarship Established by Local Fire Departments

Marcus Sheehan, a member of the Indiana Fire Association, and Kelsey Trunzo, a member of the Creekside Volunteer Fire Department, are the first recipients of the scholarship that was established through a grant received by the Cherry Tree, Creekside, Indiana, Marion Center and Plumville Fire Departments. 

IUP Seeds Club Planning Second Annual Seed Swap Project, Open to Community

The Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Club of IUP, a student-organized group, will host the second annual Community Seed Swap on November 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event, free and open to the community, will be held in the Zink Hall gymnasium A.

IUP Police Academy Program Coordinator Releases His Latest Book

Dennis Marsili, Program Coordinator of IUP's Police Academy and retired detective sergeant of the New Kensington Police Department, has released his second book, "Little Chicago: A History of Organized Crime in New Kensington, Pa." 

IUP Recognized for Contributions to Society, Named a “Best Bang for the Buck” College by National Guide Book

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected, for the seventh consecutive year, by Washington Monthly for its national ranking of schools based on contributions to society. Only 11 universities in Pennsylvania were selected for the recognition in 2015. The three main criteria for the ranking were social mobility, research, and service.

IUP Faculty Member Recognized with Octavius V. Catto Award

Dr. Michele Papakie, chair of the IUP Department of Journalism and Public Relations and a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, was recognized with the Octavius V. Catto Award for outstanding public service. Papakie received the award from Pennsylvania deputy adjutant general-Air, Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli.

IUP Selected For “Military Friendly Schools” Listing

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse magazines, for its 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools. This is the fifth year IUP has been selected for the list, which honors institutions the magazine’s editors describe as delivering “the best experience for military students.”

Allegheny Arboretum at IUP Recognized by Best College Reviews as a “Most Beautiful College Arboretum”

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Arboretum was named to the listing of “most beautiful college arboretums” by “Best College Reviews.” The ranking was determined in part by the North American Plant Collections Consortium.

IUP Dean Part of NSF Grant to Promote Gender Equity in STEM Faculty Positions

Deanne Snavely, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is part of a consortium of western Pennsylvania and northern Ohio universities to promote gender equity for faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. Snavely will work with two faculty from Case Western Reserve on the three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advance Program.

October

IUP Named National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of only six institutions in Pennsylvania and one of just 102 universities in the nation selected as a national Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Information on the Recent Power Outage at IUP

Early this morning, the campus experienced a power outage due to an electrical problem near Wilson Hall.

IUP Theater and Dance Project Helping Nurses at IRMC

A new course developed by an Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Theater and Dance professor could help play a role in creating more positive interactions between patients and nurses at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

IUP Offering Experts, Expertise to International Conference

A team of experts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania is part of the annual Health, Safety, Security, and Environment Conference and Exhibition sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago. The conference, “Managing Risk in Economic Uncertainty,” is expected to draw more than 300 professionals from the business community, public sector, regulatory agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

Health and Human Services Opens New Office for Research and Scholarly Excellence

Directed by Teresa Shellenbarger, the office is part of the college’s continued efforts to strengthen the infrastructure, deepen the commitment to the teacher-scholar model, and provide support and mentorship to faculty as they pursue opportunities.

September

Annual Security Report for IUP is Now Available

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school.

IUP Plans Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Folger Dining Hall During Homecoming Weekend

It was originally dedicated on a homecoming weekend in 1972. Forty-three years later, “Ma Folger” would undoubtedly be proud of the “new” dining hall named in her honor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania will officially “cut the ribbon” to celebrate the newly renovated Folger Dining Hall on October 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

IUP Homecoming to Attract Thousands with Annual Parade, The Clarks Concert, Folger Hall Ribbon Cutting, Reunions, Football Game

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual Homecoming celebration October 2–4, 2015, is expected to draw thousands to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including the annual parade and football game.

IUP Hosting 12th Annual LGBT Film Festival

The Indiana Cares Campaign to End Homophobia (ICC) will kick off its 12th annual LGBT Film Festival with a special “Music Upstairs at the Coney” on September 26, 2015, with a performance by Grist for the Mill from 7:00–9:00 p.m. The festival will be held on five Sunday evenings in October in Stouffer Hall’s Beard Auditorium at IUP.

Sociology Graduate Student Selected for Volunteer Service Award

Lisa McCann, a sociology graduate student, has been selected for the 2015 Foundation for IUP Community Volunteer Service Award.

IUP to Offer Memorial Program on 14th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

The memorial program will be held next to the university’s September 11 memorial in the Oak Grove, between Sutton Hall and Stapleton Library. The event will include a remembrance of the three IUP alumni lost in the World Trade Center attacks: William Moskal, a 1979 graduate; Donald Jones, a 1980 graduate; and William Sugra, a 1993 graduate. In addition to the service, other events to honor the memory of those lost will be held around campus.

IUP Biology Students Working at Reforestation Project at Flight 93 National Memorial

Biology majors Ian Forte and Cassandra Krul, under the direction of biology faculty members Jeff Larkin and Mike Tyree, are evaluating the success of the reforestation project efforts at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. The project to evaluate the health and growth of the trees is funded through a $5,000 grant from the National Park Foundation.

IUP Joins National Research Study Testing Best Ways to Learn CPR

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of nine schools of nursing chosen to participate in a national research study about cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. The study, “Adaptive BLS Training: Optimizing Individual BLS Maintenance of Competence Training,” will involve 800 nursing students.

July

IUP President to be Featured on “Infinite Opportunities” Cable Show

IUP President Michael Driscoll will be featured on the August 2 episode of “Infinite Opportunities,” a half-hour, public affairs program featuring Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education universities. The show airs at 2:00 p.m. on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, the statewide public affairs network.

IUP Administrator Named to Global Dialogue Program by International Organization

Michele Petrucci, assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement in the Office of International Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to serve as one of six U.S. Global Dialogue Partners for the inaugural cohort of Global Dialogue Fellows.

June

IUP Receives Grant Funding from PLCB to Reduce Underage, Dangerous Drinking

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $39,992 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to help to fund strategies to reduce underage and dangerous drinking. IUP’s grant is part of funding from PLCB of almost $2.3 million to 65 municipalities, community groups, schools, colleges and universities and law

Academy of Culinary Arts Dean's List, Spring 2015

Students are named to the Dean’s Recognition List for academic excellence at the Academy of Culinary Arts when they achieve a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. The academy, located in Punxsutawney, is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission

May

IUP Dean Honored as American Theatre Fellow

Michael Hood, dean of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Fine Arts, has been honored by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre as an American Theatre Fellow. He will hold this recognition for a lifetime. He was inducted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2015. Th

McHugh Selected for IUP's Distinguished University Professor Honor

Maureen McHugh has been selected as Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2015–16 Distinguished University Professor. A professor of psychology, McHugh is known nationally for her work in gender and diversity and in the field of violence against women. “Dr. McHugh excels in research, teaching, and service, an

Four IUP Faculty Members Honored with University Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards

Four Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been selected for the 2015 University Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards. Since 1969, IUP has presented these awards to honor faculty members who make significant contributions to the university. The 2015 winners are Dr. W. Zachary Collins, Department

IUP Spring 2015 Commencement Overview

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold commencement ceremonies May 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex for more than 1,889 graduates. The ceremonies will combine undergraduate and graduate students.

April

Partnership the Principal Theme of Hotel Groundbreaking Ceremony

Partnership was the principal theme highlighted during groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday, April 29, 2015, for the Hilton Garden Inn hotel adjacent to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Michael Fiore, from Fiore Brothers Management, LLC, of Altoona, and Mark Morath, preside

IUP Delays Per-Credit Tuition Pilot in Face of Governor's Proposed Budget and State System Board of Governors' Action

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has opted to defer for one year its previously announced per-credit tuition pilot.

Hilton Garden Inn at IUP Moving Forward

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and IUP Hospitality, LLC, announced today that construction of a Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex will begin this spring. The ceremonial groundbreaking for this six-story upscale lodging facility will take place April 29, 2015.

March

IUP, WCCC Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Community College signed an agreement to help students earn an associate degree from WCCC while studying at IUP. The reverse transfer agreement is designed to support students who earned college-level credits toward an associate degree

IUP Sorority to Raise Autism Awareness with Three Upcoming Events

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania sorority will have several events to raise funds and awareness about autism during April. April is national Autism Awareness Month. Alpha Xi Delta sorority is currently selling blue light bulbs as a kick off for this month’s events. Members will be selling

IUP Honor Fraternity Sponsoring Autism Awareness Week Events

Phi Sigma Pi national co-ed honor fraternity has organized six different events for its first Autism Awareness Week, planned for March 30 through April 4, 2015. All of the events are designed to raise awareness about autism. Donations also will be welcomed at events throughout the week to benefit the international autism awareness project, “Light It Up Blue.”

IUP to Honor Nell Jack with President's Medal of Distinction

Nell G. Jack will receive the 2015 Indiana University of Pennsylvania President’s Medal of Distinction for dedication and support. Michael Driscoll, IUP president, will present the award to Jack at the annual Leader’s Circle of Indiana County awards event on April 22 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic

IUP Trustee Honored with “Nation's Top Attorneys” Recognition

Indiana attorney Jonathan Mack, a member and vice chair of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, has been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its “Nation’s Top

February

IUP Provost Names Randy Martin Dean of IUP Graduate Studies and Research

Timothy Moerland, Indiana University of Pennsylvania provost, has named Randy Martin as the dean of IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. Martin will begin this role March 9, 2015. “Dr. Martin has almost 30 years of experience at IUP, both in the classroom as a member of the

IUP Criminology Program Ranked in Top 10 for Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News and World Report

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Arts in Criminology: Online program has been selected among the top 10 online graduate criminal justice programs by U.S. News & World Report . The selection is based on factors that include admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and academic and career support

Semester in Harrisburg Provides IUP Students State Government Experience

Two IUP students are participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Tiffany Fox, a criminology/pre-law major from Irwin and Julia McBride, a political science major from McKeesport are two of 13 students part