2016

December

IUP STEM Academy Offers High School Students Dual Enrollment

A new dual-enrollment program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will give high school students the opportunity to get a jump on earning college credits in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields—and at significant savings.

IUP Students, Faculty, and Staff Give Back to Local Community during Holiday Season

Offices and organizations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have come together to raise funds, food, and gifts for local residents in need this holiday season.

Governor Appoints Nathan Spade as New Trustee for IUP

Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate Nathan (Nate) Spade, of Mechanicsburg, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed as a member of IUP’s Council of Trustees. His term will extend through December 2022.

Winter Commencement Ceremonies to be Held December 17

Students completing degrees in December and January are invited to participate in the December commencement ceremonies. Students receiving a total of 752 degrees are eligible for the ceremony. Of this number, 533 are bachelor’s degrees, 173 are master’s degrees, and 46 are doctoral degrees.

November

IUP Students Win Prize to Add Art to Arboretum

A team of art students—Jennifer Blalock, Anthony Bookhammer, and Bill Brown—were recently chosen as the winners of a contest to place art in IUP’s Allegheny Arboretum. Their project, titled “Legacy Marker,” was the result of a Request for Proposal (RFP) sponsored by the arboretum. The $1,000 prize for the winning team, plus $500 for materials, was sponsored by Ray Kinter, an IUP alumni.

Greek Organizations at IUP Raise Over $4,000 for Indiana County Salvation Army Treasures for Children

Through collection efforts in the community, Greek organizations at IUP collected $4,095.37 for the Indiana County Salvation Army Treasures for Children program. This fundraising effort, in its 11th year, has resulted in more than $28,000 collected for this local program that benefits needy families in Indiana County.

Reilly Selected to Direct IUP Liberal Studies Program

Following a search, Edel Reilly, professor of mathematics and assistant chair of the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to serve as the director of IUP’s Liberal Studies program. The Liberal Studies program is designed to meet the goals of the university and to provide a comprehensive curriculum that will provide all IUP students the opportunity to meet the Expected Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes.

James H. Maple Scholarship Awarded, Cybersecurity Lab Dedicated

Four IUP students have been awarded a scholarship that honors a former IUP mathematics professor and co-founder of the IUP Computer Science Department, James H. Maple. A cybersecurity lab in the department has also been named in Maple’s honor.

IUP Experts Part of International Conference on Safety and Security

IUP will again send a team of experts to the Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago. Now in its 20th year, this year’s conference theme is “Innovative HSSE Strategies for Today’s Challenges.”

October

IUP Humanities and Social Sciences Building Earns LEED Certification

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Humanities and Social Sciences building has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. LEED recognition provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.

IUP Group Secures NSF Research Grant to Start Minor in Teamwork

A group of IUP faculty, led by Justin Fair and Anne Kondo, both from the Department of Chemistry, recently received $663,835 from the NSF for their project, “Better Preparing STEM Graduates for Employment: An Interdisciplinary, Problem-based Approach for Teaching and Assessing Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills.” The award is one of the largest research grants ever received by IUP.

IUP Homecoming to Attract Thousands with Annual Parade, Reunions, and Football Game

Dozens of events are planned over the Homecoming weekend of October 14 through October 16 at IUP.

IUP Students to Take Part in Day of Service, October 8

More than 200 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students will provide community service at six sites on October 8, 2016, for the fall Into the Streets event.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Added to IUP Offerings

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is actively enrolling students for its new Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and new PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision following today’s formal approval of the programs by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. Students may begin work in these courses of study in fall 2017.

IUP Ranked as Top College for University-Provided Part-Time Employment

IUP is ranked as 32 in the listing of 250 top universities, recognized for providing 1,522 non-federal work-study part-time jobs for students.

Total Fall 2016 Enrollment is 13,114; Reflects Increase in Military-Affiliated Student Enrollment

The total fall headcount enrollment includes 819 military-affiliated students, an increase of 13 percent from fall 2015 enrollment and an increase of 38 percent from fall 2013 enrollment of military-affiliated students.

September

IUP Department Bake Sale Raises $6,000 for Ovarian Cancer Education and Research

The Department of Communications Disorders, Special Education and Disability Services at IUP will offer its sixth annual “Confections for a Cause” on September 21, 2016, on the second floor of IUP’s Davis Hall to raise funds for ovarian cancer education and research. Almost $6,000 has been raised during the last five years of the event.

Delaney Family to Receive IUP Distinguished Family Business Award

Delaney Automotive Group will be honored with the Distinguished Family Business Award by the IUP Center for Family Business at the annual awards ceremony on September 26, 2016. The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium, inside the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

IUP Continues National Recognition in “U.S. News and World Report”

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked, for the 23rd consecutive year, as one of the “Best National Universities” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The National Universities category, where IUP is placed, includes 310 institutions in the nation that have a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, emphasize research, offer doctoral programs, and were ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “doctoral research university.”

IUP Student Interns with Pennsylvania House Speaker for Harrisburg Internship Semester

Nicole Fidler of Orwigsburg is working in the office of Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Fidler is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in international studies and political science and minoring in French.

August

IUP Phi Kappa Phi President Serves as Delegate for Biennial Convention

Michele Papakie, chairwoman and associate professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, represented the institution’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28 to 30, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Events Planned for Opening of 2016-17 Academic Year

A host of programming is planned to celebrate the new academic year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and to welcome new students into the community. IUP faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to participate in many of the upcoming events.

Events Planned for Opening of 2016–17 Academic Year

A host of programming is planned to celebrate the new academic year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and to welcome new students into the community. IUP faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to participate in many of the upcoming events.

IUP Continues National Recognition in Forbes's “Top Colleges” and Money Magazine's “Best Colleges”

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been included in Forbes’ 2016 “America’s Top Colleges: The 600+ Schools Well Worth the Investment,” as well as MONEY Magazine’s “Best Colleges 2016-2017.”

July

Provost Scholars Named for Fall 2015

The following students have been named Provost Scholars for Fall 2015. To be named a Provost Scholar, students must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

IUP Office of Extended Studies, Infragard Pittsburgh, and S&T Bank Presenting Cyber Security Seminar

IUP's Office of Extended Studies, InfraGard Pittsburgh and S&T Bank will present “Securing Our Region: A Cyber Security Seminar” on July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive. David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is the keynote speaker for the program.

Spring 2016 Graduates

Listed are the May 2016 IUP graduates.

June

IUP One of Four Universities in Pennsylvania Selected for Federal Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of four universities in Pennsylvania and one of 67 in the nation selected for a national program designed to offer federal Pell grants to incarcerated students. The initiative, the Second Chance Pell pilot program, allows eligible and qualified incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to pursue postsecondary education. 

IUP Safety Sciences Faculty Selected for Outstanding Safety Educator Award

Tracey Cekada, Associate Professor, Department of Safety Sciences, was selected for the 2016 Dr. William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award, given annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The national award “recognizes exceptional educators who show the highest level of achievement in teaching, scholarship, and professional service, as part of ASSE.”

First Cybersecurity Camp at IUP a Success

Thirty students and 15 teachers completed a week-long Cybersecurity Camp (GenCyber Camp) at IUP. The camp, part of a national initiative supported by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, was directed by Waleed Farag, Department of Computer Science, and Dighton (Mac) Fiddner, Department of Political Science, and was funded by a grant of $50,000 from the National Security Agency.

IUP, Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County Enter Sixth Year of Water Testing Contract

Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members and students will move into year six of testing water from the Beaver Run Reservoir as a result of an $85,000 contract with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. With this most recent contract, IUP has received a total of $390,000 since 2011 to test and monitor the reservoir’s water quality.

May

IUP Offering Free Cybersecurity Camp for Students, Teachers

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering a free Cybersecurity Camp for middle and high school students and teachers from June 13 to June 17, 2016, on the IUP campus. The camp is part of a national initiative supported by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

IUP Trustee Honored by National Trial Lawyers Association

Indiana attorney Jonathan Mack, a member and vice chair of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and audit committee chair and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, has been selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Groundbreaking Set for North Dining Facility

The North Dining Commons is scheduled for opening in fall 2017. It will be located adjacent to Wallwork Hall in the footprint of what is now Keith Hall. It will have 500 seats and an “all you care to eat” format. It also will house the main bakery and the central commissary for the campus dining program.

State System Chancellor Invites Participation in Systemwide Strategic Planning Process

The Board of Governors has asked the State System institutions to examine the organization and operation of its 14 institutions in order to strategically position the universities for continued success on behalf of students, their families, and the entire Commonwealth. 

April

IUP CIO Bill Balint Honored with Pittsburgh Chief Information Officer Award

Bill Balint, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Chief Technology Officer with more than a quarter-century of service to his alma mater, has been named the winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Chief Information Officer of the Year Award (education division). Balint was one of three finalists in the education division, which is given jointly by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel to Receive Honorary Degree from IUP at May Commencement

IUP will honor John E. Wetzel, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, with an honorary doctor of laws degree at commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016. “IUP is very proud to be part of Secretary Wetzel’s ‘Time To Lead’ initiative and his on-going efforts to help disadvantaged students find success through higher education,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said.

Visiting Scholar Studies Stress in War Veterans, Participants Being Sought

Siobhan Howard, a visiting scholar from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, has spent part of a six-month sabbatical at IUP working on a study about how the human body reacts to stress. The research she has been doing at IUP revolves around having veterans—preferably ones that have been deployed to war—undergo a series of tests to see how they are affected by some common stressors.

Passion for Helping Others on Display During Autism Awareness Week

Robert Matchett’s passion for the Autism Awareness Week project is so deep that he’s making sure it lives on after he graduates this spring. He’s working with a close friend and brother in his honor fraternity, Oktober Appleby, and he plans to hand over the project’s reins to her after the conclusion of this year’s event, which runs from April 18 to 22.

IUP Nursing Student Named Goldwater Scholar

Kara McClain, a nursing major in the Cook Honors College from Grove City, has been named a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This national award recognizes outstanding students in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields across the nation.

IUP Groups Co-Sponsor Annual Autism Awareness Week Events

A number of events are planned on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus to raise awareness about autism during Autism Awareness Week 2016. The theme is “Shine a Light on Autism; Light it Up Blue.” All events are free and open to the community.

Chemistry Student Wins Prestigious Award

Amber Harding made a presentation recently at the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society’s 74th annual conference, in Huntsville, Ala., and she came home the winner of the Chung Soo Yoo Award.

March

IUP to Pilot New Per-Credit Tuition Pricing Program

IUP will launch a per-credit tuition pricing program for the fall 2016 semester for undergraduate students who live in Pennsylvania.

IUP Secures $185,000 Grant for International High School Teachers

As a recipient of the funds, IUP will serve as a host institution for 16 international secondary teachers (Fellows) for an immersive professional development experience. The ILEP Fellows also will be on site to learn from teachers at Indiana Area High School and Brashear High School in Pittsburgh to gain different contexts and perspectives on the American educational system.

IUP Women's and Gender Studies Showcasing Faculty Authors at Launch and Conversation on March 28

A double book launch and conversation with the authors event will be held at 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2016 at the IUP University Museum to celebrate the works of three IUP faculty members. Drs. Christian Vaccaro and Melissa Swauger, two faculty members in the department of sociology, have authored “Unleashing Manhood in the Cage: Masculinity and Mixed Martial Arts.” Dr. Aimee Wilson, a faculty member in the Department of English, is the author of “Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control.”

IUP Spanish Education Program Gains National Recognition

IUP's Spanish Education K-12 program has been recognized for the third review cycle in a row by its national accrediting body—a first for any language education program in the country.

February

Fall 2015 List of Graduates

Here is an alphabetical list of students who graduated from IUP in fall 2015.

IUP Cuts Ribbon for Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Indiana University of Pennsylvania formally cut the ribbon on Friday, January 22, 2016, for its new $30-million academic building, which houses seven departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

IUP Clinical Psychology Program Ranked Fifth in Top 50 Best Programs by 'Best Counseling Degrees'

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (the PsyD program) has been recognized as one of the top five programs in the nation by “Best Counseling Degrees.” The website evaluated programs from 69 different institutions and selected the top 50 programs for students. 

January

IUP, CCAC Announce New Articulation Program for Middle School Education, Math and Science Specialization

The articulation program, which will begin in the 2016 spring semester, will be taught entirely at CCAC. Students will begin studies with CCAC courses and then spend their last two years taking IUP courses taught by IUP faculty on CCAC Allegheny Campus. Students will transition to IUP while remaining in Pittsburgh.