2019

December

IUP Council of Trustees Approve No Increase in Student Fees for Next Academic Year

There will be no increases in eight fees required of undergraduate students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the 2020–21 academic year, and no increase in costs for most room styles in university-owned residence halls.

IUP Trustees Honor Graduate, Faculty Emerita With Naming of Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative

On December 12, 2019, IUP’s Council of Trustees honored Blane Dessy, a 1973 graduate, and IUP Professor Emerita of English Rosaly DeMaios Roffman with the naming of the Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative.

IUP Trustees Recognize Culinary Gifts With Naming Resolutions

IUP’s Council of Trustees approved two resolutions on December 12, 2019, to name spaces in the new Academy of Culinary Arts facility in recognition of gifts from the Hardy Family Trust/Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and the Frank and Sharon Roberts family, of Punxsutawney.

Graduate Commencement Speaker Passing On Love of Education to Her Students

A college education has been life changing to graduate commencement student speaker Debonair Oates-Primus. Now, she’s working to change the lives of her students and her college.

IUP Council of Trustees Give Resolutions of Appreciation to Gorman, Sink

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved resolutions on December 12, 2019, of appreciation for two long-time IUP administrators who are leaving the university: Robin Gorman, executive assistant to the president for government and community relations, and Susanna Sink, interim vice president for administration and finance.

IUP Graduate Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy Listing

Zachary Smith, a 2013 business management and entrepreneurship graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected by Forbes Magazine for its 2019 “30 Under 30 In Energy.”

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker Directs Passion for Video into a Career Path

Undergraduate commencement speaker Braeden Appleman,  a December summa cum laude communication media production track graduate, not only found his place at IUP, he turned those experiences into a full-time job as director of creative services for the Altoona Curve.

Wyandt Selected by Respiratory Care Faculty as Outstanding Student of the Year

Alexsae Wyandt, a senior respiratory care major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected by the program faculty as the IUP “2019 Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care Outstanding Student of the Year.”

IUP to Hold Commencement Ceremonies December 14

A total of 656 students are eligible to participate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and undergraduate winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 14.

IUP Community Part of Angels' Wings Program for Needy Individuals and Families

Members of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community participated in the 2019 Angels’ Wings program, a community program created to provide Christmas gifts for needy families and children, elderly individuals, and physically or mentally challenged people in the Indiana area.

$50,000 Gift by Former Punxsutawney Area Resident to Benefit Students at Culinary Academy

After years of involvement with IUP’s Academy of Culinary Arts, Linda Deabenderfer with her husband Dave has committed resources to help students at IUP’s Academy of Culinary Arts.

IUP's Zimmerman to Support Systemwide Library Consortium

With the approval of IUP President Michael Driscoll, Ed Zimmerman, assistant dean of Libraries, will assist the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Chancellor’s Office as a loaned employee to serve as the interim coordinator of the Keystone Library Network.  

November

Debra Fitzsimons Selected as IUP Vice President for Administration and Finance

Following a national search, Debra L. Fitzsimons has been selected to serve as vice president for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will begin work at IUP on Dec. 16.

IUP College of Health and Human Services Coordinates Food Drive, Partners with Local Business for Clothing Drive

A food drive competition coordinated by the College of Health and Human Services Service Committee resulted in a donation of 1,058 items for the IUP Food Pantry and Help Center. The center, free for students, is located in the Suites on Pratt and addresses the issues of food insecurity and insufficiency.

IUP Geoscience Professor Part of Team Creating Atlas of Mars

IUP planetary scientist Kenneth Coles (geoscience) is one of three scientists to create an updated atlas of our next-door “neighbor” in the recently published The Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography and Geology.

Fraternities, Sororities Raise $4,249 for Salvation Army; IUP Continuing Angels' Wings Donation Project

For the 14th year, IUP’s fraternities and sororities worked together to raise funds for the local Salvation Army. The students presented the funds to the Salvation Army at its annual Red Kettle breakfast on November 19.

IUP Part of State Grant Targeting Early Childhood Education Professionals

IUP’s College of Education and Communications and the College of Health and Human Services received funding of $71,569, part of a $1.5-million grant from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration, to improve the quality of early childcare education.

IUP Selected as National Guard Friendly School

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for the inaugural Pennsylvania National Guard Associations Guard Friendly School designation. More than 480 educational institutions in Pennsylvania were eligible for the recognition; IUP is one of only 30 chosen for the designation.

IUP Sorority Raises $4,000 for Breast Cancer Education During October

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at IUP raised $4,000 for breast cancer education and support for survivors in October. The 36-member sorority sponsored or volunteered for 11 different fundraising and awareness events during the month at IUP and in the region. The sorority’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness. 

IUP Presenting Discussion, Concert in Honor of Veterans Day

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host two events on November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, including a concert with a world premiere musical composition dedicated to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Events are free and open to the community.

IUP to Host “Making Of A Murderer” Laura Nirider for Six O'Clock Series

IUP’s Six O’Clock Series will host Laura Nirider, the co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions and attorney for Brendan Dassey, featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer, on November 18. “True Crime, False Confessions, and the Fight for Justice: An Evening with Laura Nirider” is free and open to the community.

IUP Honors Six Alumni With Young Alumni Achievement Awards

Six graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania were honored with the 2019 Young Alumni Achievement Awards, which recognize recent IUP graduates identified as being outstanding in their professions. 

October

Local Partnership With IUP Institute Pays Dividends for Students and Community Members

Citizens’ Ambulance Service, based in Indiana, has provided simulation equipment to Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Rural Health and Safety. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics who train for the professions at the institute are using the equipment, valued at $25,000, to help them prepare for real-life scenarios.

Chancellor's Open Forum Posted on IUP YouTube Channel

Over 100 members of the community attended an open forum on Friday, October 25 with Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein.  The Chancellor provided an update on the system redesign and answered questions from those in attendance.

Cyber Security Day Set for October 29

IUP’s Institute for Cyber Security, in collaboration with the Information Technology Support Center, will host the 12th annual Cyber Security Day on October 29, featuring nationally recognized security experts as well as speakers from regional law enforcement, government, security industry, and academia. It is free and open to the community.

Bilingual Forum at IUP Offered to Community

Continuing a commitment to creating opportunities for diversity and inclusion, Shijuan (Laurel) Liu, a faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages, has created a year-long bilingual forum for students, faculty, and the Indiana community where eight dual-language speakers will discuss their experiences in China and America.

Office of International Education to Host International Education Week, Includes Naturalization Ceremony

IUP’s Office of International Education will present several events celebrating International Education Week at IUP October 21 through October 25, including IUP hosting a naturalization ceremony on October 25.

IUP Student Participating in State System Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Alex Edmundson of Williamsburg, a senior political science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is one of 11 students from universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education selected to participate in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS), a program that offers hands-on experience in state government.

Livestream Available for October 16-17 Board of Governors Meeting

A live video stream of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting on October 16 and 17 will be available online through the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Livestream Available for October 16–17 Board of Governors Meeting

A live video stream of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting on October 16 and 17 will be available online through the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

IUP Students to Take Part in Day of Service October 12

Some 100 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students will provide community service for five nonprofit agencies and organizations for the Into the Streets event, part of a national program to encourage university members to be active in their local communities.

Pennsylvania State System Chancellor Visiting IUP, Open Forum Set

Dan Greenstein, chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, will host an open forum at IUP on October 25 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Great Room of Elkin Hall. There is no RSVP required for this session, which is open to the community. The forum will include an update on the system redesign and a chance to ask questions and offer comments.

All Invited to Brian Swatt Memorial Event October 24

All are invited to honor and celebrate the life of Brian Henry Swatt at a service on Thursday, October 24, at 3:00 p.m. in Toretti Auditorium inside the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. A reception will follow in the building’s DeChurch Lobby.

Turner Named to Leadership Role in Division of Student Affairs

Malaika Turner, a student affairs professional with 20 years of experience at IUP, has been selected to serve in the position of assistant vice president for Student Affairs.

Renovation Celebration of Whitmyre Hall Features Dave Reed '00, Current Student Matthew Hiles; 2019 Marks 20th Anniversary of First Graduating Class

More than 150 people—students, faculty, alumni, and community guests—attended Friday’s renovation celebration of Whitmyre Hall, home to the Cook Honors College.

Fall 2018 Provost Scholars

Students named to the fall 2018 list of Provost’s Scholars are listed alphabetically with the degree and major they are seeking.

Fall 2019 Enrollment Reflects Strong Academic Credentials, Diversity, Commitment to Veterans and Military-Affiliated Students

IUP’s fall 2019 enrollment includes strong academic achievement of new students, an improved retention rate, strong diversity in the student body, a higher percentage of veteran and military-affiliated student enrollment, and an increase in the number of students in IUP (non-degree) career preparation programs.

Psychology Faculty Member Honored With Award From International Group

Pearl Berman, professor and chair of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychology, was honored recently with an elder abuse award by the International Society on Violence Abuse and Trauma.

September

Renovation Celebration of Whitmyre Hall to Feature Dave Reed '00, Current Student Matthew Hiles

Members of the IUP community are invited to be part of the renovation celebration of Whitmyre Hall, home to the Cook Honors College, on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The program will feature David Reed ’00, a member of the first graduating class of the Cook Honors College and a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and sophomore Cook Honors College student Matthew Hiles, an accounting and finance major from Kittanning.

Chambersburg Transfer Student Explores His Legacy at IUP

IUP’s Office of Alumni and Friends hosted a Legacy Breakfast during Family Weekend events, September 21–22.  Music education major Austin Widmann and his parents, who are alumni, talked about the connection to IUP and the family’s love of music.

IUP Homecoming to Attract Thousands With Annual Parade, Reunions, Crimson Huddle, Football Game

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual Homecoming celebration October 3 through October 6 is expected to draw thousands to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including the annual parade and football game.

Local Student Confirmed as Student Member of State System of Higher Education Board of Governors

Alexander Fefolt, of Indiana, a history pre-law and political science major in the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been confirmed to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors.

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony Speakers on IUP YouTube Channel

Videos of the speakers for IUP’s 2019 September 11 Remembrance Ceremony are now available on the IUP YouTube channel.

IUP, Institute for Supply Management-Pittsburgh Partnering on Second Annual Women Who Lead Conference

The one-day event will be held at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. Keynote speaker Becky Stapleton, senior executive vice president, chief banking officer, S&T Bank, will be joined by five additional women business leaders as presenters and panel facilitators.

Art Student Steals IUP Doorstops for Project

In March, IUP master of fine arts student Tyler Stanton set off from his woodworking studio with a milk crate full of his branded doorstops. “Stealing” doorstops wasn’t his intent. Instead, the purpose was to gather original doorstops in university buildings across campus and replace them with his own…

IUP Hosting Holocaust Survivors, October 7

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Holocaust Remembrance Committee will welcome Holocaust scholars and survivors for programming at IUP and in the community on October 7.

IUP Department Raises $1,300 for Cancer Education and Research With “Confections For a Cause”

“Confections for a Cause,” organized by three student groups at Indiana University of Pennsylvania—the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and Best Buddies—raised $1,300 for ovarian cancer education and research during the 2019 event.

IUP Ranked as Top National University in “Wall Street Journal”/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been ranked as a top national university in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College 2020 Rankings.

IUP Student Group Planning Ninth Annual Fundraising Event for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Students have stepped up to hold “Confections for a Cause,” a bake sale event to raise funds for ovarian cancer education and research, on September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of IUP’s Davis Hall. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

IUP Continues National Recognition in “U.S. News & World Report,” Ranked Highly for Social Mobility

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked, for the 26th consecutive year, as one of the “Best National Universities” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and third in national universities in Pennsylvania for “Top Performers in Social Mobility.”

Atmospheric Scientist Mann to Speak at IUP

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, will present “A Return to the Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump” on September 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

IUP Family Weekend Offering Variety of Events to Welcome Families

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Indiana community will welcome hundreds of families for the 2019 Family Weekend celebration on September 20 and 21.

Council of Trustees Approve Naming Resolution to Honor Wingards

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees approved on September 12 a resolution to name the administrative office in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts in honor of Harold (Hal) and Elizabeth (Betty) Wingard.

IUP Honors Alumni William and Audrey Madia with Naming Resolution for Service and Generosity

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees honored IUP alumni Bill and Audrey DeLaquil Madia September 12 with the naming of the IUP Department of Chemistry as the Madia Department of Chemistry.

Buzz In When You Have the Answer! IUP Students, Faculty on “Hometown High Q”

IUP is the collegiate sponsor for Hometown High Q, an academic quiz show on KDKA-TV (CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh) that features high school teams from all over Indiana, Armstrong, Allegheny, and Westmoreland counties. The new season of the show begins this weekend, on Saturday, September 14. 

Noah, Thelen to Speak at September 11 Memorial Program

Chief Marketing Officer Chris Noah, who was present in New York City at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and IUP’s director of Public Safety and Police Kevin Thelen will join IUP President Michael Driscoll as speakers for the university’s annual September 11 remembrance event. 

August

IUP Selected for Washington Monthly's 2019 College Guide and Rankings

To be selected for the list, editors rate universities “based on what they do for the country.” IUP is ranked in the National University category, and is recognized for its scores in social mobility, research, and service. 

IUP's North Star Leading Explorers On A Path To Success

More than 200 people attended today’s ribbon cutting event for IUP’s University College. From left, University College Support Specialists Chartice Watt and Jeremy Risinger Luke Faust, developmental instructor and advisor

Student Selected for Student-Trustee Position at IUP

Abigaelle Vertil, a junior psychology major and philosophy minor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Philadelphia, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the student trustee on the IUP Council of Trustees.

French City Gives Gold Medal to IUP Professor

Charles McCreary, associate professor of French in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Foreign Languages and chair of the department, was honored by Nancy, France, with the Gold Medal of the City.

University College Student to Offer Remarks During University College Ribbon Cutting Event

When Angaziya Malenge delivers her remarks at the ribbon cutting for IUP’s University College on August 27 at 9:00 a.m., she’ll be speaking from experience. Malenge, a sophomore sociology human services major from Pittsburgh, part of the first class of University College explorers in fall 2018, is the student speaker for the ribbon cutting event, which is free and open to all.

IUP Selected for Forbes' “America's Top Colleges 2019”

IUP has been selected as one of “America’s Top Colleges 2019” by Forbes.

IUP New Student Move-In Planned

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will welcome the majority of new, transfer and continuing students to the residence halls for the fall semester August 22 through August 25. The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 26.

Two IUP Students Selected for National Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Two students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania—Adama Kouyate, an IUP fashion merchandising major from Reading and Kailyn Provitt, an IUP Asian Studies major—have been selected for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.

IUP Receives Expansion Grant to Continue Teacher Training and Retention Project

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received a $200,000 Expansion Grant Award to continue its work designed to reverse the decline in new teacher graduation rates and to retain new teachers in the field.

IUP Named to Top Ten Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges

EduRef.net, a nationally recognized provider of college planning resources, has named Indiana University of Pennsylvania to its “10 Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges” ranking for 2020.

July

IUP Culinary Academy in Punxsutawney to Benefit from Donation from Wingards

A former dean of the College of Health and Human Services and his wife have continued their commitment to Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts with a donation to benefit its students.

IUP Accolades Continue with Ranking in Top 8 for Best Value Online Schools in Pennsylvania

The accolades continue for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP has been ranked eighth in Pennsylvania by Best Value Schools in the 2019 ranking of Best Value Online Schools in Pennsylvania.

IUP Ranked in Top 20 Best Online Colleges and Universities

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been ranked in the top 20 “Best Online Colleges and Universities” for 2019–20 in the nation by EdSmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings.

Spring 2019 Graduates

IUP offers congratulations to our May 2019 graduates, listed here alphabetically.

June

IUP Students Keep Ark of Learning, Summer Program, Sailing on Smooth Seas

Close to 30 students volunteered for the IUP Ark of Learning after-school tutoring program during the 2018–19 academic year and are continuing to work with the Salvation Army’s summer camp program. Several of the students are part of the Community Service Learning Federal Work Study Program, coordinated by the Career and Professional Development Center.

IUP Continues Water and Air Quality Testing Contracts with Westmoreland County Municipal Authority

Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members and students have started the ninth year of water testing and the fifth year of air quality testing at the Beaver Run Reservoir through contracts with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.

IUP Recognized by College Factual for Education Provided to Veterans

IUP’s Criminology and English literature programs have been recognized by College Factual as top in the nation for veterans.

May

Educator Preparation Programs Recognized with Accreditation by National Organization

Educator preparation programs offered by IUP have received national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Fewer than 240 universities in the nation hold CAEP accreditation for its teacher education programs, and IUP is the first institution in Pennsylvania to receive CAEP accreditation.

Biology Students Present Their Research at National University of Honduras

Four students from IUP will be in Honduras in June as presenters at an international symposium on biodiversity in Honduras. The seminar is organized by their IUP faculty advisor, Josiah Townsend, and will focus on topics related to Townsend’s and the student’s research on biodiversity in Honduras.

Student Trustee Honored for Service by IUP Trustees

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today presented a resolution of appreciation to Caleb King, who has served as a member of the Council since May 29, 2017.

Student Honored by IUP Council of Trustees with Resolution of Commendation

Adrianna Branin, of Philadelphia, a junior political science and religious studies double major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was recognized by IUP’s Council of Trustees at its May 9 meeting with a resolution of commendation in recognition of her selection as a 2019 Biden Courage Award recipient.

Biology Major Selected for Kopchick Summer Fellowship

Morgan Glasser, a junior biology major and chemistry minor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Marion Center, is spending her summer doing research at an internationally known cancer center in Houston.

IUP Represented in National Science Foundation's 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is represented in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase as two IUP faculty members and one student will join the National Science Foundation’s push to bring exposure to grant funded projects all over the world. The online video event will be held May 13 to 20.

IUP Trustees Recognize Longtime Supporters of Eberly College of Business

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved the naming of the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology financial trading room in recognition of the generosity and service of the Mackey Family.

IUP Trustees Recognize Retired College of Fine Arts Dean With Naming Resolution

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved the naming of a space in the IUP College of Fine Arts in honor of “the incredible dedication” of recently retired dean Michael Hood.

University Senate Distinguished Faculty, Staff Award Recipients Named for 2019

Three Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been selected for University Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards and a staff member has received a University Senate Staff Service Award.

IUP Biology Faculty Member Selected for Fulbright US Scholar Grant

Josiah Townsend, associate professor in IUP’s Department of Biology, has been selected for a 2019–20 Fulbright US Scholar grant. He will spend the 2019–20 academic year in Honduras working at Zamorano Agricultural University and the National Autonomous University of Honduras–Valle de Sula

IUP Biology Major Selected for Goldwater Scholarship

Anna Manges, a senior biology major and geology minor from Indiana, has been selected for a Goldwater Scholarship. Manges is IUP’s ninth Goldwater Scholarship recipient.

IUP Commencements May 10, 11 to Feature Student Speakers, 4.0 Graduates

A total of 2,086 graduates are invited to attend commencement ceremonies May 10 and 11 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. There are three ceremonies: the graduate ceremony (for students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees) on May 10; and two undergraduate degree ceremonies on May 11.

April

Annual Sidewalk Commentary Contest Planned for May 1; My IUP Video Project Part of Event

The annual Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sidewalk Commentary Contest, also known as “Chalk the Walk,” will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the IUP Oak Grove.

Concert, Presentation by the Slants to Close IUP Free Speech Project Year of Free Speech Programming

Members of the Slants—Simon “Young” Tam and Joe X. Jiang—will be in concert and will offer a presentation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on May 3 as the final event in the university’s Year of Free Speech programming.

Office of International Education Coordinating Student Forum at International Conference in Cuba

For the second year in a row, Jessica Mulvihill, from IUP’s Office of International Education, will collaborate with the Universidad de Cienfuegos, Cuba, to offer a Student Forum at Cuba TIES V, an international conference planned for October 2019.

Sophomore from New Oxford Selected for Overseas Summer Study

Mirian Lua, a sophomore nursing major, will travel to Spain this summer after being the first IUP student to be selected for a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship.

IUP Students Curating Solo Show in Pittsburgh Featuring IUP Art Graduate Student

A collection of 13 pieces by Tyler Stanton will be featured at Artists Image Resource from April 23 to 26. Fine Arts graduate students Heather Kaiser, Justin Pope, and Maddie Quinn are curating Stanton’s show, which focuses on reclaiming discarded objects that contain value beyond their current use. 

IUP Student to be First Tesla Video Production Intern During Summer 2019

Katie Campbell, a communications media major graduating in August 2019, was selected for a three-month video production paid internship with Tesla Automotive company. Campbell is the first person to be offered an opportunity for an internship with the four-person video production team.

Moore Selected as 2019-20 IUP Distinguished University Professor

R. Scott Moore, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2019–20 Distinguished University Professor at IUP.

Moore Selected as 2019–20 IUP Distinguished University Professor

R. Scott Moore, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2019–20 Distinguished University Professor at IUP.

National Constitution Director to Speak at IUP

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, will discuss “Free Speech, the Constitution, and the Public University” at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on April 17.

Salus University, IUP Sign Second Articulation Agreement

Salus University and IUP have signed an articulation agreement to help qualified students complete studies to become a physician assistant.

IUP Selects Todd Garzarelli to Serve as Director of Athletics

Following a national search, Todd Garzarelli, who has more than 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and higher education, has been selected to serve as IUP’s director of athletics.

IUP Student Selected for Fulbright Research Award, Language Enhancement Award

Daniel Wethli, a senior philosophy and Honors Asian Studies double major at IUP, has been selected for a Fulbright Research Grant for study and research in the Hubei Province of Wuhan, China, and a Critical Language Enhancement Award from the Fulbright Program.

IUP Celebrates Volunteers, Progress of Comprehensive Campaign

During its annual Celebration of Philanthropy on the evening of April 5, Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrated the volunteers and donors behind the ongoing success of its Imagine Unlimited comprehensive fundraising campaign. The event included the presentation of the university’s inaugural Award of Excellence in Volunteer Leadership to Tim and Deb Phillips Cejka.

Criminology Graduate Students to Train Local Families on Digital Safety

The IUP Criminology Graduate Student Organization will host more than 60 Indiana area parents and children for the first Digital Families Community Workshop on April 5. Sessions are designed to educate and engage families on topics that include digital wellness, security, access, equity, and literacy. 

IUP Offering Free Cybersecurity Camp for Middle and High School Students

Thanks to a fourth year of funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, Indiana University of Pennsylvania will offer a free, one-week GenCyber cybersecurity camp for middle and high school students.

IUP Six O'Clock Program Featuring Holocaust Survivors, Scholars

The Holocaust Remembrance Committee will present a program including four Holocaust survivors and three nationally known Holocaust scholars for the Six O’Clock Series on April 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the HUB Ohio Room.

Sinan Selected for Scholarship Established in Honor of IUP Graduate from Homer City

Mariah Sinan, a physics and pre-engineering major from Home, Pennsylvania, received the 2019 Dr. Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Female Science Student.

March

IUP Students Presenting Original Research During Research Appreciation Week 2019

More than 250 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students at the undergraduate and graduate level will present original research, art, and music during the university’s annual Research Appreciation Week, April 1 to 5.

Branin 2019 Biden Courage Award Recipient

Adrianna Branin, a junior political science and religious studies double major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of a 2019 Biden Courage Award, celebrating student heroes who are working to stop sexual assault. Branin, of Philadelphia, was recognized for stopping a sexual assault by actively confronting six to eight men and physically removing the potential victim from the situation.

IUP Cuts Ribbon for Bill and Judy Scheeren Literacy Center

Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrated the Bill and Judy Scheeren Literacy Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 22. It was announced in March 2018 that the Scheerens, of Greensburg, committed $1.4 million in support of initiatives in the College of Education and Communications at IUP, which is home for the IUP Literacy Center.

Research Experiences for Summer Scholars Program: Application Deadline Extended

All members of the IUP community are asked to “spread the word” and actively encourage promising students to participate in the annual Research Experiences for Summer Scholars Program.

IUP Trustees Recognize Larry Sobotka for Support of Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center

IUP’s Council of Trustees approved the naming of the IUP Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center as the Larry F. Sobotka Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center. Sobotka, a 1963 education graduate of IUP, made a $150,000 gift in support of the Center. In addition, Mr. Sobotka has designated these funds to receive a portion of his estate through an irrevocable testamentary pledge valued at upwards of $1 million.

Second City Works Coming April 9–10

Second City Works, the professional services arm of the world-renowned Second City comedy theater (think Tina Fey, Jordan Peele, Steve Carell, and Keegan-Michael Key) will be at IUP on April 9 and 10 for a keynote presentation and workshops designed to address the issues of diversity and inclusion.

Indiana Area Collaborative Team Hosting All-Stakeholders Meeting March 18

Members of the Indiana Area Collaborative Team (I-ACT) will host an all-stakeholders meeting on March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex PNC room. The meeting is open to the community.

Second City Works Coming April 9, 10

Second City Works, the professional services arm of the world-renowned Second City comedy theater (think Tina Fey, Jordan Peele, Steve Carell, and Keegan-Michael Key) will be at IUP on April 9 and 10 for a keynote presentation and workshops designed to address the issues of diversity and inclusion.

IUP Health Service Achieves Accreditation from National Association

IUP’s Health Service office is one of only 10 college health services in Pennsylvania to achieve accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Accreditation is determined after an independent, external process of evaluation.

Indiana Area School District Collaborating With IUP, Representative Struzzi, Indiana County Tourist Bureau, for Safety and Security Symposium

The Indiana Area School District, in collaboration with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Representative Jim Struzzi, and the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, will present a safety and security symposium on March 15 at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

IUP Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Programs Accredited by US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

IUP's Geospatial Intelligence Certificate program has been recognized with accreditation by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

IUP Faculty, Staff, and Students Participate in Read Across America at Local Schools

IUP staff, faculty, and students helped local fourth and fifth graders celebrate literacy at the annual Read Across America event at Eisenhower Elementary school Friday, March 1, 2019.

February

Nordberg Selected to Serve as Dean of IUP Libraries

Following a national search, Erik Nordberg, interim assistant dean of the University Library System at Wayne State University, has been selected to serve as the dean of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Grieggs Is Finalist for Pittsburgh Technology Council Award

Paul Grieggs, IUP's executive director of information technology security, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Pittsburgh Chief IT Security Officer of the Year award.

Internationally Known Organist to Present Benefit Concert

Organist Katelyn Emerson will be the guest performer for a March 3 concert benefitting the Carol Teti Memorial Scholarship. The program begins at 3:00 p.m. with a pre-concert talk in Cogswell Hall’s DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, room 121. The concert will follow at 4:00 p.m.

IUP Interior Design Students Helping to Create Coworkspaces in Downtown Punxsutawney

Students from the Interior Design program are helping Punxsutawney businesses to “Connect” to success.

IUP to Host Parents of Timothy Piazza, Part of Anti-Hazing Coalition

Jim and Evelyn Piazza will be at the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium on Feb.18 at 7:30 p.m. The Piazza's son, Timothy, was a sophomore at Penn State in 2017 when he died after a night of pledging a fraternity there. The Piazzas will speak to the community about the death of their son and their hope for change on college campuses.

IUP Year of Free Speech Continues with Program with Greg Lukianoff

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Year of Free Speech programming continues with an April 15 program with attorney and author Greg Lukianoff, “Freedom from Speech and Disempowering a Generation.”

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January

IUP Hosting Program Celebrating Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 31, and “Josh Gibson's Negro League Tour” Program February 4

IUP’s Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Success begins the celebration of Black History Month with “King’s Dream,” a multimedia program about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 31, in Fisher Auditorium. On February 4, “Josh Gibson’s Negro League Tour” will be presented in the HUB.

IUP Receives Second Year of “It's On Us PA” Funding

IUP has received a second $30,000 grant through Governor Tom Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” initiative to combat campus sexual assault. This grant follows an initial $30,000 in funds received in 2016, used to launch the Green Dot bystander intervention program in 2017.

IUP Alumnus Named to International Literacy Association 30-Under-30 List

Daniel Reichard, a fifth-grade teacher at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Stafford, Va., and 2012 elementary education-urban education concentration alumnus, has been selected as one of the nation’s literacy leaders named to the International Literacy Association’s 2019 “30 Under 30” list.

Curt Scheib Selected as Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Curt Scheib, a 1977 graduate of IUP, has been selected to serve as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Scheib will begin work at the university on July 1.