2021

October

IUP Nursing Program Ranked as Top Program in the Commonwealth

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Bachelor of Science degree in nursing has been ranked as one of the “best prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs in the state” by Nursing Schools Almanac.

IUP Researchers Help State Crime Commission

While it’s physically headquartered in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s McElhaney Hall, IUP’s Administration and Leadership Studies Research and Training Center (ALS-RTC) has a reach that impacts the entire state.

Pittsburgh Series to Feature IUP

IUP will be featured Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. on the streamed series WPXI Pittsburgh Gets Real. Watch interviews with Michael Driscoll, president; Lara Luetkehans, interim provost; and faculty members Veronica Watson and Emily Wender on topics including college affordability, admission and retention efforts, and new diversity programs.

Applying the Humanities to Police Training

An IUP English professor helps police cadets explore the human side of policing using methods from the humanities. By introducing novels about Black detectives to police cadets in training, Veronica Watson opens up conversations about race, fairness, and policing practices.

Building Honors “Aunt Jane”

Window clings are now in place, and more signage will follow to identify IUP’s former Humanities and Social Sciences building by its new name, Jane E. Leonard Hall.

September

“Aunt Jane”: IUP’s George Washington

Considered Indiana Normal School’s guiding spirit, Jane Leonard inspired thousands of students and, perhaps, a U.S. president.

IUP Homecoming Returns—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll welcomes alumni back for IUP Homecoming, previews this weekend’s events, and provides an update on challenges IUP Dining is currently facing.

Kopchick Hall: Progress through Pictures

A year after its groundbreaking, Kopchick Hall—IUP’s future home of science—is well on its way to opening in 2023. See photos of the building’s progress, including the placement of the final beam during a topping-off ceremony and a time-lapse video showing construction up to this point.

IUP Homecoming Returns!

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual Homecoming celebration, October 1 through October 3, is expected to draw thousands to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including the annual parade and football game.

Vice President for University Advancement Announces Reorganization

Following the successful conclusion of the Imagine Unlimited Comprehensive Campaign on December 31, 2020, Vice President for University Advancement Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna led an initiative to rethink the configuration of the Division offices and personnel responsibilities.

IUP Homecoming Crimson Court Selected by Students

Each year, students are chosen through a university-wide student vote to serve on the Crimson Court as representatives of their academic colleges. Traditionally, the court participates in the Homecoming parade, attends the Crimson Huddle alumni and friends event before the football game, and is honored on the field during halftime. They also are invited to participate in college-related activities by their respective deans.

Winter Registration Begins October

Registration for winter 2021-22 begins for all continuing graduate and undergraduate students on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

The Black Experience at IUP: Improve It with Your Voice

Black students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a discussion with an IUP alumni committee that aims to improve the academic success and social experience of Black students at IUP. Kicking off Homecoming weekend, this Fireside Chat with the Black Experience Alumni Committee will be Thursday, September 30, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Elkin Hall Great Room.

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

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked, for the twenty-eighth consecutive year, as one of the “Best National Universities” in the nation by “U.S. News & World Report.”

Math is Freedom: A Journey from Prison to PhD

If you dive deep into it, you'll discover that math is more than numbers and symbols. For IUP graduate Vincent Thompson, math is freedom. It's helped him grow, communicate, and even turn his life around.

IUP a Top 14 University in Pennsylvania in Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected as one of the top 14 universities in Pennsylvania by Washington Monthly for its 2021 College Guide and Rankings, based on “what universities do for the country.” IUP is also the only public university in Pennsylvania selected for the publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” (northeast) rankings.

Trustees Approve Naming Resolutions in Honor of Long-Time Music Faculty

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved naming spaces in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, home to the Department of Music, in honor of two long-time faculty members.

Council of Trustees Approve Naming of Dining Room in Allenwood in Recognition of Gift Honoring Isabella Wilkinson Green

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved the naming of the dining room in the Allenwood, a teaching restaurant in IUP’s Ackerman Hall, as the Isabella Wilkinson Green Dining Room in her honor and memory.

Council of Trustees Approve Naming of Breezedale Terrace in Honor and Memory of Late Mary Jo Banks Lyttle

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved the naming of the terrace at Breezedale Alumni Center in honor of the late Mary Jo Banks Lyttle.

Council of Trustees Approve Resolution of Appreciation for Retired Provost Moerland

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved a resolution of appreciation for Timothy Moerland, who retired from the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at IUP in August.

IUP Celebrating Constitution Day with Public Reading, Program on the Framers of the Constitution

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will celebrate Constitution Day on September 13 with two events free and open to the community. Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the US Constitution, which is 232 years old this year.

IUP Family Weekend Registration is Open

IUP invites families of students to Family Weekend 2021 on September 17-19.

9/11 Crash Site: Transformed by Tragedy—Now by Trees

Reforesting the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville—a site damaged by mining long before the 9/11 crash—has involved IUP faculty and students for nearly a decade. In honor of the tragedy’s 20th anniversary, they shared some of their experiences.

August

IUP Selected for Princeton Review “Best Colleges” Guidebook

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guidebook for the twenty-first consecutive year.

IUP to Offer Annual Memorial Program to Mark September 11 Attacks with Program on Sept. 10, Featuring Shanksville Landowner, Sugra Scholarship Recipient

IUP to Offer Annual Memorial Program to Mark September 11 Attacks with Program on Sept. 10, Featuring Shanksville Landowner, Sugra Scholarship Recipient

Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism and Event Management Student Selected for Full-Tuition Scholarship by Statler Foundation

Kyle Kubicko, a senior hotel, restaurant, tourism, and event management major at IUP, has been awarded the prestigious Statler Foundation’s Scholarship of Excellence. The scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence, character, and commitment to the industry.

University Community Invited to Be Part of Ongoing Strategic Plan Update, Implementation

All members of the IUP community are invited to hear an update on IUP’s 2020–25 Strategic Plan implementation at a program on Thursday, September 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (during the Common Hour) and to be part of an interactive afternoon session designed to get input from students, faculty, and staff about next steps for IUP.

Crimson Scholars Circle Kicks Off with Early Immersion Week

In the second week of August, IUP kicked off the Crimson Scholars Circle, a new program designed to reduce the retention and persistence gap for Black and Brown students.

Welcome Back to IUP—Driscoll’s Update

IUP President Michael Driscoll welcomes students and employees to campus for the start of the fall semester, offers updates on COVID-19 mitigation measures, and talks about some important upcoming events.

Eberly College of Business MBA Program Ranked Number One in Pennsylvania

IUP’s Master of Business Administration program has been ranked first in Pennsylvania by Best Value Schools. Rankings were determined on the basis of cost and which programs provide “a more personalized education, and thus a better education,” editors said.

Emergency Notification System Test

IUP will test its emergency notification system on Thursday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. The test will include text messaging, voice calls, and email and desktop alerts.

Graduate Gifts IUP with Funding for Scholarships

Richard D. Caruso, a 1983 accounting graduate of IUP, has gifted $50,000 to IUP for scholarships for freshman students. This gift has been added to the Richard F. and Margaret C. Caruso Scholarship, established in 2017.

Digging Up a Passion

What if one class made you change your mind about the rest of your life? That's what happened to Susie Adams. While in the field for a geology class, she discovered a passion she never knew existed inside her.

University Testing Center to Close Permanently

Due to decreasing demand and a shift to more online exams by the majority of testing companies, the IUP University Testing Center will not be reopened. Persons needing to take a standardized test for admission to graduate or professional schools, or for professional certifications, should contact the agency requiring the testing, or the testing agency, for recommendations and information on completing required testing.

Academic Coordinator Helps Hawks Win in the Classroom

The average GPA for IUP student-athletes has risen every semester since 2018, when IUP became one of the few State System schools to designate an academic support staff member for athletics. Learn more about IUP Athletics’ playbook for academic success, led by Dan Braun.

COVID-19 Face Coverings, Masks Policy Update

Effective Tuesday, August 17, at 8:00 a.m., IUP will require face coverings/masks to be worn indoors in public spaces at all campuses and centers. This is required of all people, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

IUP COVID-19 Policy Reminder

A reminder on IUP's COVID policy as the start of the fall semester nears.

University Common Hour to Begin in Fall 2021, Programming for Sept. 2, Sept. 10 Planned

As part of the implementation of the 2020–25 Strategic Plan, a University Common Hour has been established for the 2021–22 academic schedule.

Leadership Transition for Center for Teaching Excellence Announced

Rachel DeSoto-Jackson, associate professor of Applied Theatre and faculty member in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance, has been selected by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland to serve as the next director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

College of Education and Communications Receives Funding for Project to Expand Educator Diversity

IUP will be working on Diversity in Education through Expanding Partnerships (Project DEEP) in collaboration with Community College of Allegheny County and a Pittsburgh parent group. The project is designed to expand educator diversity, creating a P20 community of educators that is situated to address barriers and provide multiple pathways for developing teachers that are more representative of the communities they serve.

Summer Research Heats Up on Campus—Students Soar

Summer is the perfect time for student research—at least at IUP, where students spend some of those warm, sunny days exploring research topics with professor mentors through the Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program.

July

Creating New Hands-on Experiences in Speech Language Pathology

While speech-language pathology programs typically focus on working with school children, IUP's program blends this emphasis with hands-on training for the healthcare side of the profession, thanks to a new lab.

In the Wild, Helping the Trout Population Grow

With help from faculty and with cooperation from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Nick Christensen, a student in IUP's biology graduate program, is studying the effects under-the-road culverts have on the migration patterns of the fish.

Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines Announced

Based on current conditions in Indiana County and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control about fully vaccinated individuals, as of July 23, IUP will remove its requirement for indoor face coverings/masks for fully vaccinated individuals.

IUP Interns Make Their Mark on the World

IUP is committed to hands-on opportunities through internships—at Tesla, Big Four accounting firms, marketing agencies, and more. Here, interns discuss their roles at their companies and how IUP helped prepare them.

Exploring the Underground Railroad in Blairsville Program Set for July 14

The Underground Railroad in Blairsville will be the subject of a program on July 14 at 3:00 p.m. held via Zoom. The program is free and open to the community.

Register for Fall 2021 and Be Considered for Full Tuition or $2,000 Scholarship

Any undergraduate student who registers for 12 or more credits or a graduate student who registers for six or more credits by July 30 for the fall 2021 semester will be entered into a random drawing for one of two full-tuition fall 2021 semester scholarships, or one of 10 $2,000 scholarships.

WWII Crash Site in Germany Is Field School's Focus

Nine undergraduate and two graduate students from IUP’s Anthropology Department are excavating the site of a WWII plane crash in Germany through an IUP field school. The project is part of a continuing US effort to account for missing military personnel from the nation’s past conflicts.

June

IUP Selected as a “Best For Vets” University by Military Times

In June, IUP was selected for Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings and is in the top 16 schools in the Mid-Atlantic region listing, which editors call “the largest and most comprehensive rankings of schools for military service members and veterans, helping them make important decisions about their education.”

IUP Parking and Transportation Services Announces Parking Restrictions, Street Closures for July 4 Holiday

Details and regulations about parking lit access during the Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

The Story behind “The IUP Story”

Professor emeritus Charles Cashdollar’s “The IUP Story” will be published later this summer. In his more than 10 years of research and writing, Cashdollar found two predominant themes throughout IUP’s history: “consistent commitment to excellence” and “persistence in overcoming obstacles.”

IUP Alumni Create Scholarship in Honor of “Boardwalk Bowl” to Benefit Student-Athletes

IUP graduates Gerald Clark ’69 and his wife, Cheryl Dunlap Clark ’68, natives of Punxsutawney and current residents of DuBois since 1973, have made a $25,000 gift to establish the Jerry and Cheryl Clark Boardwalk Bowl Scholarship, one of a family of eight endowments to be established by members of IUP’s Boardwalk Bowl football team to benefit student-athletes in the football program.

Spring 2021 Graduates

Following is an alphabetical list of students who graduated from IUP in May 2021.

Dean's List for Spring 2021

Undergraduate students receive recognition on the Dean’s List for each semester (or summer session cumulatively) in which they earn at least a 3.25 GPA based on at least 12 credits of graded (not P/F) undergraduate coursework, or a combination of graded graduate and undergraduate coursework.  

IUP Continuing Beaver Run Reservoir Testing

Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members and students will continue an 11th year of water testing at the Beaver Run Reservoir through a contract with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. The project began in June 2011.

Kopchick Hall: On the Rise

When it opens in 2023, this new science complex is expected to improve collaboration, communication, and visibility in student and faculty work. In the meantime, a camera mounted on Wilson Hall captures several photos a day of the Kopchick Hall construction site. Watch this stop-motion video to see the progress on the building so far.

Juneteenth Marks More than Emancipation

Longtime IUP Libraries employee Carol Asamoah recently presented “The ABCs of Juneteenth” during the Indiana County NAACP’s four-day virtual celebration of the holiday. While Juneteenth is typically associated with marking the end of slavery in the US, in this interview, Asamoah explains why it’s so much more.

COVID-19 Fall Planning Group Provides Update on Fall Plans

As announced in February, IUP is planning to return fully to face-to-face instruction for fall 2021, with the intention of providing the best educational experiences for students while following Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driscolls to Honor Distinguished University Professor with Gift to Support Jones White Writing Center

Michael Driscoll and Rebecca (Becky) Young Driscoll have made a $50,000 gift to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to support the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center at IUP and honor Distinguished University Professor Bennett Rafoth, director emeritus of the Jones White Writing Center.

Safety Sciences Collaborating with Concurrent Technologies Corporation to Research COVID-19 Readiness and Response in Pennsylvania Mid-Size Companies

Members of IUP’s Department of Safety Sciences and CTC collaborated on an extensive literature review and methodology, including a survey that will examine workplace and personal variables that influence the perception of readiness and response to COVID-19 by workers.

IUP Criminology Program Ranked as a Top Program by Study.Com

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s bachelor’s degree program in criminology has been ranked sixth in the nation as a “Best Bachelor’s Degree” by Study.com. IUP’s program is the only degree program offered by a Pennsylvania university in the top 23 ranked programs.

Gift from Alumni Couple Helps Imagine Unlimited Campaign Exceed Goal

A gift from alumni Major General Rodney Ruddock (retired) and Ellen Ruddock, long-time residents of Indiana and both IUP Distinguished Alumni Award and President’s Medal of Distinction recipients, was part of a giving “rally” that helped IUP’s Imagine Unlimited comprehensive campaign end six months early and more than $6 million over goal.

Geoscience Faculty Member Secures $397,822 National Science Foundation Grant to Create System-Wide Geoscience Learning Ecosystem

IUP’s Department of Geoscience is working with colleagues at eight State System of Higher Education universities to create new ways of teaching geosciences, designed to improve field-based instruction and learning for Pennsylvania students, with the goal of increasing their workforce and graduate school preparedness.

Distinguished University Professor Maureen McHugh Selected for National Award

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Distinguished University Professor Maureen McHugh, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, has been selected for the 2021 American Psychology Association Division 35/Society for the Psychology of Women’s Heritage Award.

May

Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement Sponsoring Summer Diversity Research Presentation Series

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement will offer a Diversity Research Presentation Series this summer featuring IUP students and faculty. In addition, MSCLE also will host a program on the Blairsville Underground Railroad project.

IUP Ranked Top in Nation, Pennsylvania for Online Programs

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked in the top 10 universities in Pennsylvania and in the top 20 universities in the nation as a “best online university” by EDsmart.

Assistant Vice President, Office of Alumni and Friends, to Retire

Mary Morgan, assistant vice president, Office of Alumni and Friends, will be retiring from her work at IUP on June 29. She has served the university for more than 29 years.

IUP Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative Space Formal Dedication Held

Indiana University of Pennsylvania formally cut the ribbon for the Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative space on April 24, 2021. The Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative is designed to be a dynamic, cross-disciplinary resource for students and faculty that will enhance the on-campus site, where the study of myth is nurtured and supported, providing an exchange of ideas among faculty of diverse departments, offering seminars and workshops on myth, and designing cocurricular courses.

Provost Announces New Structure for University College

IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland has announced the next step in the evolution of the University College. Programs in the University College, several additional student support services, and the University Libraries will be joining together as the University College. 

Kondo, Hovan to Serve in Leadership Roles for Kopchick College

IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland has finalized the transition plan for leadership of the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics following the April announcement by Kopchick College Dean Deanne Snavely of her plans to retire on June 4, 2021.

IUP Master's in Literacy Program Ranked in Top Seven Programs in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s graduate program in literacy has been ranked seventh in the nation by Best Value Schools. IUP’s program is the only program offered by a Pennsylvania college or university included in the rankings. Only 20 programs in the nation made the listing.

IUP Response to New CDC Guidance on Vaccinations and Face Coverings

Until we receive different guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the State System of Higher Education, IUP will continue to follow the health and safety requirements introduced in the fall 2020 semester for persons on IUP campuses, including face coverings and social distancing.

Annual Service Awards Honor IUP Employees for Years of Service

The annual Service Awards event was held differently this year. IUP celebrated employees who completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service to the university in a virtual Employee Service Awards celebration.

Springing Forward, 2021

See great examples from spring 2021 of the passion, resilience, and innovation that are emblematic of IUP faculty and staff members, students, and alumni.

Resolutions Passed at May Council of Trustees Meeting

During the May Council of Trustees Public Meeting on Thursday, May 6, several athletic teams and individuals were recognized for their accomplishments and support of IUP.

IUP Council of Trustees Approve Naming Building in Honor of Jane E. Leonard

On May 6, 2021, IUP’s Council of Trustees approved naming the Humanities and Social Sciences building as Jane E. Leonard Hall in recognition of her “incredible dedication.”

IUP Nutrition Program Ranked as a Top Program by Study.Com

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s bachelor of science degree in nutrition has been ranked in the top 16 programs in the nation as a “Best Bachelor’s Degree” by Study.com.

Habitat for Humanity Builds Firm Foundation

By Elizabeth Laughlin IUP students help this international nonprofit build “home sweet home” for local families in need. Learn about the IUP chapter of Habitat for Humanity, profiled in the Find Your People series.

IUP Staging In-person Commencement Ceremonies on May 7, 8

IUP will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for 1,720 students at ceremonies May 7 and 8 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Students graduating in May and August are eligible to participate in the ceremonies.

IUP Recognizes University Senate Award Winners

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has announced recipients of the University Senate Awards and the list of new faculty and dean emeriti.

April

Making Lightbulb Moments

Justin Brown went from a diverse home community to a university setting in which the other Black faces were few. As a sophomore, he created a diversity awareness program on his campus, and soon, he was presenting it at other schools, including IUP. Now, more than a thousand trainings on 40 national stages later, Brown, a 2013 graduate of IUP’s Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program, discusses his journey in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

International Association Selects IUP Student for Scholarship

Racheal D. Nuwagaba-K, a student in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Counselor Education doctoral program, has received a grant from the Institute of International Education designed to help international students continue their studies through the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics Fortifies Career Readiness

By Elizabeth Laughlin From working at the community garden and farmers’ market to learning from the pros, this student organization, profiled this week in the Find Your People series, gives members a healthy dose

IUP Biology and Biochemistry Double Major Selected for Kopchick Summer Internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Sarah Grandinette, a junior biology and biochemistry double major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Monongahela, has been selected for IUP’s 2021 Kopchick Summer Fellowship.

IUP, Indiana Borough Collaborating to Build a Community Wastewater Surveillance System

Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty and students are working with Indiana Borough officials to develop a community wastewater surveillance system.

IUP Sculpture Professors to Stage Participatory Outdoor Art Installation Event on May 2

Two Art and Design professors and art students will stage a public art installation project on May 2. “Traffic Island Oasis” will temporarily transform the traffic island on Oakland Avenue (across from the IUP Oak Grove) into an island oasis. The public is invited to tour the island from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to experience an island getaway without leaving Indiana. 

Dean of Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Announces Retirement

Deanne Snavely, who has served as dean of the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since August 2010, will be retiring from her position on June 4.

Meet BEAC: The Black Experience Alumni Committee Wants to Hear from You

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. Join an online session with the committee and share your Black student experience at IUP on April 28 at 6:00 p.m.

IUP 2020–25 Strategic Plan Update, Facts, Initiatives, and Results

University Planning Council cochairs Paula Stossel and Scott Moore discuss the 2020–25 strategic plan and its implementation process.

Someone to Turn To: IUP Guides

Last fall, IUP launched its Guides program, assigning all new students—and others, by request—to faculty and staff members who could answer their questions and connect them with the right resources. Nearly a full school year into this effort, students and Guides weigh in on the program’s value.

IUP Honors Volunteers for Leadership and Engagement at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored nine volunteers during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony event.

IUP Selected for Military Friendly Spouse Schools Ranking

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected as a Military Friendly Spouse School designation by Victory Media. This recognition follows a March announcement of IUP’s selection for a Gold Designation by Victory Media in its 2021 Military Friendly School ranking.

Branding and Marketing; Facts, Initiatives, and Results

How IUP’s Division of Marketing and Communications has adapted its work to the pandemic, including our brand strategy, brand storytelling, advertising strategy, admissions and advancement partnerships, and our COVID-19 communications.

State System Board of Governors Votes to Freeze Tuition for Third Consecutive Year

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors voted to freeze tuition at its 14 universities for a third consecutive year. IUP’s tuition and fees will remain at current levels.

All in the Pool

The Mikesell siblings—Paige, Luke, and Claire—made quite a splash at the swimming national championships in March, spearheaded by Paige’s title win in the 200 freestyle. They walked away as All-Americans (with a family haul of 13 honors) and as key players in IUP swimming’s most successful showing of the millennium.

Maura King Selected for Student Trustee Position at IUP

Maura King, an early childhood-special education major with a minor in middle level mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been approved to serve as a student trustee on the IUP Council of Trustees by the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors.

A Victory Celebration

Each year, IUP honors its volunteers and donors during the Celebration of Philanthropy. This year’s event has special meaning, as IUP celebrates the success of the Imagine Unlimited comprehensive campaign.

IUP to Honor 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will honor the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for their career achievements and service in a virtual ceremony on April 17.

IUP Student Selected for NSF Scholarship

Vincent Thompson, a December 2020 Indiana University of Pennsylvania mathematics and physics graduate and current master’s in applied mathematics program student at IUP, has been selected for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program.

Interfraternity Council: More than Brotherhood

The governing organization for 10 IUP social fraternities, Interfraternity Council promotes community, leadership, service, networking, and more. Learn about the group this week in the Find Your People series.

IUP Student Selected for Pittsburgh Pulse Fellowship

Marissa Willson, an anthropology major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College who will graduate in May, has been selected for a Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) Fellowship for the 2021–22 academic year.

Career Center to New Graduates: “There Are Jobs”

Spring commencement ceremonies are less than a month away. If you’re among the new graduates entering the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, how concerned should you be? How should you prepare? Tammy Manko, director of IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center, shares her insights and advice.

Awards, Accolades, and Activities; Driscoll’s Update

IUP President Michael Driscoll urges everyone to “stay the course” in the fight against COVID-19, thanks event organizers for their creativity, and recognizes three IUP students who have been honored with national and regional awards.

IUP Offering Free Cybersecurity Camp for Middle and High-School Students and Teachers

Thanks to a sixth 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 and teachers. The camp will take place online August 2 through 6.

LaSO Celebrates Culture, Supports Inclusion

The Latino Student Organization, or LaSO, celebrates Latinx culture and advocates for inclusion.

IUP Geology Major Selected for Goldwater Scholarship

Susan Adams, a junior geology major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected for a Goldwater Scholarship. She is IUP’s 12th Goldwater Scholarship recipient.

Human Development and Family Studies Program Ranked as a Top Program by Study.Com

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s bachelor of science degree in human development and family science has been ranked as a “Best Bachelor’s Degree” by Study.com. Only 50 programs were selected for the ranking, which examined hundreds of programs throughout the United States.

Student Affairs: Supporting Students through Transformational Relationships—Facts, Initiatives, and Results

Student Affairs representatives discuss the division’s philosophy. Included are Tom Segar, vice president; Malaika Turner, assistant vice president; Ann Sesti, director for Student Wellness and Engagement; and nursing major Mary Kate Johnston.

Do Research. Get Creative. Join U-SOAR.

If you’ve ever thought about taking on a research or creative project, now’s your time to make a move. Applications for U-SOAR, the Undergraduate Summer Opportunity for Applying Research, are now open.

March

Get Tested Before and After Break: A Message from Vice President Segar

With non-class days coming up next Monday and Tuesday, Tom Segar, vice president of Student Affairs, writes to IUP students about the importance of getting a COVID-19 test before and after traveling over the long weekend, and offers information about resources open during these non-class days.

Preparing Future Art Teachers: National Art Education Association

IUP’s award-winning chapter of this national association, which gives aspiring art teachers experiences and opportunities in their field, is this week’s focus in the Find Your People series.

STEM Women's Summit Open to IUP Community

IUP’s John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Science and Mathematics is inviting employees and students to participate in the IUP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Women’s Summit on April 8. Registration must be made in advance, and is required by Monday, April 5.

IUP, IRMC, Takara Bio Collaboration Leads to Revolution in COVID-19 Testing in Rural And Financially Challenged Areas in America, Third World Countries

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana Regional Medical Center, and Takara Bio USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Takara Bio, Inc., are collaborating to bring better and faster COVID-19 testing to rural communities in the United States and around the world.

IUP Executive MBA Program Ranked in Top 25 Programs in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Master of Business Administration has been ranked as one of the top 25 EMBA programs in the nation by Great Business Schools. IUP the only public university in Pennsylvania selected for the 2021 rankings, and one of only two programs in Pennsylvania in the listing.

IUP Criminal Justice Training Center Awarded National Public Safety Training Academic Accreditation

IUP’s Criminal Justice Training Center was awarded national accreditation on March 26, 2021, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. in the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation program. The IUP Criminal Justice Training Center is the first and only municipal police training center in Pennsylvania to achieve this designation.

May Commencement, Summer Sessions, and Upcoming Events

Good work keeping COVID-19 positive numbers low, how May commencement and summer sessions will proceed, Chancellor Greenstein’s open forum, and Research Appreciation Week.

IUP Announces Plans for Summer 2021 Sessions

The COVID-19 Response Committee has developed, and university leadership has approved, a set of recommendations for operations during the summer 2021 sessions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Last Boda-Sutton Dance Theater Performance March 27—Dancing to the Beat for 20 Years

An Evening of Dance and Percussion: Legacy, presented Saturday, March 27, is the final collaboration in the nearly 20-year partnership of the IUP Dance Theater Company and the IUP Percussion Ensemble. A gallery of photos from past performances is shared in celebration of this partnership.

Six Alumni Honored With IUP Young Alumni Achievement Awards

Six graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania were honored with the 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Awards. IUP graduates of less than 15 years are eligible for this award, created to recognize recent IUP graduates identified as being outstanding in their professions. 

Sign Language Club Bridges Communication Gap

Everyone is likely to come across at least one person with hearing loss. IUP’s Sign Language Club helps “bridge the gap of communication.” Learn about the club this week in the Find Your People series.

IUP Student Selected for Research Fulbright Scholarship

Zane Billy, a finance and management information systems double major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Meyersdale, has been selected for a Fulbright Canada–Mitacs Globalink Internship. He is the first IUP student selected for this award, but brings to 17 the number of student Fulbright winners and almost 70 faculty who have received Fulbright scholarships.

Pennsylvania State System Chancellor Making Virtual Visit to IUP on March 30; Open Forum Planned

Dan Greenstein, chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, will offer a virtual open forum for faculty, staff, students, and the community during a day-long virtual visit to IUP on March 30. The virtual open forum, open to the community, will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

A NextGen Progress Report; Facts, Initiatives, and Results

Allenwood's Push to Stay Open Pays Off

Running a restaurant while the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world has given Hospitality Management students a lesson in resilience—and valuable experience for entering a hard-hit industry.

IUP Council of Trustees Present Barbara Moore with Resolution of Appreciation

On March 19, 2021, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees presented a resolution of appreciation to Barbara (Barbe) Moore for her 37 years of service to the university and offered its well wishes in her retirement.

IUP Council of Trustees Approve Moving Forward with Northpointe Campus Transition

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today authorized university officials to move forward to transfer or sell the IUP at Northpointe building, while endorsing the university’s plan to maintain a regional presence.

IUP Master's in Nutrition Ranked as a Top Program in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s online master’s in nutrition program is ranked sixth in the nation by OnlineU in its 2021 Best Online College rankings.

A Message of Support In the Wake of Violence Against Asian-Americans

IUP condemns any and all acts of violence or of hateful speech, and we are here to support you in the case that you experience discrimination, acts of hate, or violence.

IUP Office of Student Billing Established; Goals Include Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Effective March 1, the Office of the Bursar has transitioned to the IUP Office of Student Billing. The office is part of the Division of Administration and Finance.

Camaraderie in Numbers: Math Club

By Elizabeth Laughlin In addition to having fun with numbers, Math Club members have built friendships around the interest they share. The club is featured this week in the Find Your People series.

Four Women with Ties to IUP Offer Perspectives About Their Countries on International Women's Day

In conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, IUP’s Office of International Education presented a panel discussion to celebrate achievements of women worldwide. The program featured four women who are connected to IUP as either students, partners, or participants of the international educator’s program with the US Department of State. 

In-Person Commencement Ceremonies Planned for May 2021

The Commencement Committee announced plans to move forward with in-person commencement ceremonies for May and August 2021 graduates. Current plans include a ceremony for graduates receiving master’s and doctoral degrees on the evening of Friday, May 7. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred Saturday, May 8, at up to five separate ceremonies. All events will take place at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Understanding Past Decisions; Facts, Initiatives, and Results

President Driscoll offers facts and perspectives about two of IUP’s past decisions—the Residential Revival and the per-credit tuition model—and how they contribute to IUP’s commitment to becoming a truly student-centered university.

Mars—Water, Life, and What the Rover Can Tell Us

Coauthor of The Atlas of Mars (2019), Geoscience’s Ken Coles has been eagerly following news of the rover Perseverance, which landed on the Red Planet last month. In this interview, he shares his insights into the mission and its value to Earthlings.

Spots Still Remain for IUP Panel Discussion on “Diversity in the Professional Workplace”

Spots are still available for IUP’s “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a Professional Workplace” virtual event on March 17 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Social Equity and Title IX Office and the the Division of University Advancement, the program will feature three professionals, including two IUP graduates, discussing preconceptions about diversity and inclusion. 

IUP Marketing Program Ranked in Top 30 in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Marketing has been ranked as one of the top programs in marketing in the nation by Study.com.

Haven: Stepping In to Stop the Violence

IUP’s Haven Project tackles violence, stalking, relationship issues, and other tough topics with the help of students. The project is featured this week in the Find Your People series.

Enrollment, Admissions, and the COVID-19 Pivot

Despite changes necessitated by COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, IUP’s Division of Enrollment Management kept its focus on being student-centered and successfully pivoted to new ways of doing business.

Tour MCSLE, aka “the Center”

Rachel and Michelle show you everything you’ll find in Elkin Hall at the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, aka MCSLE, aka “the center.” Need a place for your group to meet? A dance studio? Or just a place to hang out? The center’s got you covered.

Code Cracker

Dorothy Ramale ’43, who will turn 100 in April, was well-known as a math teacher and an IUP Alumni Association president. Until recently, many didn’t know she cracked enemy codes for the US military during World War II. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is her story.

IUP, Four Programs Ranked in Top Universities, Programs in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked in the top 27 colleges and universities in the commonwealth, and four IUP programs are ranked as top program in the nation by Intelligent.com.

COVID-19 Update, Spring Sports, Women's History Month Events

President Driscoll urges the IUP community to continue its vigilance in following COVID-19 safety guidelines as spring approaches. He also discusses new IUP initiatives, spring sports, and upcoming events, including Women’s History Month activities.

Recap: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Professional Workplace

For those who missed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Professional Workplace panel held March 17, a video of the main session and excerpts from each breakout session are available.

Academic Tips from Fall 2020

The Academic Success Center offers a weekly Academic Tip every Friday in IUP Now. Here is a list of tips from last semester for reference. Check out IUP Now on Fridays for new tips this semester. Good luck on this semester, and know that the Academic Success Center is available to help any student with their academic needs.

NAACP Offers Community, Open Dialogue to Black and Brown Students

Known for supporting the advancement of Black and Brown students, the NAACP also offers a sense of community and a place for open discussion. The organization is this week’s focus in the Find Your People series.

IUP Selected for Gold Designation in Military Friendly Schools Ranking

Victory Media has selected IUP for a Gold Designation in its 2021 Military Friendly Schools ranking. IUP is one of only 162 universities in the nation and one of only six in Pennsylvania selected for “Gold Award” status. IUP has been on the Military Friendly Schools list for seven years.

February

IUP Safety Sciences Program Ranked in Top Three in the Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences program has been ranked third in the nation for excellence by Universities.com, with an A “excellent” ranking.

Pride Alliance: A Safe Space for Generations of IUP Students

This week, the Find Your People series profiles Pride Alliance, which has worked for decades to make the campus safe and supportive for students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

IUP Hospitality Management Program Ranked in Top 10 in Nation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s bachelor of science degree in hospitality management has been ranked in the 2021 top 10 best bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management by Study.com.

IUP Announces Plans for In-Person Classes for Fall 2021

IUP has announced its intention to resume traditional, in-person classes and events for the 2021–22 academic year.

Mauro Wolfe '90: “Advance Your Own Career”

Born in Panama, Mauro Wolfe came to IUP in the late ’80s from Beaver County. Now a senior partner at Duane Morris in New York City, he represents clients in white-collar matters all over the world. Next month, he’ll participate in an IUP virtual panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Here, he shares insights from his life and career.

Kittanning Student at IUP Selected for Respiratory Care Excellence Award

Lindsey Sherf, a senior student in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Respiratory Care program from Kittanning, has been selected by the program faculty as the Class of 2021 recipient of the Ann and Daniel McCauley Memorial Award for Respiratory Care.

Qualifying Students to Receive Emergency Funding

Tom Segar, vice president for Student Affairs, has notified students of $5 million in emergency federal funding for coronavirus relief that will be allocated to students who qualify.

Good News on the COVID-19 Front, Funding For Students

President Driscoll thanks students and employees for following COVID-19 safety protocols, discusses academic innovation during the pandemic, Black History Month activities, non-class days this spring, and efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Winter 2020-21 Graduates

Here is an alphabetic list of students who graduated from IUP in December 2020 and January 2021.

Dean's List for Fall 2020

Undergraduate students receive recognition on the Dean’s List for each semester (or summer session cumulatively) in which they earn at least a 3.25 GPA based on at least 12 credits of graded (not P/F) undergraduate coursework, or a combination of graded graduate and undergraduate coursework.

Business Majors Build Skills, Get Involved through COBSAC

This week, the Find Your People series profiles the College of Business Student Advisory Council, an organization that encourages students to build leadership and professional skills and get involved.

NextGen Next Steps; Facts, Initiatives, and Results

Timothy Moerland, provost, and Hilliary Creely, interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, discuss IUP’s ongoing NextGen work in this third installment of “Facts, Initiatives, and Results.” Creely is cochair of the NextGen Steering Committee.

COVID-19 Testing: “Change the Course of This Virus”

Members of the IUP family talk about getting tested for COVID-19 and what a difference it can make in the safety of the campus and community.

Faculty Learn How to Cultivate Inclusive Communities Online Targeting At-Risk Students

More than 100 faculty members at Indiana University of Pennsylvania spent a week over winter break learning how to better serve at-risk populations in the online environment.

IUP Selected for Geospatial Intelligence Academic Consortium: Part of a National Group Able to Train Federal Intelligence Employees

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Academic Consortium (UAC) announced in January that IUP is one of the 11 universities that offer accredited geospatial intelligence programs chosen to be a part of the $5-million initiative slated to run through 2025.

Students Sleep Outside to Help Homeless Veterans

Members of IUP’s military service fraternity, Rho Tau Chi, as well as Phi Delta Theta fraternity, will sleep outside this weekend to raise awareness and money for homeless veterans. A February tradition, the sleepout will start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, and end at the same time Sunday, February 14, at the Indiana Walmart. The volunteers will collect cash and check donations as well as cleaning supplies for Indiana County’s Veterans Parsonage.

Where Queer Students of Color Can Be Themselves: Queer Colors

This week, the Find Your People series profiles Queer Colors, an educational and advocacy group that gives queer students of color a safe space to express themselves and connect with others.

Our Continued Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

President Driscoll shares some thoughts and some updates about IUP's ongoing diversity and inclusion work.

Our Imagine Unlimited Success; Facts, Initiatives, and Results

IUP President Michael Driscoll and Vice President for University Advancement Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna talk about raising $81.36 million through the Imagine Unlimited comprehensive campaign.

The Ethics behind COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

As America is only weeks into distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, much talk has focused on who’s first in line to receive the the shot and why. Students in philosophy faculty member Leo Yan’s courses have examined related ethical issues. Yan recently shared his students’ reactions, as well as his insights into issues surrounding vaccine distribution.

A Great Week for IUP, Black History Month Initiatives...Driscoll's Update

In this video recorded February 4, 2021, IUP President Michael Driscoll addresses the IUP family about the Imagine Unlimited comprehensive campaign announcement, faculty and alumni accolades, and upcoming programs related to Black History Month.

IUP Breaks Fundraising Records With $81-Million Imagine Unlimited Comprehensive Campaign, Exceeds Goal, Ends Campaign Early

Imagine Unlimited? Indiana University of Pennsylvania doesn’t have to “imagine” anything: the success is real, and it’s here—six months early.

Faith beyond Sundays: Coalition for Christian Outreach

This week, the Find Your People series profiles the Coalition for Christian Outreach, an organization that seeks to help students spread the Christian gospel, increase faith in Jesus Christ, and encourage the spiritual

Enrollment and Financial Challenges—Facts, Initiatives, and Results

In the first part of a new series about IUP’s current situation, President Michael Driscoll and Vice President for Administration and Finance Debra Fitzsimons talk about the numbers we can’t ignore and the difficult choices that must be made to continue our mission to educate students.

January

Anne White Appointed to IUP Council of Trustees

Anne White, of Indiana, has been appointed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve as a member of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees.

Our First Black Students: IUP Pioneers

Black history is often celebrated by recognizing trailblazers from Martin Luther King Jr. to Maya Angelou, from Sojourner Truth to Serena Williams. IUP, too, has its pioneers—its earliest Black students. Most became teachers or were trained to be. One was a champion for children’s mental health. Learn more about them.

Three IUP Graduate Online Programs Selected for U.S News “Best Online Program” for 2021

Three Indiana University of Pennsylvania online graduate programs have been selected by U.S. News & World Report for its “Best Online Programs” rankings for 2021. Programs selected for the rankings are the master’s program in criminal justice, the master’s in mathematics education programs, and the master’s in nursing program.

Black and Brown Men Pursue Excellence: UBORA Men

To support, inspire, and challenge male students of color—these are the objectives of IUP’s UBORA Men, a student organization formed last fall. Its name builds off the concept of “ubora,” which, in Swahili, means excellence, quality, and superiority. 

Center Finds Answers to Students' Questions

Open since August, the Hawks Q&A Center is a one-stop shop students can turn to with questions on almost any topic. Director Amber Racchini and the rest of the staff track down the answers—a role she described as “a little like being an investigator.” Learn more about this new initiative.

IUP Faculty Member Honored with National Advising Organization Award

Human Development and Family Science Program faculty member Kalani Palmer won a faculty award for excellence in advising from NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising for region two. Kalani was recognized for her commitment to academic advising.

Sanitizing Campus: A True Test

Larry Miller is not a student at IUP; however, his assignment is clear. “I’m learning about this virus and how to fight it every day,” he said. “My goal is to be transparent and give anyone who steps on this campus a feeling of safety.” Read more about the Facilities team’s A-plus efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Welcome Back for Spring 2021

President Driscoll welcomes the IUP community back for the spring semester, sharing information about COVID testing, getting the vaccine, some faculty achievements, and more.

Sedition Explained: Constitution in Crisis

In the third and final installment of the Constitution in Crisis series, Department of Political Science faculty members David Chambers and Gwen Torges explain what sedition is and how it relates to the events in Washington, DC, on January 6.

Trump, Twitter, and Freedom of Speech: Constitution in Crisis

In Part 1 of the series Constitution in Crisis, IUP Department of Political Science faculty members David Chambers and Gwen Torges discussed the ways in which a sitting US president could be removed from office. In this second installment, Torges talks about social media and the First Amendment and how those things relate to recent events.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at IUP Selected for Top Honors by National Organization

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society is one of only 21 chapters in the nation chosen for a Circle of Excellence Platinum Distinction award, the highest commendation a chapter can receive.

Spring 2021: A Look Ahead

Flexibility has been key during the last two semesters at IUP, and that will continue into the spring. A number of programs and events are planned, but in the midst of a pandemic, how participants experience those events may be subject to change. Here’s what’s planned for spring 2021.

Removing a US President: Constitution in Crisis

Since the January 6 events in Washington, DC, there has been much talk about removing President Donald Trump from office, even though he is set to leave on January 20. Two faculty members from IUP’s Department of Political Science, David Chambers and Gwen Torges, recently lent their expertise to the discussion.

Best Wishes for a Successful Spring Semester from President Driscoll

As the IUP community prepares for the spring semester, President Driscoll shares information with students about the online-only start of classes; free, on-campus COVID-19 testing; and hopes for the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

COVID-19 Testing Available for Students

As heard from President Driscoll on Tuesday, January 5, IUP will offer free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for all students. Please review this additional information about this testing.

IUP Graduate Gifts $25,000 for Outstanding IUP Computer Science Students

For the past 15 years, the Barry Day Outstanding Computer Science Student Award has been given to a senior computer science student, selected by the department, who has demonstrated academic achievements and contributions to the department, or who has made significant achievements in computer science endeavors and contributions to mankind.

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

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received a $30,000 grant through Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” initiative to combat campus sexual assault through a Community Bystander Intervention program.

Spring 2021 Classes to Begin via Remote Instruction

IUP will begin classes for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 19, via remote instruction. In-person instruction for classes scheduled in that format will begin three weeks into the spring semester, which is Monday, February 8. We strongly encourage students to begin their remote studies for the spring semester away from campus and the Indiana community.