2022 News

June

LGBTQIA+ and Supported at IUP

In its efforts to be truly student centered, IUP aims to support every student. Key to that are services for the LGBTQIA+ community. Hear about the experiences of a gender-fluid student and about the support IUP provides.

IUP Student Confirmed as Student Member of PASSHE Board of Governors

Abigail Hancox, of Albion, a political science major with a pre-law concentration and minor in homeland security in the Cook Honors College at IUP, has been confirmed to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors. She currently serves as president of the IUP Student Government Association.

Potts Selected for Director of Financial Aid Position

Following a national search, a professional with extensive and progressive financial aid experience has been selected to serve as director of Financial Aid at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Tiffany Potts, who most recently served as associate director of Financial Aid at IUP, was chosen for the position. Potts has been a staff member of the Office of Financial Aid since April 2010.

IUP Ranked Second in State for Affordability, in Top 20 Universities by Academic Influence

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been recognized as second in the state for affordability, third in the state as a “best public college,” and in the top 20 in the state as a “Pennsylvania’s Best Overall” university by AcademicInfluence.com.

Student from North Huntingdon Selected for Fulbright Award

Grace Skarzynski of North Huntingdon, a May graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program, has been selected for a 2022–23 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award to Greece.

Dean’s List for Spring 2022

Undergraduate students receive recognition on the Dean’s List for each fall, spring, or summer term(s) 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 Vice President for Enrollment Management Selected for Advisory Board

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Vice President for Enrollment Management, Patricia Curran McCarthy, has been selected by Ruffalo Noel Levitz to serve on its Undergraduate Enrollment Advisory Board.

May

IUP Student from Philadelphia Selected for Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Sfen Kadirifu, a junior international studies major with a focus in fashion at IUP, has been selected for a 2022 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. The scholarship will help to fund her study at Yonsei University in South Korea for the fall 2022 semester of her senior year at IUP. She is IUP’s twenty-first Gilman scholarship recipient.

Sculptural Lighting Fixtures Designed and Produced by IUP Students in IUP STEAMshop, Installed in Sprowls Hall

Students in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Art and Design’s three-dimensional art and design course used IUP’s STEAMshop—IUP’s digital fabrication makerspace—to light the way in IUP’s Sprowls Hall. Students in Sharon Massey and Sean Derry’s Art 113 course used Rhino 3D and Fusion Slicer software to design hanging light fixtures for the building, which is home to IUP’s Department of Art and Design.

A Life-Changing Experience

The University College’s Luke Faust makes sure students have the support they need to succeed. Recent graduate Imani Jefferson attests to the life-changing experience she had at IUP with Faust’s help.

Giving New Life to Oak Grove’s Fallen Trees

Fallen trees from the Oak Grove are sawed into boards and used in student art projects in the Wood Center. Students experience the complete process, from logs to finished art, thanks to IUP’s innovative woodworking program.

IUP Receives $125,000 in Funding from Statler Foundation to Create Check-In Desk for Students in Travel and Hospitality Industry

A $125,000 gift to Indiana University of Pennsylvania from the Statler Foundation will be used to construct a hotel desk simulation lab for students in IUP’s Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism, and Event Management program.

Hawks Helping Hawks Campaign Results in More Than $84,000 to Impact Student Success

Employees and students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrated raising more than $84,000 through the 2022 Hawks Helping Hawks campaign at a donor and volunteer appreciation event on April 25.

Xi Wang Selected as IUP Distinguished University Professor for 2022–23 Academic Year

Xi Wang, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as IUP’s 2022–23 Distinguished University Professor.

IUP Recognizes University Senate Award Winners, Faculty Emeriti

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

IUP to Celebrate Graduates with Ceremonies on May 6 and 7

IUP will hold commencement ceremonies for 1,722 graduates on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Students graduating in May and August are eligible to participate in the ceremonies.

IUP Squad Community Art Studio Program Presenting First Exhibition With Keys Montessori School

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Squad Art Studio, an alternative, community-based, multi-site Saturday school for young children facilitated by IUP preservice art educators and art education faculty, will join with Indiana’s Keys Montessori School for a joint art exhibition.

Local Father-Son, Mother-Daughter to Graduate from IUP May 7

At IUP’s May 2022 commencement, two Indiana County families who are longtime friends will celebrate parent and child graduating together.

Nearing the Finish Line—Driscoll’s Update

President Driscoll talks about the Hawks Helping Hawks campaign, the newest hawk on campus, next steps outlined in his “The Future of IUP” speech, and good news about IUP’s membership in the American Passport Project program.

Mulvihill Selected for Fulbright Administrator Grant

Jessica Mulvihill, director of education abroad and national student exchange in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Education, will be traveling to Japan in June as the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrator Award.

April

IUP Selected for American Passport Program to Encourage Study, Travel Abroad Experiences

IUP is one of 40 universities in the nation selected for the Institute of International Education American Passport Project grant. This grant funds up to 25 IUP students who are first-year enrolled students who meet financial eligibility requirements to obtain a US passport to support their study abroad journeys.

Biology Major Selected for Kopchick Summer Internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Scott Semelsberger, a junior biology pre-medicine major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Northern Cambria, has been selected for IUP’s 2022 Kopchick Summer Fellowship. As the fellowship recipient, he will spend 10 weeks during the summer (from June 6 to August 12) engaged in research at the internationally known MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Spring Finals Week Hours for Library, Tutoring, Folger, De-Stressing Activities, and More

You’re heading into Finals Week and doing your best—to complete those last homework assignments, study for finals, and finish semester projects. We’ve brought together the Finals Week hours for study spaces like the library and Folger, tutoring schedules, dining schedules, and de-stressing activities. Take advantage of these resources to help make Finals Week go smoothly as you work your way through your schedule of final exams.

Hawk Statue Lands in Oak Grove

The Oak Grove has a new resident. Thanks to the generosity of Ray Kinter ’67, M’68, it is now home to a bronze hawk statue, created by artist Raymond Gibby. Kinter presented this new addition as a gift to the university, its current students, its future students, and the alumni who are proud to call IUP home.

Additional $1 Million in RACP Funds Released for Academy of Culinary Arts Building Project

On April 22, Rep. Brian Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana) and Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) confirmed Indiana University of Pennsylvania will receive a second $1-million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for IUP’s Academy of Culinary Arts building project.

International Student at IUP Selected for Institute of International Education Scholarship

Oksana Moroz, a doctoral student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Ukraine, has been selected for the Emergency Student Fund Award from the Institute of International Education (IIE) Emergency Fund.

IUP Cook Honors College Director, Students Honored by National Collegiate Honors Council

A faculty member and students in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honor College have been honored by the Northeast Regional Honors Council, an affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council, at the organization’s conference on April 10 in Philadelphia.

Take Back the Night Event Supports Survivors of Sexual Assault

Last week, the Haven Project held Take Back the Night, its annual event to raise awareness of sexual assault and to show support for survivors. The day included the release of a virtual speak-out, a video in which Haven Project peer educators gave a voice to survivors by sharing their anonymously submitted stories.

$500,000 in Federal Funding Announced for Culinary Academy Renovations

On Friday, April 15, US Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson announced $500,000 in federal funding for IUP to rebuild and renovate its Academy of Culinary Arts building located in downtown Punxsutawney.

Taking Time to Celebrate and Enjoy Our Successes—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll talks about the success of recent events, a major gift to advance the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts building project, and the Unity Ball, a reinvented initiative focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Students Tell the Story of the Crimson Scholars Circle

Five students talk about the friends, mentors, and opportunities they’ve gained through the Crimson Scholars Circle, a scholarship program designed to reduce the retention and persistence gap for Black and Brown students.

Indiana Student at IUP Selected for Scholarship Established in Honor of IUP Graduate Physician Astronaut from Homer City

Kendra Bass, of Indiana, a junior biology pre-medicine major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Female Science Student. The award was presented to

IUP Celebration Weekend Honors Donors, Student-Athletes, Alumni Volunteers, Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

It was a weekend of celebration April 9 and 10, 2022, for IUP, with the annual Celebration of Philanthropy on April 9, the annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on April 10, and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala on April 10.

Unity Ball Celebrates Latino Culture, Intersectionality

Celebrating Latino culture and intersectionality, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Latino Student Organization (LaSO) will host the inaugural IUP Unity Ball on April 23 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the IUP Hadley Union Building Ohio Room. The event will include refreshments catered by Casa Jaliso and dancing. Formal attire is requested. It is free and open to the community.

Imagine Unlimited Impact

Four students help illustrate the impact of IUP’s record-breaking Imagine Unlimited campaign. Hear from scholarship recipients in chemistry and football, a grad assistant promoting fairness in policing, and a food pantry worker who has connected hundreds of students with meals.

IUP Celebrates Distinguished Alumni, Volunteers, Student-Athletes During Celebration Weekend

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be celebrating some special members of the IUP community—including IUP’s nationally ranked athletic teams—as part of the 2022 Celebration Weekend planned for April 8 and 9.

IUP Biologist Names Dinosaur Discovery After Alumnus John Kopchick

Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate and molecular biologist John J. Kopchick has a new—but very old—namesake, thanks to IUP biology professor Shundong Bi.

IUP Research Appreciation Week Introducing New Program to Celebrate IUP, Indiana Regional Medical Center Collaboration and Rural Health

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will showcase research collaboration and cutting-edge student and faculty research and creative activities during Research Appreciation Week at IUP from April 4 to 8.

Research Week Is Calling You

It’s Research Appreciation Week 2022, and it’s a great time to find out how you can get involved with research at IUP.

March

Congratulations to Student-Athletes, Thanks to Donors, Upcoming Events—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll talks about the successes of IUP student-athletes and Day of Giving and offers reminders about important upcoming university events, including Research Appreciation Week.

IUP Research Appreciation Week Events Include In-Person Scholars Forum, Stem Women’s Summit, IRMC Day

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will showcase research collaboration and cutting-edge student and faculty research and creative activities during Research Appreciation Week at IUP from April 4 to 8, 2022. Traditional events continuing this year include the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Women’s Summit on April 4 and the Scholars Forum and Three-Minute Thesis competition on April 6.

Annual Service Awards Honor IUP Employees for Years of Service

IUP celebrates employees who completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to the university during the Employee Service Awards luncheon in the Blue Room.

Making Coffee Production More Sustainable

Jeff Larkin, an IUP Biology professor, uses his expertise in working landscapes as part of a team targeting coffee production’s environmental impact and exploring the use of solar power, carbon credits, and new farming methods to save forests and the biodiversity they host.

Pennsylvania State System Chancellor Hosts Virtual Open Forum at IUP on April 4

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 his virtual visit to Indiana University of Pennsylvania on April 4.

Internationally Known Tubist, IUP Graduate Jim Self to Do IUP Residency

Internationally known tubist Jim Self, a 1965 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be a guest artist in residency at IUP March 27 through March 30.

IUP Designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

The National Security Agency has designated Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), continuing a 20-year recognition of IUP’s leadership in this discipline.

IUP Day of Giving is Here and You Hold the Key

On Thursday, March 24, IUP will celebrate Day of Giving, a 24-hour day of giving. Thanks to the generosity of Terry Serafini ’61, you can help unlock $50,000 to support the General Scholarship Fund, just by supporting an area of campus you are passionate about.

Employee Town Halls to Present Updates on New Tuition Affordability Plan, Finances, Enrollment, and Operationalizing the Strategic Plan

Two town halls will be held on Tuesday, March 29, and Tuesday, April 12, in Fisher Auditorium to present updates on the new tuition affordability plan, finances, enrollment, and operationalizing the strategic plan. 

IUP Trustees Approve Reductions in Installment Plan Fee, Late Payment Fee and Review Out-Of-State, International Student Fee Change

At its meeting on March 17, 2022, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved reductions in two fees, standardized the installment payment plan fee, and reviewed a recommendation to keep tuition flat for out-of-state and international students.

IUP Council of Trustees Approve Resolution of Appreciation for Glenn Cannon

At its meeting on March 17, 2022, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees approved a Resolution of Appreciation for the late Glenn Cannon.

Tuition, Basketball, Commission on Diversity and Inclusion Cochairs—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll talks about good news for the university, including the success of the women’s and men’s basketball teams, and he announces the new cochairs of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

Smoothie Sale, Macaroni and Cheese Crockpot Cook-Off, Speaker for National Nutrition Month, Sponsored by IUP Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have organized several events to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March, including a smoothie sale, macaroni and cheese crockpot cook-off competition, and a program with a nationally known speaker.

Two International Students at IUP Selected for Institute of International Education Scholarship

Two doctoral students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have been selected for the Emergency Student Fund Award from the Institute of International Education Emergency Fund.

When a Change Becomes Essential

Tired of changing his son’s diaper on the men’s room floor, 2009 graduate Donte Palmer made an Instagram post that led to a national campaign pushing for changing tables in all public restrooms. His organization has since expanded to offer other help to parents, but especially to fathers.

Tuition Affordability Plan Approved by Board of Governors

President Michael Driscoll updates the community on the State System Board of Governors approval of IUP's Tuition Affordability Plan.

Update to COVID-19 Masking Mitigation for IUP Buildings, Facilities

Following consultation with IUP’s leadership team and based on the advice of IUP’s COVID Planning Group, IUP will follow the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. That means that effective at noon on March 2, masks/face coverings will no longer be required in IUP’s indoor facilities and buildings, except for IUP Health Service and the IUP Counseling Center, and Punxsutawney Regional Campus facilities.

IUP Selected for “Military Friendly Schools” Listing

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected by Victory Media for the tenth consecutive year for its list of Military Friendly Schools.

February

IUP Alumna Donates $850,000 to Establish Full Tuition, Four-Year Scholarship for Nursing Students

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s nursing program has made a donation designed to create generational change for IUP nursing students.

National Survey of Student Engagement: Watch Your Inbox, March 8

Share your IUP experience in an upcoming survey, so the university can create an even better experience for future students.

IUP Research Institute to Provide Services to System Universities

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Research Institute is partnering with four other Pennsylvania State System universities—Bloomsburg, California, Edinboro, and Lock Haven universities—to expand their work in sponsored research through a shared services initiative.

December 2021 List of Graduates

An alphabetic list of students who graduated from IUP in December 2021 and January 2022.

Dean’s List for Fall 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 Commitment and Success in Research Recognized With R2 Designation

In recognition of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s research commitment and success, IUP has been ranked as an R2 Doctoral University–High Research Activity (R2) by the National Center for Postsecondary Research’s 2021 Carnegie Classification.

IUP Trustees Approve Proposal to Reduce Pennsylvania Student Undergraduate Annual Tuition for Majority of its Students at almost 20 Percent; Authorize Presenting Plan to State System Board of Governors

IUP’s Council of Trustees approved a proposal to reduce annual tuition for undergraduate in-state students, effective for the fall 2022 semester—resulting in an almost 20 percent savings for students who take 15 credits each semester.

Grant to IUP to Help Advance Stem Education in Indiana County Schools

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide resources for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers in Indiana County area schools to assist with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

IUP PhD Propels Student to Professor

IUP's doctoral program in the Department of Communications Media included theory, research, production work, and teaching experience. It was the perfect combination to propel Jeremy McCool from an Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate student to a professor at West Chester University.

IUP Criminology Master’s Program Ranked Top in Pennsylvania by Intelligent.Com

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s online master’s in criminology has been ranked second in the nation and first in Pennsylvania by Intelligent.com in its 2022 Best Online Programs in Criminology listing. The ranking is due in part to IUP’s reputation as a research university.

COVID-19 Precautions, Black History Month Programming—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll stresses the importance of following COVID-19 safety protocols and discusses Black History Month programming and a survey on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues for students and employees.

Academy Talks Careers on WQED

Pittsburgh PBS station WQED recently featured the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts in its Future Jobs web video series. Hear chef instructor Thomas Barnes and culinary student Emily Shaffer discuss the field’s opportunities and appeal.

Three IUP Graduate Programs Selected for U.S. News Best Online Program Recognition

Three online graduate programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have been selected as a “2022 Best Online Program” by U.S. News & World Report: the master’s in nursing, the master’s in mathematics education, and the master’s in criminal justice

January

Peffer Selected for IUP Director of Facilities Planning and Construction

Following a formal search, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Vice President for Administration and Finance Debra Fitzsimons has announced the selection of Mitch Peffer to serve in the position of director of Facilities Planning and Construction.

Pandenarium: Unearthing Black Settlers’ Stories

Two IUP master’s program graduates—and the only archaeologists to have excavated the Mercer County site of Pandenarium, a Pre-Civil War settlement for free African Americans—are revealing the settlers’ untold stories with help from their descendants.

IUP Graduate Student Selected for Department of State Project

The US Department of State has selected Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate student Jimalee Sowell for a nine-week English Language Specialist virtual project. Sowell is a PhD candidate in IUP’s Composition and Applied Linguistics program.

Creely Named Dean of IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research

Hilliary Creely, who has been serving as the interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed to the permanent position after consultation with key university stakeholders, President Michael Driscoll announced.

Participate in the System-wide Climate Survey, Jan. 31 to March 4

On January 31, IUP students, faculty, and staff will be invited to participate in the System-wide Climate Survey. The anonymous survey is designed to take the pulse of each university’s campus climate and will help IUP, as well as Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, identify trends, challenges, and opportunities for continued growth.

COVID Safety, In-Person Classes, Diversity Survey, New Deans, MLK Day—Driscoll’s Update

President Michael Driscoll discusses COVID-19 safety plans, a new It’s on Us PA grant, and an upcoming survey on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. He also congratulates two new deans and gives a Martin Luther King Jr. Day panel preview.

IUP Plans to Begin Spring Semester with In-Person Instruction on January 18

IUP plans to begin the spring 2022 semester as planned, with in-person classes starting Jan. 18. We will continue to monitor conditions and adjust as necessary based on potential changes in the situation and/or in the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.