2022 News

October

IUP Sees Increase in New Students for Fall 2022

Students continue to show strong academic credentials, diversity; international student numbers show increase.

IUP In Top Four Public Universities in Pa. Selected for “Best For Vets” Listing

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected as one of the top four public universities in Pennsylvania by Military Times magazine for its 2022 Best for Vets: Colleges list.

IUP Hosting Algerian Freedom Advocate Rahmani and Poet and Comedian Avila

Two internationally known civil rights and diversity advocates will present programs at IUP in October 2022. Anouar Rahmani, a journalist, author, and law expert from Algeria, will be at IUP on October 12; and professor, author, and comedian Javier Ávila will present his one-man show on October 18. Both programs are free and open to the community.

Addressing Last Week’s Rumored Threat of Violence—A message from Vice President Fitzsimons and Vice President Segar

Additional information to help understand what occurred last week, the actions we took to protect you, and what to expect for future communications with regards to potential dangers and imminent dangers on and around our campuses.

Designing a Business: Dan Rugh ’95

Dan Rugh ’95 took what he calls his “broad and weird foundation” from IUP and formed a printing company that handles many kinds of projects. He approaches them with a creative eye and work ethic that solve problems for clients.

September

Applicants Sought for Student Trustee Seat

Applications are now being accepted for the student seat on the IUP Council of Trustees.

Farag Secures Largest Grant in University History to Enhance Cybersecurity Education 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $4.98 million from the Department of Defense for the first three years of a novel project to enhance Cybersecurity and STEM education in Pennsylvania (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

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

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual Homecoming celebration, September 30 through October 2, is expected to draw thousands to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including the annual parade and football game.

COVID-19 Omicron BA.4- and BA.5-Specific Booster Now Available, Free of Charge, at IUP Health Service

The most current COVID-19 bivalent Omicron BA.4 and BA.5-specific booster has been received at IUP Health Service and is available for free to students and employees. IUP Health Service is located in the Center for Health and Well-Being in the Suites on Maple East.

Institute for Cyber Security Hosts International Cybersecurity Experts

IUP’s Institute for Cyber Security hosted cybersecurity experts from 17 countries on September 23. The experts were invited to the US under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Are you ready for IUP Homecoming 2022?

It's time to come home! Homecoming will take place October 1, 2022 with festivities planned for the entire week.

Frank Cignetti: A Force beyond Football

Former head coach Frank Cignetti may be best known for his football success. But many knew him for something more. Hear from a former player, student coach, and Penn reporter how Cignetti’s impact extends far beyond the football field.

COVID-19 Update – Change in CDC Community Level Status for Allegheny, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated the Community Level COVID-19 status for Allegheny, Armstrong and Indiana counties to low. Jefferson County continues to be classified as low.

IUP Students to Be Part of Initiative to Help Struggling Students in Cambria County

IUP’s Department of Counseling has been invited to join the Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program and REACH (Reaching Educational Achievements with Clinical Mental Health), a school-based mental health agency, to provide interns for supervised counseling and support for students in Cambria County schools.

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 2022 Family Weekend celebration on September 23 and 24. The weekend’s programming is designed to appeal to all ages.

IUP Hosting Internationally Known Composer, Conductor for Residency Sept. 26–29

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host two internationally known music artists for a four-day residency September 26–29. Composer Cindy McTee and conductor Leonard Slatkin will offer lectures, masterclasses, and leading rehearsals during the residency as Edward R. Sims Distinguished Artists.

Learning Commons Brings Student Resources Together under One Roof—Inside IUP

President Michael Driscoll tours the new Learning Commons in the IUP Libraries during its open house.

IUP, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Sign Dual Admissions Agreement

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Michael Driscoll and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College President Steve Nunez signed a dual admissions program agreement on September 16, 2022, designed to streamline the process for students who earn an associate degree at Penn Highlands to complete a bachelor’s degree program at IUP.

Indoor Masking Now Highly Recommended on IUP Indiana and Northpointe Campuses

We highly recommend that you follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask when you’re indoors at any of our buildings at the Indiana or Northpointe campuses, since Armstrong and Indiana counties have been elevated from a medium to a high COVID-19 community level. Free masks are available at all buildings and facilities.

IUP Online Master’s Program in Food and Nutrition Ranked in Top Five Programs in the Nation for Salary of Graduates

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s online master’s degree in food and nutrition is ranked fifth in the nation by OnlineU for the high level of salaries earned by its graduates.

Additional Funding Released for IUP Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

Academic success for students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who are parents of young children may become a little easier, thanks to additional funding for IUP’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.

IUP Continues National Recognition in U.S. News & World Report

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

IUP Mourns Passing of Hall of Fame Coach Frank Cignetti Sr.

Frank Cignetti Sr., who won 182 games as IUP football coach and served for more than a decade as the university's director of athletics, died Saturday morning in the Pittsburgh area after an extended illness. He was 84.

Second IUP Student Selected for Full-Tuition Scholarship by Statler Foundation

Josephine Vance, a senior hotel, restaurant, tourism, and event planning major from Natrona Heights at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the prestigious Statler Foundation’s Scholarship of Excellence.

IUP to Offer Annual Memorial Program to Mark September 11 Attacks

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Sept. 12 starting at 11:40 a.m. in front of the 9/11 memorial in the IUP Oak Grove.

IUP Approved for $1 Million Project as Part of Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been approved for a $1-million project as part of the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative $62.7-million federal Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant awarded by the US Economic Development Administration.

IUP Selected for Princeton Review “Best Colleges” Guidebook, Ranked as a “Best Health Service”

Praised for “delivering on its promises” of affordability and quality programs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook for the twenty-second consecutive year.

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

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will celebrate Constitution Day on September 12, with two events free and open to the community: the traditional public reading of the Constitution by members of the IUP community, and the Six O’Clock Series event, “What Would Our Founding Fathers Say?” with Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Pinckney, and James Madison.

Honoring Faculty Members Promoted in Academic Rank

The Office of the Provost has announced the promotion of several faculty members to full professor effect the fall 2022 semester.

August

IUP Police Academy Hosting Week-Long Training Event at Robertshaw Building

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy will host an Active Attack Integrated Response train the trainer course at the IUP Police Academy in Robertshaw September 12 through 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dean's List for Summer 2022

The list of Dean’s List recipients for the summer 2022 semester.

IUP Confluence Park Project Moving Forward

The Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and IUP have hired a firm to complete an environmental study as the next step in advancing the IUP Confluence Discovery Park.

IUP Receives Funding from USDA to Develop Biosafety/Biorisk Management Certificate Program

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received more than $460,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a specialized Biosafety/Biorisk Management Certificate program at IUP.

Semester Preview: Fall 2022

Learn about some key events this fall—from the IUP Day student involvement fair to Homecoming to Winter Commencement.

IUP Nursing Doctoral Student Selected for National Scholarship

Laurie Connors, a student in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s PhD doctoral program in nursing, has been selected for a 2022 National League for Nursing Education Scholarship.

Starting a New Academic Year – Driscoll's Update

President Michael Driscoll welcomes members of the IUP community, including new students, to a new academic year and lets students know where they can find help and information.

Home Is Where the Mind Is: Supporting Students from Countries in Crisis

Students from Ukraine, Afghanistan, and other countries in crisis face many obstacles to completing their education in the US. See how some have coped and have found help through IUP and the greater community.

IUP Selected for Princeton Review “Best Colleges” Guidebook, Ranked as a “Best Health Service”

Praised for “delivering on its promises” of affordability and quality programs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for the Princeton Review’s Best College guidebook for the 22nd consecutive year.

IUP Receives $200,000 for Big Ideas Program

Lynn Botelho, Distinguished University Professor and professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation – the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement the Big Ideas: Transformative Culture and the Professions program at IUP.

IUP to Begin New Academic Year with Welcome Week for All New Students; Opening of Academic Year Program Planned for Aug. 19

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will welcome the majority of new students to campus for the fall semester on August 13 and 14 with a week-long schedule of events, including a new one-stop check-in process.

IUP Receives Funding from PLCB to Address Underage and Dangerous Drinking, Retention of Black and Brown Students

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $40,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Reducing Underage Drinking and Dangerous Drinking Grant program, with a focus on both reducing underage and dangerous drinking and increasing retention of Black and Brown students, while welcoming all students to participate in grant project related events and activities.

IUP Students Part of IRMC Internship Program

David Fyock and Tommy Letso, biology pre-medicine majors at IUP from Indiana County, are completing Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Pre-Med Undergraduate Summer Internship, shadowing physicians from eight different medical specialties, one each week of the eight-week internship.

Update on Fall Semester Operations and COVID-19 Precautions – A Message from President Driscoll

IUP will return to fully face-to-face instruction and in-person events and activities for fall 2022. In most circumstances, meetings and gatherings will transition to in-person formats, and employees will return to working at their university locations.

Students’ Summer Research—In Their Words (U-SOAR 2022)

Want a preview of the research you can hear about Friday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room during the Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program symposium? Watch as four students explain their projects.

IUP Graduate Selected for Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan

Teresa Kuo of Cabot, a May graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s early childhood and special education program with a concentration in urban education, has been selected for a 2022–23 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award to Taiwan.

July

Mathematics Faculty Selected for Fulbright Scholarship

Yu-ju Kuo, professor of mathematics in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Mathematical and Computer Science, has been selected for a 2022–23 Fulbright US Scholar fellowship to Bhutan.

U-SOAR Program Celebrates Student Researchers With Final Research Symposium Aug. 5

Students participating in IUP’s Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program will present their research projects at the program’s final research symposium on Aug. 5.

Students, Faculty to Conduct Second Forensic Archaeology Field School in Germany at Site of World War II Airplane Crash

For the second year, IUP’s Department of Anthropology has been selected by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. through the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to conduct a field study in Germany at the site of a crash of a World War II airplane.

Spring 2022 Graduates

Here is an alphabetic list of students who graduated from IUP in May 2022.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Announces Appointments During Transitional Period

With the retirement of Yaw Asamoah, dean of the University College and IUP Libraries after 38 years of service and leadership at IUP, on June 30, IUP Provost and Vice President Lara Luetkehans has announced leadership changes for the University College and for the IUP Libraries.

Education Secretary: Today’s Higher Education Investments Benefit Tomorrow’s Workforce

Pennsylvania Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty visited Indiana University of Pennsylvania to discuss the importance of continued funding for higher education in the commonwealth.

IUP Receives Funding To Host International Fulbright Recipients For Seventh Year

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $300,000 to continue to host the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers.

June

English Professor Expands International Teaching Experience During Semester at Sea

It’s not a traditional classroom, but for IUP professor of English Timothy Hibsman, it was smooth sailing, combining his love of teaching with first-hand opportunities to explore nautical history and literature. Hibsman was a member of the faculty for a spring 2022 Semester at Sea voyage on the ship World Odyssey.

A Welcoming Walkway

See a bird’s-eye view of the new rainbow sidewalk, suggested by students from the LGBTQIA+ community. It is one of the most visible symbols of IUP’s commitment to making all people feel welcome and supported on campus.

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.