IUP criminology program ranked in top 10 for best program

INDIANA — Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Master of Arts in criminology's online program has been ranked in the top 10 of online graduate criminal justice programs by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row.

Clearfield Progress, January 11, 2016

Ellwood man graduates from IUP with perfect GPA

A local student graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania was honored at the December commencement ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his academic career. Derek Vandevort, an accounting major from Ellwood City, graduated Dec. 17. A son of Tammy Erkman of Ellwood City and Dean Vandervort of Ellwood City, he is a 2009 graduate of Lincoln High School. He attributes his academic success to old-fashioned “hard work, focus and good time management.”

New Castle News, December 23, 2016

College notes

Nicole Fidler, Orwigsburg, was selected to serve as the student speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate winter commencement ceremony.

Republican Herald, December 18, 2016

IUP grad honored for perfect GPA

INDIANA, Pa. — Derek Vandevort of Ellwood City was honored at commencement exercises at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his academic career. Vandevort graduated with a degree in accounting. He was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and the Student Accounting Association. He is a 2009 graduate of Lincoln High School. He is the son of Tammy Erkman of Ellwood City and Dean Vandervort of Ellwood City.

The Cranberry Eagle, December 17, 2016

Rivera Selected for IUP Scholarship

Mia Rivera of Sayre, a Child Development major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), has been selected for the Robert and Ruth O'Connor Scholarship. Rivera, daughter of Michelle Funaro, is a 2015 graduate of Sayre Area High School. She is a Dean's List student and participated in the Cure for Kids charity event at IUP.

Wyalusing Rocket-Courier, December 15, 2016

Ellwood City native notches perfect GPA at IUP

INDIANA — Lincoln High School graduate Derek Vandevort has completed his four years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Vandevort, an accounting major from Ellwood City, will be honored Saturday at IUP's graduation ceremony.

Ellwood City Ledger, December 13, 2016

Hundreds take Pittsburgh Polar Plunge into Ohio River for Special Olympics

There are easier ways to help Special Olympics Pennsylvania but few that build the kind of camaraderie generated by the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. Ryan Ortwein, 22, member of Phi Sigma Kappa at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, flexes after emerging from the Ohio River after participating in the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (photo caption)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 10, 2016

Astronauts from Pennsylvania: Who's gone from the Keystone State to the space program?

Indiana: Patricia Roberston, who was born in 1963 and died in 2001, had no spaceflights. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Penn Live/Harrisburg Patriot-News, December 08, 2016

Showing holiday spirit: IUP museum features model trains and quilts

University Museum at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania is in the holiday spirit with an exhibition featuring Christmas-themed model trains and locally created quilts through Dec. 10. Admission is free. “It's very festive,” said museum spokeswoman Leslie Kluchur-osky. In conjunction with Indiana County's Bicentennial Holiday Season, the Indiana Area Model Train Collectors, part of the Train Collectors Association (TCA), and members of the Plumcreek Country Stitchers Quilt Guild came together to present the exhibition. For an added treat, musician Alan Luckey will lead visitors in train-themed songs in the museum tonight and next Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Altoona Mirror, December 01, 2016

New director of liberal studies selected at IU P

Following a search, Edel Reilly, professor of mathematics and assistant chair of the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to serve as the director of IUP's Liberal Studies program.

Pennsylvania Business Central, November 18, 2016

Area colleges, universities named 'military-friendly'

More than a dozen Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities have been named to an advocacy group's list of “military-friendly” institutions based in part on support and perks for service members and veterans. California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, La Roche College, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University, the University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College and community colleges in Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties all made Moon-based Victory Media's 2017 list of “Military-Friendly” schools.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 11, 2016

IUP releases summer Dean's Lists

Students achieve dean's list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Dubois Courier Express, November 16, 2016

Colleges strike deals to smooth student transfers

It's never been simple, but a growing number of agreements between community colleges and universities across the region is taking some uncertainty out of transferring between institutions. The transfer option couldn't have been a better fit for Casey Jarding, a Westmoreland County Community College graduate. Now 21 and a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jarding will graduate after completing her student-teaching requirement this spring — four years after beginning studies at WCCC. Her bachelor's degree will be in K-12 family and consumer education with a minor in child development and family relations.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 13, 2016

New borough manager named in Greencastle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Whether it is through community development or volunteering, Eden Ratliff likes to feel like he is making a difference. He said that feeling can be harder to achieve in big cities, so local government always was an appealing option, granting him the chance to make a direct impact on municipalities. After starting as an intern in Ford City, Pa., Ratliff moved up the ranks in the borough, ultimately accepting the borough-manager position. The 25-year-old was appointed Greencastle borough manager on Oct. 25 at a special council meeting, replacing Susan Armstrong, who resigned Sept. 13. Ratliff holds a master's degree in employment and labor relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Herald, November 08, 2016

Latest Pennsylvania Poll Shows Interesting Trend in State's Gun Owners

Although gun control advocates are quick to say Americans who own guns hoard firearms, Pennsylvania is proving that theory wrong. According to a new Trib Live report, the majority of handgun purchases in Western Pennsylvania are by first-time gun owners. The largest segment of people who want to protect themselves are women, a growing phenomenon. “We have been seeing this for 10 years or more,” said Dennis Giever, a professor of criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 31, 2016

W.Pa. veterans employment summit planned

Organizers of an employment summit this month hope to connect military veterans with jobs while eliminating stigmas employers might have about hiring them. Employers registered to participate include Cenveo, Kennametal, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, banks and health care providers.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 02, 2016

New Pennsylvania Hilton Garden Inn Opens in City of Indiana

INDIANA, Penn. and MCLEAN, Va. -- Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) upscale global brand of hotels, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP. Located at 714 Pratt Drive, the new hotel brings 128 new rooms to the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Managed by Hospitality Asset Management Company, Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP is located on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, it is near downtown Indiana and the Jimmy Stewart Museum.

hospitalitynet, November 03, 2016

Amcham takes aim at cyber terrorism

The American Chamber of the Commerce of T&T (AmChamTT) has entered into an agreement with Indiana University of Pennsylvania for technology workshops to help safeguard local businesses against cyber terrorism. AmChamTT president Ravi Suryadevara said as part of the 20th Health Safety Security and Environment Conference (HSSE) conference next month, the group will host two full-day workshops to heighten the awareness and advance measures to combat cyber espionage. He said that type of threat to the business sector could not be ignored

The Guardian (England), August 13, 2016

On Campus from Oct. 18, 2016

Kara McClain, Grove City, has been named to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Homecoming Crimson Court for Saturday's homecoming. The Crimson Court members participate in all homecoming activities and will be featured at academic department and college events. Court members represent each of the university's academic colleges and the Punxsutawney campus and are chosen by a university-wide vote. To qualify, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be in good judicial standing at IUP.

Sharon Herald, October 18, 2016

Kittanning Grad Part of IUP Homecoming Crimson Court

A local student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been named to IUP's 2016 Homecoming Crimson Court. Cara Masters, an early childhood and special education major from Nixon Street, Kittanning, will represent the College of Education and Educational Technology

The Kittanning Paper, October 14, 2016

Artist Milton H. Bancroft rediscovered

It would have been easy for Milton Herbert Bancroft to slip between the cracks of history into obscurity, like so many capable artists of his era. But Indiana University of Pennsylvania is giving him new life. “Gilded Age to Great War: Milton Bancroft and His Art” at the University Museum includes 65 items from the school's large collection of Bancroft art and memorabilia, most of which came to the university by way of an unusual opportunity.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 12, 2016

BioBlitz Comes to Crooked Creek Next Weekend

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student-run organization is finalizing details for an inaugural event that they will host in Bethel Township next weekend. From 7AM-8PM October 8, the Environmentally Conscious Organization (ECO) club will hold a BioBlitz – a comprehensive survey of plants and animals in the area – for parents and students at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center. ECO Club President Marilyn Can – an undergraduate student in her third year interested in environmental education – said about 25 students are part of the organization.

The Kittanning Paper, October 01, 2016

College opened up country portal for rural rocker Michael Christopher

Unlike many country singers who grew up listening to the music and fantasizing about performing it, Indiana County native Michael Christopher discovered the genre later. Then, while in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying communications media, Christopher went to a dance club with some friends.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2016

Love of animals spurred career change for 'Life at Vet U' star

It's been just another dog-day afternoon for Munhall native Melanie Lang, but there's no Al Pacino in sight. Lang's route to veterinary school started at age 29, when she decided to leave the job she had with Verizon since graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 30, 2016

College students step up to help save lives amid opioid overdose crisis

Like many colleges and universities, IUP and its student body of about 13,000 is confronting a regional opioid epidemic that doesn't stop at campus borders.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 01, 2016

School districts struggle to attract diverse teachers

With the help of a $300,000 Heinz Endowments Grant, Robert Millward, an education professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been leading an initiative with IUP, Point Park University, California University of Pennsylvania and Community College of Allegheny County to recruit more black men to their education programs. In a report last year, Millward wrote that some of the students they surveyed about becoming teachers were deterred by factors including their own bad experiences in school and the belief that they wouldn't earn much money as a teacher or that it is a “woman's profession.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 02, 2016

EgoPo Classic Theater Announces DELIRIUM

On October 28, EgoPo presents the Philadelphia premiere of Theatre O and Enda Walsh's raucous revisioning of The Brothers Karamazov. EgoPo is excited to be co-producing Delirium with Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Theater by the Grove. Delirium director Brenna Geffers, whose bold, physical style has been most recently seen at EgoPo in Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, is an IUP alum, along with four members of the cast. As part of this collaboration, EgoPo went to IUP for a two-week workshop with IUP students, where they worked on the Delirium script together - the students shadowing EgoPo actors. IUP professor BrIan Jones is the set and puppet designer for the show. Delirium features four IUP alumni. Chris Anthony (Machinal, Hairy Ape) and Johnny Smith (GINT, Anne Frank) return to EgoPo, with Kayla Anthony and Kelly McCaughan making their EgoPo debuts.

Broadway World.com, September 19, 2016

Exonerated man struggled through his first year of freedom

The artist, Lewis Jim Fogle, had created nearly all of the paintings in prison to preserve his sanity while serving a life sentence for a 1976 Indiana County murder that he swore he didn't commit. His cries for freedom finally were heard a year ago last Wednesday when, after serving 34 years, he was exonerated through DNA analysis of newly discovered evidence. And a group of Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, part of The Agency Program there, are helping develop a marketing plan for his artwork.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2016

Is it possible to be stung by a jellyfish in Indiana?

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jellyfish are always a major concern for anyone going on vacation to the ocean, but it's generally not something Hoosiers think about as they head to the lakes. Dr. Terry Peard, a retired professor of science education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and expert on freshwater jellyfish, says Indiana and Michigan appear to be the two of the favorite places for freshwater jellyfish to congregate. They prefer calm, freshwater lakes, and reservoirs.

WTTV-TV CBS (Indianapolis), September 13, 2016

Prosecution not always goal in terrorism-related cases

U.S. attorneys nationwide decided not to pursue charges in nearly 79 percent of the terrorism-related cases referred to them for prosecution between 2005 and 2015, a Tribune-Review investigation has found. Federal prosecutors aren't running away from these cases, agreed Dennis Giever, graduate coordinator of FBI programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Immediately after the 9/11 tragedy 15 years ago, people wanted to know how law enforcement and intelligence agencies missed the brewing threat. Congress convened hearings, created commissions and restructured the federal government, creating the Department of Homeland Security and making its director a Cabinet-level position. “They're always worried they're going to be caught flat-footed. ... The government's got that heightened awareness now. It's a big deal for them, because if another attack happens, people are going to wonder how they missed it,” Giever said.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 10, 2016

First Person: My daughters 9/11

I didn't have to explain Sept. 11 to my older daughter in 2001. She was only 341 days old. For two hours that Tuesday morning, we waited for assistance with a flat tire on a street in a quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood. Just the two of us. No cell phone. No radio. No awareness of four commercial airline crashes. No knowledge of nearly 3,000 people killed. We walked, sang songs and looked at fallen leaves, oblivious.That afternoon I cried with her. I cried for her. I knew — we all knew — that life would be different.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 10, 2016

In memoriam, the Pennsylvania victims of the Sept. 11 attacks: Editorial

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The tragedies in New York City, Washington D.C. and Somerset County, Pa., claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people and permanently changed the lives of many countless thousands more. While we pause to honor all the victims of those attacks this Sunday morning, The PennLive/Patriot-News Editorial Board pays specific tribute to the Pennsylvania residents (defined as those who lived in the state at the time) who died on that day. These are their names, what they did for a living, who they were and where they died. They will not be forgotten. Donald W. Jones, 43, Fairless Hills, Pa., World Trade Center. Jones was a bond broker with Cantor Fitzgerald in North Tower of the World Trade Center. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate left behind a wife and two children.

Harrisburg Patriot News (Penn Live), September 11, 2016

Paranoids in the Age of Digital Surveillance

Do you ever get paranoid about a creep hacking your computer webcam? Or being monitored by some government agency, foreign or domestic? Having someone take a surreptitious photo of you in the locker room? Face it, there are a host of things that many of us are paranoid about these days.

Slate, September 01, 2016

In My Opinion: Future of IT in Higher Education

"Students expect access to information at anytime from anywhere and to be able to perform almost every instructional, administrative or social function from a mobile device. A successful CIO must know the business of higher education and be trusted by their own institution's leadership with helping to solve big problems."

Educaton Technology Insights, August 06, 2021

College readers combat trend of divisiveness

This year's common readers — books universities assigned to incoming freshmen to read over the summer — reflect that challenge at private and public universities across the region that have hewed to the tradition. Kevin Berezansky, associate director of the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, chose a tome that could have been pulled from yesterday's headlines: Jonathan Haidt's “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.” IUP's Honors College has used Haidt's book as a common reader for incoming freshmen since 2012. During orientation, upperclassmen in the honors college lead discussions on the book with incoming freshmen. Part of the goal is to provide a model for an honest exchange of opinion — “how to disagree without being disagreeable,” as Berezansky puts it.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 27, 2016

With the Right Management, Pennsylvania Landowners Bringing Birds to Forest

In addition to NRCS, other partners included Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Game Commission, American Bird Conservancy and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, who helped the Loves through the planning and implementation processes. “In only a couple of years since they have stepped up management, the diversity of songbirds is already impressive in the Love's WLFW forest,” said Jeff Larkin, golden-winged warbler breeding habitat coordinator for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and American Bird Conservancy. “We have recorded 29 species of songbirds including several at migratory species such as wood thrush, Louisiana waterthrush, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting, prairie warbler, ovenbird and hooded warbler. We have also detected the nocturnal songster, the eastern whip-poor-will.”

United States Department of Agriculture Blog, August 25, 2016

FMU welcomes 25 new faculty members for new academic year

Francis Marion University welcomed 25 new faculty members to campus as the 2016-17 academic year began this week. New faculty include: Mr. Joseph Kennedy Bethle, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies. B.S. from Slippery Rock University, M.S. in Sports Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

WBTW-TV (Florence, South Carolina), August 23, 2016

International leaders in education program, US

Thanks to the golden pick I received by the US Department of State along with Christina Neikhrienuo (Principal, Little Star Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur) and Madam Tonika Yepthomi (GT graduate teacher, GHS, Diphuphar B), three among the six teachers from India, to participate in a semester-long International Leaders in Education Program.The participating universities in 2016 were James Madison University, Arizona State University, Kent State University and Indian University of Pennsylvania.

Sunday Post, Nagaland, August 15, 2016

Fewer college students opt to pursue career as teachers

The trend is apparent at local colleges where enrollment in teacher prep programs has declined dramatically. And statistics from the state Department of Education show a steep drop in the overall number of teaching certificates issued: from a 15-year high of 18,590 in 2013 to 7,280 last year. Lara M. Luetkehans, dean of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Education and Educational Technology, said it's hard to attribute the decrease to a single factor. Indiana is pursuing a strategy to ensure aspiring teachers stand out in the job market. “There has tended to be a consistent oversupply of early childhood and elementary teachers for the last 20 years. So we're emphasizing the middle years, special content certifications, special education and aiming that every student who leaves IUP leaves with dual certifications so they are more employable,” Luetkehans said.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 13, 2016

Penn Highlands announces tenured faculty members

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has promoted and granted tenure to faculty members who have, over time, demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching, advising, professional development and service to the college and the community. • Richard Bukoski earned the rank of assistant professor in communications and media studies. Bukoski began his career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in 2013. He was previously employed as news director and copywriter at Forever Broadcasting in Johnstown. He teaches courses in communication studies and media production. Bukoski has a bachelor's degree in communications from Edinboro University, a master's degree in adult education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is pursuing a doctorate in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, August 06, 2016

Fort Necessity National Battlefield: A living, evolving lab for historical research and interpretation

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is one of the historic sites and monuments that the National Park Service began administering, in addition to natural parks, back in 1933. But history doesn't just sit idle at these sites, like an artifact in a display case. As the park service and others continue to research and interpret it, history sometimes literally changes shape. “It's a good argument for why we do what we do,” says Ben Ford, a Ph.D. in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. This spring and summer, his IUP team did some more digging around the fort as part of a four-year project to restore the Great Meadows to look more like it did at the time of the battle.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 24, 2016

Schools Nudging College Students on Meningitis B Vaccination

Other Pennsylvania universities recommending a meningitis B vaccination include Clarion and Slippery Rock, which encourage all students to receive the immunization, school spokesmen said. Indiana University of Pennsylvania suggests that students talk with their doctors about it, spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 01, 2016

Providing security in the wild west world of higher education

Providing proper security at institutions of higher education is a notoriously difficult task. By their nature, colleges and universities are intended to foster the free and open exchange of information – and from whatever devices, students may bring. To learn how one school is dealing with the challenge, I talked with Bill Balint, who serves as CIO for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), a doctoral-intensive public institution located about 60 miles outside of Pittsburgh in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Enterprisers, July 27, 2016

RFK's Best & Brightest Join Summer Honors Program

On the weekend starting July 9, 10 Robert F. Kennedy Community High School (RFK) students traveled to western Pennsylvania to participate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Summer Honors Program. The program is hosted by IUP's Cook Honors College, and affords talented rising high school juniors and seniors a first-hand look at life on campus. Each a rising senior at Robert F. Kennedy Community High School in Flushing, the 10 will have the unique opportunity to explore college classes, live in the honors dormitory, learn more about higher education, and make connections with other high achieving students from throughout the country.

Queens Gazette, July 27, 2016

Dinosaur quarry remains a cold case

It's been nearly a century since the bones first were chipped out of the limestone and shipped to museums around the world, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But it's not too late to secure the crime scene -- or at least that's what out-of-state researchers and college students who paid the site an annual visit in June hope.

Fox News Science (Associated Press), July 24, 2016

148 million years later, dinosaur quarry remains a cold case

Local paleontologists, however, have been less interested in hauling out a 50th Allosaurus than finding new dinosaurs at other sites. Peterson and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) assistant professor Jonathan Warnock were surprised to learn about five years ago that the historic quarry had no active digs, and they applied to the Bureau of Land Management for a permit to conduct a more technologically informed study of the fossil record.It can be grueling work. Last year, students hauled out 9 tons of limestone as they exposed more of the bone layer in the quarry's south building - essentially, a giant shed that is closed when they aren't present. This year, they were greeted by temperatures of 100 degrees and more, and those students who weren't out prospecting in the hot sun spent their day hunched in the awkward poses known only to paleontologists and yoga enthusiasts. At night, they retired to a cluster of tents. IUP student Justin Petricko was at a loss to describe the pleasure of having recently settled into a backed chair. “You have no idea,” he laughed. Still, Petricko volunteered on the spot when he heard Warnock say that he'd bring another group next year. Later, he could be heard excitedly sharing that he was “locked in” for a return visit.

Washington Times (Associated Press), July 22, 2016

The Philadelphia Tribune

The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Philadelphia Graduate Chapter, recently celebrated their 2016 Public Scholarship Program that recognized and awarded scholarships to college-bound high school seniors based on proven academic excellence in the Philadelphia community.The Terri J. Wilson Award recipient was Andy Nguyen, a graduate of the William Penn Charter School who will attend the University of Pennsylvania; and the Carrie B. McGhee Award recipient was Evan Allen, a graduate of Bodine High School graduate who will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Zeta Phi Beta honors 6 with scholarship awards, July 19, 2016

Greater Johnstown graduate 'on top of the mountain' at Republican National Convention

And, currently, (Justin) Capouellez is attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland through IUP's partnership with The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges. “It's an unforgettable part of my journey where, when I look at the mountain peaks, I can say I've been on top of the mountain,” Capouellez, now 24, said.He attended Penn Highlands Community College and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in psychology this year. His political interests include participating in student government and being an intern for state Sen. Don White from the 41st district.

Johnstown Tribune Democrat, July 20, 2016

Addiction recovery app makes its debut

Ryan Brannon saw the need for a mobile app to help recovering addicts of his generation when he was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania two years ago. With a team of 13 friends and people he found through college networking or online advertisements, Brannon formed a nonprofit, raised $70,000 and is now on the doorstep of filling that need with the public release of the app, My New Leaf.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 18, 2016

Local colleges strive to help first-generation students stay in school

Mr. Moomau hoped to become the first in his family to earn a bachelor's degree. Growing up in Marion Center, Indiana County, he excelled at math and science, and enrolled in an Indiana University of Pennsylvania Upward Bound program aimed at low-income and first-generation college hopefuls. When it came time to choose a school, he decided to enroll there. IUP was close to home, had a small and supportive campus, and Mr. Moomau liked the school colors, crimson and gray. Though he worked two jobs to support himself during his first semester, one in the financial aid office and one at the Indiana Mall, he stayed on top of his schoolwork and earned a 4.0 grade-point average. Second semester, though, brought anatomy and chemistry, and it just became too much. “I had a meltdown one week,” Mr. Moomau remembers. “I was like ‘I can't do this. I can't go to college.' ” He talked to his adviser, who reminded him that he had already proven remarkable capability by getting into college. She directed him to the school's free tutoring program, and Mr. Moomau ended the semester with a 3.0. Mr. Moomau is a success story for IUP, which, like many schools in southwestern Pennsylvania, has focused its efforts on getting students — especially low-income, first generation students like Mr. Moomau — to stay in school

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 17, 2016

Nonprofit recounts Westmoreland efforts, honors 25 champions

Connecting people with their neighbors, communities and nearby towns will be the way to manage and encourage “smart growth” in the future, leaders said Thursday during a 15th anniversary celebration of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. Now, the organization is more involved in planning growth and has benefited from partnerships with Penn State-New Kensington Campus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pitt at Greensburg.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2016

Tracking Songbird Process in Pennsylvania's Forests

Hear that?” Dr. Jeff Larkin bent his ears to a nearby cluster of trees amid a sea of briars. “There's one in there,” Larkin said excitedly. We were on the trail of a golden-winged warbler, a black-bibbed songbird, which winters in South and Central America and spends its springs and summers here in Appalachia where it breeds, nests and raises its young. Larkin, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and forest bird habitat coordinator for American Bird Conservancy, has tracked golden-winged warblers for years. And like many others, he has witnessed the bird's population peril.

USDA Blog, July 13, 2016

Federal program offers college education to inmates in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — With the help of a federal effort to curb recidivism, up to 115 Pennsylvania prisoners will become college students this fall. Villanova University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University and Lehigh Carbon Community College will enroll students from six state and federal prisons in Pennsylvania. Classes will take place in-facility, online and over video conference calls, Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel said in an interview.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 11, 2016

Workforce Challenges Drive Educational Changes

Local high school graduates heading to post-secondary education this Fall may receive a different experience than their parents due to workforce challenges. More than 30 Armstrong County leaders – including educators, commissioners and elected officials and employers – attended a briefing on the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's six-page report, “Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Workforce Development in the Pittsburgh Region.” Apollo-Ridge School District Superintendent Matthew Curci and IUP President Michael Driscoll are committed to making sure students are digitally-fluent and literate, as well as comfortable with customer service, to mold the leaders of tomorrow.

The Kittanning Paper, July 11, 2016

148 million years later, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Utah remains a cold case

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry • About 148 million years have passed since dozens of corpses of meat-eating dinosaurs were deposited here, just north of the San Rafael Swell and about 30 miles southeast of Price. It's been nearly a century since the bones first were chipped out of the limestone and shipped to museums around the world. But it's not too late to secure the crime scene — or at least that's what out-of-state researchers and college students who paid the site an annual visit in June hope.Local paleontologists, however, have been less interested in hauling out a 50th Allosaurus than finding new dinosaurs at other sites. Peterson and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) assistant professor Jonathan Warnock were surprised to learn about five years ago that the historic quarry had no active digs, and they applied to the Bureau of Land Management for a permit to conduct a more technologically informed study of the fossil record.

The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), July 07, 2016

Interact with Paleontologists at Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry This Week

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is offering a special opportunity for young scientists and their families to interact with professional paleontologists at work in the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Starting Wednesday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 28, two professors and students from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be using state-of-the-art super sleuthing techniques and old-fashioned elbow grease to help unravel some of the unique dinosaur mysteries there. They are trying to answer questions like ‘Why are so many dinosaur bones concentrated here?' and ‘How come so many of them are predators and meat-eaters?' Dr. Joseph Peterson and Dr. Jonathan Warnock are experts in ‘taphonomy,' a branch of paleontology that focuses on how organisms decay and become fossils.

ETV News (Utah), June 22, 2016

Armstrong County has 1 of the highest unemployment rates in state

The Pittsburgh economic development nonprofit has been rolling out the results of its study, “Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Workforce Development in the Pittsburgh Region,” a unique blend of statistical analysis with input from CEOs from the region's largest employers and educators. Michael Driscoll, president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Northpointe, other educators, elected officials, CEOs and Allegheny Conference researchers discussed the report and what it means to Armstrong County residents last week at the Northpointe campus in South Buffalo Township.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 05, 2016

PA colleges get federal grant funds for inmate education program

With returning inmates increasingly eyed as part of the solution to the looming employment vacuum being created by retiring baby boomers, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel were pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has selected four state universities to participate in a national pilot program to allow inmates to access post-secondary education. “More than 90 percent of the 48,000 individuals behind bars in Pennsylvania will leave prison one day,” said Wolf in a statement. “Having a college degree or certificate in hand will give those individuals an even greater chance for successful reintegration and to become productive members of society. I thank the incredible institutions of higher learning who've partnered with us in this effort.”

New Pittsburgh Courier, June 30, 2016

Editorial: Pilot education program essential to re-entry

The path after incarceration can soon lead forward, rather than in a circle. Now, that opportunity is coming to Pennsylvania.On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that four of Pennsylvania's institutions of higher education will become part of the program. Among the 67 colleges participating in the program are Bloomsburg University, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Each college participating in the program will have 115 inmates from six correctional institutions access the college degree or certificate programs.

The Pitt News, June 28, 2016

Indiana University of Pa. to offer need-based aid to prisoners

Local prisoners will soon have the opportunity to receive need-based federal grant aid to pursue degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as part of the Second Chance Pell pilot program, announced Friday. “It is clear that selection for this program reflects IUP's outstanding reputation not only for providing quality academics, but for providing support to students and working closely with our community for the betterment of our commonwealth and our nation,” said IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll, in a statement.

Pittsburgh Business-Times, June 28, 2016

Local Senatorial Intern Attending Republican National Convention

Justin Capouellez, who interns for State Senator Don White at his Indiana office, will be one of 130 college students – three of which graduates from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)– to attend the official presidential nominating event. Capouellez, 24 of Johnstown, will receive six academic credits for his participation. “IUP's partnership with The Washington Center in Washington D.C. was what made attending the convention possible,” Capouellez said.

The Kittanning Paper, June 28, 2016

Villanova receives federal grant to allow inmates access to higher education

The United States Department of Education announced Friday that 67 schools across the country will take part in the Second Chance Pell Program. The nearly $30 million grant will assess how Pell Grants help incarcerated men and women pursue a degree. Villanova was one of four Pennsylvania schools -- Bloomsburg University, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania -- selected for the pilot program and will partner with Graterford Prison in Montgomery County. Indiana University of Pennsylvania will partner with Houtzdale and Pine Grove prisons.

Philadelphia Voice, June 24, 2016

Midlock, Alicia names principals

Greene County Schools has announced the hiring of Adam Midock as principal of Nathanael Greene Elementary School and Danielle Alicea as principal of Nathanael Greene Elementary School. Completing his second year with Greene County Public Schools, Midock currently serves as the assistant principal at NGES. He has both taught and worked as an elementary school administrator in the central Virginia area for more than 11 years. Originally from outside Pittsburgh, Pa., Midock earned a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. degree in biobehavioral kinesiology from the University of Illinois. Most recently, he earned his school administration graduate certificate through James Madison University.

Greene County Record, June 22, 2016

College welcomes faculty

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has welcomed new adjunct faculty for the summer semester. The new additions are:Carl Sell, of Hollidaysburg, will teach English. He holds a master's degree in English literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Somerset Daily American, June 22, 2016

Landstown High grad Norfleet gets top honor at Pa. college

Seniors Brandon Norfleet of Virginia Beach was named the male Athlete of the Year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The Landstown High grad put together one of the best seasons in the history of the school's men's basketball program. He was named an All-American by three outlets – including the National Association of Basketball Coaches – and broke the season program scoring mark with 662 points in 29 games.

Virginian Pilot, June 16, 2016

Campus notes

Daniel R. Konawalik from East Stroudsburg graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania during its commencement held recently at The Kovalchick Center in Indiana. Konawalik graduated summa cum laude receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with specialized concentration in the areas of language and systems and software engineering. He also received awards for Fundamentals in Computer Science, Problem Solving & Structured Programming as well as Assembly Language Programming. He is the son of Michael and Leanne Konawalik of East Stroudsburg.

Pocono Record, June 13, 2016

IUP hired to monitor water for Westmoreland authority

Students and staff at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will for the fifth year test the quality of water at Beaver Run Reservoir to ensure it is safe to drink. Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County board members on Wednesday approved an $85,000 contract with the school to continue the monitoring program. The 11-billion-gallon reservoir in Bell Township serves as the primary water source for about 150,000 residents. Property around the reservoir has been leased to a private energy company to drill for natural gas.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 08, 2016

Early Indian earthwork near Corry to be preserved

But archaeologists have been keenly aware of the circle for 20 years and now own it. The California-based Archaeological Conservancy bought the property from private owners in early May. It does allow excavations and has contacted Indiana University of Pennsylvania about possibly peeking beneath the surface of the Dingfelder Circle. The school has excavated similar sites in western Pennsylvania.

Erie Times-News, June 04, 2016

On Campus

Rebecca John, a 2014 Reynolds High School graduate, is a baking and pastry student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Academy of Culinary Arts, Punxsutawney. She is completing studies with a professional externship at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pa. A daughter of Ramona and Hubert John of Transfer, she received an academic scholarship, excellent attendance award, and honor roll recognition.

Sharon Herald, June 04, 2016

Awarded for academics

Adam C. Klunk recently graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania's (IUP) Employment and Labor Relations (ELR) graduate program with a 4.0 GPA. He was awarded the Rosdol Scholarship for Academic Excellence at the department banquet in April. He is a 2011 graduate of New Oxford Senior High, and received his undergraduate degree at IUP. Klunk will be interning with Northrup/Grumman's arbitration and negotiation team in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Gettysburg Times, June 06, 2016

Citizen Scholar Olga Stylianou: New country, new confidence

Leaving behind a country amid its economic turmoil, Olga Stylianou walked the halls of Upper Moreland High School as a freshman feeling shy and anxious about making new friends and speaking English fluently. In the fall, she will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and major in management information systems. Olga hopes to eventually earn a master's degree in cybersecurity.

Bucks County Courier Times, June 05, 2016

Female armed robber strikes again, this time in Brackenridge

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Professor Dennis Giever said that since the 1990s, there has been a general decline in crime. “There is one exception, and that is for women and robbery,” Giever said. “This has been increasing for years, even when the overall crime patterns are going down.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 30, 2016

Local student honored for perfect grade point average at graduation

Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored a local student graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average at May 7 commencement ceremonies. Olivia Ford, Fisher Road, Meadville, daughter of Randy and Lisa Ford and a 2012 graduate of Saegertown High School, was recognized for graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average

Meadville Tribune, May 27, 2016

DEP study of leaky abandoned wells tries to quantify a hidden climate threat

The DEP study's leaders hope both to calculate the total potential methane emissions from the state's abandoned wells and to identify emissions trends. Perhaps wells from certain eras, regions or depths, or those that used particular materials or plugging techniques, will emerge as high emitters that should be addressed first. “Getting these numbers is important because it tells people at the federal level and the state level where to put their money,” said John Bradshaw, a physicist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who is conducting a separate study of how much abandoned gas wells in Western Pennsylvania contribute to total emissions of stray methane.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 24, 2016

London named new school superintendent in Smethport

SMETHPORT, Pa. — The Smethport Area School District board voted to appoint a new superintendent and OK'd a proposed budget earlier this week. The board voted unanimously Monday to appoint David London of Big Run as the new superintendent on a three‑year contract, effective July 1 through June 30, 2019. London comes to Smethport from the Punxsutawney Area School District, where he has served as high school principal since 1999 and assistant principal from 1997 to 1999.The new chief administrator holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in adult and community education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, he received his superintendent's letter of eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.

Olean Times Herald, May 13, 2016

Ellwood resident graduates from IUP with perfect GPA

When Katlyn Plotzer finished her first semester of college, she wasn't the only one who was excited by her 4.0 grade point average. Her grandfather Pete Hart, who lives in Texas, congratulated her heartily, as grandparents do, but then he took it step further. “He kept teasing me that I better keep it up the rest of college,” said the Ellwood City resident. “So I did.” Plotzer, the daughter of Kellie and Karl Plotzer, and a 2012 graduate of Lincoln High School, graduated with a degree in speech language pathology and audiology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania May 7, having maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout all four years of her college career.

New Castle News, May 13, 2016

CCAC South, IUP students visit Flint, Mich., provide bottled water

In a city where the water supply has been flagged with high levels of lead, more than 50 collegiate students from the Pittsburgh region delivered bottled water to those who couldn't get it on their own. A service learning project between social work students at Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus and Indiana University of Pennsylvania took 54 students and staffers to Flint nearly a month ago to deliver water and learn about the struggles the town faced from its residents.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 04, 2016

Therapy pets help college students cope with stress

As a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 38 years, Mary Jalongo saw her share of students stressed out as finals approached. Now retired, Jalongo, a longtime dog lover who has researched and written about the benefits of therapy dogs, is doing her part to ease those stress levels. She is among a legion of therapy dog handlers who have put college campuses throughout the region on their itineraries.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 30, 2016

Therapy Dogs On A Mission To Embolden Test-Taking Students

A retired college professor in Pennsylvania has thought of an ingenious, and extremely cute, way to help students ease up before finals week. She is now leading a team of therapy dog handlers as they travel from campus to campus to try and lessen students' anxiety levels. Mary Jalongo and her Indiana-based therapy dog group started their crusade 3 years ago at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where Jalongo taught for 38 years before retiring. During finals week, Jalongo and company would go to the library and offer their well-behaved pooches to students who badly need a break.

Parent Herald, May 02, 2016

Prison leader to get honorary doctorate

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will honor John E. Wetzel, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, with an honorary doctor of laws degree at commencement ceremonies on May 7.

Waynesburg Record Herald, April 29, 2016

Wrongfully convicted Indiana man's art featured

Lewis Jim Fogle's interest in art began as a child in Indiana County when he entered drawing contests in Reader's Digest. Years later, painting was a salvation when he was sentenced to a life in prison after being convicted of murdering a 15-year-old Indiana County girl — a crime he swore he didn't commit. Painting helped time go by and mitigated some of the trauma of being wrongfully imprisoned. Helping him in developing a plan to market his artwork are a group of Indiana University of Pennsylvania students who are part of The Agency Program.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 29, 2016

Western Pa. Goldwater scholarship winners encouraged to further research

For students like Kara McClain, the award was a godsend. The 21-year-old nursing and premed major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is paying her way through school, juggling 20 credits a semester with clinical work in a hospital setting, working in a research lab and traveling as the only competitive female member of the university's cycling team. Like McClain, who was recognized as a McNair scholar for her research examining tick-borne diseases, most of the Goldwater recipients already have distinguished themselves with awards for undergraduate research.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 18, 2016

CCAC, IUP Students Headed To Flint To Help With Water Crisis

There are many different ways for students to learn besides finding it in the book. For three days, about two dozen student from CCAC and about that many from IUP will travel to Flint to learn more about the water crisis and deliver water and funds.

KDKA-TV (CBS News), March 30, 2016

Shepherd professor named best in WV

CHARLESTON - An art professor from Shepherd University was named the 2015 Professor of the Year for West Virginia.The Faculty Merit Foundation announced Sonya Evanisko as the winner of the award Wednesday evening during a banquet in the Great Hall of the West Virginia Culture Center on the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston.Evanisko earned her master's degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Herald-Dispatch, March 30, 2016

Wrongfully incarcerated man who spent 34 years in prison brings his story to students

INDIANA, Pa. — In his 64 years, Lewis Jim Fogle had never even been in a college classroom. He had never spoken to a large group. But here he was Wednesday, about to be a guest lecturer for a journalism class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jim, as he is known, had been invited to discuss the 34 years he spent in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, his exoneration in September and his life since then.

Pittsburgh Post--Gazette, March 27, 2016

Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor invents microchip that detects food spoilage

Physics researchers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently received a patent for devising technology that can measure the perishability of foods — which, according to researchers, may be more accurate than the “use-by” date on the label.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 29, 2016

CCAC, IUP students prepare trip to assist Flint in water crisis

The Community College of Allegheny County and Indiana University of Pennsylvania are preparing to take a community service trip to Flint, Mich. to assist with efforts during the current Flint water crisis.“We plan to take 56 students on the trip, 28 from CCAC and 28 from IUP to Flint and Detroit. We plan to partner with Mott Community College for learning more about the Flint water crisis and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Flint for community water distribution.”

New Pittsburgh Courier, March 25, 2016

Team prepares for IUP St. Patrick's revelry

Since then, the Indiana Area Community Team, which includes state, borough and campus police, municipal officials, landlords, first responders and students, has met in advance of the celebration as a preemptive strike. IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling is serving as police public information officer throughout the weekend. “We expect good, legal, responsible behavior,” she said Friday afternoon. “Landlords have done a yeoman's job. They are out in force, telling tenants not to host large parties,” she said, noting that many apartment rental agreements limit occupancy, which helps with enforcement. At a day of service on Saturday, students will assist children with an Easter egg hunt at a senior center, Fryling said. A T-shirt competition helped raise money for university organizations. Those who wear the T-shirts, which post positive messages, can get discounts from some downtown merchants. “This is the first year for that,” she said.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 19, 2016

Better Than A Sell-By Date, Your Phone Could Soon Tell You How Fresh Your Food Is

According to Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic, 90 percent of us throw food away — either always, most of the time or occasionally — when that sell-by date arrives. But what many consumers don't realize is that those dates aren't intended to be hard and fast deadlines.But a physics professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania thinks he's accidentally hit on a better way to tell how fresh your milk really is. Greg Kenning and his students were working on a completely different project that involved embedding magnetic nanoparticles of the metal cobalt into the semi-metal antimony. And they noticed some interesting things about the magnetic and electronic properties of these elements as they decay with time and temperature.

WESA-FM NPR Pittsburgh, March 03, 2016

Jennings center sponsoring February events

Jennings Environmental Education Center is planning several events this month.Dr. Thomas Simmons, professor of biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present a speech based on his research, “Ecology of the Blacklegged Tick and Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. next Sunday.Questions and concerns about ticks and their role in spreading diseases will be addressed. Blacklegged (deer) ticks are found in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, with a heavy concentration in western Pennsylvania, where there has been an increase in reported Lyme disease cases. Dr. Anne Simmons and IUP research students will provide interactive displays and opportunities for close-up viewing of ticks using microscopes.

Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator, February 14, 2016

Preparing And Retaining Urban Teachers

A 2015 report by the National Center for Education Statistics stated that 17 percent, or one out of six, of teachers leave the profession within four years, with one out of ten doing so after the first year alone. These high rates are even worse for urban schools, with Pittsburgh Public Schools seeing an average turnover rate of 22 percent over the last three years. 90.5 WESA's Kevin Gavin spoke with Shirley Johnson, professor of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Randy Bartlett, senior director of teacher residency at Propel Charter Schools, about what can be done to better prepare urban educators.

WESA-Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, February 29, 2016

Penn Plaza building empties out with help from volunteering veterans

Matt Landis, leader of the Pittsburgh 2nd Service Platoon of The Mission Continues, said he put the word out two weeks ago and got 20 volunteers, some from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's ROTC program.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 29, 2016

Travels inspire Seton Hill University art professor's work

Carol Brode is an assistant professor of art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, where she serves as director and curator of the Harlan Gallery. The Plum native has bachelor's and master's degrees in studio art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and New York University. She has taught studio-art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Society for Contemporary Craft and in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Her own artwork involves encaustic painting — a wax-based paint that is heated and then applied to a surface — and working with mixed media, depending on the concept of the artwork. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg hosted her 2012 solo show, “Carol Brode: One Time/One Place.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 18, 2016

IUP grad eyes revived Arnold, New Kensington

Evan Tobin is a man on a mission — of revitalization. The Oklahoma Borough resident, who holds degrees in regional planning and geography from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, hopes to see downtown Arnold and New Kensington rebuild and revitalize. A $1,500 grant during his master's degree program at IUP last year enabled Tobin to develop multiple strategies and suggestions for both cities. Tobin is the 2015 recipient of the Jack Robertshaw Fellowship, sponsored by the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. The fellowship is awarded annually, recognizing a student who excels in community development work with a community in Westmoreland County. Tobin is employed as a regional planner at Hunt Valley Environmental LLC. Last year, Tobin needed an independent study course coordinated by IUP professor Whit Watts to graduate. Utilizing fellowship funds and with the Smart Growth Partnership providing additional dollars, Tobin created two plans: “Open Arnold” and “Tactical Urbanism” — both concepts on how to spawn development.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 29, 2016

Porter Ranch: Nosebleeds and Dead Hummingbirds

This confusion, more than anything else, might explain why people like Kutchai feel more wrecked by the Porter Ranch situation than they do by the final loss of death. It's also part of the reason “human-induced disasters,” like Porter Ranch — like the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where taps ran toxic with lead-poisoned water — can be harder to deal with than hurricanes or earthquakes, even though natural disasters almost always have higher death tolls. “We trust in the sense of safety and normalcy instilled in us by respectable institutions,” says Krys Kaniasty, a psychology professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania who specializes in disaster response and recovery. “We take it for granted that because we live in this part of the world, in this society, in this particular time, the water you drink is not going to cause brain damage in your children, that the air you breathe is not filled with toxic chemicals.” We don't think about it very much, “because if you did, it could drive you crazy,” Kaniasty says. “I mean, what is more horrid than the conviction that the next breath one takes will end your life instead of sustaining it?” But the people of Porter Ranch now have to think about the agencies they depend on for their biological survival in a way they never did before. And they don't know when it's going to end. Which is another reason that human-induced disasters are so hard to cope with: They lack clearly defined narratives. “Natural disasters have a clear low point,” Kaniasty says, “which is the end of the destructive powers of natural forces. There's the knowledge in the community that the worst is over. From that point, there is relief and recovery; everything goes up.”

Capital & Main, January 27, 2016

How Obama is building the groundwork of his legacy on criminal justice reform

In the end it may have been Kalief Browder's short life and tragic death that finally freed the very young from isolation in American prison cages. At 16, he was accused of stealing a backpack and sent to New York's infamous Rikers Island to await trial. During his stay he was brutalized by guards and inmates alike and spent nearly two years in solitary confinement.“The president is leading the way for other states to follow suit,” said Alida Merlo, an expert in juvenile justice policy and professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “It's very odd to think that in 2016, we're debating if we should be banning solitary confinement for children. It shouldn't have to be on the agenda.”

MSNBC, January 28, 2016

IUP-Northpointe Students Transition into Semester

The first week of the Spring semester welcomed Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Northpointe students back to the Freeport campus with an icy chill, but Director Richard Muth said the weather hasn't slowed students down so far. “It's kicked off well. We had a very good group of students in the fall that are continuing on,” Muth said. “The undergraduate (students) are doing well.” Muth – also director of the Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center for Master's and Doctoral students – was also excited to talk about the new video conferencing service that students can utilize.

The Kittanning Paper, January 27, 2016

Giants to hire former Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. as quarterbacks coach

Ben McAdoo has hired his second new assistant, and it is a man with ties to both the Giants' new head coach and the area. Former Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. is expected to be the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NJ Advance Media. Like McAdoo, Cignetti is a Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate. His father, Frank Sr., was IUP's head coach when McAdoo was a student at the school, and his brother Curt is the school's current head coach.

NJ.Com, January 20, 2016

Westmoreland credit union branches teach money sense to students

After working as a teller at the Penn-Trafford branch during his senior year, Matt Senkow scrapped his plans to become an electrician and is pursuing a degree in finance and economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “I enjoyed the work and decided to go that route,” said Senkow, 19, of Harrison City, a sophomore at IUP.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 16, 2016

Report: Enrollment may be down at Pa.-owned schools, but conferred degrees are up

Enrollment across Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has been slumping for five years, but a report released today says the schools nevertheless have seen the number of degrees awarded annually rise. The universities collectively conferred 20,035 bachelor's degrees during the 2014 academic year, 10 percent more than the 18,189 degrees awarded in 2009, according to the report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The study said the system's three biggest degree awarders, West Chester University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Kutztown University, by themselves accounted for more than a third of bachelors degrees awarded, at 35 percent.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 22, 2016

Ben McAdoo named New York Giants head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced today that Ben McAdoo will become the 17th head coach in franchise history. McAdoo, 38, was the team's offensive coordinator the previous two seasons. He replaces Tom Coughlin, who stepped down last week after 12 seasons as the Giants' coach. McAdoo attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and earned a degree in health and physical education. Later, he received his master's degree in kinesiology from Michigan State. McAdoo and Toni, a fellow native of Western Pennsylvania (Homer City, Pa.) have a daughter, Larkin, and a son, BJ.

NY Giants, January 15, 2016

CCAC, IUP Partner To Train Future Middle School Teachers

Starting Wednesday, students at the Community College of Allegheny County will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in education from Indian University of Pennsylvania, without leaving CCAC's North Side campus. Michelle Frying, executive director for communications at IUP, said the university is, "Proud to be part of this new initiative."

WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh NPR, January 15, 2016

Progressland Person of the Week: Buhler spreads love of music for 40+ years

GRAMPIAN - Jay Buhler, of Grampian, has been directing students and community members on a path full of music for more than 40 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in performing arts on tuba and euphonium from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For the first three years he was teaching music at Curwensville, Buhler was commuting to IUP at least two times a week to earn his master's degree.

Clearfield Progress, January 04, 2016

Pennsylvania Rep. Kotik of Robinson plans to retire

Rep. Nick Kotik of Robinson told the Tribune-Review that he intends to announce his retirement Monday. The McKees Rocks native, a 1972 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was elected to the House in 2002. He serves as ranking Democrat on the Gaming Oversight Committee.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 10, 2016

#Mobile Game Changers: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll, CTO Bill Balint and members of the IT team talk about how IUP is taking advantage of mobile devices to meet technology needs through Airwatch.

Airwatch by VMware, January 06, 2021