Young Alumni Honored for Achievement

Posted on 11/8/2012 2:38:29 PM

Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipients, 2012

Seated from left: Mary Weidner '07, M'09; Jessica Bush Warman '03; and Jennifer Franko Vasquez '01. Standing from left: IUP President Michael Driscoll, Scott Roades M'06; Justin Polyblank '09; and Bryan Moore '07.

Six alumni visited campus recently to share their experiences with students and to accept the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Sponsored by the IUP Ambassadors, students who provide volunteer support to the Alumni Relations Office, the award recognizes extraordinary career achievement for alumni of the last 15 years. Each recipient, listed below, visited at least one class, attended a reception open to students, and in some cases, spent additional time interacting with students.

Jennifer Franko Vasquez '01, associate professor of Mathematics, University of Scranton
Armed with both a master's and doctoral degree, she is a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America.

Justin Polyblank '09, ceremonial band saxophonist, U.S. Army Pershing's Own Ceremonial Band
He has won numerous music competitions and recently earned his master's degree before joining Pershing's Own.

Mary Weidner '07, M'09, speech-language pathologist, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
In addition to being active in speech-language-hearing associations, she is the cofounder of the interactive MC Speech Books, used by teachers and parents of children with speech difficulties.

Scott Rhoades M'06, Prehospital Medicine and Aviation Medicine coordinator, Indiana Regional Medical Center
As a graduate student, he coauthored a grant for disaster nursing education, and as an alumnus, he often returns to campus to guest lecture Nursing and Allied Health Department majors.

Jessica Bush Warman '03, award-winning young adult fiction author
Having published four books with a major publishing house, she has written novels that were nominated for the 2012 CBC Teen Choice Young Adult Book and recognized by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults.

Bryan Moore '07, senior private equity officer, South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission
In addition to his professional success, he actively volunteers as a guest speaker at colleges and charter schools and with Junior Achievement.

Nomination materials for future Young Alumni Achievement Awards may be found on the Alumni Relations Office website.