Indiana University of Pennsylvania and
Indiana Borough will co-host a community open forum at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Indiana
Junior High School.
Panelists will include IUP students and
members of Indiana Borough Council and will be moderated by Mark Bertig from
Renda Broadcasting. The event is free and open to all.
The event is intended to continue the
conversation between members of the university and community; strengthen
positive relationships, programs and initiatives; and identify opportunities
“We’re very pleased that our students
have volunteered to be part of this event,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll
said. “Their desire to be part of this public discussion reflects what we know
as a university community: the vast majority of our students consider this
community to be their home, and they care deeply about its welfare. They truly
enjoy their time here, their jobs here and the volunteer work that they do in
this community. They want to be good citizens and ambassadors for Indiana, as
well as for IUP.
“We are happy to partner with Indiana
Borough to offer this opportunity for an honest and open dialogue with members
of the community. We all can benefit
from a better understanding of each other’s perspectives and experiences.”
panelists include: Jamie Czech, a member of Delta Zeta
sorority, a management major from Butler; Ryan Egan, a member of Phi Delta
Theta fraternity and the IUP Ambassadors, a management major from
Pittsburgh; Julie Kilgus, a member of The
Pulse, IUP Day organizing committee, The Entertainment Network (TEN) and a
student worker in the University Events Office, a hospitality management major
from Muncy, Pa.; Nnaemeka Okolo, member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, The
Pulse and TEN, a biology major from Verona; Elijah Rosenthal, a member of the
IUP Student Government Association, a political science major from Girard; and Jamie
Smith, a member of The Pulse, IUP Day organizing committee and Homecoming Monte
Carlo Night organizing committee, a political science major from West Mifflin.
Pulse is a new organization formed to promote student involvement in student
leadership, campus and community engagement and philanthropy. The IUP
Ambassadors is the student-alumni association that support the Office of Alumni
Relations and the university community. TEN is the programming group associated
with the IUP Student Cooperative Association.
Indiana Borough panelists include:
William Sutton, borough manager and chief of police; Nancy Jones, Indiana
Borough Council president; Richard Thorell, chair of the community development
committee; John Petrosky and Larry DeChurch. Each of the borough council
members represent the different wards in Indiana Borough.
In August, Driscoll and Indiana Borough
Mayor George Hood co-hosted a community-university forum, attended by more than
50 community members.
“Our first community-university forum
was excellent, and we want to continue those conversations,” Driscoll said.
INFORMATION: FROM LEFT, front row, IUP students: Jamie Smith, Elijah Rosenthal,
Jamie Czech, Julie Kilgus, Nnaemeka Okolo, Ryan Egan. Back row from left from
Indiana Borough: John Petrosky, Richard Thorell, Nancy Jones, William Sutton
and Larry DeChurch.
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