Student Body President Emeritus David Laughead was awarded the inaugural Crimson Service Merit award at the final Student Government meeting on April 28 for his years of extraordinary service to the students of IUP.
David Laughead is a senior political science major from Ridley, Pennsylvania. He is an active member of several student organizations on campus, primarily being involved with the IUP Student Government Association. Laughead served as the senator for the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as student body president during the 2018–19 academic year, and most recently as the vice president. For his continued service within SGA beyond his term as student body president, Laughead was awarded the title of student body president emeritus in fall 2019.
The Crimson Service Merit award was established this semester to recognize and honor members of the IUP community who go above and beyond in their dedication to serving the students of IUP and who further the mission and goals of the university. Students and employees of the university who meet the above criteria are eligible to be recognized by the Crimson Service Merit award, which is awarded by the incumbent student body president.
Laughead has participated in numerous events, campaigns, and efforts to improve the experience of all IUP students. Some of his biggest accomplishments include organizing a majors fair for current IUP students to switch or change their academic major that day, advocating for and helping to pass a temporary pass/fail grading policy during the spring 2020 semester, and creating a change in university policy to require all letter grades to be reported at mid-term, instead of just D and F grades. He has also worked with the Office of Annual Giving and Development and the Graduate Student Assembly to hold a Halloween Charity Ball to raise money for the Student Food Pantry. Laughead has also helped to plan and organize many large events on campus, including the annual SGA Multicultural Festival held in the spring.
Outside of student government, he is actively involved in fraternity and sorority life and is a brother and the current vice president of Phi Sigma Kappa. Within his fraternity he has organized philanthropical events, including holding a Special Olympics event in conjunction with the Indiana/Armstrong Counties Special Olympics. Previously, Laughead has served on the IUP Interfraternity Council as vice president of scholarship, where he instituted programs to assist in the academic success of the Greek community. As well, he has worked with the Division of Marketing and Communications to further promote the philanthropical activities of Greek Life at IUP.
Laughead served as the vice chairperson of the IUP University Senate over the past academic year and was a member of the Senate Committee on Student Affairs for two years. He is also the vice chairperson of the IUP Student Cooperative Association Board of Directors and serves on the Co-op Finance Committee. As a member of the Finance Committee, he reviews the Co-op’s budget as well as the budgets of more than 100 student organizations and helps to advise the university president on setting the Student Activity Fee.
Laughead will graduate from IUP in December 2020 and will continue his studies in the Master of Public Affairs program at IUP in January 2021.