Six graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, including a graduate from Indiana County and a Cambria County native, will be honored with the 2008 Young Alumni Achievement Award on Nov. 10.
Indiana native Kirk D. Fleming, a 1994 communications media graduate of IUP’s College of Education and Educational Technology, and Carrie Popovich-Ortsey, originally of Johnstown, a 1999 dietetics graduate of the College of Health and Human Services and a 2000 graduate of IUP’s master’s program in industrial and labor relations, join four recent graduates chosen for this honor.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award was created to recognize recent IUP graduates identified as outstanding in their professions and to present these alumni to current IUP students as examples of exceptional achievement.
IUP graduates of fewer than 15 years are eligible for this award. Recipients are selected by the deans of their colleges.
The award recipients are invited to hold seminars, presentations and panel discussions on topics related to their profession for current IUP students.
Members of the community can meet the recipients at a public reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Crimson Event Center in Folger Hall.
This year, Young Alumni Achievers will participate in the university’s IUP Plays Pittsburgh concert and dessert reception at Heinz Hall on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Massaro Corp. of Pittsburgh, general contractor for IUP's $270 million Residential Revival student housing project.
Fleming, now of Hatboro, is the son of Don Fleming, Sleepy Hollow Road, Indiana, and Gayle Kubeka, Welington, Fla. He is a training manager, benefit risk management, for Global Pharmacovigilance Education, a Johnson & Johnson company. His work includes client management, needs assessment, instructional design and development, evaluation and leadership development.
He previously worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Princeton, N.J., as a manager in instructional design and organizational development and at Capital One Services Inc. of Richmond, Va., in the organizational effectiveness and learning innovation program. He began his professional career as a performance consultant and instructional designer for Digital Equipment Compaq Computer Corp. of Nashua, N.H.
He has won a number of professional awards and has been an invited presenter for many professional conferences and events. In addition to his degree from IUP, he has a master’s degree in education (instructional systems design) from Florida State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Richmond and is working toward a doctoral degree from Penn State University in adult education.
Popovich-Ortsey, now of Mars, works as manager of human resources for Eaton Corp. While at IUP, she received the David A. Williard Memorial Award for Academic Achievement and Professional Promise. Popovich-Ortsey began her career with Aramark Corp., working in human resources. She also worked at Diageo, a premium drinks business, as a plant human resources director and director of organizational effectiveness. She is active with Junior Achievement and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for the Pittsburgh United Way.
Other award recipients are as follows: