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Test Anxiety, Italian Stage Design, and the Penguin Bowl


Neusius Guest Edits Special Section of the Archaeological Record
Dr. Sarah Neusius guest edited “A Model Applied Archaeology Curriculum,” which was published as a special section of the January 2009 SAA Archaeological Record.
Shaara Publishes Second Novel
In addition to teaching two sections of “Anthropology of Women” this Spring in the Anthropology Department, Dr. Lila Shaara is also a novelist. Her second book, The Fortune Teller’s Daughter, was released in January by Ballantine Books.
IUP Professors Find No Perfect Formula for Political Success
Professors Mary Beth Leidman and Sarah Tourtellotte and student Jaclyn Emershaw presented research on commonalities of female politicians at the 2008 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women’s Consortium Conference.
Pagnucci Publishes Book on Re-mapping Narrative
Gian Pagnucci is pleased to announce the publication of his book “Re-mapping Narrative: Technology’s Impact on the Way We Write.” 
Perdue and IUP Students Present at the International Writing Centers Assoc. Conference
Tina Perdue, along with Composition and TESOL doctoral students Maggie Herb and Kat Richards, and Briana Stewart, senior in Speech Pathology, led a panel discussion on “Responding to Special Needs: Tutors Talk about Special Populations.”
Rafoth and Pagnucci Present Papers at Taipei Conference
Two faculty members in the Graduate Program in Composition and TESOL, Drs. Ben Rafoth and Gian Pagnucci, were featured speakers at the International Conference on Second Language Writing at Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Watson Initiates Weekend Writing Retreat Program
Veronica Watson has been awarded a $32,500 grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to deliver writing retreats for faculty members at the fourteen State System campuses.
Farnsworth and Hovan Judge at Regional NOSB Competition
Dr. Katie Farnsworth and Dr. Steve Hovan participated as science judges for the 2009 Penguin Bowl.
Papakie Participates in “VIP Serve” to Benefit Lifesteps Fund
Michele Papakie-McCoy participated in the annual event hosted by H.B. Culpeppers as a “VIP Server” which benefited Lifesteps’ Family Caring Fund. The VIPs working alongside Culpeppers’ servers donated their tips to support Lifesteps’ programs and services offered in Indiana County.
Chepaitis and Hastings to Perform in Croatia and Slovenia
Stanley Chepaitis, violin, and Mary Logan-Hastings, soprano, have been invited to perform and present master classes in March 2009 in Zagreb and Ljubljana.
Chepaitis to Solo with Hershey Symphony Orchestra
Stanley Chepaitis will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra on February 21 in Hershey, Pa.
Collins Performs in Ohio and West Virginia
Dr. Zach Collins, assistant professor of Tuba in the IUP Department of Music, performed as a guest artist at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
GIA Releases New CD of Music by Stamp
GIA Publications recently released a two-disc set of compositions by Dr. Jack Stamp, director of Band Studies at IUP.
IUP Music Faculty Guest Conduct Nationwide
Dr. Jack Stamp and Dr. Jason Worzbyt appear as guest conductors with high school ensembles across the country.
Peavler to Present at PMEA Choral Festival
Dr. Robert Peavler will present “The Games We Play: Choral Techniques in a Game-Playing Culture” at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 3 Region Choir Festival at Freeport High School on February 19, 2009.
Scandrett to Present at T^3 Regional Conference
Dr. Jack Scandrett, associate professor of Music at IUP, will present the results of his collaboration with students at Richland High School in Johnstown at the T^3 Conference at IUP on Saturday, March 7.
Poorman Publishes on Decreasing Performance and Test Anxiety in Practicing Nurses
The Journal for Nurses in Staff Development has published Susan Poorman’s co-authored article on “Decreasing Performance and Test Anxiety in Practicing Nurses.”
Rives Discusses “Can the Analytic Data Be Explained Away?”
At the American Philosophical Association Central Division meeting (February 20, 2009, Chicago, Ill.), Dr. Brad Rives from the Department of Philosophy will give a talk entitled “Can the Analytic Data Be Explained Away?”
Lowery Featured Speaker at ASJA Conference
Dr. John Wesley Lowery presented a featured session at the Association for Student Judicial Affairs’ recent annual conference, reviewing the legislative and regulatory developments of the previous year impacting student conduct administration in higher education.
Ault Receives Greggs Award from U.S. Institute for Theater Technology
Dr. C. Thomas Ault will receive the Herbert D. Greggs Award at the annual conference of the U.S. Institute for Theater Technology for his article, “Color in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Italian Stage Design.”