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May 2010

Siemens Industry Inc. has donated $30,000 to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to establish a fund for undergraduate research in the sciences, the school announced Wednesday. The fund will be known as the Siemens Fund for Undergraduate Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It will provide individual awards to support the research of undergraduate students in the school’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, according to Mary Lou Zanich, interim dean of the college.

—“Siemens Donates $30,000 for IUP Science Fund,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 26, 2010

Pushing through the pain is something Laura Kline is used to. Pain when she gets up in the morning, when she sends her three children off to school, when she prepares dinner in the evening. But in a moment when she received her college degree in accounting, Kline’s rheumatoid arthritis couldn’t bother her — she finally did it. ‘I wanted to be a good role model for my kids,’ said the West Kittanning resident. ‘I wanted them to be proud of me and not fearful of college.’ Kline, 32, graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania last weekend with a degree in accounting after semesters of hobbling around campus, most recently on crutches. Her positive and inspiring attitude pulled her through a trying time with a final goal in mind: a well-paying job. 

—“West Kittanning Woman Gets IUP Degree Despite Her Rheumatoid Arthritis,” May 17, 2010

IUP received a record 12,351 applications for the fall freshman class —  up 800 from the 2009 freshman class, according to James Begany, associate vice president for enrollment management. A total of 3,100 new freshman students have been accepted. This year’s number of applications comes on the heels of record-breaking enrollment of 14,638 students for the 2009-10 academic year. The 3,100 figure is ‘on target’ for the school’s maximum admission figure for fall, Fryling said.

—“College Applicants Exceed Admissions,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 11, 2010


While many of their fellow students will be celebrating the end of classes this coming week, four Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, all members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, will be ‘Riding for a Reason’ —  spending five days on the road, biking to Washington, D.C. in order to raise funds for wounded military veterans and their families.  The fraternity has enlisted four bikers to make the 325-mile trek to Washington, D.C.: Ken Nutter, a senior anthropology major, of Greensburg; Kyle Lewis, a junior criminology major from Kittanning, who has served in Iraq as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, 56th Stryker Brigade; Kevin Martincic, a senior criminology student and member of the U.S. Marine Corps, of Pittsburgh; and Tony Bongiovano, of York, a sophomore exercise science major.

—“Indiana University of Pennsylvania Students Biking to Raise Money for Veterans,”
Blairsville Dispatch, May 7, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Lewis, a professor in the geoscience department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, noted that the two areas that have generated the largest historical earthquakes in eastern North America — New Madrid, Mo., and Charleston, S.C. — have epicenters that are too far from Western Pennsylvania to cause damage here. People can notice a minor earthquake as low as magnitude 2, which can cause suspended objects to swing. At magnitude 3, a quake will shake a sleeping person awake, disturb dishes and windows and rock parked vehicles. Most people will feel a temblor of magnitude 4, which can cause plaster to crack and windows to break.

—“Quake, Rattle and Roll? Not in Western Pennsylvania,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 9, 2010

At age 6, Vince Wilson never could have imagined when he stepped forward during an audition and hit a note in perfect pitch that it would change his life. The 22-year-old college junior credits the Chester Children’s Chorus for introducing him to different styles of music, challenging him to pursue a university degree, and giving him the courage to try asparagus for the first time. Sushi, too. Now, as the group’s current crop of young vocalists gears up for a series of spring concerts, Wilson was helping out the other day - by throwing a football around with some of the guys after practice at the Chester Friends Meeting House. Wilson, who attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is not the only one giving time.

—“Chester Children’s Chorus Changing Lives,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2010

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior is one of 14 students in the nation chosen for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, the school says. Erin O’Brien, a history and Asian Studies double major in IUP’s honors college, intends to teach English in Taiwan for 11 months upon graduation next month. Ms. O’Brien, of Matawan, N.J., is the university’s 11th student Fulbright recipient since 1996.

—“IUP Student Chosen for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 2010

May 9: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 11 a.m., Miller Stadium. Speakers include IUP graduate Glenn Cannon, former director of emergency and disaster response operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Cannon, now a senior vice president with Hilliard Heintze, a security, safety, and emergency management firm, also will receive an honorary doctorate.

—“College Graduation Commencements Announced,”