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June 2010

Dr. J. Thomas Frantz was appointed to head the Clearfield Area School District on an interim basis at a combined committee and board meeting Monday night. ‘I’m excited to come to Clearfield. I’m fresh with new ideas,’ Frantz said. He indicated he had retired from the Punxsutawney Area School District. He said he has 37 years of education experience, including 35.5 years at Punxsutawney. He said he received all his degrees—bachelor’s through doctorate, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

—“CASD Appoints Interim Superintendent,”
Gant Daily, June 22, 2010

Mary Lou Bitar’s father, Andrew Suveges, always preached to her the importance of education. Little did he know how long Bitar would hold on to his preachings. Bitar, 68, of Mohawk Drive, Arnold, earned her doctorate of education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May — 51 years after she graduated from high school. Bitar retired from New Kensington-Arnold School District in 2001 but still had more to give. While Bitar finished her studies last year, her 181-page dissertation, ‘Challenging Behaviors: Early Childhood Teachers’ Perspectives on Young Children’s Self-Regulation,’ took almost 18 months to complete.

—“Retired Arnold Teacher Earns Doctorate 51 Years After High School Graduation,”
Valley News Dispatch, June 11, 2010

INDIANA, Pa. — Dr. Tony Atwater is resigning after five years as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A statement posted on IUP’s website said Atwater will ‘assume a national leadership role’ with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Atwater said he will leave IUP on June 30. He touted the ‘Gateway to Opportunity’ fundraising campaign, the renovations of Cogswell Hall and IUP’s Performing Arts Center and setting a new record for student enrollment last fall as some of the major accomplishments during his tenure.

WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), June 9, 2010

Steve Hovan loves mud. Especially if it’s millions of years old and fresh from beneath the ocean floor. Hovan, chairman of the geoscience department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, also works as a research scientist aboard the JOIDES Resolution, an American deep-sea research vessel attached to the international Consortium for Ocean Leadership. He and a team from Deep Earth Academy, the educational arm of the consortium, brought their work to the North Museum on Tuesday for a little hands-on science. Hovan’s group also will visit Sacred Heart School this morning. Its presentation is a prize won by 8-year-old Veronica Ringlein in an art competition.

—“Muckraking Scientist Visits North Museum, School,”
Lancaster New Era, June 9, 2010

Dean of the College of Education at IUP, Mary Ann Rafoth tells Mike that she has some concerns if children are allowed to graduate high school two years early to enter college sooner.

KDKA-AM Radio (Mike Pintak show), June 7, 2010

Some educators aren’t sure an accelerated approach will work. ‘At 15, 16 years old, are these kids socially ready, cognitively ready or emotionally ready for college? I don’t think so,’ said Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the College of Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‘Every year in high school, we’re teaching them more factually, but also in terms of what they’re expected to do skill-wise. I don’t know how you do that all in two years. That’s a lot of pressure on kids.’

—“Pennsylvania to Test High School Graduation in as Little as Two Years,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 2, 2010