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September 2010

A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will head a division of the FBI.  Debra E. Smith, 51, who grew up in the Hill District, will become special agent in charge of the administrative division of the Washington Field Office in the District of Columbia, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller announced Wednesday.

—“IUP Graduate From Hill District to Lead FBI Division in D.C.,
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 30, 2010

When it comes to financial belt-tightening, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Interim President David Werner has told faculty and staff that there are no sacred cows. ‘Once you have a sacred cow, you have a herd of sacred cows, and the herd gets bigger and bigger,’ Werner said. ‘You should always ask if this is really necessary.’ 

—“Interim IUP Leader Sharpens Budget Knife,”
Greensburg Tribune-Review, Sept. 19, 2010

Edinboro University, another state-owned school in Western Pennsylvania, today is reporting a record enrollment this fall of 8,653 students, up by about 4 percent from last year. It is the second consecutive yearly enrollment record set at Edinboro, campus spokesman Jeff Pinski said. Earlier this week, three other campuses belonging to the State System of Higher Education — California, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities - each reported enrollment records.

—“Edinboro U. Also Sets Enrollment Record,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 24, 2010

Three state System of Higher Education universities — Indiana, California and Slippery Rock — have reported record enrollments this fall. For the second consecutive year, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has broken its enrollment record with a fall 2010 enrollment of 15,126. The school announced today that enrollment includes 3,128 freshmen, 680 transfer students, and 2,299 graduate students. Since 2007, enrollment has grown by more than 1,108 students, or 7.9 percent.

—“3 State System Schools Set Enrollment Records,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 23, 2010

Fewer students are plugging in to access the Internet — even though that method provides the best productivity and speed, said Bill Balint, chief information officer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It also offers the best access. IUP has 17,000 places to plug in. Hot spots number only 725, still more than seven times the number in 2006, Balint said. ‘As wireless devices have become dramatically more prominent, wireless access points become more and more important,’ he said.

—“Demand Prompts Campuses to Increase Wireless Capacity,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 20, 2010

A freelance musician who holds the principal tuba position with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and his wife have donated $100,000 in support of Indiana University of Pennsylvania to establish the school’s Scholarship Brass Quintet Award. Jim Self, a native of Vengano County and 1965 graduate of IUP, and his wife, Jamie, who live in Los Angeles, are offering the scholarships to five students who will form the school’s Scholarship Brass Quintet, which will perform an annual recital and perform at selected university events. In recognition of the gift, Room 116 in Cogswell Hall, home to the department of music, will be named the Jim ‘65 and Jamie Self Brass and Jazz Rehearsal Hall, school officials said. Self, who is principal tuba-cimbasso in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, has performed on scores for more than 1,500 motion pictures, television shows and records. 

—“IUP Receives $100,000 For Musical Scholarship,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 14, 2010

Indiana University of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday the creation of its first for-profit corporation. The IUP Research Institute Business and Technology Group Inc. is an independent business corporation that will generate dividends for its only shareholder, the nonprofit IUP Research Institute, said Rebecca Zukowski, the group’s director. ‘That money will further support university research,’ Zukowski said. ‘And, the for-profit company is strengthened because it can bring in faculty members to consult on projects, and I can deliver products.’

—“IUP’s Banking on Success of 1st For-Profit Venture,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 8, 2010