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What They Said: May 2008

Their main mission is to deliver a Japanese science lab the size of a school bus to the space station. And the shuttle launch has a taste of the Alleghenies with it. Three patches marking the establishment of the Patricia Hilliard Robertson Center for Aviation Medicine at Indiana Regional Hospital are being carried into space in honor of the late Dr. Robertson. She was a graduate of Homer City High School and IUP. 

—WWCP-TV, Altoona-Johnstown, PA
May 31, 2007

That backs up the findings some years back by an evolutionary psychologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Satoshi Kanazawa. Kanazawa argued that because the human brain developed before television, it does not readily differentiate between real friends and TV friends. How would it really know? It assumes people with whom one has regular contact are most likely friends or relatives. People who watch a lot of TV tend to believe they have more friends than those who are light watchers. The new British study, which surveyed nearly 1,600, reveals just how much that is so. One in three people said they looked forward to their favorite TV program more than anything else in their week. Some 13 percent regularly daydreamed about being in their favorite show, and that number rose to 40 percent among 16- to 24-year-olds. Nearly one in three admitted to having fallen in love with a TV character. That number jumped up to 50 percent among 16- to 24-year-olds. When a show does end, more than a quarter admitted to missing their favorite TV characters and 22 percent said it left a gap in their lives.

—“The Heartache When Series Finally End,”
Media Life Magazine, May 29, 2008

To meet workforce demand in the electro-optics industry, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania cooperative program, originated at the university’s campus in Armstrong County’s Northpointe industrial park, is expanding its electro-optics offerings into Westmoreland County. IUP, in conjunction with the Lenape Technical School and school districts in Armstrong County, started the program locally in 2005.  Through Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Northpointe's 2+2+2 Integrated Workforce Leadership Program in Electro-Optics, courses in the high-tech field of electro-optics are taught at Lenape Tech. Now those courses will be offered at the Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Kensington in conjunction with IUP and Westmoreland County school districts, beginning in fall 2008.

—“IUP Expanding Electro-Optics Offerings,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, May 28, 2008

With the internecine struggles for the Democratic and Republican nominations in the presidential race seemingly drawing to a merciful close (Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul’s continued efforts notwithstanding), I look forward to relaxing my grip on the television remote. I’ve been clinging to the channel-changer a lot lately, taking extra care to make sure it doesn’t slip between the couch cushions. I’ve kept it handy – not to bounce between my favorite hunting and religious programs – but rather to afford me a quick escape from the deluge of political campaign ‘coverage’ masquerading as news. Much of the coverage I’ve viewed on the broadcast networks and cable news channels has had little to do with the candidates’ positions on the issues that various polls suggest are most important to the majority of U.S. citizens. When polled during this election cycle, Americans have pointed to the economy, the war in Iraq, homeland security, health care and education, and to a slightly lesser extent the environment and immigration, as the issues they deem most important in the 2008 presidential race. Despite these findings, many network and cable-TV news reporters have consistently emphasized ‘news’ items unrelated to these issues, focusing instead on an array of other stuff, including the leading candidates’ positions within AARP, their church pews and dodging (or not) Bos-nian sniper fire. Instead of concentrating campaign coverage on what most Americans consider important, these networks have consistently opted for ‘infotainment’ at the expense of substantive news reporting. (By Pat Farabaugh, IUP professor of journalism),

—“TV’s Election Coverage Lacks Substance,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, May 19, 2008

Dr. Asonevich says Penn Highlands is in talks with Indiana University of Pennsylvania to offer similar master-level programs at the Community College.

—WTAJ-TV (Altoona, Pa.)
May 16, 2008, 5 p.m.

Michele Cogley of Kittanning joins the fifth cohort of scholars in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s McNair Scholars Program. IUP is one of about 180 colleges and universities in the nation to receive federal funding to host a McNair program. The program promotes entry into graduate school for first-generation, low-income and minority students through mentoring and other special educational opportunities. Cogley, daughter of Rege and Judy Convery of Headland Road, Butler, is a graduate of Butler High School. She is married to Rick Cogley, and they are the parents of Julie, Justin and Jordan. She is a dean’s list student, Provost Scholar and member of Delta Epsilon Iota academic honor society. A program highlight involves students participating in a six-week residential summer research experience at IUP, where they will develop proposals under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students will have the opportunity to present their work at local symposiums as well as national McNair research conferences.

—“Education Notes,” 
Kittanning Leader Times, May 13, 2008

There will soon be more space for students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The school held a ground breaking ceremony for two new dormitories there. This is the thirs phase as the University replaces old and inefficient residential buildings.

—WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh, PA)
May 9, 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m.

The inaugural presentation in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture Series will feature political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin. The program will be Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, part of the newly renovated Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus. ‘Our friends at First Commonwealth have provided a significant financial commitment to IUP to establish its first comprehensive, university endowed lecture series, to begin in the fall of 2008,’ said Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president. The program is free and open to the community.

—“Political Commentator Couple to Appear as Part of IUP Lecture Series,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, May 5, 2008

It’s time for college graduates to sport their caps and gowns and receive a diploma they’ve worked long and hard to achieve. But before they enter into the working world, graduates will gather one last time at commencement ceremonies to hear speakers offer words of wisdom and advice. At IUP, Dr. John Kopchick, an internationally recognized leader in the growth hormone field, will serve as commencement speaker at 11 a.m. May 10 at Miller Stadium. About 1,650 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. Kopchick, who will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from IUP in 1972 and a master’s in biology and chemistry in 1975. He is a professor in the biomedical sciences department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University.

—“Graduations Commence Today at Area Colleges,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, May 2, 2008