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What They Said: August 2008

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter suggests stripping an antitrust exemption for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as one way to lower gas prices in America. The Pennsylvania Republican made his suggestion while speaking briefly with reporters Wednesday in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Sutton Hall, in between nearby stops in a month-long schedule of town hall meetings throughout the state.

—“Specter offers strategies on lowering gas prices,”
Blairsville Dispatch, Aug. 29, 2008

Travis Hall fishes by phone. Six days a week, the executive chef at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto consults clipboards and spreadsheets before dialing in orders from a network of suppliers he’s built up from his years of cooking in Hawaii and Colorado. His 14-year career took him from his native Pittsburgh to the Pacific and back again. He graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in Pleasant Hills and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‘I went to IUP to get into business with my dad, but found I didn’t want to wear a suit and sit behind a desk,’ says Hall, an intense, barrel-chested individual who says he inherited a zeal for cooking from his mother. He changed course and enrolled at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Culinary Arts Academy in Punxsutawney.

—“Monterey Bay Fish Grotto Chef Shares Passion for Seafood
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 24, 2008

Work could start soon on renovations at a historic building in downtown Punxsutawney. IUP bought the Eberhart building in 2007 and renamed it The Fairman Center. The Center will be home to an expansion of Culinary program along with some shops and residential space for students. For the last few months, crews have worked on gutting the building which was vacant for several years.

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown and Altoona, Pa.)
Aug. 14, 5:00 p.m.; Aug. 14, 6:00 p.m.; Aug. 15, 6:00 a.m.


INDIANA—Indiana University of Pennsylvania's new assistant track coach brings more than just her experience as a track athlete to the school—she brings a few medals as well. Olympic medals. Michelle Burgher, who was hired last week to assist head coach Ralph White, won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia and a bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Greece. She won both medals as a member of the Jamaica 4x400 meter relay team.

— “Two-Time Olympic Medalist to Assist IUP Track,”
Blairsville Dispatch, Aug. 15, 2008

Youngtimers Touring Opera Company Inc. will present a young artist showcase concert 7:30 p.m. Friday in Covenant Hall for the Performing Arts, 316 Maple St., Irwin. ‘From Wolfgang to Wicked!’ will feature scenes from musicals such as ‘The Marriage of Figaro,’ ‘Songs for a New World,’ ‘A Man of No Importance,’ ‘Kiss Me Kate,’ ‘Evita’ and others. Featured artists include baritone Steven Imgrund, a senior theater major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and soprano Erika Pealstrom, a music and drama major at IUP.

—"Opera Company Presents Young Artists' Showcase,"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 14, 2008

Now that has changed. Mr. Knight’s Castle Shannon-based company is submitting a bid to provide seating for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s new convocation center, to be completed in 2011, a job that could be worth more than $1 million to his company.

— “Agency Aimed at Boosting Minority Contractors
has First Graduating Class
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 11, 2008

Milford student Gary Clark forwent a traditional summer and followed his passion for political systems and interest in freedom to Live, Learn and Intern® in the nation’s capital. Clark was selected for a competitive spot at the Institute o­n Comparative Political and Economic Systems from an impressive pool of applicants from around the world. ICPES is an educational program offered by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University. Clark just completed his 2nd year at Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a major in pre-law/political science.

—“Milford Student Pursues Passion All the Way to Washington,”
Milford Tri-State Journal, Aug. 11, 2008

James Scalo, president of Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services Inc., received the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Scalo is an alumnus of IUP's School of Business Administration.

—"Business Notes,"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 10, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Tony Atwater could be sticking around a little longer. The Council of Trustees voted at a special meeting earlier this week to extend the president's contract. The move comes after there was an informal review of Atwater’s performance. Now it’s up to the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to sign off on the move. Atwater’s current contract is set to expire as early as 2010.

—WTAJ-TV (Altoona, State College, Pa.)
Aug. 9, 2008, 11 p.m.

INDIANA, Pa.—Michelle Burgher, an Olympic medalist sprinter, is joining the track and field coaching staff at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The move reunites Burgher with IUP’s head coach, Ralph White. White coached Burgher at Clemson and she was an assistant coach under White at Williams from 2001-2004. Burgher competes for the Jamaican national track and field team. She won a silver medal on the 4x400-meter relay team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and a bronze in the same event in the 2004 games in Athens.

Associated Press
Aug. 7, 2008

Dwayne Price had been arrested 11 times and had run away from state custody at least once. Yet at the age of 18, the state’s juvenile justice system gave him one final chance at rehabilitation, sending him to Pennsylvania’s Camp Adams, a youth lockup north of Allentown. David Myers, a criminology
professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the author of the book Boys Among Men: Trying and Sentencing Juveniles as Adults, said Cox’s decision was a reasonable one - given that Price was unlikely to be rehabilitated after spending several months in an adult jail. ... ‘He could have been housed up to age 21 ... but it’s rare because of the cost involved and the fact that the youth has turned into an adult,’ Myers said. But he
questioned why a teenager with so many arrests would still be in the juvenile system. Myers also said it was rare for a child to be accused of raping elderly women, and ‘when it does happen, it raises questions about how he was handled.’

—“Teen’s escape highlights Maryland lapses,”
Baltimore Sun, Aug. 31, 2008