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February 2009

Franklin Regional School District Counseling Department and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Counselor Training and Services are cosponsoring a free lecture for parents and educators from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. March 5 at Franklin Regional Middle School auditorium. The speaker will be Fred Hanna, director of the School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Northern Colorado and a noted national expert on adolescence. The lecture, ‘How to Achieve a Win-Win with Your Teenagers: Five Techniques for Positive Change,’ is open to parents and educators. Hanna also will offer a workshop March 6 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania titled ‘70 Strategies for Counseling Difficult, Defiant Adolescents’ geared toward school personnel, community counselors and psychologists. For more information visit Center for Counselor Training Services on the web or call the Center at 724-357-3807.

—“Free Lecture Will Focus on Positive Change for Teens,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 24, 2009

Paul McCauley, a criminology professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, said it’s a legitimate question to ask when the investigation into the video poker machines and weapons began. He also said he can understand how the Korbe family may feel that it’s being unfairly targeted. ‘But I certainly don’t think it’s true,’ he said. Instead, it’s perfectly acceptable for law enforcement to expand its investigation, Mr. McCauley said. Often where drugs are involved — the entire case began with a drug indictment of Christina Korbe’s husband, Robert — there is a connection to gambling, he said. He added, though, that: ‘There’s a fine line between officers’ diligence and police deviance. I am not suggesting anyone’s doing anything wrong. I’m saying there is that temptation for law enforcement to take care of its own, and that includes building a very strong case. Across that line is manufacturing a case’ 

—“Vendetta Against Korbes Called ‘Unlikely’,”
Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, Feb. 23, 2009

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, 724-357-7930. ‘Invisible Threads, Common Ground,’ works by multiple artists, through March 21. Closed Sunday-Monday.

—“Weekend Events,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 19, 2009

Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor Steve Loar has long sought ways to incorporate recyclables into his art assignments, with mixed success. But the teacher of three-dimensional design hit upon the idea of using post-consumer plastic as a medium after seeing the work of artist and former colleague David Edgar, who, using simple tools, turns detergent bottles into elegant fish.

Realizing his students would need access to a healthy amount of material, Loar sought the cooperation of the nearest recycling facility, the Indiana County Recycling Center (ICRC) in Homer City, Pa. Loar says his initial proposal was met with some skepticism from ICRC Executive Director Tim Long. ‘In one of those little flashes of body language and intonation, Tim said, “Well, how much are you talking about? We get so and so much per ton.” I realized that we were talking from totally different worlds. He was talking in tonnage and I was talking about six plastic bags of detergent bottles.’

—“The Plastic Menagerie,”
Waste Age Magazine, February 2009

Mt. Pleasant Area High School graduate Chelsea Forbes is getting a taste of television just one year out of high school. A communications media major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the freshman has earned a spot as a weather anchor for the school's News Center 20 newscast. ‘I had gotten an e-mail that they were holding open auditions, but I wasn't sure whether I should do it,’ Forbes said. ‘I really wanted to focus on my studies my freshman year, and I had already gotten involved with a sorority, so I was worried about how much time I would have to commit to it.’ Despite those concerns, she decided to take the chance. She later found out she was one of the only freshman to get an on-air spot with the newscast as the Thursday weather anchor.

—“Future Sunny For Mt. Pleasant Grad,“
Daily Courier (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), Feb. 16, 2009

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Office of Distance Learning and Continuing Education has announced its schedule of noncredit classes. Community University Studies classes are offered in the following categories: arts, crafts, jewelry making, economics and math, gardening, language and culture, health and exercise, and special interest, which includes classes on antique furniture and ghost hunting. A range of computer workshops are available, including a new workshop on digital scrapbooking. Other new programs are ‘Battle of the Bulge’ fitness class, ‘Is Your Child Gifted Mathematically?’ and ‘Analyzing Contemporary Issues.’ The full schedule of classes and additional information is available at To request a printed schedule or to register for classes, call the IUP Office of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at 724-357-2292.

—“IUP Offers Noncredit Classes,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Feb. 11, 2009

Starting in September, students will have the opportunity to complete Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s master’s degree in criminology entirely online. This program is IUP’s second online graduate program. Students would take courses in a cohort of 25 students, meaning that the students complete coursework as a group. Coursework would include two courses per term for five semesters. Applications are being accepted now and are due by April 15. For more information or an application, visit the IUP admission website at, e-mail or call 724-357-2720. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, a student must be able to demonstrate an understanding of criminological theory and the criminal justice system — generally satisfied by a bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice or a related field; or have experience within the justice system or have specialized training or graduate or undergraduate studies in a related field.

—“IUP Offers Online Master’s Program,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Feb. 11, 2009

Miller selected for scholarship Lynn Miller of Ford City, has been selected for the Kay Staszkiewicz Memorial Scholarship in Nursing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Miller, a senior nursing major at IUP, is the daughter of Snap and Carol Capone Oliver of New Castle and Nancy Capone of Kittanning and the late George Capone. She is a 1972 graduate of Kittanning High School and a member of Grace Presbyterian Church Choir in Kittanning. She is a member of IUP’s empowering relationships mentoring program in the nursing department, serving as a member of the executive board and as a mentor. She also is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Miller is the 2008 recipient of the IUP Academic Nursing Scholarship Award. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in the IUP department of nursing and allied health.

—“Education Notes,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Feb. 10, 2009

Brochetti earns degree at IUP Lisa Brochetti of Kittanning, received her master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Dec. 13 with a graduate degree in adult education and communication technology. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, graduating with a 4.0 average. Brochetti is the director of IUP New Choices/New Options Career Development Services.

—“Education Notes,” 
Kittanning Leader-Times, Feb. 10, 2009

Kat Deremer figured she’d better be sure her life was headed in the right direction. So last year, after her freshman year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania ended, Deremer headed to Mozambique to help at an orphanage. ‘I left my heart there,’ said Deremer, 20, of Schellsburg, Bedford County, who hopes to work as a nurse in Africa after graduation. ‘It’s absolutely my dream.’ The trip not only solidified Deremer’s life plans, but it convinced the sophomore nursing major to take a second trip to the orphanage in May.

—“IUP Student to Make Second Trip to Mozambique Orphanage,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 9, 2009

Indiana University of Pennsylvania student Jill Sheehe is all in for taking a gamble on educational funding. Sheehe of Altoona said a proposed plan from Gov. Ed Rendell to use revenue from legalizing video poker machines in order to help students at the state-owned universities and community colleges afford higher education is a ‘good idea.’ ‘That’s a unique way, I think,’ said Sheehe, whose parents pay for her schooling.

—“Higher Education Jackpot?” 
Altoona Mirror, Feb. 4, 2009

Allison Haener, of Erie, has earned the Ella B. Seanor Leadership in Nursing Award at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a Mercyhurst Preparatory School graduate and is a senior nursing major at IUP. A dean’s list student, Haener is secretary of the IUP National Student Nurses Association, is a nursing department mentor, and is vice president of Alpha Tau Delta sorority. The Seanor award is presented to a graduating nurse who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to professional practices.

—“College Clan,”
Erie Times-News, Feb. 1, 2009