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August 2009


Indiana University of Pennsylvania is expecting about 200 more students this fall, while California University of Pennsylvania will see more than 360 additional students.

—“Westmoreland County Community College Enrollment Surpasses ‘93 Record,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 26, 2009

Sydnee Groenendaal beams with pride. She has the distinction of being the only professional crew member from Erie on board the U.S. Brig Niagara. The 19-year-old Indiana University of Pennsylvania history major has been part of the sailing program the past four summers. She sailed four weeks as a trainee in 2006 and completed a six-week apprenticeship the following summer to earn her U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners’ credentials. She dreams of joining a professional crew of a tall ship in Europe for a summer sail, possibly after graduation. Groenendaal served as a crew member for a day sail Aug. 15 with Niagara Capt. Wesley W. Heerssen on the bridge.

—“All Hands on Deck,”
Erie Times-News, Aug. 24, 2009

Twenty area colleges and universities were recognized as military friendly schools by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication. The publication honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that do the most to help America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list offer additional benefits to student veterans. The publication polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide to compile its list. Western Pennsylvania institutions include: ... Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

—“20 Schools Recognized for Aid Given to Veterans,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 24, 2009

Lisa Sciulli, a marketing professor at IUP, said with thousands of students walking the campus each day, buying Waugh’s pitch could be a smart investment for advertisers. ‘The idea of in-your-face, guerilla marketing is a great way to get a message across to students,’ Sciulli said. ‘It’s unique and unusual enough to draw a lot of attention.’ Waugh said he will blog on his Web site about what happens to him while he wears the shirts, and post videos with information about that day’s sponsor. He said customers send him the T-shirts with whatever message they want on it, and if they don’t have a T-shirt, he will make one for $20. He takes suggestions on where to wear it as long as it doesn’t interfere with his classes at IUP.

—“McCandless Teen Seeks College Cash as Walking Billboard,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 20, 2009

Three area universities are furthering alcohol education programs through grants. Seton Hill University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania have received money from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to implement and improve substance abuse initiatives, including social norming. At IUP, a $10,700 grant will be used to develop a student-led initiative that will create an alcohol education program, said Ann Sesti, assistant director of the Center of Health and Well Being Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs program. ‘One of the things we’re trying to strengthen is that our social norming in the past has included some students and not generally invited students,’ Sesti said. ‘We are looking at trying to reach out to include all facets of students in developing these messages.’ Sesti said the committee will develop new ways to survey students on their drinking habits and then determine how to get out messages about avoiding alcohol use and abuse. IUP has been using the Social Norm Program for at least seven years, she said. ‘I think if you just look at it in terms of high-risk population, it’s freshmen entering their first year. If you look at the media messages they receive and the expectations that are presented to them, they have this perception of alcohol use as a being part of campus life,’ Sesti said.

—“Cal U Students Benefit From LCB Grant,”
The Valley Independent, Aug. 17, 2009

From Sept. 15 to Dec. 5, the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host the exhibit ‘A Walk Through Time: Pennsylvania Coal Culture, Featuring the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company Collection.’ A reception, free and open to the community, will be held at the museum at 6  p.m. Sept. 19 to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. The museum is on the first floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. The exhibit is curated by Harrison Wick and Rhonda Yeager of IUP Special Collections and University Archives. Artifacts and documents of coal mining life in western Pennsylvania are presented jointly by IUP Special Collections and University Archives, the Tri-Area Historical Society and Liberty Museum in Nanty-Glo, the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, and private collectors.  

—“IUP Museum to Host Pa. Coal Culture Exhibition
Kittanning Leader-Times, Aug. 13,2009 

Laurel: To stimulating young minds. In order for the Alle-Kiski Valley to have a solid economic future, our young people have to gain strong science and math skills and know they have future job opportunities here. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe and the Penn State Electro-Optics Institute are trying to see to it kids have both. This week, they’re sponsoring a robotics camp for middle-schoolers to nurture science education and continuing their research to bring more high-tech jobs to southern Armstrong County.

—“Valley Laurels & Lances,”
Tarentum Valley News Dispatch, Aug. 7, 2009

SOUTH BUFFALO — Hannah Neumann had to take her robot apart and put it back together. The little robot the Kiski Area ninth-grader had built and programmed during a week-long summer Robotics Camp at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe Campus still wouldn’t run on Wednesday. ‘We’re having technical difficulties,’ Neumann quipped. Turns out, the motor wasn’t plugged in. ‘I like how you get to do things  yourself,’ she said. ‘I like racking my brain. It’s a challenge, and when you finally get something to go in place and you’re actually able to do it, it’s exciting. I wanted to try out robotics and it’s pretty cool.’ Neumann and about 17 other middle school students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades from Armstrong and surrounding counties who are interested in math and science were busy in teams of two testing their robot-making skills at the camp. They were building remote-controlled and computer-programmed, workable, four-wheeled robots equipped with motors, sensors and microprocessors. Last week, 22 campers attended the first of the two camps conducted jointly by IUP Northpointe and the Penn State Electro-Optics Center. Both facilities are in the county’s Northpointe Industrial Park. 

—“Robotics Camp Puts Youngsters to the Test,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Aug. 6, 2009

Julie Ann Cacurak, daughter of Jim and Jane Cacurak, granddaughter of Mary Cacurak, all of Ford Cliff, and the late Joseph Cacurak and the late Barbara and George Yount, is advancing her collegiate education in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Paris, France, for the duration of the summer. Cacurak is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, majoring in political science and history. Her time in Prague will be spent studying graduate level courses in global migration and Central European politics, and associating with the eastern European culture; assisted by her extended Slovakian family. While in Paris, she will partake in an extensive French language course. Cacurak will familiarize herself with European foreign affairs, particularly central Europe, with ambitions of employing that knowledge into the field of lobbying. Her bachelor’s degree will be completed at the end of this fall semester; afterwards she plans on obtaining a position in Washington, D.C. that will allow her to enhance her knowledge and practice of public policy in addition to  continuing on to her graduate degree.

—“Cacurak Continues Studies Abroad,”
Kittanning Leader Times, Aug. 4, 2009

The ACMH Hospital Auxiliary awarded $1,000 scholarships to volunteers Justin Hileman and Christa Johns. Hileman, son of Jeff and Linda Hileman, currently attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying biology and premed, with the goal of becoming a doctor. Johns, daughter of David and Laurie Johns, is a 2009 graduate of West Shamokin High School. She will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall to study nursing. The hospital auxiliary offers competitive $1,000 scholarships annually.

—“Hospital Volunteers Get $1,000 Scholarships,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Aug. 3, 2009