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September 2009


PUNXSUTAWNEY - After many years, the transformation of the former J.B. Eberhart building from a dark empty building into the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Fairman Centre is officially complete. ‘There have been many dreams and many buildings such as the new Learning Living Center that were accomplished,’ IUP-Punxsutawney Dean Dr. Valarie Trimarchi said Friday, adding, to quote a recent film, ‘That’s one more item off of my ‘bucket list.’ ‘The IUP Fairman Centre signals a new era of economic revitalization and growth in Punxsutawney,’ IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater said Friday. ‘We take pride in developing partnerships that bring growth and prosperity to local communities, our region and the Commonwealth.’ Atwater said the project is a win-win proposition for all involved. ‘The community retains this beautiful, historic building in a restored condition that benefits the downtown district,’ he said. ‘The university benefits through educational activities and programs that support curricular and workforce education goals.’ Atwater thanked members of the Punxsutawney area for its support of the project, including financial supporters Elaine Light, the Punxsutawney Area College Trust, the Borough of Punxsutawney, KTH Architects Inc., and Linda and C. David Deabenderfer.

—“IUP, Local Officials Celebrate Completion of Fairman Centre,”
Punxsutawney Spirit, Sept. 19, 2009

MANOR - A local trail conceals a hidden cache and surprises hikers with inspiring words. That’s what many people have discovered by chance as they hike along the Poetry Trail behind Crooked Creek’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC). The winding forest trail features 20 poems printed on weather-resistant placards that are mounted on wooden posts found at intervals along the path. Delicate varieties of fungi sprouting among the dappled shadows of hickory, oak and maple provide a fitting backdrop for poems that celebrate nature. Verses from famous poets such as William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman and A.E. Housman mark the trail, in addition to poetry written by members of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English faculty: Gail Ivy Berlin, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, Ronald Smits and Gian Pagnucci.Richard Muth, who is assistant to the dean at IUP’s Northpointe campus, said the idea for the Poetry Trail came up during a meeting with members of the ELC Steering Committee, which includes IUP as well as many educational organizations from Armstrong County and neighboring counties. ‘We wanted the Poetry Trail to be just one more of the assets associated with the ELC,’ said Muth. ‘In addition, reading poetry in nature is really cool! A nature poem read in the outdoors just sounds different than when it is read inside a room.’ One challenge concerning the project was getting copyright permission to reprint and display the poems, said Muth. Dennis Hawley, the center’s program coordinator, said Indiana University of Pennsylvania sponsored the trail and paid for the vinyl printing and aluminum backboards.

—“Verses Surprise Hikers Along Crooked Creek Trail,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Sept. 21, 2009

The second annual First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative reporter Bob Woodward. The lecture will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Performing Arts Center Fisher Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. Woodward has co-authored or authored more No. 1 national best-selling nonfiction books than any contemporary American writer, according to the university. They include ‘All the President’s Men,’ ‘The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court,’ ‘Bush at War,’ ‘Plan of Attack,’ and ‘The Final Days,’ a behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon’s last months as president. As reporters for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward and Carl Bernstein did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to Nixon's resignation.

—“Woodward to Speak at IUP,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Sept. 16, 2009

INDIANA — The legacy of Indiana County mining, and the history of how coal, capital and railways came together locally in the 19th and 20th centuries, is documented in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Stapleton Library Special Collections. Representing the region’s industrial history and community heritage, the collections serve as resources for education and research and are often consulted by mining and exploration companies to shed light on current safety, environmental or structural issues. Materials from the library collections also will be featured in the exhibit ‘A Walk Through Time: Pennsylvania Coal Culture’ running Tuesday through Dec. 5 at IUP’s University Museum on the first floor of Sutton Hall.

—“Coal History Exhibit at IUP Spotlights an Important Legacy,”
Blairsville Dispatch, Sept. 11, 2009

Ask educators in the county’s high schools, its technical high school Lenape Technical School or Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe campus what it takes to prepare their students for the future jobs in their own backyard and they’ll tell you they’re training people for jobs that still are being created. ‘The manufacturing jobs of today take more schooling to be able to do them well,’ said Rich Muth, assistant to the dean at IUP Northpointe in South Buffalo. ‘Our campus is one notch in that system. We offer the opportunity to get started and open doors for getting into jobs like those.’ Muth referred to the college’s health-care majors such as nursing, nuclear medicine, respiratory therapy and clinical lab sciences as careers having a future in Armstrong County. He also touted education, safety science and electro-optics programs. ‘The two biggest employers in the county right now are hospitals and schools,’ Muth said.

—“Area Leaders See Shift in Labor Force,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, Sept. 5, 2009

Brian Sharp, an associate professor of mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, signed up to see the open textbooks offered online. ‘Right now they are kind of limited, but hopefully there will be more in the future,’ he said. Sharp tries to help students save money on books. For his secondary math education courses he suggests students sign up as members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. For a $30 membership fee, students can have electronic access to journals educational materials. He also tries to keep copies of older textbooks in his office, so students who use textbooks online through a Web access code can have a hard copy to reference.

—“Students Take Financial Hit Before Hitting Books,”
Centre Daily Times, Sept. 5, 2009

‘We don’t use clay tablets anymore. We don’t use tree bark to write on. Technology keeps advancing, and we need to acknowledge that,’ said John D. Baker, a professor of mathematics education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

—“Back to School/Do the Math: Counting too Much on Calculators: Forty Years Later, Educators Still Debating Their Proper Role,”