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October 2009

Located along West Mahoning Street, the Fairman Centre is one of the homes to students attending the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, which offers a premier culinary arts curriculum fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Most people know about the Fairman Centre and how it came to be, but few know about the IUP Culinary School itself. ‘Our culinary faculty have managed multimillion-dollar restaurant operations worldwide and prepared meals for presidents, royalty, CEOs and movie stars,’ Chef Albert Wutsch said. ‘They have taught and developed programs at culinary schools across the United States, and they are gold, silver and bronze medal winners in ACF-sanctioned local and national culinary competitions.’ 

—“IUP Culinary Students Show What’s Cookin’ at Fairman Centre”
Punxsutawney Spirit, Oct. 31, 2009

A team of researchers will be in the area of northeastern Venango County in the coming months in an effort to identify buildings and structures that were constructed prior to the year 1960. Heading the research group is Dr. Ben Ford, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), department of anthropology. The research team is comprised of eight historians and archaeologists from IUP, including graduate students. Ford said the team will take photographs of the landscapes and building exteriors in this 49-square mile area, with special attention given to those items that are at least 50 years old. They will also be taking GPS readings to prepare detailed maps.

—“Team Mapping Out Region’s Historical Structures,”
Titusville Herald, Oct. 24, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY - Friday may be Dr. Valarie Trimarchi’s last day as the dean of IUP-Punxsutawney, but she says she’s not looking back. ‘There have been some little bittersweet moments,’ she said about the last week. ‘I feel sad because I’m leaving a lot of good people, but at the same time, I’m excited to move ahead. I’m trying to look ahead, not at the past, or even the moment.’ Looking ahead is what Trimarchi has done since setting foot on the West End campus 13 years ago, and evidence of her foresight has been three extensive building projects - the construction of the Living/Learning Centers in the West End, and the renovation of the former J.B. Eberhart building into the IUP Fairman Centre downtown - all on her watch. ‘Dean Trimarchi’s 23 years of service to IUP have been exemplary,’ IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater said Wednesday. ‘She certainly exemplifies significant devotion to students’ success and academic quality, for which we take great pride. ‘Dr. Trimarchi’s exceptional leadership as dean of the Punxsutawney campus will long be remembered and appreciated,’ he said. 

—“After 13 Years, Valarie Trimarchi Departs IUP-Punxsy with Same Philosophy: Look Forward,”
Punxsutawney Spirit, Oct. 22, 2009

INDIANA - The U.S. Department of Justice has released $1.1 million in grant funding for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Correctional Education Clearinghouse and Educational Program. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, secured this funding in the fiscal year 2009 Commerce, Justice, Science annual appropriations bill. IUP will work with state-level correctional departments to provide a nationwide comparison of analytical data related to the administration and operation of correctional education programs. This data and characteristics will then be used to develop a customized certification program designed specifically for correctional educators. ‘By developing a comprehensive data collection clearinghouse, IUP will be able to analyze trends that impact inmate educational and vocational training across the country,’ Murtha said. ‘This will provide correctional educators with advanced training so that they can teach inmates, who upon release can be functioning members of society that will have the know-how and confidence to succeed without crime.’

—“IUP Receives Grant for Crime Data Project,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 17, 2009

Pittsburgh on Tuesday was named the second-best place among the country’s largest cities to launch a new business by Fortune magazine. Jim Kunkel, executive director of the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center, said Southwest Pennsylvania has an entrepreneurial heritage. ‘There’s a strong work ethic, unquestionably, but there also is a self-reliance, a resourcefulness among the people. Look at Joe Hardy, 84 Lumber Co. founder. Nothing high-tech there, but highly successful, Adolph Dupre (former Seven Springs resort owner) who invented the automated ski tow, or Chad Hurley at Indiana (University of Pennsylvania), who co-founded YouTube.’ 

—“Fortune Magazine Calls Talent Pool in Pittsburgh a Desirable Mix,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Oct. 14, 2009

Choosing a college is one of the most complex, expensive and important consumer decisions a family ever makes. Andrew Austin, of Canonsburg, a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, started looking at the out-of-state price more carefully when he was in his first year at Youngstown State University. He found he could continue his major in music education at IUP without taking out $7,000 in private loans each year, and he transferred his sophomore year. ‘IUP has a great music program, and it’s not costing me as much money,’ he said.

—“Choose the Right College, Then Look at the Price,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 13, 2009

Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative reporter, will be the featured speaker at the second annual First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture at IUP. Woodward will present ‘From Nixon to Bush: What Can President Obama Learn From Presidents Past’ at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.

—“Woodward to Speak at IUP,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 12, 2009

Peoples Education Society (PES), Bangalore is organising one of India’s most well known and awaited fests ‘MANage’. MANage 2009 will be held from 9th Oct to 11th Oct 2009 at PESIT campus Bangalore. Unleashing a plethora of activities and events covering a wide range of activities including several management competitions as well as cultural, fun and entertainment events. MANage 2009 is organised by Peoples Education Society (PES), Bangalore in association with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA. The MBA programme at PES Bangalore, located on a sprawling campus of 25 acres, is rated among the top 50 B-school in the country. PESIT is South Asia’s 1st ISO 9002 certified institution and is ranked the number one engineering college in the state of Karnataka.

—“MANage 2009–‘Get Ready for The Real World’”,
One India, October 2009

With Christmas shopping season near and credit card companies jacking up interest rates, consumers might want to revisit one payment option that’s making a comeback. Layaway. Bob Boldin, an IUP finance professor, said that retailers are savvy. ‘I suspect the stores are probably encouraging this as a way to keep business, instead of losing a sale because a customer might not have the full amount,’ he said Friday. This was very popular a number of years ago. It tended to go out of favor because people were earning more money and paying for an item either with a credit card or some other way. ‘The interesting part of this is a number of stores might offer credit cards, but people are maxed out,’ he said, in line with the national economic downturn. Also pushing customers to buy on the installment plan, Boldin said, are lower credit card limits, higher interest rates and tighter credit rules. ‘When people don’t have money, they still want to do it (spend),’ he said. And now is the time, Boldin said. About 60 percent of yearly purchases are made during the holiday season.

—“Local Stores Bring Back Layaway,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 4, 2009

A bill before the U.S. Senate that would force colleges and universities to work with the federal government’s direct loan program if they provide federal financial aid is making some Western Pennsylvania school officials nervous. For regional university administrators, the law could pose the opposite problem: adding staff, and redirecting resources to transform systems to handle government direct lending. ‘As far as costs, we have no idea,’ said Patricia McCarthy, student financial aid director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‘July 1 is too tight a timeline. Staff training and a learning curve is going to be there for sure.’ 

—“Student Loan Proposal Makes College Officials Nervous,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Oct. 5, 2009

INDIANA — The company chosen to manage and market the Ed Fry Arena in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) is hoping to make Indiana a destination for shows that may have bypassed the area in the past. Representatives from Global Spectrum, the company chosen to manage the arena, were on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a news conference Monday. The 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, one part of the KCAC facility currently under construction, will serve as the home for the IUP men’s and women’s basketball teams, but IUP President Tony Atwater said the arena will serve as much more than an athletic venue. ‘What it really is is a major vehicle for commerce for Indiana County and Western Pennsylvania,’ Atwater said. ‘The KCAC is not exclusively a university recreation events facility. It will generate and attract new businesses to this region that have never really looked at Indiana before.’ 

—“IUP’s Fry Arena Planned as School and Community Venue,”
Blairsville Dispatch, Oct. 2, 2009