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November 2009


The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has four international students enrolled this year, while Indiana University of Pennsylvania has more than 700. Dr. Michele L. Petrucci, director of IUP’s office of international education, said participants in the International Friendship Program, which pairs international students with local families to familiarize them with American customs, often invite students to their homes for Thanksgiving. But the majority of international students at both schools travel during the holiday break, spokespersons said.

Delmont Residents Welcome International Students for Holiday,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 26, 2009

In 40 years of working with the poor, Bill Strickland knows this for a fact - being poor doesn’t mean you’re not able. He’s watched welfare mothers become pharmacy technicians. He’s seen drug addicts learn how to cultivate beautiful orchids. He’s seen inner city kids go on to become a surgeon or earn a doctorate. ‘From what we can determine, the only thing that’s wrong with poor people is they have no money,’ Strickland told an audience at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., was honored by the university and invited to share his personal story as part of the university’s 2009 Common Freshman Reader program. His book, ‘Make the Impossible Possible,’ was chosen as the book all IUP freshmen were encouraged to read this year. More than 30 IUP faculty members incorporated discussion of the book into class discussions and activities. During last night’s event, Strickland was honored by the university’s Phi Kappa Phi award recognizing his work with Manchester Bidwell and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, which provide a community arts program and job training.

—“Anti-Poverty Activist Urges IUP Students to Get Involved,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 18, 2009

Coal was the lifeblood of Indiana County and many other rural areas of Southwestern Pennsylvania from the late 19th century through the 1980s. Along with the strength coal mining provided to the region's economy, there also were negative side effects — one being acid mine drainage that has prompted ongoing efforts to treat those sources of pollution and restore affected waterways. Sadler, who is a journalism instructor at Indiana Area High School and a frequent contributor to The Dispatch and the Sunday Tribune-Review, previewed his book's topic during a recent lecture he gave in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit ‘A Walk Through Time: Pennsylvania Coal Culture’ that runs through Dec. 5 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s University Museum. Both that show and Sadler’s volume draw upon some of the images to be found in IUP’s coal archives.

—“Book Recounts Tales of Southwestern PA Coal History,”
Blairsville Dispatch, Nov. 6, 2009