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January 2010


A change in attitude toward counseling is a factor, said Elizabeth Kincade, chairwoman of IUP’s counseling center, where the number of student seeking help has risen 10 percent to 20 percent during the last few years. ‘Thirty years ago, if you were depressed, you went home,’ said Kincade, a licensed psychologist. ‘Now we reach out to them, we try to keep them in school.’

—“Students’ Use of College Counseling on the Rise,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 24, 2010

CBS national correspondent Byron Pitts will present the keynote address Jan. 28 at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Pitts’ address, ‘Stepping Out on Nothing: The Future Meets the Present,’ will be at 7 p.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The program, sponsored by the university’s African American Cultural Center, is free and open to the community. The program concludes with a book signing and reception with Pitts in the Performing Arts Center mezzanine. Pitts, a Baltimore native, has covered Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. He was the lead reporter for CBS during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and won a national Emmy Award for his work. Before Pitts’ presentation, the cultural center will present a King film festival from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Crimson Event Center. From noon to 2:30 p.m., there will be a luncheon and workshop. The film ‘Precious’ will be shown at 3 p.m. For more information about the event, contact the African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455.

—“CBS Correspondent to Speak at IUP,” 
Greensburg Tribune-Review, Jan. 21, 2010

A man who was pursued by state police before he crashed and died Dec. 30 was driving while his license was revoked or suspended. Derek L. Salmon, 41, hit another car in Harrison before smashing head-on into a pickup truck in Fawn. The drivers of both vehicles Salmon wrecked into were injured. State police won’t give specifics about what triggers or what stops a state police pursuit because they say those details could aid criminals. ‘The reason we are having fewer chases is that more departments have more rigid policies,’ said Indiana University of Pennsylvania criminology professor Randall P. McCauley. ‘Some only chase people accused of violent crime.’ 

—“Risk vs. Duty Weighed in Police Chases,”
Valley News Dispatch, Jan. 16, 2010

Baby boomers and Gen Xers just don’t get it. It’s possible to text message a friend and listen to a professor at the same time, say millennials, the name given to the generation of people born from 1977 to 2002. That’s multitasking. It shouldn’t offend professors and administrators. Michele Papakie, 41, a journalism and public relations professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, encourages use of smartphones in her classes. But she acknowledges that her courses, such as social media, naturally lend themselves to texting while she’s teaching. Today’s generation requires that, most of the time, millennials respond to texts immediately, she said. ‘That’s the way technology has made it.’ Not all students agree. ‘I think it’s disrespectful,’ said Nicole Roser, 22, an IUP senior majoring in journalism. ‘It’s distracting to other students if you hear clicking. It disrupts the whole class.’ 

—“‘Rude’ Texting Students Say They’re Only Multitasking,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 18, 2010

Bill Pullman as an 18-year-old auditioning for a college play and Bill Pullman as a 50-year-old auditioning for a Broadway play aren't really all that different. ‘I started to have dreams about the hallway, and I thought I had come a long way from where I started, but I’m back there again,’ Pullman said during a speech at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Thursday. ‘The college theater is where you start. You start to learn and the learning is the good part,’ Pullman said. ‘That learning gives you freedom, that freedom you have when you can really step on stage.’ Pullman spoke to participants in the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held this week at IUP. About 1,200 students and educators from college and university theater programs in eight mid-Atlantic states and Washington D.C. are participating in the festival, which honors excellence in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design. Nine college productions, including an IUP submission, were selected to compete at the festival out of about 50 entered for consideration. Pullman’s presentation was among the numerous workshops held throughout the festival, which ends Saturday.

—“Actor Bill Pullman Still Remembers the Feeling of Being Young Actor,”
Greensburg Tribune-Review, Jan. 15, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said life's most persistent and urging question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ risha Brice thinks she has the answer. ‘You can volunteer,’ Brice told about 1,200 students at Kittanning, Ford City and West Shamokin high schools during assemblies Thursday promoting service to the community and the value of volunteering, which was King’s mission. Brice organized the program for the students as her AmeriCorps project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day which is celebrated on Monday. ‘Volunteers are like no one else,’ she said. ‘You get paid for your job and it’s a job, a career, still there are days you don’t want to be there. But volunteers always want to be there. They don’t have to but they’re there.’ Brice, 23, of Kittanning Township, an Elderton High School and recent Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate with a degree in nutrition, should know. She’s been volunteering since she was 14.

—“Elderton, IUP Grad Shares Volunteer Shares Joy of Volunteering,”
Kittanning Leader Times, Jan. 15, 2010

The recent United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was a failure for the world and a call to arms for the international youth climate movement. There were more than 2,000 youth delegates from around the world, 500 of whom came from the United States. Thousands of other youth activists who were not accredited by the UN also came to Copenhagen to show the world that the youth cannot accept inaction on climate change. Peter Roquemore of Camp Hill is a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Sierra Student Coalition. Chelsea Howard-Foley of Harrisburg is a college student currently studying abroad in Germany.

—“Copenhagen Climate Failures Stir Students to Action,”
Harrisburg Patriot-News, Jan. 6, 2010