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April 2010


Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May 9: Glenn Cannon, 1971 IUP graduate and former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Jessica Sabol, a theater and English major in Robert E. Cooks Honors College.

—“Local Graduates to Hear Basketball Great, Former President,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 30, 2010

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior is one of 14 students in the nation chosen for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, the school says. Erin O’Brien, a history and Asian Studies double major in IUP’s honors college, intends to teach English in Taiwan for 11 months upon graduation next month. Ms. O’Brien, of Matawan, N.J., is the university’s 11th student Fulbright recipient since 1996.

—“IUP Student Wins Fulbright,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 29, 2010

Erin O’Brien, a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is returning to Taiwan to teach English after winning a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. ‘I taught in Taiwan last summer, and as much as I’m a little scared of going because it’s such a long time, I think it’s going to be a really incredible experience,’ O’Brien said.

—“Indiana University Senior Awarded Fulbright Assistantship,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 27, 2010

Approximately 30 students from IUP and IUP Northpointe came together with family and friends this past Saturday in order to clean and prepare the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Ford City for its upcoming season of environmental education during a ‘Spring Cleanup Day.’ ‘They worked hard,’ said IUP Biology Professor Dr. Holly Travis. ‘We got a lot done, and they did an amazing job getting things cleaned up.’ The students in Travis’s Biology classes frequently use the ELC foreducational purposes. ‘We go out there and do labs looking at invasive plant species and organisms in the water at the creek,’ said Travis. ‘We spend a lot of time out there for lab, and we also have school groups of all ages that come out and do environmental programs. They do nature hikes and stream studies. I usually do something with them about bugs. They’ll occasionally do fishing, boating, kayaks, and canoes or water safety when we have camps or longer days. There are all kinds of different programs.’

—“Students Work Hard to Prepare Environmental Learning Center for Upcoming Season,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, April 22, 2010

IUP-Punxsutawney students made peaceful and colorful social commentaries Tuesday as part of its own ‘Chalk-On-the-Walk’ event, now in its second year at the regional campus. Bonnie Juliette, director of regional advancement at the Punxsy campus, explained that the event is a creative outlet designed to give students an outlet for expressing their political and social views via their artwork. Students designed their works between 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., working as individuals or teams. The first-place winner - and recipient of a $150 prize - was Kayla Lingle of Carlisle, whose chalk-art depicted a human arm, a chain broken around the wrist, but smaller chains holding the index and third fingers. In the background is a U.S. flag. She explained that the picture symbolizes that Americans have broken the chains of past problems, but there are still chains - or problems - that they face. Taking second place for a $100 prize was Tasha Gruber, whose colorful and winding shapes surrounded a large pink ribbon, creating breast cancer awareness. Finally, Tess Johns took third place and a $50 prize for her brick-weapon-and-victim design as a means to ‘Stop the Violence.’ Her design also included a statistic that 30,000 people in America die each year from gun violence. ‘Chalk-On-the-Walk’ began at IUP-Punxsy last year under former Dean Dr. Valarie Trimarchi, but it has been a 19-year tradition at the main IUP campus in Indiana, where students create dozens of designs along sidewalks on the Oak Grove. The ‘Chalk-On-the-Walk’ event at the main campus will be held next Wednesday. Juliette said she hoped the rain would hold off so passersby in front of the Learning Center could see all 13 designs over the next few days. Judging the entries were Spirit Editor Tom Chapin; S. Thomas Curry, a member of the Punxsutawney Area College Trust and a retired art teacher; Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Ryan Miller and Susan Wydra, a campus neighbor.

—“IUP-Punxsy Students Make Colorful Social Statements Through Art,”
Punxsutawney Spirit, April 21, 2010

INDIANA, Pa. — Sarah L. Flewelling of Pittsfield has been recognized as a Provost Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At the start of the fall semester, any undergraduate student who meets the following requirement is eligible to be named a Provost Scholar: a current junior with a minimum of 45 semester hours earned at IUP with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student’s time of study at IUP.

—“Flewelling Named Provost Scholar,”
Morning Sentinel, April 20, 2010

The Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its 13th annual safe driving competition for high school students on April 23 at the IUP Highway Safety Center. The Indiana Regional Safe Driving Competition is a partnership with Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28. High schools in Armstrong and Indiana counties are invited to select a team of three students to represent their school at the competition. The program involves a demonstration of skill on a driving range, in a perceptual driving test and by writing an essay related to highway safety.

—“Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project Hosts Safe Driving Competition,”
Blairsville Dispatch, April 20, 2010

With a collection of more than 500 irons, Fairfield Harbour resident Maureen Post does not really remember how an innocent gift of a half-dozen irons from her sister grew into such a pressing passion and collection. Post is now busy making the collection ready, with documentation, categorizing, and authentication, for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she did her undergraduate work.

—“Woman Donates Extensive Iron Collection to a University,”
New Bern Sun Journal, April 17, 2010

Dr. Ken Coles, Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor of geoscience, will present ‘400 Years of the Telescope,’ a free program, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the IUP planetarium. The program will discuss Galileo Galilei’s first use of a telescope in 1609 and the impact it made on science and society. Viewing the night sky with classic telescopes, weather permitting, will follow the program. The IUP planetarium is on the first floor of Weyandt Hall, on the east side of the Oak Grove next to Oakland Avenue. Seating is limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the show. For more information or to arrange for groups, call 724-357-5626 or e-mail Coles at The program is sponsored by the geoscience department and the IUP College of Natural Science and Mathematics. All programs are free and open to the community.

—“Free Program Set at IUP Planetarium,”
Kittanning Leader-Times, April 17, 2010

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Legacy Gala honored alumni Glenn Cannon and Barbara Russell during its black-tie salute to IUP regional achievers Saturday at Carnegie Music Hall.

Peter Roquemore remembered how dejected he felt last December as he sat in an airport and waited for his flight home from the international climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Camp Hill resident was one of 2,500 students from around the world who attended the event and lobbied for world leaders to agree on a policy that would mitigate the effects of global warming. ... ‘There’s so many people out there who want to get involved but maybe don’t know how,’ he said. ‘And I hope to continue reaching out to them.’ Roquemore spent the last year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied political science and advocated for environmental issues around campus. He’ll be in Harrisburg this summer organizing high school and college-age students in environmentally focused community projects. The Summer of Solutions is a program created by Grand Aspirations, an environmental advocacy group that was formed by college students. Harrisburg is one of 12 cities in the U.S. that will have college students organize projects that teach local residents the value of going green. Roquemore said one campaign will focus on urban agriculture. Another project will educate residents about how to save money through making their homes more energy-efficient.

—“Student Cultivates Environmentalism,”
Harrisburg Patriot-News, April 16, 2010