Athletics Honors, Faculty Awards, Winning Planner Design
Athletics Honors, Faculty Awards, Winning Planner Design
Several sports programs finish 2022–23 season strong; center announces Faculty Recognition Award winners; winning design chosen in planner cover contest; and more
Side-by-side images, from left, of several young women posing in white tennis outfits in a black and white photo; a young woman wearing a white IUP tank top and black shorts and running in the grass outside a fence; two field hockey players in white jerseys with red collars running down the field with their sticks; and a young woman in a white basketball jersey grabbing a rebound while another player, mostly off camera, reaches for the ball
In the half-century since Title IX was passed, women’s sports at IUP have transformed—from low-budget programs that sold baked goods to survive to the championship-caliber teams and athletes of today. Read about this evolution of sports that the late athletics administrator Ruth Podbielski described as “almost like a miracle.”
IUP swimmers earned numerous All-America honors and set a handful of school records at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis. As a team, IUP finished 15th on the women’s side.
Rachel Johnson, a senior majoring in hospitality management with a 4.0 grade-point average, received the Elite 90 award at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis. The NCAA presents the award at the site of each championship to the participant with the highest cumulative GPA.
The Crimson Hawks’ outstanding season came to a close last week in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Championship game against West Liberty. The Hawks were the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference team since the mid-1990s to achieve a number-one ranking in the National Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
IUP junior Kendall Branan earned All-America status by finishing seventh in the 800m at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 11 in Virginia Beach.
See who won the Center for Teaching Excellence’s 2022–23 Faculty Recognition Awards in categories including Innovation, Mentoring, Teaching Associate, Open Educational Resources, Temporary Faculty, and more. The winners will be honored at the Faculty Recognition Dinner in April.
See the winning entry, by graphic design student Stephen Graham, in the University College’s contest to design the cover of its 2023–24 academic planner, distributed to all incoming students during Welcome Week. The winner was decided through campus voting.
Two teams from the IUP Cyber Security Club tested their knowledge in the Northeast Regional NCAE Cyber Games, a competition of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. The teams finished 5th and 10th and had a record number of IUP participants.
Jonathan Warnock (Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning) and colleagues studied fossil algae in Utah’s Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry to gain insight into this confusing deposit of dinosaur bones. By analyzing the variability of algae species and algae health, they learned about the ecosystem the quarry represents. Their study appears in Geology of the Intermountain West.
Jonathan Warnock was also part of a 2019 international ocean study that found the oldest marine sedimentary DNA ever recovered. Collected beneath the ocean floor near Antarctica, the million-year-old DNA will help scientists understand the region’s climate history and the effects of climate change in the future.
Waleed Farag (Institute for Cybersecurity) spoke at the US Department of Defense’s STEM Technical Exchange in Washington, DC, on IUP’s partnership with six Pennsylvania community colleges to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce. The project is known as the Pennsylvania Community College Consortium Cooperative Agreement, or PC4A.
Chauna Craig, English professor and Cook Honors College director, moderated a panel, “Celebrating 30 Years of Flash Anthologies,” and gave a fiction reading at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ annual conference in Seattle. Craig’s work is included in W. W. Norton’s Flash Fiction America: 73 Very Short Stories.
Last week, two students took part in the Geological Society of America’s joint Southeastern and Northeastern Section meetings. Hope Burbank discussed the State System’s geoscience summer field course. Joshua Colasante, with faculty member Jonathan Warnock, presented “Paleoenvironmental Stratigraphic Reconstruction and Control on the Distribution of the Lower Keyser Formation of Central Pennsylvania.”
Abigail Adams (Anthropology) recently presented a workshop, “Fear and Empathy,” as part of the Leadership in a Multicultural Society Series. She discussed the ways knowledge bridges the gap between fear and empathy, leading to a more just and connected world.
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