Women in Science Scholarship, Coppler Award Winner, Admin National Honor
Women in Science Scholarship, Coppler Award Winner, Admin National Honor
Biology student earns physician/astronaut’s memorial scholarship; disability services major wins advocacy award; Cook Honors College employee receives national honor; and more
A young woman wearing a black graduation gown and a black sash that has green, gold, and red decorations smiles broadly and looks to her left as she holds up a red diploma cover with a gold tassel dangling beneath it in her right hand. Other young people in graduation attire are visible behind her, in front of a black backdrop.
IUP Commencement, recognizing May and August graduates, is almost here. The university will celebrate graduate students in a ceremony Friday and undergraduates in two ceremonies Saturday. Find details about the student and faculty speakers, performers, senior class gift presenters, University Senate Award recipients, and more in this overview of the spring commencement ceremonies.
A junior majoring in biology, Selena Blough is the 2023 recipient of the Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship for an outstanding female science student. The scholarship honors Robertson, a 1985 IUP biology graduate who went on to become a family medicine physician and a member of the 1998 astronaut class.
Taylor Burkholder, a first-year disability services major also pursuing a deaf studies minor, is the 2022–23 recipient of the Ray Coppler Disability Awareness Award. Learn about Burkholder’s work to promote disability awareness, access, and inclusion, detailed by her nominator, professor Annah Hill. 
The National Collegiate Honors Council has selected Lisa Halmes, administrative assistant in the Cook Honors College, as the recipient of its 2023 Award for Administrative Excellence. Nominated by Director Chauna Craig, Halmes has worked in the honors college for 15 years.
Julene (Jules) Pinto-Dyczewski is the recipient of the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education’s 2023 Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1989 graduate of the master’s program, Pinto-Dyczewski has worked in residence life at IUP for 33 years and is currently the area’s associate director and Training and Leadership Development specialist.
Four students in James Jozefowicz’s Advanced Econometrics class presented their research at the Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference at IUP in April. Alyssa Carne and Evan Orr discussed the determinants of professional bowlers’ salaries, and Erin McGrath and Emily Elliott discussed the gender-based wage gap for professional athletes.
Trey Rainey, an accounting major who is also pursuing a minor in economics, received an honorable mention in CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society Pittsburgh’s recent Collegiate Financial Plan Competition. His plan placed in the top 23 out of 222 submissions from 11 schools.
Members of the Eberly Women in Business student organization attended the Indiana County Women’s Summit at the Kovalchick Complex in March. Hosted by the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, the summit is an educational and networking event for women in the workforce.
A student in the MS in Strategic Communications program, Eric Barker recently presented his master’s thesis to members of the IUP community. Barker studied effective communication channels and techniques for increasing interest and involvement in student organizations.
Nearly 20 students from the Department of Finance and Economics presented research at the IUP Scholars Forum in April, and more than half came away with awards. Find details about the students and their projects.
See which IUP community members gave the pit orchestra a boost at Bishop McCort Catholic High School’s recent production of Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle.
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