Biology Dream Job, Student Soloists, Czech Collaboration
Biology Dream Job, Student Soloists, Czech Collaboration
Biology graduate directs National Zoo; competition winners to be featured soloists; English professor consults with Czech universities; and more
Side-by-side images of the Progress Pride rainbow flag flying on a pole outside Elkin Hall, a student using a tape measure to check a wooden structure that is part of an art project, and a wall sign with a wheelchair symbol and text beneath it that reads, “ALL-GENDER RESTROOM”

Giving Today’s Students Their IUP

In fall 2020, university officials joined diverse groups of students to walk the campus and see it through their eyes—including with an eye for change. A year later, key participants are taking a look at how well IUP listened.
“Becoming a zoologist . . . is up there with becoming a cowboy or astronaut or a superstar. It was just something that you didn’t really think of as a career you could aspire to.”

—Brandie Smith ’94, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

National Zoo Names Veteran Curator Brandie Smith Its New Director,” Washington Post
See which students will perform as featured soloists in upcoming concerts of the IUP Symphony Orchestra and the IUP Wind Ensemble after being named winners in the Department of Music’s Concerto Competition.
Dana Driscoll, professor of English and director of the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center, is consulting on a multiyear project that focuses on developing writing supports for doctoral students at several Czech Republic universities.
Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology professor and chair, was selected as editor for two book series of the Society for Historical Archaeology. One series targets authors new to publishing; the other focuses on special publications.
Zach Collins, Department of Music, recently performed for and worked with music students at River Valley (Blairsville-Saltsburg), North Hills, and Shaler Area high schools. Music faculty make frequent visits to area schools to perform, give clinics, and talk about music opportunities at IUP.
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