TESOL-Presenter Prep, Winning Essays, Distinguished Mentor
TESOL-Presenter Prep, Winning Essays, Distinguished Mentor
PhD candidate prepares TESOL presenters for Pittsburgh; Northpointe and Punxsutawney announce essay scholarship winners; professor earns state-level awards; and more
Photo collage showing seven adult men and women who are descendants of John and Rosie Allen posing in a single row along a road in the countryside; a person digging in a square hole in a grassy area as part of an excavation while two people write on clipboards and three others sift dirt in the background; a hand holding up a piece of a small metal bowl with caked dirt; and Angela Jaillet-Wentling and Roland Barksdale-Hall standing next to a historical marker for Pandenarium in shrubbery at the side of a rural road

Pandenarium: Unearthing Black Settlers’ Stories

As the only archaeologists to have excavated the Mercer County site of Pandenarium, a Pre-Civil War settlement for free African Americans, two IUP master’s program graduates are revealing the settlers’ untold stories with help from their descendants. Read about this important part of Pennsylvania history—and Black history—in today’s story.
“I thought proteins were just wonderful. I was fascinated by the structural details and how the conservation of cytochrome c sequences mapped to the 3D structure.”

—Janet Smith ’73, University of Michigan professor/researcher and 2022 winner of the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, on being inspired as an IUP undergraduate

Smith Unravels Secrets of Nature’s Catalysts,” American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s ASBMB Today

The US Department of State has selected Jimalee Sowell, PhD candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics, to prepare teachers from Central Asia to speak at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2022 international convention in Pittsburgh. Last spring, she helped the teachers write their conference proposals.
At its November meeting, the Pennsylvania Geographical Society presented John Benhart Jr., Department of Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning, with its Distinguished Service and Distinguished Mentor awards. Benhart has served on the IUP faculty for 27 years.
See highlights from IUP Punxsutawney student Madison Barr’s winning essay, “Experiencing Personal Growth during a Pandemic,” which earned her the campus’s 2021–22 essay scholarship award of $1,000 toward her spring semester.
Emma Williams, a junior in the Respiratory Care program, won Northpointe’s $1,000 essay scholarship award for her reflection on overcoming fear during the pandemic and being inspired “to be the reason someone is able to heal from COVID and go home to their family.”
The Department of Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning recognizes its seven December 2021 graduates and wishes them well in their future endeavors.
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