Young Alumni Awards, Peace Scholarship, Justice Fellows
Young Alumni Awards, Peace Scholarship, Justice Fellows
Graduates of the last 15 years honored for career success; doctoral student awarded Peace Scholarship; Justice Research Fellows selected for IUP center; and more
Wearing a purple pants suit and blouse, a young woman with long, brown hair leans against a sign that reads, “THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, MD Anderson Cancer Center,” with a line through the word “Cancer,” followed by “T. Boone Pickens Academic Tower, Academic Center, 1400 Pressler St.” Behind the sign is a tall building with lots of windows and a blue sky.

Net Gain: Former Basketball Star Scores Big in Health Field

IUP led 2016 graduate Leslie Stapleton in a new direction—and to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s basketball championship. Now, the former student-athlete applies her teamwork principles to her work as administrative director at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. See how IUP helped her reimagine her future.
IUP’s season ended in the Super Region One championship game (the NCAA Division II quarterfinals) with a 48-13 loss to Shepherd on Saturday in Miller Stadium. Congratulations to the football team and to all IUP sports programs that made the playoffs this season.
See which five graduates of the last 15 years were selected by their colleges for the 2022 Young Alumni Achievement Award. They include an opera singer, an attorney, a superintendent, a CEO, and a chief data analytics officer.
The Philanthropic Educational Organization, which supports the education of women from outside the US and Canada, awarded its 2022–23 International Peace Scholarship to Lizoon Nahar, Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student. Nahar and Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education, also presented a coauthored paper at the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership. 
Angelique Alcantara, a junior economics major, and Owen Zablocki, a junior sociology major, have been selected as the first Justice Research Fellows at the IUP Administration and Leadership Studies Research and Training Center. As fellows, they will participate in mini research projects with faculty this winter and spring.
Curriculum and Instruction doctoral students Kelly Cassella and Samantha Vasy published a children’s book, Lenny’s Big Feelings, in September. It focuses on second-grader Lenny as he learns the difference between fair and equal after questioning the “special things” his classmates with exceptionalities get that he does not.
Composition and Applied Linguistics doctoral students Marília Martins, Oksana Moroz, Omar Yacoub, and Andrew Yim took part in a virtual panel, “The Transnational Experiences of Four Tutors in One Writing Center” in the recent Local Mission; Global Vision conference, sponsored by the International Writing Centers Association in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate Kimberly Rehak recently published a chapter, “Privacy and Data Rights for Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Students,” in the book Exploring Ethical Problems in Today’s Technological World. She also had a Faculty Focus blog post, “How and Why to Use Asynchronous Videos in Your Online Courses.”
Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate Ragia Hassan has received the Julius P. Filcik Doctoral Fellowship, established in memory of this 1953 Indiana State Teachers College graduate to support IUP doctoral students.
Ragia Hassan, Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate, and Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education, presented a paper, “Resilience during a Global Pandemic: Voices of Six International-Student Mothers Enrolled in Doctoral Programs in the USA,” at the American Educational Studies Association annual conference in Pittsburgh in November.
Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education, and Ragia Hassan, Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate, presented a paper, “Sick and Tired: Academic Stress Experienced by International Doctoral-Student Mothers during the Pandemic,” at the State System’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit in November.
During a recent fire near her Center Township home, Jennifer Albright, Department of Custodial Services, helped her neighbors, including by pulling one resident from the burning house. Albright has been a volunteer firefighter with the Aultman department for 14 years.
Capping off two years of consultation with North South University in Bangladesh, Dana Driscoll, English professor and Kathleen Jones White Writing Center director, recently traveled to the university to attend the International English Conference, to lead a workshop on writing-center development, and to give the keynote address.
The College of Education and Communications recently presented John Wesley Lowery, Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education chair, with its 2022–23 Faculty Research Award. Lowery is a leading expert in student conduct and legislative issues, such as Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Affordable Learning Pennsylvania has named Dana Driscoll and Matthew Vetter (Department of English) Affordable Learning Champions. They edit Writing Spaces: Readings in Writing, an open-access textbook series for undergraduate courses that has had nearly 2.5 million downloads worldwide. It results in an estimated savings for students of $9 million a year.
Affordable Learning Pennsylvania has named Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education, a 2022 Affordable Learning Champion. Most of Machado’s 30-plus courses use open educational resources, which reduce or eliminate the cost of materials for students. She believes using these resources also enhances digital, media, and global literacy skills.
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