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Spicy Side Hustle, Writing for Yourself, Gym Class Size Safety
Spicy Side Hustle, Writing for Yourself, Gym Class Size Safety
IUP grad’s spice company gets hot; study explores value of self-sponsored writing; smaller gym classes may boost student health and safety; and more
IUP Transformed Me: Jonneé Tonsel '09
Math helped Vincent Thompson turn his life around. After time in prison, Thompson came to IUP and flourished. As a junior, he won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Now, the 2020 grad is headed to Rice University to pursue his PhD. He calls working with math professor Francisco Alarcón the “most transformative thing in my educational career so far.” Learn more in “Math is Freedom,” from the Connections video series, which highlights student success inspired by faculty mentors.
“I was dropping off shaker bottles to Wegmans, they were using it in the back during lunch, the manager saw me one day wearing my Saint Lucifer T-shirt, and that’s how that relationship blossomed.”

—Ted Ebert, 2003 Communications Media graduate and cofounder of Saint Lucifer Foods

The Creators: Two Friends Aim to Make Philadelphia-Grown Spice Company a Multimillion-Dollar Brand,” PHL Inno, The Business Journals

Department of English faculty members Dana Driscoll and Matthew Vetter, doctoral candidate Megan Heise, and Cal State San Marcos’s Mary Stewart coedited the recently released Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 4, which includes open-access essays on a wide range of writing topics.
David Wachob (Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science) had a paper published in the TAHPERD Journal that examines the safety concerns and liability issues school districts may face with extremely large physical education classes, as well as the potential phys ed has to reduce depression and suicidal behavior.
Dana Driscoll, Department of English, and her collaborators on a national study presented their work at the 2021 Conference on Engaged Learning. Their study examines self-sponsored writing—writing done outside of school and work, such as journaling and creative writing—and the role it plays in people’s lives.
Joseph Mannard, Department of History, was recognized for Best Feature Article in the journal American Catholic Studies for his piece, “‘Our Prospects Are Mighty Dark . . . Still I Confide in God’: The Ordeal of the Sisters of the Visitation in Antebellum Wheeling.”
At the July Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, Dana Driscoll, Department of English, presented a workshop on teaching writing for publication and helping advanced graduate writers transition from student writers to expert professional writers.
Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages, coauthored a research essay, “Bridging the Language-Literature Divide via Integrated Performance Assessments in an Introductory Hispanic Literature Course,” published in the September issue of the journal Hispania.
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