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Major of the Year, Honors College Accolades, Music Honors
Major of the Year, Honors College Accolades, Music Honors
IUP senior is named Major of the Year; Cook Honors College director, students are conference stars; music graduates earn state honors; and more
In a studio setting, a young person in a mask and a large T-shirt with paint splotches holds a paintbrush and gets paint from a palette to work on a mural in the background. A man in plain clothes is painting at the far end of the mural. Details of the mural that are visible are a woman speaking on a platform, people sitting on the ground and reading, stacks of books, a person at a desk, and a stream of musical notes.

Coming Soon to Leonard Hall

Professor Ivan Fortushniak’s painting students have been working on a mural for the College of Arts and Humanities that celebrates the college’s merging of two branches of learning. The mural will be installed in Leonard Hall next fall. Since graduating in December, lead designer Kaycee Morgan (at work with Fortushniak) has continued to help with the project. Other key contributors are seniors Keegan Fulton-Schuller and Bric Webber and December graduate Claire Shemon. The newest Department of Art and Design students to work on the project are Olivia Burger, Kayla Check, Owen Damicantonio, McKenna Griffiths, Amber Hearn, and Sarah Trafton.
The Society of Health and Physical Educators, known as SHAPE America, will honor senior Paige Mikesell as a Major of the Year at its national convention this week in New Orleans. Mikesell, a 4.0 student and a 2021 NCAA Division II national champion swimmer, will return to IUP next fall to pursue a master’s. 
At the Northeast Regional Honors Council’s recent conference, Cook Honors College Director Chauna Craig was named Honors Professional of the Year; Callie Bland, Abigail Hancox, and Thomas Oraskovich (who also won a scholarship to attend) served as presenters; and the CHC’s alumni newsletter, edited by Amy Kukula, took third place in publications. 
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association recognized four Department of Music alumnae at a recent conference. Tina Ricciardi Arnold ’99, Louise Vranesevic Daniels ’12, and Casey Williams ’16, M’21 each received the Citation of Excellence in their respective districts, and Catherine Kasun ’18 received the association’s sole Outstanding Young Educator Award. 
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