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Biology/pre-medicine student wins memorial scholarship; diversity official receives college alumni achievement award; student organizes first State System conference of its kind; and more
Collage of four photo portraits, left to right, of a student holding a book open as she stands in front of a library bookshelf, a student sitting in the library, a student standing in front of a light-colored wall with his shadow prominent behind him, and a student with large holes in the knees of her jeans sitting in a chair in front of a dark wood background

Students Tell Story of Crimson Scholars Circle

A new program this academic year, the Crimson Scholars Circle provides mentorship and other support to reduce the retention and persistence gap for Black and Brown students. Hear what students say about their experiences in the program
Kendra Bass, a junior from Indiana studying biology/pre-medicine, is the 2022 recipient of the Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship. Also an emergency medical technician, Bass hopes to become a pediatric endocrinologist. Robertson ’85 was a physician, an astronaut, and an IUP Distinguished Alumna.
Undergraduates Madison Britton, Olivia Dove, Jesse Gowin, and Brynn Wingard presented their original research at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s annual meeting in March. Their panel presentation was “Ethnographies of Post-pandemic Recovery in Rural Appalachia: Transforming Possibilities through Undergraduate Community-Based Research.”
The College of Education and Communications presented its IMPACT Award for the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education to Craig Pickett, a 2010 master’s graduate who serves as director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Awards are presented in each college department.
Anthropology professor Amanda Poole coauthored a chapter, “Multi-directional Movement and the Management of Mobility between Ethiopia and Eritrea (1993–2020),” in Routledge Handbook of the Horn of Africa. The chapter explores local, national, and global politics surrounding management of the border between the countries since Eritrean independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
English professor Mike Sell, doctoral student Zeeshan Siddique, and IUP graduates Rachel Schiera and Julie Babal coauthored an article in the latest Literacy Today about the Digital Storygame Project. Founded by Sell in 2015 and co-led by Schiera, the project leads school-age children in creating interactive, digital stories.
At the recent Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, graduate student Andrew Malhotra presented “Monongahela Phases: Criteria and How to Determine a Site’s Phase,” and associate professor William Chadwick presented “Geophysical Survey in Newport, PA: An 18th Century Frontier River Town in Indiana County,” based on ground-penetrating radar results from a field school.
Department of Anthropology students and faculty participated in several events at the recent Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Chicago. One highlight was the Ethics Bowl, in which the IUP team of Mikala Hardie, Stephanie Zellers, Shannon Boyne, Kris Montgomery, and Amanda Filmyer reached the third round.
Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education student Evelyn Mendlowitz organized and led the State System’s first Conference of Student Affairs Preparation Programs earlier this month at IUP. The event invited students from all State System student affairs preparatory programs to network, present research, and share knowledge.
More than 20 current and former Department of Anthropology students participated in the recent Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology annual meeting. Award winners included master’s student Stephanie Zellers and undergraduate Ethan Addicott, honored for their presentations, and Ben Ford, recipient of the J. Alden Mason Award for commitment to archaeological education.
Teryl Austin Rice, a senior in the BFA in Music Performance program, received the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Award at the recent Scholars Forum. Rice presented “Making Sense of Ned Rorem’s First Piano Sonata” as a lecture-recital, analyzing the structure and thematic material of the piece’s first movement.
The DuBois Courier Express featured Keyona Gardner, of Ridgway, for her efforts to raise awareness of infant loss and help parents through the grieving process. Her work started as a high school project and was extended because of the pandemic. See “Student Donates ‘CuddleCot’ to Penn Highlands DuBois for Senior Project.”
IUP presented Dennis Cramer ’75, M’82 with the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership in the category of Regional Impact. Cramer has been active with the Trombone Ensemble, has organized trombone alumni reunions, and led efforts to name the trombone studio after longtime professor Christian Dickinson.
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