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Honors College Students Gain Valuable Experience in DoD Cyber Scholarship Program

IUP senior Rodney Cesar, a computer science major with a cyber security concentration and minors in criminology and math, just finished a research-based internship focused on cloud computing for the United States Department of Defense—and that’s just about all that he’s at liberty to share.

Posted on 9/11/2020 8:19:25 AM

Renovation Celebration of Whitmyre Hall Features Dave Reed ’00, Current Student Matthew Hiles; 2019 Marks 20th Anniversary of First Graduating Class

More than 150 people—students, faculty, alumni, and community guests—attended Friday’s renovation celebration of Whitmyre Hall, home to the Cook Honors College.

Posted on 10/6/2019 7:14:27 PM

Sophomore from New Oxford Selected for Overseas Summer Study

Mirian Lua, a sophomore nursing major, will travel to Spain this summer after being the first IUP student to be selected for a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship.

Posted on 4/23/2019 10:04:15 AM

Honors College Students Speak at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Meeting

Students from the Cook Honors College were invited presenters for the October 11 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors during its meeting on the IUP campus.

Posted on 10/15/2018 3:02:30 PM

Summer Honors Program Gives Students Taste of Cook Honors College

About 90 high school students from all over the country are trying out the Cook Honors College experience through the Summer Honors Program, July 22 to August 4.

Posted on 8/3/2018 2:17:17 PM

Whitmyre Hall Renovations Continuing Through 2017–18 Academic Year

Larger learning spaces, new collaboration and study areas,updated hallways and restrooms, and renovated residential rooms with new furniture are all part of the Whitmyre Hall renovation project plan.

Posted on 4/11/2017 2:51:50 PM

High School Students Sharpen Critical Thinking Skills at IUP Summer Honors Program

College-bound high school students from across the country opened their minds through higher learning and critical thinking in the Summer Honors Program held July 10–23, 2016, at the Cook Honors College.

Posted on 7/28/2016 12:30:36 PM

Status Report: Honors Alumnus Guillette Succeeds at Harvard

Honors College graduate Jeremy Guillette has been hired as a digital scholarship facilitator at Harvard.

Posted on 4/15/2016 3:02:13 PM

ROTC Student Finds Opportunities for Campus Leadership, Political Insight

Alyssa Dachowicz's IUP experience includes ROTC, IUP Pride Alliance, the Cook Honors College, and studying abroad in Israel.

Posted on 1/15/2016 6:12:39 PM

Tibetan Monks and Cook Honors College Students Meet for Dinner

Cook Honors College students spent time in conversation with visiting Tibetan monks after enjoying dinner together last week. The head monk, Khentrul Rinpoche, led an informal question and answer session dealing with spirituality, education, and (briefly) video games.

Posted on 11/6/2015 2:51:56 PM

Football Player Putting the 'Student' in Student-Athlete

Walt Pegues is doing his part to erase the long-standing myth of the dumb jock. Yes, he's a key member of the IUP football team—and a good one at that. But football is only part of what Pegues is about.

Posted on 9/9/2015 2:27:29 PM

Valuing the Greater Good: Volunteering, as Part of a College Requirement, Ignites a Passion for Helping Others and Offers a Chance to Gain Real-World Experience

From left: award recipients Shannon Kovalchick and Brandy Rummel, President Michael Driscoll and Ruth Riesenman Helping others proved to pay off for Shannon Kovalchick and Brandy Rummel. What started out as a requirement turned into a passion and a way to hone skills that may prove vital in their

Posted on 11/7/2014 3:08:12 PM

Summer Honors Program for High School Students

Posted on 2/26/2014 11:08:16 AM

Journalism Senior Weber Awarded Greenlee Scholarship

Posted on 8/16/2013 10:39:52 AM

Honors College Senior Uvick Designs Mobile Game for Department of Energy

Posted on 9/19/2012 9:21:57 AM

IUP's Cook Honors College Profiled by

Posted on 8/28/2012 11:20:21 AM

IUP Honors College D.C. Alumni Event a Success

Posted on 5/8/2012 10:54:20 AM

“Making a Difference” Essay Contest Winners Announced

Posted on 1/30/2012 9:49:46 AM

CHC Freshmen Attend Pittsburgh Opera

After a presentation on the structure and technique of opera performances, IUP  Cook Honors College freshmen attended the premiere of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh on October 15, 2011. For some students, this was the first opportunity they had to attend an opera. “I thought the opera wa

Posted on 11/3/2011 2:34:06 PM

Cook Honors Students Awarded Best Undergraduate Paper at State Conference

Two IUP Cook Honors College students, Mitchell DeRubis, a junior Economics/Mathematics major, and Christian Minich, a senior Economics and Philosophy double major, won Best Undergraduate Paper at the Pennsylvania Economic Association’s annual conference. Their paper, entitled “Access to Formal Credit and Rura

Posted on 10/10/2011 3:24:25 PM

Beisel Wins 2011 APSCUF Scholarship

As the daughter of an IUP professor, senior Robin Beisel was always told that college is what you make of it. She was this year’s recipient of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) scholarship, and has certainly made something of her four years in the Honors College at IUP.

Posted on 10/6/2011 9:49:39 AM

Fall Overnight Open Houses Announced at Cook Honors College

Posted on 9/26/2011 9:11:10 AM

Essay Contest Sponsored by Cook Honors College

Posted on 9/26/2011 9:00:53 AM

Cook Honors College Senior Participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates at Yale

Rachel Snyder, a Psychology major in the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania , is heading into her final year of undergraduate study. She is now facing a new challenge—preparing for graduate school. There is no better way to ensure that you are ready for the challenges of an intense graduate

Posted on 7/5/2011 9:33:33 PM

Cook Honors College Offers Summer Program for High School Students

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Cook Honors College's Summer Honors Program is a place where talented high school students come together for one to two weeks and form a community of scholars who explore academic and collegiate living in a real college setting. Working closely with dedicated professors o

Posted on 5/16/2011 12:44:59 PM

Cook Honors College Student Wins Cambridge Scholarship

This summer, an English major  from the Robert E. Cook Honors College  at IUP is heading to Cambridge to participate in the Pembroke-King’s Programme. Several weeks ago, Elizabeth Elmore, a sophomore at IUP, was accepted to the program and offered a tuition scholarship for the Creative Writing and Hist

Posted on 4/13/2011 2:26:35 PM

Cook Honors Students Take Barbie to Task

by Sara Patton On February 16, 2011, Janel Prinkey, Theresa Hoffman, Carrie McGraw, and Amy Bouch, all sophomores at the  Robert E. Cook Honors College  (CHC) at IUP, participated in the university’s annual English Undergraduate Conference. Their presentation, titled “Barbie: A Feminist Analysis of an Infamous Ic

Posted on 3/31/2011 2:08:32 PM

Honors College Hosts Class of 2015

Posted on 3/4/2011 10:31:25 AM

Cook Honors College Upcoming Open Houses

The students and staff of the Cook Honors College at IUP are excited to announce that they will be hosting open houses on March 25 and 26 and April 15 and 16, 2011. The open houses are for prospective students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school who are interested in the Cook Honors Coll

Posted on 2/18/2011 11:07:27 AM

“Making a Difference” Essay Contest Winners

IUP’s   Cook Honors College and the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership sponsored a national “Making a Difference” essay contest . Students from twenty-six states answered the question “How have you been transformed by your community service?” Dr. Janet Goebel , Cook Honors College director, said

Posted on 12/17/2010 2:10:41 PM

Young Alumni Award Recipient Fakhri Remembers his CHC Years

Dr. Abid Fakhri, the 2010 winner of the Biology Department’s Young Alumni Award, graduated from the Cook Honors College at IUP in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology and Pre-med . He went on to earn his M.D. at Drexel University, and he is currently a fellow in cardiovascular disease at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsbur

Posted on 12/10/2010 11:29:22 AM

Professor Chimonides Strives to Bring Serverlove to the Stage

Among the things that make the  Robert E. Cook Honors College  unique is its faculty : some of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s finest teach Honors Core Seminars . Mr. Jason Chimonides, a professor in the Theater and Dance Department , currently teaches the fine arts units of Freshman Core . His area of exper

Posted on 12/7/2010 10:49:53 AM

Second Life Gets a Second Wind

Posted on 11/4/2010 10:08:46 AM

Honors College Senior Edwards on the Road to Scholarship

By Theresa Hoffmann Ray Edwards, a senior Economics and International Business double major at the Cook Honors College (CHC) of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is hard at work applying for graduate school, specifically doctorate programs. He is applying to no less than nine schools: Princeton, H

Posted on 9/28/2010 9:48:58 AM

Alumnus Shares Images of Pakistani Flood

Haider Mullick and Rabia (Chowdhry) Mullick present heartrending videos and photos from the areas most affected by Pakistan's catastrophic floods. Mullick is a graduate of the IUP  Cook Honors College , and he earned his B.A. in Economics in 2004 and an M.A. in Public Affairs in 2007 from IUP. (If you can

Posted on 9/15/2010 3:23:04 PM

Change and Success Can Go Hand in Hand for Honors College Swimmer

Jaclyn Hynson transferred to IUP from another college and changed her major, everything was new, but this didn't stop her from setting school records swimming.

Posted on 8/13/2010 9:10:49 AM

Summer Honors Program Attracts High School Students From Around the World

The IUP Summer Honors Program hosted by the Cook Honors College at IUP concluded July 24, 2010. This two-week program immersed talented high school juniors and seniors into the study and life of a college environment. Sixty-six students, from as close as Indiana to as far away as Denmark, studied forensics, bioche

Posted on 8/10/2010 3:03:55 PM

Mullick, Honors College Alumnus, Interviewed about Wikileaks

Haider Mullick, a senior fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, was recently interviewed by BBC regarding the Wikileaks scandal. (If you can’t see the interview above, you can watch the interview on YouTube’s website .) “I research, analyze, and recommend policy,” said Mullick, who is bas

Posted on 7/29/2010 10:51:39 AM

Alumna Ruelens Named One of Country's Most Notable Young Property Managers

A 2003 alumna of the Cook Honors College (CHC) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has earned national recognition for her business acumen in property management. Jennifer Ruelens, who earned a degree in marketing at IUP, was named by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in the Journal of Prop

Posted on 6/30/2010 2:01:46 PM

Student Receives National Recognition in Theater Sound Design

Theresa Huber was a sound designer in the IUP fall production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," the production for which she received accolades at the festival.  In the dark Irish comedy, the elderly and infirm matriarch, Mag, impedes the dreams and desires of her aging daughter who is forced to care for her.

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:47:36 AM

Student to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Jessica Sabol has served as dramaturg for IUP productions including "The Beauty Queen of Leenane", a contemporary Irish dark comedy, and "Kindertransport", a play about children being saved from the Holocaust.  She is the dramaturg for IUP’s current production of "King Henry IV Part I."

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:45:40 AM

Barbour Returns to the Honors College for a Phenomenal Performance

Along with Honors College Alumni Erin Barbour's talent as a percussionist, she is also an accomplished composer and singer. She is an ethnomusicologist and her interests lie in classical percussion, Latin drum set and marching percussion.

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:43:01 AM

IUP Professor honored as the 2007 Nutritional Anthropologist of the Year

While Dr. Miriam Chaiken's research in nutritional anthropology and her service to professional organizations have targeted chronically malnourished children, she said that her role in teaching is an even bigger mission.

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:40:32 AM

Students Creating a Whole New World Through Second Life

Honors College students Erin O'Brien and Michael Daniel are recreating the RECHC in an online simulation using California-based Linden Lab's computer program called Second Life, an online virtual world, to interact with the real world.

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:38:12 AM

Honors Students Journey to Cyprus with Professor

Students journey to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus for an archeological survey with IUP professor Dr. R. Scott Moore.

Posted on 5/8/2008 8:34:43 AM

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