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Achievements: Fall-Winter 2018

New Trustees

Tim Cejka ’73, of Latrobe and Houston, Texas, and Laurie Frisina Kuzneski ’93, of Indiana, were appointed in October to the IUP Council of Trustees. The retired president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Cejka, along with his wife, Debra Phillips Cejka ’73, chairs the Natural Sciences and Mathematics component of IUP’s Imagine Unlimited comprehensive fundraising campaign. Kuzneski is director of marketing and wellness at Kuzneski Insurance Group and president of Miss Laurie’s Gourmet Kitchen. She also chaired Indiana County’s 2017 United Way campaign.

National Recognitions

  • IUP is included in the Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges guide. It is the university’s 18th consecutive year on the list.
  • Money magazine included IUP in its “Best Colleges for Your Money 2018” listing. Rankings were based on graduation rates, tuition, family borrowing, alumni earnings, and other factors.
  • IUP was also included in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2019.

Student Honors

  • Two IUP students were recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which will pay for their education in Australia. They are Austin Bey, of Pittsburgh, a student in the Communications Media Department, and Frank Manzano, of Milton, an accounting and finance double major.
  • Ben Strong, an IUP junior majoring in music, recently won a second-place award at the 55th National Association of Teachers of Singing convention in Las Vegas.

Green Growth

Green Building Alliance, a Pittsburgh nonprofit, recently recognized IUP’s Residential Revival as one of 25 projects that have significantly advanced the region’s green building movement. The $245-million construction project, undertaken from 2006 to 2010, involved replacing traditional residence halls with suite-style buildings.

Supporting Teachers

Last summer, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced a grant award of more than $570,000 to fund IUP efforts to increase new teacher graduation rates and to retain teachers in the field. The funding will support yearlong residency programs and other services for new teachers.