Young Alumni Achievement
In November, IUP recognized six alumni—one from each academic college—with the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Recipients must have graduated within the last 15 years.
Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients for 2018 are, front row, from left, Eric Palmer, Natalie Palamides, Maria McCollester, and Chad Nease and, in back with IUP President Michael Driscoll, Justin Brown and Brandon Hody. (Keith Boyer)
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology: Eric Palmer ’06, M’07, executive director, Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center
College of Education and Communications: Justin Brown M’13, resident director, West Chester University; founder and president, Diversity Awareness Program; president and chief executive officer, Onward and Upward mentoring
College of Fine Arts: Natalie Palamides ’12, award-winning actress and Cook Honors College graduate
College of Health and Human Services: Brandon Hody ’12, M’15, safety and occupational health professional, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Maria McCollester ’07, associate political scientist, RAND Corporation
Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Chad Nease M’10, senior data scientist, Caterpillar, Inc.
Halls of Distinction
In April, IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology inducted four alumni into its Hall of Distinction: Greg Steve ’88, Susan Kang Oh ’90, Wendy Pardee ’94, M’95, D’10, and Tami Yohe Dotter ’02, M’03.
Four other IUP academic colleges have recently established halls of distinction and inducted the following members:
College of Education and Communications: Diane Usell Sobolewski ’75, M’80, Janet Berkebile Kennerknecht ’76, M’77, David Lillenstein M’92, D’02, Megan
Baker ’96, Leigh Wolff Heidenthal ’96, M’02, Brian Root M’06, and Maya Cryor ’14
College of Fine Arts: Joan Frey Boytim ’55, M’64, John Ritter ’88, and Patreshettarlini “Pat” Adams ’89
College of Health and Human Services: Gregory Palchak ’73, Susan Nicoll Heck ’76, Bryan Marince ’79, Kathleen Martin Lang ’81, Paul McIntyre ’82, M’84,
David Holben ’85, Brian Payne ’88, M’90, D’93, Christopher Stewart ’93, M’96, and Kristin Butterworth CA’02
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Charles Cashdollar ’65, Blane Dessy ’73, Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt ’73, Terry Yosie ’74, John McNulty ’75,
Karl McDermott ’76, George Chressanthis ’77, John Esposito ’78, Robert Hurley ’83, M’84, Susan Snyder ’85, Sandy Koeppl Barsotti ’87, Denise Anthony ’90, Almar Latour ’94, Thomas Farrell D’96, Mandy Fleming Menke ’01*, Luke Matthews ’02*, Timothy
DeBold ’03*, Mileah Kromer ’03, Caleb Moore ’07, M’18, Jennifer Swartz Quinlan ’07*, Danielle Wylie ’07, and David Truby, IUP professor emeritus
*Cook Honors College graduate
In March, Adrianna Branin, a junior from Philadelphia majoring in political science and religious studies, received the 2019 Biden Courage Award for her role in stopping a sexual assault. As a peer educator in IUP’s Haven Project, Branin teaches others how bystanders can intervene in high-risk situations.
Jedediah Pancoast, a junior majoring in international business, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which allowed him to study in Japan this spring. He came to IUP from Blairsville High School.
Daniel Wethli, a senior from Cranberry Township in the Philosophy and Asian Studies Honors Track programs, became IUP’s 16th student Fulbright recipient. With his research grant, he will spend a year in China continuing his honors thesis
research on the country’s 1911 revolution. The program’s Critical Language Enhancement Award will fund his advanced study in Mandarin.
Safety Program Recognized
IUP’s Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences program, offered by the Department of Safety Sciences, has become an Institute for Safety and Health Management board-approved program. This recognition makes graduates of the program eligible to receive the associate safety and health manager
IUP’s Health Service, part of the Luckey Center for Health and Well-Being,
has become one of only 10 college health centers in Pennsylvania to achieve accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
The IUP Department of Hospitality Management recently received a seven-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality
In March, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at IUP presented the Jane Leonard Award for the Advancement of Women to Maureen McHugh, psychology
professor and IUP’s 2014–15 Distinguished University Professor. Michelle Sandhoff, associate professor of sociology, received the commission’s Maureen McHugh Rising Leader Award.