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Punxsutawney Alumni Leaders

Bill Speidel with IUP Punxsutawney Alumni Leaders Barbara Zdravecky and Thomas Frantz.

Bill Speidel, left, vice president for University Advancement at IUP, with IUP Punxsutawney Alumni Leaders Barbara Zdravecky and Thomas Frantz. Thomas Currá and Mark Johnson also were named Alumni Leaders.

During a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the IUP Punxsutawney campus, four of its former students were recognized as Alumni Leaders: Thomas Frantz ’73, M’77, D’00, retired superintendent of schools in the Punxsutawney Area School District; Barbara Zdravecky ’74, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; Thomas Currá ’84, executive vice president and executive producer for WVIA Public Media Studios; and Mark Johnson ’84, senior vice president of Oracle Public Sector.

Record Enrollment

With a fall 2012 enrollment of 15,379, IUP has broken all previous records for total student enrollment for the fourth consecutive year. Total enrollment, which comprises undergraduate and graduate students, increased by 1.6 percent, or 247 students, over the record 15,132, set last fall. IUP was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university in Western Pennsylvania to experience an enrollment increase.

LEED Certification

The university’s eight newest residence halls, built from 2006 to 2010, have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute, which recognizes sound environmental practices through design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

Best Community for Youth

When America’s Promise Alliance named Indiana County, Pennsylvania, one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People and one of the 11 Best Communities for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Youth, IUP was twice cited for its contributions—namely, Safe Zone, a support program for LGBT students and employees, and its pool of student volunteers in the Salvation Army’s Ark of Learning tutoring program.

Chapter of Excellence

The IUP chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society has been recognized, for the second straight year, as a Chapter of Excellence by the national organization. The chapter, founded in 1993, was one of 19 in the nation to receive the honor.

Student Fulbright

Megan Coffey ’12 was awarded a one-year Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach English to students in South Korea. She is the 11th IUP student to be awarded a Fulbright since 2000. A magna cum laude graduate, she was a student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College and the Business Honors Program. Her major was International Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management

Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman study abroad scholarship has enabled Elyse Shirley, an English, Journalism, and Spanish major, to study in Chile during the 2012-13 academic year. She is the eighth IUP student since 2006 to be chosen for the scholarship.

More from the Fall-Winter 2012 Issue of IUP Magazine

Lesson Plan: Teacher Diversity

Lesson Plan: Teacher Diversity

IUP leads a coalition addressing the national shortage of African American male schoolteachers.

The Press and the Passion

The Press and the Passion

Susan Snyder ’85 on winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.


Message from the President

Several principles will guide us as we formulate together our vision of the future IUP.

Namedroppers | Achievements | Mentors

Photo Gallery | In Brief | Letters to the Editor

Young Donors

Students are boosting their IUP philanthropy. What gives?

The Long-Shot Season

In 1979, the soccer team was sinking. Then came Trevor.

Mainframe to Mobile App

50 years of computing at IUP.

Crimson Core

Alumni Association Board Officers, and how they got that way.

Web Exclusives

Silent Generation at College

Bob Henger ’63 devotes a chapter of his book to his years at Indiana State College.

Unboxing the Memories

Some of the more unusual memorabilia that alumni have lovingly donated to IUP.