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Donna Coleman

Donna Coleman

Celebrating Women Composers

Pianist and recording artist Donna Coleman, a 1974 IUP graduate, was guest artist for the 10th Festival of Women Composers, held at IUP in February. Coleman is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Postgraduate Studies program at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Susan Wheatley, professor of music, has directed the festival since 1990 and had assistance this year from professor emerita Sarah Mantel.

New Director

Caleb Finegan, a member of the History Department faculty since 2000, became director of the Robert E. Cook Honors College in January. He succeeds Janet Goebel, who had served as director since the Cook Honors College admitted its first class in 1996. Finegan said he hopes to continue to help students become passionate about their potential to create positive change in the world. He started and directed the university’s Alternative Spring Break program, which matches students with service projects, and in 2011 he led a special study abroad program for students along El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route in Spain. He also directed the university’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative and the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership.

Talking Technology

Luis Almeida, of the Communications Media Department, presented a TEDx talk in the fall. The TEDx series is affiliated with TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, a forum of conferences run by the nonprofit Sapling Foundation. Almeida’s talk was titled—ironically, given the platform—“ Breaking Free of Technology.” It was about his research on the side effects of using computers, particularly technology numbness and mental exhaustion.

Women in Psychology

In January, psychology professor Maureen McHugh became chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology, which focuses on the mental health of women and girls and works to strengthen the status of women within the APA. In recognition of the committee’s 40th anniversary, McHugh received a presidential citation from the APA and co-wrote an article on the history and purpose of the committee published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Thinking Globally

Assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement, Michele Petrucci D’05 was recently reappointed for a third year to the Fulbright National Screening Committee. In addition, she is part of an Institute for International Education initiative in Myanmar, Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions, through which she has been providing virtual mentorship on the workings of an international office. She also was selected as a reader for the Thomas Jefferson Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

Faculty Deaths

  • Thomas Andersen, a faculty member in the Sociology Department in 2007 and 2008, died December 29, 2013.
  • Ruth Anderson ’51, a faculty member in the Home Economics Education Department from 1969 until her retirement in 1985, died October 23, 2013.
  • David DeCoster, who retired in 1999 as a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department, died October 29, 2013. He joined the faculty in 1994, after serving as vice president for Student Affairs for nine years.
  • Lynda Federoff, a faculty member in the Psychology Department since 1999, died November 17, 2013.
  • Herbert Isar, who retired as a faculty member in the Foreign Languages Department in 1981 after 22 years of service, including time as department chair, died February 8, 2013.
  • Marian Murray, the first member of the nursing faculty, who served from 1968 until 1988, after which she was awarded emerita status, died January 14, 2014.
  • John Quirk, a professor emeritus who retired from the Department of Educational and School Psychology in 2003 after 31 years of service, died January 1, 2014.
  • Richard Strawcutter ’50, who retired from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 1987 after 30 years on the faculty, died October 11, 2013.

More from the Spring 2014 Issue of IUP Magazine

Living the Vision

Living the Vision

In need of a shared vision to guide its future, the university turned to the Journalism Department for help

Mission to Protect

Mission to Protect

Alumnus John Gilly is on a quest for vaccines to prevent some of the world’s most threatening diseases

Message from the President

IUP offers an excellent return on investment—for the students it serves and for the alumni who generously support the university.

Namedroppers | Achievements | Mentors

Photo Gallery | Letters to the Editor

Web Exclusive

Dash from the Past

Raymond Carroll was guilty of thievery the evening of January 31, 1914, but he was no lawbreaker—just a record breaker

Members for Life

Lasting bonds have been forged in IUP student groups and programs

From the Ground Up

Two major construction projects are under way on campus: the Crimson Café and a new building for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

They Believe in Science

A $1.25-million gift from an alumni couple offers a powerful start for a new science building

Twice as Nice

Twenty-five years have passed since the gymnastics team’s mad dash to the podium marking its second straight national title