IUP Punxsutawney held its first Welcoming Event, hosted by the IUP
Punxsutawney Welcome Wagon, on Monday, October 9, 2017. The purpose of
the event was to make the students feel welcome in the community and
allow them the opportunity to see what local businesses, organizations,
and services are available to them.
The IUP Welcome Wagon is a group of
volunteers from Punxsutawney. Mary Jude Troupe,
along with her committee, organized the event.
There were 22 vendors,
including churches, restaurants, bakeries, organizations, and health care services
on campus to welcome the students to Punxsutawney and provide them with
information about what our community has to offer. There were food samples, give-a-ways,
activities, and prize drawings.
This event provided the IUP Academy
of Culinary Arts students the opportunity to meet with organizations such as
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Salvation Army. Community service is a mandatory requirement
of the culinary program. Several
businesses were offering employment opportunities to students who may be interested.
To encourage participation, the
sociology and psychology professors at IUP Punxsutawney tied the event into
their lesson plans to help promote professional networking and social skills.