Flexibility has been key during the last two semesters at IUP, and that will continue into the spring. A number of programs and events are planned, but in the midst of a pandemic, how participants experience those events may be subject to change.
Here’s what’s planned for spring 2021.
As announced earlier this month, spring classes will start via remote instruction on Tuesday, January 19, with a few exceptions. Classes previously scheduled for in-person delivery will begin in that format on Monday, February 8.
Rather than a weeklong spring break, the semester will have short breaks in the form of seven non-class days, as follows:
Spring classes will end May 3, and final exams will take place May 4–7.
Ceremonies will be Friday, May 7, for graduate students and Saturday, May 8, for undergraduates.
IUP’s Office of Alumni and Friends plans to hold a celebration toast for new graduates around the ceremonies.
This spring, students are encouraged to get COVID-19 testing. For asymptomatic students, testing is at the Kovalchick Complex, and preregistration is required through Virus Geeks,
the testing provider. Testing is available on these days and times:
Students who think they have COVID-19 symptoms should instead contact their health care provider or the IUP Health Service.
While many spring events for students are tentatively scheduled, here are some you can expect:
During Winter Warm-Up, to be held online January 25–31, students can learn about different ways to get involved at IUP.
The Six O’Clock Series, held Monday evenings, will open February 8 with a program marking Black History Month. Other topics this semester include job interviews,
race and bias, international education, financial literacy, and a poetry slam.
Since the onset of the pandemic, IUP’s Student Activity Committee, known as STATIC, has pivoted like no other. In the fall, STATIC kept students entertained with 40 online events. While the spring schedule is tentative, expect the return of some virtual
favorites from last semester: IUP Spelling Bee, Trivia Nights, Netflix & Chill movie nights, IUP Masked Singer, game show takeoffs, spa tutorials, and more.
The Division of University Advancement has a number of events planned for spring. Here are some highlights:
“Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in a Professional Workplace,” an online panel discussion featuring IUP alumni who have been active in diversity initiatives, will take place Wednesday, March 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
More details are forthcoming.
IUP Night for Networking, an opportunity for IUP students and alumni to meet, will take place Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register in advance through Zoom. The IUP Office of Alumni and Friends coordinates this event with Graduate Admissions and the Career and Professional Development Center.
The Office of Alumni and Friends and the CPDC are also collaborating on an online alumni panel, “Working and Managing Your Side Business,” on Wednesday, April 14, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Register in advance through Zoom.
Day of Giving, a full day devoted to investing in IUP students, will take place Thursday, April 8. Watch for details on the Support IUP website.
The University Museum will kick off the semester with Ned Wert: A Retrospective, an exhibit featuring paintings
created by this IUP professor emeritus over a 60-year period. The exhibit will run January 26 through March 20.
April exhibits include From Our Walls to Your Home at the Artists Hand Gallery downtown and the Department of Art and Design Faculty Triennial at the museum.
Watch the Lively Arts calendar for concerts, Dance Theater productions, the play Perfect Arrangement, the musical Ordinary Days, and more this spring.
As plans for spring 2021 are still in the making, check the Central Calendar for more and updated events throughout the semester.