September 2011 Archives

Essay Contest for HS Students Sponsored by Cook Honors College

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Be sure to share this with your high school friends, teachers, and younger siblings.

The Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania announces the annual Making a Difference essay competition for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Consistent with our mission to create engaged and thoughtful citizens, the essay contest invites students to reflect on their own experiences with community service by answering the question "How have you been transformed by your own community service?"

Essay requirements and the essay cover sheet can be found on the IUP Cook Honors College website. Essays are due by November 5, 2011, with winners announced in December. Winning essays are eligible to receive over $2,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,000 first-place award.

Attention all English majors!

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Do you love literature? Do you love writing? Do you love movies? Well look no farther, English Club is for you. This year we will be partnering with NGAR to provide writing workshops to those interested, running panels on genres (such as steam punk) and bringing in the occasional author. If you're looking for good English fun, come to English club on Thursday, September 27th at 4 PM. If you have any questions e-mail or

$10,000 Competition - PASSHE Business Plan Competition for Students

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The deadline for the PASSHE Business Plan Competition for students has been extended. Due to flooding at some of our sister campuses, the deadline for this first-ever Business Plan Competition for all PASSHE students is now September 30 at midnight. First prize is $10,000.

Any IUP student interested should go to the PASSHE Business Plan Competition website and register by fillng out a simple two-page intent to compete. Afterwards, they will be contacted by the IUP Small Business Development Center to provide assistance with their business plan.

For problems or further assistance, students may contact Joette Wisnieski

Allegheny Review - Call for Undergraduate Submissions

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The Allegheny Review announces its judges for this years prose and poetry contests will be Pam Houston and Shara McCallum. The Allegheny Review is one of America's few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation's undergraduates have to offer. Online,

Spring Registration Dates for CHC Students are October 19th and 20th.

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Cook Honors College students will begin priority registration on October 19th. Check to make sure that your adviser knows you are in the HC when you contact him/her to set up your scheduling session and get your pin.  If you have any issues setting up a meeting prior to this date, please let me know at  It may be that they have a later pin release date for whatever reason.

CHC Community Service Opportunity

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Cook Honors College seeks student volunteers to help build a comprehensive listing of all public and private high school guidance office webmasters in the US.  If you like to doing online research contact Kevin Berezansky at for details. 

Pitt in Cuba! Non-Pitt Applicants Welcome.

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International Photo Exhibit

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Language and Culture Exchange Club

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Volunteers Needed to Assist Young Students in Math and Science

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The IUP Upward Bound Math and Science Academy is looking for volunteers to work with low income students who apply to be part of the program.  The Upward Bound Math and Science Program is one of seven federal TRIO programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

The philosophy of the IUP Upward Bound Math and Science Program revolves around the core of its existence--our students. Each program service and activity is designed to equip them to be successful on their journey to a four-year degree and, ultimately, to be successful in life.

The purpose of the Upward Bound Math and Science program is to provide program participants with the requisite skills and motivation to matriculate from high school, enroll in college, and graduate with degrees in STEM disciplines.

Dates for this academic year:

September 24    

October 8

November 12   

December 10

January 21      

February 18

March 24

April 21

May 19

If you are interested please contact Jacque Benhart at or 724 357-3033/724 357-1342.

Upward Bound Math & Science
IUP-TRiO Programs
1011 South Drive
430 Sutton Hall
Indiana, Pennsylvania   15705-1018





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This Tuesday, Sept. 20, IUP will join universities across the country to commemorate Constitution Day.  The day marks the 224th anniversary of the day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed off on the proposed Constitution and sent it off to the states for ratification. Since September of 2005, federal law mandates that all institutions of higher education receiving federal funds observe the day by hosting events and activities designed to generate greater awareness about our system of government, and also to stimulate thoughtful, critical debate about some of the major issues of our times.

HNRC 499, Fin-de-siécle Vienna -- Spring, 2012

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Instructor: Matthew Baumer

Course Description (short)


This course focuses on a rich period in Viennese history between 1880 and 1914  (described by the French term "fin de siécle" or "end of the century")  The course  draws on art, architecture, psychology, and political history, with a special emphasis  on music, which serves to illustrate many of the larger themes of the fin de siècle,  from the glitter of Johann Strauss to the Nietzschean doubts of Gustav Mahler and  the modernist innovations of Arnold Schoenberg. The course will include a  three-week trip to Vienna, which will be optional for graduate students.

Betty Makoni was one of CNN's 2009 Top Ten Heroes for her work in
defending and empowering girl rape victims in her native Zimbabwe. She
is the founder and director of the Girl Child Network Worldwide that
has helped thousands of girls in several African countries to get
protection, support, and education.  She and some of the girls she has
helped are featured in a film titled Tapestries of Hope, which will be
shown at IUP (see below).

2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

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The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Service Opportunity - Moving Potted Plants into Whitmyre Tomorrow

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Volunteers are needed to help move plants from Dr. Goebel's yard to Whitmyre Hall tomorrow afternoon.  If you are available between 1-3 PM tomorrow and are interested in helping, please send an email to ASAP. 

Community service hours will be given to those who help in this process.

RAINN Day 2011 - Service Hours

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Get involved with RAINN Day 2011. Help the Haven Project end sexual assault at IUP. On Wednesday September 21st, help chalk the walk and earn service hours. Meet at 6:00 pm in front of the Stapleton Library.  On Thursday September 22, talk to people in the Oak Grove
about RAINN  Day while carrying a painted umbrella.

New Growth Arts Review

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New Growth Arts Review, IUP's student-run literary magazine, will hold its first organizational meeting of the year on Monday, Sept. 26th, at 7 pm at the Commonplace Coffeehouse.  Anyone interested in being part of the staff that selects work and designs and produces the magazine should attend.  If you can't meet at this time but still want to be involved, please e-mail Dr. Chauna Craig,

Career Development Center Open House

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On Wednesday, September 14 the IUP Career Development Center will hold our annual open house in 302 Pratt Hall from 1:30-4:00 pm.  This event is intended to introduce the IUP community to all that the CDC offers to assist them with their career management issues, allow students, faculty and staff to meet our staff, and provide a good time for all.


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Sometimes a problem is better addressed through group counseling than with an individual counselor. Research has shown that group counseling is as effective as individual counseling. Talking with other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective. The following counseling, support and growth groups are offered at The Counseling Center in G31 Suites on Maple East. These groups usually include 4-9 students and are facilitated by one or two therapists. Group facilitators work to provide a safe, confidential environment where members are free to discuss their thoughts, feelings and concerns as they are comfortable. Participation in these groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitator(s), usually 30-45 minutes. To schedule this meeting or to ask questions: contact the Counseling Center at (724)357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, email the group leaders (see below) or contact Patti Shaffer at

Peace and Security Fellowship in DC for College Graduates

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I am pleased to send you information about the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-seven participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues.  The program has awarded 134 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall.  It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington.  The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.

First Wednesday Freshman Workshop Tomorrow

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The first of ten Wednesday Freshman Workshops will run from 11am to 12 pm in the Great Hall tomorrow. The rationale for this program is simple, "What should you know in your first semester about CHC and IUP to use college well over the next four years?"

Each workshop and the assignment that grows out of it will count for 3 service hours. Attending all sessions and assignments will equal 30 community service hours this semester, half of what is required.

Tomorrow's session is an overview of the CHC Social Service program. Though social service is required of all who receive a CHC or IUP scholarship, it is essential for every student to commit to something larger than themselves in college. This program will acquaint you with all the resources to find sustained meaningful service at IUP and in the Indiana community.

You can access the fall schedule for the workshops at

An overview of tomorrow's session can be found at

I realize some of you will not be able to attend due to a science lab, ROTC or a music practice. Please let me know if you cannot make it tomorrow due to a permanent schedule conflict on Wednesdays and I'll schedule a meeting to discuss how to proceed.

Let me know if you have questions.


Interested in Teaching in China?

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Below is an email recently received from Honors College alumna, Kierstin Bolton.  She describes her experience and offers to help anyone who might also be inclined to pursue a similar path.  The name of the program she is teaching through is ChinaESL. It can be found online at

Let me know if you are interested in talking with Kierstin and I will send you her email address.

Hi Dr. Goebel,

How are you? I hope you had a great summer--- I see you went to Turkey again with Honors College students, you must have had a blast :). I loved that trip and I hope to return to Turkey next year to visit Goze.

I wanted to give you information about teaching English in China that you can share with Honors College students who are interested. I work for a company called ChinaESL that is a third party and is reputable for taking care of its employees. They give me 9000 RMB per month to work 35 hours per week, plus 6000 RMB when I finish my one year contract, and visa extension. If a teacher works in another city besides Beijing, an apartment will be provided.

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