Hawk Walk

This year’s annual Hawk Walk will take place on Thursday, September 21, and you’re invited to participate! Participants will meet in the HUB Monongahela Room at 6:00 p.m.

The Hawk Walk is a campus/community “Welcome to the Neighborhood” initiative patterned after similar programs in State College, Pennsylvania; Boulder, Colorado; and Austin, Texas. Small groups of students, community members, police officers, and officials from the university and borough will walk door to door through select campus neighborhoods to distribute information packets and greet neighborhood residents. Packets include materials on ordinances, community services, useful contacts, and other essential community information.

It is the goal that the event will further increase community participation and awareness. The program will focus on neighborhoods with a mix of student and non-student residents.

Programs such as these continue to be successful in cultivating better neighborhood relations between students and long-term residents. Communities hosting neighborhood walks have enjoyed safer, cleaner, and more inviting neighborhoods, and we believe Indiana would enjoy similar benefits.

Given your standing in the university and the surrounding community, we invite you to participate in this event. Furthermore, the success of this event depends on the involvement of IUP representatives (students, faculty, and staff).

The Hawk Walk is sponsored by IUP, Downtown Indiana, and the Borough of Indiana, and it will take place on Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An information session for all participants will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room. Walk participants will be asked to complete a brief survey following the Walk, and refreshments will be provided.

Please notify Betsy Sarneso at esarneso@iup.edu or 724-357-2598 by Monday, September 18, if you plan to participate. Questions can be directed to Betsy.

Student Employment Opportunity at the Indiana Community Garden (ICG)

Student Employment Opportunity at the Indiana Community Garden (ICG)

(Corner of S. Sixth St. and Carter Ave., Indiana, PA 15701)

Community Service Learning Federal Work Study Program

Academic Year, 2017 – 18


Student Qualifications for the Position:

  • Eligible for Federal Work Study Program (5 – 15 hours per week) and in good academic standing
  • Interest in gardening and sustainability
  • Dependable
  • Self-motivated


Overall, the student hired for this Community Service Learning position will assist the Indiana Community Garden in fulfilling its mission: to build community and increase access to healthy food through planting, cultivating, harvesting, and sharing knowledge that encourages sustainable gardening practices.  More specifically, the student will:

  • Assist with general maintenance and development of the garden.
  • Help to develop and coordinate garden events.
  • Help to develop and coordinate educational programs.
  • Develop more ICG networking opportunities (including social media).
  • Help to expand community and campus outreach to encourage more involvement in the garden.

NOTE: Responsibilities with the garden will vary depending on the time of year and what is happening in the garden at any particular time. There will be plenty of opportunities for the student to learn while doing community service.

ICG Contact Information:

  • To learn more about the garden, visit our website: indianacommunitygardens.org.
  • Find us on Facebook at Indiana Community Garden.
  • If you have questions or are interested in applying, contact us at icg15701@gmail.com.



Counseling Resources

The Counseling Center will be once again offering a number of counseling groups to students! 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 groups are offered at The Counseling Center in G31 Suites on Maple East.


These groups usually include 4-9 students and are facilitated by 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 facilitators. To schedule this initial meeting or to ask questions: contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, or contact Karen Lemasters at lemaster@iup.edu

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