JCPenney Suit-Up Event

Please join the IUP Career and Professional Development Center/JCPenney Suit-Up Event being held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at JCPenney in the Indiana Mall, when the store is open for only IUP students, faculty, and staff! They are looking for faculty/staff volunteers to assist the students during the event (practice saying, “That suit looks GREAT on you!”), plus you will receive a free Suit-Up Event t-shirt!
The first Suit-Up event during the fall semester was a fun event for students and IUP faculty/staff volunteers, with door prizes, free salon consultations, etc., and that all-important 40% business-attire discount for everyone.
It is also encouraged for students to attend! Students should fill out the registration form for the event (indicate Suit-Up under “Event You Plan to Attend”). They will provide a free shuttle bus every 15 minutes between Pratt Hall and the mall, since Indigo bus service stops running to the mall at 5 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer, please email Jan Shellenbarger ( or Kelsey Thompson ( with your availability and your t-shirt size.

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