Newman Used Book Sale- Service Opportunity!

The Newman Used Book Sake will be holding a Book Sort on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm at St. Thomas Moore University Parish (1200 Oakland Ave). Refreshments will be provided! Also, you can come on Friday, April 21, 2017 and help set up by arranging tables, hanging signs, and bringing in boxes of books at the Parish from 6:30-8:00pm. This is a great and easy way to earn service hours! Don’t miss out!

Participate and Volunteer for Hunger Awareness Week and with the Seedling Project!

Please consider participating and encouraging students to participate in Hunger Awareness Week events.  We are especially in need of participants for the poverty simulation this year.

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Melissa Swauger’s Sociology of Family students, the Indiana Community Garden, Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc., Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Zion Lutheran Church, Chevy Chase Community Center, the IUP Food and Nutrition and Anthropology Departments, and the IUP Promising Scholars are co-sponsoring Hunger Awareness Week and the Seedling Project from April 24-28, 2017.  These events have touched hundreds of students and local community members. The partnership continues to grow with new community members, local organizations, and local businesses participating each year. Events include:

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Islamic Awareness Week- Talk by Shamsa Anwar

On behalf of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) student board, members and faculty advisors, I would like to invite you all to attend the fifth Islamic Awareness Day at IUP this Wednesday, April 12, 2017 starting at 4:00 PM in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building room 126. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend! FREE DINNER will be served after the talk!
In this event, Ms. Shamsa Anwar will speak about how Islam helped her cope with different situations in her life in the US as a first generation immigrant. Below you will find a short bio of her. Please invite all your friends and join us for an exciting and informative evening! Best regards.

Bio: Shamsa Anwar is a lecturer of Math at Penn State Altoona. Shamsa Anwar is the general secretary of Islamic Center of Altoona. She is a member of Ecumenical conference of greater Altoona and for decades, she has been a panelist on its Summer program. She has done many public presentations, speeches and discussions on religion at various institutions like Penn State Altoona, Saint Francis and Mount Aloysius colleges. She has been a moderator and presenter on many episodes of the local television program called “Abrahamic Faiths” since 1997. Shamsa Anwar was born in Pakistan, grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to United States after marriage. For past eight years, she teaches in China as an invited professor during summer time. She is well traveled around the world and is no stranger to living a life among strangers

Att Criminology and Pre-Law Students! Come to “Starting a Conversation about Gun Violence” with Rob Conroy

IUP Pre-Law Society Speaker Series presents:
Rob Conroy of CeaseFirePA:
“Starting a Conversation About Gun Violence”
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017
HSS Building Room 206

In response to the recent shootings in the community surrounding IUP, the members of the Pre-Law Society have invited a an executive member of CeaseFirePA, Roberty Conroy, to speak at IUP.  CeaseFirePA works to prevent gun violence through education and advocacy.

Speaker Rob Conroy is CeaseFirePA’s Director of Organizing and the Thomas Merton Center’s current Board President; he has been with both organizations since 2011 and has lived in and around the Pittsburgh area all of his life. Rob is also a “recovering lawyer”/ former prosecutor who serves on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Government Relations & Advocacy Committee as well as the Spectrum Charter School’s Board of Trustees. As a journalist, he has published in numerous Pennsylvania publications. 

For more information, contact Demire Moore, incoming president of the Pre-Law Society, at

Fine Arts Event- Join the Conversation on Cultural Diversity and Awareness!

On Monday, April 17, the Lively Arts will host an outreach discussion with David Wannen, Executive Director of the nationally know New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.  It will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the HSS building, Room B11.

The session will be a case-study on the company’s 2016 nationally-exposed controversy of producing a new production of The Mikado, and being accused of stereotyping the Japanese culture through design, style, and casting.  Many of you may remember this from last year.  The discussion will center on how that challenged the company to address issues of cultural diversity and awareness, and handle some very difficult public relations.

As the NYGSP’s Executive Director, Mr. Wannen was extremely active and involved in this national controversy, appearing on MSNBC, and has a great deal of knowledge on approaching this type of issue, how the NYGSP addressed it, and how they emerged a better and stronger organization.

Undergraduate Solo Art Exhibition: Reflections on Reality

Come out and support Deanna Ansaldo and Honors College Senior in her Art Exhibit. It will be in The Miller Gallery on the 3rd floor of Sprowls Art Department Building, and her paintings will be up from April 10th-April 14th. The Miller Gallery is open from 10:00am-5:00pm every day. On Thursday, April 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm there will be a closing reception where you can meet Deanna and discuss her paintings with herself and other artists, and there will be free food provided!

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Cheap Fine Arts Event- African Night!

Saturday, April 8th is AFRICAN NIGHT 2017!  A night of music, dance, cultural heritage, and African delicacies, presented by the Pan-African Student Association (PASA) on Saturday, April 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Hub Ohio Room. Tickets are $7 before the event and $10 at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact the HUB Box Office or PASA Secretary at 724-812-6623.

Volunteer or Possible Internship Opportunity with Chevy Chase Community Center!

The Chevy Chase Community Center is looking for a part-time cook and a part-time program coordinator. They would love to have a volunteer or intern, but if necessary can offer minimum wage payment. If you are interested please contact Chevy Chase through their company email which is To find out more about what they do visit their website at They do incredible work for the Indiana Community!

Writing Workshops with Jeannie Showers!

Jeannie Showers is hosting a Writing Workshop Program on Wednesday, April 12th in Wallwork G98 at 5:30pm.  This program will teach students more advanced functions of Microsoft Word like modifying internal margins, inserting a table, chart, or table of contents. 

On Monday, April 17th in Wallwork room G89 at 5:15pm Jeannie will be hosting a Resume Workshop. This workshop helps students tailor their resumes for jobs, internships, study abroads, you name it! Learn the do’s and don’ts of resumes at this informative event!

Summer Conference Opportunity

Each year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI) offers a week-long summer conference on the topic of addiction and families to train educators and clinician on the latest advances in the field.

This year’s topics will focus on the opiate and opioid addiction crisis as well as the suicide crisis that also seems to be ever prevalent throughout the region. Come to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Indiana, PA and hear presentations by nationally known speakers on what and where these crises are currently at and how to help those in these circumstances.

We can offer a 3 credit undergraduate course (SOC 481 Promoting Recovery and Wellness CRN #30915) which will be offered concurrently with the conference proceedings.

To learn more about the conference and course see the link and video below.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at (Dr. Christian Vaccaro) or our Training Coordinator, Crystal Deemer at for more information.

Study Abroad in England!


A study abroad opportunity is available for the Winter 2017-2018 semester!  This is open to all majors.  For details, attend one of the upcoming informational meetings.

When: Tuesday, April 4, at 5:00pm and Thursday, April 6, at 3:30pm

Where: Wilson Hall, Room 107

For details contact Dr. Glen Ishoy, Dept. of Criminology, Wilson 109,