Free Weekly Meditation Sessions

Every Thursday evening for the past seven years, Dr. Finegan has led meditation sessions at a yoga studio near campus. The sessions are free of charge, and the studio is an amazing place to learn to meditate and to develop the ability to work more effectively with your thoughts. Sunflower Yoga Studio is located at the corner of Philadelphia St. and 6th Street. The sessions are from 7pm – 8pm.

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Sam Quinones Presentation

***The following can count as Fine Arts for HNRC 101 and 201 students***

Oct. 10th the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Programs and the MARTI-CBH Institute are hosting a live stream of Sam Quinones presentation on his book “Dreamland”. Attendance vouchers will be available for those who wish to assign this as extra credit. A panel discussion will follow the live stream. It starts at 6pm in Stouffer Auditorium.

Sam Quinones is a highly sought after speaker whose book “Dreamland” chronicles the rise of the current opioid crisis, including the part the pharmaceutical companies may have played, and the role of particular Mexican drug cartels. It was an Amazon Best Book of 2015. A local panel of experts will discuss the presentation immediately after the live stream.

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

* RAINN Day Chalk the Walk, 9/20, 4:00-7:00 PM, Oak Grove. Bring your friends and organizations to Chalk the Walk with sayings and resources to help create the visual display for RAINN Day! RAINN Day is an annual day of action to raise awareness and show support for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic/dating violence. Chalk will be provided.

* RAINN Day, 9/21, 8:00 AM-3:30 PM, Oak Grove. We will be tabling all day to give out information and keep an eye on the umbrellas. If you wish to help us table, please email with what times you are available. First-come, first-serve.

* Volunteer Training: Dating/Domestic Violence, 9/26, 6:00-7:30 PM, G-60 Maple East. We will be hosting a monthly training for volunteers who wish to become more educated on the topic we will focus on next. This
training will be on Dating/Domestic Violence since October is the Awareness Month for this topic. By attending this training, you may staff our information tables with us for the month of October.

If students are interested they may contact Graduate Assistant Katie McKinney at

Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an important component of honors education nationally, and that is especially so here at CHC because of the Achievement Fund support for these types of programs. Also, students satisfy their 499 requirement by studying abroad!

As previously sent out about the Critical Language Scholarship Program from the US Department of State (see overview below) — Student applications are now open for Summer 2018. Please send to any students you may feel interested in a program like this and as always, thank you for your support of International Education.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST

Informational videos available for interested students to review:

  • This is a fully-funded program credit bearing for university students during the summer 2018
  • Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • MANY programs require no prior language knowledge.  This is a very intensive, highly structured program.
  • Please encourage students to apply and/or send them my way for more information and application guidance.

Service Learning Opportunity (paid position)

Do you want to help a child with homework?

Must be eligible for Federal Work Study

Must have own transportation to travel from Indiana, PA to Creekside, PA. Approximately a 20 minute drive.

Seeking applicants for a part-time homework helper/tutoring instructor for an after school homework/tutoring program being offered at the Creekside United Methodist Church. Seeking individuals who are reliable and who have good time management skills. Seeking students who are committed to the academic growth of children (grades K-12) and who will serve as a role model to this population. Individuals will assist children with any or all of the following subjects: health, math, physical fitness, reading, spelling, social studies, vocabulary, and science. It is expected that all children will complete their homework during this time.

Tutoring sessions will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from approximately 3:15 – 5:45 p.m., dependent upon the Marion Center School District academic calendar and the IUP academic calendar. The work schedule can also be divided into two schedules should you be unavailable for the entire 3:15 – 5:45 p.m. shift. Options are: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. or 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Must present themselves well in the interview.

Must have all clearances. This is an excellent experience for future teachers.

If interested, please send an e-mail to Tracy VanHorn-Juart at

Please indicate in the e-mail why you are interested in this position.

Study Abroad Program in Cuba

Information Session for the Study Abroad Program in Cuba! *this class can count for honors credit*

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m. in the
Great Hall of Whitmyre Hall

The program’s director Dr. Marveta Ryan-Sams will describe and answer questions about the course and program planned for May 12-24, 2018.

Information on the program and dates of additional information sessions are at (Search for Cuba.)

Questions? Email

***Also, this study abroad class can count for honors credit (HNRC 499), and Dr. Finegan gives his personal endorsement, given that he is a historian of Latin America.

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Constitution Day at IUP

IUP will commemorate the 230th birthday of the U.S. Constitution with two events on Monday, September 18, 2017. Constitution Day commemorates the September 1787 Signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Constitution Day is a great opportunity to pause and think about what “We the People” want from our government, and to better understand the document that structures our government.

All are invited and encouraged to attend one or both events, which are free and open to the community.

Public Reading of the U.S. Constitution:
12-1 p.m., Monday, September 18, Oak Grove (in front of the Library)
Members of the IUP community – students, staff and faculty – will gather to read the entire U.S. Constitution, from Preamble through the 27th Amendment. IUP President Michael Driscoll will lead off the event by reading the Preamble of the Constitution. Want to be a reader? Simply show up in the Oak Grove (near the Library) at any time between noon and 1 p.m. Readers will receive a “We the People at IUP” t-shirt, a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, and a red, white and blue cookie. This event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Chatting with the Founding Fathers:
6-7:30 p.m., Monday, September 18, HUB Ohio Room
The intentions of the authors of the US Constitution will be explored in the Six O’Clock Series presentation, “A Casual Conversation with the Framers of the U. S. Constitution” from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room. Three of the Constitution’s authors—Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison—will discuss the challenges in drafting the Constitution, and will speculate about what the Founders would think of today’s politics. These Founders will be portrayed, respectively, by IUP political science professors David Chambers and Steven Jackson and by history professor Joe Mannard. Audience participation and questions are encouraged.


Next Wednesday evening September 20, 7:00-8:30 pm in HSS 225, the Bunraku master Martin Holman will give a lecture and demonstration of Bunraku, a traditional form of Japanese puppetry. Bunraku puppets typically stand four feet tall and are manipulated by two or three puppeteers. The plots for the plays can be very complex, usually focusing on the intrigues and romances of samurai and courtesans. Mr. Holman was one of the first Americans to be trained in this art form. The Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater that he founded performs in top venues around the United States.

All are welcome to this demonstration. Vouchers will be available if students are coming as part of class activities.