SOAR Membership, Events and Volunteer Opportunities

SOAR (Students Opting for Drug and Alcohol Responsibility) is always looking for new members and volunteers for events.  There are always possibilities for service hours.  We meet on Wednesdays at 9PM in Suites on Maple East.

Thank you,
Megan Katherine Disher

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Major
Special Education Minor
Cook Honors College Student
Community Assistant- Wallwork Hall
President- Students Opting for Drug and Alcohol Responsibility (SOAR)
Vice President- National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

Cook Honors College Students Needed – UBMS

Upward Bound Math and Science will offer up to 8 volunteer hours on each Saturday/month now through May.

The Saturday Academy meets from 9am-3pm at McElhaney Hall on the following dates;

September 19, 2015

October 10, 2015

December 12, 2015

January 30, 2016

February 20, 2016

March 19, 2016

April 16, 2016

May 14, 2016

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Volunteer with the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival

Hi Caleb!

I know that honor’s college students do a lot of great volunteer work.
Would you be willing to spread the word that we are seeking student
volunteers during the Folk Festival on Sept 11 and 12? You can find out
more info about this event here:

If they are interested, they can contact me via email and I will add
them to our schedule. We have also had a student volunteer serve as
‘volunteer coordinator’ with great success in the past. If you know of a
great candidate to help out in that role, please let me know!

We need students to sign up for time during the following blocks.

Friday Sept 11
1 – 5 pm: Set up festival
4:30 – 5:00 – Walk with the Puppet Parade from the Artist’s Hand to
Philly and 6th street
5 – 10 pm: Assist at information booth and sell t-shirts and other
promotional items

Saturday Sept 12
9- 10 am: Set up Children’s Alley at IRMC Park on 7th st.
10 – 3: Assist at Children’s Alley
3 – 4: Take down Children’s Alley
10am – 10 pm: Assist at information booth, sell promotional items,
welcome visitors, keep festival clean and functioning
10 – 11 pm: take down festival booths, tables and chairs

Any help much appreciated!

Amanda Barrett Poole, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Sustainability Studies Co-director
Center for Northern Appalachian Studies Director
Office: McElhaney Hall G1K
Office Hours: T&Th 2-3:30, W 10-12
Office Phone: 724-357-2735
Mailing Address: 441 North Walk, Indiana PA 15705

2016 South Korea Culture Tour

Dear Kevin,

I’ve just made a flyer of 2016 Summer Culture Tour to S. Korea. I would appreciate it if you could share this with your students. The deadline is December 11, 2015.

Click this Link for Flyer: 2016 Summer Culture Tour to S. Korea

Thank you very much for you cooperation,

Yongtaek KIM
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Indiana University of PA
Department of Foreign Languages
Sutton Hall 408
Indiana, PA 15705


It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade Volunteers Needed

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival and Parade is in search of volunteers to help out with crafts the night of the festival.

The date is Friday, November 20th.
They are in need of volunteers from 5 to 9pm.
Just be aware that this if the first Friday of fall break. You would have to be okay with sticking around for this.

There are activities on North 7th Street – including children’s crafts inside Steel City Samiches.

Please Kevin Berezansky or Dr. Finegan if you are interested.

Documentary and Panel Discussion on “War on Drugs” Scheduled

A documentary/panel discussion exploring the effects of  the “war on drugs” in the U.S. is planned for early April.  “The House I Live In” explores the effects of drug law enforcement policy on American communities.

You can find more information about the film at

The film (in its 51-minute version) will be shown at the following times:

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Stabley Room 101, in the IUP Library (capacity 30 persons).

Tuesday, April 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Stouffer Auditorium.

The panel discussion will take place shortly after this April 7 showing, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the Stouffer Auditorium.

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Major Fellowships Meeting (Great Hall)

CHC students,

Prior to the creation of the Cook Honors College, IUP students had won only two Fulbright Grants for study and research abroad – one back in the 1960s. IUP’s record was similar to that of the other PASSHE schools until CHC students began to raise aspirations among themselves and for other IUP students.

Fourteen CHC graduating classes present, among other awards: nine Fulbrights, two Fulbright alternates, five Goldwaters, three NSF awards and an NSF Teaching award, two Marshall and two Truman finalists, a Freeman Asia, a Pickering, a Udall honorable mention, and a Rhodes finalist. This is a truly remarkable record for such a relatively small pool of graduates, which would be all the more remarkable if IUP were able to add to this all of the Fulbright and NSF awards our alumni win in graduate school. Happily, IUP students outside the CHC began to apply for and win these awards as well including at least two additional Goldwaters and two Fulbrights.

All this is to say that you all, as Honors College students, are great candidates for these prestigious awards. So Dr. Susan Boser (IUP’s appointed adviser for these types of awards) and I are organizing an informational workshop for all CHC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to talk about the differences between these scholarships and other technicalities of the awards which you all should know about.

This event will happen in the Great Hall of Whitmyre on Wednesday, April 1st, from 7pm to 8pm.

No need to RSVP, but it’s imperative that you attend if you have any interest whatsoever about applying for any of these scholarships. As always, come talk to me if you have any questions. Best, cf

Dr. Caleb Finegan
Director, Cook Honors College at IUP