Free Hugs Project

According to his official biography, “Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is a peace activist, video journalist, and YouTube personality best known as the Free Hugs Guy online. Nwadike is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His ‘Free Hugs’ videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. As a former homeless student athlete, Nwadike overcame many challenges to now owning Superhero Events – an event production company that raises funds and awareness for homeless teens.”

The event will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018, in the HUB Ohio Room. Doors will open at 7:00 PM and the event will begin at 7:30 PM. This is a FREE event, and is open to the entire IUP campus community.

STATIC will provide attendance vouchers to all individuals at the event.

Free Cybersecurity Skill Improvement Weekend Workshops

There’s an interesting free and public event that IUP will hold on Saturday, February 17, 2018. As one of the activities of a federally-funded project, they offer a series of FREE Cybersecurity Skill Improvement Weekend Workshops. These workshops offer very engaging sessions on various aspects of Cybersecurity. The upcoming workshop on Feb. 17th will be similar to the one they offered last December. See the details below. .
If you have any questions, please email Please also visit the project Web Site at for additional information about this workshop that will be posted soon.

•Workshop Date/time: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9: 00 AM – 2:30 PM.
•Registration: Email the following info: Applicant’s Full Name, Email, Postal Address, Phone Number, DOB and Grade level (for non-IUP students) and School to by Feb 12 to register. Space is limited and registration will be first come, first served.
•Workshop Location: 112A Stright Hall (210 South 10th Street, Indiana, PA 15705).
•Sponsored by the NSA and IUP.

•Open to all interested students (middle school, high school and college students) and teachers.
•Free Pizza lunch will be offered.

•Workshop Schedule: ◦9:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dr. Farag, IUP
◦9:15-10:45: Guest Speaker, “Cybersecurity 101: A Hands-On Session”, Dr. Isaac Porche, RAND Corporation
◦11-12:30: “Greetings” from The Void: Communicating While Under Cyber Attack, Dr. Rafoth, IUP
◦12:30-1: Free Pizza Lunch
◦1-2:30: Global Cyber-Crises Simulation: WWIII?, Dr. Fiddner, IUP

The Jane Leonard Award for the Advancement of Women

Women’s and Gender Studies and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women are honored to be able to present 
This award is open to the entire IUP community.  Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. 
Selection is based on the following criteria:
  • Elevated the status of women on campus in sustainable ways;
  • Helped to improve campus policies affecting women;
  • Promoted and advanced the recruitment, retention, and upward mobility of women;
  • Participated in and assisted in the establishment of professional development opportunities for women; and/or
  • Participated in and assisted in the establishment of academic mentoring for women.
The application is simple.  A 1-page explanation of how your or your nominee fits the Jane Leonard Award. 
Send to:

Volunteer Opportunity

The Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement is looking for volunteers on Friday, February 2 for Winter Warm Up. There are a variety of shifts available, and we would appreciate all the help we can get! Students who volunteer for at least two hours will receive a raffle ticket for one of ten prize packs. Anyone who volunteers will receive an email on Thursday with final details.

Students can sign up using this link to a Google form:

Research Experience for Summer Scholars

The fifth annual Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) program will run this summer from June 4th -August 9th; uniting student, staff, and faculty researchers through stimulating social and scholarly events. The RESS program features a “Presenter Pizza Series” where we can share our research and professional experiences, professional development events, a picnic in the Oak Grove, and an afternoon poster symposium at the end of the summer.

All IUP students from all majors are welcome to participate.
Encourage your students in classes, student organizations and in research to join us in this exciting 10-week summer program. Applications for RESS will be available March 1st and can be found at

Johns Hopkins CTY – Summer 2018 Employment Opportunities

Summer 2018 Employment Opportunities
Biology Instructors and Teaching Assistants

CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented and motivated elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. We are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to work in our summer programs. Information regarding employment and our summer programs can be found at

We are currently seeking individuals to teach the following Biology-related courses:
· Through the Microscope
· Examining the Evidence
· The Sensory Brain
· Marine Ecology
· Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
· Anatomy and Physiology
· Zoology
· Whales and Estuary Systems
· Biotechnology
· Fast-Paced High School Biology
· Genetics
· Neuroscience
· Epidemiology
· Science, Technology, and Public Policy

A full list of science courses, course descriptions, and sample syllabi can be found at:
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Attend the Suit-Up Event being held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. at JCPenney in the Indiana Mall, when the store is open only for IUP! Students should fill out the registration form for the event (indicate Suit-Up under “Event You Plan to Attend”). There will be a charter shuttle bus every 15 minutes between IUP and the mall, since Indigo bus service stops running to the mall at 5 p.m.

It’ll be fun event for students and IUP faculty/staff volunteers (please let us know if you’d like to join us), with door prizes, free salon consultations, etc., and that all-important 40% business-attire discount for everyone!