Hawk Walk

This year’s annual Hawk Walk will take place on Thursday, September 21, and you’re invited to participate! Participants will meet in the HUB Monongahela Room at 6:00 p.m.

The Hawk Walk is a campus/community “Welcome to the Neighborhood” initiative patterned after similar programs in State College, Pennsylvania; Boulder, Colorado; and Austin, Texas. Small groups of students, community members, police officers, and officials from the university and borough will walk door to door through select campus neighborhoods to distribute information packets and greet neighborhood residents. Packets include materials on ordinances, community services, useful contacts, and other essential community information.

It is the goal that the event will further increase community participation and awareness. The program will focus on neighborhoods with a mix of student and non-student residents.

Programs such as these continue to be successful in cultivating better neighborhood relations between students and long-term residents. Communities hosting neighborhood walks have enjoyed safer, cleaner, and more inviting neighborhoods, and we believe Indiana would enjoy similar benefits.

Given your standing in the university and the surrounding community, we invite you to participate in this event. Furthermore, the success of this event depends on the involvement of IUP representatives (students, faculty, and staff).

The Hawk Walk is sponsored by IUP, Downtown Indiana, and the Borough of Indiana, and it will take place on Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An information session for all participants will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room. Walk participants will be asked to complete a brief survey following the Walk, and refreshments will be provided.

Please notify Betsy Sarneso at esarneso@iup.edu or 724-357-2598 by Monday, September 18, if you plan to participate. Questions can be directed to Betsy.

Student Employment Opportunity at the Indiana Community Garden (ICG)

Student Employment Opportunity at the Indiana Community Garden (ICG)

(Corner of S. Sixth St. and Carter Ave., Indiana, PA 15701)

Community Service Learning Federal Work Study Program

Academic Year, 2017 – 18


Student Qualifications for the Position:

  • Eligible for Federal Work Study Program (5 – 15 hours per week) and in good academic standing
  • Interest in gardening and sustainability
  • Dependable
  • Self-motivated


Overall, the student hired for this Community Service Learning position will assist the Indiana Community Garden in fulfilling its mission: to build community and increase access to healthy food through planting, cultivating, harvesting, and sharing knowledge that encourages sustainable gardening practices.  More specifically, the student will:

  • Assist with general maintenance and development of the garden.
  • Help to develop and coordinate garden events.
  • Help to develop and coordinate educational programs.
  • Develop more ICG networking opportunities (including social media).
  • Help to expand community and campus outreach to encourage more involvement in the garden.

NOTE: Responsibilities with the garden will vary depending on the time of year and what is happening in the garden at any particular time. There will be plenty of opportunities for the student to learn while doing community service.

ICG Contact Information:

  • To learn more about the garden, visit our website: indianacommunitygardens.org.
  • Find us on Facebook at Indiana Community Garden.
  • If you have questions or are interested in applying, contact us at icg15701@gmail.com.



Achievement Fund Applications Now Being Accepted for Winter/Spring/Summer 2018

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications: October 23rd, 2017

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Winter 2017 or Spring of 2018, now is the time to begin putting stuff together. If you are unsure about something that interests you or just need help with elements of the application or essays, contact me at kevinb@iup.edu.

There will be a Wednesday Workshop for first year students on the Achievement Fund on September 20, 2017 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in G-98 Wallwork. Upper class CHC students are welcome to attend this workshop for a refresher on the AF.

Achievement Application Components:

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Volunteer – Northern Appalachian Folk Festival (September 9&10)

Volunteers are needed to assist in this year’s Northern Appalachian Folk Festival — THIS WEEKEND.  It’s a very cool two day music, craft, vendor experience.

Check out the event web page at https://northernappfolkfest.org/

Help is needed at these times.

Saturday, September 9th
8:00 – 11:00 Set up
11:00 – 4:00 Children’s Alley
11:00- 8:00 assist with workshops, trash removal, cleaning of tables, etc.

Sunday, September 10th
11:00 – 4:00 – Children’s Alley
11:00 6:00 p.m. assist with workshops, trash removal, cleaning of tables, etc.

Contact NorthernAppFolkFest@gmail.com to volunteer!

IUP Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

Award Description:

IUP Libraries is dedicated to providing researchers the resources, spaces, and services necessary to enable them to carry out high quality research and inquiry. The IUP Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research was created to recognize high quality scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review in projects submitted to the Undergraduate Scholars Forum.

First Place:       $200.00.  IUP Co-op Bookstore gift card

Second Place:    $150.00   IUP Co-op Bookstore gift card

Third Place:          $50.00     IUP Co-op  Bookstore gift card

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CLS – Critical Language Scholarship Program

CLS – Critical Language Scholarship Program

Study a language critical to US National Security Interests abroad (for free!).

  • 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. Dr. Christine Baker (History) works with those interested in Arabic and Persian languages.

The application will open in Mid-September and be found on http://www.clscholarship.org/


If you are interested, stop by my office to talk about this.


IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair – Service Opportunity

Please email Jan Shellenbarger at jans@iup.edu if you are interested.

I would like to request assistance from the students in the Honors College at the IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair <http://www.iup.edu/career/expo> on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Volunteers are needed anywhere from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and we’ve had students work for one hour up to three or four – whatever fits their schedule. Volunteers help us place employer information flyers on the booths, help employers unload their supplies from their cars, escort employers from the registration table to their booth, in some cases park their cars, etc. Business attire or business casual attire is required.

Assisting at these types of events is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with employers and educators, and perhaps have the opportunity to tell them about IUP and the Honors program. At this point we have 70 organizations and graduate schools registered to attend.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Indiana County Humane Society – Cause for Paws Volunteers Needed.

The Indiana County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help out with Cause for Paws at Blue Spruce Park on September 16th.  Volunteers would be needed from 10am – 3pm.  If students need further information or if they would like to volunteer they can contact Shannon Jackson at shannonswillow@yahoo.com or 724.840.9450.

Thank you!

Beth Finegan