NAACP will be hosting its 29th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Hello all,

The Indiana County Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting its 29th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  The banquet will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. at the Park Inn Radisson, Indiana PA (formerly Holiday Inn) located on Wayne Avenue.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The theme for this year’s banquet is America’s Journey for Equality.  The speaker will be Mr. Chris Moore.  Mr. Moore is best-known for his work on Black Horizons on WQED-TV. He has co-hosted and produced the Emmy-winning series, the longest running minority-affairs program on public television, since 1968.  He also produced and narrated Wylie Avenue Days, an Emmy Award-winning documentary on the Hill District.  Mr. Moore is a Grambling State University graduate and Vietnam veteran.  We look forward to an exciting evening with him.

Tickets may be purchased for $30.00 each and $15.00 for children under 18 years old and students.  Advertisement may be placed in the program booklet on or before Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  We suggest that you purchase your tickets and advertisement space as soon as possible, as this helps with our publication.  If you are unable to attend the banquet, I ask that you send a representative and/or purchase advertisement space.  With your generosity and assistance we can continue to offer support in educational and civil rights issues in the local community.

If you are in need of further assistance, please feel free to send me an e-mail.

Thank you for your continued support of the NAACP.

Dr. Roger Briscoe
Associate Professor
Department of Educational and School Psychology
246 Stouffer Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1087

Serving the poor: Short term missions and volunteer tourism

Wednesday October 7

Keith Hall Room 130

Abstract: More and more, Americans are traveling abroad as participants in short term mission trips. In communities around the world, people pour cement, teach children English, provide medical care, and prepare meals, seeking to “serve the poor.” Motivated by a desire to help others, to make a difference, and to experience poverty, over a million Americans each year use vacation time and spend money in order to travel and do volunteer work for a week or two with their congregation or other religious organization. Based on several years of ethnographic research with an American congregation working in the Dominican Republic, this presentation explores the ways in which short term mission participants think about poverty and their own role as global citizens, and looks at some of the impact of the kinds of projects that they undertake.

Biography: Laurie Occhipinti is a professor of anthropology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences. She has been at Clarion since 2003. Her research interests include economic development, faith based organizations, indigenous peoples, volunteerism, and religion in Latin America. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her masters and Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of several books, including Making a Difference in a Globalized World, which looks at short term missions, and Acting on Faith, which focuses on the role of Catholic NGOs in economic development in indigenous communities in northwestern Argentina.

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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IUP Philanthropy Day

Thursday, February 26, 2015
11AM to 2PM
Stapleton Library Commons, outside Java City

President Driscoll will lead a brief program, beginning at 12:30 PM.

Attendees will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to donors and enjoy refreshments. A photo booth will be available during the event, and those that write thank you notes will receive a free t-shirt, while supplies last.

For more information about IUP Philanthropy Day, visit:

KOREA UNIVERSITY AT SEJONG – Study Abroad Presentation to Honors College Students

Mr. Sukkyung will be here next Wednesday for a presentation about Korea University at Sejong.  Many IUP students have had a great and successful experience abroad with KU.  All Honors College students are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.  This study abroad experience is open to nearly every academic major and classes are offered in English.

Where: Great Hall, Whitmyre

When: 10-11 am on Wednesday, February 11th.

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New Mindfulness Class Series Offered

Koru is the Maori word for the unfurling fern frond, and it captures the representation of balance between growth and stability. Mindfulness and meditation are skills that help decrease stress, increase awareness and concentration, and help to maintain balance during times of rapid change. This free course, consisting of four classes, is designed to help you calm and stabilize your mind, manage anxiety and stress, and, in general, help you to live a more fulfilling life. If you are feeling pressured or stressed, you might be interested to learn these wonderful life skills!

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