Weekly Meditation Sessions

Every Thursday evening for the past eight years Dr. Finegan has led meditation sessions at a yoga studio near campus.

These sessions (7 to 8pm) are free of charge, and the studio really 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. It shares a building with Fox Pizza.

Police During the Nazi Era: Why Is It Relevant to Study this today?

Fine Arts Event for HNRC 101 and HNRC 201.  Mark your calendars!
Attend an unique educational program titled, Police During the Nazi Era: Why Is It Relevant to Study this today?, on October 16, 2018 beginning at 2 pm. This program will include Holocaust scholars Dr. Peter Black and Dr. Martin Dean, and Holocaust survivors Moshe Baran and Harry Schneider.
For a preview of the content regarding this program, please watch this briefYouTube video: https://youtu.be/a2fobSC766M 
Location: IUP campus, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Auditorium, 664 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705.  
Free and open to everyone.
Schedule of events:
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Policing in the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era, Dr. Peter Black
Dr. Black will discuss policing during the Weimar Republic and Nazi period. He will discuss Germany between the years 1918 and 1938, with a brief look ahead to the war years 1939-1942 for German police officials, involving awareness of policing within an emergency wartime context. Dr. Black will also discuss his work as a historian with the Department of Justice.
3:45-4:45 p.m. – The Investigation of Nazi War Crimes Conducted by Scotland Yard, Dr. Martin C. Dean
Dr. Dean will discuss his work for the Scotland Yard and Australian Special Investigations, which led to five Nazi collaborators appearing in court in the 1990s. As a historian he conducted research in KGB and other archives to document hands-on participation in the Holocaust. He worked closely with detectives and lawyers to uncover evidence that would stand up in court 50 years after events.  
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Two Holocaust Survivors Recount Their Stories of Survival, Moshe Baran and Harry Schneider
Attendance vouchers will be available. Please encourage your students to attend. I hope you can join us for this important training!
Shannon Phillips-Shyrock, Holocaust Remembrance Events Organizing Committee Chair
Committee Members:

Dennis Marsili, IUP Criminal Justice Training Center Director

Pearl Berman, IUP Psychology Department Chair

Joe Shyrock, IUP IT Services Senior Systems Analyst

Harry Schneider, Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau of Pittsburgh Chair/Holocaust Survivor
For more information on the presenters, please read the bios below:
Moshe Baran – Holocaust survivor, Moshe Baran, will tell about his experiences during his 20’s escaping from a forced labor camp into the Belorussian forest, to join a partisan fighting unit. He will show his documentary film, A Look into the Eyes of Resistance. His inspirational story of survival and resistance focuses on how people can create a more peaceful world.
Harry Schneider – A child Holocaust survivor who hid in the forests of Poland and Russia, Harry Schneider, will discuss his experiences during the Holocaust related to this topic. He will show his documentary film, On the Run: One Man’s Struggle for Survival. Harry is the chair of the Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau in Pittsburgh. He is passionate about sharing his story so people never forget, and to encourage them to do something to make the world a better place. 
Martin Dean, born in London in 1962, received a Ph.D. in European History from Queens’ College, Cambridge. He worked as a researcher for the Special Investigations Unit in Sydney, Australia, and Senior Historian for the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit in London. As an Applied Research Scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in D.C., he was a Volume Editor for The Encyclopaedia of Camps and Ghettos. His publications include Collaboration in the Holocaust (2000) and Robbing the Jews (2008), which won a National Jewish Book Award in 2009. He is based in Washington D.C. and currently works as a Historical Consultant for Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and a film documentary advisor.
Peter Black was the Senior Historian and Director of the Division of the Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) from 1997 until his retirement from federal service on January 2, 2016. During his tenure as Senior Historian at the USHMM, he was involved in developing training materials and presenting training sessions for law enforcement agencies and agencies of Federal civil service. From 1978 until 1997, he served as a staff historian and (after 1986) as Chief Historian for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. The OSI was charged with the investigation of and, if appropriate, litigation against alleged Nazi offenders living in the United States.  He is now active as an unaffiliated historian/consultant. Educated at the University of Wisconsin (BA: 1972) and Columbia University (Ph.D. in 1981), Dr. Black, has held various teaching positions at George Mason University, Catholic University, American University, and Columbia University. He is the author of, Ernst Kaltenbrunner:  Ideological Soldier of the Third Reich (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984), as well as many articles.

IUP’s Pre-Law Society

IUP’s Pre-Law Society
Meetings every Monday at 7 p.m.
Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg., Rm 219
For more information about IUP’s Pre-Law Society, please see the attached information provided by the officers of the Pre-Law Society.
If you have any questions, please send contact the student president, Demir Moore, kfrv@iup.edu

The Penn: Positions Available

The Penn currently has positions available for students.  They are looking for writers, photographers and cartoonists. They are all paid positions. Students who are interested can contact Kathleen Mest at rtlw@iup.edu, and she will get you in touch with their editor.

Achievement Fund Applications

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Winter 2018, Spring of 2019, or Summer 2019 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 kevinb@iup.edu.

There will be a Wednesday Workshop for first year students on the Achievement Fund on September 19, 2017 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in  the Whitmyre Great Hall.  Upper class CHC students are welcome to attend this workshop for a refresher on the AF.

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications:  October 12th, 2018

Achievement Application Components:

1. Cover Sheet

2. Signature Page

3. Personal statement

This is an essay that puts forth a narrative explanation of who you are as a person, what motivating factors drive you, how you come to be who you are, where you are going, what is important to you, what thinkers you admire, what philosophy informs your life, and how your goals, dreams and career objectives emerge from them.  Keep these things in mind as you draft your narrative:

Since it’s your story, use “I” to start your sentences.
Include vivid imagery and lots of sensory details.
Weave your emotions into your narrative.
Find perfect words and expressions.  Find the perfect opening sentence.
Read it aloud many times.  Hear what you are saying and revise where wordy, stilted, redundant or impersonal.

4. Proposal including:

  • Detailed description of the achievement experience
  • Justification for this specific experience at this point in time relative to your academic, professional goals and personal goals
  • Breakdown of costs in table form with an explanation of need
  • Status of Arrangements including application status, pending inquiries, preliminary arrangements, deadlines for participation, dates for funding, etc

5. Resume/Vita

6. Four Year Plan –  4YP Template

For sample application see:  AF Application Sample


Conversation Corner

Need volunteer hours?
Here is a link to Conversation Partner program – info and online application is online here: https://www.iup.edu/international/students-scholars/students/resources/clubs-programs-events/conversation-partners/
Conversation Corner is newer – they have open conversation between int’l students and American students every Thursday at Eicher 208 – 5:30-7pm – pizza/drinks provided. They want to provide opportunities for learning/language and cultural sharing in an informal environment!

ARK of Learning, Volunteers Needed

This is an important opportunity to make a positive difference in a child’s life.  Through your guidance, you will help students improve academically, make new friends, and gain a sense of self-worth.  You can be proud to say that with your influence a child will experience success in the years to come.

The emphasis of the program will be on reading/math and homework tutoring with enrichment opportunities. You are then invited to join the children in a nutritious evening meal.  You can come for all or part of the ARK program. We have sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.  Children benefit most from consistency, so it is very important that you do not miss sessions as your student(s) will come to look forward to your time together!

As part of your on-boarding process, you need to complete a mandated Salvation Army Keep SAfe training that will be provided to you to complete at home.

Please contact Megan Richardson at 724.465.2530×14 to schedule an appointment.

You must bring the following to this on-boarding meeting:

  • Photo identification
  • List of current and previous addresses and persons you lived with after 1975
  • Two references, name and phone number
  • Resume (optional)
  • Copy of any clearances you already have

(The Salvation Army will obtain all required clearances at no cost to you)


Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Seeking Volunteers!

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival seeking volunteers!
The Folk Festival will start on Friday September 7th, with workshops, a story telling contest, and music, including the Clarks. It will take place on the 600 block of Philadelphia street, and volunteers can report to the information tent that they will locate there. They are looking for volunteers to help out with the following:
– at 3:00 – 5:00 to help with setting up the stage and 50 chairs
– from 5:00 pm – 10:30 to help with the information tent and possibly garbage, though there won’t be food vendors on Friday (people will be eating in restaurants).
– from 10:30 – 11:00 pm tearing down stage banners, picking up garbage, and taking down the folding chairs

The Community Involvement Fair

The Office of Service Learning is offering a fantastic chance for students to get involved in the communit, The Community Involvement Fair on Thursday, September 5th from 11am -3pm in the HUB Ohio room! Volunteer organizations from the Indiana community will be represented and eager to recruit future volunteers. Students needing community service hours for scholarships, organizations, etc. are encouraged to attend and some organizations have positions available as part of the Community Service Learning Federal Work Study. Attendance vouchers will be also be available.