SHP 2019 Now Hiring for Counselor Positions

SHP Summer Counselor Position Announcement

The Cook Honors College is looking for counselors to help run our Summer Honors Program (SHP). This year’s program runs from July 7-20, 2019.

We are planning to hire students with Federal Work Study (FWS), but do not want to discourage your interest if you are uncertain about your status.

Salary for the two weeks is $1100 plus 30 hours of community service.

Below you will find the counselor application and position description.

Summer Honors Program Counselor Position Description

SHP 2019 Counselor Application

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2019.

Achievement Fund Proposals Now Being Accepted for Summer/Fall 2019

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Summer or Fall of 2019, we are running another round of achievement application reviews. If you are unsure about something that interests you or just need help with elements of the application or essays, contact me at

DEADLINE: Monday, March 4, 2019

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 (see Kevin) I have some good resources to help you spruce up your last effort at a resume.

6. Four Year Plan –  4YP Template

For sample application see: AF Application Sample

PASSHE Summer Honors Trip 2019 to Poland!

Call for Applications
2019 PASSHE Summer Honors Program
Central European Studies
Travel to Krakow, Prague, and Budapest May 12 to June 5th, 2019

Two students from the Cook Honors College will be chosen to participate in the 2019 PASSHE Summer Honors Program to the Jagellonian University, along with 26 other students from all of the PASSHE Honors programs.



Submit one essay exploring the importance of travel as an aspect of your educational journey.   Discuss previous travel, both in and out of the country, and what it has meant to you.  If you have not traveled much, then discuss what this opportunity means to you.  What about this trip excites you and intrigues you intellectually.

Limited to two pages, double spaced.


See brochure for more details.

Additional information below:

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Counseling Resources

The Counseling Center will be once again offering a number of counseling groups to students! Research has shown that group counseling is as effective as individual counseling. Talking with other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective. The following groups are offered at The Counseling Center in G31 Suites on Maple East.


These groups usually include 4-9 students and are facilitated by two therapists. Group facilitators work to provide a safe, confidential environment where members are free to discuss their thoughts, feelings and concerns as they are comfortable. 

Participation in these groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitators. To schedule this initial meeting or to ask questions: contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, or contact Karen Lemasters at

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Idea Amplified – An Invitation to Cook Honors College Students

Dear Mr. Berezansky,

I hope this finds you well! I wanted to thank you again for taking the time out of your schedule to meet with us regarding the creation of the Idea Amplified (IA). The overall purpose of our meeting was to inform you about the organization and to shed some light on our interest on recruiting two students from the honors program, preferably sophomore or freshmen students who are pursuing degrees outside the realms of science.

We believe recruiting sophomore or freshmen year student will provide the recruited enough time to take on the responsibilities of the president and the vice president spots that will be available when James and I graduate in May of 2016. Realizing the opportunistic and diligent attitude of the students of the honors college at IUP, I think they will make a great addition to our prospective organization.

At your request, here is a small description on IA:

Idea Amplified, an organization interested in congregating students from all academic concentrations within Indiana University of Pennsylvania; to learn and apply aspects of research, marketing and further economic understandings and how this may be applicable to future endeavors.
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CHC Achievement Fund Application Process Now Open!

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment that you can justify for the Summer of 2015, Fall of 2015 or Spring of 2016, now is the time to act.

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications:  February 20, 2015

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CHC Scholarship Thank You Letters Due Friday, October 15th

If you received a Cook Honors College merit scholarship you should have received a notification detailing the donor to whom you should address your letter and the deadline for submitting.  If you were expecting a notification to write a thank you but didn’t receive one, please email  If you received more than one email indicating different donors, please submit one letter for each donor indicated.

Also, note the following deadline for submission correction: Due Friday, October 15th in Whit 136.  Students studying abroad should submit electronically as an attachment. 

Alumnus Shares Images of Pakistani Flood

Haider Mullick and Rabia (Chowdhry) Mullick present heartrending videos and photos from the areas most affected by Pakistan’s catastrophic floods. Mullick is a graduate of the IUP Cook Honors College, and he earned his B.A. in Economics in 2004 and an M.A. in Public Affairs in 2007 from IUP.

(If you can’t see the interview above, you can watch the interview on YouTube’s website.)

Newman Center Book Sale

The 42nd Annual Newman Used Book Sale sponsored by St. Thomas More University Parish & Catholic Student Center will be held this year the third weekend of September.  Below are listed the areas where your students can help — note we are stressing the need for assistance with set up on September 12, parking throughout the sale, and boxing unsold books on September 19, but Cook Honors College students have also been a tremendous help organizing books throughout the week and as cashiers at the sale.

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Monday “Not” Football: Community Service

September 13 at 9 PM in the Great Hall


This week we will walk through the Cook Honors College concept of, requirements for, and resources for finding and selecting meaningful sustained community service while in college.  This program is not just for HC merit award recipients.  All freshman receiving merit scholarship from ANY IUP SOURCE are required to attend. 

  • How does community service differ from volunteerism, club involvement, performance, or activities?
  • Why is sustained, meaningful community service an important aspect of my college experience?
  • What resources exist that can aid me in my search for sustained, meaningful service?

Assignment: Attend the IUP Community Involvement Fair on Saturday, September 18 in the Delaney/Putt Commons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Submit a list of at least three organizations/agencies you interacted with, providing responses to the following questions:

  1. Do I find the goals and work of this organization meaningful?
  2. Can I commit to this organization in a sustained way over time?
  3. What skill sets will this organization provide me that are important to my development or career interests?

Honors College Student Staff Opportunities Available

Do you like working with people, but also have the ability to be mindful to
details in working with databases and projects? Want to share your Honors
College experience with prospective students and their families? Looking
for a job and have a federal work study award?  
Talk with Heather about opportunities to work with the student staff at the Honors College!  

Heather can be reached at,
by phone at (724) 357-7539 or by stopping by the Whitmyre basement
office. Upperclass student staff is preferred, as they have experienced
the Honors College to share that with 
prospective students, and a FWS award is required.