Summer at IUPSVP


Katie Trenney

Dorms are empty.  Sidewalks are bare.  Classroom buildings are silent.  It’s summertime at IUP.  But, here we are, twelve or so journalism students and Dr. Papakie working away on the fourth floor of Davis Hall.  We are the team helping to create the new IUP strategic visioning plan this summer.

Yesterday was our first day of “work” and after just a few hours, I think we all realized that this is going to be a very busy summer.  We got settled into the computer lab, which will serve as our office, and began going over tasks.  We discussed setting up group interviews, Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, blog posts and making tons of phone calls to different groups involved with IUP.

We were also asked to research other university’s mission statements.  This was a job that was very worthwhile.  By viewing other schools statements, we were able to asses them and realize what we did and did not like.  Doing this gave us a clear picture of what we want for our strategic visioning plan.

A little later in the morning, we watched a video of President Michael Driscoll’s inaugural address, given on April 26, 2013.  In his address he states, “My focus – our focus – should be on a new beginning for this great institution that has served so many since 1875.”

We hope that through the process of creating a new strategic visioning plan, we can turn attention to the new beginning of IUP.  Our expectation for this plan is to chart the future of IUP and to point out what it is that makes IUP such a special place.

Katie Trenney


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