Professor Michele Papakie and about 30 students in her Public Relations undergraduate course began carrying out the initial phases of the IUP Strategic Visioning Project.
Below are the 11 S.V.P. members continuing the work through summer 2013.
“It’s been exhilarating to hear how my students perceive their personal growth through this project. They have wildly exceeded my expectations. It feels as though I’ve tossed them out of the nest, and they’ve spread their wings to fly. We’ve made a few mistakes along the way, but that’s how the best lessons are learned! I’m so proud of the work we accomplished together this spring and thrilled that eight students have applied to paying positions to continue the work this summer.
“Thank you, President Driscoll, for entrusting us with this very important project.”
“I never would have guessed that I would be one of the people facilitating groups about IUP. The whole experience has continued to take me outside of my comfort zone and develop skills only real life experience can give undergraduates.”
“We went into this class thinking it was going to be strictly public speaking, but it has taken us in a completely different direction and has really helped us learn about our roles at IUP.”
“Before this project, I didn’t think that I was a ‘school pride’ type of college student. I’ve never lived in the residence halls, and working long hours of retail meant that I didn’t participate in many on-campus activities. While other students could find reasons to be inspired by IUP, I just didn’t have enough attachment to the campus.
“That has changed.
“Through working on the SVP with Dr. Papakie and Dr. Driscoll, I rekindled a love for IUP and the campus that I decided to come to four years ago. Now, as a soon-to-be alumna, I learned what it means to be proud of your school, your colleagues and the memories that IUP holds for so many people who have graduated from here.”
“I’m excited to be involved in this unique opportunity. I think it will be a great experience for me, and I believe the outcome will be beneficial to Indiana University of Pennsylvania.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to gain real-life, public relations experience. I would like to thank President Driscoll and Dr. Papakie for including our public relations class in the strategic visioning project for IUP.”
“I’m very excited to be working on this project with my classmates and other members of the university! I grew up around IUP; my family has always been involved on campus. I’m enjoying having the opportunity to speak to students, faculty, community members and others about how they view IUP, how they feel about IUP and what they want to see happen for IUP in the future.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of this project. Hands-on, collaborative work can be hard to find in a typical class, so this work is going to be a challenge (in a positive way) and a fantastic learning opportunity.”