It’s Almost Over?!

After a week-long hiatus for vacation, I was welcomed back to the command center to a dismal feeling. As August approaches (TWO DAYS!) our team is beginning to be disbanded. Our internship required 200 hours of each of us, and although a few of us have worked fewer hours due to other commitments or jobs, some of our team has logged enough to be finished by the end of the week.

What does this mean? Well, for starters, Michele is freaking out. I am sure it’s only because she has separation anxiety, and she has grown so attached to us that the thought of us leaving scares her. Yup, must be it. However, for the rest of us, it means losing valuable assets to the team. I have no doubt that we will be able to pick up where they leave off, but it’s kind of scary to realize that this summer is coming to an end.

We have worked hard for the last couple months. Although it may seem unsettling right now, our team disbanding just leaves room for the rest of us to step up to the plate. I think we did a great job of showcasing our skills thus far, but this will take the remainder of us further outside our comfort zones.

With three more weeks for me, I plan on making the most of what we have left. It’s terrifying when the date is in front of you, but to have the due date merely a couple weeks away,  sends me into a pit of anxiety. It’s time to show Michele just what we are made of. We got this.

-Hailey Crowley


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