The Kopchick College of Natural Science encouraged all students to come to the ice cream event that it has held annually in the fall semester for the past few years in the Weyandt Hall lobby.
This ice cream social received a lot of attendance from both the faculty and the students, who were both enjoying free ice cream and a speech from Bill Madia, an IUP Distinguished Alumnus, expressing his gratitude toward IUP.
This year's Ice Cream Social was an important one.
Justin Fair, the Department of Chemistry associate professor, said that the department will be renamed Madia Department of Chemistry.
The department is being renamed in honor of the ways Bill and Audrey Madia give back to the IUP community. Fair said the department is truly grateful for everything the Madia’s have done.
Madia earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1969 and his masters degree through the IUP physics department graduating in 1971. He later earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in nuclear chemistry at Virginia Tech.
According to Dr. Deanne Snavely, Dean of the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, this event gives the students a sense of community and a great way to meet faculty and their peers and join organizations that are involved with the college.
Not only does this event help students better integrate into their first years, it also helps organization reach out to first year students as well.
The Alpha Chi Sigma President Courtney Smith and Susan Stevenson, a member, said that this is their first year holding a table to advertise their fraternity in hope of gaining new members. Alpha Chi Sigma is a professional fraternity in the chemical sciences field.
Students left the event filled with ice cream and new knowledge of their college and its opportunities.