IUP-Punxsy students put chalk to walk about several societal issues in annual event

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Instead of rain, student artists at IUP-Punxsutawney had to deal with the heat Thursday afternoon.

On the eve of finals, the students took chalk to the walk to draw different scenes portraying aspects of health, diversity, political and societal issues.

Seventeen students or student groups took part in the event, which was judged by members of the IUP-Punxsy staff and members of the community.

The students’ themes ranged from human rights; famine, disease and starvation in Africa; and freedom of speech to individuality; choices on stem cell research, immigration and abortion; and political issues, such as the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

Taking top honors was Samantha Bowman of Carbon County, for her chalk drawing that illustrated art and facts about juvenile arthritis.

Taking second was Joia Hight of Philadelphia, whose chalk drawing dealt with the issues of human rights; and third was Vladimir Dorval, also of Philadelphia, for his drawing about disability and discrimination in the job market.

Meanwhile, in the air conditioning, students also displayed different projects about what they learned in their courses — such as psychology, English, art and computer science — as part of the campus’ Celebration of Learning.