Ian actually applied to be on Amazing Race but his audition tape was sent to Survivor instead.
His favorite magazine is National Geographic.
Ian is one of the few Survivor contestants to actually list the program as one of his favorite TV shows.
One of Ian's prized possessions is a game-worn helmet from fellow Penn State alum and 1973 Heisman trophy-winner John Cappelletti.
Before his senior year in college he worked in Key Largo, Florida as a dolphin-assisted therapist for children with disabilities.
Ian was elected Homecoming King in college.
As part of Penn State's Dance Marathon he didn't sit or sleep for 48 hours and helped to raise $3 million for children with cancer.
In the summer of 2000, he worked as a street performer at Disney World in Florida.
Ian Currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He attended Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, PA.
He has one sibling, a younger sister named Kahla.
During high school, he worked as a volunteer at an organization helping children with mental and physical disabilities called the McGuire Home.
After appearing on Survivor Palau Ian returned to Penn State and graduated, with degrees in agricultural extension and educational leadership.
Ian came in 3rd on the final episode of Survivor: Palau.
Was a member of the Koror tribe on Survivor: Palau.
Ian is a dolphin trainer.
While Ian attened Penn State, he served as Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President during his senior year.
Ian: (explaining that he did not go on "Survivor" for the million dollars) I mean, where else do you get paid to be Huck Finn for a living?
Ian: (on his voluntarily quitting on "Survivor") Maybe I wasn't cut out for winning the million, and maybe that's not a bad thing.
Ian: (explaining his thinking on voluntarily stepping down to let Katie be in the final two on "Survivor") I was faced with a difficult decision: take the money or walk out with my head held high and having set a good example for my little sister. When I looked at those two choices, the choice was easy for me.
Ian: (on what he thought about while on the "Survivor" island) You wonder over and over why you signed up for it.
Ian: (on the movie "The Passion of the Christ") It's amazing the humanity you get to witness in the people around Christ at the time of the crucifixion, and how they are inevitably fallible.
Ian: (describing "Survivor") It's not a show; it's an experience. And the cast is out-of-this-world.
Ian: (on how to succeed on "Survivor") Watch for someone else to screw up, and then quietly point it out to everyone else.