IUP at IUS

Four faculty members and one administrator at Indiana University Southeast (IUS) are IUP graduates. They call themselves IUP at IUS and sometimes have lunch together. On graduation day, a photographer captured them in their academic robes.

IUS at IUP

From left: Guy Wall ’67, M’71, Frances Squires ’71, Bill Sweigart ’67, Ruth Garvey-Nix ’80. (Not pictured: Billy Long D’98.) Photo: Patrick Pfister

Originally from Pittsburgh, Ruth Garvey-Nix ’80 (B.S.Ed. Nutrition Education/Dietetics) credits her experiences as a student leader at IUP with helping her gain a master’s degree in College Student Personnel and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

“As an undergraduate, I served as a Community Advisor in the residence halls for three years and was in the marching band for three years,” Garvey-Nix said.” I have had various positions in Student Affairs departments at different institutions and have been serving as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at IU Southeast for six years.

“During my open interview at IU Southeast, as I was trying to explain Indiana University of Pennsylvania to a group of Indiana University staff and faculty members, someone from the back of the room yelled, ‘Go Indians!’ I don’t recall how I responded, but I beamed, knowing someone understood IUP pride. After the interview, I introduced myself to that person. . . Professor Guy Wall.”

Guy Wall ’67, M’71, a native of Jeannette, Pa., earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Psychology with a focus on science education “…due in large part to my undergraduate work study position with the late Dr. Richard Waechter, professor of Biology at IUP.” The position involved assisting Waechter in his bird migration studies at the U.S. Department of the Interior-licensed bird-banding operation at College Lodge.

“While teaching in the Greensburg-Salem schools and after a stint in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Viet Nam, I earned the M.Ed. in Elementary Science Education with Waechter as my thesis advisor,” Wall said. “Here at IU Southeast, I have taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary education, educational psychology, and curriculum development. I have served as dean of the School of Education for twelve years, as vice chancellor for Student Affairs for three years, and as president of the faculty senate for two years.”

While serving as dean of the School of Education, Wall hired Frances Squires, who had earned the same master’s degree from IUP while also working with Waechter.

“Later, I read with interest in the IUS employee newsletter that among the new hires in 1990 was a Dr. William E. Sweigart, in the English Department. Bill and I had been good friends as undergraduates at IUP, meeting in the registration line in the old Keith School and both living in Whitmyre Hall as freshmen.”

From Glassport, Pa., Frances Squires ’71 earned her M.S.Ed. at IUP with Richard Waechter as his advisor. She is currently president of the IUS Faculty Senate for 2009–2010.

“My master’s thesis was a study in homing instincts in Slate-colored Juncos, i.e., the snow bird,” Squires said. “I participated in the bird banding operation directed by Dr. Waechter and expanded it for my master’s thesis. After graduating from IUP, I taught science education at the middle school in Ebensburg, Pa. I went on to The Ohio State University to earn a Ph.D. in Science Education and Environmental Education. Since then, I have taught science methods and environmental science courses at Wilmington College in Ohio, Eastern Illinois University in Illinois, and at Indiana University Southeast.

“After being hired at I.U. Southeast, I discovered that several other faculty members were alumni of IUP, namely Bill Sweigart, Ruth Garvey-Nix, and Billy Long. It’s a small world.”

Immediately after graduating IUP, William Sweigart ’67 went into the Peace Corps and taught math and science in Liberia, West Africa, for three years. Returning to the U.S., he taught English in upstate New York (Norwich) and then moved to California, where he earned an M.A. in English and American Literature at San Francisco State and, ten years later, a Ph.D. at Stanford.

“At IUS, I am a member of the English Department, and I have been running the Writing Program for many of the last eighteen years,” Sweigart said.

“While attending IUP, I was an editor of the Penn. When I was interviewed at IUS in 1990, I left campus with a copy of the IUS Bulletin. Once offered the position for which I interviewed, I began reading the Bulletin carefully and was astonished when one name on the list of faculty members jumped off the page: Guy O. Wall. No, it couldn’t be, I thought. Not the Guy Wall that I knew so well at IUP. Yep, the same. Somehow we had both landed at another Indiana campus, but this time in New Albany, Indiana. Now we share another set of academic memories, including a week-long IU Faculty Leadership Institute that we attended in 1998.”

Billy Long D’98 is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at IUS.

Located in New Albany, Indiana, IUS is one of the eight campuses of the IU System.

May 2009