Letters

Cookies and Camels

Professors like Mamie Anderzhon [Mentors, Winter 2005] are likely part of the reason why my years at IUP were so filled with many fond memories. I had her for Intro to Geography my freshman year. I still remember how she brought out a platter of homemade chocolate chip cookies during our final exam because we had to miss lunch to take the exam. The limit of one cookie per student hardly satisfied my appetite, though!

I also remember how she saved the slide show of her trip to Egypt for the day ROTC was holding a special program and the boys had to miss the class. (Until 1970 or so, every freshman male was required to take ROTC, like it or not.) The girls later told us that Miss Anderzhon felt the slide of her riding a camel was too unladylike for the boys to see! 

Anthony Bosnick ’72
Gaithersburg, Md.

Where the Sidewalk Never Ends

I read the article by Interim President Reinhard in the Winter 2005 IUP Magazine and wanted to comment on the residential renovations/new building projects that were mentioned. I think it is great that IUP is planning to build new student accommodations in a central location. In our world of ever more far-flung suburban living, it is good to see that the school recognizes the importance and value of a compact, centralized living environment. I never had a car my four years at IUP, and it never got in the way of my having a full college life. I was able to walk everywhere for everything I needed. I saw a marked change in my physical appearance after I graduated and went from walking untold miles every day to driving in a car most of the time.

It's too bad if schools are adopting the suburban development mentality when it comes to reshaping their campuses. This causes additional economic strain (forces students to acquire a costly car) and is not healthy for students, as it restricts walking. It can increase the chances of drinking and driving. And it can erode the close-knit community aspect of college. If  everyone just drives in and out, a lot is lost. Students may not gather on the sidewalks as much; they may not attend evening or weekend activities; they may be more apt to skip class because of the distance, etc…

As an active alumnus in my fraternity, I visit IUP regularly. I have some friends that live out in the new-but-sterile townhouse development, and they offer for me to stay there. But I always choose the fraternity house, because it is centrally located and makes me feel free: I can walk outside and traverse the campus at my will. Even if it means sleeping on a floor or using a less than sparkling bathroom.

Thanks for helping to steer IUP in a good, centralized direction.

Doug Sell ’00
Philadelphia

The Song Remembers Bill

I am a 1979 alumna, having graduated with a B.S. in Consumer Services. During my college education, I frequented coffee houses—free entertainment provided in the dorms. My favorite performer, Bill Allison, came to my memory recently. His original songs, From the Lady and Above the Jewelry Store, and his Billy Joel renditions kept me in school! 

During my freshman year I was having difficulties with my roommate and selecting a major—the typical new student uncertainties. Knowing that if I quit school, I would no longer hear him perform, gave me the tenacity to find a new roommate and change my major several times. I would like to thank him, and find out if he is still performing, and possibly find out if he has a CD for purchase. I believe he lived in Pottstown or Pottsville, Pa. Would it be possible for your staff to research my inquiry?

He changed the lyrics to Piano Man to college life:

“It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
and the manager gives me a smile
’cause he knows that it’s me they’re been comin’ to see
to forget about classes for a while…” 

and You’re My Home:

“Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Indiana’s early morning dew
High up in the hills of Punxsutawney
Home is just another word for you…”

I’ll bet there are many students from my college era who would have their day brightened by memories of Bill Allison!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my old college buddies, Donata Magnani, Marta Tridico, Gwen LaCoe, Brenda Royer, and Jeanie Stephens, for their support during my recent divorce. I got back in touch with them after twenty-five years!

Karen Kos Gierlaszynski ’79
Tucson, Ariz.

(Editor’s Note: We consulted the  alumni records but couldn’t find Bill Allison. Bill, if you’re out there somewhere, please check in.)

Putting Names with Faces…

Imagine my surprise when I saw (again) my picture with Marion Bankert on page 16 of the latest issue of IUP Magazine. Whoever informed you of our names? After all, we graduated in 1951 (a long time ago).

I have had a lot of fun with both the first “Welcome Alumni” picture and now the second.

Thank you, IUP Magazine, and IUP for so many wonderful memories.

Marilyn Weaver Haack ’51
Pittsburgh, Pa.

...Or Maybe Not

In the Winter 2005 issue, you stated on page 16 that the girls in the Homecoming flyer were Marilyn Weaver and Marion Bankert.

The two pictured are from the Class of 1955—Kathleen Pebley is on the left and Mary Gunsallus is on the right. Both were Elementary majors, and neither were cheerleaders but always enjoyed a good laugh. Unfortunately, I don’t know their married names, if they did marry.

May I offer a late thank you for the whitewater article in the Fall issue. My husband, Robert Decker ’52, used to take students on annual trips to Ohiopyle and always used the services of the Laurel Highlands River Tours.

Many thanks to that group for their care, expertise, and happy memories.

Rosemary Conlon Decker ’55
East Springfield, Ohio