On the Pittsburgh Stage—In what has become an annual event, IUP music ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, took to the Heinz Hall stage in November in IUP Plays Pittsburgh (above). In addition to performances by student musicians, the evening featured a dessert reception for guests and remarks by President Tony Atwater. Master of ceremonies was WQED’s Ted Sohier. Photo: Keith Boyer
Star Power—A few days before French author and director Philippe Claudel arrived for a two-week visit at IUP in October, a major story about him and his films appeared in the Sunday New York Times. His first film as a director, I’ve Loved You So Long, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, was opening in New York and Los Angeles. Earlier in the year, it had been a surprise hit in France, where Claudel was already well known as the author of eight novels and many other works of nonfiction and short fiction. His best-selling 2003 novel, Les Âmes Grises, was published in the U.S. in 2006 under the title By a Slow River and adapted for the screen by Claudel. At IUP, he presented four workshops, was guest of honor at “An Evening with Philippe Claudel,” and discussed his films. The visit—Claudel’s second to IUP—was sponsored by the Department of French and German. Photo: Keith Boyer
Monumental—The names of Lewis Brindle ’75 and Olive Fornear ’33 (above) will henceforth be permanent fixtures in Cogswell Hall. The Lewis C. Brindle Choral Rehearsal Hall and the Olive Mae Fornear Music Education Classroom will serve generations of music students and musicians. Fornear was a faculty member in the Department of Music for seventeen years before her retirement in 1974. She also received the President’s Medal of Distinction in 2003. Brindle received a master’s degree in music from Boston University and pursued a performance career in New York and Boston. He is currently an administrator at New York University. Photo: Keith Boyer
Pittsburgh Possibilities—Flanked by President Tony Atwater and Bill Flanagan, Debra Valentine-Gray welcomed guests to the opening of IUP’s Pittsburgh office in November. In her role as director of Regional Advancement, Valentine-Gray will work with various segments of the community and region from the office in the National City Building, 20 Stanwix Street. Flanagan is executive vice president–Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Photo: Keith Boyer
Hall of Fame—IUP Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Neral didn’t appear with his fellow inductees in the Fall issue of IUP Magazine. He won the Division II national championship in the javelin his senior year.
Reveille—This image from 1959 apparently involves sisters of Sigma Kappa. Can you identify the occasion? The location? The participants? If you have photographs, scrapbooks, or memorabilia you would like to donate, contact Harrison Wick at the University Archives in Stapleton Library at 724-357-3039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrisburg Guest—Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor John Cavanaugh, right, paid his first visit to IUP last fall and was welcomed to Sutton Hall by President Tony Atwater. He assumed the chancellorship July 1 after serving most recently as president of the University of West Florida in Pensacola, a position he had held since 2002. In the quarter-century of the State System’s existence, he is only the third chancellor. Photo: Keith Boyer
Leading the Parade—Class of 1958 members Shirley Gibson Pow, left, and Norma Freliche Zimmer were the 2008 Homecoming marshals. Photo: Keith Boyer
Political Pairing—A month before the 2008 election, Mary Matalin and her husband, James Carville (above), enlightened and entertained an audience in the newly renovated IUP Performing Arts Center. Because the couple’s appearance was the inaugural presentation in the First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture Series, tickets to the university and community event were free. Photo: Keith Boyer
Interior Art—Not only is the new IUP Performing Arts Center architecturally impressive, but visitors and theater audiences also have several pieces of art to enjoy. Two paintings by Anna Marie Schnur ’52, a golden vase with a Mideast theme, and a rug hooked by the late faculty member Joanne Lovette ’49 while she was Art Department chairperson are among the items on display. All are part of the Permanent Collection of the University Museum. Photos: Keith Boyer