Letters

A Pretty Remarkable Place

I was pleased to receive the most recent edition of the IUP Magazine and read the article “Not Gone, Not Forgotten.”  Not giving away too much about my age, but I knew four of the honorees personally while attending ISTC.

The best part for me, however, was to learn more about Corinne Menk Wahr. I never knew much about her personally, but I was honored twice to receive an award from her donation—once, in 1955 for Excellence in the Fine Arts and again a year later, for Demonstrated Initiative. Each award carried with it a check for fifty dollars. From the 1956 award I took forty of it to pay my debt to “Red” Price of the Kampus Kove, who put a lot of meals on credit; gave five dollars to the registrar, Mary Esch, for my “degree fee”; and graduated debt free with five dollars in my pocket.

A pretty remarkable place, IUP. 

Clifford Cox ’56, M’59, M’68
Edinboro, Pa.

Natural Leader

I was delighted to see that Susan Delaney was recognized in the Fall issue of IUP Magazine.

I was also a recipient of the Corinne Menk Wahr Scholarship for my graduate studies.  I received an M.Ed. in 1965 and served as a school administrator in the Indiana, Pa., schools, where I initiated the first elementary school guidance program. Susan was serving in many capacities while I lived in Indiana until retiring in 1991. She is a natural leader.

I was truly blessed with a fine IUP graduate-level education.

Please convey my appreciation to Susan.

Ruth Smith Stacy M’65, D’80
Mayville, N.Y.

Susan and the Streaker

I enjoyed the IUP Magazine as I always do, but I especially liked reading about Susan Delaney.  Suzie Snell and I were in many of the same classes there at IUP in old McElhaney Hall, where the Home Economics discipline was housed.  Seeing the Washington house, I was reminded of the Home Management Houses. In those days, we even had an infant to care for as part of our training.

The back cover—the Oak Grove Streaker—was  priceless! It tickled me more than all the articles that I have read through the years. 

Cathy Kohler Raffle ’64
Northville, Mich.

Mystery Majors

The picture on page 22 of the Summer 2008 IUP Magazine is not of student teachers but instead of “science majors.”  Eventually, most, if not all, would become “student teachers.”

I am in the third row in the picture, and I completed my student teaching at the Keith School in Spring semester 1962. Of the ones I have identified, some were in chemistry and others in biology.

I retired in 2002 after teaching biology for thirty-six years at Radford University.

Patrick B. Mikesell ’62
Radford, Va.

Editor’s Note: Those Patrick identified are James Vidra ’62, Anthony Sobota ’60, John Thounhurst ’62, Douglas Klimchock ’61, Patrick Mikesell ’62, Angelo MacCagnan ’62, Ralph Garvelli ’61, M’65, Regis Giles ’62, and Donald Stramanak ’62. Meanwhile, the woman on the right in the photo on page 10 of the Fall issue, identified by an alert reader, is Betty Jane Ondrejack Workosky ’54, M’74.

It’s Still Bill

I realize the letter reprinted below is three years old, but here I am trying to find info on Bill Allison. I did a Google search and stumbled across the letter. A friend performed a Harry Chapin tune tonight and, as always, my thoughts went back to IUP and Bill. What I wouldn't give for a decent copy of one of his performances and to hear his originals again. (I sing my songs) For the Lady still runs through my head and my heart.

I, too, am an IUP grad who, although I didn’t finally get my diploma until 1991, matriculated in 1975 and left in 1979. Bill Allison’s Coffeehouses are some of my most cherished memories. He introduced me to Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg, and Harry Chapin—three of my all-time favorites. I actually have a tape of part of one of his performances at Stewart Hall. Listening to it is a step back in time, as it was a pretty rudimentary recorder and my roommates are chattering away in the background. Hearing their voices so many years later always takes me back. 

Anyway, Billy was never a student—only a performer. He was indeed from the middle of the state and was friends with the RA in our dorm, but I’ll be darned if I can remember her last name. Third floor Mack—1975–1977....Patty Something?  Mary Michael O’Halloran (a DZ) was at my end—Patty was at the other. When I came back to school in 1990, I worked in the finance office and ran across his name in the Vendor listing, as he had been paid to perform. If there is any way to reach him, please let him know he touched many lives—I’d love to hear his voice again. Thank you.

Ann Butekoff ’91
Parma, Ohio

The letter Ann found on line:

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, For 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—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’ve 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!

Karen Kos Gierlaszynski ’79
Tucson, Ariz.

Editor’s Note:
Thanks to alert reader Kitty Spangler ’77, Bill Allison has been found alive and well and living near Pottsville. He provides the following update: 

I loved playing at IUP! To think that people still remember me is awesome. I made my “début” as a performer at a coffee house in the basement of the Governor’s Quad in 1974. For the next few years I played at various locations around campus, and I believe my last performance at IUP was in ’79  or ’80 at Fisher Hall. Even though I never attended IUP as a student, I always viewed IUP as my home away from home and where I truly received my education. I was always so grateful, and at times overwhelmed, at how kind and gracious everyone was to me in how they received me. Such great memories! I still have a write-up by Germaine Kropilak from the IUP newspaper of one of my performances at the Student Union that I keep framed and hanging above my piano. I’m so grateful to my dear friend, Kitty Spangler, for inviting me to IUP and being instrumental in arranging for me to perform for the first time.

I still play piano but, except for a rare and very occasional “gig,” I no longer play professionally. Life kind of led me in a different direction. For the last twenty-some years I’ve been working in Human Services, working with individuals with mental challenges and mental health and behavior issues. I love the work I do. There are all sorts of ways to make music.

I still play piano everyday, and I still write and I still sing. And I still remember IUP. Thank you for such great memories. And thank you for remembering me.

Bill