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Special Collections Invitation

Can you identify this photograph? Even if you can’t, if you have ISTC, ISC, or IUP pictures, scrapbooks, publications, or memorabilia you would like to donate to IUP Special Collections, contact Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Harrison Wick in Stapleton Library at 724-357-3039 or hwick@iup.edu. Visit the Special Collections website to learn about IUP history, and you will find digital collections, including yearbooks, photographs, commencement programs, and much more.

President’s Home Not Considered

For sixteen years I have been proud of the multiple-award-winning IUP Magazine, and have never before spotted an error.  In the interest of protecting the integrity of the public record, however, I need to address a misimpression in the Winter 2008 edition. A caption on page 9 refers to our purchase of “more than one hundred...acres, for construction of a house for the university president.”
 
When in the mid-1990s we acquired the 137 acres for a “south campus,” there was no thought being given to using it as a site for the executive residence. At that time trustees were looking at available homes in the community. The land acquisition was part of a larger goal to greatly expand recreational opportunities for IUP students. The plan included expansion of the student union building and the addition of new turf and lighting for Miller Stadium, as well as providing playing fields for various sports on the new property. Also envisioned for the south campus was a “regional development complex,” now evolved into the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, at a more appropriate location, and a university-run hotel to serve the facility. We had also projected the eventual appearance on this land of student family housing. It was only later, after purchase of an existing home for the president’s official residence fell through, that we decided to build the much-needed facility on the south campus.
 
No president, even I, would have been so blatant as to seek trustee and System approval to buy over one hundred acres of valuable land for the sole purpose of building a new president's home—but it is altogether probable, human nature and university politics being what they are, that such a charge would be made and believed. Thus the need for this clarification.

Lawrence K. Pettit
IUP President, 1992-2003
Helena, Mont. 

Return to Sender

I received my Winter 2008 IUP Magazine issue today. As I read it from cover to cover, I realized I have most of the issues (also Oak Leaves).

Do you know of any group who would use and enjoy these magazine? I am retired and as  I downsize, I am trying to find “homes” for many of my books, etc.

Numerous relatives, including my mother, Helen C. Warner Henry ’26, and sister, Bernice C. Henry Albitz Ott ’63, also graduated from IUP.

S. Marlene Henry Greene ’55
San Jose, Calif.

(Editor’s Note: The magazine staff would be especially delighted to receive extra copies of magazines that bear the Oak Leaves nameplate.)

Picture of Pride

I am a 1981 graduate of IUP, and my son is currently enrolled at the university. I love IUP and was delighted when he chose it. I was particularly happy when he decided to participate in the marching band (“The Legend”). 

My wife and I enjoyed watching the performances every opportunity we could. In fact, my son Vincent wrote the percussion part of IUP’s fight song. His last performance as a band member was at Heinz Hall in November 2007. I loved the picture of this event on page 6 of the Winter 2008 magazine and was wondering if there was any way I could get a copy of it. It would be a wonderful memento of his time at IUP. Please let me know how I could acquire a copy. Thanks for your work on the magazine.

Mark Wallace ’81
Pitcairn, Pa.