Here and There

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Homecoming Ball

At the Homecoming Ball—

Beverly Roberts-Atwater, left, and President Tony Atwater joined Beulah Corsini Fisher ’56, the Homecoming Parade marshal, and her husband, John, at Indiana Country Club. [credit: Catherine Prato]

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Athletes Unleashed—Alex Eggleston, left and Michael Svac both earned bachelor’s degrees in Safety Sciences from IUP in 1985. Now, though, they’re in the motivation game—almost literally, thanks to a sports-themed, computer-based program Eggleston devised to help companies motivate their employees. Workers are organized into competing virtual sports leagues with the ultimate result of improved employee performance in sales, service, safety, and quality. “We aim to unleash the inner athlete,” Eggleston said. Big-name clients have signed on, and last fall, F1rst League was voted the year’s most innovative product at a national trade show. Details are at www.f1rstleague.com. [credit: Sean Busher Photography, Inc.]

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Ride to Remember—Tony Ferek ’95, M’98 and his wife, Cindy, along with six others (most—like Tony—Washington, D.C., firefighters) began pedaling in San Francisco on August 1, 2006. By 9:48 a.m. on September 11, they were nearing their destination of the Pentagon, to which Tony and others had rushed five years earlier in response to the terrorist attack. Sleeping mostly in firehouses, they bicycled through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Virginia. As Tony put it, “343 firefighters lost in one day is a devastating loss and worthy of honor. Our focus on remembering was not on death but on the feeling of national unity that came as a result.”

Joni Cole

Helping Writers Thrive—Joni Cole ’80 presented a writing workshop at IUP last fall and also talked about her This Day in the Life books at a Six O’Clock Series presentation. A review of Cole’s latest effort, Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive, appears in the Bookends section of this issue. [credit:  Catherine Prato]

Jeff Rosen

Constitution Day Celebrant—Jeff Rosen, legal affairs editor of the New Republic and law professor at George Washington University, lectured at IUP last fall on “The Silver Bullet: Protecting Privacy and Security in an Age of Terror.” The event, scheduled in observance of Constitution Day, was part of IUP’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative. [credit: Catherine Prato]