Letters

Deployment Clarification

I got a big kick out of seeing George Hood, Sr.’s picture in the latest IUP Magazine issue. He and I graduated from Indiana High School together and our wives likewise from ISTC—both Music Ed.’57. I almost always find news of someone I know in my wife’s copy of your magazine.

I enjoyed the previous issue’s account of the sister soldiers, but the author made a historically inaccurate statement when she wrote that they were among the first Pennsylvania Guardsmen to be deployed overseas since WW II. The entire 28th Division (PARNG), of which the girls’ unit is a part, was called up in 1951, trained at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and deployed to Germany during the Korean War. That included Indiana [Pennsylvania’s] Company F, 110th Infantry, which may have had ISTC students among its members. I don’t know about that for sure, but while attending ISTC in 1954, I belonged to the returned 628th Tank Battalion in Johnstown and participated in the ceremony at Indiantown Gap when the U.S. Army formally returned all the units’ colors to the Commonwealth.

—Richard W. Watson
New Providence, N.J.

“The Best Years of Our Lives”

It was with dismay that I read “Residential Revival II” in the Winter, 2007, issue of IUP Magazine.  It stated that Langham Hall is in its last semester of occupancy.  I have many wonderful memories of living in this dorm.  I made great friends and we had great adventures.  Although we didn’t believe it at the time, we had some of the best years of our lives.

In 1967, I entered IUP as a freshman and I was assigned to Conestoga.  By chance and incredible luck, in my hall were about fifteen girls who were to become my best friends.  We were all first-generation college, and we were delighted to be together.  We lived, laughed, and occasionally fell in love.  We became the Conestoga Cuties.

Sophomore year we moved en masse to LeRoy Hall.  We chose the “off-campus” dorm so we could stay together.  I remember them sending down continental breakfast and while we were there we watched IUP in the Boardwalk Bowl.  For the first time we had no hours.  For one short year we were the LeRoy Lovelies and formed a lifelong bond.

Our final move was to Langham.  Once again we moved together and claimed one end of the second floor.  The next two years as Langham Lovelies we experienced many changes.  Phones went from one in the hall to one in each room (for local calls only).  We voted to keep men off our floor and out of our dorm.  Some of us student taught and some of us got engaged.  We laughed and cried.  We graduated and went in many different directions, but we always kept in touch.

Over the years we have gotten together in large groups and small.  We talked about our years at IUP and remembered the great times we had.  We read the alumni news and kept up on what was happening on campus.  Things slowly began to change—first Conestoga was torn down, then LeRoy.  Now our last piece of history, Langham, is about to be demolished.  The IUP of our youth lives on only in our memories.  We will still get together, we will still share wonderful memories, but I doubt we will ever go back; our IUP has changed forever.

If there is any way I could purchase a piece of my past, a brick, a doorknob, or anything I would really appreciate it.  Thank you, IUP, for four wonderful years. I hope I can have a piece of it to hold on to.

—Catherine Hickman Pivnicny ’71
Wollaston, Mass.

Space for Sororities

I received my IUP Magazine today and looked forward to reading it as I always do. 

When I read the article titled “Suite Success” I was saddened and dismayed.  I attended a farewell tribute at IUP just last weekend as a way of saying goodbye to the Tri-Halls and the Panhellenic Suites.

At the Panhellenic Brunch, it was explained to us that the university has no current plans to provide housing for the university’s sororities.  We are being expelled from campus to obtain shared office space off campus.  This in no way is a “win/win resolution” as described by Terry Appolonia, interim dean of students. 

My sorority membership was a vital part of my campus life and our suite was the hub of that activity.  Without a centrally located independent facility to organize activities, a threat is posed to the future of the Panhellenic system.

I have served as a chapter adviser for over ten years for my sorority on another campus that did not have the luxury of suites.  The experience there solidified my resolve that a form of housing is paramount to the lasting success of Greek organizations. 

While I am happy that facilities are being provided to the African American Cultural Center, International Affairs office, and Social Equity office, I encourage the administration to consider the needs of the 9 percent student population that is Greek.

I encourage the administration to quickly outline a formal plan to “reestablish a residential relationship with the sororities” and encourage the Greek alumnae population to direct any annual fund contributions to the Greek Leadership Fund until that plan is in place.

—Barbara Baird Wehn ’85
Delta Gamma
Canonsburg, Pa.

Terry Appolonia ’79, M’81, interim dean of students, responds:
Demolition of the Tri-Halls complex as part of Residential Revival Phase II has temporarily suspended IUP’s longstanding space arrangements with its Panhellenic sororities and a number of service organizations.  Nonresidential organization suites had been a programmatic aspect of the Tri-Halls since they first opened in 1963.  For many years prior, organization suites existed in the basement of Sutton Hall.

In the Spring semester, the Center for Student Life worked collaboratively with the undergraduate Panhellenic Association and alumnae representatives of the eleven nationally chartered sororities to identify and lease private suite space on North Seventh Street. Late in the semester, lease documents were authored and signed, and the eleven sororities and the Panhellenic Association anticipate occupying the transitional suites by September.  Five additional organizations most recently housed in the Tri-Halls are being relocated to Elkin Hall.

IUP remains committed to its social and service Greek-letter organizations and is actively identifying future space and residential opportunities; these include the reestablishment of nonresidential suites in the Residential Revival facilities and/or the engineering and construction of community-based Greek housing.  The university seeks both to restore and enhance its space arrangements with these organizations and to apply the same living/learning principles adopted as part of Residential Revival.

Colonel Deyo Remembered

The recent announcement in the magazine of the death of Truman Deyo M’62 was only part of the story. Lieutenant Colonel Deyo was a 1941 graduate of the United States Military Academy and originally came to IUP not as a student but as the Professor of Military Science, i.e., the senior faculty member of the ROTC Department.

—Bernard F. Meisel ’60
Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
Sun City Center, Fla.