In December, the IUP Council of Trustees voted to rename the Suites on Grant–Upper in honor of Donna Dickie Putt ’69. A six-year board member of the Foundation for IUP, Putt served as board president for two years and as vice president for one. She was instrumental in planning the first phase of the Residential Revival student housing project—the phase that produced the building now named in her honor. The other building in the Suites on Grant was renamed last year for Susan Snell Delaney ’64.
For a man who has spent much of his life responding to grave crisis situations (Beirut, the Achille Lauro, Pan Am Flight 103), Robert Anderson ’67 is admirably upbeat. In December, President Tony Atwater, left, presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from IUP. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a D.Ed. degree from Nova Southeastern University. Anderson is an expert in psychological operations, combat stress, and terrorism. Now director of behavior medicine and bioethics for the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program, he draws from more than twenty years’ experience in the U.S. Air Force, serving in social work and mental health settings.
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Somehow, This Chair Seems Strangely Familiar
According to the Society for Contemporary Craft, more than 100,000 Pittsburghers regularly experience the changing exhibitions at the society’s satellite gallery in the transit station at One Mellon Bank Center. This past winter’s focus of attention was The Adirondack III: Transformation and Reinvention, which highlighted green design by students from IUP’s Center for Turning and Furniture Design. One of twelve chairs in the exhibit, Two-Door-ondack by recent graduate Kate Gagermeier, was crafted exclusively from closet doors reclaimed from the demolished Langham and Gordon halls.
Kamal Ud-Din, right, received a Ph.D. in English from IUP in December. With him is his dissertation director, Kenneth Sherwood, a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism. Ud-Din, Sherwood said, believes he is the first blind recipient of a Fulbright doctoral fellowship. In Pakistan, he is old enough to retire but instead came to the U.S. to study, writing his dissertation on the African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Blind since twelfth grade, he hopes to develop a center for the blind in Pakistan and to encourage the inclusion of African American literature in academic curricula. “His is a remarkable story,” Sherwood said, “of crossing cultures and overcoming hurdles to do so.”
John Updike’s visit to Kittanning was described in the Summer 1992 issue of IUP Magazine.
When John Updike died in January, he was described in the New York Times as “America’s Last True Man of Letters.” Many in Western Pennsylvania recalled the visit he made to IUP’s Armstrong Campus in 1992 at the invitation of English professor Ronald Shafer ’68. “He was speaking at the College English Association conference in Pittsburgh, and I thought it would be great to have him come and speak at the Kittanning IUP campus, as well as Kittanning High School,” Shafer told the Leader Times. Updike participated in an afternoon writers’ workshop and in the evening read selections of his poetry, as well as his short story “Daughter, Last Glimpses of.” Shafer remembers how the author “was staggered by the beauty of the town when he saw it from the bluffs in West Kittanning.” “In his book Licks of Love,” Shafer said, “he speaks of a small town along the Allegheny River, north of Pittsburgh.” Cover photo by Ron Shafer.