Letters

Problem Solver

I recently visited campus and met with my old friend and mentor, Dr. Jack Frank [’58], former Veterans Affairs Director at IUP. It was good seeing Jack again because he was such an important influence to me and the many veterans he has helped over the years.

I enrolled at Indiana State College in 1965 and had changed majors several times before I was drafted in 1967. With Jack’s help, I was able to enroll full time after the service and used my “G.I. Bill” to complete my bachelor’s degree in Education and master’s degree in Student Personnel Services. I also worked for Jack and helped other veterans through the Veterans Affairs Office and the IUP Vets Club. Working with veterans exposed me to the Punxsutawney Campus and Norman Storm, the director, who hired me as his assistant in 1977.

Jack drove me around campus and showed me all the wonderful changes that are happening at IUP. I thought about the many memories that were associated with IUP during my ten years as a student and employee. We ended up at the VFW and sat and talked about the “good old days” and told many sea stories as old sailors often do. His counseling and ability to solve the many problems associated with college and older students and their families will always be appreciated by the many hundreds of veterans he has helped.

I have tried to emulate Jack’s style and mannerisms to help the students and families at Maine Maritime Academy and was glad to tell him that in person over a cold beer.

Richard Youcis ’75, M’77
Director, Career Services/Cadet Shipping
Maine Maritime Academy
Castine,Me.

We Were There

(The two messages that follow were sent to University Archivist Harrison Wick.)

Archive photo from "The Oak"

I am responding to the picture on Page 20 of the Summer issue of IUP Magazine from the 1968 yearbook. I am in the back row, looking in the direction of the camera, wearing a jacket with white sleeves, with the word Captain on it. I came down from Punxsutawney for the game. I was a business major and graduated with a degree in accounting. I spent thirty-five years as a CPA and CFP and retired in 2006 from Beard Miller Company in Harrisburg. I am now living in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The second guy to my left is Bruce Longenecker [’71]. We went to the same high school. He is an accountant working for a real estate firm in Pittsburgh. The guy sitting in front of me with the same jacket as mine is Phil Arnold [’75]. Phil also went to the same high school in Lebanon, Pa. He left after his freshman year at IUP to join the Army. After serving in Vietnam, he came back to IUP and got his degree. He is self-employed and living in Lebanon, Pa.

Thanks for the picture. It brought back a lot of good memories. Bruce, Phil, and I called each other after we saw the picture.

John Laudeman ’71
Conway, S.C.

I don’t remember all the circumstances about the photo or who took it, but I recognized myself on the top row second from the left. I was a high school senior at the time and visiting IUP with my friend. My brother was attending IUP at the time but is not in the picture. I decided to go to IUP, and my friend went to Penn State. I graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in Psychology.

John Peles ’73
Ellicott City,Md.

Dr. Bell’s Prophecy

The other morning while reading the newspaper I had a flashback to 1961. I could see my favorite instructor in my favorite class making a bold prediction. Dr. Willis Bell stood in front of the class and in a very animated manner boldly declared that someday science would be able to take a cell from the big toe of a person and recreate a duplicate of that person.

Well, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 24, 2009, article reported that Chinese scientists have managed to develop a process which enables them to take mouse skin cells and to replicate the donor mouse. The bold prediction of Dr. Bell had been proven.

Dr. Bell was a character by any definition. The course title was Botany 2, the study of lower plants. His introductory lectures, however, broadly dealt with all of the biological sciences, which is how he came to include the prediction in a botany class. At that time, DNA was a brand-new topic. How could anyone envision that the prediction could possibly be true?

It is amazing how often a single person’s influence stays with us.

John Fruehstorfer ’63
Butler, Pa.

Same Time Next Year

(The following message was sent to Web Editor Bruce Dries in regard to Alumni Extra.)

Thank you so much for posting the photo of my mother-in-law [Ruth Van Orner Shaul ’49] and her Delt friends. My husband and I were thrilled to have Ruthie fly to Mechanicsburg, Pa., from Georgia to meet up with her friends. These gals had been having yearly reunions for the past twenty years.

My father-in-law, Andy Shaul ’49 (quarterback of the Indiana Normal School football team in the late ’40s after serving in WWII), had always been Ruth’s means of transportation for these gatherings. It had been four years since she had seen her friends, as Andy had been in poor health and passed away last June. Ruthie has never been a fan of flying but proclaimed she will be back next year, as she truly treasures these lovely ladies. She e-mailed me this morning and was thrilled to have the picture posted on-line. Thanks again for making a very spry and amazing octogenarian feel very special.

Cyndy Shock Shaul ’76, M’79
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Miracle Field

(IUP Magazine Web Editor Bruce Dries received the following message regarding a story in the Summer issue, a related Web Exclusive, and an on-line video about the Miracle Field in Cranberry Township.)

Wow…this is fantastic!! You captured the true intent of this field. Great job! I’m proud to be an IUP alum.

We will put these links up on our Miracle League website as well.

Thanks for all your hard work and help informing the public about the Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mike Sherry ’90
Cranberry Township, Pa.

Marilyn Proffitt Whiteside, left, with Thelma Smucker Iscrupe in 1943 on a wall between Sutton and McElhaney halls. Photo courtesy of Loyal Whiteside.

Marilyn Proffitt Whiteside, left, with Thelma Smucker Iscrupe in 1943 on a wall between Sutton and McElhaney halls. Photo courtesy of Loyal Whiteside.

Memories of Marilyn

I lost my wife of sixty-two years on May 27. She was a graduate of ISTC, Class of 1946, in the music department. She was active in music up to her death.After graduating from ISTC, she taught music in Mars, Pa., public schools and Ridley Township school system in eastern Pennsylvania. Marilyn was also a choir director, at Ridley Park Methodist Church and Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Wallingford, Pa. After retiring to Florida, she was the director of the Continental Singers at Continental Country Club for many years.

I thought it interesting that she was born May 27, 1924, graduated high school May 27, 1942, graduated ISTC May 27, 1946, and died May 27, 2009.

I found several things in her personal keepsakes you may be interested in and will enclose them. The snapshots are Marilyn Proffitt and her roommate for all four years at ISTC: Thelma Smucker. Thelma is still active in music and lives in Ligonier, Pa. Her married name is Thelma Iscrupe.

Loyal Whiteside
Wildwood, Fla.