Spreading the Joy
Alumni who participated in the IUP gospel choir Voices of Joy returned to Indiana in April for a reunion weekend that culminated in a concert at Victory Christian Assembly Church. In the foreground, from left, Quintina Thomas ’11, Malaika Moses Turner ’95, M’99, and Nicole Willis Dawkins ’93 rehearsed with the rest of the reunion choir. Established in 1988, Voices of Joy is under the direction of faculty member Melvin Jenkins M’92. [Keith Boyer]
The Lively Arts at IUP welcomed Billie Jean King to campus in March for the Ideas and Issues lecture. King told the audience that, at age 11, she knew she wanted to be the number-one tennis player in the world. A year later, she decided if she reached that goal, she would make equality between women and men her platform. She succeeded on both fronts.
After a career marked by 39 Grand Slam wins, King became commissioner of the co-ed World Team Tennis. She is also remembered for her Battle of the Sexes victory over Bobby Riggs in 1973. King said she turned down Riggs’s challenges numerous times, and he went on to play Margaret Court and won. “So then I had to play,” she said.
King also shared that her longtime friend Elton John wrote “Philadelphia Freedom” for her, naming the song after her tennis team. [Jamie Empfield]
Awash in Memories
Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Harrison Wick, IUP Special Collections librarian and university archivist, came across this photo of the sorority from 1971 and wondered if readers could identify some of the members or share memories. Contact Wick by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s also interested in acquiring IUP memorabilia, photographs,scrapbooks, and more. Visit the IUP Special Collections and University Archives.
The baseball team’s Ryan Uhl was on deck as IUP faced Gannon on April 18. [Keith Boyer]
On the Treetops
From the roof of Weyandt Hall, university photographer Keith Boyer captured this bird’s-eye view of the Oak Grove’s north side, bordered by Oakland Avenue on the right.
More from the Summer 2014 Issue of IUP Magazine
Members of the campus community, including President Michael Driscoll, talk about the challenges IUP and other universities face with excessive partying and what they’re doing to combat it.
The women’s rugby club lacked a coach, visibility, and the funds to go to the national tournament, but its title run was the stuff Hollywood movies are made of.
Providing feedback on this issue of IUP Magazine will help to improve the product and earn you a chance at winning an IUP sweatshirt. Complete the online survey by September 1, 2014, to be eligible.
The IUP Alumni Association presented its highest honor to 10 alumni in fields ranging from the arts and culinary arts to the military and television and film production.
Each summer, the campus provides learning opportunities to students from elementary through high school while giving valuable experience to IUP student helpers.
Former Keith School students, student teachers, and faculty members will gather this fall to say goodbye to the building.