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Letters to the Editor

Merle the Squirrel

The squirrel picture brought back memories of them in the ’40s-’50s, coming in the windows of John Sutton, looking for snacks. “Ours” was Merle.


Merle the squirrel loved a girl,
Lovely creature, name of Pearl,
Eyes had sparkle, tail had curl,
But she liked a guy named Earl,
And that’s the tale of Merle the squirrel.

Jean Brandenberger Fields ’51
(Elementary, of course!)
Conneaut, OH

Editor’s Note: The writer indicated she once lived in room 326 of John Sutton Hall.

Familiar Photo

I was just perusing the IUP alumni magazine and noticed the graduation photo. I do not know the students in the photo, but I remembered the photo! I was the managing editor of the Oak yearbook in ’84 and editor in ’85. I found the photo on page 287 of the 1984 Oak. I couldn't match up any of the faces from the senior portraits with the ladies in the photo, so maybe it was taken at graduation in ’83?

Jackie Janosik Buan ’85
Annapolis, MD

Editor’s Note: The archival photo in the Summer 2015 issue featured Maureen Brown Hasinger and Linda Siler at center left and right, respectively, on their graduation day in May 1984.

More from the Fall-Winter 2015 Issue of IUP Magazine

A Hell of a Ride

‘A Hell of a Ride’

For more than 30 years, IUP safety alumni have boosted the U.S. space program by filling a number of roles at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Early Bird Research

Early Bird Research

A Natural Sciences and Mathematics program is equipping undergraduates with research experience as well as general career-building skills.

Message from the President

Back in the early ’80s, the stereotype of engineers as lone geniuses was prevalent.... Only later did leaders in engineering practice demand that teamwork, communication, and leadership skills be part of the core education.

Namedroppers | Achievements | Mentors

Photo Gallery | Milestone Generosity

Web Exclusives

Photo Galleries: The Oak Grove and Thomas Sutton Hall

From Wartime to ‘Wild Hour’

The IUP campus is far different from the one Marian Templeton Brown ’45 knew at the height of World War II.

The Haunted Halls of IUP

With Keith and Leonard halls slated for demolition, IUP’s Paranormal Society looks to the future of ghost hunting, minus two campus hot spots.

Vantage Point

Selected IUP faculty respond to the question:"How has electronic communication affected society, and how will it continue to do so?"

Dining Innovations

After more than a year of renovations, Folger Hall reopened in October, completing Phase II of IUP’s $37-million dining master plan.

Miracle on the Streets

A peace movement started by an IUP alumnus cut the homicide rate in Boston by nearly 80 percent and has since been emulated around the world.