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Masterpiece for a Moment

The Mystical Arts of Tibet, an educational tour, returned to IUP in October for the fourth time since 2003. Ten Tibetan monks led a weeklong celebration of sacred arts and shared information about Tibetan culture and Buddhism. As in years past, the monks constructed a sand mandala, a representation of the universe that they dismantle at the end of the week. This follows the Buddhist teaching of enjoying beauty but clinging to nothing, according to Stuart Chandler, religious studies professor and project coordinator. The visitors also created a butter sculpture, pictured here in its early stages.

Ten Tibetan monks led a weeklong celebration of sacred arts and shared information about Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The visitors also created a butter sculpture (torma), pictured here in its early stages. Photo: Keith Boyer

Tibetan monks have carved torma, as the sculptures are known, for centuries and typically display them as part of a festival just after the Tibetan New Year or use them as offerings, Chandler said. Photo by Keith Boyer.

Walras’s Work, in English

Professor emeritus, former Department of Economics chairperson, and Distinguished University Professor Donald Walker was an IUP faculty member for 27 years. He has long been recognized as a leading scholar of the landmark theories of Léon Walras and now, with Jan van Daal, has published a definitive English translation of Walras’s seminal work. In an extensive introduction to Elements of Theoretical Economics: Or, The Theory of Social Wealth, published by Cambridge University Press, Walker provides context for Walras’s work and also reveals why the third edition is logically more complete than the fourth. In a review of the new volume, Harald Hagemann of the University of Hohenheim in Germany writes, “Walras’s theory of general economic equilibrium has inspired many great economists.… It is therefore highly welcome that the third and finest edition of Walras’s opus magnum, Elements, for the first time is available in an excellent English edition, thanks to Donald Walker and Jan van Daal, two leading Walrasian scholars.”

Partnership with Africa

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has selected six African university leaders for its inaugural Global Dialogue Fellows program. To support the fellows, six Global Dialogue Partners have been chosen, and one of them is Michele Petrucci D’05, assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement at IUP. She will meet with Zainab Ali Iddi from the State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania, at NAFSA conferences and will also welcome him to IUP next year. “This is a reconnection with my African past,” Petrucci said. “I spent one year teaching in the Peace Corps in Botswana and nearly six years living, working, and studying in South Africa. Africa is often overlooked in the field of international education, so I am especially proud to be a Global Dialogue Partner.” Petrucci has led IUP’s Office of International Education, formerly the Office of International Affairs, since 1997.

Tales of Mt. Washington

Gary Patton taught in the Department of Psychology for 26 years before retiring in 1997 and being awarded emeritus status. He and his wife, Lenore Patton M’78, moved to New Hampshire, the setting for his two novels. Recently published, the second of these, Selling Mt. Washington, is a satirical tale of an effort to pass a bill in the state legislature to sell Mt. Washington State Park and allow the installation of wind turbines. “Granite Staters proudly claim that 6,288-foot Mt. Washington has the worst weather in the world,” the author said, “with an average of 311 inches of snow, temperatures that have never risen above 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and hurricane-force winds that once set a record at 231 miles per hour.” The book’s protagonist makes a deal with a state party chairman, vowing to find a Senate candidate in exchange for being named state attorney general. All he can find is “an oaf and a clod,” who, he hopes, will vote against the wind turbine bill. The book is available through major retailers.

Writing Center Renamed

Kathleen Jones White Writing Center

The IUP Writing Center was renamed in honor Kathleen Jones White, former dean of the School of Home Economics, in October. White’s husband, David, commemorated her love of reading and writing by establishing an endowment to support the work of the center. A 1956 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, Kathleen White died in 2006.

Faculty Deaths

The following former faculty members died in recent months:

  • Robert Johnson, who retired from the English Department in 1998 after 27 years of service, died June 29, 2015.
  • Sally Thornton M’77, a professor emerita who retired in 2009 after more than 27 years in the Spanish Department, died September 19, 2015.

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 | Photo Gallery

Milestone Generosity | Letters to the Editor

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.