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For the Record

I was able to find my 1980 Oak yearbook in my garage, and it answers the question you posed in IUP Magazine .

On page 64 of the Oak, there is a photo of the 1979 Homecoming “queen,” and his name is Tim Carroll. I had his first name right, which is pretty good after 37 years! He is also pictured on page 156 of the yearbook as a member of the executive staff of the Penn. I knew Tim, and he was a nice guy. The Oak also references the following about Tim as Homecoming queen: “Although Tim Leventry was IUP’s first male Homecoming royalty in the early 1970s, Carroll was the first male to ride the queen’s float.” Tim Leventry is my older brother and also worked at the Penn as the chief artist and cartoonist.

Jeffrey Leventry ’80
Yardley, PA

Traditions Upended

A classic Homecoming in 1979! The IUP student body votes its choice, and a guy running for Homecoming queen wins.

Tim Carroll is crowned at the game, with two Main Campus beauties shown to his left and right.  Also shown is a young lady from Kittanning Campus, far right.

The scene at the traditional Homecoming parade was a memory. As the floats rolled down Fraternity Row, South Seventh Street, with the HC court perched on top, our Homecoming queen was egged.

I give Tim C credit for his groundbreaking appearance and bravery. Patti Mehall of Sigma Kappa, left in photo, his runner-up, stood by and showed grace as our Homecoming traditions were upended.

It was late ’70s anti-establishment clashing with campus traditions. We viewed the parades from the Phi Sigma Kappa front porch, 228 South Seventh Street.

Patti Kengersky Marchiori ’80 and Gary Marchiori ’80
Buffalo, NY

‘Quite an Outcry’

I am writing in regard to the photo titled “Homecoming Past” on page 18 of the fall-winter edition of IUP Magazine. The photo is of the 1979 Homecoming court. The “queen” was my good friend and fellow journalism major Tim Carroll. There was quite an outcry over his candidacy and election, and things got so out of hand, with people protesting and threatening him, that Tim went “undercover” for a few days, staying at the Newman Center rectory with our mutual friend, Father Bill Rathgeb.

Tim later went on to be elected president of the Pennsylvania Newman Province. I graduated from IUP in May 1980, entered the seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, in September, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in 1984. For the past 30 years, I have served as editor of our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Register. I also serve as pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Altoona.

The last I heard of Tim, he was working for the Wall Street Journal. Father Rathgeb is now Monsignor Rathgeb and is chaplain to the Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill in Greensburg and judicial vicar for the Diocese of Greensburg.

Monsignor Tim Stein ’80
Altoona, PA

Editor’s Note: Archivist Harrison Wick received many responses identifying the 1979 Homecoming court, Patti Mehall Shipley ’81, Tim Carroll ’82, and Cydney Shields ’81, and the Kittanning Campus’s Homecoming queen, Lisa Tamburro Fescemyer ’83. Others who responded included Ray Askey ’80, Susan Clarke-Johnson ’80, Terry Dunlap ’81, Mary Benson Solberg ’81, Jim Pish ’82, Daniel Holmes ’83, Carl Bloom ’84, and professor emeritus David Truby.

Ending on a High Note

Thank you for allowing me to add more context to the “ Drums of Steel” story in the Fall-Winter 2016 edition of the magazine.

IUP’s Marching Band and the Music Department always had a strong tradition of talented members going on to do other exciting things in marching activities. Many, like myself, performed in very successful Drum Corps International or Winter Guard International groups. Several IUP alumni also became prominent teachers, designers, composers, and competition judges. But for those of us who still had the urge to perform, opportunities were limited, especially since there are age limits for DCI and WGI membership.

When Vince [Wallace] and I cofounded the Pittsburgh Steeline in 2012, we both shared the same passion for drumline performance, and of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Having known several friends who were also forming pro-sports drumlines across the country, including some IUP alumni, we had a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from their experiences. Now, as a result of our success, people near the Pittsburgh region have an outlet to perform again.

As the creative director, it was my responsibility to define the essence of the Steelers Nation in terms of visual elements and drumline sounds. Visually, I wanted to convey the look of the working class that made Pittsburgh unbreakable. Musically, I wanted to communicate intensity and excitement with discipline and quality. If the crowd went wild, the performers were challenged, and the drumline community was impressed, then I knew the composition was just right.

Watching the members turn my music and vision into amazing pageantry was an honor. Together, we forged history backed by many good people who dedicated their free time, for very little in return, to build the Steeline brand. When I resigned in the fourth season, I was very sad to leave, but I am proud to have ended my 25 years in the marching activity on a high note and a Steelers touchdown.

Members missing from the IUP alumni list of past performers include Cody Sasser [’15], Jared Kortz, Jim Settelmaier, Matt Galper, and myself. Notably, several other alumni, including graphic designer Trevor Calabro [’04], contributed greatly to the success of the group.

Dustin Lowes
Coraopolis, PA

Editor’s Note: Past members of the Steeline listed in the magazine’s online edition were Mark Surovchak ’02, Scott Kemerer ’05, Domenic Sorace ’06, Christopher (CJ) Lyons ’09, M’16, Elizabeth Mahovsky ’10, and Pat McAlister.

‘Whole New World’

It was the fall of 1950 when a young woman from the small town of Ebensburg stood at the doors of John Sutton Hall. To me, it resembled a giant tower waiting to “eat me alive.”

Being a freshman, I was escorted to the fourth floor corner room to live with a person unknown to me and later on with two others who lived next door. We became great friends!

At an orientation, rules were laid down as to study time, free time, lights out, and the punishment if not obeyed. After making it through all of this, I was escorted to the Music Department (my chosen field) and could not believe my eyes. I was in a space above the cafeteria containing classrooms, practice rooms, and very little room to move. Believe it or not, I spent my four years there and learned to enjoy the teachers, fellow students, and events of Music.

After graduation, I began my career at a small Smith High School, in Hopewell Township, where when anything needed to be done, I was it. It was a wonderful time. From high school perfection, I graduated to the elementary scene. What an experience to see the children enjoy the thrill of singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Encompassing all aspects of teaching, music became “great!”

Still today, after many, many years, they come up and say, “Remember me?” “Weren’t the operettas great?” “How about that square dancing?” or “Remember these songs we sang for Christmas” or other special days?

Yes, I can say that ISTC opened a whole new world for me that was to bring much happiness and joy to those I was privileged to teach.

Blodwen Burr Replogle ’54
Hopewell, PA