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Round and Round
Originally designed as a pit for a Foucault pendulum—a device that demonstrates the Earth’s rotation—this structure in Weyandt Hall now bears the mark of the Geoscience Department. [Keith Boyer]
For many students, rubbing the cool head of the marble sea elephant in Stapleton Library is a finals-week tradition, according to Interlibrary Loan employee Bobbie Zapor ’08. It’s a fitting tribute for a sculpture that in the early ’70s came to IUP as part of an Animals in Marble exhibit, the pieces of which Manchester, Vermont, artist Jane Armstrong encouraged viewers to touch. The sculpture remained at the university through an anonymous gift. [Keith Boyer]
In March, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region tournament. The women, 24-7, ended their season as the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament champions, and the men, 28-4, set a program record with 26 regular-season wins and won the PSAC West title.
This photo from a women’s basketball game appears in the 1983 Oak yearbook. If you can identify anyone in the photo or share a story, Harrison Wick, IUP Special Collections librarian and university archivist, would love to hear from you. He’s also interested in acquiring IUP memorabilia, yearbooks, photos, and more. Contact him at
Winding Into History
At the top of these stairs is Breezedale’s cupola. The original view it afforded was one of tree-dotted lawns and Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. Today, that has given way to the facades of Whitmyre, Elkin, and the Northern Suites. Built as a private residence in the 1860s, Breezedale had a second life as student housing and as an academic building after its purchase by the commonwealth in 1947. Since the building’s restoration in the late 1980s, it has been home to IUP’s Office of Alumni Relations. [Keith Boyer]