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Former Sutton Hall Roommates Stay Close

Sue Kordish and Friends

On Sutton Hall’s East Porch, from left: Joan Schmidt Hogan, Carla Shick Wheeler, Mary Oaks Bell, and Sue Girrell Kordish. Missing from the photo is Kathleen Duafala Courtney.

Five women who met as freshmen in 1965 and roomed on the fourth floor of John Sutton Hall have done a little more than keep in touch over the last 50 years—they’ve reconvened at least once each year since their IUP graduation. Their gathering in September was one of only two they’ve held on the IUP campus.

They are Kathleen Duafala Courtney ’68, of Aliquippa, co-owner of Courtney-Laughlin Frame Studio and Gallery; Sue Girrell Kordish ’68, M’92, of Curwensville, semi-retired dietitian and co-owner of Premier Planning and Management, LLC; Carla Shick Wheeler ’68, of Oil City, retired elementary teacher; Mary Oaks Bell ’69, M’72, of Jamestown, a retired math teacher; and Joan Schmidt Hogan ’69, of Evans City, part-time instructor at Butler County Community College.