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Reunion of Penn editors Gail Smith-Arrants ’73, John Ghrist ’73, and Gregory Harris ’75


In July of 2005, three former IUP Penn editors had their first reunion since 1973 in Lakewood, Colorado. Attending were (left to right) Gail Smith-Arrants ’73, John Ghrist ’73, and Gregory Harris ’75. 

Smith-Arrants is a reporter/columnist with the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. She’s written about hockey players, politicians, heart surgeons—and a 96-year-old barber who’s still working fulltime. She previously worked for newspapers in Lexington, Ky., Greenville, S.C., and Johnstown, Pa. She received her M.A. in journalism in 1982 from the University of Georgia.

By day, he works in the accounting dept of a materials handling company by day. But evenings and weekends sees Greg Harris transform into SETH, one of Colorado’s more popular performance poets. A published poet and short-story writer, actor, and percussionist, SETH’s works are sometimes performed solo and sometimes with a band and a couple of dancers.

After graduating from IUP in 1973, John Ghrist relocated to the Denver area to work for a news service. A computer programmer for most of the ’80s, Ghrist returned to his journalistic roots and has since worked for several business-to-business computer-related magazines. Since 1990, he’s worked for iSeries NEWS, a trade magazine for users of IBM business systems, where he is currently a senior editor. An avid board gamer, since 1983 he has also been a coordinator for Denver Gamers Association, a not-for-profit group that sponsors conventions for gaming hobby enthusiasts.

(April, 2006)