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The Slimed and the Meditative

Congratulations to the IUP Magazine staff for the beautiful photo spread depicting “The Student Experience” in the Fall, 2004 issue.

The images were striking and perfectly depicted the vast student experience at IUP—from a “slimed” student at a mixer to others walking through the Oak Grove amid autumnal splendor, from a chemistry student in a lab eyeing a mixture in a beaker to a young woman meditating amid a memorial.

As a university communications/marketing professional, I appreciate all of the work that goes into getting great images such as these and the additional time it takes to choose just the right ones for publication.

Pat Frantz Cercone ’85
Director of Communications and Marketing
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

On the Rivers

Great article from Marilyn Kukula [Beyond the Books, Fall 2004]. It brought back all kinds of good memories. I worked on the rivers from 1975 through 1983 and attended IUP from 1977 through 1983. I also worked for Mark McCarty during that period when he worked at his father's company. Halfway through my career, he bought Laurel Highlands. Great memories, thanks for bringing them back alive! 

Dave Hamilton '83
Oxford, Pa.

Unforgettable Moment

I am currently employed as a teacher of Spanish and French at the Avella Area School District. My son, Phillip Alan Blose, was graduated in May, 2004, from IUP with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish after seven years as an undergrad. The ceremony was made very special for me, thanks to Dr. R. Roger Smith, chairperson of Spanish and Classical Languages.

In honor of the thirtieth anniversary of my graduation, Dr. Smith allowed me to present Phillip with his diploma at the departmental ceremony. It was a very proud moment for me and one I shall never forget.

Phillip is now employed as a bilingual recruiter for the United States Army based in Reading, Pa.

Thank you, IUP, and Dr. R. Roger Smith.

Ruth E. Blose’74
Richeyville, Pa.

Send Those Slides Our Way

I came across these slides recently, and before I tossed them out, I decided to send them along and see if they were of interest to IUP. Please pass them to anyone who might be interested—or just dump them. Thanks!

Sara Bitner Lowe ’60
Fairborn, Ohio

(Editor’s Note: Dump them? No way! Sara forwarded slides of the 1966 Homecoming Parade, and we’re very grateful. All forms of memorabilia are welcome at the magazine office [and will eventually find a home in the University Library’s Special Collections], but slides, which lend themselves particularly well to print reproduction, are especially welcome.)

IUP Skips Two Generations

I was reading the 2004 Fall issue of IUP Magazine and thought this might be of interest to you.

My grandson, Kris Kory Wertman, is a freshman, and his great-grandmother, who is 94, graduated from IUP in the Class of 1930. She is still living—her name is Esther K. Hootman Clark. She became a school teacher after graduation in the Washington, Pa., public schools, and after retirement she taught for eight years (first grade) on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona.

Diane C. Hayes
Irwin, Pa.