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Chuck Olson: Visual Histories was published last fall in conjunction with an exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, Pa.. For more than thirty years, Chuck Olson ’74, M’76 has taught and served as chairman in the Fine Arts Department at Saint Francis University. More than one hundred of his paintings are on display through February 10 at the museum, located on the Saint Francis campus. More information about the exhibition and the book may be had by calling the Loretto museum at 814-472-3920 or on line at www.sama-art.org.


The second edition of what its publisher calls an “introspective novella” by Samuel Pirro ’66 was published in 2007. Wooings is available from The Blind Press in both print and PDF forms. According to Pirro, “the narrative etches the experiences of a narrator who, following a dismal childhood, becomes entangled in the mental health and criminal justice systems.”

Islands One and All

Celia Miles D’80 has published her sixth work of fiction, Islands One and All: Stories and Otherwise. According to Miles, “The collection of fiction and reflections embraces the idea that we are all ultimately connected to the past and to each other but that ultimately also we are islands one and all.” Information is available from the publisher at or from the author at 104 Clubwood Court, Asheville, NC 28803; e-mail celiamiles@fastmail.fm.

Water Cooler Diaries

The third book in her “This Day in the Life” series by Joni Cole ’80 was published in March by Da Capo Lifelong Books. Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day at Work contains contributions from more than five hundred women from all walks of life who chronicled a single day (March 27, 2007) on the job. An author, editor, and mother of two, Cole said the idea for the book project grew out of a day in her own life six years ago—a “very bad day,” when family illness, job woes, and a four-year-old daughter who refused to wear socks, despite freezing temperatures, prompted her to wonder what other women were doing and feeling at that very same moment. This book shares shelf space with its predecessors, This Day: Diaries from American Women (2004) and This Day in the Life, Diaries from Women Across America (2006). Of the latter, People magazine commented, “The ensemble resonates with drama, humor, and pathos. This is one remarkable day you’ll wish could go on forever.” The book is available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Total Teaching

Educational consultant and author Tom Staszewski M’81 has published Total Teaching: Your Passion Makes It Happen, published by Rowman & Littlefield Education. According to its jacket, “This book provides real-life tools, tips, and strategies to have a successful school year and persevere beyond the challenges associated with the profession.” The author noted that, in the book’s acknowledgments section, he paid tribute to “IUP’s late Dr. Peg Mahler, who founded the Adult and Community Education master’s program, and the influence she had on me.” He currently serves as academic dean at Mercyhurst College North East. The book is available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

How to Grow as an Illustrator

How to Grow as an Illustrator by Michael Fleishman ’73, M’77 provides professional and personal support for artists. According to a release from the publisher, Allworth Press, “Illustrators need practical insight, inspiration, and motivation to stay creative and profitable in their field.” Fleishman’s fifth book “is a real-world guide for illustrators at every stage of their careers.” Information is available from the publisher by telephone at 800-491-2808 or at www.allworth.com, where readers can find a full description, table of contents, and reviews. The book is available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.