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Above the Caption: Winter 2010

“Back Where You First Began”

IUP Music Theater, directed by Sarah Mantel, performed selections from The Merry Widow at IUP Plays Pittsburgh in November. The annual Heinz Hall event showcases the musical talents of IUP students and faculty members.

“Back Where You First Began”

Click on any image to enlarge it. Photo: Keith Boyer.

Jazz Hand

Photo: Bill Hamilton

Jazz hand

Award-winning composer, arranger, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch came to campus in October as the seventeenth recipient of the Helwig Distinguished Artist Award. The award was created by Florence Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig. Hamlisch conducted an open rehearsal with members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble, with whom he later performed three big-band arrangements as part of his appearance in Fisher Auditorium.

Under Roof

What will soon be the Ed Fry Arena took shape as construction of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex progressed in November.

Under Roof

Photo: Keith Boyer.

Back Home in Indiana

Photo: Keith Boyer.

Back Home in Indiana

Homecoming Parade marshals Ron Frey (left), Joan Zima Moss, and Bob Cleminson represented the Class of 1959, which held its fiftieth reunion last year.


Jessica Bush Warman ’03 is the author of the young adult novel Breathless, which was published last summer. She talked about the novel and about publishing in general at a campus session last fall sponsored by IUP Women’s Studies and the English Department.


Photo: Keith Boyer.

Making it Possible

Photo: Keith Boyer.

Making it Possible

The author of this year’s Common Freshman Reader, Bill Strickland visited the Indiana campus in November. He talked to the English classes of faculty members Barbara Kraszewski and Sue Johnson, toured College of Fine Arts facilities, and presented a well-attended lecture in Fisher Auditorium. Strickland is president and CEO of Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center. His book is Make the Impossible Possible.


“The government should explain itself to the people,” said Bob Woodward, the 2009 speaker in IUP’s First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture series. Woodward spoke in Fisher Auditorium in November. An associate editor of the Washington Post, he has won two Pulitzer prizes, including one for his reporting of the Watergate scandal. “Hate was the poison that destroyed [Nixon] and his presidency,” he said. While President Gerald Ford’s subsequent pardon of Nixon “looked like the highest corruption,” to Woodward it “was actually the highest act of courage.” Asked what threat should most concern Americans, he replied, “Secret government. Democracies die in darkness.”

No More Secrets

Photo: Keith Boyer.

Newly Named Hall

Photo: Keith Boyer.


Gealy Wallwork stands in front of the IUP residence hall that since December has borne his name. A university trustee and chair of the Administration and Finance Committee for nearly two decades, he has played an important role in many of the Residential Revival and other campus building projects. In 2006, Wallwork received the IUP President’s Medal of Distinction. A Kittanning resident, he worked for more than forty years in operation and management positions in the mining business, from mine level through corporate headquarters. He retired as president and chief executive officer of the Arthur T. Walker Estate Corporation, a holding company for the Shawmut Companies. Wallwork Hall was previously called Sutton Suites.

More from the Winter 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine

South Eleventh Street

Then and Now

A lot has changed at IUP over 135 years. These photos compare a few campus vistas of today with how they looked in the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties.

Lauren Fisher

Saved by the Bell

When her life was in turmoil—when she had neither a home nor hope—Lauren Fisher desperately needed salvation. She found it in the strangest of places. A boxing ring.

Above the Caption

Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Woodward, and Bill Strickland, and more

Mentors and Achievements

Faculty highlights; awards and honors


IUP’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and more athletics news

IUP Magazine Web Exclusives

Professor N. Bharathan speaks with a student

The Academic Experience

January 15, 2010
Faculty, staff, and administration at IUP share one vision: academic excellence.

Melissa Rogers reads a comic book

Serious about Comics

December 15, 2009
For Melissa Rogers, comic books are serious business.

Scott McGuire ’90

Band of Brothers

November 14, 2009
Scott McGuire’s diagnosis of ALS brought his TKE brothers together again.