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Letters to the Editor: Summer 2010

Miner and Hitchhiker

I was impressed by the article that appeared in the Fall issue of IUP Magazine entitled “Mine Mapping and Coal Culture,” because I worked in the mines at Commodore after my father was killed in the mine in January 1936. I had just finished the first semester at Indiana, and I had to work the midnight shift because my father left behind my mother and nine children. I had to pay the rent. I worked in the mine for three years while hitchhiking daily to ISTC in order to get my degree. I was fortunate because the mines only worked three days per week.

When I received my degree, there were no teaching jobs available, so we went to Cleveland. My brother had graduated from high school and he was able to help. I married Catherine Lentz, an ISTC graduate, Class of 1942, at Quantico, Virginia, when I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. I served in the Pacific during World War II and in Korea. I retired as a lieutenant colonel, became wealthy, and was able to make a contribution to the new Athletic Complex. This year we gave three scholarships to Purchase Line High School seniors. We have been married sixty-six years. Our many thanks to ISTC for everything.

—Stephen Glass ’39
Laguna Hills, Calif.

The Cottages on Grant

In the Winter issue of IUP Magazine there is a picture on page 9 of the houses located on Grant Street. When the picture was taken the houses were called cottages. The house next to the one being painted was the Activity Cottage. The house next to the Activity Cottage was Jamison Cottage. I lived in that cottage for three years from 1949 to 1951. The football field was right below the row of cottages. My roommate, who is deceased, was Bill Gennocro ’52. Some of the other students who lived there during those three years were Joe Capizzi ’49 (deceased), Mike Bodnar ’50, Red Garvey, Joe Wallace ’51 (deceased), and Roger Speidel ’54.

—Ernest Patil ’51
Buena Vista, Pa.

Rousing Success

I was happy to see Bill Keister’s letter in the recent IUP Magazine. Bill played the comic lead in the ISTC production of Anything Goes in 1949. I helped stage manage the show and was given the task of making a thin, wiry Bill Keister into a short, fat, bald Hugh Herbert character. The show was a rousing success, as was Bill.

After my graduation with Bill in 1951, I taught in Warren County and Bucks County. During that phase, I completed a master’s degree at Temple University in Psychology of Reading and then eventually received a Ph.D. in Reading Education from Syracuse University. I taught for a short time at University of Oregon and then gladly moved to Boise, Idaho, to help develop a graduate program in Reading Education at Boise State University. I retired there in 1992, after forty-one years as a teacher.

Perhaps, just as important personally, I kept involved in theater: directing, set building, and acting in several little theater groups.

I enjoy getting the magazine, and I remember how important my four years at ISTC were.

—E. Coston Frederick ’51
Boise, Idaho

Officer Kelly

In the Winter issue of IUP Magazine, in the old photo on page 20, the Campus Police officer in the center of the photo was named Kelly. He was respected and well liked by the students.

This edition brought back some fond memories. Thanks.

—J. Thomas Butler ’71
Madison, Conn.

Applause from Arizona

Congratulations on the wonderful Winter 2010 issue of IUP Magazine. What a pleasure I received from the pictures—Then and Now—and all the excellent articles. My years at Indiana were most enjoyable.

Please continue doing the excellent job you are doing!

—Jean Vairo Delia ’52
Scottsdale, Ariz.

…and from Utah

Just wanted to write and say how much my wife and I enjoyed the latest edition of IUP Magazine and the look at “then and now” pictures of campus. The changes are amazing.

One of the observations we had, though, had less to do with the buildings as it did with the students. The picture at the bottom of page 6 of the crosswalk at Grant Street was especially interesting since it showed one of the most generationally delineating features of then and now—backpack straps. Students in the most recent picture dutifully use both backpack straps while, in the 1980s, no self-respecting college student would have done so. You only used one strap, even if the thing weighed thirty pounds and pulled you sideways. I wonder how many people from our college years still walk around defiantly with one backpack strap (and how many have had subsequent shoulder surgery).

At any rate, thanks for your great work. We really enjoy keeping up with our beloved alma  mater.

—Bob Kaylor ’86
Jennifer Headlee Kaylor ’86
Park City, Utah

…and from Washington

The “Then and Now” edition of the IUP Magazine has brought great pleasure and pride to me. I was especially excited to see a blurb about me in the “All About Alumni” page. My sixtieth graduation celebration year was in ’09. My family has either died or left our hometown of Elderton—thirteen miles from Indiana. My remaining sister lives in Clarion. I do not know how soon we will cross the USA for a visit with her. My younger sister, Mary Florence, who graduated from ISTC when she was forty years of age—1970—taught sixth grade in Elderton till she was sixty-five. She and my brother and his wife moved from Elderton to Boulder City, Nev., in approximately 1997. Both died there two and one years ago, respectively. Maybe sometime while I am still alive I will have the privilege of a visit to campus. I usually drive up when I am back there.

—Vernon Elgin ’49
Kent, Wash.

…and from Virginia

I absolutely loved the Winter 2010 “Then and Now” magazine! Thanks for such a wonderful comparison of the way it was through today. The pictures were truly amazing.

It’s by far my favorite magazine that you’ve produced.

—Andrea Mamatas Perkins ’84
Mechanicsville, Va.

Aviatrix Identified

(Theresa McDevitt, interim dean of the IUP Libraries, provided the following update on an archival photo that appeared last year.)

Here is some information about the woman (now ninety-one years old) who was in the cockpit in the photo on page 3 of the Fall 2009 issue. Helen Terchila Serb ’41 saw her photo in IUP Magazine. She identified herself as the woman emerging from the cockpit of the airplane.

Helen was the only woman to participate in the College Pilots Club of Indiana in 1940-41. The group included Joe King, son of ISTC President Leroy King. The group was taught by an instructor who claimed to have also trained Jimmy Stewart to fly.

When she got her wings (took her first solo flight), the custom was to fly some personal item up the flag pole. While her male colleagues flew their caps, she gave them her silk slip to fly. She married and retired from flying after college but continued to receive letters from the government asking her to fly.

For many years she taught business education and always told people that she was a good teacher because of what she learned at Indiana.

More from the Summer 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine

Magic in a Bottle

Magic in a Bottle

The 2009–2010 men’s basketball team won more games than any other and competed on nationwide television for the Division II crown.


Leaders Made Here

In six decades, the ROTC program at IUP has produced nearly two thousand U.S. Army second lieutenants, not to mention eight generals.

Above the Caption

Legacy Gala, Ruddock Hall, who’s in that photo, and more


Highlights about IUP faculty members, past and present


The latest IUP player to be picked in the NFL draft, plus other newsworthy IUP athletes

IUP Magazine Web Exclusives

Professor Shari Robertson and her daughter Brianna Robertson ’09 

Diphthongs and Dahntahn 

June 30, 2010
What distinguishes our Western Pennsylvania dialect?

We Have Survived

“We Have Survived”

May 12, 2010
Promoting Native American awareness at IUP.

Green Acres

Green Acres

April 21, 2010
Explore the 270 acres of the Co-op Recreational Park and the IUP Sailing Base at Yellow Creek State Park.