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A Major League Life, By Jack Benedict

A Major League Life, By Jack Benedict
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  • Autobiography of Jack Benedict - The Voice of IUP Sports
  • Jack Benedict has seen it all in his 60 years as a radio broadcaster, which planted the seed to write a book about his life in broadcasting.
  • Portion of the Proceeds will be Donated to  Indiana County Humane Society & Four Footed Friends of Indiana County
  • Book Signings at The Co-op Store:
    • Saturday, August 20:  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 1 (Homecoming):  10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Changing Times: The Folkmen at IUP 1963-1969

Changing Times: The Folkmen at IUP 1963-1969
  • Alan W. Luckey
  • Proceeds support the IUP Folkmen Scholarship
  • Featuring the art of Fred Danziger, member of The Folkmen in 1964 - www.freddanziger.com

The decade of the Sixties was a time of great change. This is the story of that decade, as experience by The Folkmen, an award winning folksinging group at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It is a personal history of how they saw, and reacted to, the shifts in American life. On a national level, the young people of the Sixties saw the beginning of the space age and the cold war at its peak, living with the fear of a nuclear holocaust. The loved the election of the dynamic John F Kennedy to the presidency, and felt his assassination rock the country. College students lived the sexual revolution and became involved in the fight for civil rights. The Vietnam War was the pivot that changed American politics and charged youth to rebel in ways that their parents never dreamed. In the midst of these turbulent times, Indiana State College became a university and grew exponentially, and The Folkmen, performing the new and vibrant folk music of the Sixties, sang their way through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey. Their story, the personal touch of this watershed decade, is a retrospective look at the fascinating Sixties.


Death By Cyanide, The Murder of Autumn Klein

Death By Cyanide
  • Paula Reed Ward
  • 1996 Alumna of IUP Journalism & Public Relations Department

At just forty-one years old, Dr. Autumn Klein, a neurologist specializing in seizure disorders in pregnant women, had already been named chief of women's neurology at Pittsburgh's largest health system. More than just successful in her field, Dr. Klein was beloved--by her patients, colleagues, family, and friends. She collapsed suddenly on April 17, 2013, writhing in agony on her kitchen floor, and died three days later. The police said her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, twenty-three years Klein's senior, killed her through cyanide poisoning. Though Ferrante left a clear trail of circumstantial evidence, Klein's death from cyanide might have been overlooked if not for the investigators who were able to use Ferrante's computer, statements from the staff at his lab, and his own seemingly odd actions at the hospital during his wife's treatment to piece together what appeared to be a long-term plan to end his wife's life. In Death by Cyanide, Paula Reed Ward, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes the murder investigation and the trial in this sensational case, taking us from the poisoning and the medical staff's heroic measures to save Klein's life to the investigation of Ferrante and the emotion and drama inside the courtroom.

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Don't Break The Rope!

Don't Break The Rope!
  • Erick J. Lauber, Ph.D.
  • IUP Faculty

A great book for young adults just entering the workforce or anyone new to an organization. This book teaches the "soft skills" needed to succeed. Are you concerned that your style doesn't fit with the teammates you've been assigned? Does your workplace drive you crazy? In "Don't Break the Rope!" psychologist and leadership trainer Dr. Erick Lauber uses the story of two frogs new to a business called GoodPondInc to explain several basic principles of organizational communication, collaboration, and teamwork. In these pages you'll discover: -How to identify your own and others workplace styles -How to respond when teammates behave in ways you consider "wrong" -Why many people become unproductive when relationships get "broken" -What experienced leaders want you to keep in mind above all else -How to manage workplace situations for greater enjoyment and success We all must navigate work relationships, but handling them well is not something we are taught in school. If you want to learn how to improve your workplace in a fun, easy to read fashion, this book is for you.

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First Semester Success

First Semester Success
  • Arden B. Hamer, Ed.D.
  • Former IUP Faculty

Whether you re entering the college scene for the first time or returning after a not-so-successful initial attempt, First Semester Success can load you up with tips and strategies for achieving your academic goals. With an entry for each day of the semester (and some bonus tips, too), this book shows simple ways that students can take control of their own learning, studying, reading, habits, and goals. Make reading this book one of your new goals today, and commit to testing the ideas in this book over the semester. You might be surprised at your first semester s success.


If You Live By the Sword, Politics in the Making and Unmaking of a University President

If You Live By the Sword
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  • Lawrence K. Pettit
  • Former IUP President

If You Live by the Sword offers an honest portrayal of the human struggles faced by a university president and it explains how these seldom discussed stresses of the position are intensified by the intrusion of politics. Pettit goes behind the scenes and writes openly about intrigue, betrayal, anxiety, and the contention for power that is faced within the university system. In a career that has mixed academia and politics for over forty years, the author was fired more than once for his politics. And when he ran a gubernatorial campaign, he actually had to fire the candidate's mother. On a more personal level, the author experienced two divorces because of the turbulence of his career, and had to fend off false rumors of sexual impropriety and endure politically inspired audits.

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Improv for Writers: 10 Secrets to Help Novelists and Screenwriters Bypass Writer's Block and Generate Infinite Ideas

  • Jorjeana Marie
  • IUP Alumna & Indiana, PA Native
  • Award-winning voice actress and television writer

Free yourself from writer's block and inner critics with the creative power of improv!

"Jorjeana Marie's generous, joyful, and oh-so-useful book shows writers--both seasoned and new--how to unleash their creativity and find their best story."--Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

Improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie reveals a new way to generate idea after brilliant idea. Applying the rules of improv to fiction writing, Marie presents fun games and exercises you can do from the comfort of your desk at home.

Surprise yourself with new plots, infinite characters and settings, and a supreme confidence in your own process. Armed with the power of improv--and liberating exercises like Ad Agency, Raise the Stakes, and Family Portraits--you'll soon be an idea machine. With Improv for Writers, your creative storytelling well will never run dry again.

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"Here's a secret. Many authors started out as drama geeks and later found that theatrical skills like deep-diving into character and improvising on the fly were essential tools for writing fiction. Jorjeana Marie's generous, joyful and oh-so useful book applies the principles of improv to writing and though a series of targeted, fun exercises shows writers--both the seasoned and the new--how to unleash their creativity and find their best story."--Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

"Part practical, part playful, part encouraging and affirming, Jorjeana Marie's Improv for Writers is a certain antidote to writing blocks--and writer's block! This book is a necessary and vital tool for authors and storytellers everywhere."--Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew

"Thank you, Jorjeana Marie for infusing joy and play and experimentation in the often-arduous act of writing fiction. I'll be turning to these exercises whenever I need to jump-start my writing session and will be recommending many of my writing students to do the same."--Nina LaCour, Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You; and You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan.

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Leonard Hall Notecards

Leonard Hall Notecards
  • Blank Notecards of Leonard Hall & Tablatures
  • Package of 9 Blank Notecards (3 of Leonard Hall, 3 of Oak Grove facing Tablets, and 3 of facing front door Tablets)
  • Additional Quotes from Jane Leonard and President Pratt
  • Proceeds go towards the Folkman Scholarship

Paintings of Indiana County, Pennsylvania

Paintings of Indiana County, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Donoughe
  • IUP Alumni, Art Education, 1980


Paintings in this richly colorful, hard-cover book are featured in a permanent installation of 80 works, Homage to Indiana County in the Performing Arts Center at IUP.  Scenes on the IUP Campus and throughout Indiana County were painted on site by award winning plein air artist and IUP alumni Ron Donoughe.

Proceeds support the University Museum at IUP.


Revitalizing Readalouds: Interactive Talk About Books With Young Children

Revitalizing Readalouds: Interactive Talk About Books With Young Children
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  • Lisa Hammett Price, IUP Faculty
  • Barbara A. Bradley

How can educators and other professionals caring for children extend the learning potential of read alouds? This book is designed to help teachers, special education specialists, and speech-language pathologists achieve two objectives: 1) how to interact with children around books in ways that are instructive in nature but also responsive to children's verbal contributions; and 2) how to use literature, informational texts, and poetry to achieve the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The authors provide specific recommendations for structuring read aloud routines in the early childhood classroom, making the read aloud interactive, using instructional strategies that enhance children's vocabulary and content knowledge, and supporting and extending children's verbal contributions through scaffolding during the activity. This practitioner‐friendly text also includes methods for supporting children with special needs, as well as English language learners.

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  • Recommendations for how to choose quality books in each of the three genres-- informational, literature, and poetry.
  • The most useful interactive‐instructional strategies.
  • The types of visual supports and props that can augment the read aloud.
  • Methods for extended learning opportunities.
  • Examples and excerpts from actual read alouds to illustrate the methods.
  • Read aloud activities that align with the Common Core State Standards.
  • The benefits and challenges of using digital texts
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    The IUP Story: From Normal School to University

    • The IUP Story: From Normal School to University
    • Charles D. Cashdollar, IUP Professor Emeritus '65

    The first IUP history in 30 years—The IUP Story: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, from Normal School to University, by professor emeritus of history Charles Cashdollar ’65.


    Ten years in the making, the book tells the school’s story, from beginning to the present, by focusing on its people and campus life. Prominent themes throughout its more than 400 pages are the school’s commitment to excellence and its resilience—through war, depression, and pandemic. Generously illustrated, this hardcover book is organized in 14 chronological chapters, with an additional chapter on Jane Leonard, who, as a teacher and administrator, was a central figure during the school’s first 45 years.


    Water Bookends

    Water Bookends
    • David J. Chambers, Ph.D.
    • IUP Faculty

    Water Bookends, a story of tragedy and friendship, tells the incredible account of young Carson Mathews. In a dreadfully short time span, Carson and his family are blasted with two novel tragedies that often leave others a shell of their former selves. However, two young men in Carson’s life emerge and put the saying “blood is thicker than water” to shame. While holding young Carson up, these two remarkable friends repair his broken heart, keep the darkness at bay, and show Carson the best summer of his life – in what should have easily been his worst.