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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.


Christmas Postcards, from The Hoodlebug Brass, CD

Christmas Postcards, from The Hoodlebug Brass, CD
  • 'Christmas Postcards'
  • CD By The Hoodlebug Brass






    1 Joy to the World
    2 Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabelle
    3 Gesu, Bambino
    4 Wassail, Wassail
    5 Christmas in the Wilderness (Huron Carol)
    6 Lo, How a Rose E'ER Blooming / Silent Night
    7 Greensleeves
    8 Christmas Fantasy (Good King Wenceslas)
    9 I Saw Three Ships / Hark! the Herald Angels
    10 In the Bleak Midwinter
    11 Christmas Carol Medley: Deck the Halls / Once in Royal David's City / Good King Wenceslas / Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
    12 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
    13 A Catalonian Christmas Carol
    14 Angels We Have Heard on High
    15 Santa's Still Hangin' Around: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town / Up on the Housetop

Death By Cyanide

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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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

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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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.

Book Features:

  • 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 Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania

    The Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania
    • Thomas R. Lord, Former IUP Faculty, Biology
    • Holly J. Travis, IUP Faculty, Biology


    Three hundred million years ago, ferns dominated the earth’s surface, forming extensive marshes and forests with heights of over twenty-five meters. Today, ferns and their allies are still abundantly represented in the plant world, with somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 species identified and recognized. These nonflowering, nonseeding, highly vascular plants make up a major and ancient division in the plant kingdom called Pteridophytes.

    In the state of Pennsylvania, one can find more than 100 species of these highly specialized plants. While ferns are by far the largest division of the Pteridophyte group in the state, horsetails, clubmosses, spikemosses, and quillworts are the lesser-known members, frequently misidentified as relatives of more modern flowering plants.


    With more than 190 color photographs and descriptions of 96 different plants, recognizing each Pteridophyte is a relatively easy matter. The photos of the plants show them growing in their natural settings, which helps to establish a clearer picture of the common characteristics of the families and their likely habitats. Maps illustrate the distribution of the various species throughout the counties of Pennsylvania and across the United States. Taxonomic keys are also included for each of the groups to assist in identifying the plants based on their biology. Finally, the book provides the most common local names for the plants, making it useful for both the amateur naturalist and the professional botanist.


    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.


    Uncertain Destiny: A True Story

    Uncertain Destiny: A True Story
    • Dorothy Kovalchick Roark

    Recounts the story of the challenges, hardships and successes spanning the early decades of the 1900's.


    From Dorothy Kovalchick Roark:

    Much of the greatness of American is found upon the dreams, courage and determination of nineteenth centurt immigrant people drawn to these vaunted shores for many reasons. No streets of gold were discovered by those who were able to come. With little or no means, what they did find ans endure was harsh-breaking labor. Some of these resilient people were drawn to the coal field of Pennsylvania where there was work available. It is about these people that I write. It is a personal account of my family among these many people for whom coal mining became a way of life in the twenty eight states across America. The setting is a town in West central Pennsylvania, located in the rich bituminous coal region about 45 miles Northeast of Pittsburg. This is a true story, recounting my father's struggle and his wish to have his life's story told.

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    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.