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Changing Times: The Folkmen at IUP 1963-1969


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Changing Times:The Folkmen at IUP 1963-1969

The decade of the Sixties was a time of great change.  This is the story of that decade, as experienced 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 growth of the University and the shifts in American life.

“In his carefully crafted telling of the stories of a group of young musicians, Luckey places the experiences of normal human beings in the context of the most unusual of times....The shared experience of folk music knits together the stories of the times and of each of The Folkmen into a harmonious whole.” - Michael A. Driscoll, IUP President

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.

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Don't Break The Rope! A Parable About Collaboration, Communication, and Teamwork in the Workplace


Are you new to an organization and want to learn 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


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

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Lawrence K. Pettit has had a dual career in politics and academia. After teaching political science at both Penn State University and Montana State University, he spent over twenty-five years as a university chancellor or president in Montana, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. His career also has included stints as legislative assistant to two U.S. Senators; Washington representative for higher education; campaign manager, head of transition, and staff to a Governor; and running for Congress. He writes knowledgeably about the sometimes contentious interplay between politics and the public university, and about the psychological, political, and career consequences for leaders who straddle that divide between often warring camps.

In If You Live by the Sword, the author speaks honestly about the human struggles of the university presidency, and how that seldom discussed aspect of the role is intensified by the intrusion of partisan politics. In order to distinguish this from the usual such memoir, Pettit takes the reader behind the scenes. He shares highlights of his own political and intellectual development and discusses how his formative years and his time as a university leader were affected by the evolving political history of the country from 1937 to 2003.

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Paintings of Indiana County, Pennsylvania


Paintings of Indiana County, Pennsylvania by Ron Donoughe

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 alumnus Ron Donoughe.

Proceeds support the University Museum at IUP.


Revitalizing Readalouds: Interactive Talk About Books With Young Children

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This practitioner?friendly book provides recommendations for structuring read aloud routines in the early childhood classroom, making the read aloud interactive, and using instructional strategies that enhance childrens vocabulary and content knowledge. It also includes methods for supporting children with special needs, as well as English language learners.

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The Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania


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.


Uncertain Destiny

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Water Bookends


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.