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For the past twelve years the Clarion University Chapter of APSCURF, The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculty, has awarded scholarships through the Clarion University Foundation honoring their deceased colleagues.  At their Fall Dinner and Meeting on October 13th the tradition was continued for its thirteenth year.  The Memorial Resolution is as follows.

       Whereas, The Clarion University Chapter of APSCURF approved on April 21, 2005, two annual memorial scholarships of $1,000 each;

       Resolved, That the 2010-2011 scholarships be designated memorials for our deceased colleagues

Douglas M. Best 12/02/09 Mathematics

Margaret Jane Van Ess Buckwalter 08/25/10 Library

Frank M. Clark 05/23/10 Speech Communication and Theatre

James H. Cole 06/28/10 Communication

Bob H. Copeland 01/17/10 Speech Communication and Theatre

Richard A. Couch 06/20/09 Education, Athletics

Vincent J. Current 08/05/09 Health and Physical Education, Athletics

Helen Knuth 09/29/10 History

Gustav A. Konitzky 02/03/10 Anthropology

John M. McLean 10/07/09 Music

Robert L. Northy 09/16/10 Mathematics

Richard K. Redfern 08/03/10 English

John R. Reish, Jr. 10/17/09 Athletics

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For the past eleven years the Clarion University Chapter of APSCURF, The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculty, has awarded scholarships through the Clarion University Foundation honoring their deceased colleagues.  At their Fall Dinner and Meeting on October 15th the tradition was continued for its twelfth year.  The Memorial Resolution is as follows.

       Whereas, The Clarion University Chapter of APSCURF approved on April 21, 2005, two annual memorial scholarships of $1,000 each;

       Resolved, That the 2009-2010 scholarships be designated memorials for our deceased colleagues

Paul E. Beck  01/12/09  Chemistry

John B. Cliff, Jr.  11/25/08  Mathematics

Vincent J. Curran  08/05/09  Health and Physical Education, Athletics

Robert Dean Hobbs  06/19/09  Art

Kristin Linda Marshall  07/26/09  Mass Media Arts, Journalism, and Communication Studies

John M. McLean  10/07/09  Music

Suzanne Louis P-Jobb  05/23/09  Modern Languages and Cultures

Roy H. Schreffler  05/22/09  Special Education

Dana S. Still  07/23/09  English

Norman Tannehill  01/05/09  Computer Information Science

Silas Townsend  02/05/09  Library

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The Derrick for June 11th carrried a story about new jubilee Benedictine Sisters of Erie, one of whom has ties to Clarion County, Sister Kathryn Disbrow.  Declining to comment on how much I enjoy retirement, I thought it proper to congratulate her and say continue the good work.

Here is what The Derrick had to say, “Disbrow graduated in 1957  from Saint Benedict Academy, and she made her final profession of vows on Aug. 16, 1962.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College and a master’s degree in elementary mathematics from Clarion State University.  She also holds a master’s degree in administration from the University of Dayton and is certified in early childhood development.

Her local assignments included serving as an elementary teacher at Immaculate Conception school in Clarion and as both a teacher and principal at St. Joseph and St. Stephen schools in Oil City.  She also taught in CCD programs at Clarion.

Disbrow returned to Erie in 1981, first to administer the newly established East Coast Migrant Head Start program and then to assist in the Benedictine community’s business office.  She was later the community treasurer.

She is now the lead teacher in the infants’ room at St. Benedict Child Development Center; in that role she is serving as the children’s first teacher.”

Through the generosity of the Immaculate Conception Parish and Father Monty Sayers, the Clarion County Community Foundation holds Board meetings in the IC Parish Meeting Room, a place the good sister knows well.  Charles Marlin

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When I read the announcement for a poverty simulation at Clarion University it seemed a quarter turn off or maybe just hairbrained.  Of what use is a faux empathy roll playing exercise?   A professional poverty chaser has a set idea of what poverty is all about.  Their paycheck depends on their knowing.  The non-professional willing to go to a daytime workshop is surely not clueless.  As for what it is to be poor, no workshop can begin to demonstrate better than past experiences.  When a kid weighing 90 pounds picks 300 pounds of cotton in a day, he knows poor.

So what follows is the full announcement plus three short postings I googled on the definition of poverty stricken and being poor.

Community Action, Inc. (Serving Clarion and Jefferson Counties) & The Clarion County Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) Team cordially invite you to attend a POVERTY SIMULATION Thursday, May 21, 2009, 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Clarion University Gemmell Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room.  To RSVP contact: Robert Hanley at (814) 226-4785, extension 208 by Monday, May 11, 2009.  Pre-registration is required.  The Poverty Simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  Please join us in gaining an understanding of the realities faced by low-income people in your community.

I thought these three postings were the better of the lot available and you can read them in minutes.  You’ll know the difference between living in poverty and being poor before you get to Clarion University even if you still don’t know why poverty is so infectious and intractable.  If they call for questions, ask that one.

Asymmetrical Information: The poor really are different by Jane Galt is yours at www.janegalt.net/blog/archives/005450   Lana Evans has posted The difference between being poor and being Poverty Stricken at www.helium.com/items/619071   Dr. Davis, poor thing grew up without a first name, has a second posting Poor versus Poverty: Two Different Cultures at www.teachingcollegeenglish.com/2009/02/23   Charles Marlin

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I can not claim to have found this tidbit on my own as another university retiree pointed out to me that Wikipedia gives and perhaps withholds unique information about the university.  Under Notable alumni, there are seven graduates associated with athletics, one deceased legislator, and one talk radio personality, but there is no one from science, business, academia, armed services, literature, philanthropy, or the arts.  Doesn’t that make for a rather strange picture?

Nothing is said of any past or present faculty who have distinguished national accomplishments.  Perhaps Wikipedia does not allow such listing or perhaps someone thought we had none to list.  Who knows?

No one has ever found Joe Grunenwald, our CU president, short on an answer to any question within a hundred mile radius of the university, so where are the answers Joe?  We’ve been around since 1867.  Ain’t we got’em?  Charles Marlin

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Kevin D. Beichner has self-published a runaway best seller for the holiday season in Clarion County. His A Clarion County Collection: Post Cards & Photographs sells for $20 at locations scattered through out the county. By soliciting help from many residents he has images of every town and township. There are great shots of buildings and bridges, rivers, streets and stores, and Clarion University through its early years.

On page 167 he claims to have an early photograph of the Wayside Inn but if you use a magnifying glass the third man from the left looks like Chris Kurtzhal. Judge for yourself.

On page 75 he has a great early photograph of Seminary Hall, perhaps earlier than the post card reproduced here. When I came to the campus Seminary Hall was still in use. I didn’t teach in the building but I did administer final exams there. When the dunderheaded administration decided it was in the way, appeals did no good as administrators know best because they are administrators. Al Pfaff made a great photographic record of their effort over several unscheduled days to bring down the “unsafe” building. What they put on the site was and remains ugly.

A later administration erected a faux bell tower near the site but even students’ whose parents were not born when Old Seminary came down can sense that the faux tower neither stands nor rings in a league with what was lost. The faux tower will serve a purpose if it reminds the present and future administrations that heritage is not a commodity and that savaging heritage is antithetical to the being of a university. Charles Marlin

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Clarion, PA’s loved and admired printmaker Mary Hamilton has taken a step back in history to show Hermie’s Corner Grocery in its heyday. Long a landmark at Wood Street and Eighth Avenue, Hermie’s was the gateway into the Clarion University campus for generations of students, faculty, and townspeople. In the beginning Hermie’s was a community grocery that also sold sandwiches to hungry students on very tight budgets. Its latter days were as the nearest source to campus for cigarettes, gum, candy, and soda. The store is empty now and the property has been sold so the future for the corner is unknown.
The linoleum block print is 10 x 16″, in seven colors, signed, in an edition of 54, matted for $60 or framed and matted for $120. Shipping and tax additional. Contact the artist directly at skyflower@penn.com   Charles Marlin

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