A Symbol in Bronze

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Excerpt from IUP Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 Issue.

…In September, the IUP community received the ultimate symbol in the form of a 700-pound bronze hawk suspended from the ceiling of the lobby of the Kovalchick Complex.

Sculptor John McCombie ’72 and his wife, Barbara Ratay McCombie ’82, watched the hawk’s unveiling in September. —Keith Boyer

Sculptor John McCombie, a 1972 graduate, was more than a bystander when IUP, at the insistence of the NCAA, changed its mascot in 2006. He was a vocal proponent of retaining IUP’s longstanding Indian symbolism. In fact, he had a heart-and-soul investment in it—he had created the Spirit of the Warrior, a bronze sculpture that remains in place at the entrance of Memorial Field House.

McCombie was excited to learn that the university had settled the mascot issue by selecting in 2006, through surveys and open hearings, the hawk as its new symbol.

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Sculptor John McCombie is an Indiana County local resident; explore his work online or visit in person at Crooked Creek Gallery, located just off of Route 286 near Clymer. Though quietly tucked away on a farm, they are a short 5 miles from Indiana, PA.


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