A Transformational Legacy
The late George and Kathleen White’s long-time commitment to the growth of Point Park University has been a source of academic and physical campus improvement for more than 20 years. Now that commitment to ensuring Point Park’s growth and prosperity in the future is manifested in the couple’s $15 million bequest, the single largest gift in the University’s 54-year history. The White bequest will be dispersed among several initiatives at the University including the Pittsburgh Playhouse construction fund and enhancements to the University’s School of Business, including continued funding of the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance.
Friends for Life
George and Kathleen White were distinguished benefactors of Point Park, the Pittsburgh Opera and other cultural organizations in the city. George took a personal interest in Point Park early on. He became a University trustee in 1995, taught at the School of Business, led the establishment of Point Park’s library and University Center, and supported the Conservatory of Performing Arts. The couple’s close friend, Dr. Herman Reid Jr., continues their vision in his work with the BOLD (Building Our Leaders Daily) program, which is based at Point Park and provides a series of career preparation experiences for middle school students in urban schools.
Good Business Practices
Alumnus Edward Scott (BUS 1989) is the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance at Point Park. After spending many years in the corporate world, including serving as vice president of international purchasing for the Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR), Scott says he believes he is “doing what he was always meant to do” by focusing his career on teaching. In addition to courses in accounting at the School of Business, he also leads the Urban Accounting Initiative to encourage education and careers in accounting and finance, particularly among young minority students.
On the Air: The Chair
The Chair, a new documentary series that follows two up-and-coming directors as they compete to make the best feature film, from the same script using the same resources, was produced on Point Park’s campus and in Pittsburgh locations during spring 2014. The series airs on the Starz channel in fall 2014. More than 100 Point Park students and alumni from a variety of majors supported the television series and two feature films as interns, employees and through class projects.
Within the last few years, Point Park Athletics has joined a new conference, added new teams and adopted new home facilities. During this time, the Pioneers have achieved some of their best success ever. Many of the Pioneers teams are competing for conference championships, and several have represented the school in NAIA national tournaments in recent years. Director of Athletics at Point Park for the last eight years, Dan Swalga came to campus prior to the 2006-07 school year. Swalga was honored as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2013-14.
Creativity on Tap
Downtown Pittsburgh is buzzing with great new restaurants these days. One of the newest spots, Hundred Wood, is aiming to become a favorite gathering spot for the students, faculty and staff of Point Park. A new gastro-pub serving locally sourced food and beer, Hundred Wood has opened its doors in the heart of campus next to the Village Park. Named for its location at 100 Wood St., the restaurant is owned by Dennis and Melody Scott, longtime restaurant operators and owners of the popular Market St. Deli Co. & Asiago Express at the PPG Place food court, which closed last spring. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Point Park community,” said Dennis Scott.