Raising the Bar
Point Park students, faculty and staff joined President Paul Hennigan, Conservatory of Performing Arts Artistic Director Ronald Allan-Lindblom, and other friends of the University on Nov. 30 for a topping off ceremony for the new Pittsburgh Playhouse, now under construction in Downtown Pittsburgh. Hennigan invited everyone to follow his lead in signing the final beam for the new Playhouse, which is situated on a 1.6 acre parcel between Forbes and Fourth Avenues. It is set to open in 2018.
“As I look back on my own life and career, I believe what has helped me the most is getting out of my comfort zone,” says Karen Larrimer (BUS 1991), executive vice president, head of Retail Banking and chief customer officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. “This is good advice for anyone, but especially for young people just starting out. You need to seek opportunities to go above and beyond. That’s what I’ve always done,” says Larrimer, who is responsible for leading PNC's consumer businesses, business banking, brokerage, all distribution channels, digital, marketing, enterprise innovation and customer advocacy.
Growing up as the only child of two entrepreneurial parents, Ryan Stana learned from a young age the value of taking risks and trying new things. Stana is the founder and CEO of RWS & Associates, an Emmy Award-winning New York-based entertainment firm that produces brand experiences for top resorts, cruise lines, theme parks and New York fashion events. A 2002 graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA), he serves as a Point Park University trustee and has become a valued advisor to the University on the Conservatory and new Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Art in the City
When the Lawrence Hall Gallery hosted its first exhibit in 2009, two names were at the forefront: artist Frank Mason and art patron Jack Tomayko. Now the gallery is home to a permanent exhibit, and those two names are a permanent part of Point Park University’s artistic legacy. On Oct. 25, 2016, Point Park hosted the opening reception for the exhibit of Mason’s works—a gift from the Frank Mason estate—in the newly christened Tomayko Gallery. Their connection goes back decades.
For the past decade, Point Park students have had opportunities to explore media and culture in countries around the world thanks to financial assistance provided through the John Fallon Travel Scholarship Fund. Established in memory of the late Dr. John Fallon, a popular dentist and the husband of School of Communication professor Helen Fallon, the scholarship fund has made it possible for students with limited financial resources to participate in the annual International Media class and trip abroad, as well as media trips to U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C. and New York City. More than $40,000 in international travel grants have been provided to students since 2008.
Women's Soccer Champions
As the saying goes: One is an accident, two is coincidence and three is a pattern. But nothing about the women’s soccer team’s recent success is an accident or a coincidence. Under the leadership of head coach Maggie Kuhn, the Pioneers have seen a complete turnaround of the program. Point Park has recorded 10-win seasons four of the five years under Kuhn and has reached the conference tournament every year. The Pioneers won the River States Conference championship in 2016, knocking off the top-seeded Ohio Christian University 2-0, in the finals. It was the second conference tournament championship in a row to earn another trip to the NAIA National Championship opening round.