Setting the Stage
When audiences attend productions at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, what they see on stage represents the work of not only the performers but also dozens of student and faculty artists with expertise in the field of design, stage management and technical production. Students and faculty work with The REP, the professional company; the Conservatory Theatre Company, Playhouse Jr. or the Conservatory Dance Company.
Joell Minford understands the ins and outs of the college search process well. After nearly two decades at Point Park, the University’s director of admissions spends her days leading a team of counselors and helping high school students and parents navigate the application and admission process. “I really enjoy connecting students and families with all that Point Park has to offer,” says Minford, who has gained broad expertise in admissions counseling and enrollment management.
Open for Business
West Penn Hall, Point Park University’s architecturally distinctive, 13-story building and annex on Wood Street at First Avenue, received much-needed renovations in the summer of 2013. It now features new facilities for the Department of Cinema and Digital Arts as well as an expansive first floor lounge for students, faculty and visitors. Home to the University’s School of Business as well as several levels of classrooms, West Penn Hall is in the process of a multi-phase renovation to reconfigure and upgrade interior spaces and improve the elevator system
Helena Knorr, Ph.D. has been a photographer, basketball coach, consultant and archaeologist. Life has taken her from her birthplace in Mozambique, to residences in Spain and Portugal, to travels in Asia, Africa and beyond. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Basque and English. An associate professor in the School of Business, Knorr now brings her diverse experience to the Organizational Leadership program she founded in 2006. The two-year graduate program helps develop students as leaders and change agents in their communities.
Lohr Family Ties
Point Park alumni Roberta and B. Wayne Lohr met as students in the 1970s. Fast forward four decades to 2007, when their high-school age daughter Ellen Lohr (A&S ’11) was searching for the right college. “We encouraged her to consider Point Park and brought her to campus for a tour,” says Roberta. “The growth of the campus is very exciting. The University was great to work with in terms of providing scholarships and the admissions process.” For Ellen, it was also love at first sight. “The city location was fantastic, so different from the small town where I grew up. Everyone was so welcoming. It was the perfect fit for me.”
On Top on the Links
It took nearly four decades to bring a men’s golf team back to campus. It took only four years to get the program back on the national stage. After a brief history of men’s golf at the school from 1967-72, including a fourth-place finish at the 1969 NAIA national tournament, the men’s golf program was cancelled after the 1971-72 season. The program was reinstated at the University in the fall of 2009 and in just four short years, the Pioneers got back to the NAIA national tournament in the spring of 2013.