High Impact Learning
In fall 2014, all first-time, full-time Point Park students will take a new core course in City-University Life, a foundational course designed to help freshmen develop key skills for success as a student in Point Park’s diverse urban community. Aimed at such key learning outcomes as information literacy, problem-solving, global and cultural literacy, and creativity, the new course will encompass everything from study and basic research skills to the importance of community in the classroom, campus and the city.
War is Serious Business
Each year in late winter, Professor George C. Bromall takes a group of students in his Business History Perspectives class to the Gettysburg battlefield for a long three-day weekend "to learn something about history, and a lot about business strategy. We start on the bus trip across the state with rolling lectures and audio/visual presentations. But the real learning comes as we near the site and start seeing buildings still pockmarked with gunfire. Gettysburg is the perfect place to teach about business strategy," he says.
On Location with 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 will air on the Starz channel this fall. More than 75 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.
Elizabeth (Hoffman) Wheatley (COM 1993) is using her journalism skills to promote a series of events to celebrate 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House, a historic landmark that bears silent witness to Pittsburgh's history. She is also president of the Fort Pitt Society, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), which has owned and operated the Fort Pitt Block House as a historical treasure in Point State Park for the last 118 years.
During spring 2014, an area to the left of the bridge entrance into Lawrence Hall (from Academic Hall) was restored and transformed into a grand lobby: a club-like gathering area that features historically appropriate details and lighting while providing comfortable lounge space for students. According to University Architect Elmer Burger, “the Lawrence Hall lounge project is an extraordinary opportunity to bring back some of the original architectural character of the building," built as the Keystone Athletic Club.
The list of new and exciting things happening at Point Park has grown once again with the Pioneers’ athletic department fielding men’s and women’s track and field teams for the first time in 2014-15. The track and field teams were officially adopted at the University in November 2013, and after hiring head coach Kelly Parsley in January 2014, the teams will compete for the first time in school history starting this coming academic year.