CSI: Point Park
Ed Strimlan, M.D. trains Point Park students to preserve fingerprints at murder scenes, analyze DNA samples in the lab, and look for clues next to barely cold corpses. After spending more than two decades with the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner, he now teaches students how to conduct forensic science investigations.
When the legendary Pittsburgh Playhouse became part of Point Park University in the late 1960s, the Oakland facility was rich in history but already outdated. The artistic training programs at the Playhouse provided the foundation for what became the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA), but the building’s facilities have not kept pace with the needs of students and patrons. More than four decades later, the vision for a new Pittsburgh Playhouse, situated in the heart of the Downtown campus and linked to the city’s nearby Cultural District, is about to unfold on Forbes Avenue.
Point Park alumni are making their mark in all kinds of creative occupations and industries. Chef Chuck Kerber is an award-winning executive chef who writes the popular blog Pittsburgh Hot Plate; Chef Cindy Komarinski leads culinary arts programs at Westmoreland County Community College; and Chef Kevin Chen is the owner of the hot new Japanese restaurant Teppanyaki Kyoto in Pittsburgh's Highland Park neighborhood.
Alumnus Joe McGoldrick arrived at Point Park more than four decades ago when he accompanied a friend on a campus visit. After earning a degree in business management, he is now director of artistic recruitment for the Conservatory of Performing Arts. The role he enjoys most, however, is serving as COPA ambassador and alumni liaison. He says that rarely a week goes by without getting an email or call from a Point Park graduate announcing a new gig or professional accomplishment.
Graduating senior Zoe Sadler loves the gnocchi and pizza. Junior Alec Robertson swears by the meatball sub. The two agree that, as a new dining destination in the heart of campus, Osteria 100 can't be beat. Both advertising and public relations majors, Robertson and Sadler spent the 2012-13 academic year working together as interns alongside Osteria 100's marketing department and restaurant staff to promote the new restaurant to fellow students.
The men’s soccer team had an outstanding season, reaching a national tournament with international roster of players who represent 14 countries. Getting there was a goal of the team and sixth-year head coach Jeroen Walstra. Now that the Pioneers have reached that level, the program is aiming to continue its success.