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A Point Park Glossary

POINT PARK A TO Z

Academic Village Initiative

The Academic Village at Point Park University is a multi-block living and learning hub transforming the campus.  Phase 1, the Central Campus Development Project, includes the Student and Convocation Center, a new urban park, and the Wood Street Corridor streetscape project.  Phase II features construction of a new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Alumni Association

All students receiving degrees are automatically members of the Point Park University Alumni Association. A variety of benefits and services are available to alumni through the Office of Alumni Relations.

Annual Fund

The University's Annual Fund, the Fund for Student Success, supports a range of critical areas including scholarships and financial aid. Alumni, faculty and staff, and students and their families all participate.

Blackboard

Blackboard is Point Park’s e-education platform that makes class content available to students via the Internet. The Blackboard educational software allows students to access class materials online, transfer files, interact with their instructor and other students using a chat feature, and more. 

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is a job search resource and education center.  The staff helps students and alumni with all aspects of career exploration and the job search process, including use of the Point Park Career Network.

Clubs and Organizations

Student clubs and organizations are initiated and run by students themselves. The groups provide co-curricular opportunities for social interaction, recreation, leadership training, and enhancement of academic interests.    

Commencement

Commencement is a formal occasion held in the spring to honor graduates. Undergraduates must apply for graduation. The ceremony is for undergraduate students only. Students receiving a master's degree register for the Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony.  

COPA

The Conservatory of Performing Arts, or COPA, is one of the top programs of its kind in the nation. The conservatory provides students with hands-on experience and rigorous training with internationally recognized master teachers, directors, producers, writers and choreographers.

Commuter Affairs

The Office of Commuter Affairs is a resource to all students living off campus. The office offers commuter information, a commuter lounge, commuter learning communities for first-year students, and a commuter club.

Confluence

Confluence is an undergraduate humanistic psychology alliance exploring the psychological life of interdisciplinary works including fiction, poetry, music, film, education, politics, advertising, religion, philosophy, and journalism, while fostering friendship and community among students.

Convocation

Point Park University’s president welcomes new students in a Convocation ceremony each August before the start of classes.  

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum allows students to integrate knowledge and insights from diverse fields and emphasizes the development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills.  The core courses are designed to work together, regardless of the order in which they are taken.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment applicants are those who are in their junior or senior year of high school and interested in earning college credits while in high school.

FAFSA

FAFSA is the acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is issued by the US government to determine eligibility for student loans and grants.  Learn about Financial Aid at Point Park.

FERPA

FERPA is the acronym for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  This federal law protects the privacy of student education records. Read about FERPA and what it means for students and families.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is held every October for families to spend time together on campus and explore Pittsburgh.

First-Year Frenzy

As part of Welcome Week, First-Year Frenzy offers a special group of activities especially for incoming first-year students.

Graduation Fair

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Graduation Fair provides an overview of commencement, distribution of graduation announcements and undergraduate honor cords, and the sale of caps, gowns and class rings.

Green and Gold Society

This prestigious student group is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Point Park University Alumni Association. Green and Gold Society members serve as official student ambassadors at University events and participate in campus and community service projects.

Judicial Affairs

The Office of Judicial Affairs establishes and administers the Student Code of Conduct. The philosophy of the Point Park judicial system is based upon Point Park’s educational mission.

Lawrence Hall Gallery

The Lawrence Hall Gallery, located near the entrance to the dance complex, offers exhibitions of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by renowned regional, national and international artists.  The gallery is open to the public.

Open House

In addition to year-round tours, Point Park welcomes prospective students and families on campus four times a year for Open House. The events, held on Saturdays in October, November, December, and February, include academic fairs, sessions on admissions, financial aid, and student life, and optional tours of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Orientation

See Pioneer Experience, Point Park's Orientation program.

P.A.R.T.

Pioneer Alumni Recruitment Team, or P.A.R.T., assists in the recruitment of new students. Members contact prospective students and participate in recruitment activities. Alumni can become involved through a communication team; web team, and/or a street team.

PAS Summer Program

This six-week summer program is designed to increase an incoming freshman's academic competency skills before taking a full course load. The Program for Academic Success PAS summer program is open to freshmen applicants offered conditional admittance. Enrollment for the fall is contingent upon the student's successful completion of the program.

Pioneer Community Day

Pioneer Community Day is a University-wide community service day each spring with projects sponsored by students, campus organizations, residence floors, alumni, athletic teams, schools, departments, and offices. The day serves the greater Pittsburgh community and creates a sense of pride and unity within the University.

Pioneer Experience

The two-day Pioneer Experience orientation program is designed to help new students and their families learn about campus services, get acclimated, and discover all that the University and Downtown Pittsburgh offers. Point Park holds Pioneer Experience in June and July for individual schools and groups of students and in August for those who can’t attend other sessions.

PointWeb

PointWeb provides students and faculty with access to academic, financial, and University information, including class schedules, grades, account balances, degree requirements, campus event schedules, an email account and more. Watch a video about registering your Point Park ID# or changing your password.

U-View

Point Park campus TV channel, U-View, airs student-produced programming exclusively. Programs include Point News Now, Pioneer Sideline (sports), The Scoop (entertainment), Wake Up Point Park, and other shows and specials. Any full-time or part-time student enrolled in any major or minor may join.

USG

United Student Government, USG, is the voice of Point Park University students. Members are elected each spring by the student body and are the primary liaison between students and the administration. As both a funding and governing board, USG works in collaboration with student groups to enhance campus life, affect change, instill a sense of Pioneer pride and promote community.

Welcome Week

Point Park welcomes all students to campus during August. Welcome Week offers students great opportunities for fun and relaxation before the rigors of fall term get under way.  Events include special activities for first-year students.