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#PittsburghMe: Meet Charles Murria, Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management Major

Monday, August 07, 2017

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Meet Charles Murria

Major: Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management
Expected graduation: Spring 2018
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
High school: John Dewey High School
Scholarship: Founders Award
Dream job: Broadway actor or executive producer

"The Downtown Pittsburgh location was the biggest deciding factor for me. Being raised in New York and North Carolina, I was looking for the best of both places and Pittsburgh gave me a big city with a small-town feel.”

                 -- Charles Murria


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Why did you choose Point Park University?

I chose Point Park for a couple of reasons. I initially considered this University for the depth of programs they offer. I started undecided as a freshman and there were about three majors in each of the four schools that I was interested in. The Downtown Pittsburgh location was the biggest deciding factor for me. Being raised in New York and North Carolina, I was looking for the best of both places and Pittsburgh gave me a big city with a small-town feel. My parents also loved how safe Point Park is. 

Who are your favorite professors and why?

I have to shout-out SAEM professor David Rowell, who supports his students professionally and personally. He provides challenging work that provokes critical thinking and discussion in class. I also really like Jim Overly, who is the instructor for the Point Park singers. He’s given me a safe space to explore music and my voice as a student who isn’t in the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Lastly, one of my new favorite professors is Paul Reynolds, who teaches acting for non-acting majors. He facilitates an area of safe expression while encouraging us to dig deep for inspiration and qualities to bring into our characters.

Pittsburgh is full of art and culture. What's your favorite museum to visit in the city?

I love the Andy Warhol Museum, which is a short walk or T-station ride from campus. I also like the Carnegie Museum of Art which has a room dedicated to architecture.

Where can we find you hanging out on campus?

I can be found hanging out with friends in Village Park or in one of our study lounges.

Pizza Fiesta or R&B's Pizza?

Pizza Fiesta all day, every day.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Get involved on campus and in the city, but remember why you came to Point Park because that is what will drive you to do your best.

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Text and photo by Brittany Bishop, senior sports, arts, and entertainment management major

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