With the official opening on Sept. 13 of the Center for Media Innovation, Point Park is taking a leading role in educating a new generation of media professionals. The Center also positions the University as a critical resource for professional journalists and as an advocate for helping the public-at-large understand the critical role of strong, independent media in society today.
Construction is underway on Point Park University’s new Pittsburgh Playhouse, a 92,000-square-foot cultural hub that will be situated on a 1.6 acre parcel between Forbes and Fourth avenues in Downtown Pittsburgh. From this view, taken from atop Point Park's adjoining University Center, it’s possible to see the new main stage theater taking shape along Forbes Avenue on the left side of the photo.
See the latest construction progress on Point Park's new Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Walking On Air
On June 22, 2016, it was Point Park alumnus Fred McLeod who had the honor to serve as emcee of the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA championship victory parade. As the team’s play-by-play voice for Fox Sports Ohio, it was McLeod who was on the microphone in front of the estimated 1.3 million people in attendance. It was a big moment in McLeod’s career. And that’s saying something. Because in a sports broadcasting career that has spanned 42 years, McLeod has enjoyed many big moments.
Building A Bridge
Point Park has received a $130,000 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to initiate “Bridge to Your Future: Explore the Possibilities,” a two-year pilot program that will address the problems of access to, and success in, college for underrepresented, at-risk students. A group of faculty are collaborating on the multidisciplinary program, in which Point Park will partner with Pittsburgh-area school districts to provide dual-enrollment opportunities and other support for high school seniors as they prepare to transition to college. The pilot program is based on national best practices that address core barriers to at-risk students.
Paving the Way for Black Male Teachers
When the popular website Slate.com wanted to explore why there aren’t more African-American male teachers, they sought out Stanley Denton, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Point Park, for answers. Denton has been a leader in the formation of the Black Men Teaching Initiative, a Western Pennsylvania-wide effort aimed at increasing the percentage of African-American males enrolled in college education programs from one percent to five percent over the next three years.
Gallagher is Team ESPN VoluntEAR of the Year
Brie Gallagher (COM ’06), a former Point Park women’s cross country runner and a production coordinator at ESPN, was named the “Team ESPN VoluntEAR of the Year” for 2015, an award that recognized her as the top overall volunteer person of all employees at ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports.