When Terry Serafini graduated from Indiana State College in 1961, the current site of the Eberly College of Business building was only a few decades removed from its former life as a glass factory. Along College Avenue (now called Pratt Drive) below Maple Street, the only property the college even owned was given over to athletic fields.
Today—and even more so in the years to come—Pratt Drive is IUP’s spine, a major traffic artery that connects the northern fringes of the campus to the Kovalchick Complex on the south. And Eberly, out of the way when it opened in 1996, is now in the thick of things.
Serafini has made a million-dollar gift to the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Half his gift will be used to renovate and name the Serafini Atrium in Eberly. The renovation will have the effect of connecting this busy gathering place with the activity on Pratt Drive, providing a covered terrace, expanded seating, a terrace wall, and a cold-weather enclosure.
According to Eberly’s dean, Robert Camp, “The Eberly atrium is one of the most highly trafficked areas on campus, and funds for this renovation will help to create a space that showcases the college and our university.”
The remainder of the gift will establish the Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program for students in Eberly and in the mathematics education program of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. As an undergraduate, Serafini was a math major, Student Council president, and vice president of his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma.
“Mr. Serafini’s gift will significantly impact the opportunities offered to deserving and talented students,” said Terry Carter, the university’s vice president for University Relations.
After college, Serafini served in the Army, worked for IBM, and in 1970 became a co-owner of Computerpeople, Inc., which grew to include more than 1,300 computer professionals in offices from Pittsburgh to Portland, Ore. He also was a cofounder of Compucom, Inc., and served on its board.