Welcome to Our Brand-New Regional Campuses
Historic strides have been made in improving instructional facilities at IUP’s two regional campuses. In August, it was my great pleasure to participate in two ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrating the opening of two new buildings at IUP at Punxsutawney and IUP at Northpointe.
On the same day the ribbon was cut for the opening of the new residential complex at Punxsutawney, dignitaries broke ground for the new academic facility. From left are David Osikowicz, an IUP Council of Trustees member; Valerie Trimarchi '87, M'91, Punxsutawney campus dean; Ralph Roberts, representing the Punxsutawney Educational Trust; Susan Snell Delaney '64, Council of Trustees president; Paul Corbin, Jefferson County commissioner; Representative Sam Smith, a Council of Trustees member; President Tony Atwater; Susan Glessner of Punxsutawney Borough Council; Joseph Fadden from Congressman John Peterson's office; and Senator Joseph Scarnati.
At Armstrong County’s new location, IUP at Northpointe, the university dedicated the John P. Murtha Center for Education and Workforce Development. And, IUP at Punxsutawney saw the opening of Phase I of its new Living-Learning Center.
In addition to new buildings, both regional campuses will pursue new and additional instructional programs. Consequently, both campuses will have new missions as well as new facilities. In enhancing their educational impact, each campus will exert greater influence within its region than in earlier decades.
In remarks that followed the unveiling of the Northpointe building plaque in his honor, John Murtha pointed to a long line of IUP alumni in his family, starting with his great-grandfather in 1902. His mother, he said, graduated in 1927, and both his son and daughter have IUP degrees. A U.S. congressman for more than thirty years, Murtha himself did graduate work at the university.
In addition to programs for traditional university students, Northpointe will provide programming for both nontraditional and graduate students and corporate training opportunities for area businesses.
Credit and noncredit opportunities alike are offered there, including fulfillment of Liberal Studies course requirements for first-year commuter students. Students may also pursue an M.A. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations; an M.S. degree in Nursing (Administrative Track); a Master’s in Education degree; a B.S. in Nursing; two associate degrees in Electro-optics; and a certificate in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity).
Armstrong County’s Northpointe is a 925-acre technology park located just off Route 28 at Exit 18 (Slate Lick). The park and the IUP campus are just minutes north of Pittsburgh Mills, the recently opened shopping and entertainment complex that is one of the largest malls in the commonwealth. Stationed in an area already experiencing explosive growth, IUP at Northpointe is well positioned to serve growing numbers of university students.
Northpointe Electro-optics student Joseph Baccanti, right, gave a demonstration to Tony Atwater, left, and John Murtha before opening ceremonies for the new facility.
At both Northpointe and Punxsutawney, private support has played an important role in the completion of the projects. At Northpointe, several rooms and areas within the facility are dedicated in the names of financial supporters, including the following Kittanning-area companies: Merchants National Bank of Kittanning; Rosebud Mining Company; Snyder Associated Companies; and Swank Associated Companies, Inc.
In Punxsutawney, the loyal support of the Punxsutawney Area College Trust has been absolutely critical in the campus’s renaissance. I am deeply grateful for the vision and commitment the trust’s members have shown over more than four decades. The ceremonies in August were in large part a tribute to their steadfast support.
IUP’s newest housing complex welcomed its first students in Punxsutawney this semester.
With its beautiful new Living-Learning Center, smaller classes, and individualized instruction, IUP at Punxsutawney is equipped to offer students an extraordinary first-year experience. When the Academic Commons building is completed at the campus next year, Punxsutawney students will have the best of both worlds in residential and classroom facilities.
I realize that many of you reading this article are alumni of the “old” Armstrong and Punxsutawney campuses. Let me assure you that we are today building on the enduring and valued legacies of both campuses. These new structures demonstrate IUP’s commitment to instructional outreach and to innovation in teaching and learning.