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KCAC Facilities Named for Benefactors

In recognition of a $250,000 grant from Edison International Company, the Council of Trustees last month approved naming a training laboratory in IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex’s John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security in honor of the company’s Homer City Generating Station.

“We value the good working relationship the men and women of Homer City Station have had over the years with the university and appreciate the opportunity to support a project that focuses on security and environmental concerns that are paramount to our business and the community,” Midwest Generation Edison Mission Energy Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Douglas R. McFarlan said.

Midwest Generation is a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy and part of the Edison International family of companies, which is based in Rosemead, Calif.

Midwest Generation is one of the largest independent power producers in the United States, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 8 million households. The company owns and operates six electric power generating facilities in Illinois in addition to the Homer City plant.

The KCAC is a 150,000-square-foot building that will offer a 4,000- to 6,000-seat arena, administrative offices for the Murtha Institute, athletic department administration offices, and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

The Murtha Institute, currently housed in Putt Hall (formerly Suites on Grant), conducts research, develops technologies, trains professionals, and educates students on how best to protect and defend America from future terrorist attacks and disasters through education, research, and community outreach.

The council also approved the naming of the Andrew W. Stephenson Athletic Conference/Recruiting Room in recognition of financial support of the KCAC. Stephenson, of Washington, D.C., has served as a volunteer on the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, a nonprofit corporation that manages the university’s private donations, since July 2004.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the KCAC took place Nov. 13 and included an announcement of a challenge grant of $1 million for the KCAC from IUP graduate Chad Hurley in honor of IUP music professor and track and field coach Ed Fry. At their December meeting, the trustees formally approved the naming of the Ed Fry Arena in the KCAC in accord with Hurley’s gift.