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What They Said: July 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania both earned high marks in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review. IUP is included in ‘The Best 368 Colleges.’ The book is compiled through interviews with 120,000 college students from across the nation. There are 130 four-year accredited colleges and universities in the state and 2,343 throughout the nation. It’s the eighth consecutive year that IUP has been selected for the annual guidebook. ‘To be selected for these guidebooks for eight consecutive years and to be in the company of institutions like Princeton, Yale and the University of Chicago clearly demonstrates IUP’s status as an outstanding and nationally ranked university,’ IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater said in a news release. Students were quoted as saying IUP is ‘academically challenging,’ and students ‘get more for less.’ Students said their professors are ‘strong educators.’

— “IUP, Cal U Acclaimed in Princeton Review,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 31, 2008

‘We hope to have a mini-Carnegie Mellon University,’ where Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduates who start businesses can occupy space as they grow those enterprises, said state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana. IUP is involved with major projects that ‘will help to reshape the character of the region,’ said Tony Atwater, president of IUP. The 150,000-square-foot Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex is a $55 million project at IUP. It has spawned a $15 million hotel project that will serve the convention center and the university. The university is planning multiphase $250 million residential revival project aimed at replacing all dormitories with townhouse-style living space.

— “Indiana County Set for Investment Infusion of $500 Million,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 16, 2008

Associated Press —A team consisting of Horizon Properties Group LLC and Summit Development Consulting Corp., of Canonsburg, Washington County, has been selected to develop a 140-room hotel connected to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the university and the Foundation for IUP announced Tuesday. In addition to standard and upgraded suites, the hotel is expected to have banquet and meeting spaces, a hotel franchise restaurant, lobby bar and a separate restaurant. The facility is expected to be completed by March 2011. It will be owned by the foundation.

—“IUP to Build Hotel,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has plans to build a new hotel. The school is looking to build a $20 million, full-service hotel to complement a convention center and athletic complex it is putting up. IUP’s fundraising arm is looking for the hotel to have a bar, two restaurants, banquet halls and meeting space. 

—WJAC-TV (Johnstown/Altoona, Pa.),
July 9, 2008, 5:00 p.m.; July 10, 2008, 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is bringing business to the area. According to the University, its Foundation will spend $20 million to build an upscale hotel near the campus. They’ll build the six-story hotel near the convention and athletic complex.

—WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh, Pa.),
July 9, 2008, 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m.

Officials yesterday said they will spend up to $20 million to build an upscale hotel adjacent to Indiana University of Pennsylvania using a developer from Canonsburg. The university and its foundation announced their choice of The Horizon Team, a Canonsburg venture representing Horizon Properties Group LLC and Summit Development Consulting Corp. The team will work on plans for the six-story hotel to be connected to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Groundbreaking for the center is expected this fall, and the hotel is slated for completion in March 2011, officials said.

— “Upscale Hotel to be Built Adjacent to IUP,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 9, 2008

A team consisting of Horizon Properties Group LLC and Summit Development Consulting Corp., of Canonsburg, Washington County, has been selected to develop a 140-room hotel connected to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the university and the Foundation for IUP announced Tuesday. In addition to standard and upgraded suites, the hotel is expected to have banquet and meeting spaces, a hotel franchise restaurant, lobby bar and a separate restaurant. The facility is expected to be completed by March 2011. It will be owned by the foundation.

— “Hotel Planned at IUP,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 9, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its foundation this morning announced that The Horizon Team has been chosen to develop a hotel just off campus that will be connected to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

— “IUP, foundation to develop hotel adjacent to campus,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania chooses a developer for its campus hotel. ... It will be built on 20 acres on Wayne Avenue and connected to the new athletic complex. 

—WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh, Pa.),
July 3, 2008, 6:00 a.m., 6:30 a.m.

The Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania will announce next Tuesday its choice of developer for a full-service hotel expected to open in early 2011 on land just off the campus. The hotel is to be built on 20 acres along Wayne Avenue and to be connected to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, which is due to break ground this fall, IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said today. The hotel will be built on state-owned property. Officials declined until Tuesday’s announcement to discuss the project's price tag or the size of the hotel. Ms. Fryling said that planners have said construction of the athletic complex will generate a need for additional hotel rooms in the Indiana area.

—“IUP plans hotel near new athletic complex,”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 1, 2008