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Suites Are a Campus Hub

Students meet in a lounge in the lower building of the Suites on Grant. Ackerman Hall can be seen through the window. (Photo: Keith Boyer)

Students meet in a lounge in the lower building of the Suites on Grant. Ackerman Hall can be seen through the window. (Photo: Keith Boyer)

IUP students needn’t live in the recently opened Suites on Grant to benefit from the new facilities. For example, the multimedia and video studio lab within the IT (Information Technology) Support Center serves IUP students and faculty members in a number of creative and mass media endeavors.

Thanks to the generosity of the Brooks Foundation Education Fund and the Lloyd Foundation, administered through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee, IUP received a $25,000 grant for the lab. The grant permitted acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, software, and furnishings. In addition to serving students, the lab supports the classroom work of faculty members and distance-learning initiatives.

Bounded by (clockwise from top left) Keith, Weyandt, Elkin, and Whitmyre halls, the Northern Suites are going up. Breezedale is in the middle, surrounded by trees. (Select photo for larger image.) Photo: Ken Ciroli" height="236" alt="Bounded by (clockwise from top left) Keith, Weyandt, Elkin, and Whitmyre halls, the Northern Suites are going up. Breezedale is in the middle, surrounded by trees. (Select photo for larger image.) Photo: Ken Ciroli

According to Bill Balint ’88, the university’s chief information officer, “IT Services is fortunate that our founding coincided with the opening of the Suites on Grant and that we were afforded the opportunity to offer a variety of services in this brand-new facility.”

In addition to the multimedia and video studio lab, the IT Support Center houses in one location functions and services previously scattered across campus. They include the Student Help Desk, formerly in Gordon Hall; the Instructional Design Center Help Desk, formerly in Stabley Library; and the Administrative Help Desk and faculty test scoring, formerly assigned to the basement of Stright Hall.

Also located in the Suites buildings are the African American Cultural Center, Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement, and International Affairs office—all of which serve students, as well as other community members.

Other occupants include the Applied Research Laboratory and the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Suites on Grant took place in September.

With the Suites on Grant (center left) completed, the Suites on Maple began to rise in August. At bottom left is the intersection of Maple and Eleventh streets, looking for the moment flat and empty without the familiar stone wall that rose nearly seventeen feet above the street. The Governors Quad is in the foreground, Pratt Drive is at right, and John Sutton Hall is at top left. (Select photo for larger image.) Photo: Ken Ciroli
The sandstone wall that ran more than a thousand feet along Pratt Drive (adjacent to the Stonewall Lot) and Maple and Eleventh streets was removed to make way for the Suites on Grant (background) and the Suites on Maple (under construction). A small portion of the wall will rise again in the courtyard between the two complexes. (Photo: Keith Boyer)

The sandstone wall that ran more than a thousand feet along Pratt Drive (adjacent to the Stonewall Lot) and Maple and Eleventh streets was removed to make way for the Suites on Grant (background) and the Suites on Maple (under construction). A small portion of the wall will rise again in the courtyard between the two complexes. (Photo: Keith Boyer)