The IUP Office of Media Relations works to connect university news, stories, communicators, faculty, and campus newsmakers with the media. This includes serving as the primary resource for media inquiries and outreach, including coordinating press conferences, events, and interviews, and building relationships with local, regional, and national media.

The executive director of Communications and Media Relations, Michelle Fryling (, is the official spokesperson for the university. All official university statements are generated through the Marketing and Communications' media relations office. If you need to speak to personnel in this office after traditional business hours, please contact Michelle Fryling at 412-309-1530.

For athletic information, please connect with the Sports Information Office.

Michelle Fryling

Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations

Sutton Hall, Rm. 315


412-309-1530 (cell)

Multimedia Resources for Media

Members of the media are invited to use official IUP logos, photos, and videos.


All IUP news releases are available in the Newsroom. A link to subscribe to the IUP news feed through RSS is available on the Newsroom site.

IUP In the News

IUP news, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are regularly featured in the media.

Student Hometown News Releases

Distributing news about student achievements—including scholarships, awards, or internships or attendance at conferences—are part of the outreach mission of the Office of Media Relations.

In order for a news release to be developed, the student must fill out a hometown news release form with their biographical information and indicate permission for a news release to be sent out to media.

Campus Alerts and Notifications

In the event of an emergency or crisis, including a change to scheduled classes or events related to inclement weather or other circumstance, members of the Office of Media Relations will play a crucial role as part of the communications response team. Information will be posted on the IUP website and on the Emergency Information site. Emergency information will also be recorded on the IUP Information line, 724-357-1213.

Information about how to register for emergency notifications via text is available on the Emergency Notification System web page. Family members of students and employees may sign up to receive notifications.

Faculty Experts

More than 400 faculty are members of IUP's five colleges, which include the College of Education and Communications, College of Art and Humanities, College of Health and Human Services, the Eberly College of Business, and the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Science and Mathematics.

With more than 140 undergraduate majors, 60 master's degree programs, and 14 doctoral degree programs, faculty have expertise in literally hundreds of disciplines and are available to media for comment on breaking news stories and background on topics ranging from literature to art to paranoia to biodiversity.

Contact Michelle Fryling ( to find a source for your story or feature.

Points of Pride

For university, student, and faculty achievements, accolades, and pride points, visit the IUP Points of Pride documents, produced on a quarterly basis for the Office of the President by the Division of Marketing and Communications.

If you'd like additional information on any items within these publications, contact Michelle Fryling (

IUP Office of the President

Michael Driscoll is IUP's president. IUP's Strategic Plan, Vision for IUP's Future, and speeches by the president can be accessed on his website for use by the media.