Kovalchick Complex Reception Area to Be Named for Welcome to Indiana

Posted on 9/17/2010 4:51:27 PM
From left: Jim Miller, Tom Harley, Dr. M. Dorcas Clark, Patrice Harley, and David Osikowicz

From left, Jim Miller, chair of the Council of Trustees University Relations Committee; Tom Harley; Dr. M. Dorcas Clark; Patrice Harley; and David Osikowicz, chair of the Council of Trustees.

A reception area in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex will be named in honor of Welcome to Indiana.

Dr. M. Dorcas Clark and Tom and Patrice Harley, of Indiana, made a gift toward construction of the Kovalchick Complex in honor of the organization. The Council of Trustees approved the naming at its meeting Friday, September 17, 2010.

The Kovalchick Complex, located along Wayne Avenue adjacent to campus, is a 150,000-square-foot building that will offer the 4,000- to 6,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, the 650-seat Christine Toretti auditorium, athletic department administrative offices and conference facilities.
The facility, to be completed in spring 2011, is projected to have a $22-million economic impact on the region during construction and an annual economic impact of $12.5 million in each year of operation.

While owned and managed by IUP, the Kovalchick Complex is designed to serve as a cultural and economic development resource for the Indiana region.

The complex is named in honor of the Kovalchicks, of Indiana, who donated $2 million for the facility’s construction.

In July 2009, IUP selected Global Spectrum, a leading firm for managing university arenas and a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, to manage, market and operate the Kovalchick Complex’s Ed Fry Arena.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the complex took place Nov. 13, 2008, and included an announcement of a challenge grant of $1 million for the facility from IUP graduate Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, in honor of IUP music professor and track and field coach Ed Fry. The arena in the Kovalchick Complex is named after Fry in honor of Hurley’s gift.