As the culminating activity for the 34th annual Business Day on April 5, 2012, the Terry A. Serafini Atrium dedication honored a longtime friend and supporter of IUP and the Business College.
Through Serafini’s $1 million gift, the
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology renovated and expanded its atrium.
“The atrium is the focal point for a wide range of activities,” said Robert Camp, dean of Eberly. “The expansion of this space not only provides additional study and networking space, but also a new location to showcase the IUP alumni featured in the Business Hall of Distinction.”
The gift also provided funds for the establishment of the Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program, which provides much-needed scholarship support for both Business and Mathematics majors. During the dedication, scholarship recipients Ashleigh Craig, Neil Kownacki, Michael Myers, and Sarah Wagner expressed their appreciation for Serafini’s generosity and support of their education.
“The Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program is a true reflection of Serafini’s career and will supply qualified professionals to business and the information technology industry for generations,” said Bill Speidel, associate vice president for Development. “Scholarships are vital in our mission to provide students with the best possible educational opportunities. We find his foresight and generosity to be an inspiration.”
Serafini, a 1961 graduate of Indiana State College, served in the Army following his degree. In 1964, he worked as a computer systems marketing representative at IBM. Six years later, he became a partner and co-owner of ComputerPeople, Inc. In the past 27 years, the company has grown to 1,300 computer professionals in office from Pittsburgh to Portland, Ore. It provides systems expertise to major corporations throughout the United States. Serafini also cofounded Compucom, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based digital imaging and microfilm solutions company and served on its board.
“We are extremely grateful for Mr. Serafini’s generosity in providing funds for facility expansion and for student scholarships,” said Camp. “Both the Terry A. Serafini Atrium and the Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program establish a long-term legacy. Most important, they reflect Terry’s longstanding commitment to the welfare and development of current and future students.”
Serafini and his wife, Janet, have residences in Pittsburgh and Jensen Beach, Fla. Their family includes sons Terry and Greg, daughter-in-law Anne, and grandchildren Erika, Nicole, Jeremy, and Dylan.