Donations for Fisher Auditorium Seats to Honor Jonathan Middler

Posted on 6/2/2015 2:41:46 PM

Jonathan MiddlerThe Lively Arts at IUP is coordinating donations to purchase and dedicate seats in Fisher Auditorium in memory of recent graduate Jonathan Middler.

Jonathan, a member of the Lively Arts student staff for two years while attending IUP, passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2015, two weeks after graduating at the top of his class with a degree in accounting from IUP’s Eberly College of Business.

Jonathan was a vital and highly respected member of the Lively Arts team, sparking thoughts of entering the field of arts and not-for-profit management. In tribute, the Lively Arts staff will purchase one seat for $500 with the goal of selling more seats to fill an entire row. The additional amount looking to be raised is $4,500.

For each seat purchased, a small brass plaque will be permanently affixed to the seat back with Jonathan’s name. A larger plaque acknowledging all donors will also be displayed in the Performing Arts Center lobby. As one staff member stated in proposing the idea, “He will always have a seat to see the shows.”

The Fisher seat fund was established to provide Fisher Auditorium with the necessary equipment and enhancements needed for the performances it hosts throughout the year, with 100 percent of the donations received to be used for this purpose.

Gifts to the purchase of seats in memory of Jonathan can be made to the Fisher Auditorium fund online through IUP’s Giving site. Donations may also be sent directly to the Foundation for IUP, G-1 Sutton Hall, Indiana, PA 15705, with a note stating the gift is for Fisher Auditorium in Jonathan’s memory. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation for IUP.

If you have any questions, please contact Hank Knerr, Lively Arts, at 724-357-2787 or e-mail

Pictured above, Jonathan shows off the gifts the Lively Arts presented him as he was about to graduate.