On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Military Resource Center held an opening celebration to officially introduce the center to the IUP community. The center has been operating since January.

The celebration included refreshments, a tour of the facility, and remarks by university constituents and others who helped make the center a reality.

Colonel Stephen G. Abel, (U.S. Army, Retired), a 1973 IUP graduate, provided guidance in the planning stages of the center and was in attendance. Abel was also inducted into IUP's ROTC Hall of Fame the next day.

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Stephen Abel and IUP President Michael Driscoll

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Stephen Abel, Rhonda Luckey, Vice President of Student Affairs at IUP, and Michael Oquendo, IUP student and President of the IUP Veterans Organization