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July 2009


Several area schools of higher education have been lauded by The Princeton Review. Named to the Review’s 2010 ‘Best in the Northeast’ section were California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Slippery Rock University, Seton Hill University, Grove City College, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University and Washington and Jefferson College. Others laud the ‘fantastic fine arts program,’ IUP’s ‘very good College of Business’ and solid programs in theater, mathematics, chemistry, criminology and English.

—“Area Schools Named Northeast’s Best by Princeton Review,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 29, 2009

Before he arrived from South Korea for a four-week English immersion program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joongsuk Lee had some preconceptions about Americans.

—“Koreans Soak Up U.S. Culture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,” 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 27, 2009

Raymond G. Edwards, Wernersville, has been named a student trustee on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees. Edwards, a junior international business and economics major in the IUP Robert E. Cook Honors College, is a 2007 graduate of Conrad Weiser High School. Members of the Council of Trustees are volunteers appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell to provide financial oversight and ensure that university policies comply with state law.

—“Campus Notes,”
Reading Eagle, July 26, 2009

Following a national search by a committee of university and community members, facility management firm Global Spectrum has been chosen by Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, to manage, market and operate the Ed Fry Arena in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) now under construction. The 5,000-capacity venue is scheduled for a June 2011 opening. Global Spectrum will be in charge of all pre-opening phases of managing the arena, including final stages of facility design and construction, marketing, hiring a general manager and arena staff. Once opened, staff will handle the arena’s day-to-day management, including booking, scheduling, marketing, maintenance, contracted services, staffing and other operations. ‘Through the proven talent and expertise of Global Spectrum, the KCAC will be able to consistently attract a caliber of entertainment and cultural fare that is top-notch by national and international standards,’ IUP president Dr. Tony Atwater said in a statement. ‘The university’s partnership with Global Spectrum demonstrates IUP’s resolve to make the KCAC a first-rate cultural, sport and entertainment venue for both Indiana County and western Pennsylvania.’

—“Global Spectrum Selected to Manage Ed Fry Arena,”
Ticket News(Vernon, CT), July 9, 2009

INDIANA - IUP Tuesday selected Global Spectrum, a leading firm for managing university arenas and a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, to manage, market and operate the Ed Fry Arena at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The $53.4 million complex, which also includes an auditorium, conference center, grand lobby, commercial kitchen and offices for IUP athletics, is under construction and is expected to be completed by June 2011. IUP President Tony Atwater said Global Spectrum has the expertise to attract quality entertainment and cultural fare. The university’s partnership with Global Spectrum demonstrates IUP’s resolve to make the complex a first-rate venue, he said.

—“IUP Chooses Firm to Manage Arena,”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, July 8, 2009

While academics will tell you it’s a mistake to cut training from the budget, those closest to financial reality will suggest trimming the fat and adopting a leaner training strategy that ties education to the company’s immediate needs. For most businesses, this means doing away with the nice-to-have training and focusing on the must-haves that affect the bottom line today. ‘Training is very important to business continuity,’ says Tracey L. Missien, interim director of work force education and economic development, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‘In this economy, even though up to a quarter of companies report that training is one of the first places to make budget cuts, most employers see training and skills enhancement as key to maximize productivity and profitability.’ 

—“Special Report: Multiple Choice,”
Smart Business Journal (Pittsburgh, Pa.), July 2009