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The Great 21: Remembering Roberto Clemente
WESA 90.5 FM; Aug. 18, 2014
Essential Pittsburgh talks to Alki Steriopoulos, writer and composer of "21," a musical based on the life of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. The musical will have its world premiere in October at Point Park University.

Point Park president leads students on bike tour of city
CBS Pittsburgh/KDKA; Aug. 13, 2014

Sarah Arbogast details Point Park President Paul Hennigan's annual bike ride with student leaders that takes them around the heart of the city.

Keeping kids sharp during the summer
Pittsburgh Today Live; July 11, 2014

Point Park University Professor Sharna Olfman talks about how to keep children sharp during the summer months when they're away from the classroom.

Owners of popular Market Street Deli to open Hundred Wood restaurant Downtown  
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; June 17, 2014
Mark Belko lets readers know about Hundred Wood, a new restaurant from Dennis and Melody Scott that's coming to the Point Park University campus.

Renoir-inspired statue makes debut at PPG Plaza
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; June 10, 2014
Sarah Schneider writes about the installation of a Seward Johnson statue at PPG Plaza. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included a dance routine performed by Point Park University students.

‘Thrilled’ Point Park duo to dance in national festival
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; June 4, 2014
Mary Hornak highlights Point Park graduates Jennifer Florentino and John Michael O'Neill, who took part in the National College Dance Festival as both dancers and choreographers at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Costume designer retiring after 36 years with Pittsburgh Playhouse
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; May 25, 2014
Alice T. Carter profiles costume designer Don DiFonso, who is retiring after 36 years with Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Theme-park performers learn Broadway-class lessons in shows
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 24, 2014
Rachel Weaver showcases Point Park University alums on Broadway who got their start acting in showcases at Kennywood and IdleWild Park & SoakZone.

Point Park University-produced movie ‘The Umbrella Man’ to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
'Burgh Vivant; May 21, 2014
Brian Edward writes about Point Park's role in developing "The Umbrella Man" and its upcoming film festival screening.

Point Park initiative celebrates 2nd year
New Pittsburgh Courier; May 19, 2014
Christian Morrow details the continued work of Point Park University and Herman Reid in encouraging students attending urban schools to consider careers in accounting and finance.

Point Park University Experimenting With Google Glass High-Tech Specs
CBS Pittsburgh/KDKA; April 29, 2014
Sarah Arbogast looks at the School of Business' efforts to teach students about Google Glass and its potential uses.

Point Park University credited with revitalizing Downtown neighborhood
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; April 27, 2014
Debra Erdley writes about Point Park University's long-term plan to build up its presence in Downtown Pittsburgh, and the impact it's had on the community.

Point Park's prestigious dance program marks 10 years of an annual Downtown showcase
City Paper; April 16, 2014
Steve Sucato writes about the Point Park University dance program and the 10th anniversary of its marquee showcase at the Byham Theater.

A real challenge for Point Park dancers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; April 16, 2014
Sara Bauknecht looks at Point Park's annual mixed repertory program at the Byham Theater.

Point Park student agency to help nonprofits connect
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; April 15, 2014
Joyce Gannon details the launch of Wood Street Communications, a student-run agency at Point Park that works with nonprofit groups.

Exhibit offers unique 'Visions' from women artists
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; April 6, 2014

Kurt Shaw writes about the "Visions and Revelations" exhibit on display in Lawrence Hall in celebration of the founding of the National Association of Women Artists.

"OK Google Glass, how can we change higher education? (Video)" 
Pittsburgh Business Times; April 3, 2014

Justine Coyne writes about Amanda Munsch, Point Park University's School of Business outreach coordinator, who is one of 8,000 people selected by Google Inc. to test its Googe Glass product.

"The Chair documents the making of comedy films around Pittsburgh" 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; April 3, 2014

Michael Machovsky chronicles the making of "The Chair," while offering details on the involvement of numerous Point Park University students and alumni.

"On location with The Chair" 
NEXT Pittsburgh, March 25, 2014

Michele Fetting writes about Point Park University graduate Lisa Smith-Reed, who encouraged producer Chris Moore to bring "The Chair" project to her alma mater.

"Point Park indie band recording full-length album" 
Whirl Magazine; March 2014

Christine Tumpson urges readers to listen to Nevada Color, a band that includes four Point Park University students.

“Pittsburgh's father of professional ballet — and of Point Park's dance program — retires”
Pittsburgh City Paper; Dec. 4, 2013

Steve Sucato profiles dance professor Nicolas Petrov, who retired after teaching dance for more than four decades at Point Park.

“Stana finds support while juggling many obligations”
Pittsburgh Business Times: Nov. 15, 2013
Point Park University alumnus Ryan Stana is profiled in “Focus: CEO University Class of 2013.”

"Hecuba at Point Park Conservatory"
Pittsburgh City Paper; Nov. 13, 2013
Critic Michelle Pilecki has nothing but high praise for the Conservatory Theatre Company’s production of the Greek tragedy, “Hecuba.”

“If you build it, they will come – they always have”
Pittsburgh Business Times; Nov. 8, 2013
Paul Hennigan visits Pittsburgh’s economic evolution, from its beginnings at Fort Pitt to Point Park University’s own urban campus.

“Film notes: 'Veterans Breakfast Club' documentary to premiere at Point Park Monday”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Nov. 7, 2013

“Movies with local ties”
Pittsburgh Tribune Review; Nov. 6, 2013
Christopher Rolinson, associate professor of photography and photojournalism, premiers his moving documentary on WWII vets at Point Park University.

“Holiday shoppers may have to closely monitor their credit cards this shopping season”
KDKA TV; Nov. 1, 2013
Professor of business management Elaine Luther offers expertise on holiday shopping and the importance of avoiding credit card debt.

 “Halloween shopping is boost to economy”
KDKA-TV: Oct. 31, 2013
School of Business professor Elaine Luther visits Costume World in the Strip to discuss how Halloween shopping can mean a boost to the economy.

“Oklahoma! at Point Park Conservatory”
Pittsburgh City Paper; Oct. 23, 2013
Pittsburgh City Paper raves about the Conservatory Theatre Company’s production of “Oklahoma!” directed by Broadway star Patrick Cassidy.

“Prague Writers' Festival opening in Pittsburgh; first time in U.S.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Oct. 17, 2013

“E.L. Doctorow heads a roster of authors visiting town for the Prague Writers' Festival”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Oct. 16, 2013

"An international festival goes Pittsburgh, plus visits from name authors and rising talents"
Pittsburgh City Paper; Sept. 11, 2013

"Fall Arts: Lineup of speakers confirms Pittsburgh as literary hub"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sept. 18, 2013
A round up of coverage about the Prague Writers’ Festival, an international gathering of writers, poets, historians and journalists, which made its first appearance in the U.S. and was hosted by Point Park University.

"Preview: 'Oklahoma' puts Shirley Jones' son Patrick Cassidy in touch with the past"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Oct. 17, 2013

Broadway star Patrick Cassidy talks about directing “Oklahoma!”at Point Park University

“Winterize your wardrobe”
Dance Spirit Magazine; Oct. 2013
Dance Spirit magazine interviewed Point Park University dancers for a photo feature on comfortable warm-ups to rehearse in.

 

  “School communities should be inspiring”
Pittsburgh Business Times; Sept. 13, 2013
Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D. and Robert McInerney, Ph.D of the School of Arts and Sciences reflect on what it means for schools to be safe and inspiring.

 

"A college education's return on investment"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Aug. 20, 2013
Point Park University president Paul Hennigan reflects on the college experience as he readies his son for his freshman year. 

“President Hennigan’s annual student bike trip”
KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live; Aug. 15, 2013

“First Person/Grab a bike and go”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Aug. 10, 2013
For Point Park University president Paul Hennigan, there’s no better way to learn about Pittsburgh than biking its shores.

 "Voice of citizen journalism getting louder"
Pittsburgh Business Times; Aug. 9, 2013
Heather Starr-Fiedler, associate professor of multimedia in the School of Communication, discusses the importance of citizen journalism 10 years after the concept came to be.

"A Leap to Broadway?: Pittsburgh choreographer Kiesha Lalama's dance show 'The Bench' sets sights on New York, national tour"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; July. 28, 2013
Kiesha Lalama, associate professor of dance in the Conservatory of Performing Arts, discusses the prospect of taking her show, "The Bench" to Broadway.  

"Lichens Take a Likin' to Upper St. Clair Trees"
Patch.com; July. 23, 2013
Lichen research conducted by Matthew Opdyke, associate professor of environmental science in the School of Arts and Sciences, is cited.  

"Dick’s Sporting To Open Niche Store In Cranberry"
KDKA-TV; July. 9, 2013
School of Business professor, Elaine Lutheroffers insights on the niche market being targeted by Dick’s Sporting Goods with their new field and stream store.  

Paul Hennigan, president of Point Park, featured on the PNC Business Journal
KQV Radio; May 13, 2013