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Point Park University

Point Park University is a liberal arts university in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Formerly known as Point Park College, the school name was revised in 2004 to reflect the number of graduate programs being offered.


201 Wood St


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Point Park University has emerged from past financial challenges as a leader in career-focused education with a growing student population. And with the introduction of its Academic Village iniative in 2008, Point Park has evolved into one of the largest investors in Downtown Pittsburgh development. Beginnings The University began in 1933 as a one-room business school called Business Training College with an initial enrollment of 50 students, under the direction of Dorothy Finkelhor, a New York native, and her husband, L. Herbert Finkelhor. At the time, it was notable for a woman to found such an institution. Finkelhor provided her students with business and secretarial skills. At the same time, she served in multiple roles as teacher, the dean of women, social chairman, janitor, telephone operator, admissions and finance director, and registrar. Becoming a college By 1960, the business school had grown to nearly 880 students and moved to the University�s current academic center, Academic Hall, on Wood Street in central Downtown Pittsburgh. The Finkelhors� small secretarial school became Point Park Junior College, named for the City�s historic Point State Park. The junior college added two-year programs in engineering technology, education and journalism. It also acquired performing arts space at The Pittsburgh Playhouse in the Oakland neighborhood. Five years later, the college was granted four-year status, officially becoming Point Park College. Dance and theatre programs were introduced. These programs laid the groundwork for Point Park�s current Conservatory of Performing Arts. Thirty-four years after forming the college, Dorothy Finkelhor retired in 1967. The school�s reins remained within the family as son-in-law Arthur M. Blum assumed the presidency. Blum purchased the Sherwyn Hotel, a 20-story building across from Academic Hall, which became David L. Lawrence Hall. The hall currently contains most of the school�s social and entertaining facilities as well as classrooms, offices and residential facilities. Blum�s Lawrence Hall investment continues to benefit the school. Blum also established a campus in Lugano, Switzerland. A gift from Lester Hamburg brought the school a conference center in Portersville, Pennsylvania. John V. Hopkins succeeded Blum.

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Point Park University educates students in a diverse environment and prepares graduates to apply knowledge to achieve their goals, advance their professions and serve their communities.



John Amplas � Film actor, known for Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders, Creepshow, and Day of the Dead Rob Ashford � Won the Tony Award in 2002 for his choreography for Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie, also choreographed Broadway's The Wedding Singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby, Promises, Promises, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Evita, as well as appearing in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes with Patti LuPone Panther Bior � One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, featured in the award-winning documentary film God Grew Tired of Us Gerald M. Feierstein - U.S. ambassador Rich Fisher � Journalist Billy Hartung � Broadway/TV actor & dancer, Chuck Cranston in Footloose, starred in 2002 film Chicago Neil Haskell � Broadway performer & Contemporary dancer, So You Think You Can Dance contestant Michael Holley � Sports journalist Melina Kanakaredes � TV actress & Daytime Emmy Award nominee Don Kelly � MLB Shortstop Bobby Madritsch � MLB Pitcher John Magaro � Film actor Jim Martin � Emmy Award-Winning director for Sesame Street Dennis Miller � Comedian Jimmy Miller - Film producer, credits include She's Out Of My League, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys Megan Sikora � Broadway performer & Dancer, appeared as Lorraine/Ensemble in 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town, understudied Glinda and Nessarose in Wicked, Promises, Promises, and Miss Krumholtz in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Bambi Bernet in Curtains John Stuper � MLB Pitcher Tony Yazbeck � Broadway performer, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Al in A Chorus Line, Gypsy with Patti LuPone, and White Christmas