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Students, faculty attend celebratory lunch during Center for Media Innovation opening

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service:

Point Park University unveiled its new state-of-the-art Center for Media Innovation on Tuesday morning.

Student and faculty enjoy walking tacos during the Pioneer Records event held Tuesday in Village Park. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.
Student and faculty enjoy walking tacos during the Pioneer Records event held Tuesday in Village Park. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.

Sophomore broadcasting major Taylor Celich attended the grand opening lunch in Village Park and said she is looking ahead to the future.

“The best part of today’s festivities is knowing this is just the beginning,” Celich said. “Knowing there is so much more in store for our future is amazing.”

The free lunch was held for the entire campus at noon in Village Park with a crowd of around 175 students and faculty.

Those in attendance at the lunch had three unique choices to choose from. There were walking tacos, Hawaiian kabobs or gua bao, a Taiwanese street food from pop-up cafés.

“A free lunch is a great way to attract students and get their attention,” Nicole Miller, a junior public relations and advertising major, said.

Pioneer Records’ star, Hannah Jenkins, performs her song “Something Out of Nothing” on Tuesday in Village Park. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.
Pioneer Records’ star, Hannah Jenkins, performs her song “Something Out of Nothing” on Tuesday in Village Park. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.

Miller added that she appreciated the range of events the University had planned throughout the day for students in honor of the new center.

“The full day of events allows a majority of students to participate,” Miller said. “Even if they have class, there will be one of the events they can make it to.”

The Center Media for Innovation kicked off the day with a morning panel of professionals who discussed how traditional news platforms have transformed because of the ever-changing media landscape. The lunch followed immediately afterward.

“I think the lunch was so nice,” Celich said. “It was a great conclusion to this morning’s event. A lot of people hung around, and there where a lot of important people still here to talk to students.”

Heavy blues band, Grandadchilds, rocks out in Village Park in celebration of the Center for Media Innovation opening on Tuesday. The band features John Rushlander on guitar, Tyler McLaughlin on bass, and Point Park senior, Evan Pearson on guitar. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.
Heavy blues band, Grandadchilds, rocks out in Village Park in celebration of the Center for Media Innovation opening on Tuesday. The band features John Rushlander on guitar, Tyler McLaughlin on bass, and Point Park senior, Evan Pearson on guitar. Photo credit: Julie Kooser, Point Park News Service.

Katie Jacobs, employee of the food provider, the CulinArt Group, said the event went great.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “We ended up having perfect weather.”

In addition to food, free entertainment was included in the celebration. Pioneer Records recording artists Hannah Jenkins and John Kono Rushlander performed during the hour-long lunch.

“I thought the music was fantastic entertainment,” Jacobs said.

The Center for Media Innovation is located at the heart of Point Park’s campus and connects all departments together in one central location.

“The CMI is a space for the entire University, so it’s nice to see everyone here from across Point Park celebrating the completion of the center,” director of the Center for Media Innovation, Andy Conte said.

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