Ivy Leaf - Spring 2006

The Arts Center Expansion Project


The Arts Center expansion project will further enhance Penn State Altoona's ability to provide instruction in state-of-the-art facilities and offer community access to cultural programming that is of the highest caliber. Plans for the expansion feature a new dance studio, theatrical studio, enlargement of the current theatre space, and a new performing arts and communications suite that will create space for technical and production facilities and faculty offices. The project, which will add more than 16,000 square feet to the existing building, is critically important to the growth and development of the communications, integrative arts, and performing arts programs.

The facilities in the expanded arts center also will allow communications majors to work in television and audio studios in which control of sound, lighting and climate will afford opportunities to learn professional techniques as well as produce quality portfolio material that is required for positions in communications fields. Communications production classes and students engaged in a variety of media endeavors (newspaper, online magazine, internet radio) also will utilize the facility.

"The expansion of the Arts Center has been identified as a priority that will address an area of greatest need for our college," states Dr. Lori J. Bechtel, chancellor of Penn State Altoona. "Mr. Misciagna's leadership gift will help to fund a capital project that will not only change the landscape of Penn State Altoona, but broaden the academic and cultural horizons of future generations of students and visitors to Ivyside Park. Those who enjoy the performing arts on campus are sure to acknowledge Mr. Misciagna's commitment, for he has raised the bar on philanthropy at Penn State Altoona and his gift will serve as a source of personal inspiration and motivation to many."