The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt across the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus, including the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
The KCAC was quiet Thursday as trustees conducted a virtual meeting via Zoom rather than gather at the complex along Wayne Avenue.
Indeed, KCAC was quieted when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted IUP to cancel all campus events, at least into August, with all events canceled at the complex through June 30.
That was a factor as university officials reported fewer events at the complex and less income. Vendor projections for the remainder of 2019-20 have been reduced but remain positive, though effects of the pandemic were expected to have negative impacts on facility performance.
Events through March 31 were down by 37, or 12 percent, to 270. with total attendance at 121,173, 11 percent (14,705) behind 2018-19.
Event revenue was $1.69 million, 8.9 percent ($166,301) behind revenues of a year ago, and 15.2 percent ($304,770) below budget. KCAC reported an event net operating income of $177,846, exceeding its budget by 2 percent ($3,505) and exceeding the same period a year ago by 21.4 percent ($31,373).
University officials said overhead expenditures for the facility were well managed, with a total of $608,707 reported, down 21.5 percent ($167,211) from what was budgeted, and $77,037, or 11 percent, better than a year ago.
Meanwhile, the overall IUP budget for 2019-20 has been amended downward, from $188.4 million to just under $186 million. A university spokeswoman said IUP has expended 69.98 percent of that amended budget.
The trustees also approved a five-year capital spending plan for submission to the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The list starts with 2019-20, where projects proposed include demolition of underutilized and obsolete buildings, as well as deferred maintenance including the chilled water plant expansion and Eberly HVAC upgrade.
No other IUP appropriations are listed over the five-year period except for 2022-23 where an academic building replacement is listed. an apparent reference to the $90 million Kopchick Hall, which would replace Leonard, Walsh and Weyandt halls along Oakland Avenue.
The trustees also approved a long list of actions taken by the faculty’s University Senate from December through April.
As IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy S. Moerland observed, “typically spring is a busy time of the year for course changes.”
However, the actions also included emergency modifications approved for the spring 2020 semester in response to the pandemic.