A state-of-the-art facility that Dean Marie Hardin said will be “a magnet for students,” was made possible with a gift from Donald P. Bellisario and his wife Vivienne, along with significant support from the University.
After the design phase, construction started in December 2018, with the media center scheduled for completion in fall 2020 and ready for student and faculty and students to begin working there during the 2020-21 academic year.
The Bellisario Media Center
Open, Collaborative, Modern and Technology-driven
Along with hundreds of scholarship recipients, the most visible sign of the Bellisarios’ support will be the Donald P. Bellisario Media Center, which will be constructed inside historic Willard Building.
After the design phase, construction is planned to begin in December 2018, with the media center completed in the fall of 2020 and ready for students and faculty to begin working during the 2020-21 academic year.
April 21, 2017Gift Announced
Donald P. Bellisario commits $30 million to support communications students and faculty and to establish the state-of-the-art Donald P. Bellisario Media Center.
Summer 2017University groundwork and approvals
August 2017Benchmarking, facility tours
Faculty and staff teams discover ideas to shape the design process for the Bellisario Media Center, which will be constructed in Willard Building on the University Park campus.
Sept. 15, 2017Architect Approval
Studios Architecture approved as architect after review of proposals submitted by more than 30 architectural firms
Summer 2018Construction approvals, hiring contractor
December 2018Renovation begins
March 2019Renderings complete
Spring 2019Construction begins
Fall 2020Construction complete
Spring 2021First full academic semester begins with classes in Bellisario Media Center
Hard Hat Tour
Renderings of Bellisario Media Center provide glimpse inside the coming high-tech ‘magnet for students’
Bellisario Media Center Q & A
Desktop Backgrounds & Device Wallpapers
Resources to Support Future Media Pioneers
Alumnus Donald P. Bellisario, a 1961 Penn State graduate, and his wife Vivienne, committed $30 million to support communications students and faculty and to establish the state-of-the-art Donald P. Bellisario Media Center. The donation was one of the five largest single gifts ever made to the University.
“Donald P. Bellisario ranks among Penn State’s most accomplished alumni, and his achievements and generosity will continue to inspire our students and faculty for generations to come,” says Penn State President Eric J. Barron. “Through this historic gift, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications will have the resources to support future media pioneers as they pursue the same innovation, excellence, and integrity that have characterized Don’s own career.”
The Bellisarios’ gift was announced April 21, 2017, and the University’s Board of Trustees expressed its appreciation by renaming the college the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
The commitment will allow the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications to build on its reputation as one of the best programs of its kind in the nation.