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IUP Conference Services
1011 South Drive
425 John Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1046


Largest Group
# of Meeting Rooms
Largest Meeting room
6000 sqf
Conference space
17,000 sqf
On demand
IUP can help your business or organization plan its next meeting or seminar.

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The professional staff of the Office of Conference Services will assist you in planning and implementing your event.

Year-round conferences include group sizes from six to 4,500. We can assist you in your conferencing needs at a location of your choice or on the IUP campus.

UP’s new convention center, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, opened in March 2011. The facility offers many possibilities for conferences, conventions, concerts, family shows, trade shows, and athletic events that are being enjoyed by both the IUP and Indiana communities.

Kovalchick Complex is a 148,500-square-foot facility which houses the following:

  • 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena
  • 630-seat Toretti Auditorium
  • 17,000 square feet of conference space, divided into nine rooms
  • 6,000-square-foot corporate training and executive conference center
  • 18 Several luxury boxes line one side of the arena and are perfect for corporate entertaining.
  • The IUP Alumni Suite is equipped with large flat-screen televisions and can be set up for numerous private social events.

Let Conference Services plan your next event at our beautiful Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The venue is ideal for concerts, family shows, sporting events, conferences, conventions, trade shows, corporate seminars, and much more.

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Accommodations available from From May until Mid-August
Suite-Style Living: The Suites at IUP bring newly built, comfortable, attractive, two to four person suite-style housing with a total of over 3,500 beds.
n each suite, you will have:

  • individual bathrooms
  • microwaves and refrigerators
  • individually controlled air conditioning and heating units
  • carpeting
  • trash disposal facilities on each floor
Location: Indiana, Pa., is approximately sixty miles northeast of Pittsburgh, in the heart of Indiana County.

The Kovalchick Complex includes an arena, athletic department offices, an auditorium, a hotel, and state-of-the-art conference and convention space.

Dining: The PNC Room may be set up for banquets, business luncheons, and more. Food court carries many offerings, including items from some local vendors.

Click here for local hotel information if you elect to make your own reservations.

Area Attractions available here

Hundreds of details go into a successful program.
We have handled these details for many programs and know the most efficient ways to accomplish your objectives.
Please contact us for details
about consultation and to verify coordination fees.

IUP Conference Services
1011 South Drive
425 John Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1046


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Drexel Conference Center
3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104



Guest Capacity
Largest Group
# of Meeting Rooms
Largest meeting room
900 seats
Combining distinctive meeting spaces and exceptional service, the Drexel Conference Center offers the ideal setting for your next meeting, retreat or group event.

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Located on the top of MacAlister Hall, The Drexel Conference Center is an excellent location for any retreat, meeting or group event. It offers city-skyline views, a roof-top patio, state-of-the-art audio/visual systems and can accommodate groups of up to 100 people.
Offering 8,265 square feet of meeting space, including sleeping accommodations, the Drexel Conference Center is a unique meeting venue!

Overnight Accommodations
Traditional and apartment-style rooms are available to groups up to 800 people. Each room has a self-regulating air conditioning unit. All of our halls include kitchens, laundry rooms, and vending areas. Linen Service and Micro-Fridge Rental is available.
The comfortable lounges are perfect for informal gatherings and indoor recreation areas provide entertainment such as table tennis, pool table, and television.

Meeting Facilities
More than 25 lecture halls and meeting rooms are available across campus, for groups of 10 or 900. Some of the most popular meeting locations are listed below:

  • Creese Student Center
  • MacAlister Hall
  • Ross Commons
  • Main Building

Additional Venues

  • Academic Classrooms and Residential halls
  • Hagerty Library
  • Peck Alumni Center
  • Pearlstein Business Learning Center
  • Recreational Facilities, including the Armory and Buckley Field
  • Residential Hall Multipurpose Rooms
  • Drexel Picture Gallery
  • Outdoor spaces

Located on Drexel’s campus in the heart of University City in Philadelphia, the Drexel Conference Center is easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of 30th Street Station.
The Drexel Conference Center provides catering services and exclusive menu packages through the Chestnut Street Caterers.

Area Attractions: As the second largest city on the east coast and one of the nation's most walkable cities, Philadelphia is Drexel's "living laboratory" with plenty of places to explore, learn, engage in recreation, and experience the arts.
Philadelphia encompasses Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the country, is close to the best that the area has to offer, from farmers' markets in Lancaster County to snow sports in the Pocono Mountains.

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Drexel Conference Center
3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


"We have been hosting our staff retreat at Drexel for two years. Overall, our experience has been excellent. This year, we were placed in a new residence hall with apartment-style format with floor lounges that had great city views! The rooms were very comfortable, we enjoyed using the lounges and the location of the residence hall was excellent! Drexel provided a perfect format for our retreat."

— Rick Treter, Director of Residence Life, American University

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Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
One Country Club Lane
State College, PA 16803

Toll Free 800-252-3551
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30 Years of Traditional Excellence: Toftrees was selected by Meetings and Conventions magazine as one of the Top 75 Golf Conference Center Resorts in the U.S.A.

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After completing an extensive renovation in 2010, the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center has once again emerged as a premier Pennsylvania resort and meeting destination.

Guest Room Amenities
With 102 unique guest rooms and suites, Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center offers a variety of accommodations.

From traditional guest rooms to multi-room suites, all are nestled within the secluded pine trees of central Pennsylvania. Relax outside and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the resort in one of our many rooms with private patios and balconies.

Meetings at Toftrees:
Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center offer a comfortable retreat that will provide your group with a meeting that will be both productive and pleasurable.

Within our conference facilities, guests will experience a variety of meeting rooms and breakout rooms ranging from our 10 person boardrooms to our largest meeting room that can accommodate up to 300 guests. Choose from a variety of meeting space ranging from spacious A/B/C ballroom settings to small intimate meetings, over 12,000 square feet of versatile meeting and conference space available.
Please take a moment to review our floor plan and capacity chart to see how Toftrees can accommodate your next meeting.
Our experienced and dedicated conference services professionals can help arrange meeting space to fit your needs.

Location: Toftrees is located 3 miles from Penn State University, 3 miles from the Bryce Jordan Center; 2 miles from University Park Airport, with direct flights from Philadelphia, Dulles, and Detroit; 15 miles from Interstate 80. An airport shuttle is available.
Toftrees - meaning "Home among the trees" - is nestled amid 1,500 scenic wooded acres in beautiful Centre County, Pennsylvania.
Dining at Toftrees: Down Under Steak House is a casual restaurant for unique dining featuring hearty appetizers and delicious entrees.
Banquets at Toftrees: Both indoors and outdoors, Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center affords the planner with unlimited options to please the most discriminating taste.

Activities: Take on the 18-hole PGA golf course, four tennis courts, and a game of volleyball or just relax in our outdoor pool. You can also schedule an appointment for a massage with our experienced massage therapist.

Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
One Country Club Lane
State College, PA 16803

Toll Free 800-252-3551

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Guest Capacity 400+
Largest Group 400
Largest Meeting Room 600
# of Meeting Rooms 6
Dining 1
Exhibit Space
Bryn Mawr Mountain Center
Honesdale, PA
Flexible scheduling, relaxation, warm hospitality and fun abound with professionalism and safety.
Available from September through the second week of June each year, the Bryn Mawr Mountain Retreat & Conference Center is nestled high in the hills of beautiful Wayne County, on the far north eastern tip of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Near the quaint and friendly, historic town of Honesdale, home of the historic Stourbridge Line Train Exhibit, Americas first steam locomotive and excursions, we are near multiple country streams, rivers, mountains with mirrored lakes and ponds and only minutes away from one of the largest man made lakes in North Eastern Pennsylvania, Lake Wallenpaupack, just thirty minutes from the Delaware Water Gap. We are blessed with extraordinary wildlife and sanctuaries, magnificent state parks and state game lands.

Facilities - 4 Types of Accommodation Choices
Our heated country Lodge with two separate floors, will accommodate larger groups with a 38 single to 64 double bunk capacity. Our Inn is comprised of a variety of rooms with single beds that can sleep from two to six guests with semi-private baths between every two rooms. The Inn has two floors with a total of 14 rooms that can welcome a total of 60 guests. The Motel has fourteen simply comfortable and charming, country motel rooms with two full size beds and private bath. Our Cabins are for larger groups of 200 - 500 arriving in our warmer seasons (May, June, or September) we extend our hospitality to enjoy our family group cottages of 15 to 40 guests per unit.

Affordable, Flexible Scheduling & Professional
It’s a fact, that as the world and the people in it become more complex and business travel and information have become more overwhelming, more executives, family and travel meeting groups are looking more toward the “More relaxed” away from the hustle and the bustle facility. A type of, “plan your own thing” meeting places and conference centers with a lot of basic and good time amenities are in demand. It’s not the formal, business as usual, suite and meeting rooms with high cost services, briefing rooms, and atmosphere that are drawing the business groups. Country surroundings, out of the way, quiet rolling hills and mountains of natural beauty with simple pleasures, nature’s surprises and friendly staffs with great food seems to be the attraction in today’s living. It’s a place to open up to the fresh country amenities for business and exercise.

Natural amenities with sprawling hills, pristine mountain views, wistful hiking trails and mirrored lake.
Group lounging parties or meetings set up comfortably to your specifications with the largest conference room needs for multi-task or high number groups from 100 to 400.
The Bryn Mawr Team will put together excursions for a day, half day or over night with our professional team for Camping, Kayaking, and Canoeing on both the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers near by.
Mountain Biking, Boating, Climbing, Snowshoeing, X-Country Skiing, Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking.
Our catering director will be happy to help you choose your menu from our vast selection of creative cuisine, which can accommodate any dietary requirements.
Professional and relaxed Work shop settings.
Subcontracting Large Game / Fun / music companies for special occasions.
Team Building for Corporates / retreats / Colleges / Celebrations. Our renowned team building program utilizes a vast array of indoor and outdoor challenges.
Our indoor meeting facilities are equiped with High speed internet access via our T1 line. Most of our meeting spaces are hard wired for sound, portable sound systems available. DVD/Video players, overhead projectors, and digital video projector available upon request.
High and Low end Ethnic event planning professionals.
Our spacious dining room has the capacity to seat 600 guests and the flexibility to be divided into smaller break-out areas. It is hard wired for audio equipment and has a large dance floor and stereo system for special events.

Any event, whether a corporate get away, a religious retreat, a family reunion or celebration destination, guests find Bryn Mawr to be the best group facility for their business needs and enjoyment.

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Guest Capacity 145
Guest Rooms 87
Largest Group 300
Largest Meeting Room 300
# of Meeting Rooms 15
Dining 3
Villa Maria
Conference Center
“There is a place….”

Villa Maria, PA

Villa Maria Conference Center located in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, offers a unique meeting environment for your business, organization or service group’s next retreat or conference.

The conference center is positioned in a campus style setting on 728 acres known as Villa Maria Community Center, home to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary and several ministries since 1864.

The Villa provides a peaceful and beautiful environment for all types of conferences, trainings and educational seminars. The grounds are a country landscape, home to nature trails, woodlands, meadows, organic garden, pond, bird sanctuary and outdoor labyrinth.

Construction of the conference center was completed in July of 2004. The 2760 square feet of conference space can be divided into three separate meeting areas. State-of-the-art technology supports all presentations and support services are available to handle any special requirements. The Center offers all the hospitality and amenities required for your conference while presenting a peaceful space to reenergize.

Fifteen additional large and small meeting areas are available presenting a setting compatible for any group ranging from 4 to 300 people.

In-house dining is available and on-site overnight accommodations are on hand for conference guests. Well balanced, nutritional meals are served cafeteria style daily and three individual dining sites are available for private meals. Overnight accommodations include housing for up to 145 and private rooms with bath are available upon request.

In addition to the conference center and meeting facilities, the Community Center offers spiritual education programs through its retreat center, eco-justice and earth education programs, complementary health series, a working farm, a youth education center, and senior apartments.

There is a place in Western Pennsylvania ready to personally service all your needs and make your next conference successful and a break from the everyday.

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(724) 964-8920, Ext. 3237

A ministry of the Sisters of Humility of Mary offers a sacred place to revitalize the spirit and is open to people of all ages, cultures and religions.
728 luxuriant acres in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. One mile from Ohio state line.
2760 Sq. Ft. of conference space. Fifteen additional individual meeting spaces. Capacity range 4 to 300. Break out rooms. State-of-the-art technology includes LCD projector, pull down screen, in-house sound system. Internet access. Complete AV menu. Computer station access. Teleconferencing available.
Overnight accommodations up to 145. Rooms with private baths available. In house food services. Nutritious meals served cafeteria style. Catering menus available upon request. Three dining rooms with seating 20 to 300. Outdoor pavilion available.
Indoor swimming pool, gift shop, exercise room, therapeutic massage available upon request. Several golf courses just minutes away.
Conference facilities are handicapped accessible and handicap rooms are offered.
Large and small chapels available for group worship or service.
Free parking. Smoke-free facilities. US Post office on site.
Located midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland airports.

“Villa Maria’s facilities are truly

The Villa is an ideal
location for hosting a group…"

Daniel P. Bizga
John Carroll University

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Conference Center Directory

Center Name City
Telephone Email
Antiochian Village Conference & Retreat Center Ligonier PA 724-238-3677   Retreat  
Avalon Hotel & Conference Ctr Erie PA 814-459-2220   Hotel  
Blair County Convention Center Altoona PA 800-842-5866   Convention  
Bloomsburg University of PA Bloomsburg PA 570-389-4112   University 750  17   
Blue Mountain Christian Retreat and Conference Center New Ringgold PA 570-386-2154   Retreat  
Bryn Mawr Mountain Center Honesdale PA 570-251-3614 Email
Conference Center 400   
Camp Arthureeta Schwenksville PA 215-942-7301   Retreat 50  10   
Camp Hebron Halifax PA 800-864-7747   Camp 64   
Capital Camps & Retreat Center Waynesboro PA 1-866-430-2267 Email
Retreat 80  18  Mountains
Chateau Resort & Conference Center Tannersville PA 800-245-5900   Resort  
Clarion Embers Hotel & Convention Ctr Carlisle PA 717-243-1717   Hotel  
Crowne Plaza Ctr City Philadelphia Philadelphia PA 215-825-6704   Hotel  
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg Harrisburg PA 717-234-5021   Hotel 261   
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge King of Prussia PA 610-902-9912   Hotel  
David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh PA 412-325-6174   Convention  
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia Philadelphia PA 215-893-1682   Hotel  
Drexel Conference Center Philadelphia PA 215-895-0373 Email
University 1000  10  Urban
Eastern University St. Davids PA 610-341-5902   University  
Eastern University Conferences St. Davids PA 610-341-5902   University  
Embassy Suites Hotel - Pittsburgh Coraopolis PA 412-269-9070   Hotel  
Family First Sports Park Erie PA 814-866-5425   Retreat 116  Urban
Harrisburg Hershey Marriott Harrisburg PA 717-558-4607   Hotel  
Hershey Park Hershey PA 717-534-3355   Hotel  
Hershey Resorts Hershey PA 717-534-8600   Resort  
Hilton Harrisburg & Towers Harrisburg PA 717-233-6000   Hotel  
Hilton Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA 724-625-5546   Hotel  
Hilton Valley Forge King of Prussia PA 484-684-1484   Hotel  
Holiday Inn City Lne Philadelphia PA 215-477-0200   Hotel  
Horst Hotels Lancaster PA 717-581-1800   Hotel  
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA 215-521-6553   Hotel  
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport Pittsburgh PA 724-899-6065   Hotel  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex Indiana PA 724-357-2227 Email
University 3500  75  Coast - East
Inn at Nichols Village Clarks Summit PA 570-585-2758   Hotel 135   
Ladore Conference Center Salvation Army Waymart PA 570-488-6129   Conference Center  
Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge Entriken PA 814-658-3500   Resort  
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center Lancaster PA 717-299-5500   Hotel 330  24   
Laurelville Mennonite Conference & Retreat Ctr Mt. Pleasant PA 800-839-1021   Retreat  
Loews Philadelphia Hotel Philadelphia PA 215-627-1200   Hotel  
Mainstay Suites/Sleep Inn Mountville PA 717-285-2500   Hotel  
Marco Harrisburg PA 800-232-1121   Hotel  
Marywood University Scranton PA 570-348-6211 ext. 2595 Email
University Coast - East
Messiah College Grantham PA 717-691-6009   University  
National Christian Conference Center Valley Forge PA 610-935-3515   Conference Center 51   
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Philadelphia PA 215-418-4739   Convention  
Philadelphia Marriott Philadelphia PA 215-625-6757   Hotel  
Pittsburgh Embassy Suites Hotel Coraopolis PA 412-269-9070   Hotel 223   
Pittsburgh Expomart/Radisson Hotel Monroeville PA 412-856-8100   Hotel  
Pocono Manor Golf Resort & Spa Pocono Manor PA   Resort 257   
Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Conf Ctr Camp Hill PA 717-763-7117   Hotel  
Radisson Valley Forge Hotel & Convention Ctr King of Prussia PA 610-354-8222   Hotel  
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center Pittsburgh PA 412-922-8100   Hotel  
Ramada Inn and Conference Center Reading PA 888-929-9234   Hotel 139   
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel Langhorne PA 215-547-4100   Hotel 187  14   
Sheraton Society Hill Philadelphia Philadelphia PA 215-238-6632   Hotel  
Sheraton Station Square Pittsburgh PA 412-803-3855   Hotel  
Sheraton University City Hotel Philadelphia PA 215-349-6302   Hotel  
SMG Convention Centers Philadelphia PA 215-592-6644   Convention  
St. Joseph Institute Port Matilda PA 814-692-4954   Retreat 22  Woods
St. Joseph's in the Hills (Laymen's Retreat League) Malvern PA 610-644-0400   Religious Center  
Summit Inn Resort Farmington PA 724-428-8594   Hotel  
The Brossman Center at LTSP Philadelphia PA 215-248-7339   Conference Center 50  17   
The Conference Center Johnstown PA 800-875-5958   University 200   
The Omni William Penn Pittsburgh PA 412-553-5216   Hotel  
The Penn State Conference Center Hotel State College PA 814-863-5017   University  
The Sheraton Park Ridge Hotel & Conference Ctr King of Prussia PA 610-878-1415   Hotel  
Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center State College PA 814-234-8000 Email
Resort 102  10  Mountains
University of Pittsburgh Bradford Bradford PA 814-362-5053   University 383  10   
Villa Maria Conference Center Villa Maria PA 724-964-8920 Email
Retreat 87  15   
Villanova University Villanova PA 610-519-7580   University  
Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA 412-560-6357   Convention  
Willow Valley Resort & Conference Ctr Lancaster PA 800-369-9877   Resort  
Wilson College Chambersburg PA 717-262-2003   University 204  21   

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