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California University of Pennsylvania

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250 University Avenue, Box 110
California, Pennsylvania 15419

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Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Event | Corporate Social Events | Expo/Competitions | Family Reunion | Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat | Wedding Ceremony/Reception | Youth Retreat/Camp
Maximum
Meeting:6000
Meeting
Rooms:100+
Maximum
Overnight:1350
  • Convocation Center Cal U Birds Eye ViewConvocation Center Cal U Birds Eye View
  • Fair Vendor Trade ShowFair Vendor Trade Show
  • Cheerleading Event Cheerleading Event
  • Robotics Event Location CompetitionRobotics Event Location Competition
  • Commencement CeremonyCommencement Ceremony
  • South Wing Conference RoomSouth Wing Conference Room
  • Convocation Center Lobby Convocation Center Lobby
  • South Wing Conference RoomSouth Wing Conference Room

About

About California University of Pennsylvania

The Convocation Center at California University operates the largest indoor venue between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, WV. The Convocation Center houses a total of 142,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a 6,000-seat arena, several theatre spaces, and two building wings containing conference rooms. The venue also boasts several amenities for your corporate or social event and features full-service technology, on-campus movie theatre, and a renovated fitness and recreation center that guests can utilize.

The Convocation Center’s onsite food service partner, AVI, uses the finest ingredients to create budget friendly menu options that fit a variety of event types, be it casual or refined. The venue also offers meeting planner support, where our dedicated planners help to ensure that your ideal social or corporate event is successful. Whether you're hosting an executive planning session for 10, sales training for 60 or an annual meeting for 600, find inspiration at California University of Pennsylvania. Book this space now!

 
LOCATION + TRANSPORTATION

Washington, PA - 26
Pittsburgh, PA - 35
Morgantown, WV - 42

:
Pittsburgh International - 60 minutes


Onsite: Yes

CATERING
Choose from a delightful assortment of catering packages that range from suprisingly refreshing meeting snacks and beverages to amazing four-course formal dinners, or create your own culinary event to culminate a successful meeting. Our food service partner, AVI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality, most innovative and imaginative programs in the industry. Using only the finest quality ingredients, including local and organic meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables, their experienced chefs create menus that are pleasing to all the senses - and easy on your budget.


Must Use In-House CateringYES
Venue Hosted Alcohol PermittedYES



AMENITIES + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Washer/Dryer
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Microphones
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
Custom Lighting
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Wi-Fi
MEETING + EVENT SPACE CAPACITIES

6000 Attendees


100+ Spaces

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Theatre Style 700 | Classroom Style 600 | Standing Reception 2000 | Seated Reception 1000

TECHNOLOGY
Take advantage of the full gamut of technology services available from University Conference Services at California University of Pennslyvania. Don't compromise on technology at your next event. In fact, think outside the box and utilize the latest tools like Smart classrooms to enhance your overall meeting experience. At Cal U, University Conference Services not only provides state-of-the-art AV and computer technology - we offer full-service, 24/7 support throughout your event. Let us help you customize an affordable, all-inclusive package to meet your specific requirements.

Yes
FreeYES

Yes


MicrophonesProjector ScreenLCD ProjectorsCustom Lighting

RENTAL POLICIES
Alcohol ConsumptionYES

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

1350 Overnight Guests


Residence Halls|Suite Style|Nearby Hotels

Yes
Free YES


Private

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Accommodations

Accommodations

1350
Total Number of
Overnight Guests


Accommodation Types
| Residence Halls | Suite/Apartment Style | 1350 rooms | image
CalU of PA Residence Halls

The overnight accomodations at Cal U are a welcome respite from a busy day. Our residence halls feature amentities such as air conditioning, cable TV hook up, laundry and recycling centers, fully equiped kitchens, lounges, and more. The residence halls offer a variety of configurations from single rooms to multiple-person suites, all with private or semi-private baths..

Cal U residence halls offer:
  • Spacious, individually climate-controlled rooms.
  • Private bathrooms, most shared with only one other person, and never more than three.
  • More privacy than typical "dorm" rooms.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Cable hook up available.
  • On-site computer labs and high-speed, wireless Internet.
  • Full laundry facilities.
  • Controlled entry to building and rooms

A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Hotel | 85 rooms | image

Find us off Highway 43, five minutes from California University of Pennsylvania and Convocation Center events. The highway puts you just 50 minutes’ drive from downtown Pittsburgh day trips: catch football at Heinz Field or ballgames at PNC Park. Wake up to free hot breakfast, and enjoy WiFi on us. Our 24-hour Suite Shop can cure any midnight cravings.

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Vulcan Village is Cal U's garden-style apartment complex, located a short distance from the main campus and easily accessible via our shuttle service. The 10 three-story buildings on Cal U's upper campus offer unsurpassed comfort in an independent setting.

Each fully furnished Vulcan Village apartment is equipped with a full-size stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer and dryer.

Other Vulcan Village features:
  • Free parking.
  • Outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts.
  • Outdoor swimming pool.
  • Fitness center with 24/7 access.
  • Clubhouse with billiards and foosball tables with 24/7 access.
  • Computer lab with printing capabilities.
  • Property-wide wireless Internet.

Amenities + Unique Experiences

AMENITIES

Amenities
Washer/Dryer
Washer/Dryer
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
ADA Accessible
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Fitness Center
Microphones
Microphones
Parking On-Site
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Custom Lighting
Custom Lighting
Food and Beverage On-Site
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Sound System
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi


Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

Max Capacities
6000
Overall
600
Classroom
Style
2000
Standing
Reception
1000
Seated
Catered Event


Meeting + Event Spaces
| 142,000 SQ FT | image

The Convocation Center at California University is the largest indoor venue between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, WV. The Convocation Center has a total of 142,000 square feet of event space, including a 6,000 seat arena. Book this space now!
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Steele Hall is a fully functional space with built-in ticket windows and registration desks, coat check and a lobby suitable for light food and beverage receptions. Theatre-style seats for 600 and other updated amentities add to the experience for both your conference attendees and your presenters
| 1,750 SQ FT | image
The Vulcan Theatre

Planning a corpoate video screening, executive presentation or private movie screening?  A 104 seat theater with a 22 x17 foot stage makes an excellent setting for seminars or panel discussions. When not in use as a seminar site, the Vulcan Theatre runs recently released movies that change regularly.
| 4,780 SQ FT
Enjoy the versatility of the Elmo Natali Performance Center. This room can be configured to suit the needs of your participants. A true multi-purpose room, it is ideal for a variety of activities from lectures and luncheons to banquets and concerts.
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Track and equipment floor inside Herron Hall.

Our newly renovated fitness facility, with two air-conditioned basketball courts, four lane lap pool, 33' climbing wall, indoor jogging track and an all-new fitness facility with the most advanced cardio and weight training equipment.

Food + Beverage

Food + Beverage

Availability
YES
YES


Catering
Choose from a delightful assortment of catering packages that range from suprisingly refreshing meeting snacks and beverages to amazing four-course formal dinners, or create your own culinary event to culminate a successful meeting. Our food service partner, AVI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality, most innovative and imaginative programs in the industry. Using only the finest quality ingredients, including local and organic meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables, their experienced chefs create menus that are pleasing to all the senses - and easy on your budget.
Dining Options
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Catering

Enjoy a wide range of catering packages and menu options available for meeting and conferences at California Univesity of Pennsylvania. Treat conference attendees to tantalizing food and beverage selections that suit your taste and your budget. 

The Gold Rush, located in the Natali Student center, looks more like an upscale restaurant. The main dining room is large and airy, featuring a glass wall that allows diners to enjoy the changing weather in air-conditioned or heated comfort. Two side rooms offer privacy for smaller groups of up to 40 people each.

Enjoy an assortment of offerings at the Natali Food Court.  They offer everything from burgers and pizza to sushi.  Hours vary, so check with your Event Manager on times and menus. 

Location

Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Pittsburgh International - 60 minutes
Nearby Cities
Washington, PA - 26 miles | Pittsburgh, PA - 35 miles | Morgantown, WV - 42

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions
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The Meadows Racetrack and Casino located near California, PA. Your place for Gaming, Racing, Dining, Bowling, Nightlife and more!
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The Pennsylvania Covered Bridges are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all remaining covered bridges through out the United States. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Vermont have a combined total of over 550 authentic covered bridges with Pennsylvania leading with over 197. Many of the covered bridges still standing are over 150 years old.
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Located primarily in Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses about 19,052 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Mountains.
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The Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile system of biking and hiking trails that connect Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. The southern end of the trail, connecting Cumberland, MD to the C&O Canal towpath, created a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, from Duquesne, near Pittsburgh, to Washington, DC.
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See what inspried Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and other architectural masterpieces. Raft the Youghiogheny, bike The Great Allegheny Passage, and ski Pennsylvania's highest mountains, all at PA's Laurel Highland's. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and Idlwild's SoakZone are located here. The outdoor scenery is spectacular year-round.
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Enjoy a night at the theater or a day in an art gallery, at one of Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District Venues.
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VisitPittsburgh.com is the website of the official tourist promotion agency of Allegheny County. On this site, you will find up-to-date listings for Pittsburgh activities, events, festivals, transportation, sports, restaurants, cultural attractions, shops and more for Pittsburgh and Its Countryside. Our Welcome Centers are the place to pick up Pittsburgh brochures, city maps, restaurant and shopping guides, walking tours, and more. Visit a Welcome Center on your way to a great time in Pittsburgh!
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The Christian W. Klay Winery's home is a 1880's lovingly restored bank barn with Queen Anne cupolas situated as the base of the rolling hills in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. On the lower level of the winery, guests may sample wines from the Christian W. Klay collection while enjoying the magnificent views from the charming Palladian windows. The retail area offers an array of exquisite giftware and tempting gourmet foods.
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PNC Park has quickly become a part of the fabric of Pittsburgh's proud sports tradition. Recognized around the country as the "best ballpark in America", PNC Park has spectacular sightlines, an intimate setting, and an exceptional atmosphere.
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Tanger Outlet Centers offer a large shopping outlet mall and more than 75 brand name factory outlet stores.
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The players and ice reflect greatness at Mellon Arena.
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Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol said, "In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes."
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Carnegie Science Center boasts one of the world's most sophisticated interactive planetarium's, a four-story domed OMNIMAX Theater and a WWll submarine.
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We believe that any day is a great day to come to Kennywood! However, the lightest crowds tend to be on Sundays in May (closed first Sunday in May) or June, most any weekday throughout the summer, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July. Days that the weather forecast calls for some rain can be the best days to visit. The rain scares away those looking for "picture perfect" days, opening the doors for those who can have fun in spite of a few raindrops.
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The Steelers are playing like teams of old at Heinz Field.
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The Washington Wild Things professional baseball club of Washington, PA is a member of the independent Frontier League.
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The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Highland Park, the zoo sits on 77 acres of park land where it exhibits over 4,000 animals representing 475 species, over 70 of which are threatened or endangered.

Services

Services

Services

Our dedicated staff of meeting professionals are ready to serve you!  Contact our conferences services team toll-free at 1-866-941-7437 or email conferences@calu.edu to discover how we can help you every step of the way, from information gathering to guest registration and entertainment to compilation of the final bill.

Don't compromise on technology at your next event. At Cal U, University Conference Services not only provides state-of-the-art AV and computer technology - we offer full-service, 24/7 support throughout your event. Let us help you customize an affordable, package to meet your specific requirements.

In addition to the many outdoor recreational areas on campus, we also offer our renovated Herron Hall fitness facility. It has two air-conditioned basketball courts, four lane lap pool, 33' climbing wall, indoor jogging track and an all-new fitness facility with the most advanced cardio and weight training equipment.

In the summer months, our Event Assistant Staff can take care of ALL your conference needs ranging from (but not limited to) check-ins and check-outs; tours; directions; business services; and information.

Our friendly police staff are visible and available for the safety and security of your guests. Within our safe and friendly environment, their most frequently requested service is pointing you in the right direction.

Let us take care of all your business needs from faxing, printing, copying and telephone.

Free internet connection and WI-FI in all residence halls and meeting facilities.

All our residence halls and facilities are handicap accessible.

Technology

Technology

Equipment Available On-Site
Microphones
Microphones
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Custom Lighting
Custom Lighting

Description
Take advantage of the full gamut of technology services available from University Conference Services at California University of Pennslyvania. Don't compromise on technology at your next event. In fact, think outside the box and utilize the latest tools like Smart classrooms to enhance your overall meeting experience. At Cal U, University Conference Services not only provides state-of-the-art AV and computer technology - we offer full-service, 24/7 support throughout your event. Let us help you customize an affordable, all-inclusive package to meet your specific requirements.
Technology

We offer full-service 24/7 support onsite with technology. 

Rooms range in sizes and many are fully equipped with Crestron projector systems. These systems include drop down ceiling projectors, drop screens, HDMI and VGA hook ups, and sound capabilities. Rooms of bigger sizes are equipped with custom audio visual set up, multiple microphones, and full staff support.

All meeting spaces are equipped with audio and visual technology. Our technicians offer support throughout your event.

Every residence hall boasts a state-of-the-art computer room with printing capabilities. In addition, we also offer venue space perfect for a training with individual computers for each attendee to enhance your overall meeting experience.

Don't let being out of the office or away fom home slow you down. Wireless Internet capability is available in all residence and meeting facilities.

Testimonials

Testimonials


"We have used other facilities for our conferences, but none compare to Cal U."

"Every need was met. Excellent staff!"

"Technical support was especially helpful."

"You do a terrific job in all aspects, and I would recommend Cal U Conference Services to others."

"The residence hall is beautiful!"

"Overall the residence hall accomodations were impressive...rooms were exceptionally clean & spacious."

"We were impressed with the A/V staff's work ethic. They were also polite, respectful, and above all, patient."

"The event staff was amazing."

"Many of our registrants praised the staff for their high level of respect, professionalism, and persistence. The staff also made registration & checkout easy for our guests."

"Special thanks to the CalU conference staff for their granite dependability, patience, professionalism, and attention to detail. We look foward to coming back."



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