University Campus Improvements Herald a New Era at Saint Leo

August 22, 2011

ImprovementThe 2011-12 academic year at Saint Leo University begins with remarkable new progress at University Campus.

New undergraduates have been moving into campus residence halls, picking up their university-issued laptop computers, buying books, and making new friends. Saint Leo University will welcome 700 new undergraduates, including freshmen and transfer students, to its traditional campus this fall. The students come from 29 different states, and 33 nations.

improvement 2 University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., welcomed the class of 2015 and their family members during the traditional campus matriculation ceremony on Thursday, August 18. Flags from each of the home countries of new international students were displayed during the formal academic event.

Dr. Kirk addressed the diverse gathering, advising students that the time ahead of them is “the greatest opportunity of your lifetime to invest in yourself.” He urged them to seize the opportunities to learn, to grow personally, and to make lasting connections. Faculty, staff and administrators, he continued, “will challenge you and support you equally, but we cannot do it for you.”

Saint Leo faculty members have been readying for the new semester as well, in part by learning to make the best use of new teaching technology installed in the new building for the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The technologically enhanced classrooms in the building are equipped with multiple, 70-inch interactive touch displays, allowing faculty and teachers to work on problems in small groups, hear from guest speakers remotely, and to access a richer and broader selection of materials for class discussions with just a few keystrokes. Teachers and students from Saint Leo locations away from University Campus can also share class sessions with their counterparts using the video teaching teleconferencing capabilities.

Additionally, the Donald R. Tapia School of Business broadened its curriculum this year with the addition of a bachelor’s degree in computer science for students enrolled at University Campus.

In Lewis Hall, an older academic building on campus, substantial renovations were made to one of the biology laboratories over the summer. Among the many improvements: new work tables and countertops have been installed for student use; new white boards and displays have been added to improve instruction; and new flooring, lighting, and acoustical tile improve the overall environment.

Classes at University Campus begin on Tuesday, August 23. More information on course selections and important term dates can be found under the academic tab on the home page.