New Academic Year Begins This Week at Saint Leo

August 25, 2015

Saint Leo University’s Fall Semester 2015 is now underway, with classes in session at University Campus, online, and at education centers.

A focal point of excitement at University Campus is the opening of the newest academic building, Kirk Hall, named for Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr., president emeritus, and his family. The building complements the School of Business building, just across the campus’ central walkway. Kirk Hall provides classrooms equipped with modern teaching technology, faculty offices, and specialized teaching environments for students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Services. Specialized areas include a language-learning laboratory and rooms specially outfitted to help education majors get the feel of working in K-12 public schools.

Some student support areas have also moved into Kirk Hall, including the Learning Resource Center, which provides tutoring and other means of academic assistance, and the First Year Experience program, which provides counseling and programming to help freshmen become acclimated to university life. Both of those are on the first floor. Additionally, there are plenty of comfortable areas on all levels where students can sit and read or meet in small groups in between classes.

Students and faculty were excited to enter Kirk Hall on Tuesday morning, and to see the range of possibilities the building affords them.


Dr. Cheryl Clauson explains to an upper-level genetics class that they will be watching pre-recorded videos of lectures outside of class, and will spend classroom time on discussions and hands-on activities.


Freshmen introduce themselves to one another in class that orients them to university life.


Junior Elizabeth Brown works in a quiet study area with a gorgeous view of the quad.

In other areas of University Campus, more students are getting to use the Fine Arts Building, opened in the spring of last year. That building was created through a renovation of an existing building, and now offers dedicated space for classes in fine arts history (as well as other topics), photography, drawing and painting, theatre set design, and gallery space for regularly scheduled student art shows.