World Class Facility

September 02, 2011

World_ClassStudents at University Campus, along with faculty, administrators and community members came together in the new home of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business to thank the lead donor for his financial support, and to talk about the enriched learning opportunities the building provides.

The 48,000 square-foot, ultramodern facility opened for the current fall term. Students from all majors at University Campus will be able to attend classes in the structure. Among the building’s many ultramodern attributes are 70-inch interactive displays installed on multiple walls in classrooms. Teachers are already employing the displays to enhance their presentations and to engage students in group projects during class. Students enrolled at other Saint Leo teaching locations will communicate in real time with students and faculty in the new building through improved video teleconferencing technology.

world class 2 Mr. Tapia ’05, ’07, who also serves as chair of the university Board of Trustees, told those attending the celebration that rather than thanking him, they should “Thank God for the flock of angels he sent to guide me through my life.” The entrepreneur and philanthropist, surrounded by young friends he has made through the TKE fraternity, also urged students to consider giving back after they graduate.

University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., and Dean Michael Nastanski also expressed their appreciation for Mr. Tapia’s financial support and for his example of philanthropy. As educators, they expressed their enthusiasm for the academic possibilities ahead for Saint Leo students.

“It gets no better than this,” Dean Nastanski said of the new learning environment. He invited students enrolled in other academic programs to consider taking courses from the business curriculum, such as courses in international travel, web design, social media, or other electives that will enhance their program of study.

“This place is available to all of you,” Dean Nastanski said. “Come and enjoy it.”

Students at University Campus, along with faculty, administrators and community members came together in the new home of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business to thank the lead donor for his financial support, and to talk about the enriched learning opportunities the building provides.

The 48,000 square-foot, ultramodern facility opened for the current fall term. Students from all majors at University Campus will be able to attend classes in the structure. Among the building’s many ultramodern attributes are 70-inch interactive displays installed on multiple walls in classrooms. Teachers are already employing the displays to enhance their presentations and to engage students in group projects during class. Students enrolled at other Saint Leo teaching locations will communicate in real time with students and faculty in the new building through improved video teleconferencing technology.

Mr. Tapia ’05, ’07, who also serves as chair of the university Board of Trustees, told those attending the celebration that rather than thanking him, they should “Thank God for the flock of angels he sent to guide me through my life.” The entrepreneur and philanthropist, surrounded by young friends he has made through the TKE fraternity, also urged students to consider giving back after they graduate.

University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., and Dean Michael Nastanski also expressed their appreciation for Mr. Tapia’s financial support and for his example of philanthropy. As educators, they expressed their enthusiasm for the academic possibilities ahead for Saint Leo students.

“It gets no better than this,” Dean Nastanski said of the new learning environment. He invited students enrolled in other academic programs to consider taking courses from the business curriculum, such as courses in international travel, web design, social media, or other electives that will enhance their program of study.

“This place is available to all of you,” Dean Nastanski said. “Come and enjoy it.”

To read media coverage of the facility, follow these links:

http://www2.tbo.com/news/pasco/2011/sep/01/2/giving-back-motivates-leading-donor-to-saint-leos--ar-254663/

http://www2.tbo.com/news/pasco/2011/sep/02/panewso1-new-saint-leo-studio-broadcasts-potential-ar-254717/

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/saint-leo-university-unveils-new-school-of-business/1189255

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