University of Phoenix Hosts Grand Opening

University of Phoenix opens its state-of-the-art Tulsa Campus in the restored Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st St.
The 40,000-square-foot campus includes a system of interactive classrooms and the largest rEsource Center in the UOP network.
UOP celebrated its facility at a grand opening, with tours and a reception.
Dignitaries included: Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma House Of Representatives; Dennis Troyer, Tulsa City Councilman; John Smaligo Tulsa County Commissioner; Jay Goin, UOPX Executive VP; Brent Fitch, UOPX Regional VP; and Gerry Chauvin, Director Of Development, Eastgate.
“Our focus at the new campus is on an even higher standard of individual and group learning resources,” said Lori Santiago, University of Phoenix vice president and Director of Oklahoma Campuses. “University of Phoenix has always been ahead of more traditional higher education, with e-textbooks, online simulation models and an emphasis on innovation, critical thinking and effective written and verbal communications skills. This new facility gives us the infrastructure we need to take all our programs to the next level.”
The innovative classrooms of the new campus feature round-tabled seating where students and instructors can connect to wall-mounted interactive plasma displays, all powered from a multi-media podium. All classrooms are equipped with state-of-the art technology and geared toward facilitative learning. The entire campus facility is Wi-Fi enabled. The campus is focused around the rEsource Center, an interactive environment for students featuring wall-mounted plasma displays, a Research Center with numerous computer stations and free printing, ample seating for students with laptops, and a Refreshment Bar. The rEsource Center also provides for expanded student services by offering instructor-led workshops where students can attend free of charge on topics such as basic computer skills, effective writing, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Math Labs, Statistics Lab.
The new campus occupies the space formerly home to Mervyn’s.
The construction project consisted of interior and exterior changes, including a major build-out of the second floor, in addition to an all-new fa?ade and entry area. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot space, which was designed with LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – furnishings, was completed in December, and University of Phoenix moved into their new home in January.
“University of Phoenix was founded on the principle of helping people who had fallen through the cracks find accessible higher-education programs,” Santiago said. “This new space takes us another step toward our goal of helping our students achieve their highest potential.”

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