FAYETTE, Iowa (July 25, 2013) – Upper Iowa University will host the official grand opening and ribbon cutting for its UIU-Mesa Center at 10 a.m. Monday, August 5. UIU began teaching classes in a temporary Mesa location in September 2012 but has renovated a vacant retail building in Mesa's Fiesta District for its permanent center. Classes began July 15 at the UIU-Mesa Center at 1361 S. Alma School Road.
The opening of a UIU location in Mesa is part of the city's Higher Education Initiative, which has brought satellite campuses of several colleges and universities to the Arizona community. UIU has said that it expects UIU-Mesa Center to quickly become one of its largest off-campus locations. The Mesa location is the 19th U.S. location for a UIU education center and the first location west of the Rocky Mountains. UIU has been providing educational programs beyond its Fayette campus since the 1970s and has been establishing education centers in communities across the United States for more than 30 years.
Expected to speak at the grand opening from UIU are Chairman of the Board of Trustees Bob Firth, UIU President William R. Duffy II, and Mesa Center Director Robert Barriga. Speaking on behalf of the City of Mesa are Mayor Scott Smith and District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh.
"This new location is ideal for the UIU-Mesa Center," said President Duffy. "It provides space for our current needs as well as our projected enrollment growth, and it is located in an area targeted for economic development in Mesa. We look forward to working with the City of Mesa and restoring the vitality of the Fiesta District, while bringing quality education options to residents of the area."
"Mesa is becoming Arizona's newest college town," Mayor Smith said. "The UIU-Mesa Center fills a niche in our higher education system unfilled until now. I wish them the best of success and can't wait to watch the campus grow."
UIU's renovation of the former Borders building is the latest in a series of Fiesta District initiatives, which include expansion of health care, education, retail, and hospitality facilities, as well as construction of the Fiesta District Police Station.
Initially, UIU-Mesa will occupy 13,000 square feet in the building under a 15-year lease with possible addition of another 17,000 square feet in three years. The UIU-Mesa Center will house classrooms, a computer lab, curriculum lab, nursing classroom, offices and a student commons.
UIU has a unique academic calendar that offers classes in six eight-week terms year-round with rolling admissions. UIU-Mesa offers the following majors: accounting; business administration; criminal justice; elementary education; human services; human resources management; psychology; public administration (general, law enforcement or fire science emphasis areas); an RN-to-BSN nursing program ; teacher education (prekindergarten-grade 3); and social science.
UIU can help students to access financial aid for which they are eligible, and some UIU scholarships will be offered to assist at-risk Mesa students. Tuition discounts of 10 percent are available for students pursuing majors in education, nursing, criminal justice and public administration.
More information is available on the UIU website at www.uiu.edu. Mesa Center can be contacted at 480-834-4620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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