Grand Opening for New Webster University Orlando Location Set for August

Jul. 11, 2016

Grand Opening for New Webster University Orlando Location Set for August
The Webster University logo as seen in the lobby of the new Orlando location

ST. LOUIS – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble will officially welcome Webster University to downtown Orlando during a grand-opening celebration of its new classroom space and offices near the Amway Center.

The grand opening will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 on the fourth floor at 501 W. Church Street. The event is open to current students, Webster alumni and the public.

 “We welcome the community to tour our new facilities and learn what resources are available to them through our new downtown location,” said Nicolas Spina, regional director of Florida operations and director of the Orlando campuses for Webster. “We look forward to working with the community and our new neighbors.”

Webster University has been in Orlando for about 25 years, but has operated in two locations, both located on the edge of the metro area. It began searching for a new space last year when it became clear more classroom space and more modern facilities were needed. The site was remodeled during the spring. Students began using the space at the end of May for summer classes.

The new site is across the street from the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic basketball team, within walking distance from many major downtown corporations and only blocks away from the proposed Creative Village educational hub.

The new space is about 37,000 square feet. The space has 11 state-of-the-art classrooms, 2 computer labs, 2 conference rooms with breakout spaces, 10 offices and video conferencing capabilities for WebNet+ classes.

It also has space for a Cyber Security Incubator, which is in the planning stages. When completed, the incubator will allow students and faculty in Webster’s Cyber Security Program to work with area businesses and non-profit organizations to identify existing and emerging security issues and collaborate on how to collectively secure computer networks, protect consumer data and share information on how to be a better protector of information. Other potential uses for the space also are under consideration.

During the grand opening, Mayor Dyer and President Stroble are expected to make remarks about the significance of Webster’s move to the downtown area and then cut a ceremonial ribbon. Afterward, tours of the new space will be offered to attendees along with refreshments and live entertainment in the new student lounge.

For more information about Webster University, including a list of programs offered in the Orlando area, visit http://www.webster.edu/orlando/.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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