Top Westminster College officials will join Mesa city leaders and officials from Wilkes University to cut the ribbon on their new college campus building, the Mesa Center for Higher Education (MCHE), in Mesa, AZ at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, at 245 West 2nd Street.
The public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception to follow.
The former Municipal Courthouse of Mesa has been renovated extensively by the City to serve as the campus home for Westminster and Wilkes. Westminster and Wilkes will share the learning environment.
Students attending Westminster's new urban campus will choose from majors in English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, International Business, and Transnational Studies, plus minors in health professions and pre-law.
"I am pleased that we have been able to assemble such a great staff and faculty for our new Mesa campus," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "I know they are looking forward to working with the impressive students in our inaugural class. Our Mesa students all recognize they are going to enjoy a special educational experience they couldn't have received anywhere else and are excited to be a part of it."
President Forsythe will speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Wilkes University President Dr. Patrick Leahy, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, City Manager, District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover, and Dan Withers of D.L. Withers Construction, the firm responsible for the renovation.
Emcee for the event will be Mesa City Manager Chris Brady.
In addition to President Forsythe, Dr. Carolyn Perry, Westminster Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty, and Dr. Bill Sheehan, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, will be in attendance representing the Fulton campus.
After the formal ceremony, attendees will be able to tour the new campus building and enjoy refreshments.
"We are grateful to the city of Mesa for allowing us so much input into this conversion," says President Forsythe. "Many of the ideas that went into the renovation of our nationally recognized Coulter Science Center on our Fulton campus went into the plans for this new Mesa campus building. An environment has been created that captures the special Westminster learning experience of convenient access to quality resources and strong interaction between faculty and students We wanted a welcoming feel where students would want to come and stay for great blocks of time, and I believe this first rate, attractive facility fulfills that goal."
The new MCHE building contains 19 general classrooms, specialized science laboratories and chemical storage areas, a dozen computer lab workstations with wireless access to Internet, conference rooms with videoconferencing capacity, faculty and staff offices, a reception area, break room, and administrative area with a storage section for student files and supplies.
For more information about Westminster's new Mesa campus or admissions requirements, please contact Mesa Director of Admissions Hillarie Price at 480-747-3863 or Hillarie.Price@westminster-mo.edu.
Westminster classes will begin on the Mesa campus August 22.
"We look forward to beginning our Mesa classes and thank our partners in Mesa for helping us create such an aesthetically pleasing space for Westminster students," says President Forsythe.