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New Sperling Center opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

University of Phoenix celebrated the grand opening of its high-tech John Sperling Center for Educational Innovation on May 24 with employees, government officials, members of the media and other guests in attendance.

The 10-story Sperling Center is home to the Phoenix Main Campus, touted as the University’s most technologically advanced campus. Features include a nursing simulation lab and a Counseling Skills Center that give students access to state-of-the-art technology, and a Classroom Without Boundaries, which is piloting a program that uses interactive technology to connect local students with those at the University of Phoenix Yuma Learning Center.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who assisted Bill Pepicello, PhD, president of University of Phoenix, with the ribbon cutting, says the University has “built the model of education the world is dependent on.”

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University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett cut the ribbon.

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Pepicello (above), standing outside the John Sperling Center for Educational Innovation (right), addresses the crowd on how far the University has come — citing the Classroom Without Boundaries, which features the latest in education technology — and how it will continue to advance.

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Eddie Lou, who works in the user experience lab, shows visitors how eBeam technology works. Using an electronic pen that communicates with the small, wall-mounted system, any whiteboard can be turned into a marker-free interactive wall.

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Stephanie Rider, an enrollment manager, shows off one of the interactive features.

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The nursing simulation lab allows students to get hands-on experience dealing with emergency situations through the use of high-tech “manikins” that mimic human ailments and responses.


Photos: David Matteson

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