USF Downtown hosts grand opening

The University of Saint Francis reveals their new $14.3 million downtown campus.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The University of Saint Francis is making its mark in the heart of downtown with its new campus.

The transformation of the old Scottish Rite building and the Former Chamber of Commerce building started nearly 5 years ago.

The USF Business Center at 826 Ewing Street, the former Chamber of Commerce building, is now the home for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. This facility also houses the university’s Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) program and the Risk Management and Insurance program. Students in these programs have greater opportunity to interact and learn from nearby business leaders in the new downtown setting.

At 431 W. Berry Street, visitors can tour the Music Technology Center, which features state-of-the-art audio engineering equipment, along with innovative performance spaces and recording studios. USF students will study and learn in studios designed with help from professionals employed by Sweetwater Sound. In the business classrooms, students will use real time tickers just like the ones on Wall Street.

“I think the thing I’m most excited about is the finance board. You don’t really get that anywhere else. Finance is kind of a difficult subject, so this could be an asset helping us learn and helping us realize what goes on on Wall Street on an every day basis,” Business Administration major Jake Garrett said.

Garrett has an internship with Ash Brokerage and said he’s excited to work and learn downtown.

“It’s cool to see this growth in downtown and the fact that Saint Francis and us as students get to be a part of that it’s really amazing,” Garrett said.

“Successful communities have a successful, thriving downtown with universities located there,” USF Associate Vice President of Marketing Trois Hart said. “Fort Wayne wanted that as part of its economic development plans. We’re here now and we’re a part of the economic viability of the community now downtown.”

The USF Downtown project cost $14.3 million dollars.

Students head back to the classroom Aug. 29.



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