Loyola University Maryland received a $54,852 grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation to expand outdoor WiFi service for its main Evergreen campus, expanding learning beyond university buildings.

“Loyola University Maryland is grateful for this grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation and will utilize it for the benefit and safety of our students and community,” said Chief Information Officer Randall Saba in a press release. “We are eager to augment learning beyond our walls and foster the opportunity for active personal engagement and collaboration.”

By providing access to outdoor WiFi, students and faculty will have additional locations for learning and the opportunity for outdoor classes. Additionally, students without data plans can now access the internet on their devices from anywhere on campus.

The expanded WiFi also allows Loyola’s public safety officers to access operations systems in the field, and benefits local community organizations as well. For example, the Loyola-hosted Govans Farmers Market will now have access to the university’s outdoor WiFi.

“We’re excited to partner with Loyola University on this project to expand digital access both on campus and in the surrounding community,” said Kelly Medinger, executive director of the Knott Foundation.

“With so many activities moving outdoors, we understand how important and timely it is to connect to people in this way,” she added. “We’re pleased that the Knott Foundation could step in and help with such a worthy endeavor.”

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