Providing security for the president of the United States is one of the most critical jobs around. Saint Leo University undergraduate student Don Eubanks can say he had a hand in this role during his five-year stint in the Marine Corps.
Have you ever dreamt of earning college credit aboard a luxurious cruise ship?
Dreams like that actually come true at Saint Leo University.
From Oct. 21-28, 2017, Saint Leo had 19 students set sail on the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape for the university’s Learning at Sea Cruise. Presented by the school’s Department of Public Safety Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, the topic of the western Caribbean adventure was “Smuggling on the High Seas: Human Trafficking and Dangerous Drugs.”
Lex Hauryluck, a 21-year-old senior who is working toward a bachelor’s in criminal justice with a specialization in homeland security, went on the trip.
“I thought it was an awesome experience,” he says. “It really allowed us to get to know the professors who went with us on a personal level. There were some really high-intensity lectures that were cool to watch.”
He admits that the whole environment of studying on a ship was unique as well.
“It was a nice break from being on campus, and the lectures were different from any classes I’ve ever taken at Saint Leo,” he adds. “The boat was rocking at times, and you could hear the announcer on the ship making announcements about everything going on onboard. But the lectures were fast-paced and very intriguing.”
Lectures were held on two full days when the ship was at sea. On the other days, the students and faculty had the opportunity to go on shore and visit several ports of call. These included Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya near the Yucatán Peninsula, Roatán off of Honduras and Belize. The original stops were scheduled for islands in the eastern Caribbean, but damage from the recent hurricanes shifted the itinerary to the west.
Hauryluck, who is also a resident assistant on campus, says his goal is a career in counterterrorism analysis in the CIA. He also recently took the New York City firefighter exam and would consider such a path to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
If you’ve always thought the books in the wildly popular Harry Potter series were only meant to be read for fun, think again.
This fall, Saint Leo University currently has an undergraduate English course devoted entirely to studying the literary brilliance of the best-selling book series of all time. Fittingly, the class is simply called The World of Harry Potter.
We caught up with Dr. Kathryn Duncan, an English professor who teaches the course, to find out what inspired her to offer such a curriculum and what types of unique activities her students are doing.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for The World of Harry Potter Course, and when did Saint Leo begin offering it?
A: I first taught this class four years ago, and it was the most fun I had teaching in my life.
Since we’re now celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series this year, we decided what better time than now to bring it back? There’s even a display for the series at the British Library.hARRY hA
Harry Potter is very much back on the radar and is so important and relevant to this current generation of students.
Q: Are you a big fan of the series yourself?
A: Absolutely, and that’s an understatement.
I’ve read and reread the books in this series more times than I can count, and I’ve watched and re-watched all of the movies. I’ve also shared all of this with my daughter. We’re both big fans now.
Q: Why do you think this series has been so popular among younger readers?
A: J. K. Rowling truly understands childhood development. She addresses so many issues of the younger age group of those growing up. The messages she communicates are so important.
Also, death is one of the major themes in this series. It’s often covered up in Western culture, which makes it larger and scarier for some, but Rowling addresses it in a way that kids can easily understand the human condition.
The books are very well-written, and I see influences from Jane Austin and Charles Dickens in Rowling’s writing style.
Q: Which books are covered in this class?
A: All of the books in the series are covered, which consist of:
Topics: Harry Potter
Baba Croom wears multiple hats every day. Father of five, husband, nurse, and college student are just a few of them. Not only that, but the Brooklyn, N.Y. native is striving to become self-employed in a cause that would greatly help his fellow military veterans.
Over the past several weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused considerable damage and impacted the lives of millions of Americans.
Data analytics has become a tremendously growing field in just the last few years. In fact, according to the McKinzie Global Institute, the U.S. will face a shortage of nearly 200,000 data scientists by 2018.
Saint Leo University is thrilled to offer a brand new MBA program with a concentration in Data Analytics. We caught up with Dr. Vyas Krishnan, an associate professor of computer science in Saint Leo’s School of Business, to discuss the new MBA track.
Q: What is the MBA with a concentration in Data Analytics, and when will it be offered?
A: This innovative program will begin in the Fall 2017 semester. It’s a 100% online program that consists of 12 courses for a total of 36 credits. Seven of the 12 courses cover the traditional MBA core curriculum, including economics, marketing, and management. The other five classes have an intense focus on data analytics. This coursework provides students with the best of both worlds – a solid business administration background paired with highly relevant studies in working with big data and its many applications across a number of industries.
Q: How did Saint Leo decide to begin offering this particular program?
A: The idea behind starting this program was based on the current market and the ever-increasing demand for data analytics professionals and leaders.
We have a Dean’s Advisory Council with executives from marketing, human resources, manufacturing, telecommunications, and other industries who have all identified data analytics as an extremely relevant and growing field.
From smartphones to websites to electronic sensors, data has been collected for many years in all sectors. Now we’re seeing the benefits of actually using this information to make strategic business decisions.
For example, let’s say there is a flu epidemic, and we collect data about where it is spreading, the demographics of those being affected, and many other factors. Analyzing this data could aid healthcare professionals in finding a way to stop the spread of the virus.
Consumer data is another huge area with lots of potential for analysis. There is also non-numerical, textual data that can be examined.
There are so many areas to look at, and with the technology and algorithms we have today, the sky is literally the limit on what we can determine from data analysis and how we can help organizations attain their goals.
Q: What separates this program from others?
Data analytics is a fairly new industry. When it comes to MBA programs, they are far more likely to focus on marketing, management, and finance. So, we are proud to be one of the early players in this market.
Students will get a varied array of different perspectives from various academic departments as faculty members from across the university come together to teach in this program.
Bottom line – this degree concentration gives students an effective balance between regular MBA courses and a significant concentration on data analytics that most other M.B.A. programs out there do not offer.
Q: What are some specific topics that will be covered?
A: The MBA in Data Analytics will cover:
- Fundamentals of data analytics
- Data mining techniques
- Theories in data analysis
- Statistics and mathematical models
- Web analytics
- Business intelligence
- Real-world case studies from various industries
Q: What types of careers can students enjoy after graduating with this particular degree?
Graduates who attain the MBA in Data Analytics can find opportunities as:
Data analytics business consultants
Are you intrigued by advancing your career in emergency services? Looking to dive into the ever-growing world of data analytics? Concerned about the ever-increasing need for cybersecurity against the world’s most sophisticated hackers?
If you nodded your head “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll be excited to hear that Saint Leo University is offering 3 brand new academic programs within these unique areas of study beginning in the fall of 2017. Let’s explore each program in a little more detail to determine how each track can help lead to a rewarding career.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Emergency and Disaster Management – Specialization in Fire Science Administration
Saint Leo is offering a Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management – Specialization in Fire Science Administration. This innovative specialization is designed for working adults who are first responders and require an educational component to augment their experience, enabling them to achieve personal and professional growth or even earn the opportunity for a promotion in their careers.
Along with the core curriculum, this specialization includes an additional 4 courses, each of which lasts for an 8-week term, that students take 100% online at their own pace. It is designed to be completed in 2 years, but students can take more time if they need it. Being fully online, this program has the flexibility to accommodate the commonly unpredictable schedules of fire service or public safety personnel – or anyone who is currently busy working.
The curriculum coincides with accepted best practices by fire service organizations. All of the courses work together cohesively to convey an expert understanding of these major topics:
Meeting the career education needs of aspiring management-level professionals is one of the things Saint Leo University does best. In particular, our master’s degree program in Emergency and Disaster Management continues to grow in popularity. Now, due to rising demand across the nation, we are proud to offer a Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management – Specialization in Fire Science Administration.