We recently told you about Saint Leo University’s unique class called The World of Harry Potter in this Q&A with Dr. Kathryn Duncan. As part of the course, students took a trip across the pond to England and Scotland in November to explore a variety of attractions referenced in the wildly popular book series and movies.
Saint Leo University operates a number of Education Centers around the country. An Education Center is a satellite location designed to offer a variety of academic programs at the local level. Students enjoy small class sizes with one-on-one access to instructors and academic support to help them achieve their educational goals.
We recently caught up with Natanya Dowell, the associate director of our Marietta, GA center in the Atlanta area, to learn more about what it offers and why it’s a great option for those seeking various degrees from a nationally-recognized institution.
Q: Where is the Marietta, GA Education Center located, and how large is it?
A: The Marietta Education Center is located northwest of Atlanta. Our street address is:
1395 South Marietta Parkway
Topics: Education Centers
Owen Robertson has always had a passion for performance art. The 49-year-old native of Washington, D.C. is a proud alumnus of Saint Leo University and Army veteran. He now resides in Seminole Heights, Fla. near Tampa where he operates his own business.
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
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