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Longtime Marine Works toward MS in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Aug 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

At the age of 21, Bobbievette “BoJo” Johnson found herself working in the food service industry. After having several jobs at various fast food restaurants, she felt like she deserved more for herself. One day, a recruiter from the Marine Corps visited the Church’s Chicken location where she was working.

“And the rest is history,” Johnson says.

Now 47, the Chicago native has spent over 25 years in the Marines, working her way up the ranks to become a Master Gunnery Sergeant E9. She is currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.

In addition to her around-the-clock military obligations, she is also working toward earning a master’s degree in criminal justice with a specialization in forensics and behavioral studies from Saint Leo University. She previously attained a BS in criminal justice with a specialization in forensics from American Military University.

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Topics: Military

Purple Heart Day: Honoring the Fallen and Wounded

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Aug 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Today, August 7, marks National Purple Heart Day. This is a special day on which we recognize recipients of the Purple Heart. Saint Leo University has a long and proud history of educating our nation’s men and women in uniform, and we salute all who have served our nation on this day and throughout the year.

Starting in the fall of 2017, our University Campus will have two parking spaces designated for Purple Heart recipients for student veterans and military members as another special way of recognizing their tremendous service. Similar parking spaces will be designated at some of our centers around the country as well

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Topics: Military, Purple Heart

Navy Vet & Military Wife Pursues DBA from Saint Leo University

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Aug 1, 2017 11:11:48 AM

Stephanie Lee knows all about time management. Not only was the 29-year-old a Navy sailor for 3 years, but she has also pursued higher education and is working toward even more.

Lee, a native of Salem, Oregon, has already attained two degrees from Saint Leo University – a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on technology management and an MBA with a concentration in project management. She is now working on a third – a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) through the university’s online program.

Lee explains how finances played a big role in her choice to enlist in the military.

“My family didn’t have the money for me to go to college, and I just couldn’t afford to go myself and work at the same time,” she says. “Going into the military allowed me to get that regular paycheck and be able to earn my education.”

She was an E4 Navy petty officer third class and served aboard the USS John C. Stennis out of Bremerton, Wash. She also completed training in New York and South Carolina.

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Topics: Balancing work and college

13 Must-Have Study Apps for College Students

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jul 21, 2017 8:02:00 AM

When people say “there’s an app for that,” they’re probably not kidding. In today’s mobile world, there are apps for literally everything under the sun, from music to on-demand food delivery to turning off the lights in your house when you’re on that Caribbean cruise.

If you’re a college student looking to beef up your study skills and improve your grades on assignments and exams, there are plenty of apps for that, too. Here are 13 of the best apps out there:

1. iTunes University

Looking for free lectures and other content from some of the most prestigious schools in the country to improve your studying? iTunes University is just for you. In fact, there’s a chance your own professors distribute their lectures through this portal.

Harvard and Stanford are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the universities from which content is posted. This means if you’re struggling in a course at your local college or university, hop on the app to get a lowdown on whatever topic you find challenging for further discussion and explanation from leading instructors.

Content on this app is available in text form, audio, and video.

Platform(s): Apple iOS

2. iStudiez Lite/iStudiez Pro

Are you the type of person who needs a GPS to help guide you where you’re going? You’re not alone.

Much like a GPS for transportation purposes, iStudiez Lite can help you map out your semester so you know what path lies ahead.

If you use the free iStudiez Lite app, you can manage up to 5 courses each semester. This includes managing the assignments and exams you’re required to complete in each course, along with instructor contact information. You can even set up alarms to help you keep track of everything.

iStudiez Pro is a very inexpensive version that lets you use push notifications and removes the limitations of the free version.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Mac OS (computers)

3. Dictionary.com

With over 2 million words, not only is this app handy for definitions, but you can also find synonyms, antonyms, word origins, and so much more with just a few taps on your smartphone screen.

Through in-app purchases, you can gain access to a medical dictionary for any science majors out there, an encyclopedia, and lots of other features.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

4. Coursera

Looking to gain an edge in one or more of your college courses? The answer just might be Coursera.

This is both a mobile app and a website from which students – or any learner – can access a wide variety of course materials. These materials come from various colleges and universities.

If you want to either supplement what you’re learning in class or get a jump on certain topics before your professors cover them, this app and site can be a tremendous resource. You can simply search through documents and other materials, or you can embark on full-fledged courses via the Coursera portal.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

5. Quizlet

Flashcards are an old-fashioned yet very effective way to study, memorize, and learn new concepts.

This app for general studies on a large array of academic subjects has millions of flashcard sets for users of all levels. Plus, you can create your own flash cards, which are customizable to fit whatever you’re studying.

Add pictures and audio to your flash cards as well to make studying a little more engaging. Additionally, you may be able to import the content you create within Quizlet into other flashcard apps.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

6. MyScript Smart Note

This app will allow you to handwrite notes right on your favorite tablet of choice. Then it can literally transform your handwriting into digital text. Experts say it’s the smartest app for being able to recognize all types of handwriting, and it can even pick up on written words in several different languages.

Believe it or not, you can even edit the handwriting you insert into the app. There are also options to include elements like images, audio files, and PDFs if they are stored in a cloud-based system like Dropbox.

For additional features, you can spend a few dollars to expand the app’s functionality.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

7. Evernote

Widely considered one of the most useful apps for college students, Evernote is perfect for taking notes in class and then organizing them for studying purposes. From bookmarking to clipping and everything in between, you can manipulate the notes you take to fit the most effective study method for you.

Evernote also comes with plugins for your device’s web browser and is compatible with other mobile apps.

Upgrade the free version for more storage space.

Platform(S): Apple iOS, Google Android

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Topics: Studying, Mobile apps

The Balancing Act: 9 Tips on Working Full Time and Earning Your Degree

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jul 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Working at a traditional 9-to-5 job and coming home tired after a long day at the office is challenging enough. But when you add college coursework to the mix, it can be a little overwhelming for anyone.

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Topics: Balancing work and school, Benefits of online classes, Balancing work and college

Fourteen Inspirational Quotes for the Fourth of July

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jun 29, 2017 4:21:37 PM

The Fourth of July is upon us. While most of us consider the day a time for parties, burgers, bottle rockets, and fireworks, it’s important to keep its true meaning in mind.

Saint Leo University has a long and proud history of patriotism, most notably by educating thousands of military members and veterans who defend our freedom. To further recognize this day, we offer up the following inspirational quotes related to American independence we are so grateful for in our nation of liberty and justice for all.

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A good many elderly people are afflicted with dreadful head-aches on the Fourth of July; but I suspect they don't mind it very much, for in every puff of blue smoke that wreathes itself under their noses, they see a boy's or a girl's happy face.” – William H. Rideing

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis

“America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.” – Adlai Stevenson

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken

“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims.” –  President John Quincy Adams

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism..” – Erma Bombeck

“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All we have of freedom, all we use or know —
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.” –Rudyard Kipling

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how.... There is no "Republican," no "Democrat," on the Fourth of July, — all are Americans.” – James Gillespie Blaine

“It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.” –J. Horace McFarland

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

“In childhood the daylight always fails too soon—except when there are going to be fireworks; and then the sun dawdles intolerably on the threshold like a tedious guest.” - Jan Struther

Which of these 14 quotes is your favorite? Tell us in a comment below.

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Topics: Fourth of July quotes, July 4th quotes, Patriotic quotes, Independence Day quotes

Christmas Wishes For Saint Leo's Adult Learners

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If Saint Leo student advisors could give their students one thing for Christmas, here’s what it would be.

In 1944, music teacher Donald Yetter Gardner asked second-grade students at his school what they wanted for Christmas. As they excitedly responded, he was struck by how many of them – missing their upper middle teeth – lisped their way through their Christmas wishes.

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Topics: Gratitude

Take A Hike: Walking Meetings Bolster Health And Productivity

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With management, comes meetings. Saint Leo professor offers advice on how to turn the bane of the business world into a physically beneficial experience.

Chances are, you’re looking forward to many aspects of a future business position as you pursue your online management degree — taking on a leadership role, contributing to your company or encouraging employees. But the inevitable meetings managers endure are another story.

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Topics: Productivity

10 Inspiring Quotes About Expressing Gratitude

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Expressing gratitude is taking action that can touch others in positive ways.

Gratitude seems to have become trendy in recent years. The intense focus on gratitude lists, journals, books and blogs could lead you to think that we’re only now realizing the value of counting our blessings here in the 21st century.

Actually, the value of gratitude has been around a long time – since the beginning of time, some would say, if you include biblical references to the significance of giving thanks.

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Topics: Gratitude

Sharpen Your Focus And Study Smarter

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Activities, games and apps to boost your brain power and improve your concentration.

Okay, online students, time for a quick quiz.

You have a pile of reading and a paper to write. Do you:

  1. Power through with a lot of coffee.

  2. Play on your phone.

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Topics: Productivity

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