Many celebrate this holiday by showering their significant others, families, and friends with chocolates, flowers, and little trinkets designed to express just how strongly they feel. In fact, in 2017, the National Retail Federation reports that $18.2 billion was spent on various Valentine’s Day goodies, down slightly from the $19.7 billion that was spent the year before.
Topics: Valentine's Day
When the calendar on your wall -- or smartphone -- turns to a new year, it’s a sign of new beginnings and opportunities. We all try to improve ourselves each day, and this is even more magnified when January 1 arrives every 365 days.
Adult learners who decide to pursue a college degree a little later in life than the typical college student often face a number of unique challenges. If you fall into this category, consider the following New Year’s resolutions you may wish to make to help ring in a better 2018 for you than 2017 was.
The holidays are here.
You should have no fear.
There are plenty of reindeer.
And lots of Christmas music for your ear.
We’re happy to offer some cheer.
It’s all for this festive time of year.
Enjoy reading the following holiday wishes from some of our Saint Leo University faculty and staff:
“Anne and I wish you peace, joy, and all the blessings of the Christmas season and a very happy new year!” – President Bill Lennox
“This past year, we have seen the face of disaster that affected so many. Yet the faces of the people don't show despair. Rather, they show strength, courage, and a spirit for living that inspires the rest of us to greater works. Here's to 2018, and to greater works.” – Dr. Wendy Nesheim, Instructor of Emergency and Disaster Management
“Feliz Navidad! May songs of joy fill your home with warmth and your heart with happiness this holiday season. Best wishes for a happy new year filled with health and spectacular success!” – Maria Alicia “ Mary” Martinez-Drovie, Team Lead & Graduate Enrollment Counselor, School of Education and Social Services
“I would like to wish all Saint Leo faculty and staff a very happy and peaceful holiday season and a very healthy and prosperous New Year!!” – Tony Paris, Head Men’s Soccer Coach
“Happiest holidays Lions! Wishing you all the best in the New Year!” – Michelle Joy, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Online Services Librarian
“May this holiday season be filled with warmth, peace, and love. Wishing you and yours every happiness this Christmas and throughout the coming year.” – Lisa Davidson, Director of Admissions Operations and Decision Support
“Merry Christmas – always stay humble and kind!” – Lauren Vossler-Dowell :Staff Assistant, Graduate Admissions
"Best wishes to the entire Saint Leo University community for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a blessed 2018. May all the wishes of our students, faculty, and staff come true." – Jerome Williams, Associate Professor of Chemistry
“I can't say it better than Charles Dickens who wrote that Scrooge, "knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!" Merry Christmas!” – Dr. Kathryn Duncan, Associate Professor of English
“Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” – Shakedra Hudson, Associate Director of Enrollment
“May God’s blessings shine down on you and yours this holiday season and fill you with abundant peace, joy, and love. Merry Christmas to all!” – Anna LaRue, Marketing Coordinator
“I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season full of love, laughter, and good company! Great things are ahead in 2018.” – Greg Lindberg, Media Content Manager
“On behalf of Saint Leo Men’s Basketball, we would like to thank you for your amazing support, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Go Lions!” – Vince Alexander, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
“Merry Christmas and the happiest of New years to the Saint Leo community! Thanks for your continued support of our growing music program.” – Dr. Cynthia Selph, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Ministry
For some college students, the holiday break can be over a month long. Of course, you should find time to relax and rejuvenate for the spring semester while also spending time with family and friends. But there are a few simple things you can do to use at least some of this time productively.
1. Look ahead to the spring semester.
Assuming you aren’t graduating yet, consider using some of your time off to prepare for the spring semester.
It’s a good idea to:
Topics: Academic Success
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
Power through with a lot of coffee.
Play on your phone.
Our country is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.
As we prepare to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago, the Saint Leo community thanks the selfless men and women who serve in the name of liberty -- the members of our armed forces who keep our nation free -- and their family members who serve on the homefront.