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Mary Beth Erskine

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Snooze, You Lose? Maybe Not!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 4, 2014 8:21:00 AM

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented. But did you know that taking regular breaks during the day – including naps – can make you more productive?

Science proves what moms have always known: the power of a good night’s sleep.

Having a bad day? Mom says, “Things will look better in the morning.”

Need to make a big decision? Mom says, “Sleep on it.”

So, as a busy adult with career, family, and school commitments who is always looking for more time in the day, it probably stresses you out when you read about yet another reason you should be getting more sleep.

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Topics: Productivity

Seeking Better Work-Family Balance? Exercise

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 16, 2014 7:56:00 AM

Adding exercise to a busy schedule can actually help you better balance work, family and school.

When it comes to attitudes toward exercise, there’s little ambivalence.

There’s the stance of cartoonist Paul Terry – creator of Superman’s anthropomorphic equivalent, Mighty Mouse – who said, “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”

Then there’s the approach of one of America’s most famous authors, Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Current research conducted by faculty from Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business and led by Dr. Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management, supports the latter: Exercise increases your ability to manage, balance and integrate your personal and professional lives.

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Topics: Productivity

Touching Lives Online -- And Down The Street

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 9, 2014 8:14:00 AM

Center for Online Learning’s year-round community outreach and generosity are inspiring – and reflect the university’s core values.

At the end of the summer, student support staff in Saint Leo's Center for Online Learning (COL) bought thousands of pencils and hundreds of backpacks, notebooks and supplies for inner-city children starting the new school year.

At Thanksgiving, they placed countless cans of food and boxes of cereal in collection barrels for needy families.

At Christmas, they collected everything from toys to blankets to make the season a bit merrier for those experiencing hard times.

And throughout the year, they contributed hundreds of dollars to multiple causes and charitable organizations.

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Topics: Core Values

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 19, 2013 7:52:00 AM

How do you find peace and joy during the holiday season? What do you look forward to during this special time of year?

Your last research paper of the term is finished. Final exams are over. It’s time to take a well-earned holiday-season breather from your online degree program.

While shopping, cooking, decorating and enjoying parties help make the season festive, be sure to take time to focus on what’s most important in your life: family, friends, and gratitude for the blessings of the previous year.

Here’s what some members of the Saint Leo community who support our online students look forward to during the holidays.

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Topics: Happiness

Becoming More Grateful

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 26, 2013 7:24:00 AM

As you get ready for Thanksgiving, take a few moments to focus on the true meaning of the holiday. Enjoy Shannon Greer's touching reflection on cultivating and expressing gratitude.

By Shannon Greer, assistant director-Learning Resource Center

I have a dear friend whose pet peeve I’ve adopted. Whenever he thanks anyone, and the reply is “No problem,” he sort of vibrates with annoyance.

At first, I didn’t understand why someone’s “No problem” was any different from the more standard “You’re welcome,” but he has helped me to see that by saying “No problem,” there is, in fact, the suggestion that the request made may have generated an unwelcome burden, and the response is insincere at best. “You’re welcome” is, instead, a gracious way of acknowledging the gratitude expressed by the recipient of a favor or gift. 

But I think it’s the "Thank You" that matters more.

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Topics: Gratitude

Integrity Means Serving -- And Protecting -- Her Community

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 10, 2013 8:29:00 AM

Putting integrity and community before fear, Dee Austin assisted police in capturing multiple armed robbery suspects.

Dee Austin, an enrollment coordinator in Saint Leo University’s Student Support Center, has worked in the Center for Online Learning for 13 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree through the university’s online criminal justice program and now she is pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice online.

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Topics: Core Values

How To Make Decisions

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 5, 2013 6:11:00 AM

In honor of National Fight Procrastination Day tomorrow, here are some thoughts about something we all put off at times: making decisions.

Forrest Gump might have thought that life was like a box of chocolates, but there are those of us who think it's more like a yo-yo.

You’re up. You’re down.

There are times when the string gets tangled.

And then there are occasions (hopefully rare) when everything is just one tight knot that takes incredible effort and patience to undo.

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Topics: Productivity

Want To Get More Done?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 15, 2013 7:44:00 AM

As a busy adult juggling countless tasks and responsibilities every day, how do you get it all done – including completing your online degree program?

You don’t consider yourself a procrastinator. Not really. In fact, you’re generally pretty organized.

It’s just that things happen.

Your aging golden retriever gets sick during the night, and it’s all over your living room carpet.

Now you have to work a trip to the vet into a day already packed with meetings, your mother-in-law’s birthday dinner, and several discussion posts to write for your online psychology course.

Last week you reached into the fridge (the day after you went grocery shopping) to find it suspiciously warm.

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Topics: Productivity

Center For Online Learning Volunteers Lend A Hand – And Some Muscle

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 1, 2013 8:16:00 AM

Student support specialists volunteer during National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Sometimes the opportunity to help
out can be right before your eyes.

Or just down the block.

The student advisors and enrollment counselors who work at Saint Leo’s Center for Online Learning Student Support Center in downtown Tampa consider themselves “helpers.”

Every day, they assist prospective and current students enrolled in the university’s online degree programs by providing information, answering questions, offering advice, and sometimes by just lending a caring ear.

Given Saint Leo University’s 40-year history of providing educational benefits to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, very often those students are active military or veteran students.

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Topics: Core Values

Keep Your Batteries Charged

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 13, 2013 6:57:00 AM

Words of wisdom on keeping balance in life while working on your online degree. 

Remember those Southwest Airline commercials a few years back that featured people in awkward and embarrassing moments?

There was one where a rapper on stage in a concert says, “Thank you, Detroit!”

The crowd goes silent, and a fellow band member says, “Detroit was last night.”

And then there’s the punch line, “Wanna Get Away?”

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

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