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Mary Beth Erskine

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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

9 Ways To Simplify Your Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 4, 2013 7:39:00 AM

With so many important things to do every day, how can you clear the clutter so you can focus on what really matters?

Ever wonder why time flies by so quickly? You blink and it's the end of another week. Blink again and your kids are another year older.

It's because our days are so full of things to do. Working. Taking care of a family. Pursuing an online degree.

We rush from one activity to the next — from the office, to a soccer game, to a committee meeting — with barely a breath in between.

It’s a huge source of stress for many people, and constant stress puts your health at risk.

So how can we simplify our days?

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

The Secret To Being A Successful Online Student

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 12, 2013 7:20:00 AM

What's the secret to being a successful online student, or to being successful at anything in life? The answer may surprise you.

It’s true that the little things in life often bring us the most joy.

For a baby, that could be simply the sound of ripping paper.

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Topics: Happiness

What's At The Heart Of Saint Leo University?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 4, 2013 8:26:00 AM

Community Service Day events at Saint Leo demonstrate the university’s core values in action.

“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those that have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, Nobel Peace Prize)


It was reflected in the laughter of students such as Majalukah Berry and Jodecia Parkins, Saint Leo University students and friends from Jamaica who said standing for two hours filling plastic bags with lentils and rice “didn’t feel like work at all.” 

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Topics: Core Values

Your Monday Morning Pep Talk

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 28, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Need a Monday morning pep talk? Try listening to this little guy.


It’s the last week in January.

That warm glow from the holidays has worn off.

You’re now knee-deep into the Spring I term.

And unless you’re living in sunny Florida, real winter weather is probably smacking you in the face.

Plus, it’s Monday.

So maybe you need a little pick-me-up. A mini pep talk. A reminder about why you work so hard.

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Topics: Success

Keeping Life In Balance

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 16, 2013 2:01:00 PM

Living in a world that is spinning at a frenetic pace, we all long for balance in life as we juggle daily responsibilities.

The start of the new year is filled with lists. Lists of the top news stories from the previous year. Lists of the hottest pop culture trends. Lists of resolutions we intent to keep. Lists of resolutions most commonly broken.

The list goes on.

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Topics: Happiness

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