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Does Graduating Later In Life Affect Salary?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 5, 2014 7:45:00 AM

A recent poll explored how the incomes of older college graduates compare to those of traditional college-age graduates.

The fact that college graduates earn more than those with only a high school diploma is well known. And if you’re enrolled in one of Saint Leo’s online degree programs, it’s probably a key reason why you decided to go back to school.

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Topics: Getting Started

Snack Your Way To More Brain Power

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 6, 2014 8:04:00 AM

If you’re a busy, working adult enrolled in an online degree program, what you eat can have a big impact on your academic performance.

Your to-do list is relentless. Mornings are harried; afternoons pass in a blur and evenings drag on as you stay awake to finish everything necessary. Your eyelids droop, your stomach growls. You reach for ... what?

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Topics: Academic Success

Highlights In History: In Spite of Harassment, Big Commencement Still Held On A Small Campus

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 15, 2014 3:03:00 PM

A peaceful protest demonstration nearly disrupted Saint Leo College’s 1969 commencement ceremony.

This is the eighth in a series of feature stories, profiles, and anecdotes recounting the significance of important events or programs in the history of Saint Leo University, which is currently commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889.

By Kim Payne, University Communications

Dateline: April 1969

Despite threats from dissident student groups from other colleges in Florida that intended to demonstrate and disrupt the day’s festivities, Saint Leo College was preparing to stage its third senior class baccalaureate and commencement exercises.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Be Part Of A Day For Saint Leo

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 7, 2014 7:54:00 AM

Regardless of where you live, if you love Saint Leo, you can join in celebrating the university's 125th anniversary.

Whether you’re a servicemember deployed in the Middle East or a working mom living in the Midwest, Saint Leo students earning their degrees online can join students at University Campus and Education Centers across the country in celebrating the university’s landmark 125th anniversary.

And there’s a lot to celebrate.

What started as the first Catholic college in Florida in 1889 is now the third largest Catholic university in the country with 16,000 students, more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, and 74,000 alumni in 72 countries, 50 states, 3 territories and Washington, D.C.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

13 Reasons To Contact Saint Leo’s Online Services Librarian

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 23, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Find out what Saint Leo’s Online Services Librarian, Sandy Hawes, can do for you as an online degree student.

Sometimes you know exactly what you don’t know, and other times you don’t.

For example, if the last time you did a research paper Bart Simpson was a new face on Fox, you may be wondering where libraries are hiding their microfiche machines.

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Topics: Academic Success

Choosing An Online Degree Program: 9 Do’s And Don’ts

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

Online degree programs are a great alternative for adult learners, but not all programs are created equally.

Learning online….how great is that? Earning a degree when you want, where you want, without the traditional boundaries of time and place.

It’s a concept that has been around since the 90s and is growing more popular every year.

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Topics: Getting Started

Highlights In History: Lions, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Alligators and Elephants – Oh My!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 11, 2014 1:35:00 PM

Animals have played special roles in Saint Leo campus life. Over the years, a varied menagerie has roamed University Campus -- or stood sentry.

This is the seventh in a series of feature stories, profiles, and anecdotes recounting the significance of important events or programs in the history of Saint Leo University, which is currently commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889.

By Kim Payne, University Communications

Over the years, many pets and other animals have befriended the monks of Saint Leo Abbey, the sisters of Holy Name Priory, and the Saint Leo campus administrators, faculty, students, and staff. There are stories of favorite canines of the abbots, wrestling gators by one of the fathers, construction of an aviary for our feathered friends, and even a live lion on campus.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Saint Leo Course Focuses On Military To Civilian Transition

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 2, 2014 8:05:00 AM

A new tool is available to Saint Leo student-veterans, including vets studying online, to help with the transition to civilian life: a free online course with an abundance of resources.

Tedd Weiser knows what it means to serve.

He understands the intensity of military life – the closeness that develops among service members from being in an environment where everyone shares a common mission, structure and sense of purpose.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Weiser joined the U.S. Marine Corps, which became his life for the next 20 years. He was stationed in Japan, California and North Carolina and also was deployed to the Middle East to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was wounded in combat.

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Topics: Military

Saint Leo Librarian Dedicated To Online Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 26, 2014 7:40:00 AM

Students in Saint Leo's online degree programs who need research assistance receive expert guidance when they turn to Sandy Hawes. They also find an empathetic ear.

Think back to your elementary school librarian.

If you were lucky, that librarian made you feel as if you were the only student in the world. Maybe he or she found you the perfect novel that sparked a lifelong love of reading or the ideal resource to help with a term paper.

In that regard, Saint Leo’s Sandy Hawes is an “old-fashioned” librarian in a high-tech world.

Hawes takes the university’s core values – particularly the value of respect – to heart. It’s what drives her to do whatever it takes to help each and every online student be successful.

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Topics: Academic Success

Highlights In History: Saint Leo's Alma Mater

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 14, 2014 7:37:00 AM

The creation of Saint Leo's new alma mater by one of our own faculty, the role a former college president played in composing the original version's lyrics, and his influence on the current song.

This is the sixth in a series of feature stories, profiles, and anecdotes recounting the significance of important events in the history of Saint Leo University, which is currently commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889.

By Kim Payne, University Communications


Old Traditions Become New

Saint Leo we salute traditions new and old,
which guide us as we grow in body, heart and soul.

When Dr. Kurt Van Wilt, English professor in the School of Arts & Sciences at Saint Leo University, was first approached about creating a new alma mater, he wished to honor his good friend and mentor, Dr. Anthony W. Zaitz, former professor of English and chairman of the Division of Language and Literature. Dr. Zaitz, who would later become president of Saint Leo College for two years (1968-1970), was the joint composer of the original Saint Leo Alma Mater, which was written in 1967.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

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