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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 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

Highlights In History: The President And The Abbot

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 17, 2014 12:05:00 PM

A chance encounter forges a lifelong friendship with the commander-in-chief.

This is the fifth 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

Oct. 21, 1905

Abbot Charles Mohr of Saint Leo Abbey and College was in town to meet with State Senator James Taliaferro of Tampa and several others.  He was about to have an encounter with the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who was in the first year of his second term and was scheduled to speak at the Seminole Club in Jacksonville.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Veterans in Higher Education

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 17, 2014 8:20:00 AM

When it comes to providing effective support services to help veterans achieve academic success, is “military friendly” enough?

By Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, Office of Veteran Student Services

Last month, I had the pleasure to be part of the team that hosted the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, which took place here at Saint Leo’s University Campus. 

Being a 20-year veteran myself, it was an extreme pleasure to see so many devout professionals dedicated to helping veterans succeed in higher education. The program of more than 50 speakers and presenters that attracted attendees from around the nation and from several countries was inspiring.

While there was so much to learn from these social work experts, two simple points that came up time and again in presentations and informal discussions really hit home for me. Maybe that’s because they represent casual assumptions that I, myself, have been guilty of when working with our veteran students here at Saint Leo – at least until now.

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Topics: Military

How To Be Successful In Your Online Class

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 8, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Ready to take an online course? Here are four things to keep in mind.

By Eric Hill

Online classes are wonderful, and I believe strongly in them. I’ve literally lost count of the number of online classes I’ve taken—and no, not the same one over and over! You can’t beat the variety or flexibility. But one should understand that to be successful in the online environment, one must possess at least four qualities.

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Topics: Academic Success

Online Degree Programs | Popular Pathway To College

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 17, 2014 8:45:00 AM

Increasing enrollment in Saint Leo’s online degree programs reflects belief among Americans that a college education is very important.

In 1978, Gallup asked Americans for the first time how important they thought a college education is.

At that time, just 36 percent of Americans considered a college education to be very important.

Today, the percentage of American adults who believe a college education is very important has reached an all-time high of 70 percent.

According to Gallup, the reason Americans value a college education more than ever before may reflect evidence that Americans with college degrees earn significantly more over their lifetimes than those without degrees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), college graduates earn 39 percent more annually on average than those with just a high school diploma: $55,432 vs. $33,904.

In addition, BLS statistics show that by the year 2020, approximately 30 percent of all new jobs will require some college education.

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Topics: Getting Started

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