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Mary Beth Erskine

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Turnitin Recognizes Saint Leo Professor

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 25, 2014 7:54:00 AM

With more than one million instructors worldwide using the academic tool, Turnitin, Dr. Shannon Farris is recognized for promoting its use to improve student learning – which supports Saint Leo’s core values.

When it comes to helping Saint Leo students achieve academic success, Dr. Shannon Farris’ passion is equaled only by his endless energy and enthusiasm.

A veritable whirlwind of ideas, Dr. Farris is quick to dive into new approaches and initiatives that can provide critical academic support to online and on-ground – traditional and non-traditional – students alike.

That’s why more than seven years ago, the assistant professor of psychology became an advocate of the fledgling educational tool, Turnitin.

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Topics: Academic Success, Saint Leo News, Study Skills

Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 21, 2014 12:02:00 PM

With a few taps on her smartphone, Caitie C. wins the top prize in the Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest. Sharing Saint Leo Lions’ pride pays off!

Caitie C., a student at Saint Leo’s University Campus, was stopped at an intersection in Lutz, Fla., the first car in the line of traffic when a county bus turned left directly in front of her.

The side of the bus facing her was wrapped in an eye-catching Saint Leo ad, smiling graduates in black caps and gowns, the green and gold Saint Leo lion and logo prominent as the bus slowly passed in front of her.

With the light still red, she grabbed her smartphone and snapped a photo.

A few simple taps to add the #saintleo hashtag and post to Facebook ended up snagging Caitie a shiny new iPad as top-prize winner in the university’s recent social media photo contest, Snapshot #SaintLeo.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

10 New Year's Resolutions For Online Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 2, 2014 8:31:00 AM

Here are some tips on how to make resolutions you can keep and 10 suggested resolutions for online students.

Happy New Year!

Don’t you just love the launch of a new year? It’s a fresh start. The gift of a new beginning. The opportunity to commit to changes that can make our lives and the lives of others better.

Which begs the question, have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

Statistics show that 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, and those resolutions focus on four things: self-improvement and education, weight, money, and relationships.

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Topics: Academic Success

Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 13, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Snap and post a photo of a Saint Leo advertisement and become eligible to win awesome prizes – including  an iPad2 – in Saint Leo’s Snapshot #SaintLeo Contest!

# SaintLeoUndoubtedly, you’ve been seeing the Saint Leo University logo popping up in all sorts of places.

On billboards. On top of taxis. On buses, trains, and subways.

And up until now, you’ve probably just smiled to yourself and thought, “Yup, love that school.”

Well, now if you snap a photo of that ad and post it to either Twitter, Instagram, or Saint Leo University's Official Facebook page – and use the tag #SaintLeo – you’ll instantly be entered into four weekly drawings to win cool prizes.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Saint Leo Ranked Among Best Colleges For Veterans

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 14, 2013 8:08:00 AM

Saint Leo University is included in U.S. News & World Report's first "Best Colleges for Veterans" Ranking.

U.S. News & World Report has launched its first rankings of the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and Saint Leo placed 11 in the South region among the 234 schools included in the new list.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools first had to be ranked in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Leo 55 among the top universities in the southern regional category in the 2014 Best Colleges edition.

In addition, schools included on the new ranking had to participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active servicemembers apply, pay for, and complete their degrees. Saint Leo University:

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Topics: Saint Leo News, Military

Veterans Day Tribute

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 11, 2013 7:50:00 AM

To all those who have ever worn a uniform and served to make America the greatest nation on Earth, thank you.

For four decades, Saint Leo University has had the privilege of serving those who have served through its proud educational partnership with the military.

Today the university commemorates Veterans Day 2013 and concludes its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with events that honor all who have served, or who are currently serving, our country in the United States Armed Forces. 

From poets to politicians, famous people over the years have paid tribute to these brave men and women. Here, accompanied by images and music, are some of their inspirational words.

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Topics: Military

Online Students: Come Celebrate Your Graduation!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 24, 2013 8:14:00 AM

Preparations are underway for commencement exercises for the Class of 2014. Center for Online Learning students have until Nov. 8, 2013 to register for the graduation ceremony at University Campus.

Every spring, hundreds of Saint Leo University students from California to Connecticut who have been working on their degrees through the Center for Online Learning (COL) come to University Campus – most for the first time – to participate in the pomp and tradition of commencement.

Online students who have connected term after term with other students, faculty, advisors, and staff by e-mail, phone, and webcams meet face-to-face to share congratulatory hugs and joyful tears. They don their academic regalia and create a memory to last a lifetime processing into the Marion Bowman Activities Center and proudly walking across the stage to be congratulated by Saint Leo University President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr.

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Topics: Academic Success, Saint Leo News

Get More Study Time: 5 Actionable Tips

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 22, 2013 8:07:00 AM

Five practical tips any student in an online degree program can use now. 

Saint Leo. Center for Online LearningQuick. Name the Rolling Stones’ first top-ten hit in the United States. (Hint: They performed the tune during their first guest spot on The Ed Sullivan Show.)

If the song was before your time, (the year was 1964) – or if visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not on your bucket list – the answer is “Time Is On My Side.”

As a working adult, perhaps with children to take care of and family obligations that eat through the hours in your day, it may feel as if time is never on your side.

But as a student, you know that time is one of your most important resources.

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Topics: Academic Success, Study Skills

Saint Leo Receives 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 3, 2013 6:49:00 AM

2014 Military Friendly Schools®list honors top 20 percent of schools with world-class programs and policies to support those who have served.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Saint Leo University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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Topics: Military

Online Degree Programs | Find The Right Fit For You

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 26, 2013 8:04:00 AM

Before you make one of the most significant investments of your life – enrolling in an online degree program – use this free tool to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

For traditional students, the process usually starts during the summer before junior year in high school with college visits.

Groups of eager adults and acquiescent teens shadow enthusiastic admissions guides across campuses, asking questions about everything from tuition to tutoring, meal plans to mattress sizes.

The most diligent in the crowd even take notes.

After all, tomorrow it’s off to another school. Another tour. And they want to keep the details straight so they can make knowledgeable comparisons and educated decisions.

They want to be sure the school selected is the right fit.

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Topics: Accreditation, Getting Started

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