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Enemy Fire, Connectivity Challenges Don’t Deter Grad

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 6, 2014 8:15:00 AM

Counter intelligence specialist Olan Tiangco completes online criminal justice degree while working in Afghanistan amid dangerous and harsh conditions.

Earning a degree is never easy. But for Saint Leo University commencement speaker Olan Tiangco, 45, the road to graduation was paved with formidable challenges.

Enemy gunfire. Spotty Internet connections. Brutal weather. 18-hour shifts.

Tiangco, a 24-year Army veteran, was just beginning the transition to civilian life and getting started with his online criminal justice degree program at Saint Leo University in 2013 when he accepted a position in Afghanistan as a counter intelligence screener with a national security and defense company. Determined not to let the challenges of his assignment get in the way of his education, Tiangco pressed on.

“None of it was easy. Not one moment,” says the criminal justice major who was selected to speak at the 2014 Center for Online Learning commencement ceremony at University Campus.

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Topics: Academic Success

Grads Share Secret To Success In Online Degree Programs

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 29, 2014 8:13:00 AM

For online students, earning a degree has meant balancing family and work responsibilities with educational goals -- and becoming time management experts.

Gromyko Scott is a stay-at-home mom who pushed herself to overcome the fear that she would not be a successful student so that she could model the importance of education for her three children. She is graduating with a degree in sociology and a near perfect 4.0 GPA.

As a software sales consultant, Rusty Halm spends a lot time on the road, and when he is at home, he is busy with his 10 children. He is graduating with a business-management degree and as a member of the National Honor Society.

A single mom, Jeannette Holmes postponed college for 20 years to take care of her family. She has now earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been accepted into Saint Leo’s rigorous and highly competitive M.S.W. program.

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Topics: Academic Success

Vet Credits Online Degree Program With Saving His Life

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 8, 2014 8:23:00 AM

John Sinclair is grateful to Saint Leo University faculty and advisors for providing strength, encouragement and warmth during a difficult time.

Teachers will tell you it isn’t unusual for a student to leave a lasting impression. But what about a student they’ve never met?

A student like John Sinclair.

Dr. Tammy Zacchilli, associate professor of psychology at Saint Leo University, first encountered Sinclair in 2011, when he enrolled as an online student in her social psychology course.

“He was a great student and worked very hard in the class,” she recalls. “His discussions each week were insightful. He found ways to get his work completed and rarely asked for extra time.”

Not exactly the evaluation you’d expect to describe a student living out of his car, struggling each day to pay for food, gas and the cell phone that allowed him to connect to his classes online.

But then again, John Sinclair isn’t your average student.

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Topics: Academic Success, Military

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

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

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

It's National Punctuation Day! Are You Excited?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 24, 2013 7:34:00 AM

In the midst of your National Punctuation Day festivities, check out these tips from the comma and semi-colon experts at Saint Leo's Learning Resource Center.

By Colleen Sexton

Happy National Punctuation Day!

What’s that? You didn’t know and don’t care?  Let’s see if this example changes your mind.

Envision yourself at Thanksgiving dinner. The oven timer dings and your grumbling stomach commands you to shout:  "Let’s eat Grandma!"

Congratulations! You’ve turned the holiday meal into a cannibal free-for-all.

With the help of one little comma, however, your exclamation becomes, "Let’s eat, Grandma" and now everyone, including Grandma, can enjoy the meal together.

As you can see, a well-placed comma or other punctuation mark makes all the difference in the world.

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Topics: Academic Success, Study Skills

Tutoring Services For Online Students Get "Real"

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 19, 2013 7:49:00 AM

New initiative provides online students with personal, professional tutoring that is face-to-face and in real time using Blackboard Collaborate – something few other universities are doing.

Step into Saint Leo University’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) on University Campus any time coffee is brewing and you can feel the energy of dozens of students in deep academic pursuit, many working one-on-one with an LRC professional tutor.

The LRC has recently expanded its tutoring services so that online students now can receive the same personalized tutoring assistance tutoring targeted at their specific needs in a variety of classes in real time.

The only difference is that online students need to brew their own coffee.

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Topics: Academic Success

Earning An Online Degree? Welcome To The Club!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 22, 2013 8:14:00 AM

Can online students join clubs and associations, participate in meetings, and plan activities? At Saint Leo, hundreds of Center for Online Learning students do!

By Zulie Mendoza

Zulie Mendoza is Student Services manager in Saint Leo’s Center for Online Learning (COL). In this guest blog post, she describes students’ growing interest in COL’s online clubs and associations and the benefits of getting involved.

“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!"

No, we’re not singing the Pointer Sisters 1982 hit (and yes, it wouldn’t be me, Zulie Mendoza, writing this if I didn’t include a dated song or movie quote).

Nevertheless, it’s true! COL’s new online associations and clubs are generating tons of enthusiasm!

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Topics: Academic Success

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