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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

C u l8tr: Does Texting Hurt Grammar?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 20, 2013 7:17:00 AM

For tweens, research says yes, but what about for college students? Check out some of the data presented in this infographic.

LOL. BFF. IMHO.

Texting employs a whole new form of self-expression: a hybrid language of acronyms, abbreviations, grammatical shortcuts, and homophones that comprise “techspeak”.

It’s great for rapid communication among friends or on Twitter or Facebook, but does constant use of techspeak in texting and social media sites affect grammar skills?

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Topics: Academic Success

Online Degree Program | 10 Tips For Being An All-Star Player

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 11, 2013 8:07:00 AM

Bookmark these tips that will help you hit the ball out of the park in your online degree program.

With a low-ball hitter at the plate, the catcher signals for a ball up and away – strike three.

Following a hit to deep center field, the third-base coach waves the base runner home – the go-ahead run.

After a bad call from the umpire, the pitching coach jogs out to the mound to share a few encouraging words with the pitcher, who then gets the final out of the inning.

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Topics: Academic Success

Tell A Friend About Saint Leo's Center for Online Learning? You Bet!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 25, 2013 8:11:00 AM

A record 99 percent of Saint Leo's online students who participated in this year’s satisfaction survey would recommend the university to others. Check out this infographic to see how they felt about courses, instructors, and other aspects of their online experience.


Let’s face it. When you want to know the truth about a product or service, nothing beats a great recommendation from someone you know.

No amount of research. No slick website. No smooth-talking sales person.

In fact, according to a study conducted by the survey experts at Nielsen, 92 percent of consumers around the world say they trust word-of-mouth or recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of advertising.

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Topics: Academic Success, Getting Started

Great-Grandmother Earns Online Degree Program Award

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 16, 2013 8:33:00 AM

Cheers and tears were exchanged via conference call when Center for Online Learning representatives in Tampa presented Yvonne Smith in Seattle with this year’s Rogich student award.

Yvonne Smith’s story has touched the hearts of people throughout the Saint Leo University community, inspiring those who know her or read about her on the Saint Leo Blog.

Now officially a Saint Leo University alumna, 74-year old Yvonne Smith – mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – started her journey to earn a college degree seven years ago.

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Topics: Academic Success

The American Dream -- "Reinventing" Herself with an Online Degree

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 1, 2013 8:13:00 AM

When Kaye Grandstaff started an online business degree program, it had been 17 years since she had attended school. Little did she dream that she would share her story as the Center for Online Learning commencement speaker.

As a young girl growing up in the Philippines, Adelia Grandstaff – known as Kaye – always thought of the United States as “a land of reinvention – a place where you could go and become whatever you wanted to be.”

She never thought that one day that perception would become her reality.

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Topics: Academic Success

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