Free Comparison Guide

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Adult Learner's Guide to Finding Scholarships and Grants

Free Comparison Guide

Online Learning

Soldier Begins Online Degree Program While Deployed in Afghanistan

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Returning home, he discovers the same challenges any working parent faces: finding time amidst family and work responsibilities.

On the battlefield in Afghanistan – 7,300 miles from his stateside duty station in Fort Carson, Colo. – Sergeant First Class William Haaren decided it was time to focus on his future.

Read More

Topics: Getting Started, Military

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.

Read More

Topics: Military

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.

Read More

Topics: Military

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.

Read More

Topics: Academic Success, Military

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:

Read More

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. (Click morning or evening to watch the ceremonies via live stream.)

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.

Read More

Topics: Military

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.

Read More

Topics: Military

Discussing Higher Education Opportunities For Men & Women In Uniform

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 13, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Testifying before a congressional hearing, Saint Leo President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., shared how the university assists veterans and active-duty military in achieving success in college.

On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and during Saint Leo University’s 40th anniversary year of educating those who have served our nation, Saint Leo President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., affirmed the university’s proud commitment to military and veteran education – and shared some of Saint Leo’s best practices for meeting the needs of this growing student population – before a congressional subcommittee.

Read More

Topics: Military

Veteran Discovers Military-Friendly College At Saint Leo

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 10, 2013 10:00:00 AM

After searching for a military-friendly college, Iraq veteran finds "all the help he needed" to get started on his degree at Saint Leo.

In 2006, 28-year old Army Sgt. Fidelis Oketch started his 15-month tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. With the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team from Fort Bragg, he deployed to COB Speicher, the former Al Sahra Airfield under Saddam Hussein, north of Tikrit.

Read More

Topics: Military

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts