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.