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Saint Leo Wins First-Ever NCAA National Championship

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 26, 2016 10:10:24 AM

Men’s golf team makes university athletics history winning the 2016 NCAA Division II Title.

The Saint Leo men's golf team made history with a 3-2 score in match play to beat Chico State at the NCAA Division II Festival in Denver, Colo. and claim the university’s first-ever team national championship.

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#SaintLeo Game Face Photo Contest

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With March Madness in full swing, it’s a great time to show your Saint Leo pride! Share a photo of yourself in your green-and-gold glory and be eligible to win high-tech prizes!

You know what they say about the month of March, don’t you?

“March comes in like a lion.”

That’s because March Madness comes roaring into your living room, right?

Sorry, basketball fans, but no. The real meaning behind the phrase has more to do with the Leo the Lion constellation becoming visible in the Northern Hemisphere than it does with Selection Sunday and filling out brackets. (Which is pretty cool for Saint Leo Lions, anyway.)

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Saint Leo Online Degree Programs Rank Among U.S. News Best

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jan 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Bachelor’s programs and several graduate programs included in 2016 “Best Online Programs” ranking.

U.S. News and World Report has published its 2016 list of the nation’s best online degree programs, and Saint Leo’s bachelor’s programs place in the top 15 percent of schools surveyed nationwide on the annual “Best Online Programs” ranking.

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Strategic Bet Becomes Online Learning Legacy

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

As Saint Leo President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. prepares to retire, one of the many legacies he leaves the university is the Center for Online Learning.

“The freedom to work at my own pace, at any time of the day or night, was priceless,” says recent Saint Leo graduate Patricia Bernard-Fingal who earned a bachelor’s degree in health care management online.

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Highlights In History: Proud History, Innovative Future

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 10, 2014 3:55:00 PM

As Saint Leo University concludes the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889, the final installment of Highlights in History takes a look forward.

This is the 10th and final installment of Highlights in History, 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

During the previous nine issues of the Highlights in History series, we have taken a trip down memory lane to recount some of the significant people, events, and occurrences in the history of Saint Leo University.

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Highlights In History: In Spite of Harassment, Big Commencement Still Held On A Small Campus

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 15, 2014 3:03:00 PM

A peaceful protest demonstration nearly disrupted Saint Leo College’s 1969 commencement ceremony.

This is the eighth in a series of feature stories, profiles, and anecdotes recounting the significance of important events or programs in the history of Saint Leo University, which is currently commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889.

By Kim Payne, University Communications

Dateline: April 1969

Despite threats from dissident student groups from other colleges in Florida that intended to demonstrate and disrupt the day’s festivities, Saint Leo College was preparing to stage its third senior class baccalaureate and commencement exercises.

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Be Part Of A Day For Saint Leo

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

Regardless of where you live, if you love Saint Leo, you can join in celebrating the university's 125th anniversary.

Whether you’re a servicemember deployed in the Middle East or a working mom living in the Midwest, Saint Leo students earning their degrees online can join students at University Campus and Education Centers across the country in celebrating the university’s landmark 125th anniversary.

And there’s a lot to celebrate.

What started as the first Catholic college in Florida in 1889 is now the third largest Catholic university in the country with 16,000 students, more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, and 74,000 alumni in 72 countries, 50 states, 3 territories and Washington, D.C.

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Highlights In History: Lions, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Alligators and Elephants – Oh My!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 11, 2014 1:35:00 PM

Animals have played special roles in Saint Leo campus life. Over the years, a varied menagerie has roamed University Campus -- or stood sentry.

This is the seventh in a series of feature stories, profiles, and anecdotes recounting the significance of important events or programs in the history of Saint Leo University, which is currently commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889.

By Kim Payne, University Communications

Over the years, many pets and other animals have befriended the monks of Saint Leo Abbey, the sisters of Holy Name Priory, and the Saint Leo campus administrators, faculty, students, and staff. There are stories of favorite canines of the abbots, wrestling gators by one of the fathers, construction of an aviary for our feathered friends, and even a live lion on campus.

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Highlights In History: Saint Leo's Alma Mater

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 14, 2014 7:37:00 AM

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.

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Highlights In History: The President And The Abbot

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 17, 2014 12:05:00 PM

A chance encounter forges a lifelong friendship with the commander-in-chief.

This is the fifth 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

Oct. 21, 1905

Abbot Charles Mohr of Saint Leo Abbey and College was in town to meet with State Senator James Taliaferro of Tampa and several others.  He was about to have an encounter with the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who was in the first year of his second term and was scheduled to speak at the Seminole Club in Jacksonville.

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