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Highlights In History: The Many Names Of Saint Leo

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 19, 2014 8:43:00 AM

The institution has changed its name frequently over the years.

This is the third 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

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June 4 is the official founding date of Saint Leo College and Saint Leo Abbey. (Holy Name Academy is established on March 11.) Over the years, Saint Leo changes identities nearly a dozen times – from a college to a military college, to a preparatory academy, back to a college, and finally, a university.

Along the way, there have been numerous incarnations of these various institutions.

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Poetry Contest Celebrates Saint Leo’s 125th Anniversary

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 15, 2014 7:49:00 AM

What about Saint Leo University’s rich history impresses you – touches your heart or inspires you? Share your thoughts and feelings through poetry. Participate in Saint Leo University’s  anniversary poetry contest.

American poet James Tate said, “Poetry is everywhere. It just needs editing.”

If that’s true, then a profusion of poetry can be found in Saint Leo University’s 125-year history – and English instructor Gianna Russo, a poet herself, is looking for members of the university community who would like to do some “editing.”

To help commemorate Saint Leo’s quasquicentennial, the university is conducting a poetry contest, and all members of the Saint Leo community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – are invited to create and submit a poem that embodies the spirit of Saint Leo.

Sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts and Humanities, Sandhill Review, Lightning Key Review, and The Sandhill Writers Retreat, the contest welcomes a broad range of reflections, experiences and memories in all poetic forms.

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Highlights In History: When Did The Benedictine Sisters Arrive?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 16, 2014 8:10:00 AM

The Benedictine Sisters of Holy Name Convent establish Holy Name Academy.

This is the second 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

The year 1889 was a milestone in the history of our institution as it was officially chartered. Holy Name Convent and Academy evolved to what is now Saint Leo University.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Saint Leo Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 10, 2014 7:31:00 AM

As Saint Leo marks its quasquicentennial, online students take pride in the university's time-honored reputation and traditions.

In 1889, the Eiffel Tower, the world’s tallest man-made structure, opened to the public.

The Oklahoma land rush started.

Bayer introduced powdered aspirin, and the first jukebox debuted.

The Wall Street Journal began publication.

Four states joined the United States of America, bringing the total number of states to 42.

And what is now Saint Leo University – Saint Leo College, the first Catholic college in Florida – was founded.

One-hundred and twenty-five years later, the Saint Leo University community includes more than 74,000 alumni in 72 countries, 50 states, 3 territories, and Washington D.C. The university’s 16,000 students study at University Campus and more than 40 teaching locations in seven states.

Around the world, online students are enrolled in more than 50 online degree programs and graduate certificate programs.

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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

Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 21, 2014 12:02:00 PM

With a few taps on her smartphone, Caitie C. wins the top prize in the Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest. Sharing Saint Leo Lions’ pride pays off!

Caitie C., a student at Saint Leo’s University Campus, was stopped at an intersection in Lutz, Fla., the first car in the line of traffic when a county bus turned left directly in front of her.

The side of the bus facing her was wrapped in an eye-catching Saint Leo ad, smiling graduates in black caps and gowns, the green and gold Saint Leo lion and logo prominent as the bus slowly passed in front of her.

With the light still red, she grabbed her smartphone and snapped a photo.

A few simple taps to add the #saintleo hashtag and post to Facebook ended up snagging Caitie a shiny new iPad as top-prize winner in the university’s recent social media photo contest, Snapshot #SaintLeo.

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Topics: Saint Leo News

Snapshot #SaintLeo Photo Contest!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 13, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Snap and post a photo of a Saint Leo advertisement and become eligible to win awesome prizes – including  an iPad2 – in Saint Leo’s Snapshot #SaintLeo Contest!

# SaintLeoUndoubtedly, you’ve been seeing the Saint Leo University logo popping up in all sorts of places.

On billboards. On top of taxis. On buses, trains, and subways.

And up until now, you’ve probably just smiled to yourself and thought, “Yup, love that school.”

Well, now if you snap a photo of that ad and post it to either Twitter, Instagram, or Saint Leo University's Official Facebook page – and use the tag #SaintLeo – you’ll instantly be entered into four weekly drawings to win cool prizes.

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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:

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Topics: Saint Leo News, Military

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

Saint Leo Ranks Among Top Online Degree Programs for Veterans

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 14, 2013 8:20:00 AM

Saint Leo participates in a wide range of programs that benefit active servicemembers and veterans.

U.S. News & World Report has launched its first rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans, and Saint Leo University’s online bachelor’s degree programs placed 19 among the 153 undergraduate programs included in the new list.

According to U.S. News, Saint Leo is among the top programs nationwide that “have taken steps to improve the higher education experience for veterans.”

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Topics: Saint Leo News

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