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In the shadow of the Vietnam conflict, when few education options were available to members of the armed forces, military leaders presented Saint Leo College with an opportunity. Bring college courses ...

In the shadow of the Vietnam conflict, when few education options were available to members of the armed forces, military leaders presented Saint Leo College with an opportunity. Bring college courses and degree programs to highly mobile service men and women challenged to complete their education while on active duty.

It was a request that gave Saint Leo a new way to fulfill its mission by serving the educational needs of those who serve our nation.

The college’s response was an educational experiment that started with 176 students at the Avon Park Bombing Range and 13 at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Since then, thousands of students from all branches of military service, veterans, and their families have earned degrees at Saint Leo.

More than 5,000 men and women of the armed forces are enrolled in Saint Leo degree programs. The university operates 17 education centers on military bases in seven states and serves military students worldwide through the Center for Online Learning.

Saint Leo is known today as one of America’s largest and most committed providers of higher education to the U.S. military.

Beginning on Veterans Day in 2012 and concluding on Veterans Day 2013, Saint Leo University marked this milestone with a year-long celebration of its proud educational partnership with the military.

From a military speaker series, to monthly screenings of military films, the anniversary year included special programs and events at University Campus and centers nationwide.

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    Saint Leo University 40th Anniversary of Educating Those Who Serve Our Nation Saint Leo University 40th Anniversary of Educating Those Who Serve Our Nation Presentation Transcript

    • CELEBRATING YEARS OF THOSE WHO SERVE OUR NATION
    • Celebrating 40 Years of Serving Those Who Serve 2012-2013 Beginning on Veterans Day in 2012, Saint Leo University marked this milestone by launching a year-long celebration of its proud educational partnership with the military. From a military speaker series, to monthly screenings of military films, the anniversary year included special programs and events at University Campus and Centers nationwide. It is a proud heritage in which we all share, as one university community, committed to continuing to serve those who serve our nation.
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    • On Monday, November 12, University Campus classes were canceled to allow all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Veterans Day ceremony. All members of the Saint Leo University community, as well as residents of the neighboring communities, and visitors attended this moving event. The Featured Speaker was Assistant Professor and retired U.S. Army Col. Angela ManosSittnick, a wounded warrior. Dr. Manos-Sittnick travelled from Atlanta for this special presentation. She teaches in the Saint Leo criminal justice program, drawing on both her academic background and military experience. Marion Bowman Activities Center University Campus November 12th Veterans Day W Ceremony 2012
    • Saint Leo University sponsored November 13th Military Recognition Luncheon: A Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council event that honored local military personnel, for their outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Peninsula. 11/13/12 Newport News, Virginia
    • November 14th Military Film Series: Flags of Our Fathers 11/14/12 Apt Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University sent November Thank You Cards to Veterans Saint Leo University’s Northeast Florida Center at SJRSC Orange Park campus provided materials to students to make thank you cards for Veterans. The cards were sent at Thanksgiving. Northeast Florida Education Center Orange Park Campus
    • Saint Leo University sponsored Saint Leo University was a sponsor of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Newport News, Virginia. Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, participants wore holiday themed costumes and tied jingle bells to their shoelaces. The event raised funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability, and a disease that affects many Saint Leo military students and their families. Newport News, Virginia November 17th Jingle Bell Walk for Arthritis
    • Saint Leo University sponsored November 29th Wounded Warrior Luncheon Saint Leo University was a sponsor for the Wounded Warrior luncheon held at the Fort Eustis USO Center in South Carolina. The program provided lunch for approximately 100. Fort Eustis, South Carolina
    • Saint Leo University hosted December 1st Brigadier General (Ret) USAF Shulstad "Leading and Managing Through Influence," based on his book Golden Nuggets: A Practitioner’s Reflections on Leadership, Management and Life. 12/1/14 University Campus, TECO Hall
    • Saint Leo University sponsored December 1st USO Holiday Party Saint Leo University was a sponsor of the annual USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Holiday Party at Rockwell Hall Gym on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. This fun- filled, family-oriented event was free to all service members and their families. JEB Little Creek Rockwell Hall, Virginia
    • December 11th Military Film Series: Forrest Gump 12/11/14 Boardroom A University Campus
    • Saint Leo University contributed to December USO Stockings for Soldiers 12/ 12 /12 Fort Eustis, South Carolina
    • Saint Leo University participated in The Savannah Center partnered with the Salvation Army to provide new clothes, shoes and toys to 40 disadvantaged children in the Savannah area. The participation of the faculty, staff, students and alumni was tremendous and resulted in largest collection of items ever donated. Savannah Center, Georgia December Salvation Army Angel Program
    • Saint Leo University participated in Yellow Ribbon Office Door Event December For the month of December , the Northeast Florida Center staff decorated their doors with yellow ribbons and the message “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams” SLU Northeast Florida Center Orange Park Campus
    • Saint Leo University participated in Saint Leo University students, faculty and staff collected and donated hats and mittens as part of the Fort Lee Holiday Helper program. The Holiday Helper Association said, “This was by far one of the most appreciated gestures that our military love about Holiday Helper!” Fort Lee, Virginia December Hat and Mitten Trees 2012
    • January 15th Military Film Series: We Were Soldiers 1/15/13 Boardroom A University Campus
    • Saint Leo University Athletics January 19th Military Appreciation Night Military appreciation was announced at Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, and admission was free for military. Marian Bowman Activity Center University Campus
    • Saint Leo University hosted Civil War Historian John Quarstein Noted historian John Quarstein presented on “The Civil War in Hampton Roads and Tidewater” on Thursday, January 31, at the university’s Newport News (VA) Education Office as part of their Lunch and Learn series. Newport News, Virginia + VTT Broadcast January 31st The Civil War in Hampton Roads and Tidewater
    • February 5th Military Film Series: The Tuskegee Airmen Apartment Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University organized February 14th We Love the Military: Operation USO Care Package 2/14/13 Fundraising Event/Contribution for Active Duty Military
    • Global Sustainable Economic Development from a Military Perspective Speakers, from left, were panel moderator James Whitworth, Saint Leo associate professor of social work and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel; Edward Spenceley, retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and senior vice president of global commercial banking for Bank of America; Jon Bayless, vice president of business development for Tandel Systems, and retired U.S. Navy rear admiral; and Greg Celestan, chairman and chief executive officer of Celestar Corp., Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chairman, and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. University Campus February 15th International Business Conference Military Panel Presentation
    • February 22nd Project Salute-University Campus Saint Leo University hosted to Host Project Salute: Free Legal Clinic for Free Legal Clinic for Veterans Veterans An eight-member team from Project Salute, a mobile, free legal assistance project for low-income veterans who need assistance with disability and pension benefits, provided services on University Campus. Student Activity Building University Campus
    • Saint Leo University sponsored Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore, U.S. Army (Ret) gave a keynote address on the topic of “Leadership in the New Normal.” Tampa Marriott Waterside, Florida The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce honored our community’s military personnel at the 2013 Military Appreciation Banquet on Wednesday, February 27 presented by Bright House Networks. More than 450 attendees, including leadership from all five service branches, were in attendance. Saint Leo University was a sponsor for this event. February 27th Military Appreciation Banquet
    • Saint Leo University hosted LTC Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D. Military social work expert LTC Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., a published scholar in the field of traumatic stress, provided a free, public lecture on PTSD. His visit was sponsored by the Office of Veteran Student Services, School of Education Social Services, and the 40th Year Military Anniversary Committee. University Campus, TECO Hall February 27th Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
    • Saint Leo University hosted February 28th Author Lloyd Hunter Lloyd Hunter, author of For Duty and Destiny: The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Scott, Hoosier Soldier and Educator was sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences within Saint Leo’s School of Arts and Sciences. Donald R. Tapia School of Business University Campus
    • March 12th Military Film Series: Cold Mountain 3/19/13 Apartment Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University hosted Lieutenant Colonel Ty Edwards Decorated war veteran Lieutenant Colonel Ty Edwards shared stories of his experiences during his time of service and how Saint Leo’s commitment to educating our service men and women remains important to our nation. Tampa Education Center, Florida March 18th Personal Recollections of a Marine Corps Advisor with the Afghan National Army
    • Saint Leo University hosted Dr. Kenneth Moss (retired military) March 19th Enhance Leadership Abilities With over 25 years in management and organizational leadership, Dr. Kenneth M. Moss is known as an expert in mentoring, emotional intelligence, organizational management and leadership. The Capstone of his professional career includes retirement from the United States Army after 20 years of distinguished service. Dr. Moss is a Management Professor with Saint Leo University serving at the South Hampton Roads Center. Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Saint Leo University participated March 22-24th Navy Freedom Marathon Fundraiser and Health Expo Corpus Christi, Texas
    • March 26th 3rd Annual VAACME/VWWP Golf Tournament Proceeds benefited the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program 4/2/13 Aeropine Golf Club
    • Saint Leo University hosted Susan Knab Supporting Military Families: Susan Knab, Coordinator of Family Support Services at the Wounded Warriors Project, presented on how to support military families, community resources the Wounded Warrior project offers, training they provide helping professionals, and the community, and assistance they offer directly to veterans and families. Donald R. Tapia School of Business University Campus April 2nd The Wounded Warriors Project Mission and Services
    • Saint Leo University participated NavyNaval Station Mayport Fair College Education April 2nd Navy College Education Fair 4/2/13 Mayport, Florida
    • Saint Leo University presented April 2nd Just the Facts USO-Style Spring Concert 4/2/13 School of Business Atrium University Campus
    • Making the Grade School of Education and Social Services Presentation: Strategies for Educational Success for Military Families Dr. Dwight Raines, an educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom as well as school administration. Dr. Fermin De La Torre, a former police officer with 20 years of experience in adult higher education and full time criminal justice SLU faculty member. This seminar broached various topics and strategies to aid the student in finishing their classes with higher grades and less stress. Navy College, JEB Little Creek Virginia Beach, VA April 3rd Speakers included Dr. James Whitworth, a published author, clinical social worker, and Air Force veteran dedicated to helping military, veterans, and their families deal with issues involved with living a military lifestyle.
    • April 4-7th Saint Leo University Honored Military at Alumni Weekend 2013 University Campus
    • Saint Leo University hosted An Afternoon with Author Tanya Biank Army Wives and Undaunted April 4th Tanya Biank’s book Army Wives was the inspiration for the popular drama still running on the Lifetime cable television network. Her new book, released in February, is titled Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military. 4/4/13 Fort Eustis Jacobs Theatre Newport News, Virginia
    • Saint Leo University hosted An Afternoon with Author Tracy Crow Tracy Crow is author of Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine. She shared her experiences as a military journalist during the groundbreaking 1980s. Eyes Right won the bronze distinction in the recent Florida Book Awards. Additionally, her short story, "Natural Selection," based on events from her life as a Marine, has been anthologized alongside work from Tim O'Brien, Tobias Wolff, and Kurt Vonnegut in the Press 53 collection Home of the Brave. Crow has also written a novel (using the pen name Carver Greene) called An Unlawful Order featuring a female military officer as the main character. She teaches creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Student Community Center Boardroom C University Campus April 5th Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine
    • Saint Leo University participated Saint Leo University participated in the Chatham County Park Services and Bass Anglers Plus Inc. third annual Take A Soldier Fishing Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament at Lake Mayer. Anglers took members from each branch of the military fishing in a catch-and-release tournament. This year’s event also included “Walk For A Vet” to raise money for local Disabled American Veterans. Savannah, Georgia April 6th 1st Annual Walk for a Vet and Take a Soldier Fishing
    • April 9th Military Film Series: Windtalkers 4/9/13 Apartment Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University sponsored The Virginia Run for the Fallen began on May 2 at Fort Story base in Virginia Beach, VA, and was a 230-mile-long memorial route through Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Gloucester, Tappahannock, King George County, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Quantico, Dumfries, Prince William County, Manassas, Fairfax County, Annandale, Alexandria and Arlington. Fort Story to Arlington National Cemetery May 2-5th Virginia Run for the Fallen
    • USO Patriotic Festival and Virginia Beach Oceanfront Air Show Virginia Beach May 31st-June 2nd Saint Leo University sponsored
    • Saint Leo University sponsored Saint Leo University was a sponsor of A Stars and Stripes Affair – 3rd Annual VetsHouse, Inc. Vetshouse, Inc. is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads. It is not a shelter, but a 12 month program providing contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assistance in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance. Ocean Front, Virginia Beach June 29th VetsHouse, Inc. Dinner
    • Saint Leo University sponsored July 4th 4th at the Fort Williams Stadium, Fort Lee, Virginia
    • Saint Leo University participated 33rd National Veterans July 13-18th Wheelchair Games Tampa Convention Center
    • 40 Dollars 40 Years July 30th Saint Leo Campaign to Support Military Students Saint Leo University Fundraising Event
    • Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW, BSD, is an associate professor of graduate social work at Saint Leo University. He has provided extensive private practice counseling for military members, veterans and their families with depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). . Virginia Beach Public Library Virginia Beach, Virginia Joe Barto, founder and president of Training Modernization Group (TMG), Inc., created and has led his company to consistent, high-level performance since its founding in 2002. A retired U.S. Lieutenant Colonel, Barto graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor at the U.S. Military Academy in 1978. Barto holds a master’s degree in public administration.) 8/6/13 August 6-7th Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Workplace Workshops
    • September 10 Military Film Series: Gettysburg 9/10/13 Apt Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University sponsored Saint Leo University was a sponsor of the 25th Annual “Showcase of Key West Businesses” Trade Show held at Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Florida. Key West, Florida September 18th Key West Chamber of Commerce Trade Show
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Cindy Lee, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Director of Saint Leo University Master's in Social Work Program. She served as Family Support Project/ Operation Coordinator to provide interrelated services to address the medical, economic, mental health, and social needs of the military members and their families. James Whitworth, Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret) Ph.D., LCSW, BCD is an Associate Professor of Graduate Social Work at Saint Leo University (SLU). He previously was an Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida where he taught advanced clinical counseling within the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. He has provided extensive private practice counseling for military members, veterans, and their families with depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 9/25/13 Donald R. Tapia School of Business University Campus September 25-26th Deployment Related Trauma in the Workplace
    • Saint Leo University participated Saint Leo University participated in the 4th annual military appreciation picnic, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Shaw AFB Education Center, South Carolina September 28th Sumter Chamber of Commerce Annual Military Appreciation Picnic
    • Saint Leo University hosted Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D. In his pastoral letter, entitled "Year of Faith: Seek Peace," Archbishop Broglio encourages the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services in their unique vocations of service, draws their attention to the Church's desire to provide for the spiritual care of those in the military and their families, and invites them to evangelize following the example of the centurion whose words in Matthew 8:5-11 were "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed." Chesapeake, Virginia October 2nd "Year of Faith: Seek Peace"
    • Saint Leo University Designated 2014 Military Friendly School “Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Saint Leo’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Saint Leo University October 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.
    • Saint Leo University sponsored I This year’s event was held at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA, and featured tours of the USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Guests also experienced the Nauticus museum has to offer, including exhibits and displays that chronicle the global maritime commerce and the world’s largest Navy. Virginia Community Day October 5th 4th Annual Virginia Community Day
    • October 8th Military Film Series: In The Valley of Elah 9/26/13 Apt Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • Saint Leo University hosted Motivational Speaker Ed Rollins Three Times a Veteran, from Top Gun Training to Iraq and Back Veteran of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army National Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps Chesapeake, Virginia October 9th Blue to Green:
    • Saint Leo University hosted Air Force Blue to Corporate Grey CMSAF (Ret) Gerald Murray, senior manager, business development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, spoke to Saint Leo military students on aligning graduation goals with current and emerging career opportunities, military bearing and corporate values, and rising to the challenge. Marietta, Georgia October 18th Chief Master Sergeant Gerald R. Murray
    • October 19th The Fort Lee Run for the Fallen Rescheduled for March 29, 2014 9/26/13 Fort Story/Fort Lee – Williams Stadium
    • Saint Leo University hosted October 24th Guest Speaker Colonel Sheri W. Andino Colonel Sheri W. Andino is commander and Aerospace Studies Department Head of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Donald R. Tapia School of Business University Campus
    • In advance of Veterans Day on November 11, Saint Leo University joined with local business organizations in the Movers for Military community outreach program. Movers for Military is a donation drive collecting items and gifts in honor of Veterans Day, for those veterans who are currently homeless. University Campus October-November Movers for Military Veterans Community Outreach
    • Saint Leo University hosted Author Gary Cooper ‘54 As part of Saint Leo College Preparatory Holy Name Reunion Weekend, Retired Naval Commander, author and historian Gary Cooper (Saint Leo College Prep '54) recounted the tragic story of the illfated June 4, 1945 mission of Lieutenant DeLand Croze, his thirteen crewmen and the Australian search party that, but for the error of a single digit, could have saved the crew when the mission took a tragic turn. University Campus, TECO Hall November 8th Fatal Error: The Final Flight of a WWII Bomber
    • November 11th Veterans Day November 11, 2013 University Campus
    • November 12th Military Film Series: Men of Honor Apt Building 6 Media Room University Campus
    • At Saint Leo University, we are proud of the partnership we have with our military. Many Saint Leo students, as well as faculty and staff, are active members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. The Wall of Honor tells some of their stories. In the months to come, we will continue to add to this page. Do you have a story to share? Be sure to fill out our Wall of Honor Submission and tell us about yourself. We look forward to hearing from you! Worldwide November Saint Leo University’s Wall of Honor
    • Here’s to 40 More!