2017 Saint Leo University President's Report | Saint Leo In the News
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Saint Leo in the News

Throughout the year, Saint Leo has been featured in a broad range of local, regional, national, and international media. News stories have touted our accomplishments, quoted our faculty experts, and highlighted the success of our alumni and students.

National Media Highlights

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT July 12, 2016
WALLETHUB July 15, 2016
ROLL CALL August 24, 2016
POLITICO.COM October 31, 2016
MILITARY TIMES December 7, 2016
THE WASHINGTON POST December 23, 2016
HUFFINGTON POST December 16, 2016
PARADE January 6, 2017
THE HILL January 20, 2017
EBONY March 6, 2017
NEWSWEEK September 27, 2017
CRUX September 29, 2017
BILLBOARD October 5, 2017
Media Excerpts

Today With Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

December 13, 2016

“Would you like to know the top Christmas movies and Christmas songs?” Hoda Kotb asked her co-host Katie Lee Gifford. “Mine is It’s a Wonderful Life,” Gifford replied.

According to the Saint Leo University Polling Institute, the No. 3 top movies are: A Charlie Brown Christmas is No. 3!” Kotb said. “No. 2 is It’s a Wonderful Life. And No. 1 is Miracle on 34th Street.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 10, 2017

Erika Shields formally sworn in as Atlanta’s new police chief

Erika Shields was sworn in as Atlanta’s Chief of Police on Tuesday in a swanky reception at the Commerce Club, one of the favorite dining and hobnobbing spots of the city’s movers
and shakers.

“I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Atlanta Police Department,” Shields said, adding that her way has been paved by leaders such as former Police Chief George Turner, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation.

Shields has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Webster University and a master’s in criminal justice from Saint Leo University. She joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1995.

Catholic News Service

February 21, 2017

Practice of Ashes Has Old Testament Roots

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday—celebrated on March 1 this year—leaves a mark.

That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy day of obligation and ashes do not have to be distributed during a Mass.

“Virtually every parish that I’ve worked with will have more people come to Ash Wednesday than almost any other celebration,” said Thomas Humphries, assistant professor of philosophy, theology and religion at St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla.

Humphries said part of the Ash Wednesday draw is the “genuine human recognition of the need to repent and the need to be reminded of our own mortality. Having someone put ashes on your head and remind you ‘we are dust and to dust we shall return’ is an act of humility.”


May 17, 2017

Avoid Burnout with These 5 Science-Backed Tips to Have Better Work-Life Balance

You can read countless articles online about fitness and its importance to overall productivity. This is for good reason, Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University, said, “Individuals who exercised regularly were more confident they could handle the interaction of their work and home life and were less likely to be stressed at work.”

The Nation

June 2, 2017

Meet the 8 Student Speakers Who Told College Graduates to ‘Demand Change’

Across the country, tens of thousands of college graduates have recently heard their commencement speakers wax wisely about success and achievement. Yet a few people had another message in today’s political climate: Stand up for what’s right.

Ammar Mohrat—Saint Leo University, April 29: “I’m not from America. I was born in Syria in the city of Homs. Ever since I was 14 years old, I have always wanted to come here. As a kid, we always watched American television and movies like NCIS, Lost, and Prison Break. We always knew that America was a place of freedom and opportunity for everyone who wants to work hard. You see, in Syria, it’s really different. Corruption rules. How talented you are and how hard you work are less important than your family, your religion, and how powerful your friends and relatives are.”