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SEU Hosts Event for Classical Conversations Students

seu newsLAKELAND, Fla. — Almost 200 Central Florida homeschool students will get a day-long taste of college life on Wednesday, October 3, at Southeastern University (SEU).

The students, who are a part of Classical Conversations homeschool communities, will participate in college-prep workshops, tour campus, attend athletic events and even participate in an impromptu speech competition for a $500 scholarship.

“Southeastern University has a longstanding commitment to homeschooling families and a deep affinity for Classical Conversations,” said Dr. Meghan Griffin, Academic Dean of the School of Unrestricted Education and a CC parent. “It’s a privilege to offer college credit as students complete their final years in the CC Challenge program. The partnership between SEU and CC is a natural fit as both organizations pursue the mission of Christ-centered education in homes and across the globe.”

Classical Conversations (CC) is the largest classical, homeschooling organization in the world and has about 125,000 homeschool students enrolled in its tutoring programs that follow the classical model of education. Southeastern University is CC’s largest dual-enrollment partner through its CC Plus program.

“Southeastern University has been a great partner for us in our CC Plus program,” said Robert Bortins, Classical Conversations CEO. “They have been so accommodating of our particular program of study, and our CC Plus students really enjoy SEU’s professors.”

Scheduled sessions include: an overview of the CC Plus program and how it fits in with a CC education, thesis consultations for CC Plus students enrolled in the English Composition II class in the spring, and a joint panel discussion with SEU staff and CC Directors about how to choose and apply for college. SEU offers eight online, dual-enrollment courses to CC students through CC Plus.

April Jung, a homeschool mother of four from Homestead, is bringing three of her children to the event.

“We’re really looking forward to the CC Plus Day at Southeastern University,” Jung said. “My son is a Challenge II (sophomore) student interested in taking CC Plus classes through SEU next year.  I’m also interested in him getting a taste for a college campus.”

Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. CC now has almost 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian homeschool curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit


With a Few Clicks on Amazon, People Are Fighting Diaper Despair in Florida and Around the World

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(FLORIDA) – When someone visits and makes a donation of diapers to FBCH and One More Child, they are doing more than using the online giant Amazon to perform a charitable act. They are helping “make a change” for thousands of children and families who the organization cares for locally and globally.

FBCH and One More Child are collecting 800,000 diapers through their 7th annual Diaper Drive, which runs through Nov. 11.

Recipients of the diapers include foster families, families served by One More Child’s Single Mom program, Family Support and Child Hunger programs, and people like Kurt Macoleth, a US Navy veteran who the organization provided diapers for in his time of need.

Six years ago, Kurt’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to their daughter Lyra the day before Kurt began chemotherapy to treat stage 4 throat cancer. In addition, Ashley was rushed to the hospital later that week, where she was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome from labor.

In the midst of the trauma and the uncertainty, FBCH and One More Child provided diapers and support to the family.

“It is the end of the world for a baby to have no diapers for a day…that is a significant issue,” Kurt said.

Last year, the Diaper Drive netted more than 650,000 diapers provided by individuals, churches and businesses, but the need for diapers continues to grow. In 2017, FBCH and One More Child – whose headquarters is located in Lakeland, Fla. –  impacted more than 200,000 children and individuals. Diapers are a necessity for the organization’s work in Florida, as well as global ministry sites such as the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala.

As of Sept. 21, 188,577 diapers had been collected. People who are ready to help make a change can drop-ship diapers from Amazon to FBCH and One More Child at

Organizations and businesses can also sign up to host a diaper drive, by filling out a simple form at

For more information, please contact diaper drive coordinator Sundy Goodnight at 904.402.8588 or


Saint Leo University-Lakeland to Hold ‘Virtual’ Info Session Oct. 10

LAKELAND – Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center will hold a “virtual” information session on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Those interested in finding out more about Saint Leo, what degrees are offered, courses, and more are invited.

The Lakeland Education Center is at 315 Granada St., Lakeland, FL 33805. The center serves students in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and other parts of Polk County. Registration is underway for Fall 2 Semester, which begins Oct. 15, and Spring 1 Semester, which begins Jan. 7, 2019.

Prospective students can RSVP at call or (863) 337-4900.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.