Category Archives: Education & Talent Development

02Oct/18

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 www.classicalconversations.com.

21Sep/18

Saint Leo University Named As Best Value in South for 2019 by U.S. News

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LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released Sept. 10. In addition, Saint Leo was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

The university was No. 14 among Best Value Schools in the South. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost.

This year, Saint Leo also claimed its spot in the top 50 “Best Regional Universities” and ranked 47th among Southern universities. This rank is up from last year’s rank of 61st among universities in the South. Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level. Saint Leo also offers three doctoral programs.

To receive a “Best Value School” ranking, U.S. News calculated the university’s academic quality as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News & Report stated in its listings. “Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

The university also was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the South, ranking 31st. Saint Leo has a proud history of educating veterans and military students. Schools named to the list participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty servicemembers pay for their degrees.

“Saint Leo University provides a terrific educational value for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, and we are pleased that the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings recognize the quality and excellence offered by the university,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, university president. “We’re proud of our Catholic heritage and commitment to higher education. These rankings point to our student-centered mission, our caring faculty and staff, and our dedication to student success.”

For information about Best Colleges 2019, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) 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.

11Sep/18

Southeastern University’s Performance Series for the College of Arts & Media’s 2018–2019 Academic Year.

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EVENT DATE TIME PRICE LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Unpland Improv September 14 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Constitution Day with Zachary Zampella September 17 4:00 P.M. Free Admission Science Lecture Hall, SEU In celebration of Constitution Day, SEU welcomes Zachary Zampella, an SEU alumnus and Deputy Director of Constituent Services for Senator Marco Rubio, to speak on his first-hand experiences working within the United States legislature.
Constitution Day: The Christian Response in an Age of Political Polarization September 17 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Science Lecture Hall, SEU Faculty from the Department of Humanities discuss the role of the Christian in contemporary American politics. In an era of political divide, what perspective should Christians have in regard to the current political state of the nation? What does God call us to do? Who has he called us to be? Following the discussion panel, there will be a Q&A session with the audience.
Music Faculty Gala September 24 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Our gifted professors of music begin the department’s concert season with a presentation of their decades of combined experience for all to enjoy.
Unpland Improv September 28 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
RAW TV October 2 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Jazz Ensemble Concert October 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU A fun, fast-paced evening of big band sound celebrating the rich history of one of America’s favorite musical genres.
Unpland Improv October 12 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
String Orchestra Concert October 15 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Our skilled string scholars present an exquisite array of melodic works, braided with precise articulation and wonderful dynamic contrast.
Expressions Storytelling Institute October 16 9:00 A.M. Registration $30 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland See document entitled “CAM Event Information”
RAW TV October 23 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Photo Gallery: Artistic Expressions October 25 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Enjoy works from Professor Scott Wheeler’s Photography class from the 2017–2018 academic year.
Wind Ensemble Concert October 25 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Come and enjoy an evening presenting the various sounds of the American spirit in works inspired by the National Anthem, a hymn tune of the American Revolution, and the jazz-inspired sounds of George Gershwin. This concert features Omar Thomas’ “Of Our New Day Begun,” written to honor the nine beautiful souls who lost their lives to a callous act of hatred and domestic terrorism on the evening of June 17, 2015 while worshiping in their beloved sanctuary, the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (affectionately referred to as “Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Power of Poetry: An Evening with Odilia Galván Rodriguez October 29 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Buena Vida West Auditorium, SEU In an evening display of poetic poise, the world-renowned poet, author, and educator, Odilia Galván Rodriguez, speaks on the relationship between creative writing and advocacy while also reading from her own works in both English and Spanish.
Musical Theatre Revue November 3 7:30 P.M. General Admission $7 / Students $5 Oasis Community Church, Lakeland Southeastern’s vocal artists present solo and ensemble performances of beloved classics from Broadway and the cinema.
RAW TV November 6 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Pianist Charles Hulin with tenor Jeff Prillaman: The Italian Liszt November 6 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lakeland In this unique concert, Dr. Charles J. Hulin presents selections from the Italian volume of Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage” inspired by Renaissance painting and sculpture, joined by Juilliard-trained tenor, Jeff Prillaman, for Liszt’s settings of Petrarch sonnets.
Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community November 11 2:30 P.M. General Admission $12 / Students $10 / Veterans/Active Military $5 The Polk Theatre, Lakeland See document entitled “CAM Event Information”
Choral Concert: With Heart and Hands and Voices November 12 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland The SEU choir presents their fall concert at First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, including classics from the choral repertoire and works by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, music focusing on man’s efforts to find meaning through work and love, as well as songs of thanksgiving.
Percussion Ensemble Concert November 13 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Staff Sergeant Tim Perry from the U.S. Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own” joins the SEU Percussion Ensemble to present a concert of music from around the world. Highlights include sounds from Africa, India, South America, and the Caribbean.
SEU Speaks November 15 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Studio, SEU SEU Speaks showcases our best student speakers as they are filmed presenting ten to fifteen-minute keynotes before a live studio audience. Come and be challenged, entertained, and enlightened as our Advanced Speech students take the stage.
Unpland Improv November 16 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Contemporary Band Concert November 29 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU For one night only, come and hear the student compositions of Southeastern University’s Contemporary Band ensemble. Styles performed range from rock and folk to punk and blues.
Gospel Choir Concert December 1 3:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Southeastern University vocalists perform a selection of both sacred and contemporary gospel choral works.
An Afternoon Melody December 2 2:00 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of the Polk Museum of Art, faculty-selected music majors perform solo and chamber works.
RAW TV December 4 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Christmas Concert: Prophecy and Promise December 7 & 8 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Join the Southeastern University instrumental ensembles and choirs for our annual musical celebration of Christ’s birth. This concert focuses on a theme of prophecy and promise, featuring music from diverse styles and interesting perspectives, as the music presented by our talented young artists and spirit-filled conductors draws you toward the manger during this joyful Christmas season!
Staff and Faculty Gallery: Local Talent January 31 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Enjoy new works and artistic contributions from the SEU community on display in the College of Arts & Media Gallery.
Unpland Improv February 1 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
RAW TV February 19 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Wind Ensemble Concert: “Legends Old and Reimagined” March 1 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Legends Old and Reimagined
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A concert of “Legends” as notable composers explore epic tales. Francis McBeth’s tone poem, Of Sailors and Wales and John Mackey’s This Cruel Moon portray scenes from two literary classics, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Homer’s The Odyssey.

Unpland Improv March 1 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Percussion Recital of Mr. Brian Blume March 3 6:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Band Room, SEU Professor Brian Blume performs a contemporary blend of marimba and percussion works, including some of his own new compositions and arrangements. Special guest Dr. Colin Hill, professor at Tennessee Tech University, joins Prof. Blume to present a brand new commission for marimba duet, entitled “Drifting,” by Kevin Bobo.
Spiritus March 4 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Southeastern’s string faculty, Professors Ron and Annabelle Gardiner, join Dr. Charles J. Hulin for a range of chamber works demonstrating the values of listening and conversing through music.
Piano Studio Concert March 7 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Enjoy an evening of solo and duo music-making with both faculty and up-and-coming pianists studying at Southeastern.
Expressions Writers Conference March 8-9 9:00 A.M. Registration $50 Buena Vida West Auditorium, SEU See attached document
Pianist Young-Ah Tak March 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Southeastern University’s Artist in Residence, Dr. Young-Ah Tak, performs a piano recital in the beautiful sactuary of First Presbyterian Church.
RAW TV March 12 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Oracle Open Mic and Release Party March 14 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Library Oracle Open Mic Night is a time of literary fellowship. Attendees are invited to read poetry and excerpts from short fiction, novels, and drama. Attendees are welcome to read from their favorite authors or original works. Light refreshments are provided. Following the readings, the departmental journal, “The Oracle,” will be released!
Voice Faculty Recital March 19 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lakeland Exquisite arias and art songs presented by the professorial voices behind Southeastern’s vocal performance program.
RAW TV April 2 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Percussion Ensemble Concert April 4 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU The SEU Percussion Ensemble is joined by nationally-renown percussionist and University of North Florida professor, Dr. Andrea Venet, in presenting a combination of works for percussion, including works composed by Dr. Venet.
A Night at the Opera… Scenes April 6 7:00 P.M. General Admission $7 / Students $5 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Enjoy an evening of operatic brilliance as Southeastern’s vocal performance students delight listeners with a wonderful preface into the world of opera.
Gospel Choir Concert April 7 3:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Southeastern University vocalists perform a selection of both sacred and contemporary gospel choral works.
Contemporary Band Concert April 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU For one night only, come hear the original compositions of Southeastern’s Contemporary Band students as they perform music in styles ranging from rock and folk to punk and blues.
An Afternoon Melody April 14 2:00 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of the Polk Museum of Art, faculty-selected music majors perform solo and chamber works.
SEU Speaks April 15 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Studio, SEU SEU Speaks showcases our best student speakers as they are filmed presenting ten to fifteen-minute keynotes before a live studio audience. Come and be challenged, entertained, and enlightened as our Advanced Speech students take the stage.
Choral Concert: Toward the Resurrection April 15 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland In an evening that explores Christ’s passion from the triumphal entry through his glorious resurrection, come and hear the Southeastern University Choir perform at First Presbyterian Church.
Best of Student Gallery: Artistic Showcase April 16 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Come and see the best of our talented students’ skilled craftsmanship and creativity from the 2018–2019 academic year on display in the College of Arts & Media Gallery!
Art to Art: Words and Images April 16 6:30 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Southeastern University students and professors perform original ekphrastic poems written in response to art on display at the Polk Museum of Art. Light refreshments provided.
Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Concert of Firsts April 18 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU A wonderful collaboration between ensembles purposed to highlight firsts in this special performance of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto Mvt. 1, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and Holst’s First Suite in Eb for Military Band.
RAW TV April 23 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Jazz Ensemble Concert April 24 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU The College of Arts & Media concludes the 2018-2019 performance season with an evening of exhilarating big band music featuring the classic sounds of the giants of jazz history presented by the Department of Music.