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August 22, 2017

J.D. Harding teaches a classroom of students

Photo caption: Seventeen students met for their first session Tuesday of a freshman writing. Faculty member John David Harding explained the class will prepare them for all the writing they are expected to do in college. Harding is an assistant professor of writing and research and also works full time from the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, helping students, on-ground and online, and other university community members improve their writing. Another library colleague, Instructor AngelJiménez, also helps Saint Leo students improve their writing.

Classes are now underway at Saint Leo University. The fall semester officially began Monday, August 21, for Saint Leo WorldWide. At University Campus, classes actually began Tuesday, as Monday was kept open for last-minute advising needs.

Still, informal science lessons were occurring on Monday at University Campus, thanks to the partial solar eclipse that was visible starting at about 1:17 p.m. and peaking at about 2:50 p.m. Science and mathematics faculty members were among the people on campus most intrigued by the event, and so found a viewing spot just outside Lewis Hall, where most have their offices.

Students watching solar eclipse with solar eclipse glassesThe faculty members gathered with approved solar viewing glasses and other means for safely viewing and visually recording the event. Their collective enthusiasm naturally spread to students (pictured) who had business in Lewis Hall, or who were simply walking by, and joined in the excitement.The students may be the first in memory to begin a Saint Leo semester with a rare astronomical phenomenon. Classes are now underway at Saint Leo University. The fall semester officially began Monday, August 21, for Saint Leo WorldWide. At University Campus, classes actually began Tuesday, as Monday was kept open for last-minute advising needs.

Tuesday morning brought the return of the traditional start of course work in classrooms (pictured) and laboratories at University Campus.

students in classroom

Students also began immediate use of the Center for Academic Vision & Excellence (informally known as the CAVE), on the first floor of Kirk Hall.

Students working in the C.A.V.E.

This is not a new center—the department was formerly known as the Learning Resource Center. Students go there to use computers and printers (pictured), to receive supplemental instruction meetings for historically challenging courses, for individual tutoring in specific courses, for one-on-one academic coaching, and for other workshops. All services are free. Improved grades are often the result. The center is also one of the quiet spots to study. Students may email cave@saintleo.edu for more information or call (352) 588-8307.