March Calendar at University Campus Booked with Entertaining, Enlightening Events for All Ages

February 28, 2017

March is one of the busiest months of the year at University Campus with a number of departments staging events that are open to the public. Many of the events below are free, but check each description for more information about possible donations and contacts for further information. University Campus is at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574. Free parking is available in the campus garage and during the evenings is often available in surface lots.

Wednesday, March 1, morning and midday - Representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will speak to combined classes about human rights, food production and harvesting, and labor relations at three class session times: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The sessions will be held in TECO Hall in the School of Business building. Guests are welcome.

The Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion is sponsoring the visit as part of interdisciplinary exploration of social justice topics. For more information, contact Father Michael Cooper, SJ, at (352) 588-8356 or michael.coopersj@saintleo.edu.  

 

Wednesday, March 1, midday –  Writer Dan Albergotti will read from his work from 12:30 pm. at the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. Admission is free and open to the public. Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads,  which was selected as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and Millennial Teeth,  which was selected as the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition in 2013. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, he founded the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University, where he is professor and chair of the Department of English. 

This event was rescheduled from February, and is sponsored by the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. For more information, contact Gianna Russo, creative writing instructor, at (352) 588-8282 or gianna.russo@saintleo.edu.

 

Monday, March 6, midday –   The School of Arts and Sciences presents its fifth LED (Learning, Enlightenment, Discoveries) series 

over two consecutive days, beginning Monday. The LED events are one-hour sessions featuring faculty-led presentations in the spirit of the popular TED talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design). The series showcases the richness of intellectual life in Arts and Sciences and for 2017 explores the theme of “Time.” Admission is free and the public is welcome. The following faculty members will present between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center:

  • Jack McTague, professor of history, “Music of the Vietnam War;”
  • Marissa Glover McLargin, instructor of English and professional writing, “Wasted Nostalgia: Pining for a Time that Doesn’t Exist;”
  • Karen Hannel, assistant professor of fine arts, with guest presenter Eric Hannel, “Native Americans Trapped in Time;” and
  • June Hammond, associate professor of music, “Time in Music:  Beethoven’s Questionable Metronome.”

For more information, contact Megan Orendorf, in the School of Arts and Sciences at (352) 588-8401 or jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu.  

 

Tuesday, March 7, midday -  The School of Arts and Sciences presents the second and final day of its LED (Learning, Enlightenment, Discoveries) series  talks for 2017. These talks are drawn from the theme of “Time” and represent each faculty member’s individual expertise. They will present from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The Tuesday presenters are:

  • Steve Kistulentz, director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing, “Hemingway’s Brain;”
  • Johanna Lane, adjunct instructor of English, “Engaging the Body to Develop Mindfulness;”
  • Kathryn Duncan, professor of English, “From Clueless to Mindful: How Jane Austen Solves the Problem of Mindlessness;” and
  • Allyson Marino, assistant professor of English, “A Mind of One’s Own.”

For more information, contact Megan Orendorf in the School of Arts and Sciences at (352) 588-

8401 or jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu

 

Wednesday, March 8, afternoon –  The School of Arts and Sciences and Student Activities invite everyone to “A Celebration of Women’s HERstory” in recognition of International Women’s Day. Stop into the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center anytime between 2 and 6 p.m. for food, fun, scholarship, and Girl Power! Student displays will be during the duration of the open house. The Slam Poetry Club will perform at 4 p.m., and special guest spoken-word artist Gabriela Garcia Medina will perform at 5 p.m. 

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Megan Orendorf at the School of Arts and Sciences at (352) 588-8401 or jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu .

 

Wednesday, March 8, evening –  Canta Italia!  Will presented by the Saint Leo Singers International at 7 p.m. in the Saint Leo Abbey Church. This group is drawn from student singing groups and the faculty-staff choir, and is the first ensemble from Saint Leo that will be going on an international performance tour. During the week of March 13, which is Spring Break for the University Campus population, the group will be in Italy and perform for local audiences in churches in Rome, Florence, and Milan. This concert is a preview of the tour for local audiences, plus appearances from some campus musicians not touring. The program features selections expressing “The Many Faces of Love,” including sacred music honoring God’s love, love for family, romantic love, and lover for humanity. The public is invited and admission is free. Suggested donations of $10 will go to support the growing music program.

The university is grateful to the Benedictine Monks of Saint Leo Abbey for hosting this performance, and to Richard Behnke for his financial gift in support of the tour.

For more information or assistance, contact Megan Orendorf at the School of Arts and Sciences at (352) 588-8401 or Jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu.

 

Friday, March 10, all day –  Third Annual Social Work Conference at University Campus. Professionals can earn continuing education credits at this one-day event, and students may attend for free. For complete information, see a related story on this page and visit: www.saintleo.edu/SWConference2017.

 

March 11 – March 19 – Spring Break at University Campus.

 

Wednesday, March 29, morning -  Holocaust survivor Pieter Kohnstam presents “Narrow Escape – A Flight to Freedom,” the story of his family’s frightening departure from Amsterdam in 1942 and the subject of his later book, A Chance to Live: A Family’s Journey to Freedom. 

The young Kohnstam was a childhood friend of diarist Anne Frank, and the two families were neighbors. He will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The public is invited and admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.

For more information or assistance, contact Megan Orendorf at the School of Arts and Sciences, at Jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8401.

 

Friday, March 31, evening –  Opening performance of the student production of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  at 7 p.m.in the Black Box Theatre of Benedictine Hall. Student performers are staging six weekend performances of this story of six quirky middle-school students expressing their feelings about an upcoming spelling bee in song. The show is appropriate for audiences of all ages. An interactive element ensures the performances will be original each night. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the theatre program. Always at 7 p.m., performances are planned for Friday, March 31; Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2; Friday, April 7; Saturday, April 8; and Sunday, April 9.

To reserve tickets or to get more information, email: StLeoTheatre@saintleo.edu. The event sponsor is the Department of Language Studies and the Arts, part of the School of Arts and Sciences.