Saint Leo Featured on Military Makeover
March 06, 2017
Saint Leo University partnered with the Military Makeover Team for an episode of Military Makeover airing on Lifetime Television® that aired on March 3 and featured an interview with University President Bill Lennox. The episode featuring Lennox will be rebroadcast at 7:30 a.m., Friday, March 10.
This Lifetime Television® mini-series is dedicated to giving back to members of the U.S. military and their loved ones, who have special needs.
“This partnership combines Saint Leo’s commitment to the university’s core values, especially giving back to the community, with its marketing plan,” Lennox said. “The university receives great exposure from the TV program while helping a military family.”
Military Makeover airing on Lifetime Television® is from the award-winning home decorating and remodeling show, Designing Spaces.Decorators, designers, renovation experts, and landscapers transform the homes of veterans and military families throughout the country.
Serving as hosts for the show are Art Edmonds as the “boots on the ground” and R. Lee Ermey, retired U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant. Ermey is famous for his acting in roles in Full Metal Jacket, Dead Man Walking, and many other films and TV shows. He became the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted when he earned the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant (E-7).
The family receiving a makeover of their home is the Adam LoBrutto family of West Palm Beach, FL. Adam LoBrutto has served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman (assigned to a Marine Corps unit) for 17 years. Following two overseas deployments, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Now on inactive reserve, he continues to work at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the veterans outreach program specialist with Readjustment Counseling Service.
Not only does LoBrutto serve his country, but he and his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Gavin, also are helping their community by fostering children. Military Makeover is remodeling their house, including redoing a bedroom, adding a new bathroom, installing a new air conditioner, and more to help them provide a wonderful home for their foster child as well as their son.
“One of the great benefits of serving in the military is education,” Ermey said in the episode featuring Lennox and Saint Leo. “You can get outstanding training, and after serving, millions of vets have used their education benefits as a path into trades or college degrees.”
“Saint Leo is proud to be a part of the Military Makeover,” Lennox said. “It’s important for us. We have been very close to the military over the years, and this is a special event for us. It’s a good opportunity to tell the story of Saint Leo.”
Edmonds interviewed Lennox about his military service. Lennox commented about how he “had a touch of higher ed” while serving as the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served on the board of trustees for Saint Leo for seven years before being named university president.
Lennox pointed out that Saint Leo not only had a physical campus at University Campus, but also at more than 40 education centers and offices and has educated students online since 1997. “People ask ‘where is Saint Leo?’ ” Lennox said. “My answer is: We are where you want us to be.
“People like the ability to move back and forth [between online education and the centers],” he added.
The Saint Leo community enjoyed helping the LoBrutto family through the TV series. “We really enjoyed it,” Lennox said. “Saint Leo has been honored to be a part of the Military Makeover.”