Spring Activities Abound on University Campus at Saint Leo University

April 07, 2014

Several departments are hosting events this month at University Campus that are open to the public. The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, in the town of Saint Leo. Parking is always available in the campus garage and after hours in parking lots.

The annual Easter Eggs-travaganza

  • Children’s Activity, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, University Campus Bowl. The annual Easter Eggs-travaganza. Students and families from the community are invited to participate in the annual Easter Eggs-travaganza. This is a fun-filled afternoon of egg-themed activities including a variety of egg hunts, egg-inspired games, an egg toss and an egg race.

An assortment of arts and crafts for all ages will also be offered. Radio Disney will be present playing kid-friendly tunes. Candy and refreshments will be available and a food truck will be on site selling food items.

For more information, contact Jennifer Garcia, director of first year experience, at (352) 588-8499 or jennifer.garcia@saintleo.edu.


  • Concert, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, Student Community Center. The Saint Leo Singers & Friends present “Spring Sing,” featuring songs that are masterpieces of storytelling (previous concert pictured). Admission is free. Contact Allyson Marino, fine arts events director, at (352) 588-8662 or allyson.marino@saintleo.edu.


  • DNA Day, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Lewis Hall, Second Floor. The discovery of the structure of DNA structure 60 years ago was a significant milestone in the advancement of biological sciences. Deoxyribonucleic acid carries genetic information in the cells. Saint Leo University will celebrate by hosting this community event open to all families and secondary students interested in science. Science faculty and biology majors (pictured) will walk guests through fascinating displays and exhibits. A discussion relating the flow of genetic information to an individual’s own genes and health will be the culminating event. DNA necklaces will be given to the first 100 people who register. Lewis Hall houses the science laboratories and is immediately visible on the right as people enter University Campus.

For more information and to register, contact Dr. Audrey Shor at (352) 588-8425 or audrey.shor@saintleo.edu.

Writer’s Event Deadline

  • Writers Event Deadline on Wednesday, April 30 – Early registration closes for the second annual Sandhill Writers Retreat. This is also the deadline for applications for student internships, which carry fee waivers. The full-day retreat, held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at University Campus, is sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities and features eight hands-on writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

A faculty of nationally acclaimed Friday writers include Enid Shomer (Florida Lifetime Achievement Award winner), Jeff Klinkenberg (award-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer), Ira Sukrungruang (who gave the workshop most highly rated by 2013 attendees and is pictured here), and poet Lola Haskins (Florida Book Award winner). These four renowned writers will guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional open reading for participants. Writers of all levels are invited to attend.

Early registration fee is $85 for the general public; $65 for teachers, students, and senior citizens; $25 for Saint Leo faculty, staff, veterans, and active-duty military; $10 for SLU students. Optional one-on-one manuscript review conferences are available with retreat faculty for an additional $75 fee.

Late registration, from May 1 to 12, includes an additional fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, click here.

For more information, contact Ms. Russo, the Sandhill Writers Retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or gianna.russo@saintleo.edu.