Concert Series Introduces Indian Music at University Campus

October 05, 2015

Saint Leo University is pleased to invite the public to several events at University Campus that are also open to the university community. Admission is free. Parking is available in surface lots or in the campus garage. The university is at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). A contact person is provided here with each event for those with questions or special needs.

April Holmes Running

  • Motivational speaker and mentor April Holmes, the 2015 Inspirational Athlete of the Year, will tell her inspiring story at 7 p.m., Monday, October 12 in the Student Community Center Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms. A three-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder, Holmes has redefined what it means to be disabled. Her presentation, “Stop Limping Thru Life and Start Running,” addresses overcoming obstacles and achieving greatness. Her program appeals to many audiences. For more information, contact Paige Ramsey-Hamacher, director of Multicultural and International Services, at or (352) 588-8489. 

  • Concerto Sangeetam is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, in Selby Auditorium/Lewis Hall, as part of the New Moon Concert Series. This imaginative international program showcases the musical talents of Saint Leo’s visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan. Dr. Badrinathan is a linguist from India who is also a skilled vocalist who performs Carnatic music—the classical music of southern India, and considered part of the sacred music tradition. She will perform an original composition never performed before in Florida, called “Ragamalika.” The evening will feature performances with Dr. Cynthia Selph, pianist Inna Korotkevitch, and jazz musician Mauricio Rodriguez, all members of Saint Leo’s music faculty. The concert will deliver various combinations of classical Indian, classical Western, and American jazz music. For more information, contact Megan Orendorf at or at (352) 588-8401.

  • “Let’s Talk About Water" The School of Arts and Sciences invites the campus community and area residents to an important forum on access globally to fresh water. “Let’s Talk About Water” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 17, in the Student Community Center Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms. The event includes a screening of Flow: For the Love of Water, a critically acclaimed, independent 2008 documentary about freshwater quality and scarcity globally. Following the screening (the film is 93 minutes) a diverse panel of experts from Saint Leo University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District will answer questions and lead discussion about issues raised in the film. The quality and quantity of fresh water resources vary widely among communities. Some communities are inundated with too much water while others are left severely wanting—and these dilemmas can be exist at the state, national, and global levels. Further, the resulting problems can be examined from the vantage points of ecology, social justice, human rights, economics, and more. Funding for this event was provided by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. and the Johnson Family Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Altfeld, associate professor of biology and ecology at or (352) 588-8275. To reserve your seat and free lunch, please contact Megan Orendorf at, by Friday, October 9.

  • The Fall into Song Choral Concert continues the New Moon Concert Series and will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The concert features the Saint Leo Singers (our student choral group) along with other campus performing groups. For more information, contact Megan Orendorf at or (352) 588-8401.

  • The Fifth Annual Bridge-Breaking Contest is a fun academic competition for engineering and physics students, and a great spectator event for audience members of all ages. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, in Selby Auditorium/Lewis Hall. Watch as faculty judges test the stress- and weight-bearing capabilities of model bridges constructed by student teams. All the bridges are built with lightweight wood and glue issued for the contest, and all the bridges are broken in the judging—sometimes with dramatic effect. The competition has been made more difficult in recent years, as judges have required students to create larger structures, and as increasing numbers of students have entered. For more information, contact Dr. Shawn Weatherford at or (352) 588-8373.

Haunted Marmion 2014 - Hallway

  • Haunted Marmion, the annual, family friendly trick-or-treat event, returns to University Campus’ Snyder-Marmion Halls on Thursday, October 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The community is invited to attend the free activity, sponsored by the Saint Leo University Office of Residence Life.  The student residence is the long complex at the east end of campus and is visible from S.R. 52.  Vehicles can access the parking lot via the entrance just beyond Benedictine Hall.  All floors will be transformed into a themed haunted house. Trick-or-treating will occur on two floors of Snyder Hall.  There will be games and other activities in the Lion’s Den for those not visiting the haunted house.  For more information, contact Ashley Mayfield, graduate assistant for Residence Life, at or (352) 588-8268.