January Events Include MLK Day Celebration, Interactive Drama, Senior Showcase

January 13, 2017

Saint Leo University welcomes those near University Campus to come and enjoy any of the following events. Parking is available in the campus garage, and in the evening is also often available in surface lots. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

Advisory: Watch for State Road 52 construction and possible nighttime closures.

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Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day  will be celebrated at Saint Leo beginning with a free children’s fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring arts and crafts; inflatables and bounce houses; carnival activities; and free food. The fair will be held on Student Activities Green between Kirk Hall and the Student Activities Building.

At 5 p.m., guest speaker Dr. T. Leon Williams will present “The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Say Today?” in the Student Community Center boardrooms. Williams will introduce themes of hope for the lost and hurting, faith to” be the change,” selfless love, and charity.

A candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. will conclude the day. The event will be hosted by the Rho Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in the Student Community Center courtyard.

If you have questions contact Thomas Martin, assistant director of Greek Life and Community Engagement, at thomas.martin02@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8266.


Tuesday, January 24 ­­­– DEFAMATION, an interactive courtroom drama that examines today’s social issues, will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Student Community Center boardrooms. Everyone is welcome.

Sponsored by Residence Life, Student Activities, and Community Engagement, DEFAMATION is a powerful diversity presentation that allows students, faculty, and staff to engage in civil discourse about the issues of race, class, religion, gender, and the law. The performance takes the form of a courtroom drama, where the audience serves as the jury.

For more information, contact Sabrina Schroeder, graduate assistant in Residence Life, at Sabrina.schroeder@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8268.


Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28 ­– A Walk in the Woods, a special spring play,  will be presented 7 to 8 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre in Benedictine Hall at University Campus.

This is a senior showcase presentation, meaning the production is chosen and performed by a graduating senior (an English major specializing in theater) to share with an audience the skills he or she has learned.

This year, senior Sam Stokes has chosen to act in Lee Blessing’s 1988 play A Walk in the Woods  for his showcase. The play, based on a real-life incident that took place in 1982, is about two arms negotiators—a Soviet diplomat played by Stokes and an American negotiator played by sophomore Richard O’Campo—who take a walk in the woods near Geneva, Switzerland, during a break. Tensions are high, and the men must learn to put aside their obvious differences to find some common ground.

While it is more of a human interest story than one of geo-political strategy and military might, A Walk in the Woods, as Stokes describes it, is “not really about negotiating an arms deal between the United States and the Soviet Union, but is rather about a bond that develops between two human beings.”

Admission is free, but proceeds from a $10 suggested donation will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Seating is limited! To reserve a ticket or for more information, email StLeoTheatre@saintleo.edu.

The production is sponsored by the Department of Language Studies and the Arts and presented in agreement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.