Two Weeks of Action, Culture, and Current Events on the University Campus calendar

October 25, 2016

Saint Leo University welcomes those near University Campus to come and enjoy any of the following events. Admission is free or a small donation is requested. 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.


Bridge -buckles 

Wednesday, October 26 – Annual Bridge-Breaking Contest  at 7 p.m., Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall. Admission is free. This academic competition for students in physics and engineering classes is fun for young children and for middle and high school students to watch. Saint Leo students have worked in teams to construct model bridges made with standard-issue kits of lightweight wood sticks and glue. The students bring their bridge entries to the competition, where faculty judges test how much stress and weight the bridges can bear. All the bridges break apart in the dramatic and entertaining testing process. For more information, contact Dr. Shawn Weatherford at or (352) 588-8373.

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Thursday, October 27 – Haunted Marmion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marmion-Snyder Residence Hall on State Road 52.  Area children are invited to this haunted house and trick-or-treating event, with games and alternative activities also offered. The event is free, but those attending are asked to bring a canned good or nonperishable item to the check-in--Saint Leo will donate these to a local food bank. The Office of Residence Life sponsors this pre-Halloween event annually. For more information, please contact graduate assistant Sabrina Schroeder at or (352) 588-8651.

Thursday, October 27 – Film Panel Discussion “The Coen Brothers, Modern Masters”  will take place at 7 p.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Authors and film critics Mark Conard, Jeffrey Overstreet, and Erica Rowell, who have all written about the Coen brothers, will discuss works of Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coen brothers recently remade the Western filmTrue Grit (see the October 18 event), and have created other popular and award-winning films including No Country for Old Men; Raising Arizona; O Brother, Where Art Thou; and The Man Who Wasn’t There. University Campus resident students will be able to view several of the films on campus television leading up to the event. The event is sponsored by Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library.    

Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30 – Three performances of the new play “Women on the Move: The Story of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida,”  at 7 p.m. each evening in the Black Box Theatre, in Benedictine Hall. Benedictine Hall is the free-stranding three story building on State Road 52 at the west edge of campus. It has its own parking entrance. It was formerly the Holy Name Monastery, which is now located on the other side of State Road 52, facing Wichers Road.

This is a student-written play that captures some episodes from the true history of the Benedictine Sisters work in Florida.

Admission is free, but suggested donations of $10 per person would help the Benedictine Sisters in their continued works. To reserve a ticket or for more information, email:

The play is sponsored by the Department of Language Studies and the Arts.


Wednesday, November 2 – Visiting author Elizabeth Powell  shares from her work from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in TECO Hall in the School of Business building. Admission is free. Powell is a poet, editor, and writing teacher. She is associate professor of creative writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, as well as editor of Green Mountain Review. Her books include The Republic of Self  and a new release, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances. She has said her new title draws inspiration from the Willy Loman character in Arthur Miller’s classic American play Death of a Salesman.

The reading is sponsored by the Department of Language Studies and the Arts.

Monday, November 7 – Saint Leo mock presidential debate at 6 p.m. with voting to follow immediately in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Admission is free and open to all. Saint Leo student Leandrous Chieves is playing the part of fictional Democratic candidate Marcus Howard and fellow student Mark Saunders is acting as the Republican opponent, Paul Raymond Friedman. While the parts are invented, the debate topics and issues are real. Students enrolled in classes from multiple disciplines have participated in this semester-long campaign. The depth of the previous, mock vice presidential debate was covered in the Laker-Lutz News:

For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Borden at