University Hosting Conferences in International Business, Social Work, Social Sciences and Physical and Natural Sciences in Spring 2015

December 19, 2014

Saint Leo University will host at University Campus in 2015 three important conferences that will help area businesses, students, social workers, counselors, professors, scientists and other specialists in various fields share information and ideas in their respective fields.

The Sixth Annual International Business Conference (IBC) will begin the evening of Wednesday, February 18, and continue through Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20. The public is invited to the keynote address by Democratic political strategist James Carville, “Current Politics in the Global Economy” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is advised at

Mr. Carville rose to national prominence with the successful 1992 campaign of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. Since then, the strategist has worked in political campaigns abroad, and has continued to write in the United States and serve as a frequent television commentator. He also teaches at Tulane University.

Registration is required for the rest of the conference, which is organized around the theme of best practices for global organizations. There will be professional and academic tracks, and although much of the focus will be on management practices of for-profit enterprises, the conference will also include presentations on nonprofit organizations and public administration topics. Featured speakers include Tampa attorney and mergers specialist Curt Creely, partner in Foley & Lardner LLP, and Deborah L. Wilkinson, executive director of the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council. Faculty members from the Donald R. Tapia School of Business are organizing the conference.

For more information on the IBC, visit Or, contact Dr. Rick Scott, assistant professor of finance, at (352) 588-8304 or

One-Day Social Work Conference on Trauma Treatment

The graduate and undergraduate programs of the School of Education and Social Services are sponsoring a one-day conference on Friday, March 13, to help social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists understand more about the effects of trauma and effective treatments. The keynote speaker, Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, will speak on “Seeing Individuals through a Trauma Lens.” Judge Tepper serves at the circuit courthouse in east Pasco County.

Attendance fees for the conference (where required) are modest, and those who attend will be eligible for continuing education credits.

There will also be opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to interact with community organizations and to explore volunteer opportunities that can meet community service requirements. No registration is required for that portion of the program.

The full conference program and registration form is available at this link:

For further information, please contact Victoria Anyikwa, Ph.D., LCSW, and associate professor of social work, at or (352) 588-8337.

Florida Academy of Sciences

Saint Leo will also host the Florida Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at University Campus. The academy meeting brings together Florida college faculty and other specialists from the social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, science education community, and the fields of engineering, computing, and mathematics meet to present research findings, and to interact with their peers.

Conference participants do not need to be a member of the academy to present a paper or poster, though membership fees are modest. The conference also offers undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to make academic presentations.

Details about the academy and submissions can be found at

Two members of the Department of Mathematics and Science are serving as the Saint Leo University host contacts. For more information, please contact the local arrangements chair, Dr. Iain Duffy, at (352) 588-8410 or The assistant chair, Dr. Darin Bell, who can be contacted at (352) 588-7368 or, is also available for assistance.