University Speaker Series Presents Peace Educator February 17, 2015

January 15, 2015

Saint Leo University welcomes the public to an evening with Barbara Gottschallk, co-founder of Seeds of Peace, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Admission is free.

Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 that brings together young people from Israel, Palestine, and other troubled areas for experience in living together peacefully. The organization has a summer camp in the United States and a Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem. More than 2,000 participants have graduated from the camp in Maine and then returned to their regions for regular meetings and coexistence programs.

Ms. Gottschalk, who has a professional background in psychiatric social work, also has directed social service agencies responsible for treatment of people with mental and physical disabilities. She holds degrees from Earlham College in Indiana and the University of Chicago.

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Sixth International Business Conference February 18-20

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

Participants Sought for Tour Exploring Education in Denmark

Dr. Fern Aefsky, director of Graduate Education Studies, is leading an exciting trip to Denmark that is open to faculty, staff, graduate program alumni, and students.

The focus of the trip is the building of partnerships based on the relationship between education, social pedagogists, and the economic structure of support for programs and services within the educational systems. Denmark is in the process of a National Program for Reform that is consistent with educational reform goals and agendas in the United States. In conjunction with the trip, students may choose to register for a three-credit course, EDU 656 (ESE): Transition Planning for Students with Exceptionality; EDU 649 (EDL): Building School/Community Relations; or EDU 708 (Ed.S): Building Partnerships.

The experience (including airfare, excursions, tours, meals, and overnight trips) will cost $2,985, plus tuition if taking one of the three graduate education courses available. Participants are expected to place a deposit of $600 by February 15. Information sessions will be held at University Campus and online the end of January.

For more information, contact Dr. Aefsky at (352) 588-7276 or