Jewish scholar talk: Early rabbis, ancient synagogues

How did the Jewish faith go from all but destroyed in its structures by the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, to the modern world religion as we know it today? To Rabbi Dr. Ruth Langer, that’s the “billion dollar question.” The internationally recognized Jewish studies scholar visited Saint Leo University on Nov. 5 to present a free lecture titled “Rabbis and the Ancient … [Read more...]

Saint Leo conference focuses on WWI and its impacts

Maybe you’re a history teacher, with a penchant for the World War I era. Perhaps you have a fascination for the impacts that World War I had on politics, medicine, diplomacy or, even closer to home — your family’s personal history. Maybe you’re just curious about what life was like in the wider world, during the time of Downton Abbey. If any of this resonates with you, an upcoming … [Read more...]

At the intersection of law enforcement, mental health

An ‘All hands on deck approach’ is needed to address the nation’s mental health crisis. That means greater levels of state and federal funding, and enhanced collaboration between law enforcement and behavioral practitioners. At least that was the message delivered by a group of experts during a recent criminal justice panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental … [Read more...]

Panelists suggest solutions

Panelists at a discussion at Saint Leo University had some thoughts for ways to divert some offenders from the criminal justice system to mental health courts, instead. That way they could get treatment for their issues, rather than jail or prison time. Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett, a panelist during an Oct. 7 session called “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental Health,” advocates … [Read more...]

Savor a slice of ‘Old Florida’ beauty

Residents who live on the eastern side of Pasco County don’t have to travel far to get an idea of what “Old Florida” was like. They can find evidence of that loveliness all around the locale’s corners and bends. Perhaps that’s why those with deep ties to this part of the county fight so fiercely to protect their piece of paradise, and why the area attracts newcomers who want to put their … [Read more...]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Skills training program led to White House trip

Patrick Pinnone was wrapping up a five-year stint in the U.S. Marines when he heard about a training program offered by Home Builders Institute (HBI) — an educational arm of American Home Builders. It was exactly what he was looking for, as he prepared to make the transition to civilian life. But, there was a problem. The program wasn’t being offered at Camp Lejeune, the Marine base … [Read more...]

Sister Mildred enjoyed ‘tinkering’ with machinery

Sister Mildred Gelis, OSB, was known for motoring around Saint Leo University on her little scooter. When her scooter failed her, her mechanical skills went to work — to get it running again. She also was known to have a knack for maintaining cars, helping to keep costs down for her community of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, who live in Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo. These are … [Read more...]

Educator offers tips for back to school

For parents, this can be the most wonderful time of the year – back to school for students. Some children go through a ‘summer slump,’ and need help getting ready for the new school year and to prepare for academic success. Baye Ballew, instructor of education for Saint Leo University, offers these tips to help parents: Encourage your child to read during summer to maintain forward … [Read more...]