Published on June 3rd, 2021 | by University Communications


e-Journal captures student academic, artistic achievements

Academic Affairs has released a special publication for the Saint Leo community called the Celebration of Academic Excellence e-Journal, available for viewing online. 

The digital publication captures research and creative presentations from undergraduate students enrolled at University Campus and online during the Spring 2021 Semester, and lists the 2021 recipients of annual awards given to students, clubs, and recognitions for faculty advisors.

The e-journal was created to take the place of the Celebration of Academic Excellence event that is a University Campus tradition, held at the end of the spring semester. The standard celebration takes place over the course of an afternoon, and students typically show and explain research posters, make oral presentations, and appear in musical recitals and theatre showcases, all in front of groups in classrooms. Drawings, paintings, photography, and other works of art are put on display. A formal awards ceremony and reception follows.

Necessary COVID-19 safety precautions made those in-person events impossible in both 2020 and 2021. Faculty and staff created a virtual presentation via Zoom for the Spring 2020 semester, and this year, with more preparation time, pivoted to the e-journal approach. The e-journal makes use of new technology and drew upon extensive collaboration to make sure Saint Leo students had the opportunity to participate in an important campus showcase. Research posters, presentations, embedded videos and audio recordings, and external links to an art gallery are all incorporated in the journal.

Faculty and administration have always encouraged all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend Academic Excellence presentations to support their peers and to gather inspiration for their own future projects. The e-journal makes it easier for faculty to share models of excellence with a broad population of students and allows the students who participated and were honored to have a digital record of their work.

Please enjoy this work and extend congratulations to the students.

For more information, contact College of Arts and Sciences Dean Heather Parker.

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