Published on July 21st, 2023 | by University Communications



Applause, a monthly feature, celebrates the successes of Saint Leo University faculty and staff. If you would like to submit an accomplishment, please send details to

Highlights may include external leadership appointments, awards, and notable presentation opportunities.

Three Saint Leo faculty members presented papers that were well-received at the recent Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities’ Benedictine Pedagogy Conference hosted June 26 – 28 by Saint Leo.

Dr. Matthew Tapie, assistant professor of theology and director of the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, presented “St. Benedict & the Formation of ‘Moral Memory;” Dr. Stephen Okey, assistant professor of theology/divinity and interim director of the Doctor of Applied Theology Program, presented “Listening with the Ear of One’s Algorithm: Benedictine Education amid Artificial Intelligence;” and Dr. Thomas Humphries, professor of theology and religion, presented “Academic Leadership According to the Rule of Benedict.”

Saint Leo men’s basketball head coach Lance Randall recently served as the assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ NBA Summer League and as training camp coaching staff. Randall and Chris Finch, head coach of the NBA’s Timberwolves, have had a personal friendship since their coaching days in Europe and have remained in contact since that time.

“I greatly appreciate Coach Finch and the Timberwolves’ front office and entire organization for allowing me to coach with them at training camp in Minneapolis and at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.”


Professor Thomas L. Humphries recently completed the Incident Commander certification through Blue Card, which was sponsored by Pasco County (FL) Fire Rescue. This is accredited as 5 credit hours at the undergraduate level and part of the professional credentialing as an officer in the local fire service.


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