Published on July 7th, 2023 | by University Communications


College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Good Samaritan Program

The College of Arts and Sciences recently partnered with the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Good Samaritan Program to host area Catholic high school students, parents, and volunteers who performed community service on campus the week of June 19, 2023.

Students and volunteers came to campus throughout the week and worked with our biology faculty on ecological projects for the betterment of the Saint Leo campus and the lakefront. This included teaching the students about wetlands, habitat restoration, and campus projects related to these efforts. 

They removed exotic, nonnative plants and planted native plants, especially many wildflower species that support our local pollinators. Students also kayaked on Lake Jovita to learn about lake ecosystems, and they participated in a nature walk on campus.

In addition, they students toured Holy Name Monastery and spoke with the Benedictine Sisters of Florida about vocations and their work; visited the Saint Leo Abbey Church and the abbey’s grottos; attended Mass; and jumped in the Wellness Center pool!

The Good Samaritan Program’s visit and community service at the university was a way to introduce Catholic students and parents to Saint Leo’s campus and faculty and was an outstanding recruitment opportunity, said Dr. Heather Parker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Special thanks to Dr. Chris Miller, professor of biology, and Dr. Laura Altfeld, associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, both of whom planned and led these experiences for the students,” Parker said. “Thanks also to Dr. Randall Woodard, professor of religious studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, who coordinated this program.”

View photos from the Good Samaritan Program’s visit below:

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