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The fall and winter months were filled with many special Saint Leo University alumni events, held at locations across the country. Here’s a look at the highlights in photos:

Support our Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Members of the Saint Leo University Tampa Bay Alumni Chapter gathered on October 27 at Brew Bus Brewing to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Tennessee. And Saint Leo alumni and friends invaded Raymond James Stadium on November 17 for a pregame tailgate and to cheer on the Bucs during the Military Appreciation Game against New Orleans. Saint Leo University is the exclusive educational partner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade
On November 11, members of the Saint Leo University Jacksonville Alumni Chapter marched in the city’s Veterans Day parade. Held downtown, the parade welcomed more than 4,000 participants.


Alumni Chapter Christmas Parties
Here, members of the Virginia Southside, Virginia Peninsula, and the Tampa Bay alumni chapters gathered for fun and festive Christmas parties in December. Alumni chapters in Ocala and Jacksonville also celebrated the season with parties.


Lacrosse Alumni Weekend
Men’s and women’s lacrosse alumni came back to University Campus in January for a popular annual tradition: Lacrosse Alumni Weekend. Former players had a fun time competing against the current teams and catching up with fellow alumni, current students, and coaches.


Brunch at the Ballpark
Saint Leo baseball players, coaches, alumni, and fans gathered at Thomas B. Southard Baseball Stadium for the fourth annual Brunch at the Ballpark in January. The event kicked off the season and served as a fundraiser for the program. The afternoon included a buffet served on the field, an introduction of the current team, and inspirational messages from Saint Leo Hall of Fame baseball players, Ernie Robinson ’68 and David Garcia ’96.

There are plenty of upcoming alumni events, including virtual events through our Lions at Home program. Learn more » 

Thank you to all those who gave to the Day For Saint Leo giving campaign on February 7. A total of 597 donors helped raise $162,356 in just one day for our university! This equates to a 65 percent increase in dollars raised over last year. This success will go a long way to advance Saint Leo University’s life-changing purpose, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Day for Saint Leo - By the Numbers

2017-2018 Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Front row: Amber Loring ’06, ’07, Ken Thomas (treasurer) ’06, ’09, Ken Swan (president) ’67, Ann Marie Lombardi (vice president) ’77, Kristen Brady ’08, ’13. Second row: John Bucher ’05, Melissa Hendrick ’02, John McDonald ’87, Ramone Pierce ’11, ’13, Allison Walker ’09, Deborah Changnon ’07, ’10, Bud McKechnie ’52, Maggie Beaumont ’57, Laura Chirichigno ’10, ’12, Akshita Sahgal (student representative) ’18. Third row: John Holladay ’75, Juliette Stratis (student representative) ’19, Keith Middlemark ’04, Harv Whitney ’68, Tonya Moore ’96, Anthony Santa ’12, Greg Greiwe ’80, Jim Irvin ’70, John Flaherty ’67, Andy Flanagan ’70. Not pictured: Jason Barcomb ’00, Chris Delaporte (past president) ’80, Margaret Gary ’08, ’10, Tony Porrevecchio (secretary) ’05, Tommy Poston ’06, ’09, Glenda Russel ’06, Erik Shafer ’03.


Coming Home to You Tour Returns

CHTY-5In July, your Alumni Engagement & Sustained Giving team hit the road with the return of the Coming Home to You Tour. With stops in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Hampton, VA, alumni and students had a chance to network and have fun.

The tour will return this spring—so be on the lookout for the stop closest to you, and join in the fun!


Welcome Class of 2017

With commencement season behind us, it is time to welcome our newest graduates into the next phase of their Saint Leo experience. Be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date and visit your.saintleo.edu often to learn about all of the exciting things taking place.

Whether you are just graduating or simply haven’t had time to get involved yet, be sure to:


Alumni Chapters

TB-Alumni-Ch-zoSaint Leo has made its mark in New York City and Tampa—what cities will be next? Alumni chapters provide a great opportunity for Saint Leo alumni to come together to network, help spread the word to potential new students, complete community service projects, and have fun—all in their own backyards. To find out how to start an alumni chapter in your area, visit your.saintleo.edu/chapters.

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Calling All Animal Lovers!

ernieDo you have a unique, special, or just plain wonderful pet? Please send us your photos (high-resolution, print quality if possible) for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of Spirit magazine. Dogs, cats, pigs, horses, iguanas, parakeets, and more—all are welcome! Be sure to supply: your name and class year, the pet’s name and breed, and what makes your pet great. Send to news@saintleo.edu, subject line: Saint Leo Pets


This Is My Saint Leo!

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In May, members of the Class of 1962 (above) celebrated their 55th reunion. The weekend included a reception on campus, providing an opportunity to revisit familiar places as well as tour new ones.

Fred Edwards ’47 shared the images (below) with classmate Mickey McLinden ’47. The left photo was taken the day the pair “borrowed” the Benedictine brothers’ truck and took it to Dade City, something they got docked for weeks by Father Raphael for doing. The other photo was taken 60 years later in front of the same model truck. “Those were the days!”

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