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Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889/ 1959 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa. The University is associated with the Holy Name Monastery, a Benedictine convent, and Saint Leo Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The university and the abbey are both named in honor of Pope Leo the Great, who is recognized by Catholics as both a saint and as one of the most outstanding leaders in the history of the Church. The oldest Catholic college in Florida, and the sixth-largest in the United States, Saint Leo University was one of the first American universities to provide distance learning opportunities to students, beginning to educate military men and women in 1973 during the Vietnam era at the height of the anti-war movement. Saint Leo University now operates 17 continuing education centers in seven states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as dozens of military base centers, and the University's Center for Online Learning.Worldwide, Saint Leo University had a total enrollment of 15,932 students in 2012, a majority of which were military-related students. 2,167 students were enrolled at the main Florida campus. Saint Leo University offers over 40 associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree, and certificate programs, and is inaugurating its first doctoral program in 2013. The University utilizes no teaching assistants, but employs 1,380 full-time and adjunct faculty members.In 2013, Saint Leo announced plans for an education center at a Sykes Enterprises building in Lakeland, Florida. Wikipedia.

Gendreau A.A.,Saint Leo University
Proceedings - 2015 IEEE Region 10 Symposium, TENSYMP 2015 | Year: 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a heterogeneous network of objects that communicate with each other and their owners over the Internet. In the future, the utilization of distributed technologies in combination with their object applications will result in an unprecedented level of knowledge and awareness, creating new business opportunities and expanding existing ones. However, in this paradigm where almost everything can be monitored and tracked, an awareness of the state of the monitoring systems' situation will be important. Given the anticipated scale of business opportunities resulting from new object monitoring and tracking capabilities, IoT adoption has not been as fast as expected. The reason for the slow growth of application objects is the immaturity of the standards, which can be partly attributed to their unique system requirements and characteristics. In particular, the IoT standards must exhibit efficient self-reliant management and monitoring capability, which in a hierarchical topology is the role of cluster heads. IoT standards must be robust, scalable, adaptable, reliable, and trustworthy. These criteria are predicated upon the limited lifetime, and the autonomous nature, of wireless personal area networks (WPANs), of which wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are a major technological solution and research area in the IoT. In this paper, the energy efficiency of a self-reliant management and monitoring WSN cluster head selection algorithm, previously used for situation awareness, was improved upon by sharing particular established application cluster heads. This enhancement saved energy and reporting time by reducing the path length to the monitoring node. Also, a proposal to enhance the risk assessment component of the model is made. We demonstrate through experiments that when benchmarked against both a power and randomized cluster head deployment, the proposed enhancement to the situation awareness metric used less power. Potentially, this approach can be used to design a more energy efficient cluster-based management and monitoring algorithm for the advancement of security, e.g. Intrusion detection systems (IDSs), and other standards in the IoT. © 2015 IEEE. Source

Baglione S.L.,Saint Leo University | Tucci L.A.,The College of New Jersey | Stanton J.L.,Saint Josephs University
British Food Journal | Year: 2012

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether reported nutritional knowledge and the acceptance of benefit claims for a fresh produce item is related to changes in preference in order to provide food marketers insight and guidance into giving consumers more information to change beliefs and preferences, using health-benefit claims to position their brands as offering ingredients, e.g. Lycopene which may prevent serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Design/methodology/approach: The sample was drawn from an internet panel maintained by Markettools, Inc, a respected market research company in the USA. A total of 594 respondents were surveyed. Besides demographic questions, respondents were asked about their knowledge of nine nutrients. Basic nutrient knowledge was estimated through a one-sample t-test tested against a value of two on a 1-4 scale. Respondents evaluated eight benefit statements regarding the health benefits of mushrooms. After reading each statement, respondents indicated their likelihood of purchasing fresh mushrooms and were asked about the believability, favorability, and uniqueness of each statement. Findings: The results indicate that health-related food benefit claims are better accepted by female respondents who claim to be nutritionally knowledgeable and who are older. Three hypotheses related to nutritional knowledge and beliefs showed that knowledge and beliefs have an effect but the effect varied by nutrient and nutrient cluster. In particular, knowledge of esoteric nutrients such as Pantothenic Acid was associated with acceptance of health-related claims. Practical implications: Food marketers are spending millions of dollars/pounds/euros on informing people of the nutrient content and health benefits of their foods. However, this money can be better spent if one first understands the existing levels of nutritional knowledge and the specific nutrients that motivate change in preference or buying intention. Originality/value: This paper builds on the existing body of knowledge using additional statistical techniques to cluster nutrients and to provide a demonstration on a fresh produce food group not currently investigated in the literature. It suggests that food marketers need to gather more information on their consumers to target their health and nutrition message to the proper (more receptive) audience. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Ellis W.L.,University of South Florida | Ellis W.L.,Saint Leo University | Bell S.S.,University of South Florida
Ecological Indicators | Year: 2013

Utilization of fish as indicators of environmental quality in estuarine systems has received much recent attention, although some results have raised questions about using these taxa for such a role. We attempted to identify a fish response to a horticultural practice which removes portions of mangrove forest canopy to create unobstructed vistas. Fish were sampled monthly from six pairs of sites within the mangrove-forested intertidal zone of Rookery Bay, FL over two years. Following a first year of baseline sampling, the mangroves in one site from each pair of sites were pruned in accordance to Florida State law (Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act of 1996), resulting in a mean 46% and 50% reduction in canopy coverage and litter fall, respectively. However neither the abundance nor species composition of fish in trimmed versus control plots were significantly different (Two-Way Repeated Measures ANOVA's for paired plot differences in fish density and biomass; nonmetric multidimensional scaling, and ANOSIM) suggesting that fish did not respond to mangrove canopy damage. Our results show that due to rather high spatial and temporal variability in fish abundance, it would be difficult to detect any but extreme changes of these taxa in the mangrove intertidal zone, and this may be a common feature of the fish communities of mangrove intertidal zones and other coastal systems. We suggest that improved use of fish as indicators of intertidal habitat quality would benefit from improved information on environmental factors which determine fish distribution and abundance in these areas. Moreover, since a majority of the fish in the intertidal zone is habitat generalists, we propose that individual-level measures of fish response to habitat quality may be more effective than fish abundance. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Hong Y.J.,Arkansas State University | Jacinto G.A.,Saint Leo University
Clinical Social Work Journal | Year: 2012

This theoretical article postulates a six step therapeutic process to facilitate forgiveness of self and others. The purpose of this article is to provide therapists with the therapeutic process that can be used to assist clients who are working through forgiveness and self-forgiveness. The combination of several therapeutic methods in a specific order might be effective in assisting clients to work through the forgiveness process in a systematic way. A case example that chronicles a client's experience while working through forgiveness is provided. Lastly, a discussion of implications for practice and further research questions are presented. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

Putzer G.J.,Saint Leo University | Koro-Ljungberg M.,University of Florida | Duncan R.P.,University of Florida
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness | Year: 2012

Objective: Disaster preparedness has become a health policy priority for the United States in the aftermath of the anthrax attacks, 9/11, and other calamities. It is important for rural health care professionals to be prepared for a bioterrorist attack or other public health emergency. We sought to determine the barriers impeding rural physicians from being prepared for a human-induced disaster such as a bioterrorist attack. Methods: This study employed a qualitative methodology using key informant interviews followed by grounded theory methods for data analysis. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 6 physicians in the state of Florida from federally designated rural areas. Results: The interview participants articulated primary barriers and the associated factors contributing to these barriers that may affect rural physician preparedness for human-induced emergencies. Rural physicians identified 3 primary barriers: accessibility to health care, communication between physicians and patients, and rural infrastructure and resources. Each of these barriers included associated factors and influences. For instance, according to our participants, access to care was affected by a lack of health insurance, a lack of finances for health services, and transportation difficulties. Conclusions: Existing rural organizational infrastructure and resources are insufficient to meet current health needs owing to a number of factors including the paucity of health care providers, particularly medical specialists, and the associated patient-level barriers. These barriers presumably would be exacerbated in the advent of a human-induced public health emergency. Thus, strategically implemented health policies are needed to mitigate the barriers identified in this study. ©2012 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Source

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