Saint Leo University offers free online enrichment courses to beat the quarantine blues

ST. LEO, Florida—Saint Leo University is offering free enrichment courses to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Faculty members representing a variety of degree programs will teach 10 self-paced courses on an array of topics ranging from budget baking and backyard birding to quarantine spirituality for the family.

Eric Hannel, Ph.D., is an adjunct faculty member and Karen Hannel, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of fine arts and humanities.

The university’s Center for Alternative Pathway Programs is presenting the online courses to help individuals find respite and relaxation from the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from the university.

“I’ve been amazed at how quickly faculty have come together to offer these courses to the community,” said Cindy Lee, director of the Center for Alternative Pathway Programs. “These courses are a wonderful way that we can lend our expertise and help others during this trying time.”

The courses include:

  • Backyard Birding;
  • Boost Your Immunity: Staying Healthy ‘n’ Fit in Isolation;
  • Budget Baking;
  • Effective Strategies for Working Remotely;
  • From Pantry to Garden: Planting Dried Beans;
  • Happy Little Art Activities;
  • Keeping a Naturalist Diary;
  • Quarantine Spirituality for the Family;
  • Stress Management for Health Care Professionals; and,
  • Stress Management for Youth.

Complete course descriptions can be found at

“In these challenging times, we at Saint Leo University wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said President Jeffrey D. Senese. “’Community’ is one of Saint Leo’s core values, and we thoroughly embrace the idea of serving others. Our hope is that these free courses will enrich people’s lives and help them during this trying time.”

To find out more, email or call 877-815-4996.