Here’s what caught my eye today… 1/22/14

State University System

FAMU program to prep students in high school
Bradenton Herald
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that up to two dozen high school students are participating in the FAMU’s Stellar Student Program…

Annual report shows most colleges remain anti-free speech hellholes
Daily Caller
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its 2014 report on campus speech codes over the weekend. The results show that school administrators across the country continue to inflict unconstitutional limits on campus speech…And, of course, at public, taxpayer-funded Florida Atlantic University — the saddest, sorriest place in America to attend college by a landslide — a speech code mandates that “everyone in the FAU community behave and speak to and about one another in ways that are not racist, religiously intolerant or otherwise degrading to others.”…

Guns to be allowed in cars on FGCU campus
Naples Daily News
Licensed firearms will now be allowed in vehicles on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University. On the heels of a recent lawsuit involving the University …

Number of students applying to FGCU soars
WZVN-TV
Florida Gulf Coast University’s men’s basketball was on fire last season, garnering national attention for the school. Now that exposure is pushing…

West Volusia teens accused of beating, robbing student on FSU 
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Three former West Volusia high school students have been arrested and accused of beating and robbing a student at Florida State University

Leon Commission to schedule final steps toward proposed sales tax 
Tallahassee.com
…to address if it will reposition money earmarked for a performing arts center to a revamped Downtown Civic Center led by Florida State University.

Suspicious powder scare at UCF after 2 report itching
News 13 Orlando
A powdery substance found in a mailroom at the University of Central Florida has been deemed harmless after two people complained of itching…

4 new eateries, shops coming near UCF
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
…one of Central Florida’s growing submarkets due to its proximity to the University of Central Florida and Central Florida Research Park…

City leaders looking to rebrand Orlando
WFTV Orlando
The large number of students coming out of the University of Central Florida, community colleges and technical schools could be a big draw for their …

UF Health, Orlando Health partner in cancer care
Business Journal
Orlando Health and University of Florida Health are joining forces to establish a comprehensive cancer program that will serve the Orlando/Gainesville 

Gas leak forces UF building evacuation
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida building was evacuated Tuesday morning after police say there was a gas leak in one of the chemistry labs…

UNF fraternity investigated for alleged hazing incident
First Coast News
An alleged case of hazing within the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of North Florida sparked a police investigation…

Dozier excavations update expected next week
Jackson County Floridan
According to a notice from the University of South Florida, USF researchers will provide an update next week on the Dozier excavation work being…

State College System

Broward transforming computer science classes
Sun-Sentinel
Last year, the district created a program that partners with Broward College and business groups such as Citrix to teach students skills for the …

Renovation done at SCF Venice
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Students at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Venice are enjoying a newly remodeled Student Services Building 100.

TCC board OKs new plan for development education, readiness
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
A new world order is taking root at Tallahassee Community College and the other 27 schools in the Florida College System…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Florida Institute of Technology giving brief on Indian River Lagoon
News 13 Orlando
Scientists are still trying to figure out why hundreds of dolphins, manatees, pelicans and fish have died in the Indian River Lagoon over the past year…

St. Leo sisters receive $100000 gift toward new monastery
Tampabay.com
The sisters recently sold their existing property, fronting Lake Jovita, to Saint Leo University for $3.4 million…

No Foul Play in Student’s Death
The Ledger
Law enforcement officials said no foul play is suspected in the death of an 18-year-old Southeastern University football player…

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Santiago: Will Weatherford revives hope for Florida’s 
MiamiHerald.com
…Whenever I need a boost to regain optimism about the future, I think back to the day I shared with college students at Miami Dade College’s campus…


Drones start flying at Sunlake’s new academy
Tampabay.com
“I’ve always loved aviation ever since I was a little kid,” said senior Kevin Soeder, who jumped at the chance to get a head start in the Embry-Riddle …

Grand jury declines to indict NC cop who killed former FAMU footballer looking for help
NBCNews.com (blog)
A North Carolina grand jury declined Tuesday to indict a Charlotte police officer who killed an unarmed man by shooting him 10 times last year. In a handwritten note, Mecklenburg County grand jurors said there wasn’t enough evidence to indict Officer Randall Kerrick, 28, for voluntary manslaughter and asked the state attorney general’s to refile the case with lesser charges…

FAU philosophy professor named to replace Fiore on Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics
Palm Beach Post
Clevis R. Headley, an associate professor with Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Philosophy, has been appointed to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, officials said Tuesday…

ESPN music director to speak at Stetson
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Kevin Wilson, director of music for ESPN, and Claude Mitchell, ESPN’s coordinating director of music, will speak at Stetson University in 

Tackling a regional problem, Pinellas moves to address shortage of 
Tampabay.com
Grego told School Board members Tuesday he plans to work with St. Petersburg College and possibly the University of South Florida…

Orlando area hotels have better-than-expected 2013
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The outlook for 2014 looks strong as well, said Michael Terry, an instructor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality …

Bob Woodward On ‘The Price Of Politics’ And Election 2016
WJCT NEWS
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward will appear at the University of North Florida next week courtesy of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville…

Obama’s former campaign manager joins Crist team in Florida 
Chicago Tribune
It erases all doubts of that,” said Susan MacManus, a longtime Florida political analyst and professor at the University of South Florida.

UT, USF baseball coaches differ on merits Cuba visit
Tbo.com
The University of Tampa’s Division III National Championship baseball team and Coach Joe Urso returned this month from a one-week trip to Cuba …

Graceville’s Rob Armstrong Hoping to Land West Florida Job
WJHG-TV
One of the Panhandle’s own hoping to be part of building a program from the ground up at the University of West Florida

Can ‘skull theory’ reveal sex of an unborn child?
Mother Nature Network
“It makes no sense,” said Kristina Killgrove, a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida

Releases and Web Stories

UF launches #GatorNationIsEverywhere Instagram campaign
University of Florida
The #UFSocial team at the University of Florida has launched an Instagram campaign to show that The Gator Nation extends …

Here’s what caught my eye today…1/21/14

State University System

ABA cancels hearing for FAMU law school
Tallahassee.com
More than 82 percent of FAMU’s students passed the bar exam last spring, pushing the school ahead of University of Florida among the state’s public…

Florida to consider extending in-state tuition to illegal immigrants
Fox 4
Florida Gulf Coast University students are joining the fight to get in-state tuition for illegal immigrants…

FIU awards $21000 in scholarships
Miami’s Community Newspapers
The Vice Provost’s Council at the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University awarded sixteen students chosen from a field of 110 applicants $21,000 in scholarships this fall…

Metro Orlando employment to grow by 2.6% a year, UCF forecasts
Orlando Sentinel
Employment in Metro Orlando is expected to grow annually by an average of 2.6 percent through 2017, according to the latest economic forecast from the University of Central Florida

UF library unveils Judaica Suite
Gainesville Sun
One enters the new suite of reading rooms of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida through a foyer that has a sculpture …

UF Hilton conference center evacuated after gas line rupture
Gainesville Sun
A ruptured natural gas line has led to the closing of the north side of the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center on Southwest 34th Street…

USF Graduation Rate Up 15% In 5 Years
83degreesmedia
The University of South Florida’s graduation rate increase at a greater pace than any other state university over the last five years…

Coming Tuesday: A look, a name and a plan for Tampa’s urban bike 
Tampabay.com
Over the next two years, the city’s plans call for adding more bikes to extend the program out to West Shore and north to the University of South Florida.

State College System

College launches online Career Coach offering region-specific 
Seminole State College
Seminole State College of Florida has launched Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore potential…

SCF awards funds to celebrate MLK’s legacy
Bradenton Herald
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota awarded $121,193 for 21 community projects as part of the communitywide 2014 MLK Day of Service…

TCC Honors MLK With Day Of Service
WCTV
Students and faculty at Tallahassee Community College spent most of their morning volunteering at non-profit organizations across town…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Night at the rotunda
St. Augustine Record
St. Augustine Council of the Navy League of the United States held its induction ceremony of officers at Flagler College’s new solarium…

MLK day of service in Riviera Beach changes lives
WPEC
…The painters are mostly students from Palm Beach Atlantic University in downtown West Palm Beach…

Central Florida Honors Martin Luther King Jr.
WMFE
To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rollins College is hosting a vigil tonight…

Hundreds gather to honor King’s memory in DeLand
Daytona Beach News-Journal
In DeLand, a city whose racial divisions re-emerged last year, hundreds gathered at Stetson University‘ Hollis Center to share a meal and …

Thief Robbed Man At University of Miami Metrorail Station in Coral 
NBC 6 South Florida
Police are looking for a thief who robbed a man at the University of Miami Metrorail station in Coral Gables last week.

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FSU basketball signee arrested, reportedly accused of eating 
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Bowers currently plays basketball at Chipola College. He was pulled over with two teammates by the Marianna Police Department for speeding at …

Finding help in horses
MiamiHerald.com
Drew Coman, a University of Miami researcher and doctorate fellow in psychology, has studied the effects of equine-assisted therapy on children with …

Clinton slated for Florida event
Politico
The University of Miami announced in a press release last week that [HillaryClinton will be delivering remarks at the school Feb. 26 for a special event…

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…1/20/14

Today:

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Capitol Clips:

Capital Corner: Panel backs Edison name change, Gov. Scott 
Naples Daily News
TALLAHASSEE — The Senate Education Committee this week unanimously approved SB 236 to rename Edison State College to Florida SouthWestern State College. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, whose district includes parts of Collier and Lee counties.

Florida Legislature may back in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
MiamiHerald.com
While the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature has rejected similar bills for the past decade, there is reason to believe this year might be different: Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford has pledged his support.

“I know this issue brings strong opinions, particularly in my party,” Weatherford told the Herald/Times. “But I think it’s right. It’s got my support.”

State University System

FAMU teams with Leon schools to prep students
Tallahassee.com
As far back as March 2011, when he was provost, FAMU’s interim president began laying the groundwork for FAMU to work with middle and high …

FSU Black Student Union Hosts Film Festival For MLK Week
WCTV
Students gathered on the campus of Florida State University to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and they did it with a film festival…

FSU police arrest three suspects after battery and robbery
WTXL ABC 27
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)– Florida State University police have arrested three people after an early morning robbery and battery on campus…

App offers advice on hurricane safety
Orlando Sentinel
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes awarded a team of engineering students from the University of Florida $20,000 from a competition the group

USF students honor Martin Luther King Day with community service
Bay News 9
More than 2,000 University of Florida students gathered at the campus’ soccer stadium to kick start the annual Stampede of Service.

USF sees large increase in graduation rates
Tampabay.com
The number of lollygaggers and non-finishers is shrinking at the University of South Florida. School officials announced Friday that USF has reached an all-time high graduation rate, with 63 percent of students graduating in six years or less. The data came from full-time students who started as freshmen on the Tampa campus in 2007.

USF St. Petersburg has new studio for student journalists
Tampa Bay Times
Tucked under a staircase at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, WUSF has created a studio for backpack journalists and a classroom for journalism students. The result of two years of planning and negotiations, the new space will serve as the public radio station’s campus news bureau, featuring soundproof walls, recording equipment and live broadcast capabilities. It also will allow WUSF, which is based in Tampa, to broaden its coverage in Pinellas County…

State College System

Redesigned schools see boost in enrollment, technology
Sun-Sentinel
Reardon said the school created a full 6-12 magnet, partnered with Broward College and brought in mentors and new teachers.

Chipola players arrested, accused of eating marijuana
Jackson County Floridan
Three Chipola College basketball players were arrested Thursday night after police smelled marijuana coming from the car they were riding in…

Tenure may be harder to get at at Daytona State, other colleges
Daytona Beach News-Journal
At Daytona State College, a committee of faculty members is revising the college’s policies about continuing contracts and they’ll present a …

‘Education Encore’ Registration Underway at Gulf Coast State College
wmbb
Gulf Coast State College can help you do that and there’s no test or grade needed to pass. Their Education Encore classes. which are non-credit …

Miami Dade College may take over Homestead business incubator
MiamiHerald.com
Now, Miami Dade College Homestead Campus wants to lease and operate the Carrie P. Meek Center…

Miami-Dade Higher Ed Tax Approved
WBFS
Opponents questioned both the increase and the fact that colleges in the county — Miami-Dade College and Florida International University are

Panel OKs study of ending sheriff-PHCC academy link
Suncoast News
The sheriff’s office has already started the process of separating from its partnership with Pasco-Hernando Community College

Audit finds Santa Fe College finances are ‘sound’
KFDA
Audit finds Santa Fe College finances are ‘sound’…

SCF awards funds to celebrate MLK’s legacy
Bradenton Herald
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has awarded $121,193 for 21 community projects as part of the communitywide 2014 MLK Day…

College student killed when SUV hits tree in St. Johns County
ActionNewsJax.com
She attended St. Johns River State College, according to a spokesperson at the college…

CD 13 debate set for Feb. 3 on Bay News 9 with David Jolly, Alex 
Tampabay.com (blog)
The Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and St. Petersburg College are partnering to broadcast a “Conversation with the Candidates

Independent Colleges and Universities

Embry-Riddle getting new telescope
News 13 Orlando
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University wants to be the leader in Astronomy & Astrophysics and will soon have the largest university-owned telescope…

University of Tampa baseball team goes 3-0 in Cuba
Tampabay.com
TAMPA — For the University of Tampa baseball team, a weeklong trip to Cuba was more about cultural exchange than competition on the field of play…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Guest editorial: Excellence, efficiency universities’ goals
Daytona Beach News-Journal
As I begin my term as chair of the State University System’s governing body, I am proud of our universities’ growing record of achievement — and struck by the many challenges facing Florida and our students…Mori Hosseini

Our Opinion: Thinking allowed
MiamiHerald.com
The innovative program called We Are One People has opened new doors on the path to higher education for 15 young Cubans at the biggest campus in the United States, Miami Dade College. Many of these students have been barred from universities by Cuba’s dogmatic educational czars because of the students’ articulate and well-founded criticism of the dictatorial regime that governs the country, or because of their association with (horrors!) dissidents.


People of the Year: Keynoter, Jim Towey, emphasizes volunteerism
The News-Press
Towey, the president of Ave Maria University in Collier County, was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s 2013 People of the Year awards…

Against the odds, Eckerd College student is called to help save a life
Tampabay.com
Eckerd College student Alison Roskoph got more than 100 of her peers to sign up to donate their bone marrow and stem cells…

Flagler names Ashley Martin as women’s soccer coach
St. Augustine Record
Flagler College Director of Athletics Jud Damon announced on Friday that Ashley Martin will be the seventh head women’s soccer coach in school …

John Kelly Promises to Bring Back FAU’s Lost Reputation
University Herald
John W. Kelly, the 59-year-old vice president for economic development at Clemson University in South Carolina, has been unanimously chosen as the seventh president of Florida Atlantic University (FAU)…”I am privileged to have been selected as the next president of FAU,” Kelly said in a statement.

FIU Law Dean Alex Acosta Up For Dean At UF Law School
Daily Business Review (registration)
Other semifinalists include Ileana Porras, associate law dean of academic affairs at the University of Miami, and Martha Barnett, a partner and lobbyist …

Memorial Celebration Will Pay Homage to The Late Professor 
The Ledger
Robert MacDonald was a professor there for 47 years, an artist-in-residence and department chairman [Florida Southern College]…

West Palm Beach woman who walked with MLK sees herself as still 
Palm Beach Post
Mami Kisner, a Palm Beach Atlantic University trustee who marched with Dr. King in Atlanta, stands inside Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in …

Looking Ahead: John Lithgow in town, as well as Cassadee Pope at 
Palm Beach Post
Actor John Lithgow is the keynote speaker for Palm Beach State College Foundation’s STEAM Initiative fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Kravis …

Textbooks Costs Continue as Barrier to Higher Education
Huffington Post
Co-authored by Susan Colaric, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology at Saint Leo University.

Greening Our Community – Sustainable YOU 2014 Conference…
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Moderated by Kimberly Moore, Vice President for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College, this engaging dialogue will feature:…

Good things can happen when workers are free to take risks
Orlando Sentinel
Ideas matter in companies like that, said Tom O’Neal, executive director of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program…

Hogwarts Express will link 2 parks
Orlando Sentinel
Abe Pizam, dean of the University of Central Florida‘s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, said the Hogwarts Express is part of a broader trend…

Gainesville Woman Turns 103 Years Old
WCJB
A Gainesville woman reached a special milestone on January 18, 2014. On Saturday afternoon friends gathered at The Village retirement community in Gainesville to celebrate the 103rd brithday of Ouida Paul…She taught music at the University of Florida for 12 years and her work has even been published in Music Journals…

Video Reveals Alligators Hunt Prey More Often at Night
Headlines & Global News
The researchers led by James Nifong from the University of Florida studied a group of American-alligators to discover more about their foraging…

Miami booster Luther Campbell kicked off campus
Sun-Sentinel
Campbell later tweeted the following: “Craig Anderson associate AD of the University of Miami just told me I had to leave the building.

UM Hospital CEO steps down
MiamiHerald.com
University of Miami Hospital Chief Executive Dan Snyder stepped down this week after less than two years on the job, UM officials reported Friday…

Woolard to Step Down as USF AD in 2015
WUSF News
For the second time this week, a major figure at the University of South Florida announced his intent to retire in 2015. Athletic Director Doug Woolard …

Researchers study what sharks know, where they attack
USA TODAY
Internationally celebrated shark-human interaction scientist Erich Ritter and University of West Florida math and statistics professor Raid Amin often are found at a Pensacola, Fla., Panera Bread cafe plotting research methodologies aimed at dispelling or proving common folklore about the much maligned predators…

Valencia President Sandy Shugart shows musical side
Orlando Sentinel
WINTER GARDEN — The historic Garden Theatre is nearly packed on a recent Saturday night as an older guy in baggy jeans and plastic eyeglasses strums a guitar on stage. He’s skilled in the way he plays and sings. And without knowing him, you might assume folk music is what he does for a living. Until he stops in the middle of the show to joke about his “part-time job” at Valencia College

Releases and Web Stories

FSC wins bid on NCAA South Regional Cross Country 
FSC Southern
Florida Southern College will be hosting the South Regional Cross Country Championship in 2017

Here’s what caught my eye today…1/17/14

In case you missed it:

Yesterday’s remarks by the President on expanding college opportunity…

Also From Yesterday: FL Board of Governors Meeting Wrap Up Coverage

BOG embraces performance funding for universities
Florida Flambeau
Florida’s 12 public universities have been put on notice: Do well, and you will be rewarded. Conversely, if you fail to meet expectations or do not improve, prepare to be penalized. This is how performance funding, approved earlier today by the Board of Governors, will play out during the 2014-2015 academic year. BOG, which oversees the State University System, has been moving toward performance-based funding for almost two years. On Thursday, meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, its final session before the Legislature begins grappling with the state budget in early March, BOG redefined the performance funding model it had discussed at length in September.

Low-scoring universities will lose state funding under new performance model
MiamiHerald.com (blog)
State universities could lose a small portion of their state funding under a new performance model approved today that penalizes low performers. Any university that doesn’t receive at least 26 points under the new 50-point system will lose 1 percent of its state funding in 2014-2015. Those schools also would be ineligible to receive any additional money allocated for performance funding…

Fla. college graduation rates called unacceptable
Ocala
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Graduation rates at some Florida universities are being called unacceptable. The new chairman of the Florida Board of Governors on Thursday criticized the graduation rates at both Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. FAMU’s six-year graduation rate is 39 percent, while FAU’s rate is 40 percent. The rate is 86 percent at University of Florida. Mori Hosseini also pointed that only 42 percent of all students graduate within four years.

Florida university system chairman sets priorities for coming two years
Tampabay.com (blog)
Mori Hosseini, the new chairman of the Florida State University System Board of Governors, laid out his system priorities for the coming two years during a state of the system address Thursday. He listed three “critical areas” — quality, funding and synergy — as the focus for boosting the system. He spoke of getting more students graduated in four years, of moving toward performance funding, and of better coordination among the universities within the system.

“Our Board will no longer accept low graduation rates, high excess hours, or degrees that don’t create jobs or address workforce needs. Our Board will continue to demonstrate its ability to lead the System as we advance into the 21st century. We will continue to improve,” Hosseini said. “Not only do I want our System to be the best System in the country, I want our System to be one of the best Systems in the world.”

Three Florida universities won’t get performance funds
The News-Press
Three Florida universities will be left without a slice of the state’s performance funding pie under a plan approved Thursday. The proposal doesn’t just reward schools for achieving goals; it also docks institutions that fail to score a minimum number of points on the goal-oriented metric. The State University System dabbled in performance funding last year with a $20 million pot, but this year’s $50 million legislative request will be matched with $50 million of system-wide funds to create a competition between universities and within each university…

State Of The System Address Prepared By Board Of Governors Chair
WCTV
Florida Board of Governors. Below is the State of the System address as prepared for delivery by Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini…

Today:

The times for the interviews for the three FAU presidential search finalists have been finalized.  The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Recruiting Room of FAU Stadium on Friday, January 17, 2014.  You may call-in to listen to the interviews.  The number is 1-888-207-9997; passcode: FAUOWLS.  The times for the interviews are below:

10:00 a.m. – Sen. George LeMieux – Chairman of the Board, Gunster Law Firm

11:45 a.m. – Christopher Earley, Ph.D. – Dean of the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

2:00 p.m. – John Kelly, Ph.D. – Vice President for Economic Development, Clemson University

The board will discuss the candidates immediately following the interviews…

State  University System

United Way Hosts Special FSU Downtown Get Down
WTXL ABC 27
Tallahassee – Even though Florida State University is pushing back plans to honor its champion football team, the United Way of the Big Bend plans to …

Drunken underage drivers: Under-21 DUIs spike in Orlando
Orlando Sentinel
But some experts think growth at the University of Central Florida — now second-largest university in the nation in enrollment— could be a factor in the …

Committee to review law dean candidates Friday
Gainesville Sun
The hunt for a new dean for the University of Florida Levin College of Law is taking place during a time of seismic shifts in the legal profession…

Thieves wiping out gardeners’ hard-earned harvest
Gainesville Sun
The University of Florida Police Department is investigating numerous thefts at the University of Florida Organic Gardens Cooperative

Orlando Police Department Teams Up with USF Rearchers for Study
WMFE
The Orlando Police Department opened up its training facility to the media Wednesday for a year in review. The department showed off new technology it’s trying out- including body mounted cameras. The cameras are part of a year-long study with researchers from the University of South Florida. Police Chief Paul Rooney says the cameras may have a positive influence on both officers and would-be criminals…

State College System

New Florida State College at Jacksonville president takes the helm
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A veteran educator with nine years under her belt in Salt Lake City is on the job taking the helm of Florida State College in … Dr. Cynthia Bioteau is wrapping up her first week meeting new faces and getting a lay of the land.

New FSCJ president vows honesty and transparency
Florida Times-Union
Cynthia Bioteau, who started as a special-needs teacher in public school and is now leading Florida State College at Jacksonville, is vowing honesty, transparency and never to respond to a reporter’s question with “no comment.”

Independent Colleges and Universities

Florida Catholic School Granted Exemption from HHS Mandate
The Cardinal Newman Society
A federal district judge in Michigan earlier this week granted injunctive relief from the HHS mandate to a Catholic school in Florida and four other nonprofit organizations founded by Catholic philanthropist Tom Monaghan, the founder of Ave Maria University, according to Religion Clause, a blog dedicated to the intersection of religion and legal issues…

Worker dies after falling from Eckerd College catwalk
Tbo.com
PETERSBURG — A 60-year-old man died this morning after falling off a catwalk at Eckerd College.

UT baseball in Cuba wins on the field and off
Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog)
The University of Tampa baseball team, the NCAA Division II national champions, are in Cuba this week playing exhibition games…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: Another milestone for CF
Ocala
Add to that the cost factor — CF’s tuition is about half that of the University of Florida — and the future of CF as a four-year school seems bright, even …

Our Opinion: Hey, FSU, let’s have no more delays
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
You might remember that, back on Jan. 6, Florida State University won the national football championship in one of the more exciting title games ever …


FAMU salutes MLK at annual convocation
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M celebrated its 34th annual MLK Convocation in Gaither Gym. FAMU alumni and former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek served as the keynote …

Big checks pour into Florida governor’s race
Orlando Sentinel
“It’s unreal,” said Lance deHaven-Smith, a political scientist at Florida State University who recalls that Jeb Bush won the Governor’s Office 16 years …

Former Collier Commissioner Michael Volpe dies
Naples Daily News
 the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, as a Hodges University trustee and as president of the Collier County Historical Society, among others.

Online college courses still popular, but rate of growth has slowed 
Boston.com
 higher education environment,” said Joel Hartman, Sloan Consortium board president and vice provost and CIO of the University of Central Florida.

Former UF theater student stars in horror film ‘Devil’s Due’
Gainesville Sun
For her first starring role, former University of Florida theater student Allison Miller plays the lead in the independent horror film, “Devil’s Due,” though 

Ex-Oakland Raider — STOP EATING YOUR WEED, SIR … Cops Say
TMZ.com
Jarvis Moss — a former 1st round NFL Draft pick — tried to EAT ALL OF THE WEED IN HIS CAR during a traffic stop in Florida … but he was busted ’cause he couldn’t chew fast enough, cops say. According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, the former University of Florida star — who went on to play for the Broncos and the Raiders — was a passenger in a gold Buick that was pulled over on January 13 for swerving in traffic…

Law dean candidates
Gainesville Sun
Candidates submitted to the University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean Search Committee…

Hillary Clinton To Give February Speech At UM
WBFS
CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Former Secretary of State, First Lady, and Senator Hillary Clinton is coming to the University of Miami next month to …

USF adds ex-FSU WR Dugans to coaching staff
Tbo.com
TAMPA — Former Florida State University wide receiver Ron Dugans was hired Thursday as University of South Florida receivers coach.

USF professor nominated for two Grammy Awards
Bay News 9
Professor Chuck Owen has a passion for music. It’s a love the Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies shares with his University of South Florida students…

Short election cycle shuns independents
Tbo.com
 more Americans are classifying themselves as independents,” said Darryl Paulson, a University of South Florida political science professor emeritus…

Doug Woolard out as USF’s AD
ESPN (blog)
Doug Woolard is being replaced as the University of South Florida athletic director, but he will be allowed to remain at the school in an unspecified …

Dr. Melissa Sloan, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee 
WAMC
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Melissa Sloan of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee explores the role of race in determining workplace …

Number of people going to church is at an all time low
WTSP 10 News
From 1990-2012, that increased to 20 percent,” says University of Tampa Professor Ryan Cragun

Releases and Web Stories

ASPCA, University of Florida Announce Country’s First Graduate 
DigitalJournal.com
“The partnership between the University of Florida and the ASPCA has resulted in unparalleled access to the latest developments in this burgeoning …

UF marks King anniversary with range of events, including noted 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is formally honored only one day out of the year, but a campuswide celebration of the civil rights leader at the University of Florida aims to encourage people to follow his examples every day.

UF researcher sets age threshold for treatment of viral respiratory 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is the first to establish that 4 months old is the age threshold for preterm babies to receive preventive treatment for a common viral respiratory infection.

Dr. Emanuel Suter, second dean of College of Medicine, dies at 95
University of Florida
One of the founding leaders of the University of Florida College of Medicine, a man known for the significant strides he made in improving medical …

Critic of public education trends to speak at UF Jan. 22
University of Florida
A critic of popular ideas for improving public education will speak at the University of Florida Jan. 22. Diane Ravitch, a professor of education at New …

Here’s what caught my eye today…1/16/14

Today:

11:20 – The President and the First Lady deliver remarks at an Event on Expanding College Opportunity – South Court Auditorium

The White House Summit
Inside Higher Ed
WASHINGTON — President Obama will convene a meeting with more than 100 college and university presidents Thursday — a chance for his administration to pivot away from its stalled legislative agenda to executive actions and also a rare opportunity for White House-level attention for a large group of academic leaders.

“I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life — nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities — to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme: making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it,” Obama said in remarks at the White House on Tuesday.

Also:

Day two of Florida Board of Governors Meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University
Details & Agenda

BOG Tells Poly Board to Follow Legislation That Created University
The Ledger
The State University System Board of Governors heard a progress report Wednesday on development of Florida Polytechnic University. The board’s Select Committee on Florida Polytechnic University is tasked with overseeing the new university’s work toward meeting the goals required by the state. The university, which is Florida’s 12th, was created by legislative action in 2012.

State University System

FAMU pays tribute to MLK
Tallahassee.com
Upholding a decades-long annual tradition, FAMU honored King this morning on the day when the slain orator and inspiration would have turned 85.

FIU documentary on sea rise to air on WPBT2 Wednesday
MiamiHerald.com
A half-hour documentary produced by two communications professors at Florida International University aims to cut through the extremist hype…

FIU Leases Coconut Grove Playhouse From Fla.
WBFS
COCONUT GROVE (CBSMiami) — Florida International University and Miami-Dade County  have leased the Coconut Grove Playhouse from the state of Florida in a move to help renew the site. The 50-year lease agreement allows the county and FIU to move ahead with plans to return great theater to Coconut Grove…

Lifelong Learning Society welcomes a new era
Palm Beach Post
Not everyone knows about this tiny utopia for education called the Lifelong Learning Society on Jupiter’s Florida Atlantic University campus…

Innovation Hub tops FGCU’s priority list
The News-Press
FGCU is putting all of its legislative eggs into one basket, or project, asking the state only for funding to complete its Innovation Hub research park…

AcaBelles to record new album following “Royals” success
Florida Flambeau
After garnering over seven million YouTube views, the Florida State University AcaBelles are fundraising through their Kickstarter for a new album.

Unauthorized FSU ‘Scalp Em’ fan T-shirt draws controversy
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The unauthorized fan T-shirt, marketed as a “Florida State University 2013 National Champs Vintage Tee,” displays the phrase “Scalp ‘Em!”

FSU celebrates no-tobacco policy on the field at Doak
Tallahassee.com
Florida State University campus went completely tobacco-free Jan. 1, and officials are encouraging students and other members of the university community to celebrate the health-focused policy change 7 p.m. Thursday on the field of Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU postpones championship celebration for the second time
WTXL ABC 27
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL)- Florida State University Athletic leaders have postoned this Saturdays BCS championship celebration…

UCF could require all students to carry health insurance
WFTV Orlando
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A proposal at the University of Central Florida would require all students to have health insurance before they enroll in classes.

UCF Quidditch team to host Scottish Highland Games
Central Florida Future
…The games, which date back to 1978 in Central Florida, are back for a 13th year in Winter Springs. Officials for the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida estimated a turnout of roughly 24,000 during the two-day event in 2013 and are optimistic that they can top that turnout on Saturday and Sunday at Central Winds Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday…

Law school dean candidates info now online
Gainesville Sun (blog)
The University of Florida has posted the list of 24 candidates and their application material online this morning…

Big businesses backing bill to prevent discrimination against gays in 
Florida Times-Union
Other Jacksonville employers in the new Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce are CSX Corp., the University of North Florida and …

State College System

FCS appNew app for FL college students launches
WTSP 10 News
TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Students and their families will have college information at their fingertips thanks to the new Florida College System (FCS) …”We want students, their families and members of our communities to have quick and easy access to important information about the 28 colleges in our system,” said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna.

Lincoln Donates Equipment To Chipola College’s Welding Program
Jackson County Times
Lincoln Electric has donated more than $10,000 worth of equipment for use in Chipola College’s new welding program. The state-of-the-art lab features more than 25 of Lincoln’s newest welding machines.

Polk Schools to Give Students ‘Fitness Gram’ Assessments
The Ledger
Another was learning 19,500 Polk students have access to wellness programs through Polk State College, Florida Southern College, Southeastern 

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ave Maria School of Law Named Best Catholic Law School
Naples Daily News
Ave Maria School of Law has been named the best Catholic Law School in the United States for the devout by The National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine.

Vintage baseball night a hit at Barry University
MiamiHerald.com
To walk through the gates of Barry University’s Feinbloom Field on Thursday was to be transported to another era…

Winter Park moves ahead with ballpark feasibility plan
Ballpark Digest
Rollins College officials have decided not to move baseball from Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepherd Field or seek an expansion of the facility, leaving 

Rollins College to recognize Jackie Robinson in “Walk of Fame”
MyFoxOrlando.com
Rollins College is honoring legendary major league baseball player Jackie Robinson with a stone in its “Walk of Fame” monument…

University of Tampa team plays ball in Cuba
MiamiHerald.com
The University of Tampa’s 2013 NCAA Division II championship baseball team is in Cuba this week for a bit of baseball diplomacy…

Baseball Diplomacy in Cuba
New York Times
Last year’s college championship team from the University of Tampa played an exhibition game against a Cuban youth squad on Wednesday in an…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: Kelly is best pick to take FAU to the next level
Palm Beach Post
Florida Atlantic University trustees will choose a new president Friday from a choice of two academics and one politician. The best of the three is John W. Kelly, vice president for economic development at Clemson University in South Carolina. The other candidates are Christopher Earley, dean of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, a lawyer who served as chief of staff to former Gov. Charlie Crist…

Smith: One Last Word to the Wise on George LeMieux …
Sunshine State News
What if Charlie Crist wins? Florida Atlantic University board members might want to think that one through before they hand George LeMieux the keys to the kingdom. Though the board is due to choose the university’s new president from a three-candidate shortlist Friday, insiders tell Sunshine State News the selection might already be in the bag for Gunster lawyer LeMieux. There’s been a whole lot of hardscrabble lobbying going on. Maybe. It’s hard to tell when nobody wants to talk on the record. So I’m just going to finish what I started last week when I described the LeMieux who was one sleazy step from the slammer…

Morales: South Florida still faces a need to diversify its economy
Sun-Sentinel
Florida Atlantic University continues to have one of the highest first-time “pass” rates for the CPA exam, and its business school is improving. Medical schools at FAU and the University of Miami will also be help a growing healthcare sector. Likewise, the University of Miami‘s MBA program has made great strides. Lynn UniversityNova Southeastern UniversityNorthwood Institute, Barry CollegePalm Beach State, and Broward College also provide curriculums that both attract executives to the area and mold future Florida executives…

Grimm: Florida has too much “intermittent explosive disorder”
MiamiHerald.com
And more angry shootings are on their way: Just last week, the state’s gunslingers filed a lawsuit to force the University of Florida to allow students to…

Roberts: For some idiots, there just aren’t enough guns on university campuses
The Guardian
American universities are places of art and music, gleaming labs and fine old buildings, famous libraries and fancy football stadiums, old traditions and new thinking, beauty, youth and brains – about everything you could want. Except guns. Apparently, there just aren’t enough guns in those ivy-covered halls…Diane Roberts is a writer and broadcaster. A native Floridian, she was educated at Oxford where she was a Marshall scholar. She broadcasts regularly for the BBC and National Public Radio in America, and writes for newspapers such as the Washington Post, the New York Times and the St Petersburg Times. She is also professor of literature and writing at Florida State University and the author of four books, the most recent of which is Dream State, a political history of Florida.

Letter: Planetarium equipment needs to be upgraded
Florida Today
I recently visited Eastern Florida State College’s Planetarium at the Cocoa campus…


Jonathan Ferrell’s family files suit in police shooting
USA TODAY
The family of former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell is suing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department four months after his death…

Google Selects FAMU CS Grad For IT Residency Program
WCTV
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Dion Paul has been selected to participate in Google’s Information Technology …

Samuel Washington, 80, was ‘genuine asset’ at FAMU
Tallahassee.com
When Florida A&M presidents Walter Smith and Frederick Humphries wanted to increase enrollment at their university, they turned to Lt. Col. Samuel Washington. An engaged administrator who cared deeply about the young men and women interested in attending FAMU, Washington filled numerous roles at the university from 1977 until his retirement in 1996, including director of admissions and associate vice president of university enrollment…

Keys college faculty gives president generally decent marks
KeysNet
A month after leading a faculty review of Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Gueverra‘s job performance, Faculty Council President Dawn Ellis resigned on Friday. Ellis, who was the director of the school’s computer science program, couldn’t be reached for comment but college spokeswoman Amber Ernst-Leonard confirmed the move without providing details. The evaluation was distributed and completed in December but Gueverra initially refused to release the results in response to a public records request from the Keynoter. He finally relented when contacted by the newspaper’s attorney. The evaluation was done anonymously by 10 of the 26 full-time faculty members and gave Gueverra generally good marks…

Florida popcorn shooting: Are concealed guns about self-defense or 
Christian Science Monitor
Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck once put the odds of a defensive gun user killing an innocent person at less than 1 in 26,000.

Santa Fe student arrested for shooting BB gun at Woodlands guard
The Independent Florida Alligator
Santa Fe College student was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge and held in jail with a $15,000 bond after police said he tried to shoot a BB gun at a security guard. Gainesville Police officers arrested business freshman Matthew Moss Lockwood, 20, on charges of shooting a deadly missile into a vehicle, according to an arrest report…

Nature photographer to speak at SPC Seminole
Tampa Bay Newspapers
SEMINOLE – Nature photographer Clyde Butcher will speak Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 to 8:15 p.m., in the conference center at St. Petersburg College’s ..

Funeral set for teen killed in car accident
WTXL ABC 27
[Tanner Douglas] Treadway was a student at Tallahassee Community College. He graduated from Leon High School last year, where he played on the baseball team.

John Hitt, Buddy Dyer, Doug Guetzloe are weekend TV guests
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
University of Central Florida President John Hitt will be Greg Warmoth’s guest on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9.

UF expert develops tastier homegrown tomatoes for Florida
Orlando Sentinel
Harry Klee, a professor of horticulture at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has worked for more than a decade to create consumer-pleasing…

Lionfish Targeted By Bay County Sea Grant Program
wmbb
Fara Ilami is the local agent for the program, which operates through the University of FloridaInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) 

Former DCHS hoops player arrested for home invasion, robbery
douglascountysentinel
Mercer, who was in her sophomore season at the University of Florida, has been suspended indefinitely by the school…

Gator-cams show how the critters hunt
USA TODAY
“They’re smarter than we think,” says Nifong, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, whose mascot is, of course, the alligator.

Releases and Web Stories

Bisk Education Announces Executive Leadership Promotions
DigitalJournal.com
TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nathan Bisk, Chairman and founder of Bisk Education, one of the nation’s largest facilitators of online education from America’s leading universities, announced a transition within its key leadership, naming current President Andrew Titen as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President Michael Bisk as President. Nathan Bisk will continue his active participation in the company as Chairman supporting the executive team.

Louis C. Seno Joins Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Vice President for Corporate Relations and Government Affairs
DigitalJournal.com
Aviation industry leader and former Embry-Riddle trustee Louis C. Seno joined the university’s senior management team Jan. 6 as Vice President for Corporate Relations and Government Affairs. In this role he will connect Embry-Riddle with the general aviation and aerospace industries as well as maintain the university’s interests on Capitol Hill…

Biographer Farrell discusses Nixon’s role in civil rights at Flagler 
ReadMedia (press release)
Farrell’s lecture will take place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College

FIU President at White House to discuss strategies to expand college opportunities
FIU News
MIAMI (Jan. 16, 2014) – FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg is joining a group of top leaders from throughout the U.S. at the White House today for a daylong event focused on boosting the academic success of low-income students.

Researchers’ Work Helps U.S. Military Deliver Fresher MREs
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida researcher Jeffrey Brecht is leading a team of scientists working to eliminate waste and …

First Vision 20/20 Input Forums prompt lively, engaged conversations
USFSP News
The first round of student and community Input Forums for the Vision 20/20 strategic planning process took place Monday at the University Student Center ballroom. The forums — one for students in the morning and a second for community members in the evening — featured lively discussions of important issues for the future of USFSP

WUSF opens its first St. Petersburg Studio at USFSP
USFSP News
WUSF Public Media, in partnership with USF St. Petersburg, has opened a new broadcast studio at USFSP, providing students a new opportunity to work with award-winning journalists…

Here’s what caught my eye today…1/15/14

New IPEDS Data:

State by state online ed comparison / public institutions

Today and Tomorrow:

Florida Board of Governors Meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University
Details & Agenda

Business career guides state university system chancellor
Tbo.com
TAMPA — After a 33-year career in business, it may come as no surprise that new state university system Chancellor Marshall Criser vows to work with university leaders toward a new era of accountability, competition and performance-based rewards to higher education in Florida.

“Our elected leaders have challenged us to demonstrate how important the investment in higher education is,” Criser said Tuesday. “I expect the state university system to respond to that challenge. That’s a priority and imperative that I have.”

Capitol Clips:

Sunshine law exemptions in the works
WTSP 10 News
Florida lawmakers are moving forward with several new exemptions to Florida’s open-government laws, including bills that would shield information involving university fundraising and presidential searches from public scrutiny. One bill, HB 115, would allow university direct-support organizations – which include university foundations and organizations like Seminole Boosters and FAMU boosters – to discuss private donations behind closed doors. Another, HB 135, would create new exemptions in Florida’s open-government laws for presidential searches at universities.

State University System

FSU’s New Reputation Management Strategy
WTXL ABC 27
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Following the Florida State University football’s team win last week in Pasadena, the Seminoles brought home the last BCS Championship that there will ever be.  Now the university is hoping to capitalize on all the national attention that they have been receiving with the roll-out of their new marketing program initiatives…

FSU to Host Event Promoting New Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
WTXL ABC 27
Florida State University will host a special kickoff event at Bobby Bowden Field to promote the university’s new tobacco-free policy

Investigation launched into opened UCF student mail
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
A total of 19 opened letters have been discovered since late September by mail room staff, said a spokeswoman for the University of Central Florida

Florida universities allow guns on campus
Orlando Sentinel
Public universities statewide have started allowing students to keep guns in parked vehicles after a Florida court ruled last month that it is unlawful to prohibit it. And now the gun-rights group that won that case is trying to force Florida’s unofficial flagship university — the University of Florida — to allow firearms in dorm rooms and student apartments. On Dec. 10, an appeals court struck down a policy at University of North Florida that barred the storage of weapons in cars. Florida Carry Inc. had filed a lawsuit on behalf of student Alexandria Lainez, a single mother who wanted to keep a weapon in her car for self-defense while commuting for school…

State College System

Is Jackson County Ideal for an Automobile Assembly Plant?
wmbb
Troy University will conduct research along with Chipola College to discover the economic impact for the entire state…

FSCJ offers plan for helping under-prepared students
Florida Times-Union
Over the past decade, about 70 percent of incoming Florida State College at Jacksonville students arrived under-prepared for college-level work…

Miami Dade College offers free tax preparation services
MiamiHerald.com
Miami Dade College said it is continuing its 20-year tradition of offering free tax preparation services to low-income individuals…

Four-laning of Ridge Road should conclude by April 2015
Suncoast News
The $22 million project includes the Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus entrance…

New PHCC Porter Campus opens to rave reviews
Tampabay.com
…The new campus, with its three-story parking deck and views of the downtown Tampa skyline, had its first classes Monday, with more than 1,000 students…

TCC named “Top Military-Friendly College”
WTXL ABC 27
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has been named a Top Military-Friendly College in the 2014 Guide to 

Independent Colleges and Universities

King celebrations kick-off tonight with Florida Tech event
Florida Today
The Florida Institute of Technology will hold a celebration of the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. – the first of several community events 

UM seeks nonprofits to participate in marathon advertising event
MiamiHerald.com
The University of Miami School of Communication is seeking nonprofit organizations to work with students during its 5th annual PhilADthropy…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices From Around the State

Chancellor makes his case Columbia College hears pitch from 
Columbia Daily Tribune
Randall Hanna, the chancellor of the Florida College System in Tallahassee, Fla., talked this morning about his interest in further pursuing …

Butler to speak at Flagler College series
St. Augustine Record
Flagler College’s Ideas and Images series continues Thursday with a program by Michael Butler, associate professor of history at Flagler College.

FAMU Alumnus Elected Miami’s Youngest City Commissioner Under 
WCTV
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Keon Hardemon has made history…

LeMieux makes his case for FAU job
Sun-Sentinel
…An attorney who once served as a U.S. senator and Gov. Charlie Crist‘s chief of staff, LeMieux is one of three finalists to be FAU‘s next president. He told students and faculty Tuesday that he’s good at raising money, working with diverse groups and finding solutions to problems. He said his connections in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. will benefit FAU

Things Have Worked Out Nicely for the “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” Guy
Complex.com
…In the years since the incident, [AndrewMeyer, now 27 has continued fighting the good fight. He attended law school at Florida International University and has …

Story of a… Romance Novelist
Orlando Magazine
Story of a… Romance Novelist. A Rollins College librarian by day, Dorothy Mays, 47, transforms into an award-winning writer at night.

Pedro Bravo murder trial delayed as lawyers prepare
The Independent Florida Alligator
Tuesday was the deadline for depositions in the case against Bravo, the 20-year-old former Santa Fe College student accused of kidnapping and …

Gainesville residents now can get grocery items delivered
Gainesville Sun
The company was founded by Marc Charbel, 23, a recent graduate of the University of Florida master’s program in biomedical engineering…

Law professor questions openness of law dean search
Gainesville Sun
A list of candidates being considered to replace outgoing Levin College of Law Dean Robert Jerry proved elusive for one interested law professor at the University of Florida, who says he suspects the administration wants to keep part of its candidate search in the shadows. “The university carefully structures its searches to avoid the spirit of the open meeting law,” said Jeffrey Harrison, the Stephen C. O’Connell Chair at the UF law school since 1983.

Scott names 1st Hispanic-American as Lt. Governor
WOKV
Assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida, Michael Binder, says the move will likely help Scott broaden his base.

Republicans vote in special primary in bellwether Florida district
Chicago Tribune
“It’s Sink’s to lose,” said Susan MacManus, a Tampa-based political scientist at the University of South Florida.

USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor to retire
Tampabay.com (blog)
The leader of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is retiring, USF officials announced Tuesday. Arthur M. Guilford, 68, announced he will retire at the end of January 2015. He plans to step down at the end of July, making himself available in the final six months for special projects and to help the next leader transition into the role, he said. The university will conduct a national search for the new chancellor, and USF St. Petersburg chancellor Sophia Wisniewska will chair the search committee…

Releases and Web Stories

FIU and WPBT2 debut documentary on the threat of sea level rise
FIU News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts sea levels in South Florida will rise from three to seven inches by the year 2030 and from nine to 24 inches by the year 2060. Such changes would mean daunting challenges for South Florida communities to stay habitable. This theme is explored in the documentary, “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” produced by FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) professors Kate MacMillin, an award-winning TV producer, and Juliet Pinto, a journalism associate professor whose research focuses on environmental communication.

Unprecedented Survey Will Uncover Hispanic Journalists’ Beliefs About Their Careers, Social Media and Tech
GlobeNewswire (press release)
MIAMI, Jan. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Hispanicize Wire, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Florida International University (FIU) are teaming up to launch a groundbreaking survey to uncover Hispanic journalists’ beliefs about their careers and their use of social media and technology….

Valencia’s Newest Building Earns Energy-Efficiency Certification
Valencia News
Orlando, FL – Valencia College’s newest building, Building 4 on the Osceola Campus, has received LEED Gold certification in recognition of the building’s energy-efficient design and construction…