State University System
Fla. Gov. to decide whether to keep tuition pledge
Palm Beach Post
Florida Gov. Rick Scott must decide whether he wants to let two major universities raise tuition higher than what is currently allowed. Scott is expected on Friday to either sign or veto a bill that would let the University of Florida and Florida State University increase tuition rates above the current 15 percent a year cap.
Florida International University expands downtown campus
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Florida International University has expanded its downtown Miami campus with a lease of three additional floors at 1101 Brickell Ave. The additional space doubles the school’s footprint on the property to 60373 square feet, according to a news release…
West Palm Beach college student killed in Orlando crash
Palm Beach Post
A 22-year-old West Palm Beach man died Sunday night after a car drove into the path of his motorcycle near the University of Central Florida campus, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Zachary Gilman was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle around 8:30 p.m. Sunday south on Alafaya Trail.
‘Communists and Perverts’
Inside Higher Ed
At the University of Florida, beginning in 1958, the Johns Committee had the cooperation of President J. Wayne Reitz and the university police department. The committee enlisted one of UF’s officers, John Tileston, to assist investigators on campus. He participated in sting operations set up in campus restrooms and other public spaces, and he helped interrogate suspects in closed-door, secret questioning.
University of Florida Drops Plan To Restructure Computer Engineering Department
The University of Florida is scrapping a plan to trim and restructure its computer science and engineering department, according to the Gainesville Sun. School president Bernie Machen cited “overwhelming negative response.
Restored USF Sun Dome ready to revamp image
The University of South Florida logo is seen on the underside of the new Sun Dome scoreboard. The $35 million renovation at the University of South Florida Sun Dome has improved the seating and the acoustics at the facility.
Cain speaks at USF
Former presidential contender Herman Cain told a group of University of South Florida students Thursday they should be conservatives because “the alternative is the destruction of this country…
Polk’s Legislators Tout Creation of New Polytechnic University
Business was a big winner in the 2012 session of the Florida Legislature, according to members of the Polk County delegation. And one of the biggest winning plays was the creation of Florida Polytechnic University. Lakeland Chamber of Commerce members were updated Thursday morning by the Polk County delegation at its annual legislative breakfast.
Communications Staffers Resign at USF Lakeland Citing Turmoil
Two administrators at the beleaguered University of South Florida campus in Lakeland resigned Thursday, saying they could no longer tolerate the current “toxic” work environment. Samantha Lane, director of marketing and communications, and Maggie M. Mariucci, director of development and government, gave letters of resignation and left the Lakeland campus in the morning. Lane said she had been targeted for harassment; Mariucci said she was facing hostility.
Probe: Financial violations, fear at Polytechnic
An internal review has found financial mismanagement and a climate of fear among employees at the school that will soon become Florida’s 12th state university. The investigation of University of South Florida Polytechnic found several employees knowingly violated USF policies and statutes. It also found a pattern of job losses and reassignments when employees refused to follow the directives of former Regional Chancellor Marshall Goodman…
Fallout from USF Poly investigation: resignations, a call for …
They asked for this six months ago: A full financial review of all spending at the University of South Florida Polytechnic under former chancellor Marshall Goodman — much like what was done by USF and made public Wednesday, asserting that Goodman facilitated financial mismanagement under a hostile working environment. Sens. Paula Dockery and Mike Fasano, both longtime critics of Goodman and the idea to split the USF Poly campus off into the state’s 12th university, are now asking, “What if?”
State College System
Daytona State, UCF celebrate new combined writing center
Daytona Beach News-Journal
While the new center has officially been open since August, Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida‘s Daytona Beach Campus marked the grand opening Thursday of the new combined writing center…
IRSC recognizes outstanding adjunct faculty
Indian River State College adjunct faculty members were recently recognized at a special reception at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce for their dedication to teaching and student success, …
Three Polk State College Students Shot As Gunman’s Daughter Watched, Police Say
A gunman shot three Polk State College students on Tuesday after he allegedly got a “dark feeling,” killing two of the students in front of his 6-year-old daughter. One victim, Esteban Zavala, 19, survived the shooting in serious but stable condition, …
Suspect confesses to shooting in Winterr Haven
When Christian Rodriguez and Joe Palacios were gunned down in a Winter Haven apartment on Tuesday night, two immigrant families lost the first-ever college students in their family trees…
Pot-smoking dad guns down college students as 7-year-old daughter hides under …
New York Daily News
A paranoid pot-smoker gunned down two Florida college students and wounded a third as his 7-year-old daughter cowered beneath a table during the carnage, police said. Joshua Davis, 32, was getting high with two of the victims at his Winter Haven, Fla., apartment before he inexplicably snapped and started shooting, said town Police Chief Gary Hester…But it was his terrified daughter who wound up running for her life when Davis grabbed his 9mm handgun and blasted Christian Rodriguez and Joe Palacios, a pair of 19-year-old students at Polk State College.
No bail for suspect in Polk students’ shootings
The man accused of killing two Polk State College students and injuring another in front of his 6-year-old daughter will be held in jail with no bail, a judge decided Thursday afternoon.
Independent College and University System
Reading names into the night
St. Augustine Record
Dozens of area residents gathered on the eve of the internationally recognized Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the Gazebo on the campus of Flagler College to read the names of victims of the evil that befell European Jewry from 1933 through …
Florida Memorial University set to graduate largest class of students
Florida Memorial University is set to graduate its largest class during Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2012…
FSC Seniors Delight in Wet, Celebratory Romp
Graduating seniors at Florida Southern College enjoyed a wet and cool rite of passage Thursday, with an administration-approved romp in the Water Dome…
Experts: Community support needed to spur economic development
Collier County could be back in the business of economic development before the end of the year. But it will take four years to build those efforts back up again and to regain momentum, said Janet Watermeier, president of Watermeier Property Services LLC in Fort Myers, at a forum Monday put on by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Hodges University…
“I Love NY” Fashion Recap
Boca Raton (blog)
If you were not seated (or standing along the walls) in Lynn University’s Green Center last night for the fashion management program’s ninth annual fashion show, slap yourself (lightly) on the wrist. You missed a memorable night.
One Day Without Shoes event raises awareness
Nova Southeastern University students and faculty recently trekked through the Don Taft University Center without footwear during the second annual One Day Without Shoes event.
St. Thomas University throws party to celebrate 50 years
St. Thomas University’s alumni and community leaders threw a big party to celebrate its 50 years as a Catholic university. By Latoya Burgess Hundreds of …
Stetson students, visiting high schoolers to package meals for hungry children
Daytona Beach News-Journal
High school students visiting Stetson University this weekend will learn firsthand about the school’s tradition of community service when they will be asked to roll up their sleeves and help package meals for …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Naples Daily News
See what happens when supervisors don’t supervise? We have been saying that all along as the story unfolds at Edison State College about academic, administrative and financial abuses leading to the suspension and subsequent firing of 20-year president Kenneth Walker…
Dockery: Residing in an alternate STEM universe
While focused on the needs and desires of the folks I represent, I received a Facebook message from a bright student attending the University of Florida. It arrived a week before Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill separating USF Poly into a separate 12th …
Ruth: Florida’s school for scoundrels
It is probably better to remember that the temporarily exiled University of South Florida Polytechnic grand czar Marshall Goodman drew his first breath in Chicago, where he likely entered the world with a padded expense …
NASA working toward aviation advancements that reduce noise, emissions
In his remarks to begin the conference, Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, stressed that FCAAP’s mission must be to harness and organize Florida’s public and private aerospace research efforts – something he argued was lacking during Florida’s heyday as the world center of space. “You cannot today name one public, state university that is synonymous with space in the Sunshine State,” Brogan said…
Judge KOs Florida Governor Scott plan to drug test
Richard Worch, a professor of public administration and criminal justice at Edison State College, said there would need to be a compelling reason for the searches in order for him to approve personally of drug testing state employees…
FAMU Band Director Honored
The FAMU Marching 100 band director who was forced to temporally step down was honored by another band Thursday 4-26-12. The FAMU DRS Band honored Dr. Julian White during its 2nd annual Band Extravaganza .
FAMU Student Abandoned in Orange Grove at Birth Set to Graduate with Honors
Known to many in South Florida as “Baby Sam,” Nicholas E. Young was abandoned in an orange grove near Martin County following his birth covered in ant bites. Young, now 22, has reached what he defines as his “greatest accomplishment” to date — earning his college degree in social work.
Flagler professor addresses Archaeology Society
Historic City News
At the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Memphis last week, Dr. William Locascio, an assistant professor at Flagler College in St Augustine, made a presentation before the esteemed group on “The Emergence of Social Hierarchies …
Flagler adds three to Hall of Fame
St. Augustine Record
Flagler College induced three new members into its Hall of Fame on Thursday. They were: Julie Jones (women’s tennis, 1989), Jason Lee (baseball, 1993) and Ricardo Mena (men’s tennis, 2000).
New IRSC board of trustees appointed
Susan R. Caron, Jose “Joe” Conrado, Mark Feurer, and Phoebe Raulerson have been appointed to the Indian River State College district board of trustees by Gov. Rick Scott…
Palm North Events
Lynn University professor Martin Phillips will present this student-made documentary on how schools teach students about the Holocaust.
‘Father’ of Pasco-Hernando Community College savors early days
Dr. Milton Jones isn’t a particularly modest man. But while so many others freely label him the “father” of Pasco-Hernando Community College, he just grinned with those perfect white teeth and said, “That’s your word. But yes, I was there at the start.”
intersection of Rodney King and Trayvon Martin
Still, the presumption exists that if a black man is involved in an incident, he must be the wrongdoer, says Michelle Jacobs, a law professor at the University of Florida who studies the effect of race in prosecutions.
Herman Cain spreads conservative message at USF: ‘Focus on the mission’
Herman Cain has a message for conservatives disappointed to have Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee. ”Get over it. And focus on the mission,” the former presidential contender told about 150 students at the University of South Florida on Thursday…
New Gangs in Politics
“Overnight a storm rained dollars on the television,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist.
Government subsidizes dead farmers
MyFox Tampa Bay
“The road is filled with good intentions but it becomes cluttered with abusers,” said Dr. Susan MacManus, a Political Science Professor at University of South Florida, and a Florida citrus farmer.
UWF researcher says region has ‘pretty much’ healed two years after spill
Wednesday night, the South Walton Community Council presented a public forum at Coastal Branch Library led by Professor Richard Snyder of the University of West Florida to address questions and explore the legacy of the BP DeepWater …
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College Students Selected to Attend Journalism Institute
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (04/26/2012)(readMedia)– Three Flagler College students will be heading to Washington, DC this summer after being accepted into the prestigious Institute on Political Journalism. The intensive eight-week program is designed for students …
Fitch Rates Nova Southeastern’s Rev & Rfndg Bonds; Upgrades Outstanding Debt …
MarketWatch (press release)
… to approximately $49 million educational facilities revenue and refunding bonds, series 2012A, to be issued by the Higher Educational Facilities Financing Authority (HEFFA) of the State of Florida on behalf of Nova Southeastern University (NSU).