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State panel begins work on new Fla. university
A select committee of the Board of Governors received those updates during a meeting in Daytona Beach, where it began expediting the conversion of the University of South Florida’s Lakeland branch into the new school…
Construction of Campus for New University in Florida Is $14 …
Chronicle of Higher Education
The first phase of a plan to convert a branch of the University of South Florida into a campus for a new university is expected to cost $14-million more than its $99-million budget, the Associated Press reports. A Florida Board of Governors committee met on Wednesday to begin work on an expedited plan to create a campus for Florida’s 12th public university, which will be called Florida Polytechnic University. Only 10 people have applied for 11 positions on the new university’s Board of Trustees. The full Board of Governors is expected to take up the committee’s recommendations next week.
Committee: Creation of new state university will take time
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Education officials meeting Wednesday at Daytona State College tackled details involved with transferring assets and property from the University of South Florida Lakeland to the new, 12th state university. Florida Polytechnic University was created when a state Senate bill establishing it was approved last month. It will inherit USF Lakeland’s funds and property July 1…
Many Questions Face Panel Forming Florida Polytechnic
After months of controversy and conflicting opinions, the time has come to form Florida Polytechnic University and begin the dissolution of the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus. As stakeholders made opening …
Panel, USF Officials Discuss Florida Polytechnic
Education officials meeting here Wednesday tackled the dicey details involved with transferring assets and property from the University of South Florida Lakeland to a new, 12th state university…
State panel begins work on new Fla. university
Construction of a new campus for Florida’s 12th public university is over budget, and few people have shown interest in serving as trustees for Florida Polytechnic University, state university officials said Wednesday. A select committee of the Board of Governors received those updates during a meeting in Daytona Beach, where it began expediting the conversion of the University of South Florida’s Lakeland branch into the new school…
Florida Polytechnic panel meets amid uncertainty
A committee formed to oversee the transitioning of the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus into a 12th public university met today for the first time since Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill overhauling that process — and warned that the measure might have made the move more complicated.
Board hears litany of hurdles Florida’s newest university faces
Tampa Bay Times
Florida’s newest university is already millions over budget for the construction of its new campus, has no faculty to attract students, few people volunteering to govern it and no money for technology labs. Bringing to life the law that created Florida Polytechnic — billed by state leaders as the solution to a need for more graduates in science, technology, engineering and math — seems to be shaping up to be a bigger challenge than anyone anticipated.
Board sees overwhelming task ahead setting up new university
A state Board of Governors’ committee got a good look Wednesday at what it will take to replace the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland with a new university to be built from scratch. The word “overwhelmed” came up a lot…
State University System
Band mates say FAMU victim volunteered to be hazed
The Associated Press
They also offer some insight into why Champion, whose parents and friends say he was a vocal opponent of hazing, finally relented and got aboard “Bus C,” the band’s notorious venue for hazing after its performances during FAMU football games.
Another FAMU drum major describes being beaten
A Florida A&M drum major says he went through the same hazing ritual as a band mate who died of injuries after the ordeal. In a law enforcement interview released Wednesday, Keon Hollis says …
Prosecutors release evidence in FAMU hazing death of drum major Robert Champion
The beatings began well before the Nov. 19 hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, according to more than 2,300 pages of documents and 30 audio files released Wednesday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office…
FAMU program to funnel funds not a secret to 2 Senators
A “pass through” program used to help send millions of dollars to nonprofits with close ties to two state senators has at least been on the radar of two of the Senate’s most powerful members: Senate President Mike Haridopolos and budget chief JD Alexander. The program is Florida A&M‘s Targeted Student Assistance Program, which has received $5 million in each of the past two state budgets. The money was obtained by state Sens. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, and Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, during last-minute budget negotiations. The program exists only on paper and 95 percent of the money ended up with nonprofits tied to Wise and Siplin…
Pop-up books become newest FAU library collection
But Florida Atlantic University’s Wimberly Library has become a showroom for these colorful, movable, three-dimensional creations. The university’s Arthur Jaffe Center for Book Arts has received a collection of about 450 pop-up titles…
Beacon Council announces rain from Spain: 465 jobs
South Florida Business Journal
The Business Journal reported in March that OHL has struck up a partnership with Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing to create the OHL School of Construction. OHL is active in 30 nations, with sales of $6.3 billion, …
FSU international student dies in China after fall
By AP A 19-year-old Florida State University senior participating in an international program in China died last week after a fall from a residence hall. Florida State officials identified the victim as William Cullen Klein, of Melbourne Beach.
Small start-up firms lead recovery
East Orlando Sun
Last year, the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program graduated more than 20 companies that are now succeeding with further assistance from the UCF programs, such as GrowFL. And they are creating jobs.
UCF trustees considering 15-percent tuition increase today
Trustees at the University of Central Florida today will consider raising tuition 15 percent — an increase that campus administrators say UCF needs to hire enough faculty to keep up with growing enrollment and …
UCF students, parents face tough choice: Higher tuition or fewer classes
The cost of getting a bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida could go up by about $2,000 if school leaders approve a proposed 15 percent tuition increase. UCF’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Thursday on the hike, which, if approved, would raise the four-year cost of earning a bachelor’s degree from about $12,000 to more than $14,000.
Push continues to get UF to tap into reserves to avoid cutbacks
One speaker at a rally Wednesday compared the University of Florida‘s reserves to money stuffed in a mattress that can be removed to deal with a budget shortfall. UF officials say that view is misleading and does not take into account commitments for that money and the likelihood state funding won’t be restored…
UNF set to host East prelims of NCAA track championships
The most prestigious track and field event ever contested in Jacksonville begins Thursday when the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championship East preliminary takes place at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.
University of South Florida student diagnosed with tuberculosis; second case …
A University of South Florida student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and it’s the second case this year at the school. The Hillsborough County Health Department said Tuesday that the student is being treated and recovering in isolation…
State College System
CF set to reorganize academic focus
The College of Central Florida has enjoyed significant enrollment increases during the past four years, and at the same time has experienced budget challenges as a result of reductions in state allocations.
President’s evaluation on tap for Daytona State board
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Close to a year after she started as the college’s first female president, Daytona State College board members will evaluate President Carol Eaton prior to Thursday’s regular board meeting…
Indian River State College Establishes Advanced Materials Laboratory in …
The Indian River State College (IRSC) has inaugurated its advance materials laboratory in the premises of its recently established Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship…
Chinese delegation picks Miami Dade College brains
Miami Dade College is being visited by a Chinese delegation of 26 vocational school principals who are hoping to learn the US model for vocational career training…
Flood Watch in Miami-Dade Wednesday
NBC 6 Miami
Flooding was reported in areas throughout Miami-Dade, even causing Miami-Dade College to cancel classes on its West Campus. Morning classes were again suspended Wednesday.
Some Miami-Dade Students Are Unprepared For College
NBC 6 Miami
Most new students at Miami-Dade college are academically unprepared for college, school officials tell NBC 6…
NWF State negotiating with Barnes & Nobles for bookstore
The Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida State College is negotiating with Barnes & Noble’s college division to open a store on campus…
Independent College and University System
The Shoes of Lynn’s 2012 Commencement
Huffington Post (blog)
We say All Styles Are Welcome at Lynn University, and we encourage students to express themselves through their own personal style. As coordinator of the Fashion Management program, I am always encouraging students to explore their sense of style as
Stetson’s 82-year-old Stover Theatre likely to be razed
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A bit of history on Stetson University‘s DeLand campus may soon meet the wrecking ball. The Stover Theatre, which was built in 1930 and is part of the campus’ National Register of Historic Places, is scheduled to be razed in mid-July provided the university gets the go-ahead from the city’s Historic Preservation Board and City Commission, said Cindi Brownfield, a university spokeswoman…
Warner Signs First Football Players
Warner University football coach Jeff Schaum was on the opposite end of signing players for the school’s 2013 inaugural season …
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Romney’s Higher Ed Platform
Inside Higher Ed
Earlier this year, Romney praised Full Sail University, a for-profit institution, for its efficiency. The platform continues that tone, saying the administration’s aggressive regulation of the for-profit sector has distorted incentives for colleges to …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
CFCC’s McKeithan gets a visit from Florida education reporter
Cape Fear Community College’s retiring President Eric McKeithan is in the running for the top job at Edison State College in southwest Florida. The newspaper that covers Edison State, the News-Press, sent Dave Breitenstein, their higher education …
Business database searches liven up your background checks
That’s what led student journalist Karla Bowsher to check the backgrounds of Florida Atlantic University‘s trustees who were considering budget cuts and tuition hikes. Karla begins her University Press story, Who’s in charge here? Court documents show that half the members of FAU’s Board of Trustees have had financial troubles…
Between Facebook and JPMorgan, Wall St. woes mount
One of the investors suing, Dennis Palkon, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, said that IPOs are tricky, but “this one had a lot of glamour, had a lot of interest. It has a lot of users. I thought it’d be a pretty good investment.
Congress stands by Israel
The United States is a close ally of Israel,” said Robert Rabil, associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “At the end of the day, Israel has grassroots support in the United States.”
FGCU President Appoints New Board Members
Island Sun and River Weekly
President Wilson G. Bradshaw has appointed three new members of the board of advisors to Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The new appointees are: Vikki Spruill, current president and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy and newly appointed president and CEO of the Council on Foundations; FGCU provost and vice president for academic affairs, and professor of marine sciences, Dr. Ronald Toll; and Akpezi Ogbuigwe, the head of environmental education and training for the United Nations Environment Programme…
Benihana to Be Sold for $296 Million
“I think they got a good premium” said former Benihana board member Joe West, who served as hospitality dean at Florida International University. West still owns about 11000 shares of Benihana stock…
Miami’s downtown authority funds UM business incubator
“An accelerator is very attractive to new IT endeavors,” said board member and Miami Dade College Provost Rolando Montoya, “and incubators cost millions to create.
New presidents provosts Gordon Lawrence Tech Palm Beach Atlantic …
Inside Higher Ed
William MB Fleming Jr., interim president and vice president for development at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in Florida, has been named to the job on a …
Speaker urges action to help curb slave trade
Daytona Beach News-Journal
University of Central Florida Professor John Bersia offered a stark picture of the world scene, speaking on a range of subjects from Iran and the Middle East, to China and the growing problem of the modern slave trade…
Swing states’ economic rebounds brighten Obama’s prospects
The Seattle Times
The national housing bust also has cut the flow of retirees to Florida, a traditional source of growth for the state, noted Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida…
The Beginning of the End to Florida’s Drought is Near
“We have a long way to go, but we’re headed in the right direction,” says University of Florida Meteorologist Jeff Huffman. It would take a long-lasting, large-scale weather event, such as a tropical storm or hurricane, to bring a complete end to our …
Lincolnville: Florida professor releases Rawlings book
St. Augustine Record
University of Florida professor Kevin M. McCarthy, whose 1995 book, “Black Florida,” highlights over 450 years of contributions by African Americans to the rich culture of Florida, has added another tome to his growing scholarly output…
CMS Sticks With Medicare Coverage Of PSA Test
Kaiser Health News
Leading urologists in Florida say they’re disappointed with a government panel’s advice against routine prostate-cancer screening. “That’s the wrong message,” objects Dr. Johannes Vieweg, chair of the urology department at University of Florida.
Fla. student to plead guilty to Obama threat
The Seattle Times
A plea hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon for 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. His attorney says he intends to plead guilty to one count of threatening to kill or harm the president… Serrapio faces a maximum five-year prison sentence. He attends Miami-Dade College and is also a rock musician.
Republican freshman Adams notches win amid primary fight with Rep. Mica
“Most people would say, at a minimum, it’s an even-odds race right now, and maybe a slight edge to [Adams],” said Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida in Tampa…
Report: Number of children living with grandparents, other relatives, on increase
Naples Daily News
Another key finding is that many grandparents or other relatives who are raising someone else’s child have taken on the responsibility without government assistance, even though they could be entitled to it, said Susan Weitzel, executive director of the Florida Kids Count program at the University of South Florida in Tampa…
Seminar to unearth shipwreck secrets
“Every time we go out to the Brick Wreck, there is a little bit less of the shipwreck left,” said Della Scott-Ireton, a regional director for the archaeology network based at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.
Releases and Web Stores
Summer break could mean learning loss for some kids
PR NewsChannel (press release)
Experts at Florida International University warn that summer can offer potential setbacks to some children’s academic and social development unless parents take steps to keep their kids active—both mentally and physically…
Volunteer for Lynn University’s 2012 presidential debate
When Lynn University announced it would host the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2012, one of the first questions asked by those who want to experience the event first hand– after ‘how can I get a ticket’ – was ‘how can I become a volunteer.
UF joins $200M effort to build faster Internet networks
An alliance of research universities that includes the University of Florida now has $200 million available for up to six projects bringing ultra high-speed Internet service to their communities. A start-up company, Gigabit Squared, announced Wednesday that the money would be available for projects building broadband networks with speeds 100 to 1,000 times faster than available now in the United States. The projects will provide the service at competitive prices in neighborhoods ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 people, said Gigabit Squared President Mark Ansboury…
UF team to help assemble first tree of life for Earth’s 2 million species
University of Florida
University of Florida researchers have received an $800000 National Science Foundation grant to help build the first evolutionary tree of life for all species on Earth.
NSF supports University of Miami climate and ‘cloud computing’ research
Phys.Org (press release)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science a grant for the application of the latest cloud computing technologies to climate and natural hazards …