SPECIAL SECTION: Board of Governors Annual Meeting at UCF in Orlando
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Gov. Scott to speak at Board of Governors meeting
Gov. Rick Scott, who has been at odds with state university officials and faculty on issues ranging from tuition to course offerings, is expected to address those issues during his remarks at the Board of Governors meeting.
Most Florida universities ask for full 15 percent tuition increase
All but two of 11 state universities will ask the Florida Board of Governors for a 15 percent tuition increase this year, bucking Gov. Rick Scott’s push to hold down the cost of a college education…
Money to dominate Board of Governors meeting
When the presidents of Florida’s 11 universities convene this week, it’s a good bet that one subject will dominate: Money. Or, more specifically, the lack of it…
Florida Poly on Agenda For Upcoming Meeting of Board of Governors
The announcement of the names of five of the trustees who will serve on the board of the new Florida Polytechnic University. The Trustee Nominating and Development Committee has this on the agenda for Thursday, when it meets from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott, who is to select the remainder of the board members, has not indicated when his choices will be announced.
UNF, 9 other universities seek max tuition hike
The University of Florida is one of nine universities that will ask the Florida Board of Governors for a 15 percent tuition increase this year, bucking Gov. Rick Scott’s push to hold down the cost of a college education…
State University System
Higher higher education: FGCU faces another 15 percent tuition hike
Naples Daily News
The potential tuition increase, to be weighed Tuesday by university’s board of trustees, would mean FGCU has raised base tuition rates by 15 percent for four consecutive years, as legislators have repeatedly cut funding to the state’s university system…
Professors’ challenge to Florida Cuba travel law could go to US …
The U.S. Supreme Court could decide this week whether to hear a challenge to a 2006 Florida law that blocks funding for university professors to travel to Cuba or other countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. The Florida International University faculty senate and individual professors challenged the law, contending that it improperly infringes on the federal government’s power to make decisions about foreign policy.
Fleming withdraws name from Florida Poly board
WTSP 10 News
The president of state Sen. JD Alexander’s company, Phoenix Industries, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the board of trustees at Florida Poly after a 10 News Investigation.
Children with Social Anxiety Can Now Practice Interacting with Avatars
Slate Magazine (blog)
Video games meet psychological healing in a recent collaboration between the University of Central Florida Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Virtually Better, an Atlanta company that explores virtual reality-based treatments for mental illness. The two organizations have developed a computer simulation program that allows children suffering from social phobia to practice interacting with avatars.
UF breaks ground on network of sensors to monitor changing Earth
Officials broke ground Monday on environmental sensors and other equipment being installed at the University of Florida’s Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Putnam County. The equipment will track climate change, the spread of invasive species and other environmental changes as part of the National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON.
UNF offers new public policy master’s degree
The University of North Florida will be offering a new Master of Public Administration Public Policy Concentration starting in the fall. The new concentration will be the first graduate-level program in public policy in Northeast Florida. It will draw on the public policy expertise of some of UNF’s MPA faculty, and allow students to develop specialized skills for work in public policy…
USF Sarasota Manatee weathers budget cuts with earmarks …
USF Sarasota Manatee lost $3.3 million because of state funding cuts, Guilford said, and was able to make up for most of that through a one-time $2 million boost earned by Sen. Nancy Detert through earmarks. The campus took the remaining $1.3 million out of its reserve fund, which had been sitting at about $10 million, Guilford said…
State College System
Brevard Community College campus reeling after stun gun attack
According to Cocoa police, Monday afternoon a man wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and gloves went in the front doors of library and headed to the second floor towards the provost’s office. There he whipped out a stun gun and attacked an assistant, according to police.
Police: Man attacks provost’s secretary at Brevard Community College
A man walked into the provost’s office on the Cocoa campus of Brevard Community College on Monday and used a stun gun to attack a school employee, …
DSC offers great dental service
Daytona Beach News-Journal
I just had the extreme pleasure of visiting the dentist. I went to the Daytona State College School of Dental Sciences at the DeLand campus. Melissa, a student hygienist, gave a marvelous examination, explaining everything as she went along and interjecting little pleasantries to keep me comfortable…
What the Amazon Looked Like Before Columbus
The researchers, led by Crystal McMichael of the Florida Institute of Technology, reconstructed the history of human occupation using 247 soil samples collected from 55 locations, including sites known to have been occupied by people in western and central Amazonia…
GCSC officials defend tutorial changes
The News Herald
Amid concerns about halting programs that prepare students of all ages for a college curriculum, Gulf Coast State College officials said Monday the courses have only changed for the better…
President Barack Obama campaign event in Tampa
ABC Action News
On Friday, June 22, President Obama is scheduled to hold a campaign event on the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College…
President Obama to hold a campaign grassroots event at Hillsborough Community College
Bay News 9
President Obama will hold a grassroots event on the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa on Friday afternoon, June 22…
Obama sets campaign stop for Friday in Tampa
President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a campaign stop Friday at Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry campus.
Tickets available for Obama visit to Tampa
President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College on Friday afternoon for a grassroots event.
Making Bomb Threats to Polk State College Had Consequences
When false bomb threats were called in last summer at Polk State College, maybe they seemed like a lark to some — but consequences were anything but trivial…
TCC announces no immediate tuition increase
WTXL ABC 27
Tallahassee Community College’s District Board of Trustees approved a budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, one that includes no tuition increase for the Fall 2012 semester. The vote took place during TCC’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Kerry to double as Romney in debate prep
Obama and Romney are slated to debate Oct. 3, at the University of Denver; Oct. 15, at Hofstra University on Long Island; and Oct. 22 at Lynn University in n Boca Raton, Fla., according to the Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the showdowns…
Obama Picks John Kerry to Play Romney at Debate Rehearsals
Wall Street Journal
Three dates have been set for presidential debates: Oct. 3, at the University of Denver; Oct. 15, at Hofstra University on Long Island, and Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. All three will be sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan group that has organized debates since 1988…
Saint Leo agreement provides degree opportunities at MacDill
Saint Leo University signed an academic agreement with the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base …
DeLand OKs demolition of Stetson’s Stover Theatre
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The City Commission voted 4-0 Monday night to allow Stetson University to tear down its 82-year-old Stover Theatre, going against a recommendation from one its advisory panels.
Magic Johnson, Simply Healthcare partner with University of Miami for HIV care
In town for the NBA Finals, Earvin “Magic” Johnson visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on Monday to announce that Simply Healthcare Plans, a Medicaid plan the NBA hall of famer invested in, will partner with UM for HIV/AIDS care.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Crotty: Educated population helps economy
As a former member of the state House of Representatives I successfully sponsored legislation creating Florida’s Prepaid College Plan. Accordingly, colleges have been made affordable and accessible to families that have purchased over 1.5 million contracts…Richard Crotty was mayor of Orange County, 2001-2011.
Editorial: Daytona State shows will to keep students’ costs low
Daytona Beach News-Journal
But one local institution, Daytona State College, is working to keep costs low. The college’s leaders are contemplating increasing tuition for bachelor’s degrees by 5 percent but keeping certificate and associate degree tuition at the same level.
Wilson: Needed residency programs are growing
A recent Times-Union editorial titled “We can make a difference in our health” called for expanding medical residency programs in Jacksonville…Daniel R. Wilson is vice president of the University of Florida Health Science Center-Jacksonville and dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.
Blocker: A Student’s Ambition
Huffington Post (blog)
Being a student means having the desire to obtain something great. A diploma, including personal goals, is one of the ultimate achievements of a student. No feeling can equal the pride a student feels as they walk across the stage for recognition of graduating…
Q&A with: Dale Brill
The Florida Current
Dale Brill chairs the Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. Gov. Rick Scott created the task force in May to assess the progress of prior reforms and to make recommendations concerning the State University System’s effectiveness in producing an educated workforce for the 21st century, controlling tuition and other costs, and determining whether there is a need for more universities and colleges to accommodate future enrollment…
Scott appoints tax collector
Gulf Coast Business Review
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed former Fort Myers police chief Larry Hart as Lee County Tax Collector. Since 2001, Hart also served on the board of trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. He plans to resign from that post to serve as tax collector…
Tracy Martin and Derrick Spillman Stand Their Ground in Florida
Huffington Post (blog)
Another father, Derrick Spillman, the father of former Florida International University (FIU) running back Kendall Berry from the small Central Florida town of Haines City is still trying to cope with the killing of his son on FIU’s Miami campus in March of 2010…
JU women fliers compete in the wake of Amelia Earhart
Team Red Baroness is 18-year-old pilot Katja Jourdan and 20-year-old copilot Renee Brilhante, both undergraduates in the aviation program at JU’s Davis College of Business…
Art Grindle, former legislator, car dealer, passes away at 89
Art Grindle, a former Florida legislator and businessman who was a longtime benefactor of Seminole State College of Florida, passed away on Sunday, June 10. He was 89.
Florida A National Leader In Mortgage Applications
In fact, more real estate professionals in Florida are becoming upbeat about business improving, said Timothy S. Becker, director of the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida. More builders, for example, are now looking to start or expand new projects, said Becker, whose center is part of the Warrington College of Business Administration. ”It’s slowly coming back,” he said.
Dean likely leaving UF for Georgia College helm
The dean of the University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance is likely leaving the university. College Dean Steve Dorman was named Friday as the sole finalist to be president of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga. The Georgia Board of Regents will vote at a later date…
University of Florida veterinary college dean announces plans for departure
This week, Glen F. Hoffsis, D.V. M., announced to University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff that he will step down as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine July 1, 2013 after seven years in the position…
Yasser Lopez Recovering After Fishing Spear Impales Forehead …
Dr. Ross Bullock, director of clinical neurotrauma at Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center and professor of neurological surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that amazingly, the spear missed the vital structures and major vessels of Lopez’s brain…
A State of Military Mind
“This type of training has been considered soft, not hardening,” says Amishi Jha, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Miami who has studied the effects of meditation on service members. “That somehow it’s going to weaken instead of toughen, that it’s going to make people less precise and more passive. But it’s not going to the spa and getting a massage. It’s the exact opposite for your mind. It’s being in the most alert and present state that you can imagine.”
The science of picking VP candidate
WTSP 10 News
However University of South Florida Professor of Mass Communication Wayne Garcia believes this year Romney will break from tradition and announce his running mate selection within a few weeks. ”So if he can announce in July who his vice president is, that person can go out and start raising money, that person can go out and start attacking Barack Obama and can be working during the entire summer when normally nothing much is going on,” Garcia told 10 News.
Releases and Web Stories
Univ. of Miami to lead team on grant for drought, flood prediction
Phys.Org (press release)
Tropical storm-related flood damage costs billions of dollars. So, to have a tool that can help forecast the potential for flooding rise means better preparation, and potentially, less damage and costs. Using a new multi-model seasonal climate prediction system has shown it can improve NOAA’s operational forecasts when it comes to predicting the possibility of severe floods or droughts, especially in South Florida. A new multi-institution research project, funded by NOAA, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy, and spearheaded by Professor Ben Kirtman of the University of Miami will establish a comprehensive multi-model prediction available in real-time to all sectors of society…