Last day to wear your seersucker… Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!
State University System
FAMU Way To Get Intersection On Monroe Street
A downtown Tallahassee street named for Florida A&M University, FAMU Way, has been extended to intersect with one of the city’s busiest roads. The Tallahassee City Commission approved the renaming of one city block on Wednesday…
Kids become ocean explorers at camp
Local youngsters recently learned all about the coastal marine environment. The weeklong Ocean Explorers Camp, a new summer offering of the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, combined classroom lessons with hands-on activities in marine biology, ecology and engineering for children ages 12 to 14. The camp was conducted as a pilot program by the museum and Florida Atlantic University. Museum staff and FAU professors served as camp instructors…
Florida State Ranked Nation’s 12th Best Value Law School
The National Jurist magazine has ranked Florida State University College of Law the 12th best value law school in the nation. The ranking, published in The National Jurist’s September 2012 issue, weighs important student outcomes – bar passage rate and employment rate – against tuition, cost of living and indebtedness…
FSU Law, Medical Schools among Nation’s Best for Hispanics
Florida State University’s colleges of law and medicine are among the 10 best in the nation for Hispanics, according to Hispanic Business magazine. The College of Law was ranked third among the nation’s law schools, while the College of Medicine was ranked seventh among medical schools.
New FSU Health and Wellness Center more than just a clinic
WTXL ABC 27
Florida State University students who stream into the atrium of the campus’s new, 170,000-square-foot Health and Wellness Center aren’t just there for the usual treatment of sore throats and sprained ankles. The new center includes classrooms, research laboratories, even physical therapy and athletic training — all under one roof. It’s predecessor, Thagard Student Health Center, only contained medical facilities…
Machen marvels over UF’s success at providing access
University of Florida President Bernie Machen used what was likely his last state of the university speech to recount the past while announcing technology initiatives for the future. Machen, who is retiring next year, told the Faculty Senate on Thursday that UF still follows the pillars of the act that 150 years ago established the land-grant university system.
RTS breaks daily ridership record twice as UF and Santa Fe College return
Gainesville’s bus system broke its daily ridership record twice as the fall semester started at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. On Aug. 22, the Gainesville Regional Transit System reported total ridership of 63,394, passing the prior high of 61,233 from August 2011. That record lasted one week. On Aug. 29, RTS reported ridership of 64,835. This is the third consecutive year the start of the fall semester has brought a daily ridership record for the bus system…
USF unveils Veterans Achievement Center
The University of South Florida dedicated its new 3,000-square-foot veteran achievement center Thursday at a ceremony at the school’s Tampa campus…
UWF campus housing reaches 107 percent capacity
Gulf Breeze News
The University of West Florida last week welcomed 2,144 students to campus housing, reaching 107 percent capacity for the Fall 2012 semester. The brand-new Presidents Hall opened its doors for the first time Saturday.
Escambia Crash Claims Life; Early Morning Wreck Injures One
One person was injured in a two vehicle rollover crash just after midnight on University Parkway between Nine Mile Road and the University of West Florida. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
State College System
Six Pillars Broward County reveals draft 2030 plan
Yesterday, Wednesday August 29, 2012 in Bailey Hall at Broward College, the Six Pillars Broward County draft plan was revealed to a crowd of both participants in the drafting of the plan as well as public and private citizens…
Innovative PBSC professors net cash
The South Florida Times
Ten of Palm Beach State College’s most outstanding and innovative professors began the new academic year in the spotlight and with extra cash in their pockets. The college presented its annual Gimelstob Student Choice Awards for Excellence in Teaching to eight full-time and adjunct professors during Convocation Aug. 21 where faculty and staff gathered to mark the start of the fall term…
Independent Colleges and Universities
EMMA Concert Association 2012-13 season
St. Augustine Record
The EMMA Concert Association and Flagler College will bring a variety of internationally acclaimed artists to the newly renovated Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
Marine researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s oceanography division like to tell stories about how scientists there used to take five-gallon buckets to the ocean, a short hike away, to get saltwater for their experiments. At Nova’s new $40-million Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, the process is considerably more sophisticated — saltwater is piped directly to their labs via two deep wells, several 5,000-gallon tanks and a state-of-the-art temperature control, filtering and cleansing system.
UT students go online for RNC 101
MyFox Tampa Bay
University of Tampa students are learning more about the Republican National Convention. The fall semester kicked off Aug. 27. This year’s freshman orientation included a 20-hour RNC 101.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Students step in to build Habitat homes in Lake Worth during the summer
Palm Beach Post
During a hot morning in early August, students attending the Step it Up Basketball Camp at Northwood University brushed and rolled turquoise paint on the outside of a home under construction on South E Street. It was the second Habitat work day of the summer for the basketball camp…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
What’s Up at Ave Maria: Autumn signals its arrival in Ave Maria
Naples Daily News
It’s not a sudden briskness in the evening air, or wisps of russet on the leaves that signal the coming of fall in Ave Maria, but rather an electric current that begins to shimmer in human affairs…
Greening Our Community – by Greening Your Game Day!
College football season is upon us once again, and that means it’s tailgating time! For the next three months many a Saturday afternoon will be shared with friends gathered around the stadium to celebrate and cheer on the Seminoles. While you’re out there, be on the lookout for students in bright gold shirts. These terrific student volunteers are the friendly faces of our recycling program…Elizabeth Swiman, Director of Campus Sustainability, Florida State University. Contact her at email@example.com
Anderson: Fla. to Share Spotlight
This is the culmination of Romney’s “reinvention” as a presidential candidate and may be the most important speech of his life… Bruce Anderson is an associate professor of political science at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Longtime Bethune-Cookman employee Reola Robinson dies
Robinson started working in the school’s laundry department and was a fixture on campus for 43 years until she retired in 1997…
Silence and solitude in Moncks Corner
St. Augustine Record
This summer four Flagler College students traveled to Moncks Corner, S.C., with their professor, Dr. Timothy Johnson, in search of sacred space…
Tampa student implicated in FAMU hazing case arrested
A student from Tampa who was implicated in court records earlier this week on a felony hazing charge was arrested Thursday. Dante Martin, 25, was identified as the “president” of the band bus on which FAMU drum major Robert Champion was fatally beaten last fall.
FAU fans speak up, games will be heard for free
FAU Owl Access (blog)
In a blog a few weeks ago I mentioned FAU was considering charging fans to listen to the radio broadcast of games on-line, which set off a mild controversy. FAU fans had strong opinions against this move and let their voices be heard. It’s a good thing they spoke up, because common sense came to town (about the same time new AD Pat Chun did and it’s not a coincidence) and the pay-to-listen plan has been scrapped.
FAU Kicks Off New Era
Boca Raton (blog)
It’s the dawn of a new gridiron era at Florida Atlantic University. After a decade of play under the guidance of legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger, who started the program from scratch, the Owls kick off their 2012 college football season Friday night at FAU Stadium against Wagner (8 p.m.) with a new captain at the helm. Carl Pelini leads a college team onto the field for the first time as a head coach. The former defensive coordinator at Nebraska spoke to Boca Ratonearlier this spring about replacing an icon and what to expect from an FAU team coming off a one-win season.
How odd is this? Winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1-3-5-7-9
The chance of five straight single-digit odd numbers getting picked are the same as any other winning combination said Sneh Gulati, director of the statistics division at Florida International University. “Every possible combination is equally likely in the odds of winning,” said Gulati. “They always tell you to not pick a number that you think will be common because if you get them, you’ll end up sharing the prize with more people.”
Florida lottery jackpot to be divided 98 ways after odd numbers result in …
New York Daily News
“In Fantasy Five, you’re picking five out of 36 numbers, which leads to 376,992 possible combinations,” Dr. Sneh Gulati, a professor of statistics at Florida International University, told the Daily News.
Florida State University Instructor Criticized for Klout Project
City Town Info Education Channel
According to Inside Higher Ed, Todd Bacile, instructor of an electronic-marketing class at Florida State University, came up with the “Klout Challenge”–a social media project graded entirely on his students’ Klout score…
Police chase stolen boat down St. Johns River
Police say 29 year old Joshua Boyles entered the campus of Jones College off Arlington Expressway Wednesday night…According to the police report, Boyles told police “Jesus gave him the boat.” He was arrested and remains in jail Thursday evening.
Miami and South Florida History Class
The South Florida Times
The wildly popular Florida history class at Miami Dade College is available once again on Thursday evenings, 5:40 – 8:10 p.m. at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Bldg. 3, Room 2217 in downtown Miami. Notable historian and MDC faculty member Dr. Paul George will teach the class, which will include classroom lectures, visits to historical libraries, repositories and exhibits, video and slide presentations, and tours of Greater Miami’s historic neighborhoods…
Florida student complaint becomes public record in lawsuit
Red and Black
College professors in Florida, and possibly nationwide, may soon know more than just your grades, as a lawsuit filed last month could allow student complaints to become public record. Darnell Rhea, a former Santa Fe College adjunct instructor in Gainesville, Fla., filed suit after his contract was not renewed, claiming a student complaint as the reason. After dismissal by the Eighth Judicial Circuit court, it was reversed by the First District Court of Appeal, according to the Gainesville Sun, ruling that “when a student submits a complaint against a postsecondary instructor, the student’s name is public record.”
TCC Professor Among Nation’s Best
Tallahassee Community College professor Susan Wessner has been named one of the nation’s top professors by RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online destination for college professor ratings. Wessner, who teaches development mathematics in TCC’s Division of Academic Support, was chosen as the No. 12 junior college professor by RateMyProfessors.com’s community of student contributors. RateMyProfessors.com released its annual rankings on Wednesday. “I am so excited about this honor,” said Wessner. “It means so much more because my students are the ones who are rating me. Teaching (developmental math) is awesome because you can start with a student who has never performed well in math and, in one semester, turn them into a math nerd!
Mortgage relief mostly for homeowners delinquent on their payments
University of Central Florida professor Sean Snaith said banks would likely need a strong financial incentive or government mandate before offering more widespread relief.
UF Researchers ID Chemical in Cigarette Smoke Linked to Lowered Levels of …
Cigarette smoking’s association with heart disease has been known for decades, but researchers are still not certain what chemicals or molecular processes in the body form the basis of that link. Now University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville researchers have unlocked some of the specifics, finding that a toxic compound in cigarette smoke called benzo(a)pyrene slows the production of “good” cholesterol, also known as high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. The findings were published in the July edition of the journal Life Sciences. “Smoking-related health hazards are well-recognized, and the role of smoking in promoting premature heart disease is widely appreciated,” said Arshag D. Mooradian, M.D., senior author of the study and a professor and chair of the department of medicine at the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville. “The novelty in our study is the finding of yet another mechanism by which smoking can accelerate heart disease through reduction of the ‘good’ cholesterol that normally protects the heart.”
Perry rouses Texas delegates
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
“We’re going to put some Gator bait out in College Station,” [Rick] Perry said in reference to the University of Florida Gators…
Haiti park standoff highlights conflict over land
“It’s going to be very hard for the government to strike a balance,” said Yves Colon, a Haiti-born journalism professor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Doctors Urge The Evaluation Of Children’s Stress After Natural Disasters
Dr. Annette M. La Greca, a professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University of Miami, and her colleagues, have been studying children’s disaster reactions following Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Charley (2004) and Ike (2008).
Sudbury friends start boat shoe company
Jason Shuman was sitting in a chapter meeting of Sigma Phi Epsilon at the University of Miami when he had an epiphany, a revelation that encouraged the then-sophomore to start his own business…
T-shirts go interactive with JLo
South Florida native Erica Zohar has teamed with a group of partners, including singer Jennifer Lopez, to launch Teeology, an online T-shirt ecommerce site that allows members to vote on their favorite designs before they are produced and made available for sale. “I think it’s going to be a game changer in the retail front,” said Zohar, 41, who lives in Los Angeles but grew up in Coral Gables, graduated from the University of Miami and recently joined its alumni board.
U. of South Florida Professors Try ‘University of Reddit’ to Put Courses Online
Chronicle of Higher Education
The social-news site Reddit has slowly grown a spin-off ”university” where anyone can offer free courses, and two professors at University of South Florida’s Honors College are trying the system to turn courses they’re teaching this fall into Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s. The instructors, Philip S. Bishop, a visiting assistant professor, and K. Edward Renner, an adjunct professor, are offering courses simultaneously in-person, to registered students, and online, to anyone who wants to join in…
Upvotes! Two USF Instructors Offer University of Reddit Courses
Two University of South Florida professors have set up two courses on the University of Reddit, an open-forum educational platform popularized by the social-news site Reddit…Instructors Philip Bishop and K. Edward Renner aim to tap into the growing popularity of the site with two new classes. Bishop’s philosophy course is called“Arts and Humanities: What Does It Mean to Live Well?” and Renner’s class is“Forums for a Future,” a social science course focusing on sustainability. Both courses are available to USF students and will be taught on campus and include in-person lectures, but the course content is all available online for anyone who wants to participate.
Happiness Gene Discovered In Women, Says New Study
Hamian Chen, an associate professor at the USF College of Public Health and the study’s lead author, expressed surprise at the results in a press release. Happiness isn’t the only attribute that the MAOA gene has been linked to. “I was surprised … because low expression of MAOA has been related to some negative outcomes like alcoholism, aggressiveness and antisocial behavior. It’s even called the warrior gene by some scientists, but, at least for women, our study points to a brighter side of this gene.”
Billionaire warns of runaway spending
Grass-roots movements must spread the message about U.S. fiscal problems and solutions, Kansas billionaire and conservative activist David Koch told an audience of 350 people at an Americans For Prosperity rally Thursday. Koch spoke briefly and quietly during the session at the University of South Florida’s CAMLS building in downtown Tampa before turning the podium over to a handful of speakers with similar, louder messages.
Florida’s swing counties mired in foreclosure pose political risk
“We’re used to leading out of the recession instead of lagging,” said Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida. “We have a lot of impatience here.”
Medicare’s political importance goes beyond seniors
South Bend Tribune
“Seniors are split, especially in retiree-rich swing states like Florida, and I don’t think they’re going to change their opinions about who to vote for based on Medicare,” said Susan MacManus, who teaches government and international affairs at the University of South Florida…
With little Florida history, Mitt Romney needs to connect fast to win key state
“The most effective tool in persuading voters is in-person contact with the candidate,” said Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, associate professor of political science at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
A touch of irony: Kennedy a gateway to RNC
MyFox Tampa Bay
“A year after Kennedy was assassinated the city’s father saw fit to rename Lafayette Blvd. to Kennedy,” said Art Bagley, reference liberian at the University of Tampa. Today, Kennedy Blvd. is a gateway into the Republican National Convention…
Romney-Ryan play to youth vote, seek those disillusioned by ‘fading’ Obama …
Students at The University of Tampa, just steps from the Republican convention, expressed mixed thoughts about Romney’s chances of winning more of the youth vote this week. “People wanted to be part of history in 2008,” said Matt Rutkovitz, a senior and student government president at the university. “People were jumping out of their seats. … I don’t see the get-out-the-college vote this year.” Rutkovitz, from suburban Baltimore, said he will vote for Romney in large part because both of his parents are small-business owners and Romney offers the best change to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in which he was raised.
US Presidential Candidates Court Young Voters
Voice of America
But University of Tampa student body President Matt Rutkovitz says issues like Medicare are not a concern for most of his contemporaries. ”Students aren’t necessarily worried about when they are 50, 60, 70 years old, and I just think that Medicare and Medicaid are not important topics for students right now,” he said.
Releases and Web Stories
Special Public Announcement
Santa Fe College
You are are invited to join the Santa fe College family, government officials, legislators and community leaders for a special public announcement 11 a.m. Wednesday September 5 in the Fine Arts Hall. The reason for this meeting has been embargoed until September 5, and you will understand why when the announcement is made…
College Night 2012
Santa Fe College
Representatives from more than 70 institutions of higher learning will be on hand to meet with current SF students and other members of the community during College Night 2012 at Santa Fe College.
UF research funding hits $644.4 million in 2012, surpassing non-stimulus record
University of Florida
Research awards to University of Florida faculty totaled $644.4 million in 2012, a $25 million increase over 2011. The 4 percent overall increase for the fiscal year that ended June 30 is particularly noteworthy