State University System
Brogan to FAMU: Cut number of low-performing students
State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan said he is pressing Florida A&M University to make bigger cuts to the number of low-performing students allowed to attend the school.
FAMU Scientists Look To The Stars for Clean Energy Source- SLIDESHOW
The term “Reach for the stars” has new meaning for scientists at Florida A&M University (FAMU) who are attempting to harness the power of stars like the sun in the form of fusion energy…
Boca’s ‘future physicians’ get white coats
More than 200 business, political, medical and professional people turned out, all 64 white coats were underwritten, and at least $50,000 was raised for the second incoming class of 64 medical students at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine…
Ride2FGCU helps match carpoolers
With gas prices on the rise and parking always a premium, Florida Gulf Coast University has created a carpooling solution. Ride2FGCU makes it easier for students and staff to get a lift to and from campus and uses social media…
Among top 25 party schools UF, FSU
Florida made the grades this week as Newseek releases its list of the top 25 party schools in the nation. Two schools made the cut this year, after being a no-show in last year’s rankings. This year’s list puts the University of Florida at No. 9 and Florida State University at No. 13.
Tailgating Guide: University of Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Whether you’re a Florida Gators football fan ready to get your Gator chomp on down at “The Swamp” or an opposing team out-of-towner, it’s time for “TailGators” to get ready for game-day festivities at the University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. While the University of Florida (UF) consistently ranks in the top 10 party schools, most recently as the top party school of the decade, and Gator fans are still one of the college football tailgating masters, there are guidelines and rules to follow when tailgating. Smart TailGators will thoroughly review the official Florida Gatorsdetailed game-day guide when planning to attend any home game…
UCF ranked No. 1 least rigorous school
Central Florida Future
UCF was ranked No. 1 least rigorous school in Newsweek’s recently released 2012 Best Colleges list. The list of the 25 least rigorous colleges included a list of schools where students found the workload easiest when normalized by the aptitude of the student body. UCF wasn’t the only Florida institution to rank at the top of the list – Florida State University ranked directly behind UCF at No. 2, University of South Florida ranked No. 4, Florida Atlantic University ranked No. 14 and University of Florida ranked No. 21.
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Thumbs down: To the University of Central Florida for heavy sanctions it received last week from the NCAA, which found major recruiting violations within the school’s football and men’s basketball programs…
State College System
Broward College to offer classes in Coral Springs this October
Broward Net Online
Residents of Coral Springs and surrounding areas can register for college classes close to home beginning October 22 when Broward College opens its Coral …
Broward College Offering Classes in Coral Springs this October
Coral Springs Talk
Students new to Broward College may apply online now at www.broward.edu or at the North Campus, located at 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. in Coconut Creek…
Edison nursing program gains accreditation
Lehigh Acres News Star
Although its first accrediting decision didn’t go so well this summer, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission had some good news today for Edison State College. Edison’s baccalaureate nursing program now is a nationally accredited …
Report says lax financial aid culture led to FSCJ’s Pell Grant …
A “lax culture” and poorly trained staff led to at least 1,300 Florida State College at Jacksonville students receiving Pell Grants they may have to repay, according to an outside review.
FSCJ board reports on grant problems
More than 1,300 students from Florida State College at Jacksonville will still have to pay back more than $3 million in grant money they were given by mistake…
“Cultural” problems at FSCJ led to financial aid troubles
A culture change. That’s what the man in charge of reviewing financial aid procedures at Florida State College at Jacksonville says we need to see in order to fix the problems in current procedures…
IRSC offers Veterans Retraining program
Indian River State College is providing U.S. military veterans the opportunity to learn in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program…
Should Student Evaluations Be Anonymous?
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Gainesville Sun broke a story on July 19 that has potentially significant implications for postsecondary instructors across the country. The story concerned a lawsuit brought by Darnell Rhea, an adjunct instructor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., who claimed that his contract was not renewed because a student filed a complaint against him. The e-mail “complains of Rhea’s classroom behavior, his humiliating remarks to students, and his unorthodox teaching methodologies.” Rhea simply argued in his lawsuit that he wanted an opportunity to defend himself, but couldn’t because he didn’t know the identity of his accuser, yet the circuit court dismissed his case…
TCC named among best places to work
It’s been a heady month in the national spotlight for Tallahassee Community College. Jim Murdaugh, TCC’s president, testified before a U.S. Senate panel studying college affordability on July 19 about how the 14,000-student school was able to avoid raising tuition for the coming school year. And in Monday’s edition of the highly respected The Chronicle of Higher Education, TCC was named one of the country’s “great colleges to work for.” TCC was one of five Florida schools among the 103 that were recognized in the Chronicle’ssurvey of 294 educational institutions nationwide…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Security guard shoots would-be robber at Melbourne Internet cafe
Central Florida News 13
Melbourne police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the Allied Veterans Internet Cafe, on the 3200 block of Babcock Street, not far from the Florida Institute of Technology campus.
Stetson holds 1st football practice in 56 years
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The last time Stetson University held a football practice, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for re-election and “I Love Lucy” was the most popular show on television…
Stover Theatre demolition delayed
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The demolition of Stover Theatre, scheduled to begin on Monday, has been put on hold until next week, a Stetson University spokeswoman said. Mary Anne Rogers, director of public relations, said crews halted the demolition so officials could dismantle the theatrical fly system to give to the Athens Theatre in DeLand. The fly system is used to raise and lower onstage curtains and backdrops. Rogers said officials hope to begin the demolition on Aug 13…
Stetson University partners with Boston Reed to offer Pharmacy Technician …
Celebration and DeLand, Fla. – As demand for skilled healthcare workers increases, Stetson University is launching a new, affordable healthcare training program.
U of Miami cancer drug thefts topped $14 million
An investigation into the theft of prescription drugs at a University of Miami cancer center has found that the total loss topped $14 million over a three-year period…
ACLU hosts RNC info forum
Bay News 9
In a crowded auditorium at the University of Tampa Tuesday night, police, public defenders, attorneys, members of the ACLU and potential protestors met face to face to talk about meshing security with the right to free speech.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Editorial: FAMU down to its last number on accountability
Palm Beach Post
The self-protective culture that has shamed Penn State University threatens Florida A&M; University. Last month, the FAMU trustees told James Ammons that his resignation as president would be effective immediately, not in October, as Dr. Ammons had proposed. Dr. Ammons deserved to go, and not just for his weak response to the hazing death last November of band member Robert Champion. Over five years, Dr. Ammons failed to fix administrative problems that were exposed a decade ago, after the resignation of President Frederick Humphries. As with Dr. Humphies and Fred Gainous, who was forced out as president in 2004, Dr. Ammons will be rewarded for failure. He gets nearly $100,000 in bonus money on top of the $341,000 annual salary he will receive while on a year-long sabbatical. When that ends, he becomes FAMU’s highest-paid tenured professor…
Goodfellow: He’s got a year-old technology degree from one of Florida’s largest universities and still can’t find a job
Like millions of other Americans, I need a job. In 2011, I received my bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in information engineering technology and started the arduous process of applying for positions within my field. My skills include operating systems, computer networks, computer and network security, project design and development, systems design and implementation, operating systems security, technical writing and communication, project development and execution…
Letters: Applauding Marianna’s rich theater heritage
Jackson County Floridan
Before the parade passes by and the curtain rises on the stage of the new Chipola College Performing Arts Center, it is fitting to recall and remember some Marianna residents who have and are still entertaining and informing us. Some began their careers on the old Chipola Junior College stage. Others just “struck out” on their own to find successful careers on stage, in film and television. All graduated from Marianna High School…Tom Wilkinson – Marianna
Youngest Bachelor’s Graduate at FAU Follows Up With Master’s
NBC 6 Miami
At age 17, Samuel Greene became the youngest person to graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree. Now he has his master’s at just 20. Getting his graduate degree in computer science is “really exciting,” Greene said.
Incumbents rarely upset in Collier County elections
Naples Daily News
“It’s pretty rare that an incumbent at the local level is voted out,” said Peter Bergerson, a political science professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. That’s definitely the case in Collier County…
Woman dead, daughter injured in stabbing
Miami Gardens Police said 39-year-old Alphonso Gerard Lucas turned himself in, in connection to the stabbing that left Terrilyn D Gray dead and her daughter, recent Florida International University graduate Curtina Gray in the hospital…
Dr. Modesto Maidique
What Makes The Person A Game Changer: Dr. Modesto Maidique was president of Florida International University. Prior to FIU, he held academic appointments at M.I.T., Harvard and Stanford University, and was co-founder and CEO of several companies.
Former FSU prof Juanita Gibson dies
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Juanita Gibson was a political science professor for 12 years at Florida State University before she moved into the Westcott Building, where she was a highly regarded executive assistant to three FSU presidents.
Ex-Fla. House speaker suing state for legal costs
(Ray) Sansom faced official misconduct, perjury and grand theft charges over earmarking $6 million so Northwest Florida State College could build a Destin airport facility allegedly for use as a hangar by co-defendant Jay Odom, a friend and political supporter. The school then gave Sansom a $110,000 job on the day he became speaker in November 2008.
Ex-Fla. House speaker suing state for legal costs
WTXL ABC 27
The Destin Republican (Ray Sansom) faced grand theft and other charges over earmarking $6 million so Northwest Florida State College could build an airport building allegedly for use by a co-defendant. The school then gave Sansom a $110,000 job. Sansom resigned from the college job and stepped down as speaker.
Olympic spoilers on social media anger TV viewers
“The Internet cuts both ways,” said Sharon Geltner, a business analyst at the small business development center at Palm Beach State College…
Student’s class alert app gets ‘F’ from university
Marketing major Tim Arnold thought he was doing a good deed — not to mention forming a neat business plan — by creating a Facebook app that helped his fellow University of Central Florida students find out as soon as seats became available for classes they needed, but couldn’t get at registration time. But the app’s popularity backfired, resulting in the school shutting down access and putting Arnold himself on academic probation. The app is called U Could Finish, a play on the school’s initials, UCF. Its purpose was to notify students by text message, as often as every 60 seconds, to tell them when there were spots available in desired classes. The way it did it was to access UCF’s schedule search page — and therein lay the problem.
UCF student on probation after creating class registration website
The University of Central Florida has put a student on probation because he created a website. Tim Arnold‘s professors at UCF are always pushing him to think outside the box, so he created a website to help students register for classes. The website will send a text message to students, alerting them when a class has an opening. But UCF officials said Arnold, who is in his senior year, didn’t think his idea through, and now he’s on academic probation until the end of next spring. ”I want to still continue to give back and use my talents at the university but I am not allowed to anymore,” said Arnold.
Check out Tim’s website here.
New nanoparticle discovery opens door for pharmaceuticals
What a University of Central Florida student thought was a failed experiment has led to a serendipitous discovery hailed by some scientists as a potential game changer for the mass production of nanoparticles. Soroush Shabahang, a graduate student in CREOL (The College of Optics & Photonics), made the finding that could ultimately change the way pharmaceuticals are produced and delivered…
Aging Survey Captures Snapshot Of Post 60s Concerns
The survey’s findings will be discussed with a number of experts including Donna Shalala, the University of Miami’s president and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human services, at a town hall event in Miami on August 8…
Older Americans upbeat about aging, future: survey
They see people that are older being healthier,” said Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami and a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration.
Good diet fuels optimum performance, dietitian says
After listening to Cynthia Sass, you’ll want to rush to the market to stock up on berries, beans, spinach, yogurt and nuts. The registered dietitian and best-selling author advocates putting only the most natural, nutrient-dense and hunger-satisfying foods in your body, whether your goal is weight loss, running marathons or simply cleaning up your diet. Sass, a former University of South Florida instructor who has gone on to national fame as a nutritionist, now lives in New York…
Jeb Bush joins list of convention speakers
“Jeb is an interesting character in many respects,” said Darryl Paulson, a political scientist at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. “He is the face of the Republican Party. He is without equal within the party…
Releases and Web Stories
Diageo and Florida International University Join Forces to Prepare Unemployed …
NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Diageo, the world’s leading spirits, wine and beer company, is pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of Learning Skills for Life (LSFL), an innovative, first-of-its-kind program in the United States. The program, designed to train unemployed and underemployed South Floridians, provides both life and business skills needed to find employment in the hospitality industry with a focus on retail, enterprise, bartending and teaching. The graduating class consists of 50 students from a variety of backgrounds including single mothers and veterans. The graduation took place today at Florida International University‘s Biscayne Bay Campus…
Fla. Bar now says nothing disqualifies immigrant
The Florida Bar now says there’s nothing that would disqualify an illegal immigrant from getting a law license. But the Board of Bar Examiners said in a letter to his lawyer, former Florida State University President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, that it still wants an advisory opinion from the Florida Supreme Court before taking final action. The board previously had declined to admit Jose Godinez-Samperio to the bar but asked the justices for an advisory opinion on whether illegal immigrants can get law licenses…
SpeakSpanishLive, Delivering Innovative One-on-One Spanish Immersion Via …
SpeakSpanishLive (SSL), delivering innovative one-on-one language immersion via live videoconferencing, has entered into an agreement with Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business to offer discounts to Rollins students, alumni and staff.
Campus Solutions, Inc. Launches First-ever “Bra Lounge” With Lily of France On Major University Campus
NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Campus Solutions Inc., a New York-based youth marketing company specializing in the collegiate audience, and Lily of France, a leader in women’s apparel and intimates, have partnered together to launch the first-ever “Bra Lounge” on a major university campus in the U.S. Just in time for back-to-school season, the companies on August 22 will turn the Student Union of University of Central Florida into an intimate, tented salon where female students can come to relax, enjoy non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’oeuvres and learn more about their bra size, as well as options for undergarments. Representatives from Lily of France will be on hand to properly size women and show them samples from the company’s catalog. A separate “dressing room” will be built in the lounge, allowing for maximum privacy…
Central Fla. named least rigorous school
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) – The University of Central Florida was dubbed the least rigorous college in the United States by the Newsweek & The Daily Beast College Rankings 2012. Newsweek said the school was chosen as the least rigorous based on the percent of applicants admitted, median SAT and ACT stores, the student-to-faculty ratio, and a manageability workload score determined by the Web site College Prowler. The magazine said it used the same methods to dub Columbia University as the most rigorous in the nation…
National study ranks UF first among Florida colleges
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida ranks first among Florida universities for what students want from a college education, according to a recent study by Forbes magazine and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity…
Sarajedini appointed associate dean in CLAS
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla .— University of Florida astronomy professor Ata Sarajedini has been named the associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences…
College students use ingenuity to whip up dorm meals
Candace Braun Davison, who graduated from the University of South Florida in December 2009, went to college excited about her dining hall only to find out they served a repetitive loop of meals.