State University System
Tuition increase to take effect
Central Florida Future
As the summer comes to an end, most students are gathering their spare change to get ready for the 15 percent differential tuition increase effective in fall. Come the start of the semester students should expect to pay $208.23 per credit hour, compared to $186.13 last year. Students taking 12 credit hours this semester will see an increase of $230.88 compared to last year. The 15 percent increase that was approved in June by the Board of Governors added $19.24 to the differential tuition, which was $24.96, for a total of $44.20 per credit hour…
FAMU trustees to decide on interim president, begin search for new leader
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Larry Robinson’s title is expected to change once again on Wednesday when Florida A&M University trustees hold their first in-person meeting since the sudden resignation of President James H. Ammons on July 16…
FAMU Announces Enhanced Football Experience
With the fall football season quickly approaching, Florida A&M University (FAMU) announces an enhanced football experience and halftime entertainment for fans of FAMU football. This 2012 football season takes on a special meaning as the university celebrates 125 years of excellence. The season, which kicks off September 1 in Nashville against Tennessee State University, includes four home games each with a different game experience that fans will appreciate and get excited about.
Board to Set Timetables For Creating Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University‘s newly proposed timetable calls for a permanent president to be hired by June 30, 2013. Board of Directors Chairman Robert Gidel told fellow board members Monday it is vital that certain steps be taken to expedite the creation of the state’s 12th university…
VA hospital remains delayed
Members of the Florida Congressional delegation held a hearing on Monday at the University of Central Florida’s Medical School to try and get to the bottom of lengthy delays in opening Orlando’s VA hospital…
Giant python had 87 eggs
University of Florida researchers last week dissected the largest Burmese python found in the state, measuring 17 feet, 7 inches in length and weighing more the 164 pounds. They discovered that the snake was carrying 87 eggs, also a state record.
UNF launches free mobile app for smart phones
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The University of North Florida has launched a free mobile campus application currently available on iPhone and Android phones. It offers mobile access to campus maps, event, the most recent university news and has a directory that connects students to …
HART Breaks Ground On First Public Bus Rapid Transit, Hillsborough
MetroRapid North-South, the first public transit system of its kind in Hillbsborough County, aims to speed up travel between downtown Tampa and the University of South Florida…
State College System
Suspicious Bag Causes Evacuation in Winter Haven, But No Threat Found
Winter Haven Police have ended a tense inspection of a suspicious bag found this morning behind a home across the street from Polk State College in Winter Haven…
Independent Colleges and Universities
B-CU receives $20000 grant to help elementary school writing teachers
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Bethune-Cookman University has received a federal grant to provide writing assistance this 2012/2013 school year to a local elementary school. The university in Daytona Beach received $20,000 to provide “intensive professional development” to teachers who will then assist their students in improving various academic standards dealing with writing and learning…
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in front of Flagler College in St. Augustine.
As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took his attacks on President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy to St. Augustine on Monday, the man on the minds of the crowd at Flagler College was the one who wasn’t there: Paul Ryan. That didn’t mean Romney was going to leave out his newly named vice presidential pick, who the former governor said would work with him to turn the country around…
Romney running a tad late for Flagler College speech, crowds still entering
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
A couple thousand supporters already are gathered on the West Lawn of Flagler College under a sweltering early morning sun awaiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the first stop of his abbreviated Florida bus tour. The candidate is running a little late for what was to be an 8:45 a.m. speech. Meanwhile, after hearing a live show from St. Augustine’s Red River Band, playing a mix of country and classic rock, the crowd, which had waited in a line that had snaked for blocks, continues to trickle through security, gathering in front of the historic former Ponce de Leon Hotel, now known as Flagler College’s Ponce Hall…
Jacksonville University On Alert After Woman Reportedly Raped, Battered On …
Jacksonville University is on alert after a woman was reportedly raped and battered on campus last week. A woman walking alone near the Arlington Expressway on the night of Aug. 7 was picked up at gunpoint around 8:30 p.m. WTEV reported, and then driven onto the Jacksonville campus. A man had pulled up in a car, according to First Coast News, and asked her what time it was before pulling out a chrome revolver…
CBS’ Bob Schieffer To Host Pres. Debate At Lynn University
BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – When President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney step on stage at the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University, CBS viewers will see a very familiar face. The Commission on Presidential Debates released the moderators for this year’s debate and CBS Face the Nation Host Bob Schieffer will be hosting from Boca Raton. The Lynn University debate hosted by Schieffer is set for Monday, October 22.
Bob Schieffer to moderate presidential debate at Lynn University
Palm Beach Post
Veteran newsman Bob Schieffer will moderate the Oct. 22 debate between President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates website. The Lynn University …
UT plans for co-existence with nearby Republican National Convention
Just a mile away from downtown — where tens of thousands of visitors, delegates and journalists will set the area abuzz with the Republican National Convention — it’ll be business as usual for the first week of the University of Tampa‘s fall semester. That is, as usual as possible…
For-Profit and Career Colleges
FCC adds nursing program to Jacksonville campus
Florida Career College has launched a new nursing program at its Jacksonville campus to meet a gowing demand in the nursing profession, according to a news …
Net Price vs. Out-of-Pocket
Inside Higher Ed
Full Sail University, a for-profit college in Florida, goes further, listing only “direct costs” (just tuition, about $22,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree), then subtracting loans, for an “estimated remaining tuition” of $0, listed prominently. The federal net price disclosure — for one student, a total of $43,466 — is in a gray box much lower down, below a list of expenses, a large graph showing the breakdown of loans (student vs. parent), and “next steps” to apply and enroll. In a statement, Full Sail said it believes its calculator goes “above and beyond.” “When potential students are looking at a net price calculator, they are not only looking for a clear cost comparison, they are also starting down a path that will lead to a better understanding of the funding process,” the university said in a statement…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Barr & Curtis: Summer Olympics: Seen and Heard With Our Students at the Games
For two weeks, here in London, our Lynn University sports management students lived the Olympic dream. They toured Olympic Stadium, Wembley and nearly every Summer Games venue in the Greater London area. They met with Olympians and learned about the relationships between athletes and their national governing bodies. They studied the vast security systems in place needed to keep the Games safe, as well as the massive volunteer program that kept the Olympics running smoothly…
Chudley Werch: Report of my performance at UF needs clarification
Last year the Gainesville Sun published an article titled “UF will repay $192,000 over mishandled grants”. This article highlighted the University of Florida’s decision to return federal research funds deemed inappropriately spent while I served as Principal Investigator and director of the Addictive and Health Behaviors Research Institute.
Why St Augustine over Jacksonville for Romney visit?
It was an especially exciting day for the president of Flagler College. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to host this event on our campus,” said Dr. William Abare. ”To have a presidential candidate come to St. Johns County and to St. Augustine is pretty significant.”
Video: Behind the scenes of Romney’s visit
First Coast News
Flagler College president Dr. William T. Abare talks about the behind-the-scenes logistics of getting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to the college…
Local student wins scholarships to study abroad in Laos
David Pick, a student at Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honor College and a graduate of Olivet Private School, won the Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship and the Freeman Asia Scholarship plus 2 FAU study Abroad scholarships…
Wenying Xu named to VP role at Chatham University
Pittsburgh Business Times
[Wenying] Xu comes to Pittsburgh from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., whwere she was professor and chair of English and interim associate dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters…
Romney to visit El Palacio Del Los Jugos
“His plan to overhaul Medicare may not sit well with the very few undecideds that are out there and certainly with seniors, especially in Florida,” said Kathryn Dapalo, an instructor at Florida International University…
Raja Bell Graduating from FIU
NBC 6 Miami
Thirteen years after ending his college career at Florida International University to join the NBA, Bell is headed back to FIU to get his degree.
Meet the Republican Scion Who Could Take Down Florida’s Last Democratic …
A Nelson loss could have an “avalanche effect” in Florida politics, Florida State University professor Lance deHaven-Smith warned. “It would be a bellwether change,” deHaven-Smith told me. “It would solidify the Republican’s control of Florida.”
Naples’ Earl and Thelma Hodges have earned their community honor
Naples Daily News
Hodges University in North Naples also is named after the couple, who donated $12 million to the university in 2007. ”We had weekly meetings and would talk about who to approach — we had a laundry list of people,” Passidomo said of the idea of getting someone to donate for the naming rights to the university. “Eventually, I just said, ‘I’m sorry, Earl. You’re just going to have to do it.’ And he did. In his own quiet way, he steps up to the plate.” Earl said he had attended a graduation or two at the university when it was International College and also contributed to a veterans’ scholarship fund. But he said it was the students who inspired their gift. ”You would hear these students tell their stories. Many of them were adults and single parents who raised their families and held down a job, studying at night after the kids went to sleep. Those people are serious,” he said.
Ethics complaint filed against Keith Fitzgerald
The complaint filed earlier this month by George Del Monte, of Bradenton, alleges [Keith] Fitzgerald, a former Florida House member from Sarasota, failed “to disclose his conflict of interest in voting on millions of dollars in taxpayer funds benefitting his employer, New College of Florida.”
Former Palm Beach State College instructor sues to get job back …
English instructor Edwin Riley says he was just trying to give his students at Palm Beach State College a hands-on lesson about the art of persuasive essay-writing when he urged them to lobby county commissioners to ban leaf blowers. Instead, he says, it cost him his job. Now the 69-year-old Juno Beach resident is fighting back. In a lawsuit that was recently moved from state to federal court, he claims school officials violated his First Amendment rights when they decided not to renew his contract last fall, shortly after students tried unsuccessfully to persuade commissioners to banish the noisy, polluting lawn tools from the county. “They got irritated because I was teaching outside the box,” he said.
Students in Volusia, Flagler must follow dress codes
Daytona Beach News-Journal
But uniforms don’t seem to singularly solve school problems, said Tom Owens, the director of the Center for Educational Research and Development at the University of Central Florida.
Natalie’s Closure Symptomatic of Independent Eateries’ Cash Flow, Cost Woes
“Chains have economies of scale and can buy food cheaper than independents can. When the economy slows down, independents are the ones getting hurt, because they’re paying more for food and absorbing it — that makes them more vulnerable,” said H.G. Parsa, a professor at the University of Central Florida‘s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
Nabbing suspected burglar not worth two lives
Geoffrey P. Alpert, former director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Miami and a national expert in high-risk police procedures, told me Monday that since the 1990s, police agencies have been moving toward allowing police chases …
George Soros, 82, Proproses to Miami Beach Republican Half His Age!
Elderly Democratic Party sugar daddy George Soros is engaged to a former Miami Beach resident and University of Miami graduate less than half his age — a woman who was registered to vote in Florida as a REPUBLICAN! Eighty-two-year-old billionaire investor Soros, according to reports, recently proposed to 40-year-old Tamiko Bolton, and announced the pending nuptials at a party Saturday in the Hamptons.
Cocoa May Sharpen Aging Brain
When it comes to cocoa, “moderation is key,” says Richard S. Isaacson, MD, of the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Zimmerman lawyer pursuing traditional self-defense
University of Miami law professor Tamara Lave said this change by O’Mara may be a signal that he thinks his case for self-defense is solid even without the special provisions afforded by “stand your ground.”
Medicare Rises as Prime Election Issue
New York Times
“The senior vote in Florida is a lot more complicated than it used to be,” said Matthew T. Corrigan, a political scientist at the University of North Florida. “What Ryan does is he helps in places where you have really conservative seniors — the Tea Party seniors if you will.”
Advocates support Jacksonville human rights ordinance at finish line rally
Organizers of the Jacksonville Committee for Equality rally said [John] Delaney, now president of the University of North Florida, and others have been instrumental in bringing businesses on board in support of passage…
Mormon church makes $7BILLION per year because of wealthy members like …
Relying heavily on church records in countries that require far more disclosure than the United States, University of Tampa sociologist Ryan Cragun and Reuters were able to learn a great deal more about the financial backing of the often misunderstood religion.
Poll shows atheism on the rise in the US
“The obvious implication is that this is a manifestation of the New Atheism movement,” said Ryan Cragun, a University of Tampa sociologist of religion who studies American and global atheism.
Releases and Web Stories
Want To Learn About Business? Check Out Free FAU Lectures.
Florida Atlantic University jut announced its Fall 2012 Executive Forum Lecture Series — in which area business leaders share their knowledge and experience. The lectures start on Thursday, August 30th, and run from 5;30p until 7p in room 101 of the Office Depot Grand Lecture Hall — 777 Glades Road.
FSU’s New West Palm Beach Film School to Launch with 30 Students Paying $28,000 a Year
Florida State University’s new film school here is starting small, with 30 students and a few classrooms and computer labs in an office building at the northern end of CityPlace…
University House at the University of Central Florida Reaches Leasing Capacity …
MarketWatch (press release)
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Inland American Communities Group, Inc. (“IAC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. (“Inland American”), announced today the completed construction of the University House student apartment community, located at 3200 North Alafaya Trail at the University of Central Florida. Due to its innovative design and premium amenities, the property achieved the milestone of being 100 percent pre-leased in early summer 2012. Beginning this month, the community will open and serve the students of the University of Central Florida and the surrounding areas…