Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

State University System

Fla. Gov. sends letters to thousands of students
7Online WSVN-TV
Scott, who made headlines when he questioned the need for more anthropology majors in the state’s universities, warns students that the world is rapidly changing and they need to focus on education that will help them get a job. He mentions his own background — including that he spent time living in public housing — and suggests that the students either work or take an internship while in school. He cautions college freshmen about “taking on debt.”

Board of Governors seeks incentives for universities
The Florida Current
The Florida Board of Governors will request a $118 million budget increase from the Legislature as part of an effort to hold public universities more accountable. Meeting in Fort Myers on Thursday, governors approved a proposal to develop a plan to create performance-based incentives for the State University System.

Florida Board of Governors seeks trustees applicants
Tbo.com
The Florida Board of Governors is seeking applicants for an open spot on the board of trustees at the University of South Florida, as well as at other universities throughout the state. The universities’ 13-member boards of trustees are responsible for implementing and maintaining cost-effective policy and high quality educational programs. They also work to adhere to state policy, budgeting and education standards…

Board of Governors Meeting Highlights
WCTV
Marking a continued commitment to accountability, the Florida Board of Governors on Thursday took a step toward securing performance-based funding for the State University System of Florida…

FAMU Holds First Home Game Without Famed Band
ABC News
This season, the words more commonly used to describe FAMU’s famed marching band, which has performed at high-profile events like the Super Bowl, are “disgraced” and “suspended.”

Fans ponder FAMU future
USA TODAY
As Florida A&M University hosted its first football game without its renowned band, the school turned a page in its history and stepped into a challenging and uncertain future…

FAMU, FSU students geared up for first lady’s visit today
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The first lady will speak to Obama supporters during a free public rally today starting 4 p.m. at the Civic Center. She is expected to make her remarks about Obama’s new campaign initiative, “It Takes One,” at 6:55 p.m.

Too soon to tell if surviving pilot whales can be released
WPTV
The five juveniles of a few hundred pounds each — adult animals can reach 24 feet and 7,000 pounds — were taken a short distance to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce…

FSU removes references to Digital Domain from its web site
Palm Beach Post (blog)
Want to study animation and digital arts and earn a Florida State University degree in the process? FSU is still offering the West Palm Beach-based program on its web site but is no longer referencing Digital Domain, the now-bankrupt company that partnered up with FSU in West Palm…

Florida’s Board of Governors questions Digital Domain partnership 
Palm Beach Post
The multimillion-dollar partnership between Florida State University and Digital Domain sped by the school’s two governing boards without a formal vote or debate on the merits of a marriage between FSU and the private animation company…

Read John Textor’s explanation of what went wrong with Digital Domain

UCF Plans Appeal Bowl Ban By Monday
SB Nation (blog)
The University of Central Florida has until Monday to appeal the one-year postseason bowl ban imposed on them in football by the NCAA. And according to an ESPN report, it appears the university will do just that…

With Michelle Obama there, UF campus will be crowded on Monday
Gainesville Sun
Expect crowded conditions on the University of Florida campus on Monday for first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the O’Connell Center…

Anticipation builds for first lady
Gainesville Sun
Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and Gators for Obama leaders offered enthusiastic remarks in anticipation of first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to the University of Florida on Monday. During a Sunday afternoon news conference, Lowe expressed strong support for President Barack Obama’s re-election, calling Gainesville and the University of Florida “Obama country.”

First lady’s speech at UF today a chance to boost campaign
Ocala
First lady Michelle Obama’s speech Monday at the University of Florida is more than a rally for her husband’s re-election. It’s also a way for the campaign to recruit volunteers and register voters…

Manatee Education Television (METV) celebrates 20 years of covering 
Bradenton Herald
METV programming planned to rely on material from the Manatee County School Board, Manatee Community College (now State College of Florida) and the University of South Florida

Some Elton John fans’ seats missing seats in renovated Sun Dome
Tampabay.com
A seating mishap at the newly renovated University of South Florida Sun Dome had some Elton John fans singing the blues Friday night, and venue organizers considering refunds. About 30 fans who showed up at Section 204 found out their seats were scratched as a result of multimillion dollar renovations this winter…

USF needs drug users for study
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is seeking participants for a research project that deals with prescription drug abuse. People selected to participate will receive a $25 Visa gift card after participating in a 45- to 60-minute confidential interview…

State College System

Meet Florida’s newest theater at Chipola College in Marianna
Tallahassee Democrat
The Chipola Center for the Arts is located off Caverns Road on the Chipola College campus.

Chipola College School of Education Sees High Employment 
wmbb
100 percent of the Education program’s Elementary Ed, Science, and Math graduates all found a job…

School district’s first LEED-certified school set for Ruskin
Tampabay.com
The Hillsborough County School District will construct its first LEED-certified school on an educational campus that is already home to Lennard High School and Hillsborough Community College’s SouthShore campus.

Netflix-like voting service comes to college
Sun-Sentinel
Miami Dade College says it’s the first community college to participate in TurboVote, a service that will mail voter registration forms to students with pre-stamped return envelopes.

Newest express bus service to Miami debuts Oct. 1
Sun-Sentinel
Stops will include the Fort Lauderdale Airport Tri-Rail station off Griffin Road, Veterans Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami-Dade County Courthouse and Miami-Dade College Medical Campus.

Independent Colleges and Universities

FSC to buy apartment complex for $8.5M
News Chief
Florida Southern College has closed on an $8.5 million deal to buy Lake Hollingsworth Villas — an acquisition that will enable the growing private school to offer apartment living for an additional 260 students.

Florida Southern Buys More Apartments for Student Housing
The Ledger
The Lake Hollingsworth Apartments, located on the east side of the lake, were purchased by Florida Southern College for use as student housing.

Florida Southern Unveils New Tennis Complex
The Ledger
TENNIS GREAT CHRIS EVERT was a special guest at the opening of the new Wynee Warden Tennis Center at Florida Southern College.

Lynn University mascot trains like Rocky for presidential debate
Bizjournals.com (blog)
Lynn University is living up to its reputation as a hot college for social media with a humorous video that shows mascot Big Lu preparing for the debate with the “Rocky” theme song playing in the background…

Lynn University is racing to get ready for the last Presidential Debate just 
WPEC
The last presidential debate which will be held at Lynn University is almost here and hundreds of volunteers have been chosen to help out. The college campus is bustling with activity as the school gets ready for the October 22nd debate…

Connie Mack, Bill Nelson Agree to One TV Debate
Sunshine State News
A televised debate will be held Oct. 17 from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, set up by “Decision 2012: Before You Vote,” a partnership between Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association.

Lake Jovita residents seek split from St. Leo
Tampabay.com
The latest Census says 1340 people live in St. Leo. The bulk of those are college students attending Saint Leo University.

Miami orangutan named Peanut undergoes chemotherapy for cancer in 
Washington Post
The private zoo had no board certified veterinary oncologist on staff and turned to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Presidential candidates coming to University of Miami
Wink News
President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney will be in Miami for back-to-back candidate Forums at the University of Miami next week…

University of Miami thanks fans for showing…all 300 of them
WTSP 10 News
The University of Miami is thanking all of the 300 people who showed up to support the Hurricanes Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. A photo taken by a fan on Twitter showed plenty of empty seats in the stadium when the ‘Canes came out of the tunnel and, according to Yahoo! Sports, it didn’t get much better as the game went on…

For-Profit and Career Colleges

Accused killer of Full Sail student sold crack in NY
Orlando Sentinel
An 18-year-old man being held in the shotgun killing of a Full Sail University student skipped out on his sentencing in a drug case in New York and is a suspect in a robbery there, authorities said this week. Charles A. Dessus, who calls himself Ezzy (pronounced easy) Melendez, pleaded guilty in March 2011 to selling crack and was to be sentenced in July, a spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said.

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voies from Around the State

Dunkelberger: Romney, Obama campaigns court Florida’s youth vote
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Florida’s youth vote will be in play Monday as both the Romney and Obama campaigns court the state’s youngest voters in multiple-city appearances. Both First Lady Michelle Obama and George P. Bush, son of former Gov. Jeb Bush, will be making separate appearances in the college towns of Tallahassee and Gainesville on Monday…

Blame-shifting at FAMU doesn’t atone for death
Orlando Sentinel
Florida A&M University has solved the hazing-related death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. In a twist that even Agatha Christie couldn’t have dreamed up, they declared Champion himself the culprit…

Is FAMU hazing victim to blame for his own death?
Palm Beach Post (blog)
The Associated Press reports that FAMU argued that the civil case should be dismissed because Mr. Champion, 26, was a leader in the organization and should have refused to participate in the hazing ritual last November during which he was fatally …

Buying jobs in dark is costly state policy
Tbo.com
The company also had a deal with Florida State University, but has announced it is closing its newly opened Digital Domain Institute in West Palm Beach…

My Word: Endowments can transform lives
Orlando Sentinel
Only the truly wealthy can create an endowment. Or, at least that is what I thought. However, the reality is that many of us have an opportunity to make a difference through an endowment. Perhaps the scale will be smaller than the ones that garner national attention, but even a modest endowment can be large enough to transform the life of a college or university student…William F. Merck II is vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer for the University of Central Florida.

Hughes: Florida students no longer excited about Obama
Washington Examiner
Three words offered again and again here on the campus of the University of Florida could spell disaster for President Obama’s re-election hopes if the young voters are still repeating them in November: “I don’t care.”…

Obama worshippers need a history lesson on economics
Orlando Sentinel
On Thursday, Rollins College adjunct professor of international affairs Stephen W. Day informed us in his Sentinel guest column why we cannot ask the question, “Am I better off today than I was four years ago?”…Jack A. Chambless is an economics professor at Valencia College.

Saturday’s letters
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The Herald-Tribune recently revealed to readers the exciting expansion plans on tap for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. Next year, the campus will offer freshman and sophomore classes, and over the next 10 years, USFSM plans to double enrollment to 10,000 students. Plans include new dormitories, a $25 million academic center and a Center for Wellness and Longevity, as well as growth through other private and public partnerships…Sharon Hillstrom, President & CEO, Manatee Economic Development Corp. & Mark Huey, President & CEO, Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County

Parvez Ahmed, Mark Schlakman: There’s still much we don’t know in Libya
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Brace yourselves. You may know that protests erupted outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo and that mobs subsequently attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, this past Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of 9/11, apparently at least in part in reaction to an anti-Islam film produced in the United States that objectifies the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, depicting him as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer…Parvez Ahmed is a Fulbright Scholar (2009-10) and associate professor at the University of North Florida and a frequent writer on the American Muslim experience. Mark Schlakman is a lawyer, former foreign affairs officer and serves as senior director at the Florida State University Center of Advancement of Human Rights. He also is chairman of the Tallahassee Committee on Foreign Relations…


Humanities commission focuses on arts in education
MiamiHerald.com (registration)
The commission, charged by Congress to come up with recommendations, includes Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College; Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami; Leslie C. Berlowitz, president of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Philip Bredesen, former governor of Tennessee, and David Skorton, president of Cornell University…

New Report Notes Florida’s Progress Preparing Students for College and Careers
WCTV
“In today’s economy, jobs often demand specific skills, and there can be a gap between what employers are seeking and the skills people have,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Aligning Florida’s college and career goals with employer needs helps prepare our students to pursue higher education and join the workforce.”

09/17: Legal Eagles Legal eagles
Orlando Sentinel
The Board of Advisors for the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law has added the following members: Bryant Applegate, County Attorney for Seminole County; The Honorable Bob LeBlanc, Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit; and Michael Sasso, partner in Michael C. Sasso, P.A…

FAU scientist helps discover new monkey
Sun-Sentinel
An anthropologist at Florida Atlantic University helped discover a new species of African monkey whose expressive face has just appeared in media reports around the world. Kate Detwiler, assistant professor of anthropology at FAU, worked on the genetic

Retired diplomat speaks of danger, importance of job
First Coast News
Joe Warner retired from the U.S. Diplomatic Corp after 23 years. He is disturbed by the attacks on U.S. embassies. “I think we need to seek them out and turn them over to the locals for justice,” said WagnerWagner, now a Florida State College at Jacksonville professor of international relations, has served in Northern Ireland and several other countries, and said the danger is always present…

Families grapple with shrinking state services offered to “medically fragile” kids
Tampabay.com
“If they got 15 hours last month, they will get 14 hours this month,” Florida State University law professor Paolo Annino said…

Florida’s Amendment One Asks Voters To Decide How Far State Can Go In 
WFSU
“First of all, it’s important to understand that under the United States Constitution, the federal constitution is the law of the land,” said Marshall Kapp, Director of the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine & Law and Professor of Medicine and Law at Florida State University.

Second dean of FSU law school, Morse, dead at 89
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Josh Morse, who laid the foundation of Florida State University’s respected law school, died Friday at his Tallahassee home. Morse was 89. Morse was the second dean of the FSU College of Law, arriving in 1969, two years after the school opened…

Q&A With FSU Film School Dean About the Digital Domain Bankruptcy
StateImpact Florida
Frank Patterson, Dean of FSU film school. Florida State University’s film school welcomed more than two dozen students to its new digital media program in West Palm Beach this month. The new Bachelor of Fine Arts program costs $28,000-a-year. Students join the program after spending their freshman year in Tallahassee. They are co-enrolled at FSU and the Digital Domain Institute, where animation is taught…

FL: ACLU acknowledges absentee voter fraud in Sunshine State elections
Montana Watchdog
“We want everybody who has been involved in helping pass these voter suppression laws, that have made it so difficult for people to register to vote, to vote and to have their vote counted,” said Ronald Bilbao, spokesman for the ACLU of Florida. “If legislators really want to attack voter fraud, they have to go after absentee ballots, which we know has fraud in Miami-Dade County and across the state,” admitted Bilbao at the launch of the Let Me Vote campaign at Miami-Dade College by the state ACLU.

South Florida soldiers, their duty done, return from Afghanistan
MiamiHerald.com (registration)
No deaths or serious injuries,” says Janette Chandler, the unit’s Family Readiness Support Assistant, as she rushed to complete a Welcome Home program for Sunday afternoon at Miami Dade College’s north campus…

Skipping Class to Campaign?
WTSP 10 News
Keith Fitzgerald is a professor at New College of Florida in Sarasota and is running for the 16th congressional district. The Republican Party is using comments from hundreds of student evaluations during his 17 years as a professor at New College, dating back to 1995. Students and Fitzgerald say those comments are taken out of context for political gain…

Delray Beach sweat lodge helps drug addicts
Sun-Sentinel
In Delray Beach, up to 12 people sit in a circle in a little hut off Linton  said Lois Pasapane, addiction studies chair at Palm Beach State college.

Pensacola State professor collects local spirit
Pensacola News Journal
Mark Alan Francis calls his collection of photographs “Rituals,” a reference to the ceremonial rite of local festivals. Francis’ two-decade accumulation came from his Charles Kuralt-like tour of the country, shooting the likes of tailgating zealots, big wheel racing and burning effigies. The exhibit is on display at Pensacola State College’s Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts through Oct. 5.

Historian illuminates legendary race between ‘Red Pepper’ and ‘Gorgeous George’
Orlando Sentinel
A storied episode in Florida’s political past takes center stage this week when historian James C. Clark speaks at the Orange County Regional History Center on Sept. 22. Clark, a longtime University of Central Florida faculty member, has written a fine book about the 1950 Democratic primary contest between incumbent U.S. Sen. Claude Pepper and his challenger, U.S. Rep. George Smathers.

Brevard keeps an eye on county credit cards
Florida Today
“I think the problem with them is obvious in the sense that they can be abused,” said [SeanSnaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness.

Dispute on how many jobs Obama created begins with where to begin
Palm Beach Post
“Consumers had been badly damaged and weren’t ready to spend,” says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. “Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put back together again that quickly.”

Books: Thrills, chills and a little writing help
Florida Today
Leslie Talley, a 40-year resident of Titusville, taught business and technical writing at the University of Central Florida for 10 years. She has now branched out into a new genre with her recently published book, “Make Old Bones”

Jeremy Foley still bringing it after all these years
Orlando Sentinel
Jeremy Foley went and saw Springsteen at Fenway Park over the summer and left the concert more impressed than ever. In the midst of his 20-year anniversary as the athletic director at the University of Florida, the boss of the Gators is still inspired by the real Boss. “Bruce is 62 years old and he played 31/2 hours and 30 songs,” Foley says during a recent interview in his office. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve seen him 27 times. He doesn’t look like the guy I saw when I was 20 years old. His band is different. His music is different. He’s evolved. But one thing hasn’t changed: He still has the passion and still brings it every single day.”

Chris Boardman Named Director Of Media Writing And Production At The UM 
Music Indistry News Network
The University of Miami Frost School of Music announces the appointment of multiple Emmy award winning composer Chris Boardman as the new director of the Media Writing and Production Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Hurricane Isaac had negative First Coast economic impact in August
Florida Times-Union
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason released the local figures Friday and they show some fluctuating indicators, most notably for non-core inflation such as energy and food…

Death of toddler left in truck highlights dangers
News-Sun
University of South Florida professor of neuroscience David Diamond authored an article on the subject in July 2011. Diamond studied 50 of the cases of child death from hyperthermia as a result of being left in cars…

Elton John thrills crowd at Sun Dome
Tbo.com
Elton John wows the crowd at the recently renovated University of South Florida Sundome on Friday. Between songs, he paused only briefly to engage fans, offering handshakes before getting back to his Yamaha piano…

Lesser known Koch brother is top Florida donor
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“This is your 2012 election in a nutshell,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor. “The big donors with deep pockets are giving to super PACs because they can give unlimited contributions…

Papers will end political endorsing
Tbo.com
“Sometimes it annoys more readers than it enlightens,” said University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus. “When so much information is available on candidates from other sources, you’re not educating voters as much,” MacManus said…

Paralympian, physician brings deep perspective
Tbo.com
Diane Straub, chief of adolescent medicine at the University of South Florida, won a gold medal swimming with the U.S. relay team at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona and a second gold medal in Atlanta in 1996…

Muslims open mosque in New Tampa
Tbo.com
“They are welcomed” in New Tampa, said [ScottPaine, who also is an associate professor at the University of Tampa and a former Tampa City Council member…

Federal Hearing: Judge to Weigh Interpretation of Use-Of-Force Guidelines on 
The Ledger
Richard Hough, who teaches at the University of West Florida’s department of justice studies, testified as a witness for the Sheriff’s Office, saying the use of pepper spray prevented any serious injuries to juveniles and deputies….

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler to present Ideas and Images series
Historic City News
Flagler College has announced to Historic City News that readers are welcome to attend when fourth-generation Floridian poet, Terry Ann Thaxton, kicks off the free “Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists Program” on October 3 at 7:00 p.m…

FIT Offers Free Monthly Autism-Related Workshops
Brevard Times
MELBOURNE, Florida — Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Psychology offers free monthly workshops of particular interest to parents, educators and professionals who deal with the issues of autism, according to a news release

Santa Fe College Named One of the Top 10 Colleges in the Country
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College was named one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation yesterday by the prestigious Aspen Institute…

Patients Needed for Screening Exam at Dental Clinic
Santa Fe College
Patients are needed for graduating Santa Fe College dental hygiene students’ Florida Dental Hygiene Licensure Exam at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry…

Santa Fe College Presents Healthcare Career Opportunities for 
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College presents a panel discussion of male African-American healthcare professionals 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, September 20 at Showers of Blessings Church, 2615 Southeast 15th St. These men will willingly share their stories of academic achievement and well-earned success in the healthcare field with anyone who attends the forum.

Santa Fe College in the News: “Dr. Steven Bingham: Spirit of Gainesville nominee”
Santa Fe College
Dr. Steven Bingham has been a Professor of Music at Santa Fe College since 2005 where he has developed an innovative instrumental program focusing on jazz, rhythm and blues, and concert band repertoire.