Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

FGCU eliminates 90 jobs, cuts library hours to meet budget shortfall
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University students kept a few extra dollars in their pockets this year, but the savings came at a price. To absorb this year’s limited tuition hike, administrators increased class sizes and the number of courses taught by adjunct …

FSU Digital Animation Program Flops As State Launches Investigation
A burgeoning Florida State University film program is in jeopardy of cancellation, and both students and taxpayers may be left shortchanged. One month after opening their doors to students for the first day of class, Florida State University’s Animation and Digital Arts Program is in danger of shutting down.  Digital Domain, the special effects company who co-sponsored the program, is filing for bankruptcy three years after opening its office in Port St. Lucie.   The company received $20 million from the state in 2009.  However, Enterprise Florida the organization that vets those funding requests, said Digital Domain didn’t warrant Florida’s investment in the first place…

FSU PC sets $5 million goal
The News Herald
Florida State University‘s Panama City campus has set a lofty goal, but it’s one Dean Ken Shaw believes is attainable. Upon announcing a goal to establish a $5 million endowment for the university’s College of Applied Studies by December 2017, Shaw revealed the university is already 44 percent there.

Central Florida Research Park gets state grant
Orlando Sentinel
Central Florida Research Park, next to the University of Central Florida in east Orange County, has snagged an $85,000 grant from Enterprise Florida’s $850,000 defense-reinvestment program, the state said Monday.

UCF appeals bowl ban
The University of Central Florida filed its appeal of its postseason football ban Monday to the NCAA, UCF spokesman Grant Heston told ESPN. Since the Knights have filed the appeal, they will remain eligible for a bowl game this season until the appeal is ruled on…

Solar panels to save UF money
Gainesville Sun
New solar panels will be installed at the University of Florida by the end of November, reducing the university’s energy costs and serving as a teaching tool for professors and students. Progress Energy will provide the 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array for free through its SunSense Schools program, which offers solar energy systems to up to 10 K-12 public schools and one public post-secondary school each year to promote renewable energy education and help schools save money on energy.

First lady delivers personal appeal at UF: Vote for Obama
Gainesville Sun
First lady Michelle Obama used a motherly tone Monday at the University of Florida, telling students that she wouldn’t accept any excuses about them failing to vote. “Pretend I’m not the first lady. I’m like your mother,” she said. Declaring it her “biggest event to date,” the first lady spoke before a crowd of about 10,750 at UF‘s O’Connell Center.

Gov. Jeb Bush’s son discusses current economy with students
The Independent Florida Alligator
About 100 people came to The Swamp Restaurant’s patio to see Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. During his 15-minute appearance, Bush asked attendees if they were registered to vote and spoke about concerns facing young voters…The bus tour started Monday at Florida State University and will visit the University of Tampa, Valencia Community College, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Miami Dade College during the next few days.

Victory Media names UNF military friendly school
First Coast News
Victory Media has named UNF a military friendly school for the fourth year in a row. The list, compiled by Victory Media, honors the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most for military members, veterans and spouses to ensure they succeed on campus, according to a release from UNF…

Study finds that arts organizations had a $66 million impact on Jacksonville’s 
Florida Times-Union
But a series of annual studies by the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives at the University of North Florida have found that the arts also helps Jacksonville’s economy…

Which college should KLG and Hoda broadcast live from?
Today Show
Thanks for all your spirited submissions! We’ve narrowed it down to these six schools [Syracuse University, Ohio State University, University of Tennessee, University of South Florida, Creighton University, Brandeis University]!

State College System

Edison donations spent in secret on dinners, Cadillac
Fox 4
Edison State College‘s scandals cost taxpayers almost $1 million to fire former president Dr. Ken Walker and find and rehire his replacement. But there are some things the college spent money on that you’ll never know about. Fox 4 crunched the numbers and found taxpayers paid $540,000 to pay Walker, who was fired, not to sue; $80,000 to hire a search firm to find his replacement; $350,000 to hire president Jeff Allbritten…

NCH $2000 fine for mishandled call a ‘hand slap,’ victim’s family 
Naples Daily News
Edison State College in Fort Myers paid a $6000 fine in December 2010 for admitting and graduating a paramedic student whose EMT license had expired…

Miami-Dade College Holding Voter Education Rally
NBC 6 Miami
Miami-Dade College is the first community college in the country that is using a new online service that helps students register to vote. The automated service, TurboVote, also send updates and reminders on election dates and polling places through text messages…

TCC enrollment down 6 percent from last year
Tallahassee Democrat
An improving economy, particularly a decline in the local unemployment rate, presents a double-edged sword for Tallahassee Community College. Enrollment at TCC, where tuition costs did not increase for the 2012-13 school year, is down almost 6 percent from a year ago…

Independent College and University System

JU aviation program takes flight
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Jacksonville University aviation students now are part of a selective collegiate program, only the fifth nationwide offering a unique career path from college into the cockpit of a major airline.

Rock the Vote brings Neon Trees for presidential debate
Palm Beach Post
The show for the presidential debate at Lynn University next month just got bigger. Rock the Vote will be holding a concert at Mizner Park featuring Neon Trees, and then Xbox will stream the debate live for a viewing party at the amphitheater…

Debate at Lynn Univ. drawing near, how local businesses are helping
Time is running out. In 35 days Lynn University will be showcased on an international stage. Hosting a Presidential Debate is no easy task, but the school appears to be taking the pressure in stride.

Lottery for Romney, Obama events causes controversy
The Miami Hurricane
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s and President Barack Obama’s visits to campus on Wednesday and Thursday have raised concerns about the ticketing distribution process…According to a statement prepared by the University of Miami, “These broadcast events are a partnership between the political campaigns, Univision, Facebook, and the University of Miami.

Senator John McCain to campaign for Mitt Romney Tuesday on First Coast
First Coast News
The bus tour will focus on veterans. The release from the Romney campaign states there are approximately 1.6 million veterans in the sunshine state. Sen. McCain’s first visit will be at the University of Tampa at 10:15 a.m…

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

Editorial: FAMU’s audacious explanation
Sun 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…

Bill Proctor: Hope is alive at FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
What a beautiful September Saturday afternoon, when thousands gathered inside and outside of Bragg Memorial Stadium to support the Florida A&M football team in its home opener…Bill Proctor represents District 1 on the Leon County Commission.

Cerabino: Lynn mascot, Big LU, ready to fire up student crowd at Oct presidential debate
Palm Beach Post
College mascots usually don’t play a role in national politics. But when Lynn University, a 2,400-student private school in Boca Raton, scored a coup by becoming the site of one of the three upcoming presidential debates, Big LU, the mascot of the Fighting Knights, found himself with a new role…

BCC professor accused of endorsing Obama in class on leave
Bay News 9
A professor at Brevard Community College has been placed on leave and faces punishment after the school received complaints of politically-based ethics violations.

BCC prof. allegedly violates policy by endorsing Obama in class
Florida Today
Brevard Community College math instructor is being investigated for allegedly using class time to urge students to vote for President Obama and for distributing campaign material that says “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.” Associate Professor Sharon Sweet, 58, requested and was granted an unpaid leave of absence this morning as senior college officials investigate. Sweet did not return phone messages or an email seeking comment this afternoon.

Author John Dufresne conducts Flagler College writer workshop Oct. 6
Florida Times-Union
Novelist and creative writing professor John Dufresne presents a one-day writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Flagler College’s Kenan Hall at 74 King St. in St. Augustine…

Community lecture series beginning
St. Augustine Record
When Flagler College assistant professor Hugh Marlowe kicks off the 2012 Community Lecture Series at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. with a talk on “Strange Bedfellows: Transcendentalist Simplicity and Gilded Age 

Republican women tour South Florida to praise Mitt Romney
Whiddon and Vasiliki Marchelos, treasurer of the College Republicans at Florida Atlantic University, called the notion of a Republican war on women ridiculous…

Protecting your identity with a credit freeze
Wink News
When Florida Gulf Coast University marketing and advertising professor Doctor Ludmilla Wells tried to file her taxes, she got a surprising message. “They went through the records at Turbo Tax and said, yes it’s showing up that someone had already filed your taxes for you,” Ludmilla recalled.

Citizens combat texting and driving
And Howard Schnellenberger, former coach of Florida Atlantic University, the University of Miami (when the Hurricanes won a national title) and assistant with the Miami Dolphins (when they had the perfect season), who recently began lending his celebrity status to promoting safe use of technology while driving.

FL: Ryan’s critique of Federal Reserve could be new populist pitch
Montana Watchdog
“The economic populists of the 19th century wanted to have the government come in to act as a kind of equalizer between the very wealthy and the ordinary folk,” said Connie Lester, a professor of economic history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. “There existed a perception that those in the upper class were manipulating the market to their advantage, and they wanted government as an honest broker,” she told Florida Watchdog…

Scott warming up for ‘ 14
Scott and his team “are definitely in active campaign mode, and they’re actively engaged in an image makeover for this governor,” said Aubrey Jewett, a political scientist at the University of Central Florida

Could Overseas Violence Impact Presidential Election in November?
WTSP 10 News
Seth McKee, USF St Pete associate political science professor, said this could be on voters’ minds depending on what unfolds over the next few days. McKee added, if there are any more American deaths overseas, it could create a serious situation for President Obama’s campaign. He added though, the president is in a position of strength with foreign policy over Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. “This is the interesting predicament that Romney and Ryan are in, is that they want to play from a position of being stronger than the president. But the problem is, if you want to be much stronger, you’re saying we should go to war. There’s a very fine line there. And the American people do not want another war,” said McKee

Releases and Web Stories

Florida Climate Institute Plans to Work with Four Florida Universities
The Florida Climate Institute — a joint venture between Florida State University and the University of Florida — is expanding to include the resources for four additional Florida universities. The Florida Climate Institute has joined forces with the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami

FAU Named To List Of Military Friendly Schools
For the second year in a row, Florida Atlantic University has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2013…

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Going into its 12th year, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has announced its program of events for the 2013 edition. Taking place February 21 – 24, 2013, the Festival has raised approximately $17 million to date for the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

National and Local Treatment Experts Unite at Nova Southeastern University in 
PR Web (press release)
…The event is sponsored by Nova Southeastern University, The United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance, Sierra Tucson and the Aspen Institude for Behavorial Assessment (proud member of the CRC Health Group), and Addiction Recovery Legal Services, Florida’s only law firm specifically dedicated to substance abuse and mental health crisis intervention…

DSU hosts panel on civil rights
Sacramento Bee
The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will hold its 4th annual Civil Rights Movement and Oral History in the Mississippi Delta on Wednesday at Delta State University.

UF forms task force to address Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to the oyster fishery collapse in Apalachicola Bay, experts with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Sea Grant will join forces with local seafood producers to find ways of 

The University of South Florida Moves to Canvas
Sacramento Bee
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17, 2012 –/PRNewswire/ — The University of South Florida has chosen Canvas by Instructure as the institution’s new learning management system for its 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland, Florida. The move is expected to reduce overall operating costs while also enhancing support for student success with learning outcomes, analytics and mobile applications…