State University System
Rick Scott Shows No Signs of Budging on Tuition Hikes
Sunshine State News
Rick Scott cut down efforts to allow some state universities to seek unlimited tuition hikes after the last legislative session. He would further express his disappointment when the Board of Governors gave four of the state’s 11 universities the 15 percent maximum increases allowed heading into the current school year. Scott said Tuesday his position will not change as he sits down for dinner tonight at the governor’s mansion with Frank Brogan, the chancellor of the State University System of Florida…
FAMU Adjusts To Games Without Marching Band
Florida A&M University recently played its first home game of the season — without its famous Marching 100 band, for the first time in decades.
FAMU Closer to Finding New President
Members in charge of allowing public involvement in the search for a new president at FAMU are getting closer to finalizing plans. A website, among other things are in the works.
FAMU Awarded Over 6.5 Million from US Department of Education
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known as H-B-C-U’s, will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, and more as a result of a nearly 228 million dollar grant. FAMU will be getting a portion of a 227.9 million dollar grant. The U.S. Department of Education is giving the money to HBCUs in 19 states…
Brainstorming: Start-up incubator flourishing
The ribbon cutting and portrait unveiling were welcome formalities. But with 17 acres waiting to be developed, the business incubator at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University isn’t hurting for tenants…
FGCU president outlines budget cuts
On Tuesday, Bradshaw provided trustees with its first detailed list of cutbacks for the 2012-13 academic year. Aside from spending less on travel, computer upgrades and student recruitment, the university has trimmed its workforce by 108 positions, mostly vacant staff positions and student jobs. Only one individual was let go for budget reasons. The university also reduced salaries for 11 vacant positions.
Food, friends & football: Tailgaters get serious when it’s time to eat
For Florida State University football fans, game day doesn’t just begin and end with the ballgame. It’s an all day event where pre- and post-game tailgating are just as important as the game itself…
‘Switching Packets’ at UCF Center for Emerging Media
The University of Central Florida‘s Center for Emerging Media is opening its fall exhibition season with an installation that visualizes architecture as fragments affected by economic and communications systems.
EPA Awards USF Grants to Study Climate Change Impacts on Air, Water
Sunshine State News (blog)
The University of South Florida picked up two grants worth more than $1 million combined from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to research the impact of extreme weather on air and water quality.
Collaboration among Tampa’s agencies, nonprofits can improve downtrodden University area, development officials say
Just nine months ago, Dan Jurman took the top job at University Area Community Development Corp., the agency charged with improving life for the 40,000 people in the impoverished neighborhoods known as “Suitcase City.”…But Jurman said he’s confident that a detailed “transformation” plan, plus a stronger emphasis on collaboration with other nonprofits, could turn the transient area near the University of South Florida into a place where people want to live.
With research funding on the rise, USF wins grant to support high-tech companies
The University of South Florida‘s research funding has topped the $400 million mark, with the latest million-dollar innovation grant arriving Wednesday. When it comes to receiving federal research dollars, USF has broken into the top 50 public and private universities in the nation for the first time ever, according to a survey compiled over the summer by the National Science Foundation. USF research funding from all sources last year exceeded $411 million…
USF to be featured on ‘Today’ as part of school spirit contest
University of South Florida students would tell you they’re proud of their school spirit. Today, they can prove it to the nation when they’re featured during the fourth hour of the “Today” show, with a chance to have hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda host a live show from Tampa in October…
USF Forms Health System, Wants LRMC to Be Part of It
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft on Wednesday made public the university’s plan to create USF Health System and to connect with Lakeland Regional Medical Center as an inaugural member and teaching hospital.
USF sends a message to capital
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft’s upbeat “state of the university address” on Wednesday served as a powerful reminder to Tampa Bay of the impact a major university makes on an urban community. Politically, though, it is a memo aimed at one reader: Gov. Rick Scott, who like other conservative governors around the nation cares more about how universities create jobs and stimulate the economy than about the value of a broad liberal arts education. Genshaft gave the governor who approved the theft of USF’s Lakeland campus plenty to chew on…
Jacksonville Daily Record
Myrick Policy Group, a local government relations services for midsize businesses to Fortune 200 corporations, assisted Marjam Supply Co. Inc. in acquiring $157,000 in grant funding from the University of West Florida. The grant is one of the first awards from a special fund set aside by the Legislature for counties disproportionately affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Marjam is a New York-based company that sells construction materials to the building industry in the U.S. and Caribbean and has a Jacksonville facility…
State College System
$12M grant to Sinclair will train unemployed
Dayton Daily News
Sinclair will collaborate with Austin Community College in Texas and Broward College in Florida to “revolutionize” and accelerate the way students earn information technology credentials, said Sinclair President Steven Johnson…
Ex-board member: Edison Foundation a “slush fund”
A former Edison State College board member blasted the college’s foundation, which raises money for scholarships and financial aid, as a “slush fund.”..
Florida State College to Pay $4.7-Million for Improperly Awarded …
Chronicle of Higher Education
Florida State College at Jacksonville expects to pay the federal government $4.7-million for problems stemming from grants and loans that it mistakenly awarded to students over a two-year period, according to The Florida Times-Union.
Construction firm donates $1 million to Miami Dade College
Miami-based construction firm Arellano Construction has donated $1 million to Miami Dade College— money that will be used for scholarships and other programs at the school, MDC officials said…
Cutting-edge book fair turning a page
The Miami Book Fair International, now in its 29th year, is recognized by publishers as one of the top fairs in the country. Organizers continue to introduce new programming and tweak familiar offerings to keep locals and vendors coming back. The fair runs Nov. 11-18 on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave. During that time, organizers estimate about 250,000 people will pass through it, and more than 300 authors will be giving readings…
Global filmmakers to meet in Miami
The Miami International Film Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, will celebrate its 30th year by taking patrons back to a time when telephones weren’t portable and television sets had limited channels…
Program helps students prepare for college
The College Reach-Out program at Santa Fe College serves students in grades 6-12 and offers after-school tutoring, academic counseling, mentoring and a four-week summer enrichment program to help students graduate from high school…
Santa Fe to host forum
If so, then you may want to attend the Santa Fe College Community Outreach & East Gainesville Instruction Community Forum to learn about new and ongoing programs and how east Gainesville citizens can make a difference.
SPC will oversee $15 million federal job training grant to Florida …
St. Petersburg College engineering and technology student Tungo Harris is unemployed but has definite career goals. The U.S. Navy veteran, successfully recovering from a brain tumor, aims to finish his SPC program and seek an engineering degree from the University of South Florida…
Florida Receives Federal Grants For Community Colleges To Expand Job …
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. In Florida, The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College will lead a state-wide consortia of 12 community colleges in a $15 million grant. Broward College received funding as a member of the consortium led by Sinclair Community College in Ohio which received $11,996,548; Chipola College, Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College are receiving funding totaling $10,083,236 as part of a consortia led by George C. Wallace Community College in Alabama; and Palm Beach State College received an individual grant of $3,000,000.
SFSC open house to feature tour of facilities
South Florida State College is giving the community a behind-the-scenes look at its educational facilities in celebration of its new name…
Independent Colleges and Universities
AMU Taking New Steps to Deal with Bears
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University has a begun a number of initiatives in response to recent sightings of black bears on the campus…
Beacon ranks high in social mobility
Four Florida liberal arts colleges — including Beacon College in Leesburg — rank among the nation’s top 254 for social mobility of graduates, research and service, according to Washington Monthly magazine…
Eckerd College’s Leadership Development Institute collecting data …
The Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College is taking a peek inside the minds of entrepreneurs, and organizations such as the St. Petersburg Area …
JU manatee contract with Jacksonville in dispute
A plan to end a long-running role by Jacksonville University in protecting endangered manatees in Jacksonville is worrying some city officials who argue it could endanger the ability to build new docks.
JU homecoming featuring low-country boil for 500
The star attraction at Jacksonville University’s homecoming this month will be a 55-gallon pot that will be emitting a fragrant pungent aroma. More precisely, it’s what the pot contains that will be tickling the salivary glands of alumni…
Boca unveils plans for U.S. Presidential Debate events
What’s Boca Raton doing for the Presidential Debate about a month from now? The city is about to launch a media blitz, plans seven related events including a free U.S. Air Force Rock Band concert this weekend, and without fanfare posted a red “A Community United” banner on its website that links to other sites and includes a beach cam. The third and final President Debate is at 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton…
Lynn presidential debate wins local support
With a little more than a month before Lynn University hosts the final U.S. presidential debate, campus preparations are gearing up and community stakeholders are readying their game. Several South Florida businesses have signed on as major and small business sponsors of the debate that’s scheduled for 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Boca Raton university…
Countess’ birthday wish: Community generosity
“It takes a village to fete a countess,” Schwartz said, pointing to 250 volunteers, music provided by the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, and even a Papal Blessing from Benedict XVI. But not everything is set — there’s going to be some suspense.
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s impact pegged at $313M
Palm Beach Atlantic University projects an impact of $313 million on Palm Beach County’s economy this year, up 1.3 percent from the previous year, …
Inside Higher Ed
The newest building at Saint Leo University houses nap pods, an electronic gaming area with four flat-screen televisions, a giant fish tank, and an arcade complete with skee-ball, pinball machines, and air hockey tables. It’s not a student center, though; it is a residence hall…
Banner Plane Over Miami Romney’s Miami Univision Forum: ‘Hey Mitt: We’re …
“HEY MITT: WE’RE VOTERS, NOT VICTIMS,” read the message pulled over the University of Miami campus, where the Republican presidential nominee was participating Wednesday night in a “Meet The Candidates” forum hosted by Univision.
Romney tells Latino audience he would fix immigration system
Los Angeles Times
Romney spoke at a Univision forum at the University of Miami; Obama is scheduled to appear Thursday. Later, Romney rallied thousands of Latinos at a raucous “Juntos con Romney” nighttime event…
Rubio, Priebus say old Obama audio shows agenda of dependency
Palm Beach Post
Romney is scheduled to be in Miami tonight for the taping of a Univision interview from the University of Miami. The taped broadcast is to air at 10 p.m. tonight. Obama is due to tape his comments Thursday for broadcast 10 p.m., Thursday.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Thumbs down: To Brevard Community College Associate Professor Sharon Sweet, for allegedly urging students during class to vote for President Barack Obama and support other Democrats.
Should professor be fired for boosting Obama?
Palm Beach Post (blog)
A professor at Brevard Community College is on unpaid leave while the college investigates complaints that she asked students to support President Obama during classes. Florida Today reports that a parent lodged the first complaint against Sharon Sweet, an assistant math professor. That was followed, the paper says, by “dozens of emails and phone calls expressing concern.”
Our Opinion: Shared visioning
With a reputation that has the attention of the White House and a community stamp of approval that resulted in the construction of a $31 million health-care education center, Tallahassee Community College enjoys an enviable position among the country’s community colleges…
Cerabino: Ant researcher frustrated that work is fodder for pesky political …
Palm Beach Post
Brian Fisher was visiting the University of Florida on Tuesday to talk about his favorite subject: ants. Fisher, the curator of the California Academy of Sciences, successfully applied for a $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant to study ants living on isolated islands off the east coast of Africa….
George P. Bush visits Ave Maria
The son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, George P. Bush, dropped by Ave Maria University on Wednesday. The younger Bush is working with a conservative group called Maverick PAC. He’s on a 7-city bus tour of college campuses in Florida.
Florida home prices bottomed earlier than previously thought, according to one …
Palm Beach Post
Florida International University real estate professor Ken H. Johnson agrees that 2011 marked the bottom…
FSU students take flight in ‘flugtag’
Most people don’t get the opportunity to launch themselves inside their handmade flying contraption off of a 30-foot high platform. But that’s exactly what five FSU students—Hunter Drury, Jamie Vitale, Clay Norrbin, Jordan Solomon and Max Schwarz will be doing this November in Miami. Their flight will take place at a Red Bull sponsored-competition in the sport of “flugtag.” The sport, which means “flying day” in German, requires a team to design, build and pilot homemade, non-motorized aircrafts off of a 30-foot high ramp.
Update: Student facing 12 felony charges after selling fake football tickets
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida State Police Department spokesman Maj. Jim Russell said Christopher Erwin Mertin, who was arrested yesterday for selling counterfeit tickets to this weekend’s FSU vs. Clemson football game, faces 12 felony charges. Counterfeiting public record and forgery of admissions tickets are both third-degree felonies, he said. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail…
Buchanan gets help from Fitzgerald’s sister
“Though I’ve never loved her politics, I love my sister,” said [Keith] Fitzgerald, a former state legislator and current New College of Florida political science professor…
School Debt Is Major Concern for Med Students
Family Practice News Digital Network
“Today, a lot of us go into medical [school] knowing that it might not pay off, especially with all the student loans,” said Milla Kviatkovsky, a third-year student of osteopathic medicine at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla…
Who is Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Right Side News
During that period, she [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] was also an adjunct instructor of political science at Broward Community College, and a public-policy curriculum specialist at Nova Southeastern University…
Social Media Challenges Colleges
“It’s one of those iffy areas,” Polk State College athletic director Bing Tyus said. “Yes, you are entitled to your own site. Let’s say a student-athlete says something about another student-athlete or parents get involved. It causes problems…
Orange peels, and everything else, put to good use
In recent years, University of Central Florida’s professor Henry Daniell has developed a new use for orange peels. He created a way to produce ethanol from waste products such as orange peels and newspapers.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ names winners
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Tiffany Maher, a junior at the University of Central Florida, received lavish praise in the season finale of “So You Think You Can Dance.” But she didn’t win the title as favorite female dancer on the Fox contest…
Census: Florida incomes keep slipping
“You think about all the jobs in construction that were lost when the housing market collapsed, those were a lot of pretty good-paying jobs that went away,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist.
Miami creating urban film institute
“We’re collaborating with him,” said Ed Talavera, assistant professor and chair of the University of Miami’s Cinema and Interactive Media Department. “He’ll be using real talent from the Overtown community to act and help crew
Iranians Denied US Visas Hit by Political Crossfire
The Iranian government doesn’t mind the brain drain of potential dissidents, said Mohsen Milani, an Iranian-born professor of politics at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “The thinking is, ‘We have a large reservoir of brilliant students …
McCain stumps for Romney and defends controversial comments
Bay News 9
John McCain, who lost the presidential race four years ago, kicked off the Veterans for Romney tour for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the University of Tampa Tuesday morning…
Releases and Web Stories
TEXT-Fitch affirms Bethune-Cookman University, Fla. at ‘A+’
Sept 19 – Fitch Ratings affirms the ‘A+’ rating on approximately $23.8 million Higher Educational Facilities Financing Authority (HEFFA), FL revenue bonds issued on behalf of Bethune-CookmanUniversity (BCU or the university). The Rating Outlook is Stabl
Lynn University’s sustainability efforts are in high gear
Preparations for the Oct. 22 presidential debate aren’t the only major campus projects under way at Lynn University. At the same time it has built two new entrances, run 70 miles of cable, and is readying its Wold Performing Arts Center, other facilities and grounds for the big event, Lynn has systematically been making its campus more environmentally sustainable.
Ralph Norcio named senior associate dean of Lynn’s College of Business and …
Ralph Norcio named senior associate dean of Lynn’s College of Business and Management. Published Sep. 19, 2012. Lynn University business professor Ralph Norcio has been named senior associate dean of Lynn’s College of Business and Management.