State University System
Update: FAMU sorority hazing case closes with no charges
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A & M University has announced today that they have rescinded the “inactive status” of the Kappa Psi Psi sorority. The news comes after the Tallahassee Police Department today announced that they have closed the sorority’s hazing case with no charges filed.
FAMU, FSU tackle hazing differently
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
One way Florida A&M University officials are demonstrating their commitment to eradicating hazing is by making public announcements whenever an allegation surfaces. In essence, student organizations at FAMU are “outed” and considered guilty until proven innocent the moment a report is made charging a violation of the university’s zero-tolerance policy against hazing. Two months into the fall semester, four student groups at FAMU have been temporarily suspended and placed on inactive status while hazing allegations are investigated…
Romney campaign courts Florida Latinos via radio
Los Angeles Times
A poll by Florida International University, El Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald found that Obama leads Romney 51% to 44% among Latinos statewide, a much smaller edge than Obama has among Latinos in the country as a whole.
UCF first to partner in new recycling project
Central Florida Future
UCF has taken on many sustainability projects, but that has not stopped the initiation of new ones. The Student Government Association has teamed up with Aramark, a dining and facilities management company, to decrease UCF’s carbon footprint and give back to the Orlando community by recycling and donating leftover food…
Study: 74 percent of Realtors do not justify their commission
The University of Central Florida’s Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the team from Merge, collected hundreds of responses focused on the topic of consumer satisfaction regarding the commissions Realtors charge to sell a home.
Longer lines expected as the voting period is shorter
“That site is just going to be slammed,” he said of the Alafaya library, which is the polling place closest to the University of Central Florida.
Disney Associates Succeed By Faking It
At Walt Disney’s theme parks, often the way employees deliver their smiles, attentive assistance and perky attitude is by faking it, according to a recent study from the University of Central Florida. The research examined the “emotional regulation” strategies used by Walt Disney’s onstage employees — or those who work in public view — as a way to fulfill requirements set forth by the company. Ten Disney World employees in Orlando were interviewed off-property as part of the study…
UNF student from Jacksonville receives ‘dream’ scholarship
Florida Times-Union (blog)
An anonymous donor and the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business have launched a scholarship for past recipients of Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, which fulfills the dreams of children with life threatening illnesses…
State College System
Former FSCJ executive vice president sues for breach of contract after job …
The former executive vice president at Florida State College at Jacksonville has filed suit against the Board of Trustees, alleging it breached his contract and didn’t follow college rules in eliminating his job. The FSCJ board cut Don Green’s position from the college organizational chart during an Oct. 2 board meeting after a consulting report from MGT of America recommended the change. In a complaint filed Wednesday in Circuit Court, Green said the trustees breached his contract and never tried to place him in another job the way board rules require…
GCSC partners with University of West Florida
The News Herald
Gulf Coast State College students now have the opportunity to skip transcript fees and application fees and continue their degree program at the University of West Florida.
Widow Sues Contractor for Garage Collapse
Courthouse News Service
A Miami Dade College parking garage collapsed, killing four, including a father of three, because the general contractor chose the “cheaper, faster construction process,” a widow claims in court.
Independent Colleges and Universities
What’s Up at Ave Maria: AMU students respond to needs near and far
Naples Daily News
Ave Maria University students have always been involved in service to the larger community, and this year, a renewed vigor is enlarging the scope of projects they undertake, which range from packaging food for those in need, encouraging at-risk students in Immokalee to stay in school, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and working to set daily meals before children in some of the world’s poorest communities…
Bethune-Cookman band highlighted on CNN show
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Bethune-Cookman University‘s Marching Wildcats will be featured on CNN Headline News Friday morning as one of the nation’s best collegiate marching bands.
Cultural Council to start art tours to spotlight locals
Palm Beach Daily News
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is stepping up its promotion … and the DeSantis Family Chapel at Palm Beach Atlantic University…
University of Miami Passes $1 Billion in Fundraising Bid
The University of Miami has raised more than $1 billion in its fundraising campaign as President Donna Shalala seeks to bolster medical research and increase financial aid and faculty at Florida’s top-rated college…
For Profit and Career Colleges
Keiser University opens new campus
Keiser University dedicated its larger Tampa campus on Wednesday, a 117,000-square-foot building at 5002 W. Waters Ave. It includes 18 computer, medical and science laboratories to support students seeking careers…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Young Voters: The Right Change Is Romney
I have always enjoyed politics, but this election is exciting because there are stark differences between the two candidates, and Americans are about to choose which of two divergent paths they want to follow…From now through Election Day, NextGen Journal is spotlighting the direct perspectives of young voters nationwide. This article from Margaret Beck, recent graduate of The University of Florida, is part of that series…
Tilley: Newest Windows release seems like old times
The latest and greatest version of Windows is about to hit the shelves. It promises to fundamentally change how most people use their computers. Microsoft has “bet the company” on this new release of Windows. Tilley is a professor of software engineering in the Department of Computer Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Send tech questions to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechTodayColumn.
Student Government President Maligned For Supporting Tuition Hike
Cortez Whately was one of the leading advocates for increasing tuition at UCF. He ran in opposition to Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, who publicly supported keeping tuition the same. “I do feel this is tough on the families, but we have to be pro education and look at the long term,” he said in support of the hike at a meeting to approve the increase in June. Through his position of student government, Whately sits on the Florida Board of Governors, who eventually supported the tuition hike of 15 percent by a 7-2 margin,Knight News reported…
Florida Governor Scott unveils education plan at Market Watch summit
Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten said the summit opens the doors for future conversations, and he’s especially interested in hearing what business leaders want in their future employees…
Robes and rubes in Florida
Enter the Federalist Society, a conservative think tank, which hired Elizabeth Price Foley, a constitutional law scholar at Florida International University, to review the decisions by Lewis, Pariente and Quince to determine if they really were unhinged, Mao-esque, “activist judges.”
Miami’s new towers are untested by hurricanes
McClatchy Washington Bureau
That’s to be expected,” said Peter A. Irwin, who is Wall of Wind professor of practice in the civil and environmental engineering department at Florida International University…
Battleground Blog: The speed of Florida’s recovery
But because every voter’s sense of the economy is understandably subjective – related to whether they have a good job right now – Ali Velshi and I spoke to Carl Brown, Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College…
Florida State University To Host 2nd Annual Student Veteran Film Festival
A Florida State University student initiative will bring Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick and his critically acclaimed film “The Invisible War” to the 2nd Annual Student Veteran Film Festival on Monday, Nov. 12.
Poker league play may be free, but it is gambling in eyes of the law
Tallahassee-based attorney Marc Dunbar represents gaming establishments and teaches gambling and pari-mutuel law at Florida State University College of Law…
Kathy Griffin promises to put the ‘pow’ in Pow Wow
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Expect plenty of the same whirlwind riffs on American pop culture and politics when [Kathy] Griffin drops in as the headliner for tonight’s Florida State University Homecoming Pow Wow in the Civic Center.
TIME correspondent and CEO of FreedomWorks debate at Nova Southeastern
Tonight, TIME Magazine senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald and New York Times best-selling author and president/CEO of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe will debate on the role of government in economic growth and job creation at a free event hosted by The James Madison Institute on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The debate will be streamed live through FreedomWorks website, live.freedomworks.org.
Are students with eligibility going to vote?
“As a Republican, I feel it is very important that we pay close attention to what has happened in the last four years,” stated Pensacola State College student Chad Wallace, “It is vital that we make the right decision in changing who will run our country.
Mars visits remain a top NASA priority
Roger Handberg, a space policy expert at the University of Central Florida, said the focus on cutting federal spending will take money from space science programs…
Mexican Cartels Clash With Troops; US Candidates Silent
The New American
“The United States should be providing an energetic and proactive answer to those complaints,” said Bruce Bagley, a professor of international relations at the University of Miami.
Early Worries That Hurricane Sandy Could Be a ‘Perfect Storm’
New York Times
“It really could be an extremely significant, historic storm,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami, explaining that conditions are similar to those that created the famous “perfect storm” of 1991.
FARC ‘earns $2.4 to $3.5 billion’ from drugs, says Colombian government
Christian Science Monitor
Speaking at a forum organized by the University of Miami on Oct. 23, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon provided the government’s latest figures on the illicit activities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)…
Finding the DNA ancestry of John Delaney
First Coast News
He was a two-term mayor and is now the President of the University of North Florida. But is there something even he doesn’t know about himself? John Delaney can trace his family back to the 1800s. His family moved here from Michigan when he was in high school and he knows that he’s part Irish, English, Dutch and Danish. But could there be more?
A heartbreaking choice: In 2 high-profile slayings, mothers help turn in their …
“These are law-abiding people, pro-social people,” said Kathleen Heide, professor of criminology at the University of South Florida.
USF cries foul over Bayfront plans to join for-profit hospital chain with UF …
But within hours, a major player in Tampa Bay health care was crying foul. Thursday afternoon, USF Health dean Dr. Stephen Klasko declared that the Bayfront-Health Management Associates union is a bad deal for the area. ”To introduce a Gainesville-based academic medical center further fragments care for the Tampa Bay community and affects our ability to be a health care leader,” Klasko said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
A USFSP professor is challenged in war-weary Iraq to inspire an …
Business professor Bill Jackson may have rough days when he wishes he could wear a flak jacket. But this past summer, it became mandatory. Jackson, who teaches at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, spent 45 days in Iraq sharing his insights with university teachers about how to encourage business startups and entrepreneurial activity…
Selling A Better Life
Ronald Kuntze, professor of marketing at the University of Tampa in Florida, explains that products such as this can be highly profitable and are almost never returned…
Not Pfizer? No problem. You can fund science research too
University of West Florida anthropologist Kristina Killgrove raised nearly $11,000 on RocketHub to analyze the DNA of Roman skeletons…
Tickets going fast as Penscola gets ready for Mitt Romney
Pensacola News Journal
Derek Woods, 20, president of the University of West Florida College Republicans, has recruited about 20 fellow students to work as volunteers at the event, Romney’s first visit to Pensacola since a campaign stop in January at The Fish House during the Republican primary. Woods attended that event as well. “For me, it’s not enough just to vote,” Woods said. “I’ve been trying to work to make sure the right candidate gets into office.”
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College to Commemorate 125th Anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon
MarketWatch (press release)
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Oct 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Flagler College will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon with a year-long commemoration of the National Historic Landmark built by Henry Flagler. The centerpiece of campus, The Ponce is on the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ list of top Florida architecture. January 12, 2013 marks the anniversary…
Full Sail University to Welcome Clothing Brand Entrepreneur Johnny “Cupcakes …
PR Web (press release)
Full Sail University is proud to welcome clothing brand entrepreneur, Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, voted a #1 BusinessWeek young entrepreneur for his t-shirt brand with a recipe for success, Johnny Cupcakes, to the university’s on-campus performance venue, …
IRSC offers hospitality management course in Indian River County
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Individuals looking for training to get jobs in hospitality and restaurant management will be interested in the new hospitality and restaurant management training course offered by the Indian River State College and the Corporate Community Training Institute…
Lynn Univesity and Comcast Provide Masses of Presidential Debate Attendees …
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
BOCA RATON, FLA. — Comcast Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of information and communications products and services, today announced that Lynn University selected Comcast Business Class for a specialty install of video services in support of the Lynn University-hosted Presidential debate…
Nova Southeastern University Sponsors Oct. 26 Family Court Conference to …
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Nova Southeastern University‘s Center for Psychological Studies is holding a conference at the Signature Grand Conference Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 26th from 2 pm to 6 pm to address the national family court crisis.