State University System
Task Force Weighs Hiring Of University Presidents
A blue-ribbon task force appointed by Gov. Rick Scott is likely to recommend giving the Florida Board of Governors more power in the selection of university presidents, a move that could spark a power struggle between the statewide panel and the boards that oversee individual universities.
Amendment 12: Universities battle over selecting Board of Governors representation
Legislators say Amendment 12 is on the ballot because of fairness. By creating a council consisting of the student body presidents of all the state universities, this amendment will ensure each school has a chance of sending its student representative to the Florida Board of Governors, supporters say.
Wellington gathering information for business study
Palm Beach Post
Wellington is in its second year of working with Florida Atlantic University to plan its future. Next up: a business inventory. About 120 people have responded so far to an anonymous survey aimed at extracting the basics on local businesses, and discovering what they need to continue to thrive…
Can a ‘wall of wind’ defeat a hurricane?
Florida International University Hurricane Research Center recently created a new hurricane simulator to help find ways to better protect homes and businesses. The university says the $8 million project is the nation’s most powerful hurricane simulator …
Trustees, task force clash over proposed greater role of BOG
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Members of Florida State University’s Board of Trustees made it clear Monday that they do not want to see the Board of Governors get involved in the hiring and firing of university presidents. A task force on higher education reform in Florida, formed in May by Gov. Rick Scott, is expected to recommend a stronger role for the BOG on multiple fronts, including hiring presidents at all 12 of the state’s public universities…
Blackface costume leads to questions at UF
A photo of University of Florida fraternity members wearing blackface at a Halloween party last week has brought criticism, apologies and a town hall meeting Thursday. It isn’t the first time a racially insensitive Halloween costume has raised concerns …
State College System
Colleges track down students who earned degree but didn’t know it
…Across Florida, community colleges have been scouring their records in search of students who have earned degrees and certificates but not yet received them. And some of the thousands of students who have been contacted in recent months have been surprised by the good news, which comes as the state is pushing colleges to improve their completion rates and encourage more Floridians to pursue bachelor’s degrees…
Arthrex donates $2500 to Collier Child Care Resources
The money will offer tuition assistance for children attending the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center on the Collier campus of Edison State College.
Graduate Tampa Bay: Colleges, Employers Team Up To Offer On-Site …
Imagine a classroom at your workplace, where you can literally leave work and walk right into school, making learning convenient. A partnership with Hillsborough Community College (HCC) allows Tampa Electric Company (TECO) employees to do just that…
Local news briefs
The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Polk State College are hosting an immigration debate Tuesday at the PSC Lakeland campus…
PSC Looks at Old Frostproof City Hall Building for a Satellite Campus
Now Frostproof City Hall may house classes again, but this time for Polk State College…
At forum, candidates discuss airport, debt, special interests
Three candidates for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District described their differences Monday at a Santa Fe College forum…
Sunshine Law lawsuit muddies Hafner departure from SCF
The saga over the future of State College of Florida President Lars Hafner took yet another twist Monday with a new lawsuit accusing SCF‘s Board of Trustees of violating the Sunshine Law and seeking an injunction against the board awarding Hafner a settlement package at its meeting today. Public records advocate Robert Chandler filed an emergency motion in Manatee County Circuit Court saying that behind-closed-doors negotiations between Hafner’s attorney and a Sarasota law firm hired by the board last week should be open to the public…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Bethune-Cookman students brave chilly day for vote march
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Holding a homemade sign above her head, Bethune-Cookman University student Rhosalyn Chalmers cheered as she proudly displayed her declaration this was her first time voting in a presidential election.
New JU president ready for his start
When he arrived on campus to pitch for the Dolphins, Jacksonville University freshman Tim Cost got the chance to play alongside athletes who were later drafted by Major League Baseball teams. But none of those baseball stars can say that they will have the same opportunity that faces Cost today. Cost is the incoming president of his alma mater, a school that he says he’s passionate about making better than it has ever been…
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…
WVUM, University Of Miami Radio Station, Gets Power Increase
The antenna for WVUM, the beloved campus radio station of the University of Miami, has finally received a much-needed upgrade that means a stronger signal and expanded viewership throughout greater Miami.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Dean Guitars, Full Sail University announce winner of ‘Design A Dean Guitar …
Judges from Dean Guitars recently announced that a team of Full Sail University students was the winner of Dean Guitar’s student design competition. The group, known as Team Defyent, from the university took the honors …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
When Unfamiliar Universities Hint at a Full Ride, Who Am I to Refuse?
New York Times (blog)
I had never heard of the University of Central Florida, however, until I found the envelope on my bed in the slush pile of glossy pamphlets and card-stock fliers that seemingly every school in the country, regardless of how over- or underqualified an admissions candidate I may be, insists on mailing to my door…Ms. Childress, a student at Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts in Nevada, is one of eight high school seniors around the world who are blogging about their college searches for The Choice.
Editorial: State funding remains weak spot in Florida higher ed
A decade after Florida voters decided they wanted a centralized Board of Governors to oversee the state’s public universities, Gov. Rick Scott’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Higher Education is poised to recommend to a recalcitrant Legislature to finally let it happen. But the task force’s acquiescence on the other major issue facing higher education — diminishing state funding — is disappointing. The state can’t keep expecting students to pay for most of the costs of a State University System vital to the entire state.
Q&A: Frank Brogan
The Florida Current
You’ve been a teacher, an administrator and a politician. Your resume almost reads like a Frank Sinatra song. How did that happen?…Frank Brogan is the chancellor of the State University System of Florida, and waslieutenant governor of Florida from 1999 to 2003 under Gov. Jeb Bush and president of Florida Atlantic University from 2003 to 2009 when he became chancellor. A native of Cincinnati, Brogan, 59, moved to Florida in 1978 and began his career as a teacher in the Martin County school system.
Florida College Tuition Prices Based on Major, Not School
Dr. Dale Brill, heads Florida’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education. Brill says the state needs to rethink its higher education strategy. The task force is exploring a plan to lower tuition for certain degrees at certain schools. “At some institutions it will be less expensive to pursue some degrees than others.”
WUCF TV to see improvements
Central Florida Future
“After April 2011 when we heard there would no longer be a PBS station in Central Florida, UCF and Brevard Community College got together and created WUCF TV,” Christine Dellert, UCF director of communication and outreach, said.
Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis Urges FAMU Students To Early Vote
About 50 years ago, African Americans were fighting for their civil rights, including the right to vote. And, with early voting underway in Florida, state and local leaders are joining people, like U-S Congressman John Lewis, a Civil rights icon, in encouraging young African American voters to take advantage of the remaining early voting days. “Fired Up! Ready To Go! Fired Up! Ready to Go! Then, Let’s Vote!” On a windy day in Tallahassee, U.S. Congressman John Lewis got the students at Florida A and M University “fired up and ready to vote!”
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis stumps for Lawson
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Rather than accept a lift from a waiting golf cart, the 72-year-old John Lewis, D-Georgia, led the crowd on the 2-mile uphill journey, his arms locked with FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Democratic congressional candidate Al Lawson. Lewis said the scene reminded him of the days when he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. “Even before many of us could register to vote, we marched,” Lewis said. “There’s nothing more powerful than a march in a peaceful, nonviolent fashion.”
Babies learn to read lips before they speak.
A recent study from Florida Atlantic University shows that babies read lips before they can speak. Researcher and developmental psychologist David Lewkowicz explains, “The baby, in order to imitate you, has to figure out how to shape their lips to make that particular sound they’re hearing.”
Richard Luscombe: This ill wind may blow Obama no good
“This storm is a major wild card and, in the worst case scenario, all bets are off,” Kevin Wagner, professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, told The Scotsman…
Republican up-and-comer Hasner battles former WPB Mayor Frankel in Alan …
“Hasner was very up and coming and to play sort of the role of Republicans are going to try to make a race for this is a little surprising for him,” said Kevin Wagner, a Florida Atlantic University associate political science professor…
Bill Nye stumps for president along Space Coast
Central Florida News 13
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will talk to scientists, students and faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology. This is Nye’s second stop to Brevard County in a week. Last week, Nye also spoke to students at Florida Tech and attended a debate party…
Fishburne campaigns for Obama in Florida
US actor Laurence Fishburne speaks at an ‘Organizing for America-Florida’ rally for US President Barack Obama at Florida Memorial University in Miami …
Big Bend news briefs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and the Florida State University Emeritus Alumni Society are unveiling a state historical marker recognizing the “West Campus,” home to the old Dale Mabry air field property where the first male students lived as the Florida State College for Women transitioned to FSU in the late 1940s…
Don’t Judge a Cat By Its Color
People are a judgmental lot. It turns out that in addition to judging each other based on appearance and stereotypes, we judge our feline friends in much the same way…Coauthors were Jacqueline Munera, New College of Florida, and Gretchen Reevy, California State University, East Bay.
Rollins College‘s Lewis Duncan asks students to consider the ethics of their own immortality
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
It’s a muggy afternoon here at Rollins College, where the president feels strangely lucky. “I have a huge advantage over many of you,” Lewis M. Duncan tells a roomful of students in Crummer Hall…
President Clinton Talks Jobs, Student Loans, Healthcare at UCF
Former president Bill Clinton spoke at a rally at the University of Central Florida Monday morning, urging a crowd of several thousand to give President Obama another term. President Obama cancelled his scheduled appearance with Clinton to deal with preparations for Hurricane Sandy…
Steinem stumps for Amendment 6 at UCF
Heritage Florida Jewish News
Gloria Steinem—the activist of Jewish descent whose name, along with Betty Friedan’s, is inextricably linked to the feminist movement—spoke at the University of Central Florida on Oct. 19 at the behest of the Young Women Leaders Program of the Women’s Studies department. The founder of Ms. Magazine chatted with a few hundred students and faculty in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union…
Fired Cafeteria Worker Reinstated After UM Student Uproar
A University of Miami cafeteria cashier says she’s been given a second chance. Betty Asbury, affectionately known as “Miss Betty” will go back to work at the cafeteria Wednesday, October 31st.
First-time Puerto Rican voters could be game-changers in presidential race
Anchorage Daily News
“This migration could be a game-changer for the Democrats if these individuals turn out to vote,” said Casey Klofstad, a political scientist at the University of Miami…
Storm Is Expected to Be Less Powerful, and Less Drenching, as It Moves Inland
New York Times
The monster storm that has battered and drenched the coastline of the northeastern United States is likely to become less monstrous as it moves inland. Hurricanes and tropical storms generally lose strength once they move over land, and this storm should be no exception, said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami.
Vast Hurricane Sandy packs a wallop for millions along East Coast and beyond
“It can be even stronger and not be a hurricane,” said Brian McNoldy, a storm expert at the University of Miami who blogs for The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
Why is Sandy unusual?
David Nolan is associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami…
The Science Of Why Sandy Is Such A Dangerous Storm
It’s situation with “two events amplifying each other,” David Nolan of the University of Miami told NPR’s Joe Palca…
Couple to bike cross-country for Parkinson’s charities [The Miami Herald]
“I give it the thumbs up,” said Dr. Carlos Singer, professor of neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and division chief of Parkinson’s and movement disorders…
Aaron Bean, Nancy Soderberg job during radio debate
[Nancy] Soderberg, a University of North Florida professor and former foreign policy advisor to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Bill Clinton, has employed a common strategy for political rookies: Blast the insiders…
Bean, Soderberg contrast in state Senate debate
[Nancy] Soderberg, a professor at the University of North Florida, challenged the status quo. “Where are our incentive packages? Where has Tallahassee been in trying to grow that port, expanding it to the standards and make sure that we keep the 3,000 retired military personnel that come out of the service every year on the First Coast? Soderberg said. “I’ll do just that in Tallahassee.”
Locked away from sin
Robert Friedman, a psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of South Florida Department of Child and Family Studies, said the practice described by former residents is harmful to everyone involved…
Boy to stand trial in shooting death of white supremacist father in California
Kathleen M. Heide, a professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa who wrote “Why Kids Kill Parents,” said children 10 and under rarely kill their parents and that only 16 such cases were documented between 1996 and 2007…
Poll: Floridians skeptical of government, amendments
MiamiHerald.com (blog) (registration)
“Floridians are becoming more critical of the state’s amendment process, seeing it as dominated by special interests, said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida…
Obama leaves I-4 corridor rally early due to Sandy, move called ‘presidential’
Naples Daily News
But Susan MacManus, a political science professor at University of South Florida in Tampa, said that probably wasn’t the case. Instead, MacManus said people are “compelled to put public safety over politics.”
Educators vie for new House District 53
Incumbent John Tobia, 34, first elected in 2008 in then-District 31, is a Republican and professor at Valencia Community College…
Releases and Web Stories
Teaching Zoo Welcomes Second Baby Gibbon!
Santa Fe College
At 8:45 am om Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo welcomed a new arrival — a baby Gibbon!
Dr. McGee to co-chair national AACC committee
Seminole State College
Seminole State College of Florida‘s president has been tapped to assist in a national effort to reshape community colleges.