Here’s what caught my eye today – 1/15/13

State University System

New FAMU band director announced Tuesday
Bay News 9
Florida A&M University will announce the new band director for the Marching 100 on Tuesday. Interim President Larry Robinson will make the announcement Tuesday morning, about 14 months after the hazing incident that killed a band member and led to major changes at the school.

FAMU to announce new band director
Orlando Sentinel
FAMU officials said they expect to announce Tuesday morning who will take over as director of the school’s famous but troubled marching band. The long-awaited announcement comes more than a year after the Marching 100 was suspended indefinitely in the wake of drum major Robert Champion‘s hazing death in Orlando. Although longtime band director Julian White fought for months to keep his job, he suddenly decided to retire last May amid troubling revelations about mismanagement of the band…

FIU, FSU Named To “SugarDaddy” List
Boca News Now
Two Florida schools have been named to the “Sugar Daddy” list of top schools where coeds sign up to receive money — in exchange for, well, use your imagination — from “Sugar Daddy” donors who are more than willing to help out their “Sugar Babies.” According to “,” Sugar Daddies bestow approximately $3,000 a month on their “Sugar Babies” to help them pay tuition and other expenses. Florida International University came in at number 7 on the list with 187 coeds taking part. Florida State University ranks 14 with 111 coeds as part of the ‘program.’…

FSU Celebrates MLK Week
Florida State students are honoring one of the country’s great civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This week marks the 25th annual MLK Week at the University

Debris field may hold clues to plane crash on New College campus
Bradenton Herald
Yellow police tape wrapped around a grassy field on the New College of Florida campus Sunday kept passersby from getting near the charred hunks of metal in the center. Yellow police tape wrapped around a grassy field on the New College of Florida campus Sunday kept passersby from getting near the charred hunks of metal in the center…

New College campus open following fatal plane crash
Tampa Bay Business Journal
New College of Florida is open for classes this week following a deadly plane crash over the weekend. The crash, which claimed the life of the pilot and left a passenger in critical condition, occurred Saturday when the single engine Seawind 3000 went down on the Sarasota campus. No students of faculty were injured and no buildings were damaged, according to a written statement.

New leader will come at key time for USF St. Pete
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is expected to whittle the list of candidates in the coming weeks as it searches for a new regional chancellor to guide its growing campus. A group of stakeholders is meeting today to set guidelines for a series of interviews with the remaining 10 candidates — a list that will be pared to three finalists…

State College System

Daytona State to drop swimming programs after this semester
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College will drop its swim program after the spring semester, the school announced Monday in a statement…

New Edison State College dorms slow to fill
The News-Press
An experiment in student housing at Edison State College is fizzling as low occupancy numbers guarantee the 405-bed complex will lose money this year. Officials expected 325 students for the fall term, but only 301 moved in, an occupancy rate of 74 percent. As the semester progressed, several dozen students were evicted for violating dorm policies or non-payment, graduated or left for other reasons…

Independent College System

Spring Style Show and Luncheon Coming Up Jan. 23
The Ave Herald
For one day each year, the ballroom in the Ave Maria University student union becomes a combination boutique, fashion runway and restaurant. The annual Spring Style Show and Luncheon offers the chance to see — and buy — the latest fashions, with a style show featuring models who are members of the greater Ave Maria community. Proceeds benefit the AMU scholarship fund…

Tampa Bay: Urban Gardens Create Sense Of Place, Build Community
Tucked away between the soccer field and the baseball field at Eckerd College, in Pinellas County south of downtown St. Petersburg is an incongruous site. About two-dozen raised garden beds stretch 32 feet long and three feet wide, their sides painted in bright swirls of color…

Lynn University to require all new students to buy iPads
Inside Higher Ed
When the Commission on Presidential Debates selected Lynn University as the site for the third presidential debate, it probably didn’t realize that hosting the debate would force Lynn to upgrade its wireless infrastructure to accommodate the thousands of reporters who would swarm the campus – and that those upgrades would be significantly discounted because of the debate. This turned out to be just the push the university needed to launch a program it had been discussing for a while: moving its new core curriculum to the iPad…

Enrollment trends aid University of Tampa credit rating
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Fitch Ratings affirmed its ‘BBB’ rating on two series of bonds issued on behalf of the University of Tampa. Fitch has a stable outlook on the bonds, which include a $77.6 million series issued last year by the Higher Educational Facilities Financing 

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

Editorial: Support Machen
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida President Bernie Machen’s legacy was already well established when he announced his retirement last summer. Machen guided UF through several difficult years of budget cuts. While other state universities put off cuts, Machen saw that state support for higher education was on a downward trajectory that likely won’t be dramatically changed by an improving economy…

Our Opinion: Preparation pays off
Tallahassee Democrat
Florida A&M University’s decision to hire Earl Holmes as the Rattlers’ head football coach is a strong, positive step on the part of the university. In this town, football often rivals local and state government in terms of defining the community, so selecting the right person to such a prominent position takes thought, deliberation and a consensus that it will lead to a winning combination…

Cote: NCAA probe of Miami Hurricanes makes mockery of term ‘speedy trial’ (registration)
I’m not sure what the University of Miami and its football program deserve more at this point from the NCAA: a notice of allegations or a letter of apology. The “speedy trial” clause of the Sixth Amendment at work in the real world evidently makes too much sense for college sports’ judge and jury, and so UM continues to twist in the wind almost 2 1/2 years since Nevin Shapiro first arose publicly from his clandestine sewer bent on bringing down the Hurricanes…

Nickinson: Gov. Scott, get your numbers right
Pensacola News Journal
…AT&T gave $50000 to the Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Hub at the University of West Florida. The program hosts a robot-building competition yearly for middle and high school students in the STEM disciplines (science, technology engineering and math). Nerds are the future, baby. It’s nice to see AT&T thinks so, too…

Campus notes: FAMU MLK Convocation on tap Tuesday
Justice E. C. Perry will serve as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University‘s Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday. The event will be held in Gaither Gym and is open to the public…

FAU faculty member gives $3M to university
South Florida Business Journal
Dr. Morton Levitt made a $3 million gift to Florida Atlantic University – its largest ever donation by a faculty member. Morton is the chair of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s Integrated Medical Science Department and a board-certified pathologist. His gift creates the Dr. Morton and Cynthia Levitt Endowed Scholarship for Medical Education…

Donation to FAU could be a name-changer
Sun Sentinel
Dr. Jeffrey Feingold‘s term on the Florida Atlantic University‘s Board of Trustees ends in two years, but he may have a permanent presence in the boardroom. The trustees on Tuesday will vote whether to rename their meeting room, “The Dr. Feingold Board Room” after he donated to $250,000 to enlarge and renovate the room in the Administration Building…

Dinner dance honors Martin Luther King
Florida Keys Keynoter
Jonathan Gueverra, president of Florida Keys Community College, will be the guest speaker. Gueverra was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad but grew up and was educated in the United States…

FSU Grads Involved in Oscar-Nominated Films
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts graduates were involved in the production of several recent movies that earned 2013 Oscar nominations on Jan. 10, including “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi”. Jonathan King, who received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Florida State in 1992, is executive vice president of Production at Participant Media. He is the executive producer for “Lincoln,” one of the films that earned Oscar nominations for 2013. King also co-produced “No,” a Chilean motion picture nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Newsmakers for 2013
Jacksonville Daily Record
Lifelong Jacksonville resident Gwendolyn “Gwen” Yates chairs the Florida State College at Jacksonville board of trustees as it sets the organization on track to correct widely reported problems and hire a new president after the resignation of President Steve Wallace, which was announced in October and took effect this month…

PBSC student sets sights high with NASA internship
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach State College student Alexiou Gibson, January 10, 2013. Gibson has been offered an internship with NASA in Washington, D.C. starting Jan. 22. In 2011 he was one of 48 community college students in 25 states chosen to take part in a three-day NASA program to design and build a prototype vehicle to roam Mars…

Pythons elusive in first days of Florida hunt
CNN International
The great snake hunt could be a boon to scientists like University of Florida wildlife ecologist Frank Mazzotti, who was preparing for a post-mortem on one python Monday morning. “This is going to give us our largest single one-time sample, most snakes over the biggest area, that we have ever been able to collect,” Mazzotti said. “And we’re going to be able to ask questions about contaminants, things like mercury, genetics — can we identify new individuals from the core population — or diet, to help us address the very important question about what impacts these species have on our native ecosystem.”

Rudolph “Rudy” Hamilton Green
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
Rudolph H. Green, director of university compliance services at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president and chief compliance officer at the University of Miami

Man Sentenced To 43 Years For Attacking Two UWF Students
An Escambia County man will spend the next four decades in prison for attacking two students at the University of West FloridaWilliam Isiah Johnson was convicted of burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery. Judge Ross Goodman sentenced Johnson to 43 years state prison…

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College kicks off 2013 Community Lecture Series
ReadMedia (press release)
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (01/14/2013)(readMedia)– As Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the 2013 Community Lecture Series presents, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.”

Flagler College to Host Annual Film Festival
ReadMedia (press release)
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (01/14/2013)(readMedia)– Over four days in January, Flagler College will play host to the Saint Augustine Film Festival, featuring 19 films from Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Cameroon, India and the United States along with a tribute to actor Hugh Marlowe, a filmmaker panel and a number of other events…

University Trustee Board Names Hawkins Chairman
Press Release
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees has selected Scott Hawkins, local attorney and past president of The Florida Bar, as its new chairman effective January 1, 2013. Hawkins, Vice-Chairman of the West Palm Beach-based law firm Jones, Foster, Johnston and Stubbs, is Board Certified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar, listed in Best Lawyers in America (Bet the Company Litigation) and has been recognized as a member of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1980 with a degree in economics, earned his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1983 and graduated with his M.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland as a Rotary International Foundation Scholar…

Free flu shots available for UF students, employees on Wednesday
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students, staff and faculty members can receive free flu shots from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. This one-day event will take place on the front lawn of the Student Health Care Center, 280 Fletcher Drive. Shots will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. UF identification is required…

UF researchers contribute to National Climate Assessment draft report
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Climate Institute and the Southeast Climate Consortium, both with directors at the University of Florida, contributed to a National Climate Assessment draft report being released today by the federal government…

UF students to do community service in honor of King
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students will continue an annual tradition to recognize the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by doing two hours of community service in the Gainesville area Jan. 21. UF will not hold classes that day to recognize the birthday of the slain civil rights leader, but about 200 UF and Santa Fe College students will be volunteering at various nonprofit organizations such as UF’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory, the Edible Plant Project and the Boys & Girls Club. Specific tasks will vary by service site but include yard work and painting…

USF Nominated for Shorty Award
University of South Florida
USF News. TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2013) – The University of South Florida is up for a Shorty Award for best use of social media by a university. The annual Shorty Awards honor the people and organizations that produce real-time short content across the social web. This year, Barnes & Noble is sponsoring the college category, which recognizes B&N campus partners using social media to drive student engagement.

“Outlaw Novelist” to Speak Jan. 23
University of South Florida
(January 15, 2013) – Born in Mexico, raised in Texas, and earning his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of South Florida, author James Carlos Blake has been hailed as “one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life” by Entertainment Weekly. The author of many acclaimed novels, essays, and short stories, Blake is returning to USF January 23, when he will speak at a public event, and receive the USF Distinguished Humanities Alumnus Award…