Here’s what caught my eye today…5/7/13

Out Today:

College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

by Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle for Higher Education.


State University System

Student decline costing FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Sharply declining enrollment at Florida A&M is costing the university more than tuition dollars and revenue from student fees. It’s also put a major crimp in one of FAMU’s primary profit streams, money made from its food vendor. Profit from its contract with Sodexo has helped FAMU cover its annual deficit in athletics, but that isn’t an option this year. The university’s contract said it would produce 2,000 meals for the current year, but the figure came out to about 1,450, said Byron Williams, director of financial/auxiliary services. The bottom line: FAMU has been writing weekly checks to Sodexo for about $38,000, amounting to a payback of more than $1 million for the current academic year.

FIU researchers develop new pathway to brain for medicine
Stumped for years by a natural filter in the body that allows few substances, including life-saving drugs, to enter the brain through the bloodstream, physicians who treat neurological diseases may soon have a new pathway to the organ via a technique developed by a physicist and an immunologist working together at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine…

University of Florida unveils state’s fastest supercomputer – The Republic
The Republic
The University of Florida is dedicating its new HiPerGator computer on Tuesday in Gainesville. The HiPerGator processes data at 150 trillion calculations per second. It will be used for research ranging from drug development to the origins of the universe…

State College System

BCC rolls out six new programs
Florida Today
Brevard Community College announced a handful of new programs and degrees aimed at workforce needs on the Space Coast at a regular meeting Monday of the institution’s Board of Trustees…

CF graduation draws a packed house
CF graduation draws a packed house. Graduates line up to receive their diplomas during the College of Central Florida’s graduation held at the First Baptist Church of Ocala in Ocala, Fla., on Monday night, May 6, 2013…

Miami-Dade’s School for Advanced Studies ranked sixth in nation
The 500-student school of juniors and seniors, located across four Miami Dade College campuses, is a combined effort of the college and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Florida Southern College to Build New Dance Studio
The Ledger
Those who gather at a designated spot at Florida Southern College on Thursday will see only grass and an old house. But soon that same spot will be graced with ballroom and ballet dancers, sunlight pouring in from glass windows and the dreams of college students…

Fleet of single-engine planes delivered to Florida Tech
Florida Today
A fleet of red and white, single-engine planes soared over the horizon, down a runway at Melbourne International Airport, and into the hands of the staff at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics…

Jacksonville University to launch business doctorate
Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville University will begin offering a doctorate in business administration next year, with the university expected the program, in the Davis College of Business, to have an initial class of 12 students.

Stetson University’s growth surge may create waiting list
Daytona Beach News-Journal
While many colleges and universities are struggling with enrollment, Stetson University is seeing such an increase in freshmen and transfer students for the fall it may have to turn away some.

For-Profit and Career Colleges

Keiser University offers course on ‘Redirecting Children’s Behavior’
The Port St. Lucie campus of Keiser University has partnered with the Children Services Council of St. Lucie County to offer a five-week program, “Redirecting Children’s Behavior”…

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

Editorial: After the anger subsides
The failure of the Legislature to let voters decide on two separate proposals involving the use of public money to support an invaluable South Florida institution of higher learning and a regional sports franchise amounts to a grave disservice to the people of Miami-Dade County. Miami Dade College and the Miami Dolphins are different in fundamental ways. The denial of a critical funding opportunity for MDC carries serious and harmful implications for the college and the community it serves so well…

Editorial: UWF has lost its way
Pensacola News Journal
Less than one year ago, the University of West Florida was the brightest bulb in the room. Brimming with confidence, the school predicted a growing population of students from across the state, living in new dorms on a campus Commons, hard by a new 

School, Session Being Over is Bad for Businesses
With Florida StateFAMU, and Tallahassee Community College all being dismissed for the summer, places like the Pita Pit are forced to adjust. “Our late night crowd usually is our students around here, and so they leave for home and we have no customers at night,” said [SeanRichmond. College kids being gone isn’t the only thing that’s bad for business. The absence of the big kids in the Capitol slow local sales, too. The Metro Deli is about two blocks away from the Capitol. The eatery counts on the 60 day legislative session to carry them through the summer.

Shaq Inq.
Now that he’s retired from basketball, Shaquille O’Neal wants to be a business superstar. And he’s decided to get a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership to prove it. He’s been a student for several years at Barry University, outside Miami. His dissertation: “The Duality of Humor and Seriousness in Leadership Styles.

Tanner resigns from Daytona State board
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Former State Attorney John Tanner has resigned from the Daytona State College board partly because his appointment was not considered by the state Senate in what he calls “petty politics” by someone harboring bad feelings…

EGCC commencement speaker revealed
The Daily Times
Eastern Gateway Community College‘s 44th-annual commencement will be held May 18 and feature guest speaker Joanne Bashford, associate vice president for developmental education and student success at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla…

Federal appeals court: Florida law prohibiting hiring of companies tied to
…Two Miami-Dade Republican state lawmakers, Sen. René García of Hialeah and Rep. Michael Bileca of Miami, had sponsored the legislation targeting Odebrecht, which has had a hand in some of Miami-Dade’s biggest projects, including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the stadium at Florida International University and the expansion of Miami International Airport…

Researchers Link Weight Gain To Changes In Personality
“We know a great deal about how personality traits contribute to weight gain,” said the study’s lead author Angelina Sutin of the Florida State University College of Medicine…

FSU graduate is a finalist for Australia’s ‘Best Job In The World,’ beating 
ABC Action News
Caroline Vetter just graduated from Florida State University, and isn’t even unpacked yet. But she is ready to pack again to move halfway across the world to Australia…

People on the move
Jayme Cassidy was appointed as Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center ‘s staff attorney of the university’s in-house Veterans Law Clinic…

Women’s soccer: UCF names new head coach
Central Florida Future
“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Central Florida family even though it is difficult to move on from a VCU program that Tim and I have built over the past six years,” Roberts Sahaydak said in a release.

Florida women play key role in emergency birth-control case
The long and sweeping movement to broaden access to emergency contraception — which may culminate soon in girls and women of all ages having over-the-counter access — has been led, in part, by a group of Florida grassroots activists — students, mothers, daughters. The original lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for all restrictions to be lifted on the so-called morning-after pill has nine plaintiffs, most of whom have deep Florida roots, their journey starting at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Five of the plaintiffs attended UF; one of those, Candi Churchill, grew up in Cooper City; their attorney, Andrea Costello, who also attended UF, is from North Miami…

Tebow most influential athlete, survey says
Florida Times-Union
The former Nease High star and University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner is the most influential athlete in sports in 2013, according to a survey, released on Monday.

Frank Haith files court petition to determine how bank records were accessed
The lawyer for former University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith has filed a court petition to discover how Haith’s bank records were accessed as part of the NCAA’s investigation into Nevin Shaprio’s booster activities with the school…

Ex-UM star Vinny Testaverde to enter College Football Hall of Fame
Former University of Miami star quarterback Vinny Testaverde will be one of 14 new members of the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013. The entire class will be unveiled on Tuesday.

One of Us: Jacksonville runner prepares for Death Valley ultra-marathon
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Amy Costa is assistant director of the Eco Adventure program at the University of North Florida. She is also an ultra-marathon runner and is preparing for a run in Death Valley this summer.

USF student to bike across America to support student veterans
Kiersten Downs was sitting in a Feminist Research Methods class when MTV called, wondering about her one-woman bike ride across America. Downs was thrilled. Any attention would help the University of South Florida doctoral student and her cause. She was financing a bike trip out of her own pocket to benefit Student Veterans of America. She had saved enough to get 3,800 miles from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and she still needed a $600 GPS to guide the way. She planned to figure it out as she went…

On brink of job review, Smatresk looks safe
UNLV The Rebel Yell
The Nevada System of Higher Education brought in University of South Florida professor and consultant Karen Holbrook to assess Smatresk’s performance. She announced the results of the independent evaluation Thursday at a special Board of Regents 

Ethics awards go to Eddy, Gillette
Pensacola News Journal
Edwin “Buz”Eddy, left, and Ron Gillette, right, are recognized for the ethical business practices by the combined Rotary Clubs of Greater Pensacola and the University of West Florida College of Business during the 11th annual Ethics in Business Awards 

Releases and Web Stories

Nova Southeastern (@NovaSE) Chancellor joins American Red Cross Broward 
Broward Net Online (press release)
The American Red Cross is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D., to its Broward County Board of Directors…He is also a past chairman of the Broward Education Consortium, which includes Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, BarryUniversity, BrowardCommunity College and the BrowardCountySchool District.

Stetson Law offers LL.M. degrees in advocacy, elder law, international law: LL 
Sacramento Bee
GULFPORT, Fla., May 6, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Stetson University College of Law, home to the top-ranked trial advocacy program in the country, is offering three LL.M. degrees to help lawyers distinguish their expertise in advocacy, elder law and international law…

Three South Florida Leaders To Be Honored At St. Thomas University …
MIAMI, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — St. Thomas University ( will hold its commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness starting at 9:00 a.m. with the School of Law graduation, followed by the general graduation at 1:00 p.m. University President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale will be presenting honorary doctorate degrees to three individuals who have reflected the university mission of “Developing Leaders for Life” and who have significantly contributed to South Florida through their proven leadership in business, healthcare, religious and public service sectors…

University of Central Florida (UCF) Spinout Company Receives Funding
Wall Street Journal
The Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Garmor, Inc., an advanced materials company based in Orlando, Florida that focuses on developing low-cost, low-weight and high-strength materials without sacrificing critical features such as product durability, efficiency and performance…
University Of Miami Cafeteria Workers Win Long, Hard Fight To Join 32BJ SEIU
Sacramento Bee
MIAMI, May 6, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — A majority of food service workers at the University of Miamihave voted to join 32BJ SEIU and authorize the union to represent them when they begin negotiating a first contract with Chartwells Dining Services…