State University System
Florida Should Consider Online State University, Republican Leader Says
Florida should consider making its 12th state university completely online, a top state Republican legislator said today…State Representative Will Weatherford today is asking the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, for a cost-benefit analysis of creating a state- subsidized online university. Weatherford is the designated House speaker in 2013-2014 if Republicans maintain their majority after the November elections. Republicans in Florida have controlled the House since 1996…
Florida House Speaker Designate pitches idea for completely online university
Florida House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford pitched the idea of creating a completely online university today to the Florida Board of Governors. Florida House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford pitched the idea of creating a completely online university today to the Florida Board of Governors. The Wesley Chapel Republican said that an online university would help improve access to higher education and meet a growing demand for online education.
Should Florida have an all-online university?
No classrooms, no dorms, no football stadium, no parking lots. Could an online-only university work in Florida? Rep. Will Weatherford, Florida’s House speaker-designate, thinks so. And Thursday, he asked state university system leaders to look into the possibility…
Panel chairman wants balance in Fla. higher ed.
House Education Committee Chairman Bill Proctor is seeking balance between moving Florida’s State University System forward and allowing each school to fulfill its individual mission. The panel on Thursday finished the last of its individual discussions with each of the 11 university presidents.
College audits outrage Florida Senate panel
Palm Beach Post
Senators expressed outrage Thursday over audit findings in the state’s higher education system that included indications that some presidents might have received compensation or contract terms that violated state law…But Thursday’s meeting of the Senate panel charged with overseeing higher education funding focused on a total of 158 findings throughout the state’s colleges and universities — some of them relatively minor oversights but some of them focused on other problems with the compensation or contracts of state college presidents…
Scott taps three for universities Board of Governors
Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Ava Parker to the Board of Governors running the state university system, his office announced. He named two others: health care plan executive Joseph Caruncho succeeding Ann Duncan, and banker Thomas Kuntz succeeding Stanley Marshall.
College students protest ”detached” Board of Governors
WTSP 10 News
Florida’s Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 11 public universities, is getting some tough criticism on its performance from some college students. A group of students protested outside the Board of Governors meeting in Tallahassee on Thursday because they think the board is not listening to their concerns…
Data: Bright Futures not just for rich
Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships may be perceived as financial aid for the elite, but 40 percent of the recipients come from families making $50,000 or less, according to data released Thursday.
FAMU faculty voices budget concerns
Florida A&M University faculty leaders on Thursday told the board overseeing state universities that the recent hazing death of a student was tragic but that FAMU also faces pressing concerns such as budget cuts and accountability criteria that are unfair to the historically black school…
FAMU President Ammons opposing higher tuition for science and technology degrees
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M University President James Ammons told lawmakers today he is against charging higher tuition rates for students seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering and math…
FAMU band member says he was harassed
WTXL ABC 27
Florida A&M University police have ordered a Marching 100 band member to stay away from campus for a year. Police say the student was harassing another band member. According to police documents, 21 year old Joshua Thomas says he was verbally harassed by 20 year old Allahandro Bradford for not joining the band’s underground trombone subsection, known as Thunder.
FAU president, unlike UF, FSU heads, urges caution in raising tuition for STEM …
Palm Beach Post
Florida Atlantic University‘s president joined several other university leaders Thursday in urging that lawmakers be cautious about charging higher tuition for science, technology, engineering and math degree programs. The stance marked a divide between most Florida schools and the state’s best-known public universities — the University of Florida and Florida State University. UF and FSU presidents last week pushed the House Education Committee for authority to increase the price students pay for these more costly programs.
FSU Restoring, Refurbishing Outdoor Sculpture
On a bright winter morning on the Florida State University campus, sculptor John Raulerson and a small crew of workers held a propane torch to one of the university’s most prominent statues. The goal was not to damage it, but rather restore its …
Tavis Smiley, Cornel West in town Friday
Talk show host Tavis Smiley and author Cornel West will focus on the Occupy movement Friday at a University of Florida event, with West appearing beforehand with the local Occupy group. Smiley and West are bringing their “Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience,” an effort to highlight the plight of poor people, to UF’s Graham Center for Public Service. The theme of the UF event is whether the Occupy movement is the civil rights movement of our time, a question that the Graham Center also has posted on its new Civil Debate Wall.
Genshaft to Address Board of Governors on USF Poly Issue
Efforts toward gaining independence for USF Polytechnic in Lakeland are on track, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft assured the State University System of Florida Board of Governors on Thursday. Speaking at a board meeting held at Florida State University, Genshaft also said she will visit the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Atlanta to address the importance of getting accreditation for USF Poly.
Genshaft OKs idea of raising STEM tuition at USF
Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog)
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft told the Florida House Committee on Education that she is OK with raising tuition on students studying the STEM disciplines even though the goal is to increase the number of students going into into science, technology, engineering and math…
USF Preps for Debate, Invites Public to Attend Watch Party
The University of South Florida (USF) is hosting a Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on Monday at 9 pm in partnership with NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, National Journal, and the Florida Council of 100. Public tickets to the live debate are …
Pam Dana appointed to UWF board
Pensacola News Journal
The State University System Board of Governors has appointed Pam Dana to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees. Dana takes the place of former trustee Randy Hanna, who was recently appointed chancellor of the Florida College System. …
State College System
MLK’s daughter to speak at Valencia
East Orlando Sun
As the student development coordinator for Valencia Community College East Campus, he works with students and faculty members to help people achieve their …
Independent College and University System
Chicago Fire’s presence in Ave Maria gives area glimpse of soccer’s highest levels
Naples Daily News
Jourdan Gooden saw professional soccer for the first time in January of last year when Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire came to the Naples area for its preseason training camp at Ave Maria University.
Ex-New York Mets Catcher Gary Carter’s Brain Cancer Takes a Negative Turn
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has been told by doctors treating his brain cancer that they’ve found more growths. The family met with doctors at Duke University yesterday to discuss the results and the next steps after being told via telephone that there were new “spots/tumors on his brain,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloomers, wrote on a family website…He spent two seasons as baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida before his diagnosis.
Blacks among area’s ‘invisible’ homeless
I know there are families hurting,” said Lisa Hamilton, who will be one of the participants in a homelessness forum being sponsored by the Volusia County Council, City of DeLand and Stetson University. The forum is 9 am to noon Saturday, Jan. …
For Profit and Career Colleges
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Charge same for all degrees
Palm Beach Post
University of Florida President Bernie Machen and Florida State University President Eric Barron want students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math to pay more for their degrees than students in other majors. It costs more to teach these students, the presidents claim, and since these graduates will earn more than their peers in liberal arts, it’s fair. In fact, it’s not fair and it’s a bad idea…
State Department awards scholarships to students
Two New College of Florida students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Sandra Werb, of Stuart, will study in London, and Mariana Zapata, of Miami, will study outside Paris in Creteil, France, during the spring semester.
Immigrants Help Fuel Tech Growth
Huffington Post (blog)
Iranian-born Esmaeil-Hooman Banaei created an electricity generating fabric while getting his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. Now he is waiting for a green card and a legal chance to pursue the American dream while developing new …
Monica Culpepper, wife of ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Brad Culpepper, to appear on CBS’ ‘Survivor: One World’
In biography materials posted on CBS’ website, Monica Culpepper said she was a former homecoming queen at the University of Florida, where she and her husband attended college. “I’m never afraid to go out on a limb when it comes to getting something I …
A Wall of Civility
Inside Higher Ed
[Ann] Henderson, director of the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, launched the Civil Debate Wall this month. Florida students and other Floridians ages 18-29 are encouraged to answer questions like “Is Occupy Wall Street the…
Gator, former Gulf High player Orr arrested for pot possession
Former Gulf High and current University of Florida sophomore defensive tackle Leon Orr was served with a notice to appear on two drug charges after campus police searched his Gainesville dorm room Jan. 10. …
Manatee and Sarasota populations growing, economist says
The population surge was strongest in Manatee, where the population grew by 3414, according to Hank Fishkind, a former University of Florida economist who consults with many of the state’s biggest companies.
20 percent of Americans are mentally disturbed
“There is a gap between the need and how many people reach treatment,” Dr. Ihsan Salloum, director of the Addiction Psychiatry and Psychiatric Comorbidity Programs at the University of Miami School of Medicine, adds to US News & World Report.
Paperless Tickets Fight
Capitol News Service
Today Greg Gunlach, a professor of marketing at the University of North Florida was in Tallahassee to support a bill that would ban companies from placing restriction on the resell of paperless tickets. “The real issues surround the restrictions associated with paperless ticketing. The American Anti-Trust Institute, along with my research, focuses on those types of restrictions and how they limit competition, consumer choice and welfare in the market place,” said Gunlach.
No Name Group secretive, potentially powerful
The No Name club of business elites has been around for more than a decade, but doesn’t appear in any news clips. Some elected leaders have never heard of it. Others have, but won’t talk about it on the record…; and attorney Rhea Law, CEO and chairwoman of Fowler White Boggs and a University of South Florida trustee…USF President Judy Genshaft …
Gingrich’s second wife ruffles campaign with ABC interview
“I think it matters a bit more to older voters and there’s going to be a heavier proportion of older voters in this primary than in the general election,” says Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida…
Romney hasn’t committed to Tampa debate on Monday
Mitt Romney is wavering on whether to participate in a debate at the University of South Florida on Monday night. Asked whether he has committed to the debate in light of news reports suggesting otherwise, …
Releases and Web Stories
AT&T provides $500000 for UTeach program to train math, science teachers
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Math and Science Initiative announced today that AT&T will provide $500,000 to support the highly regarded UTeach program to train math and science teachers at the University of Florida and four other universities: the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Irvine, University of Northern Arizona and Florida State University.
Two Florida State University professors have received a $1.2 million grant …
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — For the increasing number of “high-risk” families in Florida facing the complex challenges of infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays, additional help is on the way.
New Book Takes Unprecedented Look at the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lantana, Fla. (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
The new book by Terriel R. Byrd, “By This Shall We Be Known: Interpreting the Voice, Vision and Message of Martin Luther King Jr.” (published by CrossBooks), will come as a surprise to some and as a long-awaited analysis to others…He currently is professor of Urban Christian Ministry Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida and oversees its Evening Ministry program.
Actor Elijah Wood Joins Ringling College of Art and Design Student Filmmakers at Ringling Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab January 23rd and 24th…
Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that actor Elijah Wood is participating in the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab on January …
INAUGURATION OF TRIPLE-DEGREE PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
On February 2nd President Donna E. Shalala, School of Law Dean Patricia D. White and the UM community will gather at the Storer Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the inauguration of the Mariano J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in Taxation Triple-Degree Program.
USF College of Nursing Interactively Guides Staff, Students, & Visitors with JANUS Displays
MarketWatch (press release)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Morrow Technologies, a leader in innovative digital signage experiences and the makers of JANUS Displays, today announces the launch of a new interactive touchscreen solution recently installed on campus at the USF College of Nursing. The system was well received in a presentation to USF leadership during a lunchtime demonstration Thursday, January 5, 2012.