State University System
Scott calls for FAMU trustees to reverse Anti-Hazing Committee decision
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Scott’s letter to FAMU’s Board of Trustees. Chairman Solomon Badger concludes: “It is my hope that the Board of Trustees reconsiders its decision and reverses it in the interest of openness, transparency and Government-in-the-Sunshine.”
FAMU Death Investigation Turned Over To State Attorney
The Ninth Circuit State Attorney said it has received a case package from law enforcement regarding the death of the Florida A&M drum major. A spokeswoman for Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar said they will look into the case …
Jonatha Carr, FAU Student, Will Not Face Charges After Violent Outburst In …
A student whose violent outburst in a Florida Atlantic University classroom was caught on tape will not be facing charges from the school, a university official confirmed on behalf of FAU Police Deputy Chief Keith Totten. Jonatha Carr, 24, was in an evolution class when during a discussion about female selection among peacocks she reportedly asked why “evolution kills black people”before becoming violently angry…
FAU trims summer classes
Florida Atlantic University is scaling back on summer school, but not to the extreme as some feared, officials said. A list was circulated that showed numerous cancellation of classes at the branch campuses…
Maya Angelou, to speak at event honoring first Black students at Florida State University
Florida State University and the Tallahassee community will commemorate the institution’s 50th anniversary of integration April 19-21 with several events, including a record-breaking, 1500-person human chain designed to represent the legacy of the pioneering individuals who paved the way for the rich culture, diversity and opportunity that exists at the university today...
Attorneys for stabbing suspect seek bail, cite defensive wounds
Attorneys for the Florida State University student arrested following the March 15 stabbing in Ragans Hall have filed a motion asking that bail be granted for their client. Reginald Luster, 19, was transferred from Tallahassee …
Naming buildings at UF: How it works
UF trustees are voting today on naming the facility and five other university buildings and programs after donors or individuals chosen by donors. They include naming the business school and a new business building after Full Sail University CEO James W. “Bill” Heavener…
Investor network for new companies unveiled
Tuesday was a banner day for the University of Florida to show off some of the ways it is building momentum as a job-creation engine…
Components of Innovation Square so far
The new Florida Innovation Hub at UF opened in fall 2011. The 48,000-square-foot building houses UF’s Office of Technology Licensing and serves as a business incubator for technology start-ups, more than a dozen of which have already moved in.
UNF dedicates new Biological Sciences building
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The University of North Florida will dedicate its new state-of-the-art Biological Sciences Building in a ceremony at 10:30 am Friday. The ceremony will be in the interior courtyard, Darwin’s Garden, located between the Social Sciences Building and …
Meet Tavros the tweeting submarine
USA TODAY (blog)
Meet the University of South Florida’s Tavros (The AutonomousVehicle and Remotely-Operated Sensing) subs, @Tavros01 and @Tavros02, solar-powered explorers of the Gulf Of Mexico. The robot subs will swim underwater for up to a month on their own, …
UWF’s Festival on the Green set for this weekend
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida will present the 12th annual Festival on the Green on Friday and Saturday. This year’s festival will feature more than 20 venues, including Time Portal to the Past, Time Portal to your Future, International Village and …
State College System
Citrix Systems, Broward College enact alliance
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Technology companies sometimes complain about the difficulty of finding skilled workers, but Citrix Systems and Broward College have taken a big step to deal with the issue. The college and the region’s largest software company are creating the Citrix IT Academy at Broward College’s North Campus in Coconut Creek…
CF likely losing $1.5 million in PECO funding
College of Central Florida will likely lose $1.5 million in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds, unless Gov. Rick Scott should decide to veto the budget now passed by the state Senate and House. CF Board of Trustees members …
Edison establishes fund for students needing remediation due to …
Naples Daily News
Edison State College is reaching out to students who may have felt under prepared due to improper course substitutions that were revealed last year, and has established a fund to pay tuition for those who need remediation. The school sent letters and surveys to 200 students who, within the last five years, substituted a course in one of three associate degree programs found to have allowed egregious substitutions: drafting & design, business administration and technology…
GCSC Classes This Morning are Cancelled
Classes at Gulf Coast State College main campus in Panama City are canceled until 11 AM this morning. A power outage is causing the main campus to canceled …
IRSC gets OK to add 2 more bachelor’s degree programs
Indian River State College’s bachelor’s-degree program will add business administration and criminal justice to its offerings beginning with the fall semester. The Florida Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the new …
Developer shows plans for 91000-square-foot shopping center in Loxahatchee Groves
Palm Beach Post
A two-hour workshop held last week to discuss the construction of Palm Beach State College’s fifth campus on 75 acres along with a neighboring 22-acre shopping center …
St. Petersburg College picks Barnes & Noble for campus bookstores and drops Follett
St. Petersburg College has chosen a new vendor to manage its campus bookstores. The board of trustees gave staffers the okay to contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, saying it offered a much better deal for students…
Independent College and University System
Embry-Riddle hosting events to inspire girls in math, science
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Two events at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will carry the message that math and science can …
Trayvon Martin: Rollins students to rally for slain teen
Students at Rollins College will don black hooded shirts as they rally later today in support of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. College students nationwide have held similar events recently to bring attention to …
University of Miami’s nanotechnology institute gets $7.5 million donation
The University of Miami’s biomedical nanotechnology institute has been renamed in honor of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, which announced a $7.5 million donation to the institute on Tuesday.
University of Tampa to build new sports complex
Bay News 9
The University of Tampa is increasing the size of its campus. School officials said it will soon build a new stadium and athletic field. The facilities will be located on the north side of Kennedy Boulevard, on the west side of campus.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Smoking ban needed at DSC
Daytona Beach News-Journal
In response to the article, “Daytona State College board nixes tobacco ban,” reporter Deborah Circelli was correct in saying “the board” nixed the tobacco ban. It was indeed the board. The faculty, staff and students …
Bill Proctor: Give Civic Center back to the people
The Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center is now going to be owned outright by Florida State University. A back-door legislative maneuver will allow FSU outright ownership over the Civic Center. This comes after then-FSU President TK Wetherell talked…
Congress’ “Jobs Program”—for Family Members at Nonprofits
The Nonprofit Quarterly
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) arranged for $433,000 in earmarks for the College of Central Florida where his wife is vice president for institutional advancement….
WWE Tough Enough winner learning at FCW
It has been nearly a year since Florida International University alum Andy Leavine was introduced to fans on the WWE reality show competition ‘Tough Enough’ on the USA Network…
Fired Orange Workers Couldn’t Speak Over Cubicle Walls?
In Florida, employment is presumed to be at will, which means that unless stated otherwise by something like an employment contract or a piece of legislation, an employee can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, said Kerri Stone, a law professor at Florida International University.
State Board of Education takes up digital learning
At the college level, online learning is also expanding rapidly: Over the last 15 years, the number of students taking an online class at one of Florida’s 28 colleges has risen from about 16,600 to 268,000. In all, about 33 percent of students took an online course in the 2010-11 school year. Many college-level degrees can now be completed entirely online. ”Growth rates are unprecedented,” said Steve Wallace, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, where more than 39000 students last year took online classes. He said many students no longer buy textbooks, either because they are too expensive …
Apples work magic on bad cholesterol
ABC Action News
“I consider apples a magic food,” said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University…
Willpower key to success, professor says
Roy Baumeister of Florida State University, an expert on willpower, delivered the term’s first “Leading Voices in Higher Education” lecture.
Ragans known for dedication to students
[Sherrill Williams] Ragans, 74, retired from Florida State University in 2003 after more than 40 years of service to students in many different capacities on campus, but the university keeps calling her back. Among her many activities in retirement, Ragans is a volunteer…
Fashion illustrator is a country girl at heart
Hillsborough Community College Professor Maribeth Mobley has been chosen to receive the 10th annual Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Heritage Award, given for outstanding service to the community in preserving the history and heritage of …
Man gets death penalty for fatal shooting
Palm Beach Post
Authorities say [Thomas Ford] McCoy had actually planned to kill a different co-worker in April 2009 by falsely reporting a problem with a vending machine at Northwest Florida State College and then ambushing the man.
Scientists found hammerhead sharks have twin cousin
Christian Science Monitor
“It’s a classic case of long-standing species misidentification that not only casts further uncertainty on the status of the real scalloped hammerhead, but also raises concerns about the population status of this new species,” said Mahmood Shivji, professor at Nova Southeastern University, LiveScience reports…
Palm Beach State College ball player Brandon Welch one of the highest-rated …
Palm Beach State College head coach Kyle Forbes knows a big-time prospect when he sees one, and sophomore Brandon Welch, from Palm Beach Gardens, is just that.
Top lawyer helped win many college chiefs’ perks
“There are nuances,” said Rita Bornstein, a former client of Cotton’s who led Rollins College in Florida from 1990 to 2004. “Who pays for cleaning the president’s house? Whose furniture do you use? Does your spouse get compensation?
3 finalists for next Delgado Community College chancellor
CityBusiness of New Orleans (http://bit.ly/GU7I1O) reports the candidates are Jonathan Guevaerra, chief executive of Community College of DC in Washington; Teresa Smith, a vice president and chief financial officer at Tallahassee Community College; …
Has Trayvon Martin case marred Sanford forever?
Although Trayvon’s shooting death is a deep and complex issue, the burden of patching up old wounds doesn’t fall to Sanford alone, said Dr. Scot French, associate professor of digital and public history at the University of Central Florida.
Florida consumer confidence drops in March as gas prices rise
“Just driving by and seeing the higher gas prices, I think that does have a role in consumer confidence,” said Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness…
Consumer confidence steady nationally, down a bit in Florida
“The pattern of consumer confidence from December to February was exactly the same as last year,” Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, said in a news release…
UNF forum on jail study postponed
“It is my fear that what is supposed to be a public open forum and academic discussion … will be hopelessly hijacked by the circus-like dynamic surrounding the Martin investigation,” University of North Florida criminology chairman Michael Hallett said in an email.
Caregiver killing fits pattern, says USF professor
University of South Florida professor Donna Cohen doesn’t know Randall Willis, the man who called 911 last week and told dispatchers he had just fatally shot his wife to alleviate her suffering. But she knows his type.
Releases and Web Stories
Security Innovation and University of Central Florida Launch Secure Software …
MarketWatch (press release)
ORLANDO, Fla., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Security Innovation and the University of Central Florida (UCF) today announced the Secure Software Development (SSD) Certificate Program as part of the university’s Continuing Education curriculum.
Fitch Releases Report on University of Florida, FL
MarketWatch (press release)
NEW YORK, Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fitch Ratings has published a report on University of Florida, FL. The report is available at ‘ www.fitchratings.com ’. Additional information is available at ‘ www.fitchratings.com ’.