State University System
FAMU turns 125
Florida A&M University alumni from Alachua and Marion counties celebrated the school’s 125th anniversary with loving memories, fellowship time and the unveiling of the FAMU Legacy Torch, which visited Gainesville as part of a cross-country anniversary celebration to raise funds for scholarships…
FAMU’s new chief plans ‘deep internal’ review of university
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson said Wednesday he will do a “deep internal dive” review of the university after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement completes its investigation into possible financial irregularities at the school.
FAMU is No. 5 on National List of Top Universities
WTXL ABC 27
RateMyProfessors.com has announced today its annual list of the “Top 25 Highest Rated Universities” in the nation and Florida A&M University (FAMU) is on it, ranking fifth out of more than 7,500 schools.
Power of 10: Show teaches FAU fine arts students how to be curators
Palm Beach Daily News
Most school assignments never get beyond the classroom. But the task given to 10 visual arts students enrolled in the Florida Atlantic University master of fine arts program is on view at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth…
Marco gaining Renaissance Academy site
Naples Daily News
The Marco Island Center for the Arts has joined with Florida Gulf Coast University to serve as a Renaissance Academy site for continuing education.
Florida State to Host ‘Paint it Pink’ Walk September 30th
The Florida State University women’s athletics teams are once again joining forces with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the TMH Foundation for the fourth annual “Paint it Pink” campaign…
Just in time for football season, UF gear in Top 5 for sales
College football officially kicks off tonight, but the University of Florida has already been bested by one of its Southeastern Conference opponents. The Collegiate Licensing Company reported this month that the Gainesville institution fell one spot, to No. 4, on the annual list of the nation’s 75 top-selling colleges and universities for T-shirts, hats and other memorabilia…
Air Force vet’s dream is medical school; USF’s new center could help him get there
Today, the University of South Florida in Tampa dedicates its new Veterans Achievement Center, a 3,000-square-foot space where students with unique perspectives and challenges can meet and study…
State College System
BCC to receive $1.1 million from Labor Department
Brevard Community College leaders learned today that they will receive about $1.1 million from the Labor Department to continue a program that serves out-of-school youth and helps them earn a high school degree or GED…
Daytona State College offers free class
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Flagler campus of Daytona State College will offer a free, three-week class titled “Fresh Start for Women” beginning Sept. 10 and running through Sept. 28. The goal of the class is to provide practical tools and emotional support to women, 35 and over, aiming to transition from homemaking to employment…
Edison blames the feds for financial aid stall
The Fall semester is now in its second week at Edison State College and the college still hasn’t processed more than 2000 student loan applications…
Now available locally: a class in customer service
The program was developed by FloridaWorks and Santa Fe College and included a three-hour session to train employees to improve their interactions with customers.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Heard but not Seen
Inside Higher Ed
A group of students from Saint Leo University and Hillsborough Community College, both located nearby, agreed with that sentiment, for the most part. The students, who were participating in an event held here by the Washington Center, said support for Obama had cooled among their peers. But they agreed that those high expectations were tough for the president to meet.
Black Republicans seek visibility, diversity within the GOP
MyFox Tampa Bay
Black Republicans met Wednesday afternoon at Stetson University’s College of Law to discuss how to diversify the GOP. Over glasses of iced tea, the conversation wasn’t sugar-coated.
Planned Parenthood rally’s spirit can’t be contained, rained on
An imposing contingent of law enforcement surrounded Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, just north of the University of Tampa campus. All of them wore matching military style khaki jumpsuits, but everything else was black.
‘You should embrace it,’ UT student says of RNC
University of Tampa students are easy to spot, with photo identifications dangling from fluorescent green straps. But the most eye-catching sight on campus might be the khaki-clad security officers who are gatekeepers for everyone coming and going on …
Man or machine? Romney can show us tonight
I was at a PBS “NewsHour” Tuesday at the University of Tampa on future leaders of the party. It was moderated by Judy Woodruff, and one of the panelists was Alex Schriver, who heads Republican college organizations.
Elephant Ears: ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Buccaneer Babes’
While the screen labeled them “Buccaneer Babes,” a handful of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders performed on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, along with the University of Tampa band.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
LECOM looks to attract South Florida students
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, or LECOM, could attract more students from South Florida through an articulation agreement with Everglades University, a private school in Boca Raton.
Full Sail University Re-Launches YouTube Channel with Advanced Technology
Full Sail University has recently announced that it will be launching its own YouTube channel, which was created by its very own in-house agency, Platinum Creative. The establishment of http://www.youtube.com/fullsailuniversity came about after the …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Letter: BCC spending too much on search for new name
Seriously? The Brevard Community College Board of Trustees is planning to spend $100,000 to hire a strategic communications firm to help solicit community input in choosing a new name? Ask 200 people 15 questions each in an effort to rebrand the college? That’s $500 per person and $33.33 per question… W.B. Hall - Melbourne
Guest column: Seeking energy independence
It has been easy for people to forget that sliding back into growing dependence on Persian Gulf oil is nonsensical. It threatens our right to energy security, even if the oil is coming from pro-Western countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait… [Lynn] Weaver is president emeritus of Florida Institute of Technology.
Editorial: USF Sarasota-Manatee’s bold expansion plan doubles as economic boon
Amid economic doldrums, tight budgets and skittish donors, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee proposes a massive $50 million expansion over the next five years — with goals of creating an academic hub, building student housing and doubling enrollment. Is the plan too bold, too ambitious, too expensive? Or is this transformative visionary thinking, the first step toward expanding not only a campus and higher education opportunities in the region but spurring the conversion of a blighted neighborhood into an economic engine?
In Florida, Tampa Is Essential to Romney Election Hopes
New York Times (blog)
We continue our Presidential Geography series, a one-by-one examination of the peculiarities that drive the politics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here, a look at Florida, the Sunshine State. FiveThirtyEight spoke with Lance deHaven-Smith, a professor of public administration and policy at Florida State University, and Daniel A. Smith, a professor in political science at the University of Florida…
Fort Lauerdale Art Institute Students, Ralph Pagano Star in New …
New Times Broward-Palm Beach
All Mixed Up, a new half-hour cooking competition, is premiering on Lifetime Television on September 7 at 7:30 a.m. What makes this show stand out in a sea of culinary-based reality shows? Both host and contestants are from South Florida. This three-part series’ contestants are all current students at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Krystal Battle, Cameron Bevan, and Ashley Gallant were chosen for the show after enduring a daylong student casting call.
Volusia 1st chair touts Volusia County’s progress
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Mary Bruno, now an associate vice president at Daytona State College, laughed again when it was suggested the anecdote revealed just how much her husband’s diplomatic skills have grown over the years…
Nepali Ho: Contemporary and Traditional music of Nepal
World Music Central
Now, with the help of Alejandro Sánchez-Samper, assistant professor and assistant director of Commercial Music at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, music fans will be able to sample some of the most interesting artists from the Himalayan nation…
Sen. Marco Rubio will revel in national spotlight introducing Mitt Romney at …
Dario Moreno, a Florida International University political science professor who has known Rubio since 1996, said this moment at the convention is an unparalleled opportunity in Rubio’s career. “This is the national stage,” Moreno said. “He would have preferred to be in the keynote spot, but in a way this is better, a higher-profile position. Along with Christie and the other speakers in the primetime spots, you’re looking at the future 2016 candidates for president. And Marco is one of them.”
Region shows improvement
Gulf Coast Business Review
Taxable sales and tourism are two bright spots in the regional economy that includes Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, according to the most recent monthly economic analysis by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Regional Economic Research Institute. “Southwest Florida tourism tax revenues for June were encouraging, reflecting growth over the same month last year,” says Gary Jackson, director of the institute, in a note accompanying the August report.
Inside Higher Ed
Todd Bacile‘s Klout score has likely jumped this week. The Florida State University marketing instructor has been the subject of a lot of discussion – and outrage – since he shared his practice of grading students based on their Klout score.
Professor Sparks Controversy for Klout-Based Grading
U.S. News & World Report
A Florida State University professor who recently blogged about his intention to grade students based on their scores on the social media influence-measuring site Klout is drawing criticism from education technology experts. Citing the “inescapable fact” that many firms are screening job applicants’ Klout scores, FSU doctoral candidate Todd Bacile announced his social media-related grading plans for the electronic marketing class he is teaching at the university this fall. “I owe it to my students to introduce them to every and any concept that will help them land an internship or fulltime job,” he wrote.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi blasts health care law at GOP convention
“I think she’s going to bring a new perspective on the role women play in the Republican Party in Florida, the role she plays as attorney general and fighting against Obamacare,” said Alejandro Capote, an alternate delegate to the convention and a Florida State University student. “That shows the importance of the election. Gov. Romney has said publicly he will repeal Obamacare.”
Florida Cancels Home Visitation Programs For Poor, At-Risk Families Over Tie …
Results of visitation programs, according to Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, are certain… ”The research is irrefutable. It’s overwhelming,” the Center’s director, Dr. Mimi Graham, told HuffPost. “It saves an enormous amount of taxpayer money by helping families to get out of poverty and helping kids be successful in school.”
Big Bend & Fla. news briefs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Patrick Kennell, director of Florida State University’s Center for Intensive English Studies, is with representatives from 65 other colleges and universities on a trip to Brazil as part of a U.S. Department of Commerce delegation to explore …
United Way Kicks Off Fund Drive in Winter Haven Seeking $8.8 Mil. in Pledges
“Thank you for all that many of you have already done,” Polk State College President Eileen Holden, chair of this year’s United Way campaign, told a crowd exceeding 700 inside the Wells Fargo 4-D Theater…
Pensacola State College stands by firing of pastor’s wife
Pensacola News Journal
Lawyers for Pensacola State College say a department head was fired last year because of her inadequate performance, not because of the discrimination she alleges, court papers say. Carla Thompson, the former program director of the college’s Educational Opportunity Center, is suing the institution for an undisclosed sum, according to federal court papers filed last month.
Planned Parenthood Rally Comes to UCF
Planned Parenthood rolled onto the University of Central Florida campus on the Big Pink Bus on Tuesday, Aug 26 as part of the “Women Are Watching” rally. The rally was held in the Live Oak Room, where students and voters learned about standing up for reproductive rights. “Women of Florida, and this country are counting on us, we really can’t let them down, we can make the difference in this election day,” said Anna Eskamani, 22, UCF graduate, President of the Democratic women’s club of Greater Orlando, and associate member of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood.
Republicans’ plan for space program mirrors Obama’s
“Fortunately, platforms are quickly forgotten because this egregious lack of specifics will not inspire space-voters on the I-4 Corridor,” said Dale Ketcham, director of the Spaceport Research & Technology Institute at the University of Central Florida. “The great mystery is why, on this one issue, the GOP does not readily champion the private sector, yet the president does.”
Tonight: Paul Ryan at RNC; Bucs-Redskins; ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Tiffany Maher, a University of Central Florida junior, is one of the Top Eight finalists…
Top local banks all back in the black
Combined with other promising data — including declines in troubled loans and loan losses — the latest profit reports are encouraging, said Stanley D. Smith, a University of Central Florida finance professor and banking specialist…
Florida’s economy kicks it down a notch
“The economy has decelerated,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist. Snaith pointed to the U.S. Labor Department’s new estimate Wednesday that the national economy had grown at a 1.7 percent clip in the second quarter.
A new use for atomically engineered gold
A University of Central Florida assistant professor has developed a new material using nanotechnology, which could help keep pilots and sensitive equipment safe from destructive lasers. UCF Assistant Professor Jayan Thomas, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor Rongchao Jin chronicle their work in the July issue of the journal Nano Letters.
Carrying Olympic torch was an experience to remember
The Olympic Games may be over for now but the thrill of being there — and having the honor of carrying the Olympic Flame — will live in Jillian Roberts forever. The Kendall resident, a 19-year-old University of Florida sophomore, was chosen as one of 22 Americans sponsored by Coca-Cola to carry the torch on part of its journey.
Are Shy Kids at an Academic Disadvantage in Preschool?
The study by researchers at the University of Miami shows that children displaying shy and withdrawn behavior early in the preschool year started out with the lowest academic skills and showed the slowest gains across the year. “Everybody wants their children to be ready for kindergarten, to know their ABCs and to be able to count, but they sometimes don’t understand that having social-emotional readiness is equally important,” said Dr. Rebecca J. Bulotsky-Shearer, assistant professor of psychology and principal investigator of the study…
UM gains cutting-edge faculty in social media
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
More companies, organizations and candidates are using games, apps and other interactive efforts to help connect with the public, which the University of Miami is recognizing with four new hires in the School of Communications…Clay Ewing, who will be an assistant professor in UM’s department of cinema and interactive media, is a game designer who creates games with social significance, such as Sweatshop Superstar and Hustling Health Care…The second faculty member from Parsons is Lien B. Tran, who will be an a lecturer in journalism. She also has created games for advancing social change…
Can hurricanes make pregnant women go into labor?
As for the studies that have suggested a link, their usefulness in practice is doubtful, said [Salih] Yasin, who is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Is Isaac affecting gas prices?
First Coast News
Paul M. Mason, professor of economics from the University of North Florida, says whenever there is a hurricane on the horizon gas prices in the places that storm could affect will rise…
Jacksonville’s web.com is bustling with energy and success
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason said web.com‘s main challenge will be keeping focus. “Building websites is something a lot of companies do, and they’re mostly very small and do a few at a time,” Mason said. “Web.com has kind of institutionalized it as a bigger supplier.”
Mormons express pride over Romney
“Many Latter-day Saints see this as a moment of destiny, a moment of fulfillment for them,” said sociologist Rick Phillips of the University of North Florida, coauthor of Could I Vote for a Mormon President?
Young voters focus on economy
Kristin Bradstreet, a senior majoring in political science at the University of South Florida and leader of the USF College Republicans, said the “only issue” for students is the economy. “The other issues are just distracters,” she said.
Gene makes women happy, but for men? Nada.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
“Maybe men are happier before adolescence because their testosterone levels are lower,” said the study’s lead author Henian Chen, an associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.
Social media voices help shape images of convention speakers Backlash erupts …
If they are middling or terrible, I don’t think they make a whole lot of difference,” said Tampa, Fla., political consultant and writer Wayne Garcia, who teaches at the University of South Florida. “For Mitt Romney, his speech is critical…
Chick-Fil-A College Protest: University Of South Florida Professor Wants On-Campus Location Booted
It’s not just college students who want Chick-fil-A off their campuses. Dr. Scott Ferguson, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, has started an online petition to get a Chick-fil-A location off the campus. So far, he’s collected more than 500 signatures of support…
Mitt Romney pins hope on winning senior vote amidst questions about Medicare …
“The two generations have flipped,” said Susan MacManus, a professor of government at the University of South Florida in Tampa who studies voting trends. “For years it was the older voters who were solidly Democratic. Now it is the youngest.”
Florida’s Swing Counties Mired in Foreclosures: BGOV Barometer
“We’re used to leading out of a recession instead of lagging,” said Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “You have a lot of impatience here.”
Florida activists struggle in the shadow of RNC
Isthmus Daily Page
On the other end of the panel, Judith Scourfield-Mclaughlin, a professor at the University of South Florida who worked for the Gore campaign in 2000, urged progressives to pour their efforts into getting out the vote for Obama…
Scientist: Isaac’s winds and waves impacted St. Pete Beach
Bay News 9
Tropical Storm Isaac’s visit to St. Pete Beach impacted the shoreline, according to a University of South Florida scientist. Tropical Storm Debby swept away miles of sand and Isaac didn’t help matters according to geology professor Dr. Ping Wang.
Norquist talks politics at USFSP
Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said he has found it challenging to get around the Tampa Bay area this week because of all the blocked-off streets and long distances between hotels filled with Republicans who would like to hear him speak. But the conservative activist, who has been attending GOP conventions since 1984, did manage to find his way on Wednesday to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
LiveBlog: UTampa At The Huffington Post’s ‘What Is Working’ Jobs And Solutions …
HuffPost College invited two student journalists from the University of Tampa to tweet their impressions as members of a generation with nearly 50 percent unemployment after graduation. Joshua Napier and Chelsea Daubar, the editor in chief and managing editor of The Minaret respectively, take to their smartphones to power the liveblog featured below.
RNC Provides Unique Opportunity for Students
Bryce Thomas, a 20-year-old marketing major at the University of Tampa, loves politics. Lucky for her, one of the country’s biggest political events is in her backyard this week, and she’s been granted access that’s typically only given to media and party delegates. Thomas is one of about 20 interns from the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida recruited by Time Magazine to help promote their RNC and DNC Foursquare badges and their Floor Pass app for the duration of the convention.
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler to Celebrate Coaches at ‘Legends’ Banquet
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (08/29/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College will honor the exceptional leadership of baseball coach Dave Barnett, men’s basketball coach Bo Clark and tennis coach Walter Shinn at the “Honoring the Legends” banquet on Sept. 20.
Lynn Students Can Rush Through College In Three Years
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Rushing through college in three years may seem like either a horrible idea — or an impossibility — to some, but for those who have managed to compress coursework and graduate in 36 months, it’s a simply awesome achievement. Like many colleges and universities, Lynn is offering students this opportunity, and in this economy and crazy job market, it’s a fantastic way to get a leg up on the competition, while proving to potential employers that you are extremely motivated…
Monster Transmission Receives 2012 Florida Companies to Watch Award
Monster Transmission has been recognized as a recipient of the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch℠ award, an honor presented by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida.