Special Section: FAMU President Resignation Coverage Roundup
FAMU President Resigns in Wake of Band Hazing Death
James Ammons, the president of Florida A&M University, has resigned in the aftermath of a hazing scandal that has rocked the historic college.
FAMU president resigns in wake of hazing death
The president of Florida A&M University announced his resignation Wednesday, months after a band member died following a hazing incident.
FAMU president resigns in aftermath of hazing scandal
Florida A&M University president, James Ammons, has resigned, more than a month after the school’s board of trustees gave him a vote of no confidence…
FAMU president James Ammons resigns
First Coast News
Florida A&M President James Ammons resigned on Wednesday, the same day that the university was sued by the family of Robert Champion, who was killed in a hazing ritual aboard a band bus last fall.
James Ammons, FAMU President, Resigns Amid Hazing Death Lawsuit …
The president of Florida A&M University abruptly resigned Wednesday, the latest in a series of blows to the college and its famed marching band following the hazing death of a drum major.
FAMU President James Ammons resigns amid hazing scandal
Florida A&M University President James Ammons resigned Wednesday amid a growing scandal over the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion and widespread criticism over management of the…
New: Reactions to FAMU President Ammons’ resignation
The Florida A&M University board is meeting this afternoon in the wake of President James Ammons’ announced resignation.
FAMU president resigns amid growing pressure
At one of the most troubled times in its history, Florida’s only historically black public university is losing its president. Again.
Florida A&M President James Ammons resigns
The Florida Current
James Ammons, president of Florida A&M University, stunned his supporters Wednesday by announcing he is resigning from the university. His emailed letter of resignation to the school’s Board of Trustees came the same day the parents of a drum major who died during a hazing incident sued the university.
FAMU president resigns following fatal band hazing scandal
Florida A&M University President James Ammons resigned today amid continuing fallout from the hazing death of “Marching 100″ drum major Robert Champion and other problems at the historically black school.
FAMU president resigns in wake of band hazing death
The president of FAMU resigned in the wake of a band hazing scandal that left a drum major dead…
Florida A&M President Resigns as Parents Sue Over Hazing
Wall Street Journal
The death has marred the reputation of the historically black university, which was founded in 1887 as part of Florida’s state university system, and its marching band, which had a national reputation for excellence and performed in President Barack …
FAMU’s President Ammons resigns
Florida A&M University President James Ammons has resigned as the university continues to deal with the fallout from the hazing death of one of the school band’s drum majors…
FAMU Community Reacts to President Ammons Resignation
WTXL ABC 27
Students and alumni say they’re sad to see Ammons step down as president. But they are happy he plans to remain at FAMU as a professor.
State University System
Parents of band member to sue FAMU over his death
The Associated Press
The parents of a Florida A&M University drum major who died after being hazed added the university to a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday, claiming school officials failed to stop hazing in its …
Trustees at FAMU grappling with deficit in athletics
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M University trustees are scheduled to decide later today if they are ready to approve a proposed budget for the athletics department, which has a deficit of more than $6 million.
Student teams create mobile apps for that
FAU students have an app for that. In a special 15-week course this spring, 80 students in engineering, business, graphic design and anthropology teamed up to learn how to create mobile applications…
Board of Governors Committee Interviews Florida Poly Applicants
A committee heard from 10 people Wednesday who say they want to help start Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland by serving on its board of trustees. The State University System of Florida Board of Governors committee is charged with making five of 13 appointments to the Florida Poly board and spent nearly five hours interviewing applicants…
Bell tower ‘showpiece’ taking shape at New College
Other than its sign on a Tamiami Trail overpass, New College of Florida is somewhat hidden just north of University Parkway. But soon, passers-by on U.S. 41 will see a highly visible welcome to the college after it builds a roughly six-story bell tower at its library…
UF will maintain key role statewide in treating tuberculosis
Despite the closure of the last remaining tuberculosis hospital in the state, University of Florida officials said it’s unlikely that a plan to build a similar facility in Gainesville will be revived.
Momentum for Florida biotech builds
The biotech industry is blooming in Florida and institutes in Miami and elsewhere are creating the momentum, according to a University of Florida study…
Sun Dome getting negative feedback over concert sound
The Fresh Music Festival was meant to showcase the refurbished University of South Florida Sun Dome. Instead, the Saturday show is receiving criticism, mostly about the same issue that plagued the venue back in its heyday: the acoustics…
State College System
Smoke fills Daytona State College auditorium
Central Florida News 13
Firefighters were called out to a Daytona State College auditorium Wednesday after an employee found smoke inside…
New college president vows to listen before making changes
Florida Keys Community College‘s newly arrived president said Tuesday that he will spend the next several months on a “listening tour” of his new hometown, absorbing the county’s educational and economic needs…
Independent College and University System
Sunshine State Conf. hoops tourney to be held at neutral site in 2013
Bay News 9
The 2013 Sunshine State Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. All 18 men’s and women’s basketball teams will participate in their respective tournaments for the first time since 2007…The Sunshine State Conference is located in Winter Park and is the only NCAA conference headquartered in the state of Florida. Its nine member institutions are all located within the state: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo), and the University of Tampa.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Hazing: An enduring wrongful rite
The shockingly savage way that Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion died in November — beaten to death on a tour bus by his band mates — helped dissolve the illusion that hazing is just harmless, ephemeral pranks…
Our Opinion: It’s not over at FAMU
It had to come to this. Nearly eight months after the hazing death of Marching 100 member Robert Champion — eight months that have included investigations, criminal charges, suspensions, resignations, no-confidence votes and incredible pressure — Florida A&M President James Ammons on Wednesday handed in his resignation…
Editorial: Change at top of FAMU overdue
Tampa Bay Times
The only unfortunate thing about Florida A&M University president James Ammons’ resignation Wednesday is that it didn’t happen months ago…
Guest opinion: Catholic schools: superb education imbued with Gospel values
The writer’s suggestion that going to these schools “shouldn’t cost more than college” not only makes an unreasonable comparison between private and state supported institutions but suggests that the writer has not researched the cost of college lately. On its website, for instance, Edison State College estimates the cost of one year there as more than $16,000…Kathleen Schwartz, Ed.D., is Director of Education, Diocese of Venice in Florida
Letter: FSCJ Leadership
I am still in a state of disbelief over the facts uncovered by the Times-Union regarding the president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, Steve Wallace…Brad Kirk – Jacksonville
Letters: Low-wage jobs aren’t the answer
I’m glad the university where I took economics didn’t employ University of Florida economics professor Larry Kenny, or anyone like him. In this Times article on falling wages in Florida, Kenny said he thought it was a good thing…Lin Young - St. Petersburg
Letter: UNF GRADUATION RATE Attention is overdue
The article concerning the dismal graduation rates at the University of North Florida was a long time coming. As a father of a former student, the nickname for UNF was “you never finish.”… Pat Cassidy – Jacksonville
Letter: Future’s in good hands
A political science class from the University of North Florida unified to write the other opinion column, attempting to make readers more aware of the atrocities in Sudan. The class led by former ambassador Nancy Soderberg urged fellow students to support a pending bill in Congress to tighten sanctions against Sudan and others involved in horrible human rights violations…Warren K. Anderson Jr. – Jacksonville Beach
Cory Pool named Benefactor of the Year
College of Central Florida District Board of Trustee Cory Pool has been named Benefactor of the Year by the Council for Resource Development, the college has announced…
Jupiter councilman Friedman passes away
Palm Beach Post
Town councilman Robert M. Friedman passed away early Wednesday morning at age 71 following a battle with an undisclosed illness, the town announced. A long-time architect, avid boater and former Florida Atlantic University administrator, Mr. Friedman first was elected to the council in 2005 after serving seven years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was appointed vice mayor in 2007 and re-elected to his council seat in 2008 and 2011.
Death of Jupiter town councilor, Friedman
Robert “Bob” Friedman, 71, of Jupiter passed away on July 11, 2012. He had been a permanent resident of Jupiter since 1996. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, was an architect and educator. He was Jupiter town councilor; vice chancellor of the Board of Regents, vice president of Florida Atlantic University, chairman of Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, he had served five years with the South Florida Water Management District.
Longford man at centre of student pilot dispute
The Waterford based aviation firm at the centre of a dispute over the axing of pilot training courses in the US last week is headed up by Longford man Mike Edgeworth. As many as 34 students from Mr Edgeworth’s Waterford based Pilot Training Centre (PTC) of Ireland were left grounded after being informed by Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) executives its contract with PTC had been terminated…
American Asthma Foundation Funds $750k to FIT Professor’s Research
But Florida Institute of Technology Chemistry Professor and Director of the Claude Pepper Research Institute Joshua Rokach was among the chosen few. He has received funding from the American Asthma Foundation for further study of asthma antagonist drugs developed by him and his team. The grant of $750,000 over three years will fund this research.
FSU students create start-up HTR
Three students at Florida State University turned their biological research into a first-place award in a business challenge sponsored by FSU College of Business and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. The students, Sohail Merchant, Aubrey Kusi-Appiah and Nicholas Vafai, want to provide a more cost-effective method for high-throughput screening (HTS), a drug discovery process that accounts for the largest share of drug development…
Report: Star FSU Cornerback Arrested
College football coaches often worry about what their players can get into during their free months in summer. For Florida State University cornerback Greg Reid, the answer is trouble. According to the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Reid was arrested Tuesday night in Georgia. WCTV and the Seminoles’ Rivals.com website Warchant both reported Reid was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. Reid was later released on bond, according to WCTV.
Greg Reid, Florida State University punt returner, charged with marijuana …
Star Florida State punt returner Greg Reid has been charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a valid license.
FSU student Evan Wilhelm begins 20 year prison sentence
WTXL ABC 27
Former Florida State University student Evan Wilhelm has been transferred to a northwest Florida correctional institution to begin his 20 year prison sentence for the accidental shooting death of fellow student Ashley Cowie.
Santa Fe student accused of having knife on campus
A Santa Fe College student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly bringing a knife on campus. Patrick Young, 19, was charged with possession of a …
Local FCA camp encourages faith of coaches, athletes
Maryville Daily Forum
Jeff Duke, a coach clinician who is also a professor at the University of Central Florida and a high school coach, said that coaches are some of the most influential people in a young athlete’s life. ”There are 53 million kids involved in sports right now in this country,” Duke said.
Michelle Obama campaigns for husband in Florida
Before speaking to about 2000 supporters at the University of Central Florida, she joined an exercise class for grade-school-age children at a nearby YMCA.
Michelle Obama in Florida: ‘We need to keep moving forward’
Speaking before a crowd of more than 2000 Tuesday at the University of Central Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama listed President Barack Obama’s initiatives during his first term – including his recent executive order to stop …
Michelle Obama drops by Blanchard Y, works out with area kids
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to the Blanchard Park YMCA outside of Orlando, joining groups of elementary-school children for workouts before heading to the University of Central Florida for a speech to election campaign supporters …
First lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters on campaign stops in Florida
Grass roots rallies in Miami Lakes and later at the University of Central Florida in Orlando marked Mrs. Obama‘s first public campaign events in Florida this election cycle. The crowds greeted her as no less a star than the president, with her fans …
Study Finds No Long-term Neurological Impairments With Cannabis Use
Amy M. Schreiner of the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida recently led a study that looked at 33 existing meta-analyses of cognitive impairment experienced by heavy cannabis users…
Foreclosures on the rise again in Manatee
“We have had this start and stop process with distressed housing, and along the way we have seen some economic progress being made, but the recovery has been weak,” said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida.
Casey Anthony Prosecutor: Vote For Me!
The Anthony and Zimmerman cases have caused a new “sense of injustice,” says Dan Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, causing people to look “more closely at who their state attorney is.”
University of North Florida President Supports Gays
John Delaney, the conservative former mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., and the current head of the University of North Florida, has come out in support of a national LGBT nondiscrimination bill…
Conservative Former Jacksonville Mayor Supports Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
Human Rights Campaign Backstory (blog)
John Delaney, the conservative Republican president of the University of North Florida and former Jacksonville mayor, came out yesterday in support of a proposed city ordinance that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in employment…
Out of the Frying PANO: Rank-and-File Weigh In on NOPD, Serpas Pushes Back
Then, NOPD circulated comments from University of South Florida Criminologist Lorie A. Fridell that argued the introduction to the survey is biased. A biased intro will produce biased results, she writes: Not only does this introduction have the potential to bias respondents’ answers, it also might induce individuals who already have these beliefs to respond to the survey and deter from participating those who do not. This will produce a non-representative sample and again, reduce the validity of the results. I would not consider the results from a survey with this introduction as valid.
Plans unravel for Freedom Festival before Republican National Convention
Meanwhile, [Ron] Paul himself plans a free public rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 26, the day before the RNC convenes…
Main Street manager resigns
Crestview News Bulletin
Main Street Crestview Association program manager Ryan Arvay has resigned after his job was reduced to a part-time position at the beginning of the year. Arvay has returned to the University of West Florida where he was a specialist at Historic Pensacola Village, Main Street member Cal Zethmayr said.
Election showdown: Sheriff, public defender candidae forum
Pensacola News Journal
At the halfway point of the forum for public defender and sheriff candidates Monday night, things got pointed. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and his challenger, John Powell, made more and more jabs at each other…The forum, hosted by the University of West Florida and moderated by criminal justice studies professor Richard Hough Sr., brought dozens of spectators and candidate supporters out.
Releases and Web Stories
Kaye Communications To Sponsor Second Annual “White Coats-4-Care …
PR Urgent (press release)
Bonnie and Jon Kaye and their firm Kaye Communications, Inc. are sponsoring the second annual “White Coats-4-Care” awareness and fund raising reception to benefit the incoming class of Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine on Monday, July 30, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Bridge Hotel’s Carmen’s Restaurant – Top of the Bridge located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton. To demonstrate the inspiring level of academia found at the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County, the Kayes are pleased announce that this year’s reception guests will have the opportunity to attend a pre-reception private lecture and discussion from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. given by Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, the No. 81 Science Hero in the history of the world for saving more than a million lives by discovering the link between aspirin and heart attacks. Following his lecture on therapeutic lifestyle changes to improve the quality and quantity of life, Dr. Hennekens, the first Sir Richard Doll Research Professor in FAU’s Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, will engage the audience in an enlightening question and answer session.
IRSC taking applications for Nursing Assistant program
Indian River State College is accepting applications for its Nursing Assistant program, which offers preparation for a job as a nursing assistant in only seven weeks…
Lynn University Gives Credit For Watching Olympics
Not only is it true, but you likely have a feeling of jealously when you read that students at Lynn University in Boca are taking part in a program that puts them on the ground at the Olympics in London, and gives them credit as well…
Lynn University’s College of Business and Management creates new internship initiative
Lynn University has created an innovative new program to support and help prepare students in the College of Business and Management for a career in the …
CUP: NASCAR Foundation Finalizes Single Largest Donation To Pediatric …
The NASCAR Foundation announced today its final installment of $100000 as part of a record donation to Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Shands Hospital for Children at UF selected for national breastfeeding program
University of Florida
Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida is one of 90 hospitals selected out of 235 applicants to participate in the national Best Fed Beginnings program that aims to improve breastfeeding support for new mothers.
Siscoe Appointed Interim VP for Student Affairs
University of South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (July 11, 2012) — Denita (Dee) Siscoe will assume chief responsibility for Student Affairs at the University of South Florida following her promotion, by Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox, from associate vice president of student development, learning and success to interim vice president for student affairs, effective July 16…