State University System
Man charged with child rape attempt at FAMU school
A student who graduated from Florida A&M University‘s Developmental Research School is under arrest and charged with trying to rape an 8-year-old boy who was also attending the school. It’s the second time this year 18-year-old Ralph Monroe has been arrested. He was also arrested in October and charged with two counts of molesting another 8-year-old student at the pre-school through grade 12 school operated by the university.
BIG BEND BRIEFS
FAMU Board to talk on Monday on hazing scandal - The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its first weekly conference call to update members on issues related to the university’s ongoing hazing scandal at 10 a.m. Monday. Trustees called for the weekly updates in the wake of the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, who died after being beaten on a band bus Nov. 19 as part of a hazing ritual.
Florida State wins Champs Bowl
Central Florida News 13
Close to 67000 fans crammed into the stadium to watch Florida State University take on Notre Dame. The Seminoles beat the Fighting Irish in a 18-14 victory. Before the game, fans were tailgating in what many described as perfect weather. …
The year online at UF, SFC, in sports
2011 at UF - This year, the state made some decisions that were unpopular with University of Florida officials, from limiting UF to 15 percent annual tuition increases when UF wanted a larger increase, to attempting to institute university regions, which would have effectively cut off UF‘s long arm into other areas of the state.
UNF excited to host CNN’s presidential debate
Five days before Florida Republicans vote in the state’s presidential preference primary, the eyes of the state and the nation will be on the final televised debate between the candidates that will take place at the University of North Florida. …
Rowers start hitting local waters
The rowing partnership has also spurred interest at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, which launched its first athletic team in February. The official announcement of its new USF Sarasota-Manatee Crew Team, in partnership with Sarasota Crew, occurred at Historic Spanish Point, in Osprey, officials said…
State College System
Whatever happened to … the Regent?
In a Nov. 22 letter, the chairwoman of the Brandon Community Advantage Center declined an offer from its landlord, Hillsborough Community College, to assume operations at the Regent.
The year online at UF, SFC, in sports
2011 at Santa Fe. College - Santa Fe College experienced a renaissance year in 2011, with the opening of its new Fine Arts Hall, new hires and state-level support for some of its most pressing needs…
Independent College and University System
Group gets extension past Saturday in bid to buy Boynton-based WXEL-TV
Palm Beach Post
Barry University, the station’s owner, “gave us an extension until Feb. 24. That’s the next board of trustees meeting,” WXEL President and CEO Bernie …
Investing in students’ futures
Fernandina Beach News-Leader
Nancy E. Bell, president of Science First, has announced that the company has donated $3500 to Communities in Schools of Nassau County to send 10 middle school students from Nassau County to Flagler College for one week next summer.
City officials use two million dollar grant to add new trolley …
The new route will travel from the downtown bus and train station, along Okeechobee, to places like Palm Beach Atlantic University and Phillips Point.
Miami repaying $83000 in Shapiro donations
The Associated Press
The University of Miami is giving back $83000 it says it received “directly and indirectly” from Nevin Shapiro, the former Hurricanes booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect whose claims of giving athletes and recruits extra benefits for …
Orange Bowl Committee has donated its archives to the University of Miami library.
But back in 1933, its predecessor was known as the Palm Festival Game, and the first two matchups pitted the fledgling University of Miami football team first against Manhattan College and then against Duquesne. When the name of the annual event was …
For Profit and Career Colleges
Digital Domain ready to open its dazzling Tradition Studios
The red carpet is ready to be rolled out for Digital Domain Media Group‘s Tradition Studios…Digital Domain Media Group Chairman and CEO John Textor said Tradition Studios is the first complete studio for feature film animation for the digital effects company and is unlike any of its other five locations across North America. Tradition Studios, located off Interstate 95, is the place Digital Domain will film and produce its original animated stories…The CEO said the company, which also has roots at Indian River State College’s Kight Center for Emerging Technologies on the school’s Fort Pierce campus, plans to build the Digital Domain Institute in West Palm Beach in partnership with Florida State University.
North Miami Police Arrest Third Man in Rape of Pregnant Woman
North Miami Police said Thursday night they have taken a third suspect into custody in connection with the rape of a pregnant woman at Johnson & Wales University off-campus housing. Police said Kevin McNair, 24, was taken into custody a day after Ligunson Edmond and Jacques Davis Jean, both 21, appeared in court on sexual battery charges in the Dec. 22 incident.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Letter to the Editor: On Tenet hospital, will no responsible official put a foot down?
Palm Beach Post
Recently, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued a certificate of need to Tenet Hospital Corp. to build a hospital in Jupiter in conjunction with Scripps and Florida Atlantic University. There already are many hospitals in the area. How many MRIs, CAT scanners and surgical robots – to name just a few examples of expensive equipment and services – are needed to service this area?
Video - “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle”: FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw on campus growth
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw discusses lessons from problems at Penn State and Edison State College, and how FGCU will image campus growth and work with public schools to uplift K-12 learning.
BP money buys sports towels, Christmas lights, jingles
Florida State University professor Mark Bonn isn’t sure negative perceptions about the Panhandle will vanish so quickly, especially the further away the prospective visitor lives. “I think it’s going to be a five-year minimal process before people are …
Fla. panel recommends diminished role for public hospital districts
Dr. Keon-Hyung Lee of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University told the commission that public hospitals typically post operating costs up to 12% higher than their for-profit and not-for-profit competitors, …
Young entrepreneur helps homeowners with loan modification
Young entrepreneur Stephfan Nurse says he has a knack for helping startup businesses reach the next level…He admits he was mostly a middling student in grade school, the kind who studied for tests an hour before the exam and was satisfied with a C. But everything changed for the Blake High School graduate when he turned 18 and began attending Hillsborough Community College. ”I looked at it from a perspective as, ‘Okay, it’s time to get serious now,’ ” he said.
Youth served at Great Neck 16 Handles
The Island Now
A 2006 Great Neck South High School alum, who only last year graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, with a degree in business management, [Rob] Cervoni understands it’s only natural for people to be somewhat surprised by a 23-year-old owning and operating his own business. ”I keep hearing that,” Cervoni said. “I’m thankful for everything I’ve got. I’ve been working my butt off.”
Cuban-born artist Oscar Garces finds the illumination he needs in Syracuse despite little light
[Oscar] Garces’ artwork has been seen in Syracuse since his family settled in Syracuse in 2000. The 2003 Verizon Scholastic Art Awards recognized his talents with a Silver Key and honorable mention and another honorable mention in 2004 during his years at Nottingham High School. He left to finish his senior year in Miami with family and later attended the New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College.
Clergy, Police, Residence Rally Against Gun Violence
The South Florida Times
Karen Lloyd, a longtime Overtown resident, just spent her first Christmas without her 22 year-old son Brandon. Affectionately called “Charlie,” he became a victim of a drive-by shooting in the wee hours of Nov. 13. According to Lloyd, her son, a student at Miami-Dade College, was hanging out with friends at the corner store around midnight when he was struck down in the crossfire of bullets not intended for him.
Family to hit the road for 40000-mile, 13-month trip
Palm Beach Post
The [Randy and Heidi] Martins, married for 16 years and who met while students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, said they want their kids to learn about American history …
Sarasota-Manatee business sales jump
That occurred mainly because the local economy relied on construction as its economic engine to a greater degree than did the state’s, said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith.
Minimum-wage bump helps keep consumers spending
… they aren’t hiring because of the lack of current sales demand to justify expansion (or even labor replacement) and uncertainty about the future,” Mark Soskin, associate professor of economics at the University of Central Florida, said in an email.
UF: Florida Consumers Look to 2012 with some Optimism
Sunshine State News (blog)
A University of Florida study found Floridians may be a little wary about where their personal finances are going but are approaching 2012 more optimistically in regard to their belief in the US economy than they had been a month earlier...“The increase in consumer confidence among Floridians is in line with an increase in the national index which came in at 69.9 in December,” Chris McCarty, survey director, stated in a release.
Casino supporters catch up in public relations battle
The Boston Globe
[Rich] Saccone, a senior at the University of Miami, said he created the pages and took a stand because he thinks Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn’s plan to build a casino on land leased from Patriots owner Robert Kraft would benefit all surrounding towns. “Even if they are lower-end jobs, people need them,’’ he said.
Pasco’s mobility fee will chart new course for county’s growth, officials hope
“That’s a very good question,” said Karen Seggerman, a researcher at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. “Particularly as growth has slowed, it’ll take a lot longer to see the results. …
Fencing club keeps beginners and experts on their toes
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Soon after his arrival to the Sunshine State in 1974, he started a fencing club at the University of Tampa along with forming the current Dunedin club and reaffiliating it. [Jim] Campoli has remained in the area and coaches at the Gulfport Fencing Club in …
Kayaker completes trip from Panhandle to Lee: Pine Island college student paddles home for holiday break in a solo , 420 mile adventure in the Gulf
The 20-year-old spent 18 days, including Christmas Day, paddling his yellow 17-foot kayak in the Gulf of Mexico. [Nathan] Jangraw, a University of West Florida senior, ran out of water at one point and had to use a makeshift desalinator to turn seawater into fresh water.
The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida
25. Sandy Shugart, Valencia College president (Last year: unranked.) Shugart’s profile was raised this year when Valencia won the prestigious Aspen award as one of the best community colleges in America. In a changing economy, community colleges are needed to replenish and transform the workforce. And that’s sorely needed in Central Florida’s low-wage landscape. Said one panelist of Shugart, 55: “Valencia College doesn’t get enough credit, and this man’s vision puts him on my list!”
Releases and Web Stories
Digital Domain Media Receives Additional $11 Million in Economic Incentives
MarketWatch (press release)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., December 29, 2011 – Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. (DDMG -1.68%), a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and major studio co-productions, today announced that it has been approved for an additional $11 million of transferable tax credits by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Tour:Smart by Martin Atkins Reaches a New Audience of Students
MADISON, Wis., Dec 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Full Sail University has recently incorporated Tour:Smart, by Martin Atkins, into their curriculum. Martin Atkins is an instructor in the Entertainment & Media Business (EMB) program at Madison Media Institute (MMI). He leads courses on Touring, Advanced Entrepreneurship, Artist and Event Management, and Online Marketing.
Keiser University College of Golf Honors New Graduates for Academic Achievments
Keiser University College of Golf proudly acknowledges graduates of the Associate of Science degree in Golf Management program. All of these students share …