State University System
Judge sets October trial for FAMU hazing suspects
The Associated Press
A judge has set an October trial date for 11 marching band members charged with felony hazing in the death of a Florida A&M drum major. An attorney for one of the former band members said Thursday the trial likely won’t start until next year, though, because of the number of defendants and witnesses who need to be interviewed.
FAMU’s Ammons says no one told him several others wanted the …
Florida A&M University President James Ammons said Thursday that FAMU‘s dean of students, former band director and police chief met before the Florida Classic football game in November and decided to call members of the famous Marching 100 band together to remind them that they had signed anti-hazing agreements and that hazing was a felony.
Business briefs: Fla. High Tech Corridor to sponsor showcase
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council will join Front Row Tampa Bay as a community sponsor to showcase emerging technologies and economic opportunities available in the Tampa Bay region during the four-day, live web TV broadcast airing Aug. 27-30. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is a joint economic development initiative of three of the nation’s largest research universities the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida and involves more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations and 14 state and community colleges…
Florida briefs: Rare butterfly sought for breeding program
Federal wildlife authorities have issued an emergency order authorizing the capture of a handful of rare butterflies in South Florida. Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized University of Florida butterfly experts to capture up to four female Schaus swallowtail butterflies for a captive breeding program…
UNF President John Delaney says he’s not applying for UF job
First Coast News
University of North Florida President John Delaney says he has no interest in applying for the same position at the University of Florida…
USF board votes to seek 11 percent tuition differential increase
In a move the chairman of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees said would “send a message” to state lawmakers, USF trustees voted Thursday to only seek an 11 percent tuition increase for the upcoming school year…
Manatee, Sarasota chambers share good food, blues at USF campus
More than 300 people flocked to the University of South Florida‘s Sarasota-Manatee campus Thursday night to hear some blues, and enjoy some brews and barbecue. It was “Bulls, Blues and BBQ,” the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural event to get members of the Manatee and Sarasota County chambers of commerce together with faculty, staff, students and alumni of USF…
UWF Approves Tuition Hike, Purchase Of Country Club
The University of West Florida has approved a tuition hike, and the university is moving forward with plans to purchase a nearby country club…
State College System
Brevard Community College Reaches Record Graduation Numbers
BCC just broke a major record: 1,944 students graduated in May 2012, representing the highest number of graduates during one term in the College’s 52-year history.
Public Safety Institute gets the green light at BCC
Space Coast residents may not know it, but a focus meeting June 11 on the Melbourne Campus of Brevard Community College set in motion a long-envisioned program that will have a significant impact on the future well-being of Brevard County residents…
FSCJ board approves outside review
The Florida State College of Jacksonville board voted Thursday to hire a company to complete an institutional review of the college. It set a limit of $75,000 for the job and wants it to be completed by Sept. 3…
Board approves third-party review of FSCJ operations
The board of trustees at the Florida State College at Jacksonville approved a motion for an independent review of college operations. The review, proposed by board Chairman Jim McCallum, will focus on executive and administrative leadership, effectiveness of leaders working together, financial management and student success…
SCF trustees call special meeting to discuss president
The State Board of Trustees has taken the unusual step of scheduling a special meeting to discuss the performance of SCF President Lars Hafner, raising fear among college staff about his future. Board Chairman Carlos Beruff earlier this week requested the board convene Tuesday to review Hafner’s annual evaluations. He asked for a formal board meeting rather than a workshop, meaning the board can take action…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Lynn U receives $1.2 million gift for Bobby Campbell Stadium
South Florida Sunrise
Lynn University’s soccer team will soon have a stadium worthy of their seven national championships thanks to the generosity of Robert (“Bobby”) Campbell of Boca Raton, who provided the school with a gift of $1.2 million for construction of the new stadium that will be named in his honor.
Video: Dad builds Haiti Orphanage in Daughters Memory
Len Gengel and his family establish non-profit organization, Be Like Brit to honor daughter lost on Lynn University service trip in Haiti earthquake…
Nova once again serves as debate site
Broward Politics (blog)
Nova Southeastern University has become the go-to site for Florida’s statewide televised political debates. The Davie campus has hosting duties again for the only 2012 statewide race, for U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and the Republican nominee are set to debate Oct. 17 at Nova…
Jackson Health System chairman: Hospitals must change to turn …
Lapciuc suggested the board prepare a three-year-plan and set priorities, including making sure Jackson stays No. 1 in trauma services, improving information technology, getting a true handle on which services are making money and hammering out a new agreement with the University of Miami medical school…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Point of view: How FSCJ’s appointed board should act
A recent Times-Union editorial asked: “Where is the board in FSCJ issues?” The ongoing newspaper scrutiny of Florida State College at Jacksonville is now centered on the actions of the FSCJ Board of Trustees. From a mix-up over awarding of Pell Grants to a sensationalized dispute with a former associate vice president, the board is under the media microscope…Marcella Washington is professor of political science, Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Scott names health care executive to Board of Governors of Florida …
Health care executive Elizabeth Webster is the newest member of the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. Gov. Rick Scott, himself a former hospital chain CEO, appointed the 39-year-old Webster on Thursday. She lives in Weston and is regional vice president of health services for Arcadian Health Plan.
Grandparents use technology to keep up with newborn great-grands
Several seniors have started taking classes at the College of Central Florida’s Senior Learning Institute, said Jerone Gamble, director of the Plus 50 departments at the college. “Just the state of communication with the world makes it almost necessary for them to have some level of computer skills to interact with their families, as well as their personal business transactions,” Gamble said. “One of the problems with the elderly is isolation. The beauty of this is, you’re seeing many older adults embrace the technology and this makes them world citizens.”
FAMU’s James Moran elected as a Congressional District 2 Democratic Delegate
Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy Development Officer James Moran was recently elected as a Congressional District 2 Democratic Delegate…
College and University News
Stanley Fish, the author of 13 books and a professor of humanities and law at Florida International University in Miami, will give the keynote address, “What Are the Humanities Worth?” June 24…
Shrinking Florida Coastlines
The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate warming. The trick was figuring out how much, said Chanton, the John W. Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University.
Orlando lost a decade or more of home appreciation
Stan Smith, a University of Central Florida finance professor who studies Orlando-area housing appreciation, reported last month that the local housing market has not been the best investment in recent years. ”If we look at the appreciation rates for the last five years, real estate has not performed as well as the S&P 500 Index for the same period,” Smith reported.
Romney gains fundraising advantage in Florida
“It belies the sad state of our economy when you see how much money has been contributed to the campaign,” said Daniel Smith, who heads the University of Florida‘s political campaigning program. “It also speaks volumes about how we have two Americas. There’s the donor class, and there’s everyone else. And we have a lot of people from the donor class living in Florida, who contribute not only to Romney but to the president’s re-election campaign.”
Some Members of U.S. Congress Still Paying Student Loans
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t stand out as a member of Congress with a law degree. He does as a lawmaker who is still paying for it. Annual financial disclosure reports released today show that the first-term Republican owes at least $100,000, and as much as $250,000, in student loans through Sallie Mae incurred in 1996, the year he earned a law degree from the University of Miami. He reported the same range of outstanding student loans last year.
Economic indicators show First Coast bolstering economic recovery …
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason said a drop in energy and food prices in May coupled with a substantial increase in housing prices show the First Coast economy is posting positive trends. The consumer price index jumped by .35 percent from April to May…
Atheists challenge the tax exemption for religious groups
Washington Post (blog)
How much money does the U.S. government forgo by not taxing religious institutions? According to a University of Tampa professor, perhaps as much as $71 billion a year. Ryan Cragun, an assistant professor of sociology, and two students examined U.S. tax laws to estimate the total cost of tax exemptions for religious institutions — on property, donations, business enterprises, capital gains and “parsonage allowances,” which permit clergy to deduct housing costs…
Amputee paddles Mississippi for a purpose
WKBT La Crosse
Hector Manley graduated from the University of Tampa just a few weeks ago and headed straight for the top of the Mississippi River…
Releases and Web Stories
Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations for Patients Receiving Medicare and Medicaid Could save Millions
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Providing better care for dual-eligible Medicare-Medicaid patients could significantly reduce hospitalization rates for this population, saving taxpayers between $625 million and $1.9 billion per year, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International and Florida Atlantic University.
NSU Awards Most Doctoral Degrees Nationally to Hispanics for …
PR Newswire (press release)
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) was recently ranked as the number one …