This morning the Educational Committee, the Operations Committee, the Finance Committee, the Transition Committee, and the full Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University meets starting at 8 a.m. Monday at One Poly Place, 439 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland. The dial-in number is 888-670-3525, and the conference code is 4122150353 then #. Meeting materials can be found here.
State University System
FAMU over 125 years
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
[Timeline]…Information provided by theologian and educator the Rev. Richard Mashburn
Florida Classic skips a beat without FAMU‘s famous marching band
One glance at the stands and it was obvious that half the crowd had skipped this year’s game, likely because FAMU’s Marching 100, suspended because of a hazing that killed drum major Robert Champion last fall, would not be performing.
Operation targets prostitutes during Florida Classic weekend
With the game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University scheduled for Saturday, agents with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation are already on alert…
UCF Approves Library, Lake Claire Expansion Plans
A $35.6 million expansion plan for UCF’s John C. Hitt Library and outdoor Lake Claire center was approved by UCF’s Board of Trustees at their meeting last Thursday. This expansion is just the beginning of a series of proposed construction plans UCF has for its main campus…
UCF President John Hitt gets raise, bonus
The University of Central Florida’s board of trustees approved the raise as a group of about 20 students stood nearby in silent protest. Some students, upset over years of tuition increases, clutched a white banner that said: “We tightened our belts …
Varying tuition rates drawing stiff opposition
The ink is barely dry on the recommendations of the governor’s higher education task force, but already University of Florida faculty and students are rallying opposition to the plan. Chief among their concerns is a recommendation to allow varying tuition rates for different universities and degree programs. Universities would freeze tuition for degrees that are highly sought by employers as it raised rates for other programs…
In the Know: Can offensive license plates be returned and exchanged?
Naples Daily News
Florida specialty plates are available for more than 35 colleges or universities in Florida, nearly 25 environmental groups, nine professional sorts teams and more than 50 other miscellaneous causes or organizations. Of the nearly 1.4 million specialty plates sold last year in Florida, the top two show school spirit for major universities – University of Florida and Florida State. More than 100,000 UF plates were purchased in each of the last five years. Nearly 65,000 FSU plates were sold last year…
Magic cheerleading mishap leads Florida school official to ground Gators …
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
University of Florida administrators have told members of the cheerleading squad they no longer can tumble or perform routines in the air. The decision came to light as several cheerleaders reacting Friday evening on Twitter.
University of Florida May Have New President by Fall Exams
Sunshine State News
The University of Florida could have a new president, one with an ability to boost science and research programs at the Gainesville campus, by final exams for the fall semester…
UNF Honor’s Program hosts refugees
First Coast News
On Saturday, a special event was held for some of the youngest political refugees now living in Jacksonville. University of North Florida faculty, coaches and students teamed up with community organizations to help break down cultural barriers and let the kids have some fun…
Hundreds of medical residences to come to the Bay Area
Bay News 9
The move comes with growing concerns about a looming doctor shortage. HCA wants to work with the University of South Florida Medical School, which is already its partner in running a statewide network of five new trauma centers, to launch the programs…
Annual Seeds of Hope 5K walk raises suicide awareness
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida Students for Suicide Awareness hosted the third annual Seeds of Hope 5K Community Walk on Saturday at Seville Quarter. UWF students, staff and community members joined together to increase visibility for suicide awareness …
State College System
Grills Gone Wild (in my belly)
The News Herald
Those of us fortunate enough to be invited as judges for this year’s Grills Gone Wild at Gulf Coast State College knew it was the last year the fundraiser would use “amateur” judges. I knew they were trying to raise some $75,000 for local charities and would entertain some 3,000 people with live music and food while doing so Saturday.
Miami Book Fair on Book TV
C-SPAN2 broadcasts LIVE on Saturday from the Miami Book Fair International. Watch our one-on-one interviews with authors along with panel discussions. Our full day coverage includes 10 author talks along with panel discussions and eight author interview segments with viewer participation through C-SPAN’s Facebook page, tweets, your calls, and e-mails. Watch C-SPAN2 Saturday for talks with humorist Dave Barry, Naomi Wolf along with The Onion’s Seth Reiss and Will Tracy. We will also hear from authors Lila Quintero Weaver, Edwidge Danticat, David Rothkopf and Brad Meltzer. BookTV will also continue this unique coverage on Sunday at 12pm ET from the campus of Miami Dade College.
Pensacola State College receives diversity award
Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola State College received the first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education…
PSC Starting an Aerospace Program to Train Pilots
There is excitement in the air — literally — at Polk State College, where a new aerospace program will launch in January…
Texting While Driving Dangers Simulated at PSC
Nearly 100 Polk State College students signed a pledge Thursday promising not to text while driving as part of an AT&T effort to raise awareness of the dangers it causes…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Upside down US flag at Barry University draws outrage
An American flag flew upside down and at half-staff for most of the day Friday at Barry University‘s campus in Hollywood, but school officials say it was only a mistake and not any form of protest.
Anti-hazing symposium speakers urge students to ‘do the right thing’
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Speaking out against hazing and bullying was the message hundreds of Bethune-Cookman University students heard Friday morning at a symposium targeting a long-time practice at colleges and universities nationally…
Personal approach leads to fundraising success
In talking with a client about this issue, I heard about a successful experiment Eckerd College recently implemented. Working with a limited budget but significant fundraising goals, Eckerd decided to slash its telemarketing and direct-mail budgets …
BUBIL: 100 years of Ringling influence on the Sarasota area
At another stop, tour-goers will see the Keating Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design. It was the then-empty Bay Haven Hotel when John [Ringling] purchased it 1931 to house his new art school…
The Military History Of Florida’s Resorts
Huffington Post (blog)
Nowadays, the old hotel’s minarets and domes loom over brick ramparts housing University of Tampa offices and classrooms as well as the Henry B. Plant Museum, named for the Gilded Age industry captain who pushed his railroad to Tampa in 1884…
Foursquare gives city officials glimpse into Tampa’s hot-spots
The 25,026 check-ins recorded at 2,461 venues within the area from April 16-30 shows the University of Tampa, Ybor City, Channelside, Tampa Bay Times Forum and downtown Tampa core as the dominant centers of activity among Foursquare users.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Our View: Florida schools must have zero tolerance for hazing
Daytona Beach News-Journal
It’s been one year since Robert Champion died from injuries suffered in a hazing incident during the Florida Classic. And one year later, it’s reassuring to hear from Bethune-Cookman University officials — as well as other college officials in Florida — that they won’t tolerate hazing. Not now or ever, not in any form…
Bowden: Our city is in need of big dreams
Pensacola News Journal
Aggressive salesman Matt Altier’s gone from the University of West Florida, but his Disneyesque seeding of Pensacola’s historic atmospherics with entrepreneurial investment still percolates. Many citizens, including visionary architects Carter Quina and Brian Spencer bring workable treatment to Altier’s community blitz to convince governmental stewards that $50 to $60 million of the BP payback financial spill could propel Pensacola into a nationally known destination for the growing cultural heritage tourism market.
Online Civil Rights archive to focus on unheard voices of St. Augustine
Flagler College Gargoyle
Now, students and faculty at Flagler College are creating an internet-based multimedia archive to shed light on the troubling past, giving voice to so many who were involved in the St. Augustine Civil Rights movement. Prominent Civil Rights activist Andrew Young donated many interviews from his documentary, “Crossing in St. Augustine” to the college. This donation will be the base for the multimedia archive Flagler is creating.
Frederick Humphries: FAMU’s eighth president
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Frederick S. Humphries, FAMU’s eighth president (1985 to 2001), has enjoyed a rich and storied history with his alma mater…
Students find love (and spouses) at FAMU
Through the past 125 years at Florida A&M University, students have found love and future spouses while getting a college degree. Here are three impressive examples…
Palestinian supporters rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale
“I’d like to see an end to the occupation and the blockade,” said Nadine Aly of Boca Raton an FAU student originally from Egypt. “[Israelis] claim self-defense. You can’t really claim self-defense when you’re occupying the country to begin with.”
Republican Lock On Florida’s Cuban-American Vote May Be Over
But Dario Moreno, a political science professor at Florida International University and a strategist who works for Republican campaigns, says it’s not just about demographics. He says Romney’s message on immigration, the economy and the “47 percent” alienated many Latinos, including Cuban-Americans. Moreno also says that was true even in staunchly Republican areas such as Hialeah — a blue-collar Cuban-American enclave. ”I think the Republican Party needs to reassess its rhetoric and some of its policies toward Latinos, beyond immigration to education and economic policies, without losing the core Republican message of lesser government,” says Moreno.
Unemployment rates fall in Florida, Palm Beach County as job growth improves
Palm Beach Post
“It’s what we were waiting for, a sliding unemployment rate, and it’s a result of the Florida economy doing better,” said Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, who directs the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University.
Henry Lewis: powered pharmacy school
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
In 2010, [Henry] Lewis, 62, became president of Florida Memorial College, a position he recently left…
Neva Jane Langley (Fickling), Miss America 1953
Macon Telegraph (blog)
Later, after a year of college at Florida Southern College in her native Lakeland, she transferred to Wesleyan to study piano with Doris Jelks. During that time Fickling and some of her Wesleyan classmates were encouraged to enter the Miss Macon pageant…
College students form Thanksgiving traditions with their ‘second family’
For students like Dante Disabatino, the choice is made easier by distance — his family is in Rhode Island while he studies at Florida State University. He’s in his junior year and for the first time he’ll be cutting into turkey with his friends instead of his immediate family. He’s just fine with the switch and said he know it’s a cliché, but his FSU friends have become a second family. “I’m feeling a little sad because I can’t see my family,” he said. “At the same time I’m feeling a little optimistic because I’ll get to stay here with my friends and celebrate with them. I’ll get to go to the UF game, too.”
Gerald Ensley: Secession talk is simply blowing off steam
Florida State University political science professor John Barry Ryan had the same first thought I did when I heard 20 states wanted to secede from the United States: There goes the Southeastern Conference…
New Poverty Stats: Is Florida Really Third Poorest State in Nation? It Depends
Sunshine State News
“I think some of the principles behind the new measures are more sound than those behind the official numbers,” says Dr. Samuel Staley, associate director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University…
Polk State professor of mathematics Carolyn Horseman has received the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning’s Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology….Peter Usinger has been named president-elect of the Association of Florida Colleges…The AFC is the professional association for Florida’s 28 public community colleges, their boards, employees, retirees, and associates.
Local jobless rates lowest since 2008
Daytona Beach News-Journal
At a statewide level, Florida is adding jobs, but the recovery is tepid and mixed with uncertainty, said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida. “Everything is headed in the right direction at this point, just not very quickly …
Stress relief tips from around the world
“Stimulating pressure receptors releases serotonin, a natural antidepressant,” says Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami…
Is Depression in Men Taboo?
In addition, men’s failure to recognize depression in a fellow male may represent a kind of defense mechanism prompted by an “unconscious identification” with that man, says Dr. Radu Saveanu, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami…
Obamacare confusion: First Coast small businesses not sure what to do
Janice Donaldson, regional director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, said her office received about a dozen inquiries from small business owners the day after the election…
Unemployment numbers drop on First Coast; prices remain stable overall
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason cautioned that there might be a darker lining to that silver jobs cloud, however. Although the numbers are up year-over-year, he said there were fewer jobs (232) and fewer people in the workforce…
Gov. Scott seen as beatable by Democrats, vulnerable by Republicans
“There’s quiet opposition within the party,” said retired University of South Florida political scientist Darryl Paulson, a Republican. “Considering our problems in this last election cycle, he’s not exactly the kind of messenger a lot of Republicans …
Emails shed light on CIA scandal figure
Los Angeles Times
When her term on the board of directors of the University of Tampa’s Henry B. Plant Museum was up earlier this year, for example, Cynthia Gandee, the museum’s executive director, suggested to Buckhorn that [Jill] Kelley not be reappointed. ”She was a wild card appointment from the [previous] mayor and has not been active or effective,” Gandee wrote. Buckhorn renewed Kelley’s three-year term anyway.
Jill Kelley reappointed to museum board despite being not ‘active or effective’
Jill Kelley, the south Tampa socialite who touched off a scandal that took down CIA director David Petraeus, didn’t exactly impress the leader of the Henry B. Plant Museum Board in the three years after then-Mayor Pam Iorio appointed her….The museum board was established to assist and advise on the restoration and preservation of the Plant Museum, a national historic landmark at the University of Tampa.
Saunders named provost at University of West Florida
Former University of Southern Mississippi president Martha Saunders is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs of the University of West Florida, UWF officials announced this afternoon.
Saunders named provost at UWF
Martha Saunders, former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, has been named provost at the University of West Florida, the place where she began her career. Saunders also will serve as vice president of academic affairs…
Releases and Web Stories
FAU National Alumni Association hosts cocktail party for Indian River alumni
VERO BEACH — The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently hosted a cocktail party at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach, bringing FAU alumni together to network and reconnect with their alma mater.
QEP has a name: Read to Succeed
Seminole State College
The votes were cast, and now there’s a name for Seminole State College of Florida’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Read to Succeed.
University of Florida offers shelter medicine program online.
16, 2012 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Gainesville, Fla., November 16, 2012 – The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded its shelter medicine program to allow veterinarians and veterinary students around the world to earn the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.