Young Florida College Graduate Numbers Down in Florida
More than half of the states have a reason to celebrate but Florida isn’t one of them. The study looked at state by state numbers of college graduates age 24-35 in 2010, the latest numbers available. It says the number of those adults with a college degree fell by one tenth of a percentage point in Florida. That’s equal to 19,000 young adults…
State University System
FAMU students looking ahead following resignation of school’s president
First Coast News
On Thursday, there was some activity on campus as FAMU welcomed incoming freshman for an orientation, but the students will start school this fall with the university dealing with a transition in leadership.
Possible effort to oust FAMU president may have prompted Ammons’ resignation
FAMU President James H. Ammons’ resignation Wednesday came hours before a board of trustees meeting where he might have faced a vote to remove him from his job…
Letter of resignation submitted by FAMU President Ammons
The South Florida Times
Editorís note: Below is the text of James Ammonsí letter of resignation as president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, submitted Wednesday to FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger III, to the board members and to State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan…
FAMU still dealing with fallout from hazing death as president resigns, victim …
The fallout from the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major appears unlikely to end soon…
FAU, Nigeria libraries now sharing resources
The South Florida Times
The Florida Atlantic University Libraries have signed an agreement to share copies of their articles and documents with the American University of Nigeria Library. The Nigerian university, which serves about 1,400 students and 100 faculty members in the farming town of Yola, is struggling to develop research and teaching programs.
A tale of two stations: Classical music, current events radio have their own …
Naples Daily News
WGCU-FM (also broadcasting from Marco Island as WMKO-FM) is the longtime public radio station operating on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University; it has been in Southwest Florida since 1983 in one form or another. WNPS began broadcasting barely a month ago, and is currently being transmitted by satellite from the parent station on the east coast of Florida to a tower in Estero…
Board of Governors Names Four Trustees for Florida Poly U
Sunshine State News (blog)
The Florida Board of Governors has made four of its five appointments to the inaugural board of trustees for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland…
State board appoints four Florida Poly trustees
The state university Board of Governors this morning named four of the 13 people who will serve on the first Board of Trustees for the new Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland…
New trustees named to Florida Polytechnic University’s board
The board that will oversee the state’s newest public university is beginning to take shape. The Florida Board of Governors has announced that it has filled four of the five positions it gets to appoint to Florida Polytechnic University’s board of trustees. The first group includes Polk County Attorney Don Wilson and Richard Hallion — a retired Air Force aerospace analyst who has also worked with NASA. Also on the board is former University of New England President Sandra Featherman, and former Board of Governors member Frank Martin.
Democrats, Republicans competing for new House District 49
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
One, state House District 49 surrounding the University of Central Florida, has attracted a crowded field of candidates from both parties who are aiming themselves at several core constituencies, including liberal-leaning students, independents and a largely swing Puerto Rican population…
Study: Alcohol is more of a “gateway” drug than marijuana
For generations we have been told that marijuana is the gateway drug to harder drugs, but a new study from the University of Florida contradicts that claim.
Smaller tuition hike will require $4 million extra in cuts, Machen says
The University of Florida’s decision to reduce its tuition increase might be well-received by students and the public, but it also means more budget cuts.
UF student injured in June hit-and-run dies overnight
Rebecca Harris, 20, died Wednesday night at Shands at the University of Florida, succumbing to injuries from a June 23 hit-and-run accident in which she was struck while crossing Southwest 16th Avenue on her bicycle. Jessica Paige Becerra, a 22-year-old UF alumna, was arrested late last month in connection with the accident, and the State Attorney’s Office said Thursday the charges will be upgraded as a result of Harris’ death.
UF student from Longwood dies weeks after hit-and-run crash
A University of Florida student from Seminole County who was struck in a June hit-and-run crash has died, Gainesville police said Thursday. Rebecca Harris, 20, had been hospitalized at Shands at the.
UF search will be tough, trustee says
A tough sell. That’s how one member of the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees characterized the open presidency at the state’s flagship university. ”It’s not like it’s been in the past,” said Al Warrington, in a brief torrent of heated remarks capping off a board conference call about the search on Thursday. “We’ve got a whole new world ahead of us.”
State College System
New grant helps students make smart decisions about college financing
A new grant from the Division of Florida Colleges and the Florida College System Foundation will help raise the financial literacy awareness …
FSCJ board withdraws request that president repay charitable donations
The Florida State College at Jacksonville‘s board of trustees has withdrawn its request that President Steve Wallace repay charitable contributions made by the college’s foundation, saying it is now convinced the donations made at his request were proper.
Family literacy program closes
Crestview News Bulletin
Now a cut in funding has resulted in the closure of Northwest Florida State College’s version of the program at the Crestview Bob Sikes Center…
College uses computer for GED testing
Officials said in striving to provide more adult learners throughout the state with high school credentials, Pensacola State College is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer…
The American Family Planning Clinic on Ninth Avenue has had a troubled history
In June 1984, when it was called “The Ladies Center,” and was located near Pensacola State College, the clinic was destroyed by a pipe bomb…
A new Polk State College program to help entrepreneurs
If you are interested in striking out on your own with an idea, a new Polk State College program might be a help…
County Land Donated to PSC For a Public Safety Education Complex
Plans for a public safety education complex for Polk State College advanced Tuesday after the County Commission agreed to give the college 10 acres for the facility…
Seminole State College to freeze tuition rates
At a time when other state universities are increasing their tuition rates, the Seminole State College of Florida is freezing the amount some students have to pay for class. For the 2012-13 academic school year, in-state students who are seeking an associate’s degree or a college certificate will continue to pay $104.38 per credit hour, or $3,131.40 for a 30-credit hour academic year. Vocational and adult education students will also continue to pay the same amount in tuition and fees…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Edward Waters College reinstates men’s golf program
Edward Waters College has reinstated its men’s golf team after a two-year hiatus and signed five players from the Orlando area.
Education innovations target specific market sectors
Beginning this fall, student doctors at Nova Southeastern University‘s College of Osteopathic Medicine will learn Art Observation as a way to develop techniques to better observe their patients through the examination of artwork.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Letters from Readers: Wallace and FSCJ Foundation
As the chairman of the Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation, I read with considerable concern the recent Times-Union coverage of FSCJ President Steve Wallace’s expenses. I feel that the article omitted essential information regarding the relationship between Wallace’s very successful fundraising efforts on behalf of the foundation and his “entertainment” expenses…Wade Barnes – Jacksonville
Point of view: FSCJ needs more than new buildings
Times-Union reporters Kate Perry and Adam Causey are to be commended for their exhaustive work in going through 2,000 documents related to the stewardship of President Steve Wallace of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Although individuals on the board fear losing Wallace because of his abilities as a visionary, we need to take a larger perspective…Howard Denson is a retired English humanities instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Alliance Leaders Recognized at 2012 Florida Economic Development …
Broward Net Online
Three Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance volunteer leaders received awards for volunteer leadership at this year’s Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Conference held in Tampa June 27 through June 29. J. David Armstrong, Jr., president of Broward College and chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance…President Armstrong has been involved directly and indirectly with economic development for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, and working with the Alliance’s CEO Council and other volunteers, the Alliance produced a new television video featuring Alliance CEO Council members and community leaders Wayne Huizenga, Mike Jackson, Roy Krause and Keith Koenig along with Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry and NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson. The advertising campaign began its 6 month airing cycle in selected cable markets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Boston and on JetBlue in-flight TV in October 2011. He was also one of the original participants in the Alliance’s Information Technology Roundtable and is currently serving as a co-chair of the Broward Six Pillars community-wide strategic visioning process…
Carol City special needs teacher is Florida Teacher of the Year
Miami-Dade teacher Alexandre Lopes won top honors in the state for his work with special-needs students…Lopes is also studying for a doctorate in special education at Florida International University.
Florida leads nation in excluding ex-felons from the polls
“Every time a person is disenfranchised in a community, that weakens that community’s political voice,” said Desmond Meade, a former felon and now a law student at Florida International University who leads the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Computer Science Continues Growth on College Campuses
U.S. News & World Report
At some institutions, the computer science program faces a shortage of qualified computer science faculty to meet student demand, notes Gwen Walton, a professor of computer science at Florida Southern College. Walton, who spent more than 20 years working in the industry, says schools cannot compete with the salaries many professionals command in the job market. ”Computer science is one of the few fields where you can start with a very high-paying salary with only a [bachelor's degree],” Walton says. “You don’t go into [teaching computer science] for the pay.”
Miami Film Festival unveils its 30th anniversary poster
In March, artist Jean Marc Calvet was the subject of a documentary screened at the Miami International Film Festival that recounted his extraordinary life from street urchin to bodyguard, mobster to drug addict. Today, the French-born Calvet, who lives in Nicaragua, is a painter whose work Miami Juice has been selected as the official poster for the 30th edition of the festival, to be held March 1-10, 2013. “This is primarily a message of hope … go out of the dark and into the light!” Calvet, 46, said about the painting via a press release issued Thursday evening by Miami Dade College, which presents the festival. “The central personage is filled with cinematic references: projectors, stars, cameras, red carpet, outlaws, explosions, etc.”
Southwest Florida gas prices up 11 cents in a week
“When gas goes up, it can be viewed as a tax on consumers, because more consumer income goes to the tank instead of other areas,” said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida.
First-time unemployment claims fall in Florida
“It’s good news, but we have to take weekly reports with a grain of salt,” said Sean Snaith, economist for the University of Central Florida, who said he’ll be watching for a consistent downward trend before celebrating.
Culture of Complacency
Inside Higher Ed
“They know that these folks have enormous power, and they can rally the power elite in that community or that state to send them packing,” said Robert Benford, chair of the sociology department at the University of South Florida. “At the end of the day, athletics and academics are oil and water. They just don’t go together. And we are constantly running into these kinds of issues. Few people have, I think, the courage or the power to try to take it on.”
Teaching Assistant Pioneer
University of South Florida
Henry W. Custin stands at the front of the classroom at Hillsborough Community College in jeans and a pastel-colored shirt, collar unbuttoned…Custin is the pioneer in a new teaching assistant program launched collaboratively by the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. Called the “Off-Site Teaching Assistant Program,” it’s geared toward providing a new, immersive teaching experience for doctoral level students at USF.
Two Miss Florida USA Contestants Treated By Paramedics
ABC News (blog)
A Miss Florida USA hopeful fainted today at a poolside rehearsal. The other beauty queens helped keep Miss Tampa USA, Ashley Day, cool until she could be carried into air conditioning and treated by paramedics, ABC News’ Miami affiliate reported…Day is a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, according to her Facebook page.
10 percent of Florida adults can’t vote
Ojmarrh Mitchell, a University of South Florida criminologist specializing in research on race and crime, said he believes the estimates are realistic. He said the estimate that about 1 in 4 black adults in Florida has a felony record “may seem high, but it is in line with other estimates.” It is due largely to strict drug enforcement policies, Mitchell said.
Broward, Palm Beach county authorities handing out fewer tickets
Lower travel levels could generate fewer citations, said Steven Polzin, mobility policy director for the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. “One might argue that less congestion might reduce risk-taking behavior …
University Of New Mexico Soccer Student-Athletes Reprimanded For Misconduct
A public reprimand and certain penalties have been issued for University of New Mexico men’s soccer student-athletes Victor Rodriguez and James Rogers for misconduct during the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship…Specifically, Rodriguez was found to have engaged in misconduct by shouting at a University of South Florida student-athlete and then punching him in the face following the penalty kick shootout during the third round match of the championship between the two teams.
Hogarth Named as Interim Chancellor of USF St. Petersburg
USF President Judy Genshaft has named William Hogarth as interim regional chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and appointed Frank A. Biafora, dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences, to lead a search committee for a new regional chancellor.
Releases and Web Stories
INNOVATION AND TECHNICAL CENTER OPENS AT THE RESEARCH PARK AT FAU
Broward Net Online
Boca Raton, FL – The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University welcomes American Sugar Refining, Inc.’s Global Technology and Innovation Center as a new tenant to occupy approximately 12,000 square feet with move in planned for early spring 2013. American Sugar, the world’s largest cane sugar company, is owned by Palm Beach County-based Florida Crystals Corporation and The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative…
UPDATE ON BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ SELECTION OF FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
During a meeting today, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) took giant strides toward the development of Florida’s 12th university. The BOG’s Trustee Nominating and Development Committee settled on four of five appointments for the Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees after conducting 10 extensive interviews on Wednesday…
NSU Medical School Launches Art Observation Program for Student Doctors
Newswise (press release)
Using this theory, Nova Southeastern University’s medical school, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), recently launched a new program called Art Observation that aims to train medical students on techniques to better observe their patients …
West Indian Subterranean Termites Moving Northward in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The University of Florida has confirmed an infestation of the West Indian subterranean termite in Loxahatchee – the first one in the state outside of a single Miami neighborhood – an indication that this species is moving to the north.
UF study sheds light on vulnerability of polar ice sheets to modestly warmer …
University of Florida
A new study by a University of Florida researcher finds that sea level peaked between 18 and 30 feet above current sea level during the last interglacial period approximately 125000 years ago.
UF & Shands Florida Recovery Center opens new southwest Gainesville campus
University of Florida
Just minutes from the UF College of Medicine and Shands at the University of Florida medical center, the recovery center is home to the largest group of faculty in the U.S. specializing in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.