Edison State College’s Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. in room 223 of Building I on the Lee campus, off College Parkway and Summerlin Road.
The State Department of Education continues workshops on proposed rules for teacher evaluations. Teachers and others can speak on the proposed rules, which are at http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/pa.asp. Tuesday’s sessions are at 4 p.m. at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, in the Sugden Resort and Hospitality Management Building, Room 110, 10501 FGCU Blvd., and at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Advanced Tech Center, Room T-140, 401 W. State St., Jacksonville.
State University System
Florida Atlantic U. Students Stage Sit-In to Protest ‘Owlcatraz’ Stadium Deal
Chronicle of Higher Education
Students occupied the reception area of the Florida Atlantic University president’s office on Monday in hopes of persuading officials to reverse a deal to name the institution’s football stadium for a company that operates prisons. The university announced last week that the facility, home of the Florida Atlantic Owls, would be known as GEO Group Stadium in exchange for $6-million to be paid over 12 years.
Sit-in at FAU president’s office, as protesters oppose prison company’s naming
Palm Beach Post
Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders has agreed to conduct a public meeting on campus to discuss the school’s recent decision to accept a $6 million donation from the private prison corporation GEO Group of Boca Raton, which pledged the money in exchange for naming rights on the school’s football stadium. The announcement came Monday after 40 students conducted a two-hour sit-in at Saunders’ office, demanding that the university rescind the agreement.
Updated: Students protest new FAU stadium name
Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders has agreed to meet Friday with students upset about a decision to name the football stadium after a prison operator. About 100 students on Monday protested FAU’sdecision last week to name the …
Students join protest over FAU football stadium naming rights
Florida Atlantic University students were among the protestors who gathered on the Boca Raton campus Monday morning, objecting to the school’s football stadium naming rights deal with a private prison company accused of human rights violations…
FAU GEO Group protest: Group gathers to protest FAU stadium naming rights
Protesters disappointed that Florida Atlantic University partnered with the GEO Group for naming rights of the university’s football stadium gathered Monday morning at the school.
Florida Poly Board May Not to Ask for $25 Million More
Florida Polytechnic University COO Ava Parker recommended Monday that board members not ask for an extra $25 million they had planned to request from the state to start the new school.
Trayvon Martin gatherings Tuesday in Sanford, UCF
Tuesday is the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. Central Florida events to mark that include: •A candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. at the University of Central Florida reflecting pool.
Miss UF pageant evacuated after power loss
The Independent Florida Alligator
A blackout temporarily dulled the sequined gowns of the 14 Miss University of Florida contestants Monday night at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
State College System
New fitness center opens for Miami Dade College-Wolfson students
…One thing is for sure, the fast paced construction of the new building 8 at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, isn’t the most impressive news spreading about this building. All the talk is settled on merely one floor, the sixth. The new and improved Fitness and Wellness Center has opened its doors to students, faculty and the Miami Dade community members alike. The 10,000 square-foot facility located in the heart of the busy streets of downtown Miami (300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Bldg 8. Flr 6) sees up to 450 people per day.
Lox Groves clerk deems PBSC construction petition insufficient
Palm Beach Post
The petition to block the construction of a Palm Beach State College campus in this rural community was deemed insufficient by the Town Clerk, but the group behind it has challenged the ruling, saying the town is playing “legal games” to keep residents from voting on the issue…
Belated Congratulations to Polk State’s EMS
The Polk State College students who took the Emergency Medical Services exam late last year, after having taken the paramedic program at PSC, had a 100 percent pass rate. The program’s pass rate has been 100 percent in six of the last 12 years
Independent Colleges and Universities
Bethune-Cookman to play Florida State in football in 2013
Daytona Beach News-Journal
B-CU and Florida State, who both found themselves with a sudden opening on their 2013 schedules, will meet on the football field for the first time on Sept. 21 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, the Wildcats announced Monday…
Review: International Piano Festival performers show their virtuosity
Palm Beach Daily News
Every time a major pianist retires, we worry about the continuation of pianism as we know it. Then along comes the International Piano Festival, in residence at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and we are reassured that the next generation of concert pianists is already with us…
Regional ADDY prizes awarded
Ringling College Design Center won 14 Gold and three Silver ADDY Awards, along with two AMY Awards and a Judges’ Choice honor, in two categories: Advertising for Arts & Sciences and Elements of Advertising.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web
Rx for student loan fairness
Naples Daily News
The headline in our paper the other day grabbed attention: “900 doctors owe $116M in government loans.” The chart underneath it was headed “Pay for doctors is rising, but so is medical debt.”
Guest column: Champions Are Emerging Everywhere
Naples Daily News
The Education Foundation of Collier County launched a new name — Champions For Learning — and mission this past fall to invite the community to join our work as we enrich the environment for student learning….It has become increasingly clear that it is critical to the success of our community to expand a college and career volunteer model and learn from other communities as well…
ICUF President: More Innovation in Education, Less Federal Control
Sunshine State News
You can’t open a newspaper or turn on the news without hearing the words “higher education,” but one place you won’t find those words is the U.S. Constitution. Actually, you won’t find the word “education” anywhere in there, either. This is because, at the time the Constitution was written, education was not considered the responsibility of the federal government – or state and local governments. Instead, education at all levels was the domain of private institutions…
Greek life ban not the solution
Central Florida Future
It was decided by UCF officials Wednesday that a suspension of all Greek life activity would be an appropriate response to sorority and fraternity ethics following the suspension of Sigma Chi. This decision sparked outrage, divided the UCF community …
GED exam to become computer-only
Florida has been offering a computerized version of the GED test at 17 sites across the state, none of which is in the Tampa Bay area. Officials say scores have been higher on the electronic version. ”As an experienced teacher, I can say that I am extremely pleased with the computer test,” Linda McClelland, professor of the Pathways High School Equivalency Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, said in a news release. ”Last term, I sent almost all of my students to test on the computer, and the scores were unbelievable,” McClelland added. “These are some of the highest scores I have seen in my 20 years of teaching in adult education.”
Casselberry Commissioner Jon Miller resigns
Casselberry Commissioner Jon Miller says his new job with Keiser University has made it difficult to focus on his duties with the city…
Graduate Tampa Bay: Older Learner Says ‘Don’t Be Afraid of Failure’
North Port resident Jodi Johnson overcame adversity and internal fears to take the first step toward earning a college degree, and now the 39-year old New College of Florida student says she’s glad she returned to school and hopes to encourage others to do the same…
NWFSC lecture on Black Seminoles planned for Feb. 27
Crestview News Bulletin
A guest scholar presentation on “The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles” is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in room 132, Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The free Listen & Learn lecture features Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an anthropology professor from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She will present her research about the interrelationships of Seminole Indians and their African allies, who became known as Black Seminoles, in Florida and The Bahamas.
Channel 3 is opening up the floor for you to talk about gun violence and gun control
The Town Hall meeting will be on March 6th at the WSRE Studios on the Pensacola State College campus. You can apply to be an audience member by e-mailing us at email@example.com
Early childhood education program redesigned at UCF
Central Florida Future
The title is University of Central Florida: Do not suspend the early childhood development and education program, and the petition has gained more than 1,000 signatures. Beth Paris, a student who is receiving her master’s degree in the early education program, said the program suspension is not addressing the needs of everyone who will be impacted by the change. “I think they are ignoring the population of students that would benefit from that degree,” Paris said. “I think they are ignoring the children that would benefit from teachers with this type of degree. I think they are ignoring a group of community partners who understand the value of that degree and look for graduates to hire that have that degree.”
UCF student arrested on DUI after hitting trooper, highway patrol says
A University of Central Florida student was arrested on DUI and other charges Sunday after she hit a trooper on University Boulevard and drove away, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Gina Thais Garcia Ronquillo, 18, hit the trooper’s car about 12:40 a.m. while he was outside investigating a hit-and-run crash, pushing the car into him and hurting his left leg, investigators said…
Former sweatshop worker urges UF to cut Adidas contract
The Independent Florida Alligator
Garrett Strain, the national organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops, visited UF Monday with Hidagat and another factory worker in an effort to get UF to cut its contract with Adidas. UF sells Gator Adidas clothing. Adidas, the second largest sports apparel provider in the world, brought in $8.21 billion in gross profit in 2011 but is refusing to pay about $1.8 million in legally-owed severance pay to 2,800 PT Kizone workers, according to the Badidas Campaign and Worker Tour. Slain said UF was just one of many stops he has made in the Badidas Campaign, which has been traveling to various college campuses to get them to cut their contract with Adidas.
NCAA accuses former Miami Hurricanes assistant football coach Clint Hurtt of multiple violations
The University of Louisville finally released its Notice of Allegations in the University of Miami case Monday for former Hurricanes defensive line coach Clint Hurtt – and the accusations are plentiful. As expected, Hurtt was hit with violating bylaw 10.1 for unethical conduct. “It is alleged that Clint Hurtt, former assistant football coach, violated the principles of ethical conduct when he failed to deport himself in accordance with generally recognized high standards of honest and sportsmanship…” the allegations stated, saying Hurtt “provided improper inducements” to three recruits and “arranged for the provision of improper inducements and benefits from Nevin Shapiro…” to four recruits and three football players.
Canes fans like UM President Donna Shalala’s swagger in showdown with NCAA
Palm Beach Post
For two years, University of Miami president Donna Shalala kept mum on the NCAA’s investigation of the Hurricanes’ football and basketball programs. Remaining quiet on pending probes is required by the NCAA. Institutions that don’t abide are branded as not ‘fully cooperating” and potentially subject to harsher penalties. But last week, Shalala removed the muzzle. In a pair of statements, Shalala lashed out, calling the NCAA’s conduct in the UM case involving alleged improper benefits received by players from former booster Nevin Shapiro “unprofessional and unethical” and accusing the governing body of being “responsible for damaging leaks of unsubstantiated information.”
Pilot in crash was brother of USF professor Susan MacManus
MyFox Tampa Bay
A pilot from Tennessee was killed in a plane crash in Pasco County, and investigators are working to determine when the crash happened, and what led up to it. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office identified the pilot as 59-year-old Harold Cameron MacManus. USF political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus confirmed to FOX 13 Wednesday night that Harold MacManus was her brother, and had been in town for a visit…Susan MacManus, who is a high-profile political analyst and frequent guest on FOX 13, said her brother had been in town to visit family and play golf. MacManus said she is glad she was able to spend that quality time with him, and that at least he died quickly, doing what he loved, flying.
Scott leaves USF Bulls staff, takes job at Miami
Northwest News and Tribune
University of South Florida football assistant coach Larry Scott, a member of the program’s first recruiting class and the last holdover from Jim Leavitt’s staff, was hired as tight ends coach at the University of Miami.
Releases and Web Stories
Agilent Technologies Collaborating with Florida International University to Identify and Characterize Designer Drugs
MarketWatch (press release)
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb 25, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced it is collaborating with Florida International University’s department of chemistry and biochemistry and its International Forensics Research …
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Cat Cafes Launch Collaboration with SPCA Florida and Florida Southern College
LAKELAND, Fla., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SPCA Florida announced today a formal collaboration with Florida Southern College (FSC) to create the first Community Cat Cafe project, an effort that addresses the issue of un-owned cats living on the college campus. Approximately 100 community cats live across the FSC campus, which is also home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed building structures in the world. Left un-checked, un-owned community cats will continue to breed and create more homeless cats…
FSU’s 2013 Football Schedule Officially Announced
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The wait is over; Florida State‘s 2013 football schedule is officially here. The Atlantic Coast Conference unveiled its league-wide schedule Monday afternoon and, as has been rumored for some time, FSU will kick off the year in front of the nation with a Labor Day game Sept. 2 at new conference foe Pittsburgh.
Full Sail Students Work on Oscar-Winning Films
Computer Graphics World
WINTER PARK, FL – Full Sail University had 35 graduates who worked on seven Oscar-winning films at the 85th annual Academy Awards…
JU marine expert discusses possible shipwreck causes for vessel debris found
First Coast News
A Marine Expert from Jacksonville University discusses what could have caused a vessel to have come apart to pieces overseas…”The possibilities are wide open, anywhere from an explosion onboard, to mechanical trouble, water coming in,” said Dr. Quinton White, Executive Director of Marine Science Research at JU.
Northwood’s Florida Auto Show Panel To Focus On Ethics In Business, EMerging Industry Trends
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Attendees at this year’s Northwood University Florida Auto Show will get a chance to hear from South Floridian auto dealer, author and consumer advocate Earl Stewart and Tori Morandi, manager of the industry publication Auto Trader, who will sit on an expert panel to discuss ethics in business and emerging automotive trends.
Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business Announces New Programs
(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business today announced three new graduate business programs. The new programs include Florida’s first AACSB-accredited Executive Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Management, and a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. As with all of Rollins’ programs, the new additions will include personalized attention from world-class faculty, free courses for life, and the opportunity to build lifelong connections with a strong network of fellow students and alumni.
PBL students nearly sweep district competition
Seminole State College
Seminole State College of Florida’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter placed first in nine of the 12 events in which it participated at this year’s District III PBL Competition.
Honors Students Attend Conference
Santa Fe College
On Feb. 23 and 24, the Honors Program at Santa Fe College was represented at not one, but two research conferences. Jennifer Pelfrey presented her research poster “Ethical Analysis of Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESCs)” at the 3rd Annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference at UF.
Get Involved with SF’s March of Dimes Campaign
Santa Fe College
This year’s Santa Fe College March of Dimes Ambassador Scott Harold Jamison III was born on May 14, 2012 to parents Scott and Kelly and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Prior to Scotty’s arrival, his parents lost twin girls Ava Grace and Claire Faith at 25 weeks on May 13, 2011. Almost one year to the day later, the Jamisons gave birth to their healthy baby boy. Scott and Kelly are very grateful for the good health of Scotty and everything the March of Dimes does for babies like Scotty, Ava and Claire…
Stetson hosts community safety forums
Stetson University Today
Stetson University will host two community forums to discuss issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Topics including mental health services, safe schools and communities, and violence in public places will be discussed…
2013 University of Miami Football Schedule Released
The Miami Hurricanes‘ 2013 football schedule was released on Monday, along with those of the other 13 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The schedule also includes an important wrinkle for which UM has lobbied the conference…
Closing the achievement gap by ‘Listening to Babies’
USFSP News Center
Representatives of agencies that work with young children in Pinellas County will gather Friday, March 1, at the University Student Center to learn groundbreaking techniques to engage infants and toddlers to promote brain development and early learning. Called “Listening to Babies,’’ the free training will provide proven, practical advice for 125 administrators and frontline professionals from nationally recognized experts. It is sponsored by USF St. Petersburg and the Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students (COQEBS), with support from the Tampa Bay Times Fund. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.