State University System
Despite new director, FAMU Marching 100 struggles to shed hazing legacy
Christian Science Monitor
The famed Marching 100 band at Florida A&M University (FAMU) has a new director, alumnus Sylvester Young. But when the group’s percussive precision steps will be featured again on a playing field is still up in the air….
City, FAU seek ways to consolidate collegial influence
Florida Atlantic University wants to grow out of its commuter origins into a more traditional campus and the city of Boca Raton would like to help them do that…
A Future Without Tenure
Inside Higher Ed
Florida Polytechnic University’s re-envisioning of a public research institution is making some radical departures from the norm, including scrapping the idea of tenure. The state’s union leaders, however, say that decision should be reversed if administrators are serious about their aspirations for the university…
Solar-powered boat makes her debut
On Saturday, April 20, those who attended the Florida State University Marine Lab Open House got a glimpse of the future.
Outdoor Briefs May 9, 2013
On Thursday, May 9 , from 7 to 8 p.m. the Florida State University Marine Lab offers insight into the growing bear population in Franklin County. Black bears are secretive animals that can live in close proximity to people without detection…
On Municipal and State Pensions
Florida TaxWatch in conjunction with Florida State University’s Leroy Collins Institute recently issued a thoughtful report on municipal pensions…
Hotels tabbed as destination ambassadors for Manatee County
Manatee County tourism officials will partner with the University of Central Florida and South Florida University to develop a program to improve the county’s hospitality industry’s offerings.
State College System
Study: Many don’t need remedial classes
In Florida in 2010-11, 54 percent of students coming out of high school failed at least one subject on the Florida College System’s placement test…
Courts, lawmakers chip away at our right to victim’s compensation
In Miami, four workers lost their lives, and others were severely injured, when parking garage at Miami Dade College in Doral collapsed in October…
Many of MDC’s 13K diverse grads headed to top universities
The South Florida Times
Graduates were met with cheers and applause from friends and family in the audience on May 4 when, because of the sheer number of graduates, Miami Dade College (MDC) held five commencement ceremonies…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Colleges tout need to mesh academia with hiring realities
When Barry University negotiates a vendor contract, it may have a few requests beyond the lowest prices and speedy delivery: finding jobs for its students…
Positioned for Growth
Ten years ago, Jacksonville University was in crisis. Its president had resigned over badly managed finances. The school had multi-million-dollar budget deficits two years in a row and had to borrow money to stay afloat.
Despite differences, Miami-Dade lawmakers delivered
More than three dozen of the county’s priority items made their way onto the final spending plan, including $1.42 million for the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
UM doesn’t give enough aid to low-income students, report says
South Florida Business Journal
A national study singled out the University of Miami for not giving enough financial aid to low-income students while shifting most of its scholarship dollars to high-achieving students with higher family incomes.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web
Our View: Florida forges into future with new online degrees
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Perhaps overlooked in the frantic activity at the end of the 2013 legislative session was the bold progress Florida made regarding distance learning…
Mayo: More questions at FAU, another trial for John Goodman
Forget the clowns, send in the headlines! Headline: FAU trustees cancel May meeting This is something that makes you go hmmmm. After all the craziness at Florida Atlantic University this year (Owlcatraz, Stompgate, James Tracy’s musings), it’s only natural to wonder if president Mary Jane Saunders is working on borrowed time. She has two years left on a five-year contract. Could a movement to dump Saunders be brewing?
Cerabino: Use of stomping to aid in teaching symbolism doesn’t work well in South Carolina either
Palm Beach Post
We don’t have a monopoly in South Florida when it comes to academic lessons on symbolism that involve stomping. Four months before a Florida Atlantic University professor’s lesson on intercultural communications included an invitation for students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then step on it, an honors English teacher in a South Carolina …
Olivia Sprauer, Teacher Fired For Being Too Sexy: A Glimpse Inside Her Real Life
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
Yesterday, Olivia Sprauer, a brunet bombshell who was fired from her teaching job at Martin County High School last month for being too sexy — and yes, uploading nudie pics of herself — exploded the internet. The former English teacher, and graduate of Florida Atlantic University, made onto into the pages of Huffington Post, ABC News, Gawker, and even across the pond to the Daily Mail. Now for the first time, we have Sprauer’s other side…
Hertz Rental Cars Moves to Florida, Business Community Credits Rick Scott
Sunshine State News
The 300,000-square-foot facility will ultimately create 1,704 jobs and have a $190.2 million annual economic impact to Lee County by 2017, Florida Gulf Coast University economist Gary Jackson said.
Polish pianist Blechacz makes dazzling Miami debut
South Florida Classical Review
The formidable Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz excelled in a recital that spanned from the Baroque to late romantic era Tuesday night at Florida International University’s Wertheim Auditorium.
Fla. Hispanics voted at a high rate
“First and foremost, among Cuban-Americans, turnout always has been higher,” said Eduardo Gamarra, a professor at Florida International University who also runs a research firm, Newlink Research.
Research Examines the Effects of Transit Service Restructuring in Tallahassee FL
ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Jeffrey Brown, PhD, is associate professor of urban and regional planning at Florida State University…
Florida enlists help from businesses to fight human trafficking
First Coast News
Terry Coonan of Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights said immigrants are often targets of human trafficking…
FSU Study: The Power of Prayer
Praying for a romantic partner or close friend can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University researcher. The findings are significant because they are the first in which the partners who are the subject of the prayers reported a positive change in the behavior of the person who prayed, said Frank D. Fincham, eminent scholar and director of the Florida State University Family Institute. “My previous research had shown that those who prayed for their partner reported more prosocial behavior toward their partner, but self-reports are subject to potential biased reporting,” Fincham said.
Largest collection of letter openers:Santa Fe College
World Record Academy
A passionate collector and generous donor named William L. Brown, a semiretired local businessman who has a doctorate in microbiology, donated a collection of letter openers to the Santa Fe College Foundation
WNMU Names New Provost
Dr. William Crocker, most recently the Vice-President of Academic Quality and Success at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, has been selected as the new vice president for academic affairs and provost at Western New Mexico University.
NFL Players’ Sex House At Center Of Shooting Investigation – Deadspin
The three players are friends who are all from the central Florida area, and Sims-Walker and Marshall were teammates at the University of Central Florida.
Space Gets More Money in State Budget
Florida’s new $74 billion state budget allocates more money toward space. Dale Ketcham is director of spaceport research and technology at the University of Central Florida. He says the industry is focused on expanding statewide.
Pay for Florida assistants nears $3 million – USA Today
The University of Florida released Wednesday the salaries of football assistant coaches that hadn’t previously been made available, with offensive coordinator Brent Pease getting a $100,000 raise. He will make $590,000 through 2015…
Job market improving for Florida, national law school graduates, but it’s not …
Amanda Smith is weeks away from graduating from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Smith, unlike more than half of her class, has a job waiting for her after graduation in Bradenton, her hometown. More, she’s currently debt-free…
A Look at Miami Marine Stadium as Restoration Campaign Continues
NBC 6 South Florida
It’s really a structural tour de force,” said University of Miami architecture professor Jorge Hernandez…
UNF’s online newspaper named finalist for Pacemaker
Ponte Vedra Recorder
Spinnaker Digital, the online version of the student-run news organization at the University of North Florida, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Online Pacemaker Award by the Associated Collegiate Press.
How The Elections Bill Will Impact South Florida Voters
Smaller counties don’t need the extra voting days and locations, said University of South Florida political scientist Dr. Susan MacManus. “Small counties do not have the same demands as your big counties…
Giant African land snail spotted in Texas
Biology professor at the University of South Florida Marty Martin says that disease is easily spread by something as simple as kids playing in the wrong place at the wrong time, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler student paper selected as top of philosophy conference
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (05/08/2013)(readMedia)– A paper written by Flagler College senior Ashley Ryan was selected as the top paper at the Pop Culture and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference at Georgia Southern University…
Florida Museum exhibit explores state’s surfing history
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History visitors will soon have the opportunity to discover the state’s famous coastal waters and deep surfing culture in the new exhibit “Surfing Florida,” opening Aug. 31.