State University System
Half Of Florida’s Public Universities Make Kiplinger’s Best Value List
State Impact Florida
Kiplinger is starting 2013 with a list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The personal finance magazine put six Florida institutions in its Top 100 list. The Florida Board of Governors is touting the list, saying “access to an affordable higher education leads to brighter futures for hundreds of thousands of students. As they graduate and get jobs, the state benefits, too.”
FSU’s Early Head Start program making a difference in Gadsden County
…FSU uses an $829,000 annual grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to fund EHS, one of a handful of programs housed in the university’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy…
FSU to host Vietnam Education Foundation conference
Florida State University will host the Annual Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellows and Scholars Conference from Jan. 3-5. With a theme of “Leading the Change,” the conference will give attendees the opportunity to participate in leadership training, share research, network with colleagues and prepare for their return to Vietnam…
Louisville humbles Florida Gators in Sugar Bowl
Teddy Bridgewater once thought of playing football at the University of Florida. Given how thoroughly Louisville’s quarterback shredded UF in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, the Gators probably wished he had…
UWF College of Business launches Executive Mentor Program
Pensacola News Journal
With a new year comes the launch of a new program designed to pair University of West Florida students up with local business leaders. The College of Business’ Executive Mentor Program has matched its first class of 30 students with business leaders who will serve as mentors to initiate networking and career opportunities. The program was started in conjunction with the grand opening of the new College of Business Education Center in October. Business leaders will share their personal and professional experience, knowledge and skills…
State College System
Newsmakers of the Year – Statewide State College Presidents
Florida has more top-performing community colleges than any other state. Florida’s higher education system has been buffeted in recent years by challenges ranging from increasing demands for accountability to funding cutbacks to expanded roles for two-year schools in offering four-year degrees. Amid the fiscal and political turmoil, community colleges — the frontline institutions vital in creating a skilled workforce for the state — have distinguished themselves. The non-profit Aspen Institute, a respected educational and policy studies institute, placed 14 of Florida’s 28 community colleges among the top 10% in the nation…
Firearms safety classes begin Jan. 30
Crestview News Bulletin
Northwest Florida State College‘s Criminal Justice Department is offering four more sessions of its Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry Course during the spring 2013 term. Session start dates include Jan. 30, Feb. 23, March 20, and April 27. This semester, groups of at least six participants may request a customized course schedule to suit the group’s needs…
Outdoors Notebook: Polk State in FLW College Fishing Event
Polk State College will compete in its first collegiate bass tournament on Jan. 12 at Lake Okeechobee…
Independent College System
Tom Monaghan wins court ruling in contraceptives case
Naples Daily News
…Ave Maria University remains embroiled in a federal lawsuit filed in February over the school’s refusal to pay for employee insurance that includes contraceptives. Because of its status as a religiously affiliated organization, it has until the end of 2013 to comply with the mandate, unless other regulations grant reprieve on religious grounds…
Soccer fans pack stadium for Orlando City vs. AS Roma friendly
Soccer fans filled the Rollins College stadium on Wednesday to see the Orlando City Soccer Club battle against one of the best teams in the world, AS Roma…
Antiques evaluations take place Saturday at University of Tampa
South Tampa News and Tribune
Admit it, you’ve watched the “Antiques Road Show” on television hoping to spot a familiar family heirloom worth enough money to change your life. The Henry B. Plant Museum will have its own “Antiques Road Show,” dubbed Antiques Evaluations Saturdays. Bring your favorite treasures to the Music Room in Plant Hall at The University of Tampa for a verbal evaluation. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, local appraisers will be available to answer your questions…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Fast Forward: Cool stuff to do in the coming weeks (Jan. 10-Feb. 19)
Jan. 10 - CF FACULTY EXHIBITION: The art of Zacharias Castedo, Tyrus Clutter, Charlie Cummings, Joel Parker and Michele Wirt — works in 2-D, 3-D, digital and media arts — will be on display at the Webber Center Gallery at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. An opening reception runs 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The exhibit and reception are free.
FSCJ chef selected as ‘Seductive Nutrition Challenge’ finalist
Nassau Business Today
Chef Robbert Bouman, an instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, was selected as one of ten national finalists in the “Seductive Nutrition Challenge” sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America and Unilever Food Solutions…
Activist Cindy Sheehan To Speak, Sign Books In Sarasota
Cindy Sheehan is best known for her protesting at a President George W. Bush’s ranch after her son was killed in the Iraq war and advocating peace…Sheehan is set to appear at Bookstore1 at 7 p.m. Thursday to sign her book Revolution: A Love Story then on Saturday, Jan. 5, she will be a part of the World Peace Deay celebration at New College of Florida‘s Sudakoff Hall. That even runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sheehan will speak at 11:30 a.m. and participate in a panel discussion at 12:40 p.m. on community organizing. A $10 suggested donation is asked for the event. Students are free to attend.
JU trustee, alum, financial advisor Margaret Black-Scott discusses stocks, ‘cliff’ on Fox Business News
Wave Weekly – Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University trustee and alumnus Margaret “Mag” Black-Scott recommended six companies to invest in and offered some “fiscal cliff” financial advice during an appearance Monday, Dec. 31, on the Fox Business News show “Countdown to the Closing Bell” hosted by Liz Claman.
Jacksonville University’s Rick Mullaney tackles political topics on WJXT’s ‘This Week in Jacksonville’
Wave Weekly – Jacksonville University
Rick Mullaney, the JU Public Policy Institute’s founding director, discussed presidential politics, the proposed Jacksonville human rights ordinance expansion and other topics Sunday, Dec. 30 WJXT-TV 4′s “This Week in Jacksonville” hosted by Kent Justice. The show was a year-in-review of local and national political news stories…
“Nursed to Health” feature in Times-Union by JU’s Laura Swearingen takes on tricky topic of teen acne
Wave Weekly – Jacksonville University
JU adjunct nursing faculty member Laura Swearingen took on the tricky topic of acne in the regular “Nursed to Health” feature by Jacksonville University’s School of Nursing, which ran in the H section of The Florida Times-Union on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Escambia Legislative Delegation To Hold Public Hearing
The Escambia County Legislative Delegation will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 10. The delegation — consisting of Sen. Greg Evers, Rep. Clay Ingram and Rep. Clay Ford – will hear public comments on local proposals for the 2013 regular Legislative session. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6-8 p.m. meeting on Thursday, January 10 at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola State College campus at 1000 College Boulevard. To be placed on the agenda, all interested parties should contact Rep. Clay Ford’s office at (850) 595-5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 3.
UCF scholarship would preserve memory of ‘sweet Marlie’
Marlie Dodson attended a UCF basketball game one Saturday last December with her mother and other relatives. The 8-year-old wore a Knights cheerleading outfit and a UCF bandanna wrapped around her bald head. It was her last outing with her tight-knit, extended family and her last visit to the University of Central Florida, where the Orlando girl had assumed, with the confidence that blesses children, that one day she would have a spot on the cheerleading team…
Jacksonville’s Southern accent is going, but far from gone
Many people think it’s the movies or TV that cause people to sound alike, said Ron Kephart, who teaches linguistics and anthropology at the University of North Florida. That’s a myth, though, he says — “one of the big popular myths.
Pick the best diet plan for you
To help you pick a plan that works for you, USA TODAY worked with registered dietitian Judith Rodriguez to create the quiz below. Rodriguez is the author of The Diet Selector, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida and a past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics…
#UofTampa Freshman Lesley Rowland gives a tour of her dorm room for Seventeen magazine. Check out the video:http://tinyurl.com/bhsjb67
Ex-university official sentenced to prison in child porn case
The former director of student activities at Warner University in Polk County was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison on child pornography charges Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Clinton Duane Pancake, 37, of Lake Wales, was sentenced in Tampa federal court to 97 months in prison for transportation and receipt of child pornography. He was also ordered to serve 15 years probation after he is released from prison.
Releases and Web Stories
Community Input Sought for Presidential Search
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
(Bradenton, Fla., January 2, 2012) – In preparation for a search for the next president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), the SCF District Board of Trustees will hold community input sessions at SCF‘s three campus locations in Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice. The purpose of the sessions is to hear input from citizens of Manatee and Sarasota counties regarding characteristics, skills and experience preferred in the next SCF president.
SCF Fine Art Gallery to Feature “Petrichor” by Swoon
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
(Bradenton, Fla., January 2, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery will feature the exhibit “Petrichor” by Swoon in an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Prior to the reception, Swoon will host an artist’s talk at 5 p.m.in the Fine Art Gallery.
Osceola Expansion Brings New UCF Bachelor’s Degrees to Campus
On Jan. 2, officials at Valencia College’s Osceola Campus will open the doors to the campus’s newest building — and they’ll also usher in a new era at the Kissimmee campus. Building 4 – a four-story, 150,000 square-foot building and the largest building on any Valencia campus – will not only give Osceola students a much bigger library, tutoring center and cafeteria, but it will expand their educational opportunities. Valencia College and the University of Central Florida will share use of the building, and UCF plans to eventually offer a dozen bachelor’s degrees at the Osceola Campus…
President Shugart Makes List of 25 Most Powerful People
Scott Maxwell, political columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, included Valencia’s president, Sandy Shugart, in his end-of-year list of Central Florida’s most powerful people. Dr. Shugart was number eleven on the list that is compiled from the recommendations of movers and shakers from the political, nonprofit and business communities. Read the full story here.