Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

State University System

With tuition rising and job prospects dimming, college students feel the pinch
…Florida’s higher education leaders are left with little choice. The governor wants the state to lead the nation in affordability, yet he signed a budget that includes a cut to universities with eight zeros in it. With Gov. Rick Scott’s feelings in mind, the board charged with overseeing the state university system last week did not approve 15 percent tuition increases for every school, as allowed by law and as it has for the past few years. Instead, the Florida Board of Governors divvied up hikes to the state’s 11 universities that ranged from 9 percent at the University of Florida to the maximum 15 percent at just a handful — a move Scott still deemed “disappointing.”

FAMU announces national search for band director
Florida A&M is looking for a new director of bands. The university said Friday that it hopes to attract a new leader for its troubled band program by the end of the fall semester later this year. The school’s famed “Marching 100″ has been suspended from all activities since the hazing-related death last November of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion…

Concern mounts over FAMU’s enrollment, graduation rate
Orlando Sentinel
State education officials express concern over Florida A&M University‘s graduation rate – 12 percent after four years – as university president Ammons grapples with a hazing crisis and other issues.

FAMU makes major change to academic structure
The College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A&M is no more. Starting Monday, the largest college by far on FAMU’s campus will exist in a new format: as two colleges, with two new names and two new administrations. After a year of restructuring in the face of ongoing funding cuts by the state, during which FAMU shut down about two dozen programs, the division of the College of Arts and Sciences into the College of Science and Technology and the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is the most dramatic change yet on campus…

FAU won’t take cash for courses
Budget cuts and changing habits have resulted in an unexpected death at Florida Atlantic University: the cashier’s office. A veil has been drawn over the office, and three employees have been laid off, the University Press newspaper reported. Students must now use checks or credit cards to pay for classes online or by mail. School officials say 98 percent of payments are already made online…

FAU Treasure Coast campus set to close July 1
Thanks to budget cuts, Florida Atlantic University on the Treasure Coast will be closing its doors July 1. FAU has already cut about a third of it’s summer school classes which sparked student and faculty protests. Closing the two campuses will save about $3.5 million each year…

Boca Raton hosts Major League Lacrosse All Star game
The MLL game was played at the new football stadium at Florida Atlantic University. Despite not selling out any games its inaugural season, officials say they aren’t hosting non-football events like the MLL game to make up for it…

State denies FGCU’s tuition appeal
Lehigh Acres News Star
A committee of the Florida Board of Governors on Friday rejected an appeal from FGCU, thus upholding a 12 percent increase authorized last week…

FGCU tuition appeal denied; Job losses could result
NBC2 News
Tuition is going up, but not as much as Florida Gulf Coast University leaders would like…

BOG rejects Gulf Coast University’s plea for higher tuition bump
The Florida Current
Florida Gulf Coast University failed for a second time to persuade the Board of Governors to allow it to raise tuition 14 percent this year…

State denies FGCU’s tuition appeal
The News-Press
An appeals committee with the Florida Board of Governors has denied FGCU‘s request to reconsider a 14 percent tuition increase…

Florida Gulf Coast U. Denied Appeal on 12 Percent Tuition Hike
Sunshine State News (blog)
The Florida Board of Governors’ Tuition Appeals Committee has unanimously rejected Florida Gulf Coast University’s request to reconsider receiving only a 12 percent tuition hike. The Fort Myers-based state university had asked for a 14 percent increase…

Board denies Fla. Gulf Coast’s appeal
The Florida Board of Governors has denied Florida Gulf Coast University‘s appeal for a reduced tuition increase. The Board of Governors previously agreed to let the Fort Myers school raise tuition by 12 percent this fall…

FIU approves Jewish Museum merger
Years of talks paid off Friday as Florida International University approved the acquisition of the Jewish Museum of Florida. The merger, passed unanimously by FIU’s Board of Trustees, blends the prestige and fundraising power of a state university with the scholarship and 100,000 items of the Miami Beach-based museum …

UCF, Embry Riddle do drone research
Orlando Sentinel
Nationally, more than 40 academic institutions in the country are actively working on drone-research projects, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group.

UCFF Board of Directors approves Northview plan
The University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors approved a financial plan for Northview, a 600-bed faith-based student housing complex just north of campus. The complex will feature 52,375 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet for faith centers, according to UCF Foundation documents…

Paul campaign to hold rally at USF the day before start of RNC
The Ron Paul campaign will hold a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome the afternoon of Sun., Aug. 26, the day before the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. USF anticipates “a major rally with thousands of supporters,” according to a news release.

UWF now owns Scenic Hills golf course
Pensacola Business Journal
University of West Florida officials finalized today the $2.2 million purchase of the neighboring Scenic Hills Country Club golf course…

Planned UWF arena could sub for Civic Center
Pensacola News Journal
University of West Florida officials are quietly taking to county commissioners about building an on-campus, multiuse, 10000-seat arena that would take the place of the Pensacola Civic Center.

State College System

Two-year degrees and certificate programs can give job-hunters an edge
Let’s face it: The workplace hasn’t been the same for a while, ever since overly creative minds generated several boom-and-bust phenomena that today have us all doing mental cartwheels as to how best to fit in the new but unimproved economy.

BCC National Leader in Awarding Associate Degrees
Brevard Times
Brevard Community College is among the national leaders in producing associate degrees, ranking 19th in the U.S. and topping all other community colleges in Florida…

Edison State College putting gag order on faculty?
Fox 4
In order to get “positive media exposure,” Edison State College‘s interim president is telling faculty not to talk to the media. A memo obtained by Fox 4 appears to show that the college wants to control any messages sent to the media, which some faculty have called an attack on free speech…

Edison fires Bob Beeson’s daughter
Fox 4
Six months after Edison State College fired vice president of instruction Bob Beeson, the school is now giving his daughter the ax…

Accrediting agency details violations at Edison State College
The News-Press
Edison State‘s accrediting agency on Thursday released a one-page memo outlining violations that landed the college on a 12-month probation…

No tuition hike at GCSC
The News Herald
Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a flat budget in its meeting last week that means tuition and fees will not increase for the coming year…

Thumb up: Indian River State College continues to be one of the best bargains in the nation
MONEY’S WORTH: Indian River State College continues to rank in the top five of the most affordable colleges in the United States, according to the US Department of Education.

Brackett Library to remain closed until August
Repairs and cleanup work continues at the county operated library at Indian River State College’s Mueller Campus, which has been closed since June 5…

Lake-Sumter Community College lands ‘talent search’ grant
Orlando Sentinel
Only one other Florida school, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, won the grant, the US Department of Education announced.

Palm Beach State College offers addiction studies degree
Palm Beach State addiction studies: Located in the heart of a large recovery community, Palm Beach State College launches addiction studies degree and certficate.

New name, new look for college
A handful of major changes have taken place over the course of a week at South Florida Community College, which has only a few days left of being called SFCC. On June 21, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), at a meeting in Atlanta, Ga., approved the college as a baccalaureate degree granting-institution…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ave Maria not backing down from challenging federal contraceptives 
A U.S. Supreme Court health-care ruling this week won’t directly affect lawsuits filed by religious-affiliated employers like Ave Maria University over a controversial contraception mandate earlier this year…

B-CU’s Jackson: ‘I’m removing the shackles’
Daytona Times
Dr. Edison Jackson says when he was contacted to come serve as Bethune-Cookman University’s interim president, he was not looking for another job…

Edward Waters College gets $1.35 million grant
Florida Times-Union
Edward Waters College recently received a $1.35 million TRIO Upward Bound grant to continue preparing underprivileged students…

Anthony Catanese celebrates 10 years as Florida Tech president
Florida Today
There’s probably no better way to tour Florida Tech than to be chauffeured by Dr. Anthony J. Catanese in his “presidential limousine” – a two-seater golf-cart. Catanese, who today celebrates his 10th anniversary as president of Florida Tech, knows every twist, turn and pathway on his campus … and almost every person…

Green Quarterly: Students of sustainability
Business Journal
Starting in the fall, Jacksonville University will offer a new sustainability major, including a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration in sustainability…

Suspect in UT student’s death brought back to Tampa
University of Tampa senior Ryan McCall lost his life in August 2009 while walking home from a bar along the North Boulevard Bridge after celebrating a friend’s birthday. A man jumped out of nowhere and robbed them…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Welcome and congratulations, SFSC
Today is a red letter day for education in Highlands County. Exactly 46 years, 11 months and 359 days ago, South Florida Junior College was founded. Today that same institution becomes South Florida State College…

Opinion: Missing Diane
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Fortunately, Diane has left the Herald-Tribune for a good cause: She will become the dean of the journalism school at the University of Florida, her alma mater, a dream job after nearly 36 years of daily journalism…

Aronfeld: The First Thing We Should Do Is Kill All the Law Schools
Huffington Post (blog)
South Florida alone has four law schools: University of Miami School of LawShepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern UniversitySt. Thomas University School of Law and Florida International University College of Law

Ed Killer: Indian River County to rekindle artificial reef efforts
The county will attempt to create 10 artificial reefs in 10 years with the assistance of the Sebastian Inlet Sportfishing Association, Florida Institute of Technology and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Pasco-Hernando Community College opens door to better life for many
Pasco-Hernando Community College is celebrating 40 years of providing higher education and preparing students in both counties for a more advanced education…Dr. Rao Musunuru, a member of the PHCC Board of Trustees since 1999, is slated to become chairman this year for the third time.

Diane McFarlin: A new chapter begins
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
I just didn’t envision my departure coming quite so soon, or for a destination other than retirement. Instead, I am heading to the University of Florida to become dean of the College of Journalism and Communications, starting Jan. 1…

Willie Roberts: Give Ammons time and support
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
In his My View column, Bill Lowman says Florida A&M University’s problems are the product of a history that underscores the “moral and legal obligation that the state of Florida incurred from its role in supporting and profiting from the enslavement and dehumanization of African people for generations.” Questions are now being raised about the state’s “moral and legal obligation” to support FAMU and the way FAMU is being singled out for micromanagement…Willie Roberts is a retired Florida A&M University math professor…

John Travolta and Kelly Preston Step Out for Charity
E! Online
Before the intimate screening, Travolta and Kelly hosted a private reception for donors at the Ewers Century Center on the campus of the College of Central Florida, where they looked relaxed and content while posing for photos with guests…

Students, grads daunted by debt, despite break
The News-Press
Edison State College’s data were not included in the national report, but financial aid director Barry Paine said tentative numbers show 29 percent of 2011-12 graduates left with student loans, which averaged $3658 for those with debt…

Scientists adjust their picture of the Amazon in the age before Columbus
“You can’t use an idea of past transformed landscapes to justify modern deforestation,” Crystal McMichael, a paleoecologist who analyzed Amazonian soil as part of her research at the Florida Institute of Technology, told me.

Bill planned on sentences for juveniles
The News-Press
“It’s clear that the judges are required to do individualized assessment” of the circumstances before handing down a sentence to a juvenile, said Paolo Annino, a Florida State University law professor specializing in children’s legal issues…

FSU baseball coach signs extension
Florida Today
Florida State University Director of Athletics Randy Spetman announced today that head baseball coach Mike Martin has agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that will take the Hall of Fame coach through the 2015 season…

Illegal immigrants who have passed the bar want to practice
Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio was brought to the USA illegally by his parents when he was 9. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law in May 2011 and later passed the Florida state bar exam. The former Bar Association presidents argue that the resilience exhibited by people in Godinez-Samperio’s position makes them more than qualified to practice law…

Health-care ruling prompts Mack, Nelson to appeal for money to defeat each other
Naples Daily News
But repealing the legislation may be nothing more than an ideal hope, said Peter Bergerson, a political science professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero. “They may attempt to repeal, but it isn’t going to go anyplace,” he said.

Business leaders of the future dazzle at FGCU CEO Academy
Naples Daily News
Giovanny Mendez is only 16 and yet to start his junior year at Golden Gate High School but Friday morning he dazzled a roomful of business executives, men and women decades older. “I am the visionary, the CEO of Measured Results,” Mendez said in a Florida Gulf Coast University classroom while the veteran business leaders listened. Mendez was one of 32 high school students who participated in the weeklong fifth annual CEO Academy …

Sex abuse reporting requirements taking effect nationwide, in wake of Sandusky case
Palm Beach Post
At Lynn University in Boca Raton, where dozens of kids attend science and arts camps every summer, human resources officials are examining the law and planning to offer training for employees before the beginning of the school year in August. “Our next steps are going to be to fully understand… that the university’s responsibilities are going to be and how we need to translate that into the required training and awareness of our faculty and staff members,” said Carole Dodge, director of employee services at Lynn, who is also a member of the school’s sexual assault response team.

Miami Dade College Professor Named New Executive Director of the Haitian 
South Florida Caribbean News
Miami Dade College (MDC) professor Diana Bien-Aime, MS, has been named the new Executive Director of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC).

Art Grindle memorial service planned at Seminole State College
Orlando Sentinel
Seminole State College of Florida will host a memorial service July 20 th for one of its most generous benefactors, Art Grindle, the former state legislator …

Big Bend news briefs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Bob Ballard has been named executive director of Tallahassee Community College’s new Wakulla Environmental Institute…

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s first year in office: Successes, works in 
Florida Times-Union
Such a learning curve is typical, said Matthew Corrigan, political science department chairman at the University of North Florida. “I think he started out strong with a lot of energy and positive vision — that’s one of the reasons he won the race 

Two women with local ties competing for Miss Florida
Two women who have won a trophy case full of crowns between them will be among the competitors Saturday for Miss Florida. Ashlyn Robinson, a 20-year-old Plant City resident, and Allison Martin, a 21-year-old Dover resident, will be among the 43 contestants for the state crown…Robinson, a 2010 Plant City High School graduate, is competing as Miss University of Florida. Martin, a 2008 Newsome High School graduate, is competing as Miss Winter Park… The recent University of South Florida elementary education graduate [Martin] said she also likes community involvement and her platform has focused on encouraging youngsters to work hard in school…

Catch an Employer’s Attention With a Video Resume
Matthew Epstein, a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Florida, created an online video presentation to both display his skills and provide a glimpse of his personality — and it eventually landed him a job…

Local military contractors have stake in growing popularity of drones
Orlando Sentinel
“With these kinds of systems, the military can send machines into combat and often avoid the loss of our troops’ lives,” said Roger Handberg, an aerospace expert and professor of political science at the University of Central Florida.

Obama floods airwaves with attack ads
Orlando Sentinel
“It’s pretty unprecedented to see to see such large amounts spent so early,” said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett, who said he has never seen anything like this year’s political TV efforts.

Michael Jordan’s Son And UCF Basketball Star, Marcus Jordan, Arrested
SB Nation
Marcus JordanUniversity of Central Florida basketball star and son of Chicago Bulls great and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan, was arrested early Sunday morning in Omaha, Ne. outside of a hotel according to a report by USA Today…

Summer sales sizzle for some South Florida companies
“I think we’re becoming more convinced 2012 is not going to provide us with an economic boost,” says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith.

South Florida economy is slowing down, hurting rebound from recession
South Florida won’t go into a recession but its recovery continues to be slowed down by uncertainty, with consumers worried about the economy, said economist Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida in Orlando…

UF grad sought in hit and run turns herself in
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida graduate accused of being behind the wheel of a car that struck a UF student on her bike and then driving off without stopping was arrested late Thursday night. Jessica Paige Becerra, 22, of 2601 Archer Road, Apt. H 231, was charged with failing to stop at an accident involving an injury and was jailed with bond set at $100,000, according to jail records…Becerra is accused of striking Rebecca Harris, 20, just before 1 a.m. on June 23 as Harris was in the crosswalk on a bicycle on Southwest 16th Avenue near Archer Road, according to police…

Turnaround for apartments?
Gainesville Sun
Reid Fogler and his partners bought a mid-1960s-era triplex and duplex near the University of Florida campus in 2008 and demolished them to make way for the 26-unit Woodbury Row apartments. But with the economy looking questionable, they stopped construction, fenced in the property and waited for better times…

Former UM standout Dominique Darden a step closer to Olympics
When she’s not working 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Dream in South Beach or at King of Diamonds in Miami, she’s training at the University of Miami track.

Running a University
New York Times
“For Many Public Universities, Fight at Virginia Is All Too Familiar” (news article, June 26) quoted Donna E. Shalala, the president of the University of Miami, in an apt nautical analogy to university governance: “We are more like tugboat captains, trying to get our ships aligned and pulling them in the right direction.”

Pensacola Beach emerging strong despite past setbacks
Pensacola Business Journal
It’s attracting more visitors who spend more money, said Rod Lewis, director of the University of West Florida Haas Center for Business and Economic Development, who is finalizing a Pensacola Beach economic impact study for the Santa Rosa Island 

Releases and Web Stories

Art professor selected for summer fellowship
ReadMedia (press release)
Flagler College art professor Don Martin has been chosen for a 2012 summer residency fellowship at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in Rabun Gap, Ga.

FIU Announces Major Gift to Open Center for Women in Communication
MarketWatch (press release)
MIAMI, Jun 29, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) and The FIU Foundation at Florida International University (FIU) today announced a gift by Dean Emeritus and Professor Dr. Lillian Lodge 

Nova Southeastern University Names William Stanton as Interim Executive 
African Business Review (press release)
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the appointment of William “Bill” Stanton to the position of interim executive director of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. Stanton begins serving the museum effective immediately. Fort Lauderdale’s leading art destination, the museum became a division of Nova Southeastern University in 2008…

WRUF, WMOP Team For Gainesville-Ocala ESPN Radio Affiliation
All Access Music Group
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Sports WRUF-A (SPORTS RADIO 850)/GAINESVILLE, FL has gained the ESPN RADIO affiliation for the market in a partnership with FLORIDA SPORTSTALK LLC, owner of Sports WMOP-A-W261BA (ESPN SPORTS RADIO)/OCALA.  The new simulcast will result in a single ESPN affiliate for the market, ESPN 850/900, launching TODAY (6/29); WMOP programming was previously heard in GAINESVILLE on WGGG-A…

FIO and Coast Guard Forge Alliance
University of South Florida
The Florida Institute of Oceanography and the U.S. Coast Guard, 7th District have signed a cooperative agreement to better engage the marine science community in disaster response, addressing a concern stemming from the national response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The memorandum of understanding between FIO, a consortium of public and private marine science institutes throughout Florida, and the 7th Coast Guard District will be signed Friday by Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander, 7thCoast Guard District and FIO Director William Hogarth at a FIO council meeting at Eckerd College…The 45-year-old institute is one of three academic infrastructure support organizations approved by the Florida Board of Governors and hosted by the University of South Florida. Its mission is to share and maximize Florida’s marine science assets – including the R/V Weatherbird II, the R/V Bellows and the Keys Marine Research Laboratory.