State University System
Hazing death leading to wide changes at FAMU
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Florida A&M University is planning to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and revamp school policies in the wake of the brutal hazing death of a school drum major. University trustees and top university officials said Wednesday that they are taking steps to deal with they called a “crisis” and a “significant disease” that is harming the university’s reputation and may harm it financially.
FAMU takes “compassionate approach to stamping out hazing”
First Coast News
James Ammons told the FAMU Board of Trustees Wednesday he is taking a stand against hazing and will work to change the campus so that respect and dignity are the most important values at the school.
Hazing death leading to wide changes at FAMU
Florida A&M University is being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and revamp school policies in the wake of the hazing death of a drum major. University trustees meeting on Wednesday in an all-day retreat called hazing an unprecedented crisis and even a disease that is harming the university’s reputation…
FAU loses media adviser – again
You usually think of university jobs as being rather stable, but that hasn’t been the case for the people who oversee Florida Atlantic University’s campus media. Michael Gaede, director of student media, resigned Monday after less than a year on the job, reports the University Press, the student newspaper. His predecessor, Marti Harvey, resigned in January 2011, after a year on the job as well. And two years ago, FAU fired University Press adviser Michael Koretzky and then initially refused to let him volunteer his time, until the decision got the university some unfavorable national attention…
State College System
Chipola College cosmetology hosts Cancer Survivor Day
Jackson County Floridan
The Chipola College Cosmetology program strove to give Baxley and other cancer survivors some pampering to celebrate their fight against cancer on Tuesday…
Big band swings at Daytona State College
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Summer Concert Series at Daytona State College got off to a swinging start with a performance by Jim Miller and his Big Band America…
Are Free E-Textbooks The Future—Or New Fashioned Copyright Infringement?
Yet thus far, e-books haven’t saved students enough to make switching from print worthwhile. A recent study released by Daytona State College revealed that many students only saved $1 by switching to e-books.
Edison State students tour new dorms
Edison State College is ready for you to move in. The school is giving tours of its new dorms called “Lighthouse Commons.”
Student housing comes to Edison State
Skirting the edge of Edison State College’s campus is a brand new building: Lighthouse Commons…
Edison State College shows off new housing
Edison State College tours new dorms: Edison State College and CORE construction provide a tour of the almost completed Light House Commons on campus student dorms.
Edison State College housing scheduled to open in August
Big changes are happening at Edison State College. The school has a newly elected president and its first ever on-campus housing: Lighthouse Commons.
More FSCJ students may have to pay back Pell Grants
More Florida State College at Jacksonville students could be asked to repay Pell Grants following a federal review of the way the school doled out financial aid this year. At least 700 already may have received money they …
View the Pell Grants letter the US Department of Education sent FSCJ
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Florida State College at Jacksonville must re-inspect financial aid paperwork for this year to look for problems similar to those in 2010-11, when the school gave out $2.8 million worth of Pell Grants it shouldn’t have…
FSCJ board votes to pay suspended associate vice president
The Florida State College at Jacksonville board of trustees voted to reinstate the pay of an associate vice president who was suspended shortly after she sent a letter accusing the leadership of the college of ethical breaches. The board voted to stop paying Celine McArthur her $83,300 annual salary at its May meeting following her April suspension.
Walker’s win carries big implications
The Florida State College at Jacksonville will be conducting their own internal investigation as to what went wrong with their federal grant process. They’ll issue the proper disciplinary action for staff members if necessary…
Surgical assistant program students graduate at GCSC
The News Herald
Eight students have graduated from the first class of the accredited surgical first assistant program at Gulf Coast State College…
White House Urges Greater Transparency in College Financial Aid
U.S. News University
The 10 schools, which include Arizona State University, Miami Dade College and Syracuse University, have vowed to ensure their incoming students are given basic, easy-to-understand information regarding financial aid.
Miami Dade College president, a Princeton reject, fulfills his Ivy League dream
Fifty years ago, student Eduardo Padron got a rejection letter from Princeton University. Now, educator Eduardo Padron has that Ivy league degree…
Polk State College gives out over 130 ‘full ride’ scholarships to local …
ABC Action News
As it has for more than a decade, Polk State College is currently in the process of awarding dozens of “full ride” scholarships to local kids…
Documents Describe the Killing of PSC Two Students at a Winter Haven Apartment
But authorities say the 32-year-old Winter Haven man executed two Polk State College students, Christian Rodriguez and Joseph Palacios, both 19, and wounded Esteban Zavala without any provocation.
New housing director full of fresh ideas
The housing authority has partnered with Santa Fe College to provide economic opportunities for residents, including job training and entrepreneurship development.
Independent Colleges and Universities
International Space University Presents STEM Education Lecture June 7
Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., http://www.nasa.gov/offices/, will deliver a free lecture at Florida Institute of Technology on Thursday, June 7, 2012. His talk, of special interest to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers, is in conjunction with International Space University, which opened its 25th Space Studies Program (ISU/SSP12) at the university and Kennedy Space Center on June 4, 2012. The program runs through August 3, 2012.
Jacksonville woman involved in accident killing JU official charged with DUI …
A Jacksonville woman involved in a fatal two-car accident in November was charged with DUI-manslaughter and DUI causing personal injury Wednesday. Erika Kristine Culbreth, who turns 38 Thursday, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and was booked in the Duval County jail where she remains on $1 million bail. Culbreth was driving a Toyota Camry Nov. 11 that collided with another vehicle and killed 71-year-old Gail Gardner Bachmann of Jacksonville…Bachmann, who was killed, was the director of campus events in university relations at Jacksonville University.
Hot ticket: Not even Boca mayor can touch this
The ticket to this Boca Raton event is so hot not even the mayor can touch it. Boca Mayor Susan Whelchel told the city’s Federation of Homeowner Associations Tuesday that tickets to the Oct. 22 presidential debate at Lynn University — the final one before the election — will not even include the president of Lynn University in the audience…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Warshal: Home demolitions and the American Jewish community
In early May I wrote a column about the “outrage” in the Jewish community concerning an incident at Florida Atlantic University. The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) randomly distributed fake eviction notices (the flier clearly read in capital letters “NOT A REAL EVICTION NOTICE”) in the dorms. The aim of the flier was to protest Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes on the West Bank and Jerusalem where there have been approximately 25,000 homes already bulldozed…
Lead letter: FSCJ board needs major reforms
I was impressed by the Times-Union’s editorial in Sunday’s paper criticizing the behavior of the trustees and top officials at Florida State College at Jacksonville. – The trustees have been in deep denial, ignoring repeated criticisms about audit …Howard Denson, Jacksonville, FL
With new name (it ends in .Com), wannabe Congressman hopes to win votes
Once a Walmart clerk and seller of financial products on commission who is now a 31-year-old studying economics at Broward College’s Davie campus, he [Eddie Gonzalez] said voters wouldn’t give him a second thought without his new identity. “They would skip over Eddie …
FAMU appoints new pharmacy college dean
The South Florida Times
Michael Thompson, assistant dean for Clinical Affairs and professor of Pharmacy Practice at Florida A&M University (FAMU), has been appointed the new dean in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS).
Israeli policy to benefit Reform, Conservative rabbis
“This is the first time that non-Orthodox rabbis will receive government funding,” said Fred Greenspahn, Gimelstob Eminent Scholar in Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and an ordained rabbi.
Rubin comes out on top for her Autism After 21 program
Bob [Rubin] is a trustee at Florida Atlantic University and co-chairman and sponsor for the annual 5K race for the FAU Center for Autism and Related Diseases. Their son Scott has autism, and until now was at Boca Raton High School and a member of the track …
Cuban police arrest top aide to parliament speaker Alarcon
Arce was assigned to Cuba’s diplomatic mission to the UN in New York from 1977 to 1983, and was mentioned as a contact in Florida International University professor Carlos Alvarez‘s confession that he worked for Cuban intelligence…
New forensic method could help police solve crimes
(Phys.org) — Forensic researchers at Florida International University have developed a groundbreaking method that can tie a shooter to the ammunition used to commit a crime, giving law enforcement agencies a new tool to solve cases. Through research funded by the National Institute of Justice and recently published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, chemistry Professor Bruce McCord and doctoral candidate Jennifer Greaux discovered a new technique that identifies the chemical signature of the powder inside a bullet.
Finding Freedom on Film
Wall Street Journal
Ms. [Amy] Seimetz, who grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated from film school at Florida State University, shot “Sun Don’t Shine” with former classmate Jay Keitel, working in 16mm to soak up all the color the medium allowed.
A few banks lure customers from afar with high-yield checking accounts
Also, anyone who does open such an account should be prepared for the interest rate and yield to fall eventually, said Stanley D. Smith, a finance professor at the University of Central Florida.
UF scientists release whitefly-eating beetle on Key Biscayne
“The point of it is to gather more information to determine how these beetles establish,” said Catharine Mannion, the agricultural extension service’s whitefly expert.
Five Months Shy of Presidential Election, Groups Again Registering Voters in …
Daniel Smith, an elections expert at the University of Florida, testified before the U.S. Senate in January warning that there was already significant changes to voter registration numbers. According to his testimony: Not only is the number of new voter registrations down appreciably from comparable months four years ago, but the percentage of valid new registrations under HB 1355 is also lower, indicating that third-party groups such as the League of Women Voters and other groups who collected and submitted voter registration forms in 2007, but were not so involved in 2011, are not the cause of invalid voter registration forms being submitted for verification. Rather, what is clear from these figures is that the increased burdens placed on third-party persons and organizations wishing to register citizens to vote resulting from HB 1355 have done little to prevent the submission of invalid voter registration forms.
What a catch: Giant bull shark surprises researchers
“It’s one of the biggest bull sharks I’ve ever caught, and it’s the biggest bull shark I’ve ever tagged,” [Neil] Hammerschlag [research assistant professor at the University of Miami] said — and he’s tagged more than 1,000 sharks. “When this guy rocked up, it just took my breath away.”
Sheryl Crow’s brain tumor can cause memory problems, but is easily treated
Dr. Clifton Gooch, professor and chair of neurology at the University of South Florida, said such tumors are most often benign and easily treated. “It’s very rare for someone to die of meningioma,” he said.
Get a filter and look up: That dot is Venus
Pensacola Business Journal
Telescopes with safety filters will be set up at PSC, said Wayne Wooten, a professor of astrology at PSC and the University of West Florida. “Nobody should ever stare at the sun, even with sunglasses on,” Wooten said.
Releases and Web Stories
Top expert on effects of bath salts, synthetic marijuana urges tougher regulation
Phys.Org (press release)
Florida International University boasts a leading expert in the effects of synthetic drugs, including cannabinoids and bath salts, also sold as Cloud 9. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Professor and Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Daniel Castellanos led the first-of-its-kind study examining the effects on the brain of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice…
FULL SAIL STUDENTS STUDYING ABOARD SIMULATED CARRIER
Full Sail University is proud to announce that the university’s research arm – FIRE ‘Full Sail University’s Institute for Research in Entertainment ‘ has completed the development of the immersive game-based learning experiences that students receive …
Nova Southeastern University Names William Stanton as Interim Executive …
PressZoom (press release)
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.
NSU Law Center Dean Elected Chair-Elect of the Law School Admission Council
PressZoom (press release)
Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Athornia Steele, JD, dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center, was elected chair-elect of the Law School Admission Council at their 2012 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of LSAC held May 30 – June 2 at the Boca …
Eleven Florida high school graduates chosen for UF scholarship programs
University of Florida
The University of Florida has named eight Florida high school seniors to the Lombardi Scholars Program and three to the Stamps Scholars Program. Each year, students who exemplify former UF President John V. Lombardi’s commitment to academic excellence, …
Educational Institute and Rosen College of Hospitality Management Launch Global Hospitality Leadership Academy for International Hotel Executives
Hospitality Net (press release)
International hospitality executives will have the opportunity to explore leadership strategies, global trends, and challenges facing the hospitality industry, while networking with peers at the inaugural Global Hospitality Leadership Academy in Orlando, Florida, this December. The Global Hospitality Leadership Academy is a joint venture between the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) and the University of Central Florida“s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, which will host the Academy December 17-21, 2012.
Reacting to Advertising
University of South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (June 6, 2012) - It’s no secret that advertising can make you buy things you never thought you wanted, but could it actually change the way your brain works? Adam Craig, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of South Florida, is working with a group of researchers in the neuroscience field to find out exactly what advertising does to a person’s brain. The researchers are using brain imaging to analyze the way people respond to advertising and the financial decisions they make.