Here’s what caught my eye today…10/8/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

YOUR DAILY SHUTDOWN ROUNDUP: Welcome to Day One of Week Two. Service academies and Head Start had a better day on Monday, but plenty to talk about still:

Civilian faculty and staff at the military academies (except for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, under the authority of the Transportation Department and still closed for the shutdown) are back on the job on the orders of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “Having more than two-thirds of our employees not here to support the Air Force’s Academy mission to produce lieutenants for our Air Force and our nation has been tremendously disruptive,’ said Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, superintendent of the Air Force Academy.

Tuition assistance, money for active-duty military to pursue an education, has been suspended in the shutdown and won’t be retroactively issued for classes that began after Oct. 1. Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun, whose institution is covering the costs for affected students, urged Hagel to restore those benefits, too. The Boston Globe:

A House Committee on Education and the Workforce subcommittee hearing on simplifying federal financial aid, rescheduled from Oct. 1 for Wednesday, has been postponed again.

NEW POLITICO POLL: National Republicans take the greater share of blame from Virginians for the lights-out moment in Washington: Fifty percent of respondents said they blame Republicans in Congress most for the shutdown while 35 percent said they primarily blame President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats. Fifteen percent of likely voters in the poll said they blame both sides equally.

Education Nation continues today [] with Duncan scheduled for another remote appearance. Other scheduled guests include Tony Bennett (not the former Indiana and Florida schools chief, the singer) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. And Chelsea Clinton moderates a panel about disrupting higher education.

CONVERGENCE ON CONCUSSIONS: A number of youth sports organizations said Monday they’ll partner with concussion specialists, sports medicine professionals and leaders at other levels of sports to create an unprecedented coalition to prevent and manage concussions among young athletes. The National Sports Concussion Coalition includes the NCAA, NFL, National Council of Youth Sports and many more:

State Capitol Clips:

Will AT&T’s Criser be the next university system chancellor? (blog)
He has the business background, political connections and the pedigree. Could Marshall Criser III, the president of AT&T in Florida, be the next chancellor of Florida’s state university system? Even under the speedy timetable outlined by the search committee, it’s still early in the process. But Criser’s name is coming up most often during whispered conversations about the job and who may apply. Criser, who lives in Coral Gables, declined to speak with theTimes/Herald Monday. Board of Governors spokeswoman Kim Wilmath said eight applications and a number of inquires have been fielded already, but declined to identify Criser specifically.

“The pool of applications already includes a wide range of individuals with experience in higher education, business and government,” she said via email. “As is the case with high profile searches, we expect the bulk of the applications to come in as we get closer to the October deadline.”

Bill reintroduced to shield university searches from sunshine
A state lawmaker has reintroduced legislation to move state university president and other university executive searches out of the sunshine, saying the open-meeting and public record laws prevent the best candidates from applying. The bill by Rep. Dave Kerner, a University of Florida law school graduate and Democrat from Lake Worth, would exempt personal identifying information from public records law and exempt meetings or parts of meetings where candidates’ names and other personal information are identified.

Florida education chief relies on experience, hard work to guide state school system
Florida Times Union
Florida’s new education commissioner is facing some big challenges: Common Core curriculum standards, the school grading system, teacher evaluations and choosing a new assessment to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test…

TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE via the Florida Current:

Senate Education Committee : Meets to receive updates on the implementation of several bills passed during the spring session. There will also be discussion of a tuition and fee waiver for teachers passed in 2010, HB 723. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in 412 Knott.

Senate Democratic Caucus: Meets at 12:30 p.m. in 200 SOB. 

State University System

New Florida university receives 400 applications so far
Sun-Sentinel (blog)
Florida Poly is housed on what used to be the Lakeland campus of the Tampa-based University of South Florida.

FSU students robbed at gunpoint, police searching for suspects
Florida State University police are looking for two men that robbed students at gunpoint, according to a crime alert issued by school officials…

Report says Florida can easily absorb more gambling
An online survey by the University of Florida done for the report found that expanded gambling could draw more tourists…

State College System

Schools struggle to fund dual-enrollment classes
Orlando Sentinel
Volusia dual-enrolled students were spared cutbacks this year after the district reached an agreement with Daytona State College

On Your Side: Eroded ditch and a busted pothole
First Coast News
On the campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s North Campus Jacksonville Police Academy, Stephen, who is a student there, said he nor other 

Hathaway Bridge hits the decade mark
The News Herald
On the Panama City side, U.S. 98 runs in front of Gulf Coast State College and the port, the busiest roadway in the county with about 55,000 cars a day

Four charged with killing deer on Eglin AFB
The Northwest Florida Daily News
… immediately after two deer, one of them minus the head, were found on private property adjacent to Northwest Florida State College in Niceville in August.

Independent Colleges and Universities

AMU Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with a number of events that show how far the school has come since its beginnings…

Embry-Riddle Tests Robotic Airport Security System
Aviation International News
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has successfully tested its new autonomously controlled vehicle for airport security surveillance at Daytona Beach…

Stetson University says ‘No smoking’ on campuses
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Smoking and tobacco-related products will be prohibited starting Aug. 1, 2014, on Stetson University residential campuses…

Suspect in road rage incident arrested
7Online WSVN-TV
(WSVN) — Police have arrested the gunman allegedly involved in a road rage incident near the campus of the University of Miami.

University of Miami cafeteria workers sign contract for better pay, healthcare
University of Miami cafeteria workers have signed a contract Friday with their employer, Chartwells, after a long battle that drew sympathy from many professors and students.

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

Our Opinion: Presidential search
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
No trustees questioned the decision, as some did in March when Mr. Badger abruptly ended the trustees’ nationwide search to find FAMU’s next president 

Former Florida death row inmate turned activits talks to college 
WRTV Indianapolis
Former Florida death row inmate turned human rights activist Juan Roberto Melendez will be speaking this week at Eckerd College in Florida.

Students stay at home, despite claims of economic recovery
Flagler College Gargoyle (blog)
Jess Furlong, Assistant Director of Career Services at Flagler College, said that the Career Center does not see too many graduates moving back home…

Q&A: How Illiteracy In Economics Impacts U.S. Politics
Since 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Princeton University professor Paul Krugman has been a loud and consistent voice calling for more government stimulus to help pull the American economy out of the Great Recession, induced to a large extent by the financial implosion on Wall Street. WLRN-Miami Herald News spoke with him on the sidelines of an economics conference at Florida Atlantic University last week about the evolution of economics education, and instead of financial literacy, about the impact of economics illiteracy on American politics…

Jose M. Aldrich named vice dean— administration at FIU’s College of Business
Florida International University said Monday that Jose M. Aldrich, a 35-year veteran of KPMG LLP, who recently led the firm’s Latin America tax practice, has been appointed vice dean—administration at FIU’s College of Business.

FGCU prepares to make major marketing push
The News-Press
…The marketing study, led by Maryland-based Neustadt Creative Marketing, will include perspectives of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and community members. Neustadt has enhanced marketing initiatives for dozens of institutions, including Tufts University, where Vice President for Aadvancement Chris Simoneau previously worked. Simoneau heads FGCU’s marketing and communications team, as well as fundraising, and is tasked with widening FGCU’s reach…

FDLE: Sanford man downloads thousands of images of child porn
WFTV Orlando
Authorities said Longsworth, who worked in operations at Full Sail University, downloaded hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of children…

Men injured in plane crash discharged from hospital
Gainesville Sun
Graham Hill told his father that all he could see when he circled the University of Florida stadium Saturday was the thousands of people around it, but no room for the falling plane he was piloting. The engine had cut off. He had already jettisoned the McDonald’s banner he was carrying to lighten the load. Finally, he told his father, he saw the safest place to crash the plane. The small Cessna 172F Skyhawk crash-landed on Flavet Field on the UF campus at 4 p.m., right before the Gators’ football game against Arkansas. To a surprised group of tailgaters, the plane then bounced, hit a truck, and landed in a bunch of trees. Hill, 28, and the passenger, Ian Conrad, 26, were discharged from the hospital during the weekend, according to a UF Health Shands Hospital official. Hill’s father said Monday…

Doctoral candidate studying avocado problem
University of Florida doctoral candidate Cristina Pisani was recently selected as the most recent Simpson Family Foundation Scholarship Award recipient. Pisani, a native of Florence, Italy, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science at the UF Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce (UF/IRREC)…

Ask Matt: Big first-day IPO pops are returning
During 1999, the peak year of the dot-com boom, 117 initial public offerings doubled on their first day of trading, says Jay Ritter, professor of finance at the University of Florida. That’s three times the 39 IPOs that doubled on their first day of trading during the previous 24 years combined, Ritter says…

Sebelius to visit Fla. amid ‘Obamacare’ web delays
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will get an update from counselors, also known as navigators, from the University of South Florida

Releases and Web Stories

John Ashcroft to Speak at Fall Commencement December 14
Press Release
Former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator and Governor of Missouri John Ashcroft will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Fall Commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

University of Florida Foundation announces faculty professorship 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A national leader in diabetes research and an engineer revolutionizing medical examinations are the first recipients of the University of Florida Foundation’s new Preeminence Term Professorships. The $25,000 awards recognize UF professors for their extraordinary accomplishments and the prestige they bring to the university…

Here’s what caught my eye today…10/4/13

State University System

FAMU set to resume search for president
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M University is once again looking for a president. Solomon Badger, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees, announced at the start of Thursday’s board meeting that the search would resume immediately, with the expectation that the committee charged with recommending finalists for the job begin holding teleconference meetings within a week. There was no public discussion or reaction by the other 12 trustees…

FAMU Presidential Search To Continue
The search is back on for a new president at FAMU. During Thursday’s FAMU Board of Trustees meeting, Tallahassee resident, Dr. Joseph Wright, addressed the board. Referring to the search, he says, “I pray, Mr. Chairman, that you would really, really seriously move this train forward.” Rev. Wright was one of three people to speak during during public comments at the board Thursday, asking the Board to resume the search.

FAMU 126th Birthday Celebration [GALLERY]
There will be 126 FAMU students passing out cupcakes on the quadrangle to  WHY: FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students.

FAMU hazing defendants in court for status hearing
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eight defendants who remain charged in the hazing death of a FAMU drum major are set to appear in court for a status hearing…

FSU’s Student Senate passes resolution supporting gender-neutral bathrooms
Florida Flambeau
A resolution passed at Wednesday evening’s Student Senate meeting designating gender-neutral bathrooms for the first time in Florida State University history. Soon, two non-gender-specific bathrooms will be located at Oglesby Union…

LeRoy Collins Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Today, in a symposium bringing statewide policy experts together, the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University is formally recognizing its 25th…

Push made to get UF students to study health insurance options
Gainesville Sun
…Under the ACA, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plan until they are 26. Young adults can shop for their own coverage to begin on Jan. 1, by checking with their state insurance marketplace or exchange. They also can see if they are eligible to receive subsidies or tax cuts if their income level is less than $43,000 a year and can qualify for Medicaid coverage if they earn less than about $15,000 a year — or 138 percent of the federal poverty level. FPIRG [Florida Public Interest Research Group] has 15 interns and volunteers at UF who are promoting the health care campaign on campus and passing around a petition to get other students to commit to educating their classmates about the new health plan, Houser said. Three hundred students have signed the petition so far, she said…

Gators Edge Seminoles as the Favorite College Football Team in Florida
Sunshine State News (blog)
Whatever happens on Nov. 30 when the Florida State Seminoles head to Gainesville to play the Florida Gators, college football fans in the Sunshine State are torn between those two teams. Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) took a break from looking at politics on Thursday when it released a poll that finds college football fans are torn in their loyalties, with 24 percent favoring the Gators and 22 percent rooting for the Seminoles. Those two schools were far ahead of the University of Miami Hurricanes which was the favorite college team of 12 percent of those surveyed…Three other schools — Florida Atlantic, Florida International and the University of South Florida — lag far behind, each school with only 2 percent apiece favoring those teams. The poll of 579 registered Florida voters was taken from Sept. 27-29 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.

USF event hopes to heel domestic violence
A group including some 200 men in high heels joined the sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march Thursday at the University of South Florida

State College System

Rep. Hudson files bill to rename Edison State
The News-Press
Florida Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, has filed a bill that would change Edison State College’s name to Florida SouthWestern State College. A senate companion has not yet been filed, but Edison President Jeff Allbritten said Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, would be submitting the measure to his chamber.

Tampa to host one of Gov. Scott’s hearings on education standards (blog)
The Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus will host one of three public hearings called by Gov. Rick Scott to collect Floridians’ views on the Common Core State Standards. The hearing is scheduled to run from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the college’s Student Services Building auditorium, Room 111. Hearings are set for the following two nights at Broward College in Davie and Tallahassee Community College.

Manufacturing Jobs Still Important
The Ledger
Polk State College and Polk County schools are providing course work and training for students and displaced workers to ready them for entry-level and 

Independent Colleges and Universities

Longtime Jacksonville University president Robert Spiro dies at 92
Florida Times-Union
Robert Spiro, a historian, teacher and military officer who helped shape Jacksonville University as its longest-serving president, died Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C…

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

Editorial: Tourism ill-served by insulting email
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Just when you thought the debate over tourism promotion in Volusia County couldn’t go any lower, along comes an email from a prominent tourism official that contains a vulgar reference to a County Council member. Bob Davis is president of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County and a trustee at Daytona State College. He’s an important figure on the local political scene, but he needs to elevate his vocabulary — at least when he’s referring to County Councilman Josh Wagner, who is often at odds with Davis over tourism issues…

Editorial: UF online program offers chance to thousands of worthy students
Getting into college is a lot more difficult today than a generation ago, when the costs and competition were not nearly as steep. Each year the University of Florida accepts 6,400 freshmen — and rejects 23,000 applicants. Many of those rejections have more to do with demand than with academics. Thousands of worthy students never apply because the cost for housing and food is prohibitive. But starting in January, the University of Florida will offer an online bachelor’s degree program that cuts tuition costs and eliminates the major financial barrier associated with room and board. The new program puts UF and the state at the forefront of the expanding online education field, and should be a model for universities faced with similar demand and rising costs…

It costs to be a Cane
The Miami Hurricane
University of Miami is rumored to be “a place only where rich kids from the north go to party,” according to abundant reviews on College Prowler. When my average stroll to class entails witnessing fellow students cruising around in brand new Porsches, BMWs and state-of-the-art sports cars, I’d be lying if I said a little tinge of envy wasn’t surfacing. Students pay about $52,000 a year on merely tuition fees plus room and board – not inclusive of general living expenses – and there definitely is a lot of daddy’s money floating around…Layla Haidrani is a senior majoring in history.

Duffell: Research Park home of technology innovators
The recent news that People’s Trust Insurance has selected the Deerfield Beach campus of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University to relocate its …

Proposal Would Shield College Searches from Sunshine
Orlando Advocate
Warning about a “chilling” effect on finding top higher-education administrators, a House bill would largely exempt searches for state university and college presidents, provosts and deans from Florida’s public-records and public-meetings requirements. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth, filed the bill (HB 135) on Wednesday. It contends that higher-education officials could jeopardize current jobs if their applications for positions in Florida are public.

“If potential applicants fear the possibility of losing their current jobs as a consequence of attempting to progress along their chosen career path or simply seeking different and more rewarding employment, failure to have these safeguards in place could have a chilling effect on the number and quality of applicants available to fill the position of president, provost, or dean of a state university or Florida College System institution,” the bill says.

Recent Arrest of LPD Officer Concerns Advisory Panel
The Ledger
Advisory Commission members have been meeting with Florida Southern College strategic management professor Larry Ross, who was hired to help…

FSCJ president candidate says healing begins by spreading the college’s good news
Florida Times-Union
Bioteau, 60, is one of two finalists for leader of FSCJ. During her final public interview, Bioteau acknowledged the negative public image FSCJ has garnered but added that solid teaching and learning are still taking place in classrooms.

Well-connected hemispheres of Einstein’s brain may have sparked brilliance
The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance, according to a new study conducted in part by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

Amy Galpin Appointed Curator at Cornell Museum
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, has appointed Amy Galpin as its curator, reports James Chute of the San Diego Union Tribune.

US judge blocks New York credit card surcharge law
“Rakoff is well-known and works in one of the most powerful district courts in the country,” said Clay Calvert, a University of Florida professor…

Limited Progress Made in Schizophrenia Understanding and Treatment
Psychiatric Times
But maybe not long enough, according to Dr Rajiv Tandon, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine…

Bernie Kosar arrest details
When Bernie Kosar was stopped for suspected drunken driving last weekend, the former Miami Dolphins and University of Miami quarterback told police he …

Stem cells help repair traumatic brain injury by building a ‘biobridge’
Medical Xpress
“The transplanted  serve as migratory cues for the brain’s own neurogenic cells, guiding the exodus of these newly formed host cells from their neurogenic niche towards the injured ,” said principal investigator Cesar Borlongan, PhD, professor and director of the USF Center for Aging and Brain Repair.

Gov. Scott Kicks Off Second Statewide Human Trafficking Summit
TAMPA, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today kicked off the second statewide human trafficking summit. Governor Scott addressed a crowd of more than 700 law enforcement officials, members of the legal community, service providers, health care professionals, educators and other first responders at the University of South Florida to start the summit, which focuses on labor and sex trafficking of both children and adults…

Kids face brave new workforce
Pensacola News Journal
“The jobs of tomorrow with high pay are all about critical thinking skills, analytical thinking skills,” said Rick Harper, a University of West Florida economist…

Releases and Web Stories

See the world with Seminole State’s Travel Study
Seminole State College
Seminole State College of Florida’s Travel Study programs for the 2013-14 academic year will take travelers through some of the world’s most iconic sights

UF/IFAS Survey: College Students Worried About Climate Change 
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — GAINESVILLE, Fla. — College students are worried about climate change-related hazards, even if they’re not worried about climate change, suggesting that the threat of climate change still seems theoretical to many, new University of Florida research shows.

Researchers find potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Here’s what caught my eye today…10/3/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

Shutdown Watch: Some colleges are reporting issues with verifying tax returns for financial aid and difficulty reaching Education Department offices that have been shuttered in the shutdown. Technical assistance is a big problem for K-12 schools applying for grants as well, and one that we’ve been warned will worsen if the shutdown lasts longer. The Huffington Post reports that high-profile sexual assualt investigations at colleges have ground to a halt:

State University System

FAMU revises its admission approach
Florida A&M University is preparing to change its approach to enrolling profile admits, students whose test scores or grade-point averages are below state system requirements. The trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved shifting from a maximum number of profile admits to a maximum percentage, ensuring that the university is equipped with the resources to help those students succeed…

FSU Releases Campus Safety Report
Florida State University’s annual campus safety report is now available online as required by the Federal Jeanne Clery Act.

RTS sets new ridership records
Gainesville Sun
As the University of Florida and Santa Fe College began their fall semesters, RTS set a new daily record with 65,667 passenger rides on Aug. 26…

Hillel, county in tax squabble over Sababa UF restaurant
The Independent Florida Alligator
Two advertisements released by a kosher meal vendor during the Summer have sparked a legal dispute about UF Hillel’s tax exemption status in Alachua County. The issue focuses on Sababa UF restaurant, which sells kosher meals to students in a 1,416-square-foot area inside the center, located at 2020 W. University Ave. Hillel and the Alachua County Property Appraiser’s office will meet today with county officials to determine whether the space is considered tax exempt…

Project tries to defuse violent incidents in North Tampa
Northwest News and Tribune
UNIVERSITY AREA — A neighborhood adjacent to the University of South Florida campus commonly known as Suitcase City is a compact 3-square-mile chunk of real estate in unincorporated Hillsborough County. It is bordered by Fowler, Nebraska, Bearss, and Fletcher avenues and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Despite its small size and population, the community has made quite a name for itself. It is a place, according to statistics provided by University Area Community Development Corporation, where Part 1 violent crimes (crimes against people) are 25 percent above the national average. In addition, the agency’s data shows that 79 percent of the total number of such crimes — burglary, rape and homicide and the like — reported in unincorporated Hillsborough County occur within the University Area…

USF To Host Human Trafficking Summit
A statewide human trafficking summit focusing on labor and sex trafficking will take place Thursday at the University of South Florida

USF Sarasota-Manatee receives sizable gift for hospitality
Bradenton Herald
SARASOTA — The University of South Florida SarasotaManatee has received the gift of a new program for its College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership 

State College System

Eastern Florida State cuts 110 part-timers’ hours
Florida Today
Eastern Florida State College is cutting the hours of 110 part-time employees so it would not be required to offer them health insurance

Food trucks provide hot lunches for hungry HCC students
Northwest News and Tribune
RUSKIN – Famished students attending the SouthShore campus of Hillsborough Community College now have an alternative…

Miami-Dade College Sales Tax Proposal Back Again
CBS Local
A proposal that would allow Miami-Dade County to ask voters to bolster funding for a local state college and university is back, for a fourth time, before a tax-resistant, Republican-dominated Legislature.  A proposal that would allow Miami-Dade County to ask voters to bolster funding for a local state college and university is back, for a fourth time, before a tax-resistant, Republican-dominated Legislature…

Goldman Sachs launches small business initiative
MIAMI – Miami Dade College and Goldman Sachs are launching an initiative to help small business owners…

Miami’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…
Tech Cocktail
Last night was Tech Cocktail’s Miami Mixer and Startup Showcase at Miami Dade College. As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series,

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ave Maria University reduces tuition to ease burden on families
Catholic News Agency
Naples, Fla., Oct 3, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing a desire to ease financial pressures on parents and students, Ave Maria University in Naples, 

Adult students treasure hidden gem of Barry University
Florida Weekly
…The small Miami-based Catholic university has had a satellite office and classrooms in Fort Myers for the past 25 years through its ACE program, said Dr. Charles Bell, associate dean of enrollment/ management at Barry University. The program features a cache of undergraduate programs as well as several graduate degree programs, including master of public administration, master of arts in administration and master of social work…

University of Miami climbs in world university rankings, UF falls
South Florida Business Journal
The University of Florida was ranked the highest, at 128th, but that was down from 122nd the year before. UM improved to 185th from 193rd a year earlier…

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

During TV game, UCF spot focuses on luxury over learning
Orlando Sentinel
Last weekend’s “bounce house brawl” was a chance for the University of Central Florida to play one of college’s big boys on a big-network stage…

Run Toward Your Next Job, Not Away From Current One
Huffington Post (blog)
If you are considering a job change or are looking for your first job, how do you know what direction to take? Early in my career when I worked for General Electric, I had the opportunity to participate in a two-year leadership-development program. As part of this program, every six months I met with a senior executive named Peter Bergen, who served as my career mentor and taught me the important lesson: “It is better to run toward your next job versus run away from your current one.”…Bob Porter is executive director of downtown Orlando’s Executive Development Center, part of the University of Central Florida‘s College of Business Administration. 

One member of FAMU’s Marching 100 ruled ineligible
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
One member of Florida A&M‘s famed Marching 100 who traveled to Orlando and performed at the season opening football game on Sept. 1 did not meet the new 

America’s worst university now punishes student journalist for practicing journalism
Daily Caller
Florida Atlantic University has found a new way to soil itself and to once again prove that it will not give up in its perpetual quest to be the worst place in America to go to college. This time, school officials at the public, taxpayer-funded university summoned Dylan Bouscher, the editor-in-chief of FAU’s University Press student newspaper, on disciplinary charges for having the audacity to practice routine journalism. The charges were related to Bouscher’s alleged refusal to obey a police order to leave a crime scene.

Florida Atlantic University Punishes Student Journalist for Doing Job
Opposing Views
When Dylan Bouscher set off to investigate a suicide on campus, he didn’t expect that he would soon be the one answering to police. However, the school cops didn’t want a reporter on the scene — and after ousting him from the premises, they filed charges that the student reporter claims are bogus. Bouscher is the editor-in-chief of FAU’s University Press student newspaper, and when he heard of the suicide he rushed to the scene in a golf cart, accompanied by another student. Although he says they gave police officers plenty of space as they went about their duties, Officer Robert Vickens instructed the two students to leave…

Florida Atlantic Professor Invents Anti-Texting While Driving System
Sunshine State News (blog)
Texting while driving just became illegal in Florida this week, but a Florida Atlantic University professor has invented a system that can stop your phone from  texting entirely while you’re driving on the road. “If you are above, let’s say, 8 miles an hour, we can say, that’s driving, I can stop you just like that,” said engineering professor Daniel Raviv. The professor has developed technology that uses a combination of road maps and GPS data to determine who’s on the road, then shut off their phone’s texting features.  Raviv said his goal isn’t to make money off of his new invention. Instead, he wants to use it to help the public. “My goal in what I do for my living is not money,” he said. “It’s to solve society’s problems.”

FAU professor invents anti-texting while driving system
Many use GPS map systems that show where cars are on the road. It’s that system a professor at Florida Atlantic University harnesses to stop your phone from texting while your car is moving. “If you are above let’s say eight miles an hour, we can say, that’s driving, I can stop you just like that,” said engineering professor Daniel Raviv. The professor has developed technology that uses a combination of road maps and GPS data to determine who’s on the road, then shut off their phone’s texting features.

Community college president finalist for Florida position
Hickory Daily Record
Catawba Valley Community College President, Garrett Hinshaw, is one of two finalists for president of Florida State College at Jacksonville

How Miami-Dade’s Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past
We asked Paul George, a historian for both Miami-Dade College and History Miami…

PSC Provost on Administrative Leave; Contract to Not Be Renewed
The Ledger
WINTER HAVEN | The president of Polk State College placed the provost of the Winter Haven campus on administrative leave Wednesday, citing an “irrevocable lack of confidence” in her ability to do the job. Sharon Miller, 60, who at $117,605 a year was one of the college’s most highly paid employees, will be paid until her contract ends June 30, 2014. She had been provost since March 2008. But she was told she must contact security prior to visiting any PSC campus or attending any college program or event. “You no longer represent Polk State College in any capacity,” President Eileen Holden said in a memorandum Wednesday…

Last rounds of a 47-year fight
Seminole Voice
It’s the best analogy University of Central Florida legal studies professor James Beckman said he can use to compare affirmative action’s recent challenges …

In nursing homes, an unspoken divide
Winter Park/Maitland Observer
Latarsha Chisholm could still remember the sterile hallways of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Blank, white walls and floors led to isolated rooms – quiet avenues where United States veterans spent the final years of their lives…After seeing these former servicemen in isolation, Chisholm, now an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, decided to dedicate her life to nursing home research, tracking down disparities found in their quiet hallways. Disparities that Chisholm now seeks to uncover…

Local author Peter Telep remembers Tom Clancy
Orlando Sentinel
 because they knew what they were getting: well-researched, action-packed thrillers,” said Telep, an English professor at the University of Central Florida.

Immokalee to keep agricultural research program
The News-Press
Gene McAvoyUniversity of Florida regional vegetable crops specialist and director of Hendry County Extension, is delighted with the change of plans.

Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana
Health News Florida
Kevin Sabet of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida said a better way to get the benefits of marijuana is in the form of a pill…

UF farrier tapped to mentor students
Gainesville Sun
Jody Schaible, a farrier for the University of Florida, can bend forks, knives and …

‘Google Explorer’ Tests Glasses at USF
WPMI Local 15 News
Now we’re getting a look at exactly what the glasses do from an Explorer and PhD student at the University of South Florida…”It added a lot of engagement to the classroom, just to get kids interested and participating a little bit more,” added professor Dr. Lori Collins

Creatures of the Deep
Clearwater Gazette
They’re out there — more than we know.  In her presentation, “Fascinating Cephalopods,” Heather Judkins, Ph.D., shed some light on just some of the amazing marine animals that inhabit the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. An assistant professor of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, she spends the other half of her time doing research.

Releases and Web Stories

National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE
National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE) in partnership with Florida International University (FIU) College of Law will host the “Not on …

Lynn University’s director of corporate relations to be honored by Boca Chamber
Lynn University
Barbara Cambia, director of corporate relations at Lynn University, will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 10, with the 2013 Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award at a breakfast event at 7:45 a.m. at the Via Mizner Golf and Country Club…

Lynn University’s new library director sees libraries evolving to meet 
Lynn University
After a national search, Lynn University recently hired Amy Filiatreau as the new director of the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library to oversee its continued evolution as it integrates new technologies to ensure it is a valuable resource for students and faculty…

Jean Latimer, Ph.D., Expert on Environmental Causes of Breast 
Newswise (press release)
As you prepare your Breast Cancer Awareness Month stories, please consider interviewing Jean Latimer, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy. She has nearly 20 years of breast cancer research experience. Her current research includes the environmental factors that cause breast cancer, including BPA. She can provide advice on simple lifestyle changes that can help prevent breast cancer, including cosmetics, diet and exercise.

Planning starts for next phase of faculty online tool for sponsored 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phase II of the myinvestiGator application, the online tool designed for University of Florida faculty to increase accountability and efficiency in sponsored activities, is now under way. UF faculty are responsible for bringing in approximately $640 million in annual research funding to the university. The myinvestiGator project was conceived to ease the burden of tracking the many funding sources that principal investigators must manage…

Here’s what caught my eye today…10/2/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):


–Most of the Education Department’s data on schools and students is offline, including all information housed by the National Center for Education Statistics, the College Navigator and the College Scorecard. (If President Obama’s college rating system existed, it might already be offline, too.) And Under Secretary Martha Kanter said she won’t be tweeting while the government is shut.

TODAY IN CONGRESS: The government shutdown and the nation’s borrowing limit are on a collision course, and Oct. 17 is D-Day (the “D” stands for “debt ceiling”). It’s increasingly likely that one deal will resolve both crises, but direct negotiations haven’t started yet. Federal financial aid programs were tied into the last contentious debt ceiling increase in 2011, which ended subsidized federal student loans for grad students but maintained support for the Pell Grant when it was thought to be in danger. This time, President Obama says he won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling. More from POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Jake Sherman and Carrie Budoff Brown:

State University System

FAMU Founder’s Day Convocation [GALLERY]
Florida A&M University (FAMU) paid homage to its past and celebrated its future  More than 700 members of the FAMU community, including students, faculty, …

Study finds Hispanic travel a niche worthy of more attention
Travel Weekly
Findings of the just-released Hispanic Traveler Research Project conducted by ASTA, the National Tour Association (NTA) and Florida International University …

Study: Expanded gambling would do little for Florida economy
Orlando Sentinel
The final two portions scheduled to be released Tuesday include a survey of what Floridians think about gambling performed by the University of Florida and the …

USF students protest tuition rates with 21st century style
WTSP 10 News
Tampa, Florida — The University of South Florida’s student government is tired of increasing tuition rates and fees. Students are protesting with a 21st century viral video style, using iPads to create video messages from students to the legislature.

USF St. Pete to create food writing, photography program (blog)
Ever dreamed of being a restaurant critic – or at least taking better pictures of your spaghetti to post on Instagram? The University of South Florida St. Petersburg …

Former Pier aquarium searches for new home – again
As for the fish, several hundred of them will remain in an 1,100-gallon tank in the University of South Florida St. Petersburg student center, while a majority will 

State College System

Eastern Florida reduces hours to save on health insurance
Florida Today
Eastern Florida State College cut the hours of 110 part-time employees this week so it no longer is required to offer them health insurance…

HCC SouthShore to build $9.4 million science facility
RUSKIN —The Hillsborough Community College Board of Trustees has approve $9.4 million for a new science and classroom building at its south shore …

IRSC Surgical Technology program receives national recognition
FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College has received a merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)

Goldman Sachs is giving away $5 million — here’s how you can ask 
South Florida Business Journal
Miami-Dade College has long history of assisting local business owners in a …

PHCC still at odds with Pasco, Hernando school districts over dual
Pasco-Hernando Community College trustees have put the heat on their two feeder school districts by adopting a policy on dual enrollment fees that district…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Barry University could repeat as national champs if team conquers
Barry University finished last golf season by winning the Division II national championship tournament after being ranked No. 1 for much of the season…

New Ordinance Provides More Protection for Lakeland’s Trees
The Ledger
Old oak trees on the Florida Southern College campus will be removed to make way…

Huge federal grant to Jacksonville University will help veterans 
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville University has received a $870,000 grant to help it recruit hundreds of veterans for its bachelors in nursing program.

UM’s Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence is built to impress
The University of Miami football team is walking around with a bit more swagger and pride these days…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLE Voices from Around the Web

What we think: UCF guarantee courts elite, plugs brain drain
Orlando Sentinel
That’s why the University of Central Florida‘s new guaranteed-admissions plan is a bold stroke…

Adjunct Professors: Fast-Food College Faculties
The Ledger
The University of Florida cut full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty by 9.4 percent and increased adjunct and other nontenure faculty by 9.8 percent over five

Edmonds: LeRoy Collins left a legacy of change and leadership
Thursday, a symposium honoring Collins’ legacy and how it can continue to inform Florida’s future will be held at Florida State University.

Poe: Don’t force Alabama sororities to integrate, let it happen naturally (blog)
MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The day I arrived on the campus of Florida State University, I walked over to a table display about an organization and inquired about membership. It was 1981 and the organization – I later learned – was a white sorority. The look I got from the girls at the table? Blank stares…Janita Poe is Montgomery community news director for Alabama Media Group. 

Dr. Larry Robinson: Atlanta Is An Important City For FAMU Recruitment
CBS Local
FAMU hosted the President’s Tour last Friday in Atlanta where interim president Dr. Larry Robinson gave out scholarships on the spot to deserving graduating …

Florida university disciplines student journalist who tried to report on suicide
Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Student Conduct is punishing Dylan Bouscher, the editor-in-chief of the student paper University Press, for reporting from the scene of a suicide on campus. FAU Police say Bouscher “failed to comply with multiple requests or orders of law enforcement officers and interfered with an active investigation and crime scene.”…

Group Calls for Reform to Reduce Prison Costs
Deborrah Brodsky of Florida State University’s Project on Accountable Justice says more than 90% of prisoners will eventually re-enter society.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks not running for re-election
Marks says that he will pursuit starting a non-profit with his son, who is an attorney and professor at Florida State University.

Meet Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette, Jacksonville’s New Education 
Like Horner, Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette is on loan from Jacksonville University where she’s a professor…

Here’s what the government shutdown will cost Central Florida’s 
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
And Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida, said nationally it’s going to yank $1.5 billion out of the gross domestic product for every week …

UCF Expert: ACA Misinformation Persists as Exchanges Open
Lynn Unruh is a nurse, economist, and professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Health and Public Affairs. She says one of the biggest problems is awareness – three quarters of uninsured respondents in a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll did not know that health insurance exchanges were opening today…

Dan Gelber says Florida paychecks aren’t going as far today as they 
Alan Hodges, an extension scientist the University of Florida’s Food & Resource Economics Department, noted that issues with salaries are not isolated to …

David Beckham group still working on Miami MLS bid; competing
Meanwhile, a London-based investment group led by Italian financier Alessandro Butini made its pitch for MLS-to-Miami official on Tuesday, partnering with the University of Miami School of Architecture to develop ideas for a viable soccer-specific stadium, and launching a website — — to drum up fan interest…

Reverse mentoring: Students teach executives about social media
Reverse mentoring is gaining traction for all the right reasons, says Terri Scandura, a professor of management at the University of Miami School of Business …

Bumpy start for Florida health insurance exchange
“We were prepared,” said Jodi Ray, of University of South Florida, which received the state’s largest federal navigator grant…

Thom Foley ? from hippie to bug man to ACLU president
Professors at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where Mr. Foley enrolled in his mid 30s, met the hippie and the blue-collar tradesman…

Job training gains ground
Pensacola News Journal
University of West Florida President Judy Bense also noted that changing demands in the workforce has precipitated an increased emphasis on STEM…

Releases and Web Stories

Three Florida International University Students Named Finalists in 
Wall Street Journal
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Three students from Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism …

FIU to develop technology to fix and build bridges — fast
The Herald |
By Florida International University. MIAMI, Oct. 1, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded FIU a $1.4 million …

Government Shutdown: Florida State University Experts Available to 
Newswise (press release)
Florida State University’s nationally recognized experts are ready to answer media questions and provide analysis about the shutdown of the federal …

Florida Tech to Host Autism Conference Nov. 8 for Families 
Sacramento Bee
By Florida Institute of Technology  assist families with members who have autism spectrum disorders, the Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology 

UF researchers report cats may be the key to human HIV vaccine
University of Florida
 for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service in Jacksonville, and the University of South Florida in Tampa provided the blood from HIV-infected subjects.

UF-sponsored tailgater emphasizes fun without alcohol
University of Florida
University of Florida fans and University of Arkansas fans will come together Saturday for the second annual Greater Gator Tailgater.

University of Miami Program To Train Health Care Executives on 
SYS-CON Media (press release)
CORAL GABLES, Fla., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Though the pharmaceutical industry has made strong moves in Latin America with high 

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…9/30/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

WHAT THE SHUTDOWN MEANS FOR EDUCATION: A shutdown of the federal government now seems all but certain if Congress doesn’t come to an 11th-hour agreement today. And it will hit the Education Department hard. About 90 percent of the department’s 4,225 employees will be immediately furloughed, and most won’t come back until the funding crisis is resolved, even if the shutdown lasts longer than a week. But many schools and colleges won’t feel an immediate effect if the funding crisis is resolved quickly. Federal dollars will continue to flow to both K-12 and higher education. A longer shutdown, though, could lead to a big paperwork backlog and problems for schools, colleges and students that receive federal funds.

Here’s your short-term and long-term map of the shutdown – keep it on hand as the crisis unfolds. (The Education Department’s shutdown plan [] warns that “citizens and institutions seeking specific information regarding the impact of a shutdown will have limited access to information” – in other words, a shutdown will likely stop the department from telling anyone just what the shutdown means.)

The first week:
–Department staffing: The Education Department will immediately furlough most of its employees, with the exception of a skeleton staff of appointees requiring Senate confirmation, their support staff and the minimum number of employees necessary to oversee student loans and Pell Grants.

–Formula funding to states: $22 billion already funded for the 2013 fiscal year will continue flowing under Title I and II, IDEA and career and technical education.

–Student financial aid: While Pell Grants and student loans will continue to be paid out, campus-based programs (the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and federal work-study) won’t be.

–Grant processing for Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods will lapse for a week. Other grant programs that don’t have any leftover money can’t incur new obligations until the funding crisis is resolved.

–Meetings: Any “listening tour” meetings with higher education on President Barack Obama’s college ratings plan are likely to be put off. The Senate was set to consider two education-related nominations Tuesday in an executive session that would be postponed. And a subcommittee hearing in the House on streamlining financial aid programs would be rescheduled for after the crisis.

–Federal research: The National Institutes of Health won’t take action on any new grants.

–Head Start: The Department of Health and Human Services won’t be making new grants.

If the shutdown lasts longer:
–Some Education Department employees, but not many, return to work – about 30 additional employees. Some work will begin on money that’s already appropriated or left over from the 2013 fiscal year.

–A delay in payments for more than a week “would severely curtail the cash flow to school districts, colleges and universities, and vocational rehabilitation programs.”

–Even in programs where the money is still flowing, the delays will start to pile up: The department won’t have enough staff to process applications for competitive and formula grants later in the year, meaning a big backlog when the government reopens.

The bottom line:

A long shutdown is what K-12 and higher education alike are really worried about – and they’re warning that, given the deep divisions in Congress, a long shutdown could be exactly what we’re facing. Expect Education Secretary Arne Duncan to address the budget mess during a speech at the National Press Club later today.

ELIZABETH WARREN’S HIGHER ED AGENDA: Sen. Elizabeth Warren laid out her own higher ed proposals at the Education Writers’ Association conference in Boston. But while the Massachusetts Democrat said she’s thrilled Obama is talking about higher education – “three cheers,” Warren said – she implied it was a distraction from the big issues of student debt. She doesn’t have enough details on the ratings system yet, Warren said, but “I think it’s neither the problem nor the right solution. It’s just that I’m not clear on what the intent is.” And while Warren’s proposals are likely to be nonstarters in Congress – she supports reforming the student loan program so that it makes no profit, which opens an argument about the proper way to measure the costs of that program; allowing students to refinance their loans; and providing matching grants to states to keep public higher education spending up – she pointed out that naysayers said the same about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. More:

State University System

FAMU Hosts 2013 State Of The Student Summit
Florida A&M University‘s Student Government Association and the Office of the President present the 2013 State of the Student Summit moderated by…

FAMU student’s death prompts parents to host hazing, bullying forums
WFTV Orlando
The parents of a Florida A&M University student who was killed in a hazing ritual are hosting community forums to educate the public on hazing and bullying…

Florida Atlantic University closing prompted new Indian River State College bachelor degree programs
Fort Pierce Tribune
Indian River State College is stepping up plans to offer more bachelor’s degree programs to help fill the void caused by Florida Atlantic University‘s departure…

Bonita Springs Rotary helps FGCU students
Naples Daily News
Four students at Florida Gulf Coast University received scholarships through The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Foundation’s Rotaract Scholarship Program.

UCF student magazine bridges health and the arts
Orlando Sentinel
The University of Central Florida sent out this article this week, detailing a new student project at the College of Medicine that involves the arts…

UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration 
GTN News
The University of Florida is a leader in movement disorders and neurorestoration, and patients travel from all over the globe for personalized treatment…

Board OKs business plan for UF Online
Gainesville Sun
The University of Florida plans to throw open the doors to the nation’s first fully online bachelor’s degree program in January, nine months after Gov. Rick Scott …

UF Online, a Weatherford priority, gets the OK (blog)
University of Florida’s online institute, a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford, will launch in January now that the state governing board has signed off. The center, called UF Online, will begin by offering seven bachelor’s degree programs, all of them fully via the Web.

Univ. of Fla. gets OK to offer online degrees
The University of Florida will start offering five bachelor degrees completely online starting this January. The Florida Board of Governors on Friday approved the business plan for UF Online to start in 2014. Under a measure pushed by House Speaker Will Weatherford the state is providing $15 million in the first year to help the program.  The plan is to start with five majors — including criminology, business administration, sport management — and expand to 35 different ones within the next five years. The school plans to add biology and psychology next summer.

Applications being taken for new UF online program
Pensacola News Journal
The University of Florida is taking applications for the state’s first fully online bachelor’s degree program…

University of Florida Gets Approval for All-Online Four-Year Degree 
Sunshine State News (blog)
The University of Florida received unanimous approval from the state Board of Governors on Friday for an online four-year bachelor’s degree program…

UF online institute launches in January with 7 degree options (blog)
The board overseeing state universities signed off on the University of Florida’s plan to launch its online institute in January. Called UF Online, the new center …

USF, Hillsborough schools developing climate change education
University of South Florida geology and education faculty members are developing the curriculum, which is targeted to the West Central Florida region…

BarCamp a special day for geeks at USF
TAMPA — If you want to embrace your inner geek and envelop yourself in computer hacking and Google Glass, check out today’s BarCamp Tampa Bay at the University of South Florida. BarCamp is an annual techie networking event that celebrates nerdiness with no apologies. Its slogan on its website,, calls it “A day by geeks, for geeks and about geeks on September 28th, 2013.”

USF students take action against tuition hikes
WTSP 10 News
The University of South Florida’Student Senate is rounding up classmates to tape video messages denouncing tuition hikes. The Student Senate say, for the first time, students are paying more for their education than the state subsidizes for its public universities. Some students feel they have had enough…

State College System

Daytona State offers manufacturing course
Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — The Center for Business and Industry at Daytona State College is offering a Certified Production Technician training program…

College confusion with new Edison State College name change?
Fox 4
College confusion with new Edison State College name change?

Candidates for new FSCJ president down to 2
Florida Times-Union
A special committee of local educators decided Friday that Cynthia Bioteau of Utah and Garrett Hinshaw of North Carolina are the two administrators best fit to lead Florida State College at Jacksonville

Miami Dade College admits its 2 millionth student
Miami’s Community Newspapers
Miami Dade College (MDC), the higher education institution with the nation’s largest undergraduate enrollment of more than 175,000 students, recently admitted its 2 millionth student.

Improving Hispanics college success rate
Take Miami Dade College, for example. MDC is our nation’s largest public college, educating 170,000 students annually. Seventy percent of MDC students…

50th Anniversary Gala at NWFSC relives the ‘Swinging Sixties’
Destin Log
“This Is The 60s” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Santa Fe concert aims to raise scholarship funds
Gainesville Sun
Santa FEST, a combined community concert and fundraising effort, is Saturday on SF College‘s Northwest Campus…

St. Petersburg College wins $2.2M federal grant
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The U.S. Department of Education awarded St. Petersburg College a $2.2 million grant over five years to expand services to students…

Tampa Bay’s sudden boom in business incubators: Good for
On a more basic level, both St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College want to provide almost “preincubator” services to diverse student …

Encouraging signs of progress for nonprofits
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Tallahassee Community College held a meeting to begin the discussion about establishing a nonprofit resource center…

Independent Colleges and Universities

At Eckerd College, students see life and death on the waterways
On beautiful, bright days when the sun is sitting in the sky, it is still pitch-black on the bottom of the Gulf.

ERAU vehicle could help airport detect wildlife, human intruders
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Mechanical engineering professor Patrick Currier takes the vehicle “Plan B,” an autonomous SUV, out for a test drive at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Flagler students competing in global business competition
St. Augustine Record
If anyone could have harvested it, the energy level from Flagler College students practicing on Friday for an upcoming world competition would have powered

Southeastern University’s Leadership Forum Sets Speakers Lineup
The Ledger
LAKELAND | Plans have been firmed up for Southeastern University’s 2014 National Leadership Forum, its annual fundraising leadership event that traditionally …

Free the “U” of Miami from NCAA crosshairs
As Herald sports columnist, Greg Cote, noted this week, my alma mater, the University of Miami (fondly known as the “U”) has spent about 1,000 days in the

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

Machen: Online openings for top students
High school students who are well-rounded, earn great grades and perform well on tests deserve an opportunity to attend our nation’s best universities. • Too often, however, that opportunity proves elusive. Some students don’t apply to top schools because they think they can’t afford it or fear they won’t get in. Others apply, but are denied admission because of high demand. • The bottleneck between great students and great schools has troubled me throughout my 10 years as president of the University of Florida. Since 2001, applications to UF have increased 60 percent, yet our built-out Gainesville campus has kept us from raising enrollment. As a result, we’ve turned away more and more top-notch students — and that doesn’t count the many who never even applied….Bernie Machen is the president of the University of Florida.

Guest column: Big Tobacco should not be allowed to recruit on 
The Independent Florida Alligator
The University of Florida promotes its tobacco-free policy with pride, yet Big Tobacco will be given the opportunity to grow, to thrive, to promote the use of …

Guilty of ‘walking while black’?
It was five in the afternoon, the end of Jimmy Michel‘s work shift at Broward College. His sister was supposed to pick him up across the street…

Poet Millar visits Flagler College as part of Writers-in-Residence 
St. Augustine Record
“We live so much of our lives without telling anyone,” writes Joseph Millar in his poem “Telephone Repairman.” But at 5 p.m. Thursday, Millar will visit Flagler 

Funeral Held For Former FAMU Football Player Shot
Tallahassee,FL- Family and friends gathered at the Enrichment Center on Lake Bradford Road to say farewell to the former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was unexpectedly killed by a police officer in North Carolina on September 14. For family and friends saying goodbye has been difficult…

Research Park scouts biotech incubator space in Jupiter
Palm Beach Post
…The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University is scouting sites in Jupiter in hopes of building a biotech incubator for companies that emerge from the county’s two nonprofit biotech labs, said Chief Executive Andrew Duffell. A completed building is perhaps three years away, and details about the location and size of the labs remain uncertain, but Duffell envisions perhaps 10,000 square feet of biotech incubator space…

Beyonce inspired by James Martin, a young Florida Atlantic University graduate
Studying hard paid off in an unusual way for a recent Florida Atlantic University graduate. James Martin graduated in May, earning a bachelor’s degree in …

Puerto Ricans, trying to escape economic crisis, seeking refuge in FL
Jorge Duany, Ph.D., is director of the Cuban Research Institute and a professor of anthropology at Florida International University. He said the people leaving …

FSU student withdraws complaint that her account was hacked
The Florida State University student linked to a racist social media post on Sept. 4 has withdrawn her complaint filed with the campus police department claiming that her account had been hacked, FSU officials said earlier today. The racist post on Vine used the word “monkeys” to denigrate African-American students at FSU and Florida A&M. The post and outrage in response to it quickly went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and led to a demonstration of unity by FSU students at the Sept. 11 Market Wednesday, a weekly bazaar outside the student union. Jimmy Collins, an attorney representing FSU student Amanda Thurston and her family, said the complaint was withdrawn after FSU police asked them if they wanted their investigation to continue. Thurston still believes her account was hacked, Collins said…

The 7 Most Lucrative Master’s Degrees to Have
Uloop News
David Orozco, MBA Program Director at Florida State University, said, “Research has shown that an investment in an MBA pays off over the long term. Additionally, our MBA Program at Florida State University is particularly appealing since we have an excellent placement rate at leading companies doing business in Florida such as Accenture, Gartner, CSX, Harris Corporation, ESPN, E&Y, KPMG, and Deutsche Bank. These top corporations offer excellent starting salaries and benefits packages.”

Scott’s Education Executive Order Leaves Some Confused About 
And some, like Florida State University political scientist Carol Weissert, view the governor’s executive order as largely symbolic: “There are people, particularly …

FSU employee charged with possession of child pornography
Florida Flambeau
Florida State University employee was recently arrested and charged with 29 counts of possessing child pornography. Jeffrey Davis, 37, works at FSU’s …

New College welcomes new communications director
Bradenton Herald
SARASOTA — New College of Florida has named Jessica Rood as its new director of communications and marketing. Rood has been director of creative services at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York since 2011. She previously served as director of publications and creative services at the State University of New York. Rood was chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants after a national search…

Stetson’s Bailey marks 50 years of inspiring students
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Provided by Stetson University, duPont-Ball Library, Photograph Collection. Political Science professor T. Wayne Bailey leads his Winter Term students as they 

Wal-Mart Takes Another Green Step Forward
Justmeans (blog)
Deemed ‘World-Mart’ by Professor Peter Jacques at the University of Central Florida, “Wally World” is by far the world’s largest corporation.

Government shutdown would mean NASA furloughs
Bay News 9
“It’s unfortunate because the federal government is notorious for being slow and bureaucratic anyways. This is simply going to exacerbate it because we have a number of projects ongoing locally for the transition of existing NASA assets from shuttle to more commercial activities,” said University of Central Florida space expert Dale Ketcham.

‘X Factor': Two Central Florida acts make Top 40
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Kinsey and Deaton have been dating for two years while attending the University of Central Florida

Aguilar’s family seeks closure year after he was killed
Gainesville Sun
While the young man accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar remains jailed awaiting trial, family and friends of Aguilar will hold a …

Explaining the workings of Florida’s consumer confidence survey
Orlando Sentinel
Chris McCarty runs the University of Florida‘s Survey Research Center where he oversees the monthly consumer confidence report produced by UF’s Bureau of …

Transitions: People in Academe
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
Elizabeth D. Phillips, provost and executive vice president of Arizona State University since 2006, will become executive director of the University of Florida‘s UF Online, a new program that will offer bachelor’s degrees online. She will begin in January, when the program starts…

In Florida, the Front Lines of a High-Pitched, Bite-Size War
New York Times
“Florida is certainly among the leaders in the world in professional mosquito control,” said Walter Tabachnick, a professor at the University of Florida’s medical

USF professor honored by major publication
Bay News 9
Breitbart is an associate professor of oceanography at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science….

USF dance professor produces anti-bullying video
Bay News 9
University of South Florida dance professor Andrew Carroll produced the video with

Tired of friends obsessing over exes? You’re not alone
A recent survey conducted by and Wakefield Research shows that 50% of American adults have avoided a friend who won’t stop talking about their relationship problems…Todd Crooks, 22, says he’s asked for relationship advice once a week, if not more. He’s usually willing to listen — as long as his friends reciprocate. “I often get annoyed when my friends ask for help and then immediately strike down my opinion,” the University of South Florida junior says. “Or when they ask me about the same problem repeatedly, especially if they’re ignoring my advice.”

Hillsborough libraries ask black people to tell their stories
“You are a storyteller, and someone wants to hear your story,” Associate Professor Cora Dunkley of the University of South Florida School of Library and …

The Nature of Things: Gopher Tortoises Tricky to Relocate
The Ledger
That’s where the problems sometimes occur, according to gopher tortoise researcher Earl McCoy, a biology professor at the University of South Florida.

From the mind of a Tampa dancer comes a new kind of wheelchair
The Republic
Morris is a dance professor at the University of South Florida, and more recently, an inventor…

ABC segment features woman unknowingly given abortion drugs by 
Live Action News
The following day, Welden, who was a medical student at the University of South Florida, forged a prescription for Cytotec with his father’s credentials and…

Names and faces
Bradenton Herald
Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor, College of Education at the University of South Florida SarasotaManatee, has been named the executive director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Osborn is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies who has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series, and was the founding co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry in Language Studies…

Releases and Web Stories

FAU Receives Gift of $30750 for Business Scholarship Fund
The Boca Raton News
BOCA RATON, FL (June 20, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business recently received a $30,750 gift from NAPM Florida Gold Coast, Inc …

National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Recognizes FAU Chapter
The Boca Raton News
Florida Atlantic University’s Rho Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its …

FAU Presents Father’s Day Old-Time Concert in the Park
The Boca Raton News
The Florida All-College Band is made up of band students from all over Florida, with most from the Department of Music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F…

FAU to Host ‘Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Printing, the Mind 
The Boca Raton News
Florida Atlantic University will host “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Printing and the Mind of Man,” a prominent display to honor a landmark exhibition held in 

UF expands opportunities for four-year degrees
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There will no longer be a limit to the size of the freshman class at the University of Florida. The State University System’s first fully online bachelor’s degree programs will place a UF education within reach of any first-time-in-college student who qualifies for admission. Applications are now being accepted for UF Online – poised to be one of the nation’s first fully online undergraduate arms at a public university and the first in Florida.

Homecoming events include Soulfest, pageant, parade and Growl
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Homecoming announces the finalized event schedule for this fall, including the culminating celebration of Gator Growl on Nov. 8…

Advisory Board to help shape first food writing and certificate program
USFSP News Center
USF St. Petersburg is developing the nation’s first graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography and has gathered a distinguished advisory board …

Here’s what caught my eye today…9/18/13


State board chooses stability, votes to make interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart permanent
Palm Beach Post
The state Board of Education tapped interim commissioner Pam Stewart to take the helm of the Florida Department of Education and steer it through a tumultuous transition to Common Core. The board had been widely expected to choose Stewart at its meeting Tuesday at Forest Hill High School. Her appointment makes her the fourth commissioner since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.

State University System

A good call: FAU frat selling spots on iPhone line
Want the latest iPhone, due out Friday, but not the hassle of waiting in line for it? Donate $100 to charity, and members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Florida Atlantic University will camp out Thursday night in front of the Apple Store at Boca Raton‘s Town Center mall and hold the spot for you. The 56-member group says when they first tried out the unusual concept last year, they raised about $4,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. About 35 people bought spots in line while others just gave donations to the members when they saw them in the mall or heard about their efforts.

FGCU orienting trustees to budget process
The News-Press
Florida Gulf Coast University’s $203.7 million spending plan for 2013-14 is the institution’s highest to date, topping last year’s $188.9 million annual budget.

FGCU Receives $2.2 Million Performance Bonus from State
The Florida Board of Governors has awarded $20 million in performance bonus funding to the state’s public universities including $2.2 million for Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFGCU’s share of the bonus funding is based on the schools performance in several areas, including the percentage of students who find jobs or continue their education in Florida after graduation, the wages earned by graduates in full-time jobs, and the cost of educating each undergraduate student…

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders in a live shot from  FIU's Aquarius lab this morning.

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders in a live shot from FIU’s Aquarius lab this morning.

FIU offers peek into Florida Keys undersea research lab that was at 
The Republic
ISLAMORADA, Florida — Florida International University is offering a peek into an undersea research lab in the Florida Keys…

BSU sign vandalized at FSU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
When members of the Florida State University Black Student Union arrived at their Woodward Avenue headquarters Monday, the sign next to the sidewalk had 

What It’s Like Getting A Master’s Degree In Social Media
The University of Florida recently launched the first-ever graduate program in social media, a move that was swiftly mocked by skeptics.

Reitz Union renovation on schedule; groundbreaking ceremony 
Gainesville Sun
The demolition of the Reitz Union colonnade continues on the University of Florida campus, in Gainesville on Tuesday.

FL Now in Minority on Medicaid
Health News Florida
That reflects the result of academic studies from the University of Florida, Georgetown University and others that showed Florida’s decision to opt out of Medicaid 

Volunteers create community garden for University Area
UNIVERSITY AREA – A lack of basic necessities has plagued the populace of the four-square-mile community north of the University of South Florida for …

State College System

Martin approves dual enrollment agreement, other Treasure Coast 
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription)
How much Treasure Coast school districts will pay Indian River State College for dual enrollment tuition will be calculated based on how many courses students…

Severed deer head found near college
The Northwest Florida Daily News
 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take over the investigation of a severed deer head that was found at Northwest Florida State College.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Embry-Riddle offers master’s degree in drones
Wink News
Secured inside a room you need a U.S. passport to enter is a modern arcade of war machines. It looks like a gamer’s paradise: A comfortable tan leather captain’s chair sits behind four computer monitors, an airplane joystick with a red “fire” button, a keyboard and throttle control. The games here have great implications. Across the world, a $20 million Gray Eagle drone armed with four Hellfire missiles, ready to make a sortie into hostile territory is taking commands from a workstation like this one. A graduate from this room on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach could be in that other room in as little as six months with a master’s degree in drone warfare, his hand on the joystick, making $150,000 a year…

Donated money stalls in Jacksonville council panel after complaint 
Florida Times-Union
The education commissioner, Annmarie Kent-Willette, is on loan from Jacksonville University for $1 a year…

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

Editorial: University Rankings: Florida Finds Ways Upward
The Ledger
Folks in South Florida just couldn’t resist remarking on the timing of the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings. As the Miami Herald noted, the University of Miami beat the University of Florida up in North Central Florida. UM tied for 47th place among national universities, 

NCC trustees vote to disband presidential search committee
Astrab came to NCC from Brevard Community College in Florida. During his 30 months as president of NCC, the faculty twice voted no confidence in him.

Officer fired 12 times in Ferrell shooting
A North Carolina police officer who shot and killed former FAMU student Jonathan Ferrell fired 12 rounds, hitting Ferrell 10 times, in the early morning hours of …

Aquaculture farmers flocking to Indian River County
During a recent presentation to the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) President Dr. Anthony Catanese predicted …

Demand for speech pathologists rising, JU dean tells Downtown 
Jacksonville Daily Record
The Rotary Club of Jacksonville, also known as Downtown Rotary, continued its tradition of staying abreast of developments in the health and education fields Monday when Christine Sapienza, associate dean of the Jacksonville University College of Health Sciences, explained JU’s latest advances in those fields.

Sebelius makes Fla stops to tout health care law
The State
 so we have a double challenge in states like Florida,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a visit to Miami-Dade College.

Is the security clearance process strict enough?
The Northwest Florida Daily News
As vice president of community relations for Northwest Florida State College, David Goetsch had security clearance for more than 30 years to oversee the …

UCF student puts new spin on sign business
But there is a University of Central Florida student who’s taking the old “college job” to a new level. Andrew Reid not only started his own business, he’s trying to…

It’s time to break our addiction to Big Tourism
Orlando Weekly
According to data provided by Mark Soskin, associate professor of economics at the University of Central Florida, of the 324 counties nationwide with more than …

Gift from Key Biscayne couple funds $5M house for University of …
South Florida Business Journal
Key Biscayne couple John and Mary Lou Dasburg made the lead gift for the construction of the University of Florida president’s house.

Vigilante case highlights debate over rights of crime victims
Orlando Sentinel
Bob Dekle, a University of Florida law professor, said the right to make a so-called citizen’s arrest exists across the country.

‘Magic’ Johnson has message of hope for AIDS patients during
The service is being offered by Simply Healthcare Plans in partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.

City Councilor earns master’s degree
Tampa Bay Newspapers
SEMINOLE – Councilor Patricia Plantamura raised a glass to the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the center of the University of South Florida campus.

Releases and Web Stories

Black PR Wire (press release)
(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI GARDENS, FL [September 17, 2013] – Continuing in the pursuit of excellence, Florida Memorial University (FMU) proudly welcomes 

Apple’s VP of Education Speaks to More than 200 Industry Leaders at Florida Polytechnic’s First Industry Partners Summit
Florida Polytechnic University today held its first Industry Partner Summit bringing together nearly 90 leaders from 40 innovating companies to help shape the university’s future curriculum. Representatives from companies like Cisco Systems, Harris Corporation, Boeing Spectrolab, Staples and Prolexic engaged in roundtable discussions to define priorities for degree concentrations including Big Data, Cloud Virtualization, Health Informatics, Cyber Gaming, Machine Intelligence and Nanotechnology. The Summit culminated with a keynote address by John Couch, Apple’s Vice President of Education, to more than 200 attendees.

Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to speak at UF Sept. 26
University of Florida
ACCENT Speakers Bureau at the University of Florida will bring former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to campus Sept. 26.

Student Health Care Center offers free flu shots to students
University of Florida
University of Florida students can obtain a free flu shot and pick up giveaways at the UF Student Health Care Center’s flu shot kickoff event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Valencia College to Help Guide the Establishment of Community College in Saudi Arabia
Valencia News
Valencia College has signed an agreement with Princess Noura University (PNU) to develop several Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees that the university would offer at a new women’s community college in Saudi Arabia, the planning of which Valencia would also have a hand in.

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…9/16/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

THE WEEK AHEAD IN WASHINGTON – Congress is back in full force this week with plenty of education issues on the agenda. Both the House and the Senate have education hearings scheduled. The Senate kicks off Higher Education Act reauthorization with the first of 12 planned hearings, this one on accreditation, on Thursday, and holds an executive session on the schedule to consider the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the House has two education hearings on the schedule: ‘Improving Access and Affordability through Innovative Partnerships’ on Wednesday and a discussion of career and technical education on Friday.


– At liberal arts colleges, a growing emphasis on career services. The New York Times Magazine:

State University System

BOG moves to performance-based funding for universities
Performance-based funding is finally starting to take root for Florida’s public universities. The Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 public universities, adopted a 10-metric system on Thursday that will be the starting point for how Florida State, Florida A&M and their sister institutions will in part be funded…

Students who linger face huge tuition hikes
Sun Sentinel
Students who take a lot of classes at Florida universities get hit withbig bills under law designed to get students out of college soon…

FAMU Ice Cream Social for Bright Futures
Florida A&M along with The Florida Lottery honored their Bright Future scholarship recipients today with an ice cream social at the FAMU Set.

Schools rev up distracted driving campaigns
On Thursday, AT&T set up a texting and driving simulator at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton…

FGCU gets grant from Target
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University‘s Leadership Summit, a one day program aimed at developing leadership skills, got some help in funding from Target…

State Lawmakers Discuss Voting Rights At FGCU Panel
Florida Gulf Coast University hosted a panel discussion on minorities and politics Thursday…

FIU revives undersea lab, astronauts return to training – slideshow
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Researchers are back inside the confines of the world’s only operational underwater research center thanks to Florida International University.

FSU displays Rembrandt etchings
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Original etchings by the 17th century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn are on display at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee…

Barron unveils plan to link majors, job options
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
It’s easy to imagine Florida Gov. Rick Scott waving pom-poms had he been on hand for Friday’s Florida State University Board of Trustees meeting. FSU President Eric Barron unveiled a 14-page, seven-point plan for job creation and student career success…

Seminole fans turn out for day filled with firsts
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
With an attendance of 73,487 — last year’s game against the University of Florida had an attendance of 70,933 — fans were excited about the home opener…

UCF to offer an industrial engineering program — in Peru
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
The University of Central Florida is poised to offer a bachelor’s degree program in industrial engineering — in Latin America…

UCF student raped at gunpoint outside apartment
Orlando Sentinel
Orange County deputies are searching for a suspect after a 32-year-old University of Central Florida student was raped at gunpoint outside her apartment Friday …

UF libraries to receive more than $300000 for newspaper digitization
Gainesville Sun
The jobs of Florida historians and genealogists will soon be much easier, thanks to a recent grant for the University of Florida libraries…

Skeeterbeaters: Guide for fending mosquitos off
Marco Island Sun Times
According to the University of Florida entomology laboratory, 33 of those are known pests to humans and animals…

The Florida Lottery: A friend to education
The University of Florida, for example, since 1997 has received more than $870.3 million in Bright Futures funds…

Algebra Nation to offer non-Facebook option for Florida schools (blog)
They can thank Algebra Nation, the University of Florida Lastinger Center’s video tutorial program aimed at assisting students to prepare for the state algebra …

UNF students to pitch business ideas with help from CoWork Jax
Business Journal
CoWork Jax, a shared downtown office space for young Jacksonville entrepreneurs, will hold its September FastPitch session at the University of North Florida

USF throttles down campus speed limits
TAMPA — Motorists on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus will soon have to ease up on the gas pedal.

Father shoots, injures adult son during fight at Lutz home
Bay News 9
A man shot and wounded his 26-year-old son during fight after the University of South Florida football game Saturday night, deputies said…

State College System

Florida college joins push for ties with China
Chinadaily USA
Florida-based Broward College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Second Polytechnic University (SSPU) to form an academic partnership that will give Chinese students the opportunity to receive an American education experience aimed at training them to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.

STEM Is Cooking With Solar Power At Chipola College
Given a short time limit and a few household items could you create a solar cooker? High school students at Chipola College did just that on Friday.

Indian River State College Wins $2.9 Million NSF Grant
Novus Light Technologies Today
The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the award of a prestigious $2.9 million (USD) grant to Indian River State College

Treasure Coast school districts, IRSC grapple with funding for 
Stuart News (subscription)
Treasure Coast school officials say high school students taking college courses at Indian River State College shouldn’t notice a difference in the popular dual …

Freedom Tower bash Friday celebrates MDC cultural programs
Miami Dade College will unveil its 2013 Miami Book Fair International poster and celebrate the rebranding of its Cultural Affairs Department…

PSC turns 65 years old today
Today Pensacola State College is turning 65. PSC began September 13th, 1948 as Pensacola Junior College and didn’t become a four year college until 2010.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Embry-Riddle Tests Robotic Security Vehicle at Daytona Beach
A team of Embry-Riddle students and faculty has successfully tested a fully autonomous perimeter-patrol system at Daytona Beach International Airport…

New college options for students with disabilities
Among those Betit mentioned: programs within the University of Arizona and Lynn University in Florida, plus Beacon College, also in Florida…

High School, Private College Sign Agreement
The Ledger
LAKELAND | A $25,000- a-year dual enrollment agreement has been reached between Southeastern University and Lake Gibson High School…

UM cafeteria operator, workers still far apart on wage agreement
At noon Thursday, during the heavy lunch rush, nearly half of the on-duty University of Miami dining hall workers walked off the job to protest for living wages.

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

Byron Dobson: Identify a niche to boost FAMU’s enrollment
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
In August, Florida A&M University‘s interim president, Larry Robinson, marveled at the fact that four students among the graduates in the summer 

Former FAMU Football Player Shot To Death By Police
A former Florida A&M Unitversity football player was killed Saturday morning in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, played for the school in 2009-10 and had recently moved to North Carolina. Early Saturday, he had apparently been in a wreck and was seeking help at a nearby house early Saturday, according to a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn’t recognize the man, called 911…

Officer involved in fatal shooting out on bail
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
[Randall] Kerrick is facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter after the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former FAMU football player.

Florida Southern College Assistant Dean Heralded For Her 
The Ledger
JENNIFER KING is the assistant dean of academic instruction and technology at Florida Southern College in Lakeland…

Florida State University’s unofficial ‘Spider-Man’ follows nature’s lead
Science Codex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Eden Steven, a physicist at Florida State University’s MagLab facility, discovered that simple methods can result in surprising and …

NOW Ensemble will open New Music New College season with new 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Program director Stephen Miles, who is also provost at New College of Florida, built this season’s lineup from performers — individuals and ensembles…

Ilene Fins
The Ledger
As the former Dean of Theatre at Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts and a current drama instructor at Polk State College, Ilene Fins has inspired …

PGA Corridor Association endorses spring training stadium proposal
Palm Beach Post (blog)
The letter is signed by Jean Wihbey, provost of Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus and chairwoman of the association…

SCF to honor teaching pioneer’s 55-year career in Bradenton
Bradenton Herald
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, will honor pioneering professor Pam Stewart at a plaque dedication reception at 1 p.m. Friday…

Gov. Scott appoints new SPC trustee (blog)
For the first time in several years, St. Petersburg College has a full board of trustees. Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Lauralee Westine

Green turtles resurgent in the Southeast
“It’s just a miracle,” said Llewellyn Ehrhart, a University of Central Florida zoologist who has monitored nesting in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge…

Rooney happy to bring football to Ireland
Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney attended the Penn State-University of Central Florida game on Saturday in State College to help launch the Croke Park Classic.

Reaping Rewards Of State Investment In Research Takes Time
Hartford Courant
Gatorade, born at the University of Florida in the mid-1960s, the collaborative creation of researcher Robert Cade and an innovative coach, was one…

Front & Center: Impact of a US strike on Syria
Orlando Sentinel
interview with University of Florida professor Matthew Jacobs, author of “Imagining the Middle East: The Building of An American Foreign Policy, 1918-1967.

UF senior competes for Miss America crown Sunday night despite 
Gainesville Sun
Miss Florida — 20-year-old University of Florida telecommunications senior Myrrhanda Jones — is shown competing in Thursday’s preliminary talent competition …

Florida is employing Asian beetles to control an invasive plant that 
The Republic
“It’s all over the place,” said Jane Morse, a horticultural extension agent with the University of Florida and Pinellas County Extension.

Conan O’Brien Explains Who Gold iPhone is For: Miami Beach Party 
Miami New Times (blog)
Back while I was at University of Miami and taking a class from President Donna Shalala she excused herself to take a call on her gold Motorola Razr…

USF professor makes Popular Science’s ‘Brilliant Ten’ list
STPETERSBURG — As the child of two scientists from New Jersey, she was bitten  Two decades later, the University of South Florida‘s Mya Breitbart is being …

E. Clay Shaw Jr., congressman from Florida, dies at 74
Washington Post
“He was from a district that had a lot of Democrats,” Susan McManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida, said…

College fairs and financial aid nights setup to help parents, students
“We tell students not to fear the fairs,” said Holly Kickliter, director of enrollment at USF St. Petersburg. “We do ask them to come with their top questions…

Avoid the ‘Freshman 15′ with fitness classes
The Voyager
Laura Graham, a registered dietitian, spoke to the University of West Florida athletic teams about how to balance school with a healthy lifestyle…

Releases and Web Stories

New UF President’s House planned; current house to be renovated 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new home for future University of Florida presidents will be built near UF’s law school, with the six-decade-old original president’s house renovated to enhance its current role as an event venue for the university community. The estimated $5 million project will be funded entirely through private support – including a $3.5 million lead gift from UF alumni John and Mary Lou Dasburg, of Key Biscayne. The new house will be named The Dasburg President’s House in recognition of the gift…

Professor’s visual coping with cancer continues to gain widespread 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida journalism professor who documented his journey through cancer in an award-winning film is still gaining praise for his work three years later.