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…