FL Board of Governors Tuition Appeals Committee: Friday, June 29
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State University System
FAMU Board Approves Funds to Battle Negative Image
FAMU‘s trustees have approved a big financial boost for the university’s communications team. With all the negative press surrounding the hazing death of Robert Champion, the school is hoping to start talking more about the positive things at the university…
FAU students learn to trap Burmese pythons
Burmese pythons: Florida Atlantic University students learn to trap Burmese pythons at training held at FAU’s Davie campus…
Emails Between Senator’s Wife and USF Officials Raises Sunshine Law Questions
An email exchange between Sen. J.D. Alexander’s wife and two former University of South Florida administrators accidentally fell into the light of the Sunshine Law, and appears to be about communicating with potential Florida Polytechnic University employees. The emails are between Cindy Alexander, a member of Florida Poly Vision, and former polytechnic employees Alice Murray and Maggie Mariucci.
USF Employees Struggle With Closing, Would-Be Celebration Ends Up a Grim Affair
The University of South Florida treated Lakeland campus employees to a luncheon Thursday, as a way of “Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future.” But it was clear from the long faces that nobody felt like a party, no matter how good the barbecue smelled and tasted. On Sunday, Florida Polytechnic University officially takes ownership of property and funding that was previously allocated for the campus once known as USF Polytechnic…
State College System
King Center for Performing Arts Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Maxwell C. King Center for Performing Arts [Brevard College] is pleased to announce its 25th anniversary of excellent performing arts and entertainment on the Space Coast, according to a King Center for Performing Arts press release…
Retraining program for veterans available at Daytona State
Certain military veterans have a new option for enrollment at Daytona State College using a specialized grant beginning July 1. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is designed for unemployed …
GCSC nursing graduates get 100 percent job placement
Port St. Joe Star
The demand for nurses keeps calling, and Gulf Coast State College keeps answering.
Study: PSC Students Succeeding at Universities
According to a report by the Florida College System, Polk State ranked tops out of 28 state and community colleges in grade-point averages earned in the …
TCC wins $100K Walmart PRESS for Completion grant
WTXL ABC 27
Tallahassee Community College was selected as one of 15 community colleges across the country to win a $100000 Walmart PRESS for Completion grant.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach at odds over Municipal …
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Although practices start in a month and tickets are already on sale, Bethune-Cookman University’s football team still doesn’t have an agreement with the city to use Municipal Stadium this fall for games…
Lynn University gets $1.2M toward soccer stadium
Palm Beach Post
Lynn University announced a new $1.2 million gift toward the building of a new soccer stadium. The stadium will be named for the donor, Bobby Campbell of Boca Raton, who heads BBC International, a footwear company…
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Northwood changes program name to Hospitality Management
Midland Daily News
For the 2012 fall semester, Northwood University is changing the name of its Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management program to the Hospitality Management program. This will be a system-wide change affecting all residential and satellite campuses, …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices From Around the State
Editorial: Wanted: Superhero
In other words, the University of Florida‘s presidential search is commencing amid a changing landscape of diminished resources, more intense political meddling and great expectations all around. Put that way, UF doesn’t need a president. It needs a superhero…
Mark R. Howard: System failure
Until the past legislative session, USF Polytechnic in Lakeland was on a well-mapped road to independence from its parent, the University of South Florida. The Legislature’s decision to ram the school down the state’s throat as a full-fledged Florida Polytechnic University was unnecessary and unwise. The arrogance and ambition of one man, Sen. J.D. Alexander, prevailed against both a host of wiser, better-intentioned people and just plain common sense…
Henry Lewis III: Congress should keep access to college a reality
Young people’s dreams of higher education may be slipping away, and that is no small matter for any of us…Henry Lewis III is the 12th president of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.
AMU President Towey: “The Fight Continues” Over Religious Liberty
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University will continue its fight against provisions of the federal health care law that it believes violate religious freedom, university President Jim Towey said Thursday in a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act…
Cleve Warren appointed to FAMU board of trustees
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Local businessman and education advocate Cleve Warren has been appointed Florida A&M University‘s Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors…
ENCORE: FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw
WGCU Public Media
Recognized as a problem solver and motivator with a vision to lead, Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, President of Florida Gulf Coast University, talks about the challenges and opportunities both students and the institutions face…
Jacksonville-area hospital executives praise Supreme Court …
Jonathan Lyon, a professor of business and finance at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Kent Campus, who has taught courses on insurance for 30 years, said the law probably will benefit both the employees and the owners of small businesses, with less than 25 employees, “who may see some tax benefits.”
Local figures react to healthcare ruling
Paolo Annino, clinical professor and co-director of the Florida State University Public Interest Law Center, called this “one of the major decisions in American jurisprudence.”
Funding an issue in Fla. wrongful convictions
San Francisco Chronicle
“It seems to me they have done a very good job of laying out a sensible agenda,” said Florida State University President Emeritus Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, who had filed a petition on behalf of 68 lawyers that asked the high court to create the commission. D’Alemberte, also a former American Bar Association president and ex-legislator who still teaches law at Florida State, said he was pleasantly surprised with the focus on funding. It wasn’t something he had identified “as a grand theme” when asking for the commission, D’Alemberte said.
Ulla Searing, Sarasota philanthropist, dies at 99
Ulla Searing, who will be remembered not only for her millions of dollars in gifts to Sarasota arts and educational institutions over nearly four decades, but for her elegant personal style and her commitment to her friends, died Thursday morning. Sometimes called the “mother of the arts” in Sarasota, Searing’s financial support of the arts and education topped $25 million. Her gifts included underwriting a new wing and endowing a curatorial position at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; establishment of a “fund for academic excellence” at New College of Florida; the largest individual gift ever made to the Ringling College of Art and Design; and even the purchase of a million-dollar tent for Circus Sarasota.
Nova Law Prof, Fired After Gun Talk, Fights to Regain His Job
The National Law Journal covers the case of Anthony Chase, a former tenured professor at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Florida. The suit claims the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing Chase based on its perception of a mental disability. The complaint also claims the school breached Chase’s contract for employment under the tenure system.
Law Professor Fired Over Gun Jokes
Take Anthony Chase, who was fired from his tenured position at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. He made what he later called jokes about bringing his berretta to school, only to find himself fired by mail a bit later…
Economists see multiple eurozone exits
“It may take an exit of a country to ‘scare straight’ the remaining members of the euro,” said Sean Snaith, economics professor at University of Central Florida…
Health care ruling could boost Bondi’s standing
[Pam] Bondi could suffer partisan backlash, too, but likely not as much, said Aubrey Jewett, a University of Central Florida political scientist who’s politically neutral.
UF alumnus sought in connection with New York murder
Gainesville Sun (blog)
A University of Florida law alumnus is being sought in the murder of his former girlfriend in New York City. Multiple New York media outlets are reporting that UF law alumnus Jason Bohn, 33, had been accused of several instances of domestic abuse against Danielle Thomas before she was found dead Tuesday. Thomas, 27, was a graduate of UF’s online MBA program. They met while tailgating at a Gator football game…
Flavor Is Price Of Scarlet Hue Of Tomatoes, Study Finds
New York Times
The discovery “is one piece of the puzzle about why the modern tomato stinks,” said Harry Klee, a tomato researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville who was not involved in the research.
Man who chewed on other’s face not on ‘bath salts’
“It could have been the strain of marijuana that increases the dopamine in the brain, such as sativa,” said Dr. Patricia Junquera, assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine…
Some South Florida healthcare leaders applaud Supreme Court ruling
“This is a big win,” said Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami who in the 1990s tried and failed to get healthcare reforms through when she was secretary of Health and Human Services for the Clinton administration.
NE Florida employers cutting fewer jobs
St. Augustine Record
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason calls it a “bumpy monthly trend that has been mostly downward” since the worst of the recession. He said the decline is a good sign…
Debby wreaks havoc on area beaches
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Dr. Ping Wang with the University of South Florida’s Geology Department released his initial field observations June 26 from a June 25 inspection of area beaches…
Supreme Court ruling could bring relief for many Floridians, uncertainty for …
“It creates a bona fide safety net that we didn’t have before,” said Jay Wolfson, a health policy expert at the University of South Florida. ”This doesn’t guarantee 100 percent immediate coverage or access to care for all Americans. But it paves the way for increased access and more affordable access in a way that wasn’t possible before.”
The individual mandate is by far the least popular part of the law, said Jay Wolfson, associate vice president of health law, policy and safety at the University of South Florida.
Suspect accused of killing UT student back in Tampa
Bay News 9
The suspect accused of shooting and killing University of Tampa student Ryan McCall was booked into the Orient Road Jail at 7 p.m. Thursday. According to Tampa Police, David Earl Williams Jr., 22, was transferred from a Miami prison where he was serving a prison sentence for strong-armed robbery and two home burglaries that he committed within weeks after McCall’s death…
Local reaction: Obama win on health care draws praise, fire
Pensacola Business Journal
Dr. Bob Hoyt, a retired Navy physician and director of Medical Informatics at the University of West Florida, said despite the imperfections within the law “… at least we are making some effort to make the health care system better…
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College student wins Italian design contest
ReadMedia (press release)
A design by Flagler College student Victoria Hardina was recently selected as the logo for the Italy Writes program…
Addressing The Unprecedented Challenges Facing US Research Universities Today…
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Research Universities Futures Consortium, a group of 25 leading U.S. public and private research universities, announced today the findings of a new study: The Current Health and Future Well-Being of the American University. The study, funded by Elsevier, outlines the critical challenges faced by U.S. research universities today and calls for collaborative action, suggesting a shift of focus towards productivity. It also identifies the need for better information and cohesive strategies to address these challenges effectively in order to sustain U.S. competitive advantage…Participating universities include: Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, Duke University, Emory University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University, University of California, University of California – Riverside, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Georgia, University of Maryland – College Park, University of Minnesota, University of Rochester, University of South Florida, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, University of Texas – Austin, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Washington State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University.
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz is the new dean of Stetson University College of Law
PR Newswire (press release)
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz is the new dean of Stetson University College of Law…
Fitch Affirms University of Central Florida’s Health Center Revs at ‘AA-’
MarketWatch (press release)
Fitch Affirms University of Central Florida’s Health Center Revs at ‘AA-’. NEW YORK, Jun 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘AA-’ rating on approximately $5.9 million of student health center revenue bonds issued by the State of …