State University System
Judge to decide release of FAMU student records
A circuit judge in Orlando will review student records obtained by detectives investigating the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion and decide if they should be released to the public…
Judge in FAMU hazing cases may teach there
Circuit Judge Marc Lubet, who is presiding over the criminal cases in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, disclosed a potential conflict during a hearing Friday…
FIU library acquires Cuban genealogy collection
Much to the excitement of the Cuban-American community, the Florida International University library has acquired the Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza collection. Even more thrilling is that the university is digitizing the collection and will make it available through the library’s website…
BOG now has almost 50 applicants for Poly board
With the deadline to apply for the new Florida Polytechnic board of trustees now extended through Monday, more applications are rolling in — including the first application in the national search from outside Florida…
Applications pour in for Poly U. board
After an early trickle, applications have poured in from people who want to serve on the first board of trustees for Florida’s 12th university, Florida Polytechnic, in Lakeland. So many came in just before Thursday’s deadline that the state Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, pushed its due date to 4 p.m. Monday…
FSU Medical Students Tour Rural Areas
First-year Florida State University medical students are fanning out across North Florida. The students are exploring rural health care.
Renewed interest in Dozier School investigation
Anthropologists from the University of South Florida are plotting a patch of land known as a mass grave for boys who didn’t survive their time at the school.
Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program
The Bradenton Times
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis…
UWF: Most oil from BP spill gone from Gulf along Panhandle
Pensacola Business Journal
Two years after tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion began washing up on Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, there’s good news: Most of the oil is gone from Florida waters. The fear that vast, gooey tar mats of BP oil are lurking on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico just waiting to be unleashed by a hurricane isn’t valid, according to research by University of West Florida scientists…
State College System
Edison State Board of Trustees selects Dr. Allbritten as District President
The Edison State College District Board of Trustees today unanimously selected Dr. Jeffery Allbritten as the next District President of Edison State College. The Board of Trustees voted to offer Dr. Allbritten a contract that includes a base salary of $263,850 plus benefits, which are valued at 28 percent of the base salary plus a car allowance of $1,000 per month. The total contract is approximately $350,000 with negotiations ongoing…
Edison picks next president, promises “new day”
Edison State College has its new president and for many it’s a familiar face. A little over four months after Dr. Ken Walker was fired for presiding over a string of scandals at Edison the board of trustees turned the reigns over to Dr. Jeffrey Allbritten, who used to be the Collier campus president…
Welcome Home: Former Collier campus leader Allbritten selected as Edison …
Naples Daily News
A year after leaving Edison State College to become president of a Georgia college, Jeffery Allbritten was welcomed back Friday to the Southwest Florida school. He received a standing ovation and was handed the keys to the …
Edison State College chooses Jeff Allbritten for next president
Jeff Allbritten is the next president of Edison State College. The board voted 8-0 for Allbritten…
Major issues await Edison State president
Getting the job was the easier part. Restoring grandeur to Southwest Florida’s oldest institution of higher education is going to take some work. Jeff Allbritten knows that. On Friday, the 48-year-old former math professor was tabbed as Edison State College’s fourth permanent president in the school’s 50-year history…
GCSC Nursing Graduates Get 100% Job Placement
The demand for nurses keeps calling, and Gulf Coast State College keeps answering. This week, the largest class of graduates from the 12-year-old Practical Nursing Program at the Gulf/Franklin Campus will pause for their …
You’re likely on videotape lots more than you realize
A Santa Fe College student pulls a gun on someone in the food court. It is recorded on recently installed security cameras…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Gene Frenette: JU stuggles to cope with death of lacrosse player
Florida Times-Union (blog)
After Cameron Mann hung up the phone with Jacksonville University lacrosse teammate Corey Lovrich around midnight Wednesday, he suspected Lovrich had about a week or two left. Doctors were going to try a different chemotherapy on Friday. The conversation ended with Mann telling him he’d “call tomorrow.”
Police: Driver who hit security guard sought
Police said a Rollins College security guard was in a crosswalk on Fairbanks Avenue near Park Avenue around 1:30 am, when someone driving a grey Honda hit him. The security guard is expected to be okay. Police said they were able to get the tag number
Spec Martin stadium upgrades scheduled in July
Daytona Beach News-Journal
More than $2 million in improvements to Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, where Stetson University will begin playing football in 2013, could begin in July when new lighting is installed…
Mayor talks to UM, Jackson heads about bitter contract dispute
University of Miami facilities and Jackson Health System have co-existed for the past 59 years as Jackson leaders try to shrink the $130 million it pays to UM each year after the long suspicion of UM shifting some paying patients from financially …
Sheriff’s ‘intel team’ cracks cases inside jail
Recently, detectives fitted in one of the team’s jigsaw pieces to identify, after nearly three years, the man they said shot to death University of Tampa student Ryan McCall…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from around the State
Editorial: Edison State College starts anew with Albritten as president
The board of trustees chose Allbritten as the institution’s fourth president on Friday. He is charged with meeting the faculty, students and community members’ expectations to restore the school’s tarnished public image and to develop effective means …
Owens: FAMU is another case of circling the wagons
On Nov. 5, former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of molesting eight boys over a 15-year span. That included an alleged rape in a campus shower…
Editorial: FAMU must face the music and dump the hazing tradition
Hazing is the ugly underbelly of college. Whether it’s the price of admission to a fraternity or membership in an outstanding marching band, hazing continues and sometimes is fatal. The practice is nothing more than gussied-up assault. Those who perpetrate it should be treated like the violent criminals they are…
Despite the burden, degree still worth the investment
Soaring student-loan debt is raising red flags for economists, who warn that it could be “the next debt bomb” to derail the fragile recovery. U.S. student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark, surpassing what is owed on credit cards and auto loans. The average for individual borrowers is $25,250 and the default rate is 8.8 percent — a real cause for concern by the American taxpayer because most student loans are either issued by or guaranteed by the U.S. government… Robert J. Stilley is chair of the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees.
Editorial: Partnership between Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College must evolve for the benefit of Treasure Coast Staudents
If the Treasure Coast is to continue evolving into Florida’s Research Coast, a key component must be higher education opportunities that help launch St. Lucie County students into careers directly related to that effort as well as careers that complement that effort…
Editorial: Jupiter then, Jupiter now
Palm Beach Post
Whatever one Palm Beach County commissioner did six years ago to put The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Scripps is where it belongs now. In 2006, Addie Greene tied her deciding vote for Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus to $5 million in pledges from north county businesses. The money would go to a fund. It would provide biotechnology-related job opportunities to …
Where is the board in FSCJ’s issues?
The president of Florida State College at Jacksonville paints a grim picture of FSCJ’s finances. Its enrollment, now at 25,775, has grown by 37 percent in the last five years while state funding per student has dropped by 35 percent in those five years…
Viewpoint: UWF and Scenic Hills a creative win-win
Pensacola Business Journal
Students who attend the University of West Florida don’t have to be upperclassmen or graduate students to practice what they learn in the classroom. They have the opportunity to work in labs and with renowned faculty from the time they arrive as …
2nd retirement no more an option for state workers
State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan will become the first state employee to collect more than $1.1 million when he completes DROP in August 2015. Brogan, who has served as education commissioner, lieutenant governor and president of Florida Atlantic University, will also receive an annual six-figure pension. Brogan, who is not a double-dipper, started as a public school teacher and will benefit from the intent of the original DROP legislation aimed at keeping talented employees in the public arena…
Bush, Wasserman-Schultz debate value of Scripps-Torey Pines-FAU higher ed …
[Jeb] Bush says he believes research is one of the few areas government should be involved in funding. He says the Scripps partnership with Florida Atlantic University and the Torrey Pines Institute has created several spin-off jobs due to its research functions. He added that that had the state not invested in research it probably would have spent the money elsewhere, possibly creating recurring deficits…
Offseason discounts expected to keep Palm Beach County tourist attractions …
Palm Beach Post
And if gas prices stay on the downturn, people may splurge on more weekend trips, said Peter Ricci, who directs the hospitality management program at Florida Atlantic University…
Venus to cross sun in rare celestial event
“This is your last chance to see it,” said Eric Vandernoot, astronomy coordinator at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “No one alive today will see it again.”
Marta Montenegro: If You Want to Live Longer, Check Your Heart Rate Recovery
According to Richard Lopez, Ph.D., professor in Exercise Sciences at Florida International University, “Heart rate recovery, or the amount of time required before the exercise heart rate returns to a predetermined level is inversely correlated to one’s aerobic capacity.”
Replacing a face: costly, difficult, doable
“The loss of the face is one of the most devastating injuries because in so many ways it defines our identity,” said plastic surgeon Chad Perlyn, an assistant professor in the surgery department at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. “He has a long road back, both physically and psychologically.’’
‘Miami zombie’ Rudy Eugene face-chewing attack video spawns dark humor, jokes …
Eugenio Rothe, a professor at Florida International University, added that social media is merely a new vehicle to release the anxiety that comes with dealing with a terrifying event. Social media’s sense of anonymity further fuels the black humor. ”You can be more anonymous and not have to compromise yourself,” he said. “The anonymity lets a person become even more outrageous.”
Florida ‘stand your ground’ law yields some shocking outcomes depending on how …
All of a sudden, you’re a tough guy and can be aggressive,” said George Kirkham, a professor emeritus at Florida State University who has worked as a police officer…
Mandated Holocaust education depends on donors to survive
Lynn University assistant professor Martin Phillips and his film students explore this approach to paying for Holocaust education by visiting Palm Beach and …
Venus transit Tuesday offers twice-in-a-lifetime event
Even at nearly 93 million miles from Earth, “the sun is so bright, it can overload the optic nerve and within minutes of staring at it you could go blind,” notes James Albury, coordinator of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College.
Stetson faculty chosen to receive grants
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Stetson University faculty members Paul Croce, Bill Nylen and Nathan Wolek have been selected for Fulbright Scholar grants to travel abroad to teach and conduct research during the 2012-13 academic year…
Students takeover legislative chambers for annual mock-legislature session
This speaker’s name is Brian Emory, a student at Stetson University. “I’m actually an accounting major. Politics is kind of a hobby of mine,” he said during a Model Legislature exercise at the state Capitol.
Florida Voting Restrictions Blocked By Judge
“We hope our elected officials will stop trying to prevent us from voting and focus instead on helping young people and other Floridians exercise our fundamental right to make our voices heard,” said Anna Eskamani, a senior at the University of Central Florida.
Race’s complex role
“I don’t think judges or prosecutors or whoever works in the field of criminal justice is consciously saying black life is worth less than that of other ethnicities,” said Kareem Jordan, a criminologist at the University of Central Florida.
Michael Jordan’s Son Propositioned A Porn Star On Twitter
Marcus Jordan is the son of basketball uber-great Michael Jordan, and not a bad player himself — he led the University of Central Florida in scoring last year as a sophomore. Either way, he’s way better at playing basketball than he is at using Twitter…
Man’s death spurs more questions on police Taser use
CED use increases the severity and probability of injury for citizens — and decreases it for law enforcement, according to a study released this month and authored by University of Central Florida criminal-justice researcher Eugene Paoline…
Profits signal mild recovery continuing
It may be a little premature, however, to give the “all clear” signal for Florida banks, said Stanley D. Smith, a finance professor and banking expert at the University of Central Florida…
May Jobs Report: Hiring Slows, Unemployment Rises
KTSM News Channel 9
“It’s not like businesses are being swamped with demands for goods and services,” said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida.
Workers: State blocks unemployment benefits
Palm Beach Post
Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist, generally agreed, saying the federal government conducts a monthly survey to measure the extent of unemployment in the country. The survey sample size is large enough to yield a jobless rate.
Area Teens, College Students May Be In for a Tough Summer Job Hunt
“We’ve seen some marginal improvements in the labor market, but not anything that’s going to greatly improve the outlook for youth employment this summer,” said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith.
Once plentiful in local waters, the giant sawfish faces threats
Daytona Beach News-Journal
“Sawfish are ridiculously cool,” said [George] Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida. “Even though I love sharks, it’s kind of hard to beat a sawfish for sexiness. They’re marvelous.
Millions More Facebook Shares Coming Soon
IPOs suffer 2% declines, on average, in the wake of a lock-up expiration, says Jay Ritter, professor of finance at the University of Florida…
Porn & Relationships: Men’s Pornography Use Tied To Lower Self-Esteem In …
The study bolsters some anecdotal evidence that men’s porn use can shake the self-esteem of their girlfriends or wives, though certainly not all couples have conflicts over pornography, said study researcher Destin Stewart, a clinical psychology intern at the University of Florida.
Wisconsin recall election may offer insight on Florida Gov. Scott’s fate
Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political scientist who has extensively studied ballot initiatives, said Ohio and Wisconsin differ from Florida in a major way, since both allow voters recourse when they disagree with actions by their governors or state lawmakers.
Lawyer Tells Elections Supervisors: Stop Purge of Ineligible Voters
“There is no other explanation except this is trying to gin up the conspiracy theory that the election’s going to be stolen,” said University of Florida political science professor Dan Smith, a voting rights expert…
Tax increase won’t solve pension crisis
Professor Michael Hallett of the University of North Florida needs to think deeper before calling for a property tax increase to pay for local pension debt. Jacksonville taxpayers face more than $1 billion in debt from unfunded pension liabilities…
Jacksonville area’s job growth trails other cities
“One of the reasons Jacksonville’s growth hasn’t been that large is because we have such a large financial sector and that’s an area where things have grown more slowly,” said University of North Florida economist Paul Mason.
Audit report critical of Special Events
Jacksonville Daily Record
Theresa O’Donnell Price was the City director of special events, but left City employment in September after [Mayor Alvin] Brown took office. She joined the University of North Florida as the director of major events Jan. 9.
Hope McMath makes the Cummer more inclusive and wins EVE Award in Employment
“She’s brought democracy to the museum,” said Lynne Raiser, professor emeritus at the University of North Florida who nominated McMath for the award. “Hope has come in and made it available to everyone.”
After gory incidents, talk of ‘zombie apocalypse’ grows
Symbolic of both infection and evil, zombies are terrifying in a way that other horror-movie iconography isn’t, says Elizabeth Bird, an anthropologist at the University of South Florida. Zombies, after all, look like us. But they aren’t.
Florida Voter Rules Assailed by Judge, Justice Department
“The integrity of the election system is being challenged by both ends of the political spectrum,” Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor who studies voter demographics, said in an interview.
Volusia, Flagler candidates line up in big election year
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The outcome could go a long way toward showing just how strong the tea party influence remains within the Republican Party, said Susan MacManus, a political scientist with the University of South Florida.
Will Weatherford’s tenure as House speaker will benefit Pasco County
University of South Florida supporters credit [Will] Weatherford with restoring drastic cuts to the Tampa campus during a battle this spring with Sen. JD Alexander of Lake Wales…
Shannon Nickinson: Positive side to a hurricane
Pensacola Business Journal
Using tree rings, University of West Florida researcher Jason Ortegren is studying the drought-busting impact of the landfall of tropical storm systems…
Releases and Web Stories
Hurricane Season Is Here, and Florida State University Scientists Predict an …
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — Scientists at the Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) have released their fourth annual Atlantic hurricane season forecast, using a unique computer model with a knack for predicting hurricanes …
Nova Southeastern University Names William Stanton as Interim Executive …
MarketWatch (press release)
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the appointment of William “Bill” Stanton to the position of interim executive director of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale.
Brand Advance Launches New UCF Apartments Website with over 60 Properties to …
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Brand Advance, an Orlando Internet Marketing agency, has launched a website to help University of Central Florida students find and learn about the numerous apartments near UCF.