State University System
Gov. Scott lays out strict guidelines for any state university seeking a tuition hike this year
Palm Beach Post
As Florida Atlantic University and other schools proposed dramatic cuts, Gov. Rick Scott laid out strict guidelines Tuesday for any state university seeking a tuition hike this year. Staggered by a $300 million cut in the state budget signed last week by Scott, Florida universities have been planning to ask the State University System’s Board of Governors in June for tuition increases of as much as 15 percent to help offset the loss of state money…
Florida International University doubles size of Brickell center
Less than a year after Florida International University Downtown on Brickell opened in a 32,000-square-foot center, it will almost double its space. FIU signed a 10-year, $12 million lease last August with Florida East Coast Realty for three floors at 1101 Brickell Ave. after six years at Macy’s downtown. The center now houses programs of the College of Business Administration, School of International and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Metropolitan Center. These include MBA and master of science programs in international real estate and finance and the healthcare MBA…
University of Florida Announces Plan to Save Computer Science Department
My blog post from April 22, in which I criticized the University of Florida for its plans to eliminate the Computer Science Department, had hundreds of thousands of views and spurred multiple news articles in local and national media outlets…
Use reserves, don’t slash budgets, protesters cry
University of Florida students and faculty rallied Wednesday to call on administrators to tap reserves and prevent $38.2 million in planned budget cuts…
UNF will run the show for pair of big-time track events
The University of North Florida is ready for a month unlike anything the campus has ever seen. The school is hosting the Florida High School Athletic Association’s state track and field championships, which begin this week with the Class 1A (Friday) and Class 2A (Saturday) fields. Classes 3A and 4A follow next week before the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championship East preliminaries May 24-26.
USF event sets world record for speed dating
It was an unconventional pick-up line in an unusual setting. ”What do you want to do before you die?” Cross setting a world record off that list. Two hundred and eighty-eight people at the University of South Florida set a Guinness World Record Wednesday for the largest speed mixer ever…
USF probe targets former chancellor
After investigating possible business improprieties at USF Polytechnic, University of South Florida officials are recommending the dismissal of two senior administrators and further investigation of former …
Report details financial mismanagement at USF Poly
Two top administrators at the University of South Florida Polytechnic are facing dismissal following an investigation into complaints about financial mismanagement at the Lakeland campus. And the former leader of the school, Marshall Goodman, could soon be under further investigation himself… In the end, investigators recommended that USF fire both Alice Murray, campus regional vice chancellor for planning and facilities, and Josh Bresler, who handled the campus budget. Both, the findings said, knowingly violated university policies…
UWF’s new course corners heritage tourism, Scenic Hills golf course
Pensacola News Journal
An ambitious new strategy to attract the rapidly growing cultural heritage tourism market to downtown Pensacola was unveiled by the University of West Florida on Tuesday. Speaking to the Downtown Rotary Club, UWF Vice President Matt Altier outlined a plan with a price tag of some $50 million that would leverage the 28 buildings the university owns within the Historic Pensacola Village to develop a robust tourist-based economy around those properties…
PENSACOLA – There are centuries worth of history in Pensacola, buried like a …
The University of West Florida says opening that treasure chest could be a windfall for the area. 3 million people a year visit historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 4 million travel to Charleston, South Carolina…
State College System
Aspen program rates CF among nation’s top 10 percent
The College of Central Florida received the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence for the second year in a row, one of only 120 colleges in the country to win the award.
Campus mourns slain students
MyFox Tampa Bay
Polk State College is in a state of mourning after two of their students were shot dead and a third was severely wounded…
Victims in Winter Haven shooting attended Polk State College
Three Polk State College students were shot – two fatally – Tuesday night as the gunman’s 6-year-old daughter watched, officials said. The suspect, Joshua Davis, 32, told investigators he and the three victims were smoking marijuana together and he shot them to protect his daughter, although police found no evidence the attack was provoked. Joe S. Palacios and Christian Rodriguez, both 19, were killed, and Esteban Zavala, 19, was in serious but stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Winter Haven police chief calls Joshua Davis a “cold-blooded killer”
WTSP 10 News
The three are 19-year-old students at Polk State College in Winter Haven. Hester tells reporters in a press conference Wednesday morning, “This killer is cold, not remorseful, a straight matter of fact and straight forward about his action…
Independent College and University System
Dodgeball Targets: Princeton Review List
Searching for a college that celebrates TI-83 calculators, gaming, outcasts and marathon games of Magic: The Gathering? Search no more. According to the Princeton Review, the New College of Florida in Sarasota is a school for “dodgeball targets” (which we can only assume is a compliment, since we were that)…
In Concert: Salt-N-Pepa lead a throwback hip-hop show at Nova Southeastern
Palm Beach Post
Cheryl ‘Salt’ James and Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton — headline the Legends of Hip Hop show on Saturday at Nova Southeastern University.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Our Opinion: Promoting ‘green’
In fact, Tallahassee is addressing healthier environments on many fronts, from buses used for schools and public transportation to recycling efforts in schools and a multitude of programs established at Florida State and Florida A&M universities and at Tallahassee Community College…
Goodman: In Florida, Higher Education Priorities Questioned
My wife and I spent most of the last three years in China, and one thing that hit us again and again was how seriously the Chinese take education…
Letter: Why gut universities while creating another?
Palm Beach Post
The article, “Scott OKs new university despite $300 million in cuts,” reported that the same budget that resulted in cutting $300 million from the State University System created another state university, University of South Florida Polytechnic. Gov. Scott argued, “At a time when the number of graduates of Florida’s universities in the (science, technology, engineering and medicine) fields is not projected to meet workforce needs, the establishment of Florida Polytechnic University will help us move the needle in the right direction.”… Ingrid Johanson – Boca Raton
Letter: Muslim lecture presented misleading picture of the religion
So, I was really interested in a lecture, “On Being Muslim in America” by Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University, sponsored by the Fielder Institute for Lifelong Learning of Indian River State College…Edwin J. Stuart – Stuart
New Sarasota shopping mall signals upswing in retail
“Anytime you build a mall that big, you’re anticipating strong future demand,” said Gary Jackson, an economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and director of the Regional Economic Research Institute.
VP buzz gives Rubio a national audience
If not now, he is interested in a greater role down the road, and this is a way to build a national presence,” said Eduardo Gamarra, an expert on international politics at Florida International University.
SOUTH FLORIDA HOUSING: Price plunge ‘hits bottom’
Palm Beach Post
The optimism was echoed by Florida International University real estate economist Ken Johnson, who began predicting a bottom in November when prices hit 2002 levels. “It just makes really strong financial sense to buy right now,” Johnson said.
Fla. Forever marches quietly in tough times
The beach at Caladesi Island State Park was named the second best in the nation by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research…
Scientist claims discovery of “G-spot”structure, other experts unconvinced
“This study confirmed the anatomic existence of the G-spot, which may lead to a better understanding and improvement of female sexual function,” [Adam] Ostrzenski, who had previously been a professor of gynecology at Florida International University, said in a written statement.
10 fun facts about Marco Rubio
..Teaches political science at Florida International University in Miami, where he’s been a professor since leaving the state legislature in 2008.
Colleges announce commencement speakers
Inside Higher Ed
Lynn University: Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation…
New College students win Fulbright Awards
WWSB ABC 7
Four New College of Florida students are taking their education global. The students are all Fulbright Award recipients, and will be heading overseas to study in various fields including economics, biology and English…This year’s Fulbright winners are Kathleen McQueeney of Boynton Beach, who will travel to Netherlands to study macroeconomics; Christopher Mulholland of Bradenton, who will research biology in Germany; Susanna Payne-Passmore of Philadelphia, Pa., who will head to Georgia to introduce American culture to students; and Dana Ziegler of Niceville, who is headed to Indonesia to teach English.
Graduate student’s swordfish study is a first
A Nova Southeastern University graduate student is working on the first scientific study of the movements and survival of juvenile swordfish caught and released in their Florida Straits nursery. Jenny Fenton said it’s too early to draw any conclusions from the two-year study of 16 young swordfish equipped with pop-up satellite tags; she hopes to tag four more before she completes her master’s thesis.
Saint Leo alum set to speak
Jennifer Carroll will speak at one of three commencement ceremonies planned for this weekend at Saint Leo University. Carroll, who received her master’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo, will address the 9 a.m. Saturday commencement for graduate degree recipients…
SFCC faculty member taken into custody by HCSO
Debbie Bell, public information officer for South Florida Community College, confirmed Wednesday morning that William C. Morrison Jr., the lead instructor for the new bachelor’s degree program, was taken into custody by law enforcement officers Tuesday afternoon while on campus…
Study applauds MLB hiring of minorities; gender equity gets C+
Baseball received its fourth straight A for race hiring in the annual report by Richard Lapchick‘s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida…
The city of Titusville turned down Comedy Central comedian Daniel Tosh from tosh.o
WTSP 10 News
Tosh was born May 29, 1975, in Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany, and grew up in Titusville. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1996 with a degree in marketing…
High salt intake linked to higher stroke risk
CAUSE-EFFECT UNCLEAR “We can’t definitively draw conclusions about cause-and-effect,” said Hannah Gardener, a researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine who led the study…
Haiti president says he came close to death
He spent two days at the University of Miami Hospital. Dr. Reginald Pereira, who joined Martelly on the broadcast, said he’s awaiting additional tests before he allows the president to return to Haiti…
Jacksonville unemployment rate falls below 9% in March
Jacksonville Daily Record
University of North Florida economics professor Paul Mason, who adjusts the state’s reported numbers for seasonal factors, said the February rate was 9.18 percent and the March 2011 rate was 10.8 percent.
Two USF inventors are finalists for $50000 prize
The finalists include the “eCath” developed by Phil Hipol and Stuart Hart at USF. The Sun said their electronic catheter stethoscope allows doctors to hear inside the body using non-invasive electronic sensors attached to a catheter.
Book: Election Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion
A book, authored by a former Mormon and current assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tampa, explains Mormon beliefs and is set to debut next month. The title is “Could I Vote For A Mormon For President? Election Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion.” The author, Ryan Cragun, is a Tampa, FL resident and 35-years of age…
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College professor speaks at archaeology conference
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (04/25/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College Assistant Professor William Locascio presented a paper on “The Emergence of Social Hierarchies in Pre-Columbian Central America” at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in …
Boss Global Media Signs Coach Howard Schnellenberger for Endorsement …
MarketWatch (press release)
POMPANO BEACH, Fla., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Corporate sponsorship and marketing consulting group Boss Global Media has added legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger to its growing list of sports icons. BGM will be supporting the recently retired coach as he moves in a new, exciting direction in his post-career. Coach Schnellenberger currently serves as the Ambassador at large for Florida Atlantic University. The championship winning coach is seeking to land endorsement opportunities that take advantage of his notoriety and admiration within professional and college football. Well-known for his gruff, Kentucky-accented baritone, Schnellenberger is also pursuing voice-over and acting roles…
UF president issues statement to university community regarding budget
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following statement from University of Florida President Bernie Machen regarding the budget was sent Wednesday to the university community: Every college and administrative unit across campus has been engaged over the past few weeks in identifying $38.2 million in spending reductions necessary to meet our FY 2012-13 budget. After five years of cuts, we have lost almost 25 percent of University of Florida’s state support. Finding the necessary cost savings has been increasingly difficult each year. This year is the most challenging yet as we work to do more with less and make the cuts in such a way as to preserve the quality of education at the University of Florida…
University of Florida-Led Research Team Selected for $125 Million Joint US …
Lab Manager Magazine
A University of Florida-led research team has been selected to participate in a five-year, $125 million energy project involving the United States and India, US Department of Energy officials have announced…