State University System
Federal judge says legal residents can’t be forced to pay out-of-state tuition …
A Federal judge in Miami ruled Tuesday that Florida can no longer charge out-of-state tuition to students who are legal residents but have parents who are not. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore said the current practice is at odds with the equal protection clause in the Constitution, which says people in similar circumstances “shall be treated alike.”
A 13th University? A Look at the ‘Next Frontier’ in Florida Higher Education …
Sunshine State News
While the new heads of committees and the agenda for the 2013 session have yet to be determined, there are signs that next year’s education battles in the Florida Legislature will center around the state university system, as lawmakers debate how to raise much-needed funds and whether to create the Sunshine State’s first online university…
FAMU Suspends Dance Team After Hazing Reports
Florida A&M University, still reeling from the hazing-related death of a marching band drum major 10 months ago, on Tuesday suspended its Torque Dance Team following allegations of an off-campus hazing incident.
Little alley at center of big dispute in Crestview
The Northwest Florida Daily News
Once the property dispute became public, the Adamses allege, the city “changed the character of the alley” by blocking vehicle traffic and constructing a walkway for FAMU students.
Friend: Champion reluctantly agreed to hazing to gain respect
Robert Champion made the fateful decision to subject himself to a brutal hazing at the hands of FAMU band members last fall after months of debate with his friend and fellow drum major Keon Hollis.
Taylor suspends four Rattlers
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
FAMU will face fifth-ranked Oklahoma without two of its biggest weapons on offense and defense, following the suspension Tuesday of four players for violation of team rules.
Florida Atlantic University Doesn’t Know Where Owls Come From
SB Nation (blog)
On Friday, the Florida Atlantic Owls hosted the Wagner Seahawks in their season opener. Before FAU hit the field, the live crowd was treated to an epic into video that was lovingly filmed, masterfully scored, finely acted and displaying a tenuous-at-best grasp on wildlife and general evolution…
Bold main building of new Florida Poly campus is focus of tour
WTSP 10 News
We’ll get a good look today at the location of Florida Polytechnic University on Wednesday, along with the bold design for its first building. Cranes and dozers have been moving things around for a few months now at the site of the new school. But Florida Poly’s trustees just met for the first time last month, so this will be their first big tour.
FSU Panama City Campus Exceeds Enrollment Goal Set in 2009
Enrollment for the fall 2012 semester at Florida State University Panama City continued an upward trend for the fourth consecutive year increasing by 11.4% from the same time last year.
A&M billboard in Gainesville taken down
A billboard showed up on the east side of Gainesville declaring the area “annexed by Aggie Nation,” but most University of Florida players either didn’t give it much thought or even know the sign existed on Tuesday.
Texas A&M Billboard in Gainesville Clever, but Not A&M’s: Aggie Alum Reaction
The billboard that has popped up in Gainesville, Florida, claiming that the home of the Florida Gators has been “annexed” by Aggie Nation is not the result of anything that Texas A&M University did or approved. In fact, A&M is “investigating aggressively,” according to a university spokesman.
Report of sex attack at UNF recanted
A University of North Florida student who reported she was sexually assaulted at the new campus fitness center has told police she was not attacked. The student has been given a notice to appear before a judge on a charge of falsifying a police report …
State College System
Broward wants to become hot spot for young professionals
Broward College, for example, just launched “Citrix Academy” to certify technicians for Fort Lauderdale’s home-grown software giant Citrix.
Live blog: FSCJ board meeting will address internal audits, financial aid plan
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The board of trustees for the Florida State College at Jacksonville is expected to formally approve changes to the financial aid structure of the college today in response to more than $6 million worth of problems with Pell Grants.
Culinary schools offer big taste on a budget
At Miami Dade College, the Miami Culinary Institute Cafe dishes out breakfast and lunch. The offerings include baked goods, various salads and wraps — some of which are made with harvests from the school’s organic edible garden…
Obama to campaign at St. Petersburg College
MyFox Tampa Bay
He’ll hold a grassroots event at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Independent Colleges and Universities
In U.S., Florida Adventist college becomes newest denominational university
Adventist News Network
A rapidly growing Seventh-day Adventist college in the state of Florida is the country’s latest church institution of higher learning to become a university, reflecting its increasing number of graduate program offerings. The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, whose graduates largely serve as staff for Florida Hospital in Orlando, became the Adventist University of Health Sciences earlier this month. The school goes by the abbreviation “ADU.” The abbreviation of “AUHS” was already taken by another institution.
University Of Miami’s Bi-Directional Flying Wing Plane Gets NASA Funding …
It looks like a super-sonic stingray in the sky — and now there’s government money behind it. A “Supersonic Bi-Directional Flying Wing” concept developed by a team at the University of Miami has been awarded a $100,000 development grant from NASA’s …
What Will Be Remembered? Oh Yes, the Empty Chair Speech.
Others include Babe Ruth hitting his longest home run ever in 1919 on where now stands The University of Tampa John Sykes College of Business.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Digital Domain defaults on loan, shares plunge farther
Palm Beach Post
Investors gave movie effects company Digital Domain Media Group a resounding thumbs-down Tuesday. But West Palm Beach elected officials offered a cheerful thumbs-up. First came the pans. After Port St. Lucie-based Digital Domain (NYSE: DDMG) said Tuesday morning that it defaulted on a $35 million loan and hinted at the possibility of bankruptcy, shares fell 32 percent to close at $1.40, an 85 percent drop from the May 1 high of $9.20.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
BCC Foundation adds members
The BCC Board of Trustees recently confirmed the addition of five community members to the board of the Brevard Community College Foundation. The new members are: Dale Coxwell, Coastal Steel Inc.; Lisa Cullen, Brevard County tax collector; Joseph Felkner, Health First Inc.; Steve Lathem, Lathem Automotive Group; and Todd Starkey, Merrill Lynch.
Anderson named director of Chipola Public Service Programs
After an extensive search, Steve Anderson has been selected as the new Director of Public Service Programs at Chipola College…
3 Floridians scheduled for main-stage time at Democratic convention
Palm Beach Post
Rick Scott was also scheduled, but cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac. “The Florida Democratic Party has some serious catching up to do,” said Florida Atlantic University political scientist Kevin Wagner.
Man bitten by shark near Melbourne Beach
Florida Institute of Technology professor George Maul said the recent shark bitings are most likely because bait fish, like mullet, are running and jumping. “They’re opportunity feeders.
Big Bend news briefs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Taylor Bowden reported the ring stolen on Wednesday. He said it was given to him by his father, former Florida State University assistant coach Jeff Bowden, himself the son of legendary FSU football coach Bobby Bowden…
“There Are Jobs, We Need to Skill Up”
Students have a wide variety of majors to choose from when they pursue higher education degrees, but the Interim Dean of the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College says there are certain degrees that can result in immediate employment. Dr. Stephen Dunnivant says students seeking STEM or science, technology, engineering and math degrees are more likely to find jobs sooner than those in social sciences. With student loans exceeding credit card debt, Dunnivant says it may be wise to seek degrees with greater returns. ”If I’m going to go into debt to go to college and get a degree, sometimes those 2 year degrees in many cases are more viable degree pathways than a lot of the other baccalaureate degrees that are offered. We just have to get out of this mind set that you’ve got to get a 4 year degree. Well it depends, on what the degree is.” Dunnivant says.
Carol Amole receives IRSC Department Chair award
Carol Amole was recently awarded the Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Excellence Award by Dr. Edwin R. Massey, Indian River State College President.
Candidate Profile: US Representative from Florida: Keith Fitzgerald
The Bradenton Times
Keith Fitzgerald is challenging Vern Buchanan for his U.S. Representative seat in Florida’s District 16 (formerly District 13). Serving New College of Florida students as a political science professor since 1994, Fitzgerald is looking to tackle issues involving employment, Iran, Social Security and Medicare; taxes and governmental finance; and election reform…
Fitzgerald and others opt to skip convention
“I never took the idea of going very seriously,” said [Keith] Fitzgerald, a New College of Florida political science professor. “I need to teach my class.
Human rights advocate Nicholas Kristof to speak at Rollins
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The Winter Park Institute at Rollins College is hosting New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof on Thursday evening [Sept. 6] to discuss human-rights violations against women and girls in the developing world…
Unions cook up barbecue for workers
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Allen Joseph, a picnic attendee, expressed similar sentiments. The Wisconsin native, now a professor of sociology and political science at Tallahassee Community College, said a lot of people, even the ones out celebrating Labor Day, don’t really know what unions do. “If you don’t have a middle class, you don’t really have a normal economy,” he said. “Unions support middle class wages.”
UCF researchers record world record laser pulse
A University of Central Florida research team has created the world’s shortest laser pulse and in the process may have given scientists a new tool to watch quantum mechanics in action – something that has been hidden from view until now. UCF Professor Zenghu Chang from the Department of Physics and the College of Optics and Photonics, led the effort that generated a 67-attosecond pulse of extreme ultraviolet light. The results of his research are published online under Early Posting in the journal Optics Letters.
Local University of Florida Professor to lead international organization
A prominent professor of environmental horticulture, Sandra Wilson has been elected as education division vice president for American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Dr. Wilson leads the environmental horticulture program at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce…
Colombia president announces peace talks with FARC rebels
Los Angeles Times
Asked to explain the president’s motivation, political science professor Bruce Bagley of the University of Miami said peace would “guarantee Santos’ place in history.” “He is betting a lot on his ability to pull off a peace accord,” Bagley said.
‘Godmother of cocaine’ shot dead in Colombia
“It’s some kind of poetic justice that she met an end that she delivered to so many others,” said Prof Bruce Bagley, head of the University of Miami’s department of international studies and author of the book Drug Trafficking in the Americas…
New Condo Financing Model Has Merit — and Risk
No one really is doing that,” said William P. Sklar, a real-estate attorney at Akerman Senterfitt and condominium law expert who teaches at the University of Miami.
USF Professor Dr. Scott Ferguson petitions to remove Chick-fil-A from school …
WTSP 10 News
“As a campus that stands for diversity and inclusion, the University of South Florida should not fund a company that supports anti-equality measures,” [Scott] Ferguson‘s petition states…
USF Women’s Club kicks off year Sept. 17
Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, will speak when the USF Women’s Club kicks off its club year Sept. 17…
Club’s featured photographer has eye for nature
A baby boomer who is turning 56 this month, [Pat] Laskowski still works full time as an administrative specialist at the Diabetes Center at the University of South Florida. ”I am probably in the minority; I don’t know how many are in that age bracket,” she said of living in Sun City Center. “I knew I wanted to end up there and didn’t want to move again. It’s a nice community. Everything is available by golf cart. When I come home on Friday evening, I don’t have to use my car until Monday when I have to go back to earth.”
Govs. Bucking Medicaid May Trample Women’s Health
“A lot of the problem that happens with pregnancy happens between pregnancies,” said Dr. William Sappenfield, a maternal health expert and professor at the University of South Florida…
A half century later, Mississippi: The Closed Society is once again back in print
Jackson Clarion Ledger (blog)
A half century ago, University of Mississippi professor James Silver coined the term, “The Closed Society,” to describe how some in Mississippi were afraid to say what they believed — or else face repercussions…In 1965, Silver left anyway to teach at Notre Dame University and then taught later at the University of South Florida before dying in 1988. Mississippi: The Closed Society has been out of print for some time.
Who wins the election? Most in academia predict Obama
“It is very difficult to unseat a president who is running for re-election in the first term of his party’s reign in the White House,” said Alfred G. Cuzan, a professor of government at the University of West Florida.
Releases and Web Stories
Has the road to a business loan led you to a dead end?
This question will be covered during a unique Small Business Development Center (SBDC) workshop occurring at the Indian River State College on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
International students “dig in” to US presidential politics at Lynn University
Lynn University’s hosting of the Oct. 22 presidential debate on foreign policy offers a once-in-a-life-time chance for the school’s students from both the United States and from the nearly 80 countries from around the world represented at Lynn, to work side-by-side as volunteers for the debate and the candidates’ campaigns…
SAVE THE DATE! MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL 2012
Palmetto Bay News
The 29th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson campus…
TCC health careers job fair is Wednesday
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Tallahassee Community College will host its first-ever healthcare job fair Wednesday at the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education, 1528 Surgeons Drive. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m…