The Higher Education Coordinating Council will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the 17th Floor of the Turlington Building, 325 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL.
The agenda can be found here.
State University System
Bill would end federal aid to students convicted of hazing
Surrounded by tearful relatives of hazing victims from Florida and elsewhere, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson proposed on Thursday to deny federal financial aid to students who are punished by colleges or convicted by states for hazing others…On hand to lend support were the parents of Robert Champion, a drum major for the famous high-stepping marching band at Florida A&M University. Champion died last year at age 26 from injuries suffered when he was beaten with drumsticks and bass-drum mallets during a hazing ritual requiring him to make his way to the rear of a bus carrying the band’s percussion corps…
Collier, Lee business leaders sign agreement to create regional alliance
Naples Daily News
On Friday, The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy, an arm of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, signed what it described as a historic agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero and the Horizon Council, a public-private partnership that advises Lee County commissioners on economic development…
First generation college students support each other
Some Florida Gulf Coast University students are supporting each other, as they make family history…
Poly Committee Recommending How to Get to Accreditation
Florida Polytechnic University‘s board is taking a look at a plethora of polytechnic possibilities for academic programs that could be launched at the state’s 12th university. A two-member committee has been charged with taking a look at academics discussed priorities and considerations for the STEM school — which will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics…
Florida State Places Twitter Handle on Field
The Florida State Seminoles have placed their Twitter handle on the field so that it an easily be seen by fans. It is right next to the end zone in white bold letters that is going to stick out to viewers in the stadium as well as on television. It is great to see that teams are so accepting of new technology. Or are they? Florida State players were recently banned from using twitter for the rest of the year. Head coach, Jimbo Fisher, felt the move was necessary after some players were tweeting some controversial song lyrics. This is is very hypocritical of the university and the football program. They are trying to have the focus of the players stay on the field but now they are encouraging fans to express their interest in the team through the use of Twitter…
ESPN’s GameDay crowd jubilant
They came to watch the live broadcast of ESPN’s College GameDay and get amped up for Florida State University’s showdown with ACC rival Clemson University…
Florida Hospital, UCF affiliation in danger?
Florida Hospital’s relationship with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine is showing serious signs of strain, according to emails obtained by Orlando Business Journal…
UF trustees approve GatorCare health plan for select employees
Despite the governor’s veto of GatorCare, the University of Florida is moving forward with creating a combined health care plan for about 20,000 workers and their dependents. Gov. Rick Scott vetoed legislation in April that would have let UF opt out of the state health care plan and self-insure all its employees through GatorCare…
Court strikes language in Reitz renaming referendum
University of Florida students will vote this fall on renaming the J. Wayne Reitz Union, but won’t see a description of the civil rights history during Reitz’s presidency on the ballot…
UF to host 5 ex-governors for issues discussion
Five former Florida governors are coming to the University of Florida to discuss issues that impact the future of the state.
State, local health department emails show pattern of concealment in TB outbreak
On April 16, 2009, Richard Doggett, a TB supervisor for the Duval County Health Department, shared with colleagues a story written by the Times-Union about an active case of TB found at the University of North Florida…
Flooding fixes under way after tropical storm crisis
The poor neighborhoods west of the University of South Florida were among the hardest hit areas around Tampa. Some residents said the brown water rose to the door handles of their cars…
UWF brewing up school spirit for Homecoming Week
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida will kick off its Homecoming Week Oct. 1 for six days of activities and school spirit. With the theme, “The Legend Lives,” students, faculty, staff and alumni will celebrate traditions and the legend behind the UWF mascot, the Argonaut, through a pep rally, parties and other activities…
State College System
Broward College receives $4 million in labor grants
Broward College will receive more than $4 million in federal grants to support training and placement of workers in manufacturing and high technology jobs.
Gala starts season at new arts center
Jackson County Floridan
Chipola College started off its season at the new Center for the Arts with “A Grand Night” full of music, laughs, food and community on Thursday.
Foundation pleased with turnout for DSC fundraiser
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Daytona State College Foundation sold 350 tickets to Friday’s fundraising gala…
FSCJ, not students, to pay $4.7 million for Pell Grants and financial aid problems
Florida State College at Jacksonville owes the federal government a $515,000 penalty on top of millions more in errantly awarded Pell Grants.
STEM Project Looks to Help Zoo World
Gulf Coast State College‘s STEM scholar program is partnering with Panhandle Area Educational Consortium to get kids out of the classroom and into a more exotic learning environment…
You Got ID?
Inside Higher Ed
At Miami Dade College, administrators are mostly concerned about absentee ballots. Ninety-two percent of students there are members of ethnic minority groups, and many are non-U.S. citizens…
Pensacola State College gets $2M for welding project
Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola State College is part of a five-college consortium that’s being awarded a $10 million federal grant for a mobile welding and manufacturing …
Polk State College to Get $1.2 Mil. US Grant for Manufacturing Jobs Training
Polk State College will provide hundreds of people training for manufacturing jobs starting next year, thanks to a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Labor grant…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Embry-Riddle to continue receiving grant
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently learned it will continue to receive federal funding for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program that benefits about 25 disadvantaged students each year at the school’s Daytona Beach campus. The $219,892 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the first budget period of October 2012 through September 2013 is expected to be reauthorized for a total of five years.
Kids get free health exams at Nova Southeastern’s Day for Children
Thousands of children got a free health check without visiting the doctor’s office Sunday at Nova Southeastern University‘s 10th annual Day for Children.
Dillard’s sale to church still on despite delays
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach this summer quietly sold 60 acres once planned for athletic fields, as it works to complete an athletic facility on a property closer to the downtown university. The 60-acre parcel, located on Southern Boulevard west of Jog Road, had been owned by the downtown university since 2002…
University of Tampa students help out area non-profits
With gloves on and hammers ready, nine students and staff members from the University of Tampa were prepared to work Saturday morning at Metropolitan Ministries.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
The Countess at 100: “Give while you live so you know where it goes.”
Palm Beach Post
Henrietta de Hoernle, known as Rita to her bridge friends, estimates she’s donated more than $40 million to the causes she cares about since she and her late husband, Adolph, moved to South Florida in 1981. In those 30 years, the de Hoernles have donated all or parts of at least 50 buildings in the county, including four buildings at Palm Beach State College, four at Lynn University and two at Northwood University…
Well worth your time… Language of healing
Naples Daily News
A starfish for the Florida Board of Governors for honoring a true pioneer of Florida Gulf Coast University. The renaming of Academic Building 5 to Charlie B. Edwards Hall salutes the go-to guy throughout the planning stages and site selection process. A press release calling the Fort Myers attorney “an advocate for bringing a university to Southwest Florida” is an understatement. He was the heart and soul and patient spokesman for the mission…
Dobson: FAMU freshmen get the message
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Perhaps the promotional material was a bit ambitious in touting Thursday’s Town Hall Meeting on Hazing at Florida A&M University’s Lawson Center…
Kassab: Why hazing just won’t go away
Even with all of the outrage and demands for change set off by the hazing death of Robert Champion, I can’t help but feel we’ve seen this movie before. By now, it’s a familiar script. A student is injured or killed. People gasp, pound their fists on the table and call for an end to hazing…
One UF student’s view on presidential race: Passing the confidence test
Two classes skipped and seven combined hours of waiting in a line that snaked to the edge of campus, I was one of 10,750 attendees who heard the first lady speak on behalf of her husband at the University of Florida…Colleen Wright is a journalism sophomore at the University of Florida and a former Miami Herald intern. Follow her on Twitter @Colleen_Wright.
Lyons: Addicts spilling pill secrets for $25
I recently read in the Herald-Tribune how two University of South Florida researchers were trying to lure addicts to come in and talk to them for a research project…
USF goes back to Lakeland
The University of South Florida’s partnership with Lakeland Regional Medical Center is further evidence of the school’s emergence as a national leader in research and innovation. The agreement should enhance the medical school’s prestige and improve Central Florida health care. The achievement also underscores the foolishness of the state Legislature, which relentlessly attacked USF last session at the behest of powerful Polk Sen. JD Alexander…
Student with Asperger’s excelling in college
Today, however, Renzo Burga is an honors student at Broward College, where he is studying computer science and maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. He wants to ultimately work for a high-tech company such as Apple, Microsoft or Google…
S. Florida shows dip in jobless
Job creation, however, has recently been slowing because of Europe’s economic problems and uncertainty over U.S. taxes, which are scheduled to rise dramatically if Congress doesn’t act by the end of December, said Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, an economist who directs the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University. ”We are probably going to decelerate for the remainder of the year,” Salazar-Carrillo predicted…
Young Fla. Voters Still Favor Obama, But Enthusiasm Lags
Alejandro Capote is a 20-year-old political activist and a junior at Florida State University in Tallahassee. “I’m so grateful and honored to be here, a part of this country. I became a citizen last year. And this’ll be my first election,” he said.
Florida’s US Senate race about to heat up
The younger Mack is trying the same thing with Nelson, said Florida State University political scientist Bob Crews, director of that school’s Applied American Politics program. “What Mack is trying to do is to define Nelson as a lock-step liberal …
Triple H Comments On WWE Awarding Scholarship To Full Sail University Student
“This is a great moment for our students and the University,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “This scholarship is a testament to WWE’s commitment to and its belief in the importance of education in the entertainment and media industry.”
Tom Wolfe to kick off book fair Nov. 11
The schedule is shaping up for this year’s fair, which runs Nov. 11-18 at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, with the street fair Nov. 16-18. It opens at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 with “An Evening With Tom Wolfe,” who sets his new novel, Back to Blood, in Miami. At 8 p.m., there will be a screening of the documentary Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood…
Battling tough times
The number of full-time students studying health information technology at Palm Beach State College has more than quadrupled in a year, for example. ”They pick up new knowledge. It makes them more marketable,” said Nancy Zinser, associate dean of health sciences at the college.
Florida GOP joins fight to unseat three justices
Palm Beach Post
“Florida has had its experience with partisan political involvement in our judiciary and we know that it has been corrupting,” said Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, a former president of the American Bar Association and former Florida State University president. “The announcement that the Republican Party is engaged in this effort would shock those wonderful Republican statesmen who helped create the merit selection and merit retention processes,” he added. ”Surely we do not want to go back to the broken past.”
Bill Clinton: Orlando’s biggest booster
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
[Bill] Clinton on Thursday’s “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” gave a ringing endorsement of Orlando as an example of what’s working in the country. Clinton marveled that Orlando has 100 computer simulation companies and cited the collaboration of NASA, the defense department, the University of Central Florida, Disney and Universal. “When they work together, they’re so much more powerful,” Clinton told the Comedy Central host. “That’s what’s working in America today. That’s what we need to do on a national level.”
The Eclecticist: Keiko Lynn on Thrifting, Makeup and Keeping Her Blog Personal
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Fashion wasn’t a big part of [Keiko] Groves’s early life, but clothes were. She was studying musical theatre at the University of Central Florida when her eclectic style caught the eye of her peers. The clothes were one-of-a-kind Keiko originals. “My love of fashion grew from my love of making clothes,” said Groves, who credits her great-grandmother for her sewing and patternmaking skills.
Kidnapping phone scam targets region’s Latino community
It was two hours of pure terror. That’s how long Orlando resident Tony Madeira was on the phone with a unknown man threatening to kill his college-age daughter if he didn’t pay a $2,000 ransom. Police found Madeira’s daughter in class at the University of Central Florida, and he became the latest victim of a heart-stopping scam contrived by inmates in Puerto Rican prisons with nothing better to do, local and island authorities said…
Consumer spending in Manatee shows signs of recovery
“The merchants are happy compared to where the deep recession was, but it’s inconsistent,” said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida.
Florida’s Unemployment Rate Stuck at 8.8 Percent
University of Central Florida economics professor Sean Snaith said the newest employment numbers indicate a steady, positive growth…
Foul play suspected in disappearance of UF student
The father of a missing University of Florida student said his son was beaten by a friend and left in an area of northwest Gainesville, adding that a suspect was taken into custody for an involuntary mental health evaluation but has not been arrested. Christian Aguilar, 18, was last seen at 6 p.m. Thursday near Streit’s Motorsports on Northwest 13th Street north of 39th Avenue.
Police consider missing University of Florida student ‘endangered’
Police are searching for a University of Florida student who has been missing since Saturday evening. Police said Christian Aguilar, 18, was last seen getting out of a friend’s car in the 1900 block of NW 13th Street at 6 p.m. Saturday.
UF lawyers to review prof’s purchase of TutoringZone
A University of Florida professor’s purchase of TutoringZone will be referred to the UF general counsel’s office after his disclosure and approval came after the purchase, according to his dean. John Kraft, dean of the UF Warrington College of Business Administration, said finance professor Chris James did not have prior approval to buy the business. Faculty are required to disclose all outside work and financial interests to their department chairs and deans for prior approval.
UF professor Judd honored by Botanical Society
Walter Judd, University of Florida distinguished professor of biology and Florida Museum of Natural History affiliate curator of botany, recently received the Botanical Society of America’s 2012 Merit Award, the society’s highest honor.
Josh Romney speaks to students about economy
The Independent Florida Alligator
Josh Romney, a son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaks in front of more than 200 people at Weil Hall in the University of Florida on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
Florida voters get to decide 5 amendments that would cut local government …
Palm Beach Post
Only once in recent history have they opted not to reduce taxes, said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political science professor who studies constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives…
Supreme Court Justice Thomas criticizes law school rankings during talk at University of Fla.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is not a fan of law school rankings. The Yale law school graduate told University of Florida law students Friday that judging law school graduates by where they graduated from and their upbringing is like the discrimination that minorities and women have fought in the past. When he’s picking a clerk to work for him, Thomas said he likes to consider non-Ivy Leaguers…
Small businesses try various ways to survive, thrive
We’ve tried everything else, and this seems to be the last resort.” Downsizing strategies. Philip R. Geist, area director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, has counseled numerous small business owners over the years. Geist cited two main reasons why small businesses fail. “They’ve either undercapitalized or they lack sales,” said Geist. “In both cases, it’s the result of either poor planning or poor execution of the plan.”
Actress and Activist Rosario Dawson Sounds Off on Florida’s Voter Purge and …
After her speech at the University of South Florida, Rosario Dawson caught up with WUSF by phone on her way to Tampa International Airport. The 33-year-old actress and activist is chairwoman of the nonpartisan voter registration group Voto Latino.
Lecture series focuses on Florida’s neglected colonial history
Palm Beach Daily News
Name one person who was influential in Florida’s colonial past. Can’t do it? Neither could the students in J. Michael Francis’ early Florida history classes. He usually polls his students when the course begins. “Most can’t name a single one,” said Francis, a professor of Florida studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa…
USF Health leader shakes up medical status quo
If you think it’s surprising that the University of South Florida plans to build an ambitious health system — starting with a hospital far beyond Tampa — you haven’t met Dr. Stephen Klasko.
Hukill’s son gets $100000 as campaign’s consultant
Daytona Beach News-Journal
“It’s very, very unusual. Once the public knows this, those making contributions may be concerned.” Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida, agreed. “Any time a relative is involved, it always raises a red flag …
Will ‘anybody-but-Obama’ strategy work for Romney?
Palm Beach Post
John McCain with President George W. Bush, said University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus. “You get the reverse of it right now. I think this election is going to turn on the turnout of those anybody-but-Obama voters,” she said.
Funding for mental health court uncertain
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
In Florida, about 15 mental health courts exist, and roughly 320 operate nationally, said John Petrila, a professor at the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, home to the Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa…