Board of Governors Meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.
- Facilities Committee (meeting materials here) meets at 9:30 a.m.
- Strategic Planning Committee (meeting materials here) meets 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Academic and Student Affairs Committee (meeting materials here) meets 3:30 to 4:30
Board of Governors Meeting continued…
The board will get a report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education and discuss a new rule regarding penalties for failure to report child abuse.
- Budget and Finance Committee (meeting materials here) meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Board of Governors (meeting materials here) meets at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Monoka Venters, Corporate Secretary, Board of Governors, 1614 Turlington Building, 325 W. Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (850) 245-0466.
Don’t Forget: U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Colleges drops tomorrow.
State University System
FAMU says it’s not responsible for hazing death
Florida A&M University, which has been rocked by a hazing scandal for nearly a year, insists in legal papers filed Monday that it is not to blame for the tragic death last year of drum major Robert Champion. The university maintained that it was Champion, not the school, who bears the ultimate responsibility for his death. Champion died last November after he was beaten by fellow members of the famed Marching 100 band aboard a charter bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. The university asserts that the 26-year-old Champion was a top leader in the band and he should have refused to take part in the hazing ritual…
FAMU moves to dismiss Champion hazing lawsuit
Florida A&M University is not responsible for drum major Robert Champion’s hazing death, according to a court document filed Monday night. Champion himself is. In a 23-page motion seeking dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Champion’s family in Orange County circuit court, FAMU’s attorneys laid out a blunt response…
Local tech industry continues to grow
The latest evidence is the expansion of the Technology Business Incubator at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. FAU’s Boca Raton campus is home to TBI, which in turn is home to 22 startup tech companies that rely on the incubator to provide business guidance and consulting services to get them to the next level…
Bill Clinton To Campaign for Obama in Miami Tuesday
NBC 6 Miami
All of the tickets set aside for Florida International University students for Bill Clinton’s Tuesday appearance were gone by Monday afternoon…
Former President Clinton heads to West Palm Beach to stump for Obama …
Palm Beach Post
Clinton will promote Obama at Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank Arena in Miami today. On Wednesday he’ll attend a late-morning fundraiser for Frankel and Murphy at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach…
2012-2013 school finances set
On Friday Sept. 7, the Florida State University Board of Trustees met via conference call to finalize university matters for the 2012 to 2013 school year, including budget, calendar and athletic decisions.
UCF Student Union evacuated after reports of pepper-spray deployed
The University of Central Florida Student Union was evacuated Monday afternoon after reports of a “pepper-spray irritant” possibly deploying in the building, according to UCF officials. 11 patients were treated on scene.
Love Bugs Swarm the Space Coast in September
…The urban legend about the lovebugs is that the University of Florida was breeding a bug to eat mosquitoes and control mosquito populations in Central Florida. The lovebugs supposedly escaped and began swarming the state, and although harmless to humans, unfortunately were ineffective against the even peskier mosquitoes. Contrary to popular belief and urban myths, the lovebugs did not actually originate from a University of Florida experiment gone awry, however, but rather from Central America. The lovebugs migrated to Florida through Texas and Louisiana throughout the 20th century…
Wild turkeys trade woods for Gainesville neighborhoods, University of Florida …
Wild turkeys seem to be trading the woods for Gainesville neighborhoods, including the University of Florida campus. Residents in and around the north Florida city are reporting more sightings of the birds usually stalked by hunters through woodland landscapes…
USF St. Pete Opens New University Student Center
USF Saint Petersburg continues its transition from a ‘commuter school’ to a residential campus with Thursday’s formal opening of a new 21 million dollar University Student Center. The 81-thousand square foot facility includes a two-story meeting area and dining hall, and an adjoining six-story residential tower for 200 students…
State College System
BCC campuses host 3 candidate forums
FLORIDA TODAY is teaming with Brevard Community College to sponsor a series of candidate forums this fall.
Chipola Cosmetology open for business
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cosmetology program salon is now open to provide salon services to the public.
Tributes planned in Volusia, Flagler for 9/11 victims
Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE OBSERVANCE: The school’s Student Government Association will sponsor a memorial on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International …
College embraces vets with expanded services
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The center opened last week in the Lenholt Student Center by the cafeteria. The college spent about $40,000 renovating the former faculty and staff lounge. The center includes five computers and a lounge area with sofas and a large screen television as well as tables for groups to study. A financial aid specialist and a coordinator will work with students to ensure they are receiving all their veterans benefits and other federal grants as well as refer them to other veterans services in the area. Student veterans clubs from the various Daytona State College campuses will meet at the center, which also will host workshops from Volusia County Veterans Services and other agencies…
FSCJ’s executive vice president asked by president to extend vacation while …
President Steve Wallace asked his second in command at Florida State College at Jacksonville to extend his vacation an additional month while his employment is being reviewed, according to the executive vice president’s attorney.
Digital Domain closing effects: Treasure Coast digital media programs will …
Despite the news that Digital Domain is closing its Port St. Lucie facility, education leaders said they were confident digital media programs at local schools and Indian River State College would continue. Many of the programs, such as IRSC‘s Digital Media Institute and Web design programs at area high schools, were in place years before the Academy Award-winning digital effects and animation company moved to the region…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Leesburg’s Beacon College lands $230K state grant to fund two vans
A $230046 grant state grant will fund two vans that will transport students with disabilities at Beacon College…
ERAU hopes sports emphasis will attract female students
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The efforts are working with enrollment for new female students, including freshmen and transfers, making up 19.6 of the new students at Embry-Riddle‘s Daytona Beach campus this fall compared to 15.5 percent last year….Among all classes, the university’s Daytona Beach overall campus female enrollment is 17.7 percent compared to 16.7 percent last fall, which amounts to 34 more female students. The university has a goal of increasing female enrollment to 25 percent by 2017….
Scheduling dispute comes before Senate debate
Connie Mack IV and Bill Nelson agree on hardly anything, so it’s no surprise that Florida’s U.S. Senate candidates are debating the debate. They have agreed on just one face-to-face debate: Oct. 17 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie…
2 University of Miami Hospital Employees May Have Stolen Patient Information
Becker’s Hospital Review
After conducting an investigation into the activity of two employees, the University of Miami Hospital has announced a potential data breach of patient information.
Two U of Miami Hospital employees may have stolen, sold patient data
Two University of Miami Hospital employees may have stolen and sold information from thousands of patients who visited the facility over a 22-month period, the medical school announced late Friday afternoon.
University of Miami wins prestigious grant to bring benefits of research to …
The University of Miami has won a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help translate research results into improved healthcare in areas including the use of stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease, testing women in Little Haiti for cervical cancer and preventing HIV transmission from mother to baby through antiretroviral injections…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
FAU ranks 14th least rigorous college in america
You’re paying to attend what The Daily Beast ranked as the 14th least rigorous school in the nation — 12 spots ahead of two more Florida public universities. The Daily Beast published its list of 2012’s top 25 least rigorous four-year universities in the nation earlier this month. The Daily Beast compiled a list of 200 schools around the nation based on the percentage of students admitted, as well as the average SAT/ACT scores of students at the time of admission. They also used data found on College Prowler, a website that allows college students to review their universities, to rank the difficulty of the 200 schools and narrow the list down to 25…
Letter: FSCJ needs a guarantee for graduates
We would be disturbed to hear that an airline pilot had put his craft on autopilot and simply left it that way. In effect, that is what top management has been doing at Florida State College at Jacksonville for 10 years in the Pell Grant program… Howard Denson – Jacksonville
Our Stance: UCF population bigger, not better
Central Florida Future
Last week, UCF celebrated a population record of 60,000 students, a seemingly brag-worthy accomplishment. Or is it? Some other Florida university scholars don’t seem to think so. Florida State University scholar Robert Schwartz compared UCF’s methods of teaching and its burgeoning population to that of supermarket giant Walmart…
Kassab: In defense of UCF’s Big Tent
…Yet the University of Central Florida is suddenly dealing with a backlash against its bigger-is-better mantra. Whispers have grown to full-blown public criticism about UCF‘s student-faculty ratio of 31-1, the highest among the state’s public universities and fourth highest in the country…
Big works on campus
[Pablo] Cano‘s childlike assemblage – carrying along with its playfulness more-sophisticated themes of utopia and tradition – is attached to a who’s who collection of 32 mixed-media works on display at Broward College Central Campus’ New Gallery in Davie.
Group uses canines to treat returning veterans
Historic City News
Flagler College assistant professor Tina Jaeckle informed local Historic City News reporters that, according to a Rand Corporation study, one-in-five returning veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder…
Video of Shooting at The Gatherings Apartments May Help Catch Killer
KnightNews.com told you about how the Full Sail University student, Brandon M. Benjamin, was shot and killed in the parking lot of The Gatherings Apartment …
Video shows gunfire at UCF-area block party that killed Full Sail …
Detectives say the passenger in the truck fatally shot Brandon Benjamin, a 24-year-old Full Sail University student also known as DJ “Ben-Jammin.
Another ‘lost decade’ for Florida’s middle class?
“We are going to have a very rough recovery — for a number of years,” said Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, an economics professor who directs the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University…
Isiah Thomas reluctant to rejoin Knicks
According to a source close to [Isiah] Thomas, he is not ready to make his return to the NBA after giving college basketball coaching a shot with Florida International University…
Animation company Digital Domain closes Florida studio
The people I feel the most sorry for are the employees,” said Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design, who had been closely involved in trying to get the studio to move here. Thompson said 10 to 15 Ringling alumni worked at the now-closed studio. The college’s career services department will offer them help finding other jobs.
Mebane Antique Auction Gallery: featuring Rare Books, Maps, Photographs, and Historical Documents
Maine Antique Digest
We are honored to offer to the public for the first time a collection of signed Robert Frost books and photograph. The entire collection is personalized to his close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McEniry. During the 1940s, Frost wintered in Florida. Hugh McEniry was the Dean of Stetson University in DeLand, FL, and Frost stayed at his home on several occasions…
T.K. Wetherell reflects on the essentials of effective leadership
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
“You have to have all of it to make it work because you have to have all of it for a well-oiled team,” said Wetherell, who was president of Tallahassee Community College from 1995 to 2001.
Political convention delegates not big contributors
The Florida Current
“You would have thought that a lot of the delegates would have given a little more than that over the years,” University of Central Florida Political Science professor Aubrey Jewett said. “But the political research says that most average-income people …
US housing market recovering but price rises seen modest: Reuters Poll
“Without a substantial improvement in the labor market the housing market will continue to struggle,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida…
A Guaranteed Price for Sugar Farmers Leaves Some Sour
University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith says the sugar program’s effects are complex. He points to losses for confectionary makers. ”By raising the cost of sugar domestically it has hurt the domestic confectionary industry. It’s pushed a lot of candy makers over the border into Canada, and so there are jobs lost there,” Snaith says…
Alice Cooper: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
On behalf of the thousands of families she helps us serve each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of North Central Florida (RMHCNCF) proudly nominates Alice Cooper for the Community Service category of the Spirit of Gainesville Award. She is dedicated to children and their families from around the world that find themselves in Gainesville because they have been referred for excellent pediatric critical care at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida…
Fountain of Youth greets Menendez, reenacts colony’s first meal of Thanksgiving
Archaeologist Dr. Kathleen Deagan of the University of Florida also gave presentations on the ongoing archaeological digs at the Fountain of Youth, where the digs will resume again this fall on the Menendez encampment site…
Seeing a wild turkey is getting more and more common
“The turkey, the bobcat, the deer — people enjoy seeing these animals,” said University of Florida professor Mark Hostetler, an expert in urban wildlife. “There are hundreds of species that use urban areas.”…Residents have seen them in the Duck Pond neighborhood just northeast of downtown, on the University of Florida campus, in a neighborhood off Newberry Road across from the Plaza Royale.
UF researchers name new cusk-eels useful for understanding environment
“With the recent Gulf of Mexico disaster, one of the first things that people started asking was what impact was had and on what animals, and a lot of biologists said, ‘We don’t know all the animals that are in the Gulf of Mexico because the area hasn’t been studied enough,’ ” said study co-author Rob Robins, ichthyology collection manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. “A number of these species are from the Gulf of Mexico, including some of the new ones, and this paper brings us closer to our ultimate goal of cataloguing the diversity of life so that when we need the information, it’s available.”
Autumn beats spring when it comes to local planting season
Crestview News Bulletin
Larry Williams, director of the University of Florida/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension, makes no bones about the best time of year for backyard green thumbs to be planting their gardens. As autumn’s cooler weather settles into Northwest Florida, it’s the best time to be planting, he said…“I’ve been trying to convince people that fall is the best time to plant since I’ve been an extension agent, but you can’t beat the spring fever factor,” Williams told the library meeting room’s overflow audience. “Spring fever just hits. You’re driven to go outside and plant something.”
From mouths of Democrats, Tampa’s RNC story had a negative sound
“I definitely think that Tampa has become an epithet for Democrats or progressives,” said Wayne Garcia, a former political consultant and journalist who now teaches at the University of South Florida School of Mass Communications.
New images of dead man release in cold case
Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida, studied the remains and created a digital facial image of what the man might have looked like …
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College lecture on Sept. 25 looks at 19th-century America
The discussion is set for the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St., as the start of a lecture series entitled “Reconstruction and Gild: Wealth, Innovation and the Pursuit of Status in Late 19th-Century America.”
Business digest: Hispanic chamber to host job fair
The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2012 Fall Job Fair Thursday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hodges University Fort Myers Campus, 4501 Colonial Blvd…
View the night sky through telescopes at IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium Open House
FORT PIERCE — Kicking off the new Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium season is a free “Star Party and Open House” at the planetarium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
Acclaimed Sculptor Selected for Ringling College’s Sarasota Museum …
Wendy G. Surkis, president of Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, announced that renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty will be here for SMOA’s 2013 “ARTmuse” program, January 7-26, 2013…