Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…5/13/13

Florida Higher Ed Capitol Clips:

Will Gov. Scott veto tuition hike?
Orlando Sentinel
Colleges and universities statewide are eager to see whether Gov. Rick Scott will veto the 3 percent tuition increase that the Florida Legislature approved recently. In a radio interview on Friday, Scott reiterated his concerns about rising college tuition in the Sunshine State. He has repeatedly spoken out against tuition increases. “Tuition in our state has gone up close to 70 percent over the last five years,” Scott said in an interview on Tampa’s WFLA radio, according to the News Service of Florida. “I’m very concerned about tuition increases.” Scott received the state budget this week and has until May 24 to act on the proposal.

Now, it’s Gov. Scott’s turn to show leadership on the budget
Sun-Sentinel
…VETO: College Tuition Hike — Lawmakers restored last year’s $300 million budget cut from state universities, and want to split an extra $45 million between the University of Florida and Florida State University, while giving another $65 million for the university system as a whole. But the funding increase is partly built on funds from a proposed 3-percent tuition hike. Gov. Scott, by contrast, has said he wants to make higher education affordable and following years of double-digit tuition increases, told legislative leader he opposed tuition hikes. The Legislature crossed a line in the sand. A veto of the tuition hike is appropriate…

Legislators Make Case for Tuition Hike; Proposal Faces Scott Veto
The Ledger
Gov. Rick Scott has his dislike of tuition hikes clear, likening them to tax increases. But lawmakers defied his opposition and sent him a $74.5 billion budget for next year that contains a 3 percent tuition increase for state universities and colleges. The question is what will he do with it? And perhaps more importantly can he do anything about it?

Polk Happy to See Cash For Repairs in Budget
The Ledger
Polk State College is to receive $8.5 million in capital outlay money. Of the construction money, $4.5 million will go to for the second phase of a planned $30 million Institute for Public Safety, state-of-the-art education facility for first responders. Last year, PSC received $9.2 million to fund the first phase…

Lawmakers’ pet projects leave no paper trail to Florida budget
Tampabay.com
Yes, as Page 421 points out, it’s a $74.5 billion spending plan that pays for 114,480.5 positions. But specific descriptions about what the money actually pays for are noticeably absent…

Chronicle‘s What Public-College Presidents Make list is out:

Data from this year’s list shows the compensation received in the 2012 fiscal year by 212 chief executives at 191 public universities and systems in the United States. Fiscal years typically run from July 1 to June 30 but can vary by institution. Time in position is the number of full years in office as of the start of the 2012 fiscal year. Here are Florida’s public higher ed CEOs:

Chronicle Public Comp List

Other recent rankings news:

U.S. study finds New School is most international campus
New York Times
The New School was followed by the Florida Institute of Technology (26 percent), the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (21 percent), Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (18 percent), and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (18 percent). The five institutions with the highest percentages of foreign students were all private. On average, among all colleges and universities ranked by U.S. News, foreign students make up 5 percent of the student body…

Hingesights: Top 12 Hottest Colleges
Hinge
…We’ve compiled a list of the colleges and universities with the most highly appealing alumni in DC, according to your interest levels on Hinge. [Congrats to FSU…]

Outlook:

College graduates face tough job market
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
This spring, about 1,600 people, mostly in their 20s, will graduate from the four mainstay college-level schools in the Sarasota-Manatee area: the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, New College and Ringling College of Art and Design. Roughly half, based on national and local statistics from past years, will pursue further academic degrees before entering the cold, cruel world of 9-to-5 work. That leaves perhaps 800 as a new crop of workers competing for jobs with those already out there…

Are Florida’s Law Schools in Trouble?
Sunshine State News
Thousands of students flock to the doors of Florida’s 12 law schools each year, chasing the dreams of a respectable, well-paying job as an attorney. But the unfortunate reality for many of these young hopefuls is they may not leave law school with a job as a lawyer at all. Paired with with poor employment outcomes is the staggering cost to attend law school, leaving many students in a bind that can take years to get out of…

Recent Notable Reports and Resources:

Should Everyone Go To College? (Brief)
Brookings Institute
For the past few decades, it has been widely argued that a college degree is a prerequisite to entering the middle class in the United States. Study after study reminds us that higher
education is one of the best investments we can make, and President Obama has called it “an economic imperative.” We all know that, on average, college graduates make significantly more money over their lifetimes than those with only a high school education. What gets less attention is the fact that not all college degrees or college graduates are equal. There is enormous variation in the so-called return to education depending on factors such asinstitution attended, field of study, whether a student graduates, and post-graduation occupation. While the average return to obtaining a college degree is clearly positive, we emphasize that it is not universally so. For certain schools, majors, occupations, and individuals, college may not be a smart investment. By telling all young people that they should go to college no matter what, we are actually doing some of them a disservice.

College Reality Check (Website)
Chronicle of Higher Ed
This new website presents financial facts such as net price, average debt, graduation rates, and average starting salaries to help students when comparing and selecting colleges. Users can compare up to five colleges from among the nearly 3,600 in the database at the same time. The new data tools offer critical information to students that perhaps will help ensure that they avoid colleges where they might drop out or take on too much debt.

Undermining Pell: How Colleges Compete for Wealthy Students and Leave the Low-Income Behind (Summary) (Report)
New America Foundation
This report analyzes the “net price”–the amount students are expected to pay after grant aid–of a college education for low-income students at public and private, not-for-profit institutions of higher education. The report concludes that colleges expect low-income students to pay an amount equal to or greater than their family’s yearly income, leaving them to take on substantial debt levels. The report also discusses how institutions use resources to compete for wealthier, well-prepared students at the expense of student access.

State University System

Car Crashes into Ocala Road Apartment
WCTV
The hunt is on for a man Florida State University police say tried to run an officer off the road, before crashing his car into an apartment complex…

Boundless reports its online textbooks popular at BU, Northeastern
Boston Business Journal (blog)
Other colleges seeing a high amount of usage include Florida State UniversityUniversity of Central Florida and University of Illinois, Boundless said…

With new luxury dorm, Orlando philanthropists offer Hillel evergreen funding model
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Real estate developer Hank Katzen has a dream: If you build it, they will come. Except this is no baseball field in an Iowa cornfield. It’s a $60 million, 600,000-sq.-ft. luxury dormitory at the nation’s second-largest college campus, the University of Central Florida in Orlando. When it opens in August, the new dorm will push the bounds of cushiness. Two- and four-bedroom suites will have island kitchens with stone countertops, in-unit washer/dryers and walk-in closets. Every room will come with en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs equipped with premium cable. Duplex units will feature spiral staircases and two-story atriums with picture windows. There will be a resort-style swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, sauna, game room and seven-story parking garage – so no student will have to take an elevator or brave the Florida elements on the way from their cars to their dorm rooms. But what makes Katzen’s new facility noteworthy isn’t so much the lavishness as the idea behind it: to create America’s first self-sustaining Hillel. The ground floor of this seven-story building will include a new 20,000-sq.-ft. Hillel center whose operations will be funded in large part by rental income from the 600-bed dormitory. The Jewish philanthropists behind this unique arrangement aren’t simply giving the 15-year-old Hillel at UCF a building; they’re giving it a permanent income stream…

UCF Upends Lindenwood for DI-AA Title – RugbyMag.com
RugbyMag.com
The University of Central Florida scored a last-second try to upset Lindenwood 27-25 in dramatic fashion and win the DI-AA National Championship Sunday in Bowling Green, Ohio…

Jailhouse farms feed Florida inmates, guards
Fox News
The Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the University of Florida to provide inmate labor for their university’s research facility in Citra. Offenders work with the animals and harvest crops…

UF’s alcohol policy taking toll on frats?
Gainesville Sun
…The policy, however, also has led to a consequence that its advocates may not have intended: a striking increase in the number of fraternities and sororities either on probation or suspended by the university for varying offenses, usually related to alcohol use…

Florida Orange-Crop Estimate Unchanged at 138 Million Boxes
Bloomberg
Citrus greening cost Florida’s economy $3.63 billion in lost revenue since 2006 because of a reduction in orange-juice production, the University of Florida said in January…

Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida Groves
New York Times
In a 2012 report, University of Florida agricultural analysts concluded that between 2006 and 2012, citrus greening cost Florida’s economy $4.5 billion and 8,000 jobs…

Why JaxChamber Loves The Players Championship
WJCT NEWS
A 2007 study by the University of Florida estimated the economic impact of The Players Championship to be $150 million. It creates 2,000 jobs and is the busiest week at Jacksonville International Airport.

White House Boys seek justice for their abuse
Orlando Sentinel
Their last hope is a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida who has received a grant to excavate the school’s cemetery to determine whether any of the boys buried there were murdered.

USF wins Big East softball title
Tampabay.com
The USF softball team celebrates after Saturday’s 1-0 USF win over Notre Dame in extra innings in the Big East softball title game Saturday, May 11, 2013, at University of South Florida.

State College System

Broward ready to convert failing schools
Sun-Sentinel
Arthur Ashe Middle would be closed to current students and converted to a workforce center for adults. Lauderhill Middle will partner with Broward College for a grades 6-12 college academy…

Taste of Ocala raises more than $35000 for CF students
Ocala
About 200 people attended the upscale event held, once again, inside CF‘s Ewers Century Center…

Budget crunch could mean higher tuition at Daytona State
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College students may face higher tuition bills as college officials look to balance their budget in light of a state funding reduction and continuing drop in enrollment…

Staff cuts underway to plug $9 million hole in FSCJ budget
Florida Times-Union
Layoffs, pay cuts and expense trimming are underway at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, where its leaders are working to plug a projected $9 million shortfall with an overall 6 percent cut to its budget…

College graduates largest class to date
Hometown News
On a cloudy Saturday morning on May 4, Indian River State College graduated its largest class to date at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie…

Workforce Grads Most Likely to Get Jobs
The Ledger
Graduates of workforce-based programs at Polk State College continue to get jobs at a higher rate than equivalent graduates of any college in the state, a new study shows.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ave Maria University Receives Stable Financial Outlook
The Cardinal Newman Society
Ave Maria University has informed The Cardinal Newman Society of the positive financial news recently received by the University. Standard and Poor’s Rating Services reviewed the University’s finances and gave Ave Maria a “stable outlook.”

For Ave Maria law school grads, it’s time to step up to the Bar
The News-Press
From Connecticut to the Democratic Republic of Congo, students from Southwest Florida and afar shifted their tassels to the left and tossed their caps in the air during the 11th graduation ceremony for Ave Maria School of Law in Naples.

Barry earns national championship against Armstrong
NCAA.com
It took nearly five hours, but top-ranked Barry beat No. 2 Armstrong 5-4 to win the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship…

Landmark Legend: Ponce de Leon Hotel
First Coast News
“Welcome to Flagler Legacy Tours,” said Archie Josie, a senior at Flagler College. Tourists from around the world come to tour the Ponce de Leon which has been Flagler College since 1968.

Local students graduate from Flagler
St. Augustine Record
More than 414 Flagler students participated in the commencement ceremony April 20 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre…

Florida Tech Has Conferred More Than 53000 Degrees
SpaceCoastDaily.com
The large graduating class of 486 undergraduate and 645 graduate students required two separate commencement ceremonies—one for the bachelor’s degrees and one for the master’s and doctoral degrees—and represents on-campus, as well as online students and students at 10 extended studies department sites located throughout the United States…

Nearly 700 graduates earn Stetson degrees Saturday
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Nearly 700 graduates earn Stetson degrees Saturday. Graduates listen for their turn to walk across the stage during Stetson University’s graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences at the Edmunds Center in DeLand on Saturday, May 11, 2013…

[Video] This May Be the Worst First Pitch in Baseball History
Mashable
Stetson University brought out an insurance company executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch before a recent baseball game against Florida State. But instead of a nice nod to a corporate sponsor, what Stetson got instead was quite possibly the worst first pitch in the 100-plus-year history of baseball as a human sport…

University of Miami graduates more than 3300 students in ceremonies
MiamiHerald.com
Six members of the University of Miami’s best-ever basketball team, a four-time Olympic speed skater, and the first UM student to be awarded the National Institutes of Health/Oxford-Cambridge Scholars program fellowship are among the 3,300 students …

University of Miami student dies in crash days after graduation
MiamiHerald.com
University of Miami student died early Sunday morning of injuries suffered in a car crash near the school’s Coral Gables campus. The student, identified as Dino Ghilotti, had graduated on Friday with a degree in business…

UM cafeteria workers vote to unionize
MiamiHerald.com
Cafeteria workers at the University of Miami unionized after a majority of workers voted in favor of representation in a card check on May 3. The employees voted to join 32BJ, a branch of the Service Employees International Union.

For-Profit and Career Colleges

60-year-old graduates from Full Sail University
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Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Viewpoint: Transforming lives at UWF my legacy
The Florida Current
As President of the University of West Florida, I am writing to let you know that the future of UWF is solid and we will continue to take visionary steps to move forward into the 21st century of higher education… Judy Bense is president of the University of West Florida.


Marion County Sheriff Blair dismisses critical grand jury report
Gainesville Sun
The sheriff explained that upon retiring from the Sheriff’s Office in December 2010, where he ended his 35-year career as head of the agency’s major crimes unit, he had an opportunity to teach at the College of Central Florida

College president gets high marks from Daytona State board
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College President Carol Eaton has received a glowing report on her annual evaluation…

Mother, daughter graduate together
MiamiHerald.com
Karen Baker, 58, and daughter Latisha Robinson, 38, graduated from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville with a business administration degree…

Student papers featured in communication conference
St. Augustine Record
Six students enrolled in a Sex, Gender and Media course at Flagler College saw their work in the classroom pay off when papers they wrote were accepted into the South Florida Undergraduate Communication Honors Conference at Florida Atlantic University. Katelyn BonnevierMargaret Wallis and Sarah Williamson submitted “Sex and the City: A Backlash Against Modern Feminism,” which was also selected as one of the top three papers at the March conference. Also accepted was “Life Imitating Art: The Reinforcement of Gender Stereotypes in American Sitcoms” by Sean O’ConnellMegan Rohlfing and Richard Robinson. Flagler College associate professor of communication Helena Sarkio teaches the communication theory course and selected the two papers to be submitted…

Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case
Orlando Sentinel
Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death.

How to use aspirin to treat and prevent heart disease, cancers – Zee News – India
Zee News
Florida Atlantic University researcher has published a review for clinicians on the optimal utilization of aspirin to treat and prevent heart attacks as well as commentary on the cholesterol lowering drugs to prevent colorectal and other cancers. Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., the first Sir Richard Doll professor and senior academic advisor to the dean in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at the University and James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., dean emeritus, University of Arizona College of Medicine and executive director of the Weil Foundation published this update in the current issue of the American Journal of Medicine…

Carly Rae Jepsen performs at Fontainebleau Hotel
Local 10
“Call Me Maybe” was Carly Rae Jepsen‘s pop hit that inspired good-natured parodies from brawny military men, svelte Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, snappy Florida International University students, and even Local 10’s Will Manso…

The biggest hot dog of all: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits Shore this weekend
The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
When Anggela Pimentel first saw the Wienermobile as a student at Florida International University, she was startled. “I thought, what is that giant hot dog doing on my campus?” Pimentel said. Now she has the keys to the giant hot dog. Pimentel is one of 12 “hotdoggers” who drive six Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles around the country for a year doing promotional appearances. “You need an appetite for adventure,” explains Pimentel, a native of Lima, Peru who now lives in Miami. “And you have to want to meet people.”

As Hispanic voters’ numbers increase, politicians come calling
Broward Politics (blog)
“It’s a no brainer for both parties to try to be attractive to Latinos and Hispanics because they’ve shown in the last election that they have strong influence — and it’s just going to get bigger and bigger,” said Felipe Korzenny, director of the Florida State University‘s Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication and author of the 2011 book “Hispanic Marketing: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer.”

FSU graduate competes for job of a lifetime in Austrailia
Bay News 9
Caroline Vetter, 22, graduated from Florida State University with a degee in Animal Conservation and Ecology, and has been all over the world working with animals…

Gloria Estefan speaks at Cuba’s Independence Day
MiamiHerald.com
Singer Gloria Estefan is expected to speak at a Miami event to commemorate Cuba’s Independence Day. The Cuban-born singer will appear Monday at Miami Dade College.

Ohio abduction: victims switched on ‘auto-pilot’ to survive
NDTV
Steven Gold of Nova Southeastern University‘s Center for Psychological Studies, said that in many cases victims of this kind of abuse survive by “shutting down emotionally and often even on a sensory level.”

Mother-daughter duo to walk at Saint Leo graduation
Ocala
In 2009, at the age of 68, she enrolled online at Saint Leo University, the very school her daughter, Lisa, attends…

Nan Rich, long shot for governor, says she’s undeterred
Orlando Sentinel
“Stranger things have happened in Florida politics,” said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett, noting that Rich has little money or name recognition. “But going into the race, she would be considered an underdog.”

Indian River Lagoon Conservationist Field & Stream Magazine “Hero”
Brevard Times
The oyster reef restoration project was started in 2005 by Linda Walters of the University of Central Florida (UCF)…

UF professor honored for service to fitness councils
Gainesville Sun
Dr. Ruth Alexander, distinguished professor at the University of Florida, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition…

Retired UF professor arrested in sex crimes sting
Gainesville Sun
A former four-time teacher of the year in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy was arrested Thursday as officers with the Gainesville Police Department conducted an operation at Bivens Arm Park, 3650 S. Main St., targeting sexual offenses. Gerald E. Gause, 73, was charged with prostitution and indecent exposure after police say he offered to perform a sex act on an undercover officer for $20 and then exposed himself and masturbated. Another undisclosed person was trespassed after offering free sexual favors to two of the undercover officers, police said…

Petition by former Miami Hurricanes coach Frank Haith denied
MiamiHerald.com
Frank Haith will have to wait a little longer to find out who may have snooped on his bank records as part of the NCAA investigation into the University of Miami and incarcerated rogue booster Nevin Shapiro…

Hernandez returns to USF in diversity role
Tbo.com
As it moves to modernize and increase diversity, the University of South Florida is welcoming back an old hand. Jose Hernandez, USF’s former director of diversity and equal opportunity from 2002 to 2008, will take the new position of chief diversity officer. He returns to USF from a stint as associate provost for institutional diversity and inclusion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington…

New underwater feature in Lens plan still has skeptics
Tampabay.com
“I support education and information about the bay. It’s kind of apple pie and mom, but my suspicions are that it probably doesn’t have much value to improving the ecology of Tampa Bay,” said Walter Jaap, a retired Fish and Wildlife Research Institute scientist, now a consultant and honorary professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Education topic at Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis luncheon
Bradenton Herald
Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, said the $40 million the Legislature restored in the state university system budget will go a long way to create degree opportunities. For example, USF Sarasota-Manatee will receive $2 million for the science laboratories the university is building in cooperation with Mote Marine Laboratory, Jones said. She also said the university on U.S. 41 in Manatee County now serves more than 4,000 students, and they hope to grow to 10,000…

Things to do and places to go in the Pensacola area
Pensacola News Journal
“If we come up with an effective way to intervene and engage employees to lead healthier lifestyles, that will pay for itself,” said Rick Harper, another keynote speaker and a University of West Florida economist.

Releases and Web Stories

IT ADDS UP: Every FAU Accounting Grad Lands A Job
BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you are looking for a sure fire way to land a job, consider enrolling in FAU‘s accounting program. Every single 2013 graduate of the school’s program has landed a job — and we’re not talking about a small class of 8 people. Nearly 100 grads are now embarking on the career of their choice…

University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Introduces KC Jones as President and 
Wall Street Journal (press release)
MIAMI, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF) today introduced K.C. Jones as president and named the other officers who will help guide UMSHoF through its planned renovation and expansion.

Students call experimental course on field research a big success
USFSP News Center
By all indications, an experimental environmental science course taught for the first time during the spring semester was a big success. The undergraduate selected topics course, “Field Experiential Methods,” combined time in the classroom with hands-on field research in Tampa Bay. It was designed by David Fries, director of the Ecosystems Technology Group at the College of Marine Science. “This is a terrific example of recent collaborations and expanding opportunities that exist between USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science,” said Frank Biafora, Ph.D., dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences…

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…3/18/13

Week 3 (March 18-22, 2013) of the 2013 Legislative Regular Session in Florida begins today:

The Senate Education Committee meets 3:30 to 6 p.m. today in 412 Knott. The following higher ed bills are included in the meeting notice:

  • SB 1276 by Montford—Public Meetings/University Direct-support Organizations – Providing an exemption from public meeting requirements for certain portions of meetings of a university direct-support organization or of the executive committee or other committees of the board of directors of such organization; providing for legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.

A public hearing will also be held for consideration of the below-named executive
appointments:

  • Morton, Edward Allen (Naples) – Board of Governors
  • Moabery, Abdol (Delray Beach)  – Board of Trustees, Florida Atlantic University
  • Grant, Gerald C., Jr. (Palmetto Bay) – Board of Trustees, Florida International University
  • Edwards, Charles B. (Ft. Myers) – Board of Trustees, University of Florida
  • Franklin, Fred D., Jr. – Board of Trustees, University of North Florida
  • Russell, Lanny (Ponte Vedra Beach) – Board of Trustees, University of North Florida

Florida Higher Ed Legislative News

How Florida Lawmakers Would Change High School Graduation Requirements
State Impact Florida
After years of adding requirements to earn a high school diploma, Florida lawmakers have proposed bills which would allow students more flexibility in how they earn a diploma. A House proposal (HB 7091) would create three diploma tracks: College and career; industry and scholar. All three diplomas require four years of English language arts.

Debate about teacher, state employee pension plan ignites at FSU
Florida Flambeau
Florida State students are still buzzing about the opening legislative session in the State of Florida on Tuesday, March 5, during which the Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford laid out the plans for the session—including the highly controversial topic of state pension reform, which has the capacity to affect the future of prospective teachers and state employees at Florida State.

UF opposes bill that would hold tuition steady
Gainesville Sun
Officials at the University of Florida have taken a stance against a bill moving through the Legislature that would guarantee in-state students their tuition and fees would not change for four years as long as they remain enrolled full time. Gov. Rick Scott first promoted the “Finish in Four” concept in his budget proposal in January as a way to encourage students to graduate on time and keep higher education costs predictable for families. UF administrators say such a program would mean revenue losses for UF of as much as $36 million annually after four years of the program.

State University System

FAMU suspends search for new president
AP
Florida A&M University on Friday abruptly halted its search for a new president after the university board chairman contended it was the wrong time to move ahead with a new leader. The move came just days before university trustees were expected to interview finalists and possibly hire a permanent replacement for the job. Last July, James Ammons resigned as part of the fallout over the November 2011 hazing death of a drum major aboard a bus.

FAMU suspends search for new president
Tallahassee.com
Florida A&M University is no longer searching for a new president. Solomon Badger, chairman of FAMU’s Board of Trustees, earlier today suspended the search indefinitely for the university’s 11th president. FAMU’s presidential search committee had been scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday in Orlando to review a list of 29 applicants and begin reviewing the top candidates. FAMU sent out a release Thursday evening saying the trustees would meet on Friday with the goal of hiring a new president that day…

FAMU holds off picking a new president
Tampabay.com (blog)
Florida A&M University‘s board of trustees was scheduled to pick a new president as early as next week. But the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees announced today that he had decided to suspend the search. Instead, interim President Larry Robinson will remain at the school’s helm as it works to end its accreditation probation and address issues of hazing. FAMU is the second school, after the University of Florida, to abruptly suspend a presidential search already this year.

Campus to become tobacco-free
Florida Flambeau
Florida State will be the third public university in Florida to adopt a completely tobacco-free campus policy along with the University of Florida and Florida International University, which have already adopted tobacco-free policies for their campuses…

FSU investigates teaching complaint
Florida Flambeau
An anonymous ethics complaint that was filed on Jan. 18, 2013 to the Florida State University Inspector General Services concerning the possibility of undergraduate students wrongfully filling teaching positions designated for graduate assistants is now being investigated. The complaint specifies this practice is happening within the computer science field and throughout the University…

FSU launches new research vessel, the RV Apalachee
Tallahassee Democrat
The R/V Apalachee, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Labís new research vessel, is the only one of its kind in this region of the Gulf of Mexico. The custom-built, 64-foot catamaran-hulled boat was a nearly two-year project…

Main Campus Closed Until 12 for Classes, Employees
UCF Alert – March 18, 2013
UCF’s main campus is closed for classes and employees until noon. All classes scheduled to begin before noon will not be held today. Essential personnel should report to work. All classes and operations in the Central Florida Research Park and at all other campus locations will continue as scheduled. Police have found a suspicious device in Tower 1, where police are investigating a suspicious death. Tower 1 remains evacuated, and Parking Garage G is closed. Counselors are available in the Recreation and Wellness Center annex to talk with students who need assistance. Students also can go to the Student Union. The UCF Arena will open at 7 to accommodate students evacuated from Tower 1. Counseling services will move into the Arena at that time…

Police evacuate students from UCF campus housing
Orlando Sentinel
University of Central Florida students were evacuated early this morning because of a “suspicious death” at a housing site on campus…

Greek life reinstatement plan created
Central Florida Future
Within the next two weeks, UCF Greek life organizations will present plans to UCF staff at fact-finding meetings to begin their reinstatement processes. Presentations to the Greek Reinstatement Committee will begin Friday and resume from March 25 to March 28, according to an updated timeline on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s website.

Car crashes into UF dorm
Gainesville Sun
A car crashed into the side of a University of Florida residence hall Friday afternoon, but no one in the dorm was injured, officials said. Officials would not identify the driver, nor would they give the driver’s condition or explain how the accident occurred. Officials did say that the female driver was taken to Shands at the University of Florida…

Student Veterans Center opening at UF on April 2
Gainesville Sun
…A grand opening ceremony will take place on April 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union Amphitheatre. The grand opening, open to the public, will feature a presentation for veterans and a performance by members of the UF marching band…

Special Section: Med School Match Day Coverage from Around the State

FIU’s first graduating medical school students all get residencies
Miami Herald
Almost 30 years ago, Trine Engebretsen made history — and national headlines — as Florida’s first liver-transplant recipient. On Friday, Engebretsen added to her pioneering life story as she joined 32 other Florida International University students in the school’s first graduating medical school class.

FSU med students meet their match
Tallahassee Democrat
Sarah Genet celebrates as Florida State held its annual Match Day for FSU fourth-year medical school students as they learned where they will go this summer as new doctors to begin a residency…

Potential energy in the air at UCF College of Medicine Match Day
Orlando Business Journal
There’s a feel of potential energy in the air — the potential for screaming and crying of the joyous kind. I’m at theUniversity of Central Florida College of Medicine for the charter class’ first Match Day.

UCF medical school’s students celebrate Match Day
Orlando Sentinel
In a ceremony that took place in the center of the University of Central Florida’s Health Sciences campus in Lake Nona, parents, donors, faculty and students all gathered for the news. Related; UCFmedical school’s students celebrate Match Day…

Tears, shouts erupt on ‘match day’ as UF medical students move into careers
Gainesville Sun
…all 127 students in the graduating class got matched — many with their first choices. They will go to hospitals throughout the country, with 25 students staying at UF and 38 in Florida…

USF medical students find out future at Match Day
TBO.com
More than 100 senior medical students from the University of South Florida learned their fates Friday at a “Match Day” ceremony at Skipper’s Smokehouse.

State College System

The Florida College System (FCS) Council of Presidents holds a press conference today to release the findings of a new report that they say demonstrates the multibillion-dollar positive economic impact of state and community colleges in Florida. The FCS Council also releases data on college graduates who have successfully transitioned into Florida’s workforce. Participants include the council’s chairman, Joe Pickens, and Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, Education board member John Padget, Colleges Chancellor Randy Hanna and others. (Monday, 1 p.m., Fourth Floor Rotunda, The Capitol.)

Pensacola State to host state SkillsUSA competition
Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola State College will host the 2013 Florida SkillsUSA state competition and Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo next month.

Santa Fe teems with activity for India Fest
Gainesville Sun
India Fest has been held by the cultural center since 1999, each year sharing the diversity and variety of Indian culture. The festival offered food, drink, jewelry, clothing and even karaoke…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Good News: New Community Garden built in New Town
Florida Times-Union
Officials from Edward Waters College, representatives of Second Harvest North Florida and more than 80 volunteers took a vacant lot and laid the foundations, dug the plots, connected irrigation systems and planted the first round of seeds.

Florida Tech facility designed to test, inspire
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The complex features five courses designed to test cadets’ physical fitness, as well as their ability to work together in teams…

Cuba trip’s cancellation disappoints Saint Leo students
Tbo.com
It was supposed to be a combination of service and exploration, a “once in a lifetime” alternative spring break experience that would lead eight students and four adults through urban and rural Cuba…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: New president key to Florida A&M University’s chance at a brighter future
Sun-Sentinel
His words are measured, but interim president Larry Robinson has an encouraging message about the future of Florida A&M University. It’s an approach the college’s next president must sustain if the historic institution hopes to restore its reputation as a quality school…

Miami Dade College needs local tax to remain ‘dream factory’
MiamiHerald.com
Opportunity is the bedrock of our nation. And, nothing better exemplifies that opportunity than the prospect of a college education. In our community, Miami-Dade College provides that opportunity to almost two-thirds of our high school graduates each year…Norman Braman is a businessman and civic activist. Bob Martinez is a lawyer and former vice chair of the Florida Board of Education and served as chair of the Board of Trustees for Miami-Dade College from 1999 – 2005.


FAMU Professor receieves patent to combat MRSA “Superbug”
WTXL ABC 27
A Florida A&M University Professor is making strides towards eradicating a staph infection that’s been dubbed a “super bug.” Professor Seth Y. Ablordeppey has received a patent to develop an inexpensive compound that combats Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is a staph infection that is resistant to common antibiotics.  He is developing drug compounds using plants he found in Ghana, West Africa.  He found antibacterial activity in the plants that heals wounds.  He is looking at their extracts to see if one will kill MRSA.

Funeral today in St. Petersburg for FAU student shot to death by Boca Raton police
Palm Beach Post
There will be a funeral at 2 p.m. today for Adam Donohue, the Florida Atlantic University student and rugby player shot to death by Boca Raton police March 8, at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg…

Former FAU student pleads guilty to $10 million Ponzi scheme
Sun-Sentinel
Former Florida Atlantic University student Donald R. French Jr. transformed himself from suburban Detroit kid to international jet-setter with an acting credit in an Italian movie. His free-spending journey took him to 30 countries in just four years, but brought him Friday to a federal courtroom in West Palm Beach, where he admitted his glamorous life had been financed by fraud.

Moving up: Dr. Matthias Haury
Palm Beach Post
Haury is the new Chief Operating Officer at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (www.maxplanckflorida.org), where he is responsible for the scientific infrastructure and operations at the 10,000-square-foot biomedical building. He is busy establishing and managing the institute’s laboratories and scientific services and working on the budget…Stationed at Florida Atlantic University’s MacArthur Campus, the institute opened in December and has 90 employees and nine distinct groups investigating the many remaining mysteries of the brain.

Exhibit spans 40 years of artist’s photos
Tbo.com
Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College will present an exhibit of about 35 photographs by Tampa artist Suzanne Camp Crosby. The show begins Thursday and runs through May 2.

Roundup of political club news from Manatee County
Bradenton Herald
Southeast Manatee County Democratic Club luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. March 21 at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. The featured speaker will be Richard Coe, professor of economics at New College of Florida. His topic will be “The US Budget, Taxes, and Expenditures.”…

Author, NY restaurateur Eddie Huang will speak at Rollins College
Orlando Sentinel
Huang, 31, doesn’t mind the comparison to the intrepid author, chef and TV host. But it’s clear that Huang, who is the proprietor of Baohaus restaurant in New York City, has his own authentic edge when it comes to food and traditions.

Choice of new pope has opened dialogue at St. Leo University
Northwest News and Tribune
The selection of former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires to be the next Pope was an exciting time for Saint Leo University students and faculty, said Randall Woodard, associate professor of theology…”It’s great stuff for the classroom and it’s a great time for Catholics,” Woodard said.

Democracy is ‘compromise,’ former governor tells Stetson ‘senators’
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Stetson political science professor T. Wayne Bailey, founder of Stetson‘s Model Senate, said Graham is “very committed to promoting leadership and public service among our young people, which are central values to Stetson University.”

‘Giant’ Mosquitoes Set to Invade Florida This Summer
TIME
As if residents of the Sunshine State didn’t have enough to worry about, they should now be preparing themselves for a possible statewide infestation of supermosquitoes, according to University of Florida entomologists…Entomologists expect that a large crop of these mosquitoes could hatch this summer, given enough rainfall. “I wouldn’t be surprised, given the numbers we saw last year” when Tropical Storm Debbie inundated the area, said Phil Kaufman, an entomologist at the University.

USF professor next in Venice historical society’s Civil War series
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A history professor from the University of South Florida is the next speaker in the Venice Area Historical Society’s series about the Civil War. John M. Belohlavek will discuss the causes of the war at 7 p.m., March 26, at Village on the Isle 

Dr. Kyle Marrero is the finalist for the presidency of the University of West 
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
[Kyle] Marrero is currently vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, a position he has held since August 2009.

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College to host lecture on Andean mummies and archaeology of the Incas
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/15/2013)(readMedia)– Dr. Constanza Ceruti, the only female Andean high altitude archaeologist in the world, will give a lecture at Flagler College on “Andean Mummies, Sacred Mountains and the Archaeology of the Incas…

Law Students honored at National Convention
Stetson University Today
Stetson University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association was honored with the National Most Improved Chapter Award during the 45th annual National Black Law Students Convention in Atlanta, Ga., March 6-10. Out of more than 200 chapters in BLSA, Stetson’s BLSA was the only chapter to receive the coveted award.

Hundreds hear successes of UF startup companies
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How far can a technology startup go with the help of angel investors? Pretty far. The University of Florida’s seventh annual innovation showcase on Thursday featured 14 UF startup technology companies and a panel discussion with three successful startup entrepreneurs whose companies each were bought for more than $100 million…

UF Historic St. Augustine welcomes new historic attraction
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After two years of historical triage in St. Augustine, the University of Florida will take part this weekend in the opening of a new tourist attraction based on the city’s history. Colonial Quarter, a public-private enterprise, will open on a two-acre parcel between the east side of St. George Street and the city’s iconic fort, Castillo de San Marcos, said Linda Dixon, associate director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, which oversees UF Historic St. Augustine.

ImpactObesity: University of Miami to Host Hacking Competition to Find Innovative Solutions in Fight Against Obesity
PR.com (press release)
The University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Lift1428, a Miami-based innovation, design, and strategy firm devoted to the healthcare industry, will stage Impact Obesity, a hack-a-thon competition aimed at tackling the issues of obesity, starting at 8 a.m., March 23, and continuing on March 24, at UM’s Life Science & Technology Park…

Valencia College Theater to Stage ‘Eros in Veracruz,’ Winner of Playwright Competition
Valencia College News
The Valencia College Theater will present the first staging of playwright Jack McGrath’s original play, “Eros in Veracruz.” Show times are April 3-6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. The April 5 performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the playwright and the actors.

Valencia Uses Simulators To Train Cardiovascular Tech Students
Valencia College News
How do you teach students  to insert stents and balloons into arteries,  so they’re ready to work on real patients when they graduate? At Valencia College, students in the college’s Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) program learn by using training simulators that deliver a virtual-reality experience.  Valencia’s  CVT program educates and prepares students to become Invasive Cardiovascular Specialists known as a Cardiovascular Technologists (CVT).

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

Special Section: FL Board of Governors Inspector General’s report on FAMU hazing incident

REPORT: HAZING RULES IGNORED BEFORE DEATH AT FAMU
AP
A blistering state report released Friday contends that Florida A&M University officials failed to follow state laws and regulations on hazing in the years leading up to the death of a FAMU drum major. A 32-page report from the Florida Board of Governors inspector general’s office concludes that the school lacked internal controls to prevent or detect hazing, citing a lack of communication among top university officials, the police department and the office responsible for disciplining students.

State report blasts FAMU’s effort to fight hazing before Champion’s death
Orlando Sentinel
FAMU lacked the internal controls needed to identify and fight hazing before the beating death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando a year ago, according to a long-awaited investigative report released Friday afternoon. The sharply critical report lays out a host of problems that the State University System found during its year-long investigation focusing on the university’s failure to deter hazing in the years before Champion’s death…

BOG report is critical of FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat (subscription)
Florida A&M, like the state’s other public universities, is closed until Wednesday for the winter break. But that didn’t keep Florida’s Board of Governors from issuing a long-awaited, two-part report on Friday afternoon exploring a host of issues at Florida’s lone public historically black university. BOG’s investigation, begun in November 2011 following the hazing death of a Marching 100 drum major earlier that month, comes less than three weeks after FAMU’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, notified FAMU that it was being placed on probation for 12 months. SACS’ ruling focused on many of the same issues detailed in the BOG reports, which featured a 15-page overview of a lack of institutional controls on numerous fronts at FAMU and a 35-page account by BOG Inspector General Derry Harper of hazing issues at the university…

BOG: FAMU lacks ‘institutional controls’
Tallahassee Democrat (subscription)
Florida A&M University lacks institutional controls on numerous fronts, according to a Board of Governors preliminary report released this afternoon. The 13-month BOG investigation, prompted by issues within FAMU’s Office of Audit and Compliance and accelerated by the November 19, 2011 hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, has been expected for more than a month.

State University System

Red-Light Cameras’ Legality and Other Florida Supreme Court Cases to watch in 2013
FlaglerLive.com
BOARD OF GOVERNORS POWERS: Amid a broader debate about the costs of attending state universities, the Supreme Court is considering a long-running legal dispute about the powers of the Florida Board of Governors. The lawsuit, filed against the Legislature by a group that includes former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, centers on whether a 2002 constitutional amendment establishing the board gave it the authority to set tuition and fees. The constitutional amendment does not spell out that power, but plaintiffs argue it implicitly does…

FAMU ranks 16th in FCS football home game attendance
Blog: Rattler Nation
Despite the absence of the world-famous Marching “100”, the Rattler team still ranked No.16 in average home attendance in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2012. The Rattlers drew an average of 14,077 per home game, just 2,000 less than this year’s Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) leader South Carolina State. The Bulldogs pulled in 16,006 per game to pace the conference, ranking No.12 in the NCAA rankings.  The NCAA FCS data ranked a total of 134 schools…

Vero lets UF track tumors’ travel in the body
Gainesville Sun
Tumors are not static things inside the body. Especially metastatic ones that, by definition, spread by hijacking the bloodstream to reach their next destination organ. Until now, scientists have been unable to track tumors’ travel, but a new radiation technology is allowing them to watch tumor cells travel and multiply in real time and zap them en route. The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute is one of two places in the country to have a machine called Vero, which tracks the tumors and delivers high dosages of precisely targeted radiation therapy called SBRT — stereotactic body radiotherapy.

Day 2: Looking back on 2012
Gainesville Sun
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three stories, the first two looking back at 2012 and then, on New Year’s Day, a third story that will look ahead to 2013…A RECORD FOR RTS: Propelled by University of Florida and Santa Fe College students, the Regional Transit Service hit record numbers in daily and annual ridership. RTS totaled 10.74 million passengers for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 — up about 700,000 from the prior year’s record.

2012 USF Herd of Thunder’s Instruments on their way to London:

USF to join national study of HIV prevention pill in young men
Tampa Bay Times
HIV infections are rising more rapidly among young gay and bisexual males than any other group, the latest figures show. Now University of South Florida researchers are joining a national study to learn how well a new daily pill may protect this high-risk population.

State College System

FKCC faculty files complaint about cuts in cleaning
KeysNet
A reduction in cleaning services to save money at Florida Keys Community College has prompted a formal complaint from the school’s Faculty Council. Presented to the college’s Board of Trustees at its Dec. 3 meeting, council President Dawn Ellis wrote: “Classroom conditions are rapidly declining.” Ellis singled out as a primary concern whiteboards not being cleaned, even including a photograph of a smeared and stained board awaiting a teacher and class at 9:30 a.m.

Two separate probes are going on at FSCJ
Florida Times-Union
Two separate state investigations are under way at Florida State College at Jacksonville, but nothing has been made public so far about what they may reveal. Gov. Rick Scott ordered a review of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s direct support organization in October, asking the inspector general to look at all the foundation’s expenditures over a five-year period and review its policies on spending. And the Florida College System is also working on a review that’s twofold: examining what led to a program that automatically added majors to students’ records when they took certain courses, and ensuring the college is on safe financial footing…

Lake-Sumter becomes state college
Daily Commercial
Editor’s note. The Daily Commercial staff has picked the top five stories of 2012 in Lake and Sumter counties. Today: Lake-Sumter State College. Two of the biggest things in Lake-Sumter Community Colleges’s 50-year history took place this year: A name change and the authority to offer four-year degrees. Several focus groups — 700 community members, 500 students and 250 employees — first met in March and tossed around new name choices for Lake-Sumter Community College to reflect the school’s plans. After weighing choices like College of Lake-Sumter, Lake-Sumter State College, Florida Lakes College, Mid-Florida Lakes College, Lake-Sumter College, Lake-Sumter College of Florida, about two thirds of the vote went to Lake-Sumter State College…

NWF State College nursing graduates honored at pinning ceremony
Crestview News Bulletin
Northwest Florida State College at a Dec. 17 pinning ceremony recognized 28 students who completed the Associate of Science in Nursing degree…

Pensacola State College presents SWERVE Dance Company
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
The Pensacola State College Lyceum Series presents SWERVE/dance Company in concert at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium on Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Rollins classes focus on using business to solve social ills
Orlando Sentinel
Rollins College hopes to become a national leader in an emerging academic field that prepares graduates to make money while making the world a better place. Called social entrepreneurship, it focuses on using business principles to fix social problems…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: USF-TGH partnership must be regional priority
TBO.com
Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Health are essential to the public health and the region’s economic prosperity. Expanding their partnership, these two enterprises could make Tampa a national hub for innovative health-care techniques and biomedical businesses. So the obvious tension between the hospital and university bodes ill for the community. If frosty relations continue, neither entity is likely to fulfill its enormous potential. The local economy would be the big loser…

Thumb up: Popularity of Indian River State College continues to grow
TCPalm
RECORD CLASS: With the graduation last week of 1,996 Indian River State College students, that brought to 2,950 graduates for the year when combined with those in May, which is nearly triple the number of graduates from the school compared to nine years ago. And, it is a far cry from the 28 students who represented the college’s first graduating class in 1962…

Armstong: Education in Florida on uptick
Sun-Sentinel
As the end of the year approaches, I’d like to commend those who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Florida’s students.  Upon being asked, many of us could quickly name a teacher who had a significant impact on our lives.  I’d like to say thank you to all Florida teachers for the positive impact they make daily on our children and young adults…J. David Armstrong, Jr., is President of Broward College

Lytle: My 2012 Person of the Year award goes to …
Naples Daily News
…It could be Dudley Goodlette, who stepped into a very tough job at Edison State College — holding it together after trustees fired longtime president Kenneth Walker and while they searched for a permanent successor. Goodlette, a leader of every cause he touches and the epitome of class, did not need the assignment or to prove anything to anyone. But he took it and immersed himself. He was more than a caretaker. He was a hard-working lifesaver…


BOG ends wild goose chase, jumps off Julian White bandwagon
Blog: Rattler Nation
The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) jumped on the bandwagon of ex-Marching 100 Director Julian White shortly after FAMU announced his termination on Nov. 23, 2011. Yesterday, it officially jumped off…

Education a passion for FAU’s Jupiter campus Lifelong Learning Society executive director
Palm Beach Post
Fifteen years have passed since René Friedman started the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University. The program, which offers noncredit, university-level courses for learners of all ages, backgrounds and interests, has grown from 126 students in 1997 to more than 7,100 in 2012. Friedman, its executive director, oversees the Jupiter-based LLS program. A second Lifelong Learning Society at FAU’s Boca Raton campus has been active for more than 30 years…

Attorney: Davis not leaving Bucs for FIU
TBO.com
Butch Davis will not be leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become the new head coach at Florida International University, Davis’s attorney told the Tampa Tribune Sunday. Reports have suggested for weeks that Davis, a special assistant to Bucs coach Greg Schiano, would soon take over as the new coach at FIU, but Davis’ attorney, Jon Sasser, said Davis has no plans to do so.

Pagano endorses candidate for FIU
FOXSports.com
Even during his recovery from leukemia, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano still found time to try and help one of his peers. Pagano recently called Florida International University athletic director Pete Garcia with a recommendation to fill the school’s head coaching vacancy, FOXSports.com has learned…

FSU honors Miramar commissioner for second time
Sun Sentinel
Florida State University awarded Commissioner Wayne Messam with a National Distinguished Alumni Award. He is the first alumnus to receive the honor twice…

People to Watch 2013: Jeff Allbritten President, Edison State College
The News-Press
Jeff Allbritten’s to-do list didn’t just fill up one page. It could have filled a novel. A seemingly endless string of chores awaited Edison State College’s president when he took office July 31: fix accrediting violations that led to academic probation, restore the college’s reputation, hire a new leadership team, open a campus residence hall, visit employees on all four campuses, strengthen partnerships with other institutions, reinforce the college’s workforce-oriented mission, pursue new sources of funding and stop the enrollment slide…

Dr. Analia Castiglioni has joined the UCF Pegasus Health College 
Orlando Sentinel
Leslie Hielema was appointed vice president for The Orlando Center of Florida Institute of Technology

2012 Rewind: At FKCC, new leadership
KeysNet
Florida Keys Community College hit a milestone in 2012 as President Larry Tyree turned over the institutional reigns to new President Jonathan Gueverra.

Stetson plans community dialogues after Newtown shooting
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Stetson University President Wendy Libby is planning community dialogues in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut. In a statement released Saturday, Libby said that in the “coming months we will engage the greater community along with our students, faculty, staff and alumni in a dialogue about issues including mental health services, safe schools and communities, and gun violence. I encourage your participation in these important discussions.”

Race for Democratic chairman intensifies
Tallahassee Democrat
Allison Tant began seeking the chairmanship in November after working to elect Obama for the second time. She has won the support of party insiders in the state capital, as well as national Democrats like U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who also chairs the national party.Tant is a longtime children’s advocate and member of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

25 most powerful people in Central Florida
Orlando Sentinel
19. Deborah GermanUniversity of Central Florida College of Medicine dean (Last year: 22nd). UCF’s med school was meant to tell the rest of the world that Central Florida is serious when it comes to health care. And German, 62, is a key part of that. She’s respected and determined. And her stock keeps rising…

As 500th anniversary nears cities vie for title of Ponce de Leon’s landing spot
Tampa Bay Times
“Herrera [Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas] is sometimes known as the great plagiarist,” says Michael Francis, a Spanish-Florida historian at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. “He doesn’t have a lot of credibility.”

Quint Studer is the Pensacola News Journal’s Person of the Year 
Pensacola News Journal
…Also this year, the Studers [Quint and Rishy] gave $1 million to the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College for free tuition grants to needy students…

25 most powerful people in Central Florida
Orlando Sentinel
11. Sandy ShugartValencia College president (Last year: 25th). Last year, Shugart debuted on this list in 25th place after his school was recognized as the best community colleges in America. And his stock keeps rising. Shugart, 56, stays plugged in beyond the walls of his campus, serving on many nonprofit boards — while keeping mindful of his key mission: graduating students who are prepared to fill jobs.

Releases and Web Stories

United States Congressman Daniel Webster, United States Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Speak at Keiser University’s Winter Commencement
Keiser University media advisory
Contact: Kelli Lane / 954-235-0331 / kellil@keiseruniversity.edu
Dec. 28, 2012
Event Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Location: Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801 Event Details: Keiser University will hold its first ever statewide commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates throughout the state of Florida and those that attend classes online throughout the nation.  The University is pleased to announce that United States Congressman Daniel Webster of Florida’s 8th Congressional District and United States Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District will serve as the commencement speakers.  Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will provide welcoming remarks for over 400 graduates and the 2,500 expected guests…

Year in Review: Top news stories of 2012
Seminole State College
2012 was another year of changes and achievement for Seminole State College of Florida. Here’s a look at the top 12 news stories of 2012.

Sun Dome Spectacular
USF
View a slideshow of some of this year’s concerts and events at the Sun Dome since it reopened after substantial renovations.

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

FAMU Suspends Another Student Group Over Hazing Allegation
NPR (blog)
Florida A&M University, which is dealing with the deadly effects of hazing, has suspended another student group over new allegations of cruel treatment…

New FAMU chief tackles hazing
Orlando Sentinel
Last month trustees at Florida A&M University chose scientist and veteran FAMU administrator Larry Robinson to serve as interim president while they search for a permanent successor to former President James Ammons. In July, Ammons resigned under pressure, done in by the scandal surrounding last year’s hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion, as well as management and academic problems at FAMU. Robinson met recently with the Orlando Sentinel editorial board and talked about these issues. A video with interview excerpts is available online at goo.gl/xAqlu

FAMU dance team suspended
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
A female dance club at Florida A&M was suspended indefinitely Tuesday hours after university officials were notified of an alleged hazing incident during the Labor Day weekend. FAMU, which has suspended its famed Marching 100 band this school year following the November 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, has stressed a zero-tolerance approach to hazing…

FAU reports enrollment milestone
Sun-Sentinel
Florida Atlantic University has reached an enrollment milestone this year, with at least 30,000 students enrolled. That’s up from 29,313 last year. That’s up from 29,313 last year. The exact figures for this year haven’t been confirmed yet, but should be a couple of hundred above the 30,000 mark, officials said…

Rescued pilot whales transported to SeaWorld
WZVN-TV
Four short-finned pilot whales were transported from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Rehabilitation Center in Fort Pierce to SeaWorld Orlando by SeaWorld’s rescue team on Wednesday.

Alico ousts land chief
Gulf Coast Business Review
Recently, the company sold 5,200 acres near Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers for $10 million, sustaining a $55 million loss on the deal.

Commissioners agree to $2 million settlement in eminent domain case
Naples Daily News
Lee County commissioners agreed to pay a $2.1 million settlement in an eminent domain case involving the developer of housing near Florida Gulf Coast University.

Florida Polytechnic University one step closer to opening
ABC Action News
The multi-million dollar plans are impressive.  The empty plot of land, not so much.  But the build out for the new home of Florida Polytechnic University is still in the early stages, expected to open in the Fall of 2013. With the progress, Florida is one step closer to seeing its 12th public university.  What used to be a part of the University of South Florida will now be known as its own institution and by the current  Board of Trustees’ time table, Florida Polytechnic is heading for a target open date of Fall 2013.

Trustees Briefed on Campus Plan for Florida Polytechnic University
The Ledger
A nearly six-hour meeting Wednesday of the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees included a bus tour of the campus, an update over lunch on construction, and a sit-down meeting where the trustees determined how to officially get off the ground…

Tallahassee Film Festival to reschedule fall fest
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The shift in timing also allowed the Florida State University film school to play a larger role in helping book films and attract big names. On Wednesday, the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) decided to postpone its 2012 movie marathon…

United Way kicks off $2 million fund drive
The News Herald
The local United Way jump-started its community campaign on the Florida State University Panama City on Wednesday morning. The kickoff event had a football season theme, with a drumline and cheerleaders…

Local school awarded literacy grant
Bradenton Herald
Washington Monthly magazine has ranked New College of Florida No. 6 on a list of schools that give back to their country…

Hub for veterans being sought at UF
Gainesville Sun
UF has created a committee to consider the issue and look at what is being done elsewhere. Davis, an Army veteran studying finance at the university, said the university should establish a one-stop center where veterans obtain benefits, get counseling and meet…

UF to offer STEM degrees in Miami
The Independent Florida Alligator
Community college students in Miami have a chance to earn microbiology degrees from UF without the six-hour drive. The National Science Foundation’s undergraduate education division awarded to UF and Miami Dade College last month a $1.7 million grant to increase the number of students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math…

State College System

Broward College finalist for $1M community college excellence prize
Bizjournals.com (blog)
Broward College has been named one of 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, an award of high achievement and performance for U.S. community colleges.

Broward College Named to Top Ten List
NBC 6 Miami
Broward College has earned a big honor from an educational organization that could see it earning a big paycheck. The Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute named Broward College one of the top 10 community colleges in the country.

44 nurses in GCSC’s first bachelor’s program in nursing
The News Herald
A mannequin that bleeds and blinks is all part of a day’s work for some students at Gulf Coast State College. Students in the inaugural class of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program use the dummy as part of their complex clinical scenarios section. The class has 44 students ranging from recently graduated RNs to those who have been RNs for 10 or 15 years.

SF College a finalist for Aspen Prize
Gainesville Sun
David Durkee stood at the lectern before nearly 600 people to reveal a secret. In the seats of the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College sat students, faculty, staff and members of Congress. Onstage behind Durkee, the student body president, trustees and administrators listened eagerly. “Santa Fe College has been named one of the top 10 colleges in the country,” he said, barely finishing before a trumpet fanfare blasted through the loudspeakers and the feverish crowd got on its feet. After weeks of hinting at a major announcement, SF officials announced Wednesday the school was named one of 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which recognizes achievement among the best community colleges in the country.

President Obama to appear Saturday at St. Petersburg College in Seminole
Tampabay.com
President Barack Obama will hold a grass roots rally Saturday morning at St. Petersburg College‘s Seminole Campus at Natural Habitat Park Field. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 p.m. today at these locations: OFA-FL Office — St. Petersburg, 951 Central Ave., Suite B; OFA-FL Office — Pinellas Park, 6537 Park Blvd.; OFA-FL Office — Largo, 225 West Bay Drive; OFA-FL Office — Clearwater, 1820 Drew St.; OFA-FL Office — Ybor City, 1702 N 14th St.; St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, University Partnership Center, 9200 113th St. N.

Thousands line up for Obama appearance at St. Petersburg College
Tampabay.com
Sweltering heat and long lines didn’t deter thousands of people around the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday from picking up tickets to President Barack Obama’s Saturday speech at St. Petersburg College‘s Seminole Campus…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Daytona police: Shots fired from SUV injure man
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A 27-year-old man shot six times at passengers in a car from the back seat of a sport utility vehicle near Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach police said Wednesday…

What Is Working: Exploring Solutions To America’s Job Crisis (LIVE BLOG)
Huffington Post
Today, HuffPost is hosting the second part of the series, in Charlotte during the DNC. Watch here for a live blog of the proceedings, featuring the posts, tweets, and photos of students from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Lynn University

UM to extend emphasis on humanities
The Miami Hurricane
The humanities department at UM will further spread its wings in the year-long event, “Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami.”

Community Bulletin
Winter Park/Maitland Observer
At Rollins College, first year students got to work immediately by participating in SPARC (Service Philanthropy Activism Rollins College), a day when all incoming students contribute their time to community service projects throughout Central Florida..

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Mixing it up
MiamiHerald.com
The half-hour show, by the producers of Designing Spaces, pits students from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale against one another, with [RalphPagano dreaming up the challenges.

Community Colleges Leverage Predictive Analytics
Campus Technology
David Shulman, AVP for online and instructional technology at Broward College is getting his institution started on predictive analytics, and ramping up fast by mapping all gen ed courses to learning outcomes–providing data for an analytics program linked to Broward’s Desire2Learn LMS…

Expert explains DNC star speaker list
Fox 4
And they’ll need them again this year, like Edison State College Students. They’re part of the very base dems are targeting with star-studded lineups. “Will it affect your vote?” asked Sarann to Linnea Neace, a freshman at Edison.

FAMU adds MC Lyte to halftime entertainment lineup
WTXL ABC 27
-Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues to add to its halftime entertainment lineup during it’s “enhanced” football experience, which doesn’t include the school’s famed “Marching 100″ band. The university has confirmed Hip-Hop legend MC Lyte will perform during the third home game against South Carolina State University on October 20.

Jellyfish migration a painful, but not unusual, encounter for Naples beach-goers
Naples Daily News
Jellyfish experts have been abuzz for years about reports of explosions of jellyfish populations around the world with some speculating that climate change, poor water quality and overfishing of jellyfish predators are to blame, Florida Gulf Coast University associate professor of biology Robert Erdman said…

South Florida Professor Explains $16 Trillion Debt
NBC 6 Miami
Although the analogy is often made, our country’s debt is not similar to our personal debt, according to Jose Gabilondo, an associate professor of law at Florida International University. “I can’t borrow indefinitely, you can’t, but the government can. In a way, it’s not the number that matters,” said [JoseGabilondo. “What matters is can you make your monthly payment? And are your creditors still lending to you? The answer for our country, is yes.”

Florida judges objecting to some new court rules
Jackson County Floridan
“A rule that limits speech or that compels speech is bound to cause mischief, and this rule does both of those things,” former Florida State University president Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte told the justices.

Will College Students Show Up?
Inside Higher Ed
Among the supporters speaking briefly to delegates was a student at Miami Dade College, Johanny Adames, who said the grant was instrumental in helping her attend college. “President Obama knows that education is how kids like me can follow a path of opportunity and work their way into the middle class,” Adames said. “And he fought to expand Pell Grants so nearly 10 million young Americans can have that opportunity.

Flipping the White House
Daily Commercial
Three student interns from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasoto — Klarissa Parduba, Marysol Stepanof and James Cheredia are joined by instructor Ed Cheetham to round out the group.

Famed lighting designer Luc Lafortune speaks at Rollins College
Orlando Sentinel
Renowned lighting designer Luc Lafortune will lead discussions at Rollins College this week on the ideas and inspirations that have motivated his work. A native of Montreal, Lafortune has worked with Cirque du Soleil since its inception…

Obama Has 3 Ways To Win Florida, And They All Look Good
Mediaite
“I always think of Central Florida — the I-4 corridor — as the tipping point of the state,” said Aubrey Jewitt, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida.

Nelson’s convention profile low
Tbo.com
Mack, on the other hand, likely needed convention exposure more than Nelson, said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett, because he’s not as well known as Nelson.

How will opposing fans treat Penn State in road games?
Florida Today
“There seem to be no limits to what some people are willing to say or do,” said Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

WNBA receives top marks for diversity hires
NOLA.com
The league received a combined “A-plus” for its diversity efforts in grades released Wednesday in the annual report by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. “Since the time we started covering the WNBA, they’ve had the best record in of all pro sports,” said Richard Lapchick, the study’s main author.

World-Record Laser Blast Lasts 67 Quintillionths of a Second
Wired
“While one can take snap shot images of a flying bullet with microsecond light pulses, now scientists study electron motions with attosecond pulses,” physicist Zenghu Chang of the University of Central Florida wrote in an email to Wired.

Former Florida Dean Takes Helm at Georgia College
13WMAZ
Georgia College has a new president. Steve Dorman officially took the post September 1. Dorman comes to Milledgeville form Gainesville, Florida, where he spent 6 years as dean of the college of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida

Bill Clinton could be key in helping Obama in Florida
Ocala
“Bill Clinton is golden in Florida,” said Dan Smith, a University of Florida political science professor. Clinton, who is morphing into the role of the party’s elder statesman, has a long history of doing well with Florida voters…

Ex-police chief in China political scandal charged with defection, power abuse 
Washington Post
However, University of Miami China expert June Teufel Dreyer said authorities might be holding back in the face of a lack of consensus or uncertainty how to proceed within such a tight time frame. “The door’s still open to prosecute Bo at a future time 

UM’s Dean of the College of Engineering James M. Tien aims to take school to 
Miami Today
The University of Miami College of Engineering and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have forged a partnership of sorts in the person of Dr. James M. Tien, a soft-spoken scholar whose mission as dean at UM engineering is loud and clear: take UM to the next level…

Historian presents presidents’ program at UNF
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Doris Kearns Goodwin, a widely known historian and author, will discuss “Former U.S. Presidents and Their Mark on the World” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the University of North Florida Arena in a free program…

Hurricane Isaac: BP Oil May Be Resurfacing In Aftermath Of Storm
Huffington Post
Rip Kirby, a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida, has been studying tar balls on Gulf beaches since the April 2010 disaster, including some that washed up after Tropical Storm Debby hit the Florida coast this June. “The ones we’ve tested are a 100 percent match to [Deepwater Horizon],” Kirby said. “And the tar balls we’ve found after Isaac look identical to those we found after Debby. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.”

Not all Dems are ready yet to return Crist’s hug
The News-Press
Susan MacManus, the political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa and an expert on Florida politics, said because Crist has been popular in the past, Democrats are willing to take a look at him now…

Governors bucking Obamacare gamble with women’s health
UPI.com
“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.

Theories, models and the future of science
Scientific American (blog)
How accurate remains to be seen, but it’s worth noting that there are already books that make a case for an independent, study-worthy philosophy of modeling and simulation; a recent book by the University of South Florida philosopher Eric Winsberg for instance extols philosophers of science to treat models not just as convenient applications and representations of theories (which are then the only fundamental things worth studying) but as ultimate independent explanatory devices in themselves that deserve separate philosophical consideration…

Business people
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired two professors, Wan Yang and Joe Askren

Bradenton mayoral candidates to speak at Manatee Tiger Bay Club luncheon 
Bradenton Herald
The candidates are incumbent Wayne Poston, Ward 2 Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee professor Richard O’Brien.

Releases and Web Stories

HostDime.com Provides Free Web Hosting for Full Sail University Students
PR Web
International web hosting provider HostDime.com, Inc. has provided Full Sail University’s Internet Marketing degree program students with free web hosting…

GCSC To Host “College Night”
wmbb
Gulf Coast State College is hosting its annual “College Night” on Thursday, September 13, from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Union East 

IRSC offers hospitality course
TCPalm
All classes will be held at the Indian River State College Mueller campus in the Richardson Center. For more information, call Veronica Torres at Workforce Solutions 772-494-2100 ext. 305 or emailvmtorres@tcjobs.org.

Planetarium holding Star Party
TCPalm
Kicking off the new Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium season is a free Star Party and Open House at the planetarium from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce.

Brian Pirttima named director for Lynn University’s new Center for Learning Abroad
Lynn University
As part of Lynn University’s plan to expand its study abroad opportunities, the school has established the new Center for Learning Abroad, and Brian Pirttima, a professional with more than a decade of intercultural experience, has been named director of the center…

Hispanic National Summit to Feature Panel Hosted by Maria Elena Salinas
HispanicBusiness.com
Scheduled to take place September 24 at Miami Dade College, the inaugural summit is sponsored by the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (FMCRC) and the New America Alliance (NAA).

Joanna Clark: Running Away From the Oracle
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College invites the community to witness the creative and refreshing artwork of Joanna Clark 7-9 p.m. Friday, September 7 in the Santa Fe Art Gallery.

ACCENT brings experts to debate legalization of marijuana
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the editor of High Times Magazine will go head-to-head Sept. 24 at the University of Florida in “The Great Weed Debate: Heads vs. Feds.” Bob Stutman is a 25-year veteran of the DEA, rising through the ranks and retiring as head of their New York office, the world’s largest. Steve Hager, editor-in-chief of the magazine for more than 15 years, will debate at 8 p.m. in University Auditorium.

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

New rules at FAMU for student clubs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
“We wanted to make sure we had an intake process that preserved academic integrity of students who joined clubs and organizations,” said FAMU Student Government Vice President Michael Jefferson.

Freshmen Move Into Dorms; Fewer Students on FAMU’s Campus
WCTV
There’s no official word yet on what kind of impact the hazing scandal at FAMU may have had on student enrollment. But, as freshmen start moving in on campus this week, preliminary enrollment numbers show almost 3,000 students fewer than last fall.

FAMU student clubs to resume recruiting members
WPEC
Florida A&M University is lifting a ban on student clubs and organizations from recruiting new members. Former FAMU President James Ammons imposed the ban back in January following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion and the arrests of several FAMU students on charges of hazing other students.

Area schools, colleges keeping an eye on Isaac
Naples Daily News
School officials at Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University said they plan to meet Friday to finalize plans…

Historic FSU chimes are coming home
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
One of Florida State University’s heirlooms is coming home today. University officials will hold a press conference at noon at Dodd Hall to accept a set of chimes once used in the university dining hall.

Area schools wait to see what Isaac will do before making storm-related decisions
Orlando Sentinel
University of Central Florida on Thursday said it was still too early to decide whether to cancel classes. Officials are monitoring the storm and say they will communicate directly with students via the university’s website at http://www.ucf.edu 

UF reports slight enrollment jump, rising 322 from last fall
Gainesville Sun (blog)
The University of Florida’s enrollment slightly increased this fall, fueled in part by a growing number of business and engineering students. UF reported a total enrollment of 48,975 as the fall semester started Wednesday, an increase of 322 from fall 

College-Branded Pop Tarts Hit Shelves (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post
Kellogg has released some new limited-edition Pop-Tarts that might excite some college sports fans — the toaster pastries have university logos on them. The strawberry-flavored Pop-Tarts will be available in Tar Heel Berry, University of Florida Florida Gators’ Strawberry, University of Georgia Bulldog Berry, University of Michigan Go Blue Strawberry, and Arkansas Razorbacks Razorback Red starting in early September…

UNF investigating rape report; arrest made in JU attack
Florida Times-Union
On the same day police announced an arrest in a sexual battery at Jacksonville University, students across town at the University of North Florida were reacting with caution but not necessarily fear following the report of a rape at a new gym there…

Police investigate UNF sexual assault
WJXT Jacksonville
University of North Florida police are trying to narrow down who could have sexually assaulted a woman in a locker room inside the new Student Wellness Complex on campus Tuesday night…

Opportunities abound for students to enjoy themselves, on and off campus
Tbo.com
Educators at the University of South Florida hope their students do much more than study, attend classes and do homework. They want them to enjoy themselves as well…

Campus events help students feel connected
Tbo.com
For new students, the campus of the University of South Florida in Hillsborough County can feel as much like a new city as a new school. Starting one’s college years can be both hectic and intimidating, which is why the university hosts the Week of Welcome and Family Weekend as a way to help students and their families adjust to college life…

USF to unveil new Veterans Achievement Center
Tbo.com
The University of South Florida will host a ribbon cutting for its new Veterans Achievement Center on Thursday, Aug. 30…

State College System

Daytona State College board OKS feasibility study on 4-year nursing degree
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College will conduct a feasibility study about adding a four-year degree in nursing. The board voted Thursday to move forward with collecting additional data on the need for the college to offer a bachelor of science …

Tropical Storm Isaac: Southwest Florida officials, business owners prepare
Lehigh Acres News Star
Edison State College just released a statement that officials continue monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac, but no events or classes have been canceled.

Edison State College monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac
Naples Daily News
Edison State College officials have activated the emergency response protocol and are monitoring the development and progress of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Edison State College sees 12 percent drop in enrollment
The News-Press
Fall enrollment at Edison State College is down 12 percent, a nearly 1,900-student drop officials attribute to a national slowing of college registrations.

FSCJ board approves Pell Grant plan, but trustee asks who’s to blame
Florida Times-Union
An outside report on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s financial aid problems did not place blame, but college board members Thursday demanded someone be held accountable…

New America Alliance Institute Announces First American Latino National Summit
HispanicBusiness.com
Miami Dade College (MDC) will host a summit that will emphasize the economic case for American Latino advancement, including wealth building, education, immigration, civic participation and American Latino leadership across sectors.

Economy is rebounding, business leaders say, but reputation of 
Palm Beach Post
Educator Dennis Gallon can tell the economy is improving because once-skyrocketing enrollment at Palm Beach State College has fallen…

PSC welcomes new students
Pensacola Business Journal
Pensacola State College is holding Welcome Week activities for students, staff and faculty that started today and will last through Aug. 30.

Grant aids engineering technology at PSC
News Chief
Polk State College has been awarded a $900000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The college plans to use the money to convert its engineering technology associate’s degree format…

Independent Colleges and Universities

EWC postpones its Success Park opening
Florida Times-Union
The stage was all set Thursday for Edward Waters College to unveil its public park for Jacksonville residents. And then Mother Nature stepped in. Due to unforeseen amounts of rain in the last few days, EWC leaders have postponed their opening of Success Park. City officials, along with EWC staff and New Town Success Zone leaders are trying to detemine what day in late September they can re-schedule the event. They’ll know in a few days…

New exhibition, artist talk in Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
St. Augustine Record
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, on the Flagler College campus, presents an upcoming exhibition and project organized by Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher. “Before and After 1565” is a participatory examination of St. Augustine’s Native American …

2012 Florida Heritage Book Fest Returns in September!
450years.com
Come Celebrate Florida’s rich and colorful heritage September 13th thru 15th here in St Augustine. This three-day festival is a must for book lovers and up-and-coming authors of today! Florida Heritage Book Fest offers a wonderful opportunity each year to gather with famous authors, fellow book-lovers, and publishing professionals at their special events and workshops in St Augustine. This year’s event includes a tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Buchanan. Edna Buchanan will receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Heritage Book Festival on Friday September 14th at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort 500 S. Legacy Trail, St Augustine, Florida 32092…On Saturday September 15th Ms. Edna Buchanan will sign her books in the Marketplace of Flagler College‘s Ringhaver Center – 50 Sevilla Street, St Augustine, Fl. 32084 at 9:00 am. Free trolley service will be provided from the city parking garage. The Marketplace will be open from 9:00 -5:00 pm with book sales, signings by different authors, book-related vendors, and door prizes. This part of the event is free to the public.

Jacksonville police arrest man in JU rape case
Florida Times-Union
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in the reported Aug. 7 rape of a woman on the campus of Jacksonville University, police said…

Stetson to offer free political campaign training Sept. 8
Daytona Times
Stetson University will host its third annual “Politics 101” conference on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The free, one-day crash course gives the nuts and bolts of political campaigning.

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

All we want is a chance, an undocumented student says
McClatchy Washington Bureau
I’m an undocumented student who wants to be in the college classroom. I’ve lived in Miami for 17 years and am attending Florida International University. But because I’m undocumented, my tuition is supposed to cost $1,239 more per class than a “regular” student…Nicolas Wulff is a 21-year-old undocumented student who has lived in Miami since the age of 5. He wants to major in international relations and economics at Florida International University


Link Honored with FAU “President’s Distinguished Service Medallion”
TCPalm
Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders recently honored Vero Beach resident and former Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute managing director Marilyn C. Link with the “President’s Distinguished Service Medallion” at FAU’s Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton. The honor was presented in recognition of Link’s leadership of Harbor Branch and the Link Foundation, both of which were cited in the commencement program for playing “major roles in the development of FAU’s internationally known ocean engineering and marine science programs.”

Polk Jailers Cater to Inmates’ Religious Diets
The Ledger
Florida Southern College professor and Jewish historian Dr. Catherine Eskin says it is not only beneficial for the inmate to have access to kosher foods, but beneficial to society as a whole. “One of the things we are trying to do as a society is to rehabilitate prisoners,” Eskin said. “It is to the advantage of society that we offer prisoners the option to take control of their lives by taking control of their diets.”

A Changing Landscape for US Astronomy
SkyandTelescope.com
Eric Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology) fumes, “It is simply not acceptable to cut off the community’s access to midsize optical telescopes, as well as the GBT and VLBA. This is why the National Observatories were created…

Florida Keys’ Citizens Look to Lower Islands’ Risk Profile and Rates
Insurance Journal
Pat Maroney, director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center, said the center is working to compile specific construction and geographic information on colleges in the state’s university system to provide more information to the modelers and reduce reinsurance costs.  Maroney, a professor at Florida State University, said the project is based on one that Disney World conducted in 2006 after its reinsurance costs increased after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma…

Martin: ‘We are fighting for our country’
Greenville Daily Reflector (blog)
“We must vote for the Susan Martins of the country,” said Dr. John Moor, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Florida State University College of Medicine and a critic of the Affordable Care Act, which often is called Obamacare…

Longtime JU educator, activist dies
WJXT Jacksonville
Janet R. Johnson, who became the first African-American faculty member of Jacksonville University in 1971, died at her home Wednesday morning of natural causes…

Romney Must Use GOP Convention to Reintroduce Himself to America
NewsMax.com
Mitt Romney needs to use the Republican National Convention as a platform to reintroduce himself to the American people as a good father, loving husband, and proud American, Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida, tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview. Watson, whose school will play host to the final presidential debate before the election, said that in order for Romney to connect with undecided and independent voters he must make an emotional connection, noting that in politics, “personality trumps policy.”

Don’t call it a dorm: NIU students move into $6500-per-semester 
SouthtownStar
That is from Edward Dadez, a professor who now is a vice president at Saint Leo University in Florida. In an online essay, he says dormitory is “an archaic term used to describe a building where students reside (and) is outdated and contrary to the beliefs of professionals in the field of student development. The current language designates these buildings as residence halls and/or living-learning centers.”

Scholarship set for SCF student killed in April crash
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The family of a State College of Florida student who died in a car accident reportedly caused by a drunken driver has established a scholarship fund in his memory. Michael Walton-Rabbitt, 25, of North Port, died April 12 after his northbound car on North River Road collided with a truck driven by Avery Britt Dillard, 26…

Want job help? Dress the part
Florida Today
Lonny Butcher, director of the Office of Career Connections at the University of Central Florida, supports Brevard Workforce’s efforts on attire. He noted that beginning this semester, students in UCF’s master’s of business administration program will be required to attend classes in business casual attire. “I think it’s a good thing,” Butcher said. “One of the things about these work force agencies, like Brevard Workforce, is that you never know who you’re going to run into. There may be employers there. If a job-seeker comes in and they don’t look professional, then that may be an opportunity they miss out on.”

Do party platforms really matter?
Washington Post (blog)
“The nominee knows that he cannot be punished or rewarded for following the party platform,” and may break from the party to appeal to independent voters, says Teri Fine, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida

Son of Michael Jordan pleads to disturbing the peace in Omaha
Omaha World-Herald
[Marcus] Jordan was listed as a senior guard on the University of Central Florida basketball roster at the time of the incident, but has since left the team…

‘So You Think You Can Dance': UCF student continues
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
University of Central Florida junior Tiffany Maher is one of the Top Eight finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” She will perform next at 8 p.m. Wednesday…

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD, FAAP: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Gainesville Sun
Dr. [DebraEsernio-Jenssen moved to Gainesville in 2010, to become the Medical Director of the University of Florida, Child Protection Team. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen‘s selfless dedication to improving the health and well being of children in our community makes her deserving of the Spirit of Gainesville Award. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen has devoted her life to serving the most vulnerable population, abused and neglected children. She is a highly sought after mentor and advisor to medical students, pediatric residents and young faculty…

UF frat boys chase burglary suspect
Orlando Sentinel
Police say a burglary suspect ran after he was spotted in the bedroom of the Kappa Alpha fraternity’s house mother at the University of Florida. But he didn’t get far. According to a police report, some fraternity members chased 23-year-old Solomon Jamel Taylor III early Thursday morning and held him down until police arrived…

Tick-borne illness on rise in Tenn; Lyme cases spark debate
Knoxville News Sentinel
University of North Florida researcher Kerry Clark has said he has found the bacteria that causes Lyme in southern states and will test ticks submitted to him from the southeastern United States as part of his research…

Ohio Man’s Shooting of Ailing Wife Raises Questions About ‘Mercy Killings’
New York Times
Donna Cohen, a professor of aging and mental health at the University of South Florida who has studied the issue extensively, worries that, though such killings are rare now, their numbers could rise as baby boomers — who are more prone to depression than their parents’ generation — grow older and geriatric care lags behind…

Presidential Campaign Ads Target Seniors In Fla., Younger Voters In NH
NPR (blog)
Seniors make up about a quarter of the electorate in Florida — a higher percentage than in almost any other state. But political scientist Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida questions the senior focus, especially for Obama. “It’s stupid,” she said. MacManus says most seniors have already made up their minds. And in general, they’re befuddled by the conflicting claims about Medicare. “The nonstop ads on Medicare are confusing them,” she said, “so they end up believing their own candidate.” She says Obama won Florida narrowly in 2008 by turning out young people and minorities — and that’s where he should focus his efforts.

NASA Asks “How Did Phosphorus Become a Key Building Block of Life on Earth?”
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
A team of astrobiologists, led by Matthew Pasek of the University of South Florida, is now studying how phosphorus biochemistry may have originated at the dawn of life. Their work is being supported by NASA’s Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program…

Florida’s ‘Fab 5′ land coveted RNC speaking slots
Tbo.com
“He is without equal within the Republican Party,” said Darryl Paulson, a retired University of South Florida political scientist and a Republican. Bush is in demand as a speaker off the convention floor next week.

Politics Post-9/11: “The After Party” Exposes Civil Liberties Crisis on the 
Huffington Post
Paul Sector, a University of South Florida professor of organizational psychology, told the Tampa Bay Times that the ubiquity of cameras–both protestor-held and government sanctioned–may actually hold people more responsible for their actions…

Tropical Storm Isaac expected to rebound as hurricane as it moves toward Florida
Tampabay.com
University of South Florida geology professor Ping Wang predicted that a stronger and faster storm like Isaac would bring higher waves and more dune erosion than Debby. The sandbars will slow down the water somewhat, he said, but are likely too small …

 

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

Brogan to FAMU: Cut number of low-performing students
Orlando Sentinel
State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan said he is pressing Florida A&M University to make bigger cuts to the number of low-performing students allowed to attend the school.

FAMU Scientists Look To The Stars for Clean Energy Source- SLIDESHOW
WCTV
The term “Reach for the stars” has new meaning for scientists at Florida A&M University (FAMU) who are attempting to harness the power of stars like the sun in the form of fusion energy…

Boca’s ‘future physicians’ get white coats
Sun-Sentinel
More than 200 business, political, medical and professional people turned out, all 64 white coats were underwritten, and at least $50,000 was raised for the second incoming class of 64 medical students at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine…

Ride2FGCU helps match carpoolers
Wink News
With gas prices on the rise and parking always a premium, Florida Gulf Coast University has created a carpooling solution. Ride2FGCU makes it easier for students and staff to get a lift to and from campus and uses social media…

Among top 25 party schools UF, FSU
Sun-Sentinel
Florida made the grades this week as Newseek releases its list of the top 25 party schools in the nation. Two schools made the cut this year, after being a no-show in last year’s rankings. This year’s list puts the University of Florida at No. 9 and Florida State University at No. 13.

Tailgating Guide: University of Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Yahoo! Sports
Whether you’re a Florida Gators football fan ready to get your Gator chomp on down at “The Swamp” or an opposing team out-of-towner, it’s time for “TailGators” to get ready for game-day festivities at the University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. While the University of Florida (UF) consistently ranks in the top 10 party schools, most recently as the top party school of the decade, and Gator fans are still one of the college football tailgating masters, there are guidelines and rules to follow when tailgating. Smart TailGators will thoroughly review the official Florida Gatorsdetailed game-day guide when planning to attend any home game…

UCF ranked No. 1 least rigorous school
Central Florida Future
UCF was ranked No. 1 least rigorous school in Newsweek’s recently released 2012 Best Colleges list. The list of the 25 least rigorous colleges included a list of schools where students found the workload easiest when normalized by the aptitude of the student body. UCF wasn’t the only Florida institution to rank at the top of the list – Florida State University ranked directly behind UCF at No. 2, University of South Florida ranked No. 4, Florida Atlantic University ranked No. 14 and University of Florida ranked No. 21.

Thumbs up, thumbs down
Florida Today
Thumbs down: To the University of Central Florida for heavy sanctions it received last week from the NCAA, which found major recruiting violations within the school’s football and men’s basketball programs…

State College System

Broward College to offer classes in Coral Springs this October
Broward Net Online
Residents of Coral Springs and surrounding areas can register for college classes close to home beginning October 22 when Broward College opens its Coral 

Broward College Offering Classes in Coral Springs this October
Coral Springs Talk
Students new to Broward College may apply online now at www.broward.edu or at the North Campus, located at 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. in Coconut Creek…

Edison nursing program gains accreditation
Lehigh Acres News Star
Although its first accrediting decision didn’t go so well this summer, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission had some good news today for Edison State College. Edison’s baccalaureate nursing program now is a nationally accredited …

Report says lax financial aid culture led to FSCJ’s Pell Grant 
Florida Times-Union
A “lax culture” and poorly trained staff led to at least 1,300 Florida State College at Jacksonville students receiving Pell Grants they may have to repay, according to an outside review.

FSCJ board reports on grant problems
WJXT Jacksonville
More than 1,300 students from Florida State College at Jacksonville will still have to pay back more than $3 million in grant money they were given by mistake…

“Cultural” problems at FSCJ led to financial aid troubles
WOKV
A culture change. That’s what the man in charge of reviewing financial aid procedures at Florida State College at Jacksonville says we need to see in order to fix the problems in current procedures…

IRSC offers Veterans Retraining program
TCPalm
Indian River State College is providing U.S. military veterans the opportunity to learn in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program…

Should Student Evaluations Be Anonymous?
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Gainesville Sun broke a story on July 19 that has potentially significant implications for postsecondary instructors across the country. The story concerned a lawsuit brought by Darnell Rhea, an adjunct instructor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., who claimed that his contract was not renewed because a student filed a complaint against him. The e-mail “complains of Rhea’s classroom behavior, his humiliating remarks to students, and his unorthodox teaching methodologies.” Rhea simply argued in his lawsuit that he wanted an opportunity to defend himself, but couldn’t because he didn’t know the identity of his accuser, yet the circuit court dismissed his case…

TCC named among best places to work
Tallahassee Democrat
It’s been a heady month in the national spotlight for Tallahassee Community College. Jim Murdaugh, TCC’s president, testified before a U.S. Senate panel studying college affordability on July 19 about how the 14,000-student school was able to avoid raising tuition for the coming school year. And in Monday’s edition of the highly respected The Chronicle of Higher Education, TCC was named one of the country’s “great colleges to work for.” TCC was one of five Florida schools among the 103 that were recognized in the Chronicle’ssurvey of 294 educational institutions nationwide…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Security guard shoots would-be robber at Melbourne Internet cafe
Central Florida News 13
Melbourne police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the Allied Veterans Internet Cafe, on the 3200 block of Babcock Street, not far from the Florida Institute of Technology campus.

Stetson holds 1st football practice in 56 years
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The last time Stetson University held a football practice, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for re-election and “I Love Lucy” was the most popular show on television…

Stover Theatre demolition delayed
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The demolition of Stover Theatre, scheduled to begin on Monday, has been put on hold until next week, a Stetson University spokeswoman said. Mary Anne Rogers, director of public relations, said crews halted the demolition so officials could dismantle the theatrical fly system to give to the Athens Theatre in DeLand. The fly system is used to raise and lower onstage curtains and backdrops. Rogers said officials hope to begin the demolition on Aug 13…

Stetson University partners with Boston Reed to offer Pharmacy Technician 
Florida Courier
Celebration and DeLand, Fla. – As demand for skilled healthcare workers increases, Stetson University is launching a new, affordable healthcare training program.

U of Miami cancer drug thefts topped $14 million
MiamiHerald.com
An investigation into the theft of prescription drugs at a University of Miami cancer center has found that the total loss topped $14 million over a three-year period…

ACLU hosts RNC info forum
Bay News 9
In a crowded auditorium at the University of Tampa Tuesday night, police, public defenders, attorneys, members of the ACLU and potential protestors met face to face to talk about meshing security with the right to free speech.

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: FAMU down to its last number on accountability
Palm Beach Post
The self-protective culture that has shamed Penn State University threatens Florida A&M; University. Last month, the FAMU trustees told James Ammons that his resignation as president would be effective immediately, not in October, as Dr. Ammons had proposed. Dr. Ammons deserved to go, and not just for his weak response to the hazing death last November of band member Robert Champion. Over five years, Dr. Ammons failed to fix administrative problems that were exposed a decade ago, after the resignation of President Frederick Humphries. As with Dr. Humphies and Fred Gainous, who was forced out as president in 2004, Dr. Ammons will be rewarded for failure. He gets nearly $100,000 in bonus money on top of the $341,000 annual salary he will receive while on a year-long sabbatical. When that ends, he becomes FAMU’s highest-paid tenured professor…

Goodfellow: He’s got a year-old technology degree from one of Florida’s largest universities  and still can’t find a job
TCPalm
Like millions of other Americans, I need a job. In 2011, I received my bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in information engineering technology and started the arduous process of applying for positions within my field. My skills include operating systems, computer networks, computer and network security, project design and development, systems design and implementation, operating systems security, technical writing and communication, project development and execution…

Letters: Applauding Marianna’s rich theater heritage
Jackson County Floridan
Before the parade passes by and the curtain rises on the stage of the new Chipola College Performing Arts Center, it is fitting to recall and remember some Marianna residents who have and are still entertaining and informing us. Some began their careers on the old Chipola Junior College stage. Others just “struck out” on their own to find successful careers on stage, in film and television. All graduated from Marianna High School…Tom Wilkinson – Marianna


Youngest Bachelor’s Graduate at FAU Follows Up With Master’s
NBC 6 Miami
At age 17, Samuel Greene became the youngest person to graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree. Now he has his master’s at just 20. Getting his graduate degree in computer science is “really exciting,” Greene said.

Incumbents rarely upset in Collier County elections
Naples Daily News
“It’s pretty rare that an incumbent at the local level is voted out,” said Peter Bergerson, a political science professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. That’s definitely the case in Collier County…

Woman dead, daughter injured in stabbing
7Online WSVN-TV
Miami Gardens Police said 39-year-old Alphonso Gerard Lucas turned himself in, in connection to the stabbing that left Terrilyn D Gray dead and her daughter, recent Florida International University graduate Curtina Gray in the hospital…

Dr. Modesto Maidique
Politic365
What Makes The Person A Game Changer: Dr. Modesto Maidique was president of Florida International University. Prior to FIU, he held academic appointments at M.I.T., Harvard and Stanford University, and was co-founder and CEO of several companies.

Former FSU prof Juanita Gibson dies
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Juanita Gibson was a political science professor for 12 years at Florida State University before she moved into the Westcott Building, where she was a highly regarded executive assistant to three FSU presidents.

Ex-Fla. House speaker suing state for legal costs
Wink News
(Ray) Sansom faced official misconduct, perjury and grand theft charges over earmarking $6 million so Northwest Florida State College could build a Destin airport facility allegedly for use as a hangar by co-defendant Jay Odom, a friend and political supporter. The school then gave Sansom a $110,000 job on the day he became speaker in November 2008.

Ex-Fla. House speaker suing state for legal costs
WTXL ABC 27
The Destin Republican (Ray Sansom) faced grand theft and other charges over earmarking $6 million so Northwest Florida State College could build an airport building allegedly for use by a co-defendant. The school then gave Sansom a $110,000 job. Sansom resigned from the college job and stepped down as speaker.

Olympic spoilers on social media anger TV viewers
Sun-Sentinel
“The Internet cuts both ways,” said Sharon Geltner, a business analyst at the small business development center at Palm Beach State College

Student’s class alert app gets ‘F’ from university
NBCNews.com
Marketing major Tim Arnold thought he was doing a good deed — not to mention forming a neat business plan — by creating a Facebook app that helped his fellow University of Central Florida students find out as soon as seats became available for classes they needed, but couldn’t get at registration time. But the app’s popularity backfired, resulting in the school shutting down access and putting Arnold himself on academic probation. The app is called U Could Finish, a play on the school’s initials, UCF. Its purpose was to notify students by text message, as often as every 60 seconds, to tell them when there were spots available in desired classes. The way it did it was to access UCF’s schedule search page — and therein lay the problem.

UCF student on probation after creating class registration website
WFTV Orlando
The University of Central Florida has put a student on probation because he created a website. Tim Arnold‘s professors at UCF are always pushing him to think outside the box, so he created a website to help students register for classes. The website will send a text message to students, alerting them when a class has an opening. But UCF officials said Arnold, who is in his senior year, didn’t think his idea through, and now he’s on academic probation until the end of next spring. “I want to still continue to give back and use my talents at the university but I am not allowed to anymore,” said Arnold.

Check out Tim’s website here.

New nanoparticle discovery opens door for pharmaceuticals
Phys.Org
What a University of Central Florida student thought was a failed experiment has led to a serendipitous discovery hailed by some scientists as a potential game changer for the mass production of nanoparticles. Soroush Shabahang, a graduate student in CREOL (The College of Optics & Photonics), made the finding that could ultimately change the way pharmaceuticals are produced and delivered…

Aging Survey Captures Snapshot Of Post 60s Concerns
Huffington Post
The survey’s findings will be discussed with a number of experts including Donna Shalala, the University of Miami’s president and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human services, at a town hall event in Miami on August 8…

Older Americans upbeat about aging, future: survey
Reuters
They see people that are older being healthier,” said Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami and a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration.

Good diet fuels optimum performance, dietitian says
The Republic
After listening to Cynthia Sass, you’ll want to rush to the market to stock up on berries, beans, spinach, yogurt and nuts. The registered dietitian and best-selling author advocates putting only the most natural, nutrient-dense and hunger-satisfying foods in your body, whether your goal is weight loss, running marathons or simply cleaning up your diet. Sass, a former University of South Florida instructor who has gone on to national fame as a nutritionist, now lives in New York…

Jeb Bush joins list of convention speakers
Tbo.com
“Jeb is an interesting character in many respects,” said Darryl Paulson, a political scientist at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. “He is the face of the Republican Party. He is without equal within the party…

Releases and Web Stories

Diageo and Florida International University Join Forces to Prepare Unemployed 
Equities.com
NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Diageo, the world’s leading spirits, wine and beer company, is pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of Learning Skills for Life (LSFL), an innovative, first-of-its-kind program in the United States. The program, designed to train unemployed and underemployed South Floridians, provides both life and business skills needed to find employment in the hospitality industry with a focus on retail, enterprise, bartending and teaching. The graduating class consists of 50 students from a variety of backgrounds including single mothers and veterans. The graduation took place today at Florida International University‘s Biscayne Bay Campus…

Fla. Bar now says nothing disqualifies immigrant
Sacramento Bee
The Florida Bar now says there’s nothing that would disqualify an illegal immigrant from getting a law license. But the Board of Bar Examiners said in a letter to his lawyer, former Florida State University President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, that it still wants an advisory opinion from the Florida Supreme Court before taking final action. The board previously had declined to admit Jose Godinez-Samperio to the bar but asked the justices for an advisory opinion on whether illegal immigrants can get law licenses…

SpeakSpanishLive, Delivering Innovative One-on-One Spanish Immersion Via 
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
SpeakSpanishLive (SSL), delivering innovative one-on-one language immersion via live videoconferencing, has entered into an agreement with Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business to offer discounts to Rollins students, alumni and staff.

Campus Solutions, Inc. Launches First-ever “Bra Lounge” With Lily of France On Major University Campus
RedOrbit
NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Campus Solutions Inc., a New York-based youth marketing company specializing in the collegiate audience, and Lily of France, a leader in women’s apparel and intimates, have partnered together to launch the first-ever “Bra Lounge” on a major university campus in the U.S. Just in time for back-to-school season, the companies on August 22 will turn the Student Union of University of Central Florida into an intimate, tented salon where female students can come to relax, enjoy non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’oeuvres and learn more about their bra size, as well as options for undergarments. Representatives from Lily of France will be on hand to properly size women and show them samples from the company’s catalog. A separate “dressing room” will be built in the lounge, allowing for maximum privacy…

Central Fla. named least rigorous school
UPI.com
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) — The University of Central Florida was dubbed the least rigorous college in the United States by the Newsweek & The Daily Beast College Rankings 2012. Newsweek said the school was chosen as the least rigorous based on the percent of applicants admitted, median SAT and ACT stores, the student-to-faculty ratio, and a manageability workload score determined by the Web site College Prowler. The magazine said it used the same methods to dub Columbia University as the most rigorous in the nation…

National study ranks UF first among Florida colleges
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida ranks first among Florida universities for what students want from a college education, according to a recent study by Forbes magazine and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity…

Sarajedini appointed associate dean in CLAS
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla .— University of Florida astronomy professor Ata Sarajedini has been named the associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences…

College students use ingenuity to whip up dorm meals
Sacramento Bee
Candace Braun Davison, who graduated from the University of South Florida in December 2009, went to college excited about her dining hall only to find out they served a repetitive loop of meals.