State University System
Search is On For New FAMU Police Chief
Florida A&M is looking for an experienced law-enforcement manager to run its police department. FAMU PD has been without a chief since April 2 when former chief Calvin Ross retired. The Hollins group, an executive search and professional services firm, is screening applicants for the position. Applications closed on July 30…
FAMU hopes to settle with Champions
Florida A&M officials are hoping to reach a settlement with the parents of Robert Champion, the Marching 100 drum major who died Nov. 19 following a hazing ritual on a FAMU band bus…
FAMU Tries to Move on Without ‘Marching 100,’ but With Interim President
FAMU Marching 100 At HBCUs, the sound of Autumn is the sound of trumpets blaring, drumbeats in perfect percussion, majorettes in perfect synchronization, and proud directors announcing the fruit of years of their labor. But at Florida A&M, it’s not happening this year…
Offices open for Southwest Florida’s first family medicine residency program
Pine Island Eagle
Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System’s new Family Medicine Residency Program are celebrating a major milestone with the opening of the program’s family medicine practice…
Ayn Rand, fountainhead of thought for Paul Ryan, now subject of academic boom
News & Observer
One agreement, at Florida State University, mandates teaching Rand and dictates how many students the course would accommodate…
UCF police search for graffiti artist
Central Florida Future
UCF police are searching for a person of interest they said has been tagging graffiti at construction sites on and around the UCF campus in broad daylight…
Online schedule helps first move-in day go smoothly at UF
The University of Florida’s first move-in day of the fall is typically one of the most chaotic times of the year, with cars clogging campus as families move students into the dorms.
Most of UF student hazing cases have been resolved
Most of the University of Florida students charged this past spring with hazing have avoided criminal convictions, as long as they complete a year’s probation and sanctions that include 75 hours of community service.
Hilton balks at USF plans to buy hotel
Since they began hatching plans to transform their campus by adding student housing, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee leaders have cast covetous glances at the neighboring Hilton Garden Inn hotel on U.S. 41.
RNC event zone prompts schedule changes for USF-St. Petersburg
A 7.4 square-mile event zone that will be set up in preparation for the Republican National Convention has prompted officials to alter the move-in schedule for students at the University of South Florida–St. Petersburg…
State College System
Brisk ticket sales reported for Chipola gala
Tickets are going fast for the Chipola College Center for the Arts grand opening gala.
Edison to dip into reserve fund to pay debt on new dorm
Naples Daily News
Edison State College is on track to use about $160000 from a reserve fund to begin paying off debt on its first residence hall, which opens to students …
FKCC, Bone Island AC to hold Sprint Tri Biathlon Sept. 15
Florida Keys Community College and the Bone Island Athletic Club of Key West are sponsoring the fall version of the FKCC Sprint Tri Biathlon at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept 15…
FSCJ bonuses increased by 5 times since 2003
Employee records released for the first time by Florida State College at Jacksonville show the college doled out five times more in incentives to top leaders in its most recent payout than when the practice started in 2003…
Palm Beach State College considers A.G. Holley hospital for campus …
Palm Beach Post
Could the recently-shuttered A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana became an extension of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth? A.G. Holley, which handled the state’s most difficult-to-treat tuberculosis patients, closed on July 2, after six decades of operation. The property, just east of Interstate 95 on Lantana Road, first opened in 1950. Last week, PBSC trustees toured the former TB hospital as a possible site for expansion, and trustee Wendy Link, a West Palm Beach attorney, said trustees agreed to begin considering the property for future use by the college.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Flagler College’s women’s sports dynasty of 1969-1979: An oral history
Information from any one source is lacking on the history of the Flagler College women’s basketball, volleyball and softball teams in the late 1960s and into the 1970s.
FIT’s Scott Center for Autism Receives Grants
Florida Institute of Technology’s The Scott Center for Autism Treatment has received three new grants to provide funding for assessment, parent-training, consultation, and social skill building, according to a news release from the …
College Students Flock In, Nest in Dorm Rooms
At Southeastern University, students from all 50 states and 44 countries are taking over the campus for the fall semester…
University of Miami’s Sebastian the Ibis’ History
The ibis was an apt selection for the University of Miami Hurricanes, as it is a bird that forewarns of actual hurricanes, being the last to flee and the first to return.
Residents who live near Forum find themselves in the eye of a political storm …
Parts of Harbour Island, Hyde Park, downtown, Ybor City and the University of Tampa are in the zone…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
For Profit Colleges: Costly For Profit Failures
For-profit colleges are failing their students and sticking taxpayers with the tab for most of those uncompleted educations.
Dobson: FAMU starts on long road back
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M University started its march toward rebounding last week with news coming from a couple of different fronts. The approval of Larry Robinson as interim president was a major step, largely because it was done without much drama, despite one trustee’s surprise bid to give the nod to former FAMU President Frederick Humphries. That’s a real head-scratcher. Humphries has served his tenure at FAMU and still remains a great influence at the university, but this wasn’t his calling…
Weaver: US nuclear industry turning weapons into clean power
Disarmament hasn’t gotten much attention from the presidential candidates, but some surprising progress has been made in the effort to reduce the quantity of nuclear-weapons materials so that they don’t fall into the hands of irresponsible governments or terrorist groups. Much of the credit for this goes to the U.S. nuclear industry… Lynn Edward Weaver is president emeritus of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
My View: Florida Poly increases state’s STEM opportunities
Florida Polytechnic University has officially arrived. With the Board of Trustees’ orientation meeting this month, we began to see the first of many critical decisions that will push Florida Polytechnic toward its goal to provide more STEM-related degrees in our state. As we welcome our 12th university, Florida is opening the doors to employment opportunities that will diversify and grow our economy, and produce highly prepared and competitive graduates to help meet the critical need for a skilled science, technology, engineering and math workforce…Victor B. Story, co-chair of Florida Poly Vision Inc., is president of The Story Companies, a group of family-owned corporations. Cliff Otto, co-chair of Florida Poly Vision Inc., is president of Saddle Creek Corporation. Ingram Leedy, vice chair of Florida Poly Vision Inc., is chief executive officer of iThink Partners LLC and manages a portfolio of cloud related technology companies. Alice Hunt, vice chair of Florida Poly Vision, is president of Hunt Properties LLC and vice president of Hunt Construction of Central Florida Inc.
Our take: Raise graduation rates
How low are graduation rates at Florida’s public universities? At the University of Central Florida, only 35 percent of freshmen earn a degree in four years — yet UCF has the fourth-highest rate among the 12 public schools…
Editorial: Save the UF campus racks
This week, the Independent Florida Alligator, a student-run newspaper that serves students of the University of Florida, temporarily dodged the school’s ridiculous attempt to remove from the Gainesville campus the newspaper’s 19 orange metal racks.
From Florida to the falls, by bicycle
Two travelers from Florida came to see our natural wonder last weekend. But unlike most of the 8 million tourists who flock to the falls each year, it took Nate Frankoski and Mike Buonaiuto 49 days to get here…Ten days after Nik Wallenda made his historic wire-walk above the falls, the students from Florida Atlantic University set out on their own journey for Niagara Falls.
Unemployment rises as the Florida loses jobs in July, the state economic …
Palm Beach Post
However, leisure and hospitality jobs continued to be down (by 6,800) compared to the prior year, which is at odds with gains the tourism sector has shown, according to local experts. The county and state have asked federal officials in charge of the jobs surveys to explain the contradiction. Economist William Stronge, professor emeritus at Florida Atlantic University, has said he believes the decrease is a data issue and not a true loss of jobs…
Country superstar Lee Brice will perform in Lake City in November …
Lake City Reporter
Country music artist Lee Brice will headline this season’s 10-show concert series that kicks off next month at Florida Gateway College…
FIT Names New Head Coach of Club Hockey
The Florida Institute of Technology ice hockey team, a club sport at the university, recently named Fern Kidder as head coach, according to a Florida Institute of Technology news release…
Is Garcia getting with the program?
FIU Stadium stands as metaphor for the Pete Garcia Era of FIU athletics. In 2006, the stadium existed as concept and dirt, much as FIU’s athletic department lay in the dirt academically and in image as Garcia took the athletic director position. The stadium opened in 2008 as the department got to its feet…
Jimbo Fisher’s `body guard’ part of FSU family
Aside from Candi Fisher, there might not be a person who knows Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher better than John J. Bagnardi…
Freshmen Combine Bright Futures Scholarships With Florida Prepaid College Plan
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and the Florida Prepaid College Plan are not mutually exclusive. But some people think they should be. Woody Estep wishes he’d bought into the prepaid program. His son attends Florida State University, where his Bright Futures scholarship last year covered just a portion of the tuition and none of the fees.
Local Authors Roundup: Take a walk on dark side with author
According to a news release, the Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries. Co-Directors Andrew Frank and Lisa Tendrich Frank describe the competition as “the nations most comprehensive state-wide program” to recognize Florida literary talent…
FSU super fans
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
[Quincy] Joanos — a Tallahassee judge for 29 years and a practicing lawyer — majored in government and public administration at Florida State from 1952-56. Betty Lou [Joanos]— a former teacher at Leon, Lincoln and Lively Technical Center — majored in home economics education from 1953-57. The couple was married the same day Betty Lou [Joanos] turned in her last FSU paper.
Seminar gives college students view of RNC workings
Emily Duren is among the eager students. She’s a journalism major at Hillsborough Community College and sees the seminar as a way to further her career, which she hopes will be in print journalism…
Hurricane Andrew 20 years later
Many years earlier, when he had been leaving Jamaica for a new life in Miami, Geoffrey Philips’ mother had pressed her humble emergency kit on her son. When Phlips, a poet who is now an associate professor of English at Miami Dade College, turned on that radio to ride out Andrew with his own wife and three children, he thought about his mother, who had died a year earlier, and the meaning of her gift. “What the hurricane asks you is, ‘What are the most important things in your life?’’’ he said. “I knew I was with all the people I loved and I had my mother’s radio.’’
Manatee Spotlight August 19, 2012
The Bradenton Times
Florida’s first “iceberg” will be unveiled thanks to the creativity of Rick Herzog, a Sculpting Professor at New College of Florida.
Athena Award finalists announced for 2012
Palm Beach Post
In the individual category, finalists are Kathleen M. Anderson of Palm Beach Atlantic University
People in the News
Orlando Business Journal
Geraldine Perez was named director of disability support services at Seminole State College of Florida. In addition, Pamela Mennechey, formerly director of student recruitment and admissions, was named associate vice president of student recruitment …
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Holds Conference in Sandestin
It’s already happening at Tallahassee Community College. Said Jim Murdaugh, President of TCC: “We are deeply embedded in the community’s work force activities.”
A mother’s memoir on survival
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Diane Whitney is a humanities adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College and was the president of the local ORFF-SCHULWERK chapter in Tallahassee….
University of Central Florida student struck, killed by car
A university spokesman said Brandon Howard, a student in the College of Sciences, was killed in the accident just days before classes were set to start. Student media organization Knight News reports Howard was an aspiring rapper and pre-med student.
2 Orlando men arrested on child porn charges
Two Orlando men, including a University of Central Florida information-technology worker, were arrested on child pornography charges. John David Sinclair, 23, was taken into custody at UCF on Thursday.
Unemployment in Manatee rises in July to 9.7 percent
Florida’s unemployment rate in July rose to 8.8 percent even though the total labor force shrunk during the month, which helped the numbers appear stronger, said Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida.
Florida highway offers clues to presidential race
The jobless rate won’t fall below 8 percent until the last quarter of 2014, according to a July report by Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida‘s Institute for Economic Competitiveness.
Florida unemployment rises to 8.8 percent
The bulk of the private-sector growth cited by Scott occurred last year, said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. This year, the labor market has sputtered as the national recovery slowed…
New role for drones – wildlife, eco conservation
San Francisco Chronicle
Relatively cheap, portable and earth-hugging, they fill a gap between satellite and manned aircraft imagery and on-the-ground observations, says Percival Franklin at the University of Florida, which has been developing such drones for more than a decade.
RPOF thrashes Keith Fitzgerald
That includes Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, a University of Florida professor who voted on several appropriations bills in 2012 but didn’t file a single conflict-of-interest form.
Hundreds help celebrate the value of bees
Retired University of Florida entomology professor Malcolm Sanford, a bee expert and author of a beekeeping book, said the world has 20,000 varieties of bees. Sanford said it is uncertain what else bees feed on besides nectar, though they do not eat meat. They range three to four miles from their hives on foraging runs…
Florida Looking for Next Veterinary Dean
The University of Florida’s search for a new veterinary college dean will take another step forward Sept. 14, 2012, when a committee meets to review initial applications for the job. Top administrators from the university’s Academic Health Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences formed a search committee to recruit a replacement for Glen Hoffsis, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM. He is scheduled to retire July 1, 2013…
Local philanthropists rappel for charity
Anne LeBlanc, the wife of University of Miami Provost Thomas LeBlanc, celebrates touching the ground shortly after her husband after the two rappeled “Over the Edge,” of the 19th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis’ pool deck all in the name of charity …
Screenings with EKG urged to protect young athletes from sudden cardiac death
Myocarditis viral infections of the heart muscle, commonly occurring with colds, usually go away, says Dr. Robert Myerburg, a professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Miami’sMiller School of Medicine.
Arts Notes: UNF art faculty show on Italy at MOCA Jacksonville
“Rendering Italy: UNF Art & Design Faculty Abroad” is now on exhibit in the UNF Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The exhibit includes work by eight members of the University of North Florida’s Department of Art and Design faculty. Painters Paul Ladnier, Jason John, Kyle Keith and Raymond Gaddy include oils and watercolors, both in plein air and back in the studio. Photographer Alex Diaz captures images of Rome. Louise Freshman Brown continues her work in collage. Jenny Hager uses video to record images of daily life. Emily Arthur incorporates imagery from her time as a visiting artist in Venice.
Pension reform requires across-the-board buy-in, Jacksonville area politicians …
Also, at the time it tackled reform, the city was facing “draconian” budget cuts, [Ceasar] Mitchell said Friday during a seminar put on by the Foundations of Local Government Initiative at the University of North Florida…
Tampa: America’s hottest mess
Fifty percent of the urban core is now set aside for parking, says Shannon Bassett, assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of South Florida…
Stocks: The ‘Lockup’ Effect
Wall Street Journal
Insiders and early investors are unlikely to sell all those shares at once, but many who have waited years to realize their gains will be quick to cash out at least some of their stake, says Daniel Bradley, a finance professor at the University of South Florida who has studied IPOs. “If you have a significant amount of insider selling, it says something about what they believe the fundamental value [of the company] is,” he says, while noting that some sellers simply might be diversifying.
Brevard murder-suicides take alarming upswing
Dr. Donna Cohen, a professor at the University of South Florida’s Florida Mental Health Institute, has researched murder-suicides for more than 20 years. She says that in Florida and nationally, there has not been a notable increase in murder-suicide …
Familiar issues face new district leadership team as school year opens in Palm …
Palm Beach Post
“The thing that happened last year is a combination of over-reaching by the State Board of Education and incompetence by the state Department of Ed,” said Sherman Dorn, a professor of education at the University of South Florida.
New state standards for students begin this year
“It’s not the savior, but it is a very good thing for the state,” said Gladis Kersaint, a professor of mathematics education at the University of South Florida.
Sunday Conversation: Joseph McAuliffe, former hippie, pastor and history buff …
Joseph McAuliffe, 62, has been a hippie, a preacher, a fundraiser for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network and a campaign worker for both Republicans and Democrats. (His brother, Terry McAuliffe, is former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.) The former pastor of Tampa Covenant Church serves as coordinator of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida, which teaches noncredit courses to mainly senior citizens on topics ranging from the Renaissance to cooking …
Paul Ryan brings mom along for Medicare message in Florida
“That was smart for Ryan to debut in Florida at The Villages,” says Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “They will give him a lot of confidence.”
Ryan to campaign in The Villages
Several political polls show Romney desperately needs to win Florida if he is going to defeat Obama. “Florida is a symbol that is well known to Republicans across the country,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor.
Northeast Florida gets its fare share of blatantly false political ads
“There is now so much more scrutiny and fact-checking now days,” said Susan McManus, a political scientist with the University of South Florida. Nonetheless, she said even false ads can dictate the direction of a race…
Florida retirees hold the keys to the White House
Globe and Mail
“This time, we’re lagging and it’s not sitting well with Floridians,” said Susan McManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida.
Medicare shaping tight Florida Senate race
“I don’t think that they’re going to want to talk about it as much as you might think,” said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida.
GOP convention shines spotlight on Tampa
St. Augustine Record
“Florida is a symbol that is well known to Republicans across the country,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor. “If they can’t win Florida, they can’t win the White House back. It’s plain and simple…
Taking Medicare Challenge to Florida
Wall Street Journal
The oldest generation of retirees, dominated by die-hard Democrats from the Northeast, have been dying off, said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Those who have replaced them, she said, are a bit more conservative. “It’s not nearly as easy a sell to demagogue Medicare and Social Security with seniors today as it used to be,” Ms. MacManus said.
Florida’s Senior Medicare Vote In Play in November
“First of all, it’s a very complex issue and it’s hard to explain to people,” said University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan McManus.
Majority of local residents believe economy improving
WWSB ABC 7
Most people simply don’t have the time to check in on commission meetings, so the Florida Institute of Government at USF called some of them for a survey — 801 Sarasota County citizens to be exact. “It’s very important that citizens feel like their voices are heard,” says Dr. Susan MacManus, who heads up the study.
Why Mega-Events May Not Mean Mega-Bucks
Wall Street Journal
Philip Porter, an economist at the University of South Florida in Tampa who has studied the economics of big events, said the analysis didn’t include displaced locals—including him. “My consulting office, my wife’s downtown office and the offices of several of our friends will have to be closed,” Prof. Porter said, adding, “These are predictions. One only needs to look back on the past to note that such predictions are made every time but have yet to materialize.”
Little is clear-cut on HCA’s high rates of lucrative heart procedures
Profit margins are high and heart disease patients are plentiful, noted Jay Wolfson, professor of public health and medicine at the University of South Florida…
Mamie Hixon nominated to Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
Pensacola Business Journal
Recently, one of Pensacola’s own became a nominee for the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. For many, to learn that this honor was bestowed upon Mamie Webb Hixon, a woman of small stature but large personal power, is not too surprising… An educator with 45 years of experience, she has enjoyed 30 years of her career at the University of West Florida. There she has worked as a coordinator, with student teachers in a capacity that has allowed her to help them to become prepared for classrooms throughout the nation. Currently, Hixon is an assistant professor of English, Director of the Writing Lab and the creator of the Grammar Hotline…
School news: News at Pensacola area schools
Pensacola Business Journal
University of West Florida College of Business graduate, John Switzer recently committed a planned gift valued at $2.75 million, one of the largest contributions in UWF history. The gift will provide support to the UWF College of Business and UWF Athletics.
Releases and Web Stories
Write Stuff: FAU Receives Gift From Author James Patterson
Florida Atlantic University recently received a $60000 gift from best-selling author James Patterson to establish the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Fund. The fund will award scholarships to eight College of Education students who are pursuing careers in teaching with special emphasis on reading education…
University of Florida VETS Team Gets Support from USRider
USRider’s Leg-Up Fund has contributed to the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine to support their large-animal rescue initiatives…