Here’s what caught my eye today…9/26/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: SAT SCORES ARE OUT — The SAT scores of high school students remain stagnant, with just 43 percent of test-takers in the class of 2013 hitting benchmarks for college readiness, the College Board announced early today. The College Board views an SAT score of 1550 or better out of a potential 2400 as the benchmark for college success, because its research shows students who achieve that score in high school are more likely to maintain a first-year college GPA of at least B- and to persevere in their studies until they earn a bachelor’s degree.

Although the percentage of students considered college ready has held steady for the past five years that might be a victory. An increasing proportion of African-American and Hispanic students are taking the tests, as are more low-income students. Those groups traditionally have performed less well on the standardized test than white students. Stephanie Simon, today’s Pro Education all-star, has more:

–Prompting low-income students to aim high : Students from low-income families who score high on the SAT are getting a special nudge this year, the New York Times reports. Students in the top 15 percent of test-takers, and in the bottom 25 percent for family income, will get an information packet that includes waivers of application fees for six colleges. A study from two economists recently found that many poor students don’t apply to more selective colleges, even if they could get in and receive generous financial aid. The College Board program is the largest step reponse so far to address that research. The group is estimating about 28,000 students will get the packets.

NEGOTIATORS STAY GENERAL ON GAINFUL CONFERENCE CALL — Stakeholders rewriting the “gainful employment” rule on for-profit colleges didn’t spend much time discussing specific Education Department proposals for pre-approving programs Tuesday. In what’s fast becoming a trend in this rulemaking, the conversation wasn’t particularly heated, but it was general – jumping from topic to topic, with some, including Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, questioning again whether Education Department program approval is necessary at all. I wrap it up for Pros:

 State University System

VA meets with veterans at FAU
…VA benefits officers hosted a workshop here at Florida Atlantic University for any veteran whose claim has been pending for a 

FIU to announce $10 million gift from benefactor Wertheim
…On Wednesday, Herbert Wertheim and FIU officials announced a $10 million gift to the university’s college of nursing and health sciences in honor of his wife, Nicole. The donation comes just a few years after Wertheim committed $20 million to the university’s new school of medicine. It ensures the couple’s place side-by-side in FIU history with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and what will become the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences…

FIU gets $10M donation for nursing college
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Florida International University now has two colleges named after the Wertheim family after a $10 million donation was pledged.

Florida Polytechnic Officials Heap Praise on Architect Santiago Calatrava
The Ledger
LAKELAND | Famed architect Santiago Calatrava may have fallen from grace with some in his native Spain, but in Lakeland — where the Florida Polytechnic University inaugural building he designed is under construction — people still talk about him like he’s a rock star. “A Star Architect Leaves Some Clients Fuming,” says the headline in a story published Wednesday in the New York Times.

FL university makes Playboy’s list of Top 10 Party Schools
WTSP 10 News
TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida State University has been named in a national Top 10 school list, but it might not be one they’re too proud of…

UF, FSU looking to hire faculty
The Florida Current
The presidents of the University of Florida and Florida State University have $150 million dollars to spend to improve their institutions’ reputations.

New UCF program will draw international students
Orlando Sentinel
The University of Central Florida, which has more than 60,000 students, expects to add as many as 1,200 international students to campus in an effort to ..

Hitt announces new UCF admissions program aimed at ‘best and brightest’
Orlando Sentinel
UCF President John Hitt announced a new guaranteed-admissions program Tuesday aimed at Florida high-school students with top-notch transcripts but perhaps so-so scores on college admissions tests.

Florida education news: Reading lessons, college admission, class (blog)
GUARANTEED: The University of Central Florida offers guaranteed admission to students with top transcripts even if they have mediocre test results…

Grant to help UF study obesity in North Central Florida
Gainesville Sun
Rural areas in the U.S. have higher rates of obesity, and the University of Florida recently received a grant to help curb the problem in North Central Florida.

Smartphone App Helps Florida Farmers Maintain Crops
The University of Florida’s Florida Automated Weather Network team recently released a smartphone app in collaboration with Florida Department of Agriculture …

UNF panel looks at effects of airgun blasting on oceans
St. Augustine Record
The event begins at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Adam W. Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida and will be moderated by the coordinator of the …

USF gets federal grant to help veterans become nurses (blog)
The University of South Florida College of Nursing has received $1.25 million to offer veterans the chance to earn nursing degrees.

State College System

Big tech grant awarded for CF
The College of Central Florida will oversee a three-year, $10.2 million federal grant designed to help rural students prepare for technology-related careers. CF will get $3.2 million for local use and administer the remaining $7 million to seven other state colleges throughout Florida.

Edison approves Florida SouthWestern as new name
Fox 4
In a matter of seconds, the board of trustees voting to end more than 50 years of Edison State College’s history.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Innovation conference debuts at Lynn University
Palm Beach Post
The business world is in the “nascent stage” of rapid change, says the organizer of a conference held at Lynn University Wednesday…

NSU unveils plan for Broward’s first teaching hospital
Nova Southeastern University is pushing to be the site of Broward’s first academic research hospital on a university campus: a 100-bed state-of-the-art facility …

Where to stay for your college homecoming
University of Miami: One of the closest hotels to the University of Miami, home of the Hurricanes, just happens to be one of the city’s swankiest luxury properties…

University of Tampa attracts record enrollment
Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog)
The University of Tampa has set an enrollment record with its graduate and undergraduate student body growing to 7,343, a jump of 5.5 percent from a year ago.

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

Editorial: Promote the vote
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida students showed up by the carload to vote early in the last two presidential elections. Next time, they hope to skip the trip…

Viewers Voice: Many not taking to Edison name change
Fox 4
CAPE CORAL, Fla. – What’s in a name? Apparently enough to get you talking after Edison State College gets a new name, Florida Southwestern State College.

Ave Maria Univ. in ‘David and Goliath’ Struggle over HHS Mandate
The Cardinal Newman Society
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey recently discussed the University’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate…

Victims of domestic violence share stories: ‘I still get emotional’
Domestic violence survivor Tammy Slay speaks at an event to raise awareness for domestic violence held at Florida State University on Tuesday, September 14…

Veterans get another chance for in-state tuition rates
“I’m personally committed to knocking down any barrier that stands in the way of supporting our veterans’ quest for higher education,” Florida State University President Eric Barron said at a Capitol press conference this week. “Out-of-state tuition is certainly one of those barriers to accessibility, and it’s one that we can knock down for the men and women who have served our nation in active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Salman Rushdie Is Coming to Miami Dade College To Tell His Life 
Miami New Times (blog)
Salman Rushdie‘s life story would make for a cracking read even if he, a man knighted for his services to literature, hadn’t been the one to pen it.

Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire
The Ledger
“Over many years, Bob has come to personally define this chamber,” Polk State College President Eileen Holden said Tuesday night.

Santa Fe College shows off new geological collection, complete with 
The Independent Florida Alligator
Michael Patrick, natural sciences professor at Santa Fe College, explains to attendees that the new geological exhibit is more than the department could have …

Update: Jim Murdaugh begins two-year term as EDC chair
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
I hope you’ll pick up the phone and call me if there’s anything you need,” said Murdaugh, who is president of Tallahassee Community College.

Outlook for ECM in the cloud is still mixed
At the University of Miami, both the university and the University of Miami Health System are going full force toward using cloud technology, said James Balter, 

AXUSA learns lessons
Jacksonville Daily Record
University of North Florida President John Delaney (left) interviewed Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti on Tuesday at the JAXUSA Partnership …

Releases and Web Stories

NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) is hosting a series of events in observance of National 

Top level of O’Connell garage reserved Thursday for event
University of Florida
University of Florida students and employees who use the O’Connell Center parking garage are advised that the top level is reserved all day Thursday for the …

UF researchers identify citrus cultivars that show promise in battle 
University of Florida
University of Florida researchers have some encouraging results in the battle against citrus greening.

Two UF students win prestigious HHMI awards
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Natali Di Russo works in computational biology in the University of Florida’s department of chemistry and Quantum Theory Project.

Here’s what caught my eye today…9/25/13

State University System

Guttings on the Gridiron
Inside Higher Ed
Ohio State’s football team was already up 69-0 over Florida A&M with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but at the 10-yard line, there wasn’t much else they could do. So the quarterback Cardale Jones ran it up the middle for yet another touchdown (the Buckeyes got the point-after touchdown, too) for a final score of 76-0. That was only one of the cringe-inducing games to transpire Saturday, during what was generally agreed to be the worst college football weekend of the season, competition-wise. Idaho State lost 56-0 against Washington. Two other universities — Florida International and Savannah State – lost by 72 and 70 points to Louisville and the University of Miami, respectively. The latter game was apparently so ugly that the coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter from 15 to 12 minutes.

FAU to test emergency sirens Thursday
Palm Beach Post (blog)
If anyone in Fort Pierce, Boca Raton or Jupiter hears a loud blaring siren on Thursday afternoon, it is Florida Atlantic University testing its emergency alert system …

A Training Ground for Tomorrow’s Top Sommeliers
Wine Spectator
Leading executives from the wine and spirits world joined Florida International University staff and students Sept. 19 at the Miami school’s Biscayne Bay campus…

UCF Sells Out Home Game Against Gamecocks
CBS Local
The University of Central Florida’s football team will be playing before sold-out home crowd when the South Carolina Gamecocks come to …

Too Quick to Suspend?
Inside Higher Ed
It would be hard to find a faculty advocate opposed to the suspension last week of a University of Florida professor of veterinary science who was secretly taking videos of students’ body parts with a device hidden in his pen. Administrative — and police — action came swiftly, without any public objection from fellow instructors…

Rapes reported on University of South Florida campus
Two cases of rape were reported this week at residence halls on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, officials say, both involving people who know the victims. One rape was reported Sunday and occurred the same day in the Juniper-Poplar Hall, said USF police Lt. Chris Daniel. Another was reported Monday and occurred a month earlier in Castor Hall, he said…

Blue Rock acquires apartments near USF
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Seasons, a 240-unit apartment community near the University of South Florida, has sold for $13.13 million, or $54,687 per unit…

Tampa General, Florida Hospital announce new partnership
More than 300 of the University of South Florida’s medical residents also practice at the Level-1 trauma hospital…

State College System

Broward College awarded large grant to develop logistics training
Broward College was awarded the largest grant in its history to will lead a consortium of colleges and universities across the nation focused on supporting …

State colleges make it easier for strugglers
About 62 percent of high school graduates entering Broward College and 68 percent entering Palm Beach State College were forced to take non-credit remedial…

Florida South Western in, Edison out at college
Naples Daily News
About two dozen student government representatives showed up in support of the name change…

Edison State trustees to vote today on name change
The News-Press
Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten today recommends a new name for the institution, Florida South Western. He informed trustees that Florida South Western State College is his top choice, although the agenda for today’s meeting contains no materials related to the name change. Allbritten has declined to speak with The News-Press until after the meeting, but previously said an attorney advised a name change would help avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey…

Dual enrollment agreements approved by Treasure Coast school 
The St. Lucie County and Indian River County school boards approved their dual enrollment agreements with Indian River State College during their board…

Hurt Worker Sues Builders Over Miami Garage Collapse
Law360 (subscription)
 in Florida state court against the builders erecting a $22 million Miami Dade College parking garage that collapsed in October 2012, killing four other workers.

Grant will help Polk State focus on in-demand education
Bay News 9
Polk State College has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a program aimed at preparing workers for growing …

SF College is now home to large geological collection
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College celebrated being the new recipients of one of the largest rock and mineral collections in North Florida Tuesday…

Seminole forum on flood insurance rates expects big draw
… insurance rates take center stage at a community forum tonight that’s expected to draw a capacity crowd to the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Fire Closes AMU Dorm Temporarily
The Ave Herald
An overheated laptop computer left on a couch is being cited as the cause of a fire in a dormitory common room at Ave Maria University Monday that closed the …

Winter Park wants to renovate Rollins stadium to share with minor 
Orlando Business Journal
The new idea calls for renovating Rollins College’s Alfond Stadium, just a few blocks from campus, so it could be shared between Rollins and a minor-league 

A year after opening the Oxford Exchange is booming with business
ABC Action News
The owners decided to open in an historic building off Kennedy Boulevard, across from University of Tampa.

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

Kaufman: Mismatched college football games a rip-off for fans, players
FIU and FAMU lost by a combined score of 148-0 to seventh-ranked Louisville and fourth-ranked Ohio State, respectively, last weekend. Is that worth watching?

MUNICIPAL FOCUS – A Weekly Editorial: Courting youth means taking chances
Longboat Observer
Sarasota political and business leaders at the recent Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon lamented the phenomenon of “brain drain.” Ringling College of Art and Design, New College of Florida and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee continue to grow and produce new graduates within five miles of downtown Sarasota. But there were fewer than 100 voters between the ages 18 to 30 in the 2011 city election. The numbers didn’t improve in the election this year.

EDC convenes annual meeting today
Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, is the new chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County Inc.

FRS, PECO funds key issues identified during Leon legislative 
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M government relations director Tola Thompson said his university and Florida State University have several buildings in dire need of repairs…

Professor discusses delivering justice more fairly
News-Press Now
Mara Schiff, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, gestures that her wireless microphone is set before her lecture…

Women ‘smell’ their competition
ABC Online
“It’s well known that testosterone is linked to aggression and competitiveness,” says lead author Jon Maner, a Florida State University psychologist. “Based on our testosterone findings, one could speculate that women exposed to the scent of ovulation might become more antagonistic or competitive.”

Florida in brief: Pafford looks a lock on Democratic leadership post
Palm Beach Post
Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have approved a land swap that could bring more parking to Florida State University and help Seminole Boosters Inc.

It’s official: UCF wins trademark for ‘America’s partnership university’
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
…[JohnHitt also will announce that UCF has trademarked two phrases: “America’s leading partnership university” and “America’s partnership university.”

Why Are Most Rampage Shooters Men?
OPB News
Generally speaking, says Lin Huff-Corzine of the University of Central Florida, women do not kill as often as men…

Shark Tank’ executive producer getting UCF honor
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
“Shark Tank” executive producer Clay Newbill is coming home to get a major honor Monday from the University of Central Florida.

Starting UCF Football Player Suspended After DUI, Local 6 Says
A starting football player for the University of Central Florida Knights has been suspended after getting busted for DUI, according to WKMG Local 6. According to Local 6, UCF Linebacker Willie Mitchell’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit when he was arrested for DUI. Mitchell was arrested two weeks ago on September 7, according to a Florida arrest website…

UF student jailed, accused of making bomb threat
Gainesville Sun
Police have arrested a University of Florida student they say recently threatened to explode a bomb at a fraternity chapter meeting. Carson Lee Ridenhour, 19, made statements on Sept. 17 to Khaled Abdelghany at a speed rush meeting of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity chapter that he would explode a device at the next scheduled chapter meeting, according to a University of Florida Police report. Ridenhour never recanted his statement, the report said, and the fraternity members were concerned that he would carry out his threat.

New businesses popping up
Highlands Today
New businesses are springing up in Highlands County, said David Noel, a University of South Florida consultant with the Small Business Development Center …

UWF gears up for homecoming
Pensacola News Journal
…The week of Argo school spirit for faculty begins Oct. 8 and go through Oct. 12.
During Homecoming week, UWF students, faculty, staff and alumni will celebrate traditions and the legend behind the UWF mascot. The university will host its Homecoming Kickoff on Oct. 9, featuring a performance by recording artist T-Pain.

Releases and Web Stories

UCF License Deal Puts Student-Led Spin-Out on Fast Track
Nanotechnology News (press release)
…Abstract: The University of Central Florida (UCF) has signed a license agreement with its first student-led spinout company, Mesdi Systems, Inc.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence continues downward trend
University of Florida
Florida’s consumer confidence declined one point in September to 76, continuing a four-month slide, according to a University of Florida survey.

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs 
Science Daily (press release)
Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests…

Here’s what caught my eye today…6/18/13

State University System

Florida Board of Governors Meeting – June 18-20, 2013
Ballroom, Marshall Student Center, University of South Florida, Tampa
Details & Agenda

Education Boards To Tackle Common Core, Higher Ed Issues This Week
Florida’s two main education boards are meeting this week. The agendas include a progress report on new learning standards and the approval of new degree programs at the state’s public universities. The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors will hold meetings throughout the week. The Board of Education oversees public k-12 schools and community and state colleges while the board of governors oversees Florida’s public universities…

FAU looks to boost state’s lowest grad rate
Florida Atlantic University expects just 40 percent of students who started as freshmen in 2007 to have earned a degree by spring 2013. The national average is 58 percent…

National review of teacher ed programs due out Tuesday
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
A first-ever national evaluation of teacher education programs is due out tomorrow. The controversial review, in the works for several years, is one that Florida’s universities and colleges have been none too happy about. The review — done by the National Council on Teacher Quality with U.S. News & World Report — aims to judge the quality of more than 1,000 teacher education programs across the country. University of Central FloridaUniversity of Florida and Florida State University are among the more than 30 state institutions included in the new rankings, due out after midnight…

UCF rates high in new US News teacher-college rankings
Orlando Sentinel
One of the University of Central Florida‘s teacher-education programs made the “honor roll” in a new national review, and UCF was one of just 13 institutions nationally to earn top ratings for at least two of its teacher-prep programs.

NEW: University of Florida to open satellite campus in Sarasota
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The University of Florida is developing a new satellite campus for architecture graduate students in downtown Sarasota which will spur the renovation of a historic building, project leaders said…

USF tuition to increase by 1.7 percent after BOT vote
The Oracle
The USF Board of Trustees held a special conference call at 4:30 p.m., a day before the Board of Governors is to be held on campus, and voted for a measure to change a USF System regulation that would result in a 1.7 percent tuition increase, equal to the rate of inflation specified by the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research, for in-state undergraduate students…

State College System

U.S. News ranks 2013 best online bachelor’s programs
New York Daily News
#1 Pace University (NY) #2 Daytona State College (FL) #3 St. John’s University (NY) #4 Westfield State University (MA) #5 Graceland University (IA) #6 …

School district, BCC reach agreement to keep dual enrollment
Florida Today
The college will be renamed Eastern Florida State College on July 1. Already facing a budget crisis that’s forcing position cuts and school closures, 

Elementary Children Head To (Kids’) College
This Marine Science course is part of Gulf Coast State College’s Kids’ College, a program that’s in it’s sixth year at the school

NWFSC class focuses on fishing, hunting and boating
Crestview News Bulletin
NICEVILLE — A non-credit environmental education course runs 6-8:30 p.m. June 24, July 1 and July 8 at Northwest Florida State College. Lessons in outdoor activities include GPS systems, fresh- and saltwater fishing, hunting skills and conversation.

College Preparation: Educate Students on Ability
The Ledger
Polk State College is already experimenting with allowing students who test into remedial classes by close margins to take five weeks of those classes, followed by 10 weeks of credit-bearing coursework…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Rick Scott Announces Embry-Riddle Will Partner With Diamond Aircraft
Sunshine State News
Still in France for the 50th Annual International Paris Air Show, on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott said that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Diamond Aircraft Industries have a reached an agreement which will have the Austrian company establish ties with Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus…

UM students win national advertising competition for second time in three years
The 19-member team, the Miami Collective from the University of Miami’s undergraduate School of Communication, bested 17 other universities from around the country in the National Student Advertising Competition — for the second time in three years…

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

Horgen Among America’s Most Successful College Golf Coaches
When he retired from Brevard Community College in 1993, he left as one of the most successful college golf coaches in the United States. “I came to Brevard because the head basketball coach (Jim Oler) told me he was leaving the next year,” said Horgen

Fabien Cousteau will lead 31-day expedition at Florida Keys underwater 
The Republic
Fabien Cousteau and a team of filmmakers and scientists will dive to Aquarius Reef Base on Sept. 30. They’ll spend 31 days testing experimental equipment and conducting research on the underwater effects of climate change. Aquarius sits about 60 miles below the ocean’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s owned by the U.S. government and managed by Florida International University

Beautiful Corals found in Deep Canyons
NewsPoint Africa
Professor Sandra Brooke from Florida State University said of the view, “I am really surprised at the abundance of bubblegum coral down there – it actually does look like bubblegum! – and there are massive trees of it”.

FSU sophomore 1 out of 61 students nationwide to participate in Fulbright Summer Institute
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Michelle Sauer’s favorite recreational activity could be studying….Sauer is the only sophomore from Florida State University to be selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute. The program selected 61 freshman and sophomore undergraduate students to travel to different universities in the United Kingdom…

JU graduate earns 3 degrees in 3 years — all while playing baseball
Florida Times-Union
Zac earned three degrees from Jacksonville University in three years, and also played on the baseball team…

Student sculpture promotes hunger awareness
When architecture student Chris Torres sketched a design for a school contest, he didn’t think his idea would end up on display in The Gardens Mall. Torres began sketching after his professor, Dharmesh Patel, announced the architecture club at Palm Beach State College had been asked to participate in Canstruction, a project to raise awareness of world hunger…

Metro area’s income continues to grow, but lag as well
Orlando Sentinel
Rollins College economist Bill Seyfried reviewed the recently released data and found that dividends, interest income and rental income generate less per-capita income in Central Florida than they do in other parts of the state…

Trustees give high marks to Jim Murdaugh
Tallahassee Democrat
The trustees at Tallahassee Community College charged with evaluating President Jim Murdaugh needed a thesaurus to come up with additional superlatives to describe the performance of the former law enforcement official. They even talked during a subcommittee meeting about giving Murdaugh a raise. He politely but firmly declined, pointing to a clause in his contract that says he will not see an increase in his $272,000 salary until raises are provided for all staff and faculty at TCC. That last happened in 2011, when 4-percent raises were given. “I feel like nobody does this work alone. They pay me well and, quite frankly, I could not feel good about myself if I took a raise. I don’t accomplish much of anything by myself,” Murdaugh said moments before Monday’s board meeting, the final trustee meeting of the academic year.

In Zimmerman Jury Selection, Black Jurors Present Challenge
Kareem Jordan is a criminal justice associate professor at the University of Central Florida. He says the public must feel as though the verdict is fair, and attorneys must select a jury with no appearance of racial bias…

Still Much to Learn About Barefoot Running
University of Central Florida Physical Therapy instructor Carey Rothschild said approximately 80-percent of the runners she recently surveyed said they’re interested in barefoot and minimalist running, but research into potential benefits is still fairly new.

SCF names Jakway its new vice president
Bradenton Herald
Julie Jakway has been named vice president of business and administrative services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, announced SCF President Carol Probstfeld. Jakway was at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg as regional assistant vice chancellor for financial services since 2007…

Tampa Bay at a crossroads in nurturing startup culture
University of Tampa business professor Rebecca White says Tampa Bay needs a few startup wins to crow about. “We need to celebrate and communicate the successes we do have,” says the director of UT’s Entrepreneurship Center.

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College hosts Expedition Florida 500 forum
ReadMedia (press release)
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (06/17/2013)(readMedia)– Flagler College will present a night with Justin Riney on June 25. Riney will be paddling the entire length of the coast of Florida on a stand-up paddleboard as part of Mother Ocean’s Expedition Florida 500.

Miller becomes Flagler Director of Institutional Research, Planning and 
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (06/17/2013)(readMedia)– Flagler College had announced that Dr. Will Miller has accepted the position of Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, replacing Dr. Randi Hagen, who announced her retirement.

Flagler grad wins ERAU research award
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (06/17/2013)(readMedia)– Recent Flagler College graduate Frankie Lawton was named the winner of Embry-Riddle’s Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award during their Human Factors and Applied Psychology conference recently.

Hillsborough Community College Signs eProcurement Contract with ESM 
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
ESM Solutions will automate Hillsborough Community College’s purchasing process with its SaaS-based “procure-to-pay” solution…

College freezes tuition again for 2013-14
Seminole State College
For the second consecutive year, Seminole State College of Florida will hold the line on tuition and fees for most students in the 2013-14 academic year…

Caryl Smith Gilbert Named USC’s Director of Track and Field
University of Southern California Official Athletic Site (blog)
She spent the past six seasons (2008-13) at University of Central Florida overseeing the women’s track and cross country programs.

CAIR-FL Seeks Review of UCF Courses Taught by Anti-Islam Prof
The Herald |
TAMPA, FLA., JUNE 17, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), along with other community organizations, announced today that it has called on the University of Central Florida (UCF) to review the accuracy and objectivity of information offered to students in courses taught by Dr. Jonathon Matusitz…

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

Past meets present at FAMU ribbon cutting ceremony
Crestview News Bulletin
Past met the present Friday at the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University Rural Diversity Healthcare Center, when the Crestview Chamber of Commerce welcomed the pharmacy school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. That afternoon, the school’s 21 students met women who worked in the same building when it was a sewing factory…

FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society
Palm Beach
Students may have returned to school months ago, but Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Leaning Society is just gearing up for the fall semester…

First Annual Biscayne Brewers Exposition This Sunday At FIU Biscayne Bay 
Miami New Times (blog)
This Saturday the Biscayne Brewers Exposition will be held at the Kovens Conference Center on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University, and will feature area brewers who are known for creating the best product in their line of work. What originally was going to be a home brewing competition turned out to be an exposition to showcase the success of the Florida beer industry. At the heart of the success are the brewers…

FSU unveils West Campus marker
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
FSU and city officials on Tuesday unveiled a Florida historical marker in tribute to Florida State University’s long-ago West Campus…

Great American Smoke Out
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
On Thursday, November 1st, Florida State University will be hosting its celebration of the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout (GASO).

Grants Totaling $229000 To Florida Organizations Highlight Domestic Violence 
The Herald |
New DVAM grant highlights include $140,000 to the Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University, which works with Florida’s criminal justice community to prevent and reduce domestic violence in law enforcement families…

FAIRWINDS Lands University of Central Florida Pact
Credit Union Times
The $1.7 billion, 155,000-member FAIRWINDS Credit Union in Orlando has been tabbed as the official student banking services provider for the University of Central Florida.

Shands announces regional partnerships
Gainesville Sun
Two recently announced partnerships will make the University of Florida and Shands an even bigger part of health care in North Central Florida.

Shands re-opens pancreas transplant program
Gainesville Sun
The pancreas transplant program at Shands at the University of Florida re-opened last week, after a 14-month closure.

USF Documents Transfer to the New Florida Polytechnic University Is Completed
The Ledger
Officials at the University of South Florida said Tuesday the final transfer of documents to Florida Polytechnic University has been completed, concluding its last major task in the creation of Florida’s 12th university…

State College System

Leon family donates $5 million to Miami Dade College nursing school (registration)
In the past 50 years, more than 19,000 nurses have earned their degrees from Miami Dade College, making MDC the largest local provider of nursing education. Still, a severe nursing shortage persists in South Florida and around the nation. Thanks to a $5 million donation to MDC’s nursing school announced Tuesday, MDC administrators are confident they’ll be part of the solution for the next half-century as well…

Palm Beach State closes land purchase for campus in Loxahatchee Groves
Palm Beach State College has finalized a $4.5-million purchase for a 75-acre site in Loxahatchee Groves, where the college plans to build a new campus…

PBSC closes on 75-acre western campus property purchase
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach State College on Tuesday officially closed on the $4.5 million purchase of 75 acres on the northwest corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard in Loxahatchee Groves where the college plans to build its fifth campus…

Pensacola State College faculty exhibit opens
Pensacola News Journal
The Pensacola State College Art Faculty Exhibition opened Monday and will run until Dec. 14. The free exhibition can be found at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts Gallery, in Building 15 on the Pensacola campus. The annual exhibit highlights the work of PSC’s art faculty members. Works range from ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, graphic design, jewelry, painting, photography, video and sculpture…

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo welcomes ‘boo-tiful’ new baby
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will be altering its Boo at the Zoo Halloween event to accommodate the new baby. An adult gibbon holds the newest addition 

State College of Florida president Lars Hafner voted out; 2 trustees resign
Bradenton Herald
In what seemed to be the grand finale of months of conflict between school leaders, State College of Florida trustees unanimously voted to sever ties with President Lars Hafner through a $363,000 settlement agreement Tuesday evening. And to the surprise of some, two trustees decided to leave with him.

Manufacturers Come Together to Talk Workforce Training
Manufacturers from around the region met at Tallahassee Community College Tuesday. Dozens showed up to learn how to gain access to grants designed to improve their businesses. The Manufacturers Association of Florida partnered with Workforce Florida and Workforce Plus to hold the roundtable discussion…

Independent Colleges and Universities

How much did the Bill Nelson/Connie Mack debate matter? (blog) (registration)
The event was held at Nova Southeastern University on Oct. 17, and is the only time the candidates will face-off before voters go to the polls Nov. 6…

New apartments add to north-of-Kennedy resurgence
Just to the east on Kennedy, the University of Tampa is expanding and upgrading its campus and will open an 11-story residence hall in 2013…

For-Profit and Career Colleges

ESPN, Full Sail team up for MLS Cup Playoffs
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Full Sail University students helped film, light, and document the opening sequence of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs slated to kick off Wednesday on ESPN2.

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

Editorial: University panel flunks with tuition proposal
Orlando Sentinel
Not only is Florida’s latest plan for higher education short-sighted and discriminatory, it is also financially backward. It should come as no surprise that a state task force, created by Gov. Rick Scott to study the public university system, is suggesting Florida place a priority on students interested in pursuing degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. But it’s shocking to hear the group’s proposal — lower tuition for in-demand degrees. Just last year,University of Florida President Bernard Machen suggested the opposite. In the face of a $300 million cut to the university system, Machen asked lawmakers for the flexibility to increase tuition for high-demand degrees that lead to high-wage jobs.

Editorial: Aaron Bean is the best choice for Senate
Florida Times-Union
His opponent, Democrat Nancy Soderberg, has an impressive resume, beginning with her title of ambassador, which was earned in years of service as an alternate representative to the United Nations. She is a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Florida and is president of the Connect U.S. Fund in Washington. She has been a consultant, an author — the resume goes on. Her national experience is tremendous, but how it would translate to Florida politics in Tallahassee is questionable…

Nickinson: Money talk is first step for graduates
Pensacola News Journal
You need to have “the talk” with your children. The money talk, that is. National data show 66 percent of 2011 grads are carrying debt, and University of West Florida students are carrying their share. During the past five years, very nearly half of them have graduated carrying at least $14,000 in debt. The Florida average is $23,000….

Thumbs up, thumbs down
Florida Today
Thumbs up: To Melbourne High and Brevard Community College graduate Bruce Bochy for managing the San Francisco Giants to a World Series win…

Noted poet to speak Thursday at CF event
On Thursday, the College of Central Florida will host the ninth annual Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series, featuring Georgia poet laureate David Bottoms

Local Dems line up for chance to see first lady
Daytona Beach News-Journal
For Jessica Thomas, a 20-year-old Daytona State College student from Palm Coast, the chance to see the first lady only adds to the experience of voting in her first presidential election. “I’m really excited,” she said as she stood in line.

Floridians’ confidence in an improving national economy at a 5-year high
Sun-Sentinel (blog)
“I don’t see anything on the horizon that would make Floridians not as confident in the future,” said economist William B. Stronge, a professor emiterus at Florida Atlantic University. “It looks like things are improving.”

Leon County candidate fundraising lopsided
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Kevin Wagner, an attorney and associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, said candidates without access to bundlers have a much harder time raising campaign money…

EXCLUSIVE: Author of Fed Society Report on Pariente, Lewis, Quince: These 
Sunshine State News (blog)
Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University College of Law lambasts what she insists were “misleading” early media stories on a report she published on three Florida Supreme Court Justices up for merit retention on the November ballot…

Supreme Court to revisit use of dogs as basis for drug searches
Los Angeles Times
Kenneth Furton, a chemist at Florida International University in Miami, led a group of scientists who studied police dogs. He said it was not good enough to allow police agencies to test their own dogs…

University Dean Tells Class: ‘Bible is Myth,’ Creationists Shouldn’t Graduate
Christian News Network
“This is a book of myth, and that’s going to offend some of you,” stated professor Lesley Northup of Florida International University’s Honor College in the video. “And I don’t really care.”

TCC president touts rural development
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The President of Tallahassee Community College said Tuesday that he’s intent on tailoring the college’s mission to needs of the local economy — and raised concerns about one economic development project the college has worked to support…The college’s president, Jim Murdaugh, said during a breakfast meeting with the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce that while he supports the company’s efforts “and always will,” he is not sure where that piece of the project stands as a result…

Halloween scares up more business — and gore
Florida Today
Historically, entertainment and the arts tend to be more violent as stress and change occur in the world, said John Shafer, associate professor in the performing arts school at the University of Central Florida

Economist predicts growth for economy
Bradenton Herald
Make no mistake, Florida’s economy will mount a recovery just as surely as millions of pesky love bugs will hatch in the Sunshine State each season, according a report released Tuesday by University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith

Bucher: Any delays at early voting sites likely due to 101 versions of long 
Palm Beach Post
Voters may also be less supportive of President Barak Obama, said Sean SnaithUniversity of Central Florida economist and political commentator. “I think there is a much lower level of enthusiasm than in 2008 on the Democratic side, Snaith said 

Florida economy forecast to build steam in 2013
Florida’s economy will finally build some steam in 2013, according to a new forecast released Tuesday by University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith

Painting children at Shands: an artist’s ‘act of compassion’
Gainesville Sun
An illustrator in the Arts in Medicine program at Shands at the University of Florida, she [Reyna Collura] developed the Fantasy Portraits program, where she paints portraits of pediatric inpatients…

Storm Victims, Obama’s Leadership in FEMA’s Fugate Hands
Federal aid for Hurricane Sandy’s victims — and perhaps public perception of President Barack Obama’s leadership — is in the hands of a straight-talking former paramedic who in a crisis never forgets his love of University of Florida football. The informal manner and storm-tested experience of W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have helped resurrect the agency’s reputation after its botched response in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina, emergency- response professionals say…

Tomato flavor was helped along by a ‘jumping gene’
Los Angeles Times
Recently, a group of scientists at the University of Florida identified another factor: chemicals called volatile acetate esters. In a study of nearly 100 heirloom tomatoes, the higher the level of these chemicals in the fruit, the less people like themCharles Goulet and coauthors note in their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  that findings like this might help researchers figure out how to breed tomatoes that taste better.

Republicans target three Florida Supreme Court justices
Washington Post
“The people of Florida deserve a judicial branch that is not beholden to big guys or little guys, to big money or no money, to agendas of any kind,” [R. FredLewis told law students at the University of Florida last week, coming the closest of the three to 

University of Florida monthly survey shows confidence near its highest after 
The Republic
Researchers at the University of Florida said Tuesday that the monthly survey shows consumers in the Sunshine State remain relatively optimistic heading into the general election…Chris McCarty is the director of UF‘s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He says the economy is clearly recovering in the state, noting an increase in new home sales and the median price of existing homes…

Bryant McKinnie Denies Owing $375000 For Miami Strip Club Tabs
Huffington Post
The father of local rap legend Trick Daddy says Baltimore Ravens player Bryant McKinnie — a former University of Miami standout and former Davie resident — owes him $375,000 after borrowing the funds to spend at local strip clubs…

Vast Area, From Georgia to Maine, in Harm’s Way
New York Times
Brian McNoldy, a hurricane expert at the University of Miami, said in an online posting Tuesday that heavy rainfall from the storm had also caused the Potomac River to reach its highest level since 1996…

Neal Boortz, Herman Cain to hold Jacksonville event
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Conservative talker Neal Boortz and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain will be in Jacksonville Friday for the “Stand up for America” event. The event, sponsored by WOKV and The Brumos Companies, is being held at the Lazzara Performance Hall at the University of North Florida. It begins at 7 p.m. and will be a “lively discussion” of election issues.

UNF’s Delaney: Schools need more money, and more accountability
L.A. Biz (blog)
You’d expect the president of a public university in Florida to say that his school needs more money, which John Delaney did in a roundabout way, but it was a surprise to hear him say that, in turn, schools need to perform better, and devise ways to measure that improvement. The University of North Florida president told a luncheon audience of the World Affairs Council Jacksonville Tuesday that academia has to get over its hatred of being measured for its effectiveness

Scientists criticize lack of transparency in Pier plans
Albert Hine, of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, has several gripes. First, he says the scientific community should have been involved in the $50 million Pier project, known as the Lens, from the beginning…

Bradenton mayoral race intensifies in final days of campaign
Bradenton Herald
Richard O’Brien, a University of South Florida professor aspiring to be Bradenton’s next mayor, told the Bradenton Herald that incumbent Wayne Poston swore at him in front of his own family and “aggressively” accused him of removing his signs.

History Among the Funnel Cakes
Gulfport Gabber
Here, Pinellas County historian and University of South Florida St. Petersburg archivist Jim Schnur signs copies of his most recent book, Pinellas County: A Centennial History…

Crashes on US 27 called “freakish coincidence”
WTSP 10 News
Dr. James Moyer is the chief academic officer at Warner University in Lake Wales, which sits right by the busy, high-speed US 27. So far this year, he recalls an unusually high amount of car crashes on the highway, including one involving a Warner student who was leaving campus.

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College hosts annual ‘Flagler Creates!’ festival
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (10/30/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College will host the annual “Flagler Creates!” handmade festival on Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the College’s West Lawn. “Flagler Creates!” is a festival that offers Flagler students, faculty 

Fleming Formally Installed as PBA’s Eighth President
Press Release
William M.B. Fleming Jr. was formally installed Sunday (10/21/12) as the eighth president of Palm Beach Atlantic University in a ceremony that focused on PBA’s future and the spiritual nature of University’s mission…

President Fleming Receives Honorary Doctorate
Press Release
Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming Jr. was awarded an honorary doctorate Friday (10/26) by Judson University in Elgin, Ill…

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

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
UPTOWN Magazine
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
Gainesville Sun
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
Gainesville Sun
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
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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 FloridaSt. Petersburg

State College System

Brisk ticket sales reported for Chipola gala
Chipley Bugle
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
Florida Times-Union
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
Florida Times-Union
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
Brevard Times
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
The Ledger
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
Yahoo! Sports
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
Lakeland Ledger
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
Orlando Sentinel
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
Tallahassee Democrat
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
Orlando Sentinel
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
Buffalo News
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
Brevard Times
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
Orlando Sentinel
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
StateImpact Florida
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
Florida Today
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
WJXT Jacksonville
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
WFTV Orlando
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
Bradenton Herald
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
Huffington Post
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
Orlando Sentinel
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 (blog)
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
Gainesville Sun
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
Florida Times-Union
“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 
Florida Times-Union
Also, at the time it tackled reform, the city was facing “draconian” budget cuts, [CeasarMitchell 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
Florida Today
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
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“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
Alaska Dispatch
“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
Daily Commercial
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
Florida Times-Union
“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
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…

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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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.

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

State University System

As funding falls, families carry heavier tuition load
For decades, Florida’s public universities were clearly public. Taxpayers covered the majority of education costs, and students and families made up the rest through tuition. But that’s changing. State university funding is dropping. Tuition is rising. The result: the burden of supporting state universities is shifting from state taxpayers to students and their families…

Grades improve for 28 Broward, Palm Beach schools after review
The state Department of Education and Florida State University reviewed data and found that 213 schools, or 8 percent statewide, should have received higher grades. That includes 17 schools in Broward County and 11 in Palm Beach County.

UCF’s DeVos Sport Business Management program celebrates 10th birthday
Orlando Sentinel
Then she learned about the University of Central Florida‘s DeVos Sport Business Management program. The program, part of UCF‘s College of Business Administration, allows its students to earn simultaneous master’s degrees in business administration and…

Pride of the Sunshine ready to rock London
Gainesville Sun
The Pride of the Sunshine, as the UF band is called, is the only U.S. marching band invited to perform at the Summer Olympics in London. Band members were responsible for paying about $4,000 per person out of pocket or conducting fundraising efforts.

U. of Florida plans to remove newspaper racks, charge for space in new ones
Student Press Law Center
The University of Florida’s independent student newspaper is protesting a change in distribution policy that it believes could have a detrimental effect on readership and First Amendment freedom…

UF marching band heads to London to perform at Olympics
Shannon Williams knew her membership in the University of Florida marching band would take her places…

University of Florida orders removal of student newspaper racks
WKMG Orlando
The University of Florida has ordered the “Independent Florida Alligator,” the student-run newspaper, to remove 19 newspaper racks from campus…

Group’s goal is to help LGBTQ youth be accepted
Florida Times-Union
The response can be seen in the popular annual Coming Out Day Breakfast at the University of North Florida where more than 250 people with 20 corporate sponsors gathered last fall.

Studies abroad burnish University of South Florida degree
When new students arrive at the University of South Florida for freshman orientation this year, they’ll hear an unusual suggestion. Bring a passport. The advice reflects a growing push at USF to get students to study abroad — and a growing demand. This summer alone, USF students are in China, Colombia and Costa Rica. South Africa, Spain and Slovenia. Thailand, Tanzania, Bolivia, Jordan and more…

USF Sarasota-Manatee picks Bradenton architectural firm for marine science 
Bradenton Herald
A Bradenton architectural firm was picked to design the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee instructional facilities for a marine science program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, announced Friday the choice of Fawley-Bryant to draw up the plans for the 4,000-square-foot space in an existing three-story building. Sarasota-based Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. also was chosen to complete the build-out, Guilford said.

RNC Event Forces Cancellations at USF St. Pete
The annual freshmen convocation, move-in dates for students and watercraft at USF St. Petersburg have been canceled, changed and grounded in light of new restrictions put in placeduring the Republican National Convention Kick-Off party at Tropicana Field. On Aug. 26, 20,000 delegates and members of the media are expected at the home of the Rays for a cocktail party to kick-off the week’s RNC event, which are mostly held in Tampa Bay. The USF St. Pete campus falls within the 7.4 square mile “Event Zone”, that was proposed by the city and approved during first-reading Thursday by City Council. Move-in for residential students had been planned for Aug. 25-26, with freshmen arriving on Saturday and returning students on Sunday. Now, all residential students will move in on a single day, Saturday, Aug. 25.

State College System

Colleges: More funding key to reaching goals
Florida’s 28 state and community colleges say they have a plan to make the state the first in the country to reach the national goal of doubling graduation rates by the year 2020 — and they think Gov. Rick Scott will back their play…

DOE Website Created to Help Florida Students Pick College
Sunshine State News
The Florida Department of Education unveiled a Web portal designed to help students as they decide on where and what to apply for at the state’s public colleges by showing what they can get out of each campus and career programs. The site doesn’t included the state’s public universities. The Smart College Choices site provides rundowns of graduation rates, post-college employment statistics and potential earnings data from each of the 28 Florida College System institutions and Florida Public School District Career Centers…

Town hall meeting held to discuss issues at FSCJ
First Coast News
Students, faculty and staff packed into a community town hall meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon to learn more about how a financial aid mistake at the school cost the learning institution at least 2.5 million dollars.

Foundation donations directed by FSCJ president were against policy
Florida Times-Union
Charitable donations made by the Florida State College Foundation at the college president’s direction were against the foundation’s own policy. The nonprofit foundation funded at least $16,200 in charitable donations at the request of President Steve Wallace in 2010 and 2011. The gifts included donations to the United Way of Northeast Florida’s campaign at FSCJ that specified some money be directed back to the Florida State College Foundation; several donations to the Rotary Club, where Wallace is club president; the Jacksonville Symphony, where Wallace is an ex-officio board member; and a $5,000 donation to the Edward Waters College inaugural fund for president Nat Glover, where Wallace was on the finance committee…

Florida Times-Union
What it means: The board decide whether to buy textbooks from Florida State College at Jacksonville in an amount not to exceed $150000. The textbooks will be used by county students in the Early College program.

FSCJ program readies students for college success
Florida Times-Union
The Academic Success Center program at Florida State College at Jacksonville provides instruction and services designed to help Northeast Florida students — those right out of high school and adults continuing their education — become college-ready …

Want to be a pilot? GCSC can help
The News Herald
The sky is truly the limit for students of Gulf Coast State College. “From this experience you can become a private pilot and fly for your own …

Polk State gets approval to offer BS degree in criminal justice
Bay News 9
Polk State College has received approval from the State Board of Education to offer a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, the school announced Tuesday.

Appeals court: Santa Fe College must ID complaining student
Gainesville Sun
The case arose after Darnell Rhea, a chairman of the Alachua County School Board in the 1990s and former adjunct professor at Santa Fe College, sued Santa …

Florida Public Schools Must Identify Students Who Submit 
Huffington Post
Former Santa Fe College math instructor Darnell Rhea believes the school didn’t his semester-to-semester contract for part-time teaching at two campuses 

Florida appeals court: College must release name of student who 
Student Press Law Center
Darnell Rhea, a former adjunct professor of mathematics at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., brought the public records lawsuit.

Family & Friends Raise Money for Brandon M. King Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to students enrolled at Tallahassee Community College, where King was a student.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Jacksonville University search for athletic director narrowing
Florida Times-Union
The search for the next Jacksonville University director of athletics has been narrowed to four finalists, with a decision possible by next week.

Obama cancels Rollins College rally in light of Colorado shooting
Central Florida News 13
The deadly shootings in Colorado forced President Obama to cancel his campaign appearance at Rollins College on Friday. As expected there was a since of disappointment on the schools campus, but the feelings of being let down have been overshadowed sadness for the community of Aurora, Colorado.

Obama cancels Winter Park trip because of movie massacre
Orlando Sentinel
President Barack Obama expressed shock and sadness about the deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater before canceling his campaign stop today at Rollins College in Winter Park.

Supporters disappointed after Obama cancels Rollins speech
WFTV Orlando
It was a disappointing end to a Friday that began with people outside a Rollins College gym waiting to listen to a campaign speech given by President Barack Obama.

Streamlining Processes Saves Colleges Money
Huffington Post
Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, F., has digitized its employee action form documents that are used at 17 centers in seven states.

Tough Times for Colleges—and College Towns
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The University of Miami’s medical school endured $21 million in federal cuts and eliminated 550 positions in recent years.

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

President’s exit clears way for FAMU reforms
Daytona Beach News-Journal
With James Ammons’ departure as president, Florida A&M University finally is wiping the slate clean in its effort to deal with the hazing death of marching band drum major Robert Champion…

What Is Your College President Reading This Summer?
Huffington Post
Donald Eastman, president of Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, Florida will be reading two recent books critiquing the current status of higher education in America: Andrew Delbanco’s College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Andrew Rosen’s Rebooting for the New Talent Economy (Kaplan, 2011)…Eckerd‘s Eastman hopes to find time for Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel (Henry Holt and Co., 2012), on the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco, 2012), a retelling of theIliad… Not one president mentioned plans to read 50 Shades of Grey. But maybe they just wouldn’t admit it.

Obama talks FAMU hazing on campaign trail
CNN (blog)
President Barack Obama weighed in this week on a hazing incident at Florida A&M University which attracted national attention and resulted in the death of a band member. Following a campaign appearance in the state on Thursday, CNN affiliate WCTV in Jacksonville caught up with the president who commented on last November’s death of band member Robert Champion. Champion was badly beaten on a band bus after a football game in Orlando. “Well, obviously the loss of that young man’s life is heartbreaking. I think that we can’t tolerate bullying of any sort, anywhere. And when we send our young people to college we expect them to be there to learn and to get a great experience, not to be beaten. So, you know, I’m pleased this has gotten attention,” said Obama, adding that while tradition is something to be continued, “We don’t need this kind of bullying to be a part of it.”

Unique Mechanism Identified in Bacteria as Potential Target for Developing New 
Infection Control Today
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine have identified a unique mechanism in bacteria that has the potential to serve as a target for developing new antibiotics for diseases such as AIDS and soft tissue infections including respiratory and urogenital tracts, which are currently difficult to treat. The results of these findings were published in an article titled “Novel One-step Mechanism for tRNA 3’-End Maturation by the Exoribonuclease RNase of Mycoplasma gentialium” in the current issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Co-authors of the article are Ravi K. Alluri, a pre-doctoral student in the department of biomedical science and Zhongwei Li, PhD, associate professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

People on the move
Andrew Duffell, president and chief executive officer of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, was appointed to The Association of University Research Parks board of directors…

Friedman remembered as a fair, thoughtful councilman and friend
Robert “Bob” Friedman, 71, who died July 11, will be remembered by many as an eminently fair and thoughtful member of the Jupiter Town Council since 2005. For others, he was a husband, father and grandfather, neighbor and friend, who had a passion for the sea and for boating that both restored his energy and rejuvenated his spirit. His first interaction with the Town of Jupiter was in his role as the architect for Florida Atlantic University at its new campus in Jupiter.

NCAA to reveal sanctions against PSU on Monday
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“In one sense, I don’t have a lot of trust or respect for the NCAA as an institution to get things like this right,” said Howard Wasserman, a law professor at Florida International University.

Private student loan debt skyrocketing, study finds — but not in Southwest Florida
Naples Daily News
The number of students with private loans is low at Southwest Florida institutions. At Hodges University, vice president of financial services Joe Gilchrist said private loans amounted to only about $49,000 of a total of $21 million in student aid for the 2011-12 year.

To Double Dip or Not
New York Times
Fifteen is “ridiculous,” says Lauren Berger, the self-titled “Intern Queen,” who completed 15 as an undergraduate at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida. “I would never tell students to do that many.”

Obama faces uphill battle to win repeat victory in Florida
The Hill
Lance deHaven-Smith, a professor of political science at Florida State University, said the Obama campaign is counting on picking up votes in the two areas of the state. “If the president comes close to winning Jacksonville or winning Jacksonville, he will win the state,” deHaven-Smith said. And while he acknowledged that there’s been “a lot of disappointment” in Obama, which in turn leads to low turnout, he added, “I wouldn’t underestimate Obama. “He’s got a climb — there’s no doubt about it — but he’s also a great campaigner,” he said.

‘Bill’ Jones dies; started FSU’s African-American studies program
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
But no one questioned the affection and concern for people of William “Bill” Jones, the founding director of Florida State University’s African American Studies program.

Storm Season Revives State-Run Property Insurance Debate
Residents with no other options turned to the Florida Legislature, which created a state-run insurance company called Citizens. Florida State University business professor Patrick Maroney explains, Citizens was conceived as a so-called “residual market” option for homeowners in the most risk-prone areas.  Another example of residual market insurance is the more expensive auto-insurance policies for drivers with a few tickets. Maroney says, “It wasn’t the same policy as you would get in the general market, and the premiums were higher. So residual markets are generally markets of last resort. And that’s really what Citizens was designed originally to do.”

Three Good Ideas From Thursday’s Senate Committee Hearing on 
Huffington Post
Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of Tallahassee Community College in Florida, had a similar message. His college made a decision to hold tuition steady this year, while looking for every way possible to increase efficiency in operations and instruction. They are determined that any future tuition increases will only be used to implement strategies proven to increase completion and job placement…

Bye, birdie? Extinction looms for Florida sparrow
Orlando Sentinel
“This seems to be the most highly imperiled bird in all of mainland North America,” said Reed Noss, a biology professor at the University of Central Florida. “At the present rate of decline, it’s going to be extinct in as few as three years..

Glimmers of growth on Florida’s Space Coast after shuttle shutdown
That opened what Sean Snaith, an economist and director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness, described as “a pretty big crater” in the region’s economy.

Could swing state unemployment spell trouble for Obama?
Los Angeles Times
“Today’s employment report reveals the problematic arithmetic of continuing to bring down the unemployment rate,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida.

Interstate 75 crash claimed life of 17-year-old UF student on her way home to
Aria Karina Curad Mallari had a lot to be happy about Friday afternoon as she sat behind the wheel of her Honda Civic in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 75. The 17-year-old had just finished her first set of summer classes at the University of Florida, where she was getting a head start on a pre-med degree. At home in Pinellas Park, a celebration awaited as her mother and brother prepared a feast of barbecue and Filipino food. It was supposed to be a birthday party. On Wednesday, Mallari would have turned 18…

Supplement your wine, chocolate
The Republic
Well, more specifically resveratrol — found in red grapes — and dark chocolate have been cited for reducing cardiac risk factors, says Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance.

Coming soon to a race near you: The PAC attack
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The push for such committees to involve themselves in local races is a national trend, University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus said. “It’s a tangled web that’s almost impossible for someone to figure out,” MacManus said.

Big-money sheriff’s campaign is raising questions
Florida Today
His chief opponent and former clerk Scott Ellis has no documented donations from employees. “It doesn’t look right, but under the law, it’s constitutional,” said Susan MacManus, a political scientist and professor at University of South Florida.

Colorado tragedy brings presidential race rhetoric to a halt
The News-Press
“They had no choice,” said Susan MacManus, a political analyst and political science professor at the University of South Florida. “It was such a heinous crime. Any kind of politics would have been denigrating.”

Hillsborough has free health plan for poor despite governor’s plans
The political debate may have a silver lining, said advisory board member Donna Peterson, Dean of the USF College of Public Health. Hillsborough residents scrambling for coverage may find an affordable option they didn’t know existed. “We may find by virtue of all the noise that we will see a significant increase,” she said.

Clinics to aid in vaccine rush
Concerns about tuberculosis prompted the University of South Florida last week to strengthen its immunization rules, said Judi Sherman, assistant director of quality and compliance at USF’s Student Health Services.

Medicaid expansion spurs debate in Florida
Bradenton Herald
“That’s the most expensive form of care,” said Jay Wolfson, a health policy expert at the University of South Florida. And when they leave with hefty bills they can’t pay, hospitals end up absorbing large amounts of uncompensated, or “charity” care.

Names and faces: news about business people in Manatee and Sarasota counties
Bradenton Herald
Rick Smith of CS&L CPAs has been reappointed to the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee Campus Board of Trustees…

War mystery outlives woman in news photo
Gary Mormino, a historian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg who teaches a summer class on World War II, learned of the 1945 news story in June after a student discovered it while scrolling through microfilm.

Releases and Web Stories

Researchers Use Twitter to Identify Psychopaths
In a world where social media is progressively becoming more important to the mainstream,researchers have now used Twitter to determine whether a user is a psychopath. A group of folks from the Online Privacy Foundation and Florida Atlantic University, with some help from data-competition website Kaggle, have come up with a way to mathematically determine if a Twitter user tends toward the more psychopathic. Cue the mass protection of Twitter accounts…

IRSC Technology Institutes providing information
Indian River State College Advanced Technology Institutes provide hands-on training and comprehensive knowledge in the most growth-oriented fields of the future: robotics and photonics, cyber security, digital media and graphic design.

IRSC offers new course in consumer economics
Treasure Coast residents can make sense of economics and how it affects their lives through a new course in consumer economics to be offered by Indian River State College.

America’s Largest Coral Reef Research Center Grand Opening on Sept. 27
Newswise (press release)
Where: Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, Hollywood, FL. What: Grand Opening of NSU’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research.

Santa Fe College Welcomes New Police Officers
Santa Fe College
Two new Santa Fe College Police Officers will be patrolling SF. Officers Richard Smith and Michael Richardson recently completed two and a half months of field training where they shadowed and learned from other members of the Santa Fe College Police …

College for Kids – Exciting Things Are Happening!
Santa Fe College
This program offers both academic and recreational classes using the facilities available on Santa Fe College’s NW campus. The goal of the CFK program is to introduce young students to the college environment while providing them with fun, challenging 

Reaching Out – Magnificently
University of South Florida
The Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida is one of three in the U.S. and one of 15 worldwide rated “Magnificent CI” – Meili Kong Yuan, in Chinese – by Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters.