State University System
4 young pilot whales treated at Florida Atlantic University after beaching
A juvenile pilot whale rescued from a pod that stranded on a central Florida beach died Monday at a rehabilitation facility where four others were being treated with antibiotics and fed fish drinks through tubes. Two male and three female juvenile whales were brought to Florida Atlantic University‘s Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation Saturday after the stranding.
America’s Minimum Wage Recovery
Florida’s employment recovery hasn’t brought back many well-paying jobs. That’s the conclusion of a new study timed for Labor Day showing the gaps of the Sunshine State’s slow but unmistakable bounce back in hiring. And it reflects a national trend, driven largely by the ripple effects of the collapsed housing market. The three industries that account for 63 percent of all minimum-wage jobs in Florida — hospitality, retail and healthcare — also have been leading the recovery, according to the study by Florida International University’s Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy…
Both parties target young voters in Labor Day push at UCF
Central Florida News 13
The I-4 Corridor could be pivotal in who ultimately wins Florida — and the White House — in November, and both parties know it. That’s why both sides targeted young voters at the University of Central Florida during a Labor Day voter registration drive…
UFmobile iPhone app celebrates a year since its redesign
Don’t know what University of Florida campus building you’re standing in front of? There’s an app for that. Leave your schedule at home and don’t know where to go next? There’s an app for that, too. UFmobile, the University of Florida‘s unofficial Apple iPhone app, is celebrating a year since its redesign and the release of UFmobile 2.0. The app has been used just fewer than a million times since November 2011 and has more than 29,000 users since its debut in 2009, more than triple the number of users it had before the redesign…
Opening-game ejections fewer than last year
The Independent Florida Alligator
As thousands of fans battled the heat to catch the first game of the 2012 Florida Gators football season, University Police and Gainesville Police officers had their share of stadium ejections and arrests. At the UF-Bowling Green State University game on Saturday, police ejected a total of 35 people from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, including the arrests of two UF students. According to a UPD press release, police issued six civil citations for alcohol possession inside the stadium…
UNF study breaks down Mayport ship situation, transformation
A decade of economic ups and downs sit in front of the community around Mayport Naval Station, according to a recent study at the University of North Florida.
Duval School Board agenda: Sale of 2 schools to be discussed
Item: Agreement not exceeding $603,220 with the Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida for the Success by Design Initiative for pre-kindergarten through third grade students in the 2012-13 school year. What it means: The program is intended to improve student learning in pre-kindergarten through third grade by increasing family engagement at “high need schools.” The district would use federal Title I funds to pay for the program, which includes training for family liaisons at Neighborhood Network Family Involvement Centers serving the Ribault, Southside, Sweetwater and Arlington neighborhoods. In addition, it will include professional development training to improve teaching practices.
Charlotte hopes to learn from RNC in Tampa
One thing the two convention executives talked about was surprises, such as a last-minute security fence ordered by the U.S. Secret Service around yet another convention venue – the University of South Florida’s new medical learning center downtown…
State College System
Debt is a 4-letter word as more students say no to college loans
Debt is scaring some South Florida students: More are saying “no thanks” to taking out college loans. Broward College, in fact, is seeing a 40 percent drop in federally subsidized loans taken out this fall – after students go through a mandatory debt management workshop and hear about what faces them once they start making payments. Others are slashing their debt load…
Edison officials say drop in enrollment likely not related to college’s probation
Naples Daily News
Edison‘s enrollment dropped by nearly 12 percent this year compared to last year — the first decline since 2006, when it dropped 1.7 percent. There are now 14,989 full-time students at Edison, compared to 16,884 this time last year. Registration continues through Friday. Edison‘s probation, which means it must correct several areas of noncompliance with SACS policies to have accreditation reaffirmed, lasts through June 2013…
HCC’s President Atwater measures success by degrees
Hillsborough Community College President Ken Atwater has put a focus on getting black men to finish college. The demographic has proven difficult for colleges to retain. He also has a goal to increase HCC’s graduation rate 50 percent by 2020…
Colleges offer more courses aimed at job market
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The glossy brochure promoting Miami Dade College’s School of Science begins with the expected burst of lofty language about teaching students to question, investigate and formulate conclusions about the world. But directly under the “mission” heading, the new pamphlet gets down to business, laying out the paycheck prospects for graduates. Biological technician: $38,396. Horticulturist: $34,511. Environmental technician: $40,227…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Tourism grant awarded to Flagler College
St. Augustine Record
Visit Florida, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a $2,000 Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism Grant to Flagler College for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which began July 1…
Cyber sleuths scour Internet for criminals, missing kids
The firm [iMarshals] uses five criminal justice students from Nova who, as interns, earn course credits by scouring the Web for fugitives. They target fugitives or missing kids based on information from law enforcement agencies. Their assignments come from iMarshals’ five-member board. Social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter are their stalking grounds…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Sanchez: Amend Fla. Constitution to send DC clear message
Not necessarily. For one thing, lawsuits continue. As Ave Maria University President Jim Towey explains in an article in The James Madison Institute’s fall Journal, religious liberty issues remain unresolved. Ave Maria is part of an interdenominational coalition of faith-based institutions that hope the Supreme Court will hear their case. They’ll ask whether the health insurance they’re required to provide their employees must include coverage for contraceptives and abortion-inducing medications — both contrary to their religious beliefs…Robert F. Sanchez is policy director at The James Madison Institute, a nonpartisan think tank based in Tallahassee.
Hilston: Competing views on economic growth
Many small-business owners on the Space Coast are voicing concerns about the challenging business environment as the slow, post-recession recovery continues…John Hilston is an associate professor of economics at the Brevard Community College Palm Bay campus.
We’re looking for 125 FAMU stars
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
A lot has changed for Florida A&M University since Thomas DeSaille Tucker became the first president in 1887. It was then a school of 15 students and two instructors. And this fall, we will join all of Tallahassee in helping to celebrate all that FAMU has been for 125 years. No one is ignoring its recent anguish as a university and community, and the news about the ongoing hazing-related tragedy and its fallout will continue to be covered vigorously. But our editors decided that the 125th anniversary and celebration of all that FAMU has been and will become should be covered with just as much enthusiasm and fervor. So for weeks, our team has been meeting with members of the FAMU community to discuss coverage plans. This is where you come in: We’d like your help in identifying 125 people who have been associated with FAMU – whether they are graduates, faculty or friends of the university — who are most noteworthy. I call them the 125 brightest stars of FAMU…
A Big Meeting of Young Minds at a National Convention
Yes, the Politic365 #VoiceYourVote tour made its final Florida stop at the University of South Florida to talk with college-age voters about the issues that matter to them the most in 2012…LENNY MCALLISTER is a senior contributor to Politic 365 featured on several national and international outlet including CNN, Current TV “The Young Turks”, and Sirius-XM Radio…
Informed votes are a challenge in judicial races
“Many people, when they get to that part of the ballot, leave it blank,” said Nova Southeastern University law professor Bob Jarvis. “A lot say, ‘I’m not a lawyer; how am I supposed to decide who is qualified and who is not?’”
Nova Professor Jose Lopez Turns To Kickstarter In Hopes of Finding Out What …
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
But now Nova Southeastern University marine biologist Jose Lopez is hoping to pinpoint the culprit. Doing so isn’t going to be cheap, though, and Lopez has taken to the crowd-sourced funding site Kickstarter in hopes of raising $17,600. Lopez plans on using the funds to examine “a marine epidemic called ‘small orange band (SOB) disease.’” While it’s believed that small orange band killed the sponges, nobody knows the cause or pathogen behind the disease.
Polk Sees Average Wage Rise in 2011, but Doesn’t Match Inflation
“The most disturbing thing to me is since the onset of the recession, even though wages are going up, you’re losing ground because your paycheck won’t go as far when you take those price increases for goods and services into account,” said Gordon Kettle, an economics professor at Polk State College. “When you look at income trends here in recent years, we’re technically going backward.”
Democrats raise the convention curtain in Charlotte
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
“We’re building neighborhood teams, we’re building stuff on college campuses centered around first time voters,” said 22 year old Dominique Gelin of Orlando, Florida, who just graduated from the University of Central Florida.
Stars of past and present ready to go at Democratic National Convention
Daniel McNaughton of Cape Coral, chairman of the Young Democrats of Lee County and a junior at the University of Central Florida, can’t wait to hear Clinton. “He is a shining example of what the Democrats can do for the economy,” McNaughton said.
Tasers in schools a ‘non-issue’
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Using a Taser, or a conducted energy device, calls for a “a little higher threshold” in school settings, said Gene Paoline, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida.
Almost Half of U.S. Kids With Autism Have Been Bullied
U.S. News & World Report
“This study confirms what we know,” said Dr. Jeffrey Brosco, professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami and associate director of the school’s Mailman Center for Child Development. ”It’s clear that kids with disabilities are much more likely to be victims of bullying,” he said. “We need to figure out better ways to prevent this — for all children.”
Top of the list
Port St. Joe Star
In 2002, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a University of South Florida professor known as “Dr. Beach,” named the beaches of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park the top beaches in the country.
Federal government push to collect on student loans amid bad economy fuels …
Palm Beach Post
Nearly 30 years after graduating from the University of South Florida, William Milner Jr. this year got an unwelcome memento from his college years: the bill. But this was no ordinary invoice. It was a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, demanding that the 57-year-old Delray Beach resident repay decades-old student loans. And the government doesn’t just want back the $1,660 Milner borrowed. With interest and attorney fees, Milner’s debt now stands at $7,746. “The Mafia is in the wrong business,” Milner said. “It’s gotten to such a high amount. I think it’s unreasonable.”
Community Difference Maker
Gulf Breeze News
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.