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In the House:
The House K-12 Subcommittee holds a workshop on high school graduation requirements.
State University System
State audit: FAMU spent $11117 on ineligible band members during trip
FAMU spent $11,117 on food, lodging and transportation so that 65 ineligible marching band members could perform at a single football game in September 2011, according to a new report from the state Auditor General.
Deadline March 1 for FAMU band director applicants
WTXL ABC 27
Florida A&M University is continuing its search for a marching and pep band director, and the deadline for all those interested in the position is March 1, 2013…
Three FAMU students face Federal charges
WTXL ABC 27
The news of three Florida A&M students facing federal charges or conspiring to access the iRattler computer system at FAMU may be unsettling for some people. The indictment alleges the trio stole personal information from fellow students…
Veteran hiring fair to be held at UCF
Orlando Business Journal
Hiring Our Heroes–Orlando, a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses, is being held Feb. 7 at the University of Central Florida Fairwinds Alumni Center. More than 25 employers are expected to attend the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4000 Central Florida Blvd. It is being hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation, RecruitMilitary and SunTrust Banks Inc…
Offer of $15 million to University of Florida to spark showdown with FSU; UF grad Galvano chairs key committee
The rivalry between University of Florida and Florida State University may have cooled on the football field in recent years, but it might get hot this year in the State Legislature thanks to lawmakers with strong school ties.
USF police investigate another rape on campus
For the second time in less than a month, University of South Florida police are investigating a rape on campus. Officers received a report about a female student who said she was sexually assaulted Sunday morning in the Holly G residence hall …
USF police investigate rape report in campus dorm
University of South Florida police are investigating a reported rape in an on-campus dormitory, the second sexual assault reported at the university in a span of about two weeks. The most recent incident took place Sunday morning…
Rape reported on University of South Florida campus
WTSP 10 News
At USF on Wednesday, jugglers took center grass in front of the Marshall Center, pins and balls flying through the air. But across campus where students live, police are investigating something much more weighty…
USF Lakeland Agrees to Provide Students Free Rides on Polk Transit
A CEREMONY was held Wednesday at the Lakeland University of South Florida campus to unveil a bus wrapped with a USF logo. USF Lakeland now has a partnership with Polk Transit for students, faculty and staff to ride free on any fixed route.
State College System
2013 Project Alpha Workshops for Teens to Be Held at Polk State College
The 2013 Project Alpha initiative for teens called “What’s Your Hook?” will be held Saturday at the Winter Haven campus of Polk State College…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Rollins College reaches out with ‘Anna in the Tropics’
Rollins College has set out to make its production of “Anna in the Tropics” as much a community experience as a theatrical one. Collaborations with a student association and Rollins professors, field trips to the play’s setting of Ybor City and a partnership with a local film festival have raised the show’s profile beyond the college’s Annie Russell Theatre…
St. Thomas lures 93 students from China
Within the past five years, 93 Chinese students have packed up and left the mainland in pursuit of higher education at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. But the sudden interest in the 52-year-old university is not happenstance…
NCAA finishes internal review in University of Miami scandal
On Wednesday, two weeks after the NCAA announced it had brought in a high-powered attorney to conduct an external review of the NCAA enforcement staff’s “improper conduct” in its investigation into the University of Miami and its relationship with …
Did NCAA approve attorney expenses on Miami case?
A person with knowledge of the NCAA enforcement staff’s working arrangement with the attorney for former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told USA TODAY Sports that the enforcement staff received budget approval for up to $25,000 to cover expenses incurred by Shapiro’s attorney related to depositions in Shapiro’s bankruptcy case…
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Lawson eyes bid for FAMU top job
The Florida Current
Quietly, diplomatically, former state Sen. Al Lawson is preparing a bid for the presidency of Florida A&M University — contending that his troubled alma mater needs a politically savvy leader who knows how to work the Legislature for funding and programs that attract student growth…
Grad Who Is Climbing Corporate Ladder Will Speak to FAMU Alumni
JEMAL GIBSON, a regional sales director for the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, will speak Saturday at the Polk County chapter of FAMU Alumni’s banquet…
A group of FGCU students push for permission to bear arms
Florida Gulf Coast University-Fla.-Sophomore Kyle Green said, “We have to protect ourselves it is also our right. I don’t know why we can cross the line to school and all of a sudden can’t carry anymore.” Students for Concealed Carry want Florida Gulf Coast University school policies changed following the Sandy Hook massacre…
Report: FIU Fires Recruiting Coordinator On National Signing Day
After the firing of head coach Mario Cristobal and hiring of former Illinois head coach Ron Turner, FIU seemed to be heading towards rock bottom. Wednesday, the school continued that slide. According to ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy, Florida International University fired tight end coach Dennis Smith and defensive backs coach Jeff Popovich Wednesday. While firing a college coach isn’t necessarily shocking, Smith’s other job made the firing Wednesday puzzling. Smith also served as Florida International’s recruiting coordinator.
Saint Leo to host screening of ‘Bully’ and lecture by filmmaker
At 7 p.m. Feb. 12, director Lee Hirsch will be speaking at Saint Leo University about his documentary called Bully, which follows five children and families through the course of a school year, giving a startling window into the lives of children being tormented and the frustration of parents trying to get help.
Should doctors ask patients about guns? Forum airs the debate
Psychologist Steve Pittman posed a hypothetical situation to University of Florida law students at a forum Wednesday: If Pittman were to ask a psychotic patient whether he owned firearms, the question alone — not to mention recording the answer in the patient’s medical records — would constitute a third-degree felony that could put Pittman in prison, with fines of up to $5 million…
UF has key role in hunt for Burmese pythons
Frank Mazzotti keeps his countertop tidy — sharp tools as needed, a roll of paper towels, a glass dish or two. It’s free of clutter, free of smells — and the kitchen sink shines. He has set up a perfect place to slice up meat. But to get to python meat, he first has to cut through the scales. Mazzotti is leading a University of Florida research team that is examining Burmese python carcasses brought in through a statewide hunt. He’s had dead snakes in and out of his lab for weeks as Florida tries to rid itself of a few very large pests.
UF grad who left Scouts over ban expresses hope for acceptance
[photo caption] Ian Williamson sits at his home in Gainesville, Fla. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Williamson, an Eagle Scout, had to pass up full-time job opportunities with the Boy Scouts because he’s gay.
Drug Inquiry Focuses on Athletes’ Ties to Team at University of Miami
New York Times
The University of Miami named its baseball stadium after Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez after he donated $3.9 million to renovate the field. One of baseball’s premier hitters, Ryan Braun, played for the university from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to begin his professional career. The Washington Nationals star pitcher Gio Gonzalez calls an assistant for the university’s baseball team his “off-season strength coach.” These three players and at least five other people with ties to the university have been cited on documents from an anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball for providing players with performance-enhancing drugs. The connections have compelled the major leagues’ investigators to train their focus on the university’s baseball program, which they suspect is a nexus of performance-enhancing drug use.
Ryan Braun listed in records of alleged PED clinic; says he used Anthony Bosch as consultant
The early portion of MLB’s investigation has focused on the web of connections to the University of Miami, where Braun attended college. Carrillo, a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, was Braun‘s road roommate for three years. Jimmy Goins, a strength-and-conditioning coach at the school and alleged client of Bosch’s, worked with Braun during his three years at Miami. Goins has denied a connection to Bosch…
Delta Sigma Pi-Business Fraternity at USF St. Petersburg
Delta Sigma Pi began as a colony at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and it took over a year for it to become a national recognized chapter; it was the 278th chapter to be installed. The idea to have a business fraternity in USFSP began in September 2011 with David Kopelman, current president of the fraternity, being part of the group of students. The process was definitely not easy as Kopelman stated…
Small-business owners getting tense about complying with health …
Higher employer costs and more costly employee premiums are a big concern for businesses of all sizes, said Mark Weinstein, CEO of Independent Colleges and Universities Benefit Association. But small companies also are wary of what not offering insurance could mean to full-time workers they want to attract and retain. ”It’s too much of a part of the employer’s total strategy,” said Weinstein, whose 23 clients include the University of Tampa and Saint Leo University.
Releases and Web Stories
Spirit Of Russian Music Set To Harmonize FAU This Month
The Department of Music within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “From Vikings to Fabergé – Enjoy the Spirit of Russia!,” a concert featuring works from the Richard Beattie Davis collection…
FIU Hosts Hispanic Marketing Communication Conference
Florida International University’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) announced today its plans to hold the Hispanic Marketing Communication: Bridging Culture and Behavior Conference, on Nov. 7 – 8, 2013, at its Biscayne Bay Campus.
Students Can Apply for the 2013 Santa Fe College Hall of Fame
Santa Fe College
The SF Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon SF students and is reserved for those who have shown truly superior leadership and achievement through their activities and scholarship while members of the SF community.
TEDx brings power of ideas to StetsonU March 15
Stetson University Today
Through the efforts and hard work of Michelle Vergara, Benjamin Trigani and other Stetson students, Stetson University will host a TEDx event on Friday, March 15. The theme for Stetson’s TEDx event will be Significance in Action: Inspired Learning. The application process for potential presenters is open to the public. All proposals for presentations are due by Wednesday Feb. 13. The speakers selected will be notified on Friday, Feb. 22.
Lynn Musco, clarinet professor, celebrates 25 years at Stetson
Stetson University Today
The Stetson University Symphonic Band concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 15, in Lee Chapel will start a weekend of celebration for Music Professor Lynn Musco, Buffet Crampon performing artist, who will be commemorating 25 years as professor of clarinet and coordinator of woodwind studies at Stetson University, a position she has held since 1988…
NSF chooses UF professor to head engineering directorate
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Science Foundation has selected University of Florida engineering professor Pramod P. Khargonekar to serve as assistant director for the Directorate of Engineering, known as the ENG…
Vienna Boys Choir to perform at Phillips Center Feb. 13
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The historic Vienna Boys Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Award-winning author to speak on role of religion in American politics
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — David Campbell, political scientist and award-winning author, will share his years of research and insights on the role of religion in American politics during a public presentation at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall.
UF connects to Internet2 at 100 Gbps, expanding computer power 10-fold
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has activated an ultra-high-speed connection to the Internet2 Innovation Platform, expanding computing power 10-fold and offering a computing network found in only three other places in the United States…
Valencia, OUC partner to help employees earn degrees
Sometimes the path to a college degree isn’t always a straight road. For Rich McCoy, the route to his Valencia degree took him through disaster zones, construction sites and two decades of work…