State University System
FAMU official arrested on travel expense charges
Florida A&M University‘s events director is facing travel expense and per diem fraud charges. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman said Tuesday that Tammy Hamlet turned herself in to authorities Monday night.
FAMU hazing death leads to FDLE investigation and administrator’s arrest
The director of special events at Florida A&M University has been arrested and charged with eight counts of fraud related to travel expenses, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Tammy Hamlet’s arrest comes months after the FDLE began investigating the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion in Orlando in November.
FAMU official charged with padding travel expenses
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M University‘s Director of University Events, Tammy Hamlet, is facing eight misdemeanor counts of fraudulent per diem and travel expense claims following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
FAMU band hazing ‘president’ charged with felony in death of Champion
Dante Martin, identified as the so-called “president” of the band bus on which FAMU drum major Robert Champion was fatally beaten last fall, faces a charge of felony hazing in Champion’s death, new court documents show.
City Commission to consider changing street to “FAMU Way”
WTXL ABC 27
With the final stamp of approval from the Commission, the process of updating the street signage giving FAMU Way a presence on Monroe Street, a major city thoroughfare, could occur within the next 30 days.
UF trustees agree on criteria for next president
The University of Florida is seeking a Renaissance man — or woman — as its next president. The ideal candidate would be a recognized scholar with leadership experience at a major university who understands fundraising, politics and economic development. Oh, and being bilingual is a plus. UF trustees voted Tuesday to approve 24 criteria being sought in the university’s next leader.
Gator fans to find sleeker, more modern stadium Saturday
The University of Florida Athletic Association has done a $5.6 million renovation of the west concourse of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and a $150,000 turf replacement.
State College System
DSC electrical apprentice class delayed
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Financial constraints and low enrollment have delayed some students from starting fall classes in Daytona State College‘s electrical apprenticeship programs. The college recently notified coordinators of the union and non-union programs that classes for first-year students would not begin because of low enrollment…
It Ain’t Rocket Science
On the other end of the Eastern Seaboard, Miami Dade College has also got the message. Recognizing the need for trained nuclear technicians, Miami Dade has partnered with Florida Power and Light to provide the next generation of high-skilled employees …
Loxahatchee Groves votes clear way for Palm Beach State College campus
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach State College is officially coming to town. The college Tuesday night received the last major land-use approvals it needed from the town to enter into a contract to begin building on 75 acres on the northwest corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard.
NPBC Chamber to host congressional debate at Palm Beach State College
The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Palm Beach State College have offered to host a Congressional Debate with Congressman Allen West and Democrat nominee, Patrick Murphy…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Weekly chapel services returning to Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach News-Journal
After being closed almost two years for renovations, the historic Bethune-Cookman University‘s White Hall has reopened, putting the president’s office back in the center of campus along with other administrative offices…
Convention Volunteers: Polk Residents Part of ‘Smile of Tampa Bay’
Some Florida Southern College political science students are taking advantage of the convention in their backyard to score some political experience and to do a little networking…
Architectural icon, a jewel topping a city
Since 1933, Plant Hall has not only been the home for the University of Tampa but also for the Henry B. Plant Museum, where Gandee presides over the history of the Gilded Age and Plant’s contributions to Tampa and the surrounding region.
For Profit and Career Colleges
Full Sail grads work on song beamed from Mars
Two Full Sail University grads worked behind the scenes of the historic interplanetary project that beamed a Black Eyed Peas singer’s new song from Mars to Earth on Tuesday.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Our Opinion: FAMU Way grows
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
FAMU Way, which runs across the north side of campus, now ends on the west at Railroad Avenue, but big changes are in store. Phase 1 of a long-planned project to extend, improve and beautify FAMU Way should begin next June and last for about a year.
Rumbold: One fish, two fish, how much and of what type to eat?
Naples Daily News
September marks the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring.” In this groundbreaking work, Rachel Carson called upon the public to take action to save the environment. Today it remains critically important that we get involved in order to protect our Florida way of life… Darren Rumbold, Ph. D, is a Professor of Marine Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. He conducts research on the transport and fate of mercury in South Florida…
Letter: Out of Sen. Alexander’s Political Abuse Is Polytech
Victor B. Story of Lake Wales writes that we must support the Florida Polytechnic University in its mission to advance STEM related education ["It's Time to Show Florida Poly That It Has Local Support," letter, Aug. 14]. This so-called STEM education was used as a justification to take the school away from the University of South Florida… John Richard Edwards – Lakeland
Reporter From the Tampa Bay Times Named Spokesperson for Board of …
A higher education reporter from the Tampa Bay Times has been hired by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors as director of communications. Chancellor Frank Brogan informed board members in a letter this week that Kim Wilmath will assume the role recently vacated by Kelly Layman, who resigned. Wilmath, who will start the job Sept. 4, will be paid an annual salary of $75,000. Brogan said Wilmath’s background puts her in a good position to handle the new role. “She is a product of the system — an alumna of the University of Florida — and brings a unique perspective to this position,” he said.
Hurricane platforms: Obama in New Orleans vs. GOP in Tampa
Palm Beach Post
Kevin Wagner, political scientist at Florida Atlantic University, was looking ahead to the possible news footage. “You can see the split screen with the Republicans on one side with the balloons and the yelling and the president on the other side at some FEMA emergency center,” Wagner said. “You have the balloon drop on one side and the food drop on the other. That will distract from the convention. “On top of that, during any disaster you have a ‘rally round the flag affect’ and support of the government,” he said. “That is not the time to criticize the president. Any disaster is a terrible thing in itself. But just speaking of the convention, it would be very bad timing for the Republicans.”
Hurricane Isaac May Stir Up Oil From BP Spill
Mitchell Roffer, president of Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service and an adjunct professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, shares Graves’ concerns about the storm dredging up the old crude…
Press to stay open, shift to MU campus
Columbia Daily Tribune
“I consider this a great victory, absolutely, but I don’t consider this as over,” said Ned Stuckey-French, a Florida State University English professor who helped organize a Coalition to Save the UM Press…
University of Missouri Press will remain open
Ned Stuckey-French, an associate professor of English at Florida State University, said he still wants back publication rights and no longer wants to be associated with the University of Missouri Press…
What’s in a Convention Host City
“It certainly is more conservative,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the Florida State University College of Law who follows election law. “From that perspective it’s a good place.”
Investors Vote for Three Swing States Obama Won: BGOV Barometer
“It may be early to attribute something to governors who have been in office for a year or two,” said Sean Snaith, an economics professor at the University of Central Florida…
Floridians’ consumer confidence shows resiliency
Florida’s August consumer confidence level was 77, a figure unchanged since July, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. “Floridians seem somewhat resilient in the face of the economic challenges facing the U.S. and Florida this coming January,” said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research…
Farmers markets thrive in South Fla.
“A segment of the population has become interested in purchasing locally grown fruits and vegetables, which happens to be better educated and has a higher disposable income,” said Mary Lambers, commercial vegetable extension agent of the University of Florida Miami-Dade County extension…
Former Miami English teacher with brain cancer prepares to journey across …
The cause is unknown, said Dr. Deborah Heros, a neuro-oncologist at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of glioma tumor, as it is likely to grow and recur…
For Romney, Florida Win Is Key
Wall Street Journal
Matthew Corrigan, chairman of the political science and public administration department at the University of North Florida, said Mr. Romney needs to energize social conservatives and tea-party supporters concentrated in the northern and southwestern parts of the state, a task helped by his choice of Mr. Ryan as running mate. He also has to win independents in central Florida, which he hopes to accomplish by touting his business credentials, Mr. Corrigan said…
GOP uses convention spotlight to embrace diversity
Atlanta Journal Constitution
“We’ve got a lot of diversity in this state’s Republican Party because Florida is also such a microcosm and melting pot,” said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida.
RNC puts spotlight on Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi
“It gives a lot of visibility, gets her name out there,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist.
TIME’s Michael Grunwald To Speak at USF St Pete Today Old …
Award-winning journalist and author Michael Grunwald will speak at USF St. Petersburg later today…
Tampa takes hits during ‘Daily Show’
He [Jon Stewart] also took questions about whether he would visit the area’s strip clubs (nope); whether he thinks the country could survive electing a Republican president (“Uh yeah. I don’t know if you remember, we survived a civil war.”); and if he would go party at the University of Tampa. ”I would totally like to be the creepy old guy at UT,” he said. “I’m onstage right now, wearing makeup, wearing a suit. You might think, ‘That guy doesn’t have osteoporosis,’ but I do. I’m an old man.”
Releases and Web Stories
FPU Gains Interim Staff – Latest Update:
Last Friday, August 24, administrators from University of South Florida, the University of Florida and Florida’s Board of Governors, along with two members of Florida Polytechnic University’s board of trustees, met to review approximately 3,000 pages of information documenting the transfer of assets from USF Polytechnic to the new Florida Polytechnic University…
Showing our Bull Pride in a new way
USF St. Petersburg students will find something new when the University Student Center opens for business on Saturday: a bull. Getting a statue to represent Bull Pride at USFSP was a high priority for Student Body President Mark Lombardi-Nelson. It will greet students in the lobby of the University Student Center when they arrive for move-in day on Saturday.