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…6/11/13

Florida Higher Education Capitol Clips:

Gov. Scott’s interest in tuition crosses the line, some say
TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to offset an automatic 1.7 percent tuition increase, Gov. Rick Scott is meeting with university leaders one by one and lobbying them to cut tuition rates by an equal amount next year. It’s not working. The University of Florida and Florida State University boards of trustees voted Friday to reject the governor’s offer. Other university leaders have signaled they could do the same this week. And some, like the University of South Florida, want guidance from the state Board of Governors before making a decision…

Board of Governors Approves Pre-eminence but Ignores Tuition for Now
Sunshine State News
The Florida Board of Governors approved the designation of the University of Florida and Florida State University as “pre-eminent” universities during a brief telephone meeting Monday afternoon. But the board did not address a conflict brewing between Gov. Rick Scott and several of the state’s institutions of higher education about whether tuition costs will automatically go up for the coming school year — a conflict that could end up before the panel next week…

Board of Governors re-appoint Fla. Poly trustees
WTSP 10 News
The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) approved a recommendation by its Nominating and Development Committee to reappoint five members of Florida Polytechnic University’s charter Board of Trustees in a conference call Monday afternoon…

UF chosen to house new online institute
Orlando Sentinel
The University of Florida was chosen today to launch the state’s new online degree institute. The Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s public universities, decided that UF will house the new institute…

State University System

Appeals court to review ruling in FAMU hazing lawsuit
Orlando Sentinel
FAMU lawyers contend the school should be immune from the parents’ lawsuit because Champion voluntarily participated in the hazing, an illegal assembly under state law…

FAU creates website to counter anti-Semitism claims
A series of demonstrations by a pro-Palestinian group over the past year have prompted some to claim Florida Atlantic University is not doing enough to counter anti-Semitism.

New FAU dorm is “healthy”
Florida Atlantic University gives CBS 12 news an exclusive look inside a brand new dorm. The university celebrating growth, and a new approach to the freshman 15. In addition to cutting edge technology, and a view of the ocean…

UCF’s 50th anniversary: 8 things you should know about the university
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
…OBJ has put together a few fun facts you should know about the nation’s second-largest university and how it has impacted Central Florida’s economy. Click through the slideshow on the right for the facts.

Package found near UCF deemed harmless
Orlando Sentinel
A building near the University of Central Florida was evacuated briefly Monday afternoon after an employee at C. H. Robinson noticed a suspicious package…

Foster kids get UNF experience at Camps for Champs
Florida Times-Union
They came streaming Monday night from a day of canoeing, swimming, rock wall climbing and other sports at the University of North Florida, ready to chow down on hot dogs and chips. Ahead, four more days of sports, the outdoors and other activities…

State College System

‘Kidz College’ offers fun, educational courses for ages 6-12
Jackson County Floridan
Chipola College is offering a fun and educational youth program to keep minds active during the summertime months. But parents have to act quickly – the registration deadline is fast approaching…

JU and American Eagle Airlines strike deal for aviation students
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Jacksonville University’s aviation students could find themselves working for a major airplane much sooner than they perhaps anticipated. The university has struck a deal with American Eagle Airlines…

Contractor Sues Over Miami-Dade College Garage Collapse
Law360 (subscription)
An electrical subcontractor filed suit Friday in Florida state court against four other companies involved in the construction of a Miami-Dade College parking garage that suffered a deadly partial collapse …

Santa Fe College seeking adjunct professors
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College is holding an adjunct faculty job fair for people interested in sharing their expertise and earning supplemental income…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Flagler College offers historic hotel for weddings
WJXT Jacksonville
For the first time in more than 40 years, the historic campus of Flagler College will be available to host weddings and receptions…

UCF’s enrollment surge spawned decade of growth
Central Florida Future
In those days, Winter Park’s Rollins College was the only show in town, and an expensive show at that…

Overreach at the University of Miami?
Florida Trend
In pursuit of a world-class reputation under President Donna Shalala, the University of Miami in the last decade joined other Florida universities — and indeed, the state itself — in betting big on the life sciences.

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

Editorial: Hodges leader earns praise
The News-Press
Terry McMahan could look out over his final graduating class at Hodges University on Sunday and feel proud of his accomplishments as president of the institution for 22 years…

Social media help root out scandals of college presidents
Washington Times
…Now, a series of high-profile scandals have put the sector under an even brighter spotlight as leading university presidents — including Ohio State University’s E. Gordon Gee and Florida Atlantic University’s Mary Jane Saunders — have resigned amid unprecedented scrutiny. Although it may be unfair to hold the head of an institution personally responsible for what happens in every corner of campus, analysts say, the dawn of social media and other factors have created a reality in which leaders of colleges large and small must accept that they are under the microscope at all times…

A Tour Of FAU’s Technology Incubator In Boca Raton
Listen to reporter Karen Burkett as she tours a technology incubator on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and interviews incubator President & CEO Andrew Duffell

Tropical weather was too wet even for sharks
Darren Rumbold, Florida Gulf Coast University professor of marine science, is studying mercury in sharks, and University of Miami scientists are looking at the behavior and ecology of bull, tiger and great hammerhead sharks…

Florida State wide receiver charged with sexually assaulting female friend
[Gregory] Dent was arraigned on second-degree sexual assault charges on Monday and the senior-to-be has been suspended indefinitely by Florida State University

Florida Tech Faculty Awarded Research Contracts By FDOT
Paul CosentinoFlorida Institute of Technology professor of civil engineering and other Florida Tech faculty members have been awarded about $750,000 in research contracts from the Florida Department of …

Single Mom Graduates College With Her Daughter
Huffington Post
Tammy Rose, who graduated from Hodges University in Fort Meyers, Fla. on June 9, shared a special bond with one of her graduating peers, Ashley Polk

Retired professor makes boats the old-fashioned way: by hand
His professor, John Zeien, worked at Miami Dade College for 38 years helping hundreds of students pursue their dreams. Zeien taught Introduction to Education for 16 years and before that he was Director of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Students…

Nunavut polar bears at risk from new germs: study
Nunatsiaq News
“We greatly appreciate their efforts and thank the hunters,the Government of Nunavut, their technicians and conservation officers for the collection of polar bear tissues,” said the researchers led by Diane Weber from the New College of Florida

Pinellas County Republicans spark controversy by ‘dis-inviting’ terrorism expert
BizPac Review
Dr. Jonathan Matusitz, a Belgium native and associate professor at the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication, was scheduled to give a 45-minute speech he called, “The Islamic Threat to America,” at the start of the June …

Monster Mosquitoes Emerge in Central Florida
The aggressive blood suckers “can bite right through your clothing and give you a good pinch, more painful than an ordinary mosquito bite,” University of Florida natural resources agent Ken Gioeli told West Palm Beach-based WPTV back in March …

Florida Gators’ Guard Scottie Wilbekin Suspended Again
Monday afternoon, the University of Florida announced they would be suspending point guard, Scottie Wilbekin, indefinitely for violating team rules…

Sports Illustrated claims Nevin Shapiro used inside info to bet on Miami football
Sports Memo
Sports Illustrated is reportedly going to print with more details about Nevin Shapiro‘s sports betting relationship with the University of Miami. Shapiro allegedly received injury information from coaches for at least two games back in 2005 and 2007 …

Mammoth Mosquito Invades Florida
Nature World News
According to Deby Cassill, a biologist at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, the bug originates near the Mississppi River Delta. “This thing is like a pterodactyl,” she told Bay News 9. “In the mosquito world, it’s huge, and for me exciting; for most people, a little scary.”

Teen’s Gaming App Wins Startup Weekend Tampa Bay
More than 100 entrepreneurs, software developers, online designers and marketers convened to collaborate and compete in creating innovative startups during the fourth Startup Weekend Tampa Bay June 7–9 at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. Taking first place was Live Warfare, an interactive, person-to-person video game that takes place in real life using a smartphone. Players take a picture of someone and then digitally “shoot” them, sending a notification to their opponent’s phone. The game is the brainchild of 14-year old Nathan Eyal, whose father Omer brought him to Startup Weekend and also participated in the product development. Other teammates included: Ed Galarza, Akira Mitchell, Ken Morris and Matt Saulding

Releases and Web Stories

Florida Southern College Earns AACSB International Accreditation
PR Web
AACSB International (AACSB) announced today that Florida Southern College has earned accreditation for its School of Business and Economics.

Hurricane show debuts at planetarium
Seminole State College
Just in time for hurricane season, the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida will entertain stargazers…

Here’s what caught my eye today…5/2/13

State University System

Florida universities play matchmaker for tech startups
Bradenton Herald
Staff from UF, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida who specialize in cultivating key relationships between the inventors and entrepreneurs will speak Friday at a panel on university-developed technology at the Spark Growth Economic Development Summit. The summit starts at 9 a.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Rosen Plaza sued for the hazing death of FAMU drum major
Orlando Sentinel
The Rosen Plaza hotel has been added as a defendant in the wrongful-death lawsuit of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, who was beaten to death in a hazing ritual on a bus in the Orlando resort’s parking lot.

Employers strive to keep valued workers as job market improves
Each year, Boca Raton technology firm 3C Interactive sends its chief software architect to Harvard for continuing education. Locally, about 25 employees trained last week at Florida Atlantic University on web application security….

Mental Health First Aid Course Began In Northwest Florida
The first ever Mental Health First Aid course kicked off at the campus of Florida State University, Panama City on Wednesday May 1, 2013. The 12-hour course teaches participants how to respond and recognize a situation when there is a mental health crisis…

States’ Support for Trap-Neuter-Return Is Gaining Momentum
Huffington Post
Then there are other, independent efforts, like a TNR program at the University of Central Florida, which reduced the cat population by 66 percent in 11 years.

Power restored to USF area after outage
MyFox Tampa Bay
The lights are back on at the University of South Florida campus and the surrounding area after an outage left some students in the dark during their exams. A spokesperson for Tampa Electric blamed a neighborhood substation for the outage…

Assessing the numbers
The Voyager
Grade-point averages for incoming freshmen at the University of West Florida increased in 2012, following a series of declines that began in 2006. The average GPA for incoming freshmen dropped from 3.62 in the 2005-2006 school year to 3.23 in 2011-2012, according to UWF’s annually published data…

State College System

Pensacola to host college softball tournament
Navarre Press
The Pensacola Sports Association on Sunday announced that the Florida College System Activities Association will hold its Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Championship tournament in Pensacola May 3-5…

Families Reach Settlements Over Fatal Miami Dade College Parking Garage Collapse
NBC 6 South Florida
The families that filed lawsuits over October’s fatal Miami Dade College parking garage collapse in Doral reached settlements with the construction firms they sued, sources told NBC 6…

Green Expo at PB State on May 4
The South Florida Times
Palm Beach State College (PBSC) will hold its fifth annual Green Expo on Saturday, May 4…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Police Investigate Suspicious Device Near Barry University
NBC 6 South Florida
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious device in the area of Barry University in Miami Shores Wednesday morning, police said…

For-Profit and Career Colleges

Florida Film Festival names award winners
A record number of films — 173 from 22 countries — were part of this year’s festival, presented by Enzian Theater and sponsored by Full Sail University

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

Basu: Conspiracy theories about the Boston bombings – The Republic
The Republic
…James Tracy, the Florida Atlantic University professor and blogger, is one of them. He also says the federal government was behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and that most domestic terrorism events are FBI-orchestrated…

Batchelor: Quality of Florida’s waters is in danger
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
But doesn’t a business-friendly environment square with public health and healthy wildlife, rivers and estuaries? A recent University of Florida survey revealed that 93 percent of respondents rated clean drinking water as their top concern…

Time for Today’s Lesson: Learn How to Ask Questions, Seek Answers
Huffington Post
Time is a construct. There really is no such thing as absolute time. It is measured in a variety of ways and perceived in a multitude of ways. Is it relative? And if so, relative to what?…UCF Forum columnist Dick Crepeau is a history professor at the University of Central Florida

Opinion: UWF enrollment fiasco brings about important questions
The Voyager
The University of West Florida is in a state of constant change. As a student and alum since 2006, I can honestly say that this institution is remarkably different from my freshman orientation in August 2006.

Alex Fanaian, Naked FAU Student, Arrested For Burglary And Battery With Fire Extinguisher
Huffington Post Miami
Alex Fanaian, 23, of Boca Raton, stood outside the house in the 300 block of Northeast Eighth Street, banging away at a window near the door with the fire extinguisher. Deal opened the door and asked Fanaian, an FAU student, to stop, according to the report. Instead, Deal told police in the report that Fanaian sprayed him with the fire extinguisher and hit him in the torso with it…

Bill Nelson urges leaders to make voices heard about sequestration
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw stressed the importance of extending modest interest rates for tuition and working collectively as local university agencies. “We need to do things that would educate more, not fewer here in the state of Florida,” he said.

Movers and Shakers: Mote Scientist to Join Florida Institute of Technology
The Bradenton Times
Dr. Aaron J. Adams, Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist and manager of Mote’s Habitat Ecology Program, will soon take a new position at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).

Teacher killed in crash was former FSU student
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Abby Fishburn, the 22-year-old Deerlake Middle School teacher who passed away in a traffic accident early this morning, was a graduate of Florida State University. Fishburn graduated from FSU’s college of education in the Spring of 2012…

FSU professor elected fellow for the Academy of Arts and Sciences
Florida Flambeau
We are extremely fortunate to have a scientist of the caliber of Alan Marshall at Florida State University.” According to the Academy’s website, they have been “honoring excellence and providing service to the nation and the world…

Biochemist receives top honor at FSU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Shridhar “Shri” Sathe is equal parts food historian and food scientist…The highly decorated Florida State University professor is considered the foremost authority on both great northern beans and almonds and their unique proteins…

Three ceremonies for graduates
Florida Flambeau
As the semester draws to a close, Florida State University’s three graduation ceremonies on Friday and Saturday are set to hear commencement addresses by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director Richard Knabb and Florida nature filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus

Gov. Scott should slow roll on speeding up executions
Orlando Sentinel
As Mark R. Schlakman, senior program director for the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University, points out, the reforms are “not geared toward minimizing the risk that the state of Florida might execute an innocent person …

FEMA administrator Fugate speaking at Santa Fe commencement
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College has announced that Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Santa Fe student, will be the guest speaker for the college’s commencement Friday…

Clinton’s UCF speech highlights grad week in Central Florida
Orlando Sentinel
There’s plenty to celebrate this week as thousands of students graduate from the University of Central Florida and area colleges. Former President Bill Clinton, who has praised UCF on national television, will speak today at 2:30 p.m…

Diversity study: Black head coaches rarely get second chances – USA Today
The report, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, was researched and produced by Dr. C. Keith Harrison, an associate professor at the University of Central Florida with an extensive background in business management, with support from fellow researchers…

Man charged in connection with 2011 rape
Gainesville Sun
Andre Locus, 19, was arrested at 4427 NW 31st Ave. by the Gainesville Police Department, and was assisted by the University of Florida Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Police said Locus is considered a “person of interest” in the recent armed burglary and sexual battery of a UF student on Southwest 10th Street based on similarities in the composite sketch and surveillance video in that case…

Michigan State associate dean named dean of UF vet school
Gainesville Sun
James W. Lloyd, an associate dean in Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Michigan State’s James Lloyd Named Dean of UF Veterinary College
A nationwide search for a new dean in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has ended with the appointment of veterinarian and agricultural economist James W. Lloyd, DVM, Ph.D., college officials announced today.

Lyme Disease: The Southern Myth, Insurance Problems and Doctor Dilemma
First Coast News
Awareness is something Dr. Kerry Clark at the University of North Florida is working to change. He says it is much more common in Florida than most would believe. “My research has identified hundreds of cases all across the Southern United States, many of them in Florida. That [Lyme is only in the North] is just one of the many myths about Lyme disease we are trying to dispel,” told Dr. Clark.

Ponce de Leon began Florida’s dynamic Hispanic heritage
Florida Trend
Robert H. Fuson, professor emeritus, University of South Florida; author “Juan Ponce de León: And the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida”. It should hardly need mentioning at this point, but, as Fuson writes, Ponce de León “was not a madman seeking a mystical fountain” to keep him young. Rather, he was an explorer and farmer who had served as interim governor of Puerto Rico until a lawsuit gave control of that island to Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego — and marginalized Juan Ponce.

House’s Game Of Legislative Chicken Slows Pace Of Passing
In response, House Republicans used the same tactic on Wednesday. Political Scientist Susan MacManus, from the University of South Florida, said the retaliation was a taste of their own medicine. “It’s tit-for-tat, it’s not wanting the accusations or tactics of the other party go unanswered,” MacManus said…

School leftovers don’t go to waste – Bay News 9
Bay News 9
“So there we are, interested in connecting Learning Gate students, particularly the higher levels,” said Dr. Daniel Yeh, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at USF. “But we also want to engage every age from kindergarten upwards, basically to connect them with the research that’s done in higher education.”

Releases and Web Stories

Lynn’s Center for Learning Abroad offers summer short-term study abroad programs
Lynn University
The semester is winding down and commencement is on the horizon, but many Lynn University students will continue their learning throughout the summer. Lynn’s Center for Learning Abroad(CLA) is offering three short-term study abroad programs – two overseas and one in the U.S. – this summer. Students can choose from interacting with corporate CEOs in China, exploring the struggles of apartheid in South Africa or practicing sports media management at the X Games in Los Angeles, Calif…

Veterinary practitioner, agricultural economist to lead College of Veterinary 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — James W. Lloyd has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

Here’s what caught my eye today – 1/8/13

State University System

Florida at Forefront of Internet-Based Education
The Ledger
With the right choices and plans, Florida is in a position to take a leading national role in Internet-based higher education, according to a national consultant. But the state must make decisions on how to best move forward in the rapidly growing area of online learning, which educators say isn’t the way of the future — it’s happening now. Later this month, the Board of Governors for the State University System will take up recommendations on how to proceed.

Police: FAMU/FSU Engineering School Threat ‘Not Credible’
Florida State police are calling a bomb threat made to the engineering school a hoax. It all happened this afternoon and everyone from the building was evacuated. Sometime this afternoon, several law enforcement agencies went door-to-door in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering asking people to leave. Police say a man called in a threat to cause mass violence with weapons…

Deputies on scene of possible shooting in east Orange County
WFTV Orlando
Orange County deputies are on the scene of a shooting in east Orange County, Monday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of shots fired at the Campus Crossing Apartments near the University of Central Florida campus…

Dance brings new life to Parkinson’s patients
Gainesville Sun
…The program, which started four years ago, is a joint initiative between Shands’ Arts in Medicine program and the UF College of Fine Arts. Called “Dance for Life,” it is one of three programs (the others focus on singing and art) designed to increase the movement capabilities of Parkinson’s disease patients. This Wednesday at 7 p.m., an open house for the program will be held in the same location as the class…

Officer shot at armed man near USF St. Petersburg dorms
Bay News 9
Officer shot at armed man near USF St. Petersburg dorms. Officers responded to a call of battery at 155 5th Avenue South, near USF St. Petersburg’s dormitories, police said.

State College System

Bob Stover’s story predictions for 2013
Florida Today
…The state Legislature will approve the name Eastern Florida State College. The new name for Brevard Community College makes total sense and, just to make sure, the school did its homework with students and residents. After the Legislature approves it, the name will take effect in July. My only lament: EFSC isn’t as easy to say as BCC. We’ll have to figure out some other shorthand for referring to it…

IRSC opens new STEM Center to students Monday
Indian River State College‘s newest campus addition, opened to students Monday, recognizes the college’s emerging technology network… Inside the halls of the three-story $18.5 million William and Helen Thomas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center are seven teaching laboratories equipped with state of the art computer and research tools that will give students the real world training needed for local jobs.

Miami Dade College’s West Campus Reopens After Being Closed for Months Following Garage Collapse
Miami Dade College’s west campus in Doral reopened Monday for the Spring term after being closed for months following a fatal garage collapse in October. The first day of classes is Tuesday, but the campus is open for registration. It had been closed since Oct. 10, when a portion of a five-story campus parking garage collapsed at 3800 Northwest 115th Ave., killing four construction workers.

Two shot at Campus Crossings
Central Florida Future
Two Valencia College students were shot at around 5:45 p.m. Monday at Campus Crossings apartments near AlafayaTrail…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Edward Waters College, Bethune-Cookman University among bands to perform at Honda Battle of the Bands
Florida Courier
The 11th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, presented by Verizon and official banking sponsor SunTrust Bank, will welcome celebrated actress and Grammy-winning singer Brandy to the stage as a special guest performer at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on January 26th, alongside eight of the nation’s top Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands. This year’s “House Party” theme will be brought to life with additional performances and an on-the-field fan participation dance contest.
The 2013 Invitational Showcase will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST, and will feature spirited performances from the HBCU marching bands, which will perform in the following order:
1. Edward Waters College, Triple Threat Marching Band (Independent)
2. Albany State University, Marching Rams (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
3. Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Independent)
4. Alcorn State University, The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
5. Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
6. Winston-Salem State University, The Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
7. Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)…

Lynn University plans week of volunteering to honor students, professors 
The Republic
Lynn University has scheduled a week of community service events to honor the memories of four students and two professors who were killed in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Starting Monday, students, faculty and staff at the Boca 

Third anniversary of the death of Lynn University students that died in Haiti
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, marks the third anniversary of the Haitian earthquake that took the lives of four Lynn University students and two professors who traveled there on the Journey of Hope. Through a full week of service events (Monday, Jan. 7 – Saturday, Jan. 12), students, staff and faculty will live the legacy of those lost by participating in Lynn’s third annual Knights Unite Day of Caring.

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Guest Opinion: Complete change of mindset needed to revamp failing education system
The News-Press
For eons, presidents and other propagandists have been preaching that “everyone” should go to college. If one looks at the data objectively, “everyone,” perhaps even half or more of the population, doesn’t have the academic capability and/or the interest to complete college work. The results should be unacceptable to those of us who know better. Florida Gulf Coast University reports that 50 percent of its freshmen are required to take remedial courses in order to qualify for college level courses. Edison State College reports that 70 percent of its freshmen have to take remedial courses. These numbers appear to apply nationally…Martin Harris is a resident of Cape Coral.

FAU prof stirs controversy by disputing Newtown massacre
A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all. Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his that trained “crisis actors” may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event’s true purpose: gun control. “As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends,” writes Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at FAU and a former union leader. In another post, he says, “While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place — at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.” FAU is distancing itself from Tracy‘s views…

Former Seminole a contestant on ‘The Biggest Loser’
Tallahassee Democrat
A family health scare forced identical twins Henry and Joe Ostaszewski to admit that, yes, they were overweight. The time had come for the former Florida State defensive linemen (1988-91), each of whom carried more than 350 pounds on their 6-foot-3 frames, to change their lifestyles. Or face dire consequences. “At first, it was an insult to think we were that big,” said Henry Ostaszewski, who is seven minutes older than his twin. “But it was at that point we realized we had to change and be examples to go forward and start living active, healthy lifestyles.” Joe Ostaszewski’s attempt at change will be chronicled on NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser” next year.

Sculptor to create artwork of twigs and vines at Sarasota High
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
North Carolina-based sculptor Patrick Dougherty will begin the three-week process of building one of his “Stickwork” sculptures on Tuesday morning, after volunteers spent the weekend collecting materials from a Palmetto tree farm. Dougherty envisions the sculpture as acting as a new entrance to the building, which is the historic Sarasota High School and, when $22 million in fundraising is completed, will become the campus for the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of the Ringling College of Art and Design. More than $15.3 million has been raised toward that goal.

Manlius man dies in crash while driving back to college in Florida
A Manlius man died in a car crash early Sunday while driving back to college in Florida after spending the holidays with family, a close friend said. Michael Kriesel, 22, left his Manlius home at noon Saturday for the long drive back to Gainesville, Fla., said Joseph Cambareri, who said he’s known Kriesel since they attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School together…Kriesel was studying zookeeping at the Santa Fe College, in Gainesville. He was just about to start his second semester, Cambareri said.

Shands Jacksonville names a new CEO who will take over immediately
Florida Times Union
Russell E. Armistead has been named chief executive officer of Shands Jacksonville, replacing James R. Burkhart, who announced his resignation Jan. 2. Since 2004 Armistead has served as associate vice president for finance and planning for the University of Florida Health Science Center in both Gainesville and Jacksonville. He has worked under David S. Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center.

Former Dean Martha Saunders returns to UWF as provost
Pensacola News Journal
Martha Saunders had been looking for a reason to return to Pensacola for years. She moved away in 2002 to further her career after logging nearly 20 years as a professor and dean at the University of West Florida. So when she found out there was an opening for the UWF provost — second in command to President Judy Bense — she felt it was “meant to be” and a great fit. In November, Bense officially hired Saunders, 64, to serve as provost as well as vice president for academic affairs, giving her a reason to return to Pensacola.

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College announces Kahler awards
Press Release
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (01/07/2013)(readMedia)– Flagler College has announced that it has awarded two 2013 Kahler Awards for Teaching of the Liberal Arts. A $5,000 award will be granted to religion professor Tim Johnson for his project “Place, Worship, and the Construction of Identity in Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Textual-Liturgical Communities.” The award will be utilized to support research, writing, translating and dissemination of the results of his project. A $2,500 award will be given to associate professor of psychology Emily Splane to support the completion of her co-authored book, “Psychology of Eating: From Biology to Culture to Policy.”

Tattoos At FAU: Movie Highlighting Tattooed Student Bodies To Premiere
Boca News Now
Florida Atlantic University will host an evening of entertainment to celebrate the premiere of “Stories on the Skin: Tattoo Culture at FAU,”  a documentary  featuring students who support the concept that tattooed bodies are walking books, on Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The event is open to the public. Suggested donation is $10…

ISU and Florida Tech Seal Partnership; Sign Memorandum of 
MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Florida Institute of Technology and International Space University (ISU) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of further cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement was signed at ISU in Strasbourg, France, in November. Signing the document were T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Walter Peeters, ISU president…

Armistead named CEO of Shands Jacksonville
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― Russell E. Armistead has been named chief executive officer of Shands Jacksonville. Armistead replaces James R. Burkhart, who announced his resignation Jan. 2.

Study uncovers protein key to fighting and preventing obesity
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers and colleagues have identified a protein that, when absent, helps the body burn fat and prevents insulin resistance and obesity. The findings from the National Institutes of Health-funded study were published online ahead of print Sunday, Jan. 6, in the journal Nature Medicine…

UF/IFAS expert helps solve 80-year mystery, as team identifies fungus killing 
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An 80-year search for a tree killer has ended, says a University of Florida forest pathologist who helped identify the fungus that virtually wiped out the Florida Torreya and fears it may threaten other species…

USF Named “Best Value” University
University of South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2013) — The University of South Florida ranks among the nation’s top 100 best values in public higher education for 2012-13, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the country’s oldest personal finance magazine…

Here’s what caught my eye today…

Special Section: Aim Higher FL Announcement Coverage & Social

State university presidents say they won’t hike tuition if Legislature gives (blog) (registration)
As expected, the presidents and student leaders of Florida’s state universities have made the Legislature an offer they hope will not be refused: Give them $118 million and they won’t raise tuition this year…This new funding would be on top of the restoration of a $300 million one-time cut the Legislature imposed last year, which is already being built into the state budget.

University presidents: No tuition increases if state adds $118M to 
Orlando Business Journal
The presidents of Florida’s 12 universities have issued a promise: No tuition increases at any school across the state, but only if the Florida Legislature commits $118 million in new funding in 2013…

Florida university presidents ask for more state funding in lieu of higher tuition
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Florida’s state university presidents said today that they would not ask for a tuition increase in the coming year if the Legislature will increase state funding by $118 million in the coming year. The Legislature cut the university system budget by $300 million this year and the university presidents, representing 12 universities including New College of Florida, said the system has seen a 40 percent cut in state funding over the last five years…

Why Florida Universities Won’t Ask For Tuition Hikes This Year
StateImpact Florida
In a rare show of unanimity, Florida’s university presidents say they won’t pursue a tuition increase this year if the state will give them more funding. The presidents came together at the Capitol Wednesday to announce the Aim Higher Campaign…

University Presidents Would Hold the Line on Tuition if the State Would Just 
Sunshine State News
Florida’s higher education leaders promise they won’t seek across-the-board tuition increases if the Legislature will just boost funding for the state’s universities by more than $100 million. However, the proposal would not put a flat line on proposals to hike tuition for science, technology, engineering and math programs that state leaders consider a priority for helping improve the state’s work force and economic outlook.

University leaders offer deal to avoid tuition hike
State university presidents and student government leaders are offering Florida lawmakers a tuition deal. They said on Wednesday that they won’t seek tuition increases next year if the Legislature agrees to spend $118 million more in state money on the 12 schools. Gov. Rick Scott has staunchly opposed tuition increases, and he praised that part of the proposal but not the funding portion. He only said he was looking forward to working with the presidents and student leaders as he puts together his budgeting and policy recommendations to the Legislature. Scott this year also supported a $300 million reduction in state funding for the universities, part of a 40 percent cut over the past five years.

Florida universities play Let’s Make a Deal on tuition
WTSP 10 News
“That will mean, especially for the University of South Florida, so much more because one in five of our students are first-time college students and we have the students that need that state support.

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State University System

FAMU President still unsure about future of band (registration)
Florida A&M University may announce in the next few weeks when its famed band will return. The Marching 100 was suspended in the aftermath of the death of drum major Robert Champion…

FAMU trustees meeting with presidential search firm
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The Board of Trustees at Florida A&M is scheduled to have its first face-to-face meeting this morning with representatives of Greenwood/Asher, the Destin-based executive search firm FAMU hired last month. FAMU began its search for a new president in July, following the abrupt resignation of James H. Ammons. Solomon Badger, chairman of FAMU’s board, named a presidential search committee consisting mostly of trustees. That committee divided into three sub-committees, and last month one group recommended hiring Greenwood/Asher…

Grand opening of 100000-square-foot Max Planck Florida Institute set for today
Palm Beach Daily News
Designed by the Washington, D.C. office of ZGF Architects, the Max Planck Florida Institute, on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, features nearly 58,000-square-feet of laboratory space with instrumentation labs, computational 

Shands recognized as among nation’s best in thwarting infection
Gainesville Sun
For the past three years, Shands at the University of Florida says not one of its patients in the surgical intensive care unit has received a central-line infection, which can occur if the lines, or tubes used to give patients medicine and food, have 

Search for girl’s remains resumes
This time, they came with University of South Florida anthropology students and the school’s cutting-edge ground-penetrating radar. Investigators hope the extra help, technology and expertise will help them find what might have been missed years ago.

State College System

New Broward College building an art lover’s dream
With its shimmering glass exterior overlooking a campus lake, the newest building on Broward College‘s central campus looks like a work of art. And that’s no accident…

CF calculates tri-county economic impact at $349.7M
Citrus Daily
The College of Central Florida has released an economic study showing a $349.7 million impact on Marion, Citrus and Levy counties.

Final exam schedule at Edison State College is giving students added headaches
Fox 4
It’s finals week for Edison State College and at a time when grades are being decided, some Edison students are also grading the college. Some students believe the school is below average when it comes to scheduling finals.

Colson Hicks takes on Miami garage collapse lawsuit (blog)
One of South Florida’s best-known plaintiffs firms, Coral Gables-based Colson Hicks Eidson, is among the first to handle a lawsuit connected to the Oct. 10 Miami Dade College parking garage collapse in Doral…

Loxahatchee Groves town council approves resolution supporting PBSC campus
Palm Beach Post
A resolution expressing support for Palm Beach State College’s fifth campus and opposing the last-ditch effort by a group of residents to block the project was approved tonight by the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council…

Palm Beach State College Takes Up Rick Scott’s $10000 Challenge
Sunshine State News (blog)
Palm Beach State College has become the 12th school in the Florida College System to take up Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge to create four-year degree programs that cost students under $10,000…

College Campus Project Causes Concerns
Families living in places like Wellington, Royal Palm Beach or the Acreage may have been looking forward to having a campus of Palm Beach State College closer to them, but not everyone is on board…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Fire in Garbage Chute Leads to Dorm Evacuation at Florida Southern
The Ledger
A garbage chute fire in the Wesley dormitory at Florida Southern College caused firefighters to evacuate students from the building about 1 am Wednesday…

Rollins explores minor-league partnership for new baseball stadium
Orlando Sentinel
Rollins College in Winter Park is exploring the idea of partnering with a minor-league baseball team to build a new stadium.

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‘Suicide pact’ parents’ children found safe in California
Central Florida News 13
Melbourne police were alerted after the girls’ father made a threat in front of health professionals at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, at the Florida Institute of TechnologyJames Firth said he would kill himself, his wife and their daughters if Kristen didn’t get the treatment they needed…

FIU fires football coach Mario Cristobal (registration)
Consecutive bowl seasons, the only two such years with winning records in FIU’s 11-season football history, couldn’t protect FIU football coach Mario Cristobal from being blindsided Wednesday morning…

City Notes
Jacksonville Daily Record
Willis Holcombe was appointed Florida State College at Jacksonville interim president Tuesday by the college’s district board of trustees. Holcombe will temporarily replace longtime FSCJ President Steve Wallace, who resigned effective Jan. 1 following scrutiny at the local and state level. Holcombe is the former president of Broward Community College. Wallace will continue to serve in an advisory role until his contract runs out in June 2014. According to a news release, Florida State College at Jacksonville board Chair Gwen Yates will offer Holcombe the position and the board will vote to confirm a contract at its Jan. 8 meeting…

Author talks presidential paramours at TV taping at Lynn University
Among presidential philanderers, President Bill Clinton was not the first nor the worst — and most definitely not the last, according to the chairman of Lynn University‘s American Studies Department. In a talk filmed for C-SPAN‘s “Book TV” on campus Wednesday, Professor Robert Watson nominated President John Kennedy as “the worst dog in history,” followed closely by President Lyndon Johnson. But mostly, the author of the just-published “Affairs of State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal,” highlighted how affairs of the heart — and other body parts — have had a pivotal role that historians might not have completely appreciated through the ages.

Does world end Dec. 21? Find out at South Florida Museum, Bradenton
Bradenton Herald
This month, South Florida Museum will host two Mayan-themed events to put the December 2012 “End of the World” myth into context. From 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, research scholar at New College of Florida and noted Mayan expert Dr. Gabriele Vail, and Director of the Bishop Planetarium Jeff Rodgers, will spend the evening discussing the Mayan myth and putting it into context. “Gabrielle Vail is one of the world’s most respected Mayan scholars, so we couldn’t ask for a better perspective on what the Mayan calendar really has to say about the end of the world,” Rodgers said in a statement issued by the museum.

Huizenga applauds as NSU honors sales management class graduates
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Sometimes it seems sales people are like the Rodney Dangerfields of the business world – they don’t get no respect. Sales guru Greta Schulz was addressing a reception for MBA sales management graduates at Nova Southeastern University‘s Huizenga Sales Institute on Monday when she recalled what a friend told her when she applied to be a sales associate at Xerox, “Greta, you are so much better than that.”

Davenport University taps Florida educator to serve as business school dean
Michigan Business Review –
Michael Bowers, who most recently served as marketing professor and academic director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., will start at Davenport in early January.

Wars of Others
Huffington Post (blog)
Furthermore, despite the tremendous resources spent in past decades, efforts simply haven’t worked when you look at the large picture, says Dr. Bruce BagleyUniversity of Miami chair and professor and author of Drug Trafficking in The Americas.

Details emerge about deadly Miami airport bus crash
Palm Beach Post
Blood transfusions are “always a consideration for trauma patients,” said Dr. Nicholas Namais, a University of Miami doctor and medical director of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital that received 13 patients from the tragedy…

JAXUSA Partnership Chair Robert Hill predicts ‘thousands of jobs’
Jacksonville Daily Record
Hill also announced University of North Florida President John Delaney will chair the JAXUSA Partnership next year. The partnership covers Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

New handheld device can fish out fake grouper
It was the prevalence of imposter species and the unveiling of that handy device that brought Loder and nearly 20 other fish industry professionals and restaurateurs to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Wednesday for a hands-on grouper authentication workshop co-sponsored by the College of Marine Science and Florida Sea Grant. USF professors John Paul and David Fries led the group through an hourlong experiment of test tubes, pipettes and a tiny machine called a QPyre Handheld Sensor in order to do this: verify DNA markers in fish species to quickly determine what was grouper, and what was not.

Releases and Web Stories

ADT donates $500000 to Florida Atlantic University for on-campus stadium
The Florida Atlantic University athletics department recently received a gift of $500,000 for its on-campus stadium from Boca Raton-based ADT. In appreciation, a large clock featuring the company’s iconic blue logo will be mounted on the exterior of FAU Stadium, which welcomes thousands of guests atfootball games and other events throughout the year.

Fitch to raise Florida Gulf Coast University Financing revs
 Outlook Stable, from ‘A/F1′, Outlook Stable, the ratings currently assigned to the $6,000,000 (currently outstanding $5,600,000) Florida Gulf Coast University Financing Corporation Capital Improvement revenue bonds, series 2007B (Student Union 

Florida State University Experts Can Discuss Need for Bipartisanship in 
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With fears increasing daily that the U.S. government will fall off a “fiscal cliff” if a deficit deal isn’t reached by Dec. 31, many Americans are wondering what the potential consequences will be for taxpayers, businesses and the nation’s gridlocked political system. While President Obama and Republican congressional leaders continue to negotiate, experts from Florida State University are available to discuss the need for bipartisanship during an economically perilous time…

From the Santa Fe College Police Department – Keep SF Safe During Winter Break
Santa Fe College
Members of the Santa Fe College Police Department will be working 24/7 during the holidays. However, please take the following steps to help us in keeping you and all of the SF campuses safe and secure…

Fall Cram Jam Full of Fun
Santa Fe College
Fall Cram Jam, which was held on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Davis Center, was a huge success, with food, games and fun for all. Author and Santa Fe College professor Robin Harpe signed her book Navigate Your Life for all of the attendees…

University of Florida begins iPod trial with SPI-1005 to prevent hearing loss
MarketWatch (press release)
5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The University of Florida (UF) has started enrolling subjects in a new study testing the oral drug developed by Sound Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SPI-1005) to prevent hearing loss caused by loud music…

University presidents ask for state investment, pledge no tuition increases
University of Florida
In partnership with student government leaders, Florida’s university presidents asked lawmakers Wednesday to invest an additional $118 million into the State University System for the 2013-14 school year. With that kind of investment, they said they would be able to continue providing quality education without raising tuition by “even one penny.”

New test adds to scientists’ understanding of Earth’s history, resources
University of Florida
A new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher provides the first direct chronological test of sequence stratigraphy, a powerful tool for exploring Earth’s natural resources. The model allows geologists to better understand how 

Students in USF’s Zimmerman Advertising Program Compete to Win $5000 
Sacramento Bee
5, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Students in the Zimmerman Advertising Program (ZAP) at the University of South Florida are taking a bite out of their final exams this semester, and the competition will be fire-hot…

University Presidents Unite
University of South Florida
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft was among those highlighting their institutions’ powerful annual economic impact – nearly $80 billion systemwide – and their vital roles in training Florida’s future workforce.

Here’s what caught my eye today…

The House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee listens to an overview of what the Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform has found in its work. 3 p.m., 102 House Office Building, The Capitol.

State University System

University presidents to make funding proposal at Capitol
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida President Bernie Machen will be among the state university leaders gathering Wednesday at the state Capitol to make a higher education funding proposal. Machen will be appear at a press conference with the presidents of Florida State and Florida A&M universities, New College of Florida and the universities of Central Florida, North Florida, South Florida and West Florida. The 10 a.m. event will be broadcast online. A member of the Florida Board of Governors let it slip last month that state universities might pledge to forgo tuition increases next year in exchange for increased state funding.

Florida universities’ campaign aims for higher state funding
Palm Beach Post
With taxpayer support for universities steadily eroding, campus leaders are launching a new offensive to convince Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers that Florida schools play a key role in economic development and are worth renewed investment. The campaign, dubbed “Aim Higher,” will be rolled out Wednesday by university presidents and student government association presidents, three months before the start of the legislative session to build a case for more dollars, said those familiar with the plan…

FGCU could require fingerprinting from employees
NBC2 News
Taking a fingerprint could become standard procedure for new and current employees at Florida Gulf Coast University.

UCF organic grocery store deal a no-go
Administration officials at the University of Central Florida have decided to pass on the concept of bringing an organic grocery store to the intersection of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail. Two developers — Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors Inc. and a partnership between Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and Real Property Specialists Inc. — had proposed to develop the 11-acre parcel into an organic grocery story; Unicorp’s had a $40 million build-out cost to it.

Professors’ plagiarism reported
Central Florida Future
UCF has implemented several new policies to curb plagiarism and cheating among its students. One recent effort is the Z designation, which places a Z on students’ transcripts if they are accused of academic dishonesty. But students aren’t the only ones getting busted. Three federal investigations into faculty plagiarism led the university to send a mass email to faculty on Sept. 24 declaring a new plagiarism-detection program, iThenticate, mandatory.

4 workers injured in construction accident near University of Central Florida
The Republic
Four construction workers have been injured following an accident near the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The workers got hurt as a concrete floor was being lowered by a crane Monday at the site of an apartment building under construction. The site is across the street from UCF’s football stadium, and the apartment building eventually will house UCF students…

State College System

Family of worker killed in MDC garage collapse has filed suit against contractors (registration)
The widow of one of four workers who died after a Miami Dade College parking garage collapsed filed a lawsuit Monday against five construction companies hired for the project…

Seminole State College board approves massive Altamonte Springs master plan
Orlando Business Journal
Seminole State College’s Board of Trustees approved a 1.4 million-square-foot master plan Dec. 3 for its Altamonte Springs campus. The project, which industry experts estimated will cost $211 million to build, now must be approved by the Florida Department of Education, which oversees the community colleges. The project won’t seek state money or tax exempt bonds for construction, instead relying on public-private partnerships…

State College of Florida nursing programs expand
Bradenton Herald
…This May, the State College of Florida ASN nursing program will offer classes during the weekends and evenings, and cater to working licensed practical nurses who want to advance their degree, but can’t attend the already-existing day program…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Mark Twain the topic of discussion of Dec. 11 Flagler College lecture
Florida Times-Union
Flagler College wraps up its 2012 Community Lecture Series with a discussion of one of America’s most famous writers – Mark Twain. Assistant professor Wesley King will present “Mark Twain’s ‘Gilded Age’ and the Lure of the West” at 10 a.m.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 4
University of Tampa Orchestra: The orchestra performs its final fall concert, featuring works from Schubert and Wagner. It’s at 6:45 p.m. at University of Tampa Plant Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

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

Siegel: Could Florida produce the stem-cell breakthrough?
Palm Beach Post
We are on the cusp of a new age in medical treatments and cures. Stem cell research, using embryonic, adult and reprogrammed stem cells, represents one of the greatest biomedical advances in our lifetime, offering the prospect of discovering the root causes of disease, serving as an efficient and personalized tool for drug discovery and creating potential therapies to replace damaged tissues with healthy cells and regrow organs. Dr. Joshua Hare at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is leading a new clinical trial in which stem cells repair damaged hearts…Bernard Siegel is founder and co-chair of the World Stem Cell Summit and executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute.

13th Grade: How Florida Schools Are Failing To Prepare Graduates For College
StateImpact Florida
National educators are watching how Florida addresses this problem. The Sunshine State has one of the largest community and state college systems in the country. Randall W. Hanna oversees it. “There is a cost, a cost to the state, a cost to the student. There’s a cost of time,” said Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System, which does not include the state’s four-year universities. “We all know if they go into the lower-level math class, they have less of a chance to make it all the way through. We have a real incentive from a cost standpoint to reduce the number of students in developmental education and to make sure they are college ready when they come to our system.”

FAMU Freshman Continues to Excel After Inventing Surgical Technique at Age 14
Tony Hansberry has been in numerous magazine, newspaper, and TV reports. But, the 18-year-old says he’s a regular freshman at FAMU. He says, “Like other students, I’m trying to do the best I can; really no difference.” What Hansberry has achieved is not “regular” for a teenager. At age 14, he created a new medical technique for sewing up women after a hysterectomy…

Gov. Scott appoints 2 people to Florida State College at Jacksonville Board of 
First Coast News
Rick Scott announced on Monday two people he has appointed to the Florida State College at Jacksonville Board of Trustees, according to a release from the governor’s office. Randle “Randy” Shoemaker-Crump, 48, is the senior underwriter at senior vice president at Fidelity National Title Group. Her term is set to begin Monday and end May 31, 2014. Thomas Bryan, 45, is a partner at Terra Capital Holdings. His term is set to begin Monday and end May 31, 2015.

Exploring the causes and cures of a common problem: Dandruff
Washington Post
What we do know is that oil on the scalp plays a role, says Antonella Tosti, a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami who specializes in hair and nail health…

Aerospace entrepreneur Burt Rutan talks about the world of commercial 
Jacksonville Daily Record
In a presentation liberally sprinkled with the words “weird” and “cool, commercial space entrepreneur and aerospace engineer Burt Rutan shared the story of his career and his forecast for the industry with more than 700 people Tuesday at the University of North Florida.

Homeless USF graduate earns state honor
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee graduate was one of eight women recognized by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women for their work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities and have served as positive role modelsShawna Machado of Sarasota received an achievement award and a congratulatory letter from Gov. Rick Scott during a ceremony Nov. 15 at the Capitol Center in Tallahassee…

Releases and Web Stories

University of Florida moves up in national rankings for research spending
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida jumped from 14th to 12th in a national ranking of research and development spending at the top 30 public universities in 2011.

New Jamaica butterfly species emphasizes need for biodiversity research
University of Florida
University of Florida scientists have co-authored a study describing a new Lepidoptera species found in Jamaica’s last remaining wilderness. Belonging to the family of skipper butterflies, the new genus and species is the first butterfly discovered in 

UFAlert emergency notification test set for Wednesday
University of Florida
The University of Florida will conduct a test of its UFAlert emergency notification system between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, which is between fourth and fifth class periods.

A Look Back at the BP Disaster
University of South Florida
In a series of articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,University of South Florida Professor Steven Murawski – who served as the chief scientist for the National Marine Fisheries Services at the time of the spill 

Educating Against Genocide
University of South Florida
Edward Kissi, an associate professor at the University of South Florida, wants to help nations avert such tragedies everywhere in the world, especially Africa. He was invited by the prestigious Salzburg Global Seminar, an independent organization 

Middle East, Central Asia Focus of Conference
University of South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2012) – Seventeen scholars and experts on the Middle East and Central Asia will participate in a three-day conference Tuesday, Dec. 4, though Thursday, Dec. 6, on the future of the volatile region in the first event sponsored by U.S. Central Command’s academic consortium, USF World’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

State University System

Rattlers rejoice: FAMU celebrates 125th anniversary
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
FAMU’s sold-out 125th Anniversary Gala on Friday night at the Lawson Center honored 125 of the most influential, prominent Rattlers including doctors, corporate CEOs, educators and public officials.

Recounting the deadly hazing that destroyed FAMU band’s reputation
The young man stood at the front of Bus C, his ribs rising and falling with each breath. Before him stood about 20 members of one of the best marching bands in the world, Florida A&M‘s Marching 100, which had performed for presidents and before a 

Texting and Driving Simulator Comes to FAMU
To drive home the message, AT&T is bringing a simulator to the FAMU 125th Homecoming festivities so students can experience first-hand the dangers of texting behind the wheel…

Take the challenge: Can you launch a company on $100 (registration)
Books & Books, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Florida International University and The LAB Miami have teamed up to host The $100 Startup Competition…

Florida Poly to Draw Jobs, Development, Housing, More
News Chief
Polytechnic visions of job-focused college degrees danced in the heads of Polk County business professionals, politicians and civic leaders when they began to dream of having a state university here. But that’s not all that was dancing. Mental dollar signs were doing the salsa earlier this year when lawmakers approved creating Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland as the state’s 12th public university…

Change a constant under FGCU President Bradshaw
The News-Press
When Wilson Bradshaw assumed FGCU’s presidency five years ago, the house wasn’t exactly on solid ground. And it didn’t take long before everything unraveled. In 2007, Florida began slashing its higher education budget and donors started holding back their generosity as the economy nosedived. Enrollment shot through the roof as teens opted for college instead of work. Tensions boiled over gender equity in athletics and administration…

FGCU Library will extend hours
Wink News
There’s some good news for students at Florida Gulf Coast University looking to study for exams. The university library hours will be extended. The change will begin on Tuesday November 13…

Red Cross and FGCU showing film about veterans’ struggles
Wink News
The Red Cross is partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University to show a film called “The Welcome,” about the struggles some veterans and their families face adjusting to life back home…

Digital Domain: Bankruptcy fallout in Florida
Concerning their Florida operations, Digital Domain had an animation studio in Port St. Lucie and a partnership with Florida State University (FSU) located in West Palm Beach. A number of creditors are waiting to see how the bankruptcy reorganization plays out. Those creditors in Florida include, but are not limited to, FSU Foundation – Tallahassee, The Precipio Group – Boca Raton, Broad and Cassel – Fort Lauderdale, and the city of Port St. Lucie which lost nearly 300 jobs when the Digital Domain animation studio shut down. The city is also issued a $3.9 million bond and provided $7.5 million to Digital Domain towards its job creation goal…

City officially gets land back from Digital Domain, awaits FSU decision
Palm Beach Post
…Now, the city must wait to see whether Florida State University and its film-related program remains in West Palm Beach without the Digital Domain enterprise that brought it to the dance. In 2010, the city promised Digital Domain $10 million in cash, downtown land valued at $10 million and a bond issue worth $15 million. Before Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy in September, the city gave the company $2 million and transferred the land to build a downtown digital animation college that would partner with the Florida State University film school.

Publisher of new Plant City newspaper leaves post after 5 months
[Felix] Haynes was president of the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College for 13 years before he retired this summer and launched the Observer with other investors that included Nate Kilton, Ed Verner, and Matt and Lisa Walsh…

Positive consultant’s report highlights Hitt’s successes, UCF’s challenges
Orlando Sentinel
University of Central Florida President John Hitt has received a mountain of praise from a consultant hired to evaluate his job performance over the past three years. In recounting Hitt’s strong leadership qualities and numerous successes, the consultant said he has served the university “superbly,” highlighting the establishment of the UCF school of medicine, expansion of academic programs, the university’s online learning programs and more…

UCF ATO fraternity suspended during hazing investigation
WJXT Jacksonville
A University of Central Florida fraternity is under emergency suspension after being accused of beating blindfolded pledges while they exercised in buckets of ice water.

Allegations of violent UCF fraternity hazing emerge
WFTV Orlando
Another University of Central Florida fraternity is in trouble after being accused of violent pledge hazing. University officials told WFTV the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity is now on suspension for allegations of hazing…

Agricultural education blossomed under Land Grant Act of 1862
Bradenton Herald
In 1884, the University of Florida was established. It is one of the 17 public land-grant universities that are part of the Association of American Universities. The University of Florida is currently the fourth largest university in the United States 

17 ejected from Gator football game
Gainesville Sun
Police ejected 17 people from Saturday’s University of Florida-Louisiana-Lafayette football game for a variety of offenses, a University of Florida Police Department press release states. Of the 17, four were UF students.

‘UWF Celebrates the World’ events this week
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida invites the public to celebrate a melting pot of cultures this week. The University’s Office of Diversity along with its international education programs will host “UWF Celebrates the World” on Tuesday…

State College System

Palm Bay Geographic Information Systems Day
Brevard Times
The City of Palm Bay, in conjunction with Brevard Community College, will host its sixth annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2012…

Soccer event a winner for Brevard tourism
Florida Today
For the second year of a three-year contract, Brevard Community College and Space Coast Sports Promotions will host 12 community college teams from around the nation. Eight teams participated last year and brought a $450,000 boost to the economy.

National experts give pep talk to aspiring entrepreneurs
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The mood was jovial as more than 100 area residents gathered Friday at the Hosseini Center at Daytona State College to sample cupcakes and hear talks by two national speakers on how to start and grow a business…

Read this: Miami Book Fair International kicks off Sunday (registration)
Though Miami Dade College has herded in authors from far and wide, some notable presenters hail from much closer to the fair’s home…

Self-publishing industry explodes, brings rewards, challenges (registration)
The Writers Institute, operated by the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, is presenting one- and three-day workshops taught by authors and agents on self-publishing, writing and other topics, with one-on-one consultations available…

Miami-Dade garage contractor: Crane struck building
Palm Beach Post
Two days before a Miami Dade College West Campus parking garage collapsed, the building was struck by a crane, according to the contractor constructing the building…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ranking shows state has three of the 10 worst law schools
The three are Ave Maria School of LawBarry University School of Law and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which recently opened a Tampa campus.

Advancing education: Barry University School of Social Work 
The Freeport News
The Barry University School of Social Work is expanding its program offerings in The Bahamas, on Grand Bahama and New Providence…

Faculty senate proposes reconstruction of 2013-2014 academic year
Flagler College Gargoyle
On October 24, the Faculty senate of Flagler College met to finalize their proposal for the 2013-2014 academic year. If passed, this proposal will add drastic changes to both the Fall and Spring semester for the upcoming 2013-2014 year…

Celebrating the Hotel Ponce de Leon
St. Augustine Record
Flagler College will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon with a year-long commemoration of the National Historic Landmark built by Henry Flagler. The Ponce is the centerpiece of the college’s St. Augustine campus…

Florida gets B+ in state spending transparency study
Florida got a B+ for providing transparency to state spending, according to a new study released by the Activity-Based Total Accountability Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology

Piper program could provide economic punch to area
Piper Aircraft Inc. Saturday announced an alliance with Florida Institute of Technology, which could include the purchase of as many as 24 aircraft from the Vero Beach-based company over the next five years…

Dr. Henry Lewis III released from FMU
Florida Courier
The Florida Memorial University (FMU) Board of Trustees have announced the release of Dr. Henry Lewis III, the University’s 12th president, 

Art tip: PBAU ‘Selections’ exhibit opens at Warren Library
Palm Beach Post
Check out the newest exhibition, “Selections from PBA Permanent Collection,” at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library…

Sacrifices of our veterans deserve more appreciation from Americans
Fox News
Nearly forty years ago, Saint Leo University became the first college ever to award a bachelors degree to active military members on an Air Force base…

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

Dobson: As homecoming ends, FAMU turns to the future
Tallahassee Democrat
This weekend saw thousands of Florida A&M University alumni and supporters return for what will be remembered as one of the most important homecoming celebrations ever…

Haitian Prime Minister receives alumni award
Laurent Lamothe, who excelled in tennis at Barry University, returns to receive a distinguished alumni award from the school…

Democrats struggle for footing in Brevard
Florida Today
“Democrats have a big challenge in Brevard County if they want to be competitive again,” said Chris Muro, an assistant professor of political science at Brevard Community College

Lawmaker wants Edison Foundation spending made public
Fox 4
In a move to make Edison State College more transparent with its spending, Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) is looking into changing a state law that would require Edison State College’s Foundation to publicly disclose how private donations are spent at public institutions.

Sen. Bill Nelson speaking at Embry-Riddle
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Newly re-elected U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today as part of the university’s President’s Speaker Series. The Florida Democrat will speak at 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center on the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. The event is free and open to the public…

Homecoming weekend off to an energetic start at FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
[Crystal] Keymah, a FAMU graduate best known for her roles on the TV sitcoms “Cosby” and “That’s So Raven,” was the keynote speaker during a two-hour event at a packed Jake Gaither Gym…

After defeat, Dukakis, Kerry found other ways to serve
Boston Globe
In the spring of 1992, Michael S. Dukakis greeted a reporter at a windowless office built of cinderblocks on the campus of Florida Atlantic University

Incubators grow with demand
Jane Teague, who ran Florida Atlantic University‘s incubator in Boca Raton for 10 years, said entrepreneurial programs and incubators have to be updated with the kinds of businesses being developed…

Election over? Yes, but in Delray, the next one is right around the corner
“That’s a pretty good war chest for a mayoral campaign,” said Kevin Wagner, associate professor of political science at Florida International University.

Murphy above recount range; no West concession
WFTV Orlando
“The most difficult thing for West to do in this election was to campaign negatively against somebody who really has no record at all,” said Kevin Wagner, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University

Republicans make inroads, but most Jewish voters stay with Democrats
Broward Politics (blog)
“It eroded a little bit,” said Kathryn DePalo, a political scientist at Florida International University. “I don’t see a wholesale switch for Jewish voters to run away from the Democratic Party.”

Course to explore Jewish communities in Asia, Africa (registration)
Florida International University research professors Nathan Katz and Tudor Parfitt, considered to be the world’s leading authorities on Eastern Jewish communities, will explore the Jewish experience in Asia and Africa in a new, 13-week course…

FSCJ leads state in dual enrollment headcount
Florida Times-Union
Richard Abidogun and Geraldine Sequeira, both 17, are seniors at Sandalwood High School and are also taking classes at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He wants to be a pharmacist, she wants to study medicine…

Indian River college gives credit for veterans’ military training
The law, which went into effect July 1 and should be fully implemented statewide by fall semester 2013, is already having a positive impact on veteran students at Indian River State College, according to Mary Locke, vice president of instructional services. “We are here to help our veterans to bring in any prior academic training they have through military services or experience,” Locke said, “and we look to see how those training experiences will fit into the progression toward a degree, and then move toward that progression of that degree as quickly as we possibly can.”

Tom Wolfe Skewers Miami
Boca Raton (blog)
Tom Wolfe will be the opening-night speaker at the Miami Book Fair International at Miami-Dade College. For the cosmopolitan New Journalism titan, the appearance will likely feel like a homecoming of sorts…

“Will the World End on December 21, 2012?”, a presentation by Mayanist Dr 
Naples Daily News
At the November 14th meeting of the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society, Dr. Gabrielle Vail will discuss Bolon Yokte’ K’uh, the Calendars and Cycles of Time in Prehispanic Maya Cultures…Gabrielle Vail is a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New College of Florida and a specialist in Maya hieroglyphic 

New College Foundation names new board chair
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
New College Foundation Inc. has announced that Felice Schulaner has been made chairwoman of its board of directors. Schulaner, who has served on the foundation board since 2007, took over from Howard Isermann…

Lakeland Businessman Suing Canadian Company Over Breach of Contract, Theft
The Ledger
Gordon Kettle, an economics consultant and professor at Polk State College, said investments in foreign businesses — even Canadian ones — can be risky…

Veterans law a growing industry niche
Tampa Bay Business Journal
In response to this need, Stetson University College of Law has started the Veterans Law Institute and some area law firms have begun to specialize in this emerging niche. “This is a growing area of the law,” said Mike Allen, Stetson associate dean..

Disney’s New Fantasyland adds whimsical, personal touches
Florida Today
Judging by the enthusiasm, “I think it will rejuvenate the Magic Kingdom and will add turnstile clicks in great numbers,” says Duncan Dickson, a former Disney executive who teaches theme park management at the University of Central Florida

Vote counts put Dorworth farther behind in House race
The Florida Current
“The Dorworth race was primarily decided by local candidate-specific factors,” said Aubrey Jewett, a University of Central Florida political science professor…

What Obama’s election means for Floridians
St. Augustine Record
If so, Florida’s job market should improve, providing more opportunities for job seekers. “The election alone will clear away some of the uncertainties,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida

Notes from UF’s homecoming parade
Gainesville Sun
Kim and Mike Cooper hoisted cameras as they stood tall on a brick bench at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and University Avenue as the sirens blared and motorcycle engines revved. The University of Florida graduates, who met as students in the ’80s, travel every year from Port St. Lucie to come “home.” “It’s like a big family gathering of Gators,” Cooper said.

Growl is not quite family-friendly
Gainesville Sun
Comedian and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan kept the cursing to a minimum at Gator Growl 2012, but his subject matter strayed from the family-friendly. From telling the crowd he’d get all the women at the University of Florida pregnant if he later returned to the school to mentioning Hillary and Bill Clinton’s sex life, Morgan didn’t quite stick to organizers’ plan for a family-friendly installment of Growl, which is widely regarded as the world’s largest student-run pep rally…

Vote Count Confirms Obama Win in Florida
New York Times
“When you are trying to change the rules in the middle of the game, it’s difficult to officiate it without tripping over yourself,” said Daniel A. Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Florida. “I think that’s what’s been happening.”

Miami-Dade’s election count comes to an end, finally
Bradenton Herald
Christopher Mann, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Miami, said he saw no unusual trends in what elections analysts call “down-ballot roll-off.”

Satellite radar could predict deadliest eruptions
“If we could have had this data in real-time, we could have had an idea that this was not a dormant volcano,” said study author Estelle Chaussard, a doctoral student at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

Saving peanut: Life of beloved orangutan in hands of team using human (registration)
Peanut is the beloved orangutan who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in the summer. She is being given the same treatment as humans, with the help of doctors and staff from the University of Miami

Miami suspends Scott, Johnson; Perryman injured
Yahoo! Sports
University of Miami suspended starting wide receiver Rashawn Scott indefinitely for violating team rules and starting linebacker Eddie Johnson for a football-related issue, reported Saturday…

Republicans make inroads, but most Jewish voters stay with Democrats
Broward Politics (blog)
The vote shift from 2008 to 2012 was “nothing huge and dramatic,” said Ira Sheskin, of Cooper City, a geography professor at the University of Miami where he’s also director of the Jewish Demography Project.

University of North Florida celebrates 40 years
First Coast News
Dr. Louis Woods has been at the University of North Florida since the beginning. The economics professor was teaching economics when the doors opened back in 1972. He’s still teaching economics today. “We continue to do a good job in what we are supposed to be doing,” Woods said…

Political eyes now turning to Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race
“The Democrats are emboldened by the results,” said Susan MacManus, a political-science professor at University of South Florida in Tampa. “It just builds on 2008.” Building on successes year-over-year may be exactly what Democrats need…

Analysts: Last-Minute Deciders Might Have Given Obama A Florida Victory
University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus, who’s been analyzing Florida politics for more than 20 years, said, “People have some sigh of relief that we weren’t the key to the White House and we didn’t have a repeat of all the litigation and 

Scott’s rejection of Medicaid expansion won’t hurt Hillsborough’s low-income
“We are really blessed in this county that we passed it years ago,” said Dave Rogoff, director of the University of South Florida’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice and a Medicaid expansion proponent…

Obama’s re-election forces Scott to address health care reform
“People believe that over time all states will have to participate … even if they do it kicking and screaming,” said Dave Rogoff, director of the University of South Florida’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice…

University of Louisiana System head finalist to interview today
Alexandria Town Talk
Marshall R. Goodman, a political science professor and former regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Polytechnic

UWF faculty member to speak at conference in Italy
Pensacola News Journal
An assistant professor at the University of West Florida will give a presentation at a conference hosted by the American Academy in Rome today. Kristina Killgrove, assistant anthropology professor, is the first UWF faculty member to present at the academy, which is considered to be the premier American research institute for Roman archaeology…

Releases and Web Stories

Florida Tech Business Cost / Benefit Workshop
Brevard Times
Florida Institute of Technology’s Continuing Education office announces a new Earned Value Management (EVM) workshop, to be presented on campus Nov. 15, in partnership with Space Age Projects.

Women’s Business Center to Celebrate Good Year Nov. 28
Brevard Times
Florida Institute of Technology Women’s Business Center will hold a celebration event on November 28 to commemorate their successes of 2012…