Florida Not Producing Enough College Graduates To Meet Job Market Demand
Florida is not producing enough college graduates to meet the projected job market needs by 2018, according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation…Check out the Florida results here, and read the full report here…
State University System
FAMU places two faculty members on leave following hazing investigation
Bay News 9
During investigation into the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion last November, witnesses told police the two FAMU faculty members were present as pledges were hazed at the home of one of them in early 2010. The investigation report says …
FAMU Hazing: Alleged Assault Took Place At Professor’s Home
That was two days after the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion while the March 100 band was in Orlando for a football game. Champion suffered from blunt trauma while aboard a band bus and died from shock due to severe internal bleeding.
Police: FAMU faculty involved in band hazing
Two Florida A&M University faculty members were investigated in connection to a 2010 band hazing incident after Tallahassee police learned of the allegations earlier this year. A Tallahassee Police Department …
FAMU Trustees Chairman ‘appalled’ at report of faculty involvement in hazing
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Solomon Badger, chairman of Florida A&M‘s Board of Trustees, said he is “appalled” and deeply troubled the police report implicating two FAMU faculty members in a 2010 off-campus hazing incident.
FAMU Robbery Startles Students
Famu police say a FAMU student was walking in a parking garage on campus around 11 Tuesday night. That’s when three men with a gun told him to hand over his backpack and cell phone.The student gave it to them and the robbers took off.
West focuses on inspiring youth during FAU visit
He could have pitched his new book or used his time on Trayvon Martin. Instead, Cornel West kept it real, telling an audience of mostly black South Florida teens to keep their eyes on the prize and a larger world view. “We want you to be highly successful, but have your focus on something beside yourself,” he told a rapt audience as a visiting lecturer for Florida Atlantic University‘s Division of Student Affairs…
Miromar Outlets robbery suspects caught on FGCU campus
Suspects fleeing a robbery at Miromar Outlets have been apprehended at the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus. The robbery occurred in the outlet mall parking lot, according to Lt. Larry King with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office…
Florida International University uses microbrewery to brew jobs
Florida International University’s new microbrewery, on tap to open near year’s end on its North Miami Beach campus, will make the hospitality school’s students better candidates for the global job market, says the college’s dean….
FSU Student Stabbed for ‘Staying Friends’ with Her Ex
Huffington Post (blog)
A young college student struggles for her life while she is repeatedly stabbed for simply remaining friends with an ex-boyfriend. Blood skews her dorm room walls as she screams for any sort of savior from this heinous attack.
U. of Florida Names School, Building for For-Profit College’s CEO
Chronicle of Higher Education
University of Florida trustees voted Wednesday to name both the … Full Sail University, with which the University of Florida is now collaborating.
USF underwater robot takes to Twitter
Yes, the newest member of the University of South Florida marine science fleet of underwater research sensors has taken to Twitter. It’s even mastered hashtags. But don’t expect juicy gossip or sexy photos from @Tavros02.
‘New’ Sun Dome getting rave reviews
The new Sun Dome, which will seat just more than 10,000 for basketball, features 10 Loge Suites and a baseline-to-baseline 4,500-square-foot Arena Club. Plus, there’s a 1,500-square-foot student club section, believed to the first of its kind for college basketball…
Student housing plans upset UWF neighbors
Pensacola News Journal
Residents in a neighborhood near the University of West Florida are upset about a private developer’s plans to build a large student housing complex in their community. Baptist Manor and Baptist Health Care have agreed to sell 8.25 acres on Hillview …
University of West Florida is looking for new budgeting strategies.
University of West Florida is looking for new budgeting strategies. The school has received less state funding each year for at least the past five years.
State College System
Edison shows progress in completing first-ever dorm on Fort Myers campus
Naples Daily News
Edison State College trustees and Lee County commissioners voted to allow the financing and construction of the $26.2 million project in December 2010. Edison broke ground on the project last spring and the four-story, $26.2 million building is on track for completion July 1…
Holocaust remembrance held at Edison State
Survivors of the Holocaust are sharing their stories on Edison State College’s campus this week. The school’s Holocaust Memorial Week features events that honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and educate the community.
College president applicants interview on Friday
Florida Keys Community College‘s presidential search committee on Friday interviews nine semi-finalists to replace President Larry Tyree. The nine were chosen from an initial pool of 43 applicants…
PBSC summit kicks off new women’s entrepreneurs network
Women broke the glass ceiling, now break the glass walls was the message of the first summit for women entrepreneurs on the Boca Raton campus of Palm Beach State College.
Scott working for PBSC; Old restaurant may become storage
Boca Raton Councilwoman Constance Scott is working for the Small Business Development Center for Palm Beach State College. Scott and Lake Worth Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill are growth acceleration consultants for the Small Business Development Center …
SF College implements new campus watch program
The trainings began shortly after a student was allegedly kidnapped from a parking lot in January. The female student was able to escape after several hours and find help. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident…
St. Johns River State College trustees unanimously vote to drop …
After 50 years, the air has been taken out of men’s basketball at St. Johns River State College. The school’s Board of Trustees voted 6-0 (with one member absent) to disband the program after a four-hour meeting Wednesday, despite a large majority of less than 100 in attendance objecting to the move after president Joe Pickens presented the case for better use of athletic dollars than basketball.
Independent College and University System
Lawmakers release budget allocations for Volusia, Flagler
Daytona Beach News-Journal
In Volusia County, the list includes nearly $9 million for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University‘s aerospace research and technology park;
Stetson University receives national recognition for community service
Stetson University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year for its commitment to bettering the world through community service and service learning. Stetson is one of 642 colleges …
Gift will fund new UT stadium
Roaring lacrosse fans soon will extend the University of Tampa’s on-campus feel to those walking or driving along Kennedy Boulevard, thanks to a seven-figure donation from Tampa Bay Rays founding partner Vince …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Our take: Veto tuition hikes
Rick Scott signs a bill allowing the University of Florida and Florida State University to impose “market” tuition rates. Don’t be surprised if those schools jack up tuition and fees by $2500 or more. Other state universities could follow if they meet …
Letter: No right to clean air?
Daytona Beach News-Journal
By JEAN WALTERS, Port Orange This letter is in response to the article about Daytona State College’s governing board nixing the proposed tobacco ban. How can a group of nine people fully disregard what the students, faculty and staff want?
Letter: One Member of Board of Governors Doesn’t Speak for Whole Group
On March 18, you published an editorial titled “Polytechnic Bill: Stand Up for Florida’s Universities.” In an article Friday, The Ledger quoted one of my fellow governors [Morteza "Mori" Hosseini] about the Board of Governors ["University Board Awaiting Governor's Decision on USF Poly"]. In the article, he said the board is prepared to go along with whatever decision Gov. Rick Scott makes on the measure that would create Florida Polytechnic University.
Video: Shaq talks Ph.D, religion and sexiness with Jon Stewart
USA TODAY (blog)
The big man graduates on May 5 from Barry University.
Quinnipiac poll: Obama ahead of Romney, Santorum in Fla.
“For Obama, it’s a positive,” said Peter Bergerson, a professor of public affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero.
Tech jobs lose ground nationally but rise in Miami
In terms of the medical tech field, Manuel Lasaga, president of StratInfo and visiting clinical professor at Florida International University, said South Florida has a fair number of medical and biotech institutes like the Miller Medical School at the University of Miami and the College of Medicine at Florida International University that offer exceptionally high opportunity in tech fields…
Examining Fans’ Rights to Jeer at Games
New York Times
“It isn’t yelling or screaming; that is part of the game,” said Howard Wasserman, a law professor at Florida International University who has been writing about fan behavior and the First Amendment since 2001…
Some schools missing out on digital learning, state board told
In all, about 33 percent of students took an online course in the 2010-11 school year. “Growth rates are unprecedented,” said Steve Wallace, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, where more than 39000 students last year took online classes.
Poll: Obama leads Romney, Santorum in key swing states including Florida
Political scientist Robert Watson of Lynn University cited three reasons for Obama’s performance. Economy. “Although we don’t have economic good news we’ve had quarters of growth, we have the stock market increasing, and a lot of the numbers seem to …
Improving economy, women help Obama in Florida
Though he termed the results “fantastic news for Obama,” Lynn University political scientist Robert Watson said the president should be doing even better given the relatively good economic news, foreign policy successes, and continued infighting among …
UCF Students Angling for Bass Federation Championship This Week
Florida Sportsman Magazine
While their classmates worry about spring formals and graduation ceremonies,University of Central Florida students Miles “Sonar” Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell will be in Arkansas, fishing for an opportunity to take their angling careers to the next…
WUCF TV comes close to fund-raising goal
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
“We had a fund-raising goal of $225000 and right now are at $205000,” Grant Heston, associate vice president at the University of Central Florida, said today.
Rising gas prices taking toll on lives of Volusia, Flagler motorists
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The symbolic $4 mark won’t have the same shock value it did in 2008, said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. But prices won’t quickly decline like they did four years ago, even if tensions in the Middle East subside, he said.
Martinez proposes 1% restaurant tax to help homeless
The other advantage Miami has, said University of Central Florida sociology professor James Wright, a researcher on the subject, is its ability to leverage the tax money to snare additional federal funds.
Florida hunters use helicopters to target nuisance wild pigs on Florida ranch
Whether nuisance hogs are trapped or shot, they can never be wiped out in Florida, according to William Giuliano, a professor of wildlife ecology and statewide extension specialist at the University of Florida. “They’re here.
George LeMieux says Connie Mack ‘took 7 1/2 years to finish college’
In the Web ad “Two and a Half Macks” [George] LeMieux says that ”Connie the IV took seven and a half years to finish college,” while showing a buffoonish-like Mack wearing a T-shirt that says “Kollege” and dancing around in front of a University of Florida sign.
MindTree Chooses Gainesville, Florida For Its $2.9 Million Southeastern Hub
Area Development Online
“The University of Florida and our College of Engineering were key factors in MindTree’s decision to locate in Gainesville, and we look forward to making significant contributions to this endeavor as it moves ahead,” UF President Bernie Machen said.
Poll shows Obama leading in Florida, other key swing states
University of Florida political scientist Dan Smith, a specialist in campaigns and elections, discounted the effect of economic improvements on the poll in Florida. “Unemployment is still high and housing values low” in this state, he said.
Images sway public opinion in Trayvon Martin case
Dr. Peter Casella is a communications professor at the University of North Florida. He says certain images can influence public perception. “Reacting to images is human nature,” says Dr. Casella. “Images are a part of our survival mechanism.
Delaney: Authority ‘the right move’
Jacksonville Daily Record
“Downtown is essential to Jacksonville, and we need a structure that keeps that focus despite changes in mayoral administrations,” said [John] Delaney, president of the University of North Florida.
Corey answers radio listeners’ questions
University of North Florida criminology chairman Michael Hallett said Martin’s death has also tapped into bigger issues. ”We’ve got a larger, deeper conversation about race and the criminal justice system in the United States, and I think that’s the larger message about what’s happening,” Hallett said.
Pardon me: Did a robot just hear fish farts?
“This remains merely a hypothesis, an untested but logical idea,” Carrie Wall, a graduate student in marine biology at the University of South Florida who led the study, told me in an email today.
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College Gargoyle wins best independent website in Society of …
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/28/2012)(readMedia)– The Flagler College Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards. The college’s student-run, online-only …
NASA Selects 3 UCF Projects For Flight Opportunities Program
Space Ref (press release)
ORLANDO, March 28, 2012 – NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected three University of Central Florida cutting-edge space technology projects for flights. The UCF projects were among 24 NASA chose for its program this month…
UF trustees OK naming building, business school for Heavener
University of Florida
University of Florida trustees today unanimously approved naming the … education including Full Sail University where he serves as co-chairman and CEO.
University of South Florida Selects Campus Management’s Talisma CRM Software …
MarketWatch (press release)
BOCA RATON, Fla., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Campus Management Corp., a leading provider of enterprise software products and services for educational institutions, announced today that the University of South Florida (USF) has selected …
University of South Florida to Use Geomagic
Geomagic, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, and the University of South Florida (USF), are partnering in delivering leading-edge 3D imaging software for …
University of West Florida and Academic Partnerships Announce Launch of Online …
MarketWatch (press release)
PENSACOLA, Fla., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The University of West Florida(UWF), with the assistance of Academic Partnerships, offers an online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree starting this fall.