State University System
Driver in FAMU hazing responds to allegation
The driver of the bus on which Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion was hazed to death, says FAMU officials — not her — were responsible for stopping the initiation rite that killed him. In an answer to a wrongful-death lawsuit …
Lawyers: Bus driver, company not to blame for Champion’s death
The driver of Bus C, on which Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion was hazed to death, insists that it was FAMU officials — not her — who were responsible for stopping the initiation rite that killed him.
Document: FAMU dean went to top officials about his attempt to suspend band
Former FAMU President James Ammons has maintained that he did not know until January about recommendations from two key officials to suspend the university’s marching band just days before the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion last fall. A new document obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, however, indicates that a Florida A&M University attorney and the school’s chief spokeswoman told Ammons about the recommendations in the weeks following Champion’s beating death in Orlando on Nov. 19.
Students pay more for their education
…At the same time, South Florida’s public universities — Florida Atlantic and Florida International — are requiring students to pay 15 percent more in tuition this fall. That’s more than 12 times South Florida’s consumer price index increase of 1.2 percent in the last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then there are the room and board costs. Meal plans range from $3,000 to $3,800 a year at FAU, with freshman housing prices costing $2,800 to $4,300…
FGCU Bringing Car Sharing to Campus
WGCU Public Media
Car sharing is coming to Florida Gulf Coast University. The school has partnered with WeCar by Enterprise – the car rental agency — to offer two cars to be rented by the hour or day beginning next month.
Florida State Offers Recycled Bikes for a Bargain
College students are always looking for ways to cut costs and Florida State University offers an inexpensive and eco-friendly way for students to get around. The FSU reCycle Bike Program offers refurbished bikes to students for rent at prices much lower than that of purchasing a bike. For $25, you can rent one of the recycled bikes for a semester and $40 will make it yours for an entire year.
Tenure on the Line at Wayne State
Inside Higher Ed
An arbitrator blocked Florida State University in 2010 from eliminating the jobs of 21 tenured faculty members. The institution cited budget cuts but did not declare financial exigency and the Florida State union successfully argued that its contract prevented the layoffs of most of the tenured professors. (Notably, the arbitrator did not find fault with most of the layoffs at Florida State of non-tenured faculty members.) While the Florida State dispute differs in some ways from the Wayne State dispute (in both cases more is in play than layoff provisions), the Wayne State administration’s proposal — in a contract there — would not block layoffs like those proposed at Florida State…
Florida gives incorrect grades to hundreds of its public schools
Washington Post (blog)
The initial grades — schools are given A, B, C, D or F — were calculated by the department and then, the release says, validated by Florida State University, which, of course, could validate only with the information that it received from the department.
New College Of Florida Begins Library Plaza Renovation, Bell Tower Project
New College of Florida students will see changes on campus when they return in the fall. mplementing various parts of its 2006 Campus Master Plan, New College recently began a $300,000 renovation on the plaza in front of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Sharing the facility with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, a key component of the project is the construction of a new $400,000 bell tower…
New College promotes value of a history degree
College liberal arts programs took a hit last year after some politicians — Florida Gov. Rick Scott among them — suggested they should be cut back because they do not do enough to prepare graduates for meaningful employment. Some, Scott included, suggested redirecting spending and offerings to college programs focused on STEM, or science, engineering, technology and math, as a way to get more graduates employed.
Shakespeare Theater play, camp include children with special needs
The 19 middle- and high-schoolers came from across Central Florida, to take part in Shakespeare With Heart, a collaboration among the University of Central Florida, UCP of Central Florida and Orlando Shakespeare Theater…
UF swimmers abound in London
The University of Florida’s strong Olympic tradition in swimming will continue at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Of the 36 former, current and future Gator athletes who have qualified for this year’s games, 23 of them will be competing in London’s …
State College System
Explaining How A Florida College Database Might Help You Earn $6,500 more
Need help deciding on a college? A new web tool from the Florida Department of Education enables students and parents to wade through the options. The Smart College Choices web portal lays out graduation rates, employment statistics and earnings data for graduates of Florida’s 28 public institutions.
Online Tool Shows Job Outlook for Fla. College Programs
Students enrolling in Florida colleges have a new online tool to help them make informed decisions. The just-launched Smart College Choices application lets students, parents and guidance counselors see which fields of study have the best in-state employment rates and earning potential.
Broward College offers manufacturing degree
Broward College is offering a new associate in science degree in manufcturing, as well as two non-credit certificate programs for those already in the field …
FSCJ donations policies contradictory
Florida State College at Jacksonville officials say a guideline that prohibits the foundation from charitable giving is incorrect because a different policy expressly allows for some donations…
PSC to fly flags at half staff to honor Colo. shooting victims
Pensacola Business Journal
Pensacola State College will fly flags at half-staff to honor the victims of the Colorado shootings. School officials say flags will remain at half-staff …
TCC Announces Its 2012 Report to the Community
Tallahassee Community College’s Office of Communications and Public Information is proud to release its 2012 Report to the Community.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Embry-Riddle air show plans take off on bigger scale
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Wings and Waves Air Show is returning this year with bigger performances, including both the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces demonstration team…
Camp exposes kids to architecture
The two-week camp, which ended July 20, takes place at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and covered the basics of architecture, from drafting to model-building.
How Much Merit Aid Will Your College Offer? Take a Look
New York Times (blog)
Almost a quarter (24 percent) of the freshmen at the University of Miami received merit aid. On average, they were each awarded $23208 — a sizable amount to help them pay $39654 in tuition and fees.
Loss of numerous scholarships devastating for Penn State
In 1997, the University of Miami lost 31 scholarships over two years. Four seasons later, the 2001 Hurricanes won the national championship and are considered one of the greatest college football teams of all time.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices From Around the State
Obama Campaign Faces Multiple Challenges in Efforts to Woo Florida Voters
Florida Atlantic University political science Professor Kevin Wagner says that sentiment is widespread in Florida. He can’t change his record. He has to live or die with the Affordable Care Act.
Penn State fined $60 million for sex abuse scandal
Marco Island Sun Times
Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw said that although Penn State didn’t receive the so-called “death penalty,” the severity of sanctions imposed Monday by the NCAA will have a lasting impact. “This is a sting they will feel for a long time, as they should,” said Bradshaw, who worked for seven years at two colleges in Pennsylvania.
Making allowances for job seekers on Facebook
Vanessa A. de la Llama, Isabel Trueba, Carola Voges, Claudia Barreto and David J. Park of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Florida International University in North Miami, suggest that employers using Facebook to assess those applying for a job with them, are creating a new digital divide, as well as revealing how our freedoms with regard to virtual identity are being encroached upon increasingly by the world of work…”While employers are using Facebook to monitor their employees, they have also begun to use it as a screening tool when considering potential candidates,” says de la Llama and colleagues, “Because this is a fairly new trend, a standardized set of guidelines has yet to be established, with employers often assessing job applicants in a subjective manner.”
Paterno Stripped of 111 Wins, Makes Bowden Football’s No. 1
San Francisco Chronicle
The former Florida State University coach gained the distinction with 377 wins after college sports’ governing body penalized Penn State University and Joe Paterno for their roles in a child sex-abuse scandal…
Frackers Fund University Research That Proves Their Case
Sections of the report dealing with the regulation of fracking were written by Hannah Wiseman, assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law. Wiseman said she knew of Groat’s industry ties yet felt no pressure to deliver industry-friendly findings. In her section of the report, Wiseman found “significant gaps” in state oversight of fracking.
In Polk Visit, Education Chief Touts Progress
David Steele, Polk State College’s associate vice president of communications, said PSC students are ranked No. 1 in grade point average when they transfer …
Financial Aid’s Future
Inside Higher Ed
“Reauthorization should occur within the next 15 years,” said William Spiers, director of financial aid at Tallahassee Community College.
UCF College of Business names new dean
The University of Central Florida announced Friday that Paul Jarley was named the new dean of UCF’s College of Business Administration. Jarley will replace Foard Jones, who served as interim dean of the College of Business Administration when former Dean Thomas Keon accepted a position as chancellor of Purdue University Calumet. Jarley joins UCF from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he was dean and professor of management for five years.
Bobby Bowden on NCAA: ‘All of this cannot replace those boys who were …
“Things work out. I think that’s what happened today.” Former University of Central Florida coach Gene McDowell, who played for the Seminoles in the early 1960s, said he was happy for Bowden sitting at No. 1 although saddened by the circumstances.
Fla. law grad charged with killing ex-girlfriend
Wall Street Journal
A University of Florida law school graduate charged with first-degree murder in the beating and strangulation of his girlfriend is suffering from “extreme emotional disturbance,” his attorney said after a court hearing Monday. Jason Bohn, 33, was arraigned and held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges including murder, strangulation and harassment. He was initially arrested on lesser charges after Danielle Thomas, 27, was found dead June 26 inside the Astoria, Queens apartment she had rented with him.
Lochte locked into London
My weight coach (the University of Florida‘s Matt DeLancey) and I correlated the Strongman stuff to where it helped me in the pool. I was getting a lot bigger and a lot stronger, and I was pulling a lot more water.
UM football coach Al Golden: I’m moving forward with ‘good name’ still intact
Speaking several hours before his scheduled roundtable with reporters at the ACC Kickoff, University of Miami football coach Al Golden told The Miami Herald on Monday morning that his “good name” is still intact.
Former Tampa mayor Iorio to lead Children’s Board
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has turned to former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to stabilize the agency amid the turmoil surrounding current chief executive officer Luanne Panacek…Iorio could not be reached for comment, but she released a statement saying she would agree to serve on an interim basis if she could continue her leadership speaking business and her affiliation with the University of Tampa as a leader in residence.
Releases and Web Stories
FAU Discovery May Help AIDS Research
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Scientists at Florida Atlantic University may have discovered an element in bacteria that could help researchers develop new vaccines, possibly for HIV. Here is the statement from FAU: Florida Atlantic University …
Study: Twitter analysis can be used to detect psychopaths
Computer scientists at Florida Atlantic University, the Online Privacy Foundation and Kaggle teamed up to see whether it was possible to identify the “Dark Triad” of psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism through people’s Twitter usage.
Florida State University Experts Can Discuss What It Takes for Athletes to Get to the Olympics
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ⎯ With the 2012 Summer Olympics set to begin Friday, July 27, four Florida State University faculty members can discuss aspects of the athletic training that is required to reach the ultimate in sport competition.
All Charges Against Former UF Research Professor Dr. Dov Borovsky Dropped …
MarketWatch (press release)
GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — All charges stemming from consulting work against Dr. Dov Borovsky, a tenured former University of Florida Research Foundation professor who garnered significant media attention for his research and brought in millions of dollars of grant funding to the University over his 36-year career were dropped. The charges in question have since been expunged from Dr. Borovsky’s record. Borovsky, a world leader in his field, gained recognition for his discovery and development of an environmentally-friendly mosquito control technology known as TMOF. The University of Florida has been awarded 16 patents for his technology, and UF continues to receive licensing fees for these patents.