State University System
No Band equals tough sell for FAMU
The band has been one of the biggest incentives for those with the task of marketing FAMU sports – not to mention the university at large – to potential corporate backers and especially in the negotiations of football games for huge financial guarantees…
FSU fans flock to stores for ‘Beat Duke’ T-shirts
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
If the sales of the T-shirt designed for Thursday’s game against Duke University are any indication, Florida State University basketball fans are all about supporting their team…
UCF responds to NCAA allegations
The University of Central Florida on Monday submitted its response to allegations of NCAA infractions by the men’s basketball and football programs with stiff actions taken against both, in hopes of avoiding further …
UF now offering a master’s related to the Peace Corps
The University of Florida ranked second among all colleges and universities with more than 130 alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers in 2011, a number that might grow under a new program allowing UF students to earn a master’s degree as part of volunteering. UF had 101 undergraduate and 30 graduate school alumni serving last year in the Peace Corps, a combined number ranking only behind the University of Washington. Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams signed an agreement Tuesday with UF on a master’s degree program for students in its College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Students in nine college programs will be able to take courses preparing them for Peace Corps assignments and then finish work on an international master’s degree when they return…
Bill would set UF, FSU apart from other Florida schools, let them charge …
Palm Beach Post
In a landmark move for the university system, the University of Florida and Florida State University would be cleared to charge higher tuition than the state’s nine other public schools under legislation approved Tuesday by a House panel.
Alexander sees USF Poly split happening by this summer
Sen. JD Alexander wasn’t ready to talk Tuesday about amendments filed by Sen. Jim Norman, which aim to give the University of South Florida back a big chunk of the funding Alexander proposed cutting from the school. Instead, Alexander offered some insight into the timetable he envisions for the state’s new 12th university. If all goes according to Alexander’s plan, Florida Polytechnic could be separately accredited by July, he said. That would first require approval of a conforming bill slipped into Alexander’s budget that would split USF Polytechnic off from USF immediately. And it would require expedited work from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — to accredit USF Poly as a separate campus of USF, and then put in a change order to give the campus accreditation as a separate institution. Accrediting the school completely independently could take another six months to a year, he said. Alexander said he recently got assurance from SACS that that’s possible.
USF Funding Feud Could Be Headed to Senate Floor Showdown
Sunshine State News
The Senate may be headed toward another floor showdown, this time over funding cuts for the University of South Florida…
Sen. Jim Norman’s amendments restore much of USF funding
Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, has filed three amendments to Sen. JD Alexander’s budget proposal that he says will give the University of South Florida a more equitable share of cuts across the university system…
Genshaft: Lawmakers Hearing “Don’t Mess with USF”
WUSF 89.7 News
USF President Judy Genshaft says there’s one positive side effect of almost having $128 million cut from the budget: seeing the Tampa Bay delegation and community rally around USF.
State College System
High school students jumping into college classes
The demand of dual enrollment programs in Broward, Fla., has grown so much that two high schools - Coconut Creek and South Broward in Hollywood - are starting programs in which teachers accredited by Broward College will teach at the schools. The two new projects will try to mimic the success of McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla., where students can enroll in the “Mustang Academy,” a section of college-level courses. Several teachers at Cooper City High and Coral Springs High are also licensed to teach dual enrollment courses. The Broward School District has also established the College Academy at Broward College, where more than 300 juniors and seniors report to the Davie, Fla., campus instead of a traditional high school.
Daytona State going moke free?
Now Daytona State College is having that same debate. Students who smoke say it eases their stress people who don’t say it’s hurting their health Daytona State College could join 640 college campuses across America where smoking is now banned.
Edison State gets community input in search for president
The search is on to find a new president for Edison State College. Tuesday, local business leaders met with the company charged with filling the position to …
Gov. Scott appoints new member to Edison Board of Trustees
Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Braxton C. Rhone to the District Board of Trustees, Edison State College. Rhone, 27, of Fort Myers, …
PBSC set to file land-use plans for western campus
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach State College is scheduled to file land-use applications this afternoon with the town of Loxahatchee Groves, where the school wants to build its fifth campus, according to the town manager.
ABC 3 Top Stories
Another part is being leased by Pensacola State College. That lease money helps the district pay to maintain these buildings. PSC signed a three-year lease with the school district last August, taking over the former middle school building at …
High school juniors storm Santa Fe
Santa Fe College student ambassadors led more than 300 area high school juniors on an educational scavenger hunt on Tuesday, hoping to get the students thinking about college applications early. The college hosted its annual “Just for Juniors” admissions event for Alachua and Bradford county students.
Independent College and University System
Ave Maria University Sues Over Contraceptive Mandate
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University is suing in federal court in Florida to fight the recent mandate from the federal government that all insurance companies must provide contraceptive coverage, university President Jim Towey announced Tuesday morning.
Ave Maria University files lawsuit against federal government over contraception
WTSP 10 News
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey announced Tuesday that the university is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from a federal court in Florida, because the US Department of Health and Human Services demands …
Scientist links Hypersonic Flight to Florida
Boeing’s chief hypersonic flight scientist speaks at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Tuesday night about what he calls the last frontier of …
NASA Puts Up Money For Suborbital Research
As evidence of the growing maturity of the commercial suborbital marketplace, the FAA has awarded the Florida Institute of Technology almost $90000, with a matching grant from Space Florida, to identify issues that must be addressed as commercial space …
Gary Carter memorial service set for Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Sandy …
New York Daily News
Your donations will go to support the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach Atlantic University Baseball.” After a weekend off, the Mets open spring training Monday, when pitchers and catchers are due to …
Darfur genocide survivor to speak at Stetson University Feb. 27
The DeLand-Deltona Beacon
Darfur genocide survivor and human rights activist Niemat Ahmadi will speak at a free public event at Stetson University at 7 pm Monday, Feb. 27.
President Obama To Speak At UM On Thursday
The University of Miami is having a big week. Former President Bill Clinton paid a surprise visit to students in UM President Donna Shalala‘s class Monday night and President Barack Obama is due to visit campus …
Former UM assistant confirms some allegations by Nevin Shapiro, denies others
The attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro said the NCAA has been given a deposition in which former University of Miami assistant football equipment manager Sean Allen confirmed some of Shapiro’s allegations against UM but …
UM Climbs Steadily Amidst Controversy
NBC 6 Miami
The University of Miami, in an effort to raise $1.6 billion, began the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign of a Florida university. “People want to be with winners,” Donna Shalala, president of the university, said.
Obama to Talk About Gasoline Prices on Thursday
Wall Street Journal (blog)
During an event at the University of Miami, Mr. Obama will discuss the steps the country can take to tackle what the White House sees as an annual cycle of spikes in gas prices, the officials said. At the same time, these officials, …
After payroll tax extension, Obama seeks to build momentum for economic agenda
At an appearance Friday at the University of Miami, which offers an industrial energy-efficiency program for engineers, Obama will flesh out his State of the Union call for the nation to boost investment in clean energy as a way to strengthen the …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
My View: Encourage your kids to write
As a researcher in the field of early childhood education, I relish the idea of uncovering how factors in early childhood related to children, families, and schools, connect to children’s academic achievement once they enter school. As a parent, I often find it exasperating. Take for example our recent findings of a study that looked at over 3,000 preschoolers in the state of Florida. We found that preschoolers’ early writing skills – their ability to copy letters, shapes, and numbers – significantly predicted both their grades and standardized test scores in second grade reading and math. Editor’s Note: Laura Dinehart is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Florida International University. Her research focuses on the development and early academic outcomes of children from birth to 5 years of age.
USF drives bay area economy, jobs
I recently received a phone call from the vice president for business development for Draper Laboratory. He had just landed at Tampa International Airport on his way to the University of South Florida. He was excited because Draper and USF had embarked upon a three-year, $5.45 million grant from the Gates Foundation to address the global challenges of malaria, a disease that claims more than 1 million people every year. He then talked about Draper’s need for additional space in USF’s incubator to address their rapidly expanding collaboration…Peter R. Betzer, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership Inc. He is the former dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.
Bird Stewards to the Rescue: Volunteers Increase Effectiveness of …
Beth Forys, professor of environmental science and biology at Eckerd College, found that more Red Knots settled in the Ft. DeSoto Protected Beach compared …
St. Petersburg businesses aim to ‘Keep it local’
Bay News 9
Eckerd College Economics Professor Peter Hammerschmidt calls it the multiplier effect. “Buy it at a local florist or grocer that money stays here and then …
Albright: Iran threat to Israel
Speaking to a sold-out audience of 2300 people at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, [Madeline] Albright said, “I recognize the danger for Israel. It’s a question of whether using military force is a useful thing to do.” Albright said, “The question is …
‘Roast and Toast’ to send off Maestro Kula in good humor
The Jewish Cultural Society (JCS) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) will host a “Celebrity Roast and Toast Dinner” to celebrate the contributions of Aaron Kula, founding music director of the Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO) at 5 pm on March 4 at the …
African-American or black? Debate heats up in South Florida
Miami Hurricanes (blog)
“For people of Caribbean descent, Jamaican-American or Haitian-American is far more descriptive of where their cultural and national origins are, especially here in South Florida which is more diverse than Kentucky where I’m from,” said [Derrick] White, author of the book ‘The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s’.
Antonio Banderas To Appear At South Beach Wine & Food Festival
OK, so why did [Antonio] Banderas get top billing over all of those famous food folk? Cause he’s Antonio Banderas, that’s why. They cook. He sizzles. The 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is presented by Food & Wine is being produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.
Some of South Florida’s Venezuelans Support Chavez Foe
NBC 6 Miami
Florida International University’s Latin American political expert Jerry Harr, describes Chavez’s foe. “He is a very competent manager. He’s got youth, charisma, experience, he’s is ethical,” he said. This is major a contrast to Chavez who teams with …
Getting a jump on college (at a discount)
School counselor Donna Bray at Miami Dade College talks to dual-enrollment students during lunch break. The program can boost high-schoolers’ academic standing and is a money saver.
Kennedy Space Center at 50: A spaceport in transition
“Congress hasn’t sufficiently funded it,” said Dale Ketcham, director of the Spaceport Research and Technology Institute at the University of Central Florida. “It’s an Obama idea so Republicans don’t like it.”
Chávez say he’s returning to Cuba for surgery to remove new lesion
But Tuesday’s announcement was not good news, said Dr . Floriano Marchetti, an associated professor at the University of Miami and a surgeon who often treats colon and rectal cancer. “A locally recurring cancer means that the patient has failed surgery
Cell phones could get slower, more expensive
I think it’s more of an inconvenience type situation,” says Dr. David Deeley, an assistant professor at the University of North Florida. The airwave problem is the same reason that AT&T created a new policy to cut data speeds for people who use the most data…
52nd PACE Awards honors 5
Pensacola News Journal
[Larry] Strain, executive director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida, was honored for helping Pensacola bounce back after the BP oil spill. With his help, he retained more than 1700 jobs in the area.
Releases and Web Stories
Fitch Rates Florida College System Capital Improvement Revs ‘AA …
NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA-’ rating to $10 million State of Florida Department of Education (DOE) college system capital improvement revenue …
Digital Domain Media Group Strengthens Management with Addition of John …
Reuters (press release)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (February 21, 2012) – Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE: DDMG), a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and major studio co-productions, has appointed John Nichols as its chief financial officer. Nichols has served as an advisor to the company since October 2011. This appointment enables Jonathan Teaford, the company’s former CFO, to take the position of CEO of Digital Domain Institute, the company’s for-profit post-secondary educational institution. Teaford will actively participate in the transition of his CFO responsibilities and will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. These appointments will take effect on February 22…
Flagler College hosts its seventh annual Communication Week
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (02/21/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College is proud to host Communication Week March 5-9, and welcome Chris Gordon, a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4 news in Washington, DC Gordon, along with many nationally renowned communication …
FAU to test Emergency Alert System on Feb. 23
By news release Florida Atlantic University is scheduled to test all components of the FAU Alert system on Feb. 23. The FAU Alert system is designed to play a key role in keeping FAU’s students, faculty, staff and campus visitors safe during emergency …
FAU National Alumni Association Hosts 10th Annual Sweethearts Dinner
PressZoom (press release)
BOCA RATON, FL (February 21, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently hosted its 10th annual Sweethearts Dinner, bringing together FAU alumni and their significant others in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘The Dark Side of the Universe’
PressZoom (press release)
BOCA RATON, FL (February 20, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present Sukanya Chakrabarti, Ph.D. as part of the 2012 Frontiers in Science public lecture series. “The Dark Side of the Universe” will take …
American Whistleblower Tour Wrap-Up: Florida International University
Government Accountability Project (blog)
Last week saw the fifth stop of GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour take place. And the moving, two-day event – hosted by Florida International University (FIU) – packed auditoriums and classrooms, to the point that there is now talk of an academic course on whistleblowing being launched there. Altogether, including the three major panel discussions and multiple classroom visits, this stop was able to communicate our message of whistleblower importance to an estimated 900 students, faculty staff, and members of the public…
Santa Fe College Offers Convenient New Path to BSN
Santa Fe College
For Travis Waldrop, Santa Fe College’s new RN to BSN Completion Program was just what the doctor ordered. “I’ve really enjoyed the flexibility of the online component and not having to go to a physical class,” said Waldrop, a registered nurse in the …