State University System
FAMU receives clean audit from state
In a report released this week by the state auditor general’s office, FAMU earned an audit without any findings for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. FAMU President James H. Ammons praised CFO Teresa Hardee and her team for overseeing the university’s report.
Summer Science Fun For Kids And Adults At FAU
Proving that kids aren’t the only ones allowed to have fun over the summer, Florida Atlantic University this morning is announcing a summer science program open to teens and adults…
Where state cuts will hurt locally
The cut the 2012 Legislature ultimately dealt Shands at the University of Florida in Medicaid money was just a fraction of what was originally proposed — dropping from a 14 percent slash to about a 3 percent ding…
UNF Dormitory Fire Intentionally Set
First Coast News
A fire in a UNF dorm elevator was intentionally set, according to university spokesperson Sharon Ashton. An email release from Ashton said the fire marshal made that determination after investigating what sparked a fire in the elevator of the “R” building of the Crossings residence hall.
University of South Florida limits smoking on campus
Starting Tuesday, the University of South Florida will be ready to kick your butts — or at least confine them to 25 designated smoking areas…Other colleges in Florida already have gone this route. USF St. Petersburg is smoke-free. The University of Florida’s campus was made smoke-free in July 2010. Florida State University bans smoking within 50 feet of buildings.
State College System
CRA to offer training to businesses
The News Herald
In partnership with Gulf Coast State College’s Small Business Development Center, the Downtown CRA is providing the program that offers direct technical assistance and course work to help small business owners better identify markets and use the latest technology. They also could look at business plans and access to capital.
Miami-Dade College’s Tuyo a place of higher dining
Set atop Miami Dade College’s new Miami Culinary Institute, the eighth-floor restaurant is surprising in its quirky elegance and breathtaking in its panoramic views.
Florida teacher totals edge up
While overall enrollment in Miami Dade College‘s school of education declined about 7% this year, said Director Susan Neimand, the number of students entering into early childhood programs increased substantially.
Police respond to bomb threat note at college
The Northwest Florida Daily News
A student found a bomb threat note in a bathroom at Northwest Florida State College on Tuesday evening. The note read “I am walking around with a bomb strap on me and will be here day and night for a week,” according to an offense report …
Commissioners bus through Loxahatchee/Acreage looking towards future
The tour first drove by the proposed Loxahatchee Groves campus for Palm Beach State College.
Where state cuts will hurt locally
Santa Fe College - Of nearly $70 million allocated for new construction projects in the Florida College System, none was allocated for Santa Fe College. The money would have helped design the first phase of an expansion plan allowing more students interested in law enforcement careers to enroll…
Independent College and University System
Man, woman found shot in bullet-riddled car
Police said a man and woman had been shot on Powhatten Street about three blocks away, near Edward Waters College.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University makes room for new building
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President John Johnson helped start the demolition Wednesday of five buildings in the Lindbergh Complex to make way for the new $39.2 million College of Arts and Sciences building.
Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens are spotted …
The costars were seen in Pinellas County after filming at Sarasota’s Ringling College of Art and Design. The production team closed down Corey Avenue in Pinellas County for three hours on Tuesday while they filmed this scene. Production is expected to continue at St. Pete Beach locations, reports the Tampa Bay Times…
Student-run WPRK at Rollins may return soon
A student-run radio station at Rollins College is expected to be back on the air soon. The Federal Communications Commission realized that the transmitter coordinates for WPRK-91.5 FM had been incorrectly reported …
Coral Gables, University of Miami go national to transform downtown
Before downtown Coral Gables can begin its long-planned streetscape project, the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables is partnering with the University of Miami to create an informational campaign to set a definite course …
Kirkland gym dealing with cooling issues
When Webber International University students go there to practice, he said, they have to open the doors. Gallup said he has had thermostats lowered to 76 …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Opinion: Governor’s principles dictate a list of vetoes
The fate of scores of bills passed by the Florida Legislature in this year’s session now rests with Gov. Rick Scott. We hope he stops at least seven from becoming law. We realize that some of the measures on our veto list are half-court shots, based on Scott’s record or rhetoric. But for the same reason, others should be slam dunks…And here are the slam dunks: HB 7129 would let the University of Florida and Florida State University bust through an already high 15 percent cap on tuition increases and sock it to students as much as the schools think the “market” demands. Scott has said he doesn’t like tuition hikes. He should hate this bill. SB 1752 would turn a branch campus of the University of South Florida into the state’s 12th public university, Florida Polytechnic, piling more costs on a system already reeling from years of state funding cuts. Supporters say the school would turn out more scientists and engineers — a goal of Scott’s — but Florida doesn’t need to create a separate university and a new bureaucracy to do it…
Grading Northeast Florida lawmakers, from stellar to faltering
Bill Proctor - He put a lot of muscle behind a successful push to allow Florida State University and the University of Florida to set tuition higher than other universities. He also was able pass his priority issue, giving eminent domain power to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Proctor did not sponsor the bill but advocated for it all session, giving testimony during both House and Senate committee hearings. The push came with a price. Many St. Augustine residents and politicians opposed him. Each side gave heated testimony during committee hearings. Clearly bad blood between the two parties emerged, and Proctor’s reputation in the community has been blemished.
Trigaux: JD Alexander’s bullying will only hurt Polk County economy in the long run
As Senate budget committee chairman, Alexander this spring threatened deep USF budget cuts and ramrodded through a personal quest to sever Lakeland’s USF Polytechnic campus from the University of South Florida umbrella. The goal: to accelerate its becoming the state’s 12th separate university, a theoretical coup for Polk County.
Catholic bishops say fight against White House mandate a top priority
Some longtime church-watchers said the bishops’ strong push into the public arena is a shift. During many other policy debates, they have been more divided but now perceive a genuine crisis, said Jim Towey, a former faith official under President George W. Bush and now president of the Catholic Ave Maria University.
Child with autism accused of shoplifting from Boynton mall store
Lack of understanding about Asperger’s syndrome may have played a role in the incident, said Maryellen Quinn-Lunny, director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
Christian college wants equal treatment
A conservative defense attorney says the state is discriminating against students at Florida Christian College (FCC) because the legislature doesn’t understand First Amendment rights. Greg Baylor of Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) says students at FCC are being denied Florida Resident Access Grants (FRAGs). The state says students who receive such aid cannot be working toward a religious degree. But even though FCC is a Christian school, the attorney asserts that it is also preparing students for secular vocations.
FGCU students raise awareness of human trafficking
Now students at Florida Gulf Coast University are raising awareness about this crime against humanity. Jessica Bouchard and several friends have been working around the clock to set up this event. They tell WINK News they’re trying to make people stop …
Suit: State traps sick, disabled kids in nursing homes
The suits were filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale by Dietz, Florida State University law professor Paolo Annino, who is TH’s guardian and the North Florida Center For Equal Justice.
Broad or Dainty, Crocodilian Snouts Pack Same Chomp
New York Times
The plan works largely because the animals evolved a “design for generating really amazing bite forces,” said Greg Erickson, a professor of biomechanics at Florida State University…
College students teaching for free
The Sarasota Free Skool is a free, nonaccredited educational program helping people of all ages learn a subject or skill. The courses are taught by college students and range from general academics, such as languages and literature, to arts and music like drawing and piano. Founded by New College third-year student Roger Butterfield, the school is part of a growing tradition of “nonhierarchical schools” that date to Spain in the 1930s.
Weigh Costs of Part-Time and Full-Time MBA Programs
U.S. News & World Report
But the way a part-time student pays for an M.B.A.—often per credit while still earning a salary, as opposed to a lump sum when you’re likely not working—offers a “less financially frantic approach” to funding, according to Robert Preziosi, a professor at the Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Tour highlights the need for renovations at schools
Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh is leading the group selected to participate in the chamber review and has divided the participants into teams focused on areas where the members have expertise.
Column: Academics still second at many schools
Press of Atlantic City
Richard Lapchick, who does an annual report on graduation rates for the University of Central Florida, said black players are graduating at a 60 percent rate while white players were at 88 percent…
Teen’s death reminds Sanford of history of racial tension
“By the police being slow-footed to arrest someone, it demonstrates that things are different for the black community,” said Vibert White, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. “They have ignited a powder keg by being slow, by being indecisive and by being arrogant by not arresting this man.”
Volusia records county’s first shark bites of the year
Daytona Beach News-Journal
It’s not uncommon to see a little spike in shark activity off the Volusia County coast in March, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History.
Scientists find fossils of ancient camel while probing sediment from widening of Panama Canal
University of Florida researcher Aldo Rincon, a doctoral student in geology, discovered the fossils during the canal’s widening to accommodate hulking new cargo ships that will soon ply the waterway…
Should you read this story? Why you’re having trouble deciding
“Decision quicksand,” a painful element of 21st century life, ironically strikes hardest when people face trivial choices, say researchers Aner Sela of the University of Florida and Jonah Berger of the Wharton School, in a paper to be published later this year in the “Journal of Consumer Research.”
Brits irked by White House neutrality on Falkland Islands
Bruce Bagley, a Latin America scholar at the University of Miami, says the administration’s stance on the Falklands is not surprising as the US tries to bolster its relationships in South America. “The US sees no benefit in taking a stance at this …
St. Simons archeological dig yields no signs of 400-year-old Spanish mission
University of North Florida professor Keith Ashley and Brunswick archaeologist Fred Cook believe the site was at or near what is now Neptune Park and the commercial village on the island’s southernmost tip. The Spanish built the Santa Cruz y San …
A Tale Of Two Economies: The GOP’s Schizophrenic Jobs Message
“The irony is that at the same time they’re claiming, ‘We have a lot more job creation here,’ they’re adding, ‘But, by the way, vote for a Republican for president,” said Susan MacManus, professor of political science at the University of South Florida …
New questions about FBI probe of Saudis’ post-9/11 exodus
Sometime on the day following the attacks, Prince Sultan, a grandnephew of the late King Fahd and a student at the University of Tampa’s American Language Academy, began trying to leave Florida, according to 9/11 Commission files.
Releases and Web Stories
University Teams with Nurse.com to Offer Free Resume Course
U.S. News University
To help nursing associate’s and bachelor’s degree holders make their RN career goals a reality, Florida’s Jacksonville University will sponsor a free continuing education unit (CEU) course through Nurse.com titled Resumes: The Recruiter’s Perspective, …