Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend – 1/7/13

State University System

FAMU band not entitled to return to field yet
Florida A&M University students and boosters who are lobbying to have the Marching 100 band reinstated and performing again should have their zeal tempered by a scathing Board of Governors inspector general report that reveals a systemic failure by school officials to prevent the brutal hazing rituals like the one that killed band member Robert Champion in 2011…

FAMU hazing suspects protect themselves, school in interviews weeks after Robert Champion’s death
It is the biggest hazing scandal in recent history; an investigation so extensive it has silenced a world-renowned marching band and thrown a university into crisis mode. Since the November 2011 death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, the school’s president and band director have both resigned, the university is under scrutiny from the Florida Board of Governors and facing a civil lawsuit and ten students are still awaiting trial on felony hazing charges. (One other student was sentenced to probation.) But before the investigations, lawsuit and charges, three members of the Marching 100 spoke with a private investigator hired by the Champion family and attorney…

UF fraternity closed for “numerous” conduct violations
Gainesville Sun
The University of Florida chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been shut down for “numerous’’ but unspecified conduct violations, officials said. The fraternity’s national board of directors last month withdrew the charter of the Florida Alpha Chapter, according to a statement by Executive Director Brian C. Warren Jr., and the chapter has been closed. “The University of Florida is investigating the chapter for numerous violations of the University’s code of conduct,” the statement reads.

St. Pete police shoot at armed man near USF campus
A St. Petersburg police officer shot at an armed man Sunday night near the city’s University of South Florida campus. According to the St. Petersburg police, officers went to 155 5th Ave. South in response to a man being punched in the face at 6:49 p.m. Once officers arrived, a man was seen standing outside the house, holding a handgun…

Food Truck Rally Coming to St Pete
St Pete FL Patch
On Jan. 12, as students are returning from winter break, USF St. Petersburg is hosting a food truck rally. The food truck rally is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Entrace to the event is free. According to Tampa Food Truck Rally, there is a wide variety of vendors that will be in attendance.

State College System

After years of strong growth, community-college enrollment ebbs
Orlando Sentinel
After several years of rapid growth, enrollment at community colleges across Florida is slowing down — an indication, college officials said, that the economy is improving. When the economy weakens, adults flock to community colleges for retraining or to earn better credentials to help them find work. Opening enrollment each fall jumped 24 percent statewide from 2007 to 2011, with some schools seeing their numbers skyrocket as much as 50 percent.

CC enrollment flattening

Willis A. Smith selected by Edison State College
Bradenton Herald
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. was recently selected by Edison State College as a prequalified construction general contractor. The Edison State College District Board of Trustees approved the list of select contractors for the calendar year 2013 at its November board meeting. Prequalification is limited for projects with an estimated construction value or size of up to $40 million per single project.

IRSC offering courses for real estate/insurance
Indian River State College will offer pre-licensing courses for Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License and Property and Casualty Insurance License in January. Real Estate Principles and Practices will teach the theoretical, practical and legal aspects of real estate to prepare students to become a Florida Real Estate sales associate…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Chicago Fire get ready for MLS preseason
SB Nation Chicago
After a couple of days of medical exams at Toyota Park, the Fire will leave for Naples, Fla., to begin 10 days of workouts at Ave Maria University

Crimson Tide Returns to Practice at Barry University Alabama to practice one
The Alabama football team returned to the Barry University campus for its second practice while in the Miami area. The Crimson Tide trained for two hours in shells as they continue preparations for top-ranked Notre Dame…

Florida school has a rich college football tradition but no football team
One school in Florida has served as the home base for Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, Hall of Fame coaches, Heisman Trophy winners and national champions, and no, it’s not one of the big three of Miami (Fla.), Florida or Florida State. It’s tiny Barry University, a Catholic international university in Miami Shores, about seven miles north from downtown Miami – a school that doesn’t even field a football team…

Second secular university to begin work on dorms for Catholic students
St.Louis Review
Catholic students at one secular university in Florida soon will have a dormitory all their own. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last month for Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Student Residence at Florida Institute of Technology, the result of collaboration among Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., Florida Institute of Technology president Anthony J. Catanese, Newman Student Housing Fund president Matt Zerrusen and Salvatorian Father Douglas Bailey, chaplain of Catholic campus ministry at the school.

Lynn sets aside a week to honor Haiti earthquake victims
Nearly three years after the Jan. 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake that took the lives of four good-hearted Lynn University students and two professors, their lingering spirit of service continues to blossom on the campus…

Student-entrepreneur pitch competition to take place at UT
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Students eager to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas will have a chance to do just that at the University of Tampa in February. The Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference takes place Feb. 1 to 2, and will offer networking opportunities, speakers and the main event, the “Idea Pitch Competition,” according to a written statement…

For-Profit and Career Colleges

Keiser University Combines Graduations Statewide Including 26 Polk Students
News Chief
…Twenty-six Polk County graduates are among about 400 expected from Keiser‘s 15 campuses, spokeswoman Kimberly Dale said…

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

Public Sharp on $10000 Degrees
News Chief
When Gov. Rick Scott challenged institutions of the Florida College System on Nov. 26 to create a $10,000 four-year degree, only the mildest application of critical thinking was necessary to conclude that he was peddling a gimmick. The mean cost of such degrees in the College System — which is an outgrowth of the former system of community colleges, many of which, including Polk State College, have converted from two-year programs to four-year programs — is more than $13,000. A poll conducted in Florida in mid-December by the Polling Institute of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., and released Dec. 20, shows that the public shares the doubts of the smattering of speakers and opinion writers who had criticized Scott’s $10,000 degree plan. “Only 29 percent think it is very or somewhat likely to occur,” said a Quinnipiac report summarizing the poll results, “while 66 percent say it is not very likely or not likely at all to materialize.”

Editorial: Will a dorm ever fit in at Edison?
Naples Daily News
When the first dormitory opened at Edison State College in Fort Myers a few months ago, it was deemed visionary and historic. It was seen as just one more think-outside-the-box step taken by Edison, which helped pioneer four-year degrees at schools formerly known as community colleges. Yet, a reality check has been issued by students who Edison thought would be impressed with Lighthouse Commons.

Editorial: Fix college funding inequity
Pasco Hernando Community College should begin 2013 in the cat bird’s seat. Its fifth campus, the Porter campus in the Wiregrass Ranch area of Wesley Chapel, is under construction and is scheduled to open next January. The college plans to offer its first bachelor’s degrees in nursing and applied sciences in 2014, and its full-time enrollment grew 40 percent over a three-year period during the down economy. But, like all of Florida’s higher education system, the college is short-changed on the state’s investment. The final installment of money needed to open the Porter campus, $6.9 million, has been excised from the state budget for two consecutive years and, on a percentage basis, PHCC is the lowest-funded of all 28 colleges in annual state appropriations.

Editorial: Losing with class
Gainesville Sun
The Gators surpassed expectations this football season, so it’s unfortunate the way it ended. It’s not that Florida lost its final game. In every game, somebody wins and somebody loses. No, it’s the way the Gators lost that raises cause for concern. At the very least it indicates that this up-and-coming team is badly in need of an attitude adjustment before its players take the field again next season…

2013 College Cost BCS: University of Florida vs. University of Louisville
Blog: The Quick & the Ed
The College Cost BCS, in its second year, aims to bring attention to college affordability through football’s coveted college bowl games. What if these teams didn’t play ball and instead, faced off on how well they keep education affordable? Admittedly, the teams here are not a representative sample of higher education in America (nor are they the best in college sports, ahem). They do, however, characterize a wide swath of geographic areas and student populations. So let’s have fun, and play ball! The Sugar Bowl Florida returns to the Sugar Bowl for its ninth time, while Louisville makes its first appearance. But Louisville is conference champion. On the field, their records are close, but will they stay neck-and-neck when we look at their costs?Mandy Zatynski is a writer at Education Sector…

Another similar blog entry by Mandy Zatynski was devoted to the 2013 College Cost BCS: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

California Legislator Proposes $10000 Bachelor’s Degree Program
U.S. News University
Following what is quickly becoming a national trend, California Assemblyman Dan Logue recently introduced a bill that calls for bachelor’s degree programs that cost students no more than $10,000, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Logue‘s proposal came only months after Florida Governor Rick Scott encouraged the state’s colleges to create $10,000 bachelor’s degree programs. Since Scott made his plea at the end of November, more than half of the 28 schools in the Florida College System have accepted his challenge and agreed to explore the best ways to cut the cost of their bachelor’s degree programs, Sunshine State Newsreports.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner headlines FAMU’s first Lyceum event of 2013
Blog: Rattler Nation
Actor and director Malcolm-Jamal Warner  will speak at FAMU on Jan. 25 as part of the university’s Lyceum Series…

Parents agree to follow court plan in alleged murder-suicide case
Florida Today
…The Firths’ [James and Mai] daughters, Trieu “Kiah” Co Firth, 2, and Chieu “Kristin” Quan Firth, 4, will stay in foster care as the Florida Department of Children and Families conducts an investigation. Staff at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology reported to DCF in late November that the parents made threats to kill their daughters and themselves if treatment for Kristin’s autism did not work or became too expensive…

Real Florida: Citrus romantic misses roadside stands, orange crates
My second favorite January spot — this is going to sound funny — might be the Florida Citrus Archives on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland. It’s not a tourist attraction, but a place more for serious research. Archivist LuAnn Mims usually has a few items out on special display, a collection of old orange crates, perhaps, or a gown once worn by a small Florida town’s Citrus Queen. For me, a special treat includes an invitation beyond the locked door to the back rooms where the real rarities are stored…

FSU PC preparing for first freshmen
The News Herald
Florida State University Panama City has appointed Barbara Robinson to the position of associate dean of Undergraduate Studies to provide academic support to the incoming first classes of freshmen and sophomores this fall. “On main campus, we have undergraduate studies; when the students come in, their advising and support systems are handled through that office,” Robinson said. “What we’ll do here is work with advising and campus admissions, implementing this program to support these students. That’s my goal, and it’s really exciting.”

Barbara B. Mann ‘filled with joy and full of life’ on 100th birthday
Naples Daily News
Barbara B. Mann celebrated her 100th birthday on stage with family and two sons, George Jr. “Pat” and Franklin, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her self-named building, the Barabra B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at Edison State College. The centenarian took stage for less than 10 minutes being handed flowers by former famed con artist-turned FBI agent Frank Abagnale Jr. and a cake made by local confectioner Norman Love.

JU graduate, FSCJ Prof. Jerry Shawver named 2012 Association of Florida Colleges Professor of the Year
Florida Times Union
For his efforts and passion at instruction, [JerryShawver, a Jacksonville University alum and now professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville (formerly FCCJ), was recently named the 2012 Association of Florida Colleges Professor of the Year.

Tampa student shot twice in face at Walmart during possible hate crime speaks out
WTSP 10 News
A late-night trip to a Pasco County Walmart has now turned into a national case that could be classified as a hate crime. At the center of it is a 24-year-old Hillsborough Community College student who lives with his family in Tampa, but spends time with his longtime girlfriend in Lutz, not too far from where the Walmart is located. The young couple admits they are night owls. “We were hungry that night, and there was nothing in the fridge, so we went to Walmart,” said the young man, who has asked the media not to use his name. 10 News is honoring his request to protect his privacy and safety.

JU’s Coker named vice president, dean at Goucher College
Wave Weekly – Jacksonville University
Dr. Bryan Coker has been named vice president and dean of students at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., and will assume his duties there in early February. Coker has served as Jacksonville University’s dean of students since 2003, and has spearheaded numerous campus initiatives which have had a major impact upon campus life…

University of Florida officer killed in Orlando car accident
The Republic
University of Florida police officer has died after losing control of his pickup on rainy East-West Expressway. Jean-Guy Deffense‘s truck was on a curve when it rolled over and hit a metal light pole and landed on its roof on Friday…

Ryan Lochte, UF swim team put through paces at Patrick AFB
Florida Today
Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer joined their alma mater University of Florida swim team for a taste of the Air Force pararescue indoctrination training during a workout with airmen at Patrick Air Force Base…

The University of Florida Gator Band performing pregame for the 2013 All State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA. Center snare Patrick Montgomery has a GoPro Hero3 mounted on his snare, and another Hero3 is mounted on the center Drum Major ladder. Filmed and edited by Ethan Tripp.

UF tight end heading to NFL
Florida Today
University of Florida redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed, who was a part-time quarterback just two years ago, has decided he will leave early for the NFL after a standout 2012 season in which he led the Gators in receptions…

UNF student leaves Shands after fatal New Year’s Day crash, is recovering at home
First Coast News
A University of North Florida student was released from Shands Jacksonville and is recovering at home from the injuries he sustained in a New Year’s Day wreck that killed another student, according to Randy Kusiv. Krusiv’s daughter Dara Kusiv died in an accident on the Southside, when a Dodge Ram truck she and three other UNF students were riding in hit a large overhead sign post, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Jacob Materia, 19, Dara’s boyfriend was released from the hospital. The driver of the Dodge Ram, 20-year-old Sean Franke, is no longer listed as a patient at Shands Jacksonville. Samantha Kasten, 19, remains in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville. A candlelight vigil for Dara is being hosted by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority on January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Coxwell Ampitheatre on the university’s campus.

Plant’s Robert Weiner to coach at USF
WTSP 10 News
Plant High School head coach Robert Weiner told 10 News Friday evening at the Under Armour All-American game that he would leave his job at the school “if it was the right situation.” Weiner has now reportedly found that right situation, accepting a job as wide receivers coach for the University of South Florida.

Releases and Web Stories

Harn to open exhibit of Rembrandt prints Feb. 5
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will feature more than 70 prints by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn and 20 of his contemporaries created between the 16th and 17th centuries.

Kudos for new “Mailer Review”
University of South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2012) – When “Vanity Fair” columnist James Wolcott described the latest issue of “The Mailer Review” as, “No dry academic exercise in critical analysis and placement, The Mailer Journal is rich in its variety of styles and approaches…,” Phillip Sipiora felt he had fulfilled his mission as editor. “Keeping in the spirit of Mailer’s personality, we set out to make the Review every bit as readable as the writer we’re honoring,” said Sipiora, a professor at the University of South Florida. “Each issue takes readers on a very specific journey that is meant to be illuminating and actually enjoyable,” he said. “Why Mailer Matters” is the theme of the latest issue of “The Mailer Review,” a joint venture produced by the University of South Florida, The Norman Mailer Center and The Norman Mailer Society, now in its sixth year…