State University System
FAMU Hazing Case: Dean, police chief urged suspension of band prior to Robert Champion’s death
FAMU’s dean of students wanted to suspend the school’s marching band for hazing practices three days before Robert Champion’s death
New documents to be released in FAMU hazing death case
New documents in the Robert Champion death investigation are expected to be released on Monday. The FAMU drum major was killed last November during an alleged hazing incident after the annual Florida Classic football game.
Conflicting Stories on FAMU Band Meeting
There are conflicting stories over what transpired in a meeting of FAMU administrators three days before a drum major was beaten to death in a hazing ritual…
Committee To Interview Applicants for Florida Poly Board
About a dozen applicants for the board of Florida Polytechnic University will be interviewed Wednesday in Orlando by members of a Florida Board of Governors selection committee. The committee of three has scheduled follow-up conference calls Thursday to discuss the interviews, being held so they can select five people to serve on the board of the state’s new 12th university.
Business incubator to celebrate anniversary
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The University of Central Florida Business Incubator at Daytona Beach International Airport will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its opening on July 27. The event, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 601 Innovation Way at the airport, will include speeches by area dignitaries and tours of the 9,600-square-foot facility. The incubator will also announce the winner of its first-ever “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, the inauguration of its entrepreneur’s wall and the launch of a website for one of the incubator program’s clients, Best3Bids.com, a company that provides bids for construction projects. The event will include refreshments for attendees.
Demolition of the Amway Arena nearly complete
Orlando Attractions Magazine (blog)
The site is being prepared for development of Creative Village Orlando, adjacent to the University of Central Florida’s Center for Emerging Media…
Summer interns at Whitney lab
St. Augustine Record
In early June, undergraduates from across the country arrived at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience to participate in the Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates training program. This competitive program is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been ongoing at the Whitney Laboratory for 25 years. It brings undergraduate science students to Whitney for 11 weeks during the summer to conduct basic research…
State College System
Sen. Nelson in Pensacola to discuss RESTORE Act
Pensacola Business Journal
Bill Nelson will be in Pensacola today to meet with officials about the Restore Act. The meeting began at 8 am this morning at Pensacola State College, …
US Senator Bill Nelson is in Northwest Florida this morning …
The senator spoke to a room packed with local elected officials and community leaders at Pensacola State College.
PSC to Hold Job Fair for Prospective Adjuncts
Polk State College will hold a job fair Saturday from 9 am to noon at the Winter Haven campus for those interested in working as adjunct faculty members.
Independent College and University System
Mayesville celebrates Bethune’s birthday
She founded the Florida school that later became Bethune-Cookman University, and later acted as an informal adviser on civil rights issues to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Embry-Riddle wants to test drones in Volusia County
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is famous world-wide for teaching students everything there is to know about airplanes, including how to fly them.
High-tech aerospace firm picks Titusville
The company has already started collaborations with engineering departments at both Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Nova’s New Coral Reef Research Center To Open This Fall
This fall, Nova Southeastern University is set to open a new coral reef research center at Port Everglades which will be the largest facility of its kind in the U.S., according to the Sun-Sentinel…
Rollins adds three new Mini-MBA programs
Orlando Business Journal
Rollins College Crummer Management Program is adding three new topics to its Mini-MBA program, the school announced July 6…
Florida Governor Scott wants “competitive environment” for cancer treatment …
In a move that could have large implications for the state’s scientific research centers, Gov. Rick Scott has sent strongly worded letters to the University of Miami and two other cancer research facilities warning them they can’t make money from expanding their brands if they want to continue to receive state funds. Scott’s letters to UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville say that organizations receiving state biomedical research funds “may not franchise their name or brand to other private entities” and “may not receive royalties or other remuneration from other entities in exchange for use of their name or brand.”
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Embry-Riddle shines with drone program
Daytona Beach News-Journal
By OUR VIEW, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is making its mark again, this time by boldly stepping into the emerging science of drone flights.
Questions keep piling up for FAMU and Ammons
Twice this summer, Florida A&M President James Ammons has been scheduled to meet with the Sentinel’s editorial board to talk about the scandals that are tarnishing the school’s reputation…
Letters from Readers
Having read Sunday’s paper, I am outraged. I would like to commend Times-Union reporters Kate Perry and Adam Causey for their excellent exposé on the corruption at Florida State College at Jacksonville…Mike Appell, Neptune Beach
Editorial: Addiction studies show innovation
It isn’t exactly STEM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math that’s the buzz word in higher education circles these days, but the decision by Palm Beach State College to offer associate degrees in courses in the field of addictions …
Passionate reader reactions from UNF graduation rate story
Florida Times-Union (blog)
It’s clear that many of you are very passionate about the University of North Florida, particularly when it comes to the school’s graduation rate. There were dozens of comments under the online versions of two recent stories about UNF’s graduation rate.
John Delaney: What Jesus might do on gay ordinance
I support the bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation…John Delaney is president of the University of North Florida and former mayor of Jacksonville.
Klofstad: Support for Obama Appears Solid Among Latinos in Florida
Huffington Post (blog)
A major part of the dialogue on the 2012 presidential election has centered on which candidate will win the hearts and minds of the ever-growing Latino electorate…Casey A. Klofstad is an associate professor of political science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
Kroncke & Holahan: Rules can also boost liberty
When the Supreme Court ruled recently that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the strongest protesters denounced it as an outrageous restriction on freedom…Charles O. Kroncke is associate dean in the University of South Florida College of Business. William L. Holahan is a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
FAMU researcher receives second patent in two years
Seth Ablordeppey is a man on multiple missions. A respected researcher and professor at Florida A&M University, Ablordeppey is dedicated to mentoring the next wave of minority scientists…
Boone Calls the Plays as Largess Complicates Life at Alma Mater
Wall Street Journal
“Gifts gone bad” are a fact of life in the philanthropic community, says Rae Goldsmith, a vice president at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Florida Atlantic University took a donor’s name off its business school in 2009 when the alumnus didn’t fully deliver on a $16 million pledge.
Sports exclusive: Undercurrent of homophobia still part of women’s sports
When Joyce Iamstrong was considering joining the FGCU women’s basketball team last year, she wondered whether the school offered her desired degree program, not whether the team was accepting of lesbians…
Dandy double: Lynn Mobley sinks two holes-in-one in the same round
[Lynn] Mobley, director of administrative services for the Florida State College at Jacksonville downtown campus, made two holes-in-one in the same round of golf …
Miss Florida USA Contestant Is Legally Blind
When Connor Boss looks out into the crowd this Saturday as she competes in the Miss Florida USA pageant, she will see audience members only as a blur. Boss is the pageant’s first legally blind contestant. At age 8, she was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a genetic disorder that causes progressive vision loss. Now 18 and soon to be a freshman at Florida State University, Boss prefers that her blindness be kept under wraps, her mother Traci Boss said…
Scott adds restrictions to nonprofit cancer centers
Stephen Dresnick, a Miami healthcare consultant, called the letters a “very clever” move that could be the opening shot in a new move to turn the Florida research world “upside down” and provide more funds for the state. He said Scott’s move might make sense if he is headed toward a policy of the state “recouping some of the money” it invests in research. He points to Florida State University, which has received more than $200 million in royalties after one of its researchers made the breakthrough that led to the cancer drug Taxol. With the state hard-pressed for revenue, why shouldn’t the state’s general fund get the benefits of the state investments in research? Dresnick asked.
Rick Scott travels to UK with 85-member entourage
Tom Van Berkel, chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, is in England, as is Don Weidner, dean of the Florida State University College of Law…
School is too easy, students report
Lansing State Journal
Florida State University English education professor Shelbie Witte, a former classroom teacher, said standardized tests limit material teachers can cover. “The curriculum is just void of critical thinking, creative thinking,” she said.
Victim in car shooting dies
Bevins Bennett, a student at Palm Beach State College studying social work, was known as a good student, churchgoer and family-oriented person…
New Witt president takes helm
Springfield News Sun
Laurie M. Joyner, previously vice president for planning and dean of the college at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., arrived at Wittenberg last week …
Former DEP deputy secretary Ballard lands at Wakulla Environmental Institute
The Florida Current
Former Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Bob Ballard has been appointed executive director of the Wakulla Environmental Institute at Tallahassee Community College. Ballard was DEP’s deputy secretary for land and recreation for 12 years when he abruptly resigned last September to pursue other interests, according to a resignation letter. He resigned following controversies involving proposed RV campgrounds in four state parks including Wakulla Springs.
Michelle Obama’s Scheduled Visit Contested By GOP School Board Member, Renier Diaz De La Portilla
The First Lady will be making her speech at Goleman Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Although the event is free, guests will have to reserve a spot online. Later in the afternoon, Obama will be traveled to Orlando for a second event at the University of Central Florida…
Gov. Scott’s Choice: Education Versus Healthcare?
University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith says it goes along with Scott’s jobs message. Spend more on education and you have a workforce better able to find jobs which provide health insurance, Scott’s reasoning goes. “Was it a political decision in term of public opinion, I mean, perhaps,” Snaith said. “But I think it’s also consistent with the long-run goals — trying to build an educated, dynamic workforce that really is a very powerful attractant for businesses.”
Arnold Grobman, early director of Florida Musuem of Natural History, dies at age 94
Arnold Grobman was a biology professor at the University of Florida when he joined a committee that looked at the state of the museum, according to an oral history done in 2006 by the museum. After writing a report critical of a lack of faculty study of collections and public exhibitions at the museum, he was named director…
De Soto: Fearless trailblazer or failed treasure hunter?
But in the 1990s, Hudson and Jerald Milanich, curator emeritus in archaeology at the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History, reconstructed the route. Based on their earlier work, and a recent archaeological find of coins, beads, pig bones and chain mail from that era, a site in north Marion County near Orange Lake has been identified as a De Soto camp and places the conquistador at that location on Aug. 12, 1539…
Newly crowned Miss Florida landed in pageants ‘by accident’
MyFox Tampa Bay
For Laura McKeeman, it all started as an accident. Her journey into beauty pageants started with a nudge from her fellow sorority sisters at the University of Florida…
Some CU freshmen look to websites to find roommate matches
Justin Gaither, cofounder of roomsurf.com, said that the website does not yet have a formal relationship with CU, though incoming students can sign up for the site and pay a one-time, $15 fee. The “CU Class of 2016″ Facebook page encourages students to use the website if they’re searching for roommates and don’t want to be assigned one. Gaither said he founded the site in 2010, and it now has 250,000 registered users nationwide, including contracts with the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida. He noticed, while a student at the University of Miami, that his peers were looking for roommates on social-networking sites.
In pursuit of happiness, Costa Rica finds a niche
Kansas City Star
But there’s also an awareness that there’s a lot that’s been eroding,” said George A. Yudice, a University of Miami cultural studies expert who spends part of each year in Costa Rica…
First Coast Success: John Delaney, UNF president,
Jacksonville Daily Record
John Delaney served as Jacksonville mayor from 1995-2003, then took the position of president at the University of North Florida…The Daily Record interviewed Delaney for “First Coast Success,” a regular segment on the award-winning 89.9 FM flagship First Coast Connect program, hosted by Melissa Ross. The interview is scheduled for broadcast this morning and the replay will be at 8 p.m. on the WJCT Arts Channel or online at www.wjctondemand.org.
SWOT Analysis By USFSP Student Helps Haiti Clinic
For her MBA program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 30-year-old Christine Joyner designed a market study for a small medical clinic in a poor, remote mountaintop village in Haiti…
School is too easy for millions of kids in US, report finds
Gladis Kersaint, a math education professor at the University of South Florida and a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, said she’s not surprised by the findings. “I think we underestimate students,” she said.
USF Conducts Research at Dozier Cemetery
We look at witness interviews and what people say who have first-hand knowledge of the graves and cemetery,” says Dr. Erin Kimmerle, an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida.
While Romney has strong hand, Obama camp plays cards better
The Hill (blog)
Referring to the Obama team, University of South Florida government professor Susan MacManus said: “I think they have to deflect attention from their own record. It is becoming very difficult for them to run on their own record.
Study brings hope for cure
Midland Daily News
Michael is one of 24 children with Angelman Syndrome chosen for a new study headed by Dr. Edwin Weeber of the University of South Florida’s Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Laboratory…
Five questions for USF provost on tuition
In the hot-seat? Ralph Wilcox. As USF‘s provost he has become an expert on the state’s tuition trend warning that Florida’s universities are nearing a “tipping point” in terms of rising cost and falling quality. Even so, he said, “Florida’s higher education is still a heck of a deal.”…
How the Mormons Make Money
There are religious groups that own retreats, but they don’t also own insurance companies,” says Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa and co-author of the recently published book Could I Vote for a Mormon for President?
Sen. Bill Nelson brings good news about RESTORE Act funds
Pensacola Business Journal
[Bill] Nelson, D-Orlando, said most of the funds will be used for restoration and economic development activities. Some fine money will be dedicated for long-term, spill-related scientific research that could benefit the University of West Florida and other state colleges and universities.
Lost mission revealed
“Their interest in the missions was mostly about financing a labor pool,” said John Worth, associate professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida. Worth said four missions were established among the Potano Indians in Alachua and Marion counties between 1606 and 1608…
Releases and Web Stories
Stevenson Aims to Help Students in the Job Market
ReadMedia (press release)
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (07/09/2012)(readMedia)– Finding a job in a stifled economy can be a difficult task, especially for students about to graduate college. Flagler College‘s new Director of Career Services, Tara Stevenson, is trying to make the process a little less daunting.
Make College Useful? There’s An App For That At FAU.
In a world where it seems that one can get a degree in pretty much anything, Florida Atlantic University is perhaps one of the few schools where students can take classes to learn how to create apps — right now for Google’s Android (NASDAQ: GOOG) platform, but likely for Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) IOS platform as well…
Shark Expert Available for Media Interviews
Newswise (press release)
Nova Southeastern University Professor, Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., is available for media interviews on recent great white shark sightings and attacks.
SunTrust Announced as Presenting Corporate Sponsor for Florida Companies …
MarketWatch (press release)
ORLANDO, Fla., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Florida Economic Gardening Institute / GrowFL at the University of Central Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, is thrilled to announce SunTrust Banks, Inc. as the presenting corporate sponsor for Florida Companies to Watch 2012. With its headquarters in Atlanta and substantial operations in Florida, SunTrust Bank is one of the nation’s largest banking organizations serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients…
University of Miami-led study finds winds played important role in keeping oil …
EurekAlert (press release)
University of Miami-led study finds that winds played an important role in keeping oil away from South Florida.
University of Miami Health Center Purchases MicroThermX(R) Microwave …
MarketWatch (press release)
BSDMedical.com ), a leading provider of medical systems that utilize heat therapy to treat cancer, announced today that the Company has sold a MicroThermX(R) Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX(R)) to the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics …
Florida’s Social Worker of the Year
University of South Florida
(July 9, 2012) – When news program “60 Minutes” was seeking caregivers to interview for a story on kinship care, one of the show’s producers turned to Anne Strozier, co-founder and director of the University of South Florida’s Florida Kinship Center …