State University System
FGCU students hope to make the campus tobacco free
Signs mark an area where smoking is allowed on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus, but there’s no rules against other tobacco products…The signatures collected Thursday would only be the first step towards making FGCU completely tobacco free…
World-renowned physicists converge in Tallahassee
As a major research university known for its stellar physics department and the home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State is a magnet for physicists. Consequently, the fall 2012 conference of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) will be held Nov. 14-17 in Tallahassee…
Young execs offer startup advice
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
A group of young executives who started their companies while still in their 20s were back at Florida State University on Tuesday to encourage students in their own business pursuits. The program “7 Under 30,” hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, featured FSU alumni who had gone on to start successful ventures. They spoke on a range of different topics, from business building on a national scale and the importance of vision and persistence in running a company…
UF working hard to heighten diabetes awareness
[John] Abbitt measured his blood sugar Tuesday at a free screening event at the University of Florida‘s Reitz Union. The event began a week of diabetes awareness events. Wednesday is World Diabetes Day, and this year marks the fourth year UF has held diabetes awareness week.
Bayfront’s commitment to charity care concerns St. Petersburg officials
This time, the only opposition seems to be coming from the University of South Florida, irate over Bayfront’s other prospective partner, Shands HealthCare, affiliated with the medical school at the University of Florida…
UWF to induct first class of Future Physicists of Florida
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida will present an induction ceremony Friday for the first class of the Pensacola chapter of the Future Physicists of Florida. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the UWF School of Science and Engineering…
State College System
Controlled burn under way in Wickham Park
Central Florida News 13
The burn spans 40 acres near Brevard Community College’s Melbourne campus. Controlled burns are conducted to mimic natural fire cycles.
Changes to law unlikely after Stand Your Ground panel meets at Pensacola State
Pensacola News Journal
The seventh and final public hearing on the Justifiable Use of Force statute, more commonly known as the Stand Your Ground law was held Tuesday at Pensacola State College.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Hope in Haiti: Parents of a Lynn University student trade despair with …
In Grand Goave, Haiti, parents with ties to Lynn University are working on a labor of love. They’re building an orphanage to fulfill their daughter’s last wish. Lynn student Britney Gengel lost her life in Haiti during an earthquake.
The iPad App That Could Change College Sports Forever
While Duke is the first college program to use SportsBoard’s live-stats feature, a number of others — including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Miami — have already been using the app’s primary function…
Miami orangutan ‘Peanut’ concludes chemotherapy treatment for cancer; will …
The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, along with UM’s Division of Comparative Pathology, which specializes in wildlife, confirmed the diagnosis.
Neighbors, police, UT officials blast wild parties
The problem, they said, was University of Tampa students crowding into rental houses for raucous parties. At least four addresses on Nassau, Arch and Grace streets were identified, though some neighbors say there are more…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Aboraya: Performance-based funding for universities?
Should universities get more state funding if they can meet or exceed goals set by the state? Last week, I was out of town, so missed the Florida Board of Governors‘ meeting. So when I went on its website this morning to start catching up, I found an interesting op-ed from Florida Board of Governors Chancellor Frank Brogan.
Our View: Scott right to push for slower rise in tuition rates
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Tuition for colleges and universities is putting students across Florida and the nation deeply into debt. While Florida’s 12 public universities are relatively cheap compared to other states’ colleges, many students in the Sunshine State still have to borrow to attend them….
FSCJ president’s exit package flunks smell test, and other letters from readers
I found it very interesting that the same week our Florida State College at Jacksonville Board of Trustees reduced President Steve Wallace’s exit package to (only) $1 million, the Citigroup Board of Directors in New York City awarded $6.65 million to …
Our take: NCAA March Madness headed to Orlando
March Madness brought some November gladness to Central Florida this week when the NCAA announced that Orlando’s Amway Center would be one of the venues for the 2014 Division I men’s basketball tournament…The Sports Commission teamed up with Orlando, Orange County, the University of Central Florida and Stetson University to land the NCAA games for the Amway Center…
Don’t Ignore the Evidence: Stand Your Ground Is Bad for Florida
The Task Force asked the University of Florida to conduct research on the impact of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Not surprisingly the researchers were unable to draw strong conclusions given the data and the short time frame they were allowed…
Schools to receive funds based on performance
“We are talking about performance funding: awarding money to institutions based on performance in key measures of student success,” wrote [Frank] Brogan. “It’s a practice already in place at university systems across the country, and one that represents a natural evolution in the State University System’s unprecedented commitment to strategic planning and accountability.”
Voting made hard: Frustrated Floridians search for answers, call for investigation
Palm Beach Post
“Both parties have always been in the business of trying to create the results that benefit them,” said Florida Atlantic University political science Professor Kevin Wagner.
Did Obama or Romney win the Cuban-American vote?
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Florida International University professors Dario Moreno and Kevin Hill reported Monday their analysis of tallies from selected precincts in Miami-Dade County, Fla., indicated GOP candidate Mitt Romney won up to 59 percent of the Cuban vote…
Average credit card debt down 22% in a year in S. Fla.
“That’s good news,” said Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, an economics professor who directs the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University…
The Sky Guy: FSCJ dean’s name lives among the stars
The name of Michael Reynolds, dean of liberal arts & sciences at Florida State College at Jacksonville, will be remembered in perpetuity after an asteroid was named for him…
‘Noles for Israel presents ‘UN Me’
Florida State University student organization ‘Noles for Israel will screen filmmaker Ami Horowitz‘s award-winning documentary U.N. Me on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The film will be shown in the FSU Film School’s Mix A Theater at 7:00 p.m.
Suicide is preventable, but myths are a hurdle
One of the most knowledgeable people on the subject is Thomas Joiner, a Florida State University professor whose father died by suicide. His personal reasons to investigate suicide merged with important societal goals…
Civil Rights Experts: Florida Universities Prime Offenders Against Students …
Sunshine State News
FSU has been singled out for criticism by FIRE since at least 2005, and attorney Azhar Majeed, the foundation’s associate director of legal and public advocacy, was more than happy to oblige Brunal’s request for a review of the university’s speech policies. ”In my experience, FSU has one of the highest counts [of unconstitutional speech policies] of any college or university out there,” Majeed told Sunshine State News.
Stiltsville Shacks In Miami’s Biscayne Bay Evoke History Of Wild Parties (PHOTOS)
“When are you out there and there’s nobody there, it’s one of the most desolate settings imaginable,” said Paul George, a history professor at Miami-Dade College. “And yet in other ways it’s one of the most striking.”
Of Counsel – Florida Law
Law professor Michael Allen draws inspiration from President Abraham Lincoln as he oversees the new Veterans Law Institute at Stetson University’s College of Law.
NCAA’s ‘March Madness’ coming to Amway Center
“There is nothing more exciting than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March Madness and the road to the Final Four,” Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier said.
McAfee software creator named person of interest in UCF restaurant owner’s death
The owner of a restaurant at the University of Central Florida was found shot and killed in Belize, and investigators said they want to question his neighbor, software billionaire John McAfee. McAfee created the anti-virus software that bears his name and is used all over the world. He now lives in Belize and was neighbors with Greg Faull, who owned a construction company and Tailgaters Smokehouse at UCF.
Mr. Grayson Salsas Back to Washington
“Florida’s non-Cuban Hispanic voters — and even an increasing number of Cubans — typically vote Democratic,” said Aubrey Jewett, professor of political science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando…
Jame Woode taken to hospital
Jame Woode, a former cheerleader at the University of Central Florida, was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center and treated for potential head and neck injuries, the Magic confirmed Tuesday night. No other information on her condition was immediately available…
30-year St. Johns restoration project fails to improve water quality
“Some of the lakes in Florida sit atop fairly phosphate-rich deposits and they have always been very productive,” said Mark Brenner, a University of Florida paleolimnologist who specializes in tropical and subtropical lakes…
Citrus greening likely here for a long time
Southeast Farm Press
The citrus horticulturist at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at Immokalee, thinks he and his colleagues, as well as the state’s growers, will be wrestling with it for a long time to come. “We’re going to have to learn to live with it,” he [Bob Rouse] says. “I wouldn’t bank too much on a solution from biotechnology within the next 20 years. If we had a GMO today that would work on it, it would take 10 years-plus to get permission to use it in the field. First, we’d have to test it, then get EPA’s permission to put it in the environment.”
Vance Whitaker’s goal: a better strawberry
Southeast Farm Press
New strawberry varieties in the pipeline promise better flavor while retaining the disease resistance of currently used cultivars, says Vance Whitaker, University of Florida plant breeder at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center…
Facebook faces massive stock lockup expiration
“For employees, there’s a lot of wealth tied up in this company,” says Daniel Bradley, professor of finance at the University of South Florida. “Employees might be worth a lot on paper, but there’s not much in the bank account.”
Democrats, Republicans cheer gains in Legislature
Retired University of South Florida-St. Petersburg political scientist Darryl Paulson sees additional significance to the Democrats’ legislative gains. ”The real implication is going to be that it is going to force a moderating position on the Republicans,” he said. “Since they lost these seats throughout the state of Florida … that sort of sends a message to the Republicans that they’ve got to tone things down and put forth a more positive agenda then what they’ve put forth to this time.”
Kelleys befriended Petraeus in Tampa early in Centcom tenure
Jill [Kelley] is one of 20 board members of the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa, and the couple once ran a small foundation benefiting terminally ill cancer patients, the Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation.
Releases and Web Stories
GSCS Announces Customer Service Programs
Gulf Coast State College Department of Continuing Education is excited to announce the launch of two new Continuing Education Certificate programs designed …
Learn about skills in robotics and photonics
Optimal alignment of a laser system engages students in the Photonics Laboratory in the Indian River State College Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship…
Do You know an Outstanding Woman? “Women of Distinction” Nomination …
Santa Fe College
For over two decades, Santa Fe College has honored the achievements of women from the college’s Alachua-Bradford County service district during Women’s History Month…