Hope your team did well this weekend. Enjoy the long weekend…
State University System
Enrollment drops steeply at FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Administrators at Florida A&M University are bracing for a steeper decline in enrollment than previously predicted. The university had anticipated a drop of about 500 students from last year’s 13,300 record enrollment…
Startup Weekend returns to South Florida
Startup Weekend returns to South Florida Oct. 12-14, and this time the home base for the event will be the newly expanded Technology Business Incubator at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University…
Pod of pilot whales comes ashore on Florida beach
The five whales were among a group of 22 whales beached in South Florida on Saturday. The rest died of natural causes or had to be euthanized. The two calves and three juveniles were brought to Florida Atlantic University‘s Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation. Experts said the animals were worn out, but mostly doing well.
5 surviving whales doing better after stranding
Two calves and three juveniles were transported to Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation Saturday and experts say the animals are worn out, but mostly doing well.
FIU campus locked down as Police looked for alleged armed robber
Florida International University’s main campus in West Miami-Dade was on lockdown Friday evening while FIU and Sweetwater police searched for an armed robber…
FIU Officials Searched for Suspect On Campus
NBC 6 Miami
Officials at Florida International University were working with police Friday night to search for a suspect who had attempted an armed robbery…
University of Florida No. 5 in football revenue
The University of Florida Gators rank fifth in football revenue at $72.81 million in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Debate heats up over game day parking
Friday morning was the calm before the party in the University Park neighborhood. Traffic was light. Most streets had only a few cars parked parallel. Yards stood empty. One of the few streetside signs advertised a garage sale. The scene changes Saturday in this residential area north of the University of Florida. Parked cars will line the roads. Rows of cars, trucks and, in some cases, recreational vehicles will fill yards and lots.
GRU wants to become UF’s energy provider
As the University of Florida’s long-standing contract with Progress Energy winds down, Gainesville Regional Utilities is lining up as a suitor to become the campus energy provider. Merged in July with Charlotte-based Duke Energy, Progress is discussing with UF whether to extend the deal before it expires in December 2014. In the meantime, UF is seeking information on other options for the lucrative campus contract…
JTA study shows its local economic impact
Jacksonville public transportation, highway and bridge construction projects during the past 10 years pumped several billion dollars into the local economy, according to a study by the University of North Florida’s Center for Economic and Geographical Information Systems Research. The UNF study evaluated the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s impact by estimating the economic impacts of its operations and spending between 2002 and 2011. The study also analyzed the mobility, travel improvement and economic benefits of JTA public transit operations in Jacksonville.
UNF assault claim was false
A UNF student who claimed sexual assault, now says she made up the story. The female student had claimed she was assaulted in the women’s locker room of the Student Wellness Complex last week. She now admitted the lie.
USF center targets joint ailments
The center, the latest addition to the growing medical complex at the University of South Florida, was created with $500,000 in recurring annual money this year from a tight-fisted state Legislature.
University of West Florida adds new features and buildings
Pensacola News Journal
Students circle the packed University of West Florida parking lots looking for a spot before trickling into the University Commons, the library or their first class of the year…
State College System
Where the hot jobs are
Brevard Community College students at BCC’s Cocoa campus in the Surgical Technology Program practice for an upcoming test. Health care industry jobs have been predicted to grow by 3.2 million during the decade before 2018
Broward College Gun Incident Triggered School Lockdowns
Police gave the “all clear” to Broward College’s central campus Friday afternoon, after an incident involving an armed individual. Broward College alerted students via its mass notification system around 2 p.m. Friday.
Free Daytona program aims to help vets with war stress
Daytona Beach News-Journal
UCF will also be working to provide assessments at Daytona State College, which has opened a new Veterans Center on the Daytona Beach campus.
FSCJ reviews all bachelor’s programs after oversight in teaching …
A Florida State College at Jacksonville committee is reviewing all bachelor’s degrees after the institution bachelor’s degrees after the institution neglected to tell education students they must pass state exams to complete the program and get a job in public schools…
IRSC gets $2.8 million for Upward Bound
The US Department of Education has announced the award of $2.8 million to Indian River State College to help 165 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college through Upward Bound…
MDC professors receive awards
Eight Miami Dade College professors will receive the Endowed Teaching Chairs in the 20th anniversary of the award. The awarding and reception dinner will take place at the Wolfson campus’ Chapman Center at 7 p.m. October 22…
St. Johns River, FSCJ make top list on professor rating website
St. Johns River State College and Florida State College at Jacksonville have both made RateMyProfessors.com’s top 25 list for 2011-12. That means students at each of the colleges have scored both the faculty and the college high in their reviews. St. Johns River came in at No. 3 and FSCJ at No. 21 nationwide.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Five survivors after 22 pilot whales beached in Florida
MyFox Tampa Bay
Researchers at Eckerd College are trying to figure out what caused a group of pilot whales to become stranded along Florida’s East Coast…
ERAU boasts tallest kiln-cast glass sculpture
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach recently dedicated its latest artwork — an 18-foot-tall cast-glass sculpture in the Flight Operations building that opened in 2011. Titled “Reaching for New Horizons,” the sculpture was crafted by Glassfire Studios of Salt Lake City, Utah. According to the artist Kerry Transtrom, who was commissioned to create the sculpture, it is the world’s largest kiln-cast glass sculpture as far as overall size.
The Great Debate
On Oct. 22, an estimated 60 million viewers are expected to tune in for the final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Whether either candidate can produce a signature sound bite remains to be seen. But this much we already know to be true about the college and town hosting the event. It’s a defining moment for Lynn University and Boca Raton.
Lynn U. Rolls Out Curriculum Devoted to U.S. Presidency and Debates
The Chronicle of Higher Education
On October 22, Lynn University will welcome President Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, to its campus, in Boca Raton, Fla., for their third and final presidential debate. By then, Lynn’s 1,600 students should be well prepared for the rhetorical battle, thanks to 80 classes related to the presidency and political debates that the private, nonprofit university added to its catalog for the fall semester…
Lynn’s Big Win
The Boca Raton Observer
Whether President Barack Obama or Republican Nominee Mitt Romney clinches the election, Boca’s neighborhood university comes out on top.
Building an indoor hurricane at the University of Miami
To learn more about this (and other factors that make each hurricane an individual), researchers at the University of Miami are building a simulation machine. When it’s complete, it will be a key tool in improving forecasts…
Top 10 Colleges for Budding Entrepreneurs
The University of Miami School of Business has offered an Entrepreneurship major through the Department of Management for nearly 25 years…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Letter: Inexpensive option for renaming BCC
Recently, I read your article about Brevard Community College seeking community input on a new name for the college by spending $100,000 to hire a strategic communications firm…Diane Janowsky – Melbourne
Opinion: FAMU will overcome its challenges
Before Florida A&M University accepted me in 2006, I’d heard rumors and stories about FAMU — that it was nothing but a party school, that it did not offer a serious education and that the bar for success was set pretty low. When I enrolled, I planned on tolerating the school for two years, getting my associate’s degree and transferring to the more well-regarded Florida State University…Skyy Sandifer, a Miami native, is a 2010 graduate of Florida A&M University.
Ensley: Adams Street history gets no respect
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Kudos to the City Commission for Wednesday’s vote to change the name of Oakland Street to FAMU Way for one block between Monroe and Adams streets. Now FAMU Way extends east to Monroe Street instead of stopping at Adams Street…
Letter: The proof?
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University professor Darren Rumbold warns, “One threat to our way of life — and to our health — is the high concentration of mercury found in much of the fish we eat.” (Guest column: “One fish, two fish, how much and of what type to eat,” Aug. 29). The fact is, no peer-reviewed published medical journal in this country has ever reported a single case of mercury poisoning in the United States from the normal consumption of commercial seafood…Gavin Gibbons – Washigton D.C.
McDonald … What are the odds
Naples Daily News
Despite our terrestrial allure, Thomas Hair, a Florida Gulf Coast University assistant math professor, has a simple explanation: They’re just not that into us. What could prompt a math professor to boldly go where no math professor had gone before? Elementary, Mr. Spock: He discovered a mathematical step in the search for intelligent life in the universe that others had somehow overlooked.
Trigaux: Labor Day in Florida: Hey buddy, can you spare a ‘good’ job?
Released today, The State of Working Florida 2012 provides a grim look at the status of jobs in this state by researchers at Florida International University. ”Our analysis finds Florida in bad shape,” the report concludes. Recovery is slow and spotty.
Read The State of Working Florida 2012 from Florida International University – Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy.
Florida State University Class Using Klout to Determine Student Grades
Business 2 Community
“Thirty-five” was the answer to the following question posed to a marketing agency’s hiring manager: “What is the minimum Klout score a college student can have and still be considered for an internship at your firm?” I immediately went into a state of shock — Shock that Klout has gone mainstream so quickly, and shock because my digital marketing student’s Klout scores typically range from 15 to 25. As an instructor, I had to ask myself: “Am I doing everything I could to prepare my students for the real world workplace?”…Todd Bacile is a doctoral candidate in marketing and the instructor of Electronic Marketing in the College of Business at Florida State University. A ten page research paper describing his Klout project will be featured in Marketing Education Review’s spring 2013 issue on teaching innovations. You can follow or contact Todd on Twitter @toddbacile
Capener: Test your new product with these analytical tools
As Jacksonville University’s new business dean at the Davis School, my interest is not only developing our students’ business acumen, but also strengthening our local business community….
Editorial: Loxahatchee Groves will work for Palm Beach State College campus
Palm Beach Post
Growing isn’t easy for small colleges, as Palm Beach State College’s expansion west has shown. Years ago, PBSC wanted to expand into Wellington, but talks with the village broke down, and two governors vetoed state money to help the college build its fifth campus. Now, plans are being finalized for a campus in rural Loxahatchee Groves, and some residents are not happy…
Local business briefs: County, EDC extend service contract; BCC board elects …
The Brevard Community College Board of Trustees elected new officers at its August meeting. Alan Landman will serve a second term as chairman, and Stephen Charpentier will serve as vice-chairman after serving as chairman from August 2010 to August …
Obama campaign pushing voter registration in Immokalee
These kinds of events are something Edison State College political professor Laura Weir says is part of strategy to get more votes…
Rising sea come at a cost for South Florida cities
A study last year by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies found that the projected rise over the next 70 to 100 years would require one city alone, Pompano Beach, to spend from $500 million to $1 billion to overhaul drainage and water supply systems, as well as coastal roads and facilities. “If 50 years from now we’re looking at a foot and a half or two feet and rising, our region is going to be confronted with some very serious problems,’’ said Barry Heimlich, an FAU researcher who co-authored the study. “It’s going to cost hundreds of billions of dollars.’’
Bus tours deliver messages for both sides in abortion debate
Palm Beach Post
The Planned Parenthood rally had something the anti-abortion group did not: a woman wearing the bright pink “Women are Watching” T-shirt stretched over her very obviously pregnant belly. Romina Linnell, who is due to have a daughter in October, was there with her son Max, 1. “There is this misconception that Planned Parenthood is anti-life and it’s all about not having children,” said Linnell, a writing tutor and a student at Florida Atlantic University who lives in Greenacres. “The name Planned Parenthood says it all, leaving it up to every woman and every family to decide when to become pregnant.”
FAU exhibition gives peek at ‘blogging’ in Colonial America
On display at the Wimberly Library of Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, the exhibition has the work of several “stars” of the revolution: Thomas Paine, John Adams and John Hancock. The 35 pamphlets, newspapers and other items offer a peek at the heated debates in the years before war broke out. ”There were passionate opinions on both sides,” says William Miller, dean of university libraries at FAU. “Some people resented having to pay taxes to England for anything. Others said they’d rather do that than have crazy people overthrow the monarchy and take over the government.
Thousands Gather at Lakeland Linder Airport to Give Romney a Send-off
The Lakeland rally is likely to set the style for the rest of the Romney-Ryan campaign, said Bruce Anderson, Florida Southern College political science professor.
FSCJ official taking off September
Don Green, Florida State College at Jacksonville’s No. 2 official, has extended his vacation through the month of September after taking off all of August…
Bowden leads class into FSU Hall of Fame
Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden gives his acceptance speech after being inducted into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night at the University Center Club…
FSU fans celebrate tailgating tradition
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Meghan Gould attended her first Seminoles game before she knew what football was…“We’re very excited,” Gould said. She was surrounded by eight members of her family, four generations of Seminoles fans. “We’ve been cooking since yesterday, just to make sure we had everything we wanted for the tailgate.”
Research yields two ‘firsts’ regarding protein crucial to human cardiac function
Florida State University physics doctoral student Campion Loong, working with Florida State professors, has achieved significant benchmarks in a study of the human cardiac protein alpha-tropomyosin. The study, “Persistence Length of Human Cardiac Alpha-Tropomyosin Measured by Single Molecule Direct Probe Microscopy,” has been published in the journal PLoS ONE.
University of Missouri to keep academic press open
Ned Stuckey-French, a Florida State University faculty member and co-organizer of a Save the UM Press Coalition, said he has heard from about a dozen authors who plan to continue to pursue their book rights unless Willcox is reinstated.
Supersonic flying wing aircraft inspired by 4-point ninja star
Mother Nature Network
The supersonic, bidirectional flying wing idea comes from a team headed by Ge-Chen Zha, an aerospace engineer at Florida State University. He said the fuel-efficient aircraft could reach supersonic speeds without the thunderclap sound produced by a sonic boom — a major factor that previously limited where the supersonic Concorde passenger jet could fly over populated land masses. ”I am hoping to develop an environmentally friendly and economically viable airplane for supersonic civil transport in the next 20 to 30 years,” Zha said. “Imagine flying from New York to Tokyo in four hours instead of 15 hours.”
Jacksonville digital billboards will display art by JU professor Lily Kuonen
Which is why Lily Kuonen, a Jacksonville artist and professor in Jacksonville University’s division of visual arts, sought the chance to have her five of her images included in a rotation of public service announcements, Amber alerts and commercial …
Web Extra: Comedy of Errors
Lynn University historian Robert Watson discusses the impact that shows like “Saturday Night Live” have had on the presidential debates. Watson on SNL: “‘Saturday Night Live’ did such a great spoof of Al Gore following the first debate in 2000, with all his heavy sighs and the rolling of the eyes, that he came back as the alpha male in the next debate. Remember how he walked right up to Bush and [invaded his personal space]? He looked ridiculous….So SNL has become iconic in a political sense.
Carpenter turns his hand to cashing in on a growing trend in poultry
Jono Miller, a professor at New College of Florida, is one of the leaders in CLUCK. He owns a few chickens. He had a coop made for his own backyard. He had it painted to match his house. “There’s a whole new market that’s been created,” Miller says.
At 125, Eatonville focuses on using heritage to attract tourists
Too few people, even locally, think of Eatonville as a place to spend time, said Tadayuki Hara, an associate dean of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.
Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn touts drop in unemployment rate
“I would say nationally and statewide we want the unemployment rate to come down, but not because the labor force is shrinking,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist.
Ormond’s Monty Musgrave man behind ‘Gator Chomp’ tradition
Daytona Beach News-Journal
[Monty] Musgrave, a 52-year-old curriculum specialist for performing arts at Volusia County Schools, will probably blend into the Florida Field crowd at today’s season opener against Bowling Green. Thirty-one years ago, the college senior played those iconic two notes of the “Jaws” theme on his sousaphone along with the other tuba players. Cheerleaders directed fans with their outstretched arms to simulate a gator’s jaws snapping down, ending each “chomp” in a clap, keeping in time with the music, plodding at first and then faster and faster and faster until the arms became a blur.
Child porn evidence unreliable: study of Playboy
“So often these people get convicted on what I refer to as felonious bad taste,” said Dr. Arlan Rosenbloom, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “They’re downloading stuff that isn’t very nice, but isn’t illegal.”
Items found around homes can be harmful to pets
According to Alessio Vigani, a doctor of veterinary medicine serving his residency at the University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville, pets frequently ingest harmful objects and substances…
Now it’s Obama’s turn, to rekindle hope
Palm Beach Post
“You are going to see the same emphasis on women in Charlotte, beginning with a wide array of women speakers,” says Nicole Hemmer, a visiting historian at the University of Miami.
Latinos: A Late-Night GOP Convention Infomercial And Challenge For Democrats
Mitt Romney is a candidate who is trying to work though some complicated political calculus, said Pedro Roig, a senior researcher at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies…
Chelsi Henry: Youngest Florida Delegate
National Review Online (blog)
When Florida delegate Chelsi Henry first walked onto the Tampa Bay Times Forum floor, she was rendered speechless. “It’s amazing. It’s beyond anything I could ever dream of,” she said yesterday of her time at the convention so far… She is passionate about the world water crisis, a problem she studied in Belgium during her senior year as an undergraduate at University of North Florida. She had done the research and when she came back to Florida, she decided to put it to use for the good of the Jacksonville community. According to her website, she holds offices in eight different organizations (including several young and black Republican groups) and was appointed by Florida’s CFO Jeff Atwater as his representative for the northeast part of the Sunshine State.
A Citizen Journalist’s View Of The RNC From The Rafters
University of South Florida student activist Michael Blosser spoke about his pessimism towards his generation’s “lack of involvement working for change” and how he was inspired to create a student protest group, Occupy USF, who protested with hundreds of students outside the Republican primary debate held on campus earlier this year and protests that brought attention to tuition hikes and the student loan debt crisis in June…
Study finds “happiness gene” in women
“This is the first happiness gene for women,” lead author Henian Chen, of the University of South Florida, said in a statement…
Catholics’ political ideologies span the spectrum
“Party trumps everything. Both sides would do good not to bring up religion. We’re in a new era,” said Susan MacManus, a professor with the University of South Florida’s Government and International Affairs department.
The everyday that once was
For all of Ybor City’s oral history, Jeff Moates wondered: Why aren’t there more artifacts? Where are the details of everyday life in the late 1800s and early 1900s? How did the early settlers from Cuba, Spain, Italy and Germany dress? What kind of toys did their kids play with?…Along with other members of the archaeology network and curious volunteers, Moates, based at the University of South Florida, began digging in the museum’s courtyard and over the past two summers began to uncover more and more details of early life in Ybor, as well as the time before American Indians explored the area.
Health Care Program for Seniors Emerges as Key Election Issue
Voice of America
Some young people like University of Tampa student Christian Root agree with Republicans about the need to cut federal spending. But even Root wonders if the Republican plan is fair to his generation. ”If I am going to be paying the same as my parents did, I would like to receive those same benefits because I feel entitled to them,” he said.
Shipwreck attracts unwanted visitors
Assistant Professor, Greg Cook of the University of West Florida helped put those rumors to bed after doing a study of the vessel in 2008. He noted that many of the riggings were post Civil War and dated to the early 20 th century. After some more digging, it’s believed that the Rachael was designed and built in Moss Point, MS in 1919…
Elementary students get a taste of college
The Northwest Florida Daily News
When University of West Florida instructor and former Kenwood parent Diane Fraser sat down, she began by talking about how her daughter is a senior at Choctawhatchee High School and worked her way toward the college conversation. “What does it mean to be a senior in high school?” she asked the students.
Releases and Web Stories
The School of Theatre at Florida State University is Getting Personal: 2012-2013 Season
With a national ranking and a plethora of talented young artists, the School of Theatre is presenting a season that will be sure to impress and captivate audiences of all ages. This year’s shows explore various aspects of life that we encounter every day: passion, love, fear, greed, deceit, and so much more. The School of Theatre at Florida State has an enthralling season in store for 2012-2013…
Year Up Launches Professional Training Corps. at Miami Dade College
PR Web (press release)
By adapting Year Up’s proven approach to a community college-based program and working with pioneering institutions like Miami Dade, we’ll be able to provide even more of these individuals with a pathway to a college degree and a fulfilling career.
Join the launch of the University Student Center, a major milestone …
USFSP News Center
The University Student Center at USF St. Petersburg marks a major milestone in the evolution of the university and an example of what a determined group of students can accomplish. The $21 million, 81,000 sq. ft. facility was partly financed with a special student fee passed by the Florida Legislature and supported by students who saw a need for a central gathering place at USFSP. It took several years to accomplish and today’s students are reaping the benefits of that hard work…
Wellness Center set to open, offering counseling and health services
USFSP News Center
The Wellness Center is set to open Sept. 10 on the second floor of the new Student Life Center, offering the first comprehensive student health services ever provided at USF St. Petersburg…