State University System
Investigators finished with FAMU hazing case
The Florida State Attorney’s Office said it has received the investigation but could not give a timeline of when a decision will be made in the case that has FAMU and other universities contemplating how to end violent hazing rituals.
FAMU students to host candle light vigil for Trayvon Martin
After a day of rallying at the Capitol, Florida A&M University students will host a candle light vigil at the Eternal Flame in honor of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old killed in Sanford…
Inside Higher Ed
The YouTube video of a Florida Atlantic University student losing control last week in a classroom and threatening her classmates has gone viral, disturbing many who teach in college classrooms. Campus safety experts say that the clip reveals challenges faced by faculty members who are usually the first point of contact when it comes to disruption in the classroom — and who sometimes may not be trained on how to respond.
FSU, FAMU Unite for Justice
Capitol News Service
Thousands are rallying in Sanford tonight and in Tallahassee, as Whitney Ray tells us, FSU and FAMU students are joining forces and descending on the state capitol. Students are outraged that George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17 year old …
Pioneering neuroscientist who founded UF’s McKnight Brain Institute passes away
University of Florida
Neuroscientist William G. “Bill” Luttge, 68, the founding executive director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Shands at UF medical center.
17 local buildings make list of Florida’s best
From the historic style of the Florida Life Building built in 1912, to the contemporary University of North Florida Student Union built in 2009, the architecture of Jacksonville’s buildings has chronicled its transformation.
Tea Party Network Wants Rick Scott to Veto Medicaid, Polytechnic Bills
Sunshine State News
SB 1994: Blasting the creation of a separate Polytechnic University in Lakeland, divorced from the University of South Florida, the tea party group said, ”Our higher education schools are already under funding pressures, and splitting the pot further is counterproductive to the quality of the institutions. ”Further, private universities are filling the marketplace to service student needs, and we should encourage private-sector growth.”
State College System
Daytona State College launches marketing campaign
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College recently started a new marketing campaign to try to increase enrollment for the fall semester. The campaign theme, which is “I choose,” will feature students talking about why they choose to attend Daytona State…
Seven local florists donate their talents
Funds raised from this event support the Business Women’s Community Action Grants & Awards, which benefit local nonprofit agencies that work with women and children, as well as provides scholarships for women attending Indian River State College.
Demand for funeral service education rises in slow economy
Florida’s poor economy is breathing new life into the study of death. At Miami Dade College’s north campus, home of the only accredited funeral service program in South Florida, enrollment has surged 30 percent in the past three years…
Developer lays out plans for shopping center near new PBSC campus in Lox Groves
Palm Beach Post
A two-hour workshop held last week to discuss the construction of Palm Beach State College‘s fifth campus on 75 acres along with a neighboring 22-acre shopping center went smoothly, paving the way for the next step — hammering out land-use amendments, according to Town Manager Mark Kutney.
Polk State Unveils Plans for Bartow Technology Center
Polk State College officials proudly unveiled plans Monday for a $15 million Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center — a 45,000-square-foot structure that will serve as the new base for the school’s Corporate College…
Tension erupts over SJRSC possibly dropping hoops program
The men’s basketball program at St. Johns River State College is in imminent danger of being eliminated, but those wishing to prevent the removal of the school’s oldest sport aren’t going down without a fight…
University of Tampa to build new athletics complex
The University of Tampa plans to build a student intramural and athletic field and stadium on the west side of its campus. RR Simmons of Tampa has been named to build the facility, a written statement said. The new facility is being funded in part by …
UT announces plans for new sports complex on Kennedy
A seven-figure gift from Tampa Bay Rays founding partner Vince Naimoli is paying for a new athletic field at the University of Tampa, the school announced Monday. The turf field, facing Kennedy Boulevard on …
Independent College and University System
B-CU students, others march in remembrance of slain Sanford teen
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A march in support of Trayvon Martin at Bethune Cookman University heads down Ridgewood Ave. through Daytona Beach on …
Miami Students, Church Members Head To Trayvon Rally
At Florida Memorial University, a similar scenario was played out. Hundreds of students readied to leave early Monday so they could be in Sanford in time …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
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Nonstop service to Washington is attractive for people needing to do business in the nation’s capital or nearby Virginia and Maryland as well as for travelers from Florida State, Florida A&M and Tallahassee Community College.
Stand Your Ground
Huffington Post (blog)
I woke up at 2:00am and could not go back to sleep. So, I got up quietly, being careful not to disturb my wife, put on my sweat suit and went outside my home to enjoy the cool night air. Of course, as was my habit, I strapped on my Glock-9 before going outside…Patrick Anderson is professor emeritus of Criminology at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and is the editor of Christian Ethics Today.
Florida shuns funds tied to health care reform
WTSP 10 News
Nonprofits are eager for the funds, while the state often declines, said John Hilston, associate professor of economics at Brevard Community College.
everyone can be a winner in the numbers game
“Math anxiety has become an epidemic in our society,” says Joseph Furner, of Florida Atlantic University and the author of numerous books on the subject. He says teachers – and parents – need to be more active. “Society as a whole has an obligation to see that all children are confident in their ability to do mathematics in a world that has become so competitive.”
South Florida VA hospital nearly finished with renovation of operating rooms
Salvatore Barbera, a former hospital chief executive who teaches at Florida International University, said he was unaware of the project until a Miami Herald reporter told him about it, but “it probably makes economic sense for them to do what they’re doing — assuming it’s not an open-ended project, that it has a begin date and an end date.”
UMass-Dartmouth chancellor finalists named
The finalists announced Monday by the search committee are Jonathan Gibralter,president of Frostburg State University in Maryland; Mary Grant, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Divina Grossman, vice president of engagement at Florida International University;
The Great Whisperer
[Marco] Rubio also faces the lingering inquiry by the Florida Commission on Ethics into a 2010 complaint that he misspent campaign contributions and abused his perch as Florida House speaker to gain a teaching position at Florida International University.
New study says Twitter can predict the stock market
“It seems to imply that the more content that’s out there, the more content you have for people to discuss, the better value your stock seems to be,” explained Florida State College at Jacksonville social network and lifestyle integration program coordinator Amy Moore.
Self-defense deaths in Florida have increased dramatically since ‘stand your …
Gary Kleck, a professor of criminology at Florida State University, has researched how the FBI and police departments define justifiable homicide. Criminologists are suspicious of sharp increases or decreases within a short time frame, he said.
Polk Joins Regional College Degree Completion Effort
“With more than 60 percent of the jobs being created requiring a minimum of an associate’s degree, we must recognize that higher education is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” said Ken Atwater, president of Hillsborough Community College and chair of Graduate Tampa Bay, in a prepared statement…
Delicate dance between Catholic Church and Cuba’s Communist government
“It is very convenient for the government that the church will engage in activities providing for people in need,” said Juan Clark, a Miami Dade College professor emeritus and an expert on the Cuban Church. Still, tensions remain over the issues of …
Death Penalty Sentence In DeFuniak Springs Murder Case
[Thomas Ford] McCoy lured Brown to the Northwest Florida State College campus in Defuniak Springs to repair a vending machine. When Brown showed-up McCoy shot and killed him. Authorities arrested McCoy after a shoot-out in the Tampa area 2-weeks later.
Governor puts professor and hr person on Broward childrens’ council
Broward Politics (blog)
[Charlene M.] Desir, 38, of Davie, is a professor with Nova Southeastern University. She succeeds Terry Santini-Oakes and is appointed for a term beginning March 26, 2012, and ending January 31, 2015…
Michael Thorstad starts term on Palm Beach Atlantic board
Palm Beach Daily News
Michael Thorstad of Palm Beach begins his term as a member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association board of …
Brain-eating flies curbing So. Fla. fire ant colonies?
Palm Beach Post
“In South Florida, the red imported fire ant has declined considerably in the last 20 years,” said William Kern, associate professor of entomology at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Court orders aid resumed to former foster child despite some bad grades
Professor Kele Stewart of the University of Miami’s Children & Youth Law Clinic, who is representing the woman, said the decision to drop her client from the program shows the callousness child welfare administrators often display toward foster children, many of whom drop out of school and would be ineligible for the program, to begin with…
Pope Benedict’s Cuba Visit Finds Support Among Miami’s Exile Community
But the muted reaction in Miami is evidence that times and strategies have changed, said Jaime Suchlicki, director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
Readers Poll: Alexander biggest Senate winner of session
The Florida Current
The institution, currently a Lakeland branch campus of the University of South Florida, is slated to become the state’s 12th university. Lawmakers also found $35 million over the next two years for the “Heartland” highway, a project near the top of …
Sen. Dockery going out swinging
During this year’s regular legislative session, [Paula] Dockery battled fellow Republicans who worked hurriedly to create a new state university in Lakeland [USF Poly], and she led a successful fight against efforts to privatize more of Florida’s prisons…
Pro-Romney PAC Killing Machine With Attack Ads
‘Storm Rained Dollars’ “Overnight a storm rained dollars on the television,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. “They had a big impact,” said MacManus, who also serves as a Tampa television station analyst.
Releases and Web Stories
FAU honored at Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony
FAU Owl Access (blog)
On Sunday night Florida Atlantic University was honored as the Outstanding Sports Contributor of the Year at the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony…
NSU to Host TEDMED Broadcast
Exec Digital (press release)
LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has been selected by TEDMED to host the live broadcast of its exclusive conference featuring health and medicine titans from April 10 to 13…
What will Rollins look like in 5 years?
Inherent in the concept of progress is the certainty of change. In order to ensure the former, Rollins has initiated several major construction projects. Their aim is to enhance a campus long-recognized for its beauty. Yes, this will mean more trees and green space and more buildings reflecting Rollins’ signature Mediterranean-style architecture. But these changes are more than cosmetic: They strive to reflect Rollins’ already robust commitment to engaged learning and responsible living…
Allen Weiss Appointed to Apollo Group Board of Directors
MarketWatch (press release)
Previously, Mr. [Allen] Weiss served as chairman of the board of the University of Central Florida Foundation, and is a past member of the UCF board of trustees. Mr. Weiss is the recipient of numerous business, community and volunteer awards.
Collins Center Names Dr. Ann Henderson as New President
MarketWatch (press release)
Dr. [Ann] Henderson currently serves as the Director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida and previously served as President of the Rodel Charitable Foundation and as Executive Director of the Florida Humanities Council …
University Of Florida Experts: ‘Pink Slime’ Concerns Are Overblown
PerishableNews (press release)
“It’s gross but safe. … The real issue here is about obfuscation and transparency about the food we’re eating, not really about safety,” said Michael Batz, head of food safety programs for UF‘s Emerging Pathogens Institute.