Here’s what caught my eye today – 2/8/13

State University System

FAMU needs lawmakers to restore $300 million without strings
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Officials at Florida A&M are approaching the upcoming legislative session with trepidation. It is critical, FAMU interim President Larry Robinson told trustees, that the Legislature return the $300 million it removed last year from the State University System, and that there be no strings attached to the money…

FAMU Board of Trustees Meet on Several Topics [SLIDE SHOW]
5 images from the 1/7/13 mtg…

FAMU sorority placed on inactive status due to hazing report
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The Beta Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Florida A&M University was placed on inactive status by the university Wednesday due to a report on FAMU’s anti-hazing website…

FAU students find internship and job opportunities
The recession was rough on recent college graduates. Many couldn’t find jobs in their field. Some settled for less. Some found nothing at all. Many wound up back at home with their parents, waiting for things to get better. Things appear to be changing for students, if Thursday’s career fair at Florida Atlantic University was any indication.

FIU medical school gets full accreditation
Miami Herald
Florida International University announced Thursday that full accreditation has been granted to its Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine…

UCF gets $314491 grant to continue study of Huntington’s disease
Orlando Business Journal
University of Central Florida was awarded a $314,491 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for clinical research related to neurological disorders…

State Lawmakers Question Governor’s Proposed Bonus for U. of Florida
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)
State legislators in Florida are raising questions about a budget proposal from Gov. Rick Scott that would award an exclusive $15-million bonus to the University of Florida to help the institution ascend to the highest tier of public universities, according to The Miami Herald. The money, included in the $74.2-billion budget the Republican governor proposed for the next fiscal year, would be used to hire new faculty members. J. Bernard Machen, who recently postponed his retirement and agreed to stay on as the university’s president, told the newspaper it was appropriate for the extra money to be directed to his university alone until other institutions proved they could compete on the same level…

Senators Question Set-Aside for University of Florida
Sunshine State News
Senate budget-writers expressed skepticism about some elements of Gov. Rick Scott’s $74.2 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, including a provision that would single out the University of Florida for $15 million to help in its quest to become a Top 10 university. The members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that raised the issue in a Wednesday meeting with Scott’s budget director, Jerry McDaniel, seemed to be receptive to UF getting the money — as long as Florida State University also gets help with its goal of joining the prestigious Association of American Universities…

UNF Dance Marathon to raise money for local pediatric hospital programs
Florida Times Union
In 2010, more than 200 students at the University of North Florida spent 17 hours and 3 minutes in the UNFArena for a dance marathon, raising more than $26,000 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The 2013 event is Feb. 8-9…

USF accountancy school earns top ranking
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The University of South Florida School of Accountancy has been ranked first in the nation in the accounting information system field. The ranking is featured in the preliminary national accounting research rankings for 2012 released by Brigham Young University, according to a written statement. The School of Accountancy is also ranked 21st in the audit category and 29th in the tax category…

Solar power stations come to USF St. Petersburg
Bay News 9
Students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will soon have a new way to power up their devices. Two solar-powered power stations have been installed at the campus in downtown St. Petersburg…

USF St. Petersburg receives bull statue
There’s a whole lot of bull on the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg Campus — 850 pounds of it. The school’s St. Pete branch received a bronze bull statue yesterday.  Workers carefully unloaded the statue, placing it on the Harborwalk in front of the University Student Center.  A fork-lift lowered it into place, then, the bull’s protective wrapping was removed.

State College System

One student injured in shooting at Indian River State College
Palm Beach Post
A female student at Indian River State College was shot and injured as a gunman and police traded fire Thursday in the parking lot of the college’s campus, a college spokeswoman said…

Indian River State College police training facility shooting reported
A female student at Indian River State College was shot and injured as a gunman and police traded fire Thursday in the parking lot of the college’s campus, a college spokeswoman said. The student was injured as police converged on the armed man in the parking lot of the Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex on the college’s campus at 4600 Kirby Loop Road in Fort Pierce.

Valencia opens new adaptation of ‘Duchess of Malfi’
Orlando Sentinel
Valencia College Theatre will present this rarely seen work in a new adaption written and designed by Michael Shugg. John DiDonna is directing. All performances will be in the Valencia College Black Box Theater, located on Valencia’s East Campus…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Report: MLB to investigate University of Miami for PED ties
CBS (blog)
Major League Baseball’s investigators are focusing on the University of Miami baseball team following last week’s report linking several players with South Florida ties to performance-enhancing drugs, reports Michael S. Schmidt and Steve Eder of The New York Times. The league suspects a connection between the program and PED use.

Miami: No positive steroid tests
None of the past 10,000 drug tests performed on student-athletes at Miami has shown a positive result for anabolic steroids, university officials said Thursday night. The statement comes amid reports the Hurricanes’ baseball program has been linked to a Major League Baseball investigation into performance-enhancing drug use and if they got those products from an anti-aging clinic in South Florida. And it’s a somewhat out-of-character move for Miami, which as a private institution typically does not release sensitive information such as details of its drug-testing policy publicly…

Report: UM baseball linked to PED clinic
FS Florida
While the University of Miami awaits results from an NCAA investigation into its football and basketball programs, attention has turned to the Hurricanes’ storied baseball program and its possible ties to performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Major League Baseball investigators were focusing on Miami’s baseball program, “which they suspect is a nexus” of PED use.

University of Miami at Heart of MLB Doping Probe
At least eight people—including the likes of baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun—linked to a clinic under MLB investigation have something in common: They all have a history with the University of Miami.

NCAA to receive results of Miami review next week
The NCAA says it expects to receive the results of an independent review of inappropriate actions by members of its enforcement staff who have been investigating the University of Miami football program by the end of next week…

Construction delayed on University of Tampa lacrosse field
The University of Tampa lacrosse team might play only one game in its new stadium on Kennedy Boulevard this season. Construction on the complex on the north side of Kennedy is well under way, but likely won’t be completed until late spring, said university spokesman Eric Cardenas…

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Glover leads Edward Waters to new heights
Florida Times Union
Glover is the right person for this moment in the proud history of Edward Waters College…

National Association Recognizes Florida Colleges For Excellence
“The Florida College System has a strong history of employing innovative strategies to serve the citizens of Florida and responding to community and state needs,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “I am proud four of our colleges have been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges and commend all Florida colleges for their outstanding work.”

Personnel note: Dr. Ed Moore will serve as chair of National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives
This week it was announced that current president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), Ed Moore, will serve as 2013 Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (NAICUSE). While continuing to advocate on behalf of ICUF, Dr. Moore’s new leadership role with the national association will give the state valuable perspective as he focuses on working with other states to support higher education students in Florida and across the nation.  “I am truly honored to have this unique opportunity to serve as chair of NAICUSE,” said Dr. Moore. “It is a privilege to be the leader of an association which often serves as the united voice of independent higher education in the U.S. I look forward to continuing a nationwide conversation as we face higher education challenges together and collaborate with our state counterparts.”

B-CU student makes TV quiz show appearance
Daytona Beach News Journal
Bethune-Cookman University student Ketrina Childs will be featured Saturday on the 7th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Game Show.

Former Head Baseball Coach Plans to Sue FAMU
The former head baseball coach at FAMU has put administrators on notice that he plans to sue the university. Willie Brown says he was treated unfairly and terminated because of sexual harassment allegations by a player on his team.”Now we’re at a point where I am going to sue.” Brown told the FAMU Board of Trustees. Brown walked up to the podium with his wife by his side. He says, “I offered to walk away. I offered to not sling mud. It was not well-received by general counsel. So, I have no other alternative but to sling mud.” Brown was fired as head baseball coach at FAMU.

Syndicated columnist Dan Savage to visit Jacksonville University
Florida Times Union
Syndicated sex columnist and LGBT advocate Dan Savage will give a presentation at Jacksonville University on Feb. 19. Savage, who writes the Savage Love column for many newspapers and websites, will present “Savage Love Live” to JU students.

Some UF women stuck in booby trap
The Independent Florida Alligator
When Noelia Trujillo posted a picture of herself in a Gators hoodie on Instagram, she didn’t know it would find its way onto the @UF_Boobs Twitter account. The account, @UF_Boobs, which aims to show school spirit and a little bit of skin, is encouraging women to join the “boobment.” However, women’s Facebook pictures are being posted on the account without their knowledge. “If they get from FB, that is public,” @UF_Boobs tweeted to an Alligator reporter. “Don’t post to FB what you don’t want seen.” Trujillo, a 19-year-old journalism sophomore, said she did not voluntarily send the picture, so it should not be labeled as a submission. Since the last time the Alligator wrote about @UF_Boobs, the Twitter has added a Gmail account for anonymous submissions…

Al Golden: University of Miami Has Already Paid Stiff Penalties
NBC 6 South Florida
So far in Al Golden‘s tenure, Miami‘s football program has voluntarily forfeited the right to appear in two bowl games, along with one trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, up to 30 practices and an undisclosed number of scholarships in response to an unbelievably long NCAA investigation. The Hurricanes’ coach sounds like he’s had enough. Speaking on Wednesday shortly after the Hurricanes completed another signing-day class that was assembled under the cloud of the NCAA inquiry into compliance practices, Golden said in an interview with The Associated Press that the ongoing investigation has clearly hurt Miami‘s recruiting…

Delaney “a little less optimistic” about UNF football
Florida Times Union
Now that University of North Florida President John Delaney is looking deeper into the cost of starting a football program, he is expressing doubt that the program could be created anytime soon. “I’m a little less optimistic about it now than I was a couple weeks ago,” Delaney told the Times-Union earlier this week.

More Mike Deeson Stories
WTSP 10 News
University of Tampa Professor Dr. David Krahl specializes in dealing with substance abuse and says Narconon has catastrophe written all over it. He is appalled the program doesn’t believe in the accepted practice of using medication, psychiatric counseling, or requiring licensed therapists to treat patients. He says people have ended up in the hospital when the detoxification was not managed correctly…

Releases and Web Stories

Awarded Film, “Gun,” To Premiere At FAU
Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will present a screening and discussion of a film titled “GUN” on Monday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Living Room Theaters, Culture and Society Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus…

FAU Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society Presents ‘Defiant Requiem
TC Palm
Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) Jupiter will present a screening of the film “Defiant Requiem,” a feature-length documentary about the untold story of the resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezin Concentration Camp. The Defiant Requiem Foundation will hold the screening on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in the LLS complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, in Jupiter.

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine receives full accreditation
Press Release
MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — FIU‘s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has been granted full accreditation, fulfilling a promise university leaders made to build a public medical school in Miami committed to training a new generation of physicians…

UF researchers include humans in most comprehensive tree of life to date
Eureka Alert
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An international team of scientists including University of Florida researchers has generated the most comprehensive tree of life to date on placental mammals, which are those bearing live young, including bats, rodents, whales 

Fear factor: Study shows brain’s response to scary stimuli
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Driving through his hometown, a war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may see roadside debris and feel afraid, believing it to be a bomb. He’s ignoring his safe, familiar surroundings and only focusing on the debris; yet, when it comes to the visual cortex, a recent study at the University of Florida suggests this is completely normal…

C-sections might not be needed for pregnant women who have unruptured brain aneurysms
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cesarean sections are used almost three times as often to deliver the babies of women who have an unruptured brain aneurysm — a blood-filled ballooning of a blood vessel — as for other women. But that extra precaution might not be necessary, say researchers at the University of Florida.

USF School of Accountancy receives top rank in accounting information systems research
USF Research News
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida‘s School of Accountancy is ranked first in the nation in the accounting information systems field, with its faculty leading the way in research at the intersection of accounting and information technology…

Teva initiates enrollment in AZILECT Phase IV clinical study for PD-MCI
USF Research News
…”Cognitive impairment in PD is a major cause of disability and increased care partner burden,” said Robert A. Hauser, M.D., M.B.A., Director, Parkinson’s Disease &Movement Disorders Center at the University of South Florida and co-primary investigator of the study. “As currently there are no available treatments for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease, any therapy that may demonstrate benefit would be welcomed for this significant unmet need.”…

USF St. Petersburg and city officials celebrate refurbished Poynter Park
USFSP News Center
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth joined other city and USFSP officials Monday in a celebration of recent improvements at Poynter Park. The chancellor thanked the mayor for working with the university to upgrade and realign sidewalks in the waterfront park and improve lighting. The mayor praised the university for being an important partner in economic development in downtown St. Petersburg.

Terrorism scholar reschedules talk at USF St. Petersburg
USFSP News Center
The USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Mia Bloom, an author and leading terrorism scholar, in the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Bloom, associate professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, will discuss her latest book, Bombshell: Women and Terrorism(2011). The talk was originally planned for October but was rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy…

USF St. Petersburg alumna Paige Railey wins gold at World Cup
USFSP News Center
USF St. Petersburg alumna Paige Railey of Clearwater, won a gold medal in the Olympic class event “Laser Radial” sailing during the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami last week. It is was the same one-person boat in which Railey competed at the 2012 Olympic Games. Railey was awarded a Business Management degree in December 2010.

Here’s what caught my eye today – 1/22/13

State University System

Colleges want ‘stopouts’ to finish
The News-Press
Florida colleges and universities have continued developing a plan to boost completion rates, but it has nothing to do with current students. Institutions are hoping to reach out to adults with college credit under their belts, but not enough to qualify for a degree. In academia, that group is called “stopouts,” those who start college before being sidetracked with work, family, military service or financial obligations…On Wednesday, the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, comprised of 18 college presidents, will release a report issuing recommendations to improve college completion rates across all levels of American higher education.

New athletic dorms provide FSU with necessary utilities to compete
Florida Flambeau
The residents of the Athletic Residence Hall won’t be 100 percent student athletes as one might believe. NCAA rules only allow a maximum of 49 percent at such venues, leaving the rest of the space for non-student athletes…

West Palm Beach wants input in digital arts decision
Palm Beach Post
City officials are pressing for more say in persuading a statewide university oversight board to keep Florida State University’s digital arts program in West Palm Beach, now that its fate is in the hands of a yet unnamed committee.

Anonymous Twitter accounts post UF women’s cleavage
The Independent Florida Alligator
There’s a new “boobment” sweeping across universities. Honing in on football and sexual fantasy, a new twitter account, @UF_Boobs, is leaving football players and fans panting. The trend started as #kuboobs at the University of Kansas. Other schools soon jumped on the bandwagon, including UF, to show some cleavage. “Representing the best boobs in the SEC,” according to the account, the new page has tweeted about 3,600 times and has gained about 2,900 followers who want to catch a glimpse. Another account associated with the Gators, @Gatorboobs, has also sprung up on the Web, posting pictures of women to its 1,000 followers since Jan. 15.

State College System

Evolution or Mission Creep?
Inside Higher Ed
…A few community colleges in Florida became eligible to issue four-year degrees in 2001, but a 2008 law opened the floodgates for all the state’s two-year institutions. The legislation was controversial, spawning widespread worries about the state’s community colleges morphing into four-year institutions that would compete with neighboring universities. Yet while 22 community colleges in Florida have begun offering four-year degrees, those fears have not materialized. And even former critics acknowledge that community colleges have added bachelor’s degrees judiciously and where they are needed…

Double Shooting In Cocoa
Brevard Times
Two women have been shot in an apartment complex on Clearlake Road across from the Brevard Community College campus in Cocoa, Florida around noon today, according to dispatchers.  One of the women was airlifted by medical helicopter from the scene with multiple gun shot wounds.

Edison State’s Collier campus growing
NBC2 News
There’s a lot of construction happening at Edison State College‘s Collier campus. One of the oldest buildings is getting a makeover. It’s part of a big effort to expand the school’s presence in Southwest Florida…

Deputies: Man hiding in woods raped woman near Valencia College
Central Florida News 13
A woman in her 20s was walking alone along Valencia College Lane around 10:30 p.m. Sunday when someone grabbed her, forced her into a wooded area and sexually assaulted her…

Deputies search east Orange neighborhood where woman was raped
Orlando Sentinel
Deputies are canvassing an east Orange County neighborhood where a woman was raped late Sunday near Valencia College Lane…

Woman dragged into bushes, raped near Valencia College
Late Monday afternoon police released a composite sketch of a man they said dragged a woman into bushes near Valencia College Lane and raped her late Sunday night…

Independent Colleges and Universities

Students, nonprofits partner in PhilAdthropy marathon
The University of Miami School of Communication holds its Fourth Annual PhilADthropy event Feb. 8-9, a 25-hour marathon.

University of Tampa Students Making a Difference
WTSP 10 News
The garden at Academy Prep of Tampa received a helping hand from students at the University of Tampa, there to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King…

For Profit and Career Colleges

Death of college dean in tow truck accident shocks community
Days after the death of a Keiser University dean in a freak accident, a community struggles to figure out what went wrong.

Tow-truck death investigation may have been complicated by police 
What began as a report of a minor injury stemming from a run-in with a tow truck driver has turned into a traffic homicide investigation that may be complicated by police delay in securing what now may be the scene of a crime. At the heart of the probe is the death of a Keiser University official who was apparently run over by his own car as he tried to prevent it from being towed 

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Who Ever Knew Universities Harbor Such a Sad Lot?
Florida Voices
Florida once had a howling wolfpack of higher education reporters competing for scoops about small-time shenanigans. These days, the education beat is pretty much on life support. And in the absence of swift and sure journalism justice, the shenanigans are morphing into national scandals…

FAU gets $3 million endowment gift from doctor at medical school
Palm Beach Post
When Mort Levitt graduated from Duke Medical School in 1972, he got an unusual present. “My parents sat me down and told me they were setting up a trust that would make me a beneficiary, with the remainder designated to a medical program,” said Levitt, chairman of the integrated medical science department and a teacher of clinical biomedical science at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine…

One Today: Presidential Inaugural Poet and FIU Alumnus – Richard Blanco
FIU News
Today, two-time FIU alumnus Richard Blanco joined a very short list of great American poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, who have had the honor of being selected as inaugural poets. Blanco, who holds an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from FIU, recited One Today, an original poem he wrote for President Obama’s second inauguration.

Local Colleges Offer Help for Students Ailing From Flu Symptoms
News Chief
Florida Southern College takes pride in its clinic set-up, said Rob Tate, vice-president for advancement. “Our Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday,” he said. It’s also open on weekends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication is available. Flu shots are available for students there as well, Tate said. “On the more emotional level, as far as nurturing goes, there are resident advisors in the dorms, and roommates can go to the cafeteria, maybe get them some soup. And we have a convenience store on campus,” he said.

Floridians celebrate Obama inauguration
Sun Sentinel
And among the dozens of South Florida students to witness this piece of history will be one from Boca Raton who looks remarkably like the man taking the oath. “He’s my inspiration,” said Eric Gooden, 24, who served as a stand-in for Obama at rehearsals for a presidential debate at Lynn University last fall. “I look at him as a motivation, because of his politics and because he is also biracial.” “Even in D.C.,” Gooden said, “three people have come up to me and said, `Has anybody told you that you look like President Obama?'”

Chamber of commerce announces Foy Shaw scholarship
Crestview News Bulletin
The memory of Foy Shaw, the late former mayor and one of the founders of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, lives on with an educational scholarship named for the community leader. Area high school seniors planning to further their studies after graduation may apply for the new $1,000 Foy Shaw Memorial Scholarship. Shaw, who was passionate about educating area youth, helped establish a Crestview campus for present-day Northwest Florida State College. He served on the college’s scholarship foundation in the 1980s…

Volunteers Paint Community Center For National Day Of Service
“They do good things here for the children,” said volunteer Rico Simmons from Pensacola State College’s Student Government Association…

Student arrested for staging armed robbery
The Oracle
Former student body president candidate and senior majoring in economics Alan Ethington was arrested last week on charges of grand theft and scheming to defraud a financial institution. Ethington, a teller at Bank of America, recognized during the 2012 student body presidential election campaign for his signature top hat, bow tie and platform to build a stadium in place of Greek Village, was arrested after he reportedly aided Marcus Halbert, who graduated from USF in 2012, in staging an armed robbery of the Bank of America on N. Florida Avenue. Both confessed to detectives, according to…

University of Tampa student hurt in hit and run
WTSP 10 News
Vincent Lanci was crossing Howard Avenue just south of North A Street early Sunday morning when he was hit by a gray or silver Acura according to Tampa police. The 21-year-old’s friends and family call him “Vinnie.” Vinnie’s sister, mother, and cousin can’t bear to be away from his bedside at Tampa General Hospital for a moment. They’re hoping for healing, and for answers.