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…

State University System

Student leaders prep for session
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Student government leaders at Florida State and Florida A&M universities are forging new bonds. In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind session, student senators from FSU along with other elected student leaders will be meeting at 4:30 today with their counterparts at FAMU to discuss common issues…

Florida State Salutes Banned Books
As part of a 50-state salute to banned books, Florida State University students and faculty will read passages from banned books including “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Invisible Man,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Worst colleges for foodies
Fox News
New College of Florida (Sarasota, Fla.) Students on College Prowler list “poor food in dining halls” as the worst part of their school…

Study: Race-neutral admissions can work
Huffington Post
At the University of Florida, Hispanic enrollment is higher and black enrollment is comparable to before race was banned (though the report’s figures show black enrollment has fallen lately from nearly 15 percent to below 10 percent)…

Chick-fil-A at University of North Florida draws mixed reviews
WJXT Jacksonville
The University of North Florida student body may feel torn over its school’s decision to bring one fast-food chain to its campus. Student government voted 30-7 Monday night in favor of replacing a Sbarro pizzeria with Chick-fil-A…

Palm Tran turns to consultant to improve bus times
Plagued by buses running late, the county bus system is asking the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday to approve a $9,466 contract with the University of South Florida‘s Center for Urban Transportation Research to help revise the schedules on four random routes…

Patels give $12M to USF
Kiran and Pallavi Patel talk a lot about wanting to be a “do” tank, not a think tank. On Tuesday at the University of South Florida, they continued their philanthropic run of doing. USF President Judy Genshaft announced that the couple have created a $12 million endowment at the university to create the Patel College of Global Sustainability…

State College System

FSCJ president says he not negotiating to leave
Florida Times-Union
The embattled president of Florida State College at Jacksonville said Tuesday he is not negotiating a departure from the college. Steve Wallace did not elaborate…

FSCJ employees involved with Pell Grant problems recommended to keep jobs
Florida Times-Union
Florida State College at Jacksonville’s president will recommend Tuesday that 12 financial aid employees whose contracts have been on hold be retained, but four supervisors will lose two weeks pay…

Digital Domain facility among sites to be toured by state marketers | Photo 
A tour of Mann Research Institute and Indian River State College are also on the agenda. The tour is part of the city’s strategy to prepare for any economic fallout from Digital Domain’s bankruptcy…

Colleges get high-tech funds
Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth will receive $975,000 in federal grants to enhance its machining technology and welding technology programs and $3 million to develop online learning in health information technology…

Independent College and University System

Celebrating Florida’s 500th birthday could boost First Coast economies
First Coast News
On Monday, local, state, and national leaders met at the Viva Florida 500 Statewide Summit at Flagler College in St. Augustine. They discussed all kinds of events and sites to see this year and next to commemorate 500 years of diverse heritage and culture…

Florida Tech to play Stetson in first football game
Florida Today
It’s On. Stetson University will visit Brevard next September as Florida Tech’s first-ever football opponent…

Sponsors named for 2012 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Naples Daily News
The 25th Anniversary Sponsors are Hodges University, Jerry F. Nichols, Brown & Brown Benefits and Northwestern Mutual.

A new presidential debate curriculum for schools
Washington Post
Teachers and parents who want to educate and engage students (and themselves) in the democratic process have a new tool: a free presidential debate curriculum developed by Lynn University in Florida and available for free on iTunes…

Community Bulletin
Winter Park/Maitland Observer
Rollins College students are embracing “social entrepreneurship” by applying business principles to combat global issues. Rollins was recently recognized by Ashoka U as one of just 16 colleges nationally making a concerted effort to embrace social entrepreneurship on campus…

SPORTS CHART OF THE DAY: No School Produces More NFL Players Than 
Business Insider
The University of Miami has not won a national championship since 2001. And despite struggling to even draw a crowd to the games, “The U” is still churning out more NFL players than any other school…

University of Tampa lacrosse field nears completion
The University of Tampa is experiencing a building boom that will put people to work and change the look of one section on Kennedy Boulevard…

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Editorial: Higher-Education Funding: Repudiate University Cuts of 2012
The Ledger
University of Florida President Bernie Machen is expected to announce this week that UF has exceeded its $1.5 billion, five-year, Florida Tomorrow fundraising goal. It would almost be better if he would keep it to himself. Not that it isn’t something to brag about. That campaign “has funded more than 100 new professorships,” The Gainesville Sun reports, “as well as scholarships and new buildings.” No, what’s worrisome is that Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature may seize on UF’s success as an excuse to cut even deeper into state higher-education funding…

My Word: Make school readiness tests worthwhile
Orlando Sentinel
The suggestion that Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Assessment test is a predictor of academic success, as expressed in an Orlando Sentinel article last month, is dismaying… Judith Levin is program coordinator of early childhood development and education at the University of Central Florida‘s College of Education…

Guest column: Les Wicker
Naples Daily News
…Evidently Gaylor and her watchdog group were concerned one local pastor spoke a sectarian Christian prayer before a football game against the University of Florida. OK. But before she gets her ire up, she and her Freedom from Religion group should have listened to the response from the chancellor of the university regarding what is allowed in terms of prayers held at the university…

FAMU prepares to celebrate 125th anniversary
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Frederick Humphries knows more than a thing or two about Florida A&M University’s rich history. A 1957 graduate of FAMU – he entered in 1953, the year that FAMU was elevated by the state from college to university status – Humphries returned to his alma mater in 1985 as its eighth president. His 16-year term is regarded as FAMU’s golden era, at least in the modern age, as enrollment more than doubled and the university received a handful of national honors…

Jose Antonio Vargas defined what it’s to be an American at FIU
In front of many Latino students at Florida International UniversityJose Antonio Vargas shared his experience about being an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was just a kid. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist lives in legal limbo like many young immigrants because his legal situation depends on the Dream Act.

High court spotlight misses First Amendment
Constitution Daily (blog)
Thomas Baker, professor at Florida International University College of Law, said the dearth of First Amendment cases could also mean that the justices “are turning in other directions after having decided some important speech and religion cases…

Lee Schrager on 2013’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Hip and Hot, Part I
Miami New Times (blog)
Lee Brian Schrager is a visionary. He transformed a one-day annual event known as the Florida Extravaganza, held at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus, by moving the 5-year-old fete across the causeway in 2002 and renaming it the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Russell Simmons Joins OFA-Florida Supporters and Students at Florida International University to Kick Off Voter Registration Drive 
South Florida Caribbean News
On Wednesday October 3, as President Obama prepares for the first Presidential debate and the October 9th voter registration deadline approaches, Russell Simmons will kickoff voter registration efforts with volunteers and supporters at the Florida International University (FIU), encouraging their peers and local supporters to get involved with the campaign and to vote for President Obama on Election Day.

Illegal immigrant in Fla. fights for law license
The Associated Press
Jose Godinez-Samperio came to the U.S. with his parents on visitors’ visas when he was 9 years old, but the family never returned to Mexico. He graduated from New College in Florida, earned a law degree from Florida State University and passed the state bar exam last year. “He’s somebody who has done everything he’s supposed to do. He complied with every rule,” Godinez-Samperio’s attorney and former American Bar Association president Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, said after the hearing.

Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories, a new e-book by Jamaican Author, Geoffrey 
South Florida Caribbean News
Miami Dade College professor, Geoffrey Philp, has published a new children’s e-book, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories. During the limited promotional period, October 2-6, 2012, Amazon Kindle is offering free downloads of this heartwarming story…

Palm Beach County voter registration numbers rise in final push before election
Palm Beach Post
There are six days left to register to vote in the November election. That means it’ll be a busy week for Joan Karp, president of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, and for other outreach groups making last-minute efforts to register voters before Tuesday’s deadline. Karp will be registering students at Palm Beach State College’s Boca Raton campus on Thursday, and her colleagues will work in three shifts during social studies classes at Spanish River High School, to encourage students to vote for the first time…

The art of faking it: What service workers can learn from the “happiest place
University of Central Florida professor Jonathan Matusitz, who co-authored the study with Disney alumna Anne Reyers, says the result is that the company’s frontline attrition rate is four to five times lower than the rest of the hospitality industry. “It’s a role model for success,” says Matusitz, whose study appears in the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.

Economists: Housing recovery finally here
“We’re seeing the signs of a pulse in a sector that has been flat-lined for a number of years,” said Sean Snaith, economics professor at the University of Central Florida

Voters, candidates prepare for presidential debate
WJXT Jacksonville
On Tuesday night, Dr. Michael Binder, a political science professor at the University of North Florida, conducted a phone survey of Florida voters about the upcoming elections. Binder said it’s very difficult to win an election in the first debate. “Whether or not you have people with home runs, some people have come out and thought Romney would be hitting hard. There will be a couple of jabs. I don’t know if anyone’s going to throw the big bomb this early,” said Binder

Watching and socializing presidential debates
WTSP 10 News
University of South Florida Saint Petersburg professor Doctor Seth McKee told 10 News since social media tends to sway toward younger adults, President Obama may lure more young voters again this election.

Releases and Web Stories

Full Sail University Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Class
Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2012 Full Sail University Hall of Fame inductees comprised of six graduates recognized for their outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts.

Lynn University’s health care policy expert weighs in on first presidential debate
Lynn University
As health care is one of the topics that will be addressed at the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, Daniel Ceccoli, Lynn University healthcare policy expert and assistant professor of scientific literacy and …

SF’s Model UN Earns Distinguished Delegation and Honorable Mention Awards
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College hosted the seventh annual Florida Model United Nations (FMUN) conference Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Approximately 200 students from ten colleges and universities in the state participated in this event.

St. Thomas University Professor Appointed To Vatican’s Pontifical 
ES/ — StThomas University ( is once again recognized at a global level for its faculty leadership in the intercultural human rights arena.  Professor Roza Pati has just been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  The Council, a Vatican body dedicated to the promotion of social justice, has as its main goal advocating peace and justice around the world consistent with the Gospel and the Church’s social teaching.

Patels Create $12M Endowment for Patel College of Global Sustainability
University of South Florida
(Oct. 2, 2012) – Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel have donated $12 million to the University of South Florida in a new endowment aimed at creating the Patel College of Global Sustainability, expanding on nearly a decade of world-leading applied research …

Florida’s Hispanic Roots Oct. 13-20
University of South Florida
Florida’s Hispanic Heritage takes center stage from Oct. 13–20 during the University of South Florida’s Institute for Latin American and the Caribbean’s week-long series of events commemorating Florida’s Quincentenary in Tampa Bay. This is part of the lead-up to next year’s 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s historic discovery and timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. The important figures, the food, poetry, art and history spanning five centuries, from Ybor City to Latin America combine to tell a fascinating story about Florida’s deep Hispanic roots…