State University System
Car bursts into flames near FAU in Jupiter; sends 3 to hospitals
Palm Beach Post
Three people are being transported to local hospitals tonight after the vehicle in which they were travelling caught on fire. Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, said crews were called to the 100 block of Scripps Way in Jupiter, near the Florida Atlantic University campus, at about 10:22 p.m…
Shands unveils new multi-specialty clinic
Shands at the University of Florida last Thursday morning unveiled its new multi-specialty facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Springhill location on NW 39th Avenue. The facility will include cardiology, dermatology, psychiatry, reproductive medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pain medicine, radiology, other medical and surgical specialties, along with laboratory and imaging services…
The University of West Florida took another step towards having a football …
Pensacola News Journal
University of West Florida’s Business Enterprises Inc. will release the University Park and Northwest Development Project “Request for Qualifications” today. University Park is the central area of campus, which will potentially include facilities such as a new student union, additional housing facilities, a football stadium, a parking garage and more.
State College System
Santa Fe College program mentors African American students
The graduation rate among African American men in college is decreasing. The My Brother’s Keeper program seeks to make the transition to college life easier for African American males…
Independent Colleges and Universities
UM School of Architecture hosts competition to rebuild Haitian cathedral
Almost three years after the Haiti earthquake, the rubble of the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral in Port-au-Prince remains a physical and symbolic reminder of reconstruction efforts that are still far from complete. The Cathedral today is a shadow of its majestic former self. The shell of the exterior walls still stands, but the rubble from the fallen bell towers and roof has been cleared. The building is closed to the public, so those who once worshipped there continue to view the ruins from afar. Now, the University of Miami School of Architecture, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and Faith and Form Magazine, has organized a competition to choose the design for the new Cathedral…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web
Crabbe: Unproven claim about mayor’s election led to election change
…The change in the election law required anyone moving to a different county to vote provisionally if they didn’t change their address a month before Election Day. The Times found that provisional ballots jumped an average of 25 percent in counties that it reviewed, leading to more work for election workers but no evidence of double voting. So why make the change? Jones told the Times that he wanted the provision to keep college students from voting. “The liberals do a good job of bringing in college kids to vote on local issues,” he said. “The kids vote on raising our taxes, but don’t have to live here to pay the consequences.”
Letter: Lawmakers should allow Indian River State College to operate dorms
The Treasure Coast is fortunate to have Indian River State College as part of our community. However, I was surprised to learn from college officials that the school is prohibited by law from maintaining dormitories. The need for housing our 18-year-old men and women students should be allowed by our politicians…Charles E. Ray, Port St. Lucie
Editorial: FAMU on probation — again
Once again, Florida A&M University is on probation and faces the possible loss of its accreditation. If the drama sounds familiar, that’s because it is, and significant improvements to the university won’t occur until those persons who claim to support FAMU demand it…
Manes: Tallahassee’s conflicted interests
…former Speaker of the House Ray Sansom, who stepped down after allegedly steering $36 million to Northwest Florida State College in exchange for a $110,000-a-year job (among other calamities); that college’s president, Bob Richburg, who was fired after attempting to accept $6 million in state taxpayer dollars via Sansom for a private airplane hangar; and former Okaloosa Sheriff Charlie Morris, who was arrested and convicted in 2009 on federal fraud and money laundering charges…
My Word: Shades of Central Florida in China
…As a student in the University of Central Florida‘s Executive MBA program in the College of Business Administration, I recently joined my 16 classmates in spending more than a week in China (full disclosure: I also work for UCF). My class chose to visit China because we perceived it as the United States’ chief global competitor, and we wanted to experience a culture, people and economy radically different than our own. But surprisingly, the countries’ similarities were the most remarkable aspect of the trip…Grant J. Heston lives in Maitland.
Walters: Should Faculty Be Allowed to Volunteer Time for Study Abroad?
Why study abroad? Isn’t it just an excuse to have fun and drink beer while getting college credit? In my world, absolutely not! Pushing students to leave their comfort zones and explore the world is so essential to the learning process that many small, private liberal arts colleges have participation rates that exceed 90 percent. While large, public institutions like UCF may never be able to boast such numbers, study abroad is an amazing opportunity for those able to swing the time and finances…UCF Forum columnist Dr. Linda Walters is a biology professor at the University of Central Florida and director of the UCF Fellers House Field Research Station in Canaveral National Seashore.
Newtown shootings conjure memories of Virginia Tech
As I learned of the shooting unfolding on Friday in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman entered an elementary school and killed 20 children and six adults, I felt a familiar sense of anxiety. I have never been to the state of Connecticut and, until this past summer, I had never really spent any time in New England. Yet, I now feel for the people of Newtown on a level that I wish never existed. We both understand what it is like to live through a school shooting. In 2007, I was a graduate student at Virginia Tech … Adrienne Trier-Bieniek is a faculty member in the sociology department at Valencia College.
Robert Bork, former Supreme Court nominee, dies
Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died Wednesday morning. Bork was a Supreme Court nominee by President Ronald Regan and had local ties with the Ave Maria School of Law. From Yale University to federal judge, Robert Bork did it all. ”He was a national celebrity,” said Ave Maria School of Law Dean Eugene Milhizer. “He was a brilliant person but also had a great ability to communicate.”…In 2000, Bork became a law professor at Ave Maria University‘s campus in Michigan and later moved to Naples…
How you can help your children cope with the tragedy in Connecticut
First Coast News
…Florida State College at Jacksonville professor and developmental psychologist, Erin Richman, has two little ones of her own. ”It makes me hug my kids tighter today, tonight,” she said. Richman recommends only telling children 10 or 12 or older about what happened Friday. If they do know, Richman said let your child lead the discussion by asking 3 good questions…
Actress Andie MacDowell to offer insights for film students
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Ringling College of Art and Design students in the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab will consult with actress Andie MacDowell in 2013. Visiting film and entertainment industry leaders have been invited to the lab for the past three years to offer guidance to students as part of the curriculum…
USF researchers study medication that may help patients with incurable neuro-muscular disorder
ABC Tampa Bay
Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz is the lead [USF]investigator. “Currently there are no treatments or cures for Friedreich’s Ataxia, but there’s a possibility for a new drug that USF will be spearheading in the next month called EPI – 743, which works like a strong Co-Q-10 and works on the mitochondria, which is the power house of the cell. And in some short trials its had good results so far.”
@dblackburn - 22 members of fraternity at Northern Illinois (FSU’s Orange Bowl foe) facing charges after November hazing death.
@fineout - 66% of Fla. voters oppose letting universities charge different tuition rates based on majors inc. those in STEM
@fineout - New Q poll also show overwhelming opposition to letting FSU & UF charge higher tuition. 73% oppose preeminence bill that Gov. Scott vetoed
@PetePelegrin - @FIU Panther statue installed in front of basketball arena pic.twitter.com/JyZoEeip
@uflorida – The UF carillon will toll 26 times Friday at 9:30 a.m. in remembrance of the individuals who lost their lives in the Newtown, CT tragedy.
Releases and Web Stories
UF/IFAS announces $1.5 million Tropicana gift for citrus faculty post focused …
University of Florida
Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials and company representatives announced today…
UF, Louisville team up for pre-Sugar Bowl community service project
University of Florida
The University of Florida and the University of Louisville, in collaboration with The Sankofa Community Development Corp., will host a cooperative community service project in New Orleans on Jan. 2, the morning of the Allstate Sugar Bowl…
Researchers pinpoint culprits in grapefruit/drug interactions, UF/IFAS citrus …
University of Florida
The quest to develop a grapefruit hybrid that will not interact with medication has taken a step forward, as researchers pinpoint compounds most responsible for the problem, a University of Florida citrus breeder says.
Internal Awards Program faculty grants announced, totalling nearly $80,000
Nearly $80,000 has been awarded to 10 USF St. Petersburg faculty members through the 2012 Internal Awards Program, Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth announced Friday…
TEXT – Fitch affirms University of West Florida Foundation
Dec 19 – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A+’ rating on $57.3 million of outstanding Escambia County Housing Finance Authority, FL bonds issued on behalf of the University of West Florida Foundation, Inc. (UWFF). The Rating Outlook is Stable…