Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

SPECIAL SECTION: Gov. Establishes Higher Education “Blue Ribbon” Task Force

Gov. Rick Scott creates task force on higher education
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform will focus its attention on the State University System’s governance model, mainly the interaction between the Board of Governors and individual universities. Final recommendations are due October 31…

Scott panel to recommend Fla. university changes
Gov. Rick Scott, who has been at odds with state university officials and faculty on issues ranging from tuition to course offerings, appointed a new task force Friday with a business-oriented leader to recommend changes for making Florida’s system more efficient, transparent and accountable…

Gov. Rick Scott creates task force for state universities
Orlando Business Journal
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has created a “blue ribbon” task force to accelerate reform of the state university system, the governor announced May 4. The panel will consist of one appointee from Scott, two appointments from the Florida Senate president, two appointments from the Florida House speaker and two appointments from the Florida Board of Governors…

Scott creates panel to make Florida universities more efficient, job-productive
Palm Beach Post
After vetoing tuition increases for the University of Florida and Florida State University, signing off on a controversial new state university and axing $300 million from all state universities’ budgets, Gov. Rick Scott created a panel Friday to possibly remake Florida’s higher education system…

Rick Scott Assigns Blue Ribbon Task Force to Reform Florida’s Colleges and Universities
Sunshine State News
A week after vetoing a wide-ranging higher education bill that in part would have allowed universities to seek unlimited tuition hikes as a means to bolster revenue for science and technology programs, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday the formation of a blue ribbon task force on higher education reform…Dale A. Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation and a member of Florida State University’s faculty, will head the seven-member committee. Leaders of the Senate, House and Board of Governors will each select two members…

Task force to study higher ed reform
Dean Colson, chairman of the Board of Governors, named University of North Florida President John Delaney and Miami businessman Joe Carunncho to the task force. Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon will fill out the panel 

Gov. Rick Scott creates ‘blue ribbbon’ task force to study university system
After rejecting university leaders’ requests for more funding and vetoing a proposal to allow some universities to impose unlimited tuition increases, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced a task force to evaluate the state’s university system and suggest ideas for reform…

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State University System

FAMU student charged in death is already charged in hazing of another band member
College Times
Aaron Golson, one of the Florida A&M University students charged with hazing clarinetist Bria Hunter so severely that her leg was broken last fall, is one of 13 people now facing felony charges in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

10 of 11 charged in FAMU felony hazing turn themselves in to authorities
CNN International
All but one of 11 people facing felony hazing charges tied to a Florida A&M University band member’s death — including one charged with hazing in another case at the same school — had turned themselves in by Friday afternoon, a state police spokeswoman said.

11th FAMU hazing death defendant arrested in Fla.
Fox News
Eleven FAMU band members face third-degree felony hazing charges from Robert Champion’s death in November. Two others face misdemeanor counts. Champion died aboard a charter bus outside an Orlando hotel. His death revealed a culture of hazing at the 

Final FAMU Hazing Suspect Turns Herself In
The FAMU Marching 100 drum major died after collapsing on a band bus after a November 2011 football game in Orlando, Florida. He died within an hour after being badly beaten, medical examiners reported. Two others are charged with misdemeanor hazing, 

FAU seeks to lease part of ocean floor to test for electricity
Florida Atlantic University has applied for a federal lease on 17080 acres of ocean floor off Fort Lauderdale to find out. It plans to deploy experimental turbines attached to buoys anchored to the ocean floor nine to 15 miles off Fort Lauderdale…

FIU joins Conference USA
FIU announced its acceptance of Conference USA membership Friday afternoon, becoming one of five schools to join the league. Along with FIU, North Carolina-Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Texas-San Antonio will move to the conference on July 1, 2013, while Central Florida, Houston, SMU and Memphis leave for the Big East.

Here are the winners of the 2012 Business Plan Challenge
The plans in our 14th annual Challenge, sponsored by Florida International University’s Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, were judged by entrepreneurial experts from our community — successful entrepreneurs, investors 

Does too much hospital growth hurt consumers?
Orlando Sentinel
Next door, the University of Central Florida has paid $15 million for a parcel of land on which it hopes to build an adult acute-care teaching hospital alongside its college of medicine…

WUCF TV: Bang-up start-up
Orlando Sentinel
WUCF TV, a collaboration of UCF and Brevard Community College, went on the air July 1. Viewers like what they see…

Video: Supermoon brightens the night sky
Detroit Free Press
The moon rises behind the University Auditorium at the University of Florida as seen from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Fla., on Saturday, May 5, 2012…

Thousands of new UF grads celebrate
Gainesville Sun
Sunday will wrap up a weekend full of festivities as the University of Florida dispatches an estimated 9300 graduates into the world. Saturday’s ceremony featuring commencement exercises for the university’s biggest college was filled with plenty of 

UF, state focus on job prospects for students
Gainesville Sun
Rick Scott pushes for more state university graduates with science and technology degrees rather than in fields with fewer available jobs, the University of Florida has emphasized its role in attracting and creating jobs but also is determining whether 

Despite veto, UF won’t alter its plan, Machen says
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida President Bernie Machen says his plans for the fall have not changed, despite Gov. Rick Scott’s veto last week of a bill that would have allowed UF to seek higher tuition increases. Machen had pledged to wait until fall 2013 to impose the tuition increases that would be allowed under the bill. He said he already had expected to use the next academic year to develop plans on using the money…

University of North Florida Racing Club Builds Race Car to Compete Against The 
First Coast News
A group of around 20 University of North Florida engineering students have built a race car from scratch. They’re a part of the UNF Osprey Racing Club and the Society of Engineers.

USF grads reach the finish line
Students sport a little individuality on their mortar boards during graduation ceremonies Saturday at the recently renovated University of South Florida Sun Dome.

Sen. Paula Dockery, South Florida Poly’s ‘Best Friend,’ to Deliver Graduation 
Sunshine State News (blog)
Since 1988, the University of South Florida has operated a campus in Lakeland, giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn degrees from a respected, accredited university. The graduating class of 2012 will earn bachelor’s and graduate degrees 

Leader’s style too much for USF Poly?
Marshall Goodman swept into Polk County from a California university with an idea that quickly caught fire. Let’s transform the region on the Interstate 4 corridor into a center of research and applied learning in science and technology, he proposed. And let’s call it USF Polytechnic. Six years later, two casualties lie in the wake of his quest: the University of South Florida campus in Polk that Goodman helped create as chancellor — and Goodman himself…

USF St. Petersburg alumni honor outstanding grad who juggled many duties
The students at University of South Florida St. Petersburg took that celebratory walk in a variety of ways during Sunday evening’s commencement ceremony. Some graduates pumped their fists and danced across the stage at the Mahaffey Theater, 

State College System

Florida Community Colleges Compete For Cash And National Prestige
StateImpact Florida
“This competition looks at completion numbers, improvements over time and equity outcomes,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “Our colleges excel in all these measures, and it’s an honor that they are being recognized for these 

Richey at ease as BCC’s new president
Florida Today
James H. Richey is the sixth president of Brevard Community College

Jill Biden cites West Palm Army vet as inspiration at Broward College commencement
Palm Beach Post
A 52-year-old Army veteran from West Palm Beach was among those getting a degree and being cited as an inspirational example by Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, at Broward College’s commencement ceremony 

Jill Biden tells Broward College students to lift up others, never stop learning
Sun-Sentinel (blog)
Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, is addressing the graduates at Broward College during their spring commencement. It’s wonderful to be here in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate such an important day with all of you…

Nearly 700 join in CF graduation ceremony
In this 2011 file photo, graduates Michelle Roberts, left, and Blair Hagin, right, move their graduation tassels from right to left during the College of Central Florida graduation at the First Baptist Church in Ocala…

Report: Man attacked woman in Daytona State College restroom
Orlando Sentinel
Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman inside a restroom at Daytona State College, reports. Currently there are no comments. Be the first to comment! All comments are filtered for vulgar language, for web addresses and for e-mail 

Sketch of man released in attempted rape at Daytona State College
WFTV Orlando
Daytona State College was on alert Friday afternoon after a man tried to sexually assault a woman in a bathroom, according to police. There were only a few witnesses nearby when the incident happened. “It’s just alarming to know that those things can 

Moving on: Edison grads celebrate without former President Walker
Naples Daily News
Porter Goss, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gives a speech to students during the Spring Commencement Ceremony for Edison State College at Germain Arena on May 4, 2012. When Crystal Perez crossed …

Edison State College holds milestone graduation ceremony
The News-Press
Dudley Goodlette, interim president of Edison State College, reflects on the institution’s value to Southwest Florida as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary…

More than 30 seek Edison college presidency with applications due by Monday
Naples Daily News
The pool of applicants — which had grown to 32 by Friday evening — includes candidates from various backgrounds and at least 16 states…

200-plus don caps, gowns at Florida Gateway
Lake City Reporter
Around 130 students graduated with Associate of Arts degrees at the 2012 Florida Gateway College commencement on Friday. An additional 75 graduated with 

FKCC presidential choice resigns DC job
Although his deal to become the next president of Florida Keys Community College hadn’t been finalized on Friday, Jonathan Gueverra on 

FSCJ defends video that jokes about wasteful spending and being in ‘utter chaos’
Florida Times-Union (blog)
In a 2010 computer-generated video shown at fall convocation, characters voiced by the leaders of Florida State College at Jacksonville are flying through the air with money literally falling from their pockets.

State audit finds possible conflict of interest with a top FSCJ administrator
Florida Times-Union
A state audit this year admonished a Florida State College at Jacksonville administrator, saying his second job as a 

FSCJ administrator speaks out
WJXT Jacksonville
A school administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville is speaking out about problems with the school. The administrator, former local TV anchor Celine McArthur, was suspended without pay earlier this week. FSCJ President Steven Wallace said …

Sebastian career changer among 2950 to receive IRSC degrees
Friday, Clark was among 2,950 Indian River State College graduates at the school’s 2012 spring commencement. This is the 10th consecutive year that the size of IRSC’s graduating class has set records. This year’s spring commencement once again filled Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie with students, family and friends.

NWFSC celebrates largest-ever graduating class (SLIDESHOW)
The Northwest Florida Daily News
At a ceremony for the largest-ever graduating class at Northwest Florida State College on Saturday, two people were celebrating a unique 

SCF grads celebrate a job well done
Bradenton Herald
State College of Florida graduates make  speaker was Randall W. Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System…

Proposed Wakulla Environmental Institute, inspired by region’s biodiversity 
The Florida Current
But making it safely from the TaxWatch turkey list to the state budget was $4.5 million in the higher education budget for Tallahassee Community College to create an environmental science institute in Wakulla County. College President Jim Murdaugh said he thinks TCC received the funding because it made the case to the governor that there will be jobs in the future for those with degrees in environmental sciences…

Independent College and University System

Ave Maria University’s graduation ceremony touches on politics 
The News-Press
Ave Maria University in Naples honored graduates today with a commencement ceremony featuring guest speaker, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Ave Maria University gives degrees to 176
The News-Press
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey awards Anthony Thompson his undergraduate degree Saturday during commencement ceremonies at the university…

Shaq becomes Dr. O’Neal, graduates from Barry University with doctoral degree
Chicago Tribune
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal received his doctoral degree in Education from Barry University Saturday morning alongside another 1100 students during multiple commencement ceremonies at the James L. Knight Center.

Shaquille O’Neal Graduates: His 8 Dumbest Quotes As He Earns An Ed.D From 
Huffington Post
This Saturday, NBA retiree and doctoral candidate Shaquille O’Neal will toss his graduation cap with fellow students from Miami Shores’ Barry University.

Shaq earns doctorate in education at Barry in Fla.
O’Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday…

Shaquille O’Neal Earns His Doctorate
New York Times
The former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1100 other students during commencement ceremonies in Miami Shores, Fla. O’Neal high-fived other graduates as he made his way back to his 

No joke – Shaq becomes ‘Dr. O’Neal’ this weekend
O’Neal’s degree in organizational learning and leadership will be awarded by Barry University in Miami Shores. The department chair who guided O’Neal’s studies, David M. Koop, tells the Miami Herald that Shaq “insisted he wanted to earn it, 

Bethune-Cookman University band member found dead
Central Florida News 13
Primas Christopher Foulks was with friends at the Lake Forest Apartments on Dunn Avenue when he became unresponsive, says a spokesperson for Bethune-CookmanUniversity. His friends called 911. There’s no word on what caused his death.

Police investigate death of Bethune-Cookman student
Palm Beach Post
Daytona Beach police say they are investigating the death of a Bethune-Cookman student Sunday morning. Officials say the student was pronounced deceased at the Lake Forest Apartments off of Dunn Avenue.

Bethune-Cookman interim president announced
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Larry R. Handfield, chairman of the Bethune-Cookman University board of trustees, today announced the university has selected Edison Jackson as interim president, effective May 14. He takes over as President Trudie 

Bethune-Cookman University names interim president
Wall Street Journal
A retired New York college president will help Bethune-Cookman University transition to a new leader. The board of trustees on Friday approved Edison Jackson as interim president.

National Geographic brings film crews to Embry-Riddle
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Film crews were throughout Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last week for a National Geographic special that may air by the end of the year, university officials said…

Florida Tech graduates more than 1000 students
Florida Today
More than 1000 celebrate graduation at FIT: Hundreds of students received degrees at Florida Institute of Technology. Video by Tim Shortt. Edited by Rob Landers. Posted May 5, 2012. Graduation ceremony at Florida Tech’s Charles and Ruth Clemente Center 

Jacksonville woman defies odds: A mother at 13, an FSCJ graduate at 25
Florida Times-Union
She finished her last class in November. The diploma’s at home. But Patricia Corbitt wanted to walk…

Police find pot, pills in Stetson University dorm search; student arrested
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The smell of marijuana made two Stetson University officers on patrol stop at a dorm and a subsequent search of the room yielded marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription pills, police said…

Stetson Establishes a Veterans Law Institute
The Tampa Bay area is home to a large concentration of veterans and active duty military which prompted the Stetson University College of Law to establish a Veterans Law Institute.

Arrest made in South Miami hit-and-run crash that left UM student in a coma
South Miami police have arrested the man who they think is connected to the hit-and run crash that left a University of Miami student in a coma. On Thursday, police were contacted by the owner of Pro Collision Center Body Shop in Hialeah who said he 

For-Profit and Career Colleges

National Flight Academy offers thousands in scholarships
Pensacola News Journal
News Journal file photo The National Flight Academy plans to distribute a $125000 matching scholarship fund made possible by the University of Florida and Full Sail University totaling $250000. The funding, announced today, will allow hundreds of 

Triplets 1 step closer to reaching business goals
WPBF West Palm Beach
The Hancocks toured Northwood University’s campus and decided it was where they wanted to earn their degrees, and now they can officially call themselves graduates. The triplets said that like all new college students they had to adjust to campus life 

Triplets graduating from Northwood University
It was 2008 when we first told you about a set of triplets majoring in automotive studies at Northwood University. Casper, Lindsey and Allison Hancock will receive their diplomas from Northwood university on Sunday…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Guest column: Chamber president challenges Edison grads
Naples Daily News
Today, you join the ranks of the 38 percent of Americans who are college graduates. You are members of one of the most important groups in our country and frankly you are key to much of our future… Mike Reagen, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, served as keynote speaker for Friday’s graduation ceremonies for students at the Naples campus of Edison State College

State should help Boca
Palm Beach Post
We have sort of been able to solve the mystery of the $250,000 in the state budget that was supposed to go toward security at October’s presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton. We know that the money Gov. Scott vetoed was intended to reimburse the city’s overtime costs for its police and fire-rescue departments…

Our Opinion: Succeeding despite
Tallahassee Democrat
James Hawkins, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University, is retiring in August, ending a 35-year career at the university. He may be considered one of the lucky ones by his counterparts around the state…

Gerald Ensley: At FAMU, changes must start at the top
If a student was killed by fellow students at Florida State University — or the University of Florida or UCLA or Harvard — supporters of those universities would demand accountability. The majority of supporters of any university would not let 

Opinion: Rollins should take cue from Goodall for a greener campus
Orlando Sentinel
Special to the Sentinel Does Rollins College practice what it preaches? Rollins’ Winter Park Institute brings notable scholars to speak to the public for free. With the debut of Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee” last month, 

Point of View: Prosecution is no solution for violent crime problems
Florida Times-Union
So it has come to pass that Duval County led Florida’s largest cities in rate of homicide after all for 2010… Michael Hallett is professor and chairman of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.

Politics a player in Florida university system
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
But the governor rejected plan, noting the University of West Florida in Pensacola did not even have a football team. The episode underscores how often raw politics trumps thoughtful policy in Florida’s higher-education system — a point driven home …

Battling the high cost of higher ed
Parents who think a Florida Prepaid Tuition plan will cover all of their expenses are wrong, said Peter Ratzan, owner of College Funding Specialists in Weston, “There are a lot of expenses outside of tuition and fees,” he said. When an institution calculates cost of attendance, it may factor in room and board, books, transportation, health insurance and other costs, which can bring the total to $20,000 a year for an in-state school, he said.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reiterated that he will not be vice president
The News-Press
It’s not time for me to be doing this,” he [Jeb Bush] said in a brief press conference before the Ave Maria University graduation, where he is the commencement speaker 

Nurse practitioners tackling more ‘doctor’ tasks
Miami Hurricanes (blog)
They try to get to know all aspects of the patient, not just the medical condition,” said Susan Folden, a retired nursing professor of nursing at Florida Atlantic University

Student loan rates become campaign issue; area’s graduates struggle to pay
Naples Daily News
Peter Bergerson, a political science professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, said it’s doubtful the student debt issue will continue to be at the forefront of either campaign’s message come fall…

FIT grad to ride bike 4700 miles as fundraiser
Florida Today
His years at Florida Institute of Technology have been quite the ride for Wade Dauberman: Saturday morning, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in astrobiology, the first degree of its kind at FIT and the …

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is GOP’s No. 2 target
“Republicans may think if we defeat her, this would be epic,” said Kathryn DePalo, a political scientist at Florida International University.

South Florida housing market has hit bottom, Zillow says
“There are a lot of good signs,” said Ken H. Johnson, an economist and finance professor at Florida International University. “If the guy who buys today looks to sell in a few years, I don’t think he will have made such a good decison…

Is Your Home in Shape for Hurricane Season?
Fox Business
“If you buy shutters or other coverings with product approvals and use licensed contractors who pull building permits, you’re on your way to protecting your home,” says engineer Jose Mitrani, associate professor of construction management at Florida International University in Miami…

Will Obama or Romney win over I-4 Hispanics?
Orlando Sentinel
Exit polls showed that Obama won 57 percent of Florida’s Hispanic vote in 2008 and 67 percent in the I-4 corridor, said Florida International University political scientist Dario V. Moreno.

Student’s ordeal: How was Daniel Chong lost in DEA detention? (blog)
“It’s just incredible,” said George Kirkham, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University. “It’s in the genre of a parent locking a child in a car in 100-degree heat …

Undergrads see global education as their future in business
South Florida Business Journal
Lynn University’s Tom Kruczek says South Florida students are eager to embrace doing business in a changing global economy. Tom Kruczek has seen the faces of today’s undergraduate business students. What he sees are students keen to a changing global 

Bradenton’s Village of the Arts a focus of study for New College of Florida
Bradenton Herald
A professor at New College of Florida took notice and decided to guide 17 students through a semester-long study of the Bradenton neighborhood this spring. “To start with, we’ve been trying to understand what’s going on there and what their efforts are,” said David Brain, sociology professor at New College of Florida

Palm Beach Gardens woman to be jailed one weekend every year for 5 years on 
Palm Beach Post
[Bryanna] Sanville was a freshman at Palm Beach State College at the time of the crash and was a 2010 graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School where she was a member of the track team.

New Family Entertainment Venue in Winter Haven Aims To Please Adults, Kids
The Ledger
Fifty beers and a full-service liquor bar “just doesn’t go with kids games,” said Joe Hutchinson, chair of the Department of Foodservice & Lodging Management at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando 

UF students named Goldwater Scholars
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida students Zachary Kaufman and Lauren McLeod have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2012-13 year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation…

Dolphins in river focus of UNF study
WJXT Jacksonville
Dolphins in the St. Johns River are the focus of a major University of North Florida biological study. “We’re trying to document the areas that may be important for mating and socializing and foraging,” said Quincy Gibson, a UNF research scientist.

UNF student elected to head national student nurses group
Florida Times-Union (blog)
A Navy veteran and University of North Florida student has been elected president of the National Student Nurses Association, which represents more than 60000 students across the country. Joseph Potts of Jacksonville was elected April 14 at the 

EVE speaker Nancy Soderberg went from the biology lab to the world stage
Florida Times-Union
As a visiting scholar, she [Nancy Soderberg] teaches two political science classes at the University of North Florida, which she said is extremely rewarding. She’s also director of its Public Service Program, which helps students find internships around the world…

Blind veteran with new view of life graduating
“I [Mike Jernigan] had no aspirations to be anything,” he says, puffing a Diamond Crown cigar under the canopy of the Campus Grind, the coffee shop at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus. “I was too busy partying and having a good time.

Releases and Web Stories

Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at Broward College Commencement (press release)
Today, Cara and Hilary Malave are going to walk across the Broward College stage together for the second time. The first was in 2010 when they received their associate degrees in nursing. They have faced obstacles along the way … in their teenage and 

University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute Awarded $10M
Genetic Engineering News
Maurice R. Greenberg, chairman of The Starr Foundation, adds, “The Starr Foundation has had long ties to the University of Miami, and our total grants including the endowed CV Starr Scholarship Fund now total more than $15.5 million.