Here’s what caught my eye today…9/20/13

Editorial Privilege:

Just occasionally, I like to showcase higher ed news and thought leaders from outside the state of Florida. There is an excellent interview with the University of Mississippi’s Chancellor emeritus, Robert Khayat, which focuses on his new book The Education of a Lifetime from Nautilus Publishing. This book recounts his 14 years as president of Ole Miss. The new memoir traces his path as an All-American football player, attorney, and university president. This morning, former Chancellor Khayat was a guest on Morning Joe and he will be featured over the weekend on Whad’ya Know with Michael Feldman live from the University of Mississippi campus.



State University System

FAU’s interim leader: FAU’s best years yet to come
After a year of national notoriety and almost constant controversy, the new leader of Florida Atlantic University said Thursday the school’s best years are ahead …

Remaining USF Poly students try to make most of ‘teach-out’
TAMPA — In the drama surrounding the creation of Florida Polytechnic University, they were the ones caught in the middle: the 1,000-plus students at what had been a University of South Florida campus in Lakeland that was soon to disappear. The USF students were promised they would be accommodated, and halfway into a three-year “teach-out” of the Lakeland students, they say they’re making the best of an unfortunate situation…

UCF police officer shatters student’s car window
Orlando Sentinel
What would have been a traffic citation turned into several felony charges when a University of Central Florida student refused to roll her window down.

Pilot dual-enrollment project at UF spurs ethics complaint
Gainesville Sun
A project at the University of Florida College of Education to develop a virtual dual-enrollment program for advanced high school students throughout the state is …

UF building new president’s house, renovating old with private 
Gainesville Sun
The University of Florida President’s Mansion on the UF campus in Gainesville on Monday. The new President’s Mansion will be financed by private donations of 

Bed Bugs are Back at USF College of Business
Bed bugs continue to plague the University of South Florida College of Business, but school officials are hoping they’ll have the problem stamped out soon.

Raises and Cuts Part of USF’s ‘New Normal’
While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget is casting a pall …

State Attorney not pursuing charges against newspaper
The Northwest Florida Daily News
An illegal recording complaint filed by the University of West Florida against an area newspaper will not result in any criminal charges…

Argo Football coming to Downtown Pensacola
University of West Florida football has been a thought for a long time.Wednesday UWF leaders and members of the community Maritime Park Association …

State College System

US Labor Department gives local colleges money for training
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Florida State College at Jacksonville will receive $1,142,481 and nearby St. Johns River State College will receive $945,133. Five other Florida colleges 

Edison’s possible name: Florida Southwestern State College
The News-Press
Edison State College submitted an application in July to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one day before President Jeff Allbritten publicly mentioned a 

Pasco officials mulling two transportation plans
Bay News 9
An express bus would take commuters from Wesley Chapel to the USF area, while another would connect riders to Pasco-Hernando Community College in …

Independent Colleges and Universities

Naples Daily News
President Jim Towey today announced that Ave Maria University is reducing its tuition and fees by 22 percent, a move that will not result in any cuts to academic 

B-CU tennis player dies in motorcycle crash
Daytona Times
The Bethune-Cookman University family is mourning the death this week of one of its students. Juan David Munoz. According to a press release from B-CU, 

Flagler flight program will open to students nationwide
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Teens-in-Flight has teamed with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide to help teens earn their private pilot’s licenses at no cost to them or their ..

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

Editorial: FGCU earns money, and our praise
The News-Press
The state last week gave Florida Gulf Coast University a nice extra piece of cash — $2.2 million to be exact — for doing a good job.

Guest column: Ensuring our energy future
Florida Today
In fact, the University of Florida recently projected Florida’s population could reach 29 million by 2040. That level of growth, if it occurs, represents a 61 percent 

An education on immigration
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Opponents of immigration reform might make it seem like they’re ensuring that foreigners don’t take jobs from native-born Americans. Not only is such rhetoric ugly, it’s just plain wrong. As 19 Florida university and college presidents made clear this week in a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, the passage of comprehensive immigration reform should actually improve job prospects for all state residents. Among the presidents who signed the letter were Donal O’Shea of New College of FloridaLarry Thompson of Ringling College of Art and Design and Judy Genshaft of the University of South Florida.

Young speaks of civil rights era
St. Augustine Record
Andrew Young laughs while being interviewed by Prof. Mike Butler at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium Thursday night, September 19, 2013.

This is the deadly scene of ex-FAMU player’s crash
This is the deadly scene of ex-FAMU player’s crash. Never-before seen photos show the badly damaged car Jonathon Ferrell amazingly walked away from …

FAMU Football Team Gathers For Prayer Vigil For Jonathan Ferrell
WHY: The FAMU Football team will pay tribute to fallen Rattler Jonathan Ferrell prior to departing for the game in Ohio…

Florida Sea Level Scientists Are Learning From The Dutch
Florida Atlantic University engineer Fred Bloetscher said the gradual inundation from the sea – the doomsday scenario that most of us imagine – is not the real …

At America’s worst college, bizarro professor spouts Navy Yard conspiracy hoax
Daily Caller
Florida Atlantic University remains and apparently always will be the worst place in America to go to college. The latest incident of ridiculous awfulness at FAU once again involves communications professor James Tracy, who speculated on his personal blog, Memory Hole, that Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard could have been an elaborate hoax…

Huffington Post
James Tracy, an associate professor of communications at Florida Atlantic University,posted an article on his personal blog Thursday morning in which he alleges that the Navy Yard shooting may have been perpetrated by the U.S. government working in conjunction with the media…

bildeMusic roundup: Lizard King’s infamous Tallahassee mug shot is turning 50 this month
Who knew that The Lizard King was such a football fan? On Sept. 28, 1963, Florida State University student James Douglas Morrison, the future lead singer of The Doors, decided to go watch his college’s football team play Texas Christian in Doak Campbell Stadium. The day would not end well for either the Seminoles ball team or Morrison. At the time, Morrison was a pretty decent student who got mostly A’s and B’s in theater and psychology. In December of that same year, he would land a co-starring role in a student production of Harold Pinter’s dark play “The Dumb Waiter.” He also acted in a canned promotional film titled “Florida State University: Toward A Greater University.”

Seminole State BOT chairman named Florida Trustee of the Year
Seminole State College
Scott is being recognized for the countless hours that he has given to our college and our Florida College System as the consummate unpaid volunteer,”

Stetson football players meet those who came before them
Daytona Beach News-Journal
“I love the fact that the West Volusia Historic Society has gotten involved,” said Stetson University President Wendy Libby, who attended the event.

Club drug Molly emerges as threat in Orlando
Orlando Sentinel
At the University of Central Florida, police are seeing the medical consequences associated with the drug, police Chief Richard Beary said…

85 people become American citizens in central Florida
WFTV Orlando
In central Florida, 85 people in Orlando took the Oath of Allegiance and are officially United States Citizens Thursday afternoon. The event was part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Those days are commemorated every September in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. One of those people is Russian-born Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov. The University of Central Florida chemistry professor has earned international acclaim and attracted more than a million dollars in funding for his department but he said this is his biggest moment…

Feces in termites’ nests block biological pest control
Science News
Microbiologist and coauthor Monica Elliott, also at the University of Florida, worked with the entomologists to isolate more than 500 Actinobacteria strains from …

College STEM majors opting out for other degrees
When 19-year-old Lesley Wright entered her freshman year at the University of Florida — Gainesville, she dreamed of being a pediatrician…

Craigslist ad offers free football ticket to date stepdaughter
A University of Tennessee fan posted a Craigslist ad seeking a taker for his extra ticket, with the recipient required to take his stepdaughter on a date. Gary Yates, who lives in Colorado, said he ended up with a spare ticket when the original date for his stepdaughter, Jessica, “backed out.” He is now seeking someone to take the ticket for free and attend Saturday’s game against the University of Florida as Jessica’s date, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

With Obamacare Doctors May Need to Find New Ways to do Business
NBC 6 South Florida
Dr. Steven UllmanUniversity of Miami professor of Health Sector Management, the Affordable Care Act is extremely complex. “I do not think you can be in favor 

UNF moved chief to training officer; he will stay until summer 2014
Florida Times-Union
University of North Florida officials removed its retiring police chief and will not renew the deputy chief’s contract after a vice president at the university talked to the rank-and-file officers. Former Police Chief John Dean turned in his notice Sept. 9 but will continue to work at the school as a safety and training officer until his contract ends June 30. He will keep his $85,000 salary until then, said Sharon Ashton, a spokeswoman for the university.

Releases and Web Stories

Cybersecurity Program Development Grant Helps SF Expand ITE 
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College has been awarded grant funding from the National Science Foundation for the Cybersecurity Program Development Grant.

Seminole State celebrates 2013 Collegewide Convocation
Seminole State College
Enrollment growth: The College has had the second largest increase in growth among the 28 Florida College System institutions over the past six years.

Snowbirds Get Ready to Fly South
MarketWatch (press release)
A study from the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research revealed Florida alone gains an additional million people each winter…

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

Happy Cyber Monday!

A media advisory sent Sunday afternoon says Governor Rick Scott will make an announcement regarding higher education at St. Petersburg College at 10 a.m. Another announcement is scheduled at Valencia College later in the day at 4 p.m. (St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater; Valencia College, 190 S. Orange Ave., Orlando).

SPECIAL SECTION: State of Florida Online University Study

The 2012 Legislature provided funds to the Board of Governors to obtain the services of a consulting firm that would study online education in Florida. Through a competitive bidding process, the contract was awarded to The Parthenon Group, which is based in Boston, MA. The Scope of Services provided that the study would include, among other requirements, a description of the nature and extent of existing online postsecondary programs in Florida; an assessment of educational opportunities needed to boost Florida’s economy; options for expanding the awarding of degrees; and, for each option, a ten-year plan for start-up and operating costs, enrollments, degree production, and revenue generated.

Below are the deliverables:

A report on the materials above will be presented to the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee at a workshop, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. on December 17, 2012, at Florida Atlantic University’s Davie Campus. The Committee’s agenda for its meeting on January 16 or 17 will include a follow-up conversation on online learning; its goal is to develop recommendations to submit to the Board of Governors for its consideration.

State University System

Empowerment Fair aims to engage middle-school students
The FAMU School of Business and Industry students will hold the fair to teach entrepreneurship and how students can make themselves fit for the competitive global market…

Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility
In addition to being excited about the big FSU-Florida football game, Seminole Boosters and fans of Florida State University Athletics will be celebrating the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art indoor training facility just a few hours before the game. The invitation-only groundbreaking ceremony for the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility will take place at 11 AM on Saturday. The event will be held on the current FSU football practice fields…

A House (and Senate) divided
Earlier this week, presiding officers greeted new members of the Legislature with calls for bipartisan cooperation. Today, Republicans and Democrats are returning to Tallahassee where another divide runs just as deep. Florida State University and the University of Florida both count some of the state’s most prominent elected officials among their alumni, and both sides will be well represented today at Doak Campbell Stadium when the No. 10 Seminoles face the No. 6 Gators in a game that, for the first time in more than a decade, could impact national-title chances for both teams…

UF hoping to use statewide push to complement online offerings
Gainesville Sun
A consulting group recently issued a report to the Florida Board of Governors on the expansion of online degrees. As the state of Florida considers ways to expand online education, the University of Florida wants to make sure the effort benefits — rather than threatens — its programs. A consulting group recently issued a report to the Florida Board of Governors on the expansion of online degrees. The Parthenon Group’s report detailed four options, including allowing an existing university to lead the effort or creating a new online-only institution.

Size of international enrollment at UF booming, led by Chinese
Gainesville Sun
UF‘s international student enrollment has grown by about 20 percent since 2008, now ranking 16th in size among U.S. universities. Chinese students are the largest group of international students at UF, with numbers that have more than doubled in the past five years to more than 1,900 students in fall 2012…

Pricing Out the Humanities
Inside Higher Ed
History professors at the University of Florida think their courses are plenty valuable, but they don’t want them to be among the most expensive. And they are organizing to protest a gubernatorial task force’s recommendation to charge more for majors without an immediate job payoff — a recommendation that the historians fear could discourage enrollments. History professors have organized a petition against one of the more controversial recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform: differential tuition that could be punitive to the humanities…

Hope Fund looks to help the needy during holiday season
Florida Times-Union
For 19 years, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Times-Union and students from the University of North Florida collaborate with Jacksonville nonprofits through HandsOnJacksonville to tell the stories of families struggling to overcome adversity.

State College System

FKCC students create wrecker robot
So how many Florida Keys Community College students does it take to build and activate an underwater robot capable of performing a specific task, like snipping an underwater cable? The answer is six, along with the help of students from other institutions, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense…

Feds find more FSCJ mistakes in financial aid grants
The Federal Government says the Florida State College at Jacksonville changed students’ courses of study without their permission, and in some cases it allowed them to receive financial aid when they should not have.

Students work around garage-collapse probe
Florida Today
The campus at Miami-Dade College West now sits empty, save for the investigators, the engineers and others shifting through mounds of rubble, seeking clues to why a section of a five-story parking garage came crashing down six weeks ago, killing four workers. The school’s 8,000 students from the Doral campus have been shifted to other MDC sites, grabbing buses at the International Mall that drop them at the various locations so that they can stay on their same class schedule.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Making It Count: Students Work To Catalog Circle B’s Frogs, Snakes
The Ledger
A small group of students from Florida Southern College has begun work to come up with a better answer. They’re conducting the first-ever survey of the popular nature park’s reptiles and amphibians…

Jacksonville University sets record target for fundraising goal: $85 million
Florida Times-Union
An artist rendering shows a proposed new College of Health Sciences building at Jacksonville University that would result from a new $85 million fundraising campaign.

New T-U feature will provide insights from JU’s School of Nursing
Florida Times-Union
In this new occasional feature, Jacksonville University School of Nursing faculty discuss symptoms, diagnoses and treatments based on composites of patient cases handled by instructors, students and alumni of JU’s local training programs…

Nemours, Rollins team to fight childhood obesity
Orlando Sentinel
That’s why institutions as diverse as Nemours Children’s Hospital, Rollins College, Winter Park Health Foundation, “Sesame Street” and nearly two dozen local child-care centers have joined to tackle the problem in Central Florida…

Rollins swim teams raise money for cancer research in Ted Mullin Hour of Power
Orlando Sentinel
The Rollins College men’s and women’s swim teams participated in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power on Nov. 16 to raise money for cancer research.

Impressive local residences open doors for tours
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Impressive local residences open doors for tours. The Stetson University President’s Mansion, built in 1910 and now home to Dr. Wendy Libby, is featured on the West Volusia Historical Society’s 2012 Tour of Historic Homes…

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

Our view: Charter schools perform worse than public schools
St. Augustine Record
Dr. Stanley Smith, a professor at the University of Central Florida’s business school, last summer analyzed the results of elementary schools across the state. This is what he found: “When the poverty and minority characteristics of the student population are controlled, the average charter school performs significantly lower than the average traditional public school.” He concluded that “The average charter school is doing about the same as the non-charter school when no adjustments are made for poverty and minority statuses. But, “When the adjusted scores are considered, the average charter school performs significantly worse than the average non-charter school.”

Thumb up: Veterans can get college credits for military training
Speaking this month at a Veterans Summit at Indian River State College, state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, who sponsored House Bill 347 requiring colleges and universities in the state to develop rules for giving college credit for military training and experience, said, “Unemployment among veterans is over 30 percent, so this will give them the opportunity to come back, use the skills they have in the military and get credit, get their certificates and move on with their lives to become employees.”

Denton: Passion fuels new education leaders
Florida Times-Union (subscription)
Cost won’t take over as president of Jacksonville University until July 1, but he’s come to town 21 times so far this year as he’s launched an $85 million fundraising campaign for a 78-year-old college that now has an endowment of only $32 million 

Cottle: Group aims to coax students into physics, engineering
On Nov. 16, the Future Physicists of Florida (FPF) held its inaugural induction ceremonies for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students at Florida State University and the University of West Florida. This new organization — put together with effort from a group of college and university physics professors, middle-school science teachers, Florida State University’s Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Bill Harper of Horizon Marketing — recruited 128 mathematically gifted students from six middle schools in Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola and Tallahassee (including Cobb and Raa Middle Schools and the School of Arts and Science)…

Nickinson: UWF students get an election education with exit poll project
Pensacola News Journal
A group of University of West Florida students learned plenty from their work on an Election Day exit polling project they did with two other universities. The answers weren’t always what they expected…

Imagination, effort reap rewards in college financial aid hunt
Palm Beach Post
If Jasmine Wilson strides across the campus at Florida Atlantic University with a confident smile, she has earned it. This freshman paid for her tuition, books and dorm room by relentlessly tracking down every possible source of financial aid, from a federal Pell grant to a pile of other scholarships from a multitude of sources.

FIT student detonates “device” in Melbourne dorm
Orlando Sentinel
Moments after midnight early Sunday, an explosion rocked a dormitory at Florida Institute of Technology in a prank blamed, in part, on the “MythBusters” TV show, according to Melbourne police. A 19-year-old student at the campus now faces felony charges of making, possessing and discharging a destructive device on school property, records show. Christian Barnes Duke told police he learned how to build the “device” using common household chemical by watching the popular science program on the Discovery Channel, records show…

‘App Economy’ Creating Jobs, Defying Overall Hiring Situation
CBS Local
Florida International University senior is developing an iPhone application called Pet Finder that will allow users to browse the dogs and cats at the local animal shelter or request an animal for adoption. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports he is also part of a team creating mobile apps that track bank failures, issue alerts about earthquakes and organize homework assignments. Raymond Gonzalez knows it’s a well-calculated effort to learn as much as he can about mobile technology as quickly as possible…

FIU student straddles two worlds, one a war-ravaged homeland (registration)
When Shahed visited her home in Homs, Syria, last year during the summer break from her nutrition classes at Florida International University, she saw how much her city had changed. On previous trips, she would go to weddings.

Florida State fan apparently put on face paint in the mirror, because her “FSU” was backwards
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
At some point, at a very young age, we realize that when we look at something in a mirror, it’s reversed. That’s a pretty neat day for most toddlers, but we’re usually not surprised by it the rest of our lives…

Sparking the flame: Event aims to instill spirit of 
Naples Daily News
The secret to being a successful entrepreneur, said Gary Brecka, a businessman who has helped to develop six companies, is not to be afraid to fall flat on your face. “You need to not be afraid to put your idea forward. It’s so true that most entrepreneurs fail because of the fear of failure,” Brecka told his audience at Hodges University.

New Warren Con school board member enrolled at Fla. university
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
A newly elected Warren Consolidated school board member who wants to block “outsiders” from attending the district’s schools apparently may spend much of his time approximately 1,100 miles away. Ben Lazarus, 22, who finished second this month in a five-candidate race for two board seats, campaigned heavily on a theme of halting the enrollment of students who don’t reside within Warren Consolidated Schools boundaries…Geographically speaking, it appears Lazarus may be a bit of an outsider if he intends to fulfill his role as a member of the school board. He is a student at Stetson University in Florida.

UCF professor wins federal grant to study Florida’s new pill-mill laws
Orlando Sentinel
The laws are being praised for their seemingly quick results, and now a University of Central Florida professor will launch a two-year study to find out whether the state’s pill-mill legislation is making a dent in the prescription-drug battle. Criminal-justice assistant professor Jacinta Gau applied for and was recently awarded a $250,000 grant by the National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — to take a sweeping look at Florida’s pill-mill laws, which went into effect in July 2011.

Crowds can’t sway economist
“While long lines of pre-dawn shoppers and mad dashes for door-busters make great TV, they don’t necessarily reflect the state of the economy,” University of Central Florida’s Sean Snaith said in a statement.

Bruce Hornsby and 10 Other Famous University of Miami‘s Frost School of Music 
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
The University of Miami‘s Frost School of Music is a hotbed of talent. Case in point, Bruce Hornsby (though not the Range) graduated from the program in 1977.

USF medical professor one of early proponents of new HIV testing guidelines
“We’ve kind of put ourselves out of business when it comes to children with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), which is fabulous,” said [PatriciaEmmanuel, a University of South Florida professor and pediatric infectious disease specialist.

Florida’s vanishing springs
“Springs occur in areas where the aquifer is close to the surface, which means it’s susceptible to contamination,” explained Mark Stewart, a geology professor at the University of South Florida.

Releases and Web Stories

FAU To Host Unique 3D Experience, “The Icebook”
Florida Atlantic University’s Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts will host the North American debut of “The Icebook,” a three-dimensional cinema production created from paper and enhanced by light projections, for 10 shows daily from Friday, 

Student learning to live with amnesia
Seminole State College
The Seminole State College of Florida student loved dancing, pranking friends and playing volleyball, and she belonged to numerous clubs at the College’s Oviedo Campus. She had recently been chosen as secretary for the Student Government Association (SGA) at Oviedo. That’s how Nazario’s friends and family remember her. But Nazario, 19, who is studying to become a physical therapist, doesn’t share their memories…

Nine graduate students receive mentoring awards
University of Florida
The Graduate School at the University of Florida and the Innovation through Institutional Integration Program announce that nine graduate students have received the 2012 Graduate Student Mentoring Award.

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

New rules at FAMU for student clubs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
“We wanted to make sure we had an intake process that preserved academic integrity of students who joined clubs and organizations,” said FAMU Student Government Vice President Michael Jefferson.

Freshmen Move Into Dorms; Fewer Students on FAMU’s Campus
There’s no official word yet on what kind of impact the hazing scandal at FAMU may have had on student enrollment. But, as freshmen start moving in on campus this week, preliminary enrollment numbers show almost 3,000 students fewer than last fall.

FAMU student clubs to resume recruiting members
Florida A&M University is lifting a ban on student clubs and organizations from recruiting new members. Former FAMU President James Ammons imposed the ban back in January following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion and the arrests of several FAMU students on charges of hazing other students.

Area schools, colleges keeping an eye on Isaac
Naples Daily News
School officials at Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University said they plan to meet Friday to finalize plans…

Historic FSU chimes are coming home
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
One of Florida State University’s heirlooms is coming home today. University officials will hold a press conference at noon at Dodd Hall to accept a set of chimes once used in the university dining hall.

Area schools wait to see what Isaac will do before making storm-related decisions
Orlando Sentinel
University of Central Florida on Thursday said it was still too early to decide whether to cancel classes. Officials are monitoring the storm and say they will communicate directly with students via the university’s website at 

UF reports slight enrollment jump, rising 322 from last fall
Gainesville Sun (blog)
The University of Florida’s enrollment slightly increased this fall, fueled in part by a growing number of business and engineering students. UF reported a total enrollment of 48,975 as the fall semester started Wednesday, an increase of 322 from fall 

College-Branded Pop Tarts Hit Shelves (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post
Kellogg has released some new limited-edition Pop-Tarts that might excite some college sports fans — the toaster pastries have university logos on them. The strawberry-flavored Pop-Tarts will be available in Tar Heel Berry, University of Florida Florida Gators’ Strawberry, University of Georgia Bulldog Berry, University of Michigan Go Blue Strawberry, and Arkansas Razorbacks Razorback Red starting in early September…

UNF investigating rape report; arrest made in JU attack
Florida Times-Union
On the same day police announced an arrest in a sexual battery at Jacksonville University, students across town at the University of North Florida were reacting with caution but not necessarily fear following the report of a rape at a new gym there…

Police investigate UNF sexual assault
WJXT Jacksonville
University of North Florida police are trying to narrow down who could have sexually assaulted a woman in a locker room inside the new Student Wellness Complex on campus Tuesday night…

Opportunities abound for students to enjoy themselves, on and off campus
Educators at the University of South Florida hope their students do much more than study, attend classes and do homework. They want them to enjoy themselves as well…

Campus events help students feel connected
For new students, the campus of the University of South Florida in Hillsborough County can feel as much like a new city as a new school. Starting one’s college years can be both hectic and intimidating, which is why the university hosts the Week of Welcome and Family Weekend as a way to help students and their families adjust to college life…

USF to unveil new Veterans Achievement Center
The University of South Florida will host a ribbon cutting for its new Veterans Achievement Center on Thursday, Aug. 30…

State College System

Daytona State College board OKS feasibility study on 4-year nursing degree
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College will conduct a feasibility study about adding a four-year degree in nursing. The board voted Thursday to move forward with collecting additional data on the need for the college to offer a bachelor of science …

Tropical Storm Isaac: Southwest Florida officials, business owners prepare
Lehigh Acres News Star
Edison State College just released a statement that officials continue monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac, but no events or classes have been canceled.

Edison State College monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac
Naples Daily News
Edison State College officials have activated the emergency response protocol and are monitoring the development and progress of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Edison State College sees 12 percent drop in enrollment
The News-Press
Fall enrollment at Edison State College is down 12 percent, a nearly 1,900-student drop officials attribute to a national slowing of college registrations.

FSCJ board approves Pell Grant plan, but trustee asks who’s to blame
Florida Times-Union
An outside report on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s financial aid problems did not place blame, but college board members Thursday demanded someone be held accountable…

New America Alliance Institute Announces First American Latino National Summit
Miami Dade College (MDC) will host a summit that will emphasize the economic case for American Latino advancement, including wealth building, education, immigration, civic participation and American Latino leadership across sectors.

Economy is rebounding, business leaders say, but reputation of 
Palm Beach Post
Educator Dennis Gallon can tell the economy is improving because once-skyrocketing enrollment at Palm Beach State College has fallen…

PSC welcomes new students
Pensacola Business Journal
Pensacola State College is holding Welcome Week activities for students, staff and faculty that started today and will last through Aug. 30.

Grant aids engineering technology at PSC
News Chief
Polk State College has been awarded a $900000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The college plans to use the money to convert its engineering technology associate’s degree format…

Independent Colleges and Universities

EWC postpones its Success Park opening
Florida Times-Union
The stage was all set Thursday for Edward Waters College to unveil its public park for Jacksonville residents. And then Mother Nature stepped in. Due to unforeseen amounts of rain in the last few days, EWC leaders have postponed their opening of Success Park. City officials, along with EWC staff and New Town Success Zone leaders are trying to detemine what day in late September they can re-schedule the event. They’ll know in a few days…

New exhibition, artist talk in Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
St. Augustine Record
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, on the Flagler College campus, presents an upcoming exhibition and project organized by Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher. “Before and After 1565” is a participatory examination of St. Augustine’s Native American …

2012 Florida Heritage Book Fest Returns in September!
Come Celebrate Florida’s rich and colorful heritage September 13th thru 15th here in St Augustine. This three-day festival is a must for book lovers and up-and-coming authors of today! Florida Heritage Book Fest offers a wonderful opportunity each year to gather with famous authors, fellow book-lovers, and publishing professionals at their special events and workshops in St Augustine. This year’s event includes a tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Buchanan. Edna Buchanan will receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Heritage Book Festival on Friday September 14th at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort 500 S. Legacy Trail, St Augustine, Florida 32092…On Saturday September 15th Ms. Edna Buchanan will sign her books in the Marketplace of Flagler College‘s Ringhaver Center – 50 Sevilla Street, St Augustine, Fl. 32084 at 9:00 am. Free trolley service will be provided from the city parking garage. The Marketplace will be open from 9:00 -5:00 pm with book sales, signings by different authors, book-related vendors, and door prizes. This part of the event is free to the public.

Jacksonville police arrest man in JU rape case
Florida Times-Union
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in the reported Aug. 7 rape of a woman on the campus of Jacksonville University, police said…

Stetson to offer free political campaign training Sept. 8
Daytona Times
Stetson University will host its third annual “Politics 101” conference on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The free, one-day crash course gives the nuts and bolts of political campaigning.

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

All we want is a chance, an undocumented student says
McClatchy Washington Bureau
I’m an undocumented student who wants to be in the college classroom. I’ve lived in Miami for 17 years and am attending Florida International University. But because I’m undocumented, my tuition is supposed to cost $1,239 more per class than a “regular” student…Nicolas Wulff is a 21-year-old undocumented student who has lived in Miami since the age of 5. He wants to major in international relations and economics at Florida International University

Link Honored with FAU “President’s Distinguished Service Medallion”
Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders recently honored Vero Beach resident and former Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute managing director Marilyn C. Link with the “President’s Distinguished Service Medallion” at FAU’s Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton. The honor was presented in recognition of Link’s leadership of Harbor Branch and the Link Foundation, both of which were cited in the commencement program for playing “major roles in the development of FAU’s internationally known ocean engineering and marine science programs.”

Polk Jailers Cater to Inmates’ Religious Diets
The Ledger
Florida Southern College professor and Jewish historian Dr. Catherine Eskin says it is not only beneficial for the inmate to have access to kosher foods, but beneficial to society as a whole. “One of the things we are trying to do as a society is to rehabilitate prisoners,” Eskin said. “It is to the advantage of society that we offer prisoners the option to take control of their lives by taking control of their diets.”

A Changing Landscape for US Astronomy
Eric Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology) fumes, “It is simply not acceptable to cut off the community’s access to midsize optical telescopes, as well as the GBT and VLBA. This is why the National Observatories were created…

Florida Keys’ Citizens Look to Lower Islands’ Risk Profile and Rates
Insurance Journal
Pat Maroney, director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center, said the center is working to compile specific construction and geographic information on colleges in the state’s university system to provide more information to the modelers and reduce reinsurance costs.  Maroney, a professor at Florida State University, said the project is based on one that Disney World conducted in 2006 after its reinsurance costs increased after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma…

Martin: ‘We are fighting for our country’
Greenville Daily Reflector (blog)
“We must vote for the Susan Martins of the country,” said Dr. John Moor, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Florida State University College of Medicine and a critic of the Affordable Care Act, which often is called Obamacare…

Longtime JU educator, activist dies
WJXT Jacksonville
Janet R. Johnson, who became the first African-American faculty member of Jacksonville University in 1971, died at her home Wednesday morning of natural causes…

Romney Must Use GOP Convention to Reintroduce Himself to America
Mitt Romney needs to use the Republican National Convention as a platform to reintroduce himself to the American people as a good father, loving husband, and proud American, Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida, tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview. Watson, whose school will play host to the final presidential debate before the election, said that in order for Romney to connect with undecided and independent voters he must make an emotional connection, noting that in politics, “personality trumps policy.”

Don’t call it a dorm: NIU students move into $6500-per-semester 
That is from Edward Dadez, a professor who now is a vice president at Saint Leo University in Florida. In an online essay, he says dormitory is “an archaic term used to describe a building where students reside (and) is outdated and contrary to the beliefs of professionals in the field of student development. The current language designates these buildings as residence halls and/or living-learning centers.”

Scholarship set for SCF student killed in April crash
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The family of a State College of Florida student who died in a car accident reportedly caused by a drunken driver has established a scholarship fund in his memory. Michael Walton-Rabbitt, 25, of North Port, died April 12 after his northbound car on North River Road collided with a truck driven by Avery Britt Dillard, 26…

Want job help? Dress the part
Florida Today
Lonny Butcher, director of the Office of Career Connections at the University of Central Florida, supports Brevard Workforce’s efforts on attire. He noted that beginning this semester, students in UCF’s master’s of business administration program will be required to attend classes in business casual attire. “I think it’s a good thing,” Butcher said. “One of the things about these work force agencies, like Brevard Workforce, is that you never know who you’re going to run into. There may be employers there. If a job-seeker comes in and they don’t look professional, then that may be an opportunity they miss out on.”

Do party platforms really matter?
Washington Post (blog)
“The nominee knows that he cannot be punished or rewarded for following the party platform,” and may break from the party to appeal to independent voters, says Teri Fine, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida

Son of Michael Jordan pleads to disturbing the peace in Omaha
Omaha World-Herald
[Marcus] Jordan was listed as a senior guard on the University of Central Florida basketball roster at the time of the incident, but has since left the team…

‘So You Think You Can Dance': UCF student continues
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
University of Central Florida junior Tiffany Maher is one of the Top Eight finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” She will perform next at 8 p.m. Wednesday…

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD, FAAP: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Gainesville Sun
Dr. [DebraEsernio-Jenssen moved to Gainesville in 2010, to become the Medical Director of the University of Florida, Child Protection Team. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen‘s selfless dedication to improving the health and well being of children in our community makes her deserving of the Spirit of Gainesville Award. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen has devoted her life to serving the most vulnerable population, abused and neglected children. She is a highly sought after mentor and advisor to medical students, pediatric residents and young faculty…

UF frat boys chase burglary suspect
Orlando Sentinel
Police say a burglary suspect ran after he was spotted in the bedroom of the Kappa Alpha fraternity’s house mother at the University of Florida. But he didn’t get far. According to a police report, some fraternity members chased 23-year-old Solomon Jamel Taylor III early Thursday morning and held him down until police arrived…

Tick-borne illness on rise in Tenn; Lyme cases spark debate
Knoxville News Sentinel
University of North Florida researcher Kerry Clark has said he has found the bacteria that causes Lyme in southern states and will test ticks submitted to him from the southeastern United States as part of his research…

Ohio Man’s Shooting of Ailing Wife Raises Questions About ‘Mercy Killings’
New York Times
Donna Cohen, a professor of aging and mental health at the University of South Florida who has studied the issue extensively, worries that, though such killings are rare now, their numbers could rise as baby boomers — who are more prone to depression than their parents’ generation — grow older and geriatric care lags behind…

Presidential Campaign Ads Target Seniors In Fla., Younger Voters In NH
NPR (blog)
Seniors make up about a quarter of the electorate in Florida — a higher percentage than in almost any other state. But political scientist Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida questions the senior focus, especially for Obama. “It’s stupid,” she said. MacManus says most seniors have already made up their minds. And in general, they’re befuddled by the conflicting claims about Medicare. “The nonstop ads on Medicare are confusing them,” she said, “so they end up believing their own candidate.” She says Obama won Florida narrowly in 2008 by turning out young people and minorities — and that’s where he should focus his efforts.

NASA Asks “How Did Phosphorus Become a Key Building Block of Life on Earth?”
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
A team of astrobiologists, led by Matthew Pasek of the University of South Florida, is now studying how phosphorus biochemistry may have originated at the dawn of life. Their work is being supported by NASA’s Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program…

Florida’s ‘Fab 5′ land coveted RNC speaking slots
“He is without equal within the Republican Party,” said Darryl Paulson, a retired University of South Florida political scientist and a Republican. Bush is in demand as a speaker off the convention floor next week.

Politics Post-9/11: “The After Party” Exposes Civil Liberties Crisis on the 
Huffington Post
Paul Sector, a University of South Florida professor of organizational psychology, told the Tampa Bay Times that the ubiquity of cameras–both protestor-held and government sanctioned–may actually hold people more responsible for their actions…

Tropical Storm Isaac expected to rebound as hurricane as it moves toward Florida
University of South Florida geology professor Ping Wang predicted that a stronger and faster storm like Isaac would bring higher waves and more dune erosion than Debby. The sandbars will slow down the water somewhat, he said, but are likely too small …


Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

Florida Higher Education May Face Big Budget Cuts
New York Times
With three days remaining until the end of the legislative session, Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a $70 billion budget that would create the state’s 12th university and cut hefty amounts of money from higher education…

Max Planck Florida Foundation expands its reach, builds community support
The Max Planck Florida Foundation is ramping up its operations in anticipation of the summer 2012 opening of the Max Planck Florida Institute’s (MPFI’s) new 100,000-sq.-ft. biomedical research facility on Florida Atlantic University‘s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. Established in the fall of 2010, the Foundation is tasked with raising funds to support the scientific mission, objectives and programs of MPFI, which is the sole U.S.-based Institute of Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society.

The Phil, FGCU and Lee Memorial could benefit from $70 million state budget
Naples Daily News
FGCU will share in the burden, but with a crutch. The 14-year-old university lacked money in its reserves to stomach a $5.2 million cut to its operating budget without an infusion of $2.25 million in a separate budget line to keep its reserves at mandatory minimum levels…Additionally, FGCU stands to receive almost $4.9 million to begin construction of the Innovation Hub, a public-private venture devoted to studying sustainable energy. Presently, the Innovation Hub is a vacant plot of off-campus land, and construction of the research park’s first building depends on the money. Scott vetoed that line last year…

Mayor derails FIU land deal
Opposition from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez appears to have killed a complicated land swap proposed by Florida International University — at least the most controversial part of the deal, aimed at moving the county fairgrounds

Food & Wine festival raises $2 million for FIU
The 11th annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival last month raised about $2 million. All festival proceeds benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. More than 58,000 people attended the festival, which included nearly 50 events, spread over four days…

State College System

Daytona State gets ‘clean’ audit from state
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College received a clean audit from the state’s Auditor General’s Office for the fiscal year ending last June.

Miami Dade College Presents the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival
This Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, will integrate its program into the nightly fabric of South Beach and Wynwood by offering free public screenings of 20 short films in South Beach and Wynwood. The films will be projected on

St. Petersburg College mourns professor’s shooting death
St. Petersburg College is mourning the loss of a beloved professor, who was shot and killed a little more than a week ago. Her college community and her family plan to honor Maria Osterhoudt’s memory at a funeral service on Saturday. Her husband, who was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, called 911 the night she died and confessed to shooting her, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office…

Independent College and University System

Barry University votes to turn over WXEL-TV to local owners
Palm Beach Post
Barry University passed the torch of WXEL-TV Channel 42 today, turning over the public broadcast station it had saved from the abyss more than a decade ago to local ownership. Amid applause, the station’s board voted

Pakistani man who tweeted Bin Laden’s raid speaks at Eckerd College
Athar spoke Tuesday night at Eckerd College about his experience as the “citizen journalist” who unwittingly tweeted one of the year’s biggest news stories.

Embry-Riddle, Port Orange projects escape state budget ax
Daytona Beach News-Journal
EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University and the city of Port Orange were among those counting their blessings Tuesday as Florida lawmakers prepared a final budget. The spending plan — set for a final vote on Friday — would include a $8.97 million grant for the Daytona Beach flight school’s aerospace research and technology park. It also has $1.25 million to help construct a flood control project along Dunlawton Avenue. The Embry-Riddle grant was nearly twice what had been recommended in Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal.

Report: Nesting hawks swoop in on FIT campus
Orlando Sentinel
Students at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne have been advised to watch out for two red-shouldered hawks after reported attacks on students, Central Florida News 13 is reporting. The animals are federally protected.

Florida Southern’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus named National Historic
Orlando Sentinel
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun,” the campus for Florida Southern College in Lakeland, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service the school announced today.

As ‘Spring Breakers’ films at Ringling, not all students starstruck
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
While some students at Ringling College of Art and Design are excited that a major Hollywood movie is being shot on their campus this week, others see the movie shoot simply as an inconvenience. A handful of students at Ringling were displaced from their dorm rooms Tuesday for the shooting of the movie “Spring Breakers,” which will feature young top-name stars such as Selena Gomez and James Franco, among others.

For Profit and Career Colleges

Romney Has Some Great Friends Who Are For-Profit College Owners
Huffington Post
The New York Times reported in January that Romney praised for-profit colleges, in particular overpriced Full Sail University without telling voters that his campaign and Super PAC had received nearly $100,000 from Full Sail CEO Bill Heavener and from C. Kevin Landry, chairman of TA Associates, the private equity firm that owns Full Sail.

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

Editorial: Florida’s weak commitment to higher education
Bradenton Herald
Florida’s Legislature plays a masterful game of cost-shifting as this year’s regular session again demonstrates. Tuition at the state’s 11 public universities has risen six consecutive years, with a seventh looming. Coupled with a massive disinvestment in higher education in the budget agreement reached Monday, the Sunshine State continues to place more of a financial burden on students.

Sawfish don’t saw
Science News
Figuring out how the fishes use their whopper snouts has been tricky, says Stephen Kajiura of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton…

FAU professor to relive historic flight across English Channel
Barbara Ganson is the kind of professor who likes to fly through history. Literally. As an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, Ganson has lectured about Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly over the English Channel. And this weekend, Ganson will mark the 100th anniversary of Quimby’s historic feat by repeating it herself…

Volusia college leaders speak about value of higher education
Daytona Beach News-Journal
“For us, civic engagement is part of our DNA. It’s really important and is one of the reasons we are a successful and significant institution,” [Wendy] Libby of Stetson said.

UCF’s Snaith: National economy ‘big picture’ not promising
Orlando Business Journal
The prognosis for the national economy is still iffy, according to the latest US economic forecast by Sean Snaith, the director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness. The economy’s health depends on more than

Improving jobless rate tells only part of the economy’s story
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
I’ll expand on this in an upcoming story, but University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith reminds us today that falling unemployment rates are a good thing, but the numbers need to be considered in context…

Beached whale euthanized near Daytona Beach
Palm Beach Post
The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports Dr. Craig Pelton of the University of Florida and Volusia County Marine Science Center examined the whale and determined it likely had chronic heart failure.

Jacksonville economic recovery ‘gaining traction’
Jacksonville Daily Record
There were signs that the recovery was “finally gaining traction” during the fourth quarter, but the Jacksonville economy still has a way to go to return to full strength, according to the University of North Florida’s Local Economic Indicators Project, or LEIP. “We’re seeing some improvement,” said UNF economics professor Paul Mason, who directs LEIP.

New strain of flu found in bats
MyFox Tampa Bay
And even though they don’t have all the answers yet, infectious disease experts, like Tampa General and University of South Florida’s Dr. Todd Wills, say just knowing this strain exists is giving them a head start at creating a vaccine.

From Twilight to Chris Brown: The (Almost) Final Word on the Allure of the Bad Boy
Huffington Post
Peter Jonasan, the University of West Florida psychology professor who published the dark triad study, is careful to note that this does not apply to all women. Women exhibiting avoidant attachment patterns, low self-esteem, and histories of abuse, sexual trauma, or unstable family backgrounds are more likely to be attracted to men with dark triad characteristics. The stereotypical scenario of the insecure woman with “baggage” or “daddy issues” who opportunistic men frequently view as easy prey is sadly borne out in reality much more than we’d like.

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College Students in Free Enterprise team wants to help Veterans Farm
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/06/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College’s Students in Free Enterprise team is working on a project to change the lives of disabled combat vets by landing a veteran-made product on the shelves of every Walmart store.

Florida State University resolves litigation with students
MarketWatch (press release)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Mar 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Florida State University and two students who are blind–Christopher Shane Toth and Jamie Ann Principato–have resolved a lawsuit brought by the two students with the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind last summer. The students claimed that they experienced discrimination in violation of state and federal disability laws, including failure to reasonably accommodate their disability and lack of accessible technology. As a result, they claimed, they were unable to complete courses related to their academic majors. Without admitting liability or wrongdoing, the university has agreed to pay each of the students $75,000 in settlement of their claims and to continue its efforts to make courses accessible to all students. Specifically, the university will examine technology-based instructional materials currently in use for accessibility compliance, and ensure accessibility in future software and hardware procurements.

NSU Law Ranked in Top Ten for Bar Passage Rates by ‘National Jurist’
PressZoom (press release)
The National Jurist, a leading national magazine providing information to current and prospective law students about legal education and the legal profession, recently ranked Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center in the top ten

Four UF buildings nominated for No. 1 building in Florida contest
University of Florida
Four University of Florida buildings have been nominated for Florida’s “Top 100 Buildings” by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects as part of its “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places” competition.

Florida Women’s Hall of Fame inducts Ruth Alexander
University of Florida
Ruth H. Alexander, retired distinguished professor of physical education at the University of Florida, was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame today in Tallahassee. Alexander is a pioneer in the field of women’s sports.

Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…

South Florida’s colleges provide an economic jolt to the region
Construction has long been a staple industry in South Florida, but the Great Recession and its associated housing crash made building cranes a rare sight in recent years. At the same time, unemployment among all economic sectors has hovered near record highs. But at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade County’s second-largest private employer, the past few years have included both a burst of hiring andsome serious shovel-digging.

State University System

Slain drum major’s kin worried over investigation
Huffington Post
In the three months since a Florida A&M University drum major was beaten to death, his parents have waited as authorities arrested seven people in a pair of other hazing cases tied to the school’s renowned Marching 100…

Three Arrested at FAMU for Firing a Weapon
Three men were arrested on FAMU‘s campus this weekend. Friday, the FAMU Police Department brought in Tyrone Bartley, Patrick Bastian and Brandon Grant. Police records show the three were arrested for possessing and firing a gun on campus.

Tibetan monks to spend this week creating a sand painting at FAU
Palm Beach Post
A group of Tibetan monks began a traditional sand painting on Sunday, bent at 90-degree angles over a small wooden table as students, faculty and the public filed through the Florida Atlantic University art gallery to 

Florida State police department makes arrest in on-campus robbery
The Florida State University Police Department located and captured a suspect in an on-campus robbery within five minutes of receiving a distress call, said spokesman Maj. Jim Russell. FSUPD arrested Tyrone Page, 20, on robbery charges earlier this 

With Hitt at helm, UCF has thrived
Orlando Sentinel
His goal was never to be Harvard — or even the University of Florida. He wanted UCF to be a major research university that both educated and served as an economic engine for Central Florida. Nothing symbolizes that more than UCF’s building boom: 

UCF, China discuss possible campus there
Orlando Sentinel
The University of Central Florida and the Chinese government are discussing a partnership overseas — and possibly a UCF campus in the southern province of Hainan. Chinese officials have expressed interest in establishing a program similar to UCF’s 

UF hazing involved paddling, ‘thunderslaps,’ police say
Gainesville Sun
Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity repeatedly struck and paddled pledges hard enough to cause bruises as part of an initiation into the University of Florida chapter, according to a sworn complaint filed by university police.

High-tech labs moves UF students into ‘creative era’
Gainesville Sun
It’s a University of Florida classroom deliberately lacking a podium for an instructor, where students are encouraged to work on their laptops. The UF College of Design, Construction and Planning’s interactive learning laboratory, known as the co-Lab, includes four tables where students connect their laptops through puck-shaped devices. Their work can be projected on flat-screen displays at the tables or white boards lining the walls.

Thousands at UF would lose Bright Futures under plan
Proposed changes to the Bright Futures program would mean thousands of University of Florida students would lose their scholarships. The Florida House passed a measure this month to increase the grade point average required to renew the scholarships. UF has identified more than 3,300 students who would have been able to renew the scholarships under current requirements but not under the changes…

UF President joins Sanford-Burnham board
Orlando Sentinel
University of Florida President Bernie Machen has joined the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute’s Board of Trustees, the institute announced last week. Machen will be the fourth Floridian to serve on the 

UF team unlocks secrets of niacin
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida team has unlocked the secrets behind a common vitamin’s ability to boost the “good” cholesterol and, as a result, opened the door to possibly finding a formula that avoids its side effects, researchers say.

Students enjoy new building at UNF
WJXT Jacksonville
The University of North Florida has a new $39.4 million Biological Sciences Building complete with a new state of the art necropsy lab. Saturday, Channel 4 got a first hand look at the new building. About 15 students helped a professor perform a 

Senate restores $46 million in funding for USF
The Ledger
House Speaker Dean Cannon on Friday sidestepped the issue of creating Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland. With the backing of Senate Budget Chairman J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, the Senate on Thursday voted 35-4 for a bill that will convert the University of South Florida Polytechnic campus into the state’s 12th university. The school will focus on engineering and technology-oriented degrees.

State Sen. Jim Norman: USF’s unlikely hero in Tallahassee
Jim Norman sat hunched at his desk, reviewing spreadsheets and crunching numbers, trying to save the University of South Florida from outsized budget cuts. In his office lobby, the phone was ringing. Emails sailed in. “I’m really proud to live in your 

President Genshaft Reassures USF Poly Students in Lakeland
The Ledger
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft meets with students and faculty at the USF/USFP campus in Lakeland on Friday. By Mary Toothman LAKELAND | USF President Judy Genshaft promised students, faculty and staff members Friday that they 

Senate Backs Early Independence for USF-Polytechnic in Lakeland
Sunshine State News (blog)
The Florida Senate agreed on Thursday, 35-4, to designate $39 million in the next fiscal year to the independence movement of the University of South Florida-Polytechnic in Lakeland.

State College System

Daytona State College to honor female educators
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Daytona State College Women’s Center and its advisory board are recognizing Carol Eaton, president of Daytona State College; Wendy Libby, president of Stetson University in DeLand; Trudie Kibbe Reed, president of Bethune-Cookman University in 

Ex-Edison State College administrator sues over firing
The News-Press
A former vice president is suing Edison State College in federal court, claiming he was fired in October for exercising freedom of speech and opposing racial discrimination. Steve Atkins, former vice president for academic affairs, filed a lawsuit 

Ex-student still suing Palm Beach State College for refund after finishing course
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach State College. The issue is this: Is there such a thing as “educational malpractice”? Can a student demand a tuition refund from a college after completing a course? Price says yes. He wants back the $532 he paid for a 2009 computer 

Independent College and University System

House passes nursing home bill with program that JU isn’t sure it wants
Florida Times-Union
After being quietly attached to a larger bill last week, the House has passed language that would create for Jacksonville University a 150-bed nursing home facility the school hasn’t said it wants.
Friends, teammates celebrate Carters life
New York Post
There were Hall of Famers, ex-teammates, front office personnel, major leaguers, friends, family and the players he coached at Palm Beach Atlantic University. They all came to a memorial service for Gary Carter last night at Christ Fellowship Church.
At Carter’s Memorial, Remembrances of Baseball, Faith and Family
New York Times
Carter instead managed the baseball team at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Logan Thomas, a pitcher for the team, said there were three simple rules that Carter imparted upon his players: respect the game, respect each other, and be on time.
Obama’s Favorite Algae Company
In remarks at the University of Miami, Obama highlighted two domestic energy sources more than any other—natural gas and algae. After the speech, the Administration announced $30 million in grants to develop natural gas as a vehicle fuel, 
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: Short-sighted approach to excellence
Legislators need to do more homework before tackling the latest legislative version of a special tuition increase narrowly tailored to apply to the University of Florida and Florida State University.

Our Opinion: College costs
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
To their credit, Florida State University President Eric Barron and University of Florida President Bernie Machem have lobbied the Board of Governors and legislators to let them lead the path to innovation and a more select education.

My Word: Private vs. public prisons: Where’s savings?
Orlando Sentinel
 facts we should analyze before deciding whether to engage in the largest prison-privatization project in the world. Roberto Hugh Potter is a professor and director of research in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.

Editorial: Cuts would cripple higher ed
Palm Beach Post
Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander says the $400 million in cuts to Florida universities in the Senate’s budget plan, including $47 million to Florida Atlantic University, are necessary to close a $1.4 billion shortfall. “We’ve worked hard,” said the Lake Wales Republican. “We debated how to find the savings that we need to live within our means.”

Who pays for college and why?
If college is part of the American dream, then rapidly rising tuition and fees are part of the great recessionary cloud blocking the door of opportunity… Gregory McColm is an associate professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of South Florida.

Editorial: Polytechnic Control: Florida Political University
The Ledger
The Florida House of Representatives stands between the state’s only polytechnic university, in Lakeland, and regression at the hands of heavy-handed “benefactor” state Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales…

Op-Ed: Sledgehammer Laws Pound Polk
The Ledger
Apply this wisdom to treatment of USF Polytechnic. Act judiciously. Take care. Leave the matter of transforming USF Poly into Florida Polytechnic University to the three-to-five year process outlined by the State University System’s Board of Governors. Don’t try to ram through an instant solution during a two-month legislative session.

Florida’s senators ignore the facts on USF Polytechnic split
The fight over Polytechnic’s split from the University of South Florida has raged for so long, it is easy to lose sight of what is actually happening. So forget the rhetoric. Forget the accusations, the name-calling and 

Viewpoint: Contraceptive mandate not a threat to religious freedom
Pensacola News Journal
 our Constitution protects the legal rights of all citizens without regard to their religious preferences or practices. I hope we can keep it that way. Wynn Teasley is a research scholar and faculty service professor at the University of West Florida.

Man charged with animal cruelty after police discover dog locked in car
Orlando Sentinel
After Davie and Florida Atlantic University police officers discovered a dog locked up in a car on campus Thursday night, its owner Anthony Glenn Beck of Ocoee was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.

West’s millions rank him No. 2 in U.S. House
“This is going to be one of the few competitive districts, and a lot of outside money does tend to come to the ones that the parties think they can steal or retain,” said Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University.

Funding for beach water testing in jeopardy
Stephen Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, also known as Dr. Beach, said most South Florida beaches have enough wave action to keep sand clean.

Students Behind SoBe’s Wine & Food Festival
Fox News
“Let me put it this way,” said Chef Chris Lilly, who has participated in 11 SoBe festivals. “As soon as the students from FIU stop helping with this event, I will stop coming to this event.” The festival, which began as a one day event attended by 600 guests is now a four-day food extravaganza featuring 50 events and attracting nearly 60,000 people. Last year’s festival raised $2.2 million in proceeds to benefit the students of FIU’s prestigious Chaplin School of Hospitality, Tourism and Management.

Florida House votes to compensate innocent man for years in prison
The News-Press
Veteran lobbyist Guy Spearman and former House member and Florida State University President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte worked for free to help move the bill through the Legislature. Dillon, now 52 and living in North Carolina, was freed from prison in 

In quest for conservative Senate, Mike Haridopolos forgets his history
The 40-member Senate was designed to be the more deliberative and moderating influence, said Lance deHaven-Smith, political science professor at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

Seniors aren’t getting fall-preventing balance screenings
Absolutely,” said Debra Stern, a Nova Southeastern University associate professor of physical therapy. Seniors who routinely undergo cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks often don’t know about balance tests, nor understand the role of 

Economic experts recommend nurturing homegrown business
Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, said TCC is working with the Chamber of Commerce to provide job training for existing businesses and the EDC to attract new businesses to town. “There are jobs, and there are people who are 

Tobacco Goes from Dark Side Villain to Biofuel Hero
Another angle of investigation comes from the University of Central Florida where researcher Henry Daniell is working on a tobacco enzyme to help convert woody biomass to ethanol.

2 local firms make cut in tech contest
Orlando Sentinel
Nano Discovery is the brainchild of Dr. Qun Huo, a nanotechnology expert and associate professor of chemistry at the University of Central Florida. She has designed an advanced cancer-detection system based on nanoscience and “dynamic light scattering.

Consumers pull back as gas prices spike
Orlando Sentinel
“If airline ticket costs start to rise, I do think the theme parks could feel something,” added Sean Snaith, an economist with the University of Central Florida. “Certainly the drive-in segment of their business is going to be impacted.

Florida’s Pro-Business Image Improving ‘Dramatically,’ Scott Tells Mayors Group
Sunshine State News
Also speaking before the group, Sean Snaith, director of economic competitiveness at the University of Central Florida, told the mayors that Florida is starting to rebuild. He advised the mayors to be patient, but also to “grease the skids” by reducing 

Blacks’ voting-rights issues echo 60 years later
Orlando Sentinel
“They literally made the primaries a private affair,” said Vibert White, professor of history at the University of Central Florida. “You had to become a member of that organization, and they didn’t invite African-Americans.

Environmental ‘disaster’ looms for Florida, Browner warns
Gainesville Sun
Florida as we know it — beaches, fresh drinking water, the Everglades — will disappear unless action is taken to curb climate change, national environmental leader Carol Browner said at a dinner Friday night. “Doing nothing simply spells disaster,” said Browner, a University of Florida law graduate, Miami native and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. “We have to get started. Further delay will only make it more difficult and more expensive.”

Group of Tampa Bay area natives start Quillit, a new social networking site
Bay area natives Shane Mooney and Austin Cooley went to the University of Florida with big dreams, none of which included creating a social network run by a new company bankrolled by 

House made of shipping containers — eyesore or green beauty?
Gainesville Sun
James Sullivan is the Charles R. Perry assistant professor of building construction at the University of Florida. His students have been monitoring the project. He said container buildings have been discussed as solutions for natural disasters, 

Protesters decry move to trim wages
“A lot of my classmates work in the hospitality industry,” said Dani Leppo, a University of South Florida student who serves as campus coordinator for the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. “To cut their hourly wage … is totally unacceptable.

JC Penney transforms image
Pensacola News Journal
Johnson’s fledging efforts to reinvent Penney’s will face big challenges, according to Ron Bush, distinguished university professor of marketing at the University of West Florida.

UWF researcher’s filtration system a finalist for award
Pensacola News Journal
University of West Florida researcher Joseph Moss displays his potentially prize winning invention, a “spin concentrator” which quickly and cost-effectively detects waterborne pathogens that harm humans and animals.

Releases and Web Stories

Scripps Florida team awarded nearly $1.5 million to develop potent new HIV inhibitors (press release)
A Scripps Florida team has been awarded nearly $1.5 million by the National Institutes of Health to identify and develop novel potent inhibitors of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS. A. Donny Strosberg, a professor on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, is the principal investigator for the new three-year study…Strosberg and his colleagues, who include Susana Valente, PhD, an assistant professor at Scripps Florida, and Massimo Caputi, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical science at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, plan to perform an initial screening of some 350,000 compounds in the Molecular Libraries Probe Centers Network at Scripps Research; Scripps Research is one of only four such large probe centers nationwide.

Florida State chemist to receive prestigious award for rising faculty stars (press release)
Michael Shatruk, an assistant professor in Florida State University‘s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who is working to develop new magnetic materials, has been awarded the prestigious ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship for 2012 by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Inorganic Chemistry…

The Piano Man takes Lynn University’s stage
Lynn University
On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23, Billy Joel – commonly referred to as “the piano man” in popular culture – took the stage in Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center for “An Evening of Questions & Answers … And a Little Music.”

Public Meeting: University of Florida Investment Committee
University of Florida
Any person appealing any decision made by the University with respect to any matter considered at such meeting which affects that person’s individual rights will need a record of the meeting and, for that purpose, such person may need to ensure that a 

UF professor elected president of nation’s largest counseling organization
University of Florida
Cirecie West-Olatunji, an associate professor of counselor education at the University of Florida’s College of Education, has been elected president of the American Counseling Association, the nation’s largest counseling professional organization.

Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

WPEC: Florida Atlantic University freshman frenzy
When Nick Delong applied to go to college at Florida Atlantic University this fall, he had no idea he’d be one of nearly 25000 freshman applications. “It makes me feel lucky, thats great it means the schools growing,” said Delong. 

Sun-Sentinel: FAU celebrates 1700 graduates during summer commencements
An 18-year-old and a 90-year-old were the youngest and oldest students to graduate as Florida Atlantic University conferred nearly 1700 degrees at three summer commencements. “This is a moment of high accomplishment,” for the graduates and the 

WZVN-TV: FGCU Lake still closed after drowning
One of Florida Gulf Coast University’s hot spots remains chillingly silent. “With the lakefront being closed and everyone knows the reason why, it’s been a very weird feeling on campus,” said FGCU senior Evan Lemkuil.

The News-Press: FGCU in holding pattern
With more money, FGCU can begin developing a public-private research park to generate projects that impact Southwest Florida’s economy.
Without it, academic research will remain confined to campus quarters.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: A push to make USF Sarasota-Manatee independent
Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, said this week that he supports a proposal by Sen. JD Alexander to divorce USF Polytechnic in Lakeland from the USF system and plans to explore the same move for the USF facility on the Sarasota/Manatee county line north of downtown Sarasota.

Pensacola Business Journal: UWF on list of 135 best colleges in Southeast
The University of West Florida was named one of the 135 best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. The goal of the review is to help students, parents and educators achieve the best results at any level of education, through online support 

StateImpact Florida: Florida Residents Pay Out-Of-State Tuition
And in Florida, college tuition is based on a parent’s residency for unmarried students under age 25. “And I’ma citizen, I’ma resident, I was born here. I’ve been going to Miami-Dade schools my entire life and now all of a sudden I’m considered 

Orlando Sentinel: Fla gets more doctors
Additional residency slots has been a main priority for the Florida Board of Governors. Fla. spending $2 million on job training programs
Nearly $1 million will go to the University of North Florida and the Jacksonville-based engineering firm Reynolds, Smith and Hills. They will train about 1,000 new and existing workers for jobs at ports and related businesses. Reynolds, Smith and Hills also will team up with Broward College to train up to 600 air cargo workers with $600,000 grant money. Another $600,000 will help create new career academies for international trade jobs as 15 high schools across the state

State College System

The News-Press: Bad Edison course swaps called a result of staff ‘fear’
A consultant hired by Edison State College believes a “culture of fear” is to blame for staff’s approval of improper course swaps.

Naples Daily News: Estero Fire Rescue Board approves fees set by Bonita Springs Fire
EFR also entered into a cooperative agreement with Edison State College which would allow students in the college’s paramedic school to ride along with 

KeysNet: The dorm: Going from concept to reality
The new Lagoon Landing dormitory on Florida Keys Community College’s Stock Island campus is poised to start housing students on Saturday in 

The Northwest Florida Daily News: Sansom files ethics complaint against prosecutor
Sansom was indicted with Richburg, the former president of Northwest Florida State College, and Odom for official misconduct. Sansom and Richburg also were Seniors invited to take free college classes
Hillsborough Community College’s SouthShore campus is offering folks ages 60 and older tuition waivers for classes 

WCTV: TCC Names Dr. Calandra Stringer Associate Dean of Curriculum
Tallahassee Community College has named Dr. Calandra Stringer Associate Dean of Curriculum. As Associate Dean of Curriculum, Dr. Stringer will assist TCC’s 

Independent College and University System

Naples Daily News: College football: Ave Maria begins quest of first season
On Wednesday afternoon, the Ave Maria University football team  Ave Maria’s first game is scheduled for Sept. 10 at Faulkner University in 

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Daytona murder suspect kicked out of Bethune-Cookman
After the brawl at the Shell broke up, one of the BethuneCookman women ended up at Halifax Health Medical Center with injuries, Chitwood said.

The Ledger: FSC Students Moving Into Former Lake Morton Apartment Complex
The Florida Southern College now owns the Lake Morton Village apartments,

Sun-Sentinel: Golf tournament, helicopter ball drop and auction to benefit PBA
The Alumni Association of Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) will host its 24th annual golf tournament and auction on Oct. 1 at the PGA National Resort 

Palm Beach Post: Second man arrested in Clematis Street beating
West Palm Beach Police arrested a second man on Tuesday  accused of beating Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy student Jacob Robl 

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Stetson president focuses on education amid excitement of new football program
Stetson University President Wendy Libby, pictured outside DeLand Hall on the DeLand campus Monday morning, will welcome the largest-ever incoming class this weekend. St. Thomas University to Kick-Off 50th Anniversary Series
Renowned for leadership development in justice, science, business and ministry, St. Thomas University is celebrating its 50thAnniversary.

For Profit Institutions

The News-Press: 2 Lee County nurses charged with prescription drug fraud
She works as an instructor at Keiser University in Fort Myers. She has been suspended pending an investigation, said university spokeswoman Kelli Lane.

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

TCPalm: Robert J. Stilley: What some call Florida board of governors’ proposal to ‘regionalize’ universities good idea; each university serves a unique role in its community
Several observers have recently commented on a Florida board of governors‘ proposal to assist state universities in better serving the economic development needs of the regions they serve as shortsighted. I disagree.  Robert J. Stilley, chairman of Florida Atlantic University’s board of trustees, is a Jupiter resident and president/CEO of HeartCare Imaging Inc.

The News-Press: Guest opinion: Nuclear plants will have to be fixtures in Florida
Nuclear power remains one of Florida’s major energy sources for good reason  Edward Weaver is president emeritus of the Florida Institute of Technology.

TCPalm: Michael Adams: Indian River State College STEM center will be built to give 
Michael Adams is chairman of the Indian River State College Foundation board of trustees. Adams is a Fort Pierce resident and president of Adams Ranch, the 15th largest cow-calf operation in the natio An artist’s rendering shows the front of Indian 

The State: Creed Black, newsman who ran Knight Foundation, dies at 86
Henry King Stanford, the late University of Miami president and a foundation trustee, said at the time that before Black, the foundation was “kind of a hip-pocket affair with no board policies guiding the granting of monies.

Governing: Sales Taxes Take A Holiday
To explore these and other issues involved in back-to-school tax holidays, I talked to Richard Hawkins, an associate professor of economics at the University of West Florida, in this edited transcript. How do you as an economist view the back-to-school 

New York Times (blog): Why You Need To Sleep On It
They say they’ve learned not to make important decisions late in the day, which jibes with the advice of Roy F. Baumeister, a social psychologist at Florida State University, whose research is the subject of the article (and of a forthcoming book that 

Science AAAS: Human Excrement to Blame for Coral Decline
Nine years ago, a research team led by coral reef ecologists Kathryn Sutherland, now of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Widespread panic: Why math anxiety continues to multiply
“Educators who fail to recognize the signs of math anxiety [hinder] further development,” said Carol Warner, an associate professor of mathematics and academic coordinator of math for Barry University’s School of Adult and Continuing Education.

Florida Times-Union: The Goods: Separating myth from fact on pork
Catherine Christie, associate dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, discusses myths and facts about what cuts of pork carry the best nutritional value, why its nutritional profile might surprise you and how to safely 

Releases and Web Stories

PR Web: Full Sail University Proudly Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees 
Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2011 Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six Full Sail graduates. Plans to celebrate the latest Consolidated Credit Advises College Freshmen to Review Costs and 
For example, one credit hour at South Florida Community College is $99.55 for residents and $375.58 for out-of-state students. For a public university near