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…