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In November 2012, Dick Batchelor, principal of the Dick Batchelor Management Group and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, visited Stetson with Clay Worden, Scott Wilson, and Stetson alumna Kerry Hannaford of McGladrey, LLP in Orlando, FL. The visit included tours with Dr. K.C. Ma and Finance students of the Roland George Trading Room in the Lynn Business Center, and with Stetson Trustee Betty Johnson and Library Dean Susan Ryan inside the Politicos Room of the duPont Ball Library. During a luncheon, faculty from the Department of Political Science, Stetson's CFO F. Robert Huth, and students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business Administration discussed a range of issues with the visitors.  

Bank of America Charitable Foundation is a long-time supporter of Stetson University.  In November 2012, the Foundation awarded Stetson a grant of $7,500 to support internships for first-generation college students.  To celebrate the award, Bank of America Vice Presidents Sheila Torres and Gail Kurth met with and delivered the check to Stetson President Wendy B. Libby.  Stetson's Office of Grants, Sponsored Research and Strategic Initiatives collaborated with Bank of America's Senior Vice President Christine Ruiz in Tampa and President Samuel A. Willett in Daytona Beach and Stetson's Office of Career Development to prepare the successful grant.

Our Guest, Gail Eggeman'73, who runs the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market and has also been a director of the Florida Association of Community Farmers' Markets, shared her experiences and tips with Stetson students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Ms. Eggeman started a Slow Food chapter in St. Petersburg and has been to the international event (Terra Madre) led by the Slow Food founder, Carlos Petrini. She is also a former municipal CPA and grant-writer, and understands the financing of small charitable groups.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Strategic Initiatives' student assistant, Daniel Hoover presented his paper on The Cognitive Neuroscience of Religion and the Role of the Temporal Lobes in Religiosity, at the thirteenth annual 2012 Stetson Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (SURCAS) Showcase, on April 18, 2012. A long-time supporter of Stetson University, the Carl S. Swisher Foundation provided generous charitable gifts for Showcase in 2011 and 2012.

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