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Stetson University In the News

Sept. 23-29

Top stories

  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, spoke with New Mexico In Depth for the Sept. 28 story, “Super Pacs fuel election negativity.” Torres-Spelliscy also is quoted in the Sept. 23 NHJournal story, “Small War Chests in Gubernatorial Races Leads to Major Outside Spending;” the Florida Record Sept. 23 story, “Miami Gardens mayoral candidate awarded second chance at bid after bank error disqualifies him;” and the Sept. 25 Star Tribune commentary, “PolitiFact: Clinton charge against Trump not clear-cut.”
  • Melinda C. Hall, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was the featured expert in a Sept. 27 WalletHub.com article on the best and worst cities for people with disabilities. Hall discussed significant financial challenges the disabled face as well as other concerns.
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, spoke with the Harvard Crimson for the Sept. 27 article, “Harvard Files Motion to Dismiss Admissions Lawsuit.”
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance was quoted in the article “Crude Oil Prices Rise With Rumors of OPEC Production Curtailment.” Ma said that after the new OPEC resolution to limit oil supply, oil prices rose by five percent, posted by The Street, Sept. 28.
  • Charles Rose, professor of law, is quoted in the Sept. 22 Tampa Bay Times article, “Tampa man charged with faking credentials, testifying for the accused in child sex cases.” Rose also is quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article, “Tampa man shoots father of three, then calls ‘stand your ground’ hotline.” The article was picked up by the Miami Harald and 9 other media outlets and the story continues to be published.
  • In a blog post on USA Today's High School Sports, blogger Elochukwu Eze -- who is recovering from surgery that removed a brain tumor -- says he is "blessed to have an offer from Stetson University," and is looking forward to visiting the campus.
  • Deutsche Welle interviewed Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., professor of psychology, for a Sept. 24 article discussing whether violent video games hurt or help those who play them.

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  • Roland George Investments Program students are writing for Huffington Post. On Sept. 17 Salvatore Raitano wrote, "Is AIG still 'Too Big' to Exit?" David Caulfield wrote, "Who Cares Who the Next President Is;" Thomas Kaufman wrote, "Got High-Yield Bonds?" and Chris Landers wrote, "Icahn, Ackman, Falcone, Musk".
  • The College of Law’s Campus Climate survey results were released in the Tampa Bay Times article, “College notebook: SPC advances plans for new ‘success center,’ Stetson releases a survey, and more.”
  • Andy Dehnart, M.F.A., visiting assistant professor of journalism, posted a new article, “19 renewed and new reality shows,” on his website Reality Blurred, Sept. 28.
  • Stetson senior and football runningback Cole Mazza says he likes the small-school atmosphere of Stetson in a Sept. 28 article in the St. Augustine Record.
  • The College of Law’s July bar passage rate was mentioned in the Miami Herald story, “FIU law grads most likely to pass the bar.”
  • Paul Croce, PhD., professor of history and chair of American Studies, posted a new article, “An Economy that Grows Anger,” on The Huffington Post, Sept. 24.
  • The Daytona Times ran an article on Sept. 29 about the upcoming Poverty and Homelessness Conference hosted by Stetson each year.
  • A Sept. 29 West Volusia Beacon article mentioned that Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience is a sponsor of the upcoming Water Festival in DeLand. Festival planners hope to educate the public on Florida's precious freshwater resources. The festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Earl Brown Park and in the Wayne G. Sanborn Center.
  • In a West Volusia Beacon article about DeLand history, resident Harry Smith notes that Stetson purchased and painted Kollinger's BP saying, "It’s such a benign detail to the city, an old gas station, but it’s probably more important to some of the local residents than a Super Wal-Mart coming to Crescent City.”

Alumni news

  • Beth-Ann Schulman joined the Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. law firm in Orlando. The position was announced via PRWeb and five other media outlets.
  • Jonathan DeSantis was named one of the five new attorneys for Berger & Montague, P.C. Philadelphia office via PR Newswire. The position was announced in 35 other media outlets including local news stations.
  • Robert Fountain was promoted to deputy general counsel for the Minor League Baseball’s legal department via MyInforms.

Sept. 16-22

Top stories

  • Kenyan Senator Peter Anyang' Nyong'o gave a keynote speech to Stetson University on Sept. 20 during the school’s Values Day celebration. The senator urged students to find their calling as leaders, according to the Sept. 20 Public Now.
  • The book, “Corporate Citizen?” by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, is profiled in the Sept. 18 Huffington Post article, “Get Corporations Out of Politics: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy.” Torres-Spelliscy also is quoted in the Sept. 18 NPR Atlanta story, “Outside Money Injects Doubt Into Henry County DA Race.”
  • Charles Rose, professor of law, is quoted in the front page Tampa Bay Times Sept. 18 article, “Tampa man shoots father of three, then calls ‘stand your ground’ hotline.” Rose also is quoted in the Daily Kos article, “Florida man called 911, then a gun rights hotline, after he shot someone.” The article also ran in DailyMe.

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  • Rabbi Barry Altman, Stetson faculty member and spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach, will be sharing information at the Ormond Beach Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 26. Featured in The Ormond Beach Observer, the piece was posted Sept. 19.
  • Bill Ball, former Stetson University professor founder of the Innovation House is partnering with Reynoldsburg school officials to start a series of "Meetup" sessions to make people aware that the district's "maker spaces" are open to the public, said This Week News on Sept. 20.

Alumni news

  • Larry Smith was featured in the Sept. 20 Tampa Bay Times article, “Bucs-Rams: Catching up with former Rams running back, and Bucs fan, Larry Smith.”
  • Wendy A. Mara, J.D., M.B.A, was welcomed to the Senior Transition Pro Team at Finding Assisted Living, posted on ProLog, Sept. 19. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Stetson University, Mara will apply her considerable skills to solving any and all problems associated with the transition to senior life.
  • Bridgette Lester was mentioned in a Sept. 16 article in The Weekly Challenger for being named a Top 40 under 40 Lawyer in Florida by The National Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Jason Lambert was named associate attorney at Broad and Cassel in Tampa according to the Sept. 16 Tampa Bay Times.
  • Eddie Stephens is quoted in the Sept. 17 Sun Sentinel article, “Family law attorney sees bigger picture as stakeholder in the firm.”

Sept. 9-15

Top stories

  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about political contributions for the article, “Big Banks Don’t Follow Goldman on Trump Donation Ban” on Sept. 8.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance, was quoted in the article “Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) Stock: Should You Follow Ackman's $1.2 Billion Lead?” stating that Ackman’s investment is a “vote of confidence” and offering insights on Ackman’s vision for the stock. This piece was posted by U.S News and World Report, Yahoo Finance, and several other outlets, Sept. 7. Ma was also quoted in a Sept. 15 U.S. News and World Report article, “6 Famous Flameouts of Famed Investors.”
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, was quoted in The Harvard Crimson’s September 9th article, “Harvard Releases Six Years of Admission Data for Lawsuit.”
  • Stetson ranks fifth on the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of Best Colleges and Universities, according to an article in Capital Soup. In addition, US News includes Stetson on its lists of (rank): Best Colleges for Veterans (5); Best Online Graduate Business Programs — Excluding MBA (29) for its nationally recognized online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program; and Best Online MBA Programs (84). Additionally, US News ranks Stetson University College of Law first for Trial Advocacy and third for Legal Writing,

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  • Stetson’s Hand Art Center was featured in the Orlando Sentinel, detailing the new exhibit, “Aquiferious,” as a featured piece, posted Sept. 15.
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, was interviewed by WUSF for the piece, “What Happens When Elections Take a Rain Check” which aired Sept. 9, 2016 and also ran on WFSU. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, was interviewed by Florida Public Radio about the process of postponing elections during severe storms such as Hurricane Hermine.
  • George Landers, a student in the Roland George Investments Program, wrote a Huffington Post item comparing the iPhone 7 to iPhone 6 on Sept 10.
  • First year student John Pilz was quoted in the WUSF piece, “ Shining A Light on USF’s solar Research.”
  • Nancy Sherrill Newton passed on Sept. 4, according to a Sept. 11 article in the Tampa Bay Times. She spearheaded the Federal Judicial Internship Program at Stetson Law.
  • A Philanthropy Today article appeared Sept. 14 regarding a lawsuit filed in California by Stetson to collect the balance of a pledge made in 2007. Initial attempts to collect through probate were rebuffed, according to the article, which originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.

Alumni in the news

  • Maureen Breakiron-Evans, director of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation was profiled in Bloomberg, Sept. 15. After receiving a BBA at Stetson University, and MBA at Harvard Business School, she went on to manage enterprise risk and internal audit functions at several companies. Breakiron-Evans is vice-chair of the Stetson University Board of Trustees.
  • Jason Lambert, double Hatter, joined statewide law firm Broad and Cassel in its Tampa office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Graduating from Stetson University with a bachelor’s in business administration, Lambert founded two companies before starting Stetson University Law, using his business background in litigation, according to Tampa Bay Newswire, Sept. 7.
  • Mary Crosslin, former senior manager of Alert Management Systems, became the company’s co-owner along with Kara Lawrence, after they purchased the company. They will now serve as co-presidents and equal owners, serving as COO and CEO, respectively, says For Construction Pros, Sept. 12.
  • Lee Speronis, will be the speaker for Husson University at the Eaton Peabody and Husson University Smart Business Seminar Series, according to prweb on Sept. 7, and more than 25 other news outlets.
  • Pinellas County Sherriff Bob Gualtieri was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article, “Eckerd College discontinues adult education program after 35 years.”
  • Andrew Wellman is welcomed to the Florida Law Group, an article in WTOL and 53 other local news sources reported.
  • Jason Lambert joins Broad and Cassel’s Tampa office, reported Tampa Bay Newswire.
  • Keef Owens was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as one of the five new judges for Compensation Claims, Florida Politics reported.
  • Chad Roberts was named the Managing Partner of Callenders & Co., Nassau, according to The Bahamas Weekly.
  • Suzette Alfonso was named new attorney at the office of Samuel J Kaufman, PA., according to The Key West Citizen.

Sept. 2-8

Top stories

  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance, was quoted in the article “Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Should Imitate Apple Inc.'s Naming Strategy.” Ma’s assessment was of Tesla Motors’ need to rebrand to fit its energy-focused revamp posted by, Yahoo! News, Yahoo Finance and several other outlets Sept. 1.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake, professor of law, is quoted in the Sept. 2 The Christian Science Monitor article, “Brock Turner released: California considers mandatory sentence for rape.”
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in the Sept. 6 The Baltimore Sun article, “Judge dismisses insurance fraud case against Fallstone resident, pharmacy owner.” The story also ran in My informs, Carroll County Times Online, and Pharmacy Choice.
  • Math major Danielle Carson the youngest enrolled Stetson student at 14 years old. Just starting undergrad courses, Carson has sights on Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Ph.D. was reported by Orlando Sentinel, WSVN, and several other outlets Sept. 4.

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  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., and Veronica Hernandez will be recognized for their community engagement and dedication to service during the annual Florida Campus Compact Awards Gala on Nov. 17 posted by Capital Soup, Sept. 4.
  • Louis Virelli’s, professor of law, abstract of his law review article “Transparency and Policy Making at the Supreme Court” was published on Legal Theory Blog.
  • Michael Allen, professor of law and associate dean for Academic Affairs, was quoted in the Tampa News article about the discussion to release genetically modified mosquitos.
  • Melinda Hall, PhD. will be featured in the Leon S. Peter’s Ethics Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in North Gym 118 with a screening of the film Walking in Oak Creek. Hall will discuss effects of biotechnological enhancements and consider its effects on disabled people and other concepts from her upcoming book “The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics” posted by Fresno State Journal, Sept. 7.
  • Wachusett Garden Club awarded $500 scholarship to Danielle Joli who plans to attend Stetson University, majoring in environmental science and marine biology, posted by The Landmark, Sept. 1.
  • Stetson’s Hand Art Center was featured in Orlando Sentinel’s “Art Events in Central Florida” posted Sept. 4.
  • William Jackson joined Stetson University as director of the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program, posted by the Orlando Business Journal, Sept. 7.
  • Law LL.M. student Gulayat Hajiyeva will host a children’s art exhibit at the Gulfport campus Mar. 24-Apr. 17. The exhibit will showcase a child’s perception of war. News ran in the Alaturka Online.

Alumni news

  • James O. Welsch was appointed as music director and general manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and assistant conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra by its board of trustees, according to El Paso Times, Sep. 2.
  • Law alumnus Bob Murphy, named President of Sacred Heart/ Providence Medical Group, story ran in the Pensacola News Journal.
  • Law alumnus Lee Speronis, will be the speaker for Husson University at the Eaton Peabody and Husson University Smart Business Seminar Series. News ran in prweb and was picked up by several local news stations.

Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Top stories

  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance and Roland George chair of applied investments, was quoted in the article “7 Pharma Stocks and the Prognosis for Profits” posted by U.S. News & Reporting, Yahoo! Finance and several other outlets, Aug. 31. Ma also was quoted in the article “Biotech Leads the Way in Health Care Stocks to Boost 401(k) Returns” posted by The Street, Canton Rep, Trenton News-Herald and several other outlets, Aug. 31.
  • Law Associate Dean Michael Allen is quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article, “Leaders Seek Zika Help.”
  • Stetson has designed a new safety app to keep users safe on campus detailed in the article “New Stetson Safety App Ready For Iphone And Android Users” posted by Public Now, Aug. 29.

More news

  • Stetson’s Hand Art Center will host a new exhibit, detailed in the article “Aquiferious” posted by Public Now, Aug. 30.
  • Stetson’s Hand Art Center was featured in Orlando Sentinel’s “Freebie Friday,” posted Aug. 26.
  • The Aug. 25 24/7 News Release reports that College of Law alumni are among the Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” list.
  • Andy Dehnart, M.F.A., visiting assistant professor of journalism, posted a new article, “Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history again,” on his website Reality Blurred, Aug. 29.
  • According to the Aug. 28 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, after a year at Louisville Law School, student Michelle Grantham has resumed her studies at Stetson Law.

Alumni news

  • According to the Legal Section of the Aug. 28 Tampa Bay Times, Christopher Delp has joined the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Tampa.
  • According to the Aug. 29 Tallahassee Democrat, Maj. Stephen Hurm, who has a long resume as a law enforcement officer and attorney, has been named general counsel of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The Aug. 31 Pensacola News-Journal reports that Charles S. Liberis founder of Liberis Law Firm, was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Top Attorneys of North America 2016-17 edition of Who’s Who Directories.
  • The Aug. 27 Plus Company Updates profiles double Hatter William J. Voges of First Financial Bankshares, who joined the board in 2008 and serves on the corporation's Compensation and Employee Benefits, Governance and Nominating Committees as well as the Bank's Loan Committee.
  • The Aug. 29 Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Nicole Davis has joined the Ruth Law Firm.
  • According to the Aug. 27 24/7 Press Releases, Cynthia Riddell of Riddell Law Group in Sarasota, Fla., was a speaker at the 36th Annual Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar presented by the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL), the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law PAC and the RPPTL-PAC.
  • The Aug. 27 Florida Times-Union Jacksonville “Area Golf Notebook” reports that Troy Smith has received his “blue coat” after being named to the Players Championship volunteer leadership team as a vice-chairman.
  • According to PRBuzz, Mark Boyle is speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference Sept. 28-30 in San Diego, California.
  • Jason Gunther will be speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference in San Diego, California, Sept. 28-30, according to PRBuzz.

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