Stetson University In the News

June 10-16, 2016

Top stories

  • Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and co-chair of psychology, wrote an article for The Huffington Post called “Violent Video Games and The US Supreme Court: The Legacy of Brown v EMA (2011)” on June 13.
  • Law Professor Louis Virelli is quoted in the June 13 National Law Journal article, “A Law Prof’s Take on Judicial Recusals, the Williams Decision and Trump.”
  • Brandi Anderson, a political science and religious studies major at Stetson recently received one of this year’s Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association Awards, which provided students with over $275,000 in scholarships this year. The news was posted by Biospace, Spoke and 57 other outlets on June 13.
  • Law Professor Charles Rose spoke with the Business Insider for the weekend story, “The Orlando nightclub massacre renews arguments over who should own high-powered weapons.” The article ran in multiple media outlets around the nation and internationally. The June 13 ABA Journal also carried the news article quoting Professor Rose.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with the Christian Science Monitor for the story, “Outcry over Stanford case reveals evolving US culture on rape.” The story also ran in Yahoo! News. Professor Lake is quoted in the June 8 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Outrage Over a Stanford Rape Case Might Change How Some Colleges Respond to Sexual Violence.”
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor is quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article, “Conference Tackles Federal Criminal Code Inadequacies, Overcriminalization.”

More news

  • Stetson was listed as one of Princeton Review’s top colleges still accepting applications for the next fall semester, and was highlighted as a school where test scores are optional in the article “Nearly 80 Princeton Review ‘Best Colleges’ are still accepting applications for,” posted by Examiner, June 10.
  • Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and co-chair of psychology, was quoted for his knowledge in violence in video games in the article “How Do You Market A Violent Video Game After Orlando? Carefully” posted by Vocativ, June 14.
  • “Leadership West Volusia graduates 20 in the Class of 2016” commemorates the many Stetson students who compose the program which is designed to help the community meet the challenges of the future by preparing well-trained and knowledgeable citizen leaders. The story was posted by The West Volusia Beacon on June 15.
  • Stetson’s “American Painting and Florida School of Art” exhibit in the Hand Art Center was listed by Orlando Sentinel as a place to visit in their article “Freebie Friday,” June 10.
  • In the article “DO THIS: Meet thy neighbor at a Gulfport yard cleanup,” Stetson students were described as people who “come with willing hearts and hands to get dirty for the sake of giving,” by Creative Loafing, June 10.
  • The June 9 Tampa Bay Times ran a feature in an article about the Eckerd College partnership for Direct Admission to Stetson.
  • Law Professor Jason Bent spoke with the Tampa Bay Times for the June 12 story, “Romano: A heartless decision by St. Pete could change workers’ comp in Florida.”
  • Law Associate Dean Michael Allen was the guest on the Bay News 9 In Depth program June 15 on the Second Amendment.
  • The State Capital News Feed carried the June 13 news that “Kathy Castor says she's weary of having moments of silence in gun tragedies without any action.” The news also ran in Creative Loafing, Florida Politics Blog and Saint Peters Blog.
  • The June 12 Daytona Beach News-Journal ran the news that “Stetson law, graduate students to study sea turtles” in a special summer course.

Alumni news

  • The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory named alumna Lauren Baker Murray as the chair of the music department in the article “Lauren Baker Murray named music chair of Straz Patel Conservatory” posted by Tampa Bay Times, June 8.
  • Both Law alumni Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Representative Ed Narain were featured on Bay News 9 June 12. Narain was the guest for the InDepth news segment. Law alumna AG Bondi was featured on national news including the June 14 CNN Anderson Cooper 360 program for her statements made during the Orlando mass murder and regarding gay marriage.
  • The June 13 Tampa Bay Newswire reports that Law alumnus and Carlton Fields Tampa shareholder Robert S. Freedman was elected to serve as director of the Real Property Division of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section during the Section’s annual convention and meeting in Orlando on June 4.
  • The June 9 Cooperstown Crier ran the news that Cooperstown native P. J. Nowlan graduated May 14 from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

June 3-9, 2016

Top stories

  • In the article “College Choice Releases 2016 Ranking of the Best Online Master's in Accounting Degree Programs,” Stetson University was listed by College Choice as one of the top 50 online Master of Accounting programs in the United States. Thirty-three news outlets, including Street Insider and Education Dive, posted the list on June 8.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., director of the George Investments Institute at Stetson and professor of finance, was quoted in the article “BP Still Paying at the Pump” on how BP has been able to turn their bad image around following the oil spill. The article was posted June 3 by 8 news outlets, including U.S. News and Yahoo! Finance.
  • Similarly, K.C. Ma, Ph.D., was quoted again in another article, this one called “Tronc: Can a New Name Pull TPUB Stock From the Ashes?” posted by Yahoo! Finance and several other outlets.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor is quoted in the June 2 Bloomberg BNA article, “Conference Tackles Federal Criminal Code Inadequacies, Overcriminalization.”
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the June 8 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Outrage Over a Stanford Rape Case Might Change How Some Colleges Respond to Sexual Violence.”

Other news

  • News of Stetson law school cancelling classes due to Tropical Storm Colin ran in local media including WFLA, Bay News 9, and others.
  • Stetson University, among other Volusia county colleges, were listed as the reason why retail growth is expected in the future in the article “Volusia poised for boom in retail projects” posted by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, June 3.
  • Stetson supports its students in the Roland George Investments Program by donating to their recent drone project, featured in the article “Stetson invests $100K in student-generated ‘Drones 9’ stock index,” posted by the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 5.
  • Jane Christeson, B.M., professor of music, was mentioned in the article “Springstead alum taking break from Broadway, returning home for ‘Carousel’” Tampa Bay Times, June 6, as a performer in Carousel as Nettie Fowler.
  • Alan Green, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of economics and director of africana studies, has been awarded a grant which will allow him to transport his students on virtual field trips anywhere across the globe. The details were published in the article “Stetson students to tour globe through virtual reality,” posted by the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 8.
  • Winona Brackett, Stetson student, has recently been awarded the R.L. Gillette Scholarship, a $1,000 fund given to two women enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program in literature or music. The news was posted on the Access World News website.

Alumni news

  • Jennifer Englert is highlighted as the 2016–2017 Director of the National Association of Women Business Owners on their website.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene M. Pigg, commander of the Army’s Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion, was honored by Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense for her 20-years of service. Read the press release on Ander Crenshaw’s website, which was released June 8.
  • According to Tampa Bay Newswire, Law alumnus Peter A. Rivellini, a partner with the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, has been named president of Leadership Pinellas.
  • According to the June 8 St. Louis Business Journal, Law alumnus Mike Andrews is the new VP and general counsel for Enterprise Holdings in St. Louis.
  • LivePR reports that Law alumnus David Bulluck is celebrating 10 years with Bullock Law Group.
  • Law alumnus Aydin Bonabi is founder of Jurbid legal services company, according to the June 8 Law Sites article, “New Site Launches for Consumers to Bid on Legal Services.”
  • According to the June 6 Tampa Bay Newswire, Law alumna Michele Leo Hintson spoke at the Pasco Economic Development Council’s BizGrow 2.0 Conference at the Pasco-Hernando State College on May 12 on “Reading the Fine Print: Contractual Terms That Effect Your Business.”
  • The June 6 Pensacola News Journal is reporting that Law alumnus Aaron Watson is opening his own law firm and expecting twin babies.
  • Law alumnus Raymond Gonzalez is joining Harrington Law Group according to WFMJ and multiple media outlets via the newswire.
  • The June 3 PRWeb reports that Law alumna Nicole Davis has joined the Ruth Law team.
  • The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that Law alumna Rhea Law has won the 2016 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

May 27-June 2, 2016

Top stories

  • Roland George Investments Program’s launch of Drones 9, a new index of nine companies that build components for drones, was covered May 31 in Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Capital Soup,, One News Page (UK), and hundreds of other news outlets.
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, is quoted in the May 27 article in the Atlantic, “The Price of Public Money."
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, is quoted in the May 27 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “‘Fundamental Failure’ on Sexual Assaults Brings Sweeping Change at Baylor.” Lake’s interview with Reuters for the news story, “States ratchet up transgender battle with lawsuit against U.S.,” continues to be picked up around the country in the Rakyat Post and more than a dozen other media outlets.
  • Melinda Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, was quoted in AHC Media June 1 on the ethical implications of big data in the healthcare industry and decisions. Additional coverage: Medical Ethics Advisor.
  • Stetson baseball has received significant coverage for its trip to the Coral Gables Regional round of the NCAA Tournament including the Miami Herald, University Press, Baseball America, College Baseball Daily, and many other outlets.

Other news

  • Stetson University’s long-time support of the arts and culture in DeLand was noted in a June 1 Daytona Beach News-Journal article on the 25-year anniversary of the Museum of Art’s building, which sits on property that Stetson first leased and then sold to the museum.
  • William Andrews, Ph.D., professor of international business, was quoted in a May 28 Daytona Beach News-Journal article about Details Flowers, an incubator business that became a class project for Andrews’ graduate assistants.
  • On SQL Server Central, a June 1 blog post uses Stetson retention and graduation rates from the Banner system to demonstrate Power BI Higher Education Analytics solutions.
  • Stetson University School of Business Administration benefitted from the generosity of the Davis family, according to a Huffington Post article on May 28, which also mentions Davis Hall on the DeLand campus. Additional coverage:
  • Stetson’s football satellite camp was mentioned in a May 31 T&D article about the pros and cons of such camps.
  • In an article on on May 26, the top high school graduates in Pinellas County talked about the schools they plan to attend in the fall, including East Lake High grad Mackenzie Taylor Nalven (GPA 4.8246) who plans to attend Stetson University.
  • Phillipe Nino, the Naples Daily News Player of the Year for 2016, has committed to play tennis for Stetson University, according to the Naples Daily News on May 28. Nino finished the year 20-1 in singles play.
  • News that Stetson presented its Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy has run in more than 70 media outlets via PRWeb.
  • The news that Stetson is offering a special summer sea turtle course has been picked up by additional more than 40 media outlets via PRWeb.
  • The Hillsborough County Bar reported May 31 that there is a June 3 ABOTA seminar: Practicing with Ethics, Civility, and Professionalism.

Alumni news

  • Carlos Miguel Beruff was mentioned in a Miami Herald article regarding his campaign for U. S. Senate in Florida.
  • Caroline Schichtel, vice president of community care for Heath Funeral Chapel and Crematory, was quoted in The Ledger regarding a historical perspective of that company.
  • Jim Hathaway, mayor of New Smyrna Beach, announced his re-election bid according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Melanie Matthews will be inducted into the Softball BC Hall of Fame in October, according to the Cloverdale Reporter. Additional coverage: Peace Arch News, Surrey Leader,,
  • Bob McCullough was mentioned in a Canadian Baseball Network article about the 1984 Canadian Baseball Olympic team.
  • David Marco was mentioned in a Professional Pilot Magazine article about his work as a pilot and instructor.
  • Texas Rangers Blog mentioned former Hatter and Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in a post about up-and-coming high school pitchers.
  • According to the May 26 Targeted News Service, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Law alumnus Thomas J. Brown to the Brevard County Court.
  • The May 26 Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that A. Kathleen McNeilly, a DeLand attorney, is a candidate in a judicial election.
  • The May 26 PRLog reports that Law alumnus Forrest J. Bass has graduated from the Florida Fellows Institute’s trusts and estates program.
  • The May 27 WJCT features Law alumnus and Made in Space CEO Andrew Rush in the story, “Business Brief: Company Behind Parts 'Made In Space' Likely To Expand In Jacksonville.”
  • The May 26 Sentinel features the work of LL.M. in Elder Law alumna Jessica Greene.
  • The May 31 Tampa Bay Newswire reports that Law alumnus Adam Birch joined the Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP Clearwater office.

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