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Stetson University In the News

Aug. 7-13, 2015

Top stories in the news

  • On Aug. 10, CRI Radio China reported that Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy Charles H. Rose was featured in a segment by the Beijing Hour regarding the anniversary of Ferguson shooting.
  • Stetson students are going to be sharing an assisted living facility with senior citizens—the former Clarion Hotel, which creates a possibility for internships and volunteering to help the elderly, first reported in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Aug. 11, and picked up by the AP, Aug. 12, and ran in The Washington Times, The News Observer, Lexington Herald-Leader Online and 34 other news media outlets. It was also reported on many Orlando TV news stations, and other TV news affiliates, including, WJHG, in Panama City.
  • Clay Henderson, director of Stetson University’s newly established Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, hopes to bring about new policy changes that will help the environment, as reported in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 10.
  • On Aug. 7, Professor of Law Peter Lake was interviewed by IT News regarding a new integrated framework for improving campus safety called the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative.
  • Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., provided commentary on why video games do no cause violent behaviors in an article on WBIR on Aug. 6. Additional coverage: 13WMAZ, Individual, NWCN, The Des Moines Register and Poughkeepsie Journal. Ferguson also provided commentary on children’s exposure to computers in an article in Aquarius Magazine on Aug. 11.
  • Jason Evans, Ph.D., assistant professor of Environmental Science, was featured in a Q&A on The Texas Tribune about the climate on Aug. 11.
  • On Aug. 8, The Tampa Bay Times interviewed Associate Dean and Professor of Law Susan Rozelle regarding the necessity defense in the Doug Hughes' gyrocopter case.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism Andy Dehnart, M.F.A., wrote an article about interesting reality TV shows in Reality Blurred on Aug. 6. Dehnart, whose online bio includes his teaching career at Stetson University, produces, owns and operates this popular online publication.
  • Stetson University was one of the questions in the nationally televised “Jeopardy” (hyperlinked on this CBS affiliate), Aug. 6. The ‘answer’ was: “This university in DeLand was named for a hat manufacturer who provided financial assistance.”

Alumni in the news

  • Russell Schropp, Stetson alumnus, was named to Florida Trend Magazine's Twelfth Annual Legal Elite, a list that represents less than two percent of Florida’s lawyers who are held in the highest regard as professional attorneys, covered in Press Release and Contacto Latino News on Aug. 9.
  • Bradford J. Cunningham, Stetson alumnus, has been appointed to Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Gilla Inc., a designer, marketer and manufacturer of E-liquids for vaporizers, reported by CNN Money, Yahoo! Finance, NASDAQ and 35 other news media outlets on Aug. 11.
  • On Aug. 5, Trans World News featured Stetson Law alumnus Michael Babboni in an article about the potentially deadly safety defect with Dodge Ram pick-ups.
  • On Aug. 6, WMFE interviewed Stetson Law alumnus and adjunct Jay Wolfson about the Fallout Planned Parenthood in Florida.
  • On Aug. 7, Stetson Law alumna Melody Lynch was featured in an article by the Orlando Business Journal about her transition from dancing to practicing law.

July 31-Aug. 6, 2015

Top stories in the news

  • Stetson has taken steps to improve showcasing student art in the Hand Art Center by making a switch to use Videotel's VP71 industrial digital signage media player which is more viewer-friendly, as covered by Townhall Finance on Aug. 4, The San Diego Union-Tribune, American Public Media, and 60 other news media outlets.
  • Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz is quoted in the July 30 Wall Street Journal article, "Law Schools Fight Bar Association Over How Graduates' Jobs Are Counted." The article also ran in JDJournal. Dean Pietruszkiewicz is also quoted in the Aug.3 Bloomberg article, “Are Law Schools Skewing Job Placement Numbers.”
  • On Aug. 3, Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education in the article “Do Fraternities Have a Place on the Modern Campus?”
  • On Aug. 2, Law adjunct professor and alumnus Jeffrey Brown is quoted by the Florida Times-Union in the article “Jacksonville death penalty case could be dismissed due to questions of speedy trial rights.”

Other news

  • According to the Aug. 4 Santa Monica Daily Press, the Stetson team is among the 16 student trial teams from some of the nation’s top law schools who have made the cut to participate in this year’s National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles.
  • Bill Ball, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of political science, and creator of the university's makerspace, was reported to be giving two presentations about 3D printing on Sunday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Deltona Regional Library in an article by The Daytona Beach News-Journal and US Official News on July 31.
  • Assistant Professor of History Leander Seah, Ph.D., provided commentary about the 70th anniversary of the Enola Gay’s delivery of the atomic bomb over Japan in Aug. 6, 1945, in World War II in an article by The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 6.
  • News of a memorial at a Palm Beach County library, named in honor of Betty Batson Bell, founder of the Betty Batson Bell Lecture Series at Stetson, was recently covered by U.S. Official News on July 31.
  • Jake Smith, Stetson student, delivered DeLand’s first secular invocation during a meeting of the DeLand City Commission, as reported in The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Aug. 1.
  • Stetson is undergoing a huge growth to accommodate more students and, as the school grows, DeLand benefits, as reported in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 2.
  • Patrick Hennessey, Ph.D., director of Stetson’s Orchestra, will also be the director for The Space Coast Symphony's JAZZ Orchestra during a concert at 7 p.m., Aug. 8 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy's Scott Center for the Performing Arts, as reported in Florida Today on Aug. 5.
  • Psychology Chair Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., provided commentary on why video games do not cause violent behaviors in an article in Central Florida Future on Aug. 6.
  • On July 30, KTRE featured Stetson Law student Brandon Williams in an article about his study abroad experience turned summer associate position in Spain.
  • The exhibit "A Tradition of Contemporary Ceramics” at the Hand Art Center was featured on exhibits to see in Orlando Sentinel on July 30.

Alumni in the news

  • Brenda Blackburn, Stetson alumna, is one of three finalists to become Berkeley’s new superintendent, as reported in The Post and Courier on Aug. 1.
  • On Aug. 2, The Tampa Tribune featured Law alumna Sheila Scott Griffin in an article about the candidates for the District 7 Seat.
  • According to the Aug. 4 PRLog, Law alumnus Forrest Bass is now Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates.
  • According to the Aug. 5 SpaceCoastDaily, Pete Sweeney and Andrew Lannon’s presentations were accepted for publication in the Stetson Law Review’s Local Government Law Symposium, the premier local government law publication in Florida.
  • According to an Aug. 4 press release from Hurley Rogner Miller Cox & Waranch, P.A., Law grad W. Rogers Turner has been appointed vice chair of the Florida Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Board Certification Review Committee.
  • Stetson alumnus, Casey B. Weade, a retirement-planning professional, provided commentary on how planning for retirement is harder because of hidden fees, explains what kinds of hidden fees exist, and gives solutions to this problem in an article featured on Life & Health on July 31.
  • According to an Aug. 4 press release from Gray Robinson, GrayRobinson shareholder and Stetson Law alumnus John R. Herin, Jr. has obtained his board certification in City, County and Local Government Law from the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization & Education.
  • Starting this fall, Stetson alumna Anna Barcenas will be the assistant principal at Lake Wales High School, as reported in News Chief and The Ledger on Aug. 3. 

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