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Stetson University In the News

July 10-16, 2015

Top stories in the news

  • David Sawyer, a Stetson student, created a new web application that is designed to capture personalized legacies so history will not be forgotten between generations, according to the Daily Herald on July 14. Additional coverage: StockNod, DigitalMediaWire, and 87 other news sources.
  • Susan Rozelle, associate dean at the College of Law, wrote an editorial on the Supreme Court’s recent opinion on capital punishment that ran as an exclusive to the Tampa Bay Times on July 7.
  • Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., professor of political science, was quoted in a July 14 Tampa Tribune article about a $10,000 political donation from a red light camera firm to Tampa's Mayor Buckhorn. Bailey’s comments explained why it is OK for the mayor to accept the donation. Additional coverage: 970WFLA, WoodRadio and 620WDAE.
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, was quoted in a July 8 Harvard Crimson article regarding the Supreme Court review of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Other news

  • Ellen Podgor, professor of law, was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times on July 13 in an article regarding President Obama's grant of clemency to past drug offenders.
  • Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, was included in a July 10 article in Game Skinny for his research, which shows that playing violent video games does not increase violent tendencies. The article focuses specifically on how even people with mental disorders did not become more violent while playing video games. The Odyssey also reported on Ferguson’s study which focused on violent video games being able to decrease violence.
  • Jason Bent, professor of law, was quoted by The Ledger and Tampa Bay Times on July 9 in an article about a legal settlement alleging unfair pay practices by The Hurricane Restaurant.
  • Florida Politics, WUSF, and the Tampa Tribune reported that Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Stetson College of Law alumna, held a press conference in the lobby of the Tampa Law Center on July 8 to discuss the Florida’s multimillion dollar settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase.
  • Sven Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, provided comments on why some Volusia County residents feel better living without AC in an article published by The Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 10.
  • Stetson was mentioned in a July 10 Daytona Beach News-Journal article for hosting a Peer Fitness Program that helps train firefighters to keep fit and healthy.
  • Jimmy John’s will open its first location in downtown DeLand and deliver sandwiches directly to Stetson students at their residence hall, according to a July 13 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Joshua Rust, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, explored the moral behavior of ethics professors in collaboration with the writer of a July 14 article in Aeon.
  • Haley Crum Blanton, a part-time law student, is a finalist in the Business Services category as Businesswoman of the Year, according to the July 10 Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Alumni in the news

  • On July 9, The Monday Morning Quarterback ranked Stetson Law alumnus Rich McKay the 10th-most influential person of the 2015 NFL season.
  • Stetson Law alumnus Michael Babboni was quoted by Newswire on July 9 regarding the recent crash at Daytona's Coke Zero 400.
  • On July 9, Adams & Reese reported that Stetson Law alumna Lynn Sherman has been appointed Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar’s Bankruptcy/UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) Committee.
  • On July 13, The Daily Times reported that Stetson Law alumna Sandra M. Urban was unanimously appointed to the Aldan, PA City Council.

July 2-9, 2015

Top stories in the news

  • Professor of Law Peter Lake spoke with the Harvard Crimson for the July 3 article, “Education Department Backs Away from College Rating System.” Individual quoted Professor Lake on July 2 in an article addressing the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to release a data tool for prospective students and their families to compare colleges this summer. Inside Higher Education quoted Lake on June 30 in an article addressing the increased use of external adjudicators in Title IX claims of sexual assault. The story also ran in MyInforms.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s article in the Brennan Center for Justice is quoted in the SCOTUSblog July 2 Thursday round-up on the topic of the Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent. Professor Torres-Spelliscy participated in the Twitter Town Hall with CNN commentator Donna Brazile #BetterPolitics.
  • Stetson Professor Laura Crysel and her research on “Hogwarts Houses Correspond to Real Psychological Personality Traits New Study Finds,” was featured in The Medical Chronicles,, and several other blogs including,,
  • Everyday Life - Global Post July 7, featured Stetson as the first of a few universities in Florida with strong creative writing programs.
  • On July 2, U.S. News University, Upworthy and Ihomeidea published Stetson Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson’s study, which found that violent video games do not correlate to violent behaviors in real life.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with the Harvard Crimson for the July 3 article, “Education Department Backs Away from College Rating System.”
  • Stetson University Provost Beth Paul is quoted in the July 3 Tampa Bay Business Journal article “Education Roundtable: The Root of the Problem.”
  • On July 4, the Daily Tribune reported that former Law Adjunct Professor David T. Tirella has joined McKeen & Associates as an associate.
  • Daily Chronicle July 3, and, July 8, reported that Stetson student Madisyn Russell is one of the recipients of the Mary K. Roberts Scholarship Foundation for the 2015-2016 year.
  • On July 3, The Daytona Beach News-Journal published an article about Holly Hill's Solar-Fit Company celebrating its 40th anniversary, and featured how Stetson implemented 143 solar panels to heat Stetson’s pool in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailey was featured in Mark Lane’s column in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, July 4: Bailey was approved to help with the 10-year check-up of Volusia County’s Charter—to suggest updates and improvements before it goes to the voters. (Bailey was among the original writers of the County’s Charter.)
  •, on several TV stations, including WGN, WNDY, discussed former Hatter standout, Jacob DeGrom, selected last year as NL Rookie of the Year - 2014, and the article, “239 reasons to love Baseball and America,” in July 3 issue of mentions Stetson’s current baseball standout catcher, Patrick Mazeika.
  •, July 5, reported that Courtney Krueger, business management alum, from Stetson, has been working as an associate financial representative at Northwestern Mutual for more than a year.
  • Renovations at the former Clarion Inn are underway, as reported in the West Volusia Beacon, and will be completed in October, for the assisted living facility. Stetson students will continue living in the top two floors until the contract is complete.
  • In the Business Briefs, July 2, West Volusia Beacon, it’s reported that Eveline Kraljic, business graduate from Stetson, has been named new chief operating officer of the Council on Aging of Volusia County.
  • Also included in the Beacon’s Business Briefs, July 2: DeLand names new facility management at Florida Hospital DeLand, Jeffery Bates, Stetson business alum.
  • “Sweet! DeLand tax-base robust, growing,” in West Volusia Beacon, July 6, features Stetson University.
  • The West Volusia Beacon, July 2, in “West Volusia History,” reported from the June 20-22, 2005 edition, that Stetson would be tearing down the historic Hulley Tower because it was unsafe to surrounding historic buildings.
  • Daytona Beach News-Journal, July 9, reports on a CATALYST banquet (Children and Adults Together Achieving Leadership, Inspiration, Success and Trust), celebrating five years in Volusia County, was held at Stetson.

Alumni in the news

  • “Four ways to protect children from sexual abuse” published on blog, is written by Stetson alum Boz Tchividjian.
  • Business and Marketing graduate Madison Orr Hauerstein is named new executive director of Tampa Bay’s The Arc, serving clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as reported in the Tampa Bay Newspapers
  • Sharon Whitehead, graduate alumna, was honored as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Somerset Community College, reported in Targeted News Service.
  • On July 1, Florida Politics reported that the Trial Lawyers Bar honored Stetson Law Alumna Kathleen Passidomo as a Top Legislature.
  • Stetson Law alumnus Richard Johnson was quoted on July 1 in The Mount Airy News about his unusual gift he gave to his father.
  • On July 1 Adams and Reese reported that Stetson Law alumnus Tom Dart has been named to the Executive Council for the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.
  • On July 3 the Stuart News reported that Stetson Law alumnus Jonathan Chane has announced his candidacy for Congress.

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