Eighty-five percent of Stetson Law graduates passed the February Bar exam on the first try, the highest passage rate in Florida and well above the state average of 72.9 percent, according to the Apr. 14 Orlando Sentinel. Florida State graduates came in second with 83 percent. Additional coverage: Nolesports.com, Tallahassee Democrat.
Matt Wilson, Ph.D., published an article on Huffington Post, Apr. 14, reading incentives in college coaching contracts that are tied to either academics or athletics.
Florida Hospital DeLand and Stetson have formalized their partnership, adding enhanced services for students, faculty and staff, according to the Apr. 11 Hometown News.
An Apr. 10 article in Journal-News reports that research by Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, finds that children who read "banned" books were more involved in volunteer work, and that "the influence of banned books on behavior is not worrisome, and may be positive overall."
The Apr. 13 Tampa Tribune lists Stetson College of Law among world-class, higher education institutions in the opinion article, "Ingram: Tampa Bay's Top 20."
Research by Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., on video games and violence is referenced in an Apr. 15 article on NESCA News (neuropsychology blog).
Stetson was mentioned in an Apr. 16 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on a teacher shortage in Volusia County. The county expects to hire 400 teachers for next school year.
The Apr. 15 Creative Loafing reports that Stetson Law in Gulfport is hosting a local art show, Sustainable Farming: Art for Advocacy, featuring students from Gibbs on Apr. 21.
In the West Volusia Beacon, an Apr. 10 article reports on the closing of a downtown DeLand children's museum where Stetson University students, high-schoolers, and local authors and artists donated time. The owner hopes that members of the community will come forward with ideas about possible new locations and other means of keeping the museum open.
The Apr. 15 Elder Law Prof Blog includes a posting by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan, "Congrats to Kim Dayton and co-authors-new book." The April 13 Elder Law Prof Blog includes Professor Morgan's posting, "Congrats to Howard Eglit-New Book." Professor Morgan also wrote the post, "More On Housing" for the Elder Law Prof Blog.
Gillespie Museum has partnered with the Stetson Environmental Coalition to host the 2014 Earth Day: "Keeping it Green at Stetson," according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 9. This annual event showcases the work of a range of student organizations with an environmental mission, including Hatter Harvest, Stetson Cycles, Team Sandhill, the Stetson Environmental Club and the Stetson Scrappers.
The Apr. 9 Targeted News Service reported that Stetson won the Robert Merhige Jr. Environmental Negotiation Competition.
Alumni in the News
Family law attorney Rebecca Palmer of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., appeared on Fox 35 Good Day Orlando, according to the Apr. 11 CityBizList South Florida.
James Pecar, former member of the Stetson a capella group, Hat Trick, is involving his choir students at Chippewa Valley High School (Warren, Mich.) in a fundraising event called A Capella for Autism, according to CandGNews.com on Apr. 16.
An Apr. 6 Daytona Beach News-Journal article discussed Stetson's planned aquatic center on Lake Beresford and its $4.7 million economic impact on Volusia County as well as concerns that neighbors have about the center. A Sarasota Herald-Tribune article on Apr.3, mentioned Stetson as one of several rowing teams that will participate in events at Benderson Park in Sarasota. That article talks about the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center and the competitions that inspired the venue.
Stetson former basketball coach Glenn Wilkes was mentioned in an Apr. 5 USA Today article about events during the Final Four showdown in Texas. Wilkes was honored as an inductee into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame during a brief ceremony in the first half of the Connecticut-Florida game. The article was picked up by dozens of media outlets nationwide.
Violent video games may have a therapeutic effect on gamers, according to research from Stetson's Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Psychology Department, reports the Daily Mail Online, Apr. 7.
Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with the Tampa Bay Times for the Apr. 3 story, "U.S. investigating FSU's handling of Jameis Winston case." Professor Lake also is quoted regarding a federal investigation of FSU Title IX violations in the Apr. 4 Tampa Bay Times and an Apr. 7 Florida Public Radio interview.
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Among a sample of South Texas teens, those who read "banned" books were more likely to be engaged in civic activities such as volunteer work, according to Pacific Standard magazine, which was reporting on research by Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Psychology Department.
According to an article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 3, Stetson University and the Florida Colombia Partners of the Americas sponsored a public forum about climate change and environmental stewardship.
Best Online Colleges has announced its list of 2014 Best Online Accounting Degree Programs and that list includes Stetson according to ExactCPA blog.
DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar mentioned a partnership with Stetson Football in a speech at the State of the Region luncheon, adding that "economic development is a team sport," according to the Apr. 4 Hometown News.
On Apr. 5, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that hosts of the WMFE radio show, "Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys," will record two segments for their radio show at Stetson. The segments will be titled, "What are Millennials Thinking about Religion in the 21st Century." Additional coverage: Orlando Sentinel.
On Apr. 4, Hometown News announced the Apr. 10 opening of Stetson's Student Directed One-Act Play Festival, a potpourri of six short plays written, acted and directed by Stetson students. The plays run through Apr. 13 at Theatre Arts' "Second Stage" located inside the Museum of Art.
Targeted News Service reported on Apr. 4 stating that Stetson has named Jeffrey A. Ulmer vice president for development and alumni engagement. Ulmer joins Stetson from the University of Central Florida where he serves as assistant vice president overseeing fundraising at multiple academic colleges. Prior to that Ulmer was responsible for setting the strategic direction for UCF's Athletic Development Program.
A Mar. 31 article in The Messenger mentioned that Andrew Larson, associate professor of choral studies at Stetson, would conduct a chorus of select middle and high school students who were invited to perform in the All County Honor Music & Superintendent's Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition at the Coral Springs Performing Arts Center. The repertoire for the event consisted of five extremely advanced pieces of music.
Stetson was mentioned in an Apr. 9 blog post on Dyn.com regarding the Transitions East Conference in Tampa.
An article in the Orlando Sentinel on Apr. 8 announces the opening of Les Miserables at the Athens Theatre in DeLand. Craig Uppercue, director of the show, taught at Stetson University and is currently a music specialist for Volusia County Schools.
The Stetson University National Pretrial Competition is mentioned in the Apr. 7 Daily Tribune News article, "Cartersville resident helps bring victory to John Marshall."
According to the Apr. 4 Ocala Star-Banner, Chief Circuit Judge Don Briggs gave a brief history of the legal profession in Florida including information about the first law school in the state, Stetson University.
The current issue of the Paraclete, the magazine of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, includes a profile by Dean and Professor of Law Chris Pietruszkiewicz about the Wills for Veterans program co-sponsored by Stetson, the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar. Listed among St. Pete Bar members in the Paraclete are law students Nicholas Joseph Castellano II, Kimberly Evanne Ferris, Joshua Harris, Todd Alan Hoover, Jazzmine Jenkins, Dr. Gregory E. Jordan, Kathryn Anne Keller, Anna Rae Klausner, Kaitlyn Macomber, Jennifer Perez, Clara Willis and Nicholas Wolfmeyer.
Earth Day activities included Stetson's Apr. 12 event at Gillespie Museum according to VolusiaCountyMoms.com.
Alumni in the News:
The current issue of the Paraclete features a number of Stetson Law graduates: Cary A. Cash is president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar, Brittany J. Maxey is secretary and Shirin M. Vesely is an executive committee member. There is a profile of Stetson Law alumnus St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. There is a feature on the late William L. Penrose, a longtime Community Law Program volunteer and Stetson Law grad who died on Jan. 11. Listed among the St. Petersburg Bar new and reinstated members are Stetson Law alumni: Alvin Kenneth Brown, a sole practitioner, and Edward Izquierdo, an associate with Q Auto and Injury Attorneys.
Joe Negron will run again for his current Florida Senate seat, District 32, according to the Apr. 9, TCPalm.com.
Law alumnus Glenn Storch is quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Neighbors raise questions on Stetson's boathouse plans."
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Florida Trend's April issue includes coverage of the Roland George Investment Program, including the consistency of the program's success in two separate competitions. The article quotes K.C. Ma, Ph.D., C.F.A., director of the George Investments Institute and chair of Applied Investments, as well as students and a graduate of the program.
WKMG-TV reported Mar. 31 on Stetson's plans to build a new aquatic center on Lake Beresford. The center will be used for science research and men and women's rowing team, as well as provide recreational facilities for the community. The county council will consider whether to support the project. Additional coverage: Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Psychology Department, published a blog post on Huffington Post on Mar. 28 which discusses where to draw the line between violent and non-violent video games.
Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Mar. 31 Tampa Bay Times PunditFact article, "Nancy Grace talks Oscar Pistorius: Could Premeditated murder happen 'in the twinkling of an eye?'"
Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with the High Point Enterprise for the Mar. 27 story, "Analyst on hazing – path needed to healing."
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In an article on The Courier-Journal on Mar. 28, Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Psychology Department, was quoted as an expert on violent behavior among youths. The article is about flash mobs in Louisville.
Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Apr. 1 Tampa Tribune article, "Schenecker won't face death penalty in murder trial." Additional coverage: FindLaw.
The New Criterion's April issue picked up a story that originally appeared in the New York Chronicle regarding Stetson choir's visit to New York and performance at Lincoln Center.
A Mar. 26 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on a discussion panel at Stetson featuring notable sports industry figures discussing the role of emerging media in professional sports. The event was sponsored by Stetson's sport business program and Roberson Lecture Series, and organized by Matt Wilson, Ed.D., assistant professor of sport business.
Stetson's online accounting degree program was named one of the best in the country, according to KLTV's Mar. 31 coverage of the announcement by BestOnlineColleges.org. Additional coverage: WTOC, WSFA.
According to Hometown News on Mar. 16, the Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 50th anniversary. Stetson faculty and students from the Biology Department educated the public on "everything from bacteria to turtles." A four-piece jazz combo from Stetson's School of Music performed for the event. Terence Farrell, Ph.D., and Kirsten Work, Ph.D., represented Stetson.
An article in the Stemcellular on Mar. 28 mentions that Stetson sponsors the Mark Twain Young Authors' Workshop each summer in collaboration with the Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo.
Hometown News published an article on Mar. 28 about Stetson's Guitar Program, under the direction of Stephen Robinson, Ph.D., professor of music, presenting visiting performer and internationally renowned guitarist/composer Benjamin Verdery in concert.
On Apr. 2, KTXD reported that Jeffrey A. Ulmer has been named vice president for development and alumni engagement at Stetson. Additional coverage: KEYC.
An article in the Orlando Sentinel on Mar. 31 announced that Friends Talking Faith radio show will visit Stetson. The Three Wise Guys -- Rabbi Steven Engel, Imam Muhammad Musri and Rev. Bryan Fulwider -- will record two segments of their show at the DeLand campus, Apr. 9 at 7 p.m.
On Apr. 1 Tampa Bay Times reported that a bike rally celebrating alternative transportation will start from Stetson Law on Friday, Apr. 4.
On Mar. 31, Smart Meetings featured Anne Hamilton, vice president of resort sales and services at Disney Destinations, and a graduate of Stetson's M.B.A. program. Hamilton talks about spending nights and weekends studying at Stetson while working.
Scott Williams has been named the boys head basketball coach at Apopka High School in Apopka, Fla. Williams was formerly head coach at Wekiva High School.
On Mar. 31, the Telegraph reported that law alumnus Jason Logan was promoted to partner in the Macon, Ga., office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP.
Law alumnus Joe Jarret has authored the cover article of the Tennessee Bar Association, "Snakebit."
Ryan Pagels is featured in a Mar. 27 article on Ocala.com for his performance on piano at the Marion Chamber Music Society.