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Stetson University In the News

July 10-17, 2014

  • Stetson University alumna Alison Kearney was one of 30 teachers honored by Major League Baseball at this year's All-Star Game for making a difference in the lives of her students and community. The teachers were recognized at this year's All-Star Game on July 15 for dedication to the classroom and their impact on students. The All-Star Teacher Contest, co-sponsored by People magazine, allowed fans nationwide to cast votes for a pool of 90 finalists. One winner represented each MLB team and Kearney represented the Tamp Bay Rays.
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, spoke with the American Constitution Society about campaign finance reform for a July 14 video program.
  • Darryl Wilson, professor of law, spoke with the Daytona Beach News-Journal about property owners ordered by a judge to leave their homes for a July 14 story.
  • Hari Pulapaka, associate professor of mathematics and professional chef, posted a blog on Huffington Post on the differences between teaching and cooking.

Other Stories in the News

  • Stetson University students participated in research measuring the happiness of DeLand residents, according to Daytona Beach News Journal on July 9.
  • On July 11, Hometown News mentioned the participation of Stetson University biology professors in developing wildlife survey protocol and design for use at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Stetson University's men's and women's tennis programs were recently honored with both team and individual academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal on July 11. Additional Coverage: Tennis News.
  • The American Business Women's Association Homestead Charter Chapter has announced Mallor Sekel, Stetson University senior, the recipient of the 2014 Homestead Chapter Scholarships, according to Cutler Bay News on July 16.
  • Florida Senate President Don Gaetz appointed Jim Henderson, former member of the Board of Advisors for Stetson University's School of Business Administration, to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors, according to SaintPetersBlog on July 15.
  • Laura Snell, adjunct professor of law, is mentioned in the July 14 Tampa Tribune article, "Judicial races in Pinellas and Pasco."
  • Elder Law Prof Blog features the blog post, "Free Time- What Do You Do for Fun?" by Rebecca Morgan, professor of law, on July 13.
  • Stetson University professors provided information for an article on how to tell whether you would be a good accountant on
  • Former art professor Fred Messersmith was mentioned in a July 16 article in Martha's Vinyard Times regarding the sixtieth anniversary of an art gallery.

Alumni in the News

  • Maria Zouves, executive director of VOICExperience, brings opera to USF, according to The Oracle on July 14.
  • John Adams is the headline artist for this month's exhibition at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, according to the Bainbridge Island Review on July 11.
  • Michael Hirthler was mentioned in the people briefs on July 13.
  • Katherine Schnauss Naugle was named to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers' 2014 class of Leaders in the Law at the organization's annual convention.
  • Tom James will be nominated as Kentucky Baptist Convention president at the organization's annual meeting in November, according to Western Recorder.
  • Jeff Barbacci, shareholder at Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., has been installed as chairman of the Florida Institute of CPAs, according to the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce website on July 16.
  • Susan St. John, prosecutor with the state attorney's office, has been endorsed by the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee as a candidate for Circuit Court judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Group 1, according to the July 16
  • Zach Chalifour, CPA for James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, has been promoted to senior manager, according to the July 16 Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce website.

June 6-19, 2014

Top Stories

  • Charles Rose, professor of law, was interviewed twice on KPAM radio on June 4 and 5 about the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, recently released from captivity by the Taliban. Rachel VanLandingham, visiting professor of law, was the guest on an hour-long NPR show on WHYY on June 6 in Philadelphia discussing the Sgt. Bergdahl case.
  • John Jett, visiting research professor in the Biology Department, was interviewed by Associated Press on orcas and their lives in captivity. Jett is a former SeaWorld trainer who appeared in the movie "Blackfish" to educate others on the poor conditions for these captive whales. Additional coverage: Park Record, MYnorthwest, NEWSOK, TwinCities, and MSNtravel.
  • Charles Rose, professor of law, spoke with Associated Press, June 5, about statements made to a jury by a member of the military that could influence other cases. The story ran in the Courier-Journal and other outlets across the country.
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, spoke with the Chronicle of Higher Education for the June 6 story, "Why Colleges Are on the Hook for Sexual Assault."

Other Stories in the News

  • Judith Scully, professor of law, spoke with the Florida Times-Union for the June 16 story, Number of black judges in Jacksonville area low, concerning many.
  • Charles Rose, professor of law, spoke with the Houston Chronicle for the June 17 story, Drug trafficker goes from billboards to invisible.
  • Michael Allen, associate dean of the College of Law, is quoted in the Sun Sentinel June 10 regarding veterans affairs.
  • Stetson's pet-friendly campus has sparked a desire for more pet-friendly universities, according to The Herald Tribune on June 13. Additional Coverage: NewsChief and TheLedger.
  • Daytona Beach News Journal references the 15-week process of internships for education majors in a June 8 article.
  • Press Box discussed Stetson in its article, "Holiday near the beach," June 7.
  • According to Newschief on June 8, Stetson is loser of the week because of the loss of funding for Sage Hall. Additional Coverage: TheLedger.
  • Al Jazeera published Jamil Khader's, professor of English, article entitled, Palfest: "Who represents whom in literature," on June 9.
  • Gainesville Sun mentions Peggy MacDonald, adjunct professor of history, in a June 8 article, saying she led a discussion and held a book signing for her book, "Marjorie Harris Carr: Florida's Defender of the Environment."
  • According to Volusia County Moms on June 5, Patrick C. Coggins, Ph.D., professor of multicultural education, will have a presentation at The Caribbean American Heritage Festival in Deltona.
  • Daytona Beach News Journal referenced Stetson's garden, Hatter Harvest, in an article about community gardens on June 9.
  • The West Volusia Beacon discussed Stetson's Carlton Union Building as a part of the JAMfest celebrations on June 9. Hometown News discussed Stetson's movie under the stars as a part of JAMfest on June 13. Additional coverage of Stetson's involvement in JAMfest appeared in the Daytona Beach News Journal.
  • According to Hometown News, Stetson participated in the Juneteenth celebrations on June 13.
  • Susan M. Ryan, dean of DuPont-Ball Library and Digital Learning Resources, will be speaking at the LITA Lightning Presentations on June 28.
  • The Observer News reported on Gibsonton Middle School's need for funding for their fieldtrip to colleges such as Stetson on June 16.
  • KEYCTV announces Kathryn Hamilton launch initiative for juvenile defendants called Justice Grows.
  • The June 5 Targeted News Service reported that a course at Stetson explores sea turtle conservation.
  • Paul Boudreaux, professor of law, is quoted in a June 4 Tampa Bay Times story regarding submerged land in St. Petersburg bought by mysterious trust.
  • Michael Allen, associate dean and professor of law, is quoted in the Orlando Sentinel and June 10 Sun Sentinel article, "Drop suit, join realistic efforts to reform V.A."
  • Louis Virelli, professor of law, spoke with WMNF radio for the June 12 Radioactivity program, "Florida Legislature passes resolution for new U.S. Constitutional Convention."
  • Rebecca Morgan, professor of law and alumna, wrote several blog posts for Elder Law Prof Blogs regarding a variety of topics.
  • Charles Elson, former Stetson professor of law, is quoted in the Tampa Bay Times regarding corporate cultures at GM and Bank of America.
  • Bay News 9 reports that representatives from C-W Bill Young V.A. Medical Center, the Veteran's Benefits Administration and Stetson College of Law were on hand to talk with vets at an event at Congressman David Jolly's office on June 17.
  • TBNWeekly reported on June 16 that Stetson College of Law staff member Julie Safan and alumna Jaye Ann Terry are presenting the play they co-wrote with Amanda Dodge at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg on June 26.
  • Chris Ferguson, associate professor and chair of psychology, is quoted in a June 18 article on Live Science regarding whether superheroes model damaging gender roles to kids.
  • Daytona Beach News Journal quoted Zaygamali Hemani, spokesman for Stetson's Muslim Student Association, in a June 18 article about Muslims in Volusia County who watch the violence in Iraq, but hope for unity.

Alumni in the News

  • Joshua Colwell, Ph.D., a UCF physics professor and assistant director of the Florida Space Institute, will lead an experiment destined for space. COSNEWS says the experiment will look at how a projectile launched into simulated moon dust or asteroid material will behave in weightlessness. Knowledge of this behavior will help scientists understand future operations on asteroids or low-gravity moons for study and resource collection.
  • Corley Groves was mentioned in the Daytona Beach News as a prospective teacher for the Volusia County where she hopes to bring her interest in theater into her a classroom. Groves' senior research project used dramatic arts to help engage students academically.
  • Vincent D'Agostino, College of Law alumnus, was featured in a June 10 Tampa Bay Times story about his internship at the White House.
  • Suzanne Boy, College of Law alumna, was elected to the Canterbury School Board of Trustees according to the June 6 Naples Daily News.
  • Paunece Scull, assistant state attorney and College of Law alumna, is running for circuit judge according to the June 10 Florida Keys News.
  • A June 12 Florida Keys News article reports that former Key West City Commissioner Bill Chappell was awarded a law degree from Stetson College of Law.
  • Tracy Jungar will be admitted as an assurance partner in Orlando according to WLTZ on June 17. Additional Coverage: NTVabc, tickertech, KPLCtv, FOX54, abc8, kstc45, WICU12, GTN News, WDRB, KNOE8, WTRF7, 9&10 News, KUAM News, WBOY12, WAVE3News, KUSI News, WRCB, Review Seeker, city biz list, pwc, News12.
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine reports that 181 College of Law alumni have been selected as Rising Stars and 298 have been selected as Super Lawyers in the June Florida Super Lawyers magazine.
  • Michael Marcone owns MarcOne Appraisal and Development, LLC, and is a certified appraiser, according to on June 13.

May 30-June 5, 2014

Top Stories

Other Stories in the News

  • Julia Schmitt, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre arts, and Joel Davis, associate professor of English were quoted in the article, "Shakespeare: the author or not?" in The Daytona Beach News Journal June 1.
  • CBCnews quoted Christopher Ferguson, PhD., associate professor and chair of psychology, about the media naming rampage killers on June 1. Additional Coverage: Dunia Kita, Top Storinfo.
  • Evolution included Christopher Ferguson, PhD., associate professor and chair of the department of psychology in the article, New Science Explores Female Competition, on May 31.
  • Barry Altman, Rabbi and adjunct professor of religious studies, visited Congregation B'nai Israel, according to on May 30.
  • An article written by Christopher Ferguson, PhD., associate professor and chair of the department of psychology, which appeared in Time magazine, was mentioned in a blog on BooksLive May 29.
  • Stetson's Online Accounting Program was mentioned in the article, Actionable Accounting How to Distinguish Yourself as an Accountant, on MNN June 2.
  • Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., president of Stetson, spoke to The Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at the celebration of their 100 anniversary, according to Serve In The Light Of Truth
  • The New York Times quotes Pete Dunn, baseball coach, an article about Jacob deGrom being a shortstop replacement for the Mets on May 30.
  • HISD Multilingual Program quotes Karen Ryan, Dean of the college of arts and sciences; professor of Russian language and literature, in the article, Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices published April 25.
  • KAIT reports on May 30 that "Stetson Students Respond to President's Clemency Initiative." The article also appeared in multiple other media outlets.
  • Stamford Advocate published the May 30 article "Book Launch Benefits Frederick B. Karl Scholarship for Veterans at Stetson University." The article also appeared in multiple other media outlets.
  • Elder Law Prof Blog ran a post by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan called Driverless Cars: Just Passengers Needed on June 2.
  • The Wisconsin Law Journal reports on May 28 that the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson College of Law maintains a beneficial forensic database.

Alumni in the News

  • Brazil Times reported that May 2014 Law graduate Kayla Cash received the Michael P. Allen Award for Excellence and Professionalism and other accolades at commencement.
  • Bert Reeves won the Republican primary for State House District 34, Georgia legislature, according to the May 21 Marietta Daily Journal.
  • Michael Marder has been selected as a Finalist for the Daily Business Review's 2014 Top Dealmakers of the Year award in the Real Estate Finance category.
  • Amy Drushal of Trenam Kemker has been elected to the ABA's Law Practice Division, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Aisha Sanchez of FordHarrison was a panelist on the LGBTA Rountable at the Florida Diversity and Leadership Conference in Orlando, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Luis Viera of Ogden Sullivan was re-appointed by the Tampa City Council for another three-year term as a member of the City of Tampa Civil Service Board, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • L.T. Lafferty of Holland & Knight presented the topic "Hospice Enforcement and Compliance" at the Health Care Compliance Association Annual Institute, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Tara Carroll of Trenam Kemker in Tampa has been named a finalist for the St. Petersburg Chamber's 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Kamilah L. Perry joined The Perry Law Group as a partner, opening the law firm's Tampa branch. Perry will focus on labor and employment law, as well as civil litigation, bankruptcy, and real estate, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Colby Hearn has joined Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns in its Tampa and St. Petersburg offices. Hearn focuses on business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and debtor/creditor rights, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.
  • Todd R. Dobry has joined Ward Damon in West Palm Beach as an associate. Dobry focuses on zoning, land use, comprehensive planning, and permitting issues. Dobry also acts as an advisor for new businesses, as well as modifying current corporate structures, according to the June 1 Florida Bar News.

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