Initiative A, Objective 1: Strive for Vision-Driven Distinctiveness
Stetson University maintains its fifth-place ranking out of 132 schools on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of Best Regional Universities in the South. US News also includes Stetson on its lists for (rank): Best Value Schools (6); Best Colleges for Veterans (5); and Best Online Graduate Business Programs — Excluding MBA (29) for its nationally recognized online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program; and Best Online MBA Programs (84). Additionally, US News ranks Stetson University College of Law first for Trial Advocacy and third for Legal Writing.
Stetson University ranked as one of "The Best Colleges for Your Money," according to Time's MONEY magazine. The magazine looked at 2,400 public and private colleges and universities nationwide and ranked them based on 27 factors, including educational quality, affordability and alumni success. Stetson was listed among the 711 best colleges in the country.
Michael P. Allen, director of the Stetson University College of Law Veterans Law Institute and a professor of Law, was selected by President Trump for a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims based in Washington, D.C. Allen is a renowned expert on the law of veterans' benefits, and has testified before Congress and written widely on veterans' benefits issues.
Stetson Law's Advocacy Center continued its record-breaking achievements with multiple wins at trial and court competitions, and once again the College of Law was named #1 in Trial Advocacy by US News and World Report. Stetson Law also continues to build on its success in Bar Preparation and career development with more than 90 percent of its class employed.
Stetson alumnus Gerard Marino (1998) composed the award-winning soundtrack for Playstation's God of War video game. His God of War music has been performed by orchestras on six continents, as well as by the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
Three male opera singers, each a recent Stetson alumnus, debuted in opera houses across the world – two of them in famous La Scala in Italy and one at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, England. Cameo Humes and Donovan Singletary (Class of 2006) performed in Porgy and Bess; Tai Oney (2007) performed in The Firework-Maker's Daughter.
Fall 2017 marks the start of the new Centurion Sales Excellence Program, offering a major and a minor in sales. Students will learn how to meet the needs of consumers and sell products and services with multiple courses in sales, communication and negotiations, as well as practical labs.
The School of Music will present 15 concerts from Aug. 26 through September, plus an additional 35 performances through Dec. 4. "We're really proud of what we bring to Central Florida in terms of artistic presentation and the quality of our performances. There aren't that many cities in Florida, let alone small towns like DeLand, that offer a season like this — where on almost any given night you're able to hear something spectacular. And for the most part, the concerts are free."
Stetson University School of Business Administration began offering a new concentration in the fall 2016 — the first of its kind in the State of Florida — that allows undergraduate finance majors to meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner designation exam upon graduation.
The Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, within the College of Law, received the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award from the American Bar Association. The award was in recognition of leadership in improving the substance, process and understanding of environmental issues.
Stetson Law student Samantha Sobel won first place in the Yanez & Associates Law Scholarship Essay Contest and Scholarship Program for her essay on domestic violence in America. Her goal is to increase awareness of the issue.
Stetson University begins its one-hundred-tenth season with Neil Simon’s wacky comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," set in 1953 on the 23rd floor of a building in New York. As he has done in other plays, Neil Simon has managed to take part of his life experience and translate it into very funny characters in a very funny story. In a way, it is a form of Reality TV – just in the theater instead.
Stetson's Lucas Diniz is the first Hatter to be named men's national player of the week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Stetson football team is preparing for the 2015-16 season, now in its fourth year since the start of the program. Head Coach Roger Hughes is hopeful that the team will improve, which he sees as essential for a successful season.