Time is Running Out! Submit your nominations for the Annual Employee Recognition Awards Today!

Quality of Service Announcement!
Now is the time to submit your nominations for the Annual Employee Recognition Awards! Winners will be announced at the Employee Recognition event on April 17, 2017. Each award recipient will receive a plaque and a check for one hundred dollars. Show your appreciation and nominate a deserving colleague or co-worker.
Any full-time active or regular part-time employee of Stetson University may be considered for nomination of an employee recognition award.
Deadline for all nominations is Monday, April 3, 2017. Those who submit a nomination will be entered for a chance to win one of two special gifts valued at $50 that will be given away at the award ceremony. One entry will be given for each AWARD CATEGORY in which you nominate someone.
ADAPTER OF THE YEAR – A flexible individual who adjusts quickly and readily to changes within the department due to evolving technology, new schedules, or other job responsibilities.
COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR – An individual who is able to convey information in such a clear manner that it is satisfactorily received by all segments of the Stetson Community.
EXTRA MILE AWARD – An individual who goes beyond their job description to help others when needed without complaint or expectation.
MENTOR OF THE YEAR – An admired individual who has supported, guided and encouraged others with their careers at Stetson.
MONEY SAVER OF THE YEAR – An individual who has effectively reduced costs for their department or the University.
MORALE BUILDER OF THE YEAR – A positive individual who consistently boosts the spirits of others with friendliness, enthusiasm and encouragement.
P.A.R. AWARD – An individual who embodies the three characteristics of this award – Professionalism, Attitude and Reliability.
PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE YEAR – A solution finder; the coworker that people call when something goes wrong, or when they have a question or situation for which they don’t have an answer.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – An individual whose passion and actions both on and off campus exemplify their commitment to Stetson’s core values.
SPIRIT OF STETSON – The person who embodies the true spirit of Stetson University every day and who has traits of several of the award categories. This person is a representation of Stetson University’s core values. The winner is selected by the Council from the entire list of nominees.
Tell us why this person deserves the award.  The award selection process is based on content of the written nomination and applicability to the specific award definition — not on the number of nominations an employee receives in any given category. We want to know what makes your nominee special. Please share with us why this person is deserving of the award by giving examples or stories that show why they are worthy. All information is considered CONFIDENTIAL and will not be accessible to anyone other than council members, although quotes may be used during presentation of awards to winners. Following the announcement, all original nominations will be filed with Human Resources.
Email Quality of Service Directly at qos@stetson.edu
The following employees have received awards within the past three years or are currently on the Quality of Service Council and are INELIGIBLE to be nominated this year.
2015-2016 Winners
Al Allen
Albert Aguirre
Maria Marrero
Dr. James Mallet
Jimmy Kelly
Kim Oates
Debbie Hines
Robert Berwick
Savannah Jane Griffin
Colin McFarlane
2014-2015 Winners:
Sandy Aubrey
Marj Burrhus
Kim Canup
Tonya Curran
Robert Hanks
Nora Huth
Amy McAfoos-Schaefer
Melissa Peters
Trena Wetherington
2013-2014 Winners:
Dee Carpenter
Amy Dedes
Sandee Farrington
Sidney Johnston
Brian Johnson
Nancy Kernan
RC Stabile
Debbie Tate
Linda Zack
Quality of Service Council Members:
Tonya Curran, Chair
Mary Bernard, Ex-Officio
Karen Alexander
Theresa Caroll
Nicole Currie
Bobby Davidson
Maurin Johnson
Donna Loftus
Donna Nassick
Denise Vega
Claudine Verdone
Betty Whiteman, Ex-Officio
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Hello Hatters!

As the buzz goes around campus, we in Academic Advising wanted to share some very important information about registering for Fall semester courses. Below are some very important things you need to know:

  1. Advising Week is next week, March 27 – March 31. Students should plan to meet with their faculty advisors.
  2. All students must meet with their Faculty Advisors to obtain their registration PINs.
  3. The registration processes can be confusing the first few times. To make this easier we have created a step-by-step outline that can be viewed here: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/16579192-how-to-register-for-classes

Registration opens at different times depending on the amount of credits students have earned. Students may check the amount of credits earned by looking on their Degree Audit. Below is the time line:

Earned Credits * Days and Times for Registration

96+ Monday, April 3 at 9 p.m.
64-95 Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m.
48-63 Wednesday, April 5 at 9 p.m.
32-47 Thursday, April 6 at 9 p.m.
0-31 Monday, April 10 at 9 p.m.

*Credits earned does not include current credits enrolled in.

*Student athletes in on-season sports may have priority registration. If you are unaware if this is you, please contact Academic Success at 386-822-7345.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Academic Advising at 386-822-7345, or schedule an appointment using the Stetson SSC.


Thank you,

Academic Advising


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Dining Feedback = FREE Coffee!

We want your feedback!  Let us know how we can improve and receive a coupon for a free coffee beverage in the Coffee Shop Kiosk (valued up to $5)!

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/sudining  or Text: VTMY to 99299

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March Faculty Spotlight Presentation: Dr. Valrie Chambers

The March 2017 Faculty Spotlight features Dr. Valrie Chambers, Associate Professor of Accounting, who will speak on her summer research, “Potential Tax Implications of NCAA Family Travel Allowances.”

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (lunch available at 11:30 a.m.)
Location: duPont-Ball Library, 25 L
All are welcome!

To view more information on this topic and presenter as well as RSVP for lunch, click the link below:


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Take Control of Your Digestive Health Now

Do you or someone you know suffer from occasional bloating, abdominal discomfort or pain, or infrequent but reoccurring gastrointestinal distress? Have you ever wondered if probiotics or other digestive aids could help? Then you should consider joining the Digestive Health study conducted in the Department of Health Sciences.

Under the supervision of Health Sciences faculty, Dr. Michele Skelton, undergraduate students Gary Music and Makayla Owens are looking for students, faculty and staff interested in a 4-week study on digestive health.  If you qualify for the study, you will be provided at no cost to you a series of digestive screening tests.  You may also qualify for a 4-week supply of probiotics and/or digestive supplements. Supplies are limited so act quickly. To learn more about the Digestive Health Study, contact Michele Skelton at mskelton@stetson.edu, Gary Music at gmusic@stetson.edu or Makayla Owens at mhowens@stetson.edu.

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Senior Research Participants Needed

Good Evening,

My name is Danielle Franquiz and I am a Psychology major here at Stetson. I am currently working on my senior research, which is looking at common societal stereotypes and self-satisfaction in today’s society. This research is being supervised by Dr. Danielle Lindner and has been approved by Stetson’s Institutional Review Board. In order to participate in the study you must be a Hispanic college woman between 18 and 23 years old. Students who take this survey may earn course credit (at instructor discretion) or a chance to win a $15 gift card to Starbucks.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at dfranqui@stetson.edu.


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Free Shabbat Dinner This Friday

Hillel invites everyone to our monthly Shabbat dinner, which will be this Friday in Allen Hall at 7 p.m. Come enjoy some good food while learning some songs led by Rabbi Barry Altman!

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Using Stetson SSC for Advising Week Appointments

DeLand Campus Faculty Advisors,

This is a reminder that the Stetson SSC (Student Success Collaborative) software is available for all faculty at the DeLand campus to use for scheduling student meetings for Advising Week. The SSC campaign feature is a great way to reduce the administrative burden of scheduling these meetings and make it easier for students to sign up, improving the experience for both you and your students. The benefits of using this program for your scheduling include:

  • You control what times are available for your students so you never lose control of your calendar;
  • Built-in email and text-message reminders for your students so they are less likely to miss your meeting;
  • Students book their meeting with you online, eliminating the need for back and forth email exchanges or sign-up sheets outside your door;
  • Email notification to your Stetson account and creation of an Outlook calendar event whenever an appointment is booked;
  • Tracking of who has and has not signed up with the ability to send an email reminder to those who have not signed up with just a few clicks.

New Feature: Ability to search for your Secondary Advisees, too!

The hyperlinked online user guide will take you step by step with screen captures through the process of 1) syncing your Outlook calendar, 2) setting your availability, and 3) launching your campaign. But if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Colin MacFarlane or Aaron Distler at x 27127, or via email at cmacfarl@stetson.edu and adistler@stetson.edu.

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Writing and Immigrant Rights: Letters to a Detention Center

How can we respond to immigration policies through writing?  How can we be allies with immigrants who are undocumented?  This presentation will explore these questions and writing projects at an immigration detention center: letters, petitions, and op-eds.  Over 3 million people have been deported since 2008, and because of a mandate from Congress in 2009, over 200 detention centers, mostly run by private corporations, hold 34,000 detainees/day at a cost to taxpayers of $120/day.  We need to give more attention to the fact that not everyone has the ability to become a citizen and some students do not have the same legal protections.

For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Dunning at ldunning@stetson.edu.  This event will be held at the Welcome Center’s Lynn Presentation Room at 3 p.m. on March 30.

Cultural credit available.

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Senior Research Participants Needed

Undergraduate student Kelsey Coulter is working under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Lindner, Assistant Professor of Psychology, to conduct a study investigating the effects of mental health outreach on mental illness recognition. All undergraduate students over the age of 18, who are not psychology majors/minors or gender studies minors, and who have not completed psychology courses higher than the 101 level are eligible for participation. Participation involves completion of survey materials that should take approximately 20-30 minutes. Upon completion of the surveys, participants may enter a drawing for a gift card. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to schedule a time to participate: https://calendly.com/krcoulte. Once you have booked a time that is convenient for you, a confirmation email will be sent to you confirming the location of your participation.

If you have questions about the study, please contact Kelsey Coulter at krcoulte@stetson.edu.

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Time is Running Out … To Get a Job

Graduating Seniors:

“Time is Running Out … To Get a Job”
When: Friday, March 24, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Stetson University, Lynn Business Center, Lobby
Check-in and registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

1 p.m. – “Resume 101 & Interviewing Skills, and Tactics” (The Walt Disney Corporation)
2 p.m. – “The Keys to Networking: Face to Face & Social Media” (Charles Schwab and John Sheehy)
3 p.m. – “Take The Stress Out Of Choosing Your Professional Career Path” (The Walt Disney Corporation)
4 p.m. – “The Elevator Pitch and ‘Selling’ your Skills to Future Employers” (Dr. Tod Cox)
5 p.m. – “Networking with Employers!” (The Walt Disney Corp., Charles Schwab, Peace Corps, and Bankers Life)

Seniors, who pre-register and attend the event, will receive a free Professional padfolio.

We encourage students to register through their HatterJobs account.

If you anticipate any barriers to your access, participation, transportation to, or inclusion in this event, please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at (386) 822-7315 or career@stetson.edu.


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Science Saturday program at the Gillespie Museum: Space Rocks and Physics Demonstrations

 On Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Gillespie Museum will host its monthly Science Saturday. This month’s event focuses on Space Rocks and Dazzling Physics.

 In the museum, collector John Catiller will share his meteorites, fulgarites and space travel memorabilia, with presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

 In Sage Science Center, at 11:30 a.m., students from the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will offer a dazzling display of physics experiments, including a demonstration of the wavelengths of sound, using a standing-wave flame tube; a Magdeburg Hemisphere vacuum tug-of-war; and some of the dazzling effects of liquid nitrogen.

 Scientists and their families are asked to start at the Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Museum guides will lead visitors to activities at both sites. The Gillespie’s collection and earth science displays will also be open for informal tours.

Science Saturdays are held monthly at the museum, giving Stetson faculty and undergraduates an opportunity to teach scientific principles and current practices to young scientists. The programs are free and open to all. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information: 386.822.7330 or gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu


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Nominees for Student Employee of the Month

The office of Student Employment would like to congratulate the following students for their nomination as Student Employee of the Month! They have been recognized by their supervisors for their initiative, leadership, and positive mentorship. We would like to thank these students for the significant impact in their position. The committee will announce their selection next week.

Jasmine Allen, Neil Bondurant, Colin Brown, Melissa Cardona Turcios, Steven Ersing, Abigail Goodin, Elsa Guevara, Anthony Harwood, Michelle Pope, Caitlin Prestridge, and Justin Reynolds.

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Alternative Spring Break Exec Board Applications Closing Friday

Stetson’s Alternative Spring Break Exec Board is looking to hire 4 students for the 2017/2018 academic year. This essential group of students plans and leads their peers on three different weeklong service trips. There are 3 Site Leader positions open and one position for Director of Logistics and Fundraising. You can be part of life changing experiences for fellow Stetson students. Apply today because applications close Friday, March 24 –  https://orgsync.com/43902/forms/242590.

For more information contact Clare Sullivan at cesulliv@stetson.edu.

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Writing Series – Academic Writing

There will be another Writing Series Workshop on Wednesday, March 22! It will be located in the East Room of the duPont-Ball Library from 6-7 p.m.

Explanation of the workshop:

Academic Writing

This presentation discusses the mechanics of academic writing, including: audience, writing conventions, sentence structure, tone, and word choice. There are several interactive activities throughout the presentation.

Snacks are provided! I can’t wait to see you all there. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me: tsilveir@stetson.edu.

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Submit story ideas to Hatter Network

You can fill out this simple Google Form to submit story ideas to Hatter Network, which may then be produced as articles, video content, or be discussed on a podcast!

You can also email hatternetwork@gmail.com! Here again is the link to the Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/3DchKYFDpMhqfhgK2

Be sure to follow Hatter Network on Facebook at facebook.com/hatternetwork.

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Tale of Two Souls Sabbatical Project – Dr. Hari Pulapaka and Dr. Shawnrece Campbell

 Join Dr. Hari Pulapaka and Dr. Shawnrece Campbell in an experiential demonstration of their sabbatical research.  

                                                                        Monday, April 3, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Event Description

Hari will focus on how he developed a trace-ability index for identifying food ingredients, which is a mathematical model to help people determine how far they are removed from the food source they are using. Shawnrece will focus on food as medicine, as a cultural building block, and as a soothing remedy for homesickness.

The event will conclude with an interactive discussion with the audience, moving back and forth between talking points that connect their research.

Seating is limited!  Reserve your spot now at the link below!

Register here

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Order your Class Rings and Graduation Announcements Wednesday

A representative from Balfour will be at the Countdown to Graduation event this Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of the CUB to take orders for Stetson Class Rings and Graduation Announcements!

Students with Junior or Senior standings are able to purchase their Stetson Ring that day, but everyone is welcome to come take a look! Ring production takes 6-8 weeks, so be sure to order now so you can have it for graduation!

Visit Balfour.com to see samples of the rings and announcements and get more information!

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Reminder: Turn in your 2016 Flex Reimbursements

Human Resources would like to send this friendly reminder to employees who utilize our Flexible Spending benefits to file for their 2016 Flex reimbursements before the March 31 deadline. These reimbursements can be for any qualifying medical or dependent care expense incurred in calendar year 2016, for which funds are still available. As of April 1, any unspent balances up to $500 in the medical care expense accounts will roll forward to the 2017  year balance. If you have questions please contact Lori Kasbeer, Benefits Administrator, at 386-822-7743.

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Simply Engaged Rally Benefits

If you participated in Simply Engaged Wellness resource, where United Heathcare’s members have the opportunity to earn up to $200 in a calendar year, this is a reminder to utilize your 2016 Rally benefits, and cash in your gift card earnings before March 31, 2017.

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Take A PAWS with Therapy Dogs

Join The WELL Team in the Hollis Center Lounge on Tuesday, March 21, between 1 – 4 p.m. to relax with some PAWS Therapy Dogs! We will also have coloring books and Play-Doh, and stress-relieving resources for your enjoyment.

For questions or concerns contact Melissa Mesman, Assistant Director of Wellness and Recreation, at mmesman@stetson.edu.

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Are You Ready to Walk A Mile In Her Shoes?

Bring your friends to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on Wednesday, March 22, on the Campus Green. Walking groups will be released between 5:30-6 p.m. Make sure to arrive on time to join in on the walk! Students are encouraged to bring their own heels, we have larger sized heels available for men on first-come first-served basis. Donations of heels are still being accepted in the Hollis Center up until 5 p.m. the day of the event!

Join us in walking to recognize gender equity and support some of our own Stetson Women who have walked all different paths to achieve what they have today. Participants of the walk are eligible for cultural credit!

For questions or concerns please contact Melissa Mesman, Assistant Director of Wellness and Recreation, at mmesman@stetson.edu or 386-822-7033.

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The Senior Composition Recital of Matthew A. Bardin

The Senior Composition Recital of Matthew Bardin.
Featuring works by Bardin.

Free to the public.

Cultural and Recital credit available.


  • Act Naturally- Fixed Media
  • Lament- Clarinet Choir
  • String Quartet in Three Parts; Mvts 1-2 – String Quartet
  • No More – Voice and Piano

In collaboration with:

Alejandro Flores
Alexander Rivera-Charles
Andrew Aungst
Brian Davidson
Colin Brown
Christian Ricketts
Daniel Smith
Emily Frier
Hannah Barlow
Hannah Faircloth
Jacob LyteHaven
Jaida Hawkins
Jennifer Rocco
Jessica Crawford
Elizabeth Morris
Marcus Jones
Cassandra Small
Shilpa Ravoory


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Join Wellness & Rec for #SpringFitFam, a new way to exercise with your friends. Challenge yourself, and your team, to exercise regularly, eat healthy, and attend events centered around wellness. You can sign up for free and the top 3 teams earn a Yeti cup for each team member! You can sign up here and check out more info on the event through our videos on facebook!

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Ad Astra Now Available

Ad Astra, Stetson’s new room reservation and scheduling system is now available for all students, faculty, and staff.  Ad Astra can be accessed through my.stetson.edu through the resources tab.  A quick reference guide is available on the Registrar’s Office website under Ad Astra Information.  The following buildings will continue to use the web room reservation form until May/June 2017: Hand Art Center, Hollis Center, Hollis Family Student Success Center, the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, and rooms in the duPont-Ball Library (with the exception of 25L).  Any questions about Ad Astra can be submitted to registrar@stetson.edu.

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Stetson Baseball vs Florida Gators – Tuesday – 6:30 p.m. – Melching Field

The Stetson Baseball team takes on the #11 Florida Gators on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets at 386-738-HATS or on GoHatters.com.

Faculty, Staff, and Students get FREE GA seats to all home baseball games. Come watch the Hatters battle the Gators at Melching field on Tuesday! Let’s Go Hats!

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Science Café at Gillespie Museum: “To Sleep, Perchance to Remember” with Camille Tessitore King

Gillespie Museum will host a Science Café featuring professor and neuroscientist Camille Tessitore King’s presentation, “To Sleep, Perchance to Remember.” The research highlights the negative impact a lack of sleep has on learning and memory.

The Science Café will take place March 23, 7 p.m., at Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. The free event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu or call 386.822.7330.

“The inability to remember affects all of us,” explains King. “Understanding more fully sleep’s role in memory processing might lead to new approaches to help students learn more effectively and older people hold onto their memories as they age.”

The event is part of Stetson University’s ongoing Science Café series. An international movement, Science Cafés promote scientific literacy by encouraging relaxed, open conversations among scientists and nonscientists of all ages.

“For years Professor King has guided the Gillespie Museum in its annual observance of Brain Awareness Week,” which is March 13-19, explains director Karen Cole, Ph.D.  “We’re eager for her lively and well-researched conversation about a critical issue for all of us. And we have it on her authority that the dark chocolate so central to our Science Café fare is an important brain food.”

King is chair of the Psychology Department at Stetson and received her doctoral degree in biological psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed post-doctoral positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.

King has received the Hand Award for Excellence in Research, was honored for her outstanding work with undergraduates by a Faculty Advisor Research Grant from Psi Chi, (the international honor society in psychology), and received Stetson’s prestigious William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

For more information about Stetson’s Science Café series, contact Cole at kcole@stetson.edu or visit the museum website at www.stetson.edu/gillespie.

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Juniors: $1,000 to pursue your dreams and passion this summer

Any current junior returning to Stetson next year is eligible to apply for The Mike Raymond Beyond the Classroom Grant, which provides $1,000 to fund a summer passion project.

The grant is awarded annually to students who have achieved junior standing and actively pursue their passions for learning outside of the domain of assignments, credits, and compulsory education.

Grant money is to be used during the summer actively pursuing a passion or a dream. Whatever you do is up to you; the project does not have to be connected to any particular field of study.

Ideally, the recipient will be working on an independent project: creative writing, journalism, film, acting, political activism, scientific research, or a business plan. Possible uses for the grant money may include travel for research; books; equipment; or just supplemental income to cover fundamental living expenses in order to take financial pressure off of the grant winner during the pursuit of independent learning and exploration.

Why this grant exists

Michael W. Raymond, Ph.D., a professor of English at Stetson University until his death in 2007, believed that higher education was an opportunity for students to discover their passions.

His message to undergraduates at Stetson University was clear: The university exists as a sanctuary and a crucible, a place to learn to love the process of learning, and to catch fire with an intellectual passion that will sustain you for the rest of your life.

He was speaking from his own experience as an undergraduate at Stetson University, and this grant in his honor is designed to help current and future undergraduates to pursue their own dreams and passions. Dr. Raymond railed against students using four years at a college or university as vocational training. The idea that college represented a transactional experience in which one “put in” four years of time and a pile of cash, and expected a degree in return, which represented little more than a ticket to the rat race, was anathema to him.

How to apply

To apply, fill out this form no later than midnight on March 26, 2017.

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Help A Student Out

Want to help a student out? Follow this link and sign up to participate in Erin Kelly’s Senior Research project. All U.S. citizens ages 18 and up are eligible to participate. Participate and you will be entered into a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Participation takes 30 minutes and would really help a student out. Contact Erin at ekelly@stetson.edu for any questions or concerns.

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The Senior Composition Recital of Maggie Michelle Nicks

All are invited to attend the senior composition recital of Maggie Michelle Nicks on Sunday, March 19, 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel of Elizabeth Hall. Four of her original music compositions will be performed by nearly twenty Stetson students and alumni in varied ensembles: “the deepest blue” for mezzo-soprano and viola, “Sleeping They Bear Me” for string quartet, “I was the more deceived” for four sopranos, and “Again” for octet and electronics. Each work interprets a different piece of literature, including poems by Shakespeare and James Joyce. Recital credit is available.

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