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Florida’s budget, transnational writing lead the news

Sage Hall may get a boost from Florida lawmakers, and novelists who write about cultures that are foreign to them lead the news about Stetson this week. Top national and regional placements include The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Harvard Crimson, Miami Herald, NPR, WOFL, Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun. Top stories for the week of Apr. 25-May 1 include:

  • Karen Ryan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is quoted in the Apr. 26 New York Times article about foreign-born novelists in different cultures and countries. Ryan has written extensively on Russian émigré literature. Additional coverage: Languagehat.com, New York Times International edition.
  • Florida lawmakers will vote Friday night on a $77.1 billion budget that includes funding for projects at Volusia County universities such as Stetson’s Sage Hall, according to the Apr. 30 Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with BuzzFeed for the Apr. 25 story, “Rape Victims Don’t Trust the Fixers Colleges Hire to Help Them.” Professor Lake also spoke with BuzzFeed for the Apr. 29 article, “Everything You Need to Know About the New White House Campus Sexual Assault Report.” Professor Lake is also quoted in the Apr. 30 Harvard Crimson article, “Honor Proposal Would Catch Harvard Up, Incrementally, with the Times.”
  • Terri Witek, Ph.D., professor of English, is interviewed in an Apr. 25 Miami Herald article about the O, Miami Poetry festival. Witek teamed up with artist Matt Roberts to create an app that turns Miami into an augmented reality full of dreams appearing in different metropolitan destinations.
  • Restrictions on operating hours and plans for parking have made Stetson’s proposed aquatic center more palatable for its neighbors, according to an Apr. 29 Daytona Beach News-Journal article.
  • The Apr. 25 NPR Peter Overby report quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the story, “Pay-To-Play Laws Celebrate 20th Anniversary.” This story also ran in multiple national media affiliates.
  • Kathy Piechura-Couture, Ph.D., professor of education, was interviewed on WOFL in Orlando regarding single-gender classrooms. The Florida legislature recently passed a bill that would create one school in each school district with only single-gender classes as part of a pilot project in designated districts. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Other Stories in the News

  • Mayhill Fowler, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, provided a preshow lecture on the complicated history between Russia and Ukraine prior to a performance by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The music included the Alexander Nevsky Suite, a pro-Russian work by composer Sergei Prokofiev, according to the Apr. 27 Orlando Sentinel.
  • Law Professors Dorothea Beane and Darryl Wilson are featured in the On Being a Lawyer of Color magazine’s article on “Celebrating Senior Faculty.” Read the full issue.
  • The Apr. 27 Gainesville Sun includes a review of “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment,” authored by Peggy Macdonald, an adjunct professor of history.
  • Stetson was mentioned in an Apr. 27 Daytona Beach News-Journal article about the difficulty high school students are having getting into college.
  • The Apr. 25 KQED News quotes Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the article, “Wash. Loses ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations.”
  • The Apr. 23 Forbes story quoting Law professor Ellen Podgor in the article, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish – Equals A Sarbox Felony?” ran in multiple media outlets. Additional coverage on this topic: San Diego Daily Transcript.
  • WKMG mentioned Stetson in an Apr. 25 article on commencement ceremony etiquette. The article highlighted USF for telling students it is inappropriate to take selfies on stage when they receive their diploma.
  • Law professor Jason Bent is quoted in the April 28 Law360 article, “SeaWorld Ruling May Embolden OSHA To Tackle New Sectors.”
  • The Apr. 24 Tampa Bay Times unmasked the “Spring Hill Power Rangers” noting that the blue Power Ranger (Adam Cooper) will be attending Stetson in the fall. Although the group is splitting up to attend various universities, they plan to continue bringing an anti-bullying message through community service.
  • Stetson student Kaelie Smith is mentioned in an Apr. 25 Daytona Beach News-Journal article about women who play football.
  • The Tampa Tribune quotes Law professor Charles Rose in the Apr. 27 article, “Experts: Schenecker insanity defense may be iffy.”
  • An Apr. 29 WIOD radio includes an interview with Law professor Roberta Flowers on the Supreme Court privacy case involving cell phone searches of people under arrest.
  • Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., will participate in a panel discussion on economic development during the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s Females About Business meeting on May 2, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Apr. 24.
  • Stetson student Peter Nyong’o is mentioned in an Apr. 27 Orlando Sentinel article about this month’s cover of People magazine, which features his sister, actress Lupita Nyong’o. The opinion piece goes on to discuss race issues in America.
  • Law Professor Blogs Network published an Apr. 25 blog post by Law professor Rebecca C. Morgan titled, “Toolkit for Medicare Set Asides in Comp Cases.” The Apr. 29 Law Professor Blog Network includes a blog from Professor Morgan on “The Future of Aging-From the ASA 2014 Conference.”
  • The Apr. 23 Tampa Business Journal reports Stetson’s bar exam results in its article, “Stetson law school raises the bar.” This story ran in multiple outlets.
  • Stetson Theatre Arts’ Second Stage presented the “No Refunds Sketch Show” at the Museum of Art in DeLand, according to the Apr. 25 Hometown News. Additional coverage: West Volusia Beacon.
  • Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., J.D., professor of education, will be speaking to the West Volusia Branch of the NAACP at its Freedom Fund banquet on May 2, according to the West Volusia Beacon, Apr. 30.
  • PRNewswire reports Apr. 28 that Adam Liptak, lawyer, author, and New York Times Supreme Court correspondent is speaking at the Stetson University College of Law’s graduation on May 17, in the article “NY Times journalist to speak at Stetson Law commencement.” This news ran in more than 230 national news outlets.
  • Targeted News Service reports that Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob was presented with a traditional Supreme Court White Quill.

Alumni in the News

  • The Apr. 29 Tampa Tribune reports that Law alumnus and attorney David Bulluck, owner/president of the Bulluck Law Group in Temple Terrace, was recently ranked fifth among leaders of 56 of the fastest growing University of South Florida-led businesses in the world.
  • Jack Fields, digital media producer at IBEX Puppetry, a local artist known for his work with puppets, digital animation, and video, has been selected to develop the music video the track “Am I Awake” by the band They Might Be Giants, according to The Daily City on Apr. 30.
  • Scott Williams and Rick Darlington, who were roommates at Stetson, are now coaching together at Apopka High School, according to the Apr. 24 Orlando Sentinel. Williams coaches basketball and Darlington coaches football. Additonal coverage: FindLaw
  • Osceola County Judge Hal Epperson Jr. is mentioned in an Apr. 25 Orlando Sentinel article because he provided Bibles to defendants in his court. Additional coverage: FindLaw, Sun Sentinel.
  • Jacob deGrom, a minor-league pitcher, may be moving to the majors with the New York Mets, according to the Apr. 25 New York Post.
  • Corey Kluber is now a starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, according to the Apr. 25 RantSports.com.
  •  An Apr. 29 Gulfport Gabber article about Greg Premer, running for St. Pete Beach District Three Commission, mentions his wife is a Law alumna.
  • According to an announcement from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Law alumnus J. Brent Walker will speak at Harvard University on the topic of religious freedom on May 1.
  • The Apr. 27 News-press reports that Law alumna Sara Potts has joined Farr Law firm as an associate attorney.
  • The Apr. 21 Intellectual Property Today reports that Law alumna Brook Lafferty has joined Merchant & Gould’s Atlanta office.
  • According to a news announcement from the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC law firm, Law alumna Rhea Law has been elected to the executive committee of the Stetson Law Board of Overseers. Her new title with her law firm is Chair of Florida Offices, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs.
  • According to an Apr. 28 announcement from alumnus John F. Schutz, he has been appointed vice-chair of the advisory board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the Palm Beaches.

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