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Stetson University In the News

July 30-Aug. 5

Top Stories

  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed July 31 by TV station WOFL Fox 35 for the segment, “Renters struggle to avoid eviction as moratorium ends.” “With the eviction moratorium about to expire, we truly have a massive crisis before us,” Shankar-Brown said. “Knowing that money federally is there (to provide aid), but only a very small fraction has actually made it into people’s hands, it’s adding a lot of anxiety for folks. To see the eviction moratorium coming to expire, and knowing the daunting reality for so many, it’s quite heavy.” Shankar-Brown also was interviewed Aug. 2 by TV station WESH for the segment, “Homeless shelters prepare for crowds as eviction moratorium ends.” And she addressed the topic in “Florida has distributed only 2% of funds to help renters” on news 4JAX, as well as in the Tampa Bay Times, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Orlando Sentinel, WKMG TV, Spectrum Bay News 9, MSN, Spectrum News 13, U.S. News & World Report and more than 30 other media outlets.
  • New School of Music Dean Washington García, DMA, is featured in the July/August issue of Orlando Arts Magazine. The story also includes a quote by Stetson Provost and Executive Vice President Noel Painter, PhD.
  • Student Joshua Sanchez, winner of a year of free tuition in the Safer Stetson Tuition Award drawing, was interviewed Aug. 2 on WOFL Fox 35’s “Good Day Orlando.” The story also aired on other regional Fox stations.
  • Lou Paris, MBA, founder of Morethanadormat and director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program, was named Ambassador of the Year by the Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by the UCF Business Incubation Program, according to a July 28 article on ucf.edu.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed for the Aug. 3 segment, “Lasting Impressions of Bullying,” on TV stations Spectrum News 13 and Spectrum Bay News 9. Also, Ferguson was cited in the Aug. 3 story, “Tencent Loses Almost $60 Billion in Stock Value After Chinese State Media Describe Online Games as ‘Spiritual Opium’ ” on nichegamer.com. Additionally, both Ferguson and Shankar-Brown (noted above) were interviewed for the July 29 article, “Enriching Education: CRT Interviews,” on Motherhood Moment.
  • Carmen Johnson, JD, was profiled in the July 31 story, “A new position for Stetson University director,” in the Daytona Times. President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, was quoted in the article. Johnson and Roellke also were featured in an Aug. 2 article in the Pete Catalyst titled, “Carmen Johnson will coordinate diversity efforts across Stetson’s three campuses.”
  • Krista Bofill, MEd, new vice president for Development and Alumni Engagement, was profiled in the July 31 story, “New Stetson VP named,” in the West Volusia Beacon. President Roellke also was quoted in the article. In addition, the story was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Student Faith Hannah Lea was profiled July 30 in the story, “Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, named 2021 Newsline Young Ham of the Year,” on Southgate Amateur Radio News.
  • Law professor Robyn Powell was featured in an Aug. 3 article in the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Are employee COVID-19 vaccine mandates legal?”
  • Adjunct law professor Jay Wolfson was featured Aug. 3 on WMNF to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 surge in Florida. Law professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured Aug. 3 in a Bay News 9 segment to discuss whether businesses can mandate employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • New head softball coach Shellie Robinson was profiled July 31 in the story, “DeLand native to take over the reins at Stetson,” in the Sanford Herald.

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July 23-30

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July 16-22

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  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, and Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, were interviewed for the July 15 article, “Why all the talk about critical race theory and why now,” on medium.com. Shankar-Brown said, “We have to pause and ask ourselves, why is there so much controversy over this theory, particularly when it is a framework that calls on us to create a more inclusive, more loving, and more just world.” Ferguson said, “Some of these bills, particularly the ones that target universities, have free speech issues. … In theory, level heads could compromise on differences and come to workable guidelines for what could or should be included in education.”
  • President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; Krista Bofill, MEd, new vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement; and Jeff Ulmer, retired vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement, were cited in the July 6 article from Spotonflorida.com, “Stetson selects vice president for development."
  • Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and chair of Finance, was quoted in the July 20 article, “6 Best Vanguard Funds to Buy and Hold,” on Yahoo! Finance, thebusinessnewsindia.com and WTOP-FM Online.
  • Melissa Ann Gibbs, PhD, professor of Biology and director of the Aquatic & Marine Biology Program, was interviewed by the Save the Manatee Club about the effects of armored catfish on Florida’s manatees. Gibbs also was cited in a news roundup July 16 in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about a manatee mother and her calf.
  • Kirsten Work, PhD, professor of Biology, was interviewed for the “Magic Waters” episode of the WUFT (PBS) program, “Fellowship of the Springs.”
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed for the July 19 story, “New online tool helps better serve environmental justice,” on the news website of the College of William & Mary.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in the July 19 article, “Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise,” on reuters.com, hotair.com, gulftoday.ae and more than 30 other media outlets, and in “AOC RESPONDS: Ocasio-Cortez Defends $58 Sweatshirts Because ‘Transactions Aren’t Capitalism’ ” on hannity.com and Clarion News.
  • Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was interviewed July 20 for the segment, “Free speech, psychology, and madness,” on the So to Speak podcast.

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Alumni News

  • New York Mets pitcher and alumnus Jacob deGrom has been selected to the ASUN Conference Hall of Fame, as reported July 20 by the West Volusia Beacon.
  • Alumnus Cory Rhoads was profiled as a speaker in the upcoming webinar, “Artificial Intelligence in Food Manufacturing: Making the Most of Your Data,” on xtalks.com.
  • Alumnus and Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera wrote, “Commentary: Making the case for enhancing public safety,” on July 20 on 83degreesmedia.com.
  • Alumna Alisa M. Heedy was cited in the Business People section of the July 19 Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  • Alumna Rachael Gallagher was profiled July 21 in “John Knox Village Hires Staff to Enhance Enrichment Team” on the website of South Florida Business & Wealth magazine.
  • Alumnus Forrest J. Bass was cited in “Farr attorney appointed chair of Florida Bar committee” in the July 22 Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte Florida Weekly and on farr.com.

July 9-15

Top Stories

  • Washington Garcia, DMA, new dean of the School of Music, is profiled in the July/August issue of Orlando Arts Magazine. “God was showing me my mission,” Garcia said of his time as a performing pianist during childhood in his native Ecuador. “It was about creating opportunities to be a servant of the community and to use music to make the community a more beautiful place.”
  • Routa Kroumovitch, professor of violin, was mentioned in the June 25 New York Times story “For a major debut, a young violinist gets personal.”
  • Melissa Ann Gibbs, PhD, professor of biology and director of the Aquatic & Marine Biology Program, was interviewed for the July 14 article “Manatee mama, calf released near Blue Spring after successful rehab at SeaWorld Orlando” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Matthew Imes, PhD, assistant professor of finance, was featured in the July 8 article “Ask the Experts: Best Personal Loans” on WalletHub.
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was featured in a television news clip about Dr. Andre Mendoza, Brazil’s attorney general, who has been nominated as president of the Brazilian Supreme Court. The clip ran throughout the July 12 news cycle in Brazil; it shows Nagle when she presented an award to Mendoza and his team on behalf of the International Bar Association for his anti-corruption efforts. She judged and presented the IBA’s Innovare prize to Mendozza, who later came to Stetson under Nagle’s sponsorship to work on his doctoral dissertation. Nagle also was a judge on his dissertation defense at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
  • Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of environmental science and studies, wrote the July 13 column “Imagine West Volusia: In crisis, get outside your comfort zone” in the West Volusia Beacon.
  • Oakland McCulloch, senior military science instructor and recruiter for the Army ROTC program, was interviewed July 9 for the segment “23 years of selfless service in the US Army helping others find their leadership legacy” on the Half Percent Podcast.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a July 13 analysis for the Brennan Center for Justice, titled “The Supreme Court Moves the Goalposts on Donor Transparency,” which also was posted by the Election Law Blog and SCOTUSblog.
  • Junior basketball player Davante Robinson and his basketball design business were profiled in a July 14 broadcast segment on WESH 2 News.
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed for a July 7 segment titled “Chatting with Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown about Homelessness” on the Apple Podcast “Chats from the Blog Cabin – Adventures of Frugal Mom.”

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Alumni News:

  • Alumna Lauren Gay, who earned a master’s degree in education (Educational Leadership) in 2002, wrote the column “THE LITTLE MRS. FGG: Driven Out: A Former Educator’s Thoughts on Common Core’s Decade-Long War on Kids” in the July 14 Southern Sentinel.
  • Alumnus John Hornbeck is running for the District 1 seat on St. Petersburg City Council, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Alumna Marie Tomassi, managing shareholder at Trenam Law, has maintained that role while also succeeding founding shareholder Hal Mullis as the firm’s president, according to a June 29 Florida Trend article.
  • Alumnus Forrest J. Bass, director at the Farr Law Firm, has been appointed chair of the Florida Bar’s Wills, Trusts and Estates Board Certification Committee, according to prlog.org.

July 2-8

  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in the July 5 Associated Press article, “6 months after Capitol assault, corporate pledges fall flat,” which ran in the Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, ABC News Online, PBS Online, Yahoo News, MSN India and more than 400 other media outlets around the world. Her quote was also referenced in a Vanity Fair article. “It’s completely frustrating from an accountability point of view,” she said. Dozens of big companies had pledged to stop donations to lawmakers who objected to Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s victory on the false grounds that voting fraud stole the election from then-President Donald Trump. But many of those companies now have resumed donations to political action committees that benefit lawmakers’  election efforts whether they objected to the election certification or not.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the July 6 article, “Surfside condo collapse impacts mental health of Florida residents; helpline available,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Florida Times-Union and the Stuart News.
  • Law Professor Judith Scully was quoted in a Bay News 9 segment titled, “Grading Florida’s New Laws,” about several laws that passed during the last legislative session. “We are really moving backward in a major way around racial justice and, although we have a few small steps forward, it’s not enough for us and we have a lot of work to do in the state of Florida,” she said. The segment also quoted Associate Director of Career Development Joann Grages Burnett about the student-led project by the Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice to grade Florida’s law. The interview aired on multiple other Spectrum News affiliates through July 5.
  • Sam Friedman, Hillel director, wrote the July 6 essay, “I’m a Hillel director. My fiancee is a pastor. Here is how we are making it work,” on forward.com. “ ‘It’s like when one person likes chocolate and one person likes vanilla, but they both hate bigotry,’ I said, explaining to my father how his son — a Hillel director — was dating an ordained Christian minister. Our faiths may be different, but our values are the same.”
  • Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the July 7 article, “How US Teachers Union-Backed Critical Race Theory Increasingly Becoming ‘QAnon for the Left’ ,” on sputniknews.com.
  • Scott Jones, PhD, associate professor of Marketing, was interviewed July 1 for a “deep dive” segment on “Sports Venues Re-opening” by TV station Spectrum News 13.
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed for the July 2 article, “Caring Causes: Poverty and Homelessness Virtual Conference,” on Motherhood Moment.
  • Junior Digital Arts major Bella Steiert wrote a July 7 guest column, “The Little Mrs FGG: Creativity during COVID: My reflections of moving to Ripley during the Pandemic,” in the Southern Sentinel newspaper of Ripley, Mississippi.

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Alumni News:

  • Former Stetson baseball star Jacob deGrom, now a pitcher for the New York Mets and a selection for the National League all-star team, was profiled July 7 in “Shohei Ohtani, Jacob deGrom are producing two of the best seasons ever” in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pasadena Star-News, the Orange County Register and other media outlets. deGrom also was cited in a July 6 article in the Orlando Sentinel and Yahoo News.
  • Alumna Linda S. Rouse, OD, will become the permanent dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry, according to nova.edu.
  • Law alumnus Tonmiel Rodriguez was featured in a column in the July 4 Lakeland Ledger titled, “’I still see the United States as the land of liberty.’”
  • First Healthcare Compliance commemorated the 25th Anniversary of HIPAA with a webinar by Law alumna Rachel V. Rose, according to tdameritrade.com, fatpitchfinancials.com, manhattanweek.com and numerous other outlets.

June 25-July 1

Top Stories

  • The passing of Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, professor emeritus of political science and department founder, was featured in “Dr. T. Wayne Bailey dies” and in “Stetson mourns passing of Dr. T. Wayne Bailey,” both in the June 29 West Volusia Beacon.
  • The story, “Longtime and beloved Stetson professor T. Wayne Bailey has died,” was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 29. Said David Hill, PhD, one of his former students, and now professor and chair of the Political Science department, “Wayne literally changed my life. … Wayne cared. He just cared. I wasn’t special. He was that way with everybody.”
  • Ray Nault, EdD, vice president of Enrollment Management, was quoted in the June 4 article, “Stetson University offers free tuition award to students to promote vaccination ahead of fall semester,” in Florida Trend.
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was featured in the article, “We are not addressing fully the state of homelessness in the U.S.,” in issue 20 of bUneke Magazine. “The past decade has been really harrowing, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exasperated human rights issues and caused a significant rise in homelessness.”
  • Sven Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology, was quoted in the June 23 article, “Organizing Society,” in Managing Editor Magazine. The story also was featured as part of the magazine’s “Margins” podcast.
  • President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, has named Larry Correll-Hughes, PhD, and Lynn Schoenberg, EdS, as co-interim vice presidents of Campus Life and Student Success. The two will replace Lua Hancock, EdD, departing vice president for Campus Life and Student Success, while a national search is launched, according to the June 24 article, “Stetson announces senior leadership transition,” in the Hometown News. 
  • Law Professor Robyn Powell was quoted in the June 24 USA Today article “Britney Spears forced IUD sparks important conversations about disability, reproductive rights.” The story was picked up by more than 20 Gannett affiliates across the country. “As a woman with a significant disability, I have been offered a hysterectomy more times than I can count,” Powell said in the article. “This has been done based on assumptions about my reproductive desires rather than medical necessity.”
  • Law Professor Powell also was quoted in a June 26 article on Salon titled, “‘Britney does not need to be protected from herself’: How society treats those perceived as disabled,” and June 28 in “Britney Spears’ conservatorship and America’s fight for disability rights” on msnbc.com. Powell also was quoted addressing the topic on aldianews.com and bbg.life.
  • Double Hatter Katherine M. Cobb, BA ’81, JD ’83, president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, has been named to Stetson’s Board of Trustees, according to a July 1 article on spacecoastdaily.com.
  • Stetson’s total cases of COVID-19 through June 3 was cited in the article, “Local COVID-19 data disappears,” in the June 24 West Volusia Beacon.

Other News:

  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed and Stetson alumni Anastasiia Gryshyna, Jung Soo Kim, Emma Knowles, Zainab Nadeem, Izabela Cardozo, Carolin Esser, Victoria Trebbi and Emily Willis were cited in the June 25 story, “Parenting Pointers: Aggression and Video Games — Recent Studies,” on Motherhood Moment. That story in turn cited Ferguson and company’s research paper, “Video Games, Frustration, Violence and Virtual Reality: Two Studies,” published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Law Professor Judith Scully was interviewed June 25 during a segment about the sentencing of Derek Chauvin broadcast on Spectrum Bay News 9, Spectrum News Central New York, Spectrum News Austin and other Spectrum News outlets across the nation.
  • Scott Boore, ’76, has been selected as president-elect of Stetson’s Alumni Board, according to a June 30 article in the West Volusia Beacon.
  • Law students Taylor Bollt and Melany Hernandez will serve as summer law clerks at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., according to the June 23 Fort Myers Florida Weekly.
  • Law Professor Powell was quoted in a Texas Tribune/KSAT June 29 article titled, “Some Texas students with disabilities thrived on remote learning, but have few options this fall.” The story also appeared on toysmatrix.com, KABB-TV Online and other outlets.
  • Colin Rhoades, a sophomore majoring in business administration, was named Compliance and Security Intern at Lake City Bank, according to a June 29 article on inkfreenews.com.
  • School of Business Administration graduate student Cedric Burkhardt was profiled in the June 15 article, “Stetson University graduate student receives Rod Campbell Award,” in Florida Trend. The article also quoted John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program.
  • J.F. Forbes, president of Stetson in 1900, was cited in the June 29 article, “Rotary Happenings: Rotarians learn about Audubon Society of Florida,” on captivasanibel.com.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:
  • June 28: “SNF Employees Vaccination Rates Important to Residents”
  • June 29: “HHS Inspector General Report on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Deaths in SNFs”
  • June 30: “New Mexico Aid-in-Dying Law in Effect
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was mentioned on the Election Law Blog in relation to a newly filed amicus brief in CREW v. FEC on FEC misuse of “prosecutorial discretion” to avoid deciding cases.
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a June 18 article in TaxNotes titled, “Maryland Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Suit Over Digital Ad Tax.”
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 29 article on Bloomberg Law titled, “SEC ‘Mission Creep’ on Climate Ups Republican Lawsuit Threats.”
  • Law Professor Roberta K. Flowers has been appointed vice president of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, according to a June 29 article on patch.com.
  • New Stetson head football coach Brian Young was interviewed for a June 26 “After the Whistle” segment on Orlando TV station WKMG.
  • Mendy McNeese, new director of Women’s Basketball Operations at Stetson, was quoted in the June 25 article, “Former Lady Husky, McNeese, Moving Up the Coaching Ranks,” in the Greenville Sun.
  • Men’s soccer player Jacob Gruber was cited as a member of the ASUN Conference’s 2020-2021 Fall in Spring Winners for Life Team in a June 28 article on whnt.com.
  • Women’s beach volleyball player Kamryn Johnson was named to the ASUN Conference’s 2020-21 Spring Winners for Life Team according to a July 1 article in dailyadvance.com.

Alumni News:

June 18-24

Top Stories

  • Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; President Emerita Wendy Libby, PhD; Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; longtime Trustees and supporters Cici and Hyatt Brown; and student Gianna Meoli were quoted in the June 16 story, “Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation breaks ground at Stetson University,” in the Ormond Beach Observer. The story also appeared in the Hometown News.
  • Chris de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, was quoted in the June 17 article, “Colonial Pipeline under fire for 16,000 shuttered gas stations,”on scbiznews.com and GSA Business Report. Following a ransomware attack on the pipeline, “Demand spiked up, and people heard about a possible shortage and maybe some overreaction and some misinformation kind of drove some of that,” de Bodisco said. “Demand spiked up as much as 30% in some areas. And that definitely depleted supplies of depleted inventories and, in fact, created shortages in areas that weren’t even served by Colonial.”
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed June 23 for a “deep dive” segment on the housing crisis by Spectrum News 13. The segment also talked about the upcoming Poverty and Homelessness Virtual Conference, set for July 10.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, wrote the opinion piece, “What’s wrong with critical race theory and its cousins,” in the June 22 New York Daily News.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 23 analysis for Talking Points Memo titled, “What A Profane Cheerleader’s Case Could Mean For Jan. 6 Insurrectionists.”
  • Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, and Stetson alumni Anastasiia Gryshyna, Jung Soo Kim, Emma Knowles, Zainab Nadeem, Izabela Cardozo, Carolin Esser, Victoria Trebbi and Emily Willis were cited in the June 17 story, “Do video games influence violent behavior? New study offers some answers,” on gamefragger.com. That story in turn cited their research paper, “Video Games, Frustration, Violence and Virtual Reality: Two Studies,” published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • The new St. Petersburg Consortium for Racial Justice, which includes Stetson Law, was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal on June 22.

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June 11-17

Top Stories

  • Stetson Trustees and supporters Cici and Hyatt Brown; President Emerita Wendy B. Libby, PhD; President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and student Gianna Meoli ’22 were mentioned in the June 12 article, “Stetson University breaks ground on $18M Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The groundbreaking also was covered by MSN Canada and Tradeline Inc.
  • Ray Nault, EdD, vice president of Enrollment Management, and student Stephanie Vasquez were interviewed for the June 10 segment, “Stetson University offers chance for free tuition for vaccinated students,” on Orlando TV station WESH Channel 2. Nault also was interviewed for the June 14 segment, “Stetson University offers incentives for students to get vaccinated,” on Orlando TV station Fox 35. Variations of this story were carried by numerous other media outlets, including WNDB Radio, Hometown News, the West Volusia Beacon and the Ormond Beach Observer.
  • Stetson Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was mentioned in a June 11 article in The Weekly Challenger titled, “The Woodson Museum celebrates Black women.” She was celebrated during a May 1 event for local trailblazing Black women who have made exceptional accomplishments and become the first in a specialized field or endeavor.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the June 18 article, “How Roblox Became a Playground for Virtual Fascists,” on wired.com. “To the best of my knowledge, there is not evidence to suggest that the ‘alt right’ is any more prevalent in gaming communities than anywhere else,” Ferguson said. “I do worry that some of this borders on Satanic panics from the ’80s and ’90s.”
  • Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and chair of Finance, was cited in the June 15 article, “6 Best Health Care ETFs to Buy” on wtop.com.
  • Lynn Schoenberg, dean of Students, and Theresa J. Pulley Radwan, professor of Law, were mentioned in the West Volusia Beacon Class Notes on June 15 for both receiving the “She Stepped Up Award: Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership During COVID-19″ from the American Council on Education Women’s Network of Florida. The two women have co-chaired Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force since spring 2020.
  • Maria Rickling, PhD, associate professor of Accounting, chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy, was quoted in the June 12 article, “Stetson’s Master of Accountancy online program recognized,” in the West Volusia Beacon.

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Alumni News:

• Alumna, educator and motivational speaker Primrose Cameron, MS in counseling, wrote the June 15 West Volusia Beacon article, “Cameron’s Chronicles: Celebrating and Healing,” about the 156th anniversary of the ending of slavery in Florida. The article cited Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, professor of Education.

• Stetson graduates Estefany Arenas, Malina Morales and Fred Lee were featured in the June 16 article, “Stetson University reaches new Fulbright heights: 3 winners in 2 years,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The story also quoted Bill Nylen, PhD, professor of Political Science and Stetson’s campus coordinator for the Fulbright student program.

• Alumnus and former Southern Baptist Convention President James Merritt was quoted in the June 16 article, “Southern Baptists affirm commitment to racial reconciliation without fight over critical race theory,” on christianpost.com.

• Alumna and visual artist Bobbi Baugh was featured June 16 in “Five DeLand artists appointed to DeLand Mural Committee” in the West Volusia Beacon.

• Carlton Fields announced that corporate and tax attorney William G. Najmy, a Law alumnus, has joined the firm as an associate in its Tampa office. He is a member of the firm’s business transactions practice.

• Law alumnus Richard Schwamm was featured in a June 10 article on Super Lawyers.

• Law alumna Nicole Alvarez has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, according to a press release.

June 4-10

Top Stories

  • Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of environmental science and studies, wrote the column “Imagine West Volusia: What do the young folks want?” in the June 8 West Volusia Beacon. In addition, Anderson was mentioned or featured in several other media outlets.
  • The announcement of Brian Young as Stetson’s new head football coach was featured in the June 7 Daytona Beach News-Journal, segments on Orlando TV stations Spectrum News 13 and WKMG, and other media outlets. Young, Stetson’s former defensive coordinator, replaces Roger Hughes, who left in May to become president of Doane University, his alma mater.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 4 article in USA Today, titled “GiveSendGo data: Koch family member donated to crowdfunding campaign claiming election fraud.”
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed June 3 for the in-depth segment “More people at risk for homelessness after pandemic” on TV station Spectrum Bay News 9.
  • Chris de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of economics, was quoted in the June 4 segment “Critics dispute ‘narrative’ as Florida scales back unemployment assistance” on TV station WOGX-TV.
  • Student Lana Kolchinsky was featured June 4 in the article “Stetson student on Hillel Cabinet in Heritage Florida Jewish News. The story also quoted Sam Friedman, director of Stetson Hillel.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake was mentioned in a Washington Examiner article titled “Biden’s worst nominee.”

Other News:

Alumni News:

May 28-June 3

Top Stories

• Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was quoted June 2 in the article, “Moral Courage ED Releases Online Course to Achieve Diversity Without Division,” on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Online, The Decatur Daily Democrat, The Mommy Rundown and numerous other media outlets. “The Moral Courage Method is a powerful strategy for reconciliation in polarized times. It opens hearts in order to open minds,” Shankar-Brown said.

• Head Softball Coach Frank Griffin was profiled May 28 in the article, “Frank Griffin, longtime Stetson softball coach, retires after 25 years,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “It’s been a good run,” Griffin said. “I have been at two universities and had success at both of them. I have had great relationships with staff and players. That’s what I am going to remember the most.”

• Dan Plante, PhD, professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, was interviewed May 22 for the segment, “Ransomware cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline,” on CKNW Radio (Canada).

• Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and chair of Finance, was quoted in the June 1 article, “Why Investors Should Pivot to Health Care Stocks,” on Yahoo Finance.

• Scott Jones, PhD, associate professor of Marketing, was quoted in the June 2 article, “Even under a dark cloud of Covid, brands can’t quit the Olympics,” on dnyuz.com. Quartz (qz.com) and other media outlets.

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 2 press release offering support of the formation of the OpenSecrets.org website.

• Athletics Director Jeff Altier, who serves as the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chairman, was quoted in the Associated Press article, “Arkansas top seed in NCAA Tournament after dominant SEC run,” which appeared May 31 in The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and numerous other media outlets.

Other News:

• Stetson was cited in the DeLand entry in the June 3 article, “Florida’s most beautiful small towns and cities,” on msn.com.

• Stetson University was mentioned in “Class Notes,” on June 1 in the West Volusia Beacon for student awards and honors, and an upcoming FUNd Run Virtual 5K.

• Adjunct Law Professor Steven Scott Stephens was quoted in a June 2 article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune titled, “ ‘Creepy and illegal’: Is this Sarasota code enforcement officer obeying the law?”

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

• Adjunct Professor and Stetson Law Hall of Fame member Irene Sullivan was mentioned in a June 3 article from Florida Politics for her support of Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch in his bid for St. Petersburg mayor.

Alumni News:

• Alumna Chelsea Oxendine, a singer and 2010 Business Administration grad, was profiled in “Free concerts return” in the June 2 Gainesville Sun.

• Law alumna Lindsay C.T. Holt is the new special magistrate for Oxford Oaks, per a June 1 article on the Villages-News.com website.

May 21-27

Top Stories

• Bonita Dukes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, associate vice president of Facilities Management, and Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, were quoted in the May 18 post, “Stetson University to Build New Science Complex,” in spaces4learning.com. The project also was featured in hometownnewsvolusia.com, the West Volusia Beacon, Construction Superintendent and other media outlets.

• Janie Graziani, assistant vice president for Marketing Communications, was quoted in the May 21 article, “Stetson University to Break Ground on New Health Sciences Building,” in the Orlando Business Journal.

• Michèle Alexandre, dean and professor of Law, was mentioned in a Law.com article that was also picked up by the TaxProf Blog titled, “ ‘It’s the Moment for This’: An Unprecedented Number of Black Women Are Leading Law Schools.”

• Sarah Garcia-Beaumier, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of Psychology, was quoted in the article, “7 Sneaky Signs You Could Have Cognitive Decline, According to Experts,” which was posted May 21 in the Eating Well section of msn.com.

• Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, was interviewed by TV station Fox 35 Orlando and also appeared on Fox 51 in Gainesville in the May 26 segment, “Massive Seaweed Presence On Atlantic Coast, But How Long Will It Last?”

• Jay Wolfson, assistant professor of Law, was quoted in the May 15 article, “Honor System, Paper Cards Won’t Cut It For COVID-19 Vaccine Verification, Experts Say. ‘Vaccine Passports’ Are Coming,” in USA Today. The article was picked up by many other news outlets, including Yahoo! News.

• Chris de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, was interviewed May 21 by TV station Fox 35 Orlando for the segment, “Florida Launches ‘Return to Work’ Initiative.”

• Kelly Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, was interviewed May 25 by Spectrum News 13 for an in-depth segment on “Biden’s Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K.”

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed May 20 by TV station WHTM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the segment, “Is ‘Tech Addiction’ real?”

• Stetson student Lana Kolchinsky was cited in the May 26 post,“Hillel International Announces 2021-2022 Student Cabinet,” on hillel.org.

• Stetson Law was featured on the ABA for Law Students website as the 2021 Competitions Champion.

Other News:

• Stetson Law’s new Youth Civic Engagement Program, Dean Michèle Alexandre and Law Professor Judith Scully were featured on Bay News 9, The Gabber and various Patch sites.

• Lance Long, professor of Law, and Royal Gardner, professor of Law and director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, presented at The James Museum for a series called, “Art Speaks to Environmentalists.”

• Royal Gardner, professor of Law and director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, gave a webinar presentation to the Association of State Wetland Managers on March 25.

• Chaplain Lewis C. Long III wrote the editorial, “Fond Memories of Don Musser,” in the May 25 West Volusia Beacon. Musser, professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, passed away March 12.

• Andrew Appleby, assistant professor of Law, was quoted May 27 in “Feds Urge SCOTUS Not to Review New Hampshire’s Remote Worker Tax Suit” on taxnotes.com.

• Mark Wateska, former director of strength and conditioning for Stetson football under head coach Roger Hughes since 2015, has been named director of athletics at Doane University. Hughes was named the new Doane University president on May 7. Wateska’s appointment was reported on sandhillsexpress.com and numerous other media outlets.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the May 22 post, “Stunning Cars and Beautiful Weather: 2021 Orange Blossom Tour is One for the Books,” on classicmotorsports.com.

• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of Law, was quoted in a May 19 MarketWatch article titled, “Shareholders Fight to Rein in Risk By Demanding Transparency Into Public Companies’ Political Spending.”

• Rebecca C. Morgan, professor of Law, wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of Law, wrote a May 25 analysis for Talking Points Memo titled, “How Matt Gaetz’s Legal Problems Could Lead to Campaign Finance Violations.” The article was picked up by the Election Law Blog.

• Stetson Law student Celine Rodriguez was featured in the article, “KnowBe4 Offers Cybersecurity Law Scholarship to Stetson Law Student,” on patch.com.

• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, was quoted in a May 20 article on Medium titled, “Branding is for Products, Not People.”

Alumni News:

• Alumnus and MLB pitcher Jacob deGrom was featured in the May 26 post, “We Were Today Years Old When We Learned Jacob deGrom Hit His Only Collegiate Home Run Off Chris Sale,” on golfdigest.com.

• Alumnus and former soccer player Alex Minton, MVP of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in 2005, was cited May 24 in the post, “Real IFFC Hires New Executive Director,” on eastidahonews.com.

• Alumnus Josh Colwell, a UCF physics professor, was quoted in the May 24 post, “UCF Research Flies Three-for-Three on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity,” on ucf.edu.

• Alumna Heather Kreider, MED, educational leadership, was profiled in the May 26 post, “Welcome to the New Principal at Edgewater High,” on yourcommunitypaper.com.

• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Law alumna Anna Upton to the Northwest Florida Water Management District. She is a Managing Member of Anna H. Upton, P.L. and serves as general counsel to The Everglades Foundation.

• Law alumna Onchantho Am was recognized in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by Rep. Darren Soto during the General Speeches portion of the U.S. House session on C-SPAN on May 19.

• Law alumna April Hubbard Kuhn will serve as the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s new Chief Student Services and Compliance Officer beginning in July, according to a May 26 report on wbtv.com.

• Law alumnus John Herin was profiled May 26 in the article, “John Herin Officially Steps into His New Role as Tamarac City Attorney,” on tamaractalk.com.

May 14-20

Top Stories 

• John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program, and Cedric Burkhardt, alumnus and Centurion Program delegate, were interviewed by TV station Fox 7 Austin for the segment, “Learning about the business side of auto racing.”

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the article, “Does hate-filled political rhetoric fuel extremism?” posted May 14 on CQ Research.

• Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was interviewed May 18 by Spectrum News 13 for the segment, “Study into global homicide and suicide rates,” about his research on predictors of homicide and suicide cross-nationally, including video games, economic factors and guns.

• Chris de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, was interviewed May 13 by Fox35 Orlando for the segment, “Recovery after gas hoarding,” due to the recent shutdown of a pipeline on the East Coast.

• A short video, “Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-garde Theatre,” by Mayhill Fowler, PhD, associate professor and director of SPREES, was featured in the post, “10 things everyone should know about Ukraine,” on May 16 on the website UAZMI – Ukraine & World News.

• Stetson students Nesha Mutuku, a management senior, and Kendall Buck, an entrepreneurship and management sophomore, were featured in the article, “Stetson students win $20,000 at pitch competitions,” in the May 15 Daytona Times, and “Stetson entrepreneur students win cash awards,” in the May 19 West Volusia Beacon. Lou Paris, MBA, director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Leaders Program, was quoted in the Daytona Times article.

• Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, associate professor of Public Health, wrote the piece, “Editorial: Bring DeLand’s Black community into the fold,” in the May 19 West Volusia Beacon.

• Stetson Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III, JD, was quoted on Yahoo News and insider.com in the May 18 article, “Amy Coney Barrett took speaking fees from a group that pushed Mississippi’s abortion ban. A constitutional law expert says that won’t stop her ruling on the case.”

Other News:

• Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, wrote a guest column, “Campus sexual assault investigations must be fair to accuser and accused,” published in the May 15 Orlando Sentinel.

• Randall Croom, PhD, assistant professor of Management, was cited in the article, “Keynote speakers announced for FICPA MEGA Conference 2021,” in a May 13 post on CPA Practice Advisor.

• Ray Nault, EdD, Stetson’s new vice president of Enrollment Management, was cited in “People on the move” in the May 13 Orlando Sentinel.

• Kelly Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, was interviewed for the article, “Enriching Education: Universal Preschool,” May 19 on Motherhood Moment.

• Stetson student Emily Derrenbacker, a junior studying English, political science and sociology, wrote the commentary, “Why should Florida’s Legislature pass policies to encourage renewable energy?” that appeared May 17 in the Gainesville Sun and also in the Leesburg Daily Commercial.

• Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was interviewed May 19 by Spectrum News 13 for the segment, “‘A little bit like whiplash’: Is anxiety over changing guidelines normal?”

• Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the March 29 article, “Why It’s So Hard to Unplug,” in Lifewire.com.

Alumni News:

• Alumnus and MLB pitcher Logan Gilbert was featured in the article, “Mariners set to promote top pitching prospect Logan Gilbert, Jarred Kelenic ahead of series vs Cleveland,” posted May 13 on the CBS Sports website. Gilbert and former Stetson players Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom were featured in the May 12 post, “What to expect from Logan Gilbert in MLB,” on MLB.com.

• Logan Gilbert also was featured in the May 14 article, “Seattle Mariners’ Logan Gilbert shaky in debut, but ‘feel like I belong here’,” on the ESPN website, and “Logan Gilbert’s rough debut shouldn’t scare off fantasy baseball owners,” on the New York Post website.

• Alumnus Allen Groves was profiled May 17 in the article, “Dean of Students Allen Groves departs from U.Va. after more than 14 years,” on the website of The Cavalier Daily.

• MBA alumnus Chase Rogers was cited May 17 in “Horizon Commercial Realty welcomes three new employees” on lanereport.com.

• MBA alumnus Brian Vann was profiled in the May 19 article, “Lighthouse Works Adds Brian Vann to Board of Directors,” on West Orlando News.

May 7-13

Top Stories

• Stetson University received $9,319,255 in federal COVID-19 relief, under the American Rescue Plan Act, with $4,660,216 devoted to student aid, the Tampa Bay Times reported May 12 in the article, “More relief funds go to Florida colleges. How much did your school get?

• Stetson University Head Football Coach Roger Hughes, PhD, and President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, were quoted by the Orlando Sentinel in the May 7 article, “Stetson football coach Roger Hughes stepping down to become president of Doane University.” The story also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.

• Coach Hughes also was featured in the May 9 opinion piece, “Stetson losing a good man, not just a football coach in Roger Hughes: Commentary,” in the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Hughes told the Sentinel. “I love coaching so much, but this is my alma mater and I just thought that maybe I can have a similar effect on a whole campus community as what we were able to do with the football program at Stetson.”

• Stetson student Emily Derrenbacker wrote the May 5 article, “Florida should embrace renewable energy, not resist it,” for The Invading Sea, a collaboration of 26 Florida news organizations. She also wrote a guest column for TCPalm.com on May 11 entitled, “Why should Florida’s Legislature pass policies to encourage renewable energy?

• Graduating senior Nelson Quezada Herrera and Assistant Professor of Political Science Steven Smallpage, PhD, were featured in a Spectrum News 13 story on May 8 entitled, “Diversity at Stetson University.” Nelson Quezada Herrera also was featured on Spectrum News 13 in the May 12 story, “Stetson University grad wins prestigious political science award.”

• Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon in the May 4 article, “Controversial DeLand development delayed.” Anderson also helped write an opinion piece, “Imagine West Volusia: Let’s imagine, together,” in the West Volusia Beacon on May 11.

• Graduating senior Ally Fahey was interviewed by the Daytona Beach News-Journal for the May 6 article, “Class of 2021 pause, reflect on graduating during pandemic.” Fahey, a mezzo-soprano and voice performance major, received a scholarship to pursue a master of music in opera at the Yale School of Music.

• Sarah Cramer, PhD, visiting assistant professor in Sustainable Food Systems, and student Angelina Cili, a public health major, were quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 6 in the article, “Pierson farmer says fond memories of blueberry picking as a child steered her into farming.”

• Christopher de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, was interviewed by Fox WOFL-TV in Orlando on May 13 for the segment, “President to address Colonial Pipeline Crisis.”

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby authored a May 10 guest post called, “Tax Provisions in State Constitutions May Hinder Marijuana Legalization Efforts,” on the Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Blog, which was also picked up by LexBlog.

• Dean Michèle Alexandre was recognized by the Dr. G. Carter Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg during its annual First Ladies in African American History luncheon, according to the duPontREGISTRY Tampa Bay.

• Jeff Altier, director of Athletics, was mentioned by NBC News in the May 7 piece, “NCAA considers holding tournaments in states with trans athlete restrictions.”

• Director of University Events Julie Hunter was quoted by Fox 35 News for the story, “Stetson University to hold in-person graduations,” on May 6. Hunter also was quoted in the Hometown News article, “College graduations begin this weekend in Volusia County,” on May 6.

• Ronald Hall, PhD, professor of philosophy, was mentioned in the May 10 article, “Jen Psaki Gives A Master Class In Handling False Assumptions,” on Forbes.

Other News:

• Stetson University was mentioned in an editorial by The Daytona Beach News-Journal entitled, “Be proud of the class of 2021. They met disappointment with grace, and triumphed,” on May 7.

• A May 7 article, “Roger Hughes, Stetson’s football coach, has a new job: president at his alma mater,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Coach Hughes, President Roellke and Athletics Director Jeff Altier.

• Student Kayli McClafferty, who is double majoring in music theory and music composition at Stetson’s School of Music, was quoted in the May 12 article, “Diocesan Honors Band marches on,” in the Florida Catholic.

• Stetson University was mentioned May 13 in the West Volusia Beacon article, “Cameron’s Chronicles: Remembering Irene Johnson.”

• The Hometown News reported May 6 that faculty and students from the Stetson School of Music will perform at the city of DeLand’s virtual Memorial Day ceremony, which will be live streamed at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, on the city’s YouTube channel.

• Peggy Macdonald, adjunct professor at Stetson, was quoted by the NPR affiliate, WUFT-TV, in the May 11 piece, “Meet Alachua’s Resident Horse Riding Teacher and Wiccan Priestess.”

• Stetson University was mentioned in the May 4 article, “Local universities won’t require COVID-19 vaccinations,” in the Orlando Business Journal.

• Stetson’s Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center was mentioned May 4 in the West Volusia Beacon article, “Make mobility equitable: Connected trails can help.”

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was mentioned in a May 9 entry on MindingtheCampus.org called, “Field Notes on Recent Trends in Higher Ed Litigation.”

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a May 10 article on TaxNotes State called, “Maryland to Issue Regs, Guidance on Digital Ad Tax.”

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

Alumni News:

• Alumna Lauren Murray, DMA, who earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson, is the new executive director of Pasco Hernando State College’s Instructional Performing Arts Center, according to the Neighborhood News for New Tampa and Wesley Chapel on May 11.

• Stetson alumna Maria Abreu, a writer for Forbes, wrote the May 13 article, “Itaú’s New CEO Will Have To Compete With Upstart Fintechs To Remain Latin America’s Most Powerful Bank.”

• Alumnus Eric Martinez, a choral educator at Fort Pierce Central High School, was featured in the May 13 article, “Teacher finds faith through music education,” in Florida Catholic.

• Law alumnus and State Attorney Bruce Bartlett is running for a full term as State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, according to Florida Politics.

April 30-May 6

Top Stories 

• Nelson Quezada Herrera ‘21 was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Class of 2021 pause, reflect on graduating during pandemic,” on May 6. Quezada Herrera emigrated from El Salvador at age 7 with his mother and grandmother. “We decided to move to find better opportunities, have a better life and also, part of it was my mother recognized how good of an education I could get here in the United States,” Quezada Herrera said. “Education was always something that I deeply valued.”

• Stetson University was allocated $5.8 million under the Effective Access to Student Education Program, as reported by the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Here’s what Florida budget has to offer Volusia, Flagler: higher ed, flood control, health,” on May 1.

• Associate Professor and Chair of Education Chris Colwell, EdD, was quoted in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida newsletter in an April 5 article, “Stetson University Elementary Education Program Ranks In Top 5% Nationally For Admission Standards And Diversity.” “The Education Department’s strategic plan has a focus on program diversity and recruiting a diverse teacher workforce,” Colwell said. “The national recognition of the work that the entire Stetson community supports in identifying, recruiting and graduating talented and diverse educators is a wonderful achievement.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured in a WMFE segment on May 5 called, “Rollins College, Stetson University Professors Say Facebook’s Decision To Suspend Trump Has Hurt His Chances Of Re-Election.”

• Stetson was mentioned in the MSN article, “Florida’s most beautiful small towns and cities ranked,” on April 27. DeLand was ranked the 30th most beautiful small town in Florida.

• Associate Professor and Director of SPREES Mayhill Fowler, PhD, was quoted in a History.com article entitled, “How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution,” on April 28.

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was featured in an April 27 Spectrum Bay News 9 segment on the factors influencing homicide and suicide.

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was referenced in a U.S. News & World Report article entitled, “6 Mutual Funds and ETFs to Buy With Your Tax Refund,” on April 29. The article also appeared on WTOP News.

Other News:

• Photos from the Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration at Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum appeared in the Hometown News on April 29.

• University Business used a photo from Stetson in the April 29 piece, “ACHA says colleges should make vaccines mandatory.” The photo shows a student receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor’s new BYU Law Review article, “Obstruction of Justice: Redesigning the Shortcut,” was featured on the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog and LexBlog on May 1.

• Law Professor Elizabeth Berenguer was featured on the Legal Writing Prof Blog on May 1 for her newly published book, “The Legal Scholar’s Guidebook.”

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s New York University Law Review article, “The Political Branding of Us and Them: The Branding of Asian Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924,” was featured on the ImmigrationProf Blog as the Immigration Article of the Day on May 1.

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: “It Is All In the Emails – Mueller Report Review” on May 4.

• Stetson seniors Ana Costa and Carly Perales were recognized by ASUN as the Beach Volleyball Pair of the Year, as reported in the WN.com article, “Stetson’s Carly Perales, Ana Costa named ASUN Beach Volleyball Pair of the Year.”

Alumni News:

• Alumnus Jack Kelly was named a Fulbright fellow, as reported by the Mercyhurst University website in the April 12 article, “Mercyhurst intel grad named Fulbright fellow, will do research in Brussels.” He will be doing research in Brussels on “the methodologies, tools, and techniques used in open-source investigations by European Union investigators to track and follow nuclear material in black markets and on the Dark Web.”

• Alumna Maria Abreu co-authored an article at Forbes entitled, “Mexican Bitcoin Exchange Bitso Raises $250 Million, Becomes Latin America’s First Crypto Unicorn,” on May 5. The article discusses the emergence of Bitso, a Mexican Bitcoin exchange which is now valued at $2.2 billion.

• Alumnus Joseph T. O’Leary Jr. was featured in The Grafton News article, “North Grafton banker joins Brookline Bank,” on May 3.

• Law alumna A. Michelle Jernigan was featured on Orlando Style on May 3.

• Law alumnus Dick Jacobs’ new book, “Democracy for Dollars,” was featured on PRLog.

• Ausley McMullen, a full-service firm based in Tallahassee, announced that Law alumnus Anthony D. Tilton joined the firm on the Construction, Real Estate and Litigation teams.

• Justice Joseph Hatchett, who earned an honorary Doctor of Laws from Stetson, passed away on April 30, 2021, according to the West Side Gazette.

• Law alumna Nirupa Netram was appointed to The Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, according to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze.

• Alumnus Joshua Ferraro, an attorney with Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, has been announced as a new partner of the Florida law firm with locations in Martin and Palm Beach counties and will help lead the Treasure Coast office, according to a press release.

April 23-29

Top Stories

  • Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, was featured in an article at PR for the People entitled, "Homeless in America: The Work of Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D." on April 19. Shankar-Brown currently works not only as an educator but also as a grassroots organizer to combat homelessness. Shankar-Brown was also featured in the April 19 article, "April is National Poetry Month!" on the same site. The article spotlighted her poetry collection, "Tuluminous!"
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was featured on a panel about the alarming number of recent manatees deaths. More than 500 manatees have died since Dec. 1 from cold stress and starvation from the loss of sea grass in the Indian River Lagoon, due to overdevelopment and other human impacts on water quality. The multi-part series, entitled, "A Lagoon of Hunger," was uploaded online to the Spectrum News In Focus website on April 18.
  • The $10 million planned gift from Steven and Donna Overly to Stetson University College of Law was mentioned in the Tampa Bay Business Journal on April 26.
  • Details for Stetson's Class of 2021 upcoming graduation were published in the West Volusia Beacon article, "Class Notes: Stetson University graduation just around the corner," on April 20.
  • Stetson University won first place in a Launch Your Venture competition, sponsored by Boeing HorizonX, for Swally, a student-created budgeting app company. The winners, according to an April 8 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University News article, were awarded $10,000.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Sven Smith, PhD, were cited in the Spectrum News 13 article, "Economic factors a strong predictor of homicide rates, Stetson University study finds," on April 19. "Most of the best predictors actually were the economic factors, so with homicides," Ferguson said, "countries that had income inequality tended to have higher homicide rates."
  • Stetson University's Environmental Club cosigned a Coalition Letter to President Joe Biden regarding the climate crisis. The letter, entitled, "Coalition Letter to President Biden: Addressing the Climate Crisis' Domestic Impacts on Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes," was published on the Human Rights Watch website on April 20.
  • Chelsea Hage, an entrepreneurship and marketing student, was featured in the Hometown News Volusia article, "'Everyone deserves a special day' in Volusia," on April 22. Hage started a nonprofit called, "Birthday Candles For Kids," which provides birthday parties and supplies for children who are homeless, orphaned or in foster care. Director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program Lou Paris, MBA, also was quoted in the article.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 6 analysis for Talking Points Memo called, "Georgia's Unique And Bloody History With Voter Disenfranchisement."
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in an April 23 article from the International Bar Association called, "Weinstein appeal leaves victims in limbo, raising serious questions about justice system."
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Robyn Powell was quoted in an April 22 article in the Tampa Bay Times called, "Florida 'disability abortion' bill has some critics in the disability community." The article was also featured in the Miami Herald, Bradenton Herald, Yahoo! News and Yahoo! News Canada.
  • Ray Nault was appointed vice president of Enrollment Management at Stetson, as reported by the West Volusia Beacon in the April 20 article, "Stetson appoints VP of enrollment."
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was cited in the U.S. News & World Report article, "7 Best New ETFs to Buy," on April 22.
  • Washington Garcia, DMA, was featured in the Orlando Sentinel's April 15 "People on the Move" segment after being appointed dean of Stetson's School of Music.
  • Executive Director of Professional and Corporate Education and Professor of Practice Bud Hanson was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon article, "Stetson offers online sustainability series," on April 17.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Smith, PhD, was featured in an April 29 Fox 35 segment offering an expert opinion on President Joe Biden’s address to Congress.
  • Associate Professor Rajni Shankar-Brown was quoted in the Skills Hub article, "Best Tools to Support and Motivate Remote Learners."
  • Vikram Ahmed, EdD, director of Enterprise Information Systems, was quoted in the MSN article, "4 ways to join the real-time enterprise revolution" on April 26. “Almost all modern applications require real-time capabilities,” Ahmed said.
  • Stetson Athletics was mentioned in the Times-Delphic article, "How COVID has changed this year's relays," on April 26. Stetson's March 26 football game against Drake was canceled due to issues with COVID-19.
  • Former chair of the Stetson University Department of Education, Robert Maurice Leahy, PhD, won the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, as reported by a press release on April 23.
  • Destiny Rodriguez, a digital arts major with a journalism minor, published an article at the West Volusia Beacon entitled, "FOODIE FILE: New restaurant casts its spell on DeLand," on April 22. The article introduces readers to Spellbound Cafe, a new restaurant opening up in DeLand.
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in an April 19 article in TaxNotes State called, "Maryland's Digital Advertising Tax Draws More Litigation."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was interviewed for Slate's Amicus podcast on April 10 for an episode called, "Why are Republicans upset about corporate free speech all of a sudden?" It was picked up by the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an April 18 article in The Post and Courier called, "How USC is stumbling in handling sexual harassment and assault cases like other colleges."
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Law.com article called, "Law.com Litigation Trendspotter: In COVID Tuition Refund Cases, Courts Continue to Differ on Whether Schools 'Promised' In-Person Learning," an excerpt of which was featured on the TaxProf Blog on April 23.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Catherine Cameron was quoted on the Literary Hub website on April 19 as part of an excerpt from the book, "The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State," by Tyler Gillespie.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor’s article, "Obstruction of Justice: Redesigning the Shortcut," was recently published in the BYU Law Review and featured on Twitter.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Robyn Powell's article, "The Americans with Disabilities Act and Termination of Parental Rights Cases: An Examination of Appellate Decisions Involving Disabled Mothers," was recently published in the Yale Law & Policy Review.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Robyn Powell’s forthcoming article, "Becoming a Disabled Parent: Eliminating Access Barriers to Health Care Before, During, and after Pregnancy," is set for publication in the Tulane Law Review and was featured on the HealthLawProf Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy will speak as part of a book club event with Building Bridges for America on May 3.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 23 analysis for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "The Supreme Court's Looming Dark Money Decision," which was also picked up by the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 26 piece for Nation of Change called, "The Supreme Court's looming dark money decision."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy's Brennan Center for Justice article was quoted in an April 26 article on The Fulcrum called, "Supreme Court hears case that could endanger election transparency rules."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s article, "The Political Branding of Us and Them: The Branding of Asian Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924," was recently published in the New York University Law Review and featured on the Legal Theory Blog.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:
  • Law alumna Simone Marstiller and student Cameron L. Perkins were featured in a story on Gunster's website about a new Leadership Training Academy that the firm created to "serve and inspire the next generation of Florida attorneys by providing them with substantive leadership, legal training and mentorship opportunities while they are law students." Marstiller was a speaker and Perkins an attendee.
  • Stetson Law was mentioned in a news announcement from Freeborn & Peters LLP regarding their sponsorship of the First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition for Stetson University College of Law students for the fourth year in a row.

Alumni News:

April 16-22

Top Stories

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was featured April 18 on Central Florida News 13 "In Focus," about the alarming number of manatees starving to death from the loss of sea grass in the Indian River Lagoon. "These events that we're seeing here, these are entirely because of humans," Evan said. "We have just overdeveloped within the coastlines with infrastructure that is old and failing in some cases. … Seeing this tragedy with the manatees, I really hope that it’s going to help us understand that we really need to do something."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Washington Post article, "Gunman in Indianapolis FedEx shooting used two legally purchased assault rifles, police say," on April 17. Ferguson said mass shooters often blame some group or society in general for all that has gone wrong in their life. "They are emotionally crushed by their relationship with society, and they’re very angry about it. So, they want to die, but they want to bring other people with them," he said.
  • Ray Nault was appointed as Stetson's Vice President of Enrollment Management, as reported by CityBiz in the April 15 article, "Stetson University Appoints Ray Nault as VP of Enrollment Management."
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the Yahoo Finance article, "7 Best Vanguard Funds for Beginning Investors," on April 15. "Investing regularly returns a huge payback," he said. "Invest $5,000 today and let that single investment compound at 8% return and you will have $108,000 in 40 years after only investing $5,000 once. Invest $6,000 per year at 8% return and you will have an account valued at $1.54 million in 40 years."
  • Associate Professor of Finance Giovanni Fernandez, PhD, was quoted in the MSN article, "How to Teach Your College-Age Kids About Debt," on April 19. Fernandez uses amortization schedules to illustrate the effect of interest on a purchase.
  • Athletic Director Jeff Altier was quoted in The Ledger for the article, "Why Florida? Why now? Transgender bill part of nationwide Republican push," on April 22. "From a medical standpoint, there are some hormone treatments, which are required that have to be mandated, but we’ve had transgender student-athletes, in both directions, and it has not been an issue," Altier said.
  • Professor Christopher Ferguson was also quoted in Restaurant Business Online in the article, "Carjacking Spike Puts Delivery Workers in Harm’s Way," on April 15. "The drivers are going to look like safe targets for this type of crime," he said.
  • "The Way Things Were," a live streamed Stetson theatre production, was featured in Orlando At Play. Professor of Theatre Arts Ken McCoy, PhD, was mentioned in the article for his role as director.

Other News:

  • Christopher Ferguson was mentioned in the April 15 Daily Wire article, "Woke Gamers Looking To Censor 'Six Days In Fallujah,' Before They've Even Played It." The article quoted an earlier article in Psychology Today by Ferguson that noted, "In general, beliefs that fictional media can influence behaviors or attitudes is largely exaggerated."
  • An April 20 Spectrum News 13 segment interviewed Professor Christopher Ferguson about video games and violence.
  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, PhD, was quoted in an EDGE Media article entitled, "How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?" on April 19. "When it is feasible, scan documents, store and back them up," Chambers said.
  • Chelsea Hage, an entrepreneurship and marketing junior, was featured in the Motherhood Moment article, "Caring Causes: Birthday Candles for Kids," on April 14. Hage launched Birthday Candles for Kids, a nonprofit organization in St. Petersburg, in 2016.
  • Stetson's football team was featured in the April 16 Daytona Beach News-Journal article titled, "Stetson spring football finale canceled due to COVID-19." "We have put player health and safety ahead of all other concerns since the start of this pandemic and we continue to work within CDC guidelines to keep the health of our community as our number one priority," head coach Roger Hughes said.

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April 9-15

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  • Stetson University has extended its accreditation in both business and accounting from AACSB International (AACSB), the world's largest business education alliance, according to the Punxsutawney Spirit on April 12. "Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning," said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB, in a press release.
  • Professor of Biology Terence Farrell, PhD, was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon article, "They're here, they're everywhere: Fuzzy caterpillars terrorize West Volusia," on April 14. "The caterpillars are already mostly in their cocoons," he said. "When they hatch out early next spring, you won’t notice them. It is only when they eat a bunch of leaves and get large, then drop to the ground to start looking for good places to pupate that they become so obvious."
  • The article, "Stetson University vaccinates 500 students and staff members against COVID," appeared in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on April 9, quoting faculty, staff and a student. "I want to protect myself and those around me, so I was excited, nervous and also proud to get the vaccine," said sophomore Jazlyn Garcia. The article also quoted John Rasp, PhD, an associate professor of statistics; Lua Hancock, EdD, vice president of Campus Life and Student Success; and Bonnie Holloway, visiting professor in accounting.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Daily Wire article, "People Are Trying To Get A New Video Game Banned, Claiming It Will Lead To Mass Shootings" on April 8. "In general," Ferguson said, "beliefs that fictional media can influence behaviors or attitudes is largely exaggerated."
  • Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson was also quoted in the Invision Community article, "Ten video games guaranteed to give you an adrenaline boost," on April 9.
  • Stetson College of Law won the top honor in the 2021 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge, according to an April 13 article on Patch.com. "I am so pleased to see us recognized for work related to helping close the justice gap," said Law Professor Judith Scully.
  • "Stetson Law Alumna Laura Rose Named Winner Of New Advocacy Writing Competition," appeared on Patch.com on April 13. Rose is now an assistant professor of law at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law.
  • The article, "Stetson hires Shawn Finney as assistant men’s basketball coach, reuniting with Donnie Jones," appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on April 15.

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Brian Levine, a third-grade teacher at Citrus Grove Elementary School in DeLand, was awarded the elementary-level First Year Teacher Award by the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, according to an April 13 article in the West Volusia Beacon. On his first day, Levine introduced himself as former pirate Capt. Levine, and enlisted his students to join his new crew, "one which can change the world." He said, "I set high expectations for each of my new crewmates on the very first day, and helped them meet those expectations through a myriad of wacky learning adventures."
  • Stetson alumnus and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was quoted by ESPN 5 in the April 14 article, "'An inner-circle Hall of Famer'? Jacob deGrom wants to be this generation's Randy Johnson." "I want to pitch into my 40s," he said. "I believe I can still compete at this level at that age."
  • Alumnus Bill Arnold was named president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, as reported by April 8 New Jersey Business Magazine article, "Arnold Appointed President and CEO at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital."
  • Stetson alumna and Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Kimberly Hosley was a keynote speaker at the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association’s first in-person meeting of the year. The news was reported by the Jacksonville Daily Record on April 15 in the article, "Equal pay a priority for Florida Association for Women Lawyers leader."
  • Alumna and former adjunct professor Jill Shipley was featured in an informational article on an upcoming event entitled, "PGRT: What, When and How to Talk to Heirs About Wealth." Shipley is the Managing Director and Head of Family Governance at Tiedemann Advisors.

April 1-8

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Other News:

  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in an April 5 Law360 article called, "NASCAR tax apportioned by TV viewership, Ohio Board affirms."
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in a March 26 article in the Tampa Bay Times called, "For St. Pete's Ben Diamond, challenge will be to recoup losses by Democrats."
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner wrote an op-ed called, "Reversing Trump's Clean Water Act Policies" for the Institute for Land, Water and Society's February Connections Newsletter.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog:
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in The Harvard Crimson for an April 2 article called, "Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Admissions Lawsuit."
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby's article, "Subnational Digital Services Taxation," published in the Maryland Law Review was featured on the TaxProf Blog on April 7.
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in an April 2 article on Law360 called, "ARPA draws courts into battle over 'strings attached' funds."
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a March 24 article in TaxNotes State called, "Take cues from other countries, states target big tech with taxes."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an April 5 article on Bloomberg called, "What Will Georgia's Election Law Really Do?"
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was interviewed on NPR’s MarketPlace on March 29 for a piece called, "What responsibility do corporations have to weigh in on voting rights?"
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a March 25 interview on MPRNews for a segment called, "Debunking the 'big lie' about the 2020 presidential election."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was interviewed on NPR on April 2 for a segment called, "The power corporations have in changing laws."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 3 analysis for The Brennan Center for Justice called, "Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law and Corporate Support." It was picked up by the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 6 article for Talking Points Memo called, "Georgia's Unique And Bloody History With Voter Disenfranchisement."
  • Law Professor Robyn Powell's article, "Addressing Risk Factors Among Parents With Serious Mental Illness: Commentary on Ostrow et al.," appears on Psychiatry Online.
  • Stetson Law students J.R. Boyd and Leah Levell were mentioned on the ABA for Law Students website for making it to the semifinals of the Client Counseling Competition.
  • Stetson College of Law was mentioned on the ABA for Law Students website for the 2021 NAAC Regional Results for two teams winning the Washington, D.C. Regional Championship, as well as having the Best Brief.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was part of a panel for a segment called, "Political Campaigns: Perspectives from Abroad" during the International Law Weekend South co-hosted by Georgia Law center and ABILA April 7.
  • Stetson Law was mentioned in the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the latest U.S. and World Report rankings.
  • Stetson Law's Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference was mentioned on Cumberland School of Law's website.
  • Stetson Law part-time student Kate Connolly is running for New Port Richey City Council and was featured in a Bay News 9 segment.
  • Law student Rawan Farah was featured in the Jacksonville Daily News on April 5 in an article called, "The Marbut Report: Farah & Farah growing the family business."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Nefertiti Walker was named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on March 30, as reported by the UMass official website.
  • Fisher Phillips, one of the country's preeminent labor and employment law firms representing employers, announced the addition of Law alumna Sharon Wey as Of Counsel in the firm’s Tampa office.
  • Law alumnus Matthew Dolman has a new podcast that provides consumers with information about personal injury and other areas of law, helping legal consumers understand and protect their rights.
  • Law alumna Jessica Tolin has been elected as the newest litigation partner at Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick.
  • Law alumna and Assistant State Attorney Rebecca White will become the 19th Judicial Circuit's newest judge after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he appointed her to replace retired Circuit Judge James McCann, according to a March 31 article on TCPalm.com.
  • Law alumnus Alexander Metras is a new associate at Banker Lopez Gassler and will be focusing on the defense of personal injury, automobile negligence, premises liability, wrongful death and property damage litigation cases.
  • Law alumna Carrie Ann Wozniak, litigation partner at Top 100 U.S. law firm Akerman LLP, has been appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as a judge on Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal. She fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Orfinger.
  • Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP announced the continued growth of its Health Care Group with the addition of Stetson Law alumna Danielle M. Gruber. Gruber will be based out of the firm’s St. Petersburg office.
  • Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP welcomed Law alumna Kelly Holbrook as senior counsel in the firm's Tampa office.
  • Law alumna Andrea Alderman Keith is the new northwest regional underwriting counsel for North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC), according to an April 6 post on The Title Report.
  • Law alumna Jeanette Secor was featured on Forbes.com in an April 8 article called, 'Treasure Island Hospitality And Dining With Attorney And Hotelier Jeanette Secor."
  • Law alumna Rena Frazier was part of an invited panel on the development of Black-owned businesses and specifically social capital from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Mar 26-31

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Mar 19-25

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Mar 12-18

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  • Professor of Education Patrick Coggins, PhD, was quoted in the Hometown News Volusia article, "Forum aimed to strengthen race relations," on March 11. "I believe there are two reasons this is getting out of hand. The first reason is silence. We have been silent. Evil only continues if you are silent," Coggins said. "The second reason is blindness. Evil does not go away if you close your eyes and go the other way. Evil will continue. I believe we have an opportunity here in the church, here in our society, to make a difference."
  • Stetson was on a list of the 49 best colleges in Florida for 2021, as ranked by Intelligent.com on March 16.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Patch article, "Chicago Lawmaker Looks to Curb Carjackings by Banning Violent Video Games," on March 16. "There's no good reason to think that any regulation of violence in video games, stopping the sale of games like Grand Theft Auto V to minors, would have any impact whatsoever on carjackings in Chicago or any other form of violent crime," Ferguson said.
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Stetson University helps fund Florida's first special grassland conservation project," on March 14. "This is a beautiful example of a sandhill area," Evans said. "It's now a very rare ecosystem in Florida. It's in excellent condition, so having it as a place where we could come up and do field trips, field studies once COVID ends, it’ll be good."
  • Associate professor of mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was quoted in the March 17 article, "Khichidi is nutritious, easy Indian comfort food," at The Columbian.
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the March 18 U.S. News & World Report article entitled, "The Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds."
  • Stetson's involvement in a virtual college fair was mentioned in an Orlando Sentinel article entitled, "Universities partner with Orlando Sentinel, other Tribune papers for Virtual College Fair" on March 12.
  • Professor Emerita of Art Roberta Smith Favis, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Art History Katya Kudryavtseva, PhD, were mentioned in the March 10 West Volusia Beacon article, "New exhibit gives overview of Bluemner's artwork."
  • Assistant Professor and Director of the MFA of the Americas Teresa Carmody, PhD, discussed her recent novel, "The Reconception of Marie," with Do LA on a March 12 Skylight Books segment.
  • The Hand Art Center was featured in the OrlandoAtPlay.com article, "Oscar Bluemner at Stetson: Exhibition History."
  • The first Dr. Charles White Speaker Series was featured in the Hometown News Volusia article, "Volusia School News, March 12, 2021."
  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, PhD, was featured in the Marco Eagle article, "WOW To Do List: Concerts, camp outs, art shows, theater and more," on March 12.
  • Football Head Coach Roger Hughes was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Fall in the air: After 16 months, Stetson football opens 6-game season Saturday," on March 12.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in a March 15 Law360 article called, "'Bury It': Inside a Hidden Evidence Scandal That Rocked SDNY."
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was a panelist on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 65th session parallel event, "Women's Rights And Sustainability: Roadmap To Institutional Legal Reforms" on March 16. The panel was hosted by Princess Olufumni Oluyede of Nigeria and sponsored by the ABA International Section, the International Bar Association, The International Federation of Women Lawyers, and TRLPLaw Solicitors.
  • Law Professor Robyn Powell was quoted in a March 15 article in the Tampa Bay Times called, "Can employers require coronavirus vaccines? It's not clear yet."
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was featured as an expert in a March 18 article from WalletHub called, "145 Million Americans Cannot Afford Another Year Like 2020," as was part-time student Luke Richardson.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a March 19 analysis for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "How the Biden Administration Can Increase Transparency for Corporate Political Spending."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Nick Saffan recently joined the Washington Post, as reported in the March 11 article, "Nick Saffan joins The Post as a multi-platform editor on the Emerging News Products Stories team."
  • Conditioned Air Company Chairman W. Theodore Etzel III was featured in the Southwest Florida Business Today article, "Conditioned Air Chairman Earns 2021 SWACCA Pioneer Award," for his achievement of a pioneer award from the Southwest Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SWACCA).
  • Law alumna Elizabeth LaBerge has been appointed as the Senior Director of Advocacy & Counsel at Credit Union National Association (CUNA), according to a March 15 announcement. LaBerge will advocate on a number of policy areas, with a particular focus on housing and housing finance policy.
  • Fisher Phillips, one of the country's preeminent labor and employment law firms representing employers, announced the addition of Stetson Law alumna Sharon Wey as Of Counsel in the firm’s Tampa office.

Mar 5-11

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  • Alumnus Chris Cloudman was featured in the West Volusia Beacon article, "DeLand commissioner to run for mayor," on March 7.
  • Alumnus Zachery S. Mitcham published an article at CisoMag.com, titled "Data Security – A Layered Approach," on March 7.
  • Late Law alumnus Bernie McCabe was honored in a tribute video from the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. It features commentary from several colleagues, including fellow Stetson Law alumni Bob Dillinger and Susan Houghton.
  • Law alumnus Stefan Alvarez appeared on Ask an Attorney with Joe Pippen on March 7 discussing his time as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and now working as an insurance attorney with Alvarez Law Group in Tampa.
  • Law alumnus Tyler Payne was elected mayor of Treasure Island, according to a March 10 announcement from Florida Politics.
  • Law alumnus D. Ranger Jackson joined Battaglia Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., in Tampa and will utilize his diverse skill set to assist in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil & commercial litigation, and workers' compensation, according to a March 10 announcement from the firm.
  • Law alumna Thania Diaz Clevenger was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal for her recent promotion to COO of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Law alumnus R. Stanley Gipe joined forces with Matt Dolman to open a Boston office of Sibley Dolman Gipe, according to a March 12 press release.

Feb. 26-Mar. 4

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Feb. 19-25

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  • Stetson University in the News is a weekly roundup of media coverage that mentions Stetson, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.
  • Alumnus Zachery S. Mitcham published the article, "After the Breach and Beyond," at Ciso Mag on Feb. 20. "Listen and support your own internal enterprise information security subject matter expert," Mitcham wrote. "They are your information security evangelist, before the breach."
  • Alumna Pam Peterson, an Associate Broker at Seabolt Real Estate, was featured in the Savannah CEO article, "Seabolt Real Estate Welcomes Three Accomplished Real Estate Professionals," on Feb. 24.
  • Alumnus Matthew Nadeau was featured in a "Professionals on the Move: Feb. 2021" segment at the CPA Practice Advisor on Feb.23.
  • Law alumnus Chris Sprowls was quoted in a Feb. 19 analysis from The Washington Times called, "The new cold war: U.S. must stop China from stealing its intellectual property."
  • Law alumnus Carlos Gazitua is serving on the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association 2021 Board of Directors Executive Committee, according to a Feb. 22 announcement from Miami Community Newspapers. Gazitua is president and CEO of Sergio’s Family Restaurants in Miami.
  • Law alumnus Luis Viera made No. 22 on Florida Politics' list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians.

Feb. 12-18

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  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted Feb. 13 in The Brunswick News article, "Rising seas a problem up and down the coast." "North Florida shows a very similar sea level rise trend as what has been observed in St. Marys and other areas of coastal Georgia, and localized impacts on stormwater systems and storm surge heights are also very similar," he said.
  • Associate Professor of Finance and Interim Director of the Roland and Sarah George Investments Institute Matthew Hurst, PhD, was interviewed by WOGX Fox 51 for a Feb. 16 story entitled, "Florida professor warns against investments based on social media."
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, PhD, was mentioned in a 103.5 Kissimmee article entitled, "Try One of These Simple Tips to Eat Healthier Today From Nutritionists," on Feb. 16.
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a Feb. 16 article on Law360 called, "Internet Tax Freedom Act Could Thwart Md. Digital Ad Tax."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was mentioned by American University Law Review on Twitter for her article, "The Dichotomy Between Overcriminalization and Underregulation," featured in their latest publication.

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Alumni News:

  • Alumna Cindy Lovell, PhD, was featured in the Herald-Wing article, "People and Professions: Reported Feb. 14, 2021." Lovell co-authored the textbook, "Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application," along with Jane Govoni.
  • Everett Stern '10 was featured in a Daily Local article entitled, "West Goshen resident launches bid for US Senate in Pennsylvania," on Feb. 16.
  • Six of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) sections have elevated new chairs this month to oversee efforts to improve laws, address professional development and sponsor continuing legal education courses in a variety of substantive fields. Stetson Law alumnus William S. Friedlander of Ithaca, a partner at Friedlander & Mosher, is the new Trial Lawyers Section chair.
  • Law alumnus Robert Angus Williams, an attorney in the Tallahassee office of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., has recently been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Mediator.
  • Law alumna Rebecca White was nominated to fill the judge vacancy for 19th Circuit for Treasure Coast, Okeechobee County, by the 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, according to TCPalm.com. She is one of six nominees. Gov. Ron DeSantis has 60 days to make the appointment.

Feb. 5-11

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  • Associate Professor of Marketing Scott Jones, PhD, was quoted by Quartz, the Tribune Content Agency, in the Feb. 8 article, "Is the cost of a Super Bowl commercial still worth it for advertisers." "It's one of the few remaining live television audiences where people aren't bypassing the advertising. As much as there's a risk with a bad ad, there's even greater opportunity if you run the good one. People tune in expecting good advertising," he said.
  • Matthew Hurst, PhD, associate professor of Finance and interim director of the Roland and Sarah George Investments Institute, was quoted in Forbes on Feb. 5 in the article, "Robinhood shoots itself in foot with arrows. If only it had a crisis communication plan."
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 5 New York Times article called, "Students Punished for 'Vulgar' Social Media Posts Are Fighting Back." The article appeared on various other online news outlets around the country and world.
  • Alan Green, PhD, associate professor and Chair of Economics and Global Development Program director, was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon article, "Local advisors: Don't worry about Washington, worry about your own expenses" on Feb. 5. "Usually, a change in president does not have a large impact on the economy; that's because the president’s power over the economy, in general, is overrated," Green said.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 6 USA Today article called, "Trump's controversial diversity training order is dead – or is it? Colleges are still feeling its effects." This article appeared in USA Today affiliate newspapers around the country, Yahoo! News Canada and MSN New Zealand.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Smith, PhD, was featured on Fox 51, a Gainesville station, in a Feb. 10 segment on President Trump's impeachment trial.
  • Associate Professor of Marketing Scott Jones, PhD, was quoted in a Bay News 9 segment on the effect of COVID-19 on the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
  • Director of Enterprise Information Systems Vikram Ahmed, EdD, was quoted in the article "2021: The Year Real Time Gets Real," on Feb. 10 on Database Trends and Applications.
  • The article, "Ideal gift for cooks this Mother's Day or Valentine's Day," on Rugbyrep.com featured Stetson student Kendall Buck '23, who developed the Herbie Rake, a kitchen utensil that strips leaves off of herbs for meal preparation. The article also quoted Lou Paris, assistant professor of Practice, Management, and assistant director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was interviewed on MPR News with Kerri Miller on Feb. 9 on what to expect as the impeachment trial begins.

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Alumni News:

  • Law alumna Simone Marstiller was appointed the new secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Law alumnus Jim Headley was featured in the Lakeland Ledger for being named the 2021 10th Judicial Circuit Honoree for the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.
  • Law alumna Elizabeth Shuman joined the Tampa office of Gordon & Rees as an associate, according to an announcement.

Jan. 30-Feb. 4

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  • Matthew Nadeau was featured in the CPA Practice Advisor, "Matthew Nadeau, CPA Promoted to Principal at Nathan Wechsler," on Feb. 1.
  • Law alumnus Kevin Goertzen collaborated with former Dean Darby Dickerson on an adaption of the "Hamilton" song "You'll Be Back." It was featured on the TaxProf Blog.
  • Shutts & Bowen LLP announced that six attorneys at the firm have been elevated to partner, effective January 1, 2021, including Law alumnae Victoria San Pedro Madani and Ashley S. Hodson.
  • Law alumnus OT Delancy was profiled by Fox 13 in a What’s Right with Tampa Bay feature for giving back to the community.
  • Law alumnus Erik Abrahamson was featured on Lawyers and Settlements for the various successes of his firm, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk.

Jan. 23-29

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  • Alumnus John Westervelt was posthumously featured in the Daily Commercial article, "Umatilla to name football field in honor of John Westervelt," on Jan. 26. Umatilla High School in central Florida recently named their football field after the late former principal, teacher and coach.
  • Lakeland lawyer James "Jim" Headley was honored with the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for 2021 for the 10th Judicial Circuit (Hardee, Highlands and Polk counties), according to The Lakeland Ledger.
  • National insurance services practice group Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced the addition of six attorneys to its Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices, including law alumna Jaclyn Rios.
  • Law alumnus Acton Wayne Chalu, 72, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, according to an obituary in The Macon County News.
  • Law alumna Victoria Jones is expanding and renovating the Generation of Trust law offices at 433 76th Ave. in St. Pete Beach to coincide with the five-year anniversary of her purchase of the firm, which was formerly known as Jones and Hitt.
  • Law alumnus Eddie Stephens published the 2021 edition of Stephens' Squibs Florida Family Law Case Updates.

Jan. 15-22

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  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted in the Daily Magazine article, "'The science is real': Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise," on Jan. 18. If federal funding for high-dollar construction projects were contingent on planning for sea level rise, "that would make a big difference," Evans said. "It's really overdue. We should have been doing it 25 years ago."
  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eugene Huskey, PhD, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Congressman Michael Waltz opposes 2nd Trump impeachment effort," on Jan. 8.
  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eugene Huskey was also quoted by the Penza News in Russia in the article, "The credit of trust of Kyrgyz citizens to Sadyr Japarov imposes a great responsibility on him," on Jan. 19.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 10 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer called, "Should college students be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine? It’s too early for colleges to decide." The article was picked up by several affiliates, including Lancaster Online and Morning Call.
  • Professor of History Paul Croce, PhD, was featured in a Jan. 19 Spectrum News 13 segment on national unity and President Biden's inauguration.
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, was quoted in the Register Guard article, "Staples: Domestic terrorism. How do you like us now?" on Jan. 15.
  • Sophomore Kendall Buck was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Stetson sophomore entrepreneurship student launches Herbie Rake kitchen utensil," on Jan. 15.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was mentioned in the Blogarama article, "24 Books About Food Recommended by Food Tank this Winter – Food Tank," on Jan. 14. Pulpaka’s 2020 cookbook, "Dreaming in Spice: A Sinfully Vegetarian Odyssey," was recommended by the site.
  • Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, was mentioned in the West Volusia Beacon article, "Class Notes: Agreement reached for 'Teacher Salary Allocation,'" on Jan. 7. Shankar-Brown was recently awarded Stetson’s most prestigious teaching award, the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Professor of Computer Science Hala ElAarag, PhD, was mentioned in the Orlando Sentinel's Jan. 7 "People on the Move" segment. ElAarag received Florida Council Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Smith, PhD, was featured in WOFL (an Orlando-based virtual television station affiliated with Fox) on Jan. 13.
  • Political Science Department Chair William Nylen, PhD, published a guest commentary entitled, "Believing in the future of liberalism," at the West Volusia Beacon on Jan. 19. The article discusses the philosophical tenets of liberalism and its place in the future of human civilization.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Royal Gardner was quoted in a Dec. 20 article from Bloomberg called, "The real trees behind fake corporate climate progress." It was picked up by The Japan Times and other publications.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 17 interview with BBC News about President Donald Trump’s legacy.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a Jan. 17 segment of Battleground Florida on WFLA NBC about the impeachment process.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on ABC Action News on Jan. 11 explaining how social media bans on President Trump were not an infringement on free speech. This interview was picked up by other Scripps Local Media affiliates, including outlets in Detroit, San Diego, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and more.
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner was quoted in a Dec. 18 article on InvestmentNews called, "Rethinking the value of programs that pay landowners to plant trees, sometimes even if they did it a decade ago."
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner was quoted in a Dec. 24 article in Florida Phoenix called, "EPA boss plays Santa for Florida developers."
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 4 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, "Colleges Weigh Whether to Require Covid-19 Vaccines, or Just Urge Them."
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 15 article in the Columbia Spectator called, "Columbia reinstates diploma, 'good' alumni standing to journalism student found guilty of sexual assault."
  • Law Professor Mark Bauer was a commentator during the Section on Commercial and Consumer Law: Works-in-Progress for Junior Consumer Law Scholars during the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Jan. 8, "The COVID Vaccine Priority List?" Jan. 10, "KFF Web Briefing on COVID Vaccine and LTC Facilities:" Jan. 11, "2020 Summary of Guardianship Legislation;" Jan. 13, "Medicare Drug Out of Pocket Costs;" Jan. 16, "A Tribute to a Cat;" Jan. 18, "COVID, Vaccination Confusion & More;" Jan. 19, "DOJ Announces Charges vs. Home Health Aide" and "The Future of Caregiving;" Jan. 20, "Improving Neighborhoods Key for Aging in Place;" and Jan. 21, "COVID Shortens Life Expectancy Projections?"
  • Law Professor Jason Palmer was named secretary of the International Law Section of AALS, according to International Law Prof Blog.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: Dec. 26, "Corporate Transparency Act;" and Dec. 31, "2020 White Collar Crime Awards."
  • Law Professor Robyn Powell was mentioned on the HealthLawProf Blog on Dec. 21 for her 2020 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law article.
  • Title IX researcher Jake Sapp was quoted in a Jan. 22 article in Inside Higher Ed called, "A Long and Complicated Road Ahead."
  • Law Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox was mentioned on the HealthLawProf Blog on Dec. 20 for her 2016 South Carolina Law Review article.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Dec. 21 analysis for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "Transparency for Democracy's Sake." It was picked up by the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Dec. 29 article on 10 Tampa Bay called, "Republicans sue Vice President Pence in attempt to upset election results for President-elect Joe Biden."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 6 segment with WUSF called, "Former U.S. Senate Staffer And Professor Calls Capitol Assault 'Heartbreaking.'"
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an analysis for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "How the Capitol Riot Is Affecting Corporate Political Spending." It was also picked up by the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 15 article in the Christian Science Monitor called, "CEOs spurn Trump and his allies: How big a blow?" It was also picked up by Yahoo! News.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 22 article on Salon called, "Texas lawyer fired after Capitol riot files ambitious suit: Dissolve Congress, don't arrest him."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured in an interview with Marketplace for a Jan. 19 segment called, "What will Biden inauguration donations go to?"
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a Jan. 6 interview with Bay News 9 regarding the attack on The Capitol and what would happen with certification of the votes.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli was featured in a Jan. 6 interview with 10 Tampa Bay regarding the riot at The Capitol and the vote certification process.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a Jan. 12 interview with WFTV/WRDQ Orlando regarding the impeachment process. 
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a Jan. 13 in-depth interview with Bay News 9 about the impeachment process. 
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli was featured in an interview on 10 Tampa Bay on Jan. 13 regarding the impeachment process.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III had a guest column published by the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 15 called, "Even now, our best way forward is the 25th Amendment."
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in a Jan. 16 article for Desmog Blog called, "Will Amy Coney Barrett, Whose Father Was a Shell Attorney for Decades, Recuse from Climate Suit?"
  • Law student Emily Lehman has joined the executive board of The St. Pete Young Professionals (SPYP) as the marketing co-chair.
  • Law students Patrick Collins, Ian MacLean and Alex Sorley got a shout out from Alan Gassman for their help and research on his Jan. 7 article on Forbes called, "January 6th SBA Regulations Help Solidify PPP And EIDL Changes."

Alumni News:

  • Judge Stephen Toner was featured in the Hernando Sun article, "Judge Stephen Toner Gives Back to Boy Scouts," on Jan. 17.
  • Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement Alex Herron was featured in the West Volusia Beacon on Jan. 14 in the article, "MLK DAY 2021: What’s your New Year’s resolution?"
  • Alumna Tahirah Scott-Anderson was featured in The Gleaner article, "Tahirah Elizabeth Singing A Soulful Journey – Led By Philosophy On Love, Life," on Jan. 15. Scott-Anderson currently works in the music industry and has recently spent time studying Jamaican music.
  • Alumna Kristin M.T. Mora has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, according to a Jan. 11 press release.
  • Alumnus and Board of Overseers Member Bernie McCabe passed away on Jan. 1, 2021, according to several local media outlets.
  • The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board featured alumnus Bernie McCabe in a Jan. 11 editorial, noting he will be "remembered for doing the right thing."
  • Alumnus Ryan J. Leuthauser was elected as a new shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson, according to a Jan. 19 announcement from the firm.
  • Alumnus and Hillsborough County judge Michael Bagge-Hernandez was selected to serve as vice chairman of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, according to a news release.
  • Alumnus Thomas McFadyen has joined the firm Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law in Tampa, according to a press release.
  • Alumnus Richard Barbara was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Real Estate Commission, according to Florida Politics.
  • Alumnus Robert Sendler was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board, according to Florida Politics.
  • Goldberg Segalla announced alumnus Gregory E. Jordan joined the firm’s Orlando office as an associate.
  • Alumnus Brian Gnage has been appointed to serve as Judge on the Pinellas County Court, according to Florida Politics. Gnage fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Steve Berlin to the Sixth Circuit Court.
  • Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., announced that alumnus John Marra joined the firm as an associate in the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department.
  • Alumnus Bob Dillinger was featured in a Tampa Bay Times piece on Dec. 24 about his retirement after more than 40 years as the Pinellas-Pasco public defender.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the reappointments of four residents to the Polk State College District board of trustees, including alumnus Mark Turner, according to the Lakeland Ledger.
  • Alumnus and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was featured in Dec. 31 profile with ABC Action News.
  • Alumna KaShonda L. Day was elected partner with the firm Adams and Reese.
  • Alumnus Jim Shore received the Government Attorney of the Year Award for 2020 from the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, according to Indian Country Today.
  • LL.M. alumna Ryann Siclari joined the Wealth Preservation Group of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C., according to a Jan. 5 announcement from the firm.

Jan. 8-13

Top Stories

  • Associate professor, chair of Economics and director of the Global Development Program, Alan Green, PhD, published an opinion article entitled, "An insurrection of lies," in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan.11. "The only way a political party can maintain power with no moral leadership is by lying, which has been the defining characteristic of both Trump and the party for the past four years," he wrote.
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the Jan. 12 opinion article, "Roots of Capitol attack long in the making." "The violence in the Capitol only surprised those of us with the naivete of white privilege, no matter how much we eschew it," she said. "After all, America was founded on white supremacy, via native genocide and land theft and African enslavement."
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Steven Smallpage, PhD, was quoted in the Jan. 8 Spectrum News 1 article, "Capitol Mob Fueled By Conspiracy Theories. Now It’s Spawning New Ones."
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, "6 Best Utility Stocks to Buy," on Jan. 12.
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted for a WFTV 9 (an ABC-affiliated Orlando-based television news station) segment on Jan. 11 about sea-level rise in Satellite Beach.
  • Assistant Professor Kelly Smith, PhD, was featured in a WOGX Fox segment on Jan. 8 about calls for using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
  • Kendall Buck '23, an Entrepreneurship and Management student, was featured in a WTVN-AM radio segment on the 'Herbie Rake.' WTVN-AM is a Columbus-based radio station.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Jan. 12 Mad in America piece titled, "Why Psychology is Not Viewed as a Science."

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