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Sept 11-Sept 17

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  • Alumnus Steven Lane was featured in Broadway World Orlando on Sept. 15 for his role in the UCF presented-"Poe: Deep Into That Darkness Peering." The article was titled, "Orlando Shakes in Partnership with UCF Presents Poe: Deep Into That Darkness Peering." The theater experience will be available for streaming from Oct. 22 – Nov. 1.
  • Law alumnus and incumbent Republican Will Robinson is running for a second term as Florida State Representative for District 71. He is a partner with the Blalock Walters law firm, serves on the Manatee Chamber Board of Directors, and formerly served as the Chair of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, according to a profile in The Bradenton Times.
  • Law alumnus Julio Gonzalez was featured in the Lake Okeechobee News for his presentation at an Okeechobee Republican meeting.

Sept 4-Sept 10

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  • Law alumnus Chris Sprowls, incoming speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from Pinellas County, will be the keynote speaker at Villagers for Trump's 3rd Annual Trump Day Dinner, according to a Sept. 7 article on the Villages-News.com.
  • Law alumna Ashley Moya was featured in the Illinois Business Journal on Sept. 6 after joining Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC.
  • 2021 Best Lawyers® rankings recognized Law alumnus Stephen Parascandola as a "Best Lawyer" in environmental law, according to an announcement from the firm.
  • Law alumna April Kuhn joined the president's cabinet at Pfeiffer University, filling a position combining needs for leadership in human resources, compliance and creating an inclusive environment on campus that welcomes, and seeks out, diversity, according to a Sept. 7 article in The Stanly News & Press.
  • Law alumna Jennifer Bate Richy was appointed chief development officer of Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, according to a Sept. 8 article in Gulfshore Business.
  • Law alumnae Laurie E. Ohall and Dana Kemper were featured in a Sept. 8 Osprey Observer article about their estate planning, elder law and probate firm.

Aug 27-Sept 3

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  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, and alumna Autumn Johnson '20 were interviewed for a Sept. 2 story on WCTV, serving South Georgia and North Florida. Johnson, a formerly homeless teenager who earned a full ride at Stetson, discussed her childhood and offered hope for other homeless children. Johnson has accepted a job at an organization that helps girls who were sex trafficked.
  • Professor of Law Louis J. Virelli III was interviewed on WLRN Radio (a Miami-based NPR-affiliate) for an Aug. 26 segment on a recent state appeal regarding the battle to reopen schools in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Virelli was also interviewed for an Aug. 28 WLRN segment on the legal battle.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on the You Don't Have to Yell podcast discussing her book "Political Brands." The podcast episode, called, "How Television Corrupted Campaign Finance," was also mentioned on the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an August 31 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "Tracing the Money Behind the Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare; Most of the state attorneys general suing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act were elected with corporate backing." It was also mentioned by SCOTUSblog in the Tuesday round-up and the Election Law Blog.
  • Stetson women's basketball head coach Lynn Bria was named Chair of NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee, as reported in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article "Stetson's Lynn Bria elected to serve as Chair of NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee" on Sept. 2.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blog for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Aug. 27: "Upcoming Virtual Elder Law Symposium."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: Aug. 28: "COVID-19 & Jury Trial."

Alumni News

  • Alumna Blair Parke published the article, "The powerful reason that the greatest of these is love," at BibleStudyTools.com on Aug. 29.
  • Alumnus Robert Burkett was featured in numerous press outlets for accepting a position as vice president, international accounting, tax, and compliance at Abt Associates.
  • Alumna Julie Gardenhire, PhD, was spotlighted in The Chattanoogan article, "New Faculty Join Lee's College Of Arts And Sciences And College Of Education."
  • Law alumna Carolyn H. Sawyer was featured in Orlando Style's Orlando's Attorneys of the Year 2020. After a 15-year career as the chief radiation physicist at Orlando Regional Medical Center, she enrolled at Stetson Law in 1991. Her husband, Thomas Sawyer, made the career change with her, and they opened an Elder Law practice in 1993.
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a leading civil defense litigation law firm with offices in Florida and more than 500 lawyers, has added three lawyers to its Tampa office, including Law alumnae Jennifer L. Hutchins and Jennifer Wilson, according to an Aug. 28 announcement from the firm.

Aug 21-27

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Aug 14-20

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  • Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Wendy Anderson, PhD, published the article, " Then and now on DeLand's east side" in the West Volusia Beacon on Aug. 13. The article noted that Anderson is a candidate for election to Seat 4 on the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 19 article in U.S. News & World Report, " Why Investors Could Add Some Active Investing to a Portfolio."
  • Associate professor of marketing Scott Jones, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 19 Lafayette Journal and Courier article, " The saga of the Indy 500 TV blackout and why Lafayette can tune in this year." He said, "There are those sports out there, football is a good example, where I think the fan experience is more valuable when the place is packed. … You want to go sit with your friends and get loud and cheer."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 14 article in the Palm Beach Post called, "Florida dealt election double whammy; busy hurricane season, pandemic." This article was picked up by other newspapers, including the Palm Beach Daily News, Pensacola News Journal and Naples Daily News.
  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 18 Independent Florida Alligator article, " J.J. Finley Elementary's new namesake: Carolyn Beatrice Parker."
  • Stetson University College of Law was mentioned in an Aug. 14 article on Law360 called, "Reps., Deans Raise Concerns Over Fla. Bar Exam Software."
  • Law Professor Judith Scully was featured on a Justice for All segment on August 19 on Bay News 9 about the rate at which black children are charged as adults.

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  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 19 article on Roll Call called, "Democrats push to revamp political money system that's boosting their campaigns." That article was picked up by newspapers around the country, including the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an Aug. 14 Inside Higher Ed article called, "Deadline Time for New Federal Sexual Assault Policies." Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher for the Stetson University Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, also was quoted in the article.
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in an Aug. 12 article on the International Bar Association called, "Inequality before the law."
  • Law Professor Kirsten K. Davis wrote the introduction for the 2019-21 Professionalism Handbook from The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism that was released this week.
  • Law professors Andrew Appleby, Lance Long, and Royal Gardner, as well as Assistant Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy Erin Okuno and alumni Daniel Town and Daniel Raymer, were featured in The Florida Bar News on Aug. 19 for a new environmental tax law contest, which Stetson Law held in the spring.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 14 article on E&E News called, "How utilities use secret campaigns against climate action."
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an Aug. 13 article on Education Dive called, "With DeVos' Title IX rule taking effect, higher ed is under strain."
  • Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the following blog for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Aug. 14, " The Need for Support for Grandparent Caregivers-GAO Report."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted on BBC OS about school children returning to in-person education. (That segment begins at 26:36, and her portion can be heard starting at 29:28).

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Louis DeJoy was featured in the WUSA9 (a Washington DC-based CBS affiliate) article, " Who is U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy?" on Aug. 15.
  • Alumnus Jason R. Maughan was mentioned in the Fort Myers Beach Observer for his candidacy in the Republican primary for the Florida State House District 76. The article, titled Republican primary for State House seat, was published Aug. 12.
  • Alumna Falecia D. Williams, PhD, began her tenure as president of Prince George’s Community College, as reported on Aug. 13 by Prince George's Suite.
  • Alumna Michelle Branham was mentioned in the Aug. 14 WINK News (a Fort Myers-based CBS affiliate) article, " Task force on the limited reopening of long-term care facilities to hold meeting." Branham is part of a task force assembled to work on opening long-term care facilities.
  • Kaylee Tuck, a 2018 Law alumna, was featured in a Florida Politics article for running in the House District 55 GOP Primary (she won, ultimately taking with 56 percent of the vote).
  • Law alumnus Ricardo "Rick" Fernandez was featured on Patch.com because he was running in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 Democratic primary.
  • Law alumna Julie Mchaffie was featured in a News Channel 8 (NBC affiliate) story about the cancellation of the Florida Bar Exam. She was also featured on Spectrum News Channel 13 in Orlando.
  • Law alumna Emily Plakon was featured in story on various CBS affiliates and Bay News 9 the same topic.
  • Law alumna Kristen Overstreet was featured on ABC affiliates and Capital News Service on the topic.
  • Law alumnus Sam Bookhardt ran for (and won) Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 25 in Brevard County, according to Space Coast Daily.
  • Johnson Pope is absorbing Ford & Ford, a long-running law practice that can trace its roots back to 1925 and had two of Stetson’s earliest female Law graduates, according to an Aug. 20 article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Aug 7-14

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  • Bud Hanson, executive director of Professional and Corporate Education and professor of Practice, was interviewed by WDBO for the story, " Free professional development classes available."
  • "Stetson University College of Law Launches Telehealth Options for Students," quoted Theresa J. Pulley Radwan, Transitional Business Administrator and professor of Law, on Patch.com on Aug. 10.
  • Law Professor Judith Scully was featured in a new Justice for All roundtable series on Bay News 9. In a separate airing, the roundtable participants, which also included alumnus Bob Gualtieri, discussed body cameras for police officers.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy's piece for the Brennan Center for Justice called, "Bribery Charges in Ohio Illuminate the Dangers of Dark Money," was cited in an Aug. 10 article on Sludge and mentioned on the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in an Aug. 12 interview with WMFE, called, "Three Popular Downtown Orlando Bars Have Lost Their Alcohol Licenses."
  • Student-athlete Rebecca Ingram was mentioned in The Gippsland Times in Australia in the Aug. 11 article, " Virus hits beach volleyball season."

Alumni News

  • Law alumnus Chris M. Pratt and alumna Kristy Zinna are running for Manatee County Judge, Group 4, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Bradenton Times.
  • Law alumnus Daniel D. Whitehouse was featured in a Leadership Lessons Q&A with Authority Magazine on Aug. 10.
  • Law alumnus Kevin J. Plunkett will be this year's honoree at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam's Day of Golf, according to New York Patch . The event will be held Sept. 14.

July 31- Aug 6

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  • Law alumna Madison Wahler joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP as a litigation associate in the Tampa office, according to a July 31 announcement on South Florida Caribbean News.
  • Law alumna Lindsey Romano joined the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees as a member of the Health Care practice group, according to an announcement from the firm.

 

July 24-31

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  • Alumna Kristy Zinna is one of four candidates running for the Manatee County Court Judge Group 4 bench, according to a July 26 article in The Bradenton Times.
  • Alumna Nora Riva Bergman was featured in a July 27 episode of the podcast Stories that Empower.

July 17-23

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  • Athletics Director Jeff Altier was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal in a July 21 story entitled, " Fall sports at Stetson on hold for now." Currently, all athletic competitions have been delayed until mid-September. Altier added, "I can see a scenario where we don’t see a decline in the virus on a statewide basis that allows us to go back to full-scale activity until later in the fall, therefore having us delay it and moving everything to the spring."
  • Dean Michèle Alexandre wrote an opinion piece for The Haitian Times called, "The Time Is Now—Our Civil Rights Elders' Eternal Gifts To Us." It was also published on J'Ouvert Radio & News website.
  • "Why Instagram Live has been such a hit in Nigeria" quoted Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson, PhD, in The World News on July 21 and Business Insider.
  • Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson was quoted in the story, " Playing violent video games as a child does NOT lead to more aggressive behaviour in real-life, study finds ," in the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom and many other media outlets.
  • "The Best Test-Optional Colleges" appeared on Best Colleges.com on July 22 and listed Stetson University as No. 4 in "Top 10 Regional Test-Optional Universities — South."
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was interviewed on July 20 on Bay News 9 to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Florida's Amendment 4 in a segment entitled, "Supreme Court refuses to hear case on felon voting."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted on Vox.com for a July 21 article called, "What's at stake if Trump gets to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in the St. Pete Catalyst in a July 20 article called, "Are mask ordinances really against the Constitution?"

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  • Law alumna Rhea F. Law, chair of the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers and member of the Board of Trustees of Stetson University, is joining the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Board of Directors, according to a July 16 announcement in Tampa Bay Newswire.
  • Law alumnus Fred Piccolo Jr., the communications director for the Florida Speaker of the House, will move to a new role as the chief spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to a July 21 article in the Miami Herald.
  • During an investiture ceremony on July 10, 2020, at Fort Myer, Virginia, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy appointed law alumnus Luis Martinez-Monfort as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, according to a July 20 article on the Army's website.
  • The Legal Intelligencer announced that Amos Goodall has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 as part of The Legal Intelligencer's 2020 Professional Excellence Awards series, per a July 18 article in The Express. Goodall earned an LL.M. (with honors) in Elder Law from Stetson Law in 2009.
  • Law alumna Kaylee Tuck is running to represent Highlands County and the rest of District 55 in the Florida House of Representatives, according to a July 18 article in the Highlands News-Sun.
  • Law alumnus Richard Rice was named to the Leadership Blount County Class of 2021, according to a July 18 article in The Daily Times.
  • Law alumnus Sam Bookhardt is running for 18th Circuit Judge Group 25, according to Florida Today.

July 9-16

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July 3-9

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June 26-July 2

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  • Asal Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal in the June 25 article, " Volusia County has record-high 95 coronavirus cases; 5,004 new Florida cases." "Just when we were about to see the results of lock downs, everything opened up. I want people know that the economic suffering of the one-month lock down did not manifest itself in public health outcomes because it was not done for sufficient duration," she said.
  • Dean Michéle Alexandre was quoted in The Daily Business Review and Law.com in a June 29 article called, "Florida's Law Schools Team Up to Fight Racial Injustice." This article also appeared in other Law.com publications, including Texas Lawyer.
  • "Stetson offers students $3.2 million in grants, credits" appeared in the Ormond Beach Hometown News on June 25. Stetson will provide qualified, full-time, returning undergraduate students with a special $1,500, one-time, Stetson Welcome Back Grant.
  • The press release on the Florida Law Schools' Consortium for Racial Justice was picked up by the West Orlando News and TaxProf Blog.
  • Christopher Finkle, Technology specialist in duPont-Ball Library’s Innovation Lab, was interviewed for Fox TV Channel 51 and Fox TV Channel 35 for a news story that aired multiple times July 1-2, entitled " Stetson University making ear guards for students when they return." "In order for Stetson University to reopen safely, mask compliance has to be really high and anything that we can do to help reduce the irritation of them, I feel like will help keep everybody safe when we come back in the fall," Finkle said.
  • Sean Beckmann, assistant biology professor, was quoted in The Bradford Era Online in the June 22 article, Ticked Off, about ticks and Lyme disease. "The signs of most tick-borne diseases are similar to those of the flu — fever, lethargy, muscle soreness, and in some cases nausea or joint pain. Tick-borne diseases are caused by bacteria and parasites and need to be treated differently than the flu," he said. The article also appeared in many other media outlets.
  • The latest work of Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, including Law Professor Royal Gardner and Assistant Director Erin Okuno, was featured in the June newsletter The Reporter for The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar.
  • Stetson student Gonzalo González was interviewed by The Red & Black in a June 27 article, "' The privilege of dreaming big': DACA recipients reflect on the continuation of the program ." González was born in Mexico but was raised in the United States as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.
  • Law Professor Kirsten K. Davis’s article, " He, She, or They: Thinking Rhetorically About Gender and Personal Pronouns," from Appellate Advocacy Blog on Sept. 5, 2019, was cited in a June 20, 2020, Maryland Appellate Blog post called, The Singular "They" in Legal Writing.

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  • Alumnus Hakim J. Lucas, PhD, has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry, according to a company press release on July 2. Lucas is the 13th president and chief executive officer of Virginia Union University. He earned an Executive MBA from Stetson.
  • Stetson alumni and Hatter stars Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber were featured in The Daytona Beach News-Journal story on June 30 in the article, " Jacob deGrom, Corey Kluber highlight Volusia/Flagler athletes in MLB 60-man player pools ."
  • Alumna Jilissa Ann Zoltko was featured on Celeb News and HollywoodLife.com in the June 29 article, " Jilissa Ann Zoltko: 5 Things To Know About Gorgeous Model Spotted On Lunch Date With Tyler Cameron."
  • Alumna and Double Hatter Ashley Felice appeared on Patch.com in the June 25 article, " Get To Know Chatham Twp. Committee Candidates Felice, Hamilton," in Chatham, New Jersey.
  • Alumnus Rob Bridger has announced that he is running for mayor of Ormond Beach, according to the Ormond Beach Hometown News on June 26.
  • Law alumna Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy received the 2020 G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar during the 2020 Annual Convention, according to a June 30 announcement.
  • Law alumna Kim Helper, 21st District attorney general and a Franklin, Tenn., resident, has been elected by fellow members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC) to serve on the organization’s executive committee, according to a June 30 article in the Williamson Herald.
  • Law alumnus Troy Smith has been named the 2021 Tournament Chairman of THE PLAYERS Championship, making him part of a leadership team of 2,000-plus volunteers that makes the PGA TOUR’s flagship event possible, according to a July 2 article in the Ponte Vedra Recorder. Smith is a partner at the law firm Burr & Forman, where he is a member of the firm’s Construction and Project Development practice group, focusing on complex commercial litigation within the construction industry.

June 20-25

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  • Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, and Chief Financial Officer Bob Huth were quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 19 in the story, " Stetson University students to see some financial relief amid coronavirus pandemic," about one-time $1,500 credits for full-time, returning undergraduates. Libby said, "Even among the budget issues the university is wrestling with, we felt we had to do what we could to help students return to Stetson this fall and complete or continue their studies."
  • College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was quoted by Patch.com on June 19 in the story, " Exploring Juneteenth: Get The History, Relevance And More Resources." Alexandre said, "It is crucial that we take a moment to pause, reflect, and educate ourselves about America’s racial history, the work left undone in that area, and about structural racism's impact on all aspects of institutional work, if left unaddressed."
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, psychology professor, was quoted in the University Business article, "Social media offers students a 'lifeline' in age of anxiety," on June 24. He said, "We have done a good job of terrifying people about screen time. The evidence suggests that screen time in and of itself is not a good predictor of anything and that it’s not poisonous."
  • Bud Hanson, executive director of Professional and Corporate Education and professor of Practice, was quoted in University Business in the June 22 story, " Can colleges effectively launch online workforce development programs quickly?" about the recent launch of more than 20 prepackaged online workforce training courses.
  • Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a June 22 Daytona Beach News-Journal article called, "Appeals court still mum on Volusia Amendment 10 case as election goes forward."
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner was quoted in a June 22 article on Bloomberg Law called, "Environmentalists Relieved as Critics Slam ‘Muddled’ SCOTUS Term."
  • Susan Peppers-Bates, associate professor of Philosophy, was mentioned in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 25 in " Opinion: Close your eyes. What if Abram Colby were white?"

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  • Alumnus Nick Bialkowski has been hired as Senior Associate for the Phoenix office of JLL, according to Commercial Executive Magazine on June 24. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Business Administration.
  • Alumna and Double Hatter Leah Rush Cann has joined Brookline Capital Markets, according to MarketLine on June 23. She earned her B.A. in Art History and Chemistry, and her MBA from Stetson.
  • Law alumnus John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner, according to a June 19 notice in the Cape Coral Daily-Breeze.
  • Law alumna Amanda Govin joins Dean Mead as an associate in the Tax practice group in the firm’s Orlando office, according to a June 22 announcement.
  • Law alumnus Luis Viera, a Tampa city council member, wrote a June 23 column for 83 Degrees Media called, "Why explore lynchings? Ignored history lingers like untreated wounds."
  • Law alumnus and Lake County Judge Cary Rada was promoted to a seat on the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, according to a June 25 report on Florida Politics. He’s filling a seat opened by the retirement of longtime Circuit Court Judge Mark Hill.
  • Law alumna L.A. Perkins, founding partner of Perkins Pershes, PLLC, was installed as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association by Judge Charles Burton during a Zoom virtual meeting on May 16, according to an announcement.

June 13-19

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  • Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher at Stetson's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed on June 16 in the article, " Far-Reaching Consequences," about the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling extending protections against employment discrimination to LGBTQ people.
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in a May 26 International Bar Association article called, "Covid-19: increase in domestic abuse requires swift government action."
  • Adjunct professor and alumna Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar during the 2020 Annual Convention on June 17.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on the June 18 episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast to discuss her book, Political Brands.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 15 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, "The Ruse and the Lie." This was also included in the SCOTUSblog roundup on June 16.

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  • Former Stetson women's basketball great Kristy Brown was elected to the ASUN Conference Hall of Fame, according to the article, " Ex-Stetson great elected to ASUN Hall of Fame," in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 17.
  • Law alumna Christa L. Folkers joined Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC as the 18th attorney in the firm’s growing practice, according to a June 12 announcement in SRQ Magazine.
  • Law alumnus Mathew Snyder is still making news for being appointed executive director of WySail, most recently being featured in a June 15 interview with KTWO, the local ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyo.
  • Law alumnus Morris Jenkins co-authored a June 15 article for Jurist, a legal news and research collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, called, "Is it Time to End Police Unions? Why Police Unions are Hurting More Than They Are Helping."
  • Law alumnus John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner, according to a June 17 announcement.

June 6-12

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  • Stetson student Aliya Cruise was interviewed by Voice of America for a June 10 article, " On Racism, Young Americans Say Change Takes Effort," which appeared in news outlets around the world, including BrisbaneNews.net in Australia, Vancouver Star and Trinidad Times. A member of the university's Black Student Association, Cruise said: "We will still experience these problems if nothing changes. That's why the conversation and the fight must continue, and everyone is responsible to engage in that conversation."
  • College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was mentioned in a June 11 posting from the Association of American Law Schools regarding a new Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of psychology, was featured in Q&A with The West Volusia Beacon on June 10 entitled, " What's ahead for police?" about criminal justice reform as it relates to George Floyd's death. Ferguson said, "We've had historical problems with policing in the U.S. We've seen policing increase in militarization, and I think we’re now seeing the consequences. There's certainly a needed course correction here."
  • Kevin Winchell, associate director of Community Engagement at Stetson, wrote an Opinion piece for the West Volusia Beacon on June 11 entitled, " Kevin Winchell: To create change, get out and vote — by mail."
  • Asal Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of public health, was featured in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 9 in an article about rising coronavirus cases, " Florida's weekly coronavirus cases peak at 7,775 in a week." Asal was also mentioned in the Dayotna Beach News-Journal story on June 7, entitled, " 1,180 new Florida coronavirus cases; 15 more test positive in Volusia."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 5 article on HuffPost called, "As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump And His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally." The article was picked up by multiple Yahoo! News affiliates, including in Singapore, Australia and Canada.
  • Jason Evans, PhD, interim executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and associate professor of environmental science and studies, was featured in The Florida Free Press story, " Recent Changes to Human Habits May Signal Improved Wildlife Viability," on June 10 about the impact that COVID-19 has had on natural ecosystems in Florida.
  • Paul Croce, PhD, professor of history, was featured in a Casper-Star Tribune story on June 8, entitled " 307 Politics: The parallels between 1968 and 2020," about attitudes of western, conservative states leading up to the 1968 elections.

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  • The late alumnus Barry Griswell was profiled in the Des Moines Register on June 10 in the story, " From deprivations, chaotic childhood to highest-paid CEO, Barry Griswell worked to pay it back ." Griswell earned his MBA from Stetson.
  • Alumna Alison McKellar was featured in the Penobscot Bay Pilot in Camden, Maine, on June 8 in the article, " Camden Select Board candidate Alison McKellar."
  • Alumna Alicia Libby has joined FirstHealth Cancer Services and Pinehurst Medical Clinic, according to The Fayetteville Observer on June 7.
  • The Veterans Consortium announced their 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellows, which this year includes recent Stetson Law alumna Chesley Roberts. In September 2020, she will begin a two-year Fellowship with TVC working on special projects developed to increase access to justice for veterans in need. The press release announcing the Fellows was published in a variety of sources, including Yahoo! Finance.
  • Law alumna Bertha L. Burruezo was featured in Orlando Style Magazine's Orlando's Top Women in Law 2020.
  • Law alumnus Matthew Snyder was named the executive director of the Wyoming State Advocates in Leadership, a statewide disability advocacy organization, according to a June 11 article in the Wyoming News.

May 30-June 5

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  • Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, was featured June 1 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, " Stetson's Wendy Libby departs June 30 after 11 years as university president," which recounted her many accomplishments, such as increasing enrollment. "The heart of the place hasn’t changed any. Mostly what I can say is we brought the institution dramatically ahead," Libby said.
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 4 in " Florida sees largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases to date." She said, "Look at Florida. There is no declining trajectory. I also think we have not waited enough in Phase 1 to make sure we have enough data to move into the next phase. We simply should wait to see which direction the trends will go. Now it is too soon to make decisions to reopen."
  • Stetson student Ani Martikyan, an Armenian native, was quoted by the Voice of America and The World News on June 3 in " Violence, Racism in US Worry Foreign Students." She said, "I love the U.S. and what it offers me, but I am very disappointed by how my idea of it turned from a land that welcomes absolutely everyone to a place where people can get killed because of the color of their skin."
  • Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, was interviewed for a story that appeared June 2 in U.S. News & World Report and other media outlets, entitled " 6 Best Investments to Make With Your HSA." Michelson said the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Admiral Shares provides diversification and lowers the amount of risk by incorporating both stocks and bonds, while providing a reasonable 10-year return of 8.58%.
  • Alumna Falecia Williams, PhD, has been named the new president of Prince George's Community College in Maryland after a national search, according to the Washington Business Journal on June 1. Williams earned a master's degree in education from Stetson. She currently is president of Valenica College in Orlando.
  • Stetson Football Coach Roger Hughes was mentioned in a June 1 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, " George Floyd death, protests bring responses from Volusia/Flagler athletes, coaches."
  • Rina Arroyo, assistant vice president for Development and Alumni Engagement, was mentioned in the May 29 article, " Healing hard history: Remembering the first of five black Volusians lynched ," in the West Volusia Beacon.

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May 23-29

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Other News:

May 16-22

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  • Stetson alumna Autumn Johnson was featured in the May 19 story, " Where are they now? An update on 60 Minutes' story 'Hard Times Generation,'" on CBS This Morning, CBS News Online, MSN News and other media outlets. Autumn and her younger brother received full scholarships to attend Stetson after they were featured in a "60 Minutes" episode in 2011 about homeless families. Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, also was interviewed.
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 20 article, " After scientist fired, Florida governor calls coronavirus data manipulation charge a 'nonissue' " in USA Today, Yahoo News, the Des Moines Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and more than 70 other outlets. Johnson said she worried the state is trying "to undermine evidence-based decision making to prioritize (the) economy."
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 18 article, " As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data scientist gets sidelined and researchers cry foul" in the Naples Daily News, Florida Today, MSN, USA Today College, Palm Beach Post, Syracuse.com and more than 20 other outlets.
  • Stetson University was mentioned in the article, "Researchers in Florida Worry About Access to State Data" on May 20 by Inside Higher Ed.
  • Woody O'Cain, assistant vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement, was interviewed by WFTV-Channel 9 for the story, " Stetson Alumni Group and Donors Get Creative." The story also mentioned Stetson College of Law and several alumni, including the three Rodriguez brothers – singing trio Brian, Manny and Michael.
  • Tony Abbott, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, and Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal and on MSN in the article, " Stetson unveils new Bartram Trail at Lake Beresford." Evans also is interim executive director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.
  • Stetson University, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and Tony Abbott, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were mentioned in " Bartram Gardens & Trail," on FloridaHikes.com.
  • John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program, was quoted in the May 20 article, " The Truth about B2B Sales Right Now" by The Simon Group.

Other News:

May 9-15

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Alumni News

  • CBRE Group Inc. promoted North Florida Senior Managing Director William "Tripp" Gulliford, a Stetson Law alumnus, to executive managing director of the commercial real estate company’s Florida region, according to a May 14 announcement in the Jacksonville Daily Record.

May 1-8

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Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Law alumnus Howard P. Ross won an unlawful commercial eviction case against the city of St. Petersburg, according to a May 3 announcement.
  • Two Stetson Law alumni are among nine applicants for the 19th Judicial Circuit, according to an May 8 article on TCPalm.com. They are Francisco​​​​​​​ Garcia and Rebecca White.

Apr. 24-30

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Apr. 17-23

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  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an April 1 article in the ABA Journal called, "Class actions and pending rules could change colleges’ sex assault procedures."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke about her book, "Political Brands," COVID-19 and the 2020 election at the "Feeling Democracy: A Conference on Politics and Emotions" at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University on April 17.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 23 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, "The Fight Over Facebook Political Ads Ahead of the 2020 Election." The piece was mentioned on the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox was selected as a Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono or VIP by The Veterans Consortium in March.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: April 19, A Tiny Bit of Positive Action; and April 20, APS and COVID-19.
  • Jake Sapp, a researcher for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, was quoted in the Inside Higher Ed story, " Student Lodges Unusual Legal Claim" on April 17.

Alumni News:

Apr. 10-16

Top Stories

  • Assistant Professor of Public Health Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, was quoted in the April 14 Tampa Bay Times article, " Does our government have what it takes to get Florida's economy open again?" Experts noted that the United States lost time containing the spread of the virus when it did not have the means to test people widely. "We lost control," Johnson said. "That is the unfortunate truth."
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was featured April 9 on NBC-affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach in an article, titled, " People are turning to video games in isolation – here's why," which explores the reasons for the increase in video game consumption during the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Christopher Ferguson published the article, "Are Gamer Stereotypes Accurate?" on Quillette on April 11. Professor Christopher Ferguson was also interviewed in an April 10 segment for WFTV Channel 9 Orlando, an ABC-affiliate, on screen-time management for children.
  • Alumna Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, deputy assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience, was featured in the Lake and Sumter Style for being inducted in the Lake County Schools Hall of Fame, as reported in the April 15 story, "Meet the 2020 Lake County Schools' Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees."
  • Former Stetson football player Donald Parham was signed to the LA Chargers, as reported in the April 14 CBS story, " 2020 NFL free agency: Chargers to sign breakout XFL tight end Donald Parham, per report." Parham was a star tight end in the XFL with the Dallas Renegades during the 2020 season.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in The GW Hatchet in an April 6 article called, "Undergraduates violated plagiarism rules more than graduate students in 2019."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an April 7 article on Roll Call titled, "SEC rules could thwart political spending disclosure efforts."

Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 3 appointed law alumnus and Duval County Judge Anthony Salem to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court, according to an article in the Jacksonville Daily Record.
  • Law alumna Sarah A. Gottlieb joined Freeborn & Peters LLP as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Insurance Brokerage team, according to an April 7 announcement on Citybizlist.com.
  • Law alumna Christine Platt has released a new children’s book called, "The Story of Harriet Tubman."
  • Law alumna Nichole M. Baer joined Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, according to an April 15 announcement on LexBlog.
  • Law alumna Ashley Hodge joined Banker Lopez Gassler in the firm’s St. Petersburg office, per an announcement from the firm.

Apr. 3-9

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Alumni News

Mar. 27-Apr. 2

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Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Kenneth C. Lasseter received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, as reported by a press report on April 2.
  • Alumnus Richard L. Lynch Joined Marine Bank's Board of Directors, according to a March 30 Space Coast Business post.
  • Law Alumna Helayne Levy Payne was named to the Super Lawyers Best Lawyers in America list for Elder Law, according to an April 3 announcement.

Mar. 20-26

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Mar. 13-19

Top Stories

  • Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, associate philosophy professor, was quoted in The Kansas City Star article, " Of course it isn't racist for Honey Pot founder to want to inspire black girls" on March 18. "Structural systems of racial disadvantage that allow hateful people to enact their bias constitute racism," Peppers-Bates said. "A woman who achieves success in the face of such a system deserves celebrating. That many white women remain oblivious to their own racially-based privilege is sad."
  • Andy Dehnart, visiting assistant professor of journalism, published the article " 9 comforting, even quiet reality shows to watch or stream right now" at Reality Blurred on March 13.
  • T. Wayne Bailey, PhD, professor emeritus of political science, was quoted in the March 15 Daytona Beach News-Journal article " Volusia-Flagler primary: What you need to know."
  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, PhD, was featured in the WUFT Channel 5 PBS-affiliate article " Gainesville Celebrates The Female Pioneers Of Florida At The Matheson Museum" on March 13.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a March 12 opinion piece for Talk Points Memo, called "What Edgar Allan Poe’s Death And Voter Fraud Myths Have In Common." Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a March 13 article on Vox, called "Trump's coronavirus national emergency declaration, briefly explained." She was featured, along with her book Political Brands, in a March 13 piece on Medium, called "When Brands Drive Out Truth: Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy on Political Brands, Fake News, Dark Money, and Quid Pro Quos." Also, she was mentioned in a March 17 article on Business Insider, called "American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders' candidacy." The article appeared in Business Insider Australia, India, Germany, Netherlands, Ghana and United Kingdom.
  • Jay Wolfson, adjunct professor wrote an open letter, titled "What a Tampa Bay public health expert is telling his family and friends," which was published March 17 in the Tampa Bay Times.

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Alumni News:

  • Alumna Kim Kaluba published the article "How Data Preparation Can Accelerate AI" on March 13 at the Transforming Data With Intelligence website.
  • Alumna Abigail Pressler was hired as NCB Management Services Inc.'s general counsel and a member of the executive team. In that role, she will lead NCB’s legal, compliance and enterprise risk management functions, reporting to President/CEO Ralph Liberio, according to a March 17 announcement.
  • Alumna Lisa Keegan was hired by Bucknell University as vice president for Enrollment Management, according to a March 14 announcement.
  • Alumna Emily Walsh joined Kubicki Draper in the law firm's Jacksonville office as an associate attorney, according to the Jacksonville Daily Record.
  • Alumnus Vincent A. Citro became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America, according to a March 12 announcement.
  • Fergeson Skipper, P.A. named alumna Michelle Lajoie Hermey president of the law firm, according to a March 9 announcement in the Southwest Florida Herald-Tribune. Hermey has been with firm since 1994.

Feb. 28-Mar. 13

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  • Professor of Religious Studies Gregory Sapp, PhD, was quoted Feb. 29 in Headsn.com and other media outlets in the article, " Practice of tracking Massgoers for political purposes gains scrutiny." The piece examines the practice of sending political messages to people based on tracking their cellphones and identifying them as attending church, much like advertisers do with geofencing. "If political groups are using information that other advertisers might gather," Sapp said, "to me that’s creepy. It's unethical to use a service I paid for to inundate me with advertisements."
  • Religious Studies Professor Gregory Sapp was quoted in a CNN story on March 8 titled, " How Tyson Fury's Irish Traveller heritage prepared him to be boxing's biggest new star." Sapp commented on both Tyson Fury's success in boxing as well as his identity as an Irish Traveller, a persecuted ethnic minority group. "Being a boxing champion reflects well on the Irish Travellers in the eyes of many people," he said.
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Associate Professor of History and American Studies Emily Mieras, PhD, in the article, " Suffrage movement: Port Orange library kicks off Women’s History Month" on Feb. 28. "We are on the verge of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement," Mieras said. "So, of course, it’s an auspicious time to refresh our memories about some of the aspects of that movement."
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 28 Savannah Morning News article, " Septic tanks threaten water quality on Georgia’s coast as sea levels rise."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the March 8 Psypost.org article, " Playing as a sexualized video game character does not increase women's body dissatisfaction " about his study on the effects of sexualized video game characters on female body satisfaction. "Our study suggests that the impact of sexualization in games on women players is much less than people might imagine," he said.
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson was also quoted in the story, "Is It Us, Or Is It The Video Games?" from the San Francisco-based PBS-affiliate KALW on March 2. On the alleged link between video games and mental health issues, Ferguson said, "We really need to focus more on the issue that these individuals have these underlying mental health conditions, not so much the idea that games are causing these problems."
  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, PhD, published a book recommendation piece titled, "Books: Controlling: Get Strategic," at the Strategic Finance Magazine on March 1. Chambers also published the column, 
    "Onslaught of the tax procrastinators" on March 1 in the Journal of Accountancy.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Smith, PhD, was quoted in the Wilsonville Spokesman on March 11 in an article titled, " Term limits: Is it a good idea?"
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a March 5 interview on WUSF/NPR Morning Edition called, "Daylight Saving Time Returns This Weekend. Should It Stay Year-Round?"

Other News

Alumni News

  • Law alumnus Rand Hoch was featured in a Feb. 28 article on South Florida Gay News called, "Longest-running Florida gay rights law hits 30-year mark" for his work in getting the legislation passed in Palm Beach County.
  • Alumnus James Parker published an article at Medium titled, " Corporations Accused of Allowing Excess NDMA in Zantac MDL" on March 4.
  • Alumna Meredith Schwarz was named Director of Sales, Northeast, at Phase 3 Marketing and Communications, an integrated marketing services firm, according to Printing News.
  • The animation studio Illumination named alumnus Keith Feldman Chief Operating Officer (COO) on March 5, as reported by The Animation World Network.
  • Law alumnus Frank Morreale was added to Holland & Knight LLP, according to a March 10 article at Kinney Recruiting.
  • Law alumnus Stephen Russell has joined Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran, PLLC as a criminal defense attorney, according to a Feb. 27 press release.
  • Law alumna Jennifer Cowan has joined the Tampa office of Bryant Miller Olive P.A. (BMO) as an attorney, according to a Feb. 28 press release.

Feb. 21-27

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  • Alumna and Florida Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, was appointed as the United States Homeland Security Advisor by President Trump, according to the Feb. 20 Politico piece, " Trump to tap Florida official as homeland security adviser." The article quoted from Nesheiwat's speech at Convocation at Stetson in 2017.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 22 article on Yahoo! Finance called, "Trump campaign, Republicans spent over $1 million at Trump businesses in 2019." The article was also published on Yahoo! Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain.
  • • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 21 article in The Washington Post called, "BYU removed its longtime ban on 'homosexual behavior,' but many students still have questions."
  • • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 24 article for The Guardian called, "Can Mike Bloomberg buy his way to the White House?" This article was also picked up by Yahoo! India, Yahoo! UK and Ireland, MSN News Singapore and others.

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Feb. 14-20

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  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 20 article " What science says about your kids' tech habits" at The Next Web. "Although an 'everything in moderation' message when discussing screen time with parents may be most productive, our results do not support a strong focus on screen time as a preventative measure for youth problem behaviors," Ferguson told Science Daily.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 17 Tampa Bay Times article " Coronavirus: Citrus County couple on Diamond Princess cruise evacuated."
  • "Seawalls may not protect against rising sea levels" on WKMG-TV Channel 6 on Feb. 20 quoted Jason Evans, PhD, interim executive director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and associate professor of environmental science and studies. "We do believe as scientists, that the number one thing that's driving climate change has to do with greenhouse gases," Evans said.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about Citizens United on Feb. 6. You can view her testimony on YouTube; it begins at 1:17:49.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was featured with his wife Jenneffer in Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide on Feb. 14. The article, titled, " Restaurant Romance: Owning and Operating a Restaurant with a Spouse," discusses the advantages and disadvantages of co-owning a restaurant as a couple. Pulapaka co-owns Cress Restaurant in DeLand with his wife.
  • Professor of Education Patrick Coggins, PhD, who served as a Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair professor from 1991-2011, was featured on OrlandoAtPlay.com for his African-American Studies Mandate workshop.
  • Associate Dean Jason Bent was quoted in a Feb. 12 article in Fortune called, "My boss wants me to travel during the coronavirus. Do I have to go?"
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 16 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, "The Next Wave of #MeToo."
  • "Congratulations to the 2020 ACA National Award Winners" in the American Counseling Center Newsletter on Feb. 20 noted that Stetson students took Second Place in the Graduate Student Ethics category.

Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Law alumnus Mike Boryla was featured in a Jan. 31 article on Westword.com called, "Ex-NFL QB Mike Boryla on Brain Injury Tragedies, Justin Bannan Case."
  • Law alumnus Derek O. Goldsmith joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg as a partner, according to a Feb. 3 announcement on citybizlist. He focuses his practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense Litigation.
  • Law alumna Christine Platt was featured in a TedxCharlottesville talk called, "You Can Be a Minimalist. Yes, You!"
  • Law alumna Tammy N. Giroux, a partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was a presenter at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee's Mid-Winter Meeting Program in January in New York City.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed law alumnus Michael Graves, the elected public defender for the Fifth Circuit, to a statewide task force on opioid abuse, according to a Feb. 15 brief on STL News .

Feb. 7-13

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  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted Feb. 10 in The New York Times article, " Coronavirus Outbreak Risks Reviving Stigma for China." He called China "the perfect storm" for zoonotic diseases to flourish because of its 1.4 billion people, and the proximity of slaughterhouses and urban markets where animals are butchered. "It gives lots of opportunity for these viruses to cross a species boundary," he said.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD., was quoted in the Feb.10 article " How to empower — not scare! — parents about technology" on the International Society for Technology in Education website. "Fear tends to thrive in an atmosphere of no data," he says. "There's this echo chamber between journalists and politicians and anti-media advocates that has been going on for a long time. And in my experience if you present parents with actual data, most of the data suggests that technology use is, at the very least, not one of the major things that are confronting kids."
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was featured in Eco Watch's "20 Plant-Forward Chefs Loving Vegetables This Valentine's Day" article on Feb. 14.
  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Management Lou Paris was mentioned Feb.11 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, " Around Town: Free tax prep, club meetings, drum circle and more," for a discussion on Internet marketing at The Second Wednesday Club.
  • Head Baseball Coach Steve Trimper was interviewed on WKMG-TV's After the Whistle on Feb. 8 to talk about his book, "Walk Off Winning," and the start of the Hatter Baseball season.
  • Sarah Cramer, PhD, visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems, was interviewed by The Maneater, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri, for a Feb. 4 article entitled, CAFNR study shows benefits in school gardening programs.
  • Former basketball head coach Glenn Wilkes was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 4 in the article, DeLand to celebrate life of late Gus Gibbs, AKA Mr. Stetson, about the passing of his longtime friend and well-known Stetson supporter.

Alumni News:

Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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Alumni News:

  • Stetson alumnus Peter Urscheler '06 was featured in the February issue of Philadelphia magazine in a story, entitled "Small-Town Heroes." The story profiled millennial mayors who were trying to save sleepy Philly suburbs, including Urscheler, mayor of Phoenixville. The story noted that he pushed to install 36 new electric-vehicle charging stations in hopes that visitors might shop and dine while they wait, helping merchants and restaurants.

Jan. 23-30

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  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted in an article from ABC-affiliated WFTV titled, " Central Floridians should be more concerned with flu, common cold than coronavirus, professor says ." Beckman assured Floridians that, "The best approach here in the United States is to remain aware, to educate yourself, but there's not really major concern at this point."
  • Biology Professor Terence Farrell, PhD, was quoted Jan. 24 in an article by The Wildlife Society, entitled " Fungal disease drains energy and dries snakes out." Farrell said, "Our study on the effect of SFD (snake fungal disease) on metabolic rates helps us understand why the disease causes so many problems for infected snakes. We show that the physiological cost of fighting the disease is a huge energetic burden to the snakes."
  • Law Professor Paul Boudreaux published a guest opinion column on Jan. 27 in the Tampa Bay Times called, "The biggest worry about impeachment is not for today, but for 2021."
  • Professor of Computer Science Hala ElAarag, PhD, was interviewed for a segment on Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute podcast ' Transmission Control Protocols' on Jan. 28.
  • Law Professor Anne E. Mullins's article, Meta is Better, 94 N.D. L. Rev 325 (2019) was featured in the Jan. 7 Legal Skills Prof Blog. The editor called it an "important article on metacognition and deep learning."

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Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Andrei Mikhalevsky was awarded the "Inaugural IDFA Laureate Award" as reported by California AG Today on Jan. 27. Mikhalevsky, former president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., was honored with the award by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for "significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of dairy."
  • Alumnus Kyle McLean was appointed Deputy Director for Business Operations by the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC), effective Jan. 9, as reported by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.
  • Law alumnus B.B. Abbott was featured in a Jan. 26 article in the Tampa Bay Times. He planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • Law alumnus Michael Dolce was featured on ABC Action News for representing a minor with disabilities who was allegedly exploited by a Tampa strip club.
  • Law alumna Meaghann Ligori has been promoted to partner at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law, according to a Jan. 27 press release on PRNewswire.
  • Law alumna Susan Lilian Ojeda was honored by The Florida Bar for her pro bono work, according to a Jan. 27 article in the Winter Haven News Chief.
  • Alumna Blair Parke published the article "Do Marriage Vows Come from the Bible" at Crosswalk.com on Jan. 29.
  • Law alumna Rachel V. Rose will serve as the Distinguished Speaker at the 3rd Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium co-hosted by Delaware Law School and First Healthcare Compliance, according to a Jan. 28 press release on PRNewswire.
  • Law alumnus Reginald Giles Stambaugh has been re-certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar, according to a Jan. 29 press release that appeared on Fox 21's website.
  • Law alumnus Christian M. Leger was named partner at Shutts & Bowen, according to a Jan. 29 announcement from the firm. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.
  • Law alumnus John Attaway Jr. was selected as president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2020, of GiveWell Community Foundation in Lakeland, Fla., according to a Jan. 29 announcement from the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

Jan. 17-23

Top Stories

  • Professor of Religious Studies D. Gregory Sapp, PhD, was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Jan. 23 in the article, " Divorce rate would plunge if more followed in Prince Harry's steps." According to Sapp, "When a man agrees to forsake all others, he is committing to his wife alone. It is a vow to assure fidelity within a marriage. It means that each partner forsakes all others as potential romantic partners."
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Sidra Hamidi, PhD, was quoted in the Jan. 22 article, " Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Will Visit Florida Thursday to Talk About American Values " on 90.7 WMFE, an Orlando NPR member station. "But of course there's all sorts of questions you can ask about the legitimacy of the Trump administration's ability to speak about American values and what those values actually are," Hamidi said.
  • Cybersecurity company KnowBe4 donated $250,000 to Stetson Law for a variety of initiatives, including scholarships, internships, software and new programming. The press release was picked up by nearly 20 online news organizations, including Business Insider.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in a Jan. 19 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal called, "Can senators be impartial in impeachment? Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham looks back."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake was quoted in a Jan. 23 article on Education Dive called, "DeVos proposes protections for faith-based colleges, student groups."
  • Stetson Law was mentioned as a "meet the author" location for Craig Pittman in Jan. 17 Tampa Bay Times article about his new book. Pittman will be speaking as part of the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series.

Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Law alumna Pam Bondi has joined President Trump's impeachment defense team, according to a Jan. 18 article on Orlando Weekly.
  • Alumni Webb Shephard and Anthony Walsh were promoted at James Moore & Co., according to the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 21.
  • Alumna Michelle Butler was named development director of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, as reported by Sarasota magazine on Jan. 21.
  • Law alumnus Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was appointed to Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, according to a Jan. 22 Department of Justice press release.

Jan. 11-17

Top Stories

  • Kandy Queen-Sutherland, PhD, the Sam R. Marks professor of Religion, was quoted in the Jan. 17 article, " Bill Could Mandate Bible Electives In Florida's Public High Schools." The story was featured on WJCT, a Jacksonville affiliate of PBS. Queen-Sutherland commented, "There is this kind of idea that somehow we've lost our way as a country. We're no longer a quote Christian nation as if that was, in fact, what we were in the beginning."
  • Professor emeritus of political science, T. Wayne Bailey, PhD, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 14. The article, titled " Volusia voters may get shot at deciding whether council members get pay raise," discusses the debate regarding several proposed changes to the Volusia County Council.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III wrote a Jan. 14 opinion piece for the Tampa Bay Times called, "Impartiality is more important in an impeachment trial than in a criminal one. Not less."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in a Jan. 13 USA Today article called, "Supreme Court's war on prosecutors meets 'Bridgegate.'" The article was picked up by other news outlets in the USA Today network, including the Jackson Sun, Chillicothe Gazette, Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Coloradoan, Des Moines Register and MSN.
  • Assistant Director of University Events Samantha Crouch recently was named Holly Hill Chamber of Commerce's new executive director, as reported in the Jan. 11 Daytona Beach News-Journal article, " Holly Hill Chamber's new exec is a homegrown product."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in a Jan. 9 ABA Journal article called, "Crosstown traffic: SCOTUS considers 'Bridgegate' prosecutions." The article was picked up by several other digital news sites.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 12 article in the Lawrence Journal-World called, "Fraternity follow-up: Here's why KU won't release full details on fraternity investigation." He was quoted again by that publication in a Jan. 13 article titled, " KU Greek life task force submits recommendations to the chancellor."

Other News

Alumni News

  • Steve Burley retired after a 45-year career and six years as an economic-development manager for the City of DeLand, according to a Jan. 15 West Volusia Beacon article.
  • Alumnus Brian Caskey is running for the Democratic nomination in the race for North Carolina's District 48 Senate spot, according to The Cycle NC.
  • Alumnus Robert Chambers was named executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Americold, according to a Jan. 9 Refrigerated Transport article.
  • Alumnus Dallas J. Zulli was appointed Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Smith Land & Improvement Corporation, as reported by a Jan. 10 PR Newswire press release.
  • PRLog reported on Jan. 10 that alumna Amanda Sharkey Ross was elected stockholder of Henderson Franklin, a Florida-based law firm.
  • Alumna Jeannette Simmons joined Fort Behavioral Health as Program Director for the Mission Recovery Program, according to a Jan. 16 press release.
  • The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., announced that Law alumna Kayla Richmond has been elected stockholder, according to announcement from the firm. This appeared on a number of online public relations and business news wires, including Gulfshore Business.
  • Law Alumni Brett H. Sifrit and Sara Castro are shareholders at Farr Law Firm in Punta Gorda, effective Jan. 1. Sifrit focuses his practice on trusts and estates as well as real estate law. Castro is part of the firm's litigation team with a focus on business transactions and civil litigation.
  • Law firm Neal & Harwell has elevated Law alumna Mariam Stockton to partner, according to a Jan. 7 announcement in the Nashville Post. Stockton earned the LL.M. in advocacy from Stetson Law. An article also appeared in The Nashville Ledger.
  • Law firm Holland & Knight announced 29 new partners, according to a Jan. 7 article in the Florida Record. Two Stetson alumni were included in the promotions. Jessica Hoch, a Double Hatter, is a member of the firm's Real Estate Section, and Brian Hanafin is a member of the firm's Business Section.
  • Law alumna Patricia Sigman, a Longwood labor attorney, is jumping into the Senate District 9 race based in Seminole County, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Law alumna Lori Baggett was promoted to managing shareholder in the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, according to articles in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Law alumna and Trenam Law shareholder Catherine M. DiPaolo was elected to Glazer Children's Museum Board of Trustees, according to an announcement on the firm's website.
  • Law alumna Shannon Wilson received a Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a Jan. 12 article in the Space Coast Daily News. The award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where they significantly advanced the public safety profession, and by substantial service, have furthered the cause of justice and the mission of public service.
  • Law alumnus Christopher Cavaliere, a Double Hatter, was promoted to partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, according to a Jan. 13 announcement from the firm.
  • Law alumnus Ryan Lee Hedstrom joined Gunster, according to a Jan. 14 post from the firm.

Dec. 20-Jan. 10

  • Assistant Professor and Chair of Economics Alan Green, PhD, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, " AAA: Iranian unrest means higher gas prices in Volusia, Flagler," published on Jan. 7. "The biggest thing now is there's more uncertainty," Green said. "There's more risk being priced into the market and that's realistic. The expectation is that Iran will retaliate; it's just a matter of where and when."
  • Assistant Professor Sidra Hamidi, PhD, was featured in a Jan. 8 article in The West Volusia Beacon titled, " A local take on recent U.S.-Iran tensions." On the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, Hamidi said, "That's always been the question for the last 20 years now — are they actually going to build a nuclear weapon? I think, largely through diplomacy, that has been prevented for a long time, but I think the question is going to arise among Iranian leadership, if they had nuclear weapons, would the U.S. have taken this act?"
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, wrote the article, "Sex Differences in Cognition" on Quillette on Dec. 27. Ferguson discusses the biological differences between the sexes and whether or not there is merit to the argument that biology accounts for certain social discrepancies between the sexes.
  • Hatters Baseball Head Coach Steve Trimper announced the upcoming release of his new book, "Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success," on his website. The book will be released Jan. 15.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was interviewed in a feature on 90.7 WMFE, an Orlando member station of NPR, on Dec. 26 about holiday foods.
  • Hari Pulapaka was also featured in a Jan. 2 segment on WMFE-90.7 on the U.S. Constitution titled, "A Closer Look at the US Constitution." The segment featured an audio recording of various members of the Central Florida community and WMFE staff reading the Constitution.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Dec. 29 article featured on the Harvard Law Review Blog called, "The Supreme Court Is Killing Contribution Limits Softly; A Few Years from Now They Likely Will Be Dead." It was also picked up by Election Law Blog, SCOTUSblog and a few alternative-news websites.
  • Torres-Spelliscy was also quoted in the Dec. 24 Truthdig article, " Bloomberg Campaign Exposed for Exploiting Prison Labor."

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