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Stetson University In the News

April 23-29

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  • 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 cancelled 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.

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April 16-22

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  • 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 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 Alton Daily News 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 Berks-Mont News 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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Alumni News:

  • 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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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 and Parent 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

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  • 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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