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Stetson University In the News

June 14-20

Top Stories

  • Stetson alumnus Peter Urscheler, the mayor of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, was recognized as one of "Nation's 10 Outstanding Americans" by JCI USA, according to a June 19 story in the Daily Local News, The Mercury Online and other media outlets. "Urscheler attended Stetson University and became a prominent university and statewide student leader — elected as the youngest student government vice-president and a two-term president," the story said. Urscheler graduated from Stetson in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
  • Jason Evans, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, was interviewed by Grist.com for the June 18 cover story, "A changing tide: Florida's summer of slime turned its politics upside down." According to the story, "Evans is an environmental policy expert who makes an effort to talk to Republican voters and politicians about green issues. 'I have talked with Republicans privately who acknowledge the science of climate change but have also said pretty explicitly that they can't talk about it, because their base voters have been conditioned to say that climate change is something that Republicans don’t believe in.'"
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the June 19 Reuters article, "As legal glare turns to Trump, his faith in Supreme Court may be tested." This article was also published on Yahoo News, New York Times, Business Insider, Investing.com, U.S. News and World Report, and a variety of local news sources across the United States. The article was also published in national media sources in markets such as India, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia and Israel.
  • Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., Education professor at Stetson, was mentioned in the Florida Catholic on June 18 in the story, "Columbus High turns history into inspiration," about a lecture series at the Miami high school, featuring African-American professionals to celebrate Black History Month. Coggins concluded the series March 6.
  • Alumnus Josh Colwell, Ph.D., a physics professor at the University of Central Florida, was interviewed for the article, "UCF is part of NASA Cassini mission that reveals new details about Saturn's rings," on June 17 in Scienmag.com (Science Magazine), Bioengineer.org and other media outlets for his research on the Cassini mission to Saturn. The story noted that Colwell received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Stetson.
  • Stetson University was mentioned in the story, AAUW chooses Florida Tech Trek participants, on June 19 in the St. Augustine Record. St. Johns middle schools sent 11 eighth-grade girls to the American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Florida Tech Trek camps this month at Stetson University and a South Florida university.
  • Chris Ferguson was mentioned in FactsHerald.com in "Gaming Disorder Added By WHO In Their Guide," on June 13 about the World Health Organization adding "Gaming Disorder" to the international classification of diseases. Ferguson said, "This expansion will likely have a psychological and societal cost, potential harming the well-being of our children."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor is quoted in the June 13 Washington Post article, "First sentence in college admission scandal seen as a setback for prosecutors."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the June 14 Brennan Center for Justice piece, "Unenforced Campaign Laws Will Be Broken Again."
  • Stetson University was mentioned in multiple media outlets, including the Louisville Courier Journal's June 18 story, "Bellarmine's big move: Knights to join Atlantic Sun, NCAA Division I in 2020." The private Catholic university in Louisville will join Stetson and other colleges in the ASUN conference.

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Alumni News:

  • Stetson alumna Kristian Haggerty '14 was featured on Heavy.com in the story, "Demi Burnett & Kristian Haggerty: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know," about the upcoming Season 6 of "Bachelor in Paradise." The story notes that Haggerty is a graduate of Stetson.
  • Law alumna Alison Morriss has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the family law practice area, according to a June 13 article published by Cordell & Cordell.

June 7-14

Top Stories

  • Work by Roslyn Crowder, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was part of research efforts highlighted in "Research Explores New Potential Health Benefits of Yaupon Holly Tea," published on Specialtyfood.com. At Stetson, Crowder is working with biology students who conduct lab research, using plant extracts, in a quest to find cures for cancer. According to the article, "ongoing research at Stetson University in Florida has shown evidence that Yaupon Holly extract may cause human Leukemia cells to die off while leaving healthy cells unharmed."
  • Education Professor Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., was recognized online as part of the June 7 article titled, "New program features local African-American professionals sharing life lessons." Coggins, serving as a guest in a speaker series, was among "African-American professionals who persevered to achieve, serve and lead in the legal, military and academic fields."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake, director of Stetson's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, is quoted in the June 10 Yahoo! News article, "As universities push for names, assault survivors fight for anonymity." The story also was published in Yahoo! UK and Ireland, Christian Science Monitorand Campus Safety Magazine. And, Lake was quoted in this June 12 Seattle Times article.
  • Stetson was mentioned in the article, "More Universities Shut Down Traditional M.B.A. Programs as Popularity Wanes," published on multiple websites in early June. According to the article, "In May, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stetson University in Florida said they would stop admitting new students to their full-time, on-campus M.B.A. programs, funneling resources instead to more popular online equivalents. … Applications to traditional M.B.A. programs have languished in a strong U.S. job market, declining last year even at Harvard Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and other elite schools."
  • Professor K.C. Ma, Ph.D., director of Stetson's Roland George investments program, was part of the article, "7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Leveraged ETFs," published online June 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Ma commented about "tracking errors," noting that the tracking error of a leveraged ETF is not the same as the traditional tracking error. His words: "It includes an extra compounding effect which is more pronounced with high leverage ratios and volatility."
  • Professor of Psychology Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was among the featured respondents in "Ask the experts: Should an addiction to video games be classified as an official disorder?" published online June 8 in The National. Part of his response: "There are lots of things that people overdo. From a research perspective, there’s no evidence that games are unique in this respect."
  • "Redskins Sign Stetson Tight End Donald Parham" was the headline of multiple published reports, including by hogshaven.com on June 7, as the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced the signing of the former Stetson record-setter.
  • In the June 10 article Gainesville Sun article, "Solving septic tank dilemma complex, costly," Clay Henderson, director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted: "The tanks were a cheap way to develop without regard to the long-term costs. That's the same way we always deal with water as an abundant resource: 'We'll deal with the problems down the road.' Now we’re down the road, and it’s time to deal with it."
  • Law Professor Jason Bent, associate dean for Academic Affairs, appeared in the June 12 New Jersey Law Journal's "When Machines Do the Hiring, Some See a Need to Revamp Job Bias Law." The article also was posted on Law.com’s Corporate Counsel.

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May 31-June 6

Top Stories:

  • Two Hatter pitchers were selected in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, June 5. Mitchell Senger was taken by the New York Mets in the 26th round with the 778th overall selection. The 6-foot-7 lefty struck out 152 in 130 innings over three seasons at Stetson, the Palm Beach Post reported in the story, "MLB Draft: Several Palm Beach County baseball players selected on Day 3."
  • Stetson pitcher Robbie Peto was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 26th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft with the 788th overall pick on June 5, MyCentralJersey.com reported in "Tampa Bay selects former Monroe ace Robbie Peto in MLB Draft." Peto, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, just completed his redshirt sophomore season for the Hatters.
  • Incoming Dean of the Stetson College of Law Michèle Alexandre was featured June 5 in a Q&A with the Tampa Bay Times entitled, "The new dean of Stetson Law comes to Gulfport by way of Haiti, Harvard and Ole 'Miss.'"
  • News of Elizabeth Skomp, Ph.D., being selected as the next dean of Stetson's College of Arts and Sciences was carried by numerous media outlets across the country, including the Arizona Republic Online, Oklahoman Online, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Online, Fox 34 News and WRDQ-TV Channel 27 in Orlando.
  • Jason Evans, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science and studies, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun on June 1 in the story, "Florida septic tanks in crisis," about contaminants flowing from septic systems throughout the state and polluting groundwater aquifers, springs and waterways. Evans said he is convinced septic tanks are causing the high levels of bacteria in Gemini Springs in DeBary, which has been closed for 19 years. Along the coast, older septic tanks are inundated with the tide and also release pollutants, he said.
  • Clay Henderson, director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was interviewed for WMFE's Morning Edition (90.7 FM) on June 4 in a story entitled "State Funding to Flow for Florida Springs." Henderson said the state budget provides $50 million a year, under the Legacy Florida Act, but $50 million was not spent in last year’s budget. "We've really been in a holding pattern for the past year. The Legislature approved this money, but it didn’t get approved by all the points along the way. But the Legislature fixed that, and so in the next year it appears we’re going to have $100 million for springs restoration, and that’s a good thing," he said.
  • Professor Jason Evans was interviewed by the Daytona Beach News-Journal for the June 4 story, "Coastal Contamination: Buried beneath quaint Ormond-by-the-Sea lie hundreds of polluting septic tanks." Evans said as sea levels continue to rise, groundwater likely will infiltrate even more septic tank drain fields, releasing pollutants into groundwater.
  • Clay Henderson, director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 5 in the story, "Solving the septic tank dilemma will be a complex and costly challenge." Henderson said, "The tanks were a cheap way to develop without regard to the long-term costs. That's the same way we always deal with water as an abundant resource: We’ll deal with the problems down the road. Now we're down the road and it’s time to deal with it."
  • Stetson was featured on Education Dive for the article, EDsmart's 2019 Best Online College in Florida. "The EDsmart 2019 ranking for the Best Online Colleges in Florida ranks Stetson University #1 as the best online college in Florida," the story said. This achievement was based upon factors, such as student retention rate, graduation rates and affordability.
  • Stetson University was mentioned in a story June 5 in The Wall Street Journal entitled, "More Universities Shut Down Traditional M.B.A. Programs as Popularity Wanes." The story notes applications to full-time M.B.A. programs have been falling in the strong job market, leading business schools to shift resources online.
  • Stetson Law alumnus R. Anthony Salem was one of five judges appointed this week by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as reported June 5 in Florida Politics. Salem, who has been an Assistant General for the City of Jacksonville, was appointed to the Duval County Court.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., C.F.A., the Roland and Sarah George Chair of Applied Investments for the Roland George Investments Program (RGIP), was quoted in U.S. News & World Report and Yahoo Singapore in the June 4 story, "Is Investing in Rideshares a Good Idea?" Ma said, "Uber and Lyft have been the most anticipated IPOs there were. Over last few years, their private investors' decisions to delay the public capital's 'risk sharing' of their potential profit proved to come with significant cost. The longer the public waits, the more information about company's consistently losing significant money became public."

Other News:

  • Math Professor and Executive Chef Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., wrote an opinion piece May 31 for grist.com, entitled "Climate solutions: Now served in restaurants everywhere." "Chefs are at the frontlines of incentivizing new product development and identifying eco-friendly efficiencies in the food industry," he wrote.
  • Computer Science Professor Hala ElAarag, Ph.D., was quoted in Techopedia on June 3 in the story, "3 VR Myths That Are Unreal." She said, "The merging of artificial intelligence and VR will revolutionize both fields and will be very important for [the] entertainment industry."
  • Sarah Cramer, Ph.D., a fellow in sustainable food systems in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies, was quoted in Realtor Magazine on May 30 in "Agrihoods Feed Buyer Interest With Hip Amenities." The story says food-minded homebuyers are choosing to live in agrihoods built around a farm that provides fresh produce. Cramer says having a skilled farmer onsite helps. "Farming is hard work and expensive," she said.
  • Stetson was mentioned in the Therapy Toronto News on June 4 in the story, "Study suggests dietary supplement boosts cognitive function in vegetarians." The article said vegetarians who take the dietary supplement creatine may enjoy improved brain function, according to a new study by Stetson researchers.
  • Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was mentioned on KOMO-AM Radio's Newsline Overnight and Newsline AM with John Carlson on June 6 in regards to the World Health Organization recognizing gaming disorder as a mental illness like an addiction. Ferguson said he advises parents to watch out for their children’s grades dropping, and if they're not getting enough sleep or exercise – which can all be signs of underlying issues like depression and anxiety.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the June 5 Brennan Center for Justice article, "The Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Contributions for the 2020 Campaign."
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III wrote the May 31 opinion piece, "Recusal Rules for Administrative Adjudicators," for The Regulatory Review. This piece was republished on June 4 in Administrative Fix, a blog hosted by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the May 31 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Check out the 2018 Profile of Older Americans." Professor Morgan wrote the June 3 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Caregivers and the Impact on Their Financial Security." Professor Morgan wrote the June 4 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Stan Lee-Another Victim of Elder Abuse?"
  • SRQ Media mentioned June 6 that Stetson student and Sarasota native Brooke Elsbree is their Marketing Intern for the summer.

Alumni News:

  • Stetson alumnus and former Hatter goalie, Robin Dieterich, was featured May 30 in the Nashville Tennessean and the Daily News Journal Online article, "Robin Dieterich, Builder of Father Ryan Soccer, to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award," which showcases his rise through soccer and his path to achieving the award.
  • Stetson alumnus Rodney Lastinger was featured May 31 in the Chronicle Journal Online, Globe News Wire and other media outlets, "Conn's, Inc Solidifies Leadership Team to Support Growth," detailing his rise to Conn’s President of Retail on June 3. He received his M.B.A. in Management from Stetson.
  • Stetson University alumna Blair Parke wrote an article on May 30 on iBelieve.com titled, "How Should Christians View IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)," detailing the experience, what it can do for couples, and how to go about deciding if it’s the best option.
  • Stetson Law alumnus Chase Florin is featured in a June 3 Florin Roebig article, "Chase Florin Becomes Youngest Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in State of Florida." Less than 1 percent of lawyers in Florida have earned this distinction, which signifies an attorney's distinguished level of competence and experience in Civil Trial Law.

May 24-30

Top Stories:

  • Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., was featured May 29 in the West Volusia Beacon article, "Advent Health and Stetson Partner on Dual Master's Degree," about the partnership between Advent Health University (AHU) and Stetson to offer a dual-degree online program. Two degrees will be offered: A Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation and a Master of Business Administration. Libby stated, "I am thrilled with the way AHU and Stetson faculty work together to bring the strengths of both institutions into an original program specifically designed with busy, working professionals in mind."
  • Stetson University was mentioned May 29 in the Orlando Weekly's article "Flying Horse Studio Settles into its New Space in the UCF Downtown Campus." The story says Orlando could benefit from the new downtown UCF campus by providing "a student culture enriching the atmosphere like Stetson does for DeLand, NYU does for the Village, or the University of California does for Berkeley."
  • Stetson Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted on May 30 in Slinking Toward Retirement and other media outlets in the article, "WHO Classifies Video Game Addiction Officially as Mental Disorder." Ferguson discussed the possible ramifications of labeling video games under gaming addiction in January 2022, stating, "This expansion will likely have a psychological and societal cost, potentially harming the well-being of our children."
  • Stetson Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the May 29 Vox article, "Can the president be prosecuted? I asked 16 legal experts."
  • Stetson University ­­­­­Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, Stuart Michelson, Ph.D., was quoted ­­­­May 17 in the U.S. News & World Report article, "7 High-Dividend Mutual Funds to By Now," about investing in the best mutual funds to ensure a high yield of income. Michelson stated, "In good economic times, dividends tend to have higher yields than interest-bearing bonds." Michelson also weighed in on higher risk verses possible returns on international investments.

Other News:

  • Stetson Law Professor Peter F. Lake is quoted in the May 28 Harvard Crimson article, "What It Takes to Defend Harvard."
  • Stetson alumnus and former Hatter goalie, Robin Dietreich, was featured May 30 in the Daily News Journal article, "Robin Dieterich, Builder of Father Ryan Soccer, to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award," which showcases his rise through soccer and his path to achieving the award.
  • Former Stetson student George Steinbrenner IV was featured in an article on May 24 in Auto Racing titled, "Steinbrenner Tackles Indy 500," detailing his rise into racing.
  • Stetson Law Professor Ellen S. Podgor is quoted in the May 21 Law360 article, "Corporate Guilt Seen As Unfair Weapon Against Individuals."
  • Stetson Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the May 25 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Decision-Making Supports Guardianship Course." Professor Morgan wrote the May 26 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "The Science of Being Susceptible To Scams." Professor Morgan wrote the May 27 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "End of Life Case in France." Professor Morgan wrote the May 29 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Denver's Dementia-Friendly Initiative." Professor Morgan wrote the May 30 Elder Law Prof Blog post, "Rocking On Regardless of Age!"

Alumni News:

  • Stetson University alumna Brandi Anderson was featured on May 29 in Education Watch International article, "Educating the Children of America’s Heroes" about the Freedom Alliance, which provides scholarships to children of military veterans. Anderson graduated in 2019 with a degree in Public Management, holding to her father's advice to "never give up."
  • Stetson University alumna Blair Parke wrote an article on May 29 in Crosswalk titled, "How Should Christians View IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)," detailing the experience, what it can do for couples, and how to go about deciding if it's the best option.
  • Stetson alumnus Rodney Lastinger was featured on May 31 in Az Central article, "Conn's, Inc Solidifies Leadership Team to Support Growth," detailing his rise to Conn’s President of Retail on June 3. He received his M.B.A. in Management from Stetson.
  • Stetson Law alumna Rhea Law wrote an opinion piece, "Council of 100 study has some good news for us in Tampa Bay — but also challenges," which was published on May 28 in the Tampa Bay Times. Law currently serves as Chair of the Board of Overseers at Stetson University College of Law.

May 17-23

Top Stories:

  • Stetson was mentioned on May 21 in Inside Higher Ed article "Dog Days in Dorms." Stetson was featured as one of the few U.S. universities which allow animals that are not service animals or emotional companions. Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success, Lua Hancock, Ed.D., was quoted, stating that "pets can help students socialize and provide much-needed emotional support through the academic year. They are a great stress reliever, especially during finals and other exams."
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., C.F.A., the Roland and Sarah George Chair of Applied Investments for the Roland George Investments Program (RGIP), was featured on WESH 2 News on May 22 to speak about the merger of NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation. Ma stated that this is a good deal for shareholders. He also stated that it is the only way to grow a sport which has seen a decline in viewership.
  • Stetson Professor of Psychology, Chris Ferguson Ph.D. was quoted in Too Cool May 19 article "Violent 'Fortnite' Made Me the World's Meanest Mom and I'm Fine with It." In response to the addictive quality of video games, Ferguson stated "Older adults tend to freak out about any youth trend. The data does not support that there's any epidemic of game addiction."
  • The 23rd International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC) at Stetson Law is mentioned in the May 21 The Hindu article, "Cash prize for NUALS team." The article, which details a prize given by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies to members of its competition team, received national exposure in India.
  • Stetson’s Professor of Education, B. Glen Epley, Ph.D., and the director of the Office of Professional Education at the Center for Excellence in Higher Education and Law Policy at Stetson's College of Law, Mercy Roberg, J.D., were mentioned in May 21 Motherhood Moment article about the June 17 symposium at Stetson, "Enriching Education: Safety, Security, and the Law in Today’s Schools Symposium."
  • Stetson Law Professor Susan Rozelle is quoted in the May 17 Tampa Bay Times article, "Nationally, number of people hurt in firearms accidents is flat. In Florida, it’s soaring." In this article, which was also published on May 17 in Florida Trend, Professor Rozelle discusses the criteria and implications of filing charges in cases of accidental gun discharges.

Other News:

  • Opinions to Go Online quoted Assistant Professor and Chair of Economics and Director of Africana Studies, Alan Green, Ph.D., on May 22 in their list of quotes about International politics.
  • Stetson Law Professor Peter F. Lake is quoted in the May 17 Inside Higher Ed article, "George Washington University student files Clery Act complaint against institution."
  • Stetson Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the opinion piece, "Don't Rebrand Corruption," which was published by the Brennan Center for Justice on May 16.
  • Stetson Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the May 16 Elder Law Prof Blog article, "Needing LTC but Unable to Afford It."

Alumni News:

  • Law alumnus Fred Ridley is mentioned in the May 21 Lakeland Ledger article, "Augusta Chairman Fred Ridley, a Polk County native, in Bartow." Ridley, who became chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in 2017, remains the last U.S. Amateur Champion to have never become a professional golfer following his 1975 win.
  • Law alumna Rickisha Hightower has been named interim commissioner of the Nevada Financial Institutions Division. The announcement of Hightower's appointment as Nevada's top banking regulator was reported in several media outlets, including May 22 in Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Alumna Michaela Frattarelli was featured on May 18 in Providence Journal article "Eric Rueb: Learning the Game is Par for the Course." Frattarelli is working with Shea High school golfers to provide equipment and encouragement. Frattarelli stated, "A lot of what I’ve taught has been awareness."
  • Alumnus Patrick Mazeika was featured on May 20 in WNBF New Radio 1290 article "Rumble Pony Patrick Mazeika Named League Player of the Week." Mazeika was drafted by the Met’s in 2015 from Stetson.
  • Alumna Heather Chamberlain, DVM, was featured on May 20 in Miami’s Community Newspaper article, "Miami Native Earns her DVM From Midwestern University." She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Midwestern University.
  • Law alumni Scott Orsini and John Hornbeck are mentioned in the May 20 Florida Politics article, "Scott Orsini has a solid fundraising lead in St. Pete City Council matchup." Both Orsini and Hornbeck are opponents in the race to represent District 1 of St. Petersburg, replacing incumbent Charlie Gerdes.
  • Law alumnus Paul M. May has been elected to the Broward County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term, according to a May 19 article in Citybizlist.

May 10-16

Top Stories:

  • Former Stetson Baseball coach Pete Dunn was featured in an article May 10 in The New York Times, "After Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber, Stetson University Dreams Even Bigger." Dunn reflected on his success as Stetson’s coach and talked about his former players, including Jacob deGrom with the New York Mets, Corey Kluber with the Cleveland Indians and Logan Gilbert with the Seattle Mariners. "I'll go to my grave, that year Jacob won rookie of the year and Klubes won the Cy Young, both from little old Stetson," Dunn said. "Pretty cool." Current Baseball Head Coach Steve Trimper said the team's goal is to continue building on that success. "We're going to try to compete on the national stage," Trimper said.
  • Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. was quoted in an article May 12 in The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "B-CU, Stetson honor Spring Graduates." This year, 991 students graduated from Stetson, setting a new record. Libby stated, "We are proud of the Class of 2019, their achievements, and of the faculty and staff who led them to this point."
  • Stetson was featured on May 14 among EDsmart's 2019 Best Online College in Florida. Stetson ranked above The Baptist College of Florida, University of North Florida and University of West Florida. This achievement was based upon multiple factors, including student retention rate, graduation rates and affordability. EDsmart recognizes Stetson as one of “the colleges and universities to go above and beyond."
  • Stetson Professor of Biology and Director of Aquatic and Marine Biology, Melissa Gibbs Ph.D., was quoted in the May 14 Leesburg Daily Commercial article, "Mullet with Missing Scales and Lesions Prompt Investigation on St. Johns River" about the increase in reports of unhealthy and dead mullet in Blue Spring State Park. The article explores possible causes for the mullet with missing scales and lesions. Gibbs stated she's "never seen anything like it on the mullet in Blue Spring."
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Melinda C. Hall, Ph.D., was featured May 12 (Mother's Day) in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "You make it work: Volusia working moms juggle dual roles" about the role of women in the workforce. The article takes a look at the way women have juggled working and mothering in the past and present. Hall stated, "We do self-actualize through work now."
  • Recent Stetson graduate Jasmine Allen was featured May 10 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Graduating Stetson Student Has Passion for Sneakers." She spoke about her plans to "continue working towards her own sneaker business" and the blog she started about sneakers, SpeakASneak. Currently, Allen is starting with Boston Consulting Group in Atlanta as a financial analyst.

Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Rob Chambers was mentioned on May 13 in the Atlanta citybizlist. Chambers has been named Saia, Inc.'s new vice president and chief financial officer.

May 3-10

Top Stories:

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Susan Peppers-Bates, Ph.D., was quoted in the May 6 CNN article, "Don't use the royal birth to trot out a dangerous myth" about racial progress. The article explores the historical views of interracial children and the modern-day concept of race, which was created to justify the global slave trade, historians say. Peppers-Bates said, "The need to morally justify enslaving other human beings pushed Europeans to invent a mythical biological racial 'essence' of inferiority for African-descendent people."
  • Associate professor of health sciences Michele Skelton, Ph.D., was cited in an article on Furthermore from Equinox, entitled "Vegetarians Need Creatine" for her study finding improvements in memory and cognitive function when vegetarians took creatine supplements. Creatine is often found in meat, poultry, or fish, so vegetarians often miss out on it.
  • The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER) at Stetson was mentioned in the Industry News on Water Quality Products. The institute co-hosted an event to educate the public on the significance of water during The Water Festival in downtown DeLand.
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, Ph.D., was quoted in a May 7 article on Gas and Electricity, entitled "Florida's water future. Where is it going? Where will it come from?" The article was originally published last fall in Florida Trend. According to Evans, "When it comes to water quality in particular, we’ve moved way, way backward. It has actually reached a crisis point in lots of areas in Florida."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Catherine Grassman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Heska Corporation, a veterinary diagnostic and specialty products provider, as reported by multiple news releases.
  • Alumnus Ron Chambers was featured in several news releases for his appointment to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SAIA, Inc., a leading transportation provider.
  • Alumnus Dan Phelan joined Franklin Street, a real estate firm, in its Atlanta office, according to multifamilybiz.com.

April 26-May 2

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote an article, "Sexualization in Gaming: Advocacy and Over-Correction" on April 27 at Quillette. Ferguson discusses the recent trend of game developers responding to criticism about oversexualization in video games. Although the sentiment of these critics is ultimately well-intended, he explains, advocates of the cause often make two mistakes. "First, their claims about the causal relationship between gaming and real-world 'harms' are unsupported by the current research evidence, and this misuse of data can reduce the credibility of an otherwise worthy cause."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson was also quoted in the April 30 article "'Fortnite' made me the world's meanest mom — and I'm fine with it" at the Carmon Report. "Older adults tend to freak out about any youth trend," Ferguson said. "The data do not support that there's any epidemic of game addiction."
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, Ph.D., was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, "How to Avoid Malnutrition." The article discusses the dangers of malnutrition and tips to avoid it. "It still happens that parental ignorance results in children not developing their full growth or developmental potential or that adults have a poor quality of life and lifestyle diseases, because they made poor dietary decisions out of ignorance," Lategan-Potgieter says. "Unfortunately the effects of poor nutrition is not (always) immediately visible or measurable and symptoms only shows up years later, when it’s too late to turn back and correct earlier food and lifestyle mistakes."
  • The May 1 Power Broker magazine features an interview with Michèle Alexandre, the new dean of Stetson Law. The April 30 Catalyst also features Dean Alexandre. The April 26 Legal Intelligencer also ran the news of Dean Alexandre's appointment. The April 26 Southwest Florida Roundup in Florida Trend and April 26 National Law Journal also feature Dean Alexandre.
  • Career Development Coordinator John Sheehy was quoted in the April 29 Penny Hoarder article "Not Sure What Career Is Best for You? Start With These 4 Simple Steps." One of the biggest mistakes young professionals make is failing to take advantage of available resources. "I strongly advise all young professionals and students to complete at least one type of traits/strengths/career assessment to assist in their process," says Sheehy.
  • Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, Ph.D., was quoted in the April 29 U.S. News & World Report article "7 Best Vanguard Funds for Your Retirement Portfolio."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the May 2 Inquirer article, "Radicalizing the vote: 10 ideas that just might save democracy." She is referenced in the April 30 Election Law Blog, "Will the Supreme Court Go Nativist?" and the April 30 SCOTUSblog Tuesday Roundup.
  • The Stetson VITA Program was featured in the Daytona Times on April 29 in an article titled "Stetson VITA Program celebrates $2 million in tax refunds."

Other News:

  • Law Professor Louis Virelli is quoted in the April 30 Gothamist article, "NYC's Plan To Close Rikers Undermined By 'Lock Everybody Up' Parole Enforcement, Sources Say."
  • News of Stetson Law finishing in the Elite Eight of all law schools on the planet in the Vis Moot in Vienna has run around the world in media outlets, including the London News-Journal.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the May 2 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Want to Live to Be 100?" She wrote the May 1 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Tech to Block Spam Calls?" She wrote the April 29 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Centralizing Call Centers: One Person’s Story About Accessibility."
  • The April 26 PRWeb includes news that Stetson Law Professor Peter Lake is speaking on May 23 in Pittsburgh on "Meeting Today's Challenges in Higher Education."
  • The May 1 Gabber describes using the Stetson Law pool for "Free Swim Lessons Offered to Gulfport Youth."
  • The April 29 Florida Bar mentions the annual pig roast at the Tampa Law Center.

Alumni News:   

April 19-25

Top Stories

  • Visiting Professor in Accounting Bonnie Holloway was featured in a CBS-affiliate news story titled, "Getting Results Award winner helps thousands cash in." Holloway won the news station's "Getting Results" award for being the site coordinator for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) at Stetson. The program offers free tax assistance using student volunteers. "It's a wonderful service," Holloway said. "I enjoy helping the clients, making sure they get the best deal that we can get for them."
  • Professor of Biology Terence Farrell, Ph.D., was quoted in the April 22 Daily Commercial story, "Bloodsucking Asian worms killing Florida snakes." Parasites spreading from Burmese Pythons are leaving a devastating effect on Floridian snakes. "When an invasive species first shows up, no one knows what it's going to do and that's what we're dealing with here," Farrell said. "We've got something that has just appeared in Florida. It's spreading rapidly. It's impacting a bunch of different species, and at this point, nobody really understands how much damage it's doing to local reptile populations. No one understands how far it will spread."
  • Professor of Religious Studies Gregory Sapp, Ph.D., was quoted in an April 19 Jab News article titled, "Truth or consequences." Sapp discussed the moral concepts behind honesty and deceit.
  • Alumnus Roman Franklin, president of Simplicity eSports, was quoted in an April 23 article at the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal website titled, "Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company Announces Location of Second Esports Center." Franklin said, "As an alumnus of Stetson University's School of Business Administration, I am excited to bring our Esports Center experience to the DeLand community. The DeLand location will continue the anticipated expansion of our footprint into areas near colleges and universities, as we previously announced at the NAB Conference."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor is quoted in the April 23 Law.com National Law Journal article, "Ahead of the Curve: Mueller Crash Course, Clooneys on Campus." The article is also running in Yahoo! Finance. Podgor was also mentioned in an April 19 Fox Business Show segment. Podgor is teaching a class called, "The Mueller Investigation and Beyond," that explores Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 19 CBC article, "Mueller's report is worse for Trump than Barr let on — but likely not as ruinous as Trump feared." Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 20 Vox article, "Does the Mueller report exonerate Trump? I asked 12 legal experts." Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the April 21 Atlantic article, "Luckily for the Trumps, Some Laws Are Hard to Break." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Alternet article, "An election law expert explains how Citizen's United might have spared Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner from prosecution."
  • The April 22 Tampa Bay Newspapers reports that Law alumnus and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtier has been named Sheriff of the Year by NSA.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Susan Rozelle is quoted in the April 19 Tampa Bay Times article, "Was it wrong to let jurors talk to witnesses in the Jonchuck trial?" She appeared on Bay News 9 on April 16 discussing the trial.
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the April 23 Tampa Bay Times article, "In four states, parking officers can no longer mark your tires. Florida isn’t one of them."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the April 19 Elder Law Prof Blog, "New Article on Compassionate Release." Professor Morgan wrote the April 22 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Scams, Scams & Robocalls." Professor Morgan wrote the April 23 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Gray Divorce and Caretaking: A New Article." Professor Morgan wrote the April 24 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Elder Suicides on Rise in Long-Term Care Housing?"

Alumni News:   

  • Law alumnus Thomas L. Marshall was selected Educator of the Month according to the April 23 Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, "Sertoma Club recognizes Venice High students, teacher."
  • The April 24 PR.com reports that Law alumnus Dale E. Workman has been awarded the Platinum Client Champion Award by Martindale-Hubbell, which is its highest designation for client satisfaction.
  • Alumnus Michael P. Mason was featured in the Newton Wicked Local for his appointment to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., a Newton-based clinical-stage pharmaceutical company.
  • Alumnus Scott Muri was featured in the April 23 OA online article "Spring Branch chief named lone finalist for ECISD superintendent." Muri was voted to be the lone finalist for the position unanimously by the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees.

April 12-19

Top Stories:

  • Stetson Professor of Biology Terence Farrell, Ph.D., was quoted in USA Today on April 12 in the story, "Bloodsucking worms in pythons are killing Florida snakes, study says." Parasitic worms spread by invasive Burmese pythons are killing native Florida pygmy snakes, according to a new study, led by Stetson researchers. The parasite is traveling north, hitching rides in reptiles and other host critters that Florida snakes eat. "At this point, they are moving very rapidly. They are certainly in Brevard County," said Farrell, lead author on the study. "It's conceivable they will spread throughout the whole United States."
  • Stetson University was featured in Orlando Medical News because "AdventHealth University and Stetson University announce[d] [their] partnership and MHA/MBA Dual-Degree." This degree combines "the best of business and healthcare administration skillsets, giving graduates an advantage over their peers in both sectors."
  • Biology professor Terence Farrell, Ph.D., was mentioned in an article from BroBible in relation to the "parasitic worms from Asia [that are] killing [the] Florida Rattlesnake."
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., C.F.A., the Roland and Sarah George Chair of Applied Investments, was quoted in the article, "Adding Alternative Investments to Your Portfolio," in US News & World Report on April 15. Ma said, "Alternative asset classes should be mainly considered in a long-term strategic basis. Typically, alternative assets underperform in a bull market, but outperform in a bear market."
  • The April 12 Inside Higher Ed article quotes Law Professor Peter Lake in the article, "Repeat Rapists on Campus." Professor Lake is quoted in the April 11 Columbia Spectator article, "Up against the invincible: A professor was convicted of sexual misconduct. Why is he still on campus?"
  • News of Stetson University, among others, adopting a free speech document is running in the April 16 Tampa Bay Times.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Susan Rozelle is quoted in the April 16 Bay News 9 report about the Jonchuck case.
  • The April 16 Crim Prof Blog is running news of Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob's Supreme Court case, Kaufman v. U.S.
  • Sara Williams, a 2018 Edward Ohlbaum Award recipient, is a 2019 Woman of Impact, according to Yellow Hammer News.
  • According to the April 17 SCC Online, the NUALS team finished as semi-finalists in the 23rd Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law.
  • Former Professor and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judge Bob Davis has written the article, "Speech-the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: The Newest Federal Court Experiment, Past, Present, and Future," for the April 11 Harvard National Security Journal.

Alumni News:   

  • Alumnus Clint Lake was profiled in a story April 12, entitled "Sinking the unsinkable: Florida Navy vet tells of making history in WWII," in the Daytona Beach News-Journal and The Palm Beach Post. After the war, "Lake attended Stetson University, performing as a cheerleader and majoring in teaching. He wound up in banking and worked in DeLand before moving to Ormond Beach."
  • The April 15 Military.com is running news that Law alumnus James Byrne has been nominated deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Law alumnus Dale Workman has been named a member of one of the top 20 criminal defense law firms, according to the April 18 PRNews Online.
  • Law alumnus Sheriff Bob Gaultieri has been named "Sheriff of the Year," according to the April 17 10News. The news also ran in the April 16 Tampa Bay Times and April 17 Tampa Bay Reporter.
  • Law alumna Elise Bennett has won a major victory for the sunfish on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, according to AL.com.
  • Law alumni Thomas S. Edwards Jr. and Eric Ragatz are featured in the April 16 Jacksonville Magazine and Edwards & Ragatz P.A.
  • According to Roetzel & Andress, Double Hatter Christopher D. Donovan has been recertified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar. The April 12 White House also posted the news.
  • LL.M. alumnus H. Amos Goodall was recently selected to Super Lawyers for 2019, according to the April 17 Express.

April 5-11

Top Stories:

  • Professor Stan Van Gundy, former NBA head coach, was featured in an April 10 article in the Orlando Sentinel. The piece, titled "Professor Van Gundy: Catching up with Stan about the Magic, Trump, running for office," details Van Gundy's career path from the present on. "He's 'Professor Stan' these days, teaching a sports-business course at Stetson University," writes the Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell about the former Magic coach.
  • Former U.S. Senator and Army veteran Max Cleland '64 was featured in the Department of Veterans Affairs "#VeteranOfTheDay" blog post. Cleland, a double amputee who was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with "V" Device, the Soldier's Medal and the Purple Heart, dedicated much of his life to public service. The blog post begins, "At 18, Max began as a student at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida."
  • Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 6 Boston Globe article, "Harvard will train faculty on conflicts of interest after coach's home sale." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 9 Vox article, "Can Congress force Trump to hand over his tax returns? I asked 11 legal experts." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 6 MSN article, "Harvard will train faculty on conflicts of interest after coach's home sale." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the April 5 FiveThirtyEight article, "The Mueller Investigation Is Over, But Trump's Legal Problems Are Not."
  • Clay Henderson, executive director at Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was mentioned in the April 6 Gainesville Sun article "Algae plaguing Florida’s iconic springs triggers legal fight."

Other News:

  • Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox is quoted in the April 9 The Hill article, "VA's commitment to timely processing of claims and appeals is merely lip service."
  • Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the April 5 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Winter Snowstorms & Impact on Elders." Professor Morgan wrote the April 8 Elder Law Prof Blog, "VA Nursing Homes-Call For Action." Professor Morgan wrote the April 9 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Data on Non-Fatal Cases of Violence vs. Older Adults."

Alumni News:   

  • Alumnus Larry Hancock, Opera San José's general director for the past five years, announced that he will retire after the 2019-2020 season, as reported by the East Bay Times in the April 7 article "Opera San Jose director Larry Hancock stepping."
  • Alumna Joyce Hanson, native Floridian, was featured in a piece by Resident Community News Group, Inc. titled, "The Way We Were: Joyce & Malcolm Hanson."
  • Alumna Elizabeth "Beth" Brantley was featured in an article at Herald-Mail Media titled, "Arboretum tour part of Wednesday talk." Brantley, an associate teaching professor in forest technology at Penn State, lead a tour of the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum during a farewell reception.
  • Law alumnus Neil T. Lyons is mentioned in the April 8 The Herald-Tribune article, "Business People: Promotions, awards, new positions for Sarasota-Manatee professionals."

March 30-April 4

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Biology Melissa Gibbs, Ph.D., was quoted April 3 in the Orlando Sentinel article, "Manatees face new challenge in Florida from harassing, non-native armored catfish." Gibbs said, "The catfish aren't physically, directly damaging manatees. They annoy the heck out of them. And if manatees are twitching and moving around, they are burning calories."
  • News of Michèle Alexandre joining Stetson as the next dean of the College of Law is running in the April 1 Diverse magazine.

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    Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel article, "Parkland teen suicides shine spotlight on need for prevention." Discussing the problem of teen suicide, Ferguson said, "With people who feel bad about their actions in any type of event, suicide [to them] is about restoring their honor."
  • Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in the April 2 Wall Street Journal article, "Why Videogames Trigger the Nightly Meltdown—and How to Help Your Child Cope." According to the professor, if a serious problem develops, parents should seek treatment for a possible underlying condition in their children.
  • Professor Ferguson was quoted in an article in the Independent Australia titled, "The NRA: Fear, hatred, and how to sell guns." According to him, "there is no evidence to support the claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected."
  • Former UCF head coach Donnie Jones was recently hired as the new Stetson men’s basketball coach, as reported by multiple news sources.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chef Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., was featured in Food Tank's list, "10 Plant Forward Cookbooks that Make Greener Eating Easier." Pulapaka's 2018 cookbook, "Dreaming in Spice," "combines regional American cuisines with techniques and flavors from all over the world. Pulapaka's recipes reflect the experience of a four-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and a champion in delivering ethical and sustainable food principles."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the March 29 Just Security Blog, "As the Mueller Investigation Closes, New York Investigations Shift Into High Gear." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is featured in the April 1 E&E News on the Green New Deal. Professor Torres-Spelliscy is a guest on the April 2 Social Science Research Council conversation, "Online Campaign Contributions in US Politics: A Conversation."
  • Professor of Biology Kirsten Work, Ph.D., was quoted in a March 31 article on Medium.com titled, "Freshwater springs support amazing ecosystems and reflect the health of aquifers humans rely on. What can we do to protect them?" "We need to care about springs because they tell us what our groundwater is like," Work said. "If the spring discharges decline, then we're running out of groundwater and running out of drinking water."
  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, C.P.A., Ph.D., edited an article regarding different types of LLCs for the Tax Advisor on April 1.
  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., was quoted in an MSN article titled, "How to pay taxes on investment income."
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Joshua Rust was mentioned in an April 1 article from Open Culture titled, "Do Ethicists Behave Better Than the Rest of Us?: New Research Answers the Question" for his research.
  • Law Professor Mark Bauer is quoted in the April 3 Kiplinger Report article on "New Rules Battle Financial Scams, Elder Abuse."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the March 31 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Bye Bye Donut Hole." Professor Morgan wrote the March 29 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Will There Ever Be A Cure for Alzheimer's?" She wrote the April 1 Elder Law Prof Blog, "New Article on Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs." She wrote the April 3 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Nursing Home Oversight-Two Updates." She wrote the April 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Phased Retirement In Other Countries."

Alumni News:   

  • Alumnus Eric Baum, music teacher at Strings N' Things in Titusville, was quoted in the March 30 Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "One final note: Curtain falls on Ormond's Yancey Music." "The music store provided a foothold for me," Baum said. "I don't want to see the music store in my hometown close down. It's funny, the series of events: a new kid in new town with no friends walks into a store and instantly has an outlet."
  • The Orlando Sentinel reports that law alumnus William Bray Whitaker passed away on March 22.

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    Law alumna Katherine B. Schnauss Naugle is featured in the March 29 Jacksonville Magazine article, "Katherine B. Schnauss Naugle."
  • Law alumna Jennifer Bate is featured in the April Boca Life Magazine article, "Boca West Children’s Foundation Hosting Back-To-Back Fundraising Events."

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    Law alumnus George Dondanville is featured in the March 30 Naples Daily News article, "Q&A: Naples City Council candidate George Dondanville."
  • The April 1 Florida Record reports law alumnus John R. Herin Jr. has joined the Fox Rothschild LLP Miami office as partner.

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    The April 1The Bulletin reports law alumnus Winfield Scott Lovejoy III passed away on March 22.
  • Law alumnus David "Mac" McCallister is quoted in the April 1 Tampa Bay Times article, "In this GOP primary, it's the outsider against the insider."

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    Law alumnus Spencer Hathaway is quoted in the April 1 Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "4 running to replace retiring Volusia-Flagler Public Defender Jim Purdy."
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    he April 2 CityBizlist reports law alumnus Hoyt L. Prindle III and alumnus Taylor R. Ryan have joined the Tampa office of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

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    Law alumna Kathryn Welsh is quoted in the April 2 Catalyst article, "Hurricane winds blow entrepreneurs to Pinellas."

March 22-28

Top Stories:

  • Several professors, including History Professor Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., and Sociology Assistant Professor Sven Smith, Ph.D., and Associate Director of Stetson's Center for Community Engagement Kevin Winchell were included in the March 23 Daytona Times story, "Stetson adopts statement supporting free expression on campus." The statement outlines the university's commitment to the principle of free speech. Per the official statement, "[e]xpressed views are open to criticism, debate, and condemnation. Open debate and dialogue is a natural part of the marketplace of ideas. Hence, attempts to suppress or punish protected expression or speakers are anathema to the free expression necessary for intellectual and cultural growth."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was interviewed for a Q&A article March 22 in The Fire in regard to the recent "Statement of Principles of Free Expression." Ferguson said he "was inspired to advocate for the university's adoption of a free speech statement due to his passion for the university and for free expression generally."
  • News about the hiring of the next Dean of Stetson Law Michèle Alexandre has run in the March 21 National Law Journal and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, as well as numerous other media outlets across the U.S.
  • Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., was interviewed by the Orlando NPR station in a March 26 piece called, "Promoting higher education behind bars." In the interview, she discussed ways to increase access to higher education for the incarcerated.
  • Stetson alumnus and star pitcher Jacob deGrom signed a 5-year, $137.5 million extension with the New York Mets on March 26, as reported by ESPN. The 30-year-old is coming off his best season yet, winning the National League Cy Young Award.
  • Law Professor Ellen S. Podgor was quoted in the March 23 Los Angeles Times article, "College admissions scandal generated disgust and outrage. But what exactly was the crime?" She is quoted in the March 28 L.A. Times article, "How one wealthy parent is defending himself in college admissions scandal."
  • Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was mentioned in an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune regarding algae in Florida's springs. Henderson said that "authorities, with a nod from the new governor, could regroup and revise their springs strategy."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 21 Miami Herald article, "Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid?" Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 24 Vox article, "Does AG Barr's summary of the Mueller report "exonerate" Trump? I asked 15 legal experts." Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the March 25 MPR News. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Background Briefing analyzing lawsuits against President Trump. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with MPR News for the article, "What's On MPR News?" Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with WMNF News for the story, "Law professor talks about Barr's summary of Mueller report." Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 26 Globe Post article, "The President Who Keeps Crying Wolf: Trump, Russia, and the Mueller Probe."

Other News:

Alumni News:

  • Law alumna Amy Champlin is quoted in the March 25 The Standard article, "Who voters can vote for in next local election."
  • Law alumnus Slade V. Dukes was mentioned in the March 25 Herald Tribune article, "Business People: Promotions, awards and more for Sarasota-Manatee professionals."
  • Law alumna Judith S. Lambert is quoted in the March 25 Osprey Observer article, "Judith S. Lambert Law Firm Provides A Variety Of Expert Legal Services To Clients."
  • The March 26 Freeborn & Peters LLP reports that Law alumnus Jason P. Stearns was named 2019 "Top Lawyer" by TAMPA Magazine.

March 15-22

Top Stories:

  • News about the hiring of Stetson Law's new dean — Michèle Alexandre — has been published in the London News Journal and other media outlets via the March 20 newswire. The March 18 Philadelphia Tribune reported, "Florida's elder law school hires first Black dean after 119 years." Locally, the Tampa Bay Reporter and Florida Courier also provided coverage.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the March 19 Brennan Center for Justice article, "Beware of Scam PACs in This Crowded Presidential Field." Also, Torres-Spelliscy spoke with the Miami Herald for the article, "Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid?"
  • Jason Evans, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science and studies, was mentioned in an article from Our Time Press, regarding the "impact and implications of a rising sea level."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the March 19 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Combating Loneliness in Older Adults." Also, Morgan wrote the March 20 Elder Law Prof blog, "CDC Says Dementia Deaths Up."

Other News:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in a March 21 MSN article titled, "Saudi social worker says PUBG causes 'evil and violent' thoughts." In response to the claim, Ferguson said: "Violent video games may help reduce societal violence rather than increase it."
  • Peter Lake, director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, was quoted in the March 19 article, "College admissions scammers found 'the hole in the Death Star,'" from the Miami Herald. Lake commented on the recent bout of fraud discovered in colleges across the nation. "We assume there's the occasional person who scams their way into higher education, but this is very organized and systematic," he said. "It has the feeling of white-collar crime and insider trading — people working inside systems to gain advantage. The fact that it was so widespread, with so many people involved at one time and the deliberateness of it, is disturbing."
  • Also, Lake was quoted in the March 18 Yahoo News article titled, "How the College Scandal Is Different from Other Ways Rich Parents Con Their Kids Into School." He compared the recent scandal to Wall Street insider trading schemes. "This is insider trading, college style," Lake said. "It reminds me a little of some of the scandals of the 80s on Wall Street, and it potentially undermines the credibility of just about everybody until they can demonstrate otherwise."

Alumni News:

  • The March 19 Daily Tribune News reported that alumnus Judge George Carey Nelson III passed away March 18.
  • Alumnus Cliff Self was featured in a March 20 article of the Port Townsend Leader (Washington state) titled, "A brain rewired for sound." Self, a graduate of Stetson University School of Music who is also blind, teaches students music at Port Townsend. "I carried the torch for a while, and I was lucky to do so," Self said. "Most teachers that I know didn't have the opportunities that I had to play around the country and around the world."
  • Law alumnus George Dondanville is a candidate for Naples City Council, according to the March 20 Naples News
  • Alumna LeeAnn Valcarcel was mentioned in an article from The St. Augustine Record, regarding her role as the Choir Director and Lower School Music teacher at Fayetteville Academy in North Carolina. Her music students of the Fayetteville Academy Chorus performed in St. Augustine on March 15. 
  • Law alumnus Matt Towery published an article titled, "The One Thing Trump Should Do to Lock Up His Re-Election," at Newsmax on March 16. 
  • General Counsel News reported that R. Craig Mayfield was named Managing Partner of Bradley's Arant Boult Cummings LLP's Tampa office.

March 8-15

Top Stories:

  • Clay Henderson, executive director at Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was mentioned in an Orlando Sentinel article entitled, "Algae plaguing Florida’s iconic springs triggers major legal battle." Henderson said authorities "could regroup and revise [the] springs strategy." If not, environmentalists say they will face a do-or-die fight because septic tanks, sewage systems, agricultural and lawn fertilizer and stormwater are polluting the springs and feeding excessive algae growth.
  • Alumnus David Klan was featured in an article from News Wire about his recent appointment as President and CEO of Mazda Canada. In this position, Klan will "assume responsibility for Mazda's business operations in Canada." Klan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Stetson.
  • Stetson Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in The San Luis Obispo Tribune on March 8 about why wealthy men are willing to pay for sexual intercourse. "Many men will solicit prostitutes basically because they can," he said. "It cuts out many of the nuances and complexities of sexual relations and makes it strictly transactional."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Nefertiti Walker, Ph.D., was featured in an article in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for her appointment to inaugural associate dean for an inclusive organization in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management and an MBA from Stetson.
  • Vocalist and performer Maria Olivia Bryant was featured in the Broadway World piece "African-American Cabaret Series At Winter Park Playhouse Premieres New Cabaret Mar. 28." Bryant and her company Maria Olivia Inspires will present a quarterly cabaret series, Expressions: A Celebration of Voices in African-American Music. Bryant attended graduate school at Stetson.
  • Alumna Nirupa Netram was mentioned in an article from the Santiva Chronicle that said she will be "speaking on the plight of immigrants in our midst" at the recently renamed Progressive Club of the Islands in Sanibel.
  • Alumnus David Miller was mentioned in an article from Zip06 titled "North Haven Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Nine in 2019." This Connecticut high school will induct eight others as well as Miller, who, in his time at Stetson, was a "four-year starter for the baseball team."

March 1-8

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Psychology Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in the March 5 Engadget article titled "Adults are the only ones who fell for the Momo hoax." "There's the general sense of teens behaving badly and technology oftentimes being the culprit in some way or another," Ferguson said in the article. "It just seems that we're kind of wired, particularly as we get older, to be more and more suspicious of technology and popular culture."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson was also quoted in a March 7 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article titled, "Why do rich men pay for sex when they can get it free?" Ferguson commented, "Many men will solicit prostitutes basically because they can. It cuts out many of the nuances and complexities of sexual relations and makes it strictly transactional."

  • Hillel Director Sam Friedman published an article titled "Head in the Clouds" on March 4 in eJewish Philanthropy. In his piece, Friedman discusses a few lessons learned while he was Central Florida Hillel's communications director and helping Hillel grow in that role.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 4 Marketplace story on NPR, "Can the internet save Congress from 'call time'?" The story ran in dozens of NPR stations across the U.S. Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the Feb. 28 Radio Times WHYY, "Michael Cohen's testimony and what it means.
  • News of the Stetson Law student team winning the AAJ regional competition has run across the country in dozens of media outlets via the March 7 newswire.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Feb. 28 10 News article, "Judge denies defense attorney's motion for last word in Jonchuck trial." Professor Rose also appeared on the Feb. 28 Bay News 9.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Nursing Home Employees Indicted." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Pets and Pet Trusts." Professor Morgan wrote the March 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "U. of Ill. Lecture Today on Med. Mal. & Elderly." Professor Morgan wrote the March 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Bibliography on Physician-Aided Dying." Professor Morgan wrote the March 5 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Medical Records Not Reviewed By Medical Director Before Claim Denied." She wrote the March 7 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Rural Nursing Homes Closing."
  • The March 2 Big Cat Rescue features an article mentioning the volunteer work of Stetson Law students.

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Stacey Morris published an article titled "MLP Q4'18 Distribution Coverage… Now Featuring Payout Ratios" on March 6 at Seeking Alpha.
  • Alumnus Bill Arnold was featured in the March 6 Florham Park Eagle article "Resident named RWJ Barnabas Southern Region."
  • Alumna Blair Parke published two articles at Crosswalk.com on March 1 titled "5 Things about Mordecai We Can All Relate To," and "What Is Fat Tuesday? Important Facts to Know about This Holiday," respectively.
  • Alumna Cathleen Vogelgesang was featured in the March 1 Cincinnati.com article "Saint Ursula Academy hires new alumnae director." Vogelgesang was recently hired as the new director of alumnae and constituent relations. "SUA holds such a special place in my heart," she said. "For me to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that helped shape me as a woman of faith, integrity and courage is incredible."
  • The March 5 The Herald-Tribune reports that Bradenton city attorney and Law alumnus Bill Lisch is retiring after 43 years.
  • According to the Feb. 28 Construction Dive, PulteGroup's West Florida Division has announced Law alumna Kimberly Driscoll as director of procurement.
  • The March 1 PR.com reports that Law alumnus Dereck Capaz's law firm, the Capaz Law Firm, has been selected to Gator 100 for the second consecutive year.
  • The March 1 Law360 reports that Law alumna Lynn Walter Sherman will serve as shareholder at Trenam Law.
  • The March 5 Trenam Law reports that Law alumnus Aaron Reichelson has been appointed to the ABA Construction Steering Committee.
  • The March 2 Eagle Tribune features a letter by Law alumna Laura Flieder running for city clerk.
  • The March 6 Naples Daily News quotes Law alumnus George Dondanville in the article, "Naples City Council candidates debate Naples Beach Hotel redevelopment plan at second forum."

February 22-March 1

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in Education News in a story Feb. 25, entitled, "How Online Gaming Can Positively Impact Your Brain and Studying Skills." Some companies embrace the idea of "gamification" in their workplaces, a method that uses "game mechanics" in order to "motivate people to succeed," Ferguson said.
  • Professor Chris Ferguson also was quoted Feb. 26 in the Orlando Sentinel article "Don't judge me, but I still believe in spanking." Ferguson said, "There doesn't seem to be much evidence that occasional, routine non-abusive spanking causes any kind of behavioral changes or aggression or things like that."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson wrote an article for Quillette about how "motivated reasoning is disfiguring social science." In his piece, Ferguson asserts that "[…] failing to understand this basic fact may cause the general public to overestimate the degree of objectivity with which such organizations speak when talking about research."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 24 Columbia Spectator article, "The Constitution of a Community: Why Student Clubs Are Starting to Take Sexual Violence Response into Their Own Hands."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose was a guest on the Feb. 28 Bay News 9 and News 13 Your Overnight News program on Representative Matt Gaetz' posts regarding Michael Cohen on Twitter and subsequent Bar investigation.

Other News:

  • Law Adjunct Professor Dr. Jay Wolfson is quoted in the Bay News 9 story, "Former Port Richey Mayor Massad held with no bond on attempted murder charges."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 21 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Will You Outlive Your Retirement Savings?" Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 24 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Long Distance Family Caregivers." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 25 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Oscars 2019." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 26 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Alzheimer's-Changing the Narrative."

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Michael Mason was mentioned in an article from Nasdaq in regard to his appointment as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. In his new role, Mason will be "responsible for leading and directing the financial activities of the Company."
  • Alumna Lisa King, a former Democratic chair who served on the Jacksonville planning and housing commissions, was featured in a Feb. 27 story in The Florida Times-Union titled, "Not much cash, but lots of choices in race for At-Large, Group 1 Jacksonville City Council seat."
  • Stetson Alumna Britt McHenry published an article at The Federalist on Feb. 27 titled, "Transgender Athletes Who Compete Against Women Are Cheats."
  • The Jacksonville Daily Record reports that law alumnae Brooke Brady and Margaret Gibbs Gulliford have submitted their names to the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration to succeed Circuit Judge John Skinner.
  • The Feb. 23 Mountaineer announced that law alumna Nancy Carol Rhoades passed away on Feb. 20.

February 15-21

Top Stories:

  • The announcement by Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., on Feb. 15 that she will retire in 2020 received widespread media coverage in such places as San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and throughout Florida, including in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Times-Union, Orlando Business Journal and the Orlando Sentinel. "The statistics defining her presidency are impressive," The Daytona Beach News-Journal wrote in an editorial Feb. 19, touting her many accomplishments and noting she "has earned some time off."
  • The Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience made news Feb. 21 when it announced grants to private farmers and conservation pilot projects in northern Florida to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the Suwannee River. The funding comes from a $1.3 million Sustainable Farming Fund. Shelley Gentile, the institute's program manager, said on CapitalSoup, "The private farmers will be using high-tech agricultural equipment that allows them to apply fertilizer exactly where it's needed instead of spreading fertilizer over the whole farm area. The reduction in fertilizer use means there will be less nutrients in the aquifer."
  • Eugene Huskey, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and holder of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair, was mentioned in Vanderbilt Magazine in regard to his recent book, "Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan." This is a political memoir, and it provides "the only sustained political history of independent Kyrgyzstan, explaining events in the context of Kyrgyzstan's society and the broader international order."
  • An article written by Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is mentioned in the Feb. 21 CNN article, "How Bernie Sanders used the 'Netflix' model of political donations to raise millions."
  • Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Feb. 15 Vox article, "Trump declared a national emergency at the border. I asked 11 experts if it's legal."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 18 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "The New 'In Loco Parentis.'" Professor Lake is quoted in the Feb. 19 GW Hatchet article, "Provost's office to launch new programs, seminars for academic leaders."
  • Law Professor Bruce Jacob is quoted in the Feb. 14 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, "Florida Is One of the Most Overincarcerated Places in U.S. Is It Likely to Change?"

Other News:

  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Feb. 15 Tampa Bay Times article, "Jonchuck judge is willing to experiment with jury selection."
  • Law Professor Roberta Flowers spoke with ABC about legal planning and guardianship for a Feb. 19 news report.
  • Law Professor Louis Virelli was a guest on Feb. 19 Bay News 9 Midday News at Noon.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 18 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Tool for Documenting Injuries from Elder Abuse." Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the February 19 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Aging In Place Unmet Needs." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 20 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Social Programs and Debt."
  • Former Law Professor Carol Henderson is featured in various news outlets in the Feb. 20 PRNewswire article, "Scientific Evidence and Law Authority Carol Henderson Receives Lifetime Honor."

Alumni News:   

  • Stetson Alumnus Nathan Murphy published an article at Daily Mom on Feb. 16 titled, "Parenting 101: Facts about Nature vs Nurture." Murphy discusses the differences between parenting styles and the scientific debate over nature vs nurture.
  • The Feb. 19 Albany Herald reports law alumna Rachel H. Davidson was sworn in for an executive appointment at the Georgia State Capitol.
  • Law alumnus Luis Viera is quoted in the Feb. 20 Tampa Bay Times article, "Challengers take on established incumbents in three Tampa City Council races."
  • Law alumnus David McCallister is quoted in the Feb. 21 Tampa Bay Times, "Who's the biggest President Trump fan? That may be the early question in House 38 GOP race."

February 8-14

Top Stories:

Other News:

  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 8 Inside Higher Education article, "Win for Christian Group at Iowa." Professor Lake is quoted in the Feb. 12 Harvard Crimson article, "Experts Say Sanctions Lawsuits Are Unlikely to be Immediately Dismissed."
  • Alumnus Grover Wilkins was featured in a piece in The Preston Hollow Lifestyle regarding the fact that he "travels to Spain to research Baroque composers and bring their music to modern audiences."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Stephanie Lahens was quoted in an article in The Fort Myers Florida Weekly regarding the fact that she is teaching at Immokalee High School in Collier County. "I love working with these kids … I enjoy being able to help them, and for me, to learn from them, as well," Lahens said.
  • Alumna Katherine Lowry published the article "Combining Innovation & Technology for Real Change" in AALL Spectrum, the bimonthly membership magazine focusing on furthering professional development and education. Lowry's article provides businesses with a guide to keep up with an ever-changing technological business landscape.
  • Alumnus Jordan Stasinowsky was featured in a piece from TribLive regarding "a new, unique destination" that he and his family are creating called Mary's Vine in Rankin, Pennsylvania. This will be "a wine lounge and eatery that they hope will become a gathering spot for locals and visitors."
  • The Feb. 7 Miami Herald reports Law alumna Choung Mi Lim Akehurst and alumnus Neil Lyons were honored by the Florida Bar for their volunteer work.
  • The Feb. 8 Greater New Milford Spectrum reports that Law alumnus John Gulash has signed on to represent Joe Tiago, the deputy public facilities director fired earlier this month amid the FBI’s scrap metal probe into city government.
  • The Feb. 13 Tampa Bay Times reports that Law alumnus William Flores has joined the Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka’s defense team.
  • The Feb. 13 CityBizList reports that Law alumna Lauren L. Stricker was recently elevated to partnership at Shutts & Bowen LLP.

February 1-7

Top Stories:

  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was quoted in an article Jan. 22 from Medium, entitled "Should Killers with a Violence Gene Get Lighter Sentences?" Ferguson believes "the combination of the low-activity MAOA gene and a traumatic childhood might be considered as a mitigating factor in court cases but shouldn't be used to 'medicalize crime,' because there are people who have this version of the gene and are not criminals."
  • Executive Director Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience Clay Henderson, J.D. was featured on a radio show Feb. 1 with 90.7 WMFE. With environmental reporter Amy Green, Henderson spoke about the importance of cleaning up Florida's springs.
  • Professor of Biology Terence Farrell, Ph.D. was mentioned in an article Feb. 6 from the Ohio State University titled, "Rattlesnake venom: mild, medium and wicked hot." Farrell participated in a study that had "first-of-its-kind research [that] reveals significant venom variation within populations of Florida pygmy rattlesnakes, showing that effectiveness against one type of prey differs widely among individuals and opening up questions about why this variation exists."
  • Alumnus Junior Nyong'o was featured in a Feb. 6 article in Orlando Weekly titled "Junior Nyong'o plays the titular prince in Orlando Shakes' 'Hamlet'." Nyong’o stars as Hamlet in the famous Shakespeare play in an Orlando Shakes production.
  • Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Daniel Plante, Ph.D. was quoted in an article from Global Traveler about connections between cybersecurity and travel. Plante stated that "the safest thing to do in an airport is to go to the information booth and [ask] 'What is the name of your WiFi network?' There may be other ones [networks] but they're not the official sites. You can try the other ones, but it’s at your own risk."
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., also wrote a short piece Feb. 4 for Quillette responding to the American Psychological Association's guidelines for treating men and boys. Ferguson's piece was titled, "My Warning to the APA About the Draft Guidelines."
  • Alumnus Thomas Rebman was featured in a piece from Click Orlando TV News Channel 6 regarding an award that he won for his advocacy for the homeless. The Getting Results Award was given to Rebman due to his efforts for Palm Bay to receive their "first cold-night shelter." Rebman's goal is "to change people’s perspectives on the homeless, and to spread his message: 'The homeless need help.'"
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was also quoted in a piece from Health Medicine Network about "Policy statements on the effects of media overlook scientific complexity." Ferguson said, "Although there certainly are some pretty good media policy statements out there, many of the policy statements were not very accurate and where there were inaccuracies, these tended to lean in the direction of conclusions that were generally scarier than could be defended by the actual data."

Other News:

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Krista Franco was quoted in a Feb. 6 article at Ole Miss News titled "'Mr. Burns' Examines Importance of Stories in Everyday Life." Franco said about the making of the show, "With a show that envelops almost all theatrical conventions, challenges in design are inevitable; we had mountains to climb as a design team."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 3 The Chronicle of Higher Education article, "When Kenneth Starr Gives the Keynote at a Higher Ed Conference." Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 3 The Harvard Crimson article, "News Analysis: In SFFA Lawsuit, a Unified Strategy with Nuanced Arguments." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 31 The Tufts Daily article, "Monaco's letter to Department of Education criticizes Title IX sexual harassment reform proposals."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 3 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Japanese Elders-Seek Jail When Financially Insecure or Lonely?" Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Frail, Old & Living Independently."
  • Law Professor Ellen S. Podgor is mentioned in the Feb. 4 Miami Herald article, "Effective criminal justice reform requires collaboration, conversation and creative thinking."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is mentioned in the Jan. 31 Best of Odd News article, "Police Try to Unlock Phone with Dead Man's Finger."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Rebecca Williams was featured in a piece from Public Now in regards to her study of migration, violence and climate change in Honduras. Williams hopes to "raise awareness in America about climate change, social disruption, violence and migration."
  • Alumni Samantha Edwards, Savana Strickland and Caitlan Walker were mentioned in a Feb. 4 press releasefrom the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for their promotions.
  • Alumnus Mike Ullian was mentioned in a piece from Space Coast Business regarding his company, The Ullian Realty Corporation. Since graduating from Stetson, Ullian has been an "active member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) for over 25 years." He has also served as president of the Florida Chapter of SIOR.
  • Alumna Jewel Spears Brooker was featured in a piece from 24-7 Press Release regarding the fact that she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. Brooker was given this award due to her "many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field."
  • Law alumnus George Dondanville is quoted in the Feb. 4 Naples Daily News article, "Former City Manager Bill Moss, one other qualify for special election."
  • Law alumnus Dr. Jay Wolfson is quoted in the Feb. 4 Fox 13 article, "Fallout continues from All Children's federal report."

January 25-31

Top Stories:

  • Clay Henderson, Executive Director of the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted in a Jan. 28 piece by NPR member station WMFE-90.7 FM titled "Update Anticipated As Water District Seeks End To Federal Oversight of Everglades Restoration." According to Henderson, the water management district is currently "making some unilateral decisions that are inconsistent with the path that we've been on all these years."
  • Professor of psychology Christopher Ferguson was quoted in a Value Walk article titled "Violence In Video Games: How Big Of A Deal (If Any)?" Ferguson said, "…speaking as a researcher who has studied violent video games for almost 15 years, I can state that there is no evidence to support these claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected."
  • Stuart Michelson, Ph.D, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, was mentioned in a piece in PrWeb.com regarding the School of Business Administration being approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to offer a financial planning concentration program that allows undergraduate finance majors to meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation exam upon graduation. "This board-registered concentration in financial planning provides a huge competitive advantage to our students, allowing them to earn the CFP certification, which will provide many additional employment opportunities upon graduation," Dr. Michelson said.
  • Teresa Carmody, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of the MFA of the Americas, was featured in an event held by the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. She and a fellow writer were doing a reading of some of their work.
  • Donelle Evensen '17 was featured in a Daytona Times news article titled "Flagler County Schools picks top teacher, support employee." Evensen was awarded Flagler County Schools' teacher of the year. She earned a master’s certification in Educational Leadership from Stetson in 2017.

Other News:

  • The Jan. 29 Florida Bar and other news outlets report that Stetson Law won the Trial Lawyers Section's Annual Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition Jan. 23-25 in Tampa for the 23rd time in 37 years.
  • Woody O'Cain, Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement, was quoted in a piece from Hotel F&B regarding his use of Maywood Furniture. "…The logo tables are used in the Hall of Fame room, which is a VIP room in the basketball arena, upstairs, overlooking the court. That facility is used primarily for pre-game events to host VIPs," O'Cain said. He supports the furniture company, and says that "[the] company wants to make sure what you ordered is what you get. Not all companies do that."
  • Professor Luz Nagle is quoted in the Jan. 25 International Bar Association article, "US anti-trafficking law continues to court controversy."
  • Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, "A Blood Test for Alzheimer's?" Professor Morgan wrote the Jan. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Elders & Driving."
  • The Jan. 30 AP News reports that Stetson SNT speaker Peter J. Wall has joined True Link to lead special needs planning and investment practice.

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Maria Olivia Bryant was featured in the Jan. 29 Orlando Sentinel article "New music series adds to Winter Park’s cultural diversity." Bryant is both an elementary school teacher at Hungerford Elementary and "the driving force behind a new cabaret series at Winter Park Playhouse."
  • Alumna Emily Maker was mentioned in a Tampa Bay Times article for her nomination as one of the 10 finalists for 2018-19 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year.
  • Stetson Alumnus Grover Wilkins was featured in a Jan. 28 story at Advocate Magazine titled "Meet the Indiana Jones of Spanish Baroque music." Wilkins is the director and founder of the Orchestra of New Spain, an organization dedicated to bringing music to the community for almost 30 years.
  • The Jan. 25 Miller Johnson reports that Law alumna Teresa Rajala has joined Miller Johnson Estate Planning Group in the Kalamazoo office.
  • The Jan. 25 Burr Forman reports that Burr & Forman welcomed Law alumna Dana Robbins to Tort Trial and Insurance Practice in Tampa.
  • The Jan. 28 Press Release Point reports that Law alumna Lauren L. Stricker has been elevated to partnership at Shutts & Bowen LLP.
  • Law alumnus Michael J. Moore is quoted in the Jan. 29 Florida Trend article, "Cyber fraud risk is rising in Florida and commercial real estate transactions."
  • Law alumnus Boe Rushing is quoted in the Jan. 29 Tampa Bay Newspaper article, "Back In The Day Books resurgence has become a best seller in downtown Dunedin."
  • The Jan. 30 Tampa Bay Newspaper announced that Law alumnus John H. Pecarek died unexpectedly Jan. 16.

January 18-25

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D, was quoted in a Jan. 18 article in HealthDay News titled "Movie Violence Doesn't Make Kids Violent, Study Finds." The article discusses differing points of view on the extent to which video game and movie violence encourage violence in the real world. "It doesn't appear that PG-13-rated movies are having any impact on viewers," Ferguson said.
  • Alumnus Austin Burket was featured in an article in the Orlando Sentinel titled "Making 'Hamilton' music, Austin Burket is in the pit where it happens." Burket has played more than 400 performances with the national touring company of the hit Broadway musical, playing violin and serving as concertmaster for the "Hamilton" Broadway musical.
  • Associate Professor of Taxation and Accounting and Chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute for Tax and Accountancy Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., C.P.A., was featured in a WalletHub piece about credit cards and scores. Chambers answered some frequently asked questions about credit cards, credit scores and lending standards.
  • Senior tight end Donald Parham '19 was quoted in an article from the Bleacher Report regarding the fact that he "piled up 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 scores in just nine games" during last semester's football season. Parham said, "Small schools hardly ever get recognized throughout the season, especially coming from Stetson. We didn't go to the playoffs, so we weren't in the limelight during those times. I have to make sure I always put my best foot forward and applying myself whenever I get my opportunity in front of scouts."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 20 Salon article, "Impeachment is suddenly a real possibility – but we're missing the forest for the trees." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 19 Vox article, "Does the BuzzFeed report show that Trump obstructed justice? I asked 9 legal experts."
  • Carine Strebel, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of English to Speakers of Other Languages, was mentioned in a piece written in Education Week Teacher regarding her new book: "Show, Tell, Build: Twenty Key Instructional Tools and Techniques for Educating English Learners." Strebel and her co-author, Joyce Nutta were quoted in this article, stating: "One excellent way to increase English language learners' (ELLs) speaking is through small group and pair activities."

Other News:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D, was also mentioned in an article in Mercatornet regarding the psychology of masculinity. The article states that Ferguson notes that "guidelines' emphasis on trying to get traditionally-masculine men to become something other than what they are is reminiscent of the 'conversion' therapies of decades past, which sought to convert homosexual men into heterosexual men."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 22 Diverse magazine article, "UNC Admissions Lawsuit Likely Headed to Supreme Court."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 21 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Housework-It May Be Good for Your Brain!"
  • Susan J. Hewlings, former Assistant Professor of Integrative Health Sciences Ph.D, R.D., was mentioned as being part of a webinar with CRN and Natural Products INSIDER. The webinar will "help companies better understand hemp-derived CBD products, how CBD works and learn about the existing body of evidence supporting the safety and benefits of products that contain this ubiquitous ingredient."

Alumni News:

  • The Jan. 17 Florida Today reports that law alumna Cassidy Peterson has joined the Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of Brevard.
  • The Jan. 18 Respa News reports that law alumna Stephanie L. Kane has been elevated to partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
  • The Jan. 22 Tampa Bay Reporter reports that law alumna Choung Mi Lim Akehurst will receive a pro bono award for her work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients at a Feb. 7 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.
  • The St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete reports that Law alumna Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell was presented with the 2018 Jurist of the Year Award in Boca Raton on July 21 by the Immediate Past President of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

January 10-18

Top Stories:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote an opinion piece in the Tallahassee Democrat titled "Science has debunked the link between video games and real violence." Ferguson refutes a recent column by activist Jack Thompson, stating, "The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled any government regulation of violent video games to be unconstitutional. Furthermore, evidence is now clear any regulation would be entirely ineffective at reducing criminal violence."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson also wrote an article in SFGate on Jan. 14 titled "Does spanking harm our children?" Ferguson discusses some of the issues with the tendency of some in the scientific community to push for a moral agenda, while "miscommunicating the strength and consistency of their research."
  • Additionally, Professor Chris Ferguson was mentioned in a Jan. 15 Institute for Family Studies article titled "Psychology as Indoctrination: Girls Rule, Boys Drool?" Ferguson has noted that the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines that emphasize "trying to get traditionally-masculine men to become something other than what they are is reminiscent of the 'conversion' therapies of decades past, which sought to convert homosexual men into heterosexual men," the article states.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., CFA, director of the Roland George Investments Program, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article titled, "4 ways to spot a stock market peak" on Jan. 17. "An inverted yield often precedes a recession," said Ma. "But it does not mean that an inverted yield curve predicts a recession."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the Atlantic Jan. 13 article, "Trump Can Say 'Witch Hunt' as Many Times as He Wants." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 13 NewsMax article, "Dems Warn Trump After Cohen’s Father-in-Law Mentioned in Interview." Professor Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the Jan. 10 MPRnews program, "Where are we with the Mueller investigation?" Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 13 Law & Crime article, "Trump's Shot at Cohen's Father-in-Law Looks an Awful Lot Like Witness Tampering, Dems Say."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 13 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Colleges Are Getting Smarter About Student Evaluations. Here's How."

Other News:

  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, Ph.D., was featured in a Jan. 13 story by The Gainesville Sun titled "Matheson History Museum director to depart role." MacDonald will be stepping down from her position as director of Matheson History Museum in April.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 10 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Is Hospital Care Elder-Friendly?"
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Jan. 14 Tampa Bay Times article, "Uncertainty over lawsuit puts Hillsborough's transportation plans on ice."
  • Stetson Law's study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa, is featured in the National Jurist feature article, "10 best reasons to study abroad this summer."

Alumni News:

  • Stetson Alumna Britt McHenry, '07, was featured in an in-depth article at the Washingtonian titled, "Meet Britt McHenry, the Fox News Star for Millennials," on Jan. 13. McHenry hosts her own show on Fox Nation as a pundit and political news show host.
  • Stetson Alumnus Sam Ryder was quoted in a Daytona Beach News-Journal article titled "Golf's new rule sticks it to tradition." A new rule allows golfers to keep the flag in the hole while putting on the green. Ryder, a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour, said, "Optically, it seems like it should help from 25, 30, 35 feet. With the option to leave the pin in, it sorta gives you something more substantial as a target, like there's something more to aim at so you can get a good visual of where the hole is."
  • William J. Schneider, M.D., '66, was featured in a 24-7 Press Release article for his attainment of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Marquis Who's Who. This award was given to him in recognition for his outstanding leadership in the medical field as well as over forty years of practicing medicine.
  • Alumna Stacey Morris published the article "It's 2019. Is Your MLP Or Midstream Investment Still Working For You" on Seeking Alpha on Jan. 16.
  • The Jan. 15 Legal News Line mentions Stetson Law alumna Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in the article, "Florida attorney general to serve on NAAG executive committee."
  • The Jan. 4 Dean Mead reports that Law alumnus Martin S. Friedman has joined the firm's Orlando office.
  • Law alumna Jenny Bratton is quoted in the Jan. 10 Corsicana Daily Sun article, "Changing the world — one child at a time."

December 15-January 11

Top Stories:

  • Stetson alumna Simone Marstiller, '88, B.B.A, '96, J.D., was featured in a Sunshine State News article for her appointment to Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She was named the secretary on Jan. 2 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The news also ran in Fla News.
  • Stetson Professor of History Paul Croce, Ph.D., published an article on Dec. 31 in The Washington Post titled, "How to make resolutions that maximize happiness." Croce also wrote a column on Dec. 23 for History News Network, detailing the "end of the Republicans as the G.O.P., the 'Grand Old Party'" after the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with the Wall Street Journal for the Jan. 7 article, "Florida Set to Restore Voting Rights to Felons Amid Threats of Lawsuits."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was mentioned in the Psychology Today article, "Are Concerns About Screens Much Ado About Nothing?" Ferguson’s work on misconceptions regarding the effect of screen time on the brain was cited as part of the scientific literature making the case against technological alarmism.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., CFA, director of the Roland George Investments Program, was quoted in the Dec. 24 U.S. News & World Report article, "Why Investors Should Buy Mid-Cap Stocks." Ma cited portfolio diversification as one reason to invest in more mid-cap stocks. "Large caps will only do better around turning points, during uncertainty, early and late stages of a bull cycle and a bear cycle," Ma said.
  • Professor of History and J. Ollie Edmunds Chair Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., was quoted in the Jan. 3 Haaretz article, "Heil Heavens? NASA Gives Far-off Space Object Nazi-friendly Name." NASA recently designated an icy object billions of miles away from the sun "Ultima Thule" – a name generating controversy because of ties to Nazi mythology. Ultima Thule is a concept that's "very malleable," said Kurlander, because it's been around a long time.
  • Executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience Clay Henderson was mentioned in the Dec. 27 Daytona Beach News Journal article titled, "After a year of hot topics, NSB plans out 2019." Henderson is expected to "walk properties to collect data and give leaders an update 'in early 2019,' according to a city manager report, followed by a review of financial options in the spring."
  • Associate professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, C.P.A., Ph.D., edited an article explaining the procedures related to tax credits in bankruptcy for the Tax Advisor on Jan. 1. Chambers wrote several other columns related to tax policy on Jan. 1.
  • Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., was mentioned in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Volusia County challenges Amendment 10 to preserve charter." Bailey is part of an effort to preserve Volusia County's 48-year old charter by legally challenging Amendment 10. The law, passed in November 2018, changes the state and local government budgeting structure.
  • Assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., and Maxwell Droznin, community-engagement coordinator for Stetson's Center for Community Engagement, were mentioned in an article in The West Volusia Beacon titled, "Four Florida Campus Compact Award winners at Stetson."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 9 Inside Higher Ed article, "Tax Law's Effect on Colleges Unfolding." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 9 Mother Jones article, "Harvard's War on Single-Sex Clubs Has Opened a New Battle Over Sex Discrimination." He is quoted in the Jan. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education, "Stung By Scandal, Duke U. Retooled Its Sexual Assault Policies. Here's Why It’s Still Falling Short."

Other News:

  • Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Jan. 8 Elder Law Prof Blog article, "New Article: Age, Time and Discrimination." She wrote the Jan. 7 Elder Law Prof Blog, "What Boomers Value As Employee Benefits." She wrote the Jan. 6 Elder Law Prof Blog, "What Is Dead?"
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Jan. 8 TC Palm story, "Decision not to charge jewelry store owner in dangerous shooting sets dangerous precedent."
  • The Jan. 7 International Bar Association quotes Law Professor Luz Nagle in the article, "UK modern slavery act failings point to need for global action on slavery."
  • The Florida Bar mentions Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the article, "Check Out the Newly Updated Criminal Justice Summit Page Now With Videos."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Dec. 17 NBC News article, "Critics decry decision to let Florida police officers use 'stand your ground' defense." Professor Rose is quoted in the December 19 New York Post article, "Teacher who had sex with student should get off easy because he wanted it: lawyers." Professor Rose is quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Former NSB middle school teacher Stephanie Peterson, who had sex with student faces prison."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Dec. 18 Education Dive article, "4 questions Devos' Title IX rules leave unanswered." Professor Lake is quoted in the Dec. 21 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "The fight over Title IX has reached the comments section. Here's what people are saying." Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Dec. 27 WHYY article, "Debate around guns on campus continues as Pa. university arms security officers." Professor Lake is quoted in the Dec. 28 Philadelphia Tribune article, "Susquehanna University arming of campus security fuels gun debate." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 3 Inside Higher Ed article, "Potential Breakthrough Against Racist Trolling."
  • Law Professor and alumna Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 1 Elder Law Prof Blog, "New Twist on Grandparent Scam: Asking for Cash." Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Dec. 30 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Rapid Response Conservatorship Project." She wrote the Dec. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Is SSA calling? Nah, it's a scam." She wrote the Jan. 2 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Conservator Financial Exploitation Background Briefs from Center for Elders & Courts."
  • Adjunct Law Professor and alumnus Jay Wolfson is quoted in ABC Action News story, "Hospitals to list service prices starting Jan. 1 due to new federal rule."
  • Law student Ashaley Boatwright is featured in the 10News article, "Frank's Pens, made by Pasco boy, send veterans to college."
  • The Jan. 3 Hometown News reports on grant-funded programs including Stetson's "School to School" program for foster kids.
  • Tuskegee University mentions Stetson Law in the Jan. 7 article, "Jan. 29 Law School Fair to connect students with 70+ schools across the nation."
  • The Dec. 29 Ledger reports on the crowning of former Stetson Law student Taylor Tyson as Miss Florida in a wrap-up of top nice news stories of 2018.
  • The Dec. 26 TCPalm mentions Law professor Ellen Podgor in the article, "Column: Creative thinking is needed to effectively reform criminal justice."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Virginia Monte was mentioned in a Jan. 10 Monroe Post article for her work directing the play “Greater Tuna”, which is appearing in WallByrd Theatre.
  • According to the Jan. 9 Fort Myers Beach Bulletin and Cape Coral Daily Breeze, Law LL.M. alumna Ashley Moody has taken the oath of office as the new Florida Attorney General.
  • The Jan. 8 Lakeland Ledger reports that Law alumna and Circuit Judge Andrea Teves Smith has been appointed to the state’s Lakeland-based Second District Court of Appeal. The Jan. 8 Florida Politics also ran the news.
  • Law alumna Stephanie Kane has been promoted to partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP according to the Jan. 8 AL.com. The news also ran in CityBizList.
  • The Ledger reports that Law alumnus Theodore “Ted” Weeks III has died on Dec. 26.
  • The Jan. 3 Sunshine State News reports that Law alumna Erica Geiger is the director of special projects and initiatives with the Florida Attorney General-Elect.
  • The Dec. 26 Villages News reports that Gov. Scott appointed Law alumnus Cary Rada to the bench in Lake County.
  • The Dec. 28 Akron Legal News reports that Law alumnus Thomas Lyden has joined Community Legal Aid as a staff attorney.

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