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Stetson University Board of Trustees Approves 2021-2022 Budget

DELAND, Florida, May 24, 2021 – At its May meeting the Stetson University Board of Trustees approved a 2021-2022 budget to support the university’s move back to a fully on-campus, in-person learning experience for Fall 2021. The budget of $142.5 million includes increased use of housing and residence hall space for at least two students per room and increases the capacity of food services to provide ample dining and meal services to a larger residential living population.

  • ImageMaureen Breakiron-Evans, Chair, Stetson University Board of Trustees


Stetson University's Gillespie Museum Explores Gigantic Glowing Granite During Virtual Armchair Geology Science Café

DELAND, Florida, April 14, 2021 – The Llano Uplift is a geological wonder that features gobs of glowing granite from the Precambrian era, which predates the oldest dinosaurs. Ethan Fagan, the geology senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio, will be discussing "Granites in the Llano Uplift of Central Texas" during a live-streamed event on Thursday, April 22, 5-6 p.m.

Stetson University Theatre Arts Remembers Life Before COVID-19 in Virtual 'The Way Things Were'

DELAND, Florida, April 1, 2021 – Stetson University Theatre Arts ends its 115th season with a free, online performance entitled "The Way Things Were: A Virtual Theatrical Retrospective with First-Hand Accounts of Stetson University, DeLand and our Corner of Florida."

  • Image 1: "The Way Things Were" cast pose in front of the "Pioneers at the Parceland," a public mural by artist Perego in historic downtown DeLand. This virtual theatre production by Stetson University Theatre Arts begins streaming on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Pictured from left to right: Delicia Bent, Hugh Kiser, Julexis Gonzalez, Jackson Gray, Liza Tananbaum and Caleb Roberts. Photo by Ken McCoy.
  • Image 2: A backstage perspective of Stetson Theatre Arts senior Aliya Cruise as she performs in front of the camera in Stetson University Theatre Arts' virtual theatre production of "The Way Things Were," which begins streaming on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Photo by Ken McCoy.


Stetson University's Gillespie Museum Examines Rock Shapes and Shifts During Virtual Armchair Geology Science Café

DELAND, Florida, March 31, 2021 – Over time, rock formations move or shift to other locations on Earth. Plate tectonics theory examines the movement of Earth’s lithosphere, the outermost layer of gigantic plates of solid rock that glide over the asthenosphere, which is ductile and part of the Earth’s mantle.

  • Image 1: Cheryl Waters-Tormey, PhD. Image courtesy of Cheryl Waters-Tormey, PhD

Stetson University Launches Online Sustainability Series

DELAND, Florida, March 30, 2021 – Sustainability in the workplace reduces waste and protects the planet for future generations. Eco-friendly initiatives have become essential company practices that benefit businesses by lowering energy consumption and costs and boosting brand awareness.

  • Image 1: Bud Hanson, Stetson University
  • Image 2: Lisa Colabello, Image courtesy of Lisa Colabello

3-Year Effort by Stetson University Professor Results in 35% Discount in Flood Insurance for Residents of Monroe County, Florida

DELAND, Florida, March 29, 2021 – For nearly three years, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER) at Stetson University assisted Monroe County in the Florida Keys with its watershed management plan.

  • Image 1: Jason Evans, PhD, Stetson University. Photo by Ciara Ocasio, Stetson University
  • Image 2: Jason Evans and Charles Abbatantuono, Jason Evans, PhD, executive director of the Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, and Stetson alumnus Charles Abbatantuono, are using an Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) elevation unit to collect and inventory GPS data on a stormwater in fall in Key Largo, Florida. Photo by Clearview Geographics, Alex Zelenski
  • Image 3: Pictured (l to r) are Stetson students Emily Dolatowski ’18, Riley Bibaud ‘19 and Charles Abbatantuono ‘19. Photo by Jason Evans, Stetson University
  • Image 4: Streets in Twin Lakes Subdivision in Key Largo, Florida, experienced flooding in 2019 after a storm. Photo by Monroe County, Rhonda Haag
  • Image 5: Streets in Twin Lakes Subdivision in Key Largo, Florida, experienced flooding in 2019 after a storm. Photo by Monroe County, Rhonda Haag

Stetson University's RGIP Teams Place 1st and 3rd in CFA Institute Research Challenge

DELAND, Florida, March 22, 2021 – Two Stetson University student teams took first and third place during the virtual CFA (Chartered Financial Analysis) Institute Research Challenge. The Roland and George Investments Program's (RGIP) Stetson A and B teams used their analytical, valuation, report-writing and presentation skills to evaluate the online pet-product

  • Image 1: Matthew Hurst, PhD Stetson University/School of Business Administration
  • Image 2: Ivy Nguyen Stetson University/School of Business Administration


World-Renowned Classical Guitarists Perform Virtually at Stetson University's Great Guitarists Extravaganza

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 25, 2021 – The classical guitar’s soft, smooth sounds have stood the test of time for four centuries. The acoustic, wooden guitar has nylon strings and a thin soundboard designed to project its warm sound in large, yet intimate concert halls, and continues to attract guitarists and audiences who are carrying the torch for generations to come.

  • Image 1: Stephen Robinson, DM. Image courtesy of Stetson University School of Music
  • Image 2: Irina Aleksandrova. Photo by Jose Pita Juarez
  • Image 3: Dr. Ben Gateno. Photo by Jose Pita Juarez
  • Image 4: Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Articles Explore Race and Education in Stetson University's NBHIER Journal

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 16, 2021 – The Supreme Court of the United States outlawed segregation in public schools in the landmark ruling Brown v. Board of Education more than 65 years ago. But according to the Voices of Reform: Educational Research to Inform and Reform journal, racial segregation still exists in American public schools and is causing severe learning outcomes for students of color.

  • Image 1: Lou L. Sabina, PhD. Image courtesy of Lou L. Sabina, PhD

Stetson University's Community Education Project Receives $359,000 Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 15, 2021 – Stetson University’s Community Education Project (CEP), a multidisciplinary college-in-prison program, is expanding its humanities course offerings at the Tomoka Correctional Institution (TCI) in Daytona Beach thanks to a $359,000, two-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Image 1: Pamela Cappas-Toro, PhD. Stetson University
  • Image 2: Sarah Cramer, PhD. Image courtesy of Sarah Cramer, PhD
  • Image 3: Steven Smallpage, PhD. Stetson University


Fiber Art on Display at Stetson University's Gillespie Museum

DELAND, Florida, Jan. 25, 2021 – Kayla Powers' "Naturally Dyed Textiles" exhibit will include six individual art pieces that feature various textile techniques and a range of natural color, Feb. 1-26, at the Rinker Environmental Learning Center's environmental gallery, 230 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand, 32723. The building is adjacent to the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus.

  • Image 1:  Natural Dye Color Board: The natural dye color board features flowers, leaves and other plant parts and the color pigments each one produces. Image Courtesy of Kayla Powers
  • Image 2: Local Color Photo: Kayla Powers designed an outdoor installation titled "Local Color," which was a year-long study of natural dye plants found in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison
  • Image 3: Kayla Powers. Photo by Jacob Lewkow

Science Meets Art at Stetson University's Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center

DELAND, Florida, Jan. 21, 2021 – This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed how vulnerable the world is to unexpected crises. The same can be said about the environment, which is fragile and impacted by overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels and deforestation.

  • Image 1: Alan Sonfist in his Art Studio Photo. Image Courtesy of Jacob Savitt
  • Image 2: Earth Monument to South Florida: The "Earth Monument to South Florida," is one in a series of stone sculptures collectively known as "Corings: 1971-2012," based on the geology of urban landscapes by land-art pioneer Alan Sonfist. Image courtesy: Image courtesy of Alan Sonfist
  • Image 3: Earth Paintings: The "Earth Paintings" series features soil, mineral content and organic glue, which holds the earth onto the canvas. Image courtesy: Image courtesy of the Hand Art Center

Stetson University School of Business Administration Named One of Best Business Schools by Princeton Review

DELAND, Florida, Jan. 6, 2021 – Stetson University has been named one of the most outstanding business schools in the country by The Princeton Review, which recently released its list of 2021 Best Business Schools. Stetson moved its MBA program to an online-only program in 2019.

  • ImageNeal Mero, PhD, dean, Stetson University School of Business Administration

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