Initiative A, Objective 5: Tackle Community Challenges in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
Updated Monday, March 19, 2018
Stetson’s second annual Hatterthon raised $31,201 for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children on Saturday. This amount not only surpassed last year’s $10,861 nearly three times over, but also exceeded the goal of $20,000.
Stetson University School of Business Administration hosted a celebratory event on Tuesday to commemorate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program securing $1.5 million in tax refunds for local families over the past eight years.
In 2016, a Stetson study revealed that residents of Spring Hill near Stetson University were concerned about the lack of fresh produce available there. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had identified the impoverished community as a “food desert” – one lacking readily available fresh and healthy food. Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement organized student volunteers and built the Spring Hill community garden, and this January Stetson hosted a fundraiser at the garden.
A local Boy Scout presented Stetson University with a check for $2,100 on Monday and celebrated reaching his fundraising goal to build a dog park for the pet-friendly campus. Corey Sipe, a DeLand High School freshman, spent several months last year planning the construction and receiving approval for the dog park off East Michigan Avenue.
Tonya Long, biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, presented the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture on “The Dark Side: Improving Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches Through Comprehensive Light Management.”
Long discussed how to reduce the impact of artificial lighting on nesting and hatchling sea turtles.
Stetson University College of Law’s Foreman Biodiversity Lecture by Dr. Max Finlayson presented “Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems— Evidence from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Mangroves.”
Dr. Finlayson directs the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Stetson professors co-author the right to a clean and healthy environment amendment to the Florida Constitution
The “right to a clean and healthy environment” proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution, was drafted by Stetson University professors Clay Henderson and Lance Long. It is one of only six out of 2,000 public proposed amendments advanced for further consideration by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The proposed amendment was be considered by the Florida CRC Judiciary Committee in Tallahassee on Nov. 28.
Stetson launches project working with disaster relief hotline attorneys to assist victims of weather disasters
Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, launched a Disaster Research Project during the fall semester to assist with a disaster relief hotline providing Floridians with legal services. Stetson Law students working with the project conduct legal research for attorney volunteers helping the victims of weather disasters through the hotline.
Stetson and the American Bankruptcy Institute present the 42nd annual Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar in Tampa
Stetson University College of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute will co-host the 42nd annual Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice for attorneys on Jan. 18-19, 2018, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa, Florida.
Student members of the Christian Legal Society at Stetson recently created 96 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, an initiative that distributes gifts to children around the world. Student volunteers tabled on the Gulfport campus to collect boxes.
Stetson received the Collegiate Engagement Hunger Hero Award for packing about 300,000 meals through a partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere. In what has become an annual tradition, Stetson students assemble ingredients for Red Lentil Jambalaya in biodegradable meal bags.
Executive MBA students in the Stetson University School of Business Administration reached out to help a local nonprofit that provides services to people who live with blindness and vision loss. As part of their marketing class, the students developed a marketing plan to raise awareness of the services provided by Lighthouse Works, and grow its fundraising and donor efforts.
Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures (Spanish) at Stetson University, was selected as a finalist for The Lynton Award, recognizing faculty who, early in their career before receiving tenure, connect teaching and research to community service and engagement. Cappas-Toro started La Casa Cultural Latina at Stetson to help Latinos learn to speak English and the Community Education Project to provide free classes to incarcerated people in a state prison.
Two Stetson University Environmental Fellows led an effort to start a $5 Green Fee each semester for students to pay for projects that will decrease the university's environmental impact. Stetson students were surveyed twice and both times supported the effort to add conservation measures on campus to save resources and the environment, such as solar panels on buildings.
Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, brought together city, county and state leaders to address issues and sign a pact to work together and with one voice in creating water action plans in Volusia County.
Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience focuses on water and environmental research in order to offer policy options to protect natural resources in Central Florida and beyond. It also channels student and faculty research across all of Stetson's colleges, in partnership with other institutions and community stakeholders.
Stetson is one of only two universities across the country recognized "with distinction" for every category of community engagement by the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. Organizations that Stetson partnered with for community outreach include the United Way, Volusia County Schools and the Bonner Program.
Community engagement is part of Stetson University's commitment to student learning through community impact. In 2015 the Carnegie Foundation awarded Stetson University its prestigious Advancement of Teaching Award in recognition of the university's ongoing efforts.
Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Volusia County Schools and New Teacher Center have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Florida Department of Education to create and launch the Volusia Center for Excellence in Education. The grant was awarded after collaboration by all the partners led to a proposal for strengthening and enhancing the skills of teachers as well as their knowledge of core subject matter. In-depth coursework, labs, field experiences and clinical education training will be required for all teachers going through this program.