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Faculty experts, celebrated alumni top the news

Stetson’s faculty experts are quoted in many of the top news stories below, on topics including gay marriage in the state of Florida, single gender education, sexual crimes on college campuses, environmental issues and the question of gun rights. Stetson’s two highly celebrated Major League Baseball Award winners were included in many year-end national wrap-ups for 2014. And, recognition from Sports Illustrated also went to Hatter football star Donald Payne. The top news stories from Dec. 19, 2014, through Jan. 8, 2015 follow: 

  • Law Associate Dean and Professor of Law Michael Allen spoke with the Tampa Tribune for the Jan. 6, 2015, story, “Weddings don’t mean gay marriage issue totally settled.” Allen is quoted in the Dec. 30, 2014, Free Speech Radio News article, “Q&A: Legal analysis of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban controversy.” Allen spoke with WMNF News for the Dec. 29 story, “Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida’s unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban.”
  • Sports Illustrated, “Faces in the Crowd” article, posted Dec. 31, features Donald Payne, Stetson sophomore football star.
  • The Atlantic.com article “Group Projects and the Secretary Effect” featured Kathy Jo Piechura-Couture, professor of education, discussing examples of single-gender education.
  • Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Doug MacIsaac was quoted in Parents Magazine, “Thrive in 2025: The Case Against Coed.”
  • MetroWeekly, “The Victor: Q&A with Victory Fund’s Chuck Wolfe” Wolfe, a Stetson alum, is a member of Stetson’s Board of Trustees.
  • Forbes’ Dec. 23 “Most Fascinating Career Breakthroughs of 2014,” Corey Kluber, former Hatter baseball player, and this year’s winner of the American League Cy Young Award, was included.
  • In MLB.com – In the column, “All I want: Holiday wishes for the league”… “To the Indians and Mets: Continued success for their two studs — Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom — from the pitching factory that is Stetson University. This column also ran in many other large sports media outlets.
  • Law Professor Lake is profiled in the January 2015 Student Affairs Today Leaders & Innovators article, “Legal expert recognizes value of student affairs professionals.” Professor Lake spoke with the Harvard Crimson for the Dec. 19 story, “Draft College Rating System Emphasizes Accessibility, Post-College Success.” The Dec. 19 Sioux City Journal, New Pittsburgh Courier, and Dec. 21 A Breaking News wire picked up Professor Lake’s quote in the AP wire regarding campus rape victims failure to report.
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner is referenced in the Dec. 29 org story, “Deep concern at the news of the oil spill disaster in the Sundarbans.”
  • Law Professor James Fox wrote on Justice Ginsburg and women’s legal history at the AALS for the Dec. 31 Faculty Lounge.
  • Adjunct Professor and Law alumnus Adam Levine wrote the article,  “Do you own a gun?” for Contemporary Pedriatrics magazine.
  • Stetson is mentioned in com/Education in article about President’s Call to Action on College Opportunity, Dec. 17.
  • Alumna Cindy Politis, new top executive for Bank of America for the region, including Volusia and Flagler counties, “is no stranger to the area,” as reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 20.
  • Education Professor and Chair of Stetson Education Department Chris Colwell is the faculty expert quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Program helps colleges train top teachers; Volusia schools to work with B-CU, Stetson to prepare new educators,” Dec. 21.
  • President Wendy Libby was quoted in “Volusia colleges seek ways to keep grads closer to home,” Dec. 24, in Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Yiorgos Bakamitsos was featured in the Dec. 26 Orlando Business Journal’s article “Are you adding any new offerings to your MBA program this year?”

In Other News:

  • Daytona Beach News-Journal, Jan. 6, reported Volusia County and City of DeLand Leaders rally behind SunRail in west DeLand. President Wendy Libby sent her support via email to the official meeting.
  • The Jan. 4 Tampa Tribune reports that Stetson has placed seventh in national pro bono rankings. The Dec. 23 PRWeb distributed the news to dozens of outlets including EIN News.
  • The Jan. 6 Sarasota Herald Tribune reports in the article, “Same-sex marriage arrives,” that a Stetson Law student has written about the more than 500 state benefits afforded to married couples.
  • The Jan. 4 Elder Law Prof Blog written by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan congratulates Katherine Pearson for chairing the AALS Aging & the Law section.
  • The Dec. 18 Journey Parenting reports that “Colorado attorney and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys President Bradley J. Frigon Comments About Disabled Military Child Protection Act as it is Passed into Law.” Frigon is an adjunct professor teaching in Stetson’s LL.M. in Elder Law program.
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle is quoted in the Jan. 5 news in Noodls, “Orrick Named One of 10 Pro Bono Leaders by National Law Journal for Collaborating with IBA to Combat Human Trafficking.”
  • com has posted news of Stetson’s Inclusion Summit.
  • Boyd Jones and Stephen Robinson are featured in Palm Beach Daily News promoting upcoming concert there.
  • Former Hatter Basketball Coach Glenn Wilkes was inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame, as reported on ESPNU, Dec. 21.
  • Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 29, featured Stetson’s Family Enterprise Center in “Cultivating homegrown jobs: Startups, growing existing firms seen as ways to boost economy.”
  • A letter to the editor, Jan. 2, in Daytona Beach News-Journal, offers reaction to article about college graduates of local colleges and universities moving out of Volusia County for jobs.
  • “How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate U.S. colleges,” in Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 19, Stetson is mentioned in the rankings news.
  • Stetson is included in the rankings list in the article, “Are U.S. Colleges still a good investment?” com, Dec. 18. Also picked up by WSMV.com, Dec. 19.
  • Stetson choir, hand bells and student singers appeared in Christmas Cantata Dec. 21, as promoted in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 20.
  • com promotes “A rich mix of culture events,” featuring Russell Franks.
  • com, Dec. 21, mentions English Professor Mark Powell, as part of St. Augustine literary event, along with celebrity Pat Conroy, on Jan. 8. Also in Jacksonville.com/FirstCoastHappenings, and GatorSports.
  • “Dude Be Nice Ambassador” initiative is available to Stetson students, as well as students at other local colleges schools, by applying through the financial aid offices, as reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 20.

Alumni in the News:

  • Alumni Ted Todd and Danny Trejo are featured in “Todd gained assurance in insurance,” in News-Press.com.
  • New Jersey Herald, reports that North Warren superintendent Fogelson, Stetson alum, will retire in June.
  • Alum Charles Knause, author, mentions Stetson in his blog on Salon.com, Dec. 30.
  • Alum Ian Church has been appointed General Manager of the Medford Rogues and of Harry & David Field, reported in OurSportsCentral.
  • The Jan. 7 Naples News reports that Law alumna Sarah Martin Oquendo has joined the law firm of Nicola Family Law. The Jan. 6 News-Press also reports on Oquendo’s new position.
  • The Jan. 5 Miami Herald reports that Law alumna Jennifer Okcular has been named shareholder at Nelson&Nelson.
  • The Dec. 29 News-Press reports that alumnus Randall McGruther has retired from chief assistant state attorney at the 20th.
  • The Dec. 29 News-Press reports that Law alumnus Joe D’Alessandro has been appointed state attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit.
  • The Dec. 25 Tampa Tribune reports that Law alumni Ed Narain and Chris Sprowls have joined the state House.
  • The Dec. 24 Sun-Sentinel and Capital Soup report that Law alumnus Kirk Volker has been chosen for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach.
  • The Dec. 22 TMCNet News reports that Law alumnus Evan Raymond has joined the McGlinchey Stafford firm.
  • The Dec. 19 PRWeb reports that Graves Injury Law Group, P.A., announced that Law alumnus Matthew M. Thomas has been named a senior associate.
  • The Dec. 19 Business Observer reports that the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. announced that Law alumnus John Miller has been elected a stockholder. Contacto Latino News also reports the news.
  • Former jazz instructor at Stetson, alumnus and accomplished musician Donald Gerald Waldrop, 74, died Dec. 18. Reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • The Dec. 20 com reports that Law alumnus Curran Patrick “Pat” Kelley, of Nokomis, Florida, passed away at the age of 101 in Sarasota.
  • Alumna Winifred (Little) Williams, 95, died Dec. 29, reported in Valley News.
  • Martin Malloy III, 81, graduate alumnus, died Dec. 14, reported in Villagesoup.com.