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Stetson University in the News: Aug. 25-31

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Series of three portraits of Nick Blakely - in football uniform and suit.

Nick Blakely, 19, was a Hatter linebacker and an accounting major from Georgia.

News of the death of Stetson University football player Nick Blakely on Monday, Aug. 28, was reported by media across the country and the world, including in Africa and Canada.

Coverage included the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Stetson Community Rocked by Football Player Nick Blakely’s death;” the Orlando Sentinel article, “Stetson Football Player Nick Blakely Mourned by Friends, Family, Teammates,” the Tampa Bay Times article, “Player Collapses, Dies During Football Practice in Florida” and the Florida Today article, “Stetson Football Player Collapses in Practice, Dies at 19 Years Old.” Stories also appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Online, The Canadian Press, Latest Nigerian News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lebanon Daily News, Africa News, USA Today, ESPN and many other national and international news outlets.

  • Alumnus Fred Ridley was announced as the new chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in the Aug. 28 Golf Inc article, “Ridley New Chairman of Augusta National.” This news also appeared in the Goo JP Blog.
  • The Aug. 28 Good Day Orlando featured Stetson University in a story about universities locally “breaking records when it comes to enrollment” this year.” The Daytona Beach News-Journal also ran news of Stetson’s increasing enrollment, posted Aug. 28.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance at Stetson University, was quoted in the article, “4 Under-the-Radar Stocks Buffett Would Love.” Ma discussed Zoetis (ZTS), stating “their product portfolio enjoys the protection of approximately 4,800 granted patents and 1,700 pending patent applications, filed in more than 60 countries, with a focus on major markets,” posted by U.S. News & World Report Aug. 25.
  • Hari Pulapaka

    Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., executive chef and co-owner of Cress Restaurant and associate professor of mathematics at Stetson University, was covered in the article, “Farm-to-Table: Social Justice on the Menu.” Pulapaka will be a panelist at the Farm & Table Conference in New Orleans, according to the Aug. 25 Orlando Sentinel Online article.

  • Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., professor of history at Stetson University, was featured in the Aug. 26 News & Observer Online article, “Aliens and Monsters Had a Role in Hitler’s Rise,” which discusses Kurlander’s book, “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich.” Kurlander’s book was also discussed in the article, “Eric Kurlander’s New Book Attempts to Explain Nazi Supernatural and Occult Beliefs,” posted by My Informs Aug. 25.
  • History and American Studies professor at Stetson University and author Paul Croce, Ph.D., wrote the History News Network article, “What Historians Can Contribute to Current Public Debates,” posted Aug. 27.
  • Law Professor Louis Virelli was quoted in the Aug. 24 10connects.com story, “Miami Case Raises Question: Are Facebook Friends Really Friends?” On Aug. 25 Professor Virelli was featured on 10 News Early Morning to talk about judges recusing themselves from cases where Facebook friends are involved.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in the Aug. 25 My Informs story, “Election Law Professor: Public Financing Encourages Diverse Candidates.” Professor Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in the Aug. 28 WGCU Public Media story, “Who Actually Benefits from Public Financing?” Professor Torres-Spelliscy spoke with WFSU radio for the story, “Election Law Professor: Public Financing Encourages Diverse Candidates.” The story also aired on WUSF and on WMNF.
  • Law Professor Catherine Cameron was quoted in the Aug. 28 Salon story, “The Florida Woman Trying to Break Free of Being ‘Florida Woman.'” Cameron said, “We’ve been good with putting records on the web. Other states have not done that, because they still believe in the concept of ‘Well if we don’t put it on the web, then maybe not as many people will pay attention to it.'”
  • Matthew Hurst, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance at Stetson University, was quoted in the Miami New Times article, “Report: Miami, Miami Beach Among the Worst Real-Estate Markets in US.” Hurst said, “Foreign buyers are driving up demand for premium and vacation houses,” posted Aug. 28.
  • Law Professor Peter Lake was quoted in the Aug. 28 University of South Florida Crow’s Nest article, “Campus Rape Policies get Hard Look by DeVos, says Improvements Needed.” Lake said, “I think what colleges focused heavily on the most was to fill the need for adequate grievance systems that could be adequately responsive to sexual violence issues.”
  • Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Aug. 30 Elder Law Prof Blog, “SNF Residents Stranded After Harvey.” She also wrote the Aug. 29 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Reverse Mortgage Resources.” She wrote the Aug. 30 Elder Law Prof Blog “ER’s Learning About Elder Abuse.”
  • Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting at Stetson University, was mentioned in the article, “Can a Debt-Burdened Flood Program Take on Hurricane Harvey?” posted by Property Casualty 360 and My Informs Aug. 30.

Other News:

  • Current Stetson University College of Law students Ashleigh Thornton and Taylor Greenberg were recognized in August for becoming a part of the inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy at Harvard Law School. They were announced in the Ms. JD Blog story, “Announcing the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Class of 2017.”
  • According to the article, “Andrew Gillum: ‘Nothing Admirable or Respectable’ About Donald Trump,” democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum visited Stetson University in his “Back to School” tour of college campuses, posted by Florida Politics Blog – South Florida Sun Sentinel Aug. 25.
  • The blog article, “Film Friday: The Waterboy,” mentioned Stetson University as the main filming location for the 1998 film “The Waterboy,” posted by This Is My South Aug. 25.
  • Stetson University College of Law was mentioned in the Aug. 28 Wherevent article, “Study Abroad Fair.”
  • On Aug. 28, Stetson University College of Law was mentioned in the Vindy.com article, “YSU’s Moot Court Program ranks 6th in US.”
  • Stetson College of Law was mentioned in the Aug. 29 University of Akron’s Online Newsroom story, “Longtime Mock Trial Coach Honored Twice Over” for honoring attorney Lawrence A. Sutter with the inaugural Cornerstone Award for his leadership in the field of trial advocacy education.
  • Stetson University was mentioned in the Daytona Beach News-Journal Online article, “Solar Energy Cooperative Kicks Off in Volusia,” posted Aug. 31.
  • According to the article, “Drive-in Movie Theater Proposed for Orange City,” Dan Engel hopes to build a drive-in theater called Stetson Drive-In and collaborate with the digital arts program at Stetson University, posted by The West Volusia Beacon Aug. 30.

Alumni News:

  • Rick Koethe, Ph.D., Stetson Alumnus (1977) and also current Masters of Fine Writing student at Stetson, has been named as the Director of Training and Instruction for INTEGRAS Life, an organization dedicated to helping Wounded Veterans and those who have PTSD attain a fuller and richer life.
  • Alumnus, Overseer Richard Harrison was quoted in the Aug. 25 Bradenton Herald Online article, “Tampa Lawyer Mobilizes Opposition to Voting Right for Felons.” Harrison was quoted in the Aug. 25 Tampa Bay Times story, “Tampa Lawyer Will Lead Opposition to Restoring Rights for Felons.”
  • Alumnus Daniel Hartpence was highlighted in the Aug. 25 PRBUZZ.COM story, “Daniel Hartpence, Premier DUI Attorney, Advanced Level Training on Ultraviolet Light Issues During Drug Recognition Expert Evaluations.”
  • Alumna Alexandra Simser was highlighted in the Aug. 25 Spacecoast Business Magazine article, “Executive Profile for SIMSER LAW.”
  • Stetson University alumna Marcy Wilson was mentioned by Hamilton County Herald. According to the article, Wilson joined Girls Preparatory School as the coordinator of the Cadek Conservatory of Music, posted Aug. 25.
  • Alumna Paunice Scull is a candidate to become a Judge in the Sixteenth Circuit in Key West, according to the Aug. 27 FL Key News story, “List narrows Monday to be next Keys Judge.” She was also mentioned in the Aug. 30 Florida Keys News article, “Panel culls Florida Keys judge hopefuls to three, list goes to Scott.”
  • Alumnus Danny Alvarez was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority. This was announced in the Aug. 28 flgov.com blog post, “Gov. Scott Appoints Three to Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority.” This news was also written in an article by the Capital Soup and Saint Petersblog.
  • On Aug. 29, alumna Traci McKee was honored as Top 40 under 40 in the Henderson Franklin article, “Traci McKee Honored as One of Southwest Florida’s Top 40 Under 40.”
  • On Aug. 30, Alumnus Jesse Berkowitz received a perfect AV Preeminent 5.0 rating by Martindale-Hubbell. These rankings are based on evaluations by other attorneys and judges in the United States. This achievement was quoted in over 10 online news articles, including PRWeb story, “St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer Jesse D. Berkowitz Rated ‘AV Preeminent’ by Martindale-Hubbell.”
  • According to the Aug. 30 Florida Politics, Law alumnus Tim Knowles, founding member of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, is stepping down from the board of directors after two decades of service.
  • Blanca Rivera, Stetson University alumna, was featured in the article, “UHealth’s Blanca Rivera Named to Florida Board of Pharmacy,” posted by States News Service Aug. 30.
  • Stetson University alumnus Melissa Scholes Young was featured in the article, “Author Returns for Convocation, Public Reading,” posted by Review Atlas – Online Aug. 30.
  • Dr. Frederick Alfred de Armas, Stetson University alumnus, was covered in the article, “Dr. Frederick A. de Armas Celebrated by Marquis Who’s Who for Career Excellence in Comparative Literature,” posted by 24-7PressRelease – Online Aug. 31.