Making a Difference in the News

One alumna is part of a new arts series premiering in November, as revealed by Broadway World.

Another alumna is putting a new color on politics, according to Huffington Post.

An alumnus continues his climb up the corporate ladder in the financial world, reported The National Provision.

A Dean Emeritus and law professor is part of a Constitutional podcast that traces back to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

A professor of psychology has a thing or two – or three or four – to say about teens and the internet, as detailed in several media outlets.

A professor of accounting ponders the future of Middle America for the U.S. News & World Report.

Those are only a few of the stories that made the news in October involving Stetson University’s alumni and professors (highlighted online in “Stetson University in the News” each week).

Alumna Nicole Equerme

Alumna Nicole Equerme has been a professional musician and audio specialist for more than a decade. Her musical career began as a euphonium player at the age of 10. She earned her B.F.A. of Arts in English while minoring in Digital Arts from Stetson.

Now, Equerme will help pull the curtain up on AMP’d at Dr. Phillips Center Series in Orlando, which is “curated to provide the local music community with the opportunity to gain exposure and enhance their brands through the ‘amp’d-up’ level of presentation.” Equerme will be the series’ first performer, Nov. 27.

Alumna Jane Kleeb is a “Bernie Sanders supporter” who is “trying to turn Nebraska purple.” Kleeb’s prowess for interior design – and politics – are profiled.

While political offices are typically sparse workspaces, the Huffington Post article details, Kleeb, the state party chair, is out to make a difference in both style and substance.

It’s up and away for alumnus Clint Pyle, who was named senior vice president/chief financial officer for Stellar, a fully integrated design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm in Jacksonville, Florida. The National Provisioner is a respected online news source for the product-supply industry.

Pyle is a licensed CPA with nearly 20 years of accounting and finance experience. Also, he had been a leader at two other top companies, as the manager of finance and planning at The St. Joe Company and as an accountant at CNL Financial Group.

Stetson Law Professor Bruce Jacob

In the Washington Post Online’s “Episode 8 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Fair Trials,’” Stetson Law Professor Bruce Jacob takes center stage. Years ago, Jacob was among the lawyers who argued before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. At the time of the trial, Jacob was age 26 and had been working in the attorney general’s office in Florida.

In one exchange, Jacob recounted, “I thought the court would probably rule with Gideon. I was pretty sure that we would lose the case. But there were a lot of issues that needed to be decided — not just the decision of whether or not counsel should be provided, but how it should be done, whether the due process clause should be used, whether the equal protection clause should be the basis for the decision, whether the new decision should be retroactive versus just be prospective in effect.”

Psychology professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote a Houston Chronicle article, “Why Forcing Teens to Shut Down on the Internet Doesn’t Work.” In a style all his own, among Ferguson’s many points in defense of teens and the internet: “Maybe, if we’re serious about making sure kids get adequate sleep, we need to reexamine school schedules rather than screen use.”

Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, Ph.D.

Finally, Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., professor of accounting, was quoted by the U.S. News & World Report in the article “What a Tax Overhaul Could Mean for You.” Chambers said: “It’s hard to say what would happen to Middle America. Their individual taxes will vary. However, what we do know is that the proposed framework is very costly and would cause the deficit to balloon. Eventually ordinary Americans will have to pay for that.”

Hatters in all forms continued to push forward, striving to make a difference – as reported by national media.

-Michael Candelaria