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Stetson University in the News, Nov. 9-16, 2018

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Stetson alumnus and New York Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom won the Cy Young Award for the National League, as reported by multiple news sources. The former Hatter star posted a league-leading 1.70 ERA (an average of 1.7 runs allowed per nine innings pitched) during an outstanding season that earned him 29 out of 30 first place votes for the award.

Jacob deGrom

Former Stetson baseball pitchers Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber were both mentioned in the lead-up to this year’s Cy Young announcement. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Nov. 14 that  “Stetson’s Jacob deGrom, Corey Kluber add local flavor to Cy Young announcement today.” The article pointed out that “for the third time in five seasons, a former Stetson baseball player could bring home a Cy Young Award,” which deGrom did.

  • The executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, Clay Henderson, was quoted Nov. 10 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article “State of Water: Nutrient pollution damaging county waterways.” Currently, nutrient pollutions in Volusia County water has had a markedly negative effect on water quality. “Septic tanks have a function,” said Henderson, “but we never really expected to build out at this level and this concentration of septic tanks, and for the record we’re now at 107,000 septic tanks in Volusia County.”
  • Assistant Professor and Chair of Economics Alan Green, Ph.D., published an analysis piece Nov. 9 in the Tampa Bay Times Online titled, “Get ready for more divisive politics.” Green argues that toxic political culture will continue to exist in the foreseeable future. “And our politics will stay ugly,” Green wrote. “Why? Because the rage and deceit comes from the top, and Trump, when cornered, will only double down.”
Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., Stetson University professor

Valrie Chambers, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., was quoted Nov. 9 in the Connect Media article, “Do Corporations Now Pay Lower Taxes? Yes and No.” Chambers noted that, “for many nations with large infrastructures, the average tax rate is about 22%, and that extra 1% of a very large corporate profit is quite a bit of money to leave behind. Looking at this a different way, we are foregoing what may be too much tax revenue while certainly incurring a very large governmental deficit.”
  • The book of J. Ollie Edmunds Chair and Professor of History Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., was listed by Daily Kos on Nov. 10 as one of the “gifts worth giving” during the 2018 holiday season. The book, Hitler’s Monsters, was described as a “dense, impeccably researched, comprehensive history of the occult in Nazi Germany.”
  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science, T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., was quoted in the Nov. 10 Daytona Beach News-Journal article “As Volusia County braces for expensive blow to charter, Sheriff Mike Chitwood rejoices.” Amendment 10, which passed on Election Day, gives sheriffs, property appraisers, court clerks and other elected department heads “more control of their departments” by designating them as constitutional officers. “I had a belief all along that if this were a sole issue in Volusia, it wouldn’t have passed,” Bailey said.
  • Law Professor Catherine Cameron spoke with the Nov. 8 Courthouse News about CNN’s Jim Acosta about having his press credentials revoked by the White House.

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Alumni News:

  • The Nov. 14 South Florida Gay News reports that law alumnus Dean Trantalis won the City of Fort Lauderdale mayorship in March.
  • Stetson alumna Carly Gibran was featured in a Nov. 13 Daytona Beach News-Journal article titled, “Creativity arrives with DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts.” Gibran is a full-time artist who also teaches weekly pottery classes at Casa Montessori School in DeLand.
  • Stetson alumna Stacey Morris published an article Nov. 14 in Seeking Alpha titled, “Oil Hub Hubbub: Is Houston The New Cushing?” Morris discussed the similarities between the Houston, Texas, and Cushing, Oklahoma, oil hubs. “While we’re hesitant to say Houston is the new Cushing,” Morris wrote, “we do think both provide important functions as physical hubs, and both WTI and Houston futures contracts serve to meet the specific needs of market participants.”
  • The Nov. 8 UCF Today reports that law alumnus Tom Leek was re-elected in District 25 in Port Orange, Daytona and New Smryna Beach for a second term.
  • The Nov. 11 Florida Today reports that law alumnus Circuit Judge David Dugan is a Volunteer of the Year 2018 nominee for the newspaper.
  • The Nov. 12 midlandsbiz reports that law alumnus Lance Boozer was appointed to the Executive Director of The South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association (SCBWA).
  • The Nov. 15 Jacksonville Daily Record reports that law alumna Hillary Albertson was added to Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as an associate in the firm’s Jacksonville office.

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