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Stetson University in the News, Jan. 25-31, 2019

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Clay Henderson, Stetson University
Clay Henderson

Clay Henderson, Executive Director of the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted in a Jan. 28 piece by NPR member station WMFE-90.7 FM titled “Update Anticipated As Water District Seeks End To Federal Oversight of Everglades Restoration.” According to Henderson, the water management district is currently “making some unilateral decisions that are inconsistent with the path that we’ve been on all these years.”

• Professor of psychology Christopher Ferguson was quoted in a Value Walk article titled “Violence In Video Games: How Big Of A Deal (If Any)?” Ferguson said, “… speaking as a researcher who has studied violent video games for almost 15 years, I can state that there is no evidence to support these claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected.”

Stuart Michelson

• Stuart Michelson, Ph.D, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, was mentioned in a piece in PrWeb.com regarding the School of Business Administration being approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to offer a financial planning concentration program that allows undergraduate finance majors to meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation exam upon graduation. “This board-registered concentration in financial planning provides a huge competitive advantage to our students, allowing them to earn the CFP certification, which will provide many additional employment opportunities upon graduation,” Dr. Michelson said.

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Teresa Carmody

• Teresa Carmody, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Director of the MFA of the Americas, was featured in an event held by the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. She and a fellow writer were doing a reading of some of their work.

• Donelle Evensen ’17 was featured in a Daytona Times news article titled “Flagler County Schools picks top teacher, support employee.” Evensen was awarded Flagler County Schools’ teacher of the year. She earned a master’s certification in Educational Leadership from Stetson in 2017.

Other News:

• The Jan. 29 Florida Bar and other news outlets report that Stetson Law won the Trial Lawyers Section’s Annual Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition Jan. 23-25 in Tampa for the 23rd time in 37 years.

Woody O’Cain

• Woody O’Cain, Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement, was quoted in a piece from Hotel F&B regarding his use of Maywood Furniture. “[…]The logo tables are used in the Hall of Fame room, which is a VIP room in the basketball arena, upstairs, overlooking the court. That facility is used primarily for pre-game events to host VIPs,” O’Cain said. He supports the furniture company, and says that “[the] company wants to make sure what you ordered is what you get. Not all companies do that.”

• Professor Luz Nagle is quoted in the Jan. 25 International Bar Association article, “US anti-trafficking law continues to court controversy.”

• Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, “A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s?” Professor Morgan wrote the Jan. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Elders & Driving.”

• The Jan. 30 AP News reports that Stetson SNT speaker Peter J. Wall has joined True Link to lead special needs planning and investment practice.

Alumni News:

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• Alumna Maria Olivia Bryant was featured in the Jan. 29 Orlando Sentinel article “New music series adds to Winter Park’s cultural diversity.” Bryant is both an elementary school teacher at Hungerford Elementary and “the driving force behind a new cabaret series at Winter Park Playhouse.”

• Alumna Emily Maker was mentioned in a Tampa Bay Times article for her nomination as one of the 10 finalists for 2018-19 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year.

• Stetson Alumnus Grover Wilkins was featured in a Jan. 28 story at Advocate Magazine titled “Meet the Indiana Jones of Spanish Baroque music.” Wilkins is the director and founder of the Orchestra of New Spain, an organization dedicated to bringing music to the community for almost 30 years.

• The Jan. 25 Miller Johnson reports that Law alumna Teresa Rajala has joined Miller Johnson Estate Planning Group in the Kalamazoo office.

• The Jan. 25 Burr Forman reports that Burr & Forman welcomed Law alumna Dana Robbins to Tort Trial and Insurance Practice in Tampa.

• The Jan. 28 Press Release Point reports that Law alumna Lauren L. Stricker has been elevated to partnership at Shutts & Bowen LLP. 

• Law alumnus Michael J. Moore is quoted in the Jan. 29 Florida Trend article, “Cyber fraud risk is rising in Florida and commercial real estate transactions.”

• Law alumnus Boe Rushing is quoted in the Jan. 29 Tampa Bay Newspaper article, “Back In The Day Books resurgence has become a best seller in downtown Dunedin.”

• The Jan. 30 Tampa Bay Newspaper announced that Law alumnus John H. Pecarek died unexpectedly Jan. 16.