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Stetson University in the News, Oct. 4-10, 2019

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President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, receives the Higher Education Woman of the Year award.

• President Wendy Libby, PhD, was featured Oct. 2 in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “SMA’s Rhonda Harvey is Volusia-Flagler’s ‘Influential Woman of the Year.’ ” President Libby was named Higher Education Woman of the Year and an Influential Woman in Business by the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Volusia/Flagler Business Report.

• Associate Professor and Chair of Education Christopher Colwell, EdD, was featured as a candidate for Volusia County Schools superintendent in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Superintendent search committee recommends seven candidates to Volusia School Board.”

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the Oct. 8 U.S. News & World Report article, “‘6 Best Schwab Mutual Funds for Retirement.”

Chris Colwell, EdD

• Professor of Psychology Chris Ferguson, PhD, was interviewed by DarkCast (a Dark Station production) for an Oct. 4 segment on “Aggression and Video Games.” Ferguson was also quoted in an Oct. 9 Niche Gamer article titled, “Class-Action Lawsuit Against Fortnite’s ‘Addictiveness’ Launched at Epic Games.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Oct. 9 article on Vox called, “Are we in a constitutional crisis yet? Thirteen legal experts respond to the Trump administration’s refusal to comply with the House’s impeachment inquiry.”

• Law Professor Julia Metts was quoted in a Sept. 26 Law360 article called, “House Panel’s Kramer Levin Hire Brings Heat To Trump Probe.”

• Assistant Professor of Family Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Isabel Botero, PhD, was hired as director of the University of Louisville Family Business Center, as reported by Louisville Business First on Oct. 3.

Other News:

Peter Lake

• Peter Lake, director of Stetson University’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on Oct. 3. The piece, titled “More Title IX Lawsuits by Accusers and Accused,” discusses the legal challenges faced by universities regarding Title IX lawsuits in the current age. “The pressure now is to avoid getting in situations where [institutions] go before the court,” Lake said. “If colleges get into too many situations where they have to litigate, they’ll go out of business.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured in an Oct. 7 interview on NPR’s Marketplace called, “Candidates are hoping you’ll buy their rhetoric — as well as their merchandise.”

• Law Professor Mark Bauer was quoted in an Oct. 7 article from The Penny Hoarder called, “Getting a Roommate? Ways to Protect Your Finances.”

• Law Professor Rebecca Morgan contributed the following blogs to Elder Law Prof Blog: Oct. 3, “Cognitive Impairments and Using Technology;” Oct. 7, “New Report-SSA Needs More Oversight of Those Who Handle Vulnerable Beneficiaries $;” Oct. 7, “Hospitals in the Housing Business?”; and Oct. 8, “GAO Report: Protecting Vets from Financial Exploitation.” 

• Adjunct Law Professor Jennifer Dietz was mentioned in the Biscayne Times in an article called, “Laws for Paws.” Dietz speaks on behalf of the Animal Law Section at seminars and the annual Florida Bar Convention held each June.

Alumni News:

Britt McHenry

• Alumna Britt McHenry was featured in a Fox News article titled, “Britt McHenry blasts NCAA over pay for student-athletes: ‘biggest racketeering institution… we legally allow.’ ” She praised California’s new law allowing college athletes to make money from the sale of their likeness and criticized the NCAA for its policy of disallowing student athletes to collect proceeds from their sports participation. “The NCAA is the biggest racketeering institution that we legally allow in the United States,” said McHenry.

• Alumnus Dr. Jeffrey R. Cara, DO, was appointed director of Spine and Wellness Centers of America’s new Palm Beach Gardens-based institute, as reported by several press release outlets

• Law alumna Beth A. Houghton was appointed new chief executive officer of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County on Oct. 1, according to the Tampa Bay Reporter

• Law alumna Karen Shimonsky joined the Denver office of Gordon & Rees as a member of the Health Care practice group, according to a news announcement from the firm. 

• Law alumnus Thomas J. Banks joined Hill Ward Henderson as an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Corporate & Tax practice groups, according to an announcement from the firm.

• Law alumnus Robert Donald Scruggs III joined Brown & Associates Law & Title, P.A., according to an Oct. 10 press release by Digital Journal.

• Law alumnus Patrick Seidensticker joined the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., as an associate in their Lakewood Ranch office, according to a brief in SRQ Magazine.