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Stetson University in the News, July 9-16, 2020

• Stetson University President Emerita Wendy B. Libby, PhD, and President Christopher Roellke, PhD, were the subject of a July 12 opinion piece in The Daytona Beach News-Journal entitled, “Our View: Stetson steps into the future.”

Mayhill Fowler, PhD

• Assistant Professor of History Mayhill Fowler, PhD, was quoted in National Geographic on July 6 in the story, “Spectacular flower crowns rule in Ukraine” about the traditional Ukrainian “vinok” worn by women. Fowler said, “People are finding out what is Ukrainian and celebrating it in the consumer sphere” and “using folk motifs for contemporary expression.”

• Dean Michèle Alexandre was featured on WMNF MidPoint Monday on July 13 discussing the new Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice. 

• Psychology Professor Chris Ferguson, PhD, wrote an article for Psychology
Today on July 3, called “’13 Reasons Why’ and Teen Suicide.” He wrote, “More recently, I published a research study of youth and their parents. In this study, watching the show ’13 Reasons Why’ was associated with reduced depression and suicidal ideation in youth.”

• Stetson University was mentioned July 15 in the West Volusia Beacon story, “Five Stetson University student athletes test positive.”

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Hari Pulapaka, PhD

• Hari Pulapaka, PhD, associate math professor, was mentoned July 15 in the article, “Pulapaka Steps Away from Cress Operations with Minority Ownership,” in Scott Josesph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide.

• Heidi Goldsworthy, director of Financial Aid, was quoted by The Penny Hoarder in the article, “42% of student loan borrowers have regrets: 4 tips to avoid the same fate.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a July 13 Readers Digest article called, “8 of the Biggest Presidential Tax Scandals Throughout History.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted on NPR on July 13 in a segment called, “With The November Elections Looming, The FEC Can’t Take Much Action.”

• Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher at Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law, was quoted July 13 in the Inside Higher Ed article, “Legal Challenges on Many Fronts.”

• The Montgomery Advertiser mentioned Stetson College of Law in the article, “Freedom Rides Museum to host national virtual event with ‘Good Trouble’ director and Freedom Riders” on July 8.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was a featured guest on “Top of Mind with Julie Rose” on BYU Radio on July 13 for an episode called, “Trump Tax Returns, Water Bills, China’s Tracking Uighurs.”

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blogs for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: July 9, “Trump v. Mazars, Trump v. Deutsche Bank, Trump v. Vance,” which was also mentioned in the July 13 SCOTUSBlog round-up; July 9, “Judge Sullivan Requests Rehearing En Banc in Flynn Case;” and July 11: “Robert Mueller Speaks Out!

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a July 15 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, “Is Facebook Caving on Political Ads?”

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, announced seven J.D. candidates selected to join the firm’s Summer Associate Program. Among them were Stetson’s Peyton Brown and Audrey Gangloff.

Alumni News

• Alumnus and former Hatter kicker Jonny Messina was mentioned in the Bryan Times, Indiana Statesman and many other news outlets in the July 15 story, “Countdown to Camp No. 16: Will special teams be an asset or an issue?

• Alumna Virginia Hall was featured in the July 15 story in Clay Today, “OP Town council looking to fill vacant seat.”

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Stetson University in the News is a weekly roundup of media coverage that mentions Stetson, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.

• Four former standouts on the Women’s Basketball team — Victoria McGowan, Sasha Sims, Jama Sharp, and Brianti Saunders – were included in the story, “4 Hatters named to ASUN All-Decade Team in women’s basketball,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 15.

• Alumnus and former Basketball star Divine Myles was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 15 in the story, “Stetson’s Divine Myles named to ASUN All-Decade Team for men’s basketball.”

• Alumna and former Stetson soccer standout Sarah Collins was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Former Stetson soccer standout named to ASUN All-Decade Team” on July 9.

• Law alumnus John Distasio joined The Florida Law Group, according to a July 9 announcement

• Two Law alumni joined the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, according to a July 10 announcement.  Philip S. Wartenberg is the new treasurer, and Sarah E. Kay is secretary. 

• Law alumna Pam Vergara was featured in the Citrus County Chronicle as she is challenging George Angeliadis for his circuit judge seat in Hernando County.

• Law alumnus Chris Miller was featured on Barker’s View on GovStuff Live! 1380am The Cat in an interview about his run for re-election as Volusia County Judge. 

• Law alumna Monique Scott was featured in the Osprey Observer as she is running for Hillsborough County judge.