Stetson University In the News, May 1-7, 2015

The following stories about Stetson University were in the news this week, May 1-7, 2015:

Professor of Law Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the article, “Like Man Bites Dog”. Professor Torres-Spelliscy’s article was picked up by the May 5 SCOTUSblog and published by Guernica.

Adjunct Law Professor Adam Levine spoke with WMFE Orlando about the governor’s plans for a healthcare commission for a story that ran May 5 in other media including WMNF and WUSF Tampa.

Stetson’s VITA Program: Vital to Communities, Campuses, Students, and Employers, May 1, reported in, written by business professors Valrie Chambers, Bonnie Holloway, and Maria Rickling.

Dr. Page Thanasui, assistant professor of Stetson’s Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program, is an expert quoted in Deseret News article (May 1), “Stepmoms navigate sometimes-tricky trail, but relationship rewards can be great.” Also picked up in NewsOK,, Statesboro Herald, Connect Statesboro,; Imperial Valley Press, Oklahoman, and many more.

“Violent video games don’t influence kids’ behavior,” featuring Dr. Chris Ferguson, reported on WSET-TV.

“Voting open to send DeLand chef to national Farm to Table contest” about Math Professor Hari Pulapaka, reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 6.

Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 5, reports in a series of articles, that a News-Journal/Stetson survey, headed up by Stetson marketing professor Deborah Goldring, showed a majority of respondents do not support ordinances that would remove beach driving in the stretch of sand behind a proposed Hard Rock Hotel and former Desert Inn. Results of this News-Journal/Stetson survey covered in News-Journal and also on WFTV-News9.

Bar and Bench reported May 4 that the Jammu University team won the “Spirit of Stetson Award.”

Presser Foundation, one of the few private foundations in the U.S., dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy, awarded Stetson a Capital Support Grant 2014-15, reported in countless news media outlets, May 5, including, Philadelphia Business Journal, InternationalEntertainmentNews, Spoke, Profit Quotes, KMEG, KUAM, KFMB, and countless others., May 1, 2015, lists DeLand, home of Stetson University, in America’s best small town comebacks.

One year anniversary for SunRail, reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 1, 2015. Featured John B, Stetson’s mascot, and Hatter cheerleaders at the celebration in DeBary.

Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 1, promoted senior Brian Rodriguez’s senior recital in Ormond Beach.

DeLand Beacon, May 5, reports, Stetson to graduate more than 700 students this weekend.

Orlando Sentinel’s Freebie Friday promotes Hand Art Center’s Bluemner exhibition, April 30.

Summer tips for College Students, picked up in, May 1.

Discover the Stetson Mansion, Florida’s First Luxury Home, featured in,, Austin American-Statesman, and WHIO-TV, May 1, 2015.

Englewood Sun, May 2, reports that Hadassah Misner, voice and flute student, is graduating from Lemon Bay High School, and has been accepted at Stetson.

In first-ever Academic Signing Day at City of Homestead, Edeline Cangas from Homestead Senior High signed her intent to attend Stetson.

Spanish Colonial Records on Microfilm at University of Florida, as reported in The John Batterson Stetson Collection (reels and photostats), originally curated at UF, is now held at St. Augustine Historial Society.

Alumni in the News:

On May 3, Law alumnus Rhett Bullard was elected as White Springs’ new mayor, according to Suwannee Democrat.

On May 1, The Florida Times-Union reported that Law alumna Susan Hartman received her certification for divorce financial analyst.

Alum Shomari Scott, Cayman Islands Director of Tourism, announced he’s leaving top tourism job there, reported in Cayman

According to a May 5 news release, Law alumnus William Woods has joined Trent Cotney, P.A.

According to a May 4 news release, Law alumnus John Schutz was recently chosen as the nation’s top one percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015.

Alum Rachel Friddle-Johnson, CPO of the family business, Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances, in South Carolina, featured in, May 2015.

City Tech’s Hospitality Manager, Stetson alumna Receives Prestigious Disney Award, reported in CUNY Newswire, May 4. Recipient is Nelya Khayut ’11, EMBA candidate to graduate in the fall.

District 2 race pits candidate with civic experience (Alumna Lisa King, Democrat) to one who says he (Al Ferrara) knows district residents, as reported in

Music alum John Perrine, saxophone, is director of the Jazz Ensemble and coordinator of Jazz Studies, reported in, from Cleveland State University, May 6. 

Alum Griffin Browne, guest soloist with Dyersburg Community Orchestra, to perform in Dyersburg, Tenn., as reported in, May 1, 2015.

Excellent review on the M’s Restaurant and Bar, a Global Fusion Cuisine concept, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., attractive particularly to Millennials, is featured in, May 2. Mark Mattern is a graduate of Stetson’s EMBA program.

Alum Kristin Chase was presented Outstanding AlumKnights Award in psychology at UCF. She studied industrial organizational psychology at Stetson., May 4.

Alum Former Magic Chef President J. Hoyle Rymer dies at age of 70, as reported in the Cleveland He served as president of the Family Enterprise Center at Stetson. Obituary also ran in, May 6.

Alum Daniel D. Thomas, Jr., D.D.S., class of l965, passed away May 2, reported in Palm Beach Post.

On May 1, the Jacksonville Daily Record, reported that Law alumnus Charlie Towers has passed away.