Stetson University In the News, Apr. 29-May 5, 2016

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Top Stories:

“Black Patients from Segregated Neighborhoods were Less Likely to Receive Lung Cancer Surgery,” the important research led by Stetson’s own Asal Mohamadi Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of Integrative Health Science, was selected for publication in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. This significant news story was picked up, to date, from May 2-5, by HealthCanal, CNBC,,,, YahooCanada; ReutersUK, ReutersIndia, ReutersNigeria, and other news media outlets numbering more than 40 internationally, to date.

“General Electric Charges Ahead,” reported May 2, in,, YahooFinance,  features quotes from expert K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor and chair, Roland George Investments Program.

Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the May 4 Tampa Bay Business Journal article, “Eric Lynn doesn’t have to return your contributions, but he will if you ask.”

The May 2 Mansfield News reports that the May 19 Tiger Bay Club will host a presentation by Law associate dean and professor Michael P. Allen on “Where Do My Rights End and Your Rights Begin?”, Apr. 29, featured Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and co-chair of Psychology, in the article, “The benefits of Mindfulness are probably overrated, research suggests.”

“New Evidence Links Spanking to Child Behavior Problems, but Perhaps the Evidence Isn’t So Clear,” written by Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., in, May 2.

“AACSB International Extends Global Business or Accounting Accreditation for more than 60 schools across eleven countries,” including Stetson University School of Business Administration, reported May 2, was picked up in 38 news media outlets, to date, including,, CNBC, CBS19, and others.

Apr. 28 article, “Volusia Water Summit planned at Stetson,” in Daytona Beach News-Journal, features Clay Henderson.

“Volusia officials gather in DeLand for water summit,” covered in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Apr. 30.

“8 teams vie to launch downtown UCF campus” reported in Orlando Sentinel, May 1, and picked up by It deals with UCF looking to renovate its campus, seeking information including RLF, who also worked on projects at Stetson’s campus.

Other News:

“Carpetbagging for Congress? GOP field vying to convince voters of their Volusia ties,” quotes Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., May 2, in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., associate professor of Math, wrote The Blog, “From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: The Real Victims of the Farm-to-Fable Controversy,” published in HuffingtonPost Apr. 29, which was also picked up in EnvironmentGuru.

Hari Pulapaka was also featured in “Farm to Fable: At Tampa Bay farm to table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction” in

The May 2 Above the Law and ABCActionNews, WFTS TV and other outlets reported that student Ahmed Mohamed will become Stetson/USF’s first JD/MD student.

According to a news article that ran in numerous media outlets, Stetson is among the most diverse law schools in the country.

Stetson’s Beach Volleyball team is # 8 in finalists to compete in NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship this weekend, announced in, and several other media outlets.

Stetson is named in US Official News, May 4, “Florida: Department of Health Employees Named “Best of the Best,” naming Stefany Strong, with DOH, for the partnership program she coordinated with Stetson, Bethune-Cookman and Embry Riddle to help guide students in health communications.

The Apr. 28 issue of WinterPark featured twin sisters who play lacrosse, one of whom will attend Stetson in the fall.

“Top Scholars: Florida Prep’s Geneva Kilfoy,” in, Apr. 28, featured several high school graduates who plans to attend Stetson in the fall.

“Weekend Best Bets Indian Hill presents ‘Spring Winds,” publicized French hornist Nancy Hudgins, Stetson alumna, in Apr. 28

Apr. 29 blog is about ‘essay university admission’ and includes Application Instructions for Stetson.

“McKercher joins Stetson staff as assistant AD,” Apr. 29, Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“Hydraulic oil spill closes Amelia Ave. in DeLand,” in Apr. 29, Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The, Apr. 28 featured “American Painting and Florida School of Art Exhibition opens May 13,” at Stetson’s Hand Art Center, in Apr. 28. Also Beacon featured Stetson University’s Super Heroes at a festival in Orange City.

Current Stetson student Leia Schwartz of Miami first attended the annual Boggy Creek Reunion, when she was only eight years old, and credits it with saving her life, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, May 5, “Camp Boggy Creek celebrates 20 years of memories.”

“UNH Center for Family Business Tackles Leadership Challenges, May 11,” will be facilitated by Stetson’s own Greg McCann, founder of Stetson’s Family Business Center. McCann is an internationally known educator, consultant, speaker as well as the author of When Your Parents Sign the Paycheck. Reported in, May 2, and States News Service, Apr. 29.

“Angelic art: Show Us Your #DeLandWings” May 2, Daytona Beach News-Journal talks about DeLand’s most photographed landmarks, besides the historic Volusia County Courthouse and Stetson’s campus.

Alumni in the News:

Stetson graduate Glen Hauenstein, ’82, named Delta president, reported May 2, in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Gretchen Nelson, Stetson alumna, was named West Hartford Director of Pupil Services, as reported in, May 4.

“Heritage Awards honor some of N.C. Baptist’s Best” in, May 3, honors Stetson alum Kenneth Holland.

The Tampa Bay Newswire reports that Law alumna Marti Kimball is an honorary co-chair of a May 14 Monopoly Night.

The May 4 Tampa Bay Newswire reports that Law alumna Rhea F. Law, chair of the Florida offices for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

“Volusia says farewell to voting chief Ann McFall” – a feature on Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall, Stetson alumna, in Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 1.

Alumna Jacqueline Yantis joined Gateway Bank as vice president and manager of business banking relationships, as reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 1.

Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Law alumna Merriann Metz to assistant general counsel and assistant secretary; the story was picked up in numerous media outlets.

Law alumnus Michael Babboni of Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh has received the American Institute of Personal Injury’s 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award for 2016, as reported in media outlets.

The April 29 Daily Record profiles Law alumnus John Williams.

The April 30 Examiner profiles the work of Law alumnus Zachary Messa in the article, “Mural artists learn to protect public works in seminar with lawyer Zachary Messa.”

Alumna Susan Scaggs, Ph.D., named Phi Theta Kappa’s Vice President of Membership and Student Egagement, as reported in

Tina Calderone, former administrator at Stetson, will be one of the guest speakers at UCF’s commencement, reported in