Stetson University In the News, May 20-26, 2016

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Top Stories:

Law Professor Peter Lake spoke with Reuters for the news story that swept national newspapers, “States ratchet up transgender battle with lawsuit against U.S.”

Law Associate Dean Michael Allen is quoted in the Bradenton Herald story, “Tiger Bay panelists: Transgender issue transcends bathrooms.”

Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and co-chair of Psychology, was one of the main faculty experts featured regarding his research about video games and violence, in 18 media outlets, including The International Business Times and Daily Times Leader Online in the article “Scholars to FCC: Media Effects on Social Behaviors Unclear,” May 24.

Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., also wrote a blog article featured on The Huffington Post, May 25, called “Are Proposed Links between Pornography and Labial Surgery More Than Just Wild, Unmitigated Speculation?”

Similarly, Chris Ferguson, Ph.D. also wrote this opinion article, “Porn Is No Health Hazard,” which ran in, Apr. 22.

Stetson University’s Department of Education has been awarded full seven-year accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as reported in, Stamford Advocate,,, and many other news media outlets, May 25.

Stetson University School of Business Administration, Accounting Awarded Five-Year AACSB Reaccreditation,” reported in Equities, May 19.

Steven Smallpage, who will join Stetson University in the fall as assistant professor of political science, co-authored the article, “Racial prejudice, not populism or authoritarianism, predicts support for Trump over Clinton,” in The Washington Post, May 26.

Other News:

The new art exhibition from the American Painting and the Florida School of Art in the Hand Art Center, was included in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 20, “3 Things to Do Saturday” and “Freebie Friday” in the Orlando Sentinel.

“West Volusia Calendar of Events May 21-28, 2016,” posted in The West Volusia Beacon, May 19, included the Gallery Walk-Through with speaker and curator Gary Libby from 2-3 p.m., May 21, at the Hand Art Center.

“Local athletes to team with Special Olympians in unified sports at State Games,” featured in the  Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 20, highlighted Stetson’s athletes who will be participating in the Special Olympics State Games.

“Stetson buys BP station,” reported in, May 20, quotes Janie Graziani, assistant vice president for media relations.

News ran nationally in various media outlets regarding Stetson’s new Direct Admission program with Eckerd College.

News of Stetson’s special sea turtle course ran nationally in multiple media outlets on May 25.

Law Scholar in Residence Professor Kasaija Phillip Apuuli is quoted in the May 21 All Africa and Osoko Insight story, “U.S. in dilemma over what action to take against Museveni (Uganda).”

Alumni in the News:

Law alumna Victoria Cruz-Garcia has been named a 2016 Leader in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal “Women on the Move.” 

Law alumna Erika Smith is the new president of the St. Petersburg Bar, according to the bar website

Law alumna Patice L. Holland recently received the Roanoke Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year for 2016 according to the Woods Rogers website.

Stetson alumus Jim Hathaway, New Smyrna Beach Mayor, has announced that he will run for reelection this fall. Hathaway has been elected since 1994. The news was announced in “New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway announces re-election bid” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 25.