Stetson University in the News, June 26-July 2, 2020

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Asal Johnson, PhD

• Asal Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal in the June 25 article, “Volusia County has record-high 95 coronavirus cases; 5,004 new Florida cases.” “Just when we were about to see the results of lock downs, everything opened up. I want people know that the economic suffering of the one-month lock down did not manifest itself in public health outcomes because it was not done for sufficient duration,” she said.

Michèle Alexandre

• Dean Michéle Alexandre was quoted in The Daily Business Review and in a June 29 article called, “Florida’s Law Schools Team Up to Fight Racial Injustice.” This article also appeared in other publications, including Texas Lawyer.

• “Stetson offers students $3.2 million in grants, credits” appeared in the Ormond Beach Hometown News on June 25. Stetson will provide qualified, full-time, returning undergraduate students with a special $1,500, one-time, Stetson Welcome Back Grant.

• The press release on the Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice was picked up by the West Orlando News and TaxProf Blog.

Chris Finkle

• Christopher Finkle, Technology specialist in duPont-Ball Library’s Innovation Lab, was interviewed for Fox TV Channel 51 and Fox TV Channel 35 for a news story that aired multiple times July 1-2, entitled “Stetson University making ear guards for students when they return.” “In order for Stetson University to reopen safely, mask compliance has to be really high and anything that we can do to help reduce the irritation of them, I feel like will help keep everybody safe when we come back in the fall,” Finkle said.

• Sean Beckmann, assistant biology professor, was quoted in The Bradford Era Online in the June 22 article, Ticked Off, about ticks and Lyme disease. “The signs of most tick-borne diseases are similar to those of the flu — fever, lethargy, muscle soreness, and in some cases nausea or joint pain. Tick-borne diseases are caused by bacteria and parasites and need to be treated differently than the flu,” he said. The article also appeared in many other media outlets.

• The latest work of Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, including Law Professor Royal Gardner and Assistant Director Erin Okuno, was featured in the June newsletter The Reporter for The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Gonzalo González

• Stetson student Gonzalo González was interviewed by The Red & Black in a June 27 article, “‘The privilege of dreaming big’: DACA recipients reflect on the continuation of the program.” González was born in Mexico but was raised in the United States as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

• Law Professor Kirsten K. Davis’s article, “He, She, or They: Thinking Rhetorically About Gender and Personal Pronouns,” from Appellate Advocacy Blog on Sept. 5, 2019, was cited in a June 20, 2020, Maryland Appellate Blog post called, The Singular “They” in Legal Writing.

Other News:

Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., Stetson University professor
Valrie Chambers, PhD

• Valrie Chambers, PhD, associate professor of Accounting, was the editor of “Beware the personal holding company tax,” “Liquidity and cash management strategies during a pandemic” and “Partnerships, a pandemic, and Rev. Proc. 2020-23” on July 1 in The Tax Adviser.

• Andy Dehnart, MFA, visiting assistant professor of Journalism, wrote “Bachelorette is filming soon. Has it already kept its promise to make significant changes?” for Reality Blurred on July 1.

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blogs for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: June 26, “White Collar Briefly MiniPod – Six Podcasts on White Collar Crime;” and July 1, “Short Take: Flynn and FARA.”

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: June 28, “FAQ from CMS on SNF Visits;” June 29, “CMA Releases Family Caregiver Brief;” June 30, “Good News from CMS-Resumption of Staffing Data;” and July 1: “Washington State Bar ended Limited License Legal Technician Program.”

Pete Dunn, Stetson University
Pete Dunn

• Former Head Baseball Coach Pete Dunn was featured in The Orlando Sentinel on June 26 in “Today in Central Florida sports history: Former Stetson coach Pete Dunn was born.”

• Gavin Sullivan, a junior at Stetson and a pitcher for the Hatters, was quoted in “Bright Future: Navigators, Futures League ready to launch season” in The Salem News in Massachusetts on July 1.

• Banks Griffith, an incoming student at Stetson in the fall, was quoted in The Gainesville Times of Georgia on June 30 in the story, “Gainesville grad Banks Griffith deals with adversity, will continue college baseball.” Griffith recently transferred to Stetson after Furman University announced it was disbanding its baseball program, due to financial reasons. A second baseman for Furman, he will now play for the Hatters.

• Law students Sophie Clark and Brennah Toomey were one of 10 students selected to participate in GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Summer Law Clerk program, according to a June 26 announcement from the firm.  

Alumni News:

Hakim J. Lucas, PhD

• Alumnus Hakim J. Lucas, PhD, has been inducted into Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry, according to a company press release on July 2. Lucas is the 13th president and chief executive officer of Virginia Union University. He earned an Executive MBA from Stetson.

• Stetson alumni and Hatter stars Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber were featured in The Daytona Beach News-Journal story on June 30 in the article, “Jacob deGrom, Corey Kluber highlight Volusia/Flagler athletes in MLB 60-man player pools.”

• Alumna Jilissa Ann Zoltko was featured on Celeb News and in the June 29 article, “Jilissa Ann Zoltko: 5 Things To Know About Gorgeous Model Spotted On Lunch Date With Tyler Cameron.”

• Alumna and Double Hatter Ashley Felice appeared on in the June 25 article, “Get To Know Chatham Twp. Committee Candidates Felice, Hamilton,” in Chatham, New Jersey.

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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.

• Alumnus Rob Bridger has announced that he is running for mayor of Ormond Beach, according to the Ormond Beach Hometown News on June 26.

• Law alumna Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy received the 2020 G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar during the 2020 Annual Convention, according to a June 30 announcement.

• Law alumna Kim Helper, 21st District attorney general and a Franklin, Tenn., resident, has been elected by fellow members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC) to serve on the organization’s executive committee, according to a June 30 article in the Williamson Herald. 

• Law alumnus Troy Smith has been named the 2021 Tournament Chairman of THE PLAYERS Championship, making him part of a leadership team of 2,000-plus volunteers that makes the PGA TOUR’s flagship event possible, according to a July 2 article in the Ponte Vedra Recorder. Smith is a partner at the law firm Burr & Forman, where he is a member of the firm’s Construction and Project Development practice group, focusing on complex commercial litigation within the construction industry.