Stetson University In The News, May 21-27, 2021

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Bonita Dukes

Top Stories

• Bonita Dukes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, associate vice president of Facilities Management, and Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, were quoted in the May 18 post, “Stetson University to Build New Science Complex,” in The project also was featured in, the West Volusia Beacon, Construction Superintendent and other media outlets.

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Elizabeth Skomp

• Janie Graziani, assistant vice president for Marketing Communications, was quoted in the May 21 article, “Stetson University to Break Ground on New Health Sciences Building,” in the Orlando Business Journal.

• Michèle Alexandre, dean and professor of Law, was mentioned in a article that was also picked up by the TaxProf Blog titled, “ ‘It’s the Moment for This’: An Unprecedented Number of Black Women Are Leading Law Schools.”

• Sarah Garcia-Beaumier, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of Psychology, was quoted in the article, “7 Sneaky Signs You Could Have Cognitive Decline, According to Experts,” which was posted May 21 in the Eating Well section of

• Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, was interviewed by TV station Fox 35 Orlando and also appeared on Fox 51 in Gainesville in the May 26 segment, “Massive Seaweed Presence On Atlantic Coast, But How Long Will It Last?”

• Jay Wolfson, assistant professor of Law, was quoted in the May 15 article, “Honor System, Paper Cards Won’t Cut It For COVID-19 Vaccine Verification, Experts Say. ‘Vaccine Passports’ Are Coming,” in USA Today. The article was picked up by many other news outlets, including Yahoo! News.

• Chris de Bodisco, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, was interviewed May 21 by TV station Fox 35 Orlando for the segment, “Florida Launches ‘Return to Work’ Initiative.”

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• Kelly Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, was interviewed May 25 by Spectrum News 13 for an in-depth segment on “Biden’s Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K.”

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed May 20 by TV station WHTM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the segment, “Is ‘Tech Addiction’ real?”

• Stetson student Lana Kolchinsky was cited in the May 26 post,“Hillel International Announces 2021-2022 Student Cabinet,” on

• Stetson Law was featured on the ABA for Law Students website as the 2021 Competitions Champion.

Other News

• Stetson Law’s new Youth Civic Engagement Program, Dean Michèle Alexandre and Law Professor Judith Scully were featured on Bay News 9, The Gabber and various Patch sites.

• Lance Long, professor of Law, and Royal Gardner, professor of Law and director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, presented at The James Museum for a series called, “Art Speaks to Environmentalists.”

Stetson Law Professor Royal Gardner
Royal Gardner

• Royal Gardner, professor of Law and director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, gave a webinar presentation to the Association of State Wetland Managers on March 25.

• Chaplain Lewis C. Long III wrote the editorial, “Fond Memories of Don Musser,” in the May 25 West Volusia Beacon. Musser, professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, passed away March 12.

• Andrew Appleby, assistant professor of Law, was quoted May 27 in “Feds Urge SCOTUS Not to Review New Hampshire’s Remote Worker Tax Suit” on

• Mark Wateska, former director of strength and conditioning for Stetson football under head coach Roger Hughes since 2015, has been named director of athletics at Doane University. Hughes was named the new Doane University president on May 7. Wateska’s appointment was reported on and numerous other media outlets.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the May 22 post, “Stunning Cars and Beautiful Weather: 2021 Orange Blossom Tour is One for the Books,” on

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• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of Law, was quoted in a May 19 MarketWatch article titled, “Shareholders Fight to Rein in Risk By Demanding Transparency Into Public Companies’ Political Spending.”

• Rebecca C. Morgan, professor of Law, wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

  • May 16: “Attorneys with Dementia”
  • May 17: “Increase in Retirements During Pandemic”
  • May 18: “Round up on SNF Articles”
  • May 20: “How Sibling Rivalries Impact Caring for Mom”
  • May 21: “Folks Want to Age At Home”
  • May 24: “Professor Kohn Authors Two New Articles About COVID and SNFs”
  • May 24: “Positive Approach to Aging”
  • May 25: “More on Ageism”

• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of Law, wrote a May 25 analysis for Talking Points Memo titled, “How Matt Gaetz’s Legal Problems Could Lead to Campaign Finance Violations.” The article was picked up by the Election Law Blog.

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• Stetson Law student Celine Rodriguez was featured in the article, “KnowBe4 Offers Cybersecurity Law Scholarship to Stetson Law Student,” on

• Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, was quoted in a May 20 article on Medium titled, “Branding is for Products, Not People.”

Alumni News

• Alumnus and MLB pitcher Jacob deGrom was featured in the May 26 post, “We Were Today Years Old When We Learned Jacob deGrom Hit His Only Collegiate Home Run Off Chris Sale,” on

• Alumnus and former soccer player Alex Minton, MVP of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in 2005, was cited May 24 in the post, “Real IFFC Hires New Executive Director,” on

• Alumnus Josh Colwell, a UCF physics professor, was quoted in the May 24 post, “UCF Research Flies Three-for-Three on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity,” on

• Alumna Heather Kreider, MED, educational leadership, was profiled in the May 26 post, “Welcome to the New Principal at Edgewater High,” on

• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Law alumna Anna Upton to the Northwest Florida Water Management District. She is a Managing Member of Anna H. Upton, P.L. and serves as general counsel to The Everglades Foundation.

• Law alumna Onchantho Am was recognized in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by Rep. Darren Soto during the General Speeches portion of the U.S. House session on C-SPAN on May 19.

• Law alumna April Hubbard Kuhn will serve as the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s new Chief Student Services and Compliance Officer beginning in July, according to a May 26 report on

• Law alumnus John Herin was profiled May 26 in the article, “John Herin Officially Steps into His New Role as Tamarac City Attorney,” on