Stetson University in the News, June 11-17, 2021

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Top Stories:

Stetson officials use shovels to move dirt at groundbreaking for Brown Hall.• Stetson Trustees and supporters Cici and Hyatt Brown; President Emerita Wendy B. Libby, PhD; President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and student Gianna Meoli ’22 were mentioned in the June 12 article, “Stetson University breaks ground on $18M Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The groundbreaking also was covered by MSN Canada and Tradeline Inc.

• Ray Nault, EdD, vice president of Enrollment Management, and student Stephanie Vasquez were interviewed for the June 10 segment, “Stetson University offers chance for free tuition for vaccinated students,” on Orlando TV station WESH Channel 2. Nault also was interviewed for the June 14 segment, “Stetson University offers incentives for students to get vaccinated,” on Orlando TV station Fox 35. Variations of this story were carried by numerous other media outlets, including WNDB Radio, Hometown News, the West Volusia Beacon and the Ormond Beach Observer.

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• Stetson Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was mentioned in a June 11 article in The Weekly Challenger titled, “The Woodson Museum celebrates Black women.” She was celebrated during a May 1 event for local trailblazing Black women who have made exceptional accomplishments and become the first in a specialized field or endeavor.

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was quoted in the June 18 article, “How Roblox Became a Playground for Virtual Fascists,” on “To the best of my knowledge, there is not evidence to suggest that the ‘alt right’ is any more prevalent in gaming communities than anywhere else,” Ferguson said. “I do worry that some of this borders on Satanic panics from the ’80s and ’90s.”

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• Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and chair of Finance, was cited in the June 15 article, “6 Best Health Care ETFs to Buy” on

• Lynn Schoenberg, dean of Students, and Theresa J. Pulley Radwan, professor of Law, were mentioned in the West Volusia Beacon Class Notes on June 15 for both receiving the “She Stepped Up Award: Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership During COVID-19″ from the American Council on Education Women’s Network of Florida. The two women have co-chaired Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force since spring 2020.

• Maria Rickling, PhD, associate professor of Accounting, chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy, was quoted in the June 12 article, “Stetson’s Master of Accountancy online program recognized,” in the West Volusia Beacon.

Other News:

• School of Business Administration graduate student Cedric Burkhardt was profiled in the June 15 article, “Stetson University Graduate Student Receives Rod Campbell Award,” on and Boxscore World Sportswire. Burkhardt is the recipient of the inaugural Rod Campbell Award, which includes a paid summer apprenticeship in the motorsports industry.

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Michael Bitter, PhD

• Michael Bitter, PhD, Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting and director of the Master of Accountancy Program, was featured in the May 27 article, “Average car insurance cost: How much is car insurance 2021?” on WalletHub.

• Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in an in-depth segment on Bay News 9 on June 11 to discuss an Arizona voting rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

• Elev8 Consulting Group CEO and founder Angela Delmedico has joined the advisory board of Stetson’s Disruptive Leadership Program, as reported in a June 15 article on, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Online, IABC Nashville and numerous other media outlets.

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby was mentioned on the TaxProf Blog as one of the commentators for the 16th Annual Junior Tax Scholars Workshop.

• Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, was cited in the June 14 article, “Go Read This Essay on Managing Video Game Addiction,” on and

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Brian Young

• New head football Coach Brian Young was featured in June 15 segments on Spectrum Bay News 9 and Spectrum News 13, and June 16 in the Savannah Herald and Savannah Tribune.

• Stetson’s 2019 endorsement of the Chicago Statement, a declaration of support for freedom of expression in academia drafted by the University of Chicago, was listed in a June 15 post on

• Stetson student Calista Headrick, an intern with the West Volusia Beacon newspaper, wrote the June 16 article, “FOODIE FILE: Sisters offer a taste of New York.”

• Stetson was cited in the June 15 article, “College Guidance Counseling: Get the COVID-19 Vaccine,” on

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog:

  • June 6: “Call for Papers: Under Pressure: Legal And Systemic Responses To The Psychological Trauma Associated With Covid-19”
  • June 8: “Webinar on Resuming SNF Visitation & Spotting Trauma”
  • June 15: “Uniform Law on Brain Death”
  • June 15: “Is DePrescribing The Answer for Too Many Prescriptions?”

• Assistant men’s basketball Coach Adam Williams was quoted in the June 15 article, “Robert Ford Named Saint Xavier Men’s Basketball Head Coach,” on

• WUSF featured the new St. Petersburg Consortium for Racial Justice, which includes Stetson Law, in a June 15 article titled, “Four St. Petersburg Schools Joining National Conversation On Racial Equality.”

• Law student Madeline Doten published a June 8 blog post on The National Sea Grant Law Center website titled, “Biden Administration Releases its Preliminary 30 by 30 Conservation Report.”

• Julio G. Martinez-Clark, CEO of bioaccess and an advisory board member for Stetson’s Disruptive Leadership Program, wrote the June 16 article, “Medtech In Chile: Currently Latin America’s Easiest Market, But For How Long?” on

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s quote in a June 4 USA Today article was cited as a recent example of the use of the noun, “upper class,” on Merriam-Webster’s website.

• Law Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jason Bent is a co-author of the 6th Edition of Legal Protection for the Individual Employee from West Academic Publishing.

• Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., welcomed six law students, including Stetson students Taylor Bollt and Melany Hernandez.

Alumni News

• Alumna, educator and motivational speaker Primrose Cameron, MS in counseling, wrote the June 15 West Volusia Beacon article, “Cameron’s Chronicles: Celebrating and Healing,” about the 156th anniversary of the ending of slavery in Florida. The article cited Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, professor of Education.

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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.

• Stetson graduates Estefany Arenas, Malina Morales and Fred Lee were featured in the June 16 article, “Stetson University reaches new Fulbright heights: 3 winners in 2 years,” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The story also quoted Bill Nylen, PhD, professor of Political Science and Stetson’s campus coordinator for the Fulbright student program.

• Alumnus and former Southern Baptist Convention President James Merritt was quoted in the June 16 article, “Southern Baptists affirm commitment to racial reconciliation without fight over critical race theory,” on

• Alumna and visual artist Bobbi Baugh was featured June 16 in “Five DeLand artists appointed to DeLand Mural Committee” in the West Volusia Beacon.

• Carlton Fields announced that corporate and tax attorney William G. Najmy, a Law alumnus, has joined the firm as an associate in its Tampa office. He is a member of the firm’s business transactions practice.

• Law alumnus Richard Schwamm was featured in a June 10 article on Super Lawyers.

• Law alumna Nicole Alvarez has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, according to a press release.