Stetson University in the News, July 23-30, 2021

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Asal Johnson, PhD

Top Stories:

Asal Johnson, PhD, associate professor of Public Health, and her husband Allen Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health and director of the Master of Public Health program at Rollins College, were interviewed for the July 29 article, “Public health pros answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions,” in the West Volusia Beacon. “COVID-19 cases are increasing exponentially in Florida and also in Volusia County. … The vast majority of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated individuals,” they said.

Robyn Powell, JD, PhD

• Law Professor Robyn Powell wrote the July 26 article, “Disabled People Still Don’t Have Reproductive Freedom,” on “Since my mid-20s, I have been offered a hysterectomy by my doctors more times than I can count,” Powell wrote. “These offers are not being made based on medical necessity — there is no reason to believe that a pregnancy would be dangerous for me or a future baby — but instead, an assumption that I should not have children. Unfortunately, my experiences are not unique; they reflect an enduring belief that disabled people, like myself, are unfit to raise children.”

• Carmen Johnson, JD, was profiled July 27 in the story, “Stetson University Announces New Executive Officer for Diversity, Inclusion and Collaboration,” on President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, also was quoted in the article.

Carmen Johnson, JD

• Bill Nylen, PhD, professor of Political Science, was quoted in the story, “Cuban roots: Locals stand in solidarity with protesters seeking freedom, basic resources,” in the July 22 Daytona Beach News-Journal.

• Law Professor Louis Virelli was quoted in the July 27 story, “Capitol riot hearing gives Americans the chance to learn why and how the attack happened, experts say,” on and WCNC-TV Online.

• President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; Krista Bofill, MEd, new vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement; and Woody O’Cain, former assistant vice president for Alumni and Parent Engagement, were cited in the July 27 “Class Notes” section of the West Volusia Beacon.

• Scott Jones, PhD, associate professor of Marketing, was interviewed July 21 by Spectrum News 13 for the deep-dive segment, “No Fans at the Olympics.”

Stuart Michelson, PhD

• Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and chair of Finance, was quoted in the July 27 article, “Should Investors Have Multiple Brokerage Accounts?” on Yahoo! Finance and several other media outlets.

• Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, wrote the column, “Imagine West Volusia: The Southridge legacy,” for the July 27 West Volusia Beacon.

• Alumnus and former Stetson baseball player Nick Rickles, who is playing for Israel in the Tokyo Olympics, was profiled July 29 on TV stations WPTV and WFLX-TV.

Other News:

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• Roberta Smith Favis, professor emerita of Art History, was cited in the July 30 article, “Nov. 4-7: Top art galleries come together for The Art Show,” on

• Kathy Jo Piechura-Couture, PhD, professor of Education, Nina B. Hollis Institute of Educational Reform, was quoted in the July 22 story, “The Evolution of Special Education in Malaysia,” in Borgen Magazine.

• Krista Bofill, MEd, new vice president for Development and Alumni Engagement, was cited in the July 22 “People on the move” section of the Orlando Sentinel.

• The story, “Stetson gets grant for climate action,” appeared in the July 8 Hometown News.

• Former head football coach Roger Hughes, who recently became president of Doane University, was profiled July 23 in the story, “From Football Coach to President,” in Inside Higher Ed.

• Stetson was cited in the July 28 story, “West Volusia Memories: A five-hour trip saved his life,” in the West Volusia Beacon.

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Rebecca Morgan, JD

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

  • July 19: Heat Wave Impact on Elders
  • July 19: California Bar Seeking Input on Proposed Formal Opinion on Clients with Diminished Capacity
  • July 19: When I’m 64 Course
  • July 20: Creativity and Healthy Aging
  • July 21: Needed Changes to Federal Policy for Direct Care Workforce
  • July 22: Rent or Own?

• Stetson football placekicker Cameron Gillis was profiled in the July 20 article, “Riders fan getting to practice with piece of Roughriders history,” on the website of Canadian radio station 650 CKOM.

• The selection of Stetson baseball outfielder Andrew MacNeil to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s 2021 Division I Academic All-District Team for District IV was cited in the July 27 “Class Notes” section of the West Volusia Beacon.

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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.

Alumni News:

• Law alumna Rhea Law was profiled in the July 26 article, “Rhea Law recommended as interim president of USF,” in the Tampa Bay Times, while,, The Oracle — University of South Florida, St. Pete Catalyst and several other media outlets also covered the story.

• Law alumnus Jay Wolfson was quoted in the July 29 article, “Getting vaccinated becoming ‘the easy choice’ as mandates put pressure on the unvaccinated,” in USA Today, MSN News and Yahoo! News.

• Alumnus Eric Anderson was cited in the July 27 story, “HUBA Delivers Results of Its Third-Party Study to Haltom City Council and City Staff as Council Debates Tightening Restrictions on Many Auto-Related Uses,” on, Suncoast News Network Online, Arizona Republic Online and more than 50 other media outlets.

• Alumna Linda S. Rouse was profiled in the July 26 story, “Nova Southeastern Names Optometry Dean,” on

• Alumnus Eric Hogan was profiled July 26 in the story, “Eric Hogan Promoted to NGC Grading Finalizer,” on and Coin Week.

• Alumna Serita Beamon was cited in the July 27 story, “Meet the panelists: Here’s who will be answering your questions during News 6’s Back to School town hall,” on

• Law alumnus John Hornbeck was profiled in the July 27 article, “The Times’ recommendations for St. Petersburg City Council,” in the Tampa Bay Times.

• Trenam Law announced that Law alumnus Gregory S. DeMeuse joined the firm as associate. He is a resident in the firm’s St. Petersburg office and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Lending Practice Group.

• The Polk County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the selection of Stetson alumnus Randy Mink as the next County Attorney, according to Lake Wales News.

Carlton Fields announced that Law alumna Kai Su joined the firm’s Business Litigation Practice as an associate.

• Alumnus Nicholas Pekmezian was profiled July 28 in the stories, “When Medicine Is a Family Affair” and “One Day, Two White Coat Ceremonies,” both on UCF Today.