Stetson University in the News, June 25-July 1, 2021

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T. Wayne Bailey, PhD

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• The passing of Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, professor emeritus of political science and department founder, was featured in “Dr. T. Wayne Bailey dies” and in “Stetson mourns passing of Dr. T. Wayne Bailey,” both in the June 29 West Volusia Beacon.

• The story, “Longtime and beloved Stetson professor T. Wayne Bailey has died,” was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 29. Said David Hill, PhD, one of his former students, and now professor and chair of the Political Science department, “Wayne literally changed my life. … Wayne cared. He just cared. I wasn’t special. He was that way with everybody.”

• Ray Nault, EdD, vice president of Enrollment Management, was quoted in the June 4 article, “Stetson University offers free tuition award to students to promote vaccination ahead of fall semester,” in Florida Trend.

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• Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was featured in the article, “We are not addressing fully the state of homelessness in the U.S.,” in issue 20 of bUneke Magazine. “The past decade has been really harrowing, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exasperated human rights issues and caused a significant rise in homelessness.”

• Sven Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology, was quoted in the June 23 article, “Organizing Society,” in Managing Editor Magazine. The story also was featured as part of the magazine’s “Margins” podcast.

President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, has named Larry Correll-Hughes, PhD, and Lynn Schoenberg, EdS, as co-interim vice presidents of Campus Life and Student Success. The two will replace Lua Hancock, EdD, departing vice president for Campus Life and Student Success, while a national search is launched, according to the June 24 article, “Stetson announces senior leadership transition,” in the Hometown News. The story also was covered by the West Volusia Beacon.

Robyn Powell, JD, PhD

• Law Professor Robyn Powell was quoted in the June 24 USA Today article “Britney Spears forced IUD sparks important conversations about disability, reproductive rights.” The story was picked up by more than 20 Gannett affiliates across the country. “As a woman with a significant disability, I have been offered a hysterectomy more times than I can count,” Powell said in the article. “This has been done based on assumptions about my reproductive desires rather than medical necessity.”

• Law Professor Powell also was quoted in a June 26 article on Salon titled, “‘Britney does not need to be protected from herself’: How society treats those perceived as disabled,” and June 28 in “Britney Spears’ conservatorship and America’s fight for disability rights” on Powell also was quoted addressing the topic on and

• Double Hatter Katherine M. Cobb, BA ’81, JD ’83, president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, has been named to Stetson’s Board of Trustees, according to a July 1 article on

• Stetson’s total cases of COVID-19 through June 3 was cited in the article, “Local COVID-19 data disappears,” in the June 24 West Volusia Beacon.

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Christopher Ferguson, PhD

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed and Stetson alumni Anastasiia Gryshyna, Jung Soo Kim, Emma Knowles, Zainab Nadeem, Izabela Cardozo, Carolin Esser, Victoria Trebbi and Emily Willis were cited in the June 25 story, “Parenting Pointers: Aggression and Video Games — Recent Studies,” on Motherhood Moment. That story in turn cited Ferguson and company’s research paper, “Video Games, Frustration, Violence and Virtual Reality: Two Studies,” published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.

• Law Professor Judith Scully was interviewed June 25 during a segment about the sentencing of Derek Chauvin broadcast on Spectrum Bay News 9, Spectrum News Central New York, Spectrum News Austin and other Spectrum News outlets across the nation.

• Scott Boore, ’76, has been selected as president-elect of Stetson’s Alumni Board, according to a June 30 article in the West Volusia Beacon.

• Law students Taylor Bollt and Melany Hernandez will serve as summer law clerks at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., according to the June 23 Fort Myers Florida Weekly.

• Law Professor Powell was quoted in a Texas Tribune/KSAT June 29 article titled, “Some Texas students with disabilities thrived on remote learning, but have few options this fall.” The story also appeared on, KABB-TV Online and other outlets.

• Colin Rhoades, a sophomore majoring in business administration, was named Compliance and Security Intern at Lake City Bank, according to a June 29 article on

• School of Business Administration graduate student Cedric Burkhardt was profiled in the June 15 article, “Stetson University graduate student receives Rod Campbell Award,” in Florida Trend. The article also quoted John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program.

J.F. Forbes, president of Stetson in 1900, was cited in the June 29 article, “Rotary Happenings: Rotarians learn about Audubon Society of Florida,” on

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Rebecca Morgan

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

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was mentioned on the Election Law Blog in relation to a newly filed amicus brief in CREW v. FEC on FEC misuse of “prosecutorial discretion” to avoid deciding cases.

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a June 18 article in TaxNotes titled, “Maryland Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Suit Over Digital Ad Tax.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 29 article on Bloomberg Law titled, “SEC ‘Mission Creep’ on Climate Ups Republican Lawsuit Threats.”

• Law Professor Roberta K. Flowers has been appointed vice president of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, according to a June 29 article on

• New Stetson head football coach Brian Young was interviewed for a June 26 “After the Whistle” segment on Orlando TV station WKMG.

• Mendy McNeese, new director of Women’s Basketball Operations at Stetson, was quoted in the June 25 article, “Former Lady Husky, McNeese, Moving Up the Coaching Ranks,” in the Greenville Sun.

• Men’s soccer player Jacob Gruber was cited as a member of the ASUN Conference’s 2020-2021 Fall in Spring Winners for Life Team in a June 28 article on

• Women’s beach volleyball player Kamryn Johnson was named to the ASUN Conference’s 2020-21 Spring Winners for Life Team according to a July 1 article in

Alumni News

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Jacob deGrom

• Jacob deGrom, former Stetson baseball star and current pitcher for the New York Mets, was profiled June 12 in the article, “Mets ace Jacob deGrom is going where few have gone before. Can his body survive?” on The article cited deGrom as “the best pitcher in the world,” while he was called “the best pitcher in baseball” in the June 26 story, “How the Reds are finding new weapons in baseball’s arms race,” on That article notes deGrom “is a converted shortstop who began pitching regularly in his junior year at Stetson University.”

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Corey Kluber

• Former Stetson baseball star Corey Kluber, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, was profiled in the May 25 article, “Corey Kluber’s journey to a no-hitter and a rare moment of visible joy, through the eyes of his parents,” on

• Alumna Melissa Pancoast, a political science grad, was profiled June 27 in the story, “Women Leading the Finance Industry: Melissa Pancoast of The Beans on the 5 Things You Should Do to Increase Your Financial Literacy,” in Authority Magazine on

Law alumna and KnowBe4 General Counsel Alicia Dietzen was recognized among the Top 10 30-Somethings by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), according to June 24 article on and other media outlets.

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• Law alumnus John T. Mroczko was re-elected to the State Bar of Georgia’s board of governors, according to a June 26 article in the Daily Tribune News of Cartersville, Ga.

• Alumnus L. Dean Barley was featured June 28 in “Founder of International Sports Camp and Pastor Invites Readers to Deepen Their Faith in God in Debut Collection of Devotionals” on,, San Antonio Express-News Online and numerous other media outlets. Barley’s debut book is “The Vineyard Book of Devotions: Scattered Thoughts from the Camp’s Founder.”

• Stetson Law alumnus J. Daniel Clark was featured June 28 on

• Alumna Heather Kreider was profiled June 28 in “CP Interview: Edgewater’s new Principal Heather Kreider shares goals, hobbies and classroom memories” on

• Law alumna Amanda Singleton was featured on Caregivers SOS: On Air, a weekly radio show.

• Law alumna and longtime Palm Beach County Court Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo has announced she will retire on Sept. 30, according to a June 28 article in The Palm Beach Post.

• Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has appointed Law alumnus Nathan Bruemmer as the new LGBTQ Consumer Advocate for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to a June 29 article in Florida Politics.

• Alumnus Gabe Shibly was profiled June 29 in “Hillpointe, LLC Announces Promotion of Gabe Shibly to Chief Financial Officer” on, CityBiz Chicago and other outlets.

• Law alumna Marie Tomassi was featured June 29 in the story, “Dealing with Uncertainty,” on

• Law alumnus John Marra wrote the July 1 article, “I’ll Take it To-Go: New Florida Law Makes To-Go Alcohol Sales Permanent Effective July 1,” on