Stetson University in the News, July 30-Aug. 5, 2021

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Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, was in the news
Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, was interviewed July 31 by TV station WOFL Fox 35 for the segment, “Renters struggle to avoid eviction as moratorium ends.” “With the eviction moratorium about to expire, we truly have a massive crisis before us,” Shankar-Brown said. “Knowing that money federally is there (to provide aid), but only a very small fraction has actually made it into people’s hands, it’s adding a lot of anxiety for folks. To see the eviction moratorium coming to expire, and knowing the daunting reality for so many, it’s quite heavy.” Shankar-Brown also was interviewed Aug. 2 by TV station WESH for the segment, “Homeless shelters prepare for crowds as eviction moratorium ends.” And she addressed the topic in “Florida has distributed only 2% of funds to help renters” on news 4JAX, as well as in the Tampa Bay Times, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Orlando Sentinel, WKMG TV, Spectrum Bay News 9, MSN, Spectrum News 13, U.S. News & World Report and more than 30 other media outlets.
  • New School of Music Dean Washington García, DMA, is featured in the July/August issue of Orlando Arts Magazine. The story also includes a quote by Stetson Provost and Executive Vice President Noel Painter, PhD.
  • Stetson University was in the news for awarding a year of free tuition in the Safer Stetson Tuition Award drawing. Student Joshua Sanchez, winner of free tuition, was interviewed Aug. 2 on WOFL Fox 35’s “Good Day Orlando.” The story also aired on other regional Fox stations.

    Lou Paris, MBA, was in the news
    Lou Paris, MBA
  • Lou Paris, MBA, founder of Morethanadormat and director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program, was named Ambassador of the Year by the Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by the UCF Business Incubation Program, according to a July 28 article on
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, was interviewed for the Aug. 3 segment, “Lasting Impressions of Bullying,” on TV stations Spectrum News 13 and Spectrum Bay News 9. Also, Ferguson was cited in the Aug. 3 story, “Tencent Loses Almost $60 Billion in Stock Value After Chinese State Media Describe Online Games as ‘Spiritual Opium’ ” on Additionally, both Ferguson and Shankar-Brown (noted above) were interviewed for the July 29 article, “Enriching Education: CRT Interviews,” on Motherhood Moment.
  • Carmen Johnson, JD, was profiled in the July 31 story, “A new position for Stetson University director,” in the Daytona Times. President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, was quoted in the article. Johnson and Roellke also were featured in an Aug. 2 article in the Pete Catalyst titled, “Carmen Johnson will coordinate diversity efforts across Stetson’s three campuses.”
  • Krista Bofill, MEd, new vice president for Development and Alumni Engagement, was profiled in the July 31 story, “New Stetson VP named,” in the West Volusia Beacon. President Roellke also was quoted in the article. In addition, the story was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Student Faith Hannah Lea was profiled July 30 in the story, “Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, named 2021 Newsline Young Ham of the Year,” on Southgate Amateur Radio News.

    Robyn Powell, JD, PhD
  • Law professor Robyn Powell was featured in an Aug. 3 article in the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Are employee COVID-19 vaccine mandates legal?”
  • Adjunct law professor Jay Wolfson was featured Aug. 3 on WMNF to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 surge in Florida. Law professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured Aug. 3 in a Bay News 9 segment to discuss whether businesses can mandate employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • New head softball coach Shellie Robinson was profiled July 31 in the story, “DeLand native to take over the reins at Stetson,” in the Sanford Herald.

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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.
  • Law professor Royal C. Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and Erin Okuno, visiting professor of Law and assistant director of the institute, were cited in the July 30 article, “Stetson University College Of Law: Institute For Biodiversity Law and Policy Releases Annual Report” on The article also mentioned Stetson Law student Nicholas Lewis as the recipient of the 2020 Environmental Education Program Award from Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for a project he worked on in a class of Law professor Lance Long.
  • Law professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following articles for the Elder Law Prof Blog: “Friendship Knows No Age Limit,” “Casual Relationships Provide Benefits,” “Nursing Homes & COVID: Here We Go Again?” and “Level of COVID Immunity for W.Va. SNF Residents?”
  • Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was mentioned in an Aug. 2 Election Law Blog post titled, “Ninth Circuit finds that some Alaska campaign finance rules violate First Amendment.”
  • Stetson Law students Adam Poe and Graham Marcus wrote posts about the 2021 RumbergerKirk Summer Associate Program on
  • Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of environmental science and studies, was quoted in the Aug. 3 story, “Rezoning approved for housing development on Spring Garden Avenue,” in the West Volusia Beacon.
  • Law professor Kirsten K. Davis wrote, “What Is Rhetoric, Anyway? And Why Should the Appellate Lawyer Care?” on Aug. 5 for the Appellate Advocacy Blog.
  • Law professor Andrew Appleby’s recent article, “Platforms: The Postscript,” in Tax Notes State was featured Aug. 2 on the Tax Prof Blog.
  • Law professors Kristen Adams and Candace Zierdt announced the publication of the third edition of their book, “The ABCs of the UCC: Related and Supplementary Consumer Law,” on

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