Stetson University in the News, March 18-24, 2022

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

Top Stories:

• President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, was featured in The Business Journals in a March 21 article entitled, “The Interview: Stetson University’s plan to boost enrollment and uncover ‘Florida’s hidden gem’.” Roellke said, “In many ways, Stetson is this hidden Florida gem, and our longer-term goal is to get much more national recognition. Five years down the road, I would anticipate that we have a bigger geographic footprint for the students that we attract.”

• Roellke was also quoted in the article, “Two years later: College presidents reflect on how the pandemic changed higher education,” for The Business Journals on March 21. He talked about the importance of keeping the campus community well informed about plans and changes during the pandemic.

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Rhea Law

• Law alumna and former Stetson Law Board of Overseers member Rhea Law was named president-elect of the University of South Florida, it was announced March 22.

• Stetson was mentioned as one of the schools which allows emotional support animals in “pet-friendly” living arrangements on campus in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s March 17 article, “With Emotional-Support Animals on the Rise, How Are Colleges Responding?

• Winners of the new “Stetson at Carnegie Hall Chamber Music and Solo Competition” will perform in Carnegie Hall, according to The competition is available to music students beginning in October.

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted March 21 in the Health Central article, “Is Your Smartphone Making You Sick?” “This is a complicated issue. It’s not as though if you spend too much time on your phone, your brain will fry and you will become addicted,” he said. “There is a lot more to it.”

• Four Stetson students were awarded third place in the recent American Counseling Association (ACA) Graduate Student Ethics Competition, as reported by the Zipe Education News story titled, “Four Stetson Students Place 3rd in National Ethics Competition,” on March 19. The four students were Nicole King ’23, Melanie Strembel ’23, Amber Lee ’23 and Elizabeth Nicks ’22.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a March 21 ABC Action News story about Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a March 22 WFTX (Fox) story about Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Other Stetson News:

• Law student Deja Gordon was quoted in a 10 Tampa Bay story about Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson that aired March 21.

• Law Professor Louis Virelli was quoted in a March 21 article in The Harvard Crimson titled, “Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 Set to Face Questions About Harvard Governance Role in Supreme Court Confirmation.”

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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 alumnus and Adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson was quoted in a March 21 ABC Action News story entitled, “15 minute COVID PCR tests ‘too good to be true,’ experts say.”

• Law Professor Rebecca Morgan authored a March 18 post on the Elder Law Prof Blog titled, “New Nursing Home Regs Coming from Feds Within Year?” Morgan wrote a March 21 post titled, “No More Emergency, No More Medicaid?” on Elder Law Prof Blog. And Morgan wrote a March 22 post on Elder Law Prof Blog titled, “DOJ Found Colorado Violated the ADA.”

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor penned a March 18 post on the White Collar Crime Prof Blog titled, “DOJ Moves Toward Transparency – Will it Include Discovery?”

• The 26th Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition was mentioned March 20 on LiveLaw India.

• Law Professor Tomer Stein’s recent paper, “Rules vs. Standards in Private Ordering,” Buffalo Law Review, Vol. 71, was highlighted in a March 22 Legal Theory Blog post.

Stetson Alumni in the News:

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Jacob deGrom

• Two-time Cy Young Award winner and alumnus Jacob deGrom was featured in The Sun News article, “Why These Mets’ Players Believe DH Will Help Jacob deGrom, Pitching Staff Stay Healthy,” on March 21.

• College of Law alumnus Stanton Fears has been hired as an associate attorney in the Tampa office of the law firm Freeborn.

• College of Law alumna Bryony G. Swift was promoted to shareholder at the firm Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawke P.A.

• College of Law alumna Virginia “Vicky” Obando was profiled in a March 18 Tampa Bay Times article titled, “Former Bolivian lawyer finds new calling: Aiding Clearwater’s Immigrant women.”

Jaclyn Nesheiwat Stapp ’02

• Alumna and Miss Tennessee Universe Jaclyn Stapp was featured in the Bella Magazine article, “The CHARM Foundation: Jaclyn Stapp.”

• College of Law alumna Anna Upton was reappointed to the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board.

• College of Law alumna and Judge Natasha Shaw was appointed to Hawaii’s District Family Court.

• College of Law alumna Ashley Galvao was named a Tampa Bay Business Journal Rising Star in Top Corporate Counsel.