Stetson University in the News, April 1- 7, 2022

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Top Stories:

• Stetson was featured on Tampa-based Fox 13 in the April 4 news segment, “Stetson University Plans to Help Ukrainians,” about the university’s plan to host Ukrainian students and faculty displaced by the war. A similar story appeared April 2 on Spectrum News 13.

• Assistant Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Plantan, PhD, was featured in a Fox 13 News segment April 2 entitled, “Stetson University Helps Ukrainians Affected by the War.”  She said, “The hope is that someone would have the ability to come to Stetson to study, or in the case of the faculty member, to teach or do their research, to give them a sense of normalcy and routine in the midst of this horrible war.”

• Plantan was also interviewed about the Ukrainian effort on WMFE-FM 90.7, an Orlando affiliate of National Public Radio.

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• Visiting Professor of History Martin Blackwell, PhD, was featured on Spectrum Bay News 9 on April 2 in the segment, “Stetson University to help Ukrainian Students Fleeing the War.” He said, “We’ll work with our connections over there, work with our friends over there. Things have to happen quite quickly.”

• Stetson’s program to host displaced students and faculty from Ukraine was mentioned in the Inside Higher Ed article, “A Pile of Honorary Degrees for Zelensky,” on April 1.

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

• President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, was quoted in the Capital Analytics Associates post, “Face Off: Delivering high-quality education in an ever-evolving economy,” on April 5. He discussed the actions that Stetson is taking to make higher education affordable, as well as his outlook for the school in the next two to three years.

• Assistant Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Plantan co-authored an article for The Washington Post entitled, “Putin called fleeing Russians ‘traitors.’ Who’s actually leaving?” on March 31. The article discussed the new wave of emigration from Russia of anti-war activists who fear retaliation from the Kremlin.

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, wrote an opinion piece entitled, “Scientific Institutions Are Going Woke—and Hemorrhaging Credibility” for Newsweek on April 3. The article discussed changes the American Psychiatric Association and other national organizations have made in terminology previously used to describe such things as gender, sex, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. He argued the organizations are losing credibility with their political correctness.

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• Professor of Biology Kirsten Work, PhD, was featured in a documentary about algae growth in Florida Springs entitled, “Fellowship of the Springs.” It aired on WUFT-TV, a PBS station based in Gainesville.

• College of Law alumna and former Stetson Law Board of Overseers member Rhea Law has been confirmed as the University of South Florida’s next president. The news was covered March 30 on ABC Action NewsWUSF 89.7 FM and other outlets.

• Assistant Professor of French Yohann Ripert, PhD, published an article entitled, “How Senegal decolonised diplomacy — starting with Kennedy and Senghor,” on April 3 for the Los Angeles Herald.

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• Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, PhD, was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, “How to Pay Taxes on Investment Income,” on April 6.

• Deborah Goldring, PhD, associate professor of Marketing, was quoted in the article, “Turn Customers into Brand Advocates: 3 Psychological Strategies,” on the blog, LiveHelpNow. She explained why brand advocates are so valuable to businesses.

Other Stetson in the News:

• Assistant Dean of Student Affair JoCynda Hudson was quoted in an April 5 ABA for Law Students article titled, “Survey Details How Law Students Have Been Affected by the Pandemic.”

• Stetson’s Hand Art Center was featured in the “Art Notes” section of Hometown News Volusia on March 31.

• Law Professor Louis Virelli was cited in a March 30 post on the blog,, in an article titled, “The Stench from the Bench.”

• Virelli was also quoted in a March 31 story on the radio show, Here and Now, that ran on National Public Radio affiliates nationwide titled, “As calls grow for Justice Thomas to recuse himself, one Supreme Court watcher urges caution.” He was also quoted in an April 1 article in U.S. News & World Report titled, “Clarence Thomas Recusal Drama Steers Supreme Court Into Jan. 6 Probe.”

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• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy participated in an April 1 Widener University Commonwealth Law School Law Review Symposium panel on voting rights.

• Judge and former Law Professor Michael P. Allen was mentioned in a March 31 Penn State Law story titled, “Veterans Appeals Court visits Penn State Law in University Park.”

• Law Professor Rebecca Morgan authored a March 31 post on the Elder Law Prof Blog titled, “The Fading Possibility of Aging at Home.” Morgan authored a March 31 post on Elder Law Prof Blog titled, “Colorado Aid-in-Dying Cases Update.” And she wrote an April 4 post on Elder Law Prof Blog titled, “Bill Introduced to Repeal Medicaid Estate Recovery.”

• Excerpts from Law Professor Robyn Powell’s paper, “Achieving Justice for Disabled Parents and their Children: An Abolitionist Approach,” were featured in an April 1 post on Health Law Prof Blog.

• Stetson Law’s Black Law Students Association was mentioned in a segment on ABC 7 Sarasota titled, “Empowering Voices.”

• Stetson Law adjunct faculty members were mentioned in an April 1 story titled, “Four Shutts & Bowen attorneys add professor to their resume.”

• The Stetson Law Review Symposium, “Is Remote Justice Still Justice?” was mentioned in an April 4 post on the blog, Indisputably.

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Alumni News:

• Flutist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Smith, both Stetson alumni, were featured in The Observer, a Florida online newspaper, in the “Arts and Entertainment” section on April 5.

• Alumnus Theo Etzel published the article, “Best Practices Make Best Companies,” at HVACR Business on April 1.

• College of Law alumna Starling Hendricks joined the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, the firm announced March 30.

• Alumna Jenny Rose Spaudo published the article, “3 Simple Tips for Investing Beginners,” on on April 5.

• College of Law alumna Anisha Patel was profiled in a piece titled, “Balancing act: Young lawyer wants to change the industry’s workaholic culture.”

• College of Law alumna Michaela Kim has joined the Orlando firm Dean Mead, the firm announced March 31.

• College of Law alumna Leah Dargy joined the firm Kelley Kronenberg, the firm announced April 5.

• College of Law alumna Zoila Luhara joined the firm Hill Ward Henderson, the firm announced April 6.