Stetson University in the News, April 15-21, 2022

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

Top Stories:

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD; Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of Russian; Hari Pulapaka, PhD, associate professor of Mathematics; and Martin Blackwell, PhD, visiting professor of History, in the April 20 story, “Stetson University will host 4 displaced Ukrainian students, 1 faculty member next year.” “Stetson University has a long and impressive history of ‘stepping up’ in times of crisis, and SPREES (Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies) places Stetson in a position to advance teaching and learning during the war in Ukraine,” Roellke said.

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Elizabeth Skomp, PhD

• University Business cited Stetson in the April 19 story, “Help for Ukraine scholars: Higher education rallies to provide jobs, support.”

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Hari Pulapaka, PhD

• Spectrum News 13 featured Hari Pulapaka, associate professor of Mathematics, in the April 18 broadcast, “Central Florida chefs cooking up help for Ukrainians.” “I was welcomed here a long time ago, and I became a citizen only recently, and so I have a special place for people in need — no matter where they are in the world,” said Pulapaka, a native of India.

• NPR interviewed Stetson Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III, JD, for the April 15 Morning Edition segment, “Examining what’s involved with a Supreme Court justice’s recusal.” The segment was broadcast on more than 250 NPR member stations across the country.

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Washington García, DMA

• The Omaha World-Herald quoted Washington García, DMA, dean of the School of Music, in the April 21 story, “10-year-old girl from Omaha plays piano at Carnegie Hall: ‘It felt really special.’ ”

• The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times profiled current Stetson student and NFL player Donald Parham Jr. in the April 18 story, “There’s no keepin’ Chargers tight end Parham down.”

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Donald Parham

Other Stetson in the News:

• The Psychologist cited Joshua Rust, PhD, associate professor of Philosophy, in the April 14 story, “This is improbable.”

• 10 Tampa Bay quoted Stetson Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III, JD, in the April 14 story, “Abortion ban after 15 weeks signed into law in Florida,” and the April 15 story, “Florida’s 15-week ban on most abortions could face legal challenges.”

• Bay Soundings, an environmental website, cited Stetson in the article, “Regional Resilience Cohort Works Toward Local Solutions.”

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Chris Ferguson, PhD

• The Psychologist cited Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the April 14 story, “ ‘Imagine having a debate about addiction to glass bottles, and no one cared what was inside the bottle.’ ”

• The West Volusia Beacon on April 19 posted the column, “Imagine West Volusia: Earth Day? Every day,” by Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies.

• The Highlands Sun and cited Peggy MacDonald, PhD, adjunct instructor of History, in the story, “Florida’s Female Pioneers.”

• The website,, published an April 15 article, “Banning palm oil plantations and boycotting the product are not the answer to solving the crop’s environmental damage,” by Stetson Law student Kenneth Meyer.

• The Stuart News and quoted Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in the April 17 story, “Grappling with homelessness.”

• BuzzFeed cited the fictional character Ray Finkle, who in the movie “Ace Ventura” is a Stetson grad, in the April 18 article, “The NFL Draft, But Only Fictional Football Players.”

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• The Sanford Herald cited Mayhill Fowler, PhD, associate professor of History and director of Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (SPREES), in the April 20 story, “Dr. Fowler to speak at Enterprise Museum.”

• The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education profiled Michèle Alexandre, JD, dean and professor of Stetson Law, in the April 18 article, “A Pair of African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions.” Alexandre will be leaving Stetson to become dean of Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law.

• Florida Bar News profiled Stetson Law Professor Terri Radwan in the April 19 article, “Radwan named interim dean at Stetson Law.”

• Bay News 9 interviewed Stetson Law Professor Peter Lake for an April 19 story titled, “Post-tenure reviews for professors at state universities.” The story also ran on Bay News 9’s sister station in Orlando as well as Spectrum affiliates in Buffalo, N.Y., and other markets.

• Southern Sentinel columnist Lauren Gay cited Stetson in her April 20 column, “The Little Mrs. FGG: A tale of two formals.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the April 20 story, “Centurion Sales Program joins University Sales Center Alliance.”

• The Omaha World-Herald cited an analysis that Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy authored in an April 20 article, “Fortenberry’s campaign paid nearly $600k to his defense team in federal court case.”

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Rebecca Morgan, JD

• Elder Law Prof Blog featured the following posts by Stetson Law Professor Rebecca Morgan:

• The National Organization for Women mentioned Stetson University and Rajni Shankar-Brown, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in its April 21 news release, “Bring America Home Now Initiative.”

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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.


• An April 16 Daytona Beach News-Journal column by sportswriter Ken Willis, “When in doubt, dot . . . Some final reflections about the 2022 Masters,” cited Stetson Law alumnus Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, as “probably the most famous graduate of the Stetson College of Law.”

• Bay News 9 interviewed Stetson Law alumnus Jay Wolfson for the April 18 broadcast segment, “Masks no longer required at Tampa International Airport.”

• The websites and profiled Law alumnus Grant Beardsley in the April 18 story, “Royal Credit Union Names Beardsley EVP, Chief Legal Officer.”

• The Jacksonville Daily Record profiled alumnus C. William Curtis in the April 20 story, “Fisher Tousey adds shareholder, office in St. Augustine.”

• profiled alumnus Chuck Roesch in the April 19 story, “Roesch to lead Marching Patriots.”

• Focus cited alumna Suzanne Williams in the April 21 story, “Soula Trio Presents Contemporary Celtic Music At The Chapel Of Rest Spring Concert, April 24.”