Stetson University in the News, April 22-28, 2022

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Mayhill Fowler, PhD

Top Stories:

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal interviewed Mayhill Fowler, PhD, associate professor of History and director of Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (SPREES), for the April 28 story, “Stetson professor, expert on Ukraine-Russia relations, to talk history and the ongoing war.” “You see these bombed-out buildings … a sort of dark, horror-filled landscape, and it’s hard to realize that this was a very functioning democratic country with wine bars and book festivals and swimming pools,” Fowler said.

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Eric Kurlander, PhD

• JewishNews.com, the Times of Israel and the World News quoted Eric Kurlander, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, in the April 26 story, “What were Hitler, Stalin, Mao, like as kids? Early years of 6 dictators … plus Putin.” “Recognizing the complexity, the historical, psychological, sociological complexity of dictators’ childhoods is not that unusual and not problematic,” Kurlander said. “Many biographies of Stalin, Mao, Castro have ‘humanized’ or looked at the complexity of these individuals before they did evil. There are obvious reasons why it’s dangerous to do so if you don’t do it responsibly.”

• WKMG-TV News 6 and Prestigious Scholarships quoted Martin Blackwell, PhD, visiting professor of History, in the April 22 broadcast segment and online story, “Stetson raising $250K for scholarships for 4 displaced Ukrainians.” “More places around the world need to be doing what we’re doing,” he said.

• The Sioux City Journal, Scottsbluff Star-Herald, KPVI and more than 20 other media quoted Washington García, DMA, dean of the School of Music, in the April 25 story, “10-year-old girl from Omaha plays piano at Carnegie Hall: ‘It felt really special.’ ”

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Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD

• The Daytona Times quoted Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in the April 21 story, “Stetson conference will address poverty and homelessness.”

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• The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, professor of Education, and Rajni Shankar-Brown, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in the March 9 story, “Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Stop WOKE Act will have ‘chilling effect,’ say teachers and Democrats.”

Other Stetson News:

• U.S. News & World Report and WTOP News quoted Law Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jason Bent in the April 21 article, “See if a 2-year law school program is a good fit.”

• The Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted Law Professor Paul Boudreaux in the April 26 story, “Dissolving Disney World’s Reedy Creek District could break deal with bondholders, bring lawsuits.”

• WRDQ-TV, WFTV-TV, WESH-TV, WMFE and other media outlets cited Stetson’s mask policy in their April 21 broadcasts. Stetson is preparing to end its masking requirement and start the Fall 2022 semester outside of the COVID Tiers system, according to Central Florida’s TV 27.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• The Norfolk Daily News, the Fremont Tribune and more than 30 other media outlets cited an analysis authored by Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in an April 21 article, “Fortenberry’s campaign paid nearly $600k to his defense team in federal court case.”

• Fox 13 News quoted Law alumnus and adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson in an April 27 story on COVID-19 now being considered endemic.

• The Hometown News cited Stetson’s Centurion Sales Program in the April 21 article, “Stetson sales education program joins alliance.”

• The Hometown News cited Stetson’s historic district in the April 21 article, “Walking Tour.”

• The Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published the April 22 guest column, “Plant palm oil plantations where they’re sustainable” by Stetson Law student Kenneth Meyer.

• WFTV, Walt Disney World News Today, disneydining.com and the Orlando Sentinel quoted Law Professor Paul Boudreaux in the April 23 story, “Constitutional law experts: Disney could ‘absolutely’ sue Florida for retaliation.”

• WESH-TV 2 News featured Stetson student Zoie Weinberger in the April 25 broadcast segment, “K-9 Donor Visits DeLand Police Department.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the April 25 story, “MainStreet offers free training.

• The Hometown News cited the Hand Art Center in the April 22 story, “Volusia Art Notes.

• Butler.legal cited Stetson Law student Lucia Leoni in the April 27 post, “Butler Presents the Insurance Law Book Award.

• Tampa Bay Newswire cited Stetson in the April 26 story, “Pre-Construction Sales Underway at Dream Finders Homes’ New Volusia County Community Lakewood Park.”

• Press Release Point cited Stetson in the April 26 post, “The Call of the Wild: Visually Impaired Students Gain Access to Nature Through Sound.

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Rebecca Morgan

• Elder Law Prof Blog posted the following articles by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan: “Does Ageism Make Us Less Visible and Valuable?” (April 21); “Smart Home Tech Makes Aging in Place Easier” (April 22); “The Sandwich Generation is Still Going Strong” (April 25); “National Guardianship Network Video” (April 26); and “SNF Medicare Funding Proposal” (April 27).

• Sirius XM Radio program, Doctor Radio, quoted Law alumnus and adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson in an April 26 segment about masking and public health.

• ContractsProf Blog listed Law Professor Tomer Stein’s “Rules vs. Standards in Private Ordering” as a top contracts and commercial law download, according to an April 26 post.

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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.

Alumni News:

• The Caldwell Journal cited alumna Suzanne Williams in the April 21 story, “Soula Trio to Present Contemporary Celtic Music at the Chapel of Rest Spring Concert.

• The Lakeland Ledger cited Law alumnus Jean Pierre Espinoza in the April 22 story, “Lawyer Jean Pierre Espinoza receives Wright Award for diversity.

• South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine profiled Law alumna Marguerite Willis in the April 22 story, “Taking Them Head On: From Goliath companies to establishment politicians, Marguerite Willis comes ready for battle.

• Treasure Coast Newspapers profiled Law alumna Rebecca White in the April 22 story, “Circuit Judge Rebecca White officially sworn in during packed ceremony amid friends, family.

• Frugal Novice, Business Chief Online and more than 20 other media outlets profiled alumnus Lawrence R. (Larry) Johnston in the April 26 article, “Former Fortune 50 CEO acquires major stake in The Peach Cobbler Factory.

• GOBankingRates.com posted the April 26 story, “Americans Are Feeling Stressed: Here’s How to Lessen Your Money Worries,” by alumna Jenny Rose Spaudo.

* Tampa Magazines profiled alumna Crystal Morris in the April 25 story, “The InterView: Crystal Morris, President and CEO of Gator Cases.”

* The West Volusia Beacon cited alumna Rachel Hazel in the April 26 story “Class Notes.”

* Crosswalk.com published “7 Prayers to Say for Your Friends” by alumna Blair Parke on April 26.

*LSCU Insight cited alumnus Steve Moseley in the April 27 post, “LSCU Announces Results of 2022 Board Elections.”

* Bankerlopez.com cited Law alumnus James Loberg in the April 19 post, “James Loberg Joins Banker Lopez Gassler.”

* Bankerlopez.com cited Law alumnus Brian Schiess in the March 22 post, “Brian Schiess Joins Orlando Office.”

* Bankerlopez.com cited Law alumna Sarah Lahlou-Amine in the April 20 post, “Sarah Lahlou-Amine Named Assistant General Counsel at Banker Lopez Gassler.”