Stetson University in the News: June 3-23, 2022

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Note: Stetson Today had been on pause during June and July. 

Top Stories:

• NPR quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the June 16 story “The Jan. 6 committee says the Trump campaign ripped off donors. But was it illegal?” “Legal defense funds fall outside of normal campaign finance,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “They are not considered either contributions or expenditures under the campaign finance law. You can raise money for legal defense funds that are not subject to classic campaign finance limits.” 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

The story was carried by more than 80 NPR stations across the country. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ArcaMax and more than 10 other media outlets cited Torres-Spelliscy’s NPR comments in the June 20 article “Editorial: On top of everything, Trump might have defrauded his own campaign donors.”

• Elite Daily quoted Torres-Spelliscy in the June 28 story “People Are Also Worried About Marriage Equality Now that Roe Fell.” “Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey both rely on the due process clause of the 14th Amendment,” she said. “The word ‘abortion’ and the word ‘privacy’ and the word ‘marriage’ all do not appear in the Constitution. But all of these words have been inferred by the Supreme Court using the word ‘liberty’ in the due process clause.” An earlier version of the story was posted June 7, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision.

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USA Today and MSN Sports Canada profiled former Stetson baseball pitcher Logan Gilbert in the June 12 story “Nightengale’s Notebook: How Mariners’ Logan Gilbert went from an undrafted high schooler to MLB ace.”

• Fox 35 WOFL and Fox 51 WOGX profiled Stetson junior Kendall Buck, an entrepreneurship and management major, in the June 2 broadcast segment “Student Entrepreneur shares ‘Billion Dollar Idea.’”

• Florida Politics quoted Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, associate professor of Philosophy, in the June 2 story “Disney to update controversial Splash Mountain into empowering Princess & Frog by 2024.” “White people have loved and laughed at caricaturing Black people for a very long time,” said Peppers-Bates, in a quote attributed to a 2020 Orlando Sentinel story. “Splash Mountain will feel very different if you are an African American or a white person who knows anything about history.” The Florida Politics post cited Peppers-Bates’ then-position as director of Stetson’s Africana Studies Program. 

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Mayhill Fowler, PhD

• University World News and Education World quoted Mayhill Fowler, PhD, associate professor of History, director of SPREES, Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, in the June 18 story “To understand Ukrainian solidarity, look to the literature.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, in her role as chair of the Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District in the June 15 story “‘Quality of life’: Volusia to study impact of explosive growth.” The West Volusia Beacon quoted Anderson in the June 22 story “Last-minute scramble fills Soil & Water seats.”

Other News:

• Florida Politics posted the June 4 opinion piece “Mike Beltran: Florida’s abortion caselaw was born with Roe and must die with it as well,” which cited Law professor Louis J. Virelli III.

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Asal Johnson, PhD

• The West Volusia Beacon and Black News cited Asal Johnson, PhD, associate professor of Public Health, in the June 8 story “DeLand Mural Committee approves Black-history mural.”

• Public radio stations WJCT and WMFE cited Stetson in a June 5 segment on divestment from South Africa.

• My Little Gang. Nightime Reading Center and more than 20 other media outlets profiled Orestes V. “Gino” Santos, Megan G. Weinberger and Amy R. Rigdon in the June 3 post “Stetson University Board of Trustees Elects Three New Trustees.”

• The Tribune cited Stetson in the June 3 story “Brownstown Central seniors receive scholarships.”

• The Enterprise cited Stetson student Alec J. Small in the June 3 story “Residents Named to Honors Lists.”

• KDKA-AM radio interviewed Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, for a June 5 broadcast segment on violence in video games.

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• The Ledger cited Hannah Sun, MM, adjunct professor of Music, collaborative pianist, in the June 2 story “Swan City Piano Festival: Keyboards come alive again.”

• Insurance Newsnet cited Bruce Jacob, dean emeritus and professor of Law, in the June 3 post “The American Bar Association (ABA) – Discussion.”

• St. Pete cited Stetson in the June 6 story “Community Voices: Higher education and racial justice.”

• Southern Sentinel cited Stetson in the June 8 story “Pig out in Memphis at Marlowe’s Ribs and Restaurant.”

• Best Colleges cited Stetson as “one of the most pet-friendly colleges” in the June 8 post “Should You Bring Your Pet to College?”

• Exclusive Global News featured Stetson’s Philosophy Club in the June 8 post “Undergraduate Philosophy Club: Stetson University.”

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Ellen Podgor, JD

• The Kansas City Star quoted Law professor Ellen Podgor in the June 8 story “The embezzlers next door: Trusted but greedy, these Kansas City area people wanted more.”

• Teller Report cited Stetson in the June 8 story “Overestimated/underestimated: ‘Gaming is more than pointless shooting.’”

• Philosophy News cited Stetson in the June 8 post “Undergraduate Philosophy Club: Stetson University.”

• cited Stetson in the June 8 article “Raccoon Theology: A lasting retirement this time?”

Hometown News and The Orlando Sentinel cited Corie Charpentier, PhD, assistant professor of Biology, in the June 9 and June 17 story “Marine biologist to discuss Mosquito Lagoon.”

• The Gainesville Sun cited Stetson in the June 10 story “Management group would make downtown Gainesville a better place to live, work, play.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the June 9 story “City of DeLand pushes some improvements for Melching Field to the future over costly construction.”

Alan Green, PhD

• featured Alan Green, PhD, associate professor and chair of Economics, and Global Development Program Director, in an “Ask the Experts” post on credit cards.

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement in the June 15 story “Beacon and Stetson to host DeLand mayoral debate.” WRDQ-TV broadcast a June 21 segment about Stetson’s involvement with the debate.

The West Volusia Beacon published the June 15 story “FOODIE FILE: LaSpada’s Original Cheesesteaks and Hoagies” by Stetson student Carmen Cruz.

• The West Volusia Beacon published the June 14 column “Imagine West Volusia: Community concerns are not ‘partisan’” by Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies.

• The West Volusia Beacon cited seven Stetson professors promoted to associate professors in the June 14 post “Class Notes,” including: Christopher deBodisco, PhD, economics; Michael Eskenazi, PhD, psychology; Holley Lynch, PhD, physics; Melissa Parks, PhD, teacher education; Steven Smallpage, PhD, political science; Jennifer Corbin, MLS, library services; and Randall Croom, PhD, management. The story also cited the promotion of Cory Lancaster to assistant vice president for Marketing Communications and Media Relations.

• The Sirius XM radio show Doctor Radio interviewed alumnus and adjunct Law professor Jay Wolfson on June 3.

• Law360 quoted Law professor Andrew Appleby in the June 9 article “3 Things to Know About Md.’s Digital Ad Tax.”

TaxProf Blog reviewed Law professor Andrew Appleby’s recent paper No Migration Without Taxation: State Exit Taxes on June 10.

HealthLawProfBlog highlighted on June 2 Law professor Robyn Powell’s forthcoming article in the UCLA Law Review titled “Including Disabled People in the Battle to Protect Abortion Rights: A Call to Action.”  

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Rebecca Morgan, JD

• Elder Law Prof Blog featured the following articles by Law professor Rebecca Morgan:

    • June 8 — “FBI & Others Offer Elder Justice Initiative Webinars.”

    • June 9 – “FDIC & CFPB Upcoming Webinar.”

    • June 10 – “Webinar on Person-Centered Decision-making as Alternative to Guardianship.”

    • June 13 — “Advice for Caregivers.”

    • June 14 — “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.”

    • June 15 — “New Article on Reverse Mortgages.”

• White Collar Crime Prof Blog featured Law professor Ellen Podgor’s article “Intent Can Be Inferred From the Circumstances” on June 15.

The Ledger quoted incoming nursing student Alexia Witherspoon in the June 17 article “Summer employment offers interns life lessons, job skills across Polk County.”

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Patrick Coggins, PhD

• The Ocala Gazette cited Patrick Coggins, PhD, professor of Education, in the June 17 story “Spending some time with Amira Sims.”

• Zicos, Latest Nigerian News and Slashdot quoted Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the June 17 post “The Argument That Video Games Spur Mass Shootings Is Losing Steam.”

• The Orlando Business Journal quoted Scott Jones, PhD, associate professor of Marketing, in the June 17 story “What happened to Orlando’s 2026 FIFA World Cup bid?”

• The South Florida Sun-SentinelKansas City Star and several other media outlets quoted Law professor Louis J. Virelli III in the June 19 story “June is a pivotal month for abortion in Florida.”

• The Beaver County TimesEllwood City Ledger and Zipe-education cited incoming freshman student Alexis Hitchens in the June 19 story “Area students receive post-graduate scholarships; educators honored by PASR.”

Inside Higher Ed quoted Law professor Peter Lake, Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, in the June 22 story “Is Title IX Creating a College Quasi Court?”

Florida Trend cited Stetson’s employee pay raises in a June 21 article on higher education.

• National Right to Life News quoted Law professor Louis J. Virelli III in the June 22 story “Challenge to Florida’s ban on abortion after 15th week to be heard June 27.”


• The Daytona Beach News-Journal and profiled alumnus Kurt Swartzlander  in the June 7 story “Lory Irwin promoted to D.B. Shores finance director; Swartzlander starts as city manager.”  Hometown News profiled Swatrzlander in the June 16 story “Daytona Beach Shores promotes 2 to leadership positions.”

• The website cited Stetson alumna Michele Finneran in the June 7 post “Dr. Michele Finneran: Meet the Author Podcast at Indie Book Source.”

• EHS Today cited alumnus Cory Rhoads in the June 3 post “Webinar: 5 Ways to Transform Worker Safety with Artificial Intelligence.”

• The websites i4Business and West Orlando News cited Law alumna Stephanie Marie Palacios in the June 1 story “Second Harvest Food Bank Welcomes New Director of Advocacy & Government Relations.”

• The website posted the June 3 essay “Why Does Jesus Invite Even the Little Children to Approach Him?” by alumna Blair Parke.

• Grand Rapids Legal News and Detroit Legal News featured Law alumna Christine A. Yared in the June 8 post “Law School to host June 14 Community Conversations in honor of Pride Month celebrations in June.”

Alumnus Thomas Rebman

Florida Today profiled alumnus Thomas Rebman in the June 13 story “Palm Bay teacher honored.” profiled Rebman in the June 17 story “Odyssey Jr./Sr. High School’s Thomas Rebman to Receive American Legion Florida Teacher of the Year Award.”

• GoBankingRates posted the June 7 story “How to Start a Career Not Related to Your Major,”  the June 10 story “6 Tips for Paying Off Student Loan Debt While You’re Still in School,” the June 15 story “10 Savvy Shopping Tips for Gen Z to Know” and the June 16 story “Feeling Buyer’s Remorse After Purchasing a Home? Take These 4 Steps” by alumna Jenny Rose Spaudo.

• The Floridant, and cited Law alumna Kaylee Tuck in the June 8 article “Attorneys Jeff Wright and Kaylee Tuck provide a Legislative Update at Florida Planning and Zoning Conference.”

• Insurance Journal cited Law alumna Anne Harris in the June 9 post “People Moves: New Faces at Hub and at North Carolina Industrial Commission.”

• Nashville Post profiled alumna Kimberly Wacaser in the June 14 article “On the Move.”

• Sound Health and Lasting Wealth cited alumnus B.J. Pak in the June 13 post “Former Georgia Attorney BJay Pak Net Worth Explored.”

• profiled alumnus Constantine Ananiadis in the June 15 story “Ananiadis returns to Washington as head men’s, women’s tennis coach.”

850 Business Magazine profiled alumna Susie McKinley in the June 13 story “Pours & Portions: Come heavy winds, labor shortages, supply chain issues or the occasional global pandemic, the beef must go on.”

• cited Law alumnus Christian Van Riper and Law alumna Rebecca White in the June 15 story “Election 2022: Candidates in Treasure Coast multi-county races reply to questionnaires.”  

Hometown News profiled Law alumnus Spencer Hathaway in the June 16 story “Three vie for post New Smyrna Beach mayor is vacating.”   

• 2022 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine featured alumnus Harlan Paul in the June 17 story “Small Pond: Six attorneys who found happiness in Florida’s quieter corners.”

• St. Pete Catalyst profiled alumnus Tom Reese in the June 18 story “Vintage Pinellas: Tom Reese and the Beaux Arts Gallery.”

• The Elk Valley Times, the Manchester Times and more than 20 other media outlets profiled Law alumna Robyn Rusignuolo in the June 22 story “Gale Healthcare Solutions Announces the Appointment of Chief Legal Officer.”

• The website cited alumnus Martin Fitzpatrick in the June 22 post “Adjunct Faculty.”

The Orlando Sentinel cited Law alumna Nicole Guillet in the June 22 story “Orlando Sanford International Airport names Guillet as leader.”