Stetson University in the News, Sept. 2 – 9, 2022

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• Mayhill Fowler, PhD, associate professor of History and director of Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (SPREES), was featured in the article, “Ukraine-related presentations at the 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem,” in The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter on Sept. 6. Fowler presented a talk at the World Congress in August on “Ukrainian, Yiddish, Polish, Russian? New Perspectives on Theater in Soviet Ukraine.”

• Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, was appointed to the newly created Environment and Natural Resources Advisory Committee by the Volusia County Council, according to the Ormond Beach Observer on Sept. 7. The committee will review the county’s environmental standards and make recommendations to the council.

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Wendy Anderson, PhD

• Wendy Anderson, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, wrote a guest commentary in the West Volusia Beacon on Sept. 6 entitled, “Imagine West Volusia: Whose job is it to see the big picture?” Anderson is also chair of the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

• The Hatter Angels Network, a venture capital pilot program of Stetson’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program, recently invested $265,000 in the Daytona Beach-based aerospace company VerdeGo Aero, according to the Ormond Beach Observer on Sept. 5.

• Stetson University raised a record $52.2 million last year, providing money for scholarships, academic programs and facility improvements, according to the Hometown News on Sept. 1.

• Adjunct Law Professor/retired Judge Steven Scott Stephens was quoted in a Sept. 2 WFLA/News Channel 8 story titled, “Criminal investigation involving Tampa Bay child welfare agency now inactive after leads run dry.” 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Paul Boudreaux was quoted in a Sept. 6 10 Tampa Bay story titled, “Tampa renter says landlord initially denied her government rental assistance, but is this legal?” 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 29 Bay News 9 story titled, “Federal judge deems parts of DeSantis’ ‘Stop WOKE Act’ law unconstitutional.”

Other News

• Stetson was mentioned in the Orlando Sentinel article, “DeLand church might go from preachers to poke bowls,” on Sept. 7. The article said the Trinity United Methodist Church was recently sold and the new owners plan to transform it into Northwest Square with a food hall, a small grocery store and apartments just blocks from Stetson. The story also appeared in Florida Trend’s “Out of the Box” section on Sept. 8.

• Sean Beckmann, PhD, assistant professor of biology, was quoted in the article, “Wuhan Lab Linked to COVID-19 Discovers Novel Animal Virus,” on Awesome Capital on Sept. 1, as well as other media outlets.

• Stetson University’s incoming class of first-year students for Fall 2022 was about the same size as last year’s, according to the article, “Volusia school enrollment is up,” in the Hometown News. The article quoted Cory Lancaster, assistant vice president of Marketing Communications & Media Relations.

• The Hand Art Center and its two current exhibits were included in Volusia Art Notes on Sept. 2 in the Hometown News.

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• The Stetson University School of Music was mentioned Sept. 2 in the Out & About column in the Hometown News and in Out & About on Sept. 9.

• Law Professor Peter Lake was quoted in a Sept. 7 story in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled, “In Tenn., a Lawmaker Tells Colleges to Scrub References to Gay and Transgender Rights Under Title IX.”

• Stetson University was mentioned in the article, “DeLand’s Haunted Antique Shop owner writes book inspired by historic property’s spirits,” in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 6.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the Sept. 7 article, “Flagler County Teens-In-Flight Moves to Larger Location,” on and The Floridant. The program focuses on helping teenagers earn a private pilot’s license and has placed students at Stetson University, among other colleges.

• The Chancel Choir, made up of members of the First Presbyterian Church of DeLand and Stetson University scholars, was mentioned in the article, “Collective Church remains open for Sunday services at 5 p.m.,” in the West Volusia Beacon on Sept. 6.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the blog post, “26 Best & Fun Things to Do in DeLand (FL),” on Blogarama on Sept. 2.

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Ellen Podgor

• Law Professor Peter Lake was interviewed for a Sept. 7 NBC News Now piece that ran on NBC affiliates across the country.

• Stetson Law Diversity, Collaboration & Inclusion Coordinator Nathalie Marcelin was quoted in an Aug. 26 Watermark Online article titled, “LGBTQ Scholarships give students resources, hope.”

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor authored an Aug. 26 post on White Collar Crime Prof Blog titled, “Obstruction of Justice – A Topic in the Release of the Search Warrant Affidavit,” which she followed up with a Sept. 5 White Collar Crime Prof Blog post titled, “Appointment of a Special Master – Court Order in Trump Case.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy authored a Tweet that the Huffington Post carried in a Sept. 2 article titled, “Joe Biden Responds to Hecklers Like a President Should During Speech.” Versions of the story ran on Yahoo! News and other outlets.

Alumni News

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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.

• Alumna Judy Mathys, former owner of the Family Book Shop in DeLand, has expanded the little libraries in front of her DeLand home, with little boxes offering people a free book to take and share, according to an article in the West Volusia Beacon on Sept. 7.

• Alumnus Dave Barrett has joined Balch & Bingham’s Jacksonville office as a partner, according to Attorney At Law Magazine on Sept. 8. Barrett received his JD and MBA from Stetson.

• Alumnus Martin Macyszyn, who earned a BA in Political Science from Stetson, was included in the article, “Lucas, Macyzyn & Dyer Law Firm Ribbon Cutting Celebration, in Spring Hill,” in Our on Sept. 5. The firm held the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate joining the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

• Alumna Sammie Jo Manning has joined The Fraser Health Center as activities director at The Seabrook of Hilton Head, according to the Bluffton Sun in Bluffton, S.C.

• Alumna Christine Heald has joined Dental Care Alliance as Chief Development Officer, according to on Sept. 1 and other media outlets.

• Alumnus Andrew David Sotomayor was included in the article, “Paper Mill Playhouse presents ‘On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan,’”on New Jersey Stage on Aug. 30.

• Alumna Alexandria Hill was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to the Florida Bar on Sept. 6 and other media outlets.

• Law alumna Sarah E. Brigham was hired by Sarasota firm Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC, SRQ Magazine reported Aug. 26.

• Law alumnus Frederick Roberts Jr. was appointed to the College of Central Florida Board of Trustees, reported Aug. 27.

• Law alumnus Ralph A. DeMeo coauthored an article in the September/October 2022 edition of the Florida Bar Journal titled, “Let the Sunshine In: Is There a Future for Residential Rooftop Solar in Florida?”

• Law alumna Joyce Fuller was profiled Aug. 31 as part of the Orlando Style series, “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year 2022.”

• Law alumna Carrie Cherveny wrote a Sept. 6 article in Benefits Magazine titled, “Long COVID and ADA.”