Stetson University In The News Nov. 11-17, 2022

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Cici & Hyatt Brown Hall for Health & Innovation

• The West Volusia Beacon quoted President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, and Maureen Breakiron-Evans, chair of the board of trustees, in the Nov. 10 story, “$18 million donation funds Stetson’s new science complex. Roellke referred to the science building as an “important milestone” for Stetson and a “magical new space.” Breakiron-Evans said the complex “is more than bricks and mortar. It brings a promise of collaboration.” 

• NPR’s “Morning Edition” interviewed Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Nov. 10 story, “Candidates and political action committees spent nearly $17 billion on midterms.” The story ran on NPR affiliates throughout the U.S. “I see the Supreme Court’s fingerprints all over this election,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “The Supreme Court has been laying the groundwork for the past 46 years, starting with Buckley v. Valeo, which allowed rich individuals to spend all they wanted on elections. And then the court expanded that right to spend to corporations in Citizens United. And the result has been the federal election was $9 billion and the state elections were $7.8 billion. And both of those numbers are up from the last midterm . . . I think it distorts our politics and it warps who can even be elected.”

Exterior of Cummings Gym on Stetson's campus
Stetson’s historic Cummings Gym

• The West Volusia Beacon published the Nov. 12 first-person essay, “Sand brick: What’s the big deal?” by Lewis C. Long III. The piece featured Stetson and cited alumnus A.D. Clarkson. “Stetson University was a stockholder of the Bond Sandstone Brick Co., and several of the prominent buildings on campus, including the Sampson Library, Cummings Gym and Conrad Hall, were built with our brick, bearing in mind that to be eligible and approved for a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, building plans and materials had to be considered,” Long wrote. “Today, the old library still stands as stately as ever, south of the Holler Fountain.”

• The Ormond Beach Observer featured the new facility in the Nov. 14 story, “Stetson dedicates new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation.”

• Hometown News quoted Melissa Gibbs, PhD, professor of Biology, director of Aquatic and Marine Biology and a member of Friends of Blue Spring State Park, in the Nov. 10 story, “Friends want to keep state park in Orange City a fun place.”

• The Washington News Post, the News Commenter, the Washington Times and Around World Journal quoted Law professor Mark D. Bauer in the Nov. 13 post, “D.C. attorney general case against NFL, Commanders ‘creative’ but unlikely to succeed: lawyers.”

• C-SPAN broadcast “Naming VA Center for Late Sen. Cleland (D-GA),” a Nov. 14 U.S. House of Representatives speech by California Rep. Mark Takano. The speech detailed the life of alumnus Max Cleland and cited his undergraduate tenure at Stetson. 

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• The Tampa Bay Times cited Stetson College of Law in the Nov. 9 story, “Here’s what’s closing around Tampa Bay because of Nicole.”

Stetson School of Music performed in Steinmetz Hall on Saturday, Nov. 12.

• The Sarasota News leader cited Stetson College of Law in the Nov. 10 story, “Oral arguments in Avenue B and C case delayed until Jan. 17, 2023.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the Nov. 12 post, “Stetson School of Music at Steinmetz Hall.”

• The Daytona Times cited Stetson in the Nov. 12 post, “Storm-weary residents braced for another one as Nicole churned toward Florida.”

• HappeningNext cited Ryan Rivas, coordinator of MFA Publishing at Stetson and publisher of Burrow Press, in the Nov. 13 post, “Poetry with Gloria Muñoz Presents: A Conversation with Ryan Rivas, Sucheta Kanjilal & Laura Everitt.”

• HappeningNext cited Ryan Rivas, coordinator of MFA Publishing at Stetson and publisher of Burrow Press, in the Nov. 14 post, “Poetry at Tombolo Books w/ Gloria Muñoz Presents: Nextdoor in Colonialtown.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• The New York Observer and News Leportale quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Nov. 15 story, “Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX Raised Millions for Congressional Candidates, But Gave It to Other PACs Instead.”

• The Hometown News cited Stetson’s Gillespie Museum in the Nov. 10 post, “Volusia Art Notes.”

• Broadway World profiled Dashiell Waterbury, visiting assistant professor of Opera and head of Stetson Opera Theater, in the Nov. 15 post, “Cast and Creative Team Announced for Opera Orlando’s ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914!”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited new board of trustees president and alumnus Steven Alexander in the Nov. 15 post, “Class Notes.”

Talking Legal Ed featured Law professor Louis Virelli III in a Nov. 5 podcast during which he spoke on U.S. Supreme Court recusal.

• WUSF Public Media, WMFE and other Florida public radio stations quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Nov. 7 story, “Stetson professor says voter suppression laws hurt early voting in Florida.”

• Newsbreak profiled alumna and current Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in the Nov. 9 story, “Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Re-Elected.”

Judith Scully, JD

• The Sirius XM program Doctor Radio interviewed alumnus and adjunct Law professor Jay Wolfson on Nov. 16 for a story on the increasing corporatization of medical practices.

• Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV quoted adjunct Law professor Joe Bodiford in the Nov. 16 story, “Magbanua being brought back to Tallahassee for questioning in Markel murder case.”

• The Weekly Challenger cited Law professor Judith Scully in the Nov. 7 story, “Industry experts, community leaders, social justice and health practitioners weigh in at Tampa Bay Afrofuturism Festival.”

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.

• The Loveland Reporter-Herald and Biz West profiled alumna Leah Barter in the Nov. 11 story, “FoCo’s Vado Clothing a new adventure for young owner.”

• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and more than 10 other media outlets profiled Law alumna Jessica Hicks in the Nov. 12 post, “Andrew Pickett Law Announces New Attorney Jessica Hicks.”

• My Silly Little Gang, Business Class News, Urban Geekz and more than 30 other media outlets profiled Law alumna Katherine F.L. Vyas in the Nov. 14 post, “CATIC Hires New VP & Illinois State Counsel, Katherine F.L. Vyas.”

• Florida Bar News, the Floridant and more than 10 other media outlets profiled Law alumnus Guy Flowers in the Nov. 15 post, “Governor appoints three to the bench.”

• Tampa Bay Newswire profiled Law alumna Madison Wahler in the Nov. 14 post, “Carlton Fields Adds Property and Casualty Insurance Attorney in Tampa.”

• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University News, Spoke and more than 20 other media outlets profiled alumna Kelly Dowling in the Nov. 15 story, “Long-Time Advancement Professional Kelly Dowling Joins Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.”

• Tech Inside Out, Viv Media and more than 30 other media outlets profiled Law alumnus Benjamin P. Butterfield in the Nov. 16 post, “Universal Engineering Sciences Appoints Benjamin P. Butterfield as General Counsel.”

• Sidelines profiled alumna Lauren Knopp in the Nov. 16 story, “Lauren Knopp: Hooked on Dressage.”*

• Florida Bar News quoted Law alumnus Christopher Odges in the Nov. 10 story, “Soldiers who transitioned to become Florida lawyers recall their service to the nation.”