Stetson University in the News, Nov. 23 – Dec. 1, 2022

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A scenic shot on the DeLand campus with plenty of trees.
Stetson University has made the Green Colleges list for 7 times.

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal published the story, “Stetson makes list of ‘Green Colleges’ according to Princeton Review,” on Nov. 27. “This reflects Stetson University’s unwavering commitment to create a healthy environment for our community and to be good stewards of our environmental resources,” university President Christopher Roellke said in a university news release. The story also appeared on Suncoast News Network, MarketWatch and many other media outlets.

Portrait outside Yiorgos Bakamitsos, PhD
Yiorgos Bakamitsos, PhD

• The Orlando Business Journal published the story, “Stetson University chooses Yiorgos Bakamitsos as new business school dean,” on Nov. 25. “I am thrilled about what we are doing here at Stetson, focusing on experiential learning,” Bakamitsos said in a prepared statement. The story also appeared in other media outlets.

• Stetson University’s new Center for Public Opinion Research was featured in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Where do you stand? Stetson students work polls at new Center for Public Opinion Research,” on Dec. 1. “It’s meant to be a student experience, get them in the trenches, they’re making calls, they’re talking to people and eventually they’ll be the ones writing the press releases and running the social media,” said Assistant Professor of Political Science and center Director Steven Smallpage, PhD.

• Stetson Associate Professor and Chair of Economics Alan Green, PhD, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Will coastal Volusia’s Tropical Storm Nicole rubble steer tourists and homebuyers elsewhere?” on Nov. 25. The story also appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Florida Times-Union, the St. Augustine Record and the Palm Beach Daily News. “Living beachside just got more expensive with rebuilding and insurance,” Green said. “It’s looking a lot riskier to build and buy a home or condo in Florida than just a few months ago.”

• Stetson University and first-year student Philip De-Graft were mentioned in the Ventures Africa story, “More Ghanaian Students Pick the United States for Higher Education,” on Nov. 14. A Ghanaian student, De-Graft is a member of the Stetson’s Presidential and Bonner Scholar programs.

• Stetson University and alumnus Chris Cloudman were mentioned in the West Volusia Beacon article, “Meet DeLand’s new mayor, Chris Cloudman,” on Nov. 25. At Stetson, Cloudman works for the company Cenergistic to implement sustainability initiatives on campus. 

Other Stories

• History professor Paul Croce, PhD, wrote a guest column for the West Volusia Beacon, entitled “Learning across generations at Mega-Halloween,” on Nov. 29.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the Florida Weekly – Palm Beach on Dec. 1 in the article, “American Association of University Women plans meetings for 2023.”

Chris Ferguson, PhD

• Stetson University was mentioned in the Hometown News in the article, “West Volusia Community Notes, Nov. 25, 2022,” about a walking tour by the West Volusia Historical Society.

• Psychology professor Chris Ferguson, PhD, and Stetson University were mentioned on for a webinar, entitled “Get Your Game On: Recent Research on the Positives of Gaming in the Classroom.”

• Law alumnus and adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson was quoted in a Nov. 17 USF Oracle article titled, “Opinion: PayPal’s new policy is stealing from customers.”

• Law Professor Louis Virelli III was quoted in a Nov. 22 Fox 13 News story titled, “Florida lawmakers consider changes to law that would force Gov. DeSantis to resign if he ran for president.”

• Law alumna and State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo was unanimously elected and sworn in as Florida Senate President on Nov. 22. 

• Adjunct Law Professor Joe Bodiford was quoted in a Nov. 23 story on Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV titled, “Magbanua back in Tallahassee, awaiting closed door questioning next week.”

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• Law alumnus and adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson was quoted in a Nov. 24 ABC Action News story covering the case of a woman who was resuscitated despite signing a Do Not Resuscitate order.

• Adjunct Law Professor and former Judge Scott Stephens was quoted in a Nov. 28 Spectrum Bay News 9 story titled, “Andrew Warren’s testimony kicks off trial for reinstatement.” *An earlier version of this story contained Judge Stephens’ quotes; it has since been modified to reflect the developing story.

• Adjunct Law Professor and former Judge Scott Stephens was quoted in a Nov. 29 story on 10 Tampa Bay that covered developments in the lawsuit over Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren’s removal from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

• Law Professor Ashley Krenelka Chase was a guest on the Nov. 9 episode of the podcast, EdUp Legal – The Legal Education Podcast.

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby’s article, “Designing the Tax Supermajority Requirement,” was cited in a Nov. 17 decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

• Law Professor Ashley Krenelka Chase participated in a Nov. 28 Q&A session on Hein Blog promoting her forthcoming book, Millennial Leadership in Law Schools: Essays on Disruption, Innovation, and the Future.

Alumni News

• Stetson alumnus and two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom was the subject of an article entitled, “MLB execs reportedly see Jacob deGrom re-signing with the Mets,” on Nov. 30 on WFAN Sports Radio and other media outlets. 

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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 Lana Kolchinsky, a staff member at UF Hillel, was mentioned in the WUFT-TV/FM article, “Chomping Hate: UF’s approach to antisemitism following hateful remarks,” on Nov. 30.

• Alumna Blair Parke wrote the article, “Is It a Sin to Hold a Grudge against Someone?” on 

• Double Hatter Jessica Butcher Salazar, managing partner at Northwestern Mutual, is opening a new office in Ormond Beach, according to the Palm Coast Observer on Nov. 17.

• Law alumnus Guy Flowers was appointed to the role of judge in the DeSoto County Court, Florida Politics reported Nov. 19.

• Law alumnus and Florida State Rep. Tom Leek was appointed chair of the Florida House Appropriations Committee, it was announced Nov. 23. 

• Law alumna Branden Lopez joined @properties as director of legal, the firm announced Nov. 29.

• Law alumna Elise Bennett was interviewed on WMNF 88.5 FM Tampa for a Nov. 29 segment titled, “Climate activists want Biden administration to include no new offshore oil and gas leases.”

• Law alumnus Erik Banuchi joined the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office, Attorney at Law Magazine reported on Nov. 30.