Stetson University In The News, Jan. 20-26, 2023

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Top Stories

President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

• University Business, Educational Trends, Manhattan Week, the Andalusia Star News, the Austin Daily Herald and more than 50 other media outlets featured Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, in the Jan. 24 story, “Stetson University President Discusses New Era in Higher Education in ‘Commencement.’ ” Roellke is one of more than 100 college presidents who offer insights into the forces reshaping higher education in the new book “Commencement: The Beginning of a New Era in Higher Education.”

“I think we have to be laser-focused on giving our students skills of critical thinking, being able to work across differences, being able to communicate effectively and being able to use technology effectively,” Roellke said. “These are all the tools that our industries are requiring of our graduates.”

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Stetson University

• U.S. News and World Report featured Stetson in articles on the Best Online Master’s in Business Program (excluding MBA) and Best Online MBA Program. Yahoo and more than 50 other media outlets featured the story, “Stetson Ranked Among Best Online Graduate Business Programs by U.S. News & World Report.”

• The Daytona Times cited Stetson’s Ukraine Initiative and quoted Elizabeth Plantan, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science, in the Jan. 19 story, “Stetson renews fundraising effort for Ukrainian students.” The story cited Ukrainian students Yuliia Balan, Genevia Gayden, Veronika Shchur and Yana Verbova.

• Television station WFTS-TV Action News interviewed Law Professor Louis Virelli for a Jan. 20 broadcast segment on the conflict between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren. A second segment of the interview was featured in a Jan. 21 broadcast.  WUSF Public Media and WLRN also interviewed Virelli for the Jan. 23 radio broadcast segment and online story, “Andrew Warren may still have avenues to become reinstated as Hillsborough State Attorney.” Virelli also was cited in a Jan. 24 radio broadcast by WUSF.

• The Tampa Bay Times published the Jan. 24 opinion piece, “In Gov. DeSantis vs. Warren, who really neglected their duty?” by Ellen Podgor, Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research professor of Law.

• The College Fix quoted Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the Jan. 20 story, “Psychology journal editor’s ouster over racism allegations continues bad precedent.”

• Atlanta radio station WCNN 680 The Fan mentioned Stetson alumnus Ted Cassidy and his role as Lurch in the television series “The Addams Family” in a Jan. 19 broadcast segment.

A crowd of DeLand youth and Stetson students lead the MLK March down Woodland Boulevard.

• WKMG-TV cited Stetson Athletics in the Jan. 20 broadcast and online story, “Insider Extra: Central Florida law enforcement makes push for more female recruits.” The story also was posted as, “Women changing the face of Central Florida law enforcement.”

• The Daytona Times cited Stetson’s MLK Day Breakfast in the Jan. 19 story, “ ‘It’s good that we do this today.’ ”

• Spectrum News 13 cited Stetson in the Jan. 25 broadcast segment, “Harvey Massey Dead at 81.” The death of Massey, who had served on Stetson’s Board of Governors, was also featured by the Orlando Sentinel in the Jan. 25 story, “Harvey Massey, Orlando pest control titan and philanthropist, dies at 81,” and on the websites of WPGX Fox 28and more than 50 other media outlets.

• The Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Centre Daily Times and other media outlets featured Jason R. Bent, associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Law, in the Jan. 23 story, “Florida nursing home workers say they’re not getting minimum wage.”

Other Stories

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Stetson Aquatic Center

• The Ormond Beach Observer cited the Stetson Aquatic Center in the Jan. 20 story, “Volunteer on Florida Arbor Day.”

• Hometown News cited the Stetson Historic District and the Stetson Aquatic Center in the Jan. 19 post, “West Volusia Community Notes,” and the Aquatic Center in the Jan. 19 post “East Volusia Community Notes.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson’s Hollis Center in the Jan. 19 post, “Science and engineering fair celebrating 56th year.”

• The Free Library cited Stetson in the Jan. 22 post, “Staff Spotlight.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson in the Jan. 19 story, “Out & About.”

• Hometown News featured Jodi-Ann Taylor, associate curator of Education, in the Jan. 19 story, “Art Lovers Discover at the Museum of Art-DeLand.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the Jan. 24 post, “Class Notes: Tomoka Science and Engineering Fair coming to Stetson Jan. 28.”

• The website cited Stetson Law in the Jan. 24 post, “Attorney, Adjunct Legal Professor Announces Run for Tampa Mayor.”

Alumni News

• The Westside Gazette cited alumnus Lester Dabbs in the Jan. 25 post, “The Truth Laid Bare,” about the 1920 Ocoee massacre.

• Florida Today profiled alumna Molly Winsten in the Jan. 20 post, “Former Viera resident brings her A-game to ‘Tailgate Takedown’ on Food Network.”

• WUSF Public Media profiled Stetson Law alumna Rhea Law in the Jan. 20 radio broadcast and online story, “Rhea Law is formally inaugurated as USF’s eighth president.”

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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

• SRQ Magazine profiled Law alumna Crystal Bailey in the Jan. 20 post, “Crystal Bailey Joins Selby Gardens as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel.”

• SRQ Magazine profiled Law alumnus Barry Spivey in the Jan. 23 post, “Williams Parker Welcomes Barry F. Spivey as Partner.”

• The Tampa Bay Times profiled Law alumnus Ralph Wald in the Jan. 19 post, “Brandon man, acquitted in killing wife’s lover, dies ahead of trial for her death.”

• NaijaOnPoint profiled alumna Jaclyn Stapp in the Jan. 20 post, “Jaclyn Stapp – Wiki, Age, Height, Net Worth, Husband, Ethnicity.”

• Yahoo Finance and the Anniston Star profiled alumna Jessica Leonard in the Jan. 18 story, “Assistant finance director is nudged up a notch.”

• WQCS cited four alumni in the Jan. 22 post, “State Boards, Corporations, Commissions and Authorities”: Ryan Benson, Frank Cawthon, Alexandria Hill and Law alumna Elise Engle.

• HappeningNext featured alumna Ramsay Wharton in the Jan. 25 post, “Workshop ‘Filming in Arizona’ — Arizona Film & Digital Media by Ramsay.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal featured alumna Vonda Morris in the Jan. 21 story, “Spruce Creek High School’s Vonda Morris named Volusia County Schools Teacher of the Year.” “I’m blessed to work among outstanding educators and students,” Morris said. “As a child, when I would line up my dolls to teach them math, they never ran away, because they couldn’t. However, with live beings, students, who I consider mine for 180 days or more, (they) now choose to stay.”

• SEGD profiled alumna Jocelynn White in the Jan. 24 post, “Jocelynn White.”

• Ring of Fire cited Law alumna Sara Papantonio in the Jan. 25 post, “NEC Updates: Initial Discovery, Bellwethers, & Defense Strategy With Sara Papantonio.”

• The Laker/Lutz News cited alumna Sarah Schrader in the Jan. 25 post, “Shining a spotlight on a century-old lumber business.”