Stetson in the News March 31-April 5, 2023

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Elizabeth Skomp, PhD

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal profiled new provost Elizabeth Skomp in the April 4 story, “Stetson University hires from within, naming Dean Elizabeth Skomp new provost.” The story quoted Skomp, PhD, and President Christopher Roellke, PhD, and cited current Provost Noel Painter, PhD. “Stetson is so fortunate to have secured Dr. Elizabeth Skomp for this vital leadership role,” Roellke said. “Dr. Skomp is a champion of a broad liberal arts education and is also highly skilled in addressing the myriad of challenges and opportunities contained within the higher education landscape.”

“During my four years at Stetson, the evident commitment to creating transformative learning experiences for our students has impressed me time and time again, and Stetson’s mission to provide a creative community where learning and values meet has resonated deeply with me,” Skomp said.

Meg Young, DBA

• WESH 2 News interviewed Meg Young, DBA, instructor of Management and chair of the Rainbow Alliance Scholarship Committee, in the April 1 broadcast segment and online story “Community gathers in Orlando for Transgender Day of Visibility.” “We can disagree about a lot, but there’s no debate when it comes to human rights,” Young said. “People are allowed to exist and allowed to feel safe and be who they are.” WESH 2 News also read a statement from Stetson in the March 31 broadcast segment, “On Supporting LGBTQ Community.”

• The cable movie channel AMC on April 1 aired the Jim Carrey movie, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” which mentions fictional Stetson football player Ray Finkle: “Soccer-style kicker. graduated from Collier High June 1976, Stetson University honors graduate, class of 1980, holds two NCAA Division-I records, one for most points in a season, one for distance, former nickname ‘the Mule,’ the first and only pro athlete ever to come out of Collier County, and one hell of a model American.”

• WCTV interviewed Adjunct Professor of Law Joe Bodiford for the April 4 broadcast segment, “President Trump Plead Not Guilty to 34 Felony Charges.”

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Ellen Podgor, JD

• Politifact quoted Ellen Podgor, Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor of Law, in the April 4 story, “Trump’s indictment, explained: Falsifying business records, prosecutors’ challenges, and what’s next.”

• The West Volusia Beacon on April 4 published, “Guest Commentary: Democracy and post-democracy” by William Nylen, PhD, Professor of Political Science. 

• The Miami Herald on April 4 published, “Everglades reservoir already is inadequate, and construction’s barely gotten started – Opinion” by Jaclyn Lopez, Assistant Professor of Law.

Other Stories

Byllye Avery

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal cited Stetson in the March 31 story, “Byllye Avery, champion of Black women’s health for decades, to speak at Stetson Tuesday.” The Daytona Times reported the March 31 story, “Civil rights and health care activist to speak at Stetson.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Mayhill Fowler, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Director of SPREES, Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; plus Martin Blackwell, PhD, Visiting Professor of History; Olena Kolupayeva, PhD, Linguistics and Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar; and Ukrainian students Yana Verbova, Yulila Balan, Veronika Shchur and Genavia Gayden in the March 31 calendar listing, “Update on Ukraine.”

The Stetson Concert Choir

• HappeningNext featured Stetson in the April 1 post “Stetson Concert Choir Performance.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson’s Water Institute and Gillespie Museum in the March 24 post, “Volusia Art Notes.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson’s Sounds New XXXV First Glimpse concert, Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert in the March 31 story, “Out & About.”

• Orlando at Play cited Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, Professor of Violin, in the April 2 post, “Chamber Music Players.”

• Orlando at Play cited Stetson in the April 2 post, “National Young Composers Challenge.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the April 2 post “DeLand Black Heritage Trail Celebration.”

• HappeningNext cited the Stetson Sigmas Probate in the April 2 post, “BluTopia.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson University’s Audubon Campus Ambassador, Kayleigh Alexander, in the April 1 post, “Scrub Jay Presentation and Hike.”

• Research Tree, Canada Standard, Tech Now and more than 140 other media outlets cited Stetson in the April 3 post, “Sky Technologies – Al Weiss Has Joined SKYX” and the April 5 post, “Former President of Worldwide Operations of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Al Weiss Has Joined SKYX as a Senior Business Development Advisor.”

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Student musicians in the Stetson Chamber Orchestra

• Orlando at Play featured Stetson in the April 3 post, “Stetson University Chamber Orchestra Concert.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the April 3 post, “Stetson University Symphony Orchestra Concert.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the April 3 post, “Fundamental of Raising Angel Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Funds Series.”

• Tech Inside Out, My Silly Little Gang and more than 50 other media outlets profiled Law student Michael Findlay in the April 3 story, “KnowBe4 Offers Cybersecurity Law Scholarship to Stetson Law Student.”

• The Gabber cited Stetson Law in the April 3 post, “Council Corner: Bonding, Belonging, and Bunnies.”

• Baptist News Global cited Stetson in the April 3 opinion piece, “Holy Week 2023: When Golgotha came too early” by Bill Leonard.

• HappeningNext cited Stetson’s Jazz Ensemble in the April 4 post, “24th Annual Lakeside Jazz Festival.”

• The Lake City Reporter cited Stetson in the April 3 story, “FGC hosting career fair, transfer day.”

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.

• Bebop Spoken Here featured alumna Ella Borges in the March 30 post, “Album Review: Ella & The Bossa Beat – In The Moment.”

• The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education cited Double Hatter Nefertiti Walker in the March 31 post, “A Quartet of Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Posts Relating to Diversity.”

• The Lafayette Journal & Courier profiled alumna Christine Jones in the April 1 story, “Air Force drum major switched from biochemistry at Purdue to music.”

• The Greenfield Recorder profiled alumnus John LaSalle in the April 3 story, “A lifetime with flowers: Third-generation florist John LaSalle offers blooms and kindness.”