Stetson University In The News, April 6-13, 2023

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Top Stories

• Tech Inside Out, Game Industry News and more than 40 other media outlets posted the April 13 story, “The Princeton Review Again Names Stetson as a Top School for Game Design.”

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Wendy Anderson, PhD

• Miami New Times and the Broward Palm Beach New Times featured Stetson student Charlotte Kraft and Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, in the April 12 story, “Untold Mass of Sea Trash Lurks in Seaweed Piling Up in Florida.”

• The Wall Street Journal and Bitcoin Ethereum News quoted Ellen Podgor, Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor of Law, in the April 4 story, “Bragg’s Case Against Trump Leaves Ample Defense Openings, Legal Experts Say.” Forbes and MSN also quoted Podgor in the April 5 story, “Trump Criminal Charges Accuse Former President of Tax Deception — Here’s Why That Matters.” “When you give a speaking indictment, you’re swaying the public to an extent,” Podgor said.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• MSN and Newsweek quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the April 8 story, “Clarence Thomas’s ‘Ethical Lapses’ Are Likely Crimes, Kirschner Urges.” “At the very least, Justice Thomas’s relationships should be examined to see whether they intersect with litigants who had cases before the Supreme Court,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “And the same should go for all nine justices so that the American people have faith in the highest court in the land.”

• Forbes, Financial Finest and New York Folk cited Stetson Law students Jason McCosby and Peter Farrel in the April 5 story, “Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Win a Battle in the War on the Taxation of Grantor Trusts.”

• Fox 35 News, Northern Territory News and other media outlets interviewed Kelly Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, in the April 6 broadcast segment, “Race to the White House: Will Gov. DeSantis Run?” “If I was his advisor, I would refrain from saying anything specifically about Trump,” Smith said. “And more so, if I was Gov. DeSantis, I would want to shift the conversation to his accomplishments and what he has done and kind of stick to those talking points and try to block out the noise of what’s going on with former President Donald Trump.”

• The Chronicle of Higher Education on April 4 published the commentary, “Ideological Signaling Has No Role in Research” by Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology. The College Fix quoted that piece by Ferguson in the April 6 story, “Research authors should stop ‘leaning into identity,’ psychology professor argues.” “If we accept that our identities can sometimes blind us to the experiences of others, it’s unclear that leaning into identity more is the appropriate fix,” Ferguson wrote.

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Chris Ferguson, PhD

• The Boston Globe quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the April 7 story, “Some legal experts compare Justice Thomas’s acceptance of lavish trips to a 1969 Supreme Court scandal.”

• Psychology Today on April 7 published the column, “Does Gender-Affirming Medicine Help Trans-Identifying Youth?” by Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology. Psychology Today also posted a profile of Ferguson.

• The West Volusia Beacon quoted Joseph Witek, PhD, professor of Creative Arts, in the April 11 story, “Rep. Webster Barnaby rebuked for attacks on transgender people.”

Other Stories

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s Holocaust Memorial Lecture and Guitar Workshop in the April 11 story, “Class Notes.”

Tera Alcala

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson student Justice Miguel Yates and Tera Alcala, MBA, the new associate vice president for Budget and Financial Planning, in the April 5 story, “Class Notes.”

• Davis Vanguard cited Stetson Law in the April 5 post, “Amicus Briefs Advise Court to Reinstate Former Florida State Attorney after Unconstitutional Suspension by Gov. DeSantis.”

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Elizabeth Skomp, PhD

• reimaginED cited Elizabeth Skomp, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Stetson’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in the April 5 post, “Colleges and universities.” Hometown News featured Skomp and cited current provost Noel Painter, PhD, in the April 6 story, “Stetson selects new provost and vice president.”

• Fox 35 News and Fox 51 mentioned Stetson in an April 6 broadcast segment on universities banning student use of TikTok.

• The Orlando Sentinel on April 6 published, “Everglades reservoir already is inadequate as construction begins – commentary” by Jaclyn Lopez, assistant professor of Law. The Tampa Bay Times also published the column on April 6.

• The website newsfeed cited Stetson in the April 6 post, “SF Students Excel Yet Again at Model U.S. Senate.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the April 7 post, “ShORE Symposium: Nature for All.”

• HappeningNext profiled Connie Garzon, former adjunct professor for International Entrepreneurship, in the April 7 post, “Fundamental of Raising Angel Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Funds Series.”

• The West Volusia Beacon on April 7 ran the story, “Foodie File: DeLand welcomes Stackd Brownies” by Stetson student Najah Lane, who is currently working as an intern at the newspaper.

• The West Volusia Beacon April 8 and April 15 calendars featured items on the Stetson Concert Choir ConcertStetson Jazz EnsembleArt Creative Entrepreneurship TalkSymphony Orchestra ConcertStetson Guitar Workshop, the Lake Helen Lake Festival featuring a talk by Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, Stetson University Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Alumni Band Concert“Climate Conversations: From the Sea to the St. Johns” — Sandra Stetson Aquatic CenterStetson Chorale and Hatter Choir in Concert, and Emergence — 2023 Creative Arts Senior Exhibition.

• The News-Gazette cited Stetson Law in the April 7 story, “Illini Insider: 5 University Scholars, 4 law school champs, 3 Earth Month events, 2 special alumni guests, 1 new dean.”

• The website profiled Law student Kaitlyn Harrison in the April 7 post, “Butler Presents the Insurance Law Book Award for 2023.”

• HappeningNext on April 7 posted, “Stetson University Symphonic Band Concert,” “Stetson Concert Choir and Bethune-Cookman Choir Combined Concert” and “Stetson Chorale and Hatter Choir Concert.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the April 7 post, “Community Listening Workshop.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson’s Gillespie Museum in the April 7 story, “Art Notes.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson in the April 7 post, “Out & About.”

• The Ledger featured Law student John Butz in the April 10 story, “Swan song: Harrison Arts guitar instructor Robert Phillips leading his last spring concert.”

• Election Law Blog cited Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the April 10 post, “Watch Archived Video of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project March 17 Conference: ‘Can American Democracy Survive the 2024 Elections?’ ”

• Bar Professors cited Stetson Law in the April 11 post, “Florida’s Bar Exam Results for February 2023.”

• The University of New Haven cited Stetson in the April 11 story, “Mechanical Engineering Alum’s Career with the U.S. Navy Has Been an Adventure.”

• The West Volusia Beacon on April 11 published the letter, “Make it safe to bike and walk in DeLand,” which cited Stetson.

Nicole Mottier, PhD

• Good News Pilipinas featured Stetson Law’s International Environmental Moot Court Competition in the April 12 story, “Philippine universities rep Southeast Asia at Stetson Moot Court global rounds in Florida.”

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Nicole Mottier, PhD, associate professor of History, in the April 11 story, “Spiritual Side.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the April 12 story, “Dutton House has new life, new owner.”

• HappeningNext featured Stetson student Madison Bobroff in the April 13 post, “The Senior Recital of Madison Bobroff.”

Alumni News

• Florida Politics and Florida Dispensaries featured Law alumnus Chris Sprowls in the April 5 post “Chris Sprowls joins Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas boards.”

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• The News & Observer and Centre Daily Times featured Law alumnus Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, in the April 5 story “Fred Ridley is Weathering a Storm Unlike Any Other Augusta National Chairman Has Faced.” The Palm Beach Post published the April 5 story “Who is Masters, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley? 8 things to know about the Florida native.” Freshers Live posted the April 7 story “Fred Ridley Net Worth in 2023 How Rich is He Now?” LeeDaily on April 7 posted “Fred Ridley Net Worth: How He Built His Fortune?”

• The Tampa Bay Times profiled Law alumna Lisa McLean in the April 5 story “Attorney Lisa McLean to run for Hillsborough public defender.”

• PR Log, the Floridant, the Cape Coral Breeze and other media outlets profiled Law alumnus Harvey Cohen in the April 5 story “Greater Fort Myers Chamber’s April 11 luncheon: Navigating storm damage insurance.”

• Florida Record profiled Law alumna and Double Hatter Patricia M. Flanagan in the April 6 post “Fox Rothschild announces South Florida Business Selects Patricia Flanagan to Influential Business Women List.”

• Burns White profiled Law alumna Theresa A. Domenico in the March 29 post “Burns White Welcomes 9 Attorneys in the First Quarter of 2023.”

• The Sarasota News Leader featured Law alumnus Karl Senkow in the April 6 story “All 3 deputy county attorneys seeking to replace Elbrecht after his retirement.”

• Jacksonville Mom posted the April 7 story “8 Reasons You Should Not Take a Disney Cruise” by alumna Nicki Wiggins. The piece also cited her husband, alumnus Jayme Wiggins.

* The Tribune-Chronicle and the Vindicator featured Law alumnus Chloe Wells in the April 9 story “Wells – Flynn Engagement.”

• HappeningNext featured alumnus John Montague in the April 8 post “Legal Dos and Don’ts When Scaling Your Startup (Lunch & Learn).”• Savannah CEO profiled alumna Sammie Jo Manning in the April 12 post “Sammie Jo Manning is the New Communications Manager at The Seabrook of Hilton Head.”