Stetson University in the News, May 5-11, 2023

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

• TV station Fox 35 Orlando featured Stetson in numerous segments of its series “John Brown in Your Town: Deland,” which was initially broadcast May 6. The station interviewed Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, in the segment “John Brown in Your Town: Stetson University.” “We’ve been neighbors since 1883,” Roellke said, referring to the city of DeLand. “And one of the things Henry DeLand really cared about when he founded the city of DeLand was arts, culture and education. So, we’ve had a strong relationship ever since that time … . The relationship is really synergistic.”

The station also interviewed men’s basketball coach Donnie Jones in the segment, “John Brown in Your Town: Stetson Basketball Coach.” The station interviewed alumnus Chris Cloudman, a former associate director of Boundless Learning on campus and the current DeLand Mayor in the segment “John Brown in Your Town: DeLand Growth.”

The Weekly Times, Cairns Post, Mercury and other media outlets also featured the “John Brown in Your Town: Stetson University” segment.

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Hari Pulapaka, PhD

• The Food Network featured Hari Pulapaka, PhD, associate professor of mathematics and a professional chef, in the episode “Happy Feet” of its series “Beat Bobby Flay.” The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Yahoo Money featured Pulapaka in the May 4 story “Daytona Beach area chef competes on popular Food Network show”, and the News-Journal featured him in the May 5 story “‘I’m here to teach you a lesson,’ Daytona area chef competing on popular Food Network show.” “The feedback has been amazing, everyone has been so kind to me,” Pulapaka said in the latter story. “It’s been incredibly uplifting, inspiring … .”

The West Volusia Beacon featured Pulapaka in the May 11 story “DeLand chef takes his cooking to Food Network.”

• Central Florida News 13 featured Stetson in the May 6 broadcast “Local Universities Hold Graduation Ceremonies.” WESH News cited Stetson in its May 5 broadcast segment “Graduation Ceremonies.” The Daytona Times featured Stetson in the May 5 story “Stetson to honor more than 1,100 graduates during commencement.”

Jason Evans, PhD

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of environmental science and studies, student Audrey Berlie and the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center in the May 5 story “PHOTOS: Stetson University celebrates Earth Day.”

• AppTrigger cited Chesya Burke, PhD, assistant professor of English, in the May 4 story “Storm and the representation of female characters in Marvel’s Midnight Suns.”

Melinda Hall, PhD

• The Los Angeles Review featured Urayoán Noel, an instructor of Poetry in the Expanded Field at Stetson’s low-residency MFA of the Americas, in the May 8 post, “Carbon Neutral by Urayoán Noel.”

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Melinda Hall, PhD, associate professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department, in the May 10 story and podcast, “Now You Know: Teaching topics deemed controversial.”

Other Stories

• Tech Inside Out, My Silly Little Gang and more than 40 other media outlets cited Stetson Law in the May 5 post, “Two KnowBe4 Leaders Named Winners For 2023 OnCon Icon Awards.”

• Media Coverage cited Stetson’s Roland George Investments Program in the May 6 story “SG Americas Securities LLC Sells Off Shares in Equity Commonwealth, Highlights Investor Sentiment and Volatility in REITs.”

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• Hometown News cited Megan Martin, Resilient Green Infrastructure Communications coordinator at Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, in the May 5 story “Art Notes.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the May 5 post “Black Art, Artists and History Speaker Series – Young, Gifted and Black.”

• Financial Content, Law Firm Newswire and several other media outlets cited Stetson Law in the May 9 story “Marielle F. Hazen of Hazen Law Group Honored as 2022 NAELA Fellow.”

Royal C. Gardner, JD

• Planners Network cited Royal C. Gardner, professor of Law and co-director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, in the May 8 post “Online Event: Protecting Wetlands for Healthy Communities and Ecosystems.”

• Library Professional Development profiled Ashley Krenelka Chase, assistant professor of law, in the May 10 story “PeMento and the Power of Peer Mentoring.”

• MSN cited Stetson in the May 10 post “These Are Florida’s Best Small Towns and Cities.”

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

• Earn the Necklace profiled alumna Aviles Gilbert (Aviles Champion), wife of Major League Baseball pitcher Logan Gilbert, in the May 9 story “Meet Seattle Mariners Pitcher Logan Gilbert’s Wife, Aviles Gilbert.”

• News Channel Nebraska, CityBiz and more than 30 other media outlets profiled double Hatter Kevin Neat in the May 5 story “Florida Food Products Names Kevin Neat Chief Financial Officer.”

• The Delmarva Farmer profiled alumnus Ted Platz in the May 5 story “No objection: Plant Food Company pulls in Platz.”

• Eastern New Mexico News and Yahoo Life profiled alumnus Jason Paulk in the May 6 story “Our people: A passion for music and teaching.”

• Tamarac Talk profiled alumna Desare Kohn-Laski in the May 5 post “Desare Kohn-Laski Realtor.”