Stetson in the News: Sept. 7-14, 2023

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Randle Croom, PhD

•  Public radio stations WMFE and WUWF interviewed Randle Croom, PhD, associate professor of Management, for the Sept. 12 online story and broadcast segment “All Aboard! Florida Professor breaks down Brightline’s expected impact.” The impacts of the high-speed rail service “will be significant, varied, but also nuanced,” Croom said. “So one of the impacts that it might have is connecting Orlando to Miami in such a way that it becomes psychologically closer for people.”

•, WTVB and more than 50 other media outlets quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Sept. 8 story “Abortion rights at stake as Florida court weighs DeSantis-backed ban.” “If the Florida Supreme Court is being faithful to its own precedent, it’s actually an easy case: The 15-week ban should be found unconstitutional under the Florida state constitution,” Torres-Spelliscy said.

President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

•  TerraDaily, Republic of Green, Autoblog, Illinois Solar and more than 40 other media outlets featured Stetson in the Sept. 8 story “Stetson University Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements.” The story quoted President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, and Robert Sitler, PhD, professor of World Languages and Cultures, and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. “This Silver rating reflects the important work that is happening on our campus every day, thanks to our students, faculty and staff,” Roellke said. “As the world struggles with the harmful effects of climate change, never has there been a more important time for the Stetson community to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to protecting our environment.”

•  The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Yahoo News, the Gainesville Sun and other media outlets quoted Roy Balleste, professor of Law and director of the Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library, in the Sept. 11 story “Volusia joins 650 school districts in suing social media giants, citing mental health harm.”

Logan Gilbert

•  Sportskeeda profiled star Major League Baseball pitcher Logan Gilbert and his wife, Aviles Gilbert, both Stetson alumni, in the Sept. 13 story “Aviles Gilbert, Cal Raleigh, and family spread the cheer with young patients in hospital: “This moment was extra special.”

•  Fox13 Tampa Bay quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in the Sept. 8 broadcast segment and online story “Florida Supreme Court will hear challenge to the 15-week ban on abortion.”

•  The New York Times, Education Today, Daily Hindustan News, WUFT, US Today News and other media outlets cited Stetson in the Sept. 6 story “Florida Expected to Approve Classical Exam as a Competitor to the SAT.” Tampa Free Press reported the story in the Sept. 9 post “Florida’s University System Adopts Conservative Alternative To SAT, ACT For College Admissions.”

•  Noble Profit, Daily Advent, WFTV, the Jacksonville Business Journal, Washington City Paper and more than 30 other media outlets featured Stetson and quoted President Roellke, PhD, and Executive Vice President and Chief of Development Krista Bofill in the Sept. 10 story “Stetson University Shatters Fundraising Record for Second Year in a Row.”  “These gifts will provide a superior education to thousands of students who might not otherwise attend Stetson University,” Bofill said. 

Jaclyn Lopez, JD

•  The National Parks Conservation Association and the Center for Biological Diversity quoted Jaclyn Lopez, assistant professor of Law and director of the Jacobs Law Clinic for Democracy and the Environment, in the Sept. 13 story “Conservationists File Lawsuit to Protect Imperiled Ghost Orchid.”

•  Public radio station WMFE profiled Double Hatter and U.S. diplomat Bert Fish in a Sept. 7 broadcast.

•  State Court Report published the Sept. 6 story “Florida Supreme Court Hears Pivotal Abortion Case” by Stetson Law’s Torres-Spelliscy.

•  PRWeb featured Stetson students Nidia Guevara-Nolasco and Isabel Barbato; Dean of the School of Music Washington Garcia, DMA; and Dashiell John Waterbury, MM, visiting lecturer of Music and head of Opera for Stetson, in the Sept. 5 story “Stetson University School of Music and Opera Orlando Launch New Apprenticeship Program.” OperaWire cited Guevara-Nolasco and Barbato in the Sept. 4 story “Opera Orlando Announces Apprenticeship Pilot Program in Collaboration with Stetson University.” Park Ave Magazine, Hometown News and other media outlets also carried the story.

•  Above the Law cited Stetson Law in the Sept. 11 story “The Best Law Schools For Public Service (2023).”

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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.

•  Lenscratch cited Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, in the Sept. 10 story “Lynne Buchanan: The Poetry of Being.”

•  The Daytona Beach News-Journal cited Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience in the Sept. 6 story “NSB’s Atlantic Center for the Arts: Here are 5 events to explore your artistic side.”

•  Suncoast News and other media outlets cited Stetson in the Sept. 7 post “Straz Center to host college and career fair.”

•  HappeningNext cited Stetson in the Sept. 8 post “Paranormal Museum Tours at the Haunted Antique Shop” and the Sept. 11 post “Flashlight Night Tours at the Haunted Antique Shop.”

•  The Society of American Florists website featured Stetson student Olivia Vardy in the Sept. 6 post “Industry Pros Share Tips to Find Talent.”

•  News Daytona Beach cited Stetson in the Sept. 8 story “Auditor Finds No Illegal Activity in Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Financials.”

•  The Morning Call cited Stetson Law in the Sept. 8 story “This Lehigh Valley veteran was a subject of controversial military human experiments. Both the Army and the VA abused him, he says.”

•  Hometown News cited Stetson’s Piano Day Concert in the Sept. 8 story “Out & About.”

•  Love to Know Pets cited Stetson in the Aug. 31 story “10 Best Pets for College Students: They Make Great Study Buddies.”

•  The website and the Ledger featured Kevin Ambler, adjunct law professor, in the Sept. 11 post “ACPL Hosts Constitution Day Event with Kevin Ambler.”

•  Environment, Law, and History cited Stetson in a photo credit in the Sept. 12 post “Public rights and standing.”

Savannah-Jane Griffin

•  HappeningNext featured former Stetson administrator Savannah-Jane Griffin in the Sept. 13 story “AFP, Volusia/Flagler Chapter September Luncheon.”

•  The West Volusia Beacon cited Joshua Rust, PhD, professor of Philosophy, in the Sept. 13 story “Spiritual Side.”


•  The Arizona Republic profiled Law alumna Lelia Adams in the Sept. 10 story “She’s the first Black woman with her face on a Phoenix bus. Her story is so much more.”

• and insideARM profiled Double Hatter Chantel Wonder in the Sept. 6 post “Florida Litigator Chantel Wonder Joins McGlinchey.”

•  The Concord Monitor profiled alumnus Stephen Daigle in the Sept. 6 story “St. John Regional School students had two surprises when coming back to school; a new principal and brand new Bibles.”

•  The website cited both Stetson Law and Stetson Law alumna Maria Gerber in the Sept. 6 post “Ranch reflections – Summer program provides education in law, leadership.”

•  The  Ark Valley Voice profiled alumna Wayles Martin in the Sept. 7 story “Wayles Martin Explains Reasons She Seeks Salida City Treasurer Role.”

Rebecca Bridges

•  Beach Metro featured alumna and former faculty member Rebecca Bridges in the Sept. 8 post “New Minister to be welcomed at St. Aidan’s in the Beach Church.”

•  OnePlace featured the Sept. 10 podcast “Your Day in Court” by alumnus James Merritt.

•  Business Observer profiled alumnus Russell Ireland in the Aug. 29 story “80-year-old entrepreneur still going strong, now with new laser cleaning firm.”

•  Allied News profiled alumnus Cedric E. Lewis in the Sept. 5 story “Nine new professors join Grove City College faculty.”

•  The Aiken Standard featured alumnus Eric Gilfus in the Sept. 12 story “Aiken Civic Orchestra opens 12th season Friday.”

•  Handel on the Law profiled Law alumnus David Paul in the Sept. 14 post “David Paul.”