Stetson in the News: Nov. 10-16, 2023

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Jason Evans, PhD

• Public radio stations WUSF and WUWF featured an interview of Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, in the Nov. 11 online story “A Stetson professor talks about addressing rising sea levels.”

Evans, who is executive director of Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, also was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Daily Commercial in the story “Volusia, Stetson land $25M USDA grant for conservation easements, better land management.”

• Orlando Business Journal, Florida Trend and the Randle Report cited Stetson’s Center for Public Opinion Research in the Nov. 9 story “Orlando Economic Partnership partners with Stetson to track local business opinion.” The story quoted Steven Smallpage, PhD, associate professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Public Opinion Research, Institute for Social Research, and the Pre-Law Program. 

“It’s helpful to know what the nation is doing, it’s helpful to know what the state of Florida is doing and there are large organizations that collect that data,” Smallpage said. “It’s another one to know what’s happening on Mills Avenue and being able to know where the issues are, what certain industries in certain neighborhoods are dealing with, and … having the resources to intervene or build programming around those developments.” In addition, the West Volusia Beacon reported on the partnership in the Nov. 14 story “Class Notes.”

Randall Croom, PhD

• Public radio station WMFE interviewed Randall Croom, PhD, associate professor of Management, for the Nov. 14 broadcast segment and online story “High housing costs are causing some Floridians to make tough choices.” WUWF and Wealth Creation Investing also featured the story.

• The NPR program “Here & Now” interviewed Law professor Louis Virelli in the Nov. 14 broadcast “Supreme Court releases new code of ethics.” “It is the highest court in our system,” Virelli said. “… Therefore, it is very difficult if not impossible for external enforcement mechanisms to work against justices. So there was never going to be an ethics code that was going to be enforceable by somebody other than the justices on themselves. … I think what the justices are doing is reaffirming a commitment to disclosure and transparency that will allow the public to determine for themselves whether they think there are undue influences at play.” In addition, the segment aired on more than 80 public radio stations across the country.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Public radio stations WMNF, WMFE and WJCT cited Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Nov. 10 story “Florida CFO suggests new law to fund legal fees for presidential candidates amid Trump’s legal challenges.”

• Real Radio 104 on Nov. 10 interviewed Carlos Navarro about his recent “To the Top” presentation at Stetson. Listen to more of this interview and this interview.

• Stage of Life, My Silly Little Gang and more than 80 other media outlets featured Stetson in the Nov. 14 post “Stetson University Set to Launch New International Chamber Music Festival in July 2024.”

• The West Volusia Beacon and Black News quoted Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, associate professor of Public Health, in the Nov. 15 story “Downtown DeLand mural will honor local activist.” The story also cited Stetson’s James A. Stewart Lecture Series and student Khyra Davis.

Other Stories

• Hometown News featured Stetson in the Nov. 9 story “Hatter Angel Network invests in innovative Miami media company.”

• Fox 35 cited Stetson in the Nov. 10 post “This item in Florida has seen a rise in thefts, police say.”

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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.

• The American Prize mentioned Stetson in the Oct. 10 post “National winners: BANDS, 2023.”

• Above/Ground Press cited Terri Witek, PhD/MA, professor of English, Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing, was cited in the Nov. 11 post “Some author activity: Cantrell, McNair, Berlatsky + Witek.”

• The Echo cited David DiQuattro, PhD, visiting assistant professor of Philosophy, in the Nov. 13 story “Honors Guild attends Intercollegiate Colloquium.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal mentioned Stetson in the Nov. 14 story “Historic DeLand Hotel changes hands. Meet the new owner.”

• Indiana Headlines, Michigan News Updates, the Newport Daily Express and more than 40 other media outlets cited Stetson Law in the Nov. 13 story “LeTonya F. Moore Selected as Top Attorney of the Year by IAOTP.”

Karen Coker-Merritt, DMA

• FlaglerLive and the West Volusia Beacon featured Stetson’s Symphony Orchestra, orchestra director Anthony Hose and Karen Coker-Merritt, DM, assistant professor of Music, Voice, in the Nov. 14 story “Stetson’s Symphony Orchestra to Bring Holiday Magic.”

• The West Volusia Beacon profiled Davina Bungard, retired departmental secretary of the Department of Philosophy, in the Nov. 14 story “West Volusia Artists feature Divina Bungard for November.

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the Nov. 14 post “5th Annual Dinner.”

• The West Volusia Beacon reported Stetson’s selection by Southern Living Magazine as one of the “Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South” in the Nov. 14 story “Class Notes.”

Scenic landscape of Palm Court on Stetson's DeLand campus.
Stetson is “Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South.”

Fox 49 Tallahassee quoted adjunct law professor Joe Bodiford in a Nov. 8 broadcast segment on a motion requesting to interview the jury recently filed in the Charlie Adelson case. The TV station also quoted Bodiford in a Nov. 14 broadcast segment on a recent development in the Charlie Adelson case.

• The Sarasota Observer cited Stetson Law in the Nov. 15 story “The secret behind Albert Myara’s success isn’t so secret: It’s hard work.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal cited Stetson in the Nov. 16 story “Mainland High’s 1st state-mandated career fair attracts hundreds of graduating seniors.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal featured Stetson in the Nov. 16 story “Gillespie Museum marks birthday.”


• Central Florida Ag News profiled alumna Blair Updike in the Nov. 9 story “Grounded in the Land: Painter Blair Updike Uses Art to Advance Conservation.”

• The Fish Twin Cities, WLQV Faith Talk Detroit and more than 20 other media outlets published the Nov. 10 commentary “Are You Helping, or Enabling Someone’s Struggle?” by alumna Blair Parke.

• The Clemmons Courier, L’Observateur and more than 50 other media outlets featured alumnus Robert Pugh in the Nov. 13 story “Robert Pugh’s Newly Released ‘The Glance’ is a Suspenseful Journey to Take Down a Dangerous Murderer.”

• The website featured alumna Ella Borges in the Nov. 13 post “Another Outstanding Work by Ella & The Bossa Beat.”

• Florida Bar News, Public Now and other media outlets featured Law alumni Joseph LeDonne and Katherine Hurst Miller in the Nov. 15 story “Governor makes two judicial appointments.”

• The Post and Courier featured Law alumnus Bentley Douglas Price in the Nov. 15 story “Embattled Charleston judge defends his record in effort to stay on SC bench.”

• EdNC profiled alumna Falecia D. Williams in the Nov. 15 story “2023 Dallas Herring Lecture focuses on opportunities of change for community colleges.”

• HomoCulture, Night Helper Blog and more than 200 other media outlets cited recent Stetson graduate Jared Cooper in the Nov. 15 story “One Call Announces 2023 Kids’ Chance of Florida One Call Scholarship Recipient.”

• HappengNext featured alumna Rebecca Renner in the Nov. 16 post “In-Person: An Evening with Rebecca Renner.”