Stetson in the News: Nov. 24-30, 2023

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

• WFTV 9 featured Stetson and quoted President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, in the Nov. 23 online story, “Stetson University set to host International Chamber Music Festival next summer.”

“As one of the nation’s finest undergraduate-only schools of music, Stetson provides an extraordinary setting for an International Chamber Music Festival,” Roellke said. “Our world-class faculty uphold the highest standards of musical excellence and provide a supportive environment for young artists to realize their passions and dreams.”

• WESH 2 News cited Stetson and featured Stetson student Isabella Degenhardt in the Nov. 24 broadcast segment and online story “Online caregiving platform expands to Central Florida.” WZVN ABC 7 News featured Stetson in the Nov. 26 broadcast segment “CareYaya expands services.” Also, Spectrum News 13 featured Degenhardt in the Nov. 24 broadcast segment and online story “Caregiving company addresses affordable care with college students.”

“I grew up in Vietnam,” said Degenhardt, a sophomore studying Pre-Law, in the Spectrum News 13 segment. “Some parts of it are really rural and other parts of it are very industrialized. The gap between the rich and the poor is insane. Honestly, I wanted to find a field where I can go into and still be able to foster connections with people, but also work towards creating better communities.”

Chris Ferguson, PhD

• Bored Panda interviewed Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, for the Nov. 28 story “People Are Sharing History’s ‘Middle Finger’ Moments, And Here Are 35 of the Coolest Ones.”

• WESH 2 News and CW18 featured Stetson student Skye Simmons in the Nov. 28 broadcast “Innovation Challenge.”

• The Messenger quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Nov. 25 story “Florida Abortion Rights Activists Hope to Use Momentum From Ohio Ballot Victory.” Also, Background Briefing and KPFA San Francisco interviewed Torres-Spelliscy for the Nov. 29 broadcast “Charles Koch’s $5 Billion Political Slush Fund Will Try to Elect Nikki Haley President.”

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Stetson in the Nov. 29 story “Stetson University to launch chamber music festival in 2024.”

Law professor Jay Wolfson

• The Tampa Bay Times quoted alumnus and Law professor Jay Wolfson in the Nov. 24 story “What would a DeSantis presidency look like for health care?”

Other Stories

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s Princeton Review Green Colleges honor, the renaming of the Stetson Room, Stetson Votes and the Centurion Sales Program in the Nov. 28 story “Class Notes.”

• The West Volusia Beacon’s Dec. 2-9 calendar cited Stetson’s Chamber Music Gala, the Symphony Orchestra’s Mount Dora holiday concert, and the Sisters Build and Man Up Mentoring Celebration to be held at Allen Hall.

• Jazz & Blues Florida cited Stetson in the Nov. 26 post “Joshua Bowlus Holiday Jazz New Release Concert Saturday, December 2, 2023 at St. Augustine’s Newest Jazz Venue – Chez L’Amour.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson in the Nov. 27 post “DeLand MLK Presents Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration Gala & Banquet.”

Karen Coker-Merritt, DMA

• The Daily Commercial featured Stetson’s Symphony Orchestra, orchestra director Anthony Hose and Karen Coker-Merritt, DM, assistant professor of Music, Voice, in the Nov. 22 story “Bring an unwrapped, unopened toy & enjoy a free concert!”

Anthony Hose

• CitySurfing Orlando cited the concert in the Nov. 29 story “CitySurfing Orlando’s Guide To 2023 Holiday Events in Central Florida.” Nation cited the concert in the Nov. 29 post “Stetson Symphony Orchestra helps Mount Dora celebrate holiday season. Here’s how to watch.”

• Yahoo News and the Orlando Sentinel featured Stetson’s Symphony Orchestra in the Nov. 28 story “Christmas in Orlando: A merry month of concerts, plays, events.”

• Travelisthenewclub, Hotel Online, Hospitality Newsmaker Alert and more than 10 other media outlets cited Stetson in the Nov. 28 story “NexGen Hotels acquires Holiday Inn in St. Petersburg, Florida.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the Nov. 28 story “Guest Commentary: Trees are DeLand’s greatest asset, habitat.”


• The Owenton News-Herald profiled alumnus Cody Hampton in the Nov. 28 article “A real toy story.”

• The Florida Courier featured alumna Briyanna Pierce in the Nov. 24 story “Tampa organization announces co-chairs for King breakfast.”

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• HappeningNext featured alumna Laura Pierce in the Nov. 25 post “LCAIIA November Happy Hour!!!”

• HappeningNext featured alumna Rebecca Renner in the Nov. 26 post “Gator Country: A Conversation with Rebecca Renner.”

• The Famuan featured Double Hatter Cassandra Jackson in the Nov. 27 story “Tallahassee’s first Black female city attorney steps down.”

• The Austin Daily Herald, the Atmore Advance and more than 50 other media outlets featured Law alumnus Roger N. Messer in the Nov. 28 story “Author Roger N. Messer, J.D.’s New Book, ‘Tort Wars,’ is a Stirring Assortment of True Stories and Trials Focusing on the Author’s Fight for Justice for His Clients.”

• HappeningNext featured alumnus Will Graebe in the Nov. 28 post “Put Into Practice: Risk Management Tips for Your Law Firm – Asheville.”

• The website of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences featured alumna Wendy Wilber in the Nov. 28 post “2024 Educational Garden Workshop Series.”

• The Daily Evergreen featured alumna Ellen Taylor in the Nov. 29 story “Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs retiring this semester.”

• Florida Politics featured Double Hatter Patricia Flanagan, alumna Lisa Carlton, and Law alumni Joseph LeDonne and Katherine Miller in the Nov. 18 story “The Week in Appointments.”