Stetson in the News: Dec. 8-14, 2023

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Randall Croom, PhD

• Public radio stations WMFE, WUWF, WFIT and WUSF, plus Latest Finance News, featured an interview of Randall Croom, PhD, associate professor of Management, for the Dec. 12 broadcast segment and online story “Florida homeowners continue to deal with troubled property insurance market.” Commenting about the increase of homeowners who do not have insurance, Croom said: “Some people are choosing to, and these are people who have the means to do this, pay off their mortgages and then self-insure as a result. Other people are simply choosing to risk it.”

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Robert Maglievaz, MSPH, CIH, RS, assistant professor of Practice in Public Health, and students Isabella Recanzone, Phoenix Medley, Veronica Piñero, Juliet Tonkin, Hannah Quenga and Alexia Kagembega in the Dec. 13 story “Stetson students want to help DeLand cool down.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• Yahoo News,, Fox 13 Tampa Bay and other media outlets quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Dec. 13 broadcast segment and online story “Supreme Court decision on Jan. 6 charge could impact hundreds arrested – including former President Trump.” “There’s only been a single federal judge who thought that there was a problem with this charge (of obstructing an official proceeding), so he is out of the norm,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “All the rest of the federal judges in the District of Columbia who had to hear all of these cases … they all found this charge to be appropriate.”

• Audubon cited Stetson in the Dec. 8 story “Top Audubon Stories in 2023: Policy and Advocacy.”

• Radio station KPLA cited Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in a Dec. 12 broadcast segment about fears of violent video games being unfounded.

Other Stories

• Medium cited retired mathematics professor Erich Friedman in the Dec. 2 story “Interesting Numbers From the World of Mathematics.” Pat’s Blog cited Friedman in the Dec. 9 post “On This Day in Math – December 9.”

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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 West Volusia Beacon’s Dec. 12 story “Class Notes” cited Stetson’s first International Chamber Music Festival, the university’s involvement in the “Lake to Lagoon” conservation program, and the House Next Door’s presentation of the Cecil Paul and Maria Jones Community Hero Award to Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, professor of Education.

• KTLA, CenLaNow and more than 120 other media outlets cited Stetson in the Dec. 13 story “Virtual Options Unveils ‘Social Media Firestarter’: AI-Powered Digital Marketing for Service-Based Businesses.”

• St. Pete Catalyst cited Law professor Judith Scully in the Dec. 13 story “Muhammed and expert panel discuss recidivism in Florida.”


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2008: Jacob deGrom

• FanFest profiled alumnus and star Major League Baseball pitcher Jacob deGrom in the Dec. 9 post “Jacob deGrom Net Worth.” Qmunicate featured deGrom in the Dec. 12 post “What Nationality Is Jacob deGrom.”

• The Pattaya News featured double-Hatter Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse, the second-eldest son of the king of Thailand, in the Dec. 10 story “Thai King’s Son Visits Nong Nooch Gardens in Pattaya.”

• Sportico featured alumna and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in the Dec. 13 story “Florida AG Investigating College Playoff, ESPN Over FSU Rejection.”

• Chicago radio station WVON AM 1690 interviewed Law alumna Christine Platt in a Dec. 7 broadcast segment about her novel “Rebecca, Not Becky,” which she co-wrote with Catherine Wigginton Greene. The Mary Reader featured Platt and the novel in a Dec. 12 post.

• Principled Podcast interviewed Law alumnus Jim Byrne, vice president for ethics and business conduct at Lockheed Martin, for a Dec. 11 podcast about using AI in a responsible and ethical way.

• NewsBreak featured Law alumna and USF president Rhea Law in the Dec. 11 story “A Florida University President Receives a $300,000 Bonus After ‘A Historic Year.’”

Sherrel Sampson

• A Touch of Business profiled double-Hatter Roy Speer in the Dec. 12 story “Looking into the Biography of Roy Speer.”

• Florida Trend profiled alumna Sherrel Sampson in the Dec. 13 story “Rising Executives: Ones to Watch – Entrepreneurial Itch.”

• RWJBarnabas Health and MyNews 24×7 featured alumnus Bill Arnold in the Dec. 12 story “New Jersey Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives Honors RWJBarnabas Health Senior Executive with Distinguished Service Award.” New Jersey Business Magazine featured Arnold in the Dec. 13 story “RWJ’s Arnold Honored with Distinguished Service Award.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal profiled alumnus Mike Carroll in the Dec. 13 story “Volunteer Volusia sheriff’s chaplain faces grim task with warmth and compassion.”

• Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman profiled Law alumna Amanda Doherty in the Dec. 13 post “Amanda M. Doherty.”