Stetson in the News: Feb. 16-22, 2024

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Top Stories

Valrie Chambers, PhD

• WalletHub and the Times Examiner featured Valrie Chambers, PhD, associate professor of Accounting, in the Feb. 20 story “Property Taxes by State (2024).” The Deseret News and Yahoo! News quoted Chambers in the Feb. 20 story “Some states have more affordable property taxes than others. Where does Utah rank?”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Yahoo! News featured Lou Paris, alumnus and former director of Stetson’s Prince Entrepreneurship Program, in the Feb. 22 story “Former Stetson official Lou Paris to head Volusia’s Economic Development Division.” The Observer featured Paris in the Feb. 21 story “Volusia County names new economic development director.” profiled Paris in the Feb. 20 story “Lou Paris Named Economic Development Director.”

• Minding the Campus featured Stetson Law in the Feb. 16 story “The New 2024 Law School Rankings: The Sociology of Law.”

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Chris Ferguson, PhD

• The Rocky Mountain Collegian cited Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the Feb. 22 story “Spanking, corporal punishment found to be ineffective, damaging.”

• Newsweek quoted Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of Law, in the Feb. 18 story “Donald Trump’s Debt and Legal Troubles Make Him Unfit for Office: Ex-Ally.” The story noted that Torres-Spelliscy’s comments were featured in a previous Newsweek article. Banking Finance and Aiexpress re-posted Newsweek’s Feb. 18 story. 

• SiriusXM’s Dr. Radio show interviewed Law alumnus and adjunct Law professor Jay Wolfson for a Feb. 20 broadcast segment about controversies regarding covid vaccine policies and Florida State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo.

Peter Lake, JD

• The New York Times quoted Peter Lake, professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, in the Feb. 16 story “House Committee Subpoenas Harvard for Documents Relating to Antisemitism.”  “I think this is just the beginning of legislative inquiries into internal behavior of higher education institutions,” Lake said. “Obviously, Harvard is a prominent figure to investigate.”

• The National Jurist quoted Kirsten Davis, professor of Law and faculty director of Online Legal Education Strategies, in its Winter 2024 issue in the article “How AI is changing lawyering.”

Other Stories

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s Ukraine Initiative in the Feb. 16 story “Las Vegas? Nope, DeLand! Local ‘Casino Night’ raises thousands for charity.”

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Jamie Clark, DMA

• Broadway World Tallahassee cited Jamie Clark, DMA, assistant professor of Cello and coordinator of Chamber Music, in the Feb. 16 story “Fringe ArtSpace Debuts First Two Productions From the Collective Incubator Program.”

• The Maimi Laker cited Stetson Law in the Feb. 16 story “STU Law’s trial team wins mock trial competition.”

•, the Cleveland Daily Banner and cited Stetson in the Feb. 16 story “Lee’s School of Music to Welcome Sorenson for Guest Recital Feb. 23.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson Wesley in the Feb. 17 post “Wesley Wanders | DeLeon Springs State Park.”

• Hometown News cited the Stetson community numerous times in the Feb. 15 story “Out & About,” including the Great Pianists at Stetson Concert Series; the university’s hosting of the play “Keepers of the American Dream”; Second Stage Theatre’s production of “Burn This”; a Stetson University Symphonic Band concert; and a faculty recital featuring clarinetist Lynn Musco, DM, professor of Music and Woodwind Coordinator, and pianist Sean Kennard, DMA, assistant professor of Piano.

• Latvians Online cited Stetson in the Feb. 18 story “Latvian pianist Dzintra Erliha’s Carnegie Hall debut a memorable musical event.”

• Radio station NewsTalk 830 WCCO cited Stetson in a Feb. 19 broadcast segment.

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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 Palm Beach Post cited Stetson in the Feb. 19 story “Want more face time with profs? These Florida schools have the most faculty per student.”

* The Quinnipiac Chronicle cited Stetson Law in the Feb. 20 story “School of Law earns national recognition.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited the impending elevator construction in Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel’s Beckerath Organ and Stetson Law’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Excellence Award in the Feb. 20 story “Class Notes.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center in the Feb. 21 story “ECHO panel endorses eight projects.”

• The Intentional Travelers cited Stetson in the Feb. 21 story “Florida’s Incredible Springs.”

• HappeningNext cited the Stetson Jazz Ensemble in the Feb. 21 post “Stetson Jazz Ensemble.”

• HappeningNext featured Stetson Law’s Black Law Students Association in the Feb. 22 post “BLSA Annual Alumni Gala.”


• Faith Talk Atlanta, 99.5 FM The Word, WLQV FaithTalk Detroit and more than 20 other media outlets posted the Feb. 15 story “What Is Shavuot and Is It Still Important Today?” by alumna Blair Parke. Also, on Feb. 19 featured Parke’s commentary “7 Ways to Pray through Election Year Fear.”

• Florida Politics featured Law alumnus Jamie Grant in the Feb. 20 story “Jamie Grant, tech-savvy former lawmaker, to chair Associated Industries of Florida’s new AI coalition.”ExBulletin featured Grant in the Feb. 20 story “Tech-savvy former lawmaker Jamie Grant named president of Florida’s new AI coalition.”

• Adams and Reese LLP featured Law alumnus Frank Moya in the Feb. 19 story “ ‘Get to Know Frank Moya’ – Jacksonville Construction Litigator Featured in MetalCoffeeShop.”

• WQCS News profiled Law alumnus Benjamin Thomas in the Feb. 18 online post “Benjamin Thomas Appointed to Serve as a Judge on the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court.”

• Bollyinside featured alumnus Luis Melecio-Zambrano in the Feb. 21 story “Luis Melecio-Zambrano: California Local News Fellow Reporting for The Mercury News in South Santa Clara County.”

• HappeningNext profiled alumna Michele DiSorbo in the Feb. 22 post “More Joy…Less Stress: Mind-Body Connection 8-week Journey.”

• The website of Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman profiled Law alumna Breanna Mayers on Feb. 16.