Stetson in the News: May 17-23, 2024

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President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

• The University of South Florida’s Newsroom webpage featured USF President Rhea Law, a Stetson Law alumna, in the May 22 story “USF President Rhea Law receives honorary degree, delivers keynote address at Stetson Law Commencement.” The story quoted Benjamin Barros, dean of Stetson Law. The story also cited Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, who presented Law with an honorary Doctor of Laws and introduced her before her keynote address.

• Faculty Focus and Today’s Chronic posted the May 22 commentary “Empowering Student Learning: Navigating Artificial Intelligence in the College Classroom,” co-written by Melissa Parks, PhD, associate professor of Education, and Mary Ellen Oslick, PhD, associate professor of Education.

• The West Volusia Beacon featured Kevin Winchell, director of Community Engagement, and cited Stetson’s Bonner Program in the May 21 story “United against hate.”

• Public media outlets WGCU and WUSF cited Stetson Law’s Jacobs Law Clinic for Democracy and the Environment in the May 19 online story “Legal victory speeds protection decision for rare ghost orchid.”

Kelly Smith, PhD

• WOGX Fox 51 and WOFL Fox 35 interviewed Kelly Smith, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, for the May 21 broadcast segment “Political Ads About Amendment 3 Hit the Airwaves.” “The groups that want this amendment to pass, they have some money behind them and so they’re going to run ads as much as they can to try to get people to the polls to vote to legalize marijuana,” Smith said.

Darryl Wilson
Darryl Wilson, JD, LLM

• Florida Politics quoted Darryl Wilson, JD, LLM, associate dean for Strategy and Operations, Attorneys’ Title Fund Professor of Law and director of the Institute of Caribbean Law and Policy, in the May 17 story “Disney wins lawsuit against influencers selling fake merch.” “Disney is one of those entities that rarely files a case they don’t already know they’re almost certain to win,” Wilson said. “Especially when they’ve been in constant contact with the defendants as was the case here.”

DisneyFanatic and quoted Wilson in the May 19 story, “Disney Shuts Down Banned Ear Seller in Federal Lawsuit.” Disney Dining quoted Wilson in the May 20 story “Federal Lawsuit Leads to Disney Shutting Down Banned Ear Seller.”

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD

• The Atlantic and USA News Hub cited Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the May 21 story “The Panic Over Smartphones Doesn’t Help Teens.”

• The Hill, the Sun Herald and the Dispatch featured the May 9 commentary “The new moral panic: Social media” by Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology.

• Bloomberg Law quoted Andrew Appleby, JD, LLM, associate professor of Law, in the May 16 story “Apple Forgiven Millions in Chicago ‘Netflix Tax’ Paid by Rivals.”

Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD

• Spectrum News Austin featured Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in the May 19 broadcast segment “Using Art for Social Justice.”

• The Tampa Bay Times, Yahoo! News and Tampa Bay Newspapers quoted Paul Boudreaux, professor of Law, co-director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and director of the Stetson Law Honors Program, in the May 20 story “A Pinellas town is clarifying its beach rules. Some residents are confused.”

• Inside Higher Ed and ReportWire 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 May 21 story “The Litigation After the Protest Storm.” University Herald quoted Lake in the May 21 story “Litigation Surges as Universities Face Lawsuits Over Protests Related to Israel-Hamas Conflict.”

Carmen Johnson, JD

• Florida Record featured Stetson Law’s Pathways to Justice Academy, and quoted Carmen Johnson, JD, Stetson’s executive officer for Institutional Inclusive Excellence, in the May 21 story “Pathways to Justice Academy, a Teen Civic Engagement Course, Seeks Applicants.”

• Central Florida Public Media interviewed Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, and executive director of Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, for the May 23 radio broadcast and online story “One seaside community is fighting against its biggest threat: Water.”

Jaclyn Lopez, JD

• Central Florida Public Media and WUSF Public media interviewed Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, for the May 22 radio broadcast and online story “As new Central Florida homes are built, older ones flood.”

• The National Parks Conservation Association quoted Jaclyn Lopez, assistant professor of Law and director of the Jacobs Public Interest Law Clinic for Democracy and the Environment, in the May 17 story “Legal Victory Speeds Protection Decision for Rare Ghost Orchid.”

Other Stories

• HappeningNext featured Stetson’s 11th Annual Vocal Camp and the Stetson Young Singers program in the May 19 post “Vocal Camp.”

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Stetson’s DeLand Hall

• MSN cited Stetson in the May 10 story “Ranked: Florida’s 30 Most Beautiful Towns.”

• Broadway World Sarasota cited violin performance student Danae Tran, the Stetson University Symphony Orchestra and the Stetson University Chamber Orchestra in the May 21 story “Arts Advocates Awards $55,000 in Scholarships to 10 Local Students for the 2024-2025 School Year.”

• HappeningNext featured Stetson in the May 17 post “Community Solutions Workshop #3: Addressing Flooding in West Cocoa.”

• Hometown News cited Stetson in the May 16 story “Black Heritage Plaque Dedication May 18.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal cited Stetson in the May 17 story “Malina Hreib: Your Volusia-Flagler Student of the Week for May 6-10.”

• Livability featured Stetson in the May 17 story “Your Guide to the Colleges and Universities in Greater Daytona.”

• Livability cited Stetson in the May 17 story “5 Reasons to Call Greater Daytona, FL, Home.”

• WFTV Eyewitness News and Central Florida’s TV 27 Eyewitness News cited Stetson in the May 20 broadcast segment “Hit-and-Run Involving Bicycle.”

• The Tampa Beacon cited Stetson Law’s Veterans Law Institute in the May 20 story “Event honors local attorney.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the May 22 story “PHOTOS: The DeLand Black Heritage Trail dedicates first stop on a journey to honor local African American history.”

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• Sports Illustrated featured alumnus, Major League Baseball player and two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom in the May 17 story “Buck Showalter: Jacob deGrom ‘Didn’t Want to Leave’ the New York Mets.”

• Livability featured Stetson and alumna Sarah Hancock in the May 16 story “Why I Went to College in Greater Daytona, and Stayed.”  

• New Tampa and Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News featured Law alumnus Brian Arrighi in the May 22 story “North Tampa Law Group for Estate Planning & Real Estate Law.”

John Ariale

• The website profiled Double Hatter, John Ariale.

• All Events In featured alumna Shameka Cunningham in the May 22 post “Queer Kin: Poetry Reading.”

• The American Institute for Economic Research featured the May 22 commentary, “FISA Destroys the Rule of Law” by alumnus Spence Purnell.

• The Orange Leader, the Suffolk News-Herald and more than 100 other media outlets featured Stetson Law graduate Mary Rose Maloney in the May 22 story “Greenberg Traurig Sponsors 8 Law School Graduates in 2024 Class of Equal Justice Works Fellows.”