Stetson in the News: May 3-9, 2024

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Graduates throw their graduation caps in the air at Commencement
Graduates celebrate at Spring 2023 Commencement in DeLand.

Top Stories

• WFTV 9 and Yahoo! News featured Stetson and Stetson Law in the May 4 online story, “Stetson will recognize over 1,000 graduates this spring.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal interviewed graduating students Yuliia Balan and Yana Verbova, and Martin Blackwell, PhD, visiting professor of History, for the May 8 story, “Two Ukrainian students graduating from Stetson Saturday grateful for chance to study here.”

Yuliia Balan and Yana Verbova

Also, Central Florida News 13 featured Stetson in the May 8 broadcast segment, “Ukrainian Students to Graduate from Stetson.” The story featured an interview with student Yuliia Balan and profiled student Yana Verbova. “Stetson is my second home and I’m excited to finish this past and start my master’s degree, but still I’ll be missing this place a lot – United States, Florida, Stetson University,” Balan said.

Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD

• Central Florida Public Media, WUSF and WJCT featured Stetson’s annual Ending Poverty and Homelessness Conference in the May 7 public radio broadcast and online story, “Poverty and homelessness need a trauma-sensitive approach, advocates say.” The story included an interview with Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education. “If we are not trauma-informed in the work that we are doing, if we are not also focused on healing-centered engagement, we’re not going to have the positive impact that we need to have in our world,” Shankar-Brown said.

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 May 8 story, “Virginia Foxx’s Focus on Antisemitism on College Campuses Has Raised Her Profile.” DNYUZ also carried the story.

The Washington Post interviewed Lake for the May 6 story “Massive pro-Palestinian college protests bring rare surge in discipline.” The Japan News also carried the story.

Louis Virelli, JD

• Bay News 9 interviewed Louis Virelli, JD, professor of Law, in a May 3 broadcast segment, “Protester Rights on College Campuses.” Bay News also interviewed Virelli for the May 4 broadcast segment “The Legal Rights of Protestors.” “We think of our right to protest as absolute and that’s a real tribute to the way we protect free speech in our country,” Virelli said. “But there are, like with anything else, limits.”

• PolitiFact, 6 South Florida, WUSF and WLRN News quoted Virelli in the May 5 story “If Florida’s abortion rights amendment passes, courts will weigh parental consent question.”

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD

• Chicago radio station AM 560 The Answer interviewed Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, for a May 6 broadcast about university campus protests.

• The website featured the May 2 commentary, “On Yom HaShoah, Reflecting on the Family I’ve Lost and Found” by Sheridan Macon, a first-year English and creative writing student who will serve as the Religion and Ritual Chair for Stetson’s Hillel in the 2024-2025 academic year. “Through Hillel, I have built an extended family that I never dreamed of having — my director and fellow students at our Hillel are cousins I never knew,” Macon said. “Their love keeps me strong. Their love keeps me seen. Their love keeps me safe.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• The 19th quoted Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD, professor of Law, in the May 7 story, “Will the jury believe Stormy Daniels?” PolitiFact quoted Torres-Spelliscy in the May 7 story “U.S. presidents can’t cancel or postpone federal elections.”

Other Stories

• HappeningNext cited Stetson’s Concert Choir in the May 5 post “Concert Choir Tour- Orlando.”

• Recruiting Blogs cited Stetson in the May 8 post “Diversity Sourcing Part 2 Hispanic/Latino 050824.”

• This Day cited Stetson in the May 1 story, “Mamman’s Retrogressive Age Limit for University Admission.” The Nigerian Tribune and USAfricaLIVE cited Stetson in the May 7 story “Minister Tahir Mamman and his varsity age limit.”

• Public radio station WUSF cited the university’s name change from DeLand University to Stetson University in a May 8, “This day in history” segment.

• Pat’s Blog cited Erich Friedman, retired professor of Mathematics, and his concept of what has become known as a “Friedman number” in the May 8 post “On This Day in Math – May 8.”

• Florida Weekly cited Stetson’s Science Camp in the May 9 story “Community In The Know.”


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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 Oakland Press featured the May 2 story “Millions of semi-trucks on US roads still rely on fossil fuels. Cutting-edge EV tech in California could change that” by alumnus Luis Melecio Zambrano.

• The Floridian featured Law alumnus and Florida State Rep. Tom Leek in the May 3 story “Tom Leek Scores Paul Renner Endorsement for State Senate Race.”

• The Weekly Challenger profiled Law alumna Dawn Hunter in the May 4 story “2024 Men and Women of Distinction Awards.”

• The Apopka Voice featured a May 6 commentary, “The Transformation of Deland: Part One – From Deadland to Deland of Opportunity,” by alumna and Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore.

• featured alumnus Michael Haridopolos, former president of the Florida Senate, in the May 7 story “Congressman Bill Posey announces retirement.”

• The Osprey Observer profiled Law alumna Laurel Tesmer in the May 7 story “McCart & Tesmer Is An Attorney Team You Can Trust In Difficult Situations.”