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Greek life returns to FIU — but there’s a catch

On Monday, the university announced that the campus chapters of 16 Greek organizations have been reinstated, but banned alcohol from all fraternity and sorority events for the rest of the semester. Miami Herald [2/8/18]

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Want to be a college student again? You can — for a day

One Day U, in a partnership with the Miami Herald, is hosting a seven-hour seminar on Saturday in Coral Gables featuring four guest lectures from professors at universities across the country. Miami Herald [2/1/18]

House Speaker Takes Aim At Broward College President's Salary With Proposed $381K Cut

Florida’s conservative state House speaker is making an example out of Broward College, targeting the school with a proposed $381,000 budget cut because of a contract that allows the outgoing president to take a paid sabbatical after stepping down. WLRN [1/25/18]

Boynton library gives residents a chance to earn high school diploma

Boynton Beach’s library was one of about 20 statewide to offer residents a chance to obtain their high school diploma through the Career Online High School. It is an accredited, online, private high school program that allows students 19 and older to earn a diploma. Palm Beach Post [1/18/18]

Miami High teacher a finalist for $1 million global prize

Joseph Underwood, a television production teacher at Miami High School, was recognized as a finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s 2018 Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize created to honor an exceptional teacher that aims to shed light on the role teacher’s play in society. Miami Herald [1/11/18]

FAU employee accused of defrauding Florida school

A 27-year-old Florida Atlantic University employee is accused of pretending to be a student and receiving about $24,000 worth of fraudulent checks. AP [1/4/18]

Broward teachers to get raises after holidays

Most Broward County teachers will soon get hundreds of extra dollars to pay off those holiday bills. The Broward County School Board on Tuesday approved the new contract, which includes raises of at least 2.5 percent for most teachers. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [12/28/17]

Miami Teacher Receives $25K Milken Education Award

Dale Adamson, a math teacher at Howard D. McMillan Middle School in Kendale Lakes, is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Florida this year and is among the 44 honorees for 2017-2018. CBS Miami [12/21/17]

FAU and Max Planck unveil first-of-its-kind honors program

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann, and David Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), announced a new partnership between FAU and MPFI to establish an undergraduate honors program in neuroscience that will be the first of its kind across the globe. FAU NEWS [12/14/17]

Florida International U Faculty Create Nearly 1,900 Videos in Five Months

After ramping up its use of Sonic Foundry's Mediasite video capture system across campus, Florida International University has seen a significant increase in video use among faculty and students. Campus Technology [12/7/17]

South Florida universities remain committed to serving veterans

Throughout the tri-county region, higher-education institutions operate dedicated veteran and military student affairs hubs where staffers work to accommodate the special needs of students who are transitioning out of active duty and toward a college degree. South Florida Business Journal [11/30/17]

Pompano Beach will open museum honoring educational pioneer Blanche Ely

The former home of Blanche Ely, who taught children to rise above race in the age of segregation, is expected to be turned into a repository for yearbooks, photographs and other archives describing life at the time Ely and her husband were educators in the city. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/16/17]

As they cut costs, two Miami-Dade Catholic universities talked merger. Now, that’s off

South Florida’s two Catholic universities spent most of 2017 brainstorming ways for the small privates colleges to cooperate, partner or even merge. Six months later, the task force has been dissolved, and a merger is off the table for Barry University and St. Thomas University. Miami Herald [11/9/17]

FAU payment to admission's director husband prompts inquiry

Florida Atlantic University paid the husband of its admissions director $25,000 to train admissions officers in a deal that has raised questions about possible ethics breaches. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/2/17]

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West Florida | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers

Publix begins construction on USF campus

Rejoice, Publix lovers of the University of South Florida, for construction has begun on the hotly anticipated Publix on USF's campus. The 28,000-square-foot grocery store is springing up next to university's gleaming new student housing village, which partially opened last year, and where construction is slated to wrap this fall. Tampa Bay Times [2/8/18]

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Pinellas teacher of the year winners: where are they now?

A lot goes into the Pinellas Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards. The monthslong process begins in September, when each principal receives a nomination packet. In total, 126 nominees are selected by October, and the top 10 finalists are surprised with a classroom visit in November. Then the real work begins. TBO.com [2/1/18]

USF President Genshaft sees “significant benefits” in consolidation proposal

University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft offered her first public support this week for a controversial proposal to phase out the independence of USF's two regional institutions. Tampa Bay Times [1/25/18]

Poly president joins effort to promote high-tech industries

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, is a new member of The Florida High Tech Corridor Council. The Corridor is an economic initiative that stretches across 23 counties, with the purpose of developing a stronger high-tech industry. Lakeland Ledger [1/18/18]

Pine View ranked best public high school in Florida

Pine View School, Sarasota County’s gifted magnet program, was ranked the best public high school in the state of Florida by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and commentary site. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [1/11/18]

Fraternity steps up to help Booker High School students

In its second year, the Gamma Xi Boule internship program, sponsored by the Sarasota chapter of national black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi, allows a select group of Booker students to intern for a semester at a maximum of 10 hours a week for $10 an hour at local organizations. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [1/4/18]

Some Really Big Shows are Coming to Ringling College

If you haven't taken a stroll around the Ringling College of Art and Design campus lately, you probably don’t know what you’re missing. Sarasota Magazine [12/28/17]

Hurricane Irma cost Pasco County schools about $3 million, officials say

The September threat of Hurricane Irma cost Pasco County schools more than seven days of missed classroom time. Twenty-two schools schools opened as shelters to serve more than 22,000 residents and 2,000 pets. Tampa Bay Times [12/21/17]

Pasco-Hernando State College faculty to consider unionizing

Sixty percent of the faculty submitted petition cards last week, asking the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission for a union election. They’re part of a growing push in higher education looking for greater workplace protections amid limited resources. Tampa Bay Times [12/14/17]

University of South Florida switches from Under Armour to Adidas

The University of South Florida has picked Adidas to outfit its sports teams under an eight-year deal, replacing Baltimore-based Under Armour as the school’s footwear and athletic wear brand. Baltimore Sun [12/7/17]

USF Adjunct Faculty Members: Low Pay, No Benefits Say They Need a Union

The Service Employees International Union which is trying to organize adjunct faculty at USF says this: “According to a survey of nearly eight hundred faculty members across Florida, poverty among contingent faculty teaching at universities and colleges is extremely common." WMNF [11/30/17]

With $15 million donation to USF, top donors urge others to follow their lead

The university had already hit its $1 billion fundraising goal, and the college sweethearts had already cemented their spot as the top donors to their beloved alma mater. Tampa Bay Times [11/16/17]

USF, Florida welcome new research vessel

A crowd that included the USF Herd of Thunder marching band recently welcomed the R/V W.T. Hogarth on its maiden voyage to its new homeport in St. Petersburg. Florida Trend [11/9/17]

Proposed charter school would draw ‘academically advanced’ students

Plans for a proposed charter school that would pull students from Hernando and Pasco counties will be recommended for approval by the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, according to Angela Kennedy, the district’s director of school choice. Tampa Bay Times [11/2/17]

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Central Florida | Orlando, Treasure Coast, Gainesville, Brevard County

University of Florida launches nation’s first center for public interest communications

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has announced the launch of the Center for Public Interest Communications, the first center in the U.S. dedicated to developing, translating and applying the science of strategic communication to drive social change. UF News [2/8/18]

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University of Florida paid $302,000 in security fees by mistake

Days after county officials decided not the charge the University of Florida $302,000 in security costs during a white nationalist speaking event featuring Richard Spencer, the school accidentally paid the entire amount. AP [2/1/18]

Seminole announces three teacher-of-the-year finalists

A math coach, a civics teacher and a high school instructor who works with students with disabilities were tapped Wednesday as finalists for Seminole County’s teacher-of-the-year honors. Orlando Sentinel [1/25/18]

UCF championship specialty license plate bill filed in Legislature

Some Florida lawmakers are backing a bill to create a specialty license plate for UCF’s claimed 2017 college football national championship. The bill, HB 1359, was filed last week and its design was released Wednesday, featuring “National Champions” emblazoned on the bottom. Orlando Sentinel [1/18/18]

UCF search committee needs more faculty, students, union leader says

As the University of Central Florida prepares to ask the public to weigh in on the search for its next president, the head of the faculty union says he is concerned there is not enough faculty and student representation on a committee narrowing the field of finalists. Orlando Sentinel [1/11/18]

Alachua County students to try out revamped math tool in January

With the help of a federal grant, researchers from around the country are updating an online tool for algebra students that will launch in Alachua County in January. Alligator [1/4/18]

Brevard Schools considering earlier spring break, longer holiday vacations

An earlier spring break and longer holiday vacations could be in store for students in Brevard County, as the school board works to put together a calendar for the 2018-19 school year. Florida Today [12/28/17]

Puerto Rican teachers find homes in Central Florida classrooms

Hurricane Maria, which hit the island Sept. 20, has sent a flood of Puerto Rican residents to Florida and created new hiring opportunities for Central Florida school districts, which are always scrambling to find teachers. Orlando Sentinel [12/21/17]

UF professor helps write latest edition of gold standard propagation textbook

Growers, students and professors use this textbook across the world, and now a UF/IFAS environmental horticulture professor has helped write the new edition of what those in the industry and academia consider the Bible of propagation texts. UF/IFAS News [12/14/17]

University of Florida climbs to 14th among public universities with $791 million in research expenditures

A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida’s record $791 million in research expenditures in 2016 pushed it from 16th to 14th among public universities in a national ranking of R&D spending. UF News [12/7/17]

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary to retire in 2018

University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary announced his retirement on Wednesday. “I am proud to have served 41 years as a law enforcement officer and 11 years as Chief of Police for the University of Central Florida,” Beary said in a statement. Orlando Sentinel [11/30/17]

Brevard School employee of the year finalists announced

Brevard Public Schools announced the six finalists for School Employee of the Year on Tuesday. The finalists were selected for their skills and dedication. The winner will be announced at the annual ABC Awards at the King Center on Jan. 24. Florida Today [11/16/17]

Hotelier Harris Rosen offers scholarships to Rollins College

Hotelier Harris Rosen will provide college scholarships to students from two struggling Orlando-area neighborhoods to attend Rollins College. The awards will go to three students from the Parramore and Tangelo Park neighborhoods each year starting in fall 2018, Rosen and the college said Tuesday. Orlando Sentinel [11/9/17]

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer won't pursue UCF presidency, to seek re-election

Buddy Dyer won’t seek to become the University of Central Florida’s next president, opting instead to run for another term as Orlando’s mayor in 2019. Dyer, who has previously expressed an interest in the UCF presidency, said Monday he was caught “a little bit off-guard” when UCF President John Hitt a week ago revealed his plans to retire June 30. Orlando Sentinel [11/2/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

Florida Supreme Court hears case in FAMU band hazing death

The lawyer for a former Florida A&M University band member convicted of felony hazing in the death of a bandmate says state law on hazing is vague and shouldn’t have been applied in his client’s case. AP [2/8/18]

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University of West Florida holds grand opening of Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

In what officially marks the launch of the University of West Florida Innovation Network, the university on Friday held the grand opening of its Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in downtown Pensacola. Pensacola News-Journal [2/1/18]

Column: Retiring FSCJ president cites numerous accomplishments

Throughout the last four years, courageous decisions have been made for the greater good of the institution and the viability of FSCJ long term, given its essential importance to our community. Florida Times-Union [1/25/18]

FSU Panama City leader crafts ambitious vision for future

In his inimitably go-getter style, the dean of FSU Panama City is using his wide-ranging, 30-plus years of experience as a lawyer, educator, business manager/consultant and administrator to craft new alliances between education, business and government. FSU [1/18/18]

GAP awards help FSU faculty propel research from lab to market

Four teams led by Florida State University faculty members will receive funding from the university as they work to translate their innovative research into successful commercial products. FSU News [1/11/18]

Winter Storm Brings A Snow Day To Tallahassee

Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell across parts of North Florida Wednesday morning closing roads, schools, universities and colleges in North Florida and South Georgia. WFSU [1/4/18]

Jacksonville nonprofit helps disadvantaged young adults aim for careers, not just jobs

Zhanellis Banks has had jobs. But Banks, who graduated from high school earlier this year, wanted more. She wanted a career. As a student in Generation Jacksonville, a nonprofit that provides free “bootcamp-style” training programs mostly for disadvantaged youth, she found her niche. Florida Times-Union [12/28/17]

Appeals court sides with Florida student who sued ECSD over disciplinary process

The Escambia County School District will review one of its processes for disciplining students after an opinion handed down by the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday. Pensacola News Journal [12/21/17]

FAMU alumna in culinary challenge for "Top Chef" honors

Florida A&M University foodies are likely to do a double-take while viewing the Bravo Network's “Top Chef” series. Adrienne Nona Cheatham, who studied public relations while attending FAMU from 2000-2004 and has made her mark in the culinary arts, is one of this season’s 15 “cheftestants.” Tallahassee Democrat [12/14/17]

FSU produces three winners of prestigious Rangel Fellowship

A Florida State University student and two recent graduates will continue their education in foreign policy while working toward careers as foreign service officers as a part of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program. FSU News [12/7/17]

Florida Panhandle Technical College graduates first drone program students

The Florida Panhandle Technical College in Chipley just graduated the first members of its drone program. Marianna Fire Department leaders just completed the program. They'll be able to use drones to assist with fires, as well as search and rescue. WJHG [11/30/17]

FSU's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy awarded 2.5 million dollar grant

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is awarded a 2.5 million dollar grant. The project falls under the Smart and Connected Communities Initiative. WTXL [11/16/17]

Governor recognizes veterans turned educators with Shine Award

The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. Four of those honored Tuesday teach in Jacksonville and two in Clay County. WJXT [11/9/17]

Escambia County schools name teachers of the year

Escambia County School District has named its teachers of the year, a 56-person list that will be used to choose the winner of the district's Golden Apple as the teacher of the year in January. Pensacola News Journal [11/2/17]

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