ED H. MOORE
ICUF fetes legislative alumni – ICUF has celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding by
honoring legislators who have attended member institutions. The awards were presented, in
most instances, by the presidents of the institutions the legislators attended. Our alumni and
special friends received plaques thanking them for their contributions to independent higher
education in Florida. A total of 55 awards were presented to legislators who graduated from
one or more ICUF institutions, attended our institutions, or have received special honors such
as honorary degrees from our institutions. “The fact that nearly one in three legislators
attended an ICUF institution highlights the important contribution our member institutions play
in educating Florida’s future leaders, including political leaders,” said Dr. William Abare,
president of Flagler College and chair of the ICUF Legislative Committee. “We are grateful
for their leadership and are extremely proud of their relationship with our institutions.”
Top left, Palm Beach Atlantic University President David Clark presents award to Rep. Priscilla Ann
Taylor. Top right, Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr presents award to Rep. Baxter
Troutman. Bottom left, from left to right, Sen. Mike Haridopolos, Rep. William Proctor, Sen. Evelyn
Lynn, Stetson University President H. Douglas Lee, and Rep. Andy Gardiner. Bottom right, Saint Leo
University President Arthur Kirk presents award to Rep Joyce Cusack.
ICUF presidents meet with Governor – A group of nine presidents of ICUF institutions
made the case for an increase in Florida Resident Access Grant funding and presented a
plan for increasing production of teachers and nurses during a 30-minute meeting with Gov.
Jeb Bush. Backing up the presidents were administrators from seven other ICUF institutions.
Bush expressed interest in working with our institutions to increase production of teachers
and nurses, one of his highest higher-education priorities. Presidents who participated in the
discussion outlined the ability of our institutions to double their production of teachers and
expand nursing degrees by 40 percent if the Legislature increases funding for the FRAG.
Bush did not recommend an increase in the FRAG in his 2005-06 budget. Flagler College
President William Abare took the lead in the discussion with Bush, highlighting the
contributions ICUF members make in providing access to Florida students and producing
college degrees. He was joined by Nova Southeastern University President Ray Ferrero,
Saint Thomas University President Franklyn Casale, and Palm Beach Atlantic
University President David Clark. “This was the best opportunity we have had to make our
case directly to the governor, and it’s clear that he was impressed by our commitment to help
him achieve his higher education goals,” said ICUF Executive Director Ed H. Moore.
“We’re grateful to the Governor for taking time to meet with us, and our presidents did a
superb job of communicating to him the important role our institutions play in delivering
college degrees to Florida residents.”
Gov. Jeb Bush
discusses ICUF issues
with Nova Southeastern
Ray Ferrero, left, and
ICUF Executive Director
Ed H. Moore, center.
Bush met recently with
a group of ICUF
Sun-Sentinel urges FRAG increase – Under the headline “FRAG Increase A Good Deal,”
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has published an editorial urging the Legislature to increase
funding for the FRAG this year. The editorial noted that the FRAG helps to provide a place
for students who might otherwise be unable to attend college. “And it does so at a fraction of
what the state spends on students attending public institutions. Depending on who is doing
the math, Florida doles out anywhere from $6,000 to $14,000 per student at the state
universities.” The editorial supported ICUF’s call for increasing the grants from $2,369 this
year to $2,711 next year as part of a long term plan. Noting that the grant has been receding
for several years because enrollment grew steadily, but legislators failed to increase funding.
In another editorial, the Tallahassee Democrat supported a FRAG increase as a valuable tool
in producing more of the thousands of new teachers Florida desperately needs. The editorial
noted that partnerships that a number of ICUF members have with community colleges to
educate teachers. The Democrat said it is “clearly time to reinvigorate all programs that can
help prevent the teacher shortage.” It called ICUF members “vital partners in a state where
universities no longer have the resources to meet the demand for teachers.”
Ringling receives its largest grant ever – Ringling School of Art and Design has
received the largest grant in its history, a seven-figure gift from Ann and Alfred Goldstein. The
grant will fund four new concentrations and minors in Business of Art and Design, Visual
Development, Game Art and Design and Digital Film. In recognition of the grant, Ringling’s
newest building has been named the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Center. “Our gift will
provide the impetus to expand Ringling School’s academic program offerings, and will help
provide the opportunity of an exceptional education for many young people,” said Goldstein,
a retired Realtor. Ringling is earning a growing reputation nationally for its innovative art and
$3.5 million gift endows Stetson writing program – Motivated by a love of literature,
reading and writing, a Stetson University couple who have asked to remain anonymous are
donating $3.5 million to the university to endow its Creative Writing Program. Stetson
President Doug Lee said the endowment will permanently fund 15 scholarships for creative
writers, five creative writing courses each year and visits to campus by well-known writers,
such as former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand. It will also enable the English Department to
send students and faculty to writing conferences and to give creative writing awards to
students each spring. Writing students can also earn an academic minor through the
program. A capstone for the program will be an endowment for a distinguished chair in
Creative Writing, Lee said. Poet Terri Wirck, a faculty member in the English Department
since 1989, has been selected as the first professor to hold the new Chair in Creative
Warner Southern receives $1.3 million housing donation – Warner Southern College
has received a $1.3 million gift from an anonymous donor, President Greg Hall said, “We
are enormously grateful to the individual who gave this very generous gift, which will fund the
initial phase of our building campaign for new student housing. This is the fourth million-dollar
donation we have had in the past two years and is greatly significant to the progress of
Warner Southern College.” Vice President for Advancement, Doris Gukich, said,
“Providing additional housing for students is one of our priorities. Warner Southern has
outgrown the capacity of current student housing.” Plans are set to construct cluster-housing
units arranged in townhouse style on the college’s west campus.
NSU considering new international programs -- Nova Southeastern University is
considering extending its international programs to Malaysia and Botswana. Talks with both
governments are in the preliminary stages and no concrete proposals have been made, said
NSU President Ray Ferrero Jr. “The rest of the world looks at U.S. degrees as the hallmark
of education,” Ferrero said. “They have interest in learning about American business
techniques and entrepreneurship.” Digital Media Network CEO Bernhard Schutte said the
Malaysian government has big plans for NSU that could run into the hundreds of millions of
dollars. Ferrero said Botswana’s ambassador expressed interest in the university and plans
to set up meetings between NSU and the country’s top education officials.
Embry-Riddle Advisor receives national technology medal – Watts Humphrey, a
member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s software engineering industry advisory
board, is scheduled to be honored with the National Medal of Technology. The medal
recognizes those who have contributed to the nation’s well being through their technological
products, processes, concepts, and innovations. Humphrey developed the basis for the
Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM), which has become the generally accepted
standard for assessing and improving software processes and is used by thousands of
organizations worldwide. Embry-Riddle invited Humphrey to serve as an advisor to its
software engineering program because his SW-CMM was being taught and used by Boeing,
Lockheed Martin, and other leading employers of the university’s alumni. Embry-Riddle
presented Humphrey with an honorary doctorate in software engineering in 1998.
Palm Beach Atlantic sets groundbreaking for library – Palm Beach Atlantic University
plans has set a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new library. The Warren Library has been
named after the university’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Donald E. Warren and
his wife Bebe. Warren was the founding board chairman and Mrs. Warren has chaired
numerous events and committees. The $20 million building is the fifth new structure to be
built on the university’s West Palm campus since 2000. The first phase of the project is
expected to be completed by fall 2006. The entire project is planned to be completed in 2007.
Rollins president discusses future plans – Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
outlined his plans for the college in an interview with the Orlando Business Journal. Duncan
said his future goal for the university is to move its academic quality to the next level. “I see
Rollins College becoming a school of first choice to a rising quality of students, and
becoming more recognized nationally for the quality of education students receive,” he said.
Shortly after taking the reins as the new president of Rollins last August, Duncan’s crisis-
management skills were put to the test in the aftermath of three hurricanes that hit the Central
Florida area. Duncan, who is an actual rocket scientist, describes his management style as
being student-centered. “I practice what I see as servant leadership. I believe that people in a
position of authority have a responsibility to serve those they lead and do what is in their best
interest,” he said.
Eckerd College students sail to South Pole – A group of Eckerd College students has
journeyed to the South Pole, participating in a course called “Leadership and Team-
Building in the Field” taught by Economics Professor Peter K. Hammerschmidt. In
early January, the professor and his students boarded the M/S Andrea, a 286-foot Liberian
ship, in Argentina and headed south through the Drake Passage. For almost a week the team
explored the mainland, walked side by side with penguins, and visited research stations.
Photos of the trip were posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education website.
Edward Waters gets reprieve from federal judge – A federal judge has issued an order
allowing Edward Waters College to retain its accreditation while it purses a lawsuit against
the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. SACS revoked Edward Waters’
accreditation last year because portions of the college’s accreditation documents were
plagiarized from another college. SACS rejected Edward Waters’ appeal of the decision to
revoke its accreditation, so the college turned immediately to the federal court in Jacksonville.
The judge appointed two mediators in an attempt to resolve the dispute outside of court.
Former President Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. has resigned and been replaced on an interim basis
by Oswald Bronson, who retired last year after serving for many years as president of
Bethune-Cookman College. Edward Waters was founded in 1866.
Embry-Riddle researchers confirm accuracy of 9/11 compensation – In a study
published in the Journal of Air Transport Management, Embry-Riddle researchers Dr. Notis
Pagiavlas and Dr. Vitaly Guzhva separated the effect of the attacks from other economic
forces that affected the airline industry. Both researchers are assistant professors in the
College of Business. Using a statistical model, they determined that the net effect of the
attack was approximately $5.4 billion, caused mainly by the immediate grounding of flights
and reduced schedules. That’s about what the industry received from the federal
government as compensation for losses resulting from the terrorist attack on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon.
Florida Tech receives $1.7 million science teaching grant – The National Science
Foundation has awarded Florida Institute of Technology a $1.7 million grant to train
Brevard County high school science teachers. The project, Integrated Science Teaching
Enhancement Partnership (InSTEP), was originated to improve science instruction and
increase student enthusiasm for scientific inquiry and discovery. The project also includes
funding for a fully equipped, mobile laboratory, which Fellows and teachers will use to
facilitate hands-on learning at local field sites. “We foresee that this opportunity will make a
major difference to high school science teachers and their students, and are extremely
excited that the NSF has helped us to make this collaboration possible,” said Florida Tech
President Anthony J. Catanese.
ICUF members are: Barry University • Beacon College • Bethune-Cookman College • Clearwater
Christian College • Eckerd College • Edward Waters College • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University • Flagler College • Florida College • Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences •
Florida Institute of Technology • Florida Memorial College • Florida Southern College •
International College • Jacksonville University• Lynn University • Nova Southeastern University •
Palm Beach Atlantic University • Ringling School of Art and Design • Rollins College • Saint Leo
University • Saint Thomas University • Southeastern College • Stetson University • University of
Miami • University of Tampa • Warner Southern College • Webber International University
ICUF Report is written and edited by John C. Van Gieson, 850-681-6505. Please email comments
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