Wednesday, April 25, 2012

StetsonU is a Tree Campus USA

StetsonU junior Kayla Superville studies on the shady
 walk in front of Carson-Hollis halls.

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Stetson University a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the first year of recognition for Stetson University.

Stetson achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

The honor will be presented at Stetson’s Arbor Day Celebration at3 p.m.Friday, April 27, on the steps of the Carlton Union Building, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The public is invited to the Arbor Day Celebration, which will include the planting of a tree on campus. Tree Campus USA representative Elizabeth Harkey, urban forester with the City of Sanford, will be a guest speaker, and Stetson President Wendy B. Libby will also make remarks.

“A healthy, mature tree canopy is a prominent feature of the landscape on the Stetson campus, as well as within the city of DeLand, which has been designated a Tree City USA for 23 years,” said Dr. Cynthia Bennington, Stetson associate professor of biology and co-coordinator of the effort along with representatives from Stetson’s Streets and Grounds Department and the Gillespie Museum.

“Stetson has a long history of a commitment to having a tree canopy, and we were already meeting the requirements for the Tree Campus USA designation,” Bennington said. “So it was a natural fit.”

Stetson has had a native tree policy since 2002 and has about 65-percent canopy coverage. The university’s students and surrounding community have been involved in campus tree-planting efforts for more than 15 years. In 2011, about 600 trees were planted on campus.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.

“Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes the emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Achieving Tree Campus USA recognition sets an example for other colleges and universities and allows students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at-large.”

During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $22 million in campus forest management. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at

3 promoted in CLASS Division

Chris Kandus-Fisher and Rosalie Carpenter work closely with students in their administrative positions in the CLASS Division.
Christopher Kandus-Fisher has been promoted to vice president for Student Affairs at Stetson University, while retaining his role as Stetson’s dean of students.

Kandus-Fisher’s promotion is part of an administrative reorganization in Stetson’s Campus Life and Student Success division, which follows Vice President Rina Tovar’s move to a new role in Stetson’s University Relations division. Other changes in Campus Life and Student Success include promotions for Rosalie Carpenter, former director of First Year and Transition Programs, who is now serving as assistant dean of students; and Ben Falter, who is now executive director of Housing and Residential Life and has taken on an expanded role overseeing Stetson’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

“In the year-and-a-half that Chris has been with Stetson, he has shown himself to be a great strategic thinker and leader,” said President Wendy B. Libby.

Kandus-Fisher now serves on the President’s Cabinet and will continue to have a leadership role in Stetson’s year-long update of its core values and to be a key communicator in the progress of the university’s new strategic plan. He will coordinate with Assistant Provost for Student Success Lua Hancock on Stetson’s comprehensive student success model. Kandus-Fisher will also work directly with the College of Law on students services at Stetson’s campuses in Gulfport/St. Petersburg and Tampa.

A higher education administrator for 12 years, Kandus-Fisher came to Stetson in 2010 from Babson College in Massachusetts, where he was assistant dean of Campus Life. As vice president and dean at Stetson, Kandus-Fisher provides leadership and vision to the Division of Campus Life and Student Success, which includes departments such as Housing and Residential Life, Student Involvement, Health Services and Counseling Services.

Kandus-Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree at Ashland University and master’s degrees from the University of Akron and is a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University, pursuing a degree in Higher Education Leadership.

Carpenter, a Stetson alumna, has worked for Stetson for eight years. In her new role as assistant dean of students, she will provide strategic leadership to the Student Development and Engagement Team, while providing a vision that not only supports a vibrant campus, but connects student engagement to success and retention. The Student Development and Engagement team encompasses New Student Orientation, Transition Programs, Student Clubs and Organizations, Student Leadership initiatives, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Campus Vibrancy and Traditions, and Religious and Spiritual Life.

Carpenter also earned master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education Administration and from Case Western Reserve University in Positive Organizational Development.

“Rosalie has a tremendous reputation with the student body and we are confident that she will be able to continue to serve as a true student advocate,” Kandus-Fisher said. “We are both looking forward to working with the students and helping them make the best of their Stetson experience.”

Hatter Saturday welcomes new students

Biology Professor Mike King conducts
session at Hatter Saturday '11.
Stetson University will welcome more than 500 accepted students and their families to the historic DeLand campus on “Hatter Saturday,” April 28. The day-long event will be filled with fun and learning for students accepted at Stetson for fall term 2012.

In addition to attending information sessions with Stetson leaders and learning more about Stetson University, students will engage in an internationally recognized community service activity through Feeding Children Everywhere. Beginning at 9 a.m. in the Edmunds Center, students and their families will hear from Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, Vice President for Enrollment Management Joel Bauman and Admission Director Bob Stewart.

While parents attend the “Benefits of Liberal Learning” session, the students will participate in a community engagement activity – packing 25,000 nutritious meal boxes for hungry children in Honduras and Central Florida in cooperation with the Feeding Children Everywhere nonprofit organization.

Feeding Children Everywhere is a social non-profit that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children all over the world. Food packages and donations go to orphanages and public schools in over four continents. Students, faculty and staff at the Stetson Center at Celebration in Osceola County previously partnered with the organization to pack more than 5,000 balanced meals for hungry children in Guatemala.
Accepted student Dara Thompson 
“I can’t wait to finally be a Hatter!” said admitted student Dara Thompson, who will be attending Hatter Saturday. “I get excited when I get to come on campus. I don’t think there could be a better school for me. You guys do a great job of making me feel at home, and I haven’t even started there yet.”

For more information about Hatter Saturday visit or call Stetson’s Office of Admission at (386) 822-7100 .

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stetson University Events Watch

Children’s Literature Conference April 30

Stetson University’s Department of Teacher Education is hosting the 7th Biennial M. Jean Greenlaw Children’s Literature Conference on Monday, April 30. The conference, which offers numerous informative and entertaining workshops throughout the day, is open to the public. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Stetson Room, second floor of the Carlton Union Building, 421 N. Woodland Blvd. on Stetson’s DeLand campus.

Helen Ketteman, well-known author of 20 picture books, will be this year’s featured speaker. An expert on writing picture books, Ketteman has authored books specifically for children, ages preschool through fourth- and fifth-graders. She has taught at the elementary and high school levels, and has also taught a continuing education class in writing picture books at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has appeared at young author conferences and on radio and television talk shows as an expert on writing picture books. Some familiar titles include Aunt Hilarity’s Bustle, The Year of No More Corn, Not Yet, Yvette, Luck with Potatoes, Grandma’s Cat, Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale, I Remember Papa and Armadillo Tattletale. She earned her A. A. degree fromYoung Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., and her B.A. in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta. The author will participate in a book-signing during the lunch break. Participants may bring your own books or purchase them at the conference.

Founder of this conference at Stetson University, children’s literature expert M. Jean Greenlaw earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stetson, and her doctorate at MichiganState. She taught in public schools and at the University of North Texas from 1978 until her retirement in 2005. Greenlaw was recognized by UNT as Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education and Administration, and upon her retirement, UNT created the M. Jean Greenlaw Award in Literacy Education, making her the first recipient. The International Reading Association chose Greenlaw as the Arbuthnot Award winner in 1992, honoring her as an outstanding university teacher of children’s and young adults’ literature. In 2006, Stetson’s duPont-Ball Library acquired the M. Jean Greenlaw Collection of approximately 1,500 children’s books. They are housed in Special Collections in the Johnson Room on the ground floor of the Library. Many of the books are first editions and almost all are signed by the author and/or illustrator. In addition to writing children’s books, Greenlaw has also written several books describing life in Texas, including Ranch Dressing: The Story of Western Wear (1993), and Welcome to the Stock Show (1997).

Registration for the literature conference is $12, and includes lunch. Professional development credits for the conference are available. For more information, conference updates, and registration please visit:

Success from one generation to the next

Marie Carmen Lence of Leche Rio S.L., Burlingame, Calif.,
listens to Leslie Leavens-Crowe, Leavens Ranches, Santa Paula, Calif.,
standing to address the group during
the Transitions West Conference last fall.

The Family Enterprise Center of Stetson University’s School of Business Administration and Family Business Magazine are partnering to offer Transitions East 2012, a conference focusing on the challenges and opportunities of taking family-owned business enterprises from one generation to the next.

The conference, April 25-27 in Orlando, Fla., is sold out, with 160 family business representatives, speakers, sponsors and Stetson students planning to attend. Participating businesses range from small to large, with many having a global presence. Some are multi-generational, going back 200 years or more.

“The Transitions Conference is an intimate conference where successful family businesses can talk about innovative ways to address the challenges they face with their peers and top-notch advisors,” said Dr. Greg McCann, director and founder of Stetson’s award-winning Family Enterprise Center, with the nation’s first undergraduate major in family business.

“The conference focuses on families from family-owned companies sharing their experiences, in panel discussions, workshops and through keynote speakers,” added Peter Begalla, instructor and outreach program manager for Stetson’s Family Enterprise Center. “It gives families the opportunity to come together to talk about governance, next-generation development, succession planning, and maintaining a strong family and a strong enterprise.”

Since 2010, Stetson’s Family Enterprise Center and Family Business Magazine have put on three Transitions conferences in Florida and California. Two are planned for 2012, with the second planned for fall in Marina del Rey, Calif.

“This exposes Stetson students to some of the leading family businesses in the world, who are engaging in the best family business practices,” Begalla said. “Participants and speakers at the conference often result in world-class speakers coming to campus, mentor and internship opportunities, and research projects.”

Stetson family enterprise majors attending Transitions East 2012 include Olivia Stevens, Daniela Cadavieco and Torri Hawley. Hawley will serve as a panelist, along with her grandfather, who is president and CEO of Windway Capital Corp., for a discussion on “Next Generation Engagement.” The students’ conference registrations were funded by Fred and Patricia Lane, members of the Family Enterprise Center Board of Advisors, and Stetson Trustee Geoff Jollay, who also is a member of the center’s Board of Advisors.

Student-directed plays at Stover

Stetson University closes its 106th season with a showcase of student-directed one-act plays April 19-22 at Stover Theatre. This performance is comprised of four one-act plays that are funny, moving, occasionally weird, but very entertaining. The four shows include Success by Arthur Kopit, directed by Caitlyn Foster; Reverse Transcription by Tony Kushner, directed Caleb Canlon; Words, Words, Words by David Ives, directed by Shane Klingensmith; and Medea by Christopher Durang, directed by Kristi Collins.

Success is about a famous writer that speaks at a woman’s book club about his latest bestseller. But success isn’t all it is cracked up to be as Krum, the author, struggles to communicate to the crowd about his latest work with disastrous results. Reverse Transcription takes place in Abel’s Hill cemetery around midnight. Six playwrights have gathered to illegally bury their dead friend. Hesitant to proceed with the burial, they each begin to drink and to share a little too much. Words, Words, Words is a short comedy about three monkeys who endeavor to recreate Shakespeare’s classic work, Hamlet… Completely by chance. The conversation that ensues is just as ridiculous as the work they create. InMedea, an award-winning stage actress decides to reclaim a much maligned female character. Her attempt to do so yields hilarious results.

The ensemble cast for this showcase includes the following performers:

Success: Nick Pollitt, Corley Groves, Cassie Kris, Juliette Wheeler, Lindsey Guenther, Suzanne Reffel, Caron Davis, Jorge Lanza, Michaela Kearney, Brenna Burgess and Marcia Myers.

Reverse Transcription: Ellen Smittle, Zantrell Williams, Orion Meades, Davon Porter, Thomas Ecker, and Jacob Manos.

Words, Words, Words: Caitlyn Foster, Jarrod Beck, and Gladys Valle.

Medea: Katie Jared, Olivia Moeschet, Rachel Markunas, Amanda Roy, Brianna Lancaster, Erin Carney, Jarrod Beck, Elise Holt and Jessica Ryan.

This festival of student-directed one-acts will be presented Thursday through Saturday, April 19 – 21, at 8 p.m. The final performance will be a matinee on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.

Admission for each performance is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Stetson students. Stetson students, faculty, and staff presenting valid I.D. will be admitted free of charge. Stover Theatre is located at535 N. Florida Avenue. Parking is free. Tickets will be available at the door, and can be purchased by either cash or check.

For information or reservations, call the Stover Theatre box office at (386) 822-8700 . Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of each show.