Friday, December 9, 2011

Good Luck on your Final Exams

This semester's Events Watch video team is getting a little stressed about finals. Are you stressed out about finals as well? I am sure this short clip can cheer you up. Good Luck on your finals everyone! You will all do well. See you back at Stetson in January!

Hatter Hoedown Concert and Golf Tournament on Dec 10th.

The Hatter Hoedown will be a day-long funfest featuring a Celebrity Golf Tournament in the morning at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand. Following the golf tournament will be a star studded, evening country music concert featuring Sawyer Brown Band and friends, on the campus of Stetson University.

Tickets for the Sawyer Brown  Band and friends concert are still available. Buy Tickets here.
The concert starts at 8pm in the arena of Rinker Field. A BBQ & Beverage Festival will be held in front of the arena at 6pm. Great Food and Beverages to enjoy will be offered.

Stetson partner with Feeding Children Everywhere to pack meals

Stetson University partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere this month to raise money and pack more than 5,000 meals for hungry children in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

About 75 students, alumni, faculty and staff and their family members from the business, education and counseling programs at Stetson’s Center at Celebration in Osceola County worked together in groups on five assembly lines packing nutritious meals to help those in need this holiday season.

Program Coordinator Wendy Lowe worked in advance with Stetson’s various Celebration-based programs and learned that students and alumni were interested in participating in an activity that would have a meaningful impact. Feeding Children Everywhere was selected because it has both a global and local presence.

On Dec. 3, Feeding Children Everywhere staff arrived at Stetson with all the supplies needed for the assembly lines. Executive MBA students assisted with the unloading of the truck and setting up the assembly lines. “Their enthusiastic support and interest were undeniable!” Lowe said.

After the assembly lines were ready to go, detailed instructions were given, and the work got under way as holiday music and spirit filled the room. Each assembly line packed meals that consisted of rice, protein (lentils), vegetables, vitamins and minerals. The meal is scientifically formulated to combat the effects of hunger on the human body. All that is necessary to cook the meal is adding boiling water. More information is available at

As the meals were packed into boxes, the youngsters flattened the meal pouches for shipping purposes and added personal messages and drawings to the outside of the shipping containers for the children in Guatemala. Guatemala City was selected because these meals will be added to a larger shipment headed that way soon.

“This philanthropic effort at the Celebration Center was a success! We re-evaluated our goals early on and, based on the participants’ infectious joy, we feel fortunate to be able to proudly say that Stetson University contributed to feeding over 5,000 starving children and fundraised over $1,300,” she said.

Participants agreed it was a positive experience – and promised to look for other philanthropic opportunities in the future.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Study Abroad Madrid, Spain


Students in Madrid live in one of Europe's most vibrant cities with people who share a zest for life. The city offers a rich mixture of museums, parks, architecture, annual fiestas, and nightlife. Traveling the diverse geographic and cultural landscapes of Spain adds to the student's experience inside and outside of the classroom.

Participants may study a variety of subjects in Spanish at the Universidad Carlos III. Students may complete a minor in Spanish in one semester. When approved, students may also earn credit for classes other than Spanish.

Some paid excursions are offered each semester. These may include a weekend trip to Granada or Seville, as well as day trips to important sites or cultural events in Madrid.

Students are encouraged to integrate their Spanish language skills into day-to-day life while in Madrid. All participants live with host families, allowing them to develop vernacular as well as academic second language skills.

The Stetson Abroad program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.

Deadlines for Application Forms

Academic Year: March 1
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 15

For more information about this specific Study Abroad Program please click on the link.

Study Abroad Moscow, Russia




Study at one of Russia's premier institutions while experiencing day-to-day life in this vibrant city of 11 million. Students can retrace the path of Russia's history and witness firsthand her re-emergence as a major political and economic force in the world.

Participants may study a variety of subjects such as Russian language, international relations, or business, and earn a minor in Russian Language in one semester. One option is the Russian Studies program at the Moscow Humanities University. Students take 3-5 courses conducted in English in History, Political Science, Economics, or Business. They additionally take intensive intermediary through advanced courses in Russian language.

Paid excursions change each semester, but may include trips to St. Petersburg, Vladimir, or Suzdal, as well as tours of Red Square, the Kremlin, or Lenin's Mausoleum. There are also countless world-class museums, historic sites, and cultural events within the city of Moscow, all of them free or nearly free for students.

Students are encouraged to integrate their Russian language skills into day-to-day life while in Moscow. Participants have the option to live with host families or in a student residence hall.

The Stetson Abroad program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.

Deadlines for Application Forms

Academic Year: March 1
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 15

For a program overview please click on the link. 

Study Abroad Hong Kong, China


Experience one of the most modern cities in the world steeped in the traditions of ancient China. Towering skyscrapers are juxtaposed to teeming markets, Buddhist Monasteries, and Taoist temples in this densely packed city of over 6 million people. There are also beaches and hiking trails for those who wish to take a break from big city life.

Hong Kong is a gateway to all of Asia and students may take advantage of many travel opportunities during semester breaks or upon completion of their studies. Stetson students have traveled to mainland China, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, and elsewhere.

Study abroad participants may select courses from a full curriculum taught in English.

Paid excursions change each semester but may include Guangzhou on the mainland or the former Portuguese colony of Macao, as well as trips to important sites within Hong Kong.

The Stetson Abroad program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.

Deadlines for Application Forms

Academic Year: March 1
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 15

For scholarship information and general information about this program click on the links.

The Metzger family at Stetson University

The CBS Early Show crew films the Metzgers and Dr. Wendy B. Libby on Stetson's DeLand campus. As part of its long tradition of community service and enagement, StetsonU has offered scholarships to Austin and Arielle Metzger

 This story has generated a great deal of attention in recent days, but it is just one example of the university's long-standing tradition of service and community engagement. Stetson has an active Student Coalition to End Homelessness, our law students do advocacy work for the homeless, and our Bonner students devote hours each week to service commitments, including commitments to solve problems associated with homelessness. We salute all of them!

Stetson University Events Watch

Just out: the weekly Hatter Events Watch video. Please note that the video mentions mascot tryouts Thursday and Friday.

Construction begins on new athletics complex

As it gears up for the return of Hatter Football and the introduction of Women’s Lacrosse in 2013, Stetson University will begin construction this week on a $6.7 million athletics complex to include a Field House and four playing fields.

Stetson’s Athletics Enhancement Initiative will provide a new and improved game-day field to be shared by Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse, with bleacher seating, along with a practice field for soccer and lacrosse and two practice fields for football.

The Field House will be 25,000 square feet with a strength-and-conditioning center, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, athletic training facilities and meeting rooms. The fields will include new lighting and irrigation.

Parking will be constructed at the Field House and at the east end of the new fields. The complex will be on eight acres bound by North Amelia, East Minnesota, North Garfield andEast University avenues on the DeLand campus – a site already used for Stetson sports and recreation. Construction is expected to continue through next Aug. 1. A second phase – to include another practice field for soccer and lacrosse – is planned for the future.

“This is a critical step in strengthening our entire athletics program and in bringing back football to Stetson University,” said President Wendy B. Libby. “Our students, alumni and the greater community love sports, and expanding our athletics program will provide us all with more opportunities to cheer on the Hatters! Stay tuned for the unveiling of our new mascot in late January, too.”

Stetson has joined the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League and is now recruiting its first class of football players since the sport ended at the university after the 1956-57 season. A practice year is planned for 2012-13, with the first playing season being fall 2013. Hatter Football home games will be played at Spec Martin Stadium in downtown DeLand, and more than $2 million in improvements to that complex are being made by the city of DeLand in return for an annual rental fee from Stetson and an agreement to share revenue from sponsorships and advertising and a commission on concessions and parking. Women’s Lacrosse will begin next academic year with the first playing season being spring 2013. Stetson expects to hire a coach for lacrosse this month.

With the addition of those two sports, and Sand Volleyball as an intercollegiate sport this year, the university will have an additional 170 new scholar-athletes by 2013 – a 70-percent increase in the current number, said Director of Athletics Jeff Altier.

“The Athletics Enhancement Initiative will have a positive impact on every sport we offer,” Altier said. “The new weight room will allow us to bring in strength-and-conditioning coaches who will work with all of our student athletes.”

Use of the site’s existing athletics fields, for soccer and intramural sports, has concluded for this semester, and new intramural playing fields will be constructed on the Rinker Field near Stetson’s Hollis Center. Those new fields will be ready in time for the spring intramural season.

“We’re bringing intramurals to the center of campus, allowing those activities to be a focal point of the university,” Altier said.

Funding for the Athletics Enhancement Initiative is coming from donors. Stetson has already raised more than $2.3 million and is continuing to seek donations for the start-up costs for the project.

The general contractor for the new athletics complex will be BACE Construction, DeLand, and the architect is Carter Architecture, DeLand. Others involved in the project include civil engineer Boyer Singleton, DeLand, and playing-field designer Brown and Cullen, Gainesville.

During construction, Stetson will also correct drainage problems in the area of the North Amelia/East Minnesota intersection and install landscaping along the city’s new Alabama Avenue Greenway Trail, which cuts through campus in that area.

“This project will greatly enhance the landscaping and the beauty along Amelia and Minnesota avenues,” said Al Allen, associate vice president for facilities management.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Two homeless teens from Florida were given full scholarships from Stetson University after the airing of their interview on 60 Minutes.

Hatter Pride. After the outpouring of support for homeless teens featured on ‘60 Minutes,’ Dr. Libby and the Metzgers were invited to appear on CBS Early Show this morning. Here’s the link for the video.

"Power Surge": Exercise, Relaxation and stress Relief

Stetson Students, are you getting stressed out about your final examinations?
Gary Oliphant and Frankie Painter will show us ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety that come with final examinations.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
5:15 pm
LBC # 124
“Power Surge”: Exercise, Relaxation and stress Relief.

Join the GPS group for a fun, interactive discussion designed to assist you in reaching your goals!
Snacks and drawings for prizes!
RA Hall Program approved.
Final GPS of the fall 2011 semester

Study Abroad - Freiburg, Germany

Study Abroad - Freiburg, Germany


Picturesque Freiburg is located in the heart of the Black Forest. Known as German Tuscany, it is said that the sun shines more often here than in any other city in Germany. Freiburg's Münster, whose construction began in 1200, is one of Europe's great cathedrals, and the medieval gates to the city can still be viewed today. Freiburg is filled with music, street theatre, and festivals. Located just 30 kilometers from France and 70 kilometers from Switzerland, there is ample opportunity to travel outside of the country as well as to points of interest within Germany.

Students study at the Paedagogische Hochschule (PH) where they may choose from a full curriculum of courses taught in German. Participants may also take courses at the Albert Ludwigs University, one of the oldest and most famous in Germany. Students can earn a minor in German in one semester.

Paid excursions may include trips to historic Munich or Heidelberg, as well as cultural sites and events within Freiburg. Excursions change each semester.

Students may study in Freiburg for the Spring Semester and for an academic year.

Fall Semester only is not available at the Freiburg site.

Deadlines for Application Forms

Academic Year: March 1
Spring: September 15

The Stetson Abroad program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.

For more information about this program click on this link.

Friday, December 2, 2011

StetsonU to hold annual Yule Log Lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 6

Stetson University invites the community to join in its annual Yule Log Lighting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Hulley Tower between DeLand Hall and Chaudoin Hall, located at 513 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The annual ritual, which traditionally opens the holiday season at Stetson University, is sponsored by the campus Student Christian Ministries and the Chaplain’s Office. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available across the street behind Allen Hall and Flagler Hall, both of which are located near the intersection of N. Woodland Blvd. and W. Minnesota Ave.

This tradition began at Stetson in 1938 with the lighting of candles in the women’s residence halls. According to tradition, the Yule Log ceremony, added 10 years later, brings good luck and happiness to those who take part.

Music played by Stetson students will signal the start of the outdoor festivities in front of the blazing Yule Log. Students from the School of Music will lead the crowd in caroling.

Honorary Stetson alumna Monya Winzer Gilbert, daughter of the late Geoffrey and Marjorie Gilbert of the Stetson University faculty, will recite the tradition of the Yule Log kindling. A custom traced to the Druids of northern Europe, it is said to bring good luck and happiness to all who take part. Marjorie Gilbert researched and wrote the history of the Yule Log ceremony for Stetson.

Students will give the invocation and read from Scripture, and Stetson Chaplain Michael Fronk will offer a meditation on the meaning of the evening. After the meditation, members of the Student Christian Ministries will invite participants to join them in casting sprigs on the fire, representing the year past, and in lighting candles from the Yule Log flame. Participants will then move to the Carlton Union Building circle, where refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

For additional information, contact Stetson University’s Chaplain’s Office at (386) 822-7523

Stetson reaches out to family featured on "60 Minutes"

Dozens of Stetson University students, employees, alumni and top administrators did a double-take this week while watching a 60 Minutes television special about central Florida families who have fallen on hard times and are living in their cars.

One of the main subjects of the story – 15-year-old Arielle Metzger – was wearing a green and gray Stetson T-shirt during her interview. The Seminole County teenager, who lives in a truck with her brother Austin, 13, and father Tom, talked about how important education is to the family and how she wants to become a lawyer to help children and homeless people.

The Stetson community immediately felt as if Arielle was one of their own.

With both Arielle and Austin speaking so sincerely and eloquently about the transformative nature of education and the importance of that to them, Stetson has decided to guarantee the brother and sister a financial aid package to cover the full cost of attending the university. A university financial aid counselor will work with them to assist in planning for their education.

“Stetson has a significant commitment to first-generation college students, a long history of values-based education, a tradition in service learning, a College of Law ranked No.1 in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report, and is 25 miles from Seminole County, Fla.,” said President Wendy B. Libby.

“For these reasons, we see ourselves as an excellent fit for Arielle and her brother Austin’s continued education,” Libby said. “As an undergraduate at Stetson, Arielle in particular could participate in our Pre-Law Institute, allowing her unique insight into the legal profession.”

Further, to help guide these aspiring college students, three Stetson undergraduate students from Stetson’s Bonner Scholars Program will reach out to Arielle and Austin as mentors as they navigate life and conclude their public school education. The Bonner program is a prestigious national program dedicated to opening access to education for all students who are seeking an opportunity to “serve,” and Stetson is the only Bonner school in Florida.

In the meantime, the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Stetson is raising funds to help support some of the immediate needs of the Metzger family.

“Stetson University is always seeking students who ‘dare to be significant,’” Libby said. “These two young people certainly meet that criterion.”

University officials got in touch with Beth Davalos, who runs the Families in Transition Programs for Seminole County Public Schools and figured prominently in the 60 Minutes segment. Davalos said Friday morning that she had informed the Metzger family of Stetson’s offer and, “they’re very excited.”

Note: The 60 Minutes special featuring the Metzger family can be viewed at:;cbsCarousel.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Study Abroad - Avignon, France

Study Abroad - Avignon, France

The joy of learning about another culture, the satisfaction and practicality of becoming comfortable in a second language, the fun of experiencing new environments, and the enhancement of career prospects — all of these possibilities and more are available through study abroad programs.

These programs are administered as an integral part of Stetson University’s academic program; thus the academic standards and the academic credits are in keeping with our on-campus academic program.


A United Nations World Heritage Site and European City of Culture for the Year 2000, Avignon is located three hours south of Paris and about one hour from the Mediterranean Sea. This historic city was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century, and today is home to numerous museums and cultural sites. Known for its quaint charm, winding streets, cafes, and markets, Avignon was for centuries one of the artistic centers of France. The world famous Avignon Festival is a celebration of theater, music and dance, hosting artists from across the globe, and the renowned Cannes Film Festival is just a train ride away.

Stetson Abroad participants take French language courses in the Centre Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises d’Avignon (CUEFA) at the University of Avignon, located inside the walls of the medieval city. Students attend French classes 3-4 hours per day, and may earn a minor in French during the semester abroad.

Excursions change each semester but may include trips to Arles, Cannes, or Marseille, as well as outings to museums and cultural events in town.

All participants live with French host families, allowing them to develop vernacular, as well as academic language skills.

For more information about the program as well as information about scholarships click on the links.

4th Annual Winter Wonderland

Hatter Production is bringing back our tradition of Winter Wonderland, but this year it will be so much more! The event will be held on Saturday, Dec 3rd between 7-11 p.m. at the Club Tennis Courts, behind Cummings Gym, across the street from Chadouin.

There will be:
An (ice less) ICE SKATING RINK
15 TONS of snow
Ugly Sweater Contest – (Prize will be given)
Ugly Dog Sweater Contest – (Prize will be given)
Full Coffee and Hot Chocolate bar (just like the coffee shop)
Cool Runnings we be playing on the giant screen
Creatable & Decoratable foods
and Free Limited Edition Hatter Productions T-shirts to the first 50 students!

Don’t worry about ice skates, we’ll have them. Just bring a friend and a something warm.

Events Watch

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Become a Stetson Hatter

Watch the steps on how to become a Stetson Hatter.

Top Ten Reasons to Choose Stetson University

Deciding where to go to college is an important decision. Here are the top-ten reasons why Stetson University is the right decision for you! Visiting a college campus is the best way to tell if the school is right for you, so be sure to visit Stetson, take a tour and see why everyone loves SU!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Experience the college life at Stetson University by visiting the campus, shadowing a student or staying overnight!

It is easy and fun to visit Stetson University. We provide information sessions and campus tours Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and on designated Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. during the academic year.
If you are a high school senior or transfer, you can also choose to schedule a personal visit tailored to meet your needs. We call those personal visits "Shadow Stetson Days."
Admission Events
You and your family are welcome to join us for one of our on-campus events during the academic school year. Each event is unique and offers students an up-close and personal experience of what it's like to be a Stetson Hatter. Check our Events page frequently for dates and information about upcoming Admission Events.
Daily Tours
The Office of Admission in Griffith Hall offers information sessions and campus tours Monday through Friday throughout the year and on selected Saturdays.  Information sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., with campus tours immediately following.  We recommend that first--time visitors participate in both the information session and campus tour in order to gain a better perspective of our university.  Personal interviews are also available.  If you are interested in touring Stetson University, please fill out the online form or call the Office of Admission toll-free at 800-688-0101 to schedule your visit.
Shadow Stetson Days
Shadow Stetson Days are open to high school seniors and transfer students only.  These days provide an opportunity to get an in-depth look at Stetson. You will be able to shadow classes, have lunch with current students, meet with a professor in your intended major, speak with your admission counselor, attend an information session, and take a guided campus tour.  Shadow Stetson Days are offered on select days Monday through Thursday during September-April.  Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks before your intended visit date. Fill out the online form to schedule your visit or call 800-688-0101.

Overnight Visits
Overnight visits with current students in our residence halls are available on select days, Monday-Wednesday. These visits are available for accepted high school seniors only and may be arranged in conjunction with a Shadow Stetson Day. Please contact the Office of Admission at 800-688-0101 or at to schedule an overnight visit.
Group Visits
We believe having groups on our campus is a great way to show future students the opportunities college has to offer them, though we do limit our group visits to high school students only.  All groups must have an adult chaperone for every 10 students and must contact Stetson two weeks (minimum) prior to their requested appointment.  To schedule your group visit, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-688-0101.

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For more information visit Stetsons online Calendar.

NASA's past, present, future topic of Nov. 30 lecture

Chris Gebhardt, a Kennedy Space Center correspondent and story editor for the online space-flight-related news service NASASpaceFlight, will present a lecture at Stetson University about NASA’s past, present and future on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The talk, titled “After the Space Shuttle: Redefining NASA’s Position in the 21st Century,” will be at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be held in the duPont-Ball Library, lower level, Room 25, accessed from the Nemec Courtyard on the north side of the library,134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.

Gebhardt, who graduated from Stetson in 2010 with degrees in American studies and English, has been reporting and writing for since 2008. He also works in the writing center at Daytona State College.

“I was born and raised inDaytona Beach, so the space program has always been a huge part of my life,” he said. “After I was born in 1987, I saw every shuttle launch – well over 100.”

Gebhardt’s reporting often centers on internal documentation provided by NASA on the engineering and other technical aspects of manned and unmanned space flight, as well as on documentation about NASA’s decision-making on whether to fly or not fly.

Now in its fifth year of operations, is a leading online news resource for everyone interested in space-flight-related news, with editors currently in the leading space-faring nations. The online news site and forum is dedicated to expanding the public’s awareness and respect for the space-flight industry, ranging from NASA to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Space Alliance and the commercial space flight arena.

With a monthly readership of over 320,000 visitors and growing, the site has been referenced and linked by news outlets including MSNBC, CBS, The New York Times, Popular Science and others. Its forum is the most visited space-flight-specific forum in the world, and has the largest amount of NASA and space-industry professionals visiting its pages.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Summer Innsbruck Program

Have you heard about Stetson University’s Summer Innsbruck program? Watch the little YouTube clip and see what students and professors think about it.

Also, an information meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 16th at 5:30 p.m. at LBC 318.
The Summer Innsbruck program is a 6-Week Summer Session

International study is critical for a well-rounded global college education. However, few business students study abroad. Most find that the required curricula for business majors and the unavailability of transferable business courses limit opportunities for study abroad, and that most full-semester study abroad programs jeopardize an on-time graduation.

The Summer Innsbruck Program gives business students a viable study abroad option. The courses are regular AACSB International-approved business courses, required for most business majors, and taught by regular Stetson faculty and distinguished visiting faculty. This is a great opportunity to enhance your career opportunities and build your global resume. Arts and Science and Music majors are welcome and often find courses that fit in as electives for their field of study or as part of a business minor.

Special Features
Classes are held at the University of Innsbruck in the walkable city of Innsbruck, Austria. Centrally located in the cool and beautiful Alps, Innsbruck is an ideal base to study and travel through Europe. Students benefit from the history, comfort, culture, and outdoor activities of the region.

Courses for each session are designed to meet the needs of current students and offerings range from Business Finance, International Finance, Strategic Management, or Global Marketing, to International Business and Professional Writing.

Courses are taught by full-time Stetson faculty members and distinguished visiting professors. Stetson faculty members who participate in the program include:

Peter Heine, DBA, Memphis State University
James Mallett, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Tom Smith, past CEO for a multinational company
Betty Thorne, Ph.D., Indiana University

Stetson Surf Team Hit the Water

The Stetson Surf Team hit the water this past Sunday and made lots of moves in the water. This is the first competition of the year for the team and although only having three members compete, compete is just what they did. Willie Lane,Roth Allen, and Jay MacConnell were the three musketeers that represented Stetson this weekend.

The field of competition was packed with other students from schools throughout Florida some of which were, FIT,DSC, UNF, and UCF. Currently FIT leads the pack so far this season with a 400 point lead over second place DSC. Individually the Stetson riders did well, but with only three surfers, they were outnumbered by the other full teams of nine surfers. Willie and Roth did place in the College Longboard taking 2nd and 6th place respectfully. Jay and Willie both competed in short board and weren't able to make it out of their heats to advance. For more coverage and a recap on the event check out the NSSA website.

The surf team will look to take a break from final exams studying and compete in the December 11th contest that will be held at the inlet. For full schedule of the competitions for the 2011-2012 Southeast/North Conference College Schedule click here.

Electric synthesizer's impact on music is topic of Nov. 28 talk

The electric music synthesizer and its impact on popular music will be the topic of a free public lecture atStetsonUniversity by Cornell University Professor Dr. Trevor Pinch, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar at Stetson.

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in the Feasel Rehearsal Hall inside Mary B. McMahan Hall,417 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The title is “In the Moog: The history and impact of the Electronic Music Synthesizer.”

“New musical instruments rarely come along – the electronic music synthesizer is one such instrument,” said Pinch, professor of science and technology studies and of sociology at Cornell. “Why is this and what does it take to innovate a new instrument? In this lecture, I will discuss Bob Moog’s invention of the synthesizer in the 1960s and its impact on popular music.”

The lecture will be accompanied by pictures from the period, and Pinch will play musical clips by artists such as the Beatles.

Pinch has taught at Cornell, inIthaca,N.Y., since 1990, and before that at universities in theUnited Kingdom. He has been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science inBerlin,Germany. He earned his doctorate from theUniversityofBathin theUnited Kingdom.

He is best known for his contributions toward understanding the social nature of science and technology and for founding the theory, the social construction of technology (SCOT). He has co-authored a series of books about science, technology and medicine: The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science (Merton Prize, American Sociological Association); The Golem at Large; and Dr. Golem. He is also the co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, the co-editor of Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies, and the founding editor of a book series Inside Technology.

Pinch’s current research focuses on product reviewing processes and online communities. For the past year, he has performed on the Moog synthesizer in the electronic duo, The Electric Golem.

As the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, Pinch will spend two days guest-teaching in digital arts, music technology and Darwinism and the Divine classes at Stetson and meet with Phi Beta Kappa student and faculty members, in addition to giving the public lecture.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. Chartered in 1982, the Stetson chapter was the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter established at a private university inFlorida. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding achievement, and only 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Membership to Stetson students is granted annually to the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes, based on grade-point average and other criteria, in the College of Arts & Sciences

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hatters earn six gold medals at Augusta

Augusta, Ga. - The Stetson Rowing team dominated the Head of the South Regatta on a frosty Saturday morning.
The entire team, led by assistant coach Jen Jones, demonstrated great determination, and finished the fall season by cleaning-up with six gold medals.
The Hatters dominated competitors from schools such as Clemson, Georgia, the College of Charleston , Virginia Tech, Liberty and other southern universities. Racing at the regatta lasted throughout the day.
Stetson took gold medals by captain Bill Brady and senior Gary Marra in the men's pair. That duo also raced again in the men's four with Mike Siegrist, senior Taylor Hetherington and coxswain Erin Lee.
Seniors Christy Ruane and Shay Martin swept the women's pair competition with a thirty second spread on the field.
In the lightweight category, Stetson fielded a teams of four and eight led by seniors Caitlin Burke, Christina Kapusta and Jacqueline Hobert along with teammates Caitlin Mooney, Pricilla White, Cathleen Vogelgesang, Amanda Ponce, Callie Peacock, and coxswain Kerry Burke. The Hatters won gold in both events.
The novice women also had a strong row their eight. It was their first appearance at the Head of the South and they also won gold.
Parents and friends gathered to support the team and celebrated success. This regatta concluded Stetson's fall season. The team looks forward to continued success in the spring, beginning at the Stetson Sprints Mayor's Cup, FIRA, SIRA, the Dad Vail Regatta and the IRAs.

Pet residence hall wins Humane Society award

Stetson University's Housing and Residential Life Department has been honored by the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach for its creation of the university's per-friendly student residence hall and its contribution to animals.

Stetson received the 2011 Wingate Award by the Halifax Humane Society, the area's largest animal shelter. The award, named for the founders of the humane society, is given to individuals or groups that have furthered the HHS mission of protecting animals from cruel and neglectful treatment and encouraging responsible pet ownership.

Halifax Humane Society Development Director Bryan Williams, center presents award to Arthur DeFilippo and Megan Young
The Halifax Humane Society hosted the inaugural presentation at the 2011 Donor Recognition Breakfast to present Stetson with the award. Residential Life Coordinators Megan Young and Arthur DeFilippo accepted the award on behalf of the department. Both Young and DeFilippo have been very involved with the creation, implementation and supervision of the Pet Friendly Living Community, which is located in Stetson's Nemec Hall.
"The Halifax Humane Society is grateful for community partners such as Stetson University," said Bryan Williams, development director for the humane society. "Their pet-friendly housing recognizes the numerous benefits of pet ownership and will help create the next generation of pet lovers in our community."
Stetson's pet-friendly residence hall opened in August 2010 and was expanded this fall due to its popularity. It now has 50 single rooms occupied by students pet owners and their pets.
"We had a waiting list in the first year, so we expanded the second year," Young said.
Pet hall resident Kaylee Rose Rotunno walks Lucy by the Holler Fountain
Nemec is co-ed, open to all Stetson students starting with freshman year. Pets including fish, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, cats, and dogs are allowed in the pet hall. This fall, the weight limit for dogs allowed in the hall was raised to 50 pounds.
Nemec has not only allowed students to enjoy their college experience with the comfort of their pets, but to become more responsible." It has allowed me to become more responsible and also to stay more focused on that is important," said Lauren Futral, a junior elementary education major and resident assistant for Nemec Hall.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

WHAT Radio

Have you herd about the Stetson WHAT Radio yet? It is a student-run radio station of Stetson University. WHAT broadcasts live 24/7, conquering Radioland one open ear at a time.
To listen to WHAT Radio, open your iTunes-->advanced tab-->open audio stream and copy this URL into the field:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stetson University Events Watch

Check out Stetson University Events Watch and find out what is happening on and around campus during the next days. For more information on these and other events go to Stetsons online calendar.

Transgender Day of Remembrance events set for Nov. 21

On Monday, Nov. 21, Stetson University's Kaleidoscope gay/straight alliance will host a series of events in honor of the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The remembrance events are free and open to the public.
"This is a day in which individuals and groups around the world gather to remember those who have been murdered during the past year due to their gender identity or perceived gender identity," said Lexie Mucci, president of the Kaleidoscope student organization. " The goal of this event is not only to remember those lost, but to encourage dialogue on this topic, and to bring about positive change in our local communities."
From 12:45-1:00 p.m. students will conduct a " Die In" in front of the Carlton Union Building on campus. The circle drive in front of the CUB will be blocked off and students will lie in the roadway. Statistics will be shared to increase awareness about the hardship and discrimination transgender people face on daily basis. The event will be held in conjunction with event at other central Florida universities to make a large statement for acceptance and equality for all.
A vigil will be held on the lawn adjacent to the Hulley Tower at 7:00p.m. Since the film will be shown outside feel free to bring a chair and a blanket.  Also the film "A Girl Like Me; The Gwen Aroujo Story" will be shown. The film shares a story of a 17 year-old transgender girl who was beaten and murdered in 2002, and then buried in a shallow grave in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Immediately following the film, Kaleidoscope will hold a candlelight vigil and remember the nearly 20 people lost this year to hate and ignorance.
International Transgender Day of Remembrance was found in 2998 and is held every November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998, in Allston, Massachusetts.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Author on careers and higher education to speak Nov. 16

Stetson University's Office of Career Development and School of Arts & Sciences will present Donald Asher, internationally recognized author and speaker, in a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. the event, to be held in the Rinker Auditorium of the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, is free and open to the public.

The presentations is titled "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in the Career Marketplace". This lecture is interactive and its main focus is on landing a dream job or internship and cracking the hidden job market to beat 1,000-to-one odds.

Asher is a frequent speaker on topics of career and higher education on college campuses across the country, and is well-knows for his career books, including the ground-breaking Cracking the Hidden Job Market. He wrote the best-selling guide to getting into graduate school, Graduate Admissions Essays. He has also written The Overnight Resume, How to Get Any Job, and Who Gets Promoted.

He holds the master of human resources and organization development degree from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy-religion from Reed College. He is a featured speaker over 150 times per year, including recent lecture tours in Canada, Mexico, India, China, South Korea, and Germany, where he spoke about international career trends and the borderless career.

For More information on the Nov. 16 lecture, please call Career Development at 386-822-7315.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Discovery Program

Stetson University's Discovery Program is designed to help students identify their skills and passions during the first semesters at SU. Begin college with your mind open to help you define all the possibilities available  in your academic major, career path, and your life passion. This program can help you develop a creative, analytical, and synthetic thinking until you formally decide on the right major for you.

The Discovery Program offers all students a multi-faceted program for informing, advising, and encouraging them to make their experience at our university as valuable and meaningful as possible.

As a Discovery Student you will have special opportunities for individual mentoring, workshops, workplace visits, and shop shadowing through our Career Development and Academic Advising office. This customized experience allows each students to explore several different careers each semester.

Please contact or 386.822.7315 for more information

Friday, October 28, 2011

SU admissions Expo 2011 Preview. It is you chance to get an in-depth look at Stetson University, Florida's oldest and most prestigious private university.

One of UK's foremost record promoters, Tony Michaelides, to speak Nov. 15 at Stetson

Stetson University's School of Business Administration, School of Music and Career Development will present Tony Michaelides, one of the United Kingdom's foremost record promoters, in a special lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, 08:30-09:30 a.m. The event will take place in Rinker Auditorium, in the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. It is free and open to public.

Tony Michaelides, who is one of the greatest marketer, mentor, author, radio host and music industry entrepreneur, will share insights and advice from the experiences he has developed over a 37-year long career as an artist, record labels and producers. He has worked with U2, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Puff Daddy, Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello and other world-famous musicians.

His outstanding history of working together with a long list of famous musicians provide a colorful background of characters and landscapes. Michaelides' lessons are often distinctly business oriented-the same basic principles learned in business school.
In 1982, he decided to offer his own music promotion company, TMP, after working together with Transatlantic Records, Island Records, Charisma Records and others.
He helped launch careers of bans like The Stone Roses and R.E.M.
Now he is a Florida resident with permanent United States residency, because of his extraordinary abilities and achievement for services to music and the arts, he pursues a career of public speaking and writing. Michaelides' appearance at Stetson is a joint collaboration between the School of Business Administration's endowed Roberson Visiting Executive in Residence Program, the School of Music and Career Development.
For more information on the Nov. 15 lecture, please call Career Development at (386) 822-7383

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Family & Friends Weekend 2011

This weekend the Family & Friends Weekend is going to take place at Stetson University from Friday Oct. 28th until Sunday 30th. You are invited to experience the community and spirit that your students enjoy each day as a Stetson Hatter. You will have the opportunity to meet President Wendy B. Libby, visit classrooms, mingle with faculty, and spend time with your favorite Hatter!

Highlights of this weekend include:

  • The President's Breakfast
  • Take a class with our Faculty
  • School of Music Performances
  • Athletic Events
  • 6th Annual Haunted Walk
  • Taste of Mainstreet in Downtown DeLand
  • Family Events such as Bingo, Scavenger Hunt, and the Family Fun Run

Interested in visiting Stetson University this weekend? Click here to find a tentative schedule!

Please feel free to contact Rosalie Carpenter if you have any questions:, 386-822-7348


Monday, October 24, 2011

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is "based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic Advising synthesizes and contextualizes students' educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes".[1]

Advising is important so make sure you schedule an appointment with your advisor this week to work out a perfectly fitted schedule for the Spring 2012 Semester and to receive your Pin to be able to register for classes next week. No advising--> No Pin --> No Registration.

[1] National Academic Advising Association. (2006). NACADA concept of academic advising. 

Stetson Shuttle Service back

Dear Parents and Students,
On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students and the Student Government Association, we are happy to announce that Stetson University will again be offering shuttle service to the airport.  This service will be available to and from the Orlando International Airport (MCO/OIA) at designated heavy travel times throughout this academic school year.  Our goal is to provide safe and reliable transportation for our students, as well as eliminate the added stress of finding transportation.  The shuttle service is offered to Stetson students FREE of charge, excluding gratuity. There is limited space on the shuttle. The shuttle will be available on the following dates and times:
  • November 23, 2011 (Departure from campus): 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm
  • November 27, 2011 (Pick-up at MCO/OIA): 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, and 7:00pm
  • December 16, 2011 (Departure from campus): 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm
  • January 15, 2012 (Pick-up at MCO/OIA): 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, and 7:00pm
  • May 10, 2012 (Departure from campus): 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm

To sign up for the shuttle, students are required to fill out the online form (link below).  The shuttle will depart from the CUB Circle and drive students directly to the Orlando International Airport.  For return trips, students will meet our “Van Hosts” in a designated area that be determined once reservations have been made, and wait for the next departing shuttle.  The shuttle will drop students off at the CUB Circle. 
Should you have any questions regarding the shuttle service please contact Pamela Pritchard, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, We look forward to this initiative! 

Hatter Hoedown Golf & Concert - December 10, 2011

Hatter Hoedown Event will be hosting a day-long fun-fest featuring a Celebrity Golf Tournament in the morning following a country music concert in the evening. The Golf Tournament is going to take place at the Victory Hills Golf Club in DeLand. Sawyer Brown Bands and friends will be performing at the country music concert on Stetson campus that night.
All proceeds from this exciting day of entertainment will go directly to benefit Stetson Men's Basketball Program lead by new Head Coach, Casey Alexander.
If you enjoy playing golf, you might want to consider playing golf on a special day like that. Come and support Stetson Men's Basket ball Program and make this day a unique experience with some golf, food, and great music with the legendary Sawyer Brown Bands.

Tickets go on sale for general public on November 1 at the Edmunds Center Box Office - Friday 9am to 5pm. 
For more information click here!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quote of the day

"Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; dream while others are wishing" by William Arthur Ward.

Stetson University adopts 'water sustainability' theme for the year

Want to find out what is happening this weekend? Check out Stetson University Events Watch! We will be posting a video about upcoming events once a week. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stetson University - What makes you daring?

Eric Canny named Director of International Learning at Stetson

Erica Canny, an experienced international educational administrator who has traveled to 45 countries and lived in four different countries, has been named director of international learning at Stetson University.
Canny  will lead Stetson's efforts to deepen international intercultural learning and to integrate those opportunities across academic disciplines and amongst students, faculty, and staff. The university currently offers semester- and year long study abroad programs to many different countries such as China, Spain, Germany, and many others. Also, shorter field studies to different countries are offered. Stetson student come from 44 countries. 

With 16 years of experience in the field of international education, including expertise in educational policy and programming, academic program and curriculum development, enrollment management strategy, technology, crisis management, student and staff development, public relations and grant writing. Canny joins Stetson from the University of North Texas where he held the position of director of international initiatives since 2008. He was instrumental in improving and integrating international operations throughout UNT by facilitation collaboration in areas across the university including faculty support, admissions, budgeting and student services. He was also acting director of global learning and experience (study-abroad) at UNT from 2010 to 2011.

Canny said " I am excited to be joining a nationally ranked university seriously committed to pursuing a  holistic model of international education. Stetson is already doing much in the global arena, and I look forward to the collaborative work with faculty, students and the entire community to enhance Stetson's programs in this area. The potential for strengthening and integrating Stetson's international mission into the campus ethos, from classes to curricular programs, from study abroad to international students, to inclusion of international issues in the curriculum, as well as linked with diversity, is a phenomenal opportunity given Stetson's values and approach to a significant educational experience".

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." -- Mary Kay Ash

200 students were inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society last week

Approximately 200 of Stetson University’s top students were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at a Re-Chartering and Induction Ceremony at Stetson University last week. Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and was originally chartered at Stetson in 1978 but had been inactive since the mid-1990s.  Stetson is the only central Florida college or university to have chapters of both Phi Eta Sigma, which specifically for freshmen, and Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious honor society for all undergraduate years.
All current undergraduate students who met the qualifications of having earned a 3.5 or higher GPA during their first year at university were invited to become members.
Furthermore, four Stetson faculty members were selected as honorary members this year - Dr. Michael Denner. associate professor of Russian studies: Dr. Phillip Lucas. Professor of religious studies: Dr. Carolyn Nicholson, professor of marketing: and Dr. Stephen Robinson, professor of music.
At the ceremony, students were encouraged by several people to continue pursuing academic accomplishment. They were also told to find, explore, and share their passions for learning and teaching. 
"Love your studies. Love the people you study with. Pass it on."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration has been named among nation’s best

Princeton Review released a new guidebook on October 11th, 2011, that lists Stetson University’s School of Business Administration as one of the “Best 294 Business Schools”. The new 2012 edition of the book includes a profile of Stetson’s School of Business Administration. The profile provides information on academics, student life and environment, the admissions process, statistical data and career placement services.

Stetsons profile on the Princeton Review includes comments directly from students. " The atmosphere is collaborative, as most students are also interested in diversifying their skills in both business and networking," the guidebook said. " For professionals the atmosphere is supportive, and students find they 'can relate with classmates, since many also have full-time jobs." Students especially highlighted Stetson’s small class size, personalized education, accessible and supportive faculty, modern facilities, flexible schedules for working professionals, and global focus, including opportunities to study business abroad during short or semester-long trips.  

To make Stetson’s Business School one of the best in the country, the graduate faculty is committed to delivering the highest quality instruction in an active-learning, engaged environment. Professors teach students within small classes and provide insights and focus on academics. In today’s rapidly changing global environment it is really important to have a curriculum that focuses on international aspects as much as it focuses on domestics.