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.