Bowden First To Receive Florida Medal Of Freedom

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Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden is the first recipient of the Florida Medal of Freedom. Gov. Ron DeSantis also designated April 7th as "Bobby Bowden Day.”

During a ceremony at the governor’s mansion, DeSantis acknowledged Bowden’s faith-based approach to coaching and his contributions to Florida State University. Bowden’s football program helped boost the school’s profile. Bowden gave credit to his players and coaches and thanked DeSantis for the award.

Florida Professor’s Murder Puts Focus On Grandparents’ Rights

Mar 31, 2021

Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was killed outside his Tallahassee home in a murder-for-hire plot in 2014, amid a bitter child-custody dispute with his ex-wife Wendi Adelson.

As Ruth and Phil Markel continue to grieve the death of their son, their loss has continued to grow.

It’s been five years since the Markels have seen their grandsons Benjamin and Lincoln, after Adelson stopped allowing the boys to have contact with their “bubbe” and “zayde.”

For decades Florida State University was aware of sexual misconduct allegations against a former professor in its Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. The professor abruptly resigned during an investigation into an allegation against him last year. But this situation is not new to academia and has raised questions about why it took so long for the school to take action against Richard Feiock, a formerly highly regarded political scientist.

Florida State University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for its spring graduates.

President John Thrasher has announced that the university will hold 11 smaller commencement ceremonies at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center over the course of two weekends – April 17-18 & 23-24. Thrasher will serve as the featured speaker at each ceremony.

This week, incoming Florida State University students can start applying for their fall housing. And they'll see something new on their housing contracts: an option to request an LGBTQ+ rooming option.

Marking that box means students will have the option to live with other LGBTQ students or allies. Staff members will follow up with each individual to work out the details.

"We've known for a while that we were just not able to quite fill the need of all of our students," Shannon Staten, head of FSU's housing department, says.

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor To Address FSU Classes

Feb 9, 2021

A major motion picture comes out later this month (February) about the United States and its long war on terror. The story includes the saga of one American who insisted no war can justify giving up the nation's principles.

Stuart Couch was a civilian lawyer when the 9/11 attacks came. That prompted his return to military service in hopes of evening the score. But even then, Couch held firm to some deep-seated convictions.

Press release from Florida State:

Florida State’s 2021 schedule was officially announced Thursday. It includes seven home games and five road games, including the annual rivalry matchup with Florida.

“We are excited about the 2021 football season, and the announcement of the upcoming schedule sets a lot of wheels in motion,” Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn said. “I know our coaches and players are glad to know what the season will look like, not to mention our Seminole Boosters and fans who can begin making their plans.”

Florida State University will offer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to students and employees who are 65 and older. The college says vaccine distribution could start as early as next week.

FSU Adds Duke, Wake Forest To Football Schedule

Dec 3, 2020

Two games have been added to Florida State University’s football schedule. The Seminoles will play at home against Duke on Dec. 12. And they’ll take on Wake Forest on Dec. 19. FSU Head Coach Mike Norvell says the whole team is thrilled.

“I guess that’s the thing that I was most pleased of is that starting Sunday all focus goes to our continued improvement and then focus on game-planning for Duke," said Norvell. "It’s definitely a joy to know that those guys are going to get at least one more opportunity there out on the field at Doak and we’re just excited about it.”

Florida State University football coach Mike Norvell says the decision not to play Clemson Saturday was made with the health and safety of players in mind. During Monday’s press conference Norvell also addressed statements from Clemson’s coach that the called-off game was just an excuse to avoid a defeat.

FSU football Coach Mike Norvell wants to clear the air: "Friday night is where the concern really escalated. The fact that a symptomatic player participated throughout the course of the week and made the trip to Tallahassee raised a lot of concerns."

The rivalry between Florida State University and University of Florida is fierce across many endeavors – and it also exists in the arena of performing arts.

A cappella teams from the two universities are facing off against each other in a 64-team, tournament-style competition along with colleges across the U.S.

Florida State University’s a cappella team, All Night Yahtzee, has 17 members who are looking to advance from the second round.

Bowden Endorses President Trump For Second Term

Oct 22, 2020

Florida State University’s legendary football coach, Bobby Bowden, is once again backing President Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Bowden initially endorsed Trump four years ago, even appearing alongside him at a rally in Tallahassee.

The FSU Presidential Search Committee will be reviewing firms to help find the next president. The selected firm will create a hiring plan, advertise the position, and recruit candidates. FSU's Kyle Clark points out some of the criteria the committee will use to evaluate firms.

"We'll be looking at their experience with presidential searches, what searches have they done in the past for presidents, we'll be looking at their experience in working with Florida law," Clark says.

Florida State University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony this December. The decision comes after the State University System issued a directive telling schools to develop alternative commencement plans due to COVID-19.

President John Thrasher will preside over the ceremony. It’ll be streamed on the university’s Facebook, YouTube and will air locally on 4FSU.

TALLAHASSEE --- After months of leading efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus, Florida State University President John Thrasher and his wife, Jean, have tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday.

John Thrasher received his positive result at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, and his wife received her diagnosis Monday night after a recent stay at a hospital and a rehabilitation center for an unrelated condition.

Former Florida State University and hall of fame football coach Bobby Bowden says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. The 91-year-old has told other media outlets he believes he contracted the virus during a recent hospital stay over a leg infection.

Bowden tested positive for the virus last week and is planning to be tested again. He told the Tallahassee Democrat that he doesn’t have much energy but is otherwise feeling okay.

Bowden retired from FSU in 2009. He won two national championships and a dozen division titles.

FSU Cancels Spring Break

Oct 1, 2020

Florida State University has canceled Spring Break for its students. In a letter, FSU says the change is an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

University students won’t have time to hit the beach this Spring after FSU changed its Spring 2021 calendar. FSU is going remote for the first three days of the semester.

The school's letter mentions that cutting out spring break will reduce the potential for people to return to Tallahassee with the virus after traveling. As a result of the changes, the semester will end on April 23.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will form a presidential search committee this Friday to replace John Thrasher. He will continue as president until a new one is chosen. Board Chairman Ed Burr says the COVID-19 pandemic could impact the search, so he wants to get a head start.

FSU Football Coach Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sep 21, 2020

Florida State University’s head football coach, Mike Norvell, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Norvell announced his test results in a press release Saturday. He says the results stem from a test he took Friday, after receiving two negative results from tests he had taken earlier in the week.

FSU COVID-19 Rule Breakers Now Subject To Suspensions

Sep 21, 2020

Thrasher sent a statement via email to students today. In it, he thanks those who have been wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing. But he also says students who ignore COVID-19 safety guidelines are putting everyone at risk.

"The choices you make don’t just impact you. They affect your friends, families, professors, FSU staff, and the Tallahassee community at large, as well as our ability to hold in-person classes and future events and provide campus services," Thrasher says.

Florida State University has investigated some 45 students for violating the school's COVID-19 safety rules. The university has come under scrutiny for the behavior of some students who've flouted safety protocols.

FSU Pushes Homecoming To Spring 2021

Sep 4, 2020

The Florida State University Alumni Association says its cancelled homecoming amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s planning to reschedule the annual gathering in the Spring, but hasn’t set dates.

The loss of the homecomings at FSU and Florida A&M University will likely take a bite out of the city’s economy.

Thirty-four people at Florida A&M and 129 people at Florida State University have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of August. Both schools are trying to keep the numbers down through restrictions on large gatherings. FAMU has even instituted a curfew on students who live on-campus, though President Larry Robinson says he’s not yet had to suspend or expel any students for violating it.

Florida State University’s former student senate president is suing the Student Government Association and the school over his removal. Jack Denton lost his position earlier this year over online comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and Transgender people.

Denton’s attorneys say student senate leaders and the university discriminated against him for expressing his religious views.

Florida State University classes are in full swing. Students walk across campus and lounge on Landis Green. Some wear masks—others don't. University policy requires faculty, staff, and students to mask up—whether they're outside, in classrooms or residence halls. But that's not always happening, says Jennifer, who lives in one of the dorms on FSU's campus.

Tailgaters will return to Florida State home football games this fall, but they’ll have to take pandemic precautions.

The Florida State Athletics Department and Seminole Boosters say tailgating can be an important part of the game day experience. So they teamed up to create a set of guidelines, allowing booster donors to tailgate while promoting a safe environment.

A story with its origins in nearby Thomasville, Georgia is being shown nationwide all this month. It focuses on a heroic woman who was determined to make medical care available to those who might otherwise never see a doctor.

Valerie Scoon has been a professor at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts for the past fifteen years. But even before that, she was a filmaker at Warner Brothers and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films. As such, she's always on alert for real-life stories that might make a crackling good movie.

Multiple advocacy groups say Florida State University's new task force on racial inequality isn't enough to make real change. The groups say the school has a history of making decisions, then walking them back.

Thrasher Backs Moving Statue And Removing Building Name

Jul 18, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Florida State University will relocate a campus statue of a former slaveholder and will seek approval to remove the name of a pro-segregation Supreme Court justice from a law-school building, university president John Thrasher announced Tuesday.

3 State University Presidents Top $1 Million

Jul 17, 2018
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Three state university presidents in Florida earned more than $1 million in pay and other compensation during the 2016-2017 academic year, a new national survey showed.