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February 2012

FSU receives $5 million to embark on 'The Risk Initiative,' names top-ranked risk management and insurance program

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes today announced a $5 million gift from one of the university's most prominent alumni and the organization he co-founded to the College of Business, as well as the naming of the college's top-ranked risk management and insurance (RMI) program.

'Cuba: Geopolitics, Economic Development and Oil' focus of public lecture at Florida State

Cuba scholar and former petroleum-industry senior executive Jorge R. Piñon will discuss Cuba and geopolitics, economic development and oil during his lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the auditorium of the Florida State University Center for Global Engagement (The Globe).

Health care expert Quadagno to speak at faculty luncheon

Jill Quadagno, the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar in Social Gerontology in the Department of Sociology, will be the next speaker in the Spring Faculty Luncheon Series.

Florida State chemist to receive prestigious award for rising faculty stars

Michael Shatruk, an assistant professor in Florida State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who is working to develop new magnetic materials, has been awarded the prestigious ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship for 2012.

Seminole Tribe honors 'Osceola and Renegade' at parade, rodeo

Osceola and Renegade, the legendary and deeply beloved symbols of Florida State football, were recently honored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida as the grand marshals of a parade to kick off the 74th Annual Brighton Field Days Festival and Rodeo.

'Without Words' exhibit to shed light on social justice issues

For the fourth consecutive year, Florida State University will host "Without Words," a unique, museum-style exhibit that focuses on increasing awareness of prevalent social justice issues.

In sickness and in health: Study documents the importance of supportive spouses in coping with work-related stress

The growth of two-income families and increasing levels of job stress are two of the most significant work trends affecting American businesses and families in recent years. Having just one stressed-out spouse can harm couple's work and home lives — but what about when it's both?

$10.5 million grant will expand vast online hub for educators, by educators

Between teaching, paperwork, assessments, discipline and grading, schoolteachers have a demanding job, and lately it's becoming even tougher.

Diversity in arts, sports and sciences is theme of SPEAR Conference on Feb. 17-18

The 4th Annual Florida State University SPEAR Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, on the Florida State campus. This year's theme is "Embracing Multiculturalism and Diversity in the Arts, Sports and Sciences."

Making families stronger is focus of Feb. 17 Black History Month event

"Strengthening Families and Communities One Family at a Time" is the theme of Friday's Black History Month event at Florida State University.

Students plan to dance the weekend away for a good cause

For the past 16 years, the Florida State University community has gathered together to raise $3.3 million in a unique way: Dance Marathon.

Study: State University System degree in Florida can mean huge boost in lifetime earnings

A new economic study suggests that having a degree from one of Florida's 11 state universities can be a financial lifesaver — equivalent to more than $1 million in a worker's lifetime earnings.

Celebrate science this weekend at magnet lab, Center for Advanced Power Systems Open House

If you like to see things ignite, levitate or go kaboom, don't miss the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University Center for Advanced Power Systems' annual, joint Open House on Saturday, Feb. 18. It's fun for the whole family — and you're sure to learn something new, too.

Lecture and exhibit focus on famed black illustrator's postage-stamp creations

In celebration of Black History Month, Florida State University's College of Communication and Information will host an exhibit and presentation titled "Leaving His Stamp: The Life and Illustrations of Jerry Pinkney."

Employers feel no love for unscrupulous practice of 'service sweethearting'

A new study led by two Florida State University marketing professors finds that some frontline service employees who are rewarded for hikes in customer loyalty and satisfaction also may engage in "service sweethearting," a clandestine practice that costs their employers billions of dollars annually in lost revenue.

Communication faculty member Mark Zeigler to speak at FSU Faculty Luncheon Series

Mark Zeigler, a research associate and instructor in Florida State University's School of Communication, will speak Feb. 14 as part of the university's Spring Faculty Luncheon Series.

Florida State will spread Seminole spirit during annual 'FSU Day At The Capitol'

Alumni and friends of Florida State University can revel in the Garnet and Gold during "FSU Day at the Capitol," the annual celebration of the university's standing in and value to Tallahassee, the state of Florida and the world.

New director appointed to lead FSU Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement

Florida State University has appointed Tadarrayl M. Starke as the new director of the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE).

CNBC correspondent to speak at Florida State

John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, will present a lecture, "Fragmented Politics, Fragmented Media: Challenges to American Journalism," next week at Florida State University.

Black History Month at Florida State offering a diverse array of events

February is Black History Month, and Florida State University's Center for Multicultural Affairs, Black Student Union and College of Communication and Information each will be hosting special events that aim to make it a meaningful and memorable one.