Vanderbilt Beach boardwalk aging, but park improvements coming next year - PHOTOS
Published 07/22/2011 at 8:34 p.m.
Vanderbilt Beach Park is scheduled for a $1.2 million restroom makeover, expected to begin next year and be completed the following year. But until then, beach-goers will have to keep muddling through with the cramped restrooms at the park’s entrance, ...
Fired FGCU professor Lounsbury should be reinstated with back pay, judge rules
Updated 07/18/2011 at 6:05 p.m. 1 Comment
Fired FGCU forensics assistant professor David Lounsbury should be reinstated, a Lee circuit judge has ruled. The judge confirmed an arbitrator's May 2010 decision stating that Lounsbury should be reinstated and given back pay by Florida Gulf Coast University
Fired FGCU professor's fate still up in the air
Updated 07/12/2011 at 4:32 p.m.
An instructor fired by Florida Gulf Coast University two years ago will have to keep waiting to hear what a Lee County judge has to say about his fate.
WGCU prepares for $500,000 budget cuts; audience shouldn’t notice
Published 06/29/2011 at 7:20 p.m.
The station is avoiding layoffs and making only slight changes to programming, in some cases scaling back the frequency of certain locally-produced recurring segments and in others reducing travel and training costs.
Edison State trustees approve tuition increase, staff raises
Published 06/28/2011 at 9:11 p.m.
Trustees meanwhile gave the go-ahead for the college to increase wages for salaried, non-teaching staff members by 4 percent and hourly staff members by 5 percent.
Edison State College President Walker's evaluations made public
Updated 06/24/2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Though kept in the shade by state laws, evaluations for Edison State College President Kenneth Walker were released into the sunshine Friday morning.
Florida's Board of Governors approves tuition hikes, rates to rise 15 percent at state universities
Updated 06/23/2011 at 7:10 p.m.
A 15 percent tuition increase is all but signed, stamped and on its way to Florida’s public university students. Florida’s Board of Governers on Thursday voted for additional increases that will raise tuition the full 15 percent allowed by law ...
Standing with students: Three FGCU trustees defy trend, vote against tuition increase
Published 06/22/2011 at 8:47 p.m.
What seems to be defining FGCU is that, with one exception, it is the only university in the state system where trustees did not unanimously pass an additional 7 percent tuition increase on top of the 8 percent required by ...
FGCU's Bradshaw receives glowing evaluation, $60,000 bonus
Published 06/21/2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw has received top marks for another year. As a result of the glowing evaluation from the 11 members of his board gathered Tuesday, Bradshaw is entitled to a 5 percent raise and a ...
Gov. Rick Scott talks jobs, immigration reform during visit
Published 06/15/2011 at 12:03 p.m. 5 Comments
In a duo of Southwest Florida stops Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott addressed representatives from what he called Florida’s two most recognizable industries: tourism and citrus.
Edison State receives positive news in accreditation review
Updated 06/06/2011 at 9:39 p.m.
Edison State College officials gathered Monday to announce the findings of a preliminary evaluation from the body overseeing the school's accreditation, and delivered a largely positive review.
As debt mounts, few college students understand loan payoff process
Published 06/02/2011 at 9:14 p.m.
In Naples this week, college financial aid advisors and directors from all over the state have gathered for an annual conference. Though it takes place every year, a perfect storm of changes — both planned and environmental — are giving ...
Gov. Scott vetoes nearly $20 million that was headed to Collier, Lee
Published 05/26/2011 at 9:08 p.m.
From health-care to education to the environment, Scott cut nearly $20 million in funding for projects that would have directly benefited Collier and Lee counties. Those cuts disappointed local lawmakers, who spent months crafting the state’s $70 billion budget.
$17M FGCU, Edison State projects fall in Gov. Scott's budget vetoes
Updated 05/26/2011 at 5:55 p.m.
Identified as "special interest earmarks," more than $17 million in construction funds to Southwest Florida's higher education institutions fell victim to the governor's veto pen today.
Edison College to add School of Health, among other changes by trustees
Published 05/24/2011 at 8:53 p.m.
Administrators told the trustees that with health-care workers making up 25 percent of Southwest Florida’s workforce, health sciences represent the next logical step in Edison’s growth.
Crowd of 300 turns out to remember FGCU's Merwin
Published 05/23/2011 at 6:16 p.m.
He might have passed away May 6, but William Merwin was very much present at a memorial service held at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alico Arena on Monday. Current administrators, former trustees and Merwin’s own sons paid tribute to the ...
FGCU officials to celebrate former president's life on Monday
Published 05/18/2011 at 3:28 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University officials will celebrate the life of former President Bill Merwin on Monday.
Man waiting for flight charged with calling in airport bomb threat
Published 05/17/2011 at 10:10 p.m.
A Lehigh Acres man was arrested Tuesday, charged with making false bomb threats against Southwest Florida International Airport while he was sitting in the terminal waiting on a delayed flight.
Edison State College Board faces Sunshine Law violation allegations
Updated 05/17/2011 at 8:31 p.m.
At Edison State College, questions hang over how the Board of Trustees has conducted workshops, potentially in violation of the state’s Sunshine Law.
Team effort: beach-goers credited with pulling teens from choppy water
Published 05/16/2011 at 9:29 p.m.
When two teenage boys went into distress in the water just off Bonita Beach on Sunday, a host of beach-goers sprang into action, helping pull the boys to shore, administering aid to one, and making sure he got quick medical ...
Ave Maria University cuts jobs, reduces athletic programs to trim budget
Updated 05/13/2011 at 6:49 p.m.
After two months on the job, the man hired to usher Ave Maria University into a new era has taken on his role as change agent. University President Jim Towey sent a letter to the university community on Friday announcing ...
Collier Campus president leaving Edison for Georgia college presidency
Updated 05/06/2011 at 3:36 p.m.
Another top Edison State College administrator is on the way out.
Browder's separation agreement with Edison inked
Published 05/04/2011 at 4:08 p.m.
Today, the college released the severance agreement with James Browder that guarantees an agreed-upon $175,000 payment to buy out the remaining two years of his contract.
In wake of Osama killing, president gains rare praise from political foes
Published 05/02/2011 at 9:32 p.m.
Florida political experts said on Monday that bin Laden’s death would serve as a coup for Obama, but that any upward impact on Obama’s poll numbers could be short-lived with pressing domestic issues looming large in Americans’ minds.
Former CIA director Goss: Bin Laden capture years in the making
Published 05/02/2011 at 8:38 p.m.
Former CIA Director Porter Goss said on Monday from his Sanibel home that Osama bin Laden’s capture and killing was the culmination of work that began even before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks rocked the nation.
FGCU employment dispute headed to trial
Published 04/29/2011 at 4:20 p.m.
Another employment dispute at Florida Gulf Coast University is headed for trial.
FGCU selects one of its own to lead business school
Updated 04/27/2011 at 6:42 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University is looking inward. After a failed search to replace its founding business school dean, FGCU has named one of its own to the position.
Edison meeting: President Walker to retire, Browder out, Atkins back
Updated 04/26/2011 at 9:52 p.m.
James Browder is out and will get a $175,000 compensation package. He could have sought more than $600,000 if he wanted his three-year contract to be honored.
Edison's Walker proposes $179,000 cut to own salary, benefits
Updated 04/21/2011 at 8:25 p.m.
If there were any hopes of the storm at Edison State College subsiding soon, they were dashed Thursday. The college released a statement to the media Thursday with details of a proposed pay cut to be taken by college President ...
Browder could be back at Edison State College
Updated 04/20/2011 at 9:50 p.m.
James Browder may return to his original post — the one he was hired to fill in September — and his original salary, pending a Tuesday discussion and possible later action by the Edison Board of Trustees.
FGCU grapples with budget woes, considers tuition increase
Published 04/19/2011 at 6:07 p.m.
FGCU has coped with funding decreases for the past three years, instituting hiring freezes, keeping pay relatively flat and increasing tuition, but staving off layoffs. Staff and faculty went two years without pay raises, until January when pay was increased ...
FGCU board briefed on 'new reality' of state funding
Published 04/19/2011 at 1:56 p.m.
Question: What's the difference between a state-supported and state-assisted institution? Answer: Somewhere between $3.3 million and $6 million.
Punting on pigskin: FGCU not ready for some football, president says
Updated 04/19/2011 at 3:50 p.m.
Local football fans are going to have to put dreams of a hometown Division I college team on hold. Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw told his Board of Trustees on Tuesday that adding football to FGCU athletics would ...
Edison State faculty to continue pressing administration, trustees for changes
Published 04/18/2011 at 6:52 p.m.
From Monday’s meeting came a set of decisions and recommendations the Senate plans to pass along to the Board of Trustees, including that the college hire an independent third-party auditor to look into a number of concerns raised by faculty. ...
Turmoil at Edison: Walker, Browder agree to take paycuts after no confidence vote
Updated 04/06/2011 at 8:50 p.m.
Edison State College President Kenneth Walker and Senior Vice President James Browder agreed to take pay cuts today during a Board of Trustee meeting Wednesday.
UPDATED: Edison faculty vote results: 84 percent no confidence in President Walker, Browder
Updated 04/05/2011 at 6:18 p.m.
A majority of Edison State College faculty voted in favor of a motion of no confidence in both President Kenneth Walker and administrator James Browder.
Edison State faculty to vote on confidence in Walker, Browder
Updated 04/04/2011 at 7:29 p.m.
As members of Edison State College's faculty senate meet today to prepare for an upcoming session of the school's board of trustees, frustrations continue to simmer.
Edison State College board sets special meeting to discuss recent criticism
Published 04/01/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
Edison State College's Board of Trustees will hold a specially convened meeting next week to discuss the recent firestorm of criticism at the college.
FGCU makes $8 million bid for land to expand student housing
Published 03/31/2011 at 7:08 p.m.
The 24.5-acre purchase, if approved by the FGCU Board of Trustees at its April 19 meeting, will join several other acquisitions by the university within the past year.
Edison State College's Board of Trustees vice chairman resigns
Published 03/30/2011 at 7:02 p.m.
he vice chairman of Edison’s Board of Trustees said Wednesday that he has resigned his appointment to the board, where he served since 2006. With that, David Klein’s name is added to a growing list of defections and ousters in ...
Browder to be reassigned under agreement between Edison State president, faculty
Published 03/28/2011 at 6:11 p.m.
Edison State College will reassign Senior Vice President James Browder, moving him off the Lee County campus and encouraging him to seek another job, under a concession offered by administrators and accepted by faculty on Monday
Edison State College faculty tensions boil over at Thursday meeting
Updated 03/24/2011 at 9:39 p.m. 2 Comments
If Edison State College faculty and administration were united on anything Thursday night -- and there were few commonalities to be found -- it was pain over the state of their college
Edison State president, administrators to meet with faculty about concerns
Published 03/23/2011 at 4:21 p.m.
Top administrators at Edison State College will meet with faculty members Thursday to address concerns raised this week over frequent administration turnover and reports of high administrative salaries.
FGCU hires new dean for College of Health Professions
Published 03/21/2011 at 5:34 p.m.
A new dean has been hired at Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Health Professions.
James Browder gets promotion, raise amid changes at Edison State College
Updated 03/17/2011 at 5:32 p.m.
Amid a flurry of upper-level administration changes, recent Edison State College recruit James Browder has moved closer to the top of the heap.
CEO Jim Towey assumes new role at Ave Maria University
Updated 03/16/2011 at 8:45 p.m.
Ave Maria University's planned handover of its CEO responsibilities from founder Tom Monaghan to Jim Towey is coming sooner than originally planned.
19-year-old FGCU student dies with 3 others in weekend crash
Published 03/14/2011 at 11:07 a.m.
A 19-year-old student at Florida Gulf Coast University died on Sunday in a Sarasota car crash that claimed the lives of three other teens.
Bill Clinton still optimistic about America, world despite growing inequalities
Published 03/08/2011 at 10:36 p.m. 2 Comments
Clinton proceeded to lay before the crowd a series of questions he said were essential to answer before making a decision about any topic of politics or policy, including, “What is the fundamental nature of the 21st Century world?” The ...
Florida proposal to allow guns on college campuses draws opposition locally POLL
Updated 03/07/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 2 Comments
For the 2011 legislative session, state Sen. Greg Evers, R-Crestview, filed a wide-ranging bill that would loosen many of the state’s restrictions on when, where and how people can carry guns, including allowing firearms on college and university campuses. The ...
Multi-million dollar sales highlight first Naples International Art & Antique Fair
Published 03/01/2011 at 7:03 p.m.
Highlights include a $2.7 million sale of a Norman Rockwell painting and a $1.4 million sale of a 1889 Jean-Leon Gerome painting.