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Stetson University

Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includ...
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Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includes the main College of Law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, the Tampa Law Center in downtown Tampa and the Stetson University Center at Celebration in the Orlando area.

Stetson University serves a diverse student population of 3,700 in nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The university's four colleges and schools offer more than 60 majors and minors in 13 degree programs. There are 256 full-time faculty members, 95 percent of whom hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees, and there is an 11 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Stetson is consistently ranked among the best universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition.
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  • Four Central Florida chefs nominated for James Beard Award

     
    Four Central Florida chefs have made the James Beard Foundation's 2011 Restaurant & Chef Semi-Finalists list for Best Chef South. Scott Hunnel (right) of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL; James an....
  • Florida universities spend almost $2 billion on research

     
    I've been doing some research for a story I'm writing about how much research funding the University of Central Florida has received in recent years. Interesting factoid: Florida's colleges and universities spent a combined almost $2 billion on research...
  • Central Florida Organists Guild hosts series of events

     
    The Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will hold a series of musical events, beginning with a talk and demonstration of a Walker church organ at 7:30 p.m., March 8, at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh Day Adventists, 746...
  • Stetson University plants to tear down historic residence hall

     
    Stetson University in DeLand plans to demolish one of its historic residence halls this summer. After years of debate, university officials have finally decided  to tear down Stetson Hall, which was built in 1886, partly because it would be expensive to...
  • Sands Theater Company announces 2011-12 season

     
    The Sands Theater Company, which performs at the Athens Theater in DeLand, has announced its 2011-2012 season. The lineup includes five shows, including a joint holiday production with the Sands Youth Theater Company, plus a collaboration with Stetson...
  • Stetson University plans to bring back football after 57 years

     
    After a 57-year hiatus, Stetson University is planning to bring back its football team. Today, the city of DeLand gave Stetson the green light to use Spec Martin Football Stadium at Earl Brown Park. Now that the university has a place to play, it's...
  • Scott names heads of two health agencies

     
    Gov. Rick Scott today named named Dr. Frank Farmer, a retired military physician and former president of the Florida Medical Association, as  Florida’s Surgeon General and secretary of the Department of Health. He also announced that he is ...
  • Stetson student wins social activism award

     
    Abigail Lemay, a senior at Stetson University in DeLand, has won a national award for her activism related to pay equity for women. In late 2009, Lemay re-founded Stetson’s chapter of the National Organization for Women. After she learned about...
  • Professor managed money as charter school plunged into debt

     
    There's a new wrinkle in the story of Imani Elementary Charter School, which the Orange County school board may close for numerous academic and financial issues. As a Sentinel article on Sunday shows, the man overseeing the school's finances, including...
  • Broadway’s Michael Shawn Lewis gives talks at alma mater, Stetson University

     
    Stetson University alumnus Michael Shawn Lewis, an actor and producer who has traveled the world working in theater — including playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway — will visit Stetson on Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12,...
  • Stetson student is finalist to become Charlie Sheen’s intern

     
    A Stetson University student is among the finalists competing to become actor Charlie Sheen's social media intern, according to an official at the small, private college in DeLand. Jack Kelly, a senior majoring in political science,  was recently selected...
  • Dale Morehouse returns to Central Florida for Bach Festival concert

     
    Baritone Dale Morehouse, a native Central Floridian, returns home to perform in the season-ending concert of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The concert features works by French composers Fauré, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns. “I first heard...