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Student Raises Money for Books in Haiti

Student Olivia Bibilonia is an international affairs and French major and recipient of the IA department's Richard B. Gray Scholarship in 2014, which allowed her to study French in Paris last summer. Now she has a new project closer to home that she hopes will make a difference for young people in Haiti, and she's seeking help from her fellow students. Olivia has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to buy books written in Creole for elementary schools in that country.

College Partners with Local Business in Social Enterprise Internship

A team of five Florida State University students is working to create a small-scale social enterprise through a unique internship.

The internship is made possible through a partnership between local merchant RedEye Coffee and the new social entrepreneurship and innovation specialization within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) program. The partnership gives students the opportunity to learn about creating and sustaining an enterprise dedicated to positive social change using RedEye’s resources and business model.

Students Research Policy Issues, Write Legislative Briefs

The DeVoe L. Moore Center (DMC) at Florida State University, a unit of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, has issued the first of a series of planned policy briefs published under the title The DMC Perspective. The March 2015 brief, mailed to all Florida legislators and available to the media and the general public, focuses on the issue of sports stadium subsidies, by which tax dollars help to fund privately owned sports complexes that proponents claim bring revenue to the state and the municipalities where they are built.

Collins Institute Releases Report on Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits

The Leroy Collins Institute released its newest report on the "Tough Choices Facing Florida's Governments" in February 2015.

The seventh installment of the institute's series of policy papers on government pensions, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," was authored by David Matkin, formerly of FSU and now at the University of Albany.

The paper's introduction says:

Planning Student Gets Externship with Aviation Expert

The Florida State University Career Center has partnered with Woodie Woodward, the former associate administrator of airports for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to provide an externship experience to a current FSU student.

Jackson Harris, a second-year graduate student in the urban and regional planning program, was selected by Woodward for this inaugural externship, lasting from January to December 2015. Jackson has previously completed two internships in airport management and hopes to build his career in Florida’s aviation and airport management industry.

Social Enterprise takes aim at migrant worker housing

Nearly 200,000 migrant and seasonal workers travel to work in Florida every year, and finding high quality, affordable housing is one of their chief challenges. The college’s DeVoe L. Moore Center is stepping into this difficult problem with an innovative, private sector solution that could help workers and growers in 33 Florida counties.

Career Center Liaisons Offer Drop-In Advising

Do you need help with your resume, cover letter, applying to graduate school, internship and job searching? If so, come to Drop-In Career Advising hours (no appointment necessary) with Charlie Ricker and Erin Keenan. We can help you with your career related needs.

Charlie Ricker:
Career Liaison to Political Science, Economics, and Sociology
Drop-In Career Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
cricker@fsu.edu
850-645-0442
@crickerFSU

Sociology Prof Has New Book, Radio Interview

Deana Rohlinger (associate professor of sociology, research associate at the Pepper Institute of Aging and Public Policy) published a book in December 2014, Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press). Weaving together analyses of archival material, news coverage, and interviews conducted with journalists from mainstream and partisan outlets as well as with activists, this book reimagines how activists use a variety of media, sometimes simultaneously, to agitate for—and against—legal abortion.

5 Students Named to Garnet and Gold Society

Five students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are among the 33 who were inducted into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society for Fall 2014. The society recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in leadership, professional, citizenship and/or research skills while building collaborative relationships in the academic, local, or global community.

ISS Course Preps Way for New Concentrations

The Interdisciplinary Social Science program will roll out two new areas of concentration in Fall 2015: Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. To support these new programs, we are introducing a new course, "Making Public Policy," which will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2015 semester.

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