The Museum of Art – DeLand will host another Family Fun Saturday, an enriching and exciting event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21. Hands-on art activities for kids have been paused due to COVID-19; however, free art activity packets will be available to take home from the 600 N. Woodland Blvd. location, while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Family Fun Saturdays are sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of DeLand and the Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival.

West Volusia high-school football

Football season is upon us, with DeLand High, Deltona High, Pine Ridge High in Deltona, University High in Orange City, Taylor Middle-High in Pierson and Deltona Trinity Christian having teams competing this season. The preseason games take place for most of these high schools on Friday, Aug. 20. Check with the schools to see whom and where they are playing.

Regular-season games start Friday, Aug. 27. DeLand High will travel to Mainland to play at Daytona Stadium at 7 p.m., while University plays host to Deltona at 7 p.m. Pine Ridge High will play host to Father Lopez, and Taylor will host Winter Park Trinity, with both games at 7 p.m. Deltona Trinity plays host to Seven Rivers Christian at 7:30 p.m.

Volusia County Schools Open House

All Volusia County schools will have an Open House, with the high-school open houses taking place the week before Labor Day, the middle-school open houses during the week after Labor Day, and the elementary-school open houses during the week of Sept. 20.

The high-school Open House dates and times are as follows: DeLand High, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30; Deltona High, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2; Pine Ridge High in Deltona, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13; Taylor Middle-High in Pierson, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2; and University High in Orange City, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The middle-school and elementary-school times and dates will be listed in the coming weeks.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog football team will travel southwest to face Apopka High School for its preseason game at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

Deltona High School athletics

The Deltona High School Wolf football team also travels to the southwest Friday, Aug. 20, for a 7 p.m. preseason game with Lakeland Christian.

University High School athletics

The University High School Titan football team plays host to Monarch, Colorado, High School for a preseason game at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.

Stetson University

Christopher F. Roellke, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as the 10th president of Stetson University, on Saturday, Nov. 6, during Homecoming Weekend.

Carmen Johnson, J.D., has been named the new executive officer of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. Johnson will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in collaboration with the university’s existing support systems and in support of the university’s strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed.

Stetson University athletics

DeLandite Shellie Robinson has been named the seventh head coach of the Stetson University softball program. She has served the past two seasons as an assistant coach in the Stetson softball program.

Robinson is a former NCAA All-American and National Pro Fastpitch star. While playing softball at DeLand High, she was named the FHSAA 6A Offensive Player of the Year, Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Player of the Year, BrightHouse Networks Player of the Year, Daytona Beach News-Journal Athlete of the Year, and Volusia County Player of the Year.

Her college career was at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where she batted .389, hitting a school record 70 home runs and collecting 198 RBIs. She was a two-time ASUN Player of the Year, an ASUN Freshman of the Year and a third team NFCA All American.

She played professional softball while also serving as an assistant coach at Furman for one year, and at North Greenville for two years.

The Pioneer Football League has announced its 2021 preseason All-PFL squad, and four Stetson players have been named to the team: offensive linemen Billy Corte and Antonio Derry, defensive end Fermon Reid, and kick returner Jaylon Johnson.

Stetson’s women’s rowing team had 21 Lady Hatters having achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, to be named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll.

Stetson’s women’s lacrosse program has been named a 2021 Academic Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. To qualify, the entire team must have posted a combined 3.2 GPA for the previous academic year.

Stetson was one of 101 teams from NCAA Division I to qualify for the honor, and one of 319 programs across all NCAA Divisions, as well as NAIA, to be recognized. Stetson had 27 of its 31 members in the spring class, who had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and 22 of these 31 players had a cumulative average of 3.2 or better.

College honors

Alex Strait, of DeLand, has been named to the 2021 dean’s list at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Strait is a member of the Class of 2024, majoring in liberal arts.

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