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September 1997



A Monthly Publication of The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Fall Preview

Academic Advising for Students in CLAS

Larry Severy Looks Back at the Changes

Welcome back to Gainesville. That
assumes, of course, you've been gone.
The nine month faculty member who
takes a three month summer respite
is becoming a rare bird. In fact, the
summer sessions now serve as a
major source of teaching and scholar-
ship in a complex university like UF.
But as busy as the summer may be,
there is no comparison to the exciting
opening of the fall semester, as the
academic year kicks off once again.
By the time you read this you may
have noticed that we are still grow-
ing. Just when you thought there
was no room for more cars, either on
the street or in the parking lots, the
admissions gods decided otherwise.
And for understandable reasons.
There is great pressure on UF to
take more students, because Florida
is turning out so many high school
graduates, and being smart students,
they know that the best education is
to be had here in Gainesville. Money
magazine reminds them, or probably
their parents, that we are the 10th
Best Buy in the country. Given the
quality of our faculty, coupled with
the stunningly low tuition in Florida,
I consider that Money magazine still
underrates by about 7-8 positions the
value of a Gator education.
The pressures we feel from student
demand constitute a very real prob-
lem, but a wonderful one to have.
If you think growth is a burden, try
downsizing. I am not belittling the
operational difficulties on classroom
instruction and academic advising.
Our faculty are asked to take on ever
greater responsibility. At the same
time, however, these students pro-
--See Musings, page 12

LAS academic advis-
ing has come a long
way since 1990, when Larry
Severy assumed the director's position.
"We occupied a small, crowded area
on the 3rd floor of Little Hall, a very
user-unfriendly location, with a profes-
sional advisor staff of two people." He
smiles in recollection, "It was survival
on a daily basis."
Cut now to their sleek, new quarters in
the Academic Advising Center where
an expanded staff of professional
advisors and faculty greets students
warmly and offers them a vast panoply
of services. "This building has made a
tremendous difference," says Severy,
"both for the students, who enjoy com-
ing here, and the advising staff, who
feel a strong pride in the facility

and their range of advising programs.
Students receive individual attention
from a primarily young advising staff
who can understand their needs."
"We try not to select actual courses for
the students," notes Severy. "Instead,
our short term goal is to provide ac-
curate and useful information to help
students decide for themselves what
they need. We are also interested in
following the longer term needs of
students, the problems they encounter,
and developing programs to enhance
the likelihood of their graduation."
Severy's academic training as a social
psychologist sparked his interest in
heading up the advising program for
CLAS. Seven years later, he feels it
is enough, and after this year he will
return to the Department of Psychol-

This month's focus: Academic Advising Center

--See Advising, page 12

Volume 11

Number 9

Role of Faculty Advising

By Jonathan Reiskind (Zoology)
Chair of Undergraduate Coordinators

have several advisors. Each
advisor offers distinct expertise
and perspective. For example, one
may be in the Academic Advisement
Center, which includes counseling for
law or health professions, another in
the Career Resource Center. But above
all, faculty advisors are essential.
At least one faculty advisor in each
potential major is imperative. Al-
though students are now required to
state their major upon applying, that
decision ought to be tentative. The
first year or two should be a period
of active academic and career explo-
ration. Taking introductory courses,
reading about possible careers, talking
to family and friends, and discussing
ideas with faculty in prospective fields
are all part of this process. While more
and more information is available via
the internet, from departmental web
pages and ISIS (the Integrated Student
Information System at http://www.isis.
ufl.edu/), this cannot replace faculty

"Faculty not only bring
a wealth of experience
but offer a springboard
for students' ideas."

Jonathan Reiskind

Faculty advisors should not decipher
the catalog for the student, though that
is sometimes necessary. Rather, they
should address the big questions in a
student's academic life: What should I
major in? What courses are appropri-
ate? How can I get the most out of my
time at UF? And even bigger ones:

"...above all,
faculty advisors
are essential. At ,.
least one faculty
advisor in each /
potential major is .

Where do I want to be 10, 20, 40 years
from now? How can I get there? How
can I have a happy, productive, satisfy-
ing life? (Questions many of us are still
Faculty not only bring a wealth of
experience but offer a springboard for
students' ideas. The one-on-one contact
with an advisor can make a significant
difference both to an exploring student
and to one actively involved in his or
her major.
An advisor can provide support and
encouragement as well as circumvent
the bureaucracy and make more per-
sonal the college experience. Many
students changing their direction (as
they often do) need a champion willing
to cut through the red tape. An advisor
can do that.
With the increasing size of the univer-
sity and introductory classes inhibiting
student-faculty interactions, the advi-
sory role of the faculty is even more
important. Of course, not all students
make the personal contacts they should.
Therefore, each department needs to
disseminate information (via e-mail,
letters, newsletters, etc.) about itself to
all its majors, including double majors.
It must encourage its students to fully
exploit the faculty.
As students enter their upper division
years, faculty knowledge of graduate
school opportunities and application
strategies can be of special value. While
students can obtain preprofessional

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counseling elsewhere, advice on grad-
uate schools must come mainly from
those in the discipline, the faculty.
Another important opportunity for
student-faculty interaction is un-
dergraduate research and the senior
projects/theses required of students
hoping to graduate with high or high-
est honors. Both the faculty sponsor
and the student are richly rewarded
in the process.
To summarize, faculty advisors con-
tribute at every stage of the under-
graduates' experience: from their
initial exploration for a major and
clarification of their career goals,
through their intellectual maturation
and developing sophistication, to the
planning of their future post-graduate
careers. Faculty advisors are more
important than ever before, as coun-
selors, confidants, champions.a


CLAS notes is published monthly by the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to
inform faculty and staff of current research
and events.
Dean: Will Harrison
Editor: Jane Gibson
Graphics: Sally Brooks

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Around the College


Jonathan King was awarded the
Mathematical Association of Amer-
ica's Merten M. Hasse Prize at the
Summer Mathfest in Atlanta for his
article "Three Problems in Search of
a Measure" (American Mathematical
Monthly, Aug.-Sept. 94). The prize,
which consists of a citation and a
cash award, recognizes noteworthy
expository papers of young math-
Doug Cenzer gave an invited talk
at the NSF-sponsored Workshop on
Complexity and Recursion Theory,
held in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, July
13-20. The title of his talk was "Com-
plexity-Theoretic Model Theory".
In June, Richard Crew attended the
"Semestre p-adique" at the Institute
Henri Poincare in Paris. The program,
which attracted more than a hundred
mathematicians from Europe, the US
and Japan, was devoted to p-adic
cohomology and its arithmetic ap-
Bruce Edwards was awarded a
1997 Texty Award by the Text and
Academic Authors Association for his
"Interactive College Algebra" text on

Jay Gubrium's book What is Family?
has been translated into Japanese and
published by Shinyo-sha Publishers.

Roger Thompson recently returned
from a Fulbright in the Philippines,
where he trained over 4,000 teachers
of English.


Anthony Randazzo (Geology) was
cited in the August 11 Miami Herald
concerning plate tectonic evidence
that Florida was originally part of
the African continent. Randazzo co-
edited (with Douglas Jones, curator of
UF's Museum of Natural History) The
Geology of Florida, recently published
by the Florida Press.

Fall Convocation To Honor Record Number

The Seventh Annual Fall Academic
Convocation of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences will recognize over
500 outstanding students and faculty
members. In the past, Fall Convocation
honored only Anderson Scholars (ris-
ing Juniors who have earned at least a
3.8), but this year the field of honorees
has been expanded to include National
Merit Scholars, National Hispanic Schol-
ars, National Achievement Scholars and
CLAS Scholars, as well as CLAS Term
Professors, Research Foundation Profes-
sors, and PEP Professors. Additionally,
professors considered 'inspirational' by
the award-winning students will be rec- Lucius I. Barker, William Bennett
ognized. Munro Professor of Political
After Dr. Lombardi's remarks, fea- Science at Stanford University,
turned speaker Dr. Lucius J. Barker, the will speak at Fall Convocation.
William Bennett Munro Professor of Po-
litical Science at Stanford University, will
give an address entitled "Living and Learning; an Intellectual Journey in Race,
Law and Politics." Dr. Barker's work focuses on judicial politics and constitu-
tional law, and African-American politics. He is currently collaborating on a
major research project on the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. Before joining
the faculty at Stanford in 1990, Dr. Barker taught at Washington University,
where he chaired the Department of Political Science. In 1993 he was elected
President of the American Political Science Association, and in 1994 he was
elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his "distinguished
contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs and the arts."
Fall Convocation is designed to be both an annual celebration of the new
academic year, and an opportunity for faculty and students to come together
after a summer of dispersal. The ceremony will be held in University Audito-
rium, on Thursday, September 11, at 4:00 PM. A reception on the West Lawn
will follow. All CLAS faculty and students and their guests are invited to


New Faculty Reception
Dean Harrison's home
Sunday, Sept. 7, 4-6 PM.

New CLAS Faculty Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 PM
Dean's Conference Room
2014 Turlington Hall

New CLAS Chairs Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2 PM
Dean's Conference Room
2014 Turlington Hall

First CLAS College Assembly
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4 PM
Reitz Union Auditorium
wine and cheese afterwards.

Research Foundation Professors, continued

Dr. Agresti works on developing
new methods for categorical data
analysis. He is presently developing
specialized models when there is a
natural ordering of categories and
it can't be assumed that a "normal
distribution" (bell curve) applies.
The many practical applications of .
his research have included helping ,
CLAS professors in such departments
as sociology and zoology to interpret
their findings.
Alan Agresti

Maria Todorova

Dr. Guillette's research includes
studying the evolution of placenta
in relationship to the development
of maternal/fetal chemical com-
munications; endangered species re-
production in wild populations; and
the extent to which environmental
contaminants, such as pesticides and
industrial pollutants, alter the repro-
ductive abilities of wild populations.
His work on the reproductive abnor-
malities of the American alligator has
been featured in a diversity of lay
publications from National Geographic
to Mademoiselle.

Dr. Todorova's research focuses on
problems of ethnicity and nationalism,
and the historical aspects of identity
formation and transformation. Imagin-
ing the Balkans, her study of the notion
"Balkan," has just been published by
Oxford University Press, and she is
currently working on several other
projects: a case study of a 19th century
Bulgarian national hero, which will ad-
dress "questions of history and memory,
commemoration, hero worship, as well
as the tensions among national, political
and professional identities"; a chapter
on Balkan nationalism for volume 4 of
the Cambridge History of Turkey; and a
book-length manuscript, "Bulgaria
and the Bulgarians," to be published by
Hoover Press.


Louis Guillete

A Bridge on the Road to
Choosing a Major
by Becky Ross, Assistant Directorfor Ca-
reer Development (CRC)
One of the most challenging endeavors a
college student undertakes is the choice of a
major; in fact, the average student changes
majors 4 to 5 times throughout her/ his college
career. This decision can be particularly
difficult at the University of Florida, which
offers over 150 programs of undergraduate
study. With the advent of universal tracking,
more and more faculty are being called upon
to assist and advise students who are making
this decision earlier than ever before. Many of
you may then be wondering what resources
are available to help students?
Academic advisors help students determine
class schedules, major classification, academic
progress, and graduation dates. Career
counselors and advisors help students
determine career decisions and learn effective
job search skills. University career centers and
advising centers often enter into cooperative
relationships to assist students to make good
academic and career decisions, since the two go
hand in hand. This is certainly the case at UF
The Career Resource Center (CRC) and
the CLAS Academic Advising Center (AAC)
joined forces to develop the popular series
of "Exploring CLAS Majors and Careers"
information handouts, providing students with
a quick reference guide to advising issues and
career options for each CLAS major. Career
counselors from the CRC staff a walk-in office
in the Advising Center, which allows students
to get academic and basic career advising all
under the same roof. Most importantly, several
times every semester the CRC and the AAC
present a joint workshop ~Ch1ic'-iilg a Major~
as a way to help large numbers of students get
started with this process.
If you routinely talk to or advise undecided
students on their choice of classes or the career
implications of various majors, you could help
them further by encouraging them to attend
this workshop. By building bridges across
campus and working together, we can support
and encourage the students' efforts to stay on-
track and satisfied with their majors.

Fall 1997 Choosing a Major Workshops:
held at the CRC, 1st floor Reitz Union
9/8 1:55 PM 9/25 9:35 AM
10/8 3:00 PM 10/21 4:05 PM
10/304:05PM 11/5 3:00PM 11/131:55PM

Seven CLAS Faculty Named UFRF Professors

Seven CLAS faculty were among the thirty professors recently awarded UF Research Professorships. The new
three-year awards, which recognize excellence in research, offer a $3,000 research grant in the first year and a $5,000
annual salary supplement. The UF Research Foundation plans to fund 60 more professorships over the next two
years, primarily through retained indirect costs from corporate contracts and grants, and research royalty income
(the revenue from UF licensed products such as Trusopt [a glaucoma drug] and Gatorade totaled $18.2 million in
1997 alone). This year's CLAS winners are:

IDr. Kennedy's re-
search group devel-
ops new instrumental
techniques to measure
I bioactive compounds
u in their physiological
environments. Ex-
amples of his work in-
clude a microelectrode
\, to monitor insulin se-
"I s, creation from single

4s1nIl y I'' i phoresis system for
a I I cF: P h 11 pI to detecting changes in
neurotransmitter con-
centration in the brain.
These techniques are
used to study the
chemical mechanisms of hormone and neurotransmit-

S t Dr. Thiele, a political
theorist, is presently
exploring the relation-
ship between learning
and behavior in envi-
ronmental affairs. In
particular, he is investi-
gating why the great in-
crease of environmental
education in the public
schools (initiated in the
1970s) and the signifi-
cant growth in informal
environmental learn-
ing has not resulted in
comparable increases
of environmentally re-
sponsible behavior. The
pursuit of environmental knowledge, research indicates,
occasionally serves as a substitute for action rather than
a catalyst for change. Thiele plans to survey people who
act in environmentally responsible ways (but who did not
always do so) to find out what specific educational prac-
tices re-shaped their habits. He is also working on a book
manuscript that addresses the topics of justice and judgment

focuses on racial and
ethnic relations, and
urban sociology. His
work has produced
130 articles and 34
Books, including a
recently published
collection of essays
r entitled Everyday Sex-
ism in the Third Mil-
lennium, which he co-
a edited with Barbara
Zsembik (Sociology)
and Carol Ronai (So-
ciology, U. Memphis).
Two more books, one
on the costs of racial
discrimination for its victims and the other on barriers

I,, Dr. New recently
published (with the
Florida Press) vol-
umes 4 and 5 of his
scholarly edition of
the works of 18th-
century writer Lau-
rence Sterne. These
volumes contain the
." first annotated edi-
tion ever of Sterne's
sermons. New is pres-
ently working on vol-
umes 6 and 7, the final
volumes of the edition,
which will contain
Sterne's letters and A
Sentimental Journey,
Sterne's last great fictional effort. Additionally, his edition
of Tristram Shandy, Sterne's masterwork, will be published
by Penguin Classics this fall. New is also editing a journal
collection and book of essays on the 20th-century French
philosopher and theologian Emmanuel Levinas and his
relationship to the 18th century.

Conlon on Computing


UF has many computing systems.
Colleges and departments have sys-
tems. Labs and libraries have systems.
CIRCA and NERDC have systems.
In many cases you must have user
id and password to use one of these
systems. Since the systems are owned
and operated by different groups and
have different missions and were
developed independently, they each
have different user ids and passwords.
So you may have a password to
use CIRCA's grove system, but you
may not have an account at the Stat
Department. Or if you do have an
account at each, your user id may be
different as well as your password.
The college operates dozens of sys-
tems, each with its own userid and
password collection. All this is just
like the keys on your key chain you
need separate keys for your house and
your car. You obtain them in different
ways, and they entitle you to different
kinds of access.
But might it be possible to have
a master list of "people" and their
passwords and then grant them ac-
cess privileges to various services?
That is, what if we each had a unique
electronic id and password, and that
id and password could be used for a
variety of services. UF is attempting to
create such a system, and its name is
Each member of the UF commu-
nity faculty, staff and student, can
get a Gatorlink id. You can go to the
Gatorlink web page at http: / /www.
gatorlink. ufl. edu to find out how

to open an account. Your Gatorlink
account is free, and it comes with an
e-mail address.
My Gatorlink id is mconlon. My
Gatorlink email address is mconlon@
ufl.edu. Very easy. Turns out I
don't read my mail from the Gatorlink
server too many folks will try to do
that (40,000 students, for example). So
I forward my Gatorlink mail to my
regular email account mconlon@
stat.ufl.edu. I don't tell folks
about my Gatorlink account
either. Mail sent to mconlon@ufl.
edu must be forwarded and there's no
need to bother a computer to forward
when I want people to know that I'm
a member of the Statistics Department.
Somconlon@stat.ufl.edu makes
good sense to me. The Gatorlink web
page contains instructions on how to
set forwarding.
Gatorlink also comes with dial-up
access fifteen hours of access each
month for no charge. You can agree to
be charged for access beyond fifteen
hours at a cost of $0.008 per minute
after. If you don't agree, you'll have no
access after you've used fifteen hours
in a month. Again, the Gatorlink web
page provides a means to authorize
this charging.
Gatorlink is being used to gain
access to grove (CIRCA's UNIX com-
puter for student web pages) and the

CIRCA microcomputer labs. Gator-
link is not yet being used in any col-
lege or departmental systems due to
technical details, but could be used in
the future. Local services will need
to recognize the difference between
authentication and authorization.
Gatorlink authenticates it can be
used to determine if the person at
the keyboard knows the password to
a user id. But whether that person is
authorized to use a particular service
will remain a local decision. Authen-
ticate globally, authorize locally.
Every faculty member, staff and
student can get a Gatorlink account
which do not expire. They can be
used for email, access to CIRCA
facilities and for Internet dial-up
access. A pamphlet on Gatorlink is
available from CIRCA.
Previously, instructors applied
for "class accounts" to gain access
to CIRCA services. That is no longer
necessary. Students can use their
Gatorlink accounts instead. Every
student should apply for a Gatorlink
Expect some growing pains with
Gatorlink. But the basic idea of an
electronic id for every UF community
member is a good one.%

Buying Software at UF
The SODA Shoppe (Software and Data Acquisition) has been
created to spread the news about software purchasing deals
and to create additional license agreements and discounts.
A list of software and prices is available at www. software.
ufl. edu. Check back regularly as new software is being
added. A UF software CD is available at the Bookstore for
$3.18. The CD contains virus protection, email and web soft-
ware and instructions for getting on the web using Gatorlink
from home.

( W. Fitzhugh Brundage, an associate professor of history, received his Ph.D. from
Harvard and joins us from Queen's University, where he was an associate professor of
S American history (although he spent the last two years on fellowship with the National
r AHumanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina). His research interests
include lynching in the South, utopian socialism, and historical memory in the South.
He is currently finishing a book on historical memory in the South from the Civil War
to the present, and will be teaching courses in U.S. history and the modern South. In
his spare time he enjoys whitewater kayaking.

Mark Fondacaro, an assistant professor of criminology and law, comes to UF from The
University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he worked as a research assistant professor. He
received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He
is interested in procedural and distributive justice; stress and coping in adolescents; and
child support enforcement, and has taught courses in mental health law, and psychology
and law. Jazz, theatre, fishing and running occupy his free time.

Victoria PagAn, an assistant professor of classics, spent last year at Cambridge as a Ford
Foundation Dissertation Fellow. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago,
where she studied Latin Literature, and will be heading up the beginning Latin program
here at UF She's currently preparing two books for publication: Disguise in Tacitus
and False Starts and Dead Ends in Classical Literature. "Passionate about teaching," she
has taught courses in etymology, ancient Greek, Latin and Plato. Her outside interests
A.,i .include health and fitness, music (classical and jazz), and cooking.

Stephen S. Mulkey, an associate professor of botany, most recently taught at the University
of Missouri, where he also served as the Director of the International Center for Tropical
Ecology. A 1986 Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, his research interests include
canopy-level exchange processes in tropical forests, and the relationship of physiology
to the distribution and abundance of plant species and genotypes. His Panama Canopy
Crane Project, the first of its kind, allows researchers to research non-destructively every
level of rainforest canopy. Besides pursuing tropical travel, Stephen enjoys hiking, canoe-
ing, and playing bluegrass and string-band music of all kinds.

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29 New Professors Join CLAS

Alan E. Stewart, an assistant professor of psychology, did a postdoc at the University
of Memphis after completing his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of I
Georgia. His research activities include studying trauma at later life, birth order and j '
family relationships, and the sudden loss of family members. He teaches courses in the
psychology of personality, abnormal psychology, and counseling and psychotherapy. 1
An amateur weather forecaster, Alan also spends his free time cooking, swimming, and
working on cars from the 1960s.

Dolores Albarracin, an assistant professor in psychology, received her Ph.D. in social
psychology from the University of Illinois, where she also worked as an assistant pro-
*" fessor. Her research activities include the analysis of cognitive activities in persuasion
contexts in the lab, and field and archival analysis of health and political communica-
tion. Her teaching experience includes courses in research methods, social psychology
and communication.

Michael W. Binford, an associate professor of geography, was most recently employed as
an associate professor at Harvard University. In 1980, he received his Ph.D. from Indiana
University in zoology (limnology/geology). His research activities include conducting
an NOAA-funded study of Lake Titicaca Basin in Bolivia and running an integrated eco-
nomic-ecological study of land-use change in Thailand. He teaches courses in physical
geography and geographic information analysis for environmental sciences. Outside of
work, he likes to canoe, sea kayak, and spend time with his family.

Dhirendra Kumar, an assistant-in chemistry, researches surfactant formulations,
synthesis of latices, and the rheology of concentrated suspensions. After complet-
ing his Ph.D. in colloid and surface chemistry at Agra University in India, he taught
chemistry for 10 years at NEHV, in Shillong, India. He came to the University of
SFlorida as a postdoctoral associate in 1995. He teaches courses in surface and colloid
chemistry and enjoys traveling and photography in his spare time.

Kaoru Kitajima, an assistant professor of botany, studied plant ecology and ecophysiol- "1
ogy, and tropical forest ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where
she earned her Ph.D. in 1992. She worked in soil seed-bank ecology as a postdoc at the
University of Minnesota before becoming a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smith-
sonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Her research activities include studying '
seedling regeneration ecology and tree canopy ecology in the tropical forests of Panama.
Besides botanizing, she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Editor's note: More new faces next month. .. M

A Day in the Life
of an Academic Advisor

by Lou Powers, Team Leader
Transitions Advising

One of the most interesting aspects of academic advising
is that there is NO typical day. Working with approximately
20-25 students (on the average) per day means addressing
20-25 individuals who have unique academic and personal
experiences that must be considered. The opportunity to
personalize the large university experience for students is
a challenging and exciting aspect of academic advising,
regardless of whether it is a face-to-face interaction or even
phone or e-mail advising, which are recent developments
in the Advising Center.
While students have unique concerns, common issues
that an advisor may encounter in the course of a day run
the gamut from: course selection, adjustments to college
life, poor time management skills, difficulties choosing a
major, lack of motivation, and family and financial pres-
sures, to admissions and graduation difficulties. A few
scenarios from a day in the life of an academic advisor
might include:

...my registration appointment is this afternoon and I don't
know what to take because I don't know what to major in and
I've already completed most of my general education...

...I'm in CHM 2040 for the second time and I'm having
trouble and I really need to drop but I've already used my
two drops and besides I need the course for medical school
since my parents want me to become a doctor since they are
both doctors so what should I do?...

...I came in with 30 hours ofAP/IB credit so all ofmy general
requirements have been met so I want to make the most of
my education and pursue a dual degree and study overseas
next year so I need your help to carefully plan my next three

...I really messed up my freshman year. I was a straight-A
See advisor, page 11

Advising and Technology:
A CLASsy Combination

by Peter J.V. Slinger, Coordinator
Electronic and Distance Advising

As you read this article, 5,000 miles away in Athens,
Greece, a University of Florida Classics major might fol-
low these same words (www.advising.ufl.edu/e-article), while
browsing the Academic Advising Center's (AAC) homep-
age for advice. By the time you finish reading your CLAS
notes, she's already e-mailed the AAC a question and has
probably received a response. There's no question, Uni-
versity of Florida CLAS students are participating in the
Information Age.
Our students can now apply to UF on-line, register us-
ing Telegator, submit course assignments via e-mail, and
"degree shop" using the Integrated Student Information
System (ISIS). With the University of Florida's adoption
of a computer use policy for all students beginning in the
Summer of 1998, there will be an even greater cohort of
students dialing up and logging in for academic advice.
Recognizing this demand for electronic services, the
Academic Advising Center has developed a complement
of electronic advising resources to assist CLAS students.
The "CLASsy (or CLAS-E)" Advisor (see www.advising.ufl.
edu) is an e-mail based service via which CLAS students
can pose general advising questions to AAC professional
advisors. Since the program's inception in January, 1997,
the number of students using the CLASsy Advisor has
steadily risen (20%) each month. In the words of one CLAS
student, the CLASsy Advisor "is a great system, providing
a quick and precise response."
The world wide web, in many ways, is an ideal medium
for disseminating academic advice. Widely available, eas-
ily updatable, as well as stratified in organization, web
researching can appease both the requirement browser as
well as the serious information surfer. Another internet
resource, the AAC's WWW homepage (www.advising.ufl.
edu) receives over 3000 "hits" per month and is very popu-
lar amongst CLAS, pre-law, and pre-health students. In
See Combination, page 11

rrant Awards through Division of Sponsored Research

July 1997 Total $2,607,150

Investigator Dept. Agency



Abboud, K. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Dolbier, W., Jr. CHE
Thomas, C. CRI
Scicchitano, M. PHY


Campins, H.
Dermott, S.
Dermott, S.
Kandrup, H.
Lada, E.
Telesco, C.
Yost, R.
Benner, S.
Bowers, C.
Drago, R.
Hudlicky, T.
Duran, R.
Smith, N.
Hodell, D.
Hager, W.
Hershfield, S.
Sharifi, E
Cheng, H.
Gubrium, J.
Vining, G.
Vining, G.
Carter, R.
Hutson, A.
Shuster, J. &
Kepner, J.
Brazeau, D.

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Anton, S. ANT
Magnarella, P. ANT
Tan, W. CHE
Kennedy, R. CHE
Golant, S. GEO
Mueller, P GLY
Holling, C. ZOO
Holling, C. ZOO

Dermott, S.
Dermott, S.
Chege, M.
Eyler, J.
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Crystal structure determination.
Miles compound contract.
Nippon Soda.
Joint research agreement with the Nutrasweet group.
Organic synthesis and mechanism.
Private corrections project.
A survey of member satisfaction.

22,000 Characterization of chemical and physical properties of the comae of com



Detecting planets in circumstellar disks.
High ecliptic latitude study of near earth asteroids and comets.
Time series analysis and interpretation of chaotic orbital data.
The nature and genesis of starbursts and infrared emission in galactic nu-

Modifying instrumentation to advance pixon-based image reconstruction.
Polymer elucidation and characterization by mass spectrometry.
Oligonucleotide based tools for treating HIV: Catalysts.
A proposal to acquire a high resolution solids NMR spectro meter at UF
Synthesis and characterization of solid acids.
Biocatalytic conversion of aromatic waste to useful compounds.
Instrumentation for the MRCAT Undulator beamline at the photon source.
Dynamics of agricultural intensification in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Climate variability and ecologic change in Mesoamerica during the holo-

44,998 Discrete approximations in variational problems.


Nanoscale devices and novel engineered materials.
Nano-machining via coulomb explosion.
Social construction of the closet.
Editorial office for the Journal of Quality Technology.
PCR statistical internship.
RPICC Data Systems.
Pathiobiology and treatment of malaria in Africa.

2,211 Pediatric oncology group statistical office.
80,000 Population biology of Caribbean octocorals.



Australian cranial traits: mastication and modern human origins.
Developing countries training fellowship for Mr. Kamal Feriali.
Single molecule optical microscopy.
Temporally and spatially resolved detection of insulin secretion.
The Casera Project.
Allocation for personnel and miscellaneous expenses.
UF Foundation account for R. C. S. Holling.
UF Foundation account for R. C. S. Holling.

Astrophotographic Studies Program.
Stockholm Fellowship in Astrophysics and Space Technology.
Matching funds for DOE Grant 575651311.
Miscellaneous donors.
Miscellaneous donors.

see Grants, page 11

Advisor, continued from page 9

Combination, continued from vave 9

student in high school and never really had to study before so it was a big
shock. I have my head on straight now and I know what is expected but
I've been suspended. Is there anything you can do to help me?...

Advisors spend a large percentage of their time listening, reading
between the lines and helping students identify the real issues so they
can begin to explore solutions and/or alternatives and develop a plan-
The underlying philosophy of advising, as trite as it may sound, is
to help students help themselves. It would be irresponsible on the part
of an advisor to make decisions for their students. Providing students
with accurate and honest information so they can make sound decisions
and set realistic goals based on their own interests, values, abilities, prior
academic performance and institutional programs and policies is the
essence of our jobs. But there is nothing more rewarding than having
students return at the end of their four years and say "thank you" for
having a part in their academic success story.S

Lou Powers assists a student with his fall schedule.

the near future, we plan to develop a search-
able Frequently Asked Questions database,
increase links to CLAS departments, and
incorporate digitized video regarding CLAS
One of our primary initiatives this Fall is
to expand the reach and services of CLAStv,
the College's academic cable channel. CLAStv
is currently broadcast to over 30 locations on
campus, including the front lobby of the AAC,
and is viewed by thousands of students each
month. Many CLAS departments already
utilize our electronic bulletin board to post
information for CLAS students. However, in
a recent survey, two-thirds of CLAStv view-
ers indicated that they would like to obtain
more information about CLAS majors via
video. Consequently, a major initiative for the
Fall term is to collect information and video
from CLAS departments. Eventually, with
assistance from the CLAS Undergraduate
Coordinators, we would like to establish a 15
minute video highlight or segment for each
major within the college.
In summary, the Electronic and Distance
Advising Team is dedicated to achieving
innovative technological answers to the is-
sues posed by our increasingly complex
educational environment. To keep ahead of
the technology curve and stay on the cutting
edge is a challenging proposition. As Scott Ad-
ams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip would
exclaim, "Technology: No place for Wimps!"
Nevertheless, the benefits of enhancing the un-
dergraduate experiences of tens of thousands
of CLAS students via powerful, effective and
personal communication methods are worth
every keystroke.

-Grants continued from page 10

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Colburn, D.
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3,750 Assessment at the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center.

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Doped hole physics in single-layer perovskites.
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66,611 High field optical studies of highly correlated metals.
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--Musings continued from page 1

vide additional growth funding to
permit the hiring of faculty in critical
disciplinary and interdisciplinary
areas. The academy continues to be
revitalized. Contrast this with uni-
versities where new hires have been
nonexistent for years and departing
faculty are not replaced.
Few things stimulate a depart-
ment and a college like new faculty.
The 29 incoming faculty in CLAS
this fall have outstanding "pedi-
grees" and superb training. They
were hired both for their teaching
and their scholarship, the two aca-
demic components that are valued
so highly in CLAS. We have been
able to attract faculty of the highest
caliber to this college, and the results
are becoming ever more clear. UF is
a university still on the ascendancy,
and our faculty the new arrivals
and the experienced stalwarts are
the reason for this.
Many good things are going on
in CLAS at this time. Our external
research funding is at record levels.
Private giving is also at an all time
high, as UF prepares for the official
Kickoff of the new capital campaign
later this month. We have many new
academic initiatives in the CLAS de-
partments, too many to even mention
here. Our students are better than
ever, which raises an already high
standard. And the scholarly output
of books, chapters, and journal ar-
ticles by our faculty is astounding.
This is not to suggest that we are
problem free. Hardly. Funding for
all aspects of higher education in
Florida is insufficient to meet the
rightful expectations and demands
of its citizens. This current academic
health is fragile, balanced as it is
on an unstable revenue base. [No-
tice I avoided use of the dreaded
But I've been in Florida long
enough to have experienced bad
times and good times. And the good
times are a lot more fun than the bad.
Enjoy it while it lasts.

Will Harrison,

Advising continued from page 1

ogy. "It's time to move on and back
into my real life as a professor, where I
have many interesting research projects
waiting my attention."
Severy will leave a strong imprint
on the advising operation in CLAS. His
leadership and significant resources
- have pushed the program from a
small underfunded operation to award
winning recognition. "We were so
far behind the curve, we didn't really
know how deficient we were. I would
now judge us to be about in the middle
of the pack among our academic peer
institutions," Severy says. "We have
come so far in converting this program
into a highly professional operation,
but with a rapidly growing UF, serious
challenges remain. For example, we are
now expanding our services to include
various forms of electronic advising
that have been very well received.
With the newly mandated UF policy of
computer accessibility for all entering
students in 1998, this area is likely to
The question of providing academic
advice from faculty members or from
professional, full time advisors is still
contentious in university circles. Sev-
ery believes that a healthy mix of each is
optimum, but notes that the pressures
of academic advancement present real
problems for faculty who are interested
in advising. Severy: "Academic cur-
ricula are complex today; the many
state regulations that control or influ-
ence curricular choices make it very

difficult for faculty members to find
sufficient time to keep abreast of the
changing standards for the nearly
40 academic majors we offer. Fac-
ulty have to worry about teaching,
research, grant writing, promotion,
etc., while our professional advisors
can devote full time to giving correct
advice to students."
"And in this office, our advisors
must also be prepared to assist stu-
dents from other colleges as well.
About one-third of our business
comes from outside CLAS. This
includes students who are seeking
information about CLAS for various
reasons, often with the intention of
switching to this college. We also
take care of the preprofessional pro-
gram needs for students who intend
to enter law, medicine, dentistry, and
the like. It's a very busy place around
here. On our more intense days we
might see as many as 400 students
come through our doors."
Asked what he'd like to be remem-
bered for, Severy says unhesitatingly,
"I hope they say 'He cared for the
students without giving up academic
integrity.' That's what I'd like." Cer-
tainly, CLAS owes him a large debt for
applying these standards in leading a
highly visible, difficult, and ever so
important program.%

In the lobby of the Academic Advising Center, Students queue up
to make appointments with admissions.