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Vol. 12 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
and the Future of CLAS
As one who has never been reluctant
to offer "constructive criticism" to the
upper administration, it seems only fair
to acknowledge my sense that they are
making a number of right moves recently.
Their most ambitious and potentially
far-reaching initiative is that of graduate
growth, the successful implementation of
which can have enormous implications for
UF and CLAS.
I have listened closely to the plan and
cautiously examined its details. Sometimes
presidents articulate a plan, publicize it
widely, assume the high ground, and then
move on to the next project. One should
note what they do, not what they say.
And on that basis I am encouraged. Both
President Lombardi and Provost Capaldi
continue to emphasize graduate growth in
their public statements. More importantly,
they are also producing resources to help us
implement the program. I believe they're
actually serious about this whole thing.
It is difficult to argue with their logic
in selecting graduate growth as a priority.
What else could be as important forUF? We
already have an outstanding undergraduate
program. Although UF demonstrates many
strengths at the graduate level, we clearly
do not enjoy reputational parity with top
AAU schools such as Michigan, Illinois,
and Wisconsin. There are many reasons to
believe, however, that Florida (the state and
our institution) is on a trajectory that could
lead us there, given adequate resources.
Soon Florida may be the third most
populous state; it is not overly ambitious
to anticipate having one of the top public
universities in the country.
The agreement worked out with the
Board of Regents calls for UF to grow at
the graduate level, with a corresponding
increase in resources. By meeting our
growth targets, the provost will secure
enhanced funding to reward colleges.
-See Musings, page 12
The University of Florida Foundation:
A Performance Story
A Message From Paul A. Robell, Vice President of
Development and Affairs at the UF Foundation
s you may know, the University of
Florida Foundation, Inc. raises,
invests, and manages all gifts for
the benefit of the University of Florida. The
Foundation houses the University's Office
of Development and Alumni Affairs. The
Foundation is a free standing, not for profit
corporation that is eligible to receive gifts as
a 501 (c)(3) charity certified by the Internal
What is not generally known by
our campus community, but is known
across the nation, is that the University of
Florida Foundation is one of the very best
institutional charitable foundations in the
country. We' d like to share with you some
Very Low Cost of Fund Raising:
For the fiscal year 96/97, the University
of Florida Foundation's cost of fund raising
per dollar of direct gift raised was $ 0.12.
The national average among all charities is
$0.20. We should all be very proud of our
low fund raising costs. Our current costs
through December, 1997, have dropped
even further, to less than $0.09 per dollar.
Low Management Cost:
The administrative cost per dollar of
managing assets for the same period is less
than one cent per dollar managed.
Stellar Investment Returns:
The investment return of the Foundation's
endowment pool for fiscal year 96/97
was 20.16%. The return on the non-
endowed investment pool (the Foundation's
equivalent of checking accounts) was
7.45%. These are outstanding investment
returns. Our investment returns over the
last 5 years ranked in the top 10% of similar
Substantial and Growing Endowment:
The University of Florida's endowment
funds as of 31 December 1997 held assets
totaling $427 million, which ranks 20th
among public universities. As a result of
the outstanding success so far with the "It's
Performance That Counts" campaign, and
continuing good investment returns, we
anticipate that the size of UF's endowment
will grow substantially over the next three
to five years.
Carter Boydstun, CLAS Director of Develop-
ment, and Jennifer Denault, CLAS Assistant
Director of Development, enter the Founda-
tion headquarters on University Avenue.
The more you know about the Foundation,
the better we can all work together. Here
are answers to some frequently asked
Can I receive a grant from the Foundation
to support my research?
We often receive calls from new faculty
members requesting grants from the
Foundation. It will come as no surprise
to learn that virtually 100% of the monies
raised for the benefit of the University of
Florida are restricted by the donors as to
purpose or college-for example, to support
scholarships, to benefit IFAS, etc. The
-See Foundation, page 12
This month's focus: Fundraising
Around the College
Amitava Kumar has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale
University. He will work on his current book project Performing
Postcoloniality. His earlier book, Passport Photos, is forthcoming from
University of California Press.
Sidney Wade's second collection of poems, Green, was published this
summer by the University of South Carolina Press. Her poems have
appeared, this past spring, in The Paris Review (2 issues), and Bomb.
Her poem "A Calm November. Sunday in the Fields" was chosen by
John Hollander for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 1997, which
was also published this summer. An edition of her poems in Turkish
and English will be published in November in Turkey by Yapi Kredi
In August, David Dilcher (Graduate Research Professor at the Florida
Museum of Natural History) was in China doing field work on the
Upper Jurassic sedimentary beds that have yielded dinosaurs and
birds as well as evidence of the first flowers in the world. While in
Nanjing, Dr. Dilcher was appointed as Honorary Professor of the
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Academia Sinica.
Michael Perfit participated in a special Penrose Conference on the
Evolution of Ocean Island Volcanoes held in the Galapagos Islands in
June that was sponsored by the Geological Society of America. In July
and early August, Perfit joined a group of international scientists on an
oceanographic expedition to study the formation of active submarine
volcanoes and associated gold deposits in Papua, New Guinea. The
cruise was aboard the German research vessel "SONNE" and was a
collaborative venture between the University of Freiburg, University
of Kiel, Geological Survey of Canada, University of Tasmania, and
the University of Florida.
Harry Hollien, attended the International Congress on Acoustics and
International Phonetics Congress (ICA-ASA) in Bellingham, Wash-
ington in June. There he read five papers and was recognized as the
individual researcher who had made the greatest contributions to the
study of phonetics in this past four-year period.
John Yelton, a member of UF's high energy experimental physics
program, gave an invited plenary talk at the "XXIX International
Conference on High Energy Physics" in Vancouver this past July.
His talk was called "Light and Charm Hadron Spectroscopy." This
meeting is regarded nationally as the most important High Energy
conference of the year.
Pierre Ramond gave the opening lecture at the international confer-
ence on neutrino physics, Neutrino-98, which took place at Takayama
in June, 1998, and at which credible evidence for neutrino oscillations
was presented by the SuperKamiokande collaboration.
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Reynaldo Jimenez, directed the national reading of the Advanced
Placement Spanish Language and Literature examinations of the
College Board, which took place June 9 through June 19 at Trinity
University in San Antonio, Texas. In his capacity as Chief Faculty
Reader for these national examinations, Jimenez supervised in the
grading of more than 57,000 Spanish AP exams. This was the largest
reading ever in Spanish in the 44 years of AP history.
* Faculty-In-Residence Sought
* for New Housing Facility
* Entails advising, tutoring and bringing
* other faculty in for programs and lectures.
S- Joint appointment with academic
* Projected start date: June 2000.
* Includes 2br/2ba apartment + utilities and
For more information:
Mr. Jim Grimm -
Director of Housing 2-2161
Dr. Glenn Butler -
The Buckman Drive entryway to historic Rolfs
Hall, created as part of a larger renovation
process which included rewiring and adding an
elevator tower, has been completed.
CLAS notes is
by the College of
Liberal Arts and
Sciences to inform
faculty and staff of
9" UNIVERSITY OF
Dean: Will Harrison
Editor: Jane Gibson
Asst. Editor: Ronee Saroff
Graphics: Gracy Castine
During an August 27 rededication ceremony,
President Lombardi made the Rolfs addition
Around The College
Eighth Annual Fall Convocation
The Eighth Annual CLAS Fall Convocation
was held on Thursday, September 24.
A large crowd assembled in University
Auditorium for the event, which featured an
address by President Lombardi. Over 600 Anderson, National Merit and National Achieve-
ment Scholars were recognized, as were several hundred faculty members who had been
named as "inspirational" by their award-winning students. Photos: (left) Anderson Scholar Melissa Desmond is congratu-
lated by her proud parents before the ceremony (center) Anderson Scholars Tuan Tran, Tatiana Dominguez and Daniel
Almirall, (right) and McLaughlin Scholar Lori Nazry and friend enjoy the Convocation reception.
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Vanessa Coloura (far
left), recipient of the
Irene Thompson Scholar-
ship, was congratulated
by Irene Thompson, the
(left) at the September 10
Opening Reception for
the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender
CLAS Zoologist Named
Teacher of the Year
Lou Guillette (Zoology) was named the 1997-98
Teacher/Scholar of the Year, an award President
Lombardi describes as "our highest faculty honor...
[it is] recognition of the qualities most valued by the
University of Florida."
The award, created to reward excellence in
teaching and distinction in scholarship, is made
upon recommendations from faculty members and
academic deans, with the approval of the Faculty
Academic Advisory Group, the provost and the
president. Guillette, who was formally recognized
at the August Commencement Ceremony, also
,- received a $2000 cash award.
Visiting musician, Moustapha
Banyoura, a veteran performer
of Africa's prestigious dance
company "Les Ballets Afric-
ains," sings at the Center for
African Studies Fall Recep-
tion on September 11 in the
Friends of Music Room,
on Sepembr 1inth
Donald A. Dewsbury (Psychology)
received two awards this summer. One
was the Exemplar Award of the Animal
Behavior Society for his career accom-
plishments in the field of animal be-
havior. The second was the Clifford T.
Morgan Distinguished Service Award
of Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience
and Comparative Psychology) of the
American Psychological Association
"in recognition of his many years of
exemplary service to Division 6." He
recently completed a term as President
of Division 26 (History of Psychol-
ogy) of the American Psychological
Six New Term Professors Named
One of the CLAS "It's Performance That Counts" campaign goals is to raise money for 20 new term professorships.
These professorships, funded entirely by private sources, allow the College to recognize faculty who excel in both
scholarship and teaching. Each term professor will receive a one-year supplement of $5,000 in salary and $1,000
in research support. This year the College was able to award six professors, up from three in years past.
Dr. Bjorndal's research
focuses on the nutritional
ecology of vertebrate
herbivores and on many
aspects of the biology of sea
turtles, particularly their
demography and migration
patterns. She also serves
as Director of the Archie
Carr Center for Sea Turtle
T. Walter Herbert
Dr. Duckworth publishes
widely in the areas of
English fiction and the
literature and landscape in
the eighteenth century. He
is currently working on an
edition of Jane Austen's
Emma, with accompanying
critical essays by himself
Robin and Jean
Dr. Telesco's research
focuses on the study of
the origin and evolution
of stars and planets. As
an important part of
that effort, he and his
colleagues develop state-
of-the-art infrared cameras
and spectrometers for use
at many of the world's
William G. Carlton
Dr. Wald's principal
research focus has been
the role of religion in
with particular attention
to the United States, Israel
and the United Kingdom.
Herb and Catherine
Dr. Gregory's two
primary areas of
research involve the
history of modern
German science and the
history of science and
Carol Van Hartesveldt
David L. Williams Term
Dr. Van Hartesveldt's pri-
mary research focus is on the
the central nervous system
and behavior. She uses
probes to delineate the mat-
uration of brain and spinal
cord mechanisms underly-
ing locomotor behaviors.
Dial Family Endows Center for Written and Oral Communication
Well-known Orlando lawyer and SunBank
founder William Dial and his family made
CLAS a $500,000 gift to endow the Cen-
ter for Written and Oral Communication
Born in Madison, Florida in 1907,
William Dial grew up in
Gainesville and worked his way
through college and law school at UF.
Hired by an Orlando law firm after
graduation, Dial relocated to Orlando in
the early 1930s, where he met his wife,
Grace. They had two daughters, Joan
Once established in Central Florida,
Dial quickly became involved in
state and community affairs, says his
daughter Joan Dial Ruffier. "He was the
attorney for just about everything," she
remembers, "the railroad, the newspaper
and many of the big companies." In
addition, he served on the state Road
Board and the state Board of Control,
the precursor to the Board of Regents.
Dial is perhaps best known for bringing
I-4 through downtown Orlando, in
opposition to original plans which
called for the new interstate to by-pass
the metropolitan area completely. The
location of I-4 was one of the biggest
factors that convinced Walt Disney to
build his new theme park in the area.
In the late 1950s, after the second-
in-command at what was then called
the First National Bank of Orlando
died in a tragic accident, Dial, who had
written the state's banking laws and
been the bank's legal council for many
years, was asked to fill the position.
He accepted, ending a successful law
career to begin an equally impressive
career in banking. Dial's influence at
First National resulted in the company
buying up smaller banks around
Florida, eventually transforming itself
into the much larger and very successful
SunBank (now SunTrust Bank).
"I am persuaded this is the perfect
gift for our family to make," Ruffier says
of the UF endowment. "My father has
been part of the University of Florida
Foundation almost since its inception
and has served as Foundation President.
He has always been proud of the
university and its past successes,
and through the CWOC he can be a
tangible part of its future as well.
Dial is now 90, and his wife
died seven years ago. Ruffler, who
earned a BA in English from UF
in 1961 and an MBA from Rollins
College in 1982, has become the
spokesperson for the family's gift,
appropriate since she shares her
father's dedication to enhancing
the educational and economic well-
being of the state of Florida. In
addition to working in the Orlando
area as a CPA, Ruffier was the first
woman to be elected Chair of the
Board of Regents (1987-89), and she
became the first female President
of the Florida Foundation last June.
She was named a UF "Distinguished
Alumna" in 1994 and a UF "Alumna
of Outstanding Achievement" in
1997. Ruffier has lent her expertise
to boards and committees of many
organizations and foundations including
the Federal Reserve, the Florida Progress
and Florida Power Corporations, the
Winter Park Hospital and the Shands
Since SunBank had already esta-
blished both a professorship and an
eminent scholar chair in banking in
William Dial's name at UF's College of
Business (1977 and 1986, respectively),
the Dial family decided to create the new
endowment in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, where both Dial
and Ruffier received undergraduate
"My father was a good commun-
icator," Ruffier explains. "He was a
marvelous speaker and he wrote well,
too," she says, "so this gift to the Center
for Written and Oral Communication
seemed like something very suitable for
him, especially because it transcends all
disciplines. We hope the endowment
can provide a base from which the
Center can eventually attract more
funding to help it achieve its immense
Founded in 1996, The Center for
Written and Oral Communication
William and Grace Dial
teaches students to write and speak
clearly in a variety of academic and
professional fields. Courses provide
training in everything from writing
resumes, cover letters and graduate
school applications to creating proposals,
submitting grants and negotiating the
job market and workplace professionally.
Since its inception, the Center has
worked with College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences departments such as
Zoology, Psychology and Chemistry as
well as departments in other colleges
including Business, Engineering and
The Center's hands-on, pragmatic
mission is not lost on Ruffier, who
says that her father has always been
a very "practical and down-to-earth"
person. "I know he'd appreciate the fact
that CWOC teaches skills that people
can graduate with and take to work
immediately," she says.
In honor of the Dials' generosity,
the newly-endowed Center has been
renamed "The William and Grace
Dial Center for Written and Oral
Alvaro Felix Bolafios, an associate professor of Hispanic literature and Spanish language,
came to UF from Tulane University. Bolaios recently returned from a six-month Fulbright
teaching and research grant in Colombia, where he taught at the Universidad de Los Andes
and the Universidad del Valle. He earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky, and his
research interests include Colonial Latin American literature and history, particularly 16th
and 17th century Latin American historiography. He teaches courses in Spanish language,
Latin American culture and Colonial Latin American literature. He enjoys jogging, movies
Professor Margo Persin joins the CLAS Department of Romance Languages and
Literatures from Rutgers University. Persin completed her PhD in 20th century poetry in
Spanish at Indiana University. In addition to contemporary poetry, her research interests
include literary theory, the rupture of boundaries of aesthetic form, discourse, genders
and space. She is currently at work on the poetry of Concha M6ndez, a Spanish poet of
the 1920s. Persin teaches women's poetry, literary theory and contemporary poetry in
Spanish. Her outside interests include traveling, scuba diving, gardening, reading the
New York Times and learning about medicinal plants.
Kenneth E. Sassaman, an assistant professor in anthropology, earned his PhD in 1991 from
the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. For the past 11 years, he served as special projects
archaeologist for the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program of the South Carolina
Institute of Archaeology, University of South Carolina. Ken also taught part-time for nine
years at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. His research interests center on the
prehistory of hunter-gatherer societies in the American Southeast, particularly aspects of
social organization, technology, and gender. Long-term field research in the St. Johns basin
of northeast Florida is on the horizon for Ken as he wraps up eight years of work in the
Savannah River valley. Ken and his wife, Cherry, have a one-year-old daughter, Caroline,
.who keeps them amused.
Assistant professor of psychology Timothy Vollmer completed his PhD in psychology at the
University of Florida in 1992, but taught behavioral psychology at Louisiana State University
and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to UF. His research is in applied behavior
analysis, specifically in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders displayed
by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is currently an associate editor for the
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He will be teaching courses in behavior analysis at the
undergraduate and graduate levels. In his spare time he enjoys reading, spending time with
his family, and playing golf and other sports. ,
Jennifer Woolard, assistant professor of criminology and psychology, joins UF from the
University of Virginia where she worked as a lecturer after completing her PhD there
earlier this year. Her research focuses on adolescent development in context, violence
prevention, and policy regarding children and families. She is involved in several
ongoing research projects including a statewide study of community interventions for
sexual assault and domestic violence prevention/treatment, and an investigation of the
development of juveniles' capacities as defendants in the legal system. Jennifer teaches
X courses in the psychological study of families and law, intimate violence, and community
and developmental psychology. She cycles and hikes in her free time.
Robert D'Amico, Chair
Department of Philosophy
A t its present size of 12
S .ethe department of
philosophy has specialists
in philosophy of language,
philosophy of mind, phil-
osophy of science, meta-
physics, logic, existentialism,
and ethics. We also have
strengths in early modern
philosophy (from Descartes
to Kant), late 19th, early 20th
century, and ancient Greek
philosophy. Beyond these
traditional divisions within our discipline, faculty have done
innovative research in Latin American philosophy, feminism,
applied ethics, and philosophical anthropology. In both our
graduate and undergraduate programs, we emphasize the
historical study of philosophy, foundational work in the
analytic and continental traditions in the 20th century, and
critical tools of analysis and textual interpretation.
During the past seven years we have had an infusion of
talented new faculty, and that has contributed to our growing
reputation as a research department. Three journals are
now edited by our faculty: Professional Ethics, Business and
Professional Ethics, and Agriculture and Human Values. Recently
the department redesigned its graduate and undergraduate
programs, strengthening requirements and expanding our
course offerings. We now turn to the ambitious task of
expanding our graduate program.
Finally, we face the challenge of promoting the value of
a philosophy degree within a student population generally
oriented toward non-humanities majors. We believe that
a philosophy degree, as well as philosophical study, is a
tremendous asset for students, both intellectually and in
preparation for a wide range of careers. Our confidence
has been bolstered by a recent longitudinal study of the
post-graduation career success of philosophy majors at
seven representative universities from 1976 to 1996. The
study documented success in a wide range of academic and
non-academic fields by philosophy majors from private and
public universities, quite contrary to the popular opinion on
this matter. Statements from both the researchers and their
subjects supported a connection between this career success
and the skills these students acquired in their undergraduate
studies. But even if there were not such a surprising practical
benefit, we believe that the study of philosophy is simply
integral to a Liberal Arts and Sciences education, as it provides
students with both an understanding of their culture and
a realization of some important ways in which the diverse
courses of study within the College connect.4
Sheldon Isenberg, Chair
Department of Religion
What a fascinat- -
ing time to be
part of a major
university, when the whole
world is transforming at
unimaginable speed. No
longer are universities
ivory towers; no longer
can anyone say that
what follows education
is "the real world." We
are ineluctably part and
parcel of the process. A
cursory glance at world
headlines makes clear that the dynamics of change are
far better understood when we know something about
the religious dynamics of a culture. It's as important as
knowing its sociology, politics and economics. Moreover,
the study of religious experience gives us a unique,
irreplaceable insight into the evolution of individual
The UF Department of Religion recently celebrated
its fiftieth year, making it one of the senior Religion
departments in the country. I feel very honored to have
been encouraged by my colleagues to serve as chair.
During the twenty-five plus years I've been here, I've
seen our community of teachers and scholars grow in
size and in quality. This is a fine teaching department;
currently every eligible member of our department has
won a TIP award. In research and writing, we continue to
make significant contributions to our field in a great array
of specializations. In fact, this year, largely due to major
grants and fellowships, nearly half of our department
is on research leave. (It is a chair's dream-and minor
nightmare.) So I see that a major part of my job as chair
is to help ensure that the climactic conditions for excellent
teaching and outstanding scholarship are maintained
Another responsibility I take on is to encourage a sense
of collegiality and intellectual companionship in this time
of increased dependence on e-mail and the Internet. I'd
like to provide rich opportunities for all of us to engage in
real conversation, learning from and teaching each other
from our places in a very complex, varied field.
Finally, coinciding with this university's increasing
focus on graduate education, our department has
just been granted an opportunity to develop a PhD
program. It is my sense that in the field of education,
there is no responsibility more awesome than creating an
environment in which those who want to join the teaching
guild can attain mastery in their research field and come
to share their mentors' love of the art of teaching.l
generous, hospitable, and friendly. His-
toi icallh, the Turkish male was a ghazi, or
champion of Islam, who defended the faith
against foreign threats. Today's Turks now
associate this traditional image with patrio-
tism as well as Islam. To die in the service
of the country is to die a martyr.
Governance and the Changing
David M. Hedge (Political Science)
A Village's Adventure: Tradition,
Migration and Change among Geor-
gians in Turkey
Paul J. Magnarella (Anthropology)
Translated by Nurettin Elhuseyni
Istanbul: Sinatle Press
(review given by
mLLX UIJAI author)
StR This case
Kv.ON study fo-
SERUVENI cuses on the
gion to Tur-
a they settled
in a mountain
village. It de-
family life, culture, and modes of sub-
sistence. It also analyzes the impact
that the emigration of some of these
former peasants to Europe has had on
this small, sending community.
Paul J. Magnarella (An-
The Isis Press Istanbul
(review given by author)
This volume con-
sists of twenty-one of the
author's published ar-
ticles (some here revised AnMa'Jl
and updated) on Turkey.
The articles cover a wide D- e.
range of topics, including
community, kinship, edu-
cation, religion, ethnicity,
folklore, governance, law, -
and human rights.
Turks differ in sociocultural class, rural-
urban living experience, and educational
level. Despite this variation, a Turco-Is-
lamic value system, shared by most Turks,
characterizes the idealized Turkish male as
courageous, brave, and strong; moderate in
all activities; respectful of the learned and
the eldci li: loyal to kin and friends; guided
by a keen sense of honor and shame; con-
cerned for his and others' li-iiti patient
and enduring in the face of hardship; and
There is a considerable consensus among
scholars and practitioners alike that the
states have undergone a
dramatic resurgence in re-
cent decades. As a result of
forces operating at both the
national and subnational
a,,m levels, state governments
have become more represen-
tative and better able and
N KM more willing to govern. A
Uk L= variety of initiatives and re-
iN.I, forms have increased citizen
participation and input into
state government; blacks,
Hispanics, and women en-
.I joy considerably greater
representation at the state
and local level; and higher
levels of interparty compe-
tition and a growing diversity of interest
groups promise a better linkage between
public opinion and public policy. Parallel
changes have occurred in the state's politi-
cal institutions. Governors now have more
power than ever before and are willing to
use that power to effect innovative policy
solutions. That influence is evidenced by
their prominence and ,viibiiliht no fewer
than a dozen governors and former gover-
nors have been serious contenders for the
presidency in the past four elections.
A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin
Chauncey C. Chu (African and Asian
Languages and Literatures)
Peter Lang Publishing
(review taken from book jacket)
A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin
Chinese focuses on the relationships
between clauses in Mandarin Chinese
in the functional framework. Under-
lying these relationships are notions
like modality, presupposition,
topicality, and information
structure, encoded by such
devices as conjunction, aspect,
topic, "sentence"-particles and
S subordination. Chauncey Chu
devotes a chapter to each of
these devices, with a view to
discovering their contribution
to the coherent organization
of Chinese discourse. These
devices are finally integrated
into a network, culminating
in a proposal of "the discourse
sentence" (represented by
SENTENCE) to replace the
syntactically and/or semanti-
cally defined "traditional" sentence. The
organization of SENTENCES into para-
graphs also is discussed in the frame-
work of Rhetorical Structure Theory.
Being a lin-
guist and lan-
iin. lf this book
with both the
and the Chi-
teacher in mind. ..
For the former,
I hope the book
will be able to
-o some al-
which is known to be drastically different
from many Western languages in one way
or another. For the latter, I strongly believe
that, without distorting the facts of the
language, it will provide some realistic but
easily comprehensible explanations for some
of the problems that are daily encountered in
(review taken from book
This book nicely
draws together and
critically assesses much
of the recent research
on state politics. It pro-
vides a concise, effective
synthesis and thought-
ful reconsideration of
the literature on the
states in the contempo-
rary political system.
CLAS departments all have different fundraising needs and goals, and their strategies for fundraising vary accordingly. Some
departments have advisory committees, a few have partnerships with corporations, and many work closely with the Foundation to
identify potential donors and to plan alumni/fundraising events. Examples of how several CLAS departments handle fundraising
issues are featured below.
The Department of Chemistry has had great
success in securing donations from alumni,
faculty and the private sector. Chemistry
chair John Eyler discusses the process:
"Minor gifts to the Department come
from two primary sources: 1) alumni and
friends and 2) major chemical companies.
We receive around $20,000 per year in
small ($50 $1000) gifts from both former
BS and PhD alumni and in matching from
the companies for which they work. All are
thanked with a letter from the chair, and
those in the $1000 + category are encouraged
to consider giving at a larger level which
could lead to the establishment of some type
of endowment. We generally send out one alumni
newsletter per year to our former grads and other
friends, which highlights activities of the faculty
and Departmental events and projects. Sometimes
specific giving opportunities are mentioned."
"Several years ago, Distinguished Service
Professor Bill Jones was honored as the chair's
Invitational Professor in the Department. In
conjunction with this honor and Bill's impending
retirement, a special solicitation was sent to all BS
and PhD alumni, many of whom were taught by
Bill during his 40 years at UF This resulted in gifts
in excess of $20,000, which was endowed. Interest
from this endowment is used to fund the Jones
Creativity Award for the graduate student whose
oral qualifying proposal is deemed most creative
during a given year."
Although most of Chemistry's corporate gifts go
toward specific research projects, the Department
receives around $11,000 annually in "unrestricted
gifts" from industry. Eyler says this money is
"generally used for faculty related projects such
as enhancement of the seminar program, small
startup grants for young faculty, etc. This year
we are using $5000 from Dow Chemical for
one of several industrially-supported summer
undergraduate research students, as a seed for
obtaining (hopefully) an NSF sponsored Research
Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant."
Most of the Department's major gifts have come
from retired faculty (George Butler, Harry Sisler
and Paul Tarrant to name just a few) although
several large gifts have also been made by alumni.
Chemistry's major donors were honored with a
"thank you" reception in the Department in April
With the prospect of a PhD degree on the horizon, the Department of
Religion is gearing up to begin an organized fundraising effort. Among
other goals, they hope to build endowments for undergraduate and
graduate scholarships and to find a donor for a chair in social ethics.
This endowed professorship, which would engage students across many
disciplines in several different colleges, is also being stressed as part of
the overall CLAS campaign efforts.
The Department's Advisory Board, which consists of alumni and
friends of the Department, will play a key role in this effort. Board
Chairperson Linda Wells, a Tallahassee lawyer, says, "In recent years
we've been more conscious of our fundraising responsibility, and we see
our mission as getting the Department out into the Florida Community."
Sarasota stockbroker Ralph Nicosia, also on the Advisory Board, agrees.
"It's a continuous circle of service," he explains. "If the Department
reaches out and services communities, then community members are
more likely to give back [financially] to Religion, which in turn allows
the Department to improve itself, meeting a higher level of need."
To help kick off their intensified efforts, the Board is planning to host
a large fundraising party (with the help of the Department and Jennifer
Denault at the Foundation) in Nicosia's hometown, Sarasota. They hope
the fundraiser will become a model for future Advisory Committee-
sponsored events, and that over time, the increased exposure will help
them meet their fundraising goals.
The Psychology Department has maintained a successful fundraising
record in part by staying in close touch with alumni. Psychology chair
Marc Branch explains: "The Psychology Pioneer Fund will become
active this year, and will provide an award to an outstanding graduate
student. Funds for this award were raised by a campaign led by two
members of our Advisory Committee. Through their tireless effort they
contacted many people who are graduates of the Psychology program
before 1970 and urged them to donate to the fund, which now has
reached endowment level."
"The Thomas G. Pye Scholarship fund was endowed by Mrs. Elizabeth
Dodson in the name of her attorney, Mr. Pye, who is a graduate of our
program. Mrs. Dodson was identified by the development office. We
continue to try to identify graduates who have become successful, and
graduates who may become successful. This general pool of potential
donors provides us, via relatively small donations, with funds to
support activities like inviting in scholars from other institutions and
providing funds for travel by enterprising undergraduates."
"Two other accounts are in memory of deceased faculty, Dr. Porter
Horne and Dr. Theodore Landsman. These accounts allow us to provide
cash awards each year to outstanding graduate students in two of our
specialty areas, cognition and perception, and counseling psychology.
Funds for those accounts have come mainly from the families and
friends of the deceased. The generosity of our donors enriches the
academic life of our department, and we are very grateful."
G ra nts (through Division of Sponsored Research)
August 1998 Total $1,873,227
Dolbier, Jr., W.
US Air Force
Insertion reaction of halocarbons into halogenated alkenes.
Centaur Pharmaceuticals research agreement.
COR Therapeutics: Provision of compounds.
Miles compound contract.
Joint research agreement with the Nutrasweet group.
Joint research agreement with the Nutrasweet group.
Tourists and Amazonian hosts: Impacts on economy, values and forests.
Evolution of the ribonuclease superfamily.
Evolutionary tools for interpreting genomic data.
Development of methods for the analysis of DBPS in biological samples.
Climate-human interactions in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Bolivia.
Digital georeferenced hydrologic coverage for the state of Alabama.
Paleomagnetism and magnetic stratigraphy of Legg 177 sediments.
Agreement between Veda, Inc., and the U of F contract #F33615-94-D-1400.
NSF appointment for Dr. Stark.
9,852 US CMS trigger subsystem.
80,000 Magnetic ordering in solid 3HE.
42,364 Endcap Muon system development for the CMS project in FY 98.
Human choice in situations of uncertainty and risk.
State-wide dissemination of the methods and strategies developed in the
research-based model partnership education.
Impact of 1994 changes in Florida law transferring juveniles to adult court.
ANT UF 8,000 Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship.
CAS Ford 148,000 Integrating indigenous African knowledge, rights, and scientific research in
CHE UF Research 5,415 Professorship award program.
CHE Beckman 100,000 Single molecule optical microscopy.
ENG Ford 14,500 African-Americans and the cultural pain.
GLY Texas A&M 19,557 Late Pleistocene accumulation of ice-rated debris in the Atlantic sector of the
GLY Texas A&M 21,137 Stable isotope stratigraphy and paleoceanography of the mid-Brunhes (MIS8-16)"
ODP sites 1089, 1091, 1093, and 1094.
HIS UF 10,500 Sam Proctor Fellowship Fund.
ZOO UF 65,000 Miscellaneous donors.
GLY Smith 2,618 Miscellaneous donors.
POL Misc Donors 10,500 Miscellaneous donors.
Reynolds, J. CHE
Hooper, Jr., C. PHY
Tanner, D. PHY
CAS Cultural Affairs
POL Ag Inst of FL
African Artist-in-Residence project.
Study of attitudes of Florida residents regarding agricultural issues.
Florida Center on Self-Injury.
Active camouflage polymer coatings.
X-ray spectroscopy of hot dense plasmas.
Active camouflage polymer coatings.
Preserving the Past
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Has Much to Share
Founded in 1967 by History Professor Samuel Proctor, the Oral History Program at the University of Florida (Julian Pleasants
[History], Director, and Sam Proctor, Director Emeritus) aims to preserve for future generations eyewitness accounts of the
economic social, political, religious, and intellectual life of Florida and the South. The Center houses over 900 interviews
with native Americans alone, and its other holdings include such diverse subjects as African-Americans in Florida, pioneer
settlers, the citrus industry and civil rights activities in St. Augustine. Currently there are approximately 3,200 interviews in
the collection and over 80,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archives in the South and one of
the major collections in the country. Transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students (graduate and
undergraduate), journalists, genealogists and other interested groups. The Oral History Program also assists Florida citizen
groups and organizations with the identification and collection of oral history materials through training workshops and lectures.
To give our readers a better idea of what's available at the Center, over the next few months CLAS notes will feature a series
of short excerpts from Oral History transcripts. Similarly, in 1999, to celebrate Florida's bicentennial, all New York Times-owned
Florida newspapers (including the Gainesville Sun) will feature bi-weekly excerpts from Center holdings.
Interviewer: Tom King
Interviewee: Seminole Indian Billy
Date: October 1, 1972
Cypress was born in 1943 on the Tamiami
Trail (U.S. 41). After attending public
schools in south Florida, he graduated from
Stetson University and later completed
graduate work at Arizona State University.
He served in the USArmy and taught public
school for several years. At the time of this
interview, he had just begun working for BIA
(Bureau of Indian Affairs) coordinating the
Seminole boarding school program. Since
that time, he has held a number of positions
with the Seminole tribe and currently serves
as executive director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-
Ki Museum located on the Big Cypress
On Seminoles and education:
After the wars [Seminole Wars, final
war ended in 1858] Seminoles...kept
to themselves. They had their own
way of life and education. This was
fine for them...why should they go out
into a foreign country and be trained or
go to school? That was their school for
their culture; we have our own school
for our culture, too. So white man's
school was taboo, and there were tribal
punishments for people. In fact right
here in Hollywood, Dania Reservation,
the first people who went to school were
very ostracized and ridiculed.
On attending white schools:
I would have to say I was treated pretty
well....Of course, there were a number
of fights.... Then when we got into high
school, I was doing well in school. That
got around and I got elected to school
offices and clubs and things like this.
My junior year I was president of the
student council. Of course, you are
always an Indian and you are a little
different, but as far as the treatment
went, it was very good in the local high
On the Native American boarding
[W]e send our kids to Oklahoma and
Mississippi because we [Seminoles] do
not have any boarding schools.... There
are several reasons why kids go to
boarding schools....Some students
may not be able to make it in public
schools, or they have problems that
were insurmountable in public schools-
both academic and social-and they
might have had home conditions that
warrant that they go to boarding schools
away from home. But not every kid
that goes there has all these problems.
Some kids go there because...it is an all
Indian school....You have more Indian
On who runs the boarding schools:
Well, initially it was in the hands of
whites.... Today I think, with the advent
of more Indian people qualified to hold
teaching positions, and being principals
and so forth, there are more Indians
now in those positions than there were
before ... But still I would not say it would
be controlled by the Indians themselves.
They are still BIA schools, government
On forced boarding school
[S]ome of my colleagues in school-I
was in grad school at Arizona State-
were products of boarding schools,
and they told stories of being swept off
the street indiscriminately, and being
sent to boarding school. This is kind of
foreign, this taking a kid like that from
their parents and just sending him off
to school.... Then there are also stories
that you were forbidden to speak your
language....! had a buddy named
Sheshonee, a Shawnee Indian, and
he said this was true, too. He said that
if you spoke your language, you were
slapped across the face....But this goes
way back, you know, and now Seminoles
are late comers. Their experience has
not been that harsh. But back in the
old days, you can see where conquered
tribes were put on reservations, and led
around. You can see where this could
come about then, trying to civilize the
savage whether he liked it or not....Now
we use [the boarding school program]
more like an educational and social type
of thing.... We send them off, away from
their environment, hoping that maybe
in a dorm condition they can function
better. The kid can be salvaged rather
than staying here and knocking his head
against the wall or something like that.
On why so few Seminoles have
Well, I guess you can sort of throw out
a couple of theories here. First of all,
we have not been in the education field
too long. We are not like some other
tribes who have been in the education
business for several decades. Sioux
up in the Dakotas, and other well
educated tribes have several PhDs
running around, Master's degrees, and
so forth. Also the Navajos, they have a
lot of college graduates. It is a big tribe,
you know. Well, we are newcomers
to the education scene, much less the
college scene. And first we had to build
slowly, and get a group of college grads
and first we had to sell education to the
whole tribe. One time education was
bad. It was a white man's school....
The tribe pushes education, and the
kids themselves see what other people
are doing. They want to be in on it, and
they are going to go train themselves for
it. So that is why we have more people
going to get degrees now, because they
want to go into professional fields....it is
a healthy climate.%
Musings, continued from page 1
Additional dollars will allow us to add
needed new faculty and TA positions.
Moreover, there is the recognition
that other resources must follow. For
example, prestigious Alumni Fellowships
have been established to attract the
very best graduate students. Minority
fellowships are also available. And
special senior faculty hires are being
authorized by the provost to speed up
Colleges and departments must also do
their part. In CLAS, we are emphasizing
graduate fellowships as one of our private
fundraising priorities. With our growth
money, CLAS will also initiate a multi-
year plan to increase graduate student
stipends. In addition, we will work with
departments to coordinate our annual
faculty hiring in targeted growth areas.
It is important that graduate growth
be qualitative as well as quantitative.
Simply bringing in more graduate
students triggers growth money, but
that is not what interests us in CLAS.
We must grow both in numbers and
in quality for our goal to be fulfilled.
Only then will our increased scholarship
be apparent to those outside UF who
The graduate growth initiative is
not without risks. Some would like to
have up-front guarantees that sufficient
dollars and space will be available to
accommodate growth Not that such
worries are groundless, but waiting for
a sure thing is paralyzing. Colleges
operate on a fiscal high wire that involves
large commitments made against next
year's unknown budget. It is always an
act of faith, but we have yet to declare
The president and the provost offer
us the opportunity to be part of a grand
experiment to see whether we can rise
to the next academic level. Such a noble
goal is well worth a measure of risk.
University of Florida Foundation is not a
grant-making institution, but rather a gift-
raising and management institution.
Why does the Foundation host fancy
parties and do so much entertaining?
Entertaining and events on campus, as
well as visits with prospects and donors, are
essential components of fundraising. Our
entertaining and events are conducted in a
style consistent with the standards of the
University of Florida, and most would not
consider any of our activities lavish. Again,
our cost of fund raising is extraordinarily
With all those terrific investment returns,
why do endowments pay only 5%?
Endowments are established to sup-port
the donors' purposes in perpe-tuity. It is
Foundation's responsibility to preserve the
real purchasing power of the endowment
over an extended period. For gifts that are
readily convertible to cash and invested
in the Foundation's endowment pool, the
Board of Directors of the Foundation has
created a highly sophisticated process to
allow for reasonable expenditures from the
endowment while maintaining stability and
growth of the principal.
The gift amount invested in the endowment
pool is referred to as the "Nominal Value."
For a gift of $100,000 cash invested in
the endowment pool, the nominal value is
$100,000. If the asset gifted is not cash,
the nominal value will be the net amount
realized on the conversion of the asset to
cash. For each endowment investment, the
Foundation will also track an "Adjusted
Spending Value" (ASV). The ASV is the
value upon which the quarterly transfer
to the income fund is based. For the first
three full fiscal years an endowment gift
is invested in the endowment pool, the
Nominal Value and the ASV will be the
same. At the beginning of the fiscal year
following the three year holding period,
the gift becomes eligible for an ASV
annual adjustment which is calculated in
accordance with a formula adopted by the
Investments Committee of the Board of
Directors. This formula is based on a rolling
average return for the prior 12 quarters.
Here is how it works. On May 15, 1998,
a donor contributes $100,000. This money
will become invested in the endowment pool
as of July 1, 1998.
For the fiscal years ending June 30,
1999 through June 30, 2001, the fund will
annually provide $5,000 of spendable income
(5% of $100,000).
For the fiscal year beginning July 1,
2001, the fund becomes eligible for the
annual adjustment, which for our example
will be 3.5%. Accordingly, the new ASV of
the endowment is $103,500 ($100,000 plus
For the fiscal year July 1, 2001, through
June 30, 2002, the endowment will provide
$5,175 (5% of $103,500) of spendable
Note that at any time during the course
of these years, the market value of the
endowment pool investment could have been
lower or higher than the ASV.
What would happen if the Foundation based
its payout on market values, as do many
There's a risk that during any year the
market value of the fund could be less
than the previous year or fluctuate wildly
during the year and, therefore, an endowed
professorship that a dean was using to
support a faculty member, for instance, could
decrease and the dean would lack sufficient
monies to meet this obligation.
Instead, the Foundation calculates theASV
annual adjustments in the spring of each year,
then the fund administrator is advised for the
next fiscal year of the guaranteed 5% payout
that will be disbursed from the Foundation
regardless of market per-formance. This
allows the unit to budget and rely on those
CAMPAIGN FOR THE
ET _S IBIM jMA, NOU 4T
The Foundation's investment policy,
once it is understood, is the envy of peer
institutions. It is designed to provide smooth,
continual, reliable growth, forever, for
The bottom line is accountability and
performance. The Foundation's results speak
for themselves. We are always available to
discuss any aspect of our operation and would
be glad to give a presentation to your faculty
and staff about how you may best use the
many services provided by the Foundation.
We look forward to being continuing good
stewards of the gift monies entrusted to us
for your benefit.%