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February 2000


The Recruiting Season
Come January and February, the
recruiting season is in full bloom. Highly
sought-after talent coming to Gainesville
to be courted and wooed for their singu-
lar abilities to make programs outstand-
ing. The competition is stiff for these top
ranked individuals, and we will soon know
what kind of national recruiting class we
have signed up.
No, these are not McDonalds' All
Americans, although they are clearly at
that quality level. It is the CLAS faculty
recruiting class of 2000. The process does
have some likeness to the more closely
watched athletic recruitment. Departments
assess their needs, determine the most
critical positions to be strengthened, and
begin national, and even international,
campaigns for the best available personss.
CLAS has a certain number of "schol-
arships" to meet these needs each year.
Our scholarships -usually called tenure
track lines-are much more precious than
those of the athletic units, as they may
carry a 30-40 year term, and in the case of
some, a significant initial start-up invest-
ment. As with our athletic counterparts,
many enthusiasts closely follow this
annual process to see how well we do. I
admit to being, perhaps, the college's most
rabid academic "recruitnik."
Through our CLAS Office lobby passes
the stream of invited faculty candidates,
who are expected to meet with one of the
deans in our office, and we all take our
turns. I tend to handle those candidates
interviewing for the senior positions or
for chair/director openings. Of course,
any candidate that a chair wishes me to
see for any good reason is also placed on
my schedule, but from any of us, candi-
dates can gain a good sense of the College
Office's role in their future, should they
come to UF.
While recruiting greatly increases
the intensity of our schedules, it is also
one of the most exhilarating things we
See Musings, page 12


CLASnotes

Vol. 14 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 2



At the Helm: Steering Florida's Flagship
Interim president Charles Young on the future of UF


Cn: What is going to be the fate of the
UF Bank now that you've had a few
months to evaluate it?
CY: The Bank as a mechanism-to the
extent that it was a mechanism-will not
continue to be used, at least during my
tenure. But much of the work that went
into the development of the Bank will
continue to be a part of the process.
The Bank was an approach at per-
formance budgeting and accountability
budgeting, and we plan to continue ac-
countability and performance budgeting.
The Bank utilized a lot of information and
indices and comparison data and that data
will continue to be used, but not in the
formalistic way in which it was previous-
ly. It will be used in association with a
variety of other information and data. We
plan the process to be a more iterative one
in which the deans are asked to present
their goals and plans for their colleges...
so we'll use the [traditional comparison]
data with other data the deans believe is
important...examine it, discuss its value,
and try to reach some mutually agreeable
conclusions.
I think one of the major problems [with
the Bank] was that it wasn't understood.
It wasn't the product of a consultative
process, so people didn't feel like it was
something that they were involved in.

Cn: In light of what looks to be sure
policy change on racial preference in
SUS admissions, how can UF prevent
the draining of talented minorities from
future freshman classes?
CY: I think the Board of Regents (BOR)
will clearly adopt the governor's proposal,
One Florida. For the universities that
have been more selective, it will take a
great deal of hard work and substantial
resources-outreach, recruiting, financial
aid, scholarship, etc.-to prevent any


UF president Charles Young


negative impact.
The primary concern is going to be
need-based financial aid, and funds for
outreach programs helping to get students
prepared and focused on the possibility of
attending the University of Florida.

Cn: Will One Florida affect us this fall?
CY: Yes, but not until it is officially ad-
opted by the BOR. We will have admitted,
by the time the BOR acts, a substantial
portion of the class for next year under
the old admissions requirements, and it
will not affect admission for the summer
of 2000. So our expectation is that the
impact will be minimal this year. And
of course One Florida doesn't apply to
graduate and professional students until
2001.

Cn: You've said you feel that UF can be
one of the top universities in the nation
if we keep pressing forward and, among
other things, continue to expand private
See Young, page 9


This month's focus: UF's Interim Administration










Around the College


DEPARTMENTS

English
James Haskins' book Bound for America: The Forced \3 i. ,ii
of Africans to the New World (Lothrop 1999) has been named a Best
Book for 1999 by School Library. Additionally, the rights to trans-
late Haskins' I Am Rosa Parks (Dial 1997) have been sold to Ushio
Shuppansha, Ltd. (Japanese) and to Kones (Korea).

Malini Johar Schueller's essay "Performing Whiteness, Perform-
ing Blackness" appeared in the Fall issue of Criticism. Her edi-
tion of David F Dorr's A Colored Man Round the World was just
published by the University of Michigan Press in both hardback and
paperback. She also gave an invited talk "Orientalism and Nego-
tiations of Empire in American Studies" for the North American
Program of the Central Institute for Area Studies at the University
of Erlangen-Nurberg, Germany this January.

Romance Languages & Literatures
Sylvie Blum presented a paper "Filmer L'Asie A Paris" for the
Division on Francophone Literatures and Cultures "L' Asie Franco-
phone" at the December 1999 Modem Language Association annual
meeting.

Sociology
Jay Gubrium has been appointed to the advisory board for a new
Web site on health and aging, sponsored by Swiss-based pharma-
ceutical company Novartis Pharma.

Statistics
Dick Scheaffer has been elected President of the American Statisti-
cal Association for 2001.

Mark C. K. Yang was named Fellow of the American Statistical
Association.


Statistics Department Holds Symposium


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Topics in Variance: Components Analysis, January 21-22, 2000.
For more information on this symposium's speakers see ufl.edu/symposium/2000/vca/>.


The 30th Annual Linguistic Symposium
on Romance Languages
with Parasession on
Romance Language Sociolinguistics and
Second Language Acquisition

Holiday Inn, University Center
February 24-27, 2000

The conference features more than 70 peer-reviewed papers presented
by academics traveling to UF from all over the world. On Thursday,
February 24, the public is invited to attend outreach lectures by D. Gary
Miller (of Classics and Linguistics at UF) and William C. Calin (of Ro-
mance Languages and Literatures at UF) at 8pm in 101 Little Hall.

Organizing committee: Caroline Wiltshire, Jean Casagrande, Juanita
Casagrande and Joaquim Camps

Sponsored by:
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Program in Linguistics
English Language Institute

Further details available at .



Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines Approach
CLAS announces additional scholarship opportunities for CLAS
students for summer and semester study abroad during 2000-2001.
One new CLAS semester scholarship at $2,000 and three new
CLAS summer scholarships at $750 each will enhance the twenty
CLAS/UF International Center summer scholarships ($750) and
the CLAS/Bredahl semester scholarship at $2,000 offered annually
by CLAS. Deadline for summer scholarships: March 1, 2000.
Deadline for semester scholarships: April 1, 2000. Applications
available at the UFIC, 123 Grinter Hall.

Five CLAS Professors
Named Fulbright Recipients
Congratulations to Diana Boxer (Linguistics), Stephen Golant
(Geography), Robert McMahon (History), Helen Safa (An-
thropology) and Andrew Vince (Mathematics), who were named
1999-2000 Fulbright Scholars. CLAS faculty won five of the six
awards given to UF professors this year (Patricia Werner of Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation won the sixth). Only three professors
were chosen from UF last year.
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is a flagship international
exchange program that allows award recipients to teach and conduct
research in foreign countries, as well as offering scholars from other
countries the opportunity to work in the United States. Sponsored
by the United States Government and reaching over 140 nations,
the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between
the people of the US and other countries. Boxer's work takes her
to Paraguay, Golant's project concerns Canada, McMahon works in
Ireland, Safa's area is Spain, and Vince works in Turkey.









Around the College


The Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research Spring 2000 Colloquium Series
is Underway
Teaching Evolution as Feminist Activism
Presented by Marta Wayne, Department of Zoology
Wednesday, January 19, 1:00 p.m.
Ruth McQuown Room, 219 Dauer Hall
Salvaging Lives:
Anthropology, Ethnography, and Women's Narratives
Presented by Irma McClaurin, Department of Anthropology
Thursday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Ruth McQuown Room, 219 Dauer Hall
Does Gender Play a Role?:
The Novels and Careers of Anzia Yezierska and Henry Roth
Presented by Anne Wyatt-Brown, Linguistics
Monday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.
Ruth McQuown Room, 219 Dauer Hall
Gendered Expectations in
Early Nineteenth-Century English Family Law Reform
Presented by Danaya Wright, Law
Friday, April 7, 1:00 p.m.
Ruth McQuown Room, 219 Dauer Hall
All lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information call the Center at 392-3365 or stop by 3357 Turlington Hall.



Advising Wins Publication Awards
The Academic Advising "
Center was recognized for
excellence in publications at
the National Academic Advis-
ing Association's (NACADA) : ,.....::
national conference held in
Denver, Colorado last Septem-
ber. UF's Advising Update,
a semesterly newsletter for
undergraduate coordinators,
and Gator's Guide, which includes descriptions of undergraduate
majors, both won first place in their categories. Nineteen print,
video and electronic publications were honored nationwide. Above:
UF AAC director Albert Matheney (left) and AAC advisor Glenn
Kepic (center) accept one of Florida's two NACADA awards from
NACADA president, Nancy S. King (1 I. 1,i .



Philosophy Conference to be Held at UF
The annual conference of the Society for Exact Philosophy
will be hosted by the Philosophy Department at the University of
Florida, March 9-12, 2000. For further information about the Soci-
ety and the conference, see or email phil.ufl.edu>.


Women's Studies
Director visits
White House
Vasudha Narayanan (left)
was invited to breakfast with
Bill and Hillary Clinton in
September of 1999. The
event drew together a small
group of religion teach-
ers, heads of organizations
dealing with religion, and
religious leaders (ministers, rabbis, etc.) from around the country
to converse with the Clintons. "The president spent two and a half
hours with us discussing resources for understanding violence, es-
pecially in schools," Narayanan says. "I was seated next to Andrew
Riley, Secretary for Education. Donna Shalala and other members
of the Cabinet were also there."

University of Florida Writers Festival Brings Re-
nowned Authors to UF February 18-20, 2000
Josephine Humphreys--Friday, February 18
Billy Collins- Saturday, February 19
Howard Norman: The Harry Crews Reading Sunday, February 20
All .t ...i be held at 8pm in the Harn Museum's Chandler Auditorium.



McQuown Award Deadline Approaching
Undergraduate and graduate women are invited to apply
for the 0. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Awards through the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These awards honor
UF's female scholars in humanities, social sciences, women's
studies and interdisciplinary studies that include social sci-
ences/humanities.
For undergraduates, up to five awards of varying amounts
will be awarded. In past years, awards have ranged from $500
to $3,000. The deadline for applications is February 22.
Graduate awards include a $8,000 prize and tuition remis-
sion to a student who has completed at least one semester of
graduate work in CLAS. The deadline is February 22. A
$10,000 award and tuition remission will honor an incoming
graduate student nominated by the department to which she
has applied. The deadline is February 10. Smaller awards to
supplement assistantships will also be given to several current
and incoming students.
The most important criteria are academic achievement and
promise. In addition, the committee may consider contribu-
tions or likely contributions to the student's university, local,
or larger community. Applications and additional information
are available in 2014 Turlington Hall. Two letters of recom-
mendation are required. For more information, contact CLAS
Associate Dean Carol J. Murphy at 392-6800 or email phy@rll.ufl.edu>.









NSF Grants QTP Project $2.2 Million


UF's Quantum Theory Project hopes to design innovative software


Materials fail: paint peels, metal bends-even breaks.
The failure of such fundamental materials arises from
the breaking of chemical bonds. Yet according to
Graduate Research Professor Rodney Bartlett (Chemistry), "most
of the computational effort to describe such phenomena has
ignored bond breaking, because its description requires quantum
mechanics, and that's hard!"
Recently, however, the National Science Foundation (NSF), under
their Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence (KDI) Program,
has given UF a $2.2M grant to develop theoretical/computational
tools that include bond breaking in describing failure in materials,
starting from the most fundamental quantum mechanical descrip-
tion of the electrons, the glue that holds atoms, molecules, and
materials together.
The interdisciplinary and inter-university effort, under the overall
direction of Bartlett, is centered in the Quantum Theory Project
(QTP), ajoint project of the Chemistry and Physics Departments,
with additional help from the Materials Science Department, the
University of Arizona, MIT, and Washington State University.
The distinguished team of investigators includes Joe Simmons
(Materials Science), Sam Trickey (Physics), Mike Zerner (Chem-
istry), H.P Cheng (Physics), Frank Harris (Chemistry), Jim
Dufty (Physics), Ken Jackson (UA), Sidney Yip (MIT), and Tom
Dickinson (WSU).
The QTP-led
Group will
S focus much of
Sits attention on
SI silica, specifically
S- on designing
v=20km/s I software that can
f ( accurately model
the influence of
elements like
Sweater in causing
Collision of a C60molecule and a bucky tube silica to fracture
As a very impor-
"Currently, scientists don't understand the tant component
phenomenon related to 'breaking something' as
well as we'd like to. Carbon-based bucky tubes of transistors,
[illustrated above in collision with a bucky ball (C60)] silica is in most
are probably the strongest microscopic materials electronics and
that we can twist, bend, and break as we do with has great impli-
materials at the macroscopic [visible to naked eye] cations for the
scale. Therefore, we can use them to examine
how matter breaks at the atomistic level. Applica- semi-conductor
tions of this type of research include the prevention industry, Bartlett
of crack development in airplane wings, making explains. "We're
stronger and lighter materials, etc." also primar-
Graphic and caption from CLAS physicist Hai-Ping ily working with
Cheng, a member of the NSF-KDI team silica because
silica because
it's already been
extensively studied experimentally," he says. "Since our objec-
tive here is to develop the software to do this kind of modeling
virtually, new methodology is the objective of the work, not
new knowledge about silica. If we can successfully describe the
things we already know to be true about silica and how certain
things influence the fracture habits and other properties of silica


via software, then we can apply the
same techniques to other materials,
which could be anything from the pro-
tective paint on a plane perhaps to the
outer covering of the space shuttle...the
kinds of materials that stand up under
very different temperatures and are
better than what they have currently."
The idea of replacing actual experi-
mentation with computer modeling is
not new. Large, expensive facilities
built decades ago to conduct wind Rodney Bartlett
tunnel experiments-forcing air over (Chemistry, QTP)
airplane wings, tails, etc. to test ac-
curacy and improve design-are presently all but obsolete, says
Bartlett, since "Navier-Stokes" equations can now be solved with
high accuracy on parallel computers, thereby eliminating need for
funding and upkeep of the costly experimental sites.
"In principal," Bartlett elaborates, "if your models are reasonably
predictive-and of course it's going to take some evolution to
get to that point-but when they are, you can bypass experimen-
tal work altogether." The new software will be more than just a
less expensive alternative to experimentation. It will also allow
the group to do experiments that, because of multi-variables or
extreme conditions, couldn't possibly be done in a lab.
However, there's a fundamental difference between the Navier-
Stokes work and what Bartlett's group is proposing. "Wind over
airplane wings-that's classical physics," he says. "In our case
we're talking about getting things down to the atomic and molec-
ular level -quantum chemistry- where it's the electrons that hold
everything together. With materials science, the complexity of our
equations is far greater than Navier-Stokes. So there's more of a
developmental element here in how to translate our ways for solv-
ing these equations into software that can then be run seamlessly
for design purposes."
The project reflects a new concept: "materials by design." "If
you can create these things with computers, you can change vari-
ous elements in your materials," explains Bartlett. "You can add
boron to glass or something to steel to make a new alloy. Using
these methods, scientists have already created high performance
steel that we didn't know about before."
Solving equations via computer is already simplifying the phar-
maceutical drug design process and is becoming of interest to the
rapidly developing field of biomaterials. "In biomaterials," says
Bartlett, "you need to create materials neutral to the body for arti-
ficial limbs and organs ....Our simulations would be appropriate
for this area in time, too."
One of the most exciting elements of the NSF-KDI work, says
Bartlett, is that it allows materials experts to work directly with
folks like Bartlett, who theorize about matter at a much more
elemental level. "The project is especially important because it
attempts to bridge the gap between materials scientists, who work
on real materials applications with quantum physicists, those of
us who work on the end where the phenomena originate. It's not
common, and it's not so easy, but we hope to generate some good
results."k










Josh Russell's Yellow Jack

New creative writing professor's first novel garners high praise
A s an only child whose family moved frequently while he was growing up, new UF creative writing
professor Josh Russell spent a lot of time alone with his imagination. "My father is a sociologist, and we
moved from university to university," says Russell. "When he left academia, we moved again." Russell
believes that over time these moves helped his development as a writer. "Each time we relocated, I could in-
vent bits and pieces of my past; I became an accomplished liar," he jokes. "I learned how to include seemingly
inconsequential details and minutiae in my stories, and when I started writing fiction, I discovered that that was
the trick." Russell's first novel, Yellow Jack (Norton, 1999), was developed from a short story of the same name
first published in Epoch magazine, and later included in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1998.
The paperback edition will be published later this year.


from Yellow Jack, pages 18-20
D during my destruction of Daguerre's studio I
toppled his prized orchid from its window-
sill. Coins pooled on the floorboards when its
pot broke. Under the left arm of the miraculous
greatcoat Claude had installed a pouch which
accommodated the take. The money was
enough to get me to Calais and across the Chan-
nel, but proved too little to transport me further.
I owe my escape to New Orleans to the fact that
Americans are enchanted by shiny objects. In
return for passage across the Atlantic, I made a
dozen portraits of a sea captain named Sylvester
Lune. All I remember of him is the fact that his
surname and quartermoon chin were a perfect
joke.
I remember the voyage more precisely.
While on the Atlantic I vomited my weight sev-
eral times over. I emptied myself into the sea so
often I soon became convinced I'd gone hollow
and I learned why fasting saints witness such
wonderful things: Angels mobbed the rigging,
some swam alongside the ship like burning fish.
We took on supplies and cargo in Haiti, then
crossed the Gulf of Mexico and aimed up the
Mississippi. I became ill in a new way-drench-
ing sweats, black vomit, visions even more
vivid than those I'd experienced on the open
sea.
As soon as we neared a dock in New Or-
leans, a plank ran from it and a man waving a
ledger rushed aboard yelling about landing tar-
iffs and a tax on bananas. The heat was unbear-
able and his shrieked oration stopped suddenly
when he saw me in my huge coat. The look in
his eyes made it clear he feared he'd made the

I I (from bookjacket)


YELLOW
J JACK


bad choice of trying to swindle a ship of fools.
The sight of an idiotic but sane sailor hiding
bananas under a tarpaulin restored the cheat's
voice. He demanded we line up and pay up. I
walked down his narrow plank, ignoring his
threats.
I counted the bells ring ten times. Stink-
ing smoke cocooned the lamps and I wondered
if I'd died and gone to the Hell my father
promised. When I finally met another man in
the street he was masked. For a moment I was
sure he was a bandit, but he crossed the narrow
avenue to avoid me. I was watching his back
fade into the fog when the cannons began to
boom, rattling the boards covering the windows
of the shop I stood before. The mask and guns
and fire made sudden sense-it was July and I
had arrived during America's violent celebra-
tion of independence.


Spent my first night in New Orleans hiding
in a looted tobacconist's. In the dark I was
seized with the belief that I was to be sacrificed
as part of the festival, my corpse used to fuel
the reeking fires. In the hours before dawn I
reminded myself of the coat's contents-the ham-
mer I'd used in Daguerre's studio, squares of
copper plated with silver, a snuff box of iodine,
mercury shuddering in a vial, a lens plump as
a swollen coin. I fingered the talismans, eyes
closed so tightly that Paris lit inside my head
like a scene inside one of Daguerre's dioramas.
I heard the bells ring five and worked up the
courage to light a match. Showcases held bro-


Yellow Jack is a ribald, picaresque trip through 1840s New Or-
leans saturated with sex, drugs, death, and corruption. It is the
story of Claude Marchand, an apprentice to Louis Daguerre,
who discovers the magic art of photography when he hides a
broken thermometer in a cabinet and finds that the mercury
fumes bring out images etched by the sun in metal plates.
After a falling-out with Daguerre, Marchand flees from Paris
to New Orleans, where he becomes the first daguerrotypist in
America....As the city is ravaged each summer by yellow fever
(yellow jack), Marchand's miraculous art is tested by death,
politics, and jealousy.


Josh Russell
ken pipes and a fine dusting of fragrant tobacco.
From the corners of one case I scraped enough
to fill the cracked bowl of an abandoned meer-
schaum so small it must have been meant for a
baby. Smoking my busted pipe and watching
the sun tint the tar smoke I fell into a sleep so
deep that the hot plug of tobacco fell from the
pipe and burned a moon-shaped scar onto my


hand without
waking me. I
slept for half the
day and woke
swimming in my
coat, the fever
broken. The
sun had fallen.
When I took
to the streets I
felt a chill and
huddled deep
into my blessed
greatcoat, the
camera slung
over my shoul-
der in its sack.
People stared as
they passed, all
but their eyes


'Yellow Jack [has] con-
siderable beauty and a
complex wit... There are
any number of scenes
remarkable not only
for their shrewdness of
power but for what is
obliquely expressed or
expressively withheld."

-Richard Elder,
The New York Times


and brows hidden behind kerchiefs and under
hats. I was weak from hunger and thirst. No
cafe presented itself.
I walked and walked, the bells' count climb-
ing to eleven then twelve, then beginning anew
at one. Just after they sounded four o'clock I
followed my nose down an alley and found a
baker stacking fragrant wands of bread into his
cart. Swooning from the brown smell I begged
him for a batard and he spat at me. I produced
the pistol with which I had intended to murder
Daguerre. I felt no guilt, the weapon was
harmless: I'd fired its only ball at an angel who
stuck out her tongue at me. The baker cried out
as if shot, then fainted. I took as many loaves
as I could carry. Hidden in my tobacco shop,
I gorged on bread, the cannons giving cadence
to my chewing, and the sun rose dully behind
black clouds. l









Provost Sees Faculty Involvement as Cr


No question about it, the University of Florida is in a period of transi-
tion. With an interim president, an interim provost, and several in-
terim deans, we enter this new millennium and this new decade-the
decade many think could see us break into top ten public university status -
without permanent leadership. But interim provost David Colburn sees this
time of change as a positive opportunity. "We don't want to skip a beat," he
explains. "If we can keep everything moving forward, the university will really
prosper under a new president."


Colbum gives ample credit to interim president Charles
Young, who he says has "provided the leadership necessary for a
smooth transition." But he also emphasizes that faculty will play
a major part in the change-over. "We want to provide greater
opportunities for faculty involvement on campus...to empower
faculty so they can play a leadership role in the transition to the
new president. In the end I think the faculty are absolutely es-


In compiling UF's "wish
list," Colburn says his office
received impressive input
from colleges on how to best
use the projected enhance-
ment money "It's been very
encouraging. We've been
presented with a lot of bold
ideas including thoughts
about teaching our stu-
dents more effectively and
proposals to enhance the
classroom environment for
students."


sential in our ability to become
a top ten public university," he
says.
Colbum also feels that an
actively engaged faculty is an
important component in the
recruitment of a new president.
"Strong candidates will find
that very attractive about the
campus," he says. "I don't
think you can find a single
top ten public university that
doesn't have strong faculty
leadership and governance, so
that's what we're trying to do.
The president took a lead in
that by having the faculty take
responsibility for the Senate,
which is now in the process of
becoming genuinely a faculty
senate."
Proposed legislative enhance-


ment funds Colbum's office recently submitted to the Board of
Regents should also help UF maintain its forward momentum.
The funds-$26 million-are earmarked for initiatives rang-
ing from cutting edge science in genetics and cancer research to
internationalizing the curriculum, which Colbum says is an es-
sential step toward helping students prepare for our increasingly
global society.
In compiling UF's "wish list," Colbum says his office
received impressive input from colleges on how to best use the
projected enhancement money. "It's been very encouraging.
We've been presented with a lot of bold ideas including thoughts
about teaching our students more effectively and proposals to
enhance the classroom environment for students."
Key areas targeted for enhancement funding include UF's


graduate and professional
programs, slated to see $17.5
million. "We are continuing to
expand at the graduate and pro-
fessional level-the State has
encouraged us to do so and has
supported us in that endeavor,"
explains Colburm.
But balance is key in this
expansion. Dr. Young, for
example, has expressed concern
that UF's graduate programs
need to be improved more
than expanded, and Colburn
acknowledges this. "I think the
president feels we've got too
many programs and that if we
increase the size of all of these
programs randomly, without
thinking through why we're
investing in them, we will
not improve the graduate and
professional programs on this
campus. I think he's right...but
I think balance will come as the
result of conversations among
faculty. We have to decide if it
makes sense for us to expand in
certain fields -for example in
my field, history-or whether
the expansion ought to take
place in fields like the biologi-
cal sciences. Faculty are in the
best position to tell us what's
happening both within their
disciplines and on a cross-disci-
plinary basis, so their opinions
should guide our investments."
On a related note, Colburn
says the state is anxious for
UF to help improve opportuni-
ties for Floridians. "Florida
believes a service economy


does not provide sufficient
wages and opportunities for its
citizens, and they want to see
us lead the effort to advance
science and technology in the
State of Florida," he says, not-
ing that he will be looking to
the advice of faculty to make
these decisions, too.
Another major challenge
the interim administration
faces is the implementation
of Governor Jeb Bush's One
Florida Plan. Similar to plans
already enacted in the Cali-
fornia and Texas, One Florida
calls for the end of affirmative
action in admissions policies
and the mandatory accep-
tance of the state's top 20% of
highschool graduates to one of
Florida's 10 state universities.
There is concern that the policy
could drain talented minority
students from UF and the state.
(A November 19 Chronicle
of Higher Education article
reported that, post anti-af-
firmative action, one-third of
students accepted for fall 1997
by either UT-Austin or Texas
A&M jumped at out of state
offers, instead.) "We certainly
hope that by learning from the
experiences of California and
Texas we can avoid stumbling
through this process," says
Colbum. "We're talking seri-









ucial to UF's Continued Advancement


ously about expansion of the
admissions office and more
intensive recruiting statewide
Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Education
Sheila Dickison feels enhan,
ment money initiatives- sp>
cifically outreach to seconds
schools-could be very instl
mental in not only maintain
but increasing UF's diversity'
"If we want a diverse studer
body, it helps all of us to im
prove the quality of educatic
K-12. When we do that kinm
of outreach with secondary
schools, I think we're accon
plishing a number of things.
We're apprising their teacher
we're making contacts for tl
university, and we're indical
ing to those teachers what a
wealth of research and othei
opportunities we have at UF
Dickison also points out tha
if our professors work direct
with teachers-particularly
science and math-students
will enter UF better prepare,
"Under One Florida we'j
all going to have to work
harder to make sure our stuck
body is diverse,"
she continues. "If
we bring highschool 7
teachers here, and
those teachers -
through programs
like CPET (the Cen-
ter for Pre-collegiate
Education and Train-
ing)-bring their
students on campus,
that will encourage
students who might
not other wise apply
to consider U."
When asked what
UF's shortcom-
ings are, Colburn
replies: "I'm not
sure we have weak-
nesses as much as
opportunities to do


some things." Continuing and
expanding our successes in
fundraising and obtaining na-
tional and international grants
is crucial, he says, as is raising
faculty salaries. "The salary
situation here is not what it
ought to be, especially for a
university that has the national
standings that we have and the
aspirations that we do."
Vice Provost and Senior
Associate Vice President for
Academic Affairs Chuck Fra-
zier points out that upgrades in
teaching space are a priority of
Colburn's office ($6.5 million
in improvements allocated
by Capaldi are half way to
completion), but he emphasizes
that additional classroom and
research facilities enhance-
ments are important to UF's
continued growth and success.
"We have some state of the art
research and teaching facili-
ties that are as good as any in
the country. But we also have
some inadequate facilities that
badly need large scale renova-
tion and/or major additions,"
he says. While UF and the


other nine universities in the
SUS share a PECO fund for
facilities upgrades, Frazier
says the fund is far too small.
"UF's annual share hardly
makes a dent in the problem.
So, while we can hope the
PECO will be enhanced by the
legislature, a major challenge
for us in the future will be
finding additional funding for
these critical needs. Private
fundraising, research infra-
structure grants from federal
funding agencies, and other
such sources will have to be
part of any successful facilities
upgrade plan as we move to the
next level among the nation's
very top research universities,"
he says.
Dickison agrees that UF
is on the right track. "We've
done so remarkably well
already," she says, "I think we
should be doing more of the
same." This means continu-
ing to recruit better and better
students, and continuing to
do extremely good hiring, she
says.
"There's always a lag time


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between the time an institution
gets very good and when the
rest of the world hears about
it," Dickison reflects. "Prob-
ably we have to solve the
problem of getting the word
out about really how very good
UF is." She uses the Univer-
sity Scholars Program as an
example:
"I've been
getting
phone calls
from folks
around the
country
who' ve
heard about
our wonder-
ful program.
This is the
kind of Associate Prov<
thing that Sheila Dickiso
gets the
attention of other institutions.
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be like this institution or that
one in the past, but I think it's
nice to now have other institu-
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Florida Facts




Top 10 Values in State Universities
1 University of North Carolina
2 University of Virginia
3 College of William and Mary
4 University of Illinois
5 University of Florida
6 University of Wisconsin
7 University of California, Berkeley
8 University of California, Los Angeles
9 Georgia Institute of Technology
10 SUNY

Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine,
"The Top 100 Public Colleges," September,
1998.


1998 National Achievement Scholars
Freshman Public & Private Universities


1 Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges
2 Howard University
3 Florida A&M University
4 University of Florida
5 Princeton University
6 Stanford University
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7 New York University
9 Yale University
10 Spelman College
10 Florida State University
10 Duke University





Percent Faculty Full-Time
AAU Public Universities
University of Florida 99%
University of Nebraska 99%
University of Illinois 98%
Purdue University 98%
University of Iowa 98%
University of Missouri 98%
University of North Carolina 96%
University of Texas, Austin 96%
Michigan State University 96%
University of California, Davis 95%
University of Minnesota 95%
University of Virginia 94%
University of California, San Diego 94%
Indiana University 94%
Pennsylvania State University 93%

Source: edu/college/corank.htm> U.S. News &
World Report, "2000 College Rankings,"
August, 1999.


Overall Rank, Top AAU Public Universities


1 University of California, Berkeley
2 University of Virginia
3 University of California, Los Angeles
3 University of Michigan
5 University of North Carolina
6 University of California, San Diego
8 University of Illinois
8 University of Wisconsin
10 Pennsylvania State University
12 University of California, Davis
13 University of California, Santa Barbara
13 University of Texas, Austin
13 University of Washington
16 University of California, Irvine
16 University of Florida


18 Purdue University
18 University of Minnesota
21 University of Iowa
22 Rutgers University
22 University of Maryland
28 Ohio State University
31 Indiana University
31 Michigan State University
31 University of Colorado
38 Iowa State University
38 University of Kansas
38 University of Pittsburgh
48 University of Arizona
48 University of Missouri


Source: pub.htm> U.S. News & World Report "2000 College Rankings,"
August, 1999.


1998 National Merit Scholars Freshman
Public & Private Universities
1 Harvard/Radcliffe 37C
2 University of Texas 202
3 Stanford University 201
4 University of California, Berkeley 184
5 Rice University 16
6 University of Florida 165
7 University of Oklahoma 151
8 Texas A&M University 14
9 Yale University 14E
10 University of Southern California 136


Source: National Merit Scholarship Corporation.







AAU Public Universities 1998-99
Undergraduate In-State Tuition & Fees (Academic Year)


1 University of Michigan $6,489
2 University of Pittsburgh $6,424
3 Pennsylvania State University $6,194
4 Rutgers University $5,772
5 Michigan State University $5,140
6 University of Virginia $4,866
7 University of Maryland $4,699
8 University of Minnesota $4,602
9 University of Illinois $4,554
10SUNY $4,510
11 University of Missouri $4,439
12 University of California, Berkeley $4,177
13 University of California, Davis $4,153
14 Indiana University $4,069
15 University of California, San Diego $4,028
16 University of California, Santa Barbara$3,988
17 Ohio State University $3,906


18 University of California, Irvine
19 University of California, Los Angeles
20 University of Oregon
21 Purdue University
22 University of Washington
23 University of Wisconsin
24 University of Nebraska
25 University of Colorado
26 University of Texas, Austin
27 Iowa State University
28 University of Iowa
29 University of Kansas
30 University of North Carolina
31 University of Arizona
32 University of Florida

AAU PUBLIC MEAN


$3,875
$3,863
$3,771
$3,564
$3,495
$3,408
$3,083
$3,038
$3,004
$2,874
$2,868
$2,470
$2,262
$2,158
$2,052

$3,994


Source: 1998-99 Tuition and Required Fees Report, University of Missouri, 1998.









Young, continued from page 1

support. Would you comment on the
importance offundraising in enhancing
our reputation?
CY: Whether in endowments, operating
funds, or facilities, the goal is to provide
support that enables the state-funded
university to achieve excellence, which
would not be achievable from the fund-
ing provided by the state.
I think you've got to focus on quality.
And you've got to focus on need. So you
have to be able to demonstrate that you
have the quality which will enable you
with the resources that you are seeking
to provide the enhancement required to
attain the progress you're telling people
you want to make and can make. There
needs to be a commonality to it so people
aren't seeing entirely different messages
from different places [around campus]....
It is an area in which success begets suc-
cess. You've got to marshal the troops:
alumni, friends, supporters, and people
who have been associated with the uni-
versity and convince them that their con-
tributions in time and money will make a
difference for the university.... [You have
to] get those people involved, and then
follow through on your commitment to
them. Florida has already made great
strides in that regard, and I'm very hope-
ful that we can be successful in complet-
ing this campaign.

Cn: Are specific fundraising strategies
more important than others?
CY: I think faculty are critical. What
people are supporting, ultimately, is the
work of the university-the teaching,
research and service-and that work is
done by faculty members. You need to
involve the faculty with the people who
are your targets for giving in the particu-
lar programs.
When you have a really successful
relationship with a donor-major or not
so major-it usually means that there is
a successful relationship between that
donor and a faculty member, a group of
faculty members, or a department or pro-
gram that they can relate to. It's not to
the university as a whole. For the most
part, people want to support particular
programs, particular people or particular
activities, and they're looking for results.


r=Nm -I,-


Udnles lrung addresses mre Lcrow garnered
at the Keene-Flint Hall groundbreaking ceremo-
ny in January.


So the more personal you can make that,
the more likely you are to be successful.

Cn: What would you list as the most
important things UF must do to become
a top 10 public institution?
CY: 1) The quality of the library is a
major concern. The facilities and the col-
lections are not what you would expect to
find at a university of this quality. Con-
tinued qualitative growth will be seriously
hampered unless holdings are expanded.
We need to place high priority on im-
proving the physical condition of the
library: more space for collections and
student studying facilities, and the space
we already have needs to be substantially
enhanced. The library needs much more
funding.
2) The strength of UF's research and
research facilities should be further en-
hanced.
3) The number of faculty needs to be
increased without increases in enroll-
ment-the student/faculty ratio is cur-
rently too high.
4) In order to continue to recruit and
retain the highest quality faculty, faculty
salaries need to be increased.
5) The strength of the graduate program
needs to be increased: in some areas it's
not large enough and in most areas the
quality of the graduate students is not at
the level it can and should be. Graduate
stipends are too low. The faculty resourc-
es that are available to deal with students
in graduate programs are insufficient,


in part because the resources required
for some undergraduate programs are
extremely great due to what I would think
would be a larger than optimal number of
undergraduate specializations.

Cn: Don't specializations better prepare
graduates for jobs and graduate study?
CY: By and large a good, strong, broad
liberal arts education is the best prepara-
tion for graduates. Leave the specializa-
tion for graduate school. In terms of jobs,
for people who are completing their edu-
cation with their undergraduate degree,
professionalization at the undergraduate
level may be helpful-at least for looking
for the first job. Whether that is the best
education for a lifetime career is another
question.

Cn: What role do you think the liberal
arts and sciences play in the reputation
of a large state university?
CY: You cannot have a great university
without a great core, and the core is arts
and sciences: the traditional academic
disciplines. One of the primary priori-
ties has to be making sure that all of the
disciplines of the college have achieved at
a threshold level acceptable for a first rate
university, and that those which are excel-
lent or have the ability to become excel-
lent attain the resources to enable them to
do so. You clearly need to have a dozen
See Young, page 12



UF on the Rise
To become a top 10 public uni-
versity, President Young says
UF must:

Improve quality of UF library
system.

Further enhance research
and research facilities.

Lower student/faculty ratio.

Increase faculty salaries.

Strengthen graduate pro-
grams.












Grants


Investigator Dept. Agency


(through the Division of Sponsored Research)


December 1999 Total: $605,402


Award Title


Corporate
Lieberman, L.
Bowes, G.
Katritzky, A.
Schanze, K.
Winefordner, J.
Smith, B.


$232,906
ANT FL Clinical Practice Assn
BOT Wildlife Conservation Society
CHE Coelacanth Corporation
CHE Am Chemical Society
CHE IMC-Agrico Company


Federal $251,306
Boncella, J. CHE US Army
Martin, C. CHE NSF
Ohrn, Y. CHE US Navy
Reynolds, J. CHE US Army
Tanner, D.
Richardson, D. CHE NSF
Eyler, J.
Henretta, J. GER NIH
Waylen, P GEOG US DOC
Smith, N.
Martin, J. GEOL NSF
Thomas, R.
Perfit, M. GEOL NSF
Ohrn, Y. QTP US DOD
Boyland, P MAT NSF
Turull, A. MAT NSA
Avery, P PHY US DOE
Yelton, J.
Avery, P PHY US DOE
Yelton, J.
Konigsberg, J. PHY US DOE
Mitselmakher, G.
Mitselmakher, G. PHY US DOE
Avery P.
Ramond, P PHY US DOE
Sikivie, P
Sikivie, P PHY US DOE
Sullivan, N.
Stewart, G. PHY US DOE
Tanner, D. PHY US Army
Scicchitano, M. POL DOA
Scicchitano, M. POL US DOE
Spector, A. PSY NIH
Carter, R. STA DOE
Bolten, A. ZOO US DOC
Bjorndal K.
Levey, D. ZOO EPA
Moegenburg, S.


Foundation
Burns, A.
Oliver-Smith, A.
Porro, R.
Dermott, S.
Dermott, S.
Bowes, G.
Bowes, G.
Mulkey, S.
Mulkey, S.
Eyler, J.
Clark, I.
McMahon, R.
Nelson, M.
Alladi, K.
D'Amico, R.
Stanton, C.
Thiele, L.
Branch, M.
Radelet, M.
Brockmann, J.

Miscellaneous
Pleasants, J.
Yelton, J.
Scicchitano, M.


$86,895
ANT UF Foundation
ANT Inter-American Foundation

AST UF Foundation
AST UF Foundation
BOT UF Foundation
BOT UF Foundation
BOT Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
BOT Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CHE UF Foundation
ENG UF Foundation
HIS UF Foundation
LIN UF Foundation
MAT UF Foundation
PHIL UF Foundation
PHY UF Foundation
POL UF Foundation
PSY UF Foundation
SOC UF Foundation
ZOO UF Foundation


3,750 Center for Research on Women's Health.
7,000 Unrestricted donation.
22,500 Coelacanth.
1,370 ACS editorialship.
198,286 Laser induced plasma spectrometer for rapid field identification of overburden, matrix and bed in phosphate mining.



39,956 Materials and devices for optical sources and protection of optical sensors.
114,664 Nanotuble-based molecular recognition membranes.
80,000 Electronuclear dynamics of molecular energy transfer.
63,598 Electrochromic adaptive infrared camouflage.

110,000 Gas-phase chemistry and spectroscopy of metal complex ions.

12,804 Health and retirement study.
10,000 Benefits of incorporating ENSO forecasts into reservoir operation and hydroelectric power distribution procedures.

48,227 Development of an inexpensive, submersible, automatic water sampler.

28,007 Basic seafloor reconnaissance of T-phase data from NOAA autonomous array: assessing the nature of magmatic events.
15,000 Partial financial support for the 2000 Sanibel Symposium.
35,846 Subcontract between the University of Illinois and the University of Florida.
20,304 Research in finite group theory.
10,834 Computer acquisition for research in theoretical and experimental high energy physics.

68,000 Task B: research in theoretical & experimental elementary particle physics.

42,000 Experimental research in collider physics at CDF

70,000 Task G CMS: research on elementary particle physics.

76,166 Research in theoretical elementary particle physics.

3,000 Task C: second-generation dark matter axion search.

95,000 Cooperative phenomena (superconductivity/magnetism/groundstate formation) in heavy fermion materials.
23,902 Electrochromic adaptive infrared camouflage.
12,600 Survey of Broward and Dade County residents about citrus canker.
15,895 The socialization of beginning special education teachers: an investigation of their problems of practice & influence.
132,440 Functional organization of peripheral gustatory system.
35,800 Measuring gains in student achievement: a feasibility study.
21,000 Convene workshop to assess in-water methodologies for determining sea turtle relative abundance & population trends.

9,669 Are extractive reserves ecologically benign? Fruit harvest and frugivore communities.



3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
8,200 Proposal for field research study leading to the completion of a dissertation for a PhD degree.

3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
3,205 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
6,357 Unrestricted donation.
1,000 Canopy biology program in Panama.
5,113 Canopy biology program in Panama.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
9,453 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
6,302 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Department of Philosophy general fellowship account.
9,453 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
6,302 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.
3,151 Dissertation fellowships.


$34,295
HIS Multiple Sponsors 12,000 Oral History Program.
PHY Harvard University 14,795 Optical study of liquid hydrogen using a diamond anvil cell.
POL Agricultural & Labor Program Inc7,500 Community needs assessment.









Book Beat

Albert Camus: paradigmes de I'ironie: rdvolte et negation affirmative
Raymond Gay-Crosier (Romance Languages & Literatures) Left: The
Toronto, Paratexte subject of
Raymond
(summary provided by author) Gay-Cro-
Starting with a theoretical introduction, Raymond Gay-Crosier analyzes in twelve chapters on sier's re-
Albert Camus's theater and prose works the various adaptations of the latter's key concepts cen work:
of revolt and negative affirmation. The book represents the fruit of a lifelong preoccupation Camus
with the author of The Rebel and reunites widely dispersed articles on the subject.

(excerpt translated from text)
Having identified irony as referentiality that designates itself, we can also see it as animator
of heteroglossy that reorients discourse to a variable performative norm which its literary con-
figuration often risks to eschew Whether irony acts as fecund rupture, structure of reversal,
catalyst of pregnant error, or monitor of differentiality, in all these instances it operates as
negative affirmation that assigns to discourse its place in the social framework while remind-
ing it subtly of its communicative function. It also reminds the interlocutor of the fact that
knowledge itself is negative in that it is the consciousness of a lack. In its referential project,
irony can be defined neither as a trope nor as a performative formula. [Its deceptively simple
yet reductionist configuration], namely A equals and does not equal A, itself can only be seen
as an icon of referential irony, an illustrative formula adopting the appearance of an algebraic
equation in order to represent what irony, a contrario and simultaneously, can do and can be:
the negative affirmation of an equivalency and a difference.






Keene-Flint Hall Groundbreaking

__ __ __ C LAS alumnus and major donor Ken Keene (Math, 1947) and his wife,
Janet, were honored at the Keene-Flint Hall groundbreaking ceremo-
F__ ny held January 18th. The project, set in motion by a $3 million gift from
the Keenes, includes restoration of Keene-Flint and Anderson Halls and a
Keene-Flint Hall addition.
An artist's rendering (pictured below, right) illustrates the Keene-Flint
addition (center of picture stretching left) which will connect to historic
If, Keene-Flint Hall's southwest corner. The addition will include rest rooms,
elevators, lab space and a 150-seat auditorium. Additionally, a landscaped
courtyard will provide outdoor seating.
After the introductions and
presentations, (left) Dean $
Harrison, Janet Keene,
President Charles Young
and Ken Keene offi-
cially broke ground for the
Keene-Flint Hall addition.
Ken Keene (above, left)
spoke about his history
with the building (he at-
tended classes there in the
1940s) and his excitement
at the commencement of
the project.






Musings, continued from page 1
do. By talking to-and equally important, listen-
ing to-these highly qualified candidates, we gain a
measure of calibration about our own programs as
we learn what is happening elsewhere. To see how
well-prepared, how enthusiastic, how accomplished
these young (mostly) faculty wanna-be's are can be
a bit humbling. They are extremely bright, and ap-
pear even smarter in our eyes by their interest in the
University of Florida.
The amount of time, money, and energy spent in
the annual faculty recruiting season is impressive,
the heavy burden for which falls on the departments
and their faculty and staff. We have nearly 50 posi-
tions to fill this year, with perhaps three candidates
visiting for each slot, so about 150 visits must be
planned out in detail for an average 2-3 day stay. If
we assume roughly $1,200 per visit, various econo-
mies gain no small benefit from the recruitment
process.
A great deal of planning goes into each visit.
Faculty must volunteer (or be drafted) to pick up the
candidates at the airport, meet with them, take them
to lunch, dinner, maybe even breakfast, listen to
their talks, see that they get to the right places at the
right time, sponsor cocktail parties at their homes,
show them around Gainesville, and at the end, take
them back to the airport for another fun trip on ASA.
In all of this, so many places where things can go
wrong and often do. But, thankfully, it all works out
somehow.
The good news is that our faculty have always
been willing to take on these enervating chores, over
and above their normal day-to-day responsibilities.
The reason, of course, is that this is one of the most
important things we do. Recruiting new faculty is
the number one priority request I have from chairs
each year. Why do we feel so good about adding
new colleagues? What is it about new blood in the
department that raises the morale so? Why don't
we see them as additional competition for scarce
resources? Instead, faculty welcome them warmly,
make them feel at home, and brag to others about
how good the new "kids" are. Sure, these arrivals
may help lighten some shared responsibilities, but
it's more than that. Faculty see new hires as the
future of the Academy, a priceless commodity.
The heavy recruiting activity of the past 4-5
years should not cause us to forget a time in the
early '90s when virtually no hiring took place. The
pall that hung over the College was no fun. So
let us rejoice in all the work we are now about in
recruiting high powered young potential stars to our
ranks. When the faculty Class of 2000 is introduced
at the September College Assembly, it will all seem
worthwhile. And then some.

Will Harrison,
Dean



Young, continued from page 9

or more such excellent departments-I
don't think that's the case now, and it
will take a focused effort and additional
resources to allow that to happen.

Cn: What do you see as your role in help-
ing UF attract the best permanent presi-
dent? What kind of person do we need to
pull in?
CY: I think it needs to be someone with
substantial experience in a first-rate re-
search-based university-probably a public
university-and someone with vision and
leadership skills.
I hope to be able to help create the cir-
cumstances to make it possible for someone
with those talents to be able to move the
university forward. Things need to be done
to overcome present difficulties [Young
says these include internal governance
questions, external governance questions,
faculty salary questions and resource is-
sues] in order to provide the basis to move
forward. I think [these difficulties] can be
addressed in a short period of time.

Cn: Is it possible that the complicated
relationship history among the SUS, the
BOR and the legislature may be a deter-
rent to potential outstanding candidates?
CY: There are some concerns in that area.
Operating within any system is always
difficult, no matter how good the people
involved are. But the BOR and BOR staff
are interested in bringing about positive
changes in that regard, and conversations
with legislators lead me to believe they are
willing to try and overcome some of the
problems that may have been created by the
impact of the state in that tripartite process.


"By and large a good,

strong, broad liberal

arts education is the

best preparation for

graduates. Leave

the specialization for

graduate school. In

terms of jobs, for

people who are com-

pleting their education

with their undergradu-

ate degree, profes-

sionalization at the

undergraduate level

may be helpful-at

least for looking for the

first job. Whether that

is the best education

for a lifetime career is

another question."

-President Young


Cn: On a personal note, how did your family feel about you coming out of
retirement to take this position?
CY: I didn't contemplate an interim presidency when I retired, but when I
was asked to consider it at
UF, I came to the conclusion
that it would be stimulating, UNIVERSITY OF
interesting, and ultimately, FLO R ID A
that I could help the situa-
tion here in Florida. My wife CLASnotes is published monthly by the College
and family said it was alright of LiberalArts and Sciences to inform faculty and
and family said it was aght staff of current research and events.
with them....They were very
positive. It's been an enjoy- Dean: ill Harrison
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