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Meredith Cochie (BSJ '06)
Mickie Anderson (BSJ '87)
April Frawley Birdwell (BSJ '02)
Alisson Clark (BSJ'98)
Thomas Lamar Coughlin (BSBA'63)
Jean Feingold (BMA '75)
Amy Green (BSJ '98)
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Wrong Time Frame
Cindy Spence wrote an excel-
lent piece about Donald Boyd's
dissertation looking at the
WPA's pack horse librarian
program in Depression-era Ap-
palachia ("Reading and Rid-
ing," summer 2006 issue). One
of the photos used to illustrate
the story, however, shows three
boys reading Dr. Seuss's "Cat in
the Hat." As best I can tell, the
children's tale was published
in 1957, while the pack horse
program stopped in 1943. Per-
haps that book was provided
as part of the later bookmobile
programs? At any rate, keep
the good reads coming. I enjoy
Timothy Boudreau (MAMC '90)
I watched with pride the game
which ended in the University
of Florida basketball team win-
ning the 2006 National Col-
legiate Basketball Champion-
ship. My congratulations to the
coach and his team of fantastic
When the Gator football
team won the National Col-
legiate Football Championship,
the university produced for sale
a commemorative wristwatch
and pocket watch. I purchased
the wristwatch and gave it to
our son, Peter Yale Gunn, for
Christmas that year. He gradu-
ated from the UF College of
Journalism and Communica-
tions in 1987.
I hope you will do that
again for our basketball cham-
pionship team. When you do, I
want to be the first to purchase
the pocket watch.
You are doing a great job
with the alumni association!
Look forward to seeing you
at the gathering of the Grand
Guard in November.
R. Yale Gunn (BA '50)
For information about
commemorative watches that
may be available, contact the UF
Alumni Association at ufalum@
Why the Odd Size?
Just because we can, should
we? Advances in technology
make it possible to do a lot of
things, but we should first ad-
dress that question.
The always entertaining
Florida could as easily be in a
standard format, rather than
the odd-size creature it has
been for some time. Impos-
sible to hide it in a law book
and pretend you're studying, or
in any other publication that
comes to mind.
The history stories are fas-
cinating, and one day I'll share
some of mine with you, but
right now I wanted to get this
gripe offmy chest.
Young Simmons (LLB '57)
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volume 7 number 2 fall 2006
ON THE COVER
Isaac Brown (BSJ '03,
MAMC '06) is just one
of the award-winning
by UFs Documentary
Institute. To learn more
about the institute and
"Gimme Green," the
PHOTO COURTESYOF ERIC FLAGG
AND ISAAC BROWN
10 ................................................................................WARPed Perspective
UF's "art boot camp" helps students find their niche.
14 .................................................................................. ...... On the Defense
Florida works to build a shield against 21"t century plagues.
16 .................................................................................................. Storytellers
Documentary Institute produces PBS-caliber programs and budding filmmakers.
IN EVERY ISSUE
ON CAMPUS NEWS ABOUT CAMPUS, FACULTY AND STUDENTS
4 .............................................................................. .............. Hello Kitty
Faculty Profile: Julie Levy spearheads efforts to control stray cat populations.
5 ........... .............................................................................. About Face
Student Profile: A UF scholarship redirected Lydia Washington's future.
6 ....... ........................................................................Ct + Alt + Degree
In the Classroom: Online classes make UF accessible to students worldwide.
7 ........................................ ................. .................................. Century M ark
UF Flashback: UF and Gainesville mark 100 years together.
................................................................... ........................... .......... Iron M an
Sports Profile: Jesse Mudd follows a legacy as he tees up for next season.
9 .......................................................................................... Hitting the Bricks
How well do you know campus?
20 ........................................................................She Takes Her Chances
From breaking boundaries to serving her community,
Jeraldine Williams Smith (BSJ '67) embraces what life offers.
22 ................................................................................. On a High Note
Lee Cobb (MM '03) makes music 205 feet up.
ALUMNI ALUMNI MEMORIES AND HAPPENINGS
2 4 .......................................................................................... M y Old School
UF alumni share their memories.
2 6 ...................................................................................... Honor Guard
Tom Coughlin (BSBA '63) recalls his role in JFK's funeral.
news for alumni and friends of
the university of florida
JUUE LEVY SPEARHEADS
EFFORTS TO CONTROL STRAY
arrived at the Operation Catnip
clinic with a broken leg, neurologi-
cal damage and no one to care for
him. He lost his leg that day. It
was too damaged to be saved, but
thanks to Levy, Felix left the clinic
with his health and a home.
"Felix went from being a home-
less cat with no future to living
with someone at the vet school and
getting the best care," says Levy,
a UF associate professor of veteri-
nary medicine and the founder of
the trap-neuter-return program
Operation Catnip. "He's one
Sof the few lucky ones. A lot
f cats don't get this lucky,
and they're just as deserv-
ing as Felix is."
W Operation Catnip, a trap-neuter-return
program, has served more than 10,000 feral
and stray cats in Gainesville since Julie Levy
founded the program.
Carolina State University. She ex-
panded the program to Gainesville
four years later when she joined the
UF faculty. Chapters now operate
in Gainesville, Raleigh, N.C., and
Last year, Levy and her Opera-
tion Catnip volunteers also took
care of cats, dogs and rabbits made
homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
Since Levy established Opera-
tion Catnip, more than 10,000 cats
have been spayed or neutered in
Considered one of the country's
leading cat veterinarians, Levy is
working to develop a contraceptive
vaccine that could humanely control
the cat population with one shot.
Scientists respect her and students
clamor to work with Levy, says Dr.
Natalie Isaza (DVM '94), an assis-
tant professor of veterinary medicine
and director of the college's shelter
medicine program. In 2005, the
Association of Women Veterinarians
named Levy Outstanding Woman
Veterinarian of the Year, but Isaza
says Levy doesn't let any of her suc-
cess go to her head. She's still the
type of person who smiles, thanks
people and signs her e-mails with a
"I think Julie is pretty exception-
al in the amount of time she spends
every day on finding solutions for
homeless cats in this community,"
says Dr. Cynda Crawford (PhD
'84, DVM '89), a UF veterinary
immunologist who has volunteered
at every Operation Catnip clinic
since the inaugural one in 1998.
- April Frawley Birdwell (BSJ '02)
To learn more about Operation
Catnip, visit http://sacs.vetmed.ufl.
Enjoy the works of one of the world's most highly re-
garded ceramic artists, Magdalene Odundo of Kenya,
in her first Florida exhibition. The exhibition, which
continues through Dec. 31, highlights Odundo's blend-
ing of sculpture and pottery to
create striking ceramic vessels
that resonate with influences
ranging from early Greece to
Pretend to be a paleontologist at the Florida Museum
of Natural History's "Hatching the Past: The Great
Dinosaur Egg Hunt" exhibit through Jan. 7. It recounts
a dinosaur's life cycle from egg to adult. Visitors can
dig for dinosaur
eggs and explore
dinosaur nest that
S~extends more than
eight feet wide.
A UF SCHOLARSHIP REDIRECTED
LYDIA WASHINGTON'S FUTURE.
Lydia Washington's family didn't have
a lot of money when she was in high
school. She never imagined going to
Now she's in her fourth year.
Washington, 21, received a full
scholarship to UF through the Alli-
ance Program, established five years
ago as an outreach to low-performing
high schools and at-risk students. The
program provides training to teach-
ers and principals at six high schools
statewide and scholarships to the top
five students at each school.
"In all honesty, I didn't think I
ever would be here," says Washing-
ton, a senior majoring in political
science with minors in education and
African-American studies. "I really
don't know where I'd be without this
Washington, whose dad was in the
military, spent part of her childhood
in Europe and Africa before settling
in Jacksonville, where she attended Lydia Washington thought the military was her future
William M. Raines High School. She until UF's Alliance Program made college a reality.
imagined she too would enlist in the
military after graduation and perhaps attend a community college some day. She learned about
the UF scholarship a year before graduation initially skeptical, she was soon grateful for the
Washington says her horizons have expanded since she's been at UE In 2005, for instance,
she journeyed with the College of Education to the Netherlands to study Dutch society and
European politics. The experience gave her a new understanding of her own country and her
place in it.
"That was the first time I felt I was an American and not an African-American," she says. "I
identified myself as an American when I went to Europe, and it actually felt kind of good."
Washington aspires to serve in Congress as well as own a media empire akin to Oprah
Winfrey's. She enjoys writing and speaking she has spoken at donor events and recruitment
programs on behalf of the university.
One message Washington tries to convey is that donations and scholarships do make a dif-
ference in students' lives, enabling them to reach beyond their expectations.
"I just encourage ... that alumni keep giving and really get to know the people they're giv-
ing to," she says. "That truly might be your next mayor or president."
Amy Green (BSJ '98)
For more information on the Alliance Program, visit http://education.ufl.edu/Alliance.
your own butterfly and learn about
Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
in this interactive game from the
Florida Museum of Natural History.
healthful information and insights
from "Health in a Heartbeat," UF's
two-minute radio show broadcast
on more than 55 National Public
Radio stations nationwide.
-Seeking parenting guidance?
UF's Institute for Child and Ado-
lescent Research and Evaluation
offers advice on everything from
winning bedtime battles to helping
children cope with tragedy.
- Support September 11 scholar-
ships, Florida Opportunity schol-
arships or a whole host of other
UF programs, professorships and
research endeavors on this se-
Upload your own UF-related
photos and videos to this social
- Find support for Alzheimer's
disease patients and caregivers
alike including support groups,
nutritional guidance and commu-
nity resource guides -through
this service Web site provided by
UF's College of Public Health and
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ONUNE CLASSES MAKE UF
ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS
After a full day at work, Jim Shuma
comes home, sits in front of his
computer, logs on to the UF Web
site and attends a graduate-level
software engineering class.
Shuma, 26, an engineer with
Lockheed Martin Simulation,
Training & Support in Orlando,
takes notes as he watches a stream-
ing video of his class.
"It is so convenient. I can
pause the video, grab a snack,
help my wife if she needs
something, then get back
to it," says Shuma, who
has now completed
his master's degree
in computer engi-
high-quality institution are two rea-
sons Shuma says he chose to pursue
his master's degree online at UE
Increasing opportunities for
more students is what the Division
of Distance, Continuing and Ex-
ecutive Education is all about, says
James Knight, dean of Continuing
"Distance education is signifi-
cantly expanding the University of
Florida's reach. The notion is that
the world is becoming smaller, and
with this we can teach anybody in
the world," Knight says.
Since the establishment of the
Internet, distance learning offerings
have moved beyond correspon-
dence courses and teleconferencing
to become a booming high-tech
component of accredited educa-
tional institutions worldwide. UF's
distance learning course enrollment
has more than doubled in the past
year, making Shuma one of 7,000
DCE students this year.
The number of courses and
degree programs has increased,
as well. More than 180 gradu-
ate, undergraduate or professional
development distance education
classes are currently available from
UF ranging from forensics to fire
and emergency services.
Mary Bonhomme, director of
UF's Electronic Delivery of Gradu-
ate Engineering program in the
College of Engineering, had 271
DCE students this summer in two
professional certificate and nine
master's degree programs.
"We want to serve the lifelong
learning needs of engineers. This
is one way we can help those who
work full-time, who can't leave
their jobs or families to return to
school," Bonhomme says.
Ian Tebbett, a professor and
director of the online forensic sci-
ence programs in the College of
Pharmacy, says distance education
curriculum is designed to meet the
needs of students who cannot fit
into a traditional classroom setup,
such as full-time professionals and
those who live far from campus and
Catherine Seonghee Yang, a
pharmacist in South Korea who
is taking the working professional
Doctor of Pharmacy program on-
line, says UF provides a learning
experience that is not available at
school in her country.
"It helps me to take the program
without going abroad," she says.
"Usually it is very expensive and
nearly impossible for a married
woman to study in a foreign coun-
try. I think it is wonderful to take
lectures without giving up my work
With so many students and so
much to learn, Knight says, brick
and mortar alone can no longer
hold UF, making the potential
reach of the Gator Nation limitless.
-Denise Trunk (MAMC '97)
To learn more about UF's online
learning opportunities, visit
UF AND GAINESVILLE MARK
100 YEARS TOGETHER.
By Carl Van Ness (MA '85)
Were it not for William Ellis,
Gainesville and the University of
Florida would not be celebrat-
ing 100 years of partnership and
growth. We would, instead, be in
our 121st year in Lake City.
Ellis was Florida's attorney
general in 1905 and a member of
the State Board of Education. The
Buckman Act of 1905 established
a new university system in Florida,
and Ellis, the four other board
members and five members of a
new governing board for higher
education were given the task of
selecting a site for a state university.
The frontrunner was thought to
be Lake City. site of Florida's first
university, but Gainesville, home of
the East Florida Seminar), put in
an attractive bid.
The 10 men met in Tallahassee
on July 6, 1905, to decide the fates
of both towns. The first vote re-
sulted in a 5-5 tie, but after several
hours of discussion and debate, El-
lis switched his vote to Gainesville.
The decision was telegrammed to
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both towns, and the responses were
predictable: jubilation in one and
anger in the other.
The university spent its first
academic year in Lake City while
a new campus was cleared in the
piney woods along the road to
Newberry, a mile from the center
of Gainesville. Registration for
the 1906 fall semester began on
Monday, Sept. 24, and the first
buildings were still being finished
when classes began on Wednesday.
A dedication ceremony was sched-
uled for the next day.
On Thursday, the campus and
the town were decked our in school
colors. The Florida Times-Union
reported the colors were purple and
gold. The purple can probably be
ascribed to a slight color-blindness
on the part of the reporter, but the
gold may have been accurate. There
are more references to blue and gold
in the earliest years of the university
than to blue and orange. Artifacts
that bear the colors, such as the
dedication program itself, only add
to the confusion. It was an ambigu-
ous shade between yellow and red.
The university eventually decided it
Shortly after lunch Thursday,
the city dosed its doors and hun-
dreds of Gainesville residents wend-
ed their way to campus to attend
A 1916 artist's rendition of the proposed UF layout which called for arching
drives across campus, including a main entrance at what is now the corner
of University Avenue and 13' Street. Several buildings in the drawing can be
found on campus, including Thomas, Buckman, Keene-Flint, Anderson and
the dedication at Thomas Hall.
Among the dignitaries was Gov.
Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, but
the keynote address was given by
Nathan Bryan. Bryan had been one
of Broward's closest political advisers
and was the principal architect of
the governor's educational reforms.
As chair of the Florida Board of
Control, Bryan would guide higher
education in the first decade after the
Buckman Act. "Gainesville, beautiful
in her surroundings, patriotic, enthu-
siastic, big-hearted Gainesville," was
how Bryan described the city. His
speech proclaimed the 20th century
to be the "new age of the specialist,"
and he prophesized the day when the
university's alumni would include
governors, senators and other state
Sitting in the student section
of the audience were two future
leaders who would have a tremen-
dous impact on the university and
Gainesville: William Shands (BA
'06, LLB '28) and T.Z. Cason ('07).
First-year student Shands would, as
state Sen. Shands, lead the legisla-
rive effort to locate the medical
center and training hospital in
Gainesville. But once again Gaines-
ville was not the frontrunner, and
it took another vote switcher to
bring them here. Jacksonville was
favored by many. The leader of the
Jacksonville boosters was Cason,
head of Riverside Hospital. After
several years of political stalemate,
Cason dropped his support for
Jacksonville and encouraged the
Legislature to accept Gainesville.
This year, thanks to Shands and
Cason, we also commemorate the
50th anniversary of the J. Hillis
Miller Health Center.
After the university's 1906
dedication ceremony, it was Gaines-
ville's turn to fete the university.
A grand ball was held for the new
students in the city's Opera House
that evening. In the intervening
100 years, Gainesville and the uni-
versity have shared many such town
and gown moments.
Carl Van Ness
(MA '85) is UF's archivist and
David Colburn, history professor
and former UF provost, was se-
lected to serve as senior adviser
to State University System of
Florida Chancellor Mark Rosen-
berg.* Jamie Conti (MD '87),
associate professor of medicine,
was elected to the Association
of University Cardiologists, an
organization of 125 of the nation's
top cardiologists.* Carlton Davis,
distinguished service professor in
the Department of Food and Re-
source Economics, was inducted
into the George Washington Carv-
er Public Service Hall of Fame at
Tuskegee University in Alabama.
* Physicist James Dufty received
an American Institute of Phys-
ics fellowship at the U.S. State
Department in Washington, D.C.
English professor William Logan
won the National Book Critics
Circle Award in Criticism for his
book "The Undiscovered Country:
Poetry in the Age of Tin." Jane
Luzar, a professor in the Depart-
ment of Food and Resource Eco-
nomics, was named an American
Council on Education Fellow for
the 2006-07 academic year. Dis-
tinguished professor of agrofor-
estry P.K. Nair received the Hum-
boldt Research Award, Germany's
highest research award for senior
scientists in the United States, for
helping shape agroforestry into
a scientific discipline.* Michael
Okun (MD '96), co-director of UF's
Movement Disorders Center and
an assistant professor of neurol-
ogy, was appointed to a three-
year term as the national medical
director of the National Parkinson
PATENTLY GREAT: UF ranked
seventh in the nation for the
number of patents (64) its re-
searchers received in 2005,
according to The Chronicle of
REALITY CHECK: UF graduates
seem to make successful reality
television competitors: Kendra
Todd (BA '00) won the third
season of "The Apprentice,"
Jesse Palmer (BA '01, BSBA
'01) starred in the fifth season
of "The Bachelor," and alumna
Christina Christian was a final-
ist in the first "American Idol."
Most recently, former UF foot-
ball star Emmitt Smith (BSR '96)
won the third season of ABC's
"Dancing with the Stars" this
HEAVY READING: The books in
the UF Libraries more than
4 million in all could fill the
stands in Ben Hill Griffin Stadi-
um with 45 books in each seat.
BUMPER TO BUMPER: The
state of Florida's UF license
plate has raised $27.2 million
to benefit scholarships and
academic advancement All
told, more than 306,000 of the
orange-and-blue plates have
been issued since they debuted
in 1987. The plates can be pur-
chased at any tag agency office
in Florida for a $25 annual fee in
addition to regular registration
JESSIE MUDD FOLLOWS A
LEGACY AS HE TEES UP FOR
When Jessie Mudd suffered an
ankle injury before his sophomore
year at UF, the six months he was
forced to sit out as a redshirt was
the longest he'd gone without play-
ing golf since he was big enough to
hold a club.
"It was hard sitting out for that
long," says Mudd, 21, a junior.
"Ever since I can remember, I've
held a golf club. My parents have
a picture of me where I'm barely
walking, but I have a golf club my
size in my hands."
His father and two uncles play
golf professionally, and his older
brother played golf for Mississippi
"I don't remember how I started
playing, but I guess I was born
into it," says Mudd, who adds that
his father, Eddie, and uncles fre-
quently give him tips.
Mudd, it seems, was destined
to golf for the Gators. He attended
Gator golf camp when he was 12.
Gator coach Buddy Alexander
is a friend of Mudd's father and
coached Mudd's uncles at Geor-
gia Southern and Louisiana State
universities. Mudd says along with
a desire from childhood to golf in
the Southeastern Conference, that
friendship influenced his decision
to play for UE
"UF has always been a really
good golf and athletic school in
general," Mudd says. "It's in the
SEC, which is arguably the best
conference in college athletics. I
didn't really look at other schools;
and since I already knew Coach
Alexander, and the history and the
facility at UF, it was a pretty easy
decision to make."
He says if he weren't a member
of the Gator golf team, it would be
unlikely that he would have chosen
to attend UF because of Gaines-
ville's distance from his hometown
of Louisville, Ky.
At UF, however, Mudd says he
has learned to appreciate the educa-
tion he is receiving.
"I didn't really care about aca-
demics coming out of high school,
but as you get older, you start
to realize that you need
some sort of academic
Mudd, who will '
graduate with a de- ..
gree in anthropology
in 2008. "I'm thankful
that I had the oppor-
tunity to earn a degree
from a school as presti-
gious as UE"
Mudd says he'd like
to play professional
golf, but now he's
to next season.
will be the
people on the
team," he says. "I'm looking for-
ward to having a leadership role,
and I'm kind of nervous; but it
should be a good year."
Alexander sees next season as
one for rebuilding.
"The one that could have the
biggest impact would be Jessie
Mudd," Alexander says. "If he plays
up to his capability, our transition
should be a little [smoother]."
- Meredith Jean Morton (BSJ '06)
To notice these details,
you may have to look
closer than usual. UF has
an extensive collection
of art around campus
in forms of statues,
paintings and structures.
Recognize these campus
features? Check your
answers on page 24.
MEREDITH COCHIE (BSJ '06)
Hitting the Bricks
n o t e s
UFS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
AND SCIENCES has announced a
five-year plan to address a bud-
get imbalance. The plan includes
cutting some faculty positions
through attrition and hiring fewer
graduate teaching assistants.
The plan is expected to put the
college's $98 million annual bud-
get back in the black by the 2008-
09 fiscal year.
ALCOHOL 101: Incoming freshmen
this fall are required to complete
an online course that emphasizes
the risks and consequences of
binge drinking. The class, offered
through MyStudentBody.com, is
intended to discourage high-risk
MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Renova-
tions are in store for Ben Hill Grif-
fin Stadium as the university cre-
ates a "grand football entryway"
for fans. The $15 million expansion
- which includes renovations to
the stadium's southwest corner
and the coaches' offices as well
as an expansion of the weight
room -will kick off this spring.
The construction will be funded by
the University Athletic Association
and private donations.
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