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 Florida tomorrow
 Catalyst for civil rights
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    Front Cover
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    Table of Contents
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    Commander in teeth
        Page 4
    Aide for Africa
        Page 5
    The art of the journal
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    On your honor
        Page 7
    Positive spin
        Page 8
    Hitting the bricks
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        Page 10
    Florida tomorrow
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    Catalyst for civil rights
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    Mr. Orange and blue
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    My old school
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    Freedom of speech, or of the press
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Homecoming Highlights

UF's two-day Homecoming extravaganza began in 1907 as "Dad's Day." In 1924, Blue Key was
formed to help plan the first official Homecoming versus Drake University, which was celebrated
Thanksgiving Day and included a parade, alumni luncheon and band concert before the game. The
event was moved to Saturday in 1925 so it could become a weekend affair that included a pep rally -
the precursor to Gator Growl.
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volume 8 number 2


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ON THE COVER:
As the public phase
of Forida Tomorrow:
The Campaign for the
University of Florida
kicks off, organizers
share impacts of past
campaigns and visions
of how this one will
change UF.
PHOTO BY TIM HUSSIN (4JM)


Linnes Finney Jr.

32


]ENTS


FEATURES
II.................................... .............................................. Florida Tom orrow
As UF looks to the future, its vision for Florida Tomorrow includes you.


IN EVERY ISSUE

ON CAMPUS NEWS ABOUT CAMPUS, FACULTY AND STUDENTS
4 ................................................................................... Com m ander in Teeth
Faculty Profile: Dentistry professor Boyd Robinson recalls
his days as the "First Dentist."

5 ........ ..................................................... ......... ................ Aide for Africa
Student Profile: He knows he can't help everyone,
but Mark Cogburn hopes his work in Rwanda makes a difference.

6 ........................................ ....... .................... ...... The Art of the Journal
In the Classroom: In this class, literature is in and angst is out.

7 .................................................................................... On Your Honor
UF Flashback: UF's Honor Code expected you to do right
and be good without supervision.


8 ................................................................................. ......... Positive Spin
Sports Profile: Track and fielder Wes Stockbarger hopes to
whirl and hurl all the way to the Olympics.

9 .......................................................................................... Hitting the Bricks
How well do you know campus?

ALUMNI PROFILES
32 ........................................................................ Catalyst for Civil Rights
A youthful interest led Linnes Finney Jr. (JD '82) to the top of his field.

3 3 ................................................................................. M r. Orange and Blue
From midfield to the sidelines, Richard Johnston (BSBA '79, JD '81)
has the Swamp covered.

ALUMNI ALUMNI MEMORIES AND HAPPENINGS
3 6 ........................................................................................... M y Old School

GATOR TALES
38.................................................... Freedom of Speech, or of the Press
How the Alligator received its independence.


news for alumni and friends of
the university of florida


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NEWS


ABOUT CAMPUS,


FACULTY AND


STUDENTS


14 FLORIDA


Commander in Teeth




Commander in Teeth


DENTISTRY PROFESSOR BOYD
ROBINSON RECALLS HIS DAYS
AS THE "FIRST DENTIST."
The phone rang. President Bush
needed to talk, the voice on the
other end said.
"The next thing I know, I'm on
the phone with him," recalls Boyd
Robinson, an associate professor of
dentistry. "He said, 'I think I have a
problem."'
A filling may have been lost,
George H. W. Bush explained.
This may not have been a matter of
national security, but any problem
with the "First Teeth" was an emer-
gency for Robinson, then a dental
officer in the U.S. Navy and the
president's official dentist.
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Robinson has a photo of late President Ron
Reagan, known for his calm and friendly pel
on his office wall.


These days, Robinson spends
most of his time on administrative
tasks as the College of Dentistry's
associate dean for clinical affairs,
but in the late '80s and early '90s,
Robinson served as the gatekeeper
for both Ronald Reagan's and
Bush's oral health.
"The first couple times were
nerve-racking," Robinson says of his
visits to the White House to treat
the presidents, whom he saw every
three months for check-ups. "They
have a clinic in the White House
basement and you wait for the
president to come down. But once
they're there, you start working and
treat them the best you can.
"Reagan he was like your
grandfather. He always wanted to
make you comfortable,
so when he walked in
a room, the first thing
he did was shake your
hand or tap you on the
shoulder. He was a very
calming person when he
walked in a room, even
though you knew he
was the president."
Unlike the
president's personal
physician, whom the
S president chooses from
a selection of U.S. Navy
doctors, Navy officials
select the president's
dentist from their corps
of general dentists who
are apt to be skilled
in multiple areas of
dentistry.
"You can't get a
higher honor than
that," says Capt.
aid
rsonality,


Robert Taft, dean of the Naval
Postgraduate Dental School, who
has known Robinson for years.
"Only select people are even
approached about that, based on
skill level and personality."
Robinson joined the Navy
in 1976 after earning his dental
degree. He joined mostly for the
training the Navy's dental program
offered. He told his wife he'd be in
a couple years. But a couple years
turned into 10 and by then, stay-
ing in another 10 years to reach the
military's retirement age didn't seem
like much.
Reagan had six months left in
office when Robinson took over his
dental care. Robinson also treated
military personnel who worked
at the White House and Camp
David and saw the president's fam-
ily members he even got a new
dental chair to better fit the petite
Nancy Reagan although they
weren't on the same strict treatment
plan as the president.
Presidents receive regular dental
care every three months, and to
keep their smile status quo, dentists
take impressions to create casts and
temporary pieces in case the presi-
dent's teeth are damaged during an
accident, Robinson says.
After serving as dean of the Na-
val Postgraduate Dental School and
as the commanding officer of a unit
in Rhode Island, Robinson retired
from the Navy in 2002. He wanted
to focus on teaching, he says.
"He instills discipline in a posi-
tive way," says Ulrich Foerster, a
UF professor of dentistry. "Students
really respond to that."
-April Frawley Birdwell (BS '02)







ON CAMPUS


Muse m

Stroll


SHADES OF GREY
"Photographic Formalities: From Ansel Adams to
Weegee" explores the distinct and different ways
photography records light. Whether the subtle light in
Ansel Adams' landscapes, Weegee's harsh artificial
light or William Klein's
natural lighting of chil-
dren, the exhibit fea-
tures photography that
runs the gamut. Support
for the exhibit, which
runs through Jan. 6 at
the Samuel P. Ham Museum of Art, is provided by the
150th Anniversary Cultural Plaza Endowment
www.harn.ufl.edu

SUPERSIZED
SHARKS
"Megalodon: Larg-
est Shark that Ever
Lived" sinks its teeth
into the evolution
and biology of the
60-foot prehistoric shark, a relative of modern great
white and mako sharks. Using fossilized specimens,
full-scale models and recent findings by UF research-
ers, the exhibit also highlights the role of the shark in
basic science concepts and aims to further the cause
of shark conservation. The Florida Museum of Natural
History exhibit has been extended through Jan. 6.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu


Aide for Africa


HE KNOWS HE CANT HELP
EVERYONE, BUT MARK COGBURN
HOPES HIS WORK IN RWANDA
MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
The smell of burnt flesh from the touch
of an electric cauterizer sealing cut
veins rises through the sticky heat of
the poorly ventilated operating room.
In the materninty ard nearby, women
give birth with only a Tylenol capsule to
kill the pain, still remaining silent and
strong throughout the process. Outside
of this Rwandan hospital, a mass grave
holds the bodies of 40 Tutsis murdered
in the 1994 genocides.
just another summer for Mark
Cogburn.
Since his days in middle school,
Cogburn. a senior majoring in nutri-
tional science, has participated in several
trips to nations such as Nicaragua and
Tanzania, helping physicians and mis-
sion workers provide medical care to An aspiring physician, Mark Cogburn plans to
villagers in underdeveloped regions. graduate from the College of Pharmacy in December.
"These are people who have never
seen a doctor," Cogburn says. "They don't even have clean drinking water."
And while some parents might express concern about their child venturing to such dire
locales, don't expect Cogburn's mother and father to object it was their idea.
"My dad got this idea that he wanted to open a clinic in Africa," Cogburn says. "And over
time, it's become something that the whole family has really gotten interested in. It's really a
family affair."
Cogburn and his family parents Will (BSME '81) and Dianne (BSA '81), twin brother
Brian (4ALS) and younger sister Megan most recently volunteered together in summer
2005 in Rwanda. During the four-week trip, Cogburn assisted a Filipino surgeon, an experi-
ence that Cogburn says called on much of what he had been studying at UE
"That %%as the first time I was really using the knowledge from my nutrition courses," Cog-
burn says. "And at the same time, I'm seeing things that a lot of students wouldn't see until
their fourth year of medical school."
"Most people in the U.S. think of Africa as this hopeless place," he says. "But even if you're
doing little things, you're making a huge difference."
Cogburn's accomplishments extend stateside, as well. He was named a 2006-07 university
scholar, using the award's $3,000 stipend to conduct research on gene therapy. And while
Cogburn says the results of his research haven't met his initial expectations, Dr. Jeffrey Hughes,
a professor of pharmaceutics and Cogburn's mentor for the University Scholars Program, says
these bumps have revealed Cogburn's true colors.
"A lot of students get frustrated when their projects hit a snag, but he doesn't," Hughes says.
"He's very dedicated."
Jamison Webb (BSJ '07)


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ON CAMPUS


Gator Bytes

http://GoGatorNation.com -
Upload personal pictures and
videos, share memorable stories
about UF, learn facts about the
university and connect with other
alumni at this special online com-
munity for The Gator Nation.

www.arts.ufl.edu/asb View
more than 90 works of public art
that dot UF's campus, complete
with photos and locations.

www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/her-
petology/fl-guide/snakekey.htm
- See a snake in the backyard?
Determine what kind it might be
through this layman's guide pro-
vided by the Florida Museum of
Natural History.

www.cba.ufl.edu/podcasts/tues-
dayswithtosi/index.asp Listen
to "Tuesdays with Tosi," an issue-
driven Podcast produced by UF's
Warrington College of Business
Administration.

www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/
puzzle/puzzles.html Learn
about sharks through this collec-
tion of word games provided by
the Florida Museum of Natural
History.

www.fireinflorida.com Learn
how to protect your home from
forest fires while discovering why
some forms of fire are beneficial
through this site from UF's
School of Forest Resources and
Conservation.

To find any UF Web site, visit
www.ufl.edu.


6 FLORIDA


IN THIS CLASS, LITERATURE IS
IN AND ANGST IS OUT.
It's easy keeping a journal to record
events or thoughts, but when some-
one can mold language and life
onto paper that's when journal-
ing becomes an art.
UF's "The Art in the Journal"
course teaches students to do
just that.
"It gives them the expected
powers of observation and
expression they didn't even know
they had," says Rebecca Nagy,
director for the Samuel P. Harn
Museum of Art.


Journaling helps find a narra-
tive in the random string of events
and images that occur in life, says
Natasha El-Sergany (BA '07), who
took the class in the spring.
"There is also the nice surprise
of the precious few passages that
don't make me cringe when I look
back weeks or months later the
moments that, if recorded with
a certain degree of accuracy and
affection, seem to stay alive some-
S how," she says.


Challenging the typical class-
room setting, the small class meets
at the Samuel P Ham Museum
of Art. Students get to know each
other and form special bonds, says
professor Debora Greger, who
teaches the course.
They're also surrounded by
inspiration.
"Students actually meet at the
museum so that their creative writ-
ing is based on repeated and in-
depth experiences with works of art
and the overall museum experience
- the architecture and gardens, the
permanent collections and chang-
ing exhibitions, the visitor experi-


ence and educational program-
ming," Nagy says.
The class, which is offered every
spring to fourth-year English ma-
jors, is divided into three sections
and students are required to keep
three journals: an outdoor, reading
and a museum journal. The 20 stu-
dents are also encouraged to focus
and engage in discussion.
"Journal keeping tends to be
more worthwhile when observa-
tions are the main focus and not


just eighth-grade melodrama about
your emotions and feelings," El-
Sergany says. "It's was most thera-
peutic, in fact, when I wrote less
about myself."
By the end, students learn
how to express themselves better,
especially after outside journaling
activities.
"We watched the days warm up
and the trees get new leaves all
the while discussing the books we
were reading," says Janice Green-
wood (BA '07), who took the class
in the spring. "In terms of my writ-
ing, I think I learned how to slow
down and let small phrases come
to me, rather than trying to write
more 'complete' pieces of poetry
every time I sat down to write."
One of the special aspects of the
course is the display of their work
through the Harn Museum's Mu-
seum Nights program.
"We walked as a group from
piece to piece of artwork that had
inspired a moment in our journals
and read them aloud one by one,"
El-Sergany says. "Even if the only
people who attended the Museum
Nights were our loved ones, it still
made it worthwhile for us to be
part of it."
After this course, students say
they find it easy to keep journaling.
"I still carry around the same
book I had while I took the class,"
Greenwood says: "When a phrase
or a line or an idea comes to me, I
write it down. It isn't really a daily
thing, but I keep it with me as I
walk through city streets, parks
and books."
Priscilla Santos (4JM)


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ON CAMPUS


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On Your Honor


UF'S HONOR CODE EXPECTED
YOU TO DO RIGHT AND
BE GOOD WITHOUT
SUPERVISION.
By Carl Van Ness (MA '85)

"A gentleman and a scholar" is a
phrase my father used when refer-
ring to a certain type of person.
As a child I had no clue what the
phrase meant. Today, the concept
of the college as both a place where
a young person builds character as
well as a place of learning seems an
anachronism. In academia, though,
the past lives on in different ways.
Prior to World War 11 when
only men populated our hallowed
halls, posters were mounted around
campus extolling the "Five Charac-
ter Traits of the Traditional Florida
Man." He was studious, loyal, coop-
erative, a gentleman and, first and
foremost, honest. For decades, his
honesty and personal integrity were
rested regularly at each examination
when the professor left the room


and returned only
to collect exams.
The first in-
structor to imple-
ment an honor
system was proba-
bly English profes-
sor James Marion
Farr. In 1901, as
a newly arrived faculty member,
Farr suggested the idea to his more
veteran colleagues. Farr found the
other faculty "unsympathetic and
inclined to scoff," but then-univer-
sity president Thomas Taliaferro
in Lake City gave him permission
to try. The initial attempt resulted
in each student copying verbatim
from the textbook. The follow-
ing day in class, Farr slammed the
exams on the lectern, announced to
the class that he could not "teach or
even associate with human beings
so devoid of honor" and promptly
left the room. That evening a del-
egation of students appeared to
beg his forgiveness and for another
opportunity to prove their integ-


rity. From then on, Farr had little
trouble.
After Farr, other faculty em-
ployed an honor system. The
student body itself adopted by refer-
endum an Honor Code on June 25,
1916. The vote was unanimous. The
code provided for only two breaches
of the Honor System: 1) either giv-
ing or receiving illegitimate aid and
2) failure to report such aid. The
penalty for the first was expulsion
and the penalty for the second was
suspension. An executive committee
of five students tried each case.
The first student body consti-
rution was adopted in 1925 and
the Honor Court was established.
Court records were filed and the
sentences of the convicted made
public. The Honor Code was ex-
panded to include cases of theft and
passing worthless checks. Ticket
scalping was later added to the list
of offenses.
The honor pledge "On my
Honor as a Florida Man, I have
neither given nor received aid on
this examination" first appeared
on exams in 1932. The penalty
system was also revised that year.
Freshmen were shown more leni-
ency and the convicted were usually
subjected to penalty hours addi-
tional coursework added to the nor-
mal course requirements rather
than suspension or expulsion.
Anonymous reports of cheating
could be dropped in a box outside
the student government offices in
the union. Students were also en-
couraged to "stand and announce"
during exams. Ifa student observed
cheating, he was to announce it to
the class without naming the cul-
prits. This usually had the desired
chilling effect.
Carl Van Ness (MA '85) is UF'
archivist and historian.


Kudos
Jennifer Elder (MSN '79, PhD '92),
associate professor and chair of
the Department of Health Care En-
vironments and Systems, received
the spring 2007 Howard Hughes
Medical Institute Distinguished
Mentor Award. Lawrence Brock
(DMD '82), an assistant clinical
professor of periodontology at the
College of Dentistry, received the
American Academy of Periodon-
tology's 2007 Educator Award. *
Marc Heft, professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery and diagnos-
tic sciences, was elected presi-
dent of the American Association
for Dental Research. Grant Mc-
Fadden, program director of the
College of Medicine's Emerging
Pathogens Initiative, has received
a fellowship from the American
Academy of Microbiology. *
Psychology professor Gregory
Neimeyer and chemistry profes-
sor Nigel Richards were inducted
into the Academy of Distinguished
Teaching Scholars. Scott Tomar,
professor and chairman of the
Department of Community Den-
tistry and Behavioral Science,
was elected vice president of the
American Association of Public
Health Dentistry.


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ON CAMPUS


Florida Facts


* MONEY MAKER: Thanks to
national championship wins
in basketball and football, UF
received $2.01 million in royal-
ties for the first quarter of 2007,
according to the Collegiate
Licensing Co. UF ranks third
overall in college licensing roy-
alties nationwide, just behind
the University of Texas at Austin
and Notre Dame.

* COMMUNITY PRIDE: Gaines-
ville was recently named the
No. 1 city in North America in
"Cities Ranked and Rated" by
Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.

* AIMING HIGH: Of 144 Air Force
ROTC detachments in the
United States, UF's was ranked
in the top 5 percent. Detach-
ment 150 received outstanding
ratings in training, recruiting,
personnel actions and educa-
tion during the Air Force's 2006
Operational Readiness Inspec-
tion. The detachment received a
rating of excellent for financial
management and unit support.

* INVESTMENT RETURNS: UF
generates nearly $6 billion an-
nually for Florida's economy and
is responsible for nearly 75,000
jobs. Those figures translate
to roughly $8.80 for every state
dollar invested in the university.

* YOUR TABLE IS READY: De-
mand for its 20 group study
rooms is so great, Library West
now gives out restaurant-style
flashing pagers to let students
know when their room is ready.


Go


Gators


Positive Spin


TRACK AND FIELDER WES
STOCKBARGER HOPES TO
WHIRL ALL THE WAY TO
THE OLYMPICS.
For UF track and field star Wes
Stockbarger, no family gathering
is complete without a good old-
fashioned discus throw.
Stockbarger, his older brother,
his younger sister and his father -
all discus athletes are all eager
to match up against one another.
"We'll go to a local high school
and throw in the field there,"
Stockbarger says.
When he took the field
in May at the Southeastern
Conference Championships
in Tuscaloosa, Ala., it
was miles away both
figuratively and liter-
ally from that field in
Stockbarger's hometown of Port
Charlotte. But the results were
largely the same as Stockbarger
outthrew his competition to take
home his second consecutive SEC
discus tite.
"It means a lot to get here,"
Stockbarger says of the title. "It's
been a struggle."
The struggle was less about
opponents and more about
orthopedics. As a freshman in
2005, Stockbarger strained
his back, forcing him to
miss the indoor track
and field season (he
was redshirted for that
season). By March of
that year, however,
when the outdoor


season was beginning, Stockbarger
was healthy enough to compete.
Taking the field for UF in four
events hammer throw, weight
throw, shot-put and discus -
Stockbarger has maintained a streak
of excellence that began years ago.
As a middle-schooler, he was the
national champion in discus at the
Junior Olympics; by his senior year
of high school, he was Class 3A
state champion in both shot-put
and discus.
Although he was


Wes Stockbarger
has won state,
Junior Olympic
and SEC
Championships
in discus.


the 2007 SEC indoor champion
in shot-put, discus continues to be
the area where Stockbarger shines
brightest. He is a three-time All-
American in the event (one of only
three Gator discus athletes to re-
ceive multiple All-American hon-
ors) and currently holds the school
record. He placed third at the
NCAA Championships in June, the
highest finish for a discus athlete in
UF history.
While he continues to train
for another year of competition at
the college level, Stockbarger has
also set his sights on a spot on
the U.S. Olympic team. Rana
Reider, field events coach for
UF, says such an ambition
isn't a long shot.
"Wes has the desire
to be one of the best in
the world," Reider says.
"And if we can get his
technique to improve every
year, I think he'll be one of
the best."
When he isn't working on
technique, Stockbarger stays busy
with tennis and golf, and the oc-
casional trip to karaoke night with
friends and fellow athletes (he says
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
is one of his favorite sing-along
choices). And when asked if the
family tradition of discus throwing
will continue with his own children
someday, the soft-spoken Stock-
barger says he hasn't ruled it out.
"I'll introduce it to them, see
what happens," he says with a
laugh.
-Jamison Webb (BSJ '07)


FLORIDA








Nothing but blue skies
this fall at UE Can you identify
these campus buildings?
See answers on page 36.
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FROM GRASS TO GAS: The Florida
Legislature has given UF$20
million to build a biofuels plant
that could turn lawn waste into
ethanol. The plant, which could
produce up to 2 million gallons of
biofuel annually, would use tech-
nology patented by Lonnie Ingram,
a microbiology and cell sciences
professor in UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences.

NOT JUST ANY NATION: When
talking about the Gator Nation, UF
has determined we are The Gator
Nation. Writers everywhere have
been asked to capitalize "The"
to help emphasize that there's no
place as unique as UF.

IT'S A WASH: UF is installing
water- and energy-efficient wash-
ers and dryers in its residence
halls as part of its ongoing goal to
lessen its environmental impact.
Using the new machines will cost
more $1.25 instead of 75 cents
- but students report they can
wash and dry more items per load.

For the latest UF news, visit
http://news.ufl.edu.


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FLORIDA TOMORROW IS THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN

TO RAISE $1.5 BILLION IN PRIVATE SUPPORT. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL IMPACT EVERY

CORNER OF THE UNIVERSITY AND EXTEND TO EVERY CORNER OF THE EARTH.


OUR VISION OF FLORIDA TOMORROW

The velocity of change in the world today is tremendous faster than it has ever been before. Each day, month or year brings with
it the excitement of what is new, but also the challenge of what problems need to be solved, what resources need to be saved, what
questions need to be answered.
The University of Florida is working to solve many of the world's greatest challenges. Working to eradicate childhood diseases,
reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and save our food supply on a national and international scale. The university, by vir-
tue of its size and scope, can also address nearly any issue, inspire any ambition and realize anyone's dream. What the University of
Florida is missing is not the intellectual capacity or the ambitions or the dreams. It is missing the financial resources to fulfill them.
Private philanthropy, through Florida Tomorrow: The Campaign for the University of Florida, will provide the margin of excellence to sup-
port our faculty and the promise our students hold.
Florida Tomorrow, to us, is a dream well within our reach. It is
a place where our grandchildren's children will live in peace
and abundance. It is a day when all the cultures of the world
will collaborate for the mutual benefit of people on our planet.
It is a belief that anything is possible because of the excel-
lence at hand, and inspired, here at the University of Florida.
We are Gators, part of a proud Gator Nation tradition, and we
ask you to consider making a gift that will affirm your love for
this place as well as the university's vision for tomorrow.

TO DISCUSS SUPPORTING UF WITH A
DONATIONS EXPERT
CALL THE UF FOUNDATION AT 352-392-5472.



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CAMPAIGN STEERING COUNCIL
Jerry W. Davis (BSADV '68)
Donald R. Dizney
Gary R. Gerson (BSBA '54, MBA '55)
William R. Hough (MBA '48)
Allen L. Lastinger, Jr. (BSBA '65, MBA '71)
Delores T. Lastinger (BSEd '65)
President J. Bernard Machen
Beth Ayers McCague (BSBA '74)
Earl W. Powell ('57-'60)
James H. Pugh, Jr. (BBC '63)
Joan D. Ruffier (BA '61)
Beverly A. Thompson (MEd '62)


Jon L. Thompson (BS'61, MS'62)
A. Ward Wagner, Jr. (BSBA '54, JD '57)

LEADERSHIP GIFTS COUNCIL
Carlos J. Alfonso (BDES '78, MARCH '86)
Bruce C. Barber (BSBA '85)
Robert A. Bryan
Deborah J. Butler (BSBA '81)
Andrew B. Cheney (BSBA'72)
Marshall M. Criser (BSBA '49, JD '51)
Earl M. Crittenden (BSA '53)
Jerry W. Davis (BSADV '68)
Philip I. Emmer
John W. Frost II (BSADV '64)


Gary R. Gerson (BSBA'54, MBA '55)
Robert H. Gidel (BSBA '73)
Henry H. Graham (BSJ '72)
James R. Harper (BSJ '63)
Robert M. Harris (BA '72, JD '75)
William R. Hough (MBA '48)
David H. Hughes (BSBA '65, JD '67)
Hjalma E. Johnson (BIE '58)
Michael L. Kohner (BSAC '84, MACC '86)
Allen L. Lastinger, Jr. (BSBA '65, MBA '71)
Delores T. Lastinger (BSEd '65)
President J. Bernard Machen
Beth Ayers McCague (BSBA '74)


Eugene K. Pettis (BA'82, JD '85)
S. Daniel Ponce (BSBA '70, JD '73)
Earl W. Powell ('57-'60)
Alexis Pugh
Davis M. Rembert (BSBA '63)
Ruby S. Rinker
Fred N. Roberts
Robert C. Rothman
M.G. Sanchez
Frank W. Williamson, Jr. (BSA '50)
Wayne E. Withers, Jr. (BSBA'73)
Herbert G. Yardley (BA '55)


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Dystonia, a neurological disorder, left Chris Lizama (right) twisted and contorted, says his mother, Viviana. His legs, for instance, once twisted almost behind him when he
sat in his wheelchair.




Create A Better Tomorrow

Here's what the university and you could gain from the new capital campaign.


IT COMES DOWN

TO THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN MAKING DO

AND SHOOTING FOR

THE STARS.


since undergoing aeep Drain stimu-
lation at Shands at UF last year,
Chris Lizama has regained the use
of his limbs.


I iviana Lizama first
noticed his hands.
It was December
2004 when her son,
Chris, began to complain that his
hands ached and were swollen.
Lizama thought her 6-year-old had
sprained his hands, so she took him
to the doctor.
Weeks went by, and Chris got
worse. Soon his feet ached and
swelled, too. Before long, they
began to turn in.
Weeks turned into months as
Lizama saw her boy wither. Walk-
ing became difficult, then impos-
sible. Chris couldn't feed himself.
Spasms rocked his body.


"Everywhere we went, people
were gawking at him because he
was so contorted," says Lizama of
West Palm Beach. "All the doctors
kept saying, 'We have never seen a
case like this.'"
Finally, in early 2006, a doctor
referred Lizama to Michael Okun,
a neurologist at Shands at the Uni-
versity of Florida medical center
and co-director of the Movement
Disorders Center at UF's McKnight
Brain Institute.
It was the turning point Lizama
had prayed for.
Okun knew immediately what
was wrong. Chris had an aggressive
form of dystonia, a neurological


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movement disorder that causes
involuntary muscle contraction and
spasms. Although dystonia has no
cure, Okun and fellow neurosur-
geon Kelly Foote decided he was
a good candidate for deep brain
stimulation.
The eight-hour surgery took
place Sept. 20, 2006, followed by a
second surgery in October to install
two pacemakers.
The results were dramatic. The
following month, Chris announced
from his wheelchair, "I can walk."
Soon, Chris could feed himself
again; use the bathroom again; even
play his Game Boy.
The Lizamas consider Okun,
Foote and their team to be miracle
workers.
"They're so talented at what they
do, and they do it with such pas-
sion," she says. "I've been blessed by
being put in their hands."
Lizama may not realize it, but
Evelyn and William McKnight
played a role, too. It was their foun-
dation's gift seven years ago that
helped make UFs McKnight Brain
Institute the most comprehensive
program of its kind, able to help
thousands of patients like Chris.
And it's because of people like
Chris that the McKnight gift -
and thousands of others is so
important to the University of
Florida.

Concrete Benefits
The McKnight Foundation's
$15 million gift which the state
matched to make $30 million -
was part of UF's It's Performance
That Counts capital campaign. The
campaign, which ended in 2000,
raised $850 million.
Alumni and friends made dona-
tions ranging from a few dollars to
multimillions. Through their gener-
osity, UF was able to:
Establish the Lastinger Center
for Learning, which pairs UF
faculty with underperforming
Florida schools, thanks to a $4
million endowment from Allen
(BSBA '65, MBA '71) and
Delores Lastinger (BS '65).
Create the Jose M. Sanchez
Scholarship to make a college
education available to children
of migrant workers. Sanchez

www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu


IBSBA '5) gave $100.000 to
start the program.
* Build the Samuel P. Harn Mu-
seum of Art and its new wing,
the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin
Pavilion, thanks to numerous
donations from David and
Mary Ann Harn Cofrin.
* Assemble an online database of
public access laws nationwide.
Known as the Marion Brech-
ner Citizen Access Project, the
database was made possible
through a $600,000 donation
by Brechner.
* Break ground on the IUF
Shands Cancer Center. which
became possible after a $5
million donation by Jerry
(BSADV '68) and Judy Davis
and a $5 million match from
the state.
* Develop the Alec P. and Louise
H. Courrelis Equine Teaching
Hospital thanks to the Courte-
lis' fundraising leadership.


* Offer students the opportunity
to studv abroad through the
John V. Lombardi Scholar-
ship, kicked off by a $1 million
donation from Lewis Schott
(BA '43, LLB '46).
Every gift represents not only
the generosity of the donor, but
the fulfillment of the dreams of
students and scientists, patients and
physicians, artists and engineers.
From cancer research and the
quest to discover solar systems to
taming the lash of an approaching
hurricane and peeling back the
mysteries of the human genome,
anything and everything becomes a
possibility.

Great Expectations
Now comes Florida Tomorrow:
The Campaign for the Unversit of
Florida. Launched in 2005, Florida
Tomorrow has a goal of raising $1.5
billion by 2012.
Why does a university need a
capital campaign? Especially when


Florida Tomorrow: The Campaign for the University of Florida will directly
benefit students and faculty through scholarships, research funding and new
facilities.


Campaign 101

As Florida Tomorrow: The Campaign for the
University of Florida climbs toward its $1.5
billion fundraising goal, there are a number
of money-related terms you may encounter.
Here are a few of the more common ones:

Campaign A prolonged effort to raise
money for UF. The campaign is vital to the
university's health, making its teaching.
research and service possible.

Endowment Think of it as a big savings
account, big enough that you can live off the
interest without touching the actual principal.
UF's endowment topped $1 billion for the first
time this year. Seeing that balance grow even
more is of great interest to the university
because it broadens the scope of what it can
do for students, faculty and you.

Stewardship Being responsible
with money. A good steward promises to
invest your money wisely and spend it in
accordance with your wishes.

Matching Gift An easy way to double or
even triple your gift's value. Many employers
have programs in which they give dollar for
dollar to the charity of your choice (including
UF). At higher money levels, the state has a
similar program for donations to universities.

Fellowship Similar to a scholarship, it
helps graduate students with their advanced
studies and research.

Professorship A major kudo for a UF
faculty member to receive, providing him/
her with money for research and program
development

Bequest Remembering UF in your will.
There's no need to wait until death do us
part, however-through certain planned
giving programs you and UF can enjoy your
investment while you're still of strong mind
and body.

To discuss these and other methods of
supporting UF with a development
officer a donations expert call the UF
Foundation at 352-392-1691.


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FROM CANCER RESEARCH AND THE QUEST

TO DISCOVER SOLAR SYSTEMS TO TAMING

THE LASH OF AN APPROACHING HURRICANE

AND PEELING BACK THE MYSTERIES OF THE

HUMAN GENOME, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING

BECOMES A POSSIBILITY.


Tom Emmel (above) and the Florida Museum of Natural History were beneficia-
ries of UF's last capital campaign, It's Performance That Counts. A gift from Wil-
liam and Nadine McGuire helped create the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity and its accompanying Butterfly Rainforest.


its endowment has already topped
$1 billion?
It comes down to the difference
between making do and shooting
for the stars.
UF receives roughly a quarter
of its nearly $4 billion annual bud-
get from the state. The remainder
comes primarily from tuition and
fees, contracts and grants. That's
generally enough to keep the uni-
versity running.
But to realize the kinds of dis-
coveries and progress that make a
university truly great requires vision
and solid resources.
It was late 2000, for instance,
when Tom Emmel learned that
William and Nadine McGuire of
Wayzata, Minn., would donate
$4.2 million to establish an envi-
ronmental research center at UE
Emmel was ecstatic. The zoology
professor and internationally rec-
ognized butterfly and moth expert
knew the gift meant more than a
new building. It meant the creation
of a facility that would allow him
to unravel the secrets not only of
Lepidoptera, as his field is known,
but also of such seemingly disparate
topics as biodiversity, evolution and
AIDS.
A second gift of $3 million from
the McGuire Family Foundation
arrived in 2002, and two years
later the McGuire Center for Lepi-
doptera and Biodiversity opened
as part of the Florida Museum
of Natural History. With 39,000
square feet of laboratories and
collection space, it also houses the
Butterfly Rainforest, a public ex-
hibit that showcases tropical fauna
and live butterflies and moths. It is
expected soon to become the home
of the world's largest Lepidoptera
collection.
For Emmel, the center's director,
it's the newest chapter in his life-
long quest for knowledge and un-
derstanding. For instance, it turns
out that a certain type of caterpillar
Emmel is cultivating is affected by
AIDS the same way humans are, so
its contribution to the search for a
cure is invaluable.


It's a contribution that may not
have been discovered without the
McGuires' contribution.
As the gifts of the last capital
campaign continue to blossom,
the rewards from Florida Tomor-
row start to take root. What may
Florida Tomorrow hold? The answer
depends on you.
Steve Orlando (BA '86,
MAMC '07)

For more information, visit the
Florida Tomorrow Web site at
www.floridatomorrow. uf. edu
or talk to a development officer at
352-392-5472.

To support UFs Movement
Disorders Center, contact
Leslie Bram at 352-392-5499 or
lbram@uff.ufl.edu.


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Clint White (BSA '02) first learned about turfgrass in a UF class called "Plants, Gardening and You." Today he operates a turfgrass business in West Florida with guid-
ance from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.



Thanks to UF's agricultural programs, Clint White's farming knowledge continues to grow.


Clint White's family can pin-
point the moment they knew he'd
be a farmer.
He was about 10 when he took
his grandmother on a tractor far
into the field where he presented
her with a watermelon he had
grown. It was no bigger than
his palm.
"Isn't it the prettiest thing you've
ever seen?" he exclaimed.
White (BSA '02) has spent the
ensuing years dedicated to farm
life. Along the way, his association
with UF has progressed, first as a
student, then an employee and now
co-owner of a West Florida turf-
grass business. In this new endeav-
or, White relies on UF's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences.


www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu


His turfgrass business which
White founded with his uncle
- Paul Griswold, is White's first
foray into farm ownership. As
the company attempts to battle
established turfgrass companies,
White says he's lucky to have UF
and IFAS on his side.
"We sat down with IFAS before
we even started," he says. "We went
over the ins and outs with the no-
tion that we're going to have grow-
ing pains, and, hopefully, [IFAS]
would be the medicine that helps
us through the pain."
The IFAS office near White's
Milton farm has 30 acres on which
it tests and abuses hundreds of grass
varieties. Before he even plants a
seed, White says, he's armed with
information that will make his new
business viable.


Providing that kind of assistance
is the primary goal of IFAS's West
Florida Research and Education
Center, says Dr. Barry Brecke, asso-
ciate center director located in Jay.
The research center is one of many
in the state, in addition to IFAS'
extension offices, which exist in all
67 Florida counties.
"Basically, the land-grant mis-
sion of IFAS is to serve our clien-
tele, which can be the row-crop
farmer, the homeowner or anyone
with concerns," Brecke says.
Even before he entered the
turfgrass business, White whose
family has farmed in West Florida
for generations had a long
relationship with UF and IFAS. A
2002 graduate with a dual major
in turfgrass science and nursery
management, he interned and


worked as a bioscientist at the Jay
research center.
The experience was invaluable.
He conducted research on turfgrass
and solved grass problems for ev-
eryone from homeowners to farm-
ers to golf course superintendents.
Now that he's on the other side
of the equation, White says he
understands even more the impor-
tance of IFAS for Florida's farmers.
It's an unbelievable asset, he says.
And with it, he sees a bright future
for his new endeavor.
"To be able to start something
from the ground up to start
it, to farm it and to see it grow -
that's something we're very excited
about," he says.
Ted Geltner (MAMC '06)


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AHeal
KEEPING THE HUMAN BODY IN WORKING
ORDER GETS PERSONAL AT UF.


itude


U'm usually the first
one there. So I wait
and warm up eager
for the other profes-
sors, staffers, and grad students to
show for our weekly series of games
at a campus basketball court. One
by one, they come. The trash-talker,
the stone face, the guy who has
about as much arc on his shot as a
torpedo.
During our hour-long, low-tal-
ent tussles, we trade baskets, barbs,
high-fives and some chatter about
such things as whether Dan Werner
might step up with a few three-
pointers this year. We've been play-
ing for a couple years now, so we've
come to appreciate the escape. All
of us have had injuries (bone spur,
sore hip, dislocated shoulder). Two
of us have had to buy steaks for the
others (a lost bet). And one of us
has missed two weeks because of a
nasty rash (how many doctorates
does it take to figure out you have


to wash your gym clothes every so
often?).
Inevitably, at the end of every
game, as we're recapping who won
and why, our enthusiastic leader,
Bo, says the same thing he does
every week.
"It's still the same amount of
sweat, right?"
We nod.
Though testosterone dictates
that pride's at stake with every
point, all of us really know that the
most important thing is that we're
out there moving, working our
hearts, decreasing our blood pres-
sure and flushing our stress hor-
mones into biological oblivion.
Similar scenes of people think-
ing and doing something about
their health play out all over the
university. Runners circle campus.
Volunteers pass out alcohol abuse
pamphlets. And, on the bleachers
of the Swamp, cardiovascular sa-
dists work their glutes rather than
sit on them.


College of Veterinary
Medicine students gain
experience working
with everything from
household pets to circus
performers to forest
creatures.


Whether we're trying to lose
weight, impress fellow Spring
Breakers, or say so long to a family
history of disease, we're all ulti-
mately after the same thing: Live
longer and live stronger. But that's
not just the goal for the runners,
bailers, swimmers and skaters that
we see around campus. In a way,
it's the primary goal of so many
people, departments, institutes
and other entities across campus.
In an academic world where life
typically revolves around matters
of the mind, UF also serves as a
place where so many minds revolve
around matters of the body.
In my decade-plus of writing
about health and fitness for books
and magazines, I've come to be
amazed and inspired by the miracu-
lous orchestra that is the human
body. In a way, we as individu-
als serve as the conductors, as we
make lifestyle choices that dictate
the rhythms, sounds and beats of
our hearts, our brains, our joints,



College of
Veterinary Medicine
The $40 million campaign goal is
to help the college diagnose and
treat emerging diseases, offer fresh
approaches to stray and unwanted
animal problems, build a simulation
resource lab to reduce reliance on an-
imals in teaching, extend the wildlife
and zoo medicine program to aquatic
animals and enhance other key areas
such as veterinary oncology.
Zoe Seale
352-392-2213
sealez@vetmed.ufl.edu
www.vetmed.ufl.edu


our muscles and everything that
thumps, cracks and erupts through-
out our body. My job as a health
writer may be to translate the often
technical world of medicine and
science to the public, but the real
medical and health miracles happen
backstage with the research-
ers, scientists and clinicians who

ITS THE PRIMARY GOAL

OFSO MANY PEOPLE,

DEPARTMENTS, INSTITUTES

AND OTHER ENTITIES

ACROSS CAMPUS.

have spent their lives working to
strengthen and improve our bio-
logical orchestras.
In fact, you see evidence of our
campus-wide awareness and dedica-
tion to health everywhere you look.



College of Medicine
Meeting the $315 million campaign
goal will add professorships, graduate
scholarships, a new health science
education building, an expansion
of UF's Proton Therapy Institute
and research funding for aging and
geriatrics, cancer, genetics and other
medical research.
Ann Braun
352-273-7986
braunaw@utl.edu
www.med.ufl.edu


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It's in the headlines written
about UF research:
"Cord blood helps in Type
diabetes"
"Talcum powder stunts
growth of lung tumors"
"Allergy-free protein shows
hope for risk-free peanut"
It's in the forefront of the ad-
ministrations agenda and public
persona whether it's Bernie Ma-
chen's dedication to reducing binge
drinking or Chris Machen serving
as chair of Healthy Gator 2010, a
coalition of faculty, students, and
staff working on programs that will
make the campus healthier.
It's in the places that, of course,
are specifically dedicated to research
and teaching about health: the
College of Medicine, the College of
Nursing, the College of Health and
Human Performance, the College
of Dentistry, the College of Phar-
macy and the College of Public
Health and Health Professions.
It's in the places where you may
not as readily expect it. In the Col-
lege of Engineering, for example,
researchers are developing better
ways to detect breast cancer, as well
as developing technology so that
your house can remind you to take
your pills every morning. In the
College of Journalism and Com-
munications, researchers study the
media's role in health information
and effects, and teachers help stu-
dents learn how to report and write
about the often confusing and
complex world of medicine.


College of Nursing
The $14 million campaign goal ad-
dresses the national nursing shortage,
recruitment of nursing educators and
support of research ranging from care
for patients and their families to pre-
vention of diseases and disabilities.
Meg Hendryx
352-273-6517
mhendryx@ufl.edu
www.nursing.ufl.edu


Last fall, I was working on an
assignment for Men's Health about
the conditioning of the Gator
basketball team. At 6 o'clock one
September morning months be-
fore the team's tite defense would
begin I watched the players do
strength and speed drills on their
practice court.
In one particularly nauseating
speed drill, some of the freshmen
were struggling. Badly. But the gist
of the drill was that all the players
wouldn't be done until everyone
finished the sprints under the as-
signed time. Finally, some older
players started running behind the
younger ones with their hands on
their backs literally pushing
them to finish. Conditioning coach
Matt Herring's message: Work as a
team, push together as a team, suc-
ceed as a team.
The same could be said about
the entire University of Florida
campus when it comes to the col-
lective dedication and mission of
improving health. It may not be a
national championship that most
of us are after, but the goal that
of helping others live with healthy
bodies and minds is pretty darn
precious itself.
Ted Spiker

Ted Spiker, an associate professor of
journalism at UF, is a contributing
editor to Men's Health. He is co-
author of national bestsellers, "YOU:
The Owner's Manual" and "YOU:
On a Diet. "He teaches a class on
health and fitness writing.


College of Pharmacy
The $19 million campaign goal sup-
ports drug research and addresses
patient safety. Funds raised will
be used to find new treatments for
asthma, gain an understanding of ad-
diction and obesity, and enhance the
college's community service.
Kelly Markey
352-273-6605
Markey@cop.utl.edu
www.cop.ufl.edu


Associate journalism professor Ted Spiker tries to practice the health habits he
preaches in his Men's Health magazine columns and stories. His efforts include
a weekly pick-up game of basketball with other UF faculty and staff.


College of Dentistry
Completion of the $15 million cam-
paign goal will help UF become an
international leader in dental educa-
tion, research and service. Funds will
enhance educational programs, help
recruit top faculty and build a new
wing to house instructional and clini-
cal facilities.
Cathy Jenkins
352-273-5779
cjenkins@dental.ufl.edu
www.dental.ufl.edu









ALEXANDER CELEBRATED HIS 10TH

BIRTHDAY ALL OF HIS STANDS

DOCTORS, NURSES, STAFF AND

VOLUNTEERS WERE INVITED.


Dr. Mark Bleiweis, above, led the surgical team that implanted Alexzander
Wood's Berlin Heart.


F


_Heart

WHEN A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY'S OWN HEART
GAVE OUT, IT WAS STANDS AT UF THAT
FOUND A WAY TO SAVE HIM.


Ut was August 2006
when 9-year-old Alex-
zander Wood started
coming to his mom's
bed in the night complaining of
chest pains. His mom, Liz, wanted
to take him to the emergency
room, but he would say no, curl up
next to her and fall asleep.
When Wood did take Alex-
zander to the Orange Park Medical
Center, a series of tests revealed the
worst. He had congestive heart fail-
ure. The once-active boy who loved
skateboarding and toy cars would
die within days unless he received a
new heart.
Alexzander was transferred to
Shands at the University of Florida
where doctors realized his heart
would not sustain him long enough
for a transplant. Their quick action
- including their decision to
use a new German-made device
known as a Berlin Heart allowed
Alexzander to reclaim his active
boyhood.
The Berlin Heart is a mechanical
heart device designed for children.
Though it hasn't been approved
beyond case-by-case trials in the


U.S., it's used regularly in Europe.
Until Alexzander came along, it
had been implanted in 67 U.S.
children, but none in Florida, says
Dr. Jay Fricker, chief of pediatric
cardiology at UF's College of
Medicine.
For Alexzander, German special-
ists were flown in and a team led by
Dr. Mark Bleiweis, director of UF's
Pediatrics Congenital Heart Center,
implanted the device.
"I was so happy, I just wanted to
cry," Wood says.
The heart, which extends outside
the body and connects to the heart
via tubes, sustained Alexzander for
six months while he regained his
health and awaited a donor. He
received his new heart on Feb. 19.
Today, Alexzander is back on
his skateboard (though he wears a
chest protector until his healing is
complete). He also celebrated his
10th birthday all of his Shands
doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers
were invited.
"I owe them everything," Wood
says. "They've given me my son
back."
Ted Geltner (MAMC '06)


Nearly half of UF's 16 colleges are
dedicated to health, and numerous
clinics and hospitals specializing in
fields from pediatrics, left, to cancer
offer both patient care and training
for future doctors, nurses and other
health care professionals.


College of Public Health
and Health Professions
The majority of the $13 million
campaign goal is to recruit and retain
top faculty. Funds raised will also be
used to develop prevention programs
intended to change the current course
of spiraling disease rates and improve
the health of individuals and their
communities.
Carlee Thomas
352-273-6542
carleeth@ufl.edu
www.phhp.ufl.edu


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The Next Step

UF STANDS CANCER HOSPITAL WILL ENHANCE THE UNIVERSITY'S
CANCER RESEARCH AND PLACE MANY OF ITS PATIENT SERVICES
UNDER ONE ROOF.


hen Ted Copeland
was diagnosed with
prostate cancer last
December, he was in
a fortunate position.
As founder of UF's surgical on-
cology program and former director
of the UF Shands Cancer Center,
he didn't need to be educated
concerning his treatment options:
surgery, radiation therapy, implan-
tation of radiation seeds or proton
therapy.
But he did face a problem
shared by doctors and patients
alike which treatment to pursue
for the best possible results. Based
on his own knowledge, Copeland
made a personal choice to undergo
41 days of treatment at the UF
Proton Therapy Institute in Jack-
sonville.
"Cancer patients need the very
latest in information and treatment
options when faced with this dis-
ease," says Copeland, the Edward


College of Health and
Human Performance
The $7 million campaign goal is to ex-
pand existing research in substance
abuse, obesity, chronic diseases, and
leisure and recreation issues. Funds
will also be used to search for benefi-
cial therapies for Parkinson's disease
patients and those with cardiovascu-
lar disorders.
Melissa Wohlstein
352-392-0578, ext. 126B
mwohlstein@hhp.ufl.edu
www.hhp.ufl.edu


R. Woodward Distinguished Pro-
fessor of Surgery. "I was lucky to
have so many options available, but
we as physicians need to provide
our patients with even more op-
portunities and more information
when considering how to fight
cancer."
That is why a new UF Shands
Cancer Hospital is being built in
Gainesville bringing to the area
the latest treatment alternatives
and best available care to patients,
Copeland says.
Florida is the fourth-largest
state but has the second-highest
incidence of cancer in the nation.
The new cancer hospital will attract
top physicians and research faculty
members to UF, and it will allow
medical teams to offer their patients
a more targeted response while
developing improved technologies
for diagnosing and treating cancer-
related illnesses.


Evelyn F. & William L.
McKnight Brain Institute
The $25 million campaign goal
will fund age-related memory loss
research, advance the understanding
of injured or diseased nervous system
tissue, and support multidisciplinary
teams and approaches which will
translate research findings into clini-
cal and commercial applications.
Liz Bedell
352-273-5866
ebedell@uff.ufl.edu


The hospital, to be located just
south of Shands at UF along Ar-
cher Road, will provide a patient-
friendly environment for those
battling cancer. It will feature 192
private inpatient beds and a variety
of health care services, including
diagnostic and therapeutic oncol-
ogy care and a Critical Care Center
for trauma emergencies.
The 500,000-square-foot, eight-
floor hospital is expected to cost
$388 million to build. Construc-
tion should be complete in 2009.
The hospital will further aug-
ment the cancer services and re-
search UF already conducts at the
UF Shands Jerry and Judy Davis
Cancer Pavilion, the Cancer & Ge-
netics Research Complex and the
UF Proton Therapy Institute.
More than anything, however,
the new hospital will help bring
UF's diverse approaches to cancer
treatment under one roof, says Dr.


UF & Shands
The $75 million goal will help UF
advance the science and medicine
of cancer research and treatment,
speed discoveries from lab to bedside
and enhance the patient and family
experience.
Susan Barcus
352-265-0784
barcus@shands.ufl.edu
www.shands.org


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Oncology surgeon Ted Copeland has put his
own cancer behind him thanks to UF, but he
hopes the new UF Shands Cancer Hospital
will offer even more options to patients.





Stratford May, director of the UF
Shands Cancer Center.
"We are in the business of put-
ting cancer out of business, and
having this hospital will allow us to
do just that," he says.
Cinnamon Bair


Bonny Relnhardt (DPharm '07)
studied at UF's Jacksonville campus.







We all have our own reasons for loving the university.

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College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences
The S65 million campaign goal will
fund new and renovated facilities,
such as Pugh Hall. networked com-
puter writing labs and an endowment
for a variety of program enhance-
ments and faculty positions Funds
will also support the Institute for
Honors and Undergraduate Excel-
lence. the Graham Center lor Public
Service, the Cenier for Humanities
and endowed funds for faculty devel-
opment and student support.
Cynthia Buller
352-84634417
cbutler@utH.ull edu


Vasudha Narayanan

J caring From and with one's
leagues and students. Debating
theories and concepts, and
discussing cultures in classrooms.
Doing my research in the field in
Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.
This is a job that is always exciting,
always new. always (well,
A. the time, anyway) ulilling

Narayanan .i a distinguished
professor of religion and director of
the Center fir the Study of Hindi
Traditions in the College of
Liberal A rts and Sciences.


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serious; I love my job.
I wake up looking forward to
going to work. I get antsy during
breaks between semesters. I teach
classes ever) summer.
I assure you it's not the money.
(Hah.) And it's nor the perks. (I
pay for parking, but I have to get
here early to find a spot; I don't get
football tickets unless I can find
someone who will sell theirs, and
I have a friend at a another law
school who has a bathroom in his
office that is bigger than my whole
office.)
It's the students. Most are truly
the best and the brightest. They
take school seriously, and they want
to learn. I was like that when I was
an undergraduate Gator back in the
Dark Ages.
The University of Florida
delivered then, and it's my and my
faculty colleagues' mission to
continue that tradition.
In my previous career as a
newspaper editor, I occasionally
would be invited to speak
at high school graduation
ceremonies. Here's my adv ice
to the smiling young grads:
Enjoy the moment. This will
be the last time in your life
that you can be sure you
know everything. From
now on, the world will
work to change that.
I am part of
that world, the
same world that
showed me how
much I had to
learn when I was a
student here. And
my teachers did a swell
job of it.
During my 30 years
in the business, I often -
probably once a week would
remember something I learned at
the university and used it to help
me do my job. I will be grateful
forever, and I am doing my best to
pay it back. I'm lucky to have the
opportunity. .
I'm serious: I love my job.

Foly (BSJ 70. MAAIC 04) s a master
lecturer and the Hugh Cunningham Professor
" journalism Excellence in the Coll'eg of


College of Journalism
and Communications
The $27 million campaign goal
supports a multimedia center, a
converged newsroom, a Hispanic
journalism program for undergraduate
and graduate students and a social
responsibility program. Funds will
benefit the Documentary Institute,
faculty development and a profes-
sional master's and doctoral program
Laforis Knowles
352-846-2411
Iknowles@lou utl edu
www.jou.ufl.edu





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:Tlireasons why I love UF go far
b'.": b nd v.hat vou do here. It is
more about ho \ou. feel here I
ftel such pride when i tell someone
I attend the L'niversirv of Florida.
I lu.-e being part of an institrri, n
that does not rest on its laurels
The Unrii ersin of Florida sirirkes to
become better ever. di\ not onlI\ in
dedication and research, but also in
communirv and athletics providing
the best Foundation for The Garor
Nation.


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College of Design.
Construction and Planning
As a state leader in green develop-
ment, DCP's $31 million campaign
goal will fund new technologies in
the studio and classroom, enhance
current programs in sustainable
design and off-campus construction
and support research centers as they
implement community changes.
Tim Wood
352-392-8078
twood@uff.ull.edu
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Fredric G. Levin
College of Law
The $47 million campaign goal will
add resources to further develop
innovative programs that impact do-
mestic and international policies and
decisions Funds raised will be used
to hire and retain top faculty expand
financial aid and augment existing
facilities


Kelley Frohlich
352-273-0640
trohlich'-laij.ufl edu
www.law.ifl.edu


Dennis Calfee

' The Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Sas afforded me the opportunity to
interact and learn with hundreds
of brilliant, hardworking and
gifted students as they enhance and
develop their talents and launch
their professional careers. The juris
doctorate program, the master's and
doctoral programs in taxation, as
well as co-curricular activities such
as the Florida Law Review, facilitate
the establishment of personal and
professional bonds between students
and faculty that last forever. This
is without question the best place
on earth to teach courses on federal
taxation. It's an environment hat is
both exciting and invigoratin
the students as well as the facu

Calfte (LLMT 75) is a law professor and
the Alumni Research Scholar in the Fredric
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Libraries
The $20 million campaign goal is
to bolster the library's online offer-
ings, further build its collections and
enhance its usefulness as a centralized
information source
Lane Jimison
352-273-2505
larnlimP 'ulihb ufl.edu
www.uflib.ufl.edu


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Robin Poynor

m proud of the art history
gBram here at UF I am
appreciative that my colleagues
and students can take theories,
concepts and knowledge-based
ideas and find a practice y
to interpret these thin
broader audience.

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College of Fine Arts
The $6 million campaign goal is to
help the college foster creativity in
professionals outside the arts through
alliances with the colleges ol Medi-
cine. Engineering and Liberal Arts and
Sciences Funds raised will help the
college in its effort to set the standard
for fine and performing arts schools.
Maria Gutierrez-Martin
352-846-1211
mmartin@arts.ufl.edu


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Madelyn Lockhart

i Ua faculty member and dean,
I the needs of our students
ever), day. But with limited fi-
nances, I didn't see how I could
help. However, even a small
contribution even year can
grow into an endowed fund and
provide yearly' resources to our
students For a variety of nceds.
For example, a small gift to UF's
libraries can make possible the
purchase of rapes, maps or other
special materials that would
extend the research and learn-
ing of many students. I also
have been able to fund several
graduate student needs each
)ear. These are just a few of the
possibilities. There are many
others. Small contribun
enhance the education I
students.

Lockhart is a retired dean of the
graduate school and economics
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SnilRcellent students provide
an exciting and stimulating
Atmosphere. 1 am continually
impressed by the opportunities
to work with faculty in other
areas who share common
interests with me. As director
S of the Miller Center For
:, Retailing Education and
Research, I am proud to
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faculty research to the ex
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center's activities .

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Warrington College of
Business Administration
The $112 million campaign goal sup-
ports professorships and department
chairs, classrooms, breakout rooms
and signature areas for student
services and career services in Wil-
liam R. Hough Hall, which opens June
2009. These initiatives will support
undergraduate and master's research,
and education programs.
Jon Cannon
352-392-0391
jon.cannon@cba.ufl.edu
www.cba.ufl.edu


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. As a global citizen. you understand
the world is not perfect. As a
lifelong learner, you realize that
you have or can develop the skills
to leave the world in a better
condition than when you found
it. As a part of the University of
Florida family, you are nested in
an environment where you have
the tools, the collaborators and.,
the encouragement to make c
change happen.

Ferdig is an associate professor in the
College of Education.


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College of Education
The $20 million campaign goal is
to provide an education technol-
ogy annex, renovate Norman Hall,
create endowed chairs and research
professorships, support the PK. Yonge
Program for Teacher Renewal and
strengthen outreach programs of
national impact Funds raised will also
lund the Early Childhood Center of
Excellence and PK Yonge's education
and outreach in science technology,
engineering and math
Tim Wood
352-392-8078
twood'@ui.ufl edu

www.coe.ufl.edu


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been instrumental in shaping
who I am and what I do. I nor
only got a frst-class education that
prepared me for a great career, I
developed the foundation that
prepared me for life. Staying
involved and giving back tr
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College of Engineering
The S80 million campaign goal is to
aid the college's eHorts to work with
other disciplines such as medicine to
lind solutions to society's ills Funds
raised will be used to help educate
the nei generation of engineers so
they. too can find innovative solutions
to their generation s problems
Ann McElwain
352 392-6795
amcel,".'eng uil edu
www.eng.ufl.edu


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University of Florida Performing
Arts attracts a variety of national
and international tours to Gaines-
ville each year, ranging from
the Soweto Gospel Choir, right,
to Broadway's "The Wedding
Singer." Many of the performanc-
es offer educational discussions
as well as entertainment.


Campus




Culture

BEHIND THE FUN EXHIBITS, CONCERTS AND SHOWS

LIES A SERIOUS EDUCATION.


The Samuel P. Ham Museum of Art
offers more than art on a wall. Educa-
tional opportunities abound for both
the university and the community
thanks to offerings such as a teacher
curriculum, museum tours, family
programs and internships.


[ayley and Greg Singleton of
Gainesville have enjoyed a long
relationship with UF's Florida
Museum of Natural History.
Their mother, Sarah Singleton, started
bringing them to the museum when they
were little. The exposure has been influential
- Hayley, now 21, is nearing completion of
an anthropology/archeology degree at Florida
State University, and Greg, 16, is a high
school senior with his eye on a biology or
zoology degree.
"I think having [this] wonderful museum
as a resource has had a great impact on
both of my kids wanting to go into fields
of scientific study," says Singleton (BA '74,
MRC '74).
The enrichment of lives and the pursuit
of knowledge is what UF's Cultural Plaza is
all about. The Florida Museum of Natural
History, the Curtis M. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts and the Samuel P. Harn
Museum of Art form an arts-and-exhibition


triangle that rivals any public university in the
country.
"For students and faculty, it's a resource
for teaching and study, and it's a wonderful
resource for children and the community," says
Phyllis Delaney (BDAE '92), who oversees
fundraising efforts at the Harn.

Personal Service
All three of UF's primary objectives -
teaching, research and service are accom-
plished at the Cultural Plaza. The combined
facilities, which draw more than half a million
visitors annually, provide educational and
entertainment programs to the public as well
as to the university community.
At the Phillips Center, for instance, many
performances are accompanied by discussion
with the artists. Artists-in-residence mentor
students; master classes and open rehearsals are
offered to the community at large.
Maria Velazquez knows about the personal
level on which patrons interact with artists at
the Phillips Center. Velazquez attends more


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than 25 performances annually,
often with her daughter, Gabriella,
an accomplished dancer.
Velazquez took Gabriella, 16,
to see vocalist Hayley Westerna
perform at the Phillips Center last
year. Gabriella had choreographed a
dance to a song Westerna performs,
and the two performers discussed
the piece at length. They've kept in
touch since the meeting.
"Things like that you don't get
to do in places like New York or
elsewhere," says Velazquez. "Here it
is very close, very warm."

Behind the Scenes
Although visitors see butterflies,
dinosaurs, Florida ecosystems and
native peoples when they visit the
Powell Hall Education and Exhi-
bition Center off Hull Road, it's
research that forms the largest part
of the Florida Museum of Natural
History's mission.
"The museum at the Cultural
Plaza is the public face of the mu-
seum, but Dickinson Hall is where
most of the specimens are, and
where the research gets done," says
museum director Doug Jones.
With a collection of more than
26 million scientific specimens, the
museum ranks among the largest
natural history museums in the
country, Jones says.
The museum supervises 50 to 60
research students who are engaged
in cutting-edge studies. Jones says
the museum hopes to raise enough
funding to attract top-level scien-
tists who could further train those
students while conducting research
of their own.
"Our students will be the next
generation of museum profes-
sionals," he says. "They will be the
ones who will be looking after the
Earth's biodiversity in the future."


Emotional Impact
The Cultural Plaza's impact is
palpable. In fact, when the book
"Cities Ranked and Rated" declared
Gainesville America's top city this
spring, the cultural options avail-
able were mentioned as a reason for
the city's crowning.
But for Robert Axline, the Harn
Museum's impact was personal.
Shortly after the Harn opened
in 1990, the former shoe manufac-
turing executive strolled its halls as
a needed respite from comforting
his wife, Kathleen, who was under-
going experimental treatment at
Shands Hospital.
The Axlines were amateur col-
lectors of Eastern art. They owned
several pieces, some museum
worthy, and Kathleen had become
especially enamored with Chinese
ceramics.
Though neither had graduated
from UF, Axline became dedicated
to the institution because of the
medical treatment his wife received.
Eventually, they gave UF $5.2 mil-
lion for a variety of uses.
But those afternoons in the
Harn, gazing at the Asian pieces
and thinking of his wife, took on a
special meaning. Through bequests,


the Axlines provided funding for
the Kathleen M. Axline Acquisi-
tion Endowment for Asian Art.
Her Chinese ceramics buttress the
Harm's Asian collection.
"I know immortality cannot be
bought, but as long as the art mu-
seum at the University of Florida
stands, people will know that a
little lady known as Kathleen Ax-
line passed this way," Axline wrote
in a note.
Thanks to the Axlines, who
created the Harn's first endowment,
the Harn now holds one of the
nation's top Asian art collections. In
fact, a new wing specifically for the
Asian collection will soon be added.
For all of the educational value
the Cultural Plaza brings to UF and
Gainesville, it may be the plaza's
ability to provoke emotions -
such as those Robert Axline felt as
he toured the Harn that is its
greatest asset.
Frequent visitor Velazquez might
also add "pride."
"It is very exciting to just go
around the corner and see every-
thing the world has to offer," she
says. "A lot of people don't know
what a jewel we have here."
Ted Geltner (MAMC '06)


Although exhibitions such as this year's "Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever
Lived" help draw crowds to the Florida Museum of Natural History, research is
the facility's first priority. "Megalodon," for instance, originated from research
by the museum's Ichthyology Department. The exhibition will tour the country
after it closes in January.


"IT IS VERY EXCITING TO JUST

GO AROUND THE CORNER

AND SEE EVERYTHING THE

WORLD HAS TO OFFER."

MARIA VELAZQUEZ



Samuel P. Ham
Museum of Art
Aiming at international prominence, the
Harn's S30 million campaign goal is to
endow programs to hire new museum
staff, acquire art. promote art conserva-
tion, and expand museum grounds and
exhibitions.
Phyllis DeLaney
352-392-9826
pdelaney@harn.ufl.edu
www.ham.ufl.edu

Florida Museum of
Natural History
The museum's $30 million campaign goal
is to add a 350-seat auditorium, class-
rooms and meeting space to Powall Hall
to expand public education and outreach
activities, endow professorships, chairs.
research and graduate fellowships for
conservation biology, molecular genetics
and archaeology programs and endow
a fund for the museum's comprehensive
specimen and artifact collections, which
rank among the largest nationwide.
Beverly Sensbach
352-846-2000, ext 205
sensbach@flmnh.ufl.edu
www.flmnh.ufl.edu


University of Florida
Performing Arts
This $5.5 million campaign goal is to
expand and encourage performing arts
on campus and throughout North Central
Florida. These efforts include hosting
shows and talks with performing artists
and bringing cultural experiences to
those with limited access to the arts.
Elizabeth Auer
352-392-1900, ext. 235
eauer@performingarts.ufl.edu
performnningartsi.ul.edu


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Beyond the Colleges

From bridging cultures to providing entertainment, these programs create a more rounded UF experience.


International Center
The $1 million campaign goal is to fund the expansion of programs in Gainesville, at
the Paris Research Center and at UF's Beijing Center for International Studies, increase
scholarships for international study and advance research, training and outreach on a
range of related topics.
Janet Romero
352-392-7775
jromero@uff.ufl.edu
www.ufic.ufl.edu


Center forLatin American Studies i ..",.- .
The $7 million campaign goal is.to fund the expansion of regional programs, support:
international research and training activities and endow chairs and. rofessorships to
attract top scholars in the field.
Janet Romero
352-392-7775
jromero@uff.ufl.edu :
www.latam.ufl.edn


Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
The $4 million campaign goal supports the Center for Marine Animal Health, one of the
first marine veterinary schools in the world. There, center staff will be able to research
marine animal diseases, effective diagnoses, development of environmentally safe treat-
ments and the training of veterinarians and technicians to apply those technologies.
Stacey Marsh
352-392-0697
smarsh@uff.ufl.edu
www.whitney.ufl.edu


Division of Student Affairs
The $10 million campaign goal is to fund the Center for Leadership and Service including
a new facility at Lake Wauburg, the Florida Opportunity Scholarship program, the Career
Resource Center's programs and services, renovation and expansion of the J. Wayne
Reitz Union, expansion of the Southwest Recreation Center and graduate student hous-
ing projects and several projects for.
Tim Wood
352-392-8078
twood@uff.ufl.edu
www.ufsa.ufl.edu


Athletics
This $30 million campaign goal is
to pay for new construction (the
Heavener Football Complex and the
women's lacrosse facility), renova-
tion projects (golf clubhouse and
basketball practice facility) and the
endowment that funds scholarships
for men's and women's programs.
John James
352-372-8489, ext. 5036
johnj@gators.uaa.ufl.edu
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Inspired?
For information about how you
can change tomorrow for any of
the programs mentioned in this
issue, contact the UF Founda-
tion at 352-392-5472,
cboydstun@uff.ufl.edu or visit
www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu


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Civil Rights

A YOUTHFUL INTEREST LED UNNES FINNEY JR. TO THE TOP OF HIS FIELD.


At the age of 9, Linnes Finney Jr.
was already interested in the law. On
hot summer days in central Geor-
gia, Finney would walk the half-
mile from his home to downtown
Milledgeville and climb the steps
to the second floor of the Baldwin
County Courthouse to get a glimpse
of the legal system in action.
"I don't know if it was the law,
but during that time, blacks went
stairs in the courthouse," he says.
"You didn't get to sit
downstairs."
That early introduc-
tion to the paradoxical
wheels of jurisprudence
was the beginning of a
lifelong relationship with
the legal profession. It is
also where Finney's pas-
sionate commitment
to justice and equality
was born.
Today, Finney (JD
'82) is immediate past
president of the Na-
tional Bar Association, a
40,000-strong organiza-
tion of African-American
judges, lawyers, educators
and law students. It is
the nation's oldest and
largest bar association
of color. He's also a partner in the
law firm Gary, Williams, Parenti,
Finney, Lewis, McManus, Watson
& Sperando in Stewart, where he's
practiced for 25 years.
The inequities of justice he wit-
nessed growing up in the turbulent
1960s have stuck with Finney. His


father died when Finney was a teen.
His mother raised him and his two
sisters with a strong emphasis on
education. The three were the first.
generation in the family to earn col-
lege degrees (Finney earned his bach-
elor's degree at Georgia Southern).
He entered UF in 1979 as
part of what was, at that time, the
largest African-American class in
the history of the law school, with
26 students. Finney had been active
in organizations for social change
since high school, and he continued
that pursuit at UF, joining and
eventually becoming president of
the Black Law Students Association
and becoming deeply involved
with the Center for Governmental
Responsibility.
"He was a natural-born leader,"
says Charles Williams (D '82), now
a circuit court judge in Sarasota.
"He was sort of a role model for a
lot of the students at the time. He
was someone we all looked up to."
One of Finney's fondest memo-
ries of his time at UF was a pro-
gram he arranged to honor Virgil
Hawkins, whose nine-year legal
challenge lead to the integration
of the College of Law in 1958 and
eventually all public schools in
Florida. Though Hawkins (who
was represented by Thurgood Mar-
shall and the NAACP) won his
battle, he received his law degree
elsewhere and until that time had
never set foot on the campus he
helped integrate.
"I remember that vividly," says
Finney. "At the banquet, Virgil said


he did what he did not for himself,
but for others like ourselves, and he
was proud of us and what we were
accomplishing."
Finney, 50, has continued to
work to advance civil rights dur-
ing his professional legal career.
He has fought racial bias in death
row cases and against those who
misuse police powers. He has risen
through the ranks of the bar as-
sociation, taking the reigns as na-
tional president in August 2006. As
the organization's leader, he worked
to strengthen the diversity pipeline,
"plugging leaks and expanding
the diameter of the pipe" to assure
greater opportunities for minority
students. Finney prides himself on
inclusiveness. He has served on the
St. Lucie County Bar Association
and as chair of the Florida Supreme
Court's Judicial Nominating Com-
mittee. The demographics of the
country are changing, he says, and
government should reflect the true
identity of the people it represents.
Finney also remains involved
with the law college, serving in the
past as a trustee and on the UF
Foundation board. He also returns
often to maintain a relationship
with the administration and the
Black Law Students Association.
"I believe strongly that everybody
deserves adequate representation," he
says. "I practice law because I enjoy
representing people and trying to
make sure the system works the way
it's designed to work."
Ted Geltner (MAMC '06)


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PROFILES


Aside from his usual gig at football games, Johnston has also appeared at Gator
Growl. See the video of his skit at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II7rCaDky2A


Mr. Orange



and Blue


FROM MIDFIELD TO THE SIDELNES, RICHARD JOHNSTON
(BSBA 79, JD '81) HAS THE SWAMP COVERED.


Like all Gator fans who make
the trek to Gainesville for home
football games, Richard Johnston
(BSBA '79, JD '81) has his pre-
game rituals. A meal at Mr. Han's
Restaurant. Visiting old roommates
from college.
Single-handedly igniting the
capacity crowd at Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium from the 50-yard line on
Florida Field.
"I get to flip the switch on
90,000 people seven times a year,"
he says.


Tagged as 'Mr. Orange &
Blue' in a 2005 Gator Growl
sketch, Johnston has been the
conductor of chants and cheers
at the Swamp since 1984.
Whether he's leading the crowd
in alternating calls of "orange"
and "blue," or getting The Gator
Nation to give him a G, an A,
a T well, you know the rest
- Johnston wants the energy of
the Swamp to be at a maximum
when the Gators take the field.


"I want that place to just be go-
ing bonkers," he says. "The crowd
should be so loud that the team in
the tunnel can feel it."
Johnston began his relationship
with Gator athletics as a walk-on
with the swim team in 1976. When
he joined the cheerleading squad
in 1978, pre-game cheers were led
by a rotating cast of cheerleaders;
Johnston was just one of many to
do the honors.
By 1984, when word got out
that the UF Athletic Association
was looking for a permanent emcee
for the pre-game ceremonies, John-
ston was working as an attorney
at a Tallahassee firm populated
by both Gators and Seminoles. A
friend recommended Johnston to
the UAA, and after Johnston got
the okay from his firm's senior part-
ner, Bob Ervin Sr. (BSBA '41, LLB
'47), it was a done deal.
Johnston says the ceremonies
have remained largely unchanged
over the years, although he did
introduce one element to the fes-
tivities that is now one of its most
beloved moments Mr. Two Bits.
"I was amazed that he was not
part of pre-game," Johnston says.
"He was the most recognizable fig-
ure in the stadium next to the head
coach. I asked why he wasn't doing
pre-game, and he said that no one
asked him. I told him to consider
himself asked."
And while Mr. Two Bits' shtick
is pretty well-planned out by now,
Johnston has a bit more leeway in
deciding what to say to pump up


the capacity crowd at the Swamp.
He makes it a rule to never trash
the opponent, but aside from that,
there's no set plan.
"I try to think of something
that's a hook," Johnston says. "Usu-
ally something hits me between the
time I'm driving up and I walk out
on the field."
Even with such freedom to
improvise, Johnston gets the most
pleasure out of reading the written
introductions for players and their
families on Senior Day.
"It's one of those pinnacle mo-
ments every year, and I love that,"
he says.
Now a partner with Kiesel,
Hughes & Johnston in Fort Myers,
Johnston says he'll come back every
football Saturday for as long as the
UFAA wants him.
"For me, going to Florida Field
is like going to a second home,"
he says. "It's like putting on an old
pair of jeans very comfortable."
-Jamison Webb (BSJ '07)


fall 2007







UFALUMNI


4 5. "Flashdance" Flashback

Samantha Reho, a sophomore, cut off the collar and
a bit of the shoulder. She says she wears her shirt
iK ..i 1 with a tank underneath.


4. The Tube


"It was really easy. You just cut it under the sleeves,
then cut up the seams. Then you make incisions
down the side and tie it," says junior Jessica Olin,
who added rhinestones around the logo as a
7 finishing touch.


S3. Retro Muscle


Cut off the collar and sleeves to quickly create a
k. throw-back fashion.


1. Strappy Dress

One unidentified student chose to cut
off the top of her long, over-sized
shirt just below the sleeves. She
then sewed spaghetti straps to the
remaining tube, creating a dress that
she wore to the Stephen C. O'Connell
Center to watch the men's basketball
national championship game in April.


Need a shirt? Use your UFAlumni Association membership to gain discounts
when you purchase shirts and other Gator gear. Student Alumni Association
members can also receive free T-shirts before each home football game. To learn
more, visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu.


To make her shirt a little flashier, sophomore
Julianne Scherker cut off the sleeves and collar
and cut the back in half. She then made
horizontal cuts across the back to create three
straps on either side. To finish, she tied the straps
together and tied the top of the shirt around the
back of her neck.


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ANSWERS FROM PAGE 9:

1) University Auditorium.
2) The Butterfly Rainforest
vivarium at the Florida Mu-
seum of Natural History.
3) Honors Residential College
at Hume Hall on Museum
Road.
4) Physics building at
Museum Road and Gale
Lemerand Drive.


My Old School
Please join us in a walk down memory lane. We welcome your letters and photographs at Florida@uff.ufl.edu or at Florida
magazine, PO. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425. Photos can be scanned and returned upon request.


As a graduate of UF in 1977,
I was on campus in the days of
lots of great mom-and-pop eat-
ing establishments. In particular I
remember a coffee shop across from
Leonardo's, I think it was called
Lenny's, that served the world's
best pecan waffles. I walked from
Broward Hall as a freshman to sit at
the counter and indulge.
A couple of doors down
there was a smoothie shop when
smoothies first made their culi-
nary debut. Down the road was
the Gainesville Health Food store
where I was a working member,
cutting blocks of goat cheese before
goat cheese became mainstream. I
guess you could say I was a granola,
fitting for an art education student
in the '70s.
I also worked at Damian's Leath-
er, tooling leather handbags (this is
pre-Kate Spade) and dining at Cafe
Gardens, newly opened. For a free
meal, I helped design the cafe's first
menu.
Fast forward into the 21" cen-
tury, a husband and three teenag-
ers later. Living in seacoast New
Hampshire, teaching art in the
public schools and owning a bed
and breakfast called Plumercrest
with my Coast Guard-retired
hubby. I took my teenage children
on a college tour of Florida, with a
stop to G'ville. It had been at least
20 years since my last visit. Besides
going on a campus tour, I had my
heart set on a pecan waffle. My
kids and I drove down University
Avenue and then 13" Street looking
for ... was it Lenny's? My son joked


from the backseat, "Mom, Gaines-
ville has been Starbucks-ed." We
settled for a portabella sandwich at
Cafd Gardens.
I will always have a very soft
spot in my heart for Gainesville,
and I dream of a day when I can
snowbird and spend much more
time in the area. In the meantime,
we feature both pecan waffles and
Starbucks here at Plumercrest Bed
and Breakfast. And I always tell our
guests about the story behind the.
waffles. We even host Gators now
and again.
Maryanne (LoCascio) Swegles
(BAE 77) Epping, N.H.

My husband, George (BSBA
'53), and I really enjoyed the sum-
mer Florida magazine. It brought
back happy memories of when my
mother and dad (Mr. and Mrs.
Dave Mangham) owned Dave's
Snack Shop from 1947 to 1964. It
was next to the CI (College Inn). I
worked at the restaurant all during
my school years and even met my
husband of 54 years there. I never
heard that "nice girls" didn't eat at
our place or the CI. My brother
married a wonderful girl who ate
there! Of course, in 1947 there
were hardly any women going to
college, so the guys were even hap-
py to see a 13-year-old girl like me.
I was witness to many shenanigans,
including panty raids and other
carrying on when Florida won a
football game.
My mother began going to
games at age 43 and became a huge
Gator fan until her death in 2000


at age 94. Yes, hamburgers were 20
cents and a ham steak dinner was
only 60 cents. My dad had a sense
of humor. He flavored toothpicks
and said, "Even the toothpicks taste
better at Dave's." He loaned stu-
dents a $5 meal certificate so they
could eat until their government
checks came in. I still meet students
who ate or worked at my dad's
place. There was always a table full
of Spanish guys from Tampa sitting
at the back table. It was hard work,
but a wonderful experience for us
all. Even though we live in "enemy
territory" (Tallahassee), we are
staunch Gator fans. My husband
tells all of our Seminole friends that
he graduated from the University of
Florida.
Jean and George Holzapfel
(BSBA '53) Tallahassee


There were serious rumblings
of discontent and turmoil when I
arrived at the College ofArchitec-
ture and Fine Arts in September
1955. I was living at the time in
Los Angeles, and Lower Division
Dean David McVoy had accepted
my application to enroll in the
freshman architecture program, but
I was unaware of the changes stu-
dents were demanding at the time.
Veterans just back from the Korean
conflict, they had discovered the
program was suffering from the
old Beaux Arts method of teaching
that was out of touch with the new
direction architectural education
had taken after World War II.
When I was about 12 years old,


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I developed an interest in architec-
ture. My father was an artist who
loved to be around construction
and used to take me to see the ac-
tivity of steel workers, masons, car-
penters, electricians, plumbers and
other tradesmen at new projects
in and around Jacksonville. I guess
that's where it all began. Though I
had the inclination, Mom did not
think I was mature enough to study
architecture in Gainesville, so she
sent me out to California to live
with my grandmother. Four years
and a new bride later, I was ready
to return to Florida and enroll at
the university.
During my time in Los Angeles
I worked first as a print boy and
later as a junior draftsman for an
engineering firm. This experience
motivated me even more to begin
the long road to my goal as an
architect.
Coming in as an older freshman,
my emotions varied from excited
confidence to pure terror as I ar-
rived on campus for registration
into the architecture program. It
wasn't long before I realized that I
had landed right in the middle of
this student insurrection brought
on by veterans my age demanding
a better education to teach us how
to direct the raw talent each of us
must develop to become architects.
Out with the old, in with the
new. Turpin Bannister brought this
new group of architecture profes-
sors from Harvard, Illinois, Penn
and other strong architectural
programs that had instigated this
new post-war direction. Joined
by remaining faculty, their fresh
leadership was an inspiration to all
students in the College of Architec-
ture and Fine Arts, and especially
to members of my class. Those of
us who graduated in 1960 became
practicing architects contributing to
the growing construction economy
that has defined our state for almost
a half century. Since that time, the
Department of Architecture, thanks
to the early efforts of Dr. Bannister
and his team of dedicated profes-
sors, has become one of the stron-
gest programs in the country.
I am proud to have been a re-
cipient of their dedication, enthu-
siasm, motivation, criticism and
inspiration during those formative


years. My classmates and I have
had five decades of appreciation for
architectural professors Bannister,
McVoy, McClure, Hodges, John-
son, Stewart, Reeves, Crosland,
Larrick, Torroca, Edwards, Lend-
rum, Hammacher, Raymond and
countless others who sent us on our
way to be Florida architects in the
new, post-modern age.
Ron Ginn (AA '57, BArch '60,
BLA '61) St. Petersburg

I enjoyed reading the article
regarding the Gator spirit in the
summer issue of Florida. It remind-
ed me of our trip to visit our Gator
son in Oahu, Hawaii. We were
awake the first day at 5 a.m., as are
all visitors from the East Coast. It
was pitch black, and we were listen-
ing to the surf while having coffee
on the back porch.
Amazingly, over the next hour,
"Hula Gators" began arriving,
decked out in orange and blue
and certainly full of spirit. Bloody
Marys, doughnuts and other treats
filled the coffee table. The event?
The noon UF vs. Mississippi State
game that was coming on at 6 a.m.
Hawaii time. The outcome was not
good for the Gators, but it was not
for lack of spirit from committed
fans halfway around the world!
University of Miami grad, and
Gator and Seminole mom,
Barbara Meyer
Islamorada

Becoming a part of a big picture
was never my idea when I entered
the University of Florida. Today as I
read about UF and see strides made
by students and alumni around
the world, I am proud to be one of
those alumni. It occurs to me that I
am part of that big picture.
It seems I was born with a super-
inquisitive nature about everything.
Inheritance had given me some
choices for a career. Music and
art were loves of my life. I always
thought I would major in one or
the other or both. Fate sometimes
has a way of steering us in direc-
tions we never imagined.
Sickness and death were around
me a lot in my youth. I always
wanted to do something for them,
but I did not know what to do. It
never occurred to me that a career


in the medical field would give
me some insight into what to do.
A break came for me when a local
surgeon needed an office assistant.
Office assistant training was
done by office personnel in those
days. The surgeon and his nurse
took me under their wings. They
mentored and trained me in all
office procedures as well as medical
procedures. The surgeon did minor
surgical procedures in his office.
He would allow me to watch. His
nurse taught me to give shots on an
orange.
Once I started feeling sick from
watching all the blood. The sur-
geon knew it was time for me to go
out. He sent me out for fresh air. I
returned to the surgical room later
and the feeling never occurred again.
The nurse explained that this hap-
pens sometimes, but it rarely lasts.
With the help of this surgeon and
nurse I was inspired to go to UE
While attending UF I sang with
the concert choir for two years un-
der Elwood Keister. This quenched
my musical thirst. In my spare time
I drew and painted. All areas of my
life were being fulfilled at this great
school.
Nursing has allowed me to help
thousands of sick people become
well. My knowledge of preventive
medicine has perhaps prevented
some deaths. The ones who died
were given peace and dignity from
my learning about Dr. Kubler Ross'
death and dying teachings.
While I think all schools have
their greatness, I can only speak for
UF because I have been there. Like
other students I had my long nights
and days of studying, crying, laugh-
ing and wondering if I would ever
finish and get a job.
Presently I am working with
Healthy Start moms and their
babies in a preventive capacity.
Prevention is the key to curbing
the illnesses and deaths. Yes, I am
also using my musical gifts and art
in various community groups in
Jacksonville.
Corine Darring (RN 71)
Jacksonville


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HOW THE ALLIGATOR FOUGHT UPS PRESIDENT OVER FIRST
AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND RECEIVED ITS INDEPENDENCE.

By Ron Sachs (BSJ '72)


This 100th anniversary
of The Alligator is an ap-
propriate time to reflect
Son a pivotal controversy
in the proud history of
America's best and most
aggressive collegiate daily.
Some of the most
vivid, happiest memories
of my life were spent
during 1968-72 my
Alligator newsroom time
and surely one of
several "golden eras" of
the newspaper.
I was selected to
serve as the new edi-
tor of The Alligator for
1971-72. The seminal
issue of my time -
and the controversy
that forever changed
the newspaper was
about both the First
Amendment and abor-


tion. Abortion was banned by the
Florida Legislature in 1868, when
an "abortion information" ban also
was enacted.


We interviewed women who
had undergone legal and illegal
- abortions. We prepared a com-
parative "sidebar" on state abortion
laws. We compiled a list of counsel-
ing services, none of which were
abortion doctors or clinics. (Our
list actually included the Catholic
Student Center.)
John Parker (D '72), a brilliant
law student who wrote a popular
editorial page feature called "Fluted
Columns," offered an unsolicited
"legal" opinion: publication of the
list would be a felony a violation
of that 1868 statute, 797.02, that
prohibited anyone from any activ-
ity to "hint, print or advertise" for
an abortion.
Such an old law seemed both
archaic and unconstitutional. We
wanted to print the counseling list
before we learned it was "illegal."
After Parker's legal lesson, we want-
ed to print it more.
Since The Alligator received a
subsidy from UF's student activities
fees, we were considered an official
"organ" of the university, with the


UF president technically serving as
the newspaper's publisher. Stephen
C. O'Connell (BSBA '40, LLB
'40), a proud Gator alumnus who
had gone on to a stellar legal career
capped by service as chief justice
of the Florida Supreme Court, was
our UF president throughout my
undergrad years.
We were asked to submit the
entire controversy to the Board of
Student Publications and we
were willing to abide by its deci-
sion. Surprise we prevailed with
a 4-3 vote to allow publication of
the list, with all four students vot-
ing our way.
That's when President
O'Connell intervened, visiting
me to overrule the board and
prohibiting publication. I left
that meeting inclined to disobey
O'Connell's edict and print the list
anyway.
The "illegal" counseling list
was set for the front page. But our
Ocala printer declined to print the
list. Instead, he allowed some copy
to explain the most famous block of
front-page empty white space ever


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The Alligator published a defiant edito-
rial in 1971 after the staff was told it
could not print a list of abortion clinics.


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to grace The Alligator or any other
campus newspaper.
I asked my friend, then-Student
Body President Don Middlebrooks
(JD '72), who is now an acclaimed
federal judge, if we could mimeo-
graph 22,000 copies of the list on
student government's equipment.
He agreed but insisted on paying
for the printing costs personally.
In The Alligator newsroom that
evening, our entire staff divided
up copies of the mimeo sheets in
a felonious conspiracy to stand up
for the First Amendment. I signed
the master copy of the counseling
list with my signature appearing
at the bottom of the 22,000 cop-
ies so that no harm would come to
others or to the newspaper.
Our commando team of young
journalists skulked about campus
to await delivery of The Alligator to
boxes outside classroom buildings.
We stuffed every newspaper with
the list.
Journalism professor Jean
Chance (BSJ '60, MAJC '69) was
a mentor of mine. Her attorney
husband, Chuck, offered to defend
me, joined by UF constitutional
law professor Fletcher Baldwin. The
need for their services was immedi-
ate, as State Attorney Eugene Whit-
worth (BA '61, LLB '63) sought my
felony arrest the same day.
I was photographed, fingerprint-
ed and mocked by a jailer whom I
had written about a year earlier in
an Alligator expose of the county
jail (the newspaper had investigated
an inmate's murder that was made
to look like a suicide). The arrest
made national news and was the
buzz at many campus newspapers.
Considered no "flight" risk, I was
released on my own recognizance.
A few hours later, President
O'Connell held a news conference.
He announced that if convicted,
besides a possible year in prison, I
would face certain firing as Alligator
editor and likely expulsion.
Then O'Connell surprised us
all by announcing a double jeop-
ardy: he would seek an advisory
opinion from Florida's attorney


Editor Ron Sachs, left, was charged with a felony after the Alligator staff
inserted mimeographed abortion information in the newspaper. Sachs
was later found innocent on the grounds that Florida's abortion laws were


unconstitutional.

general, Robert Shevin (BA '55),
about whether the UF president
could exercise "prior restraint" to
stop publication of any particular
matter. If the answer were "yes,"
I would be removed as Alligator edi-
tor and would still face UF disci-
plinary action.
Chance and Baldwin strategized
my defense. My parents and I re-
ceived dozens of letters from strang-
ers, many of them anonymous
threats of violence, and some call-
ing me "Satan's boy" or the "baby-
faced baby killer."
Shortly before my trial, the at-
torney general's office rendered its
opinion, written by young lawyer
Barry Richard, now one of the na-
tion's most respected legal minds.
Basically, the AG's office said "no"
to O'Connell no prior restraint
over the college newspaper. Though
the opinion had no force of law, it
was a huge victory for The Alligator
and other campus newspapers.
Merely days later, in December
1971, Alachua Judge Benmont
Tench (yes, he is the father of a
namesake son who is a founding
member of Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers) held court on my
felony charge.


Chuck Chance and Fletcher
Baldwin were brilliant, well-
researched and articulate in their
arguments that F.S. 797.02 was
wholly unconstitutional. The court-
room gasped as Judge Tench de-
clared that old law unconstitutional
... but it wasn't over yet.
Chance and Baldwin then had
the temerity to actually challenge
Florida's equally old 1868 anti-
abortion law. Again, they argued
about the law being unconstitu-
tional. No one expected what came
next: Judge Tench struck down
Florida's existing abortion law,
which had stood for 103 years.
Ultimately, the Florida Legisla-
ture was forced to rewrite the law,
loosening its restrictive provisions
on an issue that continues to divide
Floridians and Americans to
this day.
Meanwhile, this double rebuke
of authority nearly did not sit
.well with UF's O'Connell. Shortly
thereafter, he announced plans to
force The Alligator from the cam-
pus, cutting off student fee support
for it, though some support flowed
in the form of limited guaranteed
advertising. Thus was born The
Independent Florida Alligator, now


ULTIMATELY, THE FLORIDA

LEGISLATURE WAS FORCED

TO REWRITE THE LAW,

LOOSENING ITS RESTRICTIVE

PROVISIONS ON AN ISSUE

THAT CONTINUES TO

DIVIDE FLORIDIANS AND

AMERICANS TO THIS DAY.






celebrating a good chunk of the
newspaper's century of service.
No matter what, the smart,
tough and earnest young journal-
ists who have labored in The Al-
ligator newsroom throughout its
history never have considered it a
mere classroom or sandbox. It is as
much a watchdog as any newspa-
per. And, it remains the best in the
country, despite continued chal-
lenges, threats and controversy.

Ron Sachs is an award-winning
newspaper, magazine and television
journalist who served two Florida
governors, Reubin Askew (LLB
'56) and Lawton Chiles (BSBA
'52, JD '55), as a senior media
counsel. He has owned Ron Sachs
Communications, a Tallahassee-
based media consulting firm,
since 1996.


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