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 CLAS act
 A note from the dean
 Table of Contents
 Journey to the White House
 Celebrating civics
 Doors open to Jim and Alexis Pugh...
 Leading tomorrow
 Mastering politics
 On the sidelines of history
 Updates from CLASmates
 Alumni bookshelf
 Development
 Sudanese "lost boy" finds refuge...
 Campus views
 Upcoming events


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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    CLAS act
        Page 2
    A note from the dean
        Page 3
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    Journey to the White House
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Celebrating civics
        Page 8
    Doors open to Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall
        Page 9
    Leading tomorrow
        Page 10
    Mastering politics
        Page 11
    On the sidelines of history
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Updates from CLASmates
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Alumni bookshelf
        Page 16
    Development
        Page 17
    Sudanese "lost boy" finds refuge at UF
        Page 18
    Campus views
        Page 19
    Upcoming events
        Page 20
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences occupies a
beautiful section of campus that captures the ori-
gins and history of the university in its buildings and
landscaping. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and
donors, many of the original architectural structures
have had their grace and grandeur restored. Because
of its importance to the entire campus, we modify Z
the historical district rarely. And when we do, we do
so carefully.
In February, CLAS celebrated the completion of a mar-
velous new building, Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall, whose style
respects and complements that of its neighbors. Its placement
between Newell and Dauer Halls creates a new plaza and focal T 9
point, where none existed before. Thanks to the generosity of
Jim and Alexis Pugh, the Department of African and Asian thea
Languages and Literatures, the Samuel Proctor Oral His-
tory Program, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service
have a new state-of-the-art home. Please visit www.ufl.oxblue. the campus in considering problems ham Center for Public Service, students
com/grahamcenter to view a live shot of the building and see a facing the nation. So far this spring, the will have the opportunity to learn about
time-lapse film of its construction, center has hosted Bob Graham, Dr. Jo- those challenges and to work shoulder-
CLAS formally opened the Graham Center in March. seph Nye, Pulitzer Prize winner David to-shoulder with current leaders to help
Inspired by the work of former Florida Governor and U.S. McCullough, Senators Chuck Hagel address them. By any measure, our stu-
Senator Bob Graham, the center prepares students to assume and Jay Rockefeller, and former Secre- dents are among the most talented in
leadership roles in addressing state and national issues. It fo- tary of State Madeleine Albright. the nation. If we can turn their atten-
cuses on public leadership and public service through course- The college's primary mission is to tion to address boldly our most pressing
work and practical experience, U.S. relations with neighbors in prepare our students to assume leader- problems, we will have helped our na-
Latin America and the Caribbean basin, and homeland securi- ship roles in resolving the challenges fac- tion take great strides forward.
ty. Through its distinguished speaker series,the center engages ing the nation. Through the Bob Gra- -Joe Glover, Interim Dean





















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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences occupies a
beautiful section of campus that captures the ori-
gins and history of the university in its buildings and
landscaping. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and
donors, many of the original architectural structures
have had their grace and grandeur restored. Because
of its importance to the entire campus, we modify Z
the historical district rarely. And when we do, we do
so carefully.
In February, CLAS celebrated the completion of a mar-
velous new building, Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall, whose style
respects and complements that of its neighbors. Its placement
between Newell and Dauer Halls creates a new plaza and focal T 9
point, where none existed before. Thanks to the generosity of
Jim and Alexis Pugh, the Department of African and Asian thea
Languages and Literatures, the Samuel Proctor Oral His-
tory Program, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service
have a new state-of-the-art home. Please visit www.ufl.oxblue. the campus in considering problems ham Center for Public Service, students
com/grahamcenter to view a live shot of the building and see a facing the nation. So far this spring, the will have the opportunity to learn about
time-lapse film of its construction, center has hosted Bob Graham, Dr. Jo- those challenges and to work shoulder-
CLAS formally opened the Graham Center in March. seph Nye, Pulitzer Prize winner David to-shoulder with current leaders to help
Inspired by the work of former Florida Governor and U.S. McCullough, Senators Chuck Hagel address them. By any measure, our stu-
Senator Bob Graham, the center prepares students to assume and Jay Rockefeller, and former Secre- dents are among the most talented in
leadership roles in addressing state and national issues. It fo- tary of State Madeleine Albright. the nation. If we can turn their atten-
cuses on public leadership and public service through course- The college's primary mission is to tion to address boldly our most pressing
work and practical experience, U.S. relations with neighbors in prepare our students to assume leader- problems, we will have helped our na-
Latin America and the Caribbean basin, and homeland securi- ship roles in resolving the challenges fac- tion take great strides forward.
ty. Through its distinguished speaker series,the center engages ing the nation. Through the Bob Gra- -Joe Glover, Interim Dean





















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journey INTERNATIONAL



to the STUDENT EXPLORES

h THE MAKING OF

Se AN AMERICAN


housePRES


DENT


Every international student at the University
of Florida has a unique story about moving
to Gainesville, though many share some
common elements: Wandering through the
massive campus in the midst of the oppres-
sive August heat, gawking at the size of the
Swamp (the football stadium, not the restau-
rant), and marveling at the number of alliga-
tors sunbathing in Lake Alice.
For those of us who arrived for the Fall 2007 semester,
we have not only had to learn the intricacies of Gainesville and
Florida culture, but have been confronted with perhaps the
grandest political spectacle in the world-the race to occupy
the White House.
Growing up in New Zealand, I was somewhat of an
Americaphile. When the other kids were playing rugby, which
is closer to a religion than a sport, I was playing basketball.
When we had to do a project on someone we admired, I chose
Robert Kennedy, not famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir
Edmund Hillary. Thus, from a young age, I became interested
in the exhausting, bewildering, lavishly funded and intricate
contest for the Oval Office.
Arriving in the U.S. 15 months prior to the national elec-
tion-an election, as the mass media continually reminds us,
that is set to be the most interesting in years-I have become a
full-blown campaign news junkie. However, as an outsider still
perplexed by some of the details of the American political sys-


tern, I remain intrigued by the essential
question that remains to be answered in
November: In terms of skills and char-
acter, what makes a president?
So, I turned to some of the experts
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences who could provide insight into
what specific personality traits are need-
ed to lead the United States.
My journey took me to the office
of Political Science Professor Richard S.
C,., 1..,, ....1,... of a number of works on
U.S. presidents, including The Historical
Dictionary of the Reagan-Bush Era and
The Presidency, Congress, and Divided
Government. He said if there's a com-
mon factor linking the past occupants of
the Oval Office, it is the basic ability to
appeal to voters coupled with an inher-
ent desire to succeed.
"To a large degree, most of our
presidents have been able to connect
with people, and they possess a drive
and a search for excellence," Conley said,
adding it is also worth remembering the
"human" factor of the race to the White
House. "Sometimes, people who crave
the spotlight like politicians do are try-
ing to fill a void in their own personal-


ity," he said. "And presidents, like all of
us, have to conquer their own demons
when they're in office."
Conley refers to the late James
Barber, former Duke University politi-
cal scientist known for his work explor-
ing the psyche of presidential hopefuls,
when discussing the leadership traits
not always apparent to the public on
the campaign trail. "Richard Nixon, for
example, destroyed his opponents-he
vilified people, and made lists of his en-
emies," Conley said. "Ronald Reagan,
on the other hand, was an eternal opti-
mist and he really didn't like to hear bad
news. He would say, 'I just don't want to
hear this.' Reagan's staffers learned this
about him, and at times they would keep
bad news from him."
The next expert on my list, Ste-
phen C. Craig-professor and chair of
the political science department and
director of the UF graduate program
in political campaigning-said that
while each candidate claims they will
follow through with their pledges, he
warns voters to be wary of expecting
too much from campaign promises.The
highly valued characteristic of following































































through on election assurances is
a wholly problematic proposition
after winning an election.
"You can never anticipate
what a president is going to be like
when he or she gets into office,"
Craig said. "You can try and look
at what they say and predict what
they'll do, but it's almost impos-
sible to know."
Even if the president-elect
attempts to stay faithful to the sub-
stance of his or her rhetoric, Craig
said the promises made by can-
didates may not be what swayed


voters in the first place. Quoting
the title of a February 11 issue of
Newsweek, Craig said, "When it is
head versus heart, heart wins."
In the Newsweek feature,
various experts from a range of
disciplines described the ways in
which the emotional appeal of a
candidate will always trump the
more logical analysis of a poli-
tician's "platform," citing the in-
nately human tendency to follow
one's gut. "That doesn't mean vot-
ers don't care about Obama's war
vote or McCain's support of the


war surge," wrote reporter Sharon
Begley. "They do-but not be-
cause these positions would affect
them. Instead, voters evaluate how
a position makes themfeel."
Craig identifies the presiden-
cies of Ronald Reagan and George
W. Bush as examples of the exis-
tence of this often intangible "feel"
factor among U.S. voters. "After
the Carter administration, Ronald
Reagan made Americans feel very
proud again," he said. "In 2004,
George W. Bush made people feel
more secure." Professor Conley


agrees that "feel" will be a decid-
ing factor come November. "With
Bush, the message is sent that ev-
ery day there is a threat. That every
day, there is the possibility that the
sky will fall down," Conley said.
"People may be tiring of that mes-
sage.
To consider what it takes to
be president in the hyperactive
media culture that permeates all
aspects of American life in the 21st
century, we may first want to go
back and visit one of the watershed
media moments in the history of





















































the republic's national electoral
process-the 1960 televised presi-
dential debates.
For a moment, imagine that
we have been transported to the
mid-part of the 20th century: a
time of black and white television,
limited network channels, and ba-
sic sound and low definition im-
ages. You are one of 70 million
Americans-the largest audience
in television history up to that
point-tuned in on a late Septem-
ber evening to watch the first-ever
televised debate between two men
vying to occupy the most powerful
political position in the world.
The candidate on the audi-
ence's right, Richard Nixon, the
once little-known Republican
from California who is currently
serving as the country's vice presi-


dent, has bluntly ignored the advice
of his campaign team by not wear-
ing make-up-his pale face and
"five o'clock shadow" facial stubble
more noticeable on television than
it might have otherwise been. The
candidate on the left, the young
senator from Massachusetts, John
Fitzgerald Kennedy, is fresh from
campaigning in a convertible in
the Californian sun-his tan adds
to the contrast between his oppo-
nent's drawn, haggard appearance
and the handsomeness that is al-
ready part of the Kennedy legend.
As Professor Richard Con-
ley reminds me, the outcome of
the Nixon/Kennedy debates was a
pivotal moment that affirmed the
emergence of an important new
campaign tool. The research sur-


into the annals of media studies
history: those who listened to the
first debate on the radio picked
Nixon as the winner, while those
who watched the television broad-
cast of the event overwhelmingly
sided with Kennedy.
To get some perspective
on the i.,,, ...... of the 1960
Nixon/Kennedy debate and the
importance of physical appear-
ance in the age of visually based
multi-media outlets like YouTube
and MySpace, I consulted History
Professor David Colburn, former
provost of UF and director of the
university's Reubin O'D Askew
Institute on Politics and Society
since 1994. P..l1... i., on visual
mediums and the Nixon/Ken-
nedy debates, Colburn predicts


rounding the debates has moved that, "Today, we probably wouldn't


elect Abraham Lincoln or George
Washington with his wooden
teeth."
Looking back over the
achievements of various admin-
istrations, Colburn sees one ma-
jor trend that has shaped the role
of the Commander-in-Chief,
whether Republican or Democrat.
"I think that the best presidents
have had the best cabinets," he
said. "Abraham Lincoln was said
to have had the best cabinet in the
history of the presidency." How-
ever, he said this does not change
the influence that the president
can wield. "The power of the of-
fice is quite stunning."
But attempting to harness
such power in what Colburn calls
the "CEO approach" has often
proven to be a mistake. "The one
























To a large degree, most of our

presidents have been able to

connect with people, and they

possess a drive and a search for

excellence.


-Richard S. Conley
Professor of Political Science


leadership style that hasn't really worked
is the CEO approach, particularly by
Republicans," he said, pointing to the
Hoover presidency as an example. "It
doesn't encourage the important ex-
change of ideas. It is more like, 'I'm in
charge'."
Like Colburn, English Profes-
sor Ronald Carpenter emphasized the
necessity of fostering the effective ex-
change of ideas and communicating
those ideas to the American public. A
specialist on public discourse, Carpenter
believes that a successful president needs
to be a conduit of the greater abstract
desires of Americans. "I think Ameri-
cans expect leaders capable of articulat-
ing the sentiments and strong feelings
that Americans have-their beliefs,"
said Carpenter.
Author of Choosing Powerful Words:
Eloquence that Works and History as


Rhetoric: Style, Narrative, and Persuasion,
Carpenter argues that the importance of
oratorical skill is not only a necessity on
the campaign trail, but is what provides
the substance of great presidential lega-
cies."People know words from Lincoln's
Gettysburg address," Carpenter said.
"They can quote an exact sentence from
Franklin Roosevelt, and Kennedy would
not have attained his acclaim but for the
eloquence for which he is I i1l ,1 Ij lyre-
garded."
Referring to Ronald Reagan's early
acting career, Carpenter emphasized not
only the importance of the "right"words
but the ability to present them on tele-
vision. I' i.. 11 learned how to deliver
lines to a camera in Hollywood," Car-
penter said. "If he flubbed his lines and
they had to do the shot again, the female
actor could leave the set and he would
deliver the lines again, by himself, to the


camera." Sophisticated communication skills have always been
integral to engendering the trust and support of the American
people, argues Carpenter, and television changed the dynam-
ics.
In addition to the importance of capturing the public's
attention through the Internet, both the news media and the
candidates themselves have consistently trumpeted the diver-
sity of this year's cast of presidential hopefuls. While histori-
cally presidents have not been diverse in terms of race and gen-
der, Conley points out that presidents have traditionally come
from "diverse backgrounds."
From Lyndon B. Johnson, who came from very humble
roots, to the wealthy family of Bush presidents, Conley argues
the second half of the 20th century has produced a list ofpresi-
dents with vastly different personalities-making it difficult to
identify those traits all presidents appear to share. So instead of
trying to compile a precise checklist of presidential leadership
qualities, Craig believes the essential questions voters need to
answer for themselves are simple: "Who's got the vigor to be
president and who's ready for the job?"
As the academic year comes to an end and the heat and
humidity once again descend upon Gainesville, international
students like myself firm up our summer plans-which for
many will include trips back home, where our friends and
family will want to know about our studies in America. Ques-
tions about who will be the country's next leader will inevitably
arise, so we cannot help but keep one eye on the other side of
summer and the imminent election.
While cynics say the electoral process is too drawn out
and the incessant media coverage borders on hysteria, the
campaign provides us, both international students and Ameri-
cans alike, with a rare insight into this nation's collective psyche
as reflected in the appeals of the politicians. At best, during
the race for the highest office in the land, America's hopes
and dreams, fears and insecurities, are played out in the public
sphere for all of us, citizens and foreigners alike, to witness. I
for one cannot wait to see what happens next.
-Christopher Garland
























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In the heart of the University of Florida, nestled between 98-year-old Newell and
72-year-old Dauer Halls, there's a new kid on the block energizing the historic
district of campus. Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall was dedicated on February 9 and has
become a focal point of campus activity.
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facility honors its stately neighbors in its exterior design-blending 1... I ..... 1..I.. .... 1 I, ..... I.l
in a style that is all its own. It should be no surprise, then, to lea, I ... .. i "' ..1, I ...
was commissioned by one ofthe state's most p r..,,,,.. I .. 1.i, i. i,.... I. .i I'n ....
his wife Alexis, who has led a distinguished career developing mu i iii,,l, I... n, I.. ,1,.
nation.
"We are most impressed with the design," said Pugh, a 19( i III ...1. ..... ...i ....
alumnus, in praise of the design team Ponikvar & Associates an.i Il.. i .... -
struction."It's a new building in the old part of campus with a tinrr .1.. ....
fits in nicely among the beautiful old buildings."
The Pughs were looking for a way to contribute to the un, I. I ..
they learned former Florida Governor and retired U.S. Senator P. .1.. I I I,,
a 1959 political science alumnus, was planning to establish the E. .1. I I
Center for Public Service at UF. Graham and Mr. Pugh were. ii ..ii, .
brothers in Sigma Nu during their undergraduate years, and even 1 ..... I 'I.1 h
knew he would find a way to some day give back to his alma mate
"This was a natural way to support Graham-my friend of 5(.. -5 ( 1
the creation of a place for students to study functioning democrat. _... ...... .
Pugh said. "I hope between Bob Graham, Alexis and I, we can ,, i, ......
students with this in ...Ii... .i building and Bob's vision and lega
In addition to housing the Graham Center, Pugh Hall is al ..
home to the Department of African and Asian Languages and
Literatures, which promotes a better understanding of non-West-
ern languages and cultures, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History
Program, which preserves eyewitness accounts of Florida history.
These three programs unite in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences' mission to advance the understanding of our world and
our place within it.
Classes began meeting in Pugh Hall at the beginning of
the spring semester in January, and more than 200 people gath-
ered to celebrate its grand opening a month later. Mr. and Mrs.
Pugh surprised the audience during the ceremony by pledging
another $1 million to name the '".I. i'., .i.. 1 in..,' n. .1. 11 ....... of 1
former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay, and his wife Ann. All
who participated in the event noted the humble generosity of the
Pughs.
"The word philanthropist is a very important word," said UF
President Bernie Machen."It means to do good with the resources
they have on this earth, and that's what they have done." I
-Buffy Lockett






















































"Poor public leadership is

damaging to the future of

our country.

The next generation can-

not simply sit back and

wait for change-we must

actively participate and

provoke change."
-Logan Perel


After reading Senator Bob Graham's 2004
book Intelligence Matters, Logan Perel knew
he wanted to dedicate himself to a life of
public service. Luckily, the Delray Beach
native didn't have to go far to pursue the
kind of training he will need as a future
policy maker. The Bob Graham Center for
Public Service has launched a certificate
program in public leadership aimed at train-
ing tomorrow's public leaders and Perel was
one of the first students to enroll.
"Poor public leadership is damaging to the
future of our country," said Perel, a political science
major. "The next generation cannot simply sit back
and wait for change-we must actively participate
and provoke change."
Through coursework and practical experi-
ence, Graham Center students gain the skills and
knowledge necessary for effective and ethical lead-
ership careers. The certificate has been designed
to complement major programs offered across the
unive, i,.. i,, ,l..li. 1,... natural sciences, humani-


ties, social sciences, journalism, and business. Its
alumni are expected to go into a wide variety of
fields, in addition to law, politics and government
work.
"Many students will be working in the pri-
vate sector, but questions of governing and public
policy touch all our lives and this program can give
students some of the tools they need to understand
these issues," said David Hedge, political science
professor and academic programs director for the
Graham Center. "The idea is that the problems
governments face are not one-dimensional. We
need to look at policy problems from different per-
spectives and draw upon various disciplines."
Jessica Hand, a political science major purs-
ing a minor in agriculture and natural resource
policy, said she decided to enroll in the program
to prepare for a future in county or city politics.
"I intend to pursue a master's degree in urban and
regional planning and then return to my home-
town to work as a public planner," Hand said. "I
also would like to run for a county office, because
I feel that there is currently a lack of leadership in


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the local government where I am from. I
believe that earning this certificate is the
first step towards preparing me to fill that
void."
Political science and history double
major Sara Meerow believes the program
will prepare her for law school. "I enrolled
because I am interested in public policy,
wanted to hone my leadership skills and
intern in politics, and because I have al-
ways admired Bob Graham," she said.
To apply, students must have a mini-
mum 3.25 GPA and have already com-
pleted the university's general education
requirements. Once enrolled, they are ex-
pected to earn 18 hours of credit in pub-
lic affairs courses, including Writing for
Public Leadership, Florida Since 1845,
Economics and Public Policy, and Current
Controversies in Public Policy. They also
must complete a public affairs internship.
Outside the classroom, Graham students
benefit from the diverse list of speakers the
center brings to campus-rubbing elbows


with local, state and national leaders (see
page 8).
"The theory that is taught in class is
complemented by the experiences of the
speakers that the Graham Center brings
in," said Ben Cavataro, a political science
major and religion minor. "I joined the
program to learn from both theorists and
practitioners.
The center is in the process of de-
signing bachelor's and master's degree
programs in public policy. For now, Hedge
says the certificate in public leadership will
continue to evolve according to student de-
mand and interest. Although the program
has only been in place for a year, two dozen
students have been recruited and are taking
policy courses and serving as interns at the
local, state, national, and even international
levels. "The students are amazing," Hedge
said. "These are very bright individuals
who care deeply about critical policy is-
sues.
-Buffy Lockette & Heather Read






laying golf with Tiger Woods, sipping tea with the Queen of England and having din-
ner with Nelson Mandela are experiences most of us can only dream about. For Eng-
lish alumnus Doug Band, personal adviser to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, they're
perks of the job. But while he may have enjoyed having Paul McCartney sing to him on his
30th birthday, he keeps his ego in check,"Often I think people get caught up in positions like
these and forget what this is all about: making a difference and helping people."


on the sidelines



of history:


Band has worked for Clinton for more than 12
years, starting out as a White House intern in 1995
shortly after receiving a B.A. in English from UF
the same year. He worked his way up through the
ranks, becoming the youngest deputy assistant ever
to serve a president before concluding his last year in
the Oval Office as the President's Aide. Along the
way, he managed to earn a law degree and a master's
in liberal arts from Georgetown University, taking
night classes while working fill-time at the White
House.
"You break into this kind of work by believ-
ing in the inherent value and good of public service,"
Band said. "You get out of it what you put into it,
which is a valuable lesson I learned at UF. Hard
work, determination and being driven to help other
people have been key factors in getting to where I
am.
Today Band is regarded as Clinton's closest
adviser-his right-hand man, so to speak. He man-
ages every aspect of the former president's life, from
meetings with world dignitaries to joining him on
family vacations. If you see Clinton in the news, you
are highly likely to catch a glimpse of Band in the
background. He's even pictured on the back cover of
Clinton's 2004 autobiography, My Life.
Over the years Band has racked up many
stamps in his passport-visiting 92 countries, 750
cities and every state in the U.S. He lives out of a
suitcase, traveling at least 200 days a year, and has
grown accustomed to 18-hour workdays. His itiner-
ary is so jammed packed, in fact, he had to complete
the interview for this story via BlackBerry on a flight
back from London. While this grueling schedule
might seem like a small price to pay in exchange
for the opportunity meet the occasional rock star
like U2's Bono, the reason Band sticks around goes
much deeper.
"The thing I most enjoy in my job is helping
people," he said. "I have been able to remain behind
the scenes, making a difference and changing peo-
ple's lives."
As the mastermind of the Clinton Global Ini-
tiative, Band has helped raised $30 billion in the
past three years alone to be used around the world to
combat global warming, alleviate poverty, improve
education, fight AIDS and address other press-
ing health concerns. He presented the idea to the
Clintons in 2002 and they let him plan, develop and
initiate the project, which has become the center of
Clinton's White House afterlife.
Essentially the architect of Clinton's post-pres-
idency, Band is called upon by other retiring world
leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair,


for advice on making the transition back into pri-
vate life. As Clinton himself recently commented to
Alumni CLASnotes through e-mail, "I couldn't have
done half of what I have done in my post-presidency
without him."
Band was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida.
The youngest of four sons, he followed in the foot-
steps of two of his older brothers, Greg and Roger,
when he became a student at UF. Greg Band earned
a law degree from the university in 1990 and prac-
tices in Sarasota. Dr. Roger Band received a B.S. in
microbiology in 1994 before earning an M.D. from
Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 2001. He joins
Doug and Clinton on international trips as Clinton's
road physician.
As an undergraduate, Band served as vice pres-
ident of Sigma Phi Epsilon, president of the Inter-
Fraternity Council and a member of Florida Blue
Key. He also interned in D.C. for Congressman Dan
Miller, R-Fla. Myra Morgan, Director of External
Relations in the UF Division of Student Affairs, has
known Band since he was an undergraduate and re-
mains one of his close friends and mentors. "He was
always a kid who had great ideas and a great vision,"
she said. "I wasn't exactly sure what he was going to
be, but I knew we'd all look back one day and say
'Wow, we knew him when."'
Though his career often keeps him a world
away from UF, Band is very proud of his alma ma-
ter. He visits campus as often as he can, flying down
to meet his brothers for at least one Gator football
game each season. Proud of the high quality of stu-
dents UF produces, he regularly introduces fellow
alumni to Clinton-like in March, when seven UF
alumni attended the launch of Clinton Global Ini-
tiative University in New Orleans. Band was also
highly influential in getting Clinton to come to UF
as an ACCENT speaker in 2003.
"I don't think there are words to describe my
time at UF," Band said. "It is not just an institution
of higher learning, it's a community, a family-one
that helped further the principles, ethics and morals
that I had been taught all of my life."
Morgan and a delegation of his childhood and
college friends flewto Paris in August to attend Band's
wedding to successful handbag designer and entre-
preneur Lily Rafii. Dozens of Gators joined Bill and
Chelsea Clinton in celebrating the couple's nuptials.
The newlyweds can't wait to start a family of their own,
but when asked whether the firstborn will be named
after one of the Clintons, Band said, "Not a chance! It's
going to be Albert or Alberta of course, at least that's
what I'm trying to ease my wife into."
-Buffy Lockette



























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CLASmates


1950s
Harold Klapper (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1959) is on counsel at Boies Schil
ler & Flexner, a litigation firm in New
York City. He holds the honor of being
the first National Debate Champion at
UF.

1960s
Charles E. "Abe" Abramson (B.A.,
History, 1963) is a commercial real
estate broker who has just completed
six years on the Medical Staff Ethics
Committee at Missoula, Montana's
Saint Patrick Hospital and Health Sci
ences Center, where he continues to
serve on the Joint Institutional Review
Board. He is also a founding trustee of
the Missoula Public Library Founda
tion and serves on Montana's Board of
Realty Regulation.
Shere Hite (B.A. and M.A., History,
1967 and 1969) has published several
books over the years, including TheHite
Report: A Nationwide Study of Female
Sexuality and The Hite Report on Male
Sexuality. She lives in London and is a
newspaper columnist for several public
cations around the world.
John Arthur Marshall (B.S., Geol
ogy, 1963) is president of the Arthur
R. Marshall Foundation, established to
honor the late Arthur R. Marshall (B.S.
I 1953), an ecologist and Ever
glades restoration pioneer. The found
tion celebrated its 10th anniversary in
March.
Darrell A. Simmons (B.A., English,
1961) has published a novel, Daily
Double Cross.
Joseph HornThomas (B.A. and M.A.,
History, 1962 and 1969) is an adjunct
history professor on Edison College's
Lee Campus in Fort Myers, Florida,
where he serves as faculty adviser to the
Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta
Kappa.
Billy M. Thornton (B.A., Mathemat
ics, 1963) holds an M.S. in systems
engineering from the University of
Arizona and a Ph.D. in industrial en
gineering from Texas A&M Univer
sity. He recently retired from Colorado
State University, where he served as a
business professor for 26 years.

1970s
PatriciaJ. Amick (M.S., Physics, 1978)
was recently promoted to Technical
Fellow in the area of Electronics Manu
facturing at the Boeing Company. She
also received an international electron
ics industry award this year.
Colette Mullaney Bancroft (M.A.,
English, 1975) is the book editor of the
St. Petersburg Times.
Steven "Ed" Cox (B.A., English, 1977)
is a high school English teacher in the


Oviedo, Florida area.
Fred Gahr,Jr. (B.A., '. I I ..1973)
has converted to the S1,1 I .,I way of
life and is now known as Gurukirn S.
Khalsa. He is co-owner and national
sales manager of Soothing Touch, a
Santa Fe, New Mexico based manufac
turer of massage and spa products.
David Jaffee (B.A., Political Science,
1977) is assistant vice president for un
dergraduate studies and a professor of
----1 --v at the University of North
I r,. I,
BarryM. Kay l I'. I ..1977)
has been named president of the
Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood,
Florida. He holds an optometry degree
from the Pennsylvania School of Op
tometry.
Kenneth F. Kiple (Ph.D., History,
1970) recently retired as a distinguished
university professor of history from
Bowling Green State University. He
has authored or edited a dozen books,
including the recently published The
Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food
Globalization.
Col. Michael L. Neveaux (B.S., Math
ematics, 1970) spent five years in active
duty as an Army aviator, retired after 24
years in the U.S. Army Reserves, and
has spent 34 years as chief pilot of the
Los Angeles Police Department's Air
Support Division.
JoyceM.Romanski I \ I.. I, I ..
1979) went on to pursue a master's in
English education and an educational
specialist degree in curriculum and in
struction from UF She taught for 25
years at North Marion Middle School
in Citra, Florida and recently published
a novel for adolescents, Redfield Alma
Mater: No More Teachers' Dirty Looks.
She also teaches composition at Central
Florida Community College.

1980s
Bob Andelman (B.A., Film Studies,
1982) authored Will Eisner: A Spirited
Life in 2005 and is the producer of the
Mr. Media podcast.
David R.Atherton (Ph.D., Chemistry,
1984) is principal materials scientist at
Exide Technologies, a leading acid bat
tery manufacturing company. He re
sides in Johnson City, Tennessee.
TinaBrier (B.A., History, 1982) earned
a law degree from Fordham University
in 1989 and is chief contract negotiator
and director of classified personnel for
the Berkeley Unified School District in
Berkeley, California.
Michael A. Downs (B.A., Econom
ics, 1980) is president and CEO of
the United Church of Christ Pension
Board, which serves 22,000 cler" and
staff employees and manages bil
lion in assets.


Scott Gordon (B.A., Criminal Justice,
1987) recently promoted from an over
seas assignment in Bangkok, Thailand
to become the resident agent in charge
of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin
istration's Tacoma Resident Office in
Tacoma,Washington.
Ray de Lugo, Jr. (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1984) works for Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Florida in the Jacksonville
corporate headquarters as the senior
commodities consultant. He is work
ing in the Purchasing Division focusing
on construction, facilities and contract
management.
Lisa Cohen Minnick (B.A., English,
1988) is an assistant professor of Eng
lish language and linguistics at Western
Michigan University. Her book, Dialect
and Dichotomy: Literary Representations
of Speech was named a Choice Out
standing Academic Title in 2006.
Jack Morey (B.S., Economics, 1987)
has been included for the second con
secutive year on Bank Investment Con
sultant Magazine's list of top 50 bank
financial advisers in the nation. Work
ing at SunTrust Investment Services
in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, he has
been educating clients for over 12 years
on investment planning and preparing
for their financial futures.
Donovan D. Mouton (B.A., Political
Science, 1980) is a program director
with the One Economy Corporation,
managing the Kansas region, including
the growth and development of its web
media properties and on-the-ground
digital inclusion programs. Prior to
joining the corporation, he served as
Director of Urban Affairs and Public
Advocacy under Kansas Ci. r.
Mayor Kay Barnes.
John M. Roberts (M.A., Political Sci
ence, 1988) has been appointed to the
policy committee of the Corporate
Executive Board, a Washington, D.C.
based business adviser firm.
Dawn Marie Rubio (B.S., '. I. I
1985) received a law degree from UF in
1988 and is an attorney and the prin
cipal court consultant for the National
Center for State Courts.
James D. Scott (B.S., Z 1 _.. 1989)
earned a master's in education trom UF
in 1991, as well as a Pharm.D. in 1994.
He received tenure and was promoted
to associate professor at the Western
University of Health Sciences' College
of Pharmacy in Los Angeles, Califor
nia.
R. Keith Stayer (B.A., Political Science,
1988) is a vice president and private
banker for Synovus Bank of Jackson
ville in Jacksonville, Florida.
Monica Sutton (B.A., .. I. I
1982) is test administrator at the Lang
ley Air Force Base Education Center,


where she was recently recognized as
employee of the month for the entire
base. She also works for Hospice at
Riverside Hospital.
DebThalasitis (B.A. and M.A., Politi
cal Science and Public Administration,
1980 and 1981) is assistant town man
ager of Marana, Arizona, a high growth
communityjust outside of Tucson.
Michael Tichenor (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1986) has been promoted to the
Juvenile Division in the Miami-Dade
County State Attorney's Office.
John V. Tucker (B.A., "I,, .i,.
1988) received a law degree from UF in
1991 and practices with Tucker & Lu
din, PA. in Clearwater, Florida, where
he is the managing shareholder. He was
recently elected to the Board of Trust
ees of the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society's MidFlorida Chapter.
Kerry S. Waldron (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1986) recently published a moti
national book, Loving Life and Living
Large. A Commonsense Approach to Suc
cessfulLiving.

1990s
Todd H. Albert (B.S., Geography,
1998) was awarded a NASA Gradu
ate Research Fellowship in 2001 and
an Innovative Research Program grant
in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in 2007
and is now teaching at Bowling Green
State University.
Joseph N. Alexander (B.A., Criminal
Justice, 1996) is a civil litigator with
Potter, Clement, Lowry & Duncan in
Mount Dora, Florida.
Armando A. Olmedo Arias (B.A.,
History, 1992) is vice president and se
nior legal counsel for Univision Com-
munications, Inc. In March he received
a "People of the Year" award from the
Organization of Iberoamerican Jour
nalists in Madrid, Spain.
Douglas A. Barlow (B.S., Physics,
1996) is an assistant professor of phys
ics at Westmont College. He got mar
ried in December of 2007 to Evelyn M.
Calhoun. The couple reside in Santa
Barbara, California.
Lindsey Keller Berjansky (B.A., So
ciology, 1996) has received a master's
in counseling and development from
George Mason University and a doc
toral degree in clinical psychology from
George Washington University.
Mike Campbell (Ph.D., :- I I I..
1998) is on the faculty of the University
of the West Indies in Cave Hill, Bar
bados, where he lectures in behavioral
sc;.,, .. 1, ... 1, 1 ,, il,.. hoolof

JorgeA. Cervera (B.A., English, 1992)
is sales/product manager and website
copywriter for HeadPhone.com, the












world's largest online headphone
shop and headphone audio manufac
turer, based in Bozeman, Montana.
Caryn Slovenski Clark (B.A., Eng
lish, 1994) is a voice-over actress and
can be heard all over the country on
radio and television commercials, as
well as in corporate and web narra
tions.
Leanne Dolin (B.S., History, 1998)
earned a law degree from UF in 2001
and works as a staff attorney for a trial
judge in Atlanta. Three of her cases
have been nationally televised.
Howard L. Glass (B.S., I I I
1993) received a law degree from the
University of Houston in 1997 and
practiced law from 1997-2000 before
returning to Florida to teach.
Tracy S. Greenberg (B.A., Criminal
Justice, 1996) received a law degree
from the University of Texas in 1999
and is on the corporate counsel of
Marriott International, Inc.
Yoni Leviatan (B.A., Criminology,
1999) is an accomplished indepen
dent recording artist. His debut al
bum, Extra Credit, was released in
2007 and he has licensed songs to
MTV, Oxygen Network and PBS.
He is currently touring the II..
circuit. Visit his fan club at www.
songsofyoni.com.
Claire K. Mazur (B.A., Sociology,
1997; M.A., Political Science, 1999)
is a Chief Legislative Analyst with
the Florida Legislature.
Lowell Nieporent (B.A., Geogra
phy, 1997) has received an M.S. in
instructional systems design from
Florida State University.
Peg O'Connor (B.A., Criminology,
1993) earned a master's in sociology
and a law degree from UF in 1998.
Having completed a three-year clerk-
ship with U.S. DistrictJudge Stephan
P. Mickle, Northern District of Flor
ida, she is now in private practice fo
causing on high-level criminal defense
issues.
John Par6 (B.A., Political Science,
1991) holds a law degree from
George Washington University and
serves as Deputy Attorney General
for the Central Florida Region for
Florida's Attorney General.
Teresa Schaller (B.A., Criminal Jus
tice, 1995) has received an M.B.A.
from Florida Atlantic University
with a certificate in international
business management.
Jennifer Schultz (B.A., German,
1992) earned a master's in education
from UF in 1994 and an education
specialist degree from Georgia State
University in 2007. She was recently
awarded the Florida Language Asso
citation Foreign Language Teacher of
the Year Award for Georgia.
RobertJ. Sniffen (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1990) is founder and managing
partner of Sniffen Law Firm, P.A. in
Tallahassee. The firm represents em


players in labor and employment law
matters, and also represents clients in
commercial and administrative liti
gation, property taxation, construct
tion litigation and license defense
matters.
Kristen Williams (B.A., Political
Science, 1999) works in medical sales
in Jacksonville, Florida. She recently
competed in the Dexter Jackson
Classic Women's Figure Show and
placed fifth. She was also selected as
Miss December for the 2008 Lex and
Terry Calendar.

2000s
Bret William Adams (B.S., Physics,
2007) is a patent examiner in the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office in Al
exandria, Virginia.
Brooke Bass (B.A., Economics,
2002) earned an M.S. in business
administration in 2005 and recently
opened Keller Williams Gainesville
Realty in Haile Plantation. The
Wall StreetJournal and REAL Trends
named her one of 2007's Top 200
Real Estate Professionals.
Rachel Bird (B.A., Sociolo_. _, -",
received an M.A. in education policy
studies from George Washington
University in 2006 and is currently
the policy and research coordinator
for the Strong American Schools
campaign in Washington, D.C.
Jerome V. Cerdan (B.S., Microbiol
ogy and Cell Science, 2001) com-
pleted a doctorate in dental medicine
at Temple University in May 2006
and is serving as a dentist in the U.S.
Navy, based in Okinawa,Japan.
Christina Chambers (B.A., Political
Science, 2007) received a B.S. in pub
lic relations from UF and is work
ing at an Orlando public relations
agency.
Scott Chase (F \ TTi. r. -.' 'ii is
metro aquatics director at the North
Central Florida YMCA in Gaines
ville.
Tracie Nicole Cohens (B.A., Sociol
o._ ,, 4, received a master's degree
in counseling and works in Gaines
ville as a clinical behavior specialist,
helping individuals who are develop
mentally disabled.
Patrick Cosgriff (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 2001) holds an M.B.A. from
UF and is currently managing con
sultant for IBM's Global Business
Services.
Victoria Eads (B.A., Religion, 2006)
is pursing a nursing degree in Texas.
She has been invited to join Sigma
Theta Tau and was voted by her in
structors to be one of 40 undergradu
ate and graduate students to join
Who's Who of America's Colleges.
Jason Donald Graham (B.A., Clas
sical Studies, 2001) has completed an
M.B.A. at Rollins College.
Bridget Felicetty Healy (B.A., Eng
lish, 2004) is pursing duel master's


degrees in public administration and
non-profit management at the Uni
versity of Central Florida. She also
works part-time as manager of new
business development at the universe
ty's Community Service Center.
Andrea Hobbs (B.S., I'.. I..
2005) received her master's and edu
cation specialist degrees in school
psychology from Florida State Uni
versity in April 2008.
Derrick "Hoeby" Hoeben (M.FA.,
Creative Writing, 2007) is an assis
tant professor of English at Francis
Marion University in Florence, South
Carolina. He recently published flash
fiction stories and is working on a
novel.


Laura Santurri Holmes (B.S., Psy
chology, 2001) earned an M.S. in
occupational therapy from Florida
International University in 2004
and works in pediatric occupational
therapy.
Travis Horn (B.A., Political Science,
2000) earned a law degree from UF
in 2005 and has accepted a position
S dI. \.,, -i I ... I : -... Patsko,P.A .,
serving the Tampa/ St. Petersburg
area.
Harrison Hove (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 2005) received a B.S. in meteo
rology from Florida State University
in 2007 and is the weekend meteo
rologist at KLFY TV, the CBS affili
ate serving Lafayette, Louisiana.
Aisha Khan (B.S., i, r I, I .
and Cell Science, 2006) ,. i ,r
medical student at Nova Southeast
ern University.
Chastity (Baker) Kolb (B.A., So
cinln,"-, 2005) is a legislative analyst
: Ii.. New York State Assembly,
working in the areas of social services,
children and families, election law,
and real property taxation.
Alexis Bramlett Lombard (B.A.,
Sociology, 2006) is a second-year law
student at Barry University School of
Law in Orlando, Florida.
Brianne N. Loomis (B.A., Com-
munication Sciences and Disorders,
2002) received a doctorate in audiol
ogy from Northwestern University in
2006 and is a pediatric audiologist for
The Hearing Centers in Tennessee.
She is also the proud mother of one
year-old Aine Lea Douglas Loomis.
Kathryn D. Masters (B.A., Anthro
pology and Political Science, 2004)
had a busy year in 2007, earning a
law degree from George Washington
University, getting sworn in to the
Virginian bar, and marrying Austin
Barile.
Michele Murphy (B.A., Criminol
ogy, 2004) graduated from Harvard
University's law school in 2007 and
is an associate at Simpson Thacher &
Bartlett in New York City.
Lan Nguyen (B.A., Sociology, 2003)
recently earned an M.B.A. from Na
continued on page 16


English alumna Barbara J.
Stephenson has been nominated
by President George W. Bush to serve as
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipoten-
tiary of the U.S. to the Republic of Panama.
She is currently awaiting Senate confirma-
tion.
"When I started my diplomatic
career-and Ijoined A-100, the name of the
entering class for new diplomats, the very
next day after I defended my doctoral dis-
sertation at the University of Florida-expe-
rienced, senior diplomats came in to talk to
us about the dream of making ambassador
one day, noting how few of us would make
it," said Stephenson. "I am deeply grateful
to the President and the Secretary of State
for the unforgettable honor of nominating
me to be ambassador to Panama, a country
I came to love during my first diplomatic
assignment 20 years ago."
A career member of the Senior Foreign
Service, Stephenson currently serves as
Deputy Coordinator for Iraq at the Depart-
ment of State. Prior to this, she served as a
Principal Officer in Belfast and as a Political
and Economic Officer in Panama. She holds
a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D.-all in Eng-
lish-from the University of Florida.
Look for a full feature on Stephenson
in the Fall 2008 issue.



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Where Are They Now?
Charlotte Mather: First Women Elected President of Student Government
Charlotte Mather made UF history in 1983 when she became the first woman ever elected stu-
dent body president at the university. Now, 25 years later, the political science alumna is using
her legislative experience as Vice President of Government Relations and Community/Public
Affairs for Broward Health.
"Winning that election showed me I could accomplish whatever I wanted with hard
work, dedication and ".... ,' said Mather. "The odds were against me because no organized


updates from
CLASmates
...continued from page 15
tional University, specializing in human resource management.
John Pasden (B.A., East Asian Languages and Literatures, 2000) lives
in China, where he has become fluent in Mandarin and teaches English
classes. He will soon graduate from East China Normal University with
a master's degree in applied linguistics. He also works for ChinesePod, an
educational podcast company, and serves as senior product manager for its
corporate parent, Praxis Language.
DahliaReed iT \ TTi. r. holds a master's degree in Jewish stud
ies from Oxford University and a master's in international affairs from
the George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C. and
works as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), focusing
on defense and foreign policy issues.
Robert Saccenti (B.A., English, 2002) is currently living in Los Angeles,
working as an art director on the CBS television show Big Brother.
EmmySchiel (B.A., Political Science, 2006) is pursuing a master's degree
in accounting at Nova Southeastern University.
Randall Stephens (Ph.D., History, 2003) is an assistant professor of
history at Eastern Nazarene College and a 2007-2009 Young Scholar
of American Religion at Indiana University-Purdue University, India
napolis. Harvard University Press recently published his book, The Fire
Spreads. Holiness and Pentecostalism in theAmerican South.
Dr. Lauren Stem (B.S., Zoolo. ,", 1 earned her M.D. from the Uni
versity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2005 and is in the
last year of her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City,
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caused and so were my supporters that we just be-
cused and so were my supporters that we just beStephanie Sullivan (B.A., English, 2006) works in foundation relations
lived we were going to win. A lot of great people in the Office of Development at Rollins College I... .. t.. r \.
worked hard on that campaign, and it takes a team in art history from Florida State University.
to accomplish the goal." Kimberly Treadwell (B.A., English, 2007) is a legal administrative as
Mather's team in the North Broward Hos- sistant at Steptoe &Johnson LLP, one of Washington D.C.'s largest law
firms.
pital District handles legislative affairs, corporate
S JessicaTudor (B.A., Anthropology, 2005) lives in San Francisco, Califor
sponsorships, community relations, public rela- nia, where she works as an archaeological field technician in the cultural
tions, and multicultural affairs. Before she went to resource management: .. I. -I... ,'l; to graduate schools in archae
work for the organization in 1996, she served in ology and is engaged to be married.
several roles including legislative assistant to Flori- DavidE.Winchester(B.S. and B \ i. r i, i _. ..i i ...2000)
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da Sen. Tom McPherson, executive director of the turning to UF to start :, r. ,,I i..ll .I,1, in July 2008.
Broward Legislative Delegation, and government Michelle Zambrana (B.A., English, 2007) is the National Institute of
relations director for a Fort Lauderdale law firm. Justice Research Project Coordinator at Florida International University's
She received an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern Stempel School of Public Health.
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CLAS would like to thank the Sheikh family of Merritt Island, Florida for
endowing the Izzat Hasan Sheikh Professorship. The fund will allow the UF
Department of Religion to hire a professor in Islamic studies and honors the
memory of the family's matriarch, Izzat Hasan Sheikh.
"The Sheikh family is thrilled to have this opportunity to honor the
memory of Izzat Hasan Sheikh by promoting the objective study of the
Islamic world, its religious beliefs, social and moral values, cultural traditions
and contemporary challenges and opportunities," said Asifa Sheikh, who
earned a law degree from UF in 1986. "We believe, in establishing this pro-
fessorship, that understanding, tolerance and cooperation spearheaded by
scholarly inquiries are essential conditions for breaking down barriers of mis-
conception and discrimination, and advancing the welfare of all peoples."

CLAS would also like to recognize the following friends for their kind
support:
* Julianne and Troy Davis, who donated $110,000 to establish an endow-
ment to fund the Dyslexia Center Intensive SummerTreatment Program in
the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
* Bob and Barb Dellecker, who have given more than $29,000 over the
past two years to the Department of Zoology for the purchase new lab
equipment
* Dr. Howard and Mrs. Brenda Sheridan, who gave $300,000 to the
Department of Chemistry to be used for scholarships, fellowships, and the
purchase of new equipment


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SUDANESE "LOST BOY"


FINDS REFUGE AT UF
Peter Ter, a political science major, springs to his feet in the
living room of his cozy University Heights apartment and
goes straight to his large bookshelf. For Ter, books are one
of life's most valuable objects. "All of my friends joke with
me,"he said, thumbing through a bookfor one of his favor-
ite photographs. "They say that I will want to be buried
with my books." Ter's passing reference to death harkens
back to an earlier part of the conversation. Just moments
before, Ter had reflected on the origins of his long journey
to the United States and how he became a student at the
University of Florida. "If it hadn't been for the support of
the United Nations,"Ter said."l would be dead."
One of Sudan's lost boys, Ter was removed from his home by the
bloody civil war that has raged in Sudan for the last 20 years and which
continues to this day in Darfur. He recalls the day that he was separated
from his parents. Playing with friends, he looked up to see planes flying
above the village where he lived. The next thing he remembers is the
bombs dropping through the sky, destroying the life he knew. "I ran with
a group ofpeople away from the village," Ter said. "Because I was young,
someone held my hand."
After a torturous barefoot trek, Ter ended up in a refugee camp
in Ethiopia for three years. Forced again to move due to civil war,
Ter returned with other refugees to the jungles of southern
Sudan. It was not long before the government of Sudan began
bombing the refugees, causing them to flee their own country
once more. Ter lived in another refugee camp from 1992 to
2001, this time in northern Kenya. The conditions that
characterized life in the camps were abysmal. Disease,
malnutrition and death were constants.
Despite surviving on one small meal a day,
Ter is thankful for one part of life in the refugee
camps. Practicing his writing in the dirt, Ter
began to learn English. From there, his passion
for education was born. Ter was one of the
lucky ones: two ofhis brothers were forced
to become child soldiers. Lured from
the camp by false promises of escape to
the U.S., Peter's brothers were handed
AK-47s and told to fight for their
homeland. At the time, Peter was not
yet eight years old-too young to join
the Sudanese army.
Today, the 22-year-old Ter speaks
eloquently about world and American history,
as well as discussing the politics ofhis homeland;
in the future, he hopes to work as a diplomat.
"Because of all the things I saw in Africa-war, killing,
starvation, disease and a lot of injustice-when I came to
the U.S., I became very interested in politics. I also started
reading a lot of history."
The fruits of the liberal arts education that Peter has received at
UF are evident in the ease with which he moves between subjects-one
minute he is explaining the enforcement of Shariah law in Sudan, the
next he is considering the difficulty of shaping effective U.S. foreign
policy. However, Ter's own history is never far from his mind. "A piece of
paper and a pen can change someone's life," he said. "I remember when
UNICEF brought books in to the camp...I was elated."




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