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 Letter from the CALS dean
 Young Einsteins
 Reveling in agriculture
 Tim Tebow & FYCS are a winning...
 First Roche professor helps plant...
 Summer interns get schooled in...
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Creator: University of Florida -- College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Page 1
    Letter from the CALS dean
        Page 2
    Young Einsteins
        Page 3 (MULTIPLE)
    Reveling in agriculture
        Page 4
    Tim Tebow & FYCS are a winning combination
        Page 5
    First Roche professor helps plant the future in CALS
        Page 6
    Summer interns get schooled in bioenergy
        Page 7
    Fifield Hall is site of newest UF library
        Page 8
    CALS' faculty and student award winners
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Back Cover
        Page 11
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\ a c A hen we hear the word "sustainability" associated
I with the University of Florida and the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, we typically think of terms
like"preserving the environment,""protecting wetlands,"
I and "promoting best management practices."And
those terms frequently are in reference to research and
Extension programs.
I However, the college also is involved in sustaining the
high quality academic programs that have evolved since
I the campus moved to Gainesville in 1906.

I Each department and school in CALS has embarked upon a journey that concentrates on
asking the right questions and developing solutions that will enhance the curricula. We are
I starting with these questions:"Why do we do what we do?"and "What are the career and
advanced education opportunities for our graduates at all degree levels?"
I To develop and enhance those programs, faculty then focus on how the curricula, broadly
defined, will help ensure that students can be successful once they have acquired the right
tools for advancement in their chosen area of expertise. In some instances, this may lead
to a major redesign of a program. In others, perhaps changing a course or two, or adding
internship or study abroad opportunities, or providing for independent study on campus or
elsewhere will be required.
The end result programs of study that lead to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
I that are among the very best in the nation.The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
is committed to sustaining the excellence we have achieved since the Florida College of
Agriculture was established in 1884.To sustain is not to preserve mediocrity but to bolster
I and support excellence, doing the right things right. That is our commitment to sustaining
academic excellence.


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CALS gets your career in gear


College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences students, dressed in
business attire, prowled the floor of
the Reitz Union's Grand Ballroom
in February, approaching company
representatives with a smile, handshake
and resume.
This "hunting" ritual is known
as the University of Florida's CALS
Career Expo, which helps students
explore career and internship
Alumni and Career Services
Director Cathy Carr said approximately
275 students attended the expo. She said
that companies were impressed by how
prepared the students were for the expo.
"It's a different type of environment
than most students have experience
with," Carr said. "It's not an interview."
Food and Resource Economics
senior Kyle Landrum said he attended
the CALS Career Expo to speak with
different landscape businesses about job
opportunities in the Jacksonville, Fla.,
area. He said he didn't attend the expo

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Real Einstein. That's what University
lof Florida students are working to
develop in the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences' youth science fair
mentoring program.
The initiative begins with UF students
enrolling in the Mentoring the Scientific
Process course, which centers around
pairing an at-risk sixth grader with a UF
student to complete a science fair project.
Started in 2003 by Food Science
and Human Nutrition professor
Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, former
Department of Agricultural Education
and Communication faculty member
Rick Rudd and Alachua County School
Board science teacher Sara Charbonnet,
the program has allowed 122 Gators to
mentor 139 Westwood Middle School
sixth graders and help them to better
understand and enjoy science.
The program kicks off with a meeting
between mentors and the middle school
students to find out what type of science

for one particular company but instead
wanted to get a feel for the number of
jobs in the entire market.
In addition to scoping out
oDDortunities. Landrum said the exDo

CALS Ambassadors welcome students to the
CALS Career Expo. More than 50 companies
attended this annual event.

was also helpful as, "It provided a great
experience for networking with industry
Communication and Leadership
Development senior Toccara Shaw

project would work best, based in part on
the students' interests.
"The UF students are great about
taking the middle schooler's interest
and applying it to a science project,"
Langkamp-Henken said.
The program has seen many success
stories, but one that stands out is a sixth
grader named Noel who, with the help of
his mentor Jessica Greer, a Microbiology
and Cell Science major, was the program's
first student to win a blue ribbon at the
school's science fair.
Greer helped Noel to develop his love
for plants as he researched whether or not
the position of a lima bean affects its rate
of growth, she said. And as exciting as a
first place finish was for Greer, she said
she experienced even bigger rewards in the
satisfaction she felt.
"When the seeds started to sprout Noel
left me a note that said 'Look Jessica, I
did it,'" Greer said. "I really felt like I was
making a difference."

attended the CALS Career Expo for a
very different reason. She did so with the
hope of gaining a summer internship.
Shaw said that the experience of
networking with industry professionals
was worth the time and effort it takes to
prepare for attending the expo.
"I would recommend the CALS
Career Expo to other students," she said.
"It's really important to explore all your
Landrum said the ability to get
internship opportunities with potential
employers is linked with the student's
amount of preparation. Showing
initiative, he said, is something
companies are looking for when
interviewing students at the CALS
Career Expo.
He even offered some suggestions
for students who want to stand out.
"If you have the capability to make
business cards, then do so," Landrum
said. "It looks good because it shows
you've taken an extra step and that's
something company representatives


During the course, UF students not
only have the mentoring experience but
also look at science at its most basic level
and dig deeper into critical thinking and
research, Langkamp-Henken said.
"Getting involved in science at an early
age creates our next doctors, scientists and
teachers," Greer said.

Noel, a sixth-grade Westwood Middle School
student in the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences' youth science fair mentoring program,
shows off his winning science project, focusing on
lima bean growth.

Reveling in agricultureTENCROW

of Florida is
known for
and, now,
In just three
years, the
National FFA
Organization has selected two College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences
students from the University of Florida
to serve as ambassadors and student
leaders within the agricultural industry.
Brady Revels, a student in the
Department of Agricultural Education
and Communication, was elected in
October 2007 to serve as the southern
region vice president for the National
"Serving as a national officer for
FFA is a goal many students in the
agricultural industry aspire to," said
Erica Der, who held the southern region
vice president position from 2005
to 2006 and is also a student in the
Department of Agricultural Education
and Communication.
Originally from Bushnell, Fla.,
Revels will travel more than 120,000
miles, teaching and informing students
about agriculture.
"My job is to help further the
agriculture industry through knowledge
and awareness, while building student
leaders," Revels said.
He said he is excited about meeting
people who may not know anything
about agriculture and projecting a
positive image of the industry.
"I am really looking forward to a
year of good first impressions on behalf
of agriculture," Revels said.
He said his biggest concern with
traveling nationally and internationally
is dealing with the cold weather, though

he is looking forward to experiencing
four seasons instead of what he calls
"hot and hotter."
So far, Revels' duties have taken him
to Japan to observe Japanese agriculture
and inform students in Future Farmers
of Japan about agricultural production
practices in the United States.
While he is responsible for
promoting agriculture on a national
level, Revels said it will be easy for him
to maintain a distinct voice for Florida
"Florida agriculture is really just a
cross-section of American agriculture,"
Revels said. "We combine all the
elements of agriculture from the rest of
country into one package."
Revels said the most rewarding part
of serving as a national officer is the
opportunity to be involved in an industry
that values hard work and respect.
"Agriculture is a very selfless
industry," he said.
Revels said one of his responsibilities
as a National FFA officer is to combat
negative perceptions concerning
One such perception that Revels said
he deals with frequently is the notion
that agriculture is a dying industry.

"When that comment arises,
I always say that until someone
can figure out a way for humans to
live without eating, we are going
to need agriculture badly," he said.
"Agriculture is the only industry in the
world we cannot live without."
Revels said he has been involved
with National FFA for as long as he
can remember and attributes much of
that to influences from both sets of
"For me, FFA was simply an
avenue for leadership," he said.
"When you look at the big picture,
FFA is not only developing the next
generation of agriculturalists but also
the next generation of leaders within
the most important industry in our
Revels will hold the southern
region vice president position until
October 2008 when a new officer team
is elected. He will also receive an
$8,000 scholarship for his service.
"Brady has and will continue to be
a strong, clear voice for agriculture on
a state and national level," Der said.
"There isn't another individual more
deserving of the position."

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences hosts more than 400 students in the Advancement
Via Individual Determination program at its annual Gator Encounter event, which is designed
to educate prospective students, parents, teachers and advisers about CALS at the University
of Florida. AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students for four-year
college eligibility. AVID is used by more than 2,700 schools representing 39 states, one of
which is Florida.

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The first-ever Heisman Trophy-winning sophomore has also excelled academically, landing a spot on
the CALS Dean's List. He attributes his success on and off the field to prioritization. "You've got to keep
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The Family, Youth and Community
Sciences major at the University
of Florida is helping Tim Tebow and
other service-minded students like
him gain a stronger perspective on
youth and community needs through
coursework and practical experience.
Because of its focus on preparing
students to deal with complex
problems in human and community
services, Tebow said the FYCS major
goes along with his personal goals and
will train him to be a better person, in

addition to becoming a better student.
"In my future, it's not always
going to be about business or making
money," he said. "It's going to be
about helping people and raising
a family and being a well-rounded
Carolyn S. Wilken, FYCS associate
professor and adviser to student
athletes, said that most students in the
major feel this way, too.
"They want to make the world a
better place," she said. "They may
have come from a world, a community
where things were really tough, and
they want to make that better for future
generations or their own families. On
the other side, they may have come
from very affluent families and want
to share some of that opportunity in a
way to make the world better."
For Tebow, who was born in
the Philippines but has lived in the
United States for much of his life,

his commitment to changing the world
around him is truly global.
"My parents own an orphanage
in the Philippines, and so I spend a
lot of time there, but I also want to do
something here in the states maybe
something like Danny Wuerffel
does with Desire Street Ministries
[spiritual and community development]
or possibly a boys' home or boys'
ranch something non-profit for
underprivileged kids," he said. "That's
something I've always been interested
in and something I'm very passionate
One of the aspects Tebow said he
enjoys about this major is its dedication
to student needs.
"The classes aren't very big, so you
get a lot of individual work, which has
been great for me," he said.
Wilken said the FYCS faculty and
staff work very hard to take such an

approach with all of its students, some
of whom are athletes like Tebow.
"I think there are two things that
draw athletes to this major," Wilken
said. "Many athletes have ideas that
someday they'll work with youth of
various ages, and this gives them an
opportunity to learn about working
with kids, organizations and the
like. Others, I believe those who
go pro, and some of them will -
will have opportunities, they'll set
up foundations, they will have an
opportunity to give back to society,
and this is an opportunity for them to
see what some of the issues are that
they can respond to."
This statement is true of Tebow,
too, who said he wants to give back to
others in the future. In the meantime,
however, he has already started
serving the Gainesville community.
"I think some of the most
memorable [experiences I have had]
have been the opportunities to go to
Shands [at the University of Florida]
and minister to kids and even adults,

and people who are going through hard
times, not doing very well, or are very
ill, and getting a chance to put an arm
around them and comfort and support
them," he said.
In addition to being student-centered,
this major is also hands-on, in that
students are able to get a feel for real-
world issues.
"I think people are really attracted
to the fact that our major is applied
work," said FYCS assistant professor
Heidi Radunovich. "There are a lot of
opportunities for students to work in the
community and do really applied stuff."
One of these opportunities includes
the practicum, which is required for
graduation. In the practicum, students
are able to work in a professional setting,
incorporating their areas of interest
within the major.
Wilken said students may work with
after-school programs, juvenile justice,
non-profit organizations, Cooperative
Extension county offices or with certain
types of informal education, such as
parenting education.

Students' coursework directly
prepares them for the practicum
experience, she said.
Tebow, who said he completed
his practicum in Thailand over the
summer, has also taken several
classes within the major. So far,
Tebow said his favorite class has been
Radunovich's Contemporary Family
Problems and Interventions course.
"The goal of this class is to teach
about some of the important problems
families are facing, how they handle
these problems and things that can be
done to help families," Radunovich
Tebow said he liked the class
because he enjoys learning more
about families, how to deal with tough
situations and stressors, and how to
help other people deal with these
issues, as well.
Wilken said, "So much of what
students learn in our classes, they
will use in their own personal lives,
as well as in careers and working in

First Roche Professor helps plant the future in CALS


A veteran professor of plant science
was recently appointed the first
Roche Professor.
The Roche Faculty Excellence
Fund was created to enhance teaching
in the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences. Michael Kane,
assistant chair and professor in
the Department of Environmental
Horticulture, was selected for the
Roche professorship.
As part of his professorship,
Kane will help conduct teaching
enhancement workshops and
seminars and assist with overseeing
other key areas to help CALS faculty
meet their instructional goals.
"Dr. Kane will be providing
leadership in renewing our
commitment to teaching excellence
through peer observation, including

preparing faculty to observe and
appropriately critique teaching in its
broadest sense," said CALS Dean
Kirby Barrick.
One of Kane's graduate students,

While Professor Michael Kane said plants are his
chief interest, he doesn't spend all of his time in
the classroom. To the surprise of his students,
Kane owns a motorcycle that he likes to ride with
his wife and a plane named Vivian that he flies
on a weekly basis.

Phil Kauth, said Kane fits in with
these goals because he has a strong

desire to teach and encourages the
best in his students.
"Dr. Kane really is concerned
about his students and how they are
doing," said Kauth, an Environmental
Horticulture graduate student. "I
feel that's the main reason he's a
professor. He really nourishes the
learning atmosphere."
In 1991, Kane received the
Teacher of the Year award for both
the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences and the University of
"My appointed job is 30 percent
teaching and 70 percent research, but
I look at it as 100 percent teaching
and 100 percent research," Kane said.
"I'm very committed to making sure
a student receives a positive learning
experience both in and out of class.
Students are what it's all about."


Though it seems that sustainability
and conservation campaigns are
recent phenomena, the School of
Forest Resources and Conservation
in the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences has long been teaching
environmentally conscious practices
and behaviors.
"Sustainability is inherent to what
we are about," said George Blakeslee,
assistant director for the School of
Forest Resources and Conservation.
Blakeslee said that by its very
nature, forestry practices sustainability.
Mae Kiggins, academic services
coordinator for the School of Forest
Resources and Conservation, said
societal trends make the education and
practice of sustainable forestry even
more necessary.
"Society often misunderstands
forestry," Kiggins said. "Many people
don't want to see a tree cut down but
consume products every day that come

from trees. We educate students
in natural resource management
practices that will help meet society's
demand for wood products and
protect our water quality, air quality,
wildlife habitat and recreational
Growing populations also make
forestry and sustainability education
increasingly important, Blakeslee
"As populations grow, so grows
the need for energy," he said. "Wood
supplied from sustainably managed
forests provides an excellent option
for energy production."
Kiggins said a major issue
regarding forestry and sustainability
education is counteracting inaccurate
public information.
"Sometimes, people have
inaccurate perceptions of forestry,"
she said. "Forestry includes not
only production but restoration,

creating endangered species habitat and
preservation of sensitive ecosystems."
One way the school is trying to deal
with that issue is distributing research
ranging from social behaviors to policy
decisions on forestry through local
Extension efforts.
"Sustainability is derived from
actions, and actions need to be based
upon informed research," Blakeslee
said. "We have to be careful that
the idea of sustainability isn't
oversimplified or misconstrued as
something that is accomplished without
cost or effort."
Kiggins and Blakeslee agreed that
the answer to maintaining sustainability
and answering societal demands is
"We need to find a balance between
utilizing and protecting our natural
resources," Kiggins said. "Both are

Summer interns get schooled in bioenergy


For some University of Florida
students, the summer offers fun
in the sun and a break from tedious
schoolwork. For more energy-
conscious students, summertime
provides an opportunity to learn
about current trends in bioenergy
by participating in the University of
Florida Bioenergy Summer Internship
"The program helps to create
awareness of bioenergy, sustainability
and renewable resources," said Scott
Edmundson, one of the program's
teaching assistants. "It also fosters
an interest in the field and can lead to
graduate research opportunities."
The program entails lectures, field
trips, seminars, discussion sessions,
and group and individual research
projects for approximately 10 interns.
By completing these assignments,
participants gain a concise view of

modem energy issues, Edmundson
One of the main projects for the
2007 interns was the Energy Garden
Project where sunflower and peanut
gardens were planted on UF's campus
to help students understand the
production process of bioenergy. For
this research, two plots of land were
developed that totaled 549 square feet.

"We completed all tilling, planting
and weeding," said 2007 intern

Cherona Levy, a UF student studying
environmental engineering. "The plants
yielded one gallon of vegetable oil,
which was used to make biodiesel."
According to the program's Web
site, this activity allowed the students to
see the process "from the soil to the fuel
The projects not only taught the
students about bioenergy processes but
also provided lessons about teamwork
and cooperation.
"Teamwork is vital not only to get
new ideas, but also to work effectively
and productively," Levy said.
Focusing on energy conservation
extends far beyond the internship
program. Team collaboration is needed
to help create a green environment.
"There is a lack of understanding
of how dependent our society is on
fossil fuels," Edmundson said. "[The
internship program] is a positive step
forward in addressing those issues."

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In the land of orange and blue, the
University of Florida, with the help of
faculty in the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences, is making strides toward
going green.
The Environmental Protection
Agency defines sustainability as,
"meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs."
The start of the journey to
sustainability at the University of
Florida began with former President
John Lombardi signing the Talloires
Declaration in 1990, an oath to make
environmental education and
research a central goal at UF
By signing the declaration,
the university was officially in
support of reducing environmental
degradation and natural resource
"Everything I am doing today, I am
standing on the shoulders of at leasl I1
years of grassroots support," said UF s
Office of Sustainability Director Dedee
DeLongpre-Johnston said it is
important to get everyone, from faculty
to students, involved with this effort. She
wants to make sure policies are written
now so that UF's movement toward
becoming a more sustainable campus will
"We want people to see everything
through the lens of sustainability," she
said. "It is a new way to look at things."

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Working collaboratively i
with the Office of Sustainabil
Standing Sustainability Comi
Faculty Senate.
"The role of the committee
promote the idea of sustainab
the academic community," sa
Chair Jeff Burkhardt. "They
incorporate conservation and
their teaching and research."

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said that elements of sustainal
found in all disciplines, depend
people decide to focus their te
research efforts.
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adding up, like turning off the
shutting down your computer
Burkhardt said.
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promoting the awareness of si

n this effort to staff, faculty and students, who will
ity is the Joint then be the ones who make a difference,
nittee of the Burkhardt said.
"It is not part of theirjob description,"
e is to DeLongpre-Johnston said. "It is just how
ility among they decide to do theirjob. They have their
id Committee sustainability lens on."
can then The University of Florida is one of
practice into the most active institutional members in
The Association for the Advancement
of Sustainability in Higher Education in
the area of sustainability. The university
was even highlighted for its sustainability
c e-_ efforts in The Chronicle of Higher
Education in 2007, as well as in
Sierra magazine in 2008.
The Office of Sustainability
conducted visioningg sessions" to
craft a vision as to where sustainability
at UF should go in the future. The office
conducted 14 of these sessions to get
everyone on campus involved.
Bulkluidl a "We are applying biodiversity theory
fk.sso in lie to the human dimension," DeLongpre-
i Aictnlluiral Johnston said. "The more people who
ces' Food and are involved in the decision, the more
s Department, sustainable and longer lasting the results
ability can be will be."
hiding on how From the visioning sessions, the
aching and office will then compile one report. From
that report, the office will facilitate the
ust start collaborative creation of implementation
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Fifield Hall is site of newest UF library


F field Hall will be the home to one
of the University of Florida's newest
libraries, the Vimla and Indra Vasil
Library and Reading Room.
Preparation for the library began
in January 2003 when Indra Vasil, a
graduate research professor emeritus with
the Department of Horticultural Sciences,
set up a gift to fund the facility.
Not only did Vasil donate monetarily
to help initiate the project, but he also
greatly contributed to the stock of library
resources. After retiring in 1999, Vasil
said he no longer needed all of the books

he had collected throughout his 50 years as
a professor.
The library will hold a collection of
these rare horticulture books and plant
science journals, many that are not
available in other libraries on UF's campus.
"Several of the books were donated by
various faculty members," said Department
of Horticultural Sciences professor
Dan Cantliffe. "Some other books were
removed from UF libraries due to storage
All UF students and faculty are
welcome to use the facility.

Studying areas will seat approximately
eight students.
Departmental staff will manage the
library, with possible help from the library's
"My hope is that it is often used by the
faculty and students," Vasil said. "It's in a
very handy location."
The library hours are not finalized. A
trial period to observe heavy traffic times
will help determine the most appropriate
hours of operation. Extra hours during the
nights and weekends of exam week are

CALS' faculty and student award winners


James A. Stems is an associate professor in the Food and Resource Economics
Department. Stems regularly teaches Principles of Agricultural and Food Marketing,
and in 2007, introduced a new course, Commodities to Cafes Agricultural and Food
Marketing in France, taught during the May intersession in Paris. Students respond
positively to his tireless commitment and innovative techniques.


Lisa A. House is a professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department where
she served as undergraduate coordinator from 2004 to 2007. House was named
UF Adviser of the Year for 2007 to 2008. As undergraduate coordinator, House
implemented several innovative approaches to student advising. First, she created a
new course, Food and Resource Economics Seminar. In addition, she has streamlined
advising procedures, allowing faculty to have more time for advising students about
career options, study abroad opportunities, and graduate study. Her proactive approach
has enhanced students' experiences and their progress toward graduation.


Lisa A. Hall is academic program coordinator for the Environmental Horticulture
Department where she coordinates course schedules and academic advising of
students in two majors, Landscape and Nursery Horticulture and Golf and Sports Turf
Management, which are offered at five locations around the state. A tireless recruiter,
Hall has marketed the department's academic programs at industry trade shows
in Florida and Georgia and through courses such as Plants, Gardens and You, and
Principles of Floral Art. She has expanded scholarship, internship, and job placement
opportunities for students, and hosted a highly successful Internship Night in 2007.


Samira H. Daroub is an associate professor of Soil and Water Science at the Everglades
Research and Education Center located in Belle Glade, Fla., where she studies
phosphorus chemistry and transformation in organic soils and impact on water quality.
Daroub promotes cooperative learning through active engagement with real-world
problems, discussion, and student-student and student-instructor interactions. She is
adept at using new technologies for course delivery and was one of the first instructors
in Soil and Water Science to offer a graduate course completely online.


William Lindberg is an associate professor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences where
he works in the areas of marine ecology, behavioral ecology and fisheries habitat. His
goal is for each student to grow in his or her capacity for science and professional
interactions, and he promotes this growth through Socratic dialogue and debate in
the classroom and through empowering students to cultivate their strengths while
improving on their limitations. His course, Scientific Thinking in Ecology, challenges
students to apply critical thinking and scientific philosophy to current ecological issues.
Lindberg has been a major contributor to the development of the Ph.D. program in
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.



Robert Regenhardt is recognized as an Outstanding Four-Year Scholar and as the
J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence award winner. Regenhardt graduated in May
2008 with a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Food Science and Human
Nutrition and also completed a Chemistry minor. He also completed his first year
of medical school as part of the highly selective Junior Honors Medical Program.
Regenhardt aspires to a career as a physician-scientist and has been accepted into
the M.D. Ph.D. program of the University of Florida's College of Medicine.


Nicole Burton graduated in August 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food
Science and Human Nutrition. Nicole was the recipient of the Larry J. Connor
Medal of Excellence. This award honors Dean Emeritus Larry J. Connor and is
presented to the outstanding senior who contributes to and fosters diversity within
the student body and society. Burton has a passion for working with children from
underserved communities and is extensively involved in the Ocala, Fla., area. Her
career plans are to work in public health nutrition with minority communities,
developing health promotion and disease prevention programs.


Kendra Levine graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, summa cum
laude, in Food and Resource Economics and minors in Latin American Studies
and International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. She was honored
as the recipient of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni and
Friends Leadership Award, which recognizes a student for outstanding leadership,
involvement in the college and university, and support of the agriculture, natural
resource and life science industries. Levine founded The Campus Kitchens Task
Force, a local affiliate of a nationwide organization that provides hunger relief.


Andrew Migliaccio is a pre-medical student from Winter Park, Fla., majoring in
Food Science and Human Nutrition. He has an extensive record of community
service, including participation in the recently created University of Florida
organization, Heal the World. He has also volunteered at Camp Boggy Creek for
children with serious chronic illnesses, served on a medical mission trip to Costa
Rica and is a Youth Mentor for Interface Youth Program for troubled teens.


Roslynn G.H. Brain is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural
Education and Communication. She will complete her degree with a concentration
in Extension Education and a minor in Environmental Education in December 2008.
A native of Canada, Brain earned a B.A. with Honours in European Studies and a
M.Sc. in Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph in Ontario. She is
recognized for her excellence in teaching the Effective Oral Communication course.
As an instructor, Brain strives to foster experiential learning opportunities that
engage students in the learning process and promote growth in their abilities.

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