UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS SPRING 2006 NO. 79 $4.9,
After 12 years, Dean Hynes
leaves a 'legacy of optimism'
Dean reflects on College's progress
This is my last column as dean of the COLLEGE OF
JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS. I will join UF's
Office of University Relations as assistant vice
president July 1. I will work with Vice President
for University Relations Jane Adams and her staff to develop
and implement strategies for telling UF's
story in major national markets. This is a
wonderful opportunity to help UF earn
recognition for its excellent academic
programs and research, and I'm looking
forward to this challenge.
It's been an honor and a joy to serve
as dean. I joined the
COLLEGE in 1994 at
an opportune moment. hyne.
Under President John
N T H Lombardi, UF was grow-
DEAN TERRY HYNES
ing its reputation as a national leader in
higher education. Under each new administration, UF has con-
tinued to grow in stature as has the COLLEGE. In particular,
the COLLEGE has broadened and deepened its scholarship.
We've done that without losing sight of our primary mission:
to prepare future professionals for the journalism and commu-
Only four deans have led this COLLEGE since it was estab-
lished in 1967. It's been a privilege to know my predecessors.
I knew Ralph Lowenstein before joining UF: I succeeded him
as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and
Mass Communications (AEJMC). Meeting Rae Weimer and
John Paul Jones was a special benefit of arriving when I did.
From them I learned about the COLLEGE'S culture: our pas-
sion for the journalistic values of fairness, accuracy and
balance; the importance of integrating theoretical and concep-
tual instruction with practical application; our commitment to
implement new technologies that impact our fields; and, most
of all, the centrality of providing the best learning experience
These values made possible our accomplishments of the
past 12 years. They enabled us to create continuity when we
hired successors for retiring veteran faculty. We've grown and
stretched since 1994, sometimes smoothly, sometimes
awkwardly, as happens in periods of major transition, but
we've always sought the balance between professional prac-
tice and scholarship that provides the best possible preparation
of future leaders in our fields.
I'm delighted to be leaving the COLLEGE in good shape and
good hands. We have 70 full-time faculty, 10 more than in
1994. We had almost 1,600 juniors and seniors in fall 2005,
many fewer than five years ago when we had grown beyond
our ability to maintain quality; but we have about 200 more
undergraduates today than in fall 1994, evidence of our contin-
uing popularity. We had 215 graduate students in fall 2005,
compared with 189 in fall 1994. Growing graduate enrollments
is consistent with UF and COLLEGE priorities and goals.
We've graduated about 8,700 students since December
1994. That's 37 percent of the total (about 23,300) graduates
from the COLLEGE. Ninety-two (81 percent) of the COLLEGE'S
114 Ph.D. recipients earned their degrees in that time.
Strong support from alumni and friends, especially during
the 1995-2000 Its Performance That Counts
Capital Campaign and savvy investing by the
eight UF Foundation have provided us with signifi-
cant resources to build programmatic strength.
We've attracted almost $70 million in private
funds, contracts and grants since 1994. In fall 1994, the market
value of the COLLEGE's endowments was just under $12 mil-
lion. At year-end 2005, the market value of our endowments
was more than $45 million (the investment value, on which
income is based, was more than $36 million).
Private funds provide the margin of excellence that no state
can afford. Some new funds added to scholarships, fellowships
and assistantships for graduate and undergraduate students.
Other new funds help us attract and retain quality faculty,
including seven named professorships/chairs and professional
development funds that bear the names of leading alums.
We've added programs such as the Documentary Institute;
the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project; the Florida Fly-
Ins and other international programs; specialties in
science/health communication, political communication, and
international communication; a new master's degree in adver-
tising, and more.
We are fortunate to have the Jerry Davis Endowment for
Computers and Computer-Related Technology, which makes it
possible for us to meet growing needs in this area.
When faculty retired, we received support from UF presi-
dents and provosts to hire anew enabling us, for example, to
rebuild the Department of Public Relations, which had five and
a half positions in 1994 and now has an all-time high of 11.
We've done all this because of supportive university
administrators; dedicated faculty and staff; high-achieving,
extraordinary students, and committed alumni and friends like
you. The COLLEGE is ready for the next stage of leadership and
development. Thank you for making the past 12 years so
rewarding for us all.
2 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
6 The COLLEGE names six Alumni of Distinction
Corruption expose honored
7 UF's PRSSA chapter hosts rescheduled conference
8 Iran's first female blogger stays plugged in to her country from UF
9 The COLLEGE'S radio service gives eyes to the blind
The COLLEGE expected to be reaccredited
13 Alumni contribute $405,000, Mazda5
25 Terry's tenure
The COLLEGE scales new heights
during Dean Hynes' 12 years
26 Following the money
Under Hynes, the COLLEGE
brings in $70M
28 Wright man for the job
31 Hynes' story time
32 Gained in translation
13 Students Marvel at visiting
34 Katrina triangle
Alumni recall the hurricane
36 The key: awareness
Advertising alum helps keep
Florida Keys in tourists' plans
toughact to follow
17 On The Record:
Alumni/ae of Distinction
Best and Brightest
ON THE COVER:
Terry Hynes heads to the
UF University Relations
office July I after 12 years
as dean of the COLLEGE.
PHOTO BYANDREA MORALES
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 3
Master' student in mass communication
Although I spent most of my life as a musician and recording
engineer, magazines are my first love I devour them. When I
got too old for rock-star dreams, I came back to college to learn
more about journalism and the media. So when Boaz Dvir, JM
1988, my former boss at the Jacksonville Business Journal, offered
me the chance to do an independent study at the communicator
I jumped at it. I hope to work at a successful magazine one day,
or start one of my own.
"I never imagined you were an 'extreme sports' kind of
guy," Prof. Mindy McAdams said upon hearing a story
of a mountain biking accident not long after I was hired.
I try to bring the same sense of adventure that has me
jumping logs on a bike to Web design. If I fall down,
I try again. This is especially true for the communicator,
which I often use as a test-bed for techniques that may
later find their way into the COLLEGE'S other sites.
Senior in journalism
This magazine pushes me, harder and faster and more effectively
than any academic machine ever has. Its inspiringly creative students
push me to be a better writer. Its editor takes such a personal interest
in my work that I'm pushed to be better. And the alumni I write for,
about and in honor of push me to keep pushing because I can't wait
to accomplish something worthy of this magazine's pages. I'm at the
starting gate, and I'm ready to run.
Senior in photojournalism
Photographing for the communicator in my senior
year has helped me reach some serious conclusions.
The experience reinforced the fact that photography
is something I want to do as a career. I've also seen
how far things can evolve with hard work. The
magazine has come a long way since I was a
freshman. 1 hope my contributions can help carry
on the communicator's reputation for quality.
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One of five commissioners appointed
by President Bush, Paul Anderson, PR
1982, or Paulito, as the president calls him, is
serving a five-year term in Washington, D.C.,
with the Federal Maritime Commission.
Anderson served as co-chair of the
Florida Finance Committee, chairman of
Broward Community College, and vice
president for public affairs at JM Enterprises
Diversified Auto Co. He also worked as
special assistant and district representative
in South Florida for Sen. Paula Hawkins.
Working with Hawkins,Anderson met
Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush, who, in
him to the
raised funds for
George W. Bush.
ANDERSON appointment in
2003,Anderson has been overseeing inter-
national ocean transportation imports and
exports that go through the ports. He's also
been creating maritime regulations for
companies shipping their products overseas.
"It's hard, after Sept. I, to go from
the most open society in the world to
implementing all this security:" Anderson
said."What keeps me up at night is
wondering whether or not I have done
all that I can to keep America safe."
Horses are like potato chips, says Lisa
Carnes, TEL 1981."You can't have just
A thoroughbred breeder, she bought her
first horse in 1994. She and her husband,
Lloyd, live and work on a 20-acre farm in
Ocala.They have seven brood mares they call
"baby machines." They sell the offspring at
auctions in Florida and Kentucky.
They also consult aspiring breeders.
"I'm living my dream:' Carnes says,"but
it took a long time to make that circle"'
The Carneses owned and ran the Hoola
Hoops Diner, a 1950s-style restaurant in St.
Augustine, for 10 years.After a particularly
stressful day in 1998, they looked at each
other and said, "What are we doing?" They
sold the restaurant in a week.
"We moved into the country" she says,
"and have been raising horses ever since."
Carnes attended shows and bought a
horse before they decided to close the
diner. She based her knowledge about
thoroughbred breeding on trial and error
and talking to other breeders.
"I didn't set out from college to be a
horse breeder," she says,"but I've loved it
all my life."
Christening a nev
Lucy Chabot Reed, JM
worked for the Los Angeles Tim
South Florida Business journal. N
J-skills to work as
She and her hus-
band, David Reed,
started the Fort
News for Captains
and Crews a cou- CHAB
pie of years ago.
Triton, which has a distribute
12,000, is a free monthly paper
to the crews of luxury yachts
100 feet in length). David, who
degree from Florida Atlantic U
serves as publisher, while Lucy
"We didn't want to send [d
Kenna to daycare, so we decide
own paper," she said."David and I are tag-
team running the paper and caring for her."
The paper is on yacht captains' radar
"We all tend to come and go, but the
Triton keeps us informed about what
is going on," said mega-yacht captain Chris
Berg. "They even hold monthly captains'
lunches and seminars to tell us what we
need to know."
CARLY FELTON Finding safety in Beirut
The word "security" rarely comes to
vspaper mind when Americans think of Beirut. But
1990, Corbis photojournalist Stephanie
es and the Sinclair, JM 1998, who was the
ow she's Department of Journalism's Hearst Visiting
Professional in fall 2005, sees the Lebanese
capital as her safest home-base option.
The civil war that ravaged the country
for 16 years ended in 1991. Now, Beirut is
a candidate for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
"There's no street crime here, no murders,
no stealing, no rape:' said Sinclair, who
addressed 800 students in four sessions.
Sinclair, a member of the Chicago Tribune
team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000,
OT REED travels the Middle East on assignments
tion of for such publications as Time, National
r that caters Geographic and The New York Times. She
(more than considered living in Israel, the region's most
has a finance modern society, but realized it would raise
University, suspicion in Arab countries.
is editor. "I can't live in Jerusalem," she said.
daughter] "They'll Google you and kidnap you."
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College names six Alumni of Distinction
Matthew D. Bunker, PhD 1993, is the
first doctoral grad to be named an Alumnus
of Distinction by the COLLEGE. He joins five
others on this year's list James Harper,
ADV 1963, who is also being named to a
similar, UF-wide award; Guillermo I.
Martinez, JM 1966; Jennifer McMillin,
PR 1988; Scott Sanders, ADV 1979,
and Johnny Tillotson, TEL 1959.
Bunker, Reese Phifer Professor of
BUNKER Journalism at the University of Alabama,
is a First Amendment scholar. He is the
author/co-author of two books, 35 refereed
journal articles and two law review articles.
He received the Franklyn S. Haiman Award
for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of
Expression for his book, Critiquing Free Speech:
First Amendment Theory and the Challenge of
Harper senior vice president for
business development for Acordia, aWells
Fargo insurance brokerage division is a UF
HARPER Foundation director and a COLLEGE Board of
Advocates member. He owned an insurance
brokerage firm in Clearwater. He served as a
partner in and senior vice president of Rodgers
S & Cummings and worked at American Business
Insurance Southeast and Merrill Lynch. He was
chair of the capital campaigns for the Greater
Clearwater Public Library andYMCA.
A semi-retired syndicated columnist,
Martinez was The Miami Herald editorial
board's first Hispanic member. He is a
consultant for Hispanic news organizations in
MARTINEZ Miami, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
The two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee served
as UPI bureau chief in Argentina and Peru, and worked at El Nuevo
Herald, Univision, Miami's WLTV-Channel 33, CBS/Telenoticias
Miami, and Organizacion Cisneros.
McMillin is executive vice president with
GolinHarris, for which she runs the consumer
practice of the Atlanta office. She is a creative
and strategic senior manager. Her expertise
includes program planning and development,
campaign launches, issues management,
consumer education, publicity campaigns and
special events. Before joining GolinHarris in
2000, she was senior vice president and
North American director of special projects MCMILLIN
for GCI Group. She interned with Ketchum
Producer Sanders' latest project is the
Broadway musical version of The Color Purple. i
He has produced more than 1,000 shows and
events. He received an EMMY for his produc-
tion of the HBO Special, Elaine Stritch:At
Liberty. He served as executive producer at
Radio City Music Hall for 15 years, working
with such entertainers as Liza Minelli, the
Grateful Dead and Madonna.At Mandalay R
Television, which he founded, he executive SANDERS
produced six TV series, including ABC's
Cupid. He also produced presidential galas
for Bill Clinton and George Bush.
Tillotson is a songwriter/singer who
charted 26 hit recordings. More than 100
artists have recorded his "It Keeps Right On
A-Hurtin'," one of two songs for which he
received Grammy Award nominations. Billboard
magazine ranks him in the top 150 recording
artists of all time. He wrote and recorded his
first hit,"Dreamy Eyes," as a student in the
COLLEGE. He's also known for "Poetry in TILLOTSON
Motion" and "Heartaches by the Number,"
which earned him his second Grammy nomination. He performed
the theme song for the 1965 ABC sitcom, Gidget.
BY MICHAEL FITZGERALD
he COLLEGE'S Brechner Center for
Freedom of Information recently
honored a South Dakota newspa-
per for exposing government corruption
and helping change the law that enabled the
Patrick Lalley, the Sioux Falls Argus
Leader assistant managing editor who
spearheaded the investigative project,
accepted the 2005 Joseph L. Brechner
Award for Freedom of Information,
established in 1985 by the late Orlando
broadcaster Joseph L. Brechner.
"It's nice to know there are people
watching," Lalley said during the Center's
annual awards event.
The Center recognized Lalley and his
staff at a time when government secrecy is
increasing, said the Center's executive
director, Sandra Chance, JM 1975,
MAMC 1985. She described the Leader's
work as an "example of everything inves-
tigative reporting is designed to do."
Speakers Dean Terry Hynes and
Associate Provost Sheila Dickison noted
that freedom-of-information laws are more
important than ever in maintaining checks on
abuses of power by government officials.
Lalley and reporters David Kranz, Terry
Woster, Jon Walker and Stu Whitney took
on a "Huey Long-style benevolent dictator"
and made him accountable, Lalley said.
They started the series in 2003 when Kranz
wrote a story about South Dakota Gov. Bill
Janklow's pardoning American Indian
Movement leader Russell Means.
Means had been convicted of rioting to
obstruct justice in 1975 after he refused to
6 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
BY ALLY TABOADA
he UF chapter of the Public
Relations Student Society of
America (PRSSA) hosted a
rescheduled national conference at Miami
Beach's Fontainebleau Resort in December.
Hurricane Wilma forced the organization
to hold off on its original plan to host 1,200 7
students from 150 chapters in October.
The 250 students from 70 chapters who
attended the rescheduled event found a "more intimate environ-
ment with the professionals and a lot more access for networking,"
said public relations senior Kara Czerniak, head of the confer-
ence's planning committee. "They were extremely lucky because
that gave them more opportunities for internships and jobs."
Nonetheless, after spending more than a year working on
PRSSA's biggest event, Czerniak and committee members Daniel
de Paz, Reynaldo Delgado and Susan Medina felt disappointed.
Having to downsize their plans proved "extremely frustrating,"
The UF chapter of PRSSA also hosted the conference in 1993,
in Orlando, for the organization's 25th anniversary.
PASSING THE TEST: Public
relations seniors Kara Czerniak,
Reynaldo Delgado and Susan
Medina hosted a rescheduled
Public Relations Chair Kathleen Kelly, who served as
committee adviser, and the department's Advisory Council recent-
ly honored Czerniak, Delgado, de Paz and Medina for their efforts.
"What strikes me in this group is the level of grace and profes-
sionalism that these students possess," said council member and
Home Box Office regional Corporate Affairs Director Cheryl
Procter-Rogers. "They have been through a very difficult situation
that even some professionals have never experienced."
The UF PRSSA chapter recently won the national award for
outstanding chapter, which included a $500 prize. And Czemiak
earned a Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship.
"We learned to stay limber and flexible," de Paz said.
stand for a judge during a court hearing. A
melee ensued as police arrested him.
Janklow issued Means a pardon
28 years later and had the court
The Argus Leader editorial ..
staff wondered how many other
pardons Janklow issued, said
Lalley, who spoke to several
classes in the COLLEGE.
"There were people we were '
talking to [in Janklow's adminis-
tration] who led us to believe
there were many more," he said.
When contacted by the Argus Leader,
Janklow wouldn't disclose how many.
Lalley and his staff discovered Means'
pardon was one of scores of pardons,
clemencies and commutations Janklow
handed out to his relatives, cronies and
benefactors. But by the time they looked for
documents, the "records were
gone," he said. And the South
Dakota secretary of state
refused to release any relevant
documents. For 17 months, the
Argus Leader spent $50,000
challenging the Janklow admin-
istration in the courts, including
the state supreme court, for
LEY "We typically lose these
fights," Lalley said. But this
time the paper won: The court ordered the
records released, and Lalley and his staff
obtained a list of 214 pardons that Janklow
had issued during his four terms as governor,
plus four more by the previous governor.
Janklow had secretly pardoned his
lawyer, his son-in-law, former state
officials, and convicted murderers, drug
offenders and sex offenders, Lalley said.
One man, a bookie, had been pardoned 10
If not for Lalley and his staff's dogged
pursuit, Janklow's pardons would likely
have gone unnoticed: No regional reporter
had ever written anything about them,
The law that allows the governor to seal
court records now mandates a five-year
waiting period before they can be sealed.
Yet South Dakota still has some of the
worst public-records laws in the nation,
"It was the best story I've ever partici-
pated in," Lalley said.
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 7
The Iranian connection
Country's first female
blogger stays the course
BY CARLY FELTON
he wanted to write about sex but not
from jail, so Iran's first female blog-
ger, Sanam Dolatshahi, used a
pseudonym. "Lady Sun" wrote about clash-
ing with her parents and boys.
"Because I was anonymous," she said,
"I was really comfortable to write about
whatever I wanted."
Today, Dolatshahi, a graduate student in
UF's joint mass communication-women's
studies program, can write without fearing
arrest. She started her blog in 2001 in Iran
after having a computer for four months.
She learned about the Internet from Iranian
blogger Hossein Derakhshan's columns in a
reformist newspaper. In her first entry, she
wrote, "I don't know what to write about."
Yet almost immediately, she began receiv-
ing e-mails from readers. Reza Ghassemi,
an Iranian writer exiled in Paris, advised her
to write about herself and the mind of
"Blogs don't have a direct influence,
but they influence people who influence
other people," said Prof. Mindy
McAdams, Knight Chair in journalism
technologies and the democratic process.
Dolatshahi writes two blogs: Farsi
(http://khorshidkhanoom.com) and English
(http://www.ladysun.net). Her Farsi blog
receives 900-1,500 daily hits. Last month
after a two-year hiatus, she restarted updat-
ing her English blog, in which she aims to
give the world a better picture of Iranians.
In 2003, she wrote in her English blog:
"People in Iran have never been silent. No
fear has been able to shut them up forever.
All through our history we have heroes
fighting and getting killed for freedom. In
many parts of our contemporary history of
the movements and protests of Iran, the
same dear Western authorities have inter-
fered and blocked the whole movement,
because Iran has oil and is rich in natural
An entry in her Farsi blog helped save
a life. She wrote about an Iranian woman
who killed a man who harassed and black-
mailed her. Found guilty of murder, the
woman faced capital punishment unless she
paid $28,000 to her victim's family.
"No matter what you think about her
act," Dolatshahi wrote in 2005, "please help
us collect the money if you are against the
Bloggers spread the news and helped
raise enough money to save the woman.
Such efforts make Dolatshahi and other
bloggers resonate with a broad range of peo-
ple, said 37-year-old Syamak Moattari, an
Iranian environmental activist in Gainesville
who's been reading Dolatshahi's Farsi blog
for two years. "People like that she's a regu-
lar lady," he said. "[The blog is] popular
among her audience because everyone can
find his or her interest [in it]."
Dolatshahi updates her blog every day,
sometimes about personal issues, other times
about women's rights or politics, including
Iran's controversial nuclear program. She
opposes such weapons and said Iran should-
n't have them even if other countries do. She
writes she fears facing the same fate as Iraq.
"Our current [Iranian] president is a dan-
gerous person," she said, "not reliable to be
in a position that might lead to access to
A recent entry presents her frustration
and disappointment at a series of events in
Iran, including a bus drivers' strike in which
the strikers were suppressed and jailed, and
the possible execution of a 20-year-old
woman for publishing a satire comparing the
government to HIV. She includes links to
information about these occurrences and
8 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
College's radio service
gives eyes to the blind
BY KATIE EVANS
J udy Hamilton has limited vision in her
right eye. She's able to see just a few feet
in front of her. She has only light
perception in her left eye. Still, she
was recently captivated by a story in The
Gainesville Sun about security guards using
stun guns to break up a fight at a local
Hamilton listens to the COLLEGE'S
WUFT-FM Radio Reading Service, which
broadcasts readings of newspapers, books
and magazines to blind and visually
impaired people. Recorded in Weimer
Hall, it's a sideband of Classic 89's main
Broadcasts are received via a special
radio receiver obtained once a medical
professional certifies a listener's condition.
Started in 1992, the service has 600 listen-
ers in Alachua and Gilchrist counties as
well as Lake City, Ocala and Palatka.
About 40 volunteers, half of them
students, prepare 50 hours of original
weekly pi',ir.imiiiiini, A typical newspaper
reading features two volunteers reading
articles from different papers. On weekday
mornings from 8 to 10, they read from The
Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner,
The Florida Times-Union and the Orlando
Original programming is supplemented
with broadcasts from the Minnesota
Talking Book, which provides program-
ming for radio reading services across the
nation. The Radio Reading Service broad-
casts 24 hours a day.
Steven Roberts, an accounting major,
volunteered for the service after seeing it
advertised at a volunteer fair. He reads
"Florida Watch" on Monday through Friday
and newspapers on Fridays, as well.
"It's a way I can help the community,"
Roberts said. "[It caters to] people who don't
have something we take for granted."
Hamilton has been using the service since
1992, and through the years has had only one
complaint. "Because of space and time con-
straints, they have to cut the story," she said.
"It limits your access to information."
Hamilton's impaired vision resulted from
being born three months prematurely. She's
able to use aids such as closed-circuit televi-
sions and magnifications, but said they "tend
to slow you down." The radio service has
made getting information "less of a struggle."
writes about how helpless she feels. "The point is it doesn't matter if
we write or we don't," she said. "We can't do anything about it."
She estimates half of her readers are in Iran and the rest are
Iranians around the world, mostly in the U.S. and Canada. The digi-
tal divide limits her audience. Only six or seven million people out of
70 million in Iran have access to the Internet, she noted. And the gov-
ernment tries to block any Web site with "woman" in the title.
Bloggers fight this by changing domain names when the government
shuts down their sites, but they lose readers, she noted. "In Iran, free-
dom of speech is a joke."
Dolatshahi edited Iran's first e-zine, Cappuccino, and the English
section of Iran's first women's news Web site, Women in Iran. She
also has worked as a translator for Stop Censoring Us, a blog against
the filtering of the Internet in Iran.
"She's one of the best bloggers in my country," Moattari said.
Dolatshahi plans to complete her schooling and work in the
United States for a few years before possibly returning to Iran, she
said. She wants to join an international human-rights organization in
the press section and cover women's-rights issues.
College to be reaccredited
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism
and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) was expected to
reaccredit the COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
on May 5.
After reviewing a mostly highly complimentary report
by an ACEJMC site team, the organization's Accrediting
Committee recommended reaccreditation in March.
The report found the COLLEGE in compliance on eight
of nine standards, and in noncompliance on the Mission,
Governance and Administration standard.
"The COLLEGE continues to enjoy a reputation as one of
the most accomplished and respected programs of its kind
in the nation:' the report said. "In recent years, it has built
on its strong undergraduate foundation to create both a
multifaceted master's program and a PhD course of studies
consistent with the university's Research I mission."
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 9
3 books, 5 courses,
7 children, 1 busy man
department of Journalism Chair
William McKeen is a professor,
writer and father of seven. Besides
arranging class schedules and meeting with
students and faculty, he teaches two courses
in the spring and three
in the fall, an overload jugglin
considering adminis- 66
trators usually teach
one a semester.
McKeen is constantly writing. He's
written five books, edited three and reviews
books for the St. Petersburg Times, the
Orlando Sentinel and the Gainesville alter-
native weekly Satellite. He recently
traveled to Memphis to write about
barbecue for Gourmet magazine.
He's working on three new books: He's
writing a new biography of Hunter S.
Thompson and a coffee-table book on rock
concerts. He's also compiling an anthology
of stories about growing up in Florida by
such authors as Carl Hiaasen,
Sact JM 1974, and Michael
Connelly, JM 1980.
Somehow, he finds time to
read The Gainesville Sun every morning
before taking his recently adopted 9-year-
old daughter, Savannah, to school and
arriving at work at 8 a.m.
"He has to read the paper," says his
wife, Nicole Cisneros McKeen, JM 2005.
"Even if he and Savannah are running late,
he aNs. 'I can't start the day without
reading the paper.'"
Besides Savannah, he's
father to Sarah, 26; Graham,
23; Mary, 18; Jack, 3; Travis,
2; and Charley, who'll be 1 on
How does he keep track of
everything? Gadgets help -
quirky ones, such as sound-
bites on his computer that
alert him when e-mails
McKeen ignores the
arrival of an e-mail as he
poses a question to Assistant
Prof. Cory Armstrong:
"How would you feel about
some teaching assistance?"
SBefore she can answer,
Austin Powers' voice inter-
jects, "Yeah, baby!" It's
another e-mail. It happens
about every three minutes.
When she leaves, McKeen
rushes to read his e-mails he's received
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THERE'S MORE:Journalism ChairWilliam
McKeen calmly juggles a large family, a large
department, a large teaching load, and a long
list of writing obligations.
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MMC6936 Qualitative and Critical
Approaches to Research (graduate-level)
Associate Prof. Lisa Duke-Cornell
U.F.AMBASSADORS: Graduating journalism senior Meredith Cochie and Katie Reid,JM 2004.
When UF's first Irish exchange
students recently arrived at the
COLLEGE for the spring semes-
ter, Journalism and Communications
Ambassadors (JCA) President Meredith
Cochie helped them adjust.
Her penchant for going
out of her way to help is char- tough
acteristic of the JCA's mis-
sion and the presidents who
preceded her: Katie Reid,
JM 2004, and Kari Pfeiffer, PR 2005.
"Katie is the foundation of the
Ambassadors," said Cochie, a journalism
major who's graduating May 6 and is
entering the COLLEGE'S master's program.
"She had the big task of making it work.
Kari had the big task of growing that foun-
dation. If I hadn't known those two
women, there's no way I'd be successful
as JCA president."
Reid, who writes and edits for the
Editor Group in Sydney, Australia (clients
include Apple and Fujitsu), founded the
JCA in 2003. She couldn't enroll in the
chronically full Reporting class three
semesters in a row and acted on her frustra-
tion by mobilizing students from all four
departments who wanted to address the
COLLEGE'S overcrowding plight.
She approached Charles J. Harris,
director of the Knight Division for
Scholarships, Career Services and Multi-
cultural Affairs, about
act forming a student group
follow to improve communica-
tion between students
and faculty. He guided
her through the organization and registra-
tion process, served as faculty advisor and
counseled all three presidents.
In the JCA's first year, Reid laid the
groundwork for the Pathfinder mentoring
program, through which older students and
alumni offer career, course selection and
resume advice to younger Gators. She also
collaborated with Pfeiffer on the Survivor
Workshop, which previews each major for
To become JCA members, applicants
undergo an interview and a resume check
(rejected applicants of 2003 include Cochie).
They elect their presidents for one-year
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terms. Journalism senior Andy Lewis will
follow Cochie as 2006-07 JCA president.
In fall 2004, Reid outlined the organiza-
tion's goals with incoming president
Pfeiffer at briefing sessions attended by
Harris and the JCA's executive board, and
took on a consultative role.
"As soon as Kari and her team were at
the helm," Reid said, "the JCA began
evolving into something much better than I
could have conceived on my own."
Pfeiffer, who works for communications
company Avaya, used her public relations
skills to expand the group's presence on cam-
pus and in the community, Harris said. She
strengthened the JCA's ties with faculty
members and students and within the organi-
zation itself. She launched the Survivor
Workshop. And she showcased the group's
high school mentoring program at the
National Scholastic Press Association confer-
ence in Atlanta and at the Florida Scholastic
Press Association's conference in Tampa.
With a $130 project budget, the JCA's
high school mentoring program recently
won a first-prize Innovative Outreach award
from the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication.
"The high school program
really took off last year and
that was through [Pfeiffer's]
leadership," said Carly Litz-
enberger, a telecommunica-
tion junior and second-year
Steven Lindgren, Buchholz
High School's publication advi-
sor, used JCA's mentoring pro- PFEll
gram frequently over the past
couple of years. When a JCA group spoke in
one of his journalism classes earlier this year,
he noted how receptive his students were.
In 2005, Pfeiffer handed over the presi-
dency to Cochie, a former Journalism and
Communications College Council president
who served as JCA faculty liaison chair.
Since taking the reigns, Cochie has helped
bring two more high schools into the mentor-
ing program for a total of five. Her duties
vary from arranging Pathfinder socials to
giving campus tours to proctoring exams.
Her student-government experience distin-
guishes her outlook and approach, Harris
Harris has done little hand-
holding, he said. "They were all
successful students, and they all
had that confidence that comes
with being a leader."
JCA has 47 members: 16
public relations, 13 journalism,
12 telecommunication and six
R advertising students. As the group
expanded its sphere of influence,
Cochie looked to Reid's and Pfeiffer's
groundwork for inspiration. Both had a
knack for delegating responsibilities and
being open to change and growth, she said.
The three JCA leaders feel a continuing
sense of commitment, Cochie said. They
keep in touch by e-mail to discuss JCA and
COLLEGE issues. "We all had the same pri-
orities, which were making a difference and
having fun while doing it."
12 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
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Insurance companies boost global
communications by $100,000
BY BOAZ DVIR
With its faculty members and students embark-
ing on academic journeys to such countries as
Nicaragua, Germany and Malaysia, the
COLLEGE has been expanding its global reach in recent
years. Now Miami-based Hamilton Risk Management
and its parent company, Ontario, Canada-based
Kingsway Financial Services, are helping to solidify
these globetrotting efforts.
Led by Hamilton President Roberto Espin Jr., ADV
1969, and Kingsway President and CEO Bill Star, the
companies recently pledged $100,000 to establish the
Kingsway Professional Advancement Fund for
The fund will help pay for the overseas activities of
faculty members and students. The activities include
traveling to conferences sponsored by such organiza-
tions as the International Communication Association,
and participating in such COLLEGE programs as the
Florida Fly-Ins, a course that sends student writers and
photographers to a foreign country. from which
the'. produce an online mag. zine and .n exhibir in .lrdjs
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Andy Fletcher, ADV 1979, and
his wife Amy recently pledged
$ 100,000 to establish the Andy
and Amy Fletcher Endowment for
Journalism and Communications
Excellence in support of teaching.
research and service activities.
Upon completion, the COLLEGE will
apply for a state match of $50,000
Andy is president and CEO of
Fletcher Martin, a marketing
communications agency in Atlanta
and UF's agency for the "Gator
Charles Mirabella,ADV 1981.
and his wife Joanne recently
pledged $50,000 to establish the
Charles and Joanne Mirabella
Professional Advancement Fund in
Honor of Sam and Marie Mirabella.
It will support student and faculty
activities such as conference
attendance and presentations
and student competitions.The
fund is part of UF's Faculty
Challenge Initiative, which aims
to raise $150 million to support
faculty, research and graduate
assistants. Charlie is a partner
with Precision Orthopedic in
Tampa. His father is a 1951
graduate of UF's Warrington
College of Business
Michael,JM 1980.and Linda,JM
1980, Connelly, recently added
$65,000 to the Michael and Linda
Advancement Fund, bringing it to
$100.000 and making it eligible
for a state match of $50,000.The
fund supports student and faculty
professional advancement activities.
Former PRSA President and CEO
Del Galloway, PR 1981. MAMC
1983, recently gave $25.000 to
establish the C. Del Galloway
Professional Advancement Fund
for Public Relations.
Leland M. Hawes Jr., JM 1950.
who recently retired from The
Tampa Tribune, gave $25,000 to
establish the Leland M. Hawes Jr.
Internship Endowment. It will
help junior, senior and graduate
students who do for-credit
Stacey Shaw.JM 1970. director
of communications for the
Herberger College of Fine Arts at
Arizona State University, recently
gave $20,000 to set up the
Joy Reese Shaw Graduate
Newspaper Journalism in honor
of her late mother, who was an
investigative reporter for The
Stuart G. Newman, JM 1946.
added a $20,000 annuity to The
Scuart G. Newman Endowment
for Excellence in Journalism and
Communications, which supports
teaching, research and service
programs. He established Stuart
Newman Associates. a Miami
public relations/marketing firm,
Henry "Tip" Graham Jr.,
JM 1972. facilitated the dona-
tion of a 2006 Mazda5 to the
COLLEGE's WUFT-FM. Students
use it for reporting. He is
president and CEO of
Group, which owns and
operates Duval Mazda of
ROOTING FOR UF: Roberto
Espin Jr.,ADV 1969, his wife, Gilda,
UF President Bernie Machen,
Lizann Star and her husband, Bill.
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BY DEAN EMERITUS RALPH LOWENSTEIN
F SU is the Florida school usually associat-
ed with the word circus. However, when
our COLLEGE moved in 1955 from
Building K, a World War II army barracks,
to the more spacious digs underneath Florida
Field's west side, it found what can only be called a
First, there was the band, but I'll get to that
later. Then there were the wild animals. Yes, ani-
mals. Yes, wild. Students could
hear rats scampering through the
walls. It was not unusual to see a
bat snoozing at the top comer of
a doorpost. (These denizens of
the dark later moved to the Lake
Alice Bat House). Once or twice,
a feral cat fell through a loose
ceiling tile and had to be chased
from the classroom by an instruc-
tor swinging a chair.
On the fourth floor, carpenters constructed an
interior soundproof wall in one large room to
provide a studio for WRUF. The exterior wall had a
window, and at some point the window broke. On
occasion, a pigeon flew through the window and
could not get out, telecommunication Associate
Prof. Sid Pactor recalls. The flapping against the
interior wall lent unwanted sound effects to the
Let's take the circus analogy further. The east-
ern wall in most of the classrooms was slanted at a
45-degree angle, just like the ceiling of a tent -
remember, stadium seats were overhead.
At the time, the COLLEGE shared the stadium's
west side with the athletic dormitory. They were
south; we were north. One day, according to com-
munications law Prof. Emerita Jo Anne Smith,
instructors could hear a sharp banging noise echo-
ing through the long hallway on one of the floors. A
golf team member had set up a board in the middle
of the hallway to practice tee shots.
We not only had a quasi-circus in our halls of
learning, we also had a real circus across the street
once a year. Cami Gras, a traveling fair, would take
over the ROTC drill field (later the O'Connell
Center parking lot) for a week or longer. There were
Ferris wheels, bearded ladies, tests of strength and
otherfairaphernalia. There were also carnival peo-
ple, and when we came to work, we would usually
find one or two sponging themselves in the sinks of
our bathrooms. When Cari Gras struck its tents
and departed, it usually left a half-
eard inch layer of broken glass on the
and drill field to greet our cars.
Football made our offices
irng almost uninhabitable five weeks a
year. First, there was the band prac-
lagila' ticing for its weekend routine, play-
lo1g ing the same tunes over and over
ln again Wednesday, Thursday and
)O .S. Friday afternoons. Then, on game
morning, one could not squeeze
through the grungy men blocking our stairs and
using our electric outlets to blow up rubber alliga-
One football weekend, I had two Israeli friends
visiting and took them to the game. At halftime, the
Gator Marching Band strutted onto Florida Field
and began its routine facing the student side.
Halfway through the show, I turned to Itzik and
Betty Lewin and said, "Since I'm a dean, I was able
to request that the band play an Israeli song in honor
of your visit to the campus." Itzik responded,
"You're pulling my leg."
At that point, the band about-faced and marched
to the alumni section, where we sat. It struck up a
ringing rendition of"Hava Nagila." Itzik and Betty
couldn't believe it.
My secret? I had heard the band practicing
"Hava Nagila" for three long afternoons that week,
to a point where the repetition and loudness had
nearly driven me bats.
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another one by now. He quickly replies on
one of his computer monitors as he starts
preparing lectures on the other.
His office door is almost always open.
He frequently stops to talk to visitors. He
leaves between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., unless
a class keeps him later.
"That's when the real work begins,"
McKeen says. "When I get home, it's real-
He grabs a Coors Light from the refrig-
erator in the garage before going into the
house to check his e-mail. Jack and Travis
are wound up they've just woken from a
nap. He usually takes them outside so they
can play in the yard while he works in the
yard. Sometimes, he watches them while he
cleans the house.
"Bill is a clean freak," Nicole says. "He
has to clean everything; he has to have
everything just so."
Nicole cooks dinner, so McKeen does
the dishes. They eat as a family, always say-
ing grace. After the kids go to bed at 7 p.m.,
he and Nicole talk for an hour or so some-
times about theology, sometimes about
McKeen often wakes up in the middle
of the night to write. It's the only time he's
not distracted. He hasn't gotten more than
five hours of sleep a night, he says, since he
worked as a reporter and a copy editor for
the Bloomington, Ind., Cour;,- T, ,,,n, in
the early 1970s. He usually wakes up at 5:30
a.m. without an alarm. He can't under-
stand why he slept today until 7:30 a.m.
In his office, he bounces on his two
monitors between something he's writing
on Thompson and a PowerPoint slideshow
for an honors course he teaches, Rock 'n'
Roll and American Society. Today's lecture
is on Motown. Unhappy with the presenta-
tion, he decides instead to show a video
about Motown studio band Funk Brothers.
McKeen's office is as busy and as color-
ful as he is. The walls are covered with
posters, like a teenager's bedroom -
Thompson, the Rolling Stones, Tom Wolfe,
Bob Dylan and Elvis. Above his desk is a
framed St. Petersbuwg Times story, "Doc
Rock," about his class. The bookshelves,
which take up every inch of the back wall,
contain copies of his latest book, Highway
The walls are
covered with posters,
like a teenager's
Tom Wolfe, Bob
Dylan and Elvis.
61, recounting a trip he and Graham, then
19, took from the Canadian border to New
There's not enough counter space in his
office to set down a cup of coffee, yet it
looks well organized; everything is placed
just so. On the window ledge are ungraded
exams, a daily calendar with the correct
date on top and a harmonica, which he can't
play except for a standard blues riff dun
duh-du, du-duh. Atop a row of two filing
cabinets and a mini refrigerator sit 22
framed photographs of his family.
He hangs up the phone after speaking
with Nicole about Thompson and reaches
in the 'fridge to grab his second Diet Dr.
Pepper of the morning. Caffeine is a tool of
his trade. He drinks five diet soft drinks a
day plus three cups of coffee with a little bit
of cream and sugar substitute. He begins
frantically typing, touching the keys with
only his two index fingers.
He's compulsive about finishing things.
Before he can rest, everything has to be in
order. He's neurotic that way, Nicole says.
"You'd think I'd be fit as a rail," he
says, "but I guess it doesn't affect my
The busiest he had been was when he
wrote Highway 61. He maintained a full
work schedule, went to sleep at 11 p.m.,
woke up at 2 a.m. and wrote until 6 a.m.
"It destroyed this hand," he says, open-
ing and closing his right hand, describing
how he overworked it to the point of near-
paralysis. "It was also the hardest thing
I've ever done because I was writing about
Family is the most important thing to
him. For 15 years after he and his first wife
divorced, he drove once a month to Indiana
from Gainesville to visit his children. He
ranks parenthood as his greatest accom-
plishment, above the books he's authored
and the recognition he's received, even
above being named to Thompson's honor
roll alongside Dylan and Jack Nicholson.
His family is second only to Dylan,
quips Assistant Dean Jon Roosenraad,
who, as journalism department chair, hired
McKeen in 1986.
McKeen's never too busy for students.
He's proud that there have been more
journalism majors during the past two years
than ever 782 in fall 2004 and 817 in fall
2005. He's disappointed when they can't
get the courses they want.
In class, he lectures like he's telling sto-
ries to a friend.
"He has a great way of presenting him-
self," says Mike Gimignani, who took
McKeen's Literary Journalism in spring
"He's really inspired me to read stuff I
never would have picked up," says
Gimignani's classmate Dwayne Robinson.
One of these days he may have to slow
"I'm busier than a one-legged man in a
butt-kicking contest," he says. "If I had to
list my occupation on a job form right now,
I'd put down 'juggler.' "
16 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
Leland S.Turner, Jr., ADV 1959, released his fourth
solo piano CD of gospel songs and hymns, I'7 FlyAway,
on his TurnerSong label. Lee recently played three
concerts with gospel artist Bill Gaither.
Laird Gann, ADV 1966, is executive director of
Melbourne Main Street, a historic redevelopment and
economic revitalization effort for the Florida Main Street
and National Trust Main Street programs.
Bill Akins, ADV 1967, retired in March from the
federal government after almost 25 years and plans to
stay in Illinois. He retired from the military reserves in
Diana Lenhardt Ramsdell, ADV 1967, has been
executive director for Florida Funeral Directors
Association in Tallahassee for eight years.
Michael Willard, ADV 1967, is president and CEO
of The Willard Group Companies with offices in
Moscow, Kiev, and Istanbul. He is also author of
The Flak, an autobiography, Dancing with the Bear.
Crisis Management in Eastern Europe and The Accidental
Headline. His latest book is The Portfolio Bubble:
Surviving Professionally at 60. email@example.com
Scott Arnold, ADV 1978, is staff physical
therapist/clinical instructor at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Pamela (Edwards) McClellan, ADV 1979, is grant
writer for the Partnerships and Communication
Department of the Jacksonville Public Library, which
is responsible for public relations, programming and
grant-proposal development for the library system.
Patrick J. Ratchford, ADV 1979, is vice president
of client services of Advisors Marketing, a full-service
marketing firm in Tampa specializing in the financial
and insurance industries nationwide.
Kimberly (Finke) Fried, ADV 1981, is
communications strategist and owner of Journey
Marketing in Fort Lauderdale. She is also a member of
theWeston and Fort Lauderdale business chambers and
the American MarketingAssociation, Boca Raton PR
Wendy (Weiss) Kamilar, ADV 1981, is
network account executive for NBC/Telemundo.
Melissa Heighe Moore, ADV 198 1, is specialty
resins product manager for MM Plastics.
Sue-Ellen (Apte) Sanders, ADV 1981. is radio
talk show host for WPSL Radio on Florida's Treasure
Coast. She also writes a weekly family issues column
for the Hometown News about issues and personal
stories, as well as community and health issues. She
and her husband, Marty, have two children, Jake and
Susan (Grothe) Dare, ADV 1982, is new
business multimedia specialist for the Orlando Sentinel.
She worked at The Gainesville Sun for 22 years.
Lauren Collins Cariski, ADV 1983, is owner,
teacher and camp director of Pretty Petite
Gary Staudt, ADV 1983, is regional business
director ofWyeth Pharmaceutical. He and his wife,
Jennifer, have four kids, Lindsay, 7, Lauren, 5, Regan, 3,
and Riley, 6 months. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelley King, ADV 1989, is media manager for
Publix Super Markets, responsible for planning,
analyzing and managing all media for more than 865
Publix grocery stores. She lives in Plant City with
Robert Rogers; a golden retriever, Millie, and a cat,
Thomas C. Martin, ADV 1989, is president of
Strategy 2 Revenue, a sales and negotiation consulting
firm. He is also sales agent for Think! Inc., a sales
negotiation firm in Chicago, and Applied Concepts
Institute, a management, leadership and sales training
firm in Orlando. email@example.com
Colin Nissan, ADV 1993, is a freelance
advertising copywriter living in New York
Saul Zayat, ADV 1993, is general manager of JWT
Panama and has been working in advertising since he
Mark Peine,ADV 1994, is vice president and
account director at the Doner Advertising Agency in
Detroit He directs strategies on behalf of two
clients, Quaker State and ADT Security Systems.
Previously, he ran ExxonMobil Lubricants Americas.
Heather Wagaman, ADV 1994, is advertising/
production manager for BrandsMart USA and is living
in Fort Lauderdale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Gutknecht, ADV 1995, is senior account
director of National Sales and Marketing for Clear
Channel Entertainment Properties, which owns and
operates more than 40 outdoor concert venues,
manages musical tours for groups like U2 and Dave
Matthews Band and produces Broadway shows and
motor-sports events. He created "Vegas Rock Star
Poker," now in its third year, based on the poker
phenomenon sweeping the nation. It is being hosted
again at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
Jason Lowe, ADV 1995, is senior media buyer and
planner for Ron Foth Advertising. He and his wife,
Jennifer, had a daughter, Olivia, in December.They live
in Sunbury, Ohio. email@example.com
Gina Scott, ADV 1995, is director of consulting for
Team Services, a Bethesda-based sports agency and
division of Learfield Communications. She is responsi-
ble for managing Dairy Management's NFL partner-
ship, NFL club deals and individual player deals.
Fernando J. Miranda, ADV 1996, is banking center
manager for Bank of America in Boston after living
seven years in Helsinki, Finland. He lives with his wife,
Helena, and sons Roberto, 3, and Ricardo, I.
Beth Voyik Wilson, ADV 1996, is vice president of
marketing for Trisyn Group. She lives in Orlando.
Kirsten Robinson Ireson, ADV 1999, is
health-care community-relations director for
American Retirement Corporation. She is also
president of the Better Living for Seniors
Consortium in Pasco and Pinellas counties. She
earned her master's degree in gerontology in 2003,
married Jason Ireson in 2005 and lives in Madeira
Sean Keane. ADV 1999, was recently promoted to
master sergeant in the Army Special Forces. He is
married to Candy (Martin) Keane, JM 2000.
Brian Ellis Larsen, ADV 1999, is director of sales
and business development for QuinnCom.net, a Web
site development and marketing strategies site in
North Palm Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia (Rill) Orth, ADV 1999, is assistant
creative director with Priority Marketing of
Southwest Florida, an advertising and PR firm. She's
president-elect of the Southwest Florida Chapter of
the Florida Public Relations Association. She recently
married Matthew Orth. email@example.com
Ivan Pena, ADV 2001, is vice president for
marketing for Axiom International. He is also founder
of Learned Behavior Productions, a full-service
marketing company for the entertainment industry.
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Alexander P. Klier, ADV 2002, is claims adjustor
with Progressive Auto Insurance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Froelich Klier, ADV 2002. is public rela-
tions manager of PR/PR Public Relations in Orlando.
She recently married her college sweetheart,
Alexander P. Klier, ADV 2002.They live in Winter
Park with their two dogs. email@example.com
Tammy A.Wilson, ADV 2002, is associate
attorney at Callan, Koster, Brady & Brennan in
Marni Coccaro, ADV 2003, is production manager
for Boco Roton Magazine who lives in Lauderdale-By-
Julia Thomas, ADV 2003, is marketing
information manager for Facchina Construction
Brooke Baratz, ADV 2004, is media buyer and
planner for General Motors Planworks.
Stephana Campbell, ADV 2005, is marketing
manager for Industrial Insulation Group. She
researches current and potential customers,
handles sample and literature requests and
works with the company's ad agency in Denver
to coordinate advertising and PR decisions.
Herbert McNeal, JM 1937, is retired from the U.S.
Naval Reserve. First Baptist Church in Winter Park
named him a Deacon Emeritus in March.
Charles D. McClure, JM 1957, is a retired circuit
judge. He's in private practice.
James Srodes, JM 1962, is author of Franklin:
The Essential Founding Father. The Free Library of
Philadelphia selected it as its One Book-One
Philadelphia choice for its 2006 city-wide reading
program. It's also part of the city's official celebration
of Benjamin Franklin's birth. Besides a cash award, the
library commissioned a special edition of the book,
which will be circulated in area public schools and
library branches. Srodes will participate in a number
of book talks as part of the program.
Linda Poppell,JM 1970, has worked for the
Florida courts system since 1995. She is with the
Sarasota-based 12th Judicial Circuit.
Steve Sauls, JM 1972, is vice president of
corporate relations for Office Depot. He is
responsible for community relations, corporate
philanthropy, environmental stewardship and
governmental relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah (Epstein) Grant, JM 1973, is director of
development and marketing for Jewish Family and
Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula,
Marin and Sonoma counties. She has three children,
all college graduates: Denise, Doug and Melissa.
LindaA. Sherbert, JM 1973, is senior editor for
Veranda, an interior design magazine owned by
The Hearst Corporation.
David N. Ziegler, JM 1973, is an attorney at the
Law Office of David N. Ziegler in Houston.
Mary Ann Giordano,JM 1977,is deputy metro
editor for The New York Times. She supervises coverage
of the tri-state region. email@example.com
Christina (Moss) Mayo, JM 1978, is a freelance
writer for The Miami Herald and journalism teacher
at St.Thomas Episcopal School in Coral Gables. She
volunteers in the Great Art Appreciation Program and
recently served as co-chair of a project that brought
Brazilian artist Romero Britto to the school to paint a
mural with students. She lives in Coral Gables with her
three children,Amanda, Cara and Nick.
Keith B. Darrell, JM 1979, is author of the newly
published book, Issues in Internet Law.
Bryan Mingle, JM 1981, is part-time copy editor for
LA Weekly and full-time salesperson for Bassett
Furniture in Irvine, Calif. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Rowland, JM 1984, recently became deputy
director of photography at the St Petersburg Times.
He worked as a photographer, picture editor and
photo technology director during his 20 years at the
Ray Smith, JM 1984, is public information officer for
Riverside County in California. email@example.com
Gary J. Mans,JM 1985, is director of public
relations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He also has been elected chair of the Group on
Institutional Advancement for the Association of
American Medical Colleges. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Hernandez, JM 1988, is president of Florida
Video Recruits, LLC, a company that offers
marketing services to high school student-athletes,
helping to get them recruited by colleges and
universities. He lives in Fort Lauderdale.
Michael L. Dame, JM 1990, is director of Web
communications for Virginia Tech. email@example.com
Jim DuBreuil, JM 1991, is producer for ABC News
Katherine (Creamer) Preble, JM 1991, is
language arts teacher at Espiritu Santo Catholic
School in Safety Harbor. She graduated with a
master's in journalism from the University of South
Florida in August. She and husband Jay have two
daughters, Rachel, 9, and Sarah, 6.
Mark C.Wallington, JM 199 ,former
communicator student writer, is associate director for
sports information at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas.The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl recently
named him director of communications. He and his
wife,Wendy, welcomed their daughter,Tessa Mae, in
Michele Late,JM 1993, is executive editor of
The Nation's Health, the national newspaper of the
American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C.
Cynthia I.Waisman,JM 1993, is an attorney at her
own firm. She practices immigration, guardianship and
probate law. She and husband Andrew have a
daughter,Amanda, 3, and a son, Christopher, I.They
live in Palm Harbor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chandra (Snell) Clark,JM 1994, is public
information specialist with the Florida Department
of Financial Services in Tallahassee. She is a per-
former and speaker pursuing a PhD in speech
communication at Florida State University. She has
written an award-winning dramatic monologue
based on the life of journalist and anti-lynching
activist Ida B.Wells-Barnett, which she performs
at conferences, festivals, colleges and other venues.
She and husband Al have a 5-year-old, Corey.
Jason Dehart, JM 1994, is staff writer for Rowland
Publishing in Tallahassee.
Andrea (Barber) Johnson, JM 1994, is director of
marketing for Zirkelbach Construction in Palmetto.
Darren Liebman, JM 1994, has created an
Australia-themed education and musical
entertainment program, Didgeridoo Down Under,
which he performs at schools, camps, corporate
events, retirement communities, and festivals
throughout the Southeast. www.didgrevolution.com,
ZeldaTeate Rivas, JM 1994, is writing tutor and
adjunct professor at Miami Dade College.
Holly Johnson Lawler,JM 1995, is deputy
managing editor of The Villages Daily Sun. She has
been with the Sun for more than eight years.
She married Josh in October.
Mathew Steinman, JM 1996, is director of
licensing forVertical Lend, a mortgage banker.
Emily V.Troiano, JM 1996, is senior librarian at
Catalyst, a New York-based nonprofit resource and
advisory organization that works with women and
diversity in business. She has been at the organization
for two years and lives in Brooklyn.
Jen Friedberg,JM 1997, is multimedia producer
for the Stor-Telegram in FortWorth.
DebraTorres,JM 1997, has her own fashion label,
Debra Torres, in New York City. She designs
guayaberas for women. email@example.com
Jon Alverson,jM 1998, was recently named
publisher of the Desoto County Tribune, a weekly
newspaper near Memphis in Northern Mississippi.
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Thomas Bean, JM 1999, is press secretary and
webmaster for U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
Robin (Crouch) CamputaroJM 2000, is
marketing manager for General Growth Properties.
She married Justin Camputaro in June.
Jessica Leigh Hager, JM 2000, is freelance
photographer living in Tampa.
Candy (Martin) Keane, JM 2000, is owner of
Three Muses Inspired Clothing in Jacksonville.
She's married to Sean Keane, ADV 1999.
Kirsten Buschbacher, JM 2001, is sales
account manager for Ralph Lauren in NewYork
Kristin Harmel, JM 2001, is reporter for People
magazine's Miami bureau and freelance writer for
numerous national magazines. She is also "The Lit
Chick" on the nationally-syndicated morning TV
show,"The Daily Buzz'" where she reviews books
and movies and runs a book club. Her first novel,
How To Sleep With a Movie Star, was recently
released byWarner Books.
Jessica Ferguson, JM 2002, is press secretary for
U.S. Sen.John Thune, R-South Dakota.
Roxanne Martinez, JM 2002, is marketing/
PR manager for Allied Electronics. Living in
Fort Worth, she is pursuing an MBA at the
University of Dallas. She married her high school
sweetheart, Marcus Rosas, in 2004.
Kristen Bartlett, JM 2003, is senior photographer
for the UF News Bureau. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Jesson,JM 2003, is assistant news editor
of The Tuscalooso (Ala.) News.
Timothy Ward, JM 2003, is senior staff writer
with Dwinnells Communications in Columbia, S.C.
Lauren Dean, M 2004, is public relations and
development administrator of The Haven, a nonprofit
alternative home for boys ages I1-18 who are placed
in the care of the state of Florida.
J. Nick Adams, PR 1972, was telecommunication
administrator for the Florida Department of
Transportation. He retired from public service
in November after 16 years as a communications
engineer and tech writer. He plans to relax,
travel and be active in amateur radio.
Anna Christine Hall, PR 1972, retired from the
practice of law in Fort Lauderdale and moved to
Washington, D.C., where she earned a master's
degree in library science from The Catholic
Lewis E.Veal, PR 1969, retired from military
service for the second time as a colonel of the US
Army Reserve in August In 2002, he was
serving at the Pentagon as the Chief of Current
Operations for Army Logistics when he attained
the maximum service of 32 years and retired. He
immediately volunteered for recall to active duty
and served an additional three and a half years in
the same position. For his extended service, the
Army honored the former UF ROTC Gator
Raider as a distinguished member of the
Transportation Corps Regiment, inducted him into
the Ancient Military Order of Saint Christopher,
and awarded him the Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal and, for the second time, the Legion
of Merit email@example.com
Jane Pruitt Hames,JM 1976, president of
Embassy Consultants, recently received the
Lifetime AchievementAward for Community
Service from the Orlando Women's Resource
Center, including recognition for being the first
woman president of Florida Citrus Sports and the
Capital One Bowl. firstname.lastname@example.org
David FinkelJM 1977, staff writer for The
Washington Post, recently received the Pulitzer Prize
for explanatory reporting,"for his ambitious, clear-
eyed case study of the United States government's
attempt to bring democracy to Yemen:' according
to the award's Web site.
Merrie Meyers-Kershaw,JM 1978, MA 1979,
was recently inducted into PRSA's College of
Fellows. She is community involvement
director for Broward County Public Schools,
where she has worked since 1986.As architect of
the district's community involvement program, she
helps generate $10 million in cash,goods and
services annually for Broward's 260 schools. She
has received the highest award in school public
relations, the Gold Medallion.
Debbie Mason, PR 1981, was recently
inducted into PRSA's College of Fellows. She is
president of Strategists, which provides team
building, training, research, strategic planning, and
communication counseling services. Mason is
author of the Nonproft Public Relations Toolkit and a
licensed trainer for the learning and personality
style assessment Pyscho-Geometrics. She has won
the Silver Anvil, which recognizes excellence in
public relations campaigns. Mason is a past national
PRSA board member.
Journalism Prof. Laurence Alexander, MAMC
1983, received a UF Research Foundation
Professorship award for 2006-2008. He's the
COLLEGE's eighth faculty member to earn this
honor.The others are DebbleTreise, Unda
Hon, James Babanikos, Sylvia Chan-
Olmsted, Sandy Dickson, BernellTripp,
MAMC 1986, and John Kaplan.
Danny Schnitzlein, TEL 1986, is author of the
children's book, The Monster Who Ate My Peas,
which recently won Indiana's Young Hoosier Book
Award.The Atlanta Braves' John Smotz read it for
a DVD for Georgia's"Read More" program.
Keven Cohen, TEL 1992, was recently named
Columbia, S.C.'s Best Radio personality for the
sixth consecutive year. He is in his I Ith year at
News Radio 560WVOC, where he hosts"The
Afternoon Drive with Keven Cohen:' The
program is devoted to local, national and
international politics and community issues. He and
wife Laney have a 2-year-old daughter, Hayden
Joanne Factor, ADV 1997, is account
manager for The NewYork Times, where she's been
working for three years in advertising sales for the
beauty industry. She recently won the President's
Circle Award and received highest honors as a
Gold award recipient
Amy (Engler) Grau, ADV 1998, is specialty-
products designer for Naples Daily News. She is
lead designer for Driveways, a weekly automotive
section, and SWF Business to Business, a monthly
business magazine. She recently received three
Florida Press Association awards for excellence in
graphics and design. email@example.com
David Allen, PR 1999, associate creative
director forThe Ad Partners, has won several local
and national creative advertising awards. He lives in
St Petersburg with his wife,Amy, and
their daughter, Morgan.
Amy Katz, PR 2004, recently received the
Florida Public Relations Association's Jacksonville
chapter Rising Star award, given to a professional
with less than five years experience. She is public
relations coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation in
Mary A. C. Fallon, MAMC 2005, co-
produced and co-directed with Daniel Priest,
MAMC 2005,24/7, which recently won best
documentary at the Reno Film Festival. Mary is
freelancing as a writer and marketing consultant.
Documentary Institute wins
its second Barnouw award
The teachers and filmmakers who make up
the COLLEGE's Documentary Institute Sandra
Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cindy Hill and
Cara Pilson recently won their second Erik
They received The Organization of American
Historians 2006 Erik Barouw Award for their civil
rights era documentary, Negroes with Guns:
RobWilliams and Black Power.
They won their first Bamouw award in 2001
for another civil rights-era documentary, Freedom
Never Dies:The Legacy of HarryT Moore. PBS aired
both documentaries on its national schedule.
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University of America. She is sales and leasing consult-
ant for Moore Cadillac Hummer in Chantilly.Va.
Amy Monday McNabb, PR 1978, is director of
corporate and foundation relations at the University
of North Texas in Denton. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Abramson, PR 1979, is teaching first grade
at Ek Burapa School in Minburi,Thailand. His students
can do the "Two-Bits" cheer, email@example.com
Claire Henderson Fournier, PR 1979, is senior
account executive of RRDonnelley. She is also co-
chair of Orlando Regional Healthcare HealthyWoman
Advisory Council, board member of Shepherd's Hope,
and committee chair for Give Kids the World Gala.
Orlando Leisure magazine featured her in August.
Kenet Adamson, PR 1980, is acting dean of Arts
and Sciences at Asheville-Buncombe Technical
Community College in North Carolina. He
competes in Masters Swimming, runs races and
triathlons, and had a poem published in 2005 by
Victoria Press. firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Hayward Schaaf, PR 1980, is
co-author of Don't Chew Jesus! A Collection of
Memorable Nun Stories.The book, co-written with
Mike Prendergast, is published by BenBella Books and
was released in November. She is working on a
second book, A Collection of Memorable Kid Stories.
Michael Briggs, PR 1984, has joined the financial
services practice group of Gordon, Feinblatt in
Baltimore as counsel. email@example.com
Phyllis Leung Kim, PR 1984, is president of
Brigantine Communications Group, a business-to-
business, full-service public relations agency that she
founded in 2002 in St. Louis.
Peri A. Stump, PR 1985, is in the relocation
department of Illustrated Properties Real Estate,
working in the corporate office in Palm Beach
DeeAnn Cox, PR 1989, is owner and publisher of
InsideTrack Almanac. She lives in Jensen Beach with her
two children,Alyssa, 13, and Adam, I.
Jason Zwart, PR 1990, has been a Realtor since
2000. In 2005, he opened his real-estate and mortgage
company, Merit Realty Group and Merit Mortgage
Group, in North Palm Beach. He married Randee
Goodman in 2003, and the couple had a daughter,
Emily Rose, in 2005.
Melissa M. Koran, PR 1992, is accounting and
institute coordinator of Southern Regional Education
Board. She was married in 2004.
Mike Neumeier, PR 1992, is principal for the newly
created Arketi Group, which was the result of a
merger of marketing services firm DemandG and
public relations practice Gaughan & Swann, where
Mike was managing partner. He is also a member of
the COLLEGE's Public Relations Advisory Council.
Marcia Harris Scott, PR 1992, recently moved
from Atlanta to Phoenix and is a full-time mother to
Trip, 7, and Van, 5. She still does occasional project and
pro-bono work for several charitable groups and her
sons' school. She has been married to Steve since
Keith Bowermaster, PR 1993, is senior account
executive for O'Connell & Goldberg Public Relations in
Hollywood, Fla. He works on several accounts,
includingTenet Hospitals South Florida,Turnberry
Associates and the Orange Bowl Committee. He
married Veronica in February. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina (Etter) Condelles, TEL 1994, is the
6:30 p.m. weekday producer for KOMO-TV in Seattle.
She married Jim Condelles last year in their home-
town of NewYork City.
Jill Glanzer, PR 1995, is marketing manager at
Worldata in Boca Raton.Worldata specializes in list
marketing, interactive marketing and database
services. She and husband Joshua Glanzer, PR
1995, have a daughter, almost 2. email@example.com
Sean Liphard, PR 1995, is president of Next Wave
Public Relations. Sean's client DV Illusions recently
participated in sponsoring the Atlanta screening of King
Kong. Proceeds from the event benefited The Dian
Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Recently.Atlanta
singer, songwriter and dancer Tori Alamaze, whose
version of"Don't Cha" appeared in Queen Latifah's
2005 movie, Beauty Shop, retained Next Wave PR.
Gabrielle (Andres) Braswell, PR 1996, is
assistant director of public affairs for Solvay
Vilma (Martin) Consuegra, PR 1996, is director
of corporate communications for Acosta Sales and
Marketing, a consumer product sales and marketing
agency. She and her husband,Alex, live in Jacksonville
and celebrated the birth of their first child, Sebastian,
Tony M.Wickman, PR 1996, a 9-year veteran of
the U.S.Air Force, is chief of public affairs for the 71st
Flying Training Wing atVance Air Force Base in Enid,
Okla. He served in Alaska, California, Greece and
Michelle J. Chepenik Greenwald, PR 1998, is
marketing and communications director for the
Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Her husband is
Jeff Greenwald. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Finnell, PR 1998, is community relations
manager at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.
Ken Garcia, PR 1998, is senior account executive in
the corporate practice of CRT/tanaka, a public rela-
tions agency in Richmond, with offices in New York,
Los Angeles, Charlotte and Norfolk.
Dana Newsome, PR 1998, is communications
manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international
engineering company. She manages public relations for
PB on transportation-related initiatives. Her efforts
include recovery communications for the state of
Louisiana following last year's hurricanes. She lives in
Baton Rouge. email@example.com
Jenny (Amon) Fenig, PR 1999, is senior
conference producer for Institute for International
Research. She produces business conferences for
leaders in design, marketing, customer management
and research. She lives with her husband, Steven, in
New York City. firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Recht, PR 1999, recently opened CRPR,
a public relations firm representing the hospitality,
nightlife and entertainment industries in Miami. She
previously worked for The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
as public relations manager, email@example.com
Paul Byk, PR 2000, is traffic coordinator for
Chad Darwin, PR 2000, is senior account executive
for GolinHarris International, a consumer/brand
strategy group. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie Lynn Laslo, PR 2000, is CEO of Rental
Workshop, Market Street and Gold Key Investments
in Gainesville. She specializes in student rentals,
restoration projects and the purchasing and
revitalization of apartment complexes.
Tara Desiano Jordan, PR 2001. is corporate sales
manager for Jacksonville Marriott Hotel.
Mable Baker, PR 2002, is marketing coordinator
at Maupin House Publishing.
Elizabeth K. Benz, PR 2002, is sports publicist with
Walt DisneyWorld Media Relations.
Tanya Lopez, PR 2003, is senior account executive
for Goodman Media, a Manhattan-based public
relations firm. Her clients include Nieman Marcus,
Telemundo, National Television Academy, Scholastic
Entertainment and Meredith Corporation.
Jenny (VanDerVliet) Pedraza, PR 2003, is
communications coordinator at the University of
West Florida in Pensacola. She married Ryan Pedraza
in August. email@example.com
Amy Katz, PR 2004, is public relations coordinator
at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. She is
responsible for internal communications and media
relations for the health system, which includes a
143-bed inpatient hospital, 20 outpatient centers and
a research partnership with UF. She is engaged to Dan
Iracki.They're planning a spring 2007 wedding.
Melisa Llanes, PR 2004, is design/production
assistant for PRO INK in Gainesville.
Joshua Pila, PR 2004, is completing his second year
at Georgetown University Law Center and has
accepted a summer associate position from Dow,
Lohnes & Albertson, a communications law firm in
Washington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brianne Straub, PR 2004, is public relations
specialist at Florida Municipal Power Agency in
Orlando, working in corporate communications
and media, employee and community relations.
She expects to graduate this month from the
University of Central Florida with a master's
degree in communication.
bstraub I email@example.com
Nikole Dionne Thomas, PR 2005, is buyer and
merchant trainee for Macy's New York.
Kyara Lomer, PR 2005, is assistant editor for
Forum Publishing Group, a Tribune company with
more than 30 publications in South Florida.
Coral Williams, PR 2005, is a law student at
Florida Coastal School of Law.
Thomas B. "Tom" Tyndall, TEL 1967, is
Presbyterian pastor and co-founder of Great
Mates Marriage Ministries. He appeared on the
Dr. Phil Show in March. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich West, TEL 1969, is producer, director and
editor with West Production Services in Virginia.
Wade D. Murdock, TEL 1971, is plant
manager for Access Color Lab. He is involved in
video production for ministries.
Eve Ackerman, TEL 1978, writes historical
romance books under the pseudonym Darlene
Marshall. Her new novel, Captain Sinister's Lady, is
her third romance set in Florida.
Harry S.Thomson III, TEL 1979, is president
of Will Way, a nonprofit corporation hiring dis-
abled people for electronic assembly operations.
Chuck Cooperstein, TEL 1981, is radio play-
by-play announcer for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
He also does play-by-play of college football and
basketball nationally for Westwood One, and hosts
an evening sports talk show on 103.3 ESPN in
Ken Martin, TEL 1981, is field producer for Fox
Soccer USA, a half-hour feature show on the Fox
Soccer channel.The show is produced in New
Barbara Ann Paresi, TEL 1981, is executive
producer with TheProductionWorks.
Pamela Kassner, TEL 1985, is partner with
Super Pear Strategies, a marketing and communi-
cations firm. Clients include USG Corporation and
Rockwell Automation. She is a two-time Ironman
triathlon finisher and is training again for Ironman
Florida 2006. email@example.com
Teacher of the Year
Ruth and Rae O.Weimer Award
Dean's Cup for Professional Promise
Dennis Chase Gucciardo
Dean's Cup for Service
Meredith A. Cochie
Eisa Beth Negrin
Dean's Cup for Scholarship
Melissa Susan Morse
Gabrielle Brandi Bill
Ashley Ann Aubuchon
Outstanding Advertising Scholar
Melissa Susan Morse
W. Robert Glafcke Award
Joseph R. Pisani Service Award
Outstanding journalism Scholar
Society of Professional Journalists Award
John Paul Jones Jr. Award
Elmer Emig Award
H.G. "Buddy" Davis Award
Outstanding Public Relations Scholar
Frank F. Rathbun PRSSA Award
Kara L Czerniak
Florida Public Relations Association
Charles Wellborn Service Award
Elisa B. Negrin
Jack Detweiler Professional Promise in
Dennis C. Gucciardo
Outstanding Telecommunication Scholar
Major Garland Powell Award
May Burton Award
F. Leslie Smith Management Award
Outstanding Graduate StudentTeacher
Outstanding Master's Graduate
Outstanding Student Research Award
Jon Quattlebaum Award
WUFT-TV Production Award
WRUF General Manager Award
Ralph L. Lowenstein Broadcast
Kenneth A. Christiansen Award
"Red" Barber Award
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 21
Walter "Red" Barber, JM 1934,
H.G."Buddy" Davis Jr., JM 1948, MA
1952, editorial writer, The Gainesville Sun,
1970 Pulitzer Prize winner*
William O.E. Henry, JM 1950, attorney,
Tom McEwen, JM 1944, sports editor,
The Tampa Tribune
Homer Hooks, JM 1943, executive director,
Florida Phosphate Council
Malcolm Johnson, JM 1936, editor,
Irvin Ashkenazy, JM 1933,J.Walter
Ralph C. Davis, JM 1931, director,
Florida Bureau of MotorVehicles*
Howard Norton, JM 1933, Baltimore Sun
foreign correspondent, 1947 Pulitzer Prize
Richard Sewell, JM 1959, director,
government relations, Florida Power &
Alvin G. Flanagan, TEL 1941, president,
Gannett Broadcasting, Atlanta*
Herbert Wadsworth, JM 1953,
David Lawrence Jr., JM 1963, publisher,
Detroit Free Press (and The Miami Herald)
Hugh Wilson, ADV 1964, creator,
"WKRP in Cincinnati"
John Paul Jones Jr., JM 1937,
dean emeritus and magazine publisher*
Barry Berish, ADV 1954, president,
Jim Beam Co., Chicago
Clarence Jones, JM 1956, investigative
reporter, The Miami Herald and WPLG-TV
Douglas Leigh, ADV 1928, creator of
Broadway lighting spectaculars*
Fred Ward, MA 1959, freelance
photographer for Black Star
Bernadette Castro, TEL 1966,
president, Castro Convertibles, New York
Karen DeYoung, JM 1971, foreign editor
and national news editor, The Washington Post
William G. Ebersole, JM 1949, MA 1957,
publisher, The Gainesville Sun
Deborah Amos, TEL 1972, foreign
correspondent, National Public Radio
Robert J. Haiman, JM 1958, president,
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St.
Ed Johnson, JM 1957, MA 1972, senior
editor, New York Times Regional Newspaper
Judy Lynn Prince, TEL 1964, senior public
affairs adviser, Mobil Oil Corp.
Otis Boggs, LS 1943,WRUF sportscaster
and "Voice of the Gators"*
Tom Kennedy, JM 1972, photography
editor, National Geographic
Edward Sears, JM 1967, executive editor,
The Palm Beach Post
BobVila, JM 1969, host, PBS series
"This Old House"
Frank Bean, ADV 1962, MA 1963,
manager, international sports programs,
Frank Karel, JM 1961,vice president,
communications, Rockefeller Foundation,
J. Leonard Levy, ADV 1955, president,
David G. Ropes, PR 1968, vice president,
marketing services, Reebok
Dianne Baron Snedaker,ADV 1970,
president, Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco
George M. Solomon, JM 1963, assistant
managing editor for sports, The Washington Post
Carl Hiaasen, JM 1974, columnist, The
Miami Herald, and fiction author
Larry Lancit, TEL 1970, producer, PBS'
"Reading Rainbow" series
Dr. Margaret Blanchard, JM 1965. MA
1970, Kenan professor of journalism,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
Micki Dickoff, MA 1972. Los Angeles
writer/director/producer and Emmy winner
Anne M. Saul, JM 1966, news systems
Michael F. Foley, JM 1970, vice president
for communications and community relations,
The St. Petersburg Times
Stuart Newman, JM 1946, president.
Stuart Newman Associates, Miami
Stephen Strang, JM 1973, founder,
Charisma magazine; president, Strang
James C.Weeks, ADV 1964, president and
chief operating officer, New York Times
Regional Newspaper Group,Atlanta
David Bianculli, JM 1975, MA 1977,
television critic for the NewYork Daily News
and National Public Radio
F. James McGee, JM 1975, investigative
reporter, The Washington Post, and Pulitzer
Prize winner, The Miami Herald
Walker Lundy, JM 1965, editor and senior
vice president, Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press
Karl Wickstrom, JM 1957, publisher,
Florida Sportsman magazine, Miami
Jerry Davis, ADV 1968, president and
CEO, Computer Management Sciences,
Rebecca Greer, JM 1957, senior articles
editor, Woman's Day, New York
John Hayes, TEL 1963, president and
CEO, Raycom Media, Montgomery,Ala.
Ron Sachs, JM 1972, president,
Ron Sachs Communications, and former
spokesman for Gov. Lawton Chiles,Tallahassee
Al Burt, JM 1949, investigative reporter and
columnist (ret.), The Miami Herald
22 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
Jeraldine Brown Smith, JM 1967, attorney/ LarryWoods,M 1963, national
publisher, Capitol Outlook,Tallahassee corrpod Cable N s Network,
correspondent, Cable News Network,Atlanta
Diane Hooten McFarlin, JM 1976,
executive editor and director of broadcast,
Sharyl Thompson Attkisson, TEL 1982,
CBS News anchor and host of PBS'
F. Richard "Dick" Monroe, ADV 1967,
MA 1968, vice president for environmental
affairs, Darden Restaurants
Carol A. Sanger, JM 1970, vice president,
corporate communications and external
affairs, Federated Department Stores
Rene S."Butch" Meily, MAJC 1979, vice
president, Rubenstein Associates
Joan Ryan, JM 1981, sports columnist, San
Dennis Kneale, JM 1979, executive editor,
Yvette Miley, TEL 1985, vice
president of news,WVTM-TV NBC13,
Donald Bacon, JM 1957, author of
Encyclopedia of U.S. Congress, senior editor
of U.S. News and World Report and Nation's
C.B. Daniel, Jr. JM 1966, Florida Board of
Regents; area president, First Union National
Bank; vice president, Barnett Bank
Steen Johansen, TEL 1966, award-winning
Rosemarie R. Nye, PR 1973, vice
president for market innovation, Lucent
John Dillin, JM 1958,Washington bureau
chief and managing editor of the Christian
Science Monitor. (ret.)
C. Del Galloway, PR 1981, M.A. 1983,
executive vice president and COO, Husk
Jennings Galloway and Robinson, Jacksonville
Maryfran Johnson, JM 1978, editor-in-
chief of Computerworld newsweekly and
vice president of editorial content for
Jamie Mclntyre, TEL 1976, military affairs
correspondent at the Pentagon for Cable
News Network,Washington, D.C.
Donald Thomas, PR 1968, chief operating
officer for the American Cancer Society
Bonni G.Tischler, TEL 1966, chief of
the office of field operations for the U.S.
Michael Connelly, JOU 1980,
award-winning, best-selling author
MaryAnn Golon, JOU 1983,
picture editor for Time magazine
Keith Moyer, JOU 1977,
president and publisher of the
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Brad Todd, ADV 1970, principal in
The Richards Group, Dallas
Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, ADV 1968,
executive vice president of sales and
marketing, the CHANEL Beaute and
Mark Erstling, TEL 1975, senior vice
president and chief operating officer,
Association of America's Public Television
Melissa Lammers, ADV 1979, vice
president at Pueblo International, Puerto
Ben Cason, JM 1965, executive
editor, ThisWeek Newspapers
Carolyn Gosselin, PR 1980, MAMC
1983, senior vice president/chief
communications officer, Orlando-based CNL
Deb Richard,ADV 1986,
LPGA Tour golfer
Eric Wishnie,TEL 1984, senior
producer, NBC Nightly News
with Brian Williams
Matthew D. Bunker, PhD 1993, Reese
Phifer Professor of Journalism, University of
James Harper,ADV 1963, senior vice
president for business development, Acordia
Guillermo I. Martinez, JM 1966,
leading Hispanic journalist and media
Jennifer McMillin, PR 1988, executive vice
president and North American director of
special projects with Golin/Harris
Scott Sanders, ADV 1979, Broadway and
JohnnyTillotson,TEL 1959, songwriter,
singer and recording artist
Most alumni are identified by position at time of
selection. *Indicates alumnus/a is deceased
Ryan Banfill, TEL 1987, is senior account
manager with Ron Sachs Communications in
Tallahassee. He and wife Claire Sand, TEL
1998, have three children, Grant, I ,Julia, 7,
and Cole, 4. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rossana Passaniti, TEL 1987, is
communications manager at the Public Utility
Research Center in UF's Warrington College
of Business. She recently met with utility
regulators and managers at the 2005
International Telecommunication Union
conference in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Doug Bartel, TEL 1991, recently started his
own public relations and media consulting
business, Excel Communications Group, in
South Florida after 15 years in local television
Pete Blank,TEL 1991, is learning manager,
domestic segment at the Walt Disney World
Resort. He's responsible for the Career and
Professional Development of non-salaried cast
members at Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Resort,Walt Disney Imagineering and the
Disney Cruise Line. email@example.com
John Giusti, TEL 1991, is legal advisor to
Commissioner Michael J. Copps of the Federal
Craig Levinson, TEL 1991, is vice president
of marketing and communications for JAMS,
The Resolution Experts (www.jamsadr.com), in
Irvine, Calif. JAMS has 23 resolution centers
Wall Waiters, TEL 1991, is executive
producer and CEO of Infinity Media Group.
He and wife of four years, Maria, have two
kids, John Luke and Joanna.
Paul Boron, TEL 1993, is sports
videographer for KWGN in Denver.
Meredith Cullom Flieger, TEL 1994,is
personal trainer at Bellagio Hotel and Casino,
after working at SeaWorld in Orlando for nine
years as an aviculturist. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shana (Lazoritz) Lerner, TEL 1994, has
been senior broadcast negotiator at Mindshare
in Atlanta for more than seven years. She and
husband Scott have one child, Gabrielle Rena,
Adrienne Shirey Balow, TEL 1995, is
segment producer of Fox News in the Morning
forWFLD in Chicago. She recently had her
first child,Aidan Halsted Balow.
Suzanne Boyd Phipps, TEL 1995, is morn-
ing anchor/investigative reporter for WPEC-
TV, a CBS affiliate serving the Palm Beach
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 23
area. She and her husband,Jeff, had their first
child, Laine Elizabeth, in August
Rosa Linda Roman, TEL 1995, and husband
Nathan Goldfein had a daughter,Ahava Cheyenne
Goldfein, in January.They recently moved from
Monterey, Calif., where Rosa Linda was anchor at
KION 46 CBS, to Albuquerque, N.M. rosaga-
Andrew Singer (Spatz),TEL 1996, is vice
president of original programming for HGTV.
Noah Scheinmann, TEL 1996, is head of
development for Red Line Films in New York, a
production company that produces and develops
documentaries, reality series and short features.
Dave Wax, TEL 1996, is senior director of
WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, where he lives with
his wife, Kristen Donahue. email@example.com
Jennifer (Nettnin) Marceaux, TEL 1997,
is owner of Jennifer Page Media, which handles
voice-overs, voice tracking, radio news and media
buying. She works out of her home in Lakeland
and can be heard locally on The JOY FM.
Kimberly Belcher Cowin, TEL 1997, is
president and executive producer of Pink
Sneakers Productions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Rosenberg, TEL 1997, is
communications manager of the NYU Department
of Culture and Communication. She works with the
department chair, faculty and administration on
strategic branding for the undergraduate, master's
and PhD programs as well as managing the DCC
Web site and events. email@example.com
Shawn Keith Guelmunde, TEL 1998, is
property claims adjuster for Nationwide
Insurance. shawn firstname.lastname@example.org
Misty Showalter, TEL 1998, is special
projects producer for WTTG-TV Fox 5 in
Washington, D.C. She is also a consumer and
investigative producer. email@example.com
Brooke Dusenbury, TEL 1999, is graduate
student in clinical psychology in Cambridge, Mass.
Nicolas Janvier Jr., TEL 2000, is portfolio
manager at The Private Bank of Bank of America
in Palm Beach. In November, he earned the
prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst
designation.The CFA charter is the only globally
recognized credential for investment analysis and
Christina Johnson, TEL 2001, is account
manager at Planning Group International, an
advertising agency in Miami. She has an 8-month-
old daughter, Isabella. teenajo I I @aol.com
Kim Balestrieri, TEL 2002, is executive
producer atWJXT in Jacksonville.
Thomas "Beau" Zimmer, TEL 2002, is
reporter for WTSP-TV,Tampa Bay's 10. He was
previously reporter forWDRB-TV in Louisville.
Ryan Mackman, TEL 2003, is editor forWPEC
News 12 in West Palm Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Winger, TEL 2003, is news editor for
WWSB ABC 7 in Sarasota for the noon and 5 p.m.
Justine Colee, TEL 2004, is with WPLG-TV 10,
an ABC affiliate in Miami, doing programming and
Carolyn Rodon, TEL 2004, is office manager
of Alliance Multimedia.Alliance produces Pull, a
weekly TV show on Fox's Fuel network.
Allison J. Simon, TEL 2004, is missions
associate in the campaign division of the Jewish
United Fund. email@example.com
Erin Dee, TEL 2005, is Cinemax production
assistant in the Creative Services Department
of Home Box Office in New York City. She is
responsible for creating, tracking, tagging, and
delivering all Cinemax Next On and Tonight On
on-air promotions. firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lauren Hills, TEL 2005, is reporter for WBOY-
TV,an NBC affiliate in WestVirginia.
Foy C.Sperring Sr..jM 1957, MAMC 1958,
retired after 40 years in sales and sales management
for Unisource, a national wholesale paper distributor.
He and his wife, Mildred, live in a retirement and golf
resort community in Tennessee. He is a member of
Historical Society,Art Guild at Fairfield Glade,
Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression and
Plateau Writers. He has two sons living in New York.
Peter Pringle, MAMC 1966, retired as Luther
Masingill Professor of Communication at the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in June.
He was an assistant professor at UF from 1971 to
1974. He is senior author of Electronic Media
Management (Focal Press). He and his wife, Mona,
plan to spend their retirement in Vero Beach.
JoAnn MyerValenti, MAMC 1969, is emerita
professor of communications at Brigham Young
University. She served seven years on UF's faculty
and is an independent scholar. She recently con-
sulted on environmental communications proj-
ects in Africa for the second time. She serves on
the editorial boards of four scholarly journals
and reviewed for Science Communication.
Lawrence D. Keen, MAMC 1978, is assistant to
the president of Santa Fe Community College in
Del Galloway, PR 1981, MAMC 1983, is
partner with Husk Jennings Galloway + Partners,
a 27-year-old advertising, marketing and public
relations agency in Jacksonville. On Ideas bought
the agency in October.
Michael O'Hara Garcia, MAMC 1985, is
strategic account manager for Metro Wireless
(South) Cisco Systems. email@example.com
Susan W.Williams, JM 1972, MAMC 1991,
is coordinator of education and training pro-
grams for UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences' Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Department. She has written her first book,
Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management:A
Pesticide Applicator Certification Manual for Florida,
a reference book and study guide for four pesti-
cide certification exams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sivakumar Ananthasubramanian, MAMC
1997, is filmmaker in India. He has worked as
first assistant director in three feature films since
graduating and is directing his first feature film,
scheduled for release in January.
Renee (Yarrington) Maloney, ADV 1997,
MAMC 2000, is creative director of Benson
Media, a creative design and printing firm
based in Atlanta.The company develops
custom brand identity materials.
D. Nathan Baliva, MAMC 2003, is broadcast-
ing and media manager of the Peoria Chiefs, a
Class-A Midwest League Team and an affiliate of
the Chicago Cubs. He is also the radio play-by-
play voice of the team. email@example.com
Erin (Thompson) Morton, PR 2001, MAMC
2003, is marketing and public relations coordina-
tor of St.Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
She and her husband, J.P., recently had their first
daughter, Layne Avery. et firstname.lastname@example.org
Staci Priest, MAMC 2004, PR 2002, is
coordinator of marketing and public relations for
Central Florida Community College in Ocala. She
was assistant to Susan W.Williams, MAMC
1991, JM 1972, for two years. She did the layout
and designed the cover ofWilliams' 368-page,
full-color book, Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest
Management A Pesticide Applicator Certification
Manual for Florida. email@example.com
Brian Boudreaux, MAMC 2005, is public
relations specialist at Arketi Group, a marketing
and public relations consultancy.
Leah Evelyn Woodward, MAMC 2005, is
associate organizer of Faith and Action for
Strength Together (FAST), a coalition of
congregations that fight to create a just and
equitable Pinellas County by identifying
community problems and demanding change
from public officials. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Zentz, MAMC 2005. is staff
photographer at the Peoria Journal-Star in Illinois.
24 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
eing a woman turned into an asset
Sand a liability for Terry
Hynes when she became UF's
second female college dean
(besides nursing) in 1994. "It was
an issue," Assistant Dean Jon
Roosenraad recalled. "There was
skepticism among the old guard."
Compounding the challenge, Hynes faced
stepping into a role molded for 18 years by a
popular and respected dean Ralph Lowenstein.
II .k .a like following [Steve] Spurrier," Roosenraad
said, referring to the former Gators football coach.
But Lowenstein rooted for Hynes and introduced
her to such key players as St. Petersburg Times Editor
"I'm impressed that she's kept close links to the
profession," said Tash, Times Publishing Company
chairman and CEO.
Another former dean the late Rae Weimer also
guided Hynes in his distinct style. "He sized me up at our
first meeting," recalled Hynes, who heads to the UF
University Relations office July 1 after 12 years as dean.
"The smile and handshake said, 'Welcome, I think you
can do this job.' Simultaneously, though, the look in his
eyes said, 'You better not mess this up.'"
By most accounts, Weimer would approve of Hynes'
accomplishments, which include:
STRENGTHENING THE FACULTY. Replacing an unusual-
ly large number of retiring professors in recent years and
adding 10 faculty positions for a total of 70, Hynes never
"She's encouraged us to hire top-notch people," said
Department of Telecommunication Chair Dave Ostroff,
"which we have."
One example is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournal-
ism Prof. John Kaplan, who has won an Overseas Press
Club and other awards since he joined the faculty in 1999.
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 25
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the helm of
in 1994, she
lacked a key
weapon in a
dean's arsenal: fundraising firepower. She
had little experience in this crucial category.
"There were concerns about her fundrais-
ing abilities," said Prof. Dave Ostroff, chair
of the Department of Telecommunication.
So what did Hynes do? She dove right in.
She asked for a report on all contributions of
$1,000 or more during the previous three
years to identify potential donors to the fel-
lowship endowment started in Ralph
Lowenstein's name when he left the dean's
position. She noticed that one giver Jerry
Davis, ADV 1968, of Jacksonville mailed
in a $5,000 check without being solicited in
person. "I figured if we met with him," she
said, "we might be able to get him to give us
Hynes asked the COLLEGE'S first develop-
ment officer, Diane Crawford Evans, to set
up a meeting with Davis for both of them. It
took nearly a year, mainly because Davis,
who founded and ran Computer Management
Sciences, was busy taking his company pub-
lic. They finally met at a COLLEGE alumni
Under Hynes, the
in $70 million
reunion at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville and
later for lunch. That's when Davis said he
was considering giving $100,000.
After lunch, as they waited for the valet
to bring their car so they could drive to Cocoa
Beach to meet with USA Today founder Al
Neuharth, Hynes turned to Evans and said,
"This fundraising business is easy."
She still remembers the look Evans gave
her. "As soon as I saw her face," Hynes said,
"I knew I'd just said the dumbest thing Diane
had ever heard, and she was trying to find a
polite way to tell that to a neophyte."
Yet Hynes' fundraising naivete paid off.
After touring Weimer Hall with her in 1996
and seeing its outdated computers, Davis
donated $2.7 million, which garnered a 100
percent state match.
The COLLEGE set up the $5.4 million
Jerry Davis Technology Fund and has been
updating its computers ever since.
"When you invest in something," Davis
said. "you invest in the person who's running
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Davis, who survived stomach and
prostate cancer, was only getting started.
Together with his wife, Judy, who beat
breast cancer, he gave $5 million to UF's
Shands Cancer Center m 1998. The state
matched it, helping to create a $10 million
Today, Davis, who prior to meeting
Hynes kept his Gator involvement mostly to
football, chairs the UF Foundation board and
serves on Shands' board.
Besides a healthy curiosity, several fac-
tors propelled Hynes's fundraising efforts,
including the realization that the COLLEGE
needed private funding to achieve many of its
goals and the sense that few people around
campus expected little from her in this area.
Some of the low expectations stemmed from
her lack of fundraising experience, some
from her predecessor's success Lowenstein
had posted 18 years of steady growth and
some from the fact that she was UF's first
female dean of an academic college, outside
"One high-ranking administrator on cam-
pus said, 'I wonder if those girls [Hynes and
Evans] can do it,'" she recalled.
Hynes had little time to sharpen her
COLLEGE search committees embraced Hynes' vision of
non-compromising, comprehensive standards, noted telecommuni-
cation Prof. Sandra Dickson. "Terry's emphasized hiring faculty
with a national reputation or with the potential to develop a nation-
Under Hynes, faculty members delivered in their scholarship and
in the classroom, noted Department of Journalism Chair William
McKeen. "It's not coincidence that we've had two national teachers
of the year" Associate Prof. Sandra Chance, JM 1975, MAMC
1985 (2005) and Prof. Laurence Alexander, MAMC 1983 (2002).
"Our faculty members in each of the four departments are the
envy of any journalism and communications program," said
Executive Associate Dean John Wright, who becomes interim dean
July 1 (see story, Page 28).
WELCOMING THE ALUMNI. By attending
professional conferences, holding
COLLEGE events around the country, meet-
ing with alumni in their cities and homes,
and inviting alumni to such functions as
the Homecoming brunch, Hynes has kept
the growing legions of graduates involved
in shaping the COLLEGE.
ALEXANDER "She did a good job bringing alums
together," said Del Galloway, PR 1981, MAMC 1983, former presi-
dent and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and
a PR Advisory Council member. "She's certainly reached out to me."
26 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
fundraising tools. UF's It Performance That
Counts capital campaign started its five-year
countdown in 1996. The COLLEGE'S goal: a
scary $13.1 million. So Hynes hit the road,
using the opportunity to get to know alumni
and friends of the COLLEGE.
"I've been in her presence on the 'cam-
paign trail,' and I know the value of having a
dean who is ever-present externally as well as
internally." said Margo Pope, JM 1970,
associate editor of the St Augustine Record.
Sitting at a dinner table with Hynes and
UF alumni during a Performance event in
Jacksonville in the mid-1990s, Pope never
guessed Hynes was new to this.
"She kept us all talking and connected
during the evening," Pope recalled, "as if we
had known each other for ages."
Home to one of the largest Gator Clubs in
the country. Jacksonville proved fertile
ground for Hynes. During the campaign, she
received a call from Allbritnon
Communications officials saying they want-
ed to swap space on the Jacksonville cable
lineup for their Northeast Flonda ABC affili-
ate with the COLLEGE'S WUFT-TV.
Since Northeast Florida never fell under
WUFT's coverage area (another PBS station,
WJCT. is based in downtown Jacksonville),
Hynes agreed to trade signals for the right
price. Let's say, $1 million.
Allbritton officials didn't balk at this fig-
ure. But when Hynes picked up the phone to
finalize the details, she changed her mind.
She decided to bargain for another $200,000.
which would qualify the donation for a 70
percent state match.
"1 love doing deals," she said. "I bought
and sold four homes in California. I lost
money, but I loved the deals."
In the last moment, she hesitated, ask-
ing herself: Is it worth risking $1 million?
But she pushed on, and Allbritton officials
blinked first. They forked over $1.2 million,
helping the COLLEGE set up a $2 million
endowment that supports WUFT and
telecommunication grad students.
The donation also helped the COLLEGE
become the first to surpass its Performance
campaign goal. Halfway through the cam-
paign, the COLLEGE had raised $16 million.
The UF Foundation responded by moving
the finish line to million marker 21.
By campaign's end, the COLLEGE sur-
passed $27 million, more than doubling the
original goal and burying any concerns
about Hynes' fundraising abilities.
"She showed them," said Rebecca
Hoover. PR 1982, the COLLEGE'S director
of Development since 2000, referring to
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She encouraged all four advisory councils to help the COLLEGE
improve, said Margo Pope, JM 1970, a member of the Journalism
"I have appreciated her candor and her understanding of our views
and perceptions," the St. Augustine Record associate editor said.
Being heard is just the first step as far as alumni are concerned;
they want to see their suggestions implemented whenever possible.
For instance, after the council brought up students' lack of lab time,
Pope noted, Hynes extended the hours.
SPOTLIGHTING THE STUDENTS. From supporting the Journalism and
Communications Ambassadors to celebrating student achievements,
Hynes has made sure the students remain the pivotal players in the
COLLEGE'S game plan.
"She was always on the lookout for potential clients for our
Campaigns class," Department of Advertising Chair John
Sutherland said. "We are working with the Cancer Institute as a
result of her effort."
BUILDING PUBLIC RELATIONS. Hynes doubled the department's fac-
ulty to 11 and boosted morale, Prof. Linda Hon, MAMC 1986,
noted. "I never felt like a second-class citizen."
The communication world took notice, Galloway said. "Terry
propelled our program."
She did the same for the other departments, according to faculty
members and administrators.
"While a journalist by trade," Sutherland said, "she had a spot for
advertising in her heart."
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 27
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ohn Wright, who becomes the
COLLEGE'S interim dean July 1,
started his academic career acci-
He went to grad school at the
University of Central Flonda in
Orlando to pursue a career as a
media and go ernment consultant.
Before his professors asked him to
teach, he had never considered taking the aca-
demic track. "I ended up lo\ ing it." he said.
He felt the same about conducting
research. "I thought. 'Wow,. this is what I want
to do."' said Wnght. who would go on to pub-
lish his research in such refereed journals as
Communicanon Law and Polici
After earning his master's from UCF. he
went to Ohio State Uniersity to cam a PhD
He taught telecommunication news. research
and other courses at Purdue University-Fort
Wayne for to years and at the Unilersitr of
Alabama-Birmingham for four. He found a
permanent home at UF m 1982
Wright who co-authored three books.
including Perspectives on R7dio aind
Televison became an administrator b\ acci-
dent, too. When Prof. Emeritus Kurt Kent
stepped down as associate dean for graduate
studies in the early 1990s. several faculty)
members told Wright. "You're the guy."
Wright never imagined becoming an
administrator. He enjoyed teaching too much.
and it showed the COLLEGE named him
Teacher of the Year three times. "I care about
the students." he said.
He agreed to take the position only after
then-Dean Ralph Lowenstein promised he
could teach one course a semester. In 1999.
w hen he became executi e associate dean, he
again wored about having to give up teach-
ing He's been able to teach one course a Near.
He realizes he'll have no time to teach during
his ,ear as interim dean, but he plans to return
to it even if he becomes permanent dean.
The Wright pla:
When Executive Associate
Dean John Wright gets behind
the COLLEGE'S wheel July I. he
plans to slam on the accelerator.
Although he's still formulating
his plan for his interim dean assign-
ment. which is expected to last a
year.Wright says he wants to:
options for "shared governance"
- the increased consultation and
inclusion of faculty in running
the COLLEGE "I will be an enthu-
siastic supporter as the COLLEGE
adapts its shared governance
'CAPTURE A CROWD'
Wnght. who grew up in Greenville, S.C.,
moved to Florida at the age of 13 when his
father bought an AM station m Avon Park, an
hour south of Orlando.
"[Wright] had his own little radio show
when he was only a freshman," said Ken
Dixon, Wrght's best friend since high
school. "It made him even more popular
than he already was."
It also allowed Wright who continued in
radio through grad school to fine-tune his
public speaking skills.
"He can really capture a crowd." said
plan in the coming year."
Wright wants the COLLEGE 10
become a leader in multi-media
education programs. He's been
studying the successful UF
Warrington College of
Business Administration model.
Grow graduate enrollment
"We need to meet as a faculty
and discuss creative ways to
'990 'Teachers of the Year
STHE FAB TWO:
John Wright (right)
was named teacher of
the year in 1990, along
with another Beatles
SOLIDIFYING SCHOLARSHIP. The COLLEGE has metamorphosed in
recent years into a research greenhouse that's well on its way to
becoming a powerhouse. Hynes set higher expectations and tackled
the processes needed to usher in a new culture, Sutherland said. She
engaged the faculty in the "writing of a formal statement of our tenure
and promotion guidelines, enabling us to clearly focus on important
issues and increasing the publication record of the COLLEGE faculty."
She supported allowing new faculty members to focus solely on
research during their first summer, Kaplan noted. "It helps them hit
the ground running on a path of productivity."
CULTIVATING CREATIVITY. Under Hynes, the COLLEGE stretched
its spectrum of scholarship. "Terry understands that a diversity of
ways can produce scholarship," said Hon, the public relations
department's graduate coordinator who conducts "traditional
research" and publishes it in refereed journals.
Assistant Prof. Ted Spiker's creative activities include writing
for such magazines as Men s Health, Outside and Oprah and
co-authoring the bestseller YOU: The Owner Manual.
"Terry respects and supports the creative activities and sees them
as a legitimate track," Spiker said. "Not all programs are like that."
STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE COLLEGE'S PROFESSIONAL
PREPARATION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. Hynes has turned these
often competing entities into the COLLEGE'S one-two punch.
"Both are equally important," Tash said.
After 28 years at the St. Petersburg Times, Tash is in a particular-
ly good position to evaluate the former.
28 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
Dixon. a real estate de% eloper. "He picked
up a lot of his attributes from his father"
They include broadcasting, orator, skills -
"he always had the gift of gab" and
singing. Dixon is unsure where Wrighr'\
propensity to pull off "harmless pranks"
came from or hi,
"He was a nat-
ural athlete." he
said. "He could
catch any football
that came close."
lettered in foot-
DIXON ball. basketball
and rrack. pursued
a dream when he tried out for wide receiver
at Furman Uni\ersrv in South Carolina.
Gro~wng up. he attended nearly e\er
Furman football game with his father. "'
quickly realized I was too small," said
Wright, who weighed 155 pounds "It was
smart to lea\ e."
A GATOR FOR LIFE
In recent Nears. n\right has had chances
to appl. for dean positions around the coun-
try. Dixon said. "He V-as invited to submit
his resume, but he lokes UF and has no
desire to leave."
His appreciation has only intensified
over the decades "John's heart i~ big for
this COLLE(;E," UF Pro\ost Janie Fouke
told the faculty after announcing \right s
interim dean appointment in March
Judging by the prolonged, thunderous
applause that followed the announcement,
the COLLEGE embraces his passion.
"He has all the qualitie- ofa good admin-
is'rator," Dean Tern H)nes said. "He's
bright, competent. hard-working and dedicat-
ed. He has great interpersonal skills. And he
believe helping students learn is job No. 1."
One of the best things to come out of
the announcement, Wright said, has been
hearing from former students. "I've always
kept in touch," he said, "but I've gotten
quite a few e-mails atelN "
night t listens well and will make a
wonderfulu l ambassador" for the COLLEGE,
Hynes said. He'll be able to build on its
strong reputation natonallN. among jour-
nalism and communication professionals and
academics; as well as on campus
"You can't undercut w hat ou hate that's
excellent," Fouke told the faculty during the
\Veimer Hall meeting "You didn't get to
where you are- the pinnacle -accidentall) "
"She assured that students receive strong professional training,"
he said. "A number of alums have gone on to accomplished careers
here at the paper. We always expect good things of them, as soon as
they come in as interns."
Although, as master lecturer, Mike Foley, JM 1970, MAMC
2004, is not expected to conduct research, he believes it contributes to
professionals' practice and to students' learning.
Managing theory, practice and people with diverse talents and
skills poses quite a challenge, said Foley, former Times executive
editor. "A good balance is hard to achieve. I know. I've been in
administration. And I reported to just one boss. Terry has a lot of
people to report to up and down."
SPANNING THE GLOBE. The COLLEGE has added several internation-
al programs, such as the Florida Fly-Ins. In
each of the past six fall semesters, Kaplan
has led a group of journalism, public rela-
tions and multi-media students to a region
in a Latin American country to gather
images and words for an exhibition and an
online magazine. He "cooked up this idea
over coffee at the Reitz Union," he said,
with Prof. Emeritus Kurt Kent.
TASH Joined by McKeen, they expected to
gain little traction when they proposed the course to Hynes. But she
surprised them. "Her eyes lit up and she said, 'Let's see what we can
do,' McKeen recalled. The program soon took off, lifted in its first
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 29
five years by a St. Petersburg Times grant.
SPECIALIZING IN SPECIALIZATIONS. Hynes
tapped into faculty expertise by encouraging
the development of graduate programs such
as science-health communication and politi-
"It's important that topics like global
warming and Intelligent Design aren't over-
simplified in the media," Hynes said.
"They're complicated and need people who
understand them and can communicate them
in a clear way. In addition, we wanted to
work in areas where we could partner with
other major UF strengths."
SEEING THE BIG PICTURE FOR THE
DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE. Meeting Co-
Director Churchill Roberts at an Austin
conference in the mid-1990s, Hynes learned
he was considering moving the institute from
the University of West Florida to the
University of Texas. "I thought, 'Why should
it go to another state?'" she said. "It was the
piece missing from our television curriculum.
We needed a vehicle for teaching long-form
After consulting with then-Department of
Telecommunication Chair Les Smith to see
if his faculty would support the move, Hynes
gained approval from then-UF President
John Lombardi and Provost Betty Capaldi.
"I think John and Betty
ONCE IN A LIFETIME:The COLLEGE'S four
deans Ralph Lowenstein, John Paul Jones Jr.
(seated),Terry Hynes and RaeWeimer got
together in 1994.
30 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
said yes at first partly because they thought it
was a crazy idea, too wild ever to succeed,"
Hynes recalled. "Moving four faculty and an
entire program from one university to anoth-
er is no easy task. But it was a wonderful
team effort. The institute faculty reached out
to their contacts, including some in the state
Legislature; UF reached out to ours, and with
the support of the administration and faculty,
we landed a gem for UF."
Co-director Dickson moved to Weimer
Hall in fall 1996. Roberts, Cindy Hill and
Cara Pilson joined her the following semes-
ter. Their UF-based documentaries Negroes
with Guns, Freedom Never Dies and Angel of
Ahlem, which they plan to finish this year -
have garnered national attention through PBS
broadcasts, industry prizes and New York
Times features. And their students have made
award-winning documentaries and landed
jobs at such companies as Discovery
Channel. "Terry's so enthusiastic," Dickson
said, "that we want to make her proud."
SENDING THE RIGHT SIGNAL ABOUT THE
COLLEGE'S TV AND RADIO STATIONS.
Through her fundraising efforts, Hynes
has amplified the stations' abilities to
deliver quality programming and provide
a sound training ground for students, said
WUFT-TV General Manager Rick
Lehner. "The support for news program-
ming has increased dramatically."
BEING RESOURCEFUL. Hynes has
made sure the faculty and students ben-
efited directly from the philanthropic
funds the COLLEGE has brought in dur-
ing the past 12 years.
"This has allowed us to have
more funding for travel, including
graduate student travel," Wright said,
"[along with] more graduate assist-
antships, more funding for research
summers, and more for information-
It adds up to a productive work environ-
ment, said telecommunication Prof Sylvia
Chan-Olmsted. "So much of your perform-
ance depends on tools. Terry has provided me
the resources to excel."
But not everything Hynes has done has
been well-received. In particular, she's been
criticized for micromanaging the budget (see
story, Page 26) and for failing to communi-
cate better with the faculty.
"She's made decisions that some people
don't agree with," Ostroff said. "That's natu-
ral. But over the years, they accumulate."
A dozen years is a long time for most
deans, he noted. A great deal has changed.
"The COLLEGE is far more complex
today," he said. "It's bigger and that's good
and bad. We have more faculty and a lot more
happening. But it's more difficult for any
dean to manage."
It's difficult to assess Hynes' contribu-
tions at this stage, said former Poynter
Institute President Bob Haiman, JM 1958.
"The true mark of a newspaper editor or
a college dean only becomes fully visible
with some perspective and history," said the
former St. Petersburg Times editor. "It will
take 10 years."
Hynes' Irish immigrant father Michael,
a truck driver who barely finished high
school, read all of Boston's tabloids and
broadsheets every day.
In those ink-stained papers, she found
"all kinds of things for kids contests, puz-
zles, clues about different cities. It was fun
to see if I could figure them out. And it
attracted me to a diversity of content."
Her parents, who grew up 12 miles apart
in the Old Country, met at a dance in Boston
when Michael was engaged to marry another
Irish immigrant. It made no difference, when
he saw Bea, he "was a goner," Hynes said.
Hynes' childhood recollections include
playing and fighting, sometimes using sharp
objects, with her two older brothers. Small
knife scars mark her hands testaments to
her tussles with Frank. But these cuts also
evoke sweet memories, such as Frank letting
go of her bicycle for the first time, saying
assuredly, "Just pedal."
"So much of your performance depends
on tools. Terry has provided me the
resources to excel." -Prof. Sylvia Chan-Olmsted
"It was a simple time," she said. "We
didn't have much money."
The best things in her life including
school were free. In high school, she
befriended three drama students who, with
her addition, became known as the Four
Musketeers. "They opened a whole new
world of thinking for me," she said. "They
would ask interesting questions."
They socialized over sundaes at Howard
Johnson and compared homework answers
on the phone. This was the kind of peer pres-
sure a father could accept.
"He told me to always get the best educa-
tion," Hynes recalled. "He'd say, 'No one can
ever take that away from you.' I can still hear
his voice saying those words."
After earning a bachelor's in English
from Regis College in Weston, Mass., Hynes
kept going and going, like the Energizer
scholar. Studying for a master's in English at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she
thought, "Gee, I'd like to get another degree
and learn about another field."
A doctorate in mass communication from
Wisconsin-Madison in hand, Hynes headed
to the Department of Communications at
California State University, Fullerton.
"I always wanted to go to California," she
said. "I figured I'd stay two years."
She stayed 19, the last four as
chair of the department, which had
grown to serve 3,000 students. She
became so attached to the com-
muter campus of 20,000 students
that she turned down a University of
Southern California job offer after
teaching there for a year as a
She devoted herself
to Cal State. She spent
six hours preparing for
each 50-minute jour-
nalism history or
tion writing class.
"I had no life,"
she said, "but it
paid off." She
steadily took on
service responsibili- 5
Hynes' story time
On July I, Terry Hynes will become expertise
assistant vice president in UFs University among its
Relations Office. She will report to Vice faculty.W(
President Jane Adams, who's been need to b
overseeing government relations, public more effe
relations and marketing since 2004. in getting
Hynes will work with the University message c
Relations staff to develop a strategy to With
"better tell the UF story to major eclectic ar
publications:' said Adams, a former Walt Hynes is a
Disney public affairs executive. Relations,
Under President Bernie Machen, UF Hynes
aims to become a top-10 public university, where to
Some argue UF already is one of the stories th
top public universities many people just mentionin
don't know it yet engineerir
"This is a jewel" Adams said."It's an are store
outstanding university with a broad base of national ai
ties, gaining an insight into other commu- chair of AC
nication fields besides journalism, includ- Committee.
ing advertising, public relations and
telecommunication. And she became SECONDS
involved nationally. She took on leader- In 1994,
ship roles in the Association for Education from become
in Journalism and Mass Communication of Mass C
(AEJMC). And she represented AEJMC Commonwei
on the Accrediting Council on Education Richmond v
in Journalism and Mass Communications from UF.
(ACEJMC). "We only had $100 a A week e
year for travel at Cal State," she Provost And
said, "but since I have no fami- another offi
ly of my own, I decided to in the Cot
invest the extra expense and COMMUNICAT
time in developing my profes- make his deci
sional expertise." She told VCI
In 1990, she ran against Tuesday.
Lowenstein for the AEJMC On Monc
presidency. She lost by he'd let hei
12 votes. The follow- Standard tim
ing year, she took on When nc
another candidate and Tuesday, she;
won. She also filled er finalist and
ACEJMC's highest She called th
academic position, said he was a
vice president. would be una
"She's been a Ten minu
national leader in our "He spen
field for a quarter of a back and fo
century," said Doug [one of the
Anderson, dean of Hynes said.'
Penn State's College of must have b
Communications and stopped to thi
her insight and contacts in an
ray of communication fields,
"great match" for University
Already has a few ideas about
start."The university has many
at need to be told:' she said,
g cancer research and biomedical
ig, among other topics."These
s that have an impact on a
nd international level:'
EJMC's national Accrediting
Hynes was seconds away
ling director of the School
communications at Virginia
alth University (VCU) in
vhen she received the offer
earlier, she had called then-UF
rew Sorensen to say she had
er but was still interested
LEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
IONS position. He said he'd
vision by the following Monday.
J officials she'd let them know
lay, Sorensen called to tell her
r know by 3 p.m. Eastern
e the next day.
oon passed in California on
assumed Sorensen chose anoth-
decided to accept VCU's offer.
e VCU dean, but his secretary
t a meeting across campus and
available until after 5 p.m.
tes later, Sorensen called.
t seven to eight minutes going
rth between Doug Anderson
other two finalists] and me,"
'I remember thinking that this
.een when [Sorensen] finally
ink through his decision."
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 31
Anderson, then-director of Arizona State
University's Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism, had no idea it came down to him
or Hynes. "I was just flattered to be consid-
ered," he said.
In her gut, Hynes felt Sorensen had
"He kept going back and forth," she said,
"and Doug is such a terrific person and pro-
fessional. I thought it was a smart way to let
Sorensen wasn't done thinking out loud.
"When he got to the end, he said, 'So I've
decided ...,' and as soon as he said my name,
I thought, 'Oh, yes, this is it, this is the job,'"
Hynes recalled. "I accepted on the spot,
before I even negotiated a salary."
Sorensen's decision may have caught
some by surprise but not Chance.
"To me, it was a clear choice," said the
executive director of the COLLEGE'S Joseph L.
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information,
who holds a J.D. from UF's Levin College of
Law. "Terry had the experience, the vision
and the commitment to excellence to take us
to the next level."
Hynes delivered on this promise, faculty
members and alumni said.
"Her legacy is that of optimism,"
McKeen said. "She made us believe we can
do whatever we want."
During spring break last year, Dean
Terry Hynes and public relations
Assistant Prof. Juan-Carlos Molleda
traveled to an exotic location
accompanied by machinegun-toting,
The armed escort led their car
from Colombia's Cordova Airport to
the Universidad de Medellin, where
Hynes delivered a presentation about
public relations to 200 people."She
introduced the speech in Spanish:'
Molleda said."We practiced it."
During their five-day stay, Hynes
and Molleda participated in the
celebration of the Medellin College of
Communications' 10th anniversary.
The city, he said, loses its fear factor
"once you're in it."
Dean Luis-Mariano Gonzalez
and Prof. Ana-Maria Suarez
returned the visit last month.They
attended the COLLEGE'S annual student
awards banquet and toured Weimer
DRAWN TO COLOMBIA: Medellin Prof.
Ana-Maria Suarez, Dean Terry Hynes and
a student during spring break 2005.
Hall. Suirez also presented "The
Perceived Communication Needs
of Productive Organizations in
Colombia" to faculty members and
students. Molleda and Assistant Prof.
Belio Martinez translated.
Following the money: CONT. FROM PAGE 27
In Hynes' 12 years, the COLLEGE has
raised through private and corporate con-
tributions, state matches, grants and other
fundraising means nearly $70 million.
"She left a very strong record of
fundraising," Lowenstein said.
SPENDING THE MONEY
After raising a hefty chunk quickly,
Hynes shifted focus to make sure the
COLLEGE invested, managed and spent the
funds in accord with donors' intent, she
said. She became deeply involved in the
budgeting process year-round. This raised
concerns among several faculty and staff
ACEJMC's recent report, which rec-
ommended the COLLEGE's reaccreditation,
cited Hynes' budget micromanagement as
a main reason for finding the COLLEGE
noncompliant on one of nine standards -
Mission, Governance and Administration.
Hynes said she had little choice, for
The COLLEGE went through four busi-
ness managers in five years, forcing her to
stay on top of financial details.
The implementation of a new UF-
wide human-resources system, PeopleSoft,
taxed the staff in recent years and demand-
ed her hands-on involvement.
The Wall Street collapse at the turn of
the century made endowment returns
"If I hadn't been involved in the budg-
et process," Hynes said, "when the stock
market fell, we would have been $70,000
short of the scholarship funding we had
promised to students."
The COLLEGE used to give out endow-
ment returns to students and faculty based
on projected income. Hynes instituted a
system that distributes the funds only after
income posts to the account, eliminating
inaccurate predictions that can cause dis-
"We now earn the money before we
spend it," she said.
This system delayed some payments,
especially in the first few years after
Hynes launched it in 1999, but it also kept
the COLLEGE solvent.
"We did it at just the right time," she
In recent years, Hynes has returned to
fundraising although to a lesser extent
than when she started.
"We've been trying to expand the pool
of donors," she said.
Hoover tries to get her in front of
potential donors as much as possible.
"She's an incredible public speaker,"
Hoover said. "She shares her vision with
alumni in a way that captures their hearts,
spirits and wallets."
32 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
BY RISA POLANSKY
L ike a coach, Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting
Prof. John Marvel gets his students pumped up. He
jumps around, demanding they divulge something that
will "shock us all." He slaps his knees, pumps his fists
and crows with laughter at the fun facts, jovially addressing the
equally enthused students by their last names or nicknames.
Marvel joined UF's journalism faculty for the spring semester
to teach Sports Reporting and In-Depth Reporting after working
the past eight years at ESPN. As vice president/editor-at-large, he
directed investigative and enterprise reporting for ESPN the
Magazine and ESPN.com.
Educated at Boston University and Metropolitan State
College, he spent his early journalism years on the Houston Post,
Arizona Republic, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News sports
staffs. He was a reporter and sports columnist at the Contra Costa
(Calif.) Times and lead sports columnist at the Peninsula Times
"We're trying to give our students more opportunities to do
broadcasting and online work so they can blend, and he certainly
has the experience," said Department of Journalism Chair
William McKeen. "One of our most neglected classes is Sports."
In 2004, Marvel filled a weeklong Hearst visiting professor-
ship at the COLLEGE.
"We've seen him teach here before," McKeen said, "seen how
good he is in the classroom."
"Adrenaline lots of adrenaline," Marvel said of his first day
in the classroom. "I haven't felt that kind of excitement in my
stomach in a long time."
ON THE BALL: Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Prot. John
Marvel teaches Sports Reporting and In-Depth Reporting.
He grinned and gestured wildly as he described the students'
first assignment: to randomly select an index card with a sports-
related topic, anything from football to gymnastics, and either
keep it or attempt to swap it with another student's. A
feature on that topic was due the next week.
"It was a bit scary at first," said Natasha Weinstein, a third-
year journalism student in Sports. "But he's trying to teach us that,
during our time as journalists, our editor could give us a story we
know or care nothing about. It's a valid lesson."
Marvel imparts advice such as 'no' means keep trying,"
punctuating his belief in perseverance with a fist pump.
"If I can share some experiences and shape the vision of what
journalism should be," he said, "and they go into the profession
excited about it and hungry, then I've done my job."
Marvel left ESPN and plans to freelance, write books and
possibly make documentaries. He and his wife, Julie, and 12-year-
old son, James, recently moved from Connecticut to San Francisco
to join Julie's family. Eventually, Marvel hopes to teach.
"This is a great opportunity in the middle of my career," he
said, "to see if this is what I want to do."
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 33
When Hurricane Katrina assaulted the Central Gulf Coast in August, the media
beamed glimpses of an oak-snapping, edifice-gutting monster in action. Then came the
inevitable post-apocalyptic postcards from the cities it ravaged. Nearly a year
removed from the most destructive storm in U.S. history, memories aren't fading easily.
Finding a home in Gainesville
after seeing her share of storms during her decades in
Florida, Loyola University Prof. Sherry Alexander, PhD
1990, prefers not to stick around when a hurricane threat-
ens. Upon hearing news that Katrina was whirling its way toward
New Orleans, she dropped off her cocker spaniel, Casey Jones,
at the vet's and fled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a couple of her
journalist friends whom she'd convinced to evacuate.
"Then the levees broke," said the first graduate of
the COLLEGE'S doctoral program, "and we realized
that we couldn't go home for quite a while."
With the city flooded and residents barred
from returning, Alexander saw nowhere
else to turn but UF. She taught under-
graduate Mass Communication Law -
at the COLLEGE in the early 1990s.
After moving to New Orleans alu
to work at Loyola (largely
because the Jesuit-affiliat- recall I
ed university suited her
religious beliefs), h ic n
she'd stayed in hurricane
touch with se-
veral coll- BYEVAN
including Prof. Emerita Jean Chance, Prof. Sandra Chance, JM
1975, MAJC 1985, and Department of Journalism Chair William
McKeen. Chance offered her a temporary office a "nice warm
place to sit" at the Brechner Center.
FOUND HERWAY BACK:The COLLEGE hosted Loyola Prof.
Sherry Alexander, PhD 1990, after Hurricane Katrina.
She arrived in Gainesville in September and moved in with her
married son, Christopher Davidson, who earned his bachelor's and
master's in computer engineering from UF and teaches creative
computing at the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.
Although evacuees weren't allowed back into the city until
Oct. 5, Alexander sneaked in Sept. 16 to retrieve her dog. The
vet's office was a disheartening sight the building was board-
ed up and appeared to have flooded; she neither saw nor
heard signs of life within.
Her house's windows had blown out and its roof,
which had collapsed, needed to be completely
replaced. Alexander moved back into her "bare-
ly habitable" home on Dec. 30 and got the
rebuilding process under way.
Alexander was back teaching at
Loyola the day it reopened, Jan. 9.
Because the university had lost
about 10 percent of its
employees to firings or
other circumstances, all
required to teach
and a "special 10-week summer semester with an overload again -
only for no pay," she said. Despite these pressures, the media law
professor insists that she's more fortunate than the roughly one-
fifth of her neighbors who've lost their jobs.
Alexander also realized her students suddenly had more press-
ing issues than grades to worry about. "I teach a hard subject, and
I'm one of the few teachers that ends up giving some Fs and Ds,"
she said. "I can tell just talking to the students that I'm going to cut
them a lot more slack. [Those] that do come back are going to need
a lot of counseling and understanding. We're going to have to be
understanding for the next several years."
In November, she received a telephone call from Colorado.
Casey Jones had survived the storm and was living with a young
couple in Aspen. The couple told her that he'd been rescued by boat
when a mysterious party broke into the vet's office and saved the
The animals were shuttled to a rescue shelter in Baton Rouge,
where, Alexander said, "some wealthy people with a plane" flew 10
dogs, including Casey Jones, to Aspen.
34 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
Alexander decided to let the Colorado couple keep her dog.
"These people take him to work with them, he's been on three ski
trips, sleeps in their bed," she said. "He has a whole new life now."
'The human element'
hen the assistant photo editor at The Gainesville Sun
asked her if she'd like to cover Katrina, Tracy Wilcox,
JM 1995, answered yes "without hesitation." The staff
photographer is no stranger to disaster areas, having covered hurri-
canes such as Dennis and war zones such as Kuwait.
"It gets me out there and I meet some amazing people who want
to help," she said. "Unfortunately, I see some sad things, but the
human element is just incredible."
She and her assistant Briana Brough rode out the storm in
Pensacola. Once the heavens calmed, they explored the city's down-
town, which "looked like an ocean." They encountered a storm
chaser from Milton who was wading into the flood. A Palm Beach
Post picture of Wilcox photographing him appeared on the AP wire.
"The winds were still strong at this point," Wilcox said. "I held
onto a big light pole as he climbed up the side of an old theater and
began talking on a cell phone."
Wilcox and Brough headed west through Mississippi to survey
the Gulf Coast. This was the worst disaster she'd ever covered, she
said. Survivors wandered Biloxi's ruined streets "dazed and
covered in mud." One night, as the light began to fade, she snapped
pictures of 30 to 40 people looting a Family Dollar store. The Sun
never ran these photos.
"The people were just too far away," she said. "I
had a 300 millimeter [telephoto lens], and I needed something
[stronger] unless I wanted to get right in the area with the looters.
We didn't feel safe, just two females by ourselves."
Wilcox continued west along U.S. Highway 90, stopping to
document people's struggles. One published picture shows John
Travis and his young family sifting through the debris of their
home. He had just returned from naval service in Iraq in
April. Another photo shows his neighbors taking a break from
cleanup the husband wearily rubbing his forehead and the wife
sitting on the devastated home's front stoop with her head down.
"They lived a couple of blocks away from the ocean, so water
went right through their house," Wilcox said. "They clung to their
refrigerator while the water was going over their heads."
The Sun featured 10 of Wilcox's Katrina photos, which illus-
trate her subjects' predicaments.
"It was hard, but hopefully the pictures touched some people
out there and encouraged them to help or volunteer," she said.
"That's truly what I hope most of my pictures will do."
From Jax to Biloxi
rayson Kamm, TEL 2002, describes himself as the arche-
typal "reporter in the green rain jacket trying to dodge tree
branches." He's covered several major storm systems,
including Hurricane Charlie from Jacksonville in 2004. Getting rocked
by the gale-force winds of Hurricane Jeanne in his news van even
inspired him to pop the big question to his now-wife, Cathy.
"It's thrilling at first, and then you wake up," he said. "You start
thinking about your family." He proposed to Cathy on Florida Field's
50-yard-line during 2004's Gator Growl.
On the Monday Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, Kamm a
reporter for First Coast News, the combined news operation for both
the NBC and ABC affiliates in Jacksonville followed a search-and-
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 35
hen a storm threatens the Florida Keys, Andy
Newman, ADV 1977, stations himself at Miami's
Hurricane Center. He serves as the liaison between
Emergency Management officials and the Monroe
County Tourism Development Council (TDC).
"He's aware [of hurricane threats] sometimes before the
council:' TDC Director Harold Wheeler said.
By participating in phone conferences with elected
officials, electric and water companies and the sheriff's
department Newman helps bring visitors back as soon
Newman said.The coverage of
Hurricane George in 1998 indicated
the Keys' complete destruction, when
only certain areas suffered damage.
A similar situation occurred after
Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Phone lines
fell during the storm, obstructing
communication between southern
Miami and the Keys.An interna-
tional news service reported
as possible and protect Monroe County residents. that Andrew washed away the NWMAN
Nearly 25 years ago, Newman joined his father's Keys, Newman said. It took months to repair the
public relations firm, Stuart Newman Associates, K damage caused by the misinformation.
which specializes in travel and leisure. I "If the tourist development council spends
"His early interest in servicing this client millions to attract people," Newman said,
became a total commitment and easily can A S "[our firm] needs to share the
be termed his passion," said Stuart A -- ES W responsibility for the visitors' safety"
Newman, M 1946. rtiin alum hith the addition of aWeb site
The firm, which specializes in Advertising alum helps last year, the Keys Guide informs
communication with print and keep Florida Keys in tourists' plans tourists of possible threats before
broadcast media for clients y l N R and during their travels.
such as Carnival Cruise Lines "[The system] allows us
and the Stockholm Visitor Board, has served the Keys and Key to work faster and bring tourists back as quickly as possible:'
West Lodging Association for a quarter of a century. said Irene Toner, the Keys' Emergency Management director.
In conjunction with the Keys Emergency Management officials, Newman spent the past year as chair of Florida's public
Newman developed a communication system to alert hotels and relations committee attempting to expand the system into the
other tourist establishments to looming inclement weather. It rest of the state. He also leads workshops and conferences with
provides storm advisories and evacuation updates. hotels and county government officials and attends an annual
He also maintains close contact with the media. meeting with Emergency Management officials every June to
"We visitTV stations and weather channels to cement prepare for the hurricane season.
relationships and hope they understand the Keys are different Newman's two sons are continuing the Gator legacy. Alan
from the rest of Florida:' Newman said."When you are in the Newman is a political science senior and Michael Newman
tourism marketing business, one of the things you continually will join the Gator Nation in July. Newman's wife, Maria
combat is an extremely sensationalistic media:' Newman,ADV 1976, is a middle school teacher in southern
The Keys have suffered from a series of inaccurate reports, Miami-Dade County.
rescue team of Jacksonville firefighters to Pensacola, where they
waited out the storm. He then set out to cover the firefighters' relief
efforts along the central and eastern coasts of Mississippi, whose
sheriff offices lacked the resources to take on rescue duties.
Entering Biloxi, Kamm was astounded by the damage.
"It was on a scale you couldn't believe," he said. "I felt like I
had parachuted into a foreign country where water was scarce and
destruction was everywhere."
Bricks, washing machines and debris lay strewn in every direc-
tion; front steps led to bare, slab foundations where homes used to
rest; there was a Waffle House sign but no restaurant.
"As you got closer to the water, the destruction was just whole-
sale and complete," he said. "I stood next to casino barges that were
on the wrong side of the highway. These things were towering four
stories above [us], their guts all hanging out, slot machines all over
More appalling to Kamm was the paucity of aid Mississippi
survivors were receiving from the state and federal governments.
Thirsty and hungry people got little relief for days, he said, noting
that big agencies such as the Red Cross were kept out for several
days due to safety concerns.
"Not everything was going smoothly and people were suffering
because of it," he said. "The story that needed to be told right then
and there was that people who needed help to survive were not
getting it. I wanted to ask Mississippi officials why their disaster-
response system was essentially nonexistent, but there was nobody
to talk to, nobody available."
Over the course of his four days and 10 news reports in
Mississippi, Kamm documented Jacksonville firemen as they went
door to door in search of survivors; he met a Jacksonville minister
who planned to summon a group of volunteers to help rebuild the
worst-hit churches; he visited a command post set up in a Biloxi
arena that directed search-and-rescue efforts and distributed water.
Kamm said that he was struck by the selflessness of these individ-
uals, and of Katrina's Mississippi survivors.
"People stayed like neighbors and maintained their civility," he
said. "Everybody was sitting around talking to each other. They
weren't sitting in the comer dealing with their own problems. But
the positive stories were hard to find. Bricks and destruction are the
images that will stick with me."
36 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
Once bitten, twice as determined
me right away. Disbelief struck first as the jaws
clenched on my right foot. Instinct took over as
I kicked wildly to break free. Then alarm grew
as I realized I'd failed to escape; the shark sank its jagged
teeth into my foot a second time.
A slimy body slithered between my legs, but I could-
n't see it through the breaking waves and dark water.
Terror surfaced the moment I realized I was tangling with
a shark in waist-deep water just 50 feet from land at
Canaveral National Seashore.
I remember the images: falling
"Your Achilles tendon is completely ruptured," a Bert
Fish Medical Center doctor said.
My heart sank. Ballroom dancing is my passion.
"What does this mean?" I asked.
I cannot recall the doctor's exact words, but that
moment was the greatest relief I've ever known. This
could be fixed, he said. Many people from well-known
athletes such as Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino to
weekend tennis players have snapped their Achilles
"Don't worry," the doctor reassured me, "you'll be
back to dancing next year."
into the waves
as my leg bent
forward in a way
it never had
before, my arms
outstretched in a
for help, scream-
ing as my hus-
me ashore. I
lapsing onto the
The probability of
a shark attack in
Florida is one in
according to UF's
Shark Attack File.
wet beach, my blood pouring onto
the sand and washing out with the next wave, and then star-
ing at my foot mangled and shredded from my ankle to the
bottom of my heel.
In the next moments on that August afternoon, panic
washed away. A soothing calm descended. What, by all
accounts, should have been agonizing pain was a dull
ache no worse than a stomach cramp. Medical experts
say an adrenaline-induced release of endorphins can
account for such a reaction. It has happened to soldiers
who continue fighting without realizing they've
Just as I collapsed on the beach, a nurse returning
unusually late from her daily stroll rushed toward my hus-
band Craig Wickham and me on the nearly deserted
beach. Tecla Lucignani wrapped my foot tightly in my
beach towel, applied pressure and elevated it. She stopped
the bleeding until help arrived. Rescue workers cleaned
the wounds before carrying me off over their shoulders.
Nearly an hour passed between the shark attack and
when I reached the emergency room, yet the pain never
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles
Kollmer took about an hour to sew my
tendon, its sheath, my heel pad and my
skin back together.
Dance has been a part of my life since
I was 5 years old, starting with tap, ballet
and jazz lessons. In recent years, I took up
ballroom dancing, investing more than
100 hours in private lessons and even
more in practice. My focus had mostly
been on improving my skills and social
dancing. My dance partners are my friends.
To me, dancing is the purest form of expression a
passionate display of all of life's emotions. When I dance,
I feel free.
I had always taken care to preserve my feet for danc-
ing. I wore sensible shoes and refused to participate in
such sports as in-line skating lest I be injured. I've done a
few shows with my coach and finally planned to do some
competitions after years of coaxing by him and my
The shark attack put me out of work for several
months as I took paid disability leave from the Orlando
Sentinel. I had planned to write a series about the coasts
and ocean for the paper, where I worked on the special
investigative projects team. It seemed a natural pairing of
my interests and career.
I'd always loved the beach. I had just completed an
ocean-science fellowship at the University of Rhode
Island's graduate School of Oceanography. I was also due
to attend another fellowship at Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. But that
would have to wait.
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 37
Last year, sharks attacked 61 people on a planet of more
than 6 billion. At the national park where I swam, they had
bitten only two other people in the past decade. The probabil-
ity of a shark attack in Florida is one in 11.5 million, accord-
ing to UF's International Shark Attack File. I was more likely
to get struck by lightning.
Beach patrol workers call these bites "nips." Typically,
sharks that attack swimmers and surfers off the east coast of
Central Florida, such as spinner or blacktip sharks, have
mistaken hands or feet for food.
But "nip" is a deceptive term. I was unable to do the
simplest things. As everyone with an injury eventually real-
izes, little things become the biggest obstacles getting food,
taking a shower, washing clothes. Craig and my mother were
saddled with the full-time job of caring for me and taking me
to medical appointments and caring for my elderly, high-
maintenance, 100-pound dog, Frankie.
I kept my foot elevated in a cast for about seven weeks so
the tendon could heal and the skin around it could pull back
together. For some time, putting my leg down to move around
with a walker was too uncomfortable for more than just a few
seconds. I ended up scooting around the house on my behind.
At other times, I rolled around in a wheelchair. I felt
renewed admiration for people with disabilities that would
never heal. I couldn't reach inside the refrigerator, I couldn't fit
into my closet, I couldn't even get close enough to the sink to
wash my hands or brush my teeth. I discovered it's nearly
impossible to smoothly carry a plate of food or a glass of water
in a wheelchair when you need both arms to move the wheels.
The day before my 39th birthday in October, I was fitted
with a strap-on walking boot that kept my leg stable. I looked
like a Star Wars stormtrooper. My injured leg had shrunken to
half its normal size.
Now I had to stand on it. My postoperative doctor
instructed me to add weight gradually over two weeks. So I
leaned on a walker and a cane. I tried marching in place. But
taking a real step was simply too painful. At the end of two
weeks, I sat in my wheelchair at my kitchen table and cried. I
just couldn't do it.
Two days later, my breakthrough arrived: I was walking
around my house in my boot, unassisted.
After another two weeks, I shed my boot for tennis shoes,
started driving and scheduled physical therapy. And I returned
to work slowly at first. At the time, I was a senior reporter on
the paper's special investigative projects team. I combined
working from home with office time for a couple of months,
which helped fit in my three-day-a-week physical therapy.
My therapy focused on stretching and strengthening the
tendon as well as rebuilding my leg and foot muscles. I
walked on a treadmill, balanced on a wooden beam on the
floor, pushed weights with my foot and walked around the
room on my heels and toes. Each time I conquered a task, I
translated it in my mind to dance. Balancing and bending on
my bad foot meant I could do a key move in bolero; a rise up
on my toe meant a return to waltz.
Sometimes, it felt like someone was sticking me with
sharp needles. But I didn't complain. Every exercise, every
extra pound of weight, every scar-reduction massage moved
me one step closer to the dance floor.
HEARING THE MUSIC
It was December when I rejoined my friends at the
holiday dance for our club, USA Dance. I only danced about
10 times a slow night for me. Before the shark attack, I
rarely sat down at the dances I attended once or twice a week.
I used to waltz across the floor in large, graceful strides.
In a swing or hustle, I could snap around in a spin in less than
a second. Now I felt too afraid to spin, and I was off balance.
I knew I needed more time.
By late January with more physical therapy I was in
good shape. I could spin, I could balance, I could waltz.
Yet I was afraid to love dancing as much as I had. As the
beat of the salsa and cha-cha blared, I feared somehow my
foot would betray me. But as the weeks wore on, and the
music played, doubt melted away.
I wanted to make the most of this second chance. I let myself
love the freedom and energy of being on the dance floor more
than ever. I've recovered 100 percent, and I plan to compete.
Yet to close this chapter in my life, I knew I had to return
to the beach.
On a scorching day, I pulled into the national seashore
parking lot. I met Tecla, the nurse who helped save my leg, to
thank her once again.
"Are you ready to go back in the water?" she asked. "I'll
go with you."
We took several steps into the sea. We were almost knee-
deep and some of the bigger waves splashed water up to our
waists. The images of the previous nine months played in my
mind. I knew I wouldn't go farther. Not that day. Not there.
One day, I may return to the water. But for now,
swimming in the ocean is a small thing to give up when I have
received so much. That August day on the beach delivered a
message: Journalism particularly environmental journalism
- is a passion I should follow.
And dance is my gift, something I should continue to
share with others and pursue without reservation.
Although my path is set, I know my route will still be
drawn by my choices to get involved or look away, to take
a risk or stay the course, to sit it out or dance. When you're
given a second chance, the decision is clear.
I'll always choose to dance.
Debbie Salamone is the Orlando Sentinel's assistant city editor
38 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006
Contemplating campus' changes
picking up cellphone- and iPod-plugged
pupils in front of the COLLEGE, I realized just
how much UF has changed. "When I roamed
Weimer's halls as an undergrad," I thought, "did we have
palm-fitting walkie-talkies with global reach, credit card-
sized Walkmans with thousands of tunes, or free, reliable
public transportation? I don't think so."
Until my epiphany, I viewed UF as the Austin Powers of
universities blissfully removed from the current nameless
caving 16-0 to Auburn, and still, we acted like motivational
speakers. Today's fans wear orange and boo: They spit fire
and brimstone when we're up 16-0 and they feel it should be
more like 160-0.
On the other hand, today's basketball fans are much
more intense. Even before our team made its magical 2006
NCAA Tournament run to win its first National
Championship, the students
rooted passionately for Billy
('80s pop), and
decade. The sights (red bricks), sounds
smells (Hare Krishna lunch) have stayed
Suddenly, however, I see nothing but
THE STUDENT BODY. To me, it looks
like Steve Spurrier in Gamecocks garb:
the same, sure, but different. Our students
are more academically astute, ambitious
and accomplished. They're savvier,
wealthier, less politically passionate,
more pop cultured and more conservative
in their opinions, though not in their fash-
ion and lifestyle. They're also more diverse: I see more
women and minorities and hear more accents and languages.
They've practically doubled in numbers since the 1980s,
to nearly 50,000. But on non-football weekends, you would-
n't know it they clear out of town more often than we did,
maybe because a higher percentage of them have cars.
They also pay closer attention to grades. Most of them
received high marks in high school and treat the threat of a
B or, God forbid, a C as a tornado bearing down on their
academic real estate.
THE COLLEGE. It looks the same, and much of what made
it great in the past is still here. But it's greatly improved, in
many ways. For instance, as the cover story (Page 25)
shows, it has managed the tricky feat of boosting its profes-
sionally experienced faculty while growing its scholarship.
It's been responding to the recent transformations in the
fields for which it trains students. The Internet, TiVo and
other technological and cultural developments have been
pushing the buttons of advertising, journalism, public rela-
tions and telecommunication.
GATORS. We never booed our players. Ever. No matter
what. In my sophomore year (1986), probation kept our
football team from capping a 6-5 season with a likely bowl
loss. Nonetheless, we kept on cheering. In 1988, our team
failed to score a point during our Homecoming game,
It wasn't always like that.
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the Miami i
the first time BOAZ DVIR, JM 1988
to the Final
Four, I jumped up and down in the stands
- by myself. My friends and other Gators
looked at me like I needed a jaw-dislocating slap. They
clapped politely as if they just watched a Rachmaninov
recital. But the Rowdy Reptiles, a recent Gators hoops
phenomenon, jump even when we fall behind by 16.
THE CAMPUS. Today, students go to two country-club-
like recreational centers that offer such exercise programs as
Ab Attack and Gator Funk; two gourmet dining halls with
weekend omelet stations, and numerous restaurants that
serve everything from subs to smoothies to sushi; and a
state-of-the-art cultural center.
We had no cultural center, no gyms, and only one on-cam-
pus dining hall the Rathskeller. Its "food" made us nostalgic
for our high school cafeterias and its d6cor encouraged us to
keep our dorm-rooms condemnable. It burned down in a
grease fire in 1987. U2 and R.E.M. did play there, but that
was our only advantage. Otherwise, campus is far superior
today. Students receive free newspapers (The New York
Times, USA Today and The Gainesville Sun), free entertain-
ment (Gator Nights) and free hoops tickets. Although they
have proportionally about the same number of parking
spaces, they do have the abovementioned busy buses.
I could go on about today's students' good fortune, but I
might start sounding bitter. I'm happy for them. Now, if they
could only turn off their iPods and cellphones long enough
to appreciate it.
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2006 39
To me, the
looks like Steve
the same, sure,