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College prepares for re-accreditation


very six years, the COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
COMMUNICATIONS seeks re-accreditation as part of
the normal process required by the agency author-
ized to accredit professional programs in journal-
ism and communications: the
Accrediting Council on Education in
Journalism and Mass Communi-
cations (ACEJMC).
Like similar groups in other pro-
fessional fields such as business, law
and medicine, ACE-
JMC reviews programs


according to national


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I "* standards agreed to by
major journalism and
communications educational and pro-
,N TERRY HYNES .
fessional associations. ACEJMC may
re-accredit a program, deny re-accreditation or place a pro-
gram on provisional status. Provisional status means a pro-
gram has deficiencies, but ACEJMC determined the deficien-
cies can be repaired within two years.
Accreditation represents a kind of "Good Housekeeping
Seal of Approval." There are about 460 journalism and com-
munications programs in U.S. universities. ACEJMC has
accredited only 107 programs, including one in Chile. Our
COLLEGE has been accredited continuously since 1950.
The COLLEGE is currently finishing the second stage of the
four-stage accrediting process: a visit to UF by a six-member
ACEJMC site-visit team that includes educators and practition-
ers. The team writes a report and makes a recommendation to the
national Accrediting Committee (stage three). The committee
reviews team reports from all the programs visited during the
year to be sure standards are applied fairly and equitably and
makes a recommendation to the Accrediting Council, which will
make a decision in May about the COLLEGE'S re-accreditation
(stage four).
Each stage is important. In some ways, however, the first
stage, the self study, is the most important because it requires
us to examine our programs in a systematic way, and it enables
us to reflect on what we're doing and plan for the future.
Beginning in September 2004, a task force of administrators
and other faculty, chaired by Executive Associate Dean John
Wright, gathered information and evidence related to the nine
accreditation standards. By August 2005, a draft of the com-
plete self study was reviewed by the COLLEGE faculty.
What have we learned about ourselves from looking at the


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past six years and how does our performance relate to our pri-
orities and goals? Here are a few highlights:
The COLLEGE continues to maintain a strong balance of
faculty with professional experience and academic expertise.
Despite losing a number of talented and dedicated faculty,
mainly to retirements, the COLLEGE has been able to hire suc-
cessors who will continue our COLLEGE'S strong tradition of
preparing future professionals for the fields of journalism and
communications.
SIn 2004-05, the COLLEGE had 71 full-time faculty mem-
bers, the highest number in our history. Thirty-one
(43.7 percent) were women.
eight The faculty record of research and creative
activities is stronger than ever. As a college within
a major research university, this is an essential
way in which we contribute to UF's goal of becoming one of
the top 10 public universities in the nation.
In fall 2005, of 25 faculty at the rank of professor, 12 (48
percent) are women and two (8 percent) are members of under-
represented groups. Six years ago, the COLLEGE had 20 facul-
ty at the rank of professor. Only three (15 percent) were
women and none were members of underrepresented groups.
In 2005, the COLLEGE has significantly improved its equip-
ment availability for students, including computers, digital
video-editing facilities and digital still cameras. Generous
donors, especially our alumni, made this improvement possible.
During the self-study process, we developed a new way to
survey alumni. This electronic system enables us to survey
them more frequently and systematically about their satisfac-
tion with their educational experience in the COLLEGE. Alumni
responses provide important feedback for improving all our
curricula. Survey results so far indicate alumni are overwhelm-
ingly positive about the quality of instruction and services
offered to students in the COLLEGE and about how well they
were prepared for their careers, not only for the first year but
for several years beyond that.
The self study underscores the value of our franchise in the
University: Our main goal is to prepare future professionals
for fields of journalism and communications, including
preparing scholars/teachers who also will educate future gen-
erations of professionals for these fields. Our goal is to contin-
ue to do that at the highest levels of excellence possible.
We will let you know the outcome of the ACEJMC re-
accreditation process. Meanwhile, we hope you'll continue to
keep us informed about what you value from your education
here and how you are doing in your career.


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frontlines

5 PRSSA chapter hosts national conference
6 Alum's Hurricane Katrina blog widely quoted
7 College's media law PhDs spread their wings
8 Bob Vila celebrates 25 years as TV pioneer
9 General journalism major simplifies options
14 The College's advisory councils join forces
15 Photojournalism program goes digital


coverstory
33 Tott's list
Documentary Institute captures former soldier's
quest to identify survivors in his Holocaust photos
36 Wanted: storytellers
37 Making documentaries 4(
38 Alum maximizes exposure New
for student project Assistant
Prof. Yua

features Zhang

39 Veteran professors retire
40 College hires five faculty members
42 Shooting for conservation
Grad student starts his own non-profit group


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2 hynesight
10 inthreeacts:
jugglingact
classact
toughact to follow
13 cornerstone
16 totheeditor
then&now
17 On The Record:
Alumni Notes
Alumni Awards
Faculty Promotions
Faculty List
Advisory Councils
In Memoriam
Honor Roll Donors
45 alumniangle
47 boknows?



ON THE COVER:
Documentary Institute
Co-Directors Sandra Dickson
and Churchill Roberts are
finishing their ninth project, Angel
ofAhlem. PHOTO BY DAVID ZENTZ


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PERFECT FIT: Master Lecturer Mike Foley, JM 1970, MAMC 2004, receives a customize
from Dean Terry Hynes during the spring commencement.


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school worthwhile, Master Lecturer Mike see what sti
Foley, JM 1970, MAMC 2004, cited excuses."
Literary Journalism, because "I got to read
the books I love," and History of journalism,
"until I realized I lived through the second Chasin
half of it."
The former St Petersburg Times executive Boston C
editor enrolled in the journalism master's Suarez, JM
program three years ago for basically one instructing h
reason: to secure a "license to teach." undisclosed
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the country's best newspapers, gained more Suarez recal
than a piece of paper.This semester, he Suarez f
started using his professional project (in lieu alleged Sout
of a thesis), which features six former Hearst "Whitey" Bi
writing competitors, in his Reporting classes. Wanted wh
He hopes the stories the former Suarez
students submitted to Hearst inspire his hunters "ch
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Ssively since covering the Iraq war in 2002.
Besides training photojournalists in El
Salvador in July, he photographed the riots
in Haiti last year, the tsunami recovery efforts
in Indonesia in January and the Israeli pullout
from Gaza in August.
All this experience has led Suarez to
develop a new philosophy on shooting
dangerous assignments, he said: "No picture
is worth my life."
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Mov(ie)ing up
zed T-shirt At the rate she's going, Erin
Fruchtman, TEL 2003, will soon run a
nts are movie studio. Since she started last year at
perienced BrittAllcroft Productions in Santa Monica,
w they can Calif., she's been promoted twice.
nd have no Ironically, she has no job title. It's no
reflection on her abilities, it's just how Britt
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Alaska Fruchtman said.
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eed a call one of whom is the company's owner,
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film, two children's book series and a
.bt c ,, children's live-action TV show that's being
gAla shot in Florida.
g Alaska."
look for "I never have a normal day," she said.
Jams J. "I feel that this is the best place for me. I
10 Most would never have found such an opportunity
ited there. in a big company."
h bonty This experience has led her to redefine
aid.They her goals: Originally, she set out to become
disappeared a TV producer, now she leans toward feature
disappeared f
films.
ago.
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z, who says
n "mellow- there are only so many channels," she said.
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aent months, u
sure someone can see it."
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ICE MAN: Boston Globe Staff Photographer Essdras Suarez, JM 1993,
recently shot this picture in Russia's far-eastern Chukotka Province.











Miami PR machine

College's PRSSA chapter hosts national conference


BY ALLY TABOADA

he University of Florida Alpha
Chapter of the Public Relations
Student Society of America
(PRSSA) is hosting the organization's annual
national conference Oct. 21-25 at Miami
Beach's Fontainebleau Resort.
"We have a national reputation for being at
the top," said conference coordinator Kara
Czerniak, a public relations senior. "Hosting
the conference gives us a chance to back up
that reputation."
As PRSSA's biggest event, the confer-
ence gives members a chance for profes-
sional development, networking and social
interaction.
"From New York to California, this is the
one big national event that chapters encour-
age their members to attend," said Kathleen
Kelly, chair of the Department of Public
Relations and adviser to the committee.
For the first time in 20 years, the event
will take place in the same hotel as the con-
ference of PRSSA's parent organization, the
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).


"This is a wonderful opportunity for stu-
dents going into our profession to network
with professionals," said Judith T. Phair,
PRSA president and CEO. "They will also
get to attend our general sessions, which pro-
vide a terrific educational experience."
This year's PRSA speakers are media
mogul Ted Turner and Loews Hotels
Chairman and CEO Jonathan M. Tisch. Past
speakers include Donald Trump and Larry
King.
"Hosting a conference of this magni-
tude," Ph.l r .id., ierlinll', p. ',tion i n the host
university as a place that is on the cutting
edge of PR education programs."

HOWTHEY DID IT
Czemiak and her event-planning com-
mittee members, public relations seniors
Daniel de Paz, Reynaldo Delgado and
Susan Medina, won the bid to host the event
during the 2004 conference in New York
City, giving UF the chance to host a second
PRSSA conference in 12 years.
The UF PRSSA chapter hosted the
national conference in 1993 in Orlando for


the organization's 25th anniversary.
"Hosting the PRSSA conference gives
you recognition on a national scale among
your peers and professionals in the public
relations field," said Ryan Wallace, PR
1992, who prepared UF's proposal for the
1993 conference.
Planning the conference allowed
Wallace, production manager at Corporate
Sports Unlimited in Smyrna, Ga., to gain
insight into the skills needed to plan an event
of such magnitude.
"It shows what Florida can do," he said.
Each of the conference's five days is bro-
ken into three sessions on such topics as event
planning, global branding, nonprofit, and
sports public relations. It also features chapter
development; "Cruise the Cosmopolitan City,"
a tour of public relations agencies; and a career
development exhibition that features resume/
portfolio enhancement.
Czeriak has spent at least an hour a
day since November working on the confer-
ence, getting sponsors, ensuring committee
members are keeping up with their tasks,
and planning the Saturday luncheon, which
features a Macy's professional makeover of
four students.
"I can't wait to get down to Miami and
actually see the results of all of the work
we've been doing since last year," Czemiak
said. "My committee and I are ready to put on
the show."
Her team operates under the guidance of
a committee comprised of members of the
COLLEGE'S Public Relations Advisory
Council. Jeanne Olson Mitchell, a
Washington representative for Exxon Mobil
Corp., chairs the committee. She also serves
as the council's vice chair.
Committee members include Edward
Albanesi, PR 1972; Kimberly Krautter;
Debbie Mason, PR 1981; Michael
Neumeier, PR 1992; Mickey G. Nail,
MAMC 1982; and Kim R. Sams, PR 1979.
"We provide mainly advice," Mitchell
said, "and help with specific needs, such as
getting speakers for the different sessions."

TURNING UPTHE HEAT
The committee expects 1,200 to 1,400
students from 150 PRSSA chapters across the
country, including more than 75 UF students.
UF was one of nine founding chapters in 1968,


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Alums hurricane blog


draws national attention


BY KATHARINE MEROLA
As Hurricane Katrina threatened to
blow into her darkened Baton
Rouge apartment, Kaye Trammell,
MAMC 2002, PhD 2004, diligently updat-
ed her blog using a new BlackBerry, which
continued to function through the storm.
"That's when [blogging] became real-
ly a cathartic relief for me," said the
Louisiana State University assistant pro-
fessor of mass communications.
The day before Katrina hit, Trammell
started hurricaneupdate.blogspot.com.
Posting 27 entries
between 2 p.m. and
midnight, she initially
used it to update fam-
ily members but it
soon gained world-
wide readership. USA
Today (Aug. 29) and
TRAMMELL The New York Times
(Aug. 31) mentioned her hurricane blog and
quoted her, and The Washington Post ran her
op-ed piece about blogs (Sept. 3). All three
pieces focused on how journalists and others
used blogs during Katrina.
Trammell, a commissioned public
affairs officer in the Naval Reserve who
spent five years as a journalist in the U.S.
Navy, has lived alone in Baton Rouge since
last year. She couldn't join her husband, UF
Web Administrator Mark Trammell, in


Gainesville in time to sidestep the hurricane
because LSU held classes until the Friday
before the storm.
"During the worst of the storm," her
husband of more than seven years said, "the
blog was really the only contact we had."
The day after the storm hit Louisiana,
Mark wrote in his blog, "I've been gravely
concerned for Kaye's well-being. That is a
severe understatement. Her Hurricane
Katrina blog has kept me somewhat sane."
Aside from
temporarily losing .'. J
power, Kaye
Trammell escaped I -b
Katrina's wrath,
so she has """. .
focused on her '"' -'.,
students and the i i .,. ... -
many evacuees ..
in Baton Rouge.
Three thousand
students from
New Orleans area schools are taking classes at
LSU. Some may have enrolled in Kaye's
visual communication and public relations
classes, although she has no way of knowing
how many.
"I have restructured my semester to be
more understanding to my students," said
Trammell, who earned her bachelor's in
communication from Old Dominion
University in Virginia in 1999. "I am cog-


nizant of the fact that while they might be
okay today, their outlook may deteriorate as
the reality of the situation sinks in later in
the semester.
"As a faculty, we are acutely aware that
our students have lost their homes, some of
them have lost their universities and a lot
of lives here have been touched."
One of the lessons she shares with her
students is the power of blogs.
On the day Katrina hit Baton Rouge,
"I knew that if I were to stop blogging," she
said, "then my family, and huge amount of
readers that I had amassed at that point, would
really freak out about the whole thing, won-
dering if I was okay, and what was going on."
Trammell continues to update her blog
every few days, posting entries about the
relief efforts, other hurricane blogs and her
post-Katrina
.experiences.
She has stud-
'Si ied blogs since
-* she wrote her
dissertation on
..,. the role of poli-
tics in the genre,
and even keeps a
blog about blogs,
"so this is mass
communication?"
(kaye.trammell.com/blog).
"Blogs will never replace how people
get information or the quality of informa-
tion that traditional journalists release,"
she said. "But what blogs did in this case
was allow people to really see from a first-
hand view what was going on with the
people that were being directly impacted at
that moment."


PRSSA: CONT. FROM PAGE 5


and today it is among the largest with 250
members. PRSSA has more than 7,000
members at 227 campuses.
The committee recruited about 30 vol-
unteers from the UF PRSSA chapter and
sent out direct mail and promotional
brochures featuring two events, a dine-
around and interactive panels.
Dine-around participants will have din-
ner at popular Miami restaurants with pub-
lic relations professionals. The interactive


panels will address such topics as starting a
business, salaries and workplace culture.
Kathleen Larey Lewton, senior vice pres-
ident at Waggener Edstrom Bioscience, is the
keynote speaker in the PRSSA conference.
The former PRSA president will discuss her
background in the health-care industry.
"Most students come to hear what the
professionals have to say," Delgado said.
Also lined up to speak are Darren E.
Irby, external communications officer for


the American Red Cross; Scott
Kirkpatrick, senior vice president and
U.S. director of sports marketing for Hill
& Knowlton; and Kelly.
Students will have a chance to mingle
in nightly social activities such as
"Bienvenidos a Miami," "Sizzling Salsa,"
and a "Red Carpet After-Party Social,"
all playing off the conference's "Turn up
the Heat: Blending Voices and Perspec-
tives" theme.


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Legal eagles


The College's media law

PhDs spread their wings

BY LAUREN SIMO
att Bunker, PhD 1993, has pub-
lished two books, co-authored a
widely used textbook and writ-
ten numerous academic articles. The
University of Alabama Reese Phifer
Professor of Journalism credits the
COLLEGE'S doctoral program in media law.
"I remember [graduate coordinator Bill]
Chamberlin telling my class that we
should enjoy our time at I .' says Bunker,
whose recent book received a distinguished
scholarship award in freedom of expres-
sion. "It was hard to see that then because
of all the work; but looking back, the pro-
gram definitely helped me to get my job."
Program graduates hold key positions
around the world. Just to name a few:
Missouri School of Journalism Associate
Prof. Charles Davis, PhD 1995, recently
became the first executive director of the
National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Seung Eun Lee, PhD 2005, landed a
"dream job" with a prominent South Korean
telecommunication firm, SK Telecom
Research Institute, even before earning her
degree in August.
Indiana University Assistant Prof.
Anthony Fargo, PhD 2000, is the third pro-
gram alum to head the law division of the
Association for Education in Journalism and
Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Milagros Rivera Sanchez, PhD 1993,
heads the Department of Journalism at
Singapore University, and Linda Perry, PhD
1993, is building a public relations depart-
ment there.
The COLLEGE'S program, which typical-
ly takes three to four years to complete, is
comparatively young. It accepted its first
student in 1988. It has 16 alumni, most of
whom are professors at such universities as
Indiana, North Carolina and Missouri.
Chamberlin, Joseph L. Brechner
Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication,


STRONG START: Amanda Reid, Phu zu05, an attorney witn Holland & Knignt in Jaclsonvme, says tme
COLLEGE'S doctoral program in media law operates as a "knowledgeable, caring support group"'


and Department of Telecommunication
Chair David Ostroff have advised all the
graduates so far.
"I was brought here [from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
in 1987] to create a doctoral program that
emphasized research and teaching in law,"
says Chamberlin, who also directs the
Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project.
Indeed, the eight classes offered focus
on research and teaching in law. Besides
Chamberlin and Ostroff, professors include
Sandra Chance, JM 1975, MAMC 1985;
Laurence Alexander, MAMC 1983; and
Justin Brown.
The program stands out mainly because
of the integration of additional Levin
College of Law classes, says Susan Ross,
PhD 1995, associate professor of journal-
ism at Washington State University.
"It really made a difference," she says.
"It made it easier to gain access to legal
data."
The program expects students to write a
conference-ready paper every semester, for
every class. It admits one or two out of four
or five applicants each year.
It's a small, tight-knit group, says
Amanda Reid, PhD 2005, an attorney with


Holland & Knight in Jacksonville who is
doing a federal clerkship in the Middle
District of Florida. "Everyone on the team -
the students, the teachers they all were
such a knowledgeable, caring support
group," says Reid, the second graduate of
the recently created joint JD/PhD program
with the College of Law (Irina Dmitrieva,
PhD 2003, was the first).
"It's vital that students have a sense that
they're part of a cohort," Ross says. "I don't
know if every school out there does that,
but I believe that it's what sets the COLLEGE
apart."
Chamberlin, an affiliate professor in the
College of Law, recalls when a student's
house flooded during a hurricane: "We told
her not to stress about it and that we'd make
everything school-related work out. Then at
least two of our students went to her home
to help her manage her two children while
helping to bail out her house."
The program focuses on preparing stu-
dents for success, Chamberlin says.
"We want to make sure that before they
leave here," he says, "students know how to
teach and to produce the kind of research
that will allow them to obtain tenure in any
university in the country."


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Constructing a career

Bob Vila celebrates 25 years as a TV pioneer


BY DANELLE GRISS
With 25 years under his tool-belt,
home-improvement TV pioneer
Bob Vila, JM 1969, shows no
sign of wear or tear.
"Until I'm probably dead and buried, I
will be involved with design and construc-
tion in one way or another," Vila said. "The
fact that we put a lot of it on TV is just icing
on the cake."
Vila spent 10 years hosting "This Old
House," 15 years hosting "Bob Vila's Home
Again" and 15 years as spokesman for Sears'
Craftsman tools. He ushered in a new genre,
said Leigh Seaman, TEL 1989, a TV produc-
er who adapted the British "Trading Spaces"
for American audiences five years ago.
When he started, Vila "really took a risk,
and obviously it paid off," said Seaman, a
member of the Department of Telecommuni-
cation Advisory Council. "He appealed to an
untapped viewer population, and he did so in
a very approachable manner."
A fan of "This Old House," Seaman had
no idea she would end up producing a home-
improvement TV series.
"I watched it as a fan and not as a student
of the genre because it wasn't really a genre
yet," she said. "He started it."
"This Old House" combined old-


world craftsmanship and modern technol-
ogy to pave the way for countless home-
improvement shows. Before its debut in
1979, how-to television focused on cook-
ing, sewing and art, Seaman said. "[Vila]
poured the foundation and the rest of it
was just built on top."

THE ONE AND ONLY
In recent years, Vila has been facing
increasing competition.
"They're not necessarily instructional
anymore," Vila said. "And sometimes I get
a little worried that they are inspiring peo-
ple to do something that they will have lim-
ited success with."
People often ask Seaman if former
"Trading Spaces" heartthrob carpenter Ty
Pennington is the next Bob Vila. He's a
spokesman for Sears and he hosts ABC's
"Extreme Makeover Home Edition."
"There's not going to be another Bob
Vila," Seaman said. "He stands alone, and I'm
glad he's paved the way for the rest of us to
have success."

ALMOST AN ARCHITECT
A Miami native, Vila went to UF to study
architecture, but because he excelled in
English and liked the challenge of reporting


and writing, he enrolled in the COLLEGE as a
news-editing student.
"Even though I have created this career in
TV production and hosting these shows,
which clearly is directly related to my study-
ing journalism, architecture was always my
first love," Vila said.
After earning his bachelor's degree, Vila
spent a couple of years in the Peace Corps and
a couple of years working and traveling in
Europe. He briefly edited German-to-English
translations in southern Germany. With a
knack and a love for languages, Vila learned
German in a few months. As a Cuban-
American, Vila's first language is Spanish.
When he returned to the United States,
Vila attended Boston Architectural Center.
There, he met his wife, Diana Barrett, a profes-
sor at the Harvard Business School. They've
been married for 30 years and have three chil-
dren, one of whom is a real estate developer.
Vila soon opened a remodeling and
design business. The Boston Globe ran a story
about his restoration of a Victorian Italianate
house in Newton Center. Before he knew it,
he received an offer to host the WGBH-pro-
duced show, "This Old House." PBS soon
picked it up. He left a decade later to found
BVTV, the production company that produces
"Bob Vila's Home Again."
He's written 11 books, including Bob
Vila s Complete Guide to Remodeling Your
Home.
"It was just serendipity," Vila said, "that I
ended up in a career that combines communi-
cation and architecture."

























THIS RENOVATED HOUSE: This is the second (and more challenging)
1925 Spanish home Al Diaz,JM 1983, restored with his wife Cindy Seip-Diaz.


'No fear with Vila'

Al Diaz, JM 1983, a photojournalist at The Miami Herald for
22 years, religiously watched Bob Vila, JM 1969, on "This Old
House" in the late 1980s.The do-it-yourself, step-by-step
restoration and construction projects motivated him and his wife
Cindy Seip-Diaz to buy and renovate a shabby 1925 Spanish
mission-style home in Coral Gables in 1987.
With Vila's instruction, Diaz's background in basic carpentry
and a good deal of elbow grease, they transformed the house.
"Most people reserve that kind of enthusiasm for sports
personalities and movie stars:' Diaz said in an e-mail interview.
"Not us. By watching Vila's shows, we were encouraged to choose
the right home in the right neighborhood by renovating our
dream home."
For their next project,
they took on an even bigger
challenge, buying and
renovating another 1925
Spanish mission-style home
that made the first one look
like a Martha Stewart guest
house.
Their second fixer-upper
was "ripe for demolition
and the ugliest house on the
block:' Diaz said."No fear
with Vila on the tube." .
Soon enough, HGTV
noticed the project, which
took seven years to
complete.The cable station
featured the house twice,
first on "Homes of Miami"
and recently on "Generation
Renovation:" A *_=I A .-. ... r


-DANIELLE GRISS


: e ouse w en az
bought it (bottom) and started mnovating.


General journalism


major simplifies


options for students

A general journalism major, available since
2004, has replaced the 30-year-old system of
journalism concentrations.
Previously, undergraduates majored in reporting,
editing, photojournalism, magazine or online media.
Current students were grandfathered in and can
choose to stick with their old majors or switch to the
new one, but newcomers can only follow the new
tracking. Among the COLLEGE'S four departments,
only telecommunication still offers separate focuses -
in news, production and operations.
This may not be a national trend. The journalism
programs at Syracuse University and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for instance, still
offer separate tracks for undergraduate journalism
students.
The strict sequences in UF's old journalism sys-
tem often made it difficult to get through the program
in a timely fashion, due to the high number of stu-
dents seeking the same courses at the same time,
department Chair William McKeen said. "We think
it's a better approach. They're the same classes, but
they're just in a different configuration."
Students must choose a senior-level "capstone
course" from eight options, such as Public Affairs
Reporting, which used to be part of the reporting and
editing tracks.
Senior Jennifer Zei became a reporting major to
"follow [in her] parents' footsteps." When she heard
about the new major, however, she jumped at the
chance to explore a variety of areas in journalism.
The new system reflects the media's evolution,
said Prof. Julie Dodd, who headed the curriculum
committee that recommended the change. It gives stu-
dents the chance to build an "array of skill sets."
Boston Globe Staff Photographer Essdras
Suarez, JM 1993, who focused on photojournalism,
believes the new system will expose students to dif-
ferent ways of communicating.
"After having been out in the world for over a
decade, I tell you that it helps to have a strong journal-
ism background, even as a photographer," he said in an
e-mail, "because in the end, you really are a journalist
who documents with a different tool, your camera."
-KATHARINE MEROLA


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'Uncanny eye for seeing'


Renaissance Man. That's how
Michael Cohen, ADV 1981,
titled the personal ad that
snagged the attention of the woman he
eventually would marry.
"That's exactly who he is," Cohen's
wife Jane Wallace said.
"He's well-rounded, he's j
cultured, he's an artist uggi
and a musician."
Cohen produc-
tion manager for
4 Harrison and Star,
4- a New York
SCity-based
Advertising
agency for
the health-
care indus-
try writes
songs, plays
bass guitar and
sings backup
for Hard
Bargain, a
nine-piece
R&B band
t h a t
recently
released its
second album.
He is also a
freelance artis-
tic photogra-
pher who won
three first-place
prizes at juried
shows in 2004.
As a photog-
rapher, Cohen
seeks to capture
the overlooked
z subtleties of
shadows and
Reflections, or,


as he puts it, "things the light does when
no one's looking."
"I wish I could do that kind of cool stuff
with light and shade," said Peter Fogel,
Steely Dan's official tour photographer who
also books many of Hard Bargain's New
York shows. "I appreciate


ngact


good photo work, because I
know how hard it is to pull


Cohen's series of photos include the
Henry Hudson Bridge; Venice, Italy; and a
good number of street puddles. "Of course
I'm biased," Wallace said, "but he has an
uncanny eye for seeing things that other
people would just walk by and miss."
New Yorkers walking by the Citibank
building in Manhattan in December likely
caught a glimpse of Cohen's 21-inch-by-25-
inch framed prints hanging in the windows.
Cohen received his first camera at age
12, and at 16, exhibited his work at the
Sarasota Art Association. He started in
music as a teenager. After picking up the
bass guitar at age 14, he founded and joined
bands in Gainesville, Atlanta, Stamford
(Conn.), and New York, plucking the low
notes of rock, jazz, jump blues and R&B.
"There's nothing like the feeling you get
when you hear your own song on the radio,"
he said, grinning. College radio stations such
as Orlando's WUCF and New Jersey's
WFDU occasionally play Hard Bargain's
material, including Cohen's "More Blues
Than I Can Use."
"When they started out five years ago,
they sounded like amateurs," Fogel said.
"They just kept getting better, and now
they're a really good band that always draws
a decent crowd."
Cohen started his studies at Rollins
College in Winter Park as an art student.
He transferred to UF to study under
photographer Jerry N. Uelsmann, but
he never took photography; the lure of


CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
IN THE AIR: Michael Cohen,ADV 1981, dabbles in advertising,
art photography and music. He also plays bass for an R&B band.


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JOU 4301 Literary Journalism
Prof. William McKeen


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RIGHT BEHIND HIM: Frank Ovaitt follows jack Felton as head of the Institute for Public Relations.


Success, simplified


When Jack Felton retired as
president and CEO of the
Institute for Public Relations
in December, he left little doubt about
how to measure success.
One of the highlights of
his 10 years at the institute, toug
which is based in the
COLLEGE, was helping to
found the Commission for
Public Relations Measurement and
Evaluation in the 1990s.
The commission, which studies the
effectiveness of public relations in its dif-
ferent fields, "strengthens our voice and
adds to the credibility in the industry,"
said former Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) President and CEO Del
Galloway, PR 1981, MAMC 1983. "It
put the institute in a leadership position."
Felton is also proud of boosting the
board from 12 members to 32 members at
the 49-year-old institute, which is dedicat-
ed to exploring the "science beneath the
art of public relations."
Felton passed the baton to Frank
Ovaitt, who served on the board for nearly a
decade, including several years as co-chair.


"What's intimidating is all this sense
of what we could be," Ovaitt said, noting
that as a result of his 20-year friendship
with Felton he "wants to make Jack very
proud of everything we do."


h act
to follow


They met in New
York at an AT&T
program on interna-
tional public rela-
tions. At the time,


Felton served as vice president of corpo-
rate communication for the international
spice company McCormick, and Ovaitt
served as public relations vice president-
international for AT&T.
Ovaitt's experience in the global
arena helps him develop one of his first
projects as the institute's president and
CEO: the new Commission on
International Public Relations. He works
with Assistant Prof. Juan-Carlos
Molleda to blaze a trail in a largely unex-
plored territory.
"We want to go beyond anecdotal
knowledge and 'war stories' as the pri-
mary way that people learn about interna-
tional public relations," Ovaitt said. "We
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jugglingact CONT. FROM PAGE 10


advertising brought him to the COLLEGE.
"Advertising appealed to me because
it's so multi-faceted," he said. "It's visual,
it's musical, there are words involved and
there's business involved."
After tackling those challenges at
Hirschhorn-Portnoy, a now-defunct three-
man ad agency in New Haven, Cohen
moved to Stamford in 1982 to work for
Dress Barn, where he again pooled his tal-
ents as director of sales promotions. He
managed retail sales, worked with photog-


raphers and used his musical expertise to
produce jingles for ads.
A job offer from advertising firm Draft
Co. took him to New York. He handled
direct mail and print advertising for Draft
clients Verizon and Compaq Computers as
senior production manager until 2004.
Draft lost Compaq that year when the com-
puter maker merged with Hewlett-Packard.
Cohen freelanced as an ad producer to
pharmaceutical companies for several
months before landing at Harrison and Star.


"I'm sure my employers know that if I
could make a good living from the other
pursuits, I'd leave," he said. "I would give
up advertising if I got a huge record deal
and distribution from a major label, or if I
was selling hundreds of dollars worth of
pictures weekly!
"But I am thankful to have a good job in
the ad biz. And I do owe a lot to my UF edu-
cation, as well as my 'on-the-job' training
over the years."
-EIMERIC REIG


toughact CONT. FROM PAGE I I


want to look at a set of factors to create a
predictive model. We want to see what
works, country by country."
Ovaitt started another global proli-
ect for the institute as a board member
in 2003, working with academics to
put together the International Ilde\ of
Bribery for News Coverage
"We looked at factors for -.%here this
practice [bribery] is likely to occur
around the world," he said
"Our intent was to put a spot-
light on the practice and to
help stamp it out in all
forms."
As much as Ovaitt
works to branch out, he
also continues to focus the
institute on a particular
element of its core mis-
sion: bridging the gap
between academia and the
profession.
GLOBAL GOAL: One of Frank
Ovaitt's objectives is to expand
the Institute of Public Relations'
international reach.


"We've long been the only inde-
pendent [public relations]
foundation that brings edu-
catinl and practice togeth-
er." he said "We do that
bh Building and docu-
menting research-based
kno, ledge mI the field,
and Ilheil mainstreaming
that into the
profession."
Ovaitt
brings a
different
flavor to
the job
than
Felton,
said
Michelle
Hinson,
the insti-
tute's direc-
tor of devel-
opment.


"Jack is cabs and caviar," she said,
"Frank is take the subway and eat there
too."
Kathleen Kelly, chair of the
Department of Public Relations and a
member of the institute's board of
trustees, believes their differences are
only on the surface.
"When you get to know them better,"
she said, "Frank is just as debonair and
exuberant as Jack, and Jack is just as
introspective and vision-driven as Frank."
Ovaitt knows he needs to extend the
institute's reach. Its strategic plan, updat-
ed soon after he filled the position, states
that every serious public relations profes-
sional and professor should know what
the institute is, what it does and why it's
important.
This gives Ovaitt a way to measure his
success.
"I'll say the institute is very success-
ful," he said, "if that is a true statement at
the time I leave this job."
-KATIE EVANS


CORRECTIONS


* The spring issue misstated two of the shows Paul Lewis,
TEL 1991, oversees. The Nickelodeon live-action
executive supervises "Just For Kicks." "Romeo!" and
other programs.


* The spring issue misstated the title ofMargo Pope, JM
1970, during 2004's Hurricane Frances. She was acting
newsroom manager at the St Augustine Record. She has
been the newspaper's associate editor since 2001.


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BY DEAN EMERITUS RALPH LOWENSTEIN


M an, alumni remember the
old Washington hand press.
harking back to the Colonial
era. which stood in a hallway
of the stadium when the
COLLEGE was located there, and since 1980
in the second-floor lobby of Weimer Hall.
I thought we should also have a Linotype,
to preserve the period when it dominated the
back-shops of newspaper, magazine and
book pubhshers.
In 1984. Bill Ebersole. JM1 1949.
NIAMC 1957, publisher of The Gainesville
Sun. agreed to give the College the Sun's
last Linotype, which the paper kept in stor-
age since it could not bear to part with a
machine that was the last of an era.
Weighing almost rto ions, the Linotype
could ha\e crashed through an un-rein-
forced ceiling to the floor beneath, so we
found a spot in the first-floor lobby that had
nothing but solid ground underneath.
For about 100 years prior to the 1970s.
reporters and editors from the high school
newspaper to the largest metropolitan daily
had memories that included the clatter of
Linotypes as printers translated newsroom


copy
into
lines of
solid
lead. We e
all had the thrill ofcarry-
Ing home our first byline
in the reverse lettering of a
line of type. or of becoming the bun of the
Linotype operators' perennial joke hand-
ing a ne\w reporter a line of hot trpe and
watching the greenhorn gasp in pained
surprise.
To all this we owed the genius of Ottmar
Mergenthaler, a German-born machinist liv-
ing in Baltimore who revolutionized newspa-
per, magazine and book production m 1884
with his intention of the Linortpe. Instead of
picking letters by hand, one at a time, from
"job cases," the printer could now sit at
something that looked like a typewriter, set
up copper matrices in what would eventually
become a printed line and allow molten lead
to flow into the form, producing a "line o'
type." Printers placed the leaden lines in
forms and they eventually became the
columns of type in flatbed or rotary presses.


a NMergenthaler's invention
tripled or quadrupled the
hourly production of a printer.
It was the most significant change in printing
since Gutenberg miented moveable type m
the 15th century. "Cold type" processes prom-
ised even greater speed with fewer printing
personnel, and by the 1970s all publishing
media were junking their dinosaur Linotypes.
But I didn't want our students to completely
forget the machine that in its day had so com-
pletely delivered printing into the modem age.
As the Sun heavy-duty forklift set the
old beauty into its final resting place in the
Weimer Hall lobby, two students came
through the door from the second-floor
stairway. When they spotted the Linotype.
one said, "What do you think that thing is?
Maybe it's an old printing press."
At that moment, I realized that not
only was the Linotype the last of an era in
publishing, but so was 1


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Formidable foursome

The College's advisory councils join forces


BY EVAN STARKMAN
he advisory councils, which work
with the COLLEGE'S four departments,
recently held a second joint meeting.
The councils are autonomous boards of
professionals who help faculty and students
enhance the COLLEGE'S education and pres-
tige. They meet semi-annually.
Telecommunication Advisory Council
Chair Gary Corbitt had grown discontent
watching potential synergy among the coun-
cils go untapped. So the Jacksonville-based
research director for Post Newsweek Stations
spearheaded the joint meetings.
The advisory council chairs plan to hold
conference calls later this year. But given the
council members' diverse priorities and liv-
ing arrangements, fully attended joint-meet-
ings will take place once a year, said
Advertising Advisory Council Chair
Claudette Stroble.
The president of the Orlando Conference
Management Group describes the spring
meeting as "very preliminary" but enlighten-
ing. Prior to mingling with the other council


members, she had little idea how often
students crossed over into different commu-
nication disciplines.
"Now I can call Gary if I've got a student
question in his area that I wouldn't otherwise
be able to address," said Stroble, who earned
her bachelor's degree in communication arts
from Pace University in New York. "This has
always been about knowing the right people
and getting things done."
Joining forces isn't new for the councils,
noted Public Relations Advisory Council
member Edward Albanesi, PR 1972, editor
of FloridAgriculture magazine.
A couple of years ago, when a former UF
president touted a strategic plan that "pretty
much ignored the COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM
AND COMMUNICATIONS," Albanesi said, the
councils worked with Dean Terry Hynes to
speak out in Tigert Hall.
"Some changes were made to that strate-
gic plan because of that," he said.
Joint subcommittees which usually con-
sist of a member of each advisory council and
a student in each discipline are particularly


effective at advancing specific agendas, said
Advertising Council member Phil Schwartz,
who retired from the advertising firm Turkel,
Schwartz & Partners in Miami.
"They bring meaning-
ful change, and fairly
quickly too," said
Schwartz, who earned
his bachelor's in busi-
ness administration
and an MBA from UF
CORBITT in 1969 and 1972,
respectively. "[Change] often takes longer
with bureaucracies at a large university."
Meanwhile, Corbitt, who earned his bach-
elor's in marketing in 1973 from Howard
University in Washington, continually strives
to spend more quality time with students. He's
worked to create more career workshops and
one-on-one advising sessions. The 30-year
broadcast-research veteran gravitated toward
UF in the mid-1980s, taking on interns and
speaking to research and management classes.
Since then, he's lent his expertise to several
schools in the region, but remains especially
loyal to the Gator cause.
"The more alumni and friends of the
school put our heads together," Corbitt said,
"the better we can use our expertise to devel-
op the COLLEGE."


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Rebel with


a cause

Photojournalism

professor picks

Canon digital

BY EMILY JOURDAN
Using a grant from the COLLEGE
made possible by alumni dona-
tions, Associate Prof. John
Freeman presented 40 sleek new Canon
Digital Rebels to his spring Introduction to
Photojournalism students.
During his fall 2004 sabbatical, Freeman
researched the best camera for the program,
picking the 6.3 mega-pixel Rebel with its 18-
55 mm zoom lens. Spending $35,700, he also
bought camera bags and memory cards, the
"film" in digital cameras.
Digital cameras help students focus more
on content than technique, he said. He can
demand better work, faster.
"I used to always harp about not bringing
excuses to class," Freeman said. "We run the
class like a newspaper and you can't publish
excuses. With digital, you shouldn't have any
because you have instant feedback."
When Freeman joined the faculty in 1991,
he aimed to "champion change," he said. At
that point, newspapers mostly scanned slide
film. So out of the darkroom and into the
computer lab he went. The COLLEGE disas-
sembled one of its two darkrooms, keeping
the smaller one, which houses five enlargers.
No longer part of the curriculum, the
small darkroom is there "just in case," he said.
Although students periodically express inter-
est, they rarely use it. Chemicals, jugs and
paper are on a self-supply basis.
Digital is what the business uses, so that's
what students should focus on, said Orlando
Sentinel Photo Editor Tom Burton, JM 1982.
"We, in the last five years, have not hired a
photographer or an intern who did not have
digital experience. It wasn't by design but it
seems that all the best programs are working


FREE AT LAST:Associate Prof.John Freeman says the COLLEGE made the right decision trading in dark-
room education for an all-digital approach.


that way."
Burton believes students interested in
learning darkroom techniques should find an
outside source.
Hilda Perez, JM 1984, an Orlando
Sentinel photographer and picture editor, par-
ticipated in the digital revolution covering the
war in Iraq. "Transmitting from a desert in
sandstorms, I don't know how I could have
done that otherwise," she said. "Film had to
be air-flown before, but now you can cover
things on the spot."
N.ciiliele'.. Perez believes the
COLLEGE should use the darkroom, which she
considers an "L'piclceicr of creativity." She
sees psychological, philosophical and spiritu-
al aspects to it.
"You learn new things and can bounce
ideas off of each other," she said. "Digital
people are not in the office, so we've lost the
personal aspect and dialogue of photography."
Darkrooms bred camaraderie and taught
techniques in contrast and lighting, said Perez,
a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
"Darkroom procedures are the foundation of a
lot of what we do. It all intertwines."
Even couples disagree on this topic. Gene
Page, JM 1989, who once taught the
COLLEGE'S Survey of Photojoumalism as an
adjunct lecturer, is less than thrilled with the
lack of darkroom technique in the program
and with digital cameras in general. His wife
Kim Bauldree, MAMC 2003, who is teach-
ing the course this semester, argues that the
darkroom can be frustrating for beginners and


is no longer needed: Photography should be
more about the moment than anything else.
"Printmaking is counterproductive," said
Bauldree, a documentary maker. "It's liberat-
ing not to have to worry about the darkroom."
"To me, the darkroom equals photogra-
phy and vice versa," said Page, a still-photog-
rapher on movie sets.
Page, whose father owned the Bradenton
Herald, published his first picture at the age of
10. He acknowledges the industry's demand
for digital but still believes it is the COLLEGE'S
job to supply the foundation of information,
even if it's outdated.
"Not teaching darkroom is like having
someone go from crawling to riding a bicycle.
You're leaving out an important process," he
said. "Regardless of what papers do and don't
do, I can't imagine someone being a photog-
rapher and not knowing darkroom tech-
niques."
Yet Cassie King, JM 2005, felt relieved
when she discovered she wouldn't have to
learn darkroom techniques in Freeman's
Introduction to Photojournalism. "I was
happy," she said. "Digital is much easier, you
don't have to think so much about what
you're doing."
Freeman answers challenges to his meth-
ods with a question, "Why teach an unneces-
sary skill?"
"We only have so much time to teach stu-
dents the practices of photojournalism," he
said, "so we dedicate it to the current stan-
dards and look forward to the future."


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I always look forward to receiving the
communigator and the spring issue more
so than most. It's amazing to read of the
fellow alums reaching their pinnacles. I'm
definitely looking forward to tracking down
and e-mailing one person featured, as we
were good friends in school.
Though I really liked the cover story
["Show, don't tell"] by Boaz Dvir [JM
1988], a name I definitely recall from
school days, I disagree about "you can't
learn this stuff in school."
My Student Government Productions
(SGP) experience translated perfectly to
concert and film production. I stage a vari-
ety of film and TV projects as well as handle
logistical coordination. I find myself in
unique places at various times: coordinating
a concert on top of aircraft carrier USS
Harry S.Truman during fleet week, handling
the Rolling Stones backstage "scene," which
would be the best way to describe it, and
stage-managing the presidential debate in
Miami.All this deeply anchored to my SGP
experience.
Very important: I strongly urge Dean
Terry Hynes to add to the current
curriculum classes in support of film
production. It's imperative to develop
current and future students to an easily
achievable higher level.


It's a natural progression to go from
teaching story, structure and technical
operations (including camera and editing)
for journalistic broadcast to adding lighting,
theory and long-form scriptwriting. It's
frustrating to congratulate people for their
acceptance into a school in Tallahassee that
has quickly achieved a solid program in this
paradigm.
This particular area is one with such a
huge magnitude of influence in so many
dimensions that I can't emphasize enough
how important it is for the J-school to step
up to the next level.
-Andrew Nathanson, PR 1989
Miami

I just received my first communigator in
the mail.Apparently, I have been hiding
successfully from my old journalism school
since 1964. But, you found me, somehow.
Opening the pages, I saw "Alumni recall
'unparalleled' professor." I was crushed to
find out that Prof. Buddy Davis UM 1948,
MAMC 1952] had passed away.
Looking back over my advertising,
public relations, marketing and management
careers, there have been only three
educators who had such an impact on me
as Buddy Davis. In a year and a half, he set
high, commonsense standards in my soul


that guided me over my careers. He
opened my mind to think, to challenge the
norm and stick to my beliefs but remain
adaptable to the truth.
At 19, I was a raw, high-hormone,
under-educated redneck and not overly
motivated football player who for some
strange reason wandered into the
Department of Journalism.The school was
located in the stadium. It was close to the
Athletic Department, and I heard the lower
level of journalism courses were easy.To
show you how misguided I was, my guid-
ance counselor told me I should be an
engineer.
I met Buddy Davis in my first journalism
class.The man, after finding out I was a
"pampered jock," moved me to the front,
right in front of his podium, and dared me
to not pay attention. His infamous red pen
destroyed my writing. He made me defend
my immature positions.And to think!
I went on to play pro football, publish a
magazine, become marketing director of a
couple of bank-holding companies and
eventually run one as a CEO. In semi-
retirement now, my golf handicap is too
low. My mind needs the challenge of
someone like Buddy Davis.
-Russ Brown, TEL 1964
Sacramento, Calif.


then&now


bliIltgidit First (unofficial) SEC Championship (1984)
Purple Porpoise
SEC Championship
Miami. Georgia
R R: '. Die-hard
Purple Porpoise
Bowl game, when off probation

1980s coach Galen Hall with quarterback Kerwin Bell.
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NOW
Beating FSU in Tallahassee (2004)
Barbecues on and around University Avenge
National Championship
Florida State.Tennessee
Tough crowd
Parties
BCS game, when meeting expectations
New coach Urban Meyer alm to Instill a new iiaude.


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alumninotes



1950s

Richard S."Dick" Westbury, ADV 1958, worked
for Northeast Florida Educational Consortium until
May, when he retired for the second time. He sold his
ad agency,Webb-Westbury, in 1998.

1960s

Robert C.Vail, ADV 1960, retired from the U.S.
JNavy with the rank of commander in 1980. He was
economic developer for Marlboro County, S.C., until
his retirement in 2004.

Bernard Metzger, ADV 1967, retired in 2004.
He worked in advertising for the Courier-Hemld in
Washington, the Record Searchlight in California,
Washington State University and Newhouse
Newspapers in Michigan. He lives in Vancouver,Wash.
moustique_3@yahoo.com

1970s

Stanford Blake,ADV 1970, is chairman of the
Florida Conference of Circuit Judges for the 2005-
2006 term. He has been a circuit judge in the criminal
division for Miami-Dade County since 1995. He is the
county's administrative judge and oversees 24 criminal
divisions.

Lauren Genkinger, ADV 1971, is owner and
CEO of TG Madison Advertising in Atanta.
Igenkinger@tgmadison.com

John Mallow, ADV 1972, owns a business of
promotional advertising products specializing in
the marine industry and resorts.
impressionsfl@bellsouth.net

Enrique J. P6rez, ADV 1972, is marketing
director of Linda International Publishing. It publishes
Caso & Estilo Intemacional, a Spanish-language home
design and upscale lifestyle magazine.
ejperez@casayestilo.com

CarlaTucker Frey, ADV 1974, has been a rural
carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Umatilla. She
has worked for USPS for 10 years.Also, she and
her father own Stained Reputation, which does
residential and commercial stained glass. She does
the pattern design and consultation, and designs
and paints custom wallpaper, faux wall finishes
and faux furniture.
gatorgal 1974@yahoo.com

Andrew F. Caldwell Jr., ADV 1975, is director of
sales and marketing for Ocala magazine. He previously
worked in advertising management with The New York
Times Regional Newspaper Group for 23 years.
andy@ocalamagazine.com


Sarat Dayal, ADV 1975, is president of Dayal &
Associates, an ad agency, and president of Aunt D's
Child Care Centers, a growing chain of preschools. He
and wife Mohini have a 13-year-old daughter.Anita.
They live in a Fort Lauderdale suburb.
advertising@dayal.com

Merilyn Mehornay Schenck,ADV 1975, is owner
of MS Organizing. msuzanne2003@hotmail.com

Linda Kay Johnson,ADV 1976, has been in sales
for Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles since 1985. She
also collects and sells vintage bridal dresses and
collectibles on herWeb site.
kayjohnsonrealtor@msn.com

Stacy Joel Safion,ADV 1977, is an attorney
specializing in consumers' rights and business
litigation. His law practice is in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Stuart Shlossman, ADV 1978, is senior vice
president of client service for Madison Road
Entertainment sshlossman@madisonroad.com

Lori L. Hays, ADV 1979, is manager of marketing
programs at WellPoint. a health-benefits company.
She works for the business unit dedicated to
Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance
Programs and other publicly funded health programs
providing coverage for people with low income.
Ihayswrites@earthlink.net

John L Pearson, ADV 1979, is working on his
master's degree in divinity studies at Concordia
Seminary in St Louis. pearsonj@csl.edu

1980s

Ken Deptula, ADV 1980, is financial services super-
visor for The Vanguard Group. He has been a retired
Air Force officer since 1998.
kebrde@quickconnect.net

Jan Friedman Calder, ADV 1981. owns Calder
Graphics. She received her master's degree in exer-
cise science and health promotion from Florida
Atlantic University in 2003. She is professor of
health and wellness at Broward Community College
and is an exercise physiologist at Holy Cross
Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. She has two sons,
Daniel, 17, and Kyle, 15. calderjan@hotmail.com

Mary Jane (Anderson) Hiestand, ADV 1982,
is a loan officer with Summit Mortgage. She was
inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.
She and husband Jeff reside in Naples.
mjahpar72@earthlinknet

Jane (Musso) Harrison, ADV 1983, is owner and
creative director of RIGHT, an Orlando-based
advertising and design firm. She has won numerous
creative awards. She has two kids,Aron, 17, and
Adrienne, 15. jane@rightcreative.com


Amy Evans Bingham, ADV 1985, is vice president
of small to mid-size business sales for Spherion Corp.
She has been married to Lee for 12 years, and they
have two kids, Brett, 9, and Brooke, 4. They live in
Orlando. binghams@cfl.rr.com

Michael W. Dahmer, ADV 1985, is president of
RetailWorks Real Estate, an Atlanta-based company
that is active in leasing lifestyle and tourism-themed
shopping centers. He is pursuing post-doctorate stud-
ies in tourism and real estate at Clemson University.
He is married, has three young children and resides in
Atlanta. michael@retailworksusa.com

Chris Hyers, ADV 1985, is vice president of
business development for Covenant Health
System in northeast Iowa. Last year, he helped
lead a medical mission team to the Dominican
Republic that performed nearly 100 hernia surgeries
on the rural poor in four days and delivered school
supplies to Haitian refugees. He received his
MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He was named "Most Distinguished Student" by the
faculty and his peers. HyersRGators@aol.com

Lori Midanek Haydu, ADV 1986, is client
director for JWT Employment Communications.
She works for a division of JWT, overseeing employ-
ment communications and recruitment advertising
for several major accounts. She and husband Robert
Haydu, ADV 1986, have a son,Jeffrey, 8, and a
daughter, Samantha, 4. lori.haydu@jwt-com

Steve Levin, ADV 1987, is vice president of
marketing of the National Institutes of Health Federal
Credit Union. He lives in Rockville, Md., with his wife
Gayle and their daughter Amanda. slevin@nihfcu.org

Mary C. Peters, ADV 1987, is meeting planner for
Meeting Strategies Worldwide. mcpuf87@earthlink.net

Daniel Edwards, ADV 1988, is Mid-States sales
manager for Scholastic Library Publishing. He repre-
sents Scholastic, Franklin Watts, Children's Press and
Grolier Publishing Houses. gators I1 @verizon.net

Jennifer Magrath-Singer, ADV 1988, is language
arts teacher in Palm Beach County. She is publisher
and editor of her school's newsletter. She received her
MA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and
is working on her National Teaching Certification. She
and husband Jay have a 2-year-old son, Joseph.
JMagr97560@aol.com

Juan C. Barrera, ADV 1989, is Miami International
vice-chairman for the Association of Professional Flight
Attendants. He sold his Pilates and fitness studio in
Boynton Beach to concentrate on serving as a labor
advocate for American Airlines flight attendants.
fitgator@netscape.net

Ruth Pack-Adler,ADV 1989, is a stay-at-home
mom to Andrew, 8, and Hannah, 5. She and her
husband live in Bexley, Ohio. buddyadler@aol.com


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1990s

Laurie Clemens Marks, ADV 1991, is vice
president and co-owner of MX2 Corporation
Branding Agency with husband Jason Marks.The
agency specializes in cartography, branding and public
relations, and real estate.

Gregory Schuckman,ADV 1991, is assistant vice
president for university relations and director of
federal relations and research advancement for the
University of Central Florida in Orlando. He was
named adjunct research fellow with the Potomac
Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington,Va. He was
appointed to the Northern Virginia Community
College Board and served on its executive committee.
He was also appointed to serve on the executive
committee of the National Association of State
Universities and Land-Grant College's Council on
University Relations and Development.
gschuckman@cox.net

Michael Bruccoliere, ADV 1992, is director
of media operations forVertis Media.
mbruccoliere@vertisinc.com

KathyValladares, ADV 1992, is senior broadcast
designer for Beantown Productions in Los Angeles.
She designs and animates broadcast graphics for ads
for TV shows such as "The Simpsons" and "King of the
Hill:' Her next big project will be to design and ani-
mate graphics for a feature-length documentary for
the Discovery Channel. She lives in Hollywood, Calif.,
with her German Shepherd, Hoss.
kathy@valladares.com

Tareaz Thompson Pegues, ADV 1993, is
marketing director at Higger & Associates, an
insurance firm in New York City. She lives in
Manhattan with her husband Jeff, a journalist at
WABC-TV, and their daughter Jordyn.
tareaz@mac.com

Wendy Virtue, ADV 1993, is project manager with
CS Creative. She works on-site for Texas Instruments
handling all the artwork for their calculator packaging.
wendy@cs.creative.com

Teresa (Kostick) BennerADV 1994, works for
UPS as managing editor of ups.com

Jenny Feldman, ADV 1994, teaches kindergarten in
Jacksonville Beach and is a weekend air personality at
WEJZ-FM. JennyF937@aol.com

Jennifer "Jena" Lynn (Debien) Glantz, ADV
1994, is director of communications for Florida
Osteopathic Medical Association. She and husband
Michael had their first child, Dylan Harrison, in
November. fomapr@earthlink.net

Cheryl Morrell,ADV 1995, is director of sales and
marketing of The Forum Art Gallery in Atlanta. She is
also part owner of The Taste Network, a wine and
cheese tasting business in Atlanta.
cheryl.morrell@gmail.com

Greg Munro, ADV 1995, is senior research
analyst for Comcast Cable in Denver.
gregmunro@comcastnet

Marc Stephens,ADV 1995, is art director with T3,
an advertising agency in Austin,Texas.
marc.stephens@t-3.com

Jin Hui (Im) Williams, ADV 1995, is owner and
creator of www.creativedifference.com, which sells
hooded towels and donates the proceeds to the


National MS Society. She has been married to
Christopher J.Williams, also a UF grad, for 10 years.
They have three kids. jinwilliams@yahoo.com

Jacqueline Blake,ADV 1996, is associate director
of Cushman and Wakefield Commercial Real Estate
Broker in the Fort Lauderdale office. She was recog-
nized nationally by CoStar as a top 20 power broker.
jacqueline_blake@cushwake.com

Niki Bowman, ADV 1996, is in account service at
Fry Hammond Barr, an ad agency in Orlando.
nbowman74@hotmail.com

Honey Deana Hurwitz, ADV 1996, is marketing
manager for Rink Design Partnership in Jacksonville.
She will marry Scott Ryan Campagna in April 2006.
gatorhon@yahoo.com

Randall A. Metting, ADV 1996, is marketing
consultant and account manager of duPont REGISTRY
Fine Homes/duPont Publishing in St. Petersburg.
randallmetting@aol.com

Lelana Kristen (Peterson) Foley, ADV 1997,
is an elementary school teacher.
flgatrnut@sbcglobal.net

Kimberly Goldsworth, ADV 1997, is account
supervisor with Crispin Porter & Bogusky.
kgoldsworth@cpbgroup.com

Jennifer (Eidelberg) Munro, ADV 1998, is
senior media planner for J.Walter Thompson, a global
ad agency in Denver. She married Greg Munro ADV
1995, in March. Jennifer.Eidelberg@jwtcom

Brian Chris Wilcox,ADV 1998, is advertising sales
manager at USATODAY in McLean,Va.,
cwilcox@usatoday.com

Lori L'Heureux, ADV 1999, is president and owner
of Creative Design Works, an advertising agency she
started in 2003 in Melbourne. She married her high
school sweetheart Daniel Chaffee in May.
creativedesignworks@cfl.rr.com

Greg Marcus, ADV 1999, is game content creation
professor of 3D Graphics and Virtual Reality and
owner of Barking Cat Media, which specializes in Web
design. gregbmarcus@aol.com

Brian J.Wallace, ADV 1999, is retail advertising
supervisor for Florida Today. He married Michelle
Martuch in 2004 and they live in Melbourne.
bwallace@brevard.gannett.com

2000s

Erin Johnson, ADV 2000, is planning supervisor of
media planning for Mindshare, one of the
largest global media agency networks.
ering8r@aol.com

Michelle M. Llena, ADV 2002, is copy editor for
Pacific Daily News in Guam. mllena@guampdn.com

Melissa Lochrane, ADV 2002, is loan processor at
PHH Mortgage, a large mortgage company in
Jacksonville. UFMelis@aol.com

Patricia (Sturman) Montagno, ADV 2002, is
an MBA student majoring in Marketing and Finance
at Fordham University in New York City. She is
interning at Church & Dwight's brand-management
department, working on the Arm & Hammer Baking
Soda and Carpet Deodorizer products.
napoli680@gmail.com


Elizabeth Roper,ADV 2000, is co-owner and
director of Web services for Simian Networks, an
information technology and Web solutions provider in
the Tampa and Brandon areas that she and her
brother, David, created in 2004.
eroper@simiannetworks.com

Maria Soldo, ADV 2002, is pharmaceutical sales
representative with Sanofi-Aventis.
treebird76@aol.com

Jennifer (Gillingham) McKay,ADV 2003, is
copywriter for the Denton Company. She married
Glenn McKay in Tampa Bay the day Hurricane Frances
hit Florida. jenni@justdenton.com

Kim Svarney, ADV 2003, works for AAE/Fallon
New York She is working on Virgin Mobile USA and
SoBe Beverages. kimberly.svarney@fallon.com

Anastasia Protopapadakis, ADV 2004, is law
student at UF's Levin College of Law.
anastasiap@alumni.ufl.edu

Emily Weissleder, ADV 2000, is account
executive with The Day Publishing Co.
emilyweissleder@hotmail.com



1930s

W.F. Rehbaum III, JM 1936, retired in 1978.
He has never missed the weekly meetings of the
Rotarian Club since 1936. He attended the Rotary
100th Anniversary in Chicago in June.

1940s

Robert Wieland, JM 1941, is retired airline
president of National Airlines. He was a World War II
major with the United States Air Force and Royal Air
Force.

1950s

Winton P. McMillen, JM 1950, is author and
publisher of Tales of the Bayou, about the first nine
years of his life spent aboard a houseboat in Big
Bayou.The book was printed by Publish America in
January. He started at the St Petersburg Times in 1936
and went from copy boy to reporter and photogra-
pher, before and after he served in World War II. He
got married in the early 1950s and raised five children.

Robert G. Smith, JM 1950, is retired. He taught one
year atThe College ofWilliam and Mary. He worked at
the Greensboro Daily News, the Louisville Courier-journal,
The Baltimore Sun, and U.S. News & World Report.

Barry Horenbein,JM 1955, is president of Florida
Consultants. He was named dean of lobbyists for the
Florida Legislature. bhorenbein@msn.com

Thomas L Elliott Jr.,JM 1959, retired in January as
managing director of New York-based Corporate
Communications of Marsh. Previously, he held senior
communications positions atThe Hertz Corporation,
The Singer Company and American International
Group. He is now doing communications consulting,
principally for his church, Stanwich Congregational
Church, in Greenwich, Conn. telliott@theelliotts.com

1960s

George Solomon, JM 1963, became ESPN's
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Sunday sports column for The Washington Post, where
he was sports editor.As ombudsman, he will critique
studio and event productions such as SportsCenter
and ESPN Radio. He will write a monthly column.

Julia McClure Bonnell,JM 1966, is semi-retired
and running a bed and breakfast in Niagara-on-the-
Lake, Ontario, Canada.

C.B. Daniel Jr.,JM 1966, is chairman ofAlarion
Bank's Community Council. He is actively involved in
community projects and is a member of the
Gainesville Rotary Club.

Robert B. Swan, JM 1966, is realtor with
SibcyCline Realtors. swanmark266@yahoo.com

Robert K.Wilcox, JM 1966, is author, editor
and screenwriter with Wilcox Productions. He
has written eight books, produced 30 screenplays and
written hundreds of articles. robkwilcox@aol.com

Judith Blanton Kramer, JM 1969, teaches
English as a Second Language at Cedar Hill
Independent School District in Cedar Hill,Tex.
She does occasional freelance writing and is
founder and board member of Cedar Hill Food
Pantry, a charitable organization that gives food
to needy families. She has a son, Kris, a
daughter, Becky and three grandchildren.
kramj@chisd.com

Michael Vann, JM 1969, is national sales manager
for Storck USA, LR michaelvann@hotmail.com

1970s

Glenda Cohn Wolin, JM 1971, is night metro
editor of the San Antonio Express-News. Her daughter,
Lindsay, 21, is a student at the University of Texas.

Beth Graves Davis,jM 1973, is vice president of
strategic marketing for Macy's, Florida division.
bth665@cs.com

Regina Lynche Kahoe,JM 1973, is vice president
of Mercantile Bank in Baltimore. She is in charge of
bank communications to affiliate banks
in holding company and for training.

Mike Horn,JM 1975, is owner of Horn & Stronach
Advertising & Public Relations. He is also mayor of
Lewisville, N.C., and adjunct professor atWake Forest
University. mike@hornstronach.com

Debra (Furniss) James, JM 1975, is director of
operations for the March of Dimes National Capital
Area Chapter. Debrajames7@aol.com

Leslie Golay Sheffield, JM 1975, is publicist with
Seitz Advertising and PR. lesliegs@bellsouth.net

Craig A. Dennis,JM 1976, is attorney with Dennis,
Jackson, Martin & Fontela, P.A. craig@denbowlaw.com

JanetTaylor Dennis,JM 1976, is bureau chief of
the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles.TheFLT@aol.com

John C. Druckenmiller, JM 1977, is owner and
editor of hometownheadlines.com, a newsletter
serving Greater Rome and Floyd County, Ga. He is
adjunct communication professor at Berry College
and is afternoon news anchor for K98 FM. He has
a 5-year-old son. druckenmiller@comcast.net

Mary A. Stephens, JM 1978, is owner of The
Bucking Doe Studio and Store in Orcas Island,Wash.
bobink3@earthlink.net


Beth DeMauro, JM 1979, is director of strategic
communications in the Department of University
Relations at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
bdemauro@ur.rutgers.edu

Mark Hanigan, JM 1979, is fellow of the
Society for Technical Communication, which
he joined in 1980. He has served in various
positions on the chapter, regional and international
levels. He previously served as the president
of the Suncoast chapter, manager of the
International Technical Publications Competition,
secretary, director-sponsor of Region 3, second
vice president, first vice president and president.
He has been a practicing technical communicator
and trainer for more than 20 years.Today, he is an
independent consultant for his own company, On
the Write Track. He lives in Palm Harbor.
onwritetrk@aol.com

Robert Rivas, JM 1979, joined Palm Beach
County-based law firm Sachs Sax & Klein last
summer. His office is in Tallahassee. He does
commercial litigation, appellate law and media law.
He represents WCJB-TV 20 in Gainesville.
robrivas@aol.com

Melody Simmons, JM 1979, is freelance
reporter for People magazine and WYPR-FM
Maryland NPR station. She lives in Baltimore
with her children, Susannah, 13, and Ben, 9.
melli57@aol.com


alumniawards

Donald W. Poucher, TEL 1964, MA 1965,
assistant vice president for marketing and
communications for UF's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, recently received the
Irving Award from the American Distance
Education Consortium in New Orleans. He has
served as chair of the Telecommunication
Advisory Council for the COLLEGE and as
president of the Ag Institute of Florida.

Yvette Cardozo, JM 1966, writes and
photographs stories for publications worldwide
with her husband Bill Hirsch. In 2005, she won
second place in Northern Lights, a journalism
competition in Canada; two first place and one
second place awards for photography and a
second place for stories in the Northwest
Outdoor Writers Association competition; and
second place for self-illustrated photo story for
the Society of American Travel Writers-Western
Chapter. In 2004, she won first place in the
photo humor category from the Society of
American Travel Writers. She was recently
inducted into the Independent Florida Alligator
Hall of Fame. ycardozo@aol.com

Louis Schiff, PR 1977, court judge for
Broward County, was recently honored by the
Broward County School Board as Adult
Volunteer of the Year for his work during the
past six years as the jazz band director of
Sawgrass Springs Middle School.

Darcy Silvers, JM 1979, successfully earned
the Accredited Business Communicator (ABC)
designation from the International Association
of Business Communicators (IABC). She is


1980s

Laura Kelly, JM 1980, is an overseas media trainer.
lakelly@aol.com

MichaelT. Gaffey, JM 1982, is copy editor at Florida
Today in Melbourne. He is also co-owner of a Curves
for Women franchise in Suntree. He and wife Linda
have a daughter,Angelina Aura, 2, and a son, Joshua
Michael, 9 months. OpenMike I 23@aol.com

Kyle Lamberth, JM 1982, is casualty analyst for
Richard Mulholland and Associates law firm.
kyle@mulhollandlaw.com

Alberto M. Ortez Jr., JM 1982, is assistant editor
of Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. He was lead copy
editor on "Genocide in Rwanda" Newsdoy's 2005
Pulitzer Prize-winning series for International
Reporting. alberto.ortez@newsday.com

Wayne Garcia,JM 1983, is political editor of the
Weekly Planet newspaper in Tampa. He is also an
adjunct professor of journalism at the University of
Tampa and a master's student in political science at
the University of South Florida.
wayne.garcia@weeklyplanet.com

Jim Hayward, JM 1983, is senior producer of
PalmBeachPost.com. He is lead producer on the
paper's storm2005.com site, which won several
awards for its 2004 coverage. jhayward@pbpost.com


senior copywriter at Lenox in Langhorne, Pa.,
and a freelance consultant.

Sue Wagner, JM 198 I, is WUFT's director of
communications. She received a 2004 Flanagan
Award for Total Outstanding Performance along
with five other COLLEGE staff employees.

ErikWaxler,TEL 1994, is sports reporter at
WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. He
won a Regional Emmy for Sports Reporter for
his feature, "Critical Catch." It focused on
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon
Stokley, whose infant son almost died of menin-
gitis a couple seasons ago as the Colts made a
playoff run. waxgator@yahoo.com

Glenda Simmons Jenkins, JM 1992,
a reporter for the News Leader in Fernandina
Beach, recently won the Gwen Stephenson
Memorial Award from the Florida Press
Association. She also received first place
awards in the news story and spot news
picture categories, gjenkins@fbnewsleader.com

communicator wins
three magazine awards
The communigator recently won three bronze
Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards:
Best Written Magazine, Best Redesign and Best
Column (for "Bo Knows?")."There is a bigness
about this magazine that is consistent with what
I know about the journalism-communications
program at UF, a writing judge said. "This
approach must further energize the school's
impressive list of graduates."


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Colleen Mason Logan, JM 1985, is director of
marketing for Icon Health & Fitness. In early May, she
was part of the delegation that lobbied in Washington,
D.C., during National PE. Day.

Whit Blanton, JM 1986, is vice president and
founding principal of Renaissance Planning Group, an
urban planning consulting firm based in Orlando. He
was recently appointed to serve as a member of the
American Planning Association's Communications Task
Force. He has been married to Cathy for 15 years, and
they live in Winter Park with their two daughters,
Melanie, I, and Amelia, 8.
wblanton@citiesthatwork.com

Lisa Cianci,JM 1986, is city editor of the
Orlando Sentinel. Her husband, Roger Simmons,
is deputy sports editor at the paper.They have
an 8-year-old son, Christian.
Icianci@orlandosentinel.com

Tom Farrey,JM 1986, is senior writer of ESPN the
Magazine. tom.farrey@espn3.com

LoriViola Hil, JM 1987, is district sales manager
of Nextel Communications. She is responsible for
southeast Florida. She and husband Tom, a real estate
investor, have two kids, Kali, 3, and Colton, 2.
lori-anne.hill@nextel.com

Nicole Hughes,JM 1987, is coordinator of special
events and promotions for Palm Beach County Public
Affairs Department

Ken Booth, JM 1988, is editor-in-chief of al.com, a
Web site on everything Alabama. He graduated from
Auburn University in May with an MBA.

Derek Catron, JM 1989, is assistant managing
editor of the Daytona Beach News-Joumal.
derek.catron@news-jrnl.com

1990s

Teri Champion, JM 1990, is executive director
of the SSM Rehab Foundation in St. Louis.
teri_champion@ssmhc.com

Bill King, JM 1990, is senior writer of the Sports
Business Journal. bking@amcity.com

Wendi Sherman, JM 1991, is senior vice
president and group managing director at Cline Davis
& Mann, a health-care advertising agency in New York
City. wendis@clinedavis.com

James Bilbrey, JM 1992, is videographer and
editor for NASA TV. bilbrey2000@gmail.com

Lisa Braswell,JM 1992, is director of public
education and communications at The Children's
Home, which operates a variety of child-focused and
family-centered programs throughout the Tampa Bay
area. Ibraswell@childrenshome.org

Debra Hessler Leithauser, JM 1992, is editor of
two weekly sections for The Washington Post Sunday
Source, a lifestyle and leisure entertainment section,
and TV Week. She and husband Tom Leithauser,JM
1987, have a son, Luke, 2. leithauserd@washpost.com

Scott Walker, JM 1992, is assistant managing
editor of The Birmingham (Ala.) News.
walker@designondeadline.com

Kristin M. Carter, JM 1993, is legislative aide for
Florida Rep.Tim Ryan, also a UF graduate. She is the
national committeewoman for the Young Democrats


of America. carter555@hotmail.com

Lisa Magenheimer Fuss, JM 1994, is sports copy
editor for the St Petersburg Times. She and husband
Mac live on St. Petersburg Beach with son Casey, 3,
and daughter Caroline, 8 months. Ifuss@sptimes.com

Lisa Robinson Alessandro, JM 1995, is director of
public relations for the American Culinary Federation.
lalessandro@acfchefs.net

Shane Blatt,JM 1995, is presentation editor of the
Tallahossee Democrat. sblatt@tallahassee.com

Jennifer Musser-Metz, JM 1995, is online editor of
the Philadelphia Inquirer. She and husband Tom have one
son, Charles Joseph, born in March.
jmetz@phillynews.com

Lauren (Mather) Olsen, JM 1995, is news copy
editor of USA Today. She was married in 2004 and now
lives in Centreville,Va. lolsen@usatoday.com

Christie L. Caliendo, JM 1997, is managing editor
of 12 Fort Lauderdale-based luxury lifestyle
magazines owned by Gulfstream Media Group.They
include Gold Coast Magazine, Boca Life, The Palm
Beacher, Delray Beach Magazine,Jupiter Magazine,
Stuart Magazine, Vero Life, Miami Design. Broward
Design & Architectural Review, Palm Beach Design,
Boca Design & Architectural Review and Vero Home &
Design. christie@gulfstreammediagroup.com

Nik Robinson,JM 1997, is supervising story
producer of "Intervention" on A&E.
nikrobinson@msn.com

Genevieve McGuire Todd, JM 1999, is bid proposal
analyst atAmerican International Group (AIG) in
Houston. She married Michael Todd in 2004 in her
hometown of St. Petersburg. genmcg 12@yahoo.com

Heather (Rowe) Turner, JM 1997, is associate
director of communications atTilton School in New
Hampshire. She and husband Jeremy will celebrate
their two-year wedding anniversary in November.
hturner@tiltonschool.org

2000s

Jennifer (Brown) Davis, JM 2000, is business
development officer for GA REsource Capital.
jendavis626@netzero.com

Adrienne (Scarfone) Herndon,JM 2000, is
Landstar Systems training facilitator at the corporate
headquarters in Jacksonville. She is responsible for
developing, composing and facilitating classes.
herndonc@bellsouth.net

Molly Van Wagner, JM 2000, has been a staff
photographer with the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick,
Wash., for four years.This fall, she will marry Gary
Petersen, a schoolteacher. mollyvan77@hotmail.com

Catherine Seemann, JM 2001, is editor of Naylor
Publications. She is engaged to Lorin Fowler, who is
pursuing a master's degree in education at UF
cseemann@naylor.com

Angela Maria Delgado,JM 2002, is city reporter
for The Tampa Tribune's Clearwater bureau. She has
worked there since 2004. adelgado@tampatrib.com

Elise Lyne, JM 2002, is senior account manager for
Weiss Ratings, a financial services firm.
ENLyne@aol.com


Jamie McAtee,JM 2002, was recently promoted to
work at The New York Times Regional Newspaper
Group corporate headquarters in Tampa. He is Web
product support specialist for the regional newspaper
group doing product development, statistics and
support for 15 papers. jamie.mcatee@nytrng.com

Raquel Muhar, JM 2002, is associate producer of
Sun-Sentinel.com. rmuhar@adelphia.net

Faiza Rahman, JM 2002, graduated from Columbia
Law School in May. In the fall, she will begin as an asso-
ciate at the law firm ofWeil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP in
New York City. faiza.rahman@gmail.com

Jahmel K.Weary, JM 2002, is dean, reading instruc-
tor, and yearbook and journalism moderator at
Newberry High School. jahnisenixon@yahoo.com

TeresaWood, JM 2002, is a graduate student at
Boston University pursuing her master's in public
health.

Barbie Barontini, JM 2003, is editor at Reed
Brennan Media Associates in Orlando.
bmbarontini@gmail.com

Jordan Fischer, JM 2003, is a student at the Institute
of Design at Illinois Institute ofTechnology in Chicago.
He is pursuing a master's degree in design.
jordan.fischer@gmail.com

Ashley Cisneros, JM 2004, is editor of Florida
Trend's NEXT, a magazine preparing Florida high
school students for life after graduation.
acisneros@FloridaTrend.com

Jeremy SerkinJM 2004, is marketing coordinator of
ASCENT Management in Alexandria,Va. He coaches the
boys rowing team at St.Alban's School, a private school
in Washington.This summer, he won two gold medals, a
silver and a bronze in the 17th World Maccabiah
Games, an international competition in Israel.
jserkin@gmail.com

Liza Shurik,JM 2005, starts a one-year assignment
in November as English language editor and translator
for the Moscow office of AIDS Foundation East-West,
a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness
for the disease in the former Soviet Union.
liza.shurik@gmail.com

Andrea Smiley, JM 2004, is editorial assistant
of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
smileya@asco.org

Kelly-Anne Suarez, JM 2005, interned at the
Sarasota Herald Tribune this past summer. She landed a
two-year fellowship with the LA.Times, starting in the
fall. kellidiva@aol.com



1970s

Edward R.Albanesi, PR 1972, is associate director
of public relations for the Florida Farm Bureau. He
has served as editor of FloridAgriculture magazine since
1998 and was elected to PRSA's College of Fellows
in 2004. theedcarol@earthlink.net

Steve Sauls, PR 1972, is vice president of
governmental relations and chief-of-staff in the office
of the president of Florida International University.

Clint Johnson, PR 1975, is writer who introduced
his ninth non-fiction book, 25 Best Civil War Sites, at
Book Expo 2005 in June. cjohnson9@triad.rr.com


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Susan Baltzer Bray, PR 1979, is senior manager of
marketing communications for Amgen.
brays@amgen.com

1980s

Dawn D. Jantsch, PR 1983, is managing
director and CEO of the St.Augustine-based
American Culinary Federation and its two
subsidiary corporations. Djantsch@acfchefs.net

Ernie Santo, PR 1983, is director of sales for
Water Mania, a water theme park in Kissimmee.
He and wife Marta have a son, Ricky, 22.

Jackie (Page) Casanova, PR 1984, is a veterinarian
for Mobile Veterinary Care.

Peri Stump, PR 1985, is relocation coordinator of
the corporate office for Illustrated Properties Real
Estate in Palm Beach Gardens and is assistant to the
broker for Adams Business Consultants.
pstump@ipre.com

Susan Collet Thresher, PR 1985, is senior
associate with Merrill Lynch. She and husband Russ
are foster parents; they adopted Destiny, 5, and Earl,
3, in 2004. sucolay@earthlink.net

Rusty De La Noval, PR 1986, is senior clinical
oncology specialist with Genentech. He is also
account manager for Biotech Genentech in South
Florida. russn@gene.com

Kevin Neal, PR 1986, is senior media buyer with
Media Edge in Clearwater.

Monica Hidalgo Stagg, PR 1986, is research
associate at the University of Miami. She works for
the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
mhstaggl 8@yahoo.com

1990s

Lee-Anne Oros, PR 1991, is vice principal and
world language supervisor at Westwood Regional
Junior/Senior High School in Bergen County, N.J.
She is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational
administration from Seton Hall University.
gatorinjersey@aol.com

Nicole Brewington Smith, PR 1991, is an
instructor at the College of Education at the
University of Phoenix. She and husband Cedric Smith
have three sons.They live in Denver.

Jason Lobo, PR 1993, is senior manager of
financial communications with Fannie Mae in
Washington, D.C. He manages public relations
activities surrounding all Securities & Exchange
Commission filings, voluntary financial disclosures, and
corporate governance and media relations
for CEO, CFO, treasurer, senior vice president of
investor relations, executive vice president of
portfolio business, controller and chief economist
Lsonlobo@hotmail.com

Thomas J. Keating, PR 1995, is director of sales
and marketing of The Neighborhood News in West
Palm Beach. He and wife Lsa Smith, also a UF grad,
have a son,Jake, 3, and daughter, Brynn, 6 months.
tjkeatingl@adelphia.net

Eleanor (Vianzon) Lanza, PR 1995, is director of
member relations of the World Golf Hall of Fame in
St.Augustine. She and husband Mike had their first
child, Isabelle Pia, in 2004. elelanza@aol.com


Sean Liphard, PR 1995, is president of
Next Wave Public Relations in Atlanta, which
he founded earlier this year. He also works with
the March of Dimes, United Way, Earth Share
of Georgia and Project Open Hand.
sliphard@next-wavepr.com

Allison Bass, PR 1996, is director of public
relations for Bloomingdale's Aventura and Miami
stores. allison.bass@bloomingdales.com

Bryan Graydon, PR 1996, is dean of students at
Southwest Middle School in Lakeland. He is getting a
master's degree in educational leadership from the
University of South Florida in Tampa. He will graduate
in summer 2006. bgraydon@tampabay.rr.com

Amy (Coffman) Wright, PR 1997, is independent
practitioner ofWright Public Relations in Jacksonville.
She and husband Rob recently had their first child,
Emily Victoria.

Adam F.Zink PR 1997, is Florida district manager
for Briggs Plumbing Products, a manufacturer of plumb-
ing fixtures in Charleston, S.C. afzink@hotmail.com

Loren Goldrich, PR 1998, is working in the human
resources department at Citigroup Global Corporate
and Investment bank in NewYork City.
Igoldrich@yahoo.com

Christina M. Kitterman, PR 1998, is attorney
with Rothstein RosenfeldtAdler in Fort Lauderdale.
ckitterman@rra-law.com

Amy Laubach Chamberlin, PR 1999, is marketing
and public relations coordinator for The Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville. She imple-
ments the museum's strategic marketing, advertising,
communications and public relations programs,
including media relations, community relations and
internal communications. She married Scott
Chamberlin in January. achamberlin@cummer.org

Amber LeClair Strong, PR 1999, is marketing
communications program manager for the RAID
Storage Adapters division of LSI Logic in Atlanta. She
and husband Joseph Strong received their MBAs from
Southern Polytechnic State University in the spring.
astrong@lsil.com

2000s

Leslie K. Horna, PR 2000, is marketing coordinator
for HealthONE, the largest hospital system in
Colorado. Her job includes designing and implementing
marketing, doing branding and advertising campaigns,
managing community partner relationships, and public
relations and event planning. leslie.hora@gmail.com

Michelle (Suchy) Joyce, PR 2000, is sales
representative covering auto, home and life insurance
for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She is married
to Ryan Joyce and is a member of the Executive
Women's Golf Association, Leads Club and Forsyth
County Chamber of Commerce.
michellemjjoyce@aol.com

Jeff Mapen, PR 2000, is an attorney with Nelson
Mullins Riley & Scarborough. He practices law and
lives in Atlanta. jeff.mapen@nelsonmullins.com

Amanda L Ridenoure, PR 2001, is director of
marketing and communications for Moulton
Publishing, which represents Vero Beach Magazine and
Tropical Home Magazine, a new magazine that will
launch in January. www.verobeachmagazine.com and
amanda@verobeachmagazine.com


Jennifer Dicks Burg, PR 2002, is senior editor of
James Dicks The Active Investor, a nationally distributed
financial magazine published by PremiereTradeTM
LLC, a financial software and services company. She
has been with the magazine since it started almost
three years ago. She married Bobby Burg, also a UF
graduate, and they recently built a house in Lake
Mary. jburg@PremiereTrade.com

Alison Cahill, PR 2002, is senior associate at
Qorvis Communications in Washington, D.C. She
works on the media relations team and manages a
non-profit client, alisoncahillPR@hotmail.com

Alyson (Miller) Seligman, PR 2002, is University
relations coordinator at the University of South
Florida in St. Petersburg, primarily managing media
relations and internal communications. She married
Adam Seligman in 2004.ABM32580@aol.com

Lauren Furey, PR 2003, is account executive for
MPB Communications in Orlando. She was selected
as the MPB Communications' Employee of the Year in
2005. lfurey@mpbc.cc

Ilene Lieber, PR 2003, is the public relations and
senior marketing director as well as staff writer for
Orlando Style Magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine.
ilene@orlandostylemag.com

Alan Carroll Nash, PR 2003, is attending FSU law
school. He worked for Nokia over the summer in
their marketing department on a project called "The
Nokia Experience Center." nashac@bellsouth.net

Nicole Passkiewicz, PR 2003, is corporate
communications specialist with Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida. She's in the MBA program at the
University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
nicole.passkiewicz@bcbsfl.com

Alan Abitbol, PR 2004, is public relations
coordinator for Feld Entertainment, which produces
Disney On Ice. aabitbol@feldinc.com

Patrick Smyth, PR 2004, is media information
coordinator of the NFL's Denver Broncos.This is his
second season. smythp@broncos.nfl.com

Brianne Straub, PR 2004, is marketing and public
relations specialist for UCF Foundation in Orlando.
She is content manager and editor for external and
internal Web sites, coordinates internal communica-
tion materials, works with senior staff on communica-
tion tools and designs internal publications.
BStraub@mail.ucf.edu



1950s

Richard L. Siefferman, TEL 1959, retired in 1997
after 39 years in broadcasting. He has three children
and six grandchildren. He and wife Vickie Lynn Joyner
Siefferman live in PetersburgVa., where they grow
tomatoes and play lots of golf. rc4man@hotmail.com

1960s

Gerald "Gerry" Katz, TEL 1963, runs a
consulting business, Disability Income Concepts, from
his home office in Weston. He is an expert witness
and disability insurance claim consultant helping to
protect those who file for disability insurance bene-
fits. He was named the health insurance industry's
Person of the Year in Health Insurance in 1997.
disability@disabilityconcepts.com


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This year, five

teachers receive

promotions

Linda Hon, Sylvia Chan-
Olmsted and Mike Weigold were
recently promoted to full professor
and Lisa Duke-Cornell and Cynthia
Morton were promoted to associate
professor.
Last year, John Kaplan was
promoted to full professor.
"Congratulations to these very
deserving colleagues for their fine
accomplishments!" Dean Terry Hynes
said."Special thanks to their
department colleagues, especially their
chairs, and to all who participated in
this year's tenure and promotion
process."


faculty

Terry Hynes
Dean
Professor (journalism)
John W.Wright, II
Executive Associate Dean
Professor (telecommunication)
Jon Roosenraad
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
(Student Services and Research)
Professor (journalism)
Debbie M.Treise
Associate Dean Assistant Director for
Graduate Studies (Division of Graduate Studies)
Professor (advertising)
Churchill Roberts
Interim Associate Dean for Research
(Division of Graduate Studies and Research)
Co-Director -The Documentary Institute
Professor (telecommunication)
Rick LehnerAssocate In, General Manager -
WUFT
Henri Pensis, Station Manager -
WUFT-FM/WJUF-FM
Titus Rush, Station Manager WUF-TVIWLUF
C.J. Harris.Assistant In, Director Knight Division
Patricia Dunn-White.Assistanc In. Knight Division


ADVERTISING
John C. Sutherland
Professor and Chair


Russ Brown, TEL 1964, is owner and registered
principal of Brown Financial Advisors, a financial
investment firm. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.
mrussellbrown@comcast.net

Rod Caborn, TEL 1965, is executive vice president
of public relations forYesawich, Pepperdine, Brown &
Russell in Orlando. rod_caborn@ypbr.com

Curtis Jones, TEL 1969, is president of All American
Marketing, which has two direct mail programs,Valpak
Direct Marketing Systems, and the Our Town new
movers program. Both co-op mail franchises serve five
counties in Central Georgia. He is also a life member
of Sigma Chi Fraternity, UF National Alumni
Association and Greater Macon Chamber of
Commerce. curtisjones@valpak.com

1970s

John D. Haviland, TEL 1971, owns South Ridge
Agriculture, haviland@ct.net

Kent H. Steele, TEL 1973, is executive director of
broadcasting forTHIRTEEN/WNET in New York City.
He is responsible for the broadcast services of
WNET/WLIW New York, which includes analog
broadcast channels WNET and WLIW, and digital
channels THIRTEEN HD,THIRTEEN WORLD, KIDS


Chang-Hoan Cho
Assistant Professor
Linda Conway Correll
Assistant Professor
Lisa Duke-Cornell
Associate Professor
Robyn Goodman
Assistant Professor
Hyojin Kim
Assistant Professor
Jon D. Morris
Professor
Cynthia R. Morton
Associate Professor
Marilyn S. Roberts
Associate Professor
Jorge Villegas
Assistant Professor
Elaine L.Wagner
Professor
Michael F.Weigold
Professor

JOURNALISM
William McKeen
Professor and Chair
Laurence B.Alexander
Professor
Cory L.Armstrong
Assistant Professor


THIRTEEN and WLIW CREATE.
steelek@thirteen.org

The Rev. Robert D.P. Stacy, TEL 1975, is executive
director of Christ Life Ministries in Hendersonville, N.C.
He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in
1993. clm@brinet.com

Rhonda Victor Sibilia, TEL 1977, is senior anchor and
reporter for Miami Herald Radio. rhondalus@aol.com

Philip Smith, TEL 1977, is owner of Phil Smith
Productions in Southlake,Texas. He is the director of a
documentary on the O.J. Simpson case. He traveled as
director and cameraman to Baghdad, Iraq; Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia; Beirut, Lebanon;Amman,Jordan; Israel and the
West Bank for his Middle East documentary.
pwsmith@gte.net

Pam Saulsby, TEL 1979, is news anchor and reporter
with WRALTV in North Carolina.psaulsby@wral.com

1980s

Greg Katz, TEL 1984, is producer and editor of NBC
News in Burbank, Calif. He recently returned from pro-
ducing and shooting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He and wife
Melissa have two daughters, Sadie, 10, and Sara, 6.
gregory.katz@nbcuni.com


David Carlson
James M. Cox Jr Foundation/
The Palm Beach Post Professor In
New Media Journalism
Director Interactive Media Laboratory
Bill F. Chamberlin
Joseph L. Brechner Eminent Scholar in
Mass Communication
Director Marion Brechner Citizen Access
Project
Sandra F. Chance
Executive Director Brechner Center for
Freedom of Information
Associate Professor
Julie E. Dodd
Professor
Mike Foley
Master Lecturer
John Freeman
Associate Professor
John Kaplan
Professor
Renee Martin-Kratzer
Assistant Professor
Melinda McAdams
Knight Chair, journalism
Technologies and the Democratic Process
Professor
Ronald R. Rodgers
Assistant Professor


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Mike May,TEL 1985, is director of media relations
for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.
He was part of a delegation within the sporting
goods industry lobbying for more PE. in American
schools.

Jacqueline Whitmore, TEL 1986, is author
of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success
at Work, published in July by St. Martin's Press.
She is the Cell Phone Etiquette Spokesperson
for Sprint and the founder of National Cell
Phone Courtesy Month in July.
info@etiquetteexpert.com

Ed Scott, TEL 1987, is staff writer for the
Osceolo News-Gazette in Kissimmee covering
education. He is also adjunct instructor at
Lake-Sumter Community College teaching
journalism. He is working on a doctorate in
Texts and Technology in the English Department
at the University of Central Florida. His dissertation
topic is related to health communication on the
Internet for developing countries.
escott 15@cfl.rr.com

Denise (Parker) Conitz, TEL 1989, is a home-
maker in St. Petersburg with two sons, Parker, 3,
and Michael, I.


Ted Spiker
Assistant Professor
Leonard Tipton
Professor
Bernell Tripp
Associate Professor
Kim B.Walsh-Childers
Professor
Edward G.Weston
Associate Professor

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Kathleen S. Kelly
Professor and Chair
Gall F. Baker
Special Assistant to the
President for Diversity
Associate Professor
Youjin Choi
Assistant Professor
Mary Ann T. Ferguson
Professor
Margarete R. Hall
Associate Professor
Linda Childers Hon
Professor
Spiro K. Kiousis
Assistant Professor
Belio Martinez
Assistant Professor


1990s

Thomas Eric Davis, TEL 1990, is production
manager at WTVI, an independent public TV station
in Charlotte, N.C. edavis@wtvi.org

Russell Dishman, TEL 1990, is entertainment
production manager with Disney Cruise Line. He
is responsible for daily technical operations for all
entertainment venues onboard the Disney Magic
and Disney Wonder, as well as all musicians
onboard. He and wife Lisa have two sons,
Ethan, 4, and Jack, who was born in July.
russell.dishman@disney.com

Sally (Swanbeck) Driscoll,TEL 1990, is owner
and restaurateur of Randy's Bar & Bistro in the
U.S.Virgin Islands.The bistro specializes in fine
wines, gift baskets and catering.
randysusvi@msn.com

Andrew Garick, TEL 1990, is editor of ABC
News World News Tonight in New York.
andrew.c.garick@abc.com

Aleen Sirgany, TEL 1990, is correspondent for
CBS News in Washington, D.C. asirgany@cbs.com


Michael A. Mitrook
Assistant Professor
Juan Carlos Molleda
Assistant Professor
JanisTeruggi Page
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Robinson
Assistant Professor

TELECOMMUNICATION
David H. Ostroff
Professor and Chair
Kevin M.Allen
News Director -WUFT-FM
Assistant In
James Babanikos
Associate Professor
William Beckett
Program Director -WUFT-FM
Assistant In
Justin Brown
Assistant Professor
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted
Professor
Johanna Cleary
Assistant Professor
Frank Counts
Production Director WUFT-TV
Assistant Professor
Sandra Dickson
Co-Director The Documentary Institute
Professor


Christy Stratton, TEL 1992, is writer and
producer for the TV show "Hope & Faith" on ABC.
txstratton@yahoo.com

Rosanna Catalano, TEL 1994, is director of the
Career Placement Office at Florida State
University College of Law. rcatalan@law.fsu.edu

Cindi (Dohan) Avila, TEL 1995, is general
assignment reporter for NYI, a 24-hour New York
City cable station, gnetmike@hotmail.com

James-Paul Dice,TEL 1995, is morning and noon
meteorologist atWHNT-TV in Huntsville,Ala.
jpdice@knology.net

Amy R.Trachtman, TEL 1995, is freelance pro-
duction coordinator for feature films and television.

Damian Gower Cecere, TEL 1996, is an actor
and co-owner of Comedy on Demand.
damianc33@hotmail.com

Maria Lynn Coppola, TEL 1996, is senior vice
president for public relations at The McCormick
Agency. Her husband Glenn Warkentien is a
homicide detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office. maria@mccormickagency.com


Bridget Grogan
Assistant News Director -WUFT-TV
Lecturer
Cindy Hill
Associate Director -
The Documentary Institute
Associate in Telecommunication
Lynda Lee Kaid
Professor
Thomas Krynski
News Director WRUF
Lecturer
Mark Leeps
News Director WUFT-TV
Assistant In


Michael Leslie
Associate Professor
H. Sidney Pactor
Associate Professor
Cara Pilson
Associate Director
Institute
Associate In
F. Leslie Smith
Professor
Tim Wilkerson
Assistant Professor
Julian Williams
Assistant Professor
Yuan Zhang
Assistant Professor


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Robyn Self Hanke,TEL 1996, is public relations
representative for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. She
recently produced "Dive Live" for Busch Gardens'
Sheikra Media Day, which allowed reporters to go
live while riding the new roller-coaster.
robyn.hanke@buschgardens.com

Carlos Arturo Herrera R., TEL 1996, is
weather-caster for KVER-TV, Univisi6n, covering
from the Palm Springs Market down south to Mexicali,
Mexico and as far east asYuma,Ariz. He and wife
Gema (Lobo) Herrera have two kids, Brian, 6, and
Julian David, 5 months. cherrera@entravision.com

Jennifer (Hirsch) Keefe, TEL 1996, and husband
John had their daughter Leah Judith Keefe in 2004.
They live in Orlando. jenn_keefe@yahoo.com

Kristi Revell-Powers, TEL 1996, is meteorologist
and reporter atWOFL-TV in Orlando.
kpowe928@foxtv.com

Andy Singer (Spatz), TEL 1996, is director
of program production for HGTV. He joins
HGTV from VH I where he produced programs
such as "Retrosexual:The 80s" and "Awesomely
Bad Career Moves." His work has also aired on
other broadcast and cable networks including A&E,
Twentieth Century FOX, FOX News Channel and
MSNBC. He lives in New Jersey with wife Rebecca
and their 6-month-old daughter Lila.
afstv@hotmail.com

Stacy Rosenberg,TEL 1997, is director of events
for the New York University Tisch Center,
overseeing programs in New York and California.

Tim Gehret, TEL 1999, is education reporter for
WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, N.C.
tgehret@wfmy.gannett.com

2000s

Jessica Ritter, TEL 2000, is development director
of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in Houston.
ritterjessica@sbcglobal.net

John J. Skorski, TEL 2000, is flight instructor with
Pan Am International Flight Academy in Phoenix.
john_uf@hotmail.com

Nikisha L.Williams,TEL 2000, is account
coordinator with Sonshine Communications, a
public relations, marketing and advertising firm in
North Miami Beach. nlw82@aol.com

Daniel Dove, TEL 2001, is supervisor of the
Discovery Television and Technology Center in
Sterling,Va. He was recently hired to assist in the
launch of Discovery Channel's newest Origination
Facility, which started serving more than 15
domestic cable networks in the summer.
dldove77@gmail.com

Meylin Llampay, TEL 2001, is syndicator with
Paramount Pictures. She received her MBA from
Nova Southeastern University in 2004.
ufmey20@aol.com

Lalita Sirisompund, TEL 2001, is producer of
Bay News 9 in the Tampa area. She produces the
night and primetime shows for the 24-hour cable
news station. lalita331ala@hotmail.com

Lindsay Ubinas,TEL 2001, is morning producer
of WXII 12 News in Winston-Salem, N.C.
lubinas@hearst.com


Brooke Davis,TEL 2002, is public affairs officer
of the U.S.Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in
Nevada. She has been on active duty since she
graduated from UF.

Michelle Fandre, TEL 2002, works at GeoTel
Communications. cwatchpp@aol.com

Ist Lt. Aaron J. Henninger, TEL 2003, is instructor
and does research for the United States Air Force
Public Affairs Center of Excellence. He works as a
strategic communications practitioner, serving the
Department of Defense senior leadership.

Jennifer lurcovich,TEL 2003, is meteorologist for
WYFF, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, Spartanburg and
Asheville, S.C. Her on-air name is JenniferValdez.
jiurcovich@yahoo.com

Earl Johnson, TEL 2003, is national traffic
assistant ofWFTS-ABC Action News in Tampa.
earlsjohnson@hotmail.com

Staley Prom, TEL 2003, is an actress in Los Angeles.
She is represented by Lane Management.
staleyjp@hotmail.com

Matthew Scafidi, TEL 2003, is programming
assistant, promotions coordinator and DJ for the Clear
Channel Radio in Brevard County.
matthewscafidi@yahoo.com

Brent Solomon, TEL 2003, is reporter and anchor
at WJCL-TV and WTGS-TV in Savannah, Ga.
solomonreports@yahoo.com

Christine Portela, TEL 2004, is associate
producer ofWTVJ-NBC 6 in Miami.
Christine.Portela@nbcuni.com




1980s

Peggy Shaw, MA 1982, is editor of Dalmation Press,
which works with licensees such as Sesame Street,
Disney and Warner Bros. She writes children's books
and edits manuscripts of Strawberry Shortcake,
Scooby-Doo and Elmo. Dalmation Press also publishes
original children's books and faith-based books under
its new Spirit Press Imprint

Thomas (Tim) M. Henderson, MA 1986, is health-
care work force consultant He teaches, researches and
consults on public health policy in the Washington,
D.C. area and nationwide, timmhend@aol.com

1990s

Michael D. Cohen, MA 1993, is president of
Cohen Research Group, a political polling and
marketing research firm in Washington, D.C. His
first book on winning issue campaigns was published
this summer by Rowan & Littlefield Publishers. He
and wife Lsa, also a Gator, have two children, Jessica
and Ryan.They live in Ashburn,Va.
mcohen@cohenresearchgroup.com

Elena (Campbell) Barbre, MA 1994, and husband
Blaze had a son, Noah Campbell, in January.
ebarbre@comcast.net

Kelly Gardner Olson, MA 1995, is Web content
specialist for Premier Beverage Co. She is doing online
writing for a wine and spirits distributor in South
Florida.


2000s

Sharmila (Gokhale) Karnad MA 2000, is assistant
knowledge manager of KPMG in India. KPMG is a
network of firms providing audit, tax and advisory
services in 148 countries. sharmilakamad@gmail.com

Katie Seay, TEL 1998, MA 2001. is director of
membership and marketing of the UF Alumni
Association. Kseay@uff.ufl.edu

Rob Marino, JM 1988, MA 2002, is instructor of
communications at Central Florida Community
College. He is also adviser for the Patriot Press, the
CFCC student newspaper. marinor@c.edu

Gregory Hardy, JM 1995, MA 2002, is the Page 2
specialist for entertainment and sports for The State
newspaper in Columbia, S.C.Wife Miriam Hardy,
ADV 1996, will be returning to high school teaching.
ufscoops@att.net

Ivanna (Chebli) Sukkar, MA 2002, is associate
editor for the Scotsman Guide, a trade magazine for the
mortgage-lending industry published by Scotsman
Publishing. She married in 2004 in Miami and moved to
Kirkland,Wash., in January. ivanna.sukkar@gmail.com

Leonte Landino, MA 2004, is Spanish language
content producer for ESPN International. He is
producer for Cronometro, the Spanish-language
version of ESPN's PTI. Cronometro is broadcast for
the U.S. through ESPN Deportes and to Latin
America and the Caribbean through ESPN Dos and
ESPN+. leonte@ufl.edu




inmemoriam

Bonni Gail Tischler, TEL 1966, died Aug. 9
of cancer at George Washington University
Hospital. She was 60.
She was "the highest-ranking female law
enforcement officer during a 30-year career at
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and one of
the first female sky marshals', according to The
Washington Post.
After earning her bachelor's degree,Tischler
worked for the Republican National Committee.
She enrolled in the sky marshal program in 1971.
In the next decade, she served as an Equal
Employment Opportunity investigator and a
special agent.
In the 1980s, she supervised Customs' financial
operations, directed the Smuggling Investigations
Division, and headed an inquiry of the Bank of
Credit and Commerce International in Tampa.
In the 1990s, she headed investigations in South
Florida.
This decade,Tischler "became the agency's first
woman to serve as assistant commissioner for field
operations;' according to the Post. "She considered
retiring in 2001 but stayed on after the Sept I I
terrorist attacks to work on the twin tasks of
keeping trade and the economy moving while
enhancing border security."
In 2002, the COLLEGE named Tischler an Alumna
of Distinction.
She is survived by her mother Anita Kessel and
stepfather Stan Kessel of Hollywood, Fla.; brother
Sam Tischler, JM 1970, of Deerfield Beach; and
half brother Andy Kessel of Little Rock, Ark.


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advisorycouncils

ADVERTISING
Ben C.Ash. presidentAsh Consulting Services.
Coral Gables
Ken SdcwelkhartV. Marketing, Boy Scouts of Amenca,
Tampa
Ken Banks. executive vice president/account management
director. Doner, Southfield
Kathleen Socha. president. Phase One Design Services.
Adana
Andrew Brown. PR 1976. director of sales and marketing,
B &W Quality Growers. Fellsmere
Claudette Stroble. president. Orlando Conference
Management Group, Orlando
Keith Cutler. ADV 1982. president. Marketing,
Media & Sports Sponsorship. Dayona Beach
William B. Flora ADV 1977, senior vice president and
group management supervisor Dalley & Associates.
West Hollywood
Sart Dayal. MA 1975. president. Dayal & Associates,
Plantation
Merrily Terry. ADV 1973. associate create director of
alliance marketingWalt Disney. Lake Buena Visa
Philip D. Payne. executive vice president, Doe-Anderson
Advertising Agency. Louisville
BruceTurkel. CEO.Turkel Schwartz Partners.
Coconut Grove
Richard Reeves. ADV 1980, advertising director
SL Petersburg Tim
Mickey Ulmer. ADV 1970. owner. Sonnys Real Pit Bar-B-
Q. Fernandina Beach
Ron Sawyer. ADV 1972. publisher.Tuscaloosa.Ala.
David W.Wllson. retired. Deland
Howard Schemer. TEL 1970. vice president/sales
manager. CNN.Adanta
Philip M. Schwartz, president (ret).Turkel. Schwartz &
Partners. Miami
Rob Cherof. ADV 1982. executive vice president
and management director, BBDO Adanra
Bill Nolan. Orlando
Nis Nissen. president, Nissen Advertising. Lakeland
Stan Harris, president Harris Ideas. Plantation
Chip Elckmann, vice presidentrAnson-Stoner.Winter Park
Dick Monroe. ADV 1967. MA 1968. vice president of
environmental relations (re). Darden FoodsWindermere
C.j. (Larry) Butler. president. Larry Buder & Co.
State College. Pa.
Diann Mahood. ADV 1969. executive vice president of
marketing. Richs Macys.Adanta
Norm Grey. principal. Creative Circus, Atlanta
Michael Fitzgerald. executive vice president
G Carbonara & C., Roswell, Ga.
Bruce Sutherland. consultant (ret).Campbell-Mithun
Advertising Excelsior
Leo L. Kublet, senior vice president/advertising (ret).
The SL Petersburg Tres
Guillermo Gonzalez. advertising manager. BellSouth
Advertising and Publishing.Atanta
Alan Campbell. ADV 1964. the Biscayne BIstroterracebar,
Miami
David Ropes.JM 1968. Market Echo. New Canaan
Ed Hill, president, central Florida ops..Arvlda, DeLand
Joseph B.Anson.ADV 1975. president.Anson Stoner.
Winter Park
Andy Fletcher. Fletcher Martin Ewing.Adanta
Samantha Avivi, Procter & Gamble. Cincinnati
Jay Schwedelson. corporate vice presiden.Werldata.
Boca Raton
JOURNALISM
Ana Acle-Menendez, JM 1991, managing editor/fleatures,
Hispanic magazine. Coral Gables
Edward Barber, general manager. Campus
Communications. Gainesville


Andrea Billups. correspondent. People magazine. Miami
Tom Burton. chief photographer.The Orlando Sentinel
Betty Cortina, jM 1992, editorial director,
Loan magazine. New York
David Doucette, editorivice president. Retail Constucaion
Magazine. Canton, Ga.
Ronald DuPont. editor. The High Springs Herald
Scott Emerson.JM 1989. editor. Cirus and getablee
Magazine.Tampa
Rick HirschJM 1980. managing editor. The Miami Herald
Lynn Kalber, JM 1978. director of administraion/news-
room. The Polm Beach Pest.West Palm Beach
Tom Kennedy,jM 1972,director of photography
and design, VWshington Pbst/Newsweek Intemacve.Arllngton.
Va
Debra Leithauser, deputy editor. The Sunday Source.
The Washington Post.Washngon.D C
Bill Maxwell. columnist and ediorial writer.
The S Petersburg Times
Diane McFarlin,JM 1976,
publisher. The Soasota Herald Tribune
Pat Mitchell. senior editor for presentation. The Tampa
Trnbune
David Osier, M 1970, CNN Interactive,Atlanta
Jim Osteen, executive editor.The Gainesville Sun
Louis ."Skip" PerezJM 1969. executive editor.
The Ledger. Lakeland
Kathleen Pellegrino. recruitment coordinator
The Sun Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale
Margo PopeJM 1970. associate editor. The SLAugustne
Record
Anne Saul .M 1966. news system editor, Gannett Co.,
Arlington.Va
John Thomson, deputy managing editor. The Dayton Daily
News. Ohio
Kevin Walsh. bureau manager.The Associated Press,
Miami
Keith Woods. associate.The Poynter Institute for Medi
Studies. St. Petersburg
Pat Yack, editor. The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jack A. Glasure. president Glasure Group Inc.,
Sc Petersburg
Edward R.Albanes. PR 1972. associate director of
public relations and editor. FondAgriculture.
Flonda Farm Bureau Federaon. Gainesville
Angela A. Buonocore, ADV 1978. vice president,
The Pepsi Botding Group, Somers
Cheryl N. Campbell, vice president. Public Relations and
Corporate Communications, Convergys, Cincinnati
Joseph J. Curley, retired, partner A president. Curley &
Pynn Public Relations Management Inc.
James R. Frankowlak, senior counselor. Coastal Public
Relations Group Tampa
Timothy Gallagher. PR 1976. vice president
Public Relations. Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami
Sheryl A. Garelick, PR 1978. vice president
Client ServicesSenior Writer. Husebo Advertising &
Public Relations. Leesburg
Rebecca Hart. TEL 1991, partner. Hart & Partners,
Atlantic Beach
Jeanne Olson Mitchel.JM 1981.Washington
Representative, Exxon Mobil Corp.,Washlngon. DC.
Joseph S. Hice. PR 1974, MA 1976. UF associate vice
president for marketing and public relations.
Frank Karel. Ill, JM 1961. retired, vice president of
communications. Rockefeller & Robert Wood Johnson
Foundantons.Washingon, DC
Kimberly Krautter, managing director. 13th Generation
Strategies, Adanta
Usa A. Malone, deputy director, external relations and
business development, NASA Kennedy Space Center


Kathleen Francis Marvaso. PR 1986, managing
director.government relauons.AAA National Office.
Washington. D.C
Jennifer K. McMilHn. PR 1988, executive vice president.
Golin/Harns Internaonal,Adama
Merrie Meyers-Kershaw. PR 1978, MA 1979. director.
community involvement. The School Board of Broward
County, Fort Lauderdale
Gigi G. de Mier. principal, De Mier & Sanz de la Maza.
San Juan. PR
Mickey G. Nal. MA 1982. senior vice president and group
head, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.Washington. DC.
j. Michael Neumeler, PR 1992. managing partner,
Gaughan & Swann.Adama
Frank E. Ovalt, r., president & CEO, Institute for Public
Relations, Gainesville
Deanna .W. Perey, vice president. Guthne/Mayes
Public Relations. Louisville
Cheryl Procter-Rogers, regional corporate affairs
director Home Box Office. Rosemont
Kim R. Sms. PR 1979, manager.Walt Disney World
Company. Lake BuenaVista
Esther SilverParker, vice president of diversity relations,
Wal-Mart, Bentonville.Ark.
Lauri-Ellen Smith. PR 1981, principal.Winning Strategies.
Jacksonville, FL
Donald Thomas. PR 1968. COO.Amencan Cancer
Society.Adanta
Keith R.Trible, PR 1977,CEO.Orange Bowl
Committee. Miami
Kathy E.Viehe, director of marketing and communications.
Galnesville Regional Utlities. Gainesville
TELECOMMUNICATION
Gary Corbtt. research director. WJXTPost Newsweek
Station.WJXT-T Channel 4.Jacksonville (Chair)
Churchill Roberts, professor and co-director.
Documentary Institute. Gainesville
David H. Ostrof, professor and chair.
Department of Telecommunicaton, Gainesville
Mark Dvornik, executive vice president,
general sales manager. Paramount Pictures.
Hollywood. Calif.
Paul Gordon, executive vice president of
Marketing and Sales, Cox Target Media, Largo
Michael (lke)T. Harding, TEL 1975. president
and CEO. Millennium Media. Inc. Panama City
Dawn Rodriguez Hudson, PR 1985, regional sales and
marketngThe Gator Network/Clear Channel.
Jacksonville (Vice Chair)
Yvette MileyTEL 1985. Vice President of News.
News Director, NBC Channel 13, BirminghamAla.
Vickde Oldham,TEL 1980, Media/Mentor Consultant.
Sarasota
Leigh Semamn,TEL 1989, supervising producer,
RIVR Media, Knoxville
Robyn Sieron, TEL 1982. independent producer.
Jacksonville
Steve Stret, CEO. Next Estate Communications,
Monrovia. Calif
jaclde Barron, reporter.WFLA-Tampa
MichaelWllllams. TEL 1980. correspondent.
NBC Newschannel.Washingon. D.C.
Donna Bell Langlotz.TEL 1994, anchor/reporter,
WJHG-TV. 7 NBC, Panama City Beach
Donn Colee, station manager. WPEC-Wesc Palm Beach
John Antonio, executive producer.WABC-New York
Tanya Rhivera, reporterlanchor, WFMY-Greensboro
Paul Sirmons, Florida film commissioner and independent
feature film producer, Forevermore Films-Orlando
Claire Dinsdale. sales director, Marketing, International.
Lake Worth
Tom Calato, general sales manager. WKMG, Orlando


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honor roll donors


W e are proud to present our Honor Roll of donors. Gifts to the COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM
AND COMMUNICATIONS totaled $2,140,719 in fiscal year 2004-05.This includes generous
gifts from alumni, friends, and corporate benefactors.The university's fiscal year begins on July I
and ends the following June 30.
On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I thank each and every individual and organization
for your support. Private gifts are essential to helping us maintain the quality of our academic
programs and to providing meaningful learning experiences for our students.Your gifts supported
scholarships, research, computers and other instructional equipment, supplies, special programs,
activities and more.
Names of donors of $500 or more are identified with an asterisk (*). Donors of $1,000 or more are
in boldface, with an asterisk, while donors of $5,000 or more are in boldface italic, with an asterisk.
Thanks to you, it was an outstanding year for the COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
COMMUNICATIONS.
-Dean Terry Hynes


1945
Allen Alexander
1946
Stuart G. Newman
1949
Harold A. & Lois R. Herman
1950
Leland M. Hawes, Jr.
Jack Ledoux
James B. Selman,Jr.
Jack Shoemaker
1951
Blois B. Pearson
1952
John S. Detweiler
1953
Col.William T. Coleman, Jr.
Walter C. Daniels
Kenneth B. Guthrie
1955
Stanley Roberts
1956
Louis E. Bradley
Lt. Col.William R.Jordan, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Lynch, Jr.
R. Earl Poucher
June B.Wade
1957
Donald C. Bacon
Roland A. Chirico
George A. Levy
Stephen J.Traiman
KarlY.Wickstrom
1958
Dorothy J.Aikin
Elizabeth C. Conkling
John W. Dillin, Jr.


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Mary F Dorsett
* Marcle F. Ersoff
John W Hamilton
William A. Johnson
Budd T. Porter
Foy C. Sperring, Sr.
* Mr. & Mrs. Fred L.Vigodsky
1959
Leslie E. Clemens
Thomas L. Elliott, Jr.
E.Jack Kaplan
Judith V.Wilson
1960
Claire E. Cooper
Linda H. Hanks
J. Sheldon Jackson
Astrid R. Peacock
1961
Barry J. Cronin
Anthony R. Hamilton
* Comdr. Gus H. Hancock, Jr.(d)
* Frank Karel III
Herb McRae
Sharon K. & James G. Moorhead
F. Leslie & Cynthia C. Smith
1962
* Clifton J. Cormier
Michael W Delaney
Domenic Macrina III
Richard A. Mitchell
* Mr. & Mrs. Stanley J.
Schwartz
Bob D.Wallace
1963
Charles J. Cooper
Victor DiGenti
* James R. Harper
Gerald Katz
* David Lawrence, Jr.
John C. Mattucci
Harlow C. Middleton


* Colonel Harry A. Pearce
George M. Solomon
David M.Traub
* Larry K.Woods
1964
Donald B. Blackadar, Jr.
Donna S. Griffin
Michael S. Mucci
* Judy Lynn Prince
Edward A. Ridolph, Jr.
William H.Wall
1965
David M. Berkowitz
*William R. Crawford
Charles I. Gibbs
Charles F. Manning
Michael B. Merget
Sandra L & John E. O'Donnell
Capt.Arthur M. Seitz III
Stephen R.Vaughn
Thomas H.Wester
1966
Susan W Barron
Bruce A. Congleton
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel V. DiLoreto
Bill Gulliford
Patricia S. Hanafourde
James R. Kelly
Colonel P Lee Mason
Peter K. Pringle
Chuck Schroedel
Marjory R. Schwartz
Susan J. Sherman
Douglas L Stowell
Jane M.Whitner
1967
William A.Akins, Jr.
Larry A. Bach
Eunice T. Baros
Ronald E. & Nancy C. Birchall
James C. Brock


Sharon R. Carnohan
* Paul W.& Diane C. Chun
Richard A. Hammock
* SusanT.Jones
Carolyn V. Killingsworth
John A. Kocher
Robert M. Menaker
William F. O'Brien
Gary W. Ostrom
Stefanie J. Pettit
* Edward M. & Jo A. Sears
Joseph A.Thompson
Randall J.Topjun
* George F.& Marilyn LTubb
1968
George C. Glass
James K. Horer
Ross H. Kistler
Cheri W Madsen
Gary J. Mielo
Steven E. Rohan
1969
Michael E.Abrams
Jeffrey W.Alford
Paul G.Ashdown
Stephen B. Becker
John B. Brett.Jr.
Charles S. Broward III
Dean B. Bunch
Mrs.Jean C. Chance
Victor W Deal
Mrs. Farrell T. Didio
Brian D. Rodgers & Sally I. Evans
Daniel J. Flynn
Rhonda S. Foster
William L. Fouraker, Jr.
Gail R Gilmore
Felix T. Haynes,Jr.
James R. Henderson
David L. Kahn
Constance S. Kaleel
Ric S. Katz
Margaret M. & Harold R. Kennedy, Jr.
* Christine L. Knight
Edward E. Pavelka
Gall B. Payne
James D. Pearson,Jr.
* Louis M. Perez
Barbara Pomerance
William J. Riley, Jr.
Robert S. Singer
Lloyd A.Turman
Mrs. Mifflin H. Uhlfelder
Michael J.Vann
John S.Wholeben
1970
Kenneth E.Anderson
The Hon. Stanford Blake
Linda L. Davis










David R. Doucette
Richard C. Fellows
Ronald L. Hayes
Donna M. Lehman
Marlayna B. & Patrick H. McMillan
Mary Katherine Morse
Donald A. Nattress
* Mr. & Mrs.Alyn E. Pope
Mr. & Mrs.Arthur M. Sabbag
Howard R. Schemer
Brian K. Smith
Patricia M. Sterne-Evans
*W. Bradford Todd

1971
Mary B. Barrineau
* Bruce G. Bradburn
Robert J. Carr
Kenneth S. Clarke
* John B. Cresse
The Hon. R Kevin Davey
Anne B. Freedman-Fischer
The Hon. Peter J. Fryefield
Brenda D. Gevertz
Rex S. Harper
* John D. & Marjan Haviland
Paul A. Kuester
Raymond H. Lynch
Edward E. & Sallie M. Manassah
Rebekah S. Marinelli
Jerry D. Martin
Kathleen A. Sexton
Richard D. Shelton
Grace R Starbird
Glenda P.Wolin
1972
J. N.Adams
Edward R.Albanesi
J. Michael Atwater
James E. Borsari
Janet G. Burky
Alan J. Burnett
Dennis M. & Colleen C. Callas
Alice A. Driggers
Muriel A. Everton
Charles E Fields, Jr.
Ellen S. Fischer
William B. Garber,Jr.
* Mr. & Mrs. Henry H. Grhom,jr.
LJohn & Patricia F. Holcomb
William D. Hunter
Theresa M.Jarina
* Belton E.Jennings III
Thomas D. Jordan
David H. Kelmachter
Thomas M. Leahy,Jr.
* Marcia M. MacCready
Lamar V. Marchese
Richard D. & Gwenn L Oldham
James H. Park


Mr. & Mrs.Anthony W. Redman
Kathy Fountain Robertson
* Ronald L Sachs
John H.Walker
Sheila Wexler & John W. Fuller
1973
Wanda F. Barry
Bill T. Baxter
* Michael T. Bayer
John N. Bert
David K. Bookman
Kim B. Christiansen
James C. Fedyshyn
Charles E. Glenn
Seyman L. Greenberg
Diane A. Hatcher
David B. Outten
Ilene A. Primack
Eric R Schneider
Joan H. Stark
Kent H. Steele
Carl E. Stein
Daryl V. Swann
Sharon R.Wagner
Ted D.Whitaker
P Steven Yacynych
1974
Kris H.Anderson
David K. ColesberryJr.
Connie E. Dignum
James Edward Duffy
Gerald M. Garte
Joseph P. Grabosky
Joseph S. Hice Jr.
* Gary D. & Donna S. Koch
Janis E. Koplin
William R. Leonard
Karen H. Long
Col. Steven N. Miller
Carolyn O. Nofal
Pamela S. Rosica
Robert L. Rothman
Susan C. Salisbury
Lucretia M. Scudder
Laurel A. Smith
Deborah J. Stoudt
Patrick M. Sullivan
Nancy B.Vittorini
Susanne I.Wedberg
The Hon. Douglass F.Wiles
Louis T.Young
Michael J. Zebrick, Jr.
1975
Sonya M. Booth
Louis A. Brancaccio
Francine P. Brice
Karen M. Buesing
Cynthia C. Cone
Susan A. Corey


* Michael R. Costigan
Malvin J. Craig
Ronald T. & Mary A. Cunningham
Elsie M. Davis
Rena M. Duchowny
June W. Edwards
* Mark D. Erstling
Robert S. Ferreira
Barry I. Friedman
George B. Fuller
Richard L Gilman
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald A. Goley
Kenneth W. Goodman
Robert E. Gordon
Keith M. Hastings
Andrew J. Hayward III
*Thomas L.Jackson
Bradford B.Jones
Jacqueline L Kanner
Corey D. Kintner
Karen D. Kjos
Larry O. Lansford
H.Joel Laurila
Wendy J. Lester
John A. Lobianco
Deborah H. Machaby
Stephen R. MacNamara
Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Martin
M. Rory O'Connor
Donald M. Pickard
Michael J. & Carol S. Prendergast
William F. Quattlebaum
James E. Robison
Tom Rodgers
* Kenneth B. & Cindy G. Schick
GaryT. Sease
Leslie G. Sheffield
June S. Shenkman
Suzanne D. Siegel
Kristi A. Stovall
Rodney N.Ward
Mrs. Jamie WWyatt
1976
Michael A.Abbott
Howard E.Adams
Robin W.Adams
Marti T.Agins
Thomas W. Barnes
David D. Beidler, Esq.
James R. Brinson,Jr.
* Ralph A. Brown
John F Campbell
Dennis R. Conrad
Robert D. Crane
Col. RayA. Crockett
Craig A. & Janet T. Dennis
Michael B. Dunn
Carol C. Enfield
Mona S. Flax
Timothy J. Gallagher


Edward L Hamilton, Jr.
Cathy J. Hogan
Maris S. Jarina
Dale B. & Ruth A. Klockowski
Carol H. Lee
Charles G. Leonard
Mitchell B. Manasse
Theresa M. Miller
Charles E. Morrison III
Cassie G. Oden
Kathryn G. Pedrick
Kenneth R. Petty
Colonel Kenneth S. Plato
Frank R. Radcliff
Jay L Roth
Linda L. Rozynes
Steve Smith
Jeffrey M. Stutin
James M. Summers
Rebecca PTaus
Mayco Villafana
Thaddeus O.Walker III
Patricia W.Wilkins
Robert J.Wilson,Jr.
Benjamin H.Wolf
Susan E. Zimmer
1977
Susan H. Bauhof
* David V. Bianculli
Nancy R. Burks
Melvin G. Butler
Billie L Crowell
Alfred Cumming
Katrina R. Freeman
Pamela B. Gadinsky
James L. Gerke
Thomas P. Germond
David P. Grant
* Mr. & Mrs. Michael T Harding
John R Hennessey
Jo Ellen A.Janvrin
Gary H. Kronfeld
Robin A. McCabe
Carl R. McDermott, Jr.
* Keith & Marilyn L Moyer
James R. Mullens
Theresa Perez-Ennis
Diane E. Pertmer
Anthony A. Piccolo
Karl D. Rogozenski
Hal G. Rosenbluth
Stacy J. Safion
Marcia R Scanlin
Rhonda V Sibilia
Richard M.Warren,Jr.
Patricia R.White
1978
Lauri E. & Mark I.Aronson
Angela A. Buonocore


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Kathleen D. & Thomas T. Cox
John B. David
John F. Deaver
Hedy S. DeMaio
Donna H. Depue
Dana S. Eagles
Barbara E. Elsea
Usa S. Everett
rew Froman, Esq.
Sheryl A. Garelick
Lisa M. Goddard
Richard B. Goldman
Diana M. Gonzalez
* Peter J. & Amy S. Gravina
Olga A. Hernandez
Gary R & Anne B. Hixson
Lynn R. Kalber
Lawrence D. Keen
Odell C. Lewis,Jr.
Kathleen L Maloney Skambis
Brenda W New
Belinda A. Palmer
Jane Palmer
Deborah D. Powell
John G. Roos
Neil M. Sackheim
Stuart J. Shlossman
Robyn S. Sortal
Inger 0. & Stefan J. Stuart
Cynthia P.Tallent
Janice A.Tuckwood



Annual Giving


Bruce A.Weinstock
Tod DYeslow
1979
Santiago D.Alvarez
Wendy M. Binioris
Seth P Chazin
Charles W. Clemons, Sr.
Jane S. Clifford
Renita C. Coleman
Stephen W. Crider
Robert D'Angelo
Stephen G. Dick
Carolyn R. Donegan
Jill R. & Joshua L Dubin
Daniel S. Earp
Cynthia H. Elcan
Michele V. Etheredge
Claire H. Fournier
*Andy Fletcher
Katherine R. Groggel
JoyW. Gutos
Steven C. Hager
Dora L Hanks
Nash J. Hedrick.Jr.
Kathleen W. Herald
Susan B. Howard
Cindy S. Kane
Dale E. King
Mary C. Landt
J. Michael Lenninger


T he COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS received $2.14
million in fiscal year 2004-05.This total includes gifts from alumni,
friends, corporate benefactors and funds from the state of Florida


matching gifts program.
SUMMARY OF GIFTS:
Alumni
Donors
Total Gifts


2003-04
1,301
$342.808


2004-05
1,226
$355.613


Friends
Donors 37 71
Total Gifts $120,526 $97,477

Corporate 95 100
Total Gifts $561,246 $487,049

Friends of Five
Donors 6,131 6,239
Total Gifts $582,761 $618,799

Classic 89
Donors 3,736 3,835
Total Gifts $506,807 $581,781

All Gifts $2, 114,248 $2,140,719


David H. Lowe IV
Cynthia J. Ludwig
Patricia R Matthews
Frances M. McMichael
Merrie Meyers-Kershaw
Jacqueline A. Molsick
Kathleen M. Monacelli
Mrs. Lyn N. Morrison
Andrea L Moss
Terrence R O'Connor
Patrick J. Ratchford
Nancy K. Rodlun
Curtis G. & Margaret K. Rorebeck
Mrs. Kim R. Sams
* John W. Schryber
Darcy L Silvers
* Joseph R.Tanner
Harry S.Thomson III
Michael E.Wallace
David S.Warren
Mark EWeinkrantz
1980
Steven W. Clark & Annette L. Ellard
* Linda M. & Michael J. Connelly
Deborah J. Crews
Mardi J. Donahoe
Debra L Donner
Margaret A. Ehle
Mrs. Missy B. Fennimore
Patricia M. Flood
Kimberly Fox DeMeza
Jan C. Frank
Patrick R. Fraser
Charlene A. Gates
Katherine S. Grant
Michael L Gurspan
Karen L Haas
Cherie J. Hicks
Rick Hirsch & Robin S. Landers
Daniel R. Hoag
Patricia P. Hoover
Rhonda E.Johannesson
Pamela D.Jovaag
Rock Kousek
Scott D. Kuntz
Mr. & Mrs.Walter R. Kurlin, Jr.
Betty S. Lacayo
* Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Levy
Elizabeth Mahon
Kathy C. Malone
Stacey C. Marsh
Cathy C. Mild
Judson H. Orrick
Gordon L Patterson
Jack R Pizzolato,Jr.
Dana M. Rachlin
Amy J. Rubins


Ellen Sanfilippo
Barbara B. Sherbill
Robin B. Sherman
Ellen D Silvers-Goldman
* Richard E. Straughn
Mark B. & Cindy F Weisser
Jamie L Zakarin
Charles A. & Cynthia H
Zimmerman
1981
Linda J. Borgia
William D. Bryant
Tamara A. Campbell
ToniV. Carpenter
Kathryn W & Mark A. Cramer
Lt Col. Ernest G. Crone. Jr.
Donna L Curasi
Nancy E. Dahlberg
Joanne L Donovan
Martin R Duda
Angelica G. Fleites
Kathryn A Fogle
Eric J. Fregger
Kenneth L Goldberg
Cynthia A. Goldsmith
Prof.August E. Grant
Gregory L Huffman
Deborah A. Johnson
Wendy W. Kamilar
Deborah B. Kolodkin
Karen L Kruszewski
Mrs. Kim K. Lott
John M. Manchester
Marc J. Margolies
Debra A. Mason
Laurie C. May
Maria L. Pierson
Cameron R. Roberts
Rosalie M. Schreiber
Debra A. Smith
Mrs. Shannon J. Sottilare
Melanie A. Stoutamire-Welte
Leslie Rossway Swan
Lesa H.Thomas
Lindsay BrdlikViering
HollyA.Waggoner
Karmen B.Walker
Maria D.Wise
Colleen A.Ydo
1982
Martha A.Abdella
Susan Abrams
Debra LAinbinder
Cheryl D.Altshuler
Clara E.Amiama-Rodriguez
Tina M.Aulita
Shelley D. Burchfield


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James A. Burski
Randy Cassimus
Jill B. Cousins
Patricia A. Cowdery
Edward D. & Karen M.
Price-Crowder
Anita Z. Duncan
Elizabeth G. Dunn
Amy R Durham
Joanne P. Esplin
James R Faber
Melanie F. Ferreira
Ariadne M. Fitzgerald
Michael T. Gaffey
Leslie J. Heumann
David M. Hogerty
Rebecca M. Hoover
Carol B. & Neal William Horner
Edward R. Hunter
Phil Kessler
Christopher J. Kovic
Francis S. Leenders
Thomas J. Leihbacher
Sharon R. Lundberg
Virginia F. McNulty
* Elizabeth H. Milam
Frances Z. Neu
Nina Newton
Tammy S. Newton
Therese L O'Hanlon
Alberto M.OrtezJr.
Cynthia W Parks
Sharon L Podwol
William E. Randolph,Jr.
Helaine D. Richberger
Alicia M. Ring
Marc A. & Catherine F Rosenfeld
Cecilia H. Salk
Alan R. Schrack
Maureen G. Shaw
Robyn G.& MarkA. Sieron
Susan S. Silver
John Daniel Smith
HenryA Stephens.Jr
Rodney LTriplett
Karen Wendman
Susan W.West
Ronald K.Wilson
B. Richard & Patricia G.Wright
1983
Kenneth J.Altshuler
Sorelle K. Baldwin
Gerald A. Banta
Andrea N. Bass
Scott R. Boatright
Paula A. BoslerMary L Brennan
Jeffrey R. Bunkin


Gwen L Cohan
Jon N. Crumrine
Marcelle B. DeCuir
Dawn R. Donnelly
Diane M. Eberhart
Heidi S. Fuller
Wayne S. Garcia
Lorie M. Gardner
john R. Gianneschi
Mary E Gliserman
William M. Goodwin
Carolyn B. & Robert E Gosselin
BrettW. Gow
Michele Kurtzman Greenfield
Lori A. Harrop
Edna H.Johnson
Ellen M. Kennedy
*Joyce A. & Brian R.
Konigsburg
Lsa S. Koonce
Mrs. Keni J. Lanagan
Robin G. Litrenta
Daniel K. Loman
Angela C. McAlpin
Kathleen Ann Mitchell &
George P Fraser
Susan M. Rather
Wende S. Reoch
Dolores K. Sanchez
* Diane C. Sapir
Janet C. Schlang
Nancy S. Small
Karen Tappenden
James A.Weidhaas
LisaAWolfe
1984
Pamela R. Beckett
Rosanne B Brandeburg
Nancy C. Brass
Robert J.Caal
Susan R. Chrzan
Linda A. Cooper
Susan E. DeFonso
Aletha M. Fink
Jacqueline A. Green
Carla E. Gubemick
Lori A. Harrow
Michael B. Huguenin
Kimberly G. Hunt
Laura J. Kirby
John N. Long
Mark A. Mangone
Clifford E. Marks
Lori E. McCroan
Pamela M. Metziere
Penny M. Minich
Miriam H. Mott


Karen L O'Byrne
Ronald R. Oldano
Kimberly M. O'Shaughnessy
Beth Parmer
Mrs. Kim E. Price
Kayla B. Rynor
Deborah M.Saff &
Douglas A. Cohen
Gary L Sanders
Richard W. Schneider
Patricia A. Sedlacek
Brent D. Shackelford
Gregory S. Smart
Todd W. & Kristi E.Templin
Charles D.Tobin
Amanda C.Wade
Patricia A.Youngross
1985
GaryJ. Bates
Donna Kay Brown
William J. Conley III
Kristi N. Davisson
Mrs. Kim K. Denton
Myra C. Elder
Mark E. Feinberg
Elizabeth H. Gabrini
Brian R Grant
Beth S. Graves
Diane B. Harrington
* Christopher R. Hyers
Robert P Jacobs
Kaaren H. & G. Kerry Johnson
Hope G. Koehne
* LisaThatcher Kresl
Vickie L R. Kuhlmeyer
Mary J. Loftus
Mary M. McCrork
* John P McGrath
Karen F. Mills
Susan J Nicolai
Jeffery K. Parsons
Chen L. Pollack
Dan M. Pollack
Kimberly K Poor
Lynn M. Ramos
Mrs Ashley M. Rea
Susan E Rocco
Carole C & Lawrence E Savage
Raymond Sayeg. Jr.. Esq.
Jennifer K Thomas
Dana S Tross
Paul TVolpe
* Genevieve L Wilhelm
Pamela A Young
Annie M Yuzzi


1986
Carlos C. Baine
Jacqueline P. Bange
Charles W Blanton
Stephanie H. Blay
Debbie Borstein
Karen R Bosworth
Carlos J. Burruezo
Alwyn M. Cassil
Usa Cianci
Gladys L Cleland
Julie H. Cunkle
Pamela S. Darville
Suzanne Dosal-Gray
Jacqueline M. Finch
Richard M. Gibbs
Macdara M. Hanney
Barbara S. Hansen
Jeffrey G. Harness
Sandra D. Huffman &
Keith A. Kameg
Priscilla B.Jones
Mark H. Langley
Kathleen P Lopez
Kenneth A. Lucas, Sr.
Anne D. Mathews
DebraW McCulough
Patrick J. Mitchell
Leigh B. Radford
* Susan S. Riordan
Mrs Rhendy R Rowe
Laura Rutenis
Daniel R. Schnitzein
William L Schreiber
Brian T. Slowik
Derry L Smith
James B. Stephens
*Thomas W. Strehle
Linda K.Vendl
David MatthewVillano
Wendy A.Weisner
Christine A. H.Weiss
Carla G. & Charles M.Wendy III
Gary LWhite
Gregory M.Williams
Jeffrey J.Wilson
Tammy N.Wilson
Corinne S.Yonge
Laura J. Zappi
Jeffery D. Zbar
1987
NinaT. Bradbury
joseph Bucca
Krstine M. Bunnell
Robert Call.Jr
Michelle N Cardini
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Karen M. Daragan
Katherine B. Davies
Frank D. & Meenakshi G. Durham
Kimberly S. Friedman
Mrs. Kyle M. Fuchs
Michael L. & Kristin Gumbel Gibson
Jill A. Hamlin
Calista J. Hans
Jane B. Hartgrove
Kathryn L Hudson
Rex E. & Michelle L. Humbard
Debra S.Jacobson
Deborah H. Kaplan
Diane P. Lewis
Lynne D. Lotenberg
Laura G. Maiocco
Sharon M. McBreen
Wade E McKenzie
Allison J. Mehr
Ingrid C. Mellone
Ariel Odzer
Chris F. Reidy
Carol D. Richardson
Denise A. Rieth
Deborah Salamone
Carolyn N. Salvador
Bernard M. Scaldo
Noell T. Schofield III
Paulette W. Senior
Rachel A. Smith
Barry A. Stumbo
Steven A.Weinstein
Kathryn H.Willet
Todd N.Wilpon
Jeanne A.Wolk
1988
Michael A. Barile
Gina B. Barnhill
Janet M. Braunstein
Laura F. Carroll
June Cassell
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Dennis J. Flynn,Jr.
Robert T. Fowler IV
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Renee L.Jackson
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Mary D.Tarin
Darlene S.Vanderbush
Gayle F.Weiss
1989
Dana H.Adkinson
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Susan L. Dewey
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Robin K. Smith
Julie E. Stricker
Kristie L.Tavolario-Reinert
Allyson B.Walton
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1990
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Pamela B. Boggs
Mark G. Boslet
Jennifer C. Bullard
Lois A. Daughtridge
James R. Dishman
Sharon H. Dowell
Charles B. Fontenay
Elizabeth M. Francis
Andrew C. Garick
Howard A. Gengarelly
Steven E. Goldberg
Mark R. Halton


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Timothy J. Hill
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Jeffrey L Marks
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Rebecca H. Moran
Pamela M. Morgan
Karen M. Nesbitt
Laura S. Reed
Nancy M. Sherr
Rick A. Stern
Francine H.Williams
William P. Zeiss
1991
Jonathan E.Adams
Rebecca Hart Blaudow
Michelle K. Boas
Allison K. Diego
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Beth A. Formica
John V. Giusti
Valerie S. Hasselbach
Susan E. Kennedy
Christine S. Manring
Cassandra F. Melvin
Jennifer Mitchell
Rick Oleshak
Caryn B. Ratner
Stephanie O. Rubin
Brian R. Stenberg
Mark C.Wallington
* Nancy H.Walsh
Reverend Deborah V.
Weatherspoon
Linda Westelin
Eric B.Wiese
Susan WWilliams
1992
Benjamin D.Allen
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Brett J. Berlin
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Elizabeth S. Boulia
Christi R. Bowen
Lori E. Brennan
Mark A. & Jeanne M. Bryant
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Carrie B. Caruso
Jung-Sik Cho, Ph.D.
Betty Cortina
Teresa M. Garrett
Mark S. Green
David P. Hansen
Mrs. Shannon B. Haynes
Joy M. Howard


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Catherine L. Miller-Davila
Maria M. Moore
* Mr.& Mrs.J. Michael
Neumeier, r.
Enrico Pasqualini
Susan T. Pompiean
Jami G. Shapiro
Jason I. Simon
Julie T. Simon
Christine E. Stratton
Carol A.Tate
Kelly LThomas
Jane TTolbert
1993
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Matthew E. Bennett
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Karla A. Brown-Garcia
Elizabeth A. Clarke
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Carrie L Ferenac
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Lisa C. Stevens
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Tiffany L.Tyler
Jason G.Wolfkill
John J.Wright
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Robert A. Black
Mary P. Bosker
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Steven B. Finkelstein
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Tracy A. Stephenson
Anne M. Suvada
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1995
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Dina W.De Leo
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Frank R Guiffreda
Nancy M. Kinnally
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Deana A. Levine
Anita L McGowan
Glenn W Mueller
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Brett C. Opdyke
Judy F. Paulsen
Nikki B. Ray
Dawn M. Ray-Thompson
S. Randy Roberts
Margaret D. Seigler
James A St. Pierre
Jennifer M.Vogel
Victoria M.Walter
Allyson D.White
Anthony D.Windham
Courtney F. Zinke
1996
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Tammy A. Campbell
Thomas B. Cannon
Andrew J. Douglas
Jennifer A. Floro


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Christina B. Nuss
Tina M. Patregnani
Kelly G. Powell
Christine A. Santana
Deana L Schade
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Paul A. Silli
Erika H. Simon
Mathew ATainow
1997

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Captain Emily K. Evangelista
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Nicole H. Robinson
Adam B. Sheinkopf
Coleen G. Siansky
Jonathan M. Strawder
Amy R. Summers
Mark R. & Amber K. Swanson
DanaY.Wilson
Iris O.Wolfe
1998
Natasha M.Allen
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Patricia C.Ashley
Aria G. Bernstein
Michelle M. Bohne
StaceyA. Bove
* Christina E. Burnett
Annie G. D'Agostino
Sean P. Devlin
Debra A. Donatto
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William K. Elinder
Scott E. Gamble
Brian H. Geller & Deborah C.
Schwartz
Maire R Griffin
Erin O. & Grant J. Heston
Andrea N. Kennedy


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Lauren K. Schatz
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Avril W Shelton
Arthur J. Siccardi,Jr.
Jodi LWeitz
Marissa A.Wilcox
1999
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* Kerry A Crooks
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Debbie R. Echols
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Trae Walker
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2000
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2004
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coverstory


ONE SHOT: Documentary Institute Associate Director Cindy Hill shootsVernonTott snapping a picture of two Nazi labor camp survivors who flew to visit
him and look for themselves in the photos he took on their liberation day. Ahlem survivors gaveTott the Pentax camera and a silver kiddush cup. BOAZ DVIR


Documentary

Institute captures

a former soldier's

quest to identify

survivors in his

Holocaust photos

BY BOAZ DVIR


Thursday, Feb. 17



Flying to Sioux City, Churchill
Roberts and Cindy Hill feel nerv-
ous. It's not the flight or the Iowa
winter they're worried about; it's
the person they're going to see, the
subject of their latest documentary,
Angel ofAhlem.
Vernon Tott is dying.
For the previous 10 months, they've been docu-
menting the 80-year-old former Army radio opera-
tor's mission to track down the 40 survivors from 19
photos he took April 10, 1945, the day his 84th


Infantry Division liberated the Ahlem Nazi labor
camp. In this whirlwind stretch, during which
Roberts, Hill and their Documentary Institute team-
mates traveled with Tott to Germany and Poland,
they've seen him fade as his prostate cancer spread
to his bladder.
"Watching Vernon's health decline has taken a
toll on us," says Roberts, the institute's co-director.
"We've grown really close to him and his family."
They hope he makes it to tomorrow's syna-
gogue ceremony in his honor and today's meeting
with two survivors who are flying in from Israel
and New Jersey to meet him and look for their gaunt


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images in his 60-year-old snapshots.
Joined by New York-based genealogist
Roni Liebowitz and North Carolina-based
freelance lighting and audio specialist Terry
Bishop, Roberts and Hill call Tott's wife
Betty as soon as they step off the plane. She
reports that he's hanging on.
When they arrive at Tott's simple house,
which overlooks withered hills, they find him
sitting on his La-Z-Boy speaking with New
York Times writer Jodi Wilgoren. Hill straps
on a digital camera to capture every potential-
ly useable moment from here on out. She
zooms in on Tott, whose skin is so pale, it's
nearly transparent, and his muscles are so
limp, he needs a wheelchair to venture out-
side his house. He's not the man they remem-
ber from the previous summer, when they
traveled with him to the site of Ahlem, out-


side Hannover, Germany. "Back then, he
moved around, he was animated," Roberts
recalls. "He even drank beer at the bar."
But Tott's cognitive skills remain sharp.
He's almost cheerful. After greeting his visi-
tors, he returns to his NYT interview. Hill
records his matter-of-fact yet passionate dis-
position. Roberts sits back unless he feels he
must get involved. Sure enough, after a few


ment to look for the suddenly missing origi-
nal photos.
"No, no, we'll go," Roberts says, con-
vincing Tott to save his energy for his meet-
ing with the survivors.
Before Tott can change his mind, Roberts
scoots downstairs. Although he finds no trace
of the photos, he remains calm, knowing that
they have plenty of copies.


Thirteen of the 30 survivors Tott has

found so far identified themselves in

the photos he took at Ahlem.


minutes, he jumps in when he overhears Tott
announce that he's going down to the base-


Still, it'd be nice to have the originals.
Roberts returns upstairs to search for
them in the living room. Soon, the pack of
photos emerges from a stack of documents
like a puppy rearing its head from a pile of
toys. Relieved, Roberts asks his teammates to
prepare to head back to the airport to pick up
the Ahlem survivors.
As they drive through Sioux City's rusty
downtown, they see the empty shell of the
Swift meatpacking plant, where Tott spent his
working life as a foreman. They wonder if
Lucjan Barr or Henry Shery will identify
themselves in his photos.
They know Tott feels optimistic about
this prospect. Since he started his search in
1995, he's been batting .433 13 of the 30
survivors he found so far identified them-
selves in his pictures. He hopes to add to his
list, Barr, an electrical engineer from Tel Aviv,
and Shery, a retiree from Manchester, N.J.,
who only heard of Tott 10 days earlier.

FINDING A PLACE FOR AHLEM
Roberts learned of Tott in 2003 on the
Internet. He brought the idea to his institute
teammates, Co-Director Sandra Dickson,
Director of Photography Hill and Research
Coordinator Cara Pilson.
"I asked them to sleep on it a while,"
Roberts said, "and think through all the rami-
fications."
Seeing the potential and the pitfalls, they
took their time deciding. They brought up
several concerns. First, despite having made











eight documentaries in the past two decades,
they had no experience working on this kind
of a project. Their previous documenatries,
including their most recent, Negroes with
Guns, were historical, allowing them to use
archival material and know up front how the
story would end. Angel ofAhlem called for an
observational approach, which is inherently
risky.
"We never worked in observational for-
mat before," Dickson said. "It was always
very planned. This is grab your camera and
run. It's constantly changing."
They also felt apprehensive about relying
on a protagonist who is old and sick. Would
Tott live long enough to allow them to com-
plete the project? Would he give them
enough access?
"We were worried we wouldn't get the
coverage needed," Hill said. "But from the
moment we met Vernon, there was no issue,
no problem."
Creating a documentary about the
Holocaust, a crowded category in which
they lacked expertise, presented other pos-
sible problems.
"Doing another World War II documen-
tary, we weren't sure what we were
adding," Hill said. "I thought this might be
a hard sell. The average American viewer
has seen so many movies about this."
Tott solved this problem for them, too.
"We realized that this isn't just about the
Holocaust," Hill said. "It's about Vernon and
his quest to reunite with survivors."
Tott embarked on his mission a decade
ago after reading a letter in the 84th Infantry's
newsletter from Ahlem survivor Ben
Sieradski seeking photos taken after libera-
tion. Clutching The Railsplitter, Tott dug up
the photos from an old shoebox in his base-
ment, contacted the Berkeley retiree and
started an unlikely partnership.
"They're an odd couple," Roberts said.
"Vernon is an Iowa gentile who hasn't been
around many Jews in his life; Ben is a sophis-
ticated Jewish engineer. They came from
completely different worlds, but they became
very close friends. It was something to watch.
We thought, That's what makes for good doc-
umentaries, good characters."
It's the frozen faces immortalized by


Tott's Kodak, however, that distinguish this
story, noted Wilgoren, whose article ran in
the Sunday NYT on Feb. 20.
"The idea of connecting to the survivors
through the photos is really powerful," the
NYT Chicago bureau chief said. "It's just so


Ahlem survivor Jack Tramiel, who
donated $100,000 to the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington in Tott's
honor and $25,000 to the documentary,
echoes the sentiment about the photos pro-
viding "proof."


SURVIVOR INSTINCT: Ben Sieradski found himself on the far left in one ofVernon Tott's
liberation day photos of the Ahlem Nazi labor camp, which stood outside Hannover, Germany.


rare to have this kind of photos. People are
enchanted by them."
Some people nonetheless questioned the
institute's choice of a topic.
"One guy I spoke with about this said to
me, 'No one is interested in the Holocaust,'"
Roberts recalled. "I disagree. It's the most
compelling story in my lifetime. You just
have to find a new way of telling it."
In the documentary, the Ahlem survivors
express deep gratitude to Tott for removing
any doubts not just the world's, but theirs,
as well about what they experienced.
"I wasn't quite sure that it really hap-
pened," Ahlem survivor Sam Gottesman
offers in one of the documentary's first
scenes. "When I looked in those pictures and
saw myself in them I said, 'Yes, Sam, you
were there, you suffered all those things.'"


"I will never forget [Tott] for the rest of
my life," the Commodore Computer founder
says in the documentary, "and my kids won't
forget him."
Believing they captured a fresh angle in
Angel ofAhlem, Roberts and his teammates
plan their first theatrical release. To do so,
they must convert their widescreen digital
format to 35mm film, an expensive proposi-
tion that pushes the estimated budget as high
as $300,000, excluding salaries.
"We want to show it in major cities that
have large Jewish populations, like New

York, Los Angeles and Chicago," Roberts
said. "It has international potential, as well.
We want to put subtitles in German and
Polish and also Hebrew, so we can show it
in Israel."
To achieve this, the team has had to


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invest more time and effort in fundraising
than usual.
"If you can't raise money for this proj-
ect," Roberts said, "you can't raise money."
In November, they flew to New York
with the COLLEGE'S Dean Terry Hynes and
Director of Development Rebecca Hoover
to hold a fundraising reception for more
than 60 people, including Tott, Ahlem sur-
vivors, and alumni. Publishing consultant
Amy Goldberger, TEL 1969, hosted the
event, which netted about $20,000, in her
Manhattan penthouse.
"It's such a different kind of story,"
Goldberger said, "than what I'm usually
familiar with."

'HIS FACE, I REMEMBER'
The documentary makers grew close to
their subject, who saw them as far more
than objective observers. For instance,
when a newspaper reporter would request
an interview, Tott would consult with
Roberts or Dickson before giving an
answer. Even the NYT set up its interview
with their help.
"[The Totts] did so much for us, we felt
we had to thank them," Roberts said. "So
we did as much as we could for the family."
They located survivors, conducted
research, organized the material, and paid
some expenses, such as flying in Barr, his
wife Ruth, and Shery. In fall 2004, they
prepared to take Tott to Israel. Liebowitz
put together English, Hebrew and Yiddish
ads seeking leads for former Ahlem pris-
oners. The team geared up for a hectic trip
- Barr alone indicated he could put them
in touch with five survivors in the Tel
Aviv area. But by January, Tott's failing
health nixed the plan.
"I wish I could go to Israel," Tott said.
"I would be on top of the world if I could
go there."
Instead, Barr and Shery came to see
him. When they took their seats at the din-
ing table alongside Tott to examine his
photos, everyone else hung back, silently
watching with anticipation.
"His face, I remember," Barr said,
holding up one of the photos and pointing
at one of the two men pictured. "I don't


remember to whom it belongs, but his face
I remember. Almost could be me."
"To me, that's you there," Tott said. "I
can see by the way your ear is shaped."
"Maybe," Barr said, "maybe."
Barr pulled out two passport photos
taken after the war. Tott held them up to
the picture he took and carefully compared
the ears. "Could be you," he said.
Unconvinced, Barr shifted his atten-
tion to another picture. By the time they
finished going through the photos, howev-
er, Barr changed his mind, saying he felt
unsure about finding himself in any of
them. Shery also came up with no match.
"It's hard to recognize yourself," Shery
said.
As Tott voiced disappointment, Shery
put it in perspective.
"Without pictures, do you think people
would believe this happened?" he said. "I
myself sometimes can't believe it."

Friday, Feb. 18
Despite moving into a hospice bed set
up in his living room, "Vernon continued
his search to the end," Roberts said.
Before he died 10 days later, Tott
added three more names to his list of
Ahlem survivors who identified them-
selves in his photos.


Wanted:

storytellers

Documentary Institute faculty look
for storytellers when considering
applicants for the master's program.
"We look at the life/work
experiences a student has had -
particularly experiences that might lead
naturally to a passion for documentary
but not necessarily film and television
experience," Co-Director Churchill
Roberts said.
Class size varies annually. For
instance, while the 2005 class, which
finished the two-year program in the
spring, had 14 students, the 2004 class
had six because several accepted
international applicants failed, at the last
minute, to secure visas.
The 2007 class, which started this
semester, has II students.
Divided into teams of two to four,
the students aim to produce an original,
broadcast-worthy documentary as their
thesis production.They receive $5,000
from the COLLEGE to create their
project, and priceless direction from
Roberts, Co-Director Sandra
Dickson and Associate Directors
Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson.
-BOAZ DVIR


DOING THEIR HOMEWORK: Cara Pilson conducts research for the Documentary Institute.


36 COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005







coverstory


Making documentaries


BY BOAZ DVIR

One of only a handful of such
programs in the country, the
COLLEGE'S Documentary
Institute took roots in the
1980s when Churchill Roberts met
Sandra Dickson. The then-University of
West Florida communication chair hired
Dickson to teach broadcast journalism and
ethics but approached her separately about
making documentaries.
"It just sounded like fun," said
Dickson, who, along with Roberts, now
serves as the institute's co-director. "What
was not to like?"
They made their first documentary,
"Religion and Revolution in Nicaragua,"
in 1986. The next year, a special $287,000
appropriation from the Florida Legislature
allowed them to buy professional-level
gear and hire former West Florida students
Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson to operate
the equipment and conduct research,
respectively. The team quickly went to
work on a documentary on the transfer of
the Panama Canal from the United States
to Panama. It aired nationally on PBS in
1990.
In 1995, Roberts met Dean Terry
Hynes at a conference in Texas. During a
group dinner, she heard him describe his
documentaries. A week later, after con-
sulting with Department of Telecommuni-
cation faculty, she called to invite him and
his teammates to set up shop and start a
master's program in documentary at the
COLLEGE.
"She wanted us to create a magnet for
high-caliber filmmakers," he said.
Once again, the Legislature stepped
in, granting recurring funding for the
expanded program at its new location in
Gainesville.
Dickson relocated first, moving from the
small Pensacola commuter school to the
sprawling UF campus in fall 1997. "I was the
test subject," she said. "We wanted to see if
I'd get fired." The following spring semester,
her teammates joined her. Their goal: teach


by example, pass along hard-e
and educate students to create
thy documentaries.
They teach in the fall
semesters, while working y
their documentaries, which
two to three years to complex
the summers to tackle dem
such as editing, as they've d
latest project, Angel ofAhlen
Over the years, they've tak


Nine Lives
The Documentary Institute plans to
finish Angel ofAhlem in January. Its
previous eight productions all aired on
PBS. Negroes With Guns screened last
month at the Smithsonian Institution's
Museum of American History in
Washington and aired Feb. 7 on PBS.




2000: Freedom Never Dies:The Legacy of
Harry T. Moore, 86 minutes


1994: Last Days of the Revolution,
5 7 minutes


1990: Giving Up the Canal. 57 minutes




1986: Religion and Revolution in
Nicaragua, 53 minutes


named lessons
network-wor-

and spring
ear-round on
usually take


controversial issues in their documentaries.
They angered the Cuban government and the
Cuban-American community with Cuba,
Castro, and Christianity in 1988 and
Campaign for Cuba four years later.
"We interviewed dissidents on camera
- revered poets, intellectuals who said to
Castro, 'You lied to us,' "recalled Roberts,


te. Thy us who also serves as the COLLEGE'S interim
:te. They use
ending tasks associate dean for research. "And they
anding tasks
one on their were critical of Cuban-Americans, too."
In recent years, Roberts and his team-
en on several mates shifted their focus from public
affairs to history not to avoid controversy
but to ensure a longer shelf life for their
projects.
"You like to have things last longer, in
terms of impact," Roberts said. "It's risky
to do something on public affairs. Events
overtake you. Some of our [public affairs]
projects are outdated."


The team members' roles have evolved
through the years. Roberts and Dickson
direct, Dickson writes when necessary,
Hill operates the camera and other equip-
ment, and Pilson conducts research.
They edit as a team. Meeting in Hill's
home office, they dissected footage on a Mac
as they edited Angel of Ahlem this summer.
They disagreed fast and often, but eventually
came to a resolution. For instance, they
debated a scene in which one of the main
characters, Nazi labor camp survivor Ben
Sieradski, visits his Lodz Ghetto dwelling in
Poland. He recalls the horrors he witnessed
when the Nazis deported the children and the
elderly to Auschwitz and other death camps.
His parents ended up at Chelmno, where they
were gassed.
Dickson argued that in the sequence,
Sieradski showed little emotion. Pilson went
a step further, questioning the scene's content
and length. But Roberts said the retired
Berkeley engineer displayed signs of being
internally affected by his horrific memories.
After they watched it a couple of times,
Hill started trimming the scene. Within 15
minutes of back-and-forth cutting and reat-
taching, it won acceptance among all four
teammates.
"We've been doing this a long time,"
Pilson said. "We're like family."


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coverstory


Alum maximizes documentary's exposure


BY BOAZ DVIR

Most graduates leave their
schoolwork behind. Not
Suzanne Niedland, TEL
1988, MAMC 2004. More
than a year after receiving her master's degree
from UF with a specialty in documentary, she
continues to invest a great deal of time and
money marketing Miss Lil' Camp, which she
created with Anberin Pasha, MAMC 2004,
for their master's project. She's placed it in 16
film festivals and two events. And she
screened it at November's opening of the
William J. Clinton Presidential Library &
Museum in Little Rock. Along the way, she's
won recognition and awards, developed into
an independent producer, and raised aware-
ness for the late Lillian Smith, a Southern
writer who battled racism long before the civil
rights movement.
The documentary tells the story of former
campers who return to Laurel Falls Camp in
Clayton, Ga., to recount their days with Smith,
who indoctrinated them with tolerance.
"Miss Lil's Camp touched our audience on
many levels," said Jan Holmes, chair of the
Through Women's Eyes film festival in
Sarasota, which showed the documentary in
April. "It reminded us of the many brave peo-
ple who fought segregation in the South in the
early part of the 20th century."
Palm Beach County Film Commissioner
Chuck Elderd, TEL 1971, who recently
invited Niedland to serve on his board, gives
her credit for working overtime to show Miss
Lil's Camp to as many people as possible.
"If it wasn't for Suzanne," he said, "this
piece of history might be lost forever."
Niedland refuses to compromise on the
integrity and quality of the work. For instance,
at the recent Ashland (Ore.) Independent Film
Festival, she "jumped up and stopped" the
screening as soon as she noticed problems.
"The color was bad and the sound was
awful due to a faulty projector," she recalled.
"I had a backup master and was able to screen
the film on DVD. I was worried the audience
would be annoyed, but they applauded when it
started over with good sound and color."


NOT SHY: Suzanne Niedland,TEL 1988, MAMC
2004, has shown Miss Lil's Camp in 16 film
festivals, including this one in Jacksonville.
The following month at the Jacksonville
Film Festival, all she had to do was smile as
Miss Lil's Camp played with no mishaps to a
full house at the restored African-American
landmark performance hall, the Ritz Theatre.
Later that day in the same venue, she partici-
pated in a panel discussion with her former
teachers, Documentary Institute Co-Director
Churchill Roberts and Associate Director
Cara Pilson. "Suzanne is really good at pro-
motion," Co-Director Sandra Dickson said.
She's been spending her own money to
submit Miss Lils Camp to film festivals and
paying her own travel expenses. Pasha, who
has been working in Serbia and could not be
reached for comment, gave her the green light
to run with the project, Niedland said.
"There's no money in it," Niedland said.
"I'm doing it because Smith is a part of a his-
tory that needs to be told."


To deliver the story to a wider audience,
Niedland plans to approach PBS and the
Hallmark Channel. But first she must invest
more time and money "clearing all the copy-
rights," she said. "I have to document every
person and photograph in each frame, making
sure we have a release for each. It's pretty time
consuming, but nobody would want to broad-
cast it otherwise."
In her past professional life as an actress in
Los Angeles and South Florida, Niedland
learned that success has little to do with talent.
It's all about creating one's good luck.
"I don't see closed doors," Niedland said,
"only opportunities."
At the same time, she has enough experi-
ence to avoid jumping at every chance. She's
selective about the film festivals she chooses.
And she knows when to say no. For instance,
she declined to turn the 26-minute Miss Lils
Camp into a 60-minute or 90-minute docu-
mentary for a broadcaster.
"It works right now," she said. "[While
watching it,] no one looks at their watch."
Her approach is unusual for a novice doc-
umentary producer, Roberts noted. "The
biggest problem with students is that they
can't stand to cut."
It was Roberts who sparked Niedland's
interest in the Documentary Institute, when he
spoke with her at the annual Homecoming
alumni breakfast in Weimer Hall. "I really
clicked with him," Niedland recalled.
Joining the master's program, she said,
just "made sense." She sought "A to Z instruc-
tion and to be able to one day teach."
In 2002, as she prepared to move from
South Florida to Gainesville, where she had
spent the mid-1980s as an undergraduate, her
excitement gave way to apprehension. The
technical aspects, in particular, intimidated
her. "I couldn't program a VCR," she said.
She also needed to take a creative approach to
avoid writer's block: writing while editing.
Then there was her age. She turned 40
during the two-year program. "I felt like
everyone's mother," said Niedland, who
founded and still publishes The Unofficial
Doc Institute Alumni E-Letter
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38 COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005

































about to lose one of its most versa-
tile players. Prof. Leonard Tipton,
who can teach almost any under-
graduate or graduate course, will retire at the
end of the semester after two decades at UF.
"Whereas most professors need six
months' notice before teaching a class, with
Leonard, you could tell him the day before, 'I
need you to teach this class,' and he'd say
'OK,' said Department of Journalism Chair
William McKeen.
Tipton takes a valuable player with him.
His wife, adjunct Prof. Judy Tipton, has been
teaching Writing for Mass Communication
labs for 12 years.
"They've done so much for the
COLLEGE," McKeen said, dubbing them a
"dynamic duo."
Leonard Tipton started teaching at UF in
1985, the same year the COLLEGE created its
doctoral program. He mostly helped graduate
students such as Frank Durham, MAMC
1987, and Gigi Durham, PhD 1990, with
their theses and dissertations.
"Leonard was always inviting the seminar
classes home for some discussion and a bar-
beque," Frank recalled. "Of all the things we
learned from him, it was how to take life at the
university."
Besides showing students how to get the
most out of their college experience, Tipton
has taught everything from Reporting and
Editing labs to Public Opinion, Editorial
Analysis and Journalism Research. Although
he's learned that "undergraduate students are


more fun," he still teaches graduate courses
(Communication Theory, Mass Communi-
cation and Society, Issues and the Press).
"He brings intelligence, caring and
warmth to his students in a way that can't be
duplicated," retired journalism Prof. Kurt
Kent said in an e-mail from New Zealand.
Tipton's teaching philosophy emphasizes
class participation. McKeen, a self-described
"control freak" in his teaching style, admires
Tipton's ability to adapt and let class discus-
sions forge their own path.
"Leonard doesn't teach in a vacuum,"
McKeen said. "He's about g;ciin- to know
students."
Like a baseball manager, Tipton circles
the classroom, touches shoulders, calls stu-
dents by name and constantly checks, "Are
you square?" When one of his Editing stu-
dents answers meekly "yes," Tipton pitches,
"No you're not, I can hear that in your voice!"
and settles in to help, giving his full attention
to the student's work.
The students help each other, calling out,
S\\li ha the abbreviation for pica?" and
"Where do we put the slug?" Tipton throws in
a, "C'mon, where's that creativity?"
"He definitely cares personally about how
each student does and is always looking for
suggestions on how to make the class better,"
said photojournalism senior Tricia Coyne.
Tipton's statistics show his devotion: He
has played a role on 275 graduate supervisory
committees 32 on the doctoral level and 242
on the master's. Telecommunication Chair
David Ostroff puts it in perspective: "I've


done 125 in the same amount PIVOTAL
of time." PLAYER:
Prof. Leonard
In separate interviews, Tipton can
Leonard and Judy said they teach almost
feel a sense of satisfaction ny course in
journalism.
seeing students make
progress. In Leonard's editing lab, students
exclaim, "Oh, OK," and, "Now I see." The
couple enjoys instructing courses that lend to
what Judy calls "instant gratification" evi-
dence that a student has picked up and applied
a new skill.
"I would say many of our former students
are proofreading more diligently because of
Mrs. Tipton," said Prof. Julie Dodd, who
coordinates Writing for Mass Communi-
cation. "She understands students so well and
writing so well."
Dodd met the Tiptons in Lexington, Ky.,
when Leonard sat on her master's thesis com-
mittee at the University of Kentucky.
Teaching at a local high school, Dodd knew
Judy as a school board member and a "cham-
pion for student expression." She recognized
Judy would be an ideal lab instructor for her
mass communication course.
"If there's an error in your writing, by
golly, she's going to catch it," said Dodd, who
used Judy's sharp eye to edit her test questions
and develop the course's CD-ROM in 2002.
The couple is always ready to help inter-
national students, graduate students, friends,
family, or even nature, Dodd said. "They
couldn't water their yard one season because
a wren had built a nest in their hose, and of
course that took priority."


COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005 39









In 45 years, they've experienced all of the going to write "Lisa Page Ellison-Chemy:
"usual turmoil" that comes with marriage tuba player extraordinaire and certified
balancing a budget, earning advanced genius."
degrees, raising two sons, and relocating. And On graduation day, Ellison-Cherny put
while they've overcome additional turmoil in down only her name, but as she walked across
Florida including Leonard's diagnosis of the stage she heard "Lisa Page Ellison-
bladder cancer in 2001 and Chery: tuba player extraor-
Judy's recent hip and knee ef dinaire and certified genius."
replacements Leonard I After Smith retires in
insists that "life has been so December, he plans to contin-
easy," and Judy declares that ue playing tuba, a passion he
their biggest battle has been rediscovered nearly 40 years
the sinkhole under their after he originally learned to
house, which required 23 play. He'd like to play in a
trucks full of concrete to fix. brass quintet like he once did.
Their retirement plans He also hopes to travel
include moving into a dif- around the country. If the urge
ferent Gainesville house, strikes him, he may return to
visiting family and getting doing historical research in
involved in the community. NAME IT: Prof. Les Smith calls telecommunication.
"The biggest difference graduates to the stage during During his 23 years with
will be the freedom to the August commencement. the COLLEGE, Smith spent
will be the freedom to pick the COLLEGE, Smith spent


up and go somewhere when we want to,
and I'm looking forward to that," Judy
said. "I hope Leonard is. We'll find out."
-VALERIE PAYNE

SMITH'S LAST CALL
In 1995, Hank Conner, now a retired
telecommunication professor, asked Prof.
Les Smith, who worked as a radio and TV
announcer and did voiceover for films and
videotapes, to help him announce names at
graduation.
"I loved not just the name-calling but
the whole thing: working with the other
marshals, the pageantry, the tradition,"
Smith says.
Smith became associate chief com-
mencement marshal in 2004. Then when
the COLLEGE started holding its own com-
mencement that spring, he volunteered to
take on the name-reading duties. In the past
10 years, he has called the names of more
than 10,000 graduates.
Lisa Ellison-Cherny, TEL 2005, who
took Telecommunication Programming
with Smith in 2003 and played tuba with
him in the Gainesville Community Band,
will never forget him calling her name at
the ceremony.
A couple of days before graduation, she
asked him if he had to read whatever the
pronunciation card said, joking that she was


five years, 1995-2000, as telecommunica-
tion department chair. He published several
articles and books, such as Perspectives on
Radio and Television: Telecommunication
in the United States, which he co-wrote
with David Ostroff, current telecommuni-
cation chair, and John Wright, executive
associate dean.
Wright describes Smith as a "great per-
son to share a pitcher of Sam Adams with,"
something he, Smith, and Ostroff did on
Wednesday at Caf6 Gardens, just north of
campus, for several years.
Smith, a practical joker, would leave notes
in Wright's mailbox signed as if they were
from the dean, telling him to clean up his act.
"He got me a few times," Wright says.
Smith's programming class has the repu-
tation of being one of the hardest in the
COLLEGE.
"I work them hard," he says. "Gee whiz, I
don't think I could survive my course."
Ellison-Chery initially felt intimidated
by the class. "Everybody thought that he was
really strict," she says. "I really liked him
because he was really funny."
After she earned her bachelor's degree,
she sent a letter to Ostroff and Dean Terry
Hynes praising Smith.
"He really just goes above and beyond
with his students," she says.
-KATIE EVANS


Five faculty


:... o borrow a sports term, the
COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
COMMUNICATIONS doesn't
rebuild, it reloads.
To help replace the five professors who
took 124 years of experience with them this
year, the COLLEGE recently hired five facul-
ty members.
Renee Martin-Kratzer and Ronald
Rodgers joined the Department of
Journalism. Martin-Kratzer has a back-
ground in magazine journalism, a popular
area among journalism majors. She served
as the managing editor of Missouri
Magazine and Missouri Life Magazine, and
design editor for Ideas Magazine. She
teaches Magazine and Feature Writing as
well as Magazine Management and
Publication, which were her favorite class-
es to take.
"I definitely like an environment where

..I.
pai^er- **qr Hf -


Yuan Zhang
Teaches: TV News I and TV Journalism
Research: International and global
communication
Home province: Zhejiang (near Shanghai),
China
Bachelor's: Beijing Foreign Studies University
Master's: University of Pennsylvania, Mass
Communication
Doctorate: University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, Mass Communication
Hobbies: Reading and writing
Fact: She covered the 1989Tiananmen
Square Protest for China Daily


40 COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005














members a


the students feel safe asking whatev- ence i
er question they want to ask about working
the topic," she said. tional
Rodgers is the "editing czar," Zogby
focusing on Newspaper Editing dur- and as
ing his first year. He will add for Ele
Advanced Editing in the spring "CI
semester, Department of Journalism cussior
Chair William McKeen said. Pal
Rodgers aims to "create a in pub
newsroom feel" in class. "I expect munice


hard work and
expect students
not to be afraid to
make mistakes,"
he said. In his 20-
year career, he
worked as the
metro slot editor
for The Seattle
Times, as well as
a reporter/rewrite
editor/headline


mve


n public relations, including
g as the director for intema-
marketing and research with
International in New York
the outreach representative
ctronic Data Systems.
lass will be very open to dis-
i," he said, "very interactive."
;e has 20 years of experience
lic relations and visual com-
itions. She held senior man-
agement posi-


"I expect hard

work and expect

students not to

be afraid to make

mistakes"


editor for The Korea Herald in
Seoul, South Korea. He also lived
in Tokyo for a year as chief copy
editor for Pacific Stars and
Stripes.
"The best thing about being an
editor is that the world becomes
your oyster," Rodgers said.
The Department of Public
Relations, the largest in the country
with 11 faculty members, hired
Belio Martinez, PhD 2005, and
Janis Teruggi Page.
When he was hired, Martinez
had teaching experience at the
COLLEGE. He taught sections of
Public Relations Research and PR
Writing, and served as teaching
assistant for PR Strategy. Now, he
teaches a section of PR Research.
"It's quite unusual to hire one of
your own graduates," Kelly said,
"but his qualifications were so out-
standing."
Martinez has 18 years of experi-


tions with nation-
al business and
consumer maga-
zines such as
Sunset and
Chicago. She's
teaching Public
Relations
Campaigns and


RONALD RODGERS Public Relations
Writing.
"I'm pretty exacting and
demanding about what I want," she
said. "A good professor should be
nurturing but firm where it counts,
just like a good parent."
Yuan Zhang worked for 10
years as a reporter, anchor and pro-
ducer for China Central Television.
During her time there, she helped to
launch and anchor China's first
English-language TV news-
magazine. She's teaching Television
News 1.
"I encourage students to partici-
pate in projects in and out of the
classroom," she said. "I like to cri-
tique students in front of the class
and in a group."
The professional experience and
education each of the new faculty
members has "makes for a nice mix
of new faculty," Dean Terry Hynes
said. "We really feel that we're get-
ting our top choices."
-KATIE EVANS


JanisTeruggi Page
Teaches: Public Relations
Writing and Campaigns
Research: Role of visual
rhetoric in society
Home State: Illinois
Bachelor's: University of
California, English
Master's: National-Louis
University,Teaching English
Doctorate: University of
Missouri-Columbia,Visual
literacy; Qualitative methods; education theory
Hobbies: Running, biking and painting
Fact:Worked for home decorating magazines, which led to her
dissertation

Ronald Rodgers
Teaches: Newspaper Editing
Research: Media history and the
formation of normative standards for
journalism at the beginning of the
20th century
Home State: Washington
Bachelor's: University of Washington,
English Literature
Master's: University ofArizona,
S Journalism
Doctorate: Ohio University,

Hobbies: Fishing and traveling,
especially to Japan
Fact Served as a Peace Corps
Volunteer for two years in
South Korea

Belio Martinez
Teaches: Public Relations Research
Research: Role of public relations
strategies in community and nation
building
Home State: NewYork
Bachelor's: Empire State College,
Cultural Studies
Master's: State University of
NewYork at Albany, Communication
Studies
Doctorate: University of Florida,
Mass Communication
Hangout: Starbucks
Hobby: Bachata dancing (traditional, Dominican Republic)


ii.


I


Renee Martin-Kratzer
Teaches: Magazine and Feature
Writing; Magazine Management
and Publication
Research: How people process
negative news photographs
Home state: Missouri
Bachelor's: Kansas State University,
Journalism and Secondary Education,
Summa Cum Laude
Master's and doctorate: University
of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism
Hobby: Gardening
Fact: In high school, she delivered
"gorilla-grams" dressed in a gorilla
suit and tap shoes


COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005 41















Shooting for






Grad student starts his own non-profit organization

BY SARAH L. STEWART


R running from a star-
tled forest ele-
phant; riding out a
sun-blotting sand-
storm in Mali's
arid Sahel region;
wading neck-deep through a lagoon
in a Gabonese rainforest. Carlton
Ward Jr., a master's student, docu-
ments life at its extremes to show oth-
ers what he sees: a world worth pro-
tecting.
The Smithsonian Institution pub-
lished his photos of Gabon wildlife in
a 318-page coffee-table book, The
Edge of Africa, last year. Today, this
eighth-generation Floridian focuses
on his home state's environment and
culture.
Ward turned down a job at the
Smithsonian to launch a non-profit
organization of his own: the Legacy
Institute for Nature and Culture
(LINC), which aims to build "con-
nections to natural heritage through
communication." He roams the state
with his Nikon gear, raises funds and
forges ties with environmental groups
such as the Conservation Trust for
Florida.
"We are losing 200,000 acres of
rural land each year," Ward says.
A descendant of former Gov.
Doyle E. Carlton and member of a
well-known Florida ranching family,
Ward documents the state's ranches,
which he says provide an "important

PRESERVING FLORIDA: Grad student
Carlton Ward photographs ranches in the
Sunshine State, hoping to help save them.


habitat for wildlife and wetlands."
"I feel a deep sense of loss and
concern every time I drive down a
two-lane road in Florida and see it
changing," he says, bringing a fist to
his chest, "because I recognize that
it's not changing for the better."
Ward hopes that completing his
master's in interdisciplinary ecology
in December will earn him even more
credibility in conservation photogra-
phy. His multimedia professional
project (in lieu of a thesis), which sur-
veys this fledgling field and draws
from his experiences, serves as
LINC's foundation.
"I want to make a difference," he
says. "It's not just the pictures, it's
what you do with them."

CLASSY MOVE
Take one look at Ward's moody,
twilight image of a hippo emerging
from the surf (see opposite page) and
you know he's an artist. His work
strikes a "balance of stellar technical
skills, good science and emphatic
photography," says Prof. John
Kaplan, faculty chair for Ward's pro-
fessional project.
Ward is, at his core, a conserva-
tionist. He belongs outdoors after
all, that's where he has spent much of
his 29 years. A bachelor's degree in
biology from Wake Forest instilled in
him an urgency for conservation that
drives his work and his life. In the
four years since he began his course-
work at UF, Ward has traveled the
world with his camera.


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UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE:Ward has opened the eyes of Gabon's children with his photos of their
country's wildlife, including the hippo and the elephants below.


"I'm pleased that I took as long as I
did to return to do the thesis," he says.
"I've had enough professional experience
now that I have a real practical under-
standing about the field of conservation
photography."
Ward's passion for photography
began half way through his undergradu-
ate career, during a semester abroad in
Australia. A camera shop owner in
Surfer's Paradise loaned him a manual
Pentax to replace his stolen Minolta auto
focus. For the first time, he had complete
control of every shot. "That really set the
fire," he recalls.
At the time, Wake Forest offered no
photography classes, so upon his return,
Ward "talked his way onto" the school
newspaper and yearbook. He honed his
skills shooting sports and on trips to
Kenya, Australia and South America
before and after his 1998 graduation.
In 1999, while living in Tampa, Ward
commuted to Gainesville to take


Associate Prof. Bernell Tripp's
Magazine and Feature Writing course.
"I don't think I will ever forget
Carlton," Tripp says. "Carlton is a dream
student."
He surpassed her expectations on
each assignment, she says. His account of
a trip to Peru, paired with about seven of
his photographs, ran on the front page of
the St. Petersburg Times'travel section.
He published two more of the articles he
wrote for the class, one in Florida
Wildlife magazine and another in the
Times. Writing had become a vehicle for
his photography.
"That [class] pretty much opened
the door for me being where I am
today," he says.

AFRICAN JOURNEY
In 2001, Ward landed a photojournal-
ism internship at the Times. With that
experience and a previous undergradu-
ate internship at the Smithsonian, he


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joined a team of Smithsonian scientists later that summer as an
intern in Gabon, a small and largely unexplored African nation.
Over two and a half years, he spent seven or eight months in
Gabon helping to document the biodiversity of the Gamba
Complex's dense tropical rainforests. It resulted in The Edge of
Africa, which showcased his photographs of some of the 400
species they found in the region.
"Gabon hasn't been seen like this before," says Smithsonian
ecologist Michelle Lee, who wrote the text for the book. Although
many Gabonese live in the countryside, they often never see their
country's nature as Ward captured it.
"He's had a really big impact," says Lee, who lives in Gabon.
At the book's 2004 exhibition in Gabon, Ward saw the impact of
his work. Besides the country's vice president and other government
officials, several hundred schoolchildren attended the event.
The children were astonished to see the natural wonders of their
own country, Ward says. Some were amazed to see pictures of leop-
ards, which they didn't know lived in Gabon. One woman said that
the book made her proud to be Gabonese.
Gabon President Omar Bongo, United Nations Secretary-
General Kofi Annan and other diplomats viewed the exhibit when
it traveled to the UN building in New York last year. They each
received a copy of The Edge of Africa.
The book has "absolutely" made a difference in conservation
efforts in the region, says Patrick Campbell, research and conserva-
tion coordinator at the Smithsonian and a member of the team that
worked in Gabon. Ward's work has captured the attention of the


Gabonese people and international environmental groups such as
the World Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
"The most important thing is to tell the story and to tell it well,"
he says.
Through his success, Ward has encountered some roadblocks.
For four years in a row, he applied for the coveted National
Go,'c"rqhiC photography internship with no success (though he
was a finalist for the last two years). The magazine also rejected his
photo project on the Mali desert elephants, sending a staff photog-
rapher to cover it.
Smithsonian Magazine ran Ward's piece as its July cover story.
His dedication to his work can create personal obstacles.
"I have trouble keeping a girlfriend, that's for sure," he says. "I
spend a lot of time alone."
Due to his travels, he spends less than half the year in his new
house in Tampa.
"My world is now very spread out," Ward says. When he's in
the field, "that becomes my world, and my connections fade a bit
to this world. That becomes my reality." Even when he's with
friends, "part of my mind is elsewhere. You don't ever go home
from it."


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Rookie year presents challenges, rewards


W waiting for my row of cap-and-gown-clad class-
mates to be ushered to the stage at the spring
2004 commencement, I realized that in moments,
I would no longer be an intellectual student but a
destitute, jobless bum. My University of Florida experience com-
bined hard work and hard play, and as I turned my tassel, I visual-
ized my playtime slipping away, to be replaced by more and more
work in the name of success.
Like most of my classmates, I
went to college to
earn a degree, learn,
grow and find out In July
more about who I
am. I accomplished inforrr
my goals: I nee
Become a Florida
Cicerone. Check. reality
Become a
Journalism and And a p
ANGIE ORTH, Communications
PR 2004 Ambassador. Check.
Earn good grades. Check.
Minor in French and Spanish. Check.
Study in Paris. Check.
Publish an article in Seventeen magazine. Check.
Graduate. Check.
On graduation day, I officially became an adult. As a first-genera-
tion college grad, I shared this with family members who were just as
excited as I was. When I hugged my dad after the ceremony, he had the
biggest smile I'd ever seen on his face. I told him it was the most sig-
nificant day of my life. My dad, a man of painfully few words, beamed,
calling it the most important day of his life, too. Time to get out the
Kleenex. I was living in a Hallmark card.
The days following commencement proved profitable. I felt as if I
won the Showcase Showdown on "The Price is Right." I collected
cash, prizes and a trip to Hawaii. But as the hot summer dragged on, I
realized my graduation ATM would eventually run out and, due to an
unexpected car fiasco, I soon found myself at my parents' financial
mercy. When Mom and Dad declined to give me the $528 I needed for
repairs, I argued I had a six-month grace period. They didn't buy it.
Soon, my boyfriend, sorority sisters and relatives joined my par-
ents in questioning my plans. It seemed I couldn't go five minutes
without someone saying, "So what's next?" or "Do you have a job
lined up?" They sent me employment ads from various Web sites:
Personal assistant to a celebrity. Wedding planner. Event coordinator at
Disney World. President of Home Depot. Personal shopper in
Sacramento. Reporter for The New York Times.
It's almost as though they didn't believe the job requirements
applied to me. "WANTED: Contortionist, must be fluent in Mandarin


5


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Chinese and have expert knowledge of feng shui." My mother would
certainly say, "Well you speak French and Spanish, and you love
Martha Stewart and gymnastics, so you should apply."
Although I felt encouraged that they thought I was talented
enough to do any job regardless of my qualifications, I wished every-
one would just leave me alone to figure out my future. I didn't want
advice at least not from my relatives. If a bona fide public relations
professional wanted to offer some wisdom, or better yet, a job, I
would have listened gladly. But when my mother, who still saw pub-
lic relations as a glorified version of telemarketing,
tried to tell me what kind of job I should have and how
Mnm much money I should make ($50,000-$100,000 start-
Sing out), I turned blue in the face.
ed me I wasn't ready to commit to five days a week. It

led a was summer, how could I be expected to start work-
ing right away? And I surely didn't want to miss out
check. on Spring Break, winter holiday and daily siesta. And
what about these crazy eight-hour work days? I only
ychecK*. had class three days a week my final semester. Plus, I
like to get at least eight hours of sleep and I'm not
much of a morning person.
In July, Mom informed me I needed a reality check. And a pay-
check.
My boyfriend's mother once told me, "If everything was going
smoothly at home, and if you always got along with your parents, there
would never be any reason to leave and go out on your own." After a
summer with the parents, I got it. I finally had the motivation to work
five days a week with only two weeks of vacation. It was the grown-
up realization for which I waited and I owed it all to my parents for
driving me nuts. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
I put my faith in getting an internship in Atlanta for the fall with
the hope that it would buy me some time before settling for a "real"
job. I faced getting an apartment for 12 weeks, though I had no fur-
niture and, thanks to my car fiasco, no money. I couldn't afford a
security deposit or first month's rent, so I moved in with a friend of
a friend. I assumed a 25-mile commute would be a snap. In
Atlanta's hellish gridlock, it took an hour and a half each way. And
remember when I whined about eight-hour workdays? Well, it was
more like 10 hours. Although I learned an immeasurable amount
about the public relations industry, I never imagined I would be
using a glue stick after college. Anyone who has completed a pub-
lic relations internship knows about clip books I just didn't real-
ize people used glue sticks in the "real world."
After working and driving all day, I only had about an hour at
home before I had to get to bed. Plus, since I had no furniture, I slept
on an air mattress. After six weeks of misery, I decided to move into
the city, pay the extra rent and sleep in a real bed. I found a furnished
room in a fabulous house with a maid and wireless Internet. And it was
only an eight-minute drive to work. Sure, I wasn't making more than I


COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005 45









did as a restaurant hostess in high school, but
all that mattered was that I was finally living
the life I wanted.
My supervisors never mentioned hiring
me. My internship was scheduled to end at
Christmas and I spent November frantically
searching for an entry-level PR position in
Atlanta. All the jobs I found required much
more experience than I had. I accepted I would
have to "pay my dues," but what about my
resume that I worked so hard to put together in
college? How about all those organizations,
challenging classes, published clips and
minors in foreign languages? I wondered if it
was worth the effort if I still couldn't find a
decent job in a huge PR hub like Atlanta?
In college, if you wanted to be at the top,
all you had to do was say it. But in the real
world, I realized I wouldn't automatically be
in charge. Oh, the humility! When someone
as bossy as I am is at the lowest rung well,
it sure seemed like a long way up and I'd
rather take the elevator. I knew if I failed to
find a public relations position, I would have
to venture out of my field. I was scared that
once I stepped out, it would be impossible for
me to return to the exclusive agency setting.
One Wednesday before Christmas, I
scored an interview for an internship at
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, which
was down the street from my house. I thought
it went pretty well, I meshed with the people
and their clients seemed like a blast to work
for. I got myself all excited and stressed and
nervous about getting the internship, because
I knew if I didn't, I would be packing my bags
for Florida.
The following day, a week before my first
internship was to end, my boss called me into


her office and shocked me half to death by
offering me a full-time position. Finally, a
salary and benefits! If only she would have
offered me the job before I interviewed for the
internship. I had already convinced myself
that the internship was the best opportunity,
and I wasn't quite sure if I was ready to make
any serious commitments to a job or to living
in Georgia. I almost hoped I wouldn't get the
internship, sparing me the process of making
a tough choice. However, the next day, I
received the offer.
It was my first true grown-up career deci-
sion and I'm sad to say I didn't handle it
well. I was a nervous wreck, not knowing if I
should take a risk and try out some new
clients and experiences or be safe and take the
job at a place where I felt comfortable. On one
hand, the internship offered something new.
Uncharted territory always seemed more fun
than the path already traveled. Then again, I
thought it might be a huge mistake to pass up
a salary and benefits when they were in my
grasp. I spent the weekend agonizing. Since
graduation, I'd been focused on finding a
golden opportunity that great job that would
lead me right into adulthood, success and hap-
piness. But with these two choices, I felt more
like an indecisive teenager.
After talking it over with my parents and
praying about it all weekend, I made my deci-
sion. Immediately I knew it was the right
choice. Having a full-time job with a salary
and benefits wouldn't determine my happi-
ness or success ultimately, I would. So I
chose the risky venture, the internship with no
guarantees, but with lots of opportunity to
understand the industry before I settle in for
the next 40 years. I've always known that no


matter how great my job is, it will never be so
important that I start to succumb to making
"proper" decisions just so I can maintain the
status quo or impress people. Now is the time
to take risks and make mistakes when I'm
young and independent.
Some people thought that I made a crazy
decision, and who knows? Maybe I would
have regretted it if I didn't eventually get
hired. But, after six weeks at Ogilvy, I
received an offer for a full-time position as an
assistant account executive.
Working at Ogilvy has changed my out-
look on the business world. In just a few
months, I've been able to put into practice the
lessons I learned at UF on various corporate,
consumer and health-care accounts, including
Lipton Tea, Stiefel Laboratories, Wayne Farms
LLC, Carolina's Healthcare and my personal
favorite, the Brand Atlanta Campaign. I've
traveled to Las Vegas for a trade show, seen
my releases in newspapers across the country
and managed an intern. Working at Ogilvy has
exceeded my expectations.
Each day is a new challenge but I love it
because I can write, be creative and learn
about the PR industry all at once. Before grad-
uation, I couldn't imagine myself enjoying the
working world, but now that I'm in it well, it
gets better every day.
Despite this year's often overwhelming
challenges, setbacks and disappointments,
being a recent graduate has been a wonderful
period. I've decided never to officially grow
up. I hope to always take a little of this "just
graduated" feeling with me, and always look
for what's next.
Angie Orth, PR 2004, is a former
communicator staff writer


coverstory: CONT. FROM PAGE 38
She had no regrets about leaving acting, in
which she had decent success in commercials,
theater and television, to go back to school.
"When you get to a certain age, you start
to examine your life and your future," she
said. "You ask yourself, 'What am I doing to
contribute?' Documentaries are great. They
inform while they entertain, they open eyes,
they change perceptions."
She had a feeling a documentary about
Smith could do just that when Pasha pro-
posed it. She saw only one problem: It was
a historical piece, and she wanted to do an
observational one.


"But I knew that historical was the teach-
ers' forte," Niedland said. "It all fell into place
under their supervision."
Niedland plans to continue making docu-
mentaries historical and/or observational -
in the Miss Lil Camp genre.
"I'm drawn to stories about women," she
said, "brave women, courageous women."
Two projects she's considering involve
such protagonists: A non-Jewish woman
who ended up in a Nazi labor camp, and an
American educator who works with women
in Pakistan.
Niedland is building a reputation as a


filmmaker who shines a light on women's
issues, said Holmes, who asked her to serve as
honorary artistic director of her film festival, a
fundraiser for the U.S. Committee for the
United Nations Development Fund for
Women.
"Suzanne will be giving us advice about
films and directors to contact as well as advice
on the organization of our film festival,"
Holmes said.
If she keeps this up, Niedland just might
find herself one day becoming the subject of a
documentary, Elderd said. "She's changing
the way the world looks at things."


46 COMMUNICATOR FALL 2005


alumni















Murphree Hall rewind


On my way to work one morning, I ran
into my old friend Herbert* in front of
Murphree Hall, the dormitory in which
we lived two decades ago. Wearing
puffy denim shorts, black socks and brown sandals,
he looked like the leader in a geek-pride parade car-
rying a baguette as if it were a baton. It wasn't your
typical French bread: This crusty creation sported a
healthy tan as well as sesame, poppy and sunflower
seeds. "I have to run to a meeting," he said, passing
me by without slowing down, as if walking on an air-
port horizontal escalator.
Seeing him gave rise to 20-year-old memories
that baked in my head all day. On my


way home, I stopped to admire the
reopened Murphree Hall, which had
just completed a $10 million renova-
tion. Talk about an extreme
makeover: Free of its asbestos tiles
and boasting new central air-condi-
tioning, upgraded bathrooms, white-
frame windows and spiffy landscap-
ing, my freshman residence suddenly
looks like the Paris Hilton of dorms.
"It's about time," I thought.


Although I can be more nostalgic than a
Spurrier-era alum, I'm all for improvement. That's
good, considering the changes sweeping Gainesville
these days: Commercial and residential real estate is
booming, UF is expanding, and the Gator Nation is
gunning for greater success on the academic and ath-
letic fields.
I'm even excited about Burrito Brothers moving.
Don't get me wrong, I'll miss the landmark hole-in-
the-wall setting on the northwest corner of
University Avenue and 13th Street. It's slated to be
destroyed soon to make room for University Corners,
a mixed-use project expected to be finished in two
years. But I look forward to seeing our Mexican-food
Mecca relocate to this $140 million development,
where it finally will offer seating, beer and wine.
While University Corners rises, Burrito Brothers
will serve its loyal customers at the nearby former
Presbyterian and Disciples of Christ Student Center
on University Avenue. For the restaurant's faithful,


this location makes perfect sense; and for the fresh-
men who have yet to double wrap, it sends the right
message: This is a spiritual experience.
I'll never forget my first time. My then soon-to-
be-girlfriend and I took our brown bag back to my
fourth-floor Murphree Hall room and ate primo
pinto-bean and beef burritos as we listened to Bob
Marley bellow "No Woman No Cry."
Sophia* wanted a copy
of my reggae tape. I only
had a single-cassette player,
but I heard that someone in


our dorm was selling a dou-
ble deck


My freshman recorder. "I
have an


idea," I said.
"Let's go
introduce
ourselves."
osBOAZ DVIR,JM 1988
That' s
how I met Herbert, who opened his
door with a neon smile. He thought he
got lucky when he saw my eager face.


Basking in the glow of losing my
Mexican food virginity, I must have looked like a
real sucker.
I admit, when he demonstrated the elegant power
of the stereo system, I felt so impressed, I nearly forgot
my plan and reached for my student loan check. But
I quickly got back on track.
"Can I test your recorder?" I asked after compos-
ing myself.
Herbert made dubbing look easy. Sophia gazed at
us with admiration: I'm not sure whether she directed
it at Herbert for being such a sound authority, at me for
pulling off my trick, or at Bob Marley for providing
college life's eternal soundtrack.
As we walked back to my room, I gave the tape
to Sophia and a thumbs up to Herbert.
Recounting this story, I feel a little guilty. Next
time I see Herbert, I'll ask him to break bread with
me on one of Murphree Hall's new picnic tables.
That is, of course, as long as he brings a baguette.
*Sorry, we had to use anonymous sources.


residence

suddenly

looks like the

Paris Hilton

of dorms.


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