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In all kinds of professions ...
T his issue's cover story (see Page 25) spotlights 13
COLLEGE alums who work in the entertainment
sector of communications an area outside our
primary educational mission.
Sometimes when I meet alumni who work in fields other
than advertising, journalism, public relations or telecommuni-
cation, they, usually apologetically, say some-
thing like, "I don't work in what I prepared hynes
for in the COLLEGE." I've been hearing some
version of that for more
than 10 years. You'd think I'd be used to
it, but I'm not. In particular, I've never
gotten used to the apologetic tone. Do
these alums think I'll disappear if I know
they no longer work, or never worked, in
our primary fields? Worse, do they think
I'll make them disappear metaphorical-
ly speaking, of course, as in write them
off my list of folks to connect with?
Just as frequently, I hear alums echo
DEAN TERRY HYNES those interviewed for the cover story: "I use
what I learned in the COLLEGE almost every
day in my work." That's one of our goals. Our franchise in the
university is the preparation of future professionals and
teacher-scholars in advertising, print and broadcast journal-
ism, online media, public relations, and telecommunication
production and management. But we know that as many as
40 percent of our undergraduate students may never work in
these fields or make them their lifetime careers. For
instance, the COLLEGE has a decades-long history as a pre-
law program. And some of our alums are or have been lead-
ers in computer software development, insurance, and auto-
mobile sales, among other fields.
ght Another one of our goals is to provide stu-
ght dents with a strong liberal arts and sciences edu-
cation, combined with critical thinking and
communication ability, especially writing and articulating
ideas. Those skills come in handy no matter what one does.
We hope that background improves the quality of life for
every one of our students, whether or not they make a living
in the fields for which we prepare them.
This issue's cover story ultimately salutes all of our stu-
dents. Yes, our main mission is to prepare the next generation
of leaders in advertising, journalism, public relations, and
telecommunication. And we're doing that. If we can meet our
primary mission and also prepare students for meaningful lives
in a specialty that makes sense to them and contributes to the
common good that's a bonus. Congratulations to our alums
who've made good use of their degrees! Thank you for show-
ing that what you learned in the COLLEGE serves as a strong
foundation for a broad range of endeavors within and beyond
the boundaries of our primary mission.
I read the recent issue standing in line to
vote.What a propitious time to read about
ethics in journalism! I must admit I've spent a
lot more time on ethical questions this fall
than ever before. Students have been
responding, and their minds take a major leap
at times. Bravo for the majors that require
the course in ethics. A cross-major ethics
course would be a worthwhile addition to
any communications degree, and if professors
took turns teaching the course, it would raise
awareness among the faculty as well. Keep
looking deeply, please.
-Peggy O'Neal Elliott, JM 1974, MAMC 1978
Instructor, Department of Communications
University of South Carolina,Aiken
I thoroughly enjoyed the latest edition
but must question your judgment in making
the letter n appear backwards in headlines
throughout the cover story,"Exploring ethics
education." If UF is going to continue its
ascension to the upper echelons of academia
then we must forsake that which appears
quaint in favor of that which is correct. I
doubt the Columbia journalism Review inten-
tionally prints letters backwards. If my tone
seems harsh it's because I value my degree as
much as you do yours.
-David Knox,JM 1999, Jacksonville
I received this publication for many years
but have only read it a few times. Seeing Prof.
Jon Roosenraad's face on the cover com-
pelled me to look inside.What a find!
Boaz Dvir, JM 1988, is a balanced and
thoughtful writer. I too benefited greatly from
Roosenraad's ethics class, especially when
faced with newsroom trauma immediately
after graduation. I am pursuing a communica-
tions master's degree so I can be in a college
classroom encouraging the same kind of crit-
ical conversations. I also enjoyed his story on
Eddie Sears, JM 1967, a former boss of
mine. The Palm Beach Post continues to be a
trailblazer in flair and creativity and is simply
a good read. And yes, its editorial pages defi-
nitely bite. Thank you for a wonderful job,
communicator. Please keep it up.
--Michelle Brown,JM 1990
President Kaliah Communications, Lake Worth
The communigator is looking first rate,
and makes me proud to be a Gator. Kudos to
you and the great staff. When the COLLEGE
moved from the stadium, I moved much of
the archives and faculty office contents. I
worked in the office for then-Dean Ralph
Lowenstein and Associate Dean Jim
Terhune for two years.
--Michael Cohen, ADV 1981, NewYork
I love your work and have truly enjoyed
following the growth of this worthy publi-
cation. It is a powerful vehicle for teaching
practical journalism skills to students, and
an engaging medium connecting alumni to
UF. It is a source of pride, a beacon of
intellect and creativity representing one of
the finest journalism schools in the nation.
As such, this last issue was also a source of
mild embarrassment, although I laughed
out loud when I read it. On Page 14, there
is a fact error (usage error?) in the caption
on the photo of the journalism building's
roof. It reads, "UF Physical Plant plans to
relocate these satellites to lay down a new
roof." The nearest satellites I know of are
165 miles away at the JFK Space Center.
Such an oversight could be termed a "geo-
graphical indiscretion" in a local newspa-
per, but to find it in the alumni magazine of
our COLLEGE? Ouch.
Please know two things: I'm surprised
and disappointed to see such an error in
the use of terms any student or faculty in
Weimer Hall should know, and I am very
proud of the hard work, spirit and sense
of pride that goes into the creation of the
communicator. Keep up the good work!
-John Poage,TEL 1986
Bright House Networks (North Ops.) Palm Coast
2 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
5 The College's freedom of information center director named national
teacher of the year
6 'Supersealing' expose earns Brechner Center annual FOI award
7 Florida newspapers pick up valuable lessons in summer's
record-breaking hurricane season
8 UF names pro golfer, best-selling author Distinguished Alumni/ae
9 College names four Alumni/ae of Distinction
13 Visiting professor helps make learning real;
Science/health communication receives $150,000
25 Show, don't tell
Alumni pay their dues in
32 EXTRA! EXTRA!
Photojournalist befriends source
34 Veteran professors retire
Kent, Pisani and Carson leave
35 Fab four
New faculty bond despite
teaching in different fields
toughact to follow
17 On The Record:
Alumni/ae of Distinction
ON THE COVER: Gene Page, JM 1989, photographed Academy Award
winner Charlize Theron for the "Monster" movie poster. PHOTO BY DAVID ZENTZ
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005 3
Alumni recall 'unparalleled' professor
If I had remained in Florida journalism
instead of hauling myself out to L.A., I might
have heard Prof. Buddy Davis, JM 1948,
MAMC 1952, died. Or I might have known
earlier, without having to read it in the com-
munigator, which might have put together a
bit more on this great man.
I started as a PR major. I wanted
to be a reporter but lacked the desire
to do the required editing at the
Gainesville Sun or take a course
from Buddy Davis. What I heard
was: He was a sadistic martinet who
made students long for easier work
in a combat rifle company. Finally, I
had to take a seminar with the man,
one of those collegial sitting-
around-a-table classes in a godforsaken room
under the Florida Field bleachers. The first
thing I noticed was his size: The man who
would soon be canonized by Pulitzer was
short. Not that I have anything against short
people, but I expected a Ben Bradlee type.
And he wore a spit shined blue suit.
Then I discovered, from him no less, that
he had little daily newspaper experience. But
to this day and across long years I have never
met a man who knew newspapers better or
loved them more. And here's the other thing:
He was kind, funny and caring. Maybe I got
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him on a good year. Or maybe all those peo-
ple who spoke of his ferocity and cruelty
were just wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.
I recently addressed a college class on
racism in the bygone South. I talked about
this Southern man I once knew, this Buddy
Davis, and all he taught me
about how racism once
infected Florida papers,
which often referred to a
black woman as "the
Johnson woman" or a black
man by first name only, as if
he wasn't quite human.
Buddy Davis had out-
paced his own time. I
DAVI haven't forgotten him, not
for one week, not in all these years.
-John Bogert, JM 1971
News Columnist, The Daily Breeze
Every survivor of Buddy Davis' class-
room has a favorite story and his photo in
your fall issue revived a number for me. It
should have come with sound. You can only
appreciate his fullness of life when all your
senses are engaged. I'll never forget the dev-
ilish cackle your photo suggested.
I believed him when he said if I made it
through his class, I could
get a job in any news-
room. It carried us
through the first days on
the job. Once we realized
we were green, we at
least had a little traction
and could hang on to ful-
uarez fill his promise.
apher In the 1980s, I taught
news writing at the
University of North
Carolina at Greensboro. I
ion Paulin tried to replicate Buddy. I
didn't have a "Great
ZOT" stamp, or an over-
Hall head projector on which
rnalism to embarrass every bum-
cations bling writer, but I did take
L32611-8400 a stab at his famous train
r@(ou.ufl.edu wreck lab. By this time,
there were few trains, and
the rewrite desk was long
t and ws in gone, but the students got
nda Foundaton, the idea.
Passing through Gainesville in the mid-
1990s, I called to see if he was still kicking.
What was I thinking? When I heard that cack-
le, I knew he was still raising hell. I told him
he was my conscience through six months of
work on investigative stories for the
Charlotte Observer that brought a Pulitzer
Prize for Public Service in 1981.
-Howard E. Covington Jr., JM 1965
I enjoyed the fall communicator and am
glad students and alumni still have the pas-
sion for the COLLEGE! In regard to your arti-
cle on Buddy Davis it's right on! Buddy
instilled a sense of ethics unparalleled today.
I was one to get "locked out" of the then-sta-
dium classroom, but that only happened
once! I've been a quick learner ever since!
Buddy was quite a character he said he
was once approached by the Johnson admin-
istration for a role as speechwriter, which he
turned down to teach. That was our fortune!
-Jill Cunningham Griffin, JM 1973
A teaser on the cover of the fall commu-
nigator read, "Buddy Davis remembered." I
quickly turned to that story, eager to read
about one of UF's greatest characters, and
one of the best journalism instructors ever,
only to find a couple of lackluster anecdotes
that failed to capture the Davis persona.
The photo was true to form the infec-
tious laugh, the crinkles around his eyes, the
devilish grin. But there was nothing about his
famous money tree, which had $5, $10 and
$20 bills. Journalism students who needed a
few bucks could take a bill and repay if and
when they could. The myth was he never lost
a penny. The reality was, he wouldn't have let
anyone know if he had. Nor was there any-
thing about how he'd stamp poorly written
papers with the "Great ZOT" or imprint them
his favorite: an onion! Or leave a wreath of
thorns on your desk on the last drop day.
I doubt today's journalism schools would
tolerate someone who used his methodology.
But those of us who went through those
classes, who survived the great train wreck
and didn't get crucified by his red pen,
remember him as someone who would read
the rather bland story about him in the fall
issue and stamp it with a big, "Great ZOT."
-Tom Vickers, JM 1967
College's freedom of
director named national
teacher of the year
BY BOAZ DVIR
C COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
COMMUNICATIONS Associate Prof.
Sandra Chance, JM 1975, MAMC
1985, already knew she was a well-respected
teacher. Despite being a tough grader, she
received top student evaluations every time
she taught Law of Mass Communication or
its graduate-level equivalent. One semester,
she earned a perfect 5.0; another, a 4.92. Still,
she felt "shocked" when Dean Terry Hynes
called recently to say the Scripps Howard
Foundation named her 2004 National
Journalism Teacher of the Year.
"I kept saying, 'I'm stunned, I'm
speechless,' recalled Chance, who holds
the J.D. degree from UF's Levin College of
Law and is executive director of the
COLLEGE'S Joseph L. Brechner Center for
Freedom of Information. "How do you
describe the feeling? It's almost indescrib-
able. You teach because you love it. To be
recognized is the icing on the cake."
TAG TEAM: Prof. Laurence Alexander, 2002 nation;
teaches Law of Mass Communication in fall and su
LEGAL ADVICE:Associate Prof. Sandra Chance, JM 1975, MAJC 1985, teaches Law of Mass
Communication in spring semesters.
More than symbolic, the National
Journalism Award, given in conjunction
with The Freedom Forum, the John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation, and AEJMC
(the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication),
came with $15,000
the COLLEGE and
$10,000 for Chance.
She used some of the
cash to bring her
and three children
(Dean, Justin and
Caroline, ages 19 to
27) to the Scripps
Howard ceremony at
the National Press
Club in Washington,
al teacher of the year, and will spend more
mmer semesters, of it this summer
when she joins Caroline, a UF freshman,
for a week in Paris. She also will make a
donation to a teaching fund.
Prof. Laurence Alexander, MAMC
1983, won a similar honor in 2002. At the
time, The Freedom Forum and AEJMC
oversaw the award, handing out three annu-
ally. The Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard
Foundation, which took over the process in
2003, names one winner a year. "I tell you,
it was terrific," said Alexander, who shares
material with Chance for the law course,
which he teaches in the fall and summer.
Asked what the award means to him
three years later, Alexander paused and said,
"I see it on my wall every day. It's glowing."
Having two winners in three years adds
to the COLLEGE'S reputation for quality
instruction, said Hynes, AEJMC 1997
Administrator of the Year. "I'm doubly
proud," she said. "It's great to see two of
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COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005 5
earns Brechner Center
annual FOI award
BY KELLY-ANNE SUAREZ
he Brechner Center for Freedom
of Information gave its 19th annu-
al Freedom of Information Award
and $3,000 to Florida Daily Business
Review federal court reporter Dan
Christensen for his series on "superseal-
ing," a practice that shrouds cases from
The Review joined the elite ranks of College of Law media law professor.
past winners, including The Dallas "Christensen's articles ... are a bone-chill-
Morning News, The St. Petersburg Times ing reminder of what happens when we sac-
and The Washington Post. rifice our civil liberties and our right to over-
One morning while perusing a reissue of see our government's activities," Brechner
a court docket, Christensen Center Executive Director
noticed a case missing. After Sandra Chance said.
some investigation, the University : "Supersealing should scare
of Miami graduate unearthed the every American, and he
plight of Mohamed Kamel exposed the practice for the
Bellahouel, a waiter in a restau- first time."
rant frequented by 9/11 hijackers. R In his 25 years as a
The authorities imprisoned and reporter, Christensen has never
detained the young Arab man for encountered anything that
five months shortly after the boasted this "unusual brand of
attacks. They never charged him. CHRISTENSEN secrecy," he said. His coverage
"Whereas the ordinary reporter follows sparked a coalition of 23 media, legal and
smoke to the fire, Christensen looked where labor organizations that sought to protect
smoke was suspiciously lacking and uncov- public access to court proceedings. Have
ered a deplorable abuse of governmental state courts heeded his cries? No one
power hidden from public view," wrote FOI knows, he said. It's impossible to find out,
Award judge Rick Peltz, an Arkansas due to the custom's "insidious nature."
Toga keg parties Theme keg parties
Charity events Grab-a-date functions
Mnvie and a nizz Dinner and a movie
ABC Liquor store lounge
Text messaging/cell phone
Denny's, Steak "N Shake
"Bonnie and Clyde" star Faye Dunaway (right) came in
second to Karolyn Bagg in the 1960 Miss UF contest.
Students socialize on the second floor of the Swamp Restaurant,
a popular hangout just north of campus.
6 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
on NW 13th
Street back then
Florida newspapers pick up valuable lessons in
summer's record-breaking hurricane season
BY JESSICA STRUL
Afour-foot gutter hit ABC Action
News reporter Don Germaise's
legs during his live coverage of
Hurricane Jeanne this past summer. It was
one of eight times debris fell on him while
he informed Tampa, St. Petersburg, and 13
surrounding counties about Florida's four
"It's mass chaos with Mother Nature
trying to shove you over at 120 m.p.h. and
using wind and rain and anything in her
power to do it," said Germaise. who left
the COLLEGE in 1981. He took several
steps to steady himself when chunks of
wood and other material nearly knocked
him down. He considered himself lucky to
avoid needing medical attention.
Shane Blatt, JM 1995, who leads a
team of seven designers, also considers
himself fortunate for never having to use
The Tampa Tribune's relocation plan. The
paper sits by the Hillsborough River; a 10-
to 14-foot storm surge would have sub-
merged the press, he said. "The reality
was we were going to print a paper, and
we were going to do whatever was needed
to get there. We were concerned with put-
ting out a very solid visual product."
Getting the paper to its readers
required rare arrangements, said Blatt's
coworker, Erin West, JM 1995, Tribune
team leader for regional design.
"We got special passes from the city
because of floods, so police would know
that we needed to be on the road to get to
work when other people weren't allowed
to," West said. "Seeing the product at the
end of the night made it all worth it."
'READERS ARE EXPECTING IT'
When the record-breaking hurricane
season hit Florida with constant uncertain-
ty, newspapers delivered consistency and
Some newspapers, like the Sebring-based
News-Sun, faced severe challenges. It still
hadn't printed its A section when it lost power
during Hurricane Charley. Sitting in the
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Srburg Times photojournalist
l'ihot this photo after one of the
t hit Florida this past summer.
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'Making up for lost time
UF names pro golfer,
BY BOAZ DVIR
Bestselling detective novelist Michael
Connelly, JM 1980, has received
nearly every important award in his
field the Edgar, the Nero and the Barry, to
name a few. He's also big in Japan (where he
won the Maltese Falcon award), France (the
.38 Caliber and the Grand Prix), and Italy (the
Yet he appeared far from jaded
when UF President Bernie Machen
named him and pro golfer Deb Richard,
ADV 1986, Distinguished Alumni during
the fall commencement ceremony at the
Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
"This award," said his wife
Linda Connelly, PR 1980, "means
more to him than most of the awards
he's received in .. his life."
In the moments leading up to commence-
ment, Connelly seemed more like a student
prepared to turn his tassel than a
Distinguished Alumnus about to accept one
of UF's highest honors. Having skipped his
graduation ceremony 24 years
earlier, he treated this occasion as
a chance to relive his youth.
"It's a little like making
up for lost time," said
Connelly, whose 15th novel,
The Closers, hits bookstores
In his first career, Connelly
covered the crime beat for the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
and the Los Angeles Times. He
became a novelist in 1992
with the publication of The Black Echo,
in which he created LAPD (Los
Angeles Police Department) detective Harry
Bosch. Eleven of Connelly's novels,
including Closers, feature the flawed,
brainy, good-hearted ,& policeman.
"I try to be balanced about cops," said
Connelly, named one of the COLLEGE'S
Alumni of Distinction in 2003. "I'm mostly
interested in how their job affects them as
Like another L.A. institution
(Hollywood), Connelly has developed a suc-
cessful formula and plans to stick with it.
"I've been invited to the party and I
plan to stay there," said Connelly, president
of the Mystery Writers of America in 2003
The Tampa resident often
returns to the COLLEGE to give
students a glimpse into his
world. He recently spoke in
several classes, including
Reporting, taught by Master
Lecturer Mike Foley, JM 1970,
MAMC 2004, and Literary
Journalism, by Prof. William
McKeen. "I tell them what they
learn here can take them
places," Connelly said.
He cared little for school work until he
entered the journalism program. It paid off
handsomely. After he broke both elbows
and four fingers in a bike accident during
the fall 1979 semester, he dropped out of all
his classes except journalism ethics,
taught by the late Prof. Buddy Davis, JM
1948, MAMC 1952 (see letters to the
editor, Page 4).
"It was pretty much destiny," he said.
For his newspaper reading assignment,
Connelly randomly picked the LA Times.
Years later, when he reported for duty at
that paper, he knew enough to quickly
get past his rookie status.
"It gave me a head start," he said.
"I had learned a lot about the paper
and the city."
Some of his work from the LA
Times appeared earlier this year in
Crime Beat, Selected Journalism
1984-1992, a limited edition hard-
cover book that also includes
stories from the Sun-Sentinel.
His path to success seems clear:
He worked hard, made the right
decisions, nurtured his talent and
'INVITEDTOTHE PARTY': DeanTerry
S Hynes, UF President Bernie Machen, Linda
Connelly, PR 1980, and Michael Connelly,
JM 1980, prepare for the fall commencement
built a foundation of insight and sensibility.
But the unassuming Connelly attributes
much of it to luck.
"Luck played a role in it," he said. "There
are people who are more talented than I even
in my genre who are not as successful."
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
In the hours leading up to the ceremony,
Richard and her UF coach Mimi Ryan joked
around as if they still competed on the Lady
Gator golf team. They reminisced about the
early days, when the then-high school senior
came from Kansas to visit Florida State and
Florida. The Seminoles asked Richard to
prove she could play, she recalled. The
Gators trusted her and made an exception at
the time by offering her a scholarship.
"I didn't need to take too many out-of-
state players," said Ryan, who retired in
"Hey," said Richard, a Top 50 UF Athlete
of the Century, "I got you over the top."
She sure did, helping UF win its first
women's golf national championship in
1985. "We killed," Richard recalled. "We
won by 16 shots."
She became a golfer in a roundabout way.
When she was a child, her family took it up
as a sport, so she played along. But she
"hated it," she said. "I played every sport -
football, basketball, softball but I thought
golf was slow."
She quickly caught up. In 1984, she won
the U.S. Amateur Championship and Low
Individual Honors in the World Cup
Championship. In her two decades with the
LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf
Association), the Ponte Vedra Beach resident
has $3 million in earnings.
In 1985, she founded the Deb Richard
Foundation to help the disabled. For her char-
ity work, she received the Samaritan Award
and the Kids Good Sports Award from Sports
Illustrated. She also won the Founder's Cup
Award from GolfDigest.
She plans to retire, but won't say when.
She just might continue promoting the sport.
"Golf is a revered sport in so many corners of
the world," she said. "In Asia, it's the sport."
College names Alumni/ae of Distinction
The COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
will add four Alumni/ae of Distinction to its short list at
its April 30 commencement ceremony. Besides Deb
Richard. ADV 1986, who also recently won a similar.
UF-wide award (see story, Page 8), the new members of
this exclusive group 85 out of 21,000 graduates -
include Ben Cason. JM 1965: Carolyn Gosselin. PR
1980. MAMC 1983; and Eric Wishnie, TEL 1984.
Cason is executive editor of ThisWeek Newspapers,
a 21 -newspaper groups affiliated with The Columbus CASON
Dispatch. He served as managing editor at United
Press International, assistant managing editor at the
Washington Post and news editor at the St Petersburg
Gosselin is senior vice president/chief communica-
tions officer for Orlando-based CNL Financial Group.
She worked for this real estate company in the late
1980s before joining SunTrust bank in Atlanta as first
vice president and manager, corporate communications.
She returned to CNL in 2003. She also served as
associate director of public relations at Universal GOSSELIN
Studios and general manager atY&RICMF&Z, Orlando.
Wishnie is a senior producer for 'NBC Nightly
News with Brian Williams." He held the same position
for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" until
Brokaw retired. He traveled with Williams to cover
the elections in Iraq and the tsunami relief effort in
Indonesia. He produced Brokaw's trips to Iraq, Kuwait.
Jordan, Israel. Athens. and Sydney.
He won the Edward R. Murrow. national Emmy, and
Overseas Press Club awards. Wir.Fs1i
Visiting The Palm Beach Post, you
might confuse Lynn Kalber, JM
1978, with adaptable actress
Meryl Streep. The paper's director of
administration/newsroom plays so many
roles so convincingly, she just might catch
Take, for instance, her latest task -
co-heading the imple-
mentation of a new jugglin
editorial computer sys-
tem. Although Kalber
once oversaw the department's tech support
and recently trained to train her colleagues,
she never studied IT (information technolo-
gy). Yet you wouldn't know it by the way
she deftly fields questions from staffers
awestruck by the Mac OS X operating sys-
tem or the Adobe InDesign layout program.
Okay, so Kalber's a quick study. But
really, why did the paper's management -
which has been changing since Editor
Eddie Sears, JM 1967, retired in January -
ask her to co-lead this effort?
"Because she's an extremely versatile,
talented editor," said her boss, new
Managing Editor Bill Rose. "It's unusual to
have somebody with both
g act technical and editing talent."
A Trump-caliber trou-
bleshooter, Kalber navigates
the new landscape with a keen eye, a patient
disposition and a firm grip on her role.
"My co-chair is an expert on the
technical side," she said. "My strengths are
advance planning and getting large projects
done with the cooperation of all the
She's also often asked to handle the
unexpected, said Rose, with whom she
meets every morning.
"When I have a problem in the
newsroom, I frequently turn to her," he said.
"If it falls in the category of news, I go to a
department head; but if the unknown
suddenly flies up, I ask Lynn to make sense
As part of her "ever-morphing" job,
Kalber also produces the newsroom's
monthly newsletter, hires interns, and
develops the editorial department budget.
"It's lots of fun to do with that many
commas," she said, noting the budgeting
process usually takes four months.
She also handles odds and ends. For
instance, just before she interviewed for this
article, she sat down with a chef to select a
menu for a Cox Newspapers meeting at the
Post's West Palm Beach building. And she
serves as an interior designer of sorts, con-
tinuously refitting an expanding staff into
an established space. That same morning,
she met with an office planner to discuss
demolishing a wall.
CONTINUED, PAGE 12...
JUGGERNAUT JUGGLER: Lynn Kalber,
JM 1978, juggles the origami she created in
The Palm Beach Post newsroom she helps run.
10 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
PUR 4404 International Public Relations
Assistant Prof. Juan-Carlos Molleda
COLLEGE CREDIT: Dean Terry Hynes and Dean Emeritus Ralph Lowenstein say the College's first
leader, the late Rae Weimer, set the foundation for excellence.
Deans build transition tradition
When Dean Terry Hynes ran late
for a meeting in Tigert Hall a
few years ago, Dean Emeritus
Ralph Lowenstein offered her a lift on his
trusty moped. Soon, a UFPD officer pulled
them over, warning them
against riding together on a toug
Knowing that serving as
dean is a one-person mission,
Lowenstein did his best to stay out of
Hynes' way when she arrived from
California in 1994 to succeed him. When
they passed in the hallway, she could see
him trying to pull back. She recognized how
hard it was for him after 18 years on the job.
"Ex deans sometimes give too much
advice and still try to run the school,"
This, however, never kept him from
"He came to me one day and said, 'I
know a lot of professionals and alumni
around the state. Would you be interested
in having me introduce you?' Hynes
Lowenstein's welcoming attitude helped
Hynes gain immediate credibility, she said.
And his achievements as dean inspired her.
They included founding WUFT-FM, the
Joseph L. Brechner Center for the Freedom
of Information, and the
t Knight Division for
3 follOW ment and Multicultural
Affairs; getting a head
start on electronic journalism; and establish-
ing the COLLEGE'S four departments as
national leaders in their fields.
Hynes felt her fresh perspective would
allow her to take the COLLEGE even further,
she said. "In the end, that may be one of the
reasons I was hired."
In her 11 years on the job, that perspec-
tive helped her to develop new fund-raising
opportunities, expand the graduate pro-
grams, bring in The Documentary Institute,
support the start of the science/health com-
munication program, hire top-notch
professionals, and solidify the COLLEGE'S
national and international standing.
CONTINUED, PAGE 12...
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toughact CONT. FROM PAGE I I
She was one of three finalists recom-
mended by faculty representatives Laurence
Alexander, MAMC 1983, Robert Kendall,
Richard Lehner and Joe Pisani, profes-
sional representatives Bill Brooks, Diane
Hooten McFarlin, JM 1976, and Tom
Kennington, TEL 1963, and one student,
Mary Helen O'Connor, PR 1993. Then-UF
President John Lombardi made the final
When she interviewed for the job,
Hynes had been a California State
University, Fullerton, faculty member for
19 years, including four years as chair of
the communications department. She fol-
lowed Lowenstein as the 1991-1992 presi-
dent of the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC). She earned her doctorate and
master's degrees from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's
degree from Regis College.
jugglingact CONT. FROM PAGE 10
To ward off the Fort Lauderdale-based
Sun-Sentinel, which last year launched a
campaign into central and northwestern
Palm Beach County, the Post has been
relentlessly recruiting reporters.
"This is what happens in a competitive
environment," Kalber said. "I love it."
She's been educating editors on the art of
"squeezing more talent" into the newsroom to
allow her to slowly step away from this role.
She recently dropped a couple of other
favorite tasks: editing the food section and
recruiting (she kept interns). Yet, she's
already thinking about the next thing.
Nothing major just a little something on
the side to keep her challenged. Last year,
she oversaw the publication of a staff-writ-
ten-and-photographed book documenting
the effects of the record four hurricanes that
"We lost a bureau in one of the hurri-
canes," she recalled. "We had reporters
working out of cars with wireless cards. We
rented an RV."
She keeps quiet about the details of her
next extra project, saying only it may be a
new page in the features section. "I'm prob-
ably shooting myself in the foot. But
[unlike editing the food section] it won't
The COLLEGE'S reputation and history
attracted Hynes, she said. She moved into
Lowenstein's office; he moved upstairs to a
smaller space to direct a Smathers Library
project on American volunteers during the
1948 Israel War of Independence, and to
serve as the journalism initiative specialist for
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
They drew inspiration from the
COLLEGE'S first dean, the late Rae Weimer.
Hynes met him at Lowenstein's retirement
reception. She remembers Weimer reaching
out with his good arm, shaking her hand,
looking her in the eyes and assessing her.
"I understood a whole lot of things better
when I met Rae," Hynes said. "He was a
very charismatic guy who could walk the
fine line between being very empathic to
people, yet also holding them to a standard.
That's what he did for the COLLEGE."
Although they have different priorities
and management styles, Hynes and
require supervising staff, so it should be
less time consuming."
Kalber keeps busy outside the news-
room, as well. At the joint meeting of the
COLLEGE'S four advisory councils last
month, she became chair of the Department
of Journalism Advisory Council. The posi-
tion entails, among other tasks, overseeing
meetings with students and faculty to deliv-
er feedback and recommendations to Dean
Terry Hynes and department Chair
"Lynn is terrific to work with," said
council immediate past chair Kevin Walsh,
chief of bureau for Florida for the
Associated Press. "She's extremely dedicat-
ed. She's one of the hardest working mem-
bers of the council. She takes her service
very seriously and obviously feels passion-
ately about education at UF."
At home, Kalber and her husband Scott
Eyman, the Post's books editor, take care of
three dogs and a cat. They met at the Sun-
Sentinel. During her seven years there, she
worked as a features writer, designer, fea-
tures copy desk chief and assistant features
editor. Eyman wrote for the paper's now
defunct Sunday magazine, Sunshine, along-
side their friend Michael Connelly, JM
Lowenstein share a vision, said former
Associate Dean James L. Terhune. "You
have to have a vision as to where you are
going and a lot of persistence in trying to
reach that goal. Not everyone will share your
vision, but you have to have a significant
number of people who will."
Hynes and Lowenstein credit the
COLLEGE'S success to a "good curriculum
and a wonderful faculty." Lowenstein gives
credit for the construction of Weimer Hall,
which opened under his watch in 1980, to his
predecessors, Weimer and the late John Paul
Jones, JM 1937. "Some plant the seed,
some water and some end up harvesting the
crop," Terhune said.
Some recall Lowenstein dragging a long
hose into Weimer Hall's atrium to water the
plants. "I built on what Rae Weimer and John
Paul Jones did," he said. "Now Terry is
building on what I did."
1980 (see story, Page 8).
Kalber and Eyman married 19 years
ago, while she was on a two-year break
from journalism, running the American
office for the British firm Flying Flowers.
"It was fun working for a company that pro-
duced a quality product," she said. "And I
traveled to England."
Now she travels with Eyman, often in
search of material and information for his
books on silent films and talkies. In the fall,
they may visit Paris. That is, if she can get
The one constant in her job is that it's
never constant. In her first six years at the
Post, the last two of which she served as
entertainment editor, Kalber played more
traditional, structured roles. But she prefers
her current position's eclectic excitement
and she plans to stick with it. She has no
designs on her boss' job.
"I would never want to be the managing
editor," she said. "A lot of the fun goes out
of the job at that point. I like the flexibility
of my job. In 12 years, I've done amazing
projects. I would never have had the time to
do them otherwise. I'm down on the floor
running the machinery."
12 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
in acts Iii
Schwartz uses his old
firm's Brain Darts
BY KEuL-ANNE SUARZ
bout 50 students packed into visiting
Prof. Phil Schwartz's Advertising
Marketing Strategy lecture, though
the slots on his roster only totaled 32.
"When you hear there's a professor who
had his own ad agency in Miami, it makes
people pay attention," advertising senior Jed
Oran Cohen said of his former teacher.
Each year, the Freedom Forum
Distinguished Visiting Professorship pulls
professionals from their natural habitats and
places them in classrooms. The position
rotates among the COLLEGE'S four depart-
ments advertising, journalism, public rela-
tions, and telecommunication.
Endowed by the former Gannett
Foundation, the program enhances the
COLLEGE'S curriculum by giving students a
broader learning base, Dean Terry Hynes
said. Potential professors are scouted through
connections; the main obstacle being finding
a pro whose life permits a 16-week break.
Past visiting professors included
Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism Prof. Tom
Goldstein, Rene "Butch" Meily,
MAMC 1979, vice president of
the Philippine Long Distance
Telephone Co., and CNN's Larry
Woods, JM 1963.
Schwartz sold his shares of
Turkel Schwartz & Partners in
2002 but said he wishes he left the
industry five years earlier. sC
"Ad agencies have come to have low
regard for advertising and what it can do," the
UF alumnus said.
The professor's prognosis is not entirely
bleak, however. He said local and regional
advertisers possess the potential to swing
back the pendulum an idea he stressed to his
students by focusing more on the creative and
less on the bottom line. His assignments
ranged from scrutinizing Starbucks' lure to
marketing commercial space travel.
The collective brainstorming brewing in
his classroom was exhilarating, he said, and
an accurate simulation of actual boardroom
behavior behavior Schwartz has honed
since he left Gainesville 30 years ago. He
earned a bachelor's degree in business from
UF in 1969, and planned to earn an MBA but
was drafted and served two years in the
Military Police traveling from South Carolina
to Georgia to Vietnam.
In 1972, he returned to Gainesville and
his master's plan. The former
MP continued keeping watch in
his Alligator column "Mind
Readings," where he spouted
Libertarian ideals and disdain
for the then Warrington College
of Business Dean Robert
Lanzillotti, a member of
Nixon's Price Commission.
After earning an MBA,
IWARTZ Schwartz bounced around the
country dabbling in brand management and
Six years later, with $500 in the bank, the
39-year-old Schwartz formed his own adver-
Fifteen years after that, the merged Turkel
Schwartz & Partners produced Brain Darts, a
compilation of the company's work that's
now used as a text in art direction classes
throughout the country.
Beyond the obvious benefits to having a
handy, neatly bound portfolio, Schwartz loves
the sound of the book hitting a conference
table surrounded by potential clients.
"It shows we're a company of substance,"
said Schwartz, a member of the Department
of Advertising Advisory Council.
Science/health communication receives $150,000
The COLLEGE'S budding science/
health communication program is
Henry H."Tip" Graham Jr.,JM
1972, president of Jacksonville-based
Scott-McRae Group, and his wife Diane
McRae Graham recently pledged
$100,000.The state is expected to
provide a 50 percent match from its
Major Gifts Matching Trust Fund.
"This gift will help us better prepare
people to communicate about the vital
topics of science and health:' Dean
Terry Hynes said."Almost daily, dis-
coveries are being made in science and
have a signifi-
cant effect on
the quality of
ies is crucial."
Named in "TIP" GRAHAM
honor of Tip's parents, the Henry and
Eugenia Graham Professional
Development Fund for Science/Health
Communication commemorates his
father's career as a doctor and his
mother's career as a medical technician.
Henry Graham Sr. was a long-time
physician in Gainesville. Eugenia
Graham opened the country's second
blood bank in St. Louis in 1927.
"The COLLEGE seeks to establish
a nationally recognized Center
for Excellence in Science/Health
Communication," said Rebecca
Hoover, director of development.
"The Graham fund will be an impor-
tant component of the COLLEGE'S
strategic goal to build such a center."
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005 13
n broadcasting jargon, they're known as sticks tall
Transmission towers that deliver stations' signals.
Dozens of guy wires keep their spines upright. Cutting
S just one of these cables puts the tower in jeopardy.This
M happens so rarely, you probably cannot remember the
Last time you read a story about a collapsing tower.
But it happened to the COLLEGE OF
JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS, in the
midst of Homecoming activities on an over-
cast October Friday morning in 1980. When
we got the word that a plane had clipped a
WUFT-TV tower guy wire, General
Manager David Brugger and I drove to the
site at Devil's Millhopper.
The once-magnificent tower, 869 feet
high, was a pile of scrap metal, twisted into
grotesque shapes. We saw three badly
burned bodies amid the ashes of the still-
smoldering plane. Guy wires stretched
across the clearing like giant pieces of unat-
tached string. A large satellite-receiving
dish looked like an eggshell crushed by a
giant. A WUFT engineer, who had been in
the nearby transmitter building, stood right
outside the building, dazed.
Good luck, bad luck and providence, I
have learned, usually accompany and fol-
low an unusual accident like this:
aj A chartered twin-motor
Beechcraft 18 carried two
Tampa attorneys to Lake City. Lake City
was fogged in with low-hanging clouds, so
the pilot flew 40 miles south to Gainesville
seeking better visibility for landing. He
found similar conditions and lost power to
one of his two engines. His crippled plane,
now off course (Gainesville airport had no
radar in those days), dipped into the cloud
and fog cover, hit a WUFT guy wire and
crashed. All three men aboard died instant-
ly. Damages to WUFT-TV: $700,000.
f Transmitter towers are built
like Erector Set projects, with
many pieces and sections held together by
thousands of bolts. They are designed to col-
lapse upon themselves, rather than fall out-
ward like a redwood tree sawed at its base.
The design worked. The pieces fell on the
WUFT site, not on the roofs of nearby homes.
DOWN AND OUT: The WUFT-TV tower fell
during Homecoming 1980 after a small plane hit
one of its guy wires.
J iw Even so, neighbors asked the
Alachua County Commission
to prevent WUFT from rebuilding another
tower on the site. They had located their
homes within the shadow of the old tower,
which was there 20 years before them, but
they did not want a new tower.
| A few months earlier, the
COLLEGE received permission
from the FAA to build a second tower to serve
WUFT-FM, scheduled to go on the air in
1981. Thus, we did not have to "rebuild" the
tower. The second tower had been designed to
hold the WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM and WRUF-
FM antennae, and it was too late for most
protests to stop that process. WUFT-TV was
completely down for only one day. Our engi-
neers dragged a coaxial cable from the
WUFT transmitter building to the Cox
Communication building 1,200 yards away.
This allowed the station to reach most
Gainesville viewers. In one month, we had a
320-foot portable tower up and running. The
signal could reach only 35 miles, instead of
our usual 75, but at least it was a signal.
J Martin Caidin, author of the
bestseller "Cyborg" (basis for
the TV series "The Six Million Dollar
Man") and 150 other books, lived in
Gainesville. Although Jewish, he wore a
Nazi pilot's cap around town, and owned
and flew a 1930s Fokker F-7 Trimotor. (He
rented the plane to Hollywood for World
War II movies. If you saw Clint Eastwood's
"Where Eagles Dare," you saw Caidin's
Fokker.) He tried to convince the FAA to
block construction, arguing that if a plane
taking off to the west from the airport could
not climb or turn left or right, it would run
into the new tower. "WUFT Meets the
Fokker" resulted in extended lawsuits,
mounting legal bills and a mountain of cor-
respondence with the FAA.
l Gary "Bubba" Cox was the
engineer in the transmitter
building on that fatal Homecoming morning.
The thousands of pounds of collapsing metal
miraculously only clipped the edge of the
roof. Bubba considered this a sign from God.
A few weeks later, he gave notice to WUFT
and looked for a new profession.
Our new 865-foot tower was built in
time for WUFT-FM to go on the air in
September 1981. We installed the WUFT-
TV and the WRUF-FM antennas on it.
Whenever I see a tall "stick," I think of the
magnificent engineering of these Erector
Set towers, stretching one-sixth of a mile up
into the sky and maintained in gravity-defy-
ing balance by threads of steel cable.
As for Bubba, the last we heard, he was
indeed happy in his new calling as a video
recording operator in Orlando.
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crashcourse: CONT. FROM PAGE 7
passenger seat, Editor Romona Washington
finished typing and
editing incomplete sto-
ries on a laptop com-
puter while the pro-
duction manager drove
them to Leesburg,
where the paper print-
ed the main section,
SHERMAN recalled Advertising
Director Vicki Sherman, ADV 2004.
For her part, Sherman recruited her hus-
band to join the publisher and his wife in
spending a day hand-inserting 10,000
newspapers, a task usually completed in
two hours by machine.
'The readers are expecting it," Sherman
said. "I was without power for three days. No
buy a generator, reserve gas for its drivers and
obtain more information on curfews, Sherman
But some issues may go unresolved.
"Part of the challenge of working in the
media is making sure your own family is
safe," said Rick Hirsch, JM 1980, Miami
Herald managing editor for multi-media. "It's
like a police officer you have a larger
responsibility to the public."
During a hurricane, journalists face a
"It's one thing to gather the news," Hirsch
said, "it's another to deliver it in the same
weather everyone is hunkering down to
The Herald housed 200 journalists and
their families during the storm, he noted. They
NATURE SHOW: St. Petersburg Times photographer Bob Croslin, M 2002, who took this picture,
uses his camera to open Floridians' eyes to hurricanes' danger."It's the real deal," he says.
TV, no Internet, no phones. All visual commu-
nication was gone. The newspaper is the only
form of communication that we could get.
There was one radio station available. It made
me see just how valuable the newspaper is as
far as a means of communication."
After Hurricane Charley, the News-Sun
published an ad featuring a letter by reader
R.C. Davis: "Like a MIRACLE you managed
to publish your paper so that the people in
Sebring could know what was happening -
who to call for help if they found a working
phone or where to go."
To cover future storms, the paper needs to
slept on airbeds, and ate for free at the cafete-
ria, which offered 24-hour service.
"No one collects news on the scale of a
newsgathering force like a newspaper," said
Hirsch, a member of the Department of
Journalism Advisory Council.
The Herald, which has a gas-fueled gener-
ator that can power 80 percent of the news-
room's computer system, reviews its hurri-
cane plan annually, he said. In the past few
years, it switched from cell phones to satellite
phones and drafted reciprocal agreements
with newspapers around the state, such as the
Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel, to ensure
that if one organization is unable to print, the
"You name it," Hirsch said, "we've tried
to anticipate it."
INSURED AGAINST BOREDOM
Margo Pope, JM 1970, didn't anticipate
covering Hurricane Frances on her third day
as associate editor of the St. Augustine Record.
"Winds were whipping up outside and the
terracotta tile on the building was popping
off," said Pope, also a member of the
Journalism Advisory Council.
The Record was 45 minutes and eight
pages from meeting its deadline when its
building lost power. The Florida Times-
Union, the Record's sister operation in
Jacksonville, printed the paper.
"We learned a lot during Frances that
helped us with Jeanne," Pope said.
During Frances, everyone on the
Record's news staff worked full-time.
Following Frances, a revised plan mandated
rotating reporters. The paper condensed the
jumps from the front to a single page,
sending fewer spreads to the press.
The Emergency Operating Center
(EOC), which provides hurricane relief to the
public, helped the Record perform its job.
"When it looked like we were going to lose
power," Pope said, "EOC allowed us to plug
in our laptop and e-mail our stories because
they considered us part of the emergency
Like Pope, the Sun-Sentinel's Kathy
Bushouse, JM 1997, also recently changed
professional positions from covering the
city of Boca Raton to insurance and banking.
"Someone said, 'Insurance is boring,' and
I said, 'Not if you have hurricanes,' "
Bushouse recalled. "There has definitely
been a steep learning curve. People look at
you as the expert."
Newspapers educate the public, said St.
Petersburg Times pho-
Croslin, JM 2002.
"We have such a huge
here, and a lot of these
people who are too
stubborn or ignorant
CROSLIN won't leave their
homes. These pictures that my colleagues and
I take show them it's the real deal."
16 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
Eleta Cox McCormick, ADV 1965, is a retired
entrepreneur rekindling her passion for
photography in Evergreen, Colo. Her daughter
Ashley recently earned her Ph.D. at UF in
interdisciplinary ecology, email@example.com
Carol Stovall,ADV 1971, is director of
mission and community outreach for Bon Secours
Health System in St. Petersburg. She writes and
produces a quarterly employee newsletter, The
Campus Chronicle. She works with the staff of a
274-bed Catholic nursing home and a 105-bed
assisted living facility. She wrote an article for the
January/ February issue of Health Progress, a
national magazine of the Catholic Health
Richard B. Montgomery, ADV 1972, is
captain with American Airlines. He and his wife
Karen Coady have a son, Cody, a 2000 UF gradu-
ate anda pilot, and daughter, Kacey, a second-year
medical student at UE firstname.lastname@example.org
Arielle Ford, ADV 1974, is director of public
relations and marketing for The Spiritual Cinema
Circle, a DVD club specializing in award-winning
movies selected for spiritual and psychological
Frank Quigley, ADV 1975, is president
of Manhattan-based Source Media (formerly
Thomson Media), which publishes American
Banker, US Banker, The Bond Buyer, Financial
Planning, On Wall Street, Securities Industry News,
Traders Magazine and others. He served on the
Academic Advisory Council for the College
from 1985 to 1997. He is married to another
UF graduate, Julia Sewell of St. Petersburg.
They live in Scarsdale with their three children.
James S. Benjamin, ADV 1976, is partner in
the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Benjamin and
Aaronson, PA. He became president of the First
Amendment Lawyer's Association in August.The
firm has concentrated in First Amendment and
adult entertainment law.
Bob Birkentall, ADV 1980, is strategy manager
for Tribune Interactive, a division of the Tribune
Michael Cohen, ADV 1981, is senior production
manager for agency jobs and a photographer.
He also leads an eight-piece blues and R&B band,
Hard Bargain, which sold albums in 18 countries
and throughout the U.S. Hard Bargain is working
on a new release. www.thebassguy.com
Rob Cherof, ADV 1982, is executive vice
president and management director of BBDO,
an advertising agency in Atlanta.
John Daniel Smith, ADV 1982, is budget
director for Gwinnett County Public School. He
and his wife Stephanie have a son, Max, 10, and a
daughter, Taylor, 7. dsmith email@example.com
Therese Lounder-Mulroy, ADV 1984, owns
Hawaiian Rare Fruit Co. After retiring from Office
Depot as catalog production supervisor for the
United States and Canada, she bought a nine-acre
organic certified rare fruit orchard.
Lisa R. Delman, ADV 1986, is author of Dear
Mom, I've Always Wanted You to Know ... Daughters
Share Letters from the Heart (Penguin).
Johnny Gooding, ADV 1986, is member of
senior management at the Tampa regional head-
quarters of Progressive Insurance. He has been
with the company for I I years.
Piper Smith, ADV 1986, is vice president of
marketing for Historic Tours of America. Gov.Jeb
Bush reappointed her to the judicial nominating
commission for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She is
one of two non-lawyers on the commission.
Ron Jackenthal, ADV 1987, is vice president of
sales for InPhonic and runs the sales division for
Liberty Wireless. He lives in Park City, Utah, with
his wife and two kids. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Magrath-Singer, ADV 1988, is teacher
for the Palm Beach County School District. She
completed her master's in English in 2001.
Aaron Wymer, ADV 1989, is senior minister at
Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City,Tenn.
Daniel Garrido, ADV 1990, is president of
DG Design Studios, a graphic and Web design
Casey Jones, ADV 1991, is scoring official for
the PGA Tour. He and his wife Katey travel the
country for 30 weeks a year as part of the Tour's
field staff.They reside in Atlanta.
Colleen L. (Molohon) Croft, ADV 1992, is
reading teacher for the School Board of Alachua
County. She earned a master's in elementary
education in 2004. She and husband Rick began
Matco Tools franchise in 1988.They have two
children, Kyle and Eryn. email@example.com
Dan Dalesandro, ADV 1993, is attorney with
Associates & Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury
Lawyers, PA. in Fort Myers. He and his wife Jaime
recently celebrated the birth of their first child
Abigail.They live in Cape Coral.
Eric S. Friedman, ADV 1993, is partner at the law
firm of SlutzkyWolfe & Bailey in Atlanta. He and his
wife Paula recently celebrated the birth of their
second daughter, Lindsay Kate. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Sueiras Gonzalez, ADV 1993, is English
teacher at Coral Gables Senior High. She is married
to her UF sweetheart.They have 5-year-old twin
boys and an eight-month-old baby girl.
Matthew M. Hodge, ADV 1994, is executive
director of the Seminole Community College
Janet VillalbaTracy, ADV 1997, is media plan-
ner at La Agencia de Orci, a Hispanic advertising
agency in Los Angeles. She also performs with an
improve comedy group. email@example.com
Cristine Danauy, ADV 1998, is graphic designer
with matchdoctor.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Allen Lawson, ADV 1998, is account
executive with The Gainesville Sun.
Jobel Jos6, ADV 1999, is designer with J.Walter
Thompson Technology in Atlanta.
Brian E. Larsen, ADV 1999, is vice president
and co-founder of Don Chico Corporation. He is
a Florida High School Athletic Association football
official as well as a Palm Beach CountyYouth
Football League official.
Juan Carlos Hernandez, ADV 2002,
is advertising specialist for Alienware Corp.
COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005 17
Elizabeth Hudson, ADV 2002, is first-year
law student at Northwestern University in
Chicago. She plans to focus on corporate law.
She worked for an advertising and public
relations agency in San Diego for two years.
Jenni Ishman, ADV 2002, is event planner for
the University of Central Florida. She is a master's
student in interpersonal communications at UCF.
Lindsay (Minter) Graham, ADV 2003,
is corporate communications specialist for
Hughes Supply, one of the nation's largest
wholesale distributors of maintenance, repair
and construction-related products, in Orlando.
She is in charge of the internal newsletter that
goes to 9,200 Hughes employees across the
country. She married college sweetheart Jason
Graham in May.They live in Orlando.
Heather Frank, ADV 2004, is graphic designer
for Bernard Hodes Group in New York.
Laura Peffer, ADV 2004, is assistant media
buyer for National Broadcast Carat USA.
Evan M. Karpel, JM 1957, is retired and edits,
writes and publishes his Temple newsletter
quarterly. He is also an elected judge.
William H.Wall, JM 1964, is director of the
Alabama Student Loan Program. He was appointed
to the editorial board of the Journal of the National
Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Robert K.Wilcox, JM 1966, is former Air Force
information officer who lives in Los Angeles. He is
author of Black Aces High and Wings of Fury, which
detail the exploits of America's fighting forces in
the sky, and his most recent book, First Blue:
The Story ofWorld War II Ace Butch Voris and the
Creation of the Blue Angels, a biography of Roy
"Butch" Voris, creator and first flight leader of the
Eddie Sears, JM 1967, plans on reading without
interruptions and traveling after his retirement as
editor of The Palm Beach Post.
Tom Vickers, JM 1967, teaches English and
journalism courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and serves as faculty adviser to the
student newspaper, The Avion, in Daytona Beach.
John Bogert, JM 1971, is news columnist at The
Daily Breeze, a Copley Newspaper in Los Angeles.
JW (Jack William) Dicks, JM 1971, is chief
development officer of PremiereTrade", a financial
software and services company he started in 2002
with his nephew, James Dicks. He and wife Linda
live in Altamonte Springs and escape to their place
on the West Coast whenever possible.Their
daughter, Jennifer Dicks Burg, PR 2002, works
for the company and younger daughter, Lindsay,
will earn a bachelor's in marketing from UF on
April 30. She will also work for PremiereTrade".
Jeff Klinkenberg, JM 1971, who writes about
Florida culture for the St. Petersburg Times, is the
writer in residence for the University of South
Florida's Florida Studies program. He is the author
of a new collection of essays,"Seasons of Real
Florida;' published by the University Press of
Florida. His essays and stories have been nominat-
ed six times for the Pulitzer Prize, most recently
for feature writing in 2004. He has been an
adjunct instructor in the College and has written
for magazines such as Esquire, Outside, Travel and
Leisure, and Audubon. email@example.com
Carol (Rescigno) Conyne, JM 1972, recently
returned to Newsday as deputy foreign editor.
She worked part-time for many years to raise her
John "Bart" Bartosek, JM 1974, is new editor
of The Palm Beach Post. He and wife Cindy live in
West Palm Beach.
Kathleen Quinn, JM 1974, is group program
director for Tribune Broadcasting. She programs
seven television stations in Philadelphia, Boston,
Washington, D.C.,Atlanta, New Orleans and
Albany, N.Y. firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcelino J. Huerta III, JM 1975, has been
selected for the 2005-2006 "Best Lawyers in
America." He is a board certified trial lawyer in
Bob Morris, JM 1975, former columnist for the
Orlando Sentinel, is editor-in-chief of Caribbean
Travel & Life magazine and has signed a deal with
St. Martin's Press for a series of mysteries, each
taking place on a different Caribbean island.The
hero, Zack Chasteen, is a former strong safety for
the Florida Gators and the Miami Dolphins.
"Bahamarama" came out in October and "Jamaica
Me Dead" will be published in October 2005.
He lives in Winter Park. email@example.com
Garry Matlow, JM 1977, is communications
specialist with The Arc of Spokane in Spokane,
Wash. He previously was assistant director of
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane.
Sabrina (Alsop) Shapiro, JM 1977, is dean
of business and technology at Hillsborough
Community College, Brandon campus.
Andrew Froman, JM 1978, is shareholder with
Clark, DeMay, Fara and Froman, P.A. He lives in
Sarasota with his wife Bianca Eber and their
sons, Dylan Reid, 16, and Maxwell Drew, 14.
Robert S.Aiken, JM 1979, is vice president of
federal affairs at Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
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Susan (Farmwald) Begay, JM 1981, is
freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star. Her
son Matthew is I I and daughter Haley is 6.
Keith Kriegler, JM 1983, is president and
entrepreneur of Kinetic Marketing. He has lived in
Chicago for the last 14 years with daughter Ciara.
Jonna Hunt Orwig,JM 1983, is special events
manager at Daufuskie Island Resort and Breathe
Spa in South Carolina. firstname.lastname@example.org,
Cheryl Bailey, JM 1984, is freelance writer
for River City News of the Florida Times-Union.
She also teaches reading, language and spelling
to third graders at Pine Forest Elementary
School in Jacksonville.
Diane M. Moskal, JM 1986, is technical
communications manager for Fidelity National
Information Solutions in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gary White, JM 1986, is feature writer for
The Ledger in Lakeland. email@example.com
Kenn Tomasch, JM 1987, is manager of Creative
Communications for the Naperville Area Chamber
of Commerce and works as a radio and TV
broadcaster for two professional soccer teams,
the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and
the Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer
League. He is also a freelance writer and a high
school football and basketball official.
Roby Page, JM 1988, has a book coming out in
August from the University Press of Mississippi on
the history of Bike Week in Daytona. It's a visual
sociology book using photos and text to show
how the event has changed through the years.
Adrienne (Riba) Scheck, JM 1988, is full-time
mom to Zachary, I I; Faryn, 8; Shelby, 5; and
Amanda, 4; along with husband of 13 years, Jeff.
Susan (Lewis) Dewey, JM 1989, is in-house
attorney at Cisco Systems in San Jose, Calif. after
more than five years as an attorney for Adaptec.
She is a member of Women In Licensing, Licensing
Executives Society and American Corporate
Counsel Association. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reggie Grant, JM 1991, is high school teacher
in Tallahassee and does occasional freelance work.
He and wife Adriane Glenn Grant have two sons,
Micah, 3, and Jadon, I. email@example.com
Brooke Lange, JM 1991, is senior editor of
Robb Report Luxury Home and Robb Report
Hollie S.Allender, JM 1992, is editor
of Quest Magazine, published by Global
Underwater Explorers in High Springs.
Kelly Layman, JM 1993, is president of Palm
Beach-based In Layman's Terms, a national public
relations and governmental affairs firm. It won the
2003 Northwood University's Arthur E.Turner
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for
Outstanding Public Service. She was appointed to
serve on the Florida Historical Commission from
January 2004 to December 2005 and recently
was elected to the Board of Governors for the
Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Hilda Perez,JM 1994, is picture editor at the
Orlando Sentinel. She covered the summer's four
hurricanes and had one of her pictures chosen as
one of MSNBC's best images of the year in the
editor's choice category. She is also adjunct
professor at the University of Central Florida and
a photo coach at the Mountain Workshop.
Erin West, JM 1995, is team leader for regional
page design for The Tampa Tribune. She is also
newsletter editor for the ALS Association's Florida
chapter and chaired its 2004 Walk to Defeat ALS
(Lou Gehrig's disease). She recently won first place
in local page design from the Florida Press Club.
Enrique Armijo, JM 1996, will begin a one-year
clerkship in August with Judge Karen LeCraft
Henderson on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
He plans to practice media and communications
Tom Farrey, JM 1996, is senior writer at
ESPN.com and contributor at ESPN The Magazine
and ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and
Justin Best, JM 1998, is photo editor at The
Herald, a mid-size daily near Seattle. He recently
had one of his pictures chosen as one of
MSNBC's best images of the year in the reader's
choice category. He and wife Jen's first child
Parker David was born in February.
Ryan Gravatt, JM 1999, is online campaign
manager of Quicksilver Internet Solutions, a
company he started in April 2002. He manages
new media strategies for political candidates,
non-profit organizations and private companies.
He and his wife Suzannah live in Austin and have
an 8-month-old son, Henry.
Elizabeth McCormick, JM 1999, is program
coordinator for Citizen CPR. She married Kevin
Morrisey in February in Tampa.
Kathy (Bushouse) Burstein, JM 2000, is busi-
ness writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
covering insurance and banking (See story, Page
7). She married a fellow Sentinel reporter
Jon Burstein over Memorial Day weekend.
Jill Andreu, JM 2001, is editor at Naylor
Publications. Her husband Robbie Andreu, JM
1977, is a sports writer at The Gainesville Sun.
Their daughter Madeline Parker was born in
Anna Marie Neri, JM 2002, has been account
coordinator for two years with CBR Public
Relations Business to Business division.
Jaclyn Sherman Rhoads, JM 2002, is marketing
specialist at Florida Credit Union in Gainesville.
She married Jesse Rhoads in March.
Dan Berger, JM 2003, is doctoral student
at Annenberg School for Communication at the
University of Pennsylvania. He is the author
and editor of two forthcoming books:
"Nonstop Struggle:The Weather Underground"
and "The Politics of Solidarity," began as his
undergraduate senior thesis at UF and will be
released in the winter by AK Press. He is also
the co-editor of "Letters From Young Activists',
which will be released by Nation Books in the fall.
Christina Jesson, JM 2003, is copy editor
and page designer at The Tuscalooso News and
Tuscaloosa Magazine in Tuscaloosa,Ala. She
also edits EWWoman magazine.
Cristy Loftis, JM 2004, is education
reporter for the Citrus County Chronicle.
Laura Nipe, JM 2004, is communications and
promotions coordinator at the Museum of
Discovery and Science in downtown Fort
Michael J.Thursam, PR 1970, is senior
emergency planner for the Department of Veterans
Affairs in Washington, D.C. He lives in Nashville,Tenn.
Clint Johnson, PR 1975, has published his eighth
non-fiction book, a ghostwritten autobiography of
Coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines, a basketball
Mary (Bray) Carouthers, PR 1978, is general
counsel for Howe-Baker Engineers in Tyler,Tex.
Frank Karel, JM 1961, won the Terrance Keenan
Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy by
Grantmakers In Health (GIH) at its annual meeting in
San Francisco in February. He was recognized for his
work in health communications.
Larry Horne,ADV 1971, manager of communica-
tions at Clay Electric Cooperative in Keystone
Heights, and Wayne Mattox,JM 1972, editor of
publications at Clay Electric, were honored in 2004
with the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award by the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association.They won it
for their communications plan.
Carolyn J. Feimster, PR 1977, president of CJF
Marketing International, recently won the "Shopping
Tourism Person of the Year" award from the Shop
America Alliance. CFeims firstname.lastname@example.org
David W. Johnson, TEL 1980, reporter and
primary anchor at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, recently
won a local Emmy for public affairs reporting. He
lives in Pittsburgh with wife Nancy and their sons,
Michael and Eric. email@example.com
Susan Budd Towler, PR 1985, vice president of
community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Florida, recently won the 2004 PRSA (Public
Relations Society of America) Silver Anvil Award. She
and husband Jim have a four-year-old daughter, Emma.
Kelley Benham, JM 1997, won the Ernie Pyle
Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for her
human interest writing in the St Petersburg Times. She
won the Pyle trophy and $5,000 for a collection of
stories, including a profile ofTerry Schiavo.
Stephanie Sinclair, JM 1998, of the Corbis photo
agency recently won one of two top prizes at the
Visa Pour L'image international photojournalism
festival in Perpigan, France. She and her photos
from Iraq were recently featured on "NewsHour
with Jim Lehrer."
he COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND
COMMUNICATIONS recently won
second place in the annual Hearst
Photojournalism Competition, earning $5,000.
It was the second year in a row the
COLLEGE placed second in this national contest
In 2001-02 and 2000-01, the COLLEGE
won first place.
In 2004-05, senior Emily Harris placed
third in Picture Story; Daron Dean, JM
2004, won fourth place in Portrait/Feature;
senior Liza Shurik finished sixth in
Portrait/Feature and eighth in Picture Story;
and senior Matt Marriott placed 12th in
Dean and Harris, who are finalists for
consideration for the national Hearst
shootout in San Francisco in May, each
received $1,000 each. Shurik earned $500 for
each of her wins.
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1970:Walter"Red" Barber, JM 1934, sportscaster*
1971:H.G."Buddy" Davis Jr., JM 1948, MA
1952, editorial writer, The Gainesville Sun, 1970
Pulitzer Prize winner
1972:William O.E. Henry, JM 1950, attorney,
1974:Tom McEwen, JM 1944, sports editor,
The Tampa Tribune
1976: Homer Hooks, JM 1943, executive director,
Florida Phosphate Council
1978: Malcolm Johnson, JM 1936, editor,
1979: Irvin Ashkenazy, JM 1933,J.Walter
Ralph C. Davis, JM 1931, director, Florida Bureau
of Motor Vehicles*
Howard Norton, JM 1933, Baltimore Sun foreign
correspondent, 1947 Pulitzer Prize winner*
Richard Sewell, JM 1959, director, government
relations, Florida Power & Light Co.*
1980:Alvin G. Flanagan, TEL 1941, president,
1981:HerbertWadsworth, JM 1953,
1982: David Lawrence Jr., JM 1963, publisher,
Detroit Free Press (and The Miami Herald)
Hugh Wilson, ADV 1964, creator,"WKRP in
1983:John Paul Jones Jr, JM 1937, dean emeritus
and magazine publisher*
1984: Barry Berish, ADV 1954, president, Jim
Beam Co., Chicago
Clarence Jones, JM 1956, investigative reporter,
The Miami Herald and WPLG-TV
Douglas Leigh, ADV 1928, creator of Broadway
Fred Ward, MA 1959, freelance photographer for
1985: Bernadette Castro, TEL 1966, president,
Castro Convertibles, NewYork
Karen DeYoung, JM 1971,foreign editor and
national news editor, The Washington Post
1986:William G. Ebersole, JM 1949, MA 1957,
publisher, The Gainesville Sun
1987: Deborah Amos, TEL 1972, foreign
correspondent, National Public Radio
Robert J. Haiman, JM 1958, presidentThe Poynter
Institute for Media Studies, St Petersburg
1988: Ed Johnson, JM 1957, MA 1972, senior
editor, NewYorkTimes Regional Newspaper Group,
Judy Lynn Prince, TEL 1964, senior public affairs
adviser, Mobil Oil Corp.
Jeraldine Brown Smith, JM 1967, attorney/
publisher, Capitol Oudook,Tallahassee
1989: Otis Boggs, LS 1943,WRUF sportscaster
and "Voice of the Gators"*
Tom Kennedy, JM 1972, photography editor,
Edward Sears, JM 1967, executive editor, The Palm
BobVila, JM 1969, host, PBS series "This Old
1990: Frank Bean, ADV 1962, MA 1963,
manager, international sports programs, Coca-Cola
Frank Karel, JM 1961, vice president,
communications, Rockefeller Foundation, NewYork
J. Leonard Levy, ADV 1955, president, Hillsboro
1991: David G. Ropes, PR 1968, vice president,
marketing services, Reebok
Dianne Baron Snedaker, ADV 1970, president,
Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco
George M. Solomon, JM 1963, assistant managing
editor for sports, The Washington Post
1992: Carl Hiaasen, JM 1974, columnist, The Miami
Herald and fiction author
Larry Lancit,TEL 1970, producer, PBS' "Reading
1993: Dr. Margaret Blanchard, JM 1965, MA
1970, Kenan professor of journalism, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Micid Dickoff, MA 1972, LosAngeles writer/
director/producer and Emmy winner
Anne M. Saul, JM 1966, news systems editor,
1994: Michael F. Foley, JM 1970, vice president for
communications and community relations, The St
Stuart Newman, JM 1946, president, Stuart
Newman Associates, Miami
Stephen Strang JM 1973, founder, Charisma
magazine; president, Strang Communications
James C.Weeks, ADV 1964, president and chief
operating officer, NewYorkTimes Regional
1995: Larry Woods, JM 1963, national
correspondent, Cable News Network,Atlanta
David Bianculli, JM 1975, MA 1977,television
critic for the NewYork Daily News and National
1996: F. James McGee, JM 1975, investigative
reporter, The Washington Post, and Pulitzer Prize
winner, The Miami Herald
1997:Walker Lundy, JM 1965, editor and senior
vice president, Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press
Karl Wickstrom, JM 1957, publisher, Florida
Sportsman magazine, Miami
1998:Jerry Davis, ADV 1968, president and CEO,
Computer Management Sciences, Jacksonville
Rebecca Greer, JM 1957, senior articles editor,
Woman's Day, NewYork
John Hayes, TEL 1963, president and CEO, Raycom
Ron Sachs, JM 1972, president, Ron Sachs
Communications and former spokesman for
Gov. Lawton Chiles,Tallahassee
1999:AI Burt, JM 1949, investigative reporter and
columnist (ret), The Miami Herald
Diane Hooten McFarlin, JM 1976, executive
editor and director of broadcast, Sarasota Herald-
Sharyl Thompson Attkisson, TEL 1982, CBS
News anchor and host of PBS' "HealthWeek"
2000: F. Richard "Dick" Monroe, ADV 1967, MA
1968, vice president for environmental affairs, Darden
Carol A. Sanger, JM 1970, vice president
corporate communications and external affairs,
Federated Department Stores
Rene S."Butch" Meily, MAJC 1979, vice
president, Rubenstein Associates
Joan Ryan, JM 1981, sports columnist. San Francisco
Dennis Kneale, JM 1979. exec utve editor. Forbes
Yvette Miley, TEL 1985, vp of news.WVTM-TV
NBC 13, Birmingham,Ala.
2001:Donald Bacon, JM 1957, author of
Encyclopedia of U.S. Congress. senior editor of U.S.
News and World Report and Naton's Business
C.B. Daniel, Jr.JM 1966. Florida Board of Regents;
area president, First Union Natonal Bank: vice
president, Barnett Bank
Steen Johansen,TEL 1966. award-winning
Rosemarie R. Nye, PR 1973, vp for market
innovation, Lucent Technologies
2002:John Dillin, JM 1958.Washington bureau
chief and managing editor of the Christian Science
C.Del Galloway, PR 1981, M.A. 1983, executive
vice president and COO of Husk jenn.ngs Galloway
and Robinson in Jacksonville
Maryfran Johnson. JM 1978. editor-in-chief of
Computerworld newsweekly and vice president of
editorial content for Computerworld.com
Jamie Mcintyre.TEL 1976. milrar) affairs
correspondent at the Pentagon for Cable News
Network in Washington, D.C.
Donald Thomas, PR 1968. chief operating officer
for the American Cancer Society
Bonni G.Tischler, TEL 1966. chief of the office of
field operations for the U.S. Customs Service
2003: Michael Connelly, JOU 1980. award-
winning, best-selling author
MaryAnn Golon, JOU 1983. picture editor for
Keith Moyer, JOU 1977. president and publisher
of the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Brad Todd, ADV 1970, principal in The Richards
Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, ADV 1968, executive
vice president of sales and markeung for the
CHANEL Beaute and Fragrance Division
2004: Mark Erstling, TEL 1975. senior vice
president and chief operating officer at the
Association of America's Public Television Stations
Melissa Lammers, ADV 1979. vice president at
Pueblo International in Puerto Rico.
2005: Ben Cason,JM 1965, executive editor of
Carolyn Gosselin, PR 1980, MAMC 1983,
senior vice president/chief communications officer
for Orlando-based CNL Fnancial Group
Deb Richard,ADV 1986, LPGA Tour golfer
EricWishnie,TEL 1984, senior producer for
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Most alumni are identified by position at time of selection.
*Indicates alumnus is deceased
20 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
Michael J. Starling, PR 1978, is vice president
of Cell-Tel government systems, which markets
and sells deployable wireless communication
systems to the government and the military.
He also teaches part time at the University of
Erin McLeod, PR 1981, is communications
director for the Senior Friendship Centers. She is
responsible for managing all aspects of client and
employee communications in Sarasota, Desoto,
Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. McLeod also
serves as president of the Central West Coast
chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association
and edits a Habitat for Humanity newsletter.
Susan A. McNulty, PR 1981, is special FBI
agent. She has had tours of duty in Gainesville,
Jacksonville, Phoenix, San Francisco and Daytona
Beach. She plans to retire in November.
Bregar Horner, PR 1982, is an independent
career consultant. He previously worked for
18 years in human resources management for
Siemens AG. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Evans McCroan, PR 1984, is teacher's
assistant in the exceptional education department
for the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando.
Paul Sotrop, PR 1984, is on temporary
assignment as a stay-at-home dad in Maplewood,
N.J. with his wife Margaret and sons, Sam, I, and
Max, 9. email@example.com
Nereida "Neddy" Perez, PR 1986, is regional
communications advisor for North, Central and
South American operations at Shell Services
International in Houston. firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Provasi Lewis, PR 1987, is accredited
business communicator and unit marketing direc-
tor for Chick-fil-A atWells Road in Orange Park.
She is responsible for public relations, community
relations, marketing and sales. She is a mentor for
PRSSA students at the University of North Florida
and coordinates the Ministry of Mothers Sharing
at her church. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Diane
was part of the communications team at
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, St.
Johns Advertising and Public Relations and has
worked in various industries as a freelance com-
munications consultant. She is married and has a
5-year-old son, Joshua. email@example.com
Jennifer Smith, PR 1990, is recruiting coordina-
tor of F5 Networks in Seattle.J.Smith@F5.com
Laurie Sprague, PR 1990, is owner of Let It Grow
Nursery in Jacksonville, which opened a year ago.
Tanya Ott-Fulmore, PR 1991, is news director
atWBHM-FM, the NPR affiliate in Birmingham,Ala.
She is also a news consultant for NPR stations
nationwide. She and husband Jason have three
daughters, Miranda, Olivia and Hannah.
Rich Nasser, PR 1992, is working for Gantz
Wiley Research in Minneapolis.
Jennifer (Hornsby) Cox, PR 1995, is develop-
ment associate for Community Child Care Center
of Delray Beach. Her first child,Alexander Edward,
was born in 2003. firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Clark Kovacs, PR 1996, is aide to
Sen. Elizabeth Dole in Salisbury, N.C.
Michael A. Monahan, PR 1996, is
communications manager at the law firm of
Carlton Fields in Tampa. He is responsible for
the public relations, media relations and advertis-
ing for the 219-attorney firm. Monahan is a
member of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2005
and a leader in the Greater Tampa Chamber of
Commerce's Emerge Tampa program. He also
served on the board of directors of the Florida
Public Relations Association Dick Pope/Polk
County Chapter from 2002-2004, serving as
the chapter's vice president in 2004. mmona-
Frank Sutera, PR 1997, worked as a producer
on MTV's "Damage Control" FOX's "The Next
Great Champ," and Comedy Central's "Mouthing
Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses" (see story, Page 25).
He was director of programming for Stone Stanley
Entertainment in 2002-2004. He oversaw
production of Comedy Central's "The Man Show,"
ABC's "Celebrity Mole:Yucatan," NBC's "FAME',
SPIKE TV's "The Joe Schmo Show I and 2" and
"Oblivious:' and PAX's "Shop 'Til You Drop."
Jennifer Bates, PR 1998, is in real estate sales
with Emmer Development
Andrea Burdett Kennedy, PR 1998, is
pharmaceutical sales representative for Schering
Plough. She got married in May.
Shelley Caracciolo Ouellette, PR 1998,
is communications manager for Seminole
Community College. email@example.com
Christine Pietryla, PR 1999, is senior consult-
ant at Cunningham & Company, a Chicago-based
marketing and communications consulting firm.
Chad Darwin, PR 2000, is senior account
executive with Hill and Knowlton, a media and
financial group in Los Angeles.
Kristen M. Key, PR 2001, is press aide in the
Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Raudenbush, PR 2001, is registered
representative for ING Financial Partners.
His position involves managing small businesses'
retirement plans and employee benefits. He also
works with individuals to solve retirement plan-
ning challenges. email@example.com
Jennifer Dicks Burg, PR 2002, is senior editor
of James Dicks:The Active Investor, a nationally
distributed financial magazine published by
PremiereTrade", a financial software and services
Michele Rollen, PR 2002, is dean's assistant
at UF's College of Public Health and Health
Alison Rosenkranz, PR 2002, is account
executive and publicist at Fahlgren Entertainment,
which represents feature film studios, including
New Line Cinema, MGM, Focus Features, and
Sony Pictures. She married UF alumnus Paul
Gomez in December.
Susan Roudabush, PR 2002, is staff assistant
in the travel office of theWhite House.
Joanna Davis, PR 2003, is professional
health-care representative for Pfizer in Providence,
Jenny VanDerVliet, PR 2003, is public relations
representative forVISIT FLORIDA, the state's
official tourism marketing corporation.
JennyWeigle, PR 2003, is marketing director
for the law firm Forizs & Dogali, PL. She is one of
the founding members of the Greater Tampa
Chamber of Commerce's new program for young
professionals, Emerge Tampa, and is one of the
youngest people to be accepted into Leadership
Tampa in the history of the program. She is also
young alumni coordinator for the Tampa Gator
Club Executive Board. firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan L. Dunn, PR 2004, is communications
manager for the Gainesville Area Chamber of
Meredith Lee May, PR 2004, is staff assistant
to U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo. 7th).
Angle Orth, PR 2004, is interning with Golin
Harris International Public Relations in Atlanta.
Joshua Pila, PR 2004, is finishing his first year at
Georgetown University Law Center. He will serve
as a summer associate at the National Association
of Broadcasters, Office of the General Counsel.
Brianne Straub, PR 2004, is marketing and
public relations specialist for the University of
Central Florida Foundation in Orlando. She is
content manager and editor for external and
internal Web sites, coordinates internal
communication materials, works with senior
staff on communication tools and designs internal
publications. 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. BStraub@mail.ucf.educompany
E.W. (Bill) Ball, TEL 1956, retired from The Miami
Herald in 1977 and is widowed living in Okeechobee.
He has one son and two grandchildren.
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Bennett F.Yeilding, TEL 1964, is business
services consultant at The Training Institute of
America based in Van Nuys, Calif. It is his second
career in social services. He retired from
broadcasting in 1993. BFY40@yahoo.com
Alan Bumett, TEL 1972, is producer and
writer for Warner Bros.Animation. He is executive
producer of "The Batman" for Kids WB and super-
vising producer on Cartoon Network's "Krypto the
Scott Ferguson, TEL 1975, is communications
manager for Sarasota County Community Services
including the History Center, Library System,
Parks and Recreation and UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences-Sarasota County
Thomas F. Smith, TEL 1975, is owner of
Loosen-Up Spas and Hot Tubs. He and his wife
started the business selling Coleman Spas and
HotTubs in Sanford in 2003.Their oldest son,
Nicholas, will graduate from UF this month.
Susan Cohen Manis, TEL 1976, is medical
technologist with St.Vincent's Medical Center in
David Glickman, TEL 1977, performs
"customized corporate comedy" for conventions,
meetings, sales rallies and banquets for many
different industries every year. He customizes
each program with an intense research and
development process for each client.
Eve Ackerman, TEL 1978, writes Florida-based
historical romance novels such as "Darlene
Marshall." "Smuggler's Bride" will be published in
February and "Pirate's Price" will be re-issued.
"Captain Sinister's Lady" is scheduled for October.
She also volunteers with WUFT-FM's Radio
Reading Service and theWUFT/WJUF member-
ship campaigns at UF www.darlenemarshall.com
Frank J.Volpicella, TEL 1978, is executive
news director of KVUE-TV in Austin.
John Schryber, TEL 1979, is senior litigation
partner with Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington,
D.C. He was nominated for Washington's Best
Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal. He
litigates complex civil matters of national
Chris Maurer, TEL 1980, is coordinating
producer and anchor for CNBC Business Radio.
She oversees radio staff and operations.
Tim Reed, TEL 1985, is lieutenant colonel in
the U.S.Air Force. He is director of the Joint
Contracting Command in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Chris (Fiebel) Vivian, TEL 1986, is marketing
director of the American Heart Association in
Florida and Puerto Rico. email@example.com
Joe Weisman, TEL 1986, is training manager of
the admissions department at Kaplan University in
Fort Lauderdale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul E. Catala, TEL 1988, is copy editor for
The Flyer, a Tampa-area classified ad publication. He
writes freelance news and features for papers
around Central Florida. kraftwerkO I@yahoo.com
Julianne Potter-Mical, TEL 1989, is senior
leadership and employee development consultant
for American Express. She and husband Kevin have
a new son, Grayson. email@example.com
JeffWeinsier, TEL 1989, is investigative reporter
with WPLG-TV 10 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale. He
and wife Stephanie Thatcher are expecting a third
child in May. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark J. Brazzo, TEL 1990, is project analyst
for Edison, N.J.-based Ascom Transport Systems,
which provides field equipment maintenance for
the EZ-Pass electronic toll collection system
on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden
State Parkway. He handles project management
support, which includes detailed operational
business analysis supervision and reporting.
Sandor Bondorowsky, TEL 1992, is freelance
technical director for "The Tony Danza Show,"
among others. He is also partner in Remote
Digital Media, a full service production company.
He and his wife Ofira have a 3-year-old son
Alexander and are expecting another boy this
Zandra (McKnight) Raines, TEL 1992, is
digital court reporter for the Florida court
Christina Etter, TEL 1994, is 5 p.m. news
producer for KVOA-TV in Tucson,Ariz.
Michelle (Cunningham) Fischer, TEL 1994, is
morning meteorologist atWZVN in Fort Myers
and has been at the station for five years. She and
husband Greg have a 4-month-old daughter
Alison Starling, TEL 1995, is news anchor for
WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. email@example.com
Ed Tudor, TEL 1995, is creative services director
for KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock,Ark.
Ken Carlson, TEL 1996, is creative director
and owner of Big Machine Design in Hollywood.
Big Machine Design designed the new graphics
package for ABC "20/20" and the FOX Saturday
& Sunday network IDs. Its work can also be
seen on MTV, MTV2,TLC,Animal Planet, USA,
UPN and A&E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Johnson, TEL 1996, is on-air image produc-
er forWCEU-TV 15 (PBS) in Ormond Beach. He
is responsible for the overall station image and
promotions. He also works as a freelance voice
talent. Some of his voice credits include Volvo,'Lil
Champ Convenience Stores,AAA of Florida,
Embry Riddle University and PBS.
Richard Preuss, TEL 1996, is associate
director for live musical, variety specials and
award shows (see story, Page 25). He has been
associate director on shows such as the
Academy Awards, the Emmys,VH I Divas,
Billboard Music Awards and many more. In
December, he directed cameras for "Kennedy
Center Honors" on CBS. In seven years as a
freelance associate director, he has received
two Emmys and four Director's Guild nominations
for his contribution to the Academy Awards
broadcasts. He and his wife Jennifer are
expecting their first child this month.
Chris Marasco, TEL 1997, is technical director
for CNN in Atlanta. email@example.com
Laureen (Martinez) Trudell, TEL 1997, is
reporter for WTVR-CBS 6 in Richmond,Va. She
recently married Timothy Trudell.
Jennifer Basa, TEL 1998, is producer for the
Emmy-winning CBS show,"The Amazing Race."
This is her fourth season. She commutes from
Jacksonville to Los Angeles for her television
work. jennabee 12@attnet
Andrea Carden, TEL 1998, is senior
executive assistant to the president and to the
chief operating officer of Fox Sports Networks
(see story, Page 25). She recently moved back
to Los Angeles from Atlanta, where she was an
executive assistant to the senior vice president
and executive director of CNN.
Tony Simon, TEL 1998, is part-time, fill-in air
personality at 94.9 Zeta/Clear Channel Radio in
Miami. He is also full-time radio broadcast
technician for Radio Marti/US Office of Cuba
Daniel Beasley, TEL 1999, is helpdesk specialist
for RBC Dain Rauscher. He left the news industry
to pursue a computer science career.
Jonelle Henry, TEL 1999, is associate producer
for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
April (Mertz) Kellogg, TEL 2000, is community
relations coordinator for the Hillsborough County
Government Communications Department. She
does public relations and marketing for
Hillsborough County and hosts "Hillsborough This
Week" for HTV22. email@example.com
Roger Lohse, TEL 2000, is reporter at WPLG-
TV in Miami. He lives in Hollywood, Fla. with his
wife Raelin and son Jack.
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Lauren Klein, TEL 2001, is production
coordinator for Discovery Communications.
Klein was also a line producer for a documen-
tary, "Children Will Listen," which aired on
PBS in November. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Humberto Mesones Sanchez, TEL
2001, is media coordinator for CNN in Atlanta.
David J. Gross, TEL 2002, is producer for
WCJB-TV in Gainesville. email@example.com
Samantha Prag, TEL 2002, is associate
producer of "Renovate My Family," a primetime
show on FOX. firstname.lastname@example.org
Erich Spivey, TEL 2002, is reporter at
WRDW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga.
He moved there after working as a reporter and
fill-in anchor atWVII-TV in Bangor, Maine.
Sean I Paul@aol.com
Melissa Sogegian, TEL 2003, is general
assignment reporter at WMGT-TV in Macon, Ga.
Brandie Tucker, TEL 2003, is working in
TV development and production at Endemol
Joshua Hines, TEL 2004, is sports reporter
for The Palladium-Times in Oswego, N.Y.
Kate Jarocki, TEL 2004, is production
manager at WYKE-47. She is also the director
of a local show,"The SunTrust Senior Club."
Marie R. Stanganello Stempinski,
TEL 1965, MA 1969, is president of Strategic
Communication, a full service marketing,
public relations, video and DVD company.
Most recently she was named public relations
director for the Science Center of Pinellas in
Ann B. Sides, MA 1982, is consul general at
the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. She is
married to Randy.ASidesl00I@aol.com
Jose R. Salva, MA 1988, is president of
Prism Video Productions, which he founded
in 1996. He has been married to his high
school sweetheart Marisol for the past
27 years and they have three sons,Jan-Paul,
25, Jan-Carlo, 21, and Joel, 16.
Scott Brown, MA 1990, is research manager
at JZM. He is also an adjunct professor at UNC
Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Michelle Moody Lynch, MA 1995, was
promoted to product line marketing consultant
for the M.D.Anderson Cancer Center in
Orlando. She will oversee all marketing efforts
for the facility. email@example.com
Daniel Jimenez, MA 1998, is managing
editor of Young Money magazine.
Rebecca Shawn Ayer, MA 1999, is
manager of public relations at Baptist
Hospital in Nashville,Tenn.
Manuswita Singh, MA 2000, is director of NBC
News Sales Research in New York City.
Raleigh Kathryn Seay, TEL 1998, MA 2001,
is director of membership and marketing for
the UF Alumni Association.
Mike Foley, JM 1970, MA 2004, recently
received his master's in mass communication.
The former St Petersburg Times executive editor is
master lecturer in Reporting and other
Jack Breger, MA 1973, died March 20,
2004 in Miami from multiple sclerosis compli-
cations. He was 55.
He was born May 7, 1948 in Miami. He
graduated from Miami Beach High School in
1966 and received his BA in English from UF in
1970. At UF, he was a DJ for the campus radio
station. He also served as social director of
Alpha Epsilon Pi.
James C. Congleton Jr., ADV 1970,
of Port Charlotte died March I I, 2004. He
He was born Jan. 24, 1921 in Parkersburg,
W.Va., to Bessie and James C. Congleton Sr. He
served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World
War II, flying a B-17 bomber, and participated
in one of the longest raids in history over
Rabaul, in the South Pacific. He received the
Soldiers Medal for bravery during the bombing
run when he removed his oxygen mask to
revive a wounded comrade.
Congleton worked at Seminole
Community College in Sanford in the
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and
two sons, Bruce A. of Tallahassee and James P.
of Orlando; two granddaughters, Paige Huffman
of Tallahassee and Christy Staggers of
Jacksonville; and great granddaughters, Jessica
and Kimberly Huffman of Tallahassee and
Melissa Staggers of Jacksonville.
Congleton was given a full military funeral
and is buried at the military cemetery in
Rowland "Rollo" Medler of Gainesville
died Jan. 12 in Gainesville. He was 87.
Medler was born in St. Louis and moved to
Gainesville from Johnson City,Tenn., in 1958.
He was the first engineer forWUFT, and
signed the TV station on the air in 1958. He
was known for his stories about the pioneer
days of WUFT, when it was the first TV station
in Gainesville and one of the first non-com-
mercial TV stations in Florida.
H. Kessler Meyer III, JM 1961, died Aug.
25 in Melrose. He was 65.
Born May 16, 1939, Kessler attended
P.K.Yonge before graduating from The
American School in Managua, Nicaragua, in
1957. He was a member of Sigma Chi.
Following graduation, he joined the Navy,
attending Officers' Training in Pensacola prior
to assignment aboard the carrier USS
Kearsarge in the Pacific Ocean during the
Vietnam War. He was an intelligence officer
and remained in the reserves following his
active duty, retiring a captain.
He owned Meyer Oil Company in Ocala
and several food service businesses. He mar-
ried the former Margaret "Peggy" Dawson of
Ocala and they had three children: H.K."Kert,"
Lowelle, and Brandt, all of whom survive him.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, a
sister and a brother.
Marshall Collier Prine, JM 1977, of
Micanopy died Sept. 29 in Gainesville after a
long battle with lung cancer. He was 53.
Prine worked for the UF Department
of Information and Publications with Herb
Press, MA 1982, from 1979 to 1985.
In 1986, he joined the staff of the College run-
ning and maintaining the photojournalism labs
and teaching various photojournalism courses.
He instructed the photojournalism course in
the College's Summer Journalism Institute from
1987 to 1998. He left the College in 1998.
"Marshall's easy-going and friendly manner
made him a popular professor. I was always
inspired by Marshall's ability to connect with stu-
dents and his effortless way of putting others at
ease," said one of his former students, Roby
Page,JM 1988."This was a key to his teaching
success and something that I always want to
remember as I continue with my own teaching
Survivors include his wife Teresa Prine of
Williston; mother Jacquelyn Prine of Ocala;
stepsons,Van Whitehurst of Archer, and Devin
Whitehurst and Adam Whitehurst of Williston;
and brother, Steve Prine of Washington, D.C.
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John W.Wright, II
Executive Associate Dean
Assistant Dean (Student Services)
Associate Dean (Division of Graduate Studies)
Interim Associate Dean for Research
(Division of Graduate Studies and Research)
Co-Director -The Documentary Institute
DEPARTMENT OF ADVERTISING
John C. Sutherland
Professor and Chair
Linda Conway Correll
Jon D. Morris
Cynthia R. Morton
Marilyn S. Roberts
DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
Professor and Chair
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
Director Marion Brechner, Citizen Access Project
Sandra F. Chance
Executive Director Joseph L Brechner
Center for Freedom of Information
Julie E. Dodd
Knight Chair, journalism technologies
and the democratic process
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Kathleen S. Kelly
Professor and Chair
Gail F. Baker
Special Assistant to the President
Mary Ann T. Ferguson
Margarete R. Hall
Linda Childers Hon
Spiro K. Kiousis
Margot Opdycke Lamme
Michael A. Mitrook
Juan Carlos Molleda
Linda M. Perry
David H. Ostroff
Professor and Chair
News Director -WUFT-FM
Assistant in Telecommunication
Program Director -WUFT-FM
Assistant in Telecommunication
Production Director -WUFT-TV
Co-Director -The Documentary Institute
Associate Director -The Documentary Institute
Associate in Telecommunicauon
Lynda Lee Kaid
News Director -WRUF
Courtesy Assistant Professor
H. Sidney Pactor
Associate Director -The Documentary Institute
Associate in Telecommunication
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Although Paramount Pictures Vice
President Andrew Haas, TEL 1988, offers
fewer details, he views his time in
Gainesville with similar regard.
"Nothing prepares you to be a [movie]
producer, but I learned a lot at the
COLLEGE," said Haas, who recently pro-
duced "Without A Paddle," starring Seth
Green and Burt Reynolds.
The first in his family to enter the
entertainment industry, Haas made it in
this liber-competitive business thanks to
the same characteristics that helped him
succeed at UF hard work, talent, intelli-
gence and confidence.
"I had a steadfast belief," he said. "I
knew I could do this."
As first assistant to the co-chair of The
Firm, a Hollywood management company
with A-list clients such as Robert De Niro
and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jenny Novak,
TEL 2002, uses few of the skills she
developed at the COLLEGE. Yet she credits
the school with helping to set her on the
right track. Associate Prof. James
Babanikos and Documentary Institute Co-
Director Churchill Roberts inspired her,
she said. "They helped shape who I am.
They helped push me to fulfill this dream."
As a kid, Paul Lewis, TEL 1991,
live-action programming executive at
Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif., knew
what he wanted to do when he grew up: be
the president of a television network. So
when he enrolled in the COLLEGE'S
telecommunication program, he focused
on becoming technically proficient, not
"[WUFT-TV-]Channel 5 made the dif-
ference for me," Lewis said. "I knew I
could get hands-on experience there. It
doesn't prepare you for the entertainment
business, but it gives you confidence and
II -I DIeboraI Pearlman3
Alumni working in entertainment
sometimes return to Weimer Hall to give
students a glimpse into their industry.
Lewis who oversees the production of
such shows as "Unfabulous," "Romeo!"
and "Zoey 101" entertained nine classes
three years ago with stories and tips about
"I tried to give a realistic view of
Hollywood," said Lewis, who develops
shows and serves as a liaison between
Nickelodeon and program producers. "It's
a tough business. I tried to get that across
without crashing their dreams."
Kaplan, joined by his daughter
Deborah Pearlman, who directs Warner
Bros. Television's Writers Workshop in
Los Angeles, delivered a similar message
last month to Advanced Writing for the
Electronic Media and other telecommuni-
"We told them that there are more
football players in the NFL than writers in
television," Pearlman said. "But at the
same time, if they have the passion, they
have to follow it."
Leigh Seaman, TEL 1989, who pro-
duced the first season of TLC's "Trading
Spaces," helps students turn passion into
practice by teaching a production
workshop at the COLLEGE twice a year.
She conducts it the same week she
attends the semiannual Department of
Telecommunication Advisory Council
"We develop a show idea," said
Seaman, who traveled to Gainesville last
month from her home in Knoxville, Tenn.
"We have a lot of fun."
PAR FORTHE COURSE
Richard Preuss, TEL 1996, sees
serving as associate director on award
shows such as the Oscars and Emmys as
somewhat of a continuation of his work as
a student at the COLLEGE. He learned to
multitask working at Channel 5, oversee-
ing technical direction for Gator Growl,
and producing short films, all while carry-
ing a full course load. Today, he handles
as many as three productions at once with
the ease of a Cirque Du Soleil juggler.
However, he would have liked even more
opportunities to grow and develop.
Lewis and Sutera agree. They suggest the
COLLEGE offer courses that would prepare
students to compete in the enticing, elusive
entertainment industry, such as a workshop
on producing 60-minute films.
"I see no reason why the COLLEGE would-
n't offer such courses," said Preuss, who also
worked on VHI Divas and the Billboard
Music Awards. "It has the resources, the stu-
dios. Not everything has to be a talk show or
a news show."
The COLLEGE, however, needs all of its
resources to accomplish its overriding goal of
educating students in advertising, journalism,
public relations and telecommunication,
Dean Terry Hynes said. "We have to keep
focused on our main mission."
Students sometimes get a chance to
gain real-world experience in the enter-
tainment industry. For instance, 14
telecommunication students recently par-
ticipated in filming Babanikos' "A Second
Chance" in Gainesville.
When the 75-minute movie premiered
earlier this spring in Weimer Hall's
Gannett Auditorium, Babanikos, who
wrote, directed, produced and co-financed
it with matching funds from the COLLEGE,
thanked the students for helping him keep
it within its Hollywood-pocket-change
$15,000 budget. They, in turn, appeared to
be just as grateful for this chance.
"Everything I know about movies I
learned on 'A Second Chance,' said Chris
Singleton, a telecommunication student at
the time who mixed the sound in postproduc-
tion. "I learned a lot just by watching. Now, if
I ever work on a Hollywood set, I won't bum-
ble around like an idiot."
Denise Lang, JM
1971, a producer on
FOX's daytime real-
ity show "Ambush
ers what she learned
at the COLLEGE to be
as valuable today as
LANG it was when she
worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald
'REALISTIC VIEW: Paul Lewis,TEL 1991, visits the set of one of the live-action Nickelodeon shows
he oversees, which include "Unfabulous," "Romeo!" and "Zoey 101:'
and bureau chief for the Orlando Sentinel.
"My training in school really helped me
get a grip on ethics," she said. "That's very
important to me."
One journalism professor in particular
taught her lessons that have served her
well in all three of her careers (newspaper
reporting/editing, TV production, and
book writing), she said. "The [late]
cranky, critical, infamous Buddy Davis
[JM 1948, MAMC 1952] really held my
feet to the fire and showed me the impor-
tance of accuracy and of asking the right
Lang became an author when she
moved with her husband from Florida to
New Jersey 27 years ago. After she
divorced him 17 years later, she ventured
into television. She maintains her ties to
journalism by continuing to churn out non-
fiction books such as "Coping with Lyme
Disease" (her eighth) and employing for-
mer news writers on "Ambush Makeover."
Seaman, who is working on DIY
Network's garden show "Grounds for
Improvement," also seeks writers and pro-
ducers with news experience.
"I look for people who have a heavy lib-
eral arts background," said Seaman, who
covered medical issues at the White House
for Channel One during the first Clinton
Other alumni empha-
size the professional
side of their UF edu-
cation. For instance,
outdated, the techno-
logical aspect of his
i learning has stayed
HERREN with Matt Herren,
TEL 1993, vice president of marketing for
Boca Raton-based Information Television
(ITV) and Red Reef Entertainment.
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"People in my position usually pay no
attention to that, but UF gave me a good
foundation," said Herren, who raises
money for health, lifestyle and animation
programs. "I'm much more into it than I
would be if I didn't go to school there."
Herren would like to see the COLLEGE
team up with UF's Warrington College of
"Why doesn't the COLLEGE lead the
way by working with the business
school?" he said. "In this industry being
creative is not enough, you have to marry
it to the business side."
Herren picked up this lesson in
reverse. During his seven years in corpo-
rate sales, he hardly ever felt fulfilled he
missed the creative side, which he nur-
tured as a DJ for four years at the
COLLEGE'S WRUF-FM ROCK- 104.
"I realized that without that, I'm not
satisfying all parts of my personality," he
said. "Money is not enough, you have to
stay true to yourself."
THE IN(TERNSHIP) CROWD
Just as they do in journalism and commu-
nication fields, internships often give students
an entry point into the entertainment industry.
After her junior year,
TEL 2003, interned
at Barry Levinson's
Spring Creek Pictures
in Baltimore. She
mostly read scripts,
voicing her opinion
FRUCHTMAN to none other than the
director of such modern classics as "Diner"
and "Rain Man."
Couple copes with industry's challenges
t may be a testament to their relation-
ship that Andrea Carrien, TEL 1998,
left a promising job at CNN in Adanta
to move to Los Angeles to be with her
then-fiance Frank Sutera, PR 1997. It
might be even more telling that, almost as
soon as she arrived, she let him take off to
New York for several months.
"I'm very lucky to have such a
supporting wife," Sutera said when he
worked as a producer on MTVs new reali-
ty show "Damage Control" in New York
and New Jersey. "It's tough. Her
parents aren't happy.They like to remind
me she moved here for me:'
He's been traveling for ,
business for years.
On his first day
at Stone Stanley
asked if a
had a passport. Soon, Sutera found
himself in Europe meeting with creators
of the Swedish show that inspired "The
Mole:' In subsequent months, he worked
in France and Spain.
But he always returned to his home
base, LA. Carden, his long-distance girl-
friend since he left Gainesville, joined
him in May.They bought a house in July
and Sutera left for New York in August.
He returned at the end of 2004.A few
weeks ago, he broke his leg riding a
WaveRunner during his bachelor's party.
He's been at home developing a new
show for Comedy Central.
Sutera and Carden got married April 23.
"We're on the same page:' Carden
said."It helps his career that he went to
Did it help her career to move to LA?
Although she enjoys being assistant to
two top FOX Sports execs (the pres-
ident and the chief operating offi-
cer), it may be too early to tell.
"The woman who did
this job before me
Vill I? I
But not anytime
"I always wanted to be in TV or film,"
Although she reads no scripts in her
current job, an entry-level position at
Bridge Productions in Los Angeles,
Fruchtman views her Levinson internship
as a fountainhead of insight.
Nickelodeon's Lewis parlayed his
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
internship at FOX into a four-year stint
with the network, where he served as an
executive on such popular prime-time
programs as "Party of Five," "Family
Guy" and "That '70s Show."
In this industry, internships are vital -
and more readily available than most stu-
dents realize, Sutera said. "They're out
there. They're easy to get."
His Paramount internship, however,
came as a surprise. Visiting his brother
Paul, who at the time played Peter Brady
in the "Brady Bunch" movies, he landed
an interview with Cheryl Boone Isaacs,
then the studio's executive vice president
of worldwide publicity. "She took two
and a half hours to talk to me," he
recalled. "I was blown away."
At the end of the summer, Paramount
offered him a permanent position.
He returned to Gainesville for his last
semester, and, as soon as he received his
degree, packed whatever he could fit into
his car and drove back to Los Angeles to
publicize Paramount pictures.
That unexpected internship ended up
leading to an unexpected career when,
two and a half years later, he left
Paramount PR to plunge into producing,
teaming up with Hollywood insiders such
as Ben Stiller.
"He got tired of promoting other peo-
ple's work," said his wife, Andrea
Carden, TEL 1998, assistant to the pres-
ident and to the chief operating officer of
His "Damage Control" joined the pop-
ular "Punk'd" on MTV's "Sunday Stew"
last month. Yes, Sutera, who also worked
on Comedy Central's "The Man Show,"
has been having more fun as a profession-
al than he ever imagined while roaming
"It's not about the glamour," he said.
"It's about being creative, making some-
thing, seeing it on TV."
TURnI THE PIGE
Former journalist shoots
stills for motion pictures
ene Page, JM 1989, uses the skills he developed in
the COLLEGE'S photojournalism program every time
he steps onto a film set, including "Monster" and
"Basic." He shoots still pictures for movie posters,
ads and press packages.
Page first snapped his Nikon on a film set while
at UF, using his photojournalist credentials to gain
access to "Parenthood," which director Ron Howard
partly filmed at Turlington Hall.
After graduation, the fifth-generation newspaperman shot for
dailies such as Long Island's Newsday. Although he only realized it
later, everything changed Jan. 25, 1990, at 9:35 p.m. when his police
scanner sent him rushing to the site of a plane crash in Cove Neck,
N.Y. One of the first people on the scene, he stepped over bodies and
live wires to secure "the shot." As he documented the rescue effort, he
heard desperate cries and spotted body parts hanging from trees like
"I realized later I was too aggressive," he said. "It was like a wake-
up call. To this day, I can get teary-eyed thinking about it. In fact, last
week I found one of my photos from this plane crash of a little girl,
badly damaged, being worked on by someone. It really caught me off-
guard, especially now that I have children."
One of the grim images he captured that night ran on Newsday's
front page the next morning and several of his shots ran on the wire.
But he never cashed in his ticket to photojoumalistic success. Instead,
he started the challenging process of joining the cinematographers'
union (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local
644), a feat he finally accomplished in 1994. He's been making a liv-
ing in the world of make-believe ever since.
"I like the fake stuff much better," he said.
Still, his conscience remains restless. "As I get older and I see the
popular culture, I feel that the mass media often do a disservice to our
country," he said. "It bothers me that I'm a part of it."
On the other hand, playing a supporting role holding the second-
ary camera on a film set rarely irks him, he said. "It bugs me when
I see a good picture that I can't get, but I remind myself that I'm not
the main camera."
Yet on the set of "The Hawk is Dying," a movie based on one of
former Prof. Harry Crews' novels recently filmed in Gainesville, Page
played a pivotal role. Producer Jeffrey Levy-Hinte often summoned
him closer to the action, and lead actor actor Paul Giamatti hugged
him after emerging from the chilly Rainbow Springs.
"We're fortunate to have Gene," said
Levy-Hinte, who produced "Thirteen" and
"High Art," among other critically acclaimed
independent films. "He's experienced and
gifted. What I've seen of his work is power-
ful and provocative. And from his side, I
know he's happy to be sleeping in his own
bed and not in some hotel out of town."
During most of his career, Page traveled
for months at a time. But in recent years, he's
been working within driving distance of his
15-acre home in Micanopy. Among other
assignments, he shot stills for John
Travolta's "Basic" in Jacksonville and
Charlize Theron's "Monster" in Orlando. As
a result, he's been spending about as much
time with his wife Kim Bauldree, MAMC
2003, and two children as he would if he
worked for a newspaper.
"In recent years, the most important
thing in my life has become hanging out with
my family in my house in the woods," he
said. "I can't do any better than this."
BEHIND THE CAMERA: Gene Page, JM
1989, shot Paul Giamatti on the set of
"The Hawk is Dying" (below). Page has
taken stills for many movies, including
"Basic" starring John Travolta,
"Tigerland" starring Colin Farrell and
Matthew Davis, and keeperss Creepers 2."
Page may be a family guy, but he hasn't
exactly kept his family tradition.
In the 19th century, his great-great-
grandfather bought the daily Ledger in
Columbus, Ga. In the 20th century, his great-
grandfather took over the city's Enquirer.
Later, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers
merged. Meanwhile, his grandfather became
publisher of the Bradenton Herald and in the
1970s, his family sold the newspapers to
When Page switched careers, his father
advised, "Whatever you do, don't tell your
Page has no regrets. He's loved film since
childhood. He started shooting 8-mm film in
the fourth grade. "I always watched all the
credits at the end of the movies." Besides, he
said, he's having "too much fun."
"I have one of the best jobs in the world,"
he said. "I wouldn't want to do anything else,
unless I was making the film myself."
Photojournalist befriends source
BY JESSICA STRUL
Daron Dean, JM 2004, prides
himself on being as close to
objective as possible. Among
other cautionary steps, he avoids
the voting booth and keeps his
political preferences private. So it may be no
surprise that, when he got close to a source,
it made headlines as far away as Alaska.
The Anchorage Daily News ran a two-
page feature story this summer about 13-
year-old Hanna Peterson of Gainesville
choosing, as her Children's Wish Foundation
trip, to visit Dean in Alaska during his
When the wish-making organization con-
tacted her last year, Hanna, who has since
beaten Hodgkin's Lymphoma into remission,
could have picked meeting her favorite
singer Avril Lavigne. But she chose a cruise
to Alaska, to a large extent to be with Dean,
who previously photographed her for the
During the months he documented her
battle with cancer for the Sun, their relation-
ship became more like brother and sister than
photographer and subject.
6C At first, I did think I
was doing something
wrong and unethical,
But how can you help
being a human being? ,!
Their relationship is immediately evi-
dent. Dean, who plans to return to the Daily
News this summer, wears her "rock star"
leather bracelet; she hangs on to the back of
his truck in protest when she wants to pro-
long their time together.
When he began documenting her fight, his
A LEG UP: Dean took this picture (left) during the Hearst photo shootout in San Francisco in 2004.
He won second place. He shot the other during his summer internship at the Anchorage Daily News.
mentor and teaching assistant for his beginning
photojournalism class, Jen Sens, warned him
about getting emotionally involved.
He knew he crossed that line when he
watched a visitor accidentally rip out one of
Hanna's cords to the intravenous line. It
turned out to be harmless saline solution, but
Dean feared it was chemotherapy, which
would have burned her skin.
"Throughout the whole ordeal, Hanna had
no fear," said Dean, who recently documented
tsunami relief efforts in India. "If she wasn't
afraid, I wasn't, so seeing fear in her eyes for
the first time scared me and I thought, 'This is
serious, she can die.'"
'HOW CANYOU HELP
BEING A HUMAN BEING?'
When he completed his Sun assign-
ment, Dean felt it was okay to pursue the
friendship that had already developed
between them. It was an internal resolution,
he said, but he did discuss the ethical rami-
fications with Sens.
32 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
'REASON TO LIVE': Dean documented Hanna's life from June 2003 to February 2004 (left).
He captured the other image, of tsunami damage, during a recent trip to India.
"At first, I did think I was doing
something wrong and unethical," said
Dean, who returns to the Daily News
this summer. "But how can you help
being a human being? Best friends are
hard to come by; you're lucky if you
have one or two. I would do anything
for them and I know they would do any-
thing for me."
His theory was put to the test after
he fractured his skull, broke his ster-
num, ribs, thumb, nose and right scapu-
la, and separated his left shoulder in a
car accident on the way back from
Alaska. His mother, Sherri Dean, fell
asleep at the wheel at 3:30 a.m. Their
Isuzu Trooper went off the road in
Canada, flipped several times and came
to rest on the driver's side.
"I remember my mom screaming for
help and banging on the horn," Dean
said. "It was like, Kill me now."
HELP DEAN RECOVER
Hanna and her mother Janet
Peterson, who owns a Gainesville
salon, helped steer Dean onto the
road to recovery. When he
returned to Gainesville after a
week in a Canadian hospital,
he needed help performing
daily functions and detoxing
from OxyContin, which doc-
tors had prescribed him.
SOURCE OF COMFORT:
Dean, JM 2004, got close to
Hanna Peterson when he
did a photo story about her
battle with Hodgkin's
Lymphoma for the
Janet drove him to and from
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare's
detox facility. "While I was in there, she
did all my laundry and cleaned my
apartment, just like a mom would," he
said. "I was with crack-heads and
prostitutes. It was three days, but it was
the longest three days of
"You're not happy, and you don't ever
think you will be again."
Hanna helped Dean recover his hap-
piness, he said.
"There were days I was just so terribly
depressed, I would lie in bed and cry all
day, and then I would go to her house and
know if she can get through this, I can too,"
Dean said. "She gave me a reason to live."
He's family, the Petersons said. They
speak to his mom on the phone, and they
hosted his graduation reception in
"I've always wanted a big
brother. When I was going through
treatments, seeing him gave me some-
thing to look forward to besides eating
chocolate once a month," said Hanna,
who had a restricted diet. "I'm very
attached to him."
rof. Kurt Kent, who
joined the Department of
Journalism in 1970 and
originally was scheduled
to return in May, left to
help develop a new doctor-
al program at the
University of Otago in New Zealand. In his
new role, Kent lectures but mostly serves as
an administrator helping set up the program
a function he performed at UF.
Kent headed the COLLEGE'S graduate
division and the Communication Research
Center in 1976-77 and served as associate
director of the division in 1975-76. He
became director of graduate studies for the
COLLEGE in 1984 and served as assistant dean
for graduate studies from 1989 to 1993.
"In his years running the graduate divi-
sion here, he built the doctoral program from
scratch," department Chair William
McKeen said. "I always knew we could
expect brilliant ideas, thoughtful analysis and
hard work from Kurt. Over the years, he
always did a superb job."
Kent was also active in international
studies in journalism and
headed the International
Division of the Association
for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication
(AEJMC) in 1977-78. He
mentored students interested
in international studies.
"Since that first Reporting
class, during office hours, and KENT
into graduate school, his enthu-
siasm toward my academic and profession-
al interests boosted my belief in my journal-
istic capabilities," said Lauren Russell, JM
2002, a graduate student in Latin American
Studies. "If I said that I wanted to move to
Latin America to write, he'd say, 'How's
your Spanish?' and wouldn't hesitate to
write a letter of recommendation. He has
high expectations of his students."
In his last semes-
ter at the COLLEGE,
Kent earned a per-
fect 5.0 on student
evaluations in the
category of "overall
rating" for his inter-
and co-authored a
paper on internation-
al newspaper Sept.
11 coverage. But 'N
nothing, he said,
compares to the rela- I
tionships he's made.
satisfaction has been PISANI'S PASSION:"I
with my students," professor."We've been
Kent said before he left. "I've been working
through old e-mails and correspondence and
remember them all."
Claudia Katz, MAMC 2004, recalls
how Kent supported her desire to include pho-
tography in Journalism as Literature.
"He allowed me and fellow classmates to
express ourselves in class," she said, "and he
welcomed heated debates."
Katz wanted Kent to be part of
her thesis committee. "When I
heard of his leaving," she said, "it
broke my heart."
Antoni Castells-Talens, Ph.D.
2004, an associate professor at the
Universidad de las Americas in
Mexico, said he felt privileged to
r have Kent as his doctoral adviser.
"Whether I'm teaching,
researching, or advising a thesis, I am begin-
ning to understand how much of an impact he
has had on me," Castells-Talens said. "When
dealing with a difficult question or an unex-
pected situation, I find myself thinking: 'How
would Kurt handle this?' The answer is not
always easy to find, but just asking the ques-
tion makes things easier."
love working with students," says the advertising
blessed with a terrific faculty."
PISANI PLANS TO
Prof. Joe Pisani, who joined the
Department of Advertising in 1973, will
retire after the spring semester. But he hopes
to continue teaching part-time, here or at
another college, sometime soon. "I would
miss teaching too much," he said. "It's in
your blood after all these years."
Tracey Hardin, ADV 1990, met Pisani
when she had to decide between advertising
and public relations. After speaking with him,
she said, it was hands down advertising
won. She soon had Pisani for a course in
Advertising Ethical Standards.
"We discussed everything from the
Florida Lottery to Ted Bundy," she said. "It
was better than Larry King's show today."
Since then, Pisani has been more than just
a reference on Hardin's resume he spoke at
her wedding and is godfather to her son.
"He has been so kind and giving," she
said. "Joe is soft-spoken but heartfelt on so
many subjects. He respects you and your
beliefs. I've never seen him turn away a stu-
dent when they needed him for anything."
In 1982, he became chairman of the
Department of Advertising and Public
34 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
Relations. In 1987, the department split to
accommodate growth and Pisani headed
advertising. He served a total of 18 years.
"I don't know anybody who's been a
chair of a department of advertising for as
long as Joe was," said advertising Chair John
Sutherland. He noted that Pisani once
managed and scheduled a high undergradu-
ate enrollment (nearly 600 majors at one
point) with fewer faculty members. "It's
really a phenomenal thing he's done."
Courtney Bosworth, ADV 1988,
MAMC 1990, who worked with Pisani in
the department office for about five years,
said he always cared about students. "I
remember him working late into the night
because during the day, he was unable to
finish his administrative duties as chair. He
couldn't say 'no' to a student."
An advertising assistant professor at
Radford University in Virgina, Bosworth said
she wouldn't be there without Pisani, who
encouraged her to consider a teaching career.
"Dr. Pisani showed me that wanting a teach-
ing career was not a failure, but a strength."
Before he came to UF, Pisani worked in
advertising and public relations, and since
1972, has served as a part-time consultant to
businesses, government agencies, advertising
agencies, media and educational institutions.
He's also won numerous advertising and
teaching awards, as well as published journal
articles and co-authored an advertising text.
But those aren't the things he'll miss the most.
"I love working with stu-
dents. We've been blessed with
a terrific faculty and I'm going
to miss a lot of that," he said.
But he's ready to spend more
time with his family and catch
up on stuff he's missed like
going to Gator baseball games
and tending to things he's neg-
lected over the years. "Like our
house," he said. "I got so many CARS
things to do to that house, it'd take me a year
just to do all the repair work."
Jennifer Lemanski-Monaco, MAMC
2002, sees Pisani as a mentor and lifelong
"I would always see him jogging near
Weimer," she said, "but he'd hardly get to
jog anywhere because so many former and
current students wanted to stop him for a
quick, friendly chat."
CALLS IT QUITS
Journalism Associate Prof. Les Carson is
set to enjoy a permanent holiday from teach-
ing. Described as "one of the most collegial
guys on the faculty" by McKeen, Carson, who
retires at the end of this semester,
has led a distinguished career as an
educator, newsman and historian.
Carson previously taught at
Florida A&M University, and
reported for the New York World-
Telegram & Sun, Newsday, New
York World Journal Tribune and
the Associated Press.
He also served as editor Black
>N Enterprise and Black Sports.
Recently, he spent a professional summer on
the copy desk of The Tampa Tribune.
He wrote Black War Correspondents'
Coverage of Korean War for the American
Journalism Historians convention, for which
he also served on the executive committee.
"He's a very interesting guy who loves to
read, loves to teach, loves to share," McKeen
said. "He's a lot of fun to be around, and
we're going to miss him."
New faculty bond despite
teaching in different fields
As Johanna Cleary clicks on the day's
PowerPoint presentation, an enemy in the
ranks distracts her. "Wake Forest?" she
asks, motioning toward telecommunication
junior Roxanna Haynes' sweatshirt.
They laugh and talk of rivalries for a
few moments until Cleary, who received
her Ph.D. in mass communications from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
greets her Investigative Journalism class
and commences lecture.
Teaches: Fact Finding.
influences on news
Home state: Ohio
Bachelor's: University of
doctorate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hangout: 43rd Street Deli
Hobbies: Reading, golf. dreaming of an office with
Cleary, a "beach bum" who researches
newsroom management and diversity
development, joined advertising specialist
Hyojin Kim, public relations professional
Jennifer Robinson and journalist Cory
Armstrong as new faculty members this
school year. Kim arrived in January, while
the others started in August.
Despite teaching in different fields, the
newbiess," as they refer to themselves, lean
on each other, Cleary said. They do lunch.
COMMUNIGATOR SPRING 2005 35
They go on girls' night out. Earlier this
month, they headed to the Phillips Center
to hear author David Sedaris. And when
they have a few free minutes, they find
time for each other.
"You have to go to somebody," says
Armstrong, who traded in her reporter's
notebook five years ago to attain her mas-
ter's and Ph.D. at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. "So we muddle our
way through this together."
Although she misses the energy a
newsroom generates on election night,
those sparse moments failed to sustain
her. She needed a new challenge. She fun-
nels her passion for journalism into two
venues: her research on gender represen-
tation and influences on news content and
"Her enthusiasm is contagious," says
journalism senior Meredith Jean Morton,
who took Armstrong's class this past fall.
Armstrong's love of public affairs
reporting brought the course to life,
Robinson, a karate black belt and self-
proclaimed science-geek, says she sees
how the COLLEGE'S departmental lines
blur to form one communications family.
On this day, Armstrong visits
Robinson, who studies risk communica-
tion, asking, "Did you get your sleep last
night?" The women laugh and catch up
before the visitor heads back around the
corner to her office.
Casual encounters such as walks to
the car or coffee at their desks often
become bonding experiences that bolster
the women as they navigate their new
environment, Robinson said.
Teaches: Public Relations Writing and Strategy
Research: Risk/crisis communication about
science or public health issues; non-profit and
activist group public relation
Bachelor's:Australian National University, Psychology
Master's: University of Alabama.Telecommunication
and Film; and the Australian National University,
Graduate Diploma in Science Communication
Doctorate: University of Alabama,
Mass Communication Theory. Processes and Effects
Books: Leadership and the New Science, by Margaret J.Wheatey;
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle; Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R.Tolkein
Hangout Any coffee shop downtown; the Hippodrome
Hobbies:Tennis. piano, travel, and reading in the Florida sun
Robinson, Armstrong's yoga partner,
notes it's rare for an Rl (research one)
university to stress professional experi-
ence, crucial in communications.
"If we've been in the work world, we
know what's real and what's not," she says.
"Balance is important, and if you don't love
both [professional and academic experi-
ence], you won't be at a school like this."
Though Kim programmed computers
out of college, teaching's been her career
goal since attending high school in Korea,
Cleary is one of nine teachers in her
"It runs in our blood," she said, point-
ing to a picture of a smiling woman in a
blue shirt and khakis, her grandmother.
She recalls lunching with her grand-
mother, "Ms. Mary," in Huntsville, Ala.,
all the while students coming up to greet
their former teacher with a smile.
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bychance: CONT. FROM PAGE 5
our faculty members who teach at the high-
est level being recognized. This also shows
that a research university values excellent
Ironically, because she teaches no more
than one undergraduate course a
semester, Chance fails to quali-
fy for UF's and the COLLEGE'S
Teacher of the Year award. She
did win it in 1998 the one time
the rules were bent to allow her
application. The same year, she
also qualified for the University
Teaching Incentive Program,
which added $5,000 to her -
salary. Over the past decade, she CH
has won numerous UF and COLLEGE
Chance is also active nationally. She
spends two weeks a year teaching at the
University of Nevada at Reno's Advanced
Judicial Studies Program. She won
AEJMC's Baskett Mosse Award in 2003.
"My classroom extends beyond the
walls of Weimer Hall," Chance said. "A
large part of my work at the Brechner
Center involves teaching. I teach profes-
sionals, citizens' groups, judges, and public
The public has taken notice. "I have
repeatedly met journalists and lawyers who
spontaneously offer high praise regarding
her outreach and service," Hynes wrote in
her nomination letter to the Scripps Howard
Chance places the most emphasis on
feedback she receives from students, she
"As a student who does not usually
grasp law concepts easily," wrote one of her
undergraduate media law students, "I found
her teaching style really helpful."
In her letter to the Scripps Howard
award committee, Debra Deardourff,
MAMC 1999, described how Chance chal-
lenged her with a Web assignment in
Advanced Law of Mass Communication.
"Creating a Web page might not seem
innovative in 2004, but in 1998 this task
was quite daunting," wrote Deardourff, an
attorney with Holland and Knight in
Chance, too, worked at Holland and
Knight until 1993, when she returned to
her alma mater.
"Students sometimes ask me, 'Why
would you leave a lucrative law practice?' I
did it because of the opportu-
nity to make a difference,"
she said. "As an attorney, I
mostly dealt with clients who,
for the most part, were in
legal trouble. I was being
reactive. I wanted to be
It's working, said
Department of Journalism
.NCE Chair William McKeen.
"We have benefited greatly from her
background in law, her valuable perspective
on freedom-of-information issues, and her
integrity and dedication to the worlds of edu-
cation and journalism," he wrote in his letter
to the Scripps Howard award committee.
McKeen put Chance's accomplish-
ments in perspective by noting her role in
his department's progress: "The past 10
years would not have been as rich and
meaningful without Prof. Chance's contri-
Chance is ...
Associate Prof. Sandra Chance, JM
1975, MAMC 1985, who directs the
COLLEGE'S Brechner Center for
Freedom of Information, recently won
the Scripps Howard Foundation's 2004
Teacher of the Year Award. Here are
some of the comments submitted as
part of her nomination process:
Anonymous Student (from an evalua-
tion):"l felt like Prof. Chance knew so
much about the material and was able
to convey the info to us very well."
Anonymous Student (from an evalua-
tion):"She taught concepts in a
true-to-life manner in terms I could
understand. She was also very
personable and lovable"'
butions, nor would the department's future
be as exciting without her as a colleague."
Chance's secret may surprise her
colleagues and students: Her children give
her invaluable insight and tips.
"A lot of what I learned about teach-
ing," she said, "I learned by talking to my
She uses these and other lessons to
make her classes "as interesting as possi-
ble. I bring in a lot of different tools, such
as videos. I try to be up-to-date and
relevant. I try to engage the students in the
process of learning, to get them excited."
Feedback from current and former stu-
dents motivates her more than the many
awards she has won, she said. "It's
thrilling to get e-mails from former stu-
dents saying that they remembered what
you taught them five years ago. I have stu-
dents who, after taking my class, say they
now think about getting into law."
She may inspire others to go into
"She does it all ...," Hynes wrote,
"with the highest degree of professional-
ism, enthusiasm and skill."
Doctoral student Elizabeth
DeBarba, MAMC 2000: "Prof.
Chance is principled; always is available
to counsel students ... and possesses
the talent prized by all teachers: to
motivate a student to perform to the
best of his or her aptitude."
Department of Journalism Chair
William McKeen:"Students, faculty,
scholars, journalism professionals,
public officials, lawyers, access
advocates and ordinary citizens have
all benefited from Prof. Chance's
dedication to journalism education."
Dean Terry Hynes"Prof. Chance sets
high standards and expectations for
student learning and involvement in the
learning process, and she is innovative in
developing instructional methods that
will help achieve these goals.:
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The geometry of journalism
I t was a few weeks into my reporting class in a
small international university in Bratislava,
Slovakia, and time for my coaching session
with Martina, who gingerly approached. She's
Czech, bright, and a good, solid reporter who fails to
put her lead at the top of her story; she saves it for the
end like a term-paper conclusion.
Martina sat, crumpled and waiting. I scrambled for
yet another way of explaining that her lead is once
again at the end.
I drew a large rectangle. This
represents your story, I said.
Inside the rectangle I drew a stack
of five squares. These squares are
the elements you used in your
story. I drew a line from the
squares and labeled each. She
nodded. What does each of these
elements do for your story?
She spoke softly of sources and
quotes and stories having many
sides. And what does your conclu-
sion do for your story? "It tells
readers what I know after I have
talked to my sources," she said. "It gives them the
Exactly. One of your jobs is to take the pieces of
information and braid them for readers to give the
whole picture. Instead of waiting, tell readers right
She furrowed her brow. Martina, I said, think
about structuring your story like this: I turned the
paper upside down. The conclusion her lead -
crowned the squares.
She scrutinized the crude geometry. She took the
paper and turned it right side up to its original pattern.
Then she turned it upside down, staring with that
glazed, faraway look that signals concentration. She
broke into a wide grin and looked up at me. Yes, yes,
she said. This I understand. This I understand.
That was what I had hoped to hear.
Martina was one of my 17 students. They came
from Kazakhstan, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine,
and the Czech Republic. They enrolled for 10 months
to learn professional journalism from American
Of the profession's standard six-pack of questions,
the one I most wrestled with was the H: How do I
teach them to see journalism in a new way?
I spent two years in Slovakia as a Knight
International Press Fellow, helping create and teach a
residential, master's-level journalism program. We
spoke and worked in English; our curriculum modeled
professionally oriented J-school programs in the U.S.
Teaching journalism interactively was a radical
approach for these students. In their countries, J-
school curriculum is bloated with theory. It was (and
still is in many countries in that region) possible to
graduate without ever writing an originally reported
story, without ever having a professor bark at you for
turning in lousy copy.
"I am your editor, you are my reporters," I told
them that spring day. They looked at me as if I'd asked
them to shave their heads. Marius, a young Romanian
reporter, raised his hand. "Excuse me please, profes-
sor, but the way you tell us to write articles is up in the
sky for me."
I collected their reporting assignments the follow-
ing week. They were rife with grammar contortions,
malapropisms, spelling errors that would incite copy
editors. Those weren't my main concerns, as the stu-
dents would return to their countries, their languages,
their syntax, their deeper vocabularies. Instead, I
spelunked: addressing the logic, the depth of report-
ing, the balance, and the organization of information.
Explaining these aspects vexes me; it's like parsing
Most journalism professors I know grapple with
teaching these macro skills, but they usually do so on
common ground with their students. Journalism is said
to be a culture's conversation with itself. If we share a
culture, we have a shared idea about the conversa-
tion's form and content. But in Slovakia, I faced stu-
dents who grew up knowing journalism as fiction fab-
ricated by and for those in power. Fact checking?
Public trust? Headlines that match stories? "The only
thing true in our newspapers," a Georgian student
said, "were the obituaries."
Laura Kelly, who taught journalism in Eastern Europe for
seven years, spent two years as Journalism and Mass
Communication department chair at theAmerican University
in Bulgaria. She works in the region as a media trainer
38 COMMUNICATOR SPRING 2005
House of pain
Talk about the American Dream turning into a
nightmare. When I moved here in 2003, I
bought a 1940 house in the Student Ghetto, the
neighborhood north of the Swamp where, as a
student, I rented a room (for $165 a month) a couple of
decades ago. At first, I felt right at home. "What could be
better than this?" I thought, more jovial than smug. My
abode doubled as a time machine, resurrecting my college
days with every creak of the wooden floor, every firing of
the gas range, and every knock of the redheaded wood-
pecker against the wild oak towering over my roof.
My heavily mortgaged time machine, however,
kicked me back to the Dark Ages as soon
as I started the inevitable, ubiquitous W itl
With my property's power on pro- prop
longed pause, I grew a limb called a nOW
flashlight, which I used to navigate the
transformed, treacherous terrain. In dark- prol(
ness punctured by a solitary light beam, I
stepped over debris, nails, cement mix, pause,
plaster bags, drills and other objects of a liml
construction and destruction. As my
lungs drew in a daily dose of dense dust, a flaS
my quality of life plunged to the point of
earning me the right, never exercised, for shameless eter-
I know what you're thinking I should look no
further than that dusty mirror for the guilty party.
Believe me, I take full responsibility for my Jim
Carrey-worthy misadventure. But I must explain I
didn't buy this money-munching monster for the love
of old homes or for the sake of engaging in trendy home
improvement. I just wanted to commute by foot and
would have gladly bought a new condo but found only
single-family homes built at a time when Stalin was
considered one of the good guys.
Soon, folks seeking a pedestrian lifestyle will be able
to live hassle free, thanks to several condo developments
such as University Corers (University Avenue and NW
13th Street) and Campus View (Archer Road and SW
13th Street) springing up around UF.
My only option, as I saw it, was to ride out a night-
mare. Tripling the repairmen's estimated timetable, I
expected it would take up to three months. It's nearly a
year and a half later, and I'm only now putting the finish-
ing touches on a project that added value to my house but
shaved years off my life.
Without going into details on how I made it without
electricity for months or without running water for weeks,
I'll just point out I felt barely inconvenienced and even
somewhat nostalgic when the summer hurricanes twice
knocked out my power for a few days.
The one source of discomfort that really irked me dur-
ing the Renovation Project
may sound like a blessing, but
believe me, eating out every
meal is no picnic. It's like
drive to the
you want to
relax in front
of the TV. I
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ing to dress up to eat breakfast. What
could I do? Skipping the most important
meal of the day would have meant run-
ning the risk of fainting, or maybe even
dying, before lunchtime.
Other than that, though, I grew so accustomed to my
new lifestyle that when family members or friends visited,
I took their shock and awe as unnecessary, naive sympa-
thy. I even started accepting having to deal with the repair-
men, who, despite their masculine image, are some of the
most sensitive souls I've ever encountered.
I realized the best way to deal with them is to pretend
you're dating. I courted them, chased them, and gained
insight into their peculiar ways. My heart missed a beat
when one of my favorite workers left me a voice mail say-
ing he was available again. "He called!" I told my friends,
gushing. "He actually called me!"
At some point, I left to stay at a friend's vacated, fur-
nished house. I returned home after a few days because I
feared if I stayed any longer, I would never leave. Also,
when one morning I had to call in a plumber to turn off
the kitchen faucet, I realized fixing two homes might kill
me faster than skipping breakfast.
Was it all worth it? I don't know. I still have
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