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Girls of Old Florida
Open the 1947 University of Florida yearbook and you'll find
a curious passage. "Our long fight for Gator Girlies finally ended
this year," it says. "The first semester we greeted only a few of the
braver fems, but the situation seems to be improving all the time.
We hope that many more smiling faces will grace our campus in
the near future."
The gist of those words as backward as they sound today
is that the boys of old Florida were thrilled that women could
finally enroll as full-time UF students. Until then, female students were only permitted to take
summer courses and a handful of classes not offered at other schools in the state. Hard as it might
be to imagine, the University of Florida was once a school for men, taught by men and run by men.
There was no way those male students who wrote 60 years ago that they hoped "many more
smiling faces will grace our campus" could have imagined that six decades later there would be
25,000 female students at UF and that women professors, researchers and administrators would
have such a prominent role on campus. In 1947, men outnumbered women hundreds to one.
Now, there are more female students, 54 percent to 46 percent. Then, the few women workers were
mostly secretaries. Now, slightly more than half of the university's 12,000 full-time employees are
women and some of the highest-ranking professionals are female, including our provost and several
vice presidents and deans.
In the classroom and laboratory, female faculty members have made incredible gains. In fall
2005, there were 4,341 faculty members 1,377 of them women. Those women include people
like soil researcher Lena Ma, veterinary medicine expert Janet Yamamoto, cancer doctor Nancy
Mendenhall (BA '73, MD '80) and one of Florida's best hopes of protecting the state's water supply,
Wendy Graham (BSEEN '81). All these women are widely considered among the top in their fields,
and they're a mere sampling of the talented and dedicated female faculty members at this university.
In athletics, women student-athletes are more than holding their own in the Gator tradition of
fielding competitive teams. Title IX, the ruling that ensures women have the same opportunities in
sports as men do, has helped turn UF into a powerhouse in sports such as volleyball, gymnastics,
soccer and softball.
To show just how far the University of Florida has come in the 60 years since it became coedu-
cational, the university is firmly committed to scholarship and research in women's studies. Just a
few months ago we dedicated Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall, the beautifully renovated women's gym
that is now the home to the Center for Women's Studies.
Without question, the decision to open UF to women was one of the defining moments in
University of Florida history. Women have changed the campus landscape in countless ways and
have helped our university emerge as one of the nation's most outstanding institutions of higher
learning of the 21" century. I look forward to the still-to-be-written chapters of UF's future when
women and men working on an equal playing field make this university an even better place than
it is today.
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Stem Cells, Ethics and Everything in Between
By Dennis Steindler
cells and stem cell debates. This arises in
part from the promise and hope that these
tissue-building and tissue-repairing cells
offer in the battle against human disease and injury.
There are stem cells in embryos (embryonic stem cells),
fetuses (fetal stem cells), umbilical cords (umbilical cord
blood stem cells) and adult tissues (adult stem cells).
The world is somewhat divided on the ethics and utility
of these different stem cell populations in a field called
regenerative medicine where proof of their disease-fight-
ing prowess is touted to be "just around the corner."
Whatever one's position within the debate, there is a
great deal of science that still
needs to be examined before we
realize the true potential of these
very promising cellular therapeu-
tics. For this reason, initiatives are
springing up around the world in
places like California, Singapore,
Europe and, yes, Florida.
The Evelyn E and William L.
McKnight Brain Institute of the
University of Florida is one of
the world's unique brain research
centers where scientists, clini-
cians and clinical scientists all
work together under one roof
to approach memory loss, brain
diseases and injuries from a truly
unique restorative neurology
perspective. Intensive study of
mechanisms of brain degenera-
tion and potential regeneration
hope to apply the newest discov-
uncover ways to boost its repair and protection abili-
ties to thwart debilitating diseases such as Parkinson's,
Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and brain cancer.
The most obvious benefit of using adult stem cells
is that they are yours, and they therefore will not be
attacked by your own immune system. Adult stem cells
are thus uniquely poised within tissues and organs to
attempt cell and tissue replacement following disease
and injury. But through the aging process, they may lose
some of their "punch" and require drug interventions,
so-called "molecular medicine," to help them regain their
full regenerative capacities.
Research at UF and around the world has taken les-
Our researchers and clinical
investigators are honing in on
new cell and drug therapies for
some of the most aggressive
types of human cancers.
series from regenerative medicine to treat and hopefully
cure diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Within the field of regenerative medicine, adult
stem cells offer the hope for a person to cure his or her
diseases using his or her own reserves of naturally repair-
ing cells. Bone marrow adult stem cells have long been
known to have the ability to replace our blood cells, and
bone marrow transplants have gained acceptance and
wide use as a treatment for diseases including leukemia
and breast cancer. We know that a region of the human
brain retains a population of potential disease-fighting
cells throughout life. This "brain marrow" adult stem
cell population attempts to repair the injured brain,
but it needs help from additional scientific research to
sons from studying the "younger"
embryonic stem cell populations
and found that certain factors
associated with their growth have
the ability to not only expand the
numbers of adult stem cells, but
in some instances they can even
return youthful behaviors to more
"mature" cells. Such technology
can be applied to some of the most
devastating human diseases to not
only improve quality of life, but
also offer cures through the protec-
tion and replacement of lost tissue
and organ components. Our re-
searchers and clinical investigators
are honing in on new cell and drug
therapies for some of the most
aggressive types of human cancers,
including brain tumors, through
the development of vaccines and
other immunotherapies that target
the most destructive cells in these cancers that may be
stem cells that have "gone bad."
It is an incredibly exciting time at UF, where great
institutes and programs are coming together at a truly
historic time with the hope of positively changing our
lives and those of generations to come.
Dennis Steindler, the executive director of UF's Evelyn F
and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, holds the Joseph
J. Bagnor/Shands Professorship ofMedical Research and
is a member of the UF Program in Stem Cell Biology and
Regenerative Medicine. Learn more about the institute at
www. mbi. ufl.edu.
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Where the Bell Tolls
K' SPRING 2007 |
h as long since faded from the University of Florida, but for several decades, the
s ring Victory Bell was a mainstay of UF spirit, tolling at Florida Field to mark every
Gator win. Weighing one ton and standing three feet high, the bell first came to UF in 1931 after 20
years with the battleship USS Florida. Its first home was on top of Leigh Hall where its ring signaled
the hour and half-hour although malfunctions resulted in it being taken down and stored in the Hub
In 1960 the Victory Bell was rescued from its sanctuary by Student Body President Bruce Bullock
(BA '55, LLB '62), who introduced it as a new freshmen tradition. After every Florida victory,
freshmen representatives and cheerleaders rang the bell from its perch under the north scoreboard at
It sat there until 1992 when the bell tattered and tarnished by victories and vandalism was
relocated to the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. Renovations restored the Victory Bell to
its original glory, and it now greets visitors in the lobby of the museum.
is a way of life.
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UFstudent Kellan Bartley (front) throws the ball o It
of bounds while Chris Simools (center) defends
in a "Mud Polo" match during Mudfest. Tolbeil Hall
area residents compete in various mud pit gaoies
during the weeklong event each fall.
SWest Nile Vaccine Offers
SSome Protection for Horses
A UF-tested, single-dose vaccine may reduce the risk of
horses contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases such
as West Nile virus.
Known as PreveNile, the vaccine can be administered any
time of year with almost immediate protection that lasts 12
months. The product began reaching veterinarians in September.
Although no equine cases had been reported last year in
Florida, the disease had been reported nationwide in 3,752
people and 939 horses. In its most serious manifestation, West
Nile virus causes fatal inflammation of the brain.
"There is no cure for West Nile virus," says Maureen Long,
an assistant professor of equine medicine at UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine and a nationally recognized expert on West
Nile virus. "Prevention is really the only tool we have for con-
trolling this ongoing threat."
PreveNile is marketed by Intervet Inc. and received approval
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for commercial use in
July. Long and her staff provided immune protection studies for
the product, which is the first live-virus vaccine to prevent West
Nile virus in horses.
Energy Could Grow on Trees
In the next few years, you could find yourself filling your gas
tank with ethanol derived from specially bred black cottonwood
trees and at fuel prices not seen since the 1990s.
Researchers from UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences, in conjunction with 33 scientific institutions world-
wide, have mapped out the genome of the black cottonwood
tree, a prime candidate for use in new
biomass fuel production methods that
could someday cut our reliance on
petroleum and reduce pollution.
The research identifies genes
that can be specifically selected
through traditional plant breed-
ing to produce trees with the
perfect qualities for efficient
conversion into biomass fuel.
"Basically, you would have a fuel
source for our cars that, in the big
picture, could help capture almost as
much carbon dioxide as it produces,"
says Gary Peter, associate professor
of forest genomics. "That would go a
long way in slowing the biggest driver of
From the experts:
For Preservinc memories
By John Freund
Letters, deeds, birth, marriage and death certificates, Bibles and
photographs all suffer damage due to age, handling and storage
practices. The following tips will allow you to properly take care of
.. Most important is a stable environment, similar to that which we
find comfortable: 60-70 degrees F; 40-50 percent relative humidity
with clean air and good circulation. Heat and moisture accelerate
the chemical processes resulting in embrittlement and discoloration.
Dampness is conducive to mold growth and pests that might use
the documents for food or nesting. The central part of your home
provides a safer storage place than an attic, basement, garage or
2. Light is damaging to paper, especially fluorescent and direct
natural light. The effects of light exposure are cumulative and ir-
reversible, promoting chemical degradation in the paper and causing
inks to fade. It is not recommended to permanently display framed
valuable documents for this reason.
3. Family papers should be stored unfolded, in appropriate-sized
enclosures, such as a folder, box or portfolio. The enclosure itself
should be made of archival quality materials that will not contribute
to the document's deterioration.
4. When storing papers, remove paper clips, pins, stapes and rubber
bands. These fasteners will break down over time and damage docu-
5. When framing, use archival- or museum-quality matting that will
not break down.
6. To keep a newspaper clipping, have it photocopied onto acid free
paper and store it separate from the original.
7. When storing photos in an album, avoid the self sealing or self
sticking pages and use polyester photo corner mounts. Copy pho-
tographs, especially video, color prints and color slides, all of which
have a limited life span.
John Freund is the conservator with the George A. Smathers
Libraries. He can be reached email@example.com.
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Comings and Goings
Ainsley Carry (BSA '93, MEd '95, EDd '98) has joined UF as assistant vice president for Student
Affairs. Geoffrey Dahl is chairman of UF's Animal Sciences Department. Judy Robinson is executive
director of the Florida S: rhoilaci- Press Association. Ken Sassaman is chairman of UF's Anthropology
Department. Neil Sullivan stepped down as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The
interim dean is Joe Glover, who is associate provost for academic affairs and a past ri-nthremitics
department chair in the college. Dr. Craig Tisher, dean of the College of Medicine, has announced his
plans to retire. He '..ill stay until his replacement is 'deritified at the end of the academic year. Dr. Curtis
Tribble joined the College of Medicine as vice chairman of the Department of Surgery and chief of its
c ardicth.or.': ic surgery di i'on.
Launching a Supercomputer
HAL may soon be gening some company. But unlike the famous
computer companion in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." the
first space-based supercomputer so described because it will be by far
the most powerful computer in space is nearing reality.
Engineering researchers at UF and Hone\well Aerospace are designing
and building the computer, which is projected to operate as much as 100
times faster than any computer in space today. Expected to be launched
aboard a NASA rocket on a test mission in 2009. the computer is needed
to process rapidly increasing amounts ofdata gathered bh advanced
scientific satellites and to help space probes make quicker decisions,
independent of their Earth-bound minders.
Alan George. a professor of electrical and computer engineering and
UF's principal investigator on the project, says computers sent into space
must be "hardened' or protected against cosmic radiation prevalent out-
side Earth's atmosphere, a process that slows performance and increases
size and cost.
Decaf is a Misnomer
Coffee addicts who switch to decaf for health reasons may not be as
free from caffeine's clutches as they think. A study by\ UF researchers
documents that almost all decaffeinated coffee contains some measure
Caffeine is the most widely consumed drug in the world. And because
coffee is a maior source in the supply line, people advised to avoid caf-
feine because of certain medical conditions such as hypertension, kidney
disease or anxiery disorders should be aware that even decaffeinated brew
can come with a kick. say UF researchers
"If someone drinks five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, the dose of
caffeine could easily reach the level present in a cup or rtwo of caffeinated
coffee," says Bruce Goldberger, a professor and director of UF s \ illiam
R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine.
G8RS R #1: UF specialty license plate
sales were ranked No. 1 by the Florida
Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles on Jan. 30. The department's
report shows 90,436 UF vehicle tags were
sold or renewed in 2006, edging out the
No. 2-ranked "Protect the Panther" tag
that sold 87,806. The panther plate was
the best seller in 2005.
Crossing Continents: President Bernie
Machen joined U S Secretary of Educa-
tion Margaret Spellings and other higher
education leaders on a trip last fall to
Japan, Korea and China. The delegation
encouraged international students to at-
tend UF and other American universities
Greeks Growing: A new Gainesville
fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi, inducted
its inaugural pledge class for gay and
bisexual men. The group offers a commu-
nity outlet for gay and bisexual students
from Santa Fe Community College, UF
Classic Collection: "Dick Tracy," "Flash
Gordon," "Captain Kidd," "Li'l Abner,"
"Oliver Twist" and thousands of other
vintage films now have a permanent home
in the George A Smathers Libraries and
are available for research and enjoyment,
thanks to vintage film collector Bill Broth-
ers of Stuart. His collection includes more
than 1,200 titles released between 1908
Creative Cubes: A team of engineer-
ing undergraduates won first place at the
2006 International Conference on Manu-
facturing Science and Engineering. The
seven seniors collaborated with BIC USA
Inc. engineers to create an automated
process that prints high-quality images on
sticky note cubes The victory marked the
third time a UF team has won first place at
From a Distance: The Bergstrom Center
for Real Estate Studies in the Warrington
College of Business Administration offers
the only online real estate pre-licensing
course of its kind in the state With more
than 40,000 candidates taking the state
licensing exam annually, the program will
allow many to take the prerequisite licens-
ing course from the comforts of their own
homes while enjoying the benefits of a live
lecture class. For information, visit http://
realestate dce.uf edu.
Research Hub: UF leaders and then-Gov
Jeb Bush opened an $84.5 million campus
facility last fall that integrates much of the
university's cancer and genetics research
Officials say the complex will boost Flori-
da's biotechnology efforts and serve as a
model for interdisciplinary research
Cancer and Genetics Researct Complex
Cynthia O'Connell is senior vice president and general
manager of the Tallahassee office of Hill and Knowlton,
a global communications consultant firm. She joined the
Board of Trustees in 2001. She is the widow of UF's sixth
president, Stephen O'Connell (BSBA'40, LLB '40), and
lives in Tallahassee. O'Connell
QWhat are your main priorities on the Board of Trustees?
A My primary focus is to be an active and able steward of the university. By
virtue of my association with the university over the last 25 years, I have been
privileged to witness the growth and resulting transformation of this great
institution. Understanding and protecting our historical roots and the vision of
UF are important to me, which is why in my first committee assignment, we
focused on understanding how the university was viewed by its varied constitu-
encies, and if we could affect change. What has evolved today and to the credit
of this administration is a stronger and more relevant UF brand. This translates
very simply to Florida citizens: a stronger UF means a stronger Florida.
QWhat was your biggest surprise about UF when you became a trustee?
A I have profound respect for and understanding of my late husband's love
for the University of Florida. But, I didn't fully grasp the intricacies and com-
plexities of the university, until I became
a member of the board. I have come to
... A STRONGER UF better appreciate how the University of
MEANS A STRONGER Florida and its varied enterprises and
FLORIDA." global connections can touch thousands
of citizens in their daily lives.
QWhat drives you to be involved with a university other than FSU, your
A I became an honorary UF alumnus in 2000. But my great love for UF
started in Columbia County when I was growing up and attended Gator games.
My feelings for UF continue to grow through my relationships with the many
talented people who work there.
Q If UF's capital campaign could accomplish only one thing, what do you
think that one thing should be?
A If the campaign could benefit just one area, I'd put it all toward faculty op-
portunities and funds to meet the challenges that will be facing UF in the next
QHow can Gators support the efforts of the trustees?
A By simply becoming involved in their university again. When we have a call
out for them to support legislative issues or programs that need a voice, they
need to be engaged in the future of their university. That happens one person at
a time. It is great that you went to UF, but to become involved and engaged
really means becoming involved in your state, too, because they're synonymous.
Observations: Condo Craze
Condominiums have found a home in Gainesville again.
Following 2005's nationwide boom in condominium /
sales, Gainesville has seen more than 30 new condo com-
plexes spring up. Another dozen apartment complexes
have converted their units into condos.
Bosshardt Realty Executive Vice President Mike Kitch-
ens points to an increase in Gainesville's student popula-
tion and a shortage of new on-campus housing as primary
factors in the local condo boom.
"All these people need an affordable place to live," he
says of the 60,000-plus students attending UF and Santa
Fe Community College. ;'
Although a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit at Campus I"
Edge on Archer Road going for $164,000 may not quite be
one's idea of "affordable," Kitchens says parents of stu-
dents can later make a return on the investment. f R5
"It's worked out well," says UF senior Andrea Zimandy, r"OT 0
whose parents purchased a condo for her during her fresh- 'cowIa
man year. "When I'm done with school, we can just turn cre.
around and let someone else lease it, and it pays for itself." ,,
Students and their families aren't the only ones snatch- '.h, _
ing up condominiums, however. Kitchens says out-of-town
alumni have shown just as much interest in Gainesville
condos as current students.
"They're looking for a bit of the upscale lifestyle, as well o i":ida
as the ambience of being there for the six or seven home i-ta. Bank
football games," he says. 02sq1a. rfeai^t'
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Tackling other professors usually isn't the best
way to start an academic career. But for Tony
Schmitz (PhD '99), taking down a coworker
just made sense.
Schmitz, a UF assistant professor of engineering and
a former Temple University defensive back, earned the
nickname "The Pigskin Professor" in 2003 when his series
of minute-long videos of the same name aired at UF football
games. In the videos, Schmitz used football-speak and
unnecessary roughness toward a fellow professor to explain
basic engineering concepts. Bleachers, for example, are
created in a process eerily similar to squeezing Play-Doh
through a hole and two millimeters is about the size of a
bump on a football.
"It's been three years, but people still say, 'Hey, aren't you
the guy in the videos?'" says Schmitz, who received a grant
f~ from the National Science Foundation to produce the videos.
"I think it was a great thing to do ... but I'm not sure that's
how I want my engineering career to be (remembered)."
-> That shouldn't be a problem for Schmitz, says his mentor,
LL John Ziegert, who left UF last year for a position at Clemson
/ University. Schmitz replaced Ziegert as director of the
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College of Engineering's Machine Tool Research Center, and
his research on high-speed machining has caught the atten-
tion of engineers around the country.
"He's one of these people who gets more done by 9 a.m.
than most people do in a whole day," Ziegert says. "He
learned as an engineering undergraduate and a football
player that he had to make every minute of his day count."
For years, football was first, though. After Schmitz's eligi-
bility ended at Temple, he even coached a high school team
in New Jersey while he finished his engineering degree. The
team won the state championship. Schmitz toyed with the
idea of coaching full-time, but decided engineering was what
he really wanted to do.
Now he spends most of his day devising ways to improve
high-speed machining. Used namely to build airplane parts,
high-speed machining is basically building stable parts really
fast with as little material as possible, Schmitz says.
"Most of the people I work with, they anticipated doing
this early on," Schmitz says. "It never occurred to me that
I would end up in this position. Now I can't imagine doing
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world melting into aquatic tranquility, Robert
Bonde spotted a momma manatee and her twin
calves. They spotted him, too.
"(The babies) were like little puppy dogs, almost excited
to see you," Bonde remembers of the first time he swam
with manatees in Crystal River near Gainesville in 1978.
"You know how a puppy will become a little bit submissive
or roll over? I could literally see that in the manatees, the
way they were reacting."
For the past 28 years, Bonde, 53, a federal biologist for
the U.S Geological Survey and a graduate student in the
College of Veterinary Medicine, has studied the lives of
manatees, gathering data to help scientists and state work-
ers understand more about the endangered population.
The more people know, the more can be done to protect
the species from extinction, he says.
There were only about 1,000 manatees in Florida when
Bonde came to Gainesville from California in 1978. Now,
because of initiatives such as lowered boat speed zones,
there are about 4,000, he says.
"Manatees are probably doing better because of the
work we have been doing and the information we have
been supplying to managers and politicians and lobbyists,"
Bonde already considered a world authority in his
field is working on improving what is known about
Florida's manatees through genetics and devising ways
to use genetic markers to identify them, such as genetic
fingerprints. This will allow scientists to track manatees
unnoticed by other tracking techniques.
"He brings years worth of manatee knowledge to
the table," says Peter McGuire, an associate professor of
biochemistry and molecular biology and Bonde's mentor.
"We're trying to figure out their genetics, and that informa-
tion is wonderful to have."
Last year, Bonde's 28 years of manatee experience in
Florida was put to paper in a book called "The Florida
Manatee" he co-wrote with Roger Reep, a UF professor of
The book includes highlights of Bonde's experiences,
but he says some of his favorite moments include the time
last year when he spotted Piety, the manatee momma,
again with one of her calves and her grandbaby wintering
in the same spot.
"Piety taught her calf, who in turn taught her calf the
same thing," he says. "It's those little insights and hints that
make us realize we still have a lot to learn about manatees."
April Frawley Birdwell (BSJ '02)
Lawyer and chair of Holland & Knight's director's committee
Past president, American Bar Association
Juris Doctorate, 1973
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Outgoing, optimist and advocate
As a native Floridian, I grew up wanting to go to UF I got the opportunity when my husband
was in the Marine Corps and headed to Vietnam in the fall of 1970. The timing turned out to
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE UF MEMORY?
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around and realized I was one of a handful of women. I wondered, "Where are the
women?" I had gone to a women's college for my undergraduate degree and had never
thought much about the limited opportunities for women in law school and the other
professions. It was an education in and of itself.
I have many wonderful memories. One of my happiest memories is when I met Chesterfield
Smith, who was then the president of the ABA and visiting the law school. I remember his
warmth and exuberant personality. Little did I know he would soon change my life, and that I
would spend 30 years practicing law with him.
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Take advantage of every day because these moments are building the foundation for their
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I loved being a student at UF. I was challenged by the professors and excited by the aca-
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From wildflan re rrs, U's
Ordway-Swisher Biological Station provides a pristine environment
in which to learn more about man's interaction with Mother Nature.
By Hollin E Christensen and Cinnamon Bair
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A gopher tortoise suns himself atop his dugout
home. A flock of turkeys wanders through the
brush. Sandhill cranes fly high overhead. A fox
squirrel skitters across the dirt road.
It's a quiet morning at Ordway-Swisher. A light
breeze caresses the hillside, eliciting sighs from the
tall pines. The twittering of
songbirds and buzzing of bees
are occasionally punctuated by
a faint bum-ba-bum-bum-bum
from nearby Camp Blanding.
Voices echo jarringly through
the woods, seemingly out of
place in the serene landscape.
The management of this
place is part of what makes it
so appealing to researchers, says
Steve Coates, program coordina-
tor for the biological station.
Other preserved lands such as
a state park may have people
tromping through research areas.
That doesn't happen at Ordway-
Swisher, which is not open to
the general public. Researchers
and educators must apply to use
Coates estimates that 75 percent of the station's
use is in support of research with the remaining 25
percent spent on teaching and training. It is used
not only by UF faculty and students, but also by
scientists from state and federal agencies, conserva-
tion organizations and other universities.
John Hayes, for instance, was a Cornell Univer-
sity doctoral student when he conducted part of the
research for his dissertation at Ordway-Swisher in
the late 1980s. Now, Hayes is the new head of the
UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Con-
servation, the department that oversees the Ordway-
Swisher Biological Station for UE
"Having a research station like this so close to
UF and in such pristine condition is a real plus,"
he says. "Clearly it's a huge value-added asset for
working at UF if you're interested in ecology or
It's been a quarter century since UF attained
use of the land which consists of two tracts
- through a dual stroke of good fortune and
A Walk in the Woods
Y I .,I J1-1 2007
generosity. In 1980, the Goodhill Foundation, a
conservation group founded by 3M Corp. heiress
Katharine Ordway, awarded UF a $5.25 million
grant to purchase land in western Putnam County
for preservation in her name. At almost the same
time, the family of tobacco industrialist Carl Swish-
er donated an approximately 3,000-acre contiguous
piece of property to The Nature Conservancy that
became the Carl Swisher Me-
morial Sanctuary. The Nature
Conservancy in turn leased it to
the university. Since that time,
the Ordway and Swisher tracts
have been managed by UF for
research and education.
This is Old Florida. Al-
though it was touched by the
turpentine industry of the early
20t' century and the eventual
establishment of a few home-
steads, the land still features the
piney woods, clear and dark
upland lakes and stream-fed
swamps and marshes that were
once characteristic throughout
Florida. These days, land like
this is hard to find.
UF was lucky to acquire the
large and unique properties when it did, Coates
says. Nowadays it is rare to find property of this
size and diversity around the state that has not been
divided and, in many cases, sold off for develop-
ment. At today's real estate prices, buying enough
undeveloped, undisturbed land to create a resource
like Ordway-Swisher would be next to impossible.
"If you think of the real estate value of this place
- all the lakefront property it's pretty steep,"
At one of the station's dark-water lakes, thin
white PVC pipes stick up among the shoreline
reeds. Each pipe marks the location of an unbaited
trap for sirens and amphiumas, large aquatic
salamanders that resemble eels. Dodd and other
researchers are working to learn more about the
Meanwhile, Lori Wendland, a doctoral candi-
date in the Department of Infectious Diseases and
Pathology at UF's College of Veterinary Medicine,
is conducting research into upper respiratory tract
disease in gopher tortoises for her dissertation. Her
"Clearly its a huge
for working at UF If
you're Interested in
ecology or natural
Fire, as evidenced at left, is an integral part of the life cycle at Ordway-Swisher It takes only a few months for lush growth to
reclaim a burned area, says program coordinator Steve Coates, pictured.
study is part of a larger project monitoring the
tortoises at 11 locations around the state. She says
the Ordway-Swisher offered unique opportunities
for her work.
"It's been a great site, not only for its proxim-
ity to the university, but also because it is a good
representation of gopher tortoises in a high qual-
ity habitat. And, there is quite a bit of historical
information available there on the gopher tortoise
population," Wendland says.
This historical information is detailed in data-
bases the station maintains, tracking many factors
important to ecological and biological research, as
well as conservation. These factors include plant
and animal population trends, historic land use,
water quality, geospatial information and weather
data pulled from four on-site automated weather
Another advantage is the support the station of-
fers to visiting courses and researchers, Coates says.
"Providing demonstrations of flora and fauna
sampling techniques, field lectures for courses,
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unique services such as prescribed fires of various sizes
and types, specialized study site needs, and interpre-
tation of datasets are just a few examples of how the
station actively contributes to both the research and
teaching mission," he says.
Some of the same qualities that attract researchers
to the station its proximity to UF's main campus,
diversity of vegetation and animal life, and varied
landscape also make it valuable as a teaching tool.
Classes utilize the station for projects, field trips,
laboratory experiments and hands-on demonstra-
tions. While most students come to the station to
learn in its "outdoor classroom," plans to establish a
45-person classroom, laboratories and bunk houses
are planned for the future. The station currently has a
In 2005, 13 college courses and five training
groups totaling more than 400 students utilized the
station. Though most courses offer one-day exposure
to the Ordway-Swisher in the form of a field trip, one
class, Wildlife Field Techniques, a one-week course of-
fered twice each year, is taught entirely at the station.
Many of the students who visit the station are
wildland firefighters. In recent years, firefighters from
western states have come to the station each winter
to receive training in techniques and methods related
to the application of prescribed fire. Fires are a major
part of the Ordway-Swisher's conservation program,
especially for the sandhill system, which requires
frequent fire for habitat health.
Ordway-Swisher features two types of lakes: tannic-stained plastic upland lakes (shown here) and bright, clear sandhill
upland lakes. In all, 55 permanent and temporary lakes as well as three wet prairies and a swamp dot the property.
The station serves as a host
for the National Interagency
Prescribed Fire Training Center.
Wildland fire professionals come
to the southeast U.S. from January
through April for three-week train-
"We provide live fire training
opportunities and they in turn help
us with some of our prescribed fire
objectives," says Coates. "The goal
is for these professionals to expand
their fire management skills here
and then apply them back home to
help improve habitats and reduce
the impact of wildfires."
Twenty-five years after it was
first created, the station continues
to grow its conservation, research
and teaching reputation even as
it carefully protects the lands en-
trusted to it. This growth is evident
in the new name of the site the
Ordway-Swisher Biological Station
- renamed this year to better
reflect the facility's research and
educational focus and mission.
New department head Hayes is
committed to the station. "It's clear
to me that the Ordway-Swisher
has huge potential for the univer-
sity and the state of Florida," says
Hayes. "We have long-term goals
to develop the resources out there
and to create an even stronger re-
search and teaching facility."
For information about the Ordway-
Swisher Biological Station, visit its Web
site at http://ordway-swisher.ufl.edu.
Researchers and educators
interested in utilizing Ordway-
Swisher Biological Station must
submit an application. Managers
say they hope to eventually
provide a designated area that
can be used by the public for
BY J. STANLEY MARSHALL "VAN BRUNT TAKES OFF"
TOM VAN BRUNT COULD HAVE DIED A DOZEN DIFFERENT WAYS
IN THE BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF. INSTEAD, HE EMERGED A HERO.
Editor' note: In October 1944, as
the United States and its World War II
allies worked to retake the strategically
vital Philippines from Japan, U.S. Navy
warships and fighter planes met head-on
with Imperial Japanese Navy battleships
and cruisers. The resulting Battle ofLeyte
Gulf became one of the largest naval
battles in history and the last great sea
battle ever fought.
Among the men who participated
in the battle was Tom Van Brunt (BAE
39), a member of one ofTallahassee' old-
est families and an alumnus of UF' Col-
lege of Education. He had enlisted in the
U.S. Navy in September 1941, just three
months before the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor. He was a torpedo bomber
pilot with three years' experience when
he found himself leading an impromptu
attack against the Japanese fleet.
Van Brunt, who received the Navy
Cross for his actions, recently described his
role in the battle to J Stanley Marshall,
a member of Floridas Board of Governors
and formerpresident ofFlorida State
University. The following account is an
excerpt from Tallahassee magazine.
he largest naval engagement of World War II took
place in October 1944. The Battle for Leyte Gulf, as it
was called, turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. It
followed Gen. Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines
by only a few days and was called the largest naval battle in
history for good reason: Two hundred sixty-four combat ships
took part in the battle; the Japanese lost 26 major ships, while
American forces lost three carriers and four destroyers.
The Philippines were important to the Japanese because
they guarded the principal supply routes to the East Indies.
Therefore, the Japanese gathered all their remaining ships -
battleships, cruisers, carriers and organized them into three
fleets. This was a last, desperate attempt by the Japanese to
wipe out American invasion forces that had successfully landed
on Leyte, one of the principal islands of the Philippines.
Lt. Tom Van Brunt had been assigned to fly anti-submarine
patrol in the sector northeast of the carrier group to which he
belonged. The pilot and his two-man crew a radarman and
a radioman took off just before daylight during a heavy
rain squall. Van Brunt's fellow pilot, Ensign Bill Brooks, had
the northwest quadrant. They had been airborne less than 15
minutes when Brooks came on the radio and called back to
Derby Base the code name for their ship. (Its real name was
the USS St. Lo.)
"Derby Base," said Brooks, "I have a contact report. I see
the Japanese navy. There are five battleships, 11 cruisers and
God knows how many destroyers."
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"SISTER SHIP IN TROUBLE"
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN DOWNS
PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS COURTESY OF THE USS ST. LO ASSOCIATION
SEE MORE PHOTOS AND PAINTINGS AT WWW.USSSTLO.COM
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"Are you sure they are Japanese?"
replied Derby Base.
"Yes, I'm sure. I can see the
Pagoda masts, and I see the biggest red meatball flag I
ever saw flying on the biggest battleship I ever saw."
At that moment, Derby Base became convinced
because the Japanese launched their first salvo into the
midst of the Allied carriers.
Van Brunt's ship was an escort carrier a small
vessel without much speed and with very light
armament. With no armor plating, sailors joked
that C.V.E. stood for "Combustible, Vulnerable and
"There was no reason for us to be engaged with
major battleships, cruisers and destroyers," Van Brunt
said. "But we were."
After flying his sector for about an hour, Van
Brunt heard an all-fleet order from the admiral for
all planes to attack with whatever arms they had, and
for all carriers to launch whatever planes they could
with whatever arms they could. Van Brunt's plane had
three depth charges aboard for attacking submarines,
but no subs had been seen.
He figured that if he could place the depth charges
close enough alongside a cruiser, he might be able to
do some underwater damage. There was a cloud be-
tween Van Brunt and the cruiser below, and when he
came out of the cloud, he found that he had made the
dive a little too shallow. At any rate, he said, "I nosed
over and dropped my depth charges."
His radarman, looking out aft, reported that
they did in fact straddle the cruiser with two of the
three depth charges, one on each side. Whether they
damaged the ship, they never learned. Without any
ammunition and low on gas, Van Brunt flew back
to his carrier to find it under attack. Shells landed all
around the ship; although none hit it, many other
carriers were hit, including a sister ship that was sunk.
Van Brunt was unable to land on his ship, so he found
another carrier, the USS Marcus Island upon which
he landed safely.
When he went down to the ready room, pilots
from several different carriers were there. "They
looked at my laundry mark (a serial number on the
uniform)," Van Brunt said, "and I was senior among
the torpedo-bomber pilots, so they said, 'You're going
to lead an attack on the Japanese fleet; we're loading
your planes with torpedoes now.'"
"BUT WHAT I
AND WHAT THE
FELLOWS ON THE
SEE, WAS THE
PLANE THAT WAS
COMING UP THE
WAKE OF OUR
- TOM VAN BRUNT
WILDCATSS' STRAFING ATTACK"
"That did not sound good to me," Van Brunt
recalled, "but that was what I had been trained to do.
I found a quiet place where I could pray, look at the
pictures of my wife and then one child. I prayed that
they would somehow, some way, be taken care of if I
did not come back, and that I'd have the courage to
do my duty and carry out the mission as assigned."
When they climbed into their planes, Van Brunt's
was the first on the catapult. They had to launch
crosswind because the enemy was directly upwind,
preventing a normal carrier takeoff. The plane was
loaded as heavily as a torpedo bomber could be, and
Van Brunt and his crew weren't even sure the plane
could fly. They got the throttle-up signal and the cata-
pult officers signaled for Tom to pull the throttle back
and listen to the radio. This was the message he heard:
"Men, this is Commander Francis McElroy, flight
officer of the Marcus Island. Your orders are to go out,
attack and turn back the Japanese fleet, and if you
return ... I didn't mean if, I meant when you return,
land on the Marcus Island." Not a very optimistic
sendoff, Van Brunt thought.
His plane was hurled off the flight deck, and the
crew felt a sickening sag as the heavily loaded plane
lost altitude until it leveled off just above the water.
They stayed at that height for what seemed like an
eternity. Van Brunt's radioman, located in the belly of
the plane, could look aft; he
came on the intercom to say,
"Sir, we need an outboard
motor, we're leaving a wake."
The plane climbed slowly
to rendezvous height and was
joined by eight fighter planes
from another carrier. As the
leader, Van Brunt made the
decision to attack a battle-
ship, and he picked a Kongo- -, -
class battleship, which was -
last in the Japanese line. As
they approached the battle-
ship, Van Brunt's radarman
began to call off the yardage.
They dropped their torpedo
and headed directly toward
"We were too close for
evasive action," Van Brunt reported, "and would have
presented too big a target if I had tried to turn at that
point. Just after the torpedo left the plane, I felt my
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left rudder go absolutely limp." His plane
had been hit by enemy fire, setting in mo-
tion a series of near miracles that make Van
Brunt's story one of the most remarkable
in all of Navy aviation.
As he climbed back to altitude, Van
Brunt found that he could handle a right- 1
hand turn pretty well the damage to the
left rudder hadn't affected that. When he
got back to the St. Lo, he asked the signal
officer for permission to come in from a
right-hand approach, which is never done
in a carrier landing. "We'll try," said the
landing signal officer, "but stay at altitude
until we get everyone else aboard."
Van Brunt continued circling at 1,500 Tor
feet, watching the other planes land. "A Bat
great big wing of a Japanese plane with a
big meatball fluttered down in front of my plane,"
he said. "I almost hit it. I also saw another plane in
a dive on my carrier ... It was blasted out of the air
before it got there. But what I didn't see, and what
the fellows on the carrier didn't see, was the third
Japanese plane that was coming up the wake of
That plane pulled up and nosed over into the
"MAN YOUR PLANES"
n Van Brunt, center, was awarded the Navy Cross for his role in the
'tle of Layte Gulf
flight deck. It went through the flight deck into the
hangar deck, where the planes were being armed and
fueled. That's where the explosion occurred. Twenty-
five minutes later, Van Brunt saw the ship sink.
There was nothing he and his crew could do to
help their shipmates in the water, so Van Brunt had
to try to find somewhere else to land his plane. He
decided his best chance was to fly to the airstrip on
Leyte and try to land there.
The first landing strip he
;'-.;.,. approached was so full of
A. "i :." Navy planes that no more
.. :. could land, and the Army
engineers were bulldoz-
S. ing badly damaged planes
Si 'into the sea alongside the
.-. airstrip. Van Brunt was
I .,.. . told by radio to proceed to
:-.. : an airstrip, about 20 miles
south and a little inland
from the beach. He knew
S S where that airstrip was
because he had been there
with a squadron of torpedo
bombers to bomb it the
previous day. U.S. troops
had taken the airstrip after
A right-hand approach
was unusual, and when
some of the American
troops on the ground saw
it, they opened fire with
small arms, thinking it
must be the enemy because
M SPRING 2007
"EXPLOSION: HOPE FADING"
all of the other Navy planes were approaching in left-
hand turns. As far as Van Brunt could tell, his plane
was not hit, at least not to a degree that would affect
his control of the plane.
The plane dodged bomb craters on the grass run-
way and landed safely. The first thing Van Brunt and
his crew did after alighting from the plane was inspect
the damage. Enemy anti-aircraft fire had hit the very
rear of the plane's fuselage, completely severing the
left rudder cable. They also discovered that the main
elevator cable was damaged, with only three of the 16
strands still intact. If they had been forced to make
a sudden elevator movement, that cable would have
parted and they would have crashed.
But as bad as those two items were, they were not
the worst; they also found that their tailhook had
been entirely shot off. This meant that if they had
landed on the carrier, there would have been no way
to stop the plane and they would have crashed into
the barrier on the flight deck. Contemplating the trio
of lucky breaks, Van Brunt said, "The good Lord was
certainly with us that day."
The Navy Cross is the highest award for valor
(second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor),
and Lt. Van Brunt was awarded the Navy Cross for his
heroic deeds in the action described above.
After his military service, Van Brunt worked for
Equitable Life Insurance, first in sales and then in
administration. The family lived in several U.S. cities,
including Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, and
retired to Tallahassee in 1979.
Van Brunt and his wife, Alice, now are residents of
Westminster Oaks and remain active in their church
and several civic activities. In recalling his part in that
greatest of naval battles, he said, "I'm proud to have
served in the United States Navy, and I'm eternally
thankful that I came back to enjoy my life with my
family in this, the greatest country in the world."
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The feeling didn't really hit Jeremy Foley until Tim Tebow
scored the touchdown to put the Gators up 41-14 in the
BCS National Championship Game.
Until then, he had been like a big chunk of the Gator
Nation, confident but nervous.
"When he scored," Foley said, "that's when the wild moments started.
That's when you said to yourself, 'Wow! We've done it.' Even now you
shake your head and pinch yourself. You never would have dreamed about
it. It's not like you walked out of the arena in Indianapolis and thought,
'Now we have to get one in football, too.' "
But they did. Florida became the first school to hold the football and
basketball championships recognized by the NCAA at the same time
when the football Gators did it on Jan. 8, 2007, after the basketball
Gators did it on April 3, 2006.
The chant "It's great ... to be ... a Florida Gator" must be getting old
But while Foley and the rest of the Gator Nation may not have
dreamed of this parade of excellence, it didn't happen by accident and
it's not a two-sport mission. Florida finished fifth in the Director's Cup
standings last year, emblematic of overall athletic success for a university.
Track, women's tennis, swimming, soccer, men's and women's golf,
they have all won national titles. In 2005, Florida played for the national
title in baseball and the women's gymnastics team started this season
ranked No. 1 in the nation. The volleyball team last fall captured its 16th
straight SEC crown.
There are reasons why Florida has been able to produce an athletic
program that is the envy of so many of its rivals.
I. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.
This works in two ways. The state of Florida is loaded with athletes
in so many sports making it a bonus to be recruiting in this state. And
for those athletes out of state, Florida is a pretty nice peninsula to be
"It's a huge part of it," said Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon.
"It's a very good state."
On McMahon's 2007 roster, 38 of the 43 players are from Florida.
Of the 22 players who started for UF in the BCS game, 15 of them were
from the state. ESPN listed Florida as the third best state for football tal-
ent in America.
The academic reputation along with the great weather helps lure ath-
letes from other states as well. Only one UF basketball starter Taurean
Green is from Florida and volleyball coach Mary Wise has seen the
state just start to catch up in her sport.
More than one athlete has said the turning point in his or her recruit-
ment was getting off the plane in the sunshine and greenery of Gainesville
and putting away the heavy coat that was necessary on departure.
2. FACILITIES AND FINANCE.
Florida has been pro-active in building up its facilities. Before a softball
team had been assembled, a state-of-the-art stadium was in place.
When Billy Donovan suggested a practice facility would be a good
idea for hoops, it was built. That facility is now the envy of the SEC, with
coaches from around the conference stopping in to take a look before
games against the Gators.
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THAT IS DONE
AROUND HERE IS
DONE IN A FIRST-
- URBAN MEYER
The baseball stadium that greets Gator fans this year has
been spruced up so much it looks almost new. Foley is now
looking for a place to build a women's lacrosse stadium for
that sport, which will begin play in 2010. And we all know
about the football stadium, which seems to climb higher
every five years.
Also in the works is a new entrance to the football
"It's going to be special," Urban Meyer said. "Everything
that is done around here is done in a first-class manner."
Florida has a $69 million budget for athletics and oper-
ates with a surplus. Succeeds breeds success, but it doesn't
hurt that UF's enormous alumni base is a generous one.
Coaches don't find themselves backing away from expensive
road trips or new uniforms.
"We want all of our student-athletes and coaches to feel
they are all important," Foley said.
Florida has 20 sports, which hurts when they are com-
puting Director's Cup points because more sports means
more points. Ohio State, for example, sponsors 36 points.
"The pie here isn't sliced into slivers," said Wise. "Schools
of our size usually have so many sports they sponsor. This is
a good place to be when it comes to slicing the pie."
UF, which in April 2006 won its first basketball national
championship, is the first Division I-A school to hold
national championships in both football and basketball
UF's success in 2006 helped the football program attract the No. 1 recruiting class in the
nation, as recently ranked by Soorts Illustrated.
3. THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Foley is in his 16th year in the job
after serving as an associate athletic
director and even a ticket manager.
The consistency at the top is a big
part of Florida's success.
And nobody knows the Gator
Nation better than Foley.
More than that, he knows how to
build winning programs and knows
that just because a sport doesn't pull in
revenues doesn't mean it shouldn't be
given every chance to be successful.
"We want to compete for a national
championship in every sport," Foley
That's not always the case at other
schools, some who put major emphasis
on football and basketball and are still
playing catch-up in the Olympic sports.
Foley also has produced a winning
mentality at UE His philosophy is
simple try to get better every day.
"It's the culture he has created
around here," Wise said. "You get up
every morning thinking, 'How can we
get better.' He creates that throughout
the athletic department whether it's
accounting or maintenance
or public relations. All
of us are living that same
4. FAN SUPPORT
In all kinds of weather,
well, you know the rest.
But the Gator Nation is the
gas that makes this Hum-
Whether it's packing
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
and making it the loudest
place to play in the nation,
filling the O'Connell Cen-
ter and making it so loud
the opposing players can't
hear their coach or putting
6,000 in the stands for a
gymnastics meet, Florida
fans pride themselves on
being what so many schools
wish they had.
It was evident at the
celebration for the 2006
Gator fans, seen celeb
national football champs to fn, seen c
element of UF's sports
when a crowd estimated at
70,000 filled the Swamp.
"What makes it different at Florida," said basket-
ball coach Billy Donovan, "is that at some places fans
are passionate for a team, like football or basketball.
Here, I see love and an affiliation for a school. It's
the University of Florida. I can't
believe it when I see 7,000 people
at a baseball game. The support is
incredible. They are proud of their
school, no matter what the sport. And
the kids feed off it."
As an example, Foley said, he was
amazed at the number of Bull Gators who
called excitedly when Florida won the national
title in soccer in 1998.
No matter how much money you pour into
a program, no matter how loyal your fan base,
you have to have the right coaches in place.
In some cases, Florida has attracted the best,
the hottest candidates (see: Urban Meyer). In
others, Foley's vision was ahead of the curve
(see: Billy Donovan). For the most part, Foley
has found the right person for the right job.
His philosophy on hiring a coach
rating in Gainesville after the national championship win, are also an important
program. Urban Meyer has referred to them as the best crowd in college football.
always goes back to two things do they do it the
right way and can they recruit?
It hasn't always worked out (see: Ron Zook). Foley
joked before Meyer's first spring game that it was
"the first time in three years I could walk through the
parking lot not wearing a Kevlar suit."
But even that hire helped in the long run as
F 20 of the 22 starters on the 2006 team were
I recruited by the previous coach.
It also is a factor that smart, successful
S coaches have each other to lean on for
advice. Meyer picked Donovan's brain
during the off-season for motivational
Techniques. Coaches at UF are not
afraid to turn to their colleagues
You add all of these factors
together and you have the
Year of the Gator.
It has been a perfect storm,
one that isn't going to dissipate
any time soon. v
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2 Coaches who have amassed 500 or more wins during their
UF careers. Volleyball head coach Mary Wise in September
won her 500t' match in just her 552nd contest at UF, making
her among the fastest coaches in NCAA Division I history to
reach that mark. Former baseball coach Dave Fuller, who col-
lected 557 wins between 1948-76, is the only other UF coach
to accomplish the feat.
$400 Spending limit the NCAA places on individual
championship rings. The rings given to members of the 2006
national championship men's basketball team feature a dia-
mond-encrusted 'F' atop an orange basketball passing through
a blue net.
4 Number of Gators named to various 2007 USA Swimming
national teams, including junior Tobias Work of Falmouth,
Mass., sophomore Stephanie Cota of Granite Bay, Calif.,
head coach Gregg Troy and alumnus Ryan Lochte.
4 Names which appear on the new Ring of Honor at Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium. The display in the North End Zone facade
honors Gator football greats Emmitt Smith (BSR '96), Steve
Spurrier (BSPE '81 ), Danny Wuerffel (BSPR '96) and Jack
Youngblood (BSBA '72).
7 Members of the 4-year-old American Lacrosse Confer-
ence, which UFjoined in anticipation of offering women's
lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2010. Other members include
Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Ohio, Ohio State, Penn State
and Vanderbilt universities.
10 Number of years Ollie Gator, UF's inflatable mascot,
entertained fans at Gator volleyball and basketball games.
Ollie suffered an irreparable injury during basketball's Mid-
night Madness on Oct. 13, and University Athletic Association
officials have shelved him indefinitely.
4 Number of Women's College World Series teams the Gator
softball team will face in 2007 UCLA, Tennessee, Alabama
and Arizona, the defending national champions.
3 Number of past Gator athletes who have been honored by
the NCAA during its 25th anniversary celebration of women's
championship competition. The honorees are swimmer Tracy
Caulkins (BSBR '85), diver Megan Neyer (BS '86, EDS '90,
MED '90, PhD '94) and soccer player Danielle Fotopoulos
SFor the latest UF sports news, visit www.gatorzone.com.
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By Leonard H. O. Spearman Jr. (BA '75)
President, UF Alumni Association
The Gator baseball team enjoyed many successes in the
1950s, including SEC championships in 1952 and 1956.
At that time the baseball field located then, as now, near
Florida Field lacked many amenities. By comparison,
today's Alfred A. McKethan Stadium seats 5,000 and has
been ranked among the best college baseball stadiums
in the country. A recent $13 million renovation added
expanded grandstands, a bullpen, batting cages, locker
rooms and an updated fan plaza.
My father couldn't attend UE
I say he couldn't attend because when
he graduated from Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University in 1947,
UF hadn't yet been desegregated. Dad
wanted to be a Gator, but because he
wasn't allowed, he attended FAMU along with my
Despite those times, Dad's love of the Gators
never waned. He would eventually see UF become
desegregated and both me and his granddaughter
become UF alumni.
I'm proud to be the UF Alumni Association's
86th president for many reasons, not the least of
which is because it's a great way to share my family's
love for UF Here are some things you can be proud
of about your UF Alumni Association:
The UFAA has 44,516 members, 6,700 of
which are life members.
The endowment for those life members totals
more than $4 million.
There are 82 active Gator Clubs in America
and 10 in other countries.
Annually, Gator Clubs award more than
$150,000 in academic support to UF students.
More than 20 of those clubs have at least one
academic scholarship endowment, which all
together total more than $2 million.
The alumni association is open to everyone:
those who attended just one term, those who
graduated and those who just love UF and consider
Need I say anymore than "It's great to be a
Florida Gator," since we now are the first university
in Division I to have the distinct title of national
champions in basketball and football at the same
Congratulations to the Gator Nation.
S I look forward to seeing you and meeting many
of you at the association's events in 2007.--.'
1 Boo and Renee Kinsey of Kingsland, Ga., own this Gator chopper.
Some of the bike's details include an alligator tail-shaped rear fender,
alligator pegs, an alligator kickstand, and orange-and-blue strobe lights.
2 First officer David Turner (BSPR '89), right, is a pilot for American
3 In October, Christina Bellingrath (BSBA '01) of Tampa traveled to
Hong Kong and took this picture on the top of 'The Peak.'
4 All prepared for Homecoming, Nicolas Roman (BSCE '92) sent in this
picture of his family, wife Tanya and kids Nic and Mandy.
5 When DeWitt Wilkerson (DMD '82) traveled to Braila, Romania, in July
on a dental mission trip, he took his daughter, Whitney (left), with him. He
says he saw more than 400 dental patients, including this girl (center).
Waiting for him back home in St. Petersburg was his wife, Pat Wilkerson
(BAE '78, MEd '79), and son, Todd, a UF student.
6 Bill Hohmann (BSF '70) has Gatorized his antique car, including his
personalized "FL G8TR" tag. He is retired and lives in Kinderhook, N.Y.,
with his wife, Judy ('70).
7 Drew Medcalf, a Gainesville native and Gators fan, and his wife, Lisa, a
Seminole fan (pictured with their daughter, Drew), won The Home Depot's
"House Divided" contest in October. Their prize: Their house was painted
with Glidden team colors half for his Gators and half for her Seminoles.
The paint dried just before the Gators defeated the Seminoles, 21-14,
Nov. 25 in Tallahassee. The Medcalfs live in Tallahassee.
8 Following the Gators' NCAA basketball championship victory, Judy
Graham (BSJM '69) flew a Gator flag on her 53-foot boat in Sarasota.
Pictured here with her friend, Jim Brown, she says people waved and
cheered for the flag as she cruised the waterways in the Florida Keys.
9 "We are deep in enemy territory, 30 miles south of Atlanta. [My wife's
car tag] never fails to get a response. Go, Gators!" says Nick and Sue
(Starry) laria (BSPE '72) of Newnan, Ga.
10 Lt. Col. Glen Lawson (BA '87), left, is an F-16 pilot and command
of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at Balad Air
Base, Iraq. Lt. Col. John Capobianco (BSAE '87), right, is a C-5
pilot and chief of wing plans there. In addition to graduating from
UF together, the men were commissioned in the Air Force on the
same day in May 1987. Their reunion in Iraq was the first time
J they had seen each other in 19 years.
E- SPRING 2007 |
SAround the Gator Nation
The Volusia County Gator Club hosted numerous events
this fall. Among them were the eighth annual golf tournament,
which raised $20,000 for the club's UF scholarship endow-
ment; a Steve Russell radio call-in show; a Young Alumni
social; a bus trip to the Florida-Georgia football game in Jack-
sonville; its sixth annual Toys for Tots drive; and a UF vs. FSU
Members of the Sarasota Gator Club donned their or-
ange-and-blue for an FSU tailgate party. Some Sarasota-area
Gators decorated their vehicles for a contest, while others
participated in a kids' fashion parade, raffle, pin-the-tail-on-
the-Gator contest and more.
Skiing was the main event for the annual New England
Gator Club ski trip. Held at the Northern Ughts Lodge in
Stowe, Vt., the event included a welcome party and evening
festivities. About 200 Gators participated.
Alumna and Weather Channel reporter Stephanie Abrams
(BS '99) took center stage at this year's Back to Col-
lege weekend as she shared her experiences of covering
major weather events. Attendees also heard from electrical
and computer engineering professor Martin Uman about his
lightning research, botany assistant professor Ted Schuur on
global warming trends, geological sciences assistant professor
Andrew Zimmerman on tsunamis, civil and coastal engineering
assistant professor Kurt Gurley on the wind machine that helps
UF researchers test the strength of building materials and
veterinary medicine professor Terry Marie Curtis (DVM '97) on
how weather affects the moods of animals.
More than 100 alumni who graduated in 1956 were inducted
into the Grand Guard this fall. Among them were UF Athlet-
ics historian Norm Carlson (BSBA '56) and former Florida Gov.
Reuben Askew (LLB '56). Leading up to the event in Novem-
ber, the 1956 class gathered more than $2 million in donations
for UF, which it presented at the induction ceremony. Grand
Guard attendees were recognized at the UF-Western Carolina
football game and at a reception in the Florida Gym. Marion
Roche (BSA '36, MA '41, MAg '52), was on hand, as well as
others from the classes of 1936 to 1955.
More than 200 Gator Club leaders gathered in Gainesville
Jan. 19-20 for the UF Alumni Association's 25t annual
Leaders Weekend. The officers shared ideas, networked
and attended leadership training seminars in the interest of
providing better local programs for their clubs. Zina Evans,
UF's director of admissions, offered the keynote address.
Awards presented included Leader of the Year, Most Improved
Club and Outstanding Club.
UF TODAY 47
The UF Alumni Associations Web site has undergone
a major makeover. Visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu to see the
changes and additions.
Ray and Opal Graves received
an award for outstanding service
and dedication to UF while aboard
the UF Alumni Association's
Dinner Cruise on Tampa Bay.
The event drew approximately 240
Gators from the Tampa area.
Young Alumni, Gators who graduated UF 10 years ago
or less, have formed two groups under the UF Alumni
Association: the Gainesville Young Alumni Committee and
a national Young Alumni Council. The Gainesville group
hosts socials on the first Thursday of every month, in
addition to other events. The nationwide group provides
programs in nine regions of the U.S. The national group is
also invited back to Gainesville twice a year for a weekend
of events. To get involved in local young alumni events
or to apply for either Young Alumni branch, contact
More than 12,000 Gator fans visited the UF Alumni
Association's pre-game pep rallies at UF's two post-
season football games, including the Southeastern
Conference championship Dec. 2 in Atlanta and the BCS
national championship game Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz. (see
photo below). Albert, Alberta and the UF cheerleaders
helped pump up fans before each game.
For information about these and other events, contact the
UFAlumni Association at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu or call
The One Ring
Your UF class ring just became a little more prestigious
and a lot richer in tradition.
Under a new program by the UF Alumni Association,
only one company, HerffJones, is authorized to make UF
class rings. Students will have to earn the right to purchase
the rings, which will then be delivered to them in a
S-a special ceremony.
"We're trying to create this one symbol
of outward Gatorness," says Katie Seay
(BSTEL '98, MAMC '01), director of
alumni membership and marketing for the
UFAA. "We're really trying to build a lot of
* meaning and symbolism behind it."
The centerpiece of the new initiative, which
launched in January, is a bit of history. In the late 1930s
when future UF President Stephen O'Connell (BSBA '40,
LLB '40) was the student body president, he worked with
HerffJones representatives to design a class ring that featured
two alligators, one on either side, opening their jaws to frame
the ring's Gator blue gem stone. O'Connell's "Gator wrap"
has remained in production and is now considered the pri-
mary design for UF rings.
"It's been that way since the '30s in one form or another,"
says Steve Smith, a sales representative for HerffJones' Jack-
sonville office. "This ring is truly custom designed."
The rings will still be available through the UF Bookstore.
Not just anyone, though, will be able to buy one. Although
rings will be available to alumni, students will need to accrue
60 credit hours before they're eligible to purchase one. And
the students' rings won't just arrive in the mail the alumni
association will host a ring ceremony at Emerson Alumni
Hall each spring. Students will be encouraged to invite family
The rings will come with instructions, Seay says. Students
will be asked to wear their rings facing inward. Once they
graduate, they may turn the ring outward.
To learn more about the ring program, visit the University
Bookstore in the UF Welcome Center on Museum Road or
the UFAA Web site at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu/ring.
Albert Peek (BSBA '74) spearheaded the second annual
UF '60s and '70s swim team reunion last fall during the
weekend of the Florida-Tennessee game. The events included
lunch, golf, a reception in Ocala and swimming and skiing at
Lake Weir. More than 45 people came, including participants
from Germany and Australia.
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Warren H. Lampert
Mark H. Langley
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Danielle M. Lind
David H. Lowe IV
Donald J. Lyons
Christopher J. MacNair
Jocelyn J. MacNair
Jeannie L Macaluso
Judith H. Maddox
Marie W. Mahan
Ronald M. Mahan, Jr.
Kevin L Maher
Rebecca L Maher
Monique C. Malzahn
Richard F Malzahn, Jr.
Michelle L. Mandich
Gary M. Manton
Robert R. Marble
Terry D. Marsh
Albert R Marshall
Challis G. Marshall
Gary W. Martin
Zoila Blain Martins
Alexander J. Mason, Jr.
Sharon R Mason
Thomas L Massengill
Lori A. Mattox
Steven A. Mattson
Kevin M. Mayeux
Anita S. McClelland
Sam G. McClelland
Marisa L. McClure
Deborah N. McCracken
Robert E. McCracken
Milton J. McKelvie
John D. McKey, Jr.
Kelly J. McKibben
Bobby F. McKown
Mark H. McLaurin
Mr. Howard McNulty
Sylvia C. McNulty
Mr. 0 Michael Miller
Steven N. Miller
Michael A. Millet
Michelle S. Millet
Douglas H. Mills
James E. Milton
Mary E. Milton
Kerry Anne B. Miner
Paul B. Miner III
Bryan D. Mitchell
Bonnie J. Moles
Stanley S. Moles
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Thomas A. Moore
WilliamT. Moore, Jr.
Jeffery A. Moretto
David G. Morrison
Jean M. Moyle
Jon C. Moyle
Thomas 0. Munyer
Frances S. Muse
Natale D. Naccarato
Christopher A. Nault
David C. Neal
Lois J. Neal
Karen M. Nesbitt
Lisa M. Nesbitt
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Ann M. Newland
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Edward J. Noga
Erin E. E Noxon
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David R. Nute
David E. Oellerich
Angel Oliva, Jr.
Frances M. Oliva
Edmund E. Olson
Chester D. Opalsky
Gary R Opper
Lori J. Opper
Christine A. Osborn
Mark R. Page
James L. Park
Karen W. Park
Donovan L Parker
Frank M. Parker, Jr.
Charles H. Paschall
Gael R Paschall
Matthew S. Paynter
John F. Pearce
Eric M. Peburn
Giovanna C. Peburn
James M. Pellicane, Jr.
Kathleen A. Pellicane
J. Carter Perkins, Sr.
Aaron S. Phelps
R. Scott Phelps, Jr.
Maurice H. Phillips
Herbert E. Pickle
Evan B. Plotka
Vincent R Polizatto
James C. Polkinghorn
Joan C. Pollak
Melissa M. Polo
S. Daniel Ponce
John Pope, Jr.
Margo C. Pope
Tamra R. Pope
Kathy C. Popeil
Larry R. Popeil
Joseph F. Posillico
Barry A. Post
Lydia B. Post
George L Powell
John W. Powell
Marsha B. Powell
Billy Ray Price 1I, M.D.
Maureen M. Price
Robert E. Price
Robert S. Price, Jr.
Stephen L Price
Donald R. Prokes
Bruce E. Ransom
Patrick J. Ratchford
Ruth E. Reed
John D. Remington
Ronald J. Renuart, Sr.
Javier A. Rey
Brian M. Richards
Kimberly H. Richards
Eston F. Ricketson
Richard A. Ridge
Duane A. Rigby
Stephanie S. Rimmer
Randall P. Roberts
Lucia B. R. Robla
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J. Jason Rodda
Geoffrey W. Roepstorff
Robbie B. Roepstorff
Gerald A. Rosenthal
Ingrid M. Rosenthal
Terry D. Rosin
Janice C. Ross
Raymond A. Ross, Jr.
Stevenson R. Rosslow
Arlene F. Rothman
Jonathan H. Rubin
Lewis D. Rushing
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Michael G. Ryan
Arthur W. Saarinen, Jr.
Phyllis R Saarinen
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John C. Sansbury
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Ronald A. Schlagheck
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James D. Scott
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Michelle M. Sellers
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Jeremy M. Sensenig
Karen M. Seyfert
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Shelly L Silberman
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Nathaniel M.Turnbull, Jr.
William LTycoliz, Jr.
Thom L Tyler
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Elmer B. Van Cleel
Charles W. Van Tine, Jr.
Mark B. Vamey
Grela S. Viera
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Denise M. Vogel
Marion S. Voyles
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Daniel S. Wade
Rick S. Waelti
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William B. Wagner
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Erik C. Walker
Richmond N. Waller, Jr.
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Michael L Watkins
Brian D. Webb
Joel V. Weber
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James E. White, Jr.
Richard J. Wide
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James N.Williams, Jr.
Lynn O. Williams
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Mark E. Wolfson
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Courtney F. Zinke
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UF Alumni Association Inc.
1938 W. University Ave.
P.O. Box 14425
Gainesville, FL 32604-2425
Randy Talbot (BA '75), executive director
Reunions and special events
Brad Crews, director
RJ Stamper (BSR '02), associate director
Gator Clubs and special interest groups
Star Sawyer (BS '98, MAIC '00), director
Jeanna Wyse (BSR '03), associate director,
Young Alumni liaison and
Association of Hispanic Alumni liaison
Virginia Horton, assistant director
and Association of Black Alumni liaison
Membership and marketing
Katie Seay (BSTEL '98, MAMC '01), director
Laura Lenaz (BSR '04), assistant director,
Student Alumni Association liaison
and Florida Cicerones liaison
Outreach and university support
Phil Grifin (MEd '"7, EDS ''r), director
Aaron Dixon, Webmaster
< UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
iS SPRING 2007
These Gators are a fraction of the group that attended the Multi-Sport Adventure in Idaho
program, July 15-22, organized by the UFAlumni Association. Participants chose from a
variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking,
hiking, golfing, jet boat tours and mountain biking.
UFalumnijoined the Alumni College in Tuscany/Cortona excursion June 7-15. Behind them
is the well near the church of San Biagio just outside Montepulciano in Tuscany. They are
(from left) Judy Shoaf of Gainesville, Gwen and Elton Hagan, an unidentified guest, Mary Lou
and Mike Carroll of Fort Myers, Margaret Voss of Boca Raton, and Susan Schweizer and Bill
Andrews of Jacksonville.
For information about these and other UFAlumni Association Educational Adventures,
contact LynAnn Magee at Imagee@uff.ufl.edu or call 888-352-5866.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ALUMI
UF Alumni Association Inc.
Board of Directors
Leonard H. O. Spearman Jr. IBA '-5), Kary, Teas
Terrn Parnell (BSBA '881. Tampa
Mark Nous iBSAC '81, JD '85). Tampa
Immediate Past Aresdent
Robert Stern (BSBA '86, JD '90), Tampa
Bernie Machen, Gainesville
Karen Bjorndal (PhD "9), Gainesville
W Jerrn Hoover (BSBA '"2, MBA "3), Houston, TX
Cr)ysal Spearman (BA '041, Baton Rouge, LA
Regional Vice Presidena
Mark Trowbridge IBS '90. MEd '921, Miami Springs
Pamela Edwards (BAE "1). Sarasota
Argie Radics (BSBA "'). Palm Harbor
Thomas Klinker (BSBA '77, Leesburg
Laura Shane Spivey (BSPR '94), Lake Ciry
Kathy Mizereck 'BAE '73), Tallahassee
Car) Lannan (BSBA '78), Cary, N.C.
Tom Heath (BA "1), San Diego
Paul Amos IMA '981, Philadelphia
Ignacio Abella (BSBA '69, BA '-0). Miami
Clarence Brown (BA '8'", Valrico
Dean Cannon BSTel '89, JD '92), Orlando
Stelanie Curshall (BSR 94), Fort Myers
George Garcia (BAJ "0), Atlancic Beach
Linda Jackson (BHSMT '"b), Gainesville
leffIonasen (BSBA '85, JD '88., Orlando
Willowtline Las-on IBA '82), Miami
Maggie Mantara (BSBA '"3), lMiami
Ryan McDonald tBSBA '94). Tampa
Kelly McKibben LBS '90), Melbourne
Tony Medina I.BSAC '95), Miami
Kathleen O'Brien, Maiiena, Ga.
Bonnie Pepper IBSN '80), Aidanra
Trudy Ramsay iBSIE '81. MIBA '02). St Petersburg
Jason Rosenberg IBS '90. MS '93. ID '95). Gainesville
Cathy Sellers (BS -6, tE6 d '82). Tallahassee
Alex Vergara (BSBR '84). Orlando
Steve Wood t'89;, San Jose, Calif.
Florida CiceroneStrudent Ah mni Aiuoiarion President
Man Nobles, Gainesville
Student Body President
John Boyles, Gainesville
l SPRI JG; 2007
OF FLORIDA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
60 Louis "Skip" Perez (BSJ '69)
has been named to the national advisory
board of the Knight Center for Specialized
Journalism at the University of Maryland. A
member of UF's College of Journalism and
Communications' advisory council, he is
executive editor of The Ledger in Lakeland
and senior editor of The New York Times
Regional Media Group. He lives in Barrow.
Tom Sherrard JD
'69), co-founder of the
Sherrard & Roe law
firm, was named one
the Best Lawyers in
America 2007. He lives
in Nashville, Tenn.
7 09 Ronald Marks (MSTAT '72, PhD
'74) and his wife, Cynthia, published "Bats
of Florida," an information guide exposing
the myths and presenting
the true nature of bats.
They live in Gainesville.
Eugene Heidt (BSBA'74)
is the director of Anatomic
and Clinical Pathology at
Central DuPage Hospital
in Winfield, Ill. He lives
in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Lanny Felder (BSBA'75)
is the vice president of corporate services for
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. He lives
in Jacksonville. Marcelino Huerta III (BSJ
'75) is in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers
in America. He lives
in Tampa. Wayne
'78) had an article
on promoting public
in Advance for
Occupational Therapy Huerta
magazine. He lives in
Stone Mountain, Ga.
80S Michael Higer (BA '82), David
Lichter and Jacob Givner have formed a
new law firm, Higer Lichter & Givner. He
lives in Miami. Tim McNicholas (DCP
'82), principal at C.T. Hsu and Associates,
is on the city of
Orlando's Public Art
Advisory Board. He
lives in Orlando.
(MS '84, PhD
'90), an associate
McNicholas professor of biology
at Armstrong Atlantic
State University, received the 2006 Board of
Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award for
regional and state universities. She lives in
Savannah, Ga. R. Scott
'85, JD '88) is board
certified by the Florida
Bar in Civil Trial Law.
He lives in Ponte
Vedra. Karen Farmer
Mills (BAPR '85) is Awong-Taylor
the extension director
of Zeta Tau Alph'a Fraternity. She lives in
Tampa. JeffUlmer (BA '85) is the executive
director of development for athletics and the
National Commodore Club at Vanderbilt
University. He lives in
Mount Juliet, Tenn.
(BS '86, JD '89) is a
shareholder and on the
managing board of the
Dean, Mead, Egerton,
Mills Bloodworth, Capouano
& Bozarth law firm in
Orlando. He also serves as head of the firm's
commercial litigation department. He lives
in Oviedo. Nanci Landy (BA '86), managing
partner for Landy & Asselta, received an AVO
Peer Review Rating from The Martindale-
Hubbell Law Directory. She lives in Sunny
Isles Beach. John
Tucker (BA '88, JD
'91), an attorney and
partner with Tucker &
Ludin, was a featured
panelist and lecturer
at the American Bar
Association's Annual Landy
Convention, speaking at the tort trial and
insurance practice seminar titled, "Decoding
ERISA and Employee Benefits: A Primer for
the Non-Specialist." He lives in Clearwater.
90S Adam Davis (BSESS '90) and his
wife, Elizabeth Skydell Davis, celebrated the
birth of their first child, Erin Rebecca Davis,
on March 1, 2006. He is an implementation
manager for Source Medical Solutions. They
live in Chicago. Alan
Levine (BSHSE '90,
MBA '93, MHS
'93) is the district
of North Broward
Hospital. He lives in
Tallahassee. David Davis
Uslan (BS '90,
MACC '91) has been elected a shareholder
at Perkins and Co. He lives in Tualatin,
Ore. William Good
(MED '91) recently
published the "The
volumes three and
four in his "By the
Light of the Lighter
Pine" series of Florida
Uslan Cracker stories. A
singer, storyteller and poet, he is a former
biology teacher and Lake
He lives in Yalaha.
Ann Miracle (MS '93)
co-authored an article
on using cutting-edge
to significantly change how regulators
evaluate contaminants, which was featured
on the cover of Environmental Science and
Technology. She lives in Richland, Wash. Beth
Montgomery (BFAGR '94) is the senior art
director at PUSH. She lives in Winter Springs.
Kevin Allen (BSJ '96) is the GIS manager
at Design Consultants Group in Sussex
County, Del. He lives in Rehoboth Beach,
Del. Linette Matheny (BSEN '96) is manager
in LandDesign's Charlotte, N.C., office. She
lives in Charlotte, N.C. Ignacio Garcia-
'97) and his wife,
the birth of their son,
Andres Ignacio Garcia-
Menocal, on Oct. 20.
He is the controller
for Shula's Steakhouse Matheny
LLP, and she is vice
president of finance at Terra Group. They live
in Miami Alan Gurtmann (BSBA'97) is the
vice president, product
management and sales
for Del Monte Fresh
Produce. He lives in
Coral Gables. Jennifer
Basa (BSTEL '98,
MESS '99), a former
won her second
Emmy award. She repeatedd her win from last
year as a producer for "The Amazing Race
She lives in Marina del Rey, Calif. Melissa
(BSBA'98, MBA'05) and Dave McClintock
celebrated the birth of their daughter, Katelyn
Zoe McClintock, on Aug. 21. They live in
Lynn (BS '00 and
MAMC '01) opened
The Trendle Group,
a company that
provides hotel site
selection services for
corporate meetings and events. She lives in St.
Augustine. Jeremy Sibiski (MBA '01, MHA
'02) is the director of Radiation Oncology at
Memorial Health University Medical Center
in Savannah, Ga. He
lives in Bluffton, S.C.
'01) is one of the Top
Under 30 by Inc.
magazine. He lives in
Brandon Crossland (BA '02) recently joined
the Orlando office ofRumberger, Kirk &
Caldwell as an associate practicing in the areas
of commercial and construction litigation.
He lives in Valrico. M. Duggan Cooley III
(BA '03, BS '03) is the new chief executive
officer for Religious
in Clearwater. He is
the youngest CEO
in the organization's
history. He lives in
Swaney (BSCE '05)
is a project engineer Crossland
for Miller Legg. He
lives in Palm Beach Gardens.
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Alda Ayers (BAE '49) died Aug. 8 at age 95.
She was a retired schoolteacher. She lived in
Brooksville. Robert Thomas Bass (BS '55)
died Aug. 30 at age 72. He practiced general
and vascular surgery at Mount Sinai Medical
Center for 28 years until his retirement in
1996. He lived in Miami Beach. Robert Otto
Bauer (BAE '52) died Sept. 1 at age 83. A
veteran of World War II, he founded Maribau
Construction with his sister and was a former
St. Cloud City Council member. He lived in
St. Cloud. Welsh McNair Bostick III died
Aug. 28 at age 34 in a bicycle accident. He
was working towards his doctorate with the
Department of Agriculture and Biological
Engineering at UE He was mayor in graduate
housing at University Village South. He lived
in Gainesville. Aaron Ted Burkett (BSP '56)
died Aug. 30 at age 75. A longtime
pharmacist, he owned Burkett's Restaurant
and Burkett's Drug Store. He lived in
Crestview. Jack Burklew Sr. (BSBA '51) died
Aug. 25 at age 78. A Korean War veteran, he
worked in real estate and was a former
president of the Brevard County Gator
Club. He lived in Sebastian. Victor Carlisle
(BSA '47, MSA '53) died Sept. 29 at age 83.
He was a UF professor emeritus of Soil and
Water Sciences. He lived in Gainesville.
William Clay Choate (BCHE '57, BSEE
'61, PhD '66) died Aug. 12 at age 71. He was
a research engineer at Texas Instruments. He
lived in Dallas. Joseph Parker Cresse (BSBA
'50) died Aug. 29 at age 77. During his 30
years working for the state government,
Cresse held many positions, including the
state of Florida's budget director under Gov.
Reubin Askew. In 1981, he received UF's
Distinguished Alumni Av.ard He lived in
Tallahassee. Julian Trueheart Darlington
(PhD '53) died Sept. 10 at age 88. He was a
World War II veteran and a biology teacher
at several colleges. He lived in Memphis,
Tenn. James Davidson died Sept. 26 at age
72. He joined the LIF faculty in 1974 as a
professor, becoming vice president of
Agriculture and Natural Resources and
heading up UF's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences. He lived in Gainerville
John Dunn Delzell tBSA '86) died Sept. 15
at age 42. He was regional director of
operations with CompUSA. He lived in
Taunton, Mass. Brian Donerly (MAJC'74,
JD '76) died Aug. 15 at age 60. He was a
criminal defense attorney. He lived in Tampa.
William Martin Elfenbein (BAE '68, MEd
'69) died Sept. 16 at age 60. He was a
photographer. He lived in Miami. Thomas
Hales Eubanks (MA '85, PhD '92) died
Aug. 23 at age 57. He was Louisiana's state
archaeologist and an instructor at Louisiana
State University. He lived in Baton Rouge,
La. Naturalist and conservationist Stephen
Fickett Jr. (BSF '50) of Brooksville died
Sept. 7 at age 84. A World War II veteran, he
was the director of the Florida chapter of the
Nature Conservancy and served for 33 years
with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish
Commission. He helped found the
Chinsegut Nature Center, the Hernando
Audubon Society and the Hernando County
Christmas Bird Count. Hernando County's
Fickett Hammock Preserve is named in his
honor. Arthur Bain Gleason Jr. (BA '57)
died Aug. 12 at age 70. He was a member of
two SEC championship golf teams and
president of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at UE
He retired as president of Henry Brick Co. in
2005. He lived in Selma, Ala. William
Grant (BA '56) died Sept. 15 at age 71. He
was a retired schoolteacher. He lived in
Marianna. Joseph Hale (BSA'49) died Sept.
20 at age 82. A veteran of World War II, he
was a citrus grower and a member of the
Alpha Tau Omega frarernirt. He lived in
Jacksonville. Kermit Hall died Aug. 13 at
age 61. He was a history professor at UF,
1981-92, and president of the State
Universiri of New York at Albany. He lived
in Albany. H.Walton Hand (BSBA '61)
died Aug. 13 at age 67. He was a real estate
appraiser and president of Hand Realty
Services. He lived in Tampa. Diane Mitchell
Camps Harden-Jones iBSNMD'79) died
Dec. 16, 2005, at age 51. A physician's
assistant at Miami Children's Hospital, she
was thought to be one of the first black
women to become a physicians assistant in
Florida. She lived in Miami. William
Hawkins Jr. (BSBA '621 died Aug. 25 at age
71. He was a CPA. He lied in Jupiter.
Frank Stephen Hill (BSF '48) died Sept. 5
at age 83. He was a consulting forester and
recipient of the Governor's Forest Con-
servation Award. He i% ed in Jacksonville
Steven Hubbard i.BSA '77, MS '"9) died
Sept. 20 at age 52. He was owner and
president of Hubbard Development Co. and
Cornerstone Real Estate Services He lived in
Palm Coast. Wilmot Green Johnston (MEd
'52) died July II at age 86 She was a
schoolteacher. She lied in Riverside. She
was preceded in death b\ her sister. Lois
Boineau Green ('53), who was also a
schoolteacher. Esther Brown Jones died
Aug. 29 at age 79. She served as head of
public services at the UF Health Service
Center Library until her retirement in 1993.
She lived in Gainesville. Larry Levitan
(BSBA'63) died Aug. 24 at age 65. He was a
retired management consultant and former
chairman of the Internal Revenue Service
Oversight Board. He lived in Potomac. Md.
Michael Lotzkar (BS '74. DMD '"9, died
Sept. 4 at age 54. He practiced general
dentistry for 22 sears in Tampa. He lived in
Tampa. Amy Worth Mandel (MN '841 died
Aug. 16 at age 52. She was a researcher at the
University of Miami's Jackson Memorial
Hospital. She lived in Miami. Barbara
Jeanne Marsh died Aug. 10 at age 68. She
was a senior secretary for the UF Sports and
Exercise Sciences Department. She lied in
Alachua. Daniel Peyton McClure (BSBA
'491 died Sept. 23 at age 80. He was
president and chief operating officer of \\est
Coast Tomato Inc. He lied in Bradenton.
Vincent McGuire (EdD '51) died Sept. 3 at
age 83. A World War II veteran, he .was a
professor emeritus of English education at
UF, beginning his tenure sitrh the school in
1958. He was a well-known proponent of
accountability for the state's schools. He lived
in Gainesville. Dale Miller Jr. ('38) died Sept.
6 at age 90. He was a former Miami Shores
mayor and longtime owner of the Hollywood
Ford dealership. He lived in Delray Beach.
Howard Nile Miller died Aug 15 at age
93 He worked for the UF Departnent ot
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Plant Pathology, 1948-79. Donald Mills
(ME '60) died Aug. 8 at age 69. He was
president of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood
Consulting Engineers. He lived in
Montgomery, Ala. Justo "Bill" Noriega Jr.
(BSP '54) died Aug. 22 at age 75. He was a
longtime pharmacist and owner of Bill's
Prescription Center. He lived in Brandon.
Lindsay Garrett Patience ('60) died Aug. 30
at age 68. He was vicar of Trinity Episcopal
Church in Melrose. He lived in Melrose.
George Penty (BA '51) died Aug. 5 at age 77.
He was a political writer and editor, working
with Newsweek in the 1950s and co-authoring
"Kennedy in Power," the first revisionist
history of the Kennedy administration. He
lived in New York City. Robert Boris
Primack died Aug. 12 at age 84. He taught
Social Foundations of Education at UF for
more than 30 years, and was named a UF
President's Scholar in 1978. He lived in
Gainesville. Paul Ricker Jr. (EdD '68) died
Aug. 5 at age 78. He was an educator and
school administrator. He lived in York, Pa.
Peter Ross (BA '60) died Sept. 5 at age 69.
He was president of Ross Realty and
Appraisal. He lived in Boca Raton. Debra
Roth (BA '78) died Sept. 4 at age 49. She was
an entertainment lawyer who most recently
worked with NBC Universal. She lived in Los
Angeles. David Salmon Jr. (MD '61) died
Sept. 3 at age 74. He was an obstetrician/
gynecologist who was affiliated with Suncoast
Medical Clinic for 35 years. He lived in St.
Petersburg. George "Rocky" Shearouse III
('51) died Sept. 5 at age 79. He worked in real
estate. He lived in Orlando. Carmen Louise
Smith (BA '70) died Sept. 8 at age 57. She
was a lawyer and an active hiker and climber.
She lived in Seattle. Lutricia Sowell (MRC
'75) died Aug. 26 at age 59. She had worked
as a supervisor at the Juvenile Detention
Center in Gainesville and a special services
counselor at Valencia Community College.
She lived in Orlando. Ana Carmen Garcia
Stearns (BA '46) died Sept. 9 at age 88. She
was a retired schoolteacher. She lived in West
Palm Beach. Winston Lee Summerlin ('43)
died Aug. 14 at age 84. He was a lifelong
medical practitioner, working as chief of staff
at Shands AGH and as chief health officer
with Baker Correctional Institute. He lived in
Gainesville. Leon Toups (MS '68) died Sept.
5 at age 67. He was former president of
Chromalloy American and later founded the
company that became EarthFirst
Technologies. He lived in Largo. Robert
Umphrey (BSBA '75) died Jan. 1, 2006, at
age 53. He was the racing secretary at Calder
Race Course in Miami. He lived in
Hollywood. Daniel Wagner (BSE '57, MAE
'61) died Aug. 26 at age 75. A Korean War
veteran, he was a retired high school principal.
He lived in Largo. Philip "Phil" Wallbaum
Jr. (BSBA '51) died Aug. 27 at age 79. He was
an Army veteran and was active in his
community, including the St. Petersburg
Bowling Association, Azalea Little League and
several local schools. He lived in St.
Petersburg. Donald Edward Weidhaas died
Aug. 20 at age 78. He worked as an adjunct
professor of entomology at UF He lived in
Gainesville. Jay Whitworth died Sept. 9 at
age 68. He was a professor of pediatrics at the
UF College of Medicine's Jacksonville campus.
He lived in Jacksonville. Everett Williams
(BA '40) died Aug. 4 at age 87. He was a
nationally recognized expert in the vital records
field. He lived in Gainesville. Eugene
Wittkopf died Sept. 18 at age 63. He taught
political science at UF, 1970-87. He lived in
Baton Rouge, La.
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"The cultural plaza is a very positive destination in this
region, with fine arts, performing arts and natural history
all at one location." Rebecca Nagy, director of the Samuel P.
Harn Museum ofArt
In the early 1980s, a handful of friends, faculty and admin-
istrators began raising money for an on-campus art museum,
and in November 1983 the Cofrin family pledged $3 million.
Today, few could imagine UF without the Samuel P. Harn
Museum of Art. It is now one of the finest and largest public
university museums, and has become one of North Florida's
cultural centerpieces. The museum has delivered the world
of art to patrons ranging from schoolchildren to college stu-
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minds, changed perceptions and enriched lives one painting,
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The Harn is part of "the miracle on 34th Street," a cul-
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the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Curtis M.
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Join the local Gator Club in honoring the national championship football coach.
11 Gator Day
Various UF units will showcase their programs with additional events hosted
by the Capital Area Gator Club.
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A whole host of activities are planned, including the Orange and Blue spring football scrimmage,
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21 Rocky Mount Gator Club" Ski Day Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
Bring your family and friends to this 9 a.m.-4 p.m. play date in the snow and on the slopes.
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23 Gator Gathering with Urban Meyer Jacksonville
Join the local Gator Club in honoring the national championship football coach.
23 Grad Bash Gainesville
Join the UF Alumni Association in Emerson Alumni Hall as it honors new alumni.
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24 Gator Gathering with Urban Meyer Tallahassee
Join the local Gator Club in honoring the national championship football coach.
27 Gator Gathering with Urban Meyer West Palm Beach
Join the local Gator Club in honoring the national championship football coach.
27-29 Philly Gator Club' Penn Relays Philadelphia
Club members will host UF's track and field team at this annual event.
4-5 Gator-Seminole Golf Tournament Key West
Golf in paradise with the Key West Gator Club. Proceeds benefit UF scholarships.
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12 Fourth Annual Gator Guayabera Guateque Coral Gables
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18 Gator Gathering with Urban Meyer Orlando
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19 International Gator Day Worldwide
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22-24 17h Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby Key West
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in prizes. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund for local UF-bound students.
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More than 15 years after the most heartbreaking week in UF history,
I am visiting Gainesville. It's been 14 years since I graduated
from the University of Florida, the school that feeds the soul of
this sleepy college town. I've returned only a handful of times,
but just about every corner, street and building comes to life for
me through vivid memories. There's the wooden bench where I
once sat between classes. The tree-canopied walkway to my after-
school campus job. The row of tall brick fraternity houses that
introduced me to partying, co-ed style. The burrito joint where
lunch still costs $3, and the watering hole where on a certain
week night beers still go for a nickel. "Gainesville," a friend who
now lives here tells me, "never changes."
I've come to spend a week with students at the College of
Journalism and Communications, where I earned my degree
in 1992, to tell them about what it's like in what they call "the
real world." They're eager to hear the truth and hungry to get it
from someone other than their professors, from someone outside
their sheltered academic universe. The students are precocious
but admit to me that they live in a bit
of a bubble, a college town shrouded
in youthful bravado and invincibil-
ity masquerading as safety. They're
protected from the harsh world outside I
the campus limits and they know it.
They also know I'm here not only
to offer professional advice, but to .
C r write this article. I've been thinking
about it for years 16 to be exact
ever since a man named Danny
O Harold Rolling unleashed terror on
this town, murdering five students and
stealing from me that bravado, that
invincibility. I happen to be here on
O Oct. 23, the very day Rollings is ex-
|jj ecuted, and am stunned, even shaken
S by the coincidence. I realize that most
of today's students were only toddlers
IL_ in August 1990 when the unthinkable
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recognize Rolling's name when they arrived here. So I tell them
two things. First: you may not have been around to experience
such an unspeakable moment, but you mustn't forget that it
did, in fact, happen. And second: that all these years later, it still
hurts to remember.
I was beginning my junior year and had just driven up
from my hometown of Miami a couple of days before the fall
1990 semester was scheduled to start. The summer newspaper
internship that I'd just completed had me writing reports about,
among other things, police departments, a few robberies, bur-
glaries, a murder. I say this because I want to be clear that I was
not, and still am not, a small-town girl naive to urban dangers,
unaware of the violence common in many cities.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11:30 p.m., the eve of the first day
of classes, my parents phoned my apartment, a three-bedroom,
he Alliance of Guardian Angels, a worldwide volunteer safety patrol
sisted Gainesville's community during Daniel Rolling's killing spree, were
ames of Rolling's victims on the 34th Street wall.
By Betty Cortina (BSJ '92)
an alumnus returns to remember.
two-story townhouse I shared with two other girls.
They called to warn us to be careful; they'd heard
something on the news about two female University
of Florida freshmen having been found dead in their
apartment. I wrote it off as parental paranoia, con-
vinced such things simply didn't happen in Gainesville.
After all, this was a charming small town that just
days earlier had been ranked by Money magazine as
America's 13th best place to live. That night we slept
with our front door unlocked.
By morning, as the world now knows, everything changed.
What my parents had called to warn us about was true. Actu-
ally, it was worse. A third victim had been found, and the police
were saying that yes, the killer was the same. Officials tried to be
discrete with details, but they quickly spread anyway.
By mid morning, everyone knew the crime scenes were grue-
some and vicious. The victims had been tortured and mutilated,
and their bodies were deliberately arranged in the apartments
so as to shock whoever discovered them. One of the girls was
decapitated, her head placed on a bookshelf in one room, the
rest of her sliced open with a knife in the next.
I struggle with the idea that I am repeating such cruel
details. I wonder if perhaps I shouldn't, if it is insensitive to the
victims' memories, to their grieving families and to the rest of
us who mourn the innocence we lost that week. But, the fact is
these were exactly the things most of us just 18 to 20 years
old at the time were hearing. They were the images occupy-
ing our minds.
Initially we panicked because of the randomness of the
crimes. There seemed to be no connection between the first two
victims, roommates Sonja Larson and Christina Powell, and the
third, Christa Hoyt, a student at the nearby community college
who lived alone. It meant any one of us could be next. Then we
panicked because it wasn't clear how the killer was getting to
his victims. There was talk that the crime scenes had no signs
of forcible entry: we translated that
to mean the killer was someone you
might unwittingly allow into your
home. Was he a cop? Was he a pizza
delivery guy? Was he a friend?
That night my roommates and I
gathered in our living room and talk-
ed about asking a male friend to stay
with us for protection. We agreed it
would have to be someone we trusted
implicitly, someone in whose hands
we'd be willing to put our lives. We
all had active social lives, lots of friends, but between the three of
us we could come up with only one name. We decided we were
safer on our own.
That night the rumors were out of control. The phone rang
time and again with friends calling to report the latest. More
bodies had been found at the bottom of a campus lake! The
killer was a surgeon at the university's hospital! Dozens more
victims had been hidden at the city's morgue! Admittedly, the
rumors weren't rational, but then nothing about this was. We
finally went to bed, the three of us on the first floor, sharing a
pull out couch instead of the comfortable beds in our rooms, a
two-by-four at arms reach.
There was something odd about waking up the next morn-
ing. I looked around my living room and, familiar as it was, I
felt like a stranger in it. It was creepy. I felt vulnerable and small.
The fearlessness that had allowed me to move to Gainesville on
my own two years earlier, to be the first in my Cuban immigrant
family to go away to school, had seeped away. I was afraid.
By the time I made it to my first class at 10 a.m., there were,
not surprisingly, more rumors. As I stood outside a classroom
waiting to enter, a fellow student walked up. "Did you hear?"
he asked. "They found two more bodies in Gatorwood." That
was less than a block from where I lived, and so I decided, quite
simply, not to believe him.
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My after-school, part-time job was at the university's press
office, which was overwhelmed by calls from the media want-
ing to know more about the killer terrorizing our quaint town.
It was a sensational story that media around the world picked
up. More than 20 satellite trucks and 200 journalists descended
upon us. "Good Morning America" came. Barbara Walters
called. So did Oprah. It was a whirlwind, and the office where I
worked was at the center.
It was also where rumors were either dispelled or confirmed.
After my class, I walked to the office, certain my bosses would
tell me there was no such thing as more victims. I entered,
dropped my book bag on my desk and went up to one of them.
I looked into his eyes and before I could say a word, he nodded
yes. It was true. This time it was a woman, Tracy Paules, and a
man, Manuel Taboada. We had a serial killer on our hands.
My boss handed me a sheet of paper. He asked me to write
down my class schedule. No, not just the schedule every-
thing: exactly where my classrooms were, who my professors
were, my home number, my family's numbers, my roommates
names and numbers. He said it all with palpable urgency. My
eyes welled, my hand trembled and I reached for a pen.
Later that afternoon I left work and drove to my apart-
ment, just past the last of the crime scenes. Both my building
and that of Tracy and Manuel faced Archer Road, the busiest
O thoroughfare in town. As I waited at a red light to make a left
turn, I took in a scene that remains etched in my mind: yellow
-_ police tape surrounding the Gatorwood Apartments, too many
Police cars to count, a coroner's van, satellite trucks side-by-side
( in a long row, and a van with a hand-painted sign, "Guard-
Li ian Angels." It was at that moment, at that red light, that the
insanity hit me: brutal, sick murders ... of students ... just ...
S like ... me.
LL When I walked into my apartment, my roommates were
LLJ already packing. "We're leaving," one of them said. "So are
Ci you." One lived in St. Augustine, the other in Tampa. "You
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can decide which one of us you want to come with, but you're
not staying here. And it's too late for you to drive all the way to
Miami. So pick." Just like that, I became one of the thousands
of students who fled Gainesville.for their lives.
I chose St. Augustine. We stayed a week and spent every day
glued to the television, devouring newspapers, searching for an-
swers, anything that could help us explain what we were going
through. I now believe it was during that week that I became
an adult. A real one, who understood how vulnerable life could
be. Still, along with most other students, my roommate and I
returned to UF, determined prevent the serial killer who had
already stolen five lives steal ours as well.
I am still in touch with two male friends, Joe and Lawrence,
who were in Gainesville when all of this went down. They lived
in the same fraternity house across from campus with some
40 other guys. By any measure they were smart, sophisticated,
reasonable guys, both of whom are now successful lawyers.
Now, when I ask them, separately, what they remember, they
mention the very same things. The fear, the disbelief. How doz-
ens of frightened girls came to the house to sleep there, packed
into the living room. How many of the brothers went out to
buy guns at local shops, even though they'd never so much as
held one. How many of their friends left and never returned.
"It was like a circus," Lawrence tells me. "Hard to believe it was
And with the news of a male victim a 200-pound former
football player, no less the men on campus felt as vulnerable
as the women. "When we realized that," Joe says, "it became
full-blown panic. No one was safe."
When I talk to them about this, there are pauses in our
conversation. We don't mention it, but I sense that we struggle
to find words capable of capturing what we really felt back then.
The phrases we choose don't seem to be enough. We are three
otherwise articulate adults who instead rely on cliches it was
mayhem, it was horrifying, it was a nightmare because sum-
ming up what was actually going through our hearts and minds
proves too difficult.
There are some students today who do understand what
happened here 16 years ago. The editors of the school's news-
paper, The Independent Florida Alligator, devoted an extraordi-
nary amount of time and space to covering not only Rolling's
execution last October, but retracing all that had happened
and telling the stories of the people who were here back then.
I am visiting their off-campus office, which amazingly still has
the same darkwood paneling and furniture it had when I was
student. The editor, Stephanie Garry, a 21-year-old journalism
senior, walks me into her office. It's cramped with two couches,
a dartboard, more wood paneling and a cheap fan in the corner.
"Students here now didn't know about this because we weren't
part of the community back then," she says. "But we are now.
And to really understand what was happening with the execu-
tion, we needed to know the whole story."
On the wall opposite Stephanie's desk looms a framed copy
of the extra supplement the Alligator published and handed out
on campus the day the first murders were discovered. For a mo-
ment, I remember being handed one as I crossed the street on
my way to class. Nearby, on the floor, is a white cardboard box
whose top is scrawled with an urgent, cryptic message: "Roll-
ing. If you don't know who this is, don't throw away." It was left
there by editors long gone, who realized how short memories
could be in a college town.
Inside are documents from 14 years ago, the last time a
Rolling story appeared in the Alligator. That was when he
confessed, and when he was sentenced to death. The contents
aren't easy to read: murder-scene details too gruesome to have
ever made it into the press, letters Rolling himself once wrote
to a former editor who covered his trial. Garry, who by now has
called in the four other members of her team responsible for the
coverage, sits on the couch. Between us is the box, a haunting
connection between her generation of students and mine. They
tell me learning about what happened changed them in ways
idealistic journalism students never thought possible.
For one, they all came into it as death penalty opponents
- and now, well, not so much. "Why should Danny Rolling
get to breathe and live and have a memory?" says Ashton Grosz,
the 20-year-old journalism junior who is the paper's manag-
ing editor. "Once you realize the whole truth, there's no way
to think he should." Since they've seen more of the truth than
even many of us who were here they've gone through that
box with a fine-toothed comb they've changed in other ways,
too. "When we go home at night now," says Jessica Riffel, the
paper's 20-year-old metro editor, "we carefully lock our doors."
Remembering after all these years still hurts, and I've been
thinking about it a lot lately. Every time a community is caught
off guard by violence, like the Amish town devastated by a
gunman who broke into a schoolhouse last year, I feel it in my
gut. I think about how nowhere not Gainesville, not Amish
country, not New York City where I now live is free from
risk. I think about how we are all so very, very fragile.
Maybe it was coincidence or serendipity that brought
me here on the actual day of Rolling's execution. If nothing else,
it was unexpected: I work as the editorial director of Latina, a
national magazine for Hispanic women, and couldn't be further
from this story. Yet, in the back of my mind, I'd always told
myself I wanted to return for the day justice was dolled out. I
had hoped it would bring closure to this ugly chapter of my
life that robbed me of my precious sense of security in the.
world. Since I left Gainesville, I've lived all over the
country but never again have been able to inhabit
a first floor apartment. Before bed every night, I
still check the windows. It's not paranoia, just
reality. What happened here is a part of me,
and there's no changing that.
While I am here, I track down a university
professor named Tony Oliver-Smith, whose
research focuses on communities overcoming
tragedies, and who himself lived in Gainesville
during the murders. I suggest to him that writing this
article is my way of finding closure. But he says perhaps
that's not really what I should be looking for. Closure, he
explains, means ending this story completely, maybe even
forgetting. "But remembering," he continues, "allows you to
render all that was lost here as meaningful. You make certain
that it doesn't lose significance. That's why you hold onto it."
As a student, I published an essay in this very same alumni
magazine on the second anniversary of the slaying. It was a
personal account, not unlike this one, of how it felt to have
survived that time. I had forgotten some of the
details, and am surprised as I read them again.
I'm taken aback by the words
I chose to end that story,
"Although two years have
gone by, remembering still
hurts." It's hard to believe
that after all this time, that,
too, is something that
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