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DCP Awards Ceremony
d The DCP Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at
3 p.m. on April 13, in the atrium of the Architecture
Building. Please join us for the 27th holding of this
special event. It is an excellent opportunity to visit with
our donors and other special guests and to extend well-
deserved congratulations to those who have achieved
distinction through scholastic achievement, service or
DCP Spring 2005 Commencement
d This year's college commencement will be held at
9 a.m. April 29, at the Phillips Center for Performing
Arts. Once again, ARC professor and bagpiper John Maze
will lead the processional, which will include faculty
this year. For more information, please visit the college
commencement Web site at: www.dcp.ufl.edu/grad.php.
DCP Appoints First Diversity Specialist
d BCN professor Walter Dukes was appointed as
Diversity Specialist for the college. DCP is UF's first
college to create this position. His duties will include
assisting in the recruitment and retention of faculty and
students, and he will work to strengthen the diversity
within the college and the university.
2005 Witters Competition
d The 2005 Witters competition begins Friday, March
18, with a new round of springtime competition. This
year, the DCP interdisciplinary challenge will tackle
the redesign of the Andrew Mickle Pool complex at the
T.B. McPherson Center in Southeast Gainesville. As of
March 11, eight teams had thrown their hats into the
ring to participate in the always intense and sometimes
exhausting competition, which in the past has kept
students working as long as 24 hours straight to wow
judges with superior designs.
Activities begin at noon on March 18, in ARC 231 with
a brownbag lunch with Jim Adamson of Jersey Devil.
Expectations of redesign plans will be exchanged at the
McPherson Center at 5 p.m., and the students will be sent
off to begin the race. Final project presentations will be
given at 5 p.m. Saturday March 19, at the Gallery in the
Architecture Building. With a big cash prize up for grabs,
this 24-hour competition will attract the best and most
talented DCP students and it should not be missed.
Established in 1993, the Witters Competition is endowed
by Col. Arthur G. and Beverley A. Witters to foster better
understanding among DCP students.
Superior Accomplishment Award
i Academic Advisor Andrew Wehle received a Division
Three 2004-2005 Superior Accomplishment Award
for dedication to the university and his work above and
beyond his duties. Andrew was recognized Feb. 2, at an
award ceremony and received a $200 award from the
UF-DESIGNED EAGLE AVIARY ALLOWS AMERICAN INDIANS TO CONTINUE HERITAGE
For centuries, the Zuni Pueblo Indian tribe of New Mexico has
been caring for eagles and collecting their feathers for use in
tribal ceremonies. An aviary designed by a University of Florida
professor ensures that tradition will continue for generations to
"This is a tribe that is very linked to their heritage and to their
lands," said Donna L. Cohen, who has taught at the University
of New Mexico and has been teaching in UF's School of
Architecture since 1999. "This aviary will really become part of
the landscape in New Mexico due to its cultural significance."
Although the aviary, known as the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary, is the
first of its kind in American Indian communities, the practice of
caring for injured golden and bald eagles is intertwined with the
history of the people, Cohen said.
Until the 1940s, it was common for each Zuni family to have
its own eagle to care for outside their homes. But as eagle
populations in the United States declined during the first half of
the 20th century, the federal government curtailed unsupervised
"The only way to get feathers then was to apply for them through
a service in Colorado that was a repository for dead eagles," said
Steven Albert, the former director of the Zuni Fish and Wildlife
Department in Zuni, N.M. "This led to a drastic cutoff in the
supply of feathers."
The Fish and Wildlife Department began working with the
Zunis in the late 1990s to develop a way to easily collect feathers
without having to apply for them.
"One option we came up with was to construct a facility for
nonreleasable eagles," Albert said. "This would be a place to
care for eagles with broken wings or that have been (injured by
electric shock) or that are just too old to survive in the wild."
Albert said that while zoos would be ideal places to care
for injured birds, the zoos prefer to keep birds that are not
disfigured. Enter the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary.
Although the birds in the Zuni aviary cannot be released, they
are allowed to breed, parenting offspring that can be returned to
"The Zuni aviary keeps the eagles that are not capable of living
on their own, and as they molt, the workers are allowed to collect
their feathers for the tribal ceremonies," he said.
Staff members collect the fallen feathers from these birds during
their annual molt. The feathers are then shared among the
religious leaders of the Zuni community for sacred ceremonial
uses. In addition to continuing cultural traditions that have been
in place for centuries, the aviary functions as a place to house
and care for birds that otherwise would be euthanized.
Over the five years since its completion, the Sanctuary has
grown to house 17 injured birds, and further expansion is being
considered. The aviary currently is loo feet long, 25 feet wide
and 18 feet tall.
One important aspect of the project that Cohen stressed during
the design phase was that the building be aesthetically appealing.
Cohen and her husband, architect Claude Armstrong, who was
her partner on the project, designed the aviary to be in harmony
with its surroundings in northwestern New Mexico.
"The drawings we started with were all relatively simple because
of the simplicity of the structure," Cohen said. "We wanted it to
reflect the natural area around it, and we made the decision that
the materials would come as relatively local as possible."
A reddish stone native to the area called Zuni sandstone was
incorporated into the walls of the aviary, and lumber for the
project was milled from local pine trees at the Zuni Community
"The Zuni have a really beautiful way of building with the
sandstone where they sort of lay it up so that the stone forms the
walls of structures," Cohen said. "It is a traditional practice that
many of the Zuni today aren't very familiar with, so while we
were building the aviary, they started a program for the elders to
teach how to lay up the sandstone."
In addition, the aviary faces the Dowa Yalanne, the sacred Corn
Mountain, a large mesa that dominates its Zuni surroundings.
Cohen said the mesa has cultural significance to the Zuni, and
the aviary was designed so the eagles could view the mesa from
Cohen's work has not only given the Zuni a way to continue their
heritage, it also has earned them international recognition and
respect from other tribes.
"Because of the nature of the project, we were able to get grants
from the federal government's National Endowment for the Arts
for the design fee," Cohen said. "Grants from private sources
funded the materials and labor."
Models of the aviary are traveling the United States as part of
an exhibit for the Premio Internazionale Dedalo Minosse award
for architecture, an Italian award that celebrates the architect/
client relationship. Photos of the aviary are included in the show,
which tours internationally.
"This is not just about the Zuni Pueblo but about other tribes as
well," said Edward Wemytewa, a Zuni Pueblo tribal councilman.
"Our eagle aviary shows other tribes with a heritage of eagle
husbandry that they also have the flexibility of continuing their
traditions as we are planning to do for future generations."
-- Meredith IJ ean Morton
BCN Professor Elected to Teaching Academy
d Congratulations to BCN professor Robert Cox for his
election to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching. Interim
Provost Joseph Glover announced February 21, the six
inaugural members of UF's new Academy of Distinguished
Teaching Scholars. Cox and the five other UF faculty
members were selected for their sustained innovation
and commitment to teaching throughout their careers.
The academy scholars will assist the University Center for
Excellence in Teaching in developing campus-wide strategies
to enhance the pedagogical environment in addition to
electing future scholars.
d URP professor and director of the Center for Building
Better Communities Rhonda Phillips has published a
book called, "Community Indicators Measuring Systems."
Community indicators measuring systems represent
a mechanism to improve monitoring and evaluation
in planning, incorporating citizen involvement and
participation. This book provides a comprehensive review
of how community development indicators evolved and
examines their interplay with planning and development.
ARC Student Named AIAS Regional Director
i ARC sophomore Stuart Thiel was elected AIAS South
Quadrant Director at the national AIAS conference held
recently in New Orleans. He will assume his role on July 21,
as one the four national quadrant directors. He was elected to
the AIAS board of directors at FORUM 2004 in New Orleans.
Thiel will be representing 38 schools with AIAS chapters
including two in Puerto Rico. He is currently the UF AIAS
chapter president for academic year 2004-2005.
UF Community Campaign Recognition
d Thank you to all those who contributed to this year's UF
Community Campaign. UF employees raised $910,304 for
health and human service agencies that support a variety
of local agencies. The contributions benefit our neighbors
and strengthen our communities. Thank you to those who
volunteered their time to serve as unit representatives:
Rebecca Graves, Paul Robinson, Viki Solt, Leon
Wetherington, Meg Portillo, Joyce Hudson, Gary Purdum
ASID 2005 Student Day
d An annual showcase and critique of interior design
students' work comes to DCP April 16. At this event,
sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers,
Florida interior design schools enter their best work to
compete for cash prizes. Judges are licensed interior
designers from around the state of Florida. The all-day event
begins at 8 a.m. April 16.
d Congratulations to the 2004-2005 DCP teaching/
advising award winners. Award recipients were selected by
a review committee of faculty and student representatives.
This recognition is an outstanding honor to each person's
commitment to the art of teaching and advising. This year's
winners are: Kevin Grosskopf UF/DCP Teacher of the
Year; Nancy Sanders DCP Undergraduate Teacher of the
Year; Kristin Larsen DCP Graduate Teacher of the Year;
Raymond Issa DCP Advisor of the Year.
URP Tackles Marine Park Issue
i The URP Community Revitalization Class is tackling a
difficult issue to do a suitability or capacity analysis for
Marineland; St. Augustine's aging marine park with a rich
history. According to Marineland's Web site, the park has
ambitious plans for revitalization after suffering some struc-
tural damage to visitor areas during Florida's last round of
hurricanes. The park wants to pursue a sustainable approach
to development and has asked the URP class to explore the
relationships between environmental, economic and social/
cultural needs to obtain this. The park is also home to UF's
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience which has sched-
uled new construction to begin in March 2005. In the works
is a 17,000 square foot, two-story building which will house
the rapidly growing educational/outreach programs and en-
able the lab to offer courses and workshops for undergradu-
ate, graduate and postgraduate students.
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Lecture Series Calendars
Architecture Spring 2005 Lecture Events
6 p.m. Harn Museum
Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney + Janowski
6 p.m. Harn Museum
Bernard Reichen of Reichen et Robert
6 p.m. Harn Museum
Historic Preservation 2005 Lecture Series Events
6 p.m. Har Museum
Bernard Reichen of Reichen et Robert
6 p.m. University Gallery
Joseph K. Oppermann, FAIA
Hong Kong Design Winners
d ARC professors Nancy Sanders and Robert MacLeod,
along with partner Albertus Wang (BDesign 1990), have
been awarded first prize in a two-stage international design
competition. Their firm, SWiMcau (Sanders Wang MacLeod
international consortium for architecture & urbanism),
teamed with PLT Planning of Hong Kong to receive first
place for the Urban Master Plan for the Central Urban Area
of Sanshui, Foshan, China.
Located in southwest China near Guangzhou, the project
includes the design of a 5.2 square kilometer area for
500,000 projected inhabitants including civic, cultural and
convention centers and public plazas, urban park belt and
related buildings, extensive retail areas, a light rail station,
sports complex, educational buildings and high, mid and low
UF Staff Opinion Survey
d Continuing on the success of last year's UF faculty opinion
survey, President Machen has announced a campus-wide UF
staff opinion survey to be conducted between March 25 and
April 15. Similar to the previous survey, the external survey
group, ISR, will be administering and analyzing the staff
survey. Participation is very important to the university, and
the feedback received will improve the UF experience for
everyone. Results from the survey will be made available for
discussion and priority identification.
Cocoa Environmental Study
d The Center for Building Better Communities just
completed a project for the city of Cocoa, Fla., to assess
current and potential economic development opportunities
for the city. Cocoa, with a population of more than 16,000,
is positioned to experience new economic growth, according
to the report. A goal of the study is to further empower
city leaders, citizens and business owners to continue their
progressive approach to economic development.
Doctorate Research Faculty Appointees
i The Ph.D. program appointed six new doctorate research
faculty members in January Robert Cox, Martin Gold, Ian
Flood, Larry Muszynski, Rhonda Phillips and Ruth Steiner.
Faculty Gallery Display
d Professor Emeritus Maelee Thomson Foster is currently
exhibiting her collagraphs and photographs at the AIA
Gallery, 200 N.Tampa Suite loo (the AIA office) Tampa, Fla.,
through the end of April.
Humanitarian Trip Photos on Display
i Visiting IND lecturer DeLene Beeland's photographs from
a humanitarian trip to Brazil will be on display
April 11-29, in the Reitz Union. "Amazon Basin Highway"
will have photography from a humanitarian-medical trip to
the Amazon Basin in Brazil she participated in last July. The
display will open with a reception at 7 p.m. April 15, in the
Reitz Union gallery.
Student Wins LAE Competition
d LAE student Stephanie Appel won second place out of 40
entries in the first annual Award of Excellence in Landscape
Design Student Competition. The competition, sponsored
by the Daniel Corporation in partnership with the Center for
Regional Planning and Design, introduced the planning of a
Greenspace Master Plan for the community of Ross Bridge.
Participants were challenged with four primary criteria for
developing their master plan, giving special consideration
to the Ross Bridge, which was built in 1864 to transport
supplies to Confederate troops in Selma, Ala. It is thought to
be the last Confederate-financed project before the end of the
war. A formal awards presentation will take place on May 14
at the Ross Bridge Welcome Center in Hoover, Ala.
Bicycle Program to Train Nationally
d The Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program,
housed in URP, hosted a national certification training event
for 18 individuals as part of the National League of American
Bicyclists. Linda Crider and her program assistant, Amanda
Hall, served as two of the four trainers for this national
training. Crider has recently been selected by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration staff as one of 20
instructors designated to become a national trainer for the
"Safe Routes to School" program. She will conduct training
for schools and communities throughout the state and
AIA Golf Tournament
4 The 21st annual AIA Gainesville Scholarship "scramble"
golf tournament will be held at noon on Friday April 29,
at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from
the tournament support scholarships for UF architecture
students. For more information on the event and registration
contact Joe Garcia, golf chairman, at (352)-372-0425.
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