Welcome to the new
We had a busy,
and all signs point
to a fruitful year
Within the past
couple of months
we announced a
$26 million grant
from the National
Institutes of Health
and a new $13 J. Bernard Machen
million initiative to
open a second biotechnology incu-
bator. We broke ground on a major
new office building on our Eastside
Campus. And our astronomers helped
inaugurate the world's largest telescope,
located in the Canary Islands.
Workers will complete the Biomedi-
cal Sciences Building, the Pathogens
Research Facility and the Shands Can-
cer Hospital at UF within the next few
months. Our latest incoming class is
the most accomplished ever, with stu-
dents arriving with an average GPA of
4.24 and 29.6 on the ACT. The John
D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foun-
dation not long ago awarded UF nearly
$1 million for a new master's program,
one of several recent indicators we
remain highly regarded nationally.
There is no denying the difficulties
we have faced as a result of three years of
budget cuts. But UF scholars, scientists,
staff and students have continued to
excel, even amid what was probably the
university's most difficult era in decades.
Some economic indicators suggest
the economy is stabilizing. If UF can
achieve such notable gains in tough
times, we will surely make even longer
strides in better ones.
Have a terrific fall, and Go Gators!
J. Bernard Machen, President
Kratzer is 'officer and a
Dave Kratzer, as-
sociate vice president
of Student Affairs and
a retired Army Reserve
major general, has
been appointed as a
U.S. Army Reserve
responsibilities include Dave Kratzer
attending a variety of
regional military events and ceremonies,
as well as assisting returning soldiers in
adjusting to civilian life.
Kratzer's own overseas military experi-
ence makes him well-qualified for the
ambassador position. After Sept. 11, 2001,
he was deployed to Afghanistan for six
months, and then later deployed to Iraq
and Kuwait for a year.
"The University of Florida has been
wonderful in their support of me," Kratzer
said. "I left twice and came back, and my
job was still here."
Kratzer now helps returning Flor-
ida reservists who may face financial
troubles, job loss, post-traumatic stress
or family issues. At UF, Kratzer works
closely with the UF Veteran's Affairs Of-
fice and he interacts with more than 440
student veterans through coordination
with the Collegiate Veterans Society.
By Sara Gaylord
4j To read more of this story, visit
This image by photographer David Taylor shows the scarring caused by a heavy backpack used to
cross the desert. Taylor will speak at UF on Sept. 16 about his photo/video project.
Book, photography capture
"Five men stumbled out of the mountain pass so sunstruck they didn't
know their own names...They were drunk from having their brains baked in
the pan, they were seeing God and devils, and they were dizzy from drinking
their own urine, the poisons clogging their systems."
These are the words of author Luis Alberto Urrea in "The Devil's Highway."
The book is based on the true story of 26 men who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mex-
ico border into Arizona through the dangerous desert region known as the Devil's Highway. While a
dozen men manage to survive, 14 others pay the ultimate price, succumbing to the unforgiving desert.
"The Devil's Highway" is this year's Common Reading Program selection.
To help kick off the program, Urrea joined President Bernie Machen in addressing the freshman
class at the university's first New Student Convocation on Aug. 21 at the O'Connell Center. Small-
group discussions, led by faculty, followed the convocation.
Upcoming campus events include a presentation by photographer David Taylor at 7 p.m. on Sept.
16 at the Harn Museum of Art. Taylor's lecture, "Working the Line: Photographs of the U.S.-Mexico
Border," will discuss his photographic and video work that takes place on the border.
"The opportunity to share my work with the University of Florida community is very fortuitous
as Luis Urrea is writing an essay for a forthcoming book of my photographs," Taylor said.
"As Luis so profoundly illustrates in 'Devil's Highway,' the space that separates our romantic vi-
sion of the desert southwest and the experience crossing that same territory as a migrant is complex
and fraught," Taylor said.
By Susan Stewart and Sara Gaylord
- To read more of this story, visit www.insideuf.ufl.edu
Note This I
Cicerones receive awards
The University of Florida recently received two
national awards. The Student Alumni Association
(SAA) received "Most Outstanding SAA" by the
Council for Advancement and Support of Educa-
tion (CASE)/Affiliated Student Advancement
Programs (ASAP), and
the Florida Cicero-
nes were awarded
Di "Most Outstand-
UF's SAA is the
club in the country.
and out UF, Shands
Patients, visitors and employees at
the University of Florida Health Science
Center (HSC) campus and Shands
HealthCare facilities throughout North
Central Florida are going "Tobacco-Free
Together," officials recently announced.
As of Nov. 1, the use of cigarettes
and other tobacco products in any of the
HSC, Shands or UF Physicians buildings
and parking lots, or in vehicles in these
areas, will not be permitted.
UF plans to implement the policy on
its main campus in July 2010.
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Produced by the University
for faculty, staff and students
Editor- Susan Stewart
Fall fee-payment deadline
Labor Day holiday (no classes)
Fall S-U grade option deadline
Amazing Butterflies, Florida Mu-
seum of Natural History, everyday
through Sept. 7, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Docent-Led Tours, Harn Museum
of Art, every Saturday and Sun-
day, 2 p.m.
Weekend Tours, Harn Museum of
Art, every Saturday, 11 a.m.
This is a sampling of events from
the electronic UF calendar. For
more event details, or to submit an
event to the calendar, click
"UF Calendar" at
- -4 V t stoie a more a w i siefuld. F S S -llow us on Twit