The Gator Nation is
part of The Gator
Nation has been a
big part of life for
my wife and me,
since we moved to
Gainesville in 2006.
Now, as dean of the
Center, I am par-
ticularly proud of David Sammons
the tag line to the
UF slogan, "The Foundation for The
This tag line states that "The Ga-
tor Nation is Everywhere." The UF
International Center is charged with
ensuring that this remains true. From
our significant numbers of international
graduates (residents of more than 100
countries) to the large cohort of inter-
national students (3,917 with homes
in 134 countries, at latest count) to the
number of countries (52) where more
than 2,000 UF students study abroad
annually, we really are everywhere.
Why, you might ask, is The Gator
Nation so internationally committed?
The simple answer is: Because it's the
right thing to do. We live in a world
that is so intimately interconnected
that a great institution cannot func-
tion responsibly without a significant
global commitment and we are a great
Dean, UF International Center
Buildings receive LEED
Five University of Florida buildings and
additions recently received certification
from the United States Green Building
council for being environmentally friendly.
The buildings include the Steinbrenner
Band Hall, the Graham Center for Public
Service at Pugh Hall, the NIMET Nano-
scale Research Facility, the UF Dental
Clinic in Naples and the IFAS Biological &
Agricultural Research Facility in Fort Pierce.
The certification is called LEED, or Leader-
ship in Energy and Environmental Design.
UF currently has 17 certified buildings,
five buildings pending certification and 22
buildings registered to become certified.
For more information visit http://www.
offered I .
In anticipation of the
University of Florida
Together" on July 1,
several programs are being
offered to assist employees
and their family members
in kicking the habit before the
policy takes effect.
For more information on the cessation
courses, visit http://shcc.ufl.edu/occmed/
UF UNIVERSITY of
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Dean of Students Jen Day Shaw (left), doesn't stop being productive during
her lunch break. She often eats with student groups.
Running with the Gators
Do you know who the dean of students is? If you're a student living on campus, she could
be your neighbor.
Jen Day Shaw, the new University of Florida dean of students, is so dedicated to her job
that she rarely leaves work. She exercises, dines and relaxes in an atmosphere surrounded
To get familiar with things fast, she decided to live on campus. According to Shaw, this
allows her to participate in more student events.
"It (living on campus) puts you right in the heart of things and makes it so much easier,"
Although she has worked as the dean of students at other universities, including Univer-
sity of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of South Florida, this is her first time
working with such a large student body, she said.
The convenience and accessibility of living on campus helps when managing a university
crisis until 2 a.m., she said. "It's something different every day," she said, which is one of the
reasons she enjoys her job.
Even after working into the early-morning hours, she still manages to have energy to run
with ROTC students before dawn. Coming from a military family, Shaw has a great respect
for the group and uses the morning activity as another opportunity to familiarize herself with
Impressed by the high involvement of UF students, Shaw finds attending student-group
meetings to be "uplifting," she said.
For this reason, she often eats lunch with students at daily events offering food. But, as
if dining, socializing and living in a student atmosphere weren't enough, Shaw also will be
teaching two student courses: First-Year Florida and a graduate course.
Shaw loves to teach, but her true calling lies in another aspect of her job.
"It is most fulfilling to help students in distress," she said. "I love that the best."
By Kristie Andres
"The CSI Effect in Jury Trials," speaker Carol Henderson, 7:30 p.m.,
Ustler Hall Atrium.
School of Music Organ Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., Univer-
Spring drop or withdraw deadline.
School of Music Carillon Recital, 3 p.m., Century Tower.
UF Department of Environmental Horticulture's 2010
Annual Spring Plant Sale, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., UF Plant Sci-
"Exhibition Spotlight Tour," 2 p.m., Harn Museum of Art.
Weekend tours, 11 a.m., every Saturday; docent-led tours, 2 p.m.,
every Saturday, Sunday, Harn Museum of Art.
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 www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
Produced by the
University Relations Office
for faculty, staff and students
Editor Susan Stewart
April 6, 2010
Solar home to compete internationally
The University of Florida Solar Decathlon team's student-
designed solar home will compete internationally this summer in
the Solar Decathlon Europe.
The competition is designed to advance innovation and re-
search in solar, sustainable and industrialized housing.
The UF team of more than 125 students from four colleges
and eight disciplines, will compete in Madrid this June in 10
categories that include solar power, innovation, sustainability
and communication. The team's entry fuses innovation with the
design of the historic
Florida Cracker House
to further the field of
solar energy and inspire
solutions for sustainable
For updates on the
house, visit www.florida