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May 2001

C LAS notes
Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 5

Around theCollege ............................. 2
The Dean's M using .................................. 3
i' Award-Winning
: CLAS Students ............................................ 4
History Graduate Wins
Prestigious Fellowship ..................... ....... 5
The Toughest Job
You'll Ever Love .......................................... 6
Academic Advising
In CLASand UF ............................................. 8
IGrants ........................... ......................... 10
Scholars Program ............................. ...... 11
CLAS Senior Named
College Student of the Year................. 12

Around the College


Mark A. Reid presented "Black
Film Style at the Millennium" at
CrossRoutes: Meanings of "Race"
for the 21st Century, a confer-
ence in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
on March 21-25. James Gentry
and Shane Verge, two UF English
department graduate students, pre-
sented papers at the conference as
well. Reid also gave two invited
lectures in April: "The Represen-
tation of French Caribbeans in
Contemporary French Cinema" for
the Espaces Series Program at the
University of Maryland-Baltimore,
and "Black Film at the Millenni-
um" for the annual Lewis Lecture
at Texas A & M University.

Yohan Guyodo, a PhD candidate
in geology, won an Outstanding
Student Paper award for "Envi-
ronmental and Geomagnetic
Changes Recorded in Sediment
Drift Deposits off Antarctica (ODP

Site 1101)," which he presented at
the American Geophysical Union
Annual Meeting, held in Decem-
ber 2000 in San Francisco, CA.

Gerard Emch visited the depart-
ment of information science at the
Science University of Tokyo on
March 17-31. There, he addressed
the annual meeting of the Frontier
Research Center for Computing
Sciences. He also addressed the
session on Quantum Information
Towards the 21st Century at Ritsu-
meikan University in Kyoto.

Jennifer Woolard was a panelist
at an April 24th US congressional
briefing on violence and children's
emotional and social growth.
Woolard spoke about her research
on developmental issues for chil-
dren in the juvenile justice system.
The briefing, titled "Understanding
Violence from a Developmental

Perspective," was sponsored by
Congressman Bobby Scott from

The psychology department
recently sponsored the Florida
Cognitive Conference, an event to
which faculty and students from
the SUS campuses were invited to
participate in a weekend of formal
and informal research reports,
dialogues, and socializing. This
year's conference was held March
31-April 1 at UE Peter Delaney
served as program chair, Michael
Levy was the conference director,
Ira Fischler was the conference
liaison for UF, and Lise Abrams
served as social chair of the con-
ference, which was the 14th meet-
ing of the conference and the third
at UE

Romance Languages and
Bernadette Cailler organized
and chaired a panel for the 2001

Meeting of the African Literature
Association in Richmond, Virginia
on April 4-8. The session was
titled "The Interlingual, Intersemi-
otic, Interdiscursive Circle" and
dealt with Maghrebi literature and
cinema. Later this month, she will
travel to Portland, Maine to par-
ticipate in the 2001 Meeting of the
International Council for Franco-
phone Studies. The panel she has
organized is a sequel to her 2000
panel on "Tunisia in non-Tunisian
Literatures." Her own paper will
deal with Caribbean poetry.

Geraldine Nichols recently par-
ticipated in a colloquium at Har-
vard University on the subject of
Spanish literary history. Her paper,
"Espacios en blanco: Espana, la
historic literaria y el tercer milen-
io," was one of eighteen read by
specialists from Spain, England,
Latin America and the United

USPS Recognized
A select group of University Sup-
port Personnel System (USPS)
employees in the College of Liber-
al Arts and Sciences were honored
on April 3rd for their commitment
and years of service to the univer-
sity at a reception in the Keene
Faculty Center. Recognition was
accorded to those employees who
have given five, ten, fifteen, twen-
ty, twenty-five, or thirty years of
service to the university. Colburn,
Sullivan, and University Person-
nel Services Director Larry Ellis
each offered words of gratitude
and encouragement. Recognized
employees received a CLAS mug
and pin, and a certificate signed by
the dean. A reception followed the

USPS honorees pictured above with Interim Dean Neil Sullivan and Provost David Colburn.

On the Cover
CLAS dean's office student assistants, clockwise from bottom left: Monica Stephens, Sonya Stephens, Shelley Deaux, and Bo Stanton.

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CLASnotes May 2001

Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI) Director Mark Brenner
(center right), accompanied by geology faculty David Hodell (center left) and Jason
Curtis (right), receives a $25,000 check from Gary Myers (left). Myers, who sits
on the college's development council, graduated from CLAS in 1974 with a BS in
geology. His donation will fund development of a Kullenberg sediment coring sys-
tem and coring platform for the Florida Institute of Paleoenvironmental Research
(FLIPER) at UE Lake sediment cores are important archives of paleoenvironmental
information and are used to study, among other topics, past climate and vegetation,
impacts of human land use, and shifts in lake water quality. The new rig will enable
retrieval of sediment cores from deep lakes and will provide important new field
capabilities at UE

Women's Studies Center Joins National Research Group
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at UF has been invited to
join the prestigious National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). Founded in
1981, NCRW is a working alliance of 92 university-based research centers, national
policy organizations, and educational coalitions. In addition, the council has 3,000
affiliates and links with over 200 international research centers. Members include
institutes at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, as well as policy and
advocacy groups such as the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the National
Council of Negro Women. UF's center is the only member in the state of Florida.

Shewhart Medal
Statistics professor John Cornell has received the
2001 Shewhart Medal, an award given annually by
the American Society for Quality (ASQ), for tech-
nical leadership in the field of modern quality con-
trol. Cornell received the medal during the Annual
Quality Congress on May 7 in Charlotte, North
Carolina. The Shewhart Medal is named after Wal-
ter A. Shewhart, the inventor of the control chart
for monitoring the output of a production process.
Statistics Chair George Casella says, "This award is
one of the highest honors in our profession." Cor-
nell has served the ASQ for more than 20 years as
an editor of the Journal of Quality Technology and
chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on
Statistics in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

The LAS Graduate

of the New Century

Today's liberal arts and sciences (LAS)
graduate enjoys the broad spectrum of
opportunities (and corresponding demands)
of our global economy: an economy that
was never envisaged twenty years ago, at
least by most academics, and the impact
of which is still not well understood today.
With the dynamic and almost instantaneous
connections at all levels of technological
complexity between different nations, our
current students, who are tomorrow's lead-
ers, must be prepared to enter the work
force with a world perspective. They can-
not succeed or even compete without a real
understanding of the cultures, traditions and
needs of societies around the world.

LAS graduates are keenly sought after
by international business leaders, govern-
ment agencies, and foreign developers for
top jobs in all fields in international settings.
This interest in LAS graduates is not just
because of their language skills or knowl-
edge of different cultures. Their broad train-
ing, skills in problem solving, and ability to
clearly articulate issues make them ideal for
management and leadership positions.

What is particularly noticeable today
is that LAS students at UF understand the
potential of these opportunities and, conse-
quently, demand more from their professors
and their university. They are asking for
new experiences in international affairs,
information on ethics and the conduct of
business and science, and an understanding
of socio-economic factors on a global scale.
The future of our students and our ability to
emerge as a true international university will
depend on how well we respond to these
student and cultural needs.

Neil Sullivan

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Award-Winning CLAS Students

2001 Dissertation Fellowship Winners
Every year, CLAS invites students pursuing PhDs to apply for dissertation fellowships for the spring and summer
terms. Awardees receive tuition waivers and $3,150 stipends for one term. The fellowship winners for this year are:

Coffyn-Holmes Dissertation Fellow
Amy Zanne, Zoology

Gerson Dissertation Fellows
Yohan Guyodo, Geological Sciences
Quentin Hudspeth, Physics
Keith Lindley, Romance Languages
and Literatures
Mark D. Cohan, Sociology
Cristina Dockx, Zoology

Gibson Dissertation Fellows
John J. Langdale, History
Toru Matsuzaki, Linguistics
Thomas J. Nisley, Political Science
Brian G. Howland, Psychology
Brian Caffo, Statistics

Massey Dissertation Fellows
Marisa Lopez, Anthropology
William B. Gerard, English

McGinty Dissertation Fellows
Agazi Negash, Anthropology
Elizabeth Holmes, Astronomy
Maria del Carmen Martinez, English

McLaughlin Dissertation Fellows
Vanessa Slinger, Geography
Bernhard Bodmann, Mathematics

Nutter Dissertation Fellows
Terrance M. We;i,..ii .i .
Patrick Brennan, English

O'Neil Dissertation Fellow
Jeremy van Blommestein, Sociology

Russell Dissertation Fellows
Brad Biglow, Anthropology
Juan Posada, Botany
Tianyi Zhang, Chemistry
Yaser Said Al Natour, Communication
Sciences and Disorders

Threadgill Dissertation Fellows
Matthew Smith, History
Jodi Bray, Linguistics
Tanush Shaska, Mathematics
Elizabeth Oldmixon, Political Science
Beth A. Pontari, Psychology
Krzysztof Kulawik, Romance Languages
and Literatures

CLAS Awards Study Abroad Scholarships and
Recognizes International Students
CLAS recently recognized the importance of international study and
exchange. On April 18, in a ceremony organized by UF's Interna-
tional Center (UFIC), CLAS awarded $23,000 in scholarships to 26
undergraduate students who will be studying abroad this summer or
during the upcoming academic year.
On April 25, in the Reitz Union Ballroom, Associate Dean
Carol Murphy presented certificates to five international graduate
and undergraduate students in CLAS who were nominated by their
departments for outstanding academic achievement. The following
students were honored and are working towards their degrees.
Yntiso Deko Gebre, Ethiopia (PhD, Anthropology)
Suhel Quader, India (PhD, Zoology)
Themis Castellanos, Peru (MA, Latin American Studies)
Paloma Rodriguez, Spain (MA, Classics)
Helene Marie Flohic, France (BS, Astronomy)

Visit for more information on the UF Interna-
tional Center and Study Abroad Programs.

Calvin A.VanderWerf Award Recipients
Patricia Campbell (left) and Lara Foley (right)

McQuown Scholarship Winners
The 0. Ruth McQuown Scholarships honors CLAS female scholars in the humanities, social sciences, women's studies and interdisciplinary
majors in these areas. Graduate and undergraduate women are selected based on their academic achievement and promise.

Undergraduate Recipients
of $1,000-$2,000
Christina Cady, English
Victoria Gomez de la Torre, Women's Studies
Sophia Goode, Japanese and Journalism
Julie Maxwell, Psychology

Current Graduate Recipients
of $1,000-$10,000
Natalie Brugman, Communication
Sciences and Disorders
Kristen Conway, Geography
Emilia Gioreva, Political Science
Leslie Houts, Sociology
Alayne Unterberger, Anthropology
Heather Walsh-Hanel ..ii. .1

Incoming Graduate Recipient
of $12,000
Meghan Audette, English

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CLAS Students Receive NSF
Graduate Fellowships
The National Science Foundation recently
announced the 2001-2002 winners of its
graduate fellowship awards. These com-
petitive NSF fellowships offer three years
of funding for advanced study to outstand-
ing graduate students in the mathematical,
physical, biological, engineering, and
behavioral and social sciences fields, and
to research-based PhD degrees in science
Three of the five winners from UF
are CLAS students. Nermeen Aboelella
received her BS in chemistry with high-
est honors in May 2000 and attends the
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Joanna Schulman, also a May 2000 gradu-
ate, earned her BS in botany with highest
honors and is pursuing graduate studies at
the University of Texas at Austin. Hamp
Sessions will receive his BS in chemistry
in May 2001 and will attend Dartmouth
College in the fall.
Several other CLAS students
received honorable mentions from the
National Science Foundation. They are:
*Marshall McCue, BS, Zoology
(August 2001), will attend the Uni-
versity of California at Los Angeles
*Jessica Noggle, BS, Zoology
(December 1999), studying veteri-
nary medicine at UF
*Eric Spellman, BS, Mathematics
(May 2000), studying computer engi-
neering at UF
*Angela Stuesse, BA, Anthropology
(May 1998), attending University of
Texas at Austin

2000-2001 Graduate
Teaching Awards
The following CLAS graduate students
recently received university-wide recogni-
tion for outstanding teaching:
Rupal Amin, Physics
John Chadwick, Geological Sciences
Liliana Dorado, Romance Languages
and Literatures
Gonzalo Estavillo, Botany
Kathy Kanuck, Philosophy
Erika Koch, Psychology
Jason Kozinski, Mathematics
Keith Lindley, Romance Languages
and Literatures
Jason Parker, History
Arianna Reggio, Mathematics

Calvin A. VanderWerf Award
Recipients: (pictured above left)
Patricia Campbell, English
Lara Foley, Sociology and
Women's Studies

History Graduate Wins

Prestigious Fellowship

ormer CLAS student Susan Jean has received a 2001 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
in Humanistic Studies. Jean, a May 2000 history graduate, was one of 85 national win-
ners of the competitive merit awards for first-year doctoral students. She has decided
to attend Columbia University in the fall to pursue her master's degree and PhD in history.
"It was a tough decision, but one of the main reasons I chose Columbia is because living and
going to school in New York City will be an entirely new experience for me," says Jean.

Mellon Fellowships are designed for
exceptionally promising students as they pre-
pare for careers of teaching and scholarship
in humanistic disciplines. The fellowships
provide graduate tuition and required fees for
the first academic year and include a stipend
of $15,000. More than 1,700 fellows have
been named since the competition began in
Jean started off at UF as an advertising
major and was required to take an American
history class. Her professor was Fitz Brund-
age, and his course sparked Jean's interest
in history. "During his class, I learned just
how interesting and useful history can be.
His class is the reason I decided to become a
Brundage also served as Jean's faculty
mentor in the University Scholars Program
(USP). She earned the Best Qualitative
Research Paper award at the 1999-2000
USP Symposium with "When the Very Best
Citizens Were Murderers: The Discourse of
Lynchings in Florida." Her work evaluated
the portrayal of lynchings by white south-

erners through newspapers, and the impact
the coverage has on the understanding of
lynchings today. In addition, this topic served
as her history honors thesis, and Jean was
awarded the prize for the best graduating
history major. She also graduated with high-
est honors and was inducted into Phi Beta
Kappa, an honorary scholastic society.
Brundage says Jean's record in history
at UF is one of the most distinguished in
recent memory. "She has been one of the
most rewarding students-graduate or under-
graduate-that I have worked with. It has
been an uncommon privilege to watch her
career unfold."
Jean applied for the Mellon Fellowship
in December 2000 by submitting letters of
recommendation, a personal statement, tran-
scripts, and a writing sample. She was flown
to Washington, DC in March for an interview
with a panel of judges. Finally, during the
first week in April, Jean saw her name listed
on the Mellon Fellowship web site as one of
the winners. "I was at work when I looked at
the list and saw that I had won. Since I work
r in the electrical engineering depart-
ment, no one down there really
understood what the fellowship is,
so I called my parents and Professor
r Brundage."
Jean is proud of the Mellon Fel-
lowship she has won, and she points
out that many UF students could
apply and win these prestigious
fellowships. "I was the only win-
ner from the state of Florida, while
Harvard alone had 13 winners. The
application process is not that dif-
ficult or lengthy. The only advantage
that some private schools have over
us is that their students are told from
day one about these programs and
how to apply."
Jean hopes to finish her PhD
within six years and would like to
teach history at the university level.
"I would love to come back and
teach in an environment like the
University of Florida. It's a great
S place, and I'll miss it."
For more information about the
SMellon Fellowships and the applica-
tion process, visit org/mellon>.
S-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes May 2001

page 5

"The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love"

he Peace Corps was founded by President John F. Ken-

nedy in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship. He
issued his call to service with the well-known maxim,
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you
can do for your country."Since then, 162,000 Americans
have served as volunteers in 134 countries, including
six current US Congressmen and such well-known
individuals as Donna Shalala (Iran, 1962-64) and Bob
Vila (Panama, 1969-70).

The Peace Corps' stated mission is threefold: to help countries
meet their needs for trained men and women, to promote a better
understanding of Americans in those communities where volunteers
serve, and to boost Americans' understanding of other people and their
cultures. Volunteers are required to make a two-year commitment to
live and work in a host country. In addition, they go through ten weeks
of intensive language and cross-cultural training in their host country
before they are sent to their individual sites. In line with the Peace Corps
philosophy of encouraging volunteers to adapt to the cultures and customs
of peoples with whom they work, volunteers are afforded few special
privileges, and they often live in remote communities with only the most
basic resources at their disposal. Their assignments range from teaching in
local schools to helping start new small businesses to implementing AIDS-
prevention initiatives.
S t To date, more than 825 UF graduates have served in 104 countries,
7, "making UF the leading source of Peace Corps volunteers in the Southeast.
IThirty four graduates are currently serving, which ranks UF as the 24th
e highest volunteer-producing school in the nation. This year, out of those
who applied from UF, a total of 59 students were nominated as volunteers.
(Once they pass a medical exam, they will officially be accepted and will
then be offered a host country assignment.) Michael Thomas, who is
the UF campus Peace Corps recruiter, remarks that more students from
CLAS join the Peace Corps than from any other college at UE "It is one
of the college's best kept secrets!" he says. And, he predicts, because
of the push from the Peace Corps administration to attract more volun-
teers as well as the growing interest among students in international
careers, the numbers will continue to grow.
Thomas, like all Peace Corps recruiters, is a returned vol-
unteer. From 1989-93 he worked as a tropical fruit crop exten-
sionist in Tonga, a small archipelago that is the only remaining
monarchy in the South Pacific. He is currently a doctoral
student in botany in the College of Agriculture and works
part-time as the campus recruiter. His office, which is
r Y located at 411 Peabody Hall, has an abundance of litera-
ture about the Peace Corps, and he encourages students
to meet with him to discuss their interests and learn
more about what a commitment to the Peace Corps
entails. Thomas uses a variety of methods,
such as attending career fairs and speaking to
classes and student groups, to raise aware-
ness and interest in the Peace Corps
among students on campus. He also
frequently refers interested can-
didates to the UF Peace Corps
tion in Spanish ab website eaeors train peacecorps>, which he

CLASnotes May 2001

page 6

says is an important tool to reach students.
CLAS graduate Krysta Jones, who
is currently serving in Paraguay, is one of
the volunteers Thomas has chosen to fea-
ture on the website. Jones, who graduated
with a BS in political science in 1999, has
been in Paraguay for almost a year and is
working on municipal services develop-
ment in the small town of Villeta, about
an hour and a half away from the capital,
Asuncion. At the municipality office where
she works, Jones is involved in a variety
of community affairs projects. She also
assists a women's group that is trying to
beautify the neighborhood, and, like most
volunteers no matter what their assign-
ment, she teaches English classes in her
free time.
Jones was drawn to the Peace Corps
because she wanted a job where she felt
that she was contributing to create a bet-
ter future. Although her own future plans
include going to graduate school in public
policy or law, she wants to continue to
focus on grassroots organizing and inter-
national development. Reflecting on her
Peace Corps experience, Jones says she
would not change a thing. "It is a wonder-
ful chance to get to know another culture,
the good and the bad. Even if you have
already traveled a lot, serving in the Peace
Corps allows you to see another side of
a country. It truly opens your eyes to the
English senior Jason Maddix is about
where Jones was a year ago, trying to pre-
pare for his imminent departure on a two-
year long journey. Maddix is headed to
Romania with the Peace Corps, where he
will be an English teacher. He specifically
asked to be placed in Romania (volunteers
can request country assignments but there
is no guarantee that the requests will be
honored) because he spent two weeks there
last summer volunteering with Children
on the Edge, an British organization that
works internationally with orphans. "It

was an exhilarating experience," Maddix
says. "And Romania is a very interesting
place to be right now." Joining the Peace
Corps has always been in the back of his
mind, and his experience in Romania con-
firmed that he wanted to pursue the idea.
He thinks that he may want to continue to
teach or to work in a non-profit when he
completes his service. "The Peace Corps
will help me figure out where I want to go
from here. I think it will be an informative
and telling experience."
This spring, in order to prepare for
his upcoming assignment, Maddix took a
course, Introduction to Teaching English
as a Second Language (TESL), taught
by English Professor Kevin McCarthy
McCarthy is one of a number of CLAS
faculty who have served in the Peace

"The Peace Corps will help me fig-

ure out where I want to go from

here. I think it will be an informa-

tive and telling experience."

-Jason Maddix

Corps. He taught English in Turkey
from 1963-65. "I joined the Peace Corps
because I believed, and still do, that every
American should give several years to this
country, whether in the military or peace-
time service like the Peace Corps," he
McCarthy encourages his students
to consider the Peace Corps and keeps
literature around his office to give to stu-
dents who are interested in learning more
about the program. "The Peace Corps was
the best job I have ever had," he says. "It
dramatically changed my life for the bet-
ter. It gave me a career choice (teaching),

"The Peace Corps dramatically changed my life for the better. It

gave me a career choice (teaching), a feeling that I did some good

while in Turkey, a love of traveling, and a knowledge of Turkish,

which I used when I wrote my PhD dissertation."

-Kevin McCarthy

Jason Maddix has accepted an
assignment to teach English in Romania.

a feeling that I did some good while in Turkey, a love of
traveling, and a knowledge of Turkish, which I used when I
wrote my PhD dissertation. My experience also instilled in
me the desire to return to the Middle East, which I have done
almost every year, whether studying Arabic in Egypt, teach-
ing for two years in Saudi Arabia, or leading cruise groups in
Ephesus and Istanbul."
McCarthy's experiences reflect a tested Peace Corps
truism; no matter how "successful" a volunteer is in terms of
how many projects one started or finished in a community-
how many classes one taught, latrines one built or gardens
one planted-the volunteer will never leave the community
with less than what he or she has given. Volunteers learn
much more from the people in their host country than they
can hope to teach in return. The learning curve from when
a volunteer steps off the plane until the close of service two
years and ten weeks later is intense. Often the extent of how
much volunteers have been changed by their experiences are
not fully realized until they are back home and struggling to
adapt to life in the US. Some say the return, in fact, is the
most challenging and difficult part of the Peace Corps expe-

S-Laura H. Griffis
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Guinea-Bissau, 1997-98

CLASnotes May 2001

page 7

Academic Advising in CLAS and UF

Making a Good First Impression
Albert R. Matheny writes about Academic Advising's vital
role in laying the foundation for student success

maxim of effective advising is to make the initial contact with new students
meaningful. The CLAS Academic Advising Center (AAC) takes that to heart
n dealing with all of our students, whether they are first-year or new transfer
students. The AAC is once again preparing for Preview, UF's first-year orientation
program for new students entering in the Summer B and Fall 2001 semesters. At the
same time, we are expanding our efforts to orient transfer students by working more
closely with the state's community colleges in an attempt to prepare transfers better for
the rigors of UF academic life. In pursuing both of these initiatives, the AAC works
closely with the faculty of the college, the dean of students office, admissions, and the
UF administration to make an impact on new students' first impressions of UE
Preview is, of course, our biggest challenge every year. The AAC is responsible
for the content and delivery of all academic advising for Preview. We employee and
train 42 Preview Faculty Advisors (PFAs) from all parts of the university, with funding
from Tigert. We also help to prepare 30 student Orientation Leaders (OLs). This year,
PFAs and OLs will work together with an expected 6,250 first-year students who will

attend 22 two-day Preview
sessions, stretching from
May 17 through August
Lynn O'Sickey, assis-
tant director of the AAC
and veteran leader
of many previous
initiatives, spear-
heads our efforts.
This year, for the
first time, we have
developed "Preview
Prep," a web-based
exercise that all
first-year Preview C
participants must
take in order to be L
ready for Preview.
Preview Prep helps
students navigate
the basics of UF
advising, includ- C
ing immunization
holds, GatorLink t
email accounts,
calculus place-
ment, and the basic
vocabulary of
curriculum require-
ments. These are
all the details that i
first-year students
should have under
their belts when
they arrive at their
Preview session, so that
we can spend more quality
time on issues like UF's
academic expectations,
choosing a major, and
registering for the right
Transfer orientation
is now required of all stu-
dents who enter UF after
their first year of college.
The lion's share of these
students are community
college transfers coming
to UF with an Associate of
Arts degree. CLAS admits
about 1,000 of these stu-
dents per year. Many of
our transfers struggle in
their first semester while

adapting to UF, despite
having good GPAs when
they enter. Usually, their
GPAs rebound in subse-
quent semesters. Lou Pow-
ers, the AAC's transfer

'he Academic Advis-

ng Center works

closelyy with the fac-

lty of the college,

he dean of students

office admissions, and

he UF administration

o make an impact

n new students'first

impressions of UF.

admissions coordinator,
and Lynn O'Sickey have
concluded that earlier
outreach to students and
advisors at Florida's public
community colleges will
address the problem.
Therefore, the AAC
is reaching out on several
fronts. We have dramati-
cally increased personal
contact with our primary
feeder school, Santa Fe
Community College
(SFCC). Glenn Kepic,
coordinator of the AAC's
Learning Services Center,
and Tim Young, director
of the AAC's advising
information systems, have

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tested a pilot of video-
advising between UF
and SFCC. This could be
expanded statewide, if
it proves to be effective,
thus linking AAC advi-
sors "face-to-face" with
potential transfers well
before their first semester
at UE We are designing
a transfer orientation web
exercise, similar to Pre-
view Prep, and will seek
funding from the National
Academic Advising Asso-
ciation (NACADA) to
implement that in the near
SFCC and UF will
co-sponsor a NACADA
Conference titled Collabo-
ration: Community Colleg-
es and Universities Work-
ing 7. i,, on April 27,
2001, specifically focusing
on student transitions
from community college
to four-year institutions.
Glenn Kepic and Mutlu
Citim-Kepic, advisor for
the UF School of Music in
the College of Fine Arts,
are the primary organiz-
ers, and we expect 75
participants from all over
the region. The personal
contacts and information
exchange will be invalu-
able ingredients in UF's
transfer outreach strategy.
UF's "First-Year
Florida" course, SLS 1102,
is a one-credit elective
designed to extend the
Preview experience into
actual practice during the
students' first fall semes-
ter. Six AAC advisors (and
yours truly) have taken
on the extra challenge of
teaching sections of this
class, which will be avail-
able to 1,250 students and
will use an academic set-
ting to teach them about
the challenges of student

Giving Sound Advice
Even though he turns 80 this year, Retired
Faculty Advisor Dan Kelly does not plan to
stop working at UF's Academic Advising
Center (AAC) for several more years. "I like talk-
ing to students one-on-one. Why should I retire? I
don't like watching television, and I don't go fish-
ing. I like working here."
Kelly began his career at UF in 1961 as an
English graduate student. He taught English at
Gainesville High School and PK Yonge, and in
1964 he became an English professor at UF, teach-
ing freshmen writing courses. Kelly says, "Back
then, there were no paid advisors. Professors in
each department volunteered to advise students.
We had no resources and few budgets."
In 1980, Kelly became the CLAS Associate
Dean for Student Affairs. He held that position for
five years before retiring from his full-time duties.
Albert ..ii..i.. who currently holds this associate
deanship, says Kelly's long-standing commitment
to students is remarkable. "We are all completely
devoted to him over here, and with good reason.
He has a very quick mind and a well-developed

Dan Kelly and Sherrel Brockington have worked together ir
advising for more than 20 years. Brockington is the office m
the AAC, and Kelly says she holds the center together. "I hire
when she was seven-months pregnant, and now her daugh
sophomore here at UF, so we've been through a lot together

life at UE A pilot of this
course was taught last year
and was so successful that
the administration is sup-
porting its expansion this
Finally, UF will
experiment with Camp
Florida and Gator Days
and Nights this fall. The
former is a two-day "wil-
derness experience" in
which new students can
bond with one another
before starting their fall

classes. Paul McLough-
lin, one of the pre-health
professions advisors in
the AAC, has been a key
planner of Camp Florida.
Gator Days and Nights is
a month-long introduction
to a broad array of UF
student organizations and
activities. It begins in late
August and runs through
most of September. AAC
workshops will be includ-
ed in this event.
All of these efforts

sense of how to balance rules with the flexibility
that advising requires for individual students. He
and John Newell, our other retired faculty advisor,
are defining parts of our operation." Kelly has the
same level of admiration for the academic advis-
ing staff. "We have a great bunch of advisors over
here. They are so dedicated-many of them work
well beyond 40 hours a week."
Kelly himself works around 20 hours a week
at AAC. During peak advising times, Kelly says he
might see as many as six students every hour. In
addition to advising students about which classes
to take and what majors to choose, Kelly says he
tries to give them some practical advice. "There
are a lot more opportunities to study abroad than
there used to be. Students need to see that the
world isn't made up of just Americans. Experi-
encing another culture makes them more well-
rounded." Kelly also recommends that students
choose electives that are not related to their field.
"It would be nice, for instance, if our engineering
students could take a humanities class. Everyone
should have an appreciation for the arts."
Kelly says the biggest change
he has seen at UF is the advancement
in technology and the positive impact
it has had on students. "Before com-
puters and the telephone registration
system, students would come in and
see us, and we would tell them what
classes to take. They would go back
to their department to register and the
classes would be full. We had no way
of knowing which classes were still
Kelly says he continues to
work at the AAC for one simple rea-
son. "I just enjoy listening to students
and their personal stories. I've heard
many tales about their high school
soccer games, why their parents
academic wanted them to come to UF, and how
manager of they really don't know what they want
ed Sherrel
erl to do. And I like hearing them."
ter is aAllyson A.Beutke
--Allyson A. Beutke

should have a power-
ful influence on our new
students. These points
of positive contact will
provide a good foundation
for student success and
persistence in the face of
the many challenges that
our students encounter
during their undergraduate
careers. The AAC is com-
mitted to being at the cen-
ter of all these efforts, and
the commitment appears to
be paying off. Our number

of undergraduate majors
in CLAS is at an all-time
high and student retention
has increased consistently
since the mid-1990s. Per-
haps first impressions are
the most important!

-Albert R. Matheny is Direc-
tor of the Academic Advis-
ing Center, CLAS Associate
Dean for Student Affairs,
and a Professor of Political

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Organic synthesis and mechanism.
Software research support.
Software research support.
Miles compound contract.
Synthetic strategies for nitrogen heterocycles.
Miles compound contract.

UF participation in the airborne infrared echelle spectrometer project.
Organometallic chemistry of group 6 imido diamide complexes.
A planning visit to establish an international igert program.

53,650 An REU in chemistry at the University of Florida.


Reaction coordinate analyses-uracil DNA glycosylases.
Glycosyltransferase mechanisms and inhibition.
Design and use of methods for peptide secretion studies.
Acquisition of electronic spectroscopy instrumentation.

72,735 Instrumentation for CWA/BWA decontamination research.
43,918 Underrepresented minorities program qhobosheaneglutamate bioanalysis.
386,347 A new approach for biomedical imaging.
289,238 Chemical and biological studies on natural modulators of cell signaling.
3,707 Identification of chemicals from human and animal hosts that attract mos-
quitoes and other blood-sucking arthropods.
108,163 Assessment of importance of matrix flow in conduit-dominated karst
aquifer: investigation of unconfined Floridian aquifer.
40,583 A cross Florida greenway development and management plan, phase 1.

12,000 Seminar on stochastic processes 2001.


Magnetic and thermodynamic study of solid 3He.
Nonlinear stellar pulsations.
In situ characterization of electrical and optical properties of air-sensitive
ultra-thin films and thin-film interfaces.

100,505 Transport in unconventional superconductors.
78,000 An REU site in physics at the university of Florida.



48,180 Characterization of novel low dimensional magnetic systems.
130,342 Statistical inference for sparse categorical data.
98,495 Modelling repeated categorical responses.
15,000 CMS RPICC data system.
10,389 EIP HQ data advice and technical assistance.
15,000 REU supplement: paracrine control of fish gill function.
13,800 REU supplement: collaborative research: patches, corridors and the dispersal
of insects and plants.
144,442 Facultative feedings by planktotrophic larvae of echinoids.
192,354 R/LR-B-52 fisheries habitat: a field assessment of the effects of artificial reefs
and their role in fisheries management.

ANT United Nations/Misc Donors 1,082 Student cost of education allowances.
ANT Komen Breast Cancer Fdtn 8,761 Lifting while we climb: removing barriers to breast cancer treatment for
African American women.
CHE Am Chemical Society 1,751 ACS editorialship.

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Providing Research

Opportunities for

UF Undergraduates
ince it began two years ago, the University Schol-
ars Program has given hundreds of undergraduates
and faculty the opportunity to conduct research
together. The USP is administered through the Office of
the Provost, and each year approximately 175 UF students
receive a stipend of $2,500 to do research with a faculty
mentor and a travel allowance of $500 to attend a schol-
arly research conference during the year. CLAS has an
average of 40 scholars each year who work with faculty
in the college. Students are accepted into the program in
April and begin their research during the summer. They
continue working through the fall and spring semesters,
and then prepare their results for a presentation at the
annual USP Symposium held at the end of March.
In addition to providing research opportunities
for students, the USP has formed a partnership with
the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication.
Several writing classes are offered through the center
that USP students are encouraged to take. The center
also sponsors an annual writing competition in which
a panel of faculty judges select the two best qualitative
and two best quantitative papers. This year, three out
of the four award winners were CLAS students. His-
tory senior Jason
SGoley received
the Best Qualita- "Being inv(
tive Paper award,
while Katherine has provide
Brauss, a senior
criminology and and possib
psychology major,
Goley received the Excel- The USP h(
lence in Qualitative
Research award. interesting
Manish Patel gradu-
ated in December experience
2000 with a inter-
diciplinary studies undergrad
major in biochem-
istry and molecu-
lar biology. He
Brauss received the Best
Quantitative Paper award.
ECriminology Professor Jodi Lane
served as Katherine Brauss' men-
tor this past year. She says the USP
gives faculty the chance to teach the
research process to their best students.
"I have watched Katie not only 'learn
S the ropes,' but also produce a terrific
Patel research thesis on an important policy

Krithi Karanth's USP research project focuses on the changes in land-cover and land-use in the
small village of Sisaket,Thailand. She worked with Geography Professor Michael Binford, and
her paper is published in the May issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Research edu/CLAS/jur>.

topic. Her research find-
ings are so interesting that
they will be included in a
larger final grant report,
which will be given direct-
ly to policymakers. By par-
ticipating in the USP, Katie
may actually affect policy,
or at least policymakers."
Chuck Peek, a sociology

olved in research

ed new challenges

)ilities for me.

as been the most

Sand rewarding

I've had as an

'uate at UF."
-Krithi Karanth

professor and mentor for
three years, says the USP
benefits faculty as well.
"From these relationships, I
have gained an experiential
understanding of the essen-
tial role that mentoring
plays in the development
of individual careers and in

the advancement of a dis-
cipline. Working with USP
students has also helped to
expand my areas of inter-
est, and has suggested new
applications of theories
and modes of inquiry that
otherwise might not have
occurred to me."
Students do not have
to conduct research with a
faculty mentor from their
department or even their
college. Several students
from other colleges are
working with CLAS fac-
ulty, and the majority of
students who work with
College of Medicine fac-
ulty mentors have CLAS
majors such as biochemis-
try, chemistry, microbiol-
ogy, and psychology. Krithi
Karanth, who participated
in the 2000-2001 USP, has
a double major in geogra-
phy (CLAS) and environ-
mental science (College
of Natural Resources and
Environment). She says
her research experience as
an undergraduate opened
up an opportunity for her
to attend graduate school
at Yale this fall. "Being
involved in research has
provided new challenges
and possibilities for me.

The USP has been the most
interesting and rewarding
experience I've had as an
undergraduate at UE"
Perhaps one of the
most unique aspects of
the USP is the outlet for
research publication. The
online Journal of Under-
graduate Research clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/jur/> is
one of the few journals of
its kind. The JUR exclu-
sively publishes the work
of undergraduates from a
wide variety of academic
disciplines. All USP stu-
dents have the opportunity
to publish their research,
and due to the recent
interest in the journal, all
undergraduates at UF are
now encouraged to submit
research papers. The edito-
rial staff reviews the papers
and an average of five are
published each month, in
addition to feature articles,
research summaries,
updates on projects in-
progress, and photographs.
For more information
on the University Schol-
ars Program and a list of
the 2001-2002 scholars
and mentors, visit scholars.ufl.edu>.
-Allyson A. Beutke

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CLAS Senior Named College Student of the Year
Brian Dassler has been selected as the 2001 Florida College Student of the Year by
Florida Leader magazine. The Gainesville-based magazine awarded Dassler, an
English major, the honor during a ceremony on April 13 in Tallahassee. The awards
program recognizes students who support themselves through college, excel academically, and
are involved in community service and political activism. It has honored Florida's most out-
standing campus leaders with nearly $50,000 in scholarships and prizes for the last 14 years.

Dassler is a member of the Admissions
Task Force, the Affirmative Action Council,
and the Minority Affairs Task Force at UE
He also serves on the Accreditation Steering
Committee, the Greening UF Steering Com-
mittee, and the Gainesville/Alachua County
Cultural Affairs Board. Dassler has spent
the majority of his college career educat-
ing students, parents and communities at
large about the disadvantages that minority
students face within the Florida educational
system. He has striven to develop policies
that ensure equity and quality for all Florida
Perhaps Dassler's most distinctive
achievement was his appointment by the late
Governor Lawton Chiles to Florida's Post-
secondary Education Planning Commission
in 1998. During his year-long term, Dassler
attended monthly meetings on campuses

across the state and presented workshops to
student groups on higher education issues.
"Brian Dassler is among the most out-
standing students that I have worked with in
my 32 years of experience in higher educa-
tion at three different universities," says
James E. Scott, vice president for student
affairs. "His dedication, commitment and
passion for service is second to none. Stu-
dents look to him for his honesty and integ-
rity. He is very admired."
In addition to his multitude of leader-
ship roles, Dassler has served as the student
director of Preview orientation and main-
tained a 3.64 GPA. Starting this fall, he will
pursue a master's degree in secondary edu-
cation through the Proteach program at UF
Dassler plans to teach high school English in
South Florida when he graduates next year.
-Allyson A. Beutke

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