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Senior Editor
Liesl O'Dell (BS'92)

Cinnamon Bair

Web Editor
Meredith Cochie (BSJ 'o6, MAMC '08)

Kelsey McNiel (4JM)
Taryn Fiol (BSJ 'o8)

Managing Editor
David Finnerty

Contributing Writers
Diane Lacey Allen
John Dunn
Christopher Garland (7CLAS)
Ted Geltner (MAMC '06)
Maureen Harmon
Elizabeth Hillaker (BSJ '08, BA '08)
Homer Hooks (BA '43)
Jamison Webb (BSJ '07)

University of Florida Foundation
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Swamp Talk

I was delighted to see the article
in the Summer 'o8 Florida alumni
magazine by my old friend and team-
mate, Ron Coleman ('68-'73), about
the integration of Gator athletics in
the late '6os.
I was particularly happy to see him
clearly (and correctly) set the record
straight: the first black athlete to
compete intercollegiately for UF was
in fact cross-country runner Johnnie
Brown ('68-'69) of West Palm Beach.
The event would have been an early
cross-country meet in late August or
early September 1968, weeks before
the first football game of the season
(head track coach Jimmie Carnes still
lives in Gainesville and could prob-
ably furnish the details in fact, we
discussed this very event just a few
months ago).
I have seen many references over
the years to football players Willie
Jackson (BSJ '75) and Leonard George

"...they exhibited onl'

grace, good humor anc

quiet courage to us."

John Parker Jr,

(BSBR '74) being "the first," but those
of us who were there know better.
The thing I remember most clearly
is what fine athletes and personable
companions both Ron and Johnnie
were and how much they were liked
and admired by their teammates, my-
self included. We certainly suspected
the pressure they were under and
could only guess at how much ani-
mosity and difficulty they must have
had to deal with elsewhere, but they

exhibited only grace, good humor
and a quiet courage to us.
As Ron indicated in his article,
Jimmy Carnes deserves much credit
for his calm leadership during this
time of great cultural change, as well
as for more generally his ener-
getic and innovative tenure as head UF
track coach from 1964 to 1976.
It was nothing short of wonderful
to read Ron's piece, to see how well he
is doing and to remember once again
some pretty amazing times we all
lived through together.

John Parker Jr. (BSJ '69, JD '72)
Bar Harbor, Maine

Not to take issue with Gerry Katz's
(BSBR '63) memory ("Swamp Talk,"
Summer 2008), or even tout my own,
for that matter, but as a student in
'6o-'62 and '70-'72, I frequented
Parker's [restaurant] on a regular
basis. He offered mild, medium, hot,
red hot, double red hot, Sabre
jet and Super Sabre jet [sauce].

y The SSJ was made in very small
j a batches (as noted, the demand
was slight) and had to be
stored in glass, as it was quite
corrosive. He offered goat if
pre -ordered a favorite of my
Mom's and I would take an order
home for the weekend on occasion.

I. Nick Adams (BSJ '72)

We were thrilled to see UFLAW
magazine's "Unequal Justice" story
reprinted in the summer 20oo8 Florida.
The story highlights the efforts of
UF law alumnus Charlie Douglas (BABA

'o03, JD '06) to free Tyrone Brown, a
young black man sentenced to life in
prison. It's an amazing story, but what
we didn't know when we printed our
article is even more amazing.
We reported our alumnus became
aware of Tyrone Brown after watching
ABC's "20/20" coverage of the story,
but we didn't know true credit should
be given to Brooks Egerton, an inves-
tigative reporter for The Dallas Morning
News who first broke the story in April
2006, and his editor, UF graduate
Maud Beelman (MAJC '82). Egerton
was planning to focus his story on
Judge Dean's lenient sentence of John
Wood when Beelman suggested he
could strengthen the story by drawing
comparisons to the sentences of other
defendants in the judge's court.
If Egerton and Beelman hadn't
chosen that editorial direction,
Tyrone Brown's story would never
have aired on "20/20" and he would
still be unjustly incarcerated for the
rest of his life.
Lindy Brounley (Bs '88)
Editor, UF LAW magazine

Kudos to Charlie Douglas ("Unequal
Justice," Summer 2008). He exempli-
fies the highest American tradition in
legal service.
However, less than good marks
to you for characterizing the armed
robbery by Tyrone Brown as a "minor
offense." Since when does an armed
robbery at gun point become a minor
offense, whether committed by an
adult or a juvenile?
N. Richard Schopp (JD '72)
Port St. Lucie

* It was in elementary school that we editors learned
about homonyms words that sound alike but are
spelled differently. We break out in night sweats hop-
ing we caught each instance of "they're," "there" and
"their," "its" and "it's" (although we missed one this
summer, drat it), "to," "too" and "two" and, of course,
"world peace" vs. "whirled peas." We were schooled by

several readers, however, who pointed out an elemen-

tary homophonic gaffe in the summer issue's "Swamp moved across the state from Fort George Island, which
Talk." "Ad hominem" which means appealing to feel- is near Jacksonville, to St. George Island, which is in the
ings or prejudices rather than intellect does not equal Panhandle near Apalachicola. No archaeologists were
"ad homonym" which we hereby define as the super- harmed in the relocation.

fluous use of homonyms. Your write, and weir knot.
* Geography was apparently not one of our strongest
school subjects, either. In the summer edition of "My
Old School," we allowed Kingsley Plantation to be

It's clear our readers need little encouragement to tell us when
we're wrong but we'll encourage you anyway. If you find an
error in Florida, send it to us at or P.O. Box
14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425.

C on ten ts volume 9s number 3 fall 2008 news or aumni and friends other university


12 Super Fans
Some people go to great lengths to prove their loyalty to UF.
-ONTH CO 18 From UF With Love
Are you UF's No.1 Fan ?
Meet your competition. Postcards and their messages offer a window to old UF.

UF fans do all kinds of things to ON CAMPUS
show their fervor. We've picked
three fans who redefine fervor. 4 A Figure of Speech
Professor Virginia Dixon-Wood helps children
Chen Wang (4JM) with palatal disorders find their voices.
12 5 Cream of the Crop
Students discover the Earth's bounties in
1 "Plants that Feed the World."

6 Second Bloom
Once a showplace of camellias, Wilmot Gardens is being
returned to its former glory.

7 Lost No More
A Sudanese refugee, political science student
Peter Ter shares his story and his hopes.
8 The Playmaker
Amanda Butler used to take her shots as a guard at UF,
but now she's c. ., n: .: a Gators head coach.
9 Hitting the Bricks
How well do you know campus?
10 Cash Crunch
Six questions about UFs budget cuts.


22 Critical Condition
Louisiana has turned to Alan Levine
to fix its health care system.
24 My Old School
UF recognizes 50o years of integration.

26 High Mileage
Homer Hooks turned in his driver's license,
but he's kept a lifetime of memories.


Chomp On This
Submit your favorite tail-Gatoring recipes
Gators, Gators Everywhere
Tell us the strangest place you've met a Gator
See Wilmot Garden's planned renovations

Faculty Profile

A Figure of Speech

Virginia Dixon-Wood helps children with palatal disorders find their voices.

,. .. , I, I i!.. could say only "mama."
,iiii. ii i.., -. ii..ii ii.n, no local doctors could
S.... i.. ... i. ii .: i. wrong with his speech. In
, I. -I, ...i. iii.. Iii I i. *iir called Virginia Dixon-
, ...... "I ,i . ,,,,,, 1 ,cial Center.
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11 11 i11 i ._., i I ... ..enter's assistant
SI. l i i, II h l .,. .. ,
I '-ii.. '...... I diagnosed him with
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,, ,,,I ., I.- .i i. .i h didn't form correctly,
,, h.... *. I .I I ,. create enough air pressure
I ,. I,.. ...,.,_,. I. One child in every 750
,H 1,11 1. i. i..I.11 palate of some sort,
I i', i ..... I i
"! ', ,.,i .. ,..' I 11., any pressure sounds,
.' ,.. .i i.. Iligible," she says. "He was
S. ni i i i.. i uy, so he knew that. He just

I ,.i.. ii Oixon- Wood works with
in,. i han 5o 00 children who are
,,, n with palatal disorders
I [tat can affect their speech.
leamed with surgeons
.,nd speech pathologists,
.he provides children the
therapy they need to
speak normally.
Surgery coupled with
therapy, for instance,
enabled her 5-year
old patient to speak
normally within
two years.
"He's getting great
:rades," Dixon Wood says.
Working with the patients takes

a variety of forms. At the center, Dixon-Wood
is known for getting on the floor with children,
playing with a toy or reading a book in order to
diagnose disorders.
"She just has such a heart for children and
wants to make their lives better," says speech
pathologist Barbara Kirby, one of Dixon-Wood's
former students.
Parents, meanwhile, learn to use words their
children can pronounce. Using words with "m"
and "n" sounds enables children to communicate
with their parents, reducing frustration on
both sides.
Dixon-Wood also stretches beyond the center
to reach children and their parents. She has
worked in Kiev, Ukraine, and now operates two
weeklong camps in Florida that provide intensive
speech therapy to small groups of children, com-
plete with continuing therapy plans the families
can take home with them. She founded the first
camp in Keystone Heights, and a donation al-
lowed her to open a second camp in Panama City
this year.
"We're getting kids from all over the state who
are coming here for speech problems that haven't
been properly diagnosed," Dixon-Wood says,
adding that the camps also provide hands-on
training for graduate students in her Applied
Craniofacial Disorders class.
Eventually, Dixon-Wood says she'd like to
expand the number of camps to train more speech
pathologists and reach more children around the
state and nation.
"It's very rewarding to see kids caring about
each other," Dixon-Wood says of her camp-
ers. "These kids do make some very significant

Elizabeth Hillaker (BSJ 'O8, BA 'O8)

To learn more about UF's Craniofacial Center, or to
support its services, visit


In The Classroom

Cream of the Crop

Students discover the Earth's bounties in Plants That Feed the World.

Museum Stroll

Most of the world cannot browse rows of glisten-
ing fruits and vegetables or choose between 20
different varieties of bread at their local super-
markets. In sub- Saharan Africa, the local diet
consists mostly of a millet porridge called "toh."
"I had never heard of it," says Brian Amos
(2HHP). "I take it a little for granted that I can
go down to Publix and
get everything I need, It enlight
but that's not the case world in ter
for 85 percent of the yo eat. It
world." y
Plants That Feed the better w





World, a course offered
through the Department of Agronomy, explores
the world's 25 most important food plants,
combining nutrition and plant biology with an
introduction to international markets and culture.
The course, which satisfies a general education
requirement for biology, asks three basic ques-
tions: How are the plants grown, who eats them
and why are they important?
The course is especially relevant now because
after 30 years of crop surplus, the world is enter-
ing a global food shortage, says professor Kenneth
Quesenberry. In fact, U.S. food prices jumped 0.9

percent in May, the fastest rate in 18 years. Food
riots have occurred in Haiti, Egypt and Bangla-
desh. Worldwide prices of wheat, rice, corn and
soybeans have doubled or tripled in the past year
as demand burgeons.
"World demand is getting close to exceeding our
supply," Quesenberry says. "In this class, we're
trying to be involved on
s you to the the international scene."

of the food The class begins with
the big four: wheat, corn,
make you a
rice and soybeans. Then

d citizen."

it branches out to include

more exotic food crops,
including Faba beans, cowpeas and cassava a
starchy root grown in Africa and South America.
The class discusses various foods' nutritional
benefits and which geographic areas produce the
best crops.
Each week students cook dishes from a differ-
ent food crop. Some past recipes include Moist
Cocoa-Lentil Cake, Pea-lentiful Spice Bars
and Banana Fritters.
"It gives them a flavor of what other cultures
do," Quesenberry says.
"I had food that I'd never had before," says
Angela Guttman (2LS).
"Also when I buy pro
duce, I look to see where
it's produced. I know
where the food should
come from to be the
S best."

Elizabeth Hillaker
(BA 'o8, BSJ '08)

To learn more about the
Agronomy Department and
L its offerings, visit http://

Touring the Body in Vein

"Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body"
explores the scientific mechanisms behind the mushy,
oozy, crusty, scaly and other "gross" things that occur
in the human body every day. Sophisticated anima-
tronics and imaginative hands-on activities show the
good, the bad and the downright ugly about the body's
incredible biological processes. The exhibit will be on
display at the Florida Museum of Natural History until
Jan. 11.

Dazzling Design

"Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-century Miami"
highlights the groundbreaking contributions to Amer-
ican modernism of architects, designers and urban
planners of mid-20th century Miami. The exhibit
showcases architectural designs, furniture, textiles
and other decorative arts from artists such as Al-
fred Browning Parker, Morris Lapidus, George Farkas,
Frederick Rank, Kay Pancoast and Fran Williams. The
exhibit, organized by Bass Museum of Art in Miami and
sponsored locally by ERA Trend Realty, runs through
Jan. 25 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Professor Kenneth Quesenberry says
his course is "what a liberal education
should be. It enlightens you to the
world in terms of the food you eat.
It will make you a better world citizen."

FALL2008 5

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Browse more than loo,ooo children's books from the
United States and England including multiple editions
of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Robinson Crusoe" in
the Baldwin Library of Children's Literature's digital
collections. The site was recently honored by Collectors
Weeklyas one of the best on the Web.
Got a neighbor who just won't stop bragging about his
grandson at Florida State? Visit this UF facts site to
gather some talking points of your own.

www. flmnh. ufl. edu/fish/sharks/
Teach your kids about sharks while playing these
interactive word games from the Florida Museum of
Natural History.
Learn more about national and world events on the
College of Journalism and Communications' weekly
Web-based, student-run news magazine.
Let friends know you care about the pets they have
loved and lost through UF's Pet Memorial Program.
A small gift ($1o or more) to the College of Veterinary
Medicine says you care in a way that benefits all ani-
mals. Your friend will receive a personalized sympathy
card letting them know you have remembered their pet
with a contribution.
Learn about the latest agricultural advances from the
comfort of home by attending a "Virtual Field Day" put
on by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Find out facts about your local Florida housing market
by visiting the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse,
coordinated by UF's Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing. The site was recently named a Top lo Web site
by Planetizen, a planning and development network.

Second Bloom

Once a national showplace of rare camellias, Wilmot Gardens is being
returned to its former glory and medical patients could reap the benefits.

garden's plaque dedicating the garden to her husband,
Royal James Wilmot, on Jan. 17, 1954.

Nestled at Mowry Road and Gale Lemerand Drive,
Wilmot Gardens has long been UF's "Secret Gar-
den." Until recently, however, its storied history
was hidden behind tangles of weeds and
invasive vines.
In ornamental circles in the 1940s, Royal James
Wilmot was nearly synonymous with the word
"camellias." The UF horticulturist classified more
than 3,000 varieties of camellias, and he was a
founding member and the inaugural secretary
for the American Camellia Society in 1945. The
society's home base in Gainesville during its early
years was no doubt largely due to the gardens that
Wilmot founded on the site of an old phosphate
mine just off Archer Road.
For a time, Wilmot's 4.6 -acre gardens were
home to the largest publicly held collection of
camellias in the United States. Pine trees were
planted to give the camellias the proper bal-
ance of shade and sunlight while azalea-lined
paths wound through the underbrush. Even after
Wilmot's death in 1950 noted in the gardens by

a monument laid by Wilmot's family in 1954 -
the gardens flourished thanks to the donations
of hundreds of rare varieties of camellias from
enthusiasts around the country.
In the last 25 years, however, the gardens
fell into weedy ruin. UF was flourishing, but
Wilmot Gardens was perishing.
Ironically, Wilmot Gardens' salvation lay
in the construction of a new building. When
UF earmarked $40,000 to offset the environ
mental impact of a planned surgery center
along 34th Street, former College of Medicine
dean Dr. Craig Tisher proposed that the funds
go toward the rehabilitation of Wilmot Gar
dens. He hoped its restoration would provide
a welcome haven for not only patients of
Shands at UF, but also the physicians and staff
treating them.
Volunteers ranging from Gainesville Camellia
Society members to first-year medical students
have rallied around Tisher's cause, and, led by
project coordinator Linda Luecking, Wilmot
Gardens is thriving once more. At project's end,
it will be a sanctuary of sugar maple trees and
shimmering waters, of St. Luke's plums and
dogwoods, with sunshine sneaking through the
canopy of old pine trees to add a healthy glow to
not .ri ,i. I patients, but also to Wilmot's
prized camellias.
Luecking says a university historical marker
honoring Wilmot's contributions is tentatively
scheduled to be installed in the gardens in spring
2009 just about the time the camellias will be
in bloom.

lamison Webb (BSJ '07)

UF's Wilmot Gardens received a grant to turn
the once-forgotten land into a vibrant place for
healing. See the plans for progress, and find out
how you can help.


Student Profile

Lost No More

A Sudanese refugee, Peter Ter shares his story in hopes
that he and others can make a difference.

Peter Ter speaks calmly as he describes the brutal
realities of growing up in refugee camps in sub-
Saharan Africa. It's when the 22-year-old talks
about the fate of his fam-
ily that his voice wavers He remain
with emotion. camps for 12
Two of Ter's older
to read and w
brothers were conscript- to read and v
ed as "child soldiers" in tracing WOr
the f i. I -, homeland,
Sudan. Made to believe they were being brought
to the United States to receive an education, Ter's
brothers were instead handed AK- 47s and told to
seek revenge against pro -government northern
forces rampaging through the nation's southern
Ter, deemed too young to fight, escaped such
a fate. He became one of Sudan's "lost boys" a
generation of children separated from family by
the civil war that has ravaged Sudan since the
early 198os. Now living in the United States, the
history and political science major at UF hopes
his story can educate and enlighten others about
not only the situation in Sudan, but also in other
places around the world that are mostly ignored.
Born in southern Sudan, Ter was 4 years old
when his village was attacked by military forces.
Aerial bombs destroyed his f i11 *. home,





separating him from his parents and forcing him
to become one of Sudan's estimated 4 million
residents displaced by war. His new home was a
refugee camp, although it
d in refugee offeredlittle refuge.

2ars, learning Ter was younger than 8
years old when his brothers
e English by were taken away to fight
in the dirt, in the battles between
the largely Islamic North
Sudan and the predominantly Christian South. He
remained in refugee camps for 12 years, learning
to read and write English by tracing words in the
dirt and surviving on one meal a day provided by
the United Nations.
It was the U.N. that eventually helped Ter
reach the United States to pursue his passion for
"If it hadn't been for the support of the United
Nations, I would be dead," he says.
Today Ter is a regular speaker for on- campus
groups, sharing his story with thousands of stu-
dents as he weaves personal stories into political
topics. His quick smile and v .. IiI endear him
to others.
"I enjoy speaking with people," Ter says. "It's
something I really want to continue to do."
Ter hopes he can someday use his experience,
education and skills as a
"I think that is a way
I can help bring about
change," he says.

A Christopher Garland
... (7CLAS)


Sanford Berg, distinguished service professor in
economics, was inducted into UF's Academy of
Distinguished Scholars, received the Outstanding
Faculty Award for 2008 and was honored as the
Core Teacher of the Year.

Andrea Gregg, director of the UF College of Nursing's
Jacksonville campus, was elected president of the
Florida Nurses Association.

Shibu Jose, forestry researcher, has been named a
2009 Fulbright Scholar. In spring 2009 he will be
based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he will teach and
conduct research at the Independent University of

Joe Joyce (PhD '82), IFAS' executive associate vice
president for agriculture and natural resources,
was named to the state's environmental regulation

Kenneth Lowman (BS '78, MEd '83, EDS '83, PhD
'96), adjunct finance professor in the College of Health
and Human Performance, was selected by the U.S.
Department of Education to serve on its summer
Institute Planning Committee.

Berta Hernbndez-Truyol, law professor, re-
ceived the 16th annual Clyde Ferguson Award
from the Minority Law Section of the Association of
American Law Schools.

Juliana Barr, assistant history professor, received the
Berkshire Conference of Women's Books Prize the
top international book award for female historians-
for "Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians
and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands."

Richard Lutz, JCPenney professor of marketing, was
one of three national recipients of the Sherwin-
Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.

Hananie Albert, a triple major in anthropology, Eng-
lish and French, received the Beinecke Scholarship, a
national $34,000 scholarship award that will allow her
to pursue her doctorate in African studies.

Political science major Peter Ter was
once a "lost boy." The term describes a
generation of children whose families
were ripped apart by violent conflict in
FALL 2008 7

Go, Gators

The Playmaker

Amanda Butler used to take her shots as a guard at UF, but now
she's calling them as the women's basketball head coach.

r $T.S4,oS
As a player, assistant coach and coach, Amanda Butler has advanced
to postseason play seven of her 12 seasons.

Campus Notes

Lights Out
By turning out lights, unplugging equipment and taking
shorter, cooler showers, Keys Residential Complex resi-
dents reduced their daily energy usage by 1.20 kilowatt
hours per resident to win UF's Biggest Saver: Battle
of the Halls Energy Challenge. During the challenge
UF's residence halls reduced energy consumption by
24 percent.

A "Shands" for Animals
Construction will soon begin on a new small-animal
hospital for the College of Veterinary Medicine. The
90,ooo-square-foot, s58-million facility is slated for
completion in 2010. The hospital will feature a 24-hour
emergency center, physical therapy space and special-
ized cancer care.

National First
David McClister of Tampa graduated from UF last spring
with the nation's first classical studies doctorate earned
online. The degree program the only one of its kind in
the nation was established at UF in 2001 to address
the needs of Latin teachers nationwide.

For the latest UF news, visit

Hanging prominently in Amanda Butler's office is
a black- and-white photo of her grandmother and
the 1931 Tennessee champion Portland High girls'
basketball team.
The game of basketball, she says, is part of the
- soil in which the I ..111.. 1 i .l i1... grows.
m Butler (BSESS '95, MESS '97), UF's head
S women's basketball coach, is coming off an
inaugural season in which she and her team
executed a stunning turnaround. The Gators won
more than twice as many games this season over
the previous season, and in the process once
again became relevant in the ultra- competitive
Southeastern Conference.
"The experience has been amazing," she says.
Butler's ascension to the Gators' head coachpo-
sition marks her return to Gainesville and The Gator
Nation. From 1990-94, she starred as the team's
point guard, and during those years the Gators
achieved what was at that time their greatest suc-
cess, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament
and a then-record 73 wins in four years.
The region of Tennessee where she was
raised, known as "Mid- Stat. i hi ,
bed of girls' basketball. In h.. i .-...'"
town of Mt. Juliet, girls' higli ... i'. ,
basketball was the .-r i...n
town." Butler's mother, Barn.
the Mt. Juliet High head coa.. .
young Amanda followed heir ii iI
regularly, idolizing the play(. -
She started playing comp. i .. i
in the fourth grade and was ....... I
as a unique talent early on. I i..
junior team, the Blue Jays,
went undefeated three
straight years.

"My staff gets tired of hearing about it,"
Butler says.
A stellar prep career followed, and she ended
up at UF playing for her mentor, then- head
coach Carol Ross. During her playing career,
Butler was already developing the makings of a
coach. Thanks to her mother, she had learned the
game through a coach's eye; as a point guard she
excelled at directing her teammates and acting as
a floor leader.
When her playing days were over, she moved
swiftly through the coaching ranks. When the UF
job came open, she jumped at it.
According to Gator assistant coach Brenda
Mock Fitzpatrick, who has been with Butler for
three years, her success lies in her intensity and
her ability to relate to players.
"Her communication is unbelievable," Fitzpat-
rick says. "She's definitely a players' coach, and
she coaches to their strengths. With Amanda,
you always feel like you can contribute."
As she moves forward, Butler says she will
continue to raise the level of
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Florida Facts

UF's thousands of windows are as varied as the students, faculty and staff
who depend upon them as a source of light. Can you guess where these
windows are on campus? Answers are on page 25.


Buckeyes Finally Beat Gators
With 51,913 students, UF is now the second largest
university campus in the United States according to U.S.
Department of Education statistics released this spring.
The largest? The Ohio State University, which boasts an
enrollment of 52,586.

Dr. Engineer
Engineering has entered a new realm: bodies. The J.
Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engi-
neering combines engineering with biology and medi-
cine to research and create everything from epilepsy
seizure warning systems to "Star Trek"-like medical
monitoring and imaging techniques.

More Than Bricks and Mortar
With more than 24 million specimens housed in three
buildings, the Florida Museum of Natural History is
the largest natural history museum in the Southeast.
Yet the museum isn't contained in buildings alone -
it also manages the 56-acre Randell Research Center,
an archaeological site on Pine Island near Fort Myers.

Not in Front of the Ladies
Before James Dickey became internationally famous
for his novel "Deliverance" which inspired the 1972
movie he served a short stint teaching at UF.
Gainesville apparently wasn't ready for him, however.
A controversy arose after he read "The Father's
Body" his poem about a little boy discovering the
masculine differences between himself and his dad -
to a Gainesville ladies' society. Condemned by the
university for poor judgment, Dickey left abruptly in
April 1956 after less than a year on staff.

Old School
Although the Center for Latin American Studies was not
founded until 1963, UF has offered classes concerning
Latin America since the 198os. Today the center offers
a number of undergraduate and graduate programs,
including study abroad opportunities in Brazil, Mexico
and Nicaragua.

Night Owls:
During the daylight hours, campus is over-
flowing with life. But it doesn't stop once the
sun goes down. See photos of UF under the
stars and make your best guess as to where
they were taken.

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Hitting the Bricks



Six questions about UF's budget cuts

By John M. Dunn and Cinnamon Bair

SF 's budget shrank by $69 million in the last year, including a $47 million cut that took effect July 1. President Bernie Machen
has warned that more cuts may be on the horizon. As the university tries to cope, Ai. ., t 1. magazine tries to answer some of the
U F more common questions about the situation and how long the money crunch could last.

How did this budget crunch happen?
Florida's economy began to falter when the housing
market cooled dramatically. Fewer housing starts and
falling home prices led to a fiscal meltdown that was
amplified by a worsening national outlook driven by the
credit market and higher prices for gas, food and other
goods. The result was a drop in consumer spending that
dealt a huge blow to state coffers, which rely on sales
tax, lottery and other revenues. The weakened economy
is affecting all facets of Florida's infrastructure, includ-
ing its 11 public universities.

How did UF respond to the budget cuts?
The university took several steps to slash costs, includ-
ing cutting all college and unit budgets by 6 percent,
reducing enrollment by 1,000 students a year for the
next four years, ending some degree programs, cutting
research funding, restructuring several departments
and eliminating about 400 positions (many of which
were vacant). The university also identified new revenue
opportunities, such as adding a charge for transcripts.
Details about the cuts can be found on the president's
Web site at

Will tuition increase?
It already has. UF trustees recently approved a state-
authorized 6 percent tuition hike for all 52,000 students.
In addition, trustees initiated the new Differential Tuition
Program that allows big universities such as UF to levy

Many of [the trustees]
would like to see tuition raised
further to bring UF's fees closer
to fair market value.

an extra 9 percent tuition increase on most freshmen and
sophomores. Even without a budget crunch, the tuition
increase was merited -UF charges one of the lowest
tuition rates among its peers nationwide, hampering the
university's ability to become a top -tier institution.
Thanks to the tuition increase and some additional
revenue from fees, UF was able to give modest raises.
Eligible faculty participated in a 3 percent merit raise
pool and staff received a 2 percent across-the-board
increase this at a time when many university employ-
ees feared they wouldn't receive any raises at all.

Details about the cuts can be found on the president's Web site at

When is the situation expected to improve?
It could get worse before it gets better. State revenues
are continuing to fall short of initial projections. Lottery
estimates have already been reduced by $75 million
for 2008-09 and by $56 million for 2009-10. President
Machen warned faculty this summer that more cuts
could therefore occur as soon as December.

Is there a lasting solution?
Board of Trustee members hope so. Many of them
would like to see tuition raised further to bring UF's fees
closer to fair market value. They would also like the state
to find a better funding formula that is less dependent
on student enrollment. Development of such a system,
in fact, is under way on the state level. The proposed
new funding model would take into account the varying
costs of degree programs as well as recognize the im-
portant role of research funding. Thus, the state would
provide more for a student pursuing a master's degree in
chemistry which requires expensive labs than a less
expensive junior majoring in English. Research funding
would recognize the state's return on investment.

How can I help?
With state funding faltering, continued private sup-
port to endow professorships, provide student financial
aid, build needed facilities and fund research is more
important than ever. To lend your support, visit www.


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follows the team like you do. You can name -"
.:very quarterback going back to the team's
S- ,hrst game. You have season tickets. You've
been to every game since graduation, home and /I
away, even skipping your brother's wedding to see the Gators take
on LSU. Your house is decked out in orange and blue, and you do not,
will not, accept defeat sitting down.
Look, we've heard it all before.
But let us ask you this: Would you be willing to wear an orange
wedding dress down the aisle? Sell your Dodge Viper in order to turn .
your garage into a home theater designed to look like the Gators' locked
room? Would you buy white cars to paint them orange and blue, teai -
out the interior and replace it with orange-and-blue leather, then colle.:r ,.
these vehicles and parade them to nearly every game?- -
It's not just the Gators, says UF associate professor of psycholo-
Ilan Shrira. It's all about identity. "You attach yourself to a group," he s :
"whether it's a race, an ethnicity or a sports team." And sports fans tei-.:-
to get absorbed in team identification. When a team is doing well, as
the Gators tend to do, they'll try to identify with them even more,
says Shrira.
Super fandom, he says, is also about conformity, being a part
of the pack. But even in a sea of orange and blue, there are still a few
who manage to stand out.


at Rosacker

_ 1 Pat Rosacker's day-to-day life he works in the family business, col-
1....-.. 1- ind is a husband and dad to a 5-year-old and 8-month-old r
.D ,.1.. ..1i when Rosacker (BSA '92) of Lake Worth wants to get away
h,,., .1 i11i he heads out to his former one-car garage turned home the-
,h.. i I1111 designed to look like the Gators' locker room. It's complete
iii -I i.N'I. ills and signed jerseys and helmets, including one from Emmitt
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I 1i''.., i i 1" I .11 ii try to reserve a seat next to him because being at Rosacker's
house at kickoff is the next best thing to being at the game. And sometimes when it's
blazing hot outside and your drink is empty, it's even better. When you're sitting next
to Rosacker, you're sitting in an air-conditioned home theater, in an electronic re- 0
lining leather chair, with a wet bar just steps away, watching the game on a lno-inch
big screen TV with surround sound amplifying the crowd of 90,000 at Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium. And at the Swamp Theater, as Rosacker has dubbed his ultimate Man Room,
he can keep an eye on other games, too, via three smaller screens. "You have to moni-
tor all activities," Rosacker says. And sometimes that means the kids. Rosacker can
program security cameras in his house to broadcast images such as the kids' rooms
when they're napping onto those three screens.
To Rosacker, the Gators and the university are ingrained in his daily life. Most of his
family members are alumni, and, really, he just loves the team. "I get goose bumps
when they come on the field," he says. 1I iI-.i - ... i. And to remind him of that
moment, the door to the theater boasts a full-scale image of the team running out of
the tunnel. Plus, one of Rosacker's greatest personal moments is entwined with the r
Gators he proposed to his wife on the scoreboard at the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Audio Advisors built this elaborate home theater for Pat (BSA '92)
and Suzanne Rosacker (BA '93) of Lake Worth. Aside from the fourTV
screens, surround sound and other electronic gadgets, accessories in-
clude reproductions of past Gator jerseys and helmets, miniature 1996
and 2006 BCS National Championship trophies
and other Gator memorabilia.


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Brenda Summers Burnside

Brenda Burnside (JD '94) of Silver Springs
didn't always like football. Hard
to believe, considering her
N wedding.
When guests arrived
at the Burnside home
March 12, 2005, they knew
they were in for a Gator-themed
ceremony. After all, the invitations had gone out with a
bride and groom Gator on the front and even asked guests
Rto don orange and blue for the ceremony and reception.
They had to know they were in for a party when they were
greeted by a costumed Gator who handed out orange-and-
blue beads and asked guests to sign the guestbook. But
what most were not prepared for was the bride's dedication
to her alma mater and more importantly, to the Gators.
When she appeared at the end of the aisle, she was wearing a
bright orange wedding dress. Some guests gasped, she says,
but even Burnside's soon-to-be mother-in-law who was
not so sure about this Gator tribute in the first place decided
it was beautiful.
And it was. She and her beloved, whom she met at the
Fightin' Gator Touchdown Club, knew from the start that the'
wanted a Gator wedding to remember. And Burnside knev
she wanted that orange dress in fact, she bought three
before ultimately settling on the beaded gown she wore in the
ceremony. She found it at a local bridal shop, and ironically, ]
it was made by a manufacturer in Tennessee. Her orange
veil, complete with blue rhinestones, was handmade. The
cuisine? Gator tail, swamp cabbage, orange punch and
blue margaritas. Even the salt on the tables which were
adorned with orange lilies and blue flowers was tinted
UF colors.
So the question is: Why, Brenda, why? It's simple for
Ma this UF fan. "There's nothing like being in the Swamp,"
i h she says. So even though Burnside wasn't a football fan at
the start of her UF career, nowadays she and her hubby
catch all the Gator games. You can spot the pair by
their wedding rings, which, of course, sport blue-
and-orange stones.


Stumpy Harris -

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Gordon "Stumpy' Harris (BA '61, JD '65) is really into the Gators. He's also into
customized cars. So the lawyer from Orlando combines his two passions. Harris
owns not only a van that he's souped up to be all things Gator, but also a whole
Ileet of Gatorized vehicles that he parades to Gainesville for just about every game.
I- l lie Fleet, as the train of vehicles has come to be known, has been an evolving 1 1
Sl.i.nomenon, says Harris.
It started with the van.
Harris bought it back in 1996 when car conversions were the thing to do. That white
van became a full-fledged Gator mobile with an orange-and-blue paint job coupled
with orange-and-blue leather interior. Then Harris added to the collection with a small r
trailer to attach to the back of the van to haul coolers, food and the tailgate tent. Then came the larger trailer to
accommodate growing tailgate needs. Plus they needed room for Harris' 1952 MG TD that he bought in law school
and later Gatorized. Then there's the pickup truck. Even Harris' grandkids drive Gator mobiles around the tailgates:
Harris makes sure to haul bicycles, motor scooters and the kids' Gator wagon to Gator Country.
Getting the Fleet to Gainesville takes a lot of dedication. The parade starts about a week before the game when
Harris drives the large trailer to Gainesville and parks it in the lot of the Hilton where he rents out the presidential G
suite for l]" I ii Then on game day, he brings the truck and his son brings the van. "I want to be set up and ready
to go four hours before kickoff," Harris says of the tailgates. "We are religious about it." That's back when the Fleet
was making an appearance at every game. These days, Harris owns a skybox at the stadium, so he only brings the
whole showroom to two or three games a season.
While Harris is well known in the parking lots, he thinks his super fandom is about a lot more than football. r
It's the University of Florida, period. He's served as alumni association president and on the board of the Gator
Boosters, and though he's donated plenty of money to athletics over the years, he's also created an endowment to
benefit students, not just student athletes. The Gators? They're just another part of a huge institution. But it's also
just plain fun to drive around in a souped-up 1952 MG, honking a horn that spouts Gator tunes.


Few fans have gone to the lengths that Orlando
attorney Gordon "Stumpy"
Harris has to show their Gator pride.
In addition to elaborate Gator decor in
his home and office, Harris has
a fleet of customized Gator vehicles,
including a van, a truck, a 1952 MG,
a 1932 Ford, three trailers, four bicycles,
a scooter and a wagon. Oh, and he also
donated a Gatorized RV to the
UF Athletic Association.

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Before text messages, cell phones, instant messaging and e-mail revolutionized
communication making "snail mail" seem archaic the occasional postcard or
letter from college was an institution. In the 102 years since the Gainesville campus

opened, cardstock-printed images of UF have made their way across land and sea,
many bearing the inevitable tidings of the weather, health and recent happenings
and travails.
Several hundred of those postcards have found their way back to Gainesville
where they've been preserved by the Matheson Museum. A search of the museum's
electronic archives through UF Digital Collections ( reveals
not only a wealth of old UF and Gainesville photos, but also a sampling of the short
notes each a miniature, handwritten time capsule that have been sent home by
students, tourists and visiting Ifamily through the years.
Join us as we peruse through other people's mail. It's not voyeurism it's history.
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Before text messages, cell phones, instant messaging and e mail revolutionized
communication making "snail mail" seem archaic the occasional postcard or
letter from college was an institution. In the 102 years since the Gainesville campus
opened, cardstock printed images of UF have made their way across land and sea,
many bearing the inevitable tidings of the weather, health and recent happenings
and travails.
Several hundred of those postcards have found their way back to Gainesville
where they've been preserved by the Matheson Museum. A search of the museum's
electronic archives through UF Digital Collections ( reveals
not only a wealth of old UF and Gainesville photos, but also a sampling of the short
notes each a miniature, handwritten time capsule that have been sent home by
students, tourists and visiting family through the years.
Join us as we peruse through other people's mail. It's not voyeurism it's history.


While these images offer a visual glimpse into
the past, these excerpts from other postcards
offer a view of campus life in general.


Bums of Bartow Drug Co.,

Safe, Sound and Sober. Begin actual work tomorrow.
Football prospects look good. Small crowd here all new
men only about 250 at most.
Col. G. Edwin Walker


Hello Bill, old horse,

Here's hoping you're making out all right. Write me
what you are getting this year. My stuff this session is
just plain academic with a little emphasis on chemistry,
and they are going to let me have my degree in three
years. Well, hit her up old boy and make a reputation.

Yours, R.L. Feldman

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JUNE 1949:

Dear Grammie,

Just now I'd swap a lot of this weather for just a little
Maine weather! It certainly is hot, but the people here say
it is only warm!

Went swimming at Jacksonville Beach the day before
yesterday and both of us got a nice sunburn which we still
feel! Guess we're not used to a southern sun.

Love, Thelma


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APRIL 1945:

Dear John,

I received your letter several days ago or longer. Glad you
enjoyed your trip to California I like Los Angeles pretty
well, but I haven't visited San Francisco.

I'm working fairly hard now exams only 4 weeks away.
Boy, will I be glad to get my certificate of two years work,
so I can go into Law School this June.
Drop me a letter or a card.

According to all reports this has been the coldest winter in Florida's history.
Much of the fruit has been destroyed and the cattlemen are short of feed.

Karen likes the "U" here so far. Buildings are beautiful.

Not much fishing so far, Ralph, but weather is warmer this morning, so we
may try it this afternoon. Regards to you both and to Harold.

Helen and Rob

Your Friend, Lou

AUGUST 1943:

Dear Aunt Susie and Aunt Lettie,

Sorry that I got your letter too late to be of any help re-
garding the hospitals. Have never been happier than
I am here it's wonderful. The trip down wasn't bad
at all. Johnny is fine healthier than I've ever seen him.
Rented a bicycle today for the month so I'll see the

AudItIum U ty of1 Florid. Gn-vl lod

Love, Mardi

CIRCA 1920S:

Dear Sara and Mabel,

Here for my 3rd week at school. 5 more weeks! I like it
real well but have plenty to do. Rather warm some days.
Am taking Psychology, sociology, music, primary meth-
ods, shelling methods all require outside reading. I got
2nd grade at Davenport. I am feeling well and glad I didn't
go home on account of your backward summers. Altho I
sure would love to see everybody especially the kiddoes.
The Univ. buildings are beautiful. 1233 students.



We all expect to blow in March 2nd (about!). Don't give it a
care. We have a key so if someone walks in on you (in) the
middle of the night it ain't poltergeists.

The Krastons



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Levees weren't the only aged infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
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transformed it in ways that others wouldn't have
believed possible."
Medicaid is one area that benefited from Levine's
interest. He worked to give patients choices among
competing health
plans, Benson says.
Levine's career
in Florida created
an unusual resume
where he helped
steer the state's
hospital and health
care system through
eight hurricanes as
well as championing medical liability reform. He served
as deputy chief of staff and senior health policy adviser
to then- Gov. Jeb Bush, taking a pay cut and giving up
stock and stock options to join Bush's team. He has also
been an administrator at South Bay Hospital in Sun City
Center, Doctors' Memorial Hospital in Perry, Tallahas-
see Community Hospital, Columbia Regional Medical
Centers and Bayonet Point/Hudson Medical Center in
Now Levine is bringing his experience from the
public and private sectors to a state still reeling from
Hurricane Katrina.
"The fundamental challenges in Louisiana are no
different than in Florida just more pronounced,"
Levine says. "Creating a competitive work force; an
aged health care infrastructure; shortages of physi-
cians; how do we as a nation deal with the aging of our
developmentally disabled population to ensure they can
live with dignity and the proper support?; how do we
ensure that every American has access to health care
services when they need it?, etc."
If Levine had any doubts about his impact, they were
dispelled during a recent press conference to announce
the expansion of health insurance for children.
A mother brought her 2-year- old son to the event
and "literally cried when she told us her story about
how she had lost her job, and with it, insurance for her
son," Levine says.
"She was so frightened about what she'd do. She
was the first person to enroll her child in the expanded
program and could not have been more grateful.
And she was paying a premium, so it was not like
she was looking for a handout. She wanted to take

i.. i,.. .[I.iir I... her own child, but was struggling,"
he says. "I guess my point here is that this is a vivid
reminder to me of how personal these issues are to
families, and the fact that I have a role in shaping
this policy is something
in..... liii special."
But there is also a less ad-
ministrative side to Levine -
one that likes to read, snow
ski and ride his motorcycle
(always with a helmet).
Levine is a self-proclaimed
avid Gator fan. Benson says
people still talk about the
Florida memorabilia that filled his work space.
Even though he's moved to Louisiana, Levine still
tries to get to every Gator home football game and at
least one or two away games.
His pride goes beyond sports, though, sounding like
a recruiter when he talks about UF.
"What you learn there, you carry with you the rest
of your life," he says.
Levine has adapted to living away from The Swamp.
When he was working in Tallahassee, he made sure he
could always watch his beloved Gators with a crowd.
He says he bought a sports-themed Beef O'Brady's
restaurant there because "I needed a place that had
a lot of televisions."
Moving to Louisiana has put him even farther from
his home turf.
"I'm behind enemy lines," jokes Levine.
But that hasn't calmed his enthusiasm.
Levine lives on a golf course where the Louisiana
State University golf team practices. And, yes, they all
know where his house is thanks to the Gator flag.
"He's just funny and engaging and a great story-
teller," says Benson.
One of his stories revolves around getting caught in a
speed trap in Baton Rouge and wondering whether his
Gator tag prompted the traffic stop.
The deputy assured Levine he wasn't pulled because
of his choice of team colors.
"But," he told Levine, "it's sure going to make it a lot
more fun to give you this ticket."

Levine brings a wealth of knowledge to his
new role, including experience as deputy
chief of staff and senior health policy adviser
to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

My Old School

UF Recognizes 50 Years of Integration
A Special "My Old School"

In the summer of 1969, (from left) senior Hank Dunn
(BA '70) happily volunteered to room with Leonard George
(BSBR '74, JD '80), a freshman football player. Also pictured
in their dorm room are teammate freshman Gary Ecker
(BSJ '77) and junior basketball player Vernon Chuning ('69).

On December 17, 1968, Leonard
George from Tampa signed to play
football with the Gators as the first black player in
school history. The next day Willie Jackson signed
in Sarasota. Leonard arrived on campus for summer
school 1969. I was also going to school to try to avoid
the draft.
For whatever reason they were housing athletes in
the new tower dormitory instead of Yon Hall. Before
the term started I went over to the coaches offices to
find out what room I would live in for the summer. I
overheard a conversation between one of the coaches
and a fellow football player. The line I remember from
the player was, "I'm not going to room with a n--."
I said, "Coach, I will."

Leonard went on to be the first black player to score
a touchdown on Alabama's home field. He eventually
received his law degree at Florida in 1980.

Hank Dunn (BA '70), Lansdowne, Va.

As an involved student in the Black
Student Union, I was always abreast
of issues concerning black folk and was compelled
to make a difference on UF's campus to make sure
UF became more inviting to black students. In fact, I
later became BSU president and continued to advocate
for parity as it related to ethnic issues. I also had the
distinction of working with the Institute of Black Cul-
ture, which was the hub of activity for black students
at UF. Thus, we set out to make sure there was diver-
sity throughout campus and welcomed the novel idea
of supporting Cynthia Mays for homecoming queen.
I knew her personally, for we shared an English class
together as first semester freshmen, summer 1971,
and she was a conscientious student. Not only was
she about business academically, but she was adorned
with class, style, beauty and charm. She was the
epitome of an authentic Nubian Queen.
When Cynthia decided she would run for home-
coming queen, the black student body supported her
in every manner possible. She received words of en-
couragement and support; black students were ever-
present at the preliminaries to cheer her onto victory.
We were elated to have one of our own to represent
us. At homecoming she was crowned, and there was
a great deal of elation for such a milestone. We made
Tradition dictated that the reigning queen participate
in the subsequent festivities by riding in the parade and

making an appearance in The Swamp. However, Cyn-
thia Mays was being denied this opportunity for she
had married her college beau. What a stir this caused
among black students on campus. We organized and
staged a protest in the Reitz Union, demanding that she
reign over homecoming even though she was married.
Because of the togetherness we had as black students,
our voices were heard and Cynthia was able to do the
honors at homecoming. The powers that be acquiesced
by listening to our plea, for this could have been the
commencement of civil unrest on campus.

Dr. Samuel Lamar Wright Sr. (BA '74), Tampa

I was very happy to see the invita-
tion from this publication to submit
thoughts and memories honoring the 50oth anniver-
sary of UF's integration. I had not realized it started
in 1958...When I entered in 1961, I'd heard it was the
first year because there were a handful of African-
American (a term that had not yet been introduced)
undergraduate students.
These students were not permitted to sit in school
cafeterias and could not shop or eat in any of the
business establishments in the white part of town,
which included the area right across the street from
the university and the popular College Inn. The UF
administration stated the cafeterias were run by private
contractors and they could not do anything about that.
The College Inn, the downtown movie theater and
other restaurants and shops claimed the right of private
property to make their own decisions about who could
enter. Some claimed sympathy for the cause of equal
rights but argued it would hurt their business if they
allowed non-whites to enter.

Arguments about these things, the nature of
private property rights, civil rights, states' rights,
individual rights, etc., echoed not just in the halls of
the law school and political science departments, but
throughout the campus, with frequent letters to the
editor of The,, .-..i...
Occasionally, I would see one of the "colored" stu-
dents and wonder how they felt in the sea of white. But I
didn't have the courage at the time to reach out. Some-
times I would pass near the College Inn and see the small
group of white and black students walking with signs
of protest on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. I
fantasized joining them, but held back. I decided I would
at least not eat there until they integrated.
In my first two years at UF I was part of a fraternity.
From there, the consensus on the protesters was that
they were geeks. This, among other things, led me to
leave the fraternity system and write a series of articles
published in The ",. ,t.-- .. i- i. i. i- -. i ,h i .1 i>und to be
the conformist and closed- mindedness of the fraternity/
sorority world at the time. Finding a more independent
vantage point, I also found the courage to cross what was
for me an immense chasm of demons and fears and go to
a meeting of the Student Group for Equal Rights. I joined
the civil rights movement and then the evolving anti-
war and student rights movements.
In the end a small group of faculty, students and
members of the Gainesville community worked
together for years to challenge the mindset that we
can barely imagine now that was held by university
administrators, faculty, students, businesspeople and
ordinary citizens of Gainesville.
What I find most hopeful in all this, is that it can
happen. Minds can change and people can take ac-
tions that help others to wake up. It's helpful to me
to remember this when I look at how far we still have
to go. I'm proud of finally finding the courage to cross
that line into taking action, and I think it was the most
important event of my whole experience at UF.

Alan Levin (BA '67), Nyack, N.Y.

As a sophomore medical student at
the College of Medicine, I welcomed

the assignment of Esther Brown as my "little sister" in
September 1959. During the course of that semester,
my roommate left and I invited Esther to room with
me in Student Housing adjacent to the Medical School.
She had a 45- minute walk to school every morning,
and the same at night.
Within a few days after she moved in, we were both
evicted for "damaging property," which was untrue.
I went to Dean Harrell in panic since I did not have funds
to live anywhere else, being a foreign student. He was
very frustrated with me and the whole situation. He
explained that as a Hungarian I did not understand the
racial politics of the American South and did not realize
that integrating a school was not the same as integrat-
ing living quarters on university property. There was
nothing he could do to undo or remedy the situation.
I guess I was naive and colorblind.
Esther dropped out of school at the end of the year
after being under tremendous pressures. I always won-
dered what happened to her.

Agnes Vessey 1 'i' (MD '62), Dallas

In 1961 I1 was the sports editor of The
Florida Alligator, then on campus. I
was also an assistant to Norm Carlson in the sports
publicity department of the athletic department and a
student in the journalism college.
As the Fi..-. i i, i.. i 1 approached, I wrote a series
of columns in The,, ".' .... I first suggested that, with
Bobby Hayes then the fastest man in the world (too
yd/meter dash) running for the Florida A&M track
team, it would be a good time to invite the Rattlers to
the Fi. i i,.. i ,- .. The administration did not respond.
I subsequently suggested, not subtly, that in 1961 it
was appropriate that UF integrate its athletic programs,
and that those officials who refused to do so, from the
governor on down, should step down.
Needless to say my remarks raised some controversy
at the athletic department, which fired me from by
student job. Later, while in law school, I learned about
conflicts of interest and realized that I should have
resigned from the sports publicity department before
writing the columns.
Later in the spring, the Mississippi State Bulldogs
won the SEC basketball championship but were barred

from competing in the NCAA Tournament by the Mis-
sissippi Legislature, as they would have played Loyola
of Chicago, an all-black team, in the first round. My
column replied, reached Starkville and was reprinted in
the Mississippi State Maroon.
My father graduated from Alabama in 1932, I earned
degrees from Florida in 1963 and 1965, my daughter
graduated from Georgia in 1985. No one in my family
ever saw any benefit in dividing the American people
by race.
I congratulate the University of Florida for the last
50o years.

Michael Gora (Bs '63, JD '65), Boca Raton

The year was 1970, and I was receiving
my aerospace engineering degree in
December. During my last year at UF, I would make
frequent trips to Miami to x i .1 I iii -1 and my girl,
Cristina (now my wife of 37 years).
God knows my budget was limited, but I had a reli-
able '62 Dodge to make the trips home. Posting ads for
riders in the Student Union bulletin board, charging $5
each way, financed my trips.
One day I received a call from a girl who needed a
ride. After discussing the arrangements, she said there
was one problem. She was black.
The fact that she would bring this up not that she
was black caught me by surprise. After a brief pause,
I told her she was embarrassing me by even bringing
this into the conversation. She then showed concern
about other riders that would be traveling with us,
whether they might object. I told her I would pick her
up first, and I reassured her that if any rider that we
would pick up had a problem, they would not ride.
The trip was completely uneventful in both direc-
tions. I met her parents, who thanked me for looking
after their daughter.
After all these years, I've forgotten her name, but
never forgot the experience.

Nestor Moya (BSAE '70), Miami

High Mileage

Homer Hooks turned in his driver's license. But he's kept a lifetime of memories.

By Homer Hooks (BA '43)

Homer Hooks, 87, stopped driving as a safety measure.
He lives in Lakeland with his wife, Lois.

I gave up my driver's license.
It was voluntary. I considered myself a good driver -
no accidents or citations of any kind. But I just passed
my 87th birthday, and I realized my reaction time was
about a half a beat slower than it used to be. And my
vision is far from perfect.
My ophthalmologist diagnosed me in the early
stages of macular degeneration, and I couldn't seem
to get glasses strong enough to read the paper, use my
computer, watch TV and drive without constant lens
changes. I stopped driving at night months ago.
Turning in the license was like the painful end of
an essential part of my lifestyle. A trivial comparison
would be suddenly to stop wearing shoes.
I started driving 70 years ago as the weekend deliv-
ery boy at our town's sole grocery store. It was the cus-
tom then for people to come to the store on Saturdays,
put their orders together and leave. My job after the
store closed that night was to deliver to their homes
in the store's Ford pickup.

Hooks built up a variety of
driving memories ranging from
grocery store delivery boy to
World War II driver.

This was in Clermont, just west of Orlando. These
were pre-Disney, Depression times. Some of my deliv-
eries were on unpaved and unlighted sand roads. Many
were to "the quarters" where black folks lived. Very
frequently, with quiet spirituals in the background,
I was offered a cold drink and a piece of cake, and I
would stop and talk to the family in a smoky dark room
lit only by a candle or
lantern. And sometimes
there was a party going St
on and I was offered a 1 h take
bourbon and Coke, amid
much good-natured loudad broke d
talk about "give the white
boy something. I politely replied that I had to drive
the truck to several more deliveries and they, more
than most people, knew what the police would do to
a drinking driver on Saturday night. Sometimes my
truck would get stuck in the sand, and two or three
black men would help me dig it out. Nearby white folks
(if there were any) seemed to be too busy doing their
own thing.
And then there was the fascinating bit part I played as
a driver in Army Intelligence in World War II. I was a first
lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry, 102nd Division, 406th Regi
mental Combat Team, poised on the west bank of the Elbe

River, ready to dash to Berlin- about 50 in. .. i. -
and capture it in the name of the Allies and work out a
deal later with the Russians for the Occupation.
We got an urgent summons from Supreme Head-
quarters to come immediately to pick up new instruc-
tions. So the Regimental Combat Team commander
and I jumped in our jeep and drove to HQ.
The message was very simple:
ate O3 By agreement at the highest level
Ir history (Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin?),
our attack force was ordered to hold
up on the west bank of the Elbe and
allow the Russians to enter Berlin
first the Americans and British and
other Allied troops would come in later.
I often speculate on what course postwar history
might have taken if our jeep had broken down, the
"hold fast" message was never delivered, and we had
captured and occupied Berlin before the Russians.
Negro spirituals by lantern-light, the course of his-
tory riding on four jeep tires these add up to unfor-
gettable driving memories. I will miss them all.

Homer Hooks is the retired chairman of The Hooks
Group, a communications -, ."i- . ., 'I I.

Florida TOMORROW is.

... surpassing expectations. Now at the midway point,
UF's capital campaign is on target to succeed.
This year has proved to be unexpected for the University of Florida in several ways. Despite the state Legislature cut-
ting $69 million from UF's annual budget, the university's Florida Tomorrow capital campaign has received a record
$250 million in gifts and commitments from alumni and friends. As the campaign reaches its midpoint, UF leaders
celebrate some recent developments:

UF broke ground on an 8o,ooo-square- foot facility for the
Emerging Pathogens Institute, which plans to help Florida com-
bat diseases, insects and other imported threats to residents, ani-
mals and agriculture.

The 192-bed Shands at the University of Florida Cancer Hospital
is well on its way toward completion in 2009. The much-antic-
ipated facility will complement a major university initiative to
continue the fight against cancer.

More than 1,1oo students who are the first in their economically
disadvantaged families to attend college are able to afford books
and living expenses at UF thanks to the Florida Opportunity
Scholars program. The gift- driven program took $5.7 million this
year to fund and has yielded a 95 percent retention rate among its

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art plans to add a 22,ooo-square-
foot addition to house its Asian collections thanks to a $10 million
donation from David and Mary Ann Cofrin. The two-story ad-
dition, which will feature an Asian garden on its west side, will
include art galleries, a mezzanine suite, storage and conservation

UF opened the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh
Hall, a building made possible through a $5 million commitment
from Jim and Alexis Pugh. The center will prepare students to be
future leaders through multidisciplinary training to help them
with problem solving and decision making in both the private
and public sectors.

Construction was finished on the James W. "Bill" Heavener Foot-
ball Complex at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Located on the facil-
ity's southwest side, the three-story, 6,815-square-foot addition
serves as a new front door for the football program.

These are just a few examples of the commitment and generosity that
help catapult UF to the upper echelon of public higher education in-
stitutions. They prove that Florida Tomorrow will indeed create a place, a
time and a belief where anything is possible.

How will you change tomorrow?
Learn more about UF's needs and the goals set by each college and
unit by visiting

''Florida TOMORROW is a place where
we build high performance, energy-efficient
green bC iild ings.
-'T. , Grinnan, student in the
College of Design, Construction and Planning

'Florida TOMORROW is the day when
the research clone by Warrington C ,, jc Ph.D.s
changes the aeaceof the business coimm unit y.
-Bart Weitz, Warrington College
of Business Administration professor

' 'Florida TOMORROW is right he e in
front of LIS. This community of faculty an c stu-
dents comes together to createan enCvironment
that launches the next generation of movers.
of explorers and of leaders."
- ii Drummond Cawthon,
Department of Theatre and Dance professor

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Campaign Update

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After 18 months of construction, the James W. "Bill" Heavener Football Complex at the southwest corner of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium opened in mid-July. Built solely with private donations,
the complex includes improvements and expansions needed by the football program. Names of those who contributed to the project are displayed above the main entrance.

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