and strong, long-
relevant as we es-
tablish new homes
for important David Guzick
components of UF
and Shands HealthCare. Soon we will
open three major buildings: the Shands
Cancer Hospital at UF, the Biomedical
Sciences Building and the Emerging
Pathogens Institute. More than just
bricks and mortar, the facilities represent
our commitment to offering the best
medical treatments, to improving scien-
tific and scholarly research collaboration
and to ensuring excellence in education
across the health sciences.
They open their doors at a time
when we are implementing our vision
of an integrated academic health center,
bringing together the Health Science
Center and Shands such that the whole
is greater than its parts. In doing so,
we'll better position ourselves to define
our niche in the marketplace, maintain
our national leadership status in the
realms of research and education and
continue to excel in delivering topnotch
patient care. This strategic synergy will
propel us forward.
I'm excited about what we will ac-
complish. The building blocks are in
place. Let's move ahead together.
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D.
UF Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
President, UF&Shands Health System
UFCC seeks online pledges
The Gator Nation has a long history
of caring and compassion. Giving back to
our community is as much a University of
Florida tradition as graduating future lead-
ers and winning national championships.
"This year more
than any other, our
the Gator Nation's
help," said Levin
College of Law
Dean Robert Jerry.
Jerry is chairman
of the UF Com-
munity Campaign GAT R
Last year, Giving for a Greater Cause
faculty and staff
contributed more than $1 million to the
UFCC. Funds assist in healing illnesses,
helping families in financial crisis, feeding
the homeless, giving babies a healthy start,
saving lives and more.
Donations are accepted through payroll
deduction, cash, check, debit or credit card.
Visit www.ufcc.ufl.edu for more informa-
tion and to pledge online until Oct. 23.
UF UNIVERSITY of
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Behind some of the most
recognizable professional mascots'
plush suits and painted mesh,
there lies a Gator.
You likely would never
guess that under his big yellow
antlers and giant-size Rochester
Americans hockey jersey, The
Moose actually bleeds orange
and blue. Or you may not think
the man behind Sir Purr of the
Carolina Panthers got his start
as an intern at the University of
One former University
Athletic Association intern and.. ;=.. "" ..
three former Albert mascots......
three former Albert mascots Tony Cajiga, The Moose mascot for the Rochester Americans,
are now professional mascot previously served as UF mascot Albert.
coordinators. In addition to the
Amerks and Panthers, Gators are
part of the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins.
Tony Cajiga served as Albert from 2001 to 2004. He is now a
mascot for the Rochester Amerks, in addition to his other job
as an engineer in New York. He said he never imagined he
would be a professional mascot. Even trying out for Albert
was someone else's idea.
"Somebody in my dorm saw an ad in the student
newspaper for Gator mascot tryouts and told me I should
give it a shot," he said.
As Albert, Cajiga participated in numerous events, such
as the Outback Bowl, dedication of the Albert and Alberta
statues at Emerson Alumni Hall and the filming of a CBS
Sports commercial. The most exciting part of being Albert was
performing in front of all the football fans, Cajiga said.
"I'll never forget the feeling the first time I stood at the 50-yard-line and heard, 'Heeeeeeere
come the Gators!' over the PA system," he said.
In comparison to being Albert, Cajiga said the biggest difference is the size of the crowd. The
hockey arena holds about 12,000 fans considerably less than the 90,000-plus capacity of Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium.
He may be The Moose, but Cajiga definitely has not lost that Gator spirit.
Some of the Rochester fans know he is a Gator and they do the Gator chomp. One family of
season-ticket holders once got him a special present.
"I opened it up and it was a Florida Gators BCS Championship T-shirt," he said.
By Allison Simpson
I Read more of this story at www.insideuf.ufl.edu
UF Career Resource Center presents Career Showcase, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
0' Connell Center.
History of Science Society presents "Following the Fossil Trail: Roy Chap-
man Andrews' Life with Dinosaurs," 3 to 4 p.m, Pugh Hall, 210.
School of Music presents UF Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., University
Florida Museum Exhibit: "Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni
Art," on display through Jan. 3, 2010. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
University Galleries Art Exhibit: "Alagarto: UF Printmakers," on display
through Oct. 23, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Focus Gallery.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar
For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
Sclick"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
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Editor Susan Stewart
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