Alumni Notes

Updates from CLASmates

Tracy D. Connors, Capt. (BA, English) was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Navy upon retirement for his service as director of the Quality of Life Broadcast Network for the Navy's LIFElines Initiative.

Robert R. Morrsion (PhD, Romance Languages) has written Lope de Vega and the Comedia de Santos, number 33 in the "Ibérica" series of Peter Lang, New York and Bern. He retired in 1994 after 36 years of university teaching.

book coverShelley Bowen Hatfield (BA, Spanish) has written Chasing Shadows: Apaches and Yaquis Along the United States-Mexico Border, 1876-1911. It was published by the University of New Mexico Press.

Marvin Pokrant (PhD, Physics) recently had two books published by Greenwood Press: Desert Shield at Sea: What the Navy Really Did and Desert Storm at Sea: What the Navy Really Did. He is retired and lives in Laguna Niguel, California.

WrightSamuel Lamar Wright (BS, Psychology) is the Director of Multicultural Admissions at the University of South Florida. He completed his Doctor of Education degree at USF in 1999 and is the father of two children.

book coverFrank J. Bonaccorso (PhD, Zoology) has published his first book, Bats of Papau New Guinea in the Conservation International Field Guide Series. He is working on a second book about the marine mammals of Melanesia and also serves as the chief curator on natural history at the Papau New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery.

Richard Downs (MA, Latin American Studies) is now the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium.

FanizzaJoanne Fanizza (BA, Political Science) was recently appointed by the Broward County Commission to its Commission on the Status of Women. Fanizza also owns her own law practice and is a city council member for the City of Wilton Manors where she lives.

Gregory Smits (BA, History) has written Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics. It was published by the University of Hawai'i Press in 1999. He is an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Penn State University.

Darryl R. Wishard (BA, Political Science) has become a shareholder in the law firm of Mitchell, Mitchell, Gray and Gallagher, P.C., in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Keith H. Kaner (BS, Microbiology) is a clinical assistant professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Nova Southeastern University and maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida.

Jerald A. Bell (BS, Chemistry) received his MD from East Tennessee State University in 1996 and completed his ophthalmology residency at West Virginia University in June 2000. He has been accepted for a Glaucoma Fellowship at Yale University.

Juan Riera (BA, History) is a doctoral student in history at Texas Tech University. He teaches classes in Latin American and Iberian studies and is also a research assistant at the Vietnam Archives.

Robert Quinter (BS, Political Science) is the sales manager for the Robert Mondavi Winery in Boca Raton, Florida.

Steve Tetreault (BS, Psychology) has graduated from Life University with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

ScolinsBrandi Scolins (BA, English) has written her first novel titled My Intended: A Love Story. The book was published in March 2000 by Harper Collins.

Jennifer A. Tonzello (PhD, Chemistry) has been hired as an analyst with Research Corporation Technologies in Tucson, Arizona. She works with the Gene Expression Technologies (GET) program.


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Grand Guard Weekend Draws Alumni

On the weekend of September 21-23, CLAS honored its Grand Guard alumni, those who graduated 50 or more years ago. Each fall, UF's Alumni Association hosts the weekend celebration, which this year included the formal induction ceremony, a reception at the president's house, lectures about the college's latest research, and the home football game against Kentucky. Attendees from the class of 1950 who were inducted into the Grand Guard this year included Frank Costner, Charlotte Chamberlain Crevasse, Pete DuBose, Neil Geiger, Joyce Glicksberg, Yale Gunn, Dick Holtzendorf, and Frank Hurley. Other attendees were Hal Henderly ('37), Jim Lovelace ('38), Herb Kay ('40), Jesus Carmona ('42), Charles Parker ('42), Clark H. Dowdell ('43), Murry Lasley ('44), Ed Kissam ('49) and Steve Richardson ('49).

Top Row Left: Charlotte Chamberlin Crevasse and husband Bud Crevasse. Top Row, Right: Professor of history Julian Pleasants (left), Interim Dean Neil Sullivan (center), and Yale Gunn (right). Bottom Row, Left: Frank and Betty Hurley Bottom Row, Right: Herb Kay

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