Alumni Notes:

Updates from CLASmates


George B. Kauffman (PhD, Chemistry) was honored by the S.I. Vavilov Institute for the History of Natural Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences with a Laudatory Decree on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Kauffman, who is a professor of chemistry at California State University, Fresno, was cited for his "contributions to chemistry and the history of chemistry, especially his notable pioneering work on the history of Russian inorganic chemistry and his investigations of the role of Russian inorganic chemists." He has also been commissioned to write histories of two divisions of the American Chemical Society, which will appear in its forthcoming 125th anniversary volume, and biographies of five leading American chemists, which will appear in his feature, "Kauffman's Chemical Corner," in the magazine Chemical Heritage.

J. Michael McCarthy (BA, History) has been appointed as a Circuit Judge of the State of Florida 10th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties.

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Gary Corseri (BA, English) has published his first novel, A Fine Excess: An Australian Odyssey. While at UF, Corseri was the features editor and popular columnist ("Corseri's Cut-Outs") of The Florida Alligator. More information on the author and the book is available at <>.

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Donald Eastman (PhD, English) has been named the new president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl. Eastman will take over the position on July 1, 2001 and will become the fourth president of the 40-year-old nationally recognized liberal arts college. After graduating with a PhD in English, he was an instructor in the humanities at UF from 1971-72 and an assistant professor of English in 1974. Since then, Eastman has garnered over 30 years experience as a college teacher and administrator. He has served on the administrations of several universities including the University of Tennessee, Cornell University, and most recently the University of Georgia, where he is currently the vice president for strategic planning and public affairs.

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W. Stuart Towns (MA, Speech, 1962; PhD, Speech, 1972) is now the chairperson of the department of communication at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

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Gregory J. Halvatzis (MS, Geology) received an Excellence of Presentation award and a Best Poster Session award for two technical papers he presented at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies 50th Annual Convention held in Houston, Texas in October 2000. Approximately 2,100 geologists attended the convention. Halvatzis has worked as a petroleum geologist for the past 25 years and resides in Kingwood, Texas with his wife and two children.

Edna Saffy (PhD, Speech--Rhetoric and Public Address) was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Richard C. Wilson (BS, Psychology) was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons for his volunteer medical mission work in rural Haiti.

Boyce A. Drummond (PhD, Zoology) began his new position as director of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) at Colorado State University in January 2001. The program has a staff of over 40 professional biologists and data managers. The purpose of CNHP is to survey the natural areas of Colorado, inventory sites of biodiversity, and monitor the status of threatened and endangered species.

Leonard P. Jacobs (BA, Religion) earned a MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1998, and has been hired as the information systems manager for Minnesota Corporate Federal Credit Union. In addition, he is also the president of a web development and e-business company, and is the father of two children.

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Claire L. Reetz (MA, Spanish) is department chair of liberal arts at the north campus of Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where she also teaches Spanish and humanities. She has recently started her own business, Clear Light Educational Resources, which provides content and consulting for foreign language labs throughout the US.

John V. TuckerJohn V. Tucker (BA, Philosophy) was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Pinellas County Opportunity Council. He is a partner with the Law Offices of Anderson & Tucker in St. Petersburg.

Thomas M. Donegan, Jr. (BA, Political Science) is vice president and assistant general counsel for Brown & Brown, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. He is a 1998 graduate of Emory UniversitySchool of Law.

Mark S. Kashdan (BS, Psychology) is now an attorney with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He is engaged to be married to Deanna Huffman of Crystal River, Florida.

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Kristi Sherrard McCray (BA, Anthropology, 1991; MA, Anthropology, 1994) and her husband Todd McCray are traveling around the world, bringing international adventure and education to children via the internet. Their interactive educational website <> is designed to teach students about the world. As they travel, the McCrays update their website with thousands of digital images, sounds and educational projects, which teach culture, geography and science. Their journey began in June of 2000 and has taken them to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Fiji and New Zealand and will continue through Australia, Malaysia, South East Asia, Nepal, India, Egypt, the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe.

The AerialistRichard Schmitt (BA, English) has published his first novel, The Aerialist, which tells the story of a drifter who joins the circus and falls under its tarnished, magical spell. Schmitt's stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, The Marlboro Review, Flyway, Puerto del Sol, and Flying Horse Magazine. He lives on a horse farm in Central Florida with his wife and daughter.

Cathy Ferrer (MA, Mathematics) teaches at Valencia Community College in Orlando. In 1997, she became a tenured faculty member in the mathematics department at the east campus.

Andrew Fussner (BA, Political Science) earned his JD in 1999, and has been named Director of Planned Giving for the American Heart Association Florida Affiliate. He works and lives in St. Petersburg and can be reached at.

Brandi Baker Gross (BA, Anthropology) graduated from the University of South Florida in December 2000 with a MA in secondary education. She was married on December 30, 2000.

Dalel Raide (BA, Political Science) received a Miami Scholars scholarship to attend the University of Miami School of Law and plans to graduate in May 2001.

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