Alumni CLASnotes Fall 2002

Development Spotlight



Calling All Gators!
The University of Florida Archives needs your help. Do you have photographs, yearbooks, memorabilia or other materials from your student days? We would love to have your old letter sweater, football pennant or rat cap. We have thousands of official photographs depicting campus places and events, but few informal photographs or home movies or videos taken by students. If you have anything you would like to contribute, contact University Archivist Carl Van Ness at 352-392-6547, ext. 310 or carvann@mail.uflib.ufl.edu.


Reunions 2003
The University of Florida Alumni Association invites you to come back to Gator Country for your 30, 25, 10 or 5-year class reunion weekend on April 11-12, 2003. Get back in touch with old Gator friends from the undergraduate classes of 1963, 1978, 1993 and 1998. Call the UF Alumni Association at 1-888-FLALUMNI or visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu/reunion for more information.


 Political Science Department Library

Library Opens Its Doors
The Political Science Department Library opened its doors recently, thanks to a private donation made by a generous alumnus. The library is housed on the restored third floor of Anderson Hall, which was destroyed by a fire in 1971. "When we rebuilt, we saw the need for a departmental library," says Jeff Gill, library director and political science professor. "We have been able to acquire some donations from our retirees, but what this gift has allowed us to do is obtain reference materials faculty members would never give away when they retire." The third floor of Anderson was refurbished and reopened in 2001, and the library occupies one beautifully restored room with high-vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. Floor to ceiling cherry oak shelves hold political commentaries, professional journals, texts and reference materials. The library is enjoyed by political science faculty and students as a place to study, research and meet for discussion groups.


Flint Hall

Anderson and Flint Halls Receive Historic Preservation Awards
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has presented Outstanding Restoration Achievement Awards to UF for the recent restoration of Anderson and Flint Halls. Each year, the organization recognizes significant contributions of individuals, societies, businesses and government entities that have demonstrated outstanding achievement. Following a determined campaign to restore historic campus buildings, a generous gift from Kenneth and Janet Keene in 1997, together with state funding, allowed the university to restore both Anderson and Flint Halls. The buildings underwent renovations from 1999-2001 under the direction of Rowe Architects and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Former CLAS Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Lisa McElwee-White accepted plaques on behalf of the university at the 2002 Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in St. Petersburg in May.

Left: Former CLAS Associate Dean Lisa McElwee-White, Associate Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Division Al Dompe and architect Tom Hammer of Rowe Architects display the award plaques in front of Flint Hall.


Research Foundation Professors
The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its annual class of UF Research Foundation Professors. The three-year professorships were created by the UFRF to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. Six CLAS professors received the awards this year, which include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant. The following CLAS professors received the professorships this year.

Nora Alter, Associate Professor of German
Paul Avery, Professor of Physics
Michael Binford, Professor of Geography
Elizabeth Lada, Associate Professor of Astronomy
Robert McMahon, Professor of History
Craig Osenberg, Associate Professor of Zoology


Giving to CLAS
From November through February, UF students who work at the Foundation will be calling CLAS alumni and asking for their continued support of the college. Alumni can give to the general CLAS fund or make a donation to a specific CLAS department or program. These contributions are a great way to give back to the college, and we thank you for your generosity. You can also visit http://ufgiving.uff.ufl.edu to give online.


Come Back and Speak at UF
The Career Resource Center is working to bring alumni back to UF to speak to students about the various things they can do with their liberal arts and sciences degrees. If you are an alumnus who would be interested in participating, please e-mail Rachel Spier at RachelSpier@crc.ufl.edu or call her at (352) 392-1601 ext. 211.


Anthropology Professor Gerald Murray

Alumni Outreach
Associate Anthropology Professor Gerald Murray, who is also an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Jewish Studies, speaks before a group of alumni in Jacksonville on September 12 as part of the Alumni Association's Outreach program. Outreach is a program designed to bring faculty and administrators to your hometown to share their expertise and carry the university's message to alumni and friends. Additional CLAS Outreach events are being planned for the spring. For more information, contact the CLAS Development Office at (352) 392-5471.


Photos:
J. Dominguez (Political Science Library, Keene-Flint Hall)
P. Griffin (Gerald Murray)

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