Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2002

Alumni Notes

Keep in Touch with CLAS
We want to hear from you!

Send your update to: Editor, PO Box 117300, Gainesville FL 32611. Please include your degree (BA, MA, PhD, etc.), major/minor, graduation date and e-mail address if you have one. Photos are welcome too!

You can also e-mail your update to or visit to fill out an online update form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Grand Guard
Class of 1952...Your 50th Reunion is right around the corner!

Grand Guard Reunion weekend is scheduled for September 26-28, 2002. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 1-888-352-5866.

CLAS Outreach
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. At the next CLAS Outreach event, Dean Neil Sullivan will speak along with Anthropology Professor Gerald Murray in Jacksonville on September 12. The reception will take place from 68 pm at the Epping Forest Yacht Club. For more information, please contact the CLAS Development Office at (352) 392-5471.

Updates from CLASmates


Barbara Home Stewart (BA, Psychology) is featured with her husband Orin Good Fogle in the video Everglades Odyssey, which portrays the couple exploring the Everglades when development of that area was almost nonexistent.

Robert Yeats (BA, Geology) retired from Oregon State University's Department of Geosciences in 1997 and became a partner in Earth Consultants International. In 2001, he completed the book Living with Earthquakes in California: A Survivors Guide.


Dean S. Robinson (BA, Sociology) has had the Pinellas County Housing Authority's central office named after him. Robinson served as the county's first full-time personnel director from 1964 through 1970, and worked at the housing authority from 1970 until his retirement in 1999.


George B. Kauffman (PhD, Chemistry), a chemistry professor at California State University, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award honors AAAS members "whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science and engineering are scientifically or socially distinguished."


Edward N. Kresge (PhD, Chemistry) has retired as chief scientist at Exxon but is active in the polymer field as a consultant. He is a member of the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training, which approves certified chemistry degree programs.


James George Brianas (BA, Psychology) is a professor with George Mason University on the US Department of Defense Leadership and Management Program in Washington, DC. He was head of management education for Bendix Field Engineering in Saudi Arabia's Presidency of Civil Aviation.


James L. Barnes (MA, Economics) is currently director of Lazare Kaplan International Inc. for Africa. He spent 1966 to 1968 in Sierra Leone as part of the US Foreign Service Corps.


Lawrence L. Kupper (MS, Statistics) is an alumni distinguished professor and associate chair with the University of North Carolina's biostatistics department in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Gary Corseri (BA, English) has published his second novel, Holy Grail, Holy Grail: Quest East, Quest West, and has new drama and poetry in recent issues of The Chattahoochee Review and Left Curve.

Steve Rozman (PhD, Political Science) is the dean of social studies at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He has served as president of the Mississippi Partners of America since 1994.


David G. Badman (MS, Zoology, 1966; PhD, Zoology, 1969) has been director of the Hematology Program at the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases since 1975, where he is deputy director for the Basic Program Administration Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases. Badman is the recipient of two NIH Director's Awards and is the first recipient of the American Society of Hematology Public Service Award.


Charles W. Dorman (BA, History; BA, Political Science) is an Assistant Judge Advocate General for the US Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General. A colonel with the US Marine Corps, Dorman oversees counsel and judges in courts-martial and related proceedings for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Russell W. Ramsey (PhD, History) is a visiting professor of Latin American studies at Troy State University. He has published numerous books and articles on Latin American history and is considered the longest-standing US scholar in close contact with the armed forces and police of Latin America.


Timothy Legare (BA, Political Science) received his law degree from UF in 1982. Since 1999, he has served as general counsel to MicroDental Laboratories, the second largest dental laboratory in the world. He is a member of the Bar in Colorado and California and resides in Concord, California.


Michael Givel (BA, Political Science) received his MA in regional planning from UF in 1980 and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1988. He recently completed a fellowship studying the health policy impact of tobacco companies' influence on the American political system at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Andy Miracle (MA, History, 1973; PhD, Anthropology, 1976) is associate dean of the College of Health and Urban Affairs at Florida International University. He has collaborated with fellow UF graduate Laura Martin (MA, Linguistics, 1970; PhD, Linguistics, 1977) on the textbook Culture in Clinical Care, which is designed to help health-care providers gain culturally sensitive practice skills.


Laura Martin (MA, Linguistics, 1970; PhD, Linguistics, 1977) is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University. She has collaborated with fellow UF graduate Andy Miracle (MA, History, 1973; PhD, Anthropology, 1976) on the textbook Culture in Clinical Care, which is designed to help health-care providers gain culturally sensitive practice skills.


Bruce A. Blitman (BA, Political Science) received an Award of Appreciation at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center's 10th Annual Conference for Mediators and Arbitrators, held December 2001 in Orlando. Blitman is a founding member of the center's Mediator Ethics Advisor Committee and served seven years as its vice-chair.


R. Michael Anderson (BA, English) has joined the Austin, Texas law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, LLP.


Lorraine (Viscardi) Murray (BA, English, 1968; PhD, Philosophy, 1982) is a columnist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and America, a national Jesuit magazine. Her first book, Grace Notes, is a collection of essays about her faith journey and has been chosen by Spiritual Book Associates as its April 2002 selection. Murray works part-time in the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University.


Genie Buckingham Toner (BA, Philosophy) and her husband practice law in Spring Hill, Florida. Toner became a board-certified marital and family law specialist in June 2001 and a Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator in August 2001. She received a Woman of Achievement Award from the Hernando County Business and Professional Women's Club in October 2001.


Elizabeth G. (Cramer) Rice (BS, Geology) is president of the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division (YLD). She is the second woman to hold the position in the history of the YLD. Rice resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Ed and their two daughters, 4-year-old Alex and 2-year-old Erin.


David Neel (BS, Geography) serves as inventory manager for the Woodlawn/SCI company in Orlando, maintaining and auditing records for memorial sites.


Edward Heidtman (BS, Mathematics) received his MD from UF's College of Medicine in 1993 and went on to complete residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Leigh live in Greenville and have a one-year-old son, William.


John "Jack" Lord, Jr. (BA, English) graduated from law school at Duke University and joined the law firm of Foley & Lardner in Orlando, Florida, where he focuses on labor and employment law.

Sean D. K. Scott, (BA, Criminal Justice) graduated from UF's College of Law in 1994. He practices law in Clearwater, Florida, operating as a sole practitioner in the areas of business transactions, corporate law, probate and estate planning. He teaches business law, corporate law and civil litigation at St. Petersburg College.


Richard A. Seigler (BS, Zoology) received an MD from St. George's University December 2001 and began a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter Wanyande (PhD, Political Science) is currently chair of the Department of Government at the University of Nairobi.


Susan C. Malone (PhD, Chemistry) is assistant vice president for the Enterprise Contact Center Relationship Group at Merrill Lynch in Jacksonville, Florida. Malone is an adjunct instructor at both the University of North Florida and UF, and is co-founder of the Jacksonville Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Holly Hanson's (PhD, History) book, Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Bugand, was published as part of the Heinemann Social History of Africa series. She has received a grant from the Five College Peace and World Security Studies Program to develop a course on the history of global inequality.

Lauren Ploch (BA, Political Science) is currently the International Republican Institute's program officer for East Africa. She has conducted public-opinion surveys on constitutional issues in Kenya and held a series of seminars for political parties on using polls in campaign strategy and policy development.

Mary-Regina Sabiston (BA, History) was named 2001 Teacher of the Year at Academy High School in Ft. Myers, Florida.


James C. Ellison (PhD, Anthropology) accepted a tenure-track position with California State University's anthropology department in August 2001.

Kimberly Pfeiffer (PhD, Political Science) conducts research on union organizing campaigns and contract negotiation for the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research in Louisiana. She is preparing to move to the organization's Washington, DC headquarters to begin a project focusing on pipeline construction.

Kearsley A. Stewart (PhD, Anthropology) is a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University. She was selected to participate in the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, a US State Department Initiative that assembles scholars to address topics of global significance.


Carole Martin (MA, Audiology/Speech Pathology, 1973; PhD, Audiology, 2001) is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming and has a private audiology practice. She has been appointed by the Governor of Wyoming to the Wyoming Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

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