Alumni CLASnotes Winter 2003-2004

Alumni News

Kevin McCarthyMcCarthy Named Distinguished Alumni Professor
The UF Alumni Association has named English Professor Kevin McCarthy its 13th Distinguished Alumni Professor. In this role, McCarthy will work with the association during the next two years by sharing his expertise in lectures and seminars for UF alumni and friends. He also will assist in recruiting National Merit Scholars and participating in different alumni programs, including the Outreach Program, Back to College Weekend and the Distinguished Alumni Professor lecture series.

McCarthy was chosen from a group of 220 nominated professors who have taught at UF for at least 10 years and have also worked to benefit the university and made contributions on local, statewide and national levels.

In 1963, McCarthy received his bachelor's degree in English from LaSalle College and entered the Peace Corps after graduation. After returning from Turkey, he earned his master's degree in 1966 in American literature and PhD in 1970 in linguistics at the University of North Carolina. He has taught at UF for more than 30 years and has authored more than 30 books.

Outstanding AlumniOutstanding Alumni Brunch
In November, CLAS honored a group of exceptional alumni at its second annual Outstanding Alumni Brunch, held during homecoming weekend. Those recognized for their achievements and contributions were:

Front row, left to right: Thomas Pye (BA, psychology, 1979), Stephen English (BS, zoology, 1976), Michael Collins (BS, chemistry, 1965), Lydia Blakey (BA, criminology, 1984), Michael Montgomery (PhD, linguistics, 1979), Dan Koleos (BA, history, 1978), Robert Fulton (BA, criminology, 1991).

Back row: Jon Thompson (BS and MS, geological sciences, 1961 and 1962), Mark Dvornik (BA, English, 1985), Scott Adams (BA, criminology, 1984), Emery Gainey (BA, criminology, 1990), David Mica (BA, political science, 1977), Joseph Jacoby (BA, Jewish studies, 1974).

Other alumni who were honored but unable to attend include: Murray Daw (BS, physics, 1976), Martin English (BS, zoology, 1976), Walter Offen (MS and PhD, statistics, 1977 and 1980), J. Bruce Rafert (PhD, astronomy, 1978), William True (PhD, anthropology, 1976), and Phyllis Zatlin (MA and PhD, Romance languages and literatures, 1962 and 1965).

Grand GuardGrand Guard Inducts Class of 1953
On October 3-5, 2003,CLAS welcomed to campus its Grand Guard alumni--those who graduated 50 or more years ago. Hosted by the UF Alumni Association, the weekend celebration included a formal induction ceremony of new members, lectures about the college's latest research, campus tours and the home football game against Ole Miss. The following 1953 CLAS graduates were inducted: Homer Bain, Billy Clifton, Carolyn DeLargy, Paul DeLargy, William Durrell, Mary Harms, Dorothy Henderson, Barbara Kittleson, Stacey Pait, Richard Petry, Kitty Mena Ramos, and Chester Skipper.

Previous inductees who also were in attendance included: Harold Henderly (1937), Herbert Kay (1940), Marion Lasley (1944), Melvin Fried (1948), Mandell Glicksberg (1949), Edward Kissam (1949), S. Wilson (1949), Joyce Glicksberg (1950), Randall Gunn (1950), William Pepper (1950), Robert Murrell (1951), Wallace Prophet (1951), and T. Sessums (1952).

Caption: Mary Elizabeth King Bain and husband Donald Bain, Homer Bain (Donald's brother) and wife Irma Coronado Bain enjoy the Grand Guard weekend activities. Homer, a 1953 CLAS graduate, was inducted into the Grand Guard and recently retired from the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health in San Antonio, Texas, after 35 years of service.

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Updates from CLASmates

Robert H. Threadgill (BA, Economics, Political Science and Speech) was recognized in June at the Florida Bar Association's annual convention for his 50 years of service to the Bar.

Eugene M. Zimmerman (BA, Psychology) recently retired after serving 50 years as a United Methodist minister. He resides in Jacksonville with his wife Emily (Owen) Zimmerman, who earned a BS in health and recreation in 1959.

George Donoho Bayless (BA, Political Science) is the head librarian at Capital High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds a professional teaching license from the State of New Mexico in language arts and social studies and received his library/media endorsement in July 2003.

Lorraine (Viscardi) Murray (BA, English, 1968 and PhD, Philosophy, 1982) writes a biweekly column called "Grace Notes" for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her second book, Why Me, Why Now? Finding Hope When You Have Breast Cancer, will be published by Ave Maria Press in August 2003.

Ulla M. Connor (MA, English) has been named the Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She has taught at IUPUI since 1984, where she founded the university's English as a Second Language program and presently serves as the founding director of the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication.

Raymond "Tom" Elligett, Jr. (BA, Mathematics) practices law in Tampa. He and fellow UF alumnus John M. Scheb (LLB, 1950) have authored the third edition of their book, Florida Appellate Practice and Advocacy, published by Stetson University College of Law.

Aaron Wolfson (BA, Sociology) earned an MD from the UF College of Medicine in 1982 and is now an associate professor and program director of radiation oncology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is also co-director of the Gynecologic Cancer Site Disease Group at the University of Miami's Sylvester Cancer Center.

Genie Stowers (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) recently completed a five-year term as an associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University and now serves as professor and director of the university's Public Administration Program.

Lt. Col. Darryl Daugherty (BA, Anthropology) is serving as commander of the 346th Transportation Battalion stationed at Camp Cedar in Nasiriyah, Iraq. He oversees more than 1,000 soldiers in the transportation of supplies and equipment to combat troops. The battalion was deployed to Iraq in April 2003 and hopes to return home by March. Daugherty enlisted in the US Army in 1983 and has served in Germany, Italy, Morocco, Bosnia and the Netherlands. He was recently accepted into Army War College, where he will pursue a master's degree in national security studies. He resides in Mathews, Virginia with his wife Denyce Wells, a 1983 UF marketing alumnus, and their two children.

Beth L. Griffin-Higgins (BS, Psychology) is the senior vice president of ENVISORS, a consulting firm of civil and environmental engineers, planners and surveyors in Winter Haven. She recently acquired one-third ownership of ENVISORS and is pursuing a master of engineering degree at the University of South Florida.

Edward Hobson (BA, Political Science) serves as a safety and security officer for the US Peace Corps' East Africa region. Based in Kampala, Uganda, he is responsible for Peace Corps programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi and Zambia.

Catherine M. Wehlburg (BA, Psychology) earned a master's degree and PhD in educational psychology from UF in 1988 and 1992. She is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She also serves as editor of To Improve the Academy, a refereed annual journal focusing on faculty development and teaching issues.

Pam Reeves (BA, Sociology) lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she is the director of community education at the Center for Information and Crisis Services, a nonprofit agency that provides information on community resources, crisis counseling and suicide intervention through a crisis hotline.

Carolyn Kluwe Holland (BS, Zoology) graduated from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk with an MD in May 2003. She started her medical residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati in July.

Anne M. Smith (BA, Language and Literature) has worked for Cisco Systems for the past five years and writes about the technology the company develops for the IP Telephony industry. She published her third book, Troubleshooting Cisco IP Telephony in December of 2002.

Richard Greenleaf (PhD, Sociology) joined the faculty at Fresno State University this fall, after serving as an associate professor at Western Oregon University. He recently received a large grant to study racial profiling by police in Seattle.

Virginia Mulle (PhD, Sociology) is an associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Alaska in Juneau. She recently received a large grant to study the child welfare system in Alaska.

Carey Robinson Wolchok (BA, Political Science) is founder and chair of Avocet Aircraft, LLC, a company formed in 2002 by a group of leading aviation investment bankers and accomplished business executives for the purpose of developing a new-generation jet aircraft.

Brian D. Burgoon (BA, Political Science) earned a JD from UF in 1997 and is a litigation associate with the Atlanta law firm, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. He was recently named co-chairman of the Florida Bar's Disciplinary Review Committee for 2003-2004, which reviews complaints against Florida lawyers, decides if penalties are in order, and recommends appropriate penalties.

Russell G. Maus (BS, Chemistry) completed a PhD in analytic chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in August 2003. He now works as a senior project chemist for Merck in West Point, Pennsylvania. He is married to fellow alumna Kristen Lynn Harmon-Maus (BA, English, 1992) who completed a master's degree in education at UF in 1994 and taught middle school for eight years before taking a break from teaching to stay home with their two-year-old son, Benjamin Russell.

Michael Hamarneh (PhD, Psychology) is the behavioral health division director for the Arab-American and Chaldean Council based in Lathrup Village, Michigan. Since September 11, 2001, he has led a taskforce that offers cultural sensitivity training on the Middle East to schools and police departments in the metro Detroit area.

Douglas A. Barlow (BS, Physics) was awarded a PhD in materials science from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in May 2003. He was the recipient of the 2002 Skibbie Graduate Scholarship given by the National Defense Industrial Association and now works as an assistant professor at East Texas Baptist University.

Nanette Blanchard Moreau (BA, Sociology) is a teacher for the Teen Parent Education program in Sheffield, Vermont. She helps teenagers who are pregnant or parenting earn their high school diplomas or GEDs and get into college. She is working on a master's degree in education at the University of Vermont.

Dawn Echols Marta (BA, Philosophy) received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University in 2000 and is working on a PhD in psychology at Argosy University in Chicago. She is interning at the Elgin Mental Health Center in the Forensic Treatment Program, providing psychiatric treatment to people who are court ordered to do so. She expects to receive her PhD upon completing her internship in 2004.

Terry Rust Smith (PhD, Sociology) is now chair of the Department of Sociology and Communication at Salem College, a small liberal arts college for women in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Rod Stubina (MA, Anthropology) finished his PhD in anthropology at UF in 2002 and now works for the World Bank in Washington, DC in the Operations Evaluations Department, as part of the Global Public Policy and Programs team.

James Knowles Rustad (BS, Zoology) began medical school this fall at the University of Vermont. He has received a Freeman Foundation Fellowship to help him pursue his degree.

Brian Janovitz (BA, Political Science) started his first year at Harvard Law School this fall. While a student at UF, Janovitz interned for Senator John Kerry and volunteered for former Vice President Al Gore.

Jane Dominguez: Kevin McCarthy, Alumni Brunch
Allyson Beutke: Grand Guard

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