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Funding a Geography Lecturer
Anderson, a retired partner of the accounting firm PriceWaterhouse, has been donating to UF from the time he graduated. His firm matches donations at a maximum of $7,500 per year. “I know it sounds strange for an accountant to give to the geography department,” Anderson says, “but the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is very important to me.”
As an undergraduate at UF, Anderson took several geography classes, which gave him invaluable knowledge of other countries and cultures. When international investment in America increased substantially in the early to mid-1970s, Anderson began working with people around the globe. He traveled to Europe more than 15 times in one year. In one workday, he may have received phone calls from Kuwait, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany and other European countries and Saudi Arabia.
Anderson wanted to do something special with his annual donation to UF. When the dean proposed a visiting lecturer program, it immediately appealed to him. He says he hopes the program will expose students to new ideas and perspectives, giving them the skills to succeed in the global workplace.
“I give to UF because the school helped me,” Anderson says, “and I’m lucky enough to have the money to give away.”
In March, the program hosted John Thornes, a research professor of geography at King’s College in London. Thornes, vice president of the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom and president of the Institute of British Geographers, presented several lectures focusing on pastoralism and desertification in the Mediterranean region.
“To be able to have the undivided attention of such leaders and the time to fully converse and explore ideas is invaluable and potentially irreproducible,” Waylen says.
Remembering Our Professors Through Scholarships
As the university’s first gender equity officer, Thompson wrote extensively in the fields of women’s literature and feminist issues. As a founding member of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Women’s Concerns, she co-edited two books: Stepping Off the Pedestal: Academic Women in the South (1982) and The Road Retaken: Women Re-enter the Academy (1985).
The Irene Thompson Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students has been established in her honor, and donations can be sent to the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, 3324 Turlington Hall, PO Box 117352, Gainesville FL 32611.
During the course of his career, Button authored numerous publications and books, including Private Lives, Public Conflicts: Battles Over Gay Rights in American Communities, Black Violence: Political Impact of the 1960s Riots and Blacks and Social Change: The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement in Southern Communities. He served as interim chair of his department in 1990–1991 and served on the editorial board of the University Press of Florida.
As a teacher, Button enjoyed offering courses such as Politics and Poverty, Minorities and Change, Urban Politics and Race, Gender and Politics. In 2004, he was named the CLAS Teacher of the Year.
A scholarship fund in Button’s memory has been established, and checks made out to the “James Button Scholarship Fund” can be mailed to the political science department, PO Box 117325, Gainesville FL 32611.
Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair Established
“Justice Ehrlich was truly a visionary for higher education in realizing the importance of supporting the faculty,” says UF President Bernie Machen. “We are honored to have the legacy of such a distinguished alumnus and jurist represented this way.”
A longtime resident of Jacksonville, Florida, Ehrlich earned a bachelor’s degree in 1939 and a law degree in 1942, both from UF. After serving in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, he began practicing law in Jacksonville. In 1981 he was named to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Bob Graham, and served as chief justice from 1988 to 1990.
Welcome to the Dean’s Circle
The Dean’s Circle, established in 2005, recognizes the extraordinary generosity of alumni, friends, faculty and staff who make annual gifts to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. As a member of the Dean’s Circle, your investment will help meet the educational needs of our students, take advantage of extraordinary opportunities and meet new challenges in teaching, research and service. Members of the Dean’s Circle and explanations of their membership levels are listed below. Recognition in the Dean’s Circle is based on annual giving (July 1–June 30) to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
(Donor under 40 who makes annual contribution of $500)
(Donor making annual contribution of $1,000)
(Individual donor, couple or company making an annual contribution of $2,000)
(Individual donor, couple or company making an annual contribution of $5,000)
(Individual donor, couple or company making an annual contribution of $25,000)