Alumni CLASnotes Fall 2007
In This Issue:

CLAS Tomorrow!

The Heart of the Gator Nation

Chemistry Club students demonstrate the outreach activities they offer to area middle schools
Chemistry Club students demonstrate the outreach
activities they offer to area middle schools (like this
“Fireworks in Milk” exercise which illustrates how
surfactants work) at the CLAS Showcasing the
Possibilities Expo that kicked off the Florida
Tomorrow campaign on September 28.
While many outstanding units at the University of Florida contribute to our excellence as an institution of higher education, perhaps none has quite the impact on students as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As the university’s largest college, we are home to the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the physical, natural and mathematical sciences—housing key disciplines such as English, history, mathematics, philosophy, chemistry, sociology and political science.

Nearly every UF undergraduate takes at least one class in our college during their time at the university. We also have more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing their degrees from among 42 diverse disciplines. From astronomy to women’s studies, we offer the largest selection of majors on campus.

But educating tomorrow’s leaders is not the only task keeping our faculty of more than 800 scholars busy. Whether discovering new planets, serving on presidential taskforces or writing bestselling novels, they have achieved international acclaim for their contributions to society.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is, in short, the heart of the University of Florida and the Gator Nation. As UF continues its rise to become one of the top public institutions in the nation, it is more important than ever to invest in its core.

The University of Florida has launched Florida Tomorrow, a $1.5 billion capital campaign aimed at not only shaping the future of our university, but meeting the challenges of the 21st century by enriching our outstanding teaching, research and outreach initiatives that are making a difference in the world.

Alumni and friends of CLAS gave more than $57 million during the university’s “It’s Performance that Counts!” capital campaign of the 1990s. Thanks to our donors, we were able to renovate historic buildings, fund student scholarships and fellowships, provide faculty support, establish the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, and much more.

Through the new Florida Tomorrow campaign, our goal is to enrich our college’s classrooms and research labs by raising $65 million.

With Friends Like You...

Anyone can make a difference! The following gifts to our campaign demonstrate the generosity and vision of our alumni and friends.

  • Hon. Don Fuqua has given $100,000 to establish the Fuqua Family Fund for Oral History in support of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.
  • The Gierach Family of Orlando has given $30,000 to establish the Christopher Gierach Memorial Fund to support an annual lecture series on the psychology of politics.
  • Thad and Virginia McNulty gave $50,000 to establist the Thad and Virginia McNulty faculty travel award.
  • Albert A. and Carolyn E. Sanchez have pledged $600,000 to establish the Albert A. Sanchez, Jr. Professorship in Ethics and Public Life in the Department of Philosophy.
  • Thomas R. and Cathy L. Tjaden have pledged $1,000,000 to establish the Tjaden/Wilkinson Scholarship fund in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Dr. Andrea Trescot and Harold Gear have given an additional $48,000 to the Dr. Andrea Trescot Fund for Graduate Studies in zoology, which they established in 2006 with a gift of $60,000.

Campaign GoalsCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals

  • Campus Enhancements
    $19.5 million
  • Faculty Support
    $15.6 million
  • Student Support
    $3.9 million
  • Programs and Research
    $26 million
    $65 million

We are nearly half-way to our goal!

To learn how you can help, contact the CLAS Development Office at (352) 392-5474 or visit


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