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A Note From the Dean
In February, CLAS celebrated the completion of a marvelous new building, Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall, whose style respects and complements that of its neighbors. Its placement between Newell and Dauer Halls creates a new plaza and focal point, where none existed before. Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Alexis Pugh, the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service have a new state-of-the-art home. Please visit www.ufl.oxblue.com/grahamcenter to view a live shot of the building and see a time-lapse film of its construction.
CLAS formally opened the Graham Center in March. Inspired by the work of former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, the center prepares students to assume leadership roles in addressing state and national issues. It focuses on public leadership and public service through coursework and practical experience, U.S. relations with neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean basin, and homeland security. Through its distinguished speaker series, the center engages the campus in considering problems facing the nation. So far this spring, the center has hosted Bob Graham, Dr. Joseph Nye, Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, Senators Chuck Hagel and Jay Rockefeller, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
The college’s primary mission is to prepare our students to assume leadership roles in resolving the challenges facing the nation. Through the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, students will have the opportunity to learn about those challenges and to work shoulder-to-shoulder with current leaders to help address them. By any measure, our students are among the most talented in the nation. If we can turn their attention to address boldly our most pressing problems, we will have helped our nation take great strides forward.