Spring 2008 CLASnotes
In This Issue:
CLAS Act
Foreign Affairs Officer Thy M. Nguyen gives an insider’s look at the U.S. State Department.

Journey to the White House
Join international student Christopher Garland on his quest to discover the skills and attributes needed to navigate the American presidency.
Celebrating Civics
An all-star cast of political greats joined in the grand opening of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
A Home for Public Service
Doors open to Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall, home to the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.
Leading Tomorrow
Some of the university’s brightest undergraduates prepare for careers in public service.
Campus Views
A political science undergraduate shares his story of growing up in the Sudan, while a classical studies doctoral student explores the Jewish identity of a Greek historian.
Alumni Spotlight
English alumnus Doug Band serves as President Bill Clinton’s top adviser.
Updates from CLASmates
Whether serving as legal counsel for Univision, flying helicopters for the Los Angeles Police Department, or designing sets for the Big Brother television series—your college friends are leading remarkable careers.
Alumni Bookshelf
Image management, Generation X parenting, and the lives of athletes—these and other issues are explored in the latest books by CLAS alumni.
CLAS Tomorrow
Invest in the heart of the Gator Nation by participating in the Florida Tomorrow campaign.
Journey to the White House


An international student explores what it takes to become president of the United States. Graphic by Jane Dominguez.

About CLAS

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida is the largest college on campus, with more than 700 faculty members responsible for teaching the majority of the university’s core curriculum to at least 35,000 students each year. CLAS has more than 12,000 undergraduate students pursuing a variety of disciplines through its 42 majors and 42 minors. Additionally, nearly 2,000 graduate students are attaining advanced degrees in the college.

About Alumni CLASnotes

Alumni CLASnotes is published twice a year by the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for its alumni and friends. Please send all correspondence to Editor, CLAS Dean’s Office, PO Box 117300, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7300 or editor@clas.ufl.edu.

Interim Dean: Joseph Glover

CLAS News & Publications
Buffy Lockette, Editor
Jane Dominguez, Designer
Jeff Stevens, Web Master
Owen Fasolas, Intern
Christopher Garland, Intern
Heather Read, Intern
Aubrey Siegel, Intern

CLAS Development & Alumni Affairs
Cynthia Butler, Senior Director
Cody Helmer, Director
Norman Portillo, Director