Alumni CLASnotes Fall 2007
In This Issue:

CLAS Tomorrow!

The Heart of the Gator Nation

CLAS would like to thank the Sheikh family of Merritt Island, Florida for endowing the Izzat Hasan Sheikh Professorship. The fund will allow the UF Department of Religion to hire a professor in Islamic studies and honors the memory of the family’s matriarch, Izzat Hasan Sheikh.

“The Sheikh family is thrilled to have this opportunity to honor the memory of Izzat Hasan Sheikh by promoting the objective study of the Islamic world, its religious beliefs, social and moral values, cultural traditions and contemporary challenges and opportunities,” said Asifa Sheikh, who earned a law degree from UF in 1986. “We believe, in establishing this professorship, that understanding, tolerance and cooperation spearheaded by scholarly inquiries are essential conditions for breaking down barriers of misconception and discrimination, and advancing the welfare of all peoples.”

CLAS would also like to recognize the following friends for their kind

  • Julianne and Troy Davis, who donated $110,000 to establish an endowment to fund the Dyslexia Center Intensive Summer Treatment Program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Bob and Barb Dellecker, who have given more than $29,000 over the past two years to the Department of Zoology for the purchase new lab equipment
  • Dr. Howard and Mrs. Brenda Sheridan, who gave $300,000 to the Department of Chemistry to be used for scholarships, fellowships, and the purchase of new equipment

Campaign GoalsCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals

  • Campus Enhancements
    $6,869,000 (Goal: $11,000,000)
  • Faculty Support
    $7,229,338 (Goal: $16,800,000)
  • Graduate Support
    $1,469,059 (Goal: $3,600,000)
  • Undergraduate Support
    $122,793 (Goal: $600,000)
  • Program Support & Research
    $21,145,288 (Goal: $33,000,000)
    $36,835,478 (Goal: $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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