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Homecoming 1998
Spectators of the 1998 Gator homecoming parade enjoyed a gorgeous Gainesville fall day. The CLAS-Law BBQ Mini-Expo, becoming an annual tradition, once again set up camp along University Avenue in front of Keene-Flint Hall and treated spectators to hands-on activities and great food. Photos from left: The Center for Written and Oral Communication's Kellie Roberts (fourth from left), the UF Speech and Debate Team and the Law School's Moot Court Team served barbecue under the CLAS-Law tent, sponsored by Sam Allgood, Jr. (JD'49) and Bruce Bullock (LS'55, LLB'62); Members of the Marine Biology Club, including zoology senior Amy Mosseri, right, entertained parade watchers with an interactive aquatic life display.

Serving BarbecueAquatic Life Display

Redidication CeremonyGeology Turns 50
The Geology Department celebrated its 50th anniversary during the weekend of November 6, 1998. Activities included a professional development symposium on Friday, where several UF Geology alumni made presentations about their career experiences to the student body.

On Saturday, a large group convened outside Williamson Hall for a rededication ceremony. In his remarks, President Lombardi (right, center) recognized that the Department has become a comprehensive educational and research organization with an internationally acclaimed faculty. He predicted that Williamson will become a globally recognized center for research education and service in the earth sciences.

Other speakers included Geology Chair Paul Mueller (right, left) and distinguished department alumnus Jon Thompson (BS '61, MS '62, above, right), president of Exxon Exploration Company. A tour of the building immediately followed the rededication ceremony. The National Science Foundation and the State of Florida have provided funds for Williamson's upcoming renovation.

GTE GrantAttracting Minority Students to Math
The Department of Mathematics was awarded a GTE Focus Grant in the amount of $30,000 to develop a summer program for college-bound minority high school students. During halftime at the UF-USC basketball game on February 24 (see photo, right), Professor Neil White (Associate Chair of Mathematics) accepted the GTE grant from John Appel (Business, '71) president of GTE Network Services. The intent of the new program is to increase students' interest and background in mathematics, and ultimately to increase the likelihood that they will major in mathematics or related fields. Called Summer Academic Youth Institute in Technology, or SAYIT, the program will run during UF's summer B semester. Participants will attend three hours of classes four days a week, which will include lectures, special topics discussions and small group work. In addition, outside speakers will make presentations on career opportunities in the math field and on campus minority-related issues in mathematics and technology.

Keene Faculty Center Dedicated
The New Keene Faculty Center in Dauer Hall was dedicated on Thursday, November 12, 1998. At the ceremony, President Lombardi thanked Ken and Janet Keene with a plaque (below, left). Located in the old Florida Union Social Room, the Keene Faculty Center (below, right) features comfortable reading, dining and conversation areas.

Presenting a PlaqueKeene Faculty Center

Too Realistic AlligatorNew Sculpture
Sure to stop you in your tracks, this realistic gator sculpture, recently added to the front lawn of the University Auditorium, was a gift to UF from the CLAS of 1997. Artist Bill Allen created the 10-foot piece from galvanized steel.

Dissertation Fellows Honored
Each fall, CLAS invites PhD students to apply for dissertation fellowships for the spring and summer terms. This year's winners, who will receive tuition waivers and $3,150 stipends for one term, were honored at a reception at the Keene Faculty Center on February 27, 1999. Student awardees (pictured below) presented the audience with short summaries of their research. In addition, CLAS Term Professors were recognized, and many of the donors whose support made these endowed awards possible were introduced and honored.

At the ReceptionAt the Reception
Dissertation Fellows

Gary & Niety Gerson Presidential Fellows
Steven Todd Lytle, Botany
Vanessa Slinger, Geography
Carlos A. Jaramillo, Geology
Maria Moyna, Linguistics
Pamela Paine, Romance Languages
     & Literatures

Robin & Jean Gibson Fellows
Todd R. Vaccaro, Astronomy
Keng Wah Chan, English
Veronica Freeman, Germanic
     and Slavic Studies
Martin Florig, Mathematics
Nikolaos Irges, Physics
Martha Cuba-Cronkleton, Romance
     Languages & Literatures

Maurice Coffyn Holmes Endowed Scholar
Stacey Chastain, Mathematics

W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Fellows
Jason Parker, History
Kevin M. Taylor, Psychology

McGinty Family Fellows
John W. Arthur, Anthropology
Derek Taylor, English
Michael Kenney, Political Science

Charles Vincent & Heidi Cole McLaughlin Fellows
Marcia Good Maust, Anthropology
Kathryn Weedman, Anthropology
Stefan Lutz, Chemistry
Richard E. Joines, English

Hazen E. Nutter Fellows
Mark Wyatt, Astronomy
Karyn D. McKinney, Sociology

Vanda & Albert C. O'Neill, Jr. Fellow
Melanie L. McEwen, Psychology

Russell Corporation Fellows
Karen Torraca, Chemistry
Anders G. Lewis, History
E. Andrew Blair, Psychology
Sophia Balcomb, Zoology

Threadgill Family Fellows
Sarah Ahmed, Communication
     Sciences and Disorders
Mary M. Wiles, English
John Peoples, Philosophy
Bruce Paul, Physics
Edward F. Greaves, Political Science

Herb & Catherine Yardley Fellow
Michael Zarkin, Political Science

Also recognized at the ceremony was the
J. Peter Sones Undergraduate Scholar:
Christopher Rothwell, Psychology

It's Performance That Counts

It's Performance That Counts

One of the CLAS "It's Performance That Counts" campaign goals is to raise money for 20 new term professorships. These professorships, funded entirely by private sources, allow the College to recognize faculty who excel in both scholarship and teaching. Each term professor receives a one-year supplement of $5,000 in salary and $1,000 in research support. This year the College was able to award six professorships, up from three in years past.


1998-99 CLAS Term Professors

Archie Carr Commemorative Term Professor
Karen Bjorndal--Zoology

T. Walter Herbert Commemorative Term Professor
Alistair Duckworth--English

Herb and Catherine Yardley Term Professor
Fred Gregory--History

David L. Williams Term Professor
Carol Van Hartesveldt--Psychology

Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor
Charles Telesco--Astronomy

Willliam G. Carlton Commemorative Term Professor
Kenneth Wald--Political Science

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