University of Florida - Tower Seminole Yearbook (Gainesville, FL)
- Class of 1999
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What ' s a Thousand Years? TOWER 1999 Volume XVII What ' s A Thousand Years? Opening 2 Student Academics 38 Sports 76 Greeks 130 Organizations 180 Advertisements 192 Closing 260 Special Thanks Colophon 262 University of Florida 335 J. Wayne Reitz Union Gainesville, FL 32611 (352)392-1665 x. 309 ...It ' s 12,000 Football Games...It ' s 12,000 Pens The Gators began this year with a little more caution but twice as much determination. Freshmen were determined to begin a new life away from home and prove selves to be independent. Gators played it safe remaining cautious of too many missed classes and the unexpected stumbling blocks that accompany every year. In this last year of the millennium we realized our strengths and shortcomings and came out the other side with a new enthusiasm. What gave us those challenges were all the things that happened while we were busy living our lives. From hurricanes that brought less relatives from afar, to controversy surrounding our nation ' s leader. We still managed to go to class take ex- ams and go to Gator football games. We learned that life goes on whether 2 Opening ...It ' s 6,000 Applications... It ' s 8,000 Socials are ready or not. Controversy reared its ugly head throughout the year. Students argued over everything from the impeachment hearings of President Clinton to the arrest of the Plaza Teachers. Students campus wide and disagreed. Some changed their views while others remained rigid. As a result we learned that we can ' t always agree but we will always have one thing in common, we are GATORS. The end of this year marks the beginning of a new millennium. The year 2000 is sure to bring many changes, some good, some bad, some big, some small. Whether or not the Y2K will wipe out life as we know it or if the lights will merely flicker. These are questions that will be answered before we know it, but one thing will always remain constant. We will al- ways be FLORIDA GATORS. Story by: Tessa Magee and Mae Webb Opening 3 ...It ' s 12,000 Football Games... It ' s 33,182 Tanks of What defines UF student life? The life of a UF student is by no means a simple thing to define. From studying to sleeping, working to partying, a Gators life is never dull. In a city built around a college a student can never run out of things to do. The fall semester brought an anxious student body living for the weekends and foot- ball games. While in the spring, basketball took over. With numerous campus events and student productions there is never a dull moment on the University of Florida ' s campus. From Student Government tions and Accent speakers to the numerous student concerts in the University Memorial Auditorium there was always something to do. 4 Student Life Gas... It ' s 121,667 Times Hitting The largest pep rally in the nation, Gator Growl has become infamous with Gator fans around the world. Homecoming itself is an exciting time at UF with cel- ebrations leading up to the game, including a parade and Gator Growl. The excitement culminates in the main event, the football game. With a student body as diverse as ours, it ' s hard to find something that appeals to every- one, luckily we have a little bit of everything. As we approach the new millennium we can only hope that Gainesville will continue to pro- vide the University of Florida ' s diverse student population with all the recreation we could ask for. Story by: Tessa Magee and Mae Webb Student Life 5 Gator Spirit What is Gator Spirit? Exciting, fun, memorable, thrilling, growing up, staying a kid, partying, learning, happiness, wild, exhilarating, hair raising, academic, lack of sleep, cheering, football, crazy, friends, dating, dancing, The Swamp, successes, concerts, boys, basketball, in- sane, freedom, deadlines, ORANGE and BLUE, frenzied, stimulating, insightful, Billy Joel, Elton John, Homecoming, Ga- tor Growl, aspirations, spring break, time flies when you are having fun, scholar- ships, victories, century tower, magic, girls, working out, pigging out, holidays, day trips, hard classes, easy A ' s, pizza, 238, 80 ' s night at the Theater, gymnastics, enchanting, glamorous, intramural sports, ISIS, report cards, registration, frantic, the french fries, influential, con- mentors, the bat house, Lake Alice, computers, volleyball, alumni, fes- tive, fascinating, captivating, family weekend, blue moons, never a dull mo- ment, discovering, Telegator, desire, dreams, H-shaped buildings, clubs, not conventional, graduation, freshmen, roommates, the Alligator, junk food, President Lombardi, soccer, Reitz union, UBS, Florida Book Store, Purple Purpoise, late rent, Later Gator, buses, parking tickets, opinionated, sleeping through class, sleeping in class, quarters for laundry, Gator Dining, dorms, run- ning, pageants, cramming for exams, gators in the ponds, real, diverse, inter- irresistible, tough, nearing a new millennium, natural, migraines, night life, no parking, walking to class in the rain, smart, flirting, hot, summer school, goals, moody, generous, talented, Mr. Two Bits, club sports, community service, Einstein ' s Notes, no money by the end of the semester, strength through unity, the A die hard gator fan shows his spirit at a men ' s basketball game. The men ' s hub. team went to the NCAA finals and made it to the Sweet Sixteen before being upset by Gonzaga, from Washington State. Story by: Tessa Magee 6 Student Life Some members of the women ' s soccer team celebrate a victory. Gators take all Oen of the Gator ' s smaller fans shows off his of their sports very seriously, not just football. The Lady Gator Soccer team won costume on Halloween. There ' s no doubt about this year ' s National Championship. who he wants to play for! A group of enthusiastic students cheer on the beloved Basketball Team. The notorious enthusiasm of Gator fans is what helps propel Gator teams to the level of that they all achieve. Student Life 7 The Pride of the Sunshine Band is oen of the The Marien Biology Club (Zoology) treats Homecoming Parade watchers to first participants, getting the crowd fired up hands-on aquatic life demonstration outside the College of Liberal Arts and with Gator chants. Sciences- Law barbecue tent on University Avenue. The clowns wave to the crowd as they weave around the street. They were always a crowd favorite, not just with the children. 8 Student Life A Glimpse of Gator Greatness Young or old, freshman or alumni, student of professor, the University of Florida ' s Homecoming Parade had something for everyone. Homecoming 1998 ' s theme was " A Glimpse of Gator Great- ness, " and this was clearly evident at the parade. The Homecoming celebration began in 1925 and has continued to grow since. People come from all over the state and the country to see this extraordinary event, just one of many in an even more extraordinary student-run homecoming week- end. The parade follows the same route every year. Starting at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and running all the way down University Avenue into downtown. Spectators can be found on both sides of the road for the entire route.The parade gave everyone a chance to see exactly how " great " the University of Florida is. It gave sororities and fraternities a chance to show off their new member classes, it gave sports teams a chance to show their spirit for the sport and for the university, it gave colleges a chance to show their talent, and it gave local organizations and business the chance to show their support for the community and the Univers ity. High school bands from around the state, anxiously await the honor of an invitation to perform in the parade and all participants anxiously await the claps and cheers from the orange-and- blue blooded crowd. Other participants in the parade include, the President and Mrs. Lombardi, Student Government officers, local police and fire- men, and the Homecoming Court whose winner is announced at the much antici- pated Gator Growl the night of the parade. The Homecoming Parade was, as al- ways, an enjoyable experience for both participants and spectators and certainly gave all " A Glimpse of Gator Greatness. " Two of the most famous spirited Gators, Albert and Alberta, in their formal wear, get a lot of cheers and yells from the crowd. Student Life 9 Gator Growl has certainly come a long way in the last 73 years. A tradition that began in 1925 when freshmen would carry their weight in wood to a bonfire in the football field, Gator Growl has become the world ' s largest student run pep rally in the world with crowds exceeding 75,000 people. This years show fell on a Friday the 13th and was named after the " Twilight Zone " and became the " The Gator Zone. " As the show had a diversity of acts such as cheerleaders, Dazzlers, Marching Band, and an amazing fireworks display. The show also traveled back in time fifty years as the same eight gentlemen that took the stage in 1948 once again performed the Gator Zone skit that won them the Gator Growl skit competition. These eight gentlemen were former University of Florida Pi Lambda Phi ' s and were reunited for one night to perform a hilarious reenactment of their skit. The Master of Ceremonies for the night was " Larry the Cable Guy " also known as Dan Whitney from Pawnee City, Nebraska. In Orlando, Larry is carried daily by 20 radio markets and has released a CD called " Best of Larry... " and is currently working on his second CD " Law and Disorder. " The first comedian to appear on stage was Carlos Mencia. Carlos has been seen on the HBO series Loco Slam apart of Comic Relief VI, as well as two solo HBO Comedy Half Hours. The next comedian to perform was Dave Chappelle, who has appeared in movie hits such as Robin Hood Men In Tights, The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Half Baked. Then came the headliner Ray Romano, star of his own TV series " Everybody Loves Ray has also been on To- night Show starring Johnny Carson " and the " Late Show with David Letterman. " Ray also plays the voice of " Dr. Katz: Profes- sional Therapist " on Comedy Central. The show ended with a breathtaking fire- works display seen for miles and everyone left for home anxious for the next day ' s game. Story by: Tessa Magee Donning a University of Florida jersey, headliner Ray Romano poses for a picture. Romano, along with the other comedians, provided an evening of great enjoyment for all in attendance. 10 Student Life The staff works on setting up the stage in the endzone of the stadium. Staff spent On the big night, Show Director Greg Hare, countless hours working on the stage in order to ensure that everything looked checks his watch to make sure everything is just right and was safe. going according to schedule. The Producer, Associate Producers, and Directors take time out of their busy schedules to pose for a group picture . The whole staff worked to that Gator Growl would be the best it could be. Student Life 11 The Java Huts on campus in the Reitz Union The Reitz Union food court was one of busiest places on campus around and the Hub were very popular spots, lunch and dinner time. Sophomore Jill Landers explains, " I like that we especially on cold winter mornings. have a selection of national chains to choose from. " Gator Cor- ner Dining, located on the corner of North South Drive and Stadium road was known for its variety of foods, but mostly for the tor. 12 Student Life : Food, Glorious Food! The Graham Oasis was a popular place for students living in and around the Graham area to get a snack. There were many places that were very convenient for those dents living in the dorm areas. The Baja Tortilla Grill, was conveniently located on the ground floor of the Reitz Union. It offered students reasonably priced Mexican food in an authentic atmosphere. Student Life 13 Night Life Gainesville nightlife may not be the most exciting of venues, but it does have some amusement to offer. There are several popular clubs located in Gainesville ' s downtown area which are frequented by the University of Florida students. Some of the better known include the Florida Theatre, 238 West, Baja Beach club, Brick City Music Hall and Fat Tuesday ' s. There are also many clubs that play live music and many restaurants in the city. There are three major movie theatres and of course, the mall. For those with more romantic tastes, the observatory offers stargazing on Fri- day nights, or if you want to do it the old fashioned way, Payne ' s Prairie is only a few minutes down the road. All in all, Gainesville may not be Las Vegas, but it does hold a few attractions. Story by: Mae Webb The Purple Porpoise, a popular bar located Students gather at The Swamp, a popular hangout on virtually every night across University Ave. from campus, is of the week. On game days the big screen TVs attract a crowd, as do the food oen of the popular bars in town. and atmosphere. 14 Student Life Leonardo ' s is one of the most respected and frequented restaurants of student ' s Bars are a very popular place for those that are in Gainesville. It is frequently mentioned along with Burrito Brothers and other of age to forget their troubles. There can area restaurants in Professor Rush ' s Microeconomics class. ways be found a birthday party celebrating, at last, their legal right to drink. For those more inclined to adventure, Harry ' s offers Creole and Cajun cooking. The large downtown restaurant is a among the hungry. Student Life 15 New band Eve 6 performs during the Campus Invasion Tour. The tour brought a number of popular bands for students to enjoy. The members of the Spitfire Tour gather for a picture before the show starts. Student Government Productions tried to bring as wide of a variety of acts as possible in order to please the wide variety of students. Wearing their University of Florida Gator attire, A Tribe Called Quest perform. This was the final concert for the group. lb Student Life Student Government Productions has booked and promoted concerts at the University of Florida since 1972. SGP is the only branch of the Student Government that is permitted to charge admission for events. Student Government Productions offers concerts, speakers, and ally comedians to the student and local community at discounted prices or free of charge. Concerts are held during the academic year at the Stephen C. O ' Connell Cen- ter, Center for the Performing Arts, J. Wayne Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, the University Bandshell, and the Florida Theatre. The Cure, Dave Matthews, The Jewel, and Beck among many others have recently been brought to the University of Florida by Student Government Productions. This year, SGP presented MTV ' s Invasion Tour with Third Eye Blind and Eve 6, The Cowboy Junkies, A Tribe Called Quest on their final tour, Goodie Mob, Dishwalla, Meat Beat Manifesto with Josh Wink, Sloan and Superdrag, Sunny Day Real Estate SGP also cosponsored the Spitfire Tour with Accent. Jeff Sheinkopf was Student Government Production ' s Chairman for the 1998-99 school year. Jeff Sheinkopf along with his vice-chairs, directors and staff, work hard to bring an eclectic array of entertainers to the campus. Student Government Productions has a dedicated staff of students who their time to help with many of the details involved with concert promotion and production. Story by: George Glenn Student Government Productions The lead singer of Third Eye Blind enthusiastically performs oen of their hit songs during the Campus Invasion Tour. Attending concerts put on by SGP was a great way for students to relax, have a good time, and momentarily forget about the stress of college life. Student Life 17 Broaden Your Horizons Horseback riding, belly dancing, Japanese, and wine tasting; these are just a few of the leisure courses offered at the University of Florida to broaden the range of activities for UF students. For a minimal fee of fifty-one dollars, students can learn dances like the Waltz, the Rumba, the cha-cha, and Swing. Freshman Emily Hulke took the Ballroom dance classes and explains, " It was really fun. I got to meet a lot of people because you have to dance with everyone. " We must not forget the classes offered to help students with personal health and Yoga, Shum Shun, and Kung Fu are all designed to help students better themselves. Junior Biomedical student Katie Mallario stated, " Yoga is a good way to relax and forget about classes. " There are leisure courses offered outside of class to help students become more to computers, the Career Resou rce Center, and the Internet. Sophomore Stacey Shelly commented, " I like leisure courses because they help me get ahead in my classes. " As the Gators approach the turn of the century, we will continue to " Broaden Your Horizons " with the variety of leisure courses. Story by: Laura Scheuplein A girl works on her vase during the popular pottery class. Not only did leisure courses give students something fun to do, it gave them a great sense of pride to see the finished project. A student in a jewelry leisure course manufactures her own wedding band. Leisure courses offer students the opportunities to learn new skills, and sometimes even save some money in the process. Anentte Johnson and a friend manufacture T-shirts in their leisure course. Jorge Orobitg makes a vase in his leisure course. Some activities that were always assumed were complicated, turn out to be Making something from nothing gave students surprisingly simple. a sense of accomplishment. Kelly Scott decorates pottery in a l e i s u r e course. Many stu- dents find that leisure courses pro- vide them an opportunity to unwind and forget about school. Student Life 19 Oen of the biggest renovations was to the Because of all of the traffic on North-South Drive, it became necessary to Materials Science and Engineering buildings- widen the road. Despite the necessity of construction, it was often a pain for Rhines hall. students. The Stephen C. O ' Connell Center was out of for a some time while they replaced the roof. 20 Student Life Constant Improvements The University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center, located across 34th from campus was an exciting addition to the University, providing a new learning ground and many new jobs. The students enjoyed the many additions to the already busy J. Wayne Reitz Union. And the new stores enjoyed the business. STA Travel Student Life 21 From Home Home Away Life in the dorms is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you ' re going to get. Freshmen and sophomores occupy most dorms at the University of Florida. Living on campus gives many students their first chance to live on their own. However the dorms are still able to offer a sense of structure and security. Anyone who has lived in the dorms can remember the " hang out " room where people would go to listen to music, play cards, study for an upcoming macroeconomics test, or maybe just hooking up the old Nintendo 64. And, of course, with most dorms on campus, there are the dreaded communal bathrooms, which require the use of our favorite, " shower sandals. " While living in the dorms, there are always new or exciting things to do. All of the dorms have formed area councils that put together events to help students meet and interact with their fellow dorm mates. This past school year, the Tolbert Area Council held their 29th annual Mudfest. This week-long event held in October featured a 30 x 60 ft. pit dug out on Weaver beach. Filled with mud, this pit housed various sporting competitions such as polo, tug of war, and ultimate Frisbee. Dorm floors in the Tolbert Area formed teams and competed in each event, leading to an overall participation of 400 contestants and spectators. Over in the Graham Area, the Graham Area Council held its Annual Maui Moonlight that featured Hawaiian theme food, a luau atmosphere, and a drive in movie. However due to the cold weather, the event was moved inside, but the food and movie still generated a large turnout. The Broward Area Council put on its 1st Yuckfest, a celebration of messiness. The all day event provided fun, messiness, and supported a good cause. The tee shirt sales from the Yuckfest went to the Dominican Hurricane Relief Fund. Whether you are returning to the dorms, or it is your first year living on campus, dorm life is sure to be full of exciting adventures and learning experiences. Story by: George Glenn A volunteer at Maui Moonlight Madness serves Area councils provide these kinds of functions welcome in their homes. food to a fellow dormmate. to help ma ke students feel 22 Student Life Alissa Odom and her Dad take a break while moving into her dorm room. Joe Straub stands proudly in his Beatty Towers Leaving for college can be a very emotional time for both students and parents, room. Decorating their rooms gave freshman and both usually welcome the distraction that moving furniture can provide. a sense of independence. Some students at the Maui Moonlight show off their Stu- dents sometimes find it easier to make friends when everyone is on equal footing. Student Life 23 Woody Harrelson talks at the spitfire Tour about hemp and the legalization of Marijuana. Students were divided on these issues. Steve Forbes visited the University of Florida and spoke of his political aspirations. Accent pays all of their speakers. Accent tries to bring speakers that will appeal to a wide range of students. Ellen Degeneres and her mother Betty visited the University of Florida in the fall. They spoke of tolerance and acceptance, of love and compassion and they spoke with honesty and conviction. Many students were touched by her story, one student who pretended to come out of the closet and admit his Ellen was not amused. 74 Student Life Accent Accent, the University of Florida ' s Speakers Bureau, has been bringing prominent speakers to the campus since the early 1960 ' s. These speakers share viewpoints, insights, and experiences of their lives and professions with the students of the University of Florida as well as to the Gainesville Community. At the end of each program, the audience is given the opportunity t o engage in a question and answer session with the speakers. The past academic year brought prominent speakers such as Sister Helen Prejean, Businessman Steve Forbes, Actress Ellen Degeneres, The Spitfire tour, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and Roy Firestone, host of ESPN ' s " Up Close. " Sister Helen Prejean is one of the best known death penalty opponents in the world. Her book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, appeared on the New York Times best seller list for 31 weeks and was translated into 9 different languages. Her book was also the inspiration for the film " Dead Man Walking, " starring Susan Sarandon. Business tycoon and presidential hopeful Steve Forbes also visited UF this past semester. After running unsuccessfully on the GOP ticket back in 1996, Forbes brought interesting experiences from his business and political life. Forbes hinted that he might be interested in seeking the 2000 ticket if the " environment " is right. The Spitfire tour visited the University of Florida and consisted of musicians, actors, and activists speaking out on global affairs. The Spitfire Tour included such public figures as actor Woody Harrelson, musicians Amy Ray and Krist Novoselic, MTV VJ Kennedy, and activist Todd McCormick. These speakers lectured on Jelen Prejean talks to students about the death penalty. Such subjects were various topics, from the protection of the environment to the legalization of medical marijuana. Story by: George Glenn of topics around campus this year, leading to many debates. Student Life 25 New Additions Friend The J. Wayne Reitz Union was built in 1967 and was named after a former Uni- versity of Florida President. The Union offers many resources to students, staff and faculty, including a food court, bowling alley, pool tables and game room. Vendors in the food court include Wendy ' s and Subway, and the Union is also home to Little Ceasar ' s and Dunkin Donuts. The union is also home to the University of Florida ' s Student Government offices as well as the Stu- dent Honor Court and the Student Traffic Court. The Union also houses the Constans Theatre and a camping supply store. Reitz Union also houses several stores and services including a travel agency, a copy center, a barbershop, and an eyeglass store. Concerts are performed on the pavil- ion next to Mailboxes Etc. free of charge. This offers students the chance to get out and get their minds off of their studies without leaving campus. Numerous activities including poster sales and college fairs take place regu- larly on the Colonnade. The Student Activities Center and the Office of Student Affairs are both located on the third floor of the Union. The Stu- dent Activities Center is home to Student Government, Panhellenic offices, and nu- merous other student groups. The Career Resource Center offers stu- dents the opportunity to explore what majors and careers would best suit them. They also offer resume coaching and services. A traffic analysis determined that more than 18,000 people walk through the doors every day, making it one of Some UF students take advantage of the pool tables on the ground floor of the the busiest places on campus. union, just another perk of being a Gator. For those who don ' t like pool there is also a bowling alley and video game room on the ground floor. Story by: Mae Webb 26 Student Life The remodeled ground floor added such attractions as a student travel agency The new desk for the Reitz Union Hotel keeps ending students to places like London and Paris. Other additions included a this student hard at work. The Hotel ' s rooms Kaplan ' s educational center. were convenient for parents coming to visit. Students are hard at work photo copying and mailing at the Union ' s Mailboxes etc. Complete with tax forms and FedExing this convenient hotspot saves students a trip off campus. Student Life 27 Florida Gymnasium houses six lecture halls as Turlington Hall houses most of the administrative offices for the College of well as three full-size basketball courts, five Liberal Arts and Sciences. Turlington Hall was named for the former Secretary volleyball courts, and ten badminton courts. of Education for the State of Florida, Ralph Turlington Because most of the English and History courses use these many students use Anderson Hall even though it is part of the Warrington College of Business 28 student Life A Class Act Many students had classes in Carleton Auditorium within their first couple of years at the University of Florida. It was the largest building on campus and could therefore accommodate the large assembly classes required of underclassmen. Little Hall, located right next to Carleton Auditorium, was another building that students were familiar with. It housed classrooms for many departments. Student Life 29 : Campus Landmarks 30 Student Life Student Life 31 One dancer gives another a much needed backrub. Being on your feet for hours on end really took a toll on the body. One dancer talks to some of his family who came out to show their support of their son and of Dance Marathon. Visits from family and friends often kept the spirits of the dancers up. Kerrie Mansfield (center) and two of her friends, have a try at the foosball table. The Dance Marathon staff tried their best to provide a wide variety of things to keep the dancers entertained. 32 Student Life Dancing for Dreams... The University of Florida ' s Dance Marathon is a philanthropic event benefiting Shands Children ' s Hospital at the University of Florida through the Children ' s Miracle Network. The Children ' s Miracle Network was established in 1983 to generate funds and awareness programs that benefit the children served by its associated hospitals. Funds raised through the Children ' s Miracle Network are used to purchase medical equipment, fund research, sponsor education programs and purchase di- versionary items such as computer games, red wagons, and rocking chairs. The University of Florida Dance began in 1995 and is the largest, most successful student-run philanthropy in the state of Florida raising more than $150,000 in its first four years. Dance Marathon 1999 was planned and produced by a committee of 12 University of Florida students. The overall committee ' s responsibilities include recruiting dancers, marketing, publicity, planning morale-boosting activities and acting as a liaison to the Children ' s Miracle Network at Shands Children ' s Hospital. Dance Marathon lasted from 10 a.m. on Saturday till 6 p.m. on Sunday and was held in the Stephen C. O ' Connell Center. More than 5,000 dancers, volunteers, and spectators participated in the event. This Dance Marathon featured a sports items auction including a 1996 Gator National Championship autographed foot- ball, and baseballs signed by Sandy Koufax, Sammy Sosa, and Garth Brooks, to name a few. The thirty-two hour event was full of fun things to do and see. For example, there were concerts by Liquid Vinyl, Big Engine, Chuck Carrier Band, and Logan Tree. There were also game tables, video games, stations for studying and doing homework and, of course, lots of dancing. Two Dance Marathon dancers pass the time by playing video games. Dancers were incredibly thankful for the variety of things the committee provided to keep them awake, on their feet, and entertained. Student Life 33 Events Campus Mr. Two Bits has become a sort of at the University of Florida. He has been here for fifty years, and in that time, George Edmonson has entertained mil- lions. Mr. Two Bits would take the field or the stands with the UF cheerleaders every home game and chant, " Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Gators, stand up and holler! " at which point the crowd would rise and cheer for all they were worth. With Mr. Two Bits in the stands, there was never a dull moment in a Gator home game, and he will be greatly missed when the 99 ' -00 ' Gators take the field in the fall. Mr. Edmonson gave his time and energy to the Gators for fifty years, and for that we will always be grateful. The stadium got a facelift this year when an instant replay screen was installed. This screen makes games more exciting by great plays to be seen over and over by the fans. 34 Student Life Due to the heavy traffic on North South Drive the University felt it necessary to widen the road. Much of the traffic came from the large Commuter parking lot being located on North-South, and the fact that it ran from University Avenue through campus to Archer Road. The O ' Connell Center got a new roof, so there is no longer that big " WHOOSH " every time you enter and leave the building. The new roof lets the Dome keep its while making a more practical building. One perk that some may have noticed: Lighting is better for events with the new roof because workers can now hang lighting arrays from the ceiling. Student Life 35 Fraternities were not the only ones who saw trouble this year, Chi Omega was sanctioned by their National organization for hazing infractions. Also, at least two sexual assaults occurred on Sorority Row, both occurring in the middle of the afternoon while women were jogging alone. As usual, the Greek saw controversy this year, but this time some of it was more serious. Delta Chi was kicked off campus after a came forward, claiming that she ' d been raped at a party she ' d been hired to work by the Fraternity. She indeed did have intercourse with one of the brothers, and it was taped, as were other illegal of that party. Underage drinking and illicit sex are not really new to the college scene, but Chi Phi was kicked off for their infractions. Pi Kappa Alpha was suspended briefly for a hazing infraction after some parents complained to the Dean of Students. They remain on campus. Chi Phi was the first fraternity to be from campus this year, after their charter was revoked by their National committee for using chapter funds to buy alcohol for rush week, and for serving that alcohol to minors. 36 Student Life Every student who has been on campus for more than 20 minutes knows who the " Plaza Preachers " are. This year was a bit different from recent years though, our beloved preachers ran into some trouble. UPD is usually nearby when the preachers are in action, but this year they actually had to make some arrests. Some people were really quite excited about this, hoping that the rest of the preachers would leave, while others didn ' t want their mid-day entertainment interrupted. In the end, not that much changed, there was the usual controversy about their presence, and the voicing of personal opinions, but in the end, nothing really changed. A big controversy during the 1998-99 school year was whether or not to move the bat house across the street or not. People were very adamant on this issue, but in the end the bat house remains where it was. Student Life 37 ...It ' s 3,000 Semesters...It ' s 12,000 Pens... It ' s 30,000 ith continuously increasing admission standards those of us who are here struggle to keep up with these all too studious freshmen. Eventually they will realize that there is more to life than tests and papers, and will become just like us. But until they do they will spend endless hours in the libraries we have heard tales of. With the threat of graduation looming on the horizon we start to find our way back to class. We remember why it was we first came here and look towards the future instead of the weekend. we declare a major and start to accomplish things. We pull all-nighters, sleep in libraries, and actually study on the weekends. We realize it is not so much what 38 Academics academics Credit Hours ...It ' s 450,000 Sheets of Paper... you learn here, but if you can get a degree that matters. With that realization made we become very good at time management. Having finally mastered Telegator, we make our schedules for convenience, avoiding anything before noon. And find the most creative places to park with the shortest distance to class. Realizing that we will be leaving college and entering the real world in the new millennium we start feeling old and wondering why we ever thought we were smart. But with determination and a little more sleep we realize that we will make it after all. Story by: Tessa Magee and Mae Webb Academics 39 john Lombardi From Tower edition to Tower edition of years ' past, the biography of Dr. Lombardi has been published as brief look into his education. He received his bachelor ' s degree from Ponoma College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia bia and also attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and the University of California at Los Angeles. Also featured are his jobs be- fore coming here in March 1990. He had been the provost and vice president for academic at John Hopkins University since 1987 and from 1967 until 1987, he taught in the history department at Indiana where he was the director of Latin American studies, dean of International Programs, and dean of Arts and Sciences. Past research also indicated that for relaxation, the president prefers travels to anywhere from to the Florida coast to Colorado to his hometown in Southern California. At any given Gator football game, President Lombardi could showcase his talent of playing the clarinet in the alumni band. Whether he be riding along the roadside in his red truck or across our campus, President Lombardi is always open for a wave and a smile to the campus community. out diplomas at graduation was one of President Lombardi ' s favorite events of the school year. Lombardi was no behind-the-scenes president. He always made his presence known to faculty and students alike. 40 Academics and Mrs. Lombardi ride down University Ave. during the Homecoming Parade. The two were always ready to show off their school spirit and pride in the University. Homecoming Banquet One of the most important was just one of the many jobs of President Lombardi events President Lombardi was representing the attended. University to all of its guests. college of Agriculture The College of Agriculture offer twenty majors, more than fifty specializations and twelve minors. With more than 3,000 undergraduates, the college has the eighth largest program in the country and is one of the most diverse. It also offers early admission programs with the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry, a cooperative program in pharmacy and degree programs at three branch campuses. The food, human and natural resource are rapidly changing, and the College of Agriculture has changed with them to help prepare students for the 21st century. The college uses the basic sciences to address problems in food production, agriculture and natural resources that impact the environ- mental, ethical, economic and sociological aspects of the industry. Longstanding ties to the cattle, citrus and produce industries in Florida benefit all students in the college terms of opportunities, internships, with major industries and job The college offers degree at branch campuses around the state and provides graduate and undergraduate distance education programs. The college ' s annual Agriculture- and Natural Resources Career Day brings employers from corporations, government agencies and small firms to campus to meet with students. College faculty members maintain close ties with companies and businesses and are ready to assist students in locating internships and permanent positions. Each year the college awards $500,000 worth of scholarships to qualified undergraduates. In addition, students compete for university-wide and privately funded scholarships. The also offers a variety of internships, most of which are paid posit ions throughout Florida and beyond. opportunities are available in a broad scope of fields representing major within the college. Successful internships often lead to career opportunities with host companies. jokela, a professor of Forestry, points out that UF has been honored for its research for many years. There has been greater value place upon teaching excellence, for its recognition is a scholarly accomplishment and honor. data from an area lake, Kimberly Bruce from Environmental Management, commends that school for the exceptional education she has received from the University of Florida. 42 Academics Derato, who received at Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 1996 and later a bachelor ' s in Forest Resources and Conservation in 1998 believes that the College of Agriculture is strengthened by the amounts of hands-on experience it allows to its students and with the connections it has with companies and employers. a professor of Microbiology and Cell Science, Phillip Achey uses his knowledge to demonstrate the function of an apparatus to his students in correlation to their studies in the classroom and laboratory. Scherer, from the Entomology department, sees that the prospects of being in his field in the state of Florida are tremendous assets for numerous job opportunities. Academics 43 college of Architecture I The College is proud of its role in shaping the built and natural ronment of Florida, the nation, and the world through the work of its students, faculty and alumni. Their mission involves educating tomorrow ' s architects, land- scape architects, interior designers, urban planners and professionals in the building construction It includes broadening their understanding in areas such as housing, protections of buildings against hazards and development for future generations. The College provides innova- tive teaching, research and service leadership in the following ways: The departments extend beyond those traditionally found in a college of architecture, and our pro- grams are actively linked to related programs across the university. The College emphasizes a global perspective that broadens students horizons and actively engages them in design problems locally, nationally, and worldwide. They stress the use of information technology, including operating a leading laboratory for geographic information systems and requiring that all students own or have access to computer technology. The College maintains excellence through additional private support. This support helps the Architecture College attract top faculty and students, obtain the sophisticated research technolo- gies that are vital to today ' s sionals and respond to the growing demands on our programs. Undergrads? I love their raw enthusiasm for learning, for seeking the heart of architecture. I admire their eagerness to work, to pursue the journey while they cheerfully endure. " - Gray W. Siebein, Professor of Architecture 44 Academics building construction program is the best in the nation. My education balances theory and practical experience, and I have access to so many resources like expert faculty, publications and professional organizations. " - Sophia B. Tarkhan, Bachelor of Design 91, Building Construction Graduate Program Studio life is what I will miss the most about life at UF. Architecture students get their own studios, 24 hours a day. Because of the time we spend in our studios, I have created lifelong friendships and memories " - Jeff Stamper, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture `98 A student reviewed design work A project in Professor Dasta ' s in the College of Architecture Architectural Structures class Gallery during the final design required students to design the juries at that are held at the end of least weighted bridge made up of each semester. balsa wood and glue that had to span a width of twenty-four inches. Academics 45 The Warrington College of Business Administration has a dynamic and unique setting at the University of Florida. With it ' s television replay classes, and major diversity it creates a colleges on our growing and ever changing campus. The Warrington College of Business has 4,300 students, and seven majors to choose from, not including the Fisher School of Accounting. The majors include Decision and Information Sciences, Finance, Econ omics, Management, Real Estate, and Insurance; making the college the largest college per unit of majors on the campus of the University of Florida. Due to the fact that the Warrington College of Business Administration has such independent majors, diversity is ever-present in our college. Students in the WCBA demand a diverse envi- ronment during and after classes, to insure this the WCBA offers thirteen different organiza- tions for business students to get involved. The overall objective of these organizations is to provide networking opportunities, leadership, time management, group affiliation, and most importantly fun. The student organizations are brought together periodically as so they can achieve a common goal for their members, and the students in the WCBA, that tie is the Business Administration College Council. The Business Administration College Council (BACC) serves as the umbrella organization for all student organizations in the Warrington College of Business. The six committees that comprise the BACC include: Activities, Business Convention, Community Involvement, Fundraising, Marketing and Publications. Through weekly participation in the members are able to become involved with activities throughout the college and community. The BACC offers many different opportunities to its members, including leadership development, team building, and time management. The BASS also plans college-wide activities involving all students and organizations, such as Business Barbecue and Faculty Brunches. Members also involve themselves in com- munity service with Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Club and others. Their semesterly convention has been to Atlanta for the past two semesters where members learned about career opportunities and gain teamwork qualities. The BACC also tries to act as the liaison between faculty, staff, and students. Every semester we sponsor Faculty Brunches and a Faculty Forum so that students can interact with their professors on a personal level. Featured on these pages are a sample of photographs displaying the activities that the Business Administration College Council have par- ticipated in, including Homecoming 1998 and Fundraising events. college of Business Administration 46 Academics Academics 47 Being a part of a comprehensive health care center and a major university makes the University of Florida College of Dentistry special. The college is an integral unit of the University of Florida Health Science Center, one of the most comprehensive academic health care centers in the United States. The dental school shares a physical plant with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Veterinary Medi- cine, and with Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Together they comprise a health center campus that encourages the sharing of knowledge across disciplines and advances the concept of an integrated health care team. The Health Science Center is located on the southeast corner of the 2,000-acre campus of the University of Florida. The oldest university in the state, UF is among the ten largest universities in the nation and is a member of the Association of American universities, the most prestigious higher education organization in the nation. Its mem- bership is made up of 62 public and private institutions in North America preeminent in graduate and professional teaching and research. As part of the university, the College of Dentistry shares in the high national esteem that UF has earned. The College was established in the late 1960s and admitted its first class in 1962. In a short time, it had been recognized for rigorous teaching programs that prepare compassionate and skillful dentists, for extensive research activities that further the understanding of oral diseases and develop new treatment procedures and materials ' and for quality clinical programs that provide superior patient care. The college, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, offers a four-year program (12 months per year) to the D.M.D. degree. Graduates are rounded dental practitioners who can pro- vide their patients with comprehensive care. They have solid grounding in the biological, sciences, and are skillful diagnosticians, and are committed to life-long learning and high standard of professionalism and ethics. Taking a flexible approach, the college draws on various teaching methods to best fit instruction to the subject matter. Lectures, laboratories, self-instruction, conferences and seminars all plant a part in the educational strategies. college of Dentistry year dental student, Aaron Laws, mans the college ' s display during the College of Medicine ' s 1998 Health Care Issues Day. UFCD students serve as ambassadors for the college at many events throughout the year. year dental student Andy Vega, shows his enthusiasm for the new lab during a class session. 48 Academics Robert Bates, UFCD executive associate dean hands a " key of innovation " to second-year class president Michael Hess during the dedication of the college ' s new Preclinical Simulation Laboratory. dental student Ivan Zamor works in the wet lab next to the new Preclinical Simulation Laboratory. year students Cathy Shoaf and David Freeman prepare to examine Michael Watson, 11, during the 2nd Annual Dr. Gordon Mattison Health Fair. Academics 49 Established in 1905, the College of Education has played a major role in the Florida community for nearly a Under the leadership of James W. Norman, the college was instrumental in founding the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School, a Kindergarten through l2th grade school designed to provide practical teacher training, in 1934. Teachers in this school went on to make many contributions to curriculum planning throughout the state. Currently, the college ues to produce quality educators through it ' s PROTEACH teacher preparation program, consisting of five years of study which in a Master of Education degree. The college also offers counseling, school psychology, and educational leadership programs at the graduate level. As the college looks toward the next century, several changes are being made, including programs of advanced graduate study and research, expansion of research and leadership programs at P.K. Yonge, and a unified elementary special education teacher prepa- ration program. Teaching is a more difficult and demanding profession than ever before. Conditions teachers face daily in the classroom are ingly more stressful and complex, yet society , parents and students realize that a sound educational foundation is essential to success as an adult. college of Education the new century begins, Dean Roderick McDavis the college recognizes the takes time to read books need to train future teachers with elementary students at to be technologically the P.K. Yonge Laboratory proficient. School. 50 Academics student Jennifer Bemus helps a physically impaired teen with his class assignments as part of her practical training. entrance to the College A Proteach intern helps a of Education ' s Norman Hall young student with her still bears the P.K. Yonge reading. Education students Laboratory School name spend a great deal of time above its door. This building volunteering at local school. housed the school until 1955 when it was moved to a new facility. Academics 51 The college of Engineering was founded in 1910 with John R. Benton, professor of physics and electrical engineering, as its dean. When the college was founded, there were 48 engineering students at the University of Florida and five engineering faculty members. At that time, the only engineering majors were civil and electrical engineering. One of Benton ' s first acts as dean was to create a mechanical engineering program. A chemical engineering was added in 1916. The college grew rapidly after World War I and II. Student enrollment had dropped dramatically during both World War I and II, while remaining steady in the Depression years. In 1949, however, engineering enrollment was at 500 students— up from a high of 200 in 1937. Although the university was empty of students for many years, the ward did bring military sponsored research to the campus. This research funding helped to spur the rapid development of the college in the post-war era. The College of Engineering had produces several distinguished alumni. Among these are John Atanasoff (EE ' 25), the inventor of the first electronic digital computer; Phillip Estridge (EE ' 59), who worked on the IBM team which devel- oped the first personal computer; and Larry Hench, who invented Bioglass, the first man-made material that bonds to human tissue. The college recently honored graduates Maryly Van Leer Pech (MSChE ' 55 Ph.D. ChE ' 63) and Roslia Scripa (MSMSE ' 74 Ph.D. MSE ' 76) as pioneering women in engineering who have led the way into academia and industry. Peck was the first woman engineering student at UF to receive a master ' s degree in engineering in 1955. Today, there are approximately 4,000 and 1,500 graduate engineering students in 12 different engineering disciplines. A recent US News World Report ranked our overall pr ogram in the top 50 of all graduate engineering programs, and two specialties in the top ten. Faculty and student alike are engaged in cutting edge research and development. Through a variety of new programs, the college is striving to improve engineering education for the 21st century. college of Engineering Brown is an Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) student. ABE was characterized by an array of research initiatives, new program offerings and planning for future growth. formula racer stands still for a moment before mechanical engineering students build it anew. The 530 lb. racer can do 0-60 in under four seconds, with a top speed of about 120 mph. 52 Academics Ambassadors Linda Pressley, Mary Bloss, Eva Valez, Neil Mehltretter, Christina James, and Tina Brown assist at registration for the Engineering Advisory Council Meeting. smiles and good will for all, the Benton Engineering Council (BEC) sponsored Holiday Cheer, their youth charity program in December 1998. BEC in partnership with Alachua County Children and Family Services, distributes toys, books, and other gifts to local foster children at this annual holiday party. Claude Villiers, a Ph. D. student in civil engineering, dances with Alberta at the annual Civil Engineering alumni barbecue. Academics 53 The College of Fine Arts provides instruction for students who seek careers in the arts, offers creative and cultural opportunities to students of the university and performs services for the citizens of Florida. It offers a number of unique educational pathways. Unlike other state institutions in the Southeast, the College provides a teacher-student ratio of 1:9. Continued growth and na- tional interest in the arts translates to more job options in graphic design, music education and theatre, particularly with the expansion of the entertainment industry in Florida. The college is composed of the depart- ments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance; New World School of the Arts, located in Miami; the Center for World Arts; the Center for the Arts and Public Policy; the University Galleries; the Visual Arts Resources Center; and the Center for the Performing Arts. The Department of Theatre and Dance developed the Diversity Theatre Workshop, where students produce, perform and par- ticipate in theatrical productions such as the world premier of Judi Ann Mason ' s The Time Traveler ' s Ball and Samm-Art Williams ' Home. An outgrowth of this is a performing group Culture Movement, whose inaugural presentation was Leslie Lee ' s Colored People ' s Time. Theatre Strike Force, a course open to all members of the UF community, is " in-your-face theater " that addresses social issues. This improvisational theater group has been highly successful and regularly plays to standing room only audiences. The college offers professional under- graduate and graduate curricula in art studio areas, creative photography, graphic design, art education and art history; music composition, music theory, music history, music education, sacred music, music performance and music pedagogy; theater production, theater performance and dance. The Center for World Arts promotes artistic diversity and encourages collaborative, multidisciplinary and intercultural in the arts. The Schools of Art and Art History and Music offer courses in Latin and South American, Indian, Oceanian and world music including folk, traditional and jazz. Through collaborative activities with area and international artists, the center explores modes of learning that stretch educational experiences in the arts. The College of Fine Arts is dedicated to a diverse, pluralistic community that promotes a global social understanding. Faculty excel in teaching; more than half have received recognition for teaching excellence. college of Fine Arts Shorter, a senior majoring in Music Education practices his trombone. Kenneth is the first chair in the University of Florida ' s Symbolic band. drawing major, Peter Brunet, works on a painting outside the Fine Arts building. Josh Haddad, a Junior majoring in Vis ual Studies, works on a project in clay. Sharon Erale, sits at a table on the Reitz Union Colonnade during the pottery sale. Sharon is a Junior with a major in Ceramics. Academics 55 of Forest Resources Conservation The school of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) offers Florida ' s only four year program for forestry education accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF.) Established in 1937, the School ' s mission is to develop and communicate new knowledge for management and conservation of forest resources in an economically , ecologically, and socially sustainable manner. The mission is accomplished through instruction, research and extension program. Undergraduates major in Forest and Conservation leading to a B.S. degree with specializations in Management, Forest Sciences, Forestry, and International Agroforestry. The school also offers a Natural Resource Conservation major for programs such as Computer Information Systems, Ecotourism, Education, Environmental Pre-Law, and Landscape Ecology. Students participate in the Forestry Club, Student Chapter of SAF, the Society for Nature and Conservation, and in the SFRC Student Council. Because of the faculty ' s reputation for quality research programs, the programs are enriched and graduate enrollment has increased substantially. New programs in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, Agroforestry and the GIS GPS laboratory facilities have built upon the School ' s bade in forest biology, and decision science. These have contributed to the degree of diversity of its graduate programs and students. Graduates of the SFRC work in public lands such as national state and municipal forests; on private lands of individuals and forest product companies; in urban and community and in other forests around the world, protecting, providing and DiMartino, the President of SFRC ' s Student Council, and Scott Sager pose on the pulpwood trailer. Club member Jeremy Flood pulls trees out of the stand during pulpwood cut. 56 Academics DiMartino and James Lord pose with the hats collected during SFRC Student Council ' s fall project " Hats off for Cancer. " All 338 hats went to children with cancer. Club President James Johnson, Matt Webb, Aaron Neville (right) and Bill Harrell, and Crystal Vice President Eric Toole Spano enjoy SFRC Student participate in a skeet shoot. Council ' s " get to know on another " BBQ at Lake Wahburg. Academics 57 college of Health Human Performance Health, recreation and fitness are major industries throughout the nation and in Florida. Adult Americans are more health conscious, and wellness continue to expand as they age. The trains professionals to assist Americans in improving their health, fitness, and quality of life. The college also prepares graduates to continue studies in medicine, physical therapy, hospital administration and other health professions. Job opportunities abound, and gradu- ates can choose from a range of positions in thier respective fields as teachers, coaches, trainers, exercise specialists and recreational therapists; directors of parks, recre- ations centers, sports facilities, rehabilitation centers, retirement communities and nursing homes; agency personnel in public health, tourism bureaus, and observation forest and administrators in such businesses as health clubs, hotels and convention sports marketing, tourist attractions and theme parks. The college ' s academic offerings and its facilities have expanded as industry and need indicated. Enhanced anatomy and physiology teaching labs, additional research labs, new technology and two new student recreation facilities on campus highlight some of the improvements in the past few years. Students who specialize in exercise physiology participate directly in faculty through the Center for exercise Science. Research activities include the study of exercise and its consequences for children, young adults, and senior citizens. The specialization in athletic training provides opportunities for students to work with the university, college and high school athletic teams. The program in community public health health education services to rural North Florida. Students who major in recreation, parks and tourism work with the Center for Travel and Tourism to determine the impact of human interaction on the environment and to ensure that leisure activities do not impact negatively on the environment. The promotion and growth of leisure activities and tourism are major factors the quality of life and economic of Florida. Program options include therapeutic recreations, public recreation, and commercial recreation, outdoor and natural resource recreation, special event and management, recreational for the elderly and leisure activity and promotion. and Sport Sciences programs explore the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and the learning of physical skills and analysis of movement. Health educators will provide the necessary information to make decisions concerning lifestyle and personal health behavior, focused on accurate assessments. 58 Academics department Science Education field and to view The department of Health Science Education prepares to enter the field and to view optimal health as a multifaceted state involving physical, social, emotional, intellectual, vocational, environmental, and spiritual dimensions. programs in the Exercise and Sport Sciences focus on the psychological, social, historical and management, exercise physiology, fitness wellness and athletic training to better equipment and practices of trainers and athletes. Options within the program include school health, community public health promotion, research and evaluation and health behavior. Health, recreation and fitness are major industries throughout the nation and larly in Florida. Adult Americans are ingly more health conscious, and wellness continue to expand as they age. The trains professionals to assist Americans in improving their health, fitness, and quality of life. The college also prepares graduates to continue studies in medicine, physical therapy, hospital administration and other health professions. and Sport Sciences programs explore the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and the learning of physical skills and analysis of movement. 58 Academics college of Health Human Performance Health educators will provide the necessary information to make decisions concerning lifestyle and personal health behavior, focused on accurate assessments. Academics 59 college of Health Professions Established in 1958, the of Florida ' s College of Health Professions was the first college in the United States dedicated to cating students in the health pro- fessions. The college prepares future health-care leaders, teachers, clinicians and researchers in areas ranging from prevention to chronic care. It comprises programs in cal and health psychology, com- municative disorders, health administration, occupational therapy, physical therapy and re- habilitation counseling. With more than 550 students, the college offers the following degre es: a bachelor of health science (occupational therapy and rehabilitative services); a master of physical therapy; a master of health science (occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling); a master of health and doctoral degrees in clinical and health psychology, rehabilitation science, audiology and health research. The college also offers a three year physical therapy program and opportunities for clinical and training in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students gain hands-on clinical experience in health care and service settings to help them prepare for careers working with people with various disabling conditions. The college has with the Shands Hospital Network, Alachua General Hospital, and the Veterans Administrations Medical Center. A patient undergoing vocational evaluation takes a finger dexterity test with guidance from Dr. Ronald Spitznagel, an associate professor in the rehabilitation counseling department. 60 Academics UF Audiologist Emily Tuttle McClain tests 11-week-old Joshua Isaacson and his twin sister, Hannah, while Dr. Joseph Kemker, chief of audiology in the department of communicative disorders, observes. of the winning canoe team show of the reward for all of their hard work. Hanson (upper right), an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department, explains a concept to several students. Finley, an associate professor in the physical therapy department, shows two students human spinal cord anatomy. Academics 61 The University of Florida College of is one of the largest and most respected journalism colleges in the United States. It offers to its students both theory and practice. Graduates from the College of Journalism find positions quickly in the private sector, especially in online news services, research radio and television sales and marketing, and advertising. Modern teaching focuses on computer-assisted journalism and the use of the Internet in publishing reflect the college ' s eagerness to adapt to today ' s ever changing economic environments. In the Interactive Media Lab, students work on cutting-edge technology to create on-line publications. Journalism and telecommunication students write, produce and serve as on-air anchors for a 30-minute nightly newscast for on of two TV stations and four radio stations providing practical field experience. Students also write, edit and provide for UF ' s Orange and Blue magazine, published each semester, in addition to to work on a daily student and local daily newspaper. In advertising and public relations, students create campaigns for real-life clients, often as part of national competitions. Dozens of internships in many of the largest and most companies in the United States are also available. The college ' s four departments - journalism, public relations and - maintain close ties to fessional and businesses in journalism and mass media industries. The college has been ranked one of the top ten programs in the country every year since 1983. The winning combination of bright and motivated students, faculty known for excellence in teaching and research and toprate facilities had produced national in the Hearst Broadcast News tion four of the last eight years, the Hearst Writing Competition thirteen of the last 32 years, the Bateman Case Study Competition in public relations on six occasions since 1983 and the AEJMC logo competition in advertising six times in the last decade. Housed in Weimer Hall, the college has five professional newsrooms, seven labs, three television studios, a lab with digital editing stations, two desktop publishing graphics labs equipped with 40 computer stations, 400 networked computer units, the interactive media lab and the Brechner Center for of Information. college of Journalism Communications a junior reporting major, Kristi Rolfes, 19 spent many afternoons in the enclave of Weimer Hall, reviewing work for her classes. Photos by Jodi Wilson courtyard of the Weimer Journalism And Communications building houses a picturesque study and social atmosphere for many faculty and students. 62 Academics Grenon, an employee of WUFT-FM, demonstrated one of the many facets that the College of Journalism and Communications offers. a telecommunications The sound board acts as a news major, April Mertz medium for junior Danny used various equipment in Gura to gain some hands on her fields of study. experience in his major, telecommunications news. Academics 63 The University of Florida ' s Fredric G. Levin College of Law enters the 21st century with stronger ties to the legal profession and multiple new programs designed to equip UF law students for the challenges and rewards of legal careers in a complex and changing global environment. Under the administration of Dean Richard A. Matasar, the college has developed new centers, institutes and curricular programs grams that focus on legal topics and from race relations and intellectual property law, to international law and alternative dispute resolution. Students have new opportunities to gain practical experience and work on actual cases through coursework, conferences, assistantships and fellowships. In addition to graduating with a Juris Doctor degree from one of the nation ' s preeminent public law schools, UF law students now can earn certification in a particular area of law, such as environmental law or estates and trusts, which gives them a distinguishing edge in the job market and the world of practice. In the area of tax law, the college ' s Graduate Tax Program is considered one of the top two in the nation, with g raduates employed throughout the United States. And Florida ' s LLM in Comparative Law Program is attracting lawyers Since its establishment in 1909, with an emphasis on teaching excellence, Florida ' s law school has been educating leaders for law, business, education and government. The college is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The college will construct a new student-faculty community center where students, faculty, practicing lawyers, judges and clients will interact through course curriculum and special programs to address a wide range of contemporary problems and issues. This curriculum will increasingly allow students to develop an area of specialization while still in law school to give them advantages in the job market and to better prepare them to enter today ' s specialized practice environment. college of Law University of Florida ' s from around the world. Schott Courtyard is a popular spot for serious and not-so-serious conversations, outdoor lunches, and an occasional nap. Two members of the Law Association of Women sit at a table and answer questions about their organization. 64 Academics Moot Court teams won two national competitions in 1999 in bankrupcy law and constitutional law! The Bailey Courtroom at the College of Law is the site of intramural competitions of the UF Trial Team and lectures by distinguished practitioners. Academics 65 college of Liberal Arts Sciences The College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) stands at the heart of academic life at the University of Florida. Here, students learn how to communicate effectively, to reason independently and to under- stand the traditions and institutions that have shaped their world. Career performance proves that a liberal arts background makes for a better lawyer, corporate executive, health-care professional, journalist, or teacher by providing an intellectual foundation upon which the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates may draw for the rest of their lives. Many of the college ' s programs and faculty are recognized national leaders. The chemistry, anthropology, gerontology, African Studies, and Latin American studies programs are each highly rated. The college ' s Jewish studies program is the largest in the South. The College of Liberal Arts and Science faculty regularly win Guggenheim Fellowships, Fulbright Awards, National Foundation grants, and many other honors reflecting the breadth and quality of the College of Arts and Sciences scholarship. More than 250 National Merit Scholars are among the talented graduates and undergraduates who study in the college. Our alumni lead major corporations, write nationally-know books, and serve in public office. A graduate of the astronomy department, for example, recently conducted research aboard a space shuttle mission. senior Elizabeth E English students work in Wolert conducted research the Rolfs Hall Network and published scientific Writing Environment articles as part of UF ' s (NWE.) Research for Undergraduate program. 66 Academics Physicist Henk Monkhost explains the theory behind a fusion reactor he designed which, if successful, will provide cheap, clean, and abundant energy. professor Bo Gustafson displays a scale model of an interplanetary dust particle magnified over 5,000 times. Visible in the background is the one-of-a-kind microwave facility Gustafson designed to study scaled particles. The 1998 African Artist-In- Residence Program hosted two artists from Guinea this fall: Moustapha Bangoura, a veteran performer of Africa ' s greatest dance company, and Abou Sylla, who is considered to be one of the best balafon players in the world. Academics 67 The College of Medicine is committed to the education and training of compassionate car-givers. In their first-semester course work, students, for two weeks, follow a preceptorship with a local physician. This helps them to better understand the of patients. The college emphasizes and scientific competence, but also on the understanding of the family and the community. In its forty-three years, the College of Medicine has graduated over 3,000 physicians, most of whom have provided for Florida citizens their general and specialist health care services. Dominating 210,000 square feet of the University ' s J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center, the Brain Institute facility was dedicated on October 22, 1992. The institute is a campuswide for multidisciplinary research and education in all aspects of neurobiology. More than 260 faculty are now affiliated with this institute, which currently had more than $25 million in annual funding for neuro- science-related research. The institute is an international resource For pioneering studies of the central nervous system and for advanced education related to the brain and spine. The University of Florida Brain tute has collaborating researchers at more than 65 universities and research centers in the United States, and in at least fifteen foreign countries. The University of Florida Brain Institute houses five MRI spectrometers, two of which are the world ' s most powerful MRI systems - a 12 tesla and a 17.6 tesla magnet. These super strength imaging systems will enable scientists to observe chemical and other physiological functions as they occur in living animals. The college boasts one of the nation ' s most effective medical student education programs. UF medical students consistently score high on the national medical licensing examinations and receive excellent residency assignments. More than 75 percent of graduates are ranked in the top third of their residency programs. The college ' s Ph.D. program has successfully transitioned into an interdisciplinary program (IDP). The IDP provides students with broad training in the first year followed by specialized training in subsequent years, and integrates clinical and basic science training in the education pro- cess. The transition has enabled the program to be more competitive in recruiting high quality students and in continuing to provide them with a superior education. college of Medicine A 245 foot air-conditioned bridge enables neurosurgeons and other health-care professionals to walk between the patient treatment suites at Shands and the laboratories of the Brain Institute. Dai directs a multimillion dollar computer and information technology service created to help scientists perform complex image analysis and data computations resulting. 68 Academics late Gov. Lawton Chiles tours the UF Brain Institute in October with Director Bill Luttge and learned about the 4.7 tesla magnetic resonance imaging system to be used in brain and spine-imaging studies. Samsun Lampotang, assitant professor of anesthesiology and medical engineering and a coinventor of the Human Patient Simulator works with a mannequin on his machine. the UF Brain Institute research and training lab, neurosurgery fellow Liang Liu points out parts of the human brain anatomy to one of 2,000 visitors an open house. Academics 69 Through innovative education, dynamic research programs and creative approaches to practice, the College of Nursing prepares students to become practitioners and scientists who can effectively address health-care needs and care for a diverse society. The college offers and graduate degrees - a of science in nursing, a master of science in nursing and a doctor of philosophy in nursing science. In addition to its programs in Gainesville, the college has in Jacksonville and Orlando to provide urban access for students. The college encompasses three departments: women ' s, children ' s and family nursing; adult and nursing; and health care and systems. New models of interdisciplinary education focus on medically underserved populations. Students of all levels work with faculty in a variety of health-care settings, including Shands Hospital, rural and urban clinics throughout North Central Florida, the VA Medical Center and senior living facilities. The goals and curriculum of the college have adjusted to changes in health care delivery. Undergraduate study emphasizes the integration of community based education, advanced practice nursing is emphasized at the master ' s level, and focused areas of research are primary at the level. college of Nursing Folston does a blood UF nursing student pressure screening at the Kathryn Pearce uses the opening of the Eastside Nightingale Tracker to Clinic. document the condition of a patient in the patient ' s home. 70 Academics enjoy themselves at the College of Nursing annual student-faculty picnic at Lake Wahburg. faculty observation and At the dental student health guidance, students practice in fair, College of Nursing their selected areas of health students did an exhibit on care. During the course of their nutrition. education at UF, nursing students have the opportunity to work with patients at community clinics, such as the Community Health Center at Eastside, as well as Shands HealthCare facilities. Academics 71 college of Pharmacy The College of Pharmacy offers students who have completed at least two years of pre-professional study the opportunity to enter a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy Students at the University of Florida may complete pre-professional studies in the College of Pharmacy, in the Food and Human Nutrition program in the College of Agriculture or in science majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Doctor of Pharmacy is designed to provide the with the scientific and cultural background required for the successful practice of Pharmacy. The professional curriculum offers course work in pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy administration. Students participate in clinical training throughout the curriculum to their clinical skills of critical problem solving, interviewing, as- sessing, counseling, monitoring, and sulting within the health care team. The College of Pharmacy is known not only for its high quality research contributions, clinical teaching and outstanding faculty, but also for its excellent student body. In addition to providing a wide range of professional opportunities, the program forms an excellent base for advanced study leading to careers in research and teaching. Master ' s and degree programs are offered in the pharmaceutical sciences (pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacy health care administration). The College of Pharmacy offers combined degree programs: Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies; Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Administration, Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Sciences. The American Council accredits the of Pharmacy on Pharmaceutical In a recent national survey, the Doctor of Pharmacy program was ranked among the top ten programs in the try. Randell Doty, Clinical Associate Prof., Department of Pharmacy Practice, with 1st year professional students perform nutritional screening for the public at a local pharmacy. faculty and staff celebrate the 75th anniversary of the College of Pharmacy by forming the number seventy-five. 72 Academics college of Pharmacy " Coating Ceremony " signifies the successful completion of the first professional year of curriculum. Dr. Jeffrey Hughes, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, and pharmacy graduate students working on one of Dr. Hughes ' current research topics " Gene Delivery and Therapy. " Lynda McKenzie, Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Admin. and 2nd professional year students utilize small group discussion as an integral part of the new pharmacy curriculum. Academics 73 college of Veterinary Medicine The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is the state ' s only veterinary school. Founded in 1976, the college its first class in 1980. The college ' s average is 320 professional seeking) and 65 graduate students pursuing master ' s or doctoral degrees. There are approximately 100 faculty members, 65 with duties at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The college ' s annual external research awards totaled more tha n $6 A nine-year facilities ex- pansion program concluded in 1996 with the opening of the college ' s new $24 million Academic Building. Full was most recently granted in 1995. Clinical disciplines available for professional and residency training include cardiology, clinical dermatology, laboratory animal medicine, large and small animal medicine and surgery, neurology, oncology, opthamology, pathology, radiology, reproduction, rural animal medicine, and wildlife and zoological medicine. The college ' s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is a major referral center for both large and small animals throughout the state. Joseph A. DiPietro is kissing " Judy Lu " during chemotherapy to a dog is Dr. the Pig Kissing Contest held Dr. Kris Cooke, right, with as a benefit for the oncology nurse Tammy Shelley university ' s Community Shelley. Campaign. 74 Academics Yankee, one of the year ' s most outstanding Standard bred horses, is shown on his way to a victory at the Hambletonian. Muscles received treatment at the University of Florida ' s Veterinary School as a Jan Shearer, associate professor and dairy extension veterinarian, a new hoof-spraying device. college celebrated the first anniversary of feline kidney transplant patient Rascal Peterson. Shown with Rascal and C.D., the donor cat, are the doctors far left and far right: Drs. Sue Ford and Kris Cooke, front, and Otto Lanz and Gary Ellison Back. Academics 75 It ' s 495,000 Innings ...It ' s 26,280,000 Halfs...It ' s sports are a one-of-a-kind experience, whether one is participating, commentating or just Those close to Gator sports, the players and the coaches, sometimes feel as though it is the most important thing that they have ever done. Those who can only watch feel as though it is the most remarkable thing they have ever witnessed. People come from all over the world to be Gators, and while our academic reputation speaks for itself, it isn ' t the only reason that students flock to Gainesville. They come here for the football, the basketball and the soccer. They come for the tennis and the track and field. They come for Gator Growl and the Homecoming 76 Sports sports 35,040,000 Quarters ..It ' s 525,600,000 Minutes... parade, and they come because at east twice during your UF career, you ' ll get to see the FSU game. Truth be told that ' s why we really come, none of the other games even 1 10 as much as that one lour of football, and none of the other games are as good as those that we play on the way to the one piece. We continue to have Final Four. Sure our teams may faith in the Gators. Even as we have their ups and downs, but when approach the new millennium, we it comes down to the end, if they know that they won ' t let us down. have home field advantage and about 85,000 screaming fans to back them up, you can bet that the Story by: Tessa Magee and Mae Webb enemy won ' t leave the Swamp in Sports 77 gator guides Gator Football ' s Unsung Heroes Gator Football. The adrenaline rush of 85,000 screaming fans every home game. The players and coaches their next football victim. The Gator Guides spending their fall Saturday ' s trying to win over the next group of Gator Football heroes. Who? Many people work to bring Gator Football together, unfortunately some of these workers get lost in the shuffle of the excitement. Gator Guides are some of the lost heroes. This group of 70-80 University of Florida students spend every football game day hosting high school recruits and UF prospects around campus hoping to make each player excited about being a future Gator. The Gator Guide organization is the oldest of its kind in the NCAA and has been in existence since 1966 when Head Coach Steve Spurrier was still a student at UF. Football Senior Administrative Assistant Betty Ling heads up this outstanding group of girls who have to go through an interview session before being eligible for this volunteer position. " The judges are instructed to look for good students who love UF as much as we and who are dedicated to the football program, " said Ling. These students definitely have to love the Gators to dedicate a lot of time and energy to this organization. Not only are these students responsible to work at all home Gator games, but they must also be available during in January to host official recruits during the signing period as well as others football related tasks. Their job is not always easy, but they do have some benefits. Afterall, they do have the best job at UF, they get to help bring new excitement to Gator Football in the form of all Gator fans future heroes. Story and Photos by: Jodi Wilson Kenny Ling helps teach the Gator Guide squad about Head Coach Steve Spurrier. The squad had to be knowledgable about all aspects of the Gator Football Program in order to properly represent it, as well as the University on the whole. Gator Guides Lara, Brooke, and Tara cheer on their respective teams during the Orange and Blue Scrimmage in the Spring. It was very important for the ator Guides to show school spirit, even during the scrimmage. Some new and old Gator Guides " act out " the lineup of a football game so that the squad can learn about it. Knowledge of football and the college was a must in order to properly promote the Univer- sity. 78 Sports One of the Gator Guides reads off the information about the coach she is supposed to be. It was necessary for the squad to be acquainted with the coaches so that they could introduce the recruit to the proper coach. COORDINATOR BETTY LING Betty Ling has been a Gator most of her life and has been a major part of Gator Football for over 20 years. Lings ' official title is Senior Administrative although she does much more than her title implies. Ling is not only responsible for the Gator Guide recruiting squad, which is a huge job all in itself, but she also handles all 13 coaches and graduate assistant ' s travel schedules. Among her other duties are serving as coordinator of the annual Coaches Clinic which is usually held in March for area high school coaches to learn the Gator style of play. She is also the on-campus recruiting tor and is responsible for assisting recruits with academic support, campus tours, and answering any questions they or their parents may have. Betty also contacts recruits through the mail to set up for them to come to Gainesville. Betty ' s time and commitment to Gator Football does not go Every home game Coach Steve Spurrier makes it a point to thank her for all she does. Betty is married and has three children: Steve, Tim, and Kenny and one grandchild, Brandon. The Gator Guide squad line up and sing We Are the Boys. At the end of the third quarter of every game the squad lined up in front of the south endzone and sang " We Are the Boys " along with the crowd. Not only was it important for Gator Guides to show their spirit, but for them to try to get the crowd excited and show the recruits just how amazing the fans were. Sports 79 Sophomore quarterback, Jesse Palmer, goes for a fake hand off against Kentucky. This Ontario native, proved to be a valuable asset to Gator football. Unfortunately Palmer went down in the LSU game but should be back in top form next season. HEAD COACH STEVE SPURRIER Steve Spurrier was hired as head coach of UF ' s Gator football team in 1990. Most people would probably say now that they knew he would be great, but chances are, no one knew. After only nine seasons as head coach, he has taken the Florida Gators to a national title and conference dominance that no coach at UF ever had done. Prior to his arrival, no Florida team had captured the SEC championship in over 56 years. Spurrier captured the Southeastern Conference championship in ' 91, ' 93, ' 94, ' 95, and ' 96. Also, Spurrier became the first coach in UF history to lead his football team to a national championship. He won the title in 1996, after only his seventh year at Florida. And has he ever captured the SEC. In his nine seasons, UF ' s is 66-9 in SEC games. But as many know, his roots in Florida football go back well beyond the 1990 season. Spurrier himself lead the Gators as a QB during the early sixties. During the 1966 season, Spurrier was named the recipient of the Heisman Trophy. After his playing days at Florida were over, Spurrier was drafted in the first round to the San Francisco 49ers, where he played quarterback from 1967-75. Then he was traded to the newly formed Tampa Bay in 1976. After a nine year stint with the NFL, Spurrier began his coaching career which led him back to his alma mater as the QB coach at UF in 1978. He then went on to coach at Georgia Tech, the Tampa Bay Bandits , and Duke before being named head coach at Florida. A crowd of over 85,000 wild fans jump to their feet as their beloved Gator Football team exits the tunnel at the beginning of a football game. The atmosphere in Ben Hill Grifin Stadium provided by the screaming fans during every game is something indescribable in words. SCHEDULE 9 5 THE CITADEL 9 12 NE LOUISIANA 9 19 Tennessee 9 26 KENTUCKY 10 3 Alabama 10 10 LSU 10 17 AUBURN 10 31 Georgia 11 7 Vanderbilt 11 14 SOUTH CAROLINA 11 21 Florida State 80 Sports Sophomore quarterback, Doug Johnson, drops back for a hand off. Johnson was the Gators primary quarterback this season after Jesse Palmer was hurt doing the LSU game. Johnson, a Gainesville native from Buchholz High School is a sport manage- ment major. More Than a Passing Game The 1998 season started out great because the Gators had two experienced quarterbacks at the helm. Doug Johnson and Jesse Palmer both looked great during pre-season practice and Head Coach Steve Spurrier decided to rotate both quarterbacks every other game and sometimes every other play. The rotating quarterback strategy worked well at the end of the 1997 year and seemed like the way to go for the new season. However, the sixth game of the season changed the Gators plans. Palmer broke the clavicle in his right during a 22-10 win against Louisiana State, putting the rotating quarterback plan on hold. Johnson emerged as the Gators only experienced quarterback with Freshman Tim Olmstead and Senior Larry Richart as his only back ups. Throughout the remainder of the season Johnson was extremely effective passing for 2346 yards and going 154 for 274 with 19 touchdowns and averaging 234.6 yards a game. His best game of the season started against the Orangemen of Syracuse in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl where he threw for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. Unfortunately injury struck the Gators again. Johnson went down in the second quarter of the Orange Bowl with a broken left fibula and had to be wheeled off the field. It had been a tough year but, Johnson motivated the team to play on in his absence clapping for them as he left the field. Palmer ' s injury had healed and the Gators went on to beat the Orangemen 31 to 10. Palmer also had an outstanding game throwing for 10 of 14 for 113 yards and one touchdown. Thankfully the 1999 season looks promising with the return of both Doug Johnson and Jesse Palmer at back. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Senior Larry Richart hands the ball off to a running back. Richart, a redshirt from Winter Park, was a walk-on but did get a few snaps at quarterback. Head Coach Steve Spurrier directs Doug Johnson on what to do the next offensive series. Although Spurrier may seem hard on his players, their respect runs both ways. Sports 81 It ' s All Good Special teams in 1998 looked great with the return of senior punter Robby Stevenson, senior place-kicker Collins Cooper, and sophomore speedster Bo Carroll returning kickoffs. But, as always, the unexpected happened. Early on in the season, Stevenson was diagnosed with Graves disease and his football days were over. That put the pressure on senior Josh Korn, sophomore Jeff Chandler, and freshman punter David Wasielewski to handle most of the kicking responsibilities. Wasielewski, a Jesuit High School graduate, amazed Gator fans with his powerful leg and was even awarded the Game Superlative for punts in the Florida State game. He was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the Knoxville News- Sentinel. After a missing the tying field goal at the Tennessee game, Collins was benched for the remainder of the season and was replaced by walk-on Chandler who ended the season as the Gators leading scorer with 66 points. Special Teams coordinator, Holland, has reason to be impressed with the tackles made. Freshman Bennie Alexander is credited with 12 unassisted tackles and 7 assisted tackles to lead special teams. Because of his success, Alexander was named to the Sporting News Third Team, Football News Honorable Men- tion and the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman Team. Special teams also impressed during the Vanderbilt game when Jevon Kearse blocked a punt and Mike Peterson ran it in for a touchdown to clinch the 45-13 win over the Commodores. Wide receiver Travis McGriff was the star on punt returns averaging 6.9 yards a punt on 21 carries. Running back John Capel impressed while averaging 27.4 yards a carry on kick-off returns followed by fellow running back Bo Carroll who aver- aged 26.5 a kick-off. Special teams looks to be in great shape for seasons to come with the return of Wasielewski, Chandler, Capel, Carroll, and Alexander to name just a few. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Sports Information Dept. Sophomore place-kicker Jeff Chandler connects for three points during this field goal attempt. Chandl er was a walk-on who replaced kicker Collins Cooper and looks to be the starter in 1999. Head coach Steve Spurrier directs his players before a play. A former Gator quarterback and Heisman winner, he made history when he kicked the game-winning field goal against Auburn in 1966. 82 Sports Freshman cornerback Bennie Alexander awaits the kick-off on teams. A Gainesville native, Alexander was a big contributor during his first season. He was with the most special team ' s tackles with 11. Freshman punter David Wasielewski finishes off his punt. Wasielewski was rated as one of the top three kickers in the country as a high school senior. Wasielewski was a great asset on special teams in 1998. ASSISTANT COACH LAWSON HOLLAND Special Teams Coordinator, Lawson Holland, enters his fourth year with the Gator football team. Coach Holland has led special teams to a 15th national ranking for punt returns in 96 and 97 since his tenure began in 1995 with UF. Before he came to Gainesville, North Carolina native Holland was the wide re- ceivers coach at Oklahoma he led stand-out Rafael homa State from 1992-94, where Denson to first team All-Big Eight in 1994. He also coached the offense from 1988-91 at Wake Forest, from 1986-87 at North Carolina and from 1979-85 at his alma mater Clemson University. Right out of college, Holland spent time as a graduate assistant at Clemson and Duke. While a student-athlete at Clemson, Holland lettered as a quarterback as well as played on the Tigers basketball team for two years. Coach Holland graduated in 1975 with a BA in secondary education and English. Holland coached Jacquez Green who holds the UF record with four punt returns for touchdowns. Green also set a new single-game record with two punt returns for touchdowns against Kentucky in 1996. Steve Spurrier, Jr. assisted Coach Holland on special teams this year before taking an assistant coaching position at Oklahoma with former defensive coordinator Bob Stoops. Freshman wide re- ceiver John Capel awaits the kick-off during the LSU game. This track sprinter turned football player has been a big asset both on the field and on the track and was one of the fastest kick-off returners in the nation. Sports 83 Junior guard Pat Browning fills the gap to his right. A Tampa native, Browning has played at both guard and tackle in his Gator career and was a two-time letter winner. ASSISTANT COACH JIMMY RAY STEPHENS Entering his sixth season as the offensive line coach, Jimmy Ray Stephens has many impressive numbers. During his tenure at UF, Stephens has coached five All- Americans including Reggie Green, Jeff Mitchell, Jason Odom, Jim Watson and Donnie Young. Stephens ' offensive line units also posted the top four seasonal first down totals in SEC history, the highest being 327 in 1995. Since the Stephens era, the Gator offense has been better at running the ball. The Gator offense scored 25 rushing touchdowns in 1996, tying the school record set by the 1975 and 1976 teams. Also in 1996, Florida ' s offense ranked first nationally in scoring with 46.6 points per game. Stephens commitment to Florida goes back to his days where he was a Second-Team All-SEC at center in 1973 for the Gators. He then worked as a student assistant at Florida from 1977-78. From there Stephens went on to spend 13 years coaching at the high school level where he turned Fort Walton Beach High School ' s football program around. Fort Walton went from going 3-9 in 1989 to a perfect 14-0 record in 1991 and the 4A State Championship after only two years of Stephens coaching. In the 1999 season, Coach Stephens will be joined on the offensive line staff with the assistance of John Hunt hired in March of 1999. Junior guard Ryan Kalich positions himself against this Auburn defender. A Houston, Texas native, Kalich was one of the most experienced players on the line this season. 84 Sports Freshman tackle Ben Brown awaits his turn on the field. A Clearwater, Florida native, Brown was named to the First-Team All-State Honors (6A) while at Countryside High School. Offensive Big Men on Campus Florida entered the 1998 season in good shape after losing only two of its top 15 players from last year ' s offensive line. The Gators lost center Wyley Ritch and tackle Mo Collins who left UF a year early to enter the NFL draft and signed with the Oakland Raiders in the first round. With all the experienced linemen nine different Gators had at least one collegiate start during the 1998 season. In addition, the Gators started a different offensive line in eight of their 12 games which made some of the players have to take on double duty and learn several positions. But even with the changing of the positions, the Gator offensive line held their own. Despite the Gator offense throwing the ball 417 times in the ' 98 season, Florida ' s offensive line led the SEC in fewest quarterback sacks allowed with only 17 in 11 games. The offensive line also gave protection to allow the offense to score a lot of points quickly during the season. The Gator offense in ' 98 scored 44 touchdowns with an average drive time of only 1 min. 43 sec. The top offensive line returnee in the ' 98 season was senior tackle Zach Pillar. Pillar, an offensive co-captain, was named to the coaches first team All-SEC and played in the Senior Bowl. He was the 81st overall pick in the NFL draft and was selected in the third round by the Tennessee Titans. Junior Ryan Kalich led the offensive line with 31 career starts at guard followed by Pillar with 29, Cooper Carlisle with 19, Cheston Blackshear with 18, and Zac Zedalis with 12. The 0-Line is lucky to have six returning players who have started at least one game coming back during the 1999 season. Carlisle, who won the James Kynes Award for offensive lineman iron-man, Kenyatta Walker, and Scott Bryan will be competing at the tackle position. Kalich, Blackshear, Ben Brown, Leon Hires and Erik Strange are all eligible for a guard position, and Zedalis, Corey Yarbrough, Tommy Hillard and David Jorgensen will battle it out for the start at center. The ' 99 offensive season looks promising with the return of all of these experienced linemen. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Sports Information Dept. Senior tackle Zach Pillar awaits the force from this LSU defender. Pillar, a 1998 offensive co-captain, was a Georgia Tech transfer in 1995 and was the only offensive line draft selection this year. Offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens directs his players on techniques. Stephens came to Florida from Ft. Walton Beach High School after his star quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, signed with UF. Sports 85 Senior running back Terry Jackson darts through defenders on his way to score. Jackson was an important asset to the ' 98 team as well as to the university. Jackson served as Student Body Vice-President under John McGovern during his senior year. I Fun, Gun Run The 1998 offense started a little shaky with a number of key losses from the ' 97 season. At running back, the Gators were without Fred Taylor who was a first round selection to the Jacksonville Jaguars in last April ' s NFL draft. The receiving unit was also hit hard with the early leave of Jacquez Green to the NFL draft who was selected in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With these major losses on offense, early speculation said that the ' 98 season was not going to be a fabulous as the Gators have seen in the past. But they were wrong. Senior wide receiver Travis McGriff surprised everyone by setting the SEC and Florida single-season receiving yardage record with 1,357 yards in 1998. His 70 catches tied for the best single-season effort in UF history. McGriff also topped the charts with eight 100-yard receiving games during the season. For his efforts, McGriff was named to the All-SEC first team and was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week vs. LSU. He was taken in the third round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos with the 93rd overall pick. At running back, senior Terry Jackson led the team with 105 rushing attempts for 622 yards, averaging 5.6 yards a carry. Jackson was the recipient of the Outstanding Running Back Award and was the 157th pick overall to the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round of the NFL draft. Other key backs in ' 98 were freshman Earnest Graham, freshman Robert Gillespie and sophomores Rod Frazier, Bo Carroll and Vannez Gooch. And at receiver, senior Nafis Karim, freshman John Capel a nd sophomores Travis Taylor, Darrell Jackson and Alex Willis, had a significant impact during the ' 98 season. These student- athletes along with McGriff completed 60 pass plays that went for 20 or more yards during the season. Critics could say that the losses of McGriff, Jackson and Karim will be too much for the Gators in seasons to come, but if history proves correct, the Gators will be ready in 1999. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Sports Information Dept. Sophomore wide receiver Travis Taylor has one thing on his mind. Score. Taylor was a surprise asset to the Gator receivers and looks to make even more of an impact in the 1999 season. Senior wide receiver Nafis Karim waits for the center to snap the ball. Karim was an important member of the wide receiver corps to prove to the inexperienced group of freshman on the team. Senior wide receiver Travis McGriff salutes Gator fans after scoring a TD. This Gainesville native broke many records during his senior campaign and looks to break more as a WR for the Denver Broncos in 1999. Dwayne Dixon en- ters his 18th year in some capacity with the UF football program. Coach Dixon was a four-year letter-winner at Florida from 1980-83 while playing wide He finished his playing career at Florida with 124 catches as well as being named first-team All- SEC in 1983. As a coach, Dixon has gone from a student dent assistant coach in 1984 and 1985, to working in the Office of Student Life from 1989-90 and then the wide receiver coach from 1990 to the present. He was also named the Assistant Head Coach in 1995 under Steve Spurrier. Coach Dixon took some time off coaching to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1984-85 and in 1987. He also spent some time in the Arena Football League with the Washington Commandos and the Detroit Drive. Dixon has coached 11 players drafted or signed by the NFL including Reidel Anthony, Chris Doering, Tre Everett, Jacques Green, Aubrey Hill, Ike Hilliard, Harrison Houston, Jack Jackson, Willie Jackson, Travis McGriff and Ernie Mills. Under Dixon, Florida has had three finalists for the Bilenikoff award, J. Jackson, Anthony and Green, more than any other school in the nation. Coach Carl Franks was the running backs coach but was replaced by Buddy Teevens after accepting the Duke Head Coaching position. Freshman running back Robert Gillespie darts around this Auburn defender. Gillespie had a major impact on the Gator offense playing in each of the 12 games. This Hattiesburg, Mississippi native was third on the team with 310 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Sports 87 North Fort Myers High School graduate Jevon Kearse watches the ball as he calculates his attack. Kearse was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in ' 98 among many other awards ASSISTANT COACH BOB SANDERS Entering his ninth season as a defensive coach at UF, Coach Bob Sanders has helped break many UF records. During his tenure, the Gators set a new school record with 50 sacks in 1997, an aver- age of 4.5 per game. UF also led the SEC in QB sacks for the second straight year in 1997. Sanders has coached such prominent UF players as Ephesians Bartley, Kevin Carter, Monty Grow, Ben Hanks, Ellis Johnson, Darren Mickell, Huey Richardson, Jevon Kearse, Mike Peterson and Johnny Rutledge. In 1994, the Birmingham Touchdown Club named this Jacksonville, NC native SEC ' s Assistant Coach of the Year. His coaching experience includes the assistant defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech in 1978, East Carolina defensive line linebackers from 1980-1982, Richmond linebacker coach from 1983-84, Duke outside linebackers and co-defensive coordinator from 1985-89 and Florida from 1990 to the present. Coach Sanders also served as head coach at several high schools throughout his career. Coach Sanders, the faculty advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a three-year letter-winner at Davidson College from 1972-1976, earned a degree in Political Science. Coach Sanders is assisted by Recruiting Coordinator Jim Collins at coaching the linebacker position who ' s been with Florida since 1990. Senior Mike Peterson watches the ball during a play against Auburn. Peterson is an Alachua native and was the defensive co-captain for the 1998 team. Peterson has been a big contributor every year on defense. 88 Sports Freshman linebacker Alex Brown awaits the snap of the ball. Brown, a White Spring, Florida native, was considered one of the nation ' s elite linebackers while in high school. He will compete for playing time during the 1999 season. The Sack Attack The trio of junior Jevon Kearse, senior Johnny Rutledge, and senior Mike Peterson at the linebacker position in 1998 was arguably the nation ' s finest starting group. Fans and coaches had some concern with the depth of the but the 1998 season proved that three was the perfect number. With no injuries throughout the season, the linebacker position triumphed. Kearse led the attack at the strongside position with 145 career tackles, 84. 5 Big Plays, and 34.5 total tackles for loss. This Fort Myers native was named to the First Team All-American in 1998 and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as well as being named one of three finalists for the ' 98 Butkus Award which goes to the nation ' s best linebacker. Unfortunately for the Gators, Kearse decided to forgo his senior year and went to the NFL draft. He was Florida ' s first player drafted in the first round as the 16th pick overall to the Tennessee Titans. The middle linebacker position was dominated by Rutledge who led the Gators in tackles for losses with eight and was credited for 25.5 Big Plays during the 1998 season. Rutledge was also responsible for eight forced hurries on the quarterback and 105 total tackles. Rutledge was a three-year starter and was a finalist in the Butkus Award each of his starting years. The Gators endured yet another huge loss as Rutledge graduated and was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals for the 51st pick overall. Mike Peterson was the star at weakside linebacker and led the Gators in total tackles. Peterson is credited with 73 unassisted tackles and 54 assisted tackles as well as seven tackles for losses. Pe terson was the SEC ' s second leading tackler and was a first- team All-American choice. He also received the Ray Graves Award which goes to the squad ' s MVP selected by his teammates. Peterson was the third Gator to go in the draft during the second round as the 36th overall pick to the Indianapolis Colts. The losses will no doubt hurt the Gators in the seasons to come, but senior Keith Kelsey, sophomore Andra Davis, sophomore Alex Brown, senior Eugene McCaslin and juniors Teddy Sims and Daryl Owens will step up and take command of the linebacker position. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Sports Information Dept. Senior Johnny Rutledge awaits the Junior Jevon Kearse finishes off the ball snap during a play against Ken- pile during the Auburn game. This Kentucky. A Belle Glade native, Rutledge Fort Myers native was one of three was the Gators most experienced finalists for the Nagurski National linebacker during the 1998 season. Defensive Player of the Year Award and was a Butkus Award finalist. Sports 89 The Fab Four The defensive line entered the 1998 season strong with only two losses from the ' 97 season in Mike Moten and Willie Rogers. Headlining for the fabulous four was senior tackle Ed Chester who was an All-SEC choice as a sophomore and a third-team American selection last year. Chester led the Gators with 33 Big Plays during the 1996 National Championship game when he was a sophomore. Unfortunately, Chester went down with a severe knee injury during the LSU game in the ' 98 season, ending his playing days. Junior Reggie McGrew joined Chester at the tackle position and led the defensive line in sacks with five, Big Plays with 26 and total tackles for loss with 12. McGrew joined linebacker Jevon Kearse in the decision to forgo his senior year. Many were skeptical of the decision, but McGrew surprised everyone by being the second Gator drafted as the 24th overall pick in the first round to the San Francisco 49ers. Leading the way for the defensive ends in ' 98 were seniors Willie Cohens and Tim Beauchamp. Beauchamp led the ends in total tackles with 25. He is also credited with 6.5 tackles for loss. He was named to the Florida All-Star Gridiron Classic in ' 98 and went to the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in the NFL draft. Cohens also had a great season with 20 total tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks and seven forced hurries on the quarterback. Cohens was named to the second team All-SEC and received the Fergie Ferguson Award give to a senior player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage as selected by his teammates. He signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent in the 1999 NFL draft. John Hoke, Florida ' s new defensive coordinator, has his work cut out for him in rebuilding the Gators lost defense, but he does have some help. Sophomore tackle Gerald Warren, junior tackle Jayme Campbell and junior ends Derrick Chambers and Buck Gurley are all ready to step up and fill the defensive line in 1999. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Sports Information Dept. Senior defensive end Willie Cohens goes after the ball during a play against LSU. Cohens was named to the Associated Press Second-Team All-SEC and the Florida All-Star Gridiron Classic during the 1998 season. Senior tackle Ed Chester is ready in Sophomore defensive tackle Derrick the three-point stance for the play to Chambers try ' s to edge past this begin. Chester was slated to be an South Carolina offensive lineman. A early draft selection until his career member of the Fellowship of Chris- ending knee injury against LSU tian Athletes, Chambers got a lot of playing time after starter Ed Chester 90 Sports was hurt for the season. Senior defensive end Tim Beauchamp pushes off an Auburn offensive lineman to get to the quarterback. This New Smyra Beach native was a three-time letterwinner at defensive line for the Gators ASSISTANT COACH ROD BROADWAY Entering his fourth year as the de- fensive tackles coach at UF, Rod Broadway brings experience unique to any other Gator coach: he has 20 years of coaching experience all on the defensive line. His coaching experience goes back to 1979 where he spent two years with East Caro- lina. He then spent 14 years at Duke before coming to Florida in 1995. During his tenure at Duke, Broadway played a key role in the improvement against the run. In 1989, Duke shared the ACC title with Virginia and made its first bowl appearance in over 25 years. While at UF, the Gators allowed an average of just 70.7 yards a game, second best in the nation. Under Coach Broadway, the Gators also set UF marks for fewest total- rushing yards allowed with 778. Broadway has coached UF standouts, Mark Campbell, Ed Chester, Reggie McGrew, Mike Moten and Scott Youmans. Coach Broadway was an All-ACC defensive tackle in 1977 while playing for the University of North Carolina. During his college career he led the Tar Heels to two bowl bids, the 1974 Sun Bowl and the 1977 Liberty Bowl. He earned his degree from UNC in 1978 with a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies Junior defensive tackle Reggie McGrew gets tangled up with two Auburn offensive linemen. McGrew has played the top role at tackle in each of his previous two seasons. The Gators will be without the services of McGrew in ' 99 because of an early decision to go pro. Senior cornerback Tony George darts toward his target. This Cincinnati native has played a prominent role in the secondary and on special teams each of his seasons as a Gator and will be missed in ' 99. ASSISTANT COACH BOB STOOPS Entering his third year as the Defensive Coordinator for the Gator Football team, Coach Bob Stoops has already accomplished some amazing feats. In his first two at UF, the Gator defense posted the two best rushing de- fensive performances in school history. The defense held Arkansas to -56 yards in 1997 and held Auburn to -28 yards in 1998. Also in his tenure, the Gators set a record with six defensive touchdowns and tied the NCAA Division I-A seasonal record with four fumble returns for Coach Stoops has also coached three defensive backs who have gained All-American recognition while at UF as well as four first team All-SEC honorees, including Anthone Lott, Lawrence Wright, Fred Weary, and Teako Brown. Wright also won the Thorpe Award under Stoops in 1996. His coaching experience leads back to 1983 where he was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Iowa. He then went on to coach at Kent State and spent five years at Kansas State before coming to UF to be a Gator. During college Stoops was a four-year starter at defensive back at Iowa and was named All-Big Ten in 1979 and 1982 and was selected most valuable player of the 1982 Peach Bowl team. At the end of the 1998 football season, Coach Stoops accepted the head coaching position at the University of Oklahoma. His replacement was John Hoke from Missouri. All Gators fans look forward to Hoke defense and wish Stoops the best of luck. Junior free safety Reggie Davis goes for a tackle against this South Carolina running back. This Bradenton native saw time as a back- up to Teako Brown but should compete for a starting posi- tion during the ' 99 season. 92 Sports Senior free safety Teako Brown keeps an eye on the quarterback to follow the ball. Brown was credited with 14 career interceptions because of his good anticipation of the ball. This Miami native has started more games than any other member of the Gator secondary. Second to None The 1998 secondary proved to be sensational even without defensive standouts Fred Weary and Eli Williams from the ' 97 team. Leading the way for the ' 98 defensive backs was senior cornerback Tony George. George, a defensive co-captain, was credited with two forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections and four interceptions during the ' 98 season. In addition, his 17 Big Plays led the secondary. George was named to the First-Team All-SEC, named SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Georgia and was a Thorpe Award finalist. He also received the Gene Ellenson Award given to the most inspirational player on the team. George was drafted in the third round to the New England Patriots with the 91st overall pick. Senior free safety Teako Brown also had an impact on the defensive back unit. Throughout the season Brown was credited with four interceptions, one forced fumble and 65 total tackles. The Touchdown Club of Atlanta named Brown the Southeast ' s top back. In addition, he received the SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Auburn award and was named to the Coaches First-Team All-SEC. With Brown ' s four interceptions he is now second on the Florida career interception list with 14 behind Weary with 15. Freshmen Bennie Alexander and Robert Cromartie also had good seasons at cornerback combining for 13 Big Plays. Safety sophomores Rod Graddy, Marquand Manuel and Lester Norwood also impressed at DB. Norwood played in all 12 games in ' 98 and was named UF ' s Most Improved Defensive Back. Manuel also played in all 12 games and had 11 Big Plays including an interception and three QB sacks. Even with the loss of George and Brown, these young Gators have proven they have what it takes and the defensive backs should be sensational for seasons to come. Story by: Jodi Wilson Freshman strong safety Marquand Manuel sprints toward his target. While at Miami Senior High School he was a first-team All-State and was credited with 94 tackles and nine interceptions. Sophomore strong safety Rod Graddy awaits the start of a play. A leisure service management major, Graddy entered the ' 98 at the top of the depth chart and looks for even more playing time in ' 99. Sports 93 Probably the most spirited of all time, George Edminson (better known as " Mr. Two Bits " ) leads the crowd in his cheer before a football game. 4 Alberta (aka Jennifer Walker) poses with the Lady Gator Volleyball team at the 1998 SEC Tournament. It was important for the to support all of the Gator teams. 1998 Varsity Cheerleaders Top Row (l to r): MeMe Thai, Charlene Valenti, Meredith Conray Middle Row : Lauren Parinello, Kyle Davis, Matt Craig, Jennifer Dunnell Front row: Matt Sill, Arlon Costa, Lisa Grayson, Casie Sellers, Tom Pfeiffer, Alex Bond Not Pictured: Brad Gray Coached By: Vanessa Ridenour 94 Sports Back Row (1 tor) : Allison Berthold, Adrienne Foltz, Desiree Nathanson, Danielle Wasser, Erin Andrews, Corinne Linnan, Katy Wallace, Autumn Smith, Ann-Marie Lorentzson Front Row: Karen Petty, Stacey Dardich, Jen Lewis, Kelli McKenzie, Kimmie Tanalgo, Nancy Woods Stacey Dartich, a Junior Public Relations major, leads the Dazzlers during a practice. The Dazzlers perform during a time out at one of the Gator Basketball games in the Being a Dazzler required many hours of practice and a great love for the Un iversity O ' Connell Center. The Dazzlers provided lots of entertainment whenever they Florida. performed. Sports 95 Junior setter, Jennifer Sanchez, congratulates a teammate on a good play. Sanchez, a San Antonio, Texas native, is majoring in graphic design and is known by her team and fans as the girl who always smiles. HEAD COACH MARY WISE It has been only seven years, but head coach Mary Wise has already set records that are hard to beat. Wise has led the Gators volleyball program to the NCAA Final Four five times in the last seven years, making her the only female in NCAA history to coach more than one Final Four team. Her team has also won the Southeastern Conference title five consecutive times, while winning the SEC regular season each of her years at Florida. Alone with other accomplishments, Wise has been named SEC Coach of the Year five times during her tenure as well as being named AVCA National Coach of the Year during for the 1992 and 1996 season. Her other coaching experience includes being named head coach of the USA World University Games in 1995 and head coach of the gold-medal US Olympic Festival South squad in 1993. Prior to her arrival at UF, Wise was a setter for the Purdue Boilermakers ' . She graduated in 1981 with a degree in physical education. After Purdue, Wise began her coaching career at Iowa State where she was head coach for four years before heading to the SEC. She went on to coach at the University of Kentucky where she moved from graduate assistant to an associate head coach and coached for five years. The 1998 Florida Volleyball Team: Front Row (from left to right)—Manager Jamie Shoemaker, Jerilyn Hattendorf, Janie Velentzas, Jeni Jones, Jenni Keene, Kris Bova, Niki Hartley, Student Trainer Jessica Effinger. Back Row (from left to right)—Head Coach Mary Wise, Associate Head Coach Nick Cheronis, Assistant Coach Staci Wolfe, Nicole McCray, Heather Wright, Malaika Naulls, Sandra Reboucas, Jenny Manz, Jennifer Sanchez, Athletic Trainer Laurie Wright, Manager Holly Harrington SCHEDULE 9 4 Ohio State 9 5 UCLA 9 6 Hawaii 9 11 Northwestern 9 12 Pittsburgh 9 12 Kansas State 9 15 Texas 9 18 Wyoming 9 19 Loyola Marymount 9 19 Nebraska 9 23 Florida State 9 25 Alabama 9 27 Auburn 10 2 South Carolina 10 4 Georgia 10 9 Kentucky 10 11 Tennessee 10 16 LSU 10 18 Arkansas 10 21 Notre Dame 10 23 Mississippi 10 25 Mississippi State 10 30 Georgia 11 1 South Carolina 11 3 Florida State 11 6 Duke 11 12 Tennessee 11 14 Kentucky 11 20-22 SEC Tournament 96 Sports Junior outside hitter, Sandra Reboucas, adjusts to get to the ball. Reboucas was the Florida State High School Player of the Year from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida.. She is majoring in industrial and systems engineering. Serving Up Success The Lady Gator Volleyball team gave us a prelude to their fabulous 1998 season by securing a win in their first game of the season against UCLA during the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic held in Also during the Classic, junior and Gator rightside hitter, Jenny Manz was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the week. And that was just the beginning. The Lady Gator continued their amazing season by winning their 8th straight season opener against Northwestern University. These Gators also secured many wins against such teams as Florida State, Kentucky and Georgia. Then to add to their exciting year the Lady Gators hosted the 1998 SEC PAC 10 Conferenc e challenge at Wide World of Sports. Then, even with the loss of several All-American starters from last years team, these Gators went beyond everyone ' s expectations by going on to win the SEC Tournament for the 8th straight time and advancing to the Final Four under eighth-year head coach Mary Wise. " The success of the ' 98 team surpassed even my Coach Wise said. The Lady Gators competed with Penn State, Nebraska, and Long Beach State in the Final Four and lost to the eventual National Champion Long Beach State. Even with the Final Four loss, everyone was still excited about the season and its hope for the seasons to come. With the loss of only two seniors in Jenni Keene and Jeni Jones, next season should be just as amazing. Story by: Tessa Magee Photos by: Jason Howey Head Coach Mary Wise, uses the game Junior rightside hitter, Jenny Manz, break to discuss strategy with her team. goes up for a kill against the Duke Blue Wise led her team to the Final Four this Devils. Manz was named to the All- year for the 5th time. Southeastern Conference first team last year. Sports 97 Crossing All Barriers The 1998 Women ' s Cross Country team emerged this year a little unstable after losing Becki Wells, their top runner from last year and three-time SEC Champion for the Gators. Coach JJ Clark knew the team would need to work together for success. " It ' s a different type of team chemistry this year. I need them all to move up together and run consistently, " said Coach Clark. The team pulled to make a strong showing at the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 31. The Lady Gators placed 2nd at the SEC meet only behind five-time defending champion Arkansas, and five of the Gators ran the 5,000 meter course in less than 18 minutes. In the following District 9 NCAA Cross Country meet, the Lady Gators exceeded their previous success by having the same five runners average a faster time than any of them had done during the SEC meet. Beth Reed, Hazel Clark, Jennifer McGranahan, Christina Starr, and Tamieka Grizzle averaged 17:28, which was the best time of the year to date. The Lady Gators placed 1st in the meet and qualified for the NCAA Championships in Lawrence, Kansas placing 22nd. At the start of the 1999 season, several familiar faces will be gone. The Cross Country team will be losing All-SEC Hazel Clark, Christina Starr and Beth Reed, but Coach Clark is not worried. " We have people ready to move up, " Clark said. " Renee McManus, Ramona Saridakis, Erin Merten, Jennifer McGranahan, Nona Allen, and Tamieka Grizzle are all positioned to be great assets for the 1999 season. " Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Sophomore Jennifer McGranahan, leads the way at the SEC Championships in Knoxville. McGranahan was the top Florida finisher as a freshman in the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She also has a twin sister that runs for Villanova University. Senior Christina Starr and Senior Beth Reed fight past several Tennessee to take the lead in the final stretch of the SEC Championships held in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators placed second in the meet behind Arkansas. Junior Renee McManus, freshman Lissette Perez, senior Kelly Plautz, Nona Allen, sophomore Jennifer McGranahan and junior Ramona Saridakis lead the way during this years Nike TM-Light Invitational. 98 Sports Junior Tamieka Grizzle rounds the bend at the Nike Twilight Invitational. Grizzle joined the Gators this year after transferring from Villanova University. HEAD COACH JJ CLARK Entering his seventh season at Florida, JJ Clark has become one of the most re- respected distance coaches in the nation. A 1986 graduate of Villanova University , Clark was named SEC Cross Country coach for the past two years. In 1997, he led the Gators to their second consecutive SEC title, the team ' s first ever District championship and the squad ' s third trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the past five years. Clark has also gained recognition as the coach of his sister Hazel Clark. Hazel won the Indoor and Outdoor National Championship in the 800m. Clark was named to the US coaching staff for the 1997 World Track and Field Championships as an assistant coach for the women ' s team. He has coached world-class athletes such as Joetta Clark, Jearl Miles-Clark, and Mark Everett all whom for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Clark himself qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 1,500m in 1988, but has since focused more on coaching. SCHEDULE 9 10 NIKE TWILIGHT 9 19 Crimson Classic 10 3 NationsBank Invitational 10 10 Walt Disney World Classic 10 16 State Meet 10 18 Michigan Interregional 10 31 SEC ships 11 14 NCAA South Region 11 23 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 1998 Cross Country Team: Front row (I to r) Becky Russel, Any Zientara, Nona Allen, Eliana Lopez, Kelly Wagner, Jennifer McGranahan, Christina Starr. Middle row (Ito r) Shannon Burcham, Beth Reed, Hazel Clark, Renee McManus, Cerian Shepherd, Melissa DeLeon, Erin Merten, Ashley Nasser, Kellie Quiggle. Back row (1 to r) Amanda Wendorff, Leslie Almeida, Kelly Plautz, Tamieka Grizzle, Cara Evans, Lissette Perez, Ramona Saridakis, and Allison Burnett. Sports 99 Stephen Smeyak, tries to catch his breath as he approaches the finish line at the Barnett Bank Invitational. Smeyak, a senior from Buchholz High School in Gainesville, was also the team captain of the 1998 Cross Country team. HEAD COACH DOUG BROWN Entering his fourth year as the Head Men ' s Track Coach at Florida, Doug Brown has already made his mark in Gator He orches- trated the second greatest one-year turnaround in Florida men ' s track and field history by coaching a Florida team which placed 7th at the SEC Indoor Championships during his first year, to a team that placed 2nd in his second year as head coach. The Gators also went from an eighth place finish at the 1996 SEC Outdoor Championships to a second place 1997 SEC outdoor finish. In addition, Brown ' s resume includes 10 SEC Coach of the Year Honors all while head coach at the University of Tennessee. Brown also ran for UT and was named All-American nine times, as well as winning two NCAA steeplechase national titles while leading the Vols to the 1972 NCAA team title in cross country and the 1974 outdoor national championship. Brown was a member of the 1972, 1976, and 1980 US Olympic Teams in the A Detroit, Michigan native, Brown also was an assistant coach at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. SCHEDULE 9 10 Nike Twilight Invitational 9 18 Tennessee Invitational 10 3 NationsBank Invitational 10 7 Wolverine Interregional 10 31 SEC Championships 11 14 NCAA South Region 1998 Men ' s Cross Country Team: Back Row (1 to r) Brian Ferris, Charles Lee, Josh Irwin, Ian Eagle, Donnell Bowen, James Hunt, Sean Ianacone, Front Row Eric Bell, Stephen Smeyak, Marcus Tanner, Josh Jett, Courtney Chambers, Rob Evans, Eddie Ernest-Jones. Not Pictured: Greg Evans, Ryan Joseph, Craig Klein. 100 Sports Cross country team member, Charles Lee, maintains his speed during the Nike Invitational, the first meet of the season. Lee, a freshman from Homosassa, Florida, was a member of the Lecanto High School cross country team also. Running For Success The Men ' s Cross Country team began the season relatively inexperienced with 13 out of 17 members underclassmen. Even with such a young team, the Gators proved they could compete. The team ' s best meet was at the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee where the Gators placed 3rd behind Arkansas and Tennessee. Rob Evans, Stephen Smeyak, and Eddie Ernest-Jones made All-SEC during the Championship meet. In five Gator athletes ranked in the top 20 including Eric Bell and Ryan Joseph. Two weeks later, the Gators had their biggest test of the season, the NCAA South Region meet held in Birmingham, Alabama. During this meet, the Gators had a disappointing season end. The team placed 4th over all in the region behind Tennessee, UT Chattanooga and South Florida. Unfortunately that was not enough to advance them to the NCAA National Championship meet which took only the top three finishers. " We had a very good competitive season, " Head Track Coach Doug Brown said. " We were disappointed that we didn ' t qualify for nationals. " Unfortunately, the Gators will be losing team captain Stephen Smeyak. However, seven of the top eight runners will be returning for the 1999 season, including top-runner Rob Evans which will help the future cross country teams. Also, the major contributions this season from freshman Ryan Joseph, Courtney Chambers, and Eric Bell speak well for the future of Gator Cross Country. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Cross country team members, Stephen Smeyak, Rob Evans, Ian Eagle, Courtney Chambers and Greg Evans lead the pack during the Nike Twi-Light I nvitational, held at the University of Florida golf course in Gainesville. Marcus Tanner, a sophomore from Chiefland, Florida gets away from the pack of runners and runs out on his own. As a freshman, Tanner finished 23rd overall at the SEC Champ ionships with a time of 26:02. Sports 101 What Dreams May Come With only four years under their belt, the Lady Gator Soccer team did the unbelievable and beat the renowned North Carolina Tar Heels to achieve their first NCAA National Championship. The Lady Gators entered the season ranked No. 5 on the National Soccer Association Polls. These 20 returning women, combined with one of the top recruiting classes of the year, met and surpassed the expectations set out for them in the 1998 season. The 12 outstanding seniors on this year ' s team were the first class of UF soccer ever. The original members chose the University of Florida through faith even though the program was just beginning. " I told the first class that they would have the oppor- tunity to win a national championship by the time they were seniors, " said Becky Burleigh, head coach of the Lady Gator Soccer Team. Adding to the thrill of the National Championship, six Lady Gators were named on the All-AmericanTeam. College Soccer Weekly name forward Danielle Fotopoulos and midfielder Erin Baxter on the First Team All-American. In addition, Fotopoulos set the NCAA record for goals scored with 118 during the 1998 season. Meredith Flaherty, Erin Gilhart, Heather Mitts, and Abby Wambach were also named to the Second Team All-American. What do we expect from the Lady Gators at the turn of the Millennium? Not much, just what we expect from all our other National Championship teams — many, many more! Story by: Laura Scheuplein Photos by: Jason Howey Senior Forward, Danielle Fotopoulos, trys to get past this University of North Carolina defender. Fotopoulos also scored the goal to beat UNC for the National Championship. The final score was 1-0. Senior Midfielder, Erin Baxter, tries to pass this defender and get the ball to Fotopoulos . Baxter was named the the GTE Academic All-American first team with a 3.95 GPA in marketing. Freshman Forward, Abby Wambach, soars past a defender on her way to score. Wambach was named Gatorade Circle of Champions New York Player of the year while in high school. 102 Sports Senior Forward Melissa Pini celebrates after scoring a goal. Pini, a Plantation native, was a two-time All- Sout heastern Conference selection at forward. In just four seasons as the University of Florida ' s first soccer coach, Becky Burleigh, has already led the Gators to National Prominence. The Gators won their first National Championship under Burleigh during the 1998 season. Under Burleigh, the Gators have also won three SEC titles in just four years. Prior to being named Florida ' s first head soccer coach, Burleigh coached Barry College for five seasons and compiled a 82-23-6 overall record. She led the Lady Fury to two NAIA national championships in 1990 and 1993. During her stay at Barry, Burleigh was named 1993 NAIA national Coach of the Year and 1989 NAIA regional of the Year. As a student athlete, Burleigh soccer at Methodist College where she was a year letterwinner. She also earned her B.S. in Biology at Methodist and attended Georgia State where she got her M.S. in Exercise Science. 9 1 Univ. Central Florida 9 4 Texas A M University 9 6 Southern Methodist 9 11 Tennessee 9 13 Georgia 9 19 Hartford University 9 25 Vanderbilt University 9 27 Kentucky 10 2 Maryland 10 4 Old Dominion 10 9 UNC -- Greensboro 10 11 UNC -- Chapel Hill 10 13 Florida State Univ. 10 16 Mississippi State 10 18 Mississippi 10 23 Alabama 10 25 South Carolina 10 30 Duke University 11 1 Penn State University 11 5-8 SEC Tournament 11 11 NCAA First Round 11 14-15 NCAA 2nd Round 11 20-22 NCAA 3rd Round 11 27-29 NCAA Quarterfinals 12 4 NCAA Semifinals 12 6 NCAA Championship 1998 University of Florida Soccer Team -- front row from left: J. Stevens, J. Bransford, S. Yohe, A. Olson, H. Mitts, R. Reynolds, C. Brady, and A. MacKenzie. Second row: M. Harris, C. Leonard, M. Pini, K. Tullis, K. Doran, K. Maher, A. Moreira, L. Olinyk, L. Pattishall, T. Ward, M. Flaherty, E. Baxter, and D. Fotopoulos. Third row: J. Kellgren, Student Trainer E. Lo, Dr. T. Kaminiski, Athletic Trainer M. Duck, Assistant Coach V. Campbell, Head Coach B. Burleigh, Assistant Coach T. Thompson, Volunteer Coach M. Mitchell, Manager S. Barbee, Assistant Strength Coach R. Forbes, Manager J. Goslin, and A. Sellers. Back row: K. Hall, E. Gilhart, L. Cummins, D. Bass, A. Wambach, W. Singer, K. Bell, and J. DiBerardino Sports 103 Junior Chrissy Van Fleet celebrates after a strong landing off the uneven bars. Van Fleet has a collegiate best of 9.975 on the bars at the NCAA Region II Championships this year. HEAD COACH JUDI MARKELL Entering her sixth season as head coach of the Gator Gymnastics team, Judi Markell has already made a major impact on UF Athletics. Since her arrival in 1993, Markell ' s team has advanced to the NCAA Champi- onships every year, with the best finish in the ' 98 season where the Gators came in second overall. During her tenure, Markell has received the SEC Coach of the Year honor as well as the NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in ' 97. She has also received the prestigious NCAA Coach of the Year award in 1994 after UF made its first NCAA " Super Six " appearance. Also under Markel], ten Gator gymnasts have earned a total of 47 All-American honors including a school-record ten All-American at both the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Before arriving at UF, Markell was highly successful as the head coach of the Penn State Lady Lions for 18 years. The Lady Lions earned 14 national championship berths and claimed two AIAW titles under Markell. Markell ' s also coached the 1995 World University Games US team to the silver medal. As a student-athlete, Markell competed for Springfield College in Massachusetts where she won All-American each of her years there and competed on three national championship teams. She earned a degree in elementary education in 1972 and was inducted in to the Springfield Colleg e Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 1995. 1999 Gymnastics Team: Front Row (L to R): Kristen Dreger, Gabby Fuchs, Susan Hines. Second Row (L to R): Chrissy Van Fleet, Hilary Thompson, Liz Hodges, Maryann Esposito, Teal Chiabotti. Back Row (L to R): Betsy Hamm, Jamie Graziano and Lisa Geckle. SCHEDULE Jan. 8 MICHIGAN ILLINOIS Jan. 15 KENTUCKY Jan. 22 Georgia Jan. 30 Penn State Feb. 5 ALABAMA Feb. 20 UCLA, Arizona Cal State Fullerton Feb. 22 Utah Feb. 26 Louisiana State March 5 AUBURN, IOWA STATE NORTH CAROLINA March 13 Maryland, Rhode Island George Washington March 19 MISSOURI March 27 SEC Championships April 10 NCAA Southeast Region Championships April 22-24 NCAA Championships Sports Sophomore Betsy Hamm concentrates during her routine on the balance beam. Prior to Florida, Hamm took sixth on the balance beam and 14th in the all-around at the 1997 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships. All- Around Gators The start of the 1999 Gymnastics season looked to be the best in Gator history. Coming off a 2nd place SEC, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship finish, the Gators were in great shape. The Gators were preseason No. 2, the highest ranking since the preseason poll started in the early ' 90s, and the Gator gymnasts were on their way to the record books. Lone senior, Susan Hines had taken the NCAA vault championship in 1998 and 1997 and looked to repeat and to lead her team back to the NCAA Super Six in 1999. Unfortunately, either of these came about. During the third meet of the season against eventually NCAA Champions Georgia, Hines went down with a knee injury. She would not return for the rest of the season. The remainder of the season was rocky without Hines and the Gators fell to Penn State and Alabama after her injury. The season finally turned around with a third place finish at the SEC Championships behind Georgia and Alabama. Junior Chrissy Van Fleet led the Gators by winning the balance beam title with a collegiate-best mark of 9.925 and posting top-four individual finishes in three other events. Van Fleet also came in second in the all- around which helped the Gators advance to the NCAA Region II Championships. The Gators placed second at Regionals behind only Georgia. The will enabled the Gators to advance for the 18th consecutive time to the NCAA Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Van Fleet impressed again during the Region II Championships by sharing the uneven bars title at 9.975 and recording her best collegiate mark. At the NCAA Championships the Gators posted a team total of 194.00 to tie with Stanford for 10th place. Sophomore Teal Chiabotti highlighted for the Gators by leading UF on the floor exercise with a collegiate-best mark of 9.85 Gator Gymnastics has a strong future with the loss of only Hines from the 1999 team. Van Fleet and Chiabotti will return along with sophomore Betsy Hamm, freshman Jamie Graziano and sophomore Gabby Fuchs to name just a few. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jodi Wilson Jason Howey Sophomore Gabby Fuchs springs on to the uneven bars at the beginning of a routine. Fuchs, a London, England native, has a collegiate best of 9.925 on the bars and considers the bars her best event. Freshman Liz Hodges performs her floor routine. Hodges is a Gainesville native . Prior to Florida, Hodges competed in the Gainesville Athletic Club and the American Athletic Union. Sports 105 Building for the Future When the Lady Gators took the court this season, they started the season wondering if this was to be a rebuilding or reloading year. The Lady Gators started the new season without a proven " go-to " player after losing Muriel Page. Leading the Lady Gators was Carol Ross, who began at the University of Florida in the 1990-91 season. Carol Ross and her staff have worked hard over the last decade to lay a foundation for success in which the Lady Gators had demonstrated over the last few years. " Since coming to Florida, we have not taken any shortcuts, " Ross said. " We did not do anything the quick way, we did it the right way. We ' ve done it very deliberately and made the foundation very solid. " And solid is exactly the way the Gators have performed, gathering up 53 league wins in eight seasons, including 10 in the 1997-98 season alone. However, the Lady Gators had quite a hill to climb this season. Coach Ross ' Gators played a schedule that included 15 games against teams that competed in the postseason in the 98 season. " We ' ve always played a tough schedule because that ' s the only way to prepare for the wars you ' ll face in the SEC, " Ross said. And UF proved it by putting its 18-game wining streak on the line with one the most difficult home slate in program history. The Lady Gators battled hard all year putting together a 19- 14 season. The Lady Gators were invited again to the NCAA Tournament only to lose a heartbreaker to Arizona in the first round. With a 17 point lead in the second half, the Gators watched as the Wildcats battled there way back and watched victory slip away in overtime. Though the Lady Gators had an early exit from this years NCAA Tournament, they will be sure to be back next season with a foundation that has been supplied by one the most talented coaches in all of basketball. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jason Howey Senior guard and forward, Talatha Bingham, guards this Vande rbilt player. Bingham averaged 27.5 minutes per game and averaged 8.0 points per game in her first three seasons as a Lady Gator. Freshman, Brandi McCain, speaks to coach Ross before calling a play. The Texas-native guard, was named the top high school senior player in Texas by The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Women ' s Recruiting Service. Naomi Mobley, a freshman forward from Ed White High School in Miami, takes a shot over a Tennessee defender. Tennessee was the reigning national champion for several years before to Duke in the NCAA Semifinals. 106 Sports Brandi McCain, known as Florida ' s " Lil Gator " because of her 5 ' 3 " height is charging down court to set up a play. She has made a definite impact on the Lady Gator team this season. In her eight seasons at the University of Florida, Coach Carol Ross has definitely put the Women ' s Basket- ball program on the map. Since her arrival at UF, Ross has finished with an overall record of 165-77 and made 7 NCAA appear- appearances including this year ' s tournament. In addition, the Lady Gators have finished 10th place or better in the final rankings each year since her arrival. Before Ross came to Gainesville, UF was ranked in the top 25 national weekly polls only two times in 16 years. Since Ross has been at UF, the Lady Gators have earned spots in the nation ' s top 25 weekly poll 67 times since February 21, 1994. Not only is Ross a legend at the University of Florida, but also in the entire SEC. Coach Ross has spent a combined 20 years in the SEC between playing and coaching. She spent four years as a player at the University of Mississippi from 1977-1981, where she got a degree in Education. As a guard at Ole Miss, Ross was on the inaugural SEC Tournament Team and still ranks sixth on the league ' s time steals list. She then went on to serve as an assistant coach at Auburn from 1982-1990. While at Auburn, the Tigers reached the NCAA Championship game in each of her last three seasons. Ross has been a great asset she goes. And the Lady Gators hope she will stay a long time to come. HEAD COACH CAROL ROSS SCHEDULE 11 3 Mississippi All Stars 11 7 Athletes in Action 11 14 NIT Round 1 11 16 NIT Round 2 11 19 NIT Semifinals 11 20 NIT Finals 11 22 George Washington 11 24 Miami 11 28 Marquette 11 29 Duke 12 3 Stetson 12 5 Southwest Texas 12 10 Alabama 12 21 Purdue 12 28 Western Michigan 12 29 California 1 3 Kentucky 1 7 Georgia 1 11 Central Florida 1 14 Auburn 1 17 South Carolina 1 21 Tennessee 1 24 Louisiana State 1 28 Kentucky 1 31 Vanderbilt 2 4 Arkansas 2 7 Mississippi 2 11 Florida State 2 15 Alabama 2 18 Georgia 2 21 Mississippi State 2 25-28 SEC Tournament The 1998 Lady Gator Basketball Team: Front Row (l to r) : Kelly Freeman, Tiffany Travis, Tombi Bell, , Talatha Bingham, Brandi McCain, Monique Cardenas Back Row:, Assistant Coach Beth Dunkenberger, Assistant Coach Bobbie Kelsey, Naomi Mobley, Erin O ' Neil, Tamara Stocks, Candace Cunningham, Tonya Washington, Misty Knight, Assistant Coach Joi Williams, Head Coach Carol Ross Sports 107 Senior, Greg Stolt, fights through a Kentucky defender to put two on the board. The Florida vs. Kentucky game broke the O ' Connell Center record for attendance at a basketball game. HEAD COACH BILLY DONOVAN It has taken head basketball coach Billy Donovan only three years at the University of Florida to turn its program around. During the 1998- 1999 season Donovan brought the Gators into the national spotlight by having his team appear on nation- ally televised ESPN as well as leading his team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. The Gators surpassed all expectations this year under Donovan by competing in the Sweet Sixteen with five freshman on the team. Donovan has done well for himself being named the youngest head coach in the nation after Marshall University hired him in 1994. Prior to arriving to coach the Thundering Herd, Donovan spent some time working as a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky under his mentor Rick Pitino. He was then named associate head coach after five years with the Wildcats. During his college years, from 1983-1987, Donovan played basketball at Providence. During his senior campaign at Providence, Donovan 20.6 points per game and led the team to a 25-9 mark and a trip to the Final Four. Out of college, he was drafted in the third round by the Utah Jazz, the 68th pick overall. Donovan then went on to play in the CBA and then signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks. During his short tenure at UF, Donovan ' s Gators have gone from worst to first in the SEC in three-point field goals, and since his arrival, scoring is up 9.3 points per game. 1999 Gator Basketball Team: Front left to right: L. Halton, M. Miller, T. Dupay, U. Haslem, B. Wright, M. Parker, P. O ' Conner, R. King, M. Timinski, Back left to right: Trainer: C. Koenig, Admin. Assistant: T. Maloney, Assistant Coach: A. Grant, Head Coach: B. Donovan, K. Weaks, E. Shannon, G. Stolt, O. Nnaji, Assistant Coach J. Pelphrey, Assistant Coach: D. Jones, Admin. Assistant: T. Ostrom, Strength and Conditioning: S. Webster. SCHEDULE 11 7 Skovbakken 11 11 California All Stars 11 16 Georgia Southern 11 20 Florida State 11 23 Bethune-Cookman 11 30 Coastal Carolina 12 5 Charleston Southern 12 9 Duke 12 12 Jacksonville 12 20 Long Island 12 22 Morehead State 12 27 Michigan 1 2 Kentucky 1 6 Vanderbilt 1 10 Georgia 1 13 South Carolina 1 16 Auburn 1 20 LSU 1 23 Tennessee 1 27 Alabama 1 30 Mississippi State 2 4 Kentucky 2 6 Mississippi 2 10 Tennessee 2 13 Georgia 2 16 Arkansas 2 24 South Carolina 2 27 Vanderbilt 2 4-2 7 SEC Tournament 3 11 NCAA 1st Round 3 13 NCAA 2nd Round 3 18 NCAA 3rd Round 108 Sports Senior point guard, Eddie Shannon, pushes the ball up court to start another play. Shannon is UF ' s all-time leader in steals with 202. This West Palm Beach native also leads the team in minutes and assists. Sweet Success The University of Florida men ' s basketball program entered its third season under the Billy Donovan Era and were led by one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The freshmen class included Mike Miller from Mitchell, SD, Teddy Dupay from Cape Coral, LaDarius Halton from New Smyrna Beach, and Udonis Haslem from Miami. These young Gators led UF to a 22-9 season as w ell as picking up a 8-5 mark in the always tough Southeastern Conference. Many knew the Gators with this freshmen class would one day make a big impact on Gator Basketball, but how quickly they were able to do it was surprising. The Gators made the NCAA Tournament, then battled their way into the Sweet 16 for only the second time this decade. However, in the Sweet 16 the Gators were unable to get by the Cinderella team of Gonzaga. The Gators lost in the last 4 seconds when Gonzaga was able to get a tip-in basket to take the lead away from the Gators. The Gators were not without highlights this season as they posted impressive wins against Michigan, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Miller and Haslem both made the All-SEC team and five Gators made SEC Academic Honor Roll. However, all the hard work and effort that was put into the season is easily summed up by one player, Eddie Shannon. Shannon, who lost sight in one eye because of an accident in 7th grade, was awarded the Frontier Most Courageous Award voted on by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Shannon, along with the only other Senior, Greg Stolt, provided the leadership that kept the Gators going and the Gator faithful proud. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jason Howey Mike Miller, a freshman from Freshman, Teddy Dupay, guards this Mitchell, SD, pushes the ball down Coastal Carolina player. Dupay, court. This guard was listed as one of from Cape Coral, set the UF the nation ' s five most influential man record with 64 three-pointe rs. freshman according to Sport Magazine. Sports 109 DIVING TO A NEW START The Gators began the 1998-99 season with a new coach and a new attitude. The Lady Gators were joined by Head Coach Gregg Troy who worked at making his new team a success. With outstanding senior co-captains in Dawn Heckman, Mandy Crowe, Abbie Goff, Jennifer Hommert and Susan Hansen, Troy had some help. These seniors helped the Gator swimming team move up seven places nationally by finishing in 8th place at the NCAA National Championships from last years 15th place final ranking. The Gator swimming team also had an 8th place finish at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Champions held March 28-April 1, 1999. In the five days of competition, Corrales, New Mexico native Hommert finished seventh in the 200-meter indi- vidual medley with an Olympic Qualifying time of 2:19.18. Also competing for the Lady Gators was sophomore Denise Merk, Heckman, freshman Leah Martindale and Hommert in the 400-meter medley relay. These four Gators brought home the team ' s highest finish of the day with a National Qualifying time of 4:19.03. The Gators are no stranger to national and interna- tional success. Several former Lady Gators have reached levels as high as Olympic medals including Allison Wagner, Nicole Haislett, Dara Torres, Whitney Hedgepeth, Mary Wayte and Tracy Caulkins. Troy was very pleased with the success of his first- year team and looks forward to future success as a Florida Gator. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Freshman Katie McCown is seen here finishing the last lap of the breast- stroke. While at Oviedo High School, McCown was named to the first team All-Conference and won the 100-yard breaststroke at the conference championship meet. Senior Mandy Crowe, pushes off the wall to begin her event at back stroke. Crowe was a six-time All-American at the backstroke with a collegiate best of 54.33 in the 100 yard. This Lady Gator swimmer grabs a breath of air before plunging back into the water. The free style was one of the most popular events the Gators competed in. 110 Sports Junior diver Caroline Vaugh begins her dive. Vaugh ' s collegiate best at the 3 meter championships was a 368.95 at the SECs in ' 97. She is majoring in industrial engineering. HEAD COACH GREGG TROY In his first season as head coach of the Lady Gator swimming team, Gregg Troy has already proved himself as a great coach. His Lady Gators placed 8th place in the NCAA Tournament after finishing in 15th place last year. Before coming to the University of Florida, Troy coached at the Bolles School in Jacksonville where the Sharks claimed three national high school team ships. Recently, Troy was named the Head Women ' s US World Championship Coach for 1998. Coach Troy also has coached 30 Olympic athletes from 1980-1996 to national prominence. To add to the list, Troy was the 1997 US Olympic and United States Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year, the 1996 Assistant Women ' s US Olympic Coach for the games held in Atlanta, Georgia. He has coached and developed seven athletes to four gold, three silver and three bronze medals at Olympic competitions, as well as coaching over 200 All-American swimmers. Troy is a 1972 graduate of Texas Christian University where he got a degree in history and government. He then received his master ' s degree in history education in 1987 from University. Coach Troy was named head coach of the men ' s and women ' s swimming teams for ' 99 and the Gators know he has the ability to succeed and look forward to many more years with him at the helm of Gator swimming. SCHEDULE Oct. 10 Alumni Meet Oct. 23 South Carolina Oct. 24 Florida Atlantic Oct. 30 Georgia Nov. 6-7 Women ' s Swim Classic Nov. 7 Indian River C.C. Nov. 20 Florida State Dec. 3-5 U.S. Open Dec. 4-6 Texas Diving Invitational Jan. 16 Texas Jan. 23 Miami Jan. 30 Auburn Feb. 6 Tennessee Feb. 17-20 SEC Championships Feb. 27 Indian River C.C. March 12-13 NCAA Zone Diving Qualifier March 17-20 NCAA Championships March 27-31 US Swimming Nationals April 2-4 US Diving Preliminaries April 13-18 US Diving Nationals 1998 Florida Women ' s Swimming and Diving Team: Front Row (1 to r) Donnie Caine (Diving Coach), Julie Morrison, Dawn Heckman, Katie Sustman, Kelly Floyd, Natalie Nickson, Nicole Schreiber, Nicole Gross, Denise Cinquegrana, Robyn Grimes, Nicole Duggan, Sarah Massey, Caroline Vaughn Back Row ): Martyn Wilby (Assistant Coach), Leyla Kurgen (Assistant Trainer), Erica Pearson (Head Trainer), Susan Hansen, Leah Martindale, Bradley Gracey, Abbie Goff, Karen Snyder, Katie McCown, Sharon Rzadkowolsky, Anneke Brewer, Mandy Crowe, Lee Ann Gathings, Denise Merk, Jennifer Hommert, Megan Melgaard, Julie Holmes, Kim Wodka, Jenny DeLoach, Gregg Troy (Head Coach) Sports 111 This Gator swimmer launches off the platform to begin his race. The Gator teams are at an advantage at UF because O ' Connell Center pool is considered the fastest in the nation. Because of the bottom slopes, the water remains calm during competition. HEAD COACH RON BALLATORE Entering his third year as the head men ' s swimming coach at Florida, Coach Ron Ballatore has already proved himself to be an elite coach. In only two seasons at the University of Florida, 12 dif- ferent Gators have captured a total of 34 All-American honors. He has also been an asset in recruiting as his first two recruiting classes brought three 1996 Olympians and several world-class swimmers. Ballatore has many Olympic ties having been a five-time Olympic coach – two times for the United States in 1984 and 1988, for Peru in 1968, for Ecuador in 1972 and for Israel in 1976. Coach Ballatore has also coached 28 Olympians, who have won 12 medals including 10 gold. Ballatore received his bachelor ' s degree in 1962 from SIU-Carbondale and his Master ' s degree in Educational Psychology from Azusa Pacific in 1975. Before arriving at UF, Ballatore coached the powerhouse UCLA and led them to the 1982 NCAA National Championship. He was also named the PAC-10 Conference Coach of the Year four times while at UCLA. The 1998 Florida Men ' s Swimming and Diving Team: Front Row - Chad Kennedy, Hank Richardson, Jose Hernando, Creg Reeves, Matt Flowers, Reggiee Coote, Jason Gillespie, Ryan Lusk, Jason Hornbeck, Eric Donnelly Back - Head Coach Ron Ballatore, Diving Coach Donnie Craine, Chris Collins, Dan Medei, Matt Cole, Jack Gayle, Hendrik Odendaal, Nathan Summers, Ryun Swift, Paulo Hornos, Duncan Sherrard, Mauricio Moreno, Alex Lopez, Manager Michael Andrews, Assistant Coacb Anthony Nesty SCHEDULE Oct. 10 Alumni Meet Oct. 16 Orange Blue Oct. 23 South Carolina Oct. 24 Florida Atlantic Oct. 30 Georgia Nov. 6 Michigan Nov. 7 Indian River C.C. Nov. 20 Florida State Dec. 3-5 Speedo Cup Invitational Dec. 4-6 Texas DivingInvitational Jan. 16 Miami Jan. 30 Auburn Feb. 6 Tennessee Feb. 17-20 SEC Championships Feb. 27 Indian River C.C. March 12-13 NCAA Zone Diving Qualifier March 25-27 NCAA Championships March 27-31 US Swimming Nationals April 2-4 US Diving Preliminaries A pril 13-18 US Diving Nationals 112 Sports This group of Gator swimmers cheer on a teammate during their last lap. Support of teammates helped to keep up the spirits of the athletes during critical times. Sophomore Mauricio Moreno enters the water with a little attitude. Moreno was a 1996 Olympian representing his home country of Columbia in the breaststroke. His collegiate best is 56.86 in the 100 Breast. Making Waves The 1998-1999 Gator Swimming and Diving program began the season with many new faces. Along with the 10 returning letterman, 13 freshman made up the ' 99 team. This group of student-athletes led the Gators to a fourth place SEC finish with junior Matt Cole leading the way. Cole defended his SEC 200-yard backstroke title by a Florida record and a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:42.39 to win the conference crown at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Kentucky. From the freshman class, diver Hank Richardson came in second place at the SEC Championship to help highlight the Gator performances. The Gators entered the NCAA Championships confi- dant that they would improve from their ' 98 performance. They lived up to their word. The Gators finished their season 17th place after a 26th place finish the previous year. Again, Texas-native Richardson proved he could com- pete at the collegiate level by scoring 817.20 points, a UF record, on the platform to come in fourth place at the NCAA Championships. Recreation major Cole, missed the national championship in the 200-yard backstroke by 1.79 seconds but still captured a career and school record as well as earning his ninth All-American honor. In the 400-yard individual medley, freshmen Eric Donnelly won the consolation final and finished 9th. Other impressive performances came from Cole, sophomore Nathan Summers, freshman Hendrik Odendaal, and junior Ryan Swift who finished 14th in the 400-yard free relay. The 1999-2000 team looks promising with all of these talented young athletes on its roster. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Sophomore co-caption, Alex Lopez gets a breath of air while swimming the breast- stroke. Lopez represented Puerto Rico in the 1996 Olympics and in the 1998 World Championships in Australia. Sports 113 Making Some Racket The Gators men ' s tennis team was prepared for its 11th season under h ead coach Ian Duvenhage. However there was a feeling of unfinished business remaining. The Gators did make their eighth consecutive in post-season play and finished in the upper division of college tennis ' premier conference for the eighth straight year, but last year ' s season ended in disappointment when the Gators dropped several tight matches in the NCAA Tournament. " Last year left a bad taste in all of our mouths, " said Duvenhage. " Losing nine 4-3 matches was hard to swallow. During the 1999 season, Florida was without the services of two of the more emotional leaders of the last few seasons with graduation of Jon Glover and Jack Whigham. However the Gators did return the nucleus of last year ' s squad, including 1997 All-American Justin O ' Neal and last year ' s dynamic freshmen duo of Nathan Overholser and Jeff Morrison. These three were expected to hold down the top three spots for the Gators. The following three spots were up for grabs. Senior Amr El Sawaf was the squads most experienced player with 106 career victories and was one of the top candidates expected to fill one of the remaining three slots. Players like Dlyan Mann, Will Brown, and Trey Adcock are all hoped to see plenty of playing time this year. South African native, Ian Duvenhage, has been at the reigns of the men ' s tennis program at UF since 1989. He has brought the Gators into prosperity since his early days as head coach. Although the men did not win the SEC Championship, the Gators will continue to have a very successful team if they listen and learn from Duvenhage, a man who knows what it takes to be a winner. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jason Howey Sophomore, Will Brown, serves a Sophomore, Jeff Morrison, begins his follow powerful ball to his opponent. Brown a low through for a back hand return. Gulfbreeze, Florida native attended Morrison, a Huntingdon, West Virginia Penscola School Liberal Arts. native was ranked second in the nation during the 1998-99 season. Junior Trey Adcock hit sa back hand slam to his opponent in the SEC Championship Tournament. Adcock, a Winter Park native ended the regular season with an overall singles total of 18-10. 114 Sports Gator tennis sophomore, Nathan Overholser prepares to hit an overhand shot to his opponent. Overholser is a native of Okemos, Michigan, has a overall singles score of 28-8. HEAD COACH IAN DUVENHAGE Entering his 11th season at the UF, Head Coach Ian Duvenhage has lead the Gators to eight consecutive NCAA postseasons and eight consecutive upper division finish in the SEC. Aside from joining Florida ' s Bill Petter and Georgia ' s Dan Magill as the only coaches in SEC history to win the Coach-of-the-Year honors in back-to-back seasons, Coach Duvenhage resume also includes a 164-99 record, five top finishes in the SEC. Before arriving in Gainesville, Duvenhage was the head women ' s coach at his alma mater, the University of Miami, from 1982-1988. In his seven years with the Hurricanes, he took them to the NCAA tournament each season with a .749 winning percentage. While at Miami he coached eight All-Americans who earned a total of 19 All-American awards. Duvenhage was a four-year letter-winner for Miami playing No.1 in 1979 and he played in the NCAA Singles Championship during his junior year. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in finance and later added an MBA. Professionally Coach Duvenhage went on to possess world rankings in 300 ' s in singles and 200 ' s in doubles. He was also the USTA doubles circuit winner in 1983. SCHEDULE Oct. 2-5 Southern Collegiates Oct. 9-11 FLORIDA CHALLENGE Oct. 10-19 ITA All-American Oct. 23-25 USC Fall Invitational Nov. 5-8 Rolex Qualifier Jan. 30 SOUTH FLORIDA Jan. 31 FLORIDA INVITATIONAL Feb. 4-7 Rolex Indoors Feb. 12 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Feb. 25 FURMAN Feb. 27 PURDUE Feb. 28 MICHIGAN STATE Mar. 3 FLORIDA STATE Mar. 5 TEXAS Mar. 8 Duke Mar. 9 Wake Forest Mar. 14 GEORGIA Mar. 15 ARKANSAS Mar. 19 Mississippi Mar. 21 Mississippi State Mar. 24 LSU Mar. 26 Kentucky Mar. 28 Tennessee Apr. 2 Auburn Apr. 4 South Carolina Apr 7 ALABAMA Apr. 18 VANDERBILT Apr. 23 ALABAMA May 14-16 NCAA Regionals May 22-30 NCAA Championships Gator Men ' s Tennis Team: Front Row (left to right): Head Trainer Jason Franklin, Will Brown, Justin O ' Neal, Alex Hur, Trey Adcock, Student Trainer Ryan Davis Back Row (left to right): Head Coach Ian Duvenhage, Jeff Morrison, Marcos Asse, Nathan Overholser Not Pictured: Saeid Mirzadeh Sports 115 Sophomore Whitney Laiho backhands with a lot of emotion to her opponent. This Newport, Rhode Island native competed in the Junior French Open and the Junior Wimbledon during the summer of 1998. HEAD COACH ANDI BRANDI Entering his 14th year as the Lady Gator head tennis coach, Andy Brandi sure has made his mark. Coach Brandi owns the highest winning percentage in Division I collegiate tennis with a career record of 380 wins and 35 loses and ranks sixth all-time for coaching wins in NCAA history. Also under Brandi, the Gators have won many victories and tournament titles including three NCAA Championships in 1992, ' 96 and ' 98, and five Indoor Championships in ' 88, ' 91, ' 92, ' 96 and ' 97. Coach Brandi is also responsible for six undefeated regular seasons in ' 87, ' 91, ' 92, ' 96, ' 97 and ' 98. Along with all of these outstanding accomplishments, the women ' s tennis team also holds the record for the highest semester GPA of any UF team in school history — breaking their own record twice in the past four years. Because of all of Coach Brandi ' s success, he has received more than 15 awards over the years. Brandi was name the Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year in ' 96 and ' 89, the US Professional Tennis Registry Coach of the Year in ' 88, ' 96 and ' 98, South Region Coach of the Year in ' 88, ' 91, ' 92, ' 95, ' 96 and ' 98 and the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in ' 87, ' 88, ' 93 and ' 96. The 1999 Women ' s Tennis Team: Seated (L to R): Stephanie Nickitas, Baili Camino. Standing (L to R): Traci Green, M.C. White, Stephanie Hazlett, Head Coach Andi Brandi, Erin Boisclair, Jessica Lehnhoff, Whitney Laiho. SCHEDULE Jan. 22-25 Georgia Tournament Jan. 29 BYU Jan. 30 Utah Jan. 31 Northwestern Feb. 4-7 Rolex Indoor Championships Feb. 10 South Florida Feb. 13 Florida State Feb. 18-21 National Team Indoor Feb. 28 VANDERBILT March 5 Auburn March 6 Alabama March 11 Arkansas March 13 LSU March 16 DUKE March 17 KENTU CKY March 20 TENNESSEE March 25 WAKE FOREST March 27 Texas April 1 Ole Miss April 2 Mississippi State April 4 SOUTH CAROLINA April 11 GEORGIA April 13 Miami April 22-25 SEC Tournament May 14-16 NCAA Regionals May 20-23 NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS May 24-28 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 116 Sports Senior Stephanie Nickitas watches her toss up on a serve. Tampa-native Nickitas has been named All-American in both singles and doubles during her career at Florida. In addition, Nickitas has won the Cissy Leary Sportsmanship award for her demeanor on the court. In the Sweet Spot Coming off their third NCAA National Championship since 1992, the Lady Gator Tennis team entered the 1999 season with something to prove. With the 1999 NCAA Championships held in Gainesville the Gators were ready to compete in front of a home crowd for the trophy, and with only two losses from the 1998 squad in Bonnie Bleecker and Dawn Buth, the Gators knew they had a good shot to repeat the title. Lone senior Stephanie Nickitas led the Gators throughout the season in doubles play. Because of her success the Gators have gone 121-3 during her four years at Florida. Juniors M.C. White, Traci Green and Baili Camino also impressed during the season. During the SEC Tournament, Green improved her individual singles record to 36-4, including a team-leading 24-1 record in dual match play. Other major contributions came from sophomores Stephanie Hazlett and Whitney Laiho and from freshmen Erin Boisclair and Jessica Lehnhoff. The Gators dominated throughout their unbelievable season and were favored for the title. Their only regular season loss came during the SEC Tournament to Mississippi, which was their first since March 11, 1995 when they dropped 5-2 to Texas. The Gators had won 120 consecutive regular season matches prior to the Mississippi loss. The loss did not stop the momentum. The Gators still won the SEC Championship before moving on to the Regional Championships. At Regionals the Gators beat everyone in their path including Cookman and Arizona. In the NCAA Quarterfinals the Gators had a scare as they had problems squeaking past Duke 5-2. They made it and next up was Stanford for the title. Stanford was evenly matched with UF and had won ten National Championships trophy ' s since 1982. The Gators knew they would have to work hard to win. Unfortunately, Florida was unable to hold on and lost the match and the Championship 5-2 to Stanford. Although the loss was a hard one, the Gators look to be in great shape for a rematch next season. With only one loss from the No. 2 team in Nickitas, the Gators look to rebound in the years to come. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jason Howey Sophomore Stephanie Hazlett prepares Junior Traci Green forehands to her to return with a forehand swing. Hazlett opponent. Green, a Philadelphia native, provided the clinching dual match point has gone 24-1 in SEC doubles play in her in the 1998 NCAA finals and proved first three years as a Gator. valuable during the 1999 season. Grippin ' It Rippin ' It The University of Florida men ' s golf team was looking to capture a part of its past glory during the ' 99 season. Last years squad was unable to capture a conference or NCAA championship, but this squad was gunning for it all. The Gators opened the season without three contributors from a year ago. Top five contenders Josh McCumber and Kevin Milhailoff, and sixth-man Ben Taylor each completed their college careers in ' 98. But the Gators were not worried too much because they returned the top three players from last season in Steve Scott, Steve Bradley and Simon Lacey. Leading the way was senior Steve Scott, who posted the teams third lowest scoring average last season. Scott also recorded several top tournament finishes including a forth place in the Golf World Invitational, a third place at the Gator Invitational, and recorded a fifth place finish at the Golf Digest Collegiate in Las Vegas, Nevada. He ended last season being named to the first team All-SEC. Both Bradley and Lacey have etched their names in the UF record book already, even though they just joined the Gator squad a year ago. Last season Lacey led the Gators in stroke average and percentage of rounds counted. Lacey came to America two days before spring classes started and qualified for the first tournament of the season. He was named to the 1998 All-SEC second team. Bradley ' s first season with the Gators left him with the team ' s second-best season scoring average. Bradley led the team with a third-place finish at the NCAA East Regional, while shooting a career best 208. " Steve Bradley is a true team leader, " said coach Buddy Alexander. With such high expectations placed on himself, Bradley hoped to prove himself as the Gators battled to regain the Conference Championship. The Gators did prove themselves claiming their 13th SEC Championship title and finishing third in the Eastern Division, which led them to the NCAA Tournament. This season ' s veterans brought talent, skill, and maturity, which they will need to share with the newcomers to build a successful team in the next millennium. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jason Howey Freshman Camilo Benedetti is a native of Columbia, South American. He was a three-time South American Junior Champion and was the first Latin American to win the Orange Bowl Golf Tournament in 1997. Freshman Taylor Walsh, a Napanoch, NY native, watches after a drive. Walsh was a six-year letterwinner in high school and was named the Freeman Sportsman of the Year in 1998. Senior Steve Scott follows through on a drive. A Coral Springs, Florida native, Scott is a two-time and participates in the PGA Tour. He came in 8th place at the Mexican Open with (-6.) 118 Sports Sophomore Nick Gilliam looks on after his drive. Gilliam is a Gainesville native who transferred from the of North Carolina after one semester. He tied for 5th place at the 1996 PGA Junior Championships. HEAD COACH BUDDY ALEXANDER Entering his 12th year as head coach of the Uni- versity of Florida Men ' s Golf Coach, Coach Alexander has won a number of awards includ- ing SEC Coach of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. Coach Alexander has also lead the Gators to many championships including taking the Gators to the NCAA Championship in 1993. Under Alexander, the Gators have also won five Conference titles and one NCAA runner-up finish in 1990. Coach Alexander took to the links at Georgia University and went on to win the 1986 United States Amateur. He has also played in two Masters Championships and the US Open and still competes in major amateur tournaments every year. During his coaching career, Alexander has been the mentor for 15 professionals including Jodie Mudd and Mike Donald both of which spent time on the PGA Tour. He has also coached 21 All-Americans. Before coming to UF, Coach Alexander was the head coach of his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 1977-1980 and head coach at Louisiana State from 1983-1987. SCHEDULE Sept. 12-13 The Ridges Intercollegiate Sept. 28-29 Preview Invitational Oct. 5-6 Windon Memorial Classic Oct. 19-20 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate Oct. 26-27 C.C. of Louisiana Intercollegiate Feb. 1-2 University of Arizona Invitational Feb. 13-14 NATIONSBANK INVITATIONAL Feb. 28-March 1 Mercedes- Benz Collegiate March 8-9 Louisiana Classic March 27-28 Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational April 2-3 Carpet Capital Collegiate April 16-18 SEC Championships May 15-16 Perry Maxwell Invitational May 20-22 NCAA East Regional Championship June 2-5 NCAA Championship 1998-99 Florida Men ' s Golf Team: Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Buddy Alexander, Simon Lacey, Steve Bradley, Nick Gilliam, Dalton Melnyk, Taylor Walsh, Robert Hooper, Camilo Benedetti. Front Row (L to R): Vol. Asst. Coach Lester Bouchard, Vol. Asst. Coach Brian Craig, Steve Scott, Austin Knowles, Chad Baker, Chris Zeller and Paul Van Zulphen. Snorts 119 Sophomore Lauren Jeske, watches her ball fly after a drive. This Chamberlain High graduate opened NCAA Championships with collegiate-low round of two-over par 74. HEAD COACH JILL BRILES-HINTON Jill Briles Hinton entered her first sea- son as head coach of the Lady Gator Golf Program this year. Briles-Hinton is a former Academic All-American at the University of Miami where she played two seasons with the Hurricanes and graduated with a degree in Education. As a senior in 1986, Briles-Hinton led Miami to a seventh-place tie in the individual standings. Coach Briles-Hinton then went on to compete in the LPGA Tour for the past 12 consecutive years. While on the tour, she posted her top individual finish of second three times. As a rookie in 1987, she tied for second at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and again in 1988 at the Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Open. In 1994 she received the William and Mousie Powell Award which is given to the LPGA member who best exemplifies the spirit, ideas, and value of the LPGA. Coach Briles-Hinton has high hopes for her young team and wants them to be successful. " I want my program to be a stepping stone to the next level, because that ' s what I can offer, " Briles-Hinton said. " I want each of my players to think and act like champions because that is the key to success. " Briles-Hinton and her husband, Bob have a two-year old son named Bert. 1998-99 Women ' s Golf Team — Back Row (L to R): Tanja Arnold, Jamie Rishel, Kelly Moskal, Lauren Shniderman and Coach Jill Briles-Hinton. Front Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Mary Moan, Lauren Jeske, Dana von Louda and Marcela Gonzalez. SCHEDULE Sept. 25-27 Auburn Tiger Invitational Oct. 5-7 Bama Fall Preview Oct. 16-18 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Rolex Ma tch Play Team Championships Nov. 7-8 Lady Gator Fall Classic Feb. 15-16 UCF Women ' s Golf Invitational Feb. 26-28 SunTrust Lady Invitational Mar. 12-14 LSU Fairwood Invitational Mar. 19-21 Lady Gamecock Classic Apr. 2-4 Ryder Florida Women ' s Collegiate Apr. 16-18 SEC Championship 1211 Sports Freshman Tanja Arnold follows through on her swing. Prior to Florida, Arnold, a Zug, Switzerland native, was a three time Swiss National Lady Junior Champion. Chippin ' In This year ' s Lady Gators sported a new look and a new attitude. The changes started at the top with Jill Briles-Hinton assuming the head coach position after 12 years on the LPGA Tour. Hinton is a former Academic All-American at the level and is known for her enthusiastic spirit and attitude. She worked with young and inexperienced Lady Gators this season but looked forward to the challenge. The Gators had five freshmen new to UF and this squad was missing 78% of its playing experience from last season. The Lady Gators ' three returnees to the squad only played in 37 rounds in 11 events last year. The only sure thing this season was that there were many unsure questi ons as to who would lead the Gators in ' 99. The three returning players from last year ' s squad were junior Rossi Naomi lida, and sophomores Lauren Jeske and Dana Von Louda. Jeske is UF ' s most experienced returning player because she was in the lineup for six of the eight regular season tournaments during the 97-98 season. Jeske posted her best collegiate finish of 11th at the Ryder Florida State Collegiate last April and finished in the top-50 at the ' 98 NCAA ' s. Among the freshmen class that hoped to lead the Lady Gators this year was Marcela Gonzalez of Cali, Colombia. Gonzalez entered UF as the top-ranked junior golfer in her native country in 1997. A second international player who joined the squad this year was Tanja Arnold. Arnold is a time Swiss National Junior Champion and captured the Arizona High School State 4A title while as a foreign exchange student. The other three outstanding freshmen included two Ohio natives in Kelly Moskal and Jamie Rishel and one lone Floridian, Lauren Shniderman. With a new coach and a young squad, the Lady Gators hope to become one of the top women ' s golf program in the country in the coming years. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jeff Gage Sophomore Dana von Louda, works on her putt. This Gainesville native and Buchholz graduate won the Alachua County Amateur Golf Championship in 1998. Freshman Marcella Gonzalez, watches as her ball sinks into the hole. Prior to Florida, Gonzalez, a Cali, Columbia native, was third overall in the Columbia Woman ' s Amateur Rankings. Sports 121 Right on Track Coming off a 1998 SEC Championship in outdoor track, the Lady Gator track team looked to repeat in 1999. The season started out great. The Lady Gators began the indoor season with two first place finishes in the ACC SEC Challenge held in Gainesville and in the Virginia Tech Invitational. During the SEC Championships, also held in Gainesville, the Gators came close to the title but fell to LSU. During the meet, senior Hazel Clark won the 800m for the fourth year in a row and set a Florida record with a time of 2:01.75. Also for the Gators, senior Joyce Owes won the weight throw for the individual title and set a new Florida record with 65-8.25. The Gators also impressed during the NCAA Indoor Championships placing fourth in the nation with Clark winning the 800m. Also contributing to the indoor season was sophomore Laura Hawkins who set a new Florida record on the pole vault with 12 ' 6 " . The 4 x 400 team consisting of freshman Amber Robinson, senior Nadia Graham, Clark and junior Yolanda Brown-Moore also set an indoor Florida record with a time of 3:32.10. During the outdoor season the Gators won two of three meets including the SEC Quad and the USTCA Series and finished second in the SEC behind South Carolina. Hazel took first in the 1500m with a personal best of 4:16.11 and second place in Florida history. Also contributing for the Gators was sophomore Emily Carlsten who set a Florida record with 173 ' 9 " in the javelin. Owes set a new school record in the hammer with a distance of 196 ' 7 " . In addition, freshman Erin Merten, Clark, senior Beth Reed and junior Tamieka Grizzle set a new school record in the 4 x 1600 with a time of 19:48.48. With few losses from 1999 and a great new class for 2000, the Lady Gators look to be ready for the next millennium. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jodi Wilson Sports Information Senior Joyce Owes releases the hammer during a home competition. Owes, a Tampa native, scored a new Florida record in the hammer with 195-1 and in the weight throw with 65-8.25. Freshman Megan Westfall does not make this vault during the Florida Relays. Prior to Florida, Westfall, a Tallahassee native, was the 1998 Florida High School 6A pole vault champion. Senior Hazel Clark concentrates on the task at hand. Clark was an NCAA Championship in both indoor and outdoor track in the 800m. During the 1999 season, Clark began to work more at the 1500m and was crowned the SEC champion in the event. 122 Sports Junior Jernae Wright leaps into the sand pit during the 1999 Coca-Cola Florida Relays. This Union City, California native is a six-time All-American in both the long jump and relays. HEAD COACH TOM JONES Entering his seventh year as the head women ' s track and field coach, Tom Jones has come off an out- standing 1998 season. During the spring of ' 98 and for the first time in SEC history, Coach Jones led UF to back- to-back conference championships in both outdoor track and cross-country. In 1997, Coach Jones led Florida to the SEC ' s first ever triple crown in which the Gators became the first school in league history to win cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field titles in the same academic year. Coach Jones track and field collegiate experience goes back to the mid-60 ' s where he was a student-athlete at UCLA from 1964- 1967. He then was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. Jones ' first head coaching position came in 1978 when he was named the leader of the North Carolina State Wolfpack. He then went on to coach at the University of Texas El Paso where he coached three NCAA Champions. From 1988-1992 Jones was the head coach at Arizona State University before coming to lead the Gators. As an athlete, Jones won the 1966 NCAA 220-yard sprint championship and was a member of the NCAA champion 440- yard relay. He was named UCLA ' s Outstanding Athlete in 1966 and Outstanding Senior in 1967. Jones received a bachelor ' s degree in physical education from UCLA in 1969 and a master ' s degree in physical education from the University of Washington in 1971. Coach Jones was joined by first year Gator coach John Frazier, also from UCLA, to assist in the throwing events and vol. assistant coach Ken Stissel to assist in the pole vaulting competition. SCHEDULE INDOOR Jan. 16 FLORIDA INVITATIONAL Jan. 22 NATIONSBANK INVITATIONAL Jan. 30 ACC SEC CHALLENGE Feb. 5-6 Virginia Tech Feb. 20-21 SEC CHAMPIONSHIP Feb. 26-27 USATF Championships March 5-6 NCAA Championships OUTDOOR March 20 Florida State Relays March 24-27 COCA-COLA FLORIDA RELAYS April 3 UCLA Quad April 10 UTEP April 17 SEC QUAD April 22-24 Penn Relays May 2 USTCA SERIES May 8 Florida State Twilight May 13-16 SEC Championships May 20 Ga. Tech Invitational June 2-5 NCAA Championships June 16-19 USATF Championships June 25-26 USATF Jr. Championships e 1999 Florida Women ' s Track Team: Back Row (L to R): E. Merten, A. Wendorff, K. Holloway, K. Kilar, K. Townsend, J. Lackovich, J. Owes, K. Carvallis, E. Stern, A. Davis, M. Williams, Trainer Jon Fetter. Standing: Trainer Stephanie Stradley, Head Coach Tom Jones, Asst. Coach John Fraizer, A. Graham, A. Vieux, L. Almeida, C. Starr, L. Hawkins, H. Clark, C. Shepherd, A. Nasser, J. McGranahan, N. Allen, S. Burcham, Student Trainer Julie Robinson, Asst. Coach J.J. Clark, Vol. Asst. Coach Ken Stissel, K. Wagner, Manager Frank Caraway, Second Row: T. Grizzle, A. Burnett, B. Reed, M. Mundey, N. Graham, K. Day, R. McManus, M. DeLeon, T. Robinson, L. Perez, A. Robinson, E. Carlsten. Sitting: A. Zientara, C. Evans, K. Greeno, C. Hall, J. Wright, R. Saridakis, E. Lopez, T. Joliff, H. Ward, P. Fortson, K. Moore. Sports 123 Sophomore Riley Tomlinson makes his approach on the pole vault during the 1999 Coca-Cola Florida Relays. A Birmingham, Alabama native, Tomlinson ' s best vault was 16 ' 4.75 " during the outdoor season. ASSISTANT COACH MIKE HOLLOWAY Entering just his fourth year as the sprints, relays and hurdles coach, Coach Mike Holloway has already made a huge impact on the Gator Track and Field program. During his first three seasons at Florida, every sprinter, every hurdler and every relay team set personal best times in their respective events. And in 1998, the Gators added new top-10 performances to every one of Holloway ' s events including the fastest 4x200-relay time in Florida history. Prior to coming to UF, Holloway was the head coach at Buchholz High School in Gainesville from 1985-1995. While at Buchholz, Holloway led the Bobcats to 19 county, 17 district, 14 regional and eight state titles. In addition, 18 of 20 boy ' s records and 14 of 19 girl ' s records were broken in the Holloway era. During his coaching career, Holloway has coached Dennis Mitchell an Olympic Gold Medallist, Mark Everett a US Tyrone Kemp an eight-time All-American in sprints and Marcel Carter a USATF Championship semi-finalist in sprints. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Holloway was a high school All-American and two-time Ohio state champion in both the 120 high hurdles and in the 180 low hurdles. While attending Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Holloway was a six-time Junior College All-American in the hurdles. Alabama native Assistant Coach Steve Thomas, who has taken over the field events, joined Holloway and Head Coach Doug Brown on the Gator staff this year. 1999 Track Team: Top Row (L to R): Trainer J. Fetter, S. Smeyak, Assistant Coach S. Thomas, R. Evans, E. Ernest-Jones, D. Dearing, C. Chambers, P. Brown, R. McConnell, M. Lewis, B. Williams, D. Millner, R. Little, J. Buscema, Head Coach D. Brown, Manager B. Conner, M. Kroll, B. Woessner, and Trainer T. Young. Middle Row (L to R): M. King, M. Tanner, I. Eagle, R. Joseph, R. Tomlinson, G. Clervil, J. Capel, C. Sweetser, and A. Mann. Bottom Row (L to R): M. Sc haeffer, D. Carroll, M. Hissam, D. Furman, E. Tucker, and Assistant Coach M. Holloway. SCHEDULE INDOOR Jan. 16 FLORIDA INVITATIONAL Jan. 22 NATIONSBANK INVITATIONAL Jan. 30 ACC SEC CHALLENGE Feb. 5-6 Virginia Tech Invitational Feb. 20-21 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS Feb. 26-27 USATF Championships March 5-6 NCAA Championships OUTDOOR March 20 Florida State Relays March 24-27 COCA-COLA FLORIDA RELAYS April 3 UCLA Quads April 17 SEC QUAD April 22-24 Penn Relays April 25 Knoxville Invitational MAY 2 USTCA SERIES May 8 Florida State Twi-Light May 13-16 SEC Championships May 22 Reebok Invitational June 2-5 NCAA Championships June 16-19 USATF Championships June 25-26 USATF Jr. Championships 124 Sports Freshman John Capel takes the lead in the 55m during the indoor track season. Capel, a Brooksville native, ran a career best of 6.16 in the 55m and also amazed Gator faithful with a new school record of 19.99 in the outdoor 200m. Sprinting to the Top The Gator Track team has shown continual improvement over the past few years under head coach Doug Brown, and 1999 was no different. The Gators began the indoor season with a win over nine teams at the ACC SEC Challenge held at the O ' Connell Center. They went on to place third in the SEC Championships behind conference nemesis Arkansas and LSU. The 14th ranked Gators then went to Indianapolis for the NCAA Championships with something to prove. After improving 27 places from 34th to seventh from the 1997-1998 seasons, the Gators knew they could do it again. Freshman John Capel led the team and stunned fans and with a 6.64 mark in the 60m coming in fourth place, his second best time of the season. With that and extra efforts among the team, the Gators finished tied for seventh with a total of 22 points, with Arkansas winning the title. The outdoor season started out strong with the Gators stunning UCLA in a win that ended the Bruins 55 meet home winning streak. The men then went on to place first in the SEC Quad meet and the USTCA Series, both held at UF. The Gators then traveled to Athens, Georgia for the SEC Cham- pionships where they finished second behind Arkansas. During the meet the 4 x 100 team composed of senior Gerald Clervil, Capel, junior Bobby Williams and junior Daymon Carroll broke a Florida record with a time of 38.75 – the second fastest time in the nation this year. Capel went on to win the individual championsh ip in the 200m with an unbelievable time of 19.99 which was the fastest U.S. time and second fastest world mark during 1999 prior to that race. Also contributing for the Gators was sophomore Rob Evans, who finished seventh in the men ' s 1500m finals with a personal best time of 3:49.02. Junior Dan Dearing finished eighth in the javelin with a personal best throw of 179-6. The Gators proved that they can truly dominate in all areas of track and field and will have a chance to be even better in 2000. " I think we will contend for the National Championship next year, " said Coach Brown. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jodi Wilson Sports Information Dept. Junior Daymon Carroll sprints past opponents during the outdoor 100m. Carroll ran 10.23 during the ' 99 in the 100m and set a school record in the 4 x 100m with Capel, Williams, and Clervil with a time of 38.75. Senior John Buscema begins his approach during practice in the 110 Hurdles. Buscema, a New Port Richey native, set a new UF Top Ten Performance with ninth best at 14.11 in the hurdles during the 1999 out- door season. Sports 125 Catching on Quickly The 1999 season started off very promising. Preseason ranked at No. 20 and coming off their first SEC Championship, the old Gator Softball team was in good shape. A loss from All-American pitcher Chelsey Sakizzie from the ' 98 team was rough for the Gators but they knew they would made it through. " I was looking for everyone else to play at the next level, " Head Coach Larry Ray said. " I was very impressed by the improvement the players displayed this fall. " The improvements were seen early as the Gators defeated Stetson and Centenary during the opening weekend. They went on to sweep Virginia Tech and shutout Purdue. Unfortunately losses to Washington and Michigan changed the teams momentum. The team eventually dropped to Oklahoma and Arizona State before the SEC opener against South Carolina. The Gators split with the Gamecocks and again their season seemed destined to turn around. The Gators then went on to sweep Bethune-Cookman and defeat Florida A M in two home competitions. Uncertainty ' s still faced the Gators until their season saving upset win over rival No. 18 South Florida in Tampa. The Gators continued their winning streak with their first SEC sweep over Kentucky on April 23 and went on to split with State, sweep Ole Miss and split with Georgia. Unfortunately, during the SEC Tournament in Columbus, the Gators season came to an end after a loss to Tennessee and a clinching loss to Alabama. The Gators finished their season third in the SEC Eastern Division. With many returning players the Gators have reason to have hope for next season. Power hitter, sophomore infielder, Ashley Boone will be in the line-up next season. Boone, was the SEC Player of the Week during the ' 99 campaign and was named to the 2nd Team All-SEC for her accomplishments. Boone led the Gators in almost every offensive category, including a batting average of .355, 43 RBIs and eight homeruns. Also returning are infielders Jen Cordero and Lora Pinkerton, pitchers Beth Dieter and Renise Landry, catchers Emily Marino and Michelle Parks and outfielders Jennifer Lutsi and Kortney Edge. In addition, a promising recruiting class for 2000, looks to make the improvements the Gators need in seasons to come. Story by: Jodi Wilson Photos by: Jodi Wilson Jason Howey Sophomore first baseman, Ashley Boone, tags the base for an out. Boone, an Irvine, California native, was the offensive powerhitter for the softball team this year with a batting average of .355. Sophomore pitcher Renise Landry throws the ball toward home. Landry was a four-year letter winner in high school and as a Gator freshman posted a .500 record with six wins and a 3.22 ERA. The Gator softball infielders encour- age pitcher Renise Landry at the start of an inning. The Gators made sure to keep team moral high during the game with chants and applause. 126 Sports Seni or outfielder Jamie Hirschman prepares herself for a bunt. This Sparks, Nevada native is an extremely fast base runner who stole nine bases in 1998. As the team ' s only senior, her leadership will be missed next year. HEAD COACH LARRY RAY Entering his third season as the University of Florida ' s only ever softball head coach, Larry Ray has already had a lot of success. in 1998, Coach Ray led the Gators to a 47-22 season claiming the SEC Eastern Division title and the Gators first ever trip to the NCAA Region 6 Championships. Because of all his hard work, Coach Ray was named the SEC Coach of the year in 1998. During the Gators only second year of existence, they recorded nine victories over top-25 teams, the most in the SEC, and finished the season ranked 23rd in the USA Today NFCA Coaches Poll. Not bad for a team only 2 years old. Before being named the Gators head coach in 1995, Coach Ray was the top assistant at Arizona for 10 seasons. While at Arizona, the Wildcats posted seven top-three finishes at the College World Series and reached the NCAA Championship game in each of the last five seasons of Ray ' s tenure, claiming the title three times. Ray also coached at Boulder City High School in Nevada and compiled a 70-13 record from 1982-85. A 1974 graduate of Idaho State University, Ray lettered as a second baseman in baseball and as a wide receiver and place kicker for the football team. He was also the 1972 District 7 All-American selection at second base. SCHEDULE Feb. 12 DEPAUL Feb. 13 STETSON CENTENARY Feb. 14 CENTENARY SOUTH FLORIDA STETSON Feb. 19 VIRGINIA TECH Feb. 20 WASHINGTON Feb. 21 MICHIGAN Feb. 27 CAMPBELL Mar. 4 Chattanooga Temple Mar. 5 Texas Michigan State Mar. 6 Purdue Mar. 9 10 SOUTH CAROLINA Mar. 18 UNLV Washington Mar. 27 ARKANSAS Mar. 28 LSU Apr. 2 3 Tennessee Apr. 7 FLORIDA STATE Apr. 10 BETHUNE-COOKMAN Apr. 11 FLORIDA A M Apr. 14 South Florida Apr. 17 Alabama Apr. 18 Auburn Apr. 21 Stetson Apr. 23 24 KENTUCKY May 1 Mississippi State May 2 Ole Miss Mar 7 8 Georgia May 13-15 SEC Tournament 1999 Softball Team: Back Row (L to R): Athletic Trainer Mike Nuccio, Head Coach Larry Ray, Assistant Coach Gaye Lynn Wilson, Emily Marino, Beth Dieter, Nicole Kreipl, Assistant Coach Kyla Holas, Student Athletic Trainer Erika Selga Middle Row (L to R): Jackie Griffin, Lora Pinkerton, Ashley Boone, Jennifer Lutsi, Kim Hunter, Annie Hefferman, Brenda Quinn Front Row (L to R): Andrea Zimbardi Maria DiGarzia, Michelle Parks, Renise Landry, Jennifer Cordero, Jamie Hirschman. Not Pictured: Kortney Edge. Sports 127 Redshirt freshman pitcher, Kevin Coleman, winds up for a pitch. Coleman was a named the squad most valuable player from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. HEAD COACH ANDY LOPEZ Entering his fifth season as head coach of the Gator Baseball Team, Andy Lopez has successfully lead Florida baseball back among the top collegiate programs in the country. Coming off a school-record three consecutive NCAA regional appearances and two Southeastern Conference Coach Lopez plans to lead the Gators to Omaha and the College World Series again. " My ultimate goal is to give my players and coaches the chance to play on the final day of the season for the national championship, " said Lopez. " We will do it through a lot of hard work, dedication, preparation and a winning atti- tude. " Winning is definitely something that Coach Lopez is used to. With a 577-343-5 record over 16 years in college baseball, Coach Lopez is confident in his coaching and his team. During the 1999 season, Coach Lopez not only led the overall management of the team, but also served as the pitching coach. Lopez, a two-time National Coach of the Year winner, has coached 22 pitchers who went on to play in the pros, three of which were No. 1 draft picks. Before coming to the University of Florida, UCLA graduate, Coach Lopez spent time at Pepperdine University and Cal-State Dominguez Hills. SCHEDULE Feb. 6 7 MIAMI Feb. 12 13 Miami Feb.16 JAPANESE NATIONAL Feb. 20 21 Florida State Feb. 24 FLORIDA A M Feb. 27 28 FLORIDA STATE Mar. 2 3 UNC GREENSBORO Mar. 5 6 CENTRAL MICHIGAN Mar. 7 CENTRAL MICHIGAN Mar. 9 10 WINTHROP Mar. 12 13 Louisiana State Mar. 14 Louisiana State (DH) Mar. 16 FORDHAM Mar. 17 ARMY Mar. 19-21 TENNESSEE Mar. 23 24 TROY STATE Mar. 26-28 Georgia Mar. 30 JACKSONVILLE Apr. 2-4 ARKANSAS Apr. 7 BETHUNE-COOKMAN Apr. 9-11 Ole Miss Apr. 14 Stetson Apr. 16-18 KENTUCKY Apr. 21 STETSON Apr. 23-25 SOUTH CAROLINA Apr. 30-May 2 Vanderbilt May 5 SOUTH FLORIDA May 7 Miss. State May Miss. State May 11 CENTRAL FLORIDA May 14-16 ALABAMA 1999 Gator Baseball Team: Front Row (L to R): P. McKinney, T. Socarras, B. Grezlovski, R. Gleichowski, M. Siegel, S. Williams, B. Haught, J. Hutton, M. Ellis, M. Goss. Second Row (L to R): Trainer S. Piechocki, Manager H. Buchana, Athletic Trainer D. Werner, D. Klebonis, Assistant Coach M. Wasikowski, Assistant Coach S. Kling, Head Coach A. Lopez, Vol. Coach G. Quinn, Strength Coach J. Grieco, Manager J. Crooke, Manager C. Knowles, Manager T. Craft. Third Row (L to R): W. Bowen, K.O. Wiegandt, K. Coleman, M. Heath, P. Nystrom, M. Floyd, G. Catalanotte, S. Rodriguez, J. Dill, K. Brice, K. Keene, J. Canales. Top Row (L to R): D. DeVaughan, A. Walker, B. Rose, C. Christianson, J. Cardozo, S. McFarland, M. McClendon, A. Hart, K. Keen, J. Belflower, T. Johannes, R. Shealy. 128 Sports Freshman outfielder Matt Goss, waits patiently for the perfect pitch before he swings. The Bartow native set the Bartow High School record for extra base hits, home runs in a season and career home runs. Strikin ' Up for Omaha The University of Florida men ' s baseball team is quickly devel- oping a name for itself around the country these days. Last years ' 98 squad finished first in the SEC and made its second NCAA World Series tournament in the past three years. This year ' s Gators were lead by fourth year head coach, Andy Lopez. Lopez re-energized Florida Baseball with successful recruiting of both top athletes and top coaches from around the country to start the ' 99 season. The Gators are becoming accustomed to " The Omaha Experience, " which as put by Lopez, " is the dream of every college baseball player to one day participate in the College World Series. It is the highlight of your career. It is our goal at the University of Florida for every player to get a chance to show up one day and stretch in Omaha. " Well the Gators have been doing plenty of that in Omaha over the past few years and this year ' s squad hoped to be no different. Last years squad was lead by 1998 National Player of the Year Brad Wilkerson, who many consider to be the greatest baseball player ever to put on a Gator uniform. While a majority of the key offensive power and pitching experience has left the program, Lopez looked to the ' 99 class to carry on what he hopes to become annual traditions - the Omaha Experience. This year ' s Gators were lead by shortstop Mark Ellis, who continued the hitting tear he experienced the final two months of the ' 98 season. Joining Ellis on the supporting cast in the 1999 season was senior Greg Catalanotte. Catalanotte, a transfer from Glendale Community College, has found himself with a starting spot in the outfield. Catcher Todd Johannes also found himself in the leadership position this year. The senior saw little playing time last year but battled for the nod for behind the plate duties this year. The Gators greatest vulnerability during the 1999 season was at its most important position, pitcher. This year ' s pitching staff was lead by All-American candidate Matt McClendon. After McClendon however, the staff goes very young and very inexperienced. Hopefully the pitching staff will be strong for years to come and the Gators will make their presence known in Omaha throughout the millennium. Story by: George Glenn Photos by: Jason Howey Senior infielder Mark Ellis gets a hit Junior second basemen, Kurt Keene, against the Florida State Seminoles. goes for a double play after tagging Ellis passed Brad Wilkerson on the out this Tennessee Volunteer player. Florida all-time hit list this season. Keene was a transfer from UT this year and was a great asset to the Gators. Sports 129 ... It ' s 4,000 Date Functions ... It ' s 5,000 Days While the University of Florida ' s Greek system may seem like a waste of time to some, the men and women involved in fraternities and often consider it their most rewarding college experience. A home away from home, these students feel less intimidated on such a large campus with their brothers and sisters at their side. Freshmen find it easier to get in- volved and find friends in this close knit society. These philanthropic groups do more behind the scenes than most people realize. From the Children ' s Miracle Network, to Chose to Links to Literacy these men and women raise money and awareness to help others less Helping others helps to 130 Greeks Rush ... It ' s 8,000 Socials ... strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and brotherhood that allows them to grow into responsible and mature adults. From Greek Week to socials, greeks not only bond with each other but with all the houses. All work and no play makes for a very dull house, here at UF these combine to make The is not a problem. From mob- of Florida ' s Greek system one mobsters to Hawaiian Luaus to Cow- of the strongest in the nation. boys and Indians these Greeks love to dress up and have a great time. The new millennium promises new pledge classes, new story by: Mae Webb and Tessa Magee friends, and new houses. All of Greeks 131 A group of Alpha Chi Omegas pose at the Homecoming parade. As their Homecoming wee draws to a close they anticipate the football game to come. Alpha Chi Omega Sorority was founded on 15, 1885 at DePaul University. The Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was chartered at the University of Florida on April 2, 1949. Scarlet red and olive green are the colors of Alpha Chi Omega ' s. Their symbol is the lyre and their flower is the red carnation. Alpha Chi Omega ' s mascot is the angel. Alpha Chi Omega ' s philanthropy is " The Great Escape " which benefits SPARC and Habitat for Humanity. The Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega is ranked as on of the top five chapters of Alpha Chi Omega in the nation. Some famous Alpha Chi Omega sisters are actress Goldie Hawn, daytime soap writer Agnes Nixon, and Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on " Gilligan ' s Island. " These new Alpha Chi Omega girls glow with happiness as their rush experience comes to a close and their sorority life just begins. With balloons, and bags these girls bring into their lives a new group of friends to last a lifetime. Bonded for life these two girls who were once strangers have been brought together by one common bond, Alpha Chi Omega. Whether at date functions, socials, or grab a dates it is always comforting to see a friendly face and pose for the camera. 132 (reeks Being in a sorority you will buy and wear things you never thought in a million years you would, just ask these Alpha Delta Pi girls in their camouflage outfits. These Alpha Delta Pi girls express their happiness on bid day. At the climax of a crazy and hectic week the relief of finally reaching one house is hard to contain. Alpha Delta Pi 48 at Barnard Alpha Delta Pi sorority was founded in 1851 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The Gamma Iota chapter of Alpha Delta Pi was chartered at the University of Florida on September 12, 1948. The diamond is the symbol of Alpha Delta Pi and the Lion is the mascot. Alpha Delta Pi ' s flower is the Woodland Violet, and their colors are azure blue and white. Alpha Delta Pi ' s philanthropies are " ADSpies " and " Run for Ronald " both benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Alpha Delta Pi was the first secret society for women and was originally called the Adelphean Society. Alpha Delta Pi was one of the first five original sororities at the University of Florida. Country singer Deanna Carter is an Alpha Delta Pi. The members of Alpha Delta Pi were very proud of their sisters, many of whom were extremely involved on campus. Ton chapter of 11, 1948. of wheat, and ha Omicron Pi s " Mr. UF " a 100th birthday tone, pledged involved on Government, ming, Accent, eady for a night on the town these Alpha Delta Pi girls dress in their cutest outfits and hit the town. All work and no play makes for a boring weekend and these girls know that. explains sister knew you Greeks 135 Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority was founded on October 24, 1909 at Barnard College. The Alpha Tau Chapter was chartered at the University of Florida on October 24, 1948. UF ' s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter was voted the number one chapter at last year ' s national convention. Alpha Epsilon Phi ' s symbols are columns and the pearl and their flower is the lily of the valley. Green and white are the colors of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. The giraffe is the mascot of Alpha Epsilon Phi because it has the biggest heart and stands above the rest. Alpha Epsilon Phi ' s annual philanthropy is " Phi Hoops " an basketball tournament that benefits the Children ' s Burn Center. One famous Alpha Epsilon Phi alumni is the second female Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Alpha Epsilon Phi sister Lisa Nathanson explains some of the excitement of being in a sorority, " It is really fun to get creative and dress up to the social themes at the different socials. " Two Alpha Epsilon Phi sisters take a moment to smile for the camera. Sorority sisters shared a remarkable bond that no one could really explain, but everyone felt. Three very " close " Alpha Phi sisters gather to capture their sisterhood on camera. Despite the fact that sisters never forget their bond, it was nice to have something to look back at. A group of Alpha Epsilon Phi sister take time out during a social to take a picture. An Alpha Epsilon Phi sister explains, " Going to socials is an easy and exciting way to meet new people at the University of Florida. " 134 Greeks Tanya Phillips and Alexis Lambert pose with their little sisters during their 1998 Rose Ball Formal. Formals were a great excuse to get all dressed up and have a good time with your sisters and with your date. A group of new Alpha Omicron Pi members pose for a picture in their new house on bid day. Bid Day wa s an exciting day for it brought with it a whole new " family. " Two Alpha Omicron Pi sisters smile on their way to a social. Socials provided a chance to meet new people and get to know your sisters better. Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1948 at Barnard College. The University of Florida ' s Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was chartered on September 11, 1948. Alpha Omicron Pi ' s symbol is a sheaf of wheat, and their mascot is the panda bear. The jacquiminot rose is the flower of Alpha Omicron Pi and cardinal is the color. Every year Alpha Omicron Pi sponsors " Mr. UF " a male pageant to benefit Arthritis Research. Alpha Omicron Pi recently celebrated their 100th day. The 1995 Miss America, Heather Whitestone, pledged Alpha Omicron Pi. The Alpha Omicron Pi sisters are very involved on campus. They hold positions in Student Government, Florida Blue Key, Gator Growl, Homecoming, Accent, among many others organizations. Alpha Omicron Pi sister Tanya Phillips explains hood best, " Sisterhood is friendships you never knew you missed, but now you can ' t live without. " Greeks 135 Jennifer Batten, Amy Bellin, Betsy Bickel, Lauren Bloom, Tracy Brown, Michele Bubley, Amanda Butler, Barbara Bush, Tor Carlton, Alexis Casale-Savage, Amanda Choat, Melissa Deeds, Tina Dixon, Karen Dolin, Sara Evans, Cheryl Farmand, Chloe Firebaugh, Amy Fishman, Suzanne Flowers, Tiffany Greaser, Melissa Green, Natalie Greene, Stephanie Guzman, Meegan Hallem Kim Helphinstine, Jessica Herold, Julie Herridge, Angie Hohulin, Christie Hoisek, Jaymee Holstein, Mary Holton, Laurel Johnston, Taylor Jordan, Anne Justice, Mandy Kaiser, Stephanie Kelley, Lauren Kelly, Danielle Kohan, Karen Kreider, Heather LeCroy, Erika Lent, Erin Ligler, Amanda Lucchesi, Tessa Magee, Rebecca Mann, Lorraine Miller, Jenn Moorhead, Stephanie Nagy Amy Newberry, Katy Nowels, Vicky Nunez, Melissa Park, Laura Pople, Angie Pregi, Jade Richardson, Christina Roberts, Sarah Rumpf, Lea Schilit, Lisa Scudieri, Melissa Sevestre, Lauren Shaub, Laura Lee Shields, Jaqueline Simms, Amanda Simpson, Lindsey Smith, Kim Stroud, Erin Tews, Carissa Vermillion, Jennifer Versaggi, Karen Walby, Catherine Walsh, Liz Wilcox, Elizabeth Williams, Misty Wise, Christina Witcher, Kathleen Wright, Aimee Wright, Sarah Zukowski Alpha Xi Delta was founded on April 17, 1893 at Lombard College and was chartered at the University of Florida in 1981. The colors of Alpha Xi Delta are double blue and gold, and the flower is the pink killarney rose. This past year Alpha Xi Delta has been very proud of their sisters ' campus involvement. Jennifer Atchley was appointed Technology Cabinet Director and will serve as Computer Chair for the 1999 Rush Exec. Karen Walby and Nicole Stropoli repre- sented their sisters as Rho Chis in Fall 1998. Sarah Rumpf was elected into Senate and served as Vice-Chair of the Rules and Ethics Committee. Susan Slusser was inducted into Florida Blue Key. Additionally they have sisters involved in Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Golden Key National Honor Society, Greek Week, Dance Marathon, Cicerones, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and many more activities. Alpha Xi Delta has also received many awards at the Fall Panhellenic InterFraternity Council Banquet. Alpha Xi Delta ' s annual philanthropy is the Men of UF Calen- dar and always brings a lot of support from the community. This year was no exception. The combined proceeds from the January pageant and calendar sales raised $3,464 for the Boggy Creek Gang Camp for critically and terminally ill children. The chapter enjoyed working with this great organization and will once again donate the proceeds from this year ' s " Men of UF " to them. 136 Greeks Amy, Tracy, Alexis, and Jackie pose with this years Men of UF 2000 Calendar Pageant winners. A fun event for all, this pageant is definitely a crowd pleaser with four round, this men dress from boxers all the way to tuxes. Amy Bellin, Stephanie Kelley, Jennifer Batten, and Lauren Bloom prepare for a gangsters and mobsters social with Alpha Epsilon Pi during Homecoming week. Arriving at the Swamp in feather boas with toy guns these girls were the hit of the party. Not only do these Chi Omega girls love to go out and party together but every once in a while they take a break and just hang out. It ' s great to have a bunch of people you can just be your self around. These Chi Omega girls show their happiness with big smiles on bid day. The relief of seeing the end of rush and meeting their future sisters is overwhelming. Chi Omega is the nation ' s largest sorority. Chi Omega was founded at the University of Arkansas April 5th, 1895. Chi Omega ' s Eta Delta chapter was founded at the University of Florida on September 10th, 1948. The Eta Delta Chapter of Chi Omega was one of the first sororities on the University of Florida campus. Their mascot is the owl and their flower is the white carnation. Cardinal and straw are Chi Omega ' s colors. The skull and crossbones are the symbols of Chi Omega. Chi Omega ' s philanthropy is " Sandblast, " which is an annual sand volleyball tournament for all of the sororities and fraternities at the University of Florida to participate in. All if the money raised during Sandblast goes to help the American Heart Association. The Eta Delta of Chi Omega Sorority celebrated their fiftieth year at the University of Florida this year. Friendship and the bonds of sisterhood are the most important thing a girl can take away from their sorority experience. As I ' m sure these Chi Omegas will agree as they squeeze together to create another memory. Greeks 137 Delta Delta Delta ' s philanthropy is " Dolphin Daze, " this raises money for the Children ' s Miracle Network at Shand ' s Hospital here in Gainesville. This past year over $3000 was raised while drawing competitors from sororities and fraternities to Sumo wrestle. In addition, the sister ' s raised money for Dance Marathon 1998. Delta Delta Delta along with Theta Chi fraternity placed third overall. Along with the many dancers, there were Morale Captains, Directors, Assistant Directors, and numerous staff members. There are many Delta ' s involved in all on campus. The Alpha Psi chapter boasts current Senators, Cabinet Directors and AD ' s, the Supervisor of Elections, and Accent staff members and Ad ' s, Homecoming Directors and AD ' s, Florida blue Key members and the Florida Blue Key secre- tary, many Rho Chi ' s, members of honorary societies such as Savant UF and Order of Omega, ten Florida Cicerones, members of Preview staff, and fourteen members of Best buddies (including President and Vice President.) Tri Delta ' s symbols are the pearl, the pine, and the pansy. Their mascot is the dolphin. Neil Armstrong put his wife ' s Tri Delta pin on the moon, and Katie Couric is a Tri Delta. The ladies of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Florida have built an amazing chapter. It ' s membership has proven to be a rewarding experience for each member. Courtney Bopp (left) and Laura Klein take a moment out of their " Grab-a-Mate " Pirate-themed date function to smile for the camera. AAA Sisters (from top left) Catey Turner, Liz Bills, Kirsty Freshwater, Amber Wilson, Reshma Parwani, Emma Lorenzetti, Taryn Miller and Paige Williams, pose during their 1997 Holiday Social with Phi Delta Theta S. Adams, B. Ahearn, L. Allman, L. Anderson, J. Andriso, D. Apunte, N. Arce, J. Baer, C. Baker, T. Bartholomew, N. Bergmann, A. Bigham, A. Billman, E. Bills, K. Block, C. Bopp, J. Bowman, C. Breier, M. Brungart, S. Burns, L. Burt, M. Burt, S. Carlson, N. Ceravolo, M. Cervera, J. Clayton, M. Cline, A. Combs, A. Craft, L. Crown, J. Curry, A. Dahlmeier, M. Daugherty, K. Dubois, W. Dunlap, J. Dunmire, K. Edwards, E. Enneking, T. Enneking, E. Escobar, C. Fisk, M. Fleigel, A. Folk, B. Freeburg, A. Freeman, K. Freeman, J. Frenchman, K. Freshwater, E. Gage, S. Garner, L. Goldberg, J. Goldiez, K. Gordon, M. Griffith, E. Gunia, C. Hamel, C. Hansen, D. Harris, D. Hartman, L. Hernandez, A. Hirsch, L. Holcomb, L. Holmes, J. Howell, K. Hulke, J. Isbell, J. Israel, R. Jones, M. Kane, B. Kavanaugh, L. Klein, B. Konefall, S. Lanier, C. Laughlin, L. Lea, M. Lennon, L. Long, E. Lorenzetti, S. Marks, J. McAnly, K. McCarthy, A. McGuigan, J. McLeod, E. Melker, T. Miller, J. Mitchell, S. Montoto, M. Moody, G. Moore, S. Moore, V. Morales, K. Morgan, K. O ' Conner, C. Ottesen, M. Oxx, M. Parr, S. Perez, A. Perkins, L. Petagna, K. Petty, C. Phillips, J. Pittman, B. Pressley, T. Pusich, J. Rafferty, R. Ramella, C. Randolph, J. Reside, T . Retherford, K. Rhoads, A. Richardson, K. Roelofs, K. Rudman, J. Scannon, N. Sheer, C. Schnobrich, E. Schule, J. Schwanke, V. Selos, L. Shapiro, A. Sharp, J. Skaaland, A. Slevinski, A. Smith, J. Smucker, T. Snyder, S. Stannard, K. Taylor, K. Taylor, S. Trawick, C. Turner, M. Van Leuven, C. Vigneau, M. Voshardt, M. Wahler, A. Weiss, M. Westfall, L. White, M. White, C. Wiedenbauer, S. Willhoughby, K. Williams, P. Williams, B. Willmering, H. Willyard, A. Wilson, L. Wilson, C. Windhorst, K. Witt, M. Wood, K. Yarbrough, L. Ylijoki, C. Young, B. Zophin A. Aidlin, L. Antonucci, A. Arreteig, M. Baker, S. Barnett, S. Beasley, S. Borden, L. Bowron, K. Bright, D. Bucsh, S. Cahill, L. Cairns, K. Campbell, M. Cauthen, C. Ceren, E. Chapman, T. Clarke, J. Cloutier, A. Cohen, H. Conway, K. Cook, L. Craig, M. Cruz, S. Davis, S. Doisy, J. Domenech, L. Donelan, C. Duss, L. Earle, E. Edington, J. Eiken, A. Fernandez, S. Findley, E. Freeman, M. Friedman, K. Fulford, K. Gabso, E. Gallagher, T. Gerrard, J. Glassey, E. Goggins, A. Goode, L. Hall, S. Hanna, J. Harris, E. Heilman, J. Helm, A. Hockley, R. Holloway, H. Hulland, J. Jaeger, K. Johnson, S. Johnston, O. Deeling, L. Kinney, M. Kipphut, A. Klicker, K. Knock, K. Kroboth, E. Lachey, J. Landis, G. Landis, J. Lesh, A. Lora, K. Lynn, J. MacPhee, H. ManNiven, F. Madeo, H. Marshall, A. Massey, L. McCoy, W. McGirt, S. Melco, E. Mitchell, M. Mitchell, B. Myrick, S. Nager, L. Offenhauer, M. Palmer, M. Panaranda, L. Quick, D. Raybuck, D. Reilly, D. Rice, A. Rubin, A. Salisbury, K. Taich, J. Secord, A. Seidle, M. Shapland, A. Shaw, G. Skroski, B. Snyder, K. Sealman, T. Speis, K. Stilts, A. Summerford, L. Tjomstol, T. Tollefson, C. Vitzi, M. Vitale, H. Walker, J. Welch, A. Withers, P. Zarbatany, W. Zink, E. Checca, K. Chevalier, K. Coury, K. Debacker, L. DeMarco, E. Donnely, J. Estes, B. Ferrell, C. Flores, E. Fulford, M. Gamble, A. Herrington, S. Howard, M. Hughes, S. Hummder, K. Joyner, A. Kanar, S. Knowles, K. Kozak, A. Lakemaker, A. Lane, L. Macy, A. Mas, L. Matz, K. Persis, A. Postolese, L. Pryor, S. Reich, B. Rice, E. Robinson, J. Spence, M. Sprosty, J. Stone, S. Stone, K. Surguine, A. Turner, A. Ussery, M. VanBibber, H. Wicker, J. Wicker, M. Yackel for Each year Delta Gammas dress up as their mascot, Happy Hannah, for the Homecoming parade. Jessica Cloutier and Emily Lackey definitely fit the part. Elizabeth Freeman, Krista Stilts, and Christina Duss pose for a picture while on a trip to Savannah Georgia for a Sigma Chi The Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Gamma sorority was chartered at UF in April 1949. Women from pledge classes past and present reunited to celebrate the chapter ' s 50th year of membership this spring. The Delta Gamma sorority house, located on the corner of 13th St. and Museum Road has been was the first permanent sorority house at the University of Florida. Dee Gees look forward to renovating their chapter house this summer to accommodate the rapidly expanding number of members joining the house each year. Delta Gamma adopted Service for Sight as their philanthropy in 1936 to aid local and national programs that benefit the blind and visually impaired. This year 15 UF organizations participated in Anchor Splash, Dee Gee ' s annual philanthropy event, and helped raise $5,000 for Service for Sight. Members continued to support campus activities through such as Cicerones, Florida Blue Key, Dance Marathon, CHAMPS and student government among others. Delta Gamma ' s also main- tained service in the community through volunteered projects in Gainesville. Advertising major, Loriellen Hall volunteered for the " Keep Gainesville Beautiful " project in which she painted a wall downtown. " Even though I ' ll only be a Gainesville resident for a few years, I like to feel I ' ve contributed to the community in some way, " Hall said. Above all their success and achievements, Delta Gamma ' s still hold the treasure of sisterhood in their hearts. Members were reminded of the importance of friendship after celebrating 50 years of membership with founding women at the chapter ' s Founder ' s Day event this Spring. The women of Delta Gamma look back with a smile on another year and look forward to a bright future with anchors in their eyes. Greeks 139 A group of Delta Phi Epsilon sisters pose for a picture while on a trip to Atlanta. Sorority sisters often travelled together in the hopes of having a good time while bonding with special people. Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority was founded on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School. The Delta Kappa chapter was chartered at the University of Florida in 1955. The symbol of Delta Phi Epsilon is the rainbow. Delta Phi Epsilon ' s mascot is the unicorn and flower is the purple iris. Royal purple and pure gold are the colors of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. Every year Delta Phi Epsilon sponsors a to benefit Cystic Fibrosis called Deepher Dude. Delta Phi Epsilon was founded by five female attorneys. The Delta Kappa chapter at the University of Florida is the largest Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority chapter in the nation. Famous singer Better Midler is a Delta Phi Epsilon. Donning their Delta Phi Epsi- lon caps, two sisters embrace for the camera. Sisters had very much pride for their sorority, and wearing letters was a way to show this to all. Two Delta Phi Epsilon sisters take a moment during a Hawaiin-themed social to snap a photograph. Themed socials allowed participants to dress up and act in character. 140 Greeks A picture that illustrates Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It contains the greek letters as well as their mascot, the elephant. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded on 13, 1913 at Howard University by 22 undergraduate women. These young women wanted to use their strength to promote academic excellence and to vide assistance to persons in need. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has a membership of over 190,000 predominately African-American, college- educated women. The Sorority currently has 870-plus chapters located in the United States, Japan, Germany, Bermuda, Haiti, Liberia, the Bahamas, the Republic of Korea and the Virgin Islands. The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization ' s Five-Point Program Thrust:Delta Sigma Theta ' s Five-Point Program Thrust • Economic Development • Educational Development •International and Involvement • Physical and Mental Health • litical Awareness and Involvement The current National President of Delta Sigma Theta sorority helps a student do some work on the computer. One of the main things Delta Sigma Theta Sorority focuses on is educational development. Audra Lumpkins and Jen Dicks get decked out in their 80 ' s gear for an 80 ' s themed crush party. Theta ' s can always be found at parties and social events. Melissa Sprinkle, Rachell Goldberg, and Leah Jones goof around while waiting for the Homecoming Parade to begin. PC ' 98 won first prize for their Hawaiian themed float " Wave of the Future. " Kappa Alpha Theta began the 1998-1999 school year with an amazing rush, as always. The 1998 pledge class consisted of 61 women, all of whom take great pride in Greek life at UF. Following the example of the older sisters, PC ' 98 was involved during the fall semester. They placed first in the Junior Panhellenic lip-synch, and won first prize for their Homecoming Parade float, and participated in many philanthropic, intramural and extracurricular activities. As a whole, Kappa Alpha Theta had an amazing year. They celebrated Homecoming week with Phi Delta Theta fraternity, enjoying fun filled events such as an evening trip to Orlando and local get- togethers. Family weekend in September drew Theta families from near and far, as everyone cheered for the Gators at a football game against Kentucky. Kappa Alpha Theta celebrated 129 years of sisterhood at the Founder ' s Day brunch, which was held on January 30. Many other activities and events kept the sisters very busy throughout the year, especially several individuals. Theta is proud to have two sisters on the UF track team, competing in pole vaulting and cross-country events. Many other Theta ' s can be seen on campus as well, including President of Mortar board, student Government, Accent, and Cicerone representatives, intramural athletes, Alligator writers, and many more. Kappa Alpha Theta ' s philanthropy is the Theta Tennis Classic, which benefits CASA Guardian Ad Litem program. The philanthropy event is always very successful and fun. Kappa Alpha Theta prides itself on strong bonds of sisterhood and friendship and friendship. It is these and many other factors that play into the fact hat each year is more amazing than the last. M. Albus, K. Anderson, R. Bairunos, T. Barbee, K. Barnum, L. Bass, C. Becker, M. Bedoya, S. Bello, D. Benvenuto, J. Black, M. Black, K. Blount, C. Born, R. Bourlon, K. Brown, L. Bullard, L. Buoniconti, E. Burk, L. Bussey, R. Butindaro, J. Cardon, B. Carlin, B. Carson, K. Carson, M. Chetek, G. Civins, K. Close, K. Cone, J. Cox, K. Culpepper, J. Daniels, C. Dare, K. Davis, E. Dawson, A. DeCaria, S. DeCaria, K. Devall, J. Dicks, R. Dodd, S. Dougherty, T. DuBois, J. Eberhart, A. Entinger, E. Ennis, L. Epstein, K. Fernald, A. Few, K. Finnigan, L. Fiorentino, J. Fisher, M. Freedman, A. Garcia, A. Garcia, J. Gavin, R. Goldber, S. Goldberg, A. Hayhurst, V. Haynes, R. Heard, M. Heschmeyer, A. Hildebrand, K. Holloway, A. Jabali, K. Jegel, A. Jennings, J. Jilek, A. Jones, L. Jones, J. Jordan, K. Joslyn, M. Kahn, A. Kane, K. Kerber, G. Kidder, K. Kimpton, B. Kintzler, S. Kintzlcr, A. Kruger, J. Kunishige, M. Kurtzeborn, T. Leimkuehler, S. Leonard, J. Levy, E. Lewin, S. Long, N. Look, K. Lowe, A. Lumpkins, G. Mahn, A. Mallak, S. Marks, C. Masterson, A. May, M. Maze, E. McAlhaney, H. McCardle, E. McKenney, R. McNerney, M. McShane, J. Medina, L. Meehan, S. Meehan, S. Middaugh, A. Miller, J. Moore, J. Morgan, M. Morley, J. Morris, M. Morrison, B. Myers, S. Nail, J. Novak, J. Pastore, J. Peavy, C. Pedrolettie, K. Penzell, H. Perkins, R. Peterson, L. Peterson, B. Piper, A. Poncy, I. Powell, K. Quiggle, S. Rhinesmith, M. Roccapriore, B. Rogers, C. Romas, C. Scott, L. Scott, H. Seker, C. Shea, M. Smith, M. Sprinkle, C. Sullivan, C. Sullivan, K. Sundstrom, A. Svabek, S. Swanson, C. Sweeney C. Taliancich, A. Tharp, H. Thomas, J. Thompson, K. Tissier, C. Troceen, C. Tucker, L. Umansky, J. Varnes, J. Veatch-Goffi, J. Villani, S. Walton, A. Wechsler, J. Wertheim, L. Weseman, A. Wessel, J. White, . Witters S. Woolfolk, B. Wuamett, K. Zarzycki a picture. An way to meet Angie Cotilla, Jennie Harper, Sara Winn, Jeana Pinto, Marci Hall, Lauren Solanas, Carina Vasallo, Katie Johnson, Lauren McCollough, Whitney Ream, Natalie, Webb, and Rhiann Nevergold take a group picture during Kappa Delta ' s 1998 Holiday Social. On their way out for a night on the town, Lauren McCollough, Fernanda Carneiro, Maty Fernandez, Elizabeth Scwarz, and Jackie Hubicsak stop and smile for the camera. Jackie Hubicsak and Maty Fernandez take a moment out of their 1998 Holiday Social to their sisterhood on film. Kappa Delta. Kappa Delta was founded on October 23, 1897 at the State Female Normal School, Farmville, Virginia. The Beta Pi chapter at the University of Florida was founded September 11th, 1948. Kappa Delta ' s colors are olive green and pearl white, and its symbols are the nautilus shell and the dagger. The mascot of Kappa Delta is the teddy bear and the flower is the white rose. Kappa Delta is known on campus as " Kay Dee " and is continually recognized as a fraternally excellent chapter by the Panhellenic Kappa Delta ' s philanthropy is " Sham Rock " which benefits the National Committee to prevent Child Abuse. They also host an annual Golf Classic tournament to benefit the Lake Forest Deaf Wing in Gainesville. Kappa Delta was one of the University of Florida ' s first five sororities. The University of Florida ' s Beta Pi chapter is ranked in the top 15% of all Kappa Delta chapters. Greeks 143 Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters gather during a Trailer Trash social with Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Getting dressed up for themed socials was a great way to have fun and forget about the stress of classes. Epsilon Phi chapter at the UF had an outstanding 1998. Many members became involved in activities and leadership positions on campus. The women represented Epsilon Phi well, proving our dedication to the university Their participation promoted our goal of 100% participation in all campus and community events. Within the Greek community, we once again received recognition by winning the all Greek philanthropic event, Greek Week. Our dominance and strength of sisterhood prevailed as we son Greek Week for the third year running. In our own philanthropic efforts, we held Kappa Klassic with the Kappa Alpha. We also supported philanthropies sponsored by other fraternities and sororities on campus. While maintaining our leadership and involvement in the community, we managed to sustain academic excellence. In the fall semester, our overall grade point average increased to 3.265. Helping us in achieving our community and academic goals was the amazing New Member class we initiated in the fall. Community and Campus involvement was emphasized throughout 1998. Epsilon Phi supported the campus wide event, Dance Marathon, by cosponsoring the Unmarathon with Lambda Chi Alpha. We also held an Easter party for the Girl ' s Club of Alachua County. Epsilon Phi Kappa ' s participated in the Panhellenic American Red Cross Family Fun Day, as well as Ghouls, Goblins, and Greeks, on behalf of the Panhellenic counsel. We also had fun supporting Sigma Derby Days, Alpha Chi Omega ' s Great Escape, Alpha Omicron Pi ' s Men of UF, Sigma Phi Epsilon ' s Surf Frenzy, Alpha Gamma Rho ' s Buck Off, Delta Gamma ' s Anchor Splash, and Delta Chi ' s Survival Zone. However, our most outstanding philanthropic achievement was winning Greek Week for the third year in a row. In our own fundraising efforts, we cosponsored Kappa Klassic with the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. We raised more than $1300, benefiting SPARC. A group of Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters smile during Homecoming Week at a social with Delta Chi Fraternity. Socials were a great way to get to know other members of the Greek community. Key sisters Erin Kucerik and Mary Katherine Meadows pose on bid day to capture their new found sisterhood on film. Bid day provided lots of excitement for sisters- old and new. Mae Webb and Tabitha Letourneau pose at their Party. The Holiday Party is when little sisters present their big sisters with their paddles. It is a very special time for the whole house. Mae Webb and Toni Larusso goof off for the camera at a social. Socials were fun for the whole house but were especially good opportunities for pledge classes to bond. Pi Beta Phi was founded at Monmouth College on April 28, 1867, and was chartered at the University of Florida in 1969. Their symbol is the arrow, their mascot is the angel, and their colors are wine and silver blue. Their flower is the wine carnation. Pi Beta Phi has sisters involved in many activities at the University of Florida, including Florida Blue Key, Order of Omega, Tower Yearbook and Dance Marathon. Their philanthropy is Down-N-Dirty, a football tournament held annually to raise money for the Arrowmont school of the Arts. Pi Beta Phi has a very strong national organization and has one of the highest numbers of members nationally. Some famous Pi Phi ' s include Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, and Susan Lucci. Pi Beta Phi Pi Phis Tabitha LeTourneau, Mae Webb, Celine Roberts, Tanya Dvorkin, and Ashley Houck pose for a quick picture in the middle of the holiday party. Pi Phis are always happy to show others their strength through unity. Greeks 145 Phi Mu Fraternity was founded originally as the Philomathean Society at Wesleyan college in Macon, Georgia on January 4, 1852. The fourth of March is celebrated as Founders ' Day in commemoration of March 3, 1852, the day the founding was publicly announced. In 1904, the organization was incorporated as Phi Mu Fraternity and additional chapters were established. The Alpha Nu chapter of Phi Mu was colonized on the campus of the University of Florida in 1949 by interested alumnae and collegians. In the Fall of 1999, collegians and alumnae alike celebrated the 50th year of their sisterhood and service with a gala celebration at the University Center Hotel. Phi Mu at UF witnessed many of its chapter members excel in leadership roles within the university including the Panhellenic Council, Savant UF, Florida Cicerones, Preview Staff, Gator Growl and Homecoming, and Dance Marathon. Foremost, Phi Mu believes that members obtain an education from books as well as life, involving themselves in community service activities. Phi Mu Fraternity sponsors two national philanthropies: Project HOPE and the Children ' s Miracle Network. The main objective of Project HOPE is to teach the latest techniques of American medical science to medical, dental and allied health personnel in developing countries. The Children ' s Miracle Network Telethon has the single goal, to improve the quality of life for the children. It represents more than 160 specialized hospitals for children, including Gainesville ' s Shands Hospital which houses banners that sisters of Phi Mu have decorated for the kids. Each year, the women of the Alpha Nu chapter hold " Romp in the Swamp " , which is a lip-sync contest that raised $1800 for the Children ' s Miracle Network in 1999. At State Day, sisters Nicole Rocheleau, Kelly McMahon, and Jaime Minucci gathered with Florida Collegian Phi Mus and alumnae for programs which provided ideas and social communications for members within Florida. Lindsay Connor, Maritess Repiedad, and Lora Brooks prepare to welcome a group of rushee women to the Phi Mu house to briefly introduce them to the philanthropic, academic, leadership, and social aspects of Greek life. 146 Greeks Bid Day picture (1 to r, f to b): C. Cooley, K. Hood, K. Beard, K. Hart, S. West, J. Appleby, V. Shotwell, S. Morgan, J. Minucci, K. Stubbs, K. Brownlee, L. Cooper, K. Veline, A. Salem, M. Rhinehart, H. Smith, R. Victor, S. McFaul, L. Seidler, and J. Cereska. V. Turjak, E. Morrison, E. Marsalisi, D. Victor, J. Martinez, K. gletree, J. McFarland, K. McMahon, L. Mahan, S. Korn, K. Pyner, L. Connor, M. Repiedad, K. Cayse, L. Brooks, J. Blumencranz, J. Ferguson, E. Brown, J. O ' Malley, T. Nash, N. Mart, H. Wilson, A. Ahneman, T. Pokabla, A. Ohrt, N. Rocheleau. L. Seidler, and A. Raynor. H. Macre, K. Thoms, M. Youngman, J. Block, J. Stilley K. Fuenmayor, J. Bunting, A. D ' Elosua, C. D ' Elosua, A. Christie, S. Zaniewski, J. Morrison, M. Malian, J. Black, L. Hana, J. Walker, J. Louis, J. Galvan, A. Niemi, A. Ruben, S. O ' Connor, and D. Acker. A. Fairchild, C. Mangan, C. Horton, M. Northcutt, L. Misiewicz, A. Benedict, E. Payton, M Zayan, L. Casanas, C. Piparo, N. Marshall, S. Duffy, C. Noth, T. Chabria, M. Chabria, P. Rodriguez, S. Thorne, M. Hinchliffe, C. Rodenas, L. Kupski, K. Key, K. Tuthill, A. Speziale, M. Harwood, J. Applegate, S. Paskewicz, and H. Brenman. C. Ruggiero, K. Nelson, S. Killgore, A. Harrell, L. Thorton, M. Guevara, M. Lavoro. B. Pomerhn, L. Roenzweig, K. Carmichael Sigma Gamma Rho sisters pose with their 1998 Rhomeos. In our eight years at the University of Florida, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has made tremendous strides. We started as the New Kids on the Yard in 1990 with eight charter members. Today we total more than 15 and are continuing to grow. In keeping with our motto " Greater Service, Greater Progress, " our members participated in several volunteer projects. A few of them included visiting Bailey Village Nursing home and tutoring with LIFESTEPPERS. Sigma Gamma Rho is the leader in academic excellence. Our chapter has consistently maintained the highest GPA of all the Black Greek Organizations at the University of Florida. For this achievement, we received the Scholastic Award at the 1997 Greek Awards Banquet. Social opportunity is also important to our sorority, so we engage in social activities that promote sisterhood and Greek Unity. During the summer of 1997, we held our first Sigma Soiree, a series of workshops designed to explore issues important to women of color. Most of all the members of Sigma Gamma Rho share an internal bond that is genuine and represent a true symbol of sisterhood. The sorors of the Fall 1997 membership intake pose for their picture. Sorors Johanna Felipe and Fabienen Mallbranche show off their linedance. Greeks 147 Sigma Kappa Sorority (in alphabetical order): Robin Baker, Marisa Barb, Coleen Bowen, Andrea Broetsky, Allison Bruno, Kimberly Bunch, Davi Buxton, Ashley Carlson, Nicole Cates, Sara Chavez, Felicia Chiu, Effie Cohen, Lisa Cook, Casey Crutchfield, Julie Decker, Laurel Edge, Sarah Eilers, Sherry Ellison, Tara Falchook, Amy Farris, Jennifer Fincke, Shannon Fuller, Jill Fussner, Coleen Garneau, Alanna Goldstein, Katie Gray, Susan Gross, Trista Anderson, Brandi Baker, Jennifer Gulino, Marni Hamburg, Michelle Haas, Cheri Hatch, Amy Hesson, Deborah Hirsch, Heather Holland, Melissa Jones, Jennifer Keil, Jennifer Kipke, Dani King, Lainey Kline, Nicole Krol, Corey Krone, Jennifer Lionetti, Calsa Lo, Shana Luskin, Kara Lynch, Stacy McAllister, Mary Malone, Heather Meyers, Stephanie Mitchell, Karen Mracek, Alexa Neubauer, Leighanne Newberry, Andrea Newland, Sarah Nixon, Charlotte O ' Leary, Erin O ' Leary, Jenny Octaviano, Jennifer Passudetti, Amy Pryor, Elizabeth Redecha, Elena Rodriguez, Evyann Rodriguez, Mae Ly Salas, Stephanie Sigmon, Robin Silberman, Alison Slayton, Kelly Stadelhofer, Hallie Stiglitz, Michele Stover, Michelle Stults, Monica Trammell, Julie Tutak, Jessica Urba, Meredith Urban, Denise Wagner, Vivian Wexler, Melissa Wilson, Stephanie Zimmerman Sigma Kappa ' s history at UF has been one of outstanding achievement both on campus and in the community. Celebrating its 50th year on UF campus, the Beta Tau chapter honored its founding by inviting all of its alumnae and current national officers to come for a weekend gala celebration in April. The chapter awarded its chapter ' s founders with 50 year pins and also welcomed its newest spring pledge class to the sisterhood during an Initiation ceremony. As part of its dedication to helping others, the chapter participated in several philanthropic endeavors, including March of Dimes Walk America in April. The chapter also sponsored its second annual " Just Kickin It " soccer tournament to benefit Alzheimer ' s disease research, helping to earn Sigma Kappa the position as the third largest contributor to Alzheimer ' s disease research nationally. Not forgetting the social aspect of sorority life, the chapter held a variety of social functions throughout the year. In October, it held " Sigma Swing " at Brick City, where the ladies and their dates had a chance to try out their swing dancing skills. The chapter also ventured to Orlando to experience " Halloween Horror Nights " at Universal Studios, and in November the ladies spent Homecoming week with the gentlemen of Alpha Gamma Rho. Honoring the diversity within the chapter, it celebrated its annual holiday Party in December and held its own version of Mardi Gras during a grab-a - date social in January. Within the Greek system at UF, Sigma Kappa participated in many activities including Greek Week ' 99. Symbolizing both its outstanding sisterhood and competitive spirit, the chapter pulled together to earn its spot as the highest percentage blood donor, winning the " blood bucket " for yet another semester. After 50 years of Sigma Kappa sisterhood, the chapter continues to be proud of its outstanding sisterhood and strives to achieve both on and off the University of Florida campus. Taking a study break, Ashley Carlson and Wid Desarmes head out for some Gainesville night life. Sigma Kappa Sorority allows its members to enjoy years at the University of Florida by creating a truly well-rounded experience filled with scholastic, philanthropic, and social endeavors. Heather Brady, Jennifer Kraham, and Michelle Haas take a break from Sigma Kappa ' s annual " Just Kickin ' It " soccer tournament held in the Fall at Hume Field. Proceeds went towards Alzheimer ' s disease and gerontology-related research. 148 Greeks A group of Zeta Phi Beta sisters pose for a picture in Turlington Plaza. Sorority sisters share what is arguably the strongest bond two people can share. Another group of sisters pose for a picture. All sisters share the Zeta Phi Beta principles of " Finer Womanhood, Sisterly Love, Scholarship, and Service. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was organized on January 16,1920, as the result of the encouragement given to the five founders by Charles Taylor and Lagston Taylor, members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. They felt the campus would profit by the development of such and organization, as sisters to the fraternity. As a result, Arizona Cleaver, Viola Tyler, Myrtle Tyler, Peal Neal, and Fannie Pettie became founders of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Thus in 1920 Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma became the first official letter sister and brother organizations to share a constitution. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was the first Greek letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948), the first to formulate youth auxiliary groups, the Archonettes, the Amicettes, and most recently the pearlettes. The Mu Epsilon chapter at UF was founded in the Spring of 1974, and was the first black greek sorority to be chartered on the campus. Mu Epsilon currently has 37 active members who epitomize the concept: " Making moves in the community... striding towards success. " Here at the University of Florida, the Mu Epsilon chapter its time to the campus and community through projects like Alachua County Voter Registration, the University of Florida ' s annual Village Olympics for children of low income households, feeding the homeless at the St. Francis House, making new friends at the university Nursing Home, cooking dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, cleaning their two adopted roads as well as tutoring at Duvall Elementary. A group of Zeta Phi Beta sisters show off their shirts with their Line Names (left to right): Natalie White, Anita Williams, Melvina Wilson, Krysta Jones, Kelly Ma dison, Nichole Harriott, Monique Smith, Tracy Litlle, and Lourdes Lorenzo (in front.) Greeks 149 In 1998, the Gamma Iota chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, was the recipient of the Helen Margaret Harrison Award. This two year award is the highest honor awarded by the Zeta Tau Alpha organization. This means that Gamma Iota rates 1 in the nation among all Zeta chapters. Zeta Tau Alpha sisters are very involved o n campus. Some of our involvement ' s include: Preview Staff, Florida Cicerones, Florida Blue Key, Student Government, Panhellenic Council, Rush Rho Chi ' s, Homecoming and Gator Growl Staff, and the UF ' s dance team the Dazzlers. Zeta Tau Alpha was founded at Longwood College in 1898, ad the Gamma Iota chapter was founded at The University of Florida on April 2nd, 1949. Turquoise blue and steel grey are Zeta Tau Alpha ' s colors and the five-pointed crown is there symbol. Their mascot is the zebra and their flower is the white violet. Zeta Tau Alpha ' s philanthropy is Zeta Linedance benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. It is the most profitable philanthropy on campus raising over $15,000. Christy Thornton and Stephanie Miller pose the 1997 Big Sis Hunt. Finding out who your big little sister was, was a very exciting time on both ends. Jackie Cohen and Nicole Cohen, share two very special bonds, that of biological sis- terhood and of sorority sister- hood. A group of Zeta Tau Alpha sisters take time while rafting during their 1998 Sisterhood Retreat to snap a photo. Sisterhood Retreats were a great way to bond with sister without the distractions of campus. Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (in alphabetical order): Marc Adler, Craig Becker, Jack Bemeleh, Jonathan Binder, Nicolas Biro, Matt Borer, Ian Brody, Mike Brown, Fred Cohan, Jason Collier, Adam Cordover, Rob Devito, Steve Drazen, Josh Edelstein, Greg Estroff, Adam Falchook, Joel Feldman, Scott Fuchs, Eric Goldberg, Shaun Goldfarb, Peter Goldstein, Brent Gordon, Akiba Green, Brian Grossbard, Nathan Hagemeier, Doug Holubek, Steven Kabak, Drew Kadish, Alex Kaplan, Cobi Katz, Joshua Kaye, Scott Kivitz, Brian Koch, Israel Kopel, Matt Lerner, Brad Messinger, Marcus Maccario, Rich Mo oradian, Mike Mosseri, Bret Myerson, Ilan Nieuchowicz, David Ogman, Andrew Rosin, Aaron Roth, Joe Rousso, Mathis Salamon, Ben G Schacter, Seth Scherer, Simon Schuster, Martin Shell, Mike Silver, Matt Stein, Justin Sternberg, John Thompson, Dave Vazana, David Wein, Adam Woodruff Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have tained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career. Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance. The role of Alpha Epsilon Pi has expanded since its inception in 1913. Initially, the Jewish fraternity served as a brotherhood of young men who came from similar religious backgrounds and who had experienced the same prejudices against their religious beliefs. Alpha Epsilon Pi soon broadened its role to include serving as the living quarters for its members. The fraternity became a home away from home, providing the same stabilizing and guiding values that students previously gained from their families. Armed with these values, Alpha Epsilon Pi faced changing conditions on the college campus and survived. Today, Jewish students search out Alpha Epsilon Pi because it is a Jewish Fraternity. In the 85 year history, over 68,000 men have worn the badge that is Alpha Epsilon Pi and each year, over 1,500 undergraduates perform the Ritual of Initiation, which remains the same ritual adopted decades ago. Perhaps of more importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the future of the American Jewish community. Tomorrow ' s Jewish leaders are in our chapters today. It is these men who must be counted upon to support the Jewish cause and prepare to be one of tomorrow ' s leaders so that he may aid himself, his family, his community, and his people. Those students who enter the mainstream of non-Jewish life on the campus are more likely to assimilate and forsake their heritage. Working together with the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi can play a vital role in helping reverse the trend among our young people to abandon Judaism at this critical time. Therefore, our purpose is to provide the opportunity for a Jewish man to be able to join with other men into a Jewish organization whose purpose is not specifically religious, but rather social and cultural in nature. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values. A bunch of Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers pose during a Toga Social. Socials were a great way for brothers to get to know each other better while having a good time. A group of brother pose with their dates while at a formal. Formals gave members a chance to get dressed up and forget about the stress of classes. Greeks 151 The members of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity ' s 1998 New Member Class pose for their picture: Eddie Bass, Bear Booker, Jason Chandler, Brad Drake, Chris Hand, Justin Hood, Travis Humphries, Dan Jones, Jason Robberge, Dan Scott, Matt Sims, Rodney Urguhart, and Joe Vranic. Alpha Gamma Rho was founded on April 8, 1904 at the University of Illinois. The Alpha Gamma chapter has held their charter at the University of Florida since January 9, 1925. Alpha Gamma R ho ' s annual philanthropy is " Buckoff " to benefit the Sheriff ' s Youth Ranch. The plow is the symbol of Alpha Gamma Rho and their colors are green and gold. Alpha Gamma Rho ' s flower is the pink rose. Alpha Gamma Rho is the largest social-professional fraternity in the world, and the only at the University of Florida. Being a social-professional fraternity means having all of the social aspects of a greek letter organization, but with the additional objective to develop members professionally. The motto and primary goal of Alpha Gamma Rho is " To make better men, and through them a broader and better agriculture. " A group of Alpha Gamma Rho brothers take a picture during a social function. Fraternities opportunities to meet many new and interesting people. The crest of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. 152 Greeks Shipley Hall, Kevin Murtaugh, and Ben Horton smile for a before heading out to a party. The officers of Alpha Tau Omega: Front (1 to r): Ben Mackie, Alex Kristowicz, Doug Elmore; Back: Ian Pitts, Tuck Burch, Doc Maturo, Chip Evans, and Jervis Wise. On September 11, 1865 three young former ate soldiers gathered together in Richmond, Virginia and founded the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Their objective in forming Alpha Tau Omega was to heal the sectorial differences between the North and the South and to bring young men of bother regions together to strive for the betterment of all society. Dating back to 1884, the year of its inception at the University of Florida the Alpha Omega chapter has steadily grown and improved. Changes have taken place, the biggest of which was the major house renovation undertaken in 1992. While physical structure and faces may have changed the accomplishments of the chapter as a whole, and of the individuals of the fraternity continue to be many and great. Some of Alpha Tau Omega ' s distinguished alumni include Lawton Chiles, Steve Spurrier, Stephen C. O ' Connell, Forrest Sawyer, and Chris Collingsworth. The members of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity pose for a group picture outside of their house located across the street from the University on 13th Street. Greeks 153 Beta Theta Pi was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on August 8, 1939. The Gamma Xi chapter of Beta Theta Pi has held their charter at the University of Florida since 1930. Every year Beta Theta Pi sponsors a philanthropy called " Twist and Shout " to benefit the Casa Guardian Ad Lidem. The dragon is the symbol of Beta Theta Pi. Beta Theta Pi ' s colors are red and navy blue, and their flower is the rose. The motto of Beta Theta Pi fraternity is " strive to make perfect. " Beta Theta Pi members are very involved on campus. For example, members can be found holding positions in Florida Blue Key, Student Government, the Council, Omicron Delta Kappa, Savant UF, and The thing that the brothers of Beta Theta Pi pride themselves the most on, and which is the basis of fraternal life is brotherhood. Beta Theta Pi A group of Beta Theta Pi pose for a picture advertising the Beta house. The crest of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Dave Bobe, Steve Swindler, Brian Wohlwend, Matt Gent, Nick Simonson, Jason Kaufman, and Mike McKenny pose for a picture outside of the Beta Theta Pi house. 194 Greeks The Delta Chi 1999 Spring Member Class pose for their class picture: Brian Agnew, Charlie Bisignani, Mike Cobb, Jordan Corredera, Bruno Falavigna, Chad Gold, Joshua Green, Joshua Hirsch, Damien Hoist, Matt Kahl, Bill Kroski, Ben Landsdale, Manny Lelekis, Tony Parets, Brian Rose, Brad Rudy, Rob Shelling, Terry Sherman, Scott Stern, Jon Stief, John Thomas, Andres Velarde, and Sam Zeskiwd. Members of the Delta Chi chariot team prepare for their race during Greek Week. The crest of Delta Chi fraternity. Delta Chi Delta Chi was founded at Cornell University on October 13, 1890. The Florida Chapter has held its charter at the of Florida since February 16, 1926. " Survival Zone " is Delta Chi ' s annual philanthropy to benefit the Leukemia Society. Delta Chi ' s colors are red and buff and their flower is the white carnation. The mascot of Delta Chi is the knight. " Brotherhood of a Lifetime, " is the motto of Delta Chi fraternity. Delta Chi was founded on the basis of high morals, principles, and chivalry of the Knight Errant. The brotherhood of Delta Chi continues to stand for and promote classic values: justice, integrity of purpose, close and abiding friendships, moral strength, and curiosity and achievement. The members of Delta Chi fraternity seek excellence in academics, social values, and moral strength, thus them men of distinction. New Delta Tau Delta members Mike Cummings, Ben Davis, Bill Dwyer, Andrew Gibb, Michael Korn, Walter Liebrich, Joey Malagon, Glendon Parker, David Stanton, Ehab Suliaman, Wyn Van Devantes, Michael Ward, and Thomas Yaegars pose for their pledge class picture. Delta Tau Delta Fraternity was founded in 1858 at Bethany College in West Virginia. The Delta Zeta chapter was originally founded at the University of Florida on March 25, 1925 and then regained their charter on October 5, 1996. Delta Tau Delta ' s colors are purple and gold and their flower is the purple iris. " Committed to Lives of Excellence " is the motto of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Delta Tau Delta co-sponsors " ADSpies " as their philanthropy with Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. The proceeds benefit the Children ' s Miracle Network. The members of Delta Tau Delta fraternity are very involved on and off the field. They have members holding positions in Student Government, the Interfraternity Council, and Florida Blue Key. They also have members who make up champion teams in volleyball, softball, soccer, and racquetball in the Blue League. The Delta Tau Delta chariot team prepare for their race during Greek Week. Events like this were a great way to build strength of brotherhood. Some Delta Tau Delta brothers pose with some Alpha Delta Pi sisters for a picture advertising their joint " ADSpies. " 156 Greeks A Delta Upsilon brother dribbles the ball during and intramural soccer game. Intramurals taught the brothers how to work as a team towards a common goal. The Delta Upsilon soccer team plans their strategy. The program was a great way for students to have fun while getting exercise . Delta Upsilon Fraternity was founded at Williams College in Rhode Island in 1834 making it one of the nations oldest fraternities. The Florida Chapter is relatively new at the of Florida which is composed of members who want to build their own fraternity. The motto of Delta Upsilon Fraternity it " Dikaia Upotheke " meaning " Justice, Our Foundation. " Their philanthropy is Charity Cheer-n-Dance. The brothers of Delta Upsilon Fraternity are to making the most of themselves as men and use the fraternity to foster lifelong friendships. The brotherhood is composed of a diverse group of men who values the fact that their brothers are individuals from varied backgrounds. Delta Upsilon brothers are very proud of what they stand for and stand up for what they have believed for 163 years: friendship, character, culture, and justice. A bunch of Delta Upsilon brothers pose for a picture before heading t o a 70 ' s themed social. Socials were a great way to meet people and gave members a chance to use their creativity to dress the part. Greeks 157 Some members of Iota Phi Theta help serve food at the Ronald McDonald house. was a very large and important aspect of Greek life. The Iota Phi Theta " family " poses for their group picture. Being a member of a fraternity had many benefits. For instance, it introduce you to people that would become friends for life. In the Fall of 1997, six unique, talented, and inspired young men came together with the idea of bringing Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated to the University of Florida. Those six young men were Kendrick Dean, Raymond (Kirk) Pilliner, Stephen Chang, Walwin (Oloh) Metzger, Chrisean Boilers, and Kehinde Metzger. After several meetings and conversations with the Fraternity ' s officials and members, it was finally determined that these six young men would undertak e the process of becoming Iota men. During the early morning hours of January 24, 1998, under the guidance of Dean of Pledges George " Island Prince " Ismael of the Alpha Chi Chapter (San Francisco State University) and the Brothers of the Beta Chi Chapter (Bethune-Cookman College), I.S. " Six Degrees of Separation " was born. What made that morning even more special is that I.S.S.D.O.S. crossed with another charter line of six men, I.S. " Southern Genesis " of Florida A M University. The University of Florida Colony of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., was officially recognized by university officials in the Spring of 1998. With the addition of I.S. " Heartless " on November 22, 1998, the University of Florida Colony now contains 14 members who serve their fraternity and community diligently. The Brothers have sponsored several successful events including - but not limited to - forums, social service events, and parties. Brothers are also members or officers in various clubs, societies, and organizations which include the following: NAACP, NPHC, NSBE, IEEE, BSU, and the Caribbean Student Association. Past and current community service involvement includes Vocal Eyes (reading for the blind), Upward Bound, peer counseling, and tutoring at the Northeast Larson Community Center. The members of the University of Florida Colony know that their chapter will only be what they make of it, and continue to work hard at bettering themselves and their community. They continue, and will always continue, " Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One. " Iota Phi Theta brothers pose for a picture. Brothers shared a bond that could not be understood by anyone outside of the fraternity. 158 Greeks Kappa Alpha Order ' s Spring 1998 Pledge Class: Ryan Gerds, Dane Hurst, Jeff Jackson, Jasen Kane, John Long, Stephen Minkoff, John Naugle, Mike Neese, Tommy Shannon, and Matt Walker. The Kappa Alpha Order house, located on Fraternity Row was more then a place for brothers to live. It provided a place to meet and get to know new and old brothers alike. The crest of Kappa Alpha Kappa Alpha Order was founded on December 21, 1865 at Washington College. The Beta Zeta chapter was chartered at the University of Florida on October 4, 1904. Every year Kappa Alpha Order sponsors a philanthropy to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association called Plastic Classic. Kappa Alpha ' s symbol is the Greek Cross and their colors are crimson and old gold. The flowers of Kappa Alpha are the magnolia and the red rose. " Dieu Et Les Dames, " is the motto of Kappa Alpha and means " For God and Women. " Robert E. Lee is Kappa Alpha ' s spiritual leader. At the University of Florida Kappa Alpha ' s philosophy is the pursuit of excellence in all things and the of character and personal integrity. The members of Kappa Alpha hold these values true in every endeavor. From their charity work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to their participation in intramural sport, Kappa Alpha brothers prided themselves in excellence at these times. Greeks 159 Kappa Alpha Psi brothers participate in an intramural flag football game. Intramural were a great way to strengthen brotherhood while strengthening brothers physically. Kappa Alpha Psi On the night of October 9th, 1970 a group of approximately twenty-five to thirty-five male freshmen and one male junior UF student got together with five members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to discuss the possibilities of the securing a charter in the near future. Sam Grant and Dr. E. A. Cosby informed the young men that a task such as this would not appear over-night. They continued by making known to the interested men that they should start some type of organization to make preparations for the day when Kappa Men would walk the campus of UF in brave numbers. Following this, an organization was established for this purpose. Thus began the long road to Kappadom at UF. Following this UF issued a temporary charter to colonize. Due to racial disturbances in the spring of 1971, interest in starting a chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was temporarily discontinued. On January 9, 1972 the interested group was re-established. At the first meeting new officers were elected. On the following day another meeting was held for those men who had the foresight to catch a rising star. The name Mu Iota Kappa was suggested by Norman Cushon to be the name of our interest group. The name meant Men Interested in Kappa, and was accepted unanimously by the body. During the following days, six additional young men were joined by the way of the Carnegie program. On April 1, 1972, members of the Gainesville Alumni Chapter attended the meeting of Men Interested in Membership in Kappa (Mu Iota Kappa) to discuss the possibilities of a pledge program to start in the near future. On April 7, 1972, Province Polemarch C.O. Lott came to the UF Campus. He and the President of Mu Iota Kappa, Bernard Cohen along with Sam Grant of Gainesville Alumni met at the newly founded Institute of Black Culture to discuss pledge ship. President Cohen received permission to start pledge ship as of that date. On Wednesday April 12, 1972, the Scrollers Club was formally established; ceremonies were performed by brothers from the Gainesville Alumni Chapter. Thus began the pledge ship of twenty-five scrollers on the Campus of UF. In the next seven and one half weeks the members of the scrollers club were molded into Kappa material by brothers from the Delta Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. During this period two members of the scrollers club fell short of their goal due to personal reasons. On May 28, 1972, the charter members under the name of " Hell In High Water 23 Deep " met and elected officers. Thus began the Historical Lines of Zeta Phi. Two Kappa Alpha Psi brothers show off their talent as steppers at a step show. was a great way to build confidence while brotherhood. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity ' s crest. 160 Greeks The crest of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Some Lambda Chi Alpha brothers pose for a picture to advertise their fraternity. This gave brothers the opportunity to show off their fraternity to potential new members. Lambda Chi Alpha was founded at Boston University on November 2, 1909. The Epsilon Mu chapter has held it charter at the University of Florida since November 23, 1933. Lambda Chi Alpha ' s annual philanthropy sponsors the American Red Cross St. Francis Home. The cross and crescent make up Lambda Chi Alpha ' s symbol. Lambda Chi Alpha ' s colors are purple, green and gold and their flower is the white rose. Lambda Chi Alpha has received several Interfraternity Council awards for excellence in new member programming, alumni relations, and community service. The brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha are involved in numerous organizations on campus such as Florida Blue Key, Student Government, Florida Cicerone, and Order of Omega. Aside from involvement, other ways in which Lambda Chi Alpha stands out if for its beliefs. Lambda Chi Alpha became the first fraternity to abolish pledging in 1972. Instead they have associate membership which was founded on the premise that all of their members, associates and initiates, are equal. Lambda Chi Alpha is a team, working together, not against one another. Everything they do is the way it should be, as a chapter. Lambda Chi Alpha brothers " fly " around the field during Phi Mu Sorority ' s philanthropy " Romp in the Swamp. " Participating in philanthropies was important to strengthening the bond of brothers. Greeks 161 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 1911. It was the first men ' s Greek-letter organization on a black campus. The Omicron Zeta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. was chartered at the University of Florida on November 5, 1973. Omega Psi Phi ' s purpose is to bring about a union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive helpful and constructive place in the political life of the community and nations; foster the humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status. Omega Psi Phi sponsors several national service- oriented programs and is involved with the National Assault on Illiteracy Program. The crest of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. An Omega Psi Phi brother shows off his talent during the Florida International Step Show. It was a great opportunity for performers to make themselves, and their fraternity proud. A group of Omega Psi Phi brothers perform during the Florida International Step Show. The Show allowed people to come out and show off their talents while competing. 162 Greeks The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity pose for their group picture in Turlington Plaza. During a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, members of Phi Beta Sigma pose for a pic- ture. Some Phi Beta Sigma broth- ers pose with some Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters at a social event. The ZETA KAPPA chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at the University of Florida in the Winter of 1974. The first line came up with the name 13 DEGREES OF INTELLECTUAL BLACKNESS. There was a lot of frus- tration in getting this chapter started. " I can recall havi ng to go back and forth with UF officials to supply said Bro. John Cowart. At the time, there were only 5 black Greek organizations on this campus. Sigma emerged as a more positive organization compared to the others (Kappa, Alpha, Omega). " People were looking for something real. They wanted an organization which wouldn ' t remove themselves from the people, but would rather be a part of what was going on, " said Bro. John Cowart. As time went on, Phi Beta Sigma emerged as the frontrunner in many different campus activities. This Zeta Kappa, was the first Black Greek organization to sponsor a float in the University of Florida homecoming parade (Fall 1974). This event opened the doors for many Black Greek organizations to take part in events that were ,traditionally, predominantly white. Zeta Kappa was also the first Black Greek organization to hold office in IFC. The Sigmas were known for trying to get involved around campus. Greeks 163 The 1999 Spring Pledge class: Andy Barnett, Alex Bono, Chris Cindrick, Austin Coughlin, Ryan Cox, Ryan Grossman, Adam Edgecombe, Chris Farmand, John Gribbon, Blane Huegel, Dave Jorgenson, Mike Joyce, Josh Killian, Paul Maggiore, Denny Murphy, Glenn Permuy, Mike Petagna, Dylan Porter, Tyler Samsung, Rob Schultz, Brian Schwartz, Nick Stroemer, Joe Sutherland, and Jeremy Wolfe pose for their pledge class picture. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on December 26, 1848. The Florida Alpha chapter has held their charter at the University of Florida since April 10, 1925. Phi Delta Theta annually sponsors a philanthropy, Ski Splash, to benefit the Alachua County Boys and Girls Club. The sword and shield is Phi Delta Theta ' s symbol and theirs colors are azure and argent. The brotherhood of Phi Delta Theta value academic success, friendship, and athletics. In 1997 they received the Buddy McKay Overall Excellence Award which is given to the most ing fraternity at the University of Florida. In 1996 Phi Delta Theta was the recipient of the President ' s Cup Trophy for having the best athletics on campus. The brothers of Phi Delta Theta have consistently had a higher grade point average higher than the All-Campus average. Phi Delta Thetas hold numerous positions on campus and other University sponsored organizations. The 1998 Spring Pledge class: Jeff Bartholomew, Jon Brisson, Wes Busroe, Jay Chaudhari, Brian Cleary, Bjorn Erickson, Chris Erickson, Drew Factor, Thomas Fox IT, Geremy Gregory, Adam Hartle, Paul Hofrichter, Brian Kehoe, Kevin Mazzei, Ken O ' Donnell, Tim Olmstead, Bob Ross, Jarrett Spagnoli, Andrew van der Kwast, Michael Weeks, Danny Weidenbruch The Phi Delta Theta house is located across the street from campus. Fraternity houses offered students a place to live or just a place to relax. Phi delta theta 164 Greeks A few Phi Gamma Delta members engage in a basketball game. Being in a greek organization provided members with friends for a lifetime. Phi Gamma Delta brothers get food during a picnic. There were many opportunities provided to get to know other members better, often times learning about yourself in the process. The national fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta was founded on May 1, 1848 at Jefferson College in Jefferson, Pennsylvania. Phi Gamma Delta ' s 74th national chapter, Upsilon Phi Chapter at the University of Florida was installed on May 31, 1941. Then it was known as a " singing chapter " as the installment brothers were members of a local swing band. The Jacksonville Graduate Chapter played the greatest role in the installment of the Upsilon Phi chapter under the leadership of Maynard C. Burrell who later became known as the " god-father " of the chapter. The official birthplace of the chapter was the second floor of the Union Building which is now known as the University Auditorium. In 1994, the chapter ran into financial difficulty and was removed by nationals from campus. The chapter ' s house at 7 Fraternity Row was then rented to the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity for the next 5 years as Phi Gamma Delta planned a recolonization for Spring of 1999. In January of 1999, Field Secretary Joe Falk came to the UF from national headquarters in Lexington, and recruited 15 men to be the initial Founding Fathers of the new Delta Colony of Phi Gamma Delta at the UF. The colony was born at the University Hotel on February 13, 1999. The colony will receive its charter from nationals by Fall 2000, pending. Phi Gamma Delta has the nickn ames of Phi Gam and Fiji which it is most commonly known by. The fraternity mascot is Gamma, a white owl. Some of the members of the newly formed Phi Gamma Delta fraternity pose for a picture: Jose Arnao, Tomas Ballesteros, David Basior, Daniel Benkendorf, Gerald Black, Adam Brandes, Michael Britton, Camilo Calvo, Andrew Clark, Anthony Georgi, Allen Hamlin, Timothy Jones, Todd Mollit, Hubert Reynolds, and Jordan Silverstein. Greeks 165 Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on March 17, 1906. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since March 9, 1926. Their chapter name is Alpha Eta and on campus their nickname is Phi Tau. Every year Phi Kappa Tau sponsors a philanthropy, Midnight Madness, to benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Phi Kappa Tau fraternity ' s colors are harvard red and old gold and their flower is the red carnation. The Grand Exalted Buzzard is the mascot of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. The motto of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity is " The force of many, the power of one. " Phi Kappa Tau has always prided itself on superior athletic achievement, campus involvement, and most of all a strong brotherhood. The crest of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Members of Phi Kappa Tau prepare for the chariot race during Greek Week. often had to work a common goal, thus developing a stronger brotherhood. The members of the 1999 Spring New Member Class pose for their picture: Mike Curt, Michael Fogarty, Dustin Gregg, Pat Keegan, Tim McCann, John Niedenthal, Manny Silva, Mike Stancil, Mike Thornton, Roy Harris, John Hutchinson, Joe Touger, Rick Chaves, and Josh Buhr. 166 Greeks Michael Ascher, Donald Belaschky, Josh Bond, James Boruff, Charlie Davenport, Erik Dombroski, Brian Doniger, James Douglas, Jordan Ellington, Scott Epstein, Adam Ferguson, Bill Flanagan, mark Gaswirth, Shawn Hickey, Thai Huynh, Scott Kane, Brent Mayer, R.D. Owen, Jim Riley, Jim Schneider, and Reese Veltenaar pose for their pledge class picture. Phi Sigma Kappa brothers await the start of the chariot race during Greek Week. Greek Week was lots of fun and full of exciting events. The crest of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity was founded at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on March 15, 1873. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since April 22, 1951 and were recently rechartered in 1993. Delta Tetaron is the name of the University of Florida ' s Phi Sigma Kappa chapter. On campus they are called " Phi Sig. " Their annual philanthropy is Phi Sig Slam to benefit the Ronal McDonald House. The symbol of Phi Sigma Kappa is the crest. Phi Sigma Kappa ' s colors are red and silver and their flowers are the white tea rose and the red carnation. " Do unto others as you would have done unto you " is the motto of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Phi Sigma Kappa is a very well rounded fraternity with members in virtually every college on campus. The members of Phi Sigma Kappa also excel in intramural sports and are involved in many campus organizations. Greeks 167 The members of the 1999 Spring New Member Class pose for their picture: Danny Rivera, Jason Locker, Jeff Alley, Tim Huban, Kareem Bohsali, Marc Reiner, Rick Castared, Eric Dunlop, Mike Mentini, Chris Stark, and Dave Anderson. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the of Virginia on March 1, 1868. The Florida Alpha Chapter was chartered at the of Florida in 1904. Since then they have grown to become the largest " Pike " chapter in the nation. Every year Pi Kappa Alpha sponsors a philanthropy to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Alachua County. Pi Kappa Alpha ' s symbol is the fire truck. Garnet and gold are Pi Kappa Alpha ' s colors and the lily of the valley in their flower. Pi Kappa Alpha is committed to shared ideals- to the development of the whole man; where discipline is germane to success and where ethics are germane to self esteem. Strive for new goals, set your sights high, and most importantly, be relentless until you attain your objective. These ideals have enabled this chapter to be intramural champions, attain the highest fraternity grade point and hold a variety of positions on campus. Some Pi Kappa Alpha brothers pose for a picture . There were many for brothers to capture the spirit of brotherhood on film. The crest of Pi Kappa Al- pha Fraternity. A group of Pi Kappa Phi brothers pose with some Kappa Delta sisters during their 1998 Toga Tear-Off. Ryan Livingston, Chris Hill, Gary Toms, Chris Morris, and Brian Hunsucker pose for a picture during their 1998 White Trash social with Kappa Delta Sorority. Pi Kappa Phi was founded December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since February 23, 1924. Since then, Pi Kapps have balanced a blend of service, academics, socials and leadership opportunities. " Pi Kapp " is the only fraternity to have its own national philanthropy in PUSH America (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped.) Our fundraising provides handicap-accessible playgrounds and camps nationwide.. . and here locally we continue that cause in a partnership with the Sidney Lanier School and our philanthropy, " Push for PUSH and Sorority Linedance. " Pi Kapps participate in service, both city and county- wide, helping in the Civitan Greek Blood Drive. In here at the University of Florida, the chapter has been recognized as having the third highest G.P.A. Pi Kappa Phi hosts two annual theme parties, Swamp and Pirates, both recognized as two of the biggest theme part ies on campus. In the spring, we also enjoy our Pirates of the Caribbean Party, our Blizzard Beach Social and our Rose Ball Formal. I nand Patel, Reuben Socarras, Phil Snyder, Steve Walker, Scott Goldberger, and Pi Kappa Phi brothers get their picture taken during a 1998 social with Kappa Delta- Toga Tear-Off. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the banks of the Black Warrior River. The Florida Upsilon chapter was founded at the University of Florida on February 11, 1884. The symbol of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity is the lion and their colors are purple and gold. The violet is the flower of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. " Scholarship, Athletics, and Excellence, " is Sigma Alpha Epsilon ' s motto. Sigma Alpha Epsilon takes scholarship very seriously and has consistently finished in the top five in academic performance among the fraternities. Athletics is something else that is important to Sigma Alpha Epsilon members. They consistently win the Blue division championship on the intramural level. Leadership is another key aspect of Sigma Alpha Members hold positions in Student Government, and the Interfraternity Council and offers brothers an opportunity to take part in our national Leadership school annually held at their headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. The crest of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. This symbol is recognizable to all members. A group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers pose for a picture during a social. Socials were a great way to forget about the stress of classes and just relax and have a good time. The 1999 Spring new member class, Joe Andrews, Rob Arnold, Sheppard Boggs, John Collin! Brian Corcoran, Matt Crim, Mike DeMare, Joey Grassi, Stephen Hancey, Brian Hudgens, Bria Johnson, James Landis, Nathan Letter, Jon Marshburn, Eric Mendlin, Hoyt Rosenbloom, Ro Roberts, and Jason Thiry, pose for their picture. 170 Greeks A group of Sigma Chi brothers participating in the annual philanthropy Dance Marathon, pose for a picture. Dance Marathon is a 32 hour event in which each group participating raises money and all money raised goes to benefit the Children ' s Miracle Network. Sigma Chi brothers pose for a picture during a trip. Being a member of a fraternity meant building lifelong friendships. The crest of Sigma Chi fraternity. Sigma Chi was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on June 28, 1855. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since October 4, 1924. Their chapter name is Gamma Theta. Every year Sigma Chi sponsors a philanthropy called Derby Days. The money raised during their philanthropy benefits the Children ' s Miracle Network. Sigma Chi ' s symbol is the white cross. Blue and old gold are the colors of Sigma Chi and their flower is the white rose. " In Hoc Signo Vinces, " is the motto of Sigma Chi. Greeks 171 The Spring 1998 Sigma Nu Pledge Class, Clayton Banich, Doug Brown, Mike Danley, Jin Harrison, Trevor Heaton, Brian Iannucci, Tom Luby, Matt Parke, Chris Pezon, Chris Underwood and Justin Ward, pose for their picture. Sigma Nu was founded at Lexington, Virginia on 1, 1869. T hey have held their charter at the University of Florida since October 19, 1920. Their chapter name is Epsilon Zeta. Panama Jack Volleyball Classic is Sigma Nu ' s annual philanthropy with all of the proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. The white cross is the symbol of Sigma Nu and their flower is the white rose. Sigma Nu ' s colors are black and gold and their mascot is the snake. Sigma Nu fraternity was founded on the cardinal virtues of " Love, Truth, and Honor " which is also their motto. Sigma Nu brothers are actively involved in Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Student Government, Student Senate, Accent, Homecoming, Gator Growl, Interfraternity Council, Order of Omega and Savant UF. Some members of Sigma Nu teamed with members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, await the start of a tug-of-war game during Greek Week. The Sigma Nu wheelbarrow team start their race. Team members worked their hardest to try to prove their fraternity. 172 Greeks A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon participates in a potato sack race during Greek Week. Throughout the week their were many events, some individual and some team. The wheelbarrow team prepares for its race during Greek Week. Throughout the year there were events that promoted teamwork while strengthening brotherhood. Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Richmond College in Virginia on November 1, 1901. The Florida Alpha chapter has held their charter at the University of Florida since March 28, 1925. Each year Sigma Phi Epsilon sponsors a philanthropy called Surf Frenzy which is a surfing competition to the Surfrider Foundation which works to clean up area beaches and oceans. Sigma Phi Epsilon ' s symbol is the skull and crossbones over a heart. Red and purple are the colors of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. They have two flowers: the American red beauty and the violet. " Sugar " the albino boxer is the mascot of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Sigma Phi Epsilon ' s motto and logo is the balance man which reminds brothers to excel in every aspect of life and to become well-rounded individuals. The members of Sigma Phi Epsilon are know as " Sig-Ep Gentlemen " and are bonded by diversity, brotherhood, and lifelong friendship. The Spring 1999 Sigma Phi Epsilon Pledge Class: Brian Nehr, Dan Gomez, Aaron Slavens, Pete Fulton, Justin Fawcett, Mike Acosta, Trent Cripe, Ryan Featherstone, Thad Phillips, Chris Wilcomm, Chris Maleski, Tim Dixon, Brandon Adams, Joe LaRoccas, Matt Olsen, Rob Pittard, Ben Herron, Steve Rutsis, Jason Acosta, Jason Clark, and Justin Dean. Greeks 173 Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Colombia University on October 10, 1910. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since February of 1925. Their chapter name is Tau Alpha. The money raised at Tau Epsilon Phi ' s annual philanthropy benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tau Epsilon Phi ' s colors are purple and white. Some men that have their names forever inscribed in the portals of Tau Epsilon Phi are great leaders like President Dwight D. Eisenhower, famous like Dr. Jonas Salk, celebrities like Judge Joseph Wapner, and basketball legends like Arnold " Red " Auerbach. The motto of Tau Epsilon Phi " Tradition, Excellence, Pride. " The crest of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity is a symbol that is identified by members. The Tau Epsilon Phi house, located on Fraternity Row, a place for members to get meals, study, or just relax. The members of the Spring 1999 Pledge Class pose for their picture: Rick Kanner, Mike Laughlin, Jason Rosner, Adam Denker, Jamie Feigelson, Matt Borah, Jason Friedman, Alan Gotlib, Mark Kaplowitz, Rich Kotkin, Ken Lederman, and Evan Tunis. 174 Greeks k group shot take at the Centennial Celebration in Bloomington, Illinois: Brad Pinkerton, Lessard, Corey Matthews, Jason Goitia, Rob Burnes, Ken Kerwin, Charles Harris, Brad schaffner, Andy Howard, Art Sauve, Frank Casey, Andy Scott, Geoff Shipsides, Sam Chang, mran Qureshi, Eric Medus, and Jordan Hausman. Members Brad Schaffner and Ken Kerwin pose with Dana and Kim at a Savant UF social. Tau Kappa Epsilon ' s Coat of Arms hanging in the chapter room. It is one of only four like it in the country. 1999 is the 100 year anniversary of Tau Kappa Epsilon ' s founding in Bloomington, Illinois. From January 8-10, several members of the chapter flew or drove to Bloomington to attend the Centennial Celebration. Of the numerous TKE chapters in attendance they traveled the farthest. They were able to spend time and share memories with their fraternity brothers from all over the country. The Gamma Theta chapter was chartered at the University of Florida on January 19, 1950. Brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon strive to become better men by adhering to the three essential elements of true brotherhood: love, charity, and esteem. Brothers of TKE share a unique bond that carries through the good and bad times. Every brother at our chapter knows he will always have someone there to turn to for help. Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon are involved in many campus organizations such as Student Government, Homecoming, Florida Blue Key and Savant UF. Tau Kappa Epsilon ' s annual philanthropy is TKE, Klues and Enigmas to benefit Special Olympics. Their symbol is the skull and crossbones and their colors are cherry and grey. Greeks 175 Patrick Adair, Patrick Bates, Clay Collins, Joey D ' Agostino, Jason Darling, Marc Gualiteri, Chuck Hardy, Ben Harmon, Sean Jackson, Craig Joens, George Kramer, Justin Luna, Mike Modica, Jake Molzan, Matt Perryman, Todd Robbins, David Selvaraj, Chris Stark, and Doug Svec, the members of Theta Chi ' s Spring 1999 Pledge Class, pose for their picture outside the Theta Chi house. Theta Chi Theta Chi was founded at Norwich University on April 10, 1856. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since September 29, 1916. The name of the University of Florida ' s chapter of Theta Chi is Tau. Every year they sponsor a philanthropy to benefit Hope for the Holidays called Over the Top. Theta Chi ' s symbol is the Serpent and their colors are military red and white. The red carnation is the flower of Theta Chi. Theta Chi ' s motto is, " The Helping Hand. " The brothers of Theta Chi are very successful in many aspects of college life and have recently received many awards. Overall, they strive to create the best college ence by excelling in all aspects of a fraternity. A group of Theta Chi brothers take a picture during a Gator Football game. Most fraternities chose to sit together to cheer on their team while building brotherhood. Some Theta Chi members pose for a picture at a caveman social. Socials were always a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. 176 Greeks The members of Zeta Beta Tau worked tirelessly to set up for their annual ZBTahiti party. Four Zeta Beta Tau brothers pose with their dates during a date function with a twenties theme. The Alpha Zeta chapter of Zeta Beta Tau began in 1994 and the founding fathers have seen the fraternity grow into the powerhouse of excellence that they intended for it to become. In October 1998 we held our first annual ZBT Powder Puff philanthropy benefiting the North Central Florida AIDS This consisted of a football tournament for participating sororities as well as a cheerleading competition for fraternities and sororities. The hard work and dedication put in by the brotherhood made it a successful philanthropy and earned over $2000 for NCFAN. For Homecoming 1998 we enjoyed several events with the ladies of Alpha Epsilon Phi. These included traveling to Island, attending Gator Growl and having a Day-Glo Social. Our intramural football team had a strong fall season, finishing third among fraternities in the Orange league. Our events in the spring consisted of Parent ' s Weekend, which consists of a luncheon and an awards ceremony. Formal is held in the spring as well. ZBTahiti is a highly anticipated party held in the spring. We decorate the house in a tropical setting spending a large amount of time and effort putting together on of the campus ' finest parties. )Despite their messiness, the members of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity gather for a picture during a 998 Day Glow social with Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Day Glow socials were very popular because it provided an excuse to draw on people and get incredible messy while having the time f your life. Greeks 177 This wheelbarrow race has an added once you reach the end you have to fish a jelly bean out of a plate of whip cream and then return it to a plate at the end of the race. These Alpha Xi Deltas show their spirit by being in the events and their fellow sisters and teammates. The Sigma Phi speed off as the fraternity chariot races begin. From shopping carts to elaborate chariots this event is always a blast, especially since most chariots do not make it to the finish in oen piece. 178 Greeks These Greek Week participants attempt to break balloons and ;peed records to win for their teams, but most will just leave with wet butts and a picture of a lifetime. These Greeks pull with all their might to win the final event of the Greek Games the tug of war. With brothers and sisters them on these competitors pull with all their hearts. The infamous three-legged race, not as easy as it looks these two complete the race without falling flat on their faces. A slight glitch in the game as the falls into three pieces these teammates still try to win. They even manage to win the event and put the bike back together. Greeks 179 . It ' s 4,000 Service Projects ... It ' s 6,000 whatever your ininterests there is sure to be a club or organization that suits your needs here at the University of Florida. From surfing to and debates, to pre-professional organizations there is sure to be a place for everyone here. There are more than 500 student organizations giving students a way to meet new people, have fun and learn new skills. Organizations give new students a way to meet people who have the same interests. Joining organizations helps students form friendships that can last a lifetime. also give students a chance to get their mind off of their studies, and onto something fun. These organizations consist of many ferent groups, some examples are, 180 Organizations Applications ... It ' s 52,000 Meetings ... college councils, greeks, honoraries and honor societies, international organizations, pre-professional recreational sports, organizations, service special interests, and government. Students that participate in co-curricular activities ties such as these organizations, often find that the people they meet there, serve them well later in life as connections. Everyone can their parents telling them about the connections they made in college, and with involvement in student organizations, those con- connections are even easier to make. With the millennium fast ap- proaching, new organizations are popping up every time you turn around. Soon there will be a club for every Gator, and that ' s a great idea. Story by: Mae Webb and Tessa Magee Organizations 181 Student Body President John McGovern John McGovern served as the Student Body President for the 1998-1999 school year. This meant that he was the and advocate for all matters. He worked tirelessly to represent the student body and present their views to the University of Florida ' s administration, the Board of Regents, the Florida Legislature, and the Federal Government. On top of that, John was responsible for overseeing Student Government ' s over $8,000,000.00 budget. This budget was used to fulfill students ' need in places like the J. Wayne Reitz Union and the student recreation and fitness centers. It was also used to fund many of the University ' s student organizations. John worked closely with the Student Government cabinets in order to provide information and produce educational programs for all of the University of Florida ' s students. John felt that Student Government was run by the students, for the students. H e encouraged everyone to get involved in Student Government in order to ensure a wonderful college experience for those involved and all students at the university. Student Body Vice-President Terr Jackson As Student Body Vice-President, Terry Jackson oversaw and coordinated the activities of the 25 Student Government cabinets to ensure that they were working effectively and efficiently. The cabinets addressed various issues throughout the school year ranging from campus safety to multicultural affairs, through quality programming and a wide variety of services that benefited the entire student body. To ensure a successful cabinet, Terry met regularly with other campus leaders, university administrators, cabinet directors and members of the Student Government Executive Committee. It was Terry ' s responsibility as vice-president to conduct cabinet meetings, as well as give advice and assist in implementing programs and projects for over 40,000 students. As Vice-President, Terry felt he had an obligation to ensure that Student Government is representative of all students, and therefore kept and open door policy. He welcomed any and all ideas and encouraged participation which could better Student Government and better the University of Florida as a whole. Student Body treasurer Ian Lane As Student Body Treasure, Ian Lane served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Student Body and acted as Fiduciary Agent for all Student Government funded organizations in accordance with the State of Florida as well as Student Body Law. Ian was also respons ible for keeping complete and accurate accounts of all Student Body Funds on deposit with the Cashier of the University Yet another of Ian ' s many responsibilities was that of meeting with and assisting student organizations in providing services and programming for the University of Florida Student Body. The Activity and Service Fee for the 1998-1999 school year was $7.27 per credit hour and was collected as a component of tuition. This Activity and Service (A S) Fee, multiplied by the 41,000 students at the University of Florida totalled over $8.7 million for lawful allocation to duly recognized student organizations and other services for students. Under the University of Florida ' s policy, no Activity and Service fees can be expended without the approval of the Student Body Treasurer. Cabinet Directors University Of Florida Academic Affairs David Spar Administrative Affairs Tor Jensen-Friedman Campus Involvement Minca Davis Campus Safety Anand Patel Career Development Carolyn Koechlin Community Affairs Bryan Dreisbach Community-Political Affairs Stacey Gross Disability Affairs Stacey Moore Environmental Affairs Corrine Brown Graduate Student Affairs Aimee Gunther Health Milena Mira Housing Parisa Hamzetash Multicultural Affairs Kimberly Jefferson organizational outreach Jocelyn Moore Parking and Transportation William Stephens Public Relations-Cabinet Lauren Kaplus Public Relations-Executive Brianna Konefall Publications Brooke Curtiss Recreation-Programming Matthew Katrosar Recreation- Promotions Jeff Goslin Research Troy Finnegan Solicitations Greg Dauphin Student Advocacy Ayesha Dixon Technology Jennifer Atchley University Services Andrew Bailey Women ' s Affairs Hilary Frierson Organizations Accent Speakers Bureau Accent Speakers Bureau is the largest student-run speaker bureau in the nation. Accent has been bringing programs to the University Florida since the early 1960s. All speeches that are brought to the University of Florida ar free to the student body and open to the public. Some of the numerous speakers brought by Accent include President Jimmy Carter, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, Dick Vital Andy Richter, Greg Louganis, Kurt Vonnegut, and Olive Stone. Accent Directors Producer- Mike Mosseri Vice Chairman- Stephanie Korn Vice Chairman- Serena Underwood Vice Chairman- Matt Kelly Survey- Stacey Gross Hospitality- Lauren Flashner Production- Bret Myerson Security- Brian Grossbard Audio-Visual Technical- Justin Sternberg Advertising- Doug Ney Promotions- Martin Shell Program- Tanya Phillips Student Government Productions Jason Collier- Chairman Press Relations- Suzanne Wallace Publicity- Leah Viands Finance- Shaun Goldfarb Organizational Involvement- Tammy Caplin Community Relations- Ilanan Kahan Campus Involvement- Jaclyn Rodrigue Guest Relations- Katie Weitzner Interactive Services- Ashley Carlson Corporate Affairs- Greg Dauphin Special Projects- Eden Heilman Personnel- Courtney Scott Jeff Sheinkopf Chairman 184 Organizations Student Government Productions has served and promoted concerts at the University of Florida since 1972. As the only branch of Student Government that can charge admission, Student Government Productions offers shows to the student and local community at discounted prices, or free of charge. Concerts are held during the academic year at the Stephen C. O ' Connell, Center for the Performing Arts, J. Wayne Reitz Union Ballroom, University Bandshell, and the Florida Theatre. Stu dent Government Productions brought such bands as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Cure, Dave Matthews Natalie Merchant, A Tribe Called Quest, Jewel, Beck, and many others. Student Government Productions is run soley by student who try to bring a diverse group of performers in an attempt to please the very diverse student body. Accent and Student Government Productions co-sponsored a called The Spitfire Tour which was a collection of musicians, actors, and activists speaking out on global affairs. The clever Accent logo used a Gator standing at a podium " speaking " to advertise programs presented by the " speakers " bureau. The Student Government Productions logo banked on student ' s school spirit combined with their love of music by using a Gator a guitar to advertise their concerts. Organizations 185 ASTRA ASTRA is a service and leadership organization for future professionals. It stands for academics, service, training, and achievement. ASTRA offers unique for its members. Through our mentor program, members meet professional women in the community. The high school shadowing we have begun provides a realistic and informative way for high school students to experience college life. Our program meetings teach skills such as self-defense techniques, resume writing, public speaking, stress massage therapy, and nutrition advice. Astra provides a good way to get involved community service. We participate in service projects such as: March of Dimes WalkAmerica, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-a-thon, Annual Senior Citizen Publix Springfest, Les Miserables Reception, Children ' s Halloween Carnival in Macguire Village, Easter Egg Hunt. Florida Players Florida Players was created in 1932 and has been the prime source of dramatic productions on the University of Florida campus ever since. In the beginning, plays were performed at any location that they co uld obtain for the performances. Then, in the sixties, Florida Players received their own home in the H.P. Constans Theatre, where they have met ever since. The 1998-1999 season of Florida Players brought quality theatrical to the University of Florida ' s campus. These included Jeffrey, Hateful of Rain, Landscape of the Body, Floridances ' Kaleidoscope, Theatre Strike Force Mainstage Show, The Innocents, Shakuntalah, Beautiful Bodies, Floridance in Motion. All of our Florida Players ' productions are completely student run, acted, and produced. The executive board of the Players running the season of showcases are: President- Jill Marlo Goldman, Vice-President- Beth Dover, Student Production and Administrative Manager- Katy Farzanrad, Treasurer Michelle Dowling, Secretary- Corrine Cole, and Historian- Amanda Hughes. The membership of the group consists of over 80 students at present. Today, Florida Players is comprised of two additional performance groups, Theatre Strike Force and Floridance. Theatre Strike Force is an improvisational, sketch-comedy touring troupe. They are directed by Kerensa Peterson and Amy Johnson. For the last four years, they have traveled to Austin, Texas to perform in The Big Stinkin ' International Improvisational Festival. Floridance is a dance company dedicated to the notion that dance is a living art. They bring in artists for Master classes and produce two Mainstage shows. They are presided over by Sarah Gaddy. We look forward to our continued growth in our productions and in our membership in the upcoming years. Three ASTRA members bers pose with some Florida Players pro kids during an Easter video members with a Egg Hunt. ASTRA did way to do what they many hours of community enjoyed while enternity service. taming audiences. Some members of Florida Players perform during the production of Sakuntala. The Florida Players performed many times throughout the year. The members of ASTRA pose for a group picture. ASTRA provided members with many practical life skills. Gator Christian Life Gator Christian Life (GCL) is the student organization of Cypress Church Ministries, a campus church founded at the University of Florida in 1979. Gator Christian Life is affiliated internationally with Great Commission Ministries and is one of GCM ' s 27 campus churches throughout the United States. " Bringing college students to Jesus Christ and equipping them in His service. " A full-functioning church on the university campus, Gator Christian Life is designed to meet the spiritual needs peculiar to young adults and the college experience. Through weekly worship services, small groups, bible studies, mission trips, and retreats, GCL attempts to guide and assist students on their spiritual journey toward maturity in Christ. In 1979 Cypress Church Ministries (and Gator Christian Life) was founded at the University of Florida as a campus church by 30 people who moved down from Iowa State University. Over the first 12 years, the church developed a combined campus and community focus. Then in 1991 Cypress Church GCL returns to the University of Florida cam- pus and reestablishes a focus on college students. Hispanic Student Business Association The Hispanic Business Association hopes to offer students the and opportunities they need to launch successful careers in the business world. Every semester HSBA presents inspiring business speakers and workshops facilitated by corporate representatives. Past speakers have included: E.D.S., Merrill Lynch, Philip Morris, Proctor Gamble, Ernst Young, Arthur Andersen, and Andersen Consulting. We compile a book of members ' resumes to present to recruiters and at Career Expo. The University of Florida Hispanic Student Business Association also takes part in the National Convention of Hispanic Student Business Associations. The Convention is held every February in Austin, TX and involves over 600 students and 40 corporations. Starting early in the semester, HSBA offers a resume workshop followed by collection for our free Resume Book. The Resume Book will be distributed to companies during the Career Showcase held in early February. We also attend the Cultural Diversity Fair as an organization and urge members to come and speak to employers. The Cultural Diversity Fair is held the evening of the Co-Op Internship Fair in the Martial Arts room. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to recruiters one-on-one in a casual setting. HSBA also hosts company info sessions throughout the year at our weekly meetings. Targeting companies is an effective technique for the job hunt. Once you have gathered initial information on which companies you are interested in, deepen your research and get to know the recruiters. It will pay off during the interview process. Jill Landers (back, center ter) and Mark Villoria Members of Alpha Nu (back, right) take a picSigma pose for a picture with some friends during a social during a Gator football gathering. game. A Members of the Hispanic Student Business Association (1 to r,) front row: Elisa Robbin, Jose Uriarte, Sanjay Sinha, Tatiana Dominguez, Ariella Dominguez; back row: Francisco Vizcarrondo, Joshua Kneidl, Jorge Rivera, Armando Vasquez, Jose Burgos, David Carmon, Danny Peña, and Erick Palacios. Organizations 189 Student Physical Therapy Association The Student Physical Therapy Association is an organization of students enrolled in the physical therapy program at the University of Florida. We look to increase awareness in the community about the physical therapy profession and foster relationships between students in the program and professional physical therapists. The group has served to promote unity among our classmates and help us to accomplish group goals through teamwork. We have sponsored annual events such as the summer picnic, holiday banquet, senior banquet, and a student conclave. A trip to Ginny Springs, a woodser and various socials with other professional organizations have also been events that our members have participated in. During intramural season, we have also had teams competing in flag football, soccer, basketball and softball. Thai Student Association Until the fall of 1996, there were less than 50 Thai students at University of Florida. Most of them were graduate students. We stayed in touch closely with each other. We had a head of a Thai student group to manage yearly parties and a group database. After the fall of 1996, the number of Thai students at University of Florida grew rapidly to about 80 in the spring of 1998, thereby making communication among all of the Thai students more difficult. Another problem arose from the effect of economic crisis occurring in Thailand. Wirat Lertpaitoonpan, head of our group at the time, decided that an official organization through the university was needed to contact and distribute information to all members. The process of setting up the official Thai student organization included: consulting the student activity office, setting up constitution draft committees, issuing the Constitution and Bylaws of the Thai Student Association, selecting a president, committees and advisory professors then registered at the University. The Thai Student Association was approved on 25 September 1998. We have had two advisors since then, Dr. Marc Hoit and Dr. Duane Ellifritt. Initiators and the first TSA board ever were made up of Wirat Lertpaitoonpan, Summana Moolasarn, Ratanaporn Awiphan, Anek Vorapanya, Charnyote Pluempitiwiriyawej, Jintana Napaporn, Pimoljit Thammasarnsoonthorn, and Kitti Upariphutthiphong. Previous activities have included requesting help from the university regarding the economic crisis in Thailand and setting up an official webpage to be a communication center among university Thai and as a source of information for others interested in the University of Florida. Traditionally, we host a Thai style barbecue party as a feature each semester as our welcome party and our farewell party, in order to get to know each other better. 190 Organizations Members of the Stu- dent Physical Therapy Association got to work The members of the with physical therapists Aikido Club, in their full and gain necessary uniform, pose for a sary experience. group photo. Members of the Student Physical- The members of the Thai Therapy Association take a dent Association pose for their moment during a social to get a group picture. picture. Not only did members learn about their profession but they made some good friends in the process. Organizations 191 here is a company out there that sells our for us. We consider them our guardian angels. Without them we would be running around trying to sell ads all of the time and we would never get any work done. And of course we can not the advertisers themselves, without them we would not be able to make a yearbook in the first place. These advertisers not support the Tower Yearbook, but also the entire University and the students within it. Many of these advertisers are 192 Advertisements companies looking to recruit new associates, and they know that there is no substitute for Gator As we enter a new millennium, these are the companies and that support the University- University of Florida and its graduates well into the future. For these services and courtesies, we thank them. Story by: Mae Webb and Tessa Magee Advertisements 193 ...It ' s 12,000 Football Games...It ' s 12,000 Pens s we move on from the past year, we look back at all of the things we accomplished hee with amazement. We hurdled over obstacles and barreled through others, but way, we still managed to win the race. Some were faced this year with a new home and new friends. Other ' s spent their time trying to convince themselves that their time here was really over. We all faced new challenges and sometimes WE lost. But sometimes we won. As we head into the new millennium, it is the memories of our victories we wish to take us, not our defeats. That how 260 Closing ...It ' s 6,000 Applications ... It ' s 8,000 Socials ever, could be a mistake. We need those memories too, because with out our defeats, we will have learned nothing, and we ' d all like to think we ' ve learned something. In the midst of moving days and reading days, we need have had our defeats, our victo remember not just where we ' re ries were magnificent. going but also where we came from. The seeds of greatness Story by: Tessa Magee and Mae Webb have been nurtured greatly our time at the University of Florida, and even though we Closing 261 Special Thanks This year was long and full of obstacles, so thanks to everyone who helped, even in the most trivial way You all, often without knowing it, made the year a little easier and managed to keep us sane and smiling There are many people who helped make this book a possibility, and I am sure we will leave some out Below are the ones we could remember. We apologize to those we forgot. Thank you all very much!! John and Sue Covell for your constant love and support. Sharon Covell for working countless hours labeling, stamping, cropping, etc., helping me in more ways then you could ever imagine, and for being a great sister and a great friend. Paul Hayes for being the reason that something actually worked out for me. Jill Landers for all of your help and support, but mostly for your friendship. Lauren Bloom for asking about my star and being my b.f.f. Melissa Braverman for teaching me, being my mentor, and for always being there when I need you. Tanya Phillips for always offering to help and for being a wonderful " woomie " and a wonderful friend. (Long live DPs.) Stephen Dillon for always listening and letting me vent, but most of all for being the most amazing friend Kai Sommer for always knowing exactly what to say to make me laugh and to feel incredibly special and loved Glenn Piguet for coming back and being such an unforgettable friend. (I forever!) Annelis Menendez for being a terrific friend and somehow being able to relate to every interesting situation, Mike Silver for all of your help through hugs and kind words of love and support. Anne Nicely for the comic relief. Natasha Phillips for giving me the chance last year. Jodi Wilson for being the most dedicated staffer and most dedicated friend. Maritess Repiedad fon actually going through this insanity again with me. Mae Webb for your constant help and dedication. Tessa Magee for always being there to help (with yearbook and music!) George Glenn for helping and making me laugh. John Cantlon and Max Newell for all of your help and support. Academic Publication Services, Inc. for being angels sent from heaven (especially Anthony Woodham Jennifer Ward.) College deans and assistants for helping with the Academics section. Liz Wilcox for countless hours of labeling. Kate Gordon for much needed pictures. Lauren Kelly for being on the Greek Week page. Bruce Mills, Harriette Peebles, Todd Oswald, LaToya French, Jeff Kames, and everyone at the Sports Information Department for providing sports pictures. Jason Howey for providing some sports pictures. Christopher Winter Salina Drake John McGovern Terry Jackson Ian Lane Glenda Frederick Sandy Vernon Olivia Jeffries Paulette Street UF Student Senate Pam Bourg SG Finance SG Computer Guys SAC Front Desk Sharon Connell Laura Scheuplein 262 Special Thanks 1998 - 1999 Tower Staff Jennifer Covell - Editor - in- Chief Maritess Repiedad - Academics Editor Jodi Wilson - Sports Editor Mae Webb - Student Life Editor Tessa Magee - Business Manager Organizations Editor George Glenn - Staff Writer Colophon The 1998-1999 Tower Yearbook is the 17th Edition of the official University of Florida yearbook. It was printed using Yeantech with Pagemaker by Jostens, Inc. The 264 page book has a trim size of 9 x 12. It was printed on 100 pound gloss finish paper. The copy is generally in Palatino. The Tower Yearbook was sold for $35- $45 depending on order date. All business advertisements were sold by Academic Publication Services of Sarasota. They can be reached at 1-800-730-9497. Financing for the Tower was provided through sales, advertising revenue, and Student Government. Tower is an agency of Student Government. Photographers used various types of film which were developed by Harmon ' s, and Eckerds. Tower was published by a volunteer staff of six this year. There is no expressed relation with any college or administration. The content of this book does not reflect the opinions of the University of Florida, Student Government, the student body, faculty or administration. No portion of this book may be reproduced without consent of the Editor. Please address all correspondence to Tower Yearbook; 300-65 J.W.R.U. P.O. Box 118505; Gainesville, FL 32611. The phone number is (352) 392-1665 x. 309. Thank you for purchasing the 1998 - 1999 Tower Yearbook. Colophon 263
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