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GOING GREEN By Bayard Stern Managing Editor

Florida State University students, faculty and staff are collectively working to find ways to make the campus a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly place to teach, learn and live. Facing issues including global climate change, record-breaking fuel utility costs

Alan Peck FSU director of utilities and engineering services

FSU strives to employ sustainability practices

and shrinking budgets, FSU professors are researching new energy-producing and storage technologies and developing environmentally focused curricula. Students are being encouraged to use recycling programs and conserve resources, and the FSU Office of Facilities has invested in major capital improvements aimed at energy efficiency, storm water management, waste minimization and improved construction and maintenance throughout campus. “I think we’re doing more, cconservation-wise, than the majority of universities around m

As part of this year’s Earth Day activities, students sort through trash from the FSU campus to determine the quantity of recyclable material that is routinely discarded.

Led by Florida State University’s All-American Walter Dix — one of the best sprinters in college history and a member of the U.S. Olympic team — the FSU men’s track and field team won its third consecutive title at the National Collegiate Athletic Association outdoors championships, June 11-14. It is the first time an FSU athletic team has taken three national championships in a row. Sophomore Hannah England — who made the British Olympic team — broke multiple Florida State University 1600 Red Barber Plaza, Suite 104 Tallahassee, FL 32310-6068

records in the 1500 meters to help the FSU women finish 12th. With the team’s third national championship on the line, there was no one else the men’s track and field team would have wanted in the blocks more than Dix. Ten points shy of a guaranteed tie and 11 points out of their third-consecutive national victory, the Seminoles needed two things to happen in the men’s 200-meter dash: Sophomore Charles Clark needed to finish the race, and Dix needed to win it all. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage

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They got both. Dix flew around the north bend of the track at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and crossed the line in 20.40 seconds, .004 seconds ahead of his nearest competition, giving him his third consecutive outdoor victory in the 200 meters. The win also gave Dix, the most decorated runner in FSU history, his 18th AllAmerican honor and his eighth national championship. Clark, still trying to recover from an injury in the 200-meter semifinals on Thursday night (June 12), may actually have had the more difficult task of the two. But the sophomore wasn’t continued on PAGE 4 Read Scott Atwell’s first column as the president of the FSU Alumni Association Tradition is sacred on a college campus. Take, for instance, the Seminole Football Kickoff Luncheon... more on PAGE 8

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Ruby Diamond gets new face for 21st century

Track and field team wins record 3rd championship “It never gets old,” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s such a big thing for Florida State and Tallahassee.”

the country,” said Alan Peck, FSU’s director of utilities and engineering services. “We are working to save $2 million on utilities for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. We’re making significant progress, but it will be a challenge with the new chemistry, psychology and life sciences buildings being completed, in addition to increased utility costs.” Recycling is a common method people use to conserve resources. FSU’s recycling program has 96 recycling locations around campus. In 2006-2007, the lands and grounds crew collected 805 tons of recycled material on campus

By Jeffery Seay Editor in Chief

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A major renovation of one of Tallahassee’s most high-profile venues, known to generations of concertgoers and students alike, began in May. Over a two-year span, the famed Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Florida State University’s Westcott Building is being gutted and rebuilt to improve its acoustics and to accommodate a larger stage and better seating arrangement, which will include box seats. “While universally considered to be among the very top programs in the country, the p continued on PAGE 7 You might not recognize campus. The 740 acres of what used to be known as “The Farm” are yielding Florida State a crop of new research and recreation space. more on PAGE 9


August 2008

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August 2008

Fearless flyers from Florida State “The data we collect increases the accuracy of the storm forecast by 30 percent,” said Maj. Chad Gibson, who graduated from FSU’s meteorology program. By Kim MacQueen For most, the idea of flying a prop plane right into the face of a near-cataclysmic storm — an enormous wall of wind and wild weather 300 miles wide, spinning off 150 mph sustained winds, 30-foot waves, slashing rains and severe thunderstorms — doesn’t seem to appealing. But then, most of us aren’t hurricane hunters. “People ask me, ‘Isn’t it dangerous to fly through a hurricane?’” said Lt. Col. Stephen Nichols (B.S. ’87). “Well, it’s dangerous any time you fly, period. But I’d much rather fly into a hurricane than deal with one on the ground.” Nichols should know. He belongs to the famed 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, the only weather reconnaissance unit in the Air Force. As part of the 403rd Wing based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., the squad has been flying planes into tropical storms and hurricanes since 1944. In all those years and all those storms, the Hurricane Hunters have never lost a plane in a hurricane.

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The squadron’s unique mission entices reservists from well beyond the Gulf of Mexico — some from as far as Alaska, Guam and Germany. And thanks to its nationally renowned Department of Meteorology, Florida State University is very well represented in this prestigious outfit, outnumbered only by personnel from the Air Force Academy. “Florida State is probably the best place in the country to study meteorology if you’re interested in hurricanes,” said Lt. Col. Richard Henning, who earned his bachelor’s in meteorology from FSU in 1994, his master’s in ’97, and has been flying with the Hurricane Hunters since ’95. “The education I got at FSU has served as a gateway to everything else I’ve done in my career.” The group’s mission is simple: Whenever a potential hurricane is spotted in the Gulf, a five-person crew (two pilots, a navigator, a weather officer and a lodemaster) climbs into a WC-130J prop plane and flies right into it at

an altitude of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, penetrating the storm to the placid eye, collecting on-the-spot information that gives the most precise readings on the storm. Those readings are then relayed to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “The data we collect increases the accuracy of the storm forecast by 30 percent,” said Maj. Chad Gibson, who graduated from FSU’s meteorology program in 1994. “Take Hurricane Katrina, where a lot of people from Louisiana and Mississippi were evacuated. But if you increased the warning bubble by 30 percent, suddenly you’ve got Houston evacuating, and Tallahassee evacuating. It costs on average about a million dollars per mile of coastline to evacuate. Reducing that bubble saves millions of dollars.” Flying into a hurricane never gets boring, say the Hurricane Hunters, because you never know what’s going to happen, whether it’s a tropical storm or a Category 5 hurricane. “The ‘A’ storm in ’85 (Ana) was a minimal Category

1 hurricane in the Gulf, but because it was poorly organized it had huge thunderstorm systems all around it,” recalled Lt. Col. Stephen Renwick, who graduated from FSU with his meteorology degree in 1975 and served 28 years with the Hurricane Hunters, including 311 trips inside a hurricane’s eye. “We went in at 5,000 feet, and all of a sudden we went into a 5,000-foot-per-minute descent. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to figure out you’ve got 60 seconds to pull out of it before you make a big splash.” In the plane, the fivemember crews work together to collect all the necessary data, but few ever fail to realize where they are. “For me, it’s an awesome experience to be in the center of Mother Nature’s fury, the best the Earth can throw at us and I’m right in the middle of it,” Gibson said. The Hurricane Hunters are not spared the ravages of hurricanes on the ground, either. Hurricane Katrina did heavy damage to Keesler Air Force Base, forcing a temporary change in locale for the squadron. In Gibson’s neighborhood, 24 people died during Katrina, while Gibson himself lost his home and nearly everything else in the storm. “I had 9 feet of water in my house,” Gibson said. “But we never stop flying, never miss a mission. I was able to get back to what was left of my house. Filled my truck up as much as I could, found a flight suit and old pair of boots, went back to the base and started flying.” While the Hurricane Hunters definitely enjoy their work — “It’s the best part-time job you could have, I think,” says Henning — they don’t do it for the adrenaline rush. They do it because it matters. “You’re doing something real for people, a real service,” Renwick explained. “And hopefully, we’re saving lives … as long as people listen to the warnings.”

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FSU-sponsored community makes it easy and satisfying to plan for future When Florida State University’s baseball team was playing in the College World Series in Omaha this past June, James Joanos (B.S. ’56, Public Administration) was there cheering in the stands. Now in his 70s, the retired judge continues to pursue his passions, be they consulting on appellate matters, travel and photography, or rooting for the Seminoles. The same active lifestyle holds true for FSU alumna Bridget Chandler (B.A. ’48, Education). A self-described Energizer Bunny, Chandler plays bridge three times a month, volunteers with alumni groups and is an avid FSU sports fan. Both Joanos and Chandler are among the growing number of people, ages 60 and better, who have made the decision to move to Tallahassee’s Westcott Lakes at Southwood, the FSU-sponsored community being developed by Praxeis LLC. They and the other members of Westcott Lakes are building even closer ties to their alma mater. “Westcott Lakes is a perfect fit for my wife and me by combining a connection to FSU with a lifestyle that includes all our interests,” Joanos said. “We

are both in good health now, but knowing we’ll have access to health care, if ever needed, is a major incentive. To us, it’s a no-brainer.” Chandler admits she was never interested in moving from her home until she learned that FSU was sponsoring Westcott Lakes. Her deep passion for the Seminoles, her desire to stay connected to others, and a plan for future health care made the community a natural fit. “I have met so many people who have made the same commitment about moving to Westcott Lakes,” Chandler said. “I love getting to know people and truly feel like many of the members are part of my family.” Getting to know new couples and individuals who share common interests has been easy for the members who have already joined, according to Westcott Lakes Vice President Mark Griffis (B.S. ’86, Finance). “Our community is forming even before the bricks and mortar are in place through social gatherings, receptions, speaking engagements and activities that promote lifelong learning,” he said. The growing list of members at Westcott Lakes includes FSU President T.K. Wetherell and his wife, Ginger. The

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couple’s commitment to the development is part of their personal planning for the future. They, as well as Joanos and Chandler, think of this decision as a gift to their children. “I really view this as the easiest and fairest way to offer my family peace of mind,” Wetherell said. “With a health care plan in place, that decision — if we ever need it down the road — will not have to be a burden.” Westcott Lakes members will enjoy faculty-like campus privileges at FSU that will enable them to audit classes and have access to research facilities, libraries and cultural

Artist’s rendering of the Grand Lobby art gallery at Westcott Lakes.

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about to let his team down, and so he came drifting across the finish line to earn the one point that FSU needed to seal its triple crown. “It never gets old,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “The

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first one was maybe a little bit sweeter because you don’t know if you’re ever going to do it. We had gotten relatively close a couple of times. They’re agonizing because the standard is so high, but at the end,

we’re so proud. It’s such a big thing for Florida State and Tallahassee.” On the women’s side, Hannah England decided her name belonged in the history books as well. England blasted

her he competition in the 1500 15 meters to cross the line lin in 4:06.19 seconds. Not only on was it her personal best, be it was the best in Drake Stadium history, D the th best in collegiate races this year and most ra importantly, the best the im NCAA Championships N had ha ever seen. “Unbelievable,” said Braman of England’s Br accomplishment. “She ac was w undefeated the whole outdoor season, which is just outdoo amazing.” In all, the men picked up nine All-American awards and two individual national titles en route to their third national title in as many years. With an incredible 18 AllAmerican honors and eight

Bob Braman championships, Dix, national championships who graduated from FSU this spring with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, walked away with one of the best sprinting careers in collegiate history. What’s more, Dix finished second in the finals of the 100 meters and first in the 200 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in June, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.


August 2008

Gontarski named 2008 Lawton Professor Florida State University Professor of English Stanley E. Gontarski, an internationally

performance); Eun-Hee Park, piano (FSU doctoral candidate in accompanying/chamber music); and M. Brent Williams, violin (D.M. ’08, Violin Performance).

New dean arrives at College of Medicine The Florida State University College of Medicine has a new dean.

acclaimed scholar and critic, influential editor, innovative dramatist and inspiring teacher and colleague, has been named the 2008-2009 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. It is the highest honor bestowed by the FSU faculty on one of its own. “We have an extraordinarily productive faculty here at Florida State, across all disciplines, and so to have one’s own work singled out for such attention is simultaneously exhilarating and humbling,” Gontarski said. Among his prolific array of scholarly, literary, editorial and teaching achievements, Gontarski is considered the world’s foremost authority on the writings of acclaimed Irish author, poet and dramatist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989).

Ensemble makes Carnegie Hall debut A musical ensemble that formed last year at Florida State University made its debut to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall during the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in May. _ The ensemble enhake (in-HA-kee), which is Seminole for “sound” or “call,” won first prize in the winds division and, therefore, was entitled to perform in the competition’s Winners Concert in the Weill Recital Hall. _ The members of enhake are Jayoung Kim, cello (FSU doctoral candidate in cello performance); Wonkak Kim, clarinet (FSU master’s student in clarinet

Dr. John P. Fogarty became dean of medicine in early August. He previously worked at the University of Vermont College of Medicine as the senior associate dean for operations and associate dean for primary care. Fogarty succeeds Dr. J. Ocie Harris, who retired after more than five years as dean.

Towey joins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission Florida State University alumnus Jim Towey (B.S. ’78, J.D. ’81), who is the president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., has joined a commission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that has been charged with looking beyond the medical care system for ways to improve the health of all Americans. The two-year commission will investigate how factors such as education,

environment, housing and transportation shape and affect personal behavioral choices.

Ringling campus receives ‘StormReady’ designation The National Weather Service has granted “StormReady University” certification to the campus of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. Florida State University operates the museum. The Ringling Museum campus had been certified as a “StormReady Supporter” before achieving the more stringent, current designation. The main FSU campus in Tallahassee received the “StormReady University” certification in 2007.

elementary- and middleschool audiences. According to Edwards, it is a true collaboration between Asolo Rep, Florida State University and The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and will feature the talents of FSU/Asolo Conservatory students, FSU graduate design students and a cutting-edge, professional director.

The on-screen magic that dazzled audiences in “The Golden Compass” and won an Academy Award for “Achievement in Visual Effects” was partly the result of Kevin Beason’s education at Florida State University.

Lobree named commander of Navy ship With a crew of 360 sailors and three Marines in his charge, Florida State University alumnus Shawn Lobree has taken command of a new Navy warship that carries Marines or other joint forces into action overseas.

And the winner is … Florida State University alumnus Kevin Beason, right, was part of the Oscar-winning visual effects team from Rhythm & Hues who worked on the movie “The Golden Compass” (2007). Pictured to the left of Beason is Rhythm & Hues’ Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer.

Asolo Rep celebrates 50th season Asolo Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 50th season in 2008-2009. Located in Sarasota, Fla., it is the premier professional theater of the state of Florida and one of the most important cultural forces in the southeastern United States. “The Asolo Rep golden anniversary season takes us on a journey of discovery as we celebrate life, creativity and the indomitable spirit that dwells within us all,” said Michael Donald Edwards, the Asolo’s producing artistic director. For a listing of the season’s shows, visit This year, Asolo Rep has launched a new component of its already acclaimed Access to the Arts program — a production specifically tailored to upper

Beason part of Oscar-winning team

Even though the USS Mesa Verde was commissioned in December 2007, Lobree (B.S. ’86, Economics) was named captain of its “pre-commissioning unit” in February 2004. The Mesa Verde is his first command post. As captain, Lobree is responsible for the training and safety of the crew, and the execution of assigned missions. The ship, which is an amphibious transport dock, is the third-largest type of warship in the Navy behind aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. It can carry up to 800 Marines.

Floyd will be color analyst for FSU Football Radio Network Florida State University alumnus William Floyd, who won a national championship as a fullback for the Seminoles in 1993 and a Super Bowl ring as a San Francisco 49er in 1995, will join Gene Deckerhoff this season as color analyst on the Seminole ISP Sports Network. “I’m ecstatic about working with one of the best play-byplay personalities in all of sports,” Floyd said.

Beason (B.S. ’00, computer science; M.S. ’05, computer science) works as a software engineer for Rhythm & Hues, a Los Angeles visual effects company. His job is to support the company’s propriety software, which allows its artists to render such fanciful creatures as the “daemons” and golden monkeys that appeared in “The Golden Compass.” “As a software engineer, it is very satisfying to be able to see the changes and fixes I make in the computer code have a direct impact on the artists’ work flow in an almost immediate manner,” Beason said. “I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if it weren’t for my graduate adviser, (Associate Professor) David C. Banks, in the computer science department at Florida State University,” he said. “I was also very lucky to have the support of (Associate in Mathematics) Mickey Boyd in the mathematics department.” Beason also expressed gratitude to the faculty of the FSU Department of Physics and the School of Computational Science, where he did his thesis research on applying realistic illumination to scientific visualization.


August 2008

Riscigno poured heart into School of Hospitality Jim Riscigno may have just retired as the executive in residence and director of the Professional Golf Management program at the Florida State University College of Business’ Dedman School of Hospitality, but his legacy at the school will continue to affect students and the hospitality field for generations. The Dedman School would not be what it is today without him. At least that is the opinion of Director Bob Brymer, who says Riscigno’s contributions are almost incalculable. “Jim has brought to FSU a tremendous gift from the Dedman family, and that would not have happened without him,” Brymer said. “To this day, it is the single biggest gift to a department at FSU. Had Jim not been involved, it would not have happened.” That gift was a $7-million contribution from the Robert and Nancy Dedman Foundation to endow the

Dedman School of Hospitality (recently renamed the Dedman School of Hospitality Management). It was the third gift from ClubCorp founder Robert Dedman, who had previously given more than $3 million toward the University Center building fund and as an investment in the establishment of the University Center Club, which is managed by ClubCorp. Including state matching funds, Riscigno’s pleas to Dedman resulted in almost $20 million for FSU. When he approached Dedman about the $7-million gift, Riscigno said his pitch was right to the point. “I said, ‘A lot of FSU graduates have helped you make a lot of money. It just makes sense for you to have your name attached to the program,’” Riscigno said. “The success of the club helps the school. It is a synergistic relationship that is truly a win-win.” The relationship between

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At the top of the world: Jim Riscigno at the FSU Dedman School of Hospitality’s University Center Club, overlooking Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

FSU and the world leader in private clubs, in which affiliates own or operate nearly 170 golf courses, private clubs and resorts around the world, also

begins with Riscigno. A 1966 graduate of the FSU School of Business’ Hotel and Restaurant Management program, Riscigno spent 30

years working for ClubCorp, retiring from the company as executive vice president and a member of the board. He fulfilled his dream to return to FSU and be a business-minded educator in 2000, teaching the club management curriculum as well as directing the PGAaccredited golf management major. “I was here less than two years as a student, but I built a loyalty and love for the university that will last my lifetime,” Riscigno said. “It is the magic of Florida State — a family that breeds relationships that last forever. I was the first in my family to earn a college degree. I came from a lower middleclass family, and FSU helped change all that for me.” Riscigno and wife Ginger are working to change that for others, as they have given FSU personal gifts that are now valued at more than $300,000 for student scholarships.

‘Re-fire!’ Motivational speaker tapped energy at FSU By Mike Welton In the late 1970s, Terri Crook — who is confidence personified — walked into Professor Sandra Rackley’s communications class at Florida State University. With a major in criminology and a minor in communications, Crook owned a natural gift for public speaking. An inner voice told her that she had knocked the class out with her presentation that day. When she finished, she was certain she had. But after class, Rackley, who later became dean of Undergraduate Studies, tactfully assessed her performance: Crook may have been good, but she could have been even better. And then Rackley showed Crook just how to do that. “She pushed me beyond my expectations,” Crook said. “She had that energy — and I could relate to it.” After graduating, Crook (B.S. ’80, Criminology) went to work for the Internal Revenue Service, and is certain she

got the job because of FSU’s Career Center. Coached by representatives from major corporations and government agencies, she prepped her resume, practiced her interviewing skills, and nailed down three solid recommendations. Then she interned with her potential employer. By the time Crook was called in for an interview, she says, she was “fully cooked and ready to come out of the oven.” She has been with the IRS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ever since. Today, Crook is a policy analyst — “one of the few legal ‘Crooks’ at the IRS,” she quipped — and a motivational force both inside and outside the agency. Her well-known inspirational talks began in the early 1990s when she joined the agency’s management team. It was a matter of helping those around her. Crook would encourage and urge them to meet their full potential. She practiced what she had learned from Rackley. “They couldn’t see their own

potential,” Crook says, “but I could.” Soon enough, she was leading motivational workshops for the state of Florida and, later, for the IRS. Today, they have become a successful sideline for her. (See At one of her recent speaking engagements, she addressed a sold-out crowd — 5,000 members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center — who came and enjoyed her energy, humor and inspirational messages. “The bottom line is: Don’t give up,” Crook said. “Don’t look at change in a negative way. Change can be good. How you deal with it, view it and approach it — it’s all in your attitude.” Crook, who is about to turn 50, knows what people her age are going through. “I tell them that it’s only halftime, that they’re still in the game,” she says. “Don’t retire,” she entreats them “Re-fire!” She says she tries to make them feel like they’re on stage

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with her. They relate, with humor and music. “They leave with a sense of inner peace,” she says.

Inner peace and a sense of who she is — Crook attests that she acquired these attributes at FSU.


August 2008

A classroom with an ocean view:

Academic center brings ‘wow factor’ to FSU Panama City Campus By Gail Robbins and Sarah Giles FSU Panama City Campus A new building nearing completion on Florida State University’s Panama City Campus will serve as its centerpiece and will double the number of students the campus will be able to accommodate. The 105,000-square-foot Alfred P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center, scheduled for completion in late 2008, will provide 21 general-purpose classrooms, 10 academic laboratories, a multipurpose lecture/meeting hall, 10 seminar rooms, and a library and learning center. “We are building a bigger and better FSU Panama City to serve the future highereducation needs of Northwest Florida, as well as better meeting the needs of today’s students,” said George DePuy, FSU Panama City dean.

The center’s academic laboratories will support programs in criminology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, advanced scientific diving and underwater crime scene investigation. “As a graduate of FSU Panama City, I know firsthand the value of the excellent education available to students at FSU Panama City and of the Florida State University degree,” said Alumni Board of Directors member Frank Hall (’89). “It is exciting to know the academic center will significantly expand opportunities for students at FSU Panama City.” In 2001 and 2003, engineering programs, along with several other academic programs, were added to degrees offered at FSU Panama City to meet growing work-force demands in Northwest Florida. Because

adequate space was not available in existing facilities, it was necessary to utilize space at Gulf Coast Community College for the laboratories needed to support these important educational opportunities for students. These programs have grown rapidly, despite the challenges presented to both students and faculty due to the lack of lab space at FSU Panama City. “While we appreciate Gulf Coast Community College’s willingness to share space in the short term, the Alfred P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center provides the space to have the stateof-the-art labs needed to develop long-term growth in these important academic programs,” DePuy said. During the January 2007 groundbreaking ceremony, it

was announced that the center would be named after the parents of Russell C. Holley, who contributed $1 million toward its construction. The gift will be used to enhance the facility’s classrooms and academic laboratories. The Alfred P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center will serve as a lasting tribute to the numerous contributions the Holley family has made and continues to make to the quality of life in Bay County and Northwest Florida. Through the Holleys’ vision and generosity, the state-of-the-art learning

Ruby Diamond... continued from page 1 College of Music has never had a large performance venue with adequate acoustical and theatrical attributes,” said Don Gibson, dean of the FSU College of Music. “The extensive renovation planned for Ruby Diamond will dramatically enhance both sound and sight lines, resulting in the transformation of a typical 1950s auditorium into a first-class, large performance venue. Both performers and audience members will enjoy a dramatically enhanced experience, and our students will, for the first time, have a concert and opera facility capable of supporting their best performances.” What’s more, the auditorium’s lobby will be expanded outward to encompass what is now office space on the first floor of the Westcott Building. The lobby expansion, which will be extensive in scope, is required in order to adhere to current building and fire codes.

Artist’s rendering of the new north face of the Westcott Building. The renovation project doesn’t stop there, either. A new entrance to the expanded lobby will be built on the north face of the Westcott Building, along with a fourstory addition that will include a rehearsal hall and administrative office space. An auditorium was first added to the Westcott Building in 1911. It was condemned and closed in 1951 after developing a settling crack. By 1954, the current auditorium had been

built. In 1971, it was named for Diamond, an alumna of the Florida State College for Women who later became a benefactor of FSU. During the renovation and construction project, most of the Mina Jo Powell Alumni Green north of the Westcott Building will serve as a staging area. “The green will be fenced in and the trees will be protected,” said Scott Cisson, FSU’s director of landscape operations. “I’m a staunch

advocate of preserving what we have. There’s a lot of plant material on this campus that you can’t replace.” As the project nears completion, the green won’t be merely restored, but vastly improved and enlarged, transforming it into a gardenlike park that will aesthetically join the Westcott Building with the Eppes Building, the Kellogg Research Building and the Longmire Alumni Building. “The design of the green is not yet complete, but I’m happy that we’ve taken the time to thoroughly investigate its history with a site analysis of the landscape,” Cisson said. A circular driveway and plaza will join the green with the new north entrance to the Westcott Building to provide a more convenient drop-off and pick-up point for people attending events in the auditorium.

Russell Holley environments provided in the Holley Academic Center will enrich the lives of countless generations of students as they pursue their dream of a college education at FSU Panama City.

A planetarium in the Westcott Building? It’s true. In 1954, Florida State University installed its first planetarium in the machine room above Westcott Auditorium, as it was then known, in a room that housed the air conditioning system’s blower. The domed planetarium, complete with a Spitz model A1 star projector, was small — it could hold only 20 people — and was the only planetarium in Tallahassee. Steve Edwards, a theoretic nuclear physicist who served as the university’s dean of the Faculties from 1985 to 2003, was a graduate student at FSU in 1954 when the planetarium was installed. He recently recounted to the Florida State Times the planetarium’s educational service to a generation of local students. “When we really got going, we were running 2,300 schoolkids per year through there, 20 at a time,” Edwards said. “In 1973, the city of Tallahassee hired a new fire marshal who came out and saw that the only way to get up to and down from the planetarium was through a narrow, 10-flight staircase. He said, ‘Shut it down, right away!’ “We weren’t too upset about it though, because the Richards Building was under construction and we knew, of course, that it would have a planetarium room in it,” Edwards said.


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TRUE Seminole II: ‘Undivided, Unwavering, Unconquered’ By Dave Fiore

than $80,000,” said Jill Chandler, the 2008 TRUE Seminole chairwoman and vice president of Seminole Student Boosters, the organization behind the campaign. “This year, we are hoping for even more, especially since we are adding additional online sales through our official athletic Web site. People now know what the program is and want the T-shirts for friends and family to participate with them.”

FSU Photo Lab/Michele Edmunds

If the sea of garnet T-shirts at home football games last year was a reliable indicator, there are indeed a throng of Florida State University students, alumni and friends proud to be labeled as TRUE Seminoles. Following the launch of the TRUE Seminole campaign last summer, everyone with a love for the university was encouraged to wear their “TRUE Seminole” official game-day T-shirt to games as a symbol of Tradition, Respect, Unity and Excellence — fundamental principles to being a Florida State Seminole. Each year, a new graphic design will be chosen to best represent the spirit and tradition that defines Florida State University. This year’s design features the message “Undivided, Unwavering, Unconquered” across the front and a flaming spear with the phrase “TRUE Seminole” across the back. With retail partners agreeing to forgo their normal profit margin, $5 from the sale of each shirt was set aside to endow scholarships for student-athletes and to provide opportunities for others in need. “We were hoping to raise $50,000, but it was very successful and we raised more

Jill Chandler

The $5 set aside from each sale provides funding to the student boosters for an endowed student-athletic scholarship, and for the Student Government Association’s newly established TRUE Seminole Ambassadors program. In the summer of 2007, representatives from the program went to Africa to help with education initiatives as ambassadors from FSU. In addition to the tangible benefits from the campaign, seeing others wear the T-shirt has provided an extra bonus. “TRUE Seminole shirts have been seen all over campus, the state and even the country,” said Sherri Dye, director of Trademark Licensing. “People are still wearing last year’s design and have been very supportive in helping launch this new tradition. The students have done an excellent job with their marketing efforts.” “Our campus needed something to bring us together,” Chandler said. “The T-shirts are great for any age — from little kids to alumni. They help bridge th that gap, no matter how wide th the age difference.” The theme for this year’s campaign is “Undivided, Unwavering, Unconquered” — a reminder that Seminoles stick together

even through difficult times. Supporting the TRUE Seminole campaign and looking cool at sporting events is even easier this year, as the Nike-produced shirts now are available on campus at the Florida State Bookstore, the

Seminole Sportshop at the stadium, the official athletic Web site (www.seminoles. com), and through two local partners, Bill’s Bookstore and Garnet and Gold. This year’s shirts have arrived and are in stores now.

Emeritus Weekend Florida Florida State University’s Class of 1958 was honored ho onored by the FSU Alumni Association during its annual Emeritus Society Reunion Weekend in Tallahassee, April 3-6. Throughout the weekend, Ta there were numerous activities, including an th induction ceremony for new members, a tour in of the College of Medicine and a field trip to the th FSU Flying High Circus. During the awards ceremony, several alumni were honored for their ce dedication and service to FSU: Barbara Ann de Goleman, Nancy Smith Fletcher and Elizabeth G Mann received the Commitment to Excellence M Award; the late Mary Lou Norwood, who Aw passed away in 2007, posthumously received pa the th Conradi Lifetime Achievement Award; and Virginia B. “Ginger” Wetherell received the Dean Vi Eyman Distinctive Service Award. All FSU alumni Ey who w graduated 50 or more years ago constitute the th membership of the Emeritus Alumni Society. They Th are automatically admitted and may attend the Emeritus Society Induction Ceremony, at which is held each spring. The purpose of the w society and the spring weekend is to encourage so alumni to renew old friendships and strengthen al their th ties with FSU. To learn more about the Emeritus Alumni Society and how to get more Em involved, visit in

Fans can serenade FSU living legend at kickoff luncheon Scott Atwell President, Alumni Association

Tradition is sacred on a college campus. Take, for instance, the Seminole Football Kickoff Luncheon, which the Florida State University Alumni Association has been hosting since 1951. When we tee it up Aug. 22 at the Leon County Civic Center, it will mark our 57th year. Those are serious squatter’s rights. But this fall, a tradition of even greater proportion comes to an end. Tommie Wright will not be teaching a class at Florida State. That’s the end of a record-breaking run that

began in January 1949 and concluded with his retirement this past spring. In 59 years as a music professor, he taught more students than you can count. Check that: He did count them, and the College of Music registrar confirms the number — 58,708. Put another way, that’s more than 20 percent of FSU’s living alumni. But Tommie Wright is not going quietly. We won’t let him. In June, one day after being appointed president of the FSU Alumni Association, I rang Tommie’s home phone and asked him for a favor. The association has this kickoff luncheon thing — a pretty big deal — and I’d like him to come play the piano. He agreed. Now, here’s the rest of the story: In the early fall of 1950, Florida State University had a football

team. It had a nickname. It had school colors. But it didn’t have a fight song. When football games required moments of spirit, the newly named Marching Chiefs played famous fight songs of the day — namely “On Wisconsin” and the “Notre Dame Victory March.” One early-autumn day, on his way home for lunch, Professor Wright grabbed a copy of the Florida Flambeau. Over a sandwich, he read a poem that had been printed in the newspaper. It began with the words, “You have to fight, fight, fight for FSU.” Wright sat down at his piano and within an hour sketched out a catchy tune to match the words. It debuted that very week at the Seminoles’ next home game. It was FSU’s Fight Song. Fast-forward to 2008. On

the phone, I told Tommie we have all enjoyed singing his song. We have sung it to the Marching Chiefs. We have sung it to the radio. We have sung it to the television. We have sung it to a lot of opposing fans who did not want to hear it. Seminoles fans, I told him, needed a chance to sing it to Tommie Wright. Make plans to sing with Tommie on Aug. 22 at high noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Alumni Center, which is located at 1030 W. Tennessee St.; by calling (850) 644-2761; or online at www.alumni.fsu. edu. Seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there early in order to secure a good seat. The Kickoff Luncheon usually sells out, which is another FSU tradition, so make your plans now. It’s not

every day you have the chance to sing the FSU Fight Song to a living legend — the man who started it all, 58 years ago.

Tommie Wright


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Visiting campus? First stop: pick up a map By Maria Mallory White Florida State University’s campus has changed — and continues to do so. In fact, for the past five years, the university has been in a rolling $500 million construction and renovation campaign. The new facilities and renovations are aimed at meeting the needs and demands of the burgeoning student population, to preserve and update landmark buildings and to support the cutting-edge research and development activities of the Pathways of Excellence initiative. In fact, there’s not one area of university operations untouched by the building boom. “You pick an area, and chances are we have improved it,” said Mark Bertolami, director of facilities planning. Much has appeared — and disappeared — in the process. Stultz outdoor pool is gone, but athletics has the new Southwest Campus Morcom Aquatic Center. Florida High has relocated to Tallahassee’s SouthWood community. Many on-campus fraternity and sorority residences have moved to Heritage Grove, the university’s four-year-old Greek residential park, located on Ocala Road. Though growing for future greatness, the campus is returning to its quaint, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly roots at the same time. New structures are designed to mirror the Jacobean Revival style of the university’s 19th-century roots. Each historic residence hall — Jennie Murphree, Reynolds,

Bryan, Broward, Gilchrist, Cawthon and Landis — has been renovated during the past decade. With their classic collegiate architecture, porticos and gargoyle-adorned facades intact, they’re quite different inside. For instance, “We got rid of ‘gang showers’ and replaced them with suite-style living arrangements,” Bertolami notes. Originally built in 1913, the Gothic Revival-style Suwannee Dining Room, for many years was used as office space and for a time vacant, reopened in 2006, restored to its original role as a dining facility. Longtime administration building Westcott, its gate and fountain continue to stand sentinel on the Main Campus. Inside, Ruby Diamond Auditorium is undergoing an extensive $35 million renovation. It’s scheduled for a 2010 reopening. Montgomery Hall — formerly Montgomery Gym — FSU’s first gym, built in 1929 for FSU’s institutional predecessor, Florida State College for Women is completely updated now, one of the nation’s leading centers for dance. The building's refurbishments include the new Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, which has fixed seating for nearly 400; a 1,000-plus-square-foot performance area with stateof-the-art lighting, sound and video projection capabilities; dressing rooms; a student lounge; and studios for conditioning and rehearsing. The privately funded President’s House is a new campus landmark off Tennessee Street, where the

past, present and the future converge. Completed in 2007 with contributions from alumni, local donors, national corporations, local contractors, regional suppliers and others, the home, which is located next to the Alumni Center, serves as an events and reception facility, as well as a private residence for the president and family. Rising at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Park Avenue, the new 48,000-squarefoot DunlapStudent Success Center brings under one roof the Center for Leadership and Civic Education (formerly the LEAD Center and the Center for Civic Education and Service) and the Career Center, and features classrooms, resource centers, meeting rooms, offices and technology accommodations. There’s new student housing as well. On West Jefferson Street, Sherrill Williams Ragans Hall, which offers apartmentstyle living for more than 500 students, opened in 2004. Also on West Jefferson, the air-conditioned, double-room Wildwood Hall complex opened last fall. And on West Tennessee, the rebuilt DeGraff Hall was completed a year ago. Much of the new construction has brought novel approaches to campus facilities.

Case in point: the University Center. Finished in 2004 as part of an upgrade and expansion of Doak Campbell Stadium, the more than 700,000-squarefoot structure is a model of multi-use, “blended” educational and administrative space, FSU's “largest, most complicated (construction) project ever,” according to Bertolami. In addition, Pensacola Street has been rerouted and upgraded, and the new stadium boasts more than 80,000 seats, skyboxes, new concession areas and plenty more parking. The Pathways of Excellence initiative is credited for more than $700 million in construction related to the medical, psychology, chemistry and life sciences programs. The College of Medicine research building opened in March 2006, completing FSU’s 300,000-square-foot medical school complex where the FSU Developmental Research School — “Florida High” — used to be. Also part of Pathways, the department of psychology occupied Phase 1 of its new building in August 2006. Totaling nearly 47,000 square feet, the new building is home to a 220-seat auditorium, 28 research labs for

members of the clinical, social, cognitive and developmental research programs, “smart” classrooms, and administrative and student advising offices. The second phase of construction, completed in June, brought another 56,000 square feet of space that will be used by the Florida Center for Reading Research, 12 neuroscience laboratories and research support facilities, nine additional clinical and cognitive labs, and the psychology clinic. The new five-story, 168,000-square-foot Chemistry Building is home to portions of the university’s department of chemistry and biochemistry. Its advanced laboratories and other facilities further the department’s cuttingedge work in molecular recognition, materials research, nanotechnology, biochemistry, molecular synthesis, computational chemistry and advanced measurement science, providing more than 90,000 square feet of space for instruction, research and support services. Completed in spring 2008, the new King Life Sciences Teaching and Research Building is a state-of-the-art facility of more than 95,000 square feet of space for instruction, research and support services.

Mark Bertolami, left, with two students on the Legacy Walk.


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Apprenticeship makes perfect: Fisher benefiting from ultimate tutorial Charlie Barnes Executive Director, Seminole Boosters

Amid the chaos of his brilliant victory at Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee lost his greatest general. As the mortally wounded Lt. General Thomas Jackson was carried from the field, Lee had to name a replacement immediately. Lee gave command to General J.E.B. Stuart, passing over more senior generals. Stuart would be required to assume command in a critical moment when the tide of battle might turn either way. Florida State alumnus Jeff Shaara describes the effect of Lee’s decision in his best-selling novel Gods and Generals. Stuart embodied flamboyant selfconfidence and he was a superb commander of cavalry. But he had never led an army. When faced with having to coordinate infantry, artillery and cavalry all at once in the clamor and

urgency of battle with victory or defeat on the line, Stuart experienced that single, awful shock of a leader who suddenly senses he may not be equal to the task at hand. Which bring us roundabout to Coach Jimbo Fisher, the nextin-line of command at Florida State. Seminole fans who meet Fisher come away impressed. But like general Stuart who had never commanded an army, Jimbo Fisher has never been a Head Football Coach and that is the subject of some discussion. “I was at LSU when they were a top program,” Fisher tells the crowds. “They sure missed me this year didn’t they?” The selfdepreciating line always draws a laugh. But Seminole fans hungry for a return to glory see what LSU has accomplished and naturally expect Jimbo to bring that magic with him. Some ask, what’s so great about Jimbo Fisher since national champion LSU certainly seems to have not suffered in his absence? Some fans fret that Fisher is an unproven talent, and others wonder if Fisher is really willing to wait the entire three years before his contract specifies

that he must be named Head Coach. Don’t worry; the truth is Fisher is not only an exceptional talent — he’s also lucky and he knows it. Fisher is benefiting from a special tutorial that will help him assume his first Head Coaching job with confidence. Fisher’s position is unique in all of college football. He has been described as our Head Coach “in waiting”; but it’s more accurate to say he is “in training.” When the time comes, Fisher must be prepared — and he will be — to assume the pressures and shocks and expectations of a title he has never held. My guess is that Bobby Bowden is encouraging Fisher to make Head Coaching decisions here and there without the pressure of public accountability. Bowden will cover for his protégé while he learns. If there’s an unwise player selection or if a bonehead play blows up, Bowden will shake his head and tell the press, “Dad-gum it, I should have listened to my assistants; they told me not to do that.” Like you, I have seen great assistant coaches who by all measure should be terrific

Head Coaches, but success eludes them and they usually pass quietly back into the lower ranks. Across the years I have marveled at the can’tmiss wunderkinds of coaching assistants and coordinators who failed after having been elevated to a Head Coaching position. Coach Bowden thinks most of the problem stems from the fact that coaches do not have time to gain experience in their new Head Coaching role. In the constant spotlight of modern communications, Coaches can never make an unexamined decision. Bowden was Head Coach at three other universities before he came to Tallahassee in 1976. “I got to make all my mistakes out of sight.” He says, “I was Head Coach at South Georgia College and at Samford, and then, even at West Virginia the media coverage was still pretty regional. Of course, there was no Internet.” My grandfather started in the automobile business in the southern West Virginia coal fields in 1917. Fifty years later, reflecting back on the many

changes and challenges of the car business, he said if he had his life to live all over again he would be like the old Island Creek Coal Company doctor who was his neighbor. “The old doctor had made arrangements to have a new car delivered to his home in Holden,” he said. “The doctor’s friends were horrified the next day to see the new car coming down the road with the doctor standing on the running board and steering by reaching in through the car window. “Fearing for his life, one of his friends ran as close to the car as he dared and shouted, ‘Get inside the car, Doc, get inside the car!’ “The car whipped by him in a cloud of dust and the doctor, his grey hair flying in the wind, half turned to shout a reply: ‘I’m not fool enough to get inside this damned thing until I learn to drive it!’” Think now about Coach Jimbo Fisher and his role as coach-intraining. Jimbo is a very smart fellow, and certainly smart enough to want to learn how to drive this damned thing before he gets behind the wheel.


August 2008 Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1988. (LM) Delma L. Hughes (B.A. ‘69) hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. (M) Lynda Keever (B.A. ‘69) was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Florida Research Consortium. (LM)


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1950 Ann Blitch Turco (B.S. ‘54) received the Non-Department of Defense Civilian Volunteer of the Year Award from Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral during its annual awards ceremony in February, at which both military and civilian awards were given. Turco, a retired kindergarten teacher, was recognized for her 46 years of volunteer hospital work, much of which represented the American Red Cross. In May, Turco also received the Clara Barton Leadership Award from the American Red Cross. Hazel W. “Bubba” Asbell (M.S. ‘56), a retired educator who has recently begun writing poetry, received the Editor’s Choice Award for his first poem, “The Land,” which was published on page one of “Forever Spoken,” a publication of the International Library of Poetry. Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Pickett (B.S. ‘59) was named Realtor of the Year for 2007 by the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. He also was named as a State of Florida Top Ten Coldwell Banker Realtor. (M)

1960 Gloria J. Orr (B.A. ‘66) retired in 2007 as associate provost of Information and Library Services, University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md. She previously served in the U.S. Air

Judith Sessions (M.S. ‘71) received the Distinguished Service Award, given annually to Miami University of Ohio faculty or staff members. Pamela Kaufman Heringhaus (B.A. ‘74) accepted the position of chief magistrate in the Wood County common pleas court, Bowling Green, Ohio, after being a part-time magistrate and having a private legal practice. Michael J. Grimes (B.S. ‘75) was elected a shareholder for the law office of Briggs and Morgan in Minneapolis, Minn. Diahann W. Lassus (B.S. ‘76) was named one of “Southwest Florida’s Top Wealth Managers” in Gulfshore Life Magazine. She is currently the president of Lassus Wherley, a wealth management firm with offices in New Providence, N.J., and Bonita Springs, Fla. (LM) Marilyn M. Polson (B.S. ‘76) was a finalist for the 2008 Business Woman of the Year award sponsored by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Polson is an attorney for Fisher and Sauls, P.A., in St. Petersburg, Fla. J. Morgan E. Wright, III (B.S. ‘79) has joined Disney Worldwide Services as the manager of the configuration and asset management program located in Celebration, Fla. (M)

1980 David M. Caldevilla (J.D. ‘86) was elected to serve as the vice chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. The commission is responsible for nominating candidates to serve as appellate court judges. (M)

1990 Andrea Smith Lloyd (B.S. ‘90) won the Collier County Golden Apple award. The award recognizes professional educators who exhibit excellence in the classroom. Lloyd is a third-grade teacher at Sabal Palm Elementary School in Naples, Fla. J.D. Bauserman (B.S. ‘91) was promoted to senior technical economist with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he is responsible for the collection and analysis of

wage and benefit cost data from employers, primarily in the Southeast. John R. Spruill (B.S. ‘93) has received the Certified Financial Planner designation, administered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. (M) Noell Barnidge (B.A. ‘94) won the feature story category in the 2007 Associated Press Sports Editors’ contest for his story on Savannah State University basketball player Joshua Obiajunwa. He is a Savannah Morning News staff writer. Annette J. Davis (M.P.A. ‘94) was named acting deputy director of the Department of Central Operations for the city of Jacksonville, Fla. Howard A. Cohen (B.S. ‘96) was named counsel for Drinker Biddle. He is a member of the Corporate Restructuring Practice Group in the firm’s Wilmington, Del., office. Andres A. Fernandez (B.S. ‘96) was promoted to firm shareholder of Gunster Yoakley and is a member of the firm’s corporate department and banking and financial services group in Miami, Fla. Amy E. Osteryoung (B.A. ‘97, J.D. ‘00) was named partner at Johnson and Osteryoung of St. Augustine, Fla. She was appointed assistant editor for the American Bar Association’s affiliate newsletter.

2000 Heather Stewart Harrell (B.S. ‘00, M.S. ‘01, B.S. ‘07) is a staff accountant at James Moore and Co., P.L., of Tallahassee, Fla. Rita Tejada (Ph.D. ‘00) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Thomas “Rob” Shahady, II (B.S. ‘01) is an associate at the law firm of Adorno and Yoss LLP, and was named the 2008 Man of the Year by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for his extensive fundraising efforts and volunteer contributions to the organization. Todd P. Linden (B.S. ‘02) was hired as director of acquisitions for Advenir Inc., a real estate investment and management services company in Aventura, Fla. Grasford W. Smith (B.S. ‘02) was named an associate at the West Palm Beach, Fla., office of the law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. Dustin Dailey (B.S. ‘03) has joined Burke Blue Hutchison Walters and Smith, P.A., with offices in both Panama City and Sandestin, Fla.

Happy 100th Birthdays! Mary Louise Zipperer Browning of Madison, Fla., celebrated her 100th birthday on April 8. Browning earned her two-year L.I. certificate, which certified recipients as schoolteachers in Florida, from the Florida State College for Women in 1929 and her Master of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1954. Browning’s family has a long history with FSU. Her late husband, Edwin B. Browning Sr., received his Master of Science degree in 1956; her daughter, Dorothy E. Browning Brown of Madison, received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1955 and Master of Science degree in 1959; her elder son, James W. Browning of Palmetto, Fla., received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1958; and her younger son, Edwin B. Browning Jr. of Madison, who is chief judge of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida, received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. Finally, Browning’s grandson, Edwin B. Browning III of Madison, an attorney, earned his juris doctorate from FSU in 1998. Mary Elisabeth Lowe Poag Black, who attended Florida State College for Women from 1926 to 1930, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 30. While at FSCW, Black studied Spanish, Latin and French to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern languages. After graduation, she taught in Fort Meade, Fla., where she was frequently paid in scrip — paper money issued for temporary emergency use — because of the depressed economy. After teaching school for several years in different Florida cities, she worked for the Florida Department of Education’s teacher-certification department from 1947 to 1968. After retiring, she served as a volunteer at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for more than 25 years and has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Tallahassee for more than 70 years.

Michael Pasquier (M.A. ‘03, Ph.D. ‘07) has been awarded an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholar Fellowship for 2008-2009 to conduct research at Harvard University on the intersection of Native American religions, African religions and European Christianities in colonial Louisiana. He has accepted a tenure-track position at Louisiana State University. Dan Clark (B.S. ‘04) is the global work-place solutions transaction manager for Johnson Controls Inc. based out of the Oakbrook, Ill., office. (M) Melissa Tomaszewski (B.S. ‘05) was promoted to semi-senior accountant at James Moore and Co., P.L., of Tallahassee, Fla. She is the district director of the Florida District of the National Barrel House Association.

Allison Bundy (B.S. ‘06) was promoted to semi-senior accountant at James Moore and Co., P.L., of Tallahassee, Fla. Patricia Raub (B.S. ‘06) was promoted to semi-senior accountant at James Moore and Co., P.L., of Tallahassee, Fla. She previously worked for the Florida Auditor General. Michael L. Audet (B.S. ‘07) is a staff accountant at James Moore and Co., P.L., of Tallahassee, Fla. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura (Ph.D. ‘07) was awarded an American Psychological Association Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults.” Genine Iffla (B.S. ‘07) is the public relations account executive for Ambit, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., based advertising and public relations firm.


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Going Green ... that generated over $34,000 in revenue and saved $16,000 in landfill fees. At the state level, FSU has joined forces with four other universities in the new Florida Energy Systems Consortium, created in June by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to work on new biomass, solar and other renewable energy technologies. The University of Florida has been given $15 million to lead the consortium and FSU, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida each will receive $8.75 million. In an effort to save on skyrocketing utility costs, FSU started a utility conservation program as a campuswide effort to use energy and resources as wisely as possible and save money. Peck explained that the university has already saved significantly by reducing unnecessary lighting across campus, and by cutting back on the heating and cooling of buildings over nights and weekends. FSU also has seen savings with the installation of

continued from page 1 energy-efficient utility systems; high-efficiency chillers using groundwater for cooling, underground steam and chilledwater piping; and extensive control and monitoring systems. Performance contracting and campus-design standards for use in new construction and renovations also have played a key role. Red brick buildings that are actually green When FSU constructs new buildings, and renovates older ones, it does so with the goal of providing students, faculty and other researchers with energy-efficient facilities that are capable of allowing them to complete their missions at the highest levels possible. “We’ve been energyconscientious for a long time,” said Lawrence Rubin, FSU’s director of facilities design and construction. “We think it’s the right thing to do to save energy and conserve our resources and, as an institution of higher learning, we should set the standard and be one of the leaders in the industry.

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Elizabeth Swiman We’re trying to use more recycled and environmentally friendly products and waterefficient devices, like low-flow fixtures,” Rubin said. “By using efficient and sustainable construction methods, we’re trying to do all we can in our new buildings and renovation projects.” FSU has completed two LEED certified buildings, the Mike Long track and the Life Sciences Teaching and Research Building and is constructing two more LEED-certified buildings. (LEED, short for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance, environmentally responsible buildings). The $17-million Materials Research Building is scheduled to be ready by the fall. The Off-Grid Zero Emission Building, or OGZEB, initiated by the university’s Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Center, will have a platinum LEED certification, the highest rating possible. Located adjacent to the Love Building and Carothers Hall, the OGZEB will illustrate cutting-edge technologies for power systems and appliances. The house, which is completely off the power grid, will use solar power during the day and next-generation hydrogen technologies to store excess power from the solar technology to

run the house at night. These technologies, which include electrolyzers and fuel cells developed by the Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Center, produce no harmful emissions. Rubin noted that the Ruby Diamond renovation and the College of Education expansion and renovation, major projects that are currently underway and the Johnston Building planned renovation and expansion will all be LEED certified and all forthcoming projects will meet LEED standards. The Sustainable Campus and Community Committee FSU has a Sustainable Campus and Community Committee that works with its employees and students to educate and promote environmentally friendly programs and policies. The committee consists of 36 members who represent faculty, staff and administration, five students and six community members. “We are the educators and the information gatherers,” said Elizabeth Swiman, a program assistant with the FSU Center for Leadership and Civic Education. “We organize educational programs and events for the FSU community, which promote environmentally friendly practices. Our biggest program is ‘Garnet and Gold Goes Green,’ our partnership with the FSU Department of Athletics and Tri-Eagle Sales. During football and baseball games, we have students who volunteer to come out before

the games and encourage fans to recycle. It’s been really successful.” The committee’s other efforts include the “Rez Goes Green” program, a cleanup day at the Seminole Reservation. A “trash audit” was held on Earth Day, in which trash was collected from buildings around the Union Green, then separated to identify everything that could be recycled. Swiman said that more than 50 percent of the sorted trash was found to be recyclable material. Laura Keller, an associate professor of biological science at FSU, was teaching a green-living sustainability honors seminar, and her class participated in the trash audit. The students set up a display explaining their project with the goal of getting FSU’s food vendors on campus to stop using Styrofoam, especially at Fresh Market, the Suwannee Room and the Park Avenue Diner. Education about the complex issues of sustainability practices and what they all mean are making inroads into curricula across campus. The Department of Interior Design, the Department of Biological Science and the College of Human Sciences are just a few. “I teach an entire instructional unit about sustainability that I put into my visual design class every semester,” said Wanda Brown, an assistant in apparel design. “I wasn’t really that interested in sustainability issues until I started researching it. I got more and more involved, and the students are very receptive to this material. I teach them what it means when products are labeled as green, organic or sustainable, because they’re such catchwords right now. It’s really important for students to know the difference between these terms, which are being thrown around in the media and advertising so much these days. “Recycled clothing is important because we’re so wasteful in America,” Brown said. “It’s absurd how fast many undergraduates go through clothes and just throw them away. So we are taking clothes that are no longer hip or desirable, for whatever reason, and making them into trendy, wearable garments.” Garnet and Gold Goes Green program in action on game day.


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FACULTY OBITUARIES in the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Peru. Shortly before his death, the Charles Hook Sculpture Garden at 621 Gallery was dedicated in his honor at the Railroad Square Art Park in Tallahassee, Fla. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Washington University in 1973. Prior to teaching at FSU, he taught at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Ind., and at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.

Charles Hook, 59, a Florida State University associate professor of studio art and renowned international sculptor, died March 17. Hook began his career at FSU in 1980 and he taught both undergraduate- and graduate- level sculpture courses, as well as serving as the head of sculpture in the art department. He was considered to be a mentor for sculpture students, specifically in the area of metal pouring and fabrication. Hook’s artwork was known for his ability to work with steel as if it were clay. His large-scale, abstract-metal sculptures can be found around Tallahassee at Innovation Park, Tallahassee Community College, Premier Health and Fitness Center and St. John’s Episcopal Church. He also was commissioned for international works displayed

Jack Seely, 86, long-time professor at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical

1930 Mary Wilson Mickle (B.A. ’31) • Margaret Williams Reid (L.I. ’31) • Millicent Amstutz Garrison (B.A. ’33) • Sue Evelyn Hanshaw Lane (A.B. ’33) • Frances Strickland Hair (B.A. ’34) • Alice Dyal Bell (B.S. ’38)


Maria T. ChavezHernandez, 58, a Florida State University associate professor of information studies and director of the College of Information’s internship program, died March 19. Chavez-Hernandez oversaw the recruitment, alumni affairs and placement activities of the College of Information as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate students. In 2007, the Florida Library Association created the Maria Chavez-Hernandez Libraries Change Peoples’ Lives Award in honor of her work in expanding the opportunities of information access to underserved and immigrant populations. A native of Managua, Nicaragua, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1972, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, and a doctorate in library science and information studies from FSU in 1991.

Christopher Hunter, 73, a Florida State University professor emeritus of mathematics and McKenzie Professor, died March 2. He began his 33-year career with FSU in 1970 and became one of the founding directors

of FSU’s Program in Applied Mathematics. Hunter also was the chair of the math department for six years. While at FSU, he received the McKenzie Professor Award in 1991. His research accomplishments were honored with the American Astronomical Society’s Brouwer Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of dynamical astronomy, in 1995. Originally from England, Hunter earned his doctorate from Cambridge University. He held a postdoctoral position and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than ten years. He also was a national serviceman in the British Army from 1952 to 1954.

1940 Sarah Lines Munroe (B.A. ’40, M.A. ’49) • Fl Florence Ludovici Lupoli (B.A. ’41) • Katie Logan Walters (B.A. ’41) • Rachel Stein Levis (B.S. ’42) • Vi Viola De Wolf Hovsepian (B.S. ’44) • Jayne Ja Rainey McLinden (B.A. ‘44) •M Margaret Smith Rider (B.S. ’44) •M Margaret Wilson Cordell (B.S. ’45) • Elizabeth El Troop Gorman (B.A. ’45) • Dorothy Scott Moore (B.S. ’46) • Juanita Nord Little (B.S. ’47) • Virginia Vi Green Sparkman (B.A. ’47) • Ruby R Johnson Collins (B.A. ’48) • E. E Faye Stokes Peterson (B.S. ’48) • James W. Revell (B.S. ’48) • Philip Ph Rountree (B.S. ’48, M.S. ’53) • Mary M Jane Lassiter Watts (B.S. ’48) • Julian S. Foster (B.S. ’49) • Elizabeth Eliz “Betty” Sager Rose (B.S. ’49) • Frances Fra White Shoemaker (B.A. ’49) 1950 C Catherine Scoggin Ferrell (’50) • Barbara Ba Chappell Frevold (B.S. ’50) • Walter W B. Lagergren Sr. (B.S. ’50) • Ba Barbara Rimer Potterfield (B.A. ’50) • William R. Spooner (B.S. ’50) • William J. Tully Sr. (B.S. ’50) •C Charles P. Dial (B.S. ’51, M.S. ‘58) • Richard P. Bradley (B.S. ’52) •M Marilyn Cicenia Cardone (B.S. ’52) • Her Herbert H. Hearne (B.S. ’52, M.A. ’57) •T Thomas D. McMullen (B.S. ’52) • Wallace S. Spracklen (C.E. ’52) • Preston E. Bradley (B.S. ’53) •N Norma Braddock Jackson (B.S. ’53) •M Mary Brickson Tallman (M.A. ’53) • Martha S. Bleckley (B.S. ’54) • El Elise Hughes Wentworth (M.S. ’54) • J. Fr Franklin Adams (B.A. ’55, M.A. ‘56) • Anne Souter Cothran (B.S. ’55) • Charles G. Carothers (B.S. ’56) •D Dawn Bishop Whitener (B.M. ’56) • Donald R. Burch (B.S. ’57)

University-Florida State University College of Engineering, died March 28. Seely moved to Tallahassee in 1982 and assisted in hiring the first faculty members — as well as being appointed as chair — of the mechanical engineering department of the college. He taught part-time until 2005. A native of Pensacola, Fla., Seely went to work for IBM in 1949 and was part of the team that developed the heat transfer technology responsible for keeping computers from overheating. He worked there until 1976, at which time he went to California State Polytechnic University, where he taught until moving to Tallahassee. Seely earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in

• Jean Marshick Evans (B.S. ’58) • Ann Dye Hyman (B.A. ’58) • Curtis H. Norris (B.A. ’58) • Regina Thornton Coffee (B.S. ’59) • Paul F. Rago (B.S. ’59) • W. Potter Woodbery (A.B. ’59, M.A. ’62) 1960 Eunice E. Knight (M.A. ’60, Ph.D. ’73) • Thomas O. Mann (B.S. ’60) • William J. Music (B.S. ’60) • Cade J. Ritchie (B.S. ’60) • Clark S. Pinder (B.S. ’61) • John Steenhoven (M.M.E. ’61) • Carl A. Combs (B.S. ’62) • James Jay Willson (B.S. ’62, M.A. ’63) • Honora Josie Monahan (B.A.’63) • Velma A. Zakostelecky (M.S.W. ’63) • Helen Bell Mershon (M.S. ’64) • Bonnie McClellan Peterson (B.S. ’64, M.S. ’67) • Brendan G. Slattery (B.A. ’64) • Mary Gregory Burel (M.S. ’65) • Mary Chastain Grubbs (M.S. ’65) • Sallie Venelda Leonard (B.S. ’65, M.S. ’66) • Carla Huttinger Wilson Peterson (B.S. ’65) • William P. Walker (Ph.D. ’65) • Jerry C. Arline (B.A. ’66) • Mancel H. Gerstman (B.S. ’66) • Walter A. Parker (B.S. ’66) • Robert D. Beasley (M.S. ’67) • Calvin W. Chisholm (B.A. ’67, M.S. ’71) • Jefferson D. Henderson (B.S. ’67) • William D. Woodward (Ph.D. ’67) • George K. McCain (B.S.W. ’67, B.S. ’72) • Archie C. Kramer (M.S. ’68) • Harry K. Lawrence (B.S. ’68) • Charles M. Magee (B.S. ’68) • Milton P. Sumrell (B.S. ’68) • Richard D. Wright (B.S. ’68, M.S. ’69) • Grace G. Albrecht (’69) • Francis B. Dedmond (Ph.D. ’69) • Evelyn Clayton Dillree (M.S. ’69) • Clinton “Bud”Kaufmann (Ph.D. ’69) • Jacqueline McCall Whitworth (B.S. ’69) 1970 William “Rod” Bowdoin (B.S. ’70) • Larney T. Dragoo (B.S. ’70) • Alan L. Morrison (B.S. ’70) • Michael E. Gray (B.S.W. ’71) • Florence Worthy Griner (M.S. ’71) • John W. Prather (M.S.W. ’71) • Dale N. Schimmack (’71)

Hoboken, N.J., in 1949, and then a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in 1960. He wrote several textbooks, for which he received two honorary doctorates, as well as 43 articles. Seely was listed in the book Who’s Who in Mechanical Engineering and was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

• Gerald W. Turnage (M.S. ’71) • Pierre R. Bayard (B.S. ’72, M.B.A. ’73) • Patrick M. Green (B.S. ’72) • Virginia Dodd Lane (B.S. ’72, M.S. ’75) • Eldred C. Parvin (M.S.W. ’72) • John “Bob” Arnold (B.S.W. ’73) • Rita Maria Gonzalez Bertasi (B.S. ’73) • Ritchie Hartsfield Brown (B.W. ’73) • Charles J. Gerard Sr. (B.S. ’74 , M.S. ’76) • Elizabeth Smith Launder (M.S. ’74) • J. Temple Doswell (B.A. ’75) • Jerald A. Leonard (B.S. ’75) • John Charles Pittman (B.S. ’75) • Harry W. Wallick (B.S. ’75) • William B. Hunter (M.P.A. ’76) • Henry C. Mitchell (Ph.D. ’76) • Jesse T. Nettles (M.S. ’76) • Peter Kroll (B.A. ’77) • Fleeca Thomas Lancaster (B.S. ’78) • Karen Quarles Lewis (M.S. ’78) • Willard A. Jackson (B.S. ’79) 1980 Mary Shaffer Jones (B.A. ’80) • Cindy Smith Craig (B.S. ’81) • Lee Ann Barron Thomas (B.S. ’84) • Walter M. Presnell (B.S. ’85) • Ronald C. Thomas (B.S. ’86) • James O. Cockrell (M.S.W. ’87) • Shawnn Ehrman Wieder (B.S. ’88) 1990 Renee Vincent Hight (B.S. ’90, M.S. ’93) • Joseph J. Carter (B.S. ’91) • Jeffrey J. Getzloff (B.S. ’99) 2000 Jason L. Agramonte (B.A. ’00) • Arthur M. Jones (B.S. ’00) • Alyssa Mulhern (B.S. ’07) • Ryan L. Marsh (B.S. ’05) • Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (BS ’07) • Lucinda Marie Lagomasino (’08) Faculty/ Staff Jean Cummins Chulak • Alfred B. Devereaux • Steven P. Doheny • Gennelle Perry Jordan (B.A. ’38) • Herman A. Pitter (’77)


August 2008

Seminole bylines New books and CDs by FSU faculty and graduates Ultra-Talk: Johnny Cash, The Mafia, Shakespeare, Drum Music, St. Teresa of Avila, and 17 Other Colossal Topics of Conversation David Kirby (FSU Robert O. Lawton professor of English) The University of Georgia Press Ki Kirby’s book examines a ex variety of cultural va phenomena and ph offers his eclectic of critical interest. cr The 16 essays Th cover such subjects co as NASCAR, Johnny Cash, Dante and religion.

The House on Boulevard St. David Kirby (FSU Robert O. Lawton professor of English) Louisiana State University Press This collection of poems takes inspiration from Shakespeare and Dante. The longlined and often humorous poems cover a variety of topics including the fiery restlessness of youth, the mixed blessings of self-imposed exile, and the settled pleasures of home.

Cost-Justifying Usability: An Update for the Internet Age Randolph G. Bias (B.S. ’73) and Deborah J. Mayhew Morgan Kaufman Publishers This Th book shows readers the rea tools too that will enable them en to cost-justify the appropriate usability usa investment in inv their th product. has been This revised edition ha updated to cover usability for Web sites and intranets, and for a host of products offering techniques, examples and case studies.

Avoiding Legal Liability: For Educators, Human Resource Developers, and Instructional Designers John Sample (B.S. ’65, Ph.D. ’90 and FSU associate professor and program coordinator of Human Resource Development) Krieger Publishing Company Sa Sample’s book is a rreference guide for adult educators an and managers of hu human resource de development pr programs to help th them become aw aware of and prevent legal liability liability. The book offers assessments and approaches that the reader can adopt. Some of the specific areas of liability include discrimination, safety and health, negligent training and copyright. Each chapter includes explanations of legal concepts, case examples and recommendations for reducing the potential of liability and litigation.

Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

approach is pro-active and focuses on the success of all children in school.

Davis W. Houck (FSU associate professor of communication) and David E. Dixon Baylor University Press

Practical Evaluation for Educators: Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

Seeking to provide insights into the connections between speeches, religion and the Civil Rights Movement, this text has collected and recovered whole transcripts of speeches from crucial yet often underrepresented civil rights leaders. A scholarly introduction prefaces this collection of transcribed voices from the AfricanAmerican clergy and civil-rights leaders.

Uncommon Sense: Children and School David Willson (M.S.W. ’93, M.S. ’97, Ed.S. ’97) BookSurge Publishing Presented in a diary-like format, this book invites the reader into an intimate study of personal and professional growth. Willson surmises that if common sense prevailed there would be fewer academic, social and behavior problems within schools. His

Roger Kaufman (FSU professor emeritus, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems), Ingrid Guerra (B.A. ’97, M.S. ’98, Ph.D. ‘01), William A. Platt HRD Press Drawing from education, business and military fields, this book shows educators and administrators how to refine evaluations to discover what works and what doesn’t. The authors break down the evaluation process into four steps: align and direct, observe, compare and use. The book also offers examples, checklists, sample exercises and step-by-step guidance.

Positive Performance Improvement Richard F. Gerson (Ph.D. ’78) and Robbie G. Gerson (B.S. ’78) Davies-Black Publishing This book focuses on improving performance by making the most dramatic impact and ensuring lasting change. The Gersons’ approach draws on research in

positive psychology and introduces vital building blocks for forming powerful relationships. Included are questionnaires and evaluations to help reveal clues to what drives an individual’s success.

Meanwhile, Back on Planet Earth Earl Morrogh (B.S. ’88) BookSurge Publishing

In his latest work o of ecofiction, M Morrogh tells the sstory of Rodney T Thibodeaux, a rrebel astronaut, w who believes that th the Earth is in a alarming danger. Thibodeaux begins a quest to inspire the world to save the planet and humanity. While he succeeds in gaining the support of concerned millions, he also receives reactionary threats from the lunatic fringe.

Physician, Protect Thyself: 7 Simple Ways Not to Get Sued for Medical Malpractice

guide to the real reason patients file malpractice claims.

Ungodly: A True Story of Unprecedented Evil Bill Osinski (B.S. ’67) Indigo Custom Publishing Os Osinski’s book on the tragic and tru true story behind the largest child mo molestation convictio tion in the country examines Dwight ex York and his abuse Yo of his followers, the Nubwaubians and Nu their children. The book reveals how York was able to con leaders like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Georgia governor by playing the race card consistently to mask his molestation of hundreds of young black children.

Remembrances - Music by Composers from Cuba and the U.S.

Alan G. Williams, (FSU professor of law, J.D. ’94) Margol Publishing

Harold Schiffman (FSU professor emeritus of music), Jose Lezcano (Ph.D. ’91), Allan Crossman, Mary Jeanne van Appledorn and Aurelio de la Vega North/South Recordings

A Approximately 65 percent of ph physicians are su sued during their ca careers, but this b book claims it ca can help readers av avoid lawsuits. W Williams has cr created a concise manuall tto show ho physicians h or other health care providers how to prevent malpractice lawsuits before they begin. He provides seven simple rules to prevent a lawsuit as well as a

This CD showcases recent works by five composers spanning three generations. Schiffman, who was the founding director of FSU’s Festival of New Music, has Appalachian melodies that reveal neo-classically designed compositions. Cuban born Lezcano’s rhythmic and melodic compositions reveal his strong interest in Caribbean and South American folk music.

New book focuses on personalities of history By Kurt Anthony Krug For Jeff Shaara, writing historical fiction isn’t about history — it’s about the people who lived it. “That has drawn me to every story I’ve done,” said Shaara, 56, of Sarasota, Fla. His recent novel, “The Steel Wave,” is a New York Times best-seller. Shaara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology in 1974 from Florida State University, where his father, acclaimed author Michael Shaara, taught English and his uncle, Richard Shaara, was team doctor for the Seminoles football team. “During my FSU days, the football team was terrible. This was pre-Bowden,” he said. His father wrote “The Killer Angels” in 1974, which became the movie “Gettysburg” in 1993. After his father’s death in 1988, Shaara wrote the prequel, “Gods and Generals” — also made into a movie in 2003 — and the sequel, “The Last Full Measure.” Shaara doesn’t feel he is competing living in his father’s shadow.

“I never felt there was a shadow in the first place,” he said. “In his lifetime, he never saw the audience he deserved for his work. ‘Gettysburg’ came out five years after he died, and ‘The Killer Angels’ (a Pulitzer Prize winner) became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. He also wrote ‘For the Love of the Game,’ which was made into a (1999) movie (with Kevin Costner). I feel I’m living the legacy he earned and deserved.

Jeff Shaara

The audience wasn’t there in his lifetime. I take that very seriously.” With “The Steel Wave,” Shaara focuses on D-Day through the perspective of historical figures, including Gen. George Patton, Gen. Omar Bradley and German commander Erwin Rommel. “The fear I came into this with was, ‘What can I tell you about Normandy that hasn’t been told before?’” he said. “The way I tell a story — through multiple perspectives — may not be better, but it is different. I always tell people that these are the stories of these characters.” To research his books, Shaara reads letters, diaries and memoirs of the people there. He stays away from biographies because he

wants firsthand accounts. “A crucial part of research is hearing that voice,” he said. “I love the diaries particularly because they’re raw and honest. Someone once said to me, ‘How dare you put words in the mouth of Robert E. Lee.’ If I dare, the words had better be accurate. You don’t know who said what every minute of every day, but what happens around them is real. If I don’t believe the dialogue is authentic, you won’t.” The best part about writing is hearing from military veterans and teachers. “Using a novel to teach history is risky,” Shaara said. “Therefore, I have an added responsibility to get it right. You can’t screw around with history. Names, dates, facts — stuff people hate — have to be in there. Kids get into the characters and learn history, despite themselves. These stories are very much alive to veterans. It’s such a gratifying thing to hear they like my work and adds to the awesome responsibility of getting it right. To hear that from veterans is the nicest compliment I can get.”


August 2008

Annual support is an integral part of excellence at FSU Bret Davidson Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving & Regional Programs, FSU Foundation If you are an alumnus of Florida State University, you have no doubt received a phone call or letter asking for your financial support of the university. Florida State is a public university, you may say to yourself. Doesn’t the state take care of its needs? FSU is assisted, but by no means fully supported, by the state of Florida. State appropriations account for only a small percentage of the university’s budget. With declining state support becoming a national trend facing many public universities, no state university can be competitive today without significant private funding. There are many ways to give to Florida State. Endowments and large, one-time gifts are crucial

to continued excellence at FSU, often providing the funding for innovative programs, student support and top-notch faculty members. Endowed gifts are invested, and only a small percentage of the earnings are used to fulfill the purpose for which the fund was created. On the other hand, annual gifts are used in the current operating year, providing discretionary funds to be allocated where they are most needed. Those who make annual gifts, however, still have the option of choosing where their contribution goes. There are 25 main areas to choose from: the university’s 16 colleges, the Panama City Campus, the Division of Student Affairs, University Libraries, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, International Programs, Family Connection, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. In addition, you may choose to make an unrestricted gift to be used wherever there is the greatest need. Annual funds help the deans

and vice presidents address their strategic priorities and immediate financial needs. These funds finance student travel, internships and research. They bring in guest lecturers and artists, and provide faculty with opportunities for travel to conferences and “seed money” for research. Annual funds support student resources on campus and help administrators meet the unexpected challenges that arise each semester. The Florida State University Foundation recognizes annual donors in the Circle of Support by listing them in our Honor Roll each year. Over time, many annual givers also qualify for recognition in the Presidents Club, which honors lifetime giving and carries further benefits. At private institutions, there is generally a strong tradition of alumni giving back to their alma mater. The alumni of Florida State feel just as passionately about this institution. Previous generations have laid the groundwork for philanthropy at FSU.

But with 30 percent of our alumni having graduated in the past 10 years, there is now a passing of the torch. Younger and younger alumni are beginning to see the importance of private support and have begun making gifts of their own. GOLDen Ring, part of the Circle of Support, was created to recognize this new generation of givers. Reserved for graduates of the past decade, GOLDen Ring was designed to acknowledge and encourage

annual giving from our younger alumni. If you feel strongly about the future success of Florida State, we encourage you to find your niche and support it each and every year. To begin making an annual contribution to FSU, call our Office of Annual Giving at (850) 644-6000 or send an e-mail to annualgiving@foundation. You also can make your contribution online at www.






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