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Remains honored in Hawaii
First I would like to commend you and your staff for consistently producing
a top notch publication. I look forward to finding the Florida State Times
in my mail box, reading it, then bringing it to my office so all can see
what a great place my alma mater is!
I did notice however that the cover of the August issue was in error. The
photo of "Capt" Dennis Neal actually portrays First Lieutenant
Neal.The photo shows a single silver bar and not the double "railroad
track" silver bars of a captain.
Certainly this is not an error of epic proportions, but one that my colleagues
from other universities have quickly pointed out! Perhaps the correction
can be noted for your archives. The article itself was fantastic and carried
great relevance for me.
I am currently stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the Central
Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI), is located. CILHI identifies
the remains of our soldiers that are recovered from around the world so
that they may at last be reunited with their families.
To this day, as remains are found, the military community gathers to honor
these patriots as they are brought back to the United States. I am certain
that many of the heroes in the article came through Hickam on their way
Once again, thank you for a fantastic article and a great magazine...I anxiously
await the next issue! Go Noles!
Editor's reply: Although Dennis Neal wasn't yet a captain when that photograph
of him was taken, we referred to him as "Capt." in the cutline
because that was the highest rank he had achieved before he was reported
missing in action. He was promoted posthumously to major.
Story was touching
We recently received your August 1996 issue of the Florida State Times in
our office. I enjoyed reading the article starting on page 10 titled: FSU's
fallen heroes. It was such a thought-provoking article that really pulled
at the heart strings. Hats off to the individual that developed this article.
It was so touching to me that FSU took the time to remember this important
Congratulations for a job well done!
Editor's Note: Browning Brooks, a writer for the FSU Communications Group,
conceived and wrote the story.
Praise for teachers
I was touched by the article on the Holocaust curriculum now required by
the state of Florida. What touched me most is the likelihood that most of
the teachers attending the summer institute were not Jewish. Humanity and
its goodness affect us all. Just as I am sure that God shed a tear for every
soul "lost" (on both sides) during the Holocaust, I am sure that
the Almighty smiles with joy at each participant - and the writer and editors
of this article.
Rachel (Hoodwin) Reese
Quite recently, FSU, the FSU Foundation, the Tallahassee community, countless
friends, employees, recipients of scholarships funded and family as well
were saddened by the demise of Mr. William Guy McKenzie Sr.
I am writing to you with the contemplation that more than just Mr. McKenzie's
name in the "In Memoriam" will appear in the next issue of the
It was in the mid-World War II era that I became acquainted with "Mr.
Mack" in DeFuniak Springs, where he lived and worked for a number of
years, moving later to Tallahassee.
The legacies of Mr. Mack to FSU are many. Although he was a graduate of
Emory University, he adopted FSU akin to any loyal alumni. His guidance
as well as his counsel to the university will be difficult to emulate. His
benevolence, philanthropies, monetary contributions, foresight, leadership,
devotion and unselfishness to the university and family alike; all conducive
in helping FSU achieve prominent status...
Joseph B. Southard Jr.
Don't blame the cows
Methane gas is a prime reason for global warming, say scientists, and not
all of it is coming from swamps and cows - two much-maligned sources.
The problem may be coming from the ocean itself. FSU oceanographer Dr. Lita
Proctor has been studying marine zooplankton, and feels that they may be
just as much to blame as the swamps and cows. These crustaceans, which make
up the base of the sea's food chain, carry bacteria in their guts, which
they use to break down food.
That breakdown results in the production of considerable by-products, including
methane gas. Because methane gas traps heat, much the same as carbon dioxide
does, it contributes to global warming.
The contribution is significant, Proctor says, because the oceans, which
cover three quarters of the surface of the earth, are full of methane.
Proctor and her students are trying to determine which microbes in the zooplankton's
gut produce the gas.
John H. Hansen, director of FSU's Center for the Study of Teaching and Learning,
has received a J. William Fulbright fellowship to help restructure the K-12
educational system in Portugal in 1996-97. The award is given to increase
understanding between the United States and foreign countries.
Hansen gets Fulbright
Here she is...
Illiteracy has a new enemy, and it comes in the shape of the new Miss America.
Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America for 1997, is a magna cum laude graduate
of FSU. She earned a bachelor of music degree in 1994. She has since moved
to Kansas, where she won her title, to work on her master's degree.
She was number 723 of President Bush's 1,000 points of light and has vowed
to fight illiteracy during her reign as Miss America.
Holland has been pursuing the title of Miss America for six years, since
she placed first runner-up in the Miss Florida pageant at the age of 17.
Boost for young scientists
FSU's astronaut/professor, Norm Thagard, has arranged to bring space a little
closer to the children of Tallahassee.
A Challenger Learning Center - named to honor those lost in the Challenger
disaster in 1986 - is scheduled to open in 1999 at the FAMU-FSU College
of Engineering. The purpose of the center is to educate young students interested
in careers in mathematics, science and technology.
Tallahassee is the third site in Florida to receive a Challenger Learning
Center. Two others, in Tampa and Jacksonville, are already operating. There
are 29 centers throughout North America.
Access to law resources - agencies, journals and newsletters, private organizations
and discussion lists - is now as easy as clicking your mouse button.
The Administrative Law Database, a project of the FSU College of Law, is
on-line to supply information about legal matters. The site was set up to
alleviate the problem of geographic dispersion, which makes the cost of
sharing information too high.
With the new Internet site, people from all over the world can get information
about law reforms, administrative and regulatory law.
"The project will ensure that the state of Florida will continue to
be a laboratory of democracy for the rest of the United States and the world,
as we move into the 21st century," said Jim Rossi, assistant professor
at the College of Law and editor of the Administrative Law Database.
The address is http://law.fsu.edu/library/adminpro.html.
For more information on the project, e-mail Jim Rossi at the Florida State
College of Law at email@example.com.
Home costs to rise slightly
Housing costs in the state of Florida will continue to increase, but - in
most of the state - not as fast as inflation, say two researchers, Dean
H. Gatzlaff of FSU's Real Estate Research Center and David C. Ling of the
University of Florida.
Gatzlaff and Ling have found that the cost of homes in south Florida and
the large metropolitan areas will continue to keep up with inflation, but
homes in the rest of the state will not keep up.
Housing prices for the state will rise at an annual rate of 2.69 percent,
they said, but inflation is expected to be at 3 to 3.5 percent.
Though it sounds like bad news for homeowners, it's better than it has been.
The annual rate from 1990 to 1994 averaged 1.85 percent.
Alan G. Marshall, an FSU chemistry professor, has won an award for an invention
with the potential to answer significant questions in the field of spectroscopy.
Marshall is co-inventor of the Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance
(FT-ICR) mass spectrometry, which is used to investigate complex chemical
mixtures and molecular structures, such as crude oil and proteins.
The honor comes from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and is sponsored
by Fisons Instruments.
In addition to this achievement and teaching, Marshal directs the National
FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry facility.
N E W S N O T E S
Ruby Pate Bodkin (B.A. '48), Jacksonville, has retired from teaching after
30 years. She was chairman of the Contract Bridge Group, and finance chairman
of the Woman's Club of Jacksonville.
Dr. Carlos Suarez (B.A. '64) is the Director of the Institute of Minimal
Access Surgery and practices in South Miami.
Dr. Bert W. Westbrook (E.D.D. '64), Raleigh, N.C., is a 1995 nominee for
the Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College
of Education and Psychology at North Carolina State University.
Constance Rippetoe Brown (B.S. '67), Winston-Salem, N.C., has earned a Ph.
D. in curriculum and teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
R. Eugene Taylor (B.S. '69), Baltimore, Md., is president of the mid-Atlantic
(Maryland, Virginia and D.C.) banking group of NationsBank.
Col. Polly Peyer (B.S. '71), Wichita Falls, Texas, has been named to take
command of the 82nd Training Group at Sheppard Air Force Base. The 82nd
Training Group trains airmen in technical and military war-fighting skills.
Margaret Chason Agnew (B.S. '73, M.S. '77), wrote "The Husband-Hunting
Handbook" with Catherine Hamrick.
Charles W. Dodson (B.S. '74, J.D. '76) has left a longtime trial practice
with Holland & Knight to teach math at Godby High School in Tallahassee.
Christopher J. Weiss (B.A. '74, J.D. '77) gave a presentation on the "1996
Legislative Changes To The Homebuyers Protection Act" to the Orlando
chapter of the National Association of Women In Construction. He is a shareholder
with the law firm of Maguire, Voorhis, & Wells, P.A.
Deborah K. Flannagan (B.S. '75, M.B.A. '79), executive director of the Connecticut
Department of Public Utility Control, is leaving to take a similar position
David Kwait (M.F.A. '76), Miami, was awarded an endowed teaching chair by
Miami-Dade Community College. He is a professor of acting at the New World
School of the Arts.
Shannon J. Sullivan (B.S. '76) is co-owner of Sports Beat in Tallahassee.
Rebecca Augustyniak (B.A. '78, M.S. '86) is project director for the newsletter,
School-to-Work On-Line and "Florida's Tech Prep Practices That Work."
which received the APEX '96 Award for Publication Excellence.
Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert A. Hodges (A.A. '78) has returned home to
Mayport, Fla., after completing a six-month Middle East force deployment
aboard the guided missile frigate USS Underwood.
Dr. Charles W. Caldwell (D.B.A. '79), chair of the Department of Accounting
and Business Law at Tennessee Technological University, received the university's
Curtis Kinslow Award for Excellence in Teaching.
John R. Schmitt (B.S. '80) is chairman and CEO for SunTrust Bank of North
Jeff C. Duke (M.S. '81), director of sports-administration projects for
FSU's department of physical education, is leaving for Central Florida.
He will head the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
David W. Geiger (B.S. '81) is the new owner-broker of Heritage Realty and
Andree Pardue Bare (B.A. '82), Richmond, Va., is manager of the Lawyers
Title Insurance Corporation's northern Virginia branch.
Melinda E. "Mindy" Keirnan (B.S. '82), new vice president of operations
for Knight-Ridder, will oversee the business side of 13 newspapers.
Mark Stone (B.S. '82, J.D. '86), Coral Gables, Fla., has been promoted to
name partner at the Coral Gables personal injury law firm of Haggard, Parks,
Deborah K. Ferrell (B.A. '84, M.A. '87) was awarded the annual Individual
Artists Fellowship from the Secretary of State.
Dr. John M. McGuire (Ph.D. '84), St. Louis, Mo., is president of St. Charles
County Community College.
Dana Burt Duke (M.S. '85) is leaving her job at Swift Creek Middle School
to move to central Florida.
Patricia B. MacEnulty (M.A. '86) was awarded the annual Individual Artists
Fellowship from the Secretary of State.
Sherry C. Margner (M.S.W. '87) is Clinical Instructor/Continuing Education
Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
James Lawrence (Ph.D. '88) has written a book, The Young Film Maker's Guide
to a Successful First Project. The book is due out in April 1997. He is
an associate professor and head of the screenwriting area in the Department
of Radio-TV-Film at California State University- Northridge.
Elizabeth P. Maryanski (M.B.A. '88) is associate vice president for planning
and development at Tallahassee Community College.
Jay R. Hipps (B.S. '90), is the new boys basketball coach at Godby High
School in Tallahassee.
Michelle P. Stirna (B.S. '90), Atlanta, Ga., designed the "Quilt of
Leaves" design, used on many of the visual elements at the Centennial
Michael D. Sussman (B.S. '90) wrote the episode "The Swarm" for
Star Trek Voyager.
Jennifer L. Dolce (B.S. '91), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has joined the law
firm of Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Fauli, & Stewart, P.A.
Jeannine M. Barbar (B.S. '92, M.S.P. '96) has joined HDR Engineering Inc.
as an environmental planner in the company's Tampa office.
Brendan Greer (B.A. '92), New York, N.Y., received an Associate in Applied
Science degree in Menswear from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New
Arthur C. Zediker II (B.S. '92), Bloomington, Ind., is senior sales representative
for Rogers Group Inc.
Kenneth E. Spahn (J.D. '93), Deerfield Beach, Fla., has published a law
review article, "The Beach and Shore Preservation Act: Regulating Coastal
Construction in Florida." He is General Counsel of Commerce Group.
Yvette S. Rodriguez (B.S. '94) is an associate with the law firm of Drage,
de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Romano, & Neal, P.A.
Marine Lance Cpl. William F. Dyer (B.S. '95) has departed for a six-month
deployment to the Mediterranean Sea with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit,
embarked aboard the ships of the USS Saipan Amphibious Ready Group.
Navy Ensign Gregory D. Lewis (B.S. '95) received his commission as a naval
officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.
Daryl Parks (J.D. '95) is a founding partner of his own law firm, with his
partner Benjamin Crump.
Geoffrey W. Brooks (Ph.D. '96) was granted the first Ph.D. in electrical
engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College
Marian Weaver Devine (L.I. '17)
Janet Henson Jones (L.I. '25), Hazel Ellis Madison (B.A. '25)
Betty Boggs Perry (B.A. '36), Rosalie Lastra Prendes (B.S. '36), Eleanor
Flint Armbrecht (B.A. '37), Louise Gehan Baly (B.S. '38), Nan Clark Foster
(B.S. '38), Marjorie Raulerson (B.A. '38)
Janet P. Coleman (B.A. '42), Virginia Ruth Gregory (B.A. '42, M.A. '53),
Margaret Collins Megahee (B.S. '43, M.S. '72), Frances Stubbs Taylor (B.S.
'44), Virginia A. Palmer (B.S. '47), Madge Pilcher Ball (A.B. '48), Susie
Jones Granger (B.A. '49), Betty Richards Ptacek (B.A. '49)
Elsie McCoy Eidson (A.B. '50), Edwin W. Gillis (M.A. '50), John C. Crotty
(B.A. '51, M.A. '52), Clifford J. Mader (B.S. '51), Patricia Lynch Austin
(B.S. '56), John D. Griner (B.S. '56),
Dr. Paul Cory (B.S. '58, M.S. '59, DED '62)
Richard D. Johnson (B.S. '61), William W. Morris (B.S. '61), Dorothy L.
Ault (M.S. '62), Robert P. McGraw (B.A. '63), Nancy Wardlaw Smith (B.S.
'64), Mary Ann Mallon (M.S. '65), Jack H. Gibson Jr. (B.M. '66), Frances
Amos Barber (B.S. '67), Toni Hightower Healy (B.S. '68),
Dr. Arthur Bisson (Ph.D. '69), Larry D. Leggett (B.S. '69)
Frank A. Kral (B.S. '70, M.S. '71), Thomas H. Carr (M.A. '71),
Maureen Daley Theodore (B.S. '73), John L. Selby (B.S. '76)
Thomas H. Haynes (Ph.D. '80)
Stephen D. Hopkins (J.D. '92), Kimberly S. Lamar (B.S. '96)
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