Philanthropy

Benefactors

Allbritton Endowment for Excellence in Television and Electronic Media

The Allbritton Endowment for Excellence in Television and Electronic Media provides funds for academic programs and teaching at WUFT-TV, the College’s public television station and instructional laboratory, in addition to funding graduate assistantships for the study of television and electronic media.

Helen Aller Oster Teaching Excellence Fund

Family and friends of the late Helen Aller Oster, JM 1975, MA 1985, established the Helen Aller Oster Teaching Excellence Fund to commemorate Helen’s legacy. The fund provides an annual award to a teacher in the College who embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching and concern for students, both in and out of the classroom, as valued and practiced by Helen Aller Oster in her 16 years as a valued employee and administrator in the College of Journalism and Communications.

Helen Borer Boggs and Otis Boggs Sports Broadcasting Fund

To provide awards to undergraduate or graduate students to subsidize production and travel associated with presentations at national conferences and entries in national competitions.

Brechner FOI Endowment

The late Joseph L. Brechner, Orlando television executive, established
an endowment for the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information in the College. The endowment provides support for an eminent scholar, assistantships and general support of the center.

Michael and Linda Connelly Professional Advancement Fund

Created by Michael Connelly, JM 1980, and Linda McCaleb Connelly, PR 1980, to support professional advancement activities of students and faculty in the College.

Jerry W. Davis Communication Technology Fund

Jerry W. Davis, ADV 1968, established the fund to support computer and computer-related technologies in the College. Income from the fund provides the College’s most significant source for upgrading technologies.

Detweiler Public Relations Endowment

Friends of Jack Detweiler, professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Public Relations, provided an endowment for enhancement of faculty in the department.

Alvin and Effie Flanagan Endowment

Alvin G. Flanagan, JM 1941, former president and chairman of Gannett Broadcasting, left his estate to establish the Alvin G. and Effie D. Flanagan Endowment Fund for enhancement of academic activities in the College. The college uses a portion the the income to support three Flanagan professorships and awards annual bonuses to faculty for outstanding service, teaching and research (STAR awards) and to staff for total outstanding performance (TOP awards) from this endowment. Also, this endowment supports a major innovative project for the College each year, and has assisted the College in transforming its broadcast stations for a digital environment.

Henry and Eugenia Graham Professional Development Fund for Science/Health Communication

Established in 2004 by Henry H. “Tip,” JM 1972, and Diane McRae Grahamof Jacksonville in memory of Henry Graham Sr., a 1937 UF alumnus and longtime Gainesville physician, and his wife Eugenia, who opened the nation’s second blood bank in St. Louis, Mo. Supports professional development activities of faculty who are teaching, conducting research or providing service in science/health communication. Funds may be used for professional/educational conference attendance and presentation, site visits with writers and editors of science/health publications and meetings with science/health communications professionals at public and private agencies dedicated to science/health issues and other related activities.

Gus H. Hancock Jr. Endowment

Gus Hancock, JM 1956, MAMC 1961, left most of his estate to support teaching, research and service programs in the College. Cmdr. Hancock had a career of more than 35 years in U.S. Naval Intelligence, serving in the Pacific and European theaters as well as Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C. He traveled extensively after he retired from active duty in 1979 and published numerous travel articles on the Soviet Union, Antarctica, the South Pacific and East Africa. He was named executive director of Naval Intelligence Professionals in 1988 and full-time editor of the association’s Quarterly in 1990. He died on Oct. 1, 2001 at 67 of colon cancer.

Harold A. (Hal) Herman Endowment

Established by Hal Herman, JM 1949, president and editor-in-chief of Worth International Communications, headquartered in Miami. Income from the endowment is used to support students, faculty or programs in the College concerned with magazines. Priority will be given to persons or activities involving business-to-business publications.

Magazine Endowment

Two anonymous donors established the Magazine Endowment for support of theOrange & Blue Magazine.

Richard and Shirley McGinnis Fund for Advertising Excellence

Established by Richard McGinnis, ADV 1958, and Shirley McGinnis to provide resources for the Department of Advertising to maintain high standards of performance beyond what state resources permit.

Keith and Marilyn Moyer Endowment for Excellence in Journalism and Communications Education

Established by J. Keith Moyer, JM 1977, and Marilyn L. Moyer, JM 1976, to support teaching, research and service programs in the College. Keith was recognized as a College alumnus of distinction in 2003.

Neuharth Library Endowment

Allen H. Neuharth, chairman emeritus of The Freedom Forum, founder of USA TODAY and former President and CEO of the Gannett Co. established an endowment to provide enhanced support of the Allen H. Neuharth Journalism and Communications Library.

Sandra and Stuart Newman Professional Advancement Fund

Established by the Newmans to enrich the professional skills of Public Relations faculty through summer interships, support for research or conference attendance. Stuart Newman, JM 1938, is an alumnus of distinction of the College, a distinguished alumnus of the University and president of Stuart Newman Associates, Miami. The support is awarded annually to selected recipients.

New York Times Professional Advancement Endowment

The New York Times Professional Advancement Endowment was established by the New York Times Foundation to enrich the professional skills of journalism faculty in the College through specific activities such as summer internships, support for research or conference attendance.

Eleanor Roberts Public Television Excellence Fund

To support teaching, research and programs associated with the College’s public television station, WUFT-TV.

Lloyd Russell Fund

Lloyd Russell, JM 1958, established an endowment to support computerized communications projects in the College, including graduate fellowships and enhancement funds.

Steel Media Access Fund

Friends and associates of the late William C. Steel, partner in the Florida law firm Steel, Hector & Davis, contributed in his honor to support media access activities of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.

James Weeks Professional Advancement Fund

James Weeks, ADV 1964, established an endowment to fund professional advancement opportunities for faculty and students in the College.

WUFT-FM Program Endowment

An anonymous Gainesville donor established an endowment fund to provide annual program enhancement funds for WUFT-FM.

Donor-Supported Faculty Appointments
Joseph L Brechner Eminent Scholar Chair in Freedom of Information

Established by a gift from the late Joseph L. Brechner, Orlando television executive. The chair is occupied by a scholar of national reputation in the field of freedom of information.

James M. Cox Jr. Foundation/The Palm Beach Post Professorship in New Media Journalism

The James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation and The Palm Beach Post provided an endowment to establish a professorship for teaching, research, and experimentation in new media such as electronic newspapers or the Internet. This term professorship is a three-year, renewable appointment based on performance.

Hugh W. Cunningham Professorship in Journalism Excellence

Established in honor of Hugh W. Cunningham, a treasured member of the faculty from 1955 to 1989, in recognition of his contributions to journalism and the education of thousands of students. When fully funded, the endowment will support and reward a faculty member recognized as a superior teacher.

Alvin and Effie Flanagan Professorships

Alvin G. Flanagan, JM 1941, former president and chairman of Gannett Broadcasting, left his estate to establish the Alvin E. and Effie D. Flanagan Endowment Fund for enhancement of academic activities in the College.

The endowment is named in honor of Al and his wife. A portion of the endowment is used each year to support three Flanagan professors. The Flanagan professorships are three-year, renewable appointments based on performance.

Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Professor

One-semester appointment made possible by a generous contribution from the former Gannett Foundation.

Hearst Visiting Professionals Endowment

Provides funds for short visits (normally three days) to campus by professionals working in the media industries. Made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Knight Chair Professorship in Journalism Technologies and the Democratic Process

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided an endowment to establish a Knight Chair Professorship in Journalism Technologies and the Democratic Process. The Knight Chair Professor teaches and conducts research about the way technology is used to gather, analyze, organize and disseminate information and to contribute to journalism’s role in developing informed citizens.

McClatchy Professorship in Freedom of Information

Established in 2003 by the McClatchy Company and funded by the Star Tribune Foundation to promote the importance of freedom of expression, public access and the principles of freedom of information in the United States and around the world. When fully funded, income from the endowment will support professional travel and a graduate assistant for the McClatchy Professor and similar expenses related to the purposes of the fund. This term professorship is a three-year, renewable appointment based on performance.