Profiles

By Alexa Asendorf, B.S. Public Relations 2013 Most collegiate paths are circuitous: The average college student changes their major at least three times over the course of their higher education journey. Not Adrienne Chance, B.S. Public Relations 2007. In high school, Chance (née Browne) decided she would pursue a career…

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Posted: November 29, 2018

Darrell Clayton Hammond used to perform impressions at home because it made his mother happy. He’d perform for students at a bar in Gainesville, often making them laugh. But the biggest gig of his life was a 14-year stint as a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” where he…

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Posted: November 19, 2018

By William Clewis, B.S. Journalism 2020 Senior Journalism Major Christopher Cantrell is looking forward to playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2019 season. He never played high school basketball. He never played for the Gator basketball team.  Instead, he earned his way to the big leagues through dexterity, quick…

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Posted: November 13, 2018

By Max Chesnes, Journalism senior Celeste Martinez was running a pizza restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico – serving artisanal pizzas, local ingredients and craft beer – when she realized her job skills needed a boost. In 2013, at the age of 40, Martinez and her partners closed the restaurant,…

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Posted: October 23, 2018

By Lenore Devore , B.S. Journalism 1984 Bhakti Sharma set a world record for swimming in the 34-degree waters of Antarctica, left her family behind, moved to the United States by herself to attend college, and has given motivational speeches to thousands of people. But competition scares her. The 28-year-old…

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Posted: October 16, 2018

By Denise Trunk Krigbaum, MAMC 1997 What some call a side hustle, Martin Matak, B.S. Advertising 1993, thinks of as a bonus. It all started for Matak, founder of wearable tech company VERT, when he came to the University of Florida for his junior and senior years. While he earned…

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Posted: September 28, 2018

By Lenore Devore, B.S. Journalism 1984 Clad in stylishly torn white jeans, a yellow T-shirt and blue flip flops, Dara Torres, B.S. Telecommunication 1990, runs onto the football field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and promptly does eight pushups, then quiets the crowd. Putting down the orange-and-blue 2-Bits sign, the…

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Posted: September 6, 2018

by Sofia Arriaga, Journalism 2020 We often use the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child,” to describe upbringing. However, one local man built his own village by uniting those around him and creating a community everywhere he went.     Mohamad Merilan went from attending D-ranked public schools without the promise of…

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Posted: August 22, 2018

By Tracy Wright, B.S. Public Relations 1999 Any Gator basketball fan’s heart will skip a few beats at the mention of Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah, the stars of UF’s back-to-back national championship team in 2006 and 2007 (not to mention three consecutive SEC championships between…

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Posted: August 20, 2018

By William Clewis, B.S. Public Relations 2020 Most UF College of Journalism and Communications majors measure their success by achievements in communication fields.  But for some, like NBA All-star and CJC Telecommunication major Al Horford, success is measured in championship seasons. And by that measure, Horford has had a remarkable…

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Posted: August 20, 2018

Solomon is the former sports editor of The Washington Post and the first ombudsman for ESPN. He currently serves as director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland and continues to write a weekly Sunday column for the Post. Solomon has received many honors…

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Posted: August 13, 2018

As a superstar softball pitcher, Kelly Barnhill has become a household name, at least in Gator Nation households. And she continues the legacy of star UF athletes pursuing communication careers. Since her commitment to UF, the rising Public Relations senior has notched eye-popping numbers. She holds the UF record in…

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Posted: July 3, 2018