Profiles

By Max Chesnes, Journalism Senior When Telecommunication Lecturer Houston Wells isn’t teaching students about video production, he’s probably 6-feet under a Florida spring with a camera in his hands and a snorkel in his mouth. For the past nine months, Wells has worked alongside his wife, Brenda, a video production…

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Posted: February 12, 2019

By Lenore Devore, B.S. Journalism 1984 As a young girl, Roberta Oluwaseun Roberts, B.S. Public Relations 2012, loved writing and speaking. She started writing a book, then put that on hold — but fully plans to return to it one day. She had more pressing matters ahead of her. As…

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Posted: February 12, 2019

Ron Sachs, B.S. Journalism 1972, as the editor of the Alligator from 1971-72, was charged with a felony for publishing a list of abortion clinics and counseling services, in violation of an 1868 Florida abortion law.  His court case led to a ruling that the 1868 law, and Florida’s companion…

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Posted: February 8, 2019

By Denise Trunk Krigbaum, M.A.M.C. 1997 From the time Erin Jauch could walk, she was in the gym. Sure, it was her mother’s gym, so Jauch felt at home there. But, from the get-go, she took to tumbling and gymnastics. She said she kind of fell into it – a…

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Posted: January 8, 2019

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