Profiles

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

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

A year ago, Dania Alexandrino was filming a newscast for a Univision affiliate in Puerto Rico, and twenty-four hours later, she was overhauling the Innovation News Center’s (INC) Spanish-language department at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Today, the Puerto Rican native’s fast-paced nature matches the tone…

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Posted: June 28, 2018

By Tracy Wright, B.S. Public Relations 1999, M.A.MC. 2002 Dave Carlson’s office on the third floor of the UF College of Journalism and Communications perfectly reflects his professional career and personality. Every square foot of it is adorned with classic rock memorabilia and strewn with communication devices dating back to…

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Posted: June 11, 2018

Joe Carew gazed south out of his office window. On the horizon, 30,000 feet below him, the sun was setting over the Dardanelles. He saw the thin body of water that divided Turkey across two continents—on the one side, Europe, the other Asia—and thought about the events of the Trojan…

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Posted: June 4, 2018

Three recent University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) graduates have continued their studies by going to law school. Here are their stories, plus a few tips for anyone considering a legal career.   By Melissa Lutz Blouin Lindsey Zionts, B.S. Telecommunication 2013 Partway through Lindsey Zionts Telecommunication degree,…

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Posted: May 31, 2018

By Alexa Asendorf, B.S. Public Relations, 2013 A perfect GPA and nationally ranked athlete. An academic unicorn? If so, we found one at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC). Twenty-two-year-old Mary Josephine “Josie” Kuhlman is a UFCJC public relations senior with a 4.0 and a national…

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Posted: April 6, 2018

Brett Ball watched the time tick by as she sat on the couch of her newly assigned sports psychologist. It felt like she had lost everything. She spent her entire life preparing to be a basketball star, following a legacy of professionals in her family — both of her aunts…

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Posted: January 17, 2018

“As a communicator, my dream is to positively affect the narrative surrounding immigrants,” said University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations senior Eugenia Blaubach. Born in Venezuela, she came to the U.S. with her parents when she was seven years old. After high school, she wanted to…

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Posted: January 17, 2018