UF President Fuchs commissioned the steel holiday gator sculpture from metal artist and UF College of the Arts alumna Leslie Tharp in the fall of 2019 to joyously mark all campus had accomplished through the semester. Wednesday’s celebration will be the second since the statue was created, since last year’s festivities were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Aimee Clesi is UF’s first Rhodes Scholar since 2000, and she is the first woman from UF to receive the honor. A first-generation college student, Clesi is a member of the UF Honors Program.
Students, faculty, staff, families and friends are invited to the “Lighting of the Holiday Gator” starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 on the lawn of the University Auditorium near the corner of Newell Drive and Union Road.
The University of Florida is embarking on its boldest infrastructure project in decades. The ambitious, $1.6 billion plan will bring UF’s campus shoulder-to-shoulder with top institutions around the country, and outlines how officials expect the university to grow and use its land in the coming decades.
After 30 years at the university and five as the vice president for human resources, Jodi Gentry has decided to retire. UF officials anticipate a national search will be conducted to fill her role.
Thanks to the GI Bill, military veterans are able to pursue an education at the University of Florida. In this episode of From Florida, Roselind Brown of the Collegiate Veterans Success Center highlights UF’s history of working with veterans, while Savanna Turner, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, talks about the opportunities and challenges veterans face in college.