A year after pledge, positive steps against racism continue across university

Work has expanded and accelerated across the university’s colleges and units following a pledge last summer from President Kent Fuchs that UF would increase its focus on the Black experience, racism and inequity in the wake of a national outcry over the killing of George Floyd.

 Dana Zimmel named dean of UF's College of Veterinary Medicine

She has fulfilled this role on an interim basis since December 2019. A clinical professor in the college’s department of large animal clinical sciences in addition to her administrative role,  Zimmel is a proud alumna of the college.

Mary G. Parker named vice president for enrollment management and associate provost

Mary G. Parker, vice president of enrollment management at Kent State University, has been named the University of Florida's new vice president for enrollment management and associate provost.

Remembering Ralph Turlington

State Representative. Florida’s Speaker of the House. World War II and Korean War Veteran. Commissioner of Education. Professor of Business. Namesake of UF’s largest classroom building and the State Department of Education headquarters. Ralph Turlington (BSBA ’42) donned many titles during his lifetime that spanned 100 years and ended at his home in Durham, NC.

You have gone the distance — at a distance

President Kent Fuchs draws on the life of alumnus Stephan Mickle and the words of Tom Petty in his commencement speech for 2021 and 2020 master’s and bachelor’s graduates.

Small steps, eureka moments and chocolate-covered peanuts

UF President Kent Fuchs’ speech for 2021 and 2020 doctoral graduates

Graduating one semester apart, brothers walk together at commencement

When Jaylen Reinhart's graduation ceremony transitioned online last fall due to the pandemic, he participated, celebrated with his family, and refocused his excitement on his younger brother Tyler's upcoming graduation in the spring. With a hopeful ask and some paperwork, the brothers were able to walk together in the same ceremony this spring.  

UF partners with city, state to improve pedestrian safety

The University of Florida, the city of Gainesville and the Florida Department of Transportation continue to create a safer pedestrian and traffic environment on and around campus. Projects continue to be completed and will continue through the summer and into the fall.

UF Innovate names Karl LaPan director of incubation services

UF Innovate welcomes Karl R. LaPan as the incoming director of incubation services. He will join the team May 3 and work alongside current Director Mark S. Long, who will retire this summer. 

UF graduation stories: Angel Bu

Angel Bu is a Spring 2021 graduate from the J. Clayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering. He came to UF from Miami, and after graduation will pursue a master's degree at MIT in mechanical engineering.