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This article was originally published in the August - September 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

As the bustling fall semester begins, the return of students and faculty to campus adds an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation as UF shifts into top gear.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences represents a reference point for studying and researching our traditions, our sense of values and planning the future. In a world of growing complexity and strife, the education of our students must embrace these elements more than ever before.

Understanding our cultural past provides valuable lessons for the future and an understanding of ourselves. Perhaps no one understood this better than Sam Proctor, our university historian and professor emeritus of history who passed away this summer. Sam’s love of the university and his passion for UF and Florida history endeared him to all. Alumni, faculty and staff of all ages and colleges remember Sam as a gifted teacher who taught more than just names and dates. During his almost 70 years on campus, he educated thousands about our state, its growth and its future with a passion that is all too rare, and gave his students a lasting sense of true values and integrity.

We also lost another influential faculty member and teacher in July. English Professor James Haskins passed away in New York City. He was one of the greatest literary writers of our time and had a profound influence on his students and colleagues.

As the new academic year gets underway, the college is actively developing new programs to better prepare our students for an increasingly global world, with more attention given to studying different societies and cultures—an area of high student interest. One new initiative is the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at UF that will provide students with opportunities to train for future leadership positions, meet current policy makers and take courses in critical thinking, language learning and studies of world cultures and literatures. Graham’s active leadership will be a beacon for students truly interested in public service careers.

We hope it will be another productive year for the college and the university as we have many new faculty members joining us, and innovative initiatives are on the horizon.



Neil Sullivan

Jane Dominguez

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