Florida Schools 2002
Women’s Intramural Football
What if instead of Kurt Warner starting at quarterback for the Rams, it was
Katrina? At Daytona Beach Community
College, this isn’t that peculiar.
For the first time in nearly a decade, DBCC fielded a women’s intramural
Working off of a
successful coed and women’s soccer program, Intramurals Coordinator Mike
Phelan surveyed students to see what sports they were most interested in.
Based on the results, Phelan put together a team of eight talented female
athletes to play against local schools in a seven-on-seven flag football
league. Quarterback Melissa Ignasiak, who Phelan says can hurl the ball up
to 45 yards in the air, led the squad. “For our first time around, we did
great,” says Phelan. “Especially in a few close games with Stetson.”
With DBCC’s air-it-out,
long-ball attack, players are looking forward to next season, which should
be filled with plenty of highlights and strong showings. RG
Contact Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender Awareness Program
In the Cornell Campus Center at Rollins College hangs a memory, in
the shape of 75 t-shirts on clotheslines. Each is vividly decorated with a
very personal message from sexual-abuse survivors who are celebrated and
victims who are remembered. It’s the only display of its type by a Florida
Students created one of
more than 250 nationwide displays of the Clothesline Project as a part of
the national Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The t-shirts aren’t meant just
for people who have experienced abuse, but also as a visual sign for people
who need to know that there are people to turn to if needed.
“The goal was to reach
out to the survivors and let them know they have resources they can use and
people they can talk to,” says Danielle Boileau, a coordinator for Sexual
Assault Awareness Week. “Another target of ours was just general awareness
for everyone that these things happen.”
Rollins has designed a
program to stress the importance of gender relations in campus life, trying
to make this school year “A Year of Gender Matters.” The week also included
“fishbowl” discussions between groups of men and women in which one gender
speaks and answers questions, while the other listens and learns what is
truly going on in the mind of the opposite sex, Boileau says. RG
Contact Boileau at
Herbie the Love Bug and Nightrider’s
K.I.T.T. have nothing on South Florida Community College’s Smart Car.
Not only is the cherry red Ford Mustang fully loaded with all the latest
technology, it’s also a teaching tool for SFCC’s automotive students.
Gary McClain, instructor of automotive technology, contacted a Ford factory
representative and convinced him to donate the Mustang. The car was then
turned over to Interface Technologies in Education where a computer
interface and software was installed. Students in McClain’s courses use the
Mustang during each of their 32 lessons. Each lesson begins with a customer
complaint and then goes through a step-by-step process where students use
factory manuals and electronics test equipment to determine the correct
repair needed. Once the student resolves the problem and enters the correct
answer into the smart car’s computer, the fault in the car’s system will be
removed and the Mustang will operate normally. “It allows students to use
hands-on experience and practice real problems without replacing any parts,”
McClain says. MCB
Contact Gary McClain
You don’t typically find Broadway
productions and symphony performances among the local happenings in rural
Southern towns—unless you’re in Niceville, Fla., that is. Although it’s well
off the beaten path, Niceville is home to the
Okaloosa-Walton Community College
Arts Center, a venue that gives locals a taste of world-class theater,
music, and artwork. This season, The Arts Center featured Footloose,
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Mikado, and Cabaret.
Not only does the Center’s diverse showcase attract members of the community
who are potential students and donors, but the facility itself is a draw as
well. The impressive complex could easily rival any large university’s arts
center and includes a 1,650-seat main theater, a dance studio, a music wing,
and two art galleries.
Contact Dirk Dunbar
Professors know what you need before you ever set foot on campus at
Beacon College in Leesburg. Beacon is the nation’s only college offering
bachelor’s degrees specifically to learning-disabled students. When new
students are accepted, they complete several tests and surveys, which help
professors and counselors develop a profile of students’ weaknesses and
All Beacon students are
scheduled for at least one hour weekly of individual “mentor” time, a time
for tutoring and discussing students’ needs. Three professionals, along with
six volunteers, help each of Beacon’s 62 students deal with their
disabilities and find solutions to allow them to learn more easily. Dr. John
Good, director of institutional research, says Beacon students learn “secret
strategies” to allow them to “get around” their learning disabilities. When
Beacon students get their class schedules, mentoring time is already blocked
in: it’s guaranteed personal attention each week.
Brodbeck calls the mentoring program Beacon’s “cornerstone.” “This is the
heart of the Beacon experience,” she says.
Contact Brodbeck at
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Made you look!
the Baptist-affiliated school, is not going risqué, except for the signs for
a "topless" car wash held by the campus Circle K chapter. The club's
fully-clothed members washed the bottom half of the cars for free but
requested a donation to soap down the top half. "Lots and lots of people
honked," says Amy Howard, Circle K president. "Some people didn't even
notice, but some said, 'Hey, you guys aren't topless!' and we had to explain
to people the point of the car wash." The club received several $10
donations, but in general, gifts ran $3 to $5 as the members worked to raise
XXX-tra money for club expenses such as publicity and conference travel.
Howard says the club has done well with car washes before, but business was
especially good that day, bringing in about $120. SRR
Contact Amy Howard
University of Florida
researcher Frank Mazzotti have in common with TV's famous Crocodile Hunter?
“Not a whole lot,” says Mazzotti, a specialist in crocs at UF's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Science.
“We go out and catch crocodile species but nothing like on TV. It’s a much
safer endeavor for both humans and crocs.”
Looking out for both
humans and crocodiles is what Mazzotti, assistant professor of wildlife and
ecology, does best. His goal in the IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and
Education Center is to evaluate the effects of the Everglades ecosystem's restoration on the crocodiles.
Working with the crocs
offers perks other jobs don’t have. “Well, every day’s an adventure, and
crocs pick really pretty places to live,” Mazzotti says. And his take on the
techniques of that TV guy? “I’ve been at this since 1977, and I’ve never
been bit!” SRR
Contact Mazzotti at
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