Issue 2    |   Spring 2017     

It’s spring. The Gators are eyeing the Final Four and our students are (mostly) recovered from Spring Break. Amid the green and lengthening days, our College is embarking on a new adventure. 

The University is partnering with industry advisors and HHP faculty to host the first-ever University of Florida Tourism Summit. It’s a national conference being held next month at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort in Orlando. Experts from industry, government, and academia will discuss major issues affecting travel and tourism. Attendees will get to meet UF President Kent Fuchs and network with business executives from across the US. 
I’m proud to have our College leading this exciting new conference. It promises to be a great event for Gators in the tourism industry and I hope to see you there. 

Now, back to the NCAA tourney…  

Go Gators!


In 1928, a chamber-like device nicknamed the Iron Lung saved an 8-year-old’s life from the terrible polio epidemic. Since her dramatic recovery, breathing machines, like the Iron Lung, have taken on many different forms and shapes. What started as a chamber that encapsulated a person’s entire body, is now the ventilator we see in hospitals across the world today. While this technology has saved countless lives, there is a damaging side effect that affects about a million people a year in the United States alone.

HHP’s Dr. Scott Powers and his team have spent nearly two decades working towards a solution for this problem.   

 >>> Click here to read more about this life-saving research and Dr. Powers' many accomplishments.

A degree from HHP can guide our alumni on diverse and unique paths, and this year’s HHP Gator100 recipients are no exception.

The Gator100 recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world each year. Dr. Alfred Jackson (BSESS 2001), owner of Jackson Orthodontics, and Jennifer Lutsi (BSR 2001), founder of Amenity Elite were honored at this year’s celebration.

  >>> Click here to learn more about their growing companies and the paths that got them from students in the FL Gym to Gator100 recipients.

How does a girl from upstate New York, near the outskirts of the Adirondacks, end up in Gainesville as an award-winning Ph.D. student in Health Education & Behavior?

According to Samantha Paige, it was a number of amazing opportunities and meaningful connections that brought her to the heart of Gator Country.

  >>> Click here to learn more about how Samantha landed in Gainesville, her research interests and her bright plans for the future.

>>> Your gift makes a difference...

When you make a gift to the College of Health & Human Performance, you support each and every student – everyday.   

If you have any questions about philanthropy opportunities, or you'd like to volunteer your time with our students, please contact Lesley Thurston. If you'd like to make a gift, click here.

  • Spring Awards Celebration: April 7, 2017
  • UF Tourism Summit: April 26-27, 2017
  • Scholarship Convocation: September 12, 2017

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