welcome to the University of Chicago alumni club of mid-florida's page

Click here to read a letter and updates from the club president, Suzanne.


Welcome to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Mid-Florida’s page.

As the president of the club, I hope to continue – with all of your help – the solid tradition of programming that started under our first president, Dani Kaufmann, AM ’69, and continued under our following presidents Deanna Bennett, AB ’67, and Ron Hammerle, THM ’68, DMN ’69.

Other current officers are:

Juana Harper, AB ’74, vice president
Walt Blenner, AB'81, newsletters

Veronica Drake, AB'86, social media

My husband. Jim, AB ’80, and I have been members of the club since its inception in 1999. We met on the Quad, and our youngest son graduated from UChicago in 2013, so we’re a real UChicago family.

For 19 years we’ve been one of the most active mid-size clubs, trying to replicate the mood of intellectual inquiry fostered on the Quad by the Common Core. Among other things, we’ve coordinated talks, book clubs, tours of the Gulf’s sea life and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, theater talkbacks and, of course, our signature event, the UnCommon Core –Mid-Florida Style.

Our events are for all alums, family and friends, and we hope that we will see you at many of them.

We’re always looking for kindred spirits to help us plan events. We have a board meeting coming up Dec. 15, preceding our Holiday Gathering in St. Petersburg. If you’re interested, we’d love to have you attend.

Please watch your email and this site for more details and how to RSVP for these events:

February 2:  UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style

March 3:  "Reckless" and Tour of Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota

April 14:  Clearwater Threshers vs. Ft Myers Miracle

May 4:  Tour of the Magritte exhibit at the Dalí Museum, St Petersburg

August:  Board and Planning Meeting

December:  Holiday Gathering

January 25:  UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style


Additional board members are:

Deanna Bennett, AB ’67, Palm Harbor

Walt Blenner, AB ’81, St Petersburg

Sharon Dante, AB ’59, N Redington Beach

Veronica Drake, AB ’85, Apopka

Ron Hammerle, DMN’69, Valrico

Juana Harper, AB’74, Tampa

Barbara Katz, AB ’65, AM ’69, Sarasota

Maneesha Lal, AB'86, Sarasota

Beth McCarty, LAB'73, St Petersburg

Jim Verhulst, AB ’80, St Petersburg

I look forward to seeing you, and please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other board member with any questions or concerns.

Suzanne Verhulst, AB ’81

President, University of Chicago Club of Mid-Florida