welcome to the University of Chicago alumni club of mid-florida's page
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.
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 18 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. 16, 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:
Jan. 20: UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style, St Petersburg
Feb. 24: Tour of Elling Eide Center, Sarasota
March 18: Board and Planning Meeting (1 1/2 hours before the lecture)
March 18: Harper Lecture, Tampa
Apr. 14: Live Opera Broadcast of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, St Petersburg
July: Tour of the Tampa Aquarium ?
August: Board and Planning Meeting
November: Talk with Lars Peter Hansen (tentative), St Petersburg
December: Holiday Gathering
Additional board members are:
Deanna Bennett, AB ’67, Palm Harbor
Walt Blenner, AB ’81, St Petersburg
Kathryn Burruss, AM ’13, St Petersburg
Zdravko Daskalov, MBA ’01, Ft Myers
Sharon Dante, AB ’59, N Redington Beach
Veronica Drake, AB ’85, Apopka
Ron Hammerle, DMN’69, Valrico
Juana Harper, AB’74, Tampa
Mike Jones, AB ’78, Orlando
Barbara Katz, AB ’65, AM ’69, Sarasota
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