Sixth Annual UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style

A dauniversity.seal.rgb.maroony of intellectual stimulation, networking, and socializing.

The Alumni Club of Mid-Florida is pleased to present our sixth annual UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style. Informative and provocative lectures by three distinguished scholars will be the centerpiece of a day of intellectual stimulation, networking, and socializing. A panelists’ roundtable will conclude the day. Breakfast and lunch are included. Wine and beer available for a donation.  See below for the link for a special hotel rate.

Featured Speakers:

Savas Ttayay, associate professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, will discuss “How To Manipulate Cells and Gene Pathways To Help Cure Diseases.” As part of his talk, he will give an overview of IME, UChicago’s first school of engineering. He is a systems biologist and bioengineer who works in the space where biology, physics, and engineering intersect. His overarching goal is to understand how biological systems work from an engineer’s perspective.

Thomas Cchristensenhristensen, professor of music and the humanities at the University of Chicago, will talk about “Innovation and Tradition in Lin Miranda’s Hamilton.” He has particularly focused on topics of historical music theory and has recently combined his love of musical theater with his academic career by teaching an annual “signature” course in the College entitled “The Making and Meaning of the American Musical,” from which this talk is derived.

Elizabetharanda Aranda, a sociology professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, will discuss “What It Means to Belong: The Lived Experience of Undocumented Young Adults in Florida.”

For out-of-town visitors, a special hotel rate of $139 plus tax is available at the Courtyard Marriott. Book your University of Chicago Alumni Club group rate by 01/01/2019 here.




Event Information

Registration closes soon!



$10/graduates of the College from 2008 to 2018


10:00AM - 5:30PM Sat 2 Feb 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The Studio@620
620 First Ave. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Look Who's Coming:

Beth McCarty
Danette Kauffman
Diane Adams
Kenneth Pierce
Barbara Katz
Lowell Curtis
Judith Scully
Serpil Emre
Mariano Delise
Suzanne Verhulst
Jim Verhulst
Walter Blenner
Veronica Drake
Juana Harper
Guest of Juana Harper
Maneesha Lal
Peter Kaufmann
  University of South Florida
Angela Lusk
Glenn Sparks
Mo Krausman
Sylvia Babus
Bela Babus
Michael Markovitz
Ling Markovitz
Deanna Bennett
Sally Israel
Bill Israel
Jose Velazquez
Diane Whitaker
Sharon Dante
Steve Dante
Erasmo Passaro Sr
Erasmo Passaro Jr
Allen Loyd
Pippa Francq
Michelle Maynard
Linda Tien
Juliana Passaro
Mary Moosbrugger
Lisa Kieres
  Halo, Purely for Pets, Inc.
... a total of 40 guests.
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Questions? Contact the event coordinator:
Suzanne Verhulst, AB'81