Tybel Burman Spivack (1908-1991) was what today might be called a 'non-traditional' student. She completed her MA in anthropology at UF when she was 71, and finished her doctoral exams five years later at age 76.
Raised in Orlando the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Spivack was an accomplished pianist who raised orchids and worked actively for the Florida Symphony and local hospitals. In the 50's she developed an interest in Pre-Columbian art, which became a consuming passion that led her to travel through South America. The University of Florida and the Harn Museum became beneficiaries of her interest, and many of her donated pieces can be seen at the entrance to the Harn's Latin American collection.
Tybel's generosity to UF
led to the 1995 formation of the Tybel Spivack Scholarship fund, designed
to support older students in women's studies and language. On September
10, at the Opening Reception for the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research, the sixth annual Tybel Spivack
Scholarship award was presented to 45 year-old Lynne Barolet-Fogarty, whose
doctoral work in counselor education centers around gender and class issues.
Barolet-Fogarty is pictured above with anthropology professor and scholarship
fund administrator M.J. Hardman, who was Spivak's doctoral supervisor.
In memory of the late
H. Douglas Price, Markham Professor of Government at Harvard University,
UF has established a new endowment in Political
Science. The H. Douglas Price Scholarship in American Government
will be given annually to a UF political science graduate student to support
study in American government. Scholarship recipients will be chosen
primarily on the basis of academic ability and secondarily on need.
Undergraduate education remains the cornerstone of CLAS. That's why one of our campaign goals is to find funding for seven new undergraduate scholarship awards. Presently, 10 types of undergraduate awards are available, benefiting over 70 students annually. The Hazen E. Nutter Scholarship, for example, provides $1,000 each year to four CLAS students who have demonstrated "strong academic ability and active involvement in extracurricular activities." Nutter was principal of the P.K. Yonge Lab School and served as head of UF's Education Library from 1937 until his retirement in 1975. During his lifetime he aided hundreds of financially strapped students with money to pay for books, tuition, and living expenses, and he even took many young students, like Ken Keene ('47), into his own home. Keene started the Nutter Scholarship endowment in 1996 to commemorate the man who "had a profound influence" on him, and the fund continues to grow with additional gifts from Keene and other Nutter friends and beneficiaries.
Although he retired in 1996, McGinty remains extremely active. "It's hard to find enough time to do all the things I'm interested in, " he says. In addition to gardening, participating in a bowling league, and supervising the construction of his new home, McGinty has returned to the classroom to study the Bible and the history of theology. The four-year program, offered through his Episcopal Church, is something the South Florida physician says he's "always wanted to do."
In spite of his busy schedule, McGinty still finds time to volunteer his services to UF as a member of the CLAS Major Gifts Committee, and he adamantly encourages alumni giving. "Alumni should contribute money to UF," he stresses, "because their education was a big gift from the taxpayers of Florida. Every graduate should give something back."
"If UF hadn't been there for me when I got out of the service," he continues, "and had it not been as cheap as it was--really cheap--I don't know if I would have ever achieved all that I have. I've had a wonderful life. Maybe I would have had a wonderful life anyway, but it certainly was enhanced by my UF education."
Best of all, though,
McGinty practices what he preaches. He and his wife, Donna, a retired
radiological technician, endowed a CLAS scholarship fund (which they add
to each year), and recently gave the College a large estate gift. "I started
giving back to UF in '74," explains McGinty. Of course, it
didn't take much arm-twisting to convince Doctor McGinty of the benefits
of supporting the liberal arts and sciences. "I believe that one
of the biggest gifts one can give is to help support people in making choices
in their lives and careers," he says. "I hope our contributions
can provide scholarships and as much improvement to the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences as is possible."
Archie Carr, a zoology professor at UF for 50 years, was a beloved figure on campus and a respected international authority on sea turtles. To ensure the continuation of Carr's important work, the University created the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research in 1986. When Carr passed away in 1987, Karen Bjorndal , a young professor who had been Carr's graduate student, was chosen to succeed him as Director of the Center. "Our goal," explains Bjorndal, "is to provide research results that aid in the conservation of sea turtles around the world. We conduct research in the United States, the Bahamas and the Azores, and have trained many students and future biologists in sea turtle conservation."
On October 17 Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research Director Karen Bjorndal (far right) accepted a check for $50,000 for sea turtle research from Ocean Fund, a division of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Also pictured (from left): President Lombardi, Alan Bolten (Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research),Dean Harrison,and Marla Moran (Ocean Fund).