Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Rampacek


We are proud of our alum Dr. Christopher Rampacek (BSPE ’77 MEd ’78) for reminding us that the EduGator Nation really is everywhere. For the past two years he has been working on contracted teaching assignments in China, Thailand and Malaysia involving physical education and sport coaching for the U.S. Sports Academy. Christopher says, “It is a great opportunity to represent my country, share my educational passion and influence my students to become better teachers and coaches.”
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Kings For A Day

The UF College of Education recently hosted two of its most accomplished graduates in Higher Ed Admin., brothers Max King (EDD ’56) and Charles King (MED ’63)—both pioneers in the state and national junior college and community college movement. Max King was the founding president of Indian River Junior College and headed Brevard Community College for 30 years; he was the first Floridian ever recognized (in 1989) as America’s top administrator in higher education by the American Association of University Administrators. His brother, Charles King, was the the founding president of Southwest Virginia Community College for 40 years before retiring in 2007.

Pictured here, Charles (left) and Max chat about their experiences and life’s work with student cohort members of the UF Institute of Higher Education

U.S. Presidential Teacher Honoree, Alum Shares Teaching Tips

“…You really need to fail when you’re doing science
experiments because that’s how you learn things.”

So says EduGator alum Eric Grunden (MEd ’94, science education), recipient of a Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in Science. Grunden visited UF and Norman Hall recently, speaking to a UFTeach class and appearing on the alumni panel at the college’s Education Career Night event. Hear more about his teaching tips and UF experience in this video and make sure to share with your fellow EduGators!

Seminole County EduGator Reception

The UF College of Education Seminole County EduGator Reception was held at the home of Dr. Tina (Ed.D ’99) & Dr. Joseph Calderone in Longwood, FL on February 27, 2013. Alumni guests were able to reconnect with fellow Gators and hear about the exciting things happening at UF.

Thank you to all our alumni and guests who were able to attend this event!

To see more photos from the reception, click here.

Recognition Dinner Honors Donors, Scholarship Recipients

Look at photos from the event. 

Each year the college hosts its biggest and most important event, the Recognition Dinner, as a way to honor its generous donors and deserving student award winners and scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to all our 2012 Award Winners …

Delores Lastinger (UF Distinguished Alumna), UF’s highest alumni honor!; Brian Dassler and Jocelyn Moore (Outstanding Young Alumni); Jennifer Perreira, (Outstanding Graduate Professional Practice), Carmelo Callueng (Outstanding Graduate Research), Vincent Taylor (Outstanding Graduate Leadership), Jennifer Neukamm (Unified Elementary ProTeach), and Sarah Denham-Elswood (Unified Early Childhood);

Outstanding Undergraduate Jennifer Neukamm

Outstanding Undergraduate Sarah Denham-Elswood

Graduate Award Winners with Dean Adams (from left): Carmelo Callueng, Jennifer Perreira, Dr. Thomasenia Adams, and Vincent Taylor








Over 90 students received scholarships, which was made possible by our donors’ belief in the UF College of Education.

Congratulations to all our student and alumni award winners … and Go EduGators!




Jacksonville Meet the Dean Reception

Thank you to our Jacksonville Meet the Dean Reception co-hosts – Delores (BS ED ’65) and Allen (MBA ’71) Lastinger, and Susan(MED ’78) and Andy (BSBA ’72) Cheney – for helping to make this event a success, and thank you to our Duval County supporters for joining us!

To view photos from the event, please click here.

From left: Andy Cheney, Susan Cheney, Dean Good, Delores Lastinger, and Allen Lastinger