Welcome to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Mid-Florida’s page.
As the new 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.
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 16 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 at 5:00 p.m. on December 17th, immediately preceding our Holiday Gathering. 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:
September 24: Yuengling Brewery tour and lunch
October 15: Publix cooking class
November 12: Winter Park boat tour, lunch, and tour of Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College
December 17: Holiday Gathering
January 21: UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style!
April TBD: Political event regarding first 100 days of the new president in office
Additional board members are:
Juana Harper, AB ’74, vice president, Tampa
Ron Hammerle, THM'68, DMN'69, president emeritus, Valrico
Deanna Bennett, AB'67, president emerita, Palm Harbor
Mike Jones, AB ’78, Orlando
Walt Blenner, AB ’81, Tarpon Springs
Sharon Dante, AB ’59, North Redington Beach
Kathryn Burruss, AM ’13, St. Pete
Barbara Katz, AB ’65, AM ’69, Sarasota
Veronica Drake, AB ’85, Apopka
Zdravko Daskalov, MBA ’01, Ft. Myers
Jim Verhulst, AB ’80, St. Pete
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