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From The President

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.

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. 

Please watch your email and this site for more details and how to RSVP for these events:

April 29: First 100 Days of Trump Presidency

May 17: Boat tour of the Port of Tampa Bay

July 22: Afternoon of games and conversation (New Tampa)

August TBD: Board Planning Meeting (St. Pete)

September 20: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs

October 29: Ballet of Sarasota 

November TBD: Winter Park boat ride and a tour of the art museum at Rollins College

December TBD: Annual Holiday Gathering

January 20, 2018: UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style


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

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