Agriculture College Offers Students Chance To Explore Programs

Emily S. Sperling, (352) 392-2251, ext. 235

GAINESVILLE –What do a pharmacist, vegetable grower, forester and business analyst have in common? They all found their path to success through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

Local students, their teachers and families are encouraged to join other high school and community college students from across Florida to find their paths to success at Gator Encounter 2000, a field day hosted by the college April 29 at Fifield Hall on the UF campus starting at 9:30 a.m.

“Gator Encounter 2000 is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the diverse opportunities in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,” said E. Jane Luzar, associate dean for academic programs with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “We offer traditional agricultural programs, preprofessional tracks and distance education opportunities that are second to none.”

Callief Shand, a junior agricultural operations management major, transferred to UF from a community college to broaden her education and secure a successful career.

“The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences can offer every student a rewarding education and college experience,” said Shand. “Anyone interested in furthering their education should come to Gator Encounter 2000 to explore careers and educational tracks available to them.”

Participants will have the opportunity to explore 20 majors through interactive displays hosted by departments and student organizations. Tours through the animal science units, irrigation park and the entomology and nemotology department, and a preprofessional workshop for students interested in medical, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary schools, will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. In addition to these events, students will have an opportunity to ask questions about admissions, housing and financial aid.

For more information, or to register, call (352) 392-1963 or send email to