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Sept. 1, 2002

FACT SHEET - Experience UF Charter Weekend

What: Share the UF Experience Barbecue

When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 Trolley tours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Barbecue from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Trolley tours
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Carnival games
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Food served
12:30 p.m. Silent auction begins
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. UF cheerleaders and pep band
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mascot appearances
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Speaker - Oldest living UF President
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Historical video every 15 minutes in Reitz Union cinema
2:00 p.m. Auction winners announced
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mascot appearances

Where: J. Wayne Reitz Union
Trolley tours begin and end in parking lot Barbecue and carnival games on the north lawn Historical footage in the cinema Other activities on the colonnade and first floor

Who: UF alumni and their families, faculty, staff, donors and students

Why: Part of weekend kick-off celebration of UF's 150th anniversary

How: The UF Cicerones will serve as guides for the trolley tours around campus. Classic Faire will cater the barbecue. Tickets for carnival events may be purchased for $1. UF mascots, cheerleaders and pep band will perform and make appearances. The oldest living UF president will deliver a speech. The silent auction will feature a football signed by Coach Steve Spurrier, basketball signed by Coach Billy Donovan, UF basketball tickets and much more. Flash Photography will be onsite to take pictures for the closing event slide show. Photos may be purchased at www.flashesonline.com and will be posted on the Experience UF web site.

Background: UF is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the year the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. In 1905, the legislature moved to make the college a university.

The seminary was combined with the state's land grant Florida Agricultural College, moved to Gainesville and named the University of Florida in 1906. Classes first met on September 26, 1906 with 102 students.

The University of Florida is currently the sixth largest university in the nation, and the largest of Florida's 10 state universities.