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Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:38 a.m.

This week, the University of Florida will celebrate People Awareness Week, aimed at encouraging students and faculty to adopt a lifelong commitment to learning about diversity.

The celebration will include art, dance, food, film and music. PAW 2003 is designed to encourage acceptance, respect and appreciation of diversity in relation to race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status and religious affiliation.

As part of the program, awards have been established to recognize student, faculty, staff and community members who have made significant humanitarian contributions on campus and in the community. Four award recipients will be recognized at the President's Humanitarian Award Reception on Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Rion Ballroom in the Reitz Union.

For more information, visit the PAW Web site at

Of Public Interest


  • The Alachua County Commission discusses options for Tower Road and for SW 24th Avenue and SW 62nd Boulevard at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building.

  • The Gainesville City Commission discusses topics including a downtown parking lot at 1 p.m. in City Hall.

  • The Alachua County School Board discusses an update of the district's Strategic Plan at 9 a.m. The first of the board's informal meetings is at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings are at Kirby-Smith Center.


  • The Alachua County School Board holds a workshop on facilities at 9:30 a.m. to discuss options dealing with the new class-size amendment.

    Community Events


  • Kevin Bright, one of three producers of NBC's "Friends," the highest-rated comedy on television, will speak about the show at 7:30 p.m. at UF's O'Connell Center. The speech is free and open to the general public.


  • "Fences," the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, will be presented at the Gainesville Community Playhouse. Tickets: $8 at Omni Books.


  • The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, which takes place the first two weekends of February, starts Saturday. The Faire will continue Feb. 7-9. Advance tickets at Omni Books. For information, call 334-2787.

    Road Work

  • SW 34th Street - Lane closures between 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. from Archer Road to University Avenue.

  • SW 13th Street - Nighttime lane closures at intersections of SW 9th, 8th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, University and NW 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th avenues.

  • County Road 241 - Daytime lane closures between the I-75 overpass and County Road 235.

  • I-75 at NW 39th Avenue - Possible traffic pacing in either direction.

  • U.S. 27 - Possible nighttime lane closures at intersection with Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    - Douglas Jordan

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