Shifting to love: Classmates at SFCC say 'I do'

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 9:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 9:18 a.m.

Two Santa Fe Community College students found love for more than working on cars when they enrolled in the school's automotive technology program two years ago.

Bobby Joe Daniel and Elizabeth Bryant were married Saturday at the Waccasassa Fishing Club in Gulf Hammock.

Bryant, 26, said she didn't expect much more than "cuts, scrapes and bruises" when she enrolled in the program, hoping to get a better handle on the car repairs she already dabbled in. Then Daniel, 33, asked her out, and she eventually said yes. Their tropical-themed wedding, went off without a hitch after the husband- and wife-to-be traveled to South Carolina to repair Bryant's family's car.

"They broke down halfway on their trip down from Virginia," the new bride said.

The groom took care of a second repair the morning of the wedding, replacing his future in-laws' belt tension adjuster and still making it to the altar on time.

The couple decided to forgo a honeymoon for now, instead finishing the last three weeks of classes.

Asian experience:

Chinese language courses aren't the only way a growing trend toward Asian studies is impacting Alachua County's schools.

University of Florida Asian studies program director Joe Murphy reports that dozens of school teachers of various backgrounds showed up to UF's Florida Seminar For Teaching on Asia this summer, and many were local.

One of this summer's "students" was Eastside High School teacher Sarah Reynierson. With her new understanding of Asian culture and history, she'll require her ninth-graders to find a factual component to research in the Asian novels they read each year. Then they'll have to speak to the class about it.

Oak Hall School's fine-arts department chairman, Robert Ponzio, another seminar alum, developed a lesson plan in which students document a journey through Gainesville that has parallels to a journey depicted on a 12th century scroll by Chinese painter Zhang Zeduan.

The Chinese scroll details a trip from the countryside to suburbs to a city wall and finally through the city gates. Ponzio's lesson takes students on a walking tour through green space, neighborhoods, and gradually more congested areas. They end up going over Gainesville's "gateway," Interstate 75, and continue to the

"marketplace," the Oaks Mall.

DARE to help:

After volunteering his time and expertise for nearly 14 years, UF's Dr. Mark Gold has been honored for his work in helping youths avoid drugs, gangs and violence.

Gold, a distinguished professor and chief of addiction medicine with the McKnight Brain Institute of UF, received the 2006 DARE America Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday. DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is an international program that expects to reach 36 million students around the world this year.

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