Learning From the Best – Mazza Weekend Conference

Posted by Jessica Meek in Picture This. No Comments

18th November

Last weekend brought the much-anticipated Mazza Weekend Conference! I had been looking forward to this for months, since I first saw the list of illustrators who were going to be in attendance.

The amazing David Wiesner started off Conference on Friday night. He has won three Caldecott Medals (the highest honor), three Caldecott awards, and all of my admiration. He is a master of surreal, visual and often wordless storytelling. This was apparent when he spoke about the importance of pacing and page-turns. He certainly knows his craft. I can remember his innovative The Three Pigs from my childhood, as well as his other strange and wonderful tales. I even went so far as to buy one of his books to get autographed, which is something I generally refrain from.

In Wiesner’s talk, he described the use of little dashes to indicate an … Read More »



Our First Home Show!

Posted by Julia Bastian in Taking the Reins. No Comments

15th November

Any UF student has the opportunity to try out for a spot on the equestrian teams. At the western farm, we have the UF Ranch Horse team and the IHSA western team. Earlier this fall, I tried out for a spot on the IHSA western team, and just this past weekend, I competed in my first show.

IHSA is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association that offers riders of any skill level the chance to compete individually and as a team through Regional, Semi-Finals and National levels. Western riders compete in horsemanship classes in six divisions (Beginner Walk-Trot, Intermediate, Novice, Advanced and Open) and reining at the Open level. The team competes at multiple shows throughout the year in a quest to qualify for Semi-Finals, and then Nationals.

This show wasn’t only the first IHSA show for me, but it was also the first show … Read More »



Over the River, Through the Woods…

Posted by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. No Comments

11th November

Over the river and through the woods to biology (my new second major) I go. This semester, as part of my biology major, I have decided to give ecology a try. Ecology is definitely a different kind of science course, and labs are exciting as we head out to the Rieck Center or stroll around campus and take a hike for class. Our first lab was spent learning how to use a GPS unit to find various waypoints spread across campus. One of our waypoints led us right to the fountain.

For several weeks, our small groups measured, identified and inventoried all the trees on campus for a grand total of 1,100 trees. Can you believe there are 1,100 trees on campus? And most of them are Bradford Pear Trees.

I remember my mom giving me a tree and insect identification book for when we … Read More »






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