By Nicole Safker
Members of the law school community filled the courtyard and lined up nearly to the parking lot Sept. 13 during the much-anticipated Glasser Barbecue.
More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff piled their plates high with assortments of chicken, veggie burgers, pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans and quenched their thirst with sweet tea, sitting in the shade and enjoying the company and great weather. Food and drinks were provided by Hill's Bar-B-Que in Gainesville.
The event is sponsored by the Gene K. and Elaine Glasser Endowment. The Glassers, who are both UF alumni, have with their endowment sustained a years-long tradition at the law school. They hope the event will sponsor a greater sense of community among people at the law school. "The law school education I received at the University of Florida has greatly influenced my professional and personal life, creating lasting memories with my friends," said Gene Glasser, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who received his law degree from UF in 1972.
Last February, Glasser and his wife Elaine significantly increased their endowment with an additional $50,000 commitment to make the event "bigger and better," as Senior Development Director Kelley Frohlich said.
On Tuesday, the barbecue coincided with the Student Organization Fair, and students milled about toting plates and learning about myriad ways to get involved during their time at UF Law.
Christian Packard (3L) said he was very grateful to the Glassers for their contribution to the law school community and added that the food this year was great.
Amy Levenberg (3L) said the barbecue is her "favorite day of the year" and for the past three years she has petitioned her professors to let class out early so her and her classmates could get prime spots in the quickly lengthening food line.
What she loves most about the event is the "idea of getting everyone in one place, enjoying the weather and great barbecue."