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This is the photo that will run with my feature article on the expansion of the Southwest Recreation Center.

This is the photo that will run with my feature article on the expansion of the Southwest Recreation Center.

Final updates - two more interviews and photos

I’ve finished up my interviews, having spoken with both a student employee for the Department of Recreational Sports and a student at the University of Florida.

Both of them reiterated the fact that they thought sustainability was of growing importance in our society, particularly in a setting such as a college campus.

I also made a trip over to the Southwest Recreation Center to take some photos of the construction in action.

A barrier constructed around the main construction locations made taking pictures difficult, but I was able to find one that I like with a crane and the main entrance in the background.

I’ve completed the article and will take some final time tomorrow to edit it and revise it one last time.

Interview with Mr. David Bowles, Director of RecSports

I just got off the phone with Mr. David Bowles, the director of the Department of Recreational Sports at the University of Florida.

Bowles was extremely cordial and spent nearly 15 minutes speaking to me about the expansion of the Southwest Recreation Center.

He provided me with some excellent insight into the expansion from the perspective of RecSports, offering information on the planning and development of the project at the executive level.

My next step is to continue to contact Bahar Armaghani, the Assistant Director and Project Manager for the Southwest Recreation Center expansion. I have e-mailed Armaghani and placed several phone calls, but have received no reply yet.

I will also be going over the site of the expansion later today to take some photos of the construction for the article I am writing. I hope to also interview an employee of RecSports while I am at the facility to get a student perspective on the expansion.

Interview Updates - Gary Zetrouer and Bahar Armaghani

I recently received a reply from Mr. David Bowles, the director of the Department of Recreational Sports, to an e-mail that I sent him requesting and interview.

While Mr. Bowles indicated that he would be happy to sit down and provide me with an interview, he also directed me to two other people that might be of better service to me with regards to the topic.

The first person he directed me to was Bahar Armaghani, the Assistant Director and Project Manager for the Southwest Recreation Center expansion.

The second person he directed me to was Gary Zetrouer, the Associate Director for Resource and Project Management.

I have e-mailed both of them asking for a brief interview. I will await their responses via e-mail and will contact them by phone if they have not responded within the next 48 hours.

The Department of Recreational Sports goes green - Overview

I will be writing a feature article in the near future on the efforts of the University of Florida’s Department of Recreational Sports to “go green” in an effort to reduce the strain on the environment created by their new expansion of the Southwest Recreation Center.

I will post updates on this blog tracking the status of the feature article as I collect information from various sources with knowledge of the topic.

I have contacted Mr. David Bowles, the director of the Department of Recreational Sports (RecSports), requesting an interview. Bowles is a member of the RecSports executive staff, as well.

The Southwest Recreation Center’s expansion was announced in the Spring of 2008 by the Division of Student Affairs and is expected to cost roughly $16.3 million. The entire expansion is being funded by the Capital Improvement Trust Funds.

Construction on the new expansion began in September and is expected to continue until completion of the expansion, which is slated for the beginning of the fall 2010 semester.

The expansion is expected to bring the facility up to a Gold LEED certification, the second highest attainable. The LEED certification is designed to quantify efforts of building planners in building environmentally friendly structures.

In addition to an interview with Mr. Bowles, I also intend to speak to several University of Florida students to get their opinions on the expansion’s efforts to go green.

Above is a brief flash video of the planned expansion from the Web site of the Department of Recreational Sports.

An introduction to Thomas Goldkamp’s academic blog

Welcome to the blog, my name is Thomas Goldkamp and I am currently a third-year journalism major at the University of Florida!

I have started this Tumblr blog to fulfill a requirement for a course I am taking in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

The course is Writing for Mass Communication (MMC2100), which focuses on teaching students how to write professionally as journalists.

I will be writing a feature article in the near future and will be blogging about my experiences. This blog will be a running record of my experiences as a reporter, from collecting background information, to finding sources, to writing the actual feature piece.