Services were held yesterday for Harold Nugent at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Mr. Nugent was better known as the “Alligator Man” to the thousands of school children he visited around the state as part of a joint effort with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to teach kids about alligators. Matthew Cretul spoke to Paynes Prairie State Park Manager David Jowers about the life and legacy of Harold Nugent. During his time in Gainesville, Mr. Nugent was awarded numerous citations, including the National Vounteer of the Year Award for the National Wildlife Refuges The Florida State Colleague Award by the Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Steward Award by the Alachua Conservation Trust , and the 2003 Volunteer of the Year for the Florida Park Service. He was also a former Director on the Friends of Paynes Prairie Board.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Jowers.mp3]
For University of Florida senior Nile Bostic, it’s important to work for what she wants, in spite of expectations. Through hairstyling and cheerleading, she learned what brings her joy.