Gina, a dermatologist, and Steve, a radiologist, are both graduates of the class of 1994. Gina serves as vice president of the UF Medical Alumni Association board of directors. And when the call went out to alumni in 2008 to support the college’s plan for a new medical education building through the Alumni Challenge, the Sevignys were among the first to accept the challenge. After recently completing their Alumni Challenge pledge of $5,000 a year for five years to the building fund, the couple decided to repeat the Alumni Challenge, adding another $25,000 pledge to their contribution.
Gina spoke to Florida Physician about her family’s support the College of Medicine.
Q: What made you choose to participate in the Alumni Challenge?
A: Our friend, Dr. Jason Rosenberg, started the challenge. We wanted to help out when we heard of the need for the medical school. We think it’s wonderful for the medical school to get a new building.
Q: You’ve already completed one Alumni Challenge. Was it a difficult decision for you and your husband to take on a second challenge?
A: The overall goal (100 commitments of $25,000) still hadn’t been reached. So we wanted to do it a second time because we could, and we wanted to give back. We’re hoping others follow suit.
Q: You’re called “triple Gators” because you received your undergraduate and medical degrees here, and you did residency in Gainesville. What’s changed about the town over the years?
A: The town has grown so much, but the university really hasn’t. It’s actually quite nostalgic to come back.
Q: What is your hope for the future of the UF College of Medicine?
A: I hope that it remains the No. 1 medical school in the state. They have amazing research and amazing students. We hope the teaching facility can remain state-of-the-art.
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for today’s medical students?
A: Look back on your medical school years and be proud. Give back so that future students can get an excellent education, too.For more about the Alumni Challenge and a list of participants, visit HowWeLearn.med.ufl.edu, where you can also take a virtual tour of plans for the new medical education building.