December 2015
Director's Corner
Jonathan Dain

Announcing the
General Joe Joyce Family Endowment for Natural Resources Leadership

Thank you, Dr. Joyce and family.

In this column, I generally write about the issues we encounter at NRLI sessions and strategies for managing conflict. It is, however, the holiday season, and most every newsletter that I encounter focuses on the idea of giving with inspiring stories of generosity. We at NRLI are thrilled and deeply honored that we too can share a story of remarkable generosity this year. Last month, Dr. Joe Joyce retired as Director of the UF/IFAS Center for Leadership. Prior to that, he served as Associate Vice President of UF/IFAS for over 17 years; he also is a retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserves. Over the last 24 months, Joe has been incredibly supportive of the NRLI program, taking time to attend sessions and to really learn about our mission, activities, and Fellows. In November, Dr. Joyce announced the establishment of the General Joe Joyce Family Endowment for Natural Resources Leadership. The endowment will fund scholarships for NRLI Fellows and provide general program support. It is also an important part of Dr. Joyce's broader legacy of support for leadership in agriculture and natural resource management. This is a watershed moment for the NRLI program, and the moment was made even more impactful by the subsequent actions of Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, who pledged a contribution to the endowment in honor of Joe Joyce's service to UF/IFAS. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Joe Joyce and his family and to Dr. Jack Payne for their remarkable generosity. The endowment will have a lasting positive impact, and through the NRLI Fellows, Florida and its citizens will be the beneficiary.

In This Issue
Quick Links
   Dr. Joe Joyce
 General Joe Joyce Family Endowment
for Natural Resources Leadership

Upon his retirement from UF/IFAS, Dr. Joe Joyce established an endowment to support the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (FNRLI). This is FNRLI's first endowment and will support scholarships and program support. In this season of giving, please consider supporting the FNRLI endowment. To make a gift:
Mail: checks may be mailed to:
UF/IFAS Development
PO Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611
Please make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation.
Include "FNRLI-Joyce Endowment" in the memo line. 
NRLI Class XV Fellows at Julington-Durbin Preserve. Photo by Jessica Ireland.

Class XV Session 4 Newsletter
Jacksonville: Wildland Urban Interface



In this issue...

Session Overview

Curriculum Focus: Designing effective meetings and group decision-making processes

Fellows' Article
Woo-eee! NRLI fellows acquire new skills as they navigate the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)
Chad Rischar & Angela Collins
Class XV Fellow Spotlight
  • Fred Rondeau, Captain, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Andy Kohler, Land Manager, St. Johns River Water Management District
  • Shelby Krantz, Coordinator, Southeast Climate Consortium, University of Florida
NRLI Alumni Spotlight
  • Alexander Gulde, Wildlife Assistance Program Administrator, Wildlife Impact Management Section, FWC Division of Habitat and Species Conservation

 Click here to download a PDF. 

Future Class XV Sessions
January 7-9, 2016
Sea level rise
Key Largo
February 4-6, 2016
Endangered species & recreation
Crystal River
March 10-12, 2016
Agriculture south of Lake Okeechobee
April 7-9, 2016
Graduation & practicum presentations
NRLI Class XVI (2016-2017)
We are currently accepting applications for NRLI Class XVI (2016-2017)!
The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Class size is limited; applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

For additional information, including a complete schedule and application instructions, please visit the Class XVI page on the NRLI website ( or
contact Jessica Ireland, NRLI Program Coordinator.
Phone: (352) 294-7643
 Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference
January 28, 2016
Mid-Florida Research and Education Center
Apopka, Florida 


Examine the critical policy issues facing agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions.


On January 28, some of the state's top agriculture thinkers will gather at the University of Florida-IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka for the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference scheduled for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The event is organized by the UF Food and Resource Economics Department, under the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

 For more information and to register, please go to