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Alumni News : Feb 8, 2017

Art of Love: Megan and Ross Whitty

By Marie Callahan

Megan Whitty (MM ‘10) felt anxious and out-of-place when she walked up to a UF vs. LSU tailgate on October 11th, 2008. She noticed a handsome man across an open space by the new music building. Little did she know that man would be the love of her life.

Ross Whitty (BSBA ‘07) walked over and sat next to Megan, instantly striking up a conversation.

“It was so easy and effortless to talk to him,” Megan remembered. “He was so well-spoken and kind.”

A couple weeks later, after seeing Ross out with mutual friends, Megan received a message from him on Facebook, commenting on a quote from Mother Teresa that she had posted. It prompted further conversation and deeper connection over their shared Catholic faith.

Megan had moved to Gainesville from Cookeville, Tennessee, to get her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting, and Ross was a recent UF graduate from Gainesville with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

After the couple’s first date on Megan’s birthday, she knew Ross was the one. He proposed on April 12th, 2009 and they were married in Savannah, Georgia on June 19th, 2010.

More than eight years after that tailgate, the two are still in love and live in San Antonio, Texas.

Before Ross went to the game the day they met, he nervously asked Megan if the Gators would win the game.  

“I looked him in the eye and said, ‘Absolutely, without a doubt. We will win.’ And we did! And he won my heart.”