“We are fortunate that our students mirror the richness of the world’s religions – including more than 8,000 Jewish students, the largest population at any university outside Israel” said President Machen at the Marilyn Kapner Levin Center ribbon cutting ceremony. “Today, these students gain a center that is part student union, part home-away-from-home, part place of worship … and 100-percent sanctuary.”
“I agree with the words of former U.S. Commissioner of Education Harold Howe: ‘What a school thinks about its library,’ Mr. Howe once said, ‘is a measure of what it feels about education,’” said President Machen during the Judaica Suite Opening at Smathers Library on January 19.
“Today, we begin a renewal and re-creation of UF’s cathedral for its students,” said President Machen at the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
“This building is a home for students to gather the knowledge and form the bonds that will underpin their success in life,’” said UF President Bernie Machen at the Beam Signing marking the start of construction on Heavener Hall near 13th Street and University Avenue.
“We need less linking and more thinking,” said President Machen at UF’s August 9 Doctoral Degree Commencement at the O’Connell Center.
“In the short time our women students are here, we owe them every possible advantage,” said President Machen at the UF Women 2013 Symposium.
“As HiPerGator leverages scientists’ abilities to make new discoveries, so this facility helps our professionals and faculty advance the university – from grant-writing to grading,” said President Machen during his remarks at the ribbon cutting of the UF Data Center on the Eastside campus.
President and First Lady Bernie and Chris Machen join graduating senior Hygens Succes at an April reception for the 2013 graduates of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. Succes, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in sport management, plans to pursue his master’s in the same field at UF this fall.