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University Minority Mentors Program Reception

Date: Nov 17th, 2009

Good evening! With two flus this winter, the regular variety and the H1N1 newcomer, we have all been thinking a lot about vaccines. I am glad that we have these […]

Student Government General Assembly’s Centennial Celebration

Date: Nov 17th, 2009

Good evening! My job comes with plenty of ups and downs. Being around students always energizes me and renews my commitment. So, thank you for this opportunity to join you. […]

UF Student Veterans Reception

Date: Nov 10th, 2009

Good evening! I am honored to have this opportunity to be with you! It is great to see you and great to have the chance to meet with you, on […]

UCF Center for Emerging Media Expansion Dedication

Date: Oct 26th, 2009

Good morning! You have a lot going on in Orlando! I was just here earlier this month for the kickoff for Medical City, in Lake Nona. I am back today, […]

Shands at UF Cancer Hospital Major Donors Gala

Date: Oct 15th, 2009

Good evening! I am glad to join all of you, and I am especially pleased to be here at the new Shands at UF Cancer Hospital. We welcome this addition […]

NSF Research Day

Date: Oct 13th, 2009

Good morning! First, I want to thank Sandra and the other leaders of the “I cubed” program for organizing and sponsoring this event. It is great to devote time and […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The AGH Legacy

Date: Oct 9th, 2009

Good afternoon! AGH was Gainesville’s first hospital. We already had a courthouse, post office and library, so with the hospital’s opening, the foundations of our city were complete. The city […]

UF-Burnham Commitment Ceremony

Date: Oct 8th, 2009

Good morning! I can’t tell you how pleased we are to join you for this important day and this important effort here at Medical City in Lake Nona! We have […]

State of the University 2009

Date: Aug 27th, 2009

Good afternoon! It is an honor and pleasure to join all of you again for this traditional event which begins the academic year. Many of you have been away for […]

State of the University Presentation 2009

Date: Aug 27th, 2009

To see the PDF for the 2009 State of the University Presentation click here.

UF Still Building Despite Economy (Op-Ed in The Gainesville Sun)

Date: Jul 16th, 2009

Harvard University recently slowed a major campus expansion because of the economic slump. It is hardly alone: Stung by falling endowments, declining public funding or both, universities nationwide are downgrading […]

P.K. Yonge 75th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Jun 27th, 2009

Good evening! On behalf of the University of Florida, I want to extend a warm welcome to each of you to P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School’s 75th anniversary’s celebration. These […]

Dedication of the Veterinary Medicine Equine Computed Tomography Scanner, C.T. Suite/Large Animal Hospital

Date: Jun 26th, 2009

Good afternoon! Somebody said that a horse is poetry in motion. Anyone who has ever ridden one knows how it lifts your spirits. To paraphrase John Steinbeck, we are not […]

High Performance Computing Center Phase III Reception

Date: Apr 30th, 2009

Good afternoon! I am pleased to join you to celebrate the completion of the third phase of the High Performance Computing Center! We have worked steadily toward this day since […]

Veterans Memorial Dedication

Date: Apr 30th, 2009

Good afternoon! I want to begin by applauding UF Student Government and the UF Collegiate Veteran’s Society for creating this memorial. We recently bore witness to the incalculable value of […]

Sustainability at UF Earth Day

Date: Apr 22nd, 2009

Students, faculty, staff, members of the community: Good morning! I am glad to join all of you on this gorgeous spring celebration of Earth Day! The audience here, the 1,500 […]

UF Technology Showcase

Date: Apr 14th, 2009

Good afternoon and welcome! I am glad to see so many here today scoping out investment opportunities in University of Florida spinoffs. I think you will have plenty to see! […]

Groundbreaking for Harn Museum Asian Art Wing

Date: Apr 9th, 2009

Good afternoon! I can’t tell you how pleased I am to join all of you today. It is especially gratifying now, in these difficult times. Like so many other institutions […]

Samuel Proctor Oral History Collection Panel Discussion

Date: Mar 17th, 2009

Good evening and welcome. Chris and I are glad to join you tonight! Joel Buchanan and the panelists with us have spent a lifetime researching, writing about, and, through their […]

Heart of Florida Economic Summit

Date: Mar 2nd, 2009

Good morning! Great to have you in Gainesville on campus. I am honored to be with you here in the Heart of Florida. It is truly a place to love. […]

Black History Month Opening Ceremony

Date: Feb 1st, 2009

Good afternoon! Welcome to Black History Month–Dreaming in Color. Great Dream! President Barack Obama begins his third week in office today. If there is a better run-up to this year’s […]

Florida Opportunity Scholars Breakfast

Date: Jan 17th, 2009

Good morning! I know that most of you are University of Florida alumni, and I gather from your participation in this weekend’s activities that you value your experience here tremendously. […]