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Florida Gulf Coast University Day
Recognizing January 28, 2020, as “Florida Gulf Coast University Day” in Florida, etc.
Florida Senate - 2020 (NP) SR 1892 By Senator Benacquisto 27-02217-20 20201892__ 1 Senate Resolution 2 A resolution recognizing January 28, 2020, as “Florida 3 Gulf Coast University Day” in Florida. 4 5 WHEREAS, in May 1991, then Governor Lawton Chiles signed 6 into law a bill passed by the Florida Legislature authorizing 7 the creation of Floridas 10th public university, Florida Gulf 8 Coast University (FGCU), to provide higher education 9 opportunities and workforce development in the previously 10 underserved region of Southwest Florida, and 11 WHEREAS, FGCU opened its doors to students on August 25, 12 1997, and held its first commencement in May 1998 with 81 13 graduates, and 14 WHEREAS, FGCU has been led by four outstanding and dynamic 15 presidents: Roy McTarnaghan, William C. Merwin, Wilson G. 16 Bradshaw, and Michael V. Martin, and 17 WHEREAS, with the leadership and vision of current 18 President Michael V. Martin and the FGCU Board of Trustees, FGCU 19 students will have a clear pathway to success and FGCU will be 20 able to maintain affordability for all students, and 21 WHEREAS, FGCUs top priority is student success, which 22 includes a strong focus on providing the necessary academic 23 resources and laboratory facilities to timely complete degrees 24 from one of the five colleges providing relevant programs with 25 an accomplished faculty and dedicated staff to help students 26 prepare for successful careers and meet regional and statewide 27 workforce needs, and 28 WHEREAS, FGCU has strategically grown into a regional 29 university of nearly 15,000 students and today offers 58 30 undergraduate, 25 graduate, and 6 doctoral programs, and 31 WHEREAS, FGCUs pathways to student success have led it to 32 achieve national prominence in academics, environmental 33 sustainability, and student service learning, with approximately 34 3 million hours of service learning contributed to the Southwest 35 Florida community since 1997, and 36 WHEREAS, FGCU emphasizes innovative and interdisciplinary 37 learning, using the region as a living laboratory, while 38 offering students diverse opportunities to participate in 39 meaningful research led by their professors, and 40 WHEREAS, FGCU has established The Water School, breaking 41 ground on the new academic building on November 21, 2019, to 42 create a University of Distinction Program that will provide 43 FGCU the foundation to pursue designation as a recognized state 44 and national leader in the field of water science, focusing on 45 local issues but having the ability to address challenges 46 throughout the world, and 47 WHEREAS, FGCU has established the School of 48 Entrepreneurship, bringing together students from all 49 disciplines to develop products and business plans in a real 50 world setting, leading to recognition by the Princeton Review, 51 which named it the best such school in Florida and ranked it 52 30th in the nation, and 53 WHEREAS, FGCU strives to bring diversification of the 54 economy to the region it serves through innovation in 55 agribusiness, construction management, hydrology, environmental 56 engineering, and public health, and 57 WHEREAS, FGCU serves and engages its surrounding community, 58 offering a wealth of enrichment opportunities that include the 59 FGCU Research Roadshow, visual arts, music, theater, and public 60 radio and public television, and 61 WHEREAS, FGCUs athletics programs continue to be a growing 62 source of pride for their loyal fans, with student athletes 63 continuing to demonstrate their academic strengths, and 64 WHEREAS, the collegiate experience continues to enrich the 65 lives of FGCU students and serve the surrounding community 66 through “The FGCU Effect” and the universitys longstanding 67 commitment to promoting racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity 68 on campus, NOW, THEREFORE, 69 70 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: 71 72 That January 28, 2020, is recognized as “Florida Gulf Coast 73 University Day” in Florida. 74 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with 75 the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Florida Gulf 76 Coast University President Michael V. Martin, Ph.D., as a 77 tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.