From the Vice President
It's challenging to explain the powerful impact of the student experience at the University of Florida to those who haven't felt it
themselves. Student Affairs prepares students outside the classroom to assume roles of leadership, involvement and service in a global
community and the wide range of opportunities that Student Affairs provides makes the difference in their future.
Our seven departments Career Resource Center, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residence Education, J.
Wayne Reitz Union, Recreational Sports and Student Financial Affairs play a vital role in creating and maintaining a healthy campus
environment through services, programs and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom. Students are the life of the univer-
sity, and we seek to engage and support them in their pursuit of discovery that will optimize their university experience.
Student Affairs provides students an opportunity to develop leadership skills in more than 700 student organizations on campus, 24
residence halls, 3,000 intramural teams in 41 sport clubs and so much more. We support students through personal counseling, career
counseling, financial aid and a wide array of other programs and services.
To improve our abilities to challenge and support students at the University of Florida, Student Affairs is seeking your help in fund-
ing more first-generation college students from modest backgrounds in the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. The true stories of
our students who have benefited from this scholarship support are unparalleled -just read the real story of Angelica Rojas in this bro-
chure to see one example.
Other goals for Student Affairs include building a leadership retreat center at Lake Wauburg and increasing leadership and ser-
vice opportunities through the Center for Leadership and Service. Together, we are committed to providing opportunities for student
engagement, learning and discovery in a diverse environment to optimize their university experience and prepare them to serve a
global community. I invite you to join us in the campaign to help make the student experience an integral part of Florida Tomorrow.
Vice President for Student Affairs
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The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a day. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, the foundation of The Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? The Division of Student Affairs
believes it's an opportunity, one filled with
promise and hope. It's that belief that feeds
the university's capital campaign to raise
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will
shape the university, certainly. But its
ripple effect will also touch the state of
Florida, the nation and the entire world.
Florida Tomorrow is pioneering research
and spirited academic programs. It's a
fertile environment for inquiry, teaching
and learning. It's being at the forefront
to address the challenges facing all of us,
both today and tomorrow.
UF Division of Student Affairs
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
TOTAL $10 million
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Florida Tomorrow is a place ...
where students develop ethical leadership skills in a diverse and
challenging campus environment.
A Place to Think
For 90 years, UF's Lake Wauburg has been a place students
go to leave the world behind. Soon, it could be where they go to
learn to change the world.
There are plans for a lakeside retreat center to give students a
place to gather without truly leaving UF. The escape from daily
surroundings even to a lake just eight miles from campus -
can be important to the kind of critical and creative thinking the
university encourages from student leaders.
"When students meet for retreats in the same rooms where
they have business meetings, they're more 'tasky' and less
visionary," says Mary Kay Carodine, senior associate dean of
students. "Getting off campus brings with it a whole different
level of reflection."
A UF-owned retreat center would also lower costs for campus
organizations, she says.
The plan is that the retreat center would blend in with the
area's natural beauty.
"The idea is for the retreat center to have a natural feel that
doesn't infringe on the setting," says Nancy Chrystal-Green, asso-
ciate director for programs in UF's Department of Recreational
Sports. "It would feel like going into the woods, but it would be a
lot more comfortable than camping."
If all goes as hoped, overnight lodgings for up to 80 people
would be available in two bunkhouses and cabin-style rooms,
and a 200-person meeting room would offer more than dou-
ble the space of the lake's historic Cypress Lodge. From training
programs for resident assistants in the Department of Housing
to workshops and seminars on a range of issues for student
leaders from across campus, the center would allow groups to
retreat from the everyday with the convenience of a location
close to campus.
"Lake Wauburg is just eight miles south of campus, but it's a
setting where you can really settle in and reflect on issues without
distractions," Chrystal-Green says. "Out there, you're not as teth-
ered to the cell phones, the computers. You're not so accessible to
the daily grind."
Florida Tomorrow is a day ..
when UF graduates are known for their leadership skills, global
awareness and environmental responsibility.
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Life-changing and eye-opening aren't words normally associ-
ate with spring break unless it's one of UF's Florida Alternative
Breaks trips. Each year, more than 300 University of Florida stu-
dents and faculty devote their spring or winter breaks to service
projects around the country and in Latin America.
"We talk about trying to educate leaders for a global commu-
nity, and that's exactly what we're doing with FAB," says Mary
Kay Carodine, senior associate dean of students. "The students
learn about issues outside the university. They're connecting
with causes and developing skills that will help them become
The program was established at UF in 1993. The first ser-
vice trip was a relief effort to south Florida in the aftermath of
Hurricane Andrew, and the program has since expanded to
15 spring break trips and several winter and summer trips to
locations from Nicaragua to New Orleans. Each focuses on a par-
ticular social issue from homelessness to the environment
- that students study in the months leading up to their trip.
Priya Palta went on her first FAB trip as a freshman in 2004.
Like nearly half of FAB participants, she returned for another -
the second time as a site leader for a project in Miami focusing on
"It was really a life-changing experience for me," she says of
her first trip, working with low-income children in Kentucky.
"The trips take you out of your comfort zone, and make you more
aware of what's going on in society. You learn about yourself,
your peers, your community. The skills you acquire can be taken
with you in everything you do later in life."
Carodine hears similar comments from other students.
"Ultimately, the students find that they get more than they
give," she says. "They come back with eyes wide open."
FAB is one of numerous initiatives offered through UF's Center
for Leadership and Service to train up-and-coming leaders.
Others include Gatorship, a leadership and diversity retreat, and
LeaderShape, a national, ethics-based leadership development
program. All the programs, Carodine says, help create global
thinkers who will leave UF prepared to be leaders in their careers
and in society.
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Florida Tomorrow is a belief ...
that we are preparing students for careers still on the horizon and
who are capable of solving problems that have not yet been identified.
A Family's First
Angelica Rojas didn't need to be told the difference education
can make. She'd seen it firsthand in the struggles of her parents,
Mexican immigrants who hadn't had the benefit of much schooling.
"My mom used to tell me about how she cried because she
wanted to go to school, but her family couldn't send her," Rojas
says. "Seeing my parents struggle made me appreciate education
Nonetheless, even as one of her high school's best students
- with a long list of academic honors and community-service
activities to her name Rojas wasn't sure college was in her
future. Her father's job in an orange grove in her hometown of
Immokalee didn't earn enough for tuition, much less the other
costs for her to attend college.
"I'm the youngest of four, and my older siblings didn't have
the opportunity to go to college," Rojas explains. "I didn't know if
it would be an option for me."
Her chance to do something no one in her family had ever
done to enroll in college came in the form of a Florida
Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarships are for students who
are the first in their families to attend college and whose parents
make less than $40,000 a year. Hundreds of low-income stu-
dents have received the awards since the program started in 2005,
allowing recipients like Rojas to focus on their studies rather than
the price of tuition, rent and meals.
Rojas recalls the day word came that a scholarship to the
University of Florida was hers if she wanted it.
"When I read the letter, I was so shocked I made my best friend
read it back to me. I thought I hadn't understood it correctly,"
Now, she is considering a double-major in journalism and fam-
ily, youth and community science. Rojas hopes to use her passion
for writing to someday tell her story to students who may be in
the same situation she once was.
"I really want to tell other students that hard work does pay
off," she says. "No matter what challenges you have, if you're
hard-working and determined, you really can be successful."
Our Vision of Tomorrow
Student Affairs is committed to providing students with oppor-
tunities for engagement, learning and discovery in a diverse
environment that will optimize their university experience and
prepare them to serve a global community. Tomorrow's Student
Affairs supports all of our students in their endeavors outside of
the classroom and prepares them for the next level of challenges
in the real world.
Our students leave the university with the necessary skills for
the next generation of leadership and Student Affairs pro-
grams and services enhance their college experience. Building a
new leadership retreat center, expanding programs in the Center
for Leadership and Service, and supporting Florida Opportunity
Scholars are all ways you can help make a difference for stu-
dents. However, the full range of opportunities for you to support
Student Affairs includes all of our seven departments that touch
the lives of students on a daily basis.
Florida Tomorrow is a place where students develop ethical lead-
ership skills in a diverse and challenging environment. Florida
Tomorrow is a day when UF graduates are known for their lead-
ership skills, global awareness and environmental responsibility.
Florida Tomorrow is a belief that we are preparing students for
careers still on the horizon and who are capable of solving prob-
lems that have not yet been identified.
We invite you to join Student Affairs in making our shared
vision of Florida Tomorrow a reality.
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