2013 Fall Kickoff Luncheon: Event Recap

September brought about a new season for Town & Gown Council at UCF with new members and wonderful events such as the President’s Focus on Excellence Breakfast, Fall Luncheon, and the beginning of the Dean’s Speaker Series. During the Fall Luncheon Town & Gown members enjoyed a delightful lunch, fellowship, and exciting updates for UCF. It is hard to believe that UCF has now reached a student population of 60,110, which makes our university the second largest in the country. Two hundred and forty-seven of those students are National Merit scholars, which is twice the number attending just two years ago. The housing administration has been working hard to make sure that every student who desires to live on campus has a place to call home. Since research shows that students who live on campus have a much higher graduation rate, the efforts to provide these housing opportunities will surely have long-term benefits for scholastic achievement.

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Members also learned that UCF students are not simply confining themselves to the classroom. During the 2012-2013 academic year, UCF students contributed over 90,000 volunteer hours in the community. Those hours included a multitude of activities from beach clean-ups to food packing for the hungry. As two UCF students shared their experiences and excitement for volunteering and leadership, the pride in community and UCF spread throughout the room.

This enlightening update came on the coattails of President Hitt’s announcement that UCF will be changing its admission policy. In order to focus more on diverse and quality students, UCF will be focusing on students graduating in the top ten percent of their high school classes.

For information and to view President Hitt’s 2013 State of the Union Address: http://president.ucf.edu/remarks/remarks.asp

It is clear that UCF is not slowing down during its 50th celebration, and Town & Gown will be there to spread the word on its accomplishments every step of the way. Thank you for your support, and see you on November 19th!