Welcome to the University of Florida! I may not be the first to congratulate you on your decision to attend UF, but let me tell you how much you will benefit from your time here. As Student Body president for the 2008-2009 academic year, I urge you make the most out of what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.
As a Florida Gator, you have access to almost never-ending opportunities and resources, including award-winning professors, 24-hour computer labs and world-class athletic venues. When you're taking a break from studying, go for a workout at the Southwest Rec Center, catch a show at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, or go see the latest exhibit at one of our campus museums.
UF is already a leader in sustainability, and as a member of The Gator Nation, you'll find that we're pretty concerned about the environment. That's one of the reasons you won't find any trays at the Broward Dining Hall. With your help tossing cans in the recycle bin, turning off lights and taking the bus, we can continue to lead the charge in making our campus more sustainable.
To help you reach beyond the classroom, we have more than 800 student-run organizations as well as intramural teams for just about any sport imaginable. And if you're interested in being part of the student leadership here at UF, there are lots of opportunities for that too, including the chance to start your own club with help from Student Government.
Student Government offers a unique opportunity to get involved and influence the campus community.
Recently, we initiated a GPS tracking system so you can find the location of Regional Transit System buses. We negotiated a 6.25 percent discount off your textbooks at the UF bookstore, and we sponsored educational programming on hurricane preparedness.
We are also partnering with the City of Gainesville to bring taxi stands to popular nightlife areas in order to provide students with convenient, safe rides home. Be sure to check out our Website at www.sg.ufl.edu to stay up-to-date on everything Student Government is doing.
Throughout your time at UF, you will make memories that last a lifetime and lifelong friends to share them with. You will participate in century-old traditions and even start some new ones of your own.
I challenge you to expand your horizons during your time here. Join a new organization, try a new sport, meet new people and experience different cultures. When you joined The Gator Nation, you joined a community of champions and achievers. Go out there and make it happen, and feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions along the way. Go Gators!