Presidential Remarks 2011

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President's 2011 State of the University Address

President Hitt provides an overview of university achievements, opportunities, and challenges to UCF students, faculty members, and staff members during his State of the University address at the Student Union on Oct. 27, 2011.

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New Morgridge center offers a leap for literacy

President Hitt hails the opening of the Mortgridge International Reading Center at UCF on September 26, 2011. The new world resource for advancing best practices and innovations in reading resulted from the generosity of literacy advocates John and Carrie Morgridge in partnership with UCF.

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Taking student career planning, job prep to the max

UCF's new Career Services Experiential Learning Building offers students a first-rate "single location for obtaining career planning, connecting with employers for real-world experience, and seeking jobs ... " President Hitt said during the building's opening ceremony on September 19, 2011. "Now more than ever," the president said, "employers have a campus focal point for evaluating students and securing the UCF talent they need to help their companies thrive and grow."

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Great news for PBS lovers in Central Florida

President Hitt announces the creation of WUCF TV and outlines how it will preserve and enhance PBS programming for more than 3.5 million people in Central Florida. The new station is a partnership between UCF, Brevard Community College, and PBS. Joining President Hitt for the June 2, 2011, press conference were Rick Walsh, chairman of the UCF Board of Trustees; Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS; and James Drake, president of Brevard Community College.

Research faculty earn UCF top Carnegie honors

President Hitt applauds UCF's research faculty on March 31, 2011, after UCF was deemed a "very high research activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation. The research designation is the highest that Carnegie gives to universities. Noted the president: "Of 4,633 higher educational institutions included in the Carnegie classification, only 108, or 2.3 percent, have earned this distinction. Receiving this designation puts UCF among the very elite of American colleges and universities."

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