Address at the dedication of the Classroom II building dedication, UCF Memory Mall
November 8, 2013
Thank you for that very kind introduction, and welcome to this special dedication ceremony of the UCF Classroom II and ROTC Building. What a great day for our faculty and students, our ROTC program, our military and veterans partners, and our campus community.
A number of dignitaries are here for this memorable occasion. They include
UCF prides itself on being America’s leading partnership university, and this new building showcases the power of partnerships to advance objectives vital to our country and to our community.
As we reflect on the progress of UCF in its 50th anniversary year, we underscore a campus tradition of exceptional training for young people who have chosen to serve our country. Today, it pleases me to stand in front of a new facility that is worthy of our outstanding Air Force and Army ROTC programs.
Our ROTC students and their leaders will enjoy features that include
Aside from its space for ROTC, this new $23.4 million, 80,000-square-foot building provides more of the leading-edge learning spaces that all our dedicated faculty members and all our students deserve and need.
Each week starting in January, this building and its seven new classrooms will host thousands of students.
They will pursue studies ranging from flight mechanics and nutrition to engineering and music. State-of-the-art features in the classrooms include:
The outdoor courtyard includes wi-fi, shaded benches, and an appropriate display for our American flag. Behind me is one of the building’s most distinguishing features: this spectacular sculpture by renowned artist Malcolm Robertson, who, unfortunately, could not be with us.
The title of this artwork, “We See the Same Stars,” fits well with the UCF motto of “Reach for the Stars,” and its placement at the ROTC entrance is a vivid reminder of the stars and stripes that unite us as Americans.
This new building is a jewel among our facilities, and Memory Mall, which includes the Veterans Memorial behind you, is an ideal place for this terrific new structure.
UCF strives to provide the best undergraduate education in Florida, and this facility is a valuable new ally in our pursuit of that key goal.
Now, it is my pleasure to introduce a great friend of the University of Central Florida, the ROTC, and our armed forces, our own Congressman John Mica.
Dr. Dale Whittaker, UCF president-elect and executive vice president, will succeed UCF President John Hitt on July 1. Learn more about President-Elect Whittaker's plans and aspirations for America's Partnership University as he prepares to become UCF's 5th president. Also, see the full story about Dr. Whittaker's appointment and learn more about UCF's next president.