The Purposes of the University: Selected Speeches

The Purposes of the University: Selected Speeches

by Bernie Machen, Aaron Hoover

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ISBN-13: 9780813047683
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Bernie Machen has served as the eleventh president of the University of Florida since 2004. Prior to UF, he spent six years as president of the University of Utah. He also served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan and dean of the UM School of Dentistry. He is a past president of the American Association of Dental Schools and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee.
Aaron Hoover is an award-winning speechwriter who has worked closely with President Machen since 2005. A former science writer and newspaper reporter, he is the executive speechwriter in the UF President’s Office.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Words for Students

A University without Walls 1

Write Your Own Story 2

Great Beginnings at the UF Hall of Fame 8

John Steinbeck, the iPhone, and the Value of a Weil-Rounded Life 9

Reshaping College for the Better 14

This Is Your Time and Your University 16

Treat Time as a River 17

UF Student Government on Its Centennial 22

At the End of Your Journey Come Home 24

2 The Nature of Education

All That and More: The True Purposes of College 30

Bricks and Mortar in a Digital Age 39

In Celebration of a New Recreation Center 41

In Support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 43

People before Politics 49

Thinking Deeply in a Twitter World 52

3 Equality and Education

A Long Staircase to Equality 57

A Model for All People 59

A Story Worth Telling: The History of UF Women before Coeducation 62

A Striking Symmetry 64

"Arouse the Conscience of the Nation" 66

In Praise of Stephan P. Mickle 68

Now Is the Time to Gather Our Memories 71

The Conscience of the Campus 74

"The Only Queer People" 76

4 Celebrating with Ceremony

9/11 and Roosevelt's Four Freedoms 78

Our Newest and Truest History 81

Our Debt to Student Veterans 82

Pioneering Education at P. K. Yonge 84

The Enduring Legacy of Our Student Veterans 86

'Twas the Night before Christmas … at UF 88

5 Our Worthy Cause

In Celebration of Our New Cancer Hospital 91

In Recognition of Donors and Faculty 92

Of Buildings and Blueberries 96

Of Donors and Dreams 97

6 Joining Discovery to Technology

A Building and an Idea 101

A New Frontier in Orlando 104

A New "Mental Giant" 106

Bringing Science to the Public Square 109

A Shared Voyage of Discovery 111

Building Collaboration 112

Grow the Little Fish 115

7 Building Bridges, Bridging Differences

A Dwelling Place for Goodness 119

Bourbon Redeemers, Toledo Mud Hens, and the Tom Petty Tree 121

Building Bridges, Bridging Differences 127

In Praise of Alachua General Hospital 129

UF and Florida's Children in Need 131

We Are Gainesville 136

8 A First Lady Speaks

Me and My Ten-Pound Title 139

Of Pets and People 144

"Spokespersons for Freedom" 146

In Celebration of the Stetson Kennedy Collection 147

9 Of Nature and the Arts

A Historic Opportunity for Our Most Precious Resource 150

A Home in the Woods 152

"A Very, Very, Very Fine House" 153

Art as Ambassador 155

Our Trees Ground Us 159

Planting Green Shoots 160

10 In Tribute

A Tribute to "Miss Betty" 165

Our Brilliant Maverick 167

Under Ed, the Alligator Roared 171

11 Our Past, Our Future

Toward UF as a Global Beacon 176

Our Morrill Act Tradition 181

Inventing Our Future 189

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