Celebrating the Garnet and Gold
We’re only halfway through the spring semester and already it has been jam-packed with big events. It was FSU’s turn to host the Florida Board of Governors for its meeting in January. The BOG, along with the 12 state universities, announced a new campaign — “Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business” — to promote further collaboration in the areas of talent, research and partnerships with the state’s business community. It was nice to see some of our top-notch faculty on hand to support this effort. I know that FSU’s cutting-edge research will continue to draw businesses to Tallahassee and the Sunshine State.
FSU Day at the Capitol is always a wonderful opportunity to showcase the excellence that has led to our designation as a preeminent university. There was a lot of Seminole pride on display Feb. 2 as the Capitol was decked out in garnet and gold for the day. I’d like to thank all the faculty, staff and students who staffed the tables on the first three floors. Those exhibits were a great way to let legislators and visitors know about all the important work going on in our colleges and research centers. The video below will give you a flavor of the event.
Today, I'm excited to go down to Sarasota to get a sneak peek of the new Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at The Ringling — one of FSU's great partners. With the arts and cultures of Asia continuing to grow in importance, a center devoted to their study is critical to our job of educating future global citizens and introducing them to the marketplace of ideas. We will officially open the center with a grand community celebration May 15, and I hope you get a chance to visit the beautiful museum in the coming months.
Closer to home, I encourage you to check out the Cuban Art in the 20th Century exhibit at FSU's Museum of Fine Arts before it closes March 27. Curated by one of our own doctoral students, this exhibit rivals any that you would expect to see at a large metropolitan museum. In fact, it is the largest exhibition of Cuban art shown in the United States in the past 70 years.
In the coming months we hope to finalize the university's new strategic plan and establish a vision for the future. I want to thank everyone who has participated in the process so far. Keep updated at strategicplan.fsu.edu.
Florida State is on the rise — and all of you play a big part in our success. Every day, you are generating positive media attention for FSU, and I’m pleased to share some of those clips below.
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