“Today, we begin a renewal and re-creation of UF’s cathedral for its students,” said President Machen at the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
“This building is a home for students to gather the knowledge and form the bonds that will underpin their success in life,’” said UF President Bernie Machen at the Beam Signing marking the start of construction on Heavener Hall near 13th Street and University Avenue.
“We can’t just hide from these difficult times or react to them,” said President Machen at his State of the University 2013 speech at the Reitz Union. “We must seek to invent our own future, drawing on the strengths and missions of our past.”
“We need less linking and more thinking,” said President Machen at UF’s August 9 Doctoral Degree Commencement at the O’Connell Center.
“In the short time our women students are here, we owe them every possible advantage,” said President Machen at the UF Women 2013 Symposium.
“As HiPerGator leverages scientists’ abilities to make new discoveries, so this facility helps our professionals and faculty advance the university – from grant-writing to grading,” said President Machen during his remarks at the ribbon cutting of the UF Data Center on the Eastside campus.
President and First Lady Bernie and Chris Machen join graduating senior Hygens Succes at an April reception for the 2013 graduates of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. Succes, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in sport management, plans to pursue his master’s in the same field at UF this fall.
“We must ask, have we reached the end of an era?,” said President Machen during his opening remarks at UF’s Land-Grant Closing Symposium at the University Auditorium. “Are we moving past the time when places like this auditorium are vital to universities, and when universities like the University of Florida are vital to our country?”
“I am convinced that your time in college remains the single-best opportunity for you to explore who you are,” said President Machen during his remarks for the Common Lecture, given as part of UF’s “What is the Good Life?” course for all entering students.