Florida Senate - 2012                            (NP)    SR 2092
       By Senator Smith
       29-02406-12                                           20122092__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing February 7, 2012, as “FSU
    3         Day” in Florida and celebrating Florida State
    4         University’s contribution as an outstanding
    5         institution of higher education.
    7         WHEREAS, the Tallahassee campus of Florida State University
    8  is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida and
    9  holds the state’s first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which was
   10  chartered in 1935, and
   11         WHEREAS, in 1994, Florida State University joined an elite
   12  group of the nation’s top research universities in achieving
   13  designation as a “Research I” institution by the Carnegie
   14  Foundation, and
   15         WHEREAS, today, Florida State University offers graduate
   16  and undergraduate degrees in 324 programs within 16 independent
   17  colleges and schools, taught by a faculty of 2,306, which has
   18  included 12 National Academy of Sciences members and six Nobel
   19  Laureates, and
   20         WHEREAS, the freshman class entering Florida State
   21  University in the 2011 Fall semester was one of the most
   22  academically accomplished freshman classes in the university’s
   23  history, with an average high school GPA of 3.9, an average SAT
   24  score of 1850, and an average composite ACT score of 27, and
   25         WHEREAS, the academic accomplishments of accepted honors
   26  students entering Florida State University in the 2011 Fall
   27  semester are even more impressive, with an average high school
   28  GPA of 4.3, and
   29         WHEREAS, Florida State University is the headquarters for
   30  the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), which
   31  designs, builds, and operates the world’s most powerful research
   32  magnets, attracting more than 700 scientists from across the
   33  globe and pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, and
   34  realizing a return of $5.17 for every dollar invested by the
   35  taxpayers of this state, and
   36         WHEREAS, the Florida State University Veterans Center was
   37  opened as part of the university’s efforts to become the most
   38  veteran-friendly campus in the nation, with its Veterans House
   39  serving as the focal point for all campus veteran resources,
   40  academic advising, orientation and transition programming,
   41  personal and rehabilitative support services, and assistance
   42  with United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ educational
   43  benefits and certification, and
   44         WHEREAS, the Florida State University College of Medicine
   45  launched a statewide clinical research network that now includes
   46  more than 1,900 Florida physicians and more than three million
   47  patients in the effort to improve health care outcomes for all
   48  Floridians, and
   49         WHEREAS, Florida State University College of Medicine
   50  alumni in 2012 entered into practice in communities that have a
   51  significant need for more physicians, including Bonifay,
   52  Blountstown, Clermont, and Marianna, and 70 percent of the
   53  college’s graduates who practice in this state are primary care
   54  physicians, ensuring that the state has more physicians
   55  practicing in areas of practice having significant need, and
   56         WHEREAS, the college experience continues to enrich the
   57  lives of Florida State University students due to its long
   58  standing tradition of promoting racial, ethnic, and cultural
   59  diversity on campus, along with the aggressive recruitment of
   60  diverse groups of students, NOW, THEREFORE,
   62  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   64         That the members of the Florida Senate recognize February
   65  7, 2012, as “FSU Day” in Florida and celebrate Florida State
   66  University’s contribution as an outstanding institution of
   67  higher education.
   68         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   69  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Florida State
   70  University President Eric J. Barron, Ph.D., as a tangible token
   71  of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.