UCF’s Board of Trustees gathered this morning in the Fairwinds Alumni Center to discuss topics ranging from the new dining facilities to the downtown campus.
During the meeting, the Board approved a minor change to the Campus Master Plan, which included adding a Pollo Tropical near the Recreation and Wellness Center as part of food services.
Trustee and SGA President Cait Zona explained to the board that the new facility was based on student choice.
“For the food choice, it was student driven and they had a lot of input,” Zona said, referring to the survey released by the student union this semester. “They had student input on exactly where the building would fall.”
During the Advancement Committee report, Mike Morsberger, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development and CEO of the UCF Foundation, updated the board on the downtown campus and alumni donations.
“I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to be able to say that university leadership—and that includes all the members of the Trustees, including Trustee Zona—have made personal commitments to the downtown campus, along with Dr. Hitt,” Morsberger said.
Donations by university leadership made last week totals more than $1 million. Contributions lie at about $9 million currently.
“I think it really demonstrates that we’re all in on this thing,” Morsberger said. “Downtown has got the calendar year 2016 off to a great start, and that’s helping us across the board in fundraising.”
More announcements and updates regarding downtown are to follow in the next few weeks, Morsberger said.
Additionally, Alumni Relations and Development plans to increase engagement over social media to reach alumni. Morsberger reported that the average donor is 56 years old, the youngest 26. The average donation is about $107.
Other items announced during the meeting included presentations by CAPS and the Ombud’s Office. An amendment to update regulations regarding immunizations for incoming students was also approved, requiring all students residing on campus to provide proof of immunization unless they meet waiver requirements.
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