By: Lanetra Bennett
April 2, 2013
Tallahassee, FL- Florida State University has received some high rankings lately. Today, administrators and students got to show them off to state legislators; as well as point out their needs to lawmakers.
The Florida Capitol courtyard was filled with Seminole Spirit.
Tuesday's pep rally was a part of FSU Day at the Capitol.
FSU President Dr. Eric Barron says, "It's an opportunity to showcase all of the great things that Florida State is doing."
It's also an opportunity to discuss FSU's future with legislators.
FSU President Dr. Eric barron says he's looking forward to working with lawmakers this legislative session.
He says the top three priorities include the Pre-eminence Bill. It would allow universities that have achieved certain benchmarks to be rewarded by reduced regulations and relaxation of some rules and resources.
"Basically, it's a statement that, look what good stewards of tax payers' dollars we've been." Dr. Barron says.
Dr. Barron says priority two, is the $300 million that the legislature cut from the university system last year. FSU took the lion's share of that cut, with a loss of more than $65 million.
Representative Alan Williams/(D) Tallahassee, says, "Our goal is to restore that $300 million. If we don't, we only put them further behind in recruiting the best and the brightest students and keeping the hardest working faculty in the country right here in Tallahassee."
The third priority, Dr. Barron says, is the need for mechanisms to do maintenance and construct modern facilities.
Alumni who are members of the Florida Legislature were recognized at FSU Day at the Capitol. There are about a half dozen senators and 20 representatives who are Seminoles.
Press Release: Florida State University News
Alumni and friends of Florida State University can show off their Seminole pride during FSU Day at the Capitol, the annual celebration of the university's value to Tallahassee, the state of Florida and the world.
During the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event, several of the university's colleges and academic departments will have displays and information tables set up on the first three floors of the Capitol.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gene Deckerhoff, the "voice of the Seminoles," will serve as master of ceremonies during an outdoor pep rally on the plaza between the old and new capitols. The program will feature remarks by President Eric J. Barron and performances by the Florida State cheerleaders, members of the Flying High Circus, and the Marching Chiefs. What's more, Florida State alumni who are serving in the Legislature will be recognized.
The event will take place:
TUESDAY, APRIL 2
10 A.M. - 2 P.M.