University News

FSU presents Seminole educator Louise Jones Gopher with rare Westcott Award

Florida State University has bestowed the Westcott Award on Louise Jones Gopher, recognized by the Palm Beach Post as one of 100 outstanding citizens who have made a difference in people’s lives during the 20th century. Louise Gopher The distinguished Westcott Award, named after James D. Westcott, Jr., one of FSU’s original benefactors, is a […]

FSU Air Force ROTC major wins prestigious commendation

Maj. Karl Paulsen of the Florida State University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) has received the 2006-2007 Headquarters ROTC Commandant of Cadets of the Year Award. This merit is given to only one officer cadre member of 144 AFROTC detachments in the country. To receive this recognition Paulsen, assistant professor of aerospace studies, […]

State of the University presentation available online

The full text of President T.K. Wetherell’s 2007 State of the University presentation is posted at The multi-media presentation provides a five-year retrospective of President’s Wetherell’s administration as well as a look forward. According to Wetherell, "Given the goals I have set and our progress since 2003, we can see significant progress in many […]

FSU faculty honors three with Torch awards

The Florida State University Faculty Senate has honored three individuals—pioneering film professor Don Ungurait, nationally known religion scholar Leo Sandon and FSU Foundation innovator Frances "Frankie" Strickland—with Torch Awards for their contributions to excellence in FSU’s academic programs. From left, Leo Sandon, Frankie Strickland and Don Ungurait Faculty Senate President Jayne Standley presented the awards […]

FSU to confer honorary doctorate on legendary Professor Emerita Kitty Hoffman

An Honorary Doctorate of Science will be conferred on FSU Professor Emerita of Chemistry Katherine "Kitty" Blood Hoffman for distinguished contributions to the institution she has loved and served—as a student, alumna, faculty member, administrator and benefactor—for 75 years. The ceremony is part of Florida State University’s annual Fall Meeting of the General Faculty at […]

FSU professors to study abroad with Fulbright grants

Florida State University professors are doing their part to promote leadership, learning and understanding between cultures, thanks to Fulbright grants that will allow them to study abroad this year. The Fulbright Scholars are: Tarek Abichou, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. He will spend six months in Tunisia studying environmental solutions for soil, groundwater […]

FSU launches new initiative to promote student research

Florida State University students will soon have more opportunities to conduct research and pursue creative projects with the establishment of a new office to promote such activities at the undergraduate level. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (URACE) will coordinate the university’s efforts to strengthen and develop research opportunities for students pursuing bachelor’s […]

FSU welcomes Class of 2011 at Convocation

Florida State University has honored its incoming first-year students and helped them mark their official entrance into its community of scholars during New Student Convocation, held Sunday, August 19, 2007, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Families also attended the one-hour event, which provided the Class of 2011 with a memorable introduction to FSU history […]

Summer commencement to feature Leon County commissioner

Leon County Commissioner John E. Dailey, a Florida State University alumnus, will be the speaker at FSU’s summer graduation ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m., August 4, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU president T.K. Wetherell will preside. Out of 2,551 summer 2007 graduates, approximately 1,400 will participate in the commencement ceremony. Graduates will represent […]

Wetherell praises Crist’s decision on tuition

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell praised Gov. Charlie Crist’s team-building efforts in bringing together Florida’s public university presidents to work together to fund higher education. He also applauded the governor’s decision to allow the differential tuition bill to become law. “We appreciate Governor Crist’s clear support of higher education in Florida. We applaud his […]

Track & field team honored at White House

Coming off an exciting championship season, the two-time National Champion Florida State men’s track and field team headed to the nation’s capitol Monday, June 18, to meet President Bush in honor of the Seminoles’ back-to-back title-winning seasons. Both the 2006 and 2007 men’s teams were invited, making them the first Seminoles to have the opportunity […]

FSU freezes enrollment, tightens budgets

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell has announced that FSU will freeze enrollment and take aggressive steps to stabilize its budget in the face of declining state revenues, chronic under-funding of enrollment growth, the unknown consequences of tax reform, and a vetoed tuition increase. The bottom line: Getting admitted to FSU just got a lot […]