Boca campus Governor Luke Turner delivered his “State of the Campus” address to over 50 people Wednesday.
The annual address detailed Student Government’s various events and initiatives that took place this past semester. Turner also talked about the different departments in SG, acknowledging their impact on both the Boca campus and the surrounding community.
Student Outreach and Diversity Associate VP Andrea Guzman Oliver spoke first, later introducing Turner.
“As a first-generation college student, I am thankful to attend a university that has impacted my life and the lives of others,” he said as he delivered his speech in the FAU Stadium Acura Club room.
The free event welcomed attendees with a full table of desserts, appetizers, and light dinner options. FAU cheerleaders greeted guests with popular songs playing over the speakers, and political science major Alejandra Rodríguez sang the national anthem to open the event.
Several achievements were named, like Program Board’s booking of 21 Savage and Juicy J to headline OwlFest this year, as well as Civic Engagement Week, which helped over 200 students register to vote.
Organizations and community service initiatives were then discussed. This semester, Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) gave students the opportunity to pack meals for the less fortunate. The organization also partnered with local community nonprofit Boca Helping Hands.
Turner also mentioned the Boca campus’ Night Owls golf cart service, which transported over 400 students to various on-campus destinations this fall.
A new SG program, PEP Talk, was then brought up. The initiative connects students to the on-campus Counseling and Psychological Services to spread awareness of mental health issues.
Turner reflected on the Council of Student Organization’s accomplishments, saying that there are currently “385 organizations … Talk about progress!”
He closed the speech by crediting his staff and contributors for this year’s efforts.
“It definitely takes a village,” he said. “It’s so important to recognize the great work that our Student Government programs are accomplishing.”
Sophie Siegel is a staff writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].