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Volume 16, Issue 16


Wednesday, December 13 2017


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Wet noses and sloppy kisses kicked off FGCU’s fourth annual Puppy Palooza, which is held toward the end of The event, which was held in the Cohen Center lawn, featured six puppies up for adoption from the Gulf Coast Humane Society. each semester to promote adoption and help students de-stress. Carroll earns post season awards.

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According to Associate director of Prevention and Wellness Lauren Strunk, about 250 to 300 students stand in line to visit the puppies.

Speaker system to be installed on Library Lawn

Maple (above) was one of six tired puppies available for adoption through the Gulf Coast Humane Society. This was the fourth annual Puppy Palooza, but Maple’s first.

FGCU makes changes to strategic plan

EN Photo/Javier Moncada Student government has passed a series of bills that to install a new speaker system on the library lawn. By Alexandra Figares News Editor @fgcueaglenews Student Government has passed a series of bills allocating $143,000 to install a speaker system on the library lawn. During the 20162017 fiscal year, the previous administration allocated $63,500.00 in Senate Bill 1617-044, titled “Great Lawn Enhancement,” to install the system. However, it was determined the allocation wasn’t sufficent, prompting Student Government to draft another bill. According to Student Body president Jalisa White, the speakers will

be installed by the time students’ come back from winter break. “Organizations had to lug big speakers out to the lawn, and it was just inconvenient for students,” White said. “This is a way for us to make it easier for students, so all they have to do is roll a portable device, and they have the whole speaker system.” According to White, who works at the Office of Student Involvement, students rent speakers at least once a day, for events like tabling. White said that all students will have access to the speakers, not just registered student organizations.

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EN Photo/ Alexandra Figares The BOT met on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to discuss the changes in university’s strategic plan, which focuses on student success by providing students more tools like advising to be more succcessful. By Alexandra Figares News Editor @fgcueaglenews

President Michael Martin presented a new strategic plan with a new focus at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The new plan, called “Focus 2017 to 2022” has a redirected focal point to achieve student success, followed by academic excellence, entrepreneurship, health sciences and community engagement. FGCU lost about $8

million in performance based funding, after failing to meet state metrics. FGCU scored a zero in academic progress and student retention, prompting a shift in the strategic plan. Martin said the shift in focus, particularly in providing students with more tools to be successful, can help increase the graduation rates, while also being consistent with the Board of Governors strategic plan. According to FGCU’s strategic plan, the main

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focus under student success is to improve the university’s retention and 4-year graduation rates by enhancing student services like advising and create an “enrollment management initiative” The school also plans on expanding external research, the Honors College and internship opportunities. According to the strategic plan performance indicators, FGCU plans to increase 4-year graduation rates by 30% by 2018 to 2022. The strategic plan also

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emphasizes on expanding the health and sciences, and aspires FGCU “to become a center for the promotion of health and wellness within and beyond our campus” by establishing faculty-led clinics and additional lab space for student use. The plan also focuses on addition outreach and regional engagement like building partnerships with local businesses and building strength with alumni.

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