By Drew Drohan

Staff Writer

Student Government Association President Brandon Malone and other faculty members revealed the accomplishments and progress of the UWF student body during a series of addresses in the Commons Auditorium Friday.

Various organizations and individuals were highlighted by Malone, who was met with thunderous support from the capacity-filled auditorium.

Among student accomplishments, Malone made note of the 3.87 GPA average among UWF’s freshman class.

“This is the most academically talented class we’ve ever seen,” Malone said. “We’re not only growing in student population, but also academically.”

The importance of offering a place for individual students to thrive was emphasized in the address. Malone stressed how students make up the identity of UWF.

“At bigger universities, buildings are known by the names and their students are known by a number,” Malone said. “At UWF, buildings are known by their number and students are known by their name.”

UWF’s success in sports was considered by Malone to be a major factor in the university’s success.

“Our athletic teams came into the fall being ranked on a national level, including top 10 rankings for women’s soccer and football,” Malone said. “It is great coming into the fall that our teams will be packing energy going into the season. Our athletics being so great helps us with the growth here at UWF.”

Professor David Ramsey acknowledged new and veteran university professors for their accomplishments and urged audience members that UWF can do even more. Ramsey cited UWF’s top three ranking in state university polls.

Ramsey revealed two points that the university should focus on in the coming year. He feels that these are necessary focal points to expand the range of students UWF takes in.

“We need to focus now on two closely related areas, the first is growing the number of first year freshmen entering their sophomore year with a GPA higher than 2.0. This will enormously advantage us going forward,” Ramsey said. “We also need to encourage students to think of their time here at UWF as a four-year adventure. One with clear beginning, middle and end.”