Remarks by UNF President Dr. Adam Herbert
This is another very special day for the university of north
Florida. This afternoon we are proud to recognize, honor and express our deep
appreciation to Mrs. Dorothy s. "Dottie" Dorian for her significant
contributions to the university of north Florida and for the strong leadership
role she has played in service to her community through extensive volunteer and
Dottie Dorian has had a very distinguished career in health, sports medicine
and athletics. She is internationally recognized as a world-class triathlete
and has earned several world records in her age category. She clearly serves as
a role model for us all.
When not training and competing, or giving presentations at sports medicine
conferences, Dottie has somehow managed to serve her community in a wide
variety of roles. She has been concerned about activities ranging from hospice
of northeast Florida (of which she was a founder) to children with learning
disabilities (for which she has received special state level recognition). Her
efforts have earned her numerous and well deserved local, state and national
When I came to UNF almost seven years ago, one of the first supporters of this
university that I heard about was Dottie Dorian.
I was told that she cared very deeply about this university and our students;
I was told that she was one of the founders of the osprey club, UNF's athletic
booster organization, and served with distinction as president of that
I was told that she had served as a member of the UNF foundation board of
I was told that she had been very aggressive in securing funds for a fledgling
I was told that in addition to her own personal contributions, she also
solicited additional resources needed to fund endowed scholarships for our
women's athletics programs; and
I also was told that she could be very tough and demanding in her expectations
that things should always be done in the right way.
Today I can tell you that all of the things I was told about Dottie Dorian are true.
And her story of service to UNF has continued on the UNF College of health
advisory board and the nursing advisory board. When we wanted to expand and
enhance the UNF fitness center, once again she was there with a desire to make
it one of the best college fitness facilities in the nation.
Dottie, we love you because you care so much; because you have been so willing
to give of you energy, ideas, arm-twisting skills and personal resources to
make this a better, more caring university.
We could not ask for more!
As an expression of our love; as an expression of our pride in the high
standards of public service which have become your hallmark; and as an
expression of our appreciation for all that you have and will continue to do to
make this such a special institution, the university of north Florida is very
proud to rename the UNF osprey fitness center.
By the authority vested in me by the Florida board of regents, and with the
approval of the board of regents, the Florida legislature and the governor of
the state of Florida, I am proud to rename this building the Dorothy s. Dorion
Dottie, if you would come forward so that I can read the official proclamation.
George Dorian, would you please join us.
Dottie, I also am pleased to give you this rendering which I hope will be a
constant reminder of our love, respect and appreciation.
Dottie Dorian speaks
before cutting the grand opening ribbon, I would like to acknowledge a few
First, Dottie’s family is always so supportive of all that she does. As an
expression of the pride your family feels over today's event, Dottie, your
father, Mr. Carl Simpson has contributed $2,500 to the Dorian fitness center.
In addition, your husband, dr. George Dorian -- who also has been a very good
friend of UNF for many years -- and your children -- mark, Christopher, Lisaanne
and timothy have contributed $7,500 to the Dorian fitness center. These gifts
will provide a landscaped patio and picnic area, as well as rowing ergometers
and a nordic track.
Also present today is dr. Paul Shirley. Dr. Shirley has served as team physician
for the university of north Florida’s intercollegiate athletics program for
several years. He is an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine and
knee surgery and has been in private practice in Jacksonville since 1977. Dr.
Shirley is a pioneer of the Jacksonville sports medicine program. His
commitment to maintaining the health of young athletes is evident by his many
years of service in the sports community.
We are very appreciative of dr. Shirley's gift of fitness assessment equipment
which will outfit the new dr. Paul Shirley fitness assessment center, an
exciting new feature of the Dorian fitness center. Dr. Shirley, on behalf of
the UNF community, I would like to present this plaque which expresses our
appreciation for all that you and your colleagues have and will continue to do
for UNF students.
Present plaque to dr. Shirley & his comments
also with us today is the president of the student government association, Mr.
Josh Kuethe. Josh, we would like to thank you and your colleagues on the UNF
student senate for your allocation of $50,000 to be used for the purchase of
new equipment for the Dorian fitness center.
Finally, I would like to recognize two other members of the UNF family -- dr.
Roland buck, vice president for student affairs.
On his staff is the young lady who has overall responsibility for this center,
the arena and the natatorium, Ms. Becky purser. She has done an outstanding job
in planning for the center and assuring that everything has met the high
standards that have been set for it. Thank you Becky.
The ribbon cutting and unveiling
now it is time for the big event. I will now give Mrs. Dorion the official
scissors to officially open the Dottie Dorian fitness center. As she does so,
students will simultaneously uncover the building plaques and the new official
name of the center which will be unveiled on the south side of the Dorian
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