USF Cuts Ribbon on Joint Military/ROTC Building

TAMPA, FL (Friday, November 2, 2007) – The nation’s future military leaders will be trained in the newest building on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon, USF dedicated its newest building by naming it C. W. Bill Young Hall. It will house the Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC) and USF’s ROTC programs. Congressman C.W. Bill Young, for whom the building was named, attended the ceremony, along with leaders from the university, community, and the armed services.

“We’re very proud to serve the nation’s security needs by training future officers,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “And we’re thrilled to be able to honor Congressman Young in this way. He’s the sponsor of the federal grant that provided funding for the construction and operation of the building. He has always been a leading supporter of our nation’s armed forces and of USF.”

The four-story, 53,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility was designed and built by J. Kokolakis Construction Co. and Baker-Barrios Associates. It will be USF’s most technologically advanced educational facility with classrooms and lecture halls that will reach beyond the walls of the building using video-conferencing, distance learning, and web-casting. The building includes:

·        five classrooms

·        three lecture halls

·        office and storage spaces for the ROTC programs

·        a weapons simulation room

·        a Joint Cadet/Midshipmen lounge

·        a computer lab and library

·        public meeting spaces  


The staff of the JMLC will also have administrative office space located in the building. Classes will be held in the building beginning in January.

The JMLC’s mission is to provide ROTC cadets/midshipmen/officer candidates with unique core competencies and skills in leadership development, global understanding, and military/national defense strategies.  They will oversee and provide an academically-structured, research-based, and values-driven program that educates, trains, and prepares military Officers and Service Leaders for their leadership roles in the continuing transformation of America’s Armed Forces in the dynamic and challenging global environment.

The Executive Director of USF’s Joint Military Leadership Center, Luis Visot, says the C.W. Young Hall represents the value and importance that the University of South Florida places on the development and education of future Armed Services Officers who have answered the call to duty.

            “Thanks to the vision of the University’s leadership,” said Visot, who is a Brigadier General with the United States Army Reserve, “the JMLC and ROTC students are able to establish relationships with those in the Tampa Bay area who recognize and appreciate our service to our nation and would like to continue to make a contribution to our growth and development by making a difference through their time, talents, and treasures. For that we are very grateful.” 

Additional features of the building include a brick pathway to “selfless service” which physically leads from the street to the building’s main entrance and symbolically leads to what the ROTC program instills in the hearts and minds of the students.  Flag poles for the display of the U.S. flag and the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard flags will grace the front of the building. In addition, a future memorial is planned to honor USF alumni and those from the Tampa Bay area who have been wounded or made the “ultimate” sacrifice defending and supporting our nation.   

On display inside the building will be several 9/11 artifacts that were presented to President Genshaft at last year’s groundbreaking ceremony, which was held on the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The University of South Florida is one of only 38 campuses in the Nation that have ROTC programs from all of the Nation’s Armed Services (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force).  A total of 323 college and university campuses in America host an ROTC program from at least one Armed Service.  More than 370 undergraduate men and women currently participate in the USF ROTC programs.  Most of them attend undergraduate classes exclusively at USF, but many are undergraduate students at nearby colleges and universities that do not have their own ROTC program, faculty, and facilities.   


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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