UF student senators honor retirement of Glenda Frederick


Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.

In contrast to last week’s long and contentious meeting, Tuesday night’s meeting of the UF student senate was short and celebratory as senators old and new gathered to honor the retirement of Glenda Frederick, who was been a secretary for Student Government for more than 25 years.

One by one, former student body presidents and senate presidents, current senators and executive members took to the podium to wish Frederick a fond farewell and share personal anecdotes of how she shaped their lives.

“She is the gossip queen of student government,” joked former student body President Ben Meyers, who went on to share how Frederick has been both a mentor and psychologist to the members of student government and helped each and every one of them become a better leader.

“You will always be in the heart of any student leader who has ever worked with you,” said former senate President Micah Lewis.

Current treasurer TJ Villamil has kind words to offer as well, stating that she personally helped him grow as an individual and he wouldn’t be the person he is today without her.

“You mean so much to the kids in this room,” Villamil said. “No one can tell you enough thanks and praise for what you’ve done for the University of Florida.”

Frederick came to UF in 1985, and has been present for every senate meeting for more than 17 years. One student gave Frederick the gift of Tuesday night’s television schedule, so she can finally watch TV on the night during her retirement.

Before the senate honored Frederick, several bills and appointments were made during the hour-long meeting.

A resolution was passed honoring Pfc. Alwyn Cashe, who died in combat in Iraq in 2005 and is being recommended for the Medal of Honor by the senate, as well as an allocation of $1,035 to the Singer-Songwriter Society for two future events.

An amendment to the student body constitution was also passed, increasing the amount of justices on the supreme court from four to six.

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