History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 14

14 two other assembly areas on campus, the University Auditorium and a small hall in Peabody Hall. Example YMCA programs from this time period included Bible study groups in residence halls, fraternities, and rooming houses led by faculty, staff, and local laymen. The YMCA also sponsored speaker series that represented a variety of religious, social, and economic topics. The UF Student YMCA was involved with student housing. One of Johnson’s first duties was finding off campus housing for students including an inspection program. He also helped with issues in campus housing. One of Beaty’s duties as a Student Florida Farmers Week participants at Lake Wauberg 1927 Photo Credit: UF Archives Digital Collection YMCA Assistant and later Associate General Secretary was to advise the YMCA student government. He described the YMCA cabinet as composed of students representing every section of the UF student body. The UF Student YMCA cabinet was the policy making and program coordinating group of the YMCA and the precursor to today’s Student Government. Beaty worked with freshmen and organized what became the Freshmen Friendship Council. The main purpose of the group was to assist first year students in the transition to college, a precursor to present-day orientation programs. From Beaty’s memoirs, “During Mr. Johnson’s career, the student YMCA secretaryship attempted to do for students on the campus what has since been expanded into the student personnel program, including a student union building and services.” J.E. Johnson was the last UF Student YMCA General Secretary and served from 1924 to his death in 1943. H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A