The FTAA has launched the Gleason "Name a Seat" Campaign. The goal is to replace the 500 seats in Gleason by giving alumni the opportunity to have a name plate placed on the back of the new seats for a $500 contribution. The contribution will cover the cost of the new seat and as well as the engraved nameplate. This is a great way for alumni to help with a need of the university as well as supporting their alumni association. Every graduate of the Melbourne campus sits in the Gleason Auditorium prior to making the walk over to the Clemente Center for the commencement ceremony. This is a chance to be a permanent part of one of FIT's traditions.
Click on http://alumni.fit.edu/gleasonseats and BE PART OF THE 500 and enter into a drawing for a FIT baseball cap signed by Tim Wakefield.
Membership Fees Eliminated
Why do we have to pay a membership fee...aren't we already alumni of Florida Tech?
This is probably the most asked question that the alumni office receives from our alumni. And it is not just the alumni office that has heard it. As President Catanese has travelled the country, meeting with alumni at receptions and events, he has heard it as well and it became clear to him that our alumni are not committed to a dues paying alumni association. There is a real sense of support for the university and the work of the association among our alumni but they just don't feel they should have to pay to be part of the alumni association. President Catanese shared this feedback with the FTAA board at their fall board meeting. The FTAA board took immediate action voting to eliminate dues and making registering with the alumni association the only requirement for membership.
We are asking all alumni to become part of the Florida Tech Alumni Association. All you have to do is activate your membership at http://alumni.fit.edu/pantherconnect. The FTAA has benefits that all alumni can enjoy. Visit http://alumni.fit.edu/alumni_benefits to learn more.
Don't wait any longer...activate your membership today!
A Call for Nominations!
We would like your input for candidates to be considered for two of our most prestigious awards given at Homecoming; the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguised Alumni Award and the GOLD award for an outstanding Graduate Of the Last Decade.
Dale Detter, '71 receiving the inaugural Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award
The Award criteria and nominations form can be found here.
WAKEFIELD RETURNS TO FIT TO CELEBRATE 200 WINS
This year's alumni baseball reunion weekend took on greater significance as the university recognized former FIT standout and Boston Red Sox legend, Tim Wakefield, for his achievement of winning 200+ games in Major League Baseball. Wakefield who has pitched for 17 seasons at Fenway Park, winning 2 World Series Championships, has remained actively involved with his alma mater and was part of an alumni group that raised funds to install lights on the baseball field.
President Catanese presented Wakefield with a baseball jersey (framed) that he once wore at Florida Tech and noted that he had achieved great things both on and off the playing field. His charitable efforts earned him the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. The award - voted on by fans and members of the media - is given annually to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team."
» See footage of Wakefield at FIT
Tim was joined by many of his former teammates to celebrate his milestone as well as to catch up on old times. Former FIT standouts Brian Crane, Paul Ouillette, Tom Finney, Joel Stephens, Chad Shoultz, and Tom Faino among others made the trip back to campus and enjoyed the weekend activities that included a cookout at FIT baseball's opening game as well as couple of nights in downtown Melbourne. A great weekend for a great bunch of guys!
Baseball alumni join Tim Wakefield to celebrate his 200 MLB wins
Thomas Folliard, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, President, Director and Member of Executive Committee, CarMax Inc., visits alma mater
Before heading the largest used car seller in the world with revenues exceeding $10 billion, Tom Folliard was a student athlete at Florida Tech. During his time at FIT, Tom was known for his ability on the basketball court and was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Until this year, he held the record for most 3-pointers in a row (5) and most overall 3-pointers during a game (9). The record had stood for 25 years, since the 1986-87 season, until Simon Cummings hit 10 consecutive 3-pointers and 12 total 3-pointers on December 18, 2011 against Trinity. You can see Simon's amazing shooting here.
While playing basketball and taking classes at FIT, Tom was also attending car auctions helping to buy and sell cars for a local dealer. That experience led Tom to enter the car business upon graduation and he has forged a successful career that has taken him to the top job at Carmax, Inc. He joined CarMax in 1993 as Senior Buyer and became Director of purchasing in 1994. Tom served as Vice President of Merchandising of CarMax Inc. since 1996 and Senior Vice President of Store Operations since July 2000. He was responsible for the design and development of the unique CarMax purchasing process, the buyer in training program and in-store wholesale auction system and has overseen sales, service, store operations, inventory management, and merchandising for CarMax Inc.'s retail superstores. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CarMax Inc., since June 21, 2006.
Tom returned to campus in March as part of the F. Alan Smith Visiting Executives Program which afforded him an opportunity to meet with students from the College of Business and share his experiences at Carmax, Inc. Tom enjoyed his visit which also included an opportunity to see the Panthers play in the SSC Tournament. "Bino Campanini called me and asked me to come down to FIT and I was happy to do so. The fact that my visit coincided with the SSC game made the visit really enjoyable," said Folliard.
Check out the next issue of Florida Tech Today for an in depth story on Mr. Folliard.
New York Tri-State and San Diego Chapters established
Members of NYTS Chapter at "Toys for Tots" gathering
Executive Director, Bino Campanini, continues to travel the country attending alumni receptions and working with alumni to establish chapters. The most recent additions are the New York Tri-State (NYTS) and San Diego Chapters. The NYTS chapter was started by Weyni Nazon '01 and Fab Barasti '89 and has already attracted significant interest from alumni. The Chapter met prior to the holidays and worked with the United States Marine Corps to gather "Toys for Tots" so underprivileged children would receive a Christmas gift. If you are interested in learning more about the NYTS Chapter contact Weyni Nazon at Weyni_@hotmail.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founding members of the San Diego Chapter joined by Bino Campanini
The San Diego Chapter held an exploratory meeting in January to see if there was interest in starting a chapter. Spearheaded by Miguel Adao '89 and Eric "Rick" Freeman '10, the meeting was attended by local alumni who expressed a strong desire to see a San Diego Chapter established. The Chapter plans to reach out to other local alumni and is discussing alumni get together at a San Diego Padres game. If you are interested in learning more about the San Diego Chapter contact Miguel Adao at Miguel.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ALUMNI RECEPTIONS
DC and Orlando Alumni Receptions attract large crowds
FIT alumni enjoying the recent DC alumni reception
Alumni in the DC area gathered on a cold January evening to hear the latest news from their alma mater as well as to meet fellow alumni and prospective Florida Tech students. President Catanese was on hand to address the crowd of 130 + and provide an overview of the latest developments at Florida Tech. The biggest cheer of the night came when the name of Nick Michaels ('08) was picked out of the hat to win a Florida Tech football shirt.
The Citrus Club in downtown Orlando was the site for the recent Orlando area alumni reception. Over 100 alumni, guests, and prospective students gathered to network, socialize, and hear the latest news from Florida Tech. President Catanese discussed recent developments on campus and then handed the floor to Panther head football coach Steve Englehart. Coach Englehart received a warm reception from the audience and provided a status of the football program and announced that the first official game in school history would be against Stetson University in the fall of 2013.
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
FTAA Board Member, Entrepreneur Travis Proctor appointed to Board of Trustees
Travis Proctor was named a new member of the Florida Institute of Technology Board of Trustees at a recent board meeting. Proctor served on the Florida Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2011 and chairs Florida Tech's Sporting Affair fundraiser. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science information systems from the university in 1998, graduating first in his class. The FTAA recognized his achievements in 2006 presenting him with the Florida Tech Alumni Association GOLD Award.
Proctor, formely president of Artemis International Technologies, Inc. which has recently merged to become ndtArtemis with Proctor as CEO, has its roots in the company which he founded in 1996, while a sophomore at Florida Tech. The company employs 34 people and provides IT department services to clients throughout the Central Florida region from its offices in Melbourne. Always an entrepreneur, Proctor co-founded his first company, a computer support business, while a high school junior in his home community of Montrose, Colorado.
Florida Tech Grad Featured in International
Magazine -The Economist
Michael Staib, B.S. Physics 2007, and currently a graduate student at Florida Tech, was recently featured in the international magazine The Economist. Under the title "Musing on Muons – How to detect smuggled uranium and plutonium using muons", the article examines Mr. Staib's work using naturally generated subatomic particles (muons) to look inside such places where an atom bomb, or the nuclear explosives needed to make them, may have been hidden by smugglers. "
To read the article click here.
We congratulate Michael on this recognition and on his upcoming graduation in May.
UAE Alumnus Saeed Al Hamli to head up Etisalat Misr in Egypt
UAE telecommunications giant Etisalat recently announced that its board of directors had appointed Saeed Al Hamli as chief executive for Etisalat Misr – an Etisalat Group subsidiary. Al Hamli received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech in 1991.
"In less than five years of operation, Etisalat Misr today covers 99 percent of the populated areas in Egypt with its 2G/3G networks and leads the market in 3G broadband [subscribers]," Etisalat said. H.E. Ahmed Julfar, Etisalat Group CEO, commenting on Al Hamli's appointment as CEO of Etisalat Misr added "Saeed is one of the great Etisalat leaders with a proven track record. He is the right person for the Egyptian. Al Hamli, who comes from diverse technical and commercial backgrounds, enjoys more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. Since he joined Etisalat in 1991, he has held a range of managerial and executive positions and demonstrated remarkable performance."
Al Hamli said: "It is an honor to be appointed CEO of Etisalat Misr at this interesting time in the history of Egypt. I will capitalize on the great success story of the company to achieve new breakthroughs and take the company to a new level of performance."
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat is the largest telecommunications operator in the Middle East and Africa with a market value in excess of $21.7 billion. Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa with a coverage area of more than two billion people.
Stephanie Enstice (center) is supported by local alumnae Agustina Parwitosari ('99) and Francisca Abubakar ('92) at a college fair in Jakarta Indonesia.
Bernie Fuchs (BS '70) attending a college fair at Boston's Logan airport.
Panthers win First Outright SSC Regular Season Championship
The Florida Tech Men's basketball team (21-5, 12-4 SSC) won the Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Championship with a 82-74 win over Tampa. The title is the program's first outright championship and second overall championship in its 45-plus year history. Previously, the Panthers shared the league's regular season crown with Tampa in 1989-90. To win the championship Saturday, they had to complete a regular-season sweep of Tampa, which had not been done since the 1993-94 season.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for these young men and all that they've worked for this season," head coach Billy Mims said. "We started off with a great group of seniors that had a lot of chemistry. Three of our seniors have been playing together all four years and they know this league. ... I've been doing this job for 30 years now, and I don't think I've ever coached a team that has more chemistry than this one.
Florida Tech Panthers celebrate their SSC Regular Season Championship
Florida Tech Football Unveils Inaugural Gulf South Conference Schedule
When Florida Tech takes the gridiron for its first Gulf South Conference (GSC) game in fall 2013, it will line up against six-time league champion Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. The game is the first of six on the Panthers' inaugural conference schedule.
"We know that this schedule will be a huge challenge for us," Head Coach Steve Englehart said. "We are honored to compete against some of the best teams in the country in the Gulf South Conference. It will be an eye-opening experience for our young team when we go to perennial power Delta State for our first conference game. We're looking forward to the challenge."
2013 Florida Tech Gulf Coast Conference Football Schedule
Week 1 Sept. 5-7 TBD
Week 2 Sept. 12-14 TBD
Week 3 Sept. 19-21 at Delta State
Week 4 Sept. 26-28 West Alabama
Week 5 Oct. 3-5 at Valdosta State
Week 6 Oct. 10-12 TBD
Week 7 Oct. 17-19 Shorter
Week 8 Oct. 24-26 TBD
Week 9 Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at West Georgia
Week 10 Nov. 7-9 North Alabama
Week 11 Nov. 14-16 TBD
Home Games in Bold
Florida Tech will pursue games with non-conference opponents on the open dates, but details have not yet been finalized.
Football Coaching Staff