MELBOURNE, FLA. — From its humble beginnings as the “night school for missile men” as it was dubbed by Time magazine, to one of the top Southeastern
colleges, according to Princeton Review, Florida Institute of Technology celebrates its 50th birthday in 2008. To commemorate the occasion, the limited
edition coffee table book, No Small Dreams: Florida Institute of Technology, 1958-2008, by Jay Wilson, is now available for
The chock-full-of-photos book takes readers from the university’s first donation: 37 cents in bar change, given to founder and first president Jerome P.
Keuper, to what the vibrant, 130-acre Melbourne campus encompasses today. From early classes in rented spaces to an institution poised to expand facilities
20 percent in 2008-2009, Wilson tells the remarkable story of Florida Tech in crisp prose and archival photos.
“The history of Florida Institute of Technology is truly unlike any other in higher education,” said Wilson, Florida Tech senior director of university
communications. “In many ways, the story of Florida Tech mirrors that of America’s Space Program and the intrepid pioneers who flocked to the Space Coast
to build it.”
Reservations are now being accepted for No Small Dreams, which will be ready for distribution this fall. The cost of $45 includes shipping and handling.
For more information, contact the Office of University Communications at 321-984-2974 or visit the website at http://411.fit.edu/coffeetable.