Alumni: From the Desk of Bino Campanini

FTAA Facebook page
FTAA Facebook page

Do You Like Us?

Our graduates aren’t the only ones on the rise! The Alumni Association Facebook page gained thousands of new followers as part of our Panthers on the Rise campaign and giveaway contest launched in April. More than 3,500 alumni joined in on the fun by simply “liking” the Alumni Facebook page and entering to win several prize packs—including a VIP package to the 2014 Homecoming Weekend (won by Gus Anderson ’91) and signed memorabilia by notable alumnus Tim Wakefield (won by Donald Douglas ’05). Throwback Thursday (TBT) pictures highlighting graduates “back in the day” are another big hit. Like us on Facebook and stay tuned for more giveaways! The next winner could be you![hr]

Our Diverse Alumni

One of the great aspects of my job is traveling around the country and overseas meeting with alumni. The opportunity to find out about their careers and on occasion visit their workplace is a lot of fun. I have toured airports, military bases, fortune 100 companies, a professional soccer facility and a seven-star hotel in Dubai. Most recently, I had the pleasure of spending time at the NYPD’s 10th precinct with alumnus Kevin Keegan. I am glad to say that the only ride I took in the squad car was in the front seat![hr]

Grad Bash Provides Welcome to FTAA

2014 Grad Bash
Simone and the Supercats at 2014 Grad Bash

The FTAA is eager to engage our student body before they leave campus and increase awareness of the alumni association. We’ve done a good job in recent years partnering with the SGA and CAB to develop FIT Homecoming Fest and other Homecoming activities with the student body. This past semester, we launched our REAL WORLD 101 program designed to give students a perspective on life after college. The culmination of these outreach efforts was our Panther4Life Grad Bash for graduating students and their families. Held on Crawford Green, the event featured food, drinks and live music by local band Simone and the Supercats, while allowing us to congratulate our graduates and welcome them into the FTAA.[hr]

Gleason Gets New Seats Thanks to You

This summer the Gleason Performing Arts Center got a much-needed facelift with 500 brand new seats. In response to the FTAA’s “Name the Seat” campaign, we received tremendous support from alumni around the country who donated $500 to have a personalized name plate placed on the back of a seat. The good news is there still time to name your own seat and support your alumni association. I am proud to have my name on a seat and to be part of this alumni initiated and supported effort. For more information about purchasing a seat and payment options, go to


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