As I travel around the country meeting our alumni at the various receptions we host with President Catanese, I have been emphasizing the importance of alumni participation. Participation with your alma mater can come in many forms—from as simple as signing an alumni endorsement grant to as grand as organizing an alumni chapter and everything in between. U.S. News & World Report judges alumni satisfaction by the percentage of alumni who donate to their university in a year. This figure is part of their ranking criteria. No matter how you look at it, a vibrant and healthy university has alumni who participate in some manner with their alma mater.
The feedback I hear on the road is always positive. You are happy with the direction Florida Tech is heading, and many of you are proud of the accolades the university has received in recent years. But we want to hear from more of you. So over the summer, we will be sending out a survey to learn more about your thoughts and opinions. Your feedback is important to us as it enables us to be more responsive to the needs of our alumni. I urge you all to take a few minutes to participate in this survey. As I always say … your participation matters!
I received a lot of feedback about our Facebook announcement that U2 would be playing at FIT Homecoming Fest. The level of excitement and the number of people who were emailing and calling Alumni House was incredible. Of course, when they realized the date—April 1—there was a lot of disappointment tinged with good humor. We had a lot of fun with this, and our alumni who engaged with us on our Facebook page seemed to get a kick out of it as well. If you have not yet liked the alumni page, join us and get connected with what the Alumni Association is doing.
The fact that we were able to pull off this April Fools prank says a lot about how far FIT Homecoming Fest has come in three short years. Although U2 won’t be headlining this homecoming, we will have a great band once again that we will announce on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.