Alumni: From the Desk of Bino Campanini

On 2013 …


The past year was a busy one for the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Florida Tech Alumni Association. Once again we travelled the country meeting with alumni on both coasts including a first-time visit to a very chilly Chicago. We also made a return visit to the United Arab Emirates where we once again had a great show of support from our alumni. In fact, attendance at all our alumni receptions has increased and we continue to see a high level of interest. These visits allow President Catanese and me to share news about Florida Tech and the FTAA and this past year we have had a lot of good news to share!

The highlight of the year for the FTAA was homecoming. This year we saw a continuation of the growth from last year with increased numbers and participation. The addition of FIT Homecoming Fest and football has transformed Homecoming at FIT and made it the highlight of the campus year.

Football provided a lot of opportunities for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and the first game against Stetson will live long in the memory of all the alumni who attended.

Honoring Florida Tech Sports Hall of Famer Fidgi Haig
Honoring Florida Tech Sports Hall of Famer Fidgi Haig

The Gleason Seat Campaign continued throughout the year and although there has been tremendous support from alumni there are still seats that need to be sold in order to move forward with the needed upgrades. If you are interested in leaving a legacy at FIT, then naming a seat is a great way to do it.

Florida Tech paid alumni endorsement grants to 856 students. This FTAA initiative has been a great recruiting tool and a cool way that graduates can help promote Florida Tech to potential students.

FTAA recognized Rob Phebus ’74 with the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award and Alan Prestwood ’80 with the Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award.

On 2014 …

2014 is going to be an exciting year as Florida Tech kicks off its capital campaign and we ask our alumni to be part of the next stage in Florida Tech’s growth and development as one of the finest technological universities in the country. It will also be a year of change for the FTAA as Duane De Freese assumes the leadership role as president. I know Duane has a lot of plans for the FTAA for the upcoming year, so watch this

UAE Alumni Reception
UAE Alumni Reception

space for updates. I would like to thank outgoing president Alexis Loo for her hard work and dedication to the FTAA as well as all our outgoing board members. The FTAA continues to make a positive impact on university life and it is achieved through the support and work of alumni who want to give back. If you want to be part of a great alumni association, let us know at

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