– Everyone is invited to join Florida Tech Feb. 20-23 as the university welcomes back alumni and celebrates Homecoming 2003. This year’s theme is “Get
Connected.” Several Friday and Saturday events are open to the public:
Friday, Feb. 21
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Alumnus J.A. Donoghue, editor in chief of Air Transport World magazine, will be the guest speaker at Florida Tech’s Annual School of
Aeronautics Symposium luncheon. For cost and more information call Lyn Bubb Chilcote at (321) 674-7369.
5 p.m. to midnight. Lambda Chi Alpha’s Poor Man’s Mardi Gras gathers together area music groups for an evening of bands, beads, food and fun.
Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation (south side, outdoors)
Saturday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. Alumni crew races at the Evinrude Marine Operations Center
11 a.m. to noon. President Anthony James Catanese and his wife, Sara, will be the Grand Marshals for the Homecoming Parade, which begins at University Park
Elementary School. Joining university athletes, cheerleaders and student organizations will be many community organizations. They include the Sabal
Elementary School Trailblazers drum corps, Eau Gallie High School Junior ROTC and a collection of antique and collectible cars.
12:30 to 1p.m. Dedication of the Descending Panther statue in the Denius Student Center Plaza
1 to 2:30 p.m. Free Community Barbecue at the Clemente Center
1 p.m. Florida Tech Panthers women’s basketball team vs. Rollins College
3 p.m. Florida Tech Panthers men’s basketball team vs. Rollins College
7:30 p.m. The Alumni Banquet features keynote speaker Florida Tech President Anthony James Catanese. The cost is $25 per person and reservations must be
made with the Alumni Office by Feb. 20. At Homecoming, the Alumni Association’s highest honor will go to Bob Ball, executive director of the Lee County
Port Authority. Recipient of a bachelor’s degree from Florida Tech in 1974, Ball will receive the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Additionally, Herbert Raybourn, a civil engineer for the Disney-owned Reedy Creek Improvement District in the Greater Orlando area, will receive the
Outstanding Service Award. Raybourn earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university.
Outstanding Advocate Awards go to Jane Johns, director of education for Lockheed Martin Electronics and Missiles in Orlando, who earned a bachelor’s degree
in 1996, and local resident Edward Kinberg of Kinberg & Bickford P.A. Kinberg was instrumental in forming the Construction Industry Advisory Board and
is an active fund-raiser for the university.
For more information about Homecoming 2003 events call (321) 674-7190.
The Official Homecoming 2003 website is now on-line! Visit http://activities.fit.edu/homecoming for a schedule of events.