– Everyone is invited to join Florida Tech Feb. 19-22 as the university welcomes back alumni and celebrates Homecoming 2004. This year’s theme is “Stepping
Through Time.” Several events are open to the public:
Thursday, Feb. 19 8:30 a.m. -all day. School of Aeronautics Aviation Symposium. Industry leaders will provide presentations on airports, airlines, and
business aviation. Noon -1:30 p.m. Jaques Drappier, senior director of training and operations support, Airbus Industries, will be the guest speaker at
Florida Tech’s Annual School of Aeronautics Symposium luncheon. Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room; $15. 7-9 p.m. Talent show at the Gleason Performing
Arts Center. Tickets, for a nominal admission fee, will be available at the door.
Friday, Feb. 20 5 p.m.-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 (south side, outdoors) 6 p.m. School of Aeronautics Hangar Party at F.I.T. Aviation, Melbourne International Airport. Call 674-7369 for
Saturday, Feb. 21 11 a.m. to noon. Homecoming Parade, which begins at University Park Elementary School. Joining university athletes, cheerleaders and
student organizations will be many community groups. They include the Sabal Elementary School Trailblazers drum corps, and the local Corvette and Mustang
clubs. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free Community Barbecue at the Panther Plaza with entertainment by the Space Coast Steel, a steel drum band from Port St. John 1 p.m.
Florida Tech Panthers women’s basketball team vs. St. Leo University 3 p.m. Florida Tech Panthers men’s basketball team vs. St. Leo University 8 p.m. The
Alumni Banquet, a prime rib and salmon buffet, features keynote speaker Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. The cost is $30 per person and
reservations must be made with the Alumni Office by Feb. 19. At the banquet, the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Lifetime Service
Award, will go to George Shaw, co-founder with Homer Denius of Radiation, Inc.-now Harris Corp. Shaw signed the founding charter of the university in
February 1959 and was on the initial Board of Trustees. He is now an honorary trustee.
For more information about Homecoming 2004 events call (321) 674-7190.
For more information on aviation-related Homecoming events, call Lyn Chilcote at (321) 674-7369.