Prime Examples of: Generosity

Prime is a quantity. 

Unique, a product unachievable by any two other numbers. 1, 2, 7 … 

Prime is a quality. 

Excellent, of the highest caliber. Outstanding, Choice, Top-Notch… 

In both quantity and quality, this column features Prime Examples of what makes us Florida Tech. 

Different hands reach out to the heart. Vector concept illustration for sharing love, helping others, charity. Vector illustration

Prime Examples of: Generosity

There are three T’s of generosity: time, talent and treasure. And while all of the hours we spend, efforts we exert and items we share are valuable gifts, true generosity goes beyond a readiness to give. It is giving more than is necessary or even expected—the voluntary, the gratuitous, the extra mile. At Florida Tech, we give it all. A hoot. Our best. The time of day. 

Here are a few prime examples. 

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Day of Giving

And the survey says…winners! The winning team and host from Florida Tech’s Day of Giving Family Feud battle was, from left, COES dean John Harris, Mailroom supervisor Jackie Saunders, faculty member Cate Talbot (and her dog, Duncan), host and alumni board vice president Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki and faculty member Timothy Muth.

The generosity of Panthers across the globe did not disappoint during Florida Tech’s eighth annual Day of Giving event Nov. 17, 2022. There were 2,514 donors from 53 U.S. states and 22 countries who gave $609,313.

Thank you, Panthers!

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Altruistic Faculty

Kelli Hunsucker ’07 M.S., ’13 Ph.D., assistant professor, ocean engineering and marine sciences

1. KELLI HUNSUCKER ’07 M.S., ’13 Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences 

In October 2022, Hunsucker led Florida Tech’s participation in the Ocean Research and Conservation Association’s fifth annual A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon event, examining oyster mats at Ryckman Park as part of the university’s Living Docks program. 

Anytime that you can do something that’s hands-on, it’s more meaningful; it’s more memorable; it makes a greater impact.”

Kelli Hunsucker ’07 M.S., ’13 Ph.D. 
Abram Walton, professor, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business


Professor, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Since 2013, Walton, director of Florida Tech’s Center for Innovation Management and Business Analytics, has volunteered his time and expertise as founding chairman of the Innovation Council for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC).

The EDC formed the Innovation Council to support a culture where innovation and collaboration can happen.”

Abram Walton (Space Coast Daily

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Student-Run Charity Events

Big Day of Service 2021, during which students packaged over 5,000 hygiene kits for the Brevard County homeless community with United Way of Brevard.
Big Day of Service 2021, during which students packaged over 5,000 hygiene kits for the Brevard County homeless community with United Way of Brevard.

1. Big Day of Service

Benefiting: Second Harvest Food Bank of Florida (in 2022)

2. SGA Giving Tree

Benefiting: Toys for Tots

3. Relay for Life

Benefiting: American Cancer Society

4. Swab-a-Cheek with TKE (Tau Kappa Epsilon)

Benefiting: Gift of Life Marrow Registry

5. It’s on Us Donation Drive

Benefiting: Women’s Center of Brevard

6. Movember

Benefiting: Movember Foundation for men’s mental health and suicide prevention

7. Greek Life Karaoke for a Kause

Benefiting: Joy and Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden

This piece was featured in the winter 2023 edition of Florida Tech Magazine.

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