I so enjoy August and September.
Students descend with their enthusiasm and skateboards. There are orientation events and vendor fairs, outdoor movies and magicians. It’s a return and a rebirth and I find all of it completely energizing.
Speaking of energized, our university is a spry 56-years-old this year, fairly young in collegiate time. Yet in just that relatively short period we have earned our way onto one of the most prestigious lists in post-secondary education – the Times Higher Education list of the Top 200 universities in the world.
And we were just this month named – again – to the Princeton Review’s list of best colleges in the Southeast.
So it is to a university of high standing nationally and internationally that we return our focus in this steamy late summer month. And it is a university that keeps earning those accolades because it pushes forward, never content, always striving to better embody our credo, “High tech with the human touch.”
It’s almost unheard of, for example, for undergraduates to get the level of hands-on research that we offer them here. But we know that such work not only provides invaluable experience, but also translates into something else that matters: a job after graduation. Ninety-five percent of our May graduates had job offers as they walked that stage in their caps and gowns.
And with well over $100 million in sponsored research projects, the work our faculty and students are doing will improve our local community and beyond. They are looking at solutions for the Indian River Lagoon. They are tackling major questions in cybersecurity. They are digging into some of our most challenging medical and health issues, such as developing a better understanding of cell division as a path toward finding a cure for cancer.
This year also brings the second season of Panther football. Coach Steve Englehart and his team are ready to build on last year’s five wins, which included a bowl-game victory. And because this is Florida Tech, a third of these players are engineering majors.
The first home game is Sept. 13 against Ave Maria University. See you there!