President’s Perspective — 08 March 2018
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Brains and brawn.

Yes, it’s almost a cliché. And it often doesn’t apply, as much as those who speak it might wish it did.

But at Florida Tech, it’s safe to say that our student-athletes exemplify this idiom.

Need proof? The Sunshine State Conference recently named 55 Florida Tech student-athletes from across our sports teams to its fall honor roll, including 13 who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. And in a separate ranking, the Gulf South Conference announced that 41 Florida Tech football players were named to its fall honor roll.

I saw this Gulf South Conference list, and these are not students squeaking by with 3.0s on some sort of light class schedule and a no-hassle major. Far from it. Here are a few GPAs and majors contained therein: 3.6, global management and finance; 3.3, astronomy and astrophysics; 3.56, civil engineering; 3.75, biomedical engineering, 3.78, aerospace engineering.

And these are linemen and linebackers, wide receivers and tight ends.

And the success extends beyond the classroom, of course. A few recent highlights:

  • Women’s Rowing won the Sunshine State Conference Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship, finishing 3rd in the Grand Final.
  • Women’s and Men’s Golf earned bids to the NCAA South Region Tournament, where the men advanced to the NCAA National Championship and finished 5th
  • Women’s Lacrosse earned the program’s first-ever bid into the NCAA Championship, where they picked up their first NCAA victory and made it to quarterfinal round.

But this is also a testament to the many hundreds who come to our annual Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper events, the largest fundraiser we do for student-athlete scholarships. They help make it possible to bring these bright, fit young men and women to campus.

The 26th Annual Sporting Affair is March 16 at Suntree Country Club. The event includes a cocktail reception and dinner and, of course, a chance to win $50,000 in our Chopper Dropper.

A few remaining golf balls are available at

Remember how it works? We take 2,000 numbered golf balls up in a helicopter and then drop them onto a putting green. The closest ball to the pin wins the $50,000 grand prize. Second closest gets $10,000. And 15 others are each worth $1,000.

I hope to see you on March 16. Go Panthers!

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