Most Valuable Panther — 02 November 2020
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Juan Avendano Arbelaez Named MVP for September

Juan Avendano Arbelaez, student project director, has been named Florida Tech’s Most Valuable Panther for September.

In announcing the award, the Office of Human Resources said:

“Juan demonstrated great effort for Florida Tech during the Return to Learn preparations. He led significant contributions to prepare classrooms throughout campus for the returning students.

Juan and his team used 3D printing technology to produce hand sanitizer holders and face shields, which have now been distributed across Florida Tech to keep faculty and students safe. He designed and printed campus signage and floor decals to promote the Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn plan procedures across campus. Juan worked tirelessly to ensure that hand sanitizer, holders, floor decals, and disinfectant were distributed in laboratories and classrooms in time for the Fall 2020 class arrival to campus for face-to-face learning.

Juan prepared critical spaces (laboratories & classrooms) in a most fiscally responsible manner so that returning students and faculty were safe and prepared to begin on the first day of class. Juan made it possible for students and faculty to utilize our classrooms on Day 1 in a creative and innovative, yet safe, hygienic, socially-distant, and Florida Tech-branded manner!”

The MVP program recognizes faculty and staff who embody both the university’s standards for innovation and excellence and offer quality of service to the campus at large and individual students. Nominees should demonstrate:

➢ An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the university
➢ Extraordinary service to customers
➢ Initiative/leadership
➢ Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility
➢ Creative innovations to service, process or work tools

To nominate future MVPs, visit

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