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New paid parental leave benefit on the way for Florida Poly employees

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When Jill Hernandez gives birth to her third child this March, she plans to use her accrued vacation and sick leave to stay home with her new son for nine weeks. However, she may have a better option as a Florida Polytechnic University employee. A new parental leave policy proposed by Florida Poly would mean […]

PhoenixHacks takes innovation to new heights at Florida Poly

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The results of 24 hours of ingenuity, innovation, and hard work were on display after a fun and challenging hackathon competition on Jan. 26 at the Florida Polytechnic University Campus. The PhoenixHacks event brought together students from different disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels to show off their technological know-how and build a software or hardware […]

Hate lovebugs? Florida Poly students work to make them less of a nuisance

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Driving down Florida’s highways during lovebug season can be irritating, distracting, and even dangerous. Swarms of the insects can engulf vehicles, rapidly leading to poor visibility once they hit the windshield. A team of Florida Polytechnic University students is developing a device for the company Omni Pressure Cleaning that will quickly clean vehicles of lovebug […]

Outreach program highlights STEM at Florida Poly

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Middle and high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have a new way to get a close-up look at what Florida Polytechnic University has to offer and how the University can help them meet their career goals. Outreach to the Future is a new program that welcomes middle and […]

Florida Poly sees exceptional rise in applications

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the 2020 recruitment cycle, the University has received 31% more freshman applications compared to this time last year. This includes a 44% increase in applicants from out of […]

Leadership takes center stage for students at Florida Poly

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As a resident assistant at Florida Polytechnic University, junior Krystal Rivera understands the importance of being there for other students as a friend, and as a leader. “Because in my position I have interactions with many students, I want to develop myself and improve as a person so I can help others,” said Rivera, a […]

“Crazy idea” leads Florida Poly students to take on the technology services market

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students has found work with a great company that offers hands-on experience, flexible hours, fun co-workers, and the kind of boss most people only dream of – themselves. Madd Technologies LLC, which stemmed from an idea friends had late one night, is a technology start-up helmed by Florida Poly […]

Students find their place at spring Club Row

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Matthew Dutchess wasn’t quite sure what he was getting himself into when he agreed to participate in his first Nerf Tech Humans vs Zombies event at Florida Polytechnic University. It turned out to be one of the most consequential decisions of his college career. “I didn’t originally want to play – I was like ‘I […]

Students start 2020 with a focus on wellness at Florida Poly

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As the spring semester kicks into high gear, Florida Polytechnic University students are mindful of the need to maintain their physical and mental health while they pursue their rigorous coursework. “It’s super important,” said mechanical engineering senior EJ Shynski as he lounged on a hammock in Oak Grove during the first week of the semester. […]

University police find success combining enforcement with outreach

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Officers of the Florida Polytechnic University Police Department have seen and done it all. With more than 250 years of law enforcement among them, these seasoned officers use their expertise to keep the Florida Poly community safe every day. “We have no rookies here, so we’ve got a lot of experience among us,” said Chief […]

Florida Poly alum spreads his wings at software engineering firm

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In the year since Sofiane Fellah received his bachelor’s degree at Florida Polytechnic University, he has begun building an enviable career on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. As a full-stack software engineer and artificial intelligence specialist for Image Matters LLC, Fellah is able to leverage his extensive technological skills while continually learning and growing in […]