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Seniors present industry solutions in virtual Capstone Design Showcase

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While many events in the community have been canceled in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of Florida Polytechnic University’s richest student traditions will continue in a virtual environment. The annual Capstone Design Showcase, which features the hard work of seniors challenged to solve industry problems, has shifted from a one-day event to […]

Florida Poly CARES emergency funds

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information.   Updated April 23: The information below regarding eligibility of international students to receive CARES Act funding has been updated to reflect a change in the requirements from the US Department of Education.   […]

2020 graduate builds next generation of esports champs

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Editor’s note: While the COVID-19 situation has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This story is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates. When Matthew Santalla was a […]

Students help prominent gaming artist bring Phoenix to life

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The Florida Poly Phoenix will soon have a new, more dynamic look, and students had the opportunity to play a key role in defining its final design during a virtual town hall on Thursday, April 16. Well-known gaming illustrator Travis Howell led the event and met with about 50 Florida Poly students, faculty, staff, and […]

Home exercise keeps Phoenixes fit during remote study

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Students and employees may be spending their days at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean they can’t maintain a good workout routine and keep their bodies in shape. Derek Lower, student life coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University, said there are many options for people to stay active and physically healthy at […]

Florida Poly announces new date for Spring 2020 Commencement

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Florida Polytechnic University announced that its Spring 2020 graduates will get their chance to walk to Pomp and Circumstance at a special commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The event will be held at the RP Funding Center, located at 701 W. Lime St. in Lakeland. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted all universities to […]

Florida Poly grad uses digital skills to catch criminals

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Editor’s note: While the COVID-19 situation has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This story is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates. A childhood spent watching TV […]

Virtual Student Union brings campus life to students’ homes

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Completing coursework remotely due to COVID-19 concerns doesn’t mean that Florida Polytechnic University students are disconnected from campus. The University has worked to transition many of the vibrant on-campus resources and events to a digital space, culminating with the recent launch of the Virtual Student Union on the university’s website and in the Florida Poly […]

Temporary university grading policy FAQ and additional academic information

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Dear students, I hope this finds you healthy and having settled in as best as you are able to focus now on those fast-approaching final exams. There are several items in today’s update: Withdrawal […]

Virtual Student Union

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Students, I’m happy to introduce the Florida Poly Virtual Student Union, a digital hub for students that is designed to make remote learning and campus engagement – from wherever you are – a little […]

Updates for Florida Poly students

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Dear Students, I hope everyone is staying well and adjusting to your new remote environments. Working and learning remotely is a big adjustment that we’ve all had to make.  I’m pleased to hear about […]

Updates for Florida Poly employees

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. All, The work everyone has been doing to keep our University running smoothly and educating our students is nothing short of inspiring. With remote work, remote instruction and limited on-campus staff, we are doing […]

Florida Poly works to protect healthcare workers amid COVID-19 crisis

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LAKELAND, Fla. – A team of Florida Polytechnic University faculty, staff, and students is working to build critical personal protection equipment for clinicians treating patients amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. The effort is in partnership with AdventHealth and will help address the shortage of protective supplies facing healthcare organizations nationwide. The group is using 3D […]

Employee Assistance Program update from Human Resources

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Florida Poly community, The Office of Human Resources would like to remind everyone that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an available resource for all employees (faculty, staff, OPS, student employees) and their families. When […]

Florida Poly SGA emergency fund helps struggling students amid COVID-19

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added stress and unexpected expenses to many students’ lives. The Florida Polytechnic University Student Government Association (SGA) has created Phund-a-Phoenix, an emergency fund to help students during this time of uncertainty and financial burden. “We understand that this is a very hard time for students and their families, and we […]

Students: We’re here to help

COVID-19 Updates

Dear students, We miss you on campus! Remote learning… Social distancing… Webcams… Proctorio… Internet connections… Living at home… Governor’s orders… Curfew! Our lives have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial, Emotional, and Academic Support are Available We want to give you an easy way to request help. If you have a need, or if […]

Statewide stay-at-home order issued by governor

COVID-19 Updates

All, By now you have likely heard that Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Florida beginning Friday, April 3, at 12:01am. You may be wondering what that means for you and for Florida Poly. Fortunately, many of the remote instruction and teleworking practices we have already put in place […]

Update regarding housing refunds, rebates, and credits

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Dear Students, Florida Poly’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community. As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, and in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal officials, we have […]

Temporary grading policy in response to COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information.   Updated April 8: The information below about writing-intensive courses has been updated to reflect that these courses are eligible for S/U grades at Florida Poly because an “S” at Florida Poly is […]

Additional safety precautions for on-campus residents

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information.   As safety precautions are put in place for coronavirus, we have all been looking at Florida Poly as a safe haven. We have been monitoring the conditions related to the coronavirus and […]

Remote instruction extended through rest of semester

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Following the direction we received from the State University System today, Florida Poly will extend our remote-learning initiatives for the rest of the semester and develop an alternative schedule and/or method of holding commencement for […]

Update on working remotely for qualified employees

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. March 16, 5:30 p.m. Dear employees, For the safety and well-being of the Florida Poly community, and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Florida Poly is encouraging all qualified employees to work from […]

Update on remote instruction, travel, and events

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. March 12, 3 p.m. Dear Florida Poly community, The University continues taking significant steps to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the Polk County community from the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important […]

Florida Poly moving to a mandatory two-week period of remote instruction

COVID-19 Updates

Following direction from the Florida Board of Governors concerning COVID-19, Florida Poly will move to a mandatory two-week period of remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16. Details on the implementation of this are currently being developed and will be forthcoming.

Florida Poly senior rockets toward SpaceX dream job

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Airplanes, rockets, and all that lies beyond our world have always fascinated Geoffrey Doback. The Florida Polytechnic University senior dreamed about working for NASA when he was just a child. As he entered middle school, Doback learned about SpaceX, a private aerospace and transportation company working to revolutionize space technology and eventually enable people to […]