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Florida Poly partnership enhances training of Latin American business execs

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CEOs, owners, and other business leaders from five Latin American countries explored the Florida Polytechnic University campus and learned tools to improve their corporate operations on Feb. 14 as part of Experiencia Set. The initiative partners with The Walt Disney Company to provide a close-up look at how the company operates effectively while providing exceptional […]

Career services director fosters Florida Poly student success

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month.As associate director of career services at Florida Polytechnic University, Pairris Jones revels in her front-row seat to student success. “I feel like a proud mom. A lot of students will come and tell […]

Florida Poly students work to revolutionize palm tree trimming

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Pruning Florida’s towering palm trees is a tough, dangerous job, but a team of Florida Polytechnic University seniors is working to make the task faster, safer, and more cost effective. “From the ground, you have to be careful that the palm fronds don’t fall on you, and some have spines that can puncture you on […]

Florida Poly students engage business leaders at Synapse Summit

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students seized the opportunity to network with business leaders, learn about career possibilities, and teach the Central Florida business community about what Florida Poly has to offer at an annual event hosted by Synapse, an entrepreneurship support organization. The students attended the two-day Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena in […]

Alum driven to improve access to health care

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. Florida Polytechnic University alumnus Dieff Vital ’17 has dedicated his educational career to ensuring poor and underserved communities can access the care and services they need to thrive. “I’m from a country where […]

Student entrepreneurs wow industry at eMerge Americas Pitch Night

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Student entrepreneurs showed off their big ideas to a panel of Florida business leaders Feb. 10 during the first Florida Polytechnic University and eMerge Americas Startup Pitch Night in Lakeland, Florida, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. Dorian Alberti, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, and River Anderson, a senior majoring in business analytics, […]

One Florida Poly Against Cancer spreads message of awareness

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The knowledge that cancer eventually touches everyone in some way drives a group of Florida Polytechnic University students to do all they can to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. “One of my friends passed away from cancer so I wanted to start this organization to bring light to the disease and help […]

Florida Poly students suit up for success at career clothing event

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Students hoping to present a polished image to interviewers browsed through racks of donated professional clothing during Florida Polytechnic University’s annual Career Services Clothing Rack event on Feb. 5 at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida. They tried on and took home the donated attire at no charge. “The minimum requirement for […]

Alum finds tech success with $120K Facebook partnership

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For Andre Ripley ’19, Facebook provides much more than a way to stay connected to friends and family. The social media and technology company is giving him a chance at a lucrative career and success as a tech entrepreneur. Ripley, who graduated from Florida Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, was awarded […]

Sophomore prioritizes service to others at Florida Poly

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. When sophomore Ritchel Calvaire began his studies at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, he knew he needed to find a way to get involved and give back. Calvaire had dedicated […]

Professor shares novel mathematical concept with Florida Poly students and faculty

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Students interested in learning an innovative way to make solving a complex mathematical problem faster and easier crowded into the Aula Magna at Florida Polytechnic University on Jan. 31. Dr. Udita Katugampola, an assistant professor of mathematics, shared with the students a fast and nontraditional approach he has developed to find the eigenvector of a […]

Ultimate Frisbee flies into action at Florida Poly

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Florida Polytechnic University senior Megan Morano attended her first practice of the Florida Poly Mutants on a lark. The business analytics major knew nothing about ultimate Frisbee and expected the practice to be her one and only, but Morano was all in as soon as she discovered the group of supportive, friendly players who were […]

University suspends all travel to China

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. January 30, 11 a.m. To all Florida Poly Employees: Out of an abundance of caution, the University has decided to suspend ALL travel to China.  This includes University-sponsored travel or any work-related trips […]

Coronavirus overview and prevention tips

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information.   January 29, 2:30 p.m. Florida Poly Community, The well-being of our students, faculty and staff is Florida Poly’s top priority. We are monitoring updates related to the coronavirus, a serious respiratory illness […]

Professor prioritizes mentorship for student success

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Florida Polytechnic University senior Joshua Santos is laser-focused on pursuing a PhD and advancing in the field of electrical engineering. Since connecting with Dr. Muhammad Ullah, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Santos has made great strides toward his goal. Santos, from Oxford, Florida, worked closely with Ullah and fellow student Troy Kelly […]

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 […]