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Florida Poly Game EXPO brings innovation and industry together

Florida Poly student holding up VR controllers at Game EXPO

“Pick your car, choose your color, and get ready to battle,” said Christina Thomas, one of the nearly 50 Florida Poly students who presented their online games at the university’s fifth annual Florida Poly Games EXPO on April 11.

Florida Poly to host 5th FLPolyCon in most interactive fashion

Participants dressed up at Florida Poly Con event.

The Florida Polytechnic University campus will soon turn into a geek culture extravaganza as students expect 1,500 enthusiasts at their 5thannual FLPolyCon on Saturday, March 30, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building in Lakeland, Florida. The all-day event is open to the public and has become a fun tradition as the University celebrates and shares […]

Florida Poly student beats odds to become EA Madden NFL champion

Florida Poly male student holding up EA Madden Champion belt.

Florida Polytechnic University student Christian Lomenzo is the new EA Madden NFL 19 Challenge champion, after surprising the sports gaming world with an incredible play in overtime that sealed his victory and a $35,000 grand prize. The nationwide competition was held at the EA headquarters in Redwood City, California, on March 15-17.

Florida Poly celebrates first Phoenix Family Day

Florida Poly students gathered at Phoenix Family Day March 16, 2019.

Florida Poly welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects.

Tradition continues strong with Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Polytechnic University is ready to celebrate its 5thAnnual Florida Poly Pi Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. The event was created by the University’s inaugural class and it’s scheduled each year on or near National Pi Day, which is observed March 14. The race is slightly longer than a 5K, exactly 3.14 miles representing the mathematical value of Pi.

Florida Poly students hack their way to number one at statewide hackathon

Hackathon Competition

For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University won first place at the well-known HackRiddle competition, a 24-hour hackathon held annually at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Florida Poly program styling students for success

Tech_Styled at Florida Poly

One of the most stressful moments for college students is interviewing with prospective employers. The question and answer session may only last a few minutes, but there’s much more that goes into to preparing for that big moment. That’s why Florida Polytechnic University is offering its students a comprehensive program to provide them with the expert advice they need in topics ranging from resume writing to understanding the power of body language. It’s all part of the Career Opportunities Developing Evolutionary Successprogram, or CODES.

2018 Florida Poly look back

Look back at 2018 graphic

From opening a new Student Development Center to graduating the largest class in Florida Poly’s history this is a collection of events that took place at Florida Polytechnic University in 2018.

Thanksgiving holiday campus services and closures

Thanksgiving break operating hours at Florida Poly

We wish you a very pleasant Thanksgiving and want to remind you that there are no classes Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23.  We look forward to seeing you back on campus on Monday, November 26. Here is an outline of closures and activities available through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Florida Poly celebrates International Education Week with variety of activities

Dr. Randy K. Avent prepares international dessert with students and dining staff.

In celebration of International Education Week, Florida Poly’s Dining Services team has been busy all week providing a variety of international offerings. Monday’s menu featured a South African milk tart dessert while students had Indian chicken tikki masala on Tuesday.

From ‘Monster Jamming’ to ‘Napercising’: Fitness made fun at Florida Poly

Fitness classes at Florida Poly

A fitness instructor dressed in ’80s workout attire took the lead at a Monster Jam Cardio Class at Florida Polytechnic University on Monday, Oct. 29. Students came in costumes ranging from lifeguards to anime characters and enjoyed dancing to popular songs like Rihanna’s “Disturbia” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” “It’s the first time we’ve offered […]

From psychology to STEM; the road to finding her true self

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Helping others has always been a priority for Florida Polytechnic University student Esme Vázquez. It’s a lesson she learned from the most important woman in her life: her mother.

Latin American Student Association; Where culture meets fun

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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 Hispanic Heritage Month. Do you enjoy salsa, the one you eat and the one you dance? Does the game of dominó intrigue you as a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge? Does reggaeton music […]

Florida Poly celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

Diversity at Florida Poly

October can be a very busy month, full of celebrations to recognize community sectors and to create awareness around issues impacting our society. Hispanic Heritage Month, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month are all observed in October, as well as LGBTQ+ History Month.

The force is strong with students at Florida Poly

Florida Poly The Force Institute

Bringing her lightsaber to class is a common occurrence for Celeste Ramirez. The computer science junior is one of the first members of The Force Institute, a club created in the spring of 2017 inspired by the Star Wars saga and the Jedi philosophy.

Sharing the joy of piñatas; a Hispanic tradition

Hispanic Heritage Month

Florida Polytechnic University students are often busy building robots, Rube Goldberg machines, algorithms or various types of self-driving vehicles. However, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, they took a break from the lab and put their brains to work building piñatas.

Against all odds, driven to be the exception

Hispanic Heritage Month Kevin Ordonez

As a new state university focused exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Florida Poly seemed like the perfect fit for senior Kevin Ordoñez’s high-tech ambitions. Ordoñez became a part of the inaugural group of students who came to the university in 2014. Suddenly, he found plenty of motivation around him. 

Build, learn, give: the principles of Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club is one of the largest student organizations on campus with approximately 45 active members. They’re all inspired by robots, but students don’t have to be experts in robotics to join the club. Joseph Patullo, a sophomore in computer engineering and vice president of the club, said while many students are fascinated by robots, they feel intimidated to join because they’ve never built one. So, learning becomes the engine that makes the Purple Fire Robotics Club successful.

Three values and a baby; the makings of this mechanical engineer

Hispanic Heritage Month

Alieth Rodríguez walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University knowing she’s different than the students around her. She’s a female studying mechanical engineering, Latina, and in her thirties. There’s also nothing common about the baby stroller she pushes from class to class.

Top 5 things to enjoy in Lakeland as a college student

Lakeland Florida

The new academic year is finally here! The excitement of new challenges fills the air as hundreds of new students arrive on campus to get their college life started. There will be plenty of study time, research projects, clubs, and student meetings in between classes. But as busy as college days may be, there should […]

Peter Moran: A dream realized

Peter Moran

Take Your Child to Work Day can be an exciting and eye-opening experience for any kid. For Florida Polytechnic University senior Peter Moran, it was also the day he discovered what he wanted to be when he grew up. After spending a day with his father learning about container shipping for the marine industry, Moran […]

2018-19 Presidential Ambassadors announced

2018-2018 Presidential Ambassadors

One of the most distinguished student programs at Florida Poly welcomed 10 new members, Monday, April 23, at its annual induction ceremony held in the Innovation, Science and Technology Building’s Aula Magna auditorium. The Presidential Ambassadors are made up of 16 students who are selected based on their academic standing, leadership, skills, citizenship and service […]

VEX robotics team to compete at world championship

Purple Fire VEX Robotics Team

Florida Polytechnic University has qualified for the first time to compete at the prestigious VEX Robotics World Championship, which is being held April 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

A total of 87 robotics teams from all over the world will compete at the college level. Florida Poly’s Purple Fire robotics team is one of only two Florida teams that qualified. The University of Florida will also be represented.

Michelle Holzemer: Engineering an excellent educational experience

Senior Michelle Holzemer will begin her new position at a job with Northrup Grumman in the systems engineering field.

Senior Michelle Holzemer knew she was taking a risk when she joined the inaugural class at Florida Poly and committed to attend a university that hadn’t yet finished construction on its signature academic building and wasn’t yet accredited. In the four years since then, Holzemer has come a long way – and says the risk […]

FLPolyCon continues to reach new heights

This year's FLPolyCon drew more than 1,200.

The fourth annual FLPolyCon – the largest student-run event at Florida Polytechnic University and a magnet for science fiction enthusiasts – brought in more than 1,200 attendees on April 7 in what is a new record for the event. Organizing and executing the one-day event is no small task for a committee of 15 that […]