Even the architecture is a style called "Tropical Modernism," reflecting the island look. The ceramics department, under the instruction of master potter Jay Gogin, created the showpiece fountain in the center of campus as well as the torii gate, a Japanese meditation structure that overlooks the dive lagoon, the kind of artistic touches you would expect to find in a five-star resort rather than a school.
The term "kickoff" on another campus may mean an event with hotdogs and a local radio station doing give-aways, but at FKCC, it's a pig roast with three whole porkers baking in the outdoor pits. Students often see performances by the "Steel Your Heart" steel drum band from next door at Gerald Adams Elementary School. But the true marker of the Keys lifestyle is the willingness to drop everything and go watch the sunset. "We have the best place to watch the sunset on Key West, even better than Mallory Square," says Lydia Estenoz, director of marketing and community relations. "In the water are four beautiful huge ceramic buoys made by our ceramics department that get smaller as you look out into the distance towards the sunset, and there are benches there that overlook the horizon and the dive lagoon. It's simply amazing." SRR
Contact FKCC at (305) 296-9081 or visit http://www.firn.edu/fkcc/.
ERAU also uses the competition as an opportunity to conduct computer workshops for the high school computer teachers and to give tours of the campus. “The students have fun,” Raghavan says. “It gives them a taste of what computer programming competitions are like.” JL
Contact Raghavan at (386) 226-6217.
“It’s hard to tell who is having more fun, the students or the volunteers,” says Linda VanDalen, GCCC’s coordinator for disabled student services. “The squeals and screams of joy start with the kids and continue on with the volunteers.” Starting 11 years ago, GCCC started the Adopt-A-School program and got involved with the disabled students at Springfield Elementary. What has blossomed from this union is now a yearly event that has kids looking forward to the one day a year that the college comes to take them swimming.
Judging by the success of the program now, it’s hard to believe VanDalen had problems trying to find volunteers at first. “The first year, it was primarily staff that worked with the kids,” VanDalen says. “Now, I send an e-mail out and I have enough volunteers for when the kids wear out the first round of help.” VanDalen says that everyone from athletes and graduates to EMTs come out for a day of swimming or to help with the kids.
“It’s amazing what they can do in the water as opposed to what they do on land or in their wheelchairs,” VanDalen says. “Just the looks on the kids’ faces as they watch their limbs move in the water is enough to make people come back. They’re like little Christmas angels for us.” RG
Contact VanDalen at (850) 872-3834 or email@example.com.
Best New Sports
Funded by nearly $7 million in donations, the 60,000 square foot Charles and Ruth Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation became a reality. And in May 2001, just in time for commencement, the center opened to its first crowd of nearly 3,500, says Karen Rhine, assistant director of university communications.
The Clemente Center, home of FIT’s Panthers, also includes a complete fitness center, racquetball court, food service area, meeting and activities rooms, and all of the athletic department offices. The center will get its first taste of the spotlight in March 2002 when the Sunshine State Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament comes to town. RG
Contact Rhine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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