Meet the Orientation Team!

Professional Staff

Krishna Patel

First Year Advisor/Associate Director of New Student & Family Orientation

Orientation Central Staff

What is Central Staff? Central staff plans and organizes the Fall Orientation program at Florida Tech. The team consists of the Associate Director of New Student and Family Orientation, who oversees the Orientation Central Staff, Panther Prep Leaders, and all aspects of the orientation programming. The team is responsible for developing, planning, and designing everything for a perfect Orientation experience! Below is the Fall Orientation Central Staff Team for 2015:

Brooklynn Byford

Junior

Major: Ocean Engineering

Hometown: Tullahoma, Tennessee

Clubs and Organizations: President of MTS/SNAME

Favorite Thing about FIT: "FIT has a small town feel yet you can still experience the world here!"

Aaron Kenny

Junior

Major: Ocean Engineering

Hometown: Smithfield, Virginia

Clubs and Organizations: Greek Life, CAB, and Secretary of MTS/SNAME

Favorite Thing about FIT: "The campus size is perfect and professors and advisors are approachable!"

Marcus Mancini

Junior

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Clubs and Organizations: ASCE, Greek Life, A.B.C.

Favorite Thing about FIT: "My favorite things about FIT are Greek Life and the diverse people that are here!"


Bruce Walker III

Junior

Major: Ocean Engineering

Hometown: Southampton, Massachusetts

Clubs and Organizations: Greek Life

Favorite Thing about FIT: "The diversity here is amazing!"

Panther Prep Leaders

What is a Panther Prep Leader, aka PPL? A PPL is a member of the Orientation Team who helps new students transition into life at Florida Tech! These individuals directly answer questions from students and give great advice coming from a fellow student who was once in their shoes. PPL’s are a direct link to the inside world of Florida Tech and are a guaranteed friend/mentor to help with students’ college experience. As a new student going through Orientation, daily meetings will be held with these PPL’s where they can answer any questions, show them around, escort them to their daily scheduled activities, and get the new students excited for an awesome college experience!


Diplomats

What is a Diplomat? A Diplomat is a member of the Orientation Team who specializes in the transitioning of new international students into Florida Tech and also the US. These individuals are unique because they have once experienced the exact same situations that new international students may come across! Diplomats not only help the transition into college but also assist in making new students comfortable and familiar with the ways of the US. These individuals directly answer questions from students and give great advice coming from a fellow international student who was once in their shoes. Diplomats are a direct link to the inside world of Florida Tech and are a guaranteed friend/mentor to help with international students’ college experience. Much of the responsibilities of a Diplomat are the same as a PPL. As a new international student going through Orientation, daily meetings will be held with the Diplomats where they can answer any questions, show them around, escort them to their daily scheduled activities, and get the new international students pumped for an awesome college experience!