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Despite recent drama, USF Poly groundbreaking gala is still on



"USF Polytechnic is an institution on a tilt," says USF Poly chancellor Marshall Goodman. Tilt, indeed.

One can't help but wonder whether things will be a little off-kilter on Friday night, when USF Poly -- fresh from the Board of Governors meeting that essentially froze the Lakeland branch campus's efforts to become an independent university -- holds its black-tie "TILT Gala." The event, with its black-and-blue invitation exalting "Florida's First Polytechnic" aims to raise money for the school's inaugural class of freshmen in 2012.

“USF Polytechnic is an institution on a tilt, hence the name of the event,” Goodman said in a news release. “This first-ever gala event showcases USF Poly’s commitment to an alternative, creative, innovative learning environment. Focusing on applied learning and producing graduates in the STEM fields, this model is a proven success worldwide. Enrolling our first freshmen is a milestone in building the polytechnic model for Florida.”

Goodman had been one of the loudest supporters of a USF Poly split, along with state Sen. J.D. Alexander. Alexander's wife, by the way, is one of the gala's hostesses.

What do you think they'll be talking about?

[Last modified: Monday, November 14, 2011 4:42pm]


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