Florida Institute of Technology Emeritus



Having served Florida Institute of Technology for many years as full time active professors, the Professors Emeriti wish to continue to contribute to the growth of academic excellence of the University. To provide a formal means of coordinating their contributions, this organization is formed.

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The Harry Weber University Archive Exibit Room is now open!

On April 29, 2014 the public and the campus community were invited to attend the Inagural Archives Exhibit Open House in Evans Library.  The room’s first exhibit was entitled, “Vision Extraordinaire: The History of Florida Institute of Terchnology.” Visitors enjoyed  the varied displays of documents, artifacts and more that mark key points in Florida Tech’s 56-year history.  For an overview of the Archives and the grand opening, click on the link "View the Presentation" below.  

Emeritus Luncheon Presentation on the Grand Opening of the Archives , 2014

At the luncheon on September 16, the Dean of Libraries, Dr. Sohair Wastawy presented a slide show - "Coming of Age:  The Florida Tech Archives" - about the archives and the grand opening.  Click the link below to view the presentation.

View the Presentation by Dean Wastawy at the luncheon



2015 - 2016 Events Schedule

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 Faculty and Staff service awards – April 1, 2015 , 3-5 pm. - Gleason

 Honor’s Convocation – Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:30 p.m. - Gleason

 The Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase

 Friday, April 10 , 2015.  Viewing and judging from 11-4 p.m.- Awards ceremony for the students from 5-6 p.m.

 Emeritus Reception – Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3-5 p.m. – Hartley Room

President’s picnic – Saturday, 2015 – (date not determined)

Faculty Assembly – August 14, 2015, Gleason

President’s Faculty Reception – August 14, 2015 – 4:30 p.m. – Hartley Room          

Emeritus Luncheon – Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 12-2 p.m. Board of Trustees Room.

Homecoming – November 4-7, 2015

Emeriti in "Active Retirement"

Invitation to Emeriti:  Send in an article (with Photos) and I'll publish it on the web page shown below. 

Tom Stephens, Web Page Manager:   tstephens@cfl.rr.com

The following is a recent e-mail from Jim Patterson.  (A photo of Jim's cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota a few miles from Mr. Rushmore is shown below.)

>> I have been retired now for over 15 years and Marluce and I love it here.  At first I finished up some physics work (two new editions of my solid state physics book and a few physics papers).  Then I wrote some self published fiction to see if I had any talent along those lines (I didn’t).  You can find me on the internet but it takes work.  James Patterson will likely get the famous author (I don’t like his books).  J. D. Patterson will probably get the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.  J. D. Patterson, Physics will probably get me.  If you really want to suffer and to see my books see Patterson, J. D., Xlibris.   My health is now good, but last March I had double pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and a punctured lung (when they tried to drain it).  I later found out the doctors expected me to die.  It is rumored that Davy Crockett on losing an election told the voters, “You can go to Hell, and I’m going to Texas.”  Well neither Texas nor Hell  wanted me, and I had better luck than Davy did at the Alamo, so here I  am still as "ornery" as ever.  It has been in the sixties here in recent weekends and the local ambience suits me,  even when the weather is not quite so balmy.  When it snows, as in the picture of fire on my property,  I sometimes use it to burn brush without causing a forest fire.My older daughter Marlann is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin/Stout (her Bachelors is from UF and her Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin/Madison).  My younger daughter Jamy is an Attorney/Public Defender here in Rapid City, SD (her Bachelors is from FSU and her JD degree is from the University of California/Berkeley).  Jamy’s daughter Roja (ten years old) is my only grand child and she is a bright and sweet young lady. 


Jim Patterson, former Department Head of Physics/Space Sciences.

 Dr. James D. Patterson  Emeritus

Professor Florida Institute of Technology

Home Address: 3504 Parkview Drive Rapid City, SD 57701 USA 605-341-7262 jdp@rap.midco.net


To see where  other emeriti have gone, and what they have done, click on "Silver Panthers on the Go"

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