Pieces From Our Past

  • The Groundbreaker This ceremonial shovel was first used March 19, 1967, for the groundbreaking of FTU, then at UCF’s 25th anniversary celebration and the 2007 College of Medicine’s groundbreaking.

  • Goodwill Wall Alumni Plaza’s wall is able to house up to 1,000 personalized bricks. Built in 1989 in front of Millican Hall, it’s a showcase area for those alumni who have donated $1,000 or more to the Alumni Trust Fund.

  • First Commencement Keepsakes from the 1970 commencement ceremony, where the auditorium was filled to capacity — much like today. Items courtesy of Lois M. Jackson, ’70

  • Fine Dining President Millican and his wife, Frances, enjoyed entertaining guests, and this coffee cup and saucer were in frequent use.

  • Vulture Vinnie Named in the earliest days of the university, Vinnie the Vulture lived for many years near the Student Center. This taxidermy serves as a reminder of the ever-present vultures that circled the newly cleared land on campus.

  • Emblem of Honor In September 1968, Dr. Millican was presented with the FTU President’s Medallion, which bears the university’s seal.

  • Astro-Orange Designed by Norman Van Meter, the Citronaut appeared on the cover of FTU’s first student handbook.

  • Temporary Title The first edition of FTU’s student newspaper — briefly called F.T.U.??? — was published Oct. 7, 1968. A naming contest took place soon afterward, and proposals included Tech News and Views, Pegasus and FTU Star. The winning name? FuTUre.

  • Presidential Portrait This painting of President Colbourn was created by artist B. Tiffany in 1992.

  • Bronze Laurel Founding President Charles Millican’s likeness was captured in bronze in this bust sculpted by J.V. Spatafora in 1974.