The Howard Family

It’s no coincidence that Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern State College both have a Howard Hall.  The buildings named after William Thomas Howard, affectionately known as “Tommy” Howard, carry his namesake not for millions of dollars he donated, but for the time, passion and determination he gave to his cause.

“He was a legend in his own time,” said Charlie Edwards. “He was the chief advocate for higher education in our area and was very good at it.”

John Davis, WGCU

Florida Gulf Coast University students, staff, local law enforcement officers and other first responders participated in a remembrance ceremony Monday afternoon at the school’s main campus in Estero in recognition of the 15-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The Arnold Family

Growing up in south Fort Myers in the late 1960s-1970s, Keith Arnold recalled a very different scene than the one that surrounds Florida Gulf Coast University today.

“I actually grew up on Alico Road, not far from where this university is right now; it was a two-lane dirt road at the time. My family had a little farm, a 20-acre farm. We were the only farm and the only house on the road,” he recalled. “It looked a whole lot different back then. And it’s just amazing to see what this area of town looks like now.”

From his farm, he would explore the remote wilderness area.

Amy Tardif

Two alumni of Florida Gulf Coast University head to Rio de Janeiro this week to compete in the summer Olympics.

University of California, Irvine

  Dr. Joseph White, dubbed the “Godfather of Black Psychology” speaks at Florida Gulf Coast University Feb. 24.  White is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine.  White is known for his advocacy in helping the field of psychology to adopt a multi-cultural model.  In 1968, White became one of the founding members of the Association of Black Psychologists and began challenging notions of how ethnic minorities should be treated and understood in psychology.