february 2010

In This Issue:
1. New Alumni Directory Coming
2. Homecoming 2010 to be Held April 23-24
3. Hoopsters Head to Playoffs
4. Floyd Orr '55 Gives from his Heart
5. Teacher Awarded Innovation Grant
6. Alumni News

New Alumni Directory Coming
If you are eager to reconnect with old friends and classmates, and network with the larger Brooklyn Tech community, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Alumni Foundation has anticipated your needs. A new alumni directory, now in production, will include up to date contact information of thousands of Technites.

Harris Connect, LLC, a trusted partner of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, has been chosen to produce our publication. Harris Connect is one of the leading alumni directory publishers for high schools, colleges and universities. Their client list includes the University of Chicago, Duke University and many high schools

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Homecoming 2010 to be held April 23-24
Make your plans now to join fellow Technites and faculty members at the Homecoming 2010 festivities scheduled for Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24th.

You will get to retrace the steps of your high school glory days as you walk the hallways of Tech and share old stories with classmates and teachers. Special events are planned for the anniversary classes of 1940, 1950, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 2000.

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Hoopsters Head to Playoffs
The scoreboard showed a 93-87 defeat to Brooklyn Collegiate, but it hardly seemed like a loss at all. A standing-room only crowd in Tech’s Blue Dungeon gym had roared their approval throughout the thrilling triple-overtime final season game between two evenly matched teams.

The Tech Engineers and Brooklyn Collegiate had both been assured Brooklyn A East Division playoff spots as they entered the season’s final game on February 3rd with identical 10-3 records. This game’s winner would be seeded second in the playoffs, the loser third. For the Tech Engineers, the season marked a tremendous turnaround from their 10 loss 2009 season, as they finished with their best record since 2002.
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Floyd Orr '55 Gives from his Heart
When Floyd Orr ’55 talks about Brooklyn Tech, it sounds like he’s describing a high school romance. You fall in love and then break up, but you never forget your first love. And so it was for Mr. Orr who moved to California in April of his junior year. He never had the chance to graduate from Tech, but he never forgot the place or the people or the things he learned.

Mr. Orr, the son of a traveling Navy man, rarely spent more than a year at any school until Brooklyn Tech. Then Floyd got to call Tech home. Orr embraced the high standards and expectations, appreciated the commitment his teachers made to their students, and made lifelong friends. As he put it, “Once the soil was watered, the roots went deep.” And then, in April 1954, his father was reassigned to Riverside, California and Orr was forced to say goodbye to the place he loved.

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Teacher Awarded Innovation Grant
Tech teachers, like Clarence McCollum '69, don’t allow little things like recessions and budget cuts to hamper their effectiveness in the classroom. They find the resources they need to enhance their courses. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has just announced that Mr. McCollum has won a 2010 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Grant.

The STEM Innovation Grant program is designed to “provide teachers with funding for projects that make students aware of the excitement and opportunity to be found in the field of engineering – transforming classroom theory into real-world applications that bring science, technology, engineering and math concepts to life.”

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Alumni News
Joseph M. Colucci ’54, Brooklyn Tech Hall of Fame member and President of Automotive Fuels Consulting, Inc., is the recipient of the 2010 SAE International Medal of Honor. SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

Oana Pascu ’98, now a math teacher at Stuyvesant High School, has received the 2009 Edyth May Sliffe Award for “Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching” from the Mathematical Association of America. She cited her Tech math teacher Larry Zimmerman, a past winner of the Sliffe Award, as her inspiration for becoming a teacher. Glad we could help our Stuyvesant colleagues!
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Bellevue pathology laboratory manager, Mr. Peter Jung '90, discusses his profession with Tech students at Career Day 2009.

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