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FIU vs. Arkansas State Oct. 4 is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night


Photo by Josh Ritchie.

FIU football – which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012 – is giving props to those who have stood by the Panthers since Day 1.

So the next time the team takes to Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium it will play not only for glory but also for the thousands of individuals who make sure that every student counts at the university.

That’s right: The Thursday, Oct. 4, football game vs. Arkansas State will be dedicated to the blue-and-gold faculty and staff thanks to the support of one of FIU’s longtime friends, University Credit Union.

The banking institution is sponsoring 1,000 $1 tickets for the evening’s guests of honor. Former Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosa Jones and Charlie Blackwell, a field tech in the HVAC/Energy Management Department, will be recognized at the game for their years of service to FIU and their long-standing membership with University Credit Union.

“We are so proud and so grateful for our almost 30-year relationship with FIU faculty, staff, alumni and students, and we are thrilled to have this chance to sponsor the FIU faculty/staff $1 ticket appreciation night,” said Michael J. Welch, president and CEO of University Credit Union. “University Credit Union is all about relationships and World Class Member Service. We truly hope the FIU community will take advantage of this offer and help bring our FIU football team a win against Arkansas State. The fans are, after all, the Twelfth Panther!”

Established in 1947, University Credit Union has been providing services to the FIU community since the early ’80s. During the past three decades, it has supported university events such as the MLK celebration, the FIU Alumni Association’s Torch Awards and annual scholarship fishing tournament, and FIU Athletics.

Tickets are available at the University Credit Union Box Office in the R. Kirk Landon Fieldhouse at FIU Stadium. They also will be available in the Graham Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27; Monday, Oct. 1; and Wednesday, Oct. 3. Folks at Biscayne Bay Campus may purchase their tickets at the Wolfe University Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2.