I can’t resist blogging my feelings about Florida Gulf Coast, or as we locals prefer to call the school, FGCU.
Geographically, Naples is probably 30 minutes from campus. Bonita and Estero, a shorter ride, at about 10 – 15 minutes. From either distance, great fun is a short ride. Before FGCU had its recent run in the NCAA basketball tourney, tickets to a ball game cost less than a ticket to a bad (or even a good) movie! And many times during basketball season, you can catch both a women’s and a men’s game the same day and on the same ticket. There are many people who will come to watch the women play but not catch the men’s game.
Historically, FGCU is about 14 years old and as of 2013, about 14,000 students. It has blossomed in to a really good school both scholastically and athletically. While I am too old … strike that … too mature to attend classes, I do attend many of the different athletic venues and an occasional concert in their school of music.
School of Music. It is simply amazing what can come out of the ground in 14 years. The school of music now has international winners who are not part of faculty but actually part of the student body. It excels in piano. As I recall, the school of music has something like 41 Steinways! That is not a misprint!
Athletically, the school has teams for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s swimming (2 Olympians), men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball and men’s baseball, both men’s and women’s golf teams, men’s and women’s tennis and cross-country teams. I am wondering what I have left out. All teams are at the top of their conferences. 2013 is the first year that this school is eligible for Division I tourneys.
Anyone wishing to investigate the school further, simply Google ‘Florida Gulf Coast University’. Even the more commonly used initials work.
WHAT FUN! The school is an enormous amenity for those of us forced to endure the pleasures of living in SW Florida!! Go FGCU!!