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FGCU digs up answers on Tulsa Massacre that killed hundreds in black community

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A group from Florida Gulf Coast University is on the ground in Tulsa Oklahoma, helping to dig up answers at the site of an American tragedy. “We’re bridging a gap from the dead to the living,” Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney said, “with the hopes of changing lives.” A reckoning is happening there – this week marks 100 years since the Tulsa Massacre where hundreds of Black people were killed and a thriving Black community was destroyed. “By opening up the door and allowing us to finally shed light on this horrible atrocity,...

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FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University is inviting its 2020 graduates to come back for a Grad Walk. The Grad Walk for the Class of 2020 will be held on the first weekend in August at Alico Arena, according to FGCU. The university said the Spring 2021 Grad Walk was a success, and they wanted to offer a similar opportunity for the graduates to return and mark the milestome – this time in-person. Graduates in FGCU’s class of 2020 can complete a survey if interested by June 16. Click here for the survey. The post FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk...

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FGCU baseball opens ASun Tournament play Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Fresh off their second ASun regular season crown in three seasons, the FGCU baseball team gets set for a grudge match on their home diamond this weekend.  “I’m expecting it to be an all out war this weekend,” said senior infielder Richie Garcia.  Starting Friday night, the Eagles host Jacksonville, a team they beat five of six times this year, in a best-of-three series to begin ASun Tournament play.  “Everything that happens this weekend, that’s all we got,” said Garcia.  However, for FGCU’s “COVID...

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FGCU senior to represent team at NCAA golf tournament

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For the first time in six years, the FGCU golf team will have a representative at an NCAA tournament. The hot streak started at the Old Corkscrew Golf Course and the Eagle’s one and only home tournament this season. The momentum carried over to the ASUN Championship Georgia. Most golf shots are close to impossible to predict, but for FGCU senior Van Holmgren — his match sealing putt was seen a mile away. “I was standing by my assistant coach at the time. I looked at Austin and I said ‘he’s going to make this’ and Austin said ‘of course,” FGCU...

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FGCU researchers come closer to installing artificial reef in Gulf

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Florida Gulf Coast University researchers are getting closer to installing an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. They’ve already been approved by the state to put 18 concrete culverts 30 feet below the surface. Researchers have 11 acres of land they can use about eight miles off the coast of Wiggins Pass. Old Castle Cement Industries donated the large structures. Once underwater, they will become a fish habitat. Dr. Mike Parsons is a marine science professor at FGCU. He said the artificial reef will help them study and track red tide. On Thursday,...

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Pfizer looking to drop age requirement to include anyone 12+

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is currently available to anyone 16 and up, but that could change soon. Pfizer has applied for Emergency Use Authorization to allow anyone as young as 12 to get vaccinated. That could be approved by the FDA next week. At the end of March, a clinical trial showed that Pfizer’s vaccine is 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and death for those ages 12 to 15. With an overabundance of vaccines, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Robert Hawkes — the Director of FGCU’s Physician Assistant program — said that...

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Top 75 ranked FGCU golf gears up for home tournament

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The golf world has all their attention fixated on The Masters this weekend, but for FGCU, they are looking ahead to Monday. The Eagles fresh off their highest ranking in division one history are gearing up to host their one and only tournament beginning Monday and it could not have come at a better time. In less than a year, despite a pandemic, a new-look team, and a compressed schedule, the FGCU men’s golf team has accomplished what no team before them has. “You know you look at the environment that you are in and the competition, and you figure out a way...

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